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Join Us Under the Porch for a Dogwatch & Drinks on a Summer Evening!

Imagine the era of sailing ships and join your fellow sailors on the “dogwatch” — a time to relax on deck, to yarn, joke, create fancy knotwork, carve scrimshaw, play instruments, dance, and sing.

The Rum Soaked Crooks — Tom Goux, Jacek Sulanowski, Dan Lanier, and Iain Geddes — will hold a musical dogwatch featuring a varied program of traditional, contemporary, and original maritime material. Your musical voyage will include salty songs, diaphanous ditties, and roiling recitations, collected from many ports of call. “The Crooks” are known for their robust harmonies and lively instrumentals — concertina, guitar, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, whistle, and percussion. Entertainers, researchers, and historical interpreters, the “Crooks” have been delighting audiences in New England and beyond for more than three decades.


The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, 35 singers and instrumentalists from across the region, presents the chanteys or works songs from the Yankee whaler and sailor, along with ballads and ditties of global mariners and fisherfolk. This year’s program pays tribute to New England’s musical and poetic ties to Old England with tunes first heard in the 17th and 18th centuries. Celebrating its nineteenth year, the chorus supports the rebuilding of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey by telling her story through song.

Tickle your taste buds and stay cool by sampling some local beers while you enjoy the music! Independent Fermentations Brewery will be on site selling a variety of tasty beverages during the concert.

Independent Fermentations Brewing (aka IndieFerm) specializes in making craft beers with locally grown ingredients.  Many of their beers are inspired by the Belgian farmhouse brewing tradition but they also make other styles. They believe in making local beer with local ingredients.  “Think Independent, Drink Independent”.


Companion Events Complement Your Musical Voyage on the High Seas!

Highfield Hall will be open from 10 am until the concert begins. Begin your maritime adventure by viewing the current art exhibit: Unbound: Contemporary Rope Art. 

And, from 10 am – 2 pm, Martin Casey, retired rigger and blacksmith, will demonstrate and teach the art of knotting. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION


“Port of Many Ships,” poem by John Masefield, musical setting by Tom Goux


“The Mermaid,” Traditional

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