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If you think back, spring always seems to teeter on a razor’s edge. We get those brief spurts of sunlight and warmth that are followed, sometimes in the same day, by clouds and bitter north winds. Watching the bulbs bloom, I can’t help but admire their bravery – their commitment to growing out and opening up. It’s a lesson for all of us. That’s why, as the weather warms, we shouldn’t just be content with sitting around and watching the days roll by. On page 8, Joyce Rowley highlights a fun way to “walk” on the water. Ditch the shoreline and do something different! Then again, what really makes something different? On page 12, Greg Jones meets with Chris Richard, a man who’s doing something very different but is also engaged in a cultural tradition that dates back hundreds (or even thousands) of years! But don’t think that growing out means committing yourself to daily events. Sometimes, the biggest changes we make are the small ones that change our daily lives. As the air freshens, consider freshening your menu. On page 20, Liz Read shakes up your salad bowl with some fresh recipes and recommendations. Whether you’re bringing food to a potluck or the lunch room, you owe yourself some color. Because the colors of spring are not found just on the ends of branches or peeking out from the soil. Springtime is about our own growth and excitement. I hope this issue gives you a lot to be excited about.

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n May 5, New Bedford will celebrate the third annual Viva Portugal! event, a free festival that runs from 12:45 to 7:45 p.m. across the four blocks surrounding the Zeiterion Theater and DeMello International Center. The Zeiterion Theater (or the “Z,” as it’s often referred to by locals) has collaborated with twelve Portuguese organizations to make this year’s highly-anticipated event happen.


Rosemary Gill, the Executive Director of Programming and Development at the Zeiterion Theater, sits in her office overlooking Purchase Street. She has been listing the many events that will make up this year’s Viva Portugal! and she is looking over a document to make sure she hasn’t left anything out. To someone unfamiliar with the Portuguese language, the conversation could be a bit confusing – Portuguese terms slip in and out of the discussion.


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Gill holds up a map of the festivities, pointing out various tents and buildings and describing the spaces and stages where music, food, educational activities, and more will occur throughout the day. The festa (Portuguese for “party”) is essentially a painstakingly organized bloc party celebrating Portuguese heritage. It covers nearly every aspect of Portuguese culture, from quieter events like readings, lectures, and cooking demos, to upbeat activities on the main stage. The performances will include folk dance, comedy, and fado, a form of traditional Portuguese music. Gill says that this, the third year of Viva Portugal!, will hold some surprises, but the fan-favorite participants of years past are planning on attending as well. It’s a testament to the success of the event that all of the original partners have returned year after year to make Viva Portugal! a success. She remarks that without the amazing quality of work by the many businesses and organizations that come together for Viva Portugal!, the festival would have never been so successful.

In New Bedford, nearly one third of the population is of Portuguese heritage, and these partners are representative of that community. The South Coast maintains “deep connections to its cultures” says Gill, and this festival is just one example of that. This year’s Viva Portugal! is also part of a larger picture for the Z. It is one program in a series called “The Immigrant’s Journey” through the Zeiterion’s “Artsbridge.” Funded in part by Art Works and the National Endowment for the Arts, the project endeavors to tell the stories of immigrants and to humanize issues surrounding immigration in the racially and ethnically diverse community of the South Coast.

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Over the span of the seven-hour festival, the range of events is sure to please everyone in the family. On the main stage, acts include: O Rancho Folclorico Escola Portuguesa de New Bedford, a folkloric dance troupe; the viral comedic group that jokes about life as the child of a Portuguese immigrant,


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The Portuguese Kids; and fado singer Sofia Ribeiro, presented by the Arte Institute, who will travel from Portugal to perform. Jessica Miranda is a dancer and member of the committee of O Rancho Folclorico Escola Portuguesa de New Bedford. “It is a group of about 56 musicians, dancers, and singers with original outfits representing the region of Minho, in the north of Portugal,” she says. “The group takes pride in continuing the Portuguese traditions and customs, especially within the younger generation. We have a great time performing at Viva Portugal! – we are able to share our culture and customs with many community members.” For those who want to experience Portuguese cultura in a quieter way, they can head to the “big tent” where cooking demonstrations and a marketplace will allow visitors to try a variety of Portuguese foods before taking their new skills home to try their hand at recreating their favorite dishes. There will also be a Portuguese literature table, and a lecture by the author of Hawk Island, Manuela DaCosta. Born in Terceira, Azores, she immigrated to the New Bedford area as a young adult. She is also the author of Os Sonhos de Dona Dores, which was published by the Department of Immigration and Culture in the Azores. To see a full list of performers, participants, sponsors, and happenings, head over to viva-portugal-2018.

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The Z will host Sofia Ribeiro once more after the festival winds down along with fadistas Angela Brito and David Garcia from California for “Casa de Fado.” The show starts at 7 p.m. with a complimentary wine tasting and appetizers before the music starts at 8 p.m., in the tradition of a true fado café. This event, sponsored by Luso-American Financial, is ticketed, and all proceeds benefit Discovery Language Academy and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at Consider the show the perfect excuse for a date night after exploring with the family in the daytime. Whatever your interests are, save the date! May 5 promises to be a festa filled with food and fun for the whole family!

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What’s SUP? By Joyce Rowley

If you’ve ever watched people standing on a surfboard and paddling, you know what’s SUP: standing up paddleboarding.


hey’re the most recent addition to paddlesports that started with canoes and kayaks. The South Coast is fortunate to have an American Canoe Association (ACA) accredited professional paddle sports school right here in Westport. “The thing about paddlesports is that they are lifetime sports,” says Samantha Ladd, co-owner of Osprey Sea & Surf Adventures. “They’re accessible to everyone, at all ages. Almost everyone can participate – there’s a boat or board for everyone.” Ladd and her husband Carl founded the kayaking school in 2001 at the Head of the Westport River after working for outdoor education businesses around the country. Both have college degrees in adventure education from Prescott College in Arizona. “One of the reasons we pursued this business is because it’s a great way to explore, whether in your own backyard or in exposed, wilderness areas,” Samantha said. Carl has since acquired ACA certification as a Level 3 Surf Kayak Instructor Trainer, a Level 4 open water Sea Kayak Instructor


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Trainer, and a Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor, allowing him to train kayak instructors. Samantha, with ACA certification as a Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor, a Level 3 Surf Kayak Instructor, and a Level 1 Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor, designs the curriculum and teaches youth and adult environmental kayaking and SUP classes. Both have led kayaking tours in the Caribbean and the Greek islands, and have led enviable lives as wilderness adventure guides around the U.S. “But you still need a solid foundation of skills when things don’t go your way, and with Mother Nature, that happens often,” she said. That’s where the paddlesports school comes in. As an ACA accredited Professional Paddle Sports School, Osprey Sea & Surf offers classes in kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). In fact, this season they’re offering a three-hour “Paddle Sports Sampler” sessions in all three crafts twice monthly. “The class will give a taste of all three, with an hour to play on whichever craft they

prefer,” Samantha says. Class sizes are relatively small, following ACA requirements of having one instructor per five students. The Ladds are joined by several instructors and guides, all credentialed by the ACA and/or the British Canoe Union (BCU). So there’s plenty of classes to choose from in just about any level and type of paddle sport. In addition to a full slate of classes, Osprey Sea & Surf offers individualized training. “We’re seeing a lot demand for private and semi-private instruction,” Samantha says. “Sometimes it’s because their schedule doesn’t permit it, or they want to work on a specific skill.” Osprey offers training on how to go beyond quiet harbor venues and paddle in tidal currents, waves, and getting through the surf zone to the open sea. And there’s training on how to roll, or intentionally capsize the kayak and come back up.

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“In order to be safe on the water and comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations, people wear life jackets while kayaking and paddleboarding.” Samantha said.

Equipment is needed for being on the water that should match the season, the type of water (river versus ocean and dynamic versus quiet), and the type of craft that will be used. Helmets are needed when kayaking in whitewater rivers or anytime you’re paddling near rocks. “Sea kayakers will wear them if they’re going to navigate ‘rock gardens’ or are surfing and playing in more dynamic water, but you do not need them for general river touring,” Samantha says. “One of the most important things if you’re paddling in the early Spring season is to dress for any accidental immersion in cold water. A drysuit or wetsuit are your best options,” says Ladd. Osprey provides all of the equipment for instruction, including life jackets, paddles, boat or board, and dry suits or wetsuits for colder conditions.

Osprey thriving

As we chatted about the upcoming season, Samantha spotted an osprey, the company’s namesake. The resurgence of the fish hawk after its near extinction in the 1970s from pesticides is part of why paddle sport tours are in demand. According to Mahomet, Inc., a Plymouthbased environmental nonprofit organization, osprey populations dropped to a low of just eleven breeding pairs in 1964 in Massachusetts from a peak of over 1,000 in the 1940s. After the banning of toxic pesticides in 1972, the osprey population began to rebound. There are now 75 to 80 breeding pairs on the Westport River, thanks to the installation of 100 breeding platforms along the Westport River and in the Allen’s Pond area. Their success at breeding depends in part on fish populations, which Manomet reports as being high in the past few years. “The South Coast now has the highest concentration of osprey on the Eastern seaboard,” Samantha said. “It is a large attraction.” For more information on tours and classes at Osprey Sea & Surf Adventures, call (508)636-0300 to sign up for a regularly scheduled trip or to schedule a custom trip.




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he starting gun has been fired – the season for home improvement and remodeling is underway like an Oklahoma land rush. The heart of the New England building season runs from April through November, says James Kalife, owner of Fairhaven Lumber. He notes homeowners don’t want to see their roofs or walls open up to the elements in winter, nor do they care to be trapped inside with the construction mess. Cabin fever has its limits. The sweet spot for starting home improvement projects is around May, when a family can comfortably shift to a more outdoor-oriented lifestyle to avoid the construction carnage. Decks and other outdoor projects done early in the season also mean that the family gets a full summer’s use of the upgrades. Predictably, May is when


contractors are already booked solid with projects. Rather than rush it and try to squeeze into line, homeowners are often better off taking more time to consider the options, so that they can get exactly what they want at a good price.

of 2018 approaches? “There’s more emphasis on maintenance-free products,” Kalife explains. Manufacturers are continually developing new, more durable products that have the appeal of wood and other tried-

“Homeowners are happier if they achieve one major item on their wish list per season.” Most remodeling jobs take time and require substantial advance planning. Regarding the priority for carrying out changes, “everyone has a different priority. It all depends on how long you’ve been living with the item you’re interested in replacing,” Kalife says. What kind of home improvement trends are being seen on the South Coast as the summer

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and-true materials, but that are tough enough to do their job, and look good, for years to come. As an example, “vinyl siding has come a long way. It now mimics shingles,” Kalife says. He explains that there is a variety of colors and textures available, that vinyl doesn’t rot, and uses better techniques for minimizing heat loss.

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Personalizing a home’s indoor spaces has an especially powerful impact, but many homeowners fear the hassle involved. Hardwood floors, traditionally supplied unfinished, are sanded and finished after installation. Dust? Oh, yeah. Waiting for the top coats to dry? Yep. So as prefinished hardwood technology has improved, it has made inroads, and now prefinished hardwood flooring sells better than the unfinished variety, says Fairhaven Lumber’s cabinet designer, Michael Bergeron. Prefinished hardwood flooring now comes in different widths and in more species, such as maple, hickory, bamboo, and cherry. Also, more hardwood floors are being seen in kitchens. Color preferences in flooring are changing. Lighter grays are popular. “Last year was dark colors. Now it’s driftwood tones,” Bergeron says.

Vinyl planking has also developed as a tougher alternative to laminate flooring. The use of cabinets in the home is expanding. Not just kitchens, but entertainment areas and “man caves” are being outfitted with appropriate cabinetry, according to Kalife. Manufacturers are offering cabinets finished with two-part epoxy paints that are both hard and flexible, that don’t expand and contract at the seams with changes in temperature, so that the finish lasts longer, Bergeron explains. While updating a kitchen is an important part of the market, kitchens are also an important area in the home that people simply like to see refreshed periodically. Bergeron estimates that about half the kitchens he sees deserve replacement, but “maybe half of the kitchens are done just to change the look,” he says. Granite still makes up more than 50 percent of the countertop market. Quartz counters are the most desirable to homeowners because they’re maintenance-free, but they’re at the top of the price range. Still, granite’s cost has barely risen over the years, and that’s at least partly because of quartz’ low-care reputation. “People are trying to get the inside and outside [of their houses] as maintenance-free as possible – but it’s expensive,” Bergeron says. Farm sinks are extremely popular, and Bergeron sees that continuing for the time being. “But again, they’re more expensive.” But Bergeron, who meets with homeowners to develop their kitchen plan at no charge, says careful planning will help a homeowner pull together a high-quality kitchen at a more reasonable price than one

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Maintenance-saving materials also have an important place on the home’s exterior. Kalife gives several examples of the shift toward low-maintenance exterior features: Exterior house trim is PVC rather than wood, which stands up much better to New England weather.

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hris Richard is the guy who puts together promotional programs and publicity for the town of Fairhaven. He takes great pleasure and pride in his position as the Director of Tourism. He is, first and primarily, a big fan of his hometown. He was born and raised in Fairhaven, and there is a family line that goes back three generations. Chris and his parents are graduates of Fairhaven High School. “I’ve been the Director of Tourism for 22 years,” said Chris. “I love promoting my hometown.” Lately, something has been keeping him busy in the off-hours when he’s not scheduling a summer’s worth of festivals and events: puppets. And it’s something of a renewed interest.

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“Puppets come from my childhood,” he said. “When I was very, very young I was interested in puppetry and magic. My mother took me to a Bil Baird puppet show.”


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Bil Baird was a nationally famous puppeteer. He was the puppetmaster for the puppet sequence in the film version of “The Sound of Music.” The Baird Marionettes toured nationwide, including New Bedford. “Bil Baird was the first live entertainment I saw as a young boy,” said Chris. Inspired, Chris developed skills as a puppeteer. “When I was in high school and college I did puppet shows for kids’ birthday parties.” Puppets suitable for puppet shows weren’t readily available, so Chris had to make his own. “My puppets were modeled on the Muppets, and they were made by me. They were about life-sized, with their heads and hands. “The Muppets [required the use of] two hands, one for the head and one for the mouth,” said Chris. “Punch and Judy are different.” The Punch and Judy puppets he uses today are sometimes referred to as “glove puppets,” with one hand per puppet. The fingers operate the puppet’s arms, mouth,

and head, and there is only one puppeteer. Punch and Judy are traditional characters, especially in England. Samuel Pepys, the English diarist, noted seeing a puppet show featuring the characters near Covent Garden in the year 1662. The personality of the characters is somewhat traditional as well. Punch is a bit of a rebel, a smart-alec who defies authority. He carries around a thin club made of split wood that makes a slapping sound when he hits one of the other characters as part of the comedic violence. This is the origin of the word “slapstick,” and the level of cartoon violence is akin to what one sees in the Roadrunner cartoons or when Daffy Duck runs through a door. In addition to Punch there are other regular characters: his wife Judy, the Baby, the Constable, Joey the Clown, the Crocodile, and the Doctor, among others. “It’s got long roots. It’s a kind of knockabout comedy. There is a cartoony quality to it, and Punch usually ends up winning in the end,” said Chris. Continued ON PAGE 14

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It is streetcorner entertainment – the puppets appearing in a stage window in a canvas tent about the size of a phone booth. It is usually a one-man show, although sometimes there will be a second person out in the audience, passing the hat and sometimes talking to the puppets. Punch and Judy puppeteers are traditionally referred to “Professor,” and the voice of Punch has a distinctive raspy sound. It’s a voice that can be heard at a Punch and Judy performance anywhere in the world. Chris has been perfecting Punch’s voice. “The voice is created by holding a little device in your mouth, he said. Asked to demonstrate the sound, he said that he has one of the devices at home. He wouldn’t even disclose what it’s called. “It has a name, but Professors usually duck the question when asked about the little voice thing,” he said. “The people who make the puppets, they won’t sell one to non-professionals.” Chris plans to start performing this summer. He noted that many of the festivals are set in the early-to-late colonial period, which happens to coincide with the period when Punch and Judy shows were being brought over from (mostly) England, but also France and Italy. “The puppetry is more of a hobby,” said Chris. “It is distinctly different and separate from what I do at the Tourism Office.” He has done puppet shows in his younger years, at venues like the Fairhaven Homecoming Day Fair, the Dartmouth Children’s Museum, and various other festivals, “but life interfered,” he said. Now that he has genuine hand-made wooden Punch and Judy puppets, created for him in England, he hopes to bring this traditional entertainment and art form to an American audience. Is it going to work? “Well, we’ll see,” he said. “I don’t have to make a living at this. I’d like to stick to doing this locally. I’m 60 this year, so I’m going to retire one of these days. The puppets will carry me into that stage. It’s not like I’m going to change careers. For now it’s going to be something I’m going to offer.” Chris has set up a GoFundMe page, at He stresses that this is a private project, and is in no way connected to the Fairhaven Office of Tourism or the city itself.

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Engravely serious By Greg Jones

The wearing of jewelry is one of the identifying characteristics of humanity, right up there with tools and language. When an archeologist finds jewelry while digging around in caves, he knows there were people there.


oday’s jewelry has come a long way from the shell, bone, and rock decorations found in early man sites. But the similarities may be more striking than the differences. We still decorate ourselves with rocks – fancy rocks, perhaps, but diamonds and rubies are still rocks. Gold and other precious metals are crafted into decorative shapes and worn by men and women worldwide. The scratched drawings and symbols found on ancient jewelry have modern cousins: the engraved and etched art produced by today’s skilled engravers. These days, most people buy their jewelry. The jewelry worn by women and men today ranges from mass-produced items to unique works of art made by people with a lifetime’s worth of skills. A buyer of jewelry can find a shop and a style for nearly any budget. The experts at Plante Jewelers: Pam Gauthier, Nancy Plante, Pierre Plante, Marcel Plante and Steve Banks (far right)


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Where it gets interesting is at the higher end of the jewelry market. Here, creative artists using classic skills as well as computers with specialized software create jewelry that is unique, beautiful, and imaginative.

Classic creations

One of the South Coast’s better jewelry shops goes back four generations, beginning in 1905 when Arthur Plante opened Plante Jewelers in a small shop on the second floor of the Academy Building in Fall River. He was just 21 and he went right to work. He made and sold jewelry, repaired watches, and worked his specialty: classic hand engraving. As time went on he was joined by his two sons, Gaston and Andre. Still located on the second floor, he told his sons that the customers had to be treated right, especially after climbing two flights of stairs to get to the shop. Today, Plante Jewelers is located at 207 Swansea Mall Drive. Andre Plante’s son, Pierre, together with his wife Nancy, now carry on the Plante family tradition.

This is not a basic chain-store jewelry shop. When Pierre joined the family business in 1981 he had been awarded a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in sculpture, and Nancy, who joined the business in 1996, also has a BFA. In this she is assisted by their son Marcel, whose background is in fashion design. Marcel does all of the photography as well as hand-illustrated design work. The jewelers who work with Plante Jewelers are among the best available. Whether they are creating a ring according to a sketch done by the customer or one created by a CAD program with customer input, they are creating a piece of jewelry that is unique. For example, Pam Gauthier, who is “like family,” said Nancy Plante, comes to the jewelry business with a BFA in filmmaking. “She restyles customers’ jewelry and designs jewelry using design software,” explained Nancy. Specialized repair or remounting can be as challenging as a new

design. Customers with swollen knuckles that don’t allow their ring to be put on can have the ring modified with an expandable shank, a modification that is nearly invisible.

Lost arts

A good jeweler is a master of many skills, many of them learned by apprenticeships to seasoned professionals. Without the advice and teaching of these skills, the trade would slowly wither away. Among the skills a traditional jeweler used to have was hand engraving. It is a vanishing art, with skilled hand engravers getting increasingly difficult to find. Now, Plante Jewelers has come full circle, as it were, with the addition, five years ago, of a jeweler who also is a hand engraver with skills to rival the best. Steve Banks, who began his working life as a chef, discovered that he was also good at ice carving. “I did a lot of ice sculpture,” he said. The restaurant business is notorious for its long hours. “That’s fine when you’re young,” said Banks, “but I met a guy who worked in jewelry.” If you think about it, ice sculpture is a like a very large piece of jewelry, so Banks began to explore the possibilities of a career change. “I went from jewelry store to jewelry store, asking how you get into doing ‘bench work,’ and finally I met someone who recommended North Bennet Street School,” said Banks. As time went on, “I realized I was interested in hand engraving,” said Banks. “Finally I found a school in Emporia, Kansas, the GRS Training Center, where they teach traditional hand engraving.” Banks has taken four courses at the center. Just in time, one might surmise. “Last I heard there were two other hand engravers in the state,” said Banks.

Art by a thousand cuts

Banks relentlessly pursues knowledge of his arcane art. “I went to a week-long private class in New Orleans, one-on-one in his home studio,” said Banks. Don’t confuse hand engraving with the engraving offered at chain stores or mall kiosks. “Machine

engraving just displaces metal, and lasers remove it,” said Banks. “They can’t replace hand engraving.” Using a tool called a graver, the cut area “shines like a mirror. You cannot mistake anything for hand engraving,” he said. “You can imitate but you can’t match the look of hand engraving.” As one might imagine, hand engraving is not a speedy process. “You need someone who appreciates that it takes a lot of time to do this. It isn’t a name engraved on a charm at the mall,” said Banks. “The really high-end engraving survives in the world of firearms and custom knives,” said Banks. “Custom knives with engraving can go for tens of thousands of dollars.” At the very top end of hand engraving, Banks uses a microscope and a very fine graver. “I was working on a duck, maybe an inch square, and just on the neck of the duck there were five to six hundred cuts.” He can engrave photorealistic animal scenes of any size. “Normally what I’m working on is postage-stamp size, but I’m also getting into a tray,” he said. “But anything can be done. It’s just a question of how.” To hold the work he uses an engraving ball, a rotating vise with adjustable jaws that rotates as needed. The graving tools are, in their essence, small chisels. The engraver taps the graver, pushes it by hand, or uses what Banks calls, “a really tiny jackhammer, but much more accurate.” Cutting metals, whether the hard metal of a knife or the softer gold of a piece of jewelry, is hard on the graver. “It’s not unusual to have to sharpen the graver every second cut,” said Banks. Banks explained how it all works: “A famous engraver said that he was a professional graver sharpener and a part-time engraver.” For your engraving and jewelry needs, call 508-673-0561, email, or visit You can also visit Steve Banks and the Plantes at Plante Jewelers at 207 Swansea Mall Drive in Swansea.

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Super salads!


BY Elizabeth Morse Read

Ho hum—it’s that time of year again for digging out the tried-but-tired recipes for your grandmother’s mushy potato-and-egg salad, the wilted iceberg lettuce and quartered-tomato swimming in bottled creamy Italian dressing, the soggy scoop of cafeteria coleslaw, or the store-bought macaroni-and mayo sludge. But maybe not this year. Whether served as a side or as the main event, salads are meant to be crisp, flavorful, and tantalizing, filled with fresh ingredients offering new taste sensations and textures. They shouldn’t taste like cold, soggy leftovers! New England may be famous for its three-bean salad, succotash, coleslaw, and piccalilli, but there’s a world of salad alternatives out there we all need to explore and savor.

A symphony in a bowl

A real salad should be a taste adventure, with a contrast of colors, textures, and flavors. Salads should always be served


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freshly-made and chilled. Who wants to eat a limp salad that sat in the trunk of a car for two hours? Opposites are attractive in a salad – complement a crunchy food (like cabbage) with a creamy food (like avocado), a spicy food (like radish) with a bland food (like noodles). But all those colors, textures, and flavors need to work in harmony, so consider how each ingredient “plays well with others.” Beans are creamy and chewy, while black olives are a bit salty and chewy. Sliced red peppers, fresh snow peas, and carrots are cool and crunchy. Radishes, onions, and garlic have a pungent bite. Cherry or grape

tomatoes won’t soggy-up a salad as much as sliced, seedy whole tomatoes will.

Tools of the trade

As with any kind of cooking, you can waste a lot of money buying gadgets you’ll either never use or rarely need (think: grapefruit spoons). But there are some very basic tools you need if you’re serious about making topnotch salads. You’ll need a few sharp knives of various sizes, a colander, a non-wood cutting board, and – the best salad tool evah – a simple mandoline slicer (not to be confused with the musical instrument). Buy the hand-held version, especially if it includes grater-holes for shredding. A mandoline will thin-slice hard round veggies uniformly in seconds, compared to you trying to do it with a knife. Cucumbers, carrots, radishes, zucchini, onions – paper-thin slices in seconds! Another great gadget (if you can find it) is a simple vegetable peeler with a “frencher” attachment at the end for julienning fresh string beans. And if you like to add fruit to your salads, find a melon-baller. Continued ON PAGE 20

Lovely lettuce Lettuce, unfortunately, seems to be the default vegetable in most American salads, and most people blindly reach for a head of iceberg. But while iceberg lettuce may be crunchy, it has virtually no flavor, compared to the many other leafy greens you could use in a salad. For instance, Bibb lettuce has a buttery flavor; arugula and watercress have a peppery flavor; and escarole and spinach have a slightly bitter tang to them. Romaine lettuce will hold its shape and crunchiness longer that red- or green-leaf lettuces. And remember – the darker the green, the higher the nutritional punch. If you want to use a lettuce base in your salad, make sure that it’s thoroughly chilled – there’s nothing less appetizing than limp salad greens. And the lettuce should be hand-shredded, not chopped with a knife, to prevent wilting and “rusting” along the edges.

Non-dairy feta! Trust me – I am not a big fan of tofu (which is made from soybeans), but this recipe convinced me that it can be used to create amazingly tasty and healthier facsimiles for dairy-based cheeses (like “ricotta” for lasagna, or “feta” for Greek salads). Rumor has it that if you freeze the drained-and-pressed block of firm tofu overnight, the end result will be more crumbly, but that’s up to you. Drain a 10 oz. block of firm tofu. Wrap it in a dish towel, and press out the remaining liquid by placing it on a plate and weighing it down with a heavy pot for 30 minutes. Flip it over (change the towel if necessary) and press it down for another 30 minutes. Slice and cube the tofu block into small pieces. In a covered container, mix ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ cup water, ½ cup apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon oregano. Add the tofu pieces and refrigerate at least overnight – it’ll taste even better after 2-3 days. Drain thoroughly before serving. Voila! Guilt-free feta!

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Perk up your salad

As salads are served cold and “raw,” it’s important that you don’t smother the subtle interplay of flavors with creamy bottled dressings or (God forbid!) mayonnaise [see sidebar]. A light touch of an acid/ vinegar-based dressing will not only add a tangy-ness to the mix, but the acidity will also help kill stray bacteria and aid in digestion. A bit of added oil, whether olive or sesame, will help lubricate the ingredients, make them easier to toss, and give them the “umami” taste-sensation of “I feel full.”

Asian-style salads Wine or cider-based vinegars are not the only acidic ingredients you can use to make a piquant salad dressing, nor is olive oil the only oil you can use. If you like Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese cuisine, make a cold noodle and vegetable salad topped with one of these dressings!

Thai Salad Dressing


Blend or whisk all of the ingredients, then toss them with cooked and chilled Asian glass noodles, some shredded cucumbers and carrots, fresh cilantro and coarsely chopped peanuts. Aroi mak mak! n 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter n 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce/tamari n 2 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar n 1 teaspoon sesame oil n 1 tablespoon honey n 2 teaspoons lime juice n 1 minced garlic clove n ½ teaspoon red pepper powder

If you’re looking for an alternative to coleslaw, try this refreshing Japanese salad – it makes a crunchy garnish on a green salad, too. You can find daikon (large white Japanese horseradish) at any large grocery store. Try Market Basket. Double the recipe as needed.

Japanese Salad Dressing Toss some cooked and chilled soba noodles with edamame beans, shredded red cabbage, and julienned carrots and scallions, then top with the whisked dressing below! Oishii! n 3 tablespoons tamari/soy sauce n 3 tablespoons lime juice or rice vinegar n 2 ½ tablespoons sesame oil n 1 tablespoon honey n 1 minced garlic clove n 1-2 teaspoons tahini n ½ teaspoon ginger paste n ½ teaspoon sriracha sauce


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1 - 4" piece of daikon, peeled n 1 - 2" piece of large carrot, peeled n 1 - 2" piece of English cucumber, unpeeled (optional) n 1 tablespoon salt n 1 ½ tablespoons sugar n 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar n 1 tablespoon water n

1 tablespoon lemon zest


Slice the daikon and carrot on a mandoline into thin slices, then stack the slices and cut into ⅛" julienned strips. Sprinkle with salt, toss and set aside for a few minutes. Whisk together the sugar, rice vinegar and water. Rinse the daikon and carrot, drain, then squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Toss with the dressing and lemon zest. Chill before serving.

Salad shortcuts

If you’re in a hurry, your bowl of salad may need no dressing if you just add pre-marinated or pre-pickled vegetables. Many hot peppers are already pickled in a jar – jalapenos, pepperoncini, pimentos. Jarred caponata (eggplant), marinated artichoke hearts, a peppery salsa, or “giardiniera” filled with pickled carrots, cauliflower, and onions can liven up a plain green salad. Or you can marinate some of your own fresh veggies overnight in some oil, vinegar, and herbs, like green beans, thin asparagus, fiddleheads (they’re only in season in May!), sliced white mushrooms, or pitted olives. Drain, toss, and serve!

Forget the elbows

Macaroni salad, next to cream of wheat, has got to be one of the most boring and tasteless dishes ever invented. But “noodles” can actually be an interesting base to a cold salad! Try using cooked and chilled Asian bean-thread (aka cellophane or glass) noodles, Japanese soba noodles (made with buckwheat), or Japanese shirataki noodles (made from yams) – they’re filling, chewy, and much more healthful than white-flour pasta noodles. Plus, they’re low-calorie, high-fiber, and cholesterol- and gluten-free! Or buy yourself a “spiralizer” and make your own vegetable-based noodles with zucchini or squash! Just like the Asian noodles, these veggie noodles will absorb the flavor of your acid/oil-based dressing and herbs, and will fill you up with healthy fiber.

Protein power

Many people avoid eating salads, calling them “compost-in-a-bowl” or “rabbit food” that leaves them feeling hungry and

deprived. Adding some protein foods to a salad will not only satisfy your taste buds, but will also add a nutritional boost. But not all protein foods are meat- or dairy-based, like sliced grilled chicken, crumbled bacon, or shredded cheese. (Think of all the fats, cholesterol, and sodium in all of the above!) For instance, beans and rice eaten together form a complete protein, as does the increasingly popular grain quinoa, and anything made from tofu (which is derived from soybeans). And, if you’re watching your weight or your cholesterol levels, these plant-based protein alternatives offer the added benefit of being high in fiber, cholesterol-free, and packed with vitamins. Legumes include all beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts, including black beans, edamame (soybeans), snow peas, kidney beans, fava, and snap peas. “Grains” includes everything from whole-grain corn, brown rice, barley, wheat, oats, to buckwheat and bulgur. So when you eat a Mexican salad made with beans and corn, you’re eating a complete protein. When you eat an Asian salad that includes snow peas, bean sprouts, or peanuts along with soba (buckwheat) noodles or rice, you’re eating a complete protein. So, next time you make a salad, add some chickpeas, cannellini, or some red beans – or some vegan feta cheese [see sidebar]. Unsalted nuts add a meaty crunchiness, as well as protein – try walnuts, pecans, peanuts, or sliced almonds. Or add some fresh seafood! As long as it’s properly cooked and sustainably-sourced, adding seafood as an optional protein can turn a side-dish salad into the main event. Grilled swordfish kabobs, canned anchovies, slices of seared tuna, sautéed shrimp, or slices of pickled herring can turn a simple salad into an elegant entrée.

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For a touch of juicy sweetness to complement dark salad greens, try adding sliced strawberries, mandarin orange sections, blueberries, melons, peaches, or even grilled pineapple! Slices of crispy apple or creamy avocado are good, too – just make sure to squirt them with a bit of lemon juice after you slice them, to prevent browning. So decide on your menu’s flavor theme and set up your own salad bar the next time you entertain!

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Andrew Bettencourt: “Before you spread a mountain of mulch around, make sure you know what you’re getting.”

Mulch ado

about landscapes By Michael J. Vieira

This is the time of year for a dirty job: getting your gardens and landscape under control before it’s too late. If you wait too long, then you have to deal with weeds and need to worry about watering once the heat sets in. Andrew G. Bettencourt stressed that the best time to mulch and to get lawns established is between now and June – before the weather heats up. “The big thing is to do it right,” he said. Less than three inches of mulch is really just decoration. You want to provide three inches for weed control and to retain moisture. According to Susan Patterson, a master gardener who’s been published in Gardening Know How, all gardens – flower or vegetable – benefit from mulch. “Mulches break down over time and contribute to soil health,” she said. “This can


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be helpful, especially if your soil fertility is poor.” She also pointed out that mulch reduces winter injury, helps with weed control, protects gardens from erosion and mechanical injury, and some types even help repel ticks, gnats, and fleas. For more information, visit

All natural

Although Bettencourt does not do landscaping like his father Alfred G. and brother before him, he has trucked, hauled, and sold landscaping material. Their company, A.G. Bettencourt began around 1958 and originally also engaged in construction and other projects.

Since the 1970s, the focus has been on providing all-natural landscaping materials to the South Coast. It continues to operate at 821 Main Road in Westport across from Town Hall. “We carry four different mulches,” he explained, listing dark and light pine, pure cedar and hemlock, as well as two grades of pine wood chips for playgrounds and larger areas. “We don’t carry any of the dyed mulch,” Bettencourt said. So a trip to the Bettencourt mulch piles will yield aromatic pieces of soft woods. You’ll find no recycled pallets or hard woods dyed red or black. Just natural materials to keep your plants moist and warm.

“A lot of people think that mulch is mulch and dirt is dirt,” he suggested, “There’s a lot of junk out there – especially the dyed stuff.” Although he admits that “anything can be mulch,” as they say, buyers must beware. I can pay to visit somebody with a lot of experience. Patterson pointed out that there are basically two types of mulch: organic or natural mulches like wood chips, straw grass clippings, and leaves; and inorganic or synthetic mulches, which would include pebbles, crushed rock, plastic or rubber mats, or chips. It wasn’t that long ago that the paper mills and loggers in Maine would produce products that resulted in excess materials that would be turned into mulch. Many of them are gone, and with them the bark and chips. “It’s getting harder,” Bettencourt admitted, but pointed out that because they have been in the business for a long time, they can still get the product. “Experience does count,” he said. In addition to mulch, Bettencourt has screened loam, compost, five different kinds of crushed stones, blue stone dust, and cleaned clam shells. “That’s kind of unique,” he said.

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With so much shoreline in New England, who knew that clam shells could be in demand? Bettencourt recalls some folks from Bangor, Maine who made the trek to Westport to truck back some shells. “They just didn’t have them,” he said, admitting being surprised that a state with so much coastline would have a shell shortage. Others have gone to Connecticut and other areas. Although he will deliver to a circle that encompasses most of the South Coast as far as Portsmouth, Freetown, Fairhaven, and greater Fall River/New Bedford, sometimes it depends on the amount of product needed and the distance it needs to travel. “It’s all workable,” Bettencourt said, but added that since his father retired, he needs to balance time and other issues. For example, customers can always check out the mulch and other materials, but sometimes he’s out on a delivery. Usually, he posts a sign, but it might be wise to call first to ensure that he’s around. “It doesn’t hurt,” he admits. For more information, call 508-636-4009.


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News, views and trends…

from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay

by Elizabeth Morse Read

It’s time for the outdoors again – boating events, food festivals, outdoor arts performances, plus working in your gardens and making plans for the summer ahead.



Talk a walk through the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir! Canoe/kayak launch, fishing, trails. For info, visit

Wander through the daffodils at Parsons Reserve or take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit dnrt. org.

Attleboro The Attleboro Community Theatre will perform “Co-Creator” this month. For dates and more info, call 508-226-8100 or go to Check out the Capron Park Zoo! Sign the kids up for Zoo Classes! Call 774-203-1840 or go to Or stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center – sign the kids up for summer camp! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit

Bristol Take a walk through Blithewold Mansion and Gardens – see all the daffodils during “Gateway to Spring!” Sign the kids up now for summer Camp Sequoia! Call 401-253-2707 or go to Visit Linden Place Mansion, the setting for the movie The Great Gatsby. Sign the kids up now for Summer Arts Camp! For info and reservations, call 401-253-0390 or visit Eat Fresh, Eat Local! Head for the Mount Hope Bristol Winter Farmers Market at Mount Hope Farm on Saturdays 9 to 1. Cash, credit card, SNAP/ EBT, WIC and senior coupons accepted. For more info, go to Find out who’s playing at the Stone Church Coffeehouse at the First Congregational Church. For info or tickets, call 401-253-4813 or 401-253-7288. Check out the 18th-century Home and Hearth Workshops at the Coggeshall Farm Museum! Don’t miss the RI Fiber Festival and Craft Fair on May 19! Visit or call 401-253-9062.


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Scan the night sky (weather permitting) from the UMass Dartmouth Observatory on May 5, starting at 8:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. For more info, call 508-999-8715 or query ahirschfeld@ Enjoy the outdoors at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! Take the little ones to “Nature Discovery” on the third Saturday each month. Sign up children grades 3-8 now for summer coastal ecology and marine biology summer programs! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit Check out the musical events at UMass Dartmouth’s College of Performing and Visual Arts! On May 1, listen to the UMD Wind Ensemble Concert. For details, call 508-999-8568 or go to Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. Rosewood will perform on May 5, Forever Young on June 9. For more info, call 401-241-3793, or visit Save the date! The Allendale Women’s Golf Association will sponsor the Elaine Seguer Ladies Invitational on July 28-29 (rain dates August 4-5), a fundraiser for the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Sponsor a Hole, enter the Duck Derby and enjoy two days of great golfing! Fees include golf cart, breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and prizes. For more information and registration forms, call 508-9928682 or go to

Fairhaven Register now for the annual Father’s Day 10K & 5K Road Races on June 17! For details, go to or call 508-979-4085.

Don’t miss the Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival in early May at Cooke Memorial Park! For dates and info on tours, events and historical sites, go to or call 508-979-4085. Put on your dancing shoes! Head for the First Congregational Church on the third Saturday each month, 7-10 p.m., for social ballroom dancing! Beginners welcome. For reservations and info, call 401-230-3420 or go to Go for a free “Sunday Stroll” on May 6 through the New Boston Trail, sponsored by Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to savebuzzardsbay/discover/events. If you’re interested in the history of Japan-America ties, visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, where it all began. Go to or call 508-995-1219 for details. Mark your calendars! The new Huttleston Marketplace will be set up on the lawn of Fairhaven HS every Saturday 10-4 from Father’s Day weekend through Labor Day! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers will be selling their wares. For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to

Fall River The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup – there’s John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band May 5, Donna the Buffalo May 12, Slaid Cleaves May 6, Eric Lindell May 19, Jesse Colin Young May 26, Betty LaVette June 6, Reckless Kelly June 13 – and much, much more! Plan ahead for Jonathan Edwards & the Pousette Dart Band at the Westport Rivers Vineyard on July 17! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum! (508678-1000 ext. 101 or or explore the murky depths at the DIVE! exhibit at the Maritime Museum (508-674-3533 or battleshipcove. org/maritime-museum).

Check out the “Fall River Portraits” exhibit of UMass Dartmouth and Diman Regional High School student photography on display at the Staircase Galleries at Fall River’s Government Center through May. Get in shape with low-impact Plio-Barre classes at the Fall River Library on Thursday evenings – bring your yoga mat! For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page, call 508-324-2100 or visit Enjoy the weather! Explore nature trails or historic landmarks, join a walking group – learn more at or call 508-324-2405. 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 Check out what’s playing at the Little Theatre of Fall River! Don’t miss “Ragtime” May 10-13! For more info, go to or call 508-675-1852. Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-672-0033. Don’t miss the Fall River Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “The Heavens” on May 20 at the Jackson Arts Center at Bristol Community College! For info and tickets, call 508-678-2241 or go to

Marion Celebrate ArtWeek at the Marion Art Center! New Orleans Jazz on April 27, Dixie Diehard Jazz on April 28, Soundscapes May 6, theatre workshops April 29-May 3, Acrylic Painting May 2, Dyeingto-Wear-It May 3, Smartphone Photography and Flower Arranging on May 5, children’s activities – and more! For more info, call 508-748-1266 or go to Go for a free “Sunday Stroll” on June 3 through the White Eagle Parcel, sponsored by Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to savebuzzardsbay/discover/events. Plan ahead for the Tri-County Symphonic Band’s 16th Annual Pops Concert “The British Invasion” on June 10 under the tent at Tabor Academy. For info and tickets, go to

Mattapoisett Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the farmers market at Old Rochester Regional on the 2nd and fourth Saturday each month. For hours and 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

Take the family on a free evening walk “Frogs in the Bogs” on May 25, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For info and directions, go to

Middleboro Take the kids to the Soule Homestead! For details, call 508-947-6744 or go to Plan ahead – Nemasket River Productions will present Romeo & Juliet in July. For dates and more info, go to or call 1-866-244-0448.

Middletown Head for the Middletown/Aquidneck Growers Market at Newport Vineyards & Winery on Saturdays 9-12:30. Cash, credit card, SNAP/EBT, WIC and senior coupons accepted. For more info, go to Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary! Check out the after-school programs. For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to

New Bedford Get ready for the 12th Annual Taste of SouthCoast on Pier 3 on May 20! Great food, music, kid events. For more info, go to or The Greater New Bedford Choral Society will perform American songs on May 19! For the location and more info, call 401-869-9009 or visit Enjoy fresh local foods year-round! Visit New Bedford’s Indoor Farmers Market at the Times Square Atrium every other Thursday 3:00-6:30 through June! Credit, debit and SNAP accepted; free parking at the Elm Street Garage with validation. For dates and more info, call 508-8174166 or go to Don’t miss the free downtown festival “Viva Portugal!” on May 5! For more info, call 508-9942900 or go to Enjoy the weather at Buttonwood Park! Don’t miss “Red, White and Brew at the Zoo” on May 18! Take the kids to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the new “Rainforest, Rivers and Reefs” exhibits! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit It’s all happening at the Z! Don’t miss the free festa “Viva Portugal!” May 5, Dori Rubbicco May 10, Gloria Steinem May 19, “Curious George” May 20, NBSO Pardon My French May 26, “Through a Portagee Gate” May 31, “Almost Sunrise” (free) June 1, NB Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty” June 9 – and special weekly school-time performances! For info and tickets, call 508-994-2900 or go to

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Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Whitfield-Manjiro House 11 Cherry St. Tickets (limited number) are $20 for adult, $10 for child under 12. Sponsored by the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society. For resevations, call 508-995-1219 or email

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Mark your calendars for Your Theatre’s production of “Gods Of Carnage” May 10-13, 17-20. For a schedule, call 508-993-0772 or go to yourtheatre. org. Listen to the Sine Nomine choral ensemble’s performance of “Shapenote to Lauridsen” on May 11 at St. Lawrence Martyr Church. For tickets and info, call 508-748-2178 or go to Take a stroll through the urban greenspace of the Allen G. Haskell Public Gardens! To learn more, call 508-636-4693 or go to

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Learn about American military history at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman and the museum! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit Explore the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House! Learn about the Special Houses of Fairhaven on May 2! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to Stroll through the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! Plan ahead for the special tour “Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad” June 16 to September 30! For more info, go to Visit the Whaling Museum and the Seamen’s Bethel! Check out the 30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend May 4-6 and the Nautical Antiques Show May 4! For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046.

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If you’re a fan of Americana and roots music, check out “Music in the Gallery” at the Wamsutta Club – Pat Donahue will perform on May 4, John Gorka on June 1. For tickets or info, go to brownpapertickets. com/events or contact Plan ahead for a performance of “Pardon My French” on May 26 by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra at the Zeiterion! For info and tickets, visit Get your tickets early for “West Side Story,” performed by the New Bedford Festival Theatre July 20-29 at the Zeiterion! For tickets and info, call 508-994-2900 or go to Start making your summer festival plans now! The Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will return on July 21 at Fort Taber! For info and tickets, go to


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The Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford will be having its 19th Annual Pet Fest and Walk for Animals on May 6th, at Buttonwood Park (next to Lawler Library, 745 Rockdale Ave) in New Bedford from 10 to 3 p.m., rain or shine. For more information visit

Newport Plan to show up hungry at the “Great Chowder Cook-Off” at Fort Adams State Park in Newport on June 2! For more info, go to Don’t miss the Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival on May 19-20! For more info, go to bowenswharf. com/events. Get ready for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport events May 8-20! For complete details, call 401-8461983 or go to Plan to show up hungry at the “Great Chowder Cook-Off” at Fort Adams State Park on June 2! For more info, go to Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! The Edwards Twins will perform May 7-8, “Exit Laughing” will be performed through May 12, and “Remember Me?” will be performed May 17 to July 1. For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to Stroll through Ballard Park! For more info, call 401619-3377 or go to Check out what’s going on around Newport, go to,,, or

Plymouth Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! There’s the Duke Robillard Band May 4, The Stompers May 5, Full Moon Fever May 11, Ray Wylie Hubbard May 12 – with jazz and blues jam sessions on Wednesdays! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit Eat Fresh! Eat Local! Head for the winter farmers market at Plimouth Plantation on the second Thursday each month. For hours and more info, go to Enjoy the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Spring Pops Concert “Broadway, Our Way” on May 19 at Memorial Hall! For tickets and info, call 508746-8008 or visit

Portsmouth Get back to your musical roots at Common Fence Music! Don’t miss Jerry Foucault & Kris Delmhorst May 5, The Sea The Sea May 18. For a schedule and more info, call 401-683-5085 or go to

Enjoy wine tastings and live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Greenvale Vineyards starting this month! For details, call 401-847-3777 or go to

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Check out the Newport Car Museum! Sixty-plus vintage cars and driving simulators! For more info, call 401-848-2277 or visit

Providence Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center and The VETS! Don’t miss Michael McDonald May 6, Jackson Browne May 9, “Menopause: The Musical” May 10, William Shatner May 12, “Something Rotten” May 15-20 – and more! For details, call 401-421-2787 or go to and Rhode Island College’s Performing Arts Series presents talented musicians, actors, dancers and artists for all to enjoy! Don’t miss the RIC Opera Workshop on May 6! For a complete schedule of events, go to or call 401-456-8144. Don’t miss “Fairy Garden Days” at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center! For more info, go to Head for the Farmers & Artisans Market every Sunday at the Arcade in downtown Providence (free parking!). For more info, go to


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Continued FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Spend an afternoon in the galleries at the RISD Museum! And check out the courses, workshops and “tours for tots!” For details, visit risdmuseum. org or call 401-454-6500. Enjoy the theatre season of The Wilbury Group in Providence. Don’t miss “The Pirates of Penzance” May 17 to June 3. For more info, call 401-400-7100 or visit Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437.

Rehoboth Listen to the Sine Nomine choral ensemble’s performance of “Shapenote to Lauridsen” on May 12 at the Rehoboth Congregational Church. For tickets and info, call 508-748-2178 or go to

Swansea Head for the year-round farmers market at Stony Creek Farm on Sundays. For hours and more info, call 401-465-4832 or go to

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Warren Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre! “Baby with the Bathwater” will be performed through May 27. Call 401-247-4200 or go to


Head for the free and family-friendly “Taunton Creates!” Arts Festival May 12 on the Taunton Green! For more info, visit

Head for the farmers market at the Town Hall Annex on Saturdays. For hours and more info, go to

Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Heal with a Gong Sound Bath, or with Yoga: Mindful Flow & Meditation on Sundays, or with music and movement on JourneyDance on the second Saturday each month, or join in the Contra Dancing on the third Wednesday of each month. Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates or figure drawing. For more info, go to or call 401-241-7349.

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The Buzzards Bay Coalition will be offering new, expanded water programs for kids this summer at the Onset Boathouse – sailing, swimming, kayaking and lessons on coastal ecology. Six weeks of all-day programs will be available through the Gleason YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Wareham Public Schools.

Don’t miss the Garden & Herb Festival on May 23 at Tiverton Four Corners! For details, go to Check out who’s playing at “Live Music at the Bliss” at the Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church! For info, call 401-624-4113 or visit

Wareham Register now for the 2018 Harvest Triathlon on June 9! For more info, go to Stay fit with Yoga with Laura at the Boys and Girls Club in Wareham! For a schedule and more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to

The Sunset Music Series concerts at Westport Rivers Vineyard will begin soon! For dates and info, go to Mark your calendars for the annual family-fun River Day on June 9! For complete details, go to Foodies! Plan ahead for the 7th Annual Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival on June 16-17 at the Westport Fair Grounds! For tickets and info, go to Mark your calendars for Jonathan Edwards & the Pousette Dart Band performing at the Westport Rivers Vineyard on July 17! For more info, visit or call 508-324-1926. Take a leisurely ramble around rural Westport! For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit Explore 18th- and 19th-century life at the Handy House. For more info, visit or call 508-636-6011.

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I’m of the opinion we should all have mentors. And if possible, be one. ex McGraw was one of mine. He was 87 when he died in March, a man who was my first director in my first foray into acting 11 years ago at the Marion Art Center. I’d not done it before, though I’d always wanted to be an actor since I was a kid. I was a bit nervous that night I auditioned for Rex, but felt comfortable in front of him. He must have seen something he liked. He cast me as the lead of the appropriately named “Later Life.” I took that as a sign that I was on the right track. I went on to do and thoroughly enjoy more than a dozen plays at the art center over the next four years, a good deal of them directed by Rex, who would toddle into rehearsals, sit in a chair with a special cushion (he had diabetes and other ailments, and moving around was painful), and outline what we


were doing that night. Which would include glowering at us if we didn’t get it the way he wanted. The guy could be gruff and curmud-

sometimes abrupt ways. They laughed and said he was like that with family, too. Classic bark-worse-than-his-bite kinda guy.

Share what you love with people who share your passion. geonly, and when the rehearsals weren’t going great, particularly in “Hell Week,” those last few days before the show went up, he’d shrug and growl, “I’m not the one that will be up there, you people will!” At his memorial service, I talked to some of his relatives and we spoke about his

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Other actors would sometimes complain about his attitude, some saying it was condescending and it made it hard to work for him. But consider this: Rex, a Korean War veteran, earned a doctorate in theatre arts at the University of Indiana where he established an MFA in directing degree.

He later taught at Ohio State where he was head of acting and directing at its graduate school. In his career, he acted in or directed hundreds of shows. He retired and moved to this area to be with family and to direct fledgling actors like me at the Marion Art Center. Chekhov was his passion. I did two Chekhov shows under his tutelage, one as a fill-in for him as he was too old and infirm to do the role the way he wanted to do it – the way it deserved to be done. That he trusted me to fill his shoes honored me in a way that words cannot capture. So if he got cranky and curmudgeonly at rehearsal, I figured this is a guy who forgot more about acting than I’d ever know. I just shut up and listened. And I always learned. Every. Single. Time. I’ve had some pretty terrific directors, but Rex ranks near or

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Rex directed. I’d sit with him, and talk, remembering, sharing, connecting. He was always curious what I was up to. I was always asking him to go to a show some night in Providence. That never happened. I don’t have many regrets in my life, but that’s one. I’m an older actor now, in the game for 11 years, loving every show, every film, every minute on stage or set. Whatever talent I may have has been and continues to be enhanced by lessons learned from Rex McGraw. I find myself mentoring younger people in filmmaking and theater, almost without realizing it. I take that responsibility very seriously. Maybe that’s the most valuable lesson of all that I learned from the man: share what you love with people who share your passion. I will always remember him for that. And be the better actor for knowing him.

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If you think back, spring always seems to teeter on a razor’s edge. We get those brief spurts of sunlight and warmth that are followed, some...

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If you think back, spring always seems to teeter on a razor’s edge. We get those brief spurts of sunlight and warmth that are followed, some...