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hen I was growing up here, “summer sounds” were church bells, fog horns, off-key parade bands, clanging halyards, the jingle of ice cream trucks, and tinny transistor radios at the beach, all tuned to WPRO-AM. If you were Portuguese, you went to the parish festas. If you weren’t, you headed for parks or gazebos where local bands played the biggest hits of Stephen Foster and John Philip Sousa. It was also the time of year when the pungent olfactory bassline of low tide, malt vinegar on chips, sun-tan lotion, hot asphalt, and creosote flavored the air along with the sounds. Somehow, all that background noise harmonized to define a time and place unlike any other – summer on the South Coast of New England in the 1960s. Back in the day, the South Coast was


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in a “bust” mode of its many boomand-bust cycles, and was definitely not a tourist destination, unless you were headed for the Cape or to the Newport Jazz Festival. But my oh my how things changed! Over the decades, the South Coast (as always) gradually struggled back economically, attracting entrepreneurs, artists, visionaries, students, tourists, and a new wave of immigrants – and has become a vibrant summer mecca for a new generation of music lovers.

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What’s most significant is that the South Coast didn’t go all honky-tonk and glitzy, imitating musical tourist traps across the country. We dug deep into our ethnic and historical roots to create a distinctive medley of summer music that celebrates our geography, work ethic, demographic diversity, and creative

energy. We didn’t build gigantic concert halls for scalper-priced performances. Instead, our unique song of the South Coast is played on the waterfronts, in the vineyards, on the beaches and farms, in the city streets and parish grounds. Music, like language, is a universal phenomenon, a form of expression unique to a particular time, place, people, and social dynamic. Here on the South Coast, the sea chanteys and Pilgrim hymns of centuries ago blended with the folk-music of 19th-century immigrants – mostly Irish, French-Canadian, Portuguese – then later African-American, Cape Verdean, Caribbean, and most recently, Latino. Graft that distinctive demographic mix atop societal changes that created protest music, acid rock, heavy metal, and rap, and you end up with a South Coast musical tradition as unique as New Orleans, Seattle, Nashville, or Motown. Urban, ethnic, and edgy,

but solidly based in our agrarian/maritime traditions.

Immigrant songs

If there’s one genre of music that the South Coast embodies, it’s the bonedeep ballads and simple instruments of folk music – universal tales of yearning and striving. Folk music interweaves haunting melodies with heartfelt ballads accompanied with simple instruments – acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica – or with intricate group a cappela harmonies. It’s the anthem of the working man, the immigrant, and all those who struggle to find meaning in life. Folk music can be as soothing as an Irish lullaby, as heart-breaking as fado, or as rousing as a foot-stompin’ hootenanny. And here on the South Coast, on stages big and small, we’ve got folk music galore this summer, ranging from legends like Tom Rush, The Jethros, Quebecois and Celtic traditionalists at the inner-city New Bedford Folk Festival, and the wide-ranging folk-fusion lineup at the more Woodstocklike Newport Folk Festival. More than sixty performances over three days will include The Weather Station, Margo Price, Passenger, Langhorne Slim, and A Change Is Gonna Come. On a more intimate scale, the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus will perform at the Dartmouth Grange Hall, Melissa Wasserman at the Sandywoods Center in Tiverton, and Anais Mitchell at the Westport Town Farm. Various folk artists will perform at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Many local churches preserve the folk music coffeehouse traditions, as do outdoor concerts at places like Middleboro’s Soule Homestead and the Westport Rivers Vineyard. And if you like your social activism a little bit loud, check out Michael Franti & Spearhead at Bold Point Park in East Providence!

Summer in the cities!

It used to be that free summer concerts were held in seaside gazebos or suburban church lawns. But some of the best summer music on the South Coast is in the gritty cities! There’s the Annual Block-A-Palooza in downtown Fall River,

with local blues-rock guitar phenom Quinn Sullivan. New Bedford will host a “Local Bands Mini Music Fest” in the historic district and the Hip-Hop Festival. And in downtown Providence, there’s the weekly Burnside Music Series and Trinity Beer Garden at Kennedy Plaza. The wildly popular free summer concerts in New Bedford, including “Reggae on West Beach” with live DJs, prove that good music doesn’t need a fancy stage. Head for Pier 3 on the waterfront for Front and Center, Flight of Fire, Phunky Autokratz, and Funk Side Up! And check out the reggae band Duppy Conquerers at the Spire Center in Plymouth, too.

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Looking for a blast from the past? If you’re a stoner or a Deadhead, Cheech & Chong will be at the Newport Folk Festival, and Dark Star Orchestra will perform at Bold Point Park in East Providence. But make sure to visit bucolic Onset Village for their free “Summer of Love” concerts, and dress up for their Time Warp Dance Parties! If you miss KC and the Sunshine Band, there’s a fundraiser in Newport you can go to. If you’re happy listening to topnotch tribute bands, head for the Holy Ghost Feast in Fall River to hear The Beatles, The Eagles, and Journey, or to New Bedford’s Feast of the Blessed Sacrament to hear Queen. You can also head for the Narrows Center in Fall River to listen to Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. Check out Jonathan Edwards and the PousetteDart Band at the Westport Rivers Vineyard, or zone out and immerse yourself in a Gong Sound Bath at the Sandywoods Center in Tiverton! Groovy.

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the Hip-Hop Festival in New Bedford is a sign that its time has definitely come. In August, Onset will host its ever-popular Blues Festival, with headliners Janiva Magness and The Fat City Band, and New Bedford is tentatively scheduled to host its Whaling City Blues Festival. But the big event for jazz aficionados will be the Newport Jazz Festival, with such luminaries as Andra Day and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. And “bridging” the gap between the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz festival will be the Newport Bridgefest, offering a mix of jazz and blues, too. You can even listen to jazz on the Fourth of July at the Unitarian Church in New Bedford. Head for the Narrows Center in Fall River to hear blues icons Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster and Walter Trout. And check out the Spire Center in Plymouth

the Spire Center in Plymouth. And if you like brassy, energetic Mexican music, head for the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence for the Bandas MS de Sergio Lizarraga!

Easy listening

If your head-banger days are over and you just want to mellow out at the end of the week, bring a lawn chair and a picnic to the many sunset concerts (most are free) throughout the South Coast – at Newport’s Ballard Park, Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, the Plymouth waterfront, Soule Homestead in Middleboro, at Blithewold or Independence Park in Bristol, the John Brown House in Providence, at Fairhaven’s Town Hall, in the vineyards of Dartmouth, Middletown, Portsmouth, and Westport, and in the many town squares and parks along the South Coast.

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Along the spectrum of musical genres, there’s the electrified rock version of all the other genres that gets the blood pumping, hands clapping, and heads banging. If you like your summer music loud-and-proud, check out the summer concerts at Bold Point Park in East Providence, with Rebelution, Dark Star Orchestra, and O.A.R. Or listen to Queensryche, Wild Nites, Eratoxica, and Ultimate Queen Celebration perform at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford! For a taste of good ol’ Southern rock, check out the Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts at the Zeiterion in New Bedford, or The Outlaws at the Narrows Center in Fall River. For country-rock, there’s Girls Guns & Glory at

For classical music lovers, there’s the spectacular 50th Newport Music Festival with more than forty concerts performed by international artists throughout the Newport area, including “Summer Strings from Mozart to Metallica” at the Newport Vineyards in Middletown! The Wareham-based “Music from Land’s End” will present string quartets and Baroque classics. The RI Philharmonic will perform at the Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park in Providence and Independence Park in Bristol. And for all you die-hard Yanni fans out there, he’ll be performing at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The song of the South Coast, like a good chowder, is rich and satisfying, unlike another other melting-pot recipe. Get out there this summer and sample the flavors! For dates, details and more information about all of the above summer musical events, turn to the “Dateline” article in this issue on page 32.


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The New Bedford Folk Festival isn’t just a group of individual concerts – a majority of the performances take place in events called “workshops” where artists are paired together for spontaneous jam sessions, creating music based upon pre-established themes. These performances are referred to as “the place where the magic happens,” resulting in unique once-in-alifetime performances. Produced and presented by the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center since 2016, The New Bedford Folk Festival has become a mammoth event. The Zeiterion was approached by the city to keep the festival alive upon the retirement of its founders, Alan and Helene Korolenko, who are now the Artistic Directors, booking all of the entertainment for the event. The festival has become an opportunity to not only discover a new performer but an entirely new genre, an opportunity to enjoy a gourmet food court and beer garden and browse through a six-block marketplace of varied vendors, an opportunity that the Boston Globe has described as one of “New England’s Greatest Celebrations.”

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Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, an 11-block section of historic downtown New Bedford and the Whaling National Historic District will be transformed into a city within a city with the sounds, sights, and smells that can only come with summertime. There are a variety of ticket options. A Premium Pass that


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If you ask anyone who has experienced the New Bedford Folk Festival why they return, they will likely give the same reason: “the magic.” costs $125 includes two full days of exceptional music, a Premium Pass lanyard, a 2018 New Bedford Folk Festival tshirt, access to a fully air-conditioned lounge with private restrooms, guaranteed priority seating at all Zeiterion Theatre and Whaling Museum performances, and discounts at several of the food vendors in the Food Court and Beer Garden. A weekend pass is $30 and a single day pass is $22.50. Children under 12 are admitted free. Each day will entertain from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. People throughout America look forward to the New Bedford Folk Festival, which, in the past 23 years, has established itself as one of New England’s most popular and respected music festivals. It is an opportunity for musicians to showcase their skills in a setting that every player longs for – an appreciative audience in an alluring setting. So when the streets of downtown New Bedford teem with music fans the New Bedford Folk Festival will again fill its stages with their established recipe – storied world-class performers juxtaposed with fresh new talent keeping visitors enticed with the diverse opportunities available within the folk music world. Pete Kennedy knows the magic well. He will perform at the festival with his wife Maura for the 15th time. “The audience expects the unexpected and that prompts the performers to come up with fresh creative ideas that they might not do in a typical show,” he says. “The audience loves to see something that’s only going to happen once. It’s something

that makes it different from other festivals – you get a lot of performers who have never played together before. You’re playing with someone you don’t know with no rehearsal but it opens the door for great things to happen that you couldn’t have done yourself. The audience can sense the musician’s excitement.” “A lot of thought goes into who is going to be matched together, it’s a nice challenge,” says John Gorka, a nationally-renowned singer/songwriter who will be playing at the festival for the eighth time. “The workshops always pair people together from different genres that you wouldn’t expect otherwise. It’s something that takes you out of your comfort zone but it always seems to work.” “The workshops are a chance for musicians to do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do onstage,” says Alan Korolenko. “The musicians inspire each other with the unpredictability and uniqueness. It’s not very structured, so they can have some fun. We’ll get about 25 workshops this year with musicians who are flexible and aren’t bound to just doing their own songs. Our workshops are central to the festival. They take the theme that I give them and they go with it.” “The interaction factor is much higher in New Bedford than any other playing situation,” Kennedy says. “The actual concept of the festival is for the musicians to play together whether they know each other or not, and that makes it completely unique, it all happens right there onstage. It’s all about the spontaneity.”

As always, the festival will present homerun performances by artists with international followings including the legendary Tom Rush, Gorka, and Cheryl Wheeler. “I saw Tom Rush at the Zeiterion Theatre a couple of years ago and it was the best hour-long performance I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Art Tebbetts, host of the festival’s Main Stage and a 23-year veteran of the event. “It was just him and his guitar and he was brilliant and funny with a great voice. He told stories like it was the first time he’d ever told them. He made you feel like you were part of the process of him discovering this humor for the first time, he’s such a consummate performer.” When Tebbetts talks about the seasoned songwriters at the festival he highlights the diversity of the performances. “A good songwriter can hold an audience in the palm of their hand,” he says. “They can control the emotions of their audience, making you go one way or back another way. They’ll take you through all the different parts that go into a good performance – they can make you laugh with one song and break your heart with the next.” Tebbetts mentions the wide ranging approaches of Gorka and Wheeler. “John [Gorka] has a great way with an audience. He’s got a gentle demeanor that people love. He’s got a wonderful sense of humor but he also writes great ballads. You can tell that he cares about what he’s doing and works hard at it, and people admire him for that. “Cheryl Wheeler is funny and witty and speaks her mind about what’s going on in the public discourse. She comes at her music from many different angles and she writes some beautiful

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songs. She’s fascinating to watch.” Gorka claims that performers look forward to playing the festival for multiple reasons. “One of the things that sets it apart from other places is the sense of history,” he says. “It’s unique to have music rooted in history being played in a historical setting. It also attracts people who are really there to listen to the music, they’re knowledgeable music fans. They come from all over the country and it’s nice to know you’re reaching new people. If you’ve played New Bedford before you look forward to returning.” “We try to have at least a dozen performers or groups that haven’t been to the festival before,” Korolenko says. “We’re looking for something exciting, somebody that can take the stage and grab the attention of the audience.” “There’s always someone who catches your ear that you’ve never heard before,” Gorka says.

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It’s also important for the festival to present a variety of genres under the folk umbrella. With more than 100 performers on eight stages, the festival will include traditional, bluegrass, singer/songwriter, Americana, blues, Celtic and more. Grace Morrisson, a singer/songwriter from Wareham, will be playing the festival for the fifth time. “This event isn’t a folk concert in the traditional sense,” she says. “The event embraces a wide variety of what the term ‘folk’ means. It’s got everything from traditional to modern, something for everybody. As a performer seeing such a variety of music is a learning experience, and the fans are very engaged in a way you can’t find at most venues.” The festival will also include non-ticket areas available to the public. The Food Court and Beer Garden will span two blocks on Purchase Street in front of the Zeiterion Theatre, offering a variety of food vendors and a full bar while the sounds of local musicians will be coming from the nearby South Coast Stage. Food vendors will include the Seafood Hut, Acushnet Creamery, Dorothy Cox’s Candies serving Del’s Lemonade, Fancheezical, Timi’s Greek and Middle Eastern Food, Wicked Good Kettle Corn, Big T’s Jerky, Teddy’s Lunchbox, and Wursthaus III. Local musicians will include The Jethros, Seamus Galligan, Chuck Williams, Fourteen Strings, and others. Other public offerings include The Family Music and Activities Park at Wings Court, featuring performances in family concerts, music sessions, sing-a-longs and hands-on activities. The festival also includes a major juried arts-and-crafts show featuring more than 80 artisans and craft makers lining the cobblestone streets between the performance tents and venues. They will include jewelers, instrument makers, tie dyers, local honey purveyors, ceramic artists, and more, representing a rich culture of handmade wares from the South Coast and beyond. “The sense of community is awesome,” Morrisson says of the event. “I’ve made a lot of friends over the years – not just musicians but vendors and audience members. The attitude is all about community and helping each other. They lift everybody up. From the top down, people are very selfless.”



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AUTO ART By Paul Palange

A passion for automobiles and art led to the creation of the Newport Car Museum, which has raced to the top of prestigious lists of recommended tourist attractions.


oon after Gunther and Maggie Buerman opened the museum in June 2017, it was placed on USA Today’s list of Top 10 Best New Attractions in the USA, and most recently it earned the honor of being named by Yankee Magazine as the Best Specialty Museum in New England. The Buermans, however, refuse to rest on those laurels. In June, they opened a new gallery, American Muscle Then & Now, and added to or changed some of the exhibits in the five other galleries. “Our new gallery represents the muscle cars of the ’60s with great horsepower and their modern counterparts that, with new technology, have more power than was ever possible in that era,” Gunther Buerman said. “We’ve also added to or changed some of the exhibits in our other five galleries, for a total of 70-plus cars in 70,000 square feet of exhibit area.”


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The museum is located in a 114,000 square foot building that was a missile manufacturing plant on the 17-acre Raytheon campus in Portsmouth.

firm in New York and serves as chairman of the American Rock Salt Company in Retsof, New York. In addition to collecting classic cars and furniture, he and his wife are avid sailors.

“We’ve also added Rubber meets road Their private collection of automobiles to or changed focuses on seven decades of modern some of the exhibits industrial automotive design and celcars as works of art from the in our other five ebrates 1950s to the present. The six exhibits of galleries, for a Ford/Shelby cars, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars, Mopars, and American muscle total of 70-plus cars have been created to appeal to men cars in 70,000 and women and to all generations, from grandparents to parents to children, acsquare feet of cording to Buerman. exhibit area.” The cars reflect a time when artists The entrance is at the traffic signal at 1947 West Main Road, and the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buerman is former chairman of a law

who likely would have been the great sculptors in the Renaissance instead became stylists, designers, and industrial engineers for the big three American auto manufacturers and leading

European companies such as Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, and BMW, “perhaps enjoying more creative freedom than will ever be experienced by their counterparts today,” Buerman said. He believes there is something educational and inspirational to be gained by all who immerse themselves in the wonder, history, design, and beauty of these vehicles, as well as the eclectic mid-20th century furnishings that echo the personality of these eras and further enhance the modern design experience at the museum. The furnishings were created by iconic designers such as America’s Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll Bassett and Denmark’s Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner. The museum’s cult classics include the Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen, the Bocca Sofa (representing Marilyn Monroe’s trademark pouty red lips) by Gufram Italy’s Studio 65, and the Joe Chair inspired by New York Yankees center fielder Joe DiMaggio’s baseball glove and designed by Italy’s Jonathan de Pas, Donato D’Urbino, and Paolo Lomazzi. Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, military personnel, and students with identifications; and $8 for children ages 5 to 15. There is no charge for children younger than 5, and tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information and to learn about memberships, group rates, and space available for functions and meetings, call 401-848-2277 or go online to


Among the museum’s recent acquisitions are two 2019 Corvette ZR1s from the C-7 era; a 2015 Porsche 918, 2014 BMW i8, and 1957 BMW Isetta in the World Car gallery; a 1954 Kaiser Darrin and 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible in the Fin Car gallery; and a 2019 Dodge Demon in the Mopar gallery. The Demon has the highest horsepower (840) of any production car in the world, and its feisty personality will be demonstrated in the museum’s parking lot on occasion throughout the summer. Added to the Ford/Shelby gallery is the 1965 Ford GT40 recreation that was used in the famous train heist scene from The Fast Five (2011).

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By Christina Connett, PhD

efore the age of cinema brought the world to life on film for audiences everywhere, curious people without the means or inclination to travel could be transported to exotic locales via a different kind of picture show: the moving panorama. For the first time in generations, audiences can see one of America’s few surviving moving panoramas in its entirety in New Bedford. The incredible 1848 Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World is America’s longest painting and the focus of two New Bedford Whaling Museum exhibitions opening in July. The first exhibit, A Spectacle in Motion: The Original, runs July 14 through October 8 and features the enormous painting itself – all 1,275 feet of it – in a stationary format at the historic Kilburn Mill in New Bedford. The second exhibit, opening on July 29 and running through 2021 at the Whaling Museum, A Spectacle in Motion: The Experience, invites viewers to see the quarter-mile-long artwork as a moving picture show, much like audiences did during


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The first step in the conservation process involved spraying every square inch of the Panorama with a gelatin solution fixative to prevent further flaking of the paint.

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the 1800s. Visitors can stand on the bow of the world’s largest ship model, the Lagoda, and watch the Grand Panorama scroll by in large-scale digital format, projected in a theatrical setting. They will see the world as whalers did when leaving the port of New Bedford in search of whales. The recently-conserved Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World is a rare example of American panoramic art, a maritime artwork of national historical importance, and the world’s largest extant visual primary record of a whaling voyage. Caleb Purrington (1812-1876) and Benjamin Russell (1804-1885) of New Bedford painted the Panorama in 1848, then took their creation on tour across the United States between the 1850s and 1870s as a moving picture spectacle.

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The panorama as a form of entertainment originated in Europe in the late 1700s, eventually making its way to the United States and reaching a peak of popularity in the mid1800s. The word “panorama” means “all view.” These enormous paintings – some more than 500 feet long and forty feet

high – were exhibited statically in round buildings called cycloramas. They literally encircled audiences, immersing viewers in scenes of exotic places, famous battles, and cityscapes. Robert Barker, who patented this exhibition style, said that spectators should feel like they were “really on the very spot,” as if they were part of the scene in a surrogate reality, an imaginary “Grand Tour” of the world. Popular literature, painting, architecture, and fashion, not to mention the expeditions of Napoleon, David Livingston, James Cook, and Sir John Franklin, fueled the panorama’s popularity, which brought the spectacle of the unknown to audiences eager for the exotic. The limitations of booking and performing these works in expensive permanent structures led to the advent of moving panoramas, which, although often four times as long, were inherently mobile and cheaper to produce. Rather than the audience moving or turning through a space to experience the cycloramic panorama, moving panoramas such as the Whaling Museum’s were mounted on large spools and displayed on structures that scrolled through the scenes much like celluloid film. This new type of panorama could be displayed in any large room or theater and would often be accompanied by narration, music, lighting, and other theatrics.

“It is an artwork of national historical importance and a keystone that defines ourregion’s role in maritime heritage.” Exotic subject matter was important to 19th-century audiences, but so was authenticity. The Purrington-Russell panorama’s authority would have been justified by Russell’s personal experience as a whaleman and his attention to maritime, geographical, and architectural details. He spent 42 months (1841-1844) on a whaling voyage aboard the ship Kutusoff before beginning a career as a commercial artist. “The Panorama has not been seen by the public in its entirety since the 1960s,” said Dr. Christina Connett, Chief Curator at the Whaling Museum. “It is an artwork of national historical importance and a keystone that defines our region’s role in maritime heritage.” The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World has emerged from the past as if from a previously-unknown foreign country, and the dual experiences of seeing it in its entirety as a work of art, and viewing it in motion in a theatrical setting, will surely count as one of the most singular and spectacular American folk art milestones of this modern era. A two-volume publication that dives into the detail and narrative of the Panorama accompanies the exhibitions. Christina Connett, PhD is the Chief Curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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On to Onset! W areham, known as the “Gateway to the Cape,”

is home to Onset Village, a (mostly) quiet beach town featuring spectacular views of sparkling

water and activities for all ages. However if you aren’t looking for the little village, you might just miss it. It’s truly a hidden gem, loaded with things to do throughout the summer.

Onset Blues Festival For those in the know, Onset is a perfect vacation spot. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or would rather read a book from a B&B with a view, there is plenty to do, and local organizations make sure of it. Year-round there are activities and events, but the summertime happenings draw visitors by the thousands. “It is said the population pretty much quadruples,” says Kat Jones, Executive Director of the Onset Bay Association, one of the groups at the forefront of promoting and entertaining


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Onset. “Our mission is investing in Onset through community events and beautification projects around the village,” says Jones, and she truly believes that their efforts, along with the support of the community, is fulfilling this goal. “We have a lot going on here, and it’s community-minded, very family-oriented… we feel pretty positive about what we’re trying to get across.” The group puts on over 30 events each year for both locals and visitors. One of the most popular is the Onset Blues Festival, which will celebrate its

26th year on on August 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Prospect Park. For $25 ahead of time, or $30 at the gate, visitors will get to enjoy food, beer from sponsor Cape Cod Beer, and of course, some great blues music! The five performers are Janiva Magness, The George Gritzbach Band, The Fat City Band, Jan Marie & The Mean Reds, and Aaron Norcross, Jr. And of course, “The view. You can’t beat it” says Jones.

Cape Verdean Festival Another immensely popular event occurs one week later on August 11 (rain date August 13) from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the same location is The Cape Verdean Festival. It is run by the Onset Cape Verdean Association. The festival drew about 17,000 visitors last year, and is the largest one-day Cape Verdean Festival in the country! While the festival is certainly fun, with music, shopping, food, and more, it also serves as a fundraising event, raising

money for local organizations, causes in Cape Verde, and largely, scholarships for students. “Our number-one priority is our students,” says PR Officer Anthony “Tiny” Lopes. Lopes is passionate about keeping Cape Verdean culture alive and keeping young people in touch with their roots. He feels that this festival is working to do that. “We have to promote Cape Verdean culture. We don’t want to lose it,” says Lopes. “This is a commitment.” The free event will feature about 90 vendors selling merchandise, 20-plus food vendors, musical acts from all over the country, and a chance for visitors to either learn about a new culture, or to celebrate their own. There will be delicious food, including favorites like jag and linguica, festive music, and most importantly, community. Parking will be tight, so be sure to park in a designated lot for a $10 fee and take a shuttle to the event. When people visit for the first time “Many have said, ‘I’ll never miss it again!’” says Lopes.

What’s happenin’ There is so much to do in Onset that it is hard to capture it all. Whether annual or weekly, the events barely fit on the Onset Bay Association calendar. On July 7 the ever-popular fireworks display will take place and ring in the summer season. Then on August 18 at 7:30 p.m. Onset lights up once again for Illumination Night, a popular event in which hundreds of flares make Onset Bay glow while live music entertains. Later, on August 25 (rain date August 26) starting at 9 a.m., close out the summer with the kids at the 5th Annual Chalk-Full-O-Fun Onset Street Painting Festival! $5 admission buys everything you need to decorate the streets of Onset. This year will feature the work of 3D artist David Zinn who will be doing a workshop before the event and creating pieces throughout the day. There is also a variety of recurring events from weekly concerts, midsummer Shakespeare, movies, yoga, and a new repeating event, Time-Warp Dance Parties and Bingo, an entertaining excuse to time travel through the decades, and if you’re brave enough, dress the

part! Visit to check out the rest of the calendar! A major goal of the Onset Bay Association is making sure the calendar is also filled with activities even when things get a bit chillier outside. Keep an eye on the calendar for winter gallery nights and coffee house events. There are also plenty of workshops and classes going on year-round. You can also visit the Onset Bay Association’s main office at 196 Onset Avenue Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (although expanded hours may be coming) just to take a peek or to learn more about what they do.

HOW TO GIVE BACK If you enjoy the events happening in Onset this summer, there are many ways to get involved and to give back to the organizations that make them happen. For the Cape Verdean Association, you can choose to promote your own business through an ad. Although there are plenty of different ways to partner with the association, getting a spot in their spectacular program book is one of the most popular. The program is given out for free the day of the Onset Cape Verdean Festival and includes informative historical and geographical information about Cape Verde, as well as the advertisements of supporters. For more information regarding advertising, mail PO Box 722 Onset, MA 02558. Another option is joining the “100 Club.” Anyone who donates $100 or more will gain access to a private reception held in your honor the Sunday before the festival featuring food, dancing, and more! For the Onset Bay Association, one of the easiest and best ways to contribute is by becoming a member. For $35 a year, an entire household can join, and the funds directly support the programs and overhead costs of the organization. “We are a member-driven organization, and we really do rely on [it],” explains Jones. Make some plans to head over to Onset this summer. Bring a beach towel and relax, take in a concert or two, go for a kayaking trip, or peruse the wares at a festival. No matter what day you stop by there is sure to be plenty to do!

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festa! By Katherine McDonough

ow quickly six years seem to pass. In 2012, my husband and I made plans to attend a niece’s midsummer wedding in upstate New York. As the date approached, each phone call was answered with an “Oh, no – I’m sorry.” There were problems with illness, weather, and more, all of which added up to a cancelled event. With no other plans and an empty weekend, we decided to visit New Bedford, a place on our “bucket list” because so many friends told us it was a foodie’s treasure find mixed with a ton of historical places to visit. Since we are both history teachers and amateur chefs, we headed over to a place we had only heard of. We wrangled a last-minute cancellation for a nice room in one of the suburb towns, and it didn’t take long before we heard murmurings about “the feast.” We made our way to a residential area in the city’s north end, found a parking spot, and followed the noise. We didn’t know what to expect and it took most of that day to realize that

“the feast” was not just one thing, and that it was about much more than just food. There were, in fact, four parts to the event. The main festival area was a busy collection of food stands all on the better part of a city block, a children’s carnival section with lots of colorful rides for the little ones, a beautiful church that was hand-decorated in a rainbow of real flowers and plants, and a great small museum with a tented area that reminded

served on a light Portuguese roll, it hit just the right spot. The sun was going down as we watched a folkloric dance troupe. Meanwhile, others were getting in position for the night’s star attraction on the main stage, a Portuguese pop rock group. That’s when it hit my husband and I: we didn’t even need to buy tickets for all this. We were hooked. The next day we visited the worldclass Whaling museum, took a harbor tour, and then went right back to the feast to fill up at the dining area in the main pavilion that offered full meals of authentic Portuguese cooking: chicken, beef, tuna, marinated pork, and more, and all for a price that was more than reasonable. It was all so much better than anything we could have expected. We talked about it all the way home and have been bringing friends with us every year since.

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us of European cafés serving espressos, cappuccinos, and tasty pastries with soft Portuguese music playing. On our first visit we had to go slowly. We savored a small toast of Madeiran wine with happy locals who became great friends. With no time to find a local restaurant on the way, we were happy to try one of the foods that everyone assured us was rightfully popular: cubes of sirloin beef bought by the pound and roasted on giant skewers over coals on a long fire pit. With an icy cold beer and

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Summertime in New England is perfect for taking a winding summer drive, grabbing a bite to eat, exploring local shops, and perhaps paying a visit to the beach. If you are itching to take a few drives around the South Coast this summer, but you don’t have a destination in mind, these four businesses might be the perfect spots to pick up a sweet snack or perhaps find a treasure to bring home from your journey.

Dartmoor Gifts If you’re interested in taking a leisurely drive, there are few routes prettier than Dartmouth’s winding Horseneck Road. As you pass through Russell’s Mills Village, consider paying a visit to Dartmoor Gifts, located at 201 Horseneck Road. Owner Lea McBratney has been selling unique wares and gifts for the home and garden since 2005, and her shop is well worth the visit. “The main focus has always been to feature the works of local artists which I believe sets us apart from other gift shops,” says McBratney. “We showcase traditional gifts as well as many unusual pieces which are a must-see.” Dartmoor Gifts is an eye-catching place, filled with color and charm. If you are searching for the perfect item to give as a gift (or for yourself!), Dartmoor Gifts has a range of jewelry, hand-carved wooden items (some best sellers include moons, fish, and mermaids), hand-blown

glass decor, wind chimes, garden items, and more! You are sure to be warmly welcomed if you stop by. “I am very excited and proud of what Dartmoor Gifts has to offer, but to me, the most rewarding aspect of this whole experience has been getting to know my customers,” says McBratney. “Many of them have become special friends.” For more information, call 508-636-7700 or stop by!

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and extraordinarily intricate beadwork. While Lisa does not make all of the pieces, she does create some of the earrings, and she and her mother do the beadwork. She has been a creative her whole life, graduating from UMass Dartmouth for jewelry making and later taking additional courses in stained glass and beading. The shop not only sells jewelry but also carries a wide array of incense, accessories, candles, and some clothing. In the years Santos has been open, she has been able to gain a loyal customer base, due in part to the fact that she sells amazing work for affordable prices, and partially for the “magic” factor. Joan L’Homme is a regular who stops in every week to pick up a new item. she is particularly taken with a range of broaches that include bees and dragonflies among other creatures. “It’s such an exceptional, avant-garde, magical place. My week is not complete without coming in,” she says. To experience the magic for yourself, pay a visit to The Thirsty Crow. You can also visit their Facebook, or call 508994-9434 for up-to-date hours and information.

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If the summer heat has you craving something sweet, head over to Lickety Splits, located at 719 State Road in Westport. A local favorite, they have over 90 “extreme twist” ice cream combos to try, along with clam cakes, fries, and Coney Island hot dogs. Owner Mark Pietrzyk knows the business well – he took over after his father, who ran Walt’s Soft Serve in the same spot from the 1970s until 1990. The land Lickety Splits rests on has welcomed a great many visitors over the

years. The building was “originally a gas station almost 100 years ago,” explains Pietzyrk. “In the 1950s it was a diner. My father purchased the property in 1964. He had a fruit and vegetable stand in front and rented out the existing building until the early 1970s when he began selling soft serve ice cream.” If you want to take part in this South Coast tradition, visit any day except Monday between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Visit their Facebook or give them a call at 508-676-2163. If you become a really big fan, ask them about their rewards program!

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Destination dinner By Stacie Charbonneau Hess

In about a week, my family and I are headed to France for the first time. Yes, my last name is Charbonneau, and yes, I studied French for about seven years, but I have never set foot on French soil (unless you count Canada). I have always had a curiosity about all things French, however. In my twenties, I remember I came across a book called French Dirt about an expat who spent a year in Provence


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turning over the soil to make a garden, and learning some life lessons along the way. A few years later I read The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry – a similarly-themed story about a young American woman who discovered her grit in a Parisian kitchen. And then there is Julia Child, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the rest. More books have been written by Americans in Paris than I could mention in this article, but you see a pattern here, don’t you? You can’t really mention anything “French” without eventually talking about food and wine. Both of the stories I mentioned are about rediscovering the simplicity of growing, preparing, and of course, eating good food – and the appreciation of each step in the process. These books illuminate to me that the task of growing food is kind of like holding up a magnifying glass to something tiny and discovering a vast sense of gratitude. One of the lessons I have learned through my research on all things French is that mealtime is sacred. Whereas in the United States, it is not unusual to see a person driving one-handed while forcing a football-sized sandwich into his mouth, in France I am pretty sure that sight

is rare. Similarly, I have heard there is no “walking, talking, and eating” happening on French sidewalks. I have heard instead that finding a “convenience store” is impossible. The Cumbys and Tedeschis of the world are a more U.S. invention – gas, bottled water, and hot dogs rolling around on hot wires, all in one convenient location. What it seems (and I will report back as to whether the above is true) is that the French people know how to slooowww down, especially around the table. The French view food as a thing in itself, perhaps “the” thing – not a chore to get over so you can get to the next event, next stoplight, next social call. Taking this idea to heart here along the South Coast, I thought about restaurants in our area that are destinations in themselves – places that invite you to linger, try different courses, enjoy a long and leisurely bottle of wine. In planning for my French vacation, I have been doing some research and sitting intentionally at dinner. I wait for the server to ask me for my order, ask for recommendations, and try never to rush. I have shifted my focus, using dinnertime to enjoy unhurried conversation, talk about dreams and plans, and catch up with my loved ones. At the end of the

school year, even my husband, whom I see every day, can begin to feel distant. Intentionally planning a dinner out (and only dinner, no movie afterward, or Home Depot stop) reconnects us and helps us remember the important things in my life, with gratitude – like time around the table with our kids and friends. I have compiled a few ideas to get you started should you need some inspiration, or just a reminder about the glorious culinary options in our own backyard. Keep in mind this list is not conclusive, and it is not static. I have chosen only eight restaurants out of thousands on the South Coast because these are places I know well. You undoubtedly have your favorites. I want to know about them, too, because as wonderful as my tried-andtrue haunts are, so is the delight at finding a new destination. Whether loud and casual or quiet and upscale, restaurants draw people in and create a community. This summer, take a cue from the lingering daylight and slow down and appreciate a meal with all of your senses.

The Atlantic Bistro (theatlanticbistro. com) is an unassuming fine-dining restaurant close to Marion village. The atmosphere is cozy inside with lovely lighting, and on fair weather evenings it’s even possible to dine outside near the sidewalk (in true French style). The menu changes with the seasons, so there is always something new. Perhaps what is most impressive is the quality of the food you get here. The carefully-selected wine list is also notable, with knowledgeable waitstaff to guide you through it. A few months ago, Atlantic Bistro had a strict no-reservations policy, but they just started accepting them a few weeks ago, so you are in luck. Best for: Date night, special occasions, gorgeous summer evenings with family and friends. Don’t miss: the Steamed PEI Mussels appetizer with pistachio pesto cream, $13. Yum! Continued ON NEXT PAGE

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I have my good friend Andrea, a Swansea resident, to thank for introducing me to The Aviary Restaurant ( This place, in an unlikely location along Route 6 in Swansea (just behind the cute gift shop Tickles) is raising the bar for the entire South Coast with its combination of elegant ambiance, locally-sourced cuisine, and impeccable service. The atmosphere at The Aviary makes you feel like you are somewhere special. You can eat inside by the cozy fireplace or outside on the patio, and be sure to note the sculptural bird cages suspended above the bar. Best for: Date night, girls’ night, special occasions. Don’t miss: Deviled egg with pickled chili and chives, $8 and the Fig & Brie Grilled Pizza for $18

Yes, I must mention The Back Eddy Restaurant ( ) in case my dear reader is new to the area or has somehow forgotten about the place that epitomizes the best of the South Coast, especially in the summer. Once, after bringing my daughter to sleep-away camp in New Hampshire, I felt both excited and nervous. When I finally let go of my fears, my husband and I realized we were suddenly free from responsibility, and guess where we headed? Yep, you guessed it. The Back Eddy. It happened to be a Sunday afternoon, and we got there just in time to hear the last set of our friend Rebecca Correia play on the pier. We stayed for the sunset and each other’s company in a place of picture-postcard New England beauty. And oh yeah, Chef De Rego’s seafood and coastal cuisine never disappoints!


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Best for: dining al fresco while watching killer sunsets over the ocean, super-fresh seafood. Don’t miss: locally cultivated oysters with mingionette for$15 and the Roasted Cod Cassoulet for $25.50.

We wait all winter for The Bayside Restaurant ( to reopen, and when it does, you know summer can’t be far behind. The Bayside is a tiny shack perched along Horseneck Road and magnificent Buzzards Bay, across from the Audubon wildlife sanctuary – another good choice if you want to wow an out-of-town guest. Like the Back Eddy, part of the reason The Bayside makes this list is that after such a long haul to get here (for almost all of us except the lucky few who live along the shore in Westport), you want to stay put, take it easy and slow, and enjoy. I wrote about the Bayside many years ago when I was doing a piece on sustainable establishments. Bayside is wicked local – featuring greens so fresh they have never even seen a refrigerator. Best for: casual days and evenings out, sustainably-minded diners who want to know where their food is grown. Don’t miss: eggplant fries with parmesan peppercorn dip, $8.99 and anything with seafood!

When the owners of Little Moss in Padanaram opened up Farm & Coast Market ( a couple of years ago, it was met with overwhelming gratitude by locals, because they offered groceries, staples, and a fabulous selection of wines. Fast forward to now, and Farm & Coast does so much more than groceries: catering, table service, takeout, picnic food, prepared foods to go, ready-to-cook options like the now-famous coffee-barbecued chicken, amazing healthy smoothies and

coffee drinks. It doesn’t hurt that Farm & Coast is in the perfect South Coast destination location. Well, nearly perfect. The Padanaram bridge closing and near-constant construction has tried its best to threaten area businesses, but Padanaram remains as quaint, upscale, and walkable as ever. Make a day of your visit here and take a yoga or Stand-Up Paddle class at Divine Yoga, buy a gift for a friend at Dahlia, or simply people-watch in the outdoor seating at Farm & Coast. The food here is definitely the star – a butcher is on-site, ready to answer questions about the Lamb Marguez sausages and other specialty meats. Inviting you to partake. Farm & Coast Market has strengthened an already established South Coast community with live music events, farmers’ markets, cooking classes, and book talks! Check the website or join the email list to stay up to date. Best for: breakfasts in-house, creative and healthy picnic lunches, grab-and-go dinners, amazing meals on the go, eating in or out. Note: Make sure the waitstaff knows you want table service, because it is possible to simply order and sit down at a table – you generally need to request table service.

Let’s face it. We don’t always want to dress up and sometimes we don’t even want to make a reservation. DNB (Downtown New Bedford Burgers - dnbburgers. com) is for the more carefree, spontaneous among us. Though it’s perhaps best known to attract families, DNB could also serve as a fun date night destination. It’s got two floors – upstairs is a bit quieter and cozier with booths and darker lighting, whereas downstairs feels like a fancy diner. Once you get a bite of the herb-fries, however, you would just as soon sit in a concrete chair. They are that good. What I also love about DNB is they make everything fresh in-house – and I mean everything: they grind their own beef, use fresh-baked rolls, make their

own pickles for the pickle-board and the burgers, and offer two kinds of homemade ketchup (one with Sriracha). Even if you’re a vegan, you can still enjoy DNB. They serve portobello burgers and phenomenal salads. Cocktails here are creative, using only beer, wine, and mead. My favorite is the Rose is a Rose, with real rose petals on top. Just trust me and go. Parking is sometimes tricky – you may have to walk along the cobblestone streets. Come early if you don’t like to wait… the place does not take reservations and fills up fast. Best for: families and those who don’t mind a little celebratory noise with dinner, quirky, good quality food in a convivial setting. Don’t miss: um, the burgers… and the herb fries… also the “Rose is a Rose” and other fun beer and wine cocktails (can you tell I love this place?)

The Inn on Shipyard Park ( has gone through many iterations (it is formerly known as the Kinsale Inn, and to longtime locals the Mattapoisett Inn), but the current owners are hometown heroes who have breathed new life into this antique establishment. The Inn on Shipyard Park boasts a bucolic view from the screenedin porch, where laughter can be heard by those who stroll about the village – walking dogs, grabbing a coffee at the Town Wharf General Store, or getting the boat ready for a sail. As the name describes, the Inn sits just across from the vast green Shipyard Park, complete with picturesque gazebo, and then just past that is the Atlantic and Mattapoisett Harbor. Inside you’ll find hearty dinners, a packed bar, and if you time it right, you will hear incredible musical talent! Check the schedule for live music days. Best for: nostalgic date nights, summer days and evenings on the porch, a big group of friends and cold drinks, live music.

Don’t miss: the housemade desserts, such as the Water Street Joy chocolate cake, Chocolate Oreo Cake and Seasonal Cheesecake.

No Problemo Taqueria ( is a restaurant that needs no introduction. No Problemo awakened the corner of Purchase and William Street over a decade ago, and it is now near-legendary with college students, nine-to-fivers, and everyone in between. They pride themselves on being the best Mexican restaurant this side of the Mississippi – and if their popularity is any indication of the truth of that statement, they may be right! No Problemo keeps reinventing itself to accommodate a larger clientele, table service or take out, and the inbetween section when you order at the counter yet eat in. Sangrias, red and white, hit the spot on a summer day or evening. For a healthier option, pass up the burrito and grab a “Tostada no cow” – add chicken or beef to this salad, with surprise rice and beans on the bottom. Call ahead, and bring cash. Best for: last-minute burritos, raucous lunches and dinners, and running into someone you know.

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Now that I have compiled this list, I realize that I have already adopted the French cultural habit of lingering a bit over a meal. After all, the table is where friendships are formed, romance is kindled, and memories of all kinds are made. You can tell a story about a restaurant and your companion. You will forget every drivethrough burger you will ever eat, or torpedo-sized sandwich you ate while rushing to your next appointment. Food is more than just sustenance – it connects us to one another and the environment. It nurtures us. It satisfies us. So this summer, sloooow down, Frenchstyle. Bon appetit!

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Now there’s no chain By Paul Kandarian y the time this publishes, Anthony Bourdain’s suicide will be old news. Suicide in general, however, will not be. Bourdain, a man I deeply admired for his snarky attitude, his cavalier nature, and the way he shrugged off and scoffed at pretense and pretenders, died in a Paris hotel room. As of this writing, we don’t know how, or more importantly, why. The “why” takes on a false sense of importance when these things happen. If we knew why, maybe… maybe what? We don’t know, but it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that his suicide and so many others resulted from the disease of depression. But even if we know the why, the power of the how escapes so many not experiencing it. We cannot imagine how a guy like Bourdain, or days before him, Kate Spade, or Robin Williams or any on the painfully endless list of celebrity suicides could cash out on a life most people can only dream about. They had fame, fortune, and adulation heaped upon them for the gifts they had and shared with an adoring public. They had it all. A day after Bourdain’s suicide, someone wrapped it up rather succinctly: sometimes when you have it all, you have nothing. I first heard of Bourdain back in the early 2000s, reading his amazing book Kitchen Confidential, which shed a brutal light on the back-of-the-house antics in restaurant kitchens, the drugs, the drinking, the sexual aggressiveness, the filthy conditions, the contempt for the public, all of it. It was great. It was written in such a beautifully literary way with unsparing observational humor and savagely descriptive prose it made me think of one of the first exposé books I ever read, Ball Four by Jim Boutin. That book shredded the façade of pro baseball’s all-Americanism, tearing the skin off of hero worship. He wrote about World Series legend Mickey Mantle having such world-class hangovers at the park he could barely see – but still launched epic home runs. Boutin was ostracized for it by baseball insiders but lionized by the public eager to hear it.


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I read that book when I was 17 and knew immediately I wanted to be a writer because I seemed to share in the same sense of snarky sensibility with Boutin – whom I later interviewed when I did become a writer 15 years after reading his book. When I read Bourdain’s work and saw him on TV, all lank and laconicism, I knew my career path was confirmed. He was a wiseass, I was a wiseass. He loved food, I loved food. He loved to travel and connect food to culture and people and story, and so did I. I didn’t know how much I loved Bourdain until he died. Funny how that happens sometimes. The day after the news broke, it hit me hard how similar we were. He did what he did with flair and humor (as I try to do), knowing that humor, all humor, is just the truth exaggerated. He had a style all his own, and I loved his way with words as I do the ways of Dave Barry, David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Andy Borowitz, Calvin Trillen, Jimmy Breslin, and so many others who wield words as musical instruments. Language, when deftly used, is powerfully lyrical and Bourdain was one of the best at it, in both the written and spoken form. I like to think I share with him the privilege of story, respecting and craving the craft of story. We tell stories of others, people doing remarkable or mundane things. We know the connection story has. From the first people gathered around a campfire grunting out in prehistoric rudimentary communications, there was story. Cave drawings are story. The music of beating bones on stretched animal skin is story. We all have our own cultures. We all have to eat. Bourdain connected all of that in a style all his own that celebrated humanity’s gifts and flaws. And his flaws were many and not hidden. He was not shy about sharing them with others. He talked about his addictions to drugs and alcohol and his bad-boy behavior in a past he was not proud of. But it was part of what he was, and his overcoming many of his demons gave hope to so many others they could exorcize their own.

But depression is a dark master, and something else I share with him. I’ve had sporadic episodes of it over the years, the worst coming as I was getting divorced. I was numbingly depressed, but sought and got help. Of the list of depression’s signs, I had every one – including thoughts of suicide. I knew, however, (or thought I knew) that I could never do that to the kids and loved ones I’d leave behind. At one time when I was much younger and even dumber than I am now, I thought suicide was a coward’s way out. I’ve since seen too much, felt too much to now know better. Putting a bullet in your head or leaping off a building or pounding a mouthful of pills down your throat would seem to me to take immense courage. I’m glad I never found my own. Bourdain’s suicide like many celebrity suicides will shed a much-needed light on the reasons for it and where to get treatment. It hopefully lifts the shame and stigma that often comes with depression. It is a disease. It can be treated. It can be managed. There is help. And in his way, Bourdain is helping. He was a spirit committed to story. We must not forget how his and so many others’ stories ended, learning from and helping others as a result of it.

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News, views and trends… from Mount Hope Bay to Buzzards Bay

by Elizabeth Morse Read

May the Fourth be with you! Kick off your summer reading with this lineup of fun and sun on the South Coast! Music festivals, day trips, free outdoor concerts, food events, boat races, outdoor theatre and movies, street fairs, kids’ programs, Portuguese festas, and outdoor adventures!

Across the Region Don’t miss the 2018 New Bedford Folk Festival July 7-8! The Boston Globe voted it “one of New England’s greatest celebrations!” Headliners include Tom Rush, Cheryl Wheeler, Emerald Rae, The Mammals, Bon Debarras – nine stages, food and craft vendors, family tent with children’s events! For complete details, go to or Woohoo! Head for the Onset Band Shell for the free Summer of Love Concerts on Wednesdays through August 29, the free Onset Film Festival on Thursdays through August 2, and the free Time Warp Dance Parties and Rock n Roll Bingo (wear costumes!) on Fridays July 6 to August 17! For complete details, go to The Block Island Ferry is back! Travel to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River through September 3. For details, go to

Buy your tickets early for the Newport Folk Festival July 27-29 ( and the Newport Jazz Festival August 3-5 (, both at Fort Adams. In between there’s the Newport Bridge Fest July 30 to August 2 at venues throughout Newport ( And classical music lovers can enjoy more than forty concerts performed by international artists at the 50th Newport Music Festival July 4-22 at various venues in the Newport area! For info and tickets, call 401-849-0700 or go to Celebrate the Bay State’s maritime and literary history by following the new Massachusetts Whale Trail, from New Bedford to Newburyport to western Massachusetts! Developed by the state’s Office of Travel and Tourism. To learn more, go to massvacation. com/whale-trail or Save the date! The 46th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta will be held August 3-5! For complete details, go to “Discover Buzzards Bay,” an initiative to promote active outdoor recreation created by Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition. A series of guided monthly outdoor walks, called “Sunday Strolls,” and an online portal with information about more than 100 public places to walk, birdwatch, kayak/ canoe, fish 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

Mark your calendars now for the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tours July 21-22 and August 18-19! Take a leisurely drive highlighting the craftsmen and artists of Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton and Little Compton. For more info, go to


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Hands Across the River Coalition (HARC), environmental advocacy group, has a goal of ridding the Acushnet River and greater Buzzards Bay environment of deadly industrial contaminants like PCBs, dioxin and heavy metals, which pose serious risk to public health and the South Coast’s ecology. HARC meets on the last Wednesday of every month, and the public is invited to attend. For monthly meeting locations and more info about HARC, call 508951-1184 or go to

Acushnet Check out the free “Foraging Walk” on July 10 at the Sawmills, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to Stroll through the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir! Canoe/kayak launch, fishing, trails. Visit

Attleboro Check out the Capron Park Zoo – sign the kids up for Zoo Classes! Call 774-203-1840 or go to Or stroll through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center – sign the kids up for summer camp! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit

Bristol Check out the Summer Concert Series at Independence Park every night from June 21 through the Fourth of July! For a line-up and more info, visit Head for the carnival on the Bristol Town Commons from June 27 to July 4! For more info, visit or visit

Make your plans to attend the 4th of July celebration in Bristol, home of the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in America! For more info, visit july4thbristolri. com.

Take a walk through Blithewold Mansion and Gardens! Sign the kids up for summer Camp Sequoia! Don’t miss the Music at Sunset Summer Concert Series starting July 11! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to

Head for Running Brook Vineyards for free live music every weekend! For more info call 508-985-1998 or go to runningbrookwine. com/entertainment.

If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame! Call 401-253-5000 or go to Visit Linden Place Mansion, the setting for the movie The Great Gatsby. Sign the kids up for Summer Arts Camp! For info and reservations, call 401-253-0390 or visit Find out who’s playing at the Stone Church Coffeehouse at the First Congregational Church. For info or tickets, call 401-253-4813 or 401-253-7288. Check out the 18th-century Home and Hearth Workshops at the Coggeshall Farm Museum! For details, visit or call 401-253-9062.

Carver Take the kids on a train ride through Cran Central, Dino Land and Thomas the Tank Land at Edaville Railroad! For more info, go to

Dartmouth Get wet on the “Slocum River Sunset StandUp Paddle Tour” on July 6 at the Lloyd Center for the Environment, led by Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures! For info, call 508-990-0505 x 10 or pre-register online at calendar. Wander through Parsons Reserve or take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit Friends Academy will offer a full range of weekly summer enrichment programs and outdoor activities through August 3. For details, go to Encourage your K-6 child’s creativity and problem-solving skills at a one-week session of Camp Invention! Programs available in Dartmouth this summer. For more info, visit Enjoy the outdoors at the Lloyd Center for the Environment! Take the little ones to “Nature Discovery” on the third Saturday each month. Sign up children grades 3-8 for coastal ecology and marine biology summer programs! For details, call 508-990-0505 or visit lloydcenter. org. It’s tee time! The Allendale Women’s Golf Association will sponsor the Elaine Seguer Ladies Invitational on July 28-29 (rain dates August 4-5), a fundraiser for the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Sponsor a Hole, enter the Duck Derby and enjoy two days of great golfing! Fees include golf cart, breakfasts, lunches, snacks and prizes. For more information and registration forms, call 508992-8682 or go to

Mark your calendar for the monthly Paskamansett Concert Series at the Dartmouth Grange Hall. The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus will perform on July 14, Grace Morrison on August 11. For more info, call 401241-3793, or visit paskamansettconcertseries.


Monday Morning Fun

Mondays, 9:00 - 11:30 am Visitors Center, 141 Main St. Outdoor kids’ games and special programs for ages 5-12.

H. H. Rogers Walking Tour

Tues. & Thurs., 10:00 a.m. Begins at Town Hall, 40 Center St. See a millionaire’s majestic architectural gifts to his hometown. Free.

Eat fresh! Eat local! Head for the Marketplace at Simpson Springs (508-238-4472) on Saturdays. For more info, go to semaponline. org.

Pirates & Privateers Programs

Find out what’s happening at the Easton Children’s Museum! For info, call 508-2303789 or visit

Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. Begins at Fort Phoenix flagpole. Learn about Fort Phoenix, pirates, and see a swivel cannon firing demonstration. Free.

Fairhaven Head for the beaches or Fort Phoenix to watch the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over New Bedford Harbor! Don’t miss the Fourth of July parade, classic car cruise and cannon salute at Fort Phoenix! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Bring a chair or blanket to listen to “Concerts Under the Stars” at the Fairhaven Town Hall on July 12, 19, 26, and August 2 and 9. For more info, go to Check out the Monday Morning Fun Days at the Visitors Center starting July 2! For dates and info on tours, events and historical sites, go to or call 508-979-4085. Buy fresh, buy local! Head for the Fairhaven Farmers Market at its new location on 151 Alden Road on Sundays 11-3 through October 28! For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to

Huttleston Marketplace

Saturdays, 10:00-4:00 p.m. Fairhaven High School, Rte. 6 Free admission.

July 4th Car Cruise & Parade

Wednesday, July 4 9:00 a.m. from Fairhaven High Antique & Classic Vehicles will cruise from FHS to Fort Phoenix.

Independence Program and Cannon Salute

Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 a.m. Fort Phoenix Program includes music, history, & firing of the fort’s 5 cannons.

Family Movie Night

Saturday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. Livesey Park, Glenhaven Ave. Free outdoor showing of Disney/Pixar’s “COCO,” popcorn, music, more.

The new Huttleston Marketplace will be set up on the lawn of Fairhaven High School every Saturday 10-4 through Labor Day! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers will be selling their wares. For more info, call 508-979-4085 or go to

NFIA Car Show & Fun Fair

Sunday, July 22, 9: 00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Livesey Park, Glenhaven Ave. Cars, Trucks, Bikes, kids fun fair, food, music and more. Free admission

Put on your dancing shoes! Head for the First Congregational Church on the third Saturday each month, 7-10 p.m., for social ballroom dancing! Beginners welcome. For reservations and info, call 401-230-3420 or email


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Continued FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Bring a lawn chair and learn about local history at the free “Lectures on the Lawn” at the Old Stone Schoolhouse on the first and third Saturdays of July and August. For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. Get in shape for free “Fitness in Cushman Park” classes offer Monday “Well & Fit” classes through August 20; “Yoga in the Park” on Tuesdays through August 21; and “Summer Bootcamp” on Thursdays through August 23. On rainy days, head for the Carousel Family Fun Center. For more details, call 508-287-2482 or visit Head for Livesey Park in North Fairhaven on July 21 for the Family Outdoor Movie Night “COCO” – bounce house, face-painting and games before the show! Then back to Livesey Park on July 22 for the Legendary Street Rods Car, Truck & Bike Show, and Family Fun Day! For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. If you’re interested in the history of JapanAmerica ties, visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House, where it all began. Go to or call 508-995-1219 for details.

Fall River The Narrows Center for the Arts has a fabulous lineup –don’t miss the free downtown 6th Annual Block-a-Palooza with Kat Wright and Quinn Sullivan July 12, Yes Darling July 13, Jonathan Edwards & the Pousette Dart Band at the Westport Rivers Vineyard July 14, Robert Cray Band July 18, Tab Benoit July 19, Patty Griffin July 24, Walter Trout July 28, Outlaws August 2, Justin Hayward August 7, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band August 11 – and more! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926.

Find out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River! For info, go to or call 508-672-0033. Enjoy the weather! Explore nature trails or historic landmarks, join a walking group – learn more at or call 508-324-2405. The Fall River Public Library hosts free afternoon movies (and popcorn!) every Wednesday at 1 p.m., in addition to showings on Monday nights. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit

Marion After the Fourth of July parade, head for Washburn Memorial Park for the annual Marion Horse Show! For more info, visit Mark your calendar for “Arts in the Park,” a juried outdoors art festival, on July 7 at Bicentennial Park! For more info, call 508-7481266 or go to Don’t miss the free Buzzards Bay Musicfest at Tabor Academy July 11-15 – classical concerts and “Big Band Era” music! For more info, visit Head for the Marion Music Hall to enjoy the “Music from Land’s End” summer concert series, with string quartet performances on July 28, and a Baroque classics concert with period instruments on August 18. For more info, visit Don’t miss the annual Super Duper Summer Fair on July 28 at the First Congregational Church of Marion! Dunk tank, games, bounce house, putting green, lobster rolls, silent auction and more! Sign up kids ages 4½ to 9 for the weekly “Artstart” programs through July 20 at the Marion Art Center! For more info, call 508-7481266 or go to Register children entering grades 3-6 for the two weeks of half-day coastal environment programs at the Marion Museum of Natural History, starting July 9! For more info, call 508748-2098 or go to

Mattapoisett Take the little ones for a ride on the centuryold Carousel at Battleship Cove through Labor Day! For more info, go to carousel. Head for the parks for free outdoor movies! Watch “Narnia” on July 7 at North Park, “Nanny McPhee” on July 28 at Kennedy Park, “Pink Panther” on August 18 at Maplewood Park. For details, go to or call 508-294-5344. Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum (508-678-1000 x101 or or explore the murky depths at the DIVE! exhibit at the Maritime Museum (508-674-3533 or battleshipcove. org/maritime-museum).


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Mark your calendars! The annual Mattapoisett Triathlon is scheduled for July 15, and the Harbor Days festival at Shipyard Park will be held July 17-22 – family fun, great food, music, and crafts! For a daily schedule (and menu) and more info, visit 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

Middleboro Nemasket River Productions will present “Romeo & Juliet” July 20-22, 27-29, August 3-4 at the Peter Oliver House. For more info, go to or call 1-866-244-0448.

Head for the Summer Farmers Market at Oliver Mill Park on Saturdays through October 13! For more info, go to Take the kids to the Soule Homestead! For daily event info, and the lineup for the Saturday Summer Concerts July 14 to August 11, call 508-947-6744 or go to On Wednesday or Saturday afternoons, visit the 7-building Middleborough Historical Museum, including the Tom Thumb Museum! For more info, go to Enjoy a performance of “Mary Poppins” at the Burt Wood School’s Summer Arts Festival July 12-15! For details, call 508-946-1071 or visit

Middletown Head for the Newport Vineyards on Saturday and Sunday afternoons through October for live music and wine tastings! Don’t miss “Summer Strings from Mozart to Metallica,” part of the Newport Music Festival, on July 19! For more info, call 401-848-5161 or go to Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary! Check out the week-long day camps for children ages 3 ½ to 14! For details, call 401-846-2577 or go to Make your reservations for “Fiesta Verde,” the annual Aquidneck Island Land Trust fundraiser, July 21 on the cricket pitch at Arnow Farm. Music, dinner, dancing, raffle and auction! For info, call 401-849-2799 or visit Don’t miss the Newport Antiques Show at St. George’s School on July 28-29, a fundraiser for the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. For more info, call 401-846-2669 or visit

New Bedford Head for the waterfront and beaches to watch the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over New Bedford Harbor! Start the Fourth of July by attending the 37th Annual Jazz Service at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford! For details, call 508994-9686 or go to Celebrate the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial in New Bedford all summer long! Spend the 4th of July with Frederick Douglass at Custom House Square! Head for the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park for the special walking tour “Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad” through September 30! For more info, go to or Head for the free “Summer Sounds Series” concerts on Friday evenings at Pier 3! Listen to Front and Center July 6, Flight of Fire July 13, Phunky Autokratz July 20, Funk Side Up August 3, Steppin Out with New Image August 10! For more info, go to

Head for the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park for the “Whaling Days Walking Tours,” which will run through September 30. For more info, go to destinationnewbedford. org/events or

Paddle around the pond on the new Swan Boats at Buttonwood Park! Then head for the zoo to see the “Science on a Sphere” and the “Rainforest, Rivers and Reefs” exhibits! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit

Stroll through the New Bedford Art Museum/ ArtWorks! special exhibit “Birds of the First Light and Longhouses,” selected prints of John James Audubon from the New Bedford Free Public Library’s collection, through October 14! For more info, call 508-961-3072 or visit Take a boat tour of historic New Bedford Harbor or a sunset cruise aboard Whaling City Expeditions! For info, call 508-207-3994 or go to

Dance along to the free “Reggae on West Beach” Summer Sounds Concerts 3-7 p.m. on July 29 and August 26! Live DJs, family-friendly, food trucks. For more info, call 508-207-6726 or go to

Splash and dash! Register now for the 2018 Whaling City Triathlon and Duathlon, the most beginner-friendly multisport event in New England, on July 29 at Fort Taber! For more info, go to

Travel around the world and back in time! Don’t miss the Whaling Museum’s special exhibit, A Spectacle in Motion, the restored 19th-century 1,275-foot long painting “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World,” on display at the Kilburn Mills Studio in the city’s South End from July 14 to October 8. For more information, go to whalingmuseum. org.

Sign your kids up now for the weekly Cool Arts Kids Workshops (half or full day) at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! from July 16 to August 17! For more info, call 508-961-3072 or go to

Learn more about the ZooCrew Zoo Camp at the Buttonwood Park Zoo for children 4-12! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit The Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will return on July 21 at Fort Taber! For info and tickets, go to foodtruckfestivalsofamerica. com. Area high school and college students are encouraged to sign up for the free New Bedford Festival Theatre’s Summer Academy July 2-30, working side-by-side with theatrical professionals producing “West Side Story” July 20-29 at the Zeiterion. Apprentices and interns receive a stipend for attending workshops and working 7-12 hours a day. For more information about the Summer Academy, go to

Enjoy the day watching the boat races! The 2018 29er National Championships will be held July 19-23 at the Community Boating Center in New Bedford! For more info, go to or call 508-9926219. And plan ahead for the 2018 Buzzards Bay 420 Championship off Fort Taber on August 2-5! For more info, call 508-992-6219 or visit

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Gamers, team-builders, and mystery-solvers! Head for the “Mass Escape” in downtown New Bedford! Groups of 4-8 people can work together to prevent a nuclear crisis or solve a murder mystery. For more info, go to

Polka and pierogie! Head for the Polish Summerfest at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in New Bedford on July 14-15! For more info, call 508-992-9378 or go to Explore New Bedford’s waterfront on a Zagster cruiser-style one-speed bicycle! This new bike-share pilot program provides very inexpensive bike rentals ($1 for 30 minutes or $25 annual pass) that are GPS-equipped and remote locked, with docking stations at Fort Taber and State Pier. The program is cosponsored 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 Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights. The July 12 theme is “Kids Rule!” and the August 9 theme is “Jammin’ in the Streets.” For details, go to or call 508-996-8253.

Don’t miss the New Bedford Festival Theatre’s production of West Side Story July 20-29, or the Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts July 31 at the Zeiterion! For info and tickets, call 508-994-2900 or go to Head for Buttonwood Park on July 7 for the start of the 46th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade! For more info, go to Find out what’s going on at the Whaling Museum and the Seamen’s Bethel – watch a demonstration of Nantucket Basket Weaving on July 16! For more info, visit whalingmuseum. org or call 508-997-0046.

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Don’t miss the WWII Living History reenactment on July 16-17 at the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum! For info, call 508994-3938 or visit A quarter-mile-long artwork from 1948, Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World, will be on display across two exhibits. See the whole work at once for free in “A Spectacle in Motion: The Original” from July 14 to October 8 at the Kilburn Mill. Then beginning July 29, “A Spectacle in Motion: The Experience” will be an exhibit at the Whaling museum. Visit for more details.

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The New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches Department will offer two-week sessions of all-day summer programs at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman July 2 to August 24, including breakfast, lunch, and transportation. For info and registration, call 508-961-3015 or go to Sign up children entering grades 4-9 for the Lights Up! Musical Theatre Summer Camp August 6-10 at the Zeiterion in New Bedford! No experience necessary – onstage performance of “The Wizard of Oz” August 10! For registration and more info, call 508-9942900 or go to Take free evening tours of historic buildings and neighborhoods, sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society! Visit the homes of the Textile Era on July 12, and of the Victorian Era on August 9. For more info, call 508-9976425 or visit Explore the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to It’s festa time! The 104th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the world’s largest Portuguese feast, is scheduled for August 2-5 at Madeira Field! Great food, top-notch music and family fun! Headliners include Queensryche, Wild Nites, Eratoxica, and Ultimate Queen Celebration. Learn more at

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Newport Buy your tickets now for the Newport Folk Festival July 27-29 ( and the Newport Jazz Festival August 3-5 (, both at Fort Adams. In between there’s the Newport Bridge Fest July 30 to August 2 at venues throughout Newport (! Go on a stroll through Ballard Park! Plan ahead for free lawn concerts July 18 and 25, and free “Movies on the Rocks” August 15 and 22! For more info, call 401-619-3377 or go to Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay past lighthouses, mansions, and Newport Harbor! Free dockside parking. For schedule and info, go to Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! “Remember Me?” will be performed through July 1. “No Tell Motel” will play from July 6 to September 1. For more information, call 401-848-7529 or go to Reserve your tickets early for the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open July 1522 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame! For details, call 401-849-6053 or go to Make your reservations now for the 21st Annual Summer Gala in Newport on July 7, the fundraiser for the non-profit International Yacht Restoration School (, with entertainment by KC & The Sunshine Band! For info, call 401-846-1272 or visit

Take a free guided “Sunday Stroll” through Lyman Reserve in Plymouth on August 5! Sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Southcoast Health. For more info, go to Encourage your K-6 child’s creativity and problem-solving skills at a one-week session of Camp Invention! Programs available in Plymouth this summer. For more info, visit


Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Don’t miss performances by The Kennedys with Adam Traum July 14, Melissa Wasserman July 28! Heal with a Gong Sound Bath, or with Yoga: Mindful Flow & Meditation on Sundays, or with music and movement on JourneyDance on the 2nd Saturday each month, or join in the Contra Dancing on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates or figure drawing. For more info, go to or call 401-241-7349.

Take the family to the 90th Annual St. Anthony’s Feast July 12-15! For more info, go to or Visit the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens! For info, call 401-683-1267 or visit Enjoy wine tastings and live music every weekend at Greenvale Vineyards! For details, call 401-847-3777 or go to Check out the Newport Car Museum! Sixtyplus vintage cars and driving simulators! For more info, call 401-848-2277 or visit

Somerset Stroll through the Somerset Open Air Market (SOAM) at Marchand Memorial Park every other Saturday in July and August (weekly in September and October) from 10 to 2! Vendors include farm stands, artisans, food trucks, children’s activities, and fitness, with a free shuttle from the Somerset-Berkley High School parking lot. For more info, visit

There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! Don’t miss the Antiques Festival on July 4, the Arts & Artisan Summer Festival July 21, and the Cultural Survival Bazaar, a festival of native arts and cultures, on July 28-29. For more info, go to or culturalsurvival. org.

Wareham Plan a family fun day at the Swan Festival on July 14! For details, go to

Eat fresh! Eat local! Head for the year-round farmers market at Stony Creek Farm on Sundays. For hours and more info, call 401465-4832 or go to

Mark your calendars for the Blessing of the Fleet and Fireworks on July 7 in Onset, the “Midsummer Shakespeare” productions at the Onset Band Shell Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday from July 8-31, and Sandcastle Day at Onset Beach on July 28! For more info, call 508-295-7072 or visit

Encourage your K-6 child’s creativity and problem-solving skills at a one-week session of Camp Invention! Programs available in Swansea this summer. For more info, visit

Mark your summer calendars! The Onset Blues Festival is scheduled for August 4! Headliners include Janiva Magness and The Fat City Band! For more info, go to


“Learn How to Quahog” in Onset Bay on July 21 and August 11! Free! Sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Wareham Department of Natural Resources. For more info, go to events.

Classical music lovers can enjoy more than forty concerts performed by international artists at the 50th Newport Music Festival July 4-22 at various venues in the Newport area! For info and tickets, call 401-849-0700 or go to




Don’t miss the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s free July 4 concert on the waterfront! For more info, call 508-746-8008 or visit

Spend a Sunday afternoon (through August 26) learning about daily life in the 18th century at the Chace-Cory House in Tiverton Four Corners! For more info, go to tivertonhistorical. org.

Enjoy the “Music from Land’s End” summer concert series, with string quartet performances at the Wareham Library July 26 and the Church of the Good Shepherd July 29. Their Baroque classics concert with period instruments will be performed on August 19 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. For more info, visit

Check out who’s playing at “Live Music at the Bliss” at the Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church! For info, call 401-624-4113 or visit

Stay fit with Yoga with Laura at the Boys and Girls Club in Wareham! For a schedule and more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to

Bring a blanket or chair to the free Summer Concert Series on the lawn of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday evenings through August 29! For info and lineup, call 508-747-7727 or go to


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Don’t miss the Feast of the Holy Ghost Carnival in Taunton July 6-8! Carnival rides, games, food and fun! For details, call 508-8249108 or visit

Make a splash at Water Wizz, opening June 16! For more info, call 508-295-3255 or visit

Westport The Sunset Music Series concerts at Westport Rivers Vineyard runs through September 8! Tickets must be purchased in advance – $10/carload! For tickets and lineup of performers, go to Mark your calendars for Jonathan Edwards & the Pousette Dart Band performing at the Westport Rivers Vineyard on July 14! For more info, visit or call 508-324-1926. Forage for the “Wild Foods of Westport” on July 10 at the Westport Town Farm. For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit Go on a sea kayaking adventure on July 14 with the Westport Land Conservation Trust! Advance registration required. For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit westportlandtrust. org.

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Take a tour of six historical private homes and gardens in Westport on July 29! Or explore 18th- and 19th-century life at the Handy House. For tour tickets and more info, visit, call 508-636-6011 or stop by Partners Village Store.

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Pack a picnic for the 10th Annual Town Farm Summer Concert with Anais Mitchell on August 4! For more info, call 508-636-9228 or visit

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The South Coast Insider - July 2018  

It’s summer in the South Coast and the region has come alive! The long days and warm nights give us the chance to display our true selves–to...

The South Coast Insider - July 2018  

It’s summer in the South Coast and the region has come alive! The long days and warm nights give us the chance to display our true selves–to...