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Feast of the Blessed Sacrament 2017

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50 Madeira Ave

50 Madeira Avenue

New Bedford, MA 02746

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Founded in 1915 by four Maderian immigrant men to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in the United States. The Feast attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe. At this year’s Feast, more than 200,000 visitors are expected to enter the grounds of the feast - all at no charge. The Feast with all of its entertainment remains an admission free event. Since 1998, the Feast has presented a special Saturday afternoon of children's entertainment. The Kid's Day program has grown over the years and this year is chock full of wonderful entertainment that will please the child in us all. Each year, the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento Charitable Foundation, Inc. presents up to thirty $1000 scholarship awards to graduating high school students. Each student has demonstrated academic excellence and was admitted to a college or university, last Fall Semester. Visitors to the annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament can escape the noise and visit the Museum. It is the only museum dedicated to the history and heritage of the islands of Madeira that lie 600 miles southwest of Portugal. Inside, visitors will find a fascinating collection of Maderian art, and fine crafts including, embroidery, lace, linens, pottery and weaving. The museum operates as an affiliate of the Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, Inc. and is staffed by member volunteers. Our Museum is open on Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm, May through October. Group tours can be arranged at other times by appointment. Due to the generosity of local businesses and patrons, admission to the Museum is free. As part of our commitment to help those in need the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento Charitable Foundation, Inc., continues to assist Food Banks not only through the holidays, but year round.

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