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10 | impressions 12 | reader feedback 14 | fyi 18 | to hell in a handbasket

August 2012 on the cover

Help Wanted

20 | Noise 22 | left page/right page This year’s Rhythm & Roots Festival features many topname performers, including (of “House” fame) Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band.

What Will We Remember About President Obama’s First Term?

24 | your money Taxmageddon

112 | 31 days 114 | just the facts Ridiculous Laws

FEATURES 26 | SOMETHING’S FISHY Part II: Educators partner with fishermen to measure Stocks on Georges Bank.

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32 | Bears: Are they getting too close?

Sojourn 37 | Windjammer Cruising 42 | Northern Events

Social Affairs 49 | The Yachtsmen’s Ball Celebrating Summers by the Bay

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CULTURE 62 | Music End Summer With Some Rhythm & Roots

66 | book review My Life Next Door

68 | Theater A Foolish Way to Spend a Weekend

MIND BODY & SPIRIT 71 | eating well Does Fat Make You Fat?

74 | under the sheets Being Gay or Not

76 | your health How Healthy Is Your Fish?

TABLE 84 | Keep on Truckin’ Gourmet food festival is rolling into Cape Cod this summer

88 | The Vodka Challenge 91 | Chef Profile Chef Bob Dillon of Little Red Smokehouse

92 | recipe Brunswick Stew

96 | August 2012 Restaurant Guide

HOME 98 | Creating the Perfect

55 | Mara Hoffman Swim 59 | Fashion Down Under

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ne of the most difficult aspects of publishing a monthly magazine is timing: While everyone is living in the moment, we find ourselves immersed in an issue not due to be released for at least two months. It often seems like we need a crystal ball to predict which trends, news stories, or events the future holds; then we need to weigh the effect they will have on our communities when our publication hits the street. Sometimes we get lucky; at other times we make it just under the wire. As for events, we do our best to get your information out to the public, but when it arrives the week before the event, we can’t help you. It’s a good idea to start notifying magazine publishers 60 to 90 days in advance of your event date, then follow up with a second notice. If you are a nonprofit or event organizer looking for more than a couple of lines of type in our calendar listings, it is vital that you use electronic communication and snail mail to get the details into our hands. Regardless of what people tell you, getting something tangible on an editor’s desk will give you an edge. Each month, we connect with thousands of people and receive dozens of leads, which must be evaluated and filtered. Then there’s research, assignments, photography, editing, proofreading, design, and layout; factor in sales, advertising, sponsorships, traffic, production, printing, and distribution, and you can see why getting our attention can be a challenge. This past year we have reached some milestones: a record number of hard copies printed and distributed, increased numbers of online readers, and substantial increases in our e-mail subscribers and social media friends. We are also pleased to report that as we enter the third quarter, our social/collaborative efforts—that is, providing funding and space to organizations that deserve media exposure—have exceeded our initial budget allocation for the year. Our donation of free and highly discounted space to deserving organizations has more than doubled 10 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

in the last year. Why do we share this with you? We hope that you will not only acknowledge our efforts but also support our advertisers, because they are the ones who make it possible for us to continue bringing you this magazine month after month. Investing in SOCO isn’t just about advertising—it’s also a way to help others who have a cause and a passion for community service. With the closing of so many small businesses over the last few years, the pool of funds community organizations have traditionally relied on is quickly drying up. The mega-retailers, where most of us shop, take their profits out of our communities and reinvest elsewhere. With the support of many of our advertisers, SOCO has made a concerted effort to step in and make space available to many local nonprofits, so that they won’t be left behind. What all this means is that each one of our advertisers is subsidizing the community service ads you see on our pages. They are also making it possible for us to create an exceptional publication— and to offer it free to anyone who wishes to pick it up. Our business model is not typical, and it isn’t easy to maintain, but with a commitment by our clients, we have been able to make a difference. As for those who haven’t yet joined us, perhaps they just need a nudge. We encourage you to visit your neighborhood businesses, professionals, and merchants and ask them to help themselves and their communities by advertising in SOCO magazine. Once they make that first phone call, they will be pleasantly surprised at how far their advertising dollars will go. Well, it’s time to get back to work. For most of you it’s August, but we are already wrapping up the September edition! Thank you for making us New England’s favorite magazine and for supporting the advertisers who have made a commitment to us so we can make one to you. H


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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

SOCO May 2012

Today, I received the complimentary copy of SOCO’s May 2012 issue that you sent to me at my home here in Louisiana and am expressing my sincere appreciation for your generous act of kindness in responding to my request. This issue has an article about the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and, may I add,

is extremely well written by one of your contributing writers, Trevor Medeiros. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and the Mizzone family from New Jersey are very dear to my heart and my having a copy of this issue is a true blessing that I am so honored to now have, thanks to you. -Omar V. Cavazos, Catahoula Parish, La. 

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In favor of the Democratic Party After reading July’s “Right Page/Left Page” I could not help but point out how ironic and ridiculous Gene Almy’s article was, and ask why this would even be considered intelligent. I have to congratulate Claire Purgus for producing an intelligent article on the obviously present bias in the media today, simply because it was unbiased. This article, while tackling the issue of biased media, produced an obviously biased view on the Democratic news networks. Throughout, the author continuously slandered MSNBC, CNN, NBC, and other obviously left-leaning news stations or newspapers, making sure that their political views were known. I cannot understand what made this article educational or intelligent to your readers, or why it was necessary to publish this contradiction, but I would appreciate if you were more careful when choosing your authors and/or articles. I still read your magazine, and look forward to seeing the next issue. -Jack

Jack: It’s called opinion, and what the Left and Right Pages allow is for a difference of opinion to be voiced. 12 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

Your “Deets on Veeps” article last month failed to mention the singular accomplishment of Charles Dawes, vice president under Calvin Coolidge (1925-1929), who penned “It’s All in the Game,” a number one hit for Tommy Edwards in 1958. -Charles H. Hall Dartmouth, Mass.

Here’s the lowdown: Charles Dawes was a self-taught pianist and a composer. His composition “Melody in A Major” in 1912 became a well-known piano and violin piece, and it was played at many official functions as his signature tune. It was transformed into the pop song “It’s All in the Game” in 1951 when Carl Sigman added lyrics. Tommy Edwards’ recording of “It’s All in the Game” was a number one hit on the American Billboard record chart for six weeks in the fall of 1958. Edwards’ version of the song also hit number one on the United Kingdom chart that year. Since then, it has become a pop standard recorded hundreds of times by artists including The Four Tops, Isaac Hayes, Van Morrison, Nat “King” Cole, Elton John, Mel Carter, Barry Manilow, and more. To hear this American classic sung by Tommy Edwards, check out: http://bit.ly/OAn6EQ.


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Bristol County Savings Bank Announces Promotions

field, she was most recently assistant vice president/account relationship manager at the bank and previously served as a municipal relationship manager at Webster Bank in New Bedford, Mass. Renee Vallee, new vice president and internal audit director, is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing the activities of the Audit Department and developing audit plans and programs to test the bank’s financial information, internal controls, records, and systems. In her new role as controller, Lisa Lassiter oversees the daily operations of the Accounting Department, including the coordination and management of the internal and external financial reporting functions. Lassiter earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting

In her new capacity as vice president, cash management, at Bristol County Savings Bank, Dianne Chandler is responsible for providing commercial cash transaction services to customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives in Westport, Mass. Jean Purrier, newly promoted vice president, government finance, is responsible for developing and servicing new and existing municipal relationships in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A 40-year veteran of the municipal

Benefit Gala for Whaling Museum

Over the Top, a benefit gala for the New Bedford Whaling Museum, will be held Aug. 4. This formal affair will feature elegant and artistic cuisine, entertainment, and live and silent auctions.

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Payomet Performing Arts Center on Cape Cod celebrates The Big Easy throughout the month of August with music, film, food, and talks dedicated to New Orleans. The zydeco music lineup includes Buckwheat Zydeco, Aug. 7; Amanda Shaw & the Cute Boys, Aug. 26; and Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Sept. 2. All three concerts begin at 8 p.m. Payomet is at 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro, Mass.

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Others Pull-Tab Collection Benefits Children Father and son Rick and Matt Brodeur recently turned in 1,839 pounds of aluminum pull-tabs (and 55 pounds of steel pull-tabs) and received a check for $1,475.05, which they will present to the Shrine Club of Southeastern Mass. at its September meeting. The proceeds will be used to benefit the Aleppo Shriners Patient Transportation Fund, which provides free transportation for children and families to Shriners hospitals from anywhere in the world. Matt Brodeur is currently club president, and his father is the club chaplain. Both have been active in the club for several years helping with various philanthropic projects. The Shriners collect pull-tabs instead of the entire can because it allows people to help while keeping the can, which they can return to recover the full redemption fee. It also is a way to help children receive world-class care at the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Aleppo Shriners have collected more than 15 tons of pull-tabs. The Shrine Club of Southeastern Mass recently submitted over 2.5 tons (about 5.8 million pull-tabs) to be recycled. Pull-tabs were collected from over 80 drop-off points throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Members of Boy Scout Troop 7 helped the Brodeurs separate steel tabs and other items so the aluminum tabs could be turned in for their value by weight. The Shrine Club encourages the public to help by dropping off pull-tabs at any of the locations listed on its website, shriners22. org/get-involved/pull-tabs. For more information about the Shrine Club of Southeastern Mass and the Shriners Hospitals for Children, visit shriners22.org, call 774-263-5018, or e-mail info@shriners22.org.


Online Vacation Guide for Outdoors Lovers Mass Audubon has launched an online vacation guide to outdoor adventures. With a network of more than 50 wildlife sanctuaries from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, Mass Audubon offers many opportunities for connecting with nature, from kids’ programs and guided hikes to on-water excursions and birding classes. The vacation guide groups wildlife sanctuaries in geographic regions. Under each sanctuary, vacationers will find headings such as “Explore,” “Kids’ Camps,” “Go Birding,” Play in Nature,” and more. The guide can be accessed at massaudubon. org/vacationguide. Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. It oversees 34,000 acres of conservation land, provides educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocates for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels. For more information about the organization, call 800-283-8266 or visit massaudubon.org.

Neuropsychologist joins Southcoast Physicians Group Southcoast Health System has announced that neuropsychologist John Dorn, MA, PsyD, has joined Southcoast Physicians Group. Dr. Dorn’s clinical practice focuses on diagnostic testing and consultation on a variety of psychological and neuropsychological syndromes and disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on concussions and the psychological and neuropsychological factors affecting athletic performance. His practice is located at the Southcoast Brain & Spine Center in Dartmouth, Mass., a regional center that provides care to patients with neurological brain and spine disorders through surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. Dr. Dorn earned his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and doctorate from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Wheeling, Ill. He trained and conducted research at the University of Chicago Biological Psychiatry Program at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in Chicago and completed an internship at Parkwood Hospital in New Bedford, Mass.

Sunday Plein Air Painters Join the “Sunday Plein Air Painters” on Sunday afternoons, 3-6 p.m., to paint at picturesque locations in Bristol, R.I. Sponsored by the Bristol Art Museum, the event continues through Aug. 26. There is no instruction, but the artists will have a short critique following the sessions. Fees are $4 per session for art museum members and $5 per session for nonmembers. For more information, contact Suzanne Lewis at 401-254-1668 or suzannelewis@ fullchannel.net or Sheila Clark Lundy at 401-749-5503 or sclark3935@cox.net.

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lose your eyes and imagine that you have been contacted by a New York attorney with news that you have inherited the controlling shares of a major American company. With billions of dollars of annual income and the important task of providing essential services to its clients and the public, the company needs a person who can oversee its continued existence and future growth. The lawyer explained that your uncle, who was never known to you but had the ability to observe you throughout your life, had always respected your judgment and good character. And as a result, your deceased uncle has made you a very unusual offer from the grave. In his will he makes you chairman of the board, with a $100 million salary, a huge expense account, a mansion to live in while in the US, a villa overseas (when you need to get away and relax), and a magnificent yacht that will travel ahead in order to accommodate you regardless of whatever coast or waterway you find yourself on. The only stipulation of the agreement, and one that is a deal breaker, is that you must hire a CEO to run the company you will oversee. The person you bring on board will have sole responsibility for the success or failure of the business. In fact, if you fail to hire the best person, then you will be immediately discharged from the position of chairman and shuttled back to your little home where life as you remembered will return. A week later you find yourself in a skyscraper overlooking lower Manhattan; the office is right out of the movies. On your desk you find about two dozen applications for your review. After going through them you see that the small job of hiring a CEO for the company is going to be a great deal more difficult than you first realized. After a couple of hours you have it nar18 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

by John Chase

rowed down to two likely candidates. One is a bit older, a war veteran with a long list of accomplishments. The other is younger with little experience, but from his cover letter, wants the position so badly he will do just about anything. On paper he looks fantastic. This being an important decision, not just for you but for all the people you employ, your clients, and the public, you decide to vet each person. And call in a well-respected investigation company. After a couple of weeks, a report is sent to your attention from the security company, with profiles of the two finalists. The older gentleman had a tough life. He was in the military like his father, was a decorated war veteran, and spent years in a prison camp. What is so remarkable about the candidate is that when given a chance to leave the war camp, due to what appeared to be connections, he refused and stayed with the other prisoners of war. He had been divorced, and at some point he may have found some interest outside of the marriage, but then went on to find a woman who seems to have grounded him and is supportive of his ambition. The other candidate yielded some vastly different personality traits and surprising facts. First, the report stated that while this candidate claimed to have been born in the US, there wasn’t any conclusive evidence to be found. Through further investigation, the research company pressed upon a city employee from the city where he supposedly grew up, for a birth certificate. With much reluctance the government employee handed over a copy of one that had his name on it but was of poor quality. The investigator then went around the neighborhood where the man grew up and asked about him. The report said that this person had a long history of using illicit drugs while in high school and that at one point his drug of choice was cocaine. Appar-

You’d think that common sense would play a role in politics, yet over and over voters seem to believe that they are voting for “Dancing with the Stars” rather than the president of the United States.

ently, this continued into college where he was accepted to one of the highest-ranking schools in the country. However, there was no information available as to his admission or transcripts, leading the investigator to become suspicious. Following up on some leads, the investigative team uncovered some information about radical group members the candidate had spent time with, connecting the man to a radical religious organization that, for the most part, was racist. The socialist-leaning friends of the candidate, or at least associates of his, were involved in anti-American government activities, including bombings. The man’s work history was thin. It appeared he worked in public service for a while, and tried a couple of other things, but seemed always to be looking for another job rather than doing the one he had. You found out through further reading that this potential CEO had often overstepped his boundaries in the workplace. He didn’t show respect for protocol, he covered for fellow workers who seemed to have broken some law, and only showed up for work about half the time he was supposed to because it seems that he loves to golf. With all of this information, you call in the two men for separate interviews. While impressed with the shorter, older


veteran, you find that he is a little grumpy and doesn’t have the best people skills. But impressed by the fact he made it this far, you tell him you’ll be in touch once you complete both interviews. When the second man appears you are taken aback. Tall, good looking, he greets you with an impressive handshake. His grin is from wall to wall and he invites you to sit down in your own office. One odd thing you notice about him is that he bows when he shakes your hand. You ask him for some background information—for clarification. He begins to read off the sheet of paper in front of him, never looking up. He is certainly smooth, and with clarity lulls you into believing he is the second coming, so much so you begin to ignore all you’ve learned, or in some cases, can’t find out about him. When he finishes, you then ask him some additional questions, and it’s obvious that he can’t speak off the cuff—he needs a script and so he stumbles along. It is like night and day. Also, inside the report, you find out he had two illegal relatives living in Massachusetts. One had been living off the state, but finally, due to some influence, he was able to get her a green card. The other works illegally and was recently arrested for drinking and driving. The young man tells you not to worry; it was all a mistake and will be taken care of shortly—but doesn’t explain. In closing you ask the man his view of the economy and where it’s headed, since his actions will have a direct effect on the business you are now responsible for and will determine your fate going forward. With a big smile he states, “Well, private companies are holding their own—like this one, I’m sure, but man those government employees, you know, the union folks, they need a helping hand. But what really concerns me is how much money other people make. You know, I think it would be better if we shared our wealth with everyone and made the country a fair place to live. I just don’t believe things are fair.” In disbelief, but with a handshake you lead him to the door. So, now it is your choice; you have the ability to select a person with leadership skills or one who, at the very least, has a secretive past, is anticapitalist, and seems to have his own agenda.

Who are you going to choose? This fall we’re all going to have a choice to make, and I hope this fictitious account wakes up a few of you who might still be on the fence—and I don’t mean the one we need on the border of Mexico. You’d think that common sense would play a role in politics, yet over and over voters seem to believe that they are voting for “Dancing with the Stars” rather than the president of the United States. Wake up, America, we do need hope and

change to create a new beginning for this great country, but don’t expect it to come from the left of center; instead it will be center or center-right, and from a leader who honestly believes in a free economy. Our future will not benefit from income redistribution or a health-care plan that will put us further into a recession we never got out from under. The only way we will see a change for the positive is with a new leader, and election day is quickly approaching. H

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the Good, the Bad & the Appalling

noise Civility Isn’t the Name of This Game Apparently a couple of representatives of a gay rights organization thought it would be advantageous to their cause to demonstrate their contempt for former President Ronald Reagan by taking photos of themselves flipping his photo the bird. During a visit to the White House, as invited guests of President Obama, the two seemed not to care about giving the administration a black eye during the gay pride event,the first one ever to be held at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Didn’t anyone ever tell them honey works better than vinegar? Senility Seems to Be Setting In According to the venomous Nancy Pelosi, Republicans are chasing down Attorney General Eric Holder because his agency has enforced voter ID laws in many of their states. Nancy, please wake the hell up! A border agent was killed, the attorney general has been subpoenaed for documents he refuses to release, the president is assisting him in keeping the documents secret by issuing an executive order—and Pelosi has the audacity to claim it’s payback for state ID laws? Time to put you out to pasture, madam. It’s Free, But Someone Is Going to Pay By now you’ve all heard that those middle-class people who can’t or won’t purchase health insurance are going to be fined, or, sorry, taxed. Obviously, the Supreme Court has now shown it has no qualms about legislating from the bench. When you begin to play word games in order to avoid constitutional law, what you are actually doing is eroding a system that was created by the Founding Fathers to protect the people of this country from economic devastation. So, let’s simplify this situation: Millions upon millions of people aren’t going to purchase health insurance, and they are probably the same people who don’t file taxes, so they won’t pay that tax either. Yet, they are still going to go to hospitals for health care, and then stiff the doctors and facilities that made them well. In the meantime, those who pay their taxes and Blue Cross bills every month will inevi20 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

say what?

“By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.” - George Carlin

tably see premium increases year after year, be pushed aside by the massive numbers of people using emergency rooms as if they were private health care offices, and end up paying for someone to enjoy a free ride. Yes, folks, this is the new America Obama is bringing to your neighborhood. Ready, Set, Go A former Olympian has penned a book that supposedly exposes how alcohol, drugs, and condoms flow in the Olympic Villages that house the athletes during games. This comes as no surprise to us at SOCO. In fact, let us go one better. Many years ago (26 to be exact) someone closely associated with the magazine had a conversation with an executive from a local nonprofit agency, who was also closely tied to the Democratic Party. This person was very colorful and full of information—it seemed he had information on everyone and everything, at least by his account. During a spirited conversation, he explained that he had been to an Olympic event in the US, and had an opportunity to see, as he put it, “firsthand,” what went on at the games when no one was watching. He also boasted that it was a politician friend (Turns out he did fund-raising for this politician friend and ended up in trouble because he had his workers—who received state money—do some campaigning on company time.) who made all of the arrangements. At that time, the gentleman with the story lay back in his chair—puffing on a cigar and laughing almost uncontrollably—and said, “You can’t image what goes on at the Olympics; there is more sex, drugs, and booze than anyone could imagine. The countries want their athletes relaxed and ready to perform so they get anything requested. These kids can have boys, girls, both—whatever they want— it is one big party.” He went on to say, “Then when everything is over, it is an absolute free-for-all, the TVs, furniture, anything that isn’t tied down is taken by anyone left behind—there is no accounting or worry about what is taken.” Of course that was a long time ago, and we can only surmise that things have changed— well, some things. If you want the rest of the story, look around for The Secret Olympian. It might be

a good beach read this summer. Here We Go Again A recent report stating that officials from New Bedford and Fall River, Mass., are attempting to tie the prospects of train service to casino licenses has us wondering what they might be smoking down on the Southcoast. Even the governor isn’t biting that hook. Someone needs to explain to these folks that just because you want something doesn’t mean it is a good idea. First, no one is going to take the damn train, unless of course they are up to no good and don’t want to be stopped on Route 24 or 140 for probable cause. As far as using the claim “It’s about jobs,” sorry, Boston doesn’t have jobs for its own residents, never mind those who say they will make the daily two-hour ride from the coast. It isn’t real. Does anyone really believe that tourists, about one hour away, are going to visit New Bedford by train? How About Working Together Everyone knows that the SouthCoast of Massachusetts continues to have pockets of bad press that scare the hell out of many people, not just around the state, but around the country. Here are some suggestions that might put taxpayer money to better use. First, get the guns, drugs, and criminals off city streets. Fewer murder stories mean a better sense of security and a better image. Next, create a marketing program you can back up. Once the construction is completed along what used to be Route 18, be ready to get the info to the people. Please don’t wait until the last brick is laid before thinking about how you’re going to attract tourists or businesses. And here is another idea: How about Fall River and New Bedford joining forces, unlike the failed attempt by their respective Chambers of Commerce some time ago? There is so much to do on the SouthCoast: There are museums, parks, zoos, and hundreds of restaurants. It is a transportation hub and one of the best boating areas in the nation. Yet everyone clings to separate agendas. Now is the time to pull together and come up with some ideas for how these two wonderful cities can work together, not pull apart. H


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opinion

by Claire Pavlik Purgus

Q: What Will We Remember About President Obama’s First Term?

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have a pessimist friend who sometimes loses patience with me and my rose-colored perspective on life. I’m an optimist. It’s how I view the world. Who we are — which includes our cultural, ethnic, racial, and religious heritage; how we’ve been raised; what we’ve been taught; our innate character; and the circumstances in which we find ourselves at any given moment — colors our biases and views of the world, and what we remember. Staff Sergeant Luke Dill remembers the August day in 2010 when the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, rolled out of Iraq thanks to President Obama’s pledge to begin withdrawing combat troops to end our occupation of that country. Troops and their families remember the early Sunday morning in December 2011 when American troop withdrawal was complete. Some 636,000 government employees remember the day they received pink slips and lost their jobs. While these people and their families are understandably unhappy with the layoffs, some believe it was a necessary first step in cutting skyrocketing public spending. Small-government proponents should applaud Obama for his record-breaking reduction of government. In Obama’s first term, government shrank by 2.6 percent, outdistancing Ronald Reagan in his first term, when government contracted by 2.2 percent. More than four million people remember the day they took one of the new private sector jobs created during Obama’s presidency. Some of these were created as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, some because of federal assistance to General Motors and Chrysler, and some because of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Homeowners who were victims of predatory lending and mortgage fraud feel some reprieve when remembering that Obama set new criminal penalties for such fraud 22 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

in May 2009 in the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. Families who were able to avoid foreclosure on their homes remember they did so thanks to the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. First-time homebuyers remember the day they moved into their new homes, and the tax breaks they received to help them in their purchase through Obama’s Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009. Others looking for more affordable housing remember Obama’s pledge to support more such housing through the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and how this bill, now under the Jobs for Main Street Act, has been awaiting action by Congress since January 2010. American Civil Liberties Union leadership and human rights advocates remember Obama’s pledge to end the use of torture during interrogation and applaud him for following up on his promise. The low-income mom who had her first child during Obama’s presidency remembers the nurse who visited her regularly as part of Obama’s expanded Nurse-Family Partnership. The college graduate not yet able to find a full-time job remembers Obama’s health-care reform that allows her to stay on her parents’ health insurance plan for a while longer. People who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks remember that under Obama’s executive orders, American forces found and killed Osama bin Laden. The truck driver whose employer misclassified his status to “independent contractor” remembers Obama’s crackdown on companies who misclassify their employees. Thanks to Obama’s directive, now he gets overtime and health insurance. The parents whose son was due to complete his term in Afghanistan this year are grateful for Obama’s initiative to end the

“stop-loss” program, which kept troops in service after their commitments were officially over. Their son came home. A veteran recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder remembers that his recovery was helped along by better mental-health care services, thanks to Obama’s directive to increase the Veterans Administration budget. His sister, also a veteran, remembers that health care services for women veterans also improved. A gay army sergeant remembers the relief he felt when Obama repealed the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced him to lie about his sexual orientation. Gays and lesbians around the nation remember that Obama is the first president to publicly declare his support of civil rights for all people to marry whomever they choose, and look forward to his next term when he has pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The elderly African-American Baptist remembers her displeasure with Obama for his support of homosexual marriage, but remembers, too, the sermon that following Sunday reminding her that gay rights are civil rights. American parents who lost loved ones to food poisoning remember the Food Safety Modernization Act that will improve safety in food production and distribution. This legislation is the most expansive overhaul of the American food safety system since 1938. But it won’t bring their loved ones back. People of all colors all over the world remember the historic moment when Obama was sworn into the presidency. He is the first African-American president of the United States and his family the first African-Americans to live in the White House. And many remember the day the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, a testament to what the committee saw in him, and what they hoped he’d bring to the world. So many perspectives. What color are your shades? H


by Gene Almy

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believe the more appropriate question would be, “What will the public never forget about Obama’s first, and hopefully only, term in office?” From the day I first heard him speak, I knew this affable young man from Chicago was getting into something he wasn’t capable of handling. Sure, he is smart and charming, but he possesses an agenda out of step with the American public, the Constitution, and our way of life. It all began with his hope and change message. He offered what he believed people wanted to hear—that once he was elected all the bad stuff would go away— no pain, no hassle, no effort on the people’s part. And the reward for getting him into office? He would find a way to pay for everything even if it meant taxing those nasty rich people. He had the college students, the New Black Panthers, unions, the socialists, the poor (who by the way are not that poor when they have cell phones, cars, new appliances, central air, and food stamps), and those lovable elitist Democrats who skew their nightly news reports so Obama looks like a savior. The public will never forget when he avoided issues like Reverend Wright and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, or the record unemployment, or the constant blame for his shortcomings laid upon former President George Bush. The mess he created with health care and the wrong decision by the Supreme Court won’t be forgotten soon, nor will his record deficit spending in the first three years of his presidency—no, none of this will be expunged from our minds. Then there are many who surely wish they could get his words out of their minds but can’t, such as: “transparency in government,” “Americans want to pay more

taxes,” and “government needs to grow in order to grow the economy.” Yeah, this is what will become his legacy. Moreover, Obama will be remembered for his political play on immigration by giving amnesty to illegal aliens who have been living in the US for years. Of course, in-state tuition and all the other fiscal benefits one receives once allowed to stay will sadly translate into at least a few votes— perhaps by those illegal aliens who helped get him elected the first time around. But the big winner in recent memory was when Obama invoked executive privilege to protect in-over-his-head Attorney General Eric Holder in the controversial Operation Fast and Furious debacle. Never will we forget the ploy the president used so he could prevent the truth from coming out about a botched gun running plan between the US and Mexico, ultimately leading to the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry. And let’s not forget the intelligence leaks from high-ranking officials in the White House. Speculation is that Obama believed he needed to look strong, so his office is suspected of leaking top secret information to look tough and aggressive prior to the next election—regardless of the harm that might come to people who assist us in national security around the world. For many of us, the damage he has done, or tried to do, will not be forgotten. Other things we’ll remember: He was the one who ordered the execution of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs, then took credit for the assault; he believes in a handout versus a hand up; he plays a dirty game of politics now that he is in tough competition for another term; and he believes the Constitution is just a guideline and doesn’t really apply to him or his administration.

It all began with his hope and change message. He offered what he believed people wanted to hear—that once he was elected all the bad stuff would go away—no pain, no hassle, no effort on the people’s part. And the reward for getting him into office? He would find a way to pay for everything even if it meant taxing those nasty rich people. We will remember his great alliances with Hollywood and big-money fundraising with celebrities. And the fact that while talking about everyone being equal, he is going to end up a multimillionaire with a charmed life regardless of the outcome of the next election. But hopefully, what the public will remember about President Obama’s first term is that it was also his last term because we can’t afford another term of his radical and perverse politics. H socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012 | 23


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Tim Geremia, CFA, CFP, is the chief investment officer of Coastline Trust Company; and Bob Gaumont, EVP, is the chief fiduciary officer of Coastline Trust Company.

Taxmageddon “Inheritance taxes are so high that the happiest mourner at a rich man’s funeral is usually Uncle Sam..” -Olin Miller

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n the June 2012 edition of SOCO, we attempted to forecast the direction of the stock market in 2013 based on the possible federal income tax consequences of four different sets of national election results this November. The inspiration for the article was our concern over the scheduled expiration of favorable income tax legislation. It was originally passed as a temporary measure during the Bush administration and was scheduled to end after 2010. The legislation was subsequently extended by agreement between President Obama and Congress for an additional two years ending Dec. 31, 2012. Similar sunsetting provisions apply to favorable rules currently governing federal estate and gift taxation. How favorable? Not that we are recommending this, but if you die in 2012 your estate will not be taxed on the first $5.12 million of value. Additionally, values in excess of this exemption amount will be taxed at a rate no higher than 35 percent. An identical exemption amount and tax rate currently apply to lifetime gifts to individuals made on or before Dec. 31, 2012. Compare and contrast these temporary rules with those that will spring into existence next Jan. 1, in the absence of amending legislation. Estates of individuals who die in 2013 and beyond will be taxed on values above a mere $1 million versus the much more favorable $5.12 million current level. Also, the maximum tax rate will increase from 35 percent to 55 percent. You would have to go back a decade to see such draconian exemption amounts and tax rates. As you can see then, “Taxmageddon”— the colorful description used by some commentators to describe the contemporaneous end of favorable income, estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax rules at the federal level—poses increased risk to our already fragile national economy and domestic stock market. 24 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

In light of the foregoing, we now attempt to handicap the future of federal estate and gift taxation, ranked from bad to better, based on four possible national election outcomes in November. Scenario I Obama re-elected/Democrat majority in Senate/Democrat or Republican control of House. Projected consequence: Worst possible outcome for estate and gift taxation. Best chance that the old, harsh rules return as scheduled on January 1st. Scenario II Obama re-elected/Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. Projected consequence: Compromise possible consistent with aspects of an earlier presidential proposal, specifically a $3.5 million estate exemption and a 45 percent tax rate. Another possibility: current rules extended for an additional year or more. Scenario III Romney elected/Democrat control of Senate/Republican majority in house. Projected consequence: An even better chance at compromise, with perhaps a better outcome for taxpayers than anticipated by Scenario II. Scenario IV Romney elected/Republican majorities in House and Senate. Projected consequence: Expect a strong push to make permanent the current rules on estate and gift taxation, with a slim chance of abolishment of both taxes. We understand, although we are not inclined to appreciate, the temptation to succumb to the view that favorable estate and gift taxation rules are applicable to so few they should be allowed to sunset as originally planned. In times of extreme deficits, why favor tax legislation that is seemingly in the exclusive interests of the wealthy? Well, the affluent remain overwhelmingly responsible for small business and job creation in this country. One need look no further than the 10 employees of Coastline Trust Company, not to mention our 75 or so

vendors who rely on Coastline’s business, for testimonials in support of this proposition. Also, we believe that onerous estate tax rules impede economic growth through high compliance costs and economic inefficiencies. Additionally, the rules create unnecessarily high barriers to self-employment, as well as increase the chances of a break-up of a family business following the death of an owner. Then there is our philosophical opposition to taxing assets at death after they have already been subject to income taxation during lifetime. So what, if anything, should affluent individuals do to hedge their bets? To prepare for higher estate tax rates and lower exemption amounts in 2013 and subsequent years, we would strongly urge you to seek the advice of a competent estate-planning attorney, and do so now so that you have a plan, or a revised plan, in place prior to year end. The primary goals of a well-drafted estate plan are to increase the likelihood that there will be enough money to take care of you and your spouse for as long as you live, while maximizing what you leave behind for your heirs and/or your favorite charities or taxexempt entities after you are gone. This will be accomplished by taking full advantage of estate-planning techniques that are designed to minimize the tax your estate will otherwise pay in the absence of careful planning. In terms of potentially higher income and capital gains tax rates, taxpayers might consider accelerating income (and possibly deductions − phase outs are scheduled to return next year) into the current year, assuming one has the flexibility to do so. Also, consider realizing extra capital gains in 2012 than one might otherwise due to the potential fiscal cliff that awaits us at year end. Please consult with your tax accountant before undertaking any of the suggestions in the preceding paragraph. H


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Something’s

Fishy PART II

Educators Partner with Fishermen to Measure Stocks on Georges Bank by Natalie Miller photography by Alan Cass

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UMass-Dartmouth professor Kevin Stokesbury, the lead researcher on the SMAT team, has been surveying sea scallops in New England for over 10 years.

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eorges Bank, located east of Cape Cod, Mass., and Nantucket Shoals, is said to be the largest and most important fishing grounds of the coast of the United States. The first recorded fishing was in 1821 by three Gloucester vessels, and in 1831, the cod and halibut industries began to flourish. Today, roughly 8,050 square miles of the bank’s water is bountiful with herring, cod, haddock, and scallops, as well as many other shellfish species, making it a profitable location for local fishermen. As fishing technology increased, species populations declined, and in the 1970s the Magnuson Fishery Conservation Act was passed with the intent of putting an end to overfishing by developing a plan to rebuild depleted fish stocks and manage their populations. Consequently, fishermen, especially the small, family-owned boats, are struggling to

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maintain their businesses under the stringent mandates set by the government. In last month’s issue, Patricia Fiorelli, public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, explained that the rules are set based on the work of scientists at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, who conduct trawl surveys twice a year to assess the fish stocks and monitor population trends. The scientists also look at the number of fish caught by fishermen—called landings—as well as the ages and sizes of the fish. “It’s a pretty complicated undertaking,” Fiorelli said, noting that the process is also very imprecise and “always an estimate.” At times, there are “mistakes or patterns that don’t seem to make sense.” Local fishermen say the government’s data collection methods are driving down their businesses and livelihood. So, New England fishermen have been working in a cooperative effort with state universities in Virginia, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to gather scientific data. The Port of New Bedford, houses the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth’s School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAT), which plays a leading role in current fishery science and management. Professor Kevin Stokesbury, the lead researcher on the SMAT team, has been surveying sea scallops in New England for over 10 years. “At that time, the scallop industry was in trouble,” he said. Sea scallops are one of the most valuable fishing industries in the United States, and New Bedford is the largest port, bringing in nearly 50 million pounds of sea scallops each year. According to Stokesbury, large fluctuations of sea scallop fishing during the 80s and a steady decline in harvest during the mid-90s had severe effects on the fishing industry and resulted in the stocks becoming overfished. In 1994, three large areas in Georges Bank were closed to protect groundfish stocks, effectively excluding scallopers from the important fishing grounds. After four years, scallop biomasses were believed to have increased, but the quantities were unknown. The scallop industry was still suffering, Stokesbury says, adding that the landings weren’t representing what was actually on the sea floor. Stokesbury and his team developed a way to better estimate the number of scallops on the sea floor—most importantly in the closed areas—by using video surveys. The video surveys were designed to get a quadrant sample of the number of scallops to then be multiplied by the whole sea, he explains. Laying out each quadrant sample and linking them together creates a very precise map of the sea floor. Scallopers and others in the fishing industry across the East Coast help SMAT get the surveys done by donating boats and food and going out on the sampling expeditions. “This is designed to be cooperative research,” says Stokesbury. “We couldn’t do it without

Sea scallops are one of the most valuable fishing industries in the United States, and New Bedford is the largest port, bringing in nearly 50 million pounds of sea scallops each year.


Scallopers and others in the fishing industry across the East Coast help SMAT get the surveys done by donating boats and food and going out on the sampling expeditions. the fishermen.” “It’s been a real success,” says Stokesbury, noting that after his research showed the increased number and size (five times bigger) of the scallops in the closed-off areas, he petitioned for the

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Compiling the most accurate data is essential in keeping the multimilliondollar fishing industry flourishing.

zones to be reopened. The data from the video surveys were published and reviewed by the National Marine Fisheries and included in its reports. And the success of this appeal brought in $55 million to the New Bedford Seaport. The video data collection method is also nonintrusive to the marine population, he adds. “It’s a win-win.” Since 1999, the video surveys have taken at least 2,000 samples each summer from where the fishermen are fishing. “As far as I know, it’s the largest survey of its type in the world,” says Stokesbury. Last year, during the National Marine Fisheries Service stock assessment, Stokesbury’s data on scallops were used as an independent survey, and now the assessment is done every three years to determine the marine populations before new regulations are set. Historically the government has used a dredge and towed it in random locations on the sea floor, says Stokesbury. Recently fed30 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

eral scientists have been using a HabCam, or a Habitat Mapping Camera System, to take digital still images of the marine floor. Now that scallop populations are once again flourishing, Stokesbury, and the SMAT team are starting to focus on groundfish, species of fish that swim close to the bottom of the ocean. According to Monica Allen of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are 20 species of groundfish, and many of them are currently considered depleted. Restrictions have been set on the number of days fishermen can fish these species, which include cod, haddock, redfish, and flounders. Stokesbury says that the biggest challenge to accurately surveying these fish is that they move. “Scallops stay on the floor,” he says, adding that with groundfish, not knowing the various migrational patterns makes it tricky to piece together an accurate estimate of their population. “We are trying,” he says. “Some students are doing tagging.” While students did have a successful yellowtail tagging a few years ago, they faced more issues than just the movement of the fish. “It’s a magnitude issue, too,” says

Stokesbury. With tagging, fishermen and scientists catch a group of fish, tag them, then release them back into the ocean. Later, they go back to the same area and catch again to see how many are tagged. The government’s trawl surveys are conducted with modified commercial nets, he explained, and the problem with that method is that you can only count the fish that are caught, leaving the number that pass by the nets unknown. SMAT professors and students are trying different methods in an effort to “get a better idea of what’s in the water,” says Stokesbury. Acoustic surveys are being explored; this method is currently being tested on herring. “We are trying different types of technology and combining them,” says Stokesbury. “It does take sea time … [but] there are different ways to get these estimates.” Compiling the most accurate data is essential in keeping the multimillion-dollar fishing industry flourishing. All it takes is missing a signal and then assigning too much allowable catch, says Stokesbury; even for a year, this will cause reduction in the fishing industry the following year. That’s when people start going out of business. “The consequences of overfishing are huge,” says Stokesbury. “You’re either putting people out of work or you’re reducing the resource so badly that it can’t recover, which means more regulation issues.” H


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Deer, moose, wild turkeys, and foxes are a common sight for us New Englanders. But black bears, which have been seen wandering into backyards and urban areas this summer, are something new. by Kerry Miller


If you spot a bear, contact officials. In New Hampshire, call Fish and Game at 603-271-3661 or any State Police barracks. In Massachusetts call any local MassWildlife office or the Environmental Police at 1-800-632-8075

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ccording to an article in the June 18 edition of the New H a m p shire Union Leader, a Grafton, N.H., woman was injured by a female black bear that came up onto her back porch. At 10 o’clock on a Saturday night in June, Tracy Colburn was cooking pot roast and had her kitchen window open. She opened her back door to let her dog outside and found a black bear on her porch. When Colburn saw the bear, she fell backward, and the bear swiped at her arms. Colburn’s dog managed to chase away the bear and her three cubs. Colburn was taken to the hospital where she received 25 stitches for the injuries to her arms. New Hampshire wildlife officials at first decided to set a trap and euthanize the bear, but reversed their decision after realizing it would be difficult to identify the bear, and concluding that the bear was most likely acting in self-defense. A 3-year-old male black bear was spotted in June on Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Times reported in its June 12 edition that the bear first appeared in Sandwich, Mass., on May 26 and continued its journey around Cape Cod until it was caught by Massachusetts Environmental Police on June 12 in Wellfleet. Officials believe the bear swam the Cape Cod Canal to reach the Sandwich area. The bear was tagged and relocated to Central Massachusetts but later turned up in Brookline, Mass. WHDH.com reported that the bear traveled more than 100 miles from Central Mass. into Brookline, where he was found in a tree. Environmental officers have since moved the bear to Western Massachusetts. Why are black bears getting closer to humans these days? And what can we do to discourage them and make sure we don’t get hurt? New Hampshire and Massachusetts wildlife officials have some answers. “We have a bear challenge every spring and summer due to food supply,” said Major Kevin Jordan, assistant chief of Law Enforcement at New Hampshire Fish and Game. This season, “it warmed up at a

much faster pace, and the food supply has not caught up with demand. Any time that happens we have human contact.” Reginald Zimmerman, assistant press secretary for the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, noted that we’re seeing male bears because we’re in the midst of breeding season. During breeding season, which lasted through July, “mothers are dispersing young bears, trying to find new territory,” as in the case of the Cape Cod bear, he said. Warm weather early in March, the threeday heat wave in June, and a general limited food supply in the summer, Jordan said, diminished the bears’ food supply. Bears have big stomachs, he said; they eat all day long until they’re sick and start over again the next day. This is why bears go after bird feeders, in addition to the fact that they actually like bird seed. Bears eating from bird feeders is especially concerning to Jordan because if a bear cub sees its mother eating the seed, it teaches the cub that’s OK to do, which means as that cub grows older it could come back to the same house looking for bird seed. Jordan said the best thing people can do is take their bird feeders down since birds don’t actually need feed at this time of year anyway. “It is impossible to bear-proof a bird feeder,” Jordan said. Wildlife officials really stress not feeding bears. “We don’t want people to feed them. If you like bears and you want the population to be sustained, don’t feed them,” Jordan said. When a mother bear gets hit by a vehicle, Jordan said, and her cubs are with her, the cubs will be taken to a rehabilitation facility. They’ll be kept there until they’re old enough to be relocated back to their natural environment. While it’s a good thing that the cubs are saved and can be put back into the wild, Jordan explained that it can also be a bad thing. If a bear is released into unfamiliar territory, it could be dangerous because unfamiliar bears can injure them (bears will most likely be rereleased where they were found, but it varies with each circumstance). Also, rereleasing bears means the population is being kept up, which in turns means bears are thriving and there’s more likely to be

more of them out and about. “This year alone we have had up to 17 different cubs (sent) to rehab,” said Jordan. “The population is in pretty good shape. Some years are worse than others. This year has been out of control (with) a good healthy population.” Zimmerman added that other things people can do include storing trash in a shed or other building or at least covering it if it’s left outside, and cleaning up after a barbecue or picnic outside. Should a bear come close, make sure it sees you and be respectful by keeping your distance, he advised. If people are afraid of bears, and bears are hungry and afraid of people, a close encounter can trigger an aggressive defensive reaction. “Keep your distance. Black bears are tim-

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Should a bear come close, make sure it sees you and be respectful by keeping your distance. id creatures,” said Zimmerman. Both New Hampshire and Massachusetts wildlife officials have standing policies that human safety comes first. A major reason the Grafton bear wasn’t put down was because officials couldn’t positively identify that bear and they believe it was a one-time incident. If they can positively identify a dangerous bear that needs to be put down, they will euthanize it. But it’s more likely that a bear will be trapped, darted, and relocated to a more suitable area. “None of us wants to do that,” Jordan said. “The goal is to keep them wild animals. If you can positively identify that as a problem bear then you can euthanize it. That bear (in Grafton) was bothered and harassed and has not been back.” Typical protocol of wildlife officials with a random wandering bear that’s not coming into contact with people is to just monitor it, but not take any action, said Zimmerman, who echoed Jordan’s sentiments about euthanizing. “Euthanizing is the absolute last resort. We’re looking to maintain public safety and the well-being of bears,” he said. Wildlife officials are always on hand to respond to your questions and concerns regarding black bears. In New Hampshire contact Fish and Game at 603-271-3661 or any State Police barracks. In Massachusetts call any local MassWildlife office or the Environmental Police at 1-800-632-8075. H

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American Eagle (Fred Leblanc) A national historic landmark, the American Eagle was built in Gloucester, Mass., in 1930. It was the last fishing schooner built in New England.

Windjammer Cruising by Ellen Albanese

Under a cerulean sky the tall ship glides through blue water. Its massive sails curve into the wind. Scents of salt and wood smoke fill the air, and the only sound is the soft whoosh of wood against waves. Âś We are aboard the American Eagle, one of 13 ships in the Maine Windjammer Association that ply the waters of Penobscot Bay. By day we pass brightly patterned lobster buoys and islands covered with tall, symmetrical pine trees and dotted with jaw-dropping homes. By night we anchor in a quiet cove, fold ourselves into our tiny cabins below deck, and let the water rock us to sleep. socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012 | 37


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indjammer cruises can run anywhere from two to 12 nights at sea. Vessels range from 46 to 132 feet on deck and carry between six and 40 guests plus crew. The ships depart from Rockland, Rockport, and Camden in Maine’s midcoast region from late May to mid-October. We chose a two-night cruise in June. The American Eagle is one of seven windjammers that are designated national historic landmarks. Built in Gloucester, Mass., in 1930, it was a fishing boat for 53 years, before Captain John Foss bought it and spent two years restoring it to carry passengers. Sailing is hard work, and guests typically pitch in with the myriad tasks of the cruise: raising the sails, coiling what seems like miles of rope, drying dishes, and rowing ashore. In return we got an intimate view of the Maine coast, a chance to relax beyond the range of our cellphones, a taste of authentic down-home cooking, and a glimpse of what it must have been like to travel when sailing ships ruled the seas. We arrived at the North End Shipyard on a Friday evening, headed into Rockland for dinner, and returned to make up our bunks for the night. Let’s just say the room is not the highlight of a windjammer experience. Our tiny cabin had a small sink and two bunk beds (it would have been a mistake to sit up suddenly). Across the hall were an airplane-size bathroom and a shower. Foss, a tall, slender man with a shockingly white mustache and a wry sense of humor, gave guests a tour of the schooner as they arrived, pointing out life jackets, steps, and places to hang on. He explained that in addition to serving as kitschy frames for photos, the bright orange life preserver rings could actually be tossed to passengers who might inadvertently end up in the water. The schooner remained at the dock overnight. In the morning, it was time to set sail—but not before a crate of lobsters was delivered. After a breakfast of fresh fruit, muffins, ham, and scrambled eggs, there was a thrum of activity as the crew prepared to push off. Tasks are accomplished quickly and smoothly; everyone knows his or her role. The crew exudes a sense of camaraderie and respect for one another and for the captain. With the passengers’ help—or perhaps in spite of it—the sails were raised and we were soon heading out. Once the sails were up and the boat was 38 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

Lighthouse (David Aldrich) On every windjammer cruise, lighthouses abound. Here, a lobster boat hauls traps off the lighthouse on Southern Island, near Tenant’s Harbor.

Deck View (Adam Cutter) A bird’s-eye view of the deck of the schooner Isaac H. Evans.

Rowing Ashore (Linda Wood) After a great day of sailing, guests have a chance to go ashore to explore.


Maine Coast (Linda Wood) A view of Maine’s pristine, rocky coastline.

The scenery was so beautiful that many folks never actually got to the books and puzzles in their laps. The braver souls took a walk out onto the bowsprit, posing for pictures when they reached the very tip of the ship. skimming over the waves, time seemed to stop. Some passengers stretched out on deck to catch some sun, while others pulled out books or puzzles. But the scenery was so beautiful that many folks never actually got to the books and puzzles in their laps. The braver souls took a walk out onto the bowsprit, posing for pictures when they reached the very tip of the ship. Our guests included windjammer veterans and newcomers. Bill and Neva Gove of Williamstown, Vt., have taken a half-dozen

windjammer cruises, including four on the Eagle. Both grew up on the Maine coast and love to experience it again on windjammer cruises. “It’s just so nice to get out on the ocean every once in a while,” Neva Gove said. Sue Levine of Marblehead, Mass., a firsttimer, said she was impressed by the vessel itself – “all the work it took to build something like this and keep it together; it’s a beautiful boat.” As for the trip, she said, “I’m adding it to the list of the wonderful things

we’ve seen.” Chef Andy Jackson works miracles in the tiny galley, cooking and baking entirely on a wood stove. During our short cruise, we enjoyed homemade chicken soup, biscuits, cole slaw, muffins, and lobster quiche, which Jackson calls his specialty. Coffee, tea, fruit, and snacks were always available. After lunch Saturday, we anchored off Calderwood Island. Most of us clambered into the Eagle’s rowboat and headed for shore (yes, if you want to go ashore, you have socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012 | 39


Happening Now 98th Annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

The 98th annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, billed as the largest Portuguese feast in the world, will take place Aug. 2-5 in New Bedford, Mass. The feast is a four-day celebration of Madeiran Portuguese culture, food, and entertainment. It will be held at Madeira Field in the north end of New Bedford, just west of Belleville Avenue. Admission is free, and the location is accessible to the handicapped. A 5K run will be held Saturday morning, and the parade is on Sunday. Continuous live entertainment will be on three stages, featuring top-name performers, including Fuel, plus cabaretstyle music and Fado singers in the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of Madeiran Heritage. Enjoy traditional Madeiran Portuguese Fuel food in the main pavilion, with its giant outdoor Carne de Espeto barbecue pit. Here hungry visitors gather to skewer beef sirloin cubes and do their own cooking. Madeira wine shipped directly from the island of Madeira is served exclusively at the feast. For the complete entertainment schedule and to learn about the food, wine, and activities, visit portuguesefeast.com.

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to row). The pebbly beach was strewn with iridescent mussel shells and spiny sea urchins. Fragrant beach roses grew wild. We spent an hour or so walking a trail, climbing on rocks, and peering into tidepools. The highlight of any windjammer cruise is a lobster feast. Our lobsters cruised with us in a gray plastic crate; crew members regularly tossed buckets of seawater over them. Windjammers typically hold the lobster feast on a beach, but we dropped anchor in a quiet cove in South Harbor and steamed our lobsters on board. Served with drawn butter, they were sweet and plentiful. Dessert was two picture-perfect blueberry pies, made with small, sweet Maine blueberries. Crew members offered instruction in lobster deconstruction for newcomers. Even though I’m a lobster veteran, I learned something new: The smaller part of the claw makes a perfect pick for pulling out claw and knuckle meat. After dinner one of the crew pulled out a fiddle and entertained us as the sun set. Then we gathered below deck where Captain Foss read us stories about Maine lore and windjamming. Sunday morning arrived all too soon. “We’re back!” said the captain. “Somehow I feel as though we just left.” We felt that way, too, and resolved to make our next windjammer adventure a little longer. H If you go: Schooner American Eagle, PO Box 482, Rockland, Maine 04841, 207-594-8007 or 800-648-4544, schooneramericaneagle.com. Maine Windjammer Association, 800-807-9463, sailmainecoast.com.


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DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS 8 p.m., North Country Center for the Arts, Papermill Theatre, Lincoln. 603-745-2141; www.papermilltheatre.org. A terrific comedy. August 2 - 5

2012 Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival Benton Family’s Sugar Shack Campground,Sugar Shack Road, Thornton. pemivalleybluegrass.com August 4

13th Annual Chocolate & Jazz 5:30-8:30 p.m. Town Square, Waterville Valley. newhampshirefairsandfestivals.com Feel’n Top Notch Outdoor Expo & Wellness Fair & Triathlon 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dow Field, Dow Road, Franconia 603-444-9304 The Tempest Starting at 6 p.m. Town Square, 5 Village Rd., Waterville Valley. shakespeareinthevalley.com August 9-11

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Resort, Waterville Valley. 603-236-3308 August 14

End of Summer Bash–BBQ 5-8 p.m. Gorham Common, Gorham. 603-466-2101. August 17-19

White Mountain Boogie & Blues Festival $35 per person, Sugar Shack Campground, NH Route 175, Thornton, whitemountainboogie.com. august 18

FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS Gate opens 4 p.m., admission fee. Jaffrey Airport, Rte. 124, 190 Turnpike Rd., Jaffrey. 603-532-4549; info@jaffreychamber.com. Live entertainment, sky divers, and vendors. Outside food allowed, no alcohol or pets. AUTO ROAD BICYCLE HILL CLIMB TO MT. WASHINGTON STATE PARK $350 entry fee. 1245 Bald Hill Rd., Albany. 603-4476991; tinmountain.org. Fund-raiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. Entry fees help support summer camps, school programs, and community programs for kids and adults. August 18-26

Waterville Valley Renaissance Faire 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Waterville Valley Town Square Condominiums, 1 Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley. watervillevalleyrenfaire.com. August 18 and 19

Bode Bash ’12 Various locations, Easton, 603-823-7286. Turtle Ridge Foundation. Every Thursday through August 30

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The Whore and Mr. Moore The Dorset. Theatre Festival, Dorset, 802-867-2223; dorsettheatrefestival.org August 3-5

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, The Field at Riley Rink, 410 Hunter Park Road, Manchester Center. $8 adults. 802-425-3399; craftproducers.com. August 3-5

The Firm Racing Triathlon Stratton Mountain Resort, 1-800-STRATTON, feedback@stratton.com. August 11

8th Annual August West Festival at Jay Peak Noon -6 p.m. Cedarwood Resort in Jay, 1181 Route 242. augustwestfest.com Route 15 Summer Festival All day, Morrisville, Lamoille County. 802-888-7607; lamoillechamber.com.


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37TH ANNUAL MACHIAS WILD BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias. 207-2556665; machiasblueberry.com. Entertainment, contest, raffles, road race, shopping, great food, and all things blueberry. Free admission. Blueberry quilt raffle tickets $1 each available by mail. August 23-26

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival Litchfield Fairgrounds, 30 Plains Rd., Litchfield. 207-873-6539; blisteredfingers.com. August 16

Wiscasset Twilight Tours 5 -7:30 p.m. Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, and NickelsSortwell House, 121 Main Street, Wiscasset. historicnewengland.org. August 16-18

The Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 19 Black House Drive, Ellsworth. 207-667-8671 or 207-8827169; woodlawnmuseum.org August 25

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Maine Native American summer market & demonstration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 707 Shaker Rd., Route 26, New Gloucester. 207-926-4597; shaker.lib.me.us. Annual ChiliFest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wells Jr. High School, 1470 Post Road, Wells. 207-646-2451; wellschilifest.com.

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Actor John O’Hurley, well known for his work as J. Peterman, the adventurous catalog company CEO on the hit show “Seinfeld,” recently took a break from his busy schedule to visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Shown here with Lincoln’s Gypsy Café owners, Dan and Claire Duris, O’Hurley posed behind the bar for a quick photo and said hello to the many guests who immediately recognized him as he emerged from the dining room.


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he theme, “Celebrating Summers By the Bay,” will celebrate the Van Wickle and Lyon families’ love of yachting, including their collection of Herreshoff steam and sailing yachts, and Blithewold itself, known for its rich collection of rare tree specimens. The event will also honor Terry and Lincoln Mossop of East Greenwich, R.I., and Janice and Dudley Williams of Bristol. Event chairs are Noreen Ackerman, Joseph Brito, Jr., and Mary Catharine Miller. The evening will include cocktails, music by Catch 22 by Dezyne, dinner by Russell Morin Fine Catering, dancing on the beautiful grounds


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overlooking Narragansett Bay, and live and silent auctions. Master of ceremonies and auctioneer will be Louis Raymond. Known as an exceptional landscape designer and showman, Raymond is also a skilled and entertaining auctioneer who has helped dozens of nonprofit agencies raise tens of thousands of dollars. Among the items up for bid are Patriots luxury box tickets, a Christmas cocktail party at Blithewold for 50 guests, and a sevenday cruise. Silent auction attractions include lunches, golf outings, tickets to the Red Sox and Paw Sox, jewelry, art, and weekend trips to Boston, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine. Dress is summer cocktail attire to yachting chic. Tickets, which are going fast, are $250 per person. For more information, contact Blithewold at 401-253-2707 or blithewold.org. H

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Mara Hoffman Swim 2012 at MercedesBenz Fashion week Designer Mara Hoffman, headquartered in New York City, began designing under her own label in 2000. She received her fashion education from Parsons School for Design and later studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. While wearing one of her own edgy creations, Hoffman was “discovered” by Patricia Field, widely known for her designs on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” Hoffman’s first designs made their debut in Field’s New York City boutique, House of Field, where she cultivated a loyal following. In 2008, Hoffman delved into the swim and resort arena and, most recently showed her 2013 swim and resort line last month in Miami at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim shows. Hoffman’s designs including spring and fall collections of dresses, pants, tops, coats, and knits—are carried by top retailers around the world and at marahoffman. com. Hoffman lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Javier Pi��ón, her son, Joaquin, and her dog, Gypsy. H ★

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Kim and Khloe Kardashian with designer Mary-Kyri. The collection of shoes exudes vibrancy in color and design, displaying reds, marine blue, shades of gunmetal, turquoise, ivory, lime, and orange.

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nternational shoe designer Mary-Kyri unveiled her collection of shoes on the runways of Australia’s designer catwalks at Perth Fashion Week this spring. Several designers and Perth Fashion Week approached Mary-Kyri to collaborate and supply her unique designs including: Ruth Tarvydas, Zhivago, Thang De-Hoo, Hendrik Vermeulen, and Ali Charisma. Mary-Kyri has developed a reputation for designing beautiful, distinct, highly fashionable stilettos made from the finest Italian leathers and components produced entirely in Italy. Mary-Kyri first collaborated with Ruth Tarvydas at Sydney Fashion Week three years ago when reality stars Kim and Khloe Kardashian attended the show. “Mary-Kyri Shoes were the perfect collaboration and worked beautifully into the collection,” said Tarvydas. “This is our second collaboration with the illustrious designer, and we look forward to more in the future.” H

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his year the Preservation Society of Newport County’s annual costume exhibition at Rosecliff features highlights from its collection of historic clothing, several of which have never before been displayed. The Victorian Wardrobe Revealed: 1840-1900 exemplifies the best of the Preservation Society’s collection—fine materials, expert craftsmanship, and a wealth of interesting stories about the societies in which the fashions were created and worn.


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The exhibition traces developments in the way clothing was manufactured and purchased. In the early 1800s women often made their own clothing or commissioned it from a seamstress. By mid-century, department stores emerged, offering broad inventories of fashionable ready-made clothing at affordable prices. For the luxury consumer, the couture industry developed in Paris during the 1860s, with high-end workshops providing a glamorous alternative to small-scale local dressmakers. The textiles on display encompass the full spectrum of this progression, including skillfully handmade 1840s day dresses, a tea gown by the Providence dressmaker Jennie Carr, and capes from both the Liberty department store in London and the Parisian couturier P. Barrion. Another highlight is a black-and-white striped gown by the couture house of Charles Frederick Worth, donated to the Preservation Society by Alice Brayton of Green Animals. It required over 300 hours of conservation work to prepare it for display. This gown is an excellent example of the bold fabrics used by high-end couturiers, and hints at the fashion-forwardness of women who patronized these designers. Other noteworthy examples include a simple Quaker dress handmade from brown silk, and a uniquely draped example of Victorian mourning fashion. Cocurated by Jessica Urick and Rebecca Kelly, the exhibit is on display in the Lesley Bogert Crawford costume galleries at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, through Nov. 16. Admission to the exhibit is included with any Rosecliff tour ticket, including multihouse tickets. Rosecliff is open daily for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 16. Newport mansions tickets can be purchased online at newportmansions.org or in person at any Preservation Society property. The Preservation Society of Newport County, a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Association of Museums, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, and decorative arts. Its 11 historic properties—seven of them national historic landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development. H

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One of the new acts that will be headlining on Saturday night is none other than Hugh Laurie—yes, that Hugh Laurie.

photograph by Jake Jacobson s you’re reading this month’s SOCO, you realize that, like sand in an hourglass, another summer is dwindling down to its inevitable conclusion. It stinks, I know. You can react to this catastrophic revelation in one of two ways. You can sulk and prepare to book that boring annual autumn leaf-peeping trip to northern New England your spouse drags you on every year. Or you can live it up and enjoy the remaining days of summer 2012 like they’re the last you’ll ever see. (Because if those Mayans are correct about that

whole Apocalypse prophecy, they are.) Luckily, if you’re in the Northeast and are a fan of fun in the sun and great roots music, then Chuck Wentworth and Mary Dowd have you covered. They’re the organizers of the massive Rhythm and Roots Festival, a yearly musical extravaganza held at the picturesque Ninigret Park in the coastal Rhode Island community of Charlestown. Entering its 15th year, the festival will be held Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 2. Wentworth and Dowd have worked on organizing the festival every year from the socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012 | 63


music very beginning, and they don’t appear to be slowing down. “It’s gone extremely well,” said Wentworth, adding that Dowd “is a great person to partner up with. She and I just have the same philosophy. You want to come out and present a quality product to people. That’s the first thing we always try to do.” That begins with great roots music, and the festival will deliver in that department once again this year. “It’s quite a variety this year,” said Ellen

Giurleo, who has served as the festival’s publicist for all 15 years. “There are a lot of different acts. Every year, Chuck pulls out some new artists.” One of the new acts that will be headlining on Saturday night is none other than Hugh Laurie—yes, that Hugh Laurie. It turns out that the accomplished British actor best known for his role as a brilliant and abrasive doctor on the hit TV drama “House” can also belt out a great blues tune or two. He and his Copper Bottom Band released their debut

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album, “Let Them Talk,” last year. The popular upstate New York bluegrass act Donna the Buffalo will headline the festival on Friday. “They have a whole following that comes to see them called ‘the herd,’” said Giurleo. Another popular musician headlining the weekend is Steve Riley, who’ll be in town with his Cajun band, the Mamou Playboys. “We skipped them one year, and people were indignant,” said Giurleo. She described the group as “kind of a hybrid of Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp pop. They’re really good players, and they do some real interesting stuff.” Also making an appearance this year is legendary folk singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith, who’ll be playing New England for the first time in several years. And let’s not forget David Bromberg, widely regarded as one of the top guitarists performing today. His 10- to 12-piece big band will take the stage on the last day of the festival. “In the roots music world, these are the cream of the crop,” said Wentworth. “You can’t find any better.” Four separate stages will be holding concerts simultaneously, so chances are very good that there will always be an act on sure to please. The music is a great reason to drop by Rhythm and Roots, but it’s not the only reason to stay. Wentworth and Dowd bring in a diverse selection of high-quality food vendors, serving up everything from lobster to Creole to barbecue, even Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. “The food we have is equal to the music,” said Wentworth. Other vendors sell jewelry, instruments, clothing, and memorabilia. Rhythm and Roots has built a reputation over the years for its family-friendly atmosphere. There’s camping on site during the festival, with room for up to 1,800 campers on a first-come, first-served basis. Children 12 and under are admitted to the festival free, and a kids’ tent offers storytelling, sing-alongs, magic shows, and familyfriendly movies. Children can also participate in Mardi Gras parades on Saturday and Sunday. There’s a workshop tent where festival goers can get up close and personal with some of the acts that hold musical demonstrations. If you want to shake your groove thing, there’s room for that, too. Rhythm and Roots boasts two massive dance floors


5,000 people show up each day. The biggest challenge is the weather. Just two years ago, Hurricane Irene rolled through Rhode Island, knocking out power for several days just before Rhythm and Roots. “It was extremely stressful, but we overcame it,” recalled Wentworth. Check out the website (rhythmandroots. com) for more details and clear your calendars this Labor Day weekend. With all that’s planned for the 15th anniversary, Rhythm and Roots is a great way to end the summer with a fury, not a fizzle (the Mayans be damned). H

and afternoon dance lessons in a tent on site. The festival moved to Ninigret Park in Charlestown after the first year, and it’s been a perfect match since. Sandwiched between a national wildlife sanctuary and the ocean, the park is the perfect spot for a festival, said Wentworth. “It’s wide open; it’s such a clean environment. It’s easy to get to, easy to get in and out of. The town of Charlestown is such a great place. It’s beautiful. You can’t beat it.” Before working with Rhythm and Roots, Wentworth had a hand in running the now-defunct Cajun Bluegrass Festival for several years. He also helps organize the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York (in July), New Jersey’s Crawfish Fest (in June), and Rhode Island’s Mardi Gras Ball (in February). In addition to his festival work, Wentworth has served as the Folk and Roots Music director at the University of Rhode Island’s radio station WRIU since 1978. He credits his father with giving him “a wide, wide exposure” to roots and folk music at an early age. Wentworth admits it’s always a challenge running a festival, especially one where

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book review

Huntley Fitzpatrick’s 2012 debut novel My Life Next Door will satisfy readers who seek originality, quirkiness, and hilarity without too much saccharine to be truly tasteful. It is a book about a teenage friendship turned romance that evolves over the span of a summer, but Fitzpatrick is not Judy Blume, and My Life Next Door is not a bubblegum read.

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he dog days of summer are nipping at our heels, which means the end of the beach season is looming. Now is a good time to take stock of our “to do” list to make sure we’ve lived this summer as planned. If we haven’t, it isn’t too late to add some fun to the schedule. Whether you’re heading to the lake, the beach, or the backyard hammock for a day of relaxation, be sure the basics are easily accessible—water, sunscreen, and an entertaining read. Huntley Fitzpatrick’s 2012 debut novel My Life Next Door will satisfy readers who seek originality, quirkiness, and hilarity without too much saccharine to be truly tasteful. It is a book about a teenage friendship turned romance that evolves over the span of a summer, but Fitzpatrick is not Judy Blume, and My Life Next Door is not a bubblegum read. The novel uses a large cast of all ages to highlight transitional points in human growth where a character leaves behind one mindset and value-laden rubric for another. This morphing is not always for the better. Most of the characters mature, but a few 66 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

seem stunted in their maturation, and still My Life Next Door capitalizes on the others make the hardest adjustment of all: unspoken expectations of achieving adultHaving matured, the adult regresses only hood. The night Samantha’s mother brings to face the tragic consequences of juvenile a young campaign manager home and beirresponsibility under the guise of doing “a haves like a giddy teenager is the very night greater good.” Sam, by serendipity, begins her adult life: JaThe real question becomes, who is the son Garrett climbs up her trellis to meet “the child and who is the adult? Sometimes it girl on the ledge” who has been watching his takes a disaster to find the answer. family for a decade. Forbidden by her mother, a Connecticut Readers instantly know Jason is wise besenator, to have anything to do with the yond his 17 years, and like Sam, we are infast-breeding, “messy family who lowers real trigued by this young man who represents estate values” next door, Samantha Reed honesty and a genuine love for his life as it watches the boisterous and affectionate Gar- is. Jason is “interested in those things which retts from the lofty ledge outside her bed- take time,” such as building cars and friendroom window for 10 years. Sam compares ships, and he wonders how strangers find the the large family’s life to her own perfectly gall to approach his deeply loved mother in coiffed and cold home life with her single a store with her many children and make parent and older sister, and ponders the dif- comments such as “You must be Catholic” ferences as she ages. For Sam’s mother, But some adults do not know what they who “tweaks the already perfect” and are doing. Devoid of politics and ambitious uses the vacuum machinations, children sometimes grasp cleaner as her Vawhat adults do not, and this convergence of lium, appearances matter more than clarity and purpose tests the durability and relationships; for the quality of family relations and friendships. Garretts, creature comforts are sacrificed for “family,” and therein is the irony: or “You know, there is such a thing as birth The aloof, senator-mother’s campaign slo- control.” The Garretts own a hardware store gan is “Grace Reed works hard for your and may be poor, but they want for nothing family because family is her focus”—but ap- and are happy. parently not Garrett-type families who are The friendship that develops between annoyingly also her constituents. Samantha and the Garretts can only be


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achieved through stealth, and Sam successfully hides her frequent babysitting for the little Garretts because her absent mother is busy with her re-election campaign. Samantha allows herself to become overwhelmed by the eight Garrett children and their adoring parents who welcome her as a longtime friend, and in doing so she finds 10 new ways to define life, each as important and interesting as the next. Perhaps the most compelling character is George, a 3- or 4-year-old boy who is never more than half dressed at any time, “which is to say, without pants or underwear” some of those times. Georges soul is old and suffers anxiety about the human condition. Hearing that “If an astronaut fell out of a shuttle without his suit on he’d die” puts George on the edge of fear. What he needs to know is that adults use their reasoning skills to avoid putting themselves or others in life-threatening scenarios. He is comforted when Sam explains, “But all astronauts know better than to leave their shuttle without their suits on, so that will never happen.” This is a recurring and fascinating exchange between George and the adults in his life. “Dropping a penny off the Empire State Building could kill someone below....” and the adult in closest proximity needs to hear that expectant lull at the end of his questions begging for reassurance that adults know what they are doing: “True, but we prevent that from happening by putting up Plexiglas walls too tall for anyone to throw a penny over.” But some adults do not know what they are doing. Devoid of politics and ambitious machinations, children sometimes grasp what adults do not, and this convergence of clarity and purpose tests the durability and quality of family relations and friendships in My Life Next Door. Fitzpatrick generously and humorously develops unforgettable characters by not rushing through the story. She takes the time to craft individual psyches with a subtle framework that allows them to tell a bigger story than initially appears. Every character serves as a purposeful marker in the evolution of relationships and responsibility, and the world of ethics challenges all to differentiate between doing what is fair and doing what is right. H

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you thought only royalty could enjoy jesters, think again. From August 3 to 5, the streets around City Hall in Burlington, Vt., will come to life with contortionists, jugglers, and comedic characters of all kinds. Now in its fifth year, the Festival of Fools will feature performers from around the globe at four locations, including City Hall Park and Church Street Marketplace. “It’s really something you can make a weekend out of,” says Eric Ford, communications director for Burlington City Arts, which orchestrates the event. “You can see a show, grab a bite, do some shopping, check out the lake, and then go back for more laughs.” According to Ford, Burlington is already known for its street performances throughout the year. Various performers display their acrobatic, musical, and comedic skills on the streets of this lakeside city. But the Festival of Fools brings additional elements to the scene with professional jugglers, daredevils, and other wacky performers from across the country and around the world. “Burlington is a very special place in the summer,” says Ford. “This just adds to that even more. People really get into the rhythm of it.” Performers include: David Aiken, aka The Checkerboard Guy, who has made a name for himself juggling torches, axes, and stinky shoes atop a six-foot unicycle; Reid Belstock, who mixes slapstick comedy with juggling; Bucket O’ Fun, a group specializing in sideshow fun for all ages; instrumentalist and composer Matt Ettinger; Jona68 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

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than Burns, a contortionist who tells jokes; the KamiKaze Fireflies, a California-based, fire-breathing duo; a very untraditional marching band called MarchFourth; Richard Stamp, who takes on multiple personalities; Michael Troutman, who specializes in throwing himself at sharp objects; the comedic, musical duo Well & Woodhead; Scottish circus performer extraordinaire Aileen Wilkie; Kate Wright, an Australian slapstick performer with a hilarious flair for character; and Doloreze Leonard, aka the great Madame Zazou from Cirque du Soleil. “It’s way more than just jugglers and magicians, though they’ll be there too,” says Ford. “It’s just a lot of good, old-fashioned fun.” The Festival of Fools includes several other special events. For example, the legendary Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus”—a 72-minute silent, black-and-white film set to music—will be screened in City Hall Park at dusk on August 2. This movie earned Chaplin one of the first Academy Awards and left Americans across the nation wiping tears of laughter from their eyes. Alongside this motion picture, the Metropolitan Gallery is featuring the photography of Jim Moore, one of the world’s greatest authorities on taking pictures of the performing arts. Moore has spent 30 years photographing street performers—including magicians, clowns, puppeteers, mimes, ventriloquists, and sword swallowers—in New York. (Moore was also the roommate of Philippe Petit, who walked a tightrope strung between the World Trade Center towers.) Two of Moore’s series will be on display: The Clown Unmasked, showing portraits of performers as their stage personas side by side with their everyday likenesses, and Portraits, which depicts the many types of performers Moore has encountered over the years. The festival is free and open to the public; performers make their money through tips. Ford notes that the event provides a great opportunity to see Burlington. The Festival of Fools is the brainchild of

“It’s way more than just jugglers and magicians, though they’ll be there too. It’s just a lot of good, old-fashioned fun.” Woody Keppel, artistic director for Burlington City Arts. Keppel has performed all over the world, Ford said, and he wanted to bring the magic of the street performance festivals he experienced back to Vermont. “This sort of thing is huge in England, Europe, and Australia,” says Ford. “But here in the US, it’s relatively new. We’re one of two or three big festivals in the country.” The festival has its own food court called the Fools Open-Air Lounge, which, of course, includes wacky performances. Food is provided by El Cajito and American Flatbread. One of the festival highlights will be the cabaret “Fool’s Night Out.” Emceed by the legendary Cirque du Soleil performer Madame Zazou, the show runs two evenings with a different lineup each night. Tickets to the late-night cabaret are $12 in advance. To wrap up the weekend, the entire festival cast will gather at 6 p.m. on Sunday for “The Last

Laugh,” a variety show. The festival also includes a Kids Zone designed to get children involved in the arts. Trish Denton and Eric Denice of Bucket O’ Fun will instruct kids from ages 6 to 14 in sideshow tricks like juggling, spieling and fast-talking, acrobatics, clowning, show crafting, and parading. At the end of each day, the children will have a chance to show off their new skills in a performance of their own. Ford said the name reflects exactly what goes on there. “It’s a bunch of people acting ridiculous,” he says. “Rather than having a negative connotation here, the word fool really just means someone who’s here to make you laugh.” For more information on the Festival of Fools, check out the Burlington City Arts website at burlingtoncityarts.org/festival_ of_fools. H


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does fat make you fat? The answer to the question of whether or not eating fat makes you fat is: It depends. The idea that we should buy low-fat milk, ice cream, cookies, chips, and other products instead of their full-fat versions has made a fortune for big food corporations, yet many Americans opting for the low-fat versions are getting fatter. socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012 | 71


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bout 72 percent of men and 63 percent of women are overweight or obese, and Northwestern University researchers estimate that by 2020, these numbers will be 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women in the US. What are we doing wrong? Prevailing wisdom says that calories in must equal calories out to maintain a steady weight. However, that may be too simplistic. If one eats a handful of chips versus a handful of nuts, for example, their impact on the body is drastically different. Processed carbohydrates like chips will spike both blood sugar and insulin in the body, causing us to retain fat instead of burning it off. If those chips are low-fat, they are likely to contain more processed salt and refined carbohydrates to make up for the loss of flavor that occurs when fats are artificially removed. These additives are also linked to obesity and heart disease. On the other hand, fat from nuts can actually help with weight loss when eaten in moderation. In the Nurses’ Health Study, epidemiologists found that those who ate the most nuts also tended to have the lowest body mass index (a measure of excess body fat). The nut fat is satiating and contains an amino acid called arginine, which helps relax constricted blood vessels associated with heart disease. Another study, at University Hospital in South Manchester, England, suggested that cutting back on carbohydrates just two days a week could be a more effective approach to losing weight and preventing disease than many other diets. Test group participants were placed on either a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate diet for two days a week or a similar low-carbohydrate diet in which they could eat all the fat and protein they wanted, also for two days a week. A control group was placed on a Mediterranean-style, calorie-restrictive diet seven days a week. Following the four-month study, researchers showed that both test groups had lost more weight than their control group counterparts. They had lower insulin resistance and lost almost twice as much weight as members of the Mediterranean-style control group. The results are even more impressive 72 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

when one considers that the test participants were only dieting two days a week instead of the control group’s seven. Of course, the type of fat one eats makes a difference. Hydrogenated fats or trans Omega-3 oils support healthy brain function fats are fat moland help reduce inflammation. Such healthy ecules that have been twisted fats support the body, from the brain and and deformed bones to the muscles and immune system. In during hydrogenation. This fact, every cell in the body is made out of fats happens when and we need to replenish them. liquid vegetable oil is heated and combined with hydrogen gas. Hydrogenating vegetable oils ment chair at Harvard University’s School makes them more stable and less likely to of Public Health, recently urged people to spoil, which is beneficial for food manufac- abandon their low-fat mindset and learn turers, but not consumers. Trans fats con- about the benefits of consuming healthy tribute to major health problems, from heart fats. Writer Ethan Huff, who covered the disease to cancer, and are commonly found conference, says, “Contrary to popular belief, saturated fats like the kind found in coin commercially baked goods or fast foods. Polyunsaturated fats come from plants conut and palm oils…or in grass-fed meats, and are very fragile. They can be easily dam- milk, eggs, butter, and cheese are crucial for aged by heat, light, and oxygen, making maintaining healthy cells, healthy organs, them harmful to our health. In their natural and a healthy body.” A discussion of healthy fats wouldn’t be state, as seeds and nuts, we consume small amounts, which are compatible with our complete without including omega-3 fats, human physiology, according to Natasha found in foods like fish, flaxseed, and chia Campbell-McBride, MD, author of Gut and seeds. Omega-3 oils support healthy brain Psychology Syndrome. She says by consum- function and help reduce inflammation. ing excessive omega-6 polyunsaturated fats Such healthy fats support the body, from in large amounts through vegetable cooking the brain and bones to the muscles and imoils, we are increasing our likelihood of in- mune system. In fact, every cell in the body flammatory, degenerative conditions, from is made out of fats, and we need to replenish them. heart and autoimmune diseases to cancer. So, can fat make you fat? Sure it can when “Animal fats have nothing to do with heart disease, atherosclerosis and cancer,” it is artificial and consumed in large quanCampbell-McBride says. Saturated fats are tities. But the more important question is, actually heart protective, because they lower “Can fat keep you healthy?” Absolutely, a substance in the blood that initiates ath- when eaten as nature intended. H erosclerosis, and reduce calcium deposits in our arteries, while enhancing our immune Sheryl Worthington Turgeon, MPH, CHC is a Health, Nutrition & Vital Living Coach with system. At a conference called World of Healthy Your Health Potential, www.yourhealthpotenFlavors, Walter Willett, Nutrition Depart- tial.com.


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under the sheets Being attracted to those of the same gender is not a personal choice. It is as much a choice as is our favorite color, or whether we are born with a male or female body.

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inding a four-leaf clover is considered good luck. A fourleaf clover is a rare variation, but common enough to be worth the search. Homosexuality is somewhat of a rare variation on a way of being human. It is less common than the majority, but it is present enough that it ought to be considered a form of normal. From the perspective of eroticism, homosexuality is simply one variation among many within the general human need to love and merge with life. The tendency to regard homosexuality as an aberration is an outgrowth of our socially constructed and enforced artificial model of masculinity and femininity. In this model, men and women are encouraged socially to have personal attributes that cause each gender to reside at an extreme and opposite end of a spectrum. If people defy this categorization, they risk being rejected. In reality, the difference between homosexuality and heterosexuality is not about masculinity or femininity—it is erotically more akin to one person being attracted to others with dark hair, while another is attracted to people who are tall. From an erotic perspective, making a category of those who are attracted to people who have the same genitals is a ridiculous endeavor, because eroticism naturally varies so broadly. Cultural and societal structures, which narrowly define genders and gender roles,


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Our erotic nature is formed by both our physical, biochemical makeup and our early environment. These factors determine to whom we are attracted, as well as how we love them or are loved by them. are responsible for the judgment of which sexual choices are right and which are wrong. Being gay is a blend of sexual and cultural factors. Gay culture has its own unique qualities, which are not the same as the eroticism shared by gay people. It is also true in heterosexual culture. There are masculine and feminine values that are supposed to define men and women. Football players manifest certain aspects of the masculine ideal; most men share some of these qualities but not to this extreme. Football players are neither representative of all men nor of male eroticism. We could say the same about beauty pageant entrants and all women. Gay culture also functions this way. It is not the same as homosexual eroticism, the real determinant as to whether an individual is homosexual. Our erotic nature is formed by both our physical, biochemical makeup and our early environment. These factors determine to whom we are attracted, as well as how we love them or are loved by them. Being attracted to those of the same gender is not a personal choice. It is as much a choice as is our favorite color, the hobby from which we get the most enjoyment, or whether we are born with a male or female body. Homosexuality is not a finely defined category. Many heterosexual people have sex or fantasies of sex with others of the same gender, but still define themselves as heterosexual. Many people who define themselves as homosexual have heterosexual experiences. Others avoid the labeling because their eroticism is fluid and can be homosexual at one time, heterosexual or onmisexual at others. The kind of eroticism we possess is neither good nor bad, but is just an expression of who we are. Redheads make up approximately 2 percent of the United States population. Having red hair is neither good nor bad, though it may be fortunate or unfortunate depending upon the circumstances. Distinct erotic features are no different. How common are gay people? More common than redheads or four-leaf clovers. Depending upon the study, between 3 and 10 percent of the US population label themselves as homosexual. A 2006 New Zealand study concluded that those who have occasional homosexual interests are 20 percent of the population. However, a 2011 Gallup telephone survey indicated that US adults believe that gay people represent 25 percent of the US population. From an erotic perspective, being homosexual is just another way of being normal. Instead of focusing on who and how a person loves, it is more important to consider whether or not a person loves and is loved. H

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mericans consume less seafood per capita than other forms of protein, yet statistics show the average American still eats roughly 16 pounds of fish each year. At about 4 ounces per serving, that comes to more than one meal per week. And in New England, this rate is likely to be higher. In the market, you’ll see two primary categories of seafood, each involving its own set of potential issues. One designation is “wild,” which means that the natural life cycle of the fish has not been interrupted by humans; the other is “farm-raised,” where the fish is birthed, reared, and harvested in a controlled environment. You’ll see these labels particularly attributed to salmon, but they can apply to all other seafood. Which type presents lower risk to the consumer? Is there any difference in nutritional value? As it turns out, the method of seafood production is a bone of contention with no easy answers. FISH FARMING: FOR OR AGAINST? Ocean farming, also known as aquaculture, was originally intended as a cheaper way to provide sustainable food for large numbers of people, particularly poorer populations lacking adequate protein and in ar76 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

eas where wild fish populations have peaked. This approach has worked for the most part. One of every four fish consumed worldwide has been raised on a farm. Even in the US, where we import more than 85 percent of our seafood, over half is farmed. But there’s a downside. An important concern for developed nations is the issue of food safety. Researchers at Cornell University have shown that farm-raised salmon, the species of greatest concern to most healthconscious consumers, can have up to 10 times more fat-soluble carcinogens – such as chlorinated pesticides, PCBs, and dioxin – than wild salmon. Salmon raised in Chile have shown the least toxins, while those raised in Europe show the most. Some say that because of its higher fat content, farmed salmon tends to have higher concentrations than its wild counterpart of healthful essential long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which derive only from marine sources. But others claim that farm-raised salmon’s high omega-6 content (the kind of fat that causes inflammation in excess) creates enzymatic competition with omega-3, thus limiting its utilization; that is, the higher the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio in any species, the better. Researchers advise that for middle-aged people with heart disease, the benefit of eating farm-raised salmon outweighs the

relatively low risk of cancer, with Chilean and North American salmon being the best choices at six servings and three to six servings a year, respectively. For younger, pregnant, or otherwise healthy individuals where bioaccumulation over a lifetime is a concern, they recommend that farm-raised fish be avoided altogether. WILD: THE TAMER MENU CHOICE? Wild salmon tends to be much lower in PCBs and the heavy metal methyl mercury than other wild fish such as shark, sword, king mackerel, amd tilefish, all of which are to be avoided, says the Environmental Protection Agency. So what’s in your salmon steak? The table on the opposite page shows what you can expect to find in a random sampling of wild versus farmed. But even if you’re going wild, the researchers recommend limits. Wild Pacific chum salmon can be safely consumed up to once per week, while pink, sockeye, and Coho varieties should be limited to about twice a month, and Chinook just once a month – always ask which variety you are purchasing. HEALTH EFFECTS How does the toxicity level of seafood correlate with the health of the consumer? It’s accepted in the scientific commumity that


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Nutritional & Contaminated Contents of Salmon Per half-fillet (178g or 6 oz.)

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Calories Protein Carbohydrates Total Fat Saturated Fat Omega-3 PUFA Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)* Methyl Mercury*

247 42 g 0g 8g 2g 1.74 g <10 ppb (parts per billion) 0-.02 ppm (parts per million)

367 39 g 0g 22 g 4g 3.53 g Up to 50-60 ppb** 0-.02 ppm

*FDA acceptable health limits are 200 ppb for PCBs and 1 ppm for methyl mercury exposure (no differences listed between wild and farmed.)

**Other data from the nonprofit World’s Healthiest Foods website show a range of 146-460 ppb

Sources: Nutritiondata.com, Peertrainer.com, EWG.org, FDA.gov,WHFoods.org

those who are exposed to low levels of PCBs in fish over time are placing themselves at significantly higher risk for cancer. Moreover, chronic exposure in young children and unborn fetuses can lead to nervous system damage and developmental problems. Studies in older people (ages 49 to 86) have shown that chronic PCB exposure leads to impaired memory and learning. It stands to reason that farm-raised fish would pose a greater threat to humans than wild. Yet the Environmental Working Group points out that although PCB concentration in farmed salmon tends to be chief among all foods, of greater concern should be the total PCB load per capita among Americans. Each year we consume 10 times more PCBs from excessive nonorganic beef and dairy intake combined than from farm-raised salmon, the salmon providing much more health benefit irrespective of contamination. Similarly, excessive mercury in the body can damage the heart, nervous system, and vital organs such as the lungs and kidneys, especially in children. What is the likelihood of mercury poisoning from a routine of tuna sandwiches? With the average American eating nearly three pounds of tuna a year, it could be significant. Scientists advise limiting consumption of tuna, and especially albacore, which is the largest canned tuna species and contains three times the amount of mercury as chunk light.

As tuna is the second most popular seafood (behind shrimp) in the US, my suggestion would be to explore chelating nutrients such as N-Acetyl L-cysteine (NAC) and selenium, which can help the body to remove mercury.

Although the recent report of contaminated tuna caught off the Pacific coast went largely ignored by the media, there are many naturopathic experts who are advising us to take notice. Fallout from this disaster is expected to continue for decades.

ATOMIC TUNA Another concern is radiation poisoning in tuna and other seafood from the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown near Tokyo in 2011. Although the recent report of contaminated tuna caught off the Pacific coast went largely ignored by the media, there are many naturopathic experts who are advising us to take notice. Fallout from this disaster is expected to continue for decades. You can purchase personal Geiger counters online nowadays. Even though they’re mainly targeted at those living on the West Coast, if those of us living on the East Coast are buying Pacific-caught tuna (representing roughly 68 percent of all canned tuna), such a device might become practical if things were to worsen with another Japanese reactor meltdown. This isn’t a conspiracy theory to be disregarded. We should be aware of the possibility of chronic low-level exposure to Cesium-137 and Plutonium-239, which are found in canned albacore especially. Antioxidants are a good defense against this potential hazard. socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012 | 77


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E ver wonder where you can get brown sugardipped hot dogs, Vietnamese sandwiches, and gourmet grilled cheeses all in one place? These delicacies and more will be rolling into Barnstable Fairgrounds this month. Food Truck Festivals of New England is making a stop in Cape Cod during its culinary tour, bringing the food truck phenomenon to local communities. At least 20 trucks will be cooking up everything from classic lobster rolls to Asian and Mediterranean delights to whoopie pies and warm apple doughnut holes. “You’re not just going to get a hot dog and a doughnut,” says Janet Prensky of Food Truck Festivals of New England. “You’re going to get good food…. It’s gourmet and it’s fun.” The Cape Cod festival will feature the tasty treats of local food trucks from Boston’s Super Dog, Woodman’s of Essex, Lewis Brothers Ice Cream Truck of Provincetown, Lefty’s vegetarian, Bon Me Vietnamese and other Asian delights, the Chubby Chickpea, the Whoo(pie) Wagon, Sweet Truck, and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese—a recent finalist on season two of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”

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“They are fantastic,” Prensky says of The Cape u Boston’s own Roxy’s. “The world of are yo ? d Cod Food e st grilled cheese has come a long way.” Intere Truck While patrons can still take the classic Festival route of cheese and bread, Roxy’s grills up will be held some gourmet specialties, such as the Green August 25 Muenster Melt with homemade guacamole from 11 a.m. to 4 and applewood bacon; the Mighty Rib Melt p.m. at the Barnstable with fontina, braised short ribs, and caraFairgrounds, Falmouth, Mass. melized onions; and the C-L-T Melt with provolone, chicken confit, arugula, tomato, For more information, visit and house-made ranch. And for dessert, foodtruckfestivalsofne.com house-made cheesecake between slices of griddled butter pound cake. The idea for the festivals originated last year when Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass., a client of Prensky’s partner Anne-Marie didn’t expect such gourmet offerings.” Aigner, asked the marketing team to plan a It was different. It was fun. It was such a food event. booming event that they decided to throw “We didn’t want to do the same old two more festivals, one in Framingham that thing,” says Prensky, adding that the role of drew 12 trucks and 6,000 people, and a the agency is to spot trends. third at Suffolk Downs in Boston with 18 The food truck industry has been wildly trucks and roughly 10,000 patrons. successful on the West Coast, says Aigner, The concept was born. After a successful and SoWa Open Market in Boston’s South 2011, this year the duo formed the company End started inviting food trucks to the Food Trucks Festivals of New England, and weekly outdoor bazaar. went to work organizing 10 festivals all over Food trucks can now be found at 20 pub- New England this summer. The first festival lic locations around Boston and at special on June 10 at the University of Masschusetts sites such as the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Boston sold 4,000 tickets, and hundreds “Now it’s full-fledged in Boston,” says more people came to just wander around. Aigner, who saw the success the trucks were “It’s one thing to have one on the street,” having at SoWa and recognized the start of a says Aigner. “When you put these trucks topopular, growing trend. gether, people are mad for them.” The 2011 mini-festival was planned at The festivals pull trucks from all over Pinehills with eight trucks, and it drew the New England, and new trucks are getting attention of 4,000 people from all over New involved every day, she said, noting that the England—people, says Prensky, who were trend of eating at food trucks parallels the curious about the food truck craze. trend of businesses taking their products on “I didn’t know what to expect,” says Pren- the road. sky. “When we saw the menus, we knew “If you’ve thought of going into business, it was going to be something special. We it’s a more affordable way to do it,” says Aigner. “Some people like the idea of moving around.” Greg Gale of Boston’s Super Dog parks his hot dog truck seven days a week in various Beantown locations, such as Newmarket Square and Cleveland Circle, BU West on Commonwealth Avenue, Milk Street in the Financial District, and Sundays at the SoWa Market in the South End. “We put out a Facebook post every day saying where we are going to be,” says Gale. A veteran chef, Gale has cooked everywhere from yacht clubs to hotels. He started

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the hot dog truck, formerly called Boston Speed Dog, seven years ago and is hoping to open a storefront somewhere in the city next year. “I just like this much better,” he says of owning a food truck rather than a traditional shop or restaurant. “You meet different people every day.” Gale says he has created a following of people who come out, not just for his allbeef dogs, but more specifically for his special, homemade sauces. Gale makes his own mustard, barbecue special sauce, cranberrycorn relish, and chili sauce. The relish is zingy, fruity, and sweet, and the chili sauce has no beans. Most people, says Gale, get their dogs “loaded” with all the toppings, plus fresh sweet onions. It might sound like a lot, he says, but it’s good. Gale even bottles his barbecue and relish sauces to sell. Gale says starting the hot dog truck wasn’t easy—it took years to get all the permits and to get fully equipped. The trucks are highly regulated, according to Aigner. Not only are they inspected by local fire and health officials, but each festival begins with inspections of each truck’s propane hookups, allergen certificates, cleanliness, and hygiene regulations. On the West Coast and across the country, the truck craze goes even beyond food — fashionistas, hair stylists, and even florists are turning old trucks into decked-out mobile stores. And it’s not just for start-ups. Many businesses are taking their products on the road, adding a revenue boost while mobile marketing. “It’s an effective way of getting the word out,” says Prensky. Avi Shemtov, owner of the Chubby Chickpea in Canton, Mass.—which just celebrated two years of business in June— launched his food truck this past January as an extension of the company’s fun and lighthearted nature. The high quality of the products is the same as in the Canton eatery, says Shemtov. But he “saw” a fun and exciting opportunity in the food truck industry. He says his business model is to keep things exciting and new and not take himself too seriously, so the truck seemed like a perfect fit. “We’ve loved every minute of it,” he says. “It’s been a very positive experience.” The truck is open for lunch Monday 86 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

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The cape cod festival will feature the tasty treats of local food trucks from Boston's Super Dog, Lefty's vegetarian, The Chubby Chickpea, The Whoo(pie) Wagon, Sweet Truck, and more. through Friday in various locations around Boston, such as Milk Street in the Financial District, City Hall Plaza, and Stuart Street in Back Bay. Shemtov, an Israeli-American who grew up in the restaurant business under the tutelage of his father, decided to leave his career in sales to fulfill a dream of taking his father’s Israeli cooking and adding his modern, American spin. The Chubby Chickpea’s most popular item—and the dish on which Shemtov hangs his hat—is the falafel, which he makes by soaking raw chickpeas, brining them, then rolling them in herbs and spices before throwing them, to order, in the fryer. “This is not fast food,” says Prensky. Because epicurean fare of this level takes time, there are lines while the food is cooked. To speed up the process, this year, Aigner and Prensky are selling tickets to be used as currency—so customers don’t have to worry about exchanging money with the trucks. A group of 10 tickets will sell for $10 and

so on, Prensky says. Patrons can also go online and buy tickets ahead of time to further expedite the process of getting food into the belly. With so many choices and cuisines to try, the duo urges festival-goers to make a day of it. “Wear comfortable shoes and elastic waistbands … and [bring] patience and sunscreen,” says Aigner. Other festivals this summer will be held in Salem, N.H., and Newport, R.I. In Massachusetts, they will be held in Worcester, Brighton, Falmouth, Lowell, East Boston, Hingham, and Framingham. “We are bringing it everywhere we can,” says Prensky. “There is a lot of curiosity and excitement.” Aigner adds that she keeps getting calls from local officials wanting the Food Truck Festival to make a stop in their communities. “We have a waitlist for 2013,” she says. “We are already looking into next year and hoping [the excitement] will spread.” H


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Chef Bob Dillon | Little Red Smokehouse, Carver, Mass.

Where did you get your training and how long have you been at this type of work? I grew up in the business. My father, Matt Dillon was the general manager of Lantanas in Randolph, Mass. I started there when I was 11. In my late teens I worked with Emeril Lagasse on Cape Cod In my 37 years of cooking I’ve been lucky to work under some very talented chefs and been given the opportunity to cook for presidents as well as celebrities. Smoke cooking comes from all over the country. How would you describe your style? Our smoking techniques are multiregional: Carolina pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, and

three different styles of pork ribs, plus our own local twists on poultry. We use different woods, depending on what we’re cooking, and of course, time and temperature are important. What type of smoker do you use? We use Cookshack vertical smokers. What is the secret of making good smoke? I believe it is matching the right woods with pork, beef, and poultry. I find that applewood accents poultry’s natural flavor without overpowering it, where it takes the strength of hickory to stand up to the rich flavors of pork shoulder and brisket. You have quite a selection of sauces;

how important is sauce pairing with your menu? We have four different barbecue sauces on the table as well as a hot sauce we call El Diablo: our Smokehouse Bourbon BBQ, Smokin’ Cranberry BBQ, Carolina BBQ, and my latest creation, Chipotle Maple. I love the Smokin’ Cranberry on our poultry—they’re perfect together. However, lately I’ve been putting the Chipotle Maple on everything. Everyone has a favorite. What are your favorite sides to complement a well-prepared barbecue? My favorite sides are our dried aged cheddar, smoked, baked mac-and-cheese, and our differentthan-most coleslaw. H socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012 | 91


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This hearty stew is sure to satisfy all the members of your family and is surprisingly easy to make, using only one pot from start to finish. What you need:

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2 cups diced Spanish onions 2 cups corn off the cob 2 cups diced smoked beef brisket 2 cups diced smoked pork shoulder 3 tablespoons dark chili powder 3 tablespoons granulated garlic ½ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste 2 cups canned diced roma tomatoes 3 cups ketchup 3 cups creamed corn 3 cups rich beef stock 2 cups frozen lima beans

In a large soup pot, saute onions until light brown. Add corn off the cob, brisket, and pork and cook for two more minutes. Add chili powder, granulated garlic, brown sugar, and sea salt. Cook for two more minutes, and then stir in roma tomatoes, ketchup, creamed corn, and beef stock. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring often. Add lima beans last, stir to heat through, and serve. Quick Tip!

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The Beal House Fine dining in a casual atmosphere at affordable prices. The menu is diverse, the preparation and plating excellent, and the service friendly. One of the key words in describing the Beal House is affordable. For the quality, quantity, and presentation at The Beal House, it is no wonder it is one of the most popular restaurants in the North Country. 2 W. Main St., Littleton, N.H. 603.444.2661 Braza Rotisserie Try the half-chicken and ribs. The fall-off-the-bone meat is heavenly and perfectly complemented by homemade baked beans and rich macaroni and cheese. If you prefer white meat, you will enjoy the chicken served with a secret marinade and cooked in a rotisserie. But be sure to get some of the spicy, orange sauce because it makes this dish one of a kind. Check out Braza for a good family meal. 566 Pleasant St., New Bedford, Mass. 508.990.7200 Busters When Busters first opened, it was rumored that it was a pizza and hamburger shop with a liquor license. Not true! This bar and grill is building a wonderful reputation on its food, service, and value. Gourmet? No, you got the wrong place. Delicious and relaxing? Absolutely on center, and you’re going to feel at home at Busters. 227 State Rd., Dartmouth, Mass. 774.206.6834 Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train Just when you thought you’d done it

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Fall River Grill It’s relaxed, delicious, and affordable— three good reasons to make your way to Second Street in Fall River. Old-World Portuguese cuisine prepared with a light hand means these dishes are not as heavy as the old school version might be. Be sure to try the goat cheese—it’s the best around—and the flan is perfection. 363 Second St., Fall River, Mass. 508.673.9151 Fernando’s Fernando’s is an outstanding example of creativity, culinary excellence, and comfort, all blended together to make for a stellar evening. This triangular love affair between a man, his food, and a place to call home is well on its way to becoming one of the highlights of the New Bedford Seaport, and it won’t be long before diners from Providence and Boston find their way to this gem. 418 Rivet St., New Bedford, Mass. 774.328.9273 Gyspy Cafe This unique eatery serves up some of the most creative dishes in the White Mountains. From Ethiopian pork to lobster cakes to the mezza plate, chef Dan Duris is a true artist with his original and daring creations. Specials are offered every day. Be sure to try the homemade desserts and pie. If you are looking for something more traditional, no worries, they have that too. 117 Main St., Lincoln, N.H. 603.745.4395 Indian Head Resort The Indian Head Resort is well known for its hospitality and ability to

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Mezza Luna This authentic Italian family restaurant, founded in 1937, features traditional dishes such as calamari, chicken saltimbocca, lasagna, manicotti, eggplant parm, and, of course, spaghetti and meatballs. Mezza Luna also offers daily specials, holiday menus, and separate rooms for private functions. 253 Main St., Buzzards Bay, Mass. 508.759.4667 Mike’s Restaurant New England staples executed perfectly. Featuring award-winning chowder, delicious homemade soups, scallops and bacon, Portuguese littlenecks, and Mike’s famous prime rib. Mike’s Restaurant is a gem and won’t disappoint those looking for exceptional food, great value, and friendly service. 390 Huttleston Ave. Fairhaven, Mass. 508.996.9810 Pasta House This local favorite has been around for years but always feels new. The chef creates some of the most distinctive specials in the area. Try the gourmet pizzas with just about any topping, the

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contemporary and cool hues in blues, pale greens, and whites, with touches of sandy brown and gold. For this laid-back theme, use an upholstered headboard in a soft blue pattern to highlight the focal point of the room—the bed. You can even go a step further by adding plush curtains behind the bed frame, paired with a large plate-glass mirror to provide the feeling of open spaces, like the open sea. Because the bed will be the focus of the room, keep the shades simple. Try bamboo window shades to maintain

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Some 62 percent of United States households own a pet, according to data compiled for the 2011-2012 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey. Founded in 1958, APPA is the leading not-for-profit trade association of pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers, and livestock suppliers. Membership consists of large corporations and enterprising “pet niche” businesses. The survey reports that in 2012, an estimated $52.87 billion will be spent in pet industry expenditures, a healthy increase over 2011’s $50.96 billion. Expenditures include live animal purchases, food, veterinary care, over-the-counter medicine, and pet services such as grooming and boarding. According to APPA, of the total number 108 | socomagazine.com | New England | August 2012

of pets owned in the US, freshwater fish are the highest population at 151.1 million followed by cats (86.4 million), dogs (78.2 million), birds (16.2 million), small animals (16.0 million), reptiles (13.0 million), saltwater fish (8.6 million), and equine (7.9 million). APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association present an annual Global Pet Expo, the nation’s largest pet product trade show. The 2012 expo reported record-breaking attendance of 5,011 buyers and more than 3,000 new pet product launches. According to Brooke Gersich of the Impetus Agency, the expo’s public relations firm, 145 international companies exhibited at the trade show. There was also a strong showing in international attendance representing 65

countries, he said. The Global Pet Expo features everything from pet food to furniture, pet houses, apparel, pet bling, digital fish tanks, automatic dog feeders, electronic doggie doors, K9 bottled water, mouthwash, and electric toothbrushes. Self-flushing litter boxes, cleaning cloths for muddy paws, and special perches for birds to receive pedicures are also on display. Natural, green, or environmentally friendly pet products are the fastest-growing segments in the pet industry, according to APPA. “Around the world people are making conscious efforts to help our planet Earth, and the pet industry is no exception,” said Gersich. “From natural litters to toys, ac-


cessories, and organic food options, earth-friendly pet products are sprouting up everywhere, and organic/natural products have seen a growth in sales and interest in recent years.”   The Himalayan Dog Chew, made from an ancient Himalayan recipe, was featured at the expo. The long-lasting chew, made with yak and cow milk, is all natural with no chemicals or preservatives. Natural solutions to common pet problems are more available to pet owners. Many health food stores feature a natural pet section, which includes vitamins and chemical-free products. Unique products such as the “Thundershirt” for dogs and cats are available to calm an animal’s anxiety. By following the pressure methods used in such practices as the T-Touch and those developed by Dr. Temple Grandin, the Thundershirt vest fits snugly around the animal’s body and uses gentle, constant pressure to calm an animal’s anxiety caused by fear, travel, separation, thunderstorms, fireworks, and other noises. Many hotels have become “pet friendly—even the luxury Plaza Hotel in New York City accepts dogs and cats under 20 pounds. Flying a pet in cargo has always been a nightmare, sometimes with deadly consequences. Many airlines now allow small pets to fly in the cabin for an extra charge. Pet Airways, which offers flights from many US cities, is a pet-only airline where pets fly in the main cabin. Pet health insurance is becoming more common at veterinary practices. Pet food manufacturer Purina offers PurinaCare pet insurance, which covers “eligible accidents and illnesses” of a pet, as well as routine expenses like annual exams, eligible vaccinations, flea and heartworm control, and dental scaling/polishing. Reaching the pet owner market has expanded beyond retail chains like PetSmart and PetCo to large department stores such as Walmart and Home Depot. Name brands such as Omaha Steaks, Paul Mitchell, Martha Stewart, Harley-Davidson, and Old Navy offer lines of pet products ranging from food treats to shampoos and pet attire. “For many years, Omaha Steaks customers had been asking when we were going to offer some items for their beloved pets,” said Beth Weiss, corporate communications director for Omaha Steaks. “We knew that many a dog and cat had been enjoying a bite of Omaha Steaks filet mignon (perhaps slipped to them under the table), so it was time that we offered something exclusively for them. “We started with the Steak Treats for Dogs and Cats. This product is basically the ultra-popular beef jerky we offer to consumers sans the sodium and other seasonings,” said Weiss. “After the success of the Steak Treats, we also launched a product called Omaha Steaks Canine Cookies.” Omaha Steaks pet products can only be purchased online at omahasteaks.com or at one of the Omaha Steaks retail stores nationwide. John Paul DeJoria, cofounder of Paul Mitchell Systems, revolutionized the professional salon industry 30 years ago by banning animal testing for his line of hair products. “John Paul’s in-depth expertise in hair and skin care formulations also led to research in new standards for pet grooming and hygiene, which led to the creation of John Paul Pet shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and pet wipes,” said Dina CapraMartin of John Paul Pet. The entire line is “tested on humans first” to ensure effectiveness and safety for all pets, she added. The products are available at hairstylists, veterinarians, nationwide chains, local pet stores, and groomers. Martha Stewart Pets products are made exclusively for PetSmart and include dog apparel, plush beds, and dog dishes. Harley-Davidson motorcycle goggles and leather caps are available for bike-riding dogs, along with T-shirts, collars, and leashes. Old Navy offers T-shirts for

The Global Pet Expo features everything from pet food to furniture, pet houses, apparel, pet bling, digital fish tanks, automatic dog feeders, electronic doggie doors, K9 bottled water, mouthwash, and electric toothbrushes.

owners and pets and a line of Doggie Poo bags and dispensers. Even rocker Bret Michaels has a bandanna line, Bret Michaels Pets Rock Red Doo-Rag. “As the total pet population continues to grow, despite a slower pace, we still see the overall industry expanding year after year,” said APPA President Bob Vetere. “As pet owners continue to pamper pets and treat them like members of the family, we see positive growth and a response to consumer demand for more products and services, which we expect to see through 2012.” H

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PO Box 60296, Worcester, MA 01606

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508-625-0332 or brokentailrescue.org

Meet sweet Charlee!

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Charlee found herself in a high-kill shelter in Tennessee, and a wonderful volunteer rescued her just in the nick of time. Charlee is a stunning blond female lab mix, 51 pounds, and 1.5 years old, with the prettiest pale golden eyes and soft blond hair. She is quite social, very friendly and outgoing. She walks well on a leash and enjoys being out with you. Charlee also rides well in the car and is well behaved in the house. She is doing well with house training. Charlee is great with other dogs of all sizes and does love to snuggle in bed with her foster mom. Charlee likes to go for walks and does very well around children.

Meet Colby!

Colby is a 1-year-old male Lab/Am.Staff mix who weighs 41 pounds as of April 2012. He still has quite the puppy personality and lots of energy, and is goofy and loves to play. Colby is phenomenal with young children and even cats! He responds well to positive reinforcement training and is in need of a loving active family that will continue his training. Colby is working on his basic obedience training, is fully house trained and crate trained. He just loves to snuggle and give kisses and is very content lying in your lap. Colby is searching for a home where he will get the attention and exercise he deserves.

Meet Dove!

In this difficult economy, animal shelters have been hit hard, especially the no-kill shelters featured here. It can be very costly to operate a no-kill shelter, and these shelters could use your help with either an adoption or a donation. Remember, when you choose to adopt a pet from a shelter, your generosity could save another pet who might not be so fortunate.*

Dove is a sweet 4-year-old girl. We think she is a Thai Ridgeback mix. Dove is going to need a very secure home, and a fence will be a must. We do not think that Dove has had a lot of positive interaction with people, but she is a quick learner and is making great strides in her foster home, including giving her foster Mom kisses to wake her up in the morning. Dove is fine with other dogs. She does not have an aggressive bone in her body. We believe that Dove will be a sweet, quiet companion for someone, with just a little work at first.

Hi!  I’m Darcy!

Darcy was surrendered to Broken Tail Rescue when her owner could no longer care for her. She is a docile, sometimes shy 10-year-old calico mix who is a bit on the chubby side. She is often overlooked, probably due to her age and wallflower personality. Darcy would love a home where she can stretch out on the window sill all day and just get her head scratched.

Hi!  I’m Cooney!

Cooney is a 5-year-old coonhound who adores people and dogs. He is full of personality and has never met a stranger. Cooney has lots of energy, but is great about going into his crate. He is extremely food responsive and has learned many skills. Notwithstanding, house training is sometimes an issue for him. Cooney is very affectionate and would be great with children and other dogs.

Hi!  I’m Orbit!

Orbit is a small, quirky, 9-year-old declawed male with impeccable manners. He does not jump on the counters or walk across keyboards. Despite being declawed, Orbit is great with the litter box and still uses a scratch pad. Orbit enjoys human companionship and will sit and purr beside anyone on the couch, though he is much more relaxed around men than women.

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* Please remember that the pets featured here may have been adopted as this issue went to print, but be sure to check out the many other pets these shelters have that are looking for a new home.


More Than Friendship

SOCO | GOOD BREEDING

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For over 30 years Angel View Pet Cemetery & Crematory has been committed to providing respectful, compassionate after care services to pet owners and veterinarians. Angel View strives to make the passing of your pet easier for you. We have a caring and professional staff to assist you every step of the way. Our crematory is designed to accommodate the largest of horse breed intact. We at Angel View will use the utmost care in handling your much loved friend, treating them with dignity and respect.

We pledge that your pet will be treated as if they were one of our own.

Services • Pets returned in 72 hours • Private Cremation, Urn included • Group Cremation • Formal Burial on our Beautifully Landscaped Grounds • Ceremonies & Viewings Available 24 HOUR EMERGENCY PICK UP AT YOUR HOME OR VETERINARIAN’S OFFICE

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31 days SOCIAL CALENDAR

august 3 BRAVEHEART BALL $175, Gala Dinner Ticket, or $75, Cocktail Ticket. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. nptpolo. com. International Polo Charity Ball benefits Star Kids Scholarship Program of Rhode Island. NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT CONCERT AND COCKTAIL PARTY Concert 8 p.m., $40-$100. Cocktail Party 6:30-7:45, $50. International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-324-4072; newportjazzfest.net. Dr. John & The Lower 911 and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be featured. Includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Attendees must have ticket to the Newport Jazz Festival concert. august 4 OVER THE TOP 2012 SUMMER CELEBRATION 6-10 p.m. New Bedford Whaling Museum, Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-0046x15; whalingmuseum.org. Formal affair, elegant and artistic cuisine, fabulous entertainment, live and silent auctions. Museum benefit. 2ND ANNUAL NEWPORT JAZZ AND FOLK FESTIVAL FUNDRAISING GALA 7:30 p.m., $500 (ticket to the NJF on 8/4 and 8/5 incl.). Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. newportfestivalsfoundation.org. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and music celebration. Help sustain the legacy of Newport’s Jazz and Folk festivals. august 24 35TH ANNUAL NEWPORT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB DINNER DANCE Details: TBA. 401-847-6927x18; bgcnewport.org. september 28 “RAISE THE ROOF” ANNUAL GALA/SILENT AUCTION 6-8:30 p.m., $TBA. Sippican Tennis Club, Marion, Mass. 508-758-4517; buzzardsbayhabitat. org. A hand up to families. “Building Homes and Hope for the Future.” Tickets available online or by phone.

SPECIAL EVENTS

august 3-5 ANNUAL PARISH FEAST Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. 1-10 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m. Free admission. Saint Theresa Church, 265 Stafford Rd., Tiverton, R.I. sstandctiverton. org. Sunday auction 2 p.m. Family-friendly activities, food, live music, and more. august 11 3RD ANNUAL PEACH FESTIVAL Noon-4 p.m., admission free. First Congregational Church, State Rd. and Music St., West Tisbury, Mass. 508-6932842; wtiscong@comcast.net. Benefit for Historic Church Preservation. Peach shortcake, smoothies, jams, and more. OLD FASHIONED NEW ENGLAND CLAMBAKE 1:30 p.m., adult $44, age 12 and under $22. Smith Neck Friends Meeting, 594 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, Mass. 508-994-5816; cstyan595@gmail. com. Chowder, brown bread, fish, clams, and all the trimmings. Call or e-mail for reservations. august 12 BIRD ISLAND CHALLENGE $45 registration and pledges deadline August 8. Zecco Marina, Wareham, Mass. 508-2959622; ymcasoughcoast.org. Three-, six-, and 13-mile racing or touring courses. Kayak, rowing and whaleboat classes. TARPAULIN COVE LIGHTHOUSE

OPEN HOUSE TRIP 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $40. Cuttyhunk, Mass. cuttyhunkhistoricalsociety.org. Sponsored by the Cuttyhunk Historical Society. Register for a seat on a chartered boat from Cuttyhunk to Naushon and back. Tour the lighthouse and former tavern, inn, and post office at Tarpaulin Cove. Only 15 seats available. Annual CHS membership information is available online. august 17-18 9TH ANNUAL ALLENS POND DUCK DERBY FESTIVAL 8/17, 6-8 p.m., Duck Derby. 8/18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Festival. Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary Field Station, 1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport, Mass. BBQ, educational exhibits, kids’ activities, live music, silent and live plant auctions. Grand prize: dinner for two anywhere in the world (incl. transportation and two-night stay). Adopt your ducks online! august 18 PATIO POUR & WATERFIRE SATURDAY 5-7 p.m., $10/person. Farmstead, 186 Wayland Ave., Providence. 401-274-7177; farmsteadinc.com; waterfire.org. One glass, your choice of featured wine, one featured cheese, and one featured charcuterie item. Waterfire at Waterplace Park, Providence; begins just after sunset, 7:42 p.m. ongoing PULL-TABS FOR KIDS Visit website for drop-off locations. 774-263-5018; shriners22.com. Recycle aluminum, and help kids receive world-class care at the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

SAVE THIS DATE

september 1 & 2 EAST GREENWICH ART FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Daily. New England Tech Campus, Division Rd., East Greenwich, R.I. 401-374-3899; rhodeislandfairsandfestivals.com. More than 135 contemporary American artisans, festive food, live music, and children’s entertainment. september 13-october 21 KING LEAR BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence. 401-351-4242; trinityrep.com. Season subscribers enjoy value pricing and best seating. september 29 LAKEVILLE’S 8TH ANNUAL ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Junctions of routes 105 & 18 and Precinct St., Lakeville, Mass. lakevillearts.com. Great music, delicious food, artistic talent, children’s activities, adult workshops, crafts, and more. september 29 & 30 WORKING WATERFRONT FESTIVAL Free. New Bedford, Mass. 508-996-4095; workingwaterfrontfestival. org. Music, fresh seafood, fishermen’s contest, vessel tours, author readings, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and more.

MUSEUMS

ongoing NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Admission fee. 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-0046; whalingmuseum.org. Explore, learn, support. FORT TABER ~ FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun., 1-4 p.m. Annual memberships $10. S. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, Mass. 508-994-3938; forttaber.org.Visit the new addition. The Historical Association’s

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mission is to preserve Fort Taber and its history, as a part of the city of New Bedford’s past. through august 19 STOCKED: FIVE ARTISTS OF FIRE AND CLAY Wed.-Sun. 1-4 p.m. The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass. 781-934-6634; artcomplex.org. through august 26 200 YEARS OF CAPE COD ART Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, off Rte. 6A, Dennis, Mass. 508-385-4477; ccmoa.org. “A sampling of art of the region with artists chosen to illustrate the level of artistic excellence achieved in the region,” Curator, Elizabeth Ives Hunter. through october THE WHYDAH MUSEUM 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, $10, seniors and ages 6-12 $8. 16 Macmillan Wharf, Provincetown, Mass. 508-487-8899; whydah.com. The treasures and stories of the 1717 pirate shipwreck off Wellfleet.

THEATER

august 1, 15, 22, & 29 ONE ACT WEDNESDAYS 6 p.m., $10. 8/1 & 8/29 Pyramus and Thisbe. 8/15 An Evening of P.D.Q. Bach. 8/22 The Importance of Being Earnest. Newport Art Museum lawn. 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-848-8200; newportartmuseum.org. Bring a picnic. august 2, 3, & 4 I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! 7:30 p.m., $15, Reservations recommended. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant St., Marion, Mass. 508748-1266; marionartcenter.org. Hilarious musical comedy. through august 11 9-5: THE MUSICAL Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Rd., Matunuck, R.I. 401782-TKTS. theatrebythesea.com. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM ~ WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Thurs., Fri. & Sat., $25-$35. Payomet Performing Arts Center, Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore, 29 Old Dewline Rd., N. Truro, Mass. 508-487-5400; payomet.org. august 15- september 2 JERSEY BOYS $28-$128. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787; ppacri.org.

CONCERTS

august 1, 8, 9, 13, 21, 22, 23, 29 & 30 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 8/1, Jazz with Bart Weisman, 6 p.m., $15. 8/8, Jazz with Dick Miller, 6 p.m., $15. 8/9, Blue Door Chamber Music, 7 p.m., $15. 8/13, Cape Cod Chamber Music, 8 p.m., $15. 8/21, Eyelash Cabaret, 7 p.m., $10. 8/22, Jazz with Bart Weisman, 6 p.m., $15. 8/23, Blue Door Chamber Music, 7 p.m., $15. 8/29, Jazz with Dick Miller, 6 p.m., $15. 8/30, Blue Door Chamber Music, 7 p.m., $15. 460 Commercial St., Provincetown, Mass. 508-487-1750; paam. org. august 3-5 NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL Tickets now on sale. Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino. Newport, R.I. 401-8485055; newportjazzfest.net. august 5 THE OLMSTED ENSEMBLE 4 p.m., free/seating is limited. The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass.

781-934-6634; artcomplex.org. Flute, violin, viola, and cello. august 16 LAURA CORTESE AND THE ACOUSTIC PROJECT Gates open 6:30 p.m., $20. Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-1401; rjdmuseum. org. Concert held rain or shine. Picnics are encouraged. august 20 WYNTON MARSALIS QUARTET 8 p.m., $21- $99. Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass. 888-266-1200; bso.org. Opening act Christian McBride Trio.

DANCE/MUSIC

august 2 SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111 8 p.m., $22 & $35. Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Rd., North Truro, Mass. 508-487-5400; payomet.org. Invited by Alison Krauss when age 12 to perform at the Opry. august 4-11 2ND ANNUAL MV JAZZFEST Various Venues, Oak Bluffs, Mass. 410-205-6585; mvjazzfest.com. Live performances, art exhibits, book reading & signings, master classes, and film presentations. august 4 20TH ANNUAL ONSET BLUES FESTIVAL Noon to 7 p.m., $20. Lillian Gregerman Bandshell, Prospect Park, Onset Village, Mass. 508-295-7072; onsetbluesfestival.com. august 9, 16, 23 & 30 SUMMER MUSIC NIGHTS 6-8 p.m., $10/carload. Sakonnet Vineyards, 162 West Main Rd., Little Compton, R.I. 401-6358486; sakonnetwine.com. Live music and food available from the Coop Cafe. Bring a blanket or chair. No outside alcohol permitted. Will be canceled for rain. august 19 RUTHIE FOSTER 8 p.m., $25, $35 or $50. Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Rd., North Truro, Mass. 508-487-5400; payomet.org. Foster is a 2010 & 2011 Blues Music Award winner, and 2010 Grammy nominee in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category.

ART/ EXHIBITIONS

august 5, 12, 19 & 26 SUNDAY PLEIN AIR PAINTERS 3-6 p.m., $4 per session. No instruction. 8/5, Narrows overlooking Kickimuit and Touisitt Rivers. 8/12, Fishing Pier at Colt State Park. 8/19, Independence Park to paint buildings in Bristol or Waterfront. 8/26, Lynn Puckett’s home at North Farm to paint sunset/reception follows. 401-2541668 or sclark3935@cox.net. Critique following each session. Sponsored by the Bristol Art Museum. through august 10 CHANGING SEASONS Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon Ventress Library Gallery, Marshfield, Mass. 781-837-8091; northriverarts.org. The works of Laurinda O’Connor. august 10-september 9 AWAKENING Opening reception: Aug. 10, 6-8 p.m., Free. Portsmouth Arts Guild, 2679 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, R.I. Exhibition, Guest Juror Susan Frey. august 11 & 12 THE ART DRIVE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dartmouth & Westport, Mass. the-artdrive.com. A percentage of the sales


There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. -Celia Thaxter

will benefit the Lloyd Center for the Environment. Brochure and maps available at the locations listed online. This year’s imaginative depictions of “Yellow Fin Tuna” will be auctioned on eBay. through august 12 QUARTET: HARMONY AND DISSONANCE Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5. Gallery 4, 3848 Main Rd., Tiverton, R.I. 401-816-0999; gallery4tiverton.com. The work of Sarah Benham, Jane Tuckerman, Susan Strauss, and Gayle Wells Mandle on exhibit. august 18 & 19 OPEN STUDIO TOUR 11 a.m.-5 p.m. southcoastartists.org. Little Compton & Tiverton, R.I.; Dartmouth and Westport, Mass. august 22 GALLERY EXHIBITION Joan DeRugeris in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery & Bess Wordworth in the Patsy Francis Gallery. Tues.-Fri. 1-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Marion Art Center, Pleasant Street and Main, Marion, Mass. 508-748-1266; marionartcenter.org, august 23-september 16 INTERPRETATIONS ~ ARTISTIC CELEBRATIONS OF BUZZARDS BAY VIP Reception: Aug. 23. Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford St., Falmouth, Mass. 508-540-3304; falmouthart.org. A collaboration between the Falmouth Art Center and Buzzards Bay Coalition. Exhibit moves to New Bedford Sept. 17-Nov. 8. through august 26 THE TIDES OF PROVINCETOWN ~ PIVOTAL YEARS IN AMERICA’S OLDEST CONTINUOUS ART COLONY (1899-2011) The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Rte. 6A, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, Mass. 508-385-4477; ccmoa. org. Includes the works of Provincetown’s most celebrated and influential artists. august 30 ART NIGHT Last Thursday each month through November, 5-9 p.m. Select studios in Bristol and Warren, R.I. artnightbristolwarren.org. through august 31 MEMORIES Gallery is open daily. Thomas E. Hanley Art Gallery, Faxon Center of Falmouth Hospital, 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, Mass. 508-495-0870. The fine art exhibit of work by Ellen Lennon. through september 9 GALVANIZED TRUTH: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE NICK Wed.-Sun., 1-4 p.m. The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass. 781-934-6634; artcomplex.org. Curated by Kim Alemian. through september 30 ROBERT MOTHERWELL: BESIDE THE SEA Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 560 Commercial St., Provincetown, Mass. 508-487-1750; paam. org. Provides a never-before-seen look at many pieces held in private collections. through october 18 DORA ATWATER MILLIKIN : A PORTRAIT OF NEW BEDFORD HARBOR TODAY New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-0046; whalingmuseum.org.

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY

july 28- august 4 21ST ANNUAL WOODS HOLE FILM

FESTIVAL woodsholefilmfestival.org. august 2 NEWPORT FILM OUTDOORS: THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES 6:30 p.m., Free. The Elms Mansion Gardens, 376 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. Rain venue: The Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St. newportfilm.com. In partnership with the Newport Preservation Society. Film preceded by live music presented by the Newport County Arts and Cultural Alliances’ BridgeFest. august 9 NEWPORT FILM 2012 SUMMER SCREENING SERIES 8/9, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, Post-sunset, Free. The Newport Art Museum Lawn, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. newportfilm. com Rain venue: The Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St.. In partnership with the Newport Art Museum. august 16 & 17 NEWPORT FILM MINI-FEST 6 p.m., $20 includes wine reception, film and Q&A. The Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St., Newport, R.I. Films TBA; Q&A with filmmaker or film industry expert.. through august 31 EXPLORING ENERGY THROUGH ART AND NATURE Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., open holiday Mondays, $10, seniors $7. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham, Mass. 508877-7630; newfs.org. Photography in the Gallery.

LECTURES/DISCUSSIONS

august 20 SHIPWRECKS: EXPEDITION WHYDAH ~ BARRY CLIFFORD 5:30-7 p.m., $15. Federated Church, 45 South Summer St., Edgartown, Mass. 508627-4441x12; mvmusseum.org. Lecture on the verified pirate shipwreck off the coast of Wellfleet. Will “Black Sam” Bellamy was visiting his mistress; the ship wrecked on a sandbar in a violent storm. august 23 ONE-NIGHT STAND ~ AUTHOR CAROL MCCLEARY 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cape Cod Art Museum, 60 Hope Lane, off Rte 6A, Dennis, Mass. 508-385-4477; ccmoa.org. august 26 ONE-DAY UNIVERSITY AT TANGLEWOOD 9 a.m., $149 advance purchase required. FDR and the Path to WWII: What We Know Now That We Didn’t Know Then~ Richard M. Pious, Columbia University; Where Are My Keys? Understanding How Memory Works ~ John J. Stein, Brown University; The Beatles and Beethoven: Hearing the Connection ~ Michael Alec Rose,Vanderbilt University. Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass. 888-266-1200; tanglewood.org/onedayu. Three lectures, and complimentary lawn admission for the 2:30 p.m. BSO season finale in the shed, and VIP parking. august 28 SISTER PARISH DESIGN: ON DECORATING 11 a.m., $5 advance reservations requested. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 847-1000x154; newportmansions.org. Lecture & book signing.

WORKSHOPS

august 11 PHOTOGRAPHING THE PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER 8 p.m. -2 a.m. $30, Adults. Stone Barn Farm, 786 Horseneck Rd., Westport, Mass. 508-

636-2437; massaudubon.org. Lecture and slide show with Myer Bornstein. Learn proper techniques to take a night’s worth of perfect shots. Bring your camera with wide-angle lens, tripod, and shutter release. Refreshments served. Registration required. through november CAPE COD MOSAIC WORKSHOPS Aug. 23 & 24-Deb Aldo-“Design and Drawing for Mosaics.” Aug. 27& 28-Julie Richey-“Creating a Mosaic Orb for the Garden.” Sept. 23 & 24-Deb Aldo-“Using a Dimensional Substrate for Mosaics.” Nov. 3 & 4-Resident Artist-“Make a Mosaic Mirror with Glass.” 9:30-4 p.m., Class and materials fee varies. Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, Mass. 774-5218408; capecodmosaicworkshops.com. september 11 & 13 SAILOR’S VALENTINES Tues. and Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Not-yet members $775. Cape Cod Art Museum, 60 Hope Lane, off Rte 6A, Dennis, Mass. 508-385-4477; ccmoa.org. Design and construct an original keepsake. All materials included, as well as a ten-inch handmade mahogany case. Individual instruction.

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august 1-2 GARDEN TOUR TO COASTAL MAINE WITH NAN SINTON Motorcoach departs Wed. 8 a.m., returns Thurs. 6:30 p.m., $390 dbl., $470 single. Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-1401; rjdmuseum.org. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, two outstanding seaside properties in summer bloom, and an invite to enjoy a glass of wine at a property on the rocky coast will be viewed with designer and world garden traveler Nan Sinton. All-inclusive except dinner on Thursday. through columbus day GREEN ANIMALS TOPIARY GARDEN Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., selfguided tour. 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, R.I. newportmansions.org. Sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood. NAUMKEAG COUNTRY ESTATE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult $15, ages 6-12 $3. 5 Prospect Hill Rd., Stockbridge, Mass. 413-298-3239; thetrustees.org. Berkshire country estate and gardens.

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ongoing ECOTARIUM Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $14 adults, $8 ages 2-18, $10 seniors & college students. 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, Mass. 508-929-2700; ecotarium.org. Science and nature Exhibits, outdoor exploration, planetarium, and animals. BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO 10 a.m.5 p.m., adults $6, seniors & teens $4.50, ages 3-12 $3. 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-991-6178; bpzoo.org. Visit the Asian elephants. Under age 3 and parking free. DISCOVER BUZZARDS BAY Weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Wheeler Learning Center 114 Front St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-999-6363; savebuzzardsbay.org. Learn about Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed. august 6 MAD HATTER ICED TEA PARTY 4-6 p.m., $20 adults, $10 children, under age 3 free. Ballard Park, Hazard Rd., Newport, R.I. 401-619-3377; ballardpark. org. Tea sandwiches, desserts, assortment of iced teas, croquet, and make your own

crazy hat to participate in the Alice in Wonderland-themed scavenger hunt. august 6-10 ZOO CREW PROGRAMS Aug. 6-10, The Animal Kingdom, ages 7 and 8. Aug. 6-10, You Belong in a Zoo, ages 9 & 10 . $200, siblings $175, member discounts available. Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, Mass. 508991-6178x22; bpzoo.org. august 7-17 SUMMER CLASSES FOR YOUNG ARTISTS Fashion Design, Tues.-Fri., 9-11 a.m., $175. Sewing for Beginners to Intermediates, Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $170. Firehouse Studio 1, North River Arts Society, 157 Old Main St., Marshfield Hills, Mass. 781-837-8091; northriverarts.org. Ages 12 and up. Sign up for both and take $10 off total. august 8, 15 & 22 NEWPORT FILM KIDS Sunset, Free. Ballard Park, Wickham Rd., Newport, R.I. newportfilm.com. Family-friendly short films precede “Movies on the Rocks.” MOVIES ON THE ROCKS Dusk, Free. 8/8, The Lion King, 8/15, E.T., 8/22, Back to the Future. Ballard Park, Wickham Rd., Newport, R.I. 401-619-3377; ballardpark. org. Seating is on the grass. Picnic dinners welcome. august 9 SHARE A SUNDAE 6-8 p.m., $10 p.p. or $25 family.YMCA, 276 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth, Mass. 508-993-3361; ymcasouthcoast.org. Proceeds benefit the Sharing the Harvest Community Farm. august 18 COACHING EXHIBITION 10 a.m. Free admission to grounds. The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave,. Newport, R.I. newportmansions.org. See the horses and coaches up close and watch the skill demonstrated in maneuvering them. through mid september BUTTERFLY LANDING & AUSSIE AVIARY Open daily. Admission fee. Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Dorchester, Mass. 617-541-5466; zoonewengland.org. Tented outdoor exhibit filled with hundreds of butterflies, several garden beds, a pond and surround-sound music. Hundreds of brightly colored freeflying budgies. Purchase a seed stick, and the birds may even land right on it.

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tuesdays VINYASA OUTDOOR YOGA PRACTICE Tuesdays 6:15, $5. Fort Taber-Fort Rodman, Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, Mass. southcoastyoga.net. No parking fee. Wednesday rain date. august 30-september 3 MARTHA’S VINEYARD YOGA FESTIVAL Admission fee varies. 8 a.m.6 p.m. Chilmark Community Center and various locations. Chilmark, Mass. 508274-4682; mvyogafestival.com. Local foods, great teachers, beach meditations, live music, and more. through september YOGA DAYS AT BLITHEWOLD Tues. and Thurs. 11 a.m.-noon, $15 drop-in fee. Nut Grove, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 101 Ferry Rd., Rt. 114, Bristol, R.I. 401-253-2707; blitheworld.org. No class Aug. 2. Bring a yoga mat or large towel, water, and a picnic lunch.

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Ridiculous Laws Better to Be Overtired? Thinking of pulling over for a catnap during a long drive in California? Don't. It's illegal to sleep in a parked vehicle in that state. 1

Ouch Mutilation is frowned upon in Rhode Island. Anyone who maliciously bites off a limb of another can be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 years, and must serve no less than one year. 7

Seeing Red A mom in Tacoma, Wash., was shocked when her daughters came home from school with such severe sunburns that they had to go to the hospital. She discovered that teachers refused to send her girls indoors and would not allow them to apply sunscreen themselves. Because the federal Food and Drug Administration considers sunscreen to be an over-thecounter medication, the Tacoma Public School District forbids teachers from applying sunscreen to students, and only allows students to apply it to their own bodies if they have a doctor's note. 14

Think Before You Act If you're planning on committing a murder in New Jersey, be sure you're NOT wearing a bulletproof vest, as it is illegal. 6

Olé! Don't dress as a matador for Halloween in Florida, where simulated bullfighting is illegal. Sound like phonybaloney? Since January 2005, 23 people have been arrested for this offense. 2

Abstinence Encouraged Apparently Virginia is still living in the dark ages when it comes to sex, for it is illegal to have sexual relations outside of marriage. 8

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How Dare He! A Massachusetts fisherman who freed a humpback whale that had gotten stuck in his fishing gear was fined $500 because, according to Massachusetts law, the act of cutting the whale free violates the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act; violations have a maximum penalty of one year in prison or up to a $100,000 fine. 12

Sure, You Can Marry Your Cousin (Just Not Your Gay Cousin) Cousins may legally marry in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 15 Of these states, gay marriage is banned in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 16

What the Fudge?! In Columbus, Ga., it is against the law to use profanity on the telephone. 3

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A short list compiled of a few headscratchers, some eyebrow-raisers, and other laws that are just plain ridiculous.

Watch Your Mouth! It's official: If you're caught swearing in Middleborough, Mass., you could be slapped with a $20 fine. In June residents voted 183-50 to approve the proposal against public profanity. 18

Despicable Thomas Lopez, 21, was a lifeguard until he lost his job ... for saving someone's life. While on duty in Hallandale Beach, Fla., Lopez received word that a man was drowning outside his assigned jurisdiction in a “swim at your own risk” area. Lopez responded and saved the man's life, assisted by other beach-goers including an off-duty nurse. But his employer, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc., deemed Lopez' decision to help the man and leave his assigned area unmonitored a legal liability and served him a pink slip. Because of media backlash and protests from other lifeguards, Lopez was offered the opportunity to return to his job, but he politely refused. 17

Atheists Need Not Apply In Texas, you will not be barred from holding office because of your religious beliefs—as long as you recognize the existence of a Supreme Being. 13

Don't Be Silly, Protect Your Willie Practice safe sex if you live in Nebraska, where it is illegal for persons with a venereal disease to marry. 5

Stick to Your Magic 8 Ball In New Orleans, it is illegal to practice fortunetelling. 4

Don't Mess with Sasquatch If you happen to catch a glimpse of Sasquatch in Whatcom County, Wash., don't chase him down for photos or an autograph, because it's illegal to harass Bigfoot, Yeti, Chupacabra, or any other undiscovered subspecies under the Undiscovered Species Protection Act. It is also worth mentioning that Whatcom County is considered a Sasquatch Protection and Refuge Area. 9, 10, 11

1. http://www.thedailystar.net/law/2008/09/02/amusements.htm 2. http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2007-05-03/top_news/001.html 3. http://www.bedfordva.gov/onlinedocs/mcode/CH030%20-%20Chapter%2030%20%20MISCELLANEOUS%20 OFFENSES.HTM 4. http://www.dumblaws.com/law/1470 5. http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/laws-index/chap42-full.html 6.http://law.onecle.com/new-jersey/2c-the-new-jersey-code-of-criminal-justice/39-13.html 7. http://law.justia.com/codes/rhodeisland/2010/title11/chapter11-29/11-29-1.html 8. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-344 9. http://www.bfro.net/gdb/show_article.asp?id=110 10. http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/council/1992/res/res1992-043.pdf 11. http://www. dumblaws.com/law/1917 12. http://marinelife.about.com/b/2009/10/04/man-fined-500-for-freeing-entangled-whale.htm 13. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CN/htm/CN.1.htm See Article 1, Sec. 4 14. http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/kidscome-home-school-bad-sunburns-responsible-172200498.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CT7XOtPyAwA87IhmolQ 15. http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/in-27-states-you-can-marry-your-cousin-but-not-your-same-sex-cousin/politics/2012/05/30/40280 16. http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_status_in_the_United_States_by_state 17. http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/07/06/lifeguard-who-got-fired-for-saving-drowning-swimmer-declines-offer-to-return/#ixzz1zrzK0cEH 18. http://www.huffingtonpost. com/2012/06/12/public-swearing-middleborough-fine_n_1587270.html

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