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Making her-story by Christina Connett

by Laura LaTour

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by Stacie Charbonneau Hess

8 Building better beachfronts

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Art and artists by Don Cadoret

ON THE COVER Things are getting hot! Don’t let the summer “brush” past you without a drive through the quiet country to meet and support some local artists. Read all about the South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour on page 12 and visit


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pretzel or can barely touch your toes, you’ll want to learn more about these free outdoor yoga opportunities. On the topic of finding inner peace, now is the perfect time for some art appreciation. For the past fifteen years, local artists have come together to open their studios and shine a light on how they create their work. Stopping by is one of the best ways to support South Coast art and artists —learn more with Don Cadoret’s article on page 12. Meanwhile, Stacie Charbonneau Hess has returned from her Gallic gastronomic galavanting, full with both delicious food and a new perspective on how we should be enjoying our meals. For her insight and local restaurant recommendations, turn to page 20. And finally, whether you’re outside enjoying the heat or staying inside

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Work out with a view! by Ashley Lessa

When is the best time of year to start a new exercise routine? For many people, setting fitness goals is something that happens around the new year, but why not summer? This summer there are plenty of free or donation-based outdoor fitness classes, events, and more open to the public as a way to get fit and have fun before the chilly weather returns. Whether you’re working full-time or you are lucky enough to have some time off this summer, consider these fun activities. There is something for every skill level, age, and schedule!


This summer, the highly anticipated free fitness program Fitness in Cushman Park is returning for its 7th year! Located at 184 Green Street in Fairhaven, this program will run until August 23. It is presented by Bask and Well+Fit and made


available thanks to extensive community sponsorship and support. There is something for everyone at Cushman Park this summer. Mondays bring the new strength and conditioning “Well+Fit” class from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., taught by certified fitness instructor Sarah Bates. Then on Tuesdays is the local-favorite, “Yoga in the Park” from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., taught by Kripalucertified yoga instructor Jeff Costa. After a day off, stop by on Thursdays for a jumpstart to your new workout routine with “Summer Bootcamp,” led by certified functional trainer Wayne Goulart. This class involves building strength and core stability with light dumbbells and bodyweight exercises. In the event of rain,

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head over to Carousel Family Fun Center at 4 David Drown Boulevard in Fairhaven. For weather information, visit Fitness in Cushman Park is co-coordinated by Susan Grace of EncorENTERTAINMENT and Jeff Costa of Jeff Costa Fitness. “I met [Costa] at Howland Place Fitness,” says Grace. “He was teaching an exercise class, and for me, it was love at first plank!” Together the two started up the program with the goal to “provide an opportunity for people to stay fit and healthy, whether they are just starting out or are regular exercise buffs,” says Grace “I’m particular pleased when people start to feel so well from classes that they continue to keep on exercising all year and establish a regular healthy routine,” she adds. Before this edition of Fitness in Cushman Park was founded, Grace’s sister Angela Grace and nephew Russell Dearing coordinated the free yoga and bootcamp classes. When they stopped, the community kept asking for more! Grace and Costa took on the challenge, and with the addition of the new “Well+Fit” class this year, the program seems to just keep growing. The program is suitable for all skill levels and it’s an awesome opportunity to try out a variety of exercise programs without a financial commitment. All you need is a yoga mat, plenty of water, and weights for the Thursday bootcamp class. Nervous or reluctant to give it a shot? Grace says, “Just show up. There are people at all levels of fitness who attend these classes. Some are new to exercise programs. Do what you can, a little at a time. Listen to your body. It’ll get easier and you’ll get stronger as the weeks go by. Stick with it. The results are worth it.”

Yoga at Ned’s Point

If a relaxed yoga class with a beautiful view sounds appealing to you, try Janice Foley’s class located at the Ned’s Point Lighthouse, 50 Ned’s Point Road in Mattapoisett. The class occurs July 13 through August 31 on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. With the partnership of Mattapoisett Wellness Center, Foley instructs an easygoing class where all ages and abilities are welcome. “Yoga is a passion,” says Foley, “what I love about it is that you can start it

at any age and do it at any level.” Foley is clear that she wants everyone who is interested to be able to participate. Parents should feel welcome to bring their infants and children, and lack of ability to pay a fee is not an issue. The class is “karma-based,” meaning that while you are not required to pay a fee to participate, donations will be accepted and with no overhead, 100% of donations will benefit a worthy cause at the end of the summer. This year the money collected will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a cause close to Foley’s heart – she has volunteered as a wish sponsor for over 20 years. In the past, Foley has helped raise money for Make-A-Wish, as well as for locals in the community experiencing need. To participate, all you need is sunscreen, a mat or towel, and props if you wish! Class will be cancelled if it rains or thunders. If you have questions or concerns you would like to run by Foley, reach out to her at or find the event on Facebook titled, “Outdoor Yoga at Ned’s Point on Fridays.” Foley’s class is the perfect way to try something new while enjoying the view! “Everybody does it at their own level, at their own pace… you can go out there and just breathe and be a part of the energy!”


If you love the idea of free fitness and want to make it more accessible to disadvantaged people in our community year-round, consider trying “Lighthouse Yoga,” sponsored by Anchor Yoga. Also held at Ned’s Point Lighthouse, this class is “Generosity-based yoga to support mind/body programs for underserved communities,” says Anchor Yoga owner Jessica Webb. Enjoy the view and start your weekend off right every Saturday as long as the weather holds (usually until mid-September) from 8:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. A different instructor from Anchor Yoga leads the class each week, and the cost is “pay-what-you-like.” A portion of all proceeds funds Project Wheel House, which provides free yoga and meditation programming to communities in need. Founded by Webb, Project Wheel House is a non-profit corporation with programs for at-risk youth, victims of domestic violence, those who are incarcerated, LGBTQ community members, and

many more who may benefit from such programming. “At Project Wheel House, we believe all humans deserve the opportunity to develop within themselves a sense of selfworth and emotional resilience,” states the Project Wheel House mission statement. ”Mindfulness training, meditation, yoga, and other mind-body programs help humans to best navigate their lives, and we believe this should be accessible to all,” it continues. Lighthouse Yoga is not only a low-cost way to support a wonderful program here on the South Coast while you work out, but it’s also very fun! “It’s such a great location and it’s such a great cause. We have fun with it,” says Webb. From silent auctions to live guitar music, it certainly is a unique experience. On July 28, a live harp player will accompany the class as part of a special fundraising event! Lighthouse Yoga is family-friendly, and easy to drop by to check out. Some people have even kayaked to it! Visit Anchor Yoga’s Facebook page for cancellations and more information.


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The Swansea Town Beach is undergoing a massive transformation.

Building better beachfronts By Paul Palange

If you thought it was impossible for the South Coast beach scene to improve, you were all wet thanks to projects at Grinnell’s Beach in Tiverton and the Swansea Town Beach. While those two gems will sparkle brighter in the near future, both undertakings have been in the works for at least ten years. 8

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Swansea’s waterfront renovation is a $7 million project.

BEYOND THE SWAN-SEA An ambitious $7 million three-phase project at the Swansea Town Beach is in motion, and the work could initiate some economic growth beyond the shoreline, according to Chris Sampson, chairperson of the Waterfront Revitalization Committee. Phase one of the project includes the demolition of a bathhouse and pavilion, which is done, and dredging the Cole River for 20,000 cubic yards of sand that will be used to restore the quarter-mile beach to its glory days in 1987. “If all the permitting goes according to plan, the dredging should start in December or January,” said Stephen Kelleher, head of Stephen Kelleher Architects in Fairhaven, the design firm for the project. The bathhouse is being designed now, according to Kelleher, and construction should start in the fall and continue throughout the winter. The handicap-accessible facility will consist of restrooms, foot washing stations, and an office and changing area for lifeguards. Sampson said completion of the first phase is set for Memorial Day, and he pointed out that the entrance to the beach has already been upgraded in recognition of the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the town of Swansea. The second phase of the project will be the construction of a 5,000-square-foot pavilion, and the final piece will be the installation of a concession stand, according to Sampson. In addition to the anticipated replacement of several Ocean Grove homes, Sampson said officials are hoping the project will prompt the reopening of two restaurants in the neighborhood and the continued operation of a third. “Only good things can come from increased traffic,” he said. Funding for phase one of the project is coming from a $1 million state Seaport Economic Council grant and $1.2 million previously approved by the town. Sampson said the committee plans to raise more money by initiating fund-raisers and pursuing more Seaport grants, especially since the council has told municipal officials not to be shy about applying. ConTInued on neXT PAGe


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Fifteen years of art and artists

By Don Cadoret

This summer, artists living and working in four towns along the South Coast will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Open Studio Tour.


y opening the doors to their private world, you’ll witness the muse and joy of what it’s like to be an artist. Take a chance and see how they create the most original works of art on the weekends of July 21-22 and August 18-19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The annual studio tour explodes on the scene every summer on both the third weekend of July and August. It attracts thousands of art lovers to an idyllic coastal world that includes the towns of Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport, and Dartmouth. Together they comprise a really special place where one can discover countless artists flourishing in a unique community that crosses two states and where no borders seem to exist. The first tour was organized in 2004 by Amy Lund, a Tiverton “Handweaver” who is passionate about natural fibers working on a loom. The tour was a way of bringing fans and collectors to her studio rather than just seeing her weavings at a show far from the source. Discovering where and how she weaves high-quality linens helped put her work in context. Ten other artists agreed with Lund’s approach and decided to open the doors to their studios that first year as well.


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Over the years there were some growing pains as a group of artists wanted to make the tour available to more artists and bring more art lovers to the area. This group of artists sought to develop a non-profit organization to oversee the tour and bring an educational element to what was happening in the studios. Soon it became official. South Coast Artists became the guiding force behind the tour. It was spearheaded by Kelly Milukas, the first president of SCA. Along with several other SCA founders, Milukas did the formative work to establish the organization. “A group of like-minded artists came together,” Milukas says, “with the mission of promoting art, artists, and galleries yearround.” That non-profit role and mission has flourished for ten years, faithfully held together by dozens of dedicated volunteers and a working, thirteen-member board of directors.

Different strokes This all-volunteer group is the key to their success, as witnessed by the thousands of visitors who mark their calendar and make the trek to the South Coast every summer. They’re rewarded with free access to the private studios of artists.

Families and art collectors from all over the East Coast and beyond make this must-see event. The South Coast is now a well-known artist community – a haven for all kinds of creative people. This summer you can discover the studios of over 75 artists, all while you drive along some of the most beautiful, rural roads along the coast. “I’m impressed with the variety and high quality of art being created in our rural, coastal area. Our creative region is colorful, fresh, and entrepreneurial, where values and passionate people coexist in order to shape a better world,” says SCA President Jill Law. “We are home to art centers, galleries, and studios exhibiting works by internationally-renowned and local artists.” “What’s special about our event is that you get to explore the innermost creative spaces of artists,” Law says. “To open up their most private places to the public takes a lot of courage, but the rewards are great for everyone. Self-expression is a private joy for many. To open up and share it with the world is a brave challenge for many artists.” “We now find ourselves in a digital and social networking world, and those barriers have to come down. This is where the real experience begins,” she adds. “You have to see art face to face.”

“I’m impressed with the variety and high quality of art being created in our rural, coastal area. Our creative region is colorful, fresh, and entrepreneurial, where values and passionate people coexist in order to shape a better world.” To experience it firsthand, know that the tours are familyfriendly and free to anyone who loves to wander and make new discoveries. Artists work in different mediums, including painting, encaustic, pastel, watercolor, photography, sculpture, wood, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, mosaics, basketry, and 3D sculpting. They will be showing their latest works and be demonstrating their creative process. To be involved in this rare opportunity, first check out SCA’s easy-to-read brochure and map, available at many local businesses. If you can’t find it you can also check out their website at for more information and a downloadable map. SCA suggests that you plan your route first and see how many artists you can meet in a weekend. Visitors have been known to do the tours in both July and August just so that they don’t miss meeting a new artist. South Coast Artists is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the community and its artists with regular educational events, a comprehensive online directory, the studio tours, and grants for emerging artists.

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Making her-story By Amanda McMullen

Stories of remarkable women who shaped their communities, the nation, and the world are coming to light thanks to a new initiative called “Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the South Coast.” The project is amplifying history by including women’s voices. “Lighting the Way” includes educators, philanthropists, abolitionists, crusaders for social justice, investors, confectioners, sister sailors, and others. Among these are the stories of inspiring women such as: Polly Johnson (1784-1871), a confectioner and abolitionist who provided safe lodging to freedom seekers in New Bedford along the Underground Railroad; Florence Eastman (1894-1918), the only woman to enlist in World War I from Mattapoisett, who became the Head Army Nurse of the Isolation Hospital at Camp Mills, Mineola, Long Island;


Valentina Almeida (1913-2009), who is best known for her advocacy work with immigrants within the local Cape Verdean community, and who once said, “I’m a back-burner person. I like to do, but I don’t like to talk about it.” The project team is as diverse as its subject matter: 47 scholars, researchers, individuals, and organizations are participating, led by the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The project began sharing its research with the public in July through a historical walking trail in New Bedford, trail map, mobile app, and on Public input beginning in 2017 helped identify women who should be included in “Lighting the Way.” Project designer Chrissie Bascom said that “the project

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has unearthed remarkable stories of women’s callings that required grit, tenacity, and enduring commitment to their families, careers, and communities.” Ann O’Leary, Emily Bourne Fellow at the Whaling Museum, is lead researcher on the project. Detailed profiles of 58 women from different eras are included on That list will continue to grow as more women are suggested for the project. The “Lighting the Way” Walking Trail map and mobile app guide walkers to locations associated with 34 inspiring women in New Bedford. Pick up a trail map at the Whaling Museum or download the app on the App Store or Google Play. The project is also piloting school

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Locals have been ecstatic since Padanaram’s new bridge has opened, with shops and stores noting upticks in business.

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After about two years of work on the Padanaram Bridge Causeway Reconstruction Project, the Padanaram Bridge reopened on June 11, just in time for the busy tourist season.


While the repairs were necessary and included “roadway, drainage, structural, and lighting improvements” according to the MassDOT blog, they weren’t exactly convenient for those needing to get from one side of the Apponagansett Bay to the other. A trip across the bridge would take approximately two minutes if it was open, while a trip around (driving up Russells Mills Road in many cases) could take up to fifteen minutes. This roundabout way of getting around has impacted local residents as well as tourists trying to navigate the area with ease. Scenic drives around Apponagansett Bay became a bit more lengthy and for some, commutes to work doubled. Cosmetically, the frustration seems to be worth it. Padanaram Village, which has undergone a makeover in recent years with the addition of many new storefronts alongside staple shops and eateries, now has a causeway as sleek, modern, and charming as the rest of it. Locals adjusted over the past two

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years to the longer way of getting around Dartmouth, but for many, the reopening of the bridge is a welcome relief. In Westport, the Pitts family is excited about the change. Many in the family, including Kelly Pitts, her sister Tracy Pitts, and their mother Eileen Pitts, are often trekking into Dartmouth for appointments, or to bring Kelly Pitts’ kids to their friends’ houses. When asked how they feel about the bridge being opened, both Tracy Pitts, and her mother start with a resounding, “Thank God!” Kelly Pitts used to live in Padanaram Village. She remarks “I’m glad I didn’t live there at the time when it was closed.” While she moved to Westport just prior to its closing, she’s glad to see the causeway opened. “It’s made it more convenient,” she says. “Plus now you can go to the Wednesday night music,” adds Eileen Pitts, referring to the Summer Concert Series held at Apponagansett Park. Continued ON NEXT PAGE




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It seems that the Pitts’ aren’t the only ones a bit more willing to venture into the area now that the bridge is open. Joanne Francis is a retired teacher living in the village who does planting and watering as well as some holiday decorating for the Sail Loft restaurant and Folia, a shop along Elm Street. She has noticed that, “The traffic has picked up on Elm Street. A lot of people [are] heading to the beach. The village has been busier – people are shopping and stopping to eat. I have seen many out-of-state license plates.” Luckily, the Padanaram restaurants and stores are well-loved, and while this newfound business must certainly be a boon, loyal customers were willing to make the trip despite the longer route. “The regulars still came to the Sail Loft even though the bridge was closed,” remarks Francis.

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It’s a hot day in early July, and on Padnaram’s Elm Street, it’s hard to find an open parking spot. It is a few weeks after the bridge opening, and tourist season is in full swing. People are ducking in and out of shops and filling sidewalks. The porch at Farm and Coast Market is packed with people laughing and enjoying the weather. Trying to converse with the owners of the shops proves difficult. Every store has at least a customer or two chatting up at the desks or with each other. Some have several people carrying clothing, cookware, or home goods around the store as they peruse, hoping to ask a question or browsing for a few more moments before they check out.

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Everyone seems to be in a great mood, and the shop owners, while they smile and are kind, are noticeably juggling tasks. In Pan Handler’s Cookware and Cutlery, located at 354 Elm Street, one of the owners, Patti Kendall, finally has a chance to speak as she waves goodbye to a customer. She and her partner just relocated their shop from Newport, and since they just moved in May, they did not experience the impact of the bridge closure for very long. “It was just a couple of weeks that we were without the bridge, but once the bridge opened, [we were] getting all of these people from that side that wouldn’t venture all the way around.” Kendall experienced the difference in her own commute as well, “It’s convenient for me to get to and from work. It’s wonderful and they did such a beautiful job.” “These sentiments are echoed by business owner Anne Sadow who owns three lifestyle shops in Padanaram under the Flora name with her husband Richard.” She takes a moment out of her busy day, popping out of the back of Flora Etc., the gift shop of the trio located at 324 Elm Street. “Traffic has improved. It’s busy, which is great!” she says. These words seem to be the buzz words in Padanaram these days. “Fantastic! Busy! Great!” If you haven’t had a chance to walk around Padanaram recently, now is an excellent time to do so. With summer events, businesses expanding their hours, and of course, easier access to the shopping and dining with a view, Padanaram is verging on paradise.

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Destination dinner Part 2

By Stacie Charbonneau Hess

I WILL REMEMBER THE CHEESE. And the strawberries. If all else fades from my memory, or at least until I put together a scrapbook to remember our June trip to France, I will remember the cheese and the strawberries. And the beach. I will remember the beach too. For our tenth anniversary, after many years of blowing out my birthday candles and wishing, with eyes closed, Paris, my husband decided this would be the year. In our usual inclusive fashion, we brought along our nine-year-old daughter. She is old enough to walk long distances with us, she’s an adventurous eater, and she

appreciates art and photography – so, a perfect visitor to France! You may recall that last month I was merely imagining our trip to France, and trying to linger around the dinner table to practice the real European dining experience. I sought out restaurants along the South Coast that encourage such lingering. This month, I am here to tell you that everything you have heard about the cuisine in France is true, and everything you have heard cannot possibly prepare you for the experience of eating as the French do – slowly, appreciatively,

connecting with one another. The first thing I noticed is that the food is quite unadulterated. At our first formal dinner in Paris, near the Seine and the St. Germain de Pres neighborhood (Beaurepaire), we were presented with a few thin slices of cheese, some little spoonfuls of jam, and some crusty bread. My husband stared at it as if to say, “Is that it?” Then he took a bite. Every one of those items I just described was out of this world. The cheese was sheep’s milk from the Basque region, the jam was

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handmade fig, and the crusty bread, well – this was France and the bread is always fresh and always good. We enjoyed the light dinner with a bottle of vin rouge. We savored every bite and enjoyed walking home through the lively St. Germain de Pres. The mornings were especially lovely. We rented a Parisian family’s apartment near the Musée Rodin, complete with The Thinker statue in the courtyard. I woke up at odd early hours and waited until 7 a.m. when I could go to the bakery across the street and ogle (and buy) croissants. I learned a new word, chouquette – the French equivalent of Dunkin Donuts donut holes. The baker explained to me that when you are going to work in the morning and want to bring a treat, you bring chouquettes for everyone. They were amazing and she gave me freebies each time I visited. By the third visit to this bakery, I felt we were friends. I remembered how it is to feel so connected in a neighborhood, to feel a fabric of city. This is how I fell in love with San Francisco in my twenties – the Italian barista who remembered my name, the view from that one specific corner, the Chinese women on the Stockton Muni bus. Though a city itself is vast, familiar faces and reliable shops comfort visitors and locals alike. Life is teeming around you in Paris, and the energy is palpable and infectious. Locals seemed tolerant of me, the curious tourist, spoke English with grace, and tolerated my poorly conjugated verbs or simple “Franglais” when I tried to absorb myself a bit in the culture using my rudimentary yet expanding vocabulary. Bonjournée, I began to say. Bonsoirée, said my husband. I love that “have a good day” and “have a good night” can be succinctly said in one friendly word. My family and I of course did some big, bucket-list stuff: Musée d’orsay, Eiffel Tower, Seine River taxi, Luxembourg Gardens… but we also tried some unusual things: dinner at a tiny haunt in Montmarte (La Boite Aux Lettres), a bike trip in Versailles, scaling to the top of Sacre Coeur, an afternoon nap in the Place de Vosges. We only had a week and wanted to balance out our time. ConTInued on PAGe 23

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The Lobster Pot (, offers fresh seafood, amazing water views, live music on weekends and may indeed be the best spot on the South Coast to enjoy a leisurely (or lively!) meal with friends. Come for the views, stay for the food. Fabulous salads, baked oysters, chowders, and bisques begin your dining experience. Stick around for a while and enjoy the lobster sauté or the baked seafood casserole. Keep it light if you prefer with fried seafood and a glass of wine from the eclectic wine list. 119 Hope Street, Bristol Weekdays: noon to 9 p.m., Weekends: noon to 10 p.m. (401) 253-9100. Reservations encouraged.

Quito’s (, a local fish market dating back to 1954, is one of the few small family-owned restaurants that have “made it.” The restaurant has a harbor view and seating for small parties or large groups. Think native little necks, raw or steamed, lobster bisque, clam chowder, and other quintessential New England fare, all put together with local ingredients and seasonal produce. Hundreds of daily customers can’t be wrong. 411 Thames Street, Bristol Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (401) 253-4500. Reservations accepted online or by phone.


Little Moss (, is farm-totable in Disney-esque clean and sweet Padanaram Village. Trace the veggies to specific farms, the meat to specific properties. My husband Mark, a proud former oyster-shucker on Martha’s Vineyard, declared that the oysters at Little Moss were perfectly shucked. This, my friends, is reason enough to go there. Throw in the outdoor patio seating, the proximity to the harbor, and the diligent service, and this restaurant may as well be in France! Superb. 6 Bridge Street, Padanaram Village in South Dartmouth Wednesday and Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (508) 994-1162. Early evening (before 6 p.m.) reservations accepted, some call-ahead seating.

Sagres (, as some of you undoubtedly know, is named after the most south-westerly resort in the Algarve region in southern Portugal. A bit of nostalgia is redolent in the dishes – Paella, Quiejo de cabra (fresh goat cheese), bacalhau. Sagres in Fall River is a long-standing, newly-remodeled Portuguese restaurant that is considered by many to be the most authentic around. Come for the atmosphere, the wine, and the food that will transport you across you the Atlantic. 177 Columbia Street, Fall River Closed Mondays, Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 to 8:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 9:45 p.m., Sunday 12 to 8 p.m. Phone-in reservations at (508) 675-7018.

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Turks Seafood (, needs no introduction! Fabulous sushi and the freshest seafood brought in daily from the docks of New Bedford. Fresh fish available in the market if you prefer to grill your own or shuck your own! 83 Marion Road (Route 6), Mattapoisett Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 pm, Sunday Noon-9 p.m. Market Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call ahead seating available for parties of 6 or more at (508) 758-3117.

Kyler’s ( is on the water with fishing vessels literally moored in the back. Not sure you could get fresher seafood anywhere! Go for takehome delicacies, clam chowder, and fish for your own BBQ. This season, Kyler’s opened an outdoor patio to invite people to savor the quintessential New England view. 2 Washburn Street, New Bedford Monday noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (508) 984-5150.

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Despite my careful planning, after a week in Paris I still had sore feet and the grey weather and rain was getting me down (I can stay in New England for that). Luckily, we had planned a four-night stay in Antibes to end the trip, and – surprise – this was the absolute best part of the trip. After fending for ourselves for every meal in a rented apartment, we were served the most beautiful, simple, and best-quality breakfast at La Jabotte, a resplendent and charming bed and breakfast a two-minute walk from the sandiest beach in Antibes. If you don’t know where Antibes is or how to say it (it’s between Cannes and Monaco, but tinier and pronounced AhnTeeb), then I think that’s a good sign. I love to “discover” places that I had never heard about until doing some research. Antibes was definitely a French holiday destination – certainly tourists sat at the

ones we buy in the U.S. Or even the ones we grow. It’s true. Is it the French dirt? Is it the freshness, the “ =biologique” ways of farming without all the Monsanto madness we have? I think the French just know how not to fuss with a good thing. At the market was a spread of the most amazing powders, in colors like a patchwork quilt. Each was a spice – cinnamon, saffron, mustard, chili. I could have come every week for a year and not tried each one. We discovered a tiny red berry, called gloisée, that I suspect doesn’t import well. They were soft and fragile and tasted like liquid sunshine mixed with sugar. The market also was one of the places, like my bakery in Paris, where friendly faces were willing to share their knowledge about food and culture. The farmers were visibly proud of their bounty. At the market, I suspect because the vendors may have come from more rural regions, I had to speak much more French to be understood.

At the market was a spread of the most amazing powders, in colors like a patchwork quilt. Each was a spice-cinnamon, saffron, mustard, chili. cafés or sunbathed at the beach (lots of Italians given the proximity to the border). At the beach in Antibes, I only heard two families speaking English, and I became fast friends with the concession stand owners. I could never have imagined that for just 20 euro, I could order a picnic lunch for three – on the beach! – with crusty bread, goat cheese salad, croque monsieur, and vin rouge. I could have easily stayed until September. All kidding aside, Picasso periodically stayed in Antibes, and a museum in a gorgeous castle on the hill is dedicated to his works. What could be more European than meandering through a centuries-old building taking in the fanciful, complex works of Picasso, then stopping to catch your breath when you catch a glimpse of the view of the Cote D’Azur? Another amazing aspect of Antibes is the Provençal market. This is where we had the unforgettable strawberries. In the words of my husband, “It doesn’t even taste like the same species” as the

Fast forward. We arrived in France only a month ago. We spent roughly two weeks just taking it all in. Now, with jobs and summer camps, it would be easy to forget all we learned and experienced. Yet the lessons are imbued. Slow down. Look each other in the eye. Enjoy that wine, imagining the vines on which it was grown, the hands that harvested the grapes, the scientists that know just what to do with the skins. Time unveils miraculous qualities that Americans, always a group for instant-gratification, never get to savor. With these thoughts in mind, I return home and try to see my beautiful South Coast with new eyes. Our region is replete with beauty and natural resources, especially in summer. I am taking my lessons from France and enjoying these days, these meals with family and friends. Here are a few places that invite us to slow down and appreciate our surroundings and each other.

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The back-to-school season is just around the corner, so parents everywhere are scrambling to update their children’s immunizations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a reminder that immunization is a lifelong process for everyone, not just for the little ones. Vaccines can prevent a multitude of highly-contagious illnesses and disabilities (even deaths!) when administered at recommended times throughout your life.

Who needs to be vaccinated? Close human-to-human contact – whether at a birthday party, on a bus, at a gym, at a festival, or in someone else’s bed – means that someone carrying an infectious disease can reach out (or sneeze) and make you or your loved ones very, very sick. Vaccinations are a proactive form of immunization – by introducing a tiny amount of a disease pathogen in a vaccine to stimulate the production of blood


antibodies, a person’s immune system can then fight off that virus or bacteria later on. Some vaccines are one-shot deals (pardon the pun), while others need to be refreshed with “booster shots,” and some others are only administered to certain age groups. Other vaccines may only be needed if you’ll be traveling overseas, or if you’ll be living in close quarters with strangers, like in dormitories or barracks. Certain bacteria and viruses are able to mutate and become resistant to vaccines very quickly, so a new vaccine needs to be formulated every year, like flu shots are. People who are more vulnerable to a communicable disease may need additional protection – people over 65, pregnant women, newborns, and anyone who’s been immuno-compromised by chemotherapy or HIV.

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Natural and “herd” immunity Passive immunity happens when a mother’s own antibodies are passed along to her fetus or newborn child, but that doesn’t last long. Children often build up a partial immunity to some childhood diseases just by playing with other children who are mildly infected, but there is no substitute for being properly immunized from infancy on. Outbreaks of highly-communicable diseases can be triggered by just one unvaccinated child in a childcare center or playgroup – just look what happened at Disneyland in 2014 – all it took was one child with measles to infect all those unvaccinated Mouseketeers, who then carried the infection back to their home states, setting off mini-outbreaks of measles all over the country. The concept of “herd immunity” is basic math. If enough people in a local

group are immunized, whether because of vaccinations or because they’ve already had the disease, they then form a protective ring around those in the group who are not immune – such as infants and elderly people. But sometimes, a new, foreign disease for which people have no natural immunity can wipe out entire populations, which is exactly what happened when the first European explorers brought smallpox and measles to the New World, wiping out entire tribes of Native Americans. With the ever-increasing pace of international trade and travel and exposure to foreign bacteria and viruses, the urgent need to develop new vaccines as quickly as possible is very, very real – just think about how the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, the Zika virus in Latin America, and the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus hopped across oceans and infected people here in the U.S. Like the flu pandemic of 1918 (which killed at least 100,000,000 people) and the “Black Death” bubonic plague of the Middle Ages (which killed almost half of the European population), new diseases follow the trade and travel routes.

For the common health In 1855, Massachusetts was the first state to mandate smallpox vaccinations for incoming schoolchildren. Since then, mandatory childhood vaccinations became the norm in developed countries – but we must always be vigilant in maintaining that standard, and be prepared to mandate additional vaccines to prevent newly-emerging diseases. Until the Salk and Sabin vaccines were developed in the 1950s, summertime polio epidemics were terrifying scourges that left both children and adults permanently paralyzed, sometimes within just hours of exposure. New cases of polio are virtually unheard of these days in developed countries, but it still afflicts many in Third World countries where immunization programs are erratic. Measles (rubeola) is the world’s most contagious disease and one of the four top childhood killers. Contraction can lead to brain damage, deafness, and encephalitis. According to UNICEF, ConTInued on neXT PAGe

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n developed countries, where early childhood immunizations are mandatory, few children die of or are disabled by measles, polio, whooping cough, or other “childhood” diseases anymore. But in recent years, some parents became convinced that vaccines were inherently toxic and could cause autism. Known as “anti-vaxxers,” these people fell for a debunked medical-conspiracy theory, and deliberately opted-out of having their children vaccinated, thereby eroding the “herd immunity” of their communities and leaving their children vulnerable to potentially deadly childhood diseases. Ironically, these parents had all been properly immunized themselves in childhood, and had not experienced the horror of children being disabled, disfigured, or dying of easily-preventable childhood diseases!

30,000,000 children around the world have not received a measles vaccine. The vaccine was first introduced in 1963, and since then, the rate of measles infections in the US steadily dropped by 99%, leading scientists to believe that, like smallpox, measles could be eradicated worldwide. But with the anti-vaxxer movement [see sidebar], reported cases of measles in the U.S. starting ticking upward again. The combined MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was first introduced in 1971. German measles (rubella), a mild variant of measles, has largely been eradicated, but because it poses a significant danger to pregnant women and their fetuses, the vaccine is still administered to “protect the herd.”

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hen 18th-century English doctor Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids were unaffected by smallpox outbreaks, he theorized that their constant exposure to cowpox (a much milder infection) had somehow protected them. Now called “the father of immunology,” Jenner developed vaccinations (vacca is the Latin word for cow) against smallpox by injecting minute amounts of cowpox pathogens into his patients. Smallpox was an ancient, global plague, causing disfigurement, blindness, and death. In Jenner’s time, close to half a million people in Europe died of it each year, 80% of whom were children. In the early 20th century, as many as 500 million people were still dying of smallpox until the World Health Organization (WHO) started a massive global immunization program. The last known case of smallpox was diagnosed in 1977, and in 1980, the WHO declared that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide, the first time in human history that an infectious disease had been wiped out.


and creates a slightly different pathogen that our immune systems doesn’t recognize or react to quickly enough. That’s why we need flu booster shots every year, tetanus or DPT booster shots every ten years, and various other booster shots throughout our lives as we age or our life circumstances change. For example, back in 2014, twenty-four players in the National Hockey League were sidelined by a mysterious outbreak of the mumps. Despite efforts to administer MMRV booster shots to the players, there was another outbreak within the NHL in 2017. In the 1950s in Russia, a diphtheria epidemic sickened 750,000 people, mostly children. When the DPT vaccine was introduced in 1958, childhood cases dropped dramatically. But in the 1990s, there was another diphtheria outbreak in

Chicken pox (varicella) vaccines weren’t available until the 1990s, and is still not used widely overseas, and it is now combined with the childhood MMR vaccine (MMRV) shots, with special “booster shots” for adults to prevent their developing painful shingles outbreaks later in life. Since the late 1950s, children have been protected against previously-deadly childhood diseases like diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus (lockjaw) with a series of DPT (also called DTaP) shots, including booster shots for anyone who will be around not-yet-vaccinated infants, like childcare workers, babysitters, and new grandparents. Infants and young children also receive routine vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, pneumonia, rotavirus, and Hib (a type of influenza).

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Russia, this time infecting mostly adults – many of whom had been vaccinated as a child, but who had not kept up with the recommended schedule of DPT booster shots.

Special student vaccines Whenever you bring together a crowd of strangers, you’re also bringing together a witch’s brew of bacteria and viruses. If you are already immune to those diseases, then you’re fine. But if just one person in that crowd is actively contagious with meningitis, polio, the flu, or some exotic new disease and you haven’t been immunized properly, then pray real hard that you aren’t sitting next to them in the stadium, locker room, airplane, or classroom. Along with annual flu shots and recommended booster shots, pre-teens and teenagers need additional immunizations. The newest vaccine (and most controversial) is the two-dose HPV vaccine, which protects against the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus, the cause of many cervical, oral, and anal cancers. It is administered to

Don’t leave home without them! Anyone who plans on traveling to foreign countries must be up-to-date on their routine vaccinations, seeing as how many vaccine-preventable diseases (like measles and polio) are still prevalent in other countries. Would-be travelers should consult with their doctor two months beforehand about any additional shots they might need for tropical diseases like yellow fever, plague, and typhoid. Unfortunately, vaccines have not yet been developed for many dangerous tropical viruses like Zika and Ebola, so travelers need to take special precautions to avoid exposure. For more information, visit boys and girls once they reach 11 years old. According to the National Cancer Institute, widespread administration of the HPV vaccine could reduce cervical cancer deaths by two-thirds. It is the first successful anti-cancer vaccine, a major scientific breakthrough. Once teenagers leave the “herd immunity” of their home community, they will be living in close quarters with strangers who may not be as hygienic or well-immunized against communicable diseases. High school students who will be attending college, traveling overseas, or joining the military will need booster shots of both MMRV and DPT, and should get additional shots for hepatitis B, meningitis ACWY, and meningitis B. Meningitis B is a potentially deadly infection (one in ten infected die, sometimes within 24 hours) that has stalked college campuses – including Providence College in 2015. But the meningitis B vaccine has only been available since 2014, so anyone 16-23 years old now who did not receive that vaccine needs to get it immediately.

For seniors only As we age, our immune systems start to slow down and not react as aggressively when a pathogen invades, necessitating stronger “booster” shots to keep us healthy. Starting at age 50, anyone who had chickenpox as a child should get a shingles vaccination. For reasons not yet understood, the long-dormant chickenpox virus in our body can re-awaken, causing a painful, blistered rash called shingles. As many as one in three people over the age of 50 develop shingles if they aren’t protected by the vaccine. According to the U.S. Centers for

Disease Control (CDC), 80-90% of all flu-related deaths are among people over 65 years old. Annual flu shots are especially important for older adults, and a special high-dose flu vaccine is recommended once you turn 65. Immunizations against highly-infectious pneumococcal infections (like pneumonia) start in infancy, with regular booster shots thereafter, but at 65 years old, a more potent PPSV23 vaccine is needed, seeing as secondary complications following illnesses or hospitalizations are much more life-threatening as we get older. Most people don’t think of pneumonia as a particularly deadly disease, but in the U.S. alone, more people die of pneumococcal diseases like pneumonia or meningitis than of all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined.

Be wise and immunize! Unless you live alone on a deserted island, you need to be vaccinated throughout your lifetime. As global travel, immigration, and commerce increase exponentially, so, too, does the transmission of bacteria and viruses. If you have not proactively protected yourself and your children with routine vaccinations, you are a sitting duck for a preventable disease. Scientists around the world are working to develop vaccines to prevent epidemics of such dread diseases as Ebola or HIV/AIDS, and of insect-borne diseases like Zika and Lyme disease. They are also working on vaccines to prevent non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cancers. Vaccines, like antibiotics, can save lives. To learn more about the recommended schedule of immunization from birth to old age, visit vaccines and

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Summer reading to inspire daytrips and staycations By Laura LaTour

I don’t know about you, but I always get excited when I discover a book that is set right in my own backyard. This summer, why not use the following books to inspire further exploration of the South Coast? Start a family book group and then take a day-trip with the kids, or simply flop in your own hammock and remind yourself why you love where you live.

Flying Deep by Michelle Cusolito


or the elementary school set, there’s a great new picture book called Flying Deep by Michelle Cusolito. Climb aboard the famous deep -sea submersible Alvin (credited with helping to find the Titanic), and take a


trip two miles down to the bottom of the ocean. Along the way, children discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour trip in an underwater craft, and also find out more about the animals that live deep in our oceans. School Library Journal calls the book, “A captivating story that introduces and encourages scientific study, specifically in the field of oceanography.” With vibrant and lifelike illustrations by Fall River illustrator Nicole Wong, Flying Deep is bound to stimulate the curiosity in your child. Take advantage of that imaginative spark and learn more by visiting the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where the real-life Alvin is docked, or visit your favorite tidepool and spend the day cataloging all the wildlife you find there.

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The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone


ext, if you have a family member between the ages of eight and twelve, they may be interested in reading The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone. Described as Freaky Friday meets Downton Abbey, this middle-grade mystery features a modern-day twelve-year-old switching bodies with a Gilded Age heiress in order to solve a famous art heist. Hannah Jordan is the daughter of the caretaker for mansion-turned-museum The Elms in Newport, Rhode Island. Hannah’s captivated by stories of The Elms’s original occupants, especially Maggie Dunlap, the tween heiress subject of a painting that went missing during a legendary art heist in 1905. But when the two young girls switch bodies via a magic mirror portal, can they work together to solve the mystery and return to their own eras? After reading The Art of the Swap, top the summer off with “The Servant Life Tour” at The Elms and really bring history to life for your family. This tour highlights the stories of some of the men and women who worked to service the social whirl of Newport during the Gilded Age. Children can see firsthand how characters like Jonah the kitchen boy in The Art of the Swap lived. Visit for more information.





Blue Collars

by Caroline Kepnes

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or those looking for something more adult, you can’t go wrong with Caroline Kepnes’ Providence. Touted as part romance, part detective story, and part paranormal thriller, Providence brings action, adventure, and murder to the Rhode Island capital. Growing up as best friends, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand their intense connection. But just when Jon is ready to confess the depth of his feelings, he’s kidnapped by his substitute teacher, a discredited scientist who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity. When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity – but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected. Extend the thrill of your reading experience by celebrating Providence’s own H.P. Lovecraft, a sub-plot and strong thread which runs through Kepnes’ novel. August 17-19 you can attend an H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival hosted at RISD’s Metcalf Auditorium, 20 North Main Street in Lovecraft’s hometown of Providence. Three days of cosmic, uncanny, and weird short and feature films, inspired by the gothic horror-master himself. Visit for tickets.


hen, for the more serious and literary readers, there’s Blue Collars by Catherine McLaughlin. Set in the South End of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Blue Collars is a compelling story about growing up in a working-class family during the late 1950s and 1960s. Told through the eyes of young Fiona “Finn” Kilroy, her story unfolds in the city’s immigrant neighborhoods. Finn’s father works long hours as a loomfixer and her mother struggles to keep the children healthy, well fed, and well dressed. Surrounded by the love of a caring, extended family, Finn’s life seems from the outside to be carefree and idyllic. But a terrible secret haunts her childhood. Once you’ve experienced the heartache of Finn’s coming-of-age tale, you can take a self-guided walking tour the South End. “The New Bedford Harbor Walk” sits atop the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier (said to be the longest in the world) on East Rodney French Boulevard and gives visitors a chance to look out upon where Buzzards Bay (East Beach) meets historic Fort Taber, beyond to Fairhaven’s Fort Phoenix, West Island, and noted points of interest like Butler Flats Lighthouse. The pathway is lit at night and pet friendly, making any time a good time to take in the natural wonder of the South Coast. The Harbor Walk is the best place to see New Bedford’s unique mix of natural and man-made wonders.

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News, views and trends… from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay

by Elizabeth Morse Read

It’s Portuguese Feast season! Whether it’s in New Bedford, Fall River, or Fairhaven, head for the feast grounds for fabulous food, great music, and good times with friends and family! And don’t miss the beaches, the jazz and blues festivals, the regattas, the free concerts and movies, and funky street fairs! Pack in everything you can this month before Labor Day and the end of a spectacular summer on the South Coast!

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Woohoo! Head for the Onset Band Shell for the free Summer of Love Concerts on Wednesdays through August 29, the free Onset Film Festival on Thursdays through August 2, and the free Time Warp Dance Parties and Rock n Roll Bingo (wear costumes!) on Fridays through August 17! For complete details, go to

Talk a walk through the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir! Canoe/ kayak launch, fishing, trails. For info, visit

Locavores! Register early for the “Farm to Tapas” dinner on August 12 at Barneys Joy Creek Farm! Sample the delectable tapas created by local restaurants and caterers using locally-sourced ingredients, along with complimentary beverages! Sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP). For more info and registration, call 508-243-6005 or go to

Don’t miss the Newport Jazz Festival August 3-5 ( at Fort Adams, the Newport Bridge Fest July 30 to August 2 at venues throughout Newport ( or the Onset Blues Festival on August 4! ( Mark your calendars for the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tours August 18-19! Take a leisurely drive highlighting the craftsmen and artists of Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton, and Little Compton. For more info, go to

Bristol Don’t miss the Music at Sunset Summer Concert Series at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! Sign the kids up for summer Camp Sequoia!! For info and dates, call 401-2532707 or go to If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame! For info, call 401-253-5000 or go to

Take kids five and older on a “Cold-Blooded Crusade” on August 4 at the Lloyd Center for the Environment, to learn about amphibians and reptiles! For more info, call 508-99-0505 x 19 or pre-register at Go on a free “Wild Edibles Walk” on August 15 at Slocum’s River Reserve, sponsored by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info and pre-registration, call 508-991-2289 or go to

The Block Island Ferry is back! Travel to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River through September 3. For details, go to

Head for Running Brook Vineyards for free live music every weekend! For more info call 508-985-1998 or go to runningbrookwine. com/entertainment.

My Brother’s Keeper of Dartmouth and Easton is looking for volunteers and gently-used residential furniture for South Coast families in need. Free pick up. Call 774-305-4577 or visit

Wander through Parsons Reserve or take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit

Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have created “Discover Buzzards Bay,” an initiative to promote active outdoor recreation. A series of guided monthly outdoor walks, called “Sunday Strolls,” and an online portal with information about more than 100 public places to walk, birdwatch, kayak/ canoe, fish or cross-country ski, can be found at – and check out and To learn more about state parks and wildlife refuges in Rhode Island, go to or


Visit Linden Place Mansion, the setting for the movie “The Great Gatsby.” Sign the kids up for Summer Arts Camp! For info and reservations, call 401-253-0390 or visit Find out who’s playing at the Stone Church Coffeehouse at the First Congregational Church. For info or tickets, call 401-253-4813 or 401-253-7288. Check out the 18th-century Home and Hearth Workshops at the Coggeshall Farm Museum! For details, visit or call 401-253-9062.

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Enjoy the outdoors at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! Sign up for a sunset kayak or canoe trip! Take the little ones to “Nature Discovery” on the third Saturday each month. For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Seamus Galligan and Michael Laureanno will perform August 8, Four Bridges on September 19. For more info, call 401-241-3793, or visit

Go kayaking at the Apponagansett Bay Kayak Expedition in Dartmouth on August 16! Sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures. For more info, go to Don’t miss the music, food and fun on August 25 at the 13th Annual Barn Bash at the Sylvan Nursery Barn, a fundraiser for the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust! For more info and tickets, call 508-991-2289 or go to


Easton Enjoy “Around the Campfire” at the Sheep Pasture on August 16, a free Family Science Outing sponsored by the Natural Resources Trust of Easton! For more info, call 508-2386049 or go to Find out what’s happening at the Easton Children’s Museum! For info, call 508-2303789 or visit

Fairhaven Bring a chair or blanket to listen to “Concerts Under the Stars” at the Fairhaven Town Hall on August 2 (Forever Young) and 9 (James Taylor Tribute). For more info, go to Don’t miss the free West Island Movie Classic “A Hasty Heart” on August 2. Sponsored by the West Island Improvement Association. For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to Go on the “Late Summer Shorebird Stroll at West Island,” sponsored by the Lloyd Center for the Environment, on August 2 (rain date August 3)! For more info, call 508-990-0505 x 23 or pre-register at Wear white on August 4 for the annual Picnic on the Lawn of the Unitarian Church for an evening of live jazz, food, and drink, a benefit for the Fairhaven Historical Society. For more info, go to Happy Days! Don’t miss the free Classic Car Cruise and live music on August 19 at Benoit Square, sponsored by the North Fairhaven Improvement Association! Take the kids to the Monday Morning Fun Days at the Visitors Center! For dates and info on tours, events, and historical sites, go to or call 508-979-4085. Buy fresh, buy local! Head for the Fairhaven Farmers Market at its new location on 151 Alden Road on Sundays 11-3 through October 28! For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to Bring a lawn chair and learn about local history at the free “Lectures on the Lawn” at the Old Stone Schoolhouse on the first and third Saturdays of August. For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. Mark your calendars for the annual Feast of Our Lady of the Angels on Labor Day weekend (September 1-3) in north Fairhaven! Great food, live music, procession, games. For details, call 508-990-0592 or go to

The Huttleston Marketplace will be set up on the lawn of Fairhaven High School every Saturday 10-4 through Labor Day! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers will be selling their wares. For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to

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Put on your dancing shoes! Head for the First Congregational Church on the third Saturday each month, 7-10 p.m., for social ballroom dancing! Beginners welcome. For reservations and info, call 401-230-3420 or go to If you’re interested in the history of JapanAmerica ties, visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, where it all began. Go to or call 508-995-1219 for details.

Fall River Mark your calendars for the Portuguese food, music, and family entertainment at the Parish of the Good Shepherd Feast on August 10-12! For details, call 508-678-7412 or go to And plan ahead for The Great Holy Ghost Feast August 23-26 at Kennedy Park! Great food and music! For band line-up and more info, call 508-675-1368 or visit Head for the waterfront and Borden Light Marina to watch the powerboats at the 2018 Fall River Grand Prix on August 25 and 26! For more info, call 508-944-3728 or go to

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Take the little ones for a ride on the centuryold Carousel at Battleship Cove through Labor Day! For more info, go to carousel. Head for the Fall River Heritage State Park on August 18 for a free outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”! For details, go to or call 508-294-5344. The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous line-up. For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Head for the parks for free outdoor movies! Watch “Pink Panther” on August 18 at Maplewood Park. For details, go to ahafallriver. com or call 508-294-5344.


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Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum (508-678-1000 x101 or or explore the murky depths at the DIVE! exhibit at the Maritime Museum (508-674-3533 or battleshipcove. org/maritime-museum).

Take the family to the annual Krazy Days in downtown Middleboro on August 3-4! A free and family-friendly street festival with food, vendors, live entertainment! For details, visit

Enjoy the weather! Explore nature trails or historic landmarks, join a walking group – learn more at or call 508-324-2405. The Fall River Public Library hosts free afternoon movies (and popcorn!) every Wednesday at 1 p.m., in addition to showings on Monday nights. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-672-0033.

Marion The 46th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta will be held August 3-5! For complete details, go to Mark your calendar for performances of “Seascape” on August 9-11, 16-18 at the Marion Art Center! For more info, call 508-7481266 or go to Head for the Marion Music Hall to enjoy the “Music from Land’s End” Baroque classics concert with period instruments on August 18. For more info, visit Find out what’s going on at the Marion Museum of Natural History! For more info, call 508-748-2098 or go to

Mattapoisett Bring your own food and decorations and join the Mattapoisett Historical Society and the Mattapoisett Land Trust for the “Great Community Picnic” on August 2 at the Munro Preserve! Tables, chairs, cash bar and music provided. For more info and tickets, call 508-758-2844 or go to info@

Head for the Summer Farmers Market at Oliver Mill Park on Saturdays through October 13! For more info, go to Take the kids to the Soule Homestead! For daily event info, and the line-up for the Saturday Summer Concerts through August 11, call 508-947-6744 or go to soulehomestead. org. Nemasket River Productions will present “Romeo & Juliet” August 3-4 at the Peter Oliver House. For more info, go to or call 1-866-244-0448. On Wednesday or Saturday afternoons, visit the 7-building Middleborough Historical Museum, including the “Tom Thumb Museum”! For more info, go to

Middletown Head for the Newport Vineyards on Saturday and Sunday afternoons through October for live music and wine tastings! For more info, call 401-848-5161 or go to Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary! Check out the week-long day camps for children ages 3½ to 14! For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to

New Bedford Head for the free “Summer Sounds Series” concerts on Friday evenings at Pier 3! Listen to Funk Side Up August 3, Steppin Out with New Image August 10! For more info, go to

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Head for the Zeiterion for “Silver Screen Summer at the Z,” sponsored by Mayor Jon Mitchell! For only $3, watch great movies at 2 or 7 p.m. – “Top Gun” on August 1, “Lawrence of Arabia” August 15, “Who Killed Roger Rabbit?” August 22, “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” August 29! For more info, call 508-9942900 or go to All right! Dance along to free “Reggae on West Beach” Summer Sounds Concerts 3-7 p.m. on August 26! Live DJs, family-friendly, food trucks. For more info, call 508-207-6726 or go to Don’t miss the 3rd EyE Open Hip-Hop Festival on August 18 in downtown New Bedford! Live music, dance, graffiti, basketball tourney, kids’ carnival, food and fun! For more info, go to Celebrate the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial in New Bedford all summer long! Head for the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park for the special walking tour “Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad” through September 30! For more info, go to or The New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches Department will offer two-week sessions of all-day summer programs at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman through August 24, including breakfast, lunch, and transportation. For info and registration, call 508-961-3015 or go to Paddle around the pond on the new Swan Boats at Buttonwood Park! Then head for the zoo to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the “Rainforest, Rivers and Reefs” exhibits! Learn more about the ZooCrew Zoo Camp at the Buttonwood Park Zoo for children 4-12! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit Test your strength and join in the Azorean Whaleboat Rowing Race on August 15 at Clark’s Cove, sponsored by the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society! For more info, contact or go to

History buffs! Learn more about WWI at the free Tuesday evening lectures August 14 to September 4 at the Mattapoisett Library, sponsored by the Mattapoisett Historical Society. For topics and more info, call 508-758-2844 or info@ Explore the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, bird-watch, cross-country ski! For more info, go to

Eat fresh, eat local! Don’t miss the free cooking demo (and tasting!) with Rhonda Fazio on August 8 at the NB Farmers’ Market at Custom House Square! This event is sponsored by the NB Fishing Heritage Center and the NB Port Authority. For more info, call 508-9938894 or go to

Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights.” The August 9 theme is “Jammin’ in the Streets.” The September 13 theme is #FrederickDouglassLivedHere. For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. It’s festa time! The 104th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the world’s largest Portuguese feast, is scheduled for August 2-5 at Madeira Field! Great food, top-notch music, family fun, and free admission! Headliners include Queensryche, Wild Nites, Eratoxica, and Ultimate Queen Celebration. Learn more at The 46th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta will be held August 3-5! For complete details, go to

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Explore the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to Don’t miss the Seaglass Theatre Company’s “Endless Summer,” vintage songs of the summer season, on the lawn of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Gardens, on August 23, rain or shine. For more info and tickets, call 508-951-7187 or go to

Head for the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park for the “Whaling Days Walking Tours,” which will run through September 30. For more info, go to destinationnewbedford. org/events or

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Stroll through the New Bedford Art Museum/ ArtWorks! special exhibit “Birds of the First Light and Longhouses,” selected prints of John James Audubon from the New Bedford Free Public Library’s collection, through October 14! Call 508-961-3072 or visit

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Sign your kids up now for the weekly Cool Arts Kids Workshops (half or full day) at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! through August 17! Call 508-961-3072 or go to Enjoy the day watching the 2018 Buzzards Bay 420 Championship off Fort Taber on August 2-5! For more info, call 508-992-6219 or visit Gamers, team-builders and mystery-solvers! Head for the “Mass Escape” in downtown New Bedford! Groups of 4-8 people can work together to prevent a nuclear crisis or solve a murder mystery. For more info, go to Find out what’s going on at the Whaling Museum and the Seamen’s Bethel! Spend “Summer Days at the Museum”! Let your kids explore the Whaling Museum – check out the Discovery Center and the daily kids activities through Labor Day! For more information, call 508-997-0046 or go to

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Take a stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens! Enjoy a fun-filled day on August 16 at “The Picnic in Haskell Gardens,” sponsored by AHA! and The Trustees of Reservations! To learn more, call 508-636-4693 or go to or Explore the region’s military history at the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit

Saturday, August 11

Travel around the world and back in time! Don’t miss the Whaling Museum’s special exhibit, “A Spectacle in Motion,” the restored 19th-century 1,275-foot long painting “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World,” on display at the Kilburn Mills Studio in the city’s South End through October 8. For more information, go to

Rain Date – Sunday, August 12

11am-6pm – on the bluffs at Onset Beach, Onset, MA Over 90 vendors n A great variety of Cape Verdean food and music!

Listen to live folk music on August 9 & 18 at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! For more info, call 508-993-8894 or visit Plan ahead for Shakespeare in Buttonwood Park’s free outdoor performances of “Macbeth” in mid-August! For dates and details, check out theglasshorseproject. Don’t miss “Feast in the Wild” on August 16 at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, the zoo’s annual fundraiser! Great local restaurant food and beverages, live entertainment, 21+ only! For more info and tickets, call 508-991-6178 or go to

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Continued FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Mark your calendars for the free “Local Bands Mini Music Fest” on August 25 throughout the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For more info, call 508-996-4095 x 6105 or visit

Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “No Tell Motel” will play through September 1. Don’t miss the Hal MacIntyre Orchestra with Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee on August 12! For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to newportplayhouse. com.

Find your way to the Olneyville neighborhood for this year’s Fringe PVD Festival July 30 to August 4! Experimental and emerging performance and visual arts at various venues, presented by The Wilbury Theatre Group and WaterFire Providence. For ticket info and more details, go to

Mark your calendars for the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta on August 25-26, presented by the International Yacht Restoration School, the final stage of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. For details, go to

Head for Crescent Park in East Providence for free “Movies in the Park” on August 24 and September 14! For details, go to

Portsmouth Don’t miss the Whaling City Blues Festival at Fort Taber Park on August 13! For the lineup visit or Take free evening tours of historic buildings and neighborhoods, sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society! Visit the homes of the Victorian Era on August 9. For more info, call 508-9976425 or visit or Head for State Pier on August 10 and 11 to tour the US Coast Guard’s training Tall Ship “Eagle” and listen to free concerts performed by the Coast Guard Band. The “Eagle,” a three-masted Barque, is the only active-duty sailing vessel in America’s military. To learn more about the USCG’s flagship, go to uscga. edu/eagle. For a schedule of events, go to Bring a chair or blanket to the “End of Summer Movie Night” on August 24 (rain date August 25) at Custom House Square – free! Watch “The Incredibles” at 7:30 and “Black Panther” at 9:30. For more info, go to Head for Buttonwood Park on August 25-26 for the free OdiePalooza 3 Family Festival! Live music, food trucks, games and family fun! For more info, go to Take a boat tour of historic New Bedford Harbor or a sunset cruise aboard Whaling City Expeditions! For info, call 508-207-6994 or go to

Newport Buy your tickets now for the Newport Jazz Festival August 3-5 ( at Fort Adams, and the Newport Bridge Fest July 30 to August 2 at venues throughout Newport (! Go for a stroll and picnic at Ballard Park! Take the family to free “Movies on the Rocks” – there’s “Rocky” on August 8, “The Princess Bride” on August 15, “Bambi” on August 22! For more info, call 401-619-3377 or go to Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay past lighthouses, mansions, and Newport Harbor! Free dockside parking. For schedule and info, go to


Visit the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens! For info, call 401-683-1267 or visit Enjoy wine tastings and live music every weekend at Greenvale Vineyards! For details, call 401-847-3777 or go to Check out the Newport Car Museum! Sixtyplus vintage cars and driving simulators! For more info, call 401-848-2277 or visit Get your tickets early for the 2018 Local Farm Fest at Castle Hill Inn on August 14! Enjoy live music on the waterfront while chefs will serve locally-sourced foods and beverages – a fundraiser for Farm Fresh RI. For info and tickets, call 401-312-4250 or go to farmfreshri. org.

Providence Mark your calendars for Thursdays in August for the Burnside Music Series and Trinity Beer Garden at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence! For info and schedule, go to Head for the Roger Williams National Memorial for the free “Downtown Sundown Concerts” on August 4 and 18! Bring a chair and enjoy an “outdoor coffeehouse” experience with Rhode’s Island’s best local talents. For details, call 401-521-7266 or contact Head for Bold Point Park in East Providence for Dark Start Orchestra August 5, O.A.R. August 17, Hunter Hayes August 23, Kidz Bop Live! August 24! For tickets and info, go to Be amazed by WaterFire in downtown Providence! For info and dates, Bring a lawn chair and listen to free “In Concert With Nature,” on August 8 and 22 at the Blackstone Boulevard Trolley Station near Elmgrove Avenue, hosted by the Blackstone Parks Conservancy. For more info, visit Explore the waterways of Providence in a single or tandem kayak! For more info, call 401829-1769 or visit Don’t miss the “Concerts Under the Elms” (and food trucks) on August 2 on the lawn of the John Brown House! For info and tickets, call 401-331-8575 x 133 or go to

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Enjoy a free classical concert at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park on August 10, part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Summer Pops” series. For more info, call 401-248-7000 or visit Woohoo! Head to the AS220 Foo Fest on August 18 on Empire Street, a family-friendly summer block party celebrating the art, music and creative energy of downtown Providence! For more info, go to Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center and The VETS! Don’t miss Yanni August 4! For info, call 401-2787 or go to Don’t miss “The Looff,” a free festival of art, music and life on August 11 at Crescent Park in East Providence! For details, visit Film buffs! Don’t miss the 2018 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival August 7-12 in Providence and venues throughout the state! Flickers is one of the leading juried competitions for international independent filmmakers – check the schedule and buy your tickets early! For details, go to Save the date for “Brew At The Zoo!,” Rhode Island’s largest beer festival, on August 25 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo! More than 80 brewers, live music, 21+ only. For more info and tickets, go to Spend an afternoon in the galleries at the RISD Museum! And check out the courses, workshops and “tours for tots”! For details, visit or call 401-454-6500. Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437.

Rochester Mark your calendars for the 19th Annual Rochester Country Fair on August 16-19! For more info, visit

Somerset Stroll through the Somerset Open Air Market (SOAM) at Marchand Memorial Park field every other Saturday in August (weekly in September and October) 10-2! Vendors include farm stands, artisans, food trucks, children’s activities, and fitness, with free shuttle from the Somerset-Berkley High School parking lot. For more info, visit somersetopenairmarket. com.

Swansea Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the year-round farmers market at Stony Creek Farm on Sundays. For hours and more info, call 401465-4832 or go to Encourage your K-6 child’s creativity and problem-solving skills at a one-week session of Camp Invention! Programs available in Swansea this summer. For more info, visit

Taunton Find out what’s happening in Taunton! For info, go to

Tiverton Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! For info, go to or call 401-241-7349. There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! Don’t miss Zoe Lewis perform on August 17! For more info, go to Spend a Sunday afternoon through August 26 learning about daily life in the 18th century at the Chace-Cory House in Tiverton Four Corners! For more info, go to tivertonhistorical. org. Check out who’s playing at “Live Music at the Bliss” at the Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church! For info, call 401-624-4113 or visit


Enjoy the “Music from Land’s End” summer concert series, with a Baroque classics concert with period instruments on August 19 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. For more info, visit Make a splash at Water Wizz! For more info, call 508-295-3255 or visit

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The Buzzards Bay Coalition will be offering new, expanded water programs for kids this summer at the Onset Boathouse – sailing, swimming, kayaking and lessons on coastal ecology. Six weeks of all-day programs will be available through the Gleason YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club and the Wareham Public Schools. Check out the schedule for the 13th season of Cranberry Coast Concerts! Listen to duo pianists on August 3, solo pianist on August 17, and the season finale on September 7, all at the Eastern Bank in Wareham. For more info, call 508-491-8888 or visit CCCFestival. Wareham seniors can go on a free Canal Cruise on August 21, departing from Onset Pier! Tickets are available at the Wareham Council on Aging –space is limited! For details, call 508-291-3130.

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Westport The Sunset Music Series concerts at Westport Rivers Vineyard runs through September 8! Tickets must be purchased in advance – $10/carload! For tickets and lineup of performers, go to

Head for the Onset Band Shell on August 11 for the Onset Cape Verdean Festival! For more info, call 508-789-8726 or query The Onset Blues Festival is scheduled for August 4! Headliners include Janiva Magness and The Fat City Band! (No coolers or dogs, please!) For more info, go to onsetbluesfestival. com. Mark your calendars for the Annual Illumination Night on August 18 (rain date August 19)! And plan ahead for the ChalkFull-of-Fun Onset Street Painting Festival on August 25, and the Kite Festival September 1! For more info, call 508-295-7072 or visit “Learn How to Quahog” at Onset Bay on August 11 and September 18! Free! Sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Wareham Department of Natural Resources. For more info, go to discover/events.

Explore beautiful and historic places with a free self-guided “Westport Summer Passport”! Pick up a copy at Grays Daily Grind, or download a copy at “Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower” on August 11 at the Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, sponsored by Mass Audubon! To pre-register, call 508-636-2437 or go to Explore 18th and 19th-century life at the Handy House. For more info, visit wpthistory. org, or call 508-636-6011. Pack a picnic for the 10th Annual Town Farm Summer Concert with Anais Mitchell on August 4! For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit Take a leisurely ramble around rural Westport! For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit

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he things that happen on the quiet side streets of the South Coast. One of them was in Mattapoisett this summer, in a cottage at Crescent Beach where I sat at a table full of money, scattered and ready to be counted, a bottle of whiskey at my side, my hand on a full glass. My son, one of two illegitimate children I accidentally created with Valerie, the number-one hooker in my bordello, glared at me and exploded with pent-up anger held in for all his years working in “the family business.” He screamed that many a night he dreamed about killing me, snapping my neck, and wishing he had. I screamed back, impugning his manhood. He left me alone to stew in my anger and returned a day later to find me at my counting table, having drunk myself to death. So much for the quiet side streets of the South Coast. But that’s the business of making movies on side streets or busy thoroughfares or sandy beaches or wherever a good location may be found. Films are happening with increasing frequency all over the country and the world – and in places like Mattapoisett. I was part of a film, Not Even a Gravestone, created and directed by Colin Dale, whose family is from Hingham and has been summering down


By Paul Kandarian Crescent Beach for years – a lovely little enclave of small beach cottages, one of which doubled as a bordello for the film’s purpose. I play Julius, the drunken whoremaster who owns the place, fathers a couple of kids with Valerie, the soft-hearted hooker, and proceeds to screw up their lives by making them live and work in the family business. Dale, a junior filmmaking student at the University of Southern California, is

Their enthusiasm is infectious, their passion palpable, their need to create contagious. a dreamer, as all young filmmakers and anyone connected with the business are. He’s talented, he’s passionate about what he does, and he will find success. One of his directing classes at USC is occasionally taught by Steven Spielberg, who as a kid made 8mm movies and later did all right for himself in Hollywood, to say the least.

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I’ve said it before, but I cannot get enough of acting in general (which I started doing on stage at the Marion Art Center in 2007) and with young talent like Dale in particular. Their enthusiasm is infectious, their passion palpable, their need to create contagious. And filming so close to home in places like Mattapoisett is getting more and more common in a filmmaking world made smaller by technology and places to show your wares online for the world to see. Where if you’re lucky, you’ll find a way in to a variety of paying platforms like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and the like. It’s a long way from the old days of Hollywood’s major studios and three networks on TV. Young people like Dale are trying their hardest to make their dream a reality in these brave new pioneering days of cinematic creativity. You think of major motion pictures made in this state and nearby Rhode Island and you think of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and others, cranking out Good Will Hunting, The Departed, The Town, and so many more. And that’s a great thing for the local economy mainly as giant productions generate a ton of revenue for the area businesses filmmakers need, as well as employing actors for a myriad of small roles. But indies, as independent films are known, are becoming far more prevalent

in the area, including even tiny towns like Mattapoisett and picturesque urban areas like New Bedford. In 2002, an indie film, Passionada, was filming in the Whaling City. It was the first time a movie had been shot in the city in 45 years, though a wide range of other filming projects took place there, including TV commercials, a fishing tournament, TV series about history including several on PBS, and many others. In 2011, a movie called Whaling City about the fight waged by an independent fisherman to save his boat and lifestyle, was set and filmed in New Bedford. The first film made there was in 1922, a silent movie with Clara Bow, Down to the Sea in Ships, which also filmed at the Apponagansett Meeting House in Dartmouth. And of course, Moby Dick was set here, made into the film in 1956, which was largely filmed elsewhere but did include a scene in front of the Seaman’s Bethel. Rhode Island has also seen its share of major movies made there, but also a slew of indie film, web series projects, TV commercials, and corporate

videos. I’ve filmed there in places like Newport, Providence, South Kingstown, Narragansett, and others with a variety of filmmakers, playing everything from doting fathers to mafia killers. Two years ago, I shot Sundown, an indie film about dementia, that filmed in Hanover, Massachusetts and other locations and went on to win a bunch of film festival awards near and far, and airs now on Amazon Prime. So if you’re looking to start your own career, this area abounds with stage opportunities (in my mind, the best place to start acting) like the Marion Art Center, Your Theatre in New Bedford, Little Theatre of Fall River, and many others. And for film, the first place I found my way in front of a camera was with Seth Chitwood, a young man from Barrington who created Angelwood Pictures and is always creating new web series and seeking new talent to bring them to life. So if you want to play a whoremaster, a killer, a kindly grandfather, or anything else in between, the South Coast just might have what you’re looking for.

2018 Calendar

Onset, Massachusetts Free Onset Film Festival Thursday nights 7:00 p.m. through 8/9 Annual Sandcastle Day Saturday, 7/28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Onset Beach 26th annual Onset Blues Festival Saturday, 8/4, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. For info & tickets: Annual Onset Cape Verdean Festival Saturday, 8/11, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. For info please contact Time Warp Dancs Parties & Rock-n- Roll Bingo Friday nights 6:30-8:30 p.m. through 8/17 Annual illumination night Saturday, 8/18 7:30 p.m.-9:30 pm on Onset Beach 5th Annual Chalk-Full-O-Fun Onset street painting festival Sunday, 8/25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. - Rain date 8/26. All ages. $5 registration fee. Onset Beach Kite Festival Saturday, 9/1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Onset Summer of Love Concert Series Wednesday nights 6:30-9:30 p.m. through 8/29 Events are free and are held at the Lilian Gregerman Bandshell, 1 Union Ave. in onset, MA, unless otherwise indicated. — Subject to change without notice — 508.295.7072

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The South Coast Insider - August 2018  

We’ve officially reached the dog days of summer. Walk down the sidewalk and you’ll find yourself darting to and from shady spots. The humid...

The South Coast Insider - August 2018  

We’ve officially reached the dog days of summer. Walk down the sidewalk and you’ll find yourself darting to and from shady spots. The humid...