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COVER STORY Acushnet Avenue lined with crafts and people during the 2014 festival

A fine folk festival By SEAN McCARTHY

The New Bedford Folk Festival isn’t just one of the most renown in New England, it’s one of the most renown in North America.


ith its internationally-recognized performers, up-and-coming acts, and one-of-a-kind jam sessions, the event is entering its 20th year and has grown to the point where its reach goes beyond the entertainment. “This festival is unique – there’s nothing like it anywhere in America,” says Benoit Bourque, who has played the event for seventeen years and now leads the closing Celtic jam session on Sunday night. “It reminds me of an old village in France with the cobblestones, the old houses, and the restaurants. There’s a European spirit.” Bourque says that every year the festival offers opportunities both new and familiar. “The city evolves every year,” he says. “It’s dynamic. There’s new restaurants


and stores. I look forward to seeing what’s new each year. But I also look forward to catching up with the people I see each year. Whether they’re musicians or audience members, we catch up on what’s happened in their lives since we last met. The spirit is friendly and there’s a family feel.” Vance Gilbert will be playing for the sixth time this year. He will appear this year on Sunday at noon at the Acushnet Avenue stage. “I’ve never seen a downtown transformed like this one. It’s amazing,” he says. “They create a festival atmosphere – a center for a community.”

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year there are hot new bands who may be unknown this year, but they may be headlining four or five years from now.” Tebbetts says that the festival pushes the envelope on the offerings of genres. “There’s a variety of quality entertainment and styles that go beyond the traditional singer/songwriter approach.” “We book the best folk music we can find, from contemporary to Celtic to blues,” says event Coordinator Alan Korolenko. “The folk umbrella is very wide. We book people who are wellknown and people we think deserve more exposure. We like to occasionally bring in something unusual.” This year will feature six stages dispersed throughout downtown plus the Zeiterion Theatre. There is also a stage specifically featuring local musicians.

“There’s always something cool going on,” Tebbetts says. “The stages are within walking distance all within four or five blocks.” Tebbetts says that some of the most memorable moments take place during the “workshops” where musicians perform together for the first time ever. “These acts are put together very intelligently,” he says. “Musicians are teamed up that you normally wouldn’t put together and many times that’s when the magic happens.” “The workshops function because of a sense of cooperation,” Gilbert says. “You’re sharing yourself with the other musicians. It speaks to the sensibility of community of acoustic music.”

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Boston. It is the nation’s preeminent folk radio station. “The New Bedford Folk Festival successfully mixes traditional artists with the most cutting edge contemporary songwriters, all the while drawing on the best of the New England folk music community,” says afternoon disc jockey Dave Palmater. “It also showcases the best artists from across North America.” This year the festival will feature two internationally-known talents – Tom Rush and John Hammond. Rush will play on Sunday night at the Zeiterion at 6:30. He is recognized for his distinctive guitar style, expressive voice and skilled storytelling. Rolling Stone magazine credits him with introducing the singer/songwriter era with the album “The Circle Game.” He began playing publicly while studying at Harvard, and would eventually bring attention to

Bourque says. “I love the setting and the atmosphere.” Patty Larkin will make her sixth appearance. She played on the very first night of the festival 20 years ago. Larkin will perform Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at the Zeiterion. “Folk and Traditional music gives us the roots and wings everyone talks about,” Larkin says. “Even if it’s the first folk festival you’ve ever attended the spirit is positively contagious and joyful and it strikes a chord. The music connects us, no matter what the age, race or religion.” The festival will be held Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, starting at 11 a.m. and closing at 9:30 p.m. In addition to 50 acts on seven different stages, the festival will include the Artisans Marketplace and the International Bazaar which offer high-quality handmade items that are available to people of all tastes and

Even if it’s the first folk festival you’ve ever attended the spirit is positively contagious and joyful and it strikes a chord. artists such as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor by covering some of their songs. Hammond will play on Saturday night at the Zeiterion at 6:30. He is an internationally-recognized blues musician who has won the Blues Musician Award Winner in 2003 and 2004, and Best Acoustic Blues Artist in 2002. He had won eight Blues Music Awards in addition to 10 nominations. He was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 and in that same year was the Blues Music Award winner for Artist of the Year. Hammond began recording more than 50 years ago. He has been described by Tom Waits as “compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica.” “The festival is a great chance to appreciate the history, share the music, discussions and the food,”

budgets. The booths are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. The festival also includes a plethora of food choices including fish, fried scallops, lobster rolls, Mediterranean food, and the traditional offerings of hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, and Del’s Lemonade. The event also offers beer and wine. The event concludes Sunday night with a rousing Celtic Extravaganza at the Zeiterion Theatre. Weekend admissions can be purchased online in advance for $20 or $15 in person at the New Bedford Whaling Museum or the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Prices during the festival weekend are $20 a day, $25 for the weekend, $15 for students with ID, and children under 12 are free. VIP and Weekend admissions can be purchased at www.newbedfordfolkfestival. com/2015-tickets.


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“Parks & Recreation” By Elizabeth Morse Read

As a small child here on the South Coast, I was taken to magical places like Dighton Rock, the Maria Mitchell House on Nantucket, Fort Phoenix, cornfields and cows in Westport, the honky-tonk of Oak Bluffs, and the herring weirs in Wareham. Places frozen in time and space—or at least places trying to fend off erosion and irrelevance. volunteer crews who clean up trails and beaches, the swimmers, runners, and walkers out there raising public awareness and funds for “the cause.” This summer, instead of spending your money at an amusement park or working on your tan, make a point of exploring some of the South Coast’s “For they shall inherit the earth” natural, historical and cultural treasures... and take the kids with you. Americans have always loved vast natural spaces and reminders of our connection to past generations. On “You don’t know what you’ve the federal level, we protect and pregot ‘til it’s gone” serve public places like Yellowstone The U.S. National Park Service National Park, the Statue of Liberty, (NPS) will be celebrating its centenArlington National Cemetery, or the nial in 2016, and is dedicated to Cape Cod National Seashore. Every the preservation and maintenance state, city, and town does the same of our nation’s natural, cultural and thing on a smaller scale, maintainhistoric treasures, including parks, ing natural habitats, monuments, monuments, memorials, cemeteries, beaches, bikeways, and parks. parkways and trails, wilderness, and But it’s the behind-the-scenes recreational sites. Most people don’t government agencies, town realize that there are significant NPS parks-and-recreation departments, sites here on the South Coast. For volunteers, and nonprofit organizainstance: tions that do the hard work of preThe New Bedford Whaling National serving and maintaining our South Historical Park (NBWNHP) (www. Coast natural assets and cultural is unusual in that the tory. They are the unsung stewards federal government does not “own” of the South Coast’s bounty – the the whaling district – instead, it’s unpaid docents at historic homes, the a partnership with the City of New The South Coast is truly blessed with some of the most amazing territory and history in the world. Get out there and explore the riches of our historical and cultural heritage, or the timeless woodlands and waterways unique to this corner of the globe.


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Bedford and the private owners of the buildings within the historic district, like the Whaling Museum and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Gardens, and with local nonprofit organizations (NPOs) like AHA! and WHALE. The NBWNHP focuses on the impact of the whaling industry, of course, but it also highlights the city’s role in the Underground Railroad, immigration, the Industrial Age, and the national economy. [see sidebar] The Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence (www.nps. gov/rowi ) commemorates the legendary founder of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, an early champion of freedom of conscience and religion. An integral figure in the shaping of this country’s principles (sometimes compared to Thomas Jefferson), Williams also co-founded the first Baptist Church in America and wrote the first bilingual dictionary (Narragansett/English) in the New World. Just beyond the immediate South Coast, there’s the Cape Cod National Seashore ( There’s also the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (www., the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, which straddles Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Then there’s the Massachusetts State Park System (, one of the largest in the US, encompassing half-a-million acres of forests, parks, ponds, seashores, greenways, and historical sites. (Get a Park Passport at Jointly operated by the Commonwealth’s Office of Travel & Tourism and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Mass. State Park System maintains and operates natural, cultural, and recreational resources in the Bay State for all to enjoy, including the Fall River Heritage State Park overlooking Battleship Cove, the Pilgrim Memorial State Park (including Plymouth Rock and Mayflower II), the Fort Phoenix State Reservation in Fairhaven (site of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War), Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport, Dighton Rock State Park in Freetown, and Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth. Rhode Island, too, has a vibrant

state park system (go to www.riparks. com), operated by the Ocean State’s Division of Parks and Recreation, including Brenton Point and Colt State Parks in Bristol, Fort Adams and Fort Wetherill State Parks in Newport, the Haines Memorial State Park in Barrington, which intersects the East Bay Bike Path between Providence and Bristol, and the Sachuset Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown.

Blessed are the birders

Unlike at public parks and historic sites, wildlife refuges are meant to be enjoyed passively – no bikes, pets, or picnics – just quiet walks with a camera or binoculars. But eco-tours, vacation camps, and environmental education are all part of the mission of South Coast wildlife preservation organizations. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island ( maintains al“Water, water, everywhere” most 10,000 acres of wildlife refuges Sure, we’ve got beaches and boatand undisturbed sanctuaries for ing and fishing, but the marine ecolSouth Coast flora and fauna, such ogy of the South Coast is unique as the Norman Bird Sanctuary in – home to salt marshes, rivers, bogs, Middletown, and Caratunk Wildlife shellfish beds, and an abundance Refuge in Seekonk. The ASRI’s of animals, birds, plant life, and sea Environmental Education Center in creatures that exist only here. Hardy Bristol hosts a natural history musouls across the South Coast work to seum and aquarium. preserve our most precious natural reMassAudubon (www.massaudubon. source so that future generations can org) offers the same resources and enjoy them, too. programs on the Massachusetts side The Buzzards Bay Coalition (www. of the South Coast, maintaining the is an NPO dedi- Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in cated to the restoration and protection Westport and the Great Neck Wildlife of the Buzzards Bay watershed, and to Sanctuary in Wareham. its sustainable use and enjoyment by everyone in the region. The Coalition Blessed are the garden clubs “Nowhere in all America will you works to keep our waterways unpolfind more patrician-like houses, parks, luted and viable through conservaand gardens more opulent than in tion of wetlands and rivers, like the Mattapoisett River Reserve (where you New Bedford,” according to Herman Melville in Moby Dick. But the same can picnic, walk the dog, birdwatch, can be said about anywhere else on or cross-country ski), and work on the the South Coast. Acushnet Sawmill project and the Because our New England winters Westport Harbor area. are so harsh, we go absolutely mad Save the Bay ( is about flowers in the summertime. the Rhode Island counterpart to the Buzzards Bay Coalition. Massachusetts There are flower boxes on tenement windows, half-barrels of blossoms on may be called the “Bay State,” but the median strips, hanging-basket arLittle Rhody is wholly dependent rangements outside shops and restauon the health and sustainability of Narragansett Bay. It strives to preserve rants – even our cemeteries are pretty! If you prefer “planned plant-life,” coastal habitats and prevent overdeas opposed to wilderness or DIY velopment on our shores. projects, then there’s Blithewold The Lloyd Center for the Garden in Bristol (www.blithewold. Environment ( org), the Rotch-Jones-Duff Garden in in Dartmouth, adjacent to Demarest New Bedford (, Lloyd State Park, offers free access to Swan Point Cemetery in Providence and outreach programs about South ( , the Coast coastal/watershed issues. In Allen Haskell Public Garden in New Westport, one of the last surviving Bedford (, Riverside coastal farming communities on the Cemetery in Fairhaven (www.fairSouth Coast, there’s the Westport, River Watershed Alliance ( Continued ON NEXT PAGE



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the opulent gardens of the mansions in Newport, or the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park in Providence ( botanical-center). South Coasters love designing public green spaces, whether it be a pocket-park like Wing’s Court in New Bedford, Capron Park in Attleboro, the sprawling Roger Williams Park in Providence, or the Taunton Green. The South Coast is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful public parks in the country. For instance, Buttonwood Park in New Bedford was designed in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the “father of American landscape architecture,” who also designed New York City’s Central Park, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, and the landscaping around the US Capitol in Washington DC.

Blessed are the tree-huggers

The Trustees of Reservations ( or is a nonprofit conservation organization in Massachusetts dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of sites rich in ecological, scenic, historical, and cultural value in the state. It is the nation’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest land conservation organizations. They manage such South Coast landmarks as the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford, the Westport Town Farm, the Lyman Reserve in Wareham and Plymouth, the Gov. Oliver Ames Estate in Easton, the East Over Reservation in Rochester, and the Slocum’s River Reserve in Dartmouth. The Trustees’ crowning jewel here on the South Coast is the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve (, which covers the Watuppa Reservation in Fall River through Copicut Woods to Ridge Hill Reserve in Dartmouth. The Westport Land Conservation Trust (www. works closely with the Westport River Watershed Alliance to preserve the town’s coastal-farming character. The Tiverton Land Trust ( tries to preserve the rural character and scenic beauty of its town. The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (www.dnrt. org) manages 5,000 acres of land and 35 miles of hiking trails, to preserve wildlife habitats, wetlands, farmlands and historical sites unique to Dartmouth.

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The National Register of Historic Places, which is operated by the National Park Service, is also devoted to the preservation of historical, cultural and archeological treasures – everything from lighthouses to churches to public buildings to


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historically-significant private homes. (There are more than 100 such locations listed in Fall River alone!) To find one near you, visit or New Bedford’s WHALE (Waterfront Historic Area League) (, the preservation and restoration organization which saved many a building before the National Park Service arrived, is still busy collaborating with city, state, and federal agencies and other NPOs to preserve New Bedford’s unique history – like restoring the 1832 Seamen’s Bethel, and the iconic 1829 First Baptist Church, recently declared a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The OId Colony Historical Society in Taunton ( focuses on the history of greater Taunton and the Taunton River. The Newport Restoration Society ( preserves the unique cultural heritage of East Bay Rhode Island, like Rough Point and Prescott Farm. Plimouth Plantation (, the country’s premier living-history museum, recreates the daily life of the Pilgrims. Every city and town on the South Coast takes pride in its role in American history, whether it be preserving artifacts and archives, maintaining

public commons, or restoring locations of significance. Explore these little gems, like the WhitfieldManjiro Friendship House in Fairhaven (www.; the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol (; ethnic neighborhoods like Federal Hill in Providence or Columbia St. in Fall River; the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth (one of the oldest towns in America) (; the Soule Homestead in Middleboro (www.soulehomestead. org); the Fall River Historical Society Museum (, or the Fearing Tavern Museum in Wareham (

Unpaved paradise

As opposed to many other parts of the country, South Coasters are very reluctant to pave paradise and put up a parking lot. Or knock down a historic building to put up a mega-store. Or fill in a salt marsh to build a motel for tourists. We cherish the natural beauty, fragile ecosystem and the unique history we inherited here on the South Coast. This summer, plan a low-cost, high-impact “staycation” and become a tourist here at home. There’s no end to all the places you can visit.

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of artists who live and work Westport, Dartmouth, Tiverton, and Little Compton. Celebrating their 12th year, South Coast Artists (SCA) has challenged the artists participating in their Open Studio Tours to create original works of art based on the theme “Studio Surf” in a way that inspires them personally. SCA also encourages visitors to “surf” as many studios as they can and discover how the concept is interpreted by each artist. This year the tour features over 70 artists exhibiting in their studios and galleries. SCA, a nonprofit organization that coordinates the tour each summer, invites visitors to take advantage of this family-friendly, free event which happens on two separate weekends, July 19-20 and August 16-17 (11 am-5 pm). Visitors will get a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the private world of the artist. “What’s special about our tour,” says SCA President Carolyn Lock, “is that you get to see the creative spaces of each artist, the places that inspire them, and experience what they experience. The South Coast is a unique art environment that is both sophisticated and rural. What could be better?”

Over the years, this area has become recognized as an important artistic destination for artists, galleries, and lovers of art. It’s home to internationally-recognized artists as well as regional and beginning artists. Now that we live in a digital world, artists in the 21st century can work just about anywhere, Lock says. “We are all connected continually to the larger world, no matter where you live, which means that artists can trade ideas, research projects, order supplies, and exhibit all of their work right from their studios.”

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It’s because of this diversity in the landscape and undisturbed solitude that artists find their muses here. All one has to do is decide where to set up shop and then begin working. This year’s tour includes artists working in quite a wide variety of mediums. You will find studios that focus on acrylic and oil painting. Other spaces feature wax encaustics, pastels, watercolor, or photography. Down another road you might find a sculptor fashioning incredible things out of wood or metal, whereas other artists can be found exhibiting their ceramics, jewelry, and textiles. “There’s something for everyone,” Lock says. Each weekend’s tour will also feature artists in each of the four towns demonstrating their skills in their studios. Children and adults will be able to see works in progress and possibly discover a few artistic secrets they can take home and use in their own creative spaces. All you have to do is ask and artists will be ready to share a few helpful creative hints. For more information check out their easy-toread brochure and map, available at many local businesses and also online at SCA’s website, www.

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Onset’s alive with the sound of music by Dan Logan

On August 8, Onset will explode with visitors as the Onset Cape Verdean Festival, have firmly established themselves on the summer entertainment calendar.


he Onset Blues Festival goes on rain or shine, but the heavy rain that assaulted the 2014 event kept too many people away, so this year the organizers have brought back what they consider one of the strongest line-ups in the festival’s history for another shot. Headlined by Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, six acts will round out the festival’s 23rd year. The event’s headliner is typically a nationally or internationally known act like Lil’ Ed, bolstered by bands with more regional reputations. The festival typically draws about 1,000 visitors. Guest artists range across the many blues genres. “We try to mix it up from year to year,” says Bill Lockwood, chairperson for the popular summer music event.

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The bands represent lots of years of music industry experience and eclectic backgrounds. As an example, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials deliver Chicago blues, with Ed Williams and his half brother “Pookie” Young carrying on in the tradition of their famous blues musician uncle, J.B. Hutto. Each band performs its own mix of blues/R&B/ jazz/rock classics along with their own material, and it’s music that makes you want to move. From ten o’clock to noon, Boston musician Lloyd Thayer will be performing up the hill at Dudley Brown Square on Onset Avenue. Thayer is a veteran on a variety of instruments, including the lap steel guitar and dobro. The show in Prospect Park kicks off at noon; Johnny Barnes & the Nightcrawlers lead off 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Barnes recently released a Willie Dixon tribute CD with a group of other Boston-area blues players. Look at the bands’ websites and you can see that a longtime love of the music drives all of them. The Fat City Band, which is scheduled for


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Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials

1:45-3:15 p.m., has been around for more than 40 years with a varying mix of members playing with founder Paul Redmond over that time. Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish, playing from 3:305:00 p.m., have been rooted in Martha’s Vineyard since the band formed in 1991, with off-island forays taking them as far away as South Africa. Rosemary’s Baby Blues, playing from 5:15-6:45 p.m and led by saxophonist Rosemary Casey, are well-known at venues throughout New England. Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials close the show from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Ask me ‘bout nothing but the blues The 2015 Onset Blues Festival will be held Saturday, August 1, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Lillian Gregerman Bandshell in Prospect Park at 191 Onset Ave in Onset Village. There’s some fixed seating in front of the bandshell, but a strategically-placed blanket spread out on the gentle slope provides both a good look at the musicians and a panoramic view of the Onset Pier and Onset Bay. Seating is first-come-first-served. Important

considerations for an afternoon and evening of concert-going include lawn chairs and blankets and clothing that anticipates a variety of weather conditions ranging from hot sun to cool breeze to rain. For the first time, beer and wine will be available inside the festival grounds notes Bill Lockwood. The gates open at 11 a.m. No coolers or animals (except service animals) are allowed, but an expanded roster of food vendors will be present, and ticket holders can get wristbands so that they can take advantage of nearby restaurants over the course of the day. A wide variety of crafts vendors will be on hand. Tickets will cost $30 at the gate, $25 if purchased before the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Onset Bay Association at Union Avenue or at Lockwood Architects at 219 Onset Avenue. Tickets purchased after July 24 will be available at Will Call at the front gate. The Onset Blues Festival is run by the nonprofit Onset Bay Association and makes a significant contribution to supporting the events the OBA puts on throughout the year. Allow time for parking. Parking regulations have changed in the last year, with many side streets designated for resident-only parking. For a fee you can park on the Onset Pier or along Onset Avenue in the center of town (usually $1/hour in quarters or by credit card at one of the machines that issue receipts). Parking will also be available at the Hines Field parking lot for $10 per car. There’s free parking along Onset Avenue beyond Hines and Lopes field, which is roughly a half mile over the hill from the festival, but it can save you the parking fee. If you’d like a taste of what you can expect to hear and see at the festival you can watch videos and listen to cuts from most of the performers’ CDs on their websites, on YouTube, and on iTunes. For more info visit

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A summer tradition for 54 years by Laura LaTour

The year was 1961. Harper Lee had just won the Pulitzer Prize for her promising debut novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and the Westport Friends were embarking on what was to become their First Annual Book Fair.


he goal was to raise money for some costly repairs to the nearly two hundred and fifty year-old Quaker Meeting House. Flash forward to July 2015, Harper Lee, now age eighty-nine, will finally publish her second novel (on July 14) Go Set a Watchman, and the Westport Friends’ Book Fair has become the primary fundraiser for the Westport Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). “The Annual Book Fair raises about fifty percent of our yearly operating costs,” says Greg Marsello, who took on the role of Book Fair Committee Clerk about seven years ago. “My strength is organization,” says Marsello, “so I volunteered to coordinate the sorting, pricing, and boxing of books in a method that was less stressful on our lessening membership.” He continues, “It has been a great diversion for me. Work life is pretty hectic – sorting books is a fun diversion.”

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“Hectic” is an understatement. Greg Marsello is Education Association Executive for the Learning Resources Network (LERN). Started in 1974, LERN was formed to support any organization that promotes community education. As a result, Marsello, who makes his home in Tiverton, spends much of his time working in communities across the


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country to help them set up their own adult learning centers. In 1980, Marsello started Learning Connection, a community education program based in Rhode Island, and later took over the running of the South Coast Learning Network based in New Bedford. Sorting books may be fun, but it is also a lot of work. This year, Marsello expects over 25,000 books to be made available for the Westport Friends 54th Annual Book Fair taking place July 11th-19th. The reason for such large numbers? Book donations are accepted throughout the year and donated books may be dropped off directly in the Book Shed at any time. A sign reading “Donate Books Here” is posted on the door and people can leave books on the table just inside. The Book Shed is located between the Meetinghouse and Community House on the Westport Friends’ property at 938 Main Road in Westport. It is this kind of trust and “honor system” approach that has contributed to the success of the Book Fair. Community members know that they can make donations day or night, and that the books, when ready, are available for sale whether anyone is minding the store. “People know to leave money in the bucket,” says Deana Chase, a Member of the Westport Friends Meeting for over thirty years. Chase recounts a story of a late-night encounter

with a book browser when she lived on-site in the parsonage. “One night I heard a car drive up around nine o’clock at night. I went outside to find a man browsing the books with a flashlight in hand.” He told Chase that he was on his way to the Cape and needed some vacation reading materials. “He left money in the bucket and was on his way,” recounts Chase with a chuckle.

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After fifty-four years, the Westport Friends’ Annual Book Fair has become a summer staple on the South Coast. People come from all over the surrounding area, and even the country, for the great bargains and sense of fellowship. “I know entire families who plan their vacations around the book fair,” says Chase. “And people will visit multiple times over the course of the sale. In this day and age when books are very expensive, it’s nice that people still have the opportunity to buy real books.” Her sentiments are echoed by Westport Friends’ Property Coordinator Gretchen Baker-Smith. When asked why she stays involved with the Book Fair year after year, Baker-Smith replies, “Because it’s an enormous amount of fun and a satisfying, concrete project. Lots of young people who moved away come back to help work the Book Fair. It’s like a crazy, working family reunion for us.”


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When asked her favorite part of the Book Fair, Baker-Smith replies, “The fifteen minutes the children get to pick out books before the opening whistle.” (The official start of the Book Fair begins at 11 a.m. but children are allowed into the book tent at 10:45 for exclusive browsing time.) “It’s wonderful to watch children being fascinated by books,” continues Baker-Smith, “going down the rabbit hole of a story, and sitting down on the grass to read in an age where everyone is looking at screens.” After so many decades, it is understandable that many stories surround the Westport Friends Book Fair. It is rumored that, in the early years, one book-browser discovered a first edition of Moby Dick which he bought for fifty-cents. The next year he sheepishly returned to make a donation to the Westport Friends telling them he sold the book for “a lot of money.” The Book Fair is also full of traditions, including the honorary “Blowing of the Whistle” to signal the official opening of the book sale. “It is a great honor to be chosen,” says Greg Marsello, citing this as his favorite part of the Fair. For Gretchen Baker-Smith, the annual night-before-book-sale “Chopping of the Tabbouleh” is one of her fondest traditions. The tabbouleh, a type of Lebanese salad, is sold to the public in a flatbread wrap every year on opening day (along with other light luncheon items, beverages and snacks). “It takes a small army of people to chop the salad every year,” says Baker-Smith. “But people have come to expect it.” Over the years, many customers have expressed their relief to Baker-Smith, saying “I was so afraid [the tabbouleh] wouldn’t be here.” “Probably my favorite part of the Annual Book Fair,” says Deanna Chase, “is Saturday evening after the huge, long day” (volunteers arrive about 7 a.m. to help set up) “when we finally have time to just sit under the tent and reflect back on the day, relaxing with friends.” The Fifty-Fourth Westport Friends’ Book Fair officially opens at 11 a.m. on July 11, rain or shine. The sale will continue through Sunday, July 19 and will be open from “dawn to dusk.” The six-for-a-dollar paperback books may be purchased starting at 10 a.m. on the opening day and the children’s book section opens exclusively for kids at 10:45 a.m. Book prices range from one dollar to five dollars a book, with the average cost being $1.50. Light lunch, snacks, and beverages will be sold on the opening day of the sale. If you haven’t yet experienced this celebration of books and community, you need to. Bring your family to the Westport Friends Book Fair and start your own summer tradition. You won’t be disappointed.


BUSINESS BUZZ By Michael J. Vieira

Narrows Center Weaving art and music into city life

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rom the outside, the old mill building looks much the same as it did when it was part of the American Printing Company, one of the largest textile operations in the world. But today, the sights and sounds of the machinery have been replaced with art and music. The Narrows Center for the Arts is recognized as one of the finest music venues on the east coast. Unlike many local clubs where musicians fight to be heard above the chatter and clatter, this is a listening room – and performers and patrons appreciate that. Musicians, who are sometimes puzzled to see Fall River on their schedules, are “pleasantly surprised,” Executive Director Patrick Norton suggested. And they’re happy to come back. The Narrows’ stage has been graced by an impressive array of talent. From legends like Odetta, Rambling Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, and Judy Collins, to Los Lobos, Susan


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Tedeschi, Rosanne Cash, and amazing up-and-coming musicians, the state-of-the-art sound system fills the room and the audience sits up close in comfortable seating. Norton points out that it was Richie Havens who put the Narrows “on the map.” Although an expensive act to bring to the city, the concert was a sellout and people in the region began talking about the venue. About 33,000 people visit the Narrows and about 85% come from out of the area. Norton stressed that these people shop, eat, and some even sleep in the city. “It’s an economic engine,” he said. Not bad for an organization with only two and half full-time employees.

A small start

The Narrows opened in 1995 as a small exhibition space on Martine Street in Fall River. Bert Harlow started the Renaissance Gallery and Norton got involved in 1997. After getting “kicked out” of the original location, the Narrows moved to Anawan Street in 2011 when Sam

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Shapiro offered the group space. “He’s been very good to us,” Norton said. The Narrows Center now features a large performance area, two art galleries, working artists’ studios and the Narrow Café, which serves non-alcoholic beverages and some snacks. Patrons are welcome to bring their own drinks and food, and many do – but not at the expense of others. “Rowdies or those who detract from the ability of those around them to enjoy the show will be asked to leave,” the Narrows website promises. What the musicians and patrons appreciate is what the website calls the “respectful and knowledgeable audience.” As someone who’s been to several shows at the Narrows, I can attest to the quality of both the music and the audience. There’s a mutual appreciation evident from both sides of the stage. Part of the success may be in the tone set by the folks who run the Narrows. Norton cites the “very talented people” who run the website,

work in the office, and staff the shows. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization,” he said, adding, “It’s been a family affair on some level.” Norton also credits the “methodical approach” that the Narrows has taken to growth. The ticket sales basically pay the bills, so the organization is not dependent on grants or the whims of government. After making rent payments, the group makes improvements. “It’s a hard way to go, but it’s a solid way to go,” he said, explaining that they don’t depend on grants, but use them for improving infrastructure. “We’re always investing,” Norton said, and grants have helped provide some additional funding. Since moving to Anawan Street, the Narrows has installed air conditioning, an elevator, new bathrooms and made other improvements. Everything is done with a focus on the mission “to present music that matters and art that inspires, to engage and educate people of all ages.”

Access for all

Norton is a product of Fall River and a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, where I first met him. The son of former Senator Tom Norton, he knows the city and understands that it’s not always progressive in its thinking. Athletics are still very important to many, while the arts is sometimes overshadowed. Norton also understands that many people cannot afford the expense of concerts or art galleries, so the Narrows takes the shows to the people. “We make art accessible,” he said, and often does it “under the radar.” A few years ago, every fourth grader in Fall River was brought to the Narrows for a Lego art exhibit. More recently, the Center works with People, Inc. to provide 10 hours of art and music to their clients. “They’ve made a real difference in people’s lives,” he said. The Narrows also has hosted a free public arts festival every September for 14 years, and for three years, joined with local banks and others to provide a free downtown concert in July. This year, the Festival of the Arts will be held on September 13. Along with the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, the event also includes children’s activities. The “Block-A-Palooza event will be held on July 22. It features Anders Osborne and Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.

Not just music

Although “music pays the bills,” Norton admitted (to the tune of about 85% or almost a million dollars in income,) the visual arts opportunities at the Narrows have expanded. The venue has hosted national shows, including the Lego show which is now in Boston. The art of Anthony Quinn, Richie Havens, and Jerry Garcia has graced the gallery walls of the old mill. Paintings, posters, ceramic art, sculpture, and other creative arts have greeted visitors who walk through the galleries.

“The Tenacity of the Human Figure” is opening on July 11 and running through August 21. Curated by Don Wilkinson, a local art critic, it features the work of BCC art professor Erik Durant as well as Donal Beal, Nancy Carozza CaraDOnna, Diane Cournoyer, Peter Dickison, Pamela Hoss, Benjamin Martinez, and Kelly Zelen. Photographer Richard McCaffrey’s show, “Legends of Music: Images from the Golden Age of Rock,” opens on August 29 and runs through October 3. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Guitar Player, The Providence Phoenix, and in books, publications, albums, and CDs.

Looking ahead

Norton pointed out that the group signed a 16-year lease two years ago, so won’t be going anywhere soon. That’s a good thing for the musicians, the artists, and the local community. Even the recent construction that surrounds the waterfront area hasn’t hurt the Narrows. In fact, some of the detours now bring people closer to the building. That’s a good thing, and the improved waterfront of the future could be a better thing. To Norton, change is good. “We’re just constantly tweaking,” he said, “We don’t take what we’ve done for granted.” With a full schedule of concerts coming up over the summer, and legends like Tom Rush and Roomful of Blues on deck for the fall, the Narrows promises to continue to be a destination among the destruction and reconstruction along the Taunton River. Tickets are available online or in person at the Box Office from Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door, if they’re still available. The Narrows Galleries are also open during box office hours, and concertgoers are also welcome to view the artwork on performance nights. For more information visit The South Coast Insider / July 2015



By Michael J. Vieira

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Back in what some folks still call the “Old Country,” each village had a church which was usually the center of not just spiritual but also social life. And each church celebrated their patron saint –and usually the Holy Spirit –with a feast.


adeirans have maintained a fervent devotion to the Blessed Sacrament since the 15th Century when Knights of the Holy Order of Christ established the earliest feasts. Local parishes throughout Madeira still celebrate the feasts on different Sundays from Easter until January. The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament became the common denominator that galvanized the Madeiran immigrant community in New Bedford at the turn of the 20th Century. Humble beginnings

Four Madeiran immigrants organized and celebrated their first festa at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in 1915. Their traditional gathering of family and friends evolved into “the largest Portuguese feast in the world” over the course of a century. “I’m sure they never thought it would be this successful,” stated Donald J. Neves, 2015 feast vice-president. According to, the group’s website, more than 100,000 visitors will gather at Madeira Field in the city’s north end for the 101st celebration. This free event is held on the group’s expansive feast grounds between Acushnet and Bellville avenues just minutes off Route 195.


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This year’s feast president, Nelson DeGouveia, will lead the march to the Benediction service for the Blessed Sacrament. Despite the lights, music, and laughter in the streets, a deep and abiding religious significance remains primary in the church. “We also have a celebratory Mass on Sunday, which the club membership attends,” added Mr. Neves. “We also give a special donation to the church at the conclusion of our feast.” Nelson DeGouveia, Feast President, will carry the Mantras in this year’s parade.

Parking can be a challenge along crowded city streets. The Madeirans have secured a paid parking lot on Bellville Avenue about a block from the feast grounds. Expect crowds of people, lots of food, American and Portuguese music, amusement park rides, game booths, beer, and Madeiran wine. The feast committee also imports and vends Madeiran handicrafts and souvenirs. This year’s four-day event begins on July 30th and ends August 2nd. The feast opens when the festeiros conduct a ritual neighborhood march from Baylies Square on Acushnet Avenue to their parish on Earle Street.

A community celebration

The feast is located in a residential area of the city. Neighbors often schedule their family reunions during the feast weekend. The feast itself is the ultimate family reunion for Madeirans and people of Portuguese descent on the South Coast. Everyone gathers to greet and celebrate with family, friends, co-workers, and strangers who are treated like family. “Our feast is all about family values,” DeGouveia stressed. “Come feast time, everybody makes a point to meet there. Everybody becomes Madeiran over the weekend.” The feast opens at noon on Friday and encourages local companies to sponsor an employee outing. If a business can’t shut down, the employees can order food to go. Continued ON PAGE 22



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“It’s a great way for companies to reward employees and support the feast,” noted DeGouveia. Although admission is free, the food, drinks, rides, and souvenir stands bring in revenue. The feast president noted that feast proceeds are reinvested in Madeira and the local community. He stated: “Our organization donates thousands to local charities each year, [funds] forty-one thousand-dollar scholarships, and makes contributions to the church and Madeiran charities. We like to pay back the community that sustains us.” The Clube Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, Inc. also provides an important boost to the local economy. Visitors stay in local hotels, shop in local stores and if they are not too full from bountiful feast offerings, sample some local restaurants. “There’s no question that our feast is the largest summer event in New Bedford. It has evolved into a successful partnership with a city that has been supportive for over a century,” DeGouveia concluded. Because the grounds can be loud and busy at night, the committee offers special programming events for athletes, children, and seniors. The feast hosts a 5K road race on Saturday morning. From noon until 4 p.m., seniors over 62 get a 50%

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discount on full meals in the pavilion. Kids under 12 get a free hot dog or burger with fries and soda. “Saturday afternoon is a calm and quiet time on the feast grounds,” DeGouveia added. “We network with area agencies and provide free transportation for some of the city’s needy.” A taste of the island

Madeira wine holds a special status at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. The wine is shipped in oak barrels directly from the island as part of an exclusive and unique arrangement between the feast organizers and the President of Madeira. Madeiran wine traces its origins to Prince Henry the Navigator’s sea captains in the 15th Century. America’s founding fathers toasted the Constitution with glasses of Madeira. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson favored this Portuguese wine above all others. “This is the only place in America where Madeira wine is served directly from oak barrels. We’ve got Madeira!” smiled the feast president . In addition to the wine, the feast offers an amazing array of food. Order the carne d’espeto (beef on a skewer) that you can cook yourself in Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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a 40-foot fire pit. You can sample malassadas, linguica, cacoila, or bacalhau sandwiches. A new stand near the pit features milho frito. This little taste of home is made with cornmeal, garlic, shredded kale, and is then fried. It’s a great snack or side dish. The pavilion offers sit-down meals, burgers and fries. There’s something for everybody. In addition to the food and drink, there’s constant entertainment on five stages. Madeiran music and dance is featured alongside other Portuguese and American acts. This year, Candlebox headlines Thursday night, Chicago Total Access play on Friday, Jorge Ferreira sings on Saturday, and Trent Tomlinson closes the feast on Sunday. For those who prefer a quieter venue, the nearby Madeiran Museum offers traditional fado music. It’s also a great spot for espresso coffee and dessert. The Feast concludes with a solemn High Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday. This religious service is followed by a ceremonial banquet and one of the largest parades in the city from Brooklawn Park to Madeira Field. This year, 76 festeiros and several hundred Association members will lead the march. After the feast ends on Sunday, the first planning meeting for the following year is held. It’s a lot of work, but the festeiros seem happy to do it. President DeGouveia concluded: “We’re very lucky that we can continue to promote our Madeiran heritage. Everybody helps out, and the tradition carries on.” For more information, hours, and a schedule of events, visit

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Summer is the time for surf, sand, and sun, but it is also a great time to read that stack of novels piling up on your bedside table. Put all those extra hours of daylight to good use. Can’t think of where to start first? Below you will find a list of some new novels by old favorites as well as some adventure-filled nonfiction. Whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find something on this list to pique your interest. Happy reading! Go Set a Watchman

by Harper Lee Published by HarperCollins $27.00 hardcover After waiting 55 years for Harper Lee to publish her second novel, you better believe that the July 14 release of Go Set a Watchman is front page news around the world! Go Set a Watchman is being called a “parent novel” of Harper Lee’s Nobel Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird and is sure to cast a fascinating new light on the enduring classic. In Lee’s own words, “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman. It featured the character known as Scout as an adult woman and I thought it was a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I am humbled and amazed that it will now be published after all these years.”

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume Published by Knopf $27.95 hardcover

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early 1950s when the author was a teenager and a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Says Blume “These events have lingered in my mind ever since. It was a crazy time. We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us... Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified.” Against this backdrop of actual events, Blume paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place – Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, A-bomb hysteria, and rumors of Communist threat – while a young journalist makes his name reporting tragedy.

The Rumor

by Elin Hilderbrand Published by Little, Brown & Company $28.00 hardcover It’s not officially summer until Elin Hilderbrand releases a new novel! Friendships are tested in The Rumor, which has been called “the perfect beach read” by Publishers Weekly. Nantucket writer Madeline King couldn’t have picked a worse time to have writer’s block. Her deadline is looming, her bills are piling up, and inspiration is in short supply. Madeline’s best friend Grace is hard at work transforming her garden into the envy of the island with the help of a ruggedly handsome landscape architect. Before she realizes it, Grace is on the verge of a decision that will irrevocably change her life. Could Grace’s crisis be Madeline’s salvation? As the gossip escalates, and the summer’s explosive events come to a head, Grace and Madeline try desperately to set the record straight – but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.

The English Spy

by Daniel Silva Published by Harper $27.99 hardcover Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with seventeen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters. Now he is back with a new book featuring the brilliant hero, Gabriel Allon – art restorer, assassin, spy. The English Spy moves at light speed from the glamorous island of Saint Barthélemy to the mean streets of West Belfast to a cottage atop the cliffs of Cornwall that Gabriel holds dear. And though he does not realize it, he is stalking an old enemy – a cabal of evil that wants nothing more than to see him dead. Gabriel will find it necessary to oblige them, for when a man is out for vengeance, death has its distinct advantages. Filled with breathtaking twists, The English Spy will hold readers spellbound from its riveting opening passages to its heart-stopping conclusion. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva is regarded as his generation’s finest writer of international thrillers.

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson Published by Random House $ 28.00 hardcover

A thrilling new adventure of danger and deep -sea diving, historic mystery, and suspense by the author of The New York Times bestseller Shadow Divers. Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men – John Chatterton and John Mattera – are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the

seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea – his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard’s, more daring than Kidd’s. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history – it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says, “Kurson’s own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind-blowing pirate stories of recent memory.”

Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo Published by William Morrow $26.99 hardcover

An enthralling tale of madness and murder, set against the backdrop of Boston’s Great Fire and America’s Gilded Age In 1871, young children were disappearing from Boston’s working-class neighborhoods. The few who returned told desperate tales of being taken to the woods and tortured by a boy not much older than themselves. The police were skeptical, and after the Great Boston Fire of 1872 reduced much of downtown to rubble, the city had more pressing concerns. Finally, when the police apprehended twelve-yearold Jesse Pomeroy, his case transfixed the nation, and two public figures – Herman Melville and Oliver Wendell Holmes – each probed the depths of Pomeroy’s character in a search for the meaning behind his madness. The Wilderness of Ruin is a dazzling combination of true-crime thrills, a fresh perspective on mental illness, and a fascinating look at American class turmoil that captures the spirit of a turbulent age.

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Digging drones by Dan Logan

As with just about anything you can name that has game-changing, positive aspects —the Internet, automobiles, pharmaceutical drugs— the small drone can also be a tool of the dark side. Even the smallest drone f lown by an idiot is a potent force for mayhem.


mall drones for personal use are probably largely a “guy thing,” but it’s wildly appealing to be able to control a device that’s the next thing to flying like Superman, and where you have a video camera vista that takes you beyond your normal, barely-better-thanworm’s-eye view of the world around you. It’s amazing how different the world looks if you simply climb forty feet straight up. Free-flying drone technology has developed so quickly that governments and agencies of all stripes are struggling to come up with rational rules for their use even as users with all kinds of legitimate ideas are clamoring for government to get out of their way. For every sociopath who’s flying a drone near a busy airport there’s


someone with a good application for drone use. The agricultural uses are seemingly infinite, from analyzing property for future planting, to finding lost animals. In Ireland, drones are used to herd sheep. In Maine, drones are being used to aid in search and rescue. While attack drones, snoop drones, and peeping tom drones are important concerns, safety issues posed by devil-may-care flyers is a first consideration. People really don’t like the idea of having a small drone dropping from the sky onto their windshield as they’re driving or hit them in the face while they’re strolling down the street. We’ve yet to record the first passenger airliner brought down by a drone sucked into an engine, but who believes that won’t happen? Until recently the Federal Aviation Administration kept a fairly tight lid

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on what small drones could do legally. The FAA limits them to an altitude of 400 feet, and they must be within sight of the operator. The FAA also has had a blanket rule in place that stops drones from being used for commercial purposes, but that is under assault and being revised.

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Current small drones are made of firm, durable foam, so they’re light and can be patched up or have parts easily replaced. Unlike old tethered airplanes with their small gas engines, these are battery powered with flight times of five to 25 minutes per battery. Most have flexible props and electronics that can stop the motors to minimize damage if the pilot hits something. Most are equipped with multiple rotors, because quadcopter

designs offer better lifting power and flight stability. The software for controlling the drone is a key feature of every device. Control and autopilot systems keep being improved and the features trickle down to less expensive drones. Before every launch, a user calibrates the GPS so the drone knows where it is and where it’s going. When you start a flight, you tell the drone where the landing spot is and it will return there if it loses its signal, or when it calculates it has just enough power left to return to base. Many current drones will hover if they’re not getting directional input, meaning they won’t crash if your attention slips or you take your hand off the controls. Reportedly, the latest software can block a drone from entering identified no-fly zones.

Drones are a paradise for accessoDrone home You might want to start with someries manufacturers. Any drone is a thing like the Syma X1 Quad Copter, platform for lugging around interestwhich at $35 is an inexpensive way ing tools, the most popular of which to develop your flying skills before is a digital video camera. You can moving on to something more subhave a drone’s-eye view in nearly real stantial. Small drones can be flown time as your drone cruises the area. inside your house. Large grass fields Other accessories include LED lightare your best training ground, soft ing, replacement parts, upgraded enough that you’re unlikely to combatteries and propellers, not to menpletely trash your machine. tion specialized sensors, flight recordThere are plenty of basic drones uners, and proper carrying cases. der $100. Figure on higher prices for While they’re big improvements models that can carry cameras, plus over the radio-controlled planes of you have to pay for the camera. your youth, there’s still a learning A company called Parrot makes curve to piloting a drone. You can popular drones in the use dedicated control$200 to $500 range. lers with greater reA good way And at the higher end sponsiveness, or pilot the small drone them using apps on to get into ofrange, a company your iPhone, iPad, or called DJI ( Android device. drones is to makes a slew of popuYouTube has plenty develop your lar and more capable of training videos for various drone models f lying skills on models ranging to $4000 or more. that help ease you into the training process. an inexpensive I talked with one skilled pilot in From a financial model, so you Fairhaven recently as standpoint, a good way to get into drones can crash it he practiced using his pricey DJI drone over is to develop your and crash it an open marsh. I was flying skills on an into see how expensive model, so again without fascinated fast a situation could you can crash it and crash it again without clobbering go from stable with an astonishing live clobbering your bank your bank view of the marsh to account. sweat-inducing as the True, more expensive account. device was swatted by models may feature invisible gusts of wind software that will help that threatened to push it into nearby you fly better, but there’s no softtrees. ware that eliminates the possibility The drone was visible about 300 of crashes, particularly when you’re yards away when it began signaling learning. Depending on the model, the small it was returning to base because its battery power reserve was dwindling. drone may be flyable right out of the The flight downwind had taken mere box – meaning little or no assembly seconds, but I could see the pilot was required – but you’re probably going tensing up as the drone struggled to wind up doing a lot of tinkering upwind to get back to base before its and repairing soon thereafter. power ran out and a couple of thouIt’s time-consuming to sort through sand dollars of drone and camera the many models of drones available crashed into the rocks below. At last, to understand their differences. In the drone touched down on its presome cases, what appears to be a slew of models are differentiated sim- determined landing spot. One new battery later and it was up and on its ply by their paint job, but it can take way again. time to figure that out.

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by Elizabeth Morse Read

Get out there and party! Music, festivals, fireworks, boating, town fairs – it’s non-stop fun in the sun on the South Coast this month! across the region Ahoy! Officials from the Boston 2024 Olympics organizing committee have been scouting out the New Bedford waterfront as a possible venue for sailing events. Head for Battleship Cove in Fall River for the Fourth of July! Call 508-678-1100 or visit www. While you’re there, check out the largest collection of Titanic memorabilia in the US, including the one-ton model used in the 1953 movie, at the Fall River Marine Museum in Battleship Cove. For more info, call 508-674-3533 or visit Coordinate your visit with an event at the nearby Narrows Center for the Arts. For a complete schedule, visit www. or call 508-324-1926. Make plans now to attend the New Bedford Folk Festival July 4-5! For details, go to Watch the July 4th fireworks aboard a Fireworks Cruise from the waterfront. Go to It’s time for farmers markets and roadside produce stands throughout the South Coast! To find one near you, visit,, or If you live on the South Coast, and you’d like to experience raising a few chickens in your backyard this summer, check out or And if you’re interested in keeping up on South Coast environmental news, check out


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Find out about the summer camps and programs offered at your nearest YMCA! Go to www. for brochures and schedules. Mark your calendars! The annual Buzzards Bay Regatta will set sail from the New Bedford Yacht Club August 7-9. For more information visit Get ready for the 101st Feast of the Blessed Sacrament July 30-August 2 at Madeira Field! For details, visit Cruise the Open Studio Tours through Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth on July 18-19 and August 15-16. For details, visit www.

acushnet Twin Cedar Farm will rent out a pair of laying hens, a portable coop and six-month supply of chicken feed to backyard summer farmers. To learn more, go to or call 508-496-5543.

attleboro There’s always something to see or do at the Capron Park Zoo. Sign the kids up for Summer Zoocademy. Call 774-203-1840 or go to www.

bristol Take the whole family to a once-in-a-lifetime Fourth of July in Bristol, home of the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the US. Learn more at

The East Bay Bike Path from Providence to Bristol was voted the Best Bike Trail in Rhode Island by Yankee Magazine. Learn more at community/bikeri/eastbay. Pack a picnic for “Music at Sunset” every Wednesday during July and August at Blithewold Gardens! For a complete schedule, call 401-2532707 or go to And sign the kids up for Camp Sequoia! Experience pre-Industrial Age life at the Coggeshall Farm Museum, rated the “Best LivingHistory” farm in Rhode Island by Yankee Magazine. To learn more, visit or call 401-253-9062. If you’re a boat-lover, don’t miss the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Learn more at

carver Take the kids to Edaville Railroad for Dino Land or Thomas the Tank Engine train rides! For more info, visit

dartmouth Start your Independence Day early by heading for the music and fireworks at the Annual Freedom Festival at UMass Dartmouth on July 3! (rain date July 5) For details, go to There’ll be sports, camps, and academic programs all summer long at Friends Academy in North Dartmouth! Learn more by visiting www. or call 508-999-1356.

Get reacquainted with the great outdoors at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth. Try your hand at some canoeing or kayaking! Call 508990-0505 or visit

easton Check out the Children’s Museum in Easton! For info, call 508-230-3789 or visit “My Brother’s Keeper” of Easton and Dartmouth is looking for volunteers and gently-used residential furniture for families in need. Free pickup. Call 774-305-4577 or visit

fairhaven Spend your Fourth of July morning watching the Classic Car Cruise, then the Independence Day Cannon Salute with the Fairhaven Village Militia at Fort Phoenix! For a schedule of events, call 508979-4085 or go to Get fit for free this summer! Twenty free sessions, led by certified instructors, of “Yoga in the Park” (through August 18) and “Summer Bootcamp” (through August 20) will be offered again at Cushman Park, weather permitting. Learn more about “Fitness at Cushman Park” by calling 508-287-2482. All summer long, there’ll be free “Kids’ Fun Days” planned at the Fairhaven Visitors Center on the high school grounds. For more info and dates, call 508-979-4085 or go to Enjoy a free concert with Eddie and the Exciters at Benoit Square in North Fairhaven on July 11! If you’re interested in the history of JapanAmerica ties, visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House on the weekends in Fairhaven, where it all began. And don’t miss the Manjiro Festival in early October! Go to or call 508-995-1219 for details. Meet your friends on Saturdays at the Oxford Book Haven and Café at the Church of the Good Shepherd in North Fairhaven. Fresh soups and desserts, used books on sale, board games, WiFi. To learn more, visit or call 508-992-2281.

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fall river Get your motors runnin’! Watch the Offshore Powerboat Association races on the Taunton River on August 15. There’ll be plenty of free spots to watch from on both sides of the river, but there will be a great view from Big Mamie as part of Battleship Cove’s 50th anniversary celebration! Catch a ferry to Block Island from Fall River! For a schedule, go to or call 866-783-7996. Calling all Fall Riverites, past and present! Stay in touch with your hometown, no matter where you live now, by checking out the new website www.

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The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous line-up Alejandro Escovedo on July 9, the 3rd Annual Fall River Block-a-Palooza July 22, Hal Ketchum July 30, Ryan Montbleau Band July 31, Rickie Lee Jones August 8, Seth Walker August 15 – and much, much more! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Check out the free exhibit of Depression-era WPA paintings at the Cherry & Webb Gallery, sponsored by the Greater Fall River Art Association. For more information, go to

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Check out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. For more info, go to or call 508-672-0033.

marion The Marion Council on Aging will sponsor a day trip to Butterflies of Cape Cod in Bourne on July 20, and a Canal Boat trip on August 17. For info, call 508-748-3570. Find out what’s happening at the Marion Natural History Museum. Go to or call 508-758-9089.

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Cultural District is back! Free lunchtime jazz on Fridays at Custom House Square July 11-August 8, and free concerts on the waterfront starting July 10. For a complete schedule of events, go to www. Don’t miss the Sunset and Full Moon Cruises on New Bedford Harbor July 2 and July 31 (blue moon)! For more info, visit There’ll be free children’s crafts and activities Tuesday-Friday during July and August at the Whaling Museum! For details, call 508-997-0046 or visit Take a scenic cruise of New Bedford Harbor aboard the Whaling City Harbor Tours from Pier 3, daily through September. Call 508-984-4979 or go to Don’t miss the free Evenings in the Park Concerts on selected Thursday nights at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For info, call 508996-4095 ext. 6105 or go to Cruise through downtown New Bedford on July 16 for the Joe Jesus 50’s Night! For more info, go to Get on a bigger boat for the North Atlantic Shark Tournament July 17-19 out of the Port of New Bedford. For details, visit Wander through the stunning urban greenspace of the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in the north end of the city! Learn more at or call 508-636-4693. Golden oldies! Check out the Classic Car Show and Oldies Cruise on August 1 at the State Pier in New Bedford! For more information, go to www. Don’t miss the Whaling City Triathalon at Fort Taber on August 2. Learn more at Reserve your tickets now for Mary Poppins, performed by the New Bedford Festival Theatre July 24 through August 2 at the Zeiterion! Call 508-9942900 or visit Take a tour of the city’s historic district and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For more info, go to And while you’re there, visit the Whaling Museum and Seamen’s Bethel.

Explore New Bedford’s evolution from a whaling port to an industrial giant at the new exhibit “Energy and Enterprise: Industry and the City of New Bedford” at the Whaling Museum. For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046. Enjoy peak bloom at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Gardens. Plan ahead for the August 27 “Swinging 60s Concert in the Gardens.” For info and schedule, call 508-997-1401 or visit It’s all happenin’ at the Z! Head for the Zeiterion for An Evening with David Crosby July 6, Smash Mouth and Tonic July 16, Mary Poppins July 24-August 2, Weird Al Yankovic August 4 – and more! Go to or call 508-999-6276.

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Head for the Buttonwood Park Zoo when the kids are home! Sign the kids up for Zoo Camp in July and August. Don’t miss Teddy Bear Affair Night July 10. There’s also “Toddler Tales” every Thursday morning, free with admission. For details, call 508-991-6178 or visit Enjoy FREE family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The July 9 theme is “Kids Rule!” The August 13 theme is “Dancing in the Streets.” Go to or call 508-996-8253. If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out the monthly Salon Concerts at the Wamsutta Club. The Zoe Lewis Concert with Barbara Phaneuf will perform on July 10. For details, go to If you’re interested in the history of ornamental glass and glass-making, make sure to visit the New Bedford Museum of Glass. Visit or call 508-984-1666. The railroad bridge over Rt. 18 and Acushnet Avenue will be demolished and replaced by this time next year, with work starting by October, in preparation for South Coast Rail.

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Newport will host the “Newport Bridge Festival” July 27-30 (go to to “bridge” the musical gap between the Newport Folk Festival (July 24-26) and the Newport Jazz Festival (July 31-August 2) If your musical tastes are more classical and international, check out the schedule of the Newport Music Festival July 10-26. Learn more at or call 401-849-0700. There’ll be a full schedule of summer festivals, concerts and special events on the Newport waterfront starting this month. Plan now by visiting, www., and Calling all boaters! Visit Newport’s Museum of Yachting ( or 401-847-1018) and visit Rhode Island’s Tall Ship, Oliver Hazard Perry (go to or call 401-841-0080). Enjoy a performance of at the Newport Playhouse – “Killjoy” will be performed through August 2. Go to or call 401-848-7529. Mark your calendar for the Newport Kite Festival July 11-12 at Brenton Point State Park! For details, go to or call 401-344-5264. Plan ahead for free “Movies on the Rocks” at Ballard Park in Newport on Wednesdays at dusk in August. For more info, visit

onset Get ready for Onset! This year’s Onset Blues Festival will be on August 1. For details, go to www. The Onset Cape Verdean Festival will be held the next week, on August 8 (rain date August 9.) For more information, go to

portmouth Relax with live jazz and a glass of wine at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth – for a schedule of events, call 401-847-3777 or go to

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Children’s Figure-Drawing Classes July 21- August 11; Rock-a-Baby Concert July 21, and the Cultural Survival Bazaar July 25 and 26. Find all the details at The Sandywoods Center for the Arts will present Funny Little Planet July 11, New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus July 18, Planet Zydeco July 25, Forever Young July 31, Aine Minogue August 1, Jen Chapin August 14, and contra dancing on the third Wednesday of every month. For a complete schedule, go to or call 401-241-7349. Pet Partners and Forever Paws Animal Shelter to host Wine Tasting and Art Exhibit Fundraiser, Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 4-8pm, at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton. Enjoy samplings of a variety of wines with perfectly paired hors d’oeuvres. An art exhibit from New England’s most talented artists will be on display and for sale. Silent auction items from area businesses will round out the evening. Proceeds from the event will be used for needed medical and surgical services for adoptable shelter and rescue pets. For tickets call 508-415-4582. St. Theresa Church will be holding their annual Feast on July 31 from 5-10, Aug. 1 from 1-10; Aug. 2 from 12-5 with grand auction at on Sunday. Games, chances and live entertainment. For more info call 401 624 6515.

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wareham The free “Summer of Love Concerts” at the Onset Bandshell begin July 1. For more info, go to Check out the 10th season of the Cranberry Coast Concerts in Onset. For a schedule and info, go to or call 508-491-8888. On the Fourth of July, head for the Victorian-era village of Onset for the parade and Blessing of the Fleet. For a complete schedule of summer events, go to

The Claremont Trio Buzzards Play Productions will give free performances of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Onset Bandshell every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in July. For details, visit

Enjoy free outdoor movies on Tuesdays in July, and free concerts on Thursdays in July and August at Wareham Crossing! For more info, visit www. Make a big splash at Water Wizz, the South Coast’s best aquatic amusement park! For more info, call 508-295-3255 or go to www.waterwizz. com. Due to construction delays, the Walmart Superstore in West Wareham will not open until August. Mark your calendar – this year’s Onset Blues Festival will be on August 1. For details, go to www.

warren Enjoy free music and movies at Burr’s Hill Park in Warren every other Sunday at sunset! Head for 2nd Story Theatre! “Die, Mommy, Die!” will be performed July 17-August 28; “I Hate Hamlet” from July 10-August 30; “Venus in Fur” from July 23-August 2. Call 401-247-4200 or go to

westport Find out who’s on tap at the Sunset Music Series at Westport Rivers Winery! Pack a picnic and a corkscrew. $10/carload. For info, call 508-636-3423 or visit Support the Westport Land Conservation Trust by attending the 11th Annual Barn Dance on July 25. For tickets info, visit www.westportlandtrust. org. Visit the Westport Friends’ 54th Annual Book Fair from July 11-19 starting at 11 a.m. and continues “dawn to dusk.” Featuring over 30,00 books for sale, you are sure to find a great bargain. Visit them at 938 Main Road. Find out what’s on the schedule for the July 15-19 Westport Fair – go to The Westport River Watershed Alliance will host summertime activities for children age 3-16 this summer. For details, all 508-636-3016 or go to

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Corporate Just when I think I’m right about the cold, unfeeling nature of corporate America, something throws me a curveball. I was at Shaw’s in Wareham recently, stopping for three things. I went to the express lane marked “10 items or less”— well under the max. There in front of me was this idiot couple (which is the best way to describe them) with—and I’m not kidding—about 30 items. And they were blissfully ignorant of the cold stares of the folks behind them, about four of us. With way less than 10 items each. The clerk did nothing, just continued to ring them up even as they attempted the weakest of ruses: Putting 10 items on the belt at a time, with one of those little divider things between them. Oh, right, so that’s how that works! Had I only known when I had 100 items in my basket, it would have been such a time-saver! It’s at times like these when you want to say something and don’t, figuring it’s not worth the confrontation. Idiots are not worth the agitation you’d feel over it.…but really, 30 items? Besides, the guy behind me (with two items) was helping me out, allowing me to vicariously complain through him. “Amazing, just amazing,” he groused in voice loud enough for said idiot couple to hear. “Some people just don’t care that other people’s time is valuable, too.” I just turned and smiled and agreed with him, happy someone was saying something, and that


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the someone wasn’t me. The idiot couple was older than me, and figured I could take them if a fight broke out, especially the woman—she looked pretty frail. The guy behind me, who was younger than me so if there was a fight, he could take on the older idiot guy, continued, sighing with angry flair, that “This is just stupid, stupid!” and I turned again and smiled and agreed with him and the idiot couple just kept stacking up groceries in blocks of ten. Meanwhile, the only one looking nervous was the clerk, a young woman, who kept ringing them up and wasn’t happy about it, but she still wasn’t as unhappy as the guy behind me working himself into a lather. “I swear, if I see them in the parking lot, I’m going to say something, I swear,” he vowed, and I turned and smiled and agreed with him again, feeling better all the time, even as the idiot couple stretched a usual two-minute express-lane experience into something approaching infinity. And then another Shaw’s worker opened the register next to us, brightly announcing he’d take the next people in line. This allowed a second grocery-store form of bad behavior to rear its ugly head: The two people behind me and the grousing guy immediately bolted over to the open aisle before we could go and assume our rightful, mathematical place in line. I turned and smiled at the grousing guy and

mumbled, “Guess it’s just not our day,” which didn’t seem to placate him at all. “They must be from Marion,” the guy said loud enough for people in the adjacent well-to-do town of Marion to hear. “People in Marion think they’re better than anybody else.” And I turned and smiled and agreed with him again, up to a point. I mean Marion does have a lot of rich people in it, and some of them are pretty snooty, but I know many who aren’t and I do go there a lot so I figured I’d let his comment ride. I didn’t want to work him up any further. A mere infinity later, the idiot couple toddled out of the store—with a basket brimming with bags, and I went next and joked with the clerk, “I didn’t know there was a 30-items-or-less aisle, is that new?” to which she nervously laughed but the guy behind me did not nor did he smile and agree with me, which was okay because what the heck, I only had the three items and was out of his way quickly. When I got home, I did the only thing I could: I wrote Shaw’s headquarters online registering my discontent and closing with “And this is why I prefer Market Basket.” I figured that was it. I figured maybe they’d respond, but probably not. Almost instantly a return email came back saying they’d look into it and get back to me. Yeah, right, corporate American giving a crap about me, about as much as the idiot couple did.

And the next day—the next day—the store manager called from Shaw’s in Wareham to apologize. Once I got over my shock, I heard him out. He said clerks are trained to tell people clearly in violation of the 10-item rule to go to a regular aisle, but sometimes clerks don’t like to be confrontational. He said as manager, he cruises the aisles and will guide miscreants like the idiot couple to the proper aisle, but sometimes people slide by. “And sometimes they put the dividers between items to justify it,” he added, which made me feel better, thinking that this whole thing is what grocery store managers joke about at grocery store manager conventions, if they have those. Then they’d vent about the people who try and tell them, “it’s actually 10 items or fewer.” Look, I can’t get the infinity back that I wasted at

Shaw’s. The guy behind me won’t be able to undo the heartburn and headache, although he likely got over it. The two morons behind us who cut ahead of us in the other line won’t get the justice they deserve. But corporate America (or one of the lower rungs on that ladder) did reach out to me, politely and professionally, and made me feel better. It made me think all big business should operate this way. Pay attention to the people who make you successful and we won’t hate you as much. I think that’s a small request, and one we can all agree to. A better one would be a trap door in the floor for those who abuse the 10-items-or-less privilege, dropping them into a pit of vipers. One thing at a time, corporate America, one thing at a time.

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