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A mere look outside your window will tell you that things are heating up in the South Coast! No, not the just sight of freshly-cut lawns and lazy dogs panting in the shade under trees. You can see it in the smiles of dancers, hear it in their songs, taste it in the food, smell it from the sea, and feel it pulsing as soon as you step out your door.

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New Bedford ‘folks’ feel the blues By SEAN McCARTHY

Once again, New Bedford’s summer will feature world-class music performed by some of the nation’s most recognized talents in two of the city’s most enjoyable locations. The 21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival and the 9th New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival will continue their traditions of bringing outstanding performances to local stages. The Folk Festival, located in the city’s historic downtown, will take place on Saturday, July 9 and throughout Sunday, July 10. The Whaling Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, August 13 at the seaside location of Fort Taber in New Bedford’s south end. Both events are being presented by the Zeiterion Theatre, one of the region’s foremost cultural outlets. “The Folk Fest is New Bedford showing itself to the world,” says Art Tebbetts, a local performer who will be the host of the Main Stage. A guitarist and singer, Tebbetts has been a part of the event every year since it began. “The amount of talent and good music is still amazing to me,” Tebbetts says. “The experience is contagious – if someone brought you one year you’ll probably bring someone the next. It’s a chance to listen, laugh, and sing along. You may

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even get to dance.” And there should be plenty of dancing at the Blues Festival. “When you combine great music with a danceable beat, the smiles are going to come out,” says Sean Moriarty, President of the Blues Festival. “The event will be festive – dancing, food, sights, and communal vibes. We’d like to think we can put on a concert that is smaller but comparable to Newport’s legendary music festivals.” “These events should overcome any negative preconceptions people have about New Bedford,” says P.J. Finn, Program Director for WMVY-FM radio located in Martha’s Vineyard. “It’s a chance for people to see what progress the city has made. Having national headlining artists come to your city is a good thing. You won’t need to have previous knowledge of the music to enjoy the events and have a good time.” Tickets for the Folk Festival and the Blues Festival are available through the Zeiterion’s website, www. zeiterion.org, or by calling (508) 994-2900. They

can also be purchased at the Zeiterion box office Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm, located at 684 Purchase St. in downtown New Bedford. VIP Weekend Passes for the Folk Festival are $100, two-day tickets are $20, and single-day tickets are $15 if purchased before June 30. Tickets purchased after June 30 are $20 for single day and $25 for the weekend. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com. VIP Passes for the Blues Festival are $125, while general admission are $55. Senior and student tickets are $25. Children under 10 are free. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.nbwhalingbluesfest.com.

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Both events will include a variety of styles within their genre. With more than 50 performers, the Folk Festival runs the acoustic gamut – Celtic to Cajun, blues to bluegrass. There will be many


guitars as well as accordions, fiddles, banjos, and ukuleles, while some artists will occasionally present an unconventional instrument. Some of the folk festival’s favorite attractions take place when artists are teamed together on stage to play spontaneously under a specific theme. Past themes have included songs about love affairs, French Canadian Kitchen Parties, and guitar masters. The events are called “workshops,” and the weekend will include at least seven. “The workshops are where the magic takes place,” Tebbetts says. “You see people of different styles on stage that you wouldn’t imagine playing together, but those are usually the ones that turn out to be the more memorable performances.” The Blues Festival is also poised to provide memorable performances. The event’s main stage will include music from accomplished national acts including The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Shemekia Copeland, and Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen. The main stage will also feature Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish, and 16-year-old blues guitar prodigy and New Bedford resident Quinn Sullivan. The event’s local stage will provide music from Shipyard Wreck, Neal McCarthy, and Craig DeMelo. “This lineup is absolutely fantastic,” says Alan Desmarais, a disc jockey who hosts a bluesdevoted program on UMass-Dartmouth’s WUMD-FM called “Dreamcast Blues.” “This event is bringing to New Bedford some of the biggest names in modern blues.” Shepherd is a Louisiana-born guitarist known for his blues-infused rock and roll. His talent has earned him five Grammy nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, two Blues Music Awards and seven No. 1 blues albums. Copeland has won eight Blues Music Awards and was a headliner at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival. Her approach of contemporary blues, roots, and soul had the Chicago SunTimes describe her performances as “devastatingly powerful.” Cleary and his band deliver New Orleansflavored funk, a hard-driving soulful blend of rock, and rhythm and blues. “The blues have influenced every form of popular music today,” Moriarty says. “Rock and roll, rhythm & blues, soul, jazz, gospel, funk, country, reggae, and hip-hop have all been influenced by the blues.” Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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While the Folk Festival has made a national name for itself, Tebbetts claims that music fans aren’t the only people who return to the event year after year – the festival has a reputation in the folk community amongst performers as well. Some of the acts have performed at the event half a dozen times or more. For Canadian musician Benoit Bourque, this will be his 19th year of performing at the Folk Festival. He says that it is his favorite event of the year, something he can’t miss. “New Bedford is dynamic,” he says. “It has a European feel but it’s also unique. With the old houses and the cobblestone streets it’s like traveling back in time. But with the waterfront, the food, and the crafts it’s a unique treasure. Every year I find something new that I like about it.” This year’s festival will feature seven stages, one of which is the 1,200-seat Zeiterion Theatre. The weekend will also include a “Meet the Performer” tent. This year the Folk Festival will feature performances by prominent artists such as Livingston Taylor, the Kennedys, and Cheryl Wheeler. With more than five decades of performing, Taylor’s repertoire is vast. “Livingston Taylor has an easygoing warmth to his performances, you feel like he’s playing in your living room,” Tebbetts says. “He’s very spontaneous, telling stories, and jokes. You get the impression that he’s making it up as he goes, which gives the audience the feeling that they’re experiencing a one-of-a-kind show.” Tebbetts lauds the guitar work of Pete Kennedy and the singing skills of his cohort Maura Kennedy. “Pete is one of the best guitar players I’ve ever watched,” Tebbetts says. “It’s staggering – he’s technically brilliant and at the same time he knows how to have fun. Maura has a lovely voice and together they’re amazing.” Another headliner at this year’s festival is Cheryl Wheeler. “She’s a marvelously clever songwriter,” Tebbetts says. “She has a really distinctive voice with an amazing sense of humor. She’s often funny but pointed.” And while The Folk Festival will feature many big name performers, there is also the opportunity to enjoy acts that are new to the event. “Every year I look forward to seeing the new performers,” Tebbetts says. “There’s always some kids I’ve never heard before that are brilliant.” Speaking of brilliant kids, the Blues Festival will include an appearance by Quinn Sullivan, a

ten-year-old who first entertained a national audience at the age of six when he appeared with his guitar on the Ellen DeGeneres show. But Sullivan is not a novelty – in recent years he has toured with blues giant Buddy Guy and has appeared on stage with Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden, B.B. King, Derek Trucks, and Los Lobos. He has also taken to the stages of the Hollywood Bowl and the famed Red Rocks in Colorado. “If you listen to Quinn play just one song you’ll know that he’s a skilled player,” Desmarais says. “He’s been getting progressively better and better – he’s someone to keep an eye on.”

Beyond music

The folk event will feature more than 90 vendors and importers who will be offering juried, handmade goods and crafts. Food and drink will be available including New Bedford’s renowned fish and scallops. The blues show will offer food from local establishments, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks. The Folk Festival has been described by The Boston Globe as “one of New England’s Greatest Celebrations” and Yankee Magazine awarded it an “Editor’s Pick” in 2014. The concerts were produced by Alan and Helene Korolenko for 20 years, and with the Zeiterion Theatre taking the reins this year, the couple’s role was solely to book the performers. “We have some large stages but there is still an up-close-and-personal atmosphere,” says Alan. “We try to get the best talent possible in a variety of styles.” And after an eleven-year hiatus, Moriarty chose to bring the blues event back to the area. “This year will be bigger and better than ever,” he says. “We chose artists that incorporate many styles into their performances so that there will be something for everyone.” “The blues festival will be enjoyable from start to finish,” Desmarais says. “Even if you don’t listen to the blues it will be entertaining.” “You can go to the folk festival to see one or two performers and discover four or five more that you like,” Finn says. “You don’t need previous knowledge of the music to have a good time.” Both events will cost visitors less than they would spend to see most of these artists in an individual concert. “These two festivals feature dozens of world-class musicians, who combined will attract a regional audience of over 30,000 to explore our historic downtown and our gorgeous waterfront at Fort Taber,” says Rosemary Gill, Executive Director of the Zeiterion. “This level of talent, combined with affordable ticket prices, is great for tourism and locals alike.”


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By Don Cadoret

Summer just wouldn’t be the same along the South Coast without artists opening the doors to their studios. That’s just what happens each summer as thousands of visitors descend upon the area for the annual South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour. This year, it’s happening on the weekends of July 16-17 and August 20-21, from 11 am to 5 pm, in the coastal towns of Little Compton, Tiverton, Westport, and Dartmouth.

Behind the brush

This is the thirteenth consecutive year that talented artists will open their doors, revealing their inner sanctums, and perhaps a few creative secrets through demonstrations of process. “You get to see the creative spaces of each artist, the places that inspire them, and experience what they experience,” says South Coast Artists President Carolyn Lock. “That behind-the-scenes look is crucial to understanding each artist, and why they do what they do each day. The process is fascinating and the results are amazing.” This year there are over sixty artists represented on the tour and most of them will be demonstrating their process at some point throughout each weekend. That rare glimpse into the protective

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world of the artist is designed for the whole family and, best of all, is free to any and all ages. Artists will be exhibiting a variety of works, in many mediums, including painting, wax encaustic, pastel, watercolor, photography, sculpture, wood, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, mosaics, basketry, and 3D sculpting. Original works of art, limited prints, and other artsy accessories will be available for sale at the studios. “The quality of the work is very high,” Lock says, “and you will discover artists who have been recognized internationally and nationally by museums and important collections. There are also artists who have made a significant impact on the regional art scene and others who are beginning their journey towards a creative life.” If you plan on taking a tour, pick up a brochure at a local business. You can also learn more at SCA’s website, www.southcoastartists.org, when you can find their downloadable and easy-to-read brochure and map. SCA also keeps the larger community updated through social media, most notably through their Facebook page, South Coast Artists.

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South Coast Artists is a nonprofit organization that not only coordinates the summer art tours, but also works through its all-volunteer group to educate the community through art. There are programs for children, creative lectures for anyone in the community, and a new micro-granting program that supports new, younger artists just finding their way as future artists. SCA is comprised by nationally-known and emerging artists, all with a passionate interest in art education and being creative in this region. SCA provides a comprehensive online directory, enhanced artist resources, and related events for the community. The South Coast Insider joins other major sponsors of SCA, including WGBH Boston, Cardi’s Furniture, Artscope, Newport Life, Providence Media, and Art New England. Other significant supporters of the tours include US Wealth Advisors, Wild Apple Graphics, East Bay Newspapers, Dutchman Dental, and Even Keel Realty.


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Make a splash this summer!

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By Jay Pateakos

Being mostly surrounded by water has its advantages, especially as the summer rolls around and activities available become so plentiful that you can do something different each day. Sailing lessons, deep sea fishing, ferry cruises – the South Coast has it all and then some. Here’s just a few choice selections to demonstrate the diversity of the offerings that make our area so special.

Better boating

New Bedford’s Community Boating Center’s mission is to teach positive life values to youth through boating. The CBC’s programs are designed to be a step-by-step process in character development by using boating as a tool to help instill important life lessons in their students. The courses taught by U.S. Sailing-certified Instructors. These courses include the Summer Youth Sailing Program, Adult and Family Program, U.S. Powerboating Courses, Sailing Into Knowledge, and Boats by Kids. “We’re very excited about our 2016 Summer Programs. We run a Youth Sailing Program for ages 5 to 17, Adult and Family Lessons, Safe Powerboat Handling Courses, and much, much more!” said CBC’s Assistant Director Bo Williams. “Community Boating Center’s summer programs get people of all ages enjoying the greatest natural resource in the area; Buzzards Bay. There’s nothing better and nothing that defines the South Coast summer more than getting out and enjoying

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boating on the water.” Williams said this year at CBC, they’re excited about a brand new fleet of boats, LaserPerformance Bahia’s, that all of the summer programs will be taking advantage of. “The Community Boating Centers programs instill values like teamwork, leadership, and communication in both youth and adults. Getting people out on the water and in our programs, challenges individuals. Through those challenges they experience growth,” said Williams. “The future of our program looks bright. We hope to continue to work with more and more youth in the Greater New Bedford area as we move forward, also to increase the community’s access to the water, and bring more regattas and sailing events to the city.”

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Over in Fall River, the Narragansett-based Block Island Ferry is on its third year of operation in Fall River with ridership continuing to grow. Megan Moran, Sales Manager for The Block Island Ferry, said that while tickets for the ferry service out of Fall River can be purchased online at www. BlockIslandFerry.com, there will also be someone at the state pier each morning from 7:30 to 8:30 selling tickets as well. For Fall River ferry goers, they

will be able to depart Fall River daily and continue on into Perrotti Park in Newport after a scenic hour ferry ride through Mt. Hope and Narragansett Bays. From there, travelers have the option to either spend the day in historic downtown Newport or remain on the ferry and continue on to Block Island. “Last year was year two of the Fall River to Block Island high speed service. It went very well and we saw an increase in ridership over our first year. We are looking forward to our third season,” said Moran. “Return customers are always a good sign that we are doing something right. It’s good to hear that had such a great time last year that they are back again,” said Moran of the four-hour round-trip. The M.V. Islander will depart Fall River St. Pier every morning from June 25 to September 5 at 8:30 am. The trip to Newport is about an hour, and after a quick stop to pick up passengers, it’s another hour’s ride to Block Island, arriving at 10:45 am. The ferry departs Block Island at 5:55 pm and arrives back to Fall River at 8 pm. It is the perfect amount of time on Block Island for a nice day trip, Moran added.

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Lori admitted that the practice of deep sea fishing has attracted a variety of anglers, with fishing making for a great day of bonding for families, friends, or even employees, but that there are still so many people who have yet to try it. “It’s a fun thing for kids to learn how to do, away from electronics, soaking up the fresh air. Kids spend too much time on their computers or iPads or iPhones,” said Faltus. “This is a way to have a great family experience learning how to fish. Deep sea fishing is a great pastime for families especially. You should see the looks on children’s faces when they catch their first fish – it’s priceless. And everyone has a good time.” Faltus said recently-chartered excursions have brought back everything from stripper to scup, bluefish to weakfish, and more, using easily-manageable bottom-fishing techniques instead of casting. “We also do private chartering and have done many bachelor parties,” said Faltus. She noted that there are always people on board to provide as much or as little help as you want during your trip. “And the fish are good to eat. You can take home whatever you catch, as long as the size and catch limits abide by state fishing rules.” In addition to the fishing, Faltus said it’s simply a beautiful ride to be a part of, with stunning views of many islands people may have never seen before. “It’s a relaxing trip surrounded by much beauty including the Elizabethan Islands and other islands around Martha’s Vineyard, Buzzards Bay, and Nantucket,” Faltus said. Captain Leroy’s Deep Sea Fishing provides a variety of offshore fishing trips and three different boats to choose from: the Miss Elaine, a 36-foot party boat; the Captain Leroy III, a 65-foot party boat; and the Captain Leroy V, a 60-foot party boat. Faltus said that when you join them for one of their offshore fishing trips, you can leave the stress of life behind. Even the fishing licenses are taken

care of as each of their guests fishes under Captain Leroy’s Massachusetts fishing license, helping to save passengers time, hassle, and money. “It’s just you and the fish, and we certainly know how to find the fish that are biting,” Faltus said.

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Most people enjoy food cooked outside on a grill. The food always seems to taste better, doesn’t it? Perhaps from childhood we learned to associate outdoor cooking with exciting times with family and friends. Cooking outdoors automatically seems to lend a festive atmosphere to meal prep.

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According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association study, most people spend less than $300 on a grill, and for that price they can get the features they need. Keep in mind, your first grill is unlikely to be your last grill. According to Weber’s 2016 GrillWatch Survey, more people are investing in both a gas grill and a charcoal grill. Gas, charcoal, and electric grills each have their advantages and disadvantages. Gas grills include widely-used liquid propane grills, which are convenient to use and easy to control, and natural gas grills that share the control advantages but mean you have to have the gas line to the unit installed in your house. Charcoal grills use charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal for fuel, which are a bit messier and require more fussing than gas. They also take long to heat up and are harder to control in terms of even heating. Still, charcoal grills seem to underline the outdoor experience many people look for in grilling. Gas grills dominated for a number of years, but charcoal is making a comeback, says Ann Cedarstrom at South Coast Hearth & Patio. Up in the air on this one? Charcoal/gas hybrid grills are available to meet your needs of the moment. For convenience, electric grills are hard to beat. They’re not too expensive, suit a small working area or small amounts of food, and the power source is as close as your nearest electrical outlet. They get up to temperature rapidly and deliver heat evenly. But while they do the job, electric grills seem just a bit ho-hum. Well-known grill brands include Weber and Napoleon, each of which makes a slew of models of nearly infinite capability. Another intriguing brand that grabs the eye at South Coast Hearth & Patio is the Big Green Egg, which describes the grill perfectly. We’re talking about an egg produced by a very large dinosaur. A Big Green Egg is green, it’s garish, it looks over-engineered, but it has lots of fans. “The Egg is very versatile,” Peggy O’Meara says. A Big Green Egg is suitable for grilling, roasting, smoking, and baking. Sear your food item, slowcook it, stack it in tiers. Cook ribs, meatloaf, thick pork chops, turkeys. Blueberry pancakes. Coconut cake. Pine nut biscuits. The list goes on. Big Green Egg makes seven models with heavy ceramic underpinnings and a design that enables exquisite heat control. An Egg uses lump charcoal, which, unlike charcoal briquettes, can be left in the unit for re-use. With “almost exact temperature control from 200 to 800 degrees, you can set the Egg and walk Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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Grilling fans quickly learn the grill is only the centerpiece of the grilling experience. For convenience, maintaining one’s sanity, or establishing bragging rights, one tricks out his or her grill station with grilling accessories. Under the heading of necessities one might include igniters, tongs, spatulas, grill brushes, grill covers, aprons, patio furniture, and bug spray (in the case of Big Green Egg, necessities include a wheeled “nest” to cradle the Egg.) Other necessities might include smoking chips of hickory, mesquite, cherry, apple, or pecan that lend their own accents to the food being cooked. Not exactly necessary but very useful items include oven mitts, thermometers, burger presses, grates, rotisseries, and adjustable clip-on lights if you’re grilling after dark. Even beyond the necessities you can personalize your grilling experience in lots of ways. In the grilling world, when you’re thinking of accessories, think big. Maybe your favorite accessories are the sliding barn doors you had installed to protect your primo grill gear when you’re not using it. Or your grill gazebo with a vented canopy, battery-powered LED lighting and tempered glass side shelves to serve as counters or eating surfaces. Going beyond pure functionality, there are contemporary style touches available on some models. For example, at South Coast Hearth, the first steps into the showroom take you past an unobtrusive Napoleon Prestige series grille. But push a button on this Napoleon and blue LEDs light the rims of each one of the fist-sized control knobs. The glow suits the party atmosphere that seems to go handin-hand with outdoor grilling. Very cool.


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THINGS TO DO

By Elizabeth Morse Read

Whether it’s a brownbag lunch on a park bench, a tailgate party, a day at the beach, or a picnic at an outdoor concert, summer is time for eating al fresco. So when summer’s bounty gives us fresh corn, tomatoes, beans, squash, and peppers, there’s no excuse for eating take-out deli foods or pre-made sandwiches. Prepare a feast of homemade traditional summer salads, à la South Coast! ’Tis the season to be careful

Because it’s so hot and humid in the summertime (perfect petri-dish weather for bacteria, molds and viruses – and therefore food poisoning), we need to shift our eating habits. Foods that are perfectly safe to eat in the cold months are not always safe for us to eat in the summertime. For instance, meat by-products (like uncooked hotdogs and cold cuts), unpasteurized dairy products, raw eggs, undercooked meats, and potluck/restaurant foods containing mayonnaise can go bad quickly and make you sick. If you didn’t shop, prep, and serve it yourself, be careful about eating it during the summer months. For instance, I grew up in a household that regularly ate fish ‘n’ chips on Fridays, and black pudding on Saturdays (along with the B&M baked beans and canned brown bread). The English/Irish black pudding is actually a sausage made from animal blood, just like Portuguese morcela, German blutwurst and some French-Canadian boudin. Fortunately, I was also taught never to eat black pudding in any month that did not have the letter “R” in its name. Animal-based products spoil very quickly in the heat, and can make you sick for weeks in just minutes. You also have to be careful about buying and eating raw shellfish in the summer months. Where did it really come from? How freshly-caught is it?

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Did it fall off somebody’s truck at midnight during an algae bloom, or else did it come frozen from the sewage-polluted waters of Southeast Asia? Luckily, the fresh vegetable world picks up the health-and-nutrition baton in the summertime. “Hold the mayo!”

Foods containing raw eggs, like freshly-made Caesar salad dressing, steak tartare, caviar canapes or anything mixed with mayonnaise, can become rancid quickly in the summer heat. But you don’t have to swear off all your favorite picnic foods – just find ways to make them with oil-and-vinegar dressings! Whether called vinaigrette or Italian, clear oil-and-vinegar based dressings bring out the taste and crisp texture of fresh summer vegetables and herbs. Not only that, but the acidity of oil-and-vinegar dressings inhibits bacterial growth and promotes digestion. Instead of making a green salad with bottled bleu cheese dressing (which will be a slimy mess by the time you get to your destination) make a fresh slaw or a three-bean salad. Instead of a potato or macaroni salad swimming in mayo, make a German-style potato salad or a pasta fazool salad. And instead of the same ol’ egg or tuna salad sandwiches, make pita pockets of Salad Nicoise.

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Remember the last time you ordered the Fisherman’s Platter, and you were also served a scoop of soggy white cabbage bits in a paper pillcup? There’s no excuse for that kind of brainless food choice in the summertime. You can easily adjust your favorite recipes and use oil-and-vinegar dressings in your summer salads, instead of dousing them in mayonnaise, buttermilk, or bottled Ranch dressing. Kool sla means “cabbage salad” in Dutch. The traditional New England coleslaw is basically a freshly-made sauerkraut, thinly-shredded raw cabbage that’s been “pickled” overnight – you can use tender leaves of green cabbage, red cabbage, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, or kale. Some people add caraway, dill, or celery seeds, diced red onion, or shredded carrots. Toss them all lightly in a vinaigrette dressing and refrigerate overnight. Coleslaw made with oil and vinegar also lasts longer in your refrigerator than does leftover green salad – it’s called “week salad” in Swedish (if you love deli-made Reuben sandwiches, but the sauerkraut always gives you heartburn, order a “Rachel” sandwich instead – it’s made with coleslaw.) And if you’ve ever felt guilty about throwing out those broccoli or cauliflower stems after cutting off the florets, here’s the solution: shred them using a potato peeler. You can either use them “as is” in


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My English grandmother first came to this country at age 14, and spent her first night in America with cousins in Connecticut. When they served her corn-on-the-cob at dinner, she had no idea how to eat it – or why. Where she came from, corn was fodder for pigs and cows. But corn (maize) in the New World has a long history as a food staple, like rice or potatoes. And fresh corn is nowhere sweeter and juicier than in the northeastern U.S., just like our sugar maple trees. On the South Coast, roadside stands, farmers markets, and supermarkets are overflowing with un-shucked ears of sweet corn (see sidebar.) But instead of boiling the corn to death and then slathering it with butter and salt, make a fresh Yankee corn relish or succotash! If, like my grandmother, you’ve never eaten fresh corn before, you’re in for a big treat. Quick corn relish

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bowl (including the corn’s “milk.”) Mix in some diced tomatoes (green or red), some chopped bell peppers (green or red) or pimientos, and diced red onion or scallions. In a separate saucepan, boil 1:1 sugar and cider vinegar with a sprinkle each of celery seed, salt, and mustard seed for a few minutes, then stir it into the corn mixture. Refrigerate it overnight in a covered container or Ziploc bag. Some people like to add a can of drained/rinsed black beans to their fresh corn relish, which is pretty close to the traditional New England succotash recipe of corn and beans. “Sufferin’ succotash!”

Succotash is the Narragansett word for “boiled corn kernels,” and it’s become a traditional favorite up and down the East Coast, especially at Thanksgiving. Native Americans taught our Pilgrim forebears how to plant and cook the highly-nutritious local “three sisters” – corn, beans and squash. During the Depression years, succotash was often topped with a pie crust, as a substitute for meat pie. When eaten together, corn (a grain) and beans (a legume) become a nutritionally-complete non -meat protein.

How to buy the perfect ear of sweet corn

If you wouldn’t buy a pig in a poke, a basket of week-old strawberries, or a car without kicking the tires, then don’t just grab-and-bag a dozen ears of sweet corn without inspecting each one first. Caveat emptor. And whatever you do, don’t buy those conveniently-shucked ears wrapped in plastic at the supermarkets – they’re dry and tasteless already. The leaves (the “husk”) should be light green and dampish – if they’re pale and paper-dry, then the corn inside isn’t freshly-picked, and has already lost much of its sweetness. Grab the tassels (the “silk”) and give it a slight tug – if it all pulls off easily, then the top of the corn cob inside probably isn’t edible, either wormy or immature. Wiggle the woody stem at the end – if it snaps off or moves too freely, then the bottom of the corn cob inside isn’t fresh. Thumb apart a few leaves to inspect the kernels on the cob. If more than a few of the kernels are underdeveloped or brown and mushy, don’t buy it. If you’re lucky enough to find both white and yellow kernels on the cob, then it’s the super-sweet “butter-andsugar” variety. When you shuck the ears of corn at home, spread an old newspaper on the kitchen table first – otherwise, you’ll be finding corn silk scattered everywhere for weeks, like old Christmas tinsel. And the corn husks, silk, and newspaper are perfect for your compost pile.


The basic ingredients of a succotash are corn kernels, uncooked shell beans (like lima, kidney, edamame), and some chopped-up summer squash (like zucchini), although some people also add diced tomatoes, onions, or peppers. All the veggies are simmered gently until the beans are soft, then it’s all refrigerated overnight – succotash tastes good whether served hot or cold, just like ratatouille or a salsa, and it always tastes better the next day. Three-bean salad

Another New England picnic favorite is a colorful three-bean salad. Fresh veggies are best, but if you’re pressed for time, canned veggies will do – just make sure to drain and rinse them thoroughly. Douse them in a vinaigrette dressing in a covered Tupperware container or Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight. Drain before serving. n French-cut green string beans n Yellow wax beans, cut up n 1 can red kidney, black or pinto beans n Red onion, finely chopped n Celery, finely chopped (optional) n A sprinkle of celery seed, black pepper and/or dillweed Piccalilli

Whether you use it to top grilled burgers or serve it as a side-dish, New England-style piccalilli relish is well-worth the prep-time. Unlike most readymade relishes (which are basically chopped-up pickles and food coloring), homemade piccalilli is a sweet/spicy condiment (think chutneys) made from available local vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, and onions. (The only commercial brand of piccalilli that even comes close is Howard’s.) Making fresh piccalilli is also a great way to use up those leftover green tomatoes in your garden. Recipes for piccalilli abound in cookbooks and online. But the ingredients are the basically the same in all of them, just in varying proportions. Bell peppers (green and/or red), tomatoes (green and/or red), onions, cider vinegar, brown sugar, a sprinkle of mustard powder, dill seed, and a pinch of ground cloves. Like corn relish and succotash, it’s simmered on the stove, then refrigerated for a few days to let the flavors marry. So make the most of your outdoor eating this summer, and learn how to make fresh and healthy sides and salads using local produce. Eat Fresh. Eat Local. To find a farm or farmers market near you, visit www.semaponline.org, www.pickyourown.org, www.farmfresh.org, or www.localharvest.org.

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become New England’s largest ethnic celebration and a true community event that brings four days of fun, entertainment, and the pride of one’s heritage to families throughout the region. The Portuguese Feast, as it is commonly known, is a celebration on a grand scale in every way. Where else can you find five performance stages running continually over four days with entertainment that is contemporary, cultural, hip, traditional, ethnic, country, rock, folkloric and a whole lot more, while some of the best tasting Portuguese food you’re going to find is being served up everywhere you turn? Where else are you going to find yourself on a hot summer night enjoying a great tasting linguiça sandwich and a cold beer under a canopy of 10,000 lights while a world-renowned musical artist serenades you and your friends for free? Where else are you able to purchase a couple pounds of sirloin beef tips, skewer it yourself, and cook it over a forty-foot barbecue pit alongside throngs of


other revelers while the rest of your family picks out some of their favorite souvenirs? Where else can you sit down in a quiet café enjoying fado, the traditional “blues” music of Portugal, with an espresso and a lemony custard tart called a pastel de nata, and a half-hour later on the other end of the same city block you’ve got a cup of Madeira wine in hand while the Grammy-nominated band Tonic plays cuts from their platinum selling album Lemon Parade? Sound like the place to be? It sure does.

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It has taken the good part of a year to prepare for this spectacular event. No one knows this better than 2016 Feast president Paul Leconte. Together with his committee of thirty-three festeiros (feast committee men) and the support of Club Madeirense members, Mr. Leconte has set the stage for another exciting time. “We began on the Sunday night of last year’s feast,” said Mr. LeConte. “We’ve prepared a Feast like no other and look forward to providing the community an enjoyable, safe, and family-friendly place to be where they can have fun, eat, and listen to great entertainment.” Improvements to the Feast Grounds this year see an expanded main stage to better accommodate large groups such as the musicians and dancers of the Grupo Folclorico Madeirense. There are more ticket machines and upgraded wristband ID equipment, too, speeding up the lines to allow patrons more time to enjoy the abundance of Portuguese foods and refreshing beverages with their family and friends. An expanded entertainment schedule has something for everyone, including the world-renowned Portuguese performer Nelia Moreira, the much -celebrated Bon Jovi tribute band Living On A Bad Name, and a Country and Western night with Kristen Merlin from the popular television show The Voice. There are performances at the Museum of Madeiran Heritage Café every day, too. On Saturday afternoon, Walgreens pharmacy presents a Family Fun Day with children’s performers roaming throughout the grounds and special entertainment on stage. As an added bonus, children enjoy free food and beverages, and seniors take fifty percent off meals. Free entertainment and the great assortment of Portuguese foods is not all. The Feast also features an annual 5K Road Race on Saturday and a spectacular parade on Sunday at 2 pm. Mark August 4-7 on your calendar and get ready for the 102nd Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. Check out the website at www.portuguesefeast. com for more information.

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Best known for illustrating the Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond, R.W. Alley has illustrated dozens of children’s books and written several of his own. Gretchen Over the Beach is one book in a series of four, each representing a season and featuring one sibling from the same family. Summer is here, bringing with it the obligatory family trip to the beach. Gretchen, the youngest in the family, can’t keep up with her older brothers and sister. Her pleas to “wait up,” fall on deaf ears. While the others race into the deep waves, Gretchen finds amusement of her own by taking flight (literally) with her imagination. Soaring over the shore, Gretchen learns to swim in the clouds and makes friends with a gull. Perfect for preschool children, the sweet illustrations and vibrant colors of Gretchen’s daydream bring to life a familiar-looking New England seashore. Perhaps Bristol, Rhode Island where the author makes his home? The positive message of using your imagination will resonate with youngsters who are often left to their own devices.

The Thing about Jellyfish is a heart-rending novel by Massachusetts author Ali Benjamin. It’s easy to see why this novel for middle-grade readers has garnered so many awards. Smartly written and perfectly pitched, Benjamin has written a novel so rich in empathy and intelligence that readers of every age can appreciate it. Over the summer, Suzy lost her best friend Franny to a tragic drowning accident. As a girl fascinated by facts and figures, Suzy tries to order her grief, finding solace in science. When she alights upon a theory that her friend, a very strong swimmer, must have been stung by a rare and deadly jellyfish, she embarks upon a quest to solve the mystery of Franny’s death. Benjamin packs a lot of interesting information about jellyfish into her novel, but the book is primarily a story of overcoming grief and dealing with the real terrors of growing up. The Thing About Jellyfish is an astonishing and gripping novel for young and old alike.


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DATELINE: SOUTH COAST

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

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July on the South Coast is an explosion of outdoor movies, music, great food, waterfront events, and festivals! There’s something for all ages and interests going on somewhere on the South Coast every day – much of it free! So get out there with family and friends and party! across the region Get ready for the 102nd Feast of the Blessed Sacrament August 4-7, the largest Portuguese festa in the world! Headliner music includes Tonic, Nelia Moreira, and Kristin Merlin. For complete details, go to www.portuguesefeast. com. Mark your calendars for the New Bedford Folk Festival July 9-10, called “one of New England’s greatest celebrations” by the Boston Globe, featuring Livingstone Taylor and RUNA. For complete info, visit www. newbedfordfolkfestival.com or www.downtownnb.org. Head for the free 4th Annual Block-a-Palooza in downtown Fall River with Los Lonely Boys and Neal McCarthy Problem on July 14! For info, visit www. narrowscenter.com or call 508-324-1926. Mark your calendars for the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival at Fort Taber, featuring Quinn Sullivan and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, on August 13! For more info, visit www. nbwhalingbluesfest.com or www.zeiterion.org. Take the family to the Westport Fair July 13-17! For a complete schedule, go to www.westportfair.com. Plan ahead for the 17th Annual Rochester Country Fair August 18-21! For details, go to www.rochesterma.com. All aboard! Hop onto the “Cape Flyer” Boston-Hyannis train in Middleboro/Lakeville, Wareham, or Buzzards Bay on weekends through Labor Day. Don’t miss the Taste of Summer “Harbor Days” at Shipyard Park in Mattapoisett on July 15-17. For details, go to www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org. Take a drive along the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tours on July 16-17 or August 20-21, highlighting the craftsmen and artists of Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton, and Little Compton. For more info, go to www. southcoastartists.org. Avoid all the Cape Cod traffic and bridges! Take a highspeed passenger ferry from State Pier in New Bedford to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard! Dockside, valet and shuttle parking available. Discount fare for military members and children under 12. For info and summer schedule, go to www.seastreak.com.

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As part of an expanded partnership with Southcoast Health, doctors from Boston Children’s Hospital now provide neonatal intensive care for newborns at Tobey Hospital in Wareham, St. Luke’s in New Bedford, and Charlton Memorial in Fall River. Check out the free WBRU Summer Concerts at Waterplace Park in Providence! For a schedule, go to www. wbru.com. New Bedford’s free “Summer Sounds Series” is back! Relax with “Lunchtime Jazz” at Custom House Square in the historic district every Friday at noon during July and August. Then there’s “Concerts on the Pier” on Friday evenings in July and August on Pier 3. For a complete schedule, visit www.destinationnewbedford.org. And the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will present free “Evenings in the Park Concerts” on Thursdays July 28 through August 25. For details, call 508-996-4095 x 6105 or go to www.nps.gov/nebe. Find out what’s going on at your local YMCA! For summer camp info and program lists, go to www.www. ymcasouthcoast.org. The state has approved $3.5 million in funding to expand refrigeration facilities at New Bedford’s State Pier, which will allow for more international commerce year-round. Camp Angel Wings, a two-day bereavement camp for children ages 6-12 sponsored by the Southcoast Visiting Nurses Association, will be held July 16-17 at Camp Welch in Assonet. Go to www.southcoast.org/campangelwings.

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Take the kids to Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center! For more info, call 508-2233060 or visit www.massaudubon.org.

bristol Make your plans to attend the 4th of July celebrations in Bristol, home of the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in America. For more info, visit www. july4thbristolri.com. Listen to “Music at Sunset” concerts July 8-August 26 at the Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! And sign up kids K-4 for Camp Sequoia through August 13! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to www.blithewold.org. If you’re a boat lover, don’t miss a visit to the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. For info, call 401-253-5000 or visit www. herreshoff.org. Learn about life in the 18th century and take the family to the Coggeshall Farm Museum for “Home and Hearth” workshops! For the kids, there’s Farmhouse Storytime every Wednesday at 10 AM. For details, visit www. coggeshallfarm.org or call 401-253-9062.

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Mark your calendars now for the Great Feast of the Holy Ghost on August 24-28 in Kennedy Park! For more info, go to www.ahafallriver.com or call 508-294-5344.

Explore the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth! Try your hand at canoeing or kayaking! Sign the kids up for summer programs in coastal ecology. For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit www.lloydcenter.org.

Marine Museum at Fall River: “Maritime Art for Kids” ages 4-8 every Wednesday from 2-3pm. Free admission on July 5 for veterans and military members! Watch “The Little Mermaid” with the kids on July 19. Learn more call 508-674-3533 or visit at www.marinemuseumfr.org

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fairhaven Celebrate the Fourth of July with a cannon salute at Fort Phoenix and a Car Cruise Parade! And don’t miss the free Family Movie Night at Livesey Park on July 23! For more info, visit www.fairhaventours.com. Take a tour on July 5 of one of the most beautiful churches in New England – the Unitarian Memorial Church in Fairhaven. For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to www.fairhaventours.com. Free Kids’ Fun Days at the Fairhaven Visitors Center are scheduled on Mondays throughout July and August. For details, go to www.fairhaventours.com or call 508-979-4085. Japanophiles! If you’re interested in the history of JapanAmerica ties, plan a visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, where it all began. Go to www.wmfriendshiphouse. org or call 508-995-1219 for details.

fall river When the kids are home, check out the Children’s Aquarium and Exploration Center of Greater Fall River! Learn more at www.aquariumgfr.com or call 508-8014743. And find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. Reduced admission on the first Friday each month. For more info, go to www.cmgfr. org or call 508-672-0033. AHA! Night on July 21 (free!) will be all “Fun and Games!” For more info, go to www.ahafallriver.com or call 508-294-5344.

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middleboro Mark your calendar for the Saturday Summer Concert Series July 11-August 22 at the Soule Homestead. For more info, go to www.soulehomestead.org or call 508-947-6744.

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The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – there’s Matt Schofield July 6, the free 4th Annual Blocka-Palooza downtown with Los Lonely Boys and Neal McCarthy Problem on July 14, Tom Rush July 16 at the Westport Rivers Vineyards, Alejandro Escovedo July 22, Eric Lindell August 4, James Hunter August 12 and much more! For a complete schedule, visit www.narrowscenter. com or call 508-324-1926.

Don’t miss the Newport Antiques Show July 22-24 at St. George’s School! For complete info, call 401-846-2669 or go to www.newportantiqueshow.com.

Help support cancer victims by participating in the Michael’s Fund 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament on July 11 at the Fall River Country Club! To register as a player, make a contribution, or donate items for the post-tournament raffle/auction, call 508-677-2345 or email michaelsfund@aol.com. For more info, visit www. michaelsfund.com.

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Stroll through the Allen C. Haskell Gardens! For details, call 508-636-4693 or go to www.thetrustees.org. Take a stroll through the Craft-o-Rama Art Markets every Saturday at Custom House Square through August 27. For details, go to www.destinationnb.org.

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Happy Days! Don’t miss Joe Jesus’ 50’s Night in downtown New Bedford on July 21! For details, visit www. downtownnb.org.

Don’t miss the Newport Folk Festival July 22-24 (www. newportfolkfest.org) and the Newport Jazz Festival July 29-31 (www.newportjazzfest.org), both at Fort Adams. In between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, there’s BridgeFest July 25-28! For a complete schedule, visit www. newportbridgefest.com.

Don’t miss the free and family-friendly Cape Verdean Recognition Parade on July 2, starting at Buttonwood Park. For details, visit www.destinationnewbedford.org. Sign up now for the Whaling City Triathlon and Duathlon on July 3, starting at Fort Taber! For more info, call 781414-0437 or go to www.destinationnewbedford.org. Plan ahead – it’s the 4th annual “Feast in the Wild” at New Bedford’s Buttonwood Park Zoo on August 11! Selections from local restaurants, craft beer and wine, live music and dancing, auction. For more info, go to www. bpzoo.org or call 508-991-6178. Enjoy hands-on Family Fun activities every day in July and August at the Whaling Museum! For details, call 508997-0046 or go to www.whalingmuseum.org.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents the 21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival Saturday, 11AM-9PM July 9 and Sunday, July 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with an impressive lineup of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. Over seventy artists, including Livingston Taylor, Kate Taylor, Cheryl Wheeler will perform on seven stages throughout historic downtown New Bedford - ranging from the 1,200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the “Meet the Performer” area. In addition to the musical performances, the festival offers activities that are free and open to the public including: The BayCoast Bank Family Fun Tent, the updated Food Court & Bar, and the seven-block craft vendor marketplace. Special VIP Weekend Passes are $100; Single-Day and Weekend Admissions are $15 through $25. Children under 12 are free. Tickets and information are available at www.zeiterion.org and www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com, 508-994-2900, and the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

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Take a boat tour of historic New Bedford Harbor or a sunset cruise aboard Whaling City Expeditions! For a schedule and more info, call 508-984-4979 or go to www. whalingcityexpeditions.com. The Port of New Bedford now offers an online reservation program for recreational boaters looking to reserve a dock slip or mooring. Go to www.dockwa.com. Sailors! Plan ahead for the Buzzards Bay 420 Championship at Fort Taber August 5-7! For more info, visit www.destinationnewbedford.org. Experience American military history at Fort TaberFort Rodman! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit www. forttaber.org. “America’s Got Talent” star Samantha Johnson will play Betty Rizzo in this summer’s Festival Theatre production of “Grease,” July 22-31 at the Zeiterion. For more info and tickets, go to www.nbfestivaltheatre.org or www.zeiterion. org or call 508-994-2000 or 508-999-6276. Find out what’s happening at the Buttonwood Park Zoo! Check out the children’s programs Bear Cub Club (2-3), Puddle Jumpers (2-5), Little Learners (3-5), Roots & Shoots (11-15). For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit www.bpzoo.org. To celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will offer free admission on August 25-28, September 24, and November 11 this year. For more info, go to www.nps.gov/ nebe. And while you’re there, visit the Whaling Museum! For more info, visit www.whalingmuseum.org or call 508-997-0046. Don’t miss the special exhibits now showing at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House in New Bedford through October: “The Lost Gardens of New England,” “The Art of Travel,” and “Julia Smith Wood: Creative Journey.” Special lectures and events will also be scheduled. For more info, call 508-9971401 or go to www.rjdmuseum.org. Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The July 14 theme is “Kids Rule!” For details, go to www.ahanewbedford.org or call 508-996-8253. If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out the Salon Concerts at the Wamsutta Club. For more info, go to www.wamsuttaconcerts.com.

Make your reservations now to watch the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship July 10 at Newport’s International Hall of Fame! For details, go to www.tennisfame.com. Don’t miss the Great Friends Dance Festival July 14-23 at the Great Friends Meeting House! For more info, go to www.islandmovingco.com. Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “A Whole Lot of Cheatin’ Goin On” will be performed July 6-August 28. For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to www.newportplayhouse.com. For classical music lovers, listen to international artists perform at the 48th Newport Music Festival, scheduled for July 8-24 at various museums, mansions, and churches in the Newport area. For detailed info, call 401-849-0700 or visit www.newportmusic.org.

onset Don’t miss the free Onset Music Festival on July 23, a full day of live music headed by Grace Morrison! For more info, go to www.onsetbay.org or call 508-295-7072. And mark your calendars for the 2016 Onset Blues Festival on August 6! For details, go to www.onsetbluesfestival.com. Groovy! The free “Summer of Love” Wednesday night concerts at the Onset Band Shell in Wareham will start July 6! There will also be free “Summer Shakespeare” productions every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday night through August 2, and free movies every Thursday night. For more info, go to www.onsetbay.org or call 508-295-7072. Plan ahead for the Annual Onset Street-Painting Festival and Illumination Night on August 27! For more info, go to www.onsetbay.org or call 508-295-7072. Mark your calendars for the 2016 Onset Blues Festival on August 6! For details, go to www.onsetbluesfestival.com. And plan ahead for the Annual Street-Painting Festival and Illumination Night on August 27! For more info, go to www.onsetbay.org or call 508-295-7072.

portsmouth Enjoy live music at the Greenvale Vineyards! For complete info, call 401-847-3777 or go to www.greenvale. com.

providence Head for India Point Park for the fireworks on July 4th! For details, go to www.providenceri.com. Don’t miss the free Friday Night Concert Series, July 8-August 12 at Waterplace Park! For a schedule, visit www. providenceri.com.


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Don’t miss the Summer Comedy Series hosted by Buzzards Play Productions! For more info, visit www. buzzardsplayproductions.com or call 508-591-3065. “The Moving Wall,” a scaled-down version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, will be on display in mid-August in Wareham.

warren Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre! “Harold & Maude” will be performed July 1-24, “The Sunshine Boys” August 5-28. Call 401-247-4200 or go to www.2ndstorytheatre.com.

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“Camp Invention” is a week-long exploration for Westport students entering grades 1-6 about science, technology, engineering and innovation, starting July 11. Register early at www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332. Elementary school kids will enjoy “Art Camp” July 11-15 and August 1-5 sponsored by the Westport Art Group. For details, call 508-636-2114 or visit www.westportartgroup. com. Enjoy the Sunset Music Series at Westport Rivers Winery. Pack a picnic and a corkscrew! Purchase tickets in advance by calling 508-636-3423 or by visiting www. westportrivers.com.

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The Westport River Watershed Alliance celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a special concert by Folk legend Tom Rush. At Westport Rivers Vineyard, Hix Bridge Road, Westport. July 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Information and tickets at www.westportwatershed.org and at www.narrowscenter. org. Phone orders and info at 508-636-3016.

Plan ahead to hear Tom Rush perform on July 16 at the Westport Rivers Vineyards! For more info, visit www.narrowscenter.com or call 508-324-1926. Explore 18th and 19th-century life at the Handy House. For more info, visit www.wpthistory.org or call 508-636-6011.


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Moby Clam By Paul E. Kandarian

“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering clam; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee!” Okay, so I swapped out the giant mammal in exchange for my favorite crustacean, doing so with sincere apologies to Herman Melville, author of the classic whale tale, Moby Dick. But I can’t help it. As obsessed as Ahab was by his deadly quest for the fictional leviathan, I am myself in the hunt for the very real, much smaller, much less mobile, and not nearly as lethal clam. It is a happy, safe obsession to say the least. I’ve always loved eating clams, including steamers, but I really love the hard-shelled variety, also known as quahogs around these parts. Big ones are perfect for chowder, smaller ones for stuffies, smaller ones still for eating raw, which are also known as cherrystones. I first stumbled, quite literally, into my quest several years ago at a small beach in Onset. I was walking in the muck just offshore at low tide and sunk into the mud – and directly onto my obsession. There beneath my feet were clams, big fat hardshelled clams. I leaned into the sucking mud and pulled one out, amazed at how easy it was. I toed my way around and came out with many more. I was hooked. I’d go back often and come away with dozens of clams, filling my bathing suit pockets until the suit was nearly pulled off my body, which quite frankly would not have been a pretty sight. But that’s how I did it, only buying a clam basket for the task last year. It’s much easier to carry clams that way and it lessens the frightening risk of losing my shorts. Since then, whatever beach I find myself in around these parts, I dig into the mud with my feet until I find clams. There is nothing more primordially satisfying than foraging for your own food.

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I think it lights a long-dormant evolutionary fire to provide sustenance for the clan back in the cave, which in this case is just me and my lady and some friends who live in regular houses. Foraging is so much more civilized these days. I’ll sometimes go with friends who don’t have the luck I do. Honestly, it’s like I’m a clam magnet. I can just walk over the ocean floor at low tide, be it hard packed or muddy, and feel clams with my feet. It’s almost too easy. I have been called “The Clam Whisperer.” I wear the lofty title with Ahabesque pride.

I seldom if ever use a bull rake, a steel-toothed instrument at the end of a pole, which many use to scrape the mud and pull out clams. I much prefer to get down on my hands and knees, digging with my hands, feeling with my feet. Just the other day at a very secret spot I will tell no one about even under the threat of death, in just 90 or so minutes, I came away with nearly a hundred clams. So much chowder awaits, so much sloshy noshing on the briny treasures on the half shell! Ahab would be proud. One of my favorite spots is Quonochontaug Pond down in Charlestown where my lady’s family has spent summers for generations. It’s a popular location, so the haul is usually not as great. But still I go, traipsing out to my customary hunting grounds by large rocks and a muddy marsh, to dig, to hunt, to satisfy my obsession, the squalling gulls better musical accompaniment than any man-made device could create. I always return with more than anyone else. It is my lucky gift. But fear not, plenty of opportunities abound in this area as well, from the border of Rhode Island to Falmouth, the wide swath of Buzzards Bay holding millions of clams in all varieties for the taking. One terrific online resource to find out where, and regulations, license requirements, etc., is www.buzzardsbay.org/shellfish.htm And so I shall clam until my dying day, pray thee perhaps on that very day, when, succumbing to my rabid quest, I sink beneath the churning seas to rest in eternal slumber atop the Moby Clam that drew me to my fate. Thank you, Mr. Melville. And pass the cocktail sauce.


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