Kilburn Mill receives WHALE revitalization award

Kilburn Mill receives WHALE revitalization award

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, The Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) presented The Christopher “Chip” Gillespie Revitalization Award to Kilburn Mill At Clark’s Cove.

Kilburn Mill was recognized for its revitalization efforts and creative reuse of the historic 115 year old textile mill. It is now a mixed use commercial, creative and event space.

WHALE noted that Kilburn Mill has been in the spotlight after hosting the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s “Grant Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ’Round the World” from July to October of 2018.

Manager James Murray (pictured above) was there to accept the award on behalf of all building management, staff, tenants and supporters of historic preservation efforts in the City of New Bedford.

LA Comedy Fest winner to headline June Kilburn Comedy Cove evening

LA Comedy Fest winner to headline June Kilburn Comedy Cove evening

June KILBURN COMEDY COVE headliner, Ray Harrington

NEW BEDFORD, MA – South Coast’s hot new comedy club, KILBURN COMEDY COVE returns with another side-splitting night of laughs on Saturday, June 15 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at 127 W. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA.

Weather permitting, the June edition of KILBURN COMEDY COVE will take place in the building’s newly refurbished courtyard. Should Mother Nature not cooperate, comedy night will happen in its usual venue, the stunning KILBURN EVENT CENTER.

Tickets for the evening are only $20, and can be purchased online here. Parking is free, and adult drinks and snacks will be available for sale. Seating is general admission.

Headlining the evening is Ray Harrington – an infectiously charming comedian who performs across the globe with hilariously irreverent material and marvelous improvisational riffing that embraces the uncomfortable and the absurd with a smile.

His documentary BE A MAN won the LA Comedy Festival and was featured as ‘New and Noteworthy’ Internationally on iTunes before premiering exclusively on Hulu. His first album from Stand Up! Records, The Worst Is Over, debuted at the top of the comedy charts on Amazon and iTunes. His latest album, Overwhelmed, debuted at Number 1 on Amazon and at the top of the Billboard Comedy Charts.

Ray was also named Best Comedian by the Providence Phoenix, was selected for Comedy Central’s ‘Up Next’ Showcase, was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, and was invited to host the International Filmapalooza Awards in Hollywood.

He was awarded Best Documentary at the LA Comedy Festival as well as the SNOB Film Festival, and premiered his film BE A MAN at the New York Comedy Festival. Ray has been heard on nationally syndicated radio along with Sirius/XM and he’s been seen on Hulu, ABC, FOX, and SBS Australia.

Featured comedian is E.J. Edmonds.  In June 2006 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, E.J. Edmonds took to the stage for the first time to share his ‘views’ with the public. His confident demeanor, blunt sarcasm, and the ability to make fun of himself and his life quickly made him a favorite among comedy-lovers in the Northern Virginia area.

E.J. has taken his uncanny ability of seeing the humor in real-life stories and turned his stories into real-life comedy. This talent, coupled with his abstract views of the world, make E.J. Edmonds an act you won’t want to miss.

Your host for the evening will be J.J. Jones.

ABOUT  KILBURN MILL AT CLARKS COVE: Built just after the turn of the 19th century for textile manufacturing, Kilburn Mill today is home to special events, small businesses, artists studios and its famous antiques center. It’s located at 127 W. Rodney French Blvd, blocks from Rte. 18 with easy access from I-195. Learn more at kilburnmill.com.

Kilburn Mill receives WHALE revitalization award

Kilburn Mill receives WHALE revitalization award

Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove is honored to have been chosen by Waterfront Area Historic League (WHALE) as its 2019 Christopher “Chip” Gillespie Revitalization Award recipient.

In announcing the award, WHALE writes, “New Bedford’s Kilburn Mill…has been in the spotlight after hosting the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s ‘Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.’

“Kilburn Mill is being recognized for its revitalization efforts and creative reuse of the historic textile mill.”

After hosting the “Grand Panorama” during 2018, the renovated space is now the Kilburn Event Center. Consisting of 22,000 square feet of space, it is available for a diverse array of uses today such as wedding receptions, corporate functions, fundraisers, cultural events or other happenings.

Elsewhere in the half million square foot building, small businesses, artists, artisans and community organizations now call Kilburn Mill home – and more are being added every week as building renovation continues. An outdoor courtyard and roof deck are also close to completion.

AFTER: The 22,000 square foot renovated space which housed the ‘Grand Panorama’ and is now home to the Kilburn Event Center.

WHALE invites WHALE members and the general public to their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Greasy Luck Brewery, 791 Purchase Street, downtown New Bedford. All are welcome to cheer on all the distinguished awardees while networking with some light refreshments and drinks.

BEFORE: Another section of the building awaiting restoration. In all, Kilburn has a half million square feet of mill space available for a variety of adaptive reuse purposes.

In all, four recipients will be awarded during the celebration, including Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove. The others are as follows: Sarah R. Delano Preservation Award winners are James Chourinard and Kimberly Arruda for the restoration of Davoll’s General Store; Capital Adventures LLC and Shoreline Development for restoration and adaptive reuse of the Third Meeting House, commonly known as Mattapoisett Grange; and the Carol Ann Juneau Volunteer Award recipient is Bristol County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with the restoration of the historic 1834 Howland House, 38 South Sixth Street, and the 1850 Leander Plummer House, 148 Hawthorn Street.

The meeting will feature historic photos and information about the award winners and WHALE’s current preservation projects

Guests will also hear from Executive Director, Teri Bernert about WHALE’s current preservation projects and featured speaker, founder of the Heritage Restoration, Robert Cagnetta.

Heritage Restoration, Inc. is a broad range construction and restoration service company dedicated to preserving and enhancing a building’s beauty, function, efficiency, and charm.  

The mission of the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) is to foster historic preservation and continued use of the city’s architectural heritage, and to enhance community and economic vitality in New Bedford, MA. More information about WHALE is available at www.waterfrontleague.org.