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Contents In Every Issue






From the publisher


Dateline South Coast

By Elizabeth Morse Read

Art attack: local artist groups unveil summer plans By Lori Bradley


All that jazz: back for 2013


By Paul E. Kandarian


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The farm next door: eating local

Looking good for business: Part II

The all-American sport: miniature golf

By Anthi Frangiadis


The perfect Father’s Day gift

By Paul E. Kandarian

By Greg Jones

By Stacie Charbonneau Hess




What’s new at the zoo (more than you think) By Joyce Rowley

The safety of crowds: law enforcement meets the challenge By Michael DeCicco


The South Coast Center for Weight Loss; Dr. Fradkin honored; and seen at the Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser



Test your local knowledge


ON THE COVER Hats off to summer, with all its joys, excitement and sunshine. Here on the South Coast we celebrate summer in so many ways you need a guidebook. We suggest the June issue of “The South Coast Insider.”


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Welcome to summer: at last, finally, summer has arrived, in all its New England glory. With our summers

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being the all-too-brief, intense and joyous affairs they are, you don’t want to miss a single shimmering week-

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Your June issue of “The South Coast Insider” has, as always, the information you need to plan your family’s summer fun. The full list of special events, celebrations

Contributors Lori Bradley, Michael DeCicco, Anthi Frangiadis, Stacie Charbonneau Hess, Greg Jones, Paul E. Kandarian, Tom Lopes, Jay Pateakos, Elizabeth Morse Read, Joyce Rowley, Steve Smith

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and things to do is in Dateline South Coast, compiled by Elizabeth Morse Read and beginning on page 32.

Members of the art scene along the South Coast seem to have spent some time this past winter planning things to do, and we have all the details in Lori Bradley’s story on page 12. Studio tours, art garage sales and events combining music, food and art are all happening this summer. Miniature golf is an all-American sport, invented here 90 years ago and still popular with families, kids and anyone ready for some low-stress recreation. The best miniature golf courses in the South Coast are highlighted in Greg Jones’ article on page 26. While you’re having fun, it’s important that you and our family have a safe summer. Ten tips for surviving the summer with a smile are brought to you by Elizabeth Read, starting on page 28. Keep your copy of “The South Coast Insider” handy when you’re filling in your summer calendar. There’s not another publication like it, filled with the useful information for residents and visitors alike.

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oin the farm. That, in essence, is what becoming shareholder in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA ) farm means. Last summer, my husband and I joined Brix Bounty CSA, conveniently located on Tucker Road in Dartmouth, and we’re doing so again for the 2013 “veggie season.” Actually, it’s not so much a “joining” as it is a commitment, because deciding to join a CSA is serious. The farmer relies on the community to provide funds in advance of the growing season for each “share,” the number of which is capped by the farmer to ensure that all members are well supplied. It can be a delicate balance: too few shares and the farmer loses money; too many shares and the shareholders don’t get a good basket of vegetables. Last summer, after my first trip to the CSA one lovely spring afternoon, I knew that I had gotten the better end of the deal.


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For 20 more weeks, my fouryear-old and I, and occasionally a reluctant teenager, gathered up our burlap bags and with anticipation, made the short drive to Brix Bounty.

Veggie-of-the-week It’s not like going to the supermarket. Personal notes from the farmer are posted, noting what’s best that week and directing shareholders to the “Pick Your Own” (PYO) patch. Shareholders can literally do just that, selecting extra vegetables that happen to be abundant that week, over and above the share amounts. The keyword here is “fresh.” These vegetables didn’t just get dropped off a truck from California or a boat from Chile. You pick them, you eat them, probably within a week of harvest (because next week you will be back to pick your next share). Because each week’s harvest depends on what’s at peak ripe-

ness, you get a much wider variety that you would at the local supermarket. For example, Brix Bounty expects the first week of August this year to include blue gold potatoes, white spear scallions, Helona muskmelons, islander purple peppers among the vegetables “on call” that week. Sometimes there were abundant peppers, sometimes too many varieties of lettuce, but I could always find a grateful neighbor to share my own bounty with.

Member’s benefits There are perks to joining a CSA that go beyond weekly fresh vegetables. Some CSAs join forces with local bakeries and offer fresh baked goods and loaves of bread. Others will offer a locally-grown flower share at an additional cost. Every farm’s program is unique. In the case of Hilltop Farms of Westport, for example, their Farm Share program has a workplace Continued on page 8

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Joining a CSA is not only about the money and the food. It’s about a way of life, a way of living. With your dollars, you support your neighbor who in turn provides for you what you could perhaps not have the skill or inclination to provide for yourself: the freshest, just-picked-that-day vegetables and herbs. It’s a statement of support and a way to be thankful for the area’s natural bounty. As New Englanders, you have already lived through the winter and you deserve to see what’s been growing underneath the snowy landscape all the while. Remember that the number of shares at any CSA farm is limited, and the harvest season will begin soon.

Picking your CSA Brix Bounty CSA is one of many wonderful local farms offering a share of their crop in return for community investment. Choose the farm closest to you or choose the one whose operating principles most nearly mirror your health and food goals. A good place to start your research is at Remember too, if the CSA is at capacity or you will only be around for part of the summer, you can still enjoy nature’s local bounty by shopping at a farmers’ market or farmstand.

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Zoo re-do by Joyce Rowley

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“Community pride in the zoo was the biggest draw for me,” says Buttonwood Park Zoo’s new director Keith Lovett when asked why he took the post . “The community is always backing you.”


he 42-year-old Lovett, who has 20 years of animal management experience, sees great things in store for Buttonwood Park Zoo. By working on its strengths—its comfortable size, local flora and fauna, and community support—he hopes to improve the educational programs in collaboration with other groups. “First you must show how you can be efficient and successful with very little resources and then use that as a pilot,” says Lovett, who sees the zoo’s emphasis on a North American collection as a means to make the zoo become a major educator and conservator of local flora and fauna. In an educational program Lovett is creating, the zoo’s terrestrial animal


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component will mesh with the Ocean Explorium’s aquatics and the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s biodiversity themes. And, in a progressive approach to zoo management, the “diorama” approach to exhibits is giving way to interactive exhibits. Keepers play a more active role in teaching the public about their animals and field questions from the visitors. At the same time, Lovett is working on improving the exhibits themselves.

Rebuilding the ‘Best Small Zoo’ Buttonwood Park Zoo’s last major capital outlay was $10.5 million 12 years ago. At the time, it was called the “Best Small Zoo in America” by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

(AZA), an accrediting organization. But like any outdoor attraction, upkeep is everything. Unfortunately, the economic downturn over the past five years took its toll on many city facilities, and the zoo was no exception. Staffing was cut, and maintenance deferred and then transferred to another department that also saw funding cuts. In 2011, the zoo began $667,000 in capital improvements, including repairs to the seal, otter and beaver exhibits’ water filtration systems. A year later, the zoo has new water filter systems, and the seals have a stateof-the-art salt water seal pool with chocolate coloring and a shade structure to protect their eyes. Lovett recently received $250,000 from the city for much-needed

repairs to the Aquatic Center and other exhibits as well as to landscaping and walkways.

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Accreditation and the elephants at the table The next major capital outlay will come when the city decides what to do with its Asian elephants, Ruth and Emily. New AZA elephant care standards require holding space for three elephants as part of a zoo’s accreditation. The zoo’s elephant exhibit does not meet the minimum standards. “If we were starting all over, I would not bring elephants to New Bedford,” said Lovett, citing the cold climate and cost of keeping elephants. Buttonwood Park Zoo’s total operating budget is around $1.2 million annually. Keeping two elephants costs about $300,000 a year. “If you do the math, that’s one-quarter of the budget for two animals,” said Lovett. Lovett said that to bring the current exhibit up to AZA standards would cost between $2 and $3 million in exhibit renovations for the zoo’s two Asian elephants. It’s a tough decision, and one that some people see as a loss for the zoo. Emily has been at the zoo since 1968; Ruth came to the zoo as a “rescue” elephant in 1986. But Ruth, at 55 years old, is now the sixth-oldest elephant in a North American AZA zoo, and Emily at 48 is fourteenth. Both have chronic arthritis in their feet and ankles, common in zoo elephants and a leading contributor to premature elephant deaths. And if one died, the zoo would have to send the other away. The new space requirements are based as much on an elephant’s size as on its need for socialization. Elephants are highly intelligent and living in close quarters can lead to psychological problems, according to global elephant expert Dr. Joyce Poole. Emily’s aggression towards Ruth over the past eight years is well

documented by the zookeepers. Ruth, who is smaller, has had six inches of her tail bitten off, and is often rammed by Emily. Both elephants exhibit neurotic “stereotypical” behavior—lolling their heads and swinging their trunks—for long periods several times a day. Lovett will play a pivotal role in determining what to do with the elephants. It’s a tough decision that he has struggled with when preparing a budget and a re-application to the AZA for accreditation, recognizing that although everyone loves the elephants, many residents and zoogoers have pushed for retiring the elephants to a sanctuary.

The Elephant Sanctuary The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, a 2,700-acre reserve for sick, needy and elderly elephants, has taken in 24 elephants since they opened in 1995. Hohenwald, near northern Alabama, was selected for its subtropical climate—much like the elephants’ native equatorial climate. And that means elephants spend more time outside, grazing, walking, swimming and exploring, which helps both the arthritic ankles and the neuroses.

The sanctuary’s success is augmented by “el-cams,” a live video stream that shows once-captive elephants reverting to natural behaviors, some after years of isolation. In fact, that is what the sanctuary says is their biggest success: helping elephants be elephants. Unfortunately, AZA has taken a strong stance against zoos donating elephants to sanctuaries because they do not don’t allow breeding for population conservation. However, Ruth and Emily are past the breeding age. There are other animals at the zoo that could also use a little more leg room. Lovett said the elephant area could be renovated to give the zoo’s black bears room to roam, much like their natural habitat, for example. As for the elephants? “Every option is still on the table,” said Lovett in a recent interview this May.

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Arts organizations spring into summer O

ne of the most gratifying aspects of early spring is witnessing how winter changed the landscape. Rather than lying dormant, plants have been growing and changing shape under icy surfaces. Broken branches from storm-tossed trees are cleaned away to make room for new growth, so shrubs and trees change in form. Arts organizations follow seasonal patterns similar to plants, and it’s interesting to observe the annual organizational changes. Warm months are the most active ones for artist organizations, with coinciding activities and events on most weekends. But, during chilly months conversations and meetings were still taking place unseen by the public, and these resulted in the sweeping away of old debris


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by Lori Bradley

and set the stage for new growth and organizational structures.

New Bedford Open Studios New Bedford Open Studios (NBOS) spent fall and winter undergoing a restructuring and planning process that is enabling the venerable organization to emerge with a new shape this spring. Rather than featuring one vast citywide tour, this year NBOS will offer several small, concentrated open studio tours throughout the year. Each will feature a different geographic section of the city. Rather than feeling rushed trying to visit all studios in two short days, and dodging traffic while struggling with maps or GPS to find each place, the new structure will offer a relaxed experience with plenty of time to investigate

the unique character of each studio and surrounding neighborhoods. The Hatch Street Studios in the north end will continue to host an open studio event during the holiday season; this year, it will be November 22, 23 and 24. The Ropeworks Studio, also in the north end, will host a separate event October 5 and 6. And the members of the Orchard Streets Studios, a relatively new studio building in the south end, will have an open studio weekend September 7 and 8. An Artist’s Garage Sale will be held at the Ropework Studios parking lot (123 Sawyer Street) June 9 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The new NBOS structure gives more autonomy to studio artists in planning unique signature events. Hatch Street Studios will invest in creating a

South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours In rural South Coast, The South Coast Artists (SCA) Studio Tours will celebrate 10 years of offering selfguided open studio tours. The SCA hasn’t changed structurally over the years, but has been growing steadily. This year approximately 70 artists in the coastal towns of Dartmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, and Westport will open studios in their homes, backyard outbuildings, and Dart-

‘Painting in the Garden’ This year, The Rotch Jones Duff (RJD) House in New Bedford offers a relatively new creative experience to the public June 6, 7 8 and 9. Now in its second year, the “Painting in the Garden” class is destined to become an anticipated spring event. For four consecutive days, individuals of varying levels of artistic know-how can immerse themselves in the Plein Air tradition of painting outdoors, in the magnificent spring rose gardens of the RJD at peak bloom. And, there is a pleasant fully covered patio area in which to observe and paint the gardens in case of rainy or hot weather. Plein Air (open air) painting became popular in the early nineteenth century in Europe and America when art supply manufacturers began developing portable paints and easels that artists could easily transport into the field. Claude Monet, a founder of the French Impressionist movement, is one of the most famous Plein Air painters and his color-rich paintings of gardens and ponds are a cherished part of our collective visual lexicon. “Painting in the Garden” transports participants into the past in a romantic setting of mounding roses, arching copper beeches and 19th century architecture generating shade and privacy for participants to immerse themselves in painting as a response to landscape. Renowned contemporary landscape painter Severin (Sig) Haines teaches the class, roaming around the garden offering guidance to individuals in the process of painting, and during lunchtime group critiques. He motivates the class with a visual history of garden painting including the works of artists such as Monet and Childe Hassam, and of many contemporary landscape artists. Immersion in such an inspirational creative experience in June will unfailingly set the stage for a delightful summer.


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festive pre-holiday party atmosphere with live music. The Orchard Street Studios has several large, empty spaces that are offered to guest artists and are conducive to experimental visual art installations and performance events. The NBOS will have an outdoor tent for fine arts and crafts during the New Bedford Folk Festival July 6 and 7. impetus participants who are less established in their art careers, and to attract younger and more diverse audiences. Also, studio artists felt frustrated that the citywide one-weekend event didn’t allow them any freedom or time to visit their fellow artists’ studios. For the artists, the existing structure was serving to divide the creative community rather than unite it. Artists are often the best audience for art. The new NBOS structure is designed to build a greater sense of community, and will continue to give visitors an extraordinary glimpse of the artist lifestyle and processes. Pat Daughton, chairwoman of the NBOS steering committee, commented on the restructuring, saying, “The challenge for open studios, which is also a challenge for individual artists, is to how to stay fresh and responsive to the changing economy and community needs. This year New Bedford Open Studios is restructuring both its administration and event format. In 2013, NBOS will be hosting four main signature events to draw attention to different cultural areas in New Bedford. NBOS hopes to present a robust artistic program that will highlight the city’s creative spirit.”

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Then he got the idea of creating a jazz festival in the city, with Bridgewater Credit Union stepping up to provide funding. Last year, the New Bedford JazzFest was born, designed by Paradis—who at the same time last year was planning something else as well. “I was planning my wedding, too,” laughed the happily married Paradis. “Planning a wedding and festival at the same time wasn’t easy. But both got done.” This year’s 2nd Annual New Bedford JazzFest on June 15 is being

held on two waterfront stages in a 170-foot-long tent on Pier 3 near the high-speed ferry. It runs from 2:007:00p.m., and features more than 40 of the region’s best jazz musicians, playing Latin to fusion to swing. “Last year we had three bands,” Paradis said. “This year we have six with over 40 musicians, and there will always be music playing, there are two stages on either end of the tent, and when one band is breaking down, the other will be starting up, so it’ll be continuous music.” About 300 people showed up last

year, a figure he hopes to double this year at the very least: There’s room for 1,000, he said. Some musicians on tap to play are saxophonist Dino Govoni, playing with both the Horseneck Trio and the UMass Dartmouth Faculty All Stars. Govoni records on the Whaling City Sound label and has recorded or toured with talents like Randy Brecker, the Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, the Boston Pops and Frankie Valli. When he’s not playing, Govoni, teaches at UMass Dartmouth and the Berklee School of Music. Other local faves include the 17-piece Southcoast Jazz Orchestra, spotlighting vocalist Diane Carey; singer Dori Legge with the John Harrison Quartet; the Marcus Monteiro Quartet; and the UMass Dartmouth Latin Vision Ensemble, led by Chris Poudrier. ArtWorks! Of New Bedford is partnering with the festival to create an artists’ colony at the event, with a display of original art and handmade crafts for sale. An assortment of food trucks will be on site, along with beer and wine from Buzzards Bay Brewing and the Shipyard Brewing Company. The festival this year again benefits the nonprofit Your Theatre in New Bedford, where Paradis, an accountant by trade, is also an actor,

appearing in recent productions such as “Woman in Mind” and “The Activist.” The city has a long tradition of music, and Paradis hopes to add jazz to the list of what people like. “This year we have all regional bands, but we’re hoping this year builds interest and next year we can also get some major national acts,” he said. Since the music ends at 7 p.m., it will give patrons a chance to walk the city’s waterfront and check out local restaurants and shops, he said. And while the jazz demographic is largely adult, the festival invites youngsters to join the musical fun. “We want to create a safe, fun and artistically rich environment for families as well,” he said. “Children 13 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.” Tickets are $15 per person in advance, and can be reserved through the Your Theatre box office by calling 508-993-0772 or online at www., or in person at Bridgewater Credit Union, 41 Fairhaven Commons, Fairhaven, and also at Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth. Tickets can be also bought for $20 the day of the event. Free parking will be available at 49 State Pier.

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The people who organize and police the events that draw large crowds around South Coast this summer all have the same answer to whether April’s infamous Boston Marathon bomb blast on a crowded Boylston Street will affect their plans. They’re all saying it won’t change a thing. There won’t necessarily be a larger police presence at South Coast area events, Capt. Joseph Cordeiro, New Bedford Police station one commander, said, because the formula for how large of a police detail should attend an event goes by the number of people expected and the past history of trouble there. “And we use our intelligence gathering,” Cordeiro said. “We hear specific rumblings about something, we’ll up the number of officers.” He said each year police routinely sit down with the event organizers to review what security plan, including number of detail officers, will be needed. Then that plan can be implemented in a couple of weeks. “We will take any strategy we’re given and put it in place before the event, and maybe a few extra precautions this year,” he said. Cordeiro’s jurisdiction stretches from downtown, the site of the popu-

lar New Bedford Folk Music Festival, to Buttonwood Park, site of the Whaling City Festival that, according to its website, attracts 125,000 people, 200 flea market and craft vendors and 26 food vendors every summer. “Locally, clearly our officers are in heightened sensors mode,” Cordeiro said. “But we’re always in that mode anyhow. Events like these, they heighten our senses. Our senses will be heightened.”

‘See something, say something’ He asks that people attending these events help them but also enjoy themselves. “We want people to enjoy themselves but be observant,” he said. “The last thing we want is for people to not attend. We need folks to be our eyes and ears, be extremely vigilant. We don’t have the resources to have an officer on every corner. So if you see something out of the ordinary, say something right away. It’s the best way to stop something big from happening.”

He is happy to note people organizing and attending New Bedford’s summer events are very cooperative. “It’s been great working with them,” he said. Park Superintendent Jennifer T. Nersesian echoes the cooperative effort. “We don’t have law enforcement officers on staff,” she said. “We work in concert with New Bedford police; let them know all that we are planning. We work very cooperatively with them.” The New Bedford Folk Music Festival, previously known as Summerfest, draws the biggest crowds every summer, she said, but other summer events downtown will include concerts in the Park Service garden on Thursday nights and the monthly AHA nights that draw people downtown for free offerings of New Bed-

While this large indoor venue could create a special security challenge, Korolenko too said there will be no plan changes out of security concerns. “We’re the same festival,” he said. “We’re just calling it something more descriptive.” In the Wareham area, summer brings a long list of events at Onset Bay, from the Onset-Wareham Fireworks display on July 6 to the Summer of Love concert series every Wednesday night from June 26 to Aug. 29. Wareham’s 15th annual Swan Festival will draw crowds to downtown streets on July 9. Lt. Kevin Walsh of the Wareham Police Department promises the same level of police presence and security as always. “We will do, as in the past, what’s

If we hear anything specific happening, then we will do what we need to do to respond. Nothing is going to change. ford’s art, history and architecture. She said there are no plans to change or cancel any event out of security concerns. “We’re looking forward to a great summer,” she said. “It’s business as usual. There’ll be nothing different that anyone will notice.” The New Bedford Folk Festival’s artistic director Alan Korolenko said the event, now in its 18th year, draws around 20,000 people per year. That is counting those who purchase wristbands to attend the concerts and those who stroll along the cobblestone streets dotted by craft and food vendor tents. This year, the festival will be unable to use Custom House Square for one of its seven stages because of the park construction there, he said. Instead, the festival’s main stage will be at the Zeiterion Theatre.

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Relocate the entry door so that it works with the circulation of the store. Locate your cash register in a central spot but out of the way. You do not want customers to walk into you at the register when they first open the door. Extend your sales floor by utilizing a front or side porch, wide sidewalk or other nook and cranny immediately adjacent to your store. Lay out the store so that there is a destination in the back of the store that appeals to your customer enough that they will have to walk by your entire product line—why do you think clearance sections or cash registers are typically toward the rear of national retailer stores? Physical improvements should focus on enhancing a customer’s experience in your store; thereby increasing the likelihood that they will do business with you. The items listed above are not necessarily large design projects, nor are they beyond your reach if properly planned. All of them have the ability to create a significant return on your investment in sales and thereby would be eligible for small business financing. Anthi Frangiadis AIA has over 15 years experience in commercial and residential experience. She can be contacted at 508-748-3494 or

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all River Municipal Credit Union recently celebrated 83 years of serving its members. As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution, FRMCU has been serving individuals who live or work in the Southeastern Massachusetts counties of Bristol, Barnstable and Plymouth and the nearby Rhode Island communities of Portsmouth, Little Compton and Tiverton. FRMCU provides a wide array of loan and deposit products for members. Whether it’s a free checking account with internet access and a debit card, or loans for a new vehicle, the credit union has many products to serve the need of members.

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Fresh air for those underwater FRMCU is a qualified Fannie Mae lender servicer offering the Home Affordable Relief Program (HARP) for homeowners with underwater mortgages that had previously been sold to Fannie Mae. FRMCU also has an affiliation to help those whose mortgages were sold to Freddie Mac. These special programs were designed to help qualifying homeowners with mortgages owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stay in their homes. The problem for many homeowners whose loans were not sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac but had a reduction in the value of their homes was that there were no programs available to them. They could not take advantage of the current economy and lower their mortgage rate.

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It’s the fourteenth hole, a tough one. There’s a rock about 10 feet from where you tee off, and then there’s a little hill that promises to send your ball in an unforeseeable direction. It’s a par three hole, but fortunately the hole is only 50 feet away. This is miniature golf, America’s unique pastime, invented here in the 1920s and played by nearly everyone, at one time or another. There were some 50,000 miniature golf courses around the country; that was during the Great Depression and then WW2 came along and there were other things to worry about. Now, miniature golf is a family game, enjoyed across the generations and, with all those obstacles, the kids stand a good chance of beating their parents. On a recent outing at the Caddy Shack, located at 900 State Road, we saw several families enjoying a warm spring morning. “We go three or four times a week,” said the father, while behind him, his fiveyear-old son neatly sank a three-foot putt.

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Alison Fiola and her son, Cole, age 10, tee off for Mother’s Day at the Seekonk Driving Range miniature golf course.

to $6,000. There was a four-year stint when ESPN carried the miniature golf national championship, with more than two million viewers. Most of the big-money games seem to take place in South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky; here along the South Coast it’s a great way to spend a few hours with friends enjoying a game that, by rights, defies seriousness. It was once a very serious game, though. In the 1920s and 30s, people played miniature golf all night. The neighbors would call the cops, but back then there was so much money in the miniature golf business that there were persistent rumors that the Mob was somehow involved. If they were, it is a near-certainty they have moved on to more lucrative (and less-legal) pursuits. Now, most miniature golf courses are family businesses, and while there have been attempts to set up national franchises, for the most part the sport and the courses have maintained an eccentric individuality. Competition is usually limited to family members or

friends, and miniature golf has been described as a unique, American folk art, with its whimsical layouts and fanciful hazards. The Europeans have taken to this American game, at least to the extent there is a European championship tour. Last year, playing in Italy, Germany won both the men’s and women’s championship. While it may be difficult, if not humorous, to imagine a bunch of staid Germans playing miniature golf, they seem to take it as seriously as they do driving on the Autobahn at 120 mph.

A family business The Caddy Shack is a family business, started 20 years ago when retired Dartmouth police officer Richard Medeiros bought the site and put in bumper boats, a driving range and a miniature golf course. The golf course came to mind after a vacation trip to North Carolina and Florida. Fairhaven’s Cap’n Barnacle’s Mini Golf Course is also a family-oriented

place, with the Carousel indoor skating rink providing a place to go when it’s too cold to enjoy the miniature golf. Located at 2 David Drown Boulevard, next to the Fairhaven bike path, the nautical-themed 18-hole course has a water trap that, if used properly, will carry your ball on the current and deposit it, freshly washed, just a short putt from the hole. Linked as miniature golf is to its parent game, invented by the Scots in the fifteenth century, many miniature golf courses also have driving ranges, such as the excellent miniature golf course at the Seekonk Driving Range, located at 1977 Fall River Avenue (Route 6). Started in 1967 by William Cuddigan, the family business is now in its fourth generation. The Seekonk Driving Range is a year-round facility, with heated and covered tees for the driving range. Bring your biggest driver; you’ve got 330 yards of open territory to work on. If baseball’s your thing, try the batting cages, with both hard—and softballs available to polish your swing. As for Seekonk’s miniature golf, the 18-hole course was given a complete makeover a few years ago, while keeping some of the classic holes that have given Seekonk its reputation. Watch out for the Loop the Loop; it’s far too easy to end up with your ball rolling right back to you. It’s a very attractive location, nearly rural in its ambience and surrounded by fields and forests. If the miniature golf Pro Tour ever gets to the South Coast, they might consider the Seekonk Driving Range’s miniature golf course. It’s a winner. For hours of operation, special offers and rates, contact: Seekonk Driving Range 508-336-8074 Caddy Shack 508-991-7976 Cap’n Barnacle’s Mini Golf 508-996-4828

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Ah… it’s the good ol’ summertime, the kids are out of school and you’ve got big plans for the next few months. There’s an endless bounty of things to see and do on the South Coast in the summertime, all within a day’s drive. But with careful forethought and common sense planning, you can get more out of your family adventure safely and sanely.


Are we there yet?

Unless you live within walking distance of all your vacation destinations, you’ll be driving the family car. Make sure to “summer-ize” your car before you hit the road. Summer is prime time for road construction so plan ahead to avoid delays, detours, or running out of gas. If you get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, turn off your car’s air-conditioning to avoid overheating the engine, and when it rains turn your headlights on. Beware the dangerous “three Ds:” Drunk driving, Distracted driving, and Drowsy driving. Choose a designated driver if alcohol is part of the festivities. No cell phones, texting or fiddling with the GPS while driving. Take frequent breaks or switch drivers if you’re going on a long haul. Be prepared for sudden downpours, flash floods, and thunderstorms. Do not try to drive across moving water, no matter how shallow–your car quickly be swept away. If you’re any-

where near, in or on the water when the sky suddenly turns black or you hear thunder, get ashore immediately. And if there’s a hurricane watch or tornado warnings, postpone your trip and stay at home.


Here comes the sun

The great outdoors is not air-conditioned, so you need to be prepared for high temperatures and dangerous exposure to sunlight. Dehydration and heat stroke can happen quickly, especially in the very young, the very old, and anyone under-theweather. Stay in the shade, wear a hat, take a dip in the water and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and caffeine-free fluids. Avoid over-exertion when the thermometer hits 90 degrees. Don’t forget that pets need special attention on a scorching hot day; NEVER leave them in a closed car. Let them frolic beneath the sprinkler and rest under the beach umbrella. Even on a cloudy day the summer

sun’s rays are dangerous for everyone between 10:00 a.m. and 2;00 p.m. Waterproof sunscreen (the kind with no insect repellent) and lip balm (at least SPF 15) goes on before anyone goes out and re-apply both after two hours. Find UVA/UVB protection sunglasses and insist that everyone wears a hat.


Lions and tigers and bears–oh, my!

You probably won’t run into an alligator or a scorpion on the South Coast, but we’ve got some pretty scary critters that should be avoided. The list starts with rabid foxes, skunks and coyotes. Make sure that your children know not to approach or feed wild animals. Don’t let your dog run wild. Bag up your picnic leftovers instead of throwing them in a garbage can where coyotes (or the occasional black bear) can get at it. Wild birds like geese or swans will get very feisty and chase you if you get too near their babies, and terns will swarm, dive-bomb and pelt you with you-know-what if you wander the sand dunes near their nests. And then there are the bugs: the curse of summertime. Mosquitoes carry the West Nile and EEE viruses, so stay indoors at dawn or dusk when they’re most active, and stay away from stagnant water or swampy areas where they breed. Ticks carry Lyme Continued on next page


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Continued from previous page disease and other nasty ailments, so wear a hat and cover your arms and legs in light-colored clothing when you wander through tall grasses or hike through the woods. Bees and wasps are attracted to sugary foods, so don’t leave out opened cans of soda (you do NOT want to swallow a bee…), and don’t wear flowery-scented perfumes or shampoos. Protect everyone with insect-repellents containing DEET or picaridin, light up incense or citronella candles at BBQs, wear loose, light-colored clothing, and don’t walk barefoot in the grass (where some bees nest underground).



There’s nothing like jumping into the water to beat the heat and avoid all those bugs. But as with everything else in the summertime, caution and preparation must come first. Many towns offer free swimming lessons at the public beach, but if that’s not available, make sure at the very least your children know how to get out of a pool safely, even if they don’t swim well. Small children and pets are especially vulnerable, even if a pool is covered, so they need to be supervised at all times. Allow no rough-housing or “dunking” in the pool, and keep the little kids apart from the teenagers. No one gets into a boat or onto a jetski or water-skis without a proper, USCG-approved life preserver. No diving off stone jetties or into unfamiliar waterholes, like quarries. And everyone gets out of the water if a thunderstorm approaches.


Banquet time!

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rather than set up a little charcoal grill that the kids (or dog) could knock over. If you’re having a barbecue in the backyard, consider cooking the meats partially indoors before you put them on the grill, and use a thermometer to make sure they’re thoroughly cooked. As much as possible, whether at home or at a campsite, pack or cook only what can be eaten right away: leftovers are more trouble than they’re worth. Don’t serve mayonnaise- or egg-based foods or snacks: they can spoil very quickly and really ruin your day. Keep all perishable foods that you won’t be grilling, such as salads and Jell-o, in the refrigerator until everyone’s seated and ready to chow down. Perishable foods that don’t get eaten after an hour should be thrown away rather than returned to the kitchen or cooler.

mer months, but you do about heatrelated dangers. Think about it—we’re surrounded by lighter fluid, plastic cans of gasoline, fireworks, campfires and gas grills. It’s a miracle we get to October without getting seriously burned or losing a finger. And many of those things can create deadly carbon monoxide if used in a closed garage. Use common sense; don’t start any kind of fire near a building or woodpile, drought-dry woodlands, or flammable substances. Don’t play Ginzu chef on your new grill or let your kids have Star Wars duels with sparklers (they can reach 1,000 degrees F.). Don’t use a deep-fat turkey fryer to cook frozen French fries or squirt lighter fluid onto an open flame. Keep flammable liquids in a locked shed and lock the dog in the house before the fireworks begin.



Stranger danger

Sports events, outdoor concerts, carnivals and amusement parks all have one thing in common: crowds of people you don’t know. If you’ve raised your children properly, they know better than to talk to strangers, but you must be on constant alert to make sure they don’t get separated from you. Make sure everyone takes a bathroom break before you leave for the fireworks or the street fairs. Port-apotties and public bathrooms are not places you’d want your family to visit. And be careful not to attract pickpockets: don’t wear expensive jewelry, flash cash at the concession stand or keep your cell phone or wallet in an easily-accessible pocket. As we’ve learned from the Boston Marathon tragedy, being in a large crowd anywhere can prove dangerous. Make sure you know where the nearest exits are, and have a family plan for where to meet up if you get separated.


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Vacation time doesn’t mean that we get to leave our brains at the door. If you wouldn’t let someone get onto a boat without a life jacket, you also shouldn’t let a child (or an alcohol-impaired adult) ride on a lawnmower, drive an ATV or take the helm of a powerboat. Alcohol consumption is a common ingredient of summertime celebrations, but the grown-ups must step up and ensure that it doesn’t contribute to accidents, violence or medical emergencies. Everyone, including adults, must wear helmets when riding a horse, a motorcycle, bicycle or ATV. Knee pads are an added precaution for rollerbladers and skateboarders. Anyone riding anything after dusk should wear reflective clothing and have lights on their vehicle.


Not all fun and games

Playgrounds, restaurant play areas, bouncy houses, trampolines and carnival rides can be lots of fun, but they can also be hazardous. Age-appropriate activities and equipment are

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News, views and trends... from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay by Elizabeth Morse Read

Things got pretty scary down here on the South Coast after the Boston Marathon bombing. Make sure to tell everyone you know that, in spite of that crisis, there are many spectacular things to celebrate and enjoy on the South Coast, especially in the summer. Farmers’ markets are popping up like clover, beaches are opening and the kids (and tourists) will soon be on the loose. Drive carefully and courteously (and get reacquainted with traffic jams). Do something special for Dad on Father’s Day!

Regional highlights n And while you make your summer plans, think about hosting a Fresh Air Fund child from New York City. Contact Judy Dubois at 508-995-5317 for details.

Don’t miss the New Bedford Jazz Festival under the tent on Pier 3 on June 15, a benefit event for Your Theatre. Free parking! For details, visit or n

Valet parking is now available at New Bedford’s St. Luke’s Hospital and Fall River’s Charlton Memorial Hospital Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. n

Starting July 1, drivers will have to pay a toll to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge in East Bay RI. Commuters can use their Newport Pell Bridge E-ZPass transponders or pay $.75 one way. Separate rates will be in place n


for out-of-state vehicles and trucks. The good news is that bus service between New Bedford and Fall River now runs into the evening, along with many other SRTA routes. For new schedules, go to www.SRTAbus. com or call 508-999-5211. n The Southcoast VNA will once again sponsor Camp Angel Wings July 13 and 14 at Cathedral Camp in Freetown. The free camp is open to children 6-15 who have lost a loved one. Call 508-973-3219 or go to www. n Gaspee Days in Rhode Island continue through June 9. Call 401781-1772 or visit

If you thought the whiplash developments in the South Coast Rail story were confusing, the proposed Wampanoag casino in Taunton is battling the Gaming Commission, the bureaucrats in Washington, DC and commercial competitors who claim the tribe had an unfair advantage. Stay tuned. n

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n Four hundred acres of Nasketucket Bay along the shores of Mattapoisett and Fairhaven will be added to the current 209 acres to create a new state reservation, thanks to a $1 million grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The project is run jointly by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. n The Southcoast Health System’s Centers for Cancer Care will be participating in a ground-breaking CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study) conducted by the American Cancer Society. For info, call 888-604-5888 o visit www. cancer.ord/CPS3NE. n Bristol County Savings Bank has opened four new branch locations; two in New Bedford and one each in Fall River and Raynham. They plan to open another soon in Freetown. n Rhode Island’s tallest building, sometimes called the “Superman Building,” will go dark when the last tenant, Bank of America, moves out. (“Will the last person to leave please turn off the lights?”)

Southcoast Health Systems and Silverbrook Farm of Dartmouth have joined together to form a CSA (Community Assisted Agriculture) program to provide weekly deliveries of fresh local produce in Wareham, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Fall River, starting June 17. To sign up, n

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Continued from page 32 visit or call 508-961-5079. n If you’re a senior citizen in the Fall River area, check out the Fisher Bus Company’s day trips like the Lobster Roll Cruise and Christmas Tree Shop on June 12. Contact the Fall River senior center nearest you for more information. In the New Bedford area, check out the trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program: The Drifters at the Danversport Yacht Club June 12; the Bass River lunch cruise June 26; the Kennebunkport Clambake July 17; and the CharlesRiver Boat ride and Cheesecake Factory July 31. Call 508-991-6171. n Sign up now for the 1.2 mile open water Buzzards Bay Swim, scheduled for July 13. Learn more at www. or www.

Explore the South Coast’s industrial past at “The Mill Children” exhibit at the UMass Dartmouth’s Cherry & Webb Gallery in Fall River through Labor Day. Call 845-661-3593 or email

administrators. Attleboro School Superintendent Pia Durkin, who is the incoming superintendent for the New Bedford schools, was one of those threatened. If you’re looking for family fun, head for BattlegroundZ in Attleboro, which offers an arcade, laser tag, paintball and more! The facility offers plenty of seating, free WiFi, a snack bar and party room. Call 508-399-7700 or visit n

Bristol Send the kids (K-4) to Camp Sequoia at Blithewold. Eight one-week sessions starting July 1. Visit www. or call 401-253-2707.

Junk food junkies, rejoice! Twinkies will be back on the shelves by July. You are now free to eat the last ones stockpiled in your freezer.

n Check out the Summer Adventures program for K-8 kids at the Lloyd Center for the Environment. Call 508-990-0505 x 15 or visit n Take the kids to the new indoor play area “The Kid’s Klub” at the Dartmouth Mall. Visit for details.


Reserve tickets now for the best seats in town for the Bristol 4th of July parade! Linden Place will have bleachers, restrooms and provide breakfast and lunch. Call 401-253-0390. n

Fairhaven n Ooops! The April 1 town election results were so messed up that the Secretary of State’s office has opened a formal investigation.

n Stroll through the Gallery and Open Studios of Bristol and Warren on Art Night June 27. Go to

The indie movie “Fairhaven” was selected as “movie of the week” when first released by iTunes, and made the “top 10 rentals” list the first week, beating out “Les Miserables” and “The Hobbit,” and just one spot behind“Lincoln.”

Follow the “Nature Tracks” at the Audubon Environmental Education Center on the first Saturday of every month. Visit or call 401949-5454 x 3041.

MassDevelopment issued a $57.8 million bond on behalf of Southcoast Hospital Group’s new primary and specialty health care center in Fairhaven.



SouthCoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education and Service, better known as SMILES, raised almost $80,000 at its fifth annual run/ walk/bike/skate-athon at UMass Dartmouth. n




Newly revised for 2013, the 24-page “Fairhaven Visitors Guide” is now available at the town’s Visitors Center and is being distributed to locations throughout the area. The full-color publication, created by Tourism Director Christopher Richard, is filled with useful information about Fairhaven’s accommodations, attractions, beaches, churches, marinas, annual events, history and more. It contains articles with photos and maps to help visitors guide themselves on tours of Fairhaven Center and historical Poverty Point. The guide book contains no paid advertising and is available free of charge. n



The herring are back and running again in the Acushnet River since the removal of three dams that had blocked their migration and the construction of a multi-stepped fishway.

n Take the kids for a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine June 15-16 and 21-24 at Edaville Railroad. Call 508-8668190 or visit


Attleboro School cafeteria workers at the Coelho Middle School denied lunch to 25 students because their pre-paid lunch accounts were short on funds. Not only did this incident attract national attention, but it also resulted in death threats for some of the school n


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Dartmouth n The town ranks #2 as “Most Solar Community in the State,” second only to Boston. n Relive the ‘70s on June 14 with a “Battle of the Bands” at the VF Outlet. For details, call 610-208-5478/5570 or visit

The Fairhaven Visitors Center is located at the Academy Building, 141 Main Street, next door to Fairhaven High School. The summer hours for the center are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Additionally the Office of Tourism opens the Old Stone Schoolhouse on Saturday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and general visitor information is available there as well. n

n Guidebooks will also be available in the Selectmen’s Office at Town Hall, at the Millicent Library, the town’s hotels and at visitor centers in New Bedford, including at the ferry terminal on State Pier. An electronic version is available for download from http://

When you visit Fall River’s Battleship Cove ( or 508-678-1100), don’t miss two other nearby attractions: the Marine Museum (508-674-3533) and the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum (508-674-9340). n

Lakeville Things were hoppin’ for a while when two kids found supposed “Bigfoot” bones in the woods. Calls came in from national media and the Discovery Channel, but the medical examiner said they were most likely from a large bear. (Bigfoot, call home…) n

Little Compton Tour eight beautiful gardens of Little Compton and Westport on June 12 with the Little Compton Garden Club. Go to www.littlecomptongardenclub. org. n

Fall River The Narrows Center for the Arts has a great line-up: there’s Aoife O’Donovan June 7; Ottmar Liebert June 11; Caravan of Thieves June 20; Sonny Landreth June 27, and more! For complete details, visit, or call 508-324-1926. n

n Support the Saint Vincent’s 5th Annual Summer Celebration and attend the kick-off to the celebration on June 21, on board the battleship USS Massachusetts. Mechanics Cooperative Bank is the title sponsor, just as it has been from the start, five years ago. Silent and live auctions, cocktail reception, dinner and live music for dancing, all for a good cause. They are expecting 400 people to attend this year’s gala; be part of this unique welcome to summer by contacting Melissa Dick at 508-235-3228 or

The Little Theatre will perform “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” starting June 13, and “Surviving Grace,” starting July 25. For details, call 508-675-1852 or visit n


Henry H. Rogers WalkingTours

Tues. & Thurs., 10:00 a.m. Begins at Visitors Center, 43 Center St. Learn about a Standard Oil Co. millionaire’s marvelous gifts to his hometown. Outstanding public architecture is featured. Free.

Fort Phoenix Minuteman Tours

Every Thursday, 2:00 p.m. Begins at Fort Phoenix flagpole. Learn about this Revolutionary War era fort and see a musket firing demonstration. Free.

Farmers Market

n Camp Silvershell returns for eight, one-week sessions starting this month. Free movies at Island Wharf and free swimming lessons begin in July. Contact the Recreation Dep’t. at 774-217-8355.

Mattapoisett n The Center School’s Seth Thomas clock is fully repaired. It had been damaged by the blizzard in February.

Middletown n Sign up for the Annual Run/Walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary June 15. Visit or call 401-846-2577.

Sundays, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Starting June 16 Fairhaven High School, Rte. 6 Sponsored by Fairhaven Sustainability Committee. Free.

Father’s Day Road Race

Sunday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. Starts at Hastings Middle School 10K and 5K races with cash prizes feature top New England runners. Registration at

Homecoming Day Fair

Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 40 Center Street 175 booths of arts & crafts, food, live entertainment, children’s activities sponsored by the Fairhaven Improvement Association.


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City native David Barboza won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work as the Shanghai bureau chief of the “New York Times.”

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Construction of the Marine Commerce (South) Terminal has begun. The Quincy-based CashmanWeeks NB won the project bid at $56.9 million. n

n The iconic Paul Revere sign on I-195 will be removed for repair and relocation. n A double header! The “Arctic Visions” exhibit of William Bradford’s classic paintings are on display at the Whaling Museum. Up the street is a complementary exhibit of Bradford’s work at the New Bedford Art Museum, “The Frigid Zone.” Admission to both is free on AHA! Nights. For more info, visit or

City native Melissa DeMello has been selected to be a cheerleader for the New England Patriots. n

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The “Standard-Times” photographer Peter Pereira won an “award of excellence” in the China International Press Photo contest for his photos of the fire at the G. Bourne Knowles landscaping business in Fairhaven. n

n The state may take over the Parker Elementary School this fall due to poor performance. But the new Renaissance Community School for the Arts will open in the fall at the Gomes Elementary School.

Enjoy free family fun and entertainment at AHA! Night. The June 13 theme is “Portraits of a Port,” the July 11 theme is “Kids Rule”! Go to www.



n Stroll through the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion and gardens for free on AHA! Night. Go to n Express Yourself! at the ArtWorks children’s workshops July 8- Aug. 23. Call 508-984-1588 or go to

The Zeiterion presents David Byrne & St. Vincent June 27, Joan Baez June 29 and Cindi Lauper July 9. Plan some summer family fun with a performance of “Singin’ in the Rain” by the New Bedford Festival Theatre June 26through August 4. Go to or call 508-997-5664. n

The Whaling Museum’s capital campaign raised $6 million, bringing its total endowment to $7.6 million.


n Cruise the city’s historic harbor with Whaling City Expeditions from mid-June through Labor Day. Call 508-984-4979 or visit

Newport Stroll through the Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff Manor June 21-23. Call 401-847-1000 or go to n

n Head for the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant’s performance of “Beau Jest” through July 7, and “The Hallelujah Girls” July 11 to Aug. 18. Go to www, or call 401-848-7529. n Take a 10-mile train ride along Narragansett Bay on the Old Colony & Newport Railroad on Sundays. Go to or call 401-846-4674.

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n Busted! Lunchtime patrons at the Olive Garden restaurant were startled back in April when a diner wearing a kilt lifted it up to show everyone what he wasn’t wearing underneath. One of the other diners happened to be an off-duty state trooper.

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Tiverton The Sandywoods Center for the Arts will present Cormac McCarthy June 1, The Corey Amaral Band June 7, Billy Mitchell June 21, Cliff Eberhardt June 28–and more! Go to or call 401-241-7349. n

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The perfect Father’s Day gift by Paul Kandarian

Ah, here comes June, time for Father’s Day, when bad gifts make their way into dad’s hands and he has to look like he was just handed a winning lottery ticket. I haven’t had to worry about that for a long time, too long in fact. My kids are in their early to mid-twenties now and don’t buy me cheesy ties anymore (I never wear ties anyway) or hand-craft cute Father’s Day cards (which admittedly I loved getting). Now Father’s Day comes and goes without ties, usually without cards, hand-made or storebought, and I’m fine with that. I’m not one for made-up holidays anyway, which benefit only the cheesy tie, greeting card and chocolate industries as far as I can tell. My son is out of the Army now and sleeping on a futon in my living room. He’s transformed it into a living space that looks like “living” may be a literal term. There’s so much crap there I’m sure some random bacteria must be thriving within it. Maybe it will get me a card. My daughter lives farther away. But with both, I usually have to remind them it’s Father’s Day, or my birthday, or Christmas. My daughter is way better about this stuff, most girls usually are. From her, I’ll get a card or a call or invitation to dinner or lunch. With me picking up the check, of course. Let’s not go crazy and expect too much. My son I usually just wake up to tell him. “Oh,” he answers groggily before rolling over to go back to sleep, adding. “Happy Father’s Day,” or whatever fits the appropriate day. “What’d you get me?” Ha. Funny. “I got you the gift of life,” I say. “Not to mention free room and board for you and your bacterial friends.” I live alone, have for awhile, and the kids, together or separately, lived with me for chunks of that time. Early on, I’d fuss and get a Christmas tree. Then when neither were here, I didn’t. Seemed like a waste of a perfectly good tree to stare at and wish the kids were there. Then later, when it was just my son and me, the suggestion would be made to maybe, I dunno, get a tree. 40

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“What for?” my son would ask. “I don’t know, just because?” I’d answer. Then we’d weigh what needed to be done, buying a tree, hauling it up, decorating it, neither of us remembering to water it until it was as dead as much as what’s now alive under the debris of his living space. And then of course, taking the decorations off and hauling it out, leaving behind pine needles which, near as I can tell, never, ever totally go away. So we haven’t had a tree for awhile. It works for us. Then there’s the whole thing about gifts. I know families who, I guess to their credit, are totally gung-ho over things like Father’s Day. They get gifts for not just their own fathers but every father or grandfather within their realm. I mean really, where do you draw the line? Same with Christmas. Every year they say they’re cutting back on who they’re getting gifts for and every year the family gets bigger with new babies and spouses and they’re once again spending the national debt on gifts for people they maybe see once a year. I’m going to be 60 this year, which I’d prefer not being, but then again, what’s the alternative, right? So I’ll take it. But I don’t want a party. Maybe a few friends, dinner, whatever. But no party. I mean I’m happy to have lived this long, I’m having a great time. I just don’t need to be reminded I have roughly three times as many birthdays behind me than ahead of me. Soon enough, I’ll be hauled away like a brittle old Christmas tree. I just don’t want to think about it. Going way back, I don’t recall making a fuss over Father’s Day when I was a kid, though we may have and I just can’t remember. I’m sure my brother and I got, through mom, cheesy ties for our dad, which he probably gushed over like he just won the lottery, which actually didn’t exist back then. He probably tucked them away somewhere, never to be seen again. I don’t feel badly about not fussing

over, or being fussed over, when it comes to Father’s Day. An occasional phone call is fine, or a threat to clean the living room before a Haz-Mat team needs to be called in suffices, as does the random request for money. Nothing like your kid asking for cash to make you really feel like a father. They always promise to pay me back. I figure that’ll happen when I pay back my own father the money I “borrowed” from him over the years. Once in awhile, I run across an old card the kids got me, usually unexpectedly and being the hardened, jaded type, I melt like butter and cry like a baby when I read them. And that, I guess, is good enough, because I know that how they felt then is how they feel now. We have a deep, loving bond we don’t need words on a card to express. Our hearts know what our hearts know. Still, this Father’s Day, maybe I’ll get the kids together for dinner or lunch, maybe bring my father along. I’m sure he’ll pick up the check. And I’m sure I’ll promise to pay him back. Happy day to all us fathers. Just having one, and being one, is all the gift I’ll ever really need.

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