New Bedford Whaling Museum’s 16th Moby-Dick Marathon

It’s that time of year again. The Moby-Dick Marathon is about to get underway at the New Bedford Whaling Museum this weekend.

There’s lots on scheduled but the heart and soul of the event is the nonstop reading of the American classic. It starts at noon on Saturday, January 7 and if you want a real treat, a little before 1:30 PM get a “berth” at the Seamen’s Bethel across the street and have an authentic Melville experience. Melville’s pew is in the back left of the church.

Moby-Dick Marathon Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, January 6
5:30 p.m.: Ticketed buffet dinner and cash bar, Jacobs Family Gallery.
7:15 p.m.: Public lecture, “Moby-Dick in American Popular Culture,” with Dr. Timothy Marr, Cook Memorial Theater.

Saturday, January 7
10:00 a.m.: Stump the Scholars II, Cook Memorial Theater.
11:30 a.m.: Moby-Dick “Extracts,” Bourne Building.
12:00 noon: Moby-Dick Marathon begins, Bourne Building.
1:30 p.m. (approx.): Chapters 7– 9 in the Seamen’s Bethel with tenor Jonathan Boyd.
2:30 p.m. (approx.): Marathon continues, Jacobs Family Gallery.
3:00-5:00 p.m.: Chat with a Melville scholar, Wattles Family Gallery.
3:00-5:00 p.m.: “Imaging Moby!” tour with Dr. Robert Wallace, Centre Street Gallery.
7:00 p.m. (approx.): Chapter 35 to Chapter 40. “Midnight, Forecastle” performed by Culture*Park, Cook Memorial Theater.
8:00 p.m. (approx.): Marathon continues, Jacobs Family Gallery.

Sunday, January 8
1:00 p.m. (approx.): Marathon concludes with the Epilogue.

Ongoing related exhibits: “Imagining Moby!,” “Visualizing Melville” and the 1956 Moby-Dick publicity panels. Moby-Dick slide show, Cook Memorial Theater.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

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