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Harvesting the future I By Steven Froias

n what’s become a spring rite of passage, each year community gardens are planted at schools throughout New Bedford. Typically, various kinds of lettuce, sage, and spinach are already able to be harvested at these gardens—a legacy of the last season’s planting. Into the soil in spring go tomatoes, beans, potatoes, cucumbers, and even strawberries as the yearly ritual gets underway. Students from the various schools, teachers, and neighbors join in the planting, and then are free to share the bounty. It is the result of a program called “Grow Education” by the Marion Institute, which describes itself as “an incubator of innovative models for social change.” “We cultivate great ideas and support visionary leaders creating progress around the region,” they write on their website, The Grow Education program has been taking root in New Bedford for over five years and has lived up to its name by constantly growing.

Green thumbs Grow Program Manager Adam Davenport, who has been one of the people cultivating the program these past years, explains that this year the team realized it was time to deepen and expand the reach of Grow Education. It’s currently in year one of doing that by creating an umbrella, “Grow Southcoast” structure, which encompasses Grow Education, Grow Health, and in the future, Grow Environment.


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Grow Southcoast Program Director Adam Davenport in the garden with New Bedford public school students.

Grow Education brought community gardens to New Bedford schools, and invited both the students and surrounding community into them to claim ownership of the urban farming and subsequent harvest. Today, the organization has 12 gardens at schools across the city. Shortly before publication, planting season took place at all of them as described above, engaging students in the process before summer break. But Davenport says that the enlarged vision for Grow Southcoast was already being implemented inside the schools all through the winter. The expanded Grow Education curriculum under the wider umbrella sees program members like Davenport and special guest speakers engaging the students in new ways. Officially, states, “Grow Education cultivates family and school partnerships in marginalized neighborhoods through a school-based community garden approach focused on project-based learning.” Practically, that now means developing presentations for students that address issues such as food security, food access, and sustainable local farming. For example, as part of the program, New Bedford students were brought on a field trip during the school year to Round The Bend farm. It describes itself as a “center for restorative community.” It is a working farm and educational non-profit located in Dartmouth. “It was very cool to connect students with community people,” Davenport recalls. He then adds that this “in-the-field” approach is part of the enlarged scope of Grow Southcoast activities. In fact, students are presented with at least two to three opportunities to get their hands dirty in a garden as part of the curriculum. In all, 18 presentations were held this past year. They took place at Jacobs Elementary, Gomes Elementary, Pacheco Elementary, Trinity Day Academy, and New Bedford High School. According to the Marion Institute, topics ranged from sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry to the importance of seeds and saving local stock, and even beekeeping and the role of bees in agriculture. In addition to Nate Sander from Round the Bend Farm, speakers included Bill Braun from Ivory Silo Farm and the

Freed Seed Federation Project, Kristen Lofstrom, a member of the Bristol County Beekeepers Association, Stephanie Perks and Kim Ferreira from Coastal Foodshed, and Chef Chris Cordeiro and Andrea Manzone from Sid Wainer & Son.

Year-round growth Even though the end of the calendar school year is here, the learning won’t stop. Grow Southcoast will be supporting summer school programs throughout New Bedford and activating an even bigger mission: to lay the groundwork for a farm-to-school program that will fundamentally improve the nutritional value of school cafeterias. That bridges the gap between Grow Education and Grow Health. Grow Health’s mission is to see that the group “works to reverse the trends of chronic disease using a bioregulatory approach in community health development. Our goal is to influence and encourage a shift in community habits from healthcare to creating health, focusing on integrating the pillars of Bioregulatory Medicine; quality nutrition, immune system strengthening, and detoxification, into the culture of the South Coast region.” As part of this plan, Grow Southcoast will be helping schools instill in students a better sense of their overall health, especially as measured through their eating habits. This may mean advising school cafeterias on everything from menus to kitchen equipment needs going forward. To do this, Grow Southcoast is working with the New Bedford School Department’s food service personnel, and will be launching a fundraising appeal to ensure any needs are meant. “Our goal is to bring back to school cafeterias the ability to prepare and serve real, whole, and healthy food,” Davenport says. He adds that a big part of realizing that goal will be bringing the community network Grow Education (and now Grow Southcoast) has assembled to the table. Especially important will be working with local farmers to develop a farm-toschool initiative, and in the process help effect real, systemic change in the way youth taste food and embrace their own health. Follow Grow Southcoast’s journey at

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any South Coasters don’t realize it, but we live in a thriving food-producing region, from the seafood brought into our ports, to fruit-tree orchards, vineyards, cranberry bogs, dairy farms, oyster aquaculture, and fertile farmlands producing every kind of vegetable from asparagus to zucchini. We can even harvest our own clams and quahogs at low tide, or forage for edible mushrooms or wild blueberries in the woods. And yet, we trek to the supermarkets every week, buying stale pre-packaged foods shipped in from far away. Wouldn’t it be easier – and healthier – to develop new shopping habits, and take advantage of the cornucopia of fresh local foods available at our farm stands and farmers markets?


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By Elizabeth Morse Read

Farm-Fresh and Local Ironically, my first visit to a farmers market was at Union Square in New York City back in the 80s. I was stunned to see the “cash-only” stalls loaded with vegetables, fruits, cheeses, honeys, breads, and baked goods trucked in from small farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania – on the crowded streets of the Big Apple! (I’d never before realized that Brussels sprouts grew on little “trees.”) Now that I’m back on the South Coast, I have many choices, both indoor (winter) and out (summer) – and most now take not only cash, but credit cards, SNAP/EBT, WIC and senior coupons. In addition to fruits and vegetables, some farmers markets sell locally-produced specialties, like wine, cheese, spun wool, baked goods, grass-fed meats, or seafood. Many offer a festive atmosphere for families, with live music, petting

zoos, and children’s activities. Just about every town has its own farmers market, but here are a few noteworthy markets and farms to check out. The Middletown/Aquidneck Growers Market at Newport Vineyards & Winery ( frequently offers cooking demonstrations and wine-pairing classes. Round The Bend Farm in Dartmouth sells local produce, grassfed meats, maple syrup, botanicals, and offers family-friendly farm tours at their monthly open farm days ( Orr’s Farm Stand in Westport sells turkeys, herbs, eggs, and myriad fruits and vegetables. Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet ( sells relishes and candles, along with highly-praised ice cream, bakery products, grass-fed meats, and eggs. Dartmouth CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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ometimes, people in city neighborhoods can’t get a ride to the nearest supermarket, never mind to and from a farmers market. They need access to fresh foods within easy walking distance, right around the corner. Massachusetts sponsors several programs that increase access to fresh healthy foods to residents of low-income neighborhoods. One is the Healthy Market Program sponsored my Mass In Motion ( MassinMotion/healthymarkets), which encourages and supports urban corner groceries, bodegas and convenience stores to sell fresh local fruits and vegetables and healthy food options like low-fat milk and wholegrain breads. Another is the Healthy Incentive Program, which provides $1 “rebates” to EBT/SNAP households for every dollar spent on fresh produce at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and CSAs. Participating vendors can be found at the MassGrown Map at

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Orr’s farm in Westport has the menu for your next picnic on-hand. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8

Orchards offers apples, cider, jams and jellies, and pick-your-own apples and pumpkins ( Frerichs Farm in Warren (frerichsfarm. com), also a retail nursery, is well-known for its fall pumpkin events. While not all farmers markets sell cheese, it’s worth your while to check out if they do sell locally-produced (and award-winning) cheeses from dairy farms like Great Hill Dairy in Marion (, Paskamansett Farms in Dartmouth (, and Shy Brothers Farm in Westport ( Check the “vendor” listings for your town’s farmers market at and

to find out which local farms and dairies contribute.

Community Supported Agriculture Many South Coast farmers participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, allowing you to buy “shares” in their seasonal bounty and receive weekly boxes of fresh produce and products, either at the farm or at designated drop-off locations. They are all family-owned farms practicing organic, sustainable methods assuring the most nutrient-dense foods – pasture-fed beef, chicken and eggs, local honey, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Many of these farms also sell their wares at local farmers markets and to local grocery stores and restaurants! You can find the nearest

CSA farm near you at or [see sidebar].

Are you going to Scarborough Fair? One of the newest trends in “farmers markets” is the resurgence of the festive, almost-medieval town fair atmosphere, combining fresh farm products, crafters, and flea markets – great family entertainment on a sunny day. The Southcoast Open Air Market (SOAM) on the corner of Riverside Avenue and Newhill Avenue in Somerset offers fresh produce, homemade baked goods, kids’ activities, food trucks, demonstrations, artisans, yoga classes, and live music ( In addition to an established farmers market on Alden Road, Fairhaven also hosts the Huttleston Marketplace on the high school lawn, featuring local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, as well as local foods (

Moveable Feasts If you live in a city, it’s not always easy to find fresh foods. Not everyone has the means to travel to a farmers market or farm, so the City of New Bedford brings the market to the people! The New Bedford Outdoors Farmers Markets ( span the city with three locations – at Brooklawn Park, Custom House Square, and Clasky Common Park – oftentimes offering free cooking demonstrations [see sidebar]. Likewise, Mobile Food Stands “pop-up” in under-served neighborhoods, parks, school yards and special events yearround, bringing fresh local meat, eggs, and produce to as many people in the city as possible ( In addition, Southcoast Health hosts farmers markets through October at Tobey Hospital in Wareham, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, the Southcoast Business Center in Fairhaven, and at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River ( So make the switch this summer to buying fresh farm products at local farm stands and farmers markets, instead of fighting the crowds at a supermarket. To find a farm stand, vineyard or farmers market near you, visit,,, or


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SCA Contest winning artwork by (left to right) Claire Bowen, Meredith Brower, and Jane Bregoli.

By Don Cadoret

It’s time to break out of your routine and start to explore the creative community along the South Coast. ll you have to do is walk out your door and you can discover the studios of artists who live and work in the coastal communities of Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport, and Dartmouth. All this happens at the 16th annual South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour on two weekends: July 20-21 and August 17-18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each summer, South Coast Artists (SCA) bring the best studio art experience in New England to visitors from all over New England, which means that 75 artists will reveal their sacred studios spaces to


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you and your family. It’s a free event for all ages and an educational opportunity for anyone who’s wanted to know just what goes on behind the closed doors of an artist. “To open up and share it with the world is a brave challenge for many artists,” says SCA President Jill Law. “However, the rewards are great for both when the artist and art lovers come face to face. Crossing that threshold is significant and, in the end, many friendships are made and many new ones are forged each summer.” Law explains that artists tend to be introspective, but they look forward to

opening their doors because it provides them with real feedback and possibly inspiration for future projects. “Selfexpression is a private joy for many, but it can be shared.” This year, in honor of SCA’s 16th year, the group has just released its very own mobile app that can be downloaded for free. All of the tour information, including maps, directions, and artist listings, is now just a fingertip away on your smartphone or tablet. You can find the app at the Apple App Store, or Google Play, and search for South Coast Artists. The download is free and easy to do.

“We’re confident that this added feature will enhance your experience this summer and make it much easier for you to navigate from studio to studio,” says artist Lindsey Epstein. “It’s so easy to use. Just click through and you’re on your way to discovering a special place filled with art and creative energy.” Epstein, a well-recognized art potter from Tiverton, is the driving force behind establishing this new mobile feature for visitors.

Colorful backdrop Once you take to the road and look to discover art, you’ll find that the South Coast is rich in so many other ways, from fishing, farming, dining, and summer living. “Our region is colorful, fresh, and entrepreneurial,’ Law says, “where values and passionate people coexist in order to shape a better world.” For instance, she adds, “The high quality food here, either from the sea or the farm, is as fresh as can be.” Because of that, “The South Coast is known for its incredible restaurants that rely on locally-sourced ingredients, prepared by amazing chefs who choose to live and work in this diverse area. It’s the perfect blend of creativity, where food and art are being served.” Another feature of this year’s tour it the contest between artists on the tour. Each spring, SCA artists are asked to submit their best original work for our annual contest. The entries are sometimes used

for tour publicity, giving artists more public exposure of their latest work. As for the contest, this year SCA was honored to have Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive Director and Curator of the Attleboro Arts Museum, judge the submitted work. Fawcett is a well-known art professional and is a highly regarded and respected in the museum field. This year she chose Claire Bowen of Little Compton as the first place winner for her mixed media piece titled Breakfast. “Successful works of art stimulate the senses and Breakfast awakens all five at first glance,” Fawcett says. “The work presents itself as a memory of Grandma’s kitchen. Only Grandma would have the time, or inclination, to scramble eggs with a beater.” Jane Bregoli of Dartmouth came in second for her work On the Beach. “I don’t believe I have ever seen a cow walking on the beach,” Fawcett notes. “This, of course, doesn’t mean that farm animals don’t go on vacation.” The work of Meredith Brower of Tiverton, Forest Deer Mother Mandala, was awarded third place. Her Mandala photo, Fawcett says, “Offers a compelling mix, a true savory/sweet expression, antlers versus aluminum, a delicate composition versus random scars upon wood, eco-art versus digital on metal.” Images of the winning works, and contact information, can be found on the SCA website,, and are included in the tour brochure. The free brochure is available at many local stores throughout the South Coast, and includes a printed map of the South Coast and a detailed listing of the artists who will be opening the studio doors for you and your friends and family. This year you will discover artists working in a variety of mediums, including painting, wax encaustic, metal, pastel, watercolor, photography, sculpture, wood, ceramics, fiber, glass painting, jewelry, and textiles. Many of the artists will also be demonstrating their process, giving away their secrets, and offering a rare glimpse into their private world.

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Onset, Massachusetts Onset Summer of Love Concert Series Wednesday evenings June 26–August 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Wareham/Onset Fireworks July 6, 9 p.m. on Onset beach (Rain date July 7)

Blessing of the Fleet & Boat Parade, Children’s Parades Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. rain date 7/7 @ Onset Pier…live music (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) vendors, food trucks @ the Bandshell.

Pig Roast and Classic Car Show Live music by Beatles Tribute Walrus Gumboot – Saturday, July 13, 3-6 p.m. @ Onset VFW, 4 Gibbs Ball Park Rd., East Wareham. $25 pp, kids 1/2 price.

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In 1961, America was in love with TV Westerns, everyone was doing The Twist on dance floors, Audrey Hepburn popularized the little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Barbie met her boyfriend when Mattel launched its new Ken doll. Also in 1961, The Westport Friends started their own trend: The Westport Friends’ Annual Book Fair, now in its 58th continuous year and attracting book lovers throughout New England. Who are The Westport Friends? The Westport Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, or in short, the Quakers. The Meeting (or group of worshipers) has been around since before Westport was officially established as a town, and their Meetinghouse (the building structure in which they meet) was built just over three hundred years ago in 1716. “The Annual Book Fair raises about


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thirty-two percent of our yearly operating costs,” says Greg Marsello, who took on the role of Book Fair Steering Committee Clerk over a decade ago. The money is allocated for property upkeep expenses, religious education, and a “Helping Fund” which supports in-need members of their community. In addition, the book fair gives back to the community by providing quality books at a very fair price. Most books

cost between one-to-five dollars. “A very significant percentage of the children’s books are bought by teachers, service organizations or charter school parents’ groups for school libraries,” says Gretchen Baker-Smith, Westport Friends’ Property Coordinator. “We usually get at least a couple sales of well over $100— which is a lot of books.”

What to expect at the Westport Book Fair Every year, the Westport Friends Book Fair features over 30,000 gently-used books for sale under three outdoor tents as well as “six books for a dollar paperbacks”, miscellaneous media, puzzles, and games for sale within the Meetinghouse and the Community House. The Friends start fresh each year collecting books and media in their Book Sorting Shed, at 938 Main Road in Westport. Members of the community can bring donations to the Book Sorting Shed any time, night or day. A sign reading “Donate Books Here” is posted on

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: WHO: Westport Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) WHAT: 58th Annual Book Fair featuring over 40,000 books for sale WHEN: Opening day, July 13 at 11 a.m, then open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through July 21. WHERE: 938 Main Road in Westport.

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The Westport Friends set aside the second Saturday in July for their opening day festivities. People travel from across the nation to be with friends and family on opening day, even planning their summer vacations around the book sale so as not to miss it. This year, the fair will be held on Saturday, July 13, rain or shine. At 11 a.m. sharp the ceremonial whistle will sound, signifying the opening of the sale and bargain-seekers will rush into the large yellow and white striped tents. Those who come early can duck into the Meetinghouse starting at 10 a.m. to browse the six-for-a-dollar paperback books for sale. Light refreshments and beverages will also be available for purchase on opening day. Credit cards sales will be available only during opening weekend (July 13 & 14). If crowds are not your thing, you may want to wait and visit later in the week. Volunteers will be stationed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Monday, July 15 through Sunday, July 21 and visitors may purchase books using cash or checks. See for a complete schedule of events. Visit the “Westport Friends Annual Book Fair” Facebook page for news and updates, email westportquakers, or call 508-636-4963.



By land or by sea, Onset is the place to be in the summer.

ONSET AWE By Ashley Lessa

SAVE THE DATES! This summer Onset Village in Wareham has a busy summer lineup filled with fun for the whole family! Kat Jones, the Executive Director of the Onset Bay Association(OBA), explains that this summer, Onset is bringing back many fanfavorite activities as well as a few new events!


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SUMMER SHUTTLE Whether you are in town for one of the many summer happenings or if you just want to visit the beach, getting around Onset has never been easier. The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) has teamed up with the Town of Wareham to provide the Onset Beach Shuttle! Park for free at Hynes Field (next to Chuck’s Auto), the lot across the street from Hynes Field (next to Lopes Playground), or at the Bay Pointe Club, and pay $1 per rider to take the shuttle, a 20-minute, four-mile loop around Onset. After 6 p.m., parking is free all across Onset except for at the Onset Town Pier. The shuttle will run from mid-June through Labor Day this year. It’s an experiment, so it may need to be tweaked

in the coming years, but it’s something that Jones is excited about. “Parking is a unique situation around here and we’re just trying to help out the local restaurants and beachgoers that have a hard time parking,” Jones explains. “Onset is becoming very popular and there’s plenty of parking for everyone – you just have to get creative.”

BEACH-SIDE BASHES So where can you go on the Onset Beach Shuttle? From June 26 through August 28 the “Summer of Love Concert Series” returns on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lillian Gregerman Bandshell, 1 Union Avenue, where most of the summer happenings occur. It’s a popular event, drawing in as many as 1,000

listeners every week. Throughout the year, you can support the music series by participating in Onset Beach Yoga (held at the Boys and Girls Club, 13 Highland Ave in Onset in the cooler months) Wednesday and Saturday mornings, led by Laura. The suggested donation is $10 and supports either the concert series or Advocates for Wareham Seniors depending on the time of year. Visit the “Onset Beach Yoga” Facebook page for updates! Then on July 6 (rain date July 7), enjoy a day full of patriotic festivities, beginning with the 6th Annual “Blessing of the Fleet and Boat Parade,” followed by kids’ parades including the doll carriage parade and a bicycle parade, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Onset Pier. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy food trucks, live music, and vendors at the bandshell, before taking in the Wareham/Onset fireworks at 9 p.m. It’s the “biggest event we run,” explains

performers when they “pass the hat” after the show – these are professionals actors who are generously donating their time. In August the fun continues! Last year, the weather put a damper on the Onset Blues Festival, so in an effort to save the festival for future years a smaller event is taking its place: the “Onset Flea Market and Mini Onset Blues Festival,” which will be held on August 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the bandshell. The event is free but they need your support! Bruce LeBlanc and Friends will be generously donating their time and talent to the event among other performers! A 50/50 raffle, and a raffle for a beautiful hand-crafted guitar will be part of the fundraising efforts. Volunteer your time, make a donation, and spread the word to help keep the Onset Blues Festival alive! Vendors, food trucks, and more will be present. If you

CAPE VERDEAN FAMILIES COME FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND CAPE VERDE ITSELF TO CELEBRATE AT THE LARGEST ONE-DAY CAPE VERDEAN FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY. Jones, bringing over 20,000 people into Onset each year. On Saturday July 13, a new event is coming to Onset: a Pig Roast and Classic Car Show, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Onset VFW, 4 Gibbs Ball Park Road. Fees are $10 per car to enter the show, and $25 per person to eat (kids are half price). Advanced tickets are recommended, but you can also purchase meal tickets at the show. Call 508-295-7072 or email to purchase. The pig will be provided by Tenofus Farm of Buzzards Bay. Live music by Beatles’ tribute band “Walrus Gumboot” will accompany the meal. Iif you want to just come to listen, the suggested donation is $10. Then on July 26, 27, and 28, a smaller version of an old staple, “Midsummer Shakespeare” will return with their production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at 6 p.m. each night at the bandshell. The show is free, but be sure to tip the

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$10 at a variety of lots and a shuttle will bring visitors in to the festival. Scholarships will be awarded as well, to graduating seniors and Bridgewater State University students. Want to support the efforts of the Onset Cape Verdean Association? Join the “100 Club.“ “Any individual that contributes $100 is included in this list,”

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explains Lopes. “On the first Sunday of August, Major Sponsors, Business Donors and 100 Club members are recognized at an Appreciation Reception featuring food, music, and dancing.”

SUMMER SIMMERS DOWN When the summer begins to wind down, there is still plenty of fun to be had! On August 17 (rain date Aug. 18) the 6th Annual Onset “Chalk-Full-O-Fun Street Painting Festival” is a great way for everyone in the family to get outside and get creative.

Each year a couple hundred artists of all ages come together and for $5 a person receive a box full of pastel chalks and a block on the sidewalk in which to create a masterpiece. Nine a.m. is registration and at the end of the day prizes are awarded in different age categories. Live music by Peter Mundt will play from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A juried craft fair will also be held. You can find out more by emailing and keeping an eye on the website. Saturday August 24 (rain date August 25) is Illumination Night which serves as Onset’s contemplative farewell to summer. It has been held for about 26 years under the leadership of the Onset Bay Association, but as Jones explains the tradition has a long history, going back to the 1800s, when various oceanfront communities would welcome home fisherman this way. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. At 8:45 p.m. fire dancers from Circus Dynamics will perform and at 9 p.m., 1200 red flares will be lit and will burn for about 30 minutes. Luminaries will be available to purchase for $5 in honor of a loved one. The event is sponsored by Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Irving House at Harvard, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Festivals Program, Cummings Properties Employee Directed Giving Program via Onset resident Richard Curtin, and Sinners and Saints. Finally, as the school year starts up again, take the kids out for the 5th Annual Onset Beach Kite Festival on August 31. Kids can build a kite for $3, or you bring along your own!

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It’s no surprise that Roomful of Blues means a night full of grooves. And on Saturday, July 13 this eight-piece band will be bringing an abundance of value for a non-profit cause.


n their fourth season of bringing top-shelf performers to the benefit of The Westport River Watershed Alliance, the feel-good event “Blues and Bluegrass” will invigorate an audience with the sounds and sights that can only come from an outdoor summertime concert experience. Located on the grounds of the Westport River Winery, a crowd as large as 700 will fill the sloping lawn to enjoy the energetic swing sounds of Roomful of Blues with the inspired craftwork of the string band Twisted Pine. The event is being presented with the contributions of another non-profit organization, The Narrows Center for the Arts. Music will be presented from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and gates open at 5. Tickets are $40 for members of The Alliance, $50 for non-members and $60 on the day of the event. They are available at, narrowscenter.


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org, or by phone at (508) 636-3016. The event will include local food trucks in addition to beer and fine wines. After the concert there will be a reception for members in the large barn of the Cask Room where the wine is produced. “The winery is a beautiful location – it’s a magical venue with an absolutely spectacular view,” says Deborah Weaver, Director of the Alliance. “There is an outdoor hill facing west that looks down the hill at the stage. Behind the bands is a stone wall with the grapes on the vines and a sunset taking place in the distance – there’s great sight lines from all locations. “It’s a very calm atmosphere and dancing is certainly welcome,” Weaver says. “There’s no rowdy behavior and people are very respectful of the music.”

Group grooves Roomful of Blues knows how to get people moving. For 50 years the regional band has entertained audiences with

their version of joyful blues on stages around the world, incorporating a combination of jump, blues, swing, R&B, and soul. Twisted Pine is an energetic quartet that has become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast, thanks to their charisma, forthright songwriting, and lush harmonies. They are a multi-layered ensemble that brings the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting. “Music fans just want to hear great music regardless of genres and it’s always great to mix it up,” says Patrick Norton, Executive Director at the Narrows. “Roomful of Blues are a national treasure – they’ve been doing Big Band horn-driven blues and they’re still one of the best bands out there. Twisted Pine are an up and coming bluegrass band with gorgeous harmonies and intricate musical interplay.” The fundraising event was begun four

years ago as a 40th Anniversary event for the Alliance with a performance by Tom Rush. The show sold 600 tickets and it was decided to continue with the concerts each year. The proceeds go to fund the Alliance’s responsibilities such as water testing, salt marsh studies, education, and their work in the community. “The Winery is an idyllic location to host a concert,” Norton says. “It looks, sounds and feels great. Part of our mission at the Narrows is to partner with other like-minded nonprofits and the Westport River Watershed Alliance definitely fits that bill. We have many of the same patrons and both organizations are working to improve the community. “We’re super excited to present this concert.”

Upcoming WRWA events Summertime is the busiest time of year for the Watershed Alliance. In addition to the annual summer concert, WRWA hosts its annual Summer Gala, this year on August 10th at the former Charlton Estate on Westport Harbor. Summer education programs are filled up, with eager youngsters learning about nature and ecology while having fun by the shore. The ongoing Salt Marsh Study, with scientists from Providence College and the University of Connecticut, is getting closer to finding answers for why the salt marshes in the Westport River are deteriorating so dramatically. In September, WRWA will host an open house and grand opening celebration for its new headquarters The River Center at the Head of Westport. The renovation and restoration of the old “Head Garage” will be complete before summer’s end. For more information about events and activities of the Westport River Watershed Alliance, visit their web page at Or email outreach@wrwa. com to receive their monthly “River News” publication to keep up with all the happenings throughout the year.

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Top 10 summer reading suggestions for kids Compiled by Laura LaTour ave you heard about the dreaded “summer slide?” No, it doesn’t involve playground equipment. It is a decline in reading ability that can occur over the long summer months. Numerous studies show that kids who don’t read during summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time autumn rolls around. Keep your kids from backsliding by recommending one of these exciting, new releases. For young readers, upbeat and funny books are best. Second-to-fifth graders crave plenty of excitement and adventure. Older readers are intrigued by dark subject matter, with a touch of current events so they can be “in the know.” Remember, summer reading doesn’t have to be a slog. The most important thing is that your child has fun!

Picture Books: Ages 4-8 Llama Destroys the World

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The Last Peach is the story of two indecisive bugs contemplating eating the last peach of the summer. Pretty straightforward, right? Not in the hands of award-winning picture book creator Gus Gordon. What starts with a simple question, soon turns into an hilarious existential meditation that will amuse both kids and adults. Gordon’s mixed-media illustrations, coupled with text written largely in dialog will make this a favorite readagain for your little one. And the clever, twist-ending will tickle the fancy of even the most jaded reader.

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Sea Sirens Written by Amy Chu, Illustrated by Janet K. Lee $20.99 Hardcover, 144 pages Trot, a VietnameseAmerican surfer girl, and Cap’n Bill, her cranky one-eyed cat, get sucked down into a magical underwater kingdom where an ancient deep-sea battle rages. The beautiful Sea Siren mermaids are under attack from the Serpent King and his slithery minions – and Trot and her feline become entangled in this war of tails and fins. This graphic novel was inspired by The Sea Fairies, L. Frank Baum’s “underwater Wizard of Oz.” Weaving Vietnamese mythology, fantastical ocean creatures, and a deep-sea setting. Sea Sirens is sure to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages!

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Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter. Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. His journey takes him a remarkable one thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by an extraordinary true story, this irresistible tale of survival invites readers to imagine what it would be like to be one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. This gripping novel about family and courage includes black-andwhite illustrations throughout as well as information about the real wolf who inspired the novel.

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Thirteen-year-old Annabelle struggles in school, no matter how hard she tries. But as soon as she dives into the pool, she’s unstoppable. She’s the fastest girl on the middle school swim team, and when she’s asked to join the high school team over the summer, everything changes. Suddenly, she’s got new friends, and a high school boy starts treating her like she’s somebody special. Annabelle will do anything to fit in and help the team make it to the Labor Day Invitational, even if it means blowing off her old friends. But after a prank goes wrong, Annabelle is injured and can’t swim. Who is she without the one thing she’s good at? Heartwarming and relatable, Up for Air is a story about where we find our self-worth.

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Internment by Samira Ahmed $17.99 Hardcover, 400 pages Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly-made friends within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Abbi Hope Goldstein has lived in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: Abbi (aka “Baby Hope”) wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon as just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses. Today, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp. Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it’s a disaster.

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Kick off your summer reading with this line-up of fun-and-sun on the South Coast! Music festivals, day trips, free outdoor concerts, food events, boat races, outdoor theatre and movies, street fairs, kids’ programs, Portuguese festas and outdoor adventures! Across the Region Check out the “Summer Winds” kinetic sculptures on display at Custom House Square through September 30! For details, go to Head for the Zeiterion for the New Bedford Folk Festival July 6-7, Cultural Road Trip: Jacob’s Pillow July 13, NBFT “Mamma Mia! July 19-28 – and more! For tickets and info, call 508-994-2900 or go to Don’t miss the 2019 24th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival July 6-7! Multiple stages, food and craft vendors, family tent with children’s events! For lineup and more info, go to or Buy your tickets early for the Newport Folk Festival July 26-28 (newportfolk. org) and the Newport Jazz Festival August 2-4 (, both at Fort Adams State Park! The Bridge Festival ( is scheduled for July 29 to August 1! Mark your calendars for the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tours July 20-21 and August 17-18! For more info, go to Encourage your K-6 child’s creativity and problem-solving skills at the oneweek STEM programs offered by Camp Invention this summer! Programs available in Attleboro, Barrington, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Providence, Swansea, and Westport. For info and registration, call 1-800-968-4332 or go to campinvention. org.


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Bristol Make your plans now to attend the 4th of July celebration in Bristol, home of the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in America! Don’t miss the Summer Concert Series at Independence Park through July 3! For details, visit Take the kids to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Nature Center and Aquarium! Sign the kids up for summer Day Camp! For details and dates, go to

Dartmouth Head for the Lloyd Center for the Environment for the Slocum River Sunset Kayak Tour July 11, Clambake XXXIV July 12, Women’s Canoe Trip July 16, Shorebird Stroll July 20, Sunset Stand Up Paddling Tour July 26! Check out the summer camp programs in coastal ecology at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit Take the family to the monthly Open Farm Days at Round The Bend Farm! Grass-fed meats, local veggies, honey, maple syrup, and botanicals! For dates and more info, call 508-938-5127 or visit roundthebendfarm. org.

Enjoy the Wednesday evening concerts at Apponagansett Park through August 28! For info, call 508-910-1812. Check out the special events hosted by the Dartmouth Cultural Center at the Olde Southworth Library! There’s the Art Drive Tour July 26-28. For more info, query or call 508-997-9975. Head for Running Brook Vineyards for free live music every weekend year-round! For more info call 508-985-1998 or go to

Fairhaven Get ready for the return of Monday Morning Fun Days at the Visitors Center July 1 to August 18, the Fairhaven Farmers Market on Alden Road through October 27, and the “Concerts Under the Stars” at Town Hall July 1 to August 8! And don’t miss the Fourth of July Parade, car cruise, and cannon salute! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Take the family to the free Outdoor Movie Night on July 20 at Livesey Park! And, on July 21, head back to the park for the Legendary Car, Truck and Bike Show, and Fun Fair! For more info, go to fairhaventours. com or call 508-979-4085. Don’t miss the return of the Huttleston Marketplace on Saturdays through September 14 on the high school lawn! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers, and more! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085.

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Plan ahead for The Great Holy Ghost Feast at Kennedy Park in Fall River in August! Great food and music! For dates and more info, call 508-675-1368 or visit Enjoy Asian culture, food, performances and crafts at Fall River’s Second Annual South East Asian Cultural Festival on July 27 at Heritage State Park! For details, go to Join Mass in Motion’s “Walk to Summer” on Wednesdays through August 7 along the Quequechan River Rail Trail in Fall River! For more info, call 508-324-2405 or go to Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum (508-678-1000 or Or explore the Maritime Museum (508-674-3533 or Sign the kids up for week-long Camp Cove day camps, July 8-26! Scholarships available. The Block Island Ferry is back! Travel to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River from through September 2. For details, go to Bring your lunch to enjoy live music at the “Downtown Music Series” on Thursdays 12:20 - 1:30 through July 18 across from the court house! For more info, go to Listen to Eratoxica Fall River Festival live outside 1041 Pine Street on July 13! For more info, go to The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous line-up this summer. For a complete schedule, visit narrowscenter. com or call 508-324-1926. Don’t miss the free 7th Annual Blocka-Palooza with Samantha Fish on South Main Street on July 11! For more info, visit or call 508-324-1926. Head for the Little Theatre to see “Honky Tonky” July 11-21! For info and tickets, call 508-675-1852 or go to Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-672-0033. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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Hit the links at Diocesan Health Facilities’ 12th Annual Golf Classic, benefitting more than 900 adults served by the organization. The event will be on August 19 at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville. Call 508679-8154 or visit dhfgolfclassic.eventbrite. com. Bristol Community College Athletics will host its first Athletics Information Day, for any potential student that may be interested in participating in athletics, on June 29, from 9:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., in the Commonwealth College Center (G Building) lobby, Bristol Community College Fall River Campus, 777 Elsbree Street. This event is free and all are invited to attend. For more info please visit, email Jason.Tassinari@bristolcc. edu or call 774.357.3879.

Join the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) at an official opening of the Dodge Reserve on Thursday, June 20. A brief opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Parking is available at the next-door Friendly Pizza at 216 Russells Mills Road.

Marion Mark your calendars for “Arts in the Park” on July 6 at Bicentennial Park! For more info, call 508-748-1266 or visit Check out the schedule for the Marion Town Band! Visit mariontownband. After the Fourth of July parade, head over to Washburn Park to watch the Marion Horse Show! For more details, visit Don’t miss the free Buzzards Bay MusicFest at Tabor Academy July 10-14 – classical and swing-era music! For more info, visit Head for the Super-Duper Summer Fair on July 27 at the First Congregational Church in Marion! Listen to monthly concerts at the Marion Music Hall through November! Don’t miss Steve Katz July 28, Danielle M & the Glory Junkies August 18! For tickets and more info, call 508-353-2150 or visit Explore the trails and properties of the Sippican Land Trust! Check out the schedule of lectures and activities. For more info, go to

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Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary! Free guided Sunday Bird Walks! Sign the kids up for summer day camp! For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to


Mark your calendars now for the Newport Antiques Show at St. George’s School on July 27-28! For details, call 401-846-2669 or visit

Don’t miss the six Saturday Summer Concerts at Soule Homestead through July 27! For more info, call 508-947-6744 or visit Don’t miss the performances of “Godspell Jr.” at the Burt Wood School’s Summer Arts Festival July 11-14! For details, call 508946-1071 or go to Plan ahead for Middleborough’s 350th Anniversary Village Festival on August 4! For info, call 781-361-1427 or visit Mark your summer calendar for Shakespeare Under the Stars: The Tempest August 15-18, 22-25! For tickets and more info, visit

Middletown Make your reservations now for “Fiesta Verde,” the annual Aquidneck Island Land Trust fundraiser, July 20 overlooking the Cliff Walk! Music, dinner, dancing, raffle, and auction! For more info, call 401-8492799 or visit Get a glimpse of rare migratory birds at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge! For more info, call 401-619-2680 or go to

Make your reservations now for Fiesta Verde, the annual Aquidneck Island Land Trust fundraiser, July 20 overlooking the Cliff Walk! Music, dinner, dancing, raffle, and auction! For more info, call 401-8492799 or visit Get a glimpse of rare migratory birds at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge! For more info, call 401-619-2680 or go to

New Bedford Head for the New Bedford waterfront on Fridays for the Summer Sounds Series at 52 Fisherman’s Wharf! There’s World Premier Band July 5, Beat Salad July 12, Harmony July 19, Perfect Example July 26, Home Brewed August 2, Hipshot August 9! For more info, go to destinationnewbedford. org. Jog along the Harbor Walk, a pedestrian/ bike path atop the hurricane dike in New Bedford’s south end. Then, explore the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir in the north end! Canoe/kayak launch, fishing, trails. For more info, visit

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The New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches Department will offer two-week sessions of all-day Kennedy Summer Day Programs at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman July 1 to August 23, including breakfast, lunch and transportation. For info and registration, call 508-961-3015 or go to Enjoy the music and pageantry of the 47th Cape Verdean Recognition Parade on July 6, from Buttonwood Park to downtown! For more info, call 508-997-6425 or go to Enjoy the rides, games, food and live entertainment at the Whaling City Festival July 11-14 at Buttonwood Park! For tickets and info, call 508-997-4635 or go to Take the family to the Family Fun Day on July 11 at the Buttonwood Park Zoo! For more info, go to destinationnewbedford. org. Go on the free Summer Walking Tours sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society! “VIP Tour” is the theme for July 11, “Howland Mills Village” on August 8. For more info, call 508-997-6425 or go to



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Pack a picnic and a kite to watch the New Bedford Kite Festival at Fort Taber on July 27! For more info, call 508-997-6425 or go to Explore the city’s history at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For a schedule of walking tours and special events, visit

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Happy Days! Mark your calendars for the return of “50s Night” in downtown New Bedford on July 18! For details, visit The New Bedford Outdoors Farmers Markets run through October! They’ll be at Brooklawn Park on Mondays, Custom House Square on Thursdays, and at Clasky Common Park on Saturdays. For more info, call 508-817-4166 or go to Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The July 11 theme is “Kids Rule.” The August 8 theme is “Wind & Water.” For details, go to ahanewbedford. org or call 508-996-8253. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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Check out the exhibits, musical performances and dock-u-mentaries at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! For more info, call 508-993-8894 or visit Remember our veterans! Explore the region’s military history at the Fort TaberFort Rodman Military Museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit Head for the Zeiterion for the New Bedford Folk Festival July 6-7, Cultural Road Trip: Jacobs Pillow July 13, NBFT Mamma Mia! July 19-28 and more! For tickets and more info, call 508-994-2900 or go to zeiterion. org. Let your kids explore the Whaling Museum check out the Discovery Center! For more information, call 508-997-0046 or go to

Newport Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor past lighthouses and mansions! For a schedule and info, go to Buy your tickets early for the Newport Folk Festival July 26-28 (newportfolk. org) and the Newport Jazz Festival August 2-4 (, both at Fort Adams State Park! The Bridge Festival ( is scheduled for July 29 to August 1! Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Funny Money” will be performed July 10 to August 30. For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to Head to Rough Point on July 10 for Rose with the Roses, on July 24 for Jazz on the Lawn, and on August 3 for the Plant Sale! To pre-register, call 401-847-8344 or go to Enjoy the Newport Dance Festival July 1121 at St. Michael’s Country Day School! For complete info, call 401-847-4470 or go to Make your reservations now! Classical music lovers can enjoy dozens of concerts performed by international artists at the Newport Music Festival July 4-28 at various venues throughout the state! For info and tickets, call 401-849-0700 or go to Watch the Newport Regatta July 6-7 at the Newport Sailing Center! For details, visit


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Head for the Zeiterion for the New Bedford Folk Festival July 6-7, Cultural Road Trip: Jacob’s Pillow July 13, NBFT “Mamma Mia! July 19-28 – and more! For tickets and more info, call 508-994-2900 or go to

Reserve your tickets early for the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open July 14-21 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame! For details, call 401-849-6053 or visit The Rotch-Jones-Duff House has been host to numerous family weddings. Be a part of that experience with the new exhibition, To Have and to Hold: Family Weddings Remembered. See gowns and decorations over two centuries old! Opening reception is during AHA! Night on Thursday, July 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m, when admission is free. Otherwise, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is normally $6.

Plymouth Celebrate the Fourth of July in America’s Hometown! Watch the parade and fireworks and listen to the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s free July 4 concert on the waterfront! For details, call 508-746-8008 or go to Head for Pilgrim Memorial Hall in Plymouth for great entertainment! For tickets and info, call 800-514-3849 or go to Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! For tickets and info, call 508746-4488 or visit Don’t miss the free Summer Concert Series June 26 to August 28 and Harborfest 2019 on July 20 at Plymouth Memorial Park! For info, call 508-747-7727 or visit

Head for the Priscilla Beach Theatre, the oldest barn theatre still in operation in America! “Hairspray” will be performed July 5-20. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” will be performed August 1-17. For info and tickets, call 508-224-4888 or visit

Portsmouth All creatures great and small want you to go to the West Place Animal Sanctuary fundraiser at the Newport Polo Grounds on Sunday, July 14. The gates open at 3 p.m., and the polo match begins at 5 p.m. For $30, you’ll have access the the tailgate parking area, and will be supporting Rhode Island’s only farm animal sanctuary.

Seekonk Explore the outdoors at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, operated by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island! Sign the kids up for summer Day Camp! For more info, call 401949-5454 or visit

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

Taunton Find out who’s on stage the District Center for the Arts! Don’t miss Hey Nineteen July 20, Oldies Night July 26, Joshua Tree July 27. For info and tickets, call 508-386-9413 or visit

Tiverton Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts! For a complete schedule and more info, go to sandywoodscenterforthearts or call 401-241-7349. There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! Don’t miss the Antiques Show on July 4, the Arts & Artisan Summer Festival July 20, and the Cultural Survival Summer Bazaar on July 27-28! For info, go to or

Wareham Don’t miss the Blessing of the Fleet and Onset Fireworks on July 6! For complete details, go to Groovy! Head for the free Onset Band Shell for the 12th Annual “Summer of Love” concerts on Wednesdays through August 28! For complete details, go to onsetbay. org. Bring the family to the Summertime Pig Roast & BBQ on July 13 at the Onset VFW Hall! Live music, lawn games, bonfire. For more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to

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IF YOU’RE READING THIS on July 1, it’s 95 and humid and you’re sitting in a puddle of sweat and misery. And yesterday, June 30, it was 40, dark, rainy, cold, and you were sitting under a blanket by the fire. That’s New England summer, which if it were set as a 24-hour clock, would be from noon to 2 p.m., with the rest of the time set to “When the hell is it gonna get warm?” I’m on an elevator going up. It stops at a floor, door opens, a guy about to get on asks, “Is this going down?” And I say, “Eventually, but first it’s going up,” and the guy backs out and says “I’ll wait.” For what? The only elevator that goes down? Elevators aren’t one way. Just get on and wait, like the rest of us. I have never been on a nonstop flight. Every flight I’ve been on has stopped somewhere. Whew. Weird signs, part 1: saw this sign in Connecticut that said,


“Do Not Stop, Correctional Facility Nearby.” What, are people gonna stop, run through the woods, scale the prison walls, leap over the razor wire, spring a con, and run back to the highway to make their getaway? I passed a church the other

toothbrushes going down the road, making this loud “CHHHCHHHCHHHCHHH!” scraping sound, usually at the annoying time of pre-dawn, but what does it do? Does it pick up the dirt or just move it around? I mean when you sweep with a broom, you got-

Whenever my GPS says “Hazard ahead,” I look up and say, “Yeah, every other driver on the road.” day, “Church of St. Michael the Archangel.” My first thought was: “Wow, that’s a lotta pressure.” Mind you I don’t know what the job description of “archangel” is, but it sounds impressive and presumably hard to live up to. Street sweepers make me nuts. They’re like giant

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ta pick the dirt up, right? Does this thing? Is a streetsweeper needed to keep the street clean? Doesn’t rain do that? Weird signs, part 2: saw this on a KFC marquee: “We now have delivery!” Seriously? Now you don’t even have to go get the crappy food that’s making us a fat nation, they’ll

bring it to you? That’s not a luxury, that’s a threat. Why not add, “With every $20 on delivery, get a free defibrillator!” Whenever my GPS says “Hazard ahead,” I look up and say, “Yeah, every other driver on the road,” because I’m the best driver on the road, if you didn’t know. Isn’t it funny how we know where everything is in our cars – the ignition, the tires, the gas gauge, the radiator, etc. – but when it comes to our bodies, it’s like the journey to the center of the Earth, we have no idea where anything is, or even what’s in there. Someone asks, “Hey, I got a pain over here, what’s that, is that my liver?” and we shrug because hey, we’re not doctors. It could be the liver… or the pancreas… or the bile duct, whatever that is. In man’s ongoing evolution, I think someday we’ll come with the equivalent of a “Check engine” light.

I walked into a store the other day that offered senior discounts. I asked the kid at the register how old you had to be. He said “65.” I asked how much the discount was. He said “Five percent.” I said, “Great! Now I’m 61 and 3/4!” And then I kept hitting other senior discount stores until I was down to 16 so I could keep driving. When you eat, it takes five minutes for the brain to catch up and register that you’re full. Can you imagine if your body suddenly got its wires crossed and that happened with orgasms? Weird signs, part 4: I see this a lot in store parking lots: “Mothers with infants.” Honestly, the hardest thing in the world has to be popping out a kid, so a woman walking

50 yards to a store with kids draped over here is not a big thing. They want to put up realistic signs, there should be one that says “Parking for fat guys in sweatpants who have clearly given up on themselves.” What genius invented women’s clothing? Men’s clothing, the zippers, buttons, clasps, whatever, are all in the front. Why is women’s stuff is all in the back? A woman could not have designed that, they wouldn’t do that to each other. Weird signs, part 5: When I was a kid and we passed a sign that said,“Slow children,” my dad would say, “Hey, they named a sign after you!” Then he’d feel bad, and say “Nah, I meant your sister.” Which made me feel better. Until I realized I don’t have a sister.


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IT'S THE ETERNAL PARADOX OF SUMMER that these long days should feel so short. Every hour is packed with things to do and places to go. It’s...

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IT'S THE ETERNAL PARADOX OF SUMMER that these long days should feel so short. Every hour is packed with things to do and places to go. It’s...