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FROM THE PUBLISHER August 2019 | Vol. 23 | No.8

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this point, but don’t let that stop you from embarking on a staycation. On page 6, Steven Froias offers a list of suggested destinations in your backyard. Don’t book another hotel room until you’ve crossed all of these spots off your list! For those who want to stay local but to feel like an explorer, there’s no better

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By Steven Froias ou haven’t got the time or energy to plan a proper summer getaway, but you still want to feel as if you’ve been somewhere and done something with your vacation days. Easy fix: consider checking out some overlooked or off-the-beaten path destinations of distinction right here on South Coast. That way, you can plan your itinerary as the spirit moves. Sure, you’re probably familiar with Fall River’s Battleship Cove or the New Bedford Whaling Museum. But, have you made sure to check out the Maritime Museum just steps from the USS Massachusetts? Or, have you ever even heard of the Museum of Madeiran Heritage in New Bedford’s North End? If not, then you’ve got no excuse to binge Netflix in your air-conditioned living room through your vacation. Instead, make it a Southcoast Staycation with these one-of-a-kind authentic places just a short drive away from wherever you may be reading this.

The Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove FALL RIVER

If the ocean, industry, and a dash of quirky history appeals to you, the Maritime Museum is the place you want to chart a course for. The Maritime Museum was founded in 1968. but it’s often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, the USS Massachusetts. It is a historical and nautical museum representing the span of sea history, including the once-famous Fall River Line of steamships. It features more than 150 scale models, 30,000 photographs, videos, uniforms, and even a research library (accessible by appointment only). Naturally, it’s chock full of all things related to life on the high seas. Yet, what sets the museum apart is its enthusiastic embrace of, well, everything that beguiles in relation to the marine industries which played such an important role in Fall River’s history. Here, that story is told through a steampunk lens with a decided focus on the mechanics of maritime. Even the legendary Titanic makes an appearance with a special exhibit up now entitled, “The Birth and Death of a Titan: the Story of the Titanic.” The museum promises, “Visitors will walk through her passageways, check out the menu options, and learn about fellow passengers as they explore the 28 foot Titanic model featured in the 1953 movie of the same name.” This is one ship you’ll want to go down with. Find more info at


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Altitude H2O has an option for guests of all ages and can accommodate groups of any size, they say. Session rates range from $15 to $30 for single and double sessions. To ensure the safety of the guests, the water park enlists certified lifeguards to watch the course and all participants must wear an aquapark-issued life jacket and must sign a waiver as well as attend a 15-minute safety orientation. To purchase sessions, sign a waiver, or book a birthday party at Altitude H20 New Bedford, visit

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The Museum of Madeiran Heritage NEW BEFORD

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament gets all the attention around this time of year, but Madeiran culture is actually explored year-round at this nifty little spot just east of The Feast grounds in New Bedford’s North End. The Museum of Madeiran Heritage was opened at the start of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament back in 1999. It is sponsored by the Clube Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, which operates The Feast, too. Through a collection of photographs, artwork, and memorabilia, its purpose is to honor the tradition and the legacy of the thousands of Madeirans who have been coming to the United States for generations – so many of whom settled on the South Coast. Inside, you’ll find Madeiran art and fine crafts including, embroidery, lace, linens, pottery, and weaving. Traditional costumes of folkloric dancers are also on

display along with an authentic corca, or sled, used to transport visitors from the village of Monte high atop a hill outside of Funchal, the capital city of Madeira. It may be useful for hauling some people off The Feast grounds after the annual summer celebration, but it’s probably best appreciated as a charming bit of the old country right where it is in the Museum of Madeira Heritage. Learn more at

East Bay Bike Path BEGINNING IN BRISTOL Most of this one is technically just outside the South Coast proper, but don’t be afraid to get a little bit out of your staycation comfort zone (and off your butt). It is summer in New England, after all, and it’s a precious commodity


best savored outdoors! Hop on the Schwinn and pick up the East Bay Bike Path from the beautiful community of Bristol. The best spot to get onto this 14.5-mile bike path is at Independence Park, which is also

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the entrance to the enchanting Bristol Waterfront Historic District. From here, the trail largely follows the route of the former Providence and Bristol Railroad all the way to India Point Park in Rhode Island’s capital city. Indeed, you won’t just be cycling along a bike trail, but traveling through history, too. The East Bay Bike Path in all connects eight parks and traverses the years since the 18th century when India Point was a shipyard for boats bound to India and China, part of a flourishing trade into the 1800s. Going back even further, parts of the trail mimic the ancient trails of Native Americans whose paths led all the way to Cape Cod. And to think, you get to use a bike to traverse these centuries! Download a map from eastbay.

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Building on its whaling industry history (and now its strength in the fishing industry) New Bedford is positioning itself to take better advantage of its seaport through tourism, blue water technology, and expanded shipping ventures.


rom an out-of-towner’s point of view, the city is gaining visibility as a convenient way to reach Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, or Cuttyhunk, avoiding the black hole of Cape Cod summer travel. Local government and businesses are working hard to make those travelers aware of New Bedford as an appealing destination in its own right. “Some people stay locally for a day or two before going on to other New England locations,” says Ray Caton, one of the captains of the harbor tour boat Acushnet. Getting visitors out on the water has proved to be one way to bring them to town. A variety of vessels stand ready to take visitors around the harbor, out fishing, or to the islands.

Block Island Ferry The other popular island off the South Coast is Block Island, lying about 13 miles off the Rhode Island mainland, and only 14 miles from Long Island, New York. About one-third the size of Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island is summer-oriented, with some 40 restaurants open in-season,


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offering visitors sustenance to fuel them during all the beach going, bicycling, fishing, sailing, hiking, and bird watching they’ll be doing. Access is easy via the Block Island Ferry, which offers a variety of Rhode Island mainland connections, and both traditional and high-speed service. High-speed ferries provide roundtrip service during the summer and shoulder seasons. One high-speed ferry runs from Fall River, to Newport, to the island (two hours 15 minutes from Fall River, one hour 15 minutes from Newport), while the other operates from Point Judith in Galilee (30 minutes). You can bring your bike, but not your motor vehicle. The traditional, not-so-high-speed ferry runs year round from Point Judith in Galilee, making the trip in 55 minutes. This run offers motor vehicle transport. The details can be found at the website at blockislandferry. com. Reservations are recommended. Anyone wanting to take a motor vehicle across must reserve a space in advance.

Whaling City Expeditions A narrated one-hour tour on Whaling City Expeditions’

14-passenger Acushnet is a good way to familiarize yourself with the waterfront landmarks in New Bedford and Fairhaven. The tour covers the inner harbor bordered by the New Bedford and Fairhaven shorelines, the massive hurricane barrier to the south, and the Fairhaven Bridge to the north. On the day I took the tour, Captain Kathy Frey was at the helm. Leaving from the dock at the Wharfinger Building on Pier 3 at 228 MacArthur Drive (where free parking spots are usually available), Captain Kathy guided the Acushnet up a channel hemmed in by fishing vessels. From the get-go you’re up close and personal with commercial fishing boats, their battered steel hulls towering overhead like cliffs. “People are curious about the fishing industry,” Captain Kathy told me before we left, and locals as well as out-of-towners want to learn more. Puttering past lines of boats, Captain Kathy points out scallopers, squid boats, lobster boats, and draggers that go out for ground fish – boats hailing from as far as Rhode Island, New Jersey, and North Carolina. She makes special note of the North Cape, probably for the shock value of its mission. The North Cape fishes for slime eels, which are a delicacy in Japan and Korea, and their skins are used in clothing accessories. We pass the giant and now-defunct New Bedford Gas and Edison Light Complex, which city planners hope will one day become a jewel in the waterfront crown, if someone can think up an especially good use for it. Along the stretch of processing plants, lumpers are unloading fishing boats and a few gray seals are hoping for a free meal. Ahead, the empty acreage at the Marine Commerce Terminal where city planners will put infrastructure for servicing offshore wind farms. Right now the dock space is occupied by the Fugro Enterprise, one of a shifting mix of big geotechnical vessels surveying the ocean bottom. Captain Kathy takes us past Palmer Island and its defunct lighthouse. Then we transit the looming hurricane barrier, built in the 1960s after hurricanes in 1938 and 1954 funneled wind and water through the narrow confines of Buzzards Bay, doing millions of dollars in damage. The Acushnet’s return trip north along the Fairhaven waterfront

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runs past a string of genteel riverfront homes. A marina full of recreational boats is followed by more fishing boats, a clammer tucked away here, a longliner from Delaware parked there. On some summer days—not today—cruise ships from the American Cruise Lines dock at the State Pier. But as we’re finishing up the trip, a police patrol boat races out of a side channel, blue lights flashing, toward a crisis in Buzzards Bay that I hear later was a non-event. Daily one-hour cruises of the Acushnet depart at noon, 1:30, 3, and 4:30 p.m. Rates are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for children 4-12, and $5 for infants through three years old. Tickets can be purchased online at, but walk-ons are welcome if seating is available.

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For point-to-point rides within the harbor, visitors can contact the New Bedford Launch Service. Hail the launch on VHF Channel 9 or call 508-989-1328. Again, Pier 3 at the Wharfinger Building is a good spot to catch the launch. The launch service is available Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rate is $3 one-way. Children 12 and under ride free. Visit

As warns, “Cuttyhunk Island is a place to do a whole lot of nothing.” And if you’re on Cuttyhunk for the day, satisfying your curiosity, you’re going to do a fair amount of walking to do nothing. If you don’t know Cuttyhunk and don’t have friends there, the small island has a frontier outpost feel, even in summer. No bike rentals, no golf carts, no kayaks, no cars. That pared-down ambience is part of its appeal. There are a couple of restaurants and snack bars open in season, but if you’re just spending the day, pack some snacks in case of any snafus. There are public toilets near the docks. Cuttyhunk is just populated enough—and is just popular enough—to require regular ferry service to the mainland via New Bedford. For a number of years that service has been provided by Jono and Susan Billings, who own the ferry Cuttyhunk. M/V Cuttyhunk is an 80-foot cruiser with a beer and wine bar, an espresso bar, and light snacks available during the one-hour trip. The boat leaves from the south side of the State Pier at 9 a.m. daily through September 22. It leaves Cuttyhunk for New Bedford at 4 p.m. through September 2, and at 3 p.m. from September 3-22. Check the web site for additional trips on Wednesdays and Fridays in season. Rates are $45 same-day, round-trip for adults, $35 for children 12 and under. There’s no charge for children two years or younger. Leashed dogs are welcome at no charge. Bicycles and strollers travel for $5 each way.

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captain leroy’s deep sea fishing Recreational fishing trips out of New Bedford into Buzzards Bay and beyond have always been popular, and the Captain Leroy’s Deep Sea Fishing name is a fixture on the New Bedford waterfront. The company was recently acquired by Bounty Hunter Charters and is now headquartered at 1 Union Wharf in Fairhaven. Currently, three boats are available for fishing excursions. All trips require reservations, and there’s no longer a first-comefirst-served option. For schedules call 508-748-3474 or visit

cuttyhunk water taxi As noted, Cuttyhunk is just popular enough to require more travel options, so Cuttyhunk resident John Paul Hunter carved out his own niche with the Cuttyhunk Water Taxi Service. “We’re a little bit more of a custom service,” Hunter explains, noting that locals and visitors often need a bit more flexibility than the Cuttyhunk Ferry offers. People working on the island may need to get there earlier and stay later. Or maybe someone doesn’t want to spend the night in New Bedford to catch the morning ferry. The one-way charge is $200, but that is divided by the number of passengers. If the boat has five or more passengers the rate is $40 per person. Hunter spends time juggling schedules to help keep the cost to passengers down. His boat, the Seahorse, operates year-round, though it doesn’t run at night. The Seahorse docks at Pier 3. Visit or call 508-789-3250.

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IT WAS JUST ANOTHER WALK with my faithful companion Daisy, our American Foxhound, to nearby Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven. We had seen this particular gentleman there before with his camera and tripod taking pictures of New Bedford Harbor. We usually saw him on the part of the hurricane barrier that leads to the sea gate. We never disturbed him because I know how crucial catching the right light can be. But on this day, he said hello and we began chatting. And, as sometimes happens, we went from one topic to another of mutual interest. I asked him if he knew or ever heard of John “Choo-Choo” Ryan. John took photos of most of the vessels in New Bedford’s fishing fleet for over twenty years. I expressed concern that perhaps his photos may have disappeared after his death. It seemed that this gentleman, not


only knew of Mr. Ryan, he told me that his 10,000 photos had been scanned and preserved for posterity at the New Bedford Fighting Heritage Center.

MY STEPFATHER USED TO TAKE ME WITH HIM TO THE DOCKS WHENEVER HE WAS HOME FROM THE SEA. He explained that the Center schedules “scanning days” to document and preserve the participation of the men who crewed the scallopers and draggers out of the Port of New Bedford.

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It had been my intent to find where Mr. Ryan’s photos were for quite some time so that I could look for the boats that my stepfather, John Duwart, fished on between the 50s and 70s. Sadly, we have no visual documentation of any of the vessels he fished on. When I heard about the photographic archive being slowly built by the Center to commemorate the commercial fishing industry, I was elated. My stepfather used to take me with him to the docks whenever he was home from the sea. I have a lot of fond memories of it. Little John, as he was known on the docks, had a very sought-after Rain Man skill. He could go into the hold of a vessel and accurately guess how many pounds of each species there was from the catch within a couple of pounds. He fished on countless vessels until he was severely injured after a Nor’easter in April of 1967. I was still in junior high.

John was on the Annie M. Jackson during that storm; we thought he was lost at sea. The wind was blowing at a ferocious 100 miles per hour and pushed up 40-foot waves that battered anything on the surface. Before we found out John was safe, another fishing vessel, the Deep Waters was towed into port by the Coast Guard with the wheelhouse and everything above the deck stripped away by the relentless storm. I remember seeing the photo of the Deep Waters on the front page of the Standard-Times with the words “Help” and “SOS” painted on her empty deck. The reason I mention this is because I’m sure that there are a lot of people who have similar stories and memories and, perhaps, little or no memorabilia.

SNAPSHOTS I called the Center to arrange to meet with volunteer Judy Wotton-Kearley. The thought of visiting the Center was exciting and I guess it showed when I spoke with Judy about my encounter at the fort and my mission. During my visit, we got to talking and I asked Wotton-Kearley how she became involved as a volunteer at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. She said that she went to the screening of the film Finest Kind at the Greasy Luck Brew Pub in downtown New Bedford a few years back. “I was so impressed by the film,” she said, “that I wanted to know where to get a copy.” Wotton-Kearley grew up in the fishing industry. “My father was Captain Alton ‘Jog’ Wotton, the master of the fishing vessel Linus Eldridge.” She was directed to the Center where she saw volunteer Paul Vieira scanning photos. “I know how to scan,” she said to him. “Great,” he said. “Sit down and start scanning!” She did and has been there ever since. As for the John Ryan photos, they have scanned and cataloged the thousands of photos he began taking in 1983.

Wotton-Kearley looked up the vessels that I could remember that my step-father fished on which included the Annie M. Jackson, Hope II, Flyer I, and the Theresa R. She scanned the entire collection which includes Ryan’s photos and those donated from other fishing family collections. Unfortunately, she was only able to find the Theresa R after double checking everything. There was a valuable lesson here. There are photos from before 1983 that need to be scanned and preserved in the Center’s archive. It would be wonderful for so many of us who had relatives who fished out of New Bedford Harbor to see them again. The need for something like the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center has been a long time coming and, what they’ve accomplished so far is just a drop in the ocean. Their mission is to preserve the history of the commercial fishing industry through oral histories, anecdotes, and artifacts. They have established an expanding photographic and document archive. The knowledge and materials collected have gone into both permanent and temporary exhibits documenting the lives, skills, and traditions of the world-famous port. If you have photos you would like to contribute to the Center, the best opportunity is during Scanning Days where, according to the Center’s director, Laura Orleans, “The staff will scan the materials and record any information about each piece. You will not only leave with originals but also with a digital copy of the scans on a flash drive.” Upcoming Scanning Days dates are posted on their website at However, if you cannot attend a Scanning Day, you can still make arrangements to have your collection scanned by calling 508-9938894 for an appointment.



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ou’ve got an hour or two on a summer day all to yourself— what do you do? Go windowshopping? Take a nap? Catch up on bill-paying? Why not treat yourself to a relaxing picnic, listening to the waves crashing or a brook burbling, or watching ospreys and egrets stalk fish? Why not smell fresh air and pine trees instead of traffic fumes, or listen to bird songs instead of the chatter of keyboards? 16

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The South Coast is blessed with hidden shorelines, rivers, marshes, beaches, and ponds within a stone’s throw of “civilization,” and they’re a sure cure for the doldrums of the daily grind. So, grab a beach bag and fill it with a packed lunch and beverage, a good book, a hat, and a towel, and check out some of the most serene and beautiful places on the planet! Bring your binoculars, too!

Down by the riversides The South Coast is a watershed for the many rivers large and small which empty into Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Bay. In the past, they served as commercial shipping routes and engines of textile mills, teeming with fish and wildlife. You can still get a glimpse of these waterways’ beauty and history from the many state and local parks along our rivers. For instance, along the Taunton River, you can picnic at Dighton Rock State Park in Berkley, Watson Pond State Park in Taunton, Sweet Knolls State Park in Dighton, Hathaway Park in Assonet, or the Village Waterfront Park in Somerset. In Fall River, there’s Bicentennial Park and

Heritage State Park, with spectacular monuments and Battleship Cove, as well as picnic spots and the carousel. The Acushnet River may be relatively short, but its history is long, and it boasts several incredibly scenic places to relax and eat. At its head is the Acushnet Sawmill Park, with peaceful wildflower meadows and home to all kinds of wildlife, from turtles to otters to osprey and eagles. Along the western shore in the north end of New Bedford is Riverside Park, with a great view of the Fairhaven skyline. On the Fairhaven/New Bedford Bridge, where the Acushnet River empties into Buzzards Bay, is Noah’s Playground and Pope Island Marina, with a fantastic view of the fishing fleet and pleasure boats bobbing in the harbor.

Stunning sunsets Gooseberry Island in Westport, part of the Horseneck Beach State Reservation, offers a stunning view of Buzzards Bay and is a great spot for watching the sun go down. You can settle down on the sandy beach or on the rocky shoreline to eat. North Water Street Beach in Onset, with its view of the Stone Bridge, is another place to picnic and watch a glorious sunset—just check the tide schedule before you go! Munn’s Preserve on Brandt Island Cove in Mattapoisett has its flat Whale Rock, a great place to eat and watch the sunset. For a sweeping view of the Sakonnet River and the Portsmouth skyline, head for Fogland Beach, the town beach in Tiverton. Spread your towel and watch kayakers, paddle-boarders, windsurfers, and beach-walkers collecting shells. It’s an ideal spot for watching the sunset, too.

Panoramic views Another scenic picnicking spot is Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth. A sandy beach gives way to hills of beach grass and a salt marsh along the Slocum River. Watch the canoes and kayaks, and don’t be surprised if you spot wild turkey, deer, or herons. Second Beach in Middletown, also called Sachuest Beach, known for its sand dunes and gentle surf, is right near the Sachuest National Wildlife Reserve and the Norman Bird Sanctuary, so you’re sure to catch a glimpse of water fowl. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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Mattapoisett, an old ship-building town boasting the oldest seaside inn in the country, has two great spots for a picnic, all with sweeping views of Buzzards Bay. Ned’s Point Lighthouse overlooking Mattapoisett Harbor is a quiet refuge for kite-flyers, dog-walkers, and yoga enthusiasts. Shipyard Park in town has a grassy picnic area, gazebo, town beach, and is a wonderful place to watch the Beetlecat boat races.

People watching Although they may be crowded sometimes, historic forts and villages along the South Coast are spread out enough for you to find a quiet nook on the grass or sand to spread your towel, then take a stroll to people-watch. For instance, at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Harbor you can watch sailboats and surfers. Onset Beach in Wareham is nestled in a quiet cove across the street from Victorian-era buildings, a rolling green and gazebo, boating pier, and saltwater taffy and trinket shops. Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven offers not only a panoramic view of Buzzards Bay and New Bedford Harbor, but also historic military cannons and a small beach to explore near the shaded picnic site. You can also take a stroll along the hurricane dike for a great view of the fishing fleet. Fort Phoenix’s twin, Fort Taber, across the harbor in New Bedford, is a “busier” spot for a picnic, with its long pier, military museum, boating events, and popular beach, but you can’t beat the views.

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Into the woods If you’re looking for a short hike into the woods, check out Copicut Woods in Fall River, part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. You can eat your lunch beneath a timbered “Ed Shed,” or find a fallen log alongside a gentle brook or vernal pool. It’s an ideal spot for dog-walking and for catching a glimpse of hawks and deer.

Leafy hideaways If you prefer a grassy lawn with a water view instead of a sandy beach, check out the Russells Mills Landing Park on Horseneck Road in Dartmouth. It’s the head of the Slocum River, and a favorite launching spot for canoes. Called the gem of Rhode Island parks, Colt State Park in Bristol offers a panoramic view of Narragansett Bay amidst manicured lawns, fruit trees, and flowering bushes. It boasts sheltered picnic areas with more than 400 tables, historic buildings, and beautiful walking trails. Westport Town Farm is 10 acres of rolling farmland along the Westport River, with stone walls, livestock grazing in the fields, a tidal marsh, active community garden, and colonial-era farm buildings. You can choose a picnic table or lay your towel down in the grass and watch osprey and wading birds. Paskamansett Park in Dartmouth offers a quiet, wooded, grassy refuge along a slow-moving river—a perfect escape on a busy day. Hazelwood Park in New Bedford sits atop a grassy knoll with a sweeping view of Clarks Cove.

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NOW OPEN! DePina Landing in Marion, a peaceful spot where the Weweantic and Sippican Rivers meet, is home to cormorants, egrets, herons, and osprey. Picnic tables are nestled in riverside pine groves. Washburn Park in Marion is another place to picnic along wetlands and ponds filled with ducks. Off the beaten track, the Little Bay Conservation Area in Fairhaven is the perfect spot to experience the richness of a salt marsh. You can watch ducks, egrets, herons, osprey, and other shore birds that populate tiny Nasketucket Bay. So, whether you’re looking for a relaxing waterside retreat to eat lunch or a secluded spot for a romantic sunset picnic, check out the many quiet nooks and crannies along the South Coast!

Know before you go Call ahead or check online before you make plans for your picnic. Some locations charge a parking fee, while others don’t. Some allow leashed dogs, some have bathroom facilities. Some picnic areas are just a short walk from the parking lot —others may involve a bit of a hike. Check the tide schedule before you head for a beach location! Choose your picnic foods wisely—avoid anything that could spoil in the heat or direct sunlight, like mayonnaise-based salads. Bring plenty of water to keep hydrated. Also, dress appropriately for your chosen destination. If you’re going to be around grasses, marshy areas or woods, cover up and wear insect repellent to avoid being bitten by ticks and mosquitoes. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen if you’re heading to a beach. Tie a lightweight jacket around your waist in case the weather turns chilly—they make great pillows, too. For safety’s sake, if you’re going on a picnic alone, let someone know where you’re headed and when you expect to return. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency, and always lock valuables out of sight in your car. And always clean up and take your trash home with you after you’ve picnicked.

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By Ann Katzenbach ontemporary intentional communities come in many variations, ranging from communes to monasteries to eco villages. By definition, their members have shared values and interests and a wish to participate in the community, which is often small and rural. Sandywoods Farm in Tiverton is such a place, and although its original intention has become less idealistic over the years, it has always kept art and shared space as a core value. Now ten years old, Sandywoods Farm was created from farmland close to the intersection of Bulgarmarsh Road (Route 177) and Crandall Road (Route 81). It began as the vision of Joseph Blossom, a retired professor turned farmer, and Mika Seeger. They hoped to create a community of artists—sharing ideas, growing healthy food, and living affordably in a planned village setting. They sold a large portion of the farmland to the Tiverton land trust and several acres to the town to build a new library. In this way, the small community of Sandywoods reached out into the larger community of Tiverton and continues to do so by offering an array of classes and concerts as well as affordable housing. The rental houses in Sandywoods Farm are a tribute to creative design and


planning. Each echoes an older, rural model of architecture and has two apartments, front porches, and large basements with natural light. There is always a waiting list for these apartments, which

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are offered first to artists. Additionally, Joseph Blossom and Mika Seager plotted lots for private homes. These are scattered around the remaining acreage and have become popular.


The biggest draw for the public at large is the central concert hall with its cathedral ceilings and seating for 130. The acoustics are excellent, and affordably-priced musical events are scheduled several times each month in addition to an open mic every Tuesday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. The music offerings are eclectic but mostly for folks over 50. If you have a tie-dye t-shirt tucked away, dig it out in August! On Saturday, August 3, there’s a Jerry Garcia Birthday Tribute featuring Leslie Mendelson, Jefferson Hamer, and host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers with Wendy Sassafras Ramsay. Rodgers, a “Grateful Dead”aficionado, will give a guitar workshop at 4:30 p.m. You can wear the same outfit the following Saturday. This time the concert features “The 60s,” a regional band that plays over 200 songs in the spirit of the era. On Saturday, August 24, two trumpets, a horn, a tuba, and a trombone will entertain. Scott Abrahamson, Rachel Daly, Miles F. Davis, Thomas Gregory, and Lora Lee Swenson are “Intrepid Brass,” a skilled quintet of professional musicians. On the last Saturday of August, “Funny Little Planet” takes the stage. This band is made up of local musicians with years of experience who do a unique blend of song and improvisation. It features John Toste on guitar, Mike McKenny on drums, and Clem Brown on bass. All evening concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. One more August event that might take you to Sandywoods Farm is the South Coast Artists Studio Tour on August 17 and 18. Painters Janice Thurston and Peter Guay will be at their studio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Look for signs. Go to and find out about community classes in tai chi, figure drawing, pilates, and zumba. Community organizations in need of a commercial kitchen can schedule time at Sandywoods’ large facility. Email is the best way to reach them: Sandywoods Farm is just off Bulgarmarsh Road at 43 Muse Way, behind the Tiverton Library.





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Summer reads for young adults Compiled by Laura LaTour

There’s something about the lazy days of Summer that pairs nicely with the heightened emotions of a satisfying young adult novel. YA novels are the summer blockbusters of books! They contain plenty of angst and melodrama, lots of juicy romance, and some serious apocalyptic mayhem. You’re sure to find something to satisfy your craving in this brief list of hot new Summer releases. How We Became Wicked

Let’s Call It a Doomsday

All Eyes On Us

by Alexander Yates $18.99 hardcover, 368 pages

by Katie Henry $17.99, 400 pages

by Kit Frick $18.99 hardcover, 384 pages

An insect-borne plague called Wickedness is pulsing through the world and in its wake, it’s dividing the population into thirds: The WICKED: Already infected, the Wicked roam the world freely. They don’t want for much – only to maim and dismember you. But don’t worry: they always ask politely first. The TRUE: The True live in contained, isolated communities. And while the threat of the Wicked may not be eliminated, for the True, the threat has certainly been contained. The VEXED: The Vexed survived the sting of the “Singers”, but they’re far from safe. The Vexed hold the key to a cure, and there are those who will do anything to get it. In this gripping dystopian novel, three teens, Astrid, Hank, and Natalie, start to realize that the divisions of their world aren’t as clear as they seem, and are forced to question what being “wicked” truly means.

There are many ways the world could end; a fire, a catastrophic flood, a supereruption that spews forth lakes of lava. Ellis Kimball has made note of all possible scenarios, and is prepared for each one. What she doesn’t expect is meeting Hannah Marks in her therapist’s waiting room. Hannah calls their meeting fate. After all, Ellis is scared about the end of the world, but Hannah knows when it’s going to happen. Despite Ellis’s anxiety, the two girls become fast friends. But time is ticking down, and as Ellis tries to help Hannah decipher the details of her doomsday premonition, their search for answers only raises more questions. Katie Henry delivers an engrossing and thoughtful tale that tackles faith, friendship, family, and the potentially impending apocalypse.

The daughter of small-town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He’s the town golden boy, but he’s far from perfect. Because behind Amanda’s back, Carter is also dating Rosalie. Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend while concealing her secret from her Christian fundamentalist parents. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside. When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before “Private Caller” uproots their lives. All Eyes On Us is a taut thriller about two teens who find their lives intertwined when an anonymous texter threatens to spill their secrets and destroy everything.


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Swipe Right for Murder

The Year They Fell

Where I End and You Begin

by Derek Milman $17.99 hardcover, 369 pages

by David Kreizman $17.99 hardcover, 384 pages

by Preston Norton $17.99 hardcover, 416 pages

Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do: he tries to hook up with someone new. That lapse in judgement leads him to a room with a dead guy and a mysterious flash drive… two things that spark an epic case of mistaken identity, putting Aidan on the run from both the FBI and a murderous cult – as well as his own troubled past. Inspired by Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder, this whirlwind mistaken-identity caper has razor-sharp humor, devastating emotional stakes, and a thrilling storyline with an explosive conclusion.

Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now, as senior year approaches, they’re basically strangers to each other. Until they’re pulled back together when their parents die in a plane crash. These former friends are suddenly on their own. And they’re the only people who can really understand how that feels. To survive, the group must face the issues that drove them apart, reveal secrets they’ve kept since childhood, and discover who they’re meant to be. A new family is forged in this heartbreaking, funny, and surprising book from award-winning storyteller David Kreizman.

Ezra Slevin is an anxious, neurotic insomniac who spends his nights questioning his place in the universe and his days obsessing over Imogen, a nerdy girl with gigantic eyebrows and a heart of gold. For weeks, Ezra has been working up the courage to invite Imogen to prom. The only problem is Imogen’s protective best friend, Wynonna Jones, who has made a career out of tormenting Ezra for as long as he can remember. Then, on the night of a total solar eclipse, something strange happens to Ezra and Wynonna – and they wake up in each other’s bodies. Wildly entertaining and deeply heartfelt, Where I End and You Begin is a brilliant, unapologetic exploration of what it means to be your best self.

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Wilder Girls

Symptoms of a Heartbreak

by Kip Wilson $17.99 hardcover, 368 pages

by Rory Power $18.99 hardcover, 368 pages

by Sona Charaipotra $17.99 hardcover, 321 pages

A gorgeous and timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group. Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators. This debut novel recounts the lives of Sophie and her friends and highlights their brave stand against fascism in Nazi Germany.

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her. It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence. But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. When she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their life at Raxter than she could have ever thought true. A feminist Lord of the Flies, Wilder Girls is a novel unlike any other.

Fresh from med school, 16 year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius, but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. Life gets more complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. When she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything. Symptoms of a Heartbreak goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for young adult readers looking for something heartfelt.

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The great hereafter by Paul Kandarian

A great white shark walks into a beach bar and the bartender says, “Hey chum! Why the long face?” Buh-dum-tish.


ust trying to keep the shark scares of recent years in perspective—you should be less afraid of going in the ocean and more afraid of going in your backyard: in 2017, sharks killed five people around the world. Meanwhile, every year, there are one million estimated deaths caused by mosquito-borne illness. Sometimes it ain’t the big and scary that’ll get ya, it’s the wee beasties. Why I know this stuff: a book recently came out that I helped write called Mortality, a rather dismal but fascinating topic, the brainchild of my long-time friend, mentor, and collaborator, Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of the original TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment, Design) that he sold in 2002 but now remains wildly successful around the world in a different format. I’ve worked on other books with Richard (33, in 2010, and Understanding Understanding in 2017). Mortality is by far the best of the 100 or so Richard has written in his amazing life, a mesmerizing look at death via insanely good graphics by Nigel Holmes, one of the world’s first and still-best graphic designers, and information, compiled and written by moi, scattered throughout. Sadly, the book is out of print. Richard writes books for his own satisfaction and doesn’t care about sales and revenue


(some rich people are like that, go figure), and had 20,000 printed to be given away at a giant conference of cartographers and the like at Esri in California, a partner in this book and one of the best firms in the world at mapping, spatial analytics, and other such stuff that I don’t get. But what I do get is death. We all get it because we all face it. And this book (I have 20 copies and will let you borrow one) is loaded with—and this sounds weird—fun facts about death. It is loaded with graphics, maps, charts which are loaded with information on topics like “What will we die of?” Another is called “What’s the first word?” that word being “birth”, a word printed over two pages of a map in the languages of the world. There are charts about infant mortality, childbirth deaths of mothers, mortality rates around the world, how we die, where we die… all fascinating looks at a topic we often shun because of its lethal certainty. But this was a fun book to write stuff in. Consider some of the incredibly interesting things I got to learn and create information from: The older we get—and I mean pushing 100 old—the more we lie about our age, and not by shaving years off. As people near the century mark, they, or their families, get competitive and start lying by rounding up. n

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The top five states for people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s: California (650,000), Florida (540,000), New York (400,000), Texas (380,000), and Pennsylvania (280,000). n

Waterborne diseases kill 3.4 million people a year around the world caused by contaminants. That’s 9,300 a day. n

Regarding our tiny non-friend the mosquito, consider the make-up of the mosquito mouth, comprised of six thin, needlelike mouthparts called stylets that pierce the skin to find and suck your blood. n

Know the difference between “pandemic” and “epidemic?” I didn’t either, but the former is an outbreak affecting huge numbers of people over a large geographical area (such as a continent), while the latter is an outbreak confined to one country. n

We reprinted arguably the world’s best poem about dying, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas, with a quote at the bottom by Thomas: “There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright.” n

The Dead Zones: the Myles Standish Burial Ground in Duxbury is the oldest maintained graveyard in the country, interring folks from 1639 to 1789 with about 130 marked graves, including famous pilgrims like Myles Standish. n

Talk about your Hail Mary pass: with about 3 million burials annually, the Roman Catholic Calvary Cemetery in Queens, N.Y., has the most interments of any cemetery in America, covering 365 acres, about 365 football fields (minus end zones). n

Rats, it was we humans all along: it wasn’t rats that caused the plague during the Black Death, it was “Human fleas and body lice,” according to researchers. n

Mosquitos, as mentioned above, are deadly—in fact the deadliest animal on Earth. Know who is second? We are: humans murdered 286,619 of our own in 2016. n

The earliest evidence for religious thinking is based on how the dead were treated and their burial with various objects such as stone tools and animal bones, which implied a belief in an afterlife controlled by gods. n



I’m gonna live forever! Well, in song anyway, but people for ages have sought immortality, including Ponce de Leon, who came looking for a fountain of youth in 1513 in what is now Florida. Had Ponce come today, he’d likely have died sitting in traffic. n

At some point, I’ll figure out a way to get the pdf of the entire 112-page book to put online, because after this teaser about Mortality, you’re dying to see more, right? Right.


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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, regattas, free outdoor concerts, plays and movies, and funky street fairs! Pack in everything you can this month before Labor Day—and the end of a spectacular summer vacation on the South Coast! Across the Region


Mark your calendars for the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tour August 17-18! For more info, go to Also, take a scenic drive on August 9-11 through Dartmouth and Westport to visit the studios of 31 artists and artisans on The Art Drive 2019! For more info, go to

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Mark your calendar for the Sales Tax Holiday Weekend August 17-18! Join in the Second Annual “Pedal for the Path” on August 19, a fundraiser to complete the South Coast Bikeway! For details, contact Sandra Medeiros at 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, bird-watch, kayak/canoe, fish, snowshoe, or cross-country ski, can be found at – and check out and massaudubon. org. To learn more about state parks and wildlife refuges in Rhode Island, go to, or rhode_island. Check out the “Summer Winds” kinetic sculptures on display at Custom House Square through September 30! For details, go to


Take a stroll through Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! Don’t miss the Music at Sunset Summer Concerts Series on Wednesdays through August 28! Practice Yoga in the Garden on Fridays through September 27. Plan ahead for Beginner Botanical Drawing on Thursdays August 29 to September 26 and An Afternoon of Jazz September 8! For more info, 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 401-2535000 or go to Take the kids to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Nature Center and Aquarium! Sign the kids up for summer Day Camp! For details and dates, go to Don’t miss the “Summer Tasting Series” with Two Gals Cocktails on August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and September 5, 12, and 19 at Linden Place! Sample seasonal beverages and small bites! For tickets and more info, call 401-253-0390 or visit

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Dartmouth Practice yoga outdoors this summer at the Stone Barn at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Fridays-Sundays through August 31! For details, go to Don’t miss the clambake at the Smith Neck Friends Meeting House on August 10, rain or shine! For tickets, call 508-994-5816. Don’t miss the music, food and fun on August 24 at the 14th Annual Barn Bash at the Sylvan Nursery Barn, a fund-raiser for the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust! For more info and tickets, call 508-9912289 or go to Wander through fields at Parsons Reserve or take a walk through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. Mark your calendar for the Barn Bash on August 24! For more info, visit Head for Running Brook Vineyards for free live music every weekend year-round! For more info call 508-985-1998 or go to Take the family to the monthly Open Farm Days at Round The Bend Farm! Grass-fed meats, local veggies, honey, maple syrup and botanicals! For dates and more info, call 508-938-5127 or visit roundthebendfarm. org.

Head for the Lloyd Center for the Environment for the “Moonlight Stand-Up Paddling Tour” on August 15, the Slocums River Sunset Kayak Tour August 23, and the Women’s Canoe Trip August 26! Check out the summer camp programs in coastal ecology! For details and pre-registration, call 508-990-0505 x 10 or visit lloydcenter. org. Enjoy the Wednesday evening concerts at Apponagansett Park through August 28! For info, call 508-910-1812.

Easton Go on a guided hike, attend a demonstration/lecture, or take a mansion tour at Borderland State Park! For more info, call 508-238-6566 or go to Take a walk through the Sheep Pasture, part of the Natural Resources Trust of Easton! Don’t miss the Family Science Outing August 15! For program info call 508-238-6049 or go to Visit the year-round farmers Market at Simpson Springs! For dates and details, visit Find out what’s happening at the Easton Children’s Museum! For info, call 508-2303789 or visit childrensmuseumineaston. org.

Fairhaven Don’t miss the Monday Morning Fun Days at the Visitors Center through August 18, the Fairhaven Farmers Market on Alden Road through October 27, and the “Concerts Under the Stars” at Town Hall through August 8! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Get in shape for free “Fitness in Cushman Park” returns with “Yoga in Cushman Park” Tuesdays through August 22, and “Summer Boot Camp” on Thursdays through August 24. On rainy days, head for the Carousel Family Fun Center. Call 508-287-2482 or visit Mark your calendars for the annual Feast of Our Lady of the Angels August 31 to September 2 in North Fairhaven! Great food, live music, procession, games. For details, call 508-990-0592 or go to Don’t miss the Huttleston Marketplace on Saturdays through September 14 on the high school lawn! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers – and more! For more info, go to fairhaventours. com or call 508-979-4085. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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Mark your calendar on August 10 for the largest Cape Verdean Festival in the country at the Onset Bandshell! Live music, food vendors and family fun! For more info, call 508-295-7072 or visit

The Block Island Ferry is back! Travel to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River from through September 2. For details, go to The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous line-up this summer – don’t miss Ruthie Foster August 2, The Conjuring August 3, Shawn Colvin August 7, Tab Benoit August 8-9, Walter Trout August 16, John Mayall August 17, Blue Oyster Cult August 22, The Who’s “Tommy” August 23, The Zombies August 27, Birds of Chicago September 5 – and more! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Don’t miss “Spring Awakening” August 8-11, 14-18 at The Little Theatre! For more info and tickets, call 508-675-1852 or go to Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum (508-678-1000 or Don’t miss Vietnam History Day August 3! Buy your tickets early for the “Steel Beach BBQ” aboard ship on August 17! Or explore the Maritime Museum (508-674-3533 or maritime-museum). Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-672-0033.

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


Join Mass in Motion’s “Walk to Summer” on Wednesdays through October along the Quequechan River Rail Trail in Fall River! For more info, call 508-324-2405 or go to

Listen to monthly concerts at the Marion Music Hall through November! Don’t miss the Glory Junkies August 18! For tickets and more info, call 508-353-2150 or visit


Explore the trails and properties of the Sippican Land Trust! Don’t miss the Monthly Walkabout: Cloud Watching, through woodlands, fields and beach at Brainard Marsh on August 6! Plan ahead for the SLT Beer & Oyster Fest September 7! For more info, go to

Check out the Downshifters’ Car Club Car Show on August 18 at the Freetown VFW! For info, call 508-763-0576.

Don’t miss “Death By Design” at the Marion Art Center August 23-25, August 29 to September 1. For details, call 508748-1226 or go to

Mattapoisett Bring a blanket or a chair to Shipyard Park on Wednesday evenings for free concerts! 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

Middleboro Plan ahead for Middleborough’s 350th Anniversary Village Festival on August 4! For info, call 781-361-1427 or visit Don’t miss Season 14 of the Cranberry Coast Concerts at the Knights of Columbus hall in Middleboro on August 3 and 24! For details, go to

Help Save the Onset Blues Festival! Head for the free fundraiser on August 4 – four hours of live music, food trucks, vendors. For more info, call 508-295-7072 or visit 28

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Mark your summer calendar for “Shakespeare Under the Stars: The Tempest” August 15-18, 22-25 at Battis Field! For tickets and more info, visit

Middletown Head for the Newport Vineyards for free live music on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays! For details, call 401-848-5161 or go to Get a glimpse of rare migratory birds at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge! For more info, call 401-619-2680 or go to Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary! Don’t miss the Sunset Geology Walk on August 2 or the Beach Bash with live music on August 8! Free guided Sunday Bird Walks! For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to Eat Fresh, East Local! Head for the Middletown/Aquidneck Growers Market at Newport Vineyards & Winery on Saturdays 9-12:30. Cash, credit card, SNAP/EBT, WIC and senior coupons accepted. For details, call 401-848-5161 or go to

New Bedford Head for the New Bedford waterfront on Fridays for the Summer Sounds Series at Fisherman’s Wharf! There’s Home Brewed August 2, Hipshot August 9! For more info, go to All right! Don’t miss the free, family-friendly “Reggae at West Beach” music series on August 11 and 25! For details, call 508-2076726 or go to Enjoy Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” on August 10 at Custom House Square in New Bedford! For more info, call 508-974-5671 or go to Mark your calendars for the return of The Mayor’s Summer Movie Series at the Z! “Forrest Gump” August 14, “Glory” August 21, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” August 28 – general seating $3. For details, go to Don’t miss the “End of Summer Movie Night” in Custom House Square on August 23! Watch Hotel Transylvania 3 at 7:30, Instant Family at 9:30! For more info, go to Explore the city’s history at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For a schedule of walking tours and special events, visit Don’t miss “Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth” August 10-11 at Buttonwood Park, performed by the Glass Horse Project! For more info, go to

It’s festa time! The 105th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the world’s largest Portuguese feast, is scheduled for August 1-4 at Madeira Field! Great food, topnotch music and family fun! Learn more at Mark your calendar for “Return to Camelot: The Music of Lerner and Loewe,” performed by the Sea Glass Theatre, on August 22 at the Rotch-Jones-Duff Mansion and Gardens! For more info, go to Go on the free Summer Walking Tours sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society! “Howland Mills Village” on August 8, “Neighborhoods of the Textile Era” September 12. For more info, call 508-997-6425 or go to Plan ahead for the Music from Land’s End Summer Festival Concert! Enjoy classical works at the Killburn Mill in New Bedford on August 9! For details, go to mlewareham. org Jog along the Harbor Walk, a pedestrian/ bike path atop the hurricane dike in New Bedford’s south end. Then, explore the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir in the north end! Canoe/kayak launch, fishing, trails. For more info, visit Mark your calendar for the 3rd EyE Open Hip Hop Festival on August 17 in downtown New Bedford! Live music, dance, graffiti, basketball tourney, kids’ carnival, food and fun! For more info, go to The New Bedford Outdoors Farmers Markets run through October! They’ll be at Brooklawn Park on Mondays, Custom House Square on Thursdays, and at Clasky Common Park on Saturdays. For more info, call 508-817-4166 or go to Get healthy! On Sunday mornings, head for The Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford for free yoga, cardio exercise, meditation, massage, qi gong, and nutrition education! Every three weeks there’s smoking-cessation hypnosis, and every month a visit from the South Coast Wellness van! On Saturdays, you can “Walk With a Doc” at Buttonwood Park, all part of the New Bedford Wellness Initiative! For more info, visit

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Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The August 8 theme is “Wind & Water.” The September 12 theme is #CreativeCommunityNB. For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Watch “Pictures in the Park” this summer at Buttonwood Park! For dates and details, visit Check out the exhibits, musical performances and dock-u-mentaries at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! Save the date to hear Scotland’s “North Sea Gas” on September 5! For more info, call 508993-8894 or visit fishingheritagecenter. org.

Newport Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Funny Money” will be performed through August 30. For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to Get your tickets early for the 2019 Local Farm Fest at Castle Hill Inn on August 13! Enjoy live music on the waterfront while chefs will serve locally-sourced foods and beverages – a fundraiser for Farm Fresh RI. For more info and tickets, call 401-3124250 or go to Watch movies at various outdoor venues on Thursdays through August 29 with the NewportFILM Outdoor Screening Series! For dates & details, visit Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor past lighthouses and mansions! For a schedule and info, go to Mark your calendars for the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta on August 2526, 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

Portsmouth Enjoy wine tastings and live music at Greenvale Vineyards! For details, call 401847-3777 or visit Visit the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth! For more info, call 401-683-1267 or go to newportmansions. org. Check out the Newport Car Museum! Sixty-plus vintage cars and driving simulators! For more info, call 401-8482277 or visit


Experience the Art Drive, and open studio event organized by Dartmouth and Westport artists on August 9-11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., go The juried studio tour showcases creative and professional works by some of the area’s premier painters, ceramic artists, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists, woodworkers, and metal artists – there are 31 artists total. With only 15 miles separating the studios, you’ll enjoy scenic drives through the region, and have plenty of time to stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Learn more at



Mark your calendars! The 20th Annual Rochester Country Fair will be held August 8-11! For more info, visit

Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts! Don’t miss the 60s Summer Bash August 10, Jerry Garcia Birthday Party August 30! Heal with a monthly Gong Sound Bath, or with Yoga: Mindful Flow & Meditation on Sundays, or with music and movement on JourneyDance, or join in the Contra Dancing. Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates, or figure drawing. For a complete schedule and more info, go to facebook. com/sandywoodscenterforthearts or call 401-241-7349.

Seekonk Explore the outdoors at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, operated by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island! For more info, call 401-949-5454 or visit

Somerset Bring the family to the Southcoast Open Air Market (SOAM) on the corner of Riverside Avenue and Newhill Avenue! Fresh produce, baked goods, kids’ activities, food trucks, demonstrations, artisans, live music – and more! Call 508-644-0736 or go to

Taunton Find out who’s on stage the District Center for the Arts! Don’t miss the Brothers All Band September 6 – and more! For more info and tickets, call 508-386-9413 or visit

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Don’t miss the Book, Bake, and Yard Sale at the Chace Cory House August 17-18! For more info, visit There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! For more info, go to or

Wareham Make a splash at Water Wizz! For more info, call 508-295-3255 or visit waterwizz. com.

Groovy! Head for the free Onset Band Shell for the 12th Annual “Summer of Love” concerts on Wednesdays through August 28! For complete details, go to onsetbay. org. Head for the boat ramp on August 29 for the free Wheeler Kayak Exploration of the Weweantic River! Pre-register by calling 508-999-6363 x 219 or at Don’t miss the Chalk-Full-of-Fun Onset Street Painting Festival on August 17, the Annual Illumination Night on August 24, and the Onset Kite Festival August 31! For more info and rain dates, call 508-295-7072 or visit Plan ahead for Music from Land’s End Summer Festival Concerts! Enjoy classical works at Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham on August 3 and 11! For details, go to Learn how to fish for free at Onset Pier on August 27! Tackle and bait provided. For details, go to discover/events. Don’t miss Season 14 of the Cranberry Coast Concerts at Eastern Bank in Wareham on August 2 and 16! For details, go to Get healthy at the free “Be Well Wareham” event at the Gleason YMCA on August 24! Yoga and meditation, a walk, and nutrition classes! For more info, visit Stay fit with Yoga with Laura at the Boys and Girls Club! For a schedule and more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to onsetbay. org.

Westport Tickets are on sale for the Summer Sunset Concert Series at the Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery through September 14! For more info, visit Mark your calendar for the 12th Annual Town Farm Summer Concert with Richard Shindell on August 3! For tickets and more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit Don’t miss the Westport River Watershed Alliance’s Summer Gala at the Charlton Estate on August 10! Catered food, live entertainment, silent auction. For tickets and details, visit Mark your calendar for the Cycling and Wine Tasting event on August 17 through scenic Westport and the Westport Rivers Winery! For details, go to savebuzzardsbay. org/discover/events.

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