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Kids and adults never know what they’ll find in their local Little Free Library!

By Sandi Montour

From a very young age, we learn the joy of sharing. We share a toy with a sibling, a pencil with a classmate, and a secret with a friend. Later in life, we share cake in the break room with colleagues, rides in an Uber Pool, and, yes, we share the armrest on an airplane.


ince 2009, many have been sharing books through the non-profit Little Free Library, whose mission is to build community, spark creativity, and inspire readers. With over 90,000 Little Free Libraries in all fifty states and over ninety countries, you’ve probably seen one in a neighbor’s front yard or while traveling. They’re often uniquely decorated and include a charter sign which includes the registration number and the slogan, “take a book, share a book.” There are many registered libraries throughout the South Coast, the newest of which recently opened at Victory Park


in the south end of New Bedford. This library, hand-decorated with sea shells and sea glass to reflect its proximity to several beaches, is the first Little Free Library at a New Bedford Park. Extending the mission of building community and inspiring readers, another intention of this library is that community members work with the Park Board to steward a library at their local park, until every park has a library. Has the time come for you to join the movement?

Short stories Bernadette Souza, Executive Director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), emphasizes that “This Little Free Library

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is totally aligned with our focus on fostering the love of reading and lifelong learning. We at Y.O.U. will support any initiative that cultivates enjoyment and excitement for books, like the Little Free Library. We are grateful to be partners in the Victory Park Little Free Library and to have this amazing opportunity located on the same property as our headquarters. The feedback from kids and even adults has been so positive. We look forward to seeing these libraries in other parks in the near future.” Mary Rapoza, Director of New Bedford Parks, Recreation, and Beaches, adds her support. “A love of reading is a great gift to give to our youth. Access to books can give them the material they need to nurture this love. Parks are a great public venue for Little Free Libraries as they are accessible public spaces that youth and families frequent.” Becky Bedard, steward of New Bedford’s first registered Little Free Library, shares her excitement. “I’ve been a bookworm since I was a kid and now have two children of my own who always

have a book in-hand. When I heard about Little Free Libraries, I just had to be part of it. It took some time due to the expense of the library itself, but we purchased, painted, and installed our LFL in front of our house for my birthday in 2018.” Bedard sees her work as a public service. “Literacy is so important and a love for books early on is dependent on availability. Additionally, a child is so much more likely to read if they get to choose what they are reading. Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods and parks are not only supplements to the public libraries, but they allow easier access to books for children and adults alike that may not have the means to get to the public facilities easily. It’s so rewarding to come home to a note from a patron thanking us for having the library, sharing how much they enjoyed a book they borrowed and even donations they’ve brought from their homes to share. I’m so grateful to be part of this movement.”

Writ large The Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library, with support from grants, sponsored Little Free Libraries at city fire

stations, including 754 Brock Avenue at Mott Street, 700 Cottage Street at Durfee Street, 799 Ashley Boulevard at Tarklin Hill Road, and 3673 Acushnet Avenue at Holbrook Street. With a collection of nearly 400,000 items across all genres amongst the main library, four branches, and the bookmobile, the New Bedford Public Library system provides a wide variety and many opportunities for readers of all ages. The Little Free Libraries, unofficial branches to our public libraries, provide even more access to books and add to the community engagement and fun of our public places. So the next time you see a Little Free Library, take a moment and “take a book, share a book.” To learn more about the Little Free Library organization, including a world map to search for libraries and opportunities to get involved, check out Having traveled to 50 states, 50 countries and five continents (so far), Sandi Montour now calls the South Coast home.

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I enjoy the action and the chase. – Katie Bettencourt, 12

I love to read to see another person’s point-of-view. – Nolan Bushnell, 12

I love to look at the words and practice, and I liked reading Little House on the Prairie with my dad. – Eva Kirk, 7 I love to learn about nature, especially cheetahs. – Max Kirk, 5

I like to read because it transports me to another world where I get to explore the minds of all the different characters. Each character teaches me a lesson and also entertains me in ways that watching TV can’t! When I’m reading a book I really enjoy, I feel like I’m a part of it in some way, and the world around me no longer exists. – Rayn Raposa, 12



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A Fair with a Farming Flair By Ann Katzenbach

A hundred years ago, the South Coast was a land of farms. Today, many of these holdings have been gobbled up for malls and homes. Most of our food comes packaged from the supermarket. However, we are lucky that a farming culture persists.


n the summer, a diverse group of farmers cultivate fruits, vegetables, flowers, and nursery plants. They raise poultry, beef, cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, and care for horses, donkeys, and alpaca. With this much agriculture, there is still a need and love for local granges. The grange movement sprang up after the Civil War and grew into a powerful voice for farmers across the country. It was instrumental in the advent of rural mail delivery and in setting up libraries. These farmers were forward-thinking and egalitarian. Women of the Grange could vote before they could cast a ballot as U.S. citizens. Today there are 2,100 granges in the United States.


The simple life The Dartmouth Grange #162 on Fisher Road in Russells Mills is a very active member of this group. Members meet every month, contribute to the community in many ways, and every September they hold their annual Rural Community Fair, a two-day extravaganza celebrating all aspects of farm life from squashes to scarecrows, pickles to pumpkins. It’s a family affair with free admission, demonstrations, exhibits, a quilt raffle, entertainment, auctions, games, and affordable food from the grange kitchen. The fair opens on Friday, September 6 at 4 p.m. and carries on Saturday from noon to evening. Happily, the Grange Hall is across the road from Alderbrook Farm where farm

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animals are part of the daily entertainment and there is lots of extra room for the ebb and flow of fair-goers. The historic schoolhouse and Allen’s Mill will be open and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust offers an hour-long walk through conservation land at 11 a.m. on Saturday. On Friday evening Skip Daniels brings magic to the stage of the Founder’s Hall and Saturday at 4 p.m., Len Solomon will entertain with hand-built instruments, juggling, and comic commentary. You can find him on YouTube if you want a preview of his family-friendly showmanship. Fair-goers can learn a lot about the daily life of local farmers who had to depend on their own efforts to clothe and feed themselves. There will be demonstrations of cider pressing, beekeeping, shingle making, quilting, rug braiding, and wool spinning. If

you’re curious about older plant varieties, you can taste locally-grown heirloom apples and tomatoes. 4-H members will display their efforts as well. You can do more than be a spectator. Everyone is welcome to submit a creation or a specimen to be judged. Don’t be shy – you might win a ribbon and a cash prize! Bring your best fruits, vegetables, canned goods, eggs, honey, nuts, home crafts, baked goods, or an enormous pumpkin. Look in your garden for a gorgeous sunflower or a dahlia or make a flower arrangement. Create a scarecrow. There’s always the one-of-a-kind category for the unlikeliest fruit, vegetable, or flower. Youth exhibitors age 18 years or younger as of January 1 of the current year may enter all classes. For younger children, shell collections, pressed flower or plant collections, and





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Bring your best fruits, vegetables, canned goods, eggs, honey, nuts, home crafts, baked goods, or an enormous pumpkin. bird feeder and birdhouse construction are all possible submissions. As the fair winds down, any submissions that are not taken home will be auctioned off. Some very lovely items get put on the auction block Saturday evening. Last but not least is the quilt raffle. This year a beautiful queen-size quilt is on offer to those who purchase a raffle ticket for $5. The winner does not have to be present to win. Tickets will be on sale at Alderbrook Farm before the fair and available all during the event. Proceeds from the auction and raffle help the Grange offer scholarships and financial support for other community groups. Guidelines for all the fair submissions are listed in this year’s rules and instructions, available in printed form at Alderbrook Farm and online at

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The only thing as certain as the menu at Chowder Fest is that it’s all delicious.

Chow down C By Sean McCarthy

howder is one of those slices of culture that makes New England special. While the northeast doesn’t have a monopoly on the dish, it is a comfort food largely affiliated with the region for its time-honored preparations. But even in its most recognized region, chowder dishes are left largely up to the creativity

of those who prepare them. Chowder was introduced to North

America by French and British immigrants more than 250 years ago, and was valued for its taste and being a simple dish to pre-

pare. Today there are countless variations of chowder throughout New England and the world. For local chowder fans eager to celebrate all those varieties, this year brings another smorgasbord as the 14th Annual Chowder Fest celebrates a food with a rich, diverse, and creamy history, unlike any other.


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The event, run by the SouthCoast Chamber, will take place on Sunday, October 13 from noon to 5 p.m. on City Pier 3 in New Bedford. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy samples from more than two dozen organizations, hailing from Little Compton to Wareham. Last year, over 2,500 guests attended the event. In addition to the large tent there will also be smaller tents offering food, soft drinks, beer, and cocktails, while Acushnet Creamery will be providing ice cream. There will be live musical entertainment throughout the day and there will be family activities such as the YMCA’s lobster races, face painting, and rides on an antique fire engine courtesy of the New Bedford Fire Museum. As always, this year’s event will feature friendly competition among the food providers – guests are able to vote for the “People’s Choice Awards” in categories such as Chowder,

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One of the judges for this year’s competition is Brendan Kurie, Digital Editor and Dine Out food critic at The Standard-Times newspaper. “I’m excited to be back judging Chowder Fest for the third year. It’s always one of my favorite events of the year,” Kurie says. “From the delicious chowders, to discovering new restaurants and rediscovering old ones, it’s always an epicurean pleasure. And there’s always some delicious stuffies, kale soups, and signature soups. It’s always a blast getting to know the other judges and their love of food. With the live music and kids activities, it’s just a good time down on Pier 3.” Gazelle is a disc jockey at FUN 107 radio who has been attending the event for many years. Last year he was a judge. For him the Chowder Fest experience is about more than food. “I enjoy the social interaction,” he says. “I like being able to see

“From the delicious chowders, to discovering new restaurants and rediscovering old ones, it’s always an epicurean pleasure." people I haven’t seen for a while. I also enjoy seeing new restaurants as well as familiar ones. I like being able to walk around and talk to different chefs and get a feel for what they’re bringing to the table. It’s nice to see and taste the diverse restaurants from the New Bedford area—I look forward to chowing down on chowder.” “The SouthCoast Chamber takes great pride in organizing Chowder Fest,” says Deven Robitaille, Program and Events Manager for the Chamber. “For one day, thousands of people gather on City Pier 3 and sample local, traditional recipes while taking part in the vibrant culture our community has to offer.” Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those under five. There is the option for VIP tickets – for $35 a guest can enjoy early admission to the event at 11 a.m., a drink voucher, a VIP bracelet, a testing tray/frisbee, and entry to win a $200 gift basket as well as coupons for local restaurants. Tickets are available at the Chamber office and online at their website For more information call (508) 999-5231 or email

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e l a s For By Ron Fortier

What else could you ask for on a summer Saturday than great local artisans, fresh produce, and live music? That’s just a few of the many great reasons to visit the Huttleston Marketplace in the picturesque and historic town of Fairhaven. The marketplace provides Fairhaven residents, neighbors, first-timers, and returning visitors a place to seek out, discover, and find something in the marketplace’s wide variety of offerings. The array of locally-made arts and crafts and


in-season farm produce intermingled with antiques and collectibles is impressive. Vendors from near and far offer locally-made foods and shopping, all made more pleasant with the featured live musical entertainment each week.

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Chris Richard, the marketplace manager, wanted to provide a similar but expanded weekend venue that also focused on locally-made arts and crafts, as well as other compatible and sought-after product offerings. The marketplace helps with the town’s small-scale economic development by giving artisans and growers a place to display their wares with very low overhead.

It draws people to Fairhaven and to the Visitors Center, where the marketplace is held. From the expanded range of goods and a smaller scale in 2018, it has, according to Mr. Richard, “grown and expanded during our 2019 season.” There are twice as many vendors signed up to participate this summer than the previous summer. “Many of the current season’s vendors were recommended by other vendors. Now, instead of 25 to 35 vendors here each week, most often we have 40 to 50 booths set up,” says Richard. It’s an appealing location for vendors. “There is a well-balanced collection of products to find in a very convenient location on the front lawn of the Fairhaven High School at the intersection of Route 6 and Main Street,” says Richard. “Here, shoppers and visitors will find a good range of home décor, photography, gifts, clothing, and accessories. There’s also pottery, original art, toys, fresh vegetables, eggs, honey, and lots more. The marketplace is open every Saturday through September 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’re from out of town, set your GPS to 141 Main Street, Fairhaven.


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Conceptual plans for a restored Orpheum Theater as envisioned by students from Roger Williams University.

The show goes on By Steven Froias

Any city’s historic theaters of days gone by evoke a romantic response. In New Bedford, recalling the movie palaces of yesteryear is even more poignant because while so many sit empty, there currently isn’t a single screen within city limits dedicated to cinema at all. 14

It may be why there’s always an enormous interest in preserving (or finding a creative adaptation) for the theaters left standing from the north end to downtown to the city’s south end. The Zeiterion Theatre, now known as the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, located in a revitalized downtown is an undeniable success story. Over thirty years ago, visionary arts leaders restored a faded State Theater and returned it to its original glory as a multi-use performing arts space—some cinema included, but mostly dedicated to live performances. And now, two—and just

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maybe, three—other historic New Bedford theaters will be saved from the wrecking ball or dereliction. Funding for the restoration of two theaters on Acushnet Avenue was recently granted by the The City of New Bedford’s Community Preservation Committee using Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding. Waterfront Area Historic League (WHALE) will redevelop those two, in partnership with other nonprofits, and even has its eyes on a third: the fabled and forlorn Orpheum Theater sitting in the south end near the terminus of Route 18. WHALE’s mission is to

foster historic preservation and continued use of the city’s architectural heritage to enhance community and economic vitality in New Bedford. So, each time it takes on a project, it’s with that idea in mind. Its first project on Acushnet Avenue is the final transformation of the former Strand Theater into the Cape Verdean Cultural Center. Envisioned since the 1990s, the need for Cape Verdean arts and culture representation in the city was a significant factor in WHALE taking on its first project in the north end of New Bedford. Aspects of the plan for

the former Strand and future Cape Verdean Cultural Center first received funding from both the City of New Bedford’s Wicked Cool Places granting program and the Community Foundation’s Creative Commonwealth program. Currently, WHALE is working to get the building put on the National Historic Register. In the meantime, it was awarded $150,000 in CPA funds to begin the preservation process. The final project envisions an adjacent “Island Park” with public art by the artists Tracy Barbosa and Eden Soares and others. Barbosa will create a tile mosaic in the park. Soares will paint a soaring mural on the side of the building with a Cape Verde theme to welcome visitors traveling north up Acushnet Avenue. Further north on Acushnet Avenue, WHALE is partnering with the Community Economic Development Center to repurpose the former Capitol Theater building into retail spaces, offices and affordable housing. It was awarded $350,000 in CPA funds to purchase the building and begin its restoration process. The project is still in the planning stages, but under consideration is using part of the building for a community coworking center. Like the former Strand, the Capitol occupies a prominent space on this avenue and its restoration is expected to transform the streetscape here.

Curtains up Down in the south end sits the Orpheum Theater. It is regarded as the “white whale” of preservation in New Bedford, perhaps only matched by the former State

Armory building near the city center. Once a hub for the vibrant commercial center of Water Street, the Orpheum is almost all that remains of this once thriving neighborhood. It opened in 1912, on the same day the Titanic sank, and was operated for nearly 50 years by The French Sharpshooter’s Club of New Bedford. It contained an armored shooting range and ballroom as well as a vaudeville and movie theater. It is not currently a WHALE project. The building is for sale by owner Walter Moniz. However, it has not escaped WHALE’s attention. This past year, in association with students from Roger Williams University’s Architecture, Historic Preservation, Art, and Planning Department and with community input workshops, a series of possible uses for a future restored Orpheum Theater were envisioned. Two of the stand-out presentations were Eco-Orph and Whaling City Recreation. Echo-Orph reimagines the building as an indoor urban agriculture center, complete with a coffee roastery, craft brewery, teaching kitchen, and package-free mini-market. Whaling City Recreation recreates the Orpheum as an extreme sports center with a rock climbing wall and a trapeze gymnasium in what was once a theater. In so doing, it harkens back to the Orpheum’s history as a sharpshooters club. While the former Strand and Capitol on Acushnet Avenue projects are moving along, the Orpheum must yet bide its time for an eager entrepreneur to come along. But, at least they will know: there’s a plan for that.

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HOW TO AGE WELL By Elizabeth Morse Read



en X (those born in the mid-60s to 80s) has reached a critical juncture in their lives – they’re on the cusp of middle-age. While there are 76 million Boomers over age 50, 82 million Gen Xers reached that milestone back in 2015, and the number of people over 45 grows larger every year. And it’s a time when they need to take stock of their lifestyle, their finances, and their personal goals in order to stay healthy, solvent, and fulfilled. You wouldn’t wait until you’re 65 to start saving for your retirement, would you? Or wait until you’re disabled by a heart attack to start getting annual check-ups and


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restful sleep – it’s the time when your body heals itself. Turn off all electronic/ digital devices one hour before bedtime and keep them out of your bedroom. Fill your bedroom instead with houseplants that will oxygenate the air you’ll be breathing while you dream. If you need a little help to settle your brain, take some melatonin or drink a cup of chamomile tea.

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What if you were seriously injured in an accident or natural disaster? At this point in your life, you need to review your current financial goals, savings plans, insurance policies and spending habits. Remember: there’s no such thing as “disposable” income. Start being more mindful of wasteful spending habits, credit card debt, and living it up like there’s no tomorrow. Picture yourself living on a fixed income at some point in the future, when you’ll no longer be able to splurge on extravagant vacations or multiple high-ticket cars. Talk to a reputable certified financial planner (CFP) and tell your adult children that you’re not going to support them forever.

"BUT I FEEL GREAT FOR MY AGE!" Well, good for you. But are there family-history or genetic health issues lurking in the background? Have you had the proper screenings and blood tests over the years that would alert you to potential health problems, like high blood pressure, diabetes, or cancer? Are you a tad overweight? Do you eat junk food or smoke? Are you physically active every day? Schedule an annual checkup with your primary care physician to manage chronic conditions and catch early symptoms of new ailments. Start early to get annual screenings to establish a baseline, then follow the schedule for subsequent tests for cholesterol, blood sugar, heart disease, blood pressure, and various cancers. Schedule annual comprehensive dilated eye exams. Vision changes are common after age 40 – not just for reading glasses, but also to detect aged-related disorders like macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats when outdoors and by taking frequent breaks when working on a computer. Don’t forget your teeth! Gum (periodontal) disease, not the aging process, is the leading cause of tooth loss and has been linked as a risk factor for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. See your dentist at least once a year, then brush and

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Or are you really just watching your waistline in order to fit into the latest fashion trend? They call it “middle” age because that’s where all the excess fat seems to settle – and that’s the hardest kind of weight to get rid of as you get older. Excess weight puts you at high risk of developing weight-related ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. Start now eating a healthier balanced diet, like the Mediterranean diet, which is low in animal fats, sodium, sugars, and chemical additives, and high in fiber, lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and veggies.

If you haven’t already, you need to start de-stressing your daily life, incorporating periods of quiet relaxation that allows your body and mind to rid itself of distractions and tension. Yoga, meditation, and plain old daydreaming allow you to escape the warp-speed multi-tasking of your current daily pace. A simple walk through the woods on your lunch break will lower your blood pressure and refresh your body and mind.

"I NEED TO DO IT ALL NOW BEFORE I CAN’T DO IT AT ALL" Wrong. You need to change your focus from what you will no longer have or be able to do when you get older to what you will be able to do that you can’t do now! Focus on the positive aspects of getting older, like being able to spend more quality time with family and friends – and yourself.

GETTING OLDER IS WHEN YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SAVOR EACH MOMENT AND BE SPONTANEOUS, INSTEAD OF ALWAYS BEING A SLAVE TO A SCHEDULE AND EVERYONE ELSE’S DEMANDS. Foods like fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which reduce inflammation and help fight bacterial infections – for example, cranberries actually prevent oral bacteria from becoming plaque. Calcium and Vitamin D-rich foods strengthen teeth and bones. Dark leafy greens and seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids are much healthier for you than frozen diet entrees or take-out pizza.

"STRESS HELPS ME KEEP MY COMPETITIVE EDGE" Great. But it will also kill you sooner or later. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline shock your body into perpetual high gear, taxing your heart, your blood pressure, and your overall health. And ramping up on Red Bull and other caffeine stimulants only makes things worse. What will happen when you retire and suddenly get off the hamster-wheel of adrenalin-fueled activity? To live long, you need to live slowly, and accept that you can’t cram 48 hours into 24.

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When was the last time you tried something for the first time? It’s never too late to try something new – you’ll be able to get reacquainted with your curious/creative side! Try sailing or archery, playing a musical instrument, taking a class at a local college, traveling, learning a foreign language, or turning a hobby into a home business. Getting older is when you’ll be able to savor each moment and be spontaneous, instead of always being a slave to a schedule and everyone else’s demands. You’ll be able to pick your own like-minded friends and avoid self-absorbed people who are always negative, manipulative, or obsessively competitive. Picture where you’d want to live once you escape the nine-to-five script – a little cottage by the ocean? Cruising around the country in an RV? Fishing off a houseboat? Instead of dreading getting older, think of all the freedoms and opportunities it will bring.

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Summer’s almost over! The kids are back in school, the tourists have gone home—take a deep breath and enjoy the cooler temps, the Oktoberfests, the bumper-crop at the farmers markets, the harvest fairs, seafood festivals, and street fairs, plus the return of indoor music, theatre, and cultural events as the days grow shorter! Across the Region Bike for clean water! Join in the 13th Annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on October 6, from Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole! Call 508-999-6363 x207 or go to Southcoast Health hosts farm stands at Tobey Hospital in Wareham on Thursdays 2-5, at Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford on Wednesdays 2-5, and at the Southcoast Business Center in Fairhaven on Thursdays 2-5 – through October! For more info, visit Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have created “Discover Buzzards Bay,” an initiative to promote active outdoor recreation. A series of guided monthly outdoor walks, called “Sunday Strolls,” and an online portal with information about more than 100 public places to walk, bird-watch, kayak/canoe, fish, snowshoe or cross-country ski, can be found at – and check out and To learn more about state parks and wildlife refuges in Rhode Island, go to or Check out the “Summer Winds” kinetic sculptures on display at Custom House Square through September 30! For details, go to

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Explore the outdoors at Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit

Berkley Take the family to the Berkley Heritage and Honey Festival on September 21 at Berkley Common! For more info, go to or call 508-245-2866.

Bristol Take a stroll through Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! Don’t miss the Music at Sunset Summer Concerts Series on Wednesdays through September 28! Practice Yoga in the Garden on Fridays through September 27. Plan ahead for Beginner Botanical Drawing on Thursdays August 29 to September 26 and An Afternoon of Jazz September 8! Call 401253-2707 or go to Don’t miss the free RI Philharmonic’s Summer Pops Concert at Independence Park on September 1 (rain date September 2)! Call 401-248-7000 or visit

Head for Linden Place Mansion on September 29 for the 4th Annual Bristol Burger Bash, a fund-raising day of burgers, beer, and bluegrass! For info, call 401-2530390 or go to Take the kids to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Nature Center and Aquarium! Don’t miss Raptor Weekend September 7-8! For details and dates, go to Don’t miss the “Summer Tasting Series” with Two Gals Cocktails on September 5, 12, and 19 at Linden Place! Sample seasonal beverages and small bites! For tickets and more info, call 401-253-0390 or visit

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If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame! For info, call 401-2535000 or go to

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Wander through fields at Parsons Reserve or take a walk through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, call 508-991-2289 or visit dnrt. org. Head for Running Brook Vineyards for free live music every weekend year-round! For more info call 508-985-1998 or go to Take the family to the monthly Open Farm Days at Round The Bend Farm! Grass-fed meats, local veggies, honey, maple syrup, and botanicals! For dates and more info, call 508-938-5127 or visit roundthebendfarm. org. Practice yoga outdoors at the Stone Barn at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth, Fridays-Sundays through September 15! For details, go to

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Don’t miss the Huttleston Marketplace on Saturdays through September 14 on the high school lawn! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers – and more! For more info, go to fairhaventours. com or call 508-979-4085. Plan ahead for the 17th Manjiro Festival in the center of town on October 5! Celebrate Japanese-American ties with visitors from Japan! Enjoy Japanese food, music, taiko drummers, tea ceremony, crafts, martial arts – and more! For details, call 508-990-0592 or go to fairhaventours. com.

Fall River Join Mass in Motion’s “Walk to Summer” on Wednesdays through November along the Quequechan River Rail Trail in Fall River! For more info, call 508-324-2405 or go to The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous line-up this summer – don’t miss Birds of Chicago September 5, Peter Wolf September 7, Reckless Kelly September 13, Ana Popovic September 14, The Fabulous Thunderbirds September 19, Los Lonely Boys September 28, Darrell Scott October 3, The Weight Band October 5, Justin Hayward October 9, Cowboy Junkies October 10, Jesse Cook October 15 – and more! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. The FABRIC Arts Festival is set to take place on September 25th-28th with a multidisciplinary program that aims to interweave local traditions, places and people in the creation of a new way to experience the city. The four-day festival will be comprised of a series of music concerts, films, art exhibitions and murals. For more info visit

Lakeville Don’t miss the Lakeville Arts and Music Festival on October 5! For more info, visit

Marion Don’t miss the SLT Beer & Oyster Fest, hosted by the Sippican Land Trust, on September 7! For more info, go to Listen to monthly concerts at the Marion Music Hall through November! Don’t miss the Giocosa Quartet September 29 or the 440 Gypsy Jazz October 20! For tickets and more info, call 508-353-2150 or visit


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Mattapoisett Explore the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, bird-watch, cross-country ski! For more info, go to

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New Bedford Cheers! Plan ahead for the Annual Food Truck Festival and the Craft Beer Festival at Fort Rodman on September 14! For details, go to

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Take the family to the Soule Homestead for the Harvest Fair and Joe Davies Music Festival on September 14-15! For details, call 508-947-6744 or visit

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Mark your calendar for the New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival on October 13 under the tents on Pier 3! Sample clam and seafood chowders, kale soup, signature soups and stuffed quahogs prepared by local restaurants and caterers! Live music, children’s activities, beverage vendors—and the YMCA lobster race! For more info, call 508-999-5231 or visit


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Get healthy! On Sunday mornings, head for The Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford for free yoga, cardio exercise, meditation, massage, qi gong, and nutrition education! Every three weeks there’s smoking-cessation hypnosis, and every month a visit from the South Coast Wellness van! On Saturdays, you can “Walk With a Doc” at Buttonwood Park, all part of the New Bedford Wellness Initiative! For more info, visit

Enjoy the new season at Your Theatre! “39 Steps” will be performed September 12-15, 19-22. For more info visit Explore New Bedford’s waterfront on a Zagster cruiser-style one-speed bicycle! This new bikeshare pilot program provides very inexpensive bike rentals ($1 for 30 minutes or $25 annual pass) that are GPSequipped and remote locked, with docking stations at Fort Taber and State Pier. The program is co-sponsored by the City and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For details, download the Zagster smartphone app at the App Store or Google Play, or go to Find out what’s on tap and on the menu – and who’s playing on stage – at the Greasy Luck Brew Pub in downtown New Bedford! Don’t miss Eddie Trunk September 6, East Coast Alice September 13, Immolation September 21, Jinjer October 4, ONE: Metallica Tribute October 5, Zoso October 6, The Great Escape October 11 – and more! For more info, call 774-425-4600 or go to or Bring the family to the Southcoast Open Air Market (SOAM) on September 21 and October 12 on the corner of Union and Purchase Streets in New Bedford! Fresh produce, homemade baked goods, kids’ activities, food trucks, demonstrations, artisans, live music – and more! For more info and dates, call 508-644-0736 or go to Go on the free Summer Walking Tours sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society! Take the “Neighborhoods of the Textile Era” walk on September 12. For more info, call 508-997-6425 or go to Show up for the free fishing clinic at Fort Taber on September 22! For details, go to

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Let your kids explore the Whaling Museum – check out the Discovery Center! For more information, call 508-997-0046 or go to Explore the city’s history at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For a schedule of walking tours and special events, visit Enjoy FREE family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The September 12 theme is #CreativeCommunityNB. The October 10 theme is “Art In Tune.” For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Check out the exhibits, musical performances and dock-u-mentaries at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! Save the date to hear Scotland’s “North Sea Gas” on September 5! For more info, call 508993-8894 or visit fishingheritagecenter. org. Plan ahead to hear Pete’s Posse in concert at the Wamsutta Club on September 13! Laura Love will perform on October 4. For details, go to

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Head for Pilgrim Memorial Hall in Plymouth for great entertainment! Don’t miss Imagination Movers September 14, the Plymouth Philharmonic’s Opening Night: A Symphonic Spectacular September 28, Foreigners Journey October 5! For tickets and info, call 800-514-3849 or go to Plan ahead for the 6th Annual Redbrook Harvest Festival in October! For dates and details, go to Find out who’s on stage at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts of Greater Plymouth! Don’t miss Forever Young September 7, Delta Generators September 14, Steve Forbert September 20, Ronnie Earl September 21, Parsonsfield September 27, Moondance October 4, Peter Wolf October 5, Gibson Brothers October 11 – and more! For tickets and info, call 508-746-4488 or visit Head for the Priscilla Beach Theatre, the oldest barn theatre still in operation in America! “[Title of Show]” will be performed September 6-8, 11-14. “Young Frankenstein” will be performed October 4-6, 8-12. For info and tickets, call 508224-4888 or visit

Portsmouth Head for Glen Park on September 14 for the Firefly Yoga & Wellness Festival! Yoga, vegan food, meditation, music, mystics and massage! Free parking, kid and dog friendly! For more info, visit fireflyyogafest. Enjoy wine tastings and live music at Greenvale Vineyards! For details, call 401847-3777 or visit

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Explore the corn maze at Escobar Farm! For dates and details, go to escobarfarm. com.

Register now for the Newport Marathon October 13 ( or the 4-mile Pell Bridge Run/Walk (pellbridgerun. com) on October 20!

Visit the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth! For more info, call 401-683-1267 or go to newportmansions. org.

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The South Coast Community Chorale is looking for new voices! The SCCC is a non-auditioned choir, but the ability to match pitch, blend with other singers, pay reasonable dues, and attend rehearsals is required. If this “sounds” like you, then visit and prepare for open enrollment on September 4, 11, and 18 at Saint John of God, 1036 Brayton Ave., Somerset.

Providence Head for India Point Park for the Rhode Island Seafood Festival September 7-8! For complete details, go to Find out what’s happening at Roger Williams Park! Explore the walking trails, biking, boating, playgrounds or ride the Carousel! Visit the Botanical Center, the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, or the Zoo! For complete details, go to Don’t miss Moonrise on the Seekonk September 14, with music, picnics and powerful binoculars, or the free RiverRide on the Seekonk September 15, departing from Blackstone Field! For more info, go to Mark your calendar for the start of the new season at Trinity Rep! “The Prince of Providence” will be performed September 12 to October 20! For tickets and info, call 401-351-4242 or go to The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s classical concert season begins with “Bronfman Plays Brahms” on September 28. “The Planets” will be performed on October 19. For more info, call 401-248-7000 or visit Woooo! Go on a Haunted Boat Tour through the waterways of Providence on Wednesday evenings through October! For info and reservations, call 401-580-2628 or visit

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Go on a “Vineyard Voyage” on September 22 with the Providence Riverboat Company —sample wine and food pairings from Gooseneck Vineyards! Call 401-580-2628 or visit Check out the new season of The Wilbury Group! “Waiting for Godot” will be performed September 24-October 20. For more info, visit Head for the Fete Music Hall! For a line-up and more info, call 401-383-1112 or go to Don’t miss “Food Truck Fridays” through September 27 at the Carousel at Roger Williams Park! For more info, call 401-7853510 or go to Go on a romantic gondola ride through the heart of Providence! For info and reservations, call 401-421-8877 or go to Or take a leisurely day or sunset cruise through the waterways of Providence! For info, call 401-580-2628 or visit Be amazed by WaterFire on September 14 and 28, October 5, and November 2! For the complete 2019 schedule of lightings and special events, go to

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Explore the Children’s Museum in Providence! Go to or call 401-273-5437.

Rehoboth Plan ahead for the Arts in the Village concerts at Goff Memorial Hall! For dates and details, go to

Seekonk Explore the outdoors at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, operated by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island! For more info, call 401-949-5454 or visit

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Taunton Find out who’s on stage the District Center for the Arts! Don’t miss the Brothers All Band September 6, An Audience with Medium Roland Comtois September 8, No Quarter September 13, Beatles For Sale September 14, Cheryl Wheeler September 21, The Edwards Twins September 22, Steve Daggett September 27, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band September 28, Sacred Fire October 5, Moondance October 12 – and more! For info and tickets, call 508386-9413 or visit thedistrictcenterforarts. com.

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Get ready for the “Country Day at Pardon Gray” on September 14 at the Pardon Gray Preserve! A family fun day with crafters, live entertainment, food, games, hay and pony rides, pumpkin decorating and more! For more info, call 508-509-3948 or visit

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Frankly, my dear By Paul Kandarian

There’s a beach I go to on the South Coast that’s rather nice— a private beach popular with families, and as with many beaches, it’s across from land on the horizon I cannot identify.


ow I’m a pretty geographically savvy guy. I know where I am most of the time by landmarks or just an innate sense of direction. But put me on one familiar shore, I cannot for the life of me tell you what’s on the other one. My buddy could, though. He had this sense of the water – a lifelong sailor who knew channels and currents and winds and waves and other such nautical elements that baffle my landlubber mind. When he and I were at that beach, or really any other in the area, I’d ask “What’s that over there?” and he’d say the Cape Cod canal or Falmouth or such-andsuch lighthouse. He could also see squawking gulls above churning waters hundreds of yards off shore and tell me what fish were running and causing the avian feeding frenzy. He once laughed at me good-naturedly when I called a rope on a boat a “rope,” correcting me with “line, Paul, they’re called lines.” I never forgot that. Nor will I forget him. Frank, as I formally call him (his legal name, not the one he went by), died a


couple months ago, a good man of 71, succumbing to that bastard, cancer. I’m angry, as many tend to be, calling a disease a name as if that’ll show it who’s boss, as if calling cancer a bastard will scare it away. Maybe because it scares us. I don’t know. All I know is I’m angry Frank is gone, not at the beach, not pointing out stuff I need pointing out. But I look out at those things now and just smile thinking of him. Maybe that’s all I need. Frank was an interesting guy who led an interesting life – once working in alternative energy, once being a farmer, once running a landscaping company, once building homes. He used his hands and his mind, once writing sports stories for a local paper, once creating a golf guide to courses out in Palm Springs. He lived in Newport years ago, and a couple times I’d take him with me there on writing assignments (the best being when we donned chef duds for a cooking lesson at a restaurant). I’ve a lot of fond memories overall in my life, and that night with Frank ranks right up there with the

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best of them. By far and far more importantly, I’ll remember Frank for being the consummate family man he was: a great husband, father, grandfather, friend to many he knew, instantly to strangers he’d just met. I last visited with Frank at home, a month or so before he died, amazed by the spirit of the guy, upbeat, positive, making moments count. I sat with him, just him and me, chatting, for the longest, sweetest time on a lovely spring day, ignoring the elephant in the room, that being his imminent demise. We talked about anything and everything not related to dying or cancer or health care or the general f’d-up nature of death, fair or unfair (and it’s very fair, in retrospect – there’s not one of us who will escape it). We just talked. It seemed so normal. Because it was. I cannot remember the last time I dealt with death this close and this certain. In the past, people I've known and loved were alive and then they were dead. Even my parents, who died within weeks of each other six years ago, were just dying of old age. It was

expected. They were pushing 90. It was, as they say, “their time.” But for the most part, in the cases of people I've known who have died, there was no “living death” buffer of knowing their end was nigh and then having to stumble around in the crushing darkness of uncertainty, not knowing what the hell to say. Just talking to my friend for the longest, sweetest time that lovely spring day, relishing the gift of conversation, made me realize that the strongest most important thing we can offer the dying is our ear. I knew it intuitively; my whole writing life has been spent listening to people tell me their stories. As we talked, I mostly listened to him talking about the mundane daily crap of life, every seemingly meaningless mundane word a blessing because he was still alive to speak them. And he asked me a lot of questions, too, he always has, about my writing, my acting, and the play my son and I wrote about our journey through his addiction to recovery. Frank was keenly interested in my boy's progress,

he was in, the only moments that mattered. There's the quite obvious lesson to me and everyone as we age and stare down mortality's barrel aiming ever more closely at us: pay attention to the moment. The last one is closer than you think. Frank faced death with admirable dignity and grace, imparting to those he was leaving behind a sense of optimism and hope evidenced in his forever flashing smile. And as I sit on the beach now and look at the sky, I think of him as well. Frank was a weather wonk – he loved predicting it, and could read clouds, knowing which ones meant what was coming. And all of them, I know now thanks to knowing Frank, have a silver lining. The joy of knowing him taught me where to look.





though he'd only met him once, and how well he was doing. He would always ask how my boy was doing. Then we did what guys often do: we bitched about ex-wives. He’d had a couple to my one. The spiritual buzz of late is mindfulness, being in the moment, as if it were something we invented, something the Buddhists and others hadn't thought of ages ago. Frank had been living in horrible pain for a long time, but had times when he was not, when he could and did, intently so, notice the light of the sun in a room, the flowers he's lorded over for years outside in his meticulously-kept yard, the scent of the ocean he could see from his home, the delight in conversation talking about mundane, seemingly meaningless crap. These are the moments he cherished, the moments

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