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What better way for your family to enjoy and learn about Thanksgiving than to celebrate it in Plymouth, where it all began? Enjoy an authentic New England Harvest Feast at Plimoth & Patuxet Museum (formerly Plimoth Plantation). Make a reservation for a savory journey to the past, with authentic 17th-century recipes, accompanied by centuries-old psalms and songs – and the ticket price includes two-day museum admission (


Let there be light!

Banish the darkness of winter by attending some of the South Coast’s favorite holiday celebrations! You can check out WaterFire in Providence for free on either November 6 or December 4 ( Or you can celebrate


the reopening of the Edaville Railroad in Carver at the Christmas Festival of Lights – take your children on a heated train ride illuminated by 17 million lights throughout the park, Thursday-Sundays, November 13 to January 1 ( Or else bundle up and enjoy larger-thanlife dazzling displays illuminated by 1.5 million lights as you stroll through the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence on select dates between November 26 to January 2 (


Historic Homes for the Holidays!

Experience the splendor and opulence of Christmases past by visiting the Newport mansions ( or the many other elegantly-decorated historic homes on the South Coast! Enjoy a free guided tour on December 9 inside

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the Rotch-Jones-Duff Mansion in New Bedford, as well as a lecture about holiday traditions of 19th-century New England ( Or else visit the winter wonderland at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol (, the Victorian-era Fall River Historical Society Museum (, or candle-lit tours through beautifully decorated whalingera homes in New Bedford on December 11 (


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classical masterpieces and holiday favorites at Plymouth Memorial Hall on December 3, and at McVinney Auditorium in Providence on December 5 ( Or listen to a truly inspiring performance of the ultimate Christmas classic, Handel’s “Messiah,” performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Providence Singers on December 12 at the VETS – and don’t forget to stand and join in when the Hallelujah Chorus is sung!) ( Or you can experience Christmas music and pageantry from the past, when St. George’s School in Middletown presents its free candlelight concert of hand bell choir, lessons, and carols on December 10, and the 110th Medieval Christmas Pageant on December 14 ( christmas).


It takes a (holiday) village!

Harken back to a time when church halls and town squares were the center of social life – group sings, ice cream socials, bake sales, music recitals, and holiday craft fairs! Relive the excitement and all-handson-deck holiday preparations of yesteryear! Spread out the holiday celebrations through November and December during the 35th Bristol Christmas Festival, complete with a European-style Christmas market, storytelling, tree-lighting, shopping, and loads of family-centered activities ( or facebook. com/bristolchristmasfestival).


Holiday pops!

Spend an hour with your children at the annual holiday musical extravaganza at the Zeiterion in New Bedford on December 11. The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, along with the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra and Showstoppers, will perform all the holiday favorites at the children’s matinee and evening performance in the beautifully decorated


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Let the children experience a magical performance of “The Nutcracker!” They’ll be delighted to see brightly costumed toy soldiers and sugar-plums dancing across the stage, along with dozens of child performers, in this dream-like recreation of an old holiday tale. Festival Ballet Providence will perform this Christmas classic December 17-24 at the VETS in Providence, with all new set designs, costumes, and choreography (

Don’t miss “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” a unique adaptation of the wildly popular holiday movie, performed as a 1940s radio broadcast December 3-12 at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, performed by the Americana Theatre (!

If you get teary-eyed whenever you hear “The Little Drummer Boy” being sung by a child, or if you love hearing stories about the Three Wise Men, then you must see “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a one-act children’s opera, originally written for television, December 2-12 at The Little Theatre’s Firebarn in Fall River (


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The holidays are back! This year, people are able to celebrate the season and forget all about the last pandemic-dampened year. Here are the best ways to do just that around the South Coast.


fter a one-year hiatus due to 2020's pandemic shutdowns, the Edaville Theme Park at 5 Pine Street in Carver, opens Thursdays through Sundays starting November 12 and continuing until January 1. (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.) Park managers have announced the Christmas Festival of Lights show and its elaborate display of brightly colorful holiday themed decorations will be on display every night again, as will numerous rides. You name it, they say, and they're back: the merry-go-round, Big Eli the ferris wheel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Nut Tree, bumper cars, the Flying Turtles and Clown Cars, Astronaut Ride, the Jolly Caterpillar, the Scrambler, the Jet About, and the Red Baron. The gift shop, the candy depot, the Whistle Stop Snack


Another Holiday-themed train ride, The Polar Express, will once again leave from the Cape Cod Railroad's Buzzards Bay depot at 70 Main Street twice a day Shop, and the Popcorn Wagon are also expected to return. Of course, add to this list of features the two and-a-half-mile picturesque train ride Edaville has been famous for since it opened in 1947. Edaville proudly proclaims it is one of the oldest heritage railroad operations in the United States. It operates excursion trains built by the late Ellis D. Atwood (initials E.D.A., after whom Edaville is named) on a sprawling cranberry plantation.

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"It's an extremely professionally done excursion ride," said spokesperson and ticket agent Lorna C. "It's like an excursion into a winter wonderland." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away for a one-to-one-and-a-half hour trip to meet Santa, she said. Even where the train leaves from the Buzzards Bay depot will be surrounded by its own Christmas wonderland. On board, the conductor will punch golden tickets for each child. Dancing chefs and waiters will perform while Christmas carols play, and passengers will enjoy listening to a reading of the classic children's book that gave the ride its inspiration. The different sections of the train will provide different levels of service but roughly the same experience, she said. The Standard Class of service is the most economical way to experience the ride. Seating is in rows. First-class passengers sit at tables of four. Based on the number of people in the party, passengers may be seated at multiple adjacent tables. Passengers in first class receive a limited edition Polar Express tumbler with the purchase of each adult or child ticket. In premium class, passengers enjoy plush seating at tables of four which are located in an elevated space with panoramic windows. Based on the number of people in the party, passengers may be seated at multiple adjacent tables. Passengers in premium class receive a limited edition Polar

Express ceramic mug with the purchase of each adult or child ticket. Matinee trips are at 2 p.m. Evening trips are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., depending on demand. Children are encouraged to wear their jammies! The Express includes a visit by Santa Claus and his elves on-board. At the end of the ride, Santa gives each child a magic bell, and they can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate as they visit with him. Covid protocols will determine whether these goodies will be provided on-board or in a separate area.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away for a one-to-one-and-a-half hour trip to meet Santa The experience is designed to have every passenger feel like they really have embarked on the Polar Express, Lorna said. "The costumes, the characters, the music. And every seat has a window." Some time slots are already filling up fast. She recommends going for the 2 p.m. ride, which tends not to sell out so fast. "It's one of the most wonderful experiences a family could have together," she said. For more information and to book a ride go to


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with them their special memories of Crane Brook. Since then, she said, that community loyalty hasn't waned. The Crane Brook Restaurant, of course, temporarily closed due to COVID shutdowns in February 2020. But when it reopened this year in June, local customers happily returned. "Support from the community all came back," Marcalo said. "They are all very loyal." The restaurant features three dining rooms, including the popular Tea Room, as well as outdoor seating and an outdoor deck. It boasts a unique farm-to-table menu. Its meats are from its own cattle raised on the family farm: Keene River Farm in Acushnet. Its specialties have included tomahawk steaks, filet mignon, and steak tips (along with pork, chicken, and fish dishes). Its cranberry meatballs, drink specials, and live entertainment presentations are also very popular. "And we're open for special events," Marcalo added. "Business meetings, weddings, anniversaries. We're proud of what we have here. We're surprised the building is not on the historical register." Reservations are required for parties of six or over at cranebrookrestaurant. com. Visit its Facebook page for news, menu items, and specials.

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hile there are myriad South Coast area art galleries, here are some of the highlights for your holiday shopping spree.

Inner animals

Fall River's premier art gallery, the Narrows Center for the Arts at 16 Anawan Street, is now featuring an exhibit of masks, sculptures, paintings, and drawings by Fall River artist David Mello called "Man and Beast.” The show will be on display, with some pieces for sale, starting on November 15. "It's a look at man's relationship with animals, imagined and actual," Mello said. The images he's crafted have been inspired by world folklore and myths. It's about our common connection with the natural world, he said. "Some pieces are allegorical, some playful too and fantastical.” A big example of his exhibit's theme is the Phoenix bird piece that fronts the


Narrows’ website announcement of his exhibit. His phoenix, Mello said, is part man and part bird. Like many of his pieces, they are allegories of man's symbiotic relationship with animals and nature that mankind should always keep in mind. Mello is a lifelong Fall River resident with a lifelong love of the fine arts. The children's librarian at the Fall River public library for the past 30 years said he's worked in the UMass Dartmouth theatre department, designing masks for their productions and teaching students how to use them. Mello’s passion for mask making started with his love of Halloween, he said. "I'd start planning masks for it in May or June. I fell in love with the holiday and with the mythology and folklore of masks. Masks of Greek and Celtic Gods, from classic operas. Masks are perhaps one of the oldest art forms we have. At the beginning of time, it was a way to speak to the spiritual world."

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Fall River's premier art gallery, the Narrows Center for the Arts at 16 Anawan Street, is now featuring an exhibit of masks, sculptures, and paintings. At his last show at the Narrows five years ago, Mello sold half of his pieces the first night, he said. He's realistic about his chances this time, but hopeful. "This is a different show. But it will be nice to sell a few pieces. It touches me when someone thinks enough of my work to take it home."

Pretty as a picture

In the heart of South Dartmouth's Padnaram Village, at 286 Elm Street, you'll find stunning still-life and landscape photography at the village's newest gallery, Stephanies Art Works (

As the name implies, it’s all the work of owner Stephanie Costa – even the prints and resin and abstract resin art she has on display. The South Dartmouth native said she never thought of pursuing life as an artist until six years ago, just after high school, when she developed the first photo she had taken in a photography course at BCC. "I fell in love with what I could do with art," she said. "It blew me away, seeing my work appear in that dark room. I knew right from then on I wanted to do more of this." With her parents’ support, Costa opened her gallery last June. Then came the complication of the COVID lock down. "It's been a rollercoaster ride for sure." This year, she said, the rollercoaster has slowed. Sales have picked up. July was particularly strong, and "Christmas is coming up!" Costa said she just enjoys taking pictures of beauty, of the beautiful landscapes around New England and sharing that love with the community. "I just want people to come and see what I do and to be known in this community for my work."

Communal creations

Beyond the plentiful art galleries and museums in downtown New Bedford and the North End's generous selection of art studios at Hatch Street Gallery (at 88 Hatch Street,, Kilburn Mills in the city's South End, at 127 West Rodney French Boulevard, features its own array of art galleries with pieces for sale. The veteran of this group is the Judith Klein Gallery, at Suite 207. The gallery and studio has been in business for 12 years, six of those years downtown and six at Kilburn. For more information visit Klein’s neighbor, the smaller Winston Gallery and Studio at suite 206, currently features the charcoal and photography work of a truly unique artist, James Dugas, from now until November 15. Dugas is deaf, but that's the least of the ways to define him. Through his friend and fellow artist Elizabeth Arruda (who signs ASL fluently), Dugas said he studied art at the Swain School of Design and Bristol Community College. But his biggest influences have been

population has ballooned from the original 20 to over 3000. While her husband has kept his IT job, Ester has been able to other commit herself to the 17th-century and past the farm full-time. She prides on masters of art, including Dali,herself Picasso, providing her animals with joyful, and Cezanne. Art is his best waystressto free lives.himself, “Peoplehe should where express said.know And he loves their food from – you and can really these pastcomes masters' colors their tastevisual the difference,” said very expression of Bishop. life, and that love shows in his work. Green acres "Art is communication," he said. "Art is Bishop’s commitment to “beyond ormystery. Art is life." ganic” farming extends beyond owner, cuddles Winston Gallery and Studio’s and words of affirmation to her livestock. New Bedford native Victor DaSilva She ensures all the is animals are old provided Jr., said the studio six years and with healthy, organic meals, and that their the gallery three years old. DaSilva's waste is repurposed asstudio manure. own work adorns the portion “You can see how green the grass is of his suite, acrylic on canvas,canvas where the turkeys have been,” Bishop sculptures, and mosaics of found says. “That’s because they fertilize objects. DaSilva’s work belongs tothe the soil with their manure. Manure is the "Art Povera'' school. Literally translated basis of organic fertilizers. There are no as “art of the poor,” it is an Italian art chemicals added, or needed, when the movement originating in the late 1960s animals do their job.” to early 1970s whose artists used Speaking of animals doing their jobs, non-traditional everyday materials. Bishop has conscripted her goats and DaSilva's show will follow Dugas’ from pigs into clearing away swaths of underNovember 17 to December 12. brush on the property – the “gnarly vines” DaSilva said he has an open door that give the farm its name. policy – any artist can use his studio Gnarly Vines coordinates with neighto create their art during his open boring farms to provide its customers hours. "People can drop in and make a with a variety of sustainable and organic collage or a little painting," DaSilva said. products. Angus beef, for instance, will "It's my way of giving back to my art sell out almost as soon as it comes into community." stock. With COVID measures in effect, But the farmsafety is not bound by terrestrial he asks that interested artists message limitations: the Bishops have partnered Winston Gallery on Instagram for with Captain’s Finest and Sakonnet further information. Lobster to bring fresh seafood to market. Bishop is particularly proud of a new iniMiniatmuses tiative the farm: food security commuForsupported a more low-key outing,(CSA) the chance nity agriculture plans. for children to create own holiday CSAs, popular amongtheir farms nationgifts will be customers available atto the Marion Art wide, allow pre-purchase Center atof80 Pleasant Street in which Marion, “shares” the farm’s produce, are at its Art In the Afternoon Session 3 workshop. Designed for kids ages 5-10, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE it is scheduled for December 3, 10, and 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. Whether you are a member or not, the class offers the opportunity for participants to make their own holiday gifts for family and friends. Projects include hand-printed dish towels, snow globes, stamped cards and wrapping paper, ornaments, and more! Masks are required for all students and anyone entering the Marion Art Center. Students will be asked to wash and sanitize hands before the beginning of the class. For more information visit

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Perhaps you’ve had an experience you can’t explain? Perhaps you think there’s something more to life than the physical world? In that case, you may be one of the growing number of people who are turning to The Cat and Raven for understanding. Since moving from Los Angeles to Westport in 2008, Keith and Jessie Dias have been building a regional reputation as practitioners of the metaphysical and the paranormal. And after acting on their “gifts and instincts,” the past two years have been increasingly successful for the couple and their business interests, as they offer knowledge, insight, and instruction on the realm of the mystical and the unseen. And they claim to be on the cusp of a growing spiritual trend in western culture. “Many people are looking for that moment of validation that can change them from a skeptic to a believer,” Keith says. “People want to feel more connected to the world and the people living in it – they’re hungry for understanding. Part of being human is seeking direction and what’s next in life. “In spirituality there is no separation.


Many people are looking for that moment of validation that can change them from a skeptic to a believer Everything is connected. We’re nondenominational, we don’t put things into boxes or pigeon-holes like in religion. We’re connecting with higher sources, we have faith in things we can’t see and touch.” Located at 999 Main Road (Suite 103) in Westport, The Cat and Raven offers an array of products, services, and private events, inviting people to “uncover a world of faith, inspiration, and magic.” In addition to a gift shop brimming with goods such as crystals, jewelry, and home decor, they also offer psychic readings, mediumship, fortune telling, healings, castings, palmistry, and scrying, along with in-home parties and galleries, and corporate and private events. “What we do is meant to complement a

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person’s life,” Keith says. “We don’t want to replace your doctor or your therapist, and there’s no reason for someone to jump ship on their beliefs. We’re not a replacement for traditional medicine, but we want to provide balance by bringing in a potpourri of spiritual cultures from around the world. We provide tools that will complement people’s lives and their belief systems. “We’re not anti-religion, but we don’t have a fear factor. We’re about positivity. What we try to offer is something that nourishes people’s hunger for discovering more about life. Almost everyone has had unexplainable experiences and moments in their life, and they may wonder if there are really angels or a higher power.”

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Downtown New Bedford isn’t just a shopping opportunity; it’s a destination. While Shop Small Saturday and the Holiday Stroll are appearing on consumer’s calendars, the Whaling City’s downtown area offers a diverse and unique experience that goes beyond special gifts for the holiday shopping season. The city provides visitors a chance to enjoy a day or a weekend that may include dining, culture, and services – from restaurants and bars, to galleries and museums, to entertainment and events. You may come to New Bedford with a large shopping list, but you can enjoy your visit with a full itinerary. “New Bedford has something that many cities don’t: it’s walking friendly,” says Elissa Paquette, President of Downtown New Bedford, Inc., and the proprietor of Calico, a women’s fashion store that has been open at 173 Union Street for 16 years. “You can spend an entire day or a


weekend downtown without having to travel very far.” This season, downtown New Bedford will have two days devoted to commerce and culture. Shop Small Saturday will take place on November 27 and the Holiday Stroll will be on Saturday, December 2. Shop Small Saturday is a nationallyrecognized day that takes place two days after Thanksgiving, following the notorious Black Friday shopping experience. The Holiday Stroll is an event particular to downtown New Bedford, a day that offers fire truck rides and visits with Santa Claus in addition to explorations of local stores and establishments. A visit to the website DowntownNB. org will provide a thorough catalog of opportunities in the region, helping you to navigate downtown on your phone.

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“When you shop small you’re shopping curated collections that are hand-picked, and the vast variety of business owners are from New Bedford or neighboring towns,” says Kate Lowe, owner of Shimmer at 187 Union Street. “You’re going to meet the owners and build a reputation with them and they remember you when you come back. We get to learn about our customers and that leads to people becoming return customers. It’s something you won’t get in a larger metropolis.” Shimmer offers a selection of non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty products, ranging from cosmetics to skin care, bath-and-body, and home care. “Shopping small is something that people gravitate to nowadays,” Paquette says. “It’s a good way to keep money in the community.”

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Another gift-giving season is upon us. Perhaps it will be different than in years previous as we continue to navigate our pandemic environment. It may never be as it was in pre-pandemic times. But then again, as with anything these days, who knows! One thing is certain: for many, the concept of the holidays is now much more meaningful. The absence of friends and family due to Covid. The modified, scaled-down, or remote gatherings and celebrations all seem to carry more emotional weight and meaning. Gift giving has also been modified, altered, and adjusted for the times. Regardless of the situation, our need to come together and to give each other tokens of love and esteem has not changed. But what we give has changed. Massproduced items may not reflect how we feel about those we love and care for


during. Instead, original, one-of-a-kind works are needed to convey our esteem and appreciation! The South Coast Artists Annual Holiday Exhibition, at the Dartmouth Cultural Center in the quaint and historic seacoast village of Padanaram, is the perfect resource in the perfect setting. This much-anticipated annual event, according to the organization’s president, Heather Stivison, “Continues to celebrate the unique and creative culture of artists living and working in our South Coast.” This event is one of the most popular on the group’s agenda. South Coast Artists has also been offering local residents and summer tourists their annual South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour

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Weekends in July and August for nearly twenty years. As with the Open Studio Tour, the South Coast Artists Annual Holiday Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to step away from the one-size-fits-all mass consumer culture and support the ingenuity and creativity of dozens of local professional artists and artisans.

The South Coast Artists Annual Holiday Exhibition, at the Dartmouth Cultural Center in the quaint and historic seacoast village of Padanaram, is the perfect resource in the perfect setting. The exhibition will take place from December 3 to 19. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, December 3,

from 5 to 7 pm, as part of another holiday season tradition: the Padanaram Holiday Stroll. The exhibition hours are on Thursdays through Saturdays, from 11 to 3, and on Sundays, from 11 to 4. As an established nonprofit, South Coast Artists has encouraged, supported, and fostered the artistic growth and recognition of its member artists for nearly two decades. The organization represents the interests of their Massachusetts and Rhode Island artist members. It gives access to the work of approximately 150 visual artists who live and work in the townships of Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton, and Little Compton.


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Bedford fills the gap that currently exists in the South Coast region for indie film screenings. In so doing, it will program the series around voices and images not often reflected in mainstream film. Thus, each month will continue to have its own unique theme. The November lineup is a film afficiendo’s delight. It begins with Moonlight on Tuesday, November 2 and ends with Whale Rider on Tuesday, November 30. In between are Paris, Texas; Chungking Express; and Days of Heaven. Moonlight is Barry Jenkins’ bold and tender Oscar-winning film that shatters any mainstream preconceptions about Black male intimacy, love, and mentorship. Whale Rider tells the story of a 12-year-old Maori girl whose ambition is to become the chief of the tribe; it was, press material states, given an unprecedented standing ovation at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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bold return for the Zeiterion Theatre, after the Covid-induced shutdown during 2020, with its emphasis on the new. Of course, the Z is still featuring a full season of its classic audience-pleasing programming, from concerts to musicals and every sort of performance in between. The return to normalcy, however, comes on wings of change. Programming a performing arts center is a complex business in the best of times, involving negotiation with performers, touring companies, and agents, for example. Before anyone steps foot on a stage, let alone in a theater, a host of logistical hurdles must be dealt with. And now, the Z team led by director Rosemary Gill has committed itself to returning to center stage with a renewed focus on social equity in both its offerings and backstage practices. Cinema New Bedford is one reflection of that ethos – even as it builds upon this historic theatre’s fabled past. The Zeiterion has a history before its modern incarnation that stretches all the way

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The magic of the holiday season will come alive once again as the staff and youth of Saint Vincent’s Services in Fall River gather to bake and decorate a colorful spectacle of gingerbread houses and cookies as part of the gala holiday celebration!


he festive holiday event is spearheaded by Chef Gloria Cabral, coordinator of the Baking and Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts programs at Bristol Community College, and Cameron DeGrazia of Acushnet, Food Service Manager at Saint Vincent’s Services. Last year the event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but this year it’s back, and not a moment too soon! The annual gingerbread festival is traditionally held on “Black Friday,” the day following Thanksgiving. While the gingerbread decorating event is not open to the public, pictures will be posted online during the month of December. DeGrazia, who joined the staff at Saint Vincent’s Services four years ago after working in local area restaurants for several years, says that the almost 100 youth that are cared for “all enjoy and look forward to making and decorating the gingerbread houses and cookies.” Unsurprisingly, turnout is universal among the youth, who tend to enjoy sampling the delicious candies just as much as they do slathering on the frosting and constructing the colorful creations. “Whatever they don’t eat makes it onto


It’s rewarding for our family to help. It reminds us of what we are thankful for. The youth are putting their own creative spin on the gingerbread houses and for many, it’s a new experience. They’ve never made a gingerbread house or decorated a gingerbread cookie. a house,” DeGrazia quips, adding that the residents of Saint Vincent’s, who range in age from three to 18, all share in the holiday fun and help each other to create the projects. “We build 10 gingerbread houses,” he continues, adding that the construction is a day-long, fun-filled process. According to DeGrazia, the kinds generally enjoy cooking, baking, and working in the kitchen. He teaches a cooking fundamentals class where they can learn how to read recipes, prepare simple meals, and get to know their way around the kitchen. “We also have cultural nights where staff and youth celebrate ethnic and

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religious traditions and sample various cuisines,” he says. Chef Cabral has helped coordinate the gingerbread event for the past decade. She initially began working at Saint Vincent’s with Maggie Steele, who studied at BCC under Cabral, and coordinates the holiday production with DeGrazia. “It’s rewarding for our family to help,” the popular chef emphasizes. “It reminds us of what we are thankful for. The youth are putting their own creative spin on the gingerbread houses and for many, it’s a new experience. They’ve never made a gingerbread house or decorated a gingerbread cookie.” In addition, the chef has become a visiting resource at Saint Vincent’s Services, assisting in various projects throughout the year, and one youth has continued to be an active member of Cabral’s family for more than 12 years. Readers interested in donating to Saint Vincent’s Services can visit and click on the “donate now” button. Donations can be directed to the programming led by DeGrazia and the Food Service Team by requesting so in the “notes” section.

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I love surprises when I travel. And a 65x60x18-foot elephant that was built in the 19th century weighing about 90 tons which is listed as the 12th-tallest statue in the entire country definitely qualifies as a surprise.


h, and for the record, her name is Lucy. Rumor has it Lucy was once a bordello. You go, big girl, you go! We had the occasion to be in Margate, New Jersey to see this wonder, an added, lovely benefit to having dinner nextdoor at Ventura's Greenhouse, all of it smack dab on the Jersey Shore where, thankfully, we did not run across any annoying made-for-TV creatures named The Situation or Snooki. We were in the area (Longport, in particular) for a memorial of a family member who died last year but thanks to Covid, the memorial was long delayed. It wasn’t a sad thing. He was an older, quite accomplished, and very curmudgeonly guy and the accolades and funny stories about his positives and negatives were rather enlightening. It was handled


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best thing possible to sit there with an ice cream cone from Shriver's Gelato, doling out frozen gobs of gooey goodness since 1898, and watch the world walk/ saunter/jog/bike/stroll/ swagger/rollerblade and generally perambulate by. We also stayed in one of the coolest B&Bs ever, the spectacularly renovated Scarborough Inn, said to be the oldest in the city, lorded over by a guy with perhaps the coolest name ever, Sne Avichal, who bills himself as "Innkeeper, Architect, Friend of Dogs." This sprawling, exceptionally well-appointed place has tiny rooms and loads of old-fashioned stuff scattered about the wrap-around porch and sun-streaked lobby/seating area, like a classic mantletop typewriter with a page in it and one line on it - "All work and no play makes Sne a dull boy" – a delightfully

self-indulgent twist on a line from a classic horror film that will give those recognizing it a marvelous ripple of cinematic goosebumps. Walk down these narrow, gorgeous hallways after seeing that and you'll just want to go "Redrum! Redrum! Redrum!" in ever-increasing volume in the voice of one possessed by demons as you seek out creepy long-dead identically dressed twin girls. When you go to places you’ve never been before, it is best to do so with eyes and imagination wide open to drink in everything new because it is all new and

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