Join us for Day of Portugal festivities, June 9

The Whaling Museum helps kick off the city’s annual Day of Portugal Festival Weekend on AHA Night, Thursday, June 9, 2011.

A flag-raising ceremony with elected officials, community leaders and Day of Portugal Committee members will take place at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall Square, 133 William Street. Following the ceremony a procession down William Street will be accompanied by members of the New Bedford High School Marching Band and the All City Middle School Marching Band to the Whaling Museum Plaza.

Students of the Portuguese Official School Folkloric Group will perform traditional dance and musical numbers at 6:45 p.m. at the museum.

At 7:00 p.m. the PortAM Players will perform a play titled “A Brief History of the Portuguese” in the Cook Memorial Theater. Written by Allan Moniz, the 20-minute program will be performed in period costume.

At 7:45 p.m. Fadistas, Rosa Maria and Carlos Furtado will be accompanied by Antonio Lima on the guitar and Abel Lima on the viola. Fado is a traditional musical genre unique to Portugal, one which often focuses on saudade, a nostalgic longing for the past. A reception in the Jacobs Family Gallery will follow the performances.

Events on AHA Night in the Museum Theater and Jacobs Family Gallery are free and open to the public. Admission to all other museum galleries is “buy 1 get 1 free” on AHA Nights.

A film presentation about Marcus Lopes by the Gumshoe Historians has been rescheduled to July 14.

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