There is always something to talk about when I invite Laura Orleans of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center to appear on Townsquare Sunday. Orleans and her staff always come up with great ideas.

She joined us this week to review exhibits and programs planned for June and July.

A special exhibit is currently ongoing entitled "From the Hold: Photographs of the Port of New Bedford from the 1860s to the 1980s."

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The photos come mainly from the archives of Spinner Pubications in New Bedford.

"They have some real gems," Orleans said. "What we found interesting was the way things have changed along the waterfront, but also the way things haven't changed. Some things are very much the way they always were."

Another exhibit is scheduled to open on AHA! Night on July 13 entitled "Sea Monsters, Real and Imagined." Orleans said the idea for a sea monsters exhibit came from Ethan Bailey of Dartmouth, who's now in college.

"My first reaction was, that's not serious enough, what does than have to do with fishing?" Orleans said. "Ethan reminded me that sea monsters appear in every culture that has water."

She said several local artists will contribute their talents to create "sea monsters" and other underwater creatures in the center.

"We're having a lot of fun with this," Orleans said.

Music is returning to the Fishing Heritage Center at 38 Bethel Street on June 8 with Pebbles of Rain scheduled to perform outdoors that evening. The concert is free.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is again running a free summer camp program for youngsters entering the fourth grade in the fall. "Something Fishy" Summer Camp will include three one-week sessions during the month of July. To learn more, check out the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center website.

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