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There’s no wondering anymore – summer

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is here and the race is on! Everywhere you turn there’s a different event to attend, from major feasts and festivals to small gallery openings to private backyard cookouts with friends and family. As you’re rushing around trying to make the most of the season, keep this issue nearby as a handy field guide.


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The biggest celebrations of the year are almost upon us, so it’s important to get prepared. If you’ve lost track of all the events, turn to Ashley Lessa’s feature on page 16 for the full scoop on everything going on from the villages to the cities. But maybe that hustle and bustle just isn’t for you. You want to put the “vacation” in “summer vacation.” If so, then make sure you turn to Liz Read’s article on page 8, all about taking things slow. Dress well and bring a comfy chair and you’re well on your way to making the most of the season. If you’re in the mood for an outdoor personal project, then take Joyce Rowley’s advice and plant a garden perfect for pollinators. That’s right: bees! They’re a fundamental part of any happy ecosystem, and attracting them to your garden can have a myriad of positive effects. Turn to page 12 for all the info. Whatever your calendar has in store for you, I hope you make the most of this beautiful time of year.

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Independence Day events!

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Here’s a quick look at some of the top happenings for this year’s Fourth of July celebrations.

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 the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in America, including the free concert at Independence Park! For more info, visit

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salute at Fort Phoenix! For info, go to or call 508-979-4085.

Spend the 4th of July with Frederick Douglass at Custom House Square in New Bedford! For info, go to or

Plan ahead for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s free July 4th concert on the waterfront! For more info, call 508-746-8008 or visit

Watch the City of Fall River’s magnificent display of fireworks from the decks of the battleship USS Massachusetts on Wednesday, July 4th. There is no better seat on the waterfront. Gates open at 7:30 pm. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 pm. $10.00 per person.

After the 4th of July parade in Marion, head for Washburn Memorial Park for the annual Marion Horse Show! For more info, visit

Start your 4th of July in Fairhaven, with the parade, classic car cruise, and cannon

Celebrate the 4th of July by attending the 37th Annual Jazz Service at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford! For details, call 508-994-9686 or go to Mark your calendars for the Blessing of the Fleet and Fireworks on July 7


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If you can’t get enough of history, check out the following: Bring a lawn chair and learn about local history at the free “Lectures on the Lawn” at the Old Stone Schoolhouse in Fairhaven on the first and third Saturdays of June, July, and August. For details, go to or call 508-9794085. Celebrate the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial in New Bedford all summer long! Head for Abolition Row Park on June 16 for the free and family-friendly

“Juneteenth Family Celebration” of African music, dance and storytelling! For more info, call 508-979-8828 or go to Or go on the special walking tour “Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad” June 16 to September 30 through the historic district of New Bedford! On Wednesday or Saturday afternoons, visit the 7-building Middleborough Historical Museum, including the “Tom Thumb Museum.” For info, go to Head for the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park on June 23 for the Maritime Crafts Mini-Festival! “Whaling Days Walking Tours” will run June 23 to September 30. For more info, go to or Journey through time and discover a sailor’s life at Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum in Fall River (508-6781000 x101 or, or explore the murky depths with the DIVE! exhibit at the Maritime Museum (508-674-3533 or maritime-museum). Find out what’s going on at the Whaling Museum and the Seamen’s Bethel in New Bedford! Watch a demonstration of Nantucket Basket Weaving on July 16! For more info, visit or call 508-997-0046. Take a stroll through Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to Visit Linden Place Mansion, the setting for the movie The Great Gatsby. For info and reservations, call 401-253-0390 or visit If you’re interested in the history of Japan-America ties, visit the WhitfieldManjiro Friendship House in Fairhaven, where it all began. Call 508-995-1219 or go to for details.

Summer music festivals! Kick off your summer on June 23 at the free 2nd Annual Waterfront Art and Music Festival at Fall River’s Heritage State Park, with Caribbean steel drums and 90s tribute bands! For details, go to or call 508-673-2939. Buy your tickets early for 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 Head for downtown Fall River for the free 6th Annual Block-a-Palooza with Kat Wright and Quinn Sullivan July 12! For more info, call 508-3241926 or visit Mark your calendars for the free 2018 “Summer Sound Series” throughout New Bedford! Whether it’s Friday evening concerts on Pier 3, or Reggae on West Beach, go to and find an event!

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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 (! Get ready for the Onset Blues Festival on August 4! For more info, go to

Explore 18th- and 19th-century life at the Handy House in Westport. For more info, visit or call 508-6366011.

Don’t miss the Whaling City Blues Festival at New Bedford’s Fort Taber Park in August! For TBA dates and lineup, go to or

Don’t miss the WWII Living History re-enactment on July 16-17 at the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum in New Bedford! For info, call 508-994-3938 or visit

Head for the Onset Band Shell on August 11 for the Onset Cape Verdean Festival! For more info, call 508-789-8726 or query

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S ummer in the slow l ane For those of us of a certain age who love to indulge in summer events, but dread having to walk miles to and from parking lots, being crushed and jostled by crowds of strangers, or chasing hyperactive grandchildren, here are Eliz abeth Morse Read some tips on making the most of your summer. Grab a lawn chair and make some plans with your friends! Scout out the surroundings This may seem like a no-brainer, but before you go to an outdoor event that’s liable to get very crowded, do a recon drive-by beforehand to get a lay of the land. You really don’t need to sit up front to listen to a band or watch the fireworks! Find the best location for you to set up your chairs, preferably close to the parking lot and the port-a-johns, but not too close to the food trucks or concession stands. Likewise, check out the parking lot – you want to park as close to the exit as possible to make a fast getaway and avoid getting caught in the bumper car free-for-all that inevitably follows outdoor events. And seeing as many outdoor events happen at sunset or later, check out the terrain – will you have to navigate rocky pathways or climb stairs in the dark? Is there good lighting in the parking area?

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catch up with friends instead of sitting there by yourself.

Be prepared, but travel lite Whether the event is during the day or goes into the evening, you need to be prepared. First, know before you go – check the weather forecast, especially if the event is near the water. A hot summer’s day can quickly turn into a windy thunderstorm

tie a hooded windbreaker or sweatshirt around your waist – you can always roll it up and use it as a lumbar pillow especially if you have a like-minded friend with a handicap license plate who doesn’t drink. Some summer events charge admission by the carload, not per person, so fill up that van, get the best parking place, and, if the event includes adult beverages, choose a designated driver. But the buddy system also lets you minimize stress. You’ll only need one picnic blanket for a party-of-four, and there’ll always be someone to watch your stuff when you head for the port-a-johns or the wine bar. Plus, you can chat and

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or a sudden downpour. For any outdoor event, you’ll need a lightweight aluminum folding chair, sunscreen, bug-spray, sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat. One of those clip-on-the-chair umbrellas is good for both sunshine and showers, too. If you’re bringing food and beverages, choose a shoulder-strap fabric cooler rather than the heavier hand-held molded plastic cooler. And remember to balance the weight of what you’re carrying from the parking lot to the event site. If the event will go into the evening, when tempera-

In Vino Veritas Many people don’t know this, but the South Coast is famous for its distinctive vineyards and wines. One of the most spectacular ways to enjoy a lazy summer afternoon or evening is to follow the coastal wine trail, where music and wine intertwine. Some events are free, some are fundraisers, some require advance tickets, but all are well worth the pleasure of relaxing to music in the outdoors while sampling the local harvest with your friends. Whether it’s jazz, folk, blues, or classical on tap, a vineyard concert is a wonderfully relaxing experience.

Check out the musical events scheduled at Running Brook Vineyards, Dartmouth Westport Rivers Vineyards, Westport Greenvale Vineyards, Portsmouth Newport Vineyards, Middletown or go to

tures drop and the mosquitoes come out, tie a hooded windbreaker or sweatshirt around your waist – you can always roll it up and use it as a lumbar pillow.

Get there early – and leave early If an outdoor event starts at 7:30, you’re in a world of hurt if you show up at 7:00 – all the good places to sit are gone and the only parking space left is probably in the overflow lot two miles away. If you’re traveling with buddies, plan a longer day excursion and get there two or three hours before the event. Pack a picnic, bring something to read and stake your claim in the parking lot (near the exit) and on the venue grounds. Take turns guarding your chosen spot and wandering around the property or working on your tan. Likewise, start packing up when the

last song is playing or when the fireworks finale starts – beat the crowds back to your car!

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and easy summers If you’re past the stage (or age) of enjoying rock concert mosh pits, battling claustrophobic crowds at the Portuguese feasts, or hiking through the bug-infested wilderness, here are a few suggestions for enjoying summer on the South Coast. You can soak your feet and enjoy the sunshine at the myriad beaches along the coastline. You can park your chair on the sidewalk and enjoy the Fourth of July parades and road races. You can watch the many boat races and regattas, fireworks displays, the Marion Horse Show, or the “Lawn Lectures” and “Concerts Under the Stars” in Fairhaven, or listen to jazz on the Fourth of July at the Unitarian Church in New Bedford. You can take a boat ride to somewhere (or nowhere) from Providence, New Bedford, Fall River, or Newport. You can take a leisurely drive along the South Coast Artists’ Open Studio Tours. You can watch outdoor movies or Shakespearean plays from Wareham to Newport, and everywhere else in between. You can head to Onset Village for the free Summer of Love concerts on Wednesdays, the film festival on Thursdays and the Time Warp Dance Parties (wear a costume!) on Fridays. Or you can listen to Reggae on West Beach in New Bedford, lawn concerts at the Soule Homestead in Middleboro, Town Farm in Westport, or Ballard Park in Newport, the 4th of July concert series in Bristol or on the waterfront in Plymouth, Music at Sunset at Blithewold in Bristol, or the Burnside Music Series in downtown Providence. You can enjoy classical concerts at the Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park and at Bristol’s Independence Park, or relax with “In Concert with Nature” on Blackstone Boulevard in Providence. There is no shortage of stress-free outdoor entertainment on the South Coast in the summertime. Pack your lawn chair and a picnic – and enjoy life in the slow lane!

Elizabeth Morse Read is an awardwinning writer, editor and artist who grew up on the South Coast. After 20 years of working in New York City and traveling the world, she came back home with her children and lives in Fairhaven.

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Pressed in to serv ice Young music fans are discovering that vinyl records aren’t just a commodity, they’re an experience. Your turntable is a time machine – and it can take you places that your iPod can’t. Sean McC arthy

“The other day I sold a 16-year-old kid a Frank Sinatra record,” says Roger Chouinard, owner of Purchase Street Records in downtown New Bedford. “Later that day I sold an 80-year-old guy a Miles Davis record. I’m selling a lot of records by bands from the 1980’s like Depeche Mode and Talking Heads, music that was made when things were much more simple. Before the Internet.” According to Bob Boyer, owner of Sunset Records in Somerset, a majority of his sales are from the 1960’s and 70’s, with a steady stream of teenage customers. “Kids are buying records made before they were born,” Boyer says. “They’re buying Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Michael Jackson.


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“They’re inheriting their parents’ record collections and they like what they hear. In the 21st century the next step forward is going backwards.” “Young people are open-minded about their music,” Boyer points out. “They may hear something on YouTube or the Internet and want to hear more of it. I recently sold a kid a Louis Armstrong record.” “For young people, records are a portal to the past. For their parents, it’s a sense of nostalgia,” says 28-year-old Brandon Gmitra of Tiverton. “I discovered Bob Dylan and the Beatles by listening to my parents’ records in my basement. It makes me able to discover the past.” The foremost reason for listening to vinyl is the sound of the recordings. Most listeners describe it as a “warmer” sound

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– an opportunity to hear each instrument more deeply, something “richer” than the “compressed” sound that comes with a CD or digital file. But there is more than music when enjoying a vinyl record, such as the artwork that accompanies it as well as the actual experience of putting a record on a turntable. “You get a unique, personal experience from a vinyl record,” Gmitra says. “It’s not just something you listen to on the way to work. You feel closer to what you’re hearing. You’re watching the needle and the wax record work together to deliver the sound. It’s as if the artist wants to give something more to the consumer.” Chouinard claims that there’s another trend in vinyl – music from the past that was only available on CD’s is now being issued for turntables. “We’re starting to see bands from the 90’s, when there was hardly any vinyl available, reissuing records. We’re seeing records from Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, and The White Stripes.”

was continuously enjoying his parent’s records. “It was a bonding experience for me and my father,” he says. “He introduced me to the Kinks, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and the Cars.” Eventually O’Leary pieced together his own sound system. As a working drummer in the South Coast area he was particularly drawn to the sound that could only come from vinyl. He would bond with fellow musicians

I like the size of the format,

For record collector John Sladewski of New Bedford, “every record is its’ own experience.” The New Bedford resident describes himself as an “active listener,” someone who doesn’t see music as something to be put in the background. He boasts a collection of vinyl albums that is greater than 1,000 pieces. “As a collector, I see my albums as something to take great care of,” the 38-year-old says. “I want my albums to be

putting them on the turntable,

flipping them over, putting them in the sleeve and the jacket and putting them on the shelf

in the best condition possible. I enjoy caring for them. I like the size of the format, putting them on the turntable, flipping them over, putting them in the sleeve and the jacket and putting them on the shelf. I enjoy that they’re super flexible. Some people collect wine, I collect records. I appreciate quality.” Sladewski bought his first two records at the Raynham Flea Market when he was 15 – Iron Maiden’s “Somewhere In Time” and the debut album from Suicidal Tendencies. Both records cost $5 each. Today they are valued at $50 each. A fan of 1980’s early heavy metal and hardcore punk, Sladewski has records in his collection that are worth as much as $150 or $250. He finds a lot of his albums at record dealer conventions – he’s accustomed to driving more than an hour to shop for albums, something he will do eight to ten times a year. At the age of 11, Tom O’Leary of New Bedford discovered a collection of more than 200 vinyl records in his family’s basement. It was an experience that resonates with him 25 years later. “I instantly loved being in touch with this new world,” he says. “I convinced my parents to spend $100 on a record player and I was all in. I didn’t sleep for two or three days. My teachers at school were concerned that I was falling asleep in class.” But he wasn’t falling asleep at home – he

by convincing them to buy turntables and they would begin trading albums with each other. But in addition to the major rock acts he augmented his record collection with albums by local bands both new and old, taking the time and effort to support other area musicians. His collection includes recent records by local bands such as The Blood Moons, A Wilhelm Scream, The Pourmen, and Black Kennedys. He also owns albums that are at least 30 years old by bands such as The Gluons, The Lads, and Butch McCarthy. “Vinyl records are bringing families together,” says John Pimentel of Max J Records in Fairhaven. “Fathers, mothers, and children are educating each other on their music. We have kids as young as 14 years old coming in with their parents, and they’re buying a lot of records as Christmas presents.” Max J Records goes beyond selling vinyl. They also help care for them. They sell six different brands of turntables including replacement parts, such as needles. They also offer services for cleaning records and restoring warped discs. “MP3’s and CD’s are convenient to listen to – they’re fast food,” Pimentel says. “But vinyl records are more like a fancy restaurant. You’ll take your time but you’ll enjoy it more.”

Sean McCarthy has been a freelance journalist for 27 years. He lives in New Bedford.

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few years back, honey bee colony collapse rates had risen to a level that threatened our food security. Agricultural experts estimate that one in every three bites we take comes from food created through bee pollination. The colony collapse syndrome was also linked to the use of neonicotinoids, a family of pesticides used to kill insects. As the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI) began looking into how these same pesticides may be affecting other pollinators locally, such as ruby-throated hummingbirds, native bees and the insect prey of many other bird species, they found gaps in how pollinators and their habitat are protected from overuse of pesticides, said Larry Taft, Executive Director of ASRI. “We found that no one was watching this [in Rhode Island], and so put ourselves into this role,” Taft said. ASRI leadership formed a Pollinator Study Group in 2016 composed of members from the agricultural industry, the nurserymen’s industry and conservationists to look at issues like the use of over-the-counter pesticides and how to create habitat for native pollinators. “First we began adopting best management practices on ASRI property,” Taft


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said. “For example, in addition to keeping grassy fields for ground-nesting birds, we added flowering plants to our 200 acres of grasslands.” Taft is quick to point out that native pollinators are as important, if not more so, than the familiar honeybees, who were originally imported from Europe Bumblebees, wasps, moths, ants, beetles, and birds all collect and distribute pollen that propagates crops, flowers, and

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flowering trees needed for bird habitats. Audubon’s core mission, preserving and protecting wild bird habitats, is directly affected when those other native pollinators are lost.

New demonstration garden ASRI then began “rewilding” the area around their Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium on Hope Street in Bristol. The area was a typical suburban landscape, Taft said, consisting of lawn and ornamental shrubs. With the help of renowned landscape architect John Gwynne, ASRI designed a pollinators’ dream garden, wrapping around the existing apple orchard. The 40-foot by 150-foot garden tells the stories of pollinators beyond honey bees and monarchs with signage along a new ADAcompliant trail. For example, holly bushes were planted to encourage the sheltering of Henry’s elfin moth, an endangered species that prefers the holly and oak forests once prevalent in Rhode Island’s coast. Taft said the garden is just getting established. Much work went into removing invasive plants and restoring the soil before planting the native perennials. In early May, ASRI Board member and master gardener Terry Meyer led volun-

teers from the Bristol Garden Club, University of Rhode Island East Farm staff, and other Master Gardeners in planting over 1,200 plants in the new pollinator demonstration garden at the Center. The surrounding lawn is being replanted with meadow grasses and wildflowers. Taft invites visitors to come and “watch it grow” as new perennials are added this summer. “This is a long-term project that will be in full bloom in late summer this year,” Taft said. “By next year it will be wellestablished as an all-season garden.”

Bee a pollinator protector It doesn’t take much to encourage native pollinators. In fact, sometimes less is best. Here are some tips to make your garden “pollinator-friendly.” Let them bee. Taft said that he held off mowing in early spring when he saw bumblebees dining on dandelions in his lawn. It was the only thing in bloom for them to feed on after such a cold spring, he said. Mowing could wait. Less is best when it comes to pesticides. Or use none at all. Even tomato plant growers can leave a couple plants to the tomato hornworm caterpillars that become giant nectar-feeding hawk moths. Herbicides are a complete no-no. Besides, there’s a lot of satisfaction in pulling up non-native invasive plants by the roots at the end of a long day at work. Rewild. Have an area towards the back of your yard near woods? Get rid of non-native and invasive plants like bittersweet vines and Russian olive trees. Plant native shrubs as sheltering understory at night for butterflies and bumblebees and as a source of nectar for some moths. Then sow native perennials nearby. Less is better when it comes to distance between plants, too. A denselypacked garden design is more energyefficient for flying pollinators. It takes a lot of energy to fly in search of the next flower, says Taft. Choose pollinator plants depending on soil type (sandy, silty, loamy), soil moisture, and amount of sun in the garden. A good source for native pollinator-friendly plants is the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service plant guide. Find it at

J oyce Rowley is a freelance writer who lives in the historic City of New Bedford on the South Coast.

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s technology advances and the demand for greater convenience increases, 2017 and early 2018 brought more changes at Fall River Municipal Credit Union as they continue to look for new and better ways to help their members manage their finances. Changes at FRMCU included a switch to a new ATM network, additional mobile options, joining a shared branching network, and a merger with another credit union, all to add benefit and convenience for their members. Consumers are demanding that their financial institutions make access to their accounts faster and more convenient. Early in 2017, FRMCU partnered with the Allpoint ATM Network to make it more convenient for their debit card holders to access their money, surcharge free. The Allpoint Network allows FRMCU members the ability to use over 55,000 ATMs worldwide and 43,000 within the United States without costly surcharge fees. Additionally, to expand their reach and continue to serve members who may be travelling or who have moved to other parts of the country, FRMCU became a part of the CO-OP Shared Branching Network. FRMCU’s members can access their accounts through the CO-OP Shared Branch Network at any of 5,100 credit union branches nationwide, often just as if you were visiting one of their


own. Allpoint ATMs and CO-OP Shared Branching locations are easily found by simply downloading the apps. The apps provide maps and listing of available locations in the nearby vicinity, or in an area where members may be traveling.

FRMCU accounts with their choice of technology. In trying to take advantage of the economic revitalization of the southern part of Fall River, FRMCU looked to expand in that direction. Their research brought the credit union into discussions with Our Lady of

FRMCU has partnered with GreenPath, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive financial counseling, education, and money management tools to members Members were able to expand digital access to their FRMCU accounts as the credit union made it possible for them to utilize a digital wallet on smartphones, tablets, and other devices. FRMCU launched Apple Pay as well as Samsung Pay and Android Pay to allow their members to perform transactions on their

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the Angels FCU. They were looking to find the right partner that could provide the best products and services for their members. The merger of their two credit unions benefited members of both institutions. The former members of Our Lady of the Angels now have access to many products and

services offered by FRMCU that their credit union could not offer. FRMCU members now have an additional location at 1208 Dwelly Street, which is more convenient for the many members now doing business there. They introduced the FRMCU Smart Money Financial Literacy Program, offering tips and important information to make sure that their members understand the importance of being financially independent. In addition, they have partnered with GreenPath, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive financial counseling, financial education, and money management tools to help FRMCU members. FRMCU is proud to be able to facilitate access to resources that will expand the financial knowledge of their members. For 88 years, Fall River Municipal Credit Union has continued to change as needed in order to best serve you, their members. They want to thank the members for allowing them the privilege of serving them and for being part of the Fall River Municipal Credit Union family. For more information on their products, services, and locations visit their website at


Do not leave health care decisions up to others


ou have your own ideas on what should happen if you are incapacitated. However, your loved ones could have other ideas. Most people think about finances, wills, guardians for dependents, or estate planning when the issue of their inevitable death arises. But many don’t recognize the importance of planning for future health care decisions. Have you ever heard of an advance directive? Advance care planning is what it sounds like: planning in advance for your care. It is a process that happens over time and throughout life to help people maintain control over the kinds of decisions made on their behalf if they lose the ability to make decisions due to a serious illness or accident. Make your wishes known in advance and ensure that they are legally enforceable. With an advanced directive, you can set out what procedures doctors should and should not perform if you are incapacitated with no chance of survival. A health care proxy can be used to appoint one or more persons to make medical decisions for you, if you are unable to express your wishes. Consider what might happen if you do not have an advance directive (also known as a living will). For example, if you are in an accident and decisions need to be made about your medical care, your family might not have a good idea what decisions you would make. That can create problems for them as they try to decide on what care you should receive. Planning ahead for health decisions benefits everyone. Good advance care planning is done in different stages. Healthy adults need to have different conversations than those who are living with increasing complications from an illness or at the end stage of an illness. It also takes into account goals, values, and wishes before becoming ill, and names a person who will speak for them. Planning in advance for your health care is a gift of peace of mind you can give to your loved ones and family. An estate planning attorney can advise you on creating an estate plan and an advance directive that meet your unique circumstances. Visit to learn more,-, see a listing of our upcoming free educational seminars, or book a private consultation. ©Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. 35 Arnold St, New Bedford, MA. This article does not constitute legal advice. There is no attorney/ client relationship created with Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. by this article. Every family is unique and legal advice can only be given after an individual consultation with an elder law attorney. Any decisions made without proper legal advice may cause significant legal and financial problems. Michelle D. Beneski is an Attorney at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. For specific questions email or call 508-994-5200.

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Feasts and fests

by A shley L essa


ummer has finally arrived, which means there is plenty to do! While the list of events is seemingly endless, here are some highlights of the exciting festivals, shows, fairs, and feasts happening at various locations across the region! Tiverton Four Corners The Tiverton Four Corners is a great place to visit for the shops and galleries alone, but over the summer it is a hub of events that will suit the artist (and the foodie) in everyone! On Independence Day, consider starting your celebrations at the Tiverton Four Corners Fourth of July Antiques Show. According to the Tiverton Four Corners website,, “The antique show will be a showcase for some items and artifacts that may have been produced when lots for this village were first laid out around the Mill Pond by Joseph Taber in 1710.” Antique dealers from across New England will be present at the show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is located on the property of the meeting house. Admission is $7. Then on July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stroll through the wooded lot behind the Mill Pond Shops and check out the work of 60 to 80 local artists at the 31st Annual Arts and Artisans Festival. Peruse the paintings, jewelry, wearables, and more while grabbing a bite or a drink from a food truck. One week later, mark your calendars for Cultural Survival Summer Bazaar on July 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fair trade bazaar is held at the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center and


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supports indigenous artists from around the world. There will be music and food to munch on while you shop!

Sandywoods Tiverton may be small, but it has a whole lot happening. Once you’ve explored Tiverton Four Corners, head over to Sandywoods, an expansive farmland preserve and Center for The Arts. Sandywoods has preserved over 147 acres of land that feature trails, community gardens, and a working farm. It also features artist studios and galleries, a kitchen incubator, and even environmentally-friendly living spaces that include 50 rental cottages and 24 homes to own. Program Coordinator of the Sandywoods Center for the Arts, Verna Castro points out that her favorite line on their website describes them as, “A community within a community bringing art and opportunities into the lives of the people of Tiverton and surrounding area.” This July and August, Sandywoods will host a variety of concerts, classes, and festivals. On July 14, husband and wife folk/ pop duo The Kennedys with special guest Adam Traum will perform at 7:30 p.m. Then on July 28, Fairfield, Connecticut native and Berklee College of Music student, singer/songwriter Melissa Wasserman will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. On August 11 at 7:30 p.m. the group Funny Little Planet will show off their eclectic sound, playing tunes from a wide range of genres. If you are itching to do some local shopping, don’t miss their Craft and Vendor Fair July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by residents of the property, and enter to win a raffle prize or two while you’re there! Visit for information on classes, open mic nights, and other ways to get involved. Watch their Facebook, @sandywoodscenterforthearts, for updates on upcoming performances.


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Over in New Bedford, the seaside city is bustling with summer plans. New Bedford Director of Tourism and Marketing Dagny Ashley says, “This summer is definitely going to be ‘see-worthy’ with many annual events, new events, and some surprises. Come explore, shop, dine, and stay!” The weekend of July 7 and 8 brings the highly-anticipated 23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival, hosted by the Zeiterion Theatre to the cobblestoned streets of downtown from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Passes to get into the musical performances can be purchased at The blocks around the performances will have free festivities with public access to over 100 craft and food vendors. Even if you indulge a bit at the New Bedford Folk Festival, save some appetite for one of the newer festivals to the city, the 2nd Annual New Bedford Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival! Located at Fort Taber Park, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 21 and will of course feature food and beer, along with artist vendors. Tickets are $5 ahead of time for entry, $10 the day of, and kids under 12 years old have free entry! To buy tickets and learn more, visit new-bedford-ma/ From the new to the tried and true, New Bedford will celebrate the 102nd Annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament from August 2 to 5, a huge celebration of Madeiran Portuguese culture with thousands of visitors every year. Traditional food and wine, carnival rides, a parade, musicians, and more make the Madeiran Field at 50 Madeira Ave New Bedford come alive with music and laughter each summer. For more information and a detailed feast schedule, visit

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The long hurt:


Eliz abeth Morse Read

We have heard about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and combat veterans, but they are not the only people who suffer from PTSD – survivors of natural disasters, victims of rape, sexual abuse, or domestic violence, childhood abuse/neglect, civilians trapped in a warzone, survivors of mass-casualty shootings or accidents, witnesses of violent death – all these people, too, may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives.

PTSD has always been part of the human condition, whether it was caused by being attacked by a saber-toothed tiger, fleeing from marauding hordes of barbarians, seeing your buddies killed by a roadside IED, or ducking for cover in a school or movie theatre when bullets start flying. PTSD is what often happens after a person survives a terrifying, life-threatening experience.

What is PTSD? Most of the research into and treatment of PTSD has centered on combat veterans suffering from what was once referred to as “shell shock” or “battle fatigue,” but it is now recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a specific “Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorder” common to rape victims, civilian war survivors, natural disaster survivors, and victims or witnesses


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of other extreme traumas – not just combat veterans. Severe trauma, whether physical, emotional, or psychological, violently shocks and disrupts the nervous system, making it difficult for survivors to manage overwhelming emotions and memories. If these are left untreated and unresolved,

abuse, self-harm, withdrawal, paranoia, overly-aggressive behavior, risk-taking (for the adrenaline rush), or even suicide. They will avoid anything that remotely reminds them of the original trauma; they will be haunted by the memories, trapped in an endless feedback loop, reacting to and reliving the initial trauma.

Extreme psychological distress and the physiological “fight-or-flight” responses kick in when the memory is triggered survivors develop whatever coping mechanisms they can to get through the day, even if they are ultimately self-destructive. Those behaviors may include substance

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When someone experiences or is exposed to a terrifying or life-threatening event, they may be tortured with intrusive memories of the event (flashbacks and

nightmares), or experience dissociative periods (“zoning out”), especially when something random in the here-and-now triggers the traumatic memory. That could include almost anything – a car backfiring, a certain smell, a stranger at the door, the sound of helicopters, a scream in the night. Extreme psychological distress and the physiological “fight-or-flight” responses kick in when the memory is triggered. This reaction is post-traumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD. Paradoxically, the characteristic symptoms of PTSD may not emerge immediately after the traumatic event. Sometimes it may be months or even years before they show up, and sometimes they may come and go with long periods of calm in between. But when a new stressful event, or a “triggering” reminder of the suppressed initial trauma, weakens the person’s psychological defenses, the symptoms of PTSD can come roaring back. The classic symptoms of PTSD include intrusive memories where the victim “relives” the trauma, either in nightmares or flashbacks. Another symptom is avoidance, either of talking or even thinking about the trauma, or of situations, places, or people who could possibly trigger memories of the event. Negative feelings like emotional numbness, shame, guilt, isolation, and distrust are typical of PTSD sufferers. And the constant feeling of hyper-alertness, being on edge, and feeling vulnerable 24/7 can lead to overreacting to perceived threats, relationship conflicts, outbursts of anger, and reckless behavior.

Men and Women Suffer Differently Among all Americans, about 60% of men and 50% of women will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Yet 10% of women will develop PTSD at some point in their lives, whereas only 4% of men will. This is because women are more likely to experience sexual assault, childhood neglect, or sexual abuse, or domestic violence (or all of the above), whereas men are more likely to experience physical assault, combat, accidents, or to witness violent death. Women exhibit different symptoms of PTSD. They are more likely to blame themselves for the event, become very anxious, withdrawn, and depressed. Men are more likely to become angry and develop substance abuse problems. But women are more likely to seek treatment for their PTSD, being more accustomed to

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PTSD in children

the mutilations can cause serious damage. And while it may provide temporary relief, self-harm does not help resolve the underlying psychological trauma.

often experience overwhelming guilt and shame which further compounds the effects of the original trauma. And people who have lost a loved one to suicide can descend into a profound traumatic grief that shatters their own physical and emotional health.

According to the National Center for PTSD, anywhere from three to ten million Starving for Comfort children and teens witness violence every Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, year, half of which involves some kind of binge-eating), too, are triggered by child abuse. Of those abused children, as untreated and unresolved psychological PTSD in the military many as 15% of girls and 6% of boys will trauma and PTSD. As with self-harming, According to a study conducted by develop PTSD. sufferers of eating disorders have experithe RAND Corporation, a majority of As with adults, boys tend to “act out” enced significant trauma, especially childVietnam Veterans were still suffering after a traumatic event, becoming angry, hood sexual abuse, rape, physical neglect from PTSD 20-25 years later. At least 20% aggressive, or reckless, while girls tend to and/or abuse, and emotional abuse (such of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans have “act in,” becoming withdrawn, depressed, as bullying or shaming). Sexual trauma PTSD and/or depression. And across all and self-punishing. triggers self-critical body-image issues. branches of the military, two-thirds of all Very young children veterans suffering PTSD who’ve experienced trauma are from the Army. Eating disorders and PTSD share many will be fearful of being About 12% of Gulf War separated from their parVeterans were diagnosed common characteristics – especially ent/caregiver, fear going with PTSD during any to sleep, and will re-enact disassociation, the symbolic distancing from given year, but almost their trauma through play. 30% of Vietnam Veterans disturbing thoughts, memories or emotions have suffered from PTSD School-aged children will experience the same, but during their lifetime. may also become more Why? Because Gulf War Eating disorders and PTSD share many aggressive, have nightmares, or start havVeterans, like WWII Veterans, were welcommon characteristics – especially ing problems at school or with friends. comed home as heroes and given the full disassociation, the symbolic distancing Teenagers will react to trauma more like support of the government and their comfrom disturbing thoughts, memories or adults, showing signs of depression, withmunities. Vietnam Veterans came home emotions. Purging gets rid of something drawal, or acting recklessly – behavior to scorn, neglect, and social isolation. negative, binging fills the emotional void. problems at school, running away, proAnother study found that US veteran Logically, these symbolic acts don’t make miscuity, self-harm, and substance abuse. suicide rates could be as high as 8,000 sense, but they give certain trauma surviEarly childhood trauma actually changes each year, 22 each day, up from 18 a day vors the temporary illusion of control and the normal development of a child’s in 2007. Guns are the primary means of relief. nervous system, especially in the parts military suicides, followed by poisoning PTSD and suicide of the brain which control and manage (including drug overdoses), and suffocaThirty thousand Americans commit emotions. The impact of this early trauma tion (including hanging). suicide every year. Victims of physical or can influence the child’s physical, mental, According to a New York Times article, sexual assault, childhood abuse/neglect, and emotional development for the rest more active duty military personnel in and those suffering from PTSD have of their life. 2012 died by their own hand than in much higher rates of suicide attempts combat. In 2014, suicide was the 10th Self-harm than the general population. From 1999 leading cause of death in the US, yet PTSD sufferers someveterans, only 8.5% of the times deliberately mutigeneral population, repreHalf of veterans suffering from PTSD do late themselves – cutting, sented almost 20% of the burning, head-banging. not seek treatment, and of those who do, only total suicide cases. And 90% of those who But half of veterans suf50% get “minimally adequate” treatment self-harm have been fering from PTSD do not victims of some kind of seek treatment, and of sexual trauma. As much to 2010, about 20 US males and almost 5 those who do, only 50% get “minimally as 6% of the general population delibfemales committed suicide per 100,000 adequate” treatment, according to the erately self-harms at some point in their of the general population. But in 2009, RAND study. Combat veterans don’t like lives, but that number is even higher for more than 38 male veterans and almost to talk about their combat experience, students and teenagers. 13 female veterans per 100,000 commitadmit to their symptoms, suffer greatly People who self-harm do so to control ted suicide. The added stress of combat from survivor’s guilt, and have easy access traumatic memories and emotions like almost doubles the risk of suicide. to guns. They deserve better than this. shame, anger, or guilt. By focusing on the Whether in the military or not, an immediate pain, they can temporarily Psychological first aid accumulation of extreme traumas vastly escape the painful flashbacks and anxiety. Survivors (and witnesses) of a traumatic increases an individual’s risk of PTSD, Self-harm is not a suicide attempt, but event, whether a natural disaster, a rape, self-harm, or suicide. Trauma survivors


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PTSD is a serious mental health problem, not a weakness of character or willpower, but it can be successfully addressed with strong social support and professional counseling

a car accident, a combat ambush, or a drive-by shooting, need to feel believed and validated, empowered to handle the situation and rebuild their life with the support of others. They need information, practical help, and psychological first aid: safety, comfort, soothing, and practical help like food, clothing, shelter, medical care, reconnecting with family and community, crisis counseling, and referrals to social services. Civilian organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, along with government agencies like FEMA, the National Guard, and local first responders, perform a crucial role in treating and stabilizing victims of traumatic events.

Getting professional help Specialized trauma psychotherapy is the bedrock of treating PTSD, including cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT). Psychotherapy (aka counseling or “talk therapy”) focuses on the memory of the traumatic event and its meaning. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) aims to change how a person thinks about the trauma and how it changed feelings. Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy repeatedly relives the trauma until it is no longer painful and reintroduces the victim to those things which they’ve avoided. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) focuses on sounds or hand movement cues while talking about

the traumatic event, in order to help the brain reprocess the memories. The goal of these specialized therapies is to help the victim learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with anxiety, memories, and negative emotions when they resurface. Certain antidepressant medications can also be used to alleviate some of the symptoms of PTSD, like flashbacks and nightmares. PTSD can afflict anyone, through no fault of their own. Everyone endures grief, fear, pain, or anxiety during their lifetime, and after a period of mourning, they are usually able to resume a new, normal life. But sometimes that life-threatening event (or an accumulation of profoundly disturbing events) leaves deep psychological damage that does not resolve over time. PTSD is a serious mental health problem, not a weakness of character or willpower. But it can be successfully addressed with strong social support and professional counseling. June is post-traumatic stress disorder awareness month, and it is important that everyone recognize the signs in someone who needs help. Be alert to the symptoms and behaviors of PTSD in family, friends and coworkers, even if someone has never spoken about a traumatic experience. They may be suffering in silence and putting on a brave face. Be the one to reach out and offer psychological first aid, and steer them to the professional counselling they need. For more information about post-traumatic stress disorder, go to If someone is expressing suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Veterans should dial 1 after being connected.

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Many people, especially baby boomers, are thrust into the role of caring for aging relatives or friends, which can be physically, emotionally and financially challenging. To avoid burning out or draining bank accounts, caregivers should never be reluctant to seek assistance, even when it comes to money.

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Preferred Residential Network (PRN) in Fall River can help caregivers in the South Coast access funds through a state-administered program if the person needing assistance or elder being tended to is eligible for MassHealth. PRN owner Bob Gaw said he was previously hired as a consultant to start seven other adult care programs, and that the Massachusetts Adult Foster Care Program “is a very valuable service.” According to Gaw, many people are unaware that such assistance is available for seniors who want to age in place with their caregivers. According to Gaw, MassHealth will compensate a caregiver between $600 and $1,650 per month if he or she has a relative or friend who needs help with an activity of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, transferring from a chair or bed or toileting. Also, the caregiver must live with the person being cared for, and that person cannot be left alone for more than three hours per day. PRN will help caregivers determine if they qualify for the program, Gaw said, explaining that a PRN nurse and social worker will guide them through the process. After someone qualifies, PRN establishes a comprehensive care plan and then the company’s licensed social worker and registered nurse monitor the arrangement to ensure “the care is being delivered and the client is properly taken care of,” he said. Gaw said that “the program is designed to keep people out of long-term care facilities and living in the comfort of their home”. “I know the name of every client, and I have visited every client,” said Gaw, who also serves as the director of operations for PRN. “We take a lot of pride in the personalized service we offer, which is difficult to deliver in large agencies where you are sometimes just a number. I was born and educated locally and get a lot of satisfaction in helping my friends in the South Coast. My son and I also operate another PRN that occupies over 25,000 square feet in a Fall River mill where we recondition medical equipment. Some of this equipment is sold in the US for parts and much is exported to countries where our out of date equipment is state of the art.” Preferred Adult Foster Care, Inc. is approved to provide services by the Department of Elder Affairs. To contact PRN at 218 Shove Street in Fall River, call 508-677-9613 or email Gaw at prnafc@ The company’s website is

Age in my place Another firm that helps seniors age in place is Happier in My Home, which is operated and owned by Kathleen Sanderson and is located at 930 County Street in Somerset. Sanderson said she was inspired to start Happier in My Home a little more than eight years ago following the passing of her grandmother, Gertrude Thompson. After a period of failing health, Thompson could no longer care for herself. Her family was concerned about her safety so they placed her in anderson established a long-term care facility even appier in y ome to though she desperately wanted to remain in her home. provide in home care to “While I looked forward to my weekly visits with her, I always people who wish to keep left with a heavy heart because their independence and she would plead with me to take her home,” Sanderson states on remain in the familiar her website, happierinmyhome. com. Thomspon’s decline accelsurroundings erated, and within a month of work with families to draft individualized going into the nursing home, she passed service plans. on. In addition to allowing seniors to stay Because she didn’t want other seniors in their homes, Happier In My Home can and their families to have similar experisave money for families, she said. In some ences, Sanderson established Happier cases, Happier in My Home’s services in My Home to provide in-home care to can be 50 percent less than what nursing people who wish to keep their indepenhomes charge for care. Sanderson notes dence and remain in the familiar surthat not everyone needs round-the-clock roundings of their homes with help from care – oftentimes eight to twelve hours a trusted caregivers. day is sufficient. Besides in-home care, Happier in My Happier in My Home has 42 full-time Home offers clients the peace of mind and part-time workers. Caregivers are prethat comes from knowing they have a screened with verifiable references, crimisafety net of kind and compassionate nal history background checks (CORI), people. license verification, and they are insured Happier in My Home employees provide and bonded. “Business continues to grow” assistance with personal care, which Sanderson said, and the company is hirincludes overall hygiene, bathing or ing certified nursing assistants and home showering, toileting, incontinence and health aides. colostomy care, and medication remindThe quickest way to connect with Hapers. The workers also do light housekeeppier in My Home is to call 774-294-5058. ing, meal preparation, laundry, shopping, Sanderson can be reached by email at and they accompany clients to doctor, visits and other appointments. and a fast track form to kick start the serFurthermore, according to Sanderson, vice process is on the company’s website, the company can care for Alzheimer’s patients and offers much-needed periods of respite to family caregivers. Paul Pal ange is a freelance journalist, Happier in My Home serves the comwith more than 41 years of experience writing munities in Bristol and parts of Plymouth for newspapers, magazines, niche publications counties. The company focuses on the and websites. A native of Massachusetts, he has safety and nutrition of clients, according resided in the Bay State and Rhode Island all of to Sanderson, but the firm’s staff can his life.




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In brief… 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! Eliz abeth Morse Read

Best of all, mark your summer calendars for the nonstop schedule of the South Coast’s spectacular music, street food and carnivals, outdoor movies and plays, the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial, 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, brew and Portuguese feasts

Foodies! Don’t miss the 7th Annual Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival on June 16-17 at the Westport Fair Grounds! For tickets, go to events. Head for Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence on June 30 for the “Zoobilee Feast With The Beasts,” the zoo’s annual fundraiser! Great local restaurant food and beverages, live music and dancing! For complete info and tickets, go to


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Take the family to the 90th Annual St. Anthony’s Feast July 12-15 in Portsmouth! For details and info, go to or The Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will return on July 21 at Fort Taber in New Bedford! For info and tickets, go to Don’t miss “Food Truck Fridays” at the Carousel at Roger Williams Park in Providence! For more info, call 401-7853510 or go to

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Save the dates! The 104th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford, the largest Portuguese festa in the world, is scheduled for August 2-5! Great food and music! Visit to learn more. Mark your calendars for the Portuguese food, music, and family entertainment at the Parish of the Good Shepherd Feast on August 10-12 in Fall River! For details, call 508-678-7412 or go to Don’t miss “Feast in the Wild” on August 16 at the Buttonwood Park

Zoo in New Bedford, the zoo’s annual fundraiser! Great local restaurant food and beverages, live entertainment, 21+ only! For more info and tickets, go to Save the date! Enjoy a fun-filled day on August 16 at “The Picnic in Haskell Gardens” in New Bedford, sponsored by AHA! and The Trustees of Reservations! For tickets and more info, go to Head for the annual Lobster and Strawberry Festival and outdoor Crafts Fair on August 10-11 at Christ Church Parish in Plymouth! For info, go to or call 508-746-4959. Save the date for “Brew At The Zoo,” Rhode Island’s largest beer festival, on August 25 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence! More than 80 brewers, live music, 21+ only. For more info and tickets, go to Plan ahead for The Great Holy Ghost Feast August 23-26 at Kennedy Park in Fall River! Great food and music! For dates and more info, call 508-675-1368 or visit Save the date! Head for HopFest 2018! on August 25 at Memorial Hall in Plymouth – craft beer, food, and music! Go to for details.

Town fairs and festivals

Come one, come all to the annual Homecoming Day Fair on June 30 in Fairhaven! For more info, call 508-9794085 or go to Don’t miss the free and familyfriendly 42nd Annual Rhode Island Pride Festival on South Water Street in Providence on June 16, celebrating the state’s LGBTQ community. Festivities begin at noon, ending with an illuminated night parade! For more info, call 401-467-2130 or visit Head for Heritage State Park in Fall River on June 23 for the 2nd Annual Waterfront Art and Music Festival! Free – rain or shine! For details, call 508-6732939 or visit Don’t miss the St. Barnabas Parish Feast in Portsmouth on June 22-24! Carnival rides, games, food and fun!

For details, call 401-683-1343 or visit Take the family to the annual Westport Town Fair July 18-22! For details and schedule of events, go to or 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! The Huttleston Marketplace in Fairhaven will be set up on the lawn of Fairhaven High School every Saturday 10 to 4 from Father’s Day weekend through Labor Day! Local artisans, crafters, antique dealers, and food producers will be selling their wares. For info, call 508979-4085 or go to Head for the Carnival on the Bristol Town Commons from June 27 to July 4! For more info, visit fourthofjulybristolri. com or visit Don’t miss the Feast of the Holy Ghost Carnival in Taunton on July 6-8! Carnival rides, games, food, and fun! For details, call 508-824-9108 or visit Enjoy the carnival rides, games, food and live entertainment at the Whaling City Festival on July 13-15 at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford! For tickets and more info, call 508-997-4635 or go to Don’t miss the Harbor Days festival at Shipyard Park in Mattapoisett July 17-22 – family fun, food, music, and crafts! For info, visit Polka and pierogi! 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


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Head for the Onset Band Shell on August 11 for the Onset Cape Verdean Festival! For more info, call 508-7898726 or query onsetcapeverseanfestival@ There’s always something going on at Tiverton Four Corners! Plan ahead for the Antiques Festival on July 4, the Arts & Artisan Summer Festival July 21, and

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Avoid all the Cape traffic and bridges! The Seastreak ferry service between New Bedford and the Islands now offers a transfer shuttle, called a “sea-jitney,” to and from TF Green airport, the AMTRAK station in Providence and State Pier in New Bedford. Seastreak has also added a new 500-passenger ferry for the Nantucket run, which trims 20 minutes off the trip. For info and schedules, go to The Block Island Ferry is back! Travel to Newport and Block Island from State Pier in Fall River from June 23 to September 3. For details, go to Take a Father’s Day Boat Ride from Fox Point Marina in Providence on June 17! For more info, go to Sail through Mount Hope Bay on a Sunset Dinner Cruise aboard the Block Island Ferry from State Pier in Fall River on June 22! For details, call 508-673-2939 or go to Go on a guided tour of Narragansett Bay past lighthouses, mansions, and Newport Harbor! Free dockside parking. For info, go to 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 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, call 401-580-2628 or visit

the Cultural Survival Bazaar, a festival of native arts and cultures, on July 28-29. For info, go to or Save the date! Take the family to the free and fun-filled “Expo for the Senses” on


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Don’t miss the 3rd EyE Open Hip-Hop Festival on August 18 in downtown New Bedford! Live music, dance, graffiti, basketball tourney, kids’ carnival, food, and fun! For more info, go to Woohoo! Head for the AS220 Foo Fest on August 18 on Empire Street in downtown Providence, a family-friendly summer block party celebrating art, music, and creative energy! For more info, go to Mark your calendars! The 19th Annual Rochester Country Fair will be held August 16-19! For more info, visit


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

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It’s all happening at the Zeiterion in New Bedford! Don’t miss the day-trip to Jacob’s Pillow on June 23! For info and tickets, call 508-994-2900 or go to

Take the kids to the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence on July 29 for the free Family Fringe Festival! Outdoor performances, games, storytelling, music,

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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. Go to or to learn more.

Wander through the urban greenspace of the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford – learn more at or call 508-636-4693.

Take a tour of six historical private homes and gardens in Westport on July 29! For tour tickets and more info, visit, call 508-636-6011 or stop by Partners Village Store. 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. For details, go to newbedford. If you’re 50 or older, check out the day trips sponsored by the New Bedford Senior Travel Program! There’s the Danversport Eaglemania Show June 20, Charles River Architecture tour and Cheesecake Factory June 27, Lobster Roll Cruise in West Dennis July 18, Kennebunkport ME July 25, Lighthouse Cruise in Ogunquit ME August 15, Provincetown Carnival Parade August 16, Equestrian Performance in Townshend VT August 29 – and casino trips! Plan ahead for the four-day trip to Old Quebec and Montreal September 23-27. For info and reservations, call 508-991-6171, Tuesday to Thursday from 9 to 3.

Flower power

Check out the “Secret Garden Tours” of Newport’s historic properties June 15-17! For more info, call 401-439-7253 or visit Visit the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth! For info, visit or call 401-683-1267. Explore the whaling-era mansion and gardens at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House in New Bedford! For more info, call 508-997-1401 or go to Don’t miss the Newport Flower Show “Cottages Smart & Small” at Rosecliff on

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Keep the little ones busy Paddle around the pond on the new Swan Boats at New Bedford’s 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 Take the little ones for a ride on the century-old Carousel at Battleship Cove in Fall River! For more info, go to

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Check out Monday Morning Fun Days in Fairhaven, starting July 2! For more info, go to or call 508-979-4085. Spend “Summer Days at the Museum” Let your kids explore the Whaling Museum in New Bedford – check out the Discovery Center and the daily kids activities from July through Labor Day – and don’t miss Free Fun Friday on July 20! For more information, go to

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Take the kids to the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol! For the little ones, there’s Farmhouse Storytime every Wednesday. For details, call 401-2539062 or visit

Family-friendly fun Check out “Saturday at the Sawmill: Terrifically Terrestrial Turtles” on June 16 in Acushnet! A free family-friendly event, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. And plan ahead for the free evening “Foraging Walk” on July 10. For details,

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Continued from previous page go to events. Make a big splash at Water Wizz in Wareham, starting June 16! For info, call 508-295-3255 or visit Save the date! Take the family to the free and fun-filled “Expo for the Senses” on August 18 in Attleboro! For details, go to Mark your calendars for the Blessing of the Fleet and Fireworks on July 7 in Onset, and bring your beach pail and shovel to Sandcastle Day at Onset Beach on July 28! Don’t miss the Annual Illumination Night on August 18, and plan ahead for the Chalk-Full-of-Fun Onset Street Painting Festival on August 25, and the Kite Festival September 1! For more info, call 508-295-7072 or visit Head for Livesey Park in North Fairhaven on July 21 for the Family Outdoor Movie Night for “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. Enjoy free family fun and entertainment on AHA! Nights in New Bedford” The June 14 theme is “Launch,” 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.

One-of-a-kind events and exhibits

Travel around the world and back in time! Don’t miss the New Bedford 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 Don’t miss “A Conversation with President Bill Clinton” on June 15 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence! For more info, call 401-331-6700 or visit The public is invited to the free book


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launch parties, hosted by Spinner Publications, of Catherine McLaughlin’s “Blue Collars,” a novel about growing up in New Bedford’s South End in the 50s and 60s. The first party will be held on June 14 at Gallery X and the second on June 21 at The Inner Bay Restaurant, both in New Bedford. For more info, call 508-994-4564 or visit “Learn How to Fish” at Mary’s Pond in Rochester on June 14! A free event, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Mass. Department of Fisheries & Wildlife. Go to discover/events for details. 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 Stroll through “Arts in the Park” on July 7 at Bicentennial Park in Marion, across from the Marion Art Center! For more info, call 508-748-1266 or go to Make your reservations now for “Fiesta Verde,” the annual Aquidneck Island Land Trust fundraiser, July 21 on the cricket pitch at Arnow Farm in Middletown. Music, dinner, dancing, raffle, and auction! For info, call 401849-2799 or visit Reserve your tickets 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 Mark your calendars for the Newport Antiques Show at St. George’s School in Middletown 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 Reserve your tickets early for the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open July 15-22 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport! For details, go to or call 401-8496053.

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Spend an afternoon in the galleries at the RISD Museum in Providence! And check out the courses, workshops and “tours for tots!” For details, call 401-4546500 or visit Check out the Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth! Sixty-plus vintage cars and driving simulators! For info, call 401848-2277 or visit Gamers, team-builders, and mysterysolvers should head for the new “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

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Celebrate clean water and register for the 25th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim on June 30! For more info, go to Prepare for the Buzzards Bay Swim by attending the free Buzzards Bay Open Swim Clinic and Event Orientation at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven on June 16 and 23! Hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to events. Mark your calendars! The annual Mattapoisett Triathlon is scheduled for July 15! For info, visit Splash and dash! Register now for the 2018 Whaling City Triathlon and Duathlon in New Bedford, the most beginner-friendly multisport event in New England, on July 29 at Fort Taber! For info, go to

All the world’s a stage

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 in New Bedford. 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 Calling all actors! Sign up for weekly Theatrical Improv Workshops at Your Theatre in New Bedford, through July 5! For a complete schedule, call 508-9930772 or go to

Me?” will be performed through July 1. “No Tell Motel” will play from July 6 to September 1. For info, call 401-848-7529 or go to Get your tickets early for “West Side Story,” performed by the New Bedford Festival Theatre July 20-29 at the Zeiterion in New Bedford! For tickets, call 508-994-2900 or go to

Classical acts

On the silver screen

Head for the Onset Band Shell this summer for the free Onset Film Festival on Thursdays June 28 to 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 Head for the parks in Fall River this summer for free outdoor movies! Watch “Zathura” on June 16 at Lafayette Park, “The Pacifier” June 23 at Griffin Park, “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. Head for Crescent Park in East Providence for free “Movies in the Park” on June 29, July 27, August 24, and September 14! Go to for details. Bring a lawn chair for the free “Movies on the Rocks” August 15 and 22 at Newport’s Ballard Park! For info, call 401-619-3377 or go to Head for Livesey Park in North Fairhaven on July 21 for the Family Outdoor Movie Night – bounce house, face-painting and games before the show! For details, go to or call 508-979-4085. The Fall River Public Library hosts free afternoon movies (and popcorn!) every Wednesday at 1 PM, in addition to showings on Monday nights. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit

Check out what’s playing at the Little Theatre of Fall River! Don’t miss “Almost… Maine” June 14-24! For more info, go to or call 508-675-1852. Enjoy a performance of “Mary Poppins” at the Burt Wood School’s Summer Arts Festival July 12-15 in Middleboro! For details, call 508-946-1071 or visit

the Marion Art Center! For more info, go to or call 508-748-1266. Head for New Bedford to watch Shakespeare in Buttonwood’s free outdoor performances of “Macbeth” in mid-August! For dates and details, check out The Glass Horse Project’s Facebook page.

Don’t miss the free “Midsummer Shakespeare” productions at the Onset Band Shell Sun/Mon/Tues from July 8- July 31! For complete details, go to

Nemasket River Productions in Middleboro 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.

Mark your calendar for performances of “Seascape” on August 9-11, 16-18 at

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Make your reservations now! 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 Enjoy the “Music from Land’s End” summer concert series, with string quartet performances at the Wareham Library July 26, the Marion Music Hall July 28, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham July 29. Their Baroque classics concert with period instruments will be performed on August 18 at the Marion Music Hall and on August 19 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. For more info, visit Enjoy a free classical concert at the Temple to Music in Providence’s Roger Williams Park on August 10, or at Independence Park in Bristol on September 2, part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Summer Pops” series. For more info, call 401-248-7000 or visit

Concerts on the lawn

Plan ahead for the Music at Sunset Summer Concert Series starting July 11 at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol! For info, call 401-253-2707 or go to Plan ahead for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s free July 4th concert on the waterfront! For more info, call 508-746-8008 or visit The Sunset Music Series concerts at Westport Rivers Vineyard runs June 15 through September 8! Tickets must be purchased in advance – $10/carload! For tickets and lineup of performers, go to Enjoy wine tastings and live music on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth!

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Continued from previous page For details, call 401-847-3777 or go to Check out the free Summer Concert Series at Independence Park in Bristol every night from June 21 through the Fourth of July! For a schedule and more info, visit or Head for Running Brook Vineyards in Dartmouth for free live music every weekend! For more info call 508-9851998 or go to entertainment. 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, 9. For more info, go to Listen to folk music on July 6, August 9 & 18 at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center! For more info, call 508-993-8894 or visit Head for Ballard Park in Newport for free lawn concerts July 18 & 25! For more info, call 401-619-3377 or go to Don’t miss Jonathan Edwards & the Pousette Dart Band at the Westport Rivers Vineyard on July 14, sponsored by the Narrows Center for the Arts! For more info, visit or call 508-324-1926. Head for the Newport Vineyards in Middletown 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 401-8485161 or go to Don’t miss the Saturday Summer Concerts July 14 to August 11 at the Soule Homestead in Middleboro! For info, go to or call 508-947-6744. Bring your lunch to the free “Pocket Park Music Series” on Fridays in June from 1-2 p.m. across from the courthouse in Fall River. For info and a line-up of musicians, go to Pack a picnic for the 10th Annual Westport Town Farm Summer Concert with Anais Mitchell on August 4! For


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South coast sounds

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 401-241-3793, or visit Head for the free “Summer Sounds Series” concerts on Friday evenings at Pier 3 in New Bedford! For more info, go to The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has a fabulous lineup – don’t miss Noiserv June 20, Junior Brown June 22, Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish June 29, the free downtown 6th Annual Blocka-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, Tab Benoit July 19, Patty Griffin July 24, Walter Trout July 28, Outlaws August 2, Justin Hayward August 7 – and more! For a complete schedule, call 508-3241926 or visit Check out who’s playing at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton! For info, go to or call 401-241-7349. Mark your calendars for the free “Local Bands Mini Music Fest” on August 25 throughout the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! For more info, call 508-996-4095 x 6105 or visit Check out who’s playing at “Live Music at the Bliss” at the Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church in Tiverton! For info, call 401-624-4113 or visit Find out who’s playing at the Stone Church Coffeehouse at the First Congregational Church in Bristol. For info or tickets, call 401-253-4813 or 401-253-7288.

E xplore the outdoors

Check out “Saturday at the Sawmill: Terrifically Terrestrial Turtles” on June 16 in Acushnet! A free family-friendly event, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to discover/events.

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Get wet on the “Slocum River Sunset Stand-Up Paddle Tour” on July 6 at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth, led by Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures! For info, call 508990-0505x10 or pre-register online at Explore the waterways of Providence in a single or tandem kayak! Sign up for a guided Sunset Kayak Tour from Waterplace Park on July 12! For info, call 401-829-1769 or visit “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 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 Take a free “Sunday Stroll” through Lyman Reserve in Plymouth on August 5! Sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Southcoast Health. For more info, go to 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 the Apponagansett Bay Kayak Expedition in Dartmouth on August 16! Sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures. For more info, go to discover/events. Go on the free evening “Foraging Walk” at the Acushnet Sawmill on July 10, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to savebuzzardsbay. org/discover/events. Plan ahead for the free Nasketucket Bay Bird Walk in Fairhaven on July 18, sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the New Bedford Art Museum! For details, go to discover/events.

Stay active outdoors

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

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Yacht-a, yacht-a, yacht-a Watch the Clagett Memorial Clinic and Regatta in Newport June 20-24! For details, call 401-846-4470 or visit

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 508-992-6219.

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 508-992-8682 or go to 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, fish, paddle, and cross-country ski can be found at Prepare for the Buzzards Bay Swim on June 30 by attending the free Buzzards Bay Open Swim Clinic and Event Orientation at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven on June 16 and 23! Hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. For details, go to Practice yoga this summer at Ned’s Point Lighthouse in Mattapoisett on Saturdays, starting in June! Hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Anchor Yoga.

Plan ahead for the 2018 Buzzards Bay 420 Championship off Fort Taber in New Bedford on August 2-5! For more info, call 508-992-6219 or visit

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

Save the date! The 46th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta will be held August 3-5! For details, go to

If you’re a boat lover, visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame! For info, call 401-253-5000 or go to

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Get in shape for free “Fitness in Cushman Park” in Fairhaven offers Monday “Well & Fit” classes June 18 to August 20; “Yoga in the Park” on Tuesdays June 19 to August 21; and “Summer Bootcamp” on Thursdays June 21 to August 23. On rainy days, head for the Carousel Family Fun Center. For more info and weather updates, call 508-287-2482 or visit

Visit the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown! For info, or call 401-8462577 or visit

Go on a Father’s Day Hike through Ballard Park in Newport on June 17! For more info, call 401-619-3377 or go to Explore nature trails or historic landmarks in Fall River: join a walking group! Learn more at or call 508-324-2405. Wander through Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center in Attleboro! For more info, call 508-223-3060 or visit

Wander through Parsons Reserve or take a stroll through Paskamansett Woods, nature reserves operated by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. For more info, visit Take a leisurely ramble through rural Westport – go to Enjoy the trails, wildlife and scenery of the Mattapoisett River Reserve – leashed dogs welcome. Hike, fish, picnic, bird-watch! For more information, go to 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

Go on nature walks at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth!

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Senior moments: a drama in two parts Part One: Teeth are great but suck when they turn on you. When you get older, like many other parts of our bodies that weren’t Paul designed to live as long K andarian as they do in modern times, those teeth turn on you pretty painfully. I’ve had a ton of work done the last year or so at the dental school at Tufts University because it’s much cheaper than getting gouged in the real dental world. Forget insurance that pays for anything beyond exams and other basics – it doesn’t exist and I swear there’s a major dental industry lobbying effort that keeps that from happening. Honestly, if you need major dental work you’re screwed. Bite the bullet, baby, if you’ve got the teeth left for it, because your wallet’s gonna take a beating. Most recently, after getting a partial sixtooth upper denture at Tufts at easily half to two-thirds cheaper than the outside world, my lowers started acting up. I had one in front go agonizingly bad. It was very wiggly and tender and if disturbed would send searing sheets of pain through my entire skull to the point of me likening it to giving birth through my mouth. (When I’d say that to women who have given birth in the usual very painful way, they would tell me, understandably, to shut the hell up.) And it seemed infected, too, so I called my primary care doc for an antibiotic. I was told he doesn’t do mouths. No medical doctor does, just dentists. “Hey,” I said, “an infection this close to my brain and you can’t do anything for me?” They said no. I tell you, that dental lobby is pretty powerful. Anyway, I did get back to Tufts to have that bum tooth mercifully yanked out, but I needed a temporary replacement for it. I’m an actor as well as a writer, and


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couldn’t have a gap that big right in front, unless I always get cast as a bar brawler or a pre-mask hockey goalie. As much as I love Tufts, I knew I couldn’t just go get one there quickly. Any work there is a long process – you save a bundle, sure, but it’s a teaching school, so you have to go through every step. A flipper, as a removable one-tooth temporary replacement is called, would take a while. I needed this flipper tooth du suite, very bad pun intended, so I went to a local dental mill that shall remain nameless but is one of those franchise strip-mall businesses with a giant tooth in front.

Hey, my dental problems are close to my brain, but it ain’t making me stupid. They made a huge point of telling me that since I was new to them and they were being nice, they would waive the usual exam and x-ray fee as a courtesy. I laughed and pretty much told them that was bull – that it’s not courtesy on their part but just smart business. Hey, my dental problems are close to my brain, but it ain’t making me stupid. Anyway, after the free exam and x-rays (and pitches to pony up for an oral cancer screening and also for an electric toothbrush they said would be cheaper than buying it elsewhere which turned out to be bull as well, both of which I nixed), the verdict: my one-tooth flipper, if I were to pay full price, would be $818. But with another break for me just because I’m special, they dropped it to $591. Suddenly I felt like I was at the dealership haggling for a new car.

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“You know what’s funny?” I told them. “Last year, I broke an upper tooth and had a flipper that a local private-practice dentist did for $495, so maybe I’ll just go back to him.” And then, just because my specialness continued to shine through, the price dropped to $471. I walked. Until I can work things out at Tufts, I’ve been using a cheap temporary replacement I got online for twenty bucks that fulfills its temporary purpose of filling the noticeable gap.

Part T wo: I was at a Dunkin’ Donuts recently behind an older woman who asked for her ten percent senior discount. She was sweet, telling the very friendly counter person that she was 69 and had a bunch of grandchildren, to which the very friendly counter person said, “You’re 69? You certainly don’t look it.” So I got to the counter and asked what the senior discount age was. “It’s 55,” the very friendly counter person smiled. “Ah, I had that beat ten years ago!” I laughed to the very friendly counter person, shamelessly trolling for the expected compliment that I didn’t look almost 65 the way she’d gushed about the 69-yearold woman before me. She just smiled. But did give me my ten percent discount. Which, I found out, you don’t get unless you ask for it. So from now on, I’m taking my ten percent wherever I can find it. If I can remember to ask for it that is, because face it, the odds favor the house that people my age won’t.

Paul K andarian is a lifelong area resident and has been a professional writer since 1982, as columnist, contributor in national magazines, websites and other publications.

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