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Awesome August! Elizabeth Morse Read

It’s Portuguese Feast season! Head for the feast grounds for fabulous food, great music and good times with friends and family! And don’t miss the beaches, the regattas, the free outdoor concerts, plays and movies, and funky street fairs!


ack in everything you can this month before Labor Day – and the end of a spectacular summer vacation on the South Coast!

Cruisin’ in your car

Take a cruise on The Art Drive August 5-7, the free open studio tour of 32 artists and artisans in Dartmouth and Westport ( Check out the Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth to see more than 60 vintage cars and driving simulators (!

Head for Shipyard Park in Mattapoisett for Friday Night Cruise Nights on August 5 and 19 ( Don’t miss “Happy Days Cruise Nights” every Saturday through September 1 at Crescent Park in East Providence ( events). Mark your calendar for the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tours August 20-21 (

Family fun!

Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights in New Bedford! The August 11 theme is “Summer in the Seaport” ( When it’s raining outside, take the little ones to the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, open WednesdaysSaturdays (! Take the whole family to free Summer Evenings in the Park in Fall River – music, vendors, food, and fun! Kennedy Park on August 3, Lafayette Park on August 10, Abbott Court on August 17, North Park on August 24 (vivafallriver. com/events)! Make a splash at WaterWizz in Wareham (!

When the weather is gray, take the kids to the Forrest’s Family Fun Center in Taunton – roller skating, roller blades, arcades ( Head for Onset Beach for the ChalkFull-of-Fun Onset Street Painting Festival on August 20 ( Head for the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium in Providence’s Roger Williams Park to watch the planetarium shows ( museum)!

Food, drink, and shopping

Don’t miss the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust’s Summer Cookouts at Helfand Farm on August 4 and 26 – BBQ, beverages, live music ( Head to Portsmouth for the Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival on August 21 ( Get your craving for delicious locallyfarmed oysters satisfied on Fridays through Sundays in August at Westport Sea Farms – buy your voucher from the Westport River Watershed Alliance ( Bring a blanket to enjoy “Food Truck



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Sunsets” at Safe Harbor New England Boatworks in Portsmouth on August 20 – free live music, local beer and wines ( For a taste of New Bedford’s rich culinary history, go on a guided Food Tour (! Dine “Al Fresco on the Hill” on Atwells Ave. in Providence on Friday and Saturday nights through October 1 while people-watching and enjoying free live entertainment ( Don’t miss the Farm to Table Dinner on August 6 at the Soule Homestead in Middleboro ( Save the date for “Brew at the Zoo” – Rhode Island’s largest beer festival on August 27 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence! More than 80 brewers, live music, 21+ only (rwpzoo. org/brew-at-the-zoo). Visit Fairhaven’s outdoor Farmers Market and Huttleston Marketplace (! Get your tickets early for the 2022 Local Food Fest at Castle Hill Inn in Newport on August 9! Enjoy live music on the waterfront while chefs serve locally-sourced foods and beverages – a fundraiser for Farm Fresh RI ( Take the family to the monthly Open Farm Days at Round the Bend Farm in Dartmouth! Grass-fed meats, botanicals, local veggies, honey and more ( Shop for everything fresh, local and handmade on Saturdays at the Southcoast Open Air Market in Somerset (southcoastopenairmarket. com). Visit the Outdoor Farmers Markets in New Bedford at Brooklawn Park on Mondays, Buttonwood Park on Thursdays, Clasky Common Park on Fridays ( Mark your calendar for Food Truck Fridays at the Carousel at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence (rwpzoo)! Eat Fresh, Eat Local! Fill your baskets with local produce, dairy products and artisanal foods! To find a farm, vineyard or farmers market near you, visit, farmfreshri.


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Festivals, fairs and festas!

Don’t miss “The Looff,” the free East Providence Arts Festival on August 13 at Crescent Park (eastprovidencearts. org). Mark your calendar! The 106th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford, the largest Portuguese festa in the world, is scheduled for August 4-7 at Madeira Field, with headliner band “Get The Led Out” ( Don’t miss the Annual Rochester Country Fair on August 20-21 ( Plan ahead for the Great Holy Ghost Feast in New England in Fall River in late August (!

On the silver screen

Plan ahead for Necronomicon Providence 2022 and the HP Lovecraft Film Festival August 18-21 ( Don’t miss the Thursday Movies Series (through August 18) in Warren at Burr’s Hill Park (townofwarren-ri. gov/towngovernment/departments/ parks_and_recreation)! Head for New Bedford’s Zeiterion to watch Cinema New Bedford’s showing of “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” August 13 ( Buy your tickets early for Flickers: The International Film Festival August 8-14 in Providence and other venues throughout the state ( Check out free “Movies in the Park” August 26, September 23, and October 21 at Crescent Park in East Providence (!

All the world’s a stage

Head for Fall River’s Little Theatre for “The Fantasticks” August 18-21, 25-28 ( Enjoy a performance of “Rabbit Hole” August 19-21, 25-28 at the Marion Art Center (! Nemasket River Productions will

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perform “Beers with the Bard: Much Ado About Nothing” at the Beer Garden of Brewery 44 in Carver on August 6-7, 13-14 ( Shakespeare in New Bedford returns with six free performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed by the Reverie Theatre Company at the Rotch-Jones-Duff Museum on August 11-13, 18-20. There will also be “Plays in the Garden” on August 27-28, performed by Your Theatre (rjdmuseum. org). Enjoy dinner and “Murder at the Howard Johnsons” through August 31 at the Newport Playhouse ( Head for the Priscilla Beach Theatre in Plymouth, the oldest barn theatre still in operation in America! There’s “Something Rotten” through August 13 (

Music on the lawns

Head for Plymouth’s Memorial Park to hear the Project Arts Summer Concert Series on Wednesday nights through August 31 (, and the L. Knife Concert Series on Thursday nights through September 1 ( Bring your picnic basket to Running Brook Vineyard in Dartmouth for free live music every Saturday and Sunday (! Enjoy free concerts at the Blackstone Valley Trolley Station in Providence – there’s Nickel Jukebox August 11, Stone Cold Gypsies August 25, Steampunk Seed Traveling Show September 10 ( Don’t miss the free Summer Concerts at Pierce Beach in Somerset on Wednesday evenings through August 10 ( playground-recreation), Swansea’s Summer Concert Series at 57 Main Street through August 12 (facebook. com/SwanseaMassachusetts), or the free Summer Sunday Concerts (through September 4) in Warren at Burr’s Hill Park (townofwarren towngovernment/departments/ parks_and_recreation)! Bring your lawn chair and listen to the Americana ensemble Saddle Up the Chicken on August 24 at Shakespeare’s



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 Head Garden on Meeting Street in Providence, sponsored by the Providence Preservation Society (ppsri. org). Buy your tickets early for the Wednesday evening Concerts at Apponagansett Park in Dartmouth through August 31 (town.dartmouth. Don’t miss the Summer Outdoor Music Series at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown – there’s Lisa Morales August 5, The Suitcase Junket September 16 (normanbirdsanctuary. org). Head for Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol for the Music at Sunset Concerts Series through September 21 (! Bring your lawn chair to the Concerts Under the Stars in Fairhaven’s center Thursday evenings in August ( Enjoy wine tastings and live jazz on Saturdays at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth ( Don’t miss the Westport Rivers Summer Sunset Concert Series through September 10 at the Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery (westportrivers. com).

South Coast sounds

Mark your calendar for the free Rhode Island Folk Festival at Rose Larisa Park in Providence on August 28 ( New Bedford’s “Summer Sounds” free concerts are back! Dance in the streets, mingle and enjoy the block-party atmosphere on Friday nights through September 16, alternating between Purchase Street outside No Problemo and lower Union Street outside Play Arcade (! Don’t miss the Onset Blues Festival on August 7 at the Onset VFW Pavilion (! Find out who’s playing at The Rooftop at Kilburn Mill in New Bedford’s south end (! Check out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! Don’t miss Forever Young August 6, Matt Borrello August


11, Deadgrass August 12, Kat Wright August 19, Porch Party Mamas August 25, Grace Kelley August 26, Ronnie Earl August 27 ( Reggae on West Beach in New Bedford is back! Take the family to hear live music and DJs on the waterfront on August 28 ( reggaeonwestbeach)! Plan ahead for Beartooth August 2, Tesla August 3 at Bold Point Park in East Providence (riwaterfrontevents. com)! Head for Pilgrim Memorial Hall in Plymouth to hear comedian Bob Marley August 19, Indigo Girls August 20 ( Groovy! Don’t miss the free Summer of Love Concerts on Wednesdays at the Onset Bandshell through August 31 (! Head for The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River for great music! There’s The Garcia Project August 5, Amy Helm August 12, Fabulous Thunderbirds August 13, Poussette Dart Band August 19, Tyler Bowe August 20, The War and Treaty August 25 ( Don’t miss Barry Manilow on August 13 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence (

Classical acts

Enjoy a free “A Night at the Oscars” concert on August 3 at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park in Providence and on September 4 at Bristol’s Independence Park, part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s “Summer Pops” series (riphil/summerpops). Enjoy free outdoor classical music performed by members of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra during “Sonata Saturdays,” across the street from the New Bedford’s Whaling Museum entrance on the fourth Saturday of each month through October ( Plan ahead for the 10th season of Music from Land’s End Summer Festival Concerts of classical works and modern hits at Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham on August 14; at St. Gabriel’s Church in Marion on August 13 (

The great outdoors

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hybridized daylilies on sale at TomCat Farm in Mattapoisett (! Take a stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford ( Head for the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth for the Women’s Canoe Trip August 11, “Seabirds, Seals and Sharks: Birding in Chatham” August 17, “Birding and Whale Watching in Provincetown” August 27 ( Head for Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol for flower walks, outdoor yoga, and art classes (! Pack a picnic and stroll through the flowers at the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth (! “Discover Buzzards Bay” offers an online portal with information about 100+ public places to walk, bird-watch, kayak/canoe, fish, snowshoe or crosscountry ski ( discover). You can find other outdoor recreation spots along the South Coast at,,,, asri. org, or rhode_island.

Stay in shape!

Get in shape at the free Yoga in the Park and Summer Bootcamp classes at Fairhaven’s Cushman Park (facebook. com/fitnessincushmanpark)! Enjoy free Summer Yoga Classes at the Buttonwood Park Arboretum in New Bedford on Wednesdays through September 14, or at Haskell Gardens on Thursdays through August 25 (nbewell. com). Learn about the free virtual classes in meditation, laughter yoga, tai chi, yoga and smoking-cessation hypnosis, offered by New Bedford Wellness Initiative ( NewBedfordWellnessInitiative). Stay in shape and engaged with your community – find out what’s going on at your local YMCA (! Get Healthy! “Walk With a Doc” on Saturdays at Buttonwood Park Zoo, part of the New Bedford Wellness Initiative – and don’t miss the free Tai Chi Fit Flow class just before the walk (!

All aboard!

Take hi-speed Ferry service to Block Island from Narragansett, Newport and Fall River. ( Take a sightseeing cruise of the Cape Cod Canal from the Onset Town Pier with Hy-Line Cruises. Visit to check out cocktail cruises, live music cruises, and musical Bingo! Why hassle with the bridges and the Cape traffic when you can head for State Pier in New Bedford to take a high-speed Seastreak Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket ( or else take the Cuttyhunk Ferry for a day-trip to Cuttyhunk (! Go on a “Vineyard Voyage” with the Providence Riverboat Company – sample wine and food pairings ( Or go on a romantic gondola ride through the waterways of downtown Providence (gondolari. com). Or explore the waterways of Providence in a single or tandem kayak (! If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, in Bristol ( Da-DUM, da-DUM… Make your reservations to watch the movie “Jaws” aboard the Captain John Boats while cruising Plymouth harbor! There are also comedy cruises, whale watches, fireworks cruises and fast ferries to P-town ( Take a guided tour of Narragansett Bay or Newport Harbor past lighthouses and mansions, or take a fast ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Block Island, with Rhode Island Bay Cruises ( Take a boat tour of historic New Bedford harbor or a sunset cruise with Whaling City Expeditions (

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Go on a free Summer Walking Tour sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society: “Victorian New Bedford” is the theme for August 11 ( Wander through the many creative work spaces at the Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford on the free “Studio Saturdays” August 13 and September 10. Enjoy live demos and music, too (! Save the date! The 49th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta will be held August 5-7 ( Check out the Vietnam Veterans Weekend on August 14-15 at Battleship Cove in Fall River, America’s Fleet Museum (! Stroll through “The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebelo,” the first-ever American exhibition of the works of one of the great modernist painters of the 20th century, at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford through September 22 ( Don’t miss WaterFire in Providence on August 13 and 27 (!


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August in by Sean McCarthy

Few South Coast experiences are as enjoyable as a summer day in Onset Village.


hether you’re in search of entertainment, relaxation, or unique shopping and dining, this seaside town provides for guests of many interests. A day of shopping or beachgoing can be capped with an enjoyable meal and great live music that can only be found in this charming and picturesque region of Wareham, the gateway to Cape Cod. Throughout the month of



August, Onset offers an array of events and opportunities to enhance your summertime experience. Seafood and other specialties are available at multiple area restaurants, and live music is offered at certain times and locations. Onset Beach is inviting for a laid-back morning or afternoon, and shopping opportunities abound within walking distance. Onset Village is a perennial destination for a South Coast getaway. “Onset is a vibrant and diverse community that visitors will find attractive,” says Kat Jones, Executive Director of the Onset Bay Association. “We have a fabulous beach that is easily accessible and can be enjoyed by anyone, and you don’t have to walk far to find great food and shopping.” Onset has a calendar full of activities for August, many of which are geared towards family fun. Each Wednesday

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evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Lillian Gregerman Band Shell will offer live music. Located at 1 Union Avenue, the event is open to people of all ages and well-behaved dogs. If you love blues music, August 7 will be the annual Onset Blues Fest. From noon to 5 p.m., the Onset VFW will be the site of performances by Rebooted, the Gil David Correia Band, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band, and Dwight & Nicole. The emcee for the event is Bill Narkewicz, a disc jockey with WMVY radio. The day will also include food trucks and vendors, rain or shine. Located at 4 Gibbs Ballpark Road in East Wareham, admission is $5 per person, or $50 for a table for eight. You are invited to bring your own chair. There will be food and a cash bar. On Saturday, August 20, Onset Village will be the site of Chalk-Full-O-Fun, a unique event for people of all ages. For

ONSET BLUES FESTIVAL Sunday, August 7th Noon-5 pm Onset VFW Open Air Pavilion Opening by local talent,

It’s also fun to be a spectator, because you can walk from around the Buzzards Bay Center to the perimeter of the Onset Pier and get to enjoy all the original artwork. $5 you can purchase a box of colorful, soft pastel chalk, and you will be given your own sidewalk square to create a piece of art of your own creation. Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., the day grows into a massive mosaic of art that will stay on the sidewalks of Onset until the next rainfall. The 2019 event attracted more than 200 participants. Rain date would be the next day. “This is an event for people of all ages and abilities. We’ve had toddlers and seniors,” says Milly Burrows, Volunteer Organizer for the Onset Bay Association. “It’s also fun to be a spectator, because you can walk from around the Buzzards Bay Center to the perimeter of the

Onset Pier and get to enjoy all the original artwork.” This year’s chalk event is at Onset Pier and Buzzards Bay Coalition Center, located at 184 and 186 Onset Ave. It is funded in part by the Wareham and Rochester Cultural Councils, which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. There will be a People’s Choice Award for the best design of the day. The day’s Featured Artist will be Amanda Sellars, and music will be provided from noon to 3 p.m. by Dave Richardson & Jan Schmidt. August 20 will also include children’s activities, hosted by Dianne Enzian, inside the Buzzards Bay Coalition Center. The theme for the day is “Our Planet Earth,” and the first 25 children will receive a free copy of “Our Planet Earth,” a book by Jane Cabrera. There will also be information tables presented by regional environmental organizations. Each artist will receive a reusable water bottle and refills will be available courtesy of donations from Home Depot. Another opportunity for visitors that day will be an artisan crafts fair with vendors located on the top of Bayview Park. Browsers will be able to enjoy as many as 20 vendors from throughout the region selling handcrafted goods. For more informations visit onsetbay. org.

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In total, $3.3 million in funding is being made available to the NBEDC by the City of New Bedford to support local businesses and entrepreneurs negatively affected by the pandemic. NB100! will focus on assisting early-stage entrepreneurs affected because of their industry or location. Information and applications for eligible businesses and entrepreneurs can be found at NBForward! will offer at least 100 grants of up to $20,000 in conjunction with matching loan financing from other, non-ARPA sources, and with payments deferred for three months – along with technical assistance including business planning, resource guidance, and best practices. NB100! aims to promote entrepreneurship, grow

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local wealth, and strengthen community bonds by helping 100 new businesses get off the ground. It will be specifically tailored to the spirit of innovation and creativity which characterizes entrepreneurship in New Bedford, according to the NBEDC. Indeed, a critical part of NB100! is activating the network of partners who have founded New Bedford SourceLink in order to create connections which will set businesses up for greater success in both the near and long-term. Through NB100!, one hundred eligible businesses may receive grants up to a

maximum of $10,000 – but engagement and support will continue long after grant awards are made. And, because socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs have historically been disproportionately disenfranchised, especially throughout the pandemic, a majority of the awardees will be women, minority, and veteran applicants. The NBEDC will act as the hub of the program. It will handle the administration of NB100!, which includes managing the application process, reporting to the SBA, and coordination between entrepreneurs and New Bedford SourceLink Resource Partners – serving as the spokes making the wheels turn. The seven partners providing direct technical assistance include EforAll South Coast, Groundwork, Co-Creative/ New Bedford Creative, New Bedford Ocean Cluster, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Bristol Community College, and Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts.

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“The beautiful thing about the Hub and Spoke platform of NB100! is that each of our New Bedford SourceLink partners have something different to offer a large variety of entrepreneurs,” explains Jeffrey Pelletier, President of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts. “Junior Achievement’s programs tap into the limitless potential of young entrepreneurs across our city who are excited to build and grow their businesses and futures in New Bedford. We are grateful to be a part of this partnership that can serve all of our city’s entrepreneurs and together we will be laying the groundwork for continued economic growth that impacts every corner of our city.” The NBEDC’s mission is to cultivate and promote a transparent, credible, and business-friendly environment in the City of New Bedford. It works collaboratively with local, state, and federal partners to support creativity, sustainable job growth, and private sector investment benefiting the citizens of the city. As a tool to achieve those goals, it launched New Bedford SourceLink in anticipation of the dramatically changed small business landscape after the Covid-19 pandemic in a dynamically forming new economy. New Bedford SourceLink was developed as a supportive platform to connect maritime, arts and culture, and main street entrepreneurs to a network of local, regional, and national resource partners to foster innovation, growth, and prosperity. New Bedford SourceLink partners are all trusted,

culturally knowledgeable local individuals, organizations, and business. Each will connect to specific sectors of the entrepreneurial community reflected by NB100! to provide assistance during economic recovery from the pandemic and into the emerging transformed economy. The Spoke Partners will craft their own technical assistance programs available to selected NB100! grant recipients. These could range from workshops, to training series, to one-on-one consultations. Eligible entrepreneurs will need to have completed technical assistance programming with one of the Spoke Partners to complete their online application to NB100! “Connectivity is critical to help small businesses achieve success throughout the business lifecycle,” says Anthony Sapienza, President of the New Bedford Economic Development Council. “From beginning to end, both NB100! and NBForward! are designed to not only provide New Bedford businesses with muchneeded financial support to come out of the pandemic, but also the technical knowhow necessary to remain viable and vibrant for years to come. “No matter where someone may be in their entrepreneurial journey – whether they are just starting out or a wellestablished operation – in New Bedford we have a pathway available for them.” New Bedford businesses can apply right now to participate in the NBForward! and NB100! Programs. For a full rundown of requirements and benefits, visit

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ccording to its organizers, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is totally back to normal, and is scheduled for the Madeira Feast grounds, 50 Madeira Avenue, New Bedford from August 4-6. This year there will be more hand sanitizers on more poles and more barrels of Madeira wine, thanks to the backlog of barrels the Feast was unable to utilize while the event stayed closed for the past two years, and the Feast will run its first ever 50-50 Raffle. But that's about all that will be different, said Clube Madeirense S.S. Sacramento president Richard Fernandes. He said the only other difference in this year's Feast would be its own version of the common, nationwide problem of getting supplies,


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an open area," he noted. "You're not confined inside. The police choose how many officers we need. They determine that number based on a formula, how many officers are needed per how many people. I'm not worried. It's a fun, family event everyone comes to. The community doesn't abuse it."

from plastic cups and paper products to meat supplies. "Suppliers didn't have the quantity we wanted," he explained. "Our meat distributor had to find us a different supplier. But we are managing. We will have the same volume of people and enough supplies." He said he is expecting as large a crowd as ever, and he is feeling good that the atmosphere will be a safe one. "You are around other people in


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Fernandes' own story is emblematic of why The Feast has survived to its 106th anniversary. He started working at the Feast 48 years ago at age 19 with his father Charles. One of his main jobs then was to deliver cash collected at the different stands to the treasurer (before the Feast adopted a ticket-

based sales system). His father became club president in 1977. He kept working as a club volunteer as an adult, along with his brother and his wife, and now his grandsons and nephews are festival helpers too. The club approves a new president each October to reign during the following year. Fernandes became president in October 2019 for the following year, 2020. In other words, he became the club president that piloted the Feast past the COVID pandemic storm. "By April of 2020, we had to back out," Fernandes recalled. "And for 2021, they kept me in place as president. I became the only president to stay in place for three years. Last year, Governor Baker didn't decide on pulling restrictions until August 1. But we had already decided to pull last year's Feast. It takes a lot of time and planning to do one the right way." Through it all he has remained confident the Feast wouldl survive. Each year, the Feast utilizes 10,000 pounds of beef, 9,000 pounds of pork, 3,500 pounds of linguicia, 400 pounds of codfish, countless pounds of goat and rabbit, large burlap bags full of uncooked favas, and large multi-gallon barrels of Madeira wine imported directly from the Madeira Islands. He doesn't think any of the festivities that these items supply will slow down any time soon. Fernandes promises the same spectacular Sunday parade as in past years and the same range of live entertainment on its four stages, from Portuguese traditional to pop. This year's highlights include the Led Zepplin tribute band "Get the Led Out" on Thursday night and the Journey tribute band "The Great Escape" Friday night. As always, the Feast organizers encourage festivalgoers to visit the free Museum of Madeiran Heritage, the only museum dedicated to the history of the Madeiran islands. Visitors can learn more at But Fernandes is proudest to say, "It's all back to normal. And we welcome everyone. For more info, visit



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hether you want to enhance your own life or you’re interested in giving to others, there are multiple rewards that come from community gardening. From the enjoyable benefits of eating organic fruits and vegetables, to the financial advantages of growing your own food, to the social ramifications of buying local, community gardening is an easy and inexpensive opportunity for almost all ages and abilities. Community gardening is growing in popularity in the South Coast. The format of growing food and flowers in a shared setting is appealing to those who may not have enough space or sunlight to get their hands dirty at home. “It’s amazing how much you can put in a four-by-eight-foot plot; you can really grow a lot of your own food,” says Lisa Elliott, who helps manage one of three community gardens in Fairhaven. “We have some absolute beginners, and others who have some experience growing at home. A lot of people are learning about gardening as they do it. If you think of how expensive organic vegetables are in the store, it makes a lot of sense.” “You can buy a two-dollar pack of seeds and get 50 fruits or vegetables from it,”


says Reba Elbourn, who is the originator of a community garden at her apartment complex in New Bedford’s north end. “And if we’re able to grow more produce than we’re eating, we’ll give it to our neighbors.” And while the locations in Fairhaven and New Bedford are modest with about 12 plots per site, Helfand Farms Community Gardens in Dartmouth is massive. With 145 plots, the site produces more than 4,000 pounds of produce a year for area food banks, above and beyond what the participants enjoy for themselves. “You have the pleasure of being able to grow your own food that’s better quality than you are normally able to buy, and you can grow things that you can’t find in stores,” says Ben Rapoza, President of the Helfand Farm Community Gardens. “Local food kitchens do a great job with food from super markets but they don’t get a lot of fresh produce. Organically grown food is delivered the same day it’s picked and it’s all fantastic quality.” Supported in part by Changemaker Grants from the United Way of Greater New Bedford, Helfand grows primarily vegetables, including tomatoes, squash, kale, lettuce, onions, garlic, potatoes, and more. They also grow fruits and flowers.

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They operate on land provided by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust.

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There is a great deal of freedom with community gardens. Most are accessible from sunrise to sunset from spring through fall. Surrounding fences protect the crops from nearby animals. Helfand Farms has a greenhouse for year-round activity. “A lot of people choose to do community gardening because they have a lot of shade where they live,” Elliott explains. “It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors and get some sunshine. You can chat with others who are here at the same time and exchange gardening tips. We have a comfortable atmosphere.” Each community garden is a non-profit with an annual fee, and they are staffed by volunteers. With your fee you are provided with your own plot, access to tools and water, wood, soil and, in some cases, organic fertilizer. Some locations have signup sheets where participants have a small task such as mowing or weed whacking, and helping with the general upkeep of the site. The three Fairhaven gardens are on the property of schools – Wood Elementary





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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 School, Hastings Middle School, and East Fairhaven Elementary School. Each of the schools has plots available to students who learn about gardening from their teachers.

Each community garden is a non-profit with an annual fee, and they are staffed by volunteers In addition to working with her neighbors at the South Coast Condominiums, Elbourn has begun building gardens for the teenagers and children who live in the buildings. She has started with strawberries near their playground. “It’s great that the gardens are close to people’s homes, it can be done on a very small scale,” Rapoza says. “You can learn by observing and talking with other gardeners. You can learn a lot by volunteering, and you can watch YouTube videos. It’s easy to start your own community garden, as long as you have a water source and a shed for your tools, and some organic fertilizer.” “A community garden can get started by putting a message on your town’s Facebook page or a notice in the local newspaper,” Elliott says. “We started 14 years ago before social media and 10 people showed up to an organizational meeting at our library.” In addition to providing to local food banks and soup kitchens, Helfand Farms has two annual plant sales that are responsible for much of the site’s fundraising. Held in April and May, they sell vegetable starting plants, herbs and flowers that are grown by volunteers. “We get excellent support from the community,” Rapoza says.

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Talking to the wall by Paul Kandarian

If you walk the New England woods, you know what stone walls look like. Stone walls around here are as common as short summers, bad drivers, and Dunkin’ Donuts.


ur stone walls are a jagged jumble of large granite rocks fitted together as a natural and resilient fence by our forebears to mark property or keep farm animals confined, and farm-animal eating critters out. Building a stone wall was a skillful, backbreaking bit of architectural necessity, decidedly an art form in that it takes many disparate glacial remnants and fits them together to effect useful purpose, and has for centuries. I hike in the woods a lot around here and am amazed at the enduring solidity of so many of these structures, withstanding the crash of giant trees with nothing but a couple stones dislodged. Every stone wall has a story to tell, and since they can’t talk, it’s up to the observer to fill in the blanks. And that I do. I will often stand near a long, meandering stone wall in the forest that snakes up and down dips and swells of the earth and imagine the purpose that created it, where farm animals once grazed, where a house once stood, where children once played and danced carefree atop them. I was raised in Seekonk when that suburban town was farmland and little else; I grew up in a time before Route 195 was there. When built, it cut several hundred yards in front of my house, replacing large fields and trees. But out past our backyard, lacing the edge of the forest of land that connected our house with my


grandparents, was this majestic old stone wall. Back in the day, long before me, this was farmland. My immigrant great-grandfather toiled here, raising animals, building a barn in which I would play many years later imagining what was. As I did with the stone wall of my youth, skipping along the top for as far as I could before I’d be stymied by thick growth, a fallen tree, missing stones. I visualized what land looked like on either side of the wall, farm on one side, forest on the other. I wondered if my greatgrandfather created this structure. That stonewall never failed to capture and cultivate my imagination. For many years, I thought New England stone walls were the end-all and be-all of stone walls. What else could they be but a wonderful jumble of stone, thick and oddly shaped, fitted together with care and purpose. It wasn’t until years later I realized all not all stone walls were created equal. I was on a film shoot in June in a very rural section of New York, about an hour and a half west of Albany, in the bucolic environs of Bovina Center, population 500 or so. This is land of cattle and farm and a verdant, rolling beauty that is just mesmerizing. And there in the Catskill Mountains were walls made of flat slabs of easily stacked stone that seemed a cheat to my New England sensibilities. Our ancestors worked long and hard to

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create walls of not-one-size-fits-all stone. But I’m sure they would have preferred this smoothly square-andrectangular geologic jigsaw puzzle any day of the week. Except, perhaps, Sundays, they being the Puritan sticklers for that day of rest and all. I couldn’t imagine what these stones were, but Google came to the rescue: the Catskills are made largely of sandstone, which conveniently formed evenly whereas our New England rocky underpinning is a mad mix of granite chunks that take considerably more rock wrangling to conform to our needs. And as always, my imagination wandered, visualizing mooing cattle roaming the windswept pasture before the 19th century farmhouse that was now an Airbnb in which we stayed; in an adjacent and marvelously ramshackle old barn, we also filmed. It was a barn like the one of my youth and behind every giant timber beam, dancing in every shadow, thick on every crumbling plank were untold stories of the people who once lived and loved and toiled here. Not sure why I find stone walls so fascinating. Technically, I guess, there is no reason for a stone wall to exist anymore. Except that these rugged odes to long-ago days delight the eye and tickle the mind and respect those who built them. Which, I guess, are pretty rock-solid reasons after all.

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We wander, both, the crisp clear slopes of autumn, Through scattered leaves of faded, fallen color. For me, a carefree hour, or maybe two. The stone wall, though, has twice outlived its builder: He who plucked the granite from heavy, stubborn soil. Dragging, rolling, hefting the puzzle pieces into place. That wall and man shared much in common, in their struggle to tame nature’s endless march. Rugged, stalwart, they took the character of an unyielding land, framed fields that winter buried deep in drifted white, that spring sprinkled with tender newborn calves, and summer balanced barefoot children on the winding way. In time, the passing years gathered up the man and crusted stone with olive moss and lichen gray. Stumbling with age and witness to a different time, still, there are stories harbored here, meaning to be found in the wall’s enduring presence, if only that, when I am gone, the silent stones will stay. Reprinted with permission This poem is by Laurie A. Chandler of Maine, author of Upwards, an inspirational story of solo through-paddling the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail and her new release, Through Woods & Waters: A Solo Journey to Maine's New National Monument.

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