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22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon
January 5 @ 5:30 pm - January 7 @ 2:00 pm
Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum for the 22nd annual readathon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick. An experience you don’t want to miss, you’ll relive the famous, action-packed narrative and be transported back in time on the search for the elusive white whale. In addition to the main event, the Whaling Museum hosts two mini-marathons on January 6: a Portuguese-language reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged Moby-Dick; and a children’s version by Classic Starts.
Schedule of Events
Friday, January 5
5:30 pm – 9 pm
Pre-marathon Dinner, Movie, and Discussion
Tickets: Members $40 | Non-members $50
Call: 508-997-0046 x100
Online: Tickets for Pre-marathon events
Enjoy a meal well-suited for hungry sailors followed by David Shaerf’s documentary film Call Us Ishmael, an intimate look at the world’s obsession with Moby-Dick and its cultural legacy. The Melville Society Cultural Project will conclude the night with a lively discussion of the film. Sponsored by Buzzards Bay Brewing.
Saturday, January 6
The Marathon Experience:
From 10 am Saturday to 1 pm Sunday
10 am Stump the Scholars
Test your knowledge of Moby-Dick and try to Stump the Scholars with questions for Melville Society Cultural Project members.
10 am Children’s Mini-Marathon
Children of all ages can read a section of an abridged version of Moby-Dick by Classic Starts.
|Reserve a child’s reading spot. Registration is ongoing.|
12 pm The Main Attraction
The 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon reading begins with celebrity readers nestled among the world’s largest model whaleship – the Lagoda. Next, head to the Seamen’s Bethel to hear Father Mapple’s rousing sermon (if your name is drawn in the seat raffle. Otherwise, watch a live-stream of the sermon in the Museum’s theater.) Readings continue while overlooking the New Bedford Harbor, with the exception of Chapter 40, “Forecastle-Midnight” in the Museum’s theater with Culture*Park. Listen to excerpts read in multiple languages, bringing to life Melville’s experience of a culturally diverse whaling crew.
3 pm Portuguese Mini-Marathon
Join us for the third annual reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged version of Moby-Dick in Portuguese. Read Melville in the Azorean Whaleman Gallery with forty other intrepid souls.
Junte-nos para a terceira leitura anual de versão abreviada de Tiago Patricio de Moby-Dick em Português. Leia Melville na Galeria do Baleeiro Açoreano com quarenta outras almas intrépidas.
Um agradecimento especial ao Azorean Maritime Historical Society e ao Consulado de Portugal em New Bedford.
|Obrigado pelo seu interesse na mini Maratona de Moby-Dick em lingua Portuguesa. Todos os lugares para leitores são preenchidos. Não estamos aceitando novos registros.
Thank you for your interest in the Moby-Dick Marathon in Portuguese. All of the places for readers are filled. We are not accepting new registrations.
3 pm – 5 pm “Above It All” Artist Demonstration
New Bedford Whaling National Park, 33 William Street (across the street from Museum)
See art in action as artist Peter Michael Martin pulls a large-scale woodblock print especially designed for the Moby-Dick Marathon. Peter’s collection of large-scale pieces called Martin & Moby, inspired by Moby-Dick, were exhibited at the Whaling Museum January–June 2014. Currently, a piece by Peter entitled Trust (4 ft x 8 ft) is currently on exhibit in Enlightened Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama at the Whaling Museum.
5 pm Cousin Hosea’s Chowder House
Recharge and warm up with New Bedford’s finest chowders from local restaurants – Destination Soups, Freestones, Tia Maria’s, and Whalers’ Tavern. Guaranteed to get you through the night!
Sunday, January 7
8 am The 20th-Hour Feast
Enjoy malasadas and all the trimmings to fuel you up for the home stretch!
Around 1 pm Epilogue
A few souls will be richly rewarded for impressively staying up all night.
Questions? For information about the 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon call 508-717-6851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.