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Have you gotten the smell of mothballs out of your sweaters yet? Kept blisters from forming on your hands after raking the leaves? Sighed all you’re able to sigh at the thought of spending another Thanksgiving with that member of the family? While fall is well underway and we’re faced with a wave of new chores and other stressors, there’s a lot to look forward to in November. So breathe in that crisp air. Have a ball decorating your home. And as you enjoy eating with your family, keep conversation light.

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There’s two kinds of people: the ones who complain that Christmas starts too soon every year, and the ones singing Jingle Bells in July. Whichever one you are, you’ll be getting into the sprit soon enough. If you’re looking for some new things to do or need a reminder about the true meaning of the season, you’ll want to follow Mike Vieira’s tips on page 6. Speaking of things to do, Dan Logan shares a few idiosyncratic events on page 10. Did you know Fall River hosts an annual canary show? Have you ever thought of chasing after one of those turkeys gobbling on the side of the highway? You’re going to have to read it to believe it. The smell of a fresh Christmas tree can put anyone in the holiday spirit. This year, consider skipping the gas station parking lot and taking the family to a real tree farm. Greg Jones makes his suggestions on page 19. And if you want you tree to last, there’s some advice there for you too. But why get ahead of ourselves? There’s still Thanksgiving! Even if everyone gets along, there’s still going to be a fight: the battle of the bulge. While there’s no way to overeat and be completely healthy, you can make a bunch of substitutions that can actually make for a tastier, locally-sourced, and authentic dinner! Liz Read has your field manual on page 20. The next few weeks are going to fly by, and the trees won’t be beautiful for much longer. So get your fill and savor it all!

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10 ways to take the humbug out of your holidays

Don’t miss La Salette’s Christmas Fesitval of Lights.

By Michael J. Vieira

Holidays getting you down? You’re not the only one. Many people get the holiday blues when dealing with the stress and emotions of the season – and some even get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of clinical depression. What can you do to get back into the spirit of the season? Here are ten things that might help.


Many people begin decorating on Thanksgiving, while stores deck the halls in October. The second No matter what you celebrate, it’s sunday of Advent seems like a good time to me. This important to prepare. Although some year, Advent starts on sunday, November 27 and folks like to do their Christmas ends on December 24. The 12 days of Christmas shopping during the summer, others start after that – not before. save it for the week before (I like What’s Advent? In many western churches, the December 23). Whatever your tradition, by the time Advent season has been celebrated at least since you finish your turkey, you might want to start about 480 A.D., and maybe even longer. You can thinking about the holidays. make or buy an Advent calendar to countdown the days – or set up an Advent wreath and light a candle each Sunday. Some folks use this time to get ready spiritually with fasting and prayer, but others just open a little door on an Advent calendar each day until Christmas arrives. Usually, there’s a picture, but sometimes a candy or treat. This year, Hanukkah starts on December 24 and ends on January 1. The Festival of Lights falls pretty perfectly into the Christmas season this year, which is kind of nice, I think. You can light the menorah, exchange gifts, eat special foods, and play with a dreidel. Kwanzaa begins December 26 and also ends on January 1. This celebration of African heritage is fairly new – dating back to the 1960s – but it’s a good way to focus on family and tradition. No matter what you celebrate (even Festivus) Color and art come to New Bedford’s listen to your inner Boy Scout and be prepared. You This magnificent County Street thanks home will be Seaport on the tour waterfront to the Art Walk. won’t regret it. this year. Photo: New Bedford Preservation Society.



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Look for lights


A good way to get in the spirit is to find some lights and bask in the glow. Sure, you can deck your own halls (and now, the new LED lights won’t break the bank) but you can also enjoy the twinkling bulbs that someone else is paying for. The La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights features 300,000 lights illuminating more than 10 acres from 5 to 9 p.m. This year’s theme is “Make It Known” and opens on November 24. The lights go out on New Year’s Day. If you haven’t been, it’s worth the trip. There are also concerts by Father Pat (Rev. Andre Patenaude) and others, plus a display of nativity scenes from around the world. Edaville Railroad in Carver is another tradition for many. They boast more than 17 million lights and special events like a Santa VIP train and “Edavelle Express: Where’s Santa?” To get on track with this site, you will need to pay a ticket. But in addition to the lights, you get to see Thomas the Tank Engine and ride the rails. Visit for more information. Looking for a free display? Take a ride through the towns and cities of the South Coast. May parks and commons, homes, and churches set up nice displays – including some that are set to music.

Find a kid


This year, our first grandchild will be about a year and a half old. That’s a good age to see the magic of the holidays, and we’ll get to enjoy it through a youngster’s eyes. Not only should it be fun, but it also will remind us that the season isn’t so much about decorations or presents, but about finding that joy. Don’t have a grandchild or young kid? Volunteer to babysit for a friend or co-worker. They will appreciate the time alone to go shopping or catch up on chores. And you get to play. You can also volunteer at a school function or in a residential facility. Consider helping with a field trip or holiday party. It’s true when they say that Christmas is for children. Help make a kid’s holiday special – but also considering getting involved during the rest of the years when the kids are often forgotten.

Check out trees


You don’t have to buy a tree at a Christmas tree farm to enjoy the smell and to take a stroll in the fields, but you probably should. Many of them also sell wreaths and arrangements, serve hot chocolate and other goodies, and provide special events. Pleasant Street Christmas Tree Farm in Rehoboth opens on November 25, as does Pine Crest Tree Farm in Westport. Enjoy a nice ride in the country to find them. There are lots of choices in nearby Rhode Island. Head to Little Compton to visit Boughs & Berry Farm, Brown’s Wood, and Maciel’s, or to Tiverton for Clark’s Christmas Tree Farm, Pachet Brook, and Faye’s Trees. And that’s just a start. Do a quick Internet search for local Christmas tree farms and you’ll be on your way to a great afternoon stroll in the fields. Don’t want to walk the woods? There are also lots of other places to buy a pre-cut tree. Just don’t rush into putting it up. They need to stay fresh to be safe.

Sing along


This is a free and easy way to get into the holiday spirit. Dig out the old LPs, CDs, or cassettes and sing along. One of my favorites is “We need a little Christmas,” because, especially this year, we do. Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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Local radio stations also start playing music early (although many stop playing the songs after Christmas Day when they should rock on to the Epiphany). Go to the Internet and you can find free music sites, YouTube videos, and more soundtracks not only for Christmas but also for Hanukkah. If you have cable, the holiday channel will fill your house with song. Then sing! It’s a good way to relieve holiday stress and to put yourself in the mood. If you have a lousy voice, sing when nobody’s around. The car is a good place to blast the tunes and harmonize like a choir soloist (or a chipmunk).

Make a visita


Back in the day, people made holiday visits. The Portuguese call it a visita and they drag the kids to see the aunts and cousins, friends and family. You can combine the visits with a little caroling and you’ve got twice as much holiday fun! Bring a little wine or food, organize a night where you can stop in to several houses and move the party along with you. No family in the area? Visit a hospital or senior center and spend a little time with somebody who’s lonely. It costs nothing but time. And don’t forget to take advantage of technology. Now, it’s easy and inexpensive to call long distance – or try Skype of another online video chat program. Surprise somebody you haven’t talked to in a long time.



Many communities have special holiday events. Watch for AHA nights and other programs in New Bedford and Fall River. See ahanewbedford. org. Fairhaven always hosts some excellent holiday events, as does Bristol. Check out Blithewold ( and the Fall River Historical Society ( for elaborate decorations and unique gift ideas. On a bright day you can explore the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 34 acres of history spread over 13 blocks, including the Whaling Museum, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House, and the Seamen’s Bethel. Look up more info on You can also take to ride to Boston or Providence and walk the city streets. Enjoy some window shopping or take in a production of A Christmas Carol or other holiday show.



You don’t have to go crazy with lights and glitter to set the mood. Go simple with candles (even the battery-powered kind) and pine branches. Check out sites like Pinterest and other do-it-yourself programs for new ideas. Don’t forget to keep up the old traditions. Put out the kid’s construction paper ornaments or dig out

a family nativity set or menorah. Hang one of your parent’s ornaments on a tree and reflect on simpler times. If you don’t have a tradition, start one. They all begin sometime.

Get crafty


Shop small, owner-operated stores and support local crafters, artists, musicians and other creative folks. This way, you can guarantee a unique gift and know that you are making a difference to a local owner and not contributing to some rich CEO. The Fall River Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair at Durfee High School in Fall River is on December 3 and 4 this year. Watch for church bazaars beginning in November, like the Christmas Craft Fair on November 18 and 19 at the Somerset United Methodist Church. Or just make your own gifts. DIYnetwork. com has lots of unique ideas, as does the Martha Stewart and HGTV sites. Who knows, maybe next year you can set up shop at a local craft fair. Shopping local or making your own gifts is a good way to save money and to show you care.



More often than not, the holidays can be a stressful time. Is the gift just right? Do I have enough food? How do we keep peace in the family? Stop worrying. The best gift you can give yourself (and those around you) is the peace and joy that the holiday season should be about. Watch that Hallmark movie or Christmas special for the 40th time. It’s okay to take time for yourself this season. You deserve a little something special too.


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Birds & brains: Top November events by Dan Logan

In November our calendars begin to fill with the yearly ritual events, but there’s still time to squeeze in something new, something unusual, that we might not have tried before. Try these to expand you local horizons. 36th Annual Canary Show

Canaries make popular pets. Enough so that their fans get together regularly to socialize and share information about the colorful, song-singing birds. Our region is home to the Southeastern Mass Canary Club (, which has been active for many years. In fact, its 36th Annual Canary Show will be held Saturday, November 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Liberal Club at 20 Star St. in Fall River. The SEMCC show brings in fans, breeders, and exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada to show off their birds, compete for bragging rights, sell birds, accessories, and nutritional products, and meet up with friends.


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“This show celebrates the art of breeding and the beauty of the canary, says Daniel Antonio, the 2016 SEMCC show manager. “We are so fortunate to be able to bring in judges from around the world to showcase over 500 canaries, giving spectators a rare glimpse into the different varieties within the canary family.” If you’re intrigued by canaries and want to learn more about them, this is the place to do it. There are many different breeds of canaries. “All of today’s canaries are bred for one of three primary characteristics: color, song type, or body form,” notes Karl Lieberman at The show is open to the public and admission is free. For more information about the 36th Annual

Canary Show contact Dan Antonio at (774)451-1858 or, or Lisa Cabral at (508) 916-1086 or

Bird & wildlife carving exposition

For birds of another sort, namely of the artistic variety, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island will be holding its Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition on November 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 15 talented carvers from all over the Northeast will be showing off and selling their handcarved bird and wildlife works. It’s an opportunity to talk with the artists and watch their demonstrations. For those inclined, finish up with a walk along the path to Narragansett Bay. The exposition will be held at the Audubon


Environmental Education Center at 1401 Hope Street in Bristol. Admission is $5 per person. No registration is required.

Hatch Street Holiday Sale & Open Studios

As New Bedford’s textile industry gradually left the city, more and more of the old mills sat abandoned for years. Eventually they began to be put to use as unadorned artists’ studios. Now the artist community is growing and the massive hundred-year-old mills are being spiffed up. At 88-90 Hatch Street in New Bedford’s north end, part of the historic Nashawena Mill Complex is now Hatch Street Studios. Its Hatch Street Holiday Sale and Open Studios event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 30 artists and designers will be showing their work, which including painting, jewelry, fiber art and clothing design, sculpture, furniture, drawing, antiques restoration, and other specialties. “It’s a good way to see how artists work, as well as to see how these old mills are being put to use today. And the artists’ work will be for sale,” says Sig Haines, a Fairhaven painter who will be showing his work. For more information, visit the web site at or email info@

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As a lead-in to Thanksgiving, the Lloyd Center in Dartmouth will be holding a turkey trot from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 19. Participants will start by creating their own turkey callers, then head out to search out and observe the majestic birds. The wild turkey is obviously a bird dear to the New Englander heart. One has to be pretty jaded to not get a kick out of spotting a rafter of turkeys on the move across a field or in the woods (or crossing one’s driveway, for that matter). Encounter a big enough rafter of turkeys and one is likely to see a line of adult males called toms form up and aim their butts at the intruders in what is apparently a defensive display, and an impressive one at that. Hidden by these big fans of colorful spread feathers, the females and immature birds make their way to safety. Wattles, caruncles, beards, and snoods add up to one not-particularly-attractive bird, and they seem kind of klutzy too. But as goofy as they may seem, turkeys will put up a good defensive battle if one is required, and they’re well-equipped for a fight with a spur on each leg and the ability to deliver a good bite. Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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That said, one is highly unlikely to be going into pitched battle here. Turkeys are more likely to run or fly if necessary than go mano-a-mano with a human being. The turkey trot will start at the lower Bond Building off the parking lot, where Jen Wimmer, the Lloyd Center’ outreach specialist, will lead the quest. The price is $5 for members, $7 for non-members (one ticket free for a family of four). The group will be limited to twenty registrants. Pre-register by 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. Pre-register online at form-event-registration. For more information, call Jen Wimmer at 508-990-0505 ext. 14, or email

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A season of sounds By SEAN McCARTHY

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Whether it’s the symphonic majesty of Handel’s “Messiah,” a rousing chorus of “Jingle Bells,” or the delicate musings of “Silent Night,” no time of year celebrates with music like Christmas. If you have an appreciation for live music, the South Coast offers you a variety of performances for your holiday enjoyment. You may welcome the return of Frosty the Snowman, the Little Drummer Boy, or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, while many welcome the performances of Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

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“Everybody has a personal relationship with Christmas and music expresses their feelings and thoughts,” says Lori McDowell, Director of the Newport Navy Choristers, who will be performing at Fall River’s First Baptist Church on Sunday, December 4. “Whether you’re three years old or 90, you can enjoy this time of year – music is stimulating to the brain, it resonates with everyone. You’re either singing to yourself or singing out loud.”


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Twenty-six songs have been selected for the Choristers’ performance, ranging from classical works by German composer Felix Mendelssohn to modern selections such as “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.” The show will last approximately an hour and a half. The church is located at 228 North Main St. and the concert will begin at 4 p.m. There is an admission fee $12 for general admission and $8 for seniors and children. The Choristers choir is comprised of 37 people, all with some amount of military experience or connection to the armed services. The concert will raise money to benefit The First Step Inn, a selection of houses in the Fall River area that take in the homeless when shelters are full. They are called Homeless Overflow Shelters. The program is two years old. There is a second holiday concert by the Choristers on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Lucy’s Church in Middletown. This show will be raising

money for the Dare To Dream Ranch in Foster, Rhode Island – a program that provides equine therapy for veterans who have been wounded in battle, assisting them both physically and psychologically. “The theme of the Christmas season is ‘Peace on Earth, Good Will To Men,’” McDowell says. “This is what we all wish for. Christmas is pure happiness.”

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If you wish to enjoy your holiday music in a more grandiose environment, St. Anthony’s Church on 1359 Acushnet Blvd. in New Bedford will celebrate Christmas with a performance by the Spirit of Song Ensemble on Sunday, December 18 at 3:30 p.m. The group consists of 80 singers from churches ranging from Boston to Rhode Island and 13 instrumentalists consisting of music teachers from area schools and professional performers. “These performances are a gift of the beauty of the

music to the audience,” says Cassandra Morgano who will be directing the performances. “There’s a sense of camaraderie where people get together to share the spirit of Christmas.” The concert will begin with a performance by 18-year-old Matthew Dion on the church’s 100-yearold pipe organ. The acclaimed performer is a senior at Somerset-Berkley Regional High School. Dion will be followed by a performance by the Occasional Singers, a professional troupe of vocalists comprised of voices selected by Morgano including a nine-piece choir and soloists – Adam Morris, Kirsten Almeida, Jason Robinette, Mary Anne Robinette, and Paul Sardinha. The group will also perform the premier of “Hope,” a work composed by former New Bedford High music teacher Russell Compoli. One of the major facets of the show will be “Jesus! The Advent of the Messiah,” a 35-minute cantata performed by the 80 singers, the Occasional Singers, and the soloists. The concert will conclude with a performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” to be sung by all of the performers and members of the audience. The St. Anthony’s concert is free, although they will accept donations. Any money raised will go to improve the quality of the pipe organ.

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The Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford will continue its history of offering something for everyone during the holiday season. The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will present two performances of “Family Holiday Pops” on Saturday, December 17. The first show at 3:30 p.m. will feature “surprises for the young at heart” while the 7 p.m. show will focus more on the music of the season. Both shows will include appearances by the New Bedford Youth Orchestra. A special feature to the shows will be the return of “Guest Conductor” Dr. David MacKenzie. MacKenzie was the symphony’s conductor from 2006 to 2016. Both concerts will last approximately an hour with no intermission. Tickets range from $13 to $34. Another traditional piece of holiday culture at the Zeiterion will be the two performances of “A Chirstmas Carol” on Saturday, December 10. There will be a show at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. The Nebraska Caravan Theatre group will portray the experiences of Ebenezer Scrooge with moments both humorous and touching. This classic story reminds all that the holiday season should be a time of kindness, forgiveness and charity.” Tickets for both shows range from $25 to $55. Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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For a concert that infuses the Christian holiday with the perspectives of older cultures, the Zeiterion presents “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn,” on Thursday, December 15. The show is in its fourteenth year of performing on stage. The performance is based on the radio show hosted by Brian O’Donovan that has been broadcast on WGBH-FM for 29 years. The event incorporates Celtic and Pagan cultural celebrations with Christian traditions through music, songs, and dance, culminating in a fashion that unites these worlds on the stage. The show begins at 7:30 and tickets range from $25 to $55. For an experience of unabashed frolic, the Zeiterion welcomes the Band of MerryMakers to put music fans in the mood for the holiday season. On Sunday, December 4, the quartet features recognizable performers such as Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Lisa Loeb, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, and Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra. The group will perform both holiday favorites and some of their own songs. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $29 to $49. To purchase tickets to any Zeiterion event, call (508) 994-2900, or visit the box office located at 684 Purchase St.

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If the classical sounds of Beethoven and Mendelssohn are of your preference then you have a choice of two chamber music events this season. The South Coast Chamber Music Society will be playing two area concerts – Saturday, December 5 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Marion, and Saturday, December 6 at St. Peter’s Church in Dartmouth. St. Gabriel’s is located at 124 Front St. and St. Peter’s is at 351 Elm St. Both performances begin at 4 p.m. Both concerts will include three pieces. It will begin with works by Hindemith, Hanson, and Risky-Korsakov, followed by Beethoven’s “String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3.” The concluding selection is

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“Piano Quartet #2” by Mendelssohn. The ensemble includes a pianist and three strings. “Performing these pieces in smaller venues such as these creates a sound that is very active and fills up the room,” says Janice Weber, Artistic Director of the organization. “Chamber music is smaller than a symphony but larger than a soloist. In this setting you will hear both the ensemble and some players taking solos.” The concerts, dubbed “Whirlwind,” will also feature prominent performances by oboe player Donna Marie Cobert. This will be the 20th year since the organization began performing concerts.

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Another opportunity for those who enjoy holiday music featuring a chorus can take in the sounds of the Greater Tiverton County Chorus. The group of 65 voices, combined with a 14 piece orchestra, will perform at St. John the Baptist in Westport on Friday, December 9, and at St. Theresa’s in Tiverton on Sunday, December 11. Each ticket is $15. St. John the Baptist is located at 945 Main Rd. and St. Theresa is located at 265 Stafford Rd. The show will feature music composed solely by American artists – “Hodie” by John Leavitt, and “An American Christmas” by Z. Randall Stroope. Each work will contain five movements, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. “Hodie” is Latin for “Today,” referencing the notion that “Today Jesus Christ is born.” Much of the singing in those pieces will be in English. If you’re looking for something that isn’t entirely holiday music, the Southcoast Jazz Orchestra will be performing on every Monday evening in December at Gilda’s Stone Rooster in Marion. The big band will be playing traditional swing jazz classics, interspersed with popular holiday tunes. The music will begin at 8:00p.m. each night. Gilda’s Stone Rooster is located at 27 Wareham Rd. Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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Christmas tree-mendous! by Greg Jones

Many a memory of Christmases past has the Christmas tree in a leading (if not starring) role. All those memories begin with getting the tree. No matter how good, how sparkly, or how imaginative, an artificial tree is just that: artificial. There’s nothing that can compare to a real tree, with the smell of the pine and the beautiful asymmetry of the genuine item. O Christmas tree

The drama begins with finding and selecting the tree itself. It’s a perfect activity for you and the young ones. If you go to a Christmas tree lot, all the trees will be cut and stacked, usually sorted by length, variety, and price. But if you want to make it a really memorable expedition, take the kids out to a Christmas tree farm where you can pick out the perfect tree. Cut it down yourself or have the folks at the tree farm do it for you, and you’re ready to go. When you get home with your new tree, trim off some of the lower branches to make room for the stand and you will likely have enough branches for door decorations or a small wreath. Another option is to get a potted tree, complete with a root ball and container. Stand it up in the corner, decorate it, and after Christmas remove the decorations on your living tree. Put it in a cool, dark place like a garage until spring, or you can plant it outside immediately. It will need to be treated with a good layer of mulch if you put it in the ground, but you will have a living tree to remember the holiday. If you have a large lot, you could end up with a row of pine trees, each one a year older (and bigger) than its neighbor.

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Jean Helger Bento owns Pachet Brook Tree Farm, located in Tiverton at 4484 Main Road. She planted the first Christmas trees “almost 35 years ago,” said her husband, Jay Bento. If your family decides to use a live tree for Christmas, it won’t be as big as


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a cut tree. “They’ll be about three feet tall, which will be about five feet tall with the pot,” said Jay, “and they’re heavy, because of the root ball and the dirt.” The root ball on a tree from Pachet Brook Tree Farm is larger than the root ball of a comparably sized tree bought at a nursery, Jay noted. “Nurseries root prune,” he said,” to keep the root system small. We don’t do that, so our root systems are pretty heavy.” That does make the tree tolerate the transplanting better, so your Christmas tree will see many more Christmases in your yard. “We dig them to order,” said Jay, “you choose, we dig. We have pretty much the same trees for transplanting as for cutting.” You can start your search for the perfect tree on Veterans’ Day, November 11, which is opening day, so to speak, of Pachet Brook Tree Farm’s Christmas tree season. The easiest way to survey the trees available is probably to get aboard the free hayride, which will take you past all the trees available. Pick the tree you like, tag it with your name, and your $10 deposit will hold the tree for you until you are ready to take it home. When you’re ready to pick up your special tree, “We will cut your tree any time,” said Jay, although he did say they prefer for people to wait until after Thanksgiving. There’s a practical reason for that: cut Christmas trees have a finite life, even with proper care and watering. You want your tree to be as beautiful on Christmas morning as it was the day you selected it. And how long is that? It’s difficult to say precisely, because there are so many variables, with room temperature and relative humidity high on the list, but the general rule is that, “the longer the needle, the longer they last,” said Jay. The workers at Pachet Brook will cut and trim your tree, bale it with netting to hold the branches in, and put it on the roof of your car for you, while you wait.

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Be prepared to spend something in neighborhood of fifty to sixty dollars “for a very nice tree,” said Jay, with prices starting at $35 to $40 and up to $100 for a cut tree. “A ‘dug tree’, with a container, will be $75-$100, which will get you a tree that is

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No matter how many flatbed trucks full of Christmas trees you see making deliveries to parking lots around town, there’s nothing to compare with a fresh tree, selected by your family and cut the day you take it home. In addition to the stress of travel, cut Christmas trees begin to dry out from the moment they’re cut. Between four and six hours after a tree is cut down, the sap at the base dries out and the tree will not be able to take up water. When you get your parking lot tree home, trim the base with a straight cut about half an inch thick. Measure the diameter of the tree at this cut, and put it in a stand that holds a quart of water for every inch of diameter: if your tree is five inches across, use a five-quart tree stand. Water it daily, because your tree will take up a lot of water. A thirsty tree will easily drink a gallon of water the first day, and a quart or more every day thereafter. Keep an eye on the water level in the tree strand, because if the cut base dries out, it will not take in water and your tree will slowly die of thirst. The easiest and best way to select your family’s tree is by finding your very own living tree. Once that tree is cut and on your vehicle, it will be standing in your living room within hours, thus eliminating worries about dried-out trees. A good tree stand is very important, and the good folks at Clarks’ Christmas Tree Farm, at 4191

Main Road in Tiverton stock a wide variety of stands. Those in the know usually select a “Stand Strait” stand, with a two-gallon water reservoir. The staff at Clarks will drill your tree to fit this stand at no charge. Clarks can be thought of as a one-stop Christmas supply house. In addition to trees, they have locally-made gifts, wreaths, candles, honey, maple syrup, fresh eggs, and ornaments for the tree you just selected. If you’re looking for a specific size or variety of tree, Clarks suggests you call first and they will help with your decision. They stock a wide variety of trees, including Canaan Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Nordmann Fir, and Spruce. When you go out on weekends after November 19, you can tag your tree and it will be ready for you when you return. They are also open the Friday after Thanksgiving. Pre-cut trees will be available after Thanksgiving. Clarks Christmas Tree Farm is just a mile south of Tiverton’s Four Corners on Route 77/Main Road. Give them a call at 401-624-4119 or visit online at

four to five years old. Jean Helger Bento walks through her farm just before “tree season” and does the pricing, with color-coded ribbons on the tree indicating the price. Pachet Brook Tree Farm’s Christmas trees have been blue-ribbon winners at various fairs around New England, a testimony to the care and expertise of the Bentos in raising your tree. Raising Christmas trees is very labor-intensive. “We trim them back every year,” said Jay. “During the course of a year we touch every tree five to eight times, planting, fertilizing, liming, trimming…

we don’t just stick ‘em in the ground and cut them down a few years later.” Since the selection of a tree is a family decision, often with deciding votes from the children, shopping for a tree can be a holiday event. The tree is the focal point, but an afternoon can be enjoyably spent at Pachet Brook Tree Farm touring the farm on the hayride and sampling the cookies and festive drinks at the refreshment center. Pachet Brook Tree Farm is located at 4484 Main Road, Tiverton , RI. Call 401-624-4872 or visit

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From soup to nuts: How to have a very healthy Thanksgiving BY Elizabeth Morse Read

For those of us fighting the Battle of the Bulge, the holiday season is a minefield of temptations to fall off the fitness wagon. All those gooey desserts, creamy sauces, buttery rolls, salty snacks, juicy roasts, and endless toasts – how can you resist? “Betcha can’t eat just one!”

The good news is that you don’t have to martyr yourself by turning down all holiday invitations or by becoming a vegetarian. It’s all about eating in moderation and making smart choices. There’s nothing wrong with eating just one shortbread cookie, nibbling on just one cocktail shrimp, or having just one spoonful of your mother-in-law’s killer turkey stuffing. It’s the mindless consumption of everything and anything put in front of you that’s unhealthy. Thanksgiving dinner is not the prelude to the football game on TV. Holiday season get-togethers are not intended to be Coney Island “all-you-can-eat” contests or frat-house keg parties. They’re meant to be celebratory gatherings of family and friends – the real main event – with communal food in the background, like at a graduation cook-out, a wedding reception, or an after-game tailgate party.


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How to eat more real food

The iconic “horn of plenty” (cornucopia) of Thanksgiving represents all the native fruits, veggies, squashes, grains, seeds, and nuts typical of the New England harvest – you won’t find any teriyaki chicken tenders, marshmallows, or Doritos spilling out of that horn. Real food does not come in cans, boxes, jars, or sealed plastic bags. Holiday dinners should not taste nor look like school-cafeteria food. Who says you have to serve fifteen different holiday dishes? If you can master just five or six simple made-from-scratch recipes, nobody’ll notice that you skipped the lukewarm Green Giant creamed onions, the canned candied yams with marshmallows, or the store-bought mincemeat pie. For instance, if you want to serve pumpkin pie or winter squashes, try mashing up your own steamed pumpkin/squash chunks with a pinch of cinnamon/ allspice and a spoonful of maple syrup. For dark

leafy winter greens (like rainbow chard, kale, collards, rapini, beet greens), try sautéing them in olive oil with a pinch of ground nutmeg (the nutmeg will neutralize the bitter taste). Or else learn how to slowfry and “caramelize” onions, cauliflower/sprouts and root veggies to bring out their natural sweetness – recipes abound in cookbooks and online.

Try new cooking methods!

This holiday season, instead of frantically steaming bags of frozen veggies in the microwave while reheating canned veggies on the stove and baking a mystery vegetable casserole in the oven, try using different cooking methods that bring out the natural flavors and nutrition of seasonal foods. It might make for a longer prep time when you use all fresh produce, but the end results are well worth it. Fruits and vegetables are most nutritious when eaten raw, but you can also marinate them

overnight in a vinaigrette dressing to make coleslaw or “jade-and-coral” slaw of shredded carrots and broccoli. If you insist on having a platter of raw veggies (crudité) before the main event, try to be a bit more creative than limp celery sticks and broccoli florets with Lipton onion-soup dip. Try serving a holiday-themed antipasto – marinated asparagus spears, succotash, homemade pickled vegetables (cukes, green beans, peppers, cauliflower), slices of raw turnip or parsnip, or imported olives. Skip the commercial dip and offer an herb-infused dipping oil, a homemade relish like piccalilli, or else a blend of plain Greek yogurt/vegan sour cream with chopped dill weed and chives. Vegetables poorly prepared are vegetables that have died in vain. Veggies should always be cooked fork-tender (never mushy) – boiling them to death turns them into a tasteless glop with virtually no nutritional value. You want a crunchy “tooth” to them when you take a bite – al dente, like pasta. Steam or simmer prepared veggies until softened, but not soggy. Never, ever boil them to death. Whenever possible, don’t peel the skins off your vegetables – scrub them clean with a brush before you cut them up.

Pass the salt, please

Our bodies need a certain daily amount of sodium (salt) for optimal health and functioning. But fast-foods and commercially-processed foods are overloaded with unnecessary amounts of sodium – and it all adds up quickly. Everybody goes overboard with fancy foods during the holidays, oftentimes serving ready-made or microwaveable food instead of making it from scratch. But if you really care about your health, read the list of the ingredients and additives on those

package labels– then go read your grandmother’s “real food” recipes for carrots-and-turnips, slaws, succotash, or baked acorn squash. Salted nuts, chips, sodas – they’ll make you thirsty (just like theatre popcorn does), bloat you up, and send your blood pressure skyrocketing. Commercially-prepared condiments (like A-1 sauce, dry soup mixes, or cocktail sauce), canned vegetables, bread cubes for stuffing, and canned gravy are all loaded with excess salt. Even some antacid tablets are full of sodium!

Cut down on the hidden carbs

Sure, we need carbohydrates to give us long-term energy and to keep our blood sugar levels stable, but the real villain of carbohydrate overload (and therefore high blood sugar) is our consumption of too much commercially-processed refined grains like white bread, beer, Pepperidge Farm stuffing cubes, frozen doughs, bagged snack-foods, Sara Lee frozen desserts, Shake-n-Bake bread-crumbs, dehydrated “instant” potatoes/rice/pasta, and flour-thickened gravies and sauces. Don’t place all the blame on the poor potatoes and bread. Breads are not just functional objects meant for sopping up the gravy. The bread basket at a holiday meal should offer an assortment of sweet and savory whole-grains, a memorable part of the meal. Instead of serving the Pillsbury crescent rolls or the supermarket dinner rolls, assemble a medley of homemade seasonal breads: johnny cakes, anadama bread, brown bread (you can settle for the B&M version), mini corn muffins, gingerbread, cranberry scones, and homemade quick-breads made with applesauce, bananas, nuts, pumpkin, or zucchini. Continued ON NEXT PAGE

In praise of winter cabbages In the fall and early winter, there’s a lot of cabbages (cruciferous vegetables) out there looking to take the nutritional place of summer’s dark greens. Whether it’s kale, Brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, red cabbage, Chinese cabbage, or the lowly “boiled-dinner” green cabbage, cruciferous vegetables deserve to be on your harvest/holiday table. They’re full of healthful fiber, vitamins A, C, and E, folic acid, and antioxidant phytochemicals. Make a colorful holiday coleslaw! Mix cabbages of different colors and textures, like a head of red cabbage with the leaves and celery-like stalks of bok choy. With head cabbages, peel off the outer leaves, then use a serrated bread knife to make very thin strips, discarding thick rib pieces. Toss with a vinaigrette, maybe add some shredded carrots or scallions, and let it all marinate overnight, shaking frequently. You can top with some pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, or crushed walnuts before serving.

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If you’re trying to reduce your cholesterol levels, your Auntie Lorraine’s over-the-top holiday bash could be your Waterloo. But it’s not just the turkey meat you should be worrying about (see sidebar). Most saturated fats and cholesterol come from processed meats, dairy products, anything deepfried or cooked in unhealthy vegetable oils (use coldpressed olive oil), or anything made with margarine, Crisco or lard. On the dairy side of the cholesterol scales, that would include eggnog, creamy sauces, devilled eggs, chip dips, ice cream, those mystery cheese

sweets over the holidays. Really? Then what about those “candied” yams covered in melted marshmallows, or those maple-syrup vegetables, the brown-sugar glaze on the ham, bottled teriyaki/BBQ sauces, the pecan pie full of Karo syrup and the shoofly pie full of molasses, anything made with rum, canned jellied cranberry sauce, or the high-fructose corn syrup used in all those commercially-prepared food products? And don’t forget all the sodas, alcoholic beverages, and starchy white breads!

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Avoid the hidden sugars

Many people feel pretty righteous about drinking black coffee and turning down seconds on holiday desserts, boasting that they’re cutting down on the

loosen your tongue and get you into sticky situations with your boss or mother-in-law. Another good reason is because alcoholic beverages, especially mixed drinks like piña coladas, are very high in carbohydrates and sugars – you’ll feel bloated and full before you even sit down at the table. Wait until you get to the dinner table to drink one glass of dry wine to whet your appetite. If you’re thirsty before the main event, try some mulled cider, a shandy (beer and lemonade), iced tea, ginger ale, lemonade, or fruit-based mocktails. Use low-sodium V8 for a Virgin Mary, try a non-alcoholic Cape Codder (cranberry juice and ginger ale), or a non-alcoholic sparkling grape “wine.” Continued ON PAGE 24

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Here are a few tips to keep you focused on the real reason for the holiday season – and how to stay healthy while you enjoy it. n Just like when you go grocery shopping, never show up hungry. Drink lots of water and fill up on fruit before you arrive.

Do not skip meals to ”leave room” for Thanksgiving dinner or the office Christmas party. n

Remember that pre-dinner snacks (hors d’oeuvres, chips-and-dips, nut bowls), desserts, and alcoholic beverages are not the main event. n

If you really want to be the hostess with the mostest, don’t serve your guests an endless buffet of unhealthy foods.


Fill your plate first with fruits and vegetables before reaching for the potatoes, breads, stuffing, butter dish, or gravy boat.

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The fruits of your labors

There’s nothing less appetizing than a squiggly tube of canned jellied cranberry sauce. But you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to make fresh cranberry sauce. Just read the instructions on the bag, but cut the recommended amount of white sugar by half. Toss in some chopped clementines as it cools. This is fun to make when kids are around – the cranberries “pop” as they boil. Cranberries are unique to the South Coast and are now central to winter menus countrywide – so use them liberally in salads, desserts, nibbles, quick-

The natural acidity (tartness) of foods like cider vinegar, cranberries, apples, homemade pickles, and lemon juice is good for you – it can help balance out the unhealthy fats in your diet.

Get back to your roots

Instant mashed potatoes with butter and gravy gets pretty boring after a while. Kick it up a notch and oven-roast a cornucopia of mixed root vegetables! Parsnips, potatoes, beets, leeks, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, sweet potato, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, onions, cauliflower – all drizzled with olive oil and tossed with savory herbs like rosemary, ground caraway, or thyme.

Instant mashed potatoes with butter and gravy gets pretty boring after a while. Kick it up a notch and oven-roast a cornucopia of mixed root vegetables! breads, stuffings, and side-dishes. They’re supercharged with Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Instead of passing around a big bowl of soggy iceberg lettuce salad, you could serve small bowls of fresh winter melon balls, a Waldorf salad or a holiday fruit mix tossed with nonfat Greek yogurt or vegan sour cream. Instead of serving jarred applesauce, make your own (leave the skin on and strain when cooled), or else substitute old-fashioned baked apples stuffed with craisins/raisins and nuts, a sprinkle of ground cloves/ginger and a pat of butter.

Tickle your taste buds

At this time of year, imported tropical produce like clementines, macadamia nuts, kiwi, figs, Brazil nuts, tangerines, dates, and pineapple are reminders of the olden days when such exotic luxuries were special treats served only during the holidays. By the same token, real New England holiday foods are flavored and “sweetened” with imported spices – ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, fennel, anise (licorice) – along with maple syrup and molasses.


n Serve yourself moderately. Take a sampling spoonful of each food, not heaping mounds. Do not “layer” foods – give them each their own space on your dinner plate. If you like what you taste, you can always ask for seconds.

Don’t eat anything white like cream sauces, flaky pie crusts, mashed potatoes with butter, white bread, whipped cream, chip dips. Your healthiest food choice is always colorful and unadulterated. Choose an orange-y sweet potato over a white potato, brown rice over Uncle Ben’s, a whole-grain bread over white bakery rolls. n

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The myth of “turkey torpor”

A turkey that gets deep-fried in peanut oil out in the backyard is a turkey that died in vain. Skinless turkey meat (especially the dark meat) is a very low-fat and healthy meat choice. To taint it with unhealthy fats by boiling it in oil, or by smothering it with bacon, sausage, or gravy is a culinary crime. Everyone blames the amount of tryptophan in turkey meat for why we all fall asleep on the couch watching football after dinner. But don’t blame the poor turkey – you just ate too darn much, and your body’s metabolism is crashing with excessive carbs, sugars, fats, and chemical additives. True, high levels of tryptophan (found in meat, cold-water fish, chocolate, cheese, milk, and beans) can make you feel drowsy, but there’s not enough of it in a few slices of turkey to blame for the near-coma caused by overeating and overdrinking at holiday celebrations. “Turkey torpor” is a convenient urban myth, just like “Chinese restaurant syndrome,” which is actually an allergic reaction caused by ingesting too much of the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG), whether the cuisine is Chinese or Portuguese or Norwegian.

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1. Christine Rua, Jason Rua, Jen Rocha, Keith Graveline (RDA Insurance)

6. Rita Vanderveck, Fatima Vieira (Fall River Chamber of Commerce)

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2. Nancy Ferreira, Michelle Miner, Joe Santos (Venus de Milo)

7. Back: Brianna Alves, Deven Tillman Front: Rebecca Laliberte, Dorothy Botelho (New Bedford Chamber of Commerce)

12. Joe Scott, Mari Murphy (Southcoast Health System)

3. Betty-Ann Mullins, Sandy Cadorette, Stuart Lawrence, Paula Freitas (BayCoast Bank) 4. Lisa Grillo, Bridget DeVincent, Lisa Lebreux (Diocesan Health Facilities) 5. Joseph Borges, Will Mendonca (BankFive)


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13. Michelle Cote, Chris Johnson (SERVPRO® of Dartmouth / New Bedford) 14. Sherri Vale-Turner, Cherie Ashton (Fall River Municipal Credit Union)


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What do you like most about your work? Knowing that I am playing a pivotal ks role in allowing seniors to remain in their homes for as long as possible. They have raised their families, worked, and paid their dues to society and deserve to be happy in their elder years.

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Fall River, like many gateway cities, has certainly seen its share of highs and lows. But through the past three decades, there’s been a driving positive force for change in the city: Anthony F. Cordeiro. A history of success

It started with a small insurance agency in March of 1987: The Anthony F. Cordeiro Insurance Agency LLC at 218 Pleasant Street. Cordeiro’s longest-tenured employee, Operations Manager Helinette Souza, came about the job by Cordeiro’s wife, Kyra, whom she met while at UMass Amherst. Souza, who had recently graduated, was asked if she would like to work at the new insurance agency while she looked for a job in her field.


“It started as a temp job and 30 years later, I’m still here,” Souza said. To Souza, it seems like just yesterday that they wrote their first insurance policy. She is extremely proud of how far the agency has come in 30 years. In 1994, seven short years after the initial opening, Cordeiro bought the lot and built the building where Anthony F. Cordeiro Insurance Agency is now located. This was the beginning of his transition into real estate development. Though the many real estate devel-

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opments Cordeiro has been involved in sometimes get the most play in the press, Souza said it all started somewhere very small – their humble insurance agency. “Everything that we accomplished started with insurance and we branched out from there,” she said. “But we not only work here, we sit on many boards and volunteer in many places to give back to the community that’s helped us out along the way. We’re not the largest or the biggest, but we are very family-oriented.”

“Family-oriented indeed. Anthony Cordeiro’s brother Mark is the Account Executive specializing in Employee Benefits. Cordeiro’s daughter Melanie (from whom the name for the MelCor building came) is the Marketing Director, and Cordeiro’s youngest daughter Merrill (who has the Troy Street building named after her), is currently a customer service representative studying to become an account executive. Cordeiro’s nephew Andrew is a Commercial Lines Account Executive. Souza added, “We started 30 years

But being family-oriented goes far beyond the workplace and has become a focal point at Cordeiro Insurance in servicing families’ needs. To Cordeiro, it’s also about having an impact on the community around him. Chances are, whether you live in Fall River or simply drive by on the way to somewhere else, you’ve seen the buildings that Cordeiro has built – notably The Bristol County Savings Bank building just off of I-195 and the MelCor Building on Bedford Street. “We’ve become more than a company. We’ve become like a cloth embedded in the fabric of the community, and we’ve done that for

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If you look at the impact Cordeiro has had beyond the insurance business, you find his footprint everywhere – the MelCor and Merrill Buildings, the Kay Building on Hartwell Street, the Lizzie Building on Sullivan Drive, Commonwealth Landing (with partners Alan Macomber and Larry Couto) on Davol Street, and the newest addition, The Benjamin and Nathan Building on Pleasant Street, named after his twin nephews. With these beautiful buildings sprinkled through major arteries in the city, Cordeiro has helped pave the way for other developments to follow now and

“We’ve become more than a company. We’ve become like a cloth embedded in the fabric of the community, and we’ve done that for over 30 years now.” over 30 years now,” said Cordeiro. “The key for us isn’t that we are the largest company or the one trying to be everything for everyone. We are just a boutique insurance agency that helps families with all of their needs.” Cordeiro said he has always believed in Fall River, always holding out hope that better days were ahead and that just small changes, positive changes, would plant the seeds for positive future development. “I always believed this city had great promise, being so strategically located – 18 miles from Providence, 55 from Boston, 25 from the Cape. Sooner or later we would find our way around and with great leadership, would find our way,” said Cordeiro. “I had a thousand father figures at the Boys & Girls Club and I learned to always look at life as a glass half-full. If I was in a position to make a positive

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into the future. Even with all he’s done, Cordeiro still thinks like a small business. He looks to the past at the businesses that contributed to school projects, baseball teams, and food pantries – places like Fall River Gas and a host of community banks that sold out to bigger banks and chains. Those mergers and departures have left fewer small businesses in Fall River the ability to help organizations in need get by in the city they call home. “Many of those kinds of businesses have moved out and not been replaced. It’s companies like ours that fill that void – that write the checks to the Little League or the Boys & Girls Club,” said Cordeiro. “That’s what we’ve been able to do for 30 years and that’s what we will continue to do for our community. We’ll be here for a long time.”

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The New Bedford/Nantucket ferry is back! The Steamship Authority gave final approval to The Seastreak Whaling City Express, starting May 27, which will provide two-hour passenger trips to Nantucket, twice daily Monday-Thursday, three times daily on weekends. Don’t miss the annual Moby Dick Marathon January 8-10 at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford! For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046. Southcoast Health System has been named one of the country’s top 50 cardiovascular hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, an independent research firm. Southcoast Health was the only community healthcare provider in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island to be recognized for superior clinical outcomes. Southcoast Health System is in discussion with Providence-based Care New England Health about a possible merger of the two not-for-profit healthcare providers. Stay tuned… The EPA recently awarded $5 million to the Southeast New England Program for Coastal Watershed Restoration, which spans the entire South Coast. “Radio T.B.S. (Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals)” will be performed by the Attleboro Community Theatre in February! For details, call 508-226-8100 or go to


A large LNG facility in Acushnet being proposed by Eversource, the gas and electricity utility, is running into serious opposition from residents and environmental groups. Talk a stroll through the newly-restored Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir! Canoe/kayak launch, fishing, trails. For info, visit


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Learn about life in the 18th century and take the family to the Coggeshall Farm Museum for “Home and Hearth” workshops! For details, visit or call 401-253-9062. Stroll through the Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! Don’t miss “Sparkle: Christmas at Blithewold” through January 3. For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to blithewold. org.


The Festival of Lights at Edaville Railroad and the Polar Express rides will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays through December 29! Take the kids on Dino Land or Thomas the Tank Engine train rides. For more info, visit or call 508-866-8190.


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For the fifteenth year, New Bedford has remained the number one seaport in the country for the dollar value of the catch, $329 million this year, thanks largely to scallops. The Harbor Walk, a ¾-mile path atop the hurricane dike in the city’s south end, has officially opened to the public. It’s all happenin’ at the Z! Don’t miss the Zeiterion’s New Year’s Eve Bash at the Whaling Museum on December 31 – family-friendly, food, music, and a great view of the fireworks! Plan ahead for “Saturday Night Fever: The Musical” on January 17, “Moby Dick” on February 7, and A Night with Janis Joplin February 26! Go to or call 508-999-6276. Don’t miss the annual Moby Dick Marathon January 8-10 at the Whaling Museum! For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046.

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Take a winter walk through the Buttonwood Park Zoo! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit Take a tour of the city’s historic district and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For more info, go to While you’re there, explore New Bedford’s evolution from a whaling port to an industrial giant at the new exhibit “Energy and Enterprise: Industry and the City of New Bedford” at the Whaling Museum. For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046. Curtain time! Mark your calendar to see Sam Shepherd’s “True West” performed January 14-24 by Your Theatre in New Bedford. For info, call 508-993-0772 or go to Wander through the urban greenspace of the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in the north end of the city! Learn more at or call 508-636-4693. Visit the whaling-era mansion and grounds at the RotchJones-Duff House. For more info, call 508-997-1401 or visit Enjoy FREE family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights “City Celebrates New Year’s Eve” is on December 31. Go to or call 508-996-8253.

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Get out the ice skates and head for the Newport Skating Center! For more info, visit,, or call 1-888-900-8640 ext. 709.

Find out what’s on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center! There’s “Annie” through January 3, “Cabaret” January 26-31, and “Pippin” February 16-21! Plan ahead for the multi-media concert “StarTrek: The Ultimate Voyage” on February 14. Call 401-421-2787 or go to

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portsmouth Get back to your musical roots at Common Fence Music! There’s Qristina and Quinn Bachand January 16, A Gathering of Fiddlers and Fishermen January 23, Wild Ponies February 6, and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (at Channing Church in Newport) on February 13. For more info, visit or call 401-683-5085.


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Don’t miss the stunning performances at Rhode Island College – plan ahead for The Muir String Quartet on February 1. For info and tickets, call 401-456-8144 or visit Listen to the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s performances of Dvorak’s New World January 16 or Ride of the Valkyries February 20! For details, go to ri-philharmonic. org. Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437. Take the kids to the Roger Williams Park Zoo! For more info, go to or call 401-785-3510. Don’t miss “The Heidi Chronicles” performed through January 3 at Trinity Rep. “The Hunchback of Seville” will be performed February 4 – March 6. For more info, call 401351-4242 or go to

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Featured on Chronicle and in publications including The Boston Globe, the acclaimed Annual Open House lets visitors experience the splendor of a grand Victorian era Christmas past at the FRHS mansion, lavishly decked out in an award-winning holiday display from room to room, including a series of dazzling themed trees. Admission is free. Hours are 9 to 4:30 Monday - Friday and 1 to 5 Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Christmas and at noon on December 24.

Fine English teas, our famous scones, tea sandwiches, savories, and dainty pastries served in Easton Tea Room’s three elegant and intimate parlors with original period details. Located in the historic 1870 Alexander Dorrance Easton house adjacent to the FRHS at 458 High Street. Open for the holiday season on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations recommended.

Palette Pictures VIII Art Exhibit and Silent Auction November 20 – December 21, 2016 Palette Pictures, an annual exhibit and sale of works donated by artists in the South Coast region, offers art lovers a variety of highquality original art works in a variety of media at small prices. Bidding for each work starts at half of the retail price. Proceeds benefit the FRHS. Admission is free. Hours are 9 to 4:30 Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 Saturdays and Sundays.

Sights & Sounds of the Season: A Holiday Festival in the Historic Highlands November 27, 2016, Noon to 5 p.m. An outdoor holiday festival on and around the FRHS grounds at 451 Rock St. Sponsored by Bearingstar Insurance and presented in conjunction with Greater Fall River RECREATION, the festival features a wide range of traditional and novel family-friendly entertainment and activities including magic, juggling, puppets, music, marshmallow roasting, and living statues. Admission is free. Attendees can also visit the annual FRHS Holiday Open House.


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Tea withMrs. Claus December 4, 2016 Easton Tea Room in the historic 1870 Alexander Dorrance Easton house at 458 High St. provides a charming setting for young ladies and gentlemen to enjoy our annual High Tea and fun with Mrs. Claus. For children ages 3 to 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Seatings at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30. Reservations required. Please call early as this event always sells out quickly.

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus December 18, 2016, 1 to 4 p.m. Young and old alike are cordially invited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visits take place in the lavishly decorated Music Room, where the jolly duo will greet guests in front of one of our dazzling Christmas trees. Please bring your own camera. A volunteer will be on hand to take photos at your request. Admission is free.

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Plan ahead to hear “Andrius Zlabys & Friends” on February 13 at Goff Memorial Hall, part of the “Arts in the Village” series. For details, visit


Taunton firefighters Matthew Arruda and Joseph Santos were honored by Governor Charlie Baker and state fire services officials as Firefighters of the Year for their heroism in rescuing a handicapped woman in a burning trailer home last summer.


Head for the Sandywoods Center for the Arts. For a complete schedule, go to or call 401-241-7349.


Check out what’s playing at 2nd Story Theatre! “Hysteria” will be performed January 22 through February 14. Call 401-247-4200 or go to


Concerts at the Point will present the Adaskin String Trio on February 21. For more info, call 508-636-0698 or visit The Westport Land Conservation Trust is looking for volunteers for the “Tuesday Trail Team.” To learn more, contact or call 508-636-9228. Explore 18th- and 19th-century life at the Handy House. For more info, visit or call 508-636-6011.

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An American birthday gift By Paul E. Kandarian

I’d started out to write a rant about politics – in particular to write about a certain orange-hued presidential candidate who every time he opens his mouth and spews his venomous, hateful bile, lowers the national IQ and sucks away whatever marginal votes he planned on getting. But then a lovely thing happened which was at once charming and unsettling. I pulled up to a CVS drivethrough to get a prescription and was greeted by a very upbeat young woman worker wearing a hijab (or at least I believe it was), a scarf that Muslim women wear that covers their hair and neck and tops of their shoulders. I say unsettling because the very first thing my mind did, besides registering that she seemed to be a fine human being, was that she was wearing this headgear and was therefore, I assumed, Muslim. I hated myself for that. I hated myself for automatically thinking she was different. Not different in a bad way, but just different. I hated myself for wondering how many ignorant people may see her and equate her appearance with terrorism. Then I realized that a chunk of the people who think that way do so be they do not see different people like this on a daily basis. Also because of the sheer, ugly, unacceptable divisiveness of a certain orange-hued presidential candidate. This young woman was one of the loveliest, well-spoken, and genuine 38

people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know for the four or five minutes of the transaction. And that probably had nothing to do with her religious beliefs. It very well may have, though I suspect it had more to do with a good upbringing. But mostly, she seemed like a decent human being. And for the love of all things confusing and horrible and baffling this election season, I swear by the belief that most of us, the clear, overwhelming majority of us, are decent human beings. A comparative few pop up from time to time to paint an ugly picture of humanity by the utter depravity of their actions, be they murders, rapists, child abusers, terrorists, or presidential candidates. And they are the ones who grab the media’s attention that is then forced upon us – fodder that fuels our fears, real or, more likely than not, imagined. As I talked to this woman, what she was wearing slowly disappeared from my mind’s eye. We talked about the weather, how nice it was, how it will suck to drive in the snow this winter, though she doesn’t mind it all that much because she borrows her

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dad’s four-wheel drive in storms to get to work. You know, the daily stuff humans talk about. Part of me, I confess, wanted to ask her about her hijab. I wanted to ask why she wears it, or about her religion, but mostly I wanted to ask if anyone gives her any grief about it. I’m a firm believer that there is nothing like the magic and beauty of true conversation, and I wanted to have this one with her. But I also did not want her to think I thought her different. That I was nosy. That I was just another person who doesn’t understand and who lets ignorance do his thinking. And if indeed I did find out people gave her grief, part of me also wanted to offer my apologies on behalf of the rest of us. But then I realized that would ring hollow. One person can’t apologize for the actions of others. We can only do what we can do, one human-to-human conversation at a time.

So I just laughed with her about whatever we were talking about, joking that today was my birthday, and was there any chance I could get my prescription for free? She laughed and said, “No, but let me see your receipt,” upon which she scrawled “Happy Birthday” and drew a smiley face. It was just lovely. This is what I want to and do so believe about us all. We are the same. We are human beings and no matter what we believe, no matter what we wear, no matter what outward thing about us makes us seem different to others not like us, we are all one in the same. So I changed my tune here from a scathing rant about what I hate into a gentler discourse about what I love and I believe as the absolute norm: humans acting human. To that young woman I say “thank you.” Given that this happened on my birthday, it was best gift I could possibly get.

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