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Bright Spots by Sean McCarthy

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On the cover: They’re the very image of waterfront life in New England – so ubiquitous we don’t give them their due. This summer, learn more about the lighthouses dotting our coasts with tours from Save The Bay. Learn more on page 10 or visit

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The heat may be on, but if anyone knows how to stay cool, it’s us! We are free to explore the wet and wild world that gives us our name: the South Coast!


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Whether you are itching to spend as much time outdoors as possible, or you’re desperate for some relief with air conditioning, it’s the perfect time to get active! On page 6, Liz Read has a bunch of recommendations, from yoga to biking to swimming to rowing!


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While we’re on the topic of boats, Save The Bay wants to take you topside to explore those perennial mascots of New England: lighthouses. Go past the postcards and see them up close and personal, learning the histories of the beautiful beacons on our shoreline. Turn to Sean McCarthy’s article on page 10 to learn more. If you prefer your exploring to remain terrestrial, then you’ll want to read Ashley Lessa’s article on page 18. She highlights some local organizations that are working hard to build and maintain paths and trails that crisscross the region. Re-visit the forests of your youth, or say hello for the first time! You may be able to hide from the sun in the shade, but there’s no hiding from great things to do when you live on the South Coast! So splash down, set off, and have a super summer!

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We’ve heard over and over that we should take the stairs instead of the elevator and that we should walk to the corner store instead of driving, but we really do need to incorporate more physical activity into our daily lives, no matter our age.

Always consult with your doctor before embarking on any new exercise program – kickboxing or bungee jumping may not be the right choice for you, even if you were the star quarterback in high school! You want something low-impact that will help improve your balance, agility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health, above all else. But if staying active can also improve your mental health, too, why not give it a try?

These feet are made for walkin’ The easiest and lowest-impact form of physical activity is walking. You can do it alone, with your dog or with friends, during your lunch hour or on weekends, on city streets or through the woods. If


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you need the discipline of a scheduled walk, check out the weekly walks at the Dartmouth Mall (cold months) or Buttonwood Park (warm months) hosted by the New Bedford Wellness Initiative ( Or you can sign up for Mass in Motion’s “Walk to Summer” along the Quequechan River Rail Trail in Fall River ( or You can find unique walking trails just about everywhere at or But there are additional benefits to walking when you do it in natural settings – a beach, a nature preserve, a park or forest trail – not only does it improve your heart rate and muscle tone, but it actually

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reduces anxiety and stress hormone levels! Southcoast Health and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have joined together to create “Discover Buzzards Bay,” an initiative to promote active outdoor recreation. A series of guided monthly outdoor walks, called “Sunday Strolls,” and an online portal with information about more than 100 public places to walk, cycle, paddle, and even cross-country can be found at

Practice mindfulness We all get a little stiff and wobbly as we age – what better way to relax your body and mind than to join a yoga class? Learn to focus and undo the kinks and mental clutter brought on by stress and self-neglect. This summer, you can practice yoga outdoors at the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford ( or indoors at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford, part of the New Bedford Wellness Initiative ( Surround yourself with nature practicing yoga at the Stone Barn at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth

New Bedford Wellness Initiative Developed by Dr. Michael Rocha, a cardiologist at Hawthorn Medical Group in Dartmouth, the New Bedford Wellness Initiative offers free activities and events to encourage people of all ages to take their health into their own hands with the support of like-minded individuals. On Saturdays, participants can “Walk With a Doc” at the Dartmouth Mall (November through March) or at Buttonwood Park (April through October). On Sundays at the Greater New Bedford Boys & Girls Club, people can engage in cardio exercise, practice yoga or qigong (a Chinese version of yoga), meditate, receive massage therapy, and learn about proper nutrition. Every third Sunday, a hypnotist offers smoking cessation classes, and once a month, the South Coast Health Van provides free screenings, flu shots, and referrals. For more information, visit

( or at “Yoga in Cushman Park” in Fairhaven ( – they also offer a “Summer Boot Camp” program. And you can always join in “Yoga with Laura” at the Boys and Girls Club in

Wareham ( You can also get healthy at the free “Be Well Wareham” events at the Gleason YMCA in Wareham – yoga and meditation, a walk and nutrition classes ( discover/events and Check out the range of healing programs at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton – Gong Sound Bath, Yoga: Mindful Flow & Meditation, or music and movement on JourneyDance ( /sandywoodscenterforthearts).

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You can stay fit with your friends by checking out the many free or low-cost health and fitness programs available at your local senior center/council on aging! There’s something for all levels of fitness – from Zumba Gold to chair yoga – that can help you improve your balance, agility, and cardiovascular health. Many centers offer yoga, tai chi, or qigong, group walking programs or osteoporosis exercise for bone strength. To find the senior center nearest you, go to or

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Mass In Motion is at statewide initiative to reduce obesity and obesity-related diseases by increasing local opportunities for healthy eating and active living no matter where you live, work, learn, or play. To learn more about the resources and programs available in your town or city, visit (, through the Victorian Rose Garden in Roger Williams Park in Providence (, or through the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth ( And if you want to burn off some calories while learning something new this summer, head to New Bedford for free Summer Walking Tours sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society (, or explore the city’s history at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ( Or you can go on a guided walking tour through historic burial grounds in Plymouth ( or in Fairhaven ( And if you’d like to explore the state’s parks for free (including parking), apply for a Senior ParksPass at councils-on-aging-senior-centers.

Get into the swim of things Whether you do it at the beach or in an indoor pool, swimming is the ideal exercise for older adults. It’s a low-impact full-body workout that puts no stress on joints and poses virtually no risk of injury. Swimming improves muscle strength, flexibility and heart health – and leaves you with a relaxed, rosy glow! Contact your local YMCA ( about their swimming programs. You can also check with your town’s recreation center, senior center, or Department of Recreation – or take out a membership at a health club nearby. Many health insurance companies now offer discounts or incentives if you participate in exercise programs.

Pedal your way to health Remember jumping on your trusty Schwinn bike when you were a kid, ready to explore the world? You might

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not realize it, but cycling is one of the best low-impact forms of exercise for older adults, too. Not only does it burn calories, but it also builds stamina and increases blood flow while not stressing your joints. If you don’t have a bike of your own, take advantage of the many bike share/ rental programs that are popping up all over the region. In New Bedford, there’s the Zagster program (zagster. com/newbedford), sponsored by the City and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Along the Phoenix Bike Trail connecting Fairhaven and Mattapoisett, there’s the VeoRide program (, which is also available at UMass Dartmouth, and coming soon to the greater Fall River area. And if you want to find a safe, well-maintained bike trail nearest you, check out The health benefits of cycling are considered so significant that doctors in Wales “prescribe” it to patients suffering from high blood pressure or obesity as an alternative to prescription drugs, offering them free six-month subscriptions to bike rental services. In the Netherlands, participating citizens who ride their bike to work receive a rebate from their health insurance provider!

Row, row, row your boat Rowing may seem a bit extreme to some, but it’s actually an excellent way to stay in shape as you get older. It’s strenuous, but low-impact, and gives your whole body a workout, improving your stamina, heart rate, bone density, and muscle tone. During the warmer months, why not join a local rowing club? Check out the programs available locally at,, or When the weather gets cooler, switch to using the rowing machines at your town’s recreation center, YMCA or a nearby health club. You’ll be healthier and happier if you stay active – get out there and get a move on!

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Bright spots There are lighthouses around the world, but few of them are as scenic and historic as those on Narragansett Bay. For the tenth year, Save The Bay will be hosting tours of the lighthouses Sean that preside in local waters. The tours will McCarthy give guests a unique and up-close look at the beacons that have performed the function of safe navigation for the travelers of the area’s waterways for centuries. “People are really drawn to lighthouses,” says Eric Pfirrmann, a captain of Save The Bay’s tour boats. “There’s a natural beauty to the environment and the history is fascinating. It’s a very romantic kind of thing that’s important to protect and preserve.” Save The Bay’s Lighthouse Tours provide three different opportunities to take in the sights. There are the Northern and Southern Bay Tours that last for threeand-a-half hours each and the Ultimate Tour that lasts for seven. The Northern and Southern Bay Tours will include at least ten lights each, while the Ultimate Tour will include twenty.


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With each light a guide will present historical insights that pertain to the location. Each tour will provide the opportunity to explore a lighthouse firsthand. “We’ll get as close as possible to each light, both existing and decommissioned,” Pfirrmann says. “We’ll give people a great view of the lights and plenty of time to take pictures.” But the scenery goes beyond the lighthouses. The highlights in the bay include views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Gaspee Point, Prudence Island, and historic Fort Adams. In the 18th and 19th centuries, travel

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was much easier by water and the lighthouses provided safety for those who were venturing via the ocean’s routes. Many are still active to this day. Proceeds of the tours are used to support the restoration and preservation of Pomham Rocks Island and Rose Island, locations on each of the tours that will give guests an opportunity to stop and experience a lighthouse for themselves. Guests are recommended to come prepared for a few hours on the water – bring hats, sunscreen, light outerwear for the afternoon sea breeze, and snacks. Non-alcoholic beverages and water will be provided, as well as binoculars.

Shine a light Highlights of the Southern Bay Tour and the Ultimate Tour will include Beavertail Light, Poplar Light, and Rose Island. The Northern Bay Tour and Ultimate Tour will include Nayatt Point Light, Pomham Rocks, and Prudence Island Light. Rose Island will be a stop on the Southern Bay Tour. Purposed for the military as Fort Hamilton in 1798, it was never fully utilized, though it did serve as weapon storage through the 20th century. Established in 1870, it sits south

of the base of the Pell Bridge in Newport includes a mansard roof and a hexagonal Harbor. The design is very similar to light tower. Discontinued in 1974, the the Pomham Rocks Light – a property was sold to what is now Exxon wooden structure with a Mobil with the intention “to mansard roof and preserve to continuity a hexagonal of the lighthouse for Save The Bay light tower. It American Lighthouse Tours theLighthouse was decomSouthern Bay Tour missioned in Foundation for July 13, September 7 1971, and free.” In 2005 Alofsin Piers at Fort Adams, Newport remained the Friends 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. dormant of Pomham $65 for members, $70 for non-members until Light was 1985. established Northern Bay Tour That year, – Exxon July 20, September 14 the Rose Mobil gifted Save The Bay Center, Providence Island $25,000 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Foundato the $50 for members, $55 for non-members tion took lighthouse Ultimate Tour possession foundation July 28, August 10, September 21 and restored towards the Save The Bay Center, Providence to its 1915 restoration of the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.$95 for members, splendor. It was structure. $105 for non-members opened to the public Pomham is a stop on in 1992 and relit as a the Northern Bay Tour giving private aid to navigation a year people a unique opportunity to see a later. Accessible by boat, Rose Island light up close. Nayatt Point was valuable when Lighthouse has accommodations to stay commerce grew in the Providence River overnight (or longer if you choose to be a in the early 1800s, established as a light lighthouse keeper). Beavertail Light was established in at Nayatt Point Shoals helped give the 1749 at Beavertail Point, located at the transportation in and out of the narrow southern tip of Conanicut Island. After river shoals towards the Narragansett lights in Boston Harbor and Nantucket’s Bay. The original light was established Brant Point. Beavertail was only the third in 1828, but the present light was built light built in the American colonies. in 1856. The Conimicut Light protected Poplar Point Light was established in the entrance to the river farther south, 1831 to light the entrance of Wickford and through the Nayatt Point light Harbor. It played an active part in was discontinued in 1868, the keepers 19th-century trade. Its design included continued to live at Nayatt Point and row an octagonal wooden tower, topped by a the mile to tend the Conimicut Light. The Prudence Island Light is a granite deck and covered in copper along with an structure with a “birdcage lantern” octagonal iron lantern. Poplar Point Light which now serves Prudence Island, lived out its usefulness in 1882 when a but it was originally located off the better location for a beacon was identinorthern tip of Goat Island in 1823. It fied, and a new light was constructed was moved to Prudence Island’s Sandy 200 yards offshore. Privately owned since 1894, Poplar Point Lighthouse Point in 1852. A one-mile walk from the remains Rhode Island’s oldest, unaltered Bristol/Providence Island Ferry landing, lighthouse in its original location and the Prudence is the oldest lighthouse in oldest freestanding wooden lighthouse in Rhode Island. After its automation the nation. in 1972, both the Coast Guard and Pomham Rocks Light is a stop on island residents perform upkeep of the Northern Bay Tour, named after the light. The Prudence Conservancy a Narragansett Tribal Sachem who has maintained the lighthouse since was killed in the King Philips’ War 1987 and the U.S. Coast Guard granted in 1676. Established in 1870, it was the lighthouse to the Conservancy. constructed on a tiny islet 800 feet from Sean McCarthy has been a freelance the shoreline of Riverside, in the eastern journalist for 27 years. He lives in New side of the Providence River. Built on a Bedford. granite foundation, the wooden structure S ou th C oast P r ime T imes

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On a preservation society walking tour. NBPS photo.


through history Steven Froias

The New Bedford Preservation Society is celebrating 45 years of fulfilling their mission to heighten awareness, provide education and guidance, and promote restoration and preservation of New Bedford’s historic architecture.

The organization began to come together in 1974. That’s when “a group of private citizens banded together to try to halt a state plan to widen New Bedford’s premier residential avenue and destroy the tall old elm trees that had arched over the street for decades,” according to their official history. To mark the milestone year, the society is holding a free Summer Walking Tour Series. It will take place on AHA! New Bedford nights, which are the second Thursday of every month. The walking tours happen in July, August, and September of 2019 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each of the Thursdays. Former New Bedford Preservation Society board member Bruce Barnes will act as tour guide for the Summer Walking Series. Each walk will consist of interesting narratives about the architecture and biographical history of the city’s various 19th-century neighborhoods featured on the tours. The society has been conducting tours for some time on various dates. Pat Daughton of the society says, “The walk-


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ing tours have proven to be very popular. We get a large crowd for each one – and a diverse crowd. “A lot of young people are now attending the tours, which is important because they will be the next generation to preserve this history.” She also makes a point to note that Bruce Barnes has become a sort of walking tour rock star. “There are a fair amount of people who show up just because of Bruce,” she says. “We call them Bruce’s Preservation Groupies!” Barnes’ knowledge of local history is vast. In fact, on the society’s website,, he has a history of New Bedford’s Howland Mill Village. He writes by way of introduction, “The Howland Mill Village in New Bedford’s South End was one of the most innovative and visionary corporate housing developments of the nineteenth century. It was designed for the singular purpose of providing a quality and aesthetically pleasing environment for textile mill workers[.]”

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That story will come to life during the Thursday, August 8 Howland Mills Walking Tour. The New Bedford Preservation Society free Summer Walking Tour Series is listed below. Daughton concludes by saying that a special feature of the series is highlighting some structures outside of the downtown and into the west end of the city, too.

Thursday, July 11 VIP TOUR Notable People in New Bedford History Gather at the Friends Meeting House, located at 83 Spring Street near downtown New Bedford, at 6 p.m. This tour will explore many of the famous characters that lived in the historic homes in New Bedford, from Frederick Douglass to Hetty Green as well as the captains of the whaling and textiles industries. These individuals left an indelible impact on New Bedford that continues to be a part of the city’s heritage today. Other notable people on this tour include Rachel Howland, William Rotch Jr., Joseph Grinnell, John H. Clifford, Julia Delano, William and Lydia Swain, Herman Melville, Andrew G. Pierce Jr, James Arnold, and Samuel Rodman Jr.

Thursday, August 8 Howland Mills Walking Tour Gather at 302 Bolton Street at 6 p.m. The Howland Mill story is one of the

most compelling in the history of New Bedford. William D. Howland attempted to establish a utopian community of manufacturing facilities and residential villages that for a brief time was a national model of labor/capitalist harmony. It all came crashing down in financial chaos in 1897 which caused Howland to take his own life. The historic Howland Mill Village, a collection of 50 single family cottages remains as a testament to Howland’s utopian vision.

Thursday, September 12 Neighborhoods of the Textile Era Gather at 6 p.m. at the James Arnold Mansion, 427 County Street. New Bedford was an important center for textile production in the world at the industry’s peak in the early 1900s. This tour will highlight some of the neighborhoods and explore the legacy of this long and eventful period in the history of New Bedford.

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Tours will not be held in inclement weather. The New Bedford Preservation Society would like to acknowledge that the series is made possible by the generous support of the New Bedford Local Cultural Council. In addition to this special series to commemorate their 45th anniversary, the society has several other ongoing projects. They include the Historic Marker Program, New Bedford Re-Leaf, the production of self-guided Architectural Historic District Walking tour brochures (available online at the society’s website), Historical Cemetery Tours, Annual Holiday House Tours, and lectures throughout the year on historic preservation. To learn more about the society call 508-997-6425 or visit Their annual Holiday House Tour is eagerly anticipated each year. You can mark your calendar now for the 2019 Holiday House Tour, as the dates have been announced. The tour will take place on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15. It will be the 28th Annual Holiday House Tour, but they promise a special 45th Anniversary edition.

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chiropractic David Robinson, DC

Chiropractic is plagued by misperceptions. Let’s clear some of those up.

First, let’s talk payment and affordability. Whether you’re paying for treatment out of your own pocket or your health insurance covers it, chiropractic treatment is hardly “another expense.” It is an investment in your health. Look at it this way: in the course of a month, you probably spend more than the fee charged for a chiropractic adjustment on any dining and eating out, entertainment, drinks, top-tier subscriptions to cable/satellite television, new styles of clothing each season, and even tanning centers. All these services you pay for out of your own pocket have no positive effects on your health. Chiropractic, on the other hand, can have a hugely positive impact on your health. Here’s something else: if a chiropractor suggests that a patient keep visiting on a regular schedule, it often gets perceived as something negative. While, ultimately,

the choice is yours about how you utilize chiropractic, crisis care (just pain relief) or maintenance care, understand that the idea of maintenance care is not negative. Chiropractic is about wellness and about maintaining better spinal health and overall health. Again, chiropractic, beyond mere pain relief, has some very positive effects on the body. Frankly, a double-standard applies to chiropractic versus other kinds of treatment. You don’t go to a dentist just a couple of times over 12 months and then expect your teeth and oral health to remain good for years. You don’t eat healthy food only a few times and expect the healthy benefits to continue for months. You don’t exercise until you get the results you desire, then stop exercising, fully expecting that those benefits and results will last for years. Despite perceptions and perspectives to the contrary, chiropractic is no different. The basic principle of chiropractic as a form of health maintenance care is seated in the fact that the nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. This is because nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body and then deliver

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“Chiropractic is the science of locating and removing interference with the transmission or expression of nerve force in the human body, by the correction of misalignments or subluxations of the bony articulations and adjacent structures, more especially those of the vertebral column and pelvis, for the purpose of restoring and maintaining health.”

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- Massachusetts Acts, 1966, Chapter 409, Section 89 “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”​ - The Association of Chiropractic Colleges

this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body. Vertebral misalignments, called subluxations, in the spine can interfere with proper nervous system function. Many times, these subluxations can be “silent” not causing any pain or symptoms at all. Chiropractors study the effects of vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where alignment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal. When this occurs, imbalances cause irritation and inflammation. In turn this can cause interference with information that is transmitted along nerves and the spinal cord. Vertebral Subluxation is the chiropractic diagnosis for a vertebra which has lost its normal position and motion in relation to neighboring vertebrae accelerating the wear and tear on the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, joints, and other spinal tissues. They might even have the potential to impair proper nerve functioning. Again, many times a subluxation is “silent,” not causing any pain or noticeable

symptoms – this is a primary reason why chiropractic maintenance is so valuable as preventive form of care. As a note of information, a Chiropractic Spinal Adjustment is the chiropractic procedure for reducing or correcting a subluxation – it’s a re-aligning of a vertebra back to its normal position, helping to normalize nerve function. It is direction-specific and vertebrae-specific. The chiropractic adjustment is specific to the subluxated vertebrae and the directional force of that adjustment is specific to the region of the spine (cervical/neck, thoracic/mid back, lumbar/lower back, sacrum/tailbone and pelvic bones) it is done on. The bottom line is that chiropractic care should be considered another invaluable tool to help you be well.

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For those of us who love the outdoors, the South Coast is a great place to live. Our coastal environment has a wide variety of landscapes, from marshland and rivers to beaches and wooded areas.

In Dartmouth, much of our landscape is within reach thanks to the hard work of a few local environmental nonprofits and their volunteers who maintain extensive networks of hiking and walking trails in addition to providing educational outreach. The Lloyd Center for the Environment, as well as the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT), are two nonprofit organizations committed to conservation, preservation, and education.

Lloyd Center for the Environment The Lloyd Center, located at 430 Potomska Road in Dartmouth, has been educating the community about our environment since the early 1980s when it opened its doors to the public. The 82 acres of land and the visitor center, (once a family home), was donated in 1975 by Karen Lloyd in memory of her mother, Katharine Nordell Lloyd. Since then, the Lloyd Center has been working hard to fulfill its mission centered on instilling a love and respect, as well as an understanding of our coastal ecosystem, in the greater public.


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The Lloyd Center today serves up to 15,000 students and 25,000 visitors annually through a variety of educational programs for all ages, including collaborations with local school systems. The center is also a research facility, which, as their website explains, provides “a unique bridge between the scientific community… and the public.” The nonprofit organization, like any, relies heavily on donations to conduct its work, so in 2015 when it seemed that the center would need a boost to expand its programs and renovate its buildings, they began their first capital campaign: “Transforming a Legacy.” The campaign aimed to raise a total of 3 million dollars; 1.5 million dollars to facilities expansions and upgrades, and 1.5 million dollars to program support and endowment. The expansions include adding a teaching pavilion, an exploration center, and a welcome center that will hopefully be Living Building ChallengeTM (LBC)-certified, an environmentallyfriendly performance standard. According to their website, “Buildings that are LBC-certified must be deemed net neutral, in that they must collect their own water, produce their own energy, and have composting toilets. The structure cannot be built with any ‘Red List’ materials, which are products known to harm living creatures. Additionally, LBC-certified buildings must be used to educate beyond its walls.” Today the building is well underway, thanks to students at the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School who are the builders for the project. This is the first time that an LBC building has been constructed by students.

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Rachel Stronach has served as the Executive Director for the organization since 2013, and has watched the originally proposed ideas begin to take shape. She notes that only 23 buildings have been LBC-certified in the world. The prospect is exciting. “The public will be welcomed by a building that encapsulated the Lloyd Center’s mission,” she says.

“If you’re looking for a nice long hike, you can certainly do that… or just take a short hike down to the water” If you haven’t been by the Lloyd Center in a while, or if you have never been, now is still a great time to visit. The Visitor’s Center is closed, but the trails are open, and the summer calendar is packed with great events for the whole family. Several kayak and canoe trips are coming up, as well as educational walks for all ages, creature-specific adventures (osprey, butterflies, cold-blooded creatures, etc.), and more. Check out the calendar under the “Events” tab on the Lloyd Center website for more information and to sign up. If you’d rather simply get out for a hike, drop by at your leisure between dawn and dusk anytime. As Stronach explains, there’s “a little bit of something for everyone.” Whether you want to explore forest or wetlands, marsh or ponds, they have it all. Plus, Stronach notes that the center is an excellent spot for bird watching. There are five miles of trails which provide a good mix

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of hikes for a variety of abilities. “If you’re looking for a nice long hike, you can certainly do that by taking the perimeter trails… or just take a short hike down to the water,” says Stronach. You can view trail options on the website under the “Nature Center” tab. If you want to support the Lloyd Center, either financially or with your time, there are several ways you can do so. Coming up on Friday July 12 is the highly-anticipated “Clambake XXXIV – Celebrating Science and Education!”, a delicious and fun way to support the mission of the Lloyd Center. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. at DCR Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth. The menu will include whole lobsters, clams, barbecue chicken, and a top-shelf open bar. Plus, live music and dancing will make for a great summer kick-off for all. You can purchase clambake tickets, make a donation, or sign up to volunteer online. There are volunteer opportunities for a variety of skill sets, whether you have an affinity for office work or you would rather table an event.

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Another Dartmouth organization that works hard to keep the public connected to the environment is the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT). Their work began in 1971,


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and since then, through a mixture of land acquisition and stewardship, conservation restrictions, and partnerships with other environmental organizations, they have worked to protect over 5,100 acres of land in Dartmouth. In July 2016, the organization was able to move from the old Southworth library building in Dartmouth to the Helfand Farm property, located at 318 Chase Road in Dartmouth, after the property was bequeathed by the Helfand family who had owned it since 1912. Just as the Lloyd Center’s buildings reflect their mission, so too does this building reflect DNRT’s mission of conservation. The Helfand family’s donation has ensured the historical property, including the main 19th-century house, will be preserved for future generations. The building has been renovated to be more energy-efficient, and the land is still used in part as farmland. They’ve also added a new barn to the property to support their increasing land management responsibilities. “We’ve been growing and protecting more trails,” explains Executive Director Dexter Mead, who has been with DNRT since 2004. Specifically, approximately 37 miles of trails at this point. The trails are not only increasing in number, but also in popularity. “It seems like our trails are just getting more and more popular,” says Mead. “There are a lot of benefits our properties

provide, ranging from everything from habitats for a wide variety of species… undeveloped land helps filter water [that’s] going into streams… but a big impact on people’s day-to-day lives is the opportunity to get out and enjoy it. So it’s great that people are finding our properties more and using them.” One of their most popular spots to visit each spring is the daffodil field at Parsons Reserve, which has seen as many as 12,000 people in a span of three to four weeks.

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opportunity to get out and enjoy it” While summer is not their busiest season in terms of programming, (stay tuned starting in the Fall for additional opportunities throughout the cooler months to participate in, including educational walks and trail cleanups), with so many trails to access there is still a lot to explore. A favorite of Mead’s is Destruction Brook Woods, which has entry points and parking on Slade’s Corner Road and Fisher Road. It is a very family-friendly trail system as it’s wide and flat, making it a relatively easy hike, but it’s also home to the most extensive trail system, spanning eight miles. Another highlight is Slocums River Reserve. “It’s one of my favorites because it has a mix of some forested areas, some open field areas. It has a great view of the Slocum River itself. It’s just a really scenic spot,” says Mead. You can find trail guides and photos of all DNRT hiking spots on their website If you are looking to donate to DNRT or if you’d like to volunteer, visit their website! Mead notes that one great benefit of volunteering with DNRT is the bonds that form. “People really form close friendships when they volunteer with us. We’re always looking for more people to help us out.” If you want to give back and have a bit of fun, mark your calendars for the 14th Annual “Barn Bash.” Held on August 24 at 5:30 at the Sylvan Nursery Barn, 253 Horseback Road in Dartmouth, the fundraiser event will feature live music and dancing, food from a dozen local vendors, and a silent auction.

The greater community Stronach notes that while each environmental organization in the area has a “distinct mission” the environmental nonprofits in the area often work together when needs overlap. “There’s a lot of collaboration actually. It’s a nice community,” she says. You are invited to be a part of that community! This summer, get out and explore the magic of our wild landscapes right here at home. Dare to adventure, learn something new, and if you can, give back to these organizations that are working hard to preserve the beauty of our area for future generations.

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Farmer’s stands, like this one from Coastal Foodshed, give us a taste of the local and the exotic

Eating a world away During the time I lived in Portugal, I was fortunate enough to have experienced food shopping in a whole new way. In reality, it was a totally old way of food shopping! Ron Fortier

Being old enough to remember life before the supermarkets of today and how things were done, well, it was better. Better, perhaps, because life was simpler. I lived in a municipality, Figueira da Foz, equidistant from Porto to the north and Lisbon to the south. The city’s year-round population is about 50,000. During the summer, the population doubles. It is no quaint backwater town, but rather a vibrant city that offers all of


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the amenities of modern life, as well as, those of a more traditional way of life. Figueira is home to the Rainha das Praias (the Queen of the Beaches) and rightly so. It is Portugal’s largest beach and the largest in Europe. There is one stretch of beach that is nearly two miles wide. This particular expanse of sand requires a boardwalk because walking over the sand from the curbstone of the main boulevard, to reach the edge of the water would exhaust your leg muscles.

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In short, it is an international tourist destination. Surfing, sailing, swimming, and paddle boarding, to name a few activities, are just a few offerings of this vibrant community. Although the city dates as far back as the eleventh century, it has evolved with the times. Every modern convenience is available to resident and tourist alike. So what makes it so different from what we have here?

Food options In Figueira (which is, by the way, the sister-city of New Bedford), there are two municipal markets. A larger one near the city center is the Mercado Engenheiro Silva and features produce, butchers, bakers, seafood, cafes, restaurants, and gift shops. It is open daily year-round.

The smaller market, the Municipal Market is located on the northern part of town in the village of Buarcos. It offers its share of produce, fish, meat, and flowers and is open daily year-round. Here on the South Coast, the Coastal Foodshed ( assists the “local food economy by making it easier for growers to sell, and consumers to buy, healthy, affordable, local foods.” Coastal Foodshed manages four markets in the City of New Bedford – three outdoor markets and one indoor market. The organization believes that “Farmers Markets are a gathering place for our community to purchase and support local food and also to connect and share stories, recipes, and learn from their local farmers and food producers.” They also want to create “a diverse and balanced market – to provide a variety of local food products for our community, while ensuring profitability for participating local food producers and vendors.” The four market locations are:

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Brooklawn Park , open from June through October on Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m. Custom House Square in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park from June through October on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Indoor Markets at the Kilburn Mill from November through May on Thursdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What distinguishes the markets of Portugal from those on our own shores are not necessarily the items up for sale, but rather the reasons why people who up in the first place. In the South Coast, farmers markets are part of a trend for those looking for better value (freshness, cost, and quantity) as well as the foodies, restaurants, and professionals who want to support local farmers and make a statement. In Figueira, the draws are simpler: shopping locally is reinforced by both culture and tradition. Practically speaking, the product is identical: fresh, local, and sold by your neighbors and not a faceless corporation from across the country or from around the globe.

Freshness is local The produce or product you purchase did not have to be harvested well before it was table-ready – it is available to you at the peak of perfection and meant to be consumed almost immediately. Eating local is also safer. The food is locally cultivated and harvested in smaller numbers which helps to reduce the possibility food illness outbreaks of Cyclospora, E. coli, Hepatitis, and Salmonella to name a few occurrences.

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Local also means local people engaged in agricultural business. It represents an important part of the local economy, as well as local control and quality standards. Local also means seasonality. There is a belief in terroir (from the French for “land”) and all of the factors of place that affect a food’s availability, uniqueness, and character. Terroir is a still growing concept that goes beyond farm-to-table and locavore trends and fads. It is less about the proximity of local foods, and it is more about identity, security, and authenticity of eating local. Yes, farmers markets have a long way to go as compared to the markets in Europe. But here at home, from renowned public markets such as Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Cleveland’s West Side Market, and the Eastern Market in Detroit, to the smallest stands right here in our own villages and neighborhoods, offer many a world away from the everyday.

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Royal hartigan dances to his own beat.

More than music Royal hartigan wants to give you something special and unique: music that inspires transcendence and a new consciousness of a shared humanity. Sean McCarthy

That intention is one of the major aims of the new album from the jazz quartet Blood Drum Spirit, a group led by hartigan, the band’s drummer. With the recent release of the double CD, “Time Changes,” hartigan says that the quartet is writing and performing music that strives to “express a new era of equality, social justice, peace, and harmony.” A 72-year-old North Dartmouth resident, hartigan spells his name entirely in lower case letters. He has earned multiple degrees – an A.B. in Philosophy from Saint Michael’s College, a Bachelor’s Degree with honors from UMass Amherst in African/American Music, a Masters Degree in World Music and a doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology both from Wesleyan University. After having studied music around the world, he is of the opinion that true music is something that inspires transcendence – something that can be a key to greater global awareness.


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“We want to use non-violent approaches such as intellect, heart, and the arts to bring about a different consciousness amongst the world’s peoples – that we are a global family and that human needs come first.” Blood Drum Spirit plays a style of music they describe as global jazz. “Time Changes” is the third release from the group that also includes Wes Brown on bass, David Bindman on horns and flute, and Art Hirahara on piano. Brown, Bindman, and hartigan formed the band in 1983, and Hirahara joined in 2003. In September of last year hartigan retired after 19 years as a professor at UMass Dartmouth. One of the elements of “Time Changes” that is special is the influence of musicians from Ghana on the band’s creativity. hartigan claims that fifty percent of the CD’s two-and-a-half hours of music is directly inspired by his and his bands’ experiences in West Africa, experiences that helped produce “Time Changes” and

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the original documentary film We Are One. Hartigan’s first hand experience in the culture and music of West Africa began in 1991, when he traveled to Ghana to begin an educational relationship that would continue vibrantly into 2018. Over this time hartigan’s experiences would contribute to the creation of We Are One, which captured Blood Drum Spirit playing the music of the people of Ghana with the native people in their homeland. Filmed in 2015, the group would return to the nation in 2017 for a tour and collaboration that would have them showing the film in three of the nation’s universities as well as 12 of the villages where they had performed two years prior. They also showed the film at the United States Embassy in the capital city of Accra. Hartigan’s journeys to Ghana would also produce three books: West African Rhythms for Drumset in 1995 with a CD, Dancin’ On the Time in 2006 with a DVD, and West African Eve Rhythms for Drumset in 2009 with a DVD.

The beat goes on Hartigan has been eager to share his Ghana experiences with his students. As a professor at San Jose State University, followed by UMass Dartmouth, he would

bring groups of students to the country to be introduced to Ghana’s culture, particularly their music. The San Jose students would travel with hartigan four times from 1994 to 1998, and the UMass students took their voyages eight times from 2006 to 2018. Each trip lasted four to six weeks. But hartigan was so inspired and enamored by his Ghana experiences that he returned to the nation to live and study from the fall of 2013 through the fall of 2015. The first year was as a visiting scholar and the following year was as a Fulbright Scholar. The majority of his studies took place at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in the city of Kumase. “They have a very open-hearted culture,” Hartigan says of the Ghanaian people. “They’re warm, you can talk to anybody. It’s not uncommon to greet strangers and enjoy some conversation with them. Their approach to music making has an underlying sensibility about life and their expression in the arts – what they think is beautiful and good in music and in life. For my students it’s been a valuable experience being immersed in a different culture. There’s a sense of deeper consciousness about themselves, and the world, and life itself that is inspired by song, drumming, and dancing.” After years of study in Africa, Europe, Asia, the MIddle East, the Caribbean, and the Americas, hartigan will continue his vigorous approach to making music by performing and teaching in China throughout August, followed by performing tours of the Philippines in September and Taiwan in October.

scendence it’s just there to make money. Things that are done for meaning are done for their own sake, not done for gain or status, or ego, but to do something beautiful in spite of the fact that you’ll be poor (and almost all jazz musicians are poor).” In the literature that accompanies “Time Changes,” hartigan writes about his experiences that have come from his global travels, particularly in Ghana. “In this path of life we find connections with people, places, events, times, and impressions. On this earth we also lose many of these connections through separation, failure, betrayal, death and change. Especially in the western industrialized techno-centric societies we can feel empty, isolated from others, nature, the Creator, ancestors, even from ourselves. Many world cultures keep these connections alive through tradition and ritual. In West Africa one powerful way is the drum and dance drama, a shared remembrance and honoring of a people’s history and destiny. “Through intense dancing, drumming, and singing, a community rekindles bonds with other humans and spirits, spaces, activities, moments, ancestors, feelings, the earth, and with themselves. These bonds are embraced as a means of living deeply in the present and going forth on individual and collective paths to the future.” Hartigan has a vision for that future. “There will be no justice or peace on earth until all people, not the few, have adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education, meaningful work, and access to all of the resources essential to a full life. “I hope that this CD brings transcendence for the listener – to help them have a different feeling about life, meaning in the world, and themselves. If we’ve done that, then we’ve succeeded.”

“Through intense dancing, drumming, and singing, a community rekindles bonds with other humans and spirits”

Behind a song Based on his experiences hartigan says that he does not see music as entertainment. “As a musician you want to reach people and make them feel something deep. If you haven’t done that then you’ve failed. If it doesn’t have a reference to tran-

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After a dreary winter and soggy spring, it’s time to get outdoors with your friends, family, and neighbors and party hearty! Celebrate Father’s Day, the end of school, and the Fourth of July, and make your plans for summer vacations, day-trips, enrichment programs, and camps for kids!

Best of all, mark your summer calendars for the non-stop schedule of the South Coast’s spectacular music festivals, street food and carnivals, outdoor movies and plays, road races and regattas, town fairs and farmers markets, the Portuguese feasts, and the best beaches in the country! Pack your sunscreen and bug spray and enjoy the festivities! Food, feasts and

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Take the family to the monthly Open Farm Days at Round The Bend Farm in Dartmouth! Grass-fed meats, local veggies, honey, maple syrup, and botanicals! For dates and more info, call 508-9385127 or visit Get ready for the return of the Fairhaven Farmers Market on Alden Road through October 27! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Don’t miss the Brix Restaurant Farm Dinner at Wishing Stone Farm on July 7


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at the Newport Vineyards in Middletown! For details, call 401-848-5161 or go to Check out the Huttleston Marketplace in Fairhaven on Saturdays June 23 through September 14 on the high school lawn! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, food producers, and more! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Make your reservations now for “Fiesta Verde,” the annual Aquidneck Island Land Trust fundraiser on July 20 overlooking the Cliff Walk in Middletown! Music,

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dinner, dancing, raffle, and auction! For info, call 401-849-2799 or visit The New Bedford Outdoors Farmers Markets begin on June 1 through October! They’ll be at Brooklawn Park on Mondays, Custom House Square on Thursdays, and at Clasky Common Park on Saturdays. For more info, call 508-8174166 or go to Don’t miss “YahZoo Country Fair” on August 1 at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford! Country music, beer, and BBQ, 21+ only! For more info and tickets, go to

Southcoast Health hosts farm stands at Tobey Hospital in Wareham on Thursdays 2 to 5, at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford on Wednesdays 2 to 5, and at the Southcoast Business Center in Fairhaven on Thursdays 2 to 5 – through October! For info, visit Bring the family to the Summertime Pig Roast & BBQ on July 13 at the Onset VFW Hall in Wareham! Live music, lawn games, bonfire. For more info, call 508-295-7072 or go to Visit the year-round farmers market at Simpson Springs in Easton! For dates and details, visit It’s festa time! The 105th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the world’s largest Portuguese feast, is scheduled for August 1-4 at Madeira Field in New Bedford! Great food, top-notch music and family fun! Visit for more information. Bring the family to the Southcoast Open Air Market (SOAM) on the corner of Riverside Avenue and Newhill Avenue in Somerset! Fresh produce, homemade baked goods, kids’ activities, food trucks, demonstrations, artisans, live music, and more! For more info, call 508-644-0736 or go to Plan ahead for The Great Holy Ghost Feast at Kennedy Park in Fall River in August! Great food and music! For dates and more info, call 508-675-1368 or visit

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Enjoy Asian culture, food, performances, and crafts at Fall River’s Second Annual South East Asian Cultural Festival on July 27 at Heritage State Park! For details, go to Mark your calendar for the 3rd EyE Open Hip-Hop Festival on August 17 in downtown New Bedford! Live music, dance, graffiti, basketball tourney, kids’ carnival, food, and fun! For more info, go to

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Enjoy the music and pageantry of the 47th Cape Verdean Recognition Parade on July 6, from Buttonwood Park to downtown New Bedford! For more info, go to or call 508-997-6425. Plan ahead for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s free July 4th concert on the waterfront! For more info, call 508-746-8008 or visit Happy Days! Mark your calendars for the return of “50s Night” in downtown New Bedford on July 18! For details, visit There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! Plan ahead for the Antiques Show on July 4, the Arts & Artisan Summer Festival July 20, and the Cultural Survival Summer Bazaar on July 27-28! For info, go to or

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On June 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrate nature at the Quequechan River Festival at Britland park in Fall River. There will be a children’s festival bike parade to kick off the festivities, followed by music, face painting, field games, magic, a fishing contest, arts and crafts, delicious food, and more!

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the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in America, including the free concert at Independence Park! For more info, visit Mark your calendars for “Arts in the Park” on July 6 at Bicentennial Park in Marion! For more info, call 508-748-1266 or visit Celebrate the Fourth of July in America’s Hometown! Watch the parade and fireworks and listen to the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s free July 4th concert on the waterfront! For details, call 508-746-8008 or go to Enjoy the rides, games, food and live entertainment at the Whaling City Festival July 11-14 at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford! For info, call 508-997-4635 or go to After the 4th of July parade in Marion, head over to Washburn Park to watch the Marion Horse Show! For more details, visit Don’t miss the free 7th Annual Block-aPalooza on South Main Street in Fall River on July 11! For more info, visit or call 508-324-1926. It’s festa time! Don’t miss the St. Barnabas Parish Feast in Portsmouth June 21-23! Carnival rides, games, food, and fun! For details, go to

Head for the Little Theatre in Fall River to see “Honky Tonky” July 11-21! For more info and tickets, call 508-675-1852 or go to Don’t miss “Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth” August 10-11 at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford, performed by the Glass Horse Project! For more info, go to Buy your tickets early for the New Bedford Festival Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!” July 19-28 at the Zeiterion! For tickets and more info, call 508-994-2900 or go to Don’t miss “Tea For Three” June 20-23 at Your Theatre in New Bedford! For more info and tickets, visit Pack a picnic and a kite to watch the New Bedford Kite Festival at Fort Taber on July 27! For more info, call 508-9976425 or go to


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Mark your calendar for “Return to Camelot,” performed by the Sea Glass Theatre, on August 22 at the Rotch-JonesDuff Mansion and Gardens in New Bedford! For more info, go to Enjoy Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” on August 10 at Custom House Square in New Bedford! For more info, go to or call 508-974-5671. Enjoy a dinner-theatre night out at the Newport Playhouse! Mark your calendar for “Always a Bridesmaid” through July 1. “Funny Money” will be performed July 10 to August 30. For more info, call 401-8487529 or go to Don’t miss the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over New Bedford Harbor! Make your plans now to attend the 4th of July celebration in Bristol, home of

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Sail away on the Block Island Ferry in Fall River on June 21 for the Summer Solstice Sunset Music and Dinner Cruise! For info, go to The Block Island Ferry is back! Travel to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River from June 22 to September 2. For details, go to Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor past lighthouses and mansions! For a schedule and info, go to Go for a romantic Venetian gondola ride through the heart of Providence! Celebrate a special event or get up close to WaterFire! For reservations, call 401-421-8877 or go to Or take a leisurely day or sunset cruise through the waterways of Providence! For info, visit or call 401-580-2628.

Family-friendly fun

Get ready for the return of Monday Morning Fun Days at the Fairhaven Visitors Center July 1 to August 18! And don’t miss the 4th of July Parade, car cruise and cannon salute! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights in New Bedford! The July 11 theme is “Kids Rule.” The August 8 theme is “Wind & Water.” For details, go to or call 508-996-8253. Take the family to the Family Fun Day on July 11 at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford! For more info, go to Let your kids explore the Whaling Museum in New Bedford – check out the Discovery Center! For info, call 508-9970046 or go to Take the little ones for a ride on the century-old Carousel at Battleship Cove in Fall River! For more info, go to Check out what’s going on at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. Reduced admission on the first Friday each month. For info, go to or call 508-672-0033. Plan ahead for the Chalk-Full-of-Fun Onset Street Painting Festival on August 17, the Annual Illumination Night on August 24, and the Onset Kite Festival August 31! For more info, call 508-2957072 or visit

One-of-a-kind events and exhibits

Mark your calendars now for the Newport Antiques Show at St. George’s School in Middletown on July 27-28! For details, call 401-846-2669 or visit Go on the free Summer Walking Tours sponsored by the New Bedford Preservation Society! “VIP Tour” is the theme for July 11, “Howland Mills Village” on August 8. For more info, call 508-9976425 or go to Head to Rough Point in Newport on July 10 for Rose with the Roses, on July 24 for Jazz on the Lawn, and on August 3 for the Plant Sale! To pre-register, go to or call 401-8478344.

Check out the “Summer Winds” kinetic sculpture on display at Custom House Square in New Bedford through September 30! For more details, go to Visit the special exhibit of J.J. Audubon’s “Obsession Untamed” at Rosecliff in Newport through November 3! For details, call 401-847-1000 or visit Be amazed by WaterFire in Providence on June 30, July 14, 20, and 28, August 3 and 17! For the complete 2019 schedule of lightings and special events, go to Take a tour of six historical private homes and gardens in Westport on July 28! For tour tickets and more info, visit, call 508-636-6011, or stop by Partners Village Store. Drop by the First Unitarian-Universalist Church in downtown New Bedford on June 30 for their annual Jazz Service! For info, visit Check out the exhibits, musical performances, and dock-u-mentaries at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! Don’t miss the maritime-themed Trivia Night June 19! For info, call 508-9938894 or visit

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The annual Mattapoisett Triathlon is scheduled for July 14! For more info, go to Mark your calendar! The 2019 Buzzards Bay 420 Championship races will be held off Fort Taber in New Bedford August 2-4! For info, call 508-992-6219 or visit Splash and dash! Register now for the 2019 Whaling City Triathlon and Duathlon, the most beginner-friendly multisport event in New England, on

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Continued from previous page July 21 at Fort Taber! For more info, go to Watch the Clagett Memorial Clinic and Regatta in Newport June 18-23! For details, call 401-846-4470 or visit Mark your calendars for the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta on August 25-26, presented by the International Yacht Restoration School, the final stage of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. For details, go to

Living history

Explore the city’s history at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For a schedule of walking tours and special events, visit Remember our veterans! Explore the region’s military history at the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum in New Bedford! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum (508-678-1000 or Or explore the Maritime Museum (508-674-3533 or Explore 18th- and 19th-century life at the Handy House in Westport. For more info, visit or call 508-6366011.

Summer music festivals

Buy your tickets early for the 2019 24th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival July 6-7! Multiple stages, food and craft vendors, family tent with children’s events! For more info, go to or Make your reservations now! Classical music lovers can enjoy dozens of concerts performed by international artists at the Newport Music Festival July 4-28 at various venues throughout the state! For info and tickets, call 401-849-0700 or go to Buy your tickets early for the Newport Folk Festival July 26-28 ( and the Newport Jazz Festival August 2-4 (, both at Fort Adams State Park! The Bridge Festival ( is scheduled for July 29 to August 1!


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Plan ahead for Music from Land’s End Summer Festival Concerts! Enjoy classical works at Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham on August 3 & 11, Marion Music Hall on August 4 and at the Kilburn Mill in New Bedford August 9! For details, go to

Concerts on the lawn

Get ready for the return of the free “Concerts Under the Stars” at Fairhaven Town Hall July 1 to August 8! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Don’t miss the six Saturday Summer Concerts at Soule Homestead in Middleboro through July 27! For info, call 508-947-6744 or visit Groovy! Head for the Onset Band Shell for the free 12th Annual “Summer of Love” concerts on Wednesdays June 26 to August 28! For complete details, go to Don’t miss the free Buzzards Bay MusicFest at Tabor Academy in Marion July 10-14 – classical and swing-era music! For more info, visit Tickets are on sale now for the Summer Sunset Concert Series at the Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery through September 14! For more info, visit Head for the Newport Vineyards in Middletown for free live music on Saturdays and Sundays! For details, go to or call 401-8485161. Don’t miss the Summer Concert Series at Independence Park in Bristol through July 3! For details, visit Mark your calendars for “Blues & Bluegrass: Roomful of Blues and Twisted Pine” at Westport Rivers Vineyard July 13! For a complete schedule, visit or call 508-324-1926. Enjoy the Wednesday evening concerts at Apponagansett Park in Dartmouth June 19 to August 28! For info, call 508-910-1812. Listen to monthly concerts at the Marion Music Hall through November! Jim Robitaille Trio will perform on June

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2, Steve Katz July 28. For tickets and more info, call 508-353-2150 or visit Head for Running Brook Vineyards in Dartmouth for free live music every weekend year-round! Don’t miss the Johnny Cash Tribute on June 28! For more info call 508-985-1998 or go to

Get healthy and fit!

Join Mass in Motion’s “Walk to Summer” on Wednesdays through August 7 along the Quequechan River Rail Trail in Fall River! For more info, call 508-3242405 or go to Get healthy! On Sunday mornings, head for The Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford for free yoga, cardio exercise, meditation, massage, qi gong, and nutrition education! Every three weeks there’s smoking-cessation hypnosis, and every month a visit from the South Coast Wellness van! On Saturdays, you can “Walk With a Doc” at Buttonwood Park, all part of the New Bedford Wellness Initiative! For info, visit Get in shape for free “Fitness in Cushman Park” in Fairhaven returns with “Yoga in Cushman Park” Tuesdays June 18-August 22, and “Summer Boot Camp” on Thursdays June 20 to August 24. On rainy days, head for the Carousel Family Fun Center. For more info, call 508-287-2482 or visit fitnessincushmanpark. Explore the trails and properties of the Sippican Land Trust in Marion! Check out the schedule of lectures and activities. For info, go to Get a glimpse of rare migratory birds walking through the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown! For more info, call 401-619-2680 or go to Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Heal with a monthly Gong Sound Bath, or with Yoga: Mindful Flow & Meditation on Sundays, or with music and movement on JourneyDance, or join in the Contra Dancing. Sign up for lessons in Zumba, Pilates or figure drawing. For a complete schedule, go to facebook. com/sandywoodscenterforthearts or call 401-241-7349.

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Reggae at West Beach

Jerry G arcia Tribute at Sandywoods

Glory Junkies at M arion Music H all

Shawn Colvin at the N arrows

All right! The free, family-friendly “Reggae at West Beach” music series in New Bedford returns on June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25! For details, go to or call 508-207-6726.

Don’t miss the New Bedford Jazz Fest on June 15 under the tents on Pier 3! For more information, go to

Don’t miss the free 7th Annual Block-aPalooza with Samantha Fish on South Main Street in Fall River on July 11! For more info, visit or call 508-324-1926. Check out what’s going on at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! Don’t miss Having a Tyme! June 15, Derek Johnson with Bliss Point June 22, Ragged But Right Quartet July 13, Thatcher Harrison July 20, 60s Summer Bash August 10, Jerry Garcia Birthday Party August 30! For info, go to facebook. com/sandywoodscenterforthearts or call 401-241-7349.

Big Jim Wheeler at District Center

Wander through fields at Parsons Reserve or take a walk through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. Mark your calendar for the Barn Bash on August 24! For more info, visit Practice yoga outdoors this summer at the Stone Barn at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth, Fridays to Sundays July 5 through August 31! For details, go to discover/events. Head for the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth for the

The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has a fabulous summer lineup. For a complete schedule, call 508-324-1926 or visit Slocum River Sunset Kayak Tour July 11, Women’s Canoe Trip July 16, Shorebird Stroll July 20, Sunset Stand Up Paddling Tour July 26! For details, call 508-9900505 or visit Jog along the Harbor Walk, a pedestrian/bike path atop the hurricane dike in New Bedford’s south end. Then, explore the Acushnet Sawmills public park and herring weir in the north end! Canoe/ kayak launch, fishing, trails. For more info, visit Get in touch with nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown! Free guided Sunday Bird Walks! For details,

Listen to monthly concerts at the Marion Music Hall through November! Don’t miss Steve Katz July 28, Danielle M & the Glory Junkies August 18! For tickets and more info, call 508-353-2150 or visit Head for the New Bedford waterfront on Fridays for the Summer Sounds Series at 52 Fisherman’s Wharf! There’s World Premier Band July 5, Beat Salad July 12, Harmony July 19, Perfect Example July 26, Home Brewed August 2, Hipshot August 9! For more info, go to Find out who’s on stage the District Center for the Arts in Taunton! Don’t miss Fat City June 15, Big Jim Wheeler June 21, Hey Nineteen July 20, Oldies Night July 26, Joshua Tree July 27 – and more! For info and tickets, call 508-386-9413 or visit go to or call 401-846-2577. Enjoy the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, fish, picnic, bird-watch! For more info, go to Wander through the urban greenspace of the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford – learn more at or call 508-636-4693. Or take a walk through the city’s Buttonwood Park and Zoo! For info, call 508-991-6178 or visit

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Me, Myself, and Ai Yai Yai I believe if something’s bugging you or doing you wrong or hurting you, you talk to the source – confront it, work it out. You gain nothing by keeping it inside. Paul K andarian But what if it’s your inside that’s bugging you, doing you wrong, hurting you? I swear, the second I turned 65 last fall, my body said “That’s it! I’m done! The abuse ends now, I’m not working any more. You’ve had your way all these years. It’s over.” So I talked to my body, calmly, rationally. “I just don’t get it,” I said, shrugging my shoulders, making my left one feel like a Great White was gnawing it. “Honestly, 65 came and everything just started to hurt or stop working all together. I work out, I play hockey, I go the gym and pretend to get sweaty. I eat healthy food. I quit smoking. I should be in the prime of my life, what’re you doing to me?” “Hey, 65’s a long time to do the crap to me you’ve done,” my body said, reminding me as we walked along by inexplicably making my right knee buckle. “That knee, remember 20 years ago when you blew it out playing hockey?” “Damn. Yeah, I forgot,” I said, wincing at the memory of wearing a cumbersome brace for months until it healed. “But I haven’t had problems with either knee since! Honestly, not until I hit 65…” “..and slipped on ice back in the winter and rammed your right knee into the driveway, and of course more recently when you were on a film shoot in a basement and you fell on both knees and now the left one’s killing you?” my body said wagging a finger at me until I made it stop by, you know, stopping it because I am still in charge. “Well… yeah… the ice was… it was a warm day, it was deceiving… I didn’t think…” I mumbled. “You didn’t think, stop right there,” my body sighed. “And that fall on the film… I was trying to


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walk around a kid I had just knocked on the floor, I tripped over him and…” “Correction!” my body interrupted annoyingly because it was correct, “You lost your balance! Admit it. You lost your balance, then tripped over the kid. You’ve lost your balance a lot lately, you know that?” “No, I haven’t… I, uh… it’s that,” I mumbled, walking up a flight of stairs and as is the case recently, the outside of one ankle making painful popping sounds. Dammit, he was right again. I have been aware of balance issues. I just brush them aside, straighten up, and continue. “Hurts, huh?” my body said as I got to the top stair.

“I work out. . . I eat healthy food. I quit smoking. I should be in the prime of my life, what’re you doing to me?” “Yeah, but that only happens when I walk up the stairs, not down,” I offered in weak argument. “Great!” my body laughed. “So as long as everything you do from now on happens where you are or down the stairs, you’re all set. Just keep going down until, you know.” “You’re a big help,” I groaned, looking for a place to sit as I was feeling a little dizzy. “Granted, I know that people… old… oldER people have problems with balance. But hell, I’m a goalie, I skate, on ice, on little blades, that has to count for something, right? You need good balance to ice skate, right?” “Right, but do you play as well as you did, 20, 30, 40 years ago?” my body said in a condescending parental/teacher tone. “No,” I said glumly, slouching into a chair, and being reminded of my awful lifelong posture as my left lower back spasmed and sent shards of pain down my leg. “Reflexes… not as good either.”

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“Right, and remember the other day, a soft shot came to your glove side and you went to catch it and couldn’t get your arm up that high because of THIS?” “DAMMIT STOP THAT!” I screamed in pain, trying to replicate the move and being stopped by searing pain in that dumb shoulder. “Yes, yes, I remember that.” “And do you remember August 21, 1969, you and your best friend, Bob, were doing a temporary job for Manpower out of Providence, working loading chairs onto a box truck and you told Bob you had to get tough for football that fall so you started running back and forth in the truck at full speed, slamming one shoulder and then the other into the walls?” I did. I was a little fuzzy on the date, but yeah, I actually did that, because as we all know, 16 year old boys and common sense don’t mix. “And speaking of that shoulder, you and Jay canoeing that day in the early 80s, buzzed on black beauties, those amphetamines you loved, canoeing upriver against a hard current for 30 minutes without switching rowing sides, and how that shoulder ached for weeks after?” “Years,” I groaned, trying to rotate that shoulder gently so as not to aggravate it. “I need replacement surgery, the doc says.” “Dude, the average lifespan of men in the U.S. is about 79,” my body said in a gentler voice. “We’re living longer, people routinely hit 90, 100, when not that long ago, they were dying in their 50s, 60s. Evolutionarily, we’re outliving our bodies. Medicine is stretching our lives in bodies that weren’t designed to last this long.” “So,” I sighed. “What’s the answer?” “Ibuprofen,” my body said. “As always. You take them like M&Ms.” I hate it when he’s right. But on the bright side, I get a senior discount on painkillers. If I remember to ask. . Paul K andarian is a lifelong area resident and, since 1982, has been a profession writer, columnist, and contributor in national magazines, websites, and other publications.

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