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This distinguished Greek Revival estate and its out-buildings have been lovingly maintained. A picturesque landmark overlooking Leonard’s Pond with barn, carriage house, pool house and paddocks.Contact Will Milbury 508.525.5200 or Jeanne McGlone 508.728.2370






Desirable Westport Harbor area. 2.5 pastoral acres surrounded by stone walls and pristine meadows. Handsome, substantial Cape offers country living at its best! Contact Will Milbury 508.525.5200.



Extraordinary Fisherville Lane estate on 12.5 acres overlooking the Westport River. Substantial, shingle-style home, lawns, gardens and brick terraces… tennis court, floating dock. Contact Will Milbury 508.525.5200




Historic Russells Mills antique jewel on 5+ acres ideal for antique purist as there are significant restrictions inside and out. Contact Will Milbury 508.525.5200





Contemporary Colonial with attached, two-car garage overlooking Allendale Country Club. Four bedrooms, two baths including first floor master suite. Contact Will Milbury 508.525.5200




Rare Opportunity! Situated at end of peaceful lane in historic Westport Point, this two+ acre estate offers stunning views of Westport Harbor and the ocean beyond! Rolling lawns, mature gardens, guest house, bluestone terrace. Contact Will Milbury 508.525.5200




Spectacular five-bedroom, shingle style, year-round home on .92 acre in South Nonquitt. All Nonquitt amenities. Contact Will Milbury 508.525.5200





Upscale Village condo overlooking Padanaram Harbor. Elevator, garage. Contact Sarah Meehan 508.685.8926




Meticulously crafted, five-bedroom home located in the Highbridge enclave of South Dartmouth. Too many details to list! Contact Sarah Meehan 508.685.8926 or Nina Weeks 617.957.8769.




Fabulous Greek Revival, circa 1850, beautifully restored while retaining its original charm, character and detailing. Contact Will Milbury 508.525.5200.


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Spacious Colonial with four bedrooms, two-car garage, finished basement. Stoneledge Beach rights. Contact Collette Lester 508.287.2075 for more information




Bay Club! This shingle-style home features a bright custom kitchen, soaring ceilings and a magnificent wall of windows offering dramatic views of the backyard and the golf course beyond…Contact Collette Lester 508.287.2075




Distinguished Greek Revival, circa 1853, located in the heart of Padanaram Village. Meticulously restored and modernized while preserving period craftsmanship. Contact Jeanne McGlone 508.728.2370





Recently renovated townhouse condo, hardwood floors, new systems. Amenities include pool, tennis, beaches. Contact Alice Petersen 508.965.6938



Charming antique, circa 1830 sits high on a knoll overlooking 1.4 acres of land on a scenic country road. Contact Collette Lester 508.287.2075





Unique summer cottage with five bedrooms, two baths and four-story tower with water view! Close to all Nonquitt amenities. Contact Betsy Lawrence 508.317.8669





One of Westport’s premier properties with ocean views of Buzzards Bay and beyond. Main home and carriage house in mint condition. Contact Christine Burgess 617.429.2477




Gracious four bedroom home with attached garage on nearly an acre. Walking distance from Anthony’s Beach. Contact Roberta Burke 508.498.3285




Charming Cape offers four bedrooms, two baths and two-car garage. Located on a dead end street with lots of privacy and close proximity to the Village of Padanaram! Contact Patty Peelen 508.951.3367





Spectacular ocean views from this 3-4 bedroom, free-standing home ideally located within walking distance of all Round Hill amenities…beach, pool, tennis, golf, club house. Contact Maggie Tomkiewicz at 508.525.6489 or Nina Weeks at 617.957.8769




Shingle-style home with 8 rooms, 4 bedrooms, including first floor master bedroom. Amenities: beach, golf, tennis, heated pool. Contact Nina Weeks 617.957.8769 or Maggie Tomkiewicz 508.525.6489




Set on a half acre, corner lot in the center of Bayview’s beach community, living room with fieldstone fireplace, three bedrooms, two full baths, association beach and dock. Contact Nina Weeks 617.957.8769 or Maggie Tomkiewicz 508.525.6489




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14 It’s been 12 years since we launched our magazine, and as

far as our lead story for that issue goes—“Where’s the Train?”— it seems nothing has changed…including our opinion.


18 Style, substance, and value can all be found at Fourteen

West Rockland Farm in beautiful Padanaram Village on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts.


26 Get ready for the Buzzards Bay Musicfest. Free classical

concerts are going to be held at Tabor Academy in Marion; be sure to mark your calendar.



36 Whether you’re looking for a new career or it’s on your

bucket list, learning to fly could be the ultimate adventure. Hear how Victoria Kuo found herself in the clouds and loving it; she went from medical researcher to a pilot to chief flight instructor in record time.

Travel 22 Wouldn’t it be nice, if we could enjoy the great outdoors without

sacrificing the comforts of a 5-star hotel? Try Glamping. 42 Pack your day bag and lunch and hop aboard the Cuttyhunk

Ferry for a day in the sun.


50 We are always looking for things which are labeled “sustainable,”

but who would have thought that clothing would carry the tag? We found People Tree, a company that produces fashion which is respectful of people and the planet.


Living Well

60 Ulcers and their origins: What you should know about these

nasty occurrences.


68 Active versus passive investing: What style works best for

consumers, and is there any fallout with your choice?


69 This month, Andrew Aaron explores the topic, The Relationship

between Your Honey and Your Money. Learn how finances and our personal views affect our interpersonal relationships with those we love.


70 The best of the best places to go and things to do for June;

peek at our calendar and see what piques your interest.



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t’s interesting to look in the rearview mirror and take note of the past. And while we had pretty much wrapped up this month’s “Impressions,” we continued to debate whether or not our comments would be relevant and considered scrapping this month’s effort. For days we struggled with the importance and timing of our words. We questioned what appears to be a worn-out saga about the SouthCoast Rail Project. News broke on the morning of May 11, 2017, confirming that the final public hearing had been held in Taunton, by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, the previous evening. As fate would have it—and in the nick of time—we concluded that we were spot-on with this month’s opinion piece, and decided to run the op-ed. While the final meeting was intended for public input, it appeared that the result was a thinly veiled proclamation of what the organizations behind the project believe is best for all involved. Citizens, as well as local officials, had an opportunity to voice their opinions and state their case as to the hazards, advantages, and practicality of having a whistle stop located in their towns. But, in the end, the decision will be drafted by Beacon Hill—like it or not. It was never a fair fight; while options were considered, they served only as lip service so that the plan for a train could move forward. Some may believe that it is the business of the state to perpetuate the existence of moneylosing transportation options, employ party loyalists to run them, and garner the support of union bosses. Even though voters don’t seem to have much interest in the project at this juncture, there are those who hold faith in nonsensical tales of economic development that a commuter rail will bring. It’s a claim that is weak at best, and needs to be examined carefully since projections are often unreliable. The powers that be are left with two 14 JUNE 2017 | SOCO MAGAZINE

options—both of which are expensive: Scrap the project and start again or offer ridiculously long commuting times on a rail project that will become obsolete before it is finished; remember, we are considering old transportation solutions in a technologically advancing world. On its face it appears one of three results are likely if the project moves forward: The state will end up in a lengthy legal battle with the residents of Easton, Stoughton, and other nearby communities, only to set the project back many more years. A less desirable route (Middleboro) will be developed; this option is as palatable as taking your sister to the prom. Or, the plan will languish in obscurity until such time it is deemed to be too expensive, and someone finally realizes that perhaps a high-speed bus with a dedicated lane is the most sensible and cost-effective alternative. CELEBRATING AN ANNIVERSARY It was the premiere issue of SOCO Magazine June 2005, the twin sister to our other publication, New England Monthly. At the time, we did a feature on the long and grim battle which was fought for years over the SouthCoast’s effort to convince the rest of the state that a train was essential for the region’s growth and development. It is no surprise that many of the claims discussed in our feature are being reheated, yet still fit our prediction that the train won’t be coming down the tracks of the SouthCoast anytime soon. Discussion and wrangling continue, not only on the route best suited for the SouthCoast commuter rail but also to its intended usefulness if ever completed. Recently, it was reported that the mayors of Taunton and New Bedford question the ability of the project to be successful if the less desirable route is selected. We wholeheartedly agree with them. On the cover of our very first issue stands a much younger Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny. With his feet steady on the rails and hands in the air, our cutline is reflective of his expression: “Where’s the Train?”

It was an obvious question to some, yet our new magazine sparked an interest with many. We touched a nerve, prompting readers to ask why the New Bedford Seaport didn’t have a clear path to train service—or, for that matter, any other means of public transportation—to Boston. Montigny, a huge proponent of commuter rail service to the Whaling City, had worked diligently for 14 years prior, in the hope that the all-important link between New Bedford and Boston would soon come to fruition. In 1991, Montigny, who was president of the Fall River Chamber of Commerce (which has recently changed its name), met with local officials and then-Governor Bill Weld. At the time, the senator admitted that he felt that he could take Weld’s word to the bank when he heard his boastful claim, “If you don’t have a train by 1997, you can sue me.” But, as they say, and Weld soon found out, you should never let your mouth write a check that your butt can’t cash—his promise bounced. Community optimism took a hit, but it would not waiver; there had to be a political solution somewhere. And so the push for the train continued on and on and on. Montigny worked tirelessly with three Republican successors—Cellucci, Swift, and Romney—but other than expensive upgrades to bridges and tracks, the train project remained an idea whose time hadn’t come. Then a new team came upon the scene; this included Deval Patrick for two terms, followed by Charlie Baker—whom many assume to be a Democrat in thought, word, and Continued on page 48


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f there was ever an area to receive such well-deserved attention, it has to be the very private peninsula of Rockland Farm. Stretching out into Buzzards Bay, its access to the water is easily recognized when flying over the quaint landmass of exquisite homes—some of the best to be found in an area known as Padanaram, a village located in South Dartmouth. Fourteen West Rockland Farm has to be one of the most desirable homes in today’s market. The custom-built residence, featuring an open floor plan, has many unique architectural and stylish details that many in search of a new home long to find. The four-bedroom, two-and-one-half bath residence was constructed in 1990; it was a time when both quality and style

played a significant role in design. Now, with only a glance, it’s evident that this home remains a solid example of the foresight someone had regarding what families would want in 2017 and beyond. Exceptional touches, like the stained “beefy” beams placed throughout the halls and rooms, give the residence a feeling of quality. The wood shiplap (made popular by Chip and Joanna Gaines on their home design show Fixer Upper) lines many of the walls and ceilings of the living room, oversized dining area, and the screened-in porch— which is adjacent to the media/family room and only steps from the new kitchen. With these elements—combined with lofty vaulted ceilings, in addition to a Romeo and Juliet balcony (large enough for a quiet SOCO MAGAZINE | JUNE 2017 19

reading and writing area) which overlooks the main living space of the home—there seems to be a feeling of luxury living found in every space. The kitchen is appointed with stunning, cherry-colored cabinets—from floor to ceiling—composed of both glass and solid doors. The stainless top-of-the-line appliances are in perfect harmony with the granite countertops and farmhouse sink. Of course, the recessed lighting adds to one’s ability to set the mood. The combined kitchen, dining room and media center ensures that all attention is focused on the primary function of these spaces, and serves as a central area for gathering or entertaining. Also found on this level is the first-floor master suite— a most desirable feature in today’s housing market— along with a laundry room for added convenience. On the second floor of the residence—with two stairways of access—are four bedrooms and a second bathroom. All tastefully painted and bright, it’s the sunlight-drenched space over the two-stall garage which is most intriguing.


Fourteen West Rockland Farm has to be one of the most private and desirable homes in today’s market. The custom-built residence, featuring an open floor plan, has many unique architectural and stylish details that many in search of a new home long to find. The large, multi-pane skylight allows the room to remain bright and cheerful, regardless of mother nature, and could be used as a home office, yoga room, fitness center, or library. This property is a perfect fit for a growing family. Set on nearly 2.5 acres of land consisting of old growth, ancient stone walls, and professionally-designed gardens—accompanied by an expansive deck— there is so much outdoor use of the property, it wouldn’t be unusual to find everyone outdoors rather than staring at computer screens. The best of the outdoor amenities is the newly built and practically unused Yankee Barn, which is as aesthetically pleasant as it is useful. With unyielding possibilities—perfect for a workshop, boathouse, or to store the summer outdoor furniture—it’s sure to be a favorite location to congregate, for both adults and children.

The property is nestled among many of the choice homes found in the area; it offers privacy while at the same time is a pleasant walk or trip to sandy beaches, private clubs, marinas, restaurants, gourmet shopping, and spas. As far as value, most real estate professionals will advise against using online sites for estimating the price of homes. They caution that many details go into the accurate appraisal or pricing of property, and inaccuracies are often reported when using these services. However, we did check the data for this particular property and found that the asking price for Fourteen West Rockland Farm is well below what the estimated value suggests. We found that the tool used to place a fair market price for this home indicated that it should be selling for just over $1 million. The result was surprising, because even allowing for some fluctuation in the variable of the formula used, the asking price of this home—$875,000—seems to be an outstanding value and is attractive enough to entice a second or third look by those who want the best of everything for their family. With low inventories of homes of this caliber, and shoppers searching far and wide for this kind of location, now is the time to move if you see what you like. H To schedule a showing or for more information, contact Anne Whiting at 508-999-1010 or visit her website at annewhitingrealestate.com.



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s a kid, family camping trips were a summer highlight. The car would be packed with tents and sleeping bags, lots of food for the grill, and every small amenity that would be needed for a long weekend in the woods. Nights were spent under the stars; fireside games were played, and marshmallows were roasted. Days were devoted to the lake fishing, swimming, and running about. The constant itch of bug bites and the plague of a stiff back in the morning are absent from childhood memories but are all too real for us adults when thinking about heading into the wilderness for a weekend away. Wouldn’t it be nice, we muse, if we could enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of a 5-star hotel?


Well now you can, thanks to a relatively recent global trend called glamping—which translates into “glamorous camping.” With glamping, there is no need to pack your car full of supplies or sacrifice comfort for outdoor adventure. Just head to the destination of your choice and hunker down in a luxury tent, yurt, log cabin, teepee, hut, pod, or in some locations, even an igloo. Independent properties and large hospitality brands have begun to capitalize on this glamping phenomenon, and the public is responding. According to glamping.com, in 2015 there were over three million searches for glamping. Luxury glamping sites have popped up all over the world, offering amenities that far exceed traditional camping sites—but you don’t have to go far to indulge in one of these outdoor destinations. There are dozens of locations right here in New England—from kit-built yurts and log cabins in Maine to treehouses in Vermont and rustic barns in Massachusetts. A simple Internet search will display the many glamping options in New England and beyond. There are also sites like Glamping Hub (glampinghub.com) that are not only a one-stop shop for sites all around the world, but they also offer Airbnb-style booking. Many of the glamping sites in New England are privately owned and operated. Maine Forest Yurts in Durham, Maine is run by Bob Crowley, who, in 2008, won the reality show Survivor at age 57, making him the oldest champion to date. He also won the “Sprint Survivor of the Season” which is voted by the fans for their favorite player. He then went on to open Maine Forest Yurts to offer an eco-friendly camping experience on 100 acres of private land on Runaround Pond in Durham. Yurts are portable, circular tents, and at Crowley’s, they


are fully furnished and complete with a kitchen, wood and gas stoves, beds, and composting toilet. Fellow Mainers Tim Harrington and Debra Lennon were also bitten by the luxury camping bug. The duo partnered in 2009 to grow their mutual vision of luxury hospitality. Lennon brought 15 years of hospitality experience with the Sheraton Corporation, and Harrington, who previously worked in real estate development, moved into hospitality in 2005 when he purchased and renovated The Cottages at Cabot Cove in Kennebunkport and later Hidden Pond. Together, Harrington and Lennon formed the Kennebunkport Resort Collection and began to purchase and develop properties in Kennebunkport, Maine. In 2016, they founded Plan B Creative to explore projects beyond hotels, such as Sandy Pines Campground, which the pair purchased when the grounds, formerly known as Salty Acres, went up for sale. “In Maine, camping is a tradition that celebrates our state’s natural beauty,” says Lennon. “After admiring Salty Acres’ picturesque seaside grounds for many years, we were inspired to apply our approach to hospitality when the property became available. We look forward to creating an immersive camping experience that connects Sandy Pines’ guests to Kennebunkport in a way that’s truly Maine.” For Harrington, Sandy Pines Campground was an opportunity to combine his passion for design along with a lifelong love of Maine’s natural beauty. Summers spent camping with his family inspired him to create Kennebunkport’s first resort-level camping destination. “We want to offer something for everyone, and not everyone likes the traditional style of camping,” says Lennon. “The glamping trend fits in well with our experience and passion, so we’re glad to incorporate it into our overall offering.” Sandy Pines itself is a seaside camping destination near Goose Rocks Beach that, in addition to the luxury tents, also serves DIYers, RVers, and even tiny home owners. “Our campground is beautiful—wooded, tucked away on salt marsh—but also offers elevated amenities,” says Lennon. “For example, our pool is a heated saltwater pool, we’ll have fresh local produce in our General Store, we’ll feature an array of activities, and the overall feel will have a really cool retro spin to it.”


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of a 5-star hotel?

With a grand opening of Sandy Pines set for June 23, Harrington, Lennon, and a dozen designers have been hard at work preparing the grounds and building 12 custom glamping tents to be unveiled during the grand opening weekend. These tents will be available for purchase—for a starting price of $12,500—with at least two being set aside for nightly rentals, the pair explain. Along with tours of the tents, the event will include food and music, and following the event will be a weeklong designer showcase until July 2. “Design has always been a central element to our projects and properties,” explains Harrington. “We’ve had wonderful partnerships with local designers at both Cabot Cove and Hidden Pond and are excited to continue that tradition at Sandy Pines, especially as this work will ultimately benefit Maine charities that are meaningful to us.” The 12 designers were chosen to create the tents after an extensive selection process where they submitted proposals detailing their inspiration and design themes. Each design will be unique; however, the size and amenities will be the same: each luxe tent will be 18 by 30 feet and incorporate the elements of a sleeping and living space complete with lush bedding and seating, furnishings of various styles and comfort, soft lighting, and accessories.

“The selection process took approximately three weeks,” says Lennon of picking the 12 designers. “Designers were asked to submit vision boards showcasing their ideas on outfitting the luxe tents.” Local Kennebunkport designer Ingunn Jorgensen, who is originally from Norway, is one of the designers. “My vision was to create a simple retreat that was soft and inviting, cool and functional, but never compromised the feeling of understated luxury... effortless elegance showed through natural materials that just becomes more beautiful over time,” she says of her design. James Light of James Light Interiors in Portland, Maine is another of the 12 chosen designers. “I’ve designed a simple, mid-century eclectic nest,” he says. “Not like your normal life. Not like the expected Maine vacation. My design is not so much about the furnishings as it is about the experience. The draw is for the curious artist, budding or established, urban or suburban, beginner or professional. I’m hoping my tent will draw out the artist in all of us.” H If you want to check out the showcase during its opening event on June 23, visit summercamppreview.eventbrite.com for more information; or visit summercampshowcase.eventbrite.com for more information about the weeklong designer showcase from June 24–July 2. SOCO MAGAZINE | JUNE 2017 25








The Buzzards Bay Musicfest 2017Sets the Stage BY DOUG HALL

s Boston and Eastern Massachusetts summer music venues begin to fill up the calendars of eager concertgoers, some of the smaller events can be overlooked. For 21 years, a local music organization on the banks of Buzzards Bay has offered classical music by Mozart, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Copland, and Beethoven, among others. For over two decades, a gifted and international mix of musicians drawn from all over the world has graced the stage of the Buzzards Bay Musicfest (BBMF) in Marion, Mass. Against the backdrop of the banks of Buzzards Bay, this serenely beautiful setting is the stage for a multiday concert series, performed at this location at Tabor Academy’s Fireman Performing Arts Center—which ranks as one of the finest of New England’s secondary schools. This invitation for

a wonderful evening of classical music on the edge of the sea, in a quaint New England village atmosphere, beckons all listeners—young and old, near and far— to experience a perfect, blissful summer evening free of charge. Starting out as just an idea in Kansas to replicate the success of the Sunflower Music Festival, former Kansas City Lyric Opera and Symphony Director Russell Patterson was retiring to New England, and along with other like-minded musicians, wanted to continue the tradition of classical music performance in the Cape Cod area. The discovery of the Tabor Academy, with its exceptional performing arts facility, was a perfect location of choice. Patterson contacted Trudy Kingery, now honorary chairperson and a founding member of the BBMF, and momentum followed, with the establishment of location and facility in Marion, Mass. With the inspired direction and vision from a dedicated board of direc-

tors, a world-class music venue was born and continues to thrive. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the BBMF, with the 2017 schedule running from Wednesday, July 12, through Sunday, July 16 at the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Tabor Academy. Kingery speaks to the passion, success, and tradition of the event: “It’s been a great event from the start; the first year we had 25 musicians, and this year we have 40 or more—all of whom stayed for the week with families in town. Some have stayed with the same family for 20 years.” According to Kingery—with enthusiastic acknowledgement—the house was “packed the first year, and it has been ever since” at the acoustically renowned 650-seat Fireman Center. One of the main reasons that BBMF is “packed” every season is the exceptional musicianship that is offered. Starting at the top, Artistic Director Charles Stegeman has been a fixture in the orchestra since the beginning of the festival, having replaced SOCO MAGAZINE | JUNE 2017 27

Catherine Larsen-Maguire, Guest Conductor

outgoing Artistic Director (and founder) Russell Patterson five summers ago. Stegeman (who serves during the regular season as concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera) carries a resume that runs deep with a passion for the performing arts. Having advised and co-founded many music festivals, including The Sunflower Music Festival (Topeka, Kansas), the Western Slope Music Festival (Crested Butte, Colorado) and the Music Fest Midwest (Kansas City, Kansas). Well known for his artistic vision, he is an accomplished violinist and a frequent soloist throughout his 45-year performance career, having played around the world in many cities in North America and Europe as well as 28 JUNE 2017 | SOCO MAGAZINE

Brazil and China. Sharing the good fortune of his stewardship, BBMF is another successful result of his collaboration with Patterson.“It is a symbiotic relationship,” Stegeman says. “Sunflower [Music Festival] has a world-class orchestra, and Buzzards Bay benefits from that.” Having replaced the outgoing artistic director and founder Patterson, Stegeman tries to stay true to his predecessor’s wish never to repeat a program (which Patterson honored for 16 years). But each artistic director provides new blood, and BBMF remains in inspired hands with Stegeman’s programming that continues to offer and maintain superb musicianship with an eclectic mix of international performers year after year.

With an injection of contrast to the allclassical programming on offer at BBMF, the Musicfest continues to grow and expand its range. Two years ago, a performance by the sensational Sean Jones (trumpeter, bandleader, educator, and composer) and his quartet was added to the concert series, a complement to the classical variety of the Musicfest’s traditional offerings. This year’s debut of the BBMF Swing Band in a salute to the Big Band Era, under the leadership of Phil Sanborn (a well-known trombonist with national and international performance credentials), is certain to be a highlight, featuring a vocalist and 10-piece jazz ensemble. An entirely unique offering by the BBMF is focused on the youngest listeners. The Children’s Open Rehearsal (Wednesday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m.) provides a rare opportunity for young and aspiring musicians. The event, for many children, exposes their listening ears and senses to the rich range of sounds of classical music for the very first time. According to Kingery, the opportunity is wide open. “Any child can come; children can come up and sit on the stage and listen to musicians play.” After this year’s summer rehearsal, children will have the opportunity to chat with Guest Conductor Catherine Larsen-McGuire, Artistic Director Stegeman, as well as the performing musicians—clearly, a moment when memories can be born and even possibly the beginning of a lifelong interest or even passion for classical music. In keeping with Stegeman’s creative and dynamic drive to bring the best out in his orchestra, this year’s guest conductor is Catherine Larsen-McGuire (the first female conductor at BBMF) who has two years as principal bassoonist at the Komische Oper Berlin, where she also directed concerts and operatic performances. Larsen-McGuire’s repertoire ranges from the baroque to the 21st century. With extensive experience with the baton in hand, she has conducted orchestras and ensembles throughout Europe and held a guest professorship in conducting at the University of the Arts, Berlin. She won the top prize in the 1995 Prague Spring Bassoon Competition and

Guest Jazz Artists, BBMF Swing Band

had played as guest Principal Bassoon in the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony Orchestras. Anchoring the BBMF Orchestra, David Allen Wehr, Chamber Music Advisor, and Principal Pianist brings a resume of over 1,200 concerts in 30 countries since winning the gold medal at the 1987 Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. He has performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth, Barbican and Wigmore Halls, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Adding to the high standard of talent, Oboe Principal Gordon Hunt, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading oboists, will be featured in the performance of Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone. This exquisite piece of music became more popularly known when Hunt played it as oboe soloist for the soundtrack version of “Gabriel’s Oboe” in the film The Mission (1986) starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. He has a distinguished orchestral career as Principal Oboe of the Philharmonia Orchestra and has held the same position with the London Philharmonic. He is also Principal Oboe of the World Orchestra for Peace. In a recent performance of the Mozart Oboe Concerto in Berlin, a critic proclaimed, “With his crystal clear, artistic tone, he undoubtedly ranks as one of the greatest exponents of his instrument.” Another strong endorsement of opportunity to hear this rapturous piece of music, in the hands of a master, with a perfect New England summer setting at water’s edge. Surprisingly, by design, all concerts remain complimentary. It was the mission of the Musicfest’s founding members to provide an extraordinary opportunity for cultural enrichment to the public—without cost. While the Buzzards Bay Musicfest Foundation provides a small percentage of the festival’s operating budget, the vast majority of funding comes from donations. To maintain this exceptional standard of musicianship and professional access to

Against the backdrop of the banks of Buzzards Bay, this serenely beautiful setting is the stage for a multiday concert series, performed on this location at Tabor Academy,s Fireman Performing Arts Center which ranks as one of the finest of New England’s secondary schools. And by design, all the concerts are free.

the Tabor facility, along with sustaining this artistic and cultural mission, BBMF listeners, both new and old, are encouraged to continue to give generously. The 2017 Buzzards Bay Musicfest begins with its Open Rehearsal for Children (with accompanying adult), to be held on Wednesday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m. Orchestral performances will be held Wednesday,

July 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Chamber music performances will be held Saturday, July 15, and the BBMF Swing Band concert will be held Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m. For more information about BBMF, or performances, please visit buzzardsbaymusicfest. com or email info@buzzardsbaymusicfest.com.


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( The 22nd Annual

Newport Flower Show Celebrates

Fête Des Fleurs Paintings & Parterres (


he much-anticipated Newport Flower show will celebrate its 22nd year with a variety of special events, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, exciting horticulture exhibits, stunning garden displays, and unique shopping opportunities during the weekend event. Inspired by France, America’s premier summer flower show will transport guests’ imaginations to the place that has inspired

generations of artists and gardeners. Attendees will travel on a French adventure, from magnificent gardens to Paris chic, at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. The show opens on Friday, June 23, and runs through Sunday, June 25, 2017, with an Opening Night Party—the unofficial “kickoff to summer in Newport”—to be held on Friday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. With a cocktail buffet, live music and

dancing, and a seaside supper, guests will enjoy the lively entertainment and boutique shopping. The event will continue through the weekend with unforgettable garden exhibits, horticultural entries, floral designs, and children’s programs—all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace, and lawn. Highlights not to be missed include celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham and noted scholar on French garden history Dr. Eric T. Haskell.


The Newport Flower Show will offer a Fête de la Lune (Feast by Moonlight) at Rosecliff on Saturday, June 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 32 JUNE 2017 | SOCO MAGAZINE

Leatham, who works as the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris (in addition to designing events for celebrities and world leaders including the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, and Madonna) will bring his talent and ideas to the show and be able to answer questions about his style and inspiration. Haskell, a professor of French studies and humanities and director of the Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College in California, will share his knowledge on French gardens and their history. Then, fashion icon and interior designer Iris Apfel will join guests at the Newport Flower Show’s Afternoon Tea reception on Friday, June 23 for a conversation on her fabulous life, fashion, and style. New this year, the Newport Flower Show will offer a Fête de la Lune (Feast by Moonlight) at Rosecliff on Saturday, June 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests can spend an evening strolling through the display gardens, shopping with Flower Show vendors, viewing the floral designs inside Rosecliff, or enjoy a summer picnic basket supper on the grounds. Attendees can also opt to stay after supper for a viewing of the 2015 hit movie A Little Chaos starring Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, and Stanley Tucci; film tickets are sold separately. Worth noting is that the expansive front lawn of Rosecliff will once again be transformed—this year taking inspiration from the fountain at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Colorful garden plantings and boxwood hedge parterre beds will complement a series of kinetic sculptures representing the elements earth, wind, and fire. A formal garden layout and Grand Allée, garden pavilions, and a French market will create a park-like setting for visitors entering the show. Free lectures and demonstrations by wellknown plant experts, flower designers, and gardeners will also be presented throughout the weekend. H For more information visit newportflowershow.org.


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Blithewold in Style

marjorie van wickle’s party dress, 1903 In 1903 Marjorie Van Wickle had this party dress made in Vienna when she visited in 1903 as part of her Grand Tour. It was designed and constructed by Drecoll’s, the fashion house founded by Austrian-born Baron Christoff von Drecoll in 1896. The company specialized in creating elaborate evening dresses and was known to be a favorite designer of the ladies of the Imperial Viennese court.


n 1957, Marjorie Van Wickle donated 33 of her mother Bessie’s costumes to the Colonial Dames in Boston for safe keeping, though many more of her dresses remained at Blithewold stored in trunks and closets. After years of separation, the Colonial Dames dresses have been returned to Blithewold, and the Collection is complete—totaling over 100 dresses from 1882 to 1936. Upon inspection, Madelyn Shaw, professional textile conservator, described Blithewold’s collection as of “extremely high quality in terms of design, fabrics used, and construction.” From the archives at Blithewold, photographs and letters reveal a connection between the costumes and life events. One valuable combination is a framed photograph of Marjorie with her father, Augustus, displayed alongside the actual dress that Marjorie is wearing. Another account includes a letter from Marjorie written during her trip to Vienna in 1903 where she describes the process of commissioning clothing. Nineteen-year-old Marjorie wrote to Bessie, “In the p.m. again to Drecoll’s…Just think how long we have been in beautiful Vienna and seen nothing but stupid suits and things!” She did eventually concede that “my party dress is very pretty.” This particular dress has recently been conserved and is on exhibit in the Mansion throughout the summer season, alongside another party dress that belonged to Marjorie 30 years later. The Costume Collection at Blithewold Mansion tells the story of the Van Wickles’ lives. One of Blithewold’s most prized possessions is Bessie Pardee Van Wickle’s wedding gown from 1882. The gown, along with its accessories, is still in beautiful condition despite being 135 years old. The elegant embroidery of daisies—Bessie’s favorite flower—embellishes the gown from top to bottom. The elaborate detail of the wedding dress tells guests more about Bessie and her elegant style than one could imagine. Blithewold’s costumes exhibit change twice a year and typically include two or more costumes from the collection. After being displayed, each dress must go back into conservation storage for three years. For information about visiting the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, or to learn about their ongoing events all season long, go to blithewold.org.

bessie pardee van wickle wedding dress 1882 In September 1882, Bessie and Augustus Van Wickle were married in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Bessie’s gown was made for her by N. G. Kirkbride in Philadelphia: it is a two-piece dress of bodice and separate skirt; the fabric is ivory silk faille and is heavily embroidered in silk floss with daisies, Bessie’s favorite flower. The skirt is further embellished with knife-pleated silk and a cascade of delicate linen bobbin lace (the same lace adorns the bodice). The skirt back has a bustle and a train, lined with pleated “petticoats.”


Beaded Evening Dress, Worn by Bessie Van Wickle McKee

This one-piece beaded evening dress was made by Bessie’s favorite couturier, Fox of Paris & New York, around 1904. The bodice is ivory silk lace over pink silk bobbinet, with black silk shoulder trim. The sleeves are of ivory cotton net with bobbin lace appliqués and ivory silk chiffon. Both bodice and sleeves are embellished with gold sequins, beads, and appliqués. The belt is of gold folded organza. The skirt has panels of black and ivory silk lace, with pleated layers of black silk bobbinet at the hem. There are three layers of silk bobbinet – pink, blue, pink – two layers are self-trimmed with ruched edging, the third has a knife-pleated hemline frill. The skirt is embellished with the same gold sequins, beads, and appliqués as the bodice.


Silk Taffeta Day Dress, Worn by Bessie Pardee Van Wickle, circa 1895

This two-piece day dress is made of peach silk taffeta with ivory silk organza, made by Bessie’s favorite couturier, Fox of Paris & New York, around 1895. The taffeta is constructed using pink and yellow silk to give it a shimmering effect. The leg-o-mutton sleeves have silk organza cuff ruffles and the taffeta cummerbund waist detail has a self-fabric bow in front and a matching smaller bow at the collar back. The gathered silk organza bodice fronts have applied beaded panels. The lined skirt is constructed of ten shaped panels, with fullness concentrated at the back and with interior tapes to hold the draping in place.





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Adventure Awaits Those Looking to Become a Pilot BY LEAH DEARBORN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCKI SCHOTZ SOCO MAGAZINE | JUNE 2017 39


he bold, painted letters are the first thing visitors to Horizon Aviation see as they drive down Airport Road in Warwick, Rhode Island. Young, old, with glasses or without, short or tall, the school helps all types of students earn their wings and experience the thrill of flight. First-timers come through the front door and sign in near Penny, a Bernese Mountain Dog, (or in German, a Berner Sennenhund), the airport mascot who is slumbering on the floor; from here, the fun begins. Chief Flight Instructor Victoria Kuo first became interested in aviation after receiving a gift certificate for lessons. She liked it so much; she decided almost overnight to switch careers from the medical research field, transferring her teaching skills as well. As she leads the way through the large hanger—filled with single and multi-prop planes of all sizes and shapes—Kuo opens the accordion doors to the tarmac to where the trainer planes are parked, while explain40 JUNE 2017 | SOCO MAGAZINE

ing that there are two main reasons students wish to learn to fly: business or pleasure. For some, a flight is a way to get to meetings across the country without the hassle of airport protocol; and for others, it’s a bucket list dream come true. One of the first steps in learning to fly is for students to get acquainted with a trainer plane. Horizon Aviation, with locations in Warwick and Norwood, Mass., has a fleet of cub-pilot planes which always seem to spark that quest for the wild blue yonder. Most soon-to-be-aviators begin learning on a small, two-seat plane called a Cessna 152 or the Cessna 172—a bigger, roomier model with more instrumentation. As rain droplets splatter across the windshield of the 152, Kuo says she typically doesn’t take new students up when the weather is rough. “I want that first experience to be beautiful and memorable,” she says. Once seated and strapped into the plane, Kuo begins to explain the basic mechanics

that students must master, pointing out the ailerons help the aircraft roll left and right, as well as the control yoke. Followed by instruction on the process known as taxiing, which helps the instructor monitor at what point the student can take off unassisted. As with most new adventures, every student learns at a different pace. While some students seek a private license, others just want to get a feel for flying in a small plane. But for those with jet fuel running through their veins, there is always the option for moving up to getting a commercial license. These advanced classes prepare pilots to learn to fly via instruments, become flight instructors themselves, fly multi-engine planes, and or take their airline transport pilot certification test. Kuo says that while the national average is 75 hours of flight time to get a private license, the average training time is about 55 hours with lots of at-home study time. Horizon has accepted students as young as nine, seated on cushions if necessary; however, consistent training doesn’t usually begin until age 11, with 14-year-olds flying once every month.

The only real requirement for takeoff is whether a student can get close enough to the pedals and see over the black glare shield. The minimum age to pass the oral, written, and flight tests for a license is 17; but, at that point, “you can fly from here to California,” says Kuo. The private license doesn’t allow its holder to fly for hire, or in the clouds. It does allow night flights or trips with a friend—that is if they hold you and your judgment in the highest regard. “The things that constrict flight training are cost and time,” says Kuo. “Time and money are the big ones, followed by motivation.” Kuo says most introductory lessons at flight schools across New England cost about $150 for an hour-long flight and ground information about operating the plane. For those looking to dive into flying for a private license, take that number and multiply it by at least 55 hours, not to mention other fees. The cost of training to earn a private license is in the vicinity of $12,000 using a Cessna 152; as for the four-seat 172, add about another two or three grand to that total and you’ll get an idea why it isn’t a pastime for everyone. Still, some enthusiasts wouldn’t let the cost of training interfere with the exhilaration of cruising the skies above; for so many new pilots, nothing compares to flying your own bird. To fly solo, a medical certificate and student pilot’s certificate is required, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Kuo says that when she was first learning to fly, she got on a plane four or five times per week and finished her private license training in two months. “I came to the school to study and sat like a hawk, waiting for cancellations,” she says. For those who make it to the other side of a private license, there are options to make flying more affordable, such as local flying clubs where pilots can buy a share of an airplane. Not everyone who comes to Horizon wants to become a pilot. The school also has a program for people with a fear of flying, where the primary goal is to reach a point of comfort while seated in an aircraft. Kuo says that of the half-dozen participants in that program, several have moved on to wanting to fly a plane themselves. “The thing that causes anxiety is the unknown,” says Kuo when speaking about helping students feel at ease in the planes. “Going through the procedures of what to expect on the flight is going to alleviate that anxiety.” Safety at the school is of utmost concern, and each plane comes apart for an inspection every 100 hours. Four engines were replaced last month, and now and then, the skin of the airplane might need to be replaced after a bird collision. “You either repair or replace,” says Kuo. “Unlike a car, you can’t just pull over and call AAA. They’re built with redundant instruments; if one fails, there’s a backup.” She says

even a plane with a failed engine is still able to fly as long as air is moving over the wings. For Kuo, however, the education element is a real passion. She recalls a student who came to Horizon Aviation from Colombia. He had gone through three instructors and been advised to return when his English was more proficient. “If you listen close enough to a student and their scenario, you can figure out what the real problem is,” says Kuo. “It wasn’t English… Half the battle is listening to the student.” The student Kuo trained went on to obtain a commercial license and is now working as a commercial pilot in Colombia. Kuo has some advice for anyone looking to take the first steps toward a private license: “Go visit the school, look at the planes, and meet the staff. That has a huge impact. They should care about why you want to fly so they can create a curriculum that’s special to you.” Kuo, however, makes every excuse to fly, and she offers some motivation for anyone lured by the skies. On her day off work, she gets on a plane and makes the 15-minute flight from Warwick to Martha’s Vineyard. Once she’s done with breakfast, Kuo parks the plane and heads to the beach. In just under two hours, she can be in Maryland eating crab cakes. And Kuo says she’s personally flown across the country from Oregon, describing the country as it appears from far above—navigating the Rocky Mountains, the deserts, and the trees that turn black near Montana. Of course, there’s New England, which changes throughout the year from white and barren brown to green. Kuo says she can tell when all the gypsy moths have eaten through the oak trees, and she’s flown over cranberry bogs turned brilliant red with a tide of ripe berries. Still, for many, the question remains: Why fly? “It gives you amazing views you wouldn’t normally get,” says Kuo. “It gives you the ability to travel to places you wouldn’t have thought to go before because it changes the size of your universe.” Some just might agree it’s high time to join Kuo and many others in stretching their wings and expanding their horizons—by learning to fly. H SOCO MAGAZINE | JUNE 2017 41

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he SouthCoast attracts travelers from all parts of the country, as well as the world. Due to its remarkable shoreline and proximity to exceptional clean waterways, majestic farms, and a little-known secret—the Elizabeth Islands—many flock to the area for a more bohemian type of vacation. If you are looking for a relaxed but unique and distinctive day trip, leaving you with the feeling of adventure, we suggest the island of Cuttyhunk. Cuttyhunk also referred to as “The Rock,” is a small island with a lot of history and character, lying just a few miles off the SouthCoast of Massachusetts. With an incredible sense of being far from daily routine, this small island instills a feeling of satisfaction that you’ve visited a faraway place—both in time and distance—even though it’s only minutes from the mainland. Rich with sandy beaches, jaw-dropping views, and the sound of surf methodically slapping its shores, this laid-back vacation spot runs on island time, making it the perfect location to spend the day while

shedding the layers of stress built up all week long. Far from television, radios, computers, or just about any other technology that fills your head with noise and distraction— Cuttyhunk offers peace, quiet, and a special opportunity to slow down your vital signs and mind. The island is known as the seat of sports fishing in New England, while sailors (both power and sail) consider it a favorite destination. It has one of the most picturesque harbors you’ll ever find; and whether it’s full, or there are only a few boats scattered throughout the mooring field or tied to a piling, this is an adventure that cannot be put into words—you have to live the experience. Before you head out, since June is the beginning of the season, it’s good to know that the island is small and dry, meaning that the ferry has the only bar service. Don’t expect to see much traffic on the island, since travel is limited to golf carts, a few bikes, and perhaps a truck or two; this place feels lost in time—but in a good way. Walking is a way of life and allows visitors

to take in the fresh salt air, incredible views, and some shopping at the small retail shanties that dot the roadways—if they are open on the day you visit. Visitors love to bike the historic paved paths, but you should be in excellent shape because the island is hilly and will give you a workout. As for others, walking is the preferred means of travel. Comfortable shoes, head gear (considering there is little shelter or shade found near the sea), and perhaps a change of clothing are a must, since some may find themselves lured into the waves regardless of the temperature. A day on Cuttyhunk is not difficult, but be advised to arrive prepared. Sunblock, aspirin, and any medication you may need, along with a cooler filled with your lunch and sweets, are all highly suggested. Of course, a blanket or towel will be necessary to lounge on one of the many beaches, along with a light jacket or overshirt since it will be cooler when you return than when you left the dock. Another interesting note about Cuttyhunk is that you never know what will be open or available. With fewer guests during the SOCO MAGAZINE | JUNE 2017 43



Captain Jono Billings and Sue Billings

beginning of the season, don’t expect for stores to open like your favorite mall—and if they are, picking might be slim. A word of warning: If you need it, bring it. The Cuttyhunk Ferry Company, owned and operated by Captain Jono Billings and his wife, Sue, offers passenger and freight service out of the New Bedford Seaport. Complete with a variety of lunch options, snacks, and bathroom facilities, the method of travel is beyond compare and makes getting to your destination as much fun as being there. The couple are also the “unofficial” ambassadors and have exceptional knowledge which adds to the enjoyment of discovery on the historic island; feel free to ask questions and learn about where you should visit once you arrive. Finally, you’ll want to share your memories with friends, so be sure to bring a camera or whatever device you own that will record your pleasant day on the Rock. However, there is one thing to remember: What takes place on Cuttyhunk, will stay on Cuttyhunk—at least until you reconnect with service; there aren’t any towers to ruin the views on this idyllic vacation spot. H For more information or to book reservations, visit cuttyhunkferryco.com.



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Continued from page 14 deed. And as for those with short memories, Barack Obama was in the White House for eight years—yet the engines of progress remained silent and not a whistle was heard, as far as any involvement or support of the project. For those who have traveled to the SouthCoast, perhaps you’ve witnessed the work performed on the railroad bridge along Route 18, the gateway to the Seaport’s newly renovated streetscape—ostensibly designed to tie the harbor to the rest of the city. Pedestrian friendly and tastefully designed, the blending of the old and the new has created a palate for those with insight (and of course the inside line) to continue to build from the sea up to the cobblestoned hills of the historic port. Behind the scenes, the wheels of progress turn ever so slowly. Seductively, akin to a pretty girl with a wink, the SouthCoast remains coaxed into believing their luck will change once the train arrives, and their wish will come true. Rightfully, there are other suitors attracted to this tease of new transportation; Fall River

and Taunton dream of rail service to their cities. While progress has been made, it appears that two routes are under thoughtful consideration. However, the cost to complete all phases of the project continues to grow well beyond what was initially considered a viable investment. The diesel option, using the current Middleboro route is estimated at the cost of $2.3 billion and could be finished up by 2024. The alternative route—fraught with legal hurdles (but using an all-electric locomotive)—jumps the price tag up to about $3.4 billion. This more desirable route has travelers looking at another 13 years of study, with a completion date of around 2030. What is not being discussed is the final mount of the price tag resulting from a lengthy legal fight, cost overruns, and inflation. WASTE OF TIME, WASTE OF MONEY It is important to note that if the SouthCoast commuter train ever becomes a reality, it will most likely become one of the longest passenger excursions on the MBTA schedule. This single point is reason enough to question cogency of spending billions of dollars up

front, only to be followed by deficit-spending of millions of dollars to operate and maintain the system until the end of time. Let’s estimate the amount of effort an average commuter would spend each day getting to and from work. Using the new Whaling City Commuter Line, you’d find that it will likely take an estimated 20–30 minutes to get from home to the proposed station and board the train (this would likely include waiting idly for departure). The actual ride, by the state’s best estimates (notwithstanding additional stops proposed along the route), will be in the vicinity of about 90 minutes—barring any other delays. Once in Boston, riders will require another 20–30 minutes to walk, transfer, or take a cab ride to their final destination. This exhaustive trek will result in the average strap-holder having to invest over four hours a day, five days a week, for 4.3 weeks each month, just to get to their place of employment. The average worker will need to devote nearly 120 hours of unpaid travel time for commuting if they switch from their Continued on page 58

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current mode of transportation to the rail service. The upside, by our estimate, is that the ride will allow for a massive amount of reading time—hopefully of our magazine. When adding an eight-hour workday to the time-wasted commute (more like 10, for many workers), the result is a grueling 12–14 hour day, which will likely lead to a disgruntled public returning to their cars, buses, and pooling groups for a much shorter ride to Boston. As far as the wishful thinking about tourists arriving at the New Bedford Seaport for a vacation, we’re very sorry to predict the obvious; these travelers will also use their vehicles because it is too convenient to drive to your destination when it is only an hour away. Montigny lobbied 14 years for the rail project; we’ve followed it for 12 more, and the state’s best guess is a target date of 2024—maybe even 2030. As for an end game, we’re looking at about 33–39 years of wishful thinking. Then there is the $3.4 billion dollar price tag—yes, billion! And that isn’t including the operating costs which will need to be subsidized by taxpayers year in and year out. The question voters and taxpayers should be asking is: “Who is advising us to make such a bad investment?” Over a decade ago we saw the writing on the wall; our story, along with follow-up pieces were accurate in their prediction that the train wasn’t going to pull into the station anytime soon, and it looks like it won’t be carrying passengers of this generation either. Adding to the accuracy of our forecast is the fact that many families in Stoughton vowed that there would never be a train running through the Hockomock Swamp, the largest freshwater wetlands in the state. While this is the preferred route by both the DOT, MBTA, and the governor, it is last on the list according to the residents of the area and an environmental group opposed to the project. The other issue facing the advancement of the project is that if any money or approvals are needed from the federal government for the alternative route, you can bet it will be an uphill battle. Being one of the only publications in the country who made the prediction during the primary season of Trump’s success (don’t read more into it than a prediction). We doubt that the only help coming from Washington is going to be an “attaboy” and a pat on the back for Baker—a foe of the president. Everyone feels the pain when having to access Boston. We’re all cheerleaders for an alternative to the arduous commute which worsens each year, but now is the last chance to put common sense in front of pride. At this point, it may be best to have an outside company actualize the cost-benefit and ultimate utilization of a rail system to the SouthCoast. Naturally, public transportation is important, but you would think that after the shellacking the public took on the Big Dig fiasco, brighter minds and better analysis would prevail. Today, the traffic is no better than it was when commuters were heading down the old Southeast Expressway. At least then there were shortcuts into the city; today you have to sit in hours of traffic. If the train is ever to leave the station, it’s going to be a new generation that will find a seat on the SouthCoast commuter line— but it’s unknown if they will even want the ride.” Looking forward, it is our position that the train, when compared Continued next page


to the next wave of transportation for the public, is like making the comparison of a typewriter and the next Apple iPhone. At what point do you conclude that this isn’t a good plan of action? With telecommuting, workers living in the city rather than the suburbs, and business services like Skype, GoToMeeting, and Google Hangouts—we ask the question: “Why are we enamored with old ideas? The current efforts by a select group of supporters for rail service appear to be behind the curve, not in front of it. They must have some secret knowledge or at least a vision that differs significantly from many who see the flaws of this plan. For countless years the state has been shoveling money into a hole which has no bottom. And while promises are made, but not often kept, isn’t it about time someone slams on the brakes and uses logic and reason so this train wreck may be prevented? But for now, thank you for reading, and hold on to your wallet—your grandchildren are going to need it for another 20 years before you hear, “All aboard!” H

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t’s an unsettling and sometimes puzzling topic, both to live out and ponder. For more than six million Americans affected each year with peptic ulcer disease (PUD), the most common form of ulcer, about onequarter will experience revolting symptoms such as a fiery stomach, heartburn, nausea, feeling bloated, belching, and intolerance to fatty foods.1, 2 Worse, a percentage of these people will be greeted with more severe signs and symptoms such as vomiting (including blood), dark (black) stools, breathing difficulty, feeling faint, and, or unexplained appetite changes and weight loss.2 What is a peptic ulcer and how does it happen? As described by the Mayo Clinic, it’s an open sore that develops on the inside lining of the stomach or upper portion of the small intestine, classified as a gastric or duodenal ulcer, respectively. Likely a surprise to the uninformed, peptic ulcers typically results from either particular microbial infection or, less surprisingly, long-term use of aspirin and other acidic painkillers that can irritate the stomach.2 The result? According to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 57 annual hospitalizations per 100,000 people as of 2005, affecting mostly males aged 65 and over and especially Hispanics.1 ELUSIVE OFFENDER

Not until recently have we known this much. The record of knowledge on PUD is a timeline of attempts to identify and address a problem whose cause often remains unknown, even with today’s technology. The iconic Greek physician Hippocrates 60 JUNE 2017 | SOCO MAGAZINE

was one of the first to acknowledge gastric symptoms, with stomach and intestinal ulcers observed through an autopsy in later centuries. French physician François-JosephVictor-Broussais noted in 1812 that if acute gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) goes untreated, it can become chronic. Expanding on this notion roughly 100 years later, Reigel and Moynihan suggested that excessive acid is the cause of ulcers. This set the stage for nearly another hundred years of misguided, albeit partially successful, treatment.3 Though there were many descriptions of bacteria in the stomach and gastric acid samples before 1950, researchers were unable to distinguish primary responsibility. For most of the 20th century, it was believed that both bacterial infection and excess acidity could result in peptic ulcers. When Palmer then stated in Gastroenterology in 1954 there were no human stomach bacteria, and those previous findings were the result of contamination, the belief was cemented that over-acidity was the chief problem—not realizing that silver staining methodology would have isolated the real issue.4 So while early ulcer treatments included bismuth (the active ingredient in PeptoBismol), doctors were unaware of its antibacterial properties, focusing instead on acid suppression. FLESH-EATING INFECTION

Finally, in 1982, the idea of bacterial infection began to be established through the work of Warren and Marshall, proving German physician Robert Koch’s disregarded theory on PUD causation 90 years earlier. In his 2002 book, Helicobacter Pioneers: Firsthand Accounts from the Scientists Who


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Discovered Helicobacters, 1892–1982, researcher Barry J. Marshall describes the revelation of Helicobacter pylori and how it causes peptic ulcer disease. A spiral-shaped bacterium, H. pylori thrive in acidic environments and are found mainly in the stomach where, once colonized, can result in chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) at the site of infection. Consequently, when stomach acid and the digestive enzyme pepsin overwhelm the body’s defenses, PUD and even gastric cancer can result. H. pylori infect at least half of the world’s population (mostly developing nations), though as much as 85 percent of those infected never see symptoms. Microbiologists say that those infected have a 10–20 percent risk of developing a peptic ulcer, with the particular strain determining a person’s outcome.5 Although exact mode of transmission is yet unknown, the bacterium is contagious, thought to be transmitted by oral-oral or oral-fecal contact, with samples isolated in feces, saliva, and dental plaque.5 Not all H. pylori strains cause disease, however, and some may be probiotic. Though Warren and Marshall won a Nobel Prize in 2005 and gained full acceptance by gastroenterology societies, the misconception persists among the public and medical community as a whole. The CDC has had an ongoing educational campaign concerning peptic ulcers’ frequently infectious nature. GUT CHECK

If PUD is present, H. pylori testing is recommended by specialists including Marshall. Noninvasive tests include blood antibody, stool antigen, urine antigen (ELISA), and carbon urea breath test. To kill the bacterium, Marshall described in 2008 that the antibiotic clarithromycin might be prescribed.6 More recently, Malfertheiner et al. discussed a comprehensive approach that includes acid-reducing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as omeprazole (Prilosec), along with antibiotics clarithromycin and amoxicillin.7 As more people are hosting antibiotic-resistant H. pylori, however, longer courses of medication are now being employed as part of even more complex regimens using bismuth compounds. Pitting good bacteria against harmful bacteria is also effective as an adjunct to antibiotic therapy. Eating yogurt with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium has a naturally suppressive effect on H. pylori, as is butyrate-producing probiotic bacteria commonly found in the intestine.8, 9 Another possible treatment suggested by researchers is sulforaphane, made from a reaction that occurs during chewing of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbages. STOMACH FOR HEALTHY LIVING

Health psychologists relate that many PUD patients feel helpless after years of experimentation with unproven methods. But evidence-based measures for soothing gastric distress do exist. This is particularly important if the cause of PUD is idiopathic, or unidentifiable, where other steps must be taken to reduce gastritis. Blocking, reducing, or neutralizing excessive acid to promote healing is important. The Mayo Clinic lists conventional medications such as omeprazole, though a calcium supplement may be needed to offset mineral loss from long-term PPI use; H-2 (histamine) acid 62 JUNE 2017 | SOCO MAGAZINE

blockers such as ranitidine (Zantac); and antacids, though these don’t promote healing and can incur side effects. Additionally, medications may be prescribed to protect the stomach and intestinal lining. Regarding self-management, avoiding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin and ibuprofen is essential to personal safety. Besides cruciferous vegetables, adequate complementary medicines include turmeric, mastic gum, and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). Natural medicine proponent Julius G. Goepp, MD advises what he calls a “dynamic trio” of nutrients that reduce inflammation and distress toward healing: zinc-carnosine (zinc long-used to promote injury repair of soft tissue), licorice extract, and cranberry.10 Further, a healthy nutrient-rich diet that is low in added sugar and refined grains should be pursued. It may come as a relief to know that spicy foods do not cause ulcers, though they can exacerbate symptoms and should be consumed accordingly. Stated earlier, probiotics are effective at promoting gut-bacterial balance (especially after taking antibiotics). Examples include yogurt, aged cheeses, miso, sauerkraut, and pill form. Bananas (several per day) may also provide relief, having antibacterial properties while shown in animal studies to promote a thicker stomach wall and greater mucus protection against acids. Other healthy behaviors to reduce discomfort and promote healing include complying with medication directions (also helping to prevent resistant bacteria); avoiding pain relievers, tobacco, and alcohol; eating frequent smaller meals, though not before sleeping to avoid pain associated with post-digestive acid levels; controlling stress; and getting enough rest.

For prevention, it’s important to avoid infection, since 85 percent of all peptic ulcers stem from H. pylori. Besides sexual transmission, it’s believed the bacterium can be transmitted through food and water since it has been found in animal excretions, such as cow’s milk and feces.11 Another reason to wash hands adequately and prepare/cook foods properly. To heal and help thwart ulcers, Leigh Erin Connealy, MD suggests a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar with a halfteaspoon of baking soda in eight ounces of water. She also uses aloe vera liquid for its ancient soothing and healing applications—ageless as ulcers themselves. H Rob Saint Laurent, MEd is a health writer and editor. Feinstein, L.B., Holman, R.C., Christensen, K.L., Steiner, C.A., Swerdlow, D.L. (2010). Trends in Hospitalizations for Peptic Ulcer Disease, United States, 1998-2005. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 16(9), 1410–18. 2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peptic-ulcer/home/ovc-20231363. 3. K idd, M. & Modlin, I.M. (1998). A Century of Helicobacter pylori. Digestion, 59(1), 1–15. 4. Palmer, E.D. (1954). Investigation of the Gastric Mucosa Spirochetes of the Human. Gastroenterology, 27(2), 218–20. 5. Wikipedia. 6. Stenström, B., Mendis, A., Marshall, B. (2008, August). Helicobacter pylori—the latest in diagnosis and treatment. Australian Family Physician, 37(8), 608–12. 7. Malfertheiner, P., Megraud, F., O’Morain, C.A., Atherton, J., Axon, A.T., Bazzoli, F., Gensini, G.F., Gispert, J.P., Graham, D.Y., Rokkas, T., El-Omar, E.M., Kuipers, E.J. (2012, May). Management of Helicobacter pylori infection—the Maastricht IV/Florence Consensus Report. Gut, 61(5), 646–64. 8. Wang, K.Y., Li, S.N., Liu, C.S., Perng, D.S., Su, Y.C., Wu, D.C., Jan, C.M., Lai, C.H., Wang, T.N., Wang, W.M. (2004, September). Effects of ingesting Lactobacillus- and Bifidobacterium-containing yogurt in subjects with colonized Helicobacter pylori (PDF). The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 80(3), 737–41. 9. Franceschi, F., Cazzato, A., Nista, E.C., Scarpellini, E., Roccarina, D., Gigante, G., Gasbarrini, G., Gasbarrini, A. (2007). Role of probiotics in patients with Helicobacter pylori infection. Helicobacter, 12 Suppl 2, 59–63. 10. Goepp, J.G. (2008, January). Natural Solutions to Chronic Stomach Problems. Life Extension Magazine. 11. Safaei, H.G., Rahimi, E., Zandi, A., Rashidipour, A. (2011, February). Helicobacter pylori as a zoonotic infection: the detection of H. pylori antigens in the milk and feces of cows. Journal of Research in the Medical Sciences, 16(2), 184–87. 1.

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2) Give your workout routine a jolt A growing body of research shows that having caffeine before exercise can improve athletic performance, whether you’re lifting weights or doing an endurance workout. A study in the journal “Nutrients” found that cyclists who consumed caffeine were able to pedal for an average of 23 percent longer than other bikers. Another study, from the “European Journal of Sports Science,” indicated that pre-workout caffeine could increase muscular force and power. More research from the “American Journal of Physiology” even shows that consuming caffeine before a workout can help accelerate fat loss! 3) Join a workout challenge There are all kinds of great fitness challenges online, which offer nutritional tips and exercise advice. One of the great things about a challenge is that it not only

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fall short of an ideal diet - and even when we do our best to eat well, it is extremely difficult to get all the nutrients we need on a regular basis with diet alone.” What you can do It is possible to take steps to improve nutrition. Dr. Low Dog offers these tips:

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he good news? Americans think they are eating well; in fact, 60 percent say they eat a very healthy diet. The not-sogood news? Perception and reality may not be aligned. Only 6 percent of Americans report eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, reveals recent research from supplement maker MegaFood. The discrepancy leaves an enormous nutritional gap to fill. The survey results highlight another knowledge gap between Americans and healthy eating—you can eat plenty of healthy foods, and still not get the recommended daily allowances of vital nutrients. For example, 52 percent of survey respondents say they think they get enough vitamin B6 in their diets. B6 is found in foods like bananas and avocados, plays a significant role in producing fuel and energy, and is critical for the optimal function of the brain, nervous and immune systems. 66 JUNE 2017 | SOCO MAGAZINE

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say 30 million Americans are deficient in vitamin B6. Multiple studies have shown many Americans don’t get the recommended amounts of needed nutrients every day, yet two-thirds believe they can get all the required nutrients by eating a healthy diet, according to the MegaFood survey. As a result, the belief they don’t need a multivitamin is the top reason two in five people don’t take one. “My experience consistently shows me that a large number of Americans live high-carb, high-sugar, caffeine-overloaded, stressed-out, no-exercise lives,” says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, herbal medicine and dietary supplementation, and author of National Geographic’s “Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More.” “We may have good intentions when it comes to eating well, but the truth is that many of us

• K now the nutrients you should be getting and the recommended daily amount for each. The National Institutes of Health provide online tables for recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals, based on age and gender. • Do your best to eat a balanced diet; it delivers health benefits beyond vitamin sufficiency. Be sure to get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. • Supplement your healthy eating habits with a quality multivitamin. Eighty-one percent of consumers realize that not all multivitamins are the same. MegaFood makes a line of multivitamins formulated to support the health of men and women during various phases of life. They’re made from real food from real family farmers. The line is gluten-, soy-, GMO- and dairyfree, and tested to be free of pesticides and herbicides. • To help bridge the nutritional gap, MegaFood has launched its MegaPledge campaign. Pledge to close your nutritional gap by taking a multivitamin and MegaFood will donate a bottle of multis to someone in need. Pledgers will receive a $5 coupon and be entered to win great prizes, including a year’s worth of multivitamins and a fantastic wellness getaway. Additionally, MegaFood is teaming up with Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit organization that empowers underserved consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local food. With every pledge, MegaFood will donate two servings of fruits and veggies to someone in need. Take the pledge at megafood.com/pledge. – (BPT)







n his most recent Berkshire Hathaway annual report, famed investor Warren Buffett praised Jack Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group and inventor of index investing. “If a statue is ever erected to honor the person who has done the most for American investors,” Buffett said, “the hands-down choice should be Jack Bogle.” With index investing, investors buy a basket of stocks or bonds. (Investors cannot directly invest in an index.) The most popular index is probably Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500), which tracks the 500 largest companies on the NYSE or NASDAQ and is a staple in the menu of investment choices that many of you have in your 401(k) plan. Moreover, most stock market indexes, including the S&P 500, are market-cap weighted: The bigger the company, the more representation it gains on the index, hence in your investment option. Today, if you were to allocate a percentage of your 401(k) to it, the biggest holding represents approximately 3.7 percent and the second largest holding represents 2.6 percent. And it is not just blue-chip stocks. Virtually any asset class can be invested in with an index that includes small-cap stocks, bonds, high-yield bonds, foreign stocks, commodities, etc. The opposite of index investing is active management, in which a portfolio manager or managers construct a portfolio one security at a time. By dissecting the prospects of a company’s stock or bonds, the manager hopes to create a portfolio that can outperform the market and the indexes. Over the last 10 years, however, $1 trillion of investors’ money has moved from active to indexes. A big reason for this is that, over that same period, most active managers have underperformed lower costindex options. Worse yet, during the Great Recession, during which one hoped active manage68 JUNE 2017 | SOCO MAGAZINE

ment could reduce a portfolio’s losses (even though the S&P 500 index lost approximately 50 percent), active managers did not perform a whole lot better, suffering losses similar or, in some cases, worse. The significant long-term advantage of index investing is lower costs, as the fees charged to investors are significantly less than those in active management. This is because index investing has no managers to pay, as no one is researching and picking the securities. However, what Buffett and Bogle fail to recognize—or, at the very least, acknowledge—is that all of those active managers trying to beat the market are what makes the market efficient; because of them, most individual securities get priced correctly. Thus, with no bargains for active managers to swoop up, investors might as well buy a lower-cost index. So, while Buffett praises Bogle and indexing, he minimizes the importance of active management to the outperformance of indexing. Plus, if more and more investors switch to index investing, then less and less research and active management will get done. This could create more

bargains and set the stage for the investing world to flip back to benefit from the security selection once highlighted by Buffett’s mentors, Benjamin Graham and David Dodd, in their famous 1934 book, Security Analysis. H These are the opinions of Tim Hayes and not necessarily those of Cambridge Investment Research. They are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed or acted upon as individualized investment advice. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Federally registered investment advisor, 39 Braddock Park #5, Boston, MA 02116 | |126 Horseneck Road, S. Dartmouth, MA 02748. Sources: Braham, Lewis. “A Seismic Shift Is Happening, and Billions are Pouring Into These Index Funds and ETFs.” CNBC, April 17, 2017. http://www.cnbc. com/2017/04/17/a-seismic-shift-is-happening-and-billionsare-pouring-into-these-funds.html Graham, Benjamin, and David L. Dodd. Security Analysis. Sixth Edition. Foreword by Warren E. Buffett. New York: McGraw Hill Education, 2008. Levy, Rachael. “Warren Buffett Just Said This Man Has Done the ‘Most for American Investors.’” Business Insider, February 25, 2017. http://www.businessinsider.com/ warren-Buffett-praises-vanguards-jack-bogle-in-annualletter-2017-2 “S&P 500 Companies by Weight.” SlickCharts. 2017. http://slickcharts.com/sp500


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oney joins sex and parenting in the top three most common issues about which couples argue. It is also the lifeblood of our capitalist culture, and has a significant influence on partners and couples. How we use money expresses our core values and emotional truths; money also reflects partner differences. Used well, it can fund our hopes and dreams; but more fundamentally, it also procures security and status. Loaded with importance and meaning, money complicates our love relationships. Money contributes in a large way to self-determination and selfexpression. Autonomy and self-esteem play important roles in all life choices, and our deeply-held values show up in our spending habits. Money, therefore, reflects differences in partner values. If one partner holds dear security while the other craves asset growth, the different tolerance of risk will show up in money-related conflicts. The priority of planning for the future versus spending to enjoy today is a typical generator of partner tension. Money is a storage container. The energy and intelligence devoted to work are stored in saved dollars, which may be released later when spent. The link between money and power is absolute; with more money comes more influence, choices, and freedoms. When partners are not aligned, money accentuates partner differences the way MSG enhances food flavor. Within couples, the distribution of power is commonly unequal—such as when one partner unilaterally manages the money, the resulting power imbalance can undermine goodwill between partners. Couples who communicate and coordinate well about money benefit from a brighter future in terms of reaching goals and realizing dreams. Successful money management requires discipline and self-control, practices that build strength of character. Unchecked, money-related problems will infect other relationship areas, such as harming a loving connection. Regular, gentle, positive, and honest money conversations about the state of the finances may help to protect a relationship from power imbalance. Generally, people invest time, energy, and money into activities that are soothing. When partners are anxious, stressed, or depressed, they often seek ways to feel better. Products, events, and activities which provide pleasure are

susceptible to becoming out-of-balance compulsions and addictions— and financial dangers. Alcohol, drugs, and gambling are the obvious culprits, but other “guilty pleasures” such as shopping, collecting, food, sweets, video games, online sexual activities, sports betting, and fantasy leagues, can quickly become habitual and expensive. Impulse-spending, too, is a financially dangerous behavior pattern. Enjoying pleasure in itself may not be harmful, but these activities are often used to feel better but offer no long-lasting solution to emotionally-based difficulties. When a partner spends money to soothe emotional discomfort, the chances of financial problems are high. When funds are scarce, fiscal values and money-related differences between partners are magnified, as is the potential for financiallyrelated conflict. Easily assumed is that people who have money in abundance have no problems, but with wealth comes different struggles. Those who have limited access to money may wish for wealth as a solution to their woes, yet many who suddenly receive wealth through a lottery or inheritance have found the windfall to be disruptive and destructive. It is hard to live a dream, but harder to live without one; wealth brings a heavy burden and may rob an unprepared benefactor of motivation and life purpose. Wealth does not eliminate difficulties or emotional pain; in actuality, it replaces common money struggles with others: guilt, fear, and distrust. A wealthy person developing new relationships may worry about whether a new friend likes them or their money more. In couples where one partner has financial abundance, and the other has little money, issues can be divisive. Money, integrated tightly into our everyday lives, has a strong influence on our individual health and love relationships. It is among the most common sources of conflict between partners because money’s use reflects our values, strengths, weaknesses, and emotional discomforts, but also magnifies partner differences. Money itself will not solve emotional problems, even though life is easier with it than without. And, of course, money will never buy love. H Andrew Aaron, LICSW is a sex and relationship therapist who practices in the New Bedford Seaport. SOCO MAGAZINE | JUNE 2017 69


NAUTICAL New York Yacht Club Regatta June 2–6, 2017 | Annapolis to Newport Race June 2–4, 2017 | NYYC One Design Regatta (Etchells Nationals) June 4, 2017 | Leukemia Cup June 9–11, 2017 | 163rd Annual Regatta presented by Rolex Newport, RI; nyyc.org Rendex-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta June 17–22, 2017 Boston Harbor Boston, MA sailboston.com Parade of Sail, Sail Boston Festival, public boarding of ships, crew & cadet street parade, tall ship departure. All events are free and open to the public. Discover Southeast Alaska June 23–30, 2017 Alaska, US Organizer: Museum School springfieldmuseums.org Aboard the 143-foot Admiralty Dream ship. Cost: $2,995

EQUESTRIAN Newport Polo June 3, 2017 | USA vs. Peru June 10, 2017 | Newport Cup June 17, 2017 | USA vs. France June 24, 2017 | Newport vs. Boston Glen Farm Rt. 138 250 Linden Ln. Portsmouth, RI; nptpolo.com


Belmont Stakes Racing Festival June 8–10, 2017 Belmont Park Belmont, NY belmontstakes.com Myopia Hunt June 10, 2017 | Last Spring Roading June 14, 2017 | Hound Exercises begin July 2017 | Hound Exercises July 2017 | Don Little Memorial Polo Day - huntsman & hounds demonstration. Myopia Hunt Club 435 Bay Rd. South Hamilton, MA myopiahunt.org Horseback Riding Omni Mount Washington 310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd. Bretton Woods, NH omnihotels.com

GARDENS/PARKS Rhododendron Care Walk and Talk June 4, 2017 Heritage Museums and Gardens 67 Grove St. Sandwich, MA heritagemuseumsandgardens.org Horticulture staff share the basics on how to maintain and care for your rhododendrons. Gillette Castle Open until Labor Day Gillette Castle State Park 67 River Rd. East Haddam, CT; ct.gov Twenty-four room mansion was the

home of William Hooker Gillette, noted actor, director, and playwright. Most famous for his portrayal of “Sherlock Holmes.” 3rd Annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival July 7–16, 2017 Visit website for locations: capecodchamber.org Garden tours, workshops, lectures, painting demonstration, and Cocktail Trail! capecodchamber.org St. Julie’s Ladies Guild Garden Tour July 15, 2017 Advance Ticket $18 Day of Tour Ticket $20 Tour & Luncheon $35 Optional: Personalized gift card $2 St. Julie’s Reception Hall 494 Slocum Rd. N. Dartmouth, MA Call 508-993-0975 or 508-994-2080 Six beautiful gardens in Dartmouth and New Bedford’s West End. Rain or shine.

DANCE Jacob’s Pillow Dance June 21–Aug. 27, 2017 | 85th Anniversary Season Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space 358 George Carter Rd. Becket, MA; jacobspillow.org Outdoor amphitheater with panoramic view of the Berkshire Hills. Performances feature a variety of styles.

Island Moving Company July 19–23, 2017 | Great Friends Dance Festival Newport, RI; islandmovingco.org

THEATRE The College Light Opera Company 58 Highfield Dr. Falmouth, MA collegelightoperacompany.com Theatre by the Sea June–Sept. 364 Cards Pond Rd. Wakefield, RI; theatrebythesea.com The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin June 15–25, 2017 The Firebarn 340 Prospect St. Fall River, MA; littletheatre.net Social Security by Andrew Bergman July 20–27, 2017 The Firebarn 340 Prospect St. Fall River, MA; littletheatre.net The Little Church Theater July 26, 2017 | 8th Annual Project Greenway: Walk the Red Carpet for Recycling! Judged on creativity; use of recycled, re-purposed, and reused materials; wearability; color; texture; construction; and accessories. Ages (11–16), (17+) Cash prizes. 40 Route 113, Holderness, NH littlechurchtheater.com | Theatre, art, and music on the shores of Squam Lake.

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Rockport Chamber Music Festival June 2–July 9, 2017 37 Main St. Rockport, MA; rockportmusic.org Paskamansett Concerts June 10, 2017 | Louis Leeman & Jerilyn Karam-Kozak July 8, 2017 | Lenny Solomon Dartmouth Grange 1133 Fisher Rd. Dartmouth, MA paskamansettconcertseries@gmail.com 15th Annual Benefit Pops Concert “Hollywood Blockbusters” June 11, 2017 Fireman Performing Arts Center Tabor Academy 235 Front St. Marion, MA tricountysymphonicband.org Social hour, light fare, raffle, concert, cupcakes, and coffee


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An Inner World: SeventeenthCentury Dutch Genre Painting Through Sept. 17, 2017 Clark Art Institute 225 South St. Williamstown, MA; clarkart.edu Dedee Shattuck Gallery Anniversary Show June 28–July 30, 2017 | Show July 1, 2017 | Reception 1 Partners’ Lane Westport, MA dedeeshattuckgallery.com

EXHIBITION “Boys of Summer: A Season with the Newport Gulls” Opening Reception: June 8, 2017 On View: Through Sept. 10, 2017 Surf Photograph Workshop: Sept. 10, 2017 76 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI; newportartmuseum.org Photographs by Jason Evans

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11th Annual Opening of the Bay June 3, 2017 Fort Taber Park New Bedford, MA; communityboating.org Their mission is to teach positive life values to youth through boating. 10th Annual Fundraiser Gala June 3, 2017 Edgehill 31 Beacon Hill Rd. Newport, RI Stunning location, wines selected by Les Ballard, hors d’oeuvres by McGrath Clambakes, Inc., and silent auction. Benefiting Friends of Ballard Park. ballardpark.org Pierre Cardin: A Gala Celebration June 17, 2017 The Breakers 44 Ochre Point Ave. Newport, RI; newportmansions.org Tickets are limited, and advance reservations are required. Newport Flower Show June 23–25, 2017 Opening Night Gala: June 23, 2017 Rosecliff Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI; newportmansions.org


Oliver Hazard Perry Summer Party 2017 June 30, 2017 Newport Shipyard 1 Washington St. Newport, RI; ohpri.org Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and raw bar. Ship open to board. Silent auction, dinner, dessert, and dancing. Celebrating the first full-rigged ship to sail the Northwest Passage in 100 years.

Under the Full Moon Annual Gala July 8, 2017 Heritage Museums & Gardens 67 Grove St. Sandwich, MA heritagemuseumsandgardens.org Cocktails, farm table dinner, and dancing to Soul Revue. Cape Cod casual dress. Proceeds support HM&G.

Artists’ Ball July 1, 2017 June 30, 2017 | VIP event for Patron level and above with author Flora Miller Biddle, The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made. Includes reception and signed copy of her book. Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI newportartmuseum.org Honorees Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins, two of the world’s most celebrated arts writers. Black-tie optional masked ball, cocktails, dinner, and silent and live auctions. Dancing to the music of Alex Donner and his Orchestra. On display, Ferrari Race Cars from the Audrain Automobile Collection, and much more!

Clambake XXII - Celebrating Science and Education July 14, 2017 Demarest Lloyd State Park Dartmouth, MA; lloydcenter.org Helps with the costs of environmental research and education programs.

Island Moving Company July 7, 2017 | Nuit Blanche: Bal de Danse Summer Gala at Bellevue House 304 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI July 19–23, 2017 | Great Friends Dance Festival; islandmovingco.org Cocktails, garden performances, and dancing in the tent.

2017 Annual Redwood Gala July 15, 2017 Redwood Library & Athenæum 50 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI; redwoodlibrary.org Chris Norton and his seven-piece band perform. Details: TBA The Newport Antiques Show July 27, 2017 | Gala Preview Party July 28–30, 2017 | Show St. George’s School 375 Purgatory Rd. Middletown, RI; newportantiqueshow.com

Chihuly Exhibit runs through Oct. 29, 2017 Plein-Air Invitational | June 11, 2017 Summer Solstice Celebration | June 17, 2017 Chillin’ with Chihuly | August 12 & 13, 2017 New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY; nybg.org His first major garden exhibition in NY in more than 10 years.

Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith 76 Bellevue Ave.; Newport, RI newportartmuseum.org WOW® World of WearableArt™ Through June 11, 2017 Special exhibition galleries Peabody Essex Museum East India Square 161 Essex St. Salem, MA; pem.org RISD Museum Exhibition: Inventing Impressionism through June 11, 2017 Collection: Intermission through June 30, 2017 20 North Main St. Providence, RI; risdmuseum.org

Thomas Schütte: Crystal Through Oct. 9, 2017 The Clark Art Institute 225 South St. Williamstown, MA; clarkart.edu Contemporary (German, b. 1954) artist best known for public, large-scale sculptures.

Hood Museum of Art Through June 18, 2017 | Ingo Günther - World Processor 53 Main St. Hanover, NH hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu

Circular Abstractions: Bulls-Eye Quilts Through Oct. 22, 2017 Fuller Craft Museum 455 Oak St. Brockton, MA; fullercraft.org Twenty-five quilts in this touring exhibition by US and international artist.

MUSEUMS The Newport Car Museum Opening: June 1, 2017 1847 West Main Rd. Portsmouth, RI newportcarmuseum.org A private collection of more than 45 automobiles. Handicap accessible. The Butterfly House June 1–Sept. 3, 2017 The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 869 Main St., Rt. 6A Brewster, MA; ccmnh.org Free with museum admission. Reservations required for butterfly feeding. Newport Art Museum Mystery at the Museum: June 3 & 17, 2017 | Vicious Victorians June 10 & 24, 2017 | Poison, Pens, & Poets Read/Eat/Chat: June 15, 2017 | The Last Painting of

Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art Through July 9, 2017 Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA; worcesterart.org From the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection. Organized and circulated by the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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Wood as Muse Through Sept. 3, 2017 The Art Complex Museum 189 Alden St. Duxbury, MA; artcomplex.org

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Shadow to Light June 8, 2017 | Robo-Shark: How High-Tech Tags are Revealing the Secret Lives of Sharks 1 Central Wharf Boston, MA; neaq.org Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame June 1, 2017 | “Autonomous Underwater Vehicles” presented by Bob Anderson Aug. 17, 2017 | “Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship” presented by Paul Ferrell 1 Burnside St. Bristol, RI; herreshoff.org Lecture: Lost Newport June 29, 2917 Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI newportmansions.org With Paul Miller, Curator, The Preservation Society of Newport County. Book signing to follow lecture. Advance registration required. Moose & Bear Lecture June 30, 2017 Omni Mount Washington 310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd. Bretton Woods, NH omnihotels.com With outdoor enthusiast Nigel Manley.

DELICIOUS Culinary Experiences Ocean House 1 Bluff Ave. Watch Hill, RI oceanhouseevents.com Visit website for complete listing

of special events held at OH and the Weekapaug Inn. Newport Flower Show June 23, 2017 | Afternoon Tea June 25, 2017 | Champagne & Jazz Brunch Rosecliff Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI newportmansions.org

SPECIAL EVENTS Walk With Me & Ski Run for Easter Seals June 1, 2017 Veterans Park Elm St. Manchester, NH; eversource.com Providing individuals with disabilities innovative programs and services. Pints & Paws June 8, 2017 Cape Cod Brewery 1336 Phinneys Lane Hyannis, MA; mspca.org Great food, live music, raffle, tastings, and outdoor beer garden. Well behaved, leashed, and vaccinated dogs welcome. Treats, activities, and photo booth. Please register. Boston Children’s Hospital Eversource Walk for Kids June 11, 2017 DCR Hatch Shell 47 David G Mugar Way Boston, MA bostonchildren.org/walkwithus Register to walk, donate, or volunteer. Newport Flower Show

June 23–25, 2017 Rosecliff Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI newportmansions.org Colorful flora designs, exhibits, displays, lectures, demonstrations, shopping, and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the historic landscapes of The Preservation Society of Newport County. Boston Harborfest 2017 June 30–July 2, 2017 Boston, MA bostonharborfest.com

FAMILY Kite Flying at Watson Farm June 3, 2017 455 North Rd. Jamestown, RI historicnewengland.org Enjoy the views of Narragansett Bay’s West Passage. 23rd Annual Father’s Day Road Race & Family Walk June 18, 2017 The Children’s Museum in Easton The Old Fire Station 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton, MA childrensmuseumineaston.org T-shirts to all runners who pre-register by June 5. 96th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow July 1–3, 2017 Cape Cod Fair grounds 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, Rt. 151 East Falmouth, MA mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov

Annual Fourth of July Parade Picnic July 4, 2017 Linden Place Mansion 500 Hope St. Bristol, RI; lindenplace.org Tickets include breakfast and lunch. Seating for the famous Bristol parade, mansion tour, and restrooms. Green Animals Children’s Party July 14, 2017 Green Animals Topiary Garden 380 Cory’s Lane Portsmouth, RI newportmansions.org Tickets sold at the door. Rain or shine.

TOURS Art and Architecture Tour Boston Athenæum 10 1/2 Beacon St. Boston, MA; bostonathenæum.org Free hour-long tour with docent. Advance booking.

GREAT OUTDOORS Loon Cruises on Squam Lake Mondays & Fridays, June 5–Aug. 28 (excl. July 7) Science Center Lake Cruise Dock Holderness, NH; loon.org

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Father’s Day Hike June 18, 2017 Hazard Rd. Entrance Newport, RI; ballardpark.org Guided tour through rugged and steep terrain. Suggested donation: $5/$10 family.

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4TH of July Family Party Train Hobo Railroad 64 Railroad St. Lincoln, NH; hoborr.com Ride the rail in patriotic style. Hot dogs, chips, ice cream, cold beverages, and entertainment. Returns in time for the Lincoln-Woodstock Fireworks! Advance tickets recommended.

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he Grand Parade of Sail Boston 2017 is an event not to be missed. On June 17, more than 50 majestic sailing vessels from around the globe, led by US Coast Guard Barque Eagle, will parade into Boston Harbor under sail for the first time since 2000. Entering a dramatically different harbor than the one that welcomed the ships nearly 20 years ago, the waterfront has successfully reinvented and adapted itself to 21st century uses. The Seaport District is teeming with an eclectic combination of modern residences, world-class hotels and restaurants, and vibrant

nightlife—it’s the perfect backdrop for this world-class event. From June 17–22, the Harbor will be home to the ships, their crews, and an estimated four million visitors that are expected to view the many ships and stroll their historical decks. “We have been working diligently with the city, state, Massport, the US Coast Guard, and other key public and private agencies to ensure a successful event and a memorable experience for all,” said Dusty Rhodes, president of Conventures and executive director of Sail Boston 2017. “We are looking forward with great enthusiasm to the return of the Tall Ships and to embrace and celebrate the cultures of the countries each represents,” added Rhodes. The festivities kick off with the Grand Parade of Sail, a stunning maritime spectacle

that is truly the greatest show on the surf. Over 50 magnificent vessels including Unión from Peru, Europa from The Netherlands, Alexander Von Humboldt II from Germany, Spain’s El Galeon, Nadezhda from Russia, Guayas from Ecuador, United Kingdom’s Blue Clipper, Canada’s Bluenose II, and Chile’s Esmeralda will follow the USCG Eagle into Boston Harbor on Saturday, June 17. The parade launches a five-day, nauticalthemed celebration featuring educational, cultural, interactive, and reenactment events and activities as well as daily free public boarding of the ships. A colorful Crew and Cadets Parade from the Seaport to Downtown Crossing highlights the landside activities. With only a few weeks away, it’s time make your plans to be part of history. H For more information, visit sailboston.com. SOCO MAGAZINE | JUNE 2017 75

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