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ON THE COVER Look up in New Bedford this summer to find art flying above! Summer Winds is a collaborative, city-wide art project, featuring our cover’s subject, the shimmering kinetic sculpture “Silver Current.” Learn more about the event on page 6.




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cousin, Fairhaven. Make the short trip across the water this summer to find about what’s happening with Chris Richard’s article on page 8. Maybe you want to break away a bit from civilization this summer. If so, then start your journey with Ashley Lessa on page 12, where she highlights some water-bound activities you’ll not want to miss. Feel the ocean spray on your face, or listen for the call of rare birds that call our rivers and marshlands home. That’s what makes summer on the South Coast so fun: no matter what you choose to do, you’re making the right choice. Get out there and make the most of it.

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‘‘Silver Current” shines above Custom House Square Park in New Bedford’s downtown.

By Steven Froias

This historic seaport city long ago relied on wind to power its whaling fleet. In the 21st century, wind may once again power its economy as it embraces the nation’s nascent offshore wind energy industry. Last year, it was announced that the city’s Marine Commerce Terminal would serve as a staging area for the country’s first offshore wind turbine farm. So, it’s only natural that New Bedford’s arts and culture follows suit and reflect this seismic shift in priorities. That’s why this summer, Summer Winds arrives in New Bedford. Summer Winds is a collaborative, citywide venture organized by DATMA, the Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute. It’s a non-collecting contemporary art center dedicated to large-scale, site-specific art installations. “DATMA is a unique approach to art exhibition, forgoing a traditional museum visit by engaging community partners to provide an unprecedented experience to showcase original and contemporary art innovation to its visitors,” explains Lindsay Mis, Executive Director. For Summer Winds, DATMA has commissioned an installation that will


showcase its approach to public art, and provide the entire South Coast region with a one-of-a-kind experience.

Up in the sky Silver Current will float above Custom House Square Park in the city’s downtown from July 1 to September 30. It is an 8,000-square-foot kinetic net sculpture made out of ultra-lightweight metalized film. According to preview press materials, the customized piece is comprised of approximately 5,200 linear feet of rope, 200 hand-tied technical knots, and approximately 50,000 streamers of holographic silver film on a monofilament net. Altogether, it promises to form an iridescent wave floating over the park. The piece was commissioned by DATMA from Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Shearn and his team, called Poetic Kinetics. Silver Currents is one of a series of such work collectively called “Skynets.” DATMA states that they chose the theme of wind “to highlight a natural

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element of the South Coast geography that has inspired and brought prosperity to many in the past, and will do so again.” It’s one reason why Summer Winds is a collaborative venture, involving many other arts and civic organizations and groups throughout New Bedford. Altogether, Summer Winds will feature both local and international artists and performers who will create installations and performances that interact with the wind downtown, in public parks, along the waterfront, and at Fort Taber on the south end peninsula. For example, as part of the collaboration, the Seaport Cultural District Artwalk adopted the theme of wind this year. Students enrolled at either Bristol Community College or UMass Dartmouth were then tasked with creating six pieces that together form the Artwalk, which takes place annually along the city’s working waterfront and commercial retail and historic district. The Seaport Cultural District Artwalk will officially open on Thursday, June 13, an AHA! New Bedford night. The monthly

cultural celebration takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at various venues throughout the city’s downtown. On that evening, one of the six pieces will be selected to receive a prize, for which the artist(s) will receive an additional cash prize provided by City of New Bedford thanks to the Wicked Cool Places grant. The jurors are Lindsay Mis, and DATMA Board Chair and co-founder, Roger Mandle. “Today’s winds no longer push sails of whaling ships,” states Mandle, “but they will now drive wind turbines set sail for a new course by working with investors to create a wind energy industry that will reinvigorate the New Bedford area and produce masses of inexpensive, and environmentally pure, renewable energy for the region and beyond.” “Seaport Cultural District Artwalk is thrilled to partner with DATMA during this summer’s exciting ‘Summer Winds’ citywide collaboration,” says Margo Saulnier, the City of New Bedford’s Creative Strategist. “The arts and industry working together are a powerful statement for a city to make. As the offshore wind energy industry begins here, it’s gratifying to see this important national milestone reflected in New Bedford’s arts and culture.”



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The Huttleston Marketplace takes place on the lawn of the Visitors Center and Fairhaven High School on Saturdays from June 1 to September 14.



he summer season in picturesque, seaside Fairhaven really kicks off in June. Besides the usual array of unique shops, fine restaurants, and scenic places to walk, there are lots of special events and regularly scheduled tours to help you enjoy your visit to this lovely nearby community. The first major activity of the month is the start of the second season of the Huttleston Marketplace on Saturday, June 1. This weekly outdoor market is a shopping venue for handmade arts and crafts, photography, antiques and vintage collectibles, farm produce, and food. It is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Fairhaven Visitors Center and Fairhaven High School at the intersection of Route 6 and Main Street. (The street address is 141 Main Street, Fairhaven.) Each Saturday there will be at least 35 to 40 booths set up. Live music is scheduled


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during the early afternoon. With more than 80 different vendors signed up for dates throughout the season, you’ll find some new and different things every Saturday along with more than 20 season-long vendors. The Huttleston Marketplace will run through Saturday, September 14, except for June 29, when no market will be held. There is still space available for quality vendors. For more information and a list of vendors and musical performers, visit huttleston-marketplace. For history buffs, free historical walking tours begin in Fairhaven on Tuesday, June 4. The Henry H. Rogers Walking Tour is held every Tuesday and Thursday morning at ten, beginning outside the Fairhaven Town Hall, 40 Center Street. On this 90-minute walk, tour guides tell the story of native son Henry Rogers, who made a fortune with the Standard Oil Company as John D. Rockefeller’s

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second-in-command. Rogers used some of his wealth to give his hometown and number of magnificent European-style buildings. A French gothic Town Hall, Italian Romanesque library, and English gothic “cathedral” are among these gifts. The tour winds through the neighborhood where Rogers grew up and the tour groups stop at six of the buildings he donated. There are visits inside two of the buildings. The tours held, weather permitting, through the end of September. There is no cost to walk and no reservations are required. For additional information you may call 508-979-4085. Another historical activity presented in a fun, family friendly way is the Pirates and Privateers Presentation, held and Fort Phoenix every Friday morning at ten, from June 7 through the end of September. A colorfully costumed cast of three or four “pirates” tell stories of privateering in Buzzards Bay during the Revolutionary War and explain the differences between

legal privateers and the earlier pirates like Captain Kidd, who may have buried treasure nearby. This presentation, suitable for all ages and includes a demonstration of firing a small swivel cannon. It is free of charge and will be canceled in the event of rain.

TAKE A TOUR On Saturday, June 8, the first of two June tours of the beautiful Riverside Cemetery will be held, starting at 10 a.m. Office of Tourism volunteer Joanne Zych will act as guide. The cemetery was created in 1850, on land donated by Warren Delano II, grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful rural-style burial grounds in the region. The tour route traces the quiet winding paths past the final resting places of some of the town’s most famous residents, including the Delano family tomb designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the H.H. Rogers mausoleum designed by Charles Brigham, and the graves of Captain William H. Whitfield, artist William Bradford, and others. The second cemetery tour in June will be on the evening of Wednesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. Both tours begin inside the cemetery’s entrance at 274 Main Street. They last about 90 minutes and are free of charge. During June you can also visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House at 11 Cherry Street to learn about Manjiro Nakahama, the first Japanese person to live in America. The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. through Labor Day or by appointment by calling 508-858-5303. Just a short distance away is the Joseph Bates Jr. Boyhood Home at 191 Main Street. Bates was one of the founders of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The home has been restored and is being made into a museum. Until its official opening, the house is open by appointment. You can easily schedule a visit by calling 774-328-6247. On Father’s Day, June 16, more than 1,200 runners will take to the streets of town for the 45th running of the Fairhaven Road Race, beginning at 9 a.m.

The TAC sanctioned 10K and 5K races attract top New England runners as well as hundreds local enthusiasts, some of whom run as family teams, parent/child teams, or in groups from local clubs. There are cash prizes for the top three male and female winners, awards in nine age divisions, and special awards for first three father and son teams, father and daughter teams, and the first male and female Fairhaven finishers. Those wishing to participate may register online at The following weekend, the Fairhaven Farmers Market opens on Sunday, June 23, at 151 Alden Road. The market, featuring locally grown produce, meats, honey, eggs, baked goods, and other products, is held each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through October 27. The end of the month sees the annual Fairhaven Homecoming Day Fair, sponsored by the Fairhaven Improvement Association. It will be held Saturday, June 29. Set in the historical center of town, the fair usually has about 175 booths of crafts and food. There is also an art show on the lawn of the Unitarian Memorial Church. Among the activities for children are face painting, a bounce house, and the popular rides on an antique fire engine. There is live entertainment throughout the day on the steps of the Town Hall. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, email Also on June 29, the Fairhaven High School Alumni Association will hold tours of the high school at 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Guided by Alumni Association president Robert Foster, the tour covers both the original Elizabethan-style 1906 building donated to the town by Henry H. Rogers and some of the new wing added in 2000. The tours start in the rotunda inside the new main entrance. All of these activities are just the beginning of the summer in Fairhaven. For updated lists of events taking place in town, visit Fairhaven’s Visitors Center, which also houses the town’s Historical Society museum, is located at 141 Main Street. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 508-979-4085.

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A prayer for Saint Vincent’s


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ince it was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1885, Saint Vincent’s Orphans Home has continued to provide for children and families in need. It has, in its 134 years, nourished “a legacy of hope.” The three founding sisters were from the Mother House in Providence. The sisters had the blessing of Bishop Hendricken to open and operate a facility at the old inn on the grounds of the Forest Hill Gardens. The Gardens were a summer resort in the north of Fall River at Ashley’s Cove. In a few short years, Saint Vincent’s Home moved from its original wooden building into a new brick home in 1894, where it remained until 1972. At that time Saint Vincent’s moved to its currently located on Highland Ave. in Fall River. The past decade has seen major changes in approaches to child welfare and mental health, including an emphasis on supporting family permanence. In May 2019, this well established agency, updated its name to Saint Vincent’s Services to reflect their ongoing commitment to provide the children, youth and families of Southeastern Massachusetts the kind of individualized, compassionate and effective care that can empower them to transform their lives.

Community service Although Saint Vincent’s Services has been long known as an orphanage, today it is an agency that cares for all children through its expanded outpatient mental health services. The Mental Health Clinic operates mainly through referrals from families, pediatricians, hospitals, other community providers and state agencies. The children are treated for anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, and attention deficit disorder. Many require assistance and counseling for grief, mood disorders, and unfortunately much more. Executive Director John T. Weldon is proud that “Saint Vincent’s is here and available for children and families.” He also added, “We’re not just ‘the home’ anymore. We’re a multi-service agency.” Chief Operating Officer Kristen L. Dutra says that “Our clinic is very specialized to meet the needs of children.” It’s what makes

Saint Vincent’s Services Mental Health Clinic unique, and a place where kids can be guided and work on adjusting to school or home life. The Mental Health Clinic is licensed by the Department of Public Health and offers its mental health services at its Highland Avenue location on an outpatient basis and some services in children’s homes and in school. It employs clinicians, a psychologist, and a full-time and part-time psychiatrist. Executive Director Weldon says that, “Offering outpatient mental health care keeps kids at home by supporting families rather than in residential facilities.” There are nearly a hundred children residing at Saint Vincent’s Services ranging in age from infants to 21 years. The Diocese of Fall River continues to operate as an umbrella organization and is represented on its Board of Directors. Saint Vincent’s Services, however, runs its own day-to-day activities and is involved with the Department of Children & Families. It operates an intensive group home on its campus as well as the Stabilization, Assessment, and Rapid Reintegration (STARR) program.

Coming together Dutra says, “These children didn’t ask to be put in these situations. They didn’t ask to be abused. They didn’t ask to be neglected. They didn’t ask to be removed from their families.” She continued, “They’re kids who have gone through, for many of them, the unthinkable, but get up every day, do the best that they can at school, engage the best that they can in their treatment, so that they can move on.” Since its founding as an orphanage, when it primarily provided a home for children whose families were unable to care for them, Saint Vincent’s was literally the difference between life and death. The children could not be cared for at home because of their parents ill health or death. Some families lacked the financial means to support multiple children. Over the years, the challenges in our society not only increased, but multiplied. Saint Vincent’s Services has skillfully adapted and created the programs and services needed today by children and families. Today, there’s a variety of difficulties including challenges to learning, abuse, neglect, and poverty, as well as addiction, mental illness, and emotional and behavioral problems. Saint Vincent’s can continue to work with children and families due in part to the money raised at their Annual Kick-Off to Summer Celebration. This year, the Saint Vincent’s 11th Annual Kick-Off to Summer Celebration will be held on Friday, June 21 from 6 to 11 p.m. This one-of-a-kind celebration at the Fall River Heritage Park Visitors Center overlooks the waterfront and features a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions, and dancing the night way with one of our area’s favorite bands, Played Out. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information about Saint Vincent’s Services or to purchase tickets for the annual summer event, please contact Jenny Mello Reis at 508-235-3228 or email

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Here on the South Coast, we have plenty of beautiful natural resources to enjoy. Chief among these resources are our waterways. From harbors to rivers, streams to ponds, summertime is the perfect time to get out and enjoy our coastal landscape.


hether you’re an experienced sailor or you primarily classify yourself as a “landlubber,” there are plenty of ways to enjoy the sea and sun this June: take a class, take a tour, or learn more about waterway preservation!

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Samantha Ladd, the Director of Operations at Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, and her husband Carl Ladd, the owner of the business, think of themselves first and foremost as teachers.


Both have degrees in adventure/environmental education and a background in white water rafting, rock climbing, and other outdoor sports. At Osprey, the couple teaches lessons, leads leisurely kayak tours, and facilitates rentals, with safety education a top priority in all of their endeavors. The couple spent many years teaching elsewhere before making the move to Westport; Carl Ladd is from the area, and knew about the waterways here, but as Sam Ladd explains, “It was very serendipitous that we fell into this place.” Osprey Sea and Surf Adventures’ main location is in what Sam Ladd refers to as

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“a funky little shack” nestled at the Head of Westport, 489 Old County Road ( A friend of a friend mentioned it was up for rent years ago, and with a perfect location for a paddle sports school, they quickly seized the opportunity to build their school there. “It’s very friendly for beginning paddlers,” Sam Ladd says of the area. “It’s a pretty, rural landscape, lots of farms, birding is great… [the area] has a lot of variation in the types of places people can paddle in.” At Osprey, visitors can take lessons in kayaking, canoeing, or Stand-Up Paddling CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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(aka SUP), led by instructors that are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified. Kids under age 15 can participate in age-specific classes, and adults are able to enjoy both introductory and advanced courses depending on their skill level. However, if the whole family wants to learn together, that can be arranged as well! Reservations are required for all types of classes, so be sure to contact them in advance. Visit ospreyseaandsurf. com for more information. Sam Ladd emphasizes that even experienced paddlers can benefit from lessons. Instructors at Osprey continually take ACA-approved classes to stay up-to-date on equipment and techniques. Even the most experienced paddlers can learn something new. She says many people come in, take a refresher class, and say, “Huh, I never thought about it that way!” Osprey also is full-service on rentals, sales, and repairs. They’ll even deliver with advance notice! You don’t need to make a reservation to rent a kayak but it’s highly recommended, especially during the high season. Plus, if you call ahead, they’ll make sure the tide will be right before you head out. If you would rather get exploring, Osprey also leads tours. Sam Ladd remarks that kayaks are a “great way to experience a place” and that around here, sunset tours are the most popular. Osprey is also celebrating their third summer with an annex at Apponagansett Park in Dartmouth this year! It’s a great opportunity to have a different water experience, plus parking is free when you’re partaking in a course led by Osprey. An added bonus, both of Osprey’s locations are right next to great places to grab ice cream! Treat yourself after a day on the water!

The taunton river festival

Our waterways on the South Coast are a wonderful source of summer entertainment and relaxation, but without careful preservation, we could lose these natural resources. Organizations like the Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) are working hard to make sure that the Taunton River will be around for future generations.


The Taunton River Watershed Alliance welcomes visitors to celebrate nature.

TRWA’s mission, in their own words, “Is to protect and restore the watershed’s natural resources for current and future generations. To build and support responsible stewardship of fragile ecosystems, water quality, forests, farmland, and wetlands; provide opportunities for people to enjoy the river and the watershed’s open space; and to be voice for threatened land and water resources.” A team of trained volunteers works together to test water quality, protect the land from potentially harmful land development, and to educate the public on wetland preservation and wildlife protection. The TRWA also puts on many events like kayak trips, music festivals, and educational days that serve to educate the public about conservation and build increased appreciation for the river. This year, TRWA is bringing back one of their most well-loved events, the Taunton River Festival. Join thousands of visitors in “celebrating the Wild and Scenic Taunton River” on Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Weir Riverfront Park in Taunton. For 20 years, the festival was held by the Weir Corporation (now called the Neighborhood Corporation). Richard Shafer has chaired the festival for the past two years, and has been a member since the organization’s inception back in 1988. He has also served as president, and is the current treasurer of the organization. He remarks that the event not only raises awareness and funds for the

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TRWA’s work, but also serves the dual purpose of building community. “In these challenging economic times, free, family-friendly events like this are important to the health and vitality of our community more than ever,” says Shafer. “The Taunton River Festival offers an enjoyable and accessible opportunity for people of all backgrounds to come together to encounter the arts, experience nature, and have fun.” This year, the festival will feature food, live music, a craft fair, children’s activities, and educational exhibits. Parking is available and the event is accessible. Visitors can learn more about the work TRWA is doing, including a terrapin study and water testing, as well as the advocacy work volunteers put in to preserve the Taunton River. Festival-goers can also enjoy the newly renovated Weir Riverfront Park as well! Visit to learn more about TRWA’s efforts, and note that sponsors are still needed! Schools, community groups, non-profits, vendors, or local businesses who are interested in running a booth or event can email for more information! Whether you choose to take a kayak tour, or learn more about the restoration and preservation of the Taunton River, the water is calling this summer. Time to dive in!

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This year’s Jazz Fest will feature acts like the Scruffy Aristocrats (Left) and Marcelle Gauvin and the Alen Bernstein New Bop Revue (Right).

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ith the purchase of every ticket to the Eighth Annual Jazz Fest, visitors will be contributing to the creation of a multi-faceted cultural center that will spur downtown activity and opportunities for people throughout the region. This year’s New Bedford Jazz Fest will be expanding its reach, growing from a concert to an “experience,” incorporating an array of new activities and offerings for those who attend. Much of the revenue from the event will be going to fund the renovation, restoration, and repurposing of the First Baptist Church in the heart of downtown, becoming known as Steeple Playhouse, the permanent home of Your Theatre, the organizing body that will own and manage the location.


As with years past this year’s musical entertainment is geared towards


people who want to move. It will include the South Coast Jazz Orchestra, The Scruffy Aristocrats, Groupo Sazon, and the Alan Bernstein New Bop Revue featuring Marcelle Gauvin on vocals. It will be the eighth year for the South Coast Jazz Orchestra, which will be playing Big Band swing music. Grupo Sazon is a seven-piece jazz orchestra from Providence playing styles such as Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue, and Latin. The Scruffy Aristocrats are a six-piece brass band also from Providence but they will be playing in a parade style – making music as they wind their way throughout the festival grounds and eventually through downtown. They will open the performances and they will also perform between acts that are playing on the Main Stage. “If you’re not very familiar with jazz this will be a good opportunity to explore,” says Bob Williamson, a trumpet player with the South Coast Jazz Orchestra.

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“There will be a variety of styles to be enjoyed.” Art will play a large role at this year’s event. The New Bedford Art Museum will be presenting an Artist’s Market, a group of local artists and craftspeople who will be displaying and selling their work. In addition there will be a live art experience where people can actually watch artists create their work on site. There will also be an interactive component to the day where art supplies will be available encouraging visitors to create small projects of their own. The event will also include food vendors and a full cash bar. With this year’s event many of the net proceeds from the festival will be contributed to the refurbishing of the downtown location and creating a facility that can host numerous different events. In addition to being the permanent home of Your Theatre, Steeple Playhouse is intended to present an array of other

cultural happenings including local theatre groups, music and music theatre, comedy, film festivals, art exhibits, and other performing opportunities featuring local and regional talent and entertainment. Additional possibilities include lectures and conventions as well as engagements with local educators from grade schools to the two regional colleges. The 165-seat facility is located on the corner of William Street, visible from Sixth Street across from New Bedford City Hall. “The end result is that this will be a very important piece of New Bedford’s cultural renaissance,” Paradis says. “It will provide a mid-size, well equipped, professional grade theatre in the heart of downtown New Bedford. It will be important to the cultural uprising here in New Bedford.” The facility will include professional lighting and sound equipment that are necessary for a room of its size and the

they became involved. This will be a beautifully restored building that will enhance the downtown architectural integrity.”

Opening doors

It is thought that if grants are approved and additional fundraising takes place the doors could open sometime in 2020. The project began with discussions in 2014 and the building was officially purchased in December of 2017. The First Baptist Church will still be a part of the campus—it will be given its own wing of the development for their chapel although they will no longer be the governing body for the building. There is an important historical element to the building—it was the birthplace of Robert’s Rules of Order—a creation that has become an international guide for hosting and conducting meetings known as Parliamentary Procedure. It is now used by governing bodies around the

“WHALE does a lot to save local historic structures from the wrecking ball, they’re experts on this.” events it will be hosting. One of the major refurnishings of the building is its steeple, an iconic symbol of New Bedford whose image is featured on the seal of the city. The majority of reconstruction is being developed thanks to the efforts of WHALE, which is currently partnering with Your Theatre in the management of the development of the building. Eventually the drama group will be running the facility on its own. “WHALE does a lot to save local historic structures from the wrecking ball, they’re experts on this,” Paradis says. “They understand the construction and fundraising process on this scale – it’s one of the most historically significant buildings in New Bedford and it was imperative that

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world, from the United States’ Congress to town meetings. The rules were established by Lieutenant Henry Martyn Robert after a contentious and laborious 14-hour meeting based around the fate of Fort Taber in the mid-1800s. The event was so wild and intense that Roberts’ wife suggested that he should draw up some rules as the guiding concepts for further meetings. The approach was successful and has now worked for more than a century and a half. Steeple Playhouse will include a display of artifacts and documents that honor the creation of this universal approach to governing as well as information about the other historical roles the building has played for more than a century.

Jazz Fest will be held on Saturday, June 15 at Pier 3 on the New Bedford waterfront, beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing until 7. While tickets will cost $25, VIP tickets are available for $100. A VIP ticket will provide a visitor with a special viewing area for the main stage, a t-shirt with light refreshments and access to a full bar among other benefits. Children under the age of 15 will be able to attend for free if they are accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at, at Symphony Music Shop in North Dartmouth, or by calling (508) 993-0772. Look out for early bird discounts, which will end on May 31 and June 7!

Saturdays, starting June 1 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. On the lawn of the Visitors Center, 141 Main St. at Rte. 6. Arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, produce, foods. (No market June 29)

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Baked. Apple. Pancake. Do you really need to know any more than that? If so, then you’ll find a delicious and expansive menu, well beyond the Cozy Kettle’s signature dish. Whether you’re in the mood for breakfast all day or some local staples for lunch and dinner, you’ll find it here with a smile.


ummer is upon us, and whether we’re showing around visiting friends, making the most of our beach days, or just looking for a decent bite, the small businesses of the South Coast are ready to provide! We’ve put together some of our favorites here.

Kool Kone 374 Marion Road, Wareham 508-295-6638 Kool Kone stands at the gateway to Cape Cod – a family-friendly watering hole for folks from the South Coast and beyond. Their sweet treats have made them famous, but the full menu, featuring friend clams, chicken parm, lobster rolls, and more, is what keeps the crowds coming back. When your summer adventuring takes you to the edge of the region, stop by and see what all the fuss is about. Your stomach will thank you!

Euro Ship Store/Phoenix 24 Center Street, Fairhaven 508-992-1714 Open Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is one of the best hidden gems in the area. A veritable general goods store, it is filled with things you never knew existed, but will want to bring home with you. Beyond the local gifts, you’ll find a large selection of boutique items for all ages, at great prices. If you’re looking for it, they very well might have it. Stop in and see for yourself!

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IS HERE By Elizabeth Morse Read

Despite the climate-deniers in Washington and the fossil-fuel lobbyists, the clock is ticking on whether we can fend off apocalyptic changes to Planet Earth’s climate by the end of this century. IF WE DO NOTHING, life as we know it now will be irrevocably changed and our grandchildren’s lives will be fraught with perils and scarcity. In the United States, the southeastern states will be hit the hardest, with rising sea levels flooding low-lying cities, rising temperatures, and more frequent catastrophic storms like Katrina or Florence. Already, the streets of Miami flood at high tide. Ironically, Alaska is heating up at twice the rate as the rest of the world, resulting in melting ice floes and glaciers, impassable ice roads and coastal erosion that threatens communities already endangered by rising sea levels. Just this past March, temperatures in Alaska were 20 degrees higher than historical averages. In 2018 alone, the U.S. suffered fourteen billion-dollar weather disasters – and that number will increase exponentially. Just a few months ago, the Rocky Mountain and Central Plains states suffered two “bomb cyclone” blizzards and floods within one month. “Five-hundred-year” floods are 22

occurring every five or ten years. Monster hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, and Sandy are lingering over land for days, instead of moving out to sea. While not all parts of the globe will be affected in the same way, it’s pretty certain that equatorial and tropical regions will become uninhabitable, triggering a mass migration to cooler regions. These “climate refugees” will compete with others for increasingly scarce drinkable water, decreasing food supplies, and overwhelmed public services and infrastructure. Not a pretty picture at all.

Deadly heat waves In 2003, a scorching heat wave in France killed almost 15,000 people. Cities and towns will need to build 24-hour cooling centers to protect vulnerable populations who can’t afford air-conditioning. By the end of the century, as temperatures soar, the greatest impact on the US will be the increase in heat-related deaths – roughly the same number as those killed in automobile accidents every year.

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In the Northeast, where the climate is relatively moderate, the average temperatures will also continue to rise. Between 1895 and 2011, the average temperature in New England has risen two degrees Fahrenheit, and projections indicate further warming of four and a half to ten degrees by 2080. Between Narragansett Bay and Buzzards Bay (the South Coast) the annual average temperature between 1971 and 2000 was 51 degrees. But if nothing is done to combat climate change, that average is projected to rise to 57 degrees by 2050, and to 61 degrees by 2090. By the end of this century, according to an Audubon Society study, the Boston area could experience 33 days each year over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer heat waves (over 90 degrees) will become longer, more frequent, and more intense, which increases heat-related and respiratory illnesses. People in low-income urban areas or rural areas with limited access to air conditioning will suffer greatly.

Water, water everywhere Since 1900, the sea level in the Northeast has risen one foot, but is projected to rise up to four feet by the end of this century, due to warming temperatures, increasing precipitation, and local land subsidence (sinking). Low-lying areas, like portions of Cape Cod and Narragansett Bay or sea-level islands, could disappear. Heavy precipitation events will also increase. Between 1958 and 2012, New England saw a 70% increase in the amount of rainfall, more than any other region in the US. Increased flooding can trigger exposure to water-borne diseases, damage waste treatment facilities, and create breeding grounds for insects, molds, and vermin. Heavier winter and spring precipitation, ironically, can lead to drought conditions in summer because warmer temperatures increase snow melt and evaporation. But hotter, wetter weather will also lengthen the activity season for allergens like ragweed, as well as for ticks and mosquitoes, heightening people’s exposure to West Nile virus, Lyme disease, Zika, and other insect-borne diseases.

Climate refugees During the 1930s Dust Bowl, 2.5 million Americans fled the drought-stricken Central Plains states. Unmitigated climate change would trigger massive internal migration tenfold that size, and urban planners need to prepare. As many as 13 million Americans could be displaced by rising sea levels by the end of the century – six million from Florida alone. Immigration patterns will change dramatically – those Central American asylum-seekers at our southern border right now will replace the Americans from the brutally hot southwest states who migrate to sparsely-populated cooler states like Montana, Minnesota, or Maine. Likewise, residents of the southern Gulf Coast states will be increasingly battered by sea level rise and violent hurricanes, especially if the ice sheets in Greenland

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As demand for air-conditioning increases, the cost of energy will soar as utilities struggle to upgrade their infrastructure grids to meet the increasing demand.



disintegrate faster than expected. They, too, will move inland and north seeking cooler, drier temperatures. Many of the Louisiana victims of Hurricane Katrina temporarily relocated to Ohio and then decided to stay. Already, urban planners in communities like Buffalo, New York and Duluth, Minnesota, as well as other Rust Belt cities around the Great Lakes, are preparing for the inevitable influx of climate refugees from hot and soggy southern and southwestern states.

Impact on the South Coast Too much rain damages crops, delays planting, and results in lower crop yields. As climate change accelerates and temperatures rise, the Northeastern states may become unsuitable for growing apples and blueberries.

It will also affect dairy farming. Heat stress will result in lower milk yields and lower birth weight in calves. As for the fishing industry, commercially-critical species like cod and lobster will migrate north to cooler waters. The economic impact of that trend is already being felt on the South Coast. Likewise, indigenous plant and tree species like sugar maples and birch will continue to move to higher elevations, as invasive species like kudzu from the hotter states creep northward. Heat-loving plants like poison ivy will become more toxic. Combined storm surge, increased precipitation events, and sea level rise will speed up coastal erosion and put tremendous pressure on aging infrastructure along the coastline. Rising sea levels and more violent storm surges will lead to the loss of beaches, salt marshes, barrier

How do “greenhouse” gases trigger climate change?


hen the sun’s radiant heat hits Earth, much of it is bounced back into the atmosphere. But when too much fossil-fuel carbon emissions (and other gases like ozone, methane, and nitrous oxide) are released into the atmosphere, they form an absorbent layer above the earth that traps the heat, preventing it from dissipating into the upper atmosphere. The result is just like what happens in a real greenhouse – the heat is reflected back to the earth’s surface. Over time, this excess heat melts glaciers, polar ice, and snow cover that previously reflected the sunlight, dumping as much as 130 billion tons of water into the ocean each year. In the past thirty years, almost half of the Arctic sea ice has melted. The excess heat also warms up the earth’s air, water and landmasses to increasingly unsustainable levels, causing droughts, extreme weather events (aka “weather whiplash”), wildfires, sinkholes, and erratic changes to the jet stream and ocean currents. In addition, when greenhouse gases liquefy inside clouds, they fall to earth as acid rain, which kills vegetation and causes ocean acidification. Compounding the effects of fossil fuel burning is relentless deforestation. Trees act like the lungs of our planet, breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. Forests and jungles cover almost one-third of the earth’s landmass, but almost 20,000,000 acres are lost every year to wildfires, acid rain, logging, population growth, and re-allocation of acreage for animal grazing and industrial agriculture.


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islands, river deltas, and vernal pools, along with many of the indigenous flora and fauna. As the vast majority of South Coast residents live near the coastline or on river floodplains, daily life will become more difficult. Home and flood insurance rates will skyrocket, and dream homes built on the water will become a nightmare to maintain or sell.

Birds, bees, and polar bears And it’s not just humans who will be severely impacted by rising temperatures and sea levels. By the end of this century, one in six species of living creatures will be at risk of extinction, akin to the catastrophic wipe-out of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Climate change will disrupt seasonal events like bird migration and when flowers bloom, and will severely disrupt biological diversity and predator/prey food chains. By 2050, an estimated two-thirds of polar bears will disappear. Heat stress will kill off entire species of bees, the pollinators of our food crops. It’s estimated that 80% of California’s freshwater fish will face extinction. Sea turtles, penguins, and even conifer trees will become critically endangered. Higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leads to lower levels of oxygen in our oceans, which causes massive kill-offs of fish, coral reefs, and other sea life, as well as creates acidic conditions that spawn huge algal blooms. And, since 1990, our oceans have already become 30% more acidic.

Approaching the tipping point The recent United Nations report on climate change paints a dire scenario of rapidly accelerating and potentially irreversible damages to the globe’s ecology, economies and populations by as early as 2040. Since the 1850s, when industrial coal-burning began, global temperatures have risen about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, more than halfway to the new threshold 2.7 degrees mark. Previously, climate scientists had believed that the cataclysmic tipping point would happen with a rise of 3.6-degrees Fahrenheit over pre-industrial levels, but they now believe that a rise of only 2.7 degrees will trigger those effects by 2040 if greenhouse-gas

emissions continue to rise at the current rate. It will be a world of food shortages, wildfires, species extinctions, water shortages, mass migration, droughts – at a cost of trillions and trillions of dollars. According to the UN report, the current level of greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2050 if we are to avert reaching the threshold 2.7 degree Fahrenheit rise. Coal-generated electricity would need to be almost eliminated by 2050, and renewable energy sources like wind and solar (which make up only about 20% of our electricity mix today) would need to increase to almost 70%. Needless to say, this would necessitate a complete and radical change in our industries, our economies, our politics and our daily lives. The “good” news? We still have a narrow window of time to act and reverse these trends, but the chances are not likely, due

transform our ability to fend off the worst effects of climate change, like solar roads and zero-emissions buildings. The new hospital on Nantucket Island was built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, floods, and power outages, and the generators are hidden on the upper level, not in a basement. More and more municipalities are installing solar panels on public buildings, and making a commitment to become “green communities.” So cities and states are not waiting around for Washington to take the steps needed to protect our nation’s (and planet’s) future. Just a few weeks ago, New York City passed legislation that requires all large buildings to retrofit with materials and technologies that would reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030, or else face stiff financial penalties. In spite of all the emissions caused by vehicles in the city, 67% of all greenhouse

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What needs to happen? There’s been a lot of hot air coming out of Washington about the Green New Deal, carbon-capture technology, carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and gradually transitioning to non-fossil fuel technology. But the wheels of change move at glacial speed in a divided government. We must immediately develop ways to mitigate the current levels of greenhouse gases and create pro-active adaptive strategies to protect our infrastructure, our fragile ecosystems and our coastlines. Already, “climate engineers” are developing new technologies that will

gas emissions are caused by energy-inefficient buildings. Even on a personal level, we can all take steps to reduce our carbon footprints. Reduce or eliminate using plastic (which is made from petroleum); walk or take public transportation instead of driving everywhere; switch to hybrid or electric vehicles; become more mindful of our daily consumption of electricity, water, heating, and air-conditioning; and reduce our consumption of animal products. We should do everything in our power to promote a sustainable, clean-energy future. We can all take advantage of the free energy audits offered by MassSave, which offers free or low-cost solutions to improve our home’s energy efficiency, like better insulation, low-flow faucets, LED lighting, and solar panels. It’s not a pretty picture at all. At this point, we cannot stop climate change, only slow down its momentum. And we must get the powers-that-be in Washington to accept that climate change is an existential threat that can no longer be denied or ignored.

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Woohoo! Welcome back to Summer on the South Coast! Celebrate Father’s Day and the end of the school year, and make your plans now for family vacations, day trips, summer camps, and the return of non-stop outdoor music and movies, food festivals, and street fairs! Head for the beaches, the parks, the farmers markets, and the town squares – and get to know your neighbors again! Across the Region Celebrate clean water and register now to join the 26th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim on June 22! For details, go to savebuzzardsbay. org/swim. You can prepare for the Buzzards Bay Swim at the free Open Water Clinics and Event Orientation on June 8 or 15 at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven! For more info, go to Register now for the 2019 Harvest Triathlon in Wareham on June 8! For more info, go to Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have created “Discover Buzzards Bay,” an initiative to promote active outdoor recreation. A series of guided monthly outdoor walks, called “Sunday Strolls,” and an online portal with information about more than 100 public places to walk, birdwatch, kayak/canoe, fish, snowshoe, or cross-country ski, can be found at – and check out and massaudubon. org. To learn more about state parks and wildlife refuges in Rhode Island, go to, or rhode_island. Fill your baskets with local produce, baked goods and greenery! To find a farm, vineyard or farmers market near you, visit,,, or To find food and wine events, go to,,, or


Enjoy the exhibit of former White House photographer (and Dartmouth native) Pete Souza, “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” through June 16 at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! For more info, call 508961-3072 or go to

Bristol Head for the carnival on the Bristol Town Commons from June 27 to July 4! For more info, visit 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 June 20 to July 3! For details, visit If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame! For info, call 401-2535000 or go to Take the kids to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Nature Center and Aquarium! Sign the kids up for summer Day Camp! For details and dates, go to Check out the 18th-century Home and Hearth Workshops at the Coggeshall Farm Museum! For details, visit coggeshallfarm. org or call 401-253-9062.

Carver Take the kids on train rides throughout the park at Edaville Railroad! For more info, call 508-866-8190 or go to

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Dartmouth Wander through fields at Parsons Reserve or take a walk through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit Check out the special events hosted by the Dartmouth Cultural Center at the Olde Southworth Library! There’s the DCC Member, Teacher and Student Art Show through June 23, and the Art Drive Tour July 26-28. For more info, query kadels12@ or call 508-997-9975. Head for Running Brook Vineyards for free live music every weekend year-round! Don’t miss the Johnny Cash Tribute on June 28! For more info call 508-985-1998 or go to Take the family to the monthly Open Farm Days at Round The Bend Farm! Grass-fed meats, local veggies, honey, maple syrup and botanicals! For dates and more info, call 508-938-5127 or visit roundthebendfarm. org. Check out the summer camp programs in coastal ecology at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! For details, call 508-9900505 or visit Friends Academy will offer a full range of weekly summer enrichment programs and outdoor activities June 11 to August 2. For more info and registration, visit




The Block Island Ferry is back! Travel to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River from June 22 to September 2. For details, go to

Easton Go on a guided hike, attend a demonstration/lecture or take a mansion tour at Borderland State Park! For more info, call 508-238-6566 or go to Take a walk through the Sheep Pasture, part of the Natural Resources Trust of Easton! Don’t miss the Family Science Outing on June 13! For info and programs, call 508-238-6049 or go to nrtofeaston. org. Visit the year-round farmers market at Simpson Springs! For dates and details, visit

Fairhaven Come one, come all to the annual Homecoming Fair on June 29! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Register now for the annual Father’s Day 10K & 5K Road Races on June 16! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Prepare for the Buzzards Bay Swim at the free Open Water Clinics and Event Orientation on June 8 or 15 at Fort Phoenix! For more info, go to discover/events. Join in the free “Women in Waders: Seeking Shellfish” at Round Cove on June 11! For more info, go to savebuzzardsbay. org/discover/events.

Get in shape for free “Fitness in Cushman Park” returns with “Yoga in Cushman Park” Tuesdays June 18 to August 22, and “Summer Boot Camp” on Thursdays June 20 to August 24. On rainy days, head for the Carousel Family Fun Center. For more info, call 508-287-2482 or visit fitnessincushmanpark. Get ready for the return of Monday Morning Fun Days at the Visitors Center July 1 to August 18, the Fairhaven Farmers Market June 23 to 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. Don’t miss the return of the Huttleston Marketplace June 1 to 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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Fall River Mark your calendar for Fall River’s Third Annual Waterfront Arts and Music Festival on June 15 at Heritage State Park! Live bands, artists, performers, and food! For details, call 508-673-2939 or go to Sail away on the Block Island Ferry on June 21 for the Summer Solstice Sunset Music and Dinner Cruise! For tickets and info, go to CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – don’t miss Gary Hoey June 1, Birds of Chicago June 6, Stephen Kellogg June 8, Jake Shimabukuro June 11, The Jayhawks June 13, Aaron Neville June 21, Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre June 23, F Sharp July 5, Blues & Bluegrass: Roomful of Blues and Twisted Pine at Westport Rivers Vineyard July 13 – and more! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Head for the Little Theatre to see “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” June 6-16, and “Honky Tonky” July 11-21! For more info and tickets, call 508-675-1852 or 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 Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6 or sign the kids up for weeklong Camp Cove day camps, July 8-26! Scholarships available. The Fall River Public Library hosts free afternoon movies (and popcorn!) every Wednesday at 1 p.m., in addition to showings on Monday nights. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-672-0033.

Freetown Mark your calendar for the 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival in Assonet on June 16, rain or shine! Head for the bandstand for strawberry shortcake, hot dogs, lemonade, live music, and crafters! For details, visit

Marion Listen to music from “The Fabulous Fifties” on June 9 at Tabor Academy in Marion, performed by the Tri-County Symphonic Band! For tickets and info, visit Explore the trails and properties of the Sippican Land Trust! Check out the schedule of lectures and activities. For more info, go to


Come one, come all to the annual Homecoming Fair, Fairhaven, on June 29! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085 Don’t miss the performances of “Be My Baby” May 31 to June 2, June 6-9 at the Marion Art Center! Mark your calendars for “Arts in the Park” on July 6 at Bicentennial Park! For more info, call 508-748-1266 or visit


Listen to monthly concerts at the Marion Music Hall through November! Jim Robitaille Trio will perform on June 2, Steve Katz July 28. For tickets and more info, call 508-353-2150 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

Find out what’s going on at the Marion Museum of Natural History! Check out the after-school programs, the summer day camps and the book club! For more info, call 508-748-2098 or go to marionmuseum. org.

Mattapoisett Join in the free “Women in Waders: Crazy About Crabs” on June 4 at Shining Tides Beach! For more info, go to Explore the trails, wildlife, and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, birdwatch, cross-country ski! For more info, go to

Middleboro Don’t miss the six Saturday Summer Concerts at Soule Homestead June 15 to July 27! Don’t miss Sheep Day on June 1! For more info, call 508-947-6744 or visit

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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

New Bedford Buy your tickets early for the New Bedford Festival Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!” July 19-28 at the Zeiterion! For tickets and more info, call 508-994-2900 or go to Quench your thirst for learning—and beer! – at the free monthly New Bedford Science Café lectures and discussions held at the Greasy Luck Brew Pub! For more info, call 508-984-1955 or go to nbsciencecafe. com. Don’t miss “Tea For Three” June 20-23 at Your Theatre! For more info and tickets, visit Head for the Zeiterion for Ultimate Queen June 2, Tyler Henry June 20, NB Folk Festival July 6-7, Cultural Road Trip: Jacob’s Pillow July 13, NBFT “Mamma Mia! July 1928 – and more! For tickets and more info, call 508-994-2900 or go to

Take the little ones for rides on the Black Bear Express Train and the Wildlife Carousel at the Buttonwood Park Zoo! For details, call 508-991-6178 or visit bpzoo. org.

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Go on the free Summer Walking Tours sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society! “Victorian New Bedford” will be theme on June 13, “VIP Tour” on July 11. For more info, call 508997-6425 or go to destinationnewbedford. org. Area high school and college students can sign up for the free New Bedford Festival Theatre’s Summer Academy July 1 to August 1, working with theatrical professionals producing “Mamma Mia!” July 19-28 at the Zeiterion. For more info, call 508-991-5212 or visit nbfestivaltheatre. com. Sign up children 8-14 for the Lights Up! Musical Theatre Summer Camp August 5-9 at the Zeiterion! No experience necessary – onstage performance of “Peter Pan” August 9! For registration and more info, call 508-994-2900 or go to All right! The free, family-friendly “Reggae at West Beach” music series returns on June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25! For details, call 508-207-6726 or go to Find out what’s on tap and on the menu – and who’s playing on stage – at the Greasy Luck Brew Pub in downtown New Bedford! Don’t miss Englishtown Project June 1, Nita Strauss June 4, Dirty Deeds June 7, Van Hager June 15, Grind June 22, Bobaflex June 26, Freak Show July 8, King’s X July 9, XYZ July 11 – and more! For more info, call 774425-4600 or go to greasyluckbrewpub. com or Check out the “Summer Winds” kinetic sculpture on display at Custom House Square June 29-September 30! For details, go to Let your kids explore the Whaling Museum – check out the Discovery Center! For more information, call 508-997-0046 or go to

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The New Bedford Outdoors Farmers Markets begin on June 1 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 If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club – don’t miss Zoe Lewis June 7! For tickets or info, go to or contact or call 508-673-8523.

Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! Don’t miss The Ghost of Paul Revere June 1, Lula Wiles June 7, PousetteDart Band June 8, Rebirth Brass Band June 13, Quinn Sullivan June 14, Beatlesfest 2019 June 15, Joshua Tree June 22, The Kingston Trio June 28, Henry Asker Gypsy Jazz June 29 – and more! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit

Portsmouth It’s festa time! Don’t miss the St. Barnabas Parish Feast in Portsmouth June 21-23! Carnival rides, games, food and fun! For details, go to

Remember our veterans! Explore the region’s military history at the Fort TaberFort Rodman Military Museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit

Check out the Newport Car Museum! Sixty-plus vintage cars and driving simulators! For more info, call 401-8482277 or visit

Check out the exhibits, musical performances and dock-u-mentaries at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! Don’t miss the songs of John Connolly and Rob van Sante June 6 or the maritime-themed Trivia Night June 19! For more info, call 508-993-8894 or visit

Enjoy wine tastings and live music at Greenvale Vineyards! For details, call 401847-3777 or visit

Newport Don’t miss the Newport Flower Show’s “Audubon Artistic Adventures” at Rosecliff June 21-23! Visit the special exhibit of J.J. Audubon’s “Obsession Untamed” through November 3! For details, call 401-847-1000 or visit Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! Mark your calendar for “Always a Bridesmaid” through July 1. “Funny Money” will be performed July 10 to August 30. For more information, call 401848-7529 or go to Watch the Clagett Memorial Clinic and Regatta June 18-23! For details, call 401846-4470 or visit Check out the spring “Secret Garden Tours” of Newport’s historic properties June 14-17! For more info, call 401-4397253 or visit

Plymouth Head for the Priscilla Beach Theatre, the oldest barn theatre still in operation in America, “Heathers: The Musical” through June 8. “Hairspray” will be performed July 5-20. For info and tickets, call 508-2244888 or visit


Providence Don’t miss “Food Truck Fridays” through September 27 at the Carousel at Roger Williams Park! For more info, call 401-7853510 or go to Go on a romantic gondola ride through the heart of Providence! For info and reservations, call 401-421-8877 or go to Or take a leisurely day or sunset cruise through the waterways of Providence! For info, call 401-580-2628 or visit Be amazed by WaterFire! For the 2019 schedule of lightings and special events, go to Enjoy the season at Trinity Rep! “Marisol” will be performed through June 16. For more info, call 401-351-4242 or go to Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437. Don’t miss the indoor planetarium shows on Saturdays and Sundays year-round, and daily during school vacations, at the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park! For more details, go to Spend an afternoon in the galleries at the RISD Museum! And check out the courses, workshops and “tours for tots”! For details, visit or call 401-454-6500.

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From vibrant front lawn garden displays to beautiful floral designs tucked away throughout Rosecliff, you’re sure to find beauty everywhere you look at the Newport Flower Show, June 21-23!

Rehoboth Show up hungry for the Second Annual Taste of Rehoboth at Francis Farm on June 5. Sample foods from 18 local and regional restaurants! For more info, call 508-2524487 or visit

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

Taunton Find out who’s on stage the District Center for the Arts! Don’t miss the Frank Sinatra Tribute June 1, Jonathan Edwards June 7, Sarah Borges June 8, Jimmy Fortune Live June 9, Fat City June 15, Big Jim Wheeler June 21 – and more! For more info and tickets, call 508-386-9413 or visit This year, TRWA is bringing back one of their most well-loved events, the Taunton River Festival. Join thousands of visitors in “celebrating the Wild and Scenic Taunton River” on Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Weir Riverfront Park.

Tiverton Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts! Don’t miss Having a Tyme! June 15, Derek Johnson with Bliss Point June 22, Ragged But Right Quartet July 13! Heal with a monthly Gong Sound Bath, or with Yoga: Mindful Flow & Meditation on Sundays, or with music and movement on JourneyDance, or join in the Contra Dancing. Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates or figure drawing. For a complete schedule and more info, go to or call 401-241-7349.

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The time: About 40 years ago. The place: A dirty, dark parking lot in a seedy part of town. The mission: Scoring some pot, and as such, breaking the law.

A half puff later that I somehow kept down for a split second before coughing up both lungs, my spleen and some other unrecognizable goo, and BAM! it was Strawberry Fields Forever, baby, and I mean instantly.

I PULL IN, make eye contact with my dealer. He walks over, hands me an ounce of weed rolled tightly in a baggie. I hand him 20 bucks, and drive away, frightened and more when a police cruiser slowly drives by. I go home, roll a bone with still-trembling fingers and fire it up, inhaling deeply, settling into a mellow, satisfied state of peace and relaxation and overall grooviness. The time: Now. The place: A state-sanctioned pot shop literally in the shadow of a hospital in Wareham. The mission: Scoring some pot, and as such, completely legally. I walk in the spotless, well-lit store and make eye contact with one of many smiling, supremely helpful personnel who are happy to recommend what I should buy, how it’s used, what its effects are, where it came from, how it was grown, harvested, packaged, and any other question I may have. I buy some CBD oil and one pre-rolled bone with the catchy name Purple Urkle—at five bucks shy of what an entire ounce of Panama Red cost me


almost 40 years ago. I walk out and down the street with my bag of formerly illegal treats and right by a couple cops near their cruiser, on duty ensuring pedestrian safety to and from the crazy busy store with lines out the door. I wave, they wave back, friendly and unthreatening. America. What a country.

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If you lived when pot was verboten, you know buying weed was scary as hell. And so was driving buzzed and spotting a vehicle behind you at night you just KNEW was a cop so you’d drive really slow because you didn’t want to tossed in jail forever because “Midnight Express” had just come out, a movie that to this day, still scares the crap out of me. I am not proud of this but back in my day I smoked more dope than Cheech ‘n Chong. But in those days, the potency of weed was way less than now; the content of the active ingredient, THC, is about 60% higher today than it was then. And oh my, I noticed. I gave up smoking dope when my kids were born in the ’80s and would dabble only rarely if a friend had some. But one night a few years ago really hammered home the difference between my mellow-yellow days of pot’s power and today’s “WTF is IN this $#%!?” A friend, much younger and hipper, a very creative advertising guy who uses pot to free his idea stream, asked if I wanted to do a bowl. I thought sure, why not, it’d been awhile. “OK, but go easy, this stuff’s pretty

strong,” he said. “Hey, young blood, you just fire up your little bowl and pass it over to the old man, you’re not playing with a rookie here,” I said, taking the bowl and blasting it with flame. A half puff later that I somehow kept down for a split second before coughing up both lungs, my spleen and some other unrecognizable goo, and BAM! it was Strawberry Fields Forever, baby, and I mean instantly. I am absolutely not kidding when I tell you it was like I just smoked a tab of acid. It was a high so sudden and intense and completely unexpected, it triggered an fullblown panic attack, my heart pounding so fast I swear that if you hooked my ticker up to a turbine, it would’ve generated enough power to light up the planet. Luckily, the guy’s wife was a nurse practitioner. I asked her to check my pulse. She did: It was 136. “Just lie down, relax, and wait it out,” she said calmly. Wise advice. I did, and after the initial 30 minutes of a drug-induced fog, it actually was pretty damn good. I’m reasonably sure I solved every single problem of the world, wrote Oscar-winning scripts, and figured out the secrets of the universe, all in my head. I just can’t recall specifics. Eh.

Most recently, I went to the Wareham pot shop with a double mission: not to get high so much as tap the medicinal resources of weed, specifically CBD oil. I’d been using hemp oil for pain management, to reduce inflammation of various arthritic epicenters in my aging body, and wanted to try something stronger. Which of course is ironic: 40 years ago, I smoked just for the buzz and used a tiny alligator clip to hold the roach and smoke every bit of a joint. Now I buy pot and/or pot byproducts because it feels like an alligator is clipped to and gnawing on my shoulder. But now it’s legal. Now I have a menu of pot and pot products. Now I can choose from weed with names like Killer Queen, pot-laced chocolate edibles or gummy bears, vape pot named Wonder Skunk or concentrates (I have no idea what that is) with names like Indica Terpene Rich Distillate, which frankly is a lot harder to remember than Panama Red. I went home, fired up my pre-rolled tube of Purple Urkle, took a few hits, got a buzz, put it out and saved it for the next day. And the day after that. And the day after that. In short, one joint lasted me six nights, six gloriously mellow highs of state-sanctioned grooviness. America. What a country. And it’s high time.

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