FALL RIVER — From gallery talks and exhibits to hands-on workshops and a swing dance, Heritage State Park has something for every member of the family this spring.
The following are featured programs for May:
Southcoast Spring Arts Week: Exhibits and Programs
Exhibits Ongoing 9 am to 3 pm daily from May 1 to May 15
Fall River Heritage State Park presents a multimedia celebration of the city’s early Pocasset Wampanoag history featuring an iconic 17th century diorama of a Wampanoag village along with the Quequechan waterfall by David Jennings.
Also on exhibit:
Photography of contemporary local Native American life connecting the past with the present in the Community Gallery.
Interpretive oil portraits of Sachems Weetamo and Metacomet by artist Sheila Oliveira to be unveiled with a gallery talk by Ms. Oliveira on the challenges of painting historical portraits.
May 1 to May 30, 9 am—3 pm
Presented by the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of MA and RI.
Native American Diorama and Plymoth Diorama
May 1 to May 30, 9 am to 3 pm
Presented by David Jennings of Southcoast Historical Associates.
‘Dying to Wear It’
Saturday, May 7, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. and Sunday, May 8, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
“Dyeing to Wear It”™ is an interactive workshop with textile artist Rhonda Fazio where participants will create a beautiful and versatile piece of wearable art. Classes are infused with storytelling by the artist, filled with the textile history from the region and around the world, and how this history intersects with our shared American culture. It is a fun and interesting social event open to everyone.
For further information please go to: www.dyermakerstudio.com, call 508-669-6835, or contact email@example.com. As space is limited, please pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dyeing-to-wear-it-creating-community-through-color-tickets-321761185367?aff.
“Portraying an Unphotographed Historial Person”
Visitor Center Community Gallery
Join artist Sheila Oliveira for a discussion of the creative process that she used to capture the portraits of Wampanoag Sachems Weetamo and Metacomet.
Sunday, May 15, 1 to 1:45 pm.
Native American Artifacts with local historian Dave Jennings
Visitor Center Community Gallery
Sunday, May 15, 9 am to 3 pm
Washing Away the Winter Blues Creative Arts Network annual meeting
Thursday, May 5, 4 to 8 pm
Visitor Center Overlook
Join the Creative Arts Network (CAN) in celebrating the success over the past eight years and hear plans for continuing to build a strong regional arts and culture community. Event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The event is coordinated by students from Bristol Community College. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Battleship Bogie! Battleship Cove Swing Dance
Saturday, May 14, 6 to 11 pm
Visitor Center Lobby
Tickets available online at https://bit.ly/battleshipcoveswingdance. There is a $40 per person ticket fee.
Step back in time to the 1940’s when swing was king. Dance to the harmonious Compaq Big Band to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battleship Massachusetts. For further information contact www.battleshipcove.org or call 508-678-1100.
David Almond Memorial Tree Planting
Friday, May 27 at 11 am
Fall River Heritage State Park will be adding a new linden tree to our grove in honor of young David Almond, a Fall River resident lost to domestic neglect. Sponsored by the Office of State Representative Carole Fiola. This is a public event, free of charge.
CREATION STATION: Activities
Daily 9 am to 3 pm May 1 to May 31
Get creative! Stop by the Visitor Center, grab one of our unique coloring sheets of moments in Fall River History. Learn about textiles and calico and help us complete our calico stamp wall or even weave a row on our community loom. If you complete an entire row, you too can add your name tag! This is a drop-in program. Stay for the duration or drop in for a few moments.
Water + Granite + Gravity= Fall River
Fall River was once the third largest city in Massachusetts with thriving factories and bustling piers on its waterfront. Without the water of the Taunton and Quequechan Rivers, the granite cliffs and the power of gravity and the waterfalls that they produced, there would be no Fall River. The Park highlights this legacy with seven distinct granite way finders around the Park that commemorate the industry that has been here. This is a 30-minute walk through waterfront history connecting the way finders and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours start at the Front Desk. Saturdays at 11:00 am.
People, Ambition and Hard Work
A Portuguese American poet, a beloved local entrepreneur, a decorated military hero, and a visionary state legislator all have their names enshrined in Fall River Heritage Park. Who were these people and how did they inspire others through their vision, ambition, and hard work? This is a short walking tour of the landmarks named for these pioneers and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours start at the Front Desk in the Visitor Center. Saturdays at 2 pm
Visitor’s Center exhibits
Daily 8 am to 3 pm
Faces of Fall River
Meet the people of Fall River’s past through a gallery of classic black and white photographs from the textile era. Featured are photos by labor activist/sociologist/photographer Lewis Hine of the immigrant women, men and children who worked the mills that made Fall River the premiere textile city in America. These are the photographs that inspired change in American labor laws and helped abolish child labor.
Tracing the Threads
Explore our comprehensive permanent exhibit which celebrates the cultural, ethnic, and industrial history of Fall River. Learn about the waterfalls that shaped the city, enabled its industries, and even gave it its name. Share the stories of the many ethnic groups from around the world who called this city home.
All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. The Visitor Center is located at 200 Davol Street in the Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Memorial Building. Free parking is available in the DCR Lot at 5 Water Street in Fall River. An adult must accompany children. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit Mass.gov/COVID. For more information call 508-675-5759 or visit: https://www.mass.gov/locations/fall-river-heritage-state-park