Internationally Acclaimed Storyteller Helps Kick off February Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum

Len Cabral to re-enact African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales and original stories from around the world

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Monday, February 20, the Whaling Museum will kick off February vacation week with family-friendly activities that celebrate New Bedford’s historic figures. Len Cabral, a great grandson of Cape Verdean whalers, will be there to kick off the festivities and captivate audiences with engaging adventures and folktales from the past. Monday’s activities start at 10 am and include Len Cabral’s performance, a photo booth with costumes of historical characters, a giant inflatable whale that kids can climb inside, tours below deck on the whaleship Lagoda, a variety of arts and crafts, and a movie about Frederick Douglass. The kickoff is completely free for New Bedford residents and free with admission for families outside of New Bedford. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, February 20
10:00 am – 11:00 am      
Below deck on the Lagoda! The crew of Captain C. Weade will take guests onboard the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda - for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling.

11:00 am – 11:30 am      
Story time with internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral. Cabral has been re-enacting African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales since 1976.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm        
Inflatable Whale
Kids Arts & Crafts
Photo Booth
Scavenger Hunt

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm          
Story time with Abraham Lincoln

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm          
To Catch a Whale
Engaging docents will share the story of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. How did they sign on to a voyage? What did they get paid? What did captains promise their crew?

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm          
Movie “Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass”


Vacation week programs are free for members and free with admission to the Museum for non-members. Each day will include:            

Tuesday, February 21 – Friday, February 24
10:00 am – 12:00 pm      
Inflatable Whale, and Arts & Crafts

11:00 am                           
Museum Highlights Tours – Docents will lead groups throughout the Museum focusing on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, while telling stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm      
Go below deck on the Lagoda!

Tuesday, February 21 & Thursday, February 23
2:00 pm                             
Curator Tours – 45-minute tours of exhibition galleries guided by a Museum Curator.

Friday, February 24
10:30 am                           
Below deck on the Lagoda! Join the crew of Captain C. Weade onboard the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda - for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling.


The February vacation program is supported by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For questions and more information visit or call 508-997-0046.


For high-resolution images contact:
Tina Malott
Communications Manager
New Bedford Whaling Museum


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6. For more information visit


About Len Cabral
Len Cabral is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been storytelling at schools, libraries, museums, and festivals since 1976.  A great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa, Len’s strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world. He is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award. The author of a children’s book for young readers and contributing to several folktale collections, Len also has five Cd’s and audio cassettes featuring a wide range of his favorite stories, several receiving NAPPA and Parents’ Choice awards. For more information visit


Photo caption: Len Cabral telling stories to a group of students. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Alvarez Ewens.

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