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May 2013

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SOCO ™ MagazinE

10 | Impressions 12 | FYI 14 | To Hell in a Handbasket

May 2013

Safety, Welfare Efforts Out of Control

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16 | Left Page/ Right Page Quality of Education Versus Spending,: Where Is the Disconnect?

CULTURE 47 | Music Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival

50 | Art Restoring Antiques—When Is It Worthwhile?

52 | Book Review The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster

18 | Noise 20 | Your Money Domestic Energy Logistics

34 | northern new england Events Dense sugar, high fat, and deep frying put doughnuts high on the list of foods that make us sick.

MIND BODY & SPIRIT 54 | Your Health

82 | 31 Days

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Seasonal Fleas and Ticks

57 | under the sheets Did You Mean Intimacy or Sex?

26 | Samantha Pleet

Dockside 38 | You, Too, Can Be A Captain

TABLE 61 | Eating Well Foods That Make Us Sick

64 | The Mystery Diner

Social Affairs 42 | A Modern Guide

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HOME 69 | More Than Skin Deep: Siding Protects and Beautifies

Best of Breed 78 | They Have a Soft Spot for Alpaca

80 | Pet Personals

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ven with the weather changing for the better and longer days (meaning more sunlight and the anticipation of summer soon arriving), those who follow current events—specifically regarding the government, world affairs, and the economy—are aware of the snail’s pace at which our recovery is moving, and the lack of a clear and concise plan of action to pull us up from what seems to be a nosedive. But not all is at the national level: One sideshow worth watching is that of party-against-party politics. Not Democrat versus Republican—oh no, in Massachusetts, it’s the governor posturing against the legislature over his proposed $34.8 billion budget for the next fiscal year. His plan includes a 6.9 percent spending increase from 2013, which would raise taxes by $1.9 billion while taking nearly $400 million from reserves. Many within the governor’s own party are freaking out about a tax hike that would surely hit the middle-class voters they will be facing in the next election. One of the major hurdles in the debate concerns the train reaching from Fall River and New Bedford up to Boston and another line running from Pittsfield to New York. Knowing that the creation of new rail transportation carries an ongoing deficit of billions of dollars, because it has never been and never will be self-supporting, the only representatives beating the drum for Deval Patrick are those from the SouthCoast region who are basically ignored until they are required to deliver votes for the party. The fever for the development of a train is palpable when you walk around the former mill towns and ask opinions about the debate. But take a survey of those 50-plus miles away from the coast, and a far different opinion prevails. Anyone who has listened to talk radio from Boston knows the animosity toward an area many know little about, and worse, don’t wish to even acknowledge. These Boston metro, 495-beltway, and Berkshire voters have much more influence on state politics—collectively—than the few politicians who have made promises to constituents who believe that being connected to Boston will be a major step in their economic survival, and will bring expansive growth opportunities for their two cities and surrounding suburbs. The jury is out on this one. For those of you who remember SOCO magazine’s first cover, all we can do is ask, “Where’s the train?” For those with their eye on the big picture, we want to share a few of the rumors going around financial circles. To begin with, a few so-called experts believe the strength of the stock market is being artificially supported by a rush of investors who don’t have any other place to park their money. Accompanying this is a belief that the government is printing money and flooding it into Continued on page 31

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afternoon and an optional field trip “behind the scenes” to Mystic Seaport on Sunday. Saturday sessions will feature presentations on the origins and history of scrimshaw, the identification and connoisseurship of masterworks, tips on collecting, and research on prices and market trends, all provided by experts from across the nation. The sessions will be followed by a cash bar reception, gala banquet, and evening program. For more information or to register, contact Visitor Services at 508-997-0046, ext. 100, or e-mail frontdesk@whalingmuseum.org. The full schedule of events and program updates is on the museum’s website, whalingmuseum.org.H

ammy Greenspan, founder and president of Pink Box Gourmet Bakery of Dartmouth, Mass., has announced two new retail locations at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. A grand opening is planned for July. On the first level of the casino, Pink Box will feature its signature gourmet cupcakes, along with French macaroons, artisan chocolates, cakes, pastries, and other sweets. The second location, upstairs at the facility, will be reminiscent of an old-fashioned candy store, but with a modern flair. The flagship store in Dartmouth will remain open and be the hub for production and inventory. Currently Pink Box is by appointment and delivery. Greenspan developed her gourmet cupcake and dessert specialty business just a year ago. She says her bright and interesting logos, packaging, and high-quality desserts for parties and gift-giving have created quite a demand in a very short period and led to many expansion opportunities.

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The Annual Kick-Off To Summer Celebration began in 2009 with 175 guests as a fund-raising effort for Saint Vincent’s Life Skills Program, supporting youth who “age-out” of care and have no option of returning to a family. This year’s event will be held June 21. Guests will enjoy gourmet food stations, complimentary beer and wine, cash bar, dancing to World Premier Band, and both silent and live auctions on The Battleship Massachusetts overlooking Fall River’s waterfront. Tickets are $100 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Melissa Dick at development@ stvincentshome.org or 508-235-3228.

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Southcoast, Silverbrook to Offer CSA Program Southcoast Health System has partnered with Silverbrook Farm in Dartmouth, Mass., to expand community-sustainable agriculture (CSA) programs across the region. The new cooperative will provide fresh, locally grown produce to the community for 19 consecutive weeks, throughout the summer and early autumn growing seasons. The 2013 CSA season begins June 17 and ends October 25. Members may opt to purchase a full share or a half-share for the season. Shares can be picked up at one of four weekly Southcoast Health System Farmers Market locations in Wareham, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Fall River. The deadline to join the program is June 1. Subscriptions are accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis. For more information or to join, visit southcoast. org/farmersmarket/csa.html or contact Sydney Patten at 508-961-5079.

Celebrate clean water and support a healthy Buzzards Bay at the Buzzards Bay Swim July 13. Hundreds of swimmers of all ages and ability levels will participate in a 1.2-mile open-water swim across outer New Bedford Harbor. Funds raised support the work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition to protect and restore the bay. Swimmers, supporters, and volunteers are welcome. Visit savebuzzardsbay.org/swim or call 508-999-6363 for more details.

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Safety, Welfare Efforts Out of Control Colin Powell once said, “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.”

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his month I’d like to share some observations so you might discuss them with an intelligent, calm, commonsense liberal and see if the two of you can come to a solution for this government that is spinning totally out of control. Who Controls Whom? Your government has been busy over the years doing everything it can to make your neighbor, as well as the rest of the country, as safe as possible. However, if you look at some of the actions it is taking, you have to wonder exactly whom it is attempting to control. Cases in point: (1) The government is stockpiling ammunition, but refuses to give the media any sense of its intentions or motivation for hoarding this excessive amount of bullets. (2) Drones are everywhere overhead, and they can eavesdrop on conversations and film citizens without their knowledge. Only under extreme pressure by Senator Rand Paul, when he filibustered for 13 hours, did the US Attorney General confirm the president did not have the power to kill US citizens via drones in this country. (3) The current administration has given government agencies permission to review banking records of all citizens. (4) Homeland Security was forced to release the words it monitors on your computer and social networks. Examples include, “attack,” “pork,” “cloud,” “team,” “Mexico,” “terrorism,” and “Al Qaeda.” (5) Even more surveillance cameras are being installed in nearly every public place a person might visit or be found near, while new technology that records facial identification is being developed to facilitate storage in centralized databases. 14 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

(6) Law enforcement officers drive around daily just scanning license plates to pull up information on drivers/owners of vehicles— even if they are not committing a crime or looking suspicious. (7) Law enforcement has also, over the last year, requested more than one million files on citizens’ cell phone usage, including text messages, phone numbers, and locations. (8) The Feds can, at any time, shut down the Internet and phone lines, and close banks—all before you have a chance to react. (9) With the recent debate over gun control, there are those looking to establish a national registry for each and every firearm owned by a US citizen. (10) And finally, those in power make you believe you’re still in control, while they copy and mine personal information about regular citizens just like you. They are including law enforcement and health records (which are conveniently being turned into electronic files as part of Obamacare), employment history, travel schedules, student records, credit card usage, bank account information, and just about anything else that makes you—you! When Throwing Money at a Problem Doesn’t Work Recently the Crittenton Women’s Union released its 2013 Massachusetts Economic Independent Index, along with a Hot Jobs report. In reviewing the well-prepared report, it is startling to learn how much it costs to meet the most basic of needs for a family. The report finds that a family needs an income (based on the Mass. Index Wage-Annually) of at least $73,776 to support two adults, a preschooler, and one school-age child.

The report went on to say that a single parent with one preschooler must bring home a minimum of $51,384 annually. Now what you need to do is look around and notice how many young, unemployed women are pushing around a carriage, living off government assistance, and considering another child because the money sent to them increases with each birth. They have no chance in hell to gross $51,384 per year—especially if they have dropped out of high school. Folks, there are college graduates who can’t make this kind of money after four years of education, internships, and glowing recommendations. When will we all come to realize that supporting this huge population is only a tremendous drag on our economic system? It doesn’t matter how many jobs they get, and whether or not the minimum wage is tripled, the numbers don’t add up to success. It is estimated that 48 percent of first children are born to unwed mothers. Is it any wonder that we see increases in poverty and spikes in food stamp vouchers? Recently, the city of New York ran an educational campaign targeting younger women who are low income, with little education, whose first children were born out of wedlock. The poster campaign shows a variety of cute babies crying or looking sad with captions like, “Got a good job? I cost thousands of dollars each year,” “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen,” and, “Dad, you’ll be paying to support me for the next 20 years.” The response by those involved with this population? They believe this campaign is an attack on the victim, and it is trying to shame teens into change.


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Of course they don’t believe it works— even though their argument is only based on opinion and not research—and they once again feel that more government-sponsored jobs and programs are the answer to this problem that has been growing for 30 years. Just remember how much better off your life, and that of your children would be, if we could stop the out-of-control spending on welfare, food stamps, useless work programs, rent payments, utility costs, cellular phones, widescreen televisions, fuel assistance, and health care, as well as raises for each new child brought into this world. Heaven help us if we demand these poor souls perform community service, work part-time in hospitals, clean the roadways, or maybe give tours at a White House that has closed its doors. There is no sanity in the way politicians handles social or fiscal problems. The only solution is to add a dose of reality, responsibility, embarrassment (if it will help), and a very clear message that you are going to at least work to take from others. It infuriates me to think that half this country feels deserving of what the other half has sacrificed to support them. A national message of “I’m in control and I like it that way” is just one of the many ways we can urge young people to become confident and self-supporting. Without question we are heading into a society that will grow an even larger lowincome and dependent population, one that will easily eclipse a working and self-sufficient one, and one that will have the burden of the highest taxes we have witnessed in many years. And instead of opening doors to those who come here illegally, we should be making them pay for all they have taken, and sending them to the back of the line instead of letting them cut in front. They should not be granted anything more than a paycheck, with taxes withheld, nor be allowed to own personal property, and they should be monitored by the equipment and protocol our government is using against its own citizens. When is enough enough? Write to your legislator, governor, senator, president, mayor, or anyone else who will listen to your message that things must change and change immediately. And for God’s sake, stop voting the same rats into office. H

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Q: Quality of Education Versus Spending: Where is the Disconnect?

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f my 10th grade son reads this, he will be embarrassed. And that’s because I am quoting from his report card for Term 2, which closed a few weeks ago: A-, A-, B-, A, B-, D-, A-, A, B-, and B. The D- is for a class called Academy Math10, which he has every day. In Algebra II H, which he takes with the same teacher, he got a B-. I didn’t have to ask my son why there were inconsistencies in his grades. He’s been complaining about his math teacher since last year. He says she’s a poor teacher and that all the kids in his class got bad grades like he did. I have taken my son’s complaints about this teacher to the high school principal but so far haven’t seen any improvement. Unfortunately for my son and his classmates, those poor grades don’t reflect poorly on the teacher, but only on her students who will take those grades with them when applying for college. I mention this now because while reading up on quality of primary and secondary public education, I came across the StudentsFirst report card. It’s fairly new and from what I can see, not very well received. In the most recent StudentsFirst report card, 11 states received failing grades based on StudentFirst criteria. One of the StudentsFirst premises is that teachers should be rated on performance, not seniority or whether they have a master’s degree. This, says StudentsFirst, would ensure schools keep their best teachers. That makes sense to me. When my son was in middle school, I recall he had an excellent math teacher who, because he was brand new to the school, was laid off the following year when the school had to manage budget shortfalls. On the other 16 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

hand, ineffective teachers such as my son’s current math teacher keep their jobs. StudentsFirst gave Massachusetts a D+ and doesn’t list Massachusetts as an active StudentsFirst participant on its website. Seems the D+ is Massachusetts’ only deviant grade for its quality of primary and secondary public school education. Education Week recently posted its annual report card. For the sixth year in a row, Massachusetts got top of the class with an A- in what Education Week calls “Chance for Success.” Massachusetts received a B in the overall Quality Counts index, second behind Maryland, which got a B+. Then there’s the “Building a Grad Nation” annual report put out by Johns Hopkins University. The purpose of this report is to gauge states’ progress in raising public high school graduation rates. The project’s goal is for states to achieve 90 percent graduation rates by 2020, which they predict will significantly increase Gross State Product values. “Building a Grad Nation” calls Massachusetts a role model for its steadily rising graduation rates and other supporting programs. In late January, the Massachusetts Department of Education published its data for 2012, showing that the state’s high school dropout rate fell to 2 ½ percent, the lowest it’s been, they say, in decades. Overall, except for its D+ from StudentsFirst, Massachusetts has received good grades from those institutions that report on quality of primary and secondary public school education. If you think these good grades come at a cost, you’re right. Consistently over the past decade, Massachusetts has ranked between 10th and 13th in the country for per-pupil spending, according to Annie E.

Casey Foundation data. An analysis of perpupil education spending by the National Journal shows that with few exceptions (and there are some), states with higher education spending per student also have higher quality of education rankings. Of course there is more to this discussion that is worth noting. The estimated percentage of adults 16 and older lacking basic prose literacy skills was 10 percent in Massachusetts in 2003, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. (Suffolk County topped this list at 25 percent.) The adult literacy organization ProLiteracy estimates that 14 percent of the country’s adults 16 and older read at or below a fifth-grade level. That’s huge. Furthermore, higher education is in crisis. Since 2008, when the most recent financial calamities hit, states have drastically cut their per-pupil spending on higher education, according to figures prepared by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Massachusetts joined the trend, slashing higher education spending by 37.4 percent between fiscal year ’08 and fiscal year ’13 and pushing public colleges and universities to significantly raise tuition. Since low literacy rates and low incomes often overlap, one has to wonder how lowincome adults seeking to realize a higher level of educational achievement with a view to a better economic outlook will have the opportunity to do so. As for my son, except for his D- in math, he did pretty well. Last week he completed his English MCAS tests and told me he hopes he did well enough to be eligible for a scholarship to the local community college. Next week’s MCAS is math and science. Let’s hope he does as well in these as he thinks he did in English. H


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he most important and vital factor in a child’s success, a family’s being able to move up the socioeconomic ladder, or the uplifting of an entire ethnic group—whether they have been here for generations or are just arriving to our shores—is “education.” And I don’t mean a college education; this is the misnomer the enlightened administration touts as the means to an end, while losing sight of the bigger problem, which is keeping children in school, supporting families that shut the television and computers off in favor of reading books, and encouraging the intellectual stimulation that comes from a discussion, whether it be at the kitchen table, at the playground, or while cleaning up the yard. All these opportunities should be a time for learning. Reading for pleasure or for learning is not something that we suddenly dive into, but rather it is a learned behavior. If, at a young age, a child is surrounded by reading materials or praised for taking the initiative for selflearning, then the chances of that child continuing to follow that path are exponential. So why do we have a problem in today’s educational institutions—and I don’t just mean elementary school but all the way through four years of college? Let me begin by saying the word “educator” is a farce. It is a word teachers use to make themselves feel important—nothing more, nothing less. I can make that claim because for many years I was a teacher, and if anyone ever called me an educator I would burn their ears off. One of the reasons was that I had enough self-esteem that I didn’t have to go search for affirmation through titles or descriptions. I didn’t have to instill superiority into my students, and I certainly didn’t teach so that I would someday get rich. I

Let me begin by saying taught because I cared and I knew I could make a difference. Let me share a couple of situations from my teaching career that stood out and that I still often think about. It was my first class and I marched into the room ready to change the world. I was going to make a difference in every one of those third-graders. At some point during the day I came upon a young boy who was getting out of control. Being new at this game and not a parent, I looked into my bag of tricks and did what any other red-blooded American would do: I put him in the corner for a time out and reflection. Only minutes later I heard a whisper, then a giggle, and saw someone rush past the door of the classroom. It was when I looked up, while reading a book to the kids, that I found four other teachers jammed into the doorway with their eyes wide open, as if they saw a ghost. I asked if I could help them—not knowing what it was they all had an interest in— and from the center of the group, I heard one of the young ladies say, “We’ve never seen anyone put in the corner before. We all wanted to see it.” Moving up to high school, I was called in to a classroom to cover for a teacher who needed a week away from work. I reported to the principal’s office—well, that is what we used to call it, but it was actually the administration offices. I told them my name and the woman behind the desk looked over her glasses and with a grin said, “Good luck.” The bell rang, and the classroom began to fill with what appeared to be zombies. Eyes half open, feet dragging, and the sweet smell of pot wafting into the room. It was only 8 a.m.

the word “educator” is a farce. It is a word teachers use to make themselves feel important—nothing more, nothing less. I was to teach math to what amounted to mostly deadheads; they didn’t want to be there, and they didn’t want to hear anything I had to say. I let just about everything slide that first day. I wanted to get the lay of the land before I set upon what I call “a new day for all.” That second day was to be different. I went into the classroom with a vengeance. I was going to teach and they were going to learn—like it or not. It began with me in the hall asking everyone to get into the class as soon as possible, even against the claims of having five more minutes to hang outside near the lockers. Once inside I forcefully closed the door and began taking attendance. Mr. Rosen, Miss Cramer, Mr. Jones, and Miss Gomes; the list went on until I reminded all of them my name is Mr. Almy and we will address each other in this manner. Once finished, I asked them questions about themselves, their lives, and what they wanted from school. By the end of each class I noticed that I had their attention. It was an odd feeling because even though that is what I wanted, I now had to decide what to do with it. Continued on page 74 socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013 | 17


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Good news this month: A judge has finally stepped between Lindsay Lohan and the bottle. The bad news is that her lockdown rehab won’t begin for more than a month. Since Lohan received word that she is going to get sober, even if she doesn’t wish to, all media sources are reporting that the tragic figure is out drinking up a storm, and it doesn’t look like she is giving up. It is really sad, and we aren’t making a joke of this, but we hope she makes it into custody before she ends up accidentally taking her own life—or worse, that of another person. Wake up, honey. You’re better than that.

There is a guy in Washington who has nothing else to do but sit by the phone waiting for a call that he needs to come down to Capitol Hill to be sworn in. All his job currently consists of is receiving a paycheck for keeping his seat warm—and this still isn’t enough for him. It seems like crazy Uncle Biden (also known as the vice president) pissed through $585,000.50 (the $0.50 must have been his generous tip) for a recent stay at the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand; he and his wife stayed only one day. Reports confirm that the VP also stayed one night at the Hyatt Regency London Churchill Hotel while wasting his time and that of others during this European visit. Let’s see how this shakes out. Our country will collapse, children will starve, the elderly will continue to eat dog food, and our banks will close due to the 2-percent reduction in spending under the recent sequester, yet this waste of a suit is blowing through half a million dollars for one night at a hotel? It is unfortunate that so many of us won’t be able to tour the White House because the senile VP is touring Paris and London. Now, someone tell us where we are getting it wrong.

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New Yorker David Ranta was wrongly convicted of murder and spent 23 years in prison for the crime. After this was discovered, he was released, and suffered a heart attack two days later. After he spent more than two decades in prison, freedom took an emotional toll on Ranta. Reports say he is resting and should be OK, but word is out that the cops who investigated the original crime had a large role in feeding witnesses information and coaching them so they could catch a suspect—even if it was the wrong one. We wish him well and hope he will receive financial restitution. Let them eat cake

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is complaining that the sequester is starving political staffers. According to the Washington Times, those working in politics can’t afford a decent meal. It seems the cuts have been so severe that an eight-ounce bowl of soup for $2 and a gourmet wrap sandwich for around $5 is causing a meltdown in Washington. Our hearts bleed for these poor souls. May the Lord lead them to the EBT card line so they can get a lobster or two for dinner. 18 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

Here we go again

You don’t need all that money you earned. That seems to be the message from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. This guy, who really needs to get some blisters on his hands and go home with a backache, is telling us he isn’t interested in any budget proposal with a budget increase under $1.9 billion, such as the one he’s pushing to make advances in education and infrastructure. He proposes to fund this budget with an increase to your personal income tax rate from 5.25 to 6.25 percent, but he will throw you a bone by lowering your sales tax to

4.5 percent. The governor is going to make hay for an educational system that is flawed thanks to years of abuse by the teacher’s union. More and more of the state’s high schools graduates are forced to take remedial courses to do first-year college work—if it wasn’t so sad it would be a joke on Leno. The governor is also hell-bent on building rail lines from Boston to the gateway cities of south coastal Massachusetts. Nothing wrong with that…except taxpayers can’t afford it! At a time when people are struggling, here is a man who has done nothing but propose to add to the burden of taxpayers. The Boston Herald reported that 19,000 individuals registered with the state have collected a mere $91 million each year using false names and addresses to apply for welfare and EBT benefits.. The question is, how much more abuse can taxpayers put up with? It seems like quite a bit more since the last election when voters said, “Thank you sir, may I have another?” There must be more suckers born every minute than P.T.Barnum ever realized. Voters get what they deserve. And finally

A message to all of you angry, violent, and nasty union workers who go on strike or attend a “workers’ rally” whenever you have a chance: You folks look like vicious animals. Your actions are caught on tape, including the aggressive behavior toward anyone who may disagree with you. And as for that blowup rat you cart around to all your events, you should act like intelligent adults and let the air out of that ridiculous toy animal. It is so funny to keep seeing him on the nightly news. And by the way, does he have a name? People want to work, they deserve to work, and they have a right not to join your union if they don’t wish to; get that through your hard hats. H


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Free Comic Book Day Dress up as your favorite comic book character and visit downtown Rochester to receive a scavenger hunt card to lead you to local businesses and a free comic. Exhibition with artists, vendors, demonstrators, and more at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Presented by Jetpack Comics and Rochester Main Street. 37 North Main Street, Rochester, N.H. Call 603330-3208, e-mail director@rochestermainstreet. org, or visit jetpackcomics. com. Craftworkers’ Guild Spring Craft Shop Over 60 juried artisans and craftspeople participating in the seasonal shop located in the historic Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Road off Route 101 in Bedford, N.H., behind the Bedford Library. For additional information, contact the guild at craftworkersguild@gmail. com or visit thecraftworkersguild.org. May 5 19th Annual Open Barn and Celebration Join the Poore Family Foundation Historic Farm Museum for its 19th annual Open Barn and Celebration, celebrating founder JC Kenneth Poore's 127th birthday and 19 years of service to the community. Western folk and cowboy music by Harold Boydston on the front porch. Directions: 7 miles north of Colebrook, N.H., on Route 145 in Stewartstown. Watch for signs. Sponsored by the Poore Family Foundation for North Country Conservancy. Suggested donation $8 per adult, children under 12 free. For more information call 603-237-5500, email rick@poorefamilyfoundation.org, or visit poorefamily.homestead.com. Children’s Day 2013 Each year on the first Sunday of May, Downtown Portsmouth becomes headquarters for children of all ages with the celebration of Children’s Day. This festival combines familyfriendly activities, entertainment, and usually an ice cream sundae, all sponsored, hosted, and

supported by the downtown merchants, area companies, civic organization, and volunteers. For more information call 603-433-4398, e-mail info@proportsmouth.org, or visit proportsmouth.org/childrensday.cfm. May 11 New Hampshire Renaissance Faire 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 9 Thorne Road, Kingston, N.H. Knights battling, belly dancers dancing, thieves thieving, and jousters jousting, along with music, a Maypole, the Shire Queen and her court, crafts, and food. For more information call 603642-8380, e-mail marghi3maples@yahoo.co, or visit nhrenfaire.com. Basic Bird Watching at The Fells 7:39-9 a.m., The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. Peter Newbern, an experienced birder who has conducted trips for New Hampshire Audubon, leads this gentle immersion into bird watching for beginners. Members free, nonmembers pay site admission ($10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $4 children 6-17, free for 5 and under). For more information call 603-763-4789, e-mail info@thefells.org, or visit thefells.org. May 12 Electric Earth Concerts presents The Borromeo Quartet 3 p.m., the Francestown Old Meetinghouse, Francestown, N.H. $25. Hear the Beethoven string quartets played by one of the great ensembles of our time. For reservations contact Electric Earth Concerts at eeconcerts@gmail. com, call Miki Osgood at 603-593-5245, or visit electricearthconcerts.org. May 18 Falcon Watch 10 a.m.-noon, Amoskeag Fishways, 4 Fletcher Street, Manchester, N.H. $3 per person or $6 per family; advance registration required. Celebrate the success of our local peregrine falcon


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family. Meet at the Fishways for an introductory presentation, then walk to the Brady Sullivan building to view these urban raptors. Bring binoculars. Call 603-626-3474 or visit amoskeagfishways.org. Guided Wetland Trail Walk 1:30-3 p.m.; rain date May 19. The Little Nature Museum will offer a free guided wetland trail walk to Tory Hill Meadow, a beaver pond near the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, N.H. Learn more about wetlands and why they are so important. Not suitable for people with walking difficulties, as the beginning of the trail is quite steep. Registration required. Register at littlenaturemuseum.org/calendar.html. For more information, email info@littlenaturemuseum.org or call 603-746-6121. Lakes Region Symphony Concert 7:30 p.m., Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium, Route 25, Meredith, N.H. Featuring 2012 Concerto Competition winner cellist Jan Fuller, performing Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations. For more information email info@lrso.org or visit LRSO.org. Animal Tracking (Becoming a Wildlife Detective) 10 a.m.-noon, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H., rain or shine. $25 museum members, $30 nonmembers. Sponsored by the Little Nature Museum.  Minimum age 8. Learn to determine “What animal was here?” by interpreting tracks, scats, and other signs. Proceeds benefit The Little Nature Museum. Registration required. Register through the downloadable form at littlenaturemuseum.org/calendar. html. For more information call 603-746-6121 or e-mail info@littlenaturemuseum.org. May 25 Garden Series: Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs An educational guided tour of Tarbin Gardens, 321 Salisbury Road (Route 127 South), West Franklin, N.H., with emphasis on spring flowering trees and shrubs. Adults $8.50, seniors, children, and students $7. Tours last approximately one hour but you can stay for the rest of the day. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the Rose Garden Patio. For information call 603-934-3518 or visit tarbingardens.com.

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for recreational boaters and those who love the sea

Dockside though a considerable amount of preparation and testing is required to earn an OUPV license, IT DOES AFFORD YOU THE PRESTIGE OF BEING CALLED “CAPTAIN.”

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ave you ever wondered who the person (often behind the Foster Grants) is at the helm of that sport-fishing vessel that just

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It’s probably someone who had the same love of the sea you do, but who took it a step further. What many people don’t know, even though they practically have salt water running through their veins, is that they too can be boat captains—perhaps taking passengers out to their favorite fishing grounds to catch stripers or bluefish, or setting out for a whale-watching tour off Cape Cod or a sightseeing tour around the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Earning a boat captain’s license is pretty straightforward. Though a considerable amount of preparation and testing is required to earn the license, it does afford you the prestige of being called “Captain.” An Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) license allows for many possibilities to operate a charter boat within the United States, with some limitations, including staying within inland or near-coastal waters, not more than 100 miles offshore. It is not valid for international voyages. The


license is good for both power and sailing vessels of less than 100 gross registered tons. Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels is the proper title, but it’s also frequently called a “six-pack license,” because it permits up to six paying passengers on board. One person who decided to take the plunge and get his license years ago is Billy Silvia, a longtime Rhode Island resident. He had been a commercial fisherman for years before he decided to get the license. Silvia said changes in the fishing industry made it a more difficult profession over the years and inspired him to apply for the license. “We get to kill less fish and make more money; it’s the reason why most commercial fishermen get into it,” he said. He’s held his license since 1999. Silvia takes people out fishing, with the day’s destination determined by what kind of fish the passengers would like to catch, the time of year, and what’s running. “I try to fish around here, Narragansett Bay or Block Island. I may go to the Cape. For bluefish, I would go to Block Island, Newport for stripers. The days I don’t charter I still go commercial fishing.” Among the requirements to earn the OUPV license is one year (360 days) of sea time, which is considered to be four to eight hours away from the dock, with a minimum of four continuous hours operating a small vessel or working in some capacity on a boat. Twenty-four hours aboard still only counts as one day except in certain cases, such as double shifts on a working vessel. Ninety of the 360 days must have taken place within the three years prior to taking the Coast Guard required test, and an applicant needs to be at least 18 years old to apply. Sea-time documents may include service letters, certificates of discharge, or official documents from marine companies on official letterhead. Sea time may be from time spent on boats owned by friends or family members, and individuals may also testify of time on their own boat as long as ownership of the vessel can be proved. All information provided must be original or notarized documents that detail the amount of time and type of the applicant’s experience. Sitting on deck with friends or family, just enjoying being out on the water, does not count as sea time; it must be time spent operating a vessel in some manner, either navigating or working as a deckhand in some capacity. The Coast Guard National Maritime Center’s website, www.uscg. mil/nmc, lists over 50 centers in the United States that teach the OUPV course. Several training facilities within New England are on that list and offer what is essentially an exam prep class. Each school or training center has been able to design its own curriculum, with the Coast Guard setting the parameters for content within the course and amount of classroom time, about 57 hours. The price per course varies, but is typically around $1,100. Topics within a course include rules of the road, navigation, safety, and seamanship. On completing the course successfully, students receive a certificate, but that is not the end of the process. The Coast Guard has a number of regional exam centers through which paperwork is processed, including a center in Boston. The Coast Guard has a number of requirements to be met in order to issue an OUPV license. Besides the documented time on the water, there are written tests that include an understanding of navigation and charts. Applicants must also certify knowledge of first aid and CPR, pass a drug test and a background test, fill out a nine-page application certifying physical condition, and generally be upstanding citizens.

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Some of the exam-prep centers offer their own Coast Guard-approved test, but it is the Coast Guard that eventually issues the OUPV license. The OUPV license is a federal license, allowing for it to be used in the United States within certain parameters. The license will carry an “inland” or “near coastal” designation, depending on the areas where the person holding the license has sea experience. Those who apply for the near coastal designation must be able to document that 90 of their 360 days on the water were within near-coastal waters beyond the boundary line. The boundary line is an imaginary line drawn by the Coast Guard in waters all around the United States, marking the boundary line between internal and offshore waters. Points in the Northeast include Block Island’s southeast light in Rhode Island, the westernmost extremity of Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, the Cape Ann, Mass., lighted whistle buoy “2,” and the Monhegan Island Lighthouse in Maine. The near-coastal designation allows the operator to travel up to 100 miles from shore. Among the independent training centers that have opened to help prepare students for the OUPV Coast Guard exam is one owned and operated by Jim and Leanne Hurley. They operate New England Maritime in Hyannis on Cape Cod with a satellite office at Marina Bay, Quincy. The couple started the school in 1991. Both are Coast Guardapproved instructors. Jim Hurley said they are a private entity, but went through a very formal process to get approved through the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center. Hurley said the knowledge that is needed to obtain the license is extensive, and the course makes a difference. “There’s a lot of material to cover.” Hurley has experience both on the water and in running the center. “I’ve been doing this 24 years. I used to do charters and run boats around, loved it.” In Rhode Island, Confident Captain/ Ocean Pros also offers the OUPV course. Captain Kent Dresser owns the business, located in Newport. Dresser was involved in the Rhode Island marine trades from the age of 14. He began a career on the water as a teen working for a company called Safe/ Sea, a quick-response towing marine assistance company. He is still a standby captain for that organization, working mainly on weekends. He said that job inspired him

to open his business, which he did in 2003. “Growing up working for a small business, I always wanted to start my own,” he said. It is possible for someone to learn on his own or take an online course before going through the application process for an OUPV license, but Dresser said there are numerous advantages to taking a course like the one his company offers. One of the benefits he has observed is the focus and structure of learning in a classroom. He said the experience of other students in the class and instructors with a working knowledge of the field also make a significant difference. “There’s a lot of value to putting a professional mariner in front of our students, sharing skill and experience.” Dresser said the course at his company teaches significant navigation skills. “There is a heavy, heavy navigation component to it, navigation training you will need to run a charter boat.” Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass., trains young men and women in maritime-related careers, but it also has a division open to the general public: the Center for Maritime and Professional training. Michael Burns, Jr., is the director. Among the training courses offered is one related to the OUPV license. Burns said the center requires sea time to be completed or close to completion before taking the course, as it needs to be all in place before taking the exam and completing the process with the Coast Guard. “That’s a very big part of it, documenting not only the number of days, but also the type of vessel and where it goes.” Burns said at least a few cadets from the academy choose to take the class independently of their other studies. Burns himself was a cadet, graduating in 1992. He fills in at times as an instructor for the class. Although his role is mainly administrative, he is also approved by the Coast Guard to teach, a requirement for all instructors at each center offering the course. Once all the many requirements are met and an OUPV license is obtained, opportunities on the water await. Silvia’s sport-fishing boat is called Can’t Imagine. He said he gave it that name because you never know exactly what a day out on the water fishing will bring. “You can’t imagine the day you have.” For those of you who believe you’re up to the task, now would be a great time to chart your course and start a new career. Who knows where it may lead? H


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pring is often the time when couples get engaged, and this year seems to be no different. But what has changed is the technology and methodology surrounding the ring. With the advent of the Internet and the changes in manufacturing and commerce, men seeking engagement rings are no longer limited to brick-and-mortar establishments. In fact, they don’t even need to rely on millions of years’ worth of heat and pressure to obtain beautifully clear diamonds. There are more cuts to choose from than in their grandfathers’ days. And in this Information Age, numerous resources exist to give buyers an edge that their predecessors never dreamed of.

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The most significant difference between today’s jewelry market and that of our ancestors is the Internet. Online retailers cut out many of the loathed middlemen in the jewelry business and slash prices offered by mom-and-pop stores. BlueNile.com, one of the most popular and successful online dia-

mond retailers, offers a massive selection of stones. “We’ve successfully turned the industry on its head,” says Josh Holland, senior manager of corporate communications at Blue Nile. “No longer is buying an engagement ring shrouded in mystery.” Blue Nile was started by Mark Vadon in 1999 after his own unsatisfactory experience with the diamond industry. Vadon was torn between two rings that looked identical to him, but were $3,000 apart. The jeweler told him to choose whichever one “spoke to him more.” Vadon left the jewelry store and went on to found what would become one of the leading online diamond retailers of our time. “We believe that buying a diamond can and should be easy,” says Holland. “We try to empower our customers with knowledge so that they can make the decision that’s right for them.” One of the keys to Blue Nile’s success lies in its treatment of diamonds as a commodity. Thanks to a stringent rating system established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and others, buyers can surf

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Numerous websites like diamondreview. com exist solely to help buyers learn gemological terminology and the importance of the “four Cs”—cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. These four specs are the most important aspects to consider when buying a diamond, but trying to understand how each of them affects the value and appearance of the stone requires significant research. “Too many guys run down to a jewelry store and put money down on a stone they know nothing about,” says Holland. “You won’t know, for example, that diamond cut is more important than clarity if you don’t do your research first.” Cut refers to how well the gemologist sliced up the rough diamond to maximize the “fire and brilliance” of the stone. Cut includes things like symmetry, depth, width, and polish, and plays a significant role in the price of the stone. Cut is considered the most important consideration when choosing a stone, since a well-cut stone will appear larger and brighter than a larger stone poorly cut. Color is rated on a scale from D to Z, D being completely colorless and Z being downright yellow. Anything from D to F is in the colorless range, so buyers looking to save money without sacrificing appearance may opt for F or even G-rated stones. Clarity refers to how many inclusions— visible carbon or mineral deposits—are in a stone. Diamond clarity is rated from F (flawless) to I3 (included). Stones ranging from F to VS2 (very slightly included) require a loupe with at least 30X magnification power to detect flaws. Anything lower can be seen by the naked eye. However, frugal buyers may opt for stones rated as low as SI1 (slight44 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

It is generally considered to be the last thing to look for when buying a diamond. The reason is that cut has a huge impact on how large the stone appears. For example, a .60-carat stone may appear smaller than a .50-carat stone if it has a very thick girdle (the outer perimeter of a diamond that touches the prongs) and a small table (the topmost surface). Because the rest of the four Cs are so important compared to carat weight, it is better to settle upon a carat weight range, then scrutinize the stones therein for their finer qualities, rather than walking into a jewelry store looking for the biggest rock they’ve got. With the help of the Internet, a young man can educate himself on the four Cs, then look at stones at a local jeweler and compare their specs. Sites like diamondreview.com even offer forums, where certified appraisers offer free advice, and companies like Tiffany & Co. can work with you over the phone to find something within your budget.

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Advances in gemological equipment have resulted in new cuts that your grandfather never heard of. Thus, before even considering the four Cs, a man needs to know which shape his bride-to-be wants. The most popular diamond shapes include round brilliant, princess, cushion, heart, pear, marquise, radiant, Asscher cut, emerald, and oval. The round brilliant is by far the most famous, as it uses geometry and optics to generate maximum sparkle. The traditional Tiffany setting is composed of a single round-cut stone in a six-prong setting. “We’ve been around since 1837, and our name has become synonymous with engagement rings and true love,” says Sciolto. “And only 2 percent of the world’s diamonds match our needs.” Personal taste will dictate which shape a man will go with and whether or not he’ll include any accompanying stones. Drop subtle hints to your significant other without giving too much away, and soon enough, you’ll discern her preferences.

Diamonds: Grown to Suit ly included), since flaws will only be visible upon close inspection of the stone, and price increases as you move up the clarity ranks. Carat weight (not to be confused with gold karats) is simply the mass of the stone.

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anything found beneath the earth. “They’re chemically and optically identical to diamonds found in nature,” says Martin DeRoy, director of marketing at the labgrown diamond company Gemesis. “We offer a wide range of sizes and colors for people to choose from.” It takes about a week to make a diamond in a laboratory, and technically, these stones can be grown from any carbon-based material—be it a piece of burnt toast or pencil shavings. Some companies even offer to grow diamonds out of human remains, creating a true family heirloom. But in order to prevent impurities from entering the mix and discoloring the final product, companies like Gemesis use specific carbon materials to generate their gems. The majority of these lab-grown diamonds come in blue or yellow, but more stringent crystallization techniques have allowed some companies to offer perfectly clear lab-grown diamonds. While it may not take thousands of years to create them, premium cut man-made diamonds are priced comparably to traditional diamonds. “Many customers prefer lab-grown diamonds since they’re conflict-free,” says DeRoy. This means that these diamonds have no relationship to the bloodshed that sadly results from traditional diamond mining in impoverished countries. Another reason is simply the novelty of giving your beloved something created uniquely for her. “It’s so important for a man to make buying an engagement ring a positive experience,” says Sciolto. “It can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead, it should be fun, and you should buy something you’ll be proud of.” H

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Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival by Cindy VanSchalkwyk

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eople who come invariably are astonished and thrilled. For this kind of music, I think it is the best place in the world.” So says Geoff Kaufman, a musician and organizer of the annual Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. This year’s event, the 34th annual, will be held June 6-9. Kaufman said part of what sets this festival apart is the historic boats at the museum in Mystic, Conn. “We have the ships upon which we can demonstrate how the songs of sailors are used. The ships are at the dock. So we have the shanty singers, and we have demonstration squads; they set the sails, they use the capstan to raise the lifeboat.”

The public is invited to join in with the singing and help with the rigging of one of the tall ships, the Joseph Conrad, once used to train Danish teens in the merchant marines. The choruses sung are those heard a century or more ago on board ships at sea. “People get to haul on the lines while we’re setting sails so it’s very hands on. It’s a very immediate experience; people are right there. It’s real,” Kaufman said. The ships are also real, not reproductions. On the L.A. Dunton, the demonstration squad sings while an anchor is raised and lowered by use of a windlass. The Dunton once braved the winds and waves as a Gloucester, Mass., fishing schooner. The Charles W. Morgan can also be seen at the museum. The ship bears the distinction of being the last surviving wooden whaling

ship. The Morgan is on land, in the process of restoration, but visitors can still see the 170-year-old vessel. There are also a halfdozen smaller sloops and schooners in the water. Kaufman said the festival has evolved over the years. Early on, the music mainly consisted of shanties and work songs, but that focus shifted after he brought in the first international performer in 1989. Kaufman says all across the world there are places that are known for strong, musical seafaring traditions, and he likes to bring in performers who represent a few of these places, as well as those closer to home. Twenty individual musicians and groups will share time-honored or original music of the sea at this year’s event. Among the international musicians, AcquAria uses voices socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013 | 47


Mystic is a festival I will try to go to every year whether I’m booked or not. There is also a very nice intimacy to the thing; loads of old friends and new.” and percussion to convey the musical traditions of Sicily. OCEAN Celtic will bring a fresh repertoire of music that includes English chanteys, Manx fishing songs, and Caribbean folk songs. Among the performers from New England is Jon Campbell, a Rhode Island resident and native. Campbell, like many of those who perform at the festival, plays multiple instruments. He grew up in a musical family and compared learning to play the guitar to an entry-level skill, like learning to type. Campbell comes from an eclectic background of music and work. At one time he was playing electric music in Los Angeles but decided it wasn’t something he wanted to stick with. In the late 70s he began playing more Irish traditional music, learning from some of the older performers who were still around at a time when recordings of traditional music were not widely available. In retrospect, he said, he was glad that was the way it happened. “Most traditional musicians just consider themselves links in the chain; people played this music before us, people will play it after.” Campbell began writing his own music by the mid-80s, and this eventually became as his main musical focus. He draws on his 48 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

own experience working on the water; he has worked on fishing boats and freighters and has sailed on 12-meters and schooners. He also worked in the motion picture business for a time. According to Campbell, having experience on the water was a plus for reeling in jobs in the movies that required being offshore. “They gave us boat jobs because we never puked,” he said. A friend of his, Mary Garvey, will also be part of the festival this year, putting in a rare East Coast performance. She writes about the waterfront traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Although she, too, writes from knowledge of the area in which she lives, Campbell says they write lyrics from different perspectives. “Mary Garvey and I are two extreme ends of the spectrum. She says she gets them directly from the angels.” Also among the mix at the festival will be the group Mudhook from New Hampshire, playing new arrangements of traditional maritime music, and The New Boys of Old New York, with the new boys being Dave Ruch and Jeff Davis. Davis said their music draws on the maritime traditions of New York, a culture created by the diversity of the geography, by people who lived by the ocean as well as the great lakes and rivers, and an immigrant population from mul-

tiple nations, including Ireland, Germany, and England. Ruch and Davis play a variety of instruments, from mandolin to fiddle, bones, and banjo, and both sing. Davis said he enjoys the setting of the festival at Mystic and the way it is structured, including the fact that it sometimes allows for music to be heard without microphones. The people also bring him back. “Mystic is a festival I will try to go to every year whether I’m booked or not. There is also a very nice intimacy to the thing, loads of old friends and new.” The festival also offers special musical performances for children and demonstrations of international dancing. Two elements introduced in 2012 will be back this year: contra dancing and storytelling. Storytelling is part of Campbell’s heritage. Campbell said where he’s from, the Point Judith and Block Island area of Rhode Island, you are judged on your ability to tell a good story. He grew up thinking of storytelling as a natural part of life, not a profession, as it has become for some folks. “The first time I ever heard of someone being a professional storyteller, I was astounded,” he said. The festival also includes a two-day event called the Music of the Sea Symposium, an


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intrinsic part of the celebration since the festival began in 1980. Glenn Gordinier, chair of the event, said Mystic’s Sea Music Festival is unique because of the symposium. “It is the only event of its kind that has an academic element.” The scholarly papers chosen to be presented at the symposium cover a wide spectrum, but all delve in some way into the connection between music and the sea. Author and California State University, Fullerton, faculty member Marti Klein will speak of the pull of the sea that drew some young gentlemen of means to give up luxury for a life on the water in the 1800s. Paul Mercer, a senior librarian at the New York State Library, will talk about the songs of Thomas B. Mott, a young American privateer during the War of 1812. Mott wrote a collection of songs when he was a prisoner of war in Nova Scotia and England, songs of captivity and famous naval battles, and what Mott viewed as the brotherhood of sailors on both sides of the war. Mercer discovered Mott’s songbook among the holdings in the manuscripts and special collections department where he works, and said he was

immediately intrigued. “With an academic background in folklore, and my longstanding avocational career as a musician and songwriter, I was immediately drawn to these songs,” he said. Connections of various types figure into the collection of speakers. Amanda Daly Berman, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology at Boston University, presents on the Boston−Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia) musical connection and how the beauty of Cape Breton’s island landscape is often part of the songs. Her mother’s family is from Cape Breton, and some live there still. Campbell’s connection as a Fisher Poet led him to speak of the people, the maritime music, and literature that are all part of the annual Fisher Poets Gathering. The Fisher Poet event takes place in Astoria, Ore., for a few days each February. At the event, people with some connection to the fishing industry share stories of rescues at sea and all manner of songs and poems at cafes and other venues near the water. Bill Dunlap, who has taught law at Yale University and gives public lectures on constitutional and national security questions,

will discuss the “Cruise of the Alabama in Lyric, Lore, and Law.” The CSS Alabama was a Confederate commerce raider during the Civil War. Dunlap said those familiar with festivals like Mystic’s will have heard of the Alabama. “It has become famous in sea-music circles because of songs sung about her exploits, notably ‘Roll, Alabama, Roll,’ perennially one of the most popular songs at the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival.” H Friends of the Festival Kaufman said Mystic Seaport’s Sea Music Festival cannot support itself on ticket revenue alone, particularly because of the cost of bringing international performers to the event. Twelve years ago, organizers launched a program called Friends of the Festival. Each year approximately $23,000 to $25,000 is raised to keep the festival happening each year. If interested in helping to support the event, or for additional information on the event itself, go to the seaport’s website: mysticseaport.org. This year’s event, the 34th annual, will be held June 6-9.

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Restoring Antiques When Is It Worthwhile?

by Natalie Miller

Take a quick walk around your home. Venture up into the eaves and attic, down to the basement, or out into the garage. It’s likely your home holds a treasure trove of items that have either sentimental value or monetary worth—or both.

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een to an interesting auction, yard sale, or gallery lately? Unique finds are in abundance, from furniture and rugs to glassware and fine art. Many collectors and homeowners wonder how to take that first step to repair and restore antiques. Whether you are a collector or buyer or have recently inherited a piece that’s been in the family for generations, the first step is to determine an item’s value and whether the repair will cost more than that value. “Every time something is broken it decreases in value,” says Rebecca Scott of Trefler’s Expert Art & Furniture Restoration, in Newton, Mass., who explains that most of her customers come in with items of sentimental value. “A man brought in a glass lampshade in 47 50 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

pieces,” says Scott, explaining that the lampshade was clear glass and would be a fourfigure repair. “It was his grandmother’s. He decided it was a piece he would never find again.” While Trefler’s doesn’t do appraisals, it also doesn’t bill on the value but rather the time and materials needed for the repair. “We will look at any piece,” says Scott, recalling one customer who came in with a broken clay cat her daughter made at 4 years old. There was no value to the piece, but to the woman, it was irreplaceable, says Scott. She had tried to glue the broken piece back on, but after several attempts, grew frustrated and called Trefler’s. It cost $145 to repair because of all the caked-on glue from the customer’s unsuccessful repair attempts. Many customers of Art Smart Custom

Framing in Dartmouth, Mass., come in for sentimental and/or historical reasons; however, restoring fine art isn’t inexpensive, says cofounder Rebecca Velazquez. “Most pieces I see for repair are 75-125 years old; they have layer upon layer of smoke, soot, dirt, dust, grime, oil, and who knows what, after so long. Often they have flakes of paint coming off, tears around the canvas where it is affixed to the stretcher bars, or, even, knife holes through the face of a portrait,” says Velazquez. “However, some of these pieces of art have significant value.” She says when she gives a customer a repair quote, she will often also give an idea of what the value of the piece could be once fixed. The cost to repair is often only a small percentage of what the customer may be able to sell it for or get at auction, says Velazquez. “Another thing I do, if they complain about


“The cost of repair is often a small percentage of what the customer may be able to sell it for or get at auction.”

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known artist’s work that wasn’t even good when originally done. “For the benefit of your customer, if a restoration specialist isn’t interested in your piece of fine art, then that is the perfect reason to pack it up and leave,” says Velazquez. “If they wouldn’t want to buy it, then no one else would either.” Families, designers, and businesses looking for photography repairs also approach Art Smart. “There are occasions where a business, school, foundation, or municipalities stumble on a chest of photographs of their humble beginnings, and they wish to memorialize their history,” says Velazquez, recalling a request from a bank a few years ago to go through folders of old photos found in the basement of the old New Bedford police station. Once all the photographs were organized, Velazquez and her crew repaired and corrected the images before reprinting and mounting them for a big exhibit. “The work was beautiful,” she says. “Even though the images were nearly 50 to 100 years old, we freshened them up and brought back the original quality.” For a similar job in the sports museum at Boston Garden, Velazquez says she again took images and color-corrected them; repaired damage such as mold, acid, and water stains that had ruined the priceless photographs; and printed them so they could be reinstalled while archiving the damaged originals.

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the cost, is always offer to buy the piece with all the damage. When asked why, I explain that I would be making a wise investment if they were unwilling to.” Art Smart customers are also dealers and collectors looking for an investment on the repair. “Dealers will go around flea markets and antique shops scoping out damaged works so they can repair them and then reframe them for resale,” says Velazquez. “In some cases these people do this full time and make a decent living.” Velazquez warns that fine-art restoration is a slow process that involves “delicate handling, knowledge of the mediums used in the process, [and] understanding the history of where most of the time the piece was kept.” Restoration requires layers of cleaning as well as rebacking in most cases in addition to repairing any damage. “Tears, especially those which are not clean cuts but rather jagged edges are most difficult,” she says. “And then there is the repainting of the work. After it is all said and done, the areas where the paint had flaked off, or was removed due to trauma, must be repaired with a brush.” Impatient customers should reconsider their investment, says Velazquez. “On average, a 24- by 36-foot complete restoration of an oil painting can take up to six to eight months — and that is a rush job,” she says, explaining that for most of her customers, it’s worth the wait. “Never once did I have a customer tell me it wasn’t worth the price.” Velazquez also warns against getting pieces repaired from an un-

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book review The Prepper’s Pocket Guide is the condensed go-to manual for anybody living in big cities, in small houses, and with little free time.

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster Author Bernie Carr | Reviewed by Terry Thoelke

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lizzards and hurricanes don’t tend to rattle us much here in New England, but in the last couple of years we have had our eyes opened to rare killer tornadoes in Massachusetts and regional earthquakes. Watching tragedies continue to unfold with Hurricane Sandy hit us too close to home, giving us our own version of Katrina, replete with gut-wrenching horrors and images. Just a few more miles in another direction and it could have been us instead. What catastrophic event would frighten any of us the most into thinking about active, large-scale survival preparation beyond the requisite milk, bread, and generator run—a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or EMP (electromagnetic pulse) event?

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Whatever motivation lights the fire toward active readiness, it can be a daunting, overwhelming, and expensive task to protect one’s family from potential dangers. Author Bernie Carr takes the terror and politics out of personal disaster management and renders a quick reference guide on getting started and staying sharp in hazardous times without breaking the bank. The Prepper’s Pocket Guide (Ulysses Press, 2011) is the condensed go-to manual for anybody living in big cities, in small houses, and with little free time. It is crafted for people “concerned about their families and [who] do not want to rely on the government or the system in case of emergency.” Considering that Hurricane Sandy victims are still struggling with the aftermath and federal support, this resonates acutely as a warning for us to not put all our eggs into the government basket. Personal accountability and responsibility can do more for us in critical times than waiting for timely interventions. Carr’s sources run the gamut from Joshua Piven’s The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook to Dolly Freed’s Possum Living (making a living without a job) and the incontrovertible bible of survival, U.S. Army Survival Manual FM 21-76. Websites are generously cited and additional readings are offered. Carr crisply and quickly dispels the political aspect of prepping by reassuring us these efforts will not turn us into “crackpots living in the woods, dressed in military gear and threatening people,” Ted Kaczynski-style: “In an era of ongoing financial crises and spectacular natural disasters…imaginary conspiracies by shadowy government entities are the least of our problems, so let’s get real.” With a pithy, no-nonsense style, Carr tips an avalanche of common sense our way. How many of us have already created a binder of information with birth records, marriage/divorce certificates, passports, passwords, Social Security cards, school vaccinations, wills/ trusts, IRAs, bank accounts, cash, and insurance policies, and put it all into a fireproof box? And don’t forget those treasured family photos—store them with the binder and make a point of digitally copying photos onto a memory stick and adding it to the fire box. For those who already have an emergency car kit, this book will have you reexamining the contents of that kit and packing myriad additional items such as comfy shoes, duct tape, and three days’ worth of snacks. With your existing emergency home kits, The Pocket Guide advises how to efficiently fill the gaps with paper cups and plates (no wasting water to wash them), baking soda (pot scrub, medical salve, and teeth cleaner), plastic bags, and lots of kitty litter.


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Don’t own a cat? That’s quite alright—the kitty litter is for YOU. It is a moment of revolting reality when Carr reminds us of the appalling, toxic matter from Hurricane Sandy victims stuck in cities and highrises with no means to remove human waste. Loading up on plastic bags and kitty litter can alleviate some of that nightmare. Perhaps you are patting yourself on the back for owning a well-stocked car and home emergency kit, but do you have an emergency kit stashed for yourself at work in your locker or desk? Carr also gives us a reason to yank that old phone book out of the recycling bin: The ink does not come off the paper, so it’s great to crumple and use as instant toilet paper. Water becomes more valuable than gold in catastrophic events. While purchasing the proper amount of water to keep your family hydrated and sanitary for a week is important, knowing what you will do for a viable water source if the catastrophe lasts much longer can be the difference between life and death. The water in the toilet tank is absolutely clean, but not the bowl, of course,

and there is plenty of water to drink in the hot water heater. But Carr cautions us to stay alert via radio about any compromised water sources that may come into the house and contaminate your tank, demonstrating with diagrams how to turn off the water entry point to preserve the good water already in your home. Learning new skills cannot be overemphasized in this small book, and approaching it as a game ensures that the whole family will be less panicked if faced with survival challenges. For example, there are many ways to purify and filter nonpotable water using home remedies, and food canning and container gardening are easy hobbies for anybody to master. Navigating without a GPS during an EMP event or power grid failure means using the traditional methods of an analog watch (with hands), the North Star or Southern Cross, and paper topographical maps to plan an escape. Kids would surely get a charge out of learning how to start fires with batteries and steel wool or the old magnifying glass trick. We tend to “underestimate the seriousness

and aftereffects of the disaster,” not foreseeing that roads are closed indefinitely, gas shortages skyrocket immediately, hospitals are overburdened, and emergency responses become severely prioritized. (Translation: There’s a reasonable likelihood you and your family are not on that list and thus are on your own.) Monumental decisions such as staying put or evacuating, defense strategies, and communication systems need to be clear for all family members. This handy pocket guide counsels you on home remedies and country wisdom that have already survived the ages of diseases and disasters without electricity, tells how to build a bug-out pack, and provides nifty recipes for marginal cooking conditions. Most important, Carr challenges your own notion today about how quickly you would adapt to the idea of a tomorrow that offers minimal comforts and limited resources. If you are uneasy with your lack of readiness, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide is a small book packed tightly with advice that will enable you to thrive, not just survive, in the most troubling of times that might come. H

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Your Health by Sheryl Worthington Turgeon, MPH, CHC | photograph by Chiya Li

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pring brings a flowering landscape of daffodils and crocuses, but other less desirable signs of spring return as well—particularly fleas and ticks. Perhaps it’s global warming or simply the cyclical nature of living things, but these pests are getting worse, and it’s time to fight back. Anyone living among nature knows how annoying these critters can be to both animals and people. A variety of products are available on pet store shelves to help prevent or treat infestations, but these products don’t necessarily eradicate the possibility of contracting the ultimate peril of tick bites: Lyme disease. 54 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

The name is really a misnomer, according to Lane Poor, who has had the disease for several years and is writing a book on the subject called The Three Bs of Lyme. “There are many other infections that come with a tick bite,” he says. The three major infectious agents in New England are Bartonella, Babesia, and Borrelia Burgdorferi (the three Bs). Bartonella are bacteria that live within cells and cause such symptoms as headaches, sweats, stiffness, and painful soles of the feet upon rising. The bacteria are transmitted by fleas and ticks, as well as sand flies and mosquitoes.

Babesia is a parasite that eats red blood cells, starving them of oxygen. These organisms are actually cousins of malaria, and many of the symptoms are similar. The incidence of babesiosis is on the rise in the United States, according to Kenneth B. Singleton, MD, MPH, author of The Lyme Disease Solution. The bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi (Bb), a corkscrew-like structure called a spirochete, infects humans through tick bites. It is also primarily responsible for the illness we call Lyme disease. Bb was named after Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, who identified the organism in 1982. More than 100 strains of Bb


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have been found so far in the US, while over 300 strains have been identified worldwide. The major concern with Bb from a diagnostic perspective is that once it has invaded its host, the bacterium can exist in three different forms, effectively evading detection. If the spirochete is stressed or threatened (by antibiotics, for example), it can morph into two other structures. The first is called the “L” form, in which the organism becomes round and its outer coating becomes thinned. The second form is a cyst, in which the organism thickens and goes into hibernation, waiting for a more favorable time to grow. It is in this form that Bb can hide in our red blood cells. If Lyme is treated within two or three weeks of infection, it can be effectively counteracted with an antibiotic, most likely killing off the co-infections. “But once the infection has continued unchallenged for six to eight weeks, it can become chronic and imbedded in the blood cells,” Poor says. The first line of defense is environmental. Clear out yard debris, such as leaves and brush. Ticks don’t like dry, sunny areas, so an edging of gravel between the lawn and wooded areas makes a less hospitable environment. Next, check yourself every two or three hours when gardening or spending extended time outdoors. Wear light-colored clothing and tuck your pants into your socks. Spraying your clothes and shoes with a repellent containing permethrin seems to be effective in repelling ticks as well. If you do experience a sudden onset of symptoms such as a skin rash that resembles a bull’s-eye, headaches, fever, muscle pain, or stiff neck, contact your physician immediately. It is better to rule out Lyme than take a chance on developing chronic problems later. While we can’t live in fear of a flea or tick bite, we can boost the immune system to better fend off the likelihood of infection. Food and lifestyle choices play a major role in creating a healthy immune system. Taking lots of Vitamin C helps defend against viruses and bacteria, and a good multivitamin twice a day is also important. Probably our most powerful nutrient source is plenty of fresh vegetable juice. It contains nutrients such as carotene that strengthen the immune system by helping the body build more helper T cells. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, has spent over a decade studying Lyme disease. He found that the most depleted minerals in

Lyme patients are often copper, magnesium, manganese (in Lyme), and iron (in Bb). “Bb and Bartonella need magnesium to duplicate and deplete the host’s body rapidly. However, when copper and iron are appropriately substituted, major improvements have been observed,” he says. Finally, creating a strong, healthy immune system means avoiding sugar and processed, packaged, and fast foods. They deplete the body of nutrients and feed pathogenic bacteria, making the consumer an inviting host for microbes.

Emerging diseases like Lyme tend to accompany global environmental changes. Fortunately, the wisdom of scientific research continues to ride that same wave. As Poor noted, “We’re not where we were 10 years ago, which means there is great reason for hope. And where there’s hope, there’s healing.” H Sheryl Worthington Turgeon, MPH, CHC is a Health, Nutrition & Vital Living Coach with Your Health Potential and host of the Living Healthy Show

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n spite of the abounding information on nutrition and what’s good for us, Americans still eat to excess and load up on the wrong foods. The US Department of Agriculture’s Fact Book profile of American food consumption shows that in the 21st century, we are eating significantly more calories each day than our parents did in the late 1950s when per capita consumption was at its lowest of the century. Even as kids in the 1970s, we were eating less than we are today. What kind of numbers are we talking? In 1970, Americans averaged roughly 2,170 calories per day. In 2000, Americans averaged just less than 2,700 calories a day. A 24.5 percent rise, this increase reflects nutritionally sparse foods high in refined grains, artificial fats, and added sugars. Not surprisingly, this increase stems in large part from today’s on-the-go lifestyle. At least 30 percent of the time we are eating away from

home, making poor choices when we do, and often eating more in one sitting than in times past. At the same time, we have become less active as a society, and so this excessive caloric intake is stored as potential energy (fat), especially in our children. You don’t have to look very hard for proof. In 1980, 46 percent of us were considered overweight. That number jumped to 62 percent in 2000 and continues to climb, as does related disease. Alarmingly, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that by 2050 one in three Americans will be diabetic. It’s not entirely our fault, according to researchers such as New York Times reporter Michael Moss, author of Salt, Sugar, Fat— How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Major food manufacturers are not unlike the tobacco industry, they say. Food scientists have gotten so good at their craft that they’ve addicted us, having found just the

right formula of the above-mentioned three basic flavorings to make us long for another fix. With ensuing changes in body chemistry, in conjunction with incessant advertising, our appetite for these processed foods only grows. Add in GMOs to extend shelf life, hormones, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, colors, preservatives, etc., and you have a toxic mix previously unknown to humankind. For sure, the deck is stacked against us as we’re faced with navigating some 60,000 food choices at the typical grocery store, a trillion-dollar-per-year industry. But take heart. There are categories and brands of foods that we know should be avoided without question. Below are 10 of the worst offenders, listed in no particular order as they’re all equally culpable. SOFT DRINKS Though there’s hope in this category as consumption has recently socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013 | 61


fizzled to 1996 levels, industry stats show that Americans’ per capita consumption still leads the beverage category at (gulp) 44.7 gallons in 2010. If soda is part of your daily regimen, it should come as hard to swallow that soda leaves footprints throughout the body, from the blood vessels to the liver and kidneys to your brain and teeth. Not only causing fatty tissue buildup in places you wouldn’t think, such as the liver, the phosphoric acid in the battery (err, carbonation) leaches minerals, leaving you with porous teeth and bones. Moreover, the “diet” variety lays down fatty deposits more quickly than the full-strength version with its artificial sweeteners. Even the caramel color in colas such as Coke and Pepsi has contaminants (2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole) known to pose a cancer threat to humans at just 16 micrograms per person per day—well below a 12 ounce can which holds 120 mcg. It should be noted that 44.7 gallons of soda is 375 pounds, about 38 pounds of which is sugar. It should also be noted that the decline in soda is largely due to a rise in sugary energy drink consumption (not a very good trade off). WHITE BREAD The body doesn’t know how to digest and assimilate such products, causing more stress than nourishment. By its nature, white bread and all refined flour products are toxic because they have been stripped of their natural vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients during the bleaching process. On top of that, the bleaching process involves chlorine and bromide, which have been linked to thyroid and organ damage. WHITE RICE White rice is no different from white bread in that it’s been stripped and then refortified of its nutrition, though not very effectively. White rice has been separated from the bran and the germ, the two natural components of whole-grain brown rice, making white rice inferior to brown. As with white bread, white rice is metabolized much differently from brown rice, the latter being released slowly into the bloodstream versus the blood sugar “spike” that white rice creates. POTATO CHIPS Besides the ill effects of their high fat and salt content (similar to their close cousin, the french fry), chips are high in the controversial byproduct acrylamide. Though the EPA regulates acrylamide in drinking water, it isn’t overseen in food. The result of high-temperature processing, acrylamide is viewed by many as a hazardous agent with links to cancer, neurological problems, low birth weight, and infertility. Cooking meats at very high temperatures is known to produce carcinogenic byproducts known as PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), and potato chips are evidently no different. In fact, acrylamide is produced in toast, crackers, toasted cereals, cookies, and french fries, in addition to potato chips, because these products contain the right combination of natural sugars and amino acids that are exposed to temperatures of more than 250 degrees Fahrenheit. As a rule of thumb, the darker these items are the more of this chemical they contain. COOKIES, PROCESSED DESSERTS, PASTRY, BREAKFAST ITEMS Including sugary breakfast items such as toaster pastries and energy bars, these processed foods do little to nourish the body and instead impose undue stress on the body when metabolized. When eaten with soft drinks, the amount of sugar consumed is truly worrisome. Furthermore, the artificial hydrogenated fats (see margarine description), sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup, colorings, 62 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

and preservatives present in such items compound their negative impact over the long run as they accumulate in tissues. MICROWAVEABLE POPCORN A favorite among legions of snackers, processed popcorn is one of the unhealthiest foods on the shelf. As Natural News writer Jonathan Benson points out, nearly every component of microwaveable popcorn, from the genetically modified (GM) corn kernels to the hydrogenated fats, processed salt, and chemical preservatives used to enhance its flavor, is unhealthy and disease-promoting. Microwaveable popcorn also contains the controversial buttery flavoring diacetyl (DA) that has been linked to respiratory problems in factory workers of this popcorn. DA has also been shown to increase beta-amyloid protein formation and clumping in the blood vessels of the brain, a phenomenon associated with Alzheimer’s. As with acrylamide, you’ll hardly ever find diacetyl listed on the label. If you can’t do without popcorn, a healthier alternative would be organic kernels that you can pop in a kettle, using modest amounts of healthier ingredients like coconut or olive oil, or real butter, with a touch of celery salt. MARGARINE Modern margarine dates back over a century when scientists found a way to hydrogenate (harden) liquid oil under high temperatures. Though the debate over butter vs. margarine persists, public perception had shifted early on in favor of the cheaper substitute. Today, North Americans consume four times more margarine than butter. However, if you believe it’s not butter, you’re right. Real butter is clearly superior because it is comprised of fatty acids occurring in their natural “cis” or curved configuration or chemical structure, meaning that the body recognizes and knows what to do with it. On the other hand, we’ve come to understand that it’s actually the biochemical stress of artificial hydrogenation or the “trans” (jointed) configuration of fatty acids in margarine, along with other issues such as higher pesticide content, that results in the ill-health effects we’ve been conditioned to expect from butter. Regardless, be sure to limit your total fat intake to no more than 30 percent of daily calories. DOUGHNUTS These could have been lumped with cookies, pastries, and the like, but doughnuts deserve special emphasis. A fresh honey-glazed doughnut is the perfect amalgamation of salt, sugar, fat, and refined flour—and, like any other typical doughnut, the epitome of poor nutrition. Varying with the size and type, a doughnut’s sugar, sodium, trans fat, and other artificial ingredients, on top of its lack of fiber, rival any food of equal calories. A large doughnut can contain around 22 grams of sugar. It can house nearly 7 grams of trans fat. And it can conceal around 340 mg of sodium, or 15 percent of the recommended daily intake. At two such doughnuts per day, you’ve already reached a third of your limit before eating anything else. This is why a steady diet of doughnuts can contribute to hypertension and kidney disease, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, and various cancers due to the effects of the dense sugar and high fat combined with the cancerous byproducts of deep frying. FROZEN MEALS Another American dietary staple, the typical frozen dinner can never compete with its fresh counterpart. The typical frozen meal will contain the same three culprits—salt, sugar, fat—in excessive amounts that corroborate Michael Moss’s


stance. Even many of those marketed as “healthy” choices will still contain significant amounts of these flavorings to lock in their audience. A quick glance at a baked cheddar chicken and rice frozen dinner, for instance, yields 600 mg of sodium (doubling as a preservative) at just 220 calories. CURED MEAT PRODUCTS Not only does this category present an issue in the “big three,” it also raises the specter of another kind of preservative—nitrates (converted by the body to nitrites). Meat products such as luncheon meats, hot dogs, bacon, and sausages are laced with these chemicals, which have been linked to heart disease and cancer. Be aware that many commonly reported symptoms of intolerance include headaches, irritability, and dizziness. BREAKING FREE It’s dizzying to consider that university experts recommend no more than 45 grams of sugar a day for the average person, or roughly 36 pounds in a year, and yet many of us already exceed that with just a single 12 ounce soda. No doubt, these foods are cash cows for

the medical industry. So how can we break the cycle of addiction? If we change our behavior and rebalance our bodies for optimal digestion, steadier blood sugar, and lower systemic inflammation (the body’s immune response to toxicity, which can be dangerous if prolonged), we can start on the road to good health. A good place to begin is with a tactic known as stimulus control. Simply put, by taking steps to remove the source of the temptation, it will be that much easier to combat. If you have children, limit the junk and your own access with the support of a spouse or close friend. Do the bulk of your shopping on the outer aisles of a market or wherever the produce is located, followed by lowfat proteins and whole grains. At the same time, a low-glycemic diet or one that is weighted more toward complex carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, coconut, flax, etc.) will help you reduce sweet cravings and curb false hunger. Unless you’re engaged in high-intensity

exercise, diluting sweet beverages such as juices and sports/energy drinks with twothirds water is another way of reducing sugar and actually having more energy. In addition, there are safe and effective dietary supplements that can help you balance blood glucose and quell sugar cravings, enhance mood, curb appetite, and lose weight. Examples include a good multiple vitamin/ mineral containing at least 200 mcg of the trace mineral chromium, vitamin D in the range of 1,000-5,000 IU, the natural fatty acid CLA, green tea extract, and the fruit garcinia cambogia. If you can’t live without your daily dose of Oreos, Pringles, Mountain Dew, etc., don’t get discouraged. As you gradually offset your vice with healthier foods and supplemental support, the cravings will eventually diminish. Ultimately, we can’t place the entire blame on food manufacturers, as it boils down to personal responsibility. H Rob Saint Laurent, M.Ed., is the author of FitWorks! and founder of LeanSnack.com.

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t not only adorns your home, it also protects it. But what happens when your home’s siding begins to show signs of wear? Experts say it’s important to maintain your home’s exterior, not just for esthetic reasons but also to preserve the structural integrity of your home. “If siding deteriorates enough, you will have structural damage,” said Parker Wil-

lard, owner of Willard Company based in Dedham and Dennis, Mass. Once the façade wears out, the structure behind the siding becomes exposed to the elements, such as water. “Then repairs will be costly.” More often than not, homeowners will need to repair or replace one side of their home, as the northern exposure side will wear out faster. The numerous options for repairing or replacing siding can be over-

whelming. The biggest thing to remember, said Dave Brodowski, owner of Brodowski Home Improvement in Springfield, Mass., is to make sure the material is of high quality. With poor-quality materials, “the siding can buckle and get wavy,” he said. Relatively inexpensive siding materials include vinyl, metal, engineered wood, and fiber-cement. While not as esthetically pleassocomagazine.com | New England | May 2013 | 69


ing as the others, vinyl and metal siding are very durable and require little upkeep. Engineered wood has a relatively short life span, 20-30 years, and will need repainting every five to 10 years. Fiber-cement lasts a bit longer and requires less repainting. Wood siding is expensive, and while it lasts more than 50 years, regular maintenance is necessary to repair damaged and weatherworn boards. Wood is manufactured in several styles, sizes, species, grades, and finishes. Willard said he works with wood on high-end homes, using mostly red and white cedar, which are easily maintained by simply replacing the portion that is weathered or damaged. However, he said, any wood product subjected to the elements will break down over time. Clapboards are a type of wood siding, mostly cedar, made from wedge-shaped boards that are designed to overlap with each other. They are used widely on New England homes. Willard warned against using finger-jointed clapboard, where contractors take incremental pieces of wood and glue them together, leaving the joint visible but seamless to the touch. He explained that this process is less expensive to install than regular clapboard, but the glue will eventually break down, making it costly down the road. Willard recommends using #1 Perfections premium grade white cedar shingles with galvanized roofing nails and #1 R&R (rebutted and rejointed) shingles with stainless steel nails when using red cedar. White cedar shingles don’t require painting, he said, as the wood naturally weathers to a silver shade; however, red cedar will weather and turn black, so it should be painted or stained. “In the old days people put oil on red cedar,” he said. Other materials, less common in New England, include stucco and synthetic stucco, which can be a bit pricey but are extremely durable. Stone and brick veneer come in a variety of styles but are expensive to install. Brick siding comes in many sizes, colors, and textures. It’s very durable, as it won’t rot, burn, or fade, and it also provides solid insulation; however, it is expensive to install, and repair of cracked mortar joints is required throughout the life of the siding. Willard says the best material for home siding really depends on the homeowner’s preferences. “It depends whether you’re a purist,” he said. “A lot of people don’t like vinyl because it’s plastic... and most people shy away from composites.” Composite siding is commonly made from shredded wood or sawdust bound together with a bonding agent or from fiber cement board, which is made from Portland cement, sand, and cellulose fiber. Both styles can be made to look like wood and are durable and long lasting. Wood provides a more natural look and feel, said Willard, adding that the trouble with wood these days is the state of lumber. “It’s hard to get a good product that will withstand the test of time,” he said, explaining that the new-growth wood comes from trees that haven’t been given enough time to mature, and the end result is a less durable wood. “Wood doesn’t last like it did 50 or 60 years ago.” Composite, however, will last, said Willard, and it looks just like wood. “They have it down to a science,” he said. “It costs 25 percent more to buy composite [than wood], but in the long run it’s worth it because it lasts longer,” since you no longer need to replace rotting wood. Willard, who is the fifth generation of Willards carrying on the family business, said his customers are a mix of new construction 70 | socomagazine.com | New England | May 2013

red and white cedar are easily maintained by simply replacing the portion that is weathered or damaged. However, any wood product subjected to the elements will break down over time.

and renovations. He gets very few requests for wood siding, unless it’s a high-end job, as wood siding drives up prices. “All the trim is being done in composite,” he said, noting that the biggest manufacturer for composite is AZEK, a company that’s been around since the mid-1980s. Before homeowners get started, experts say, the most important step is to be informed. Willard advises homeowners to go to a local lumberyard and ask questions. “A lot of lumberyards have showrooms,” he said, adding that looking at and feeling the different materials will help in decision making. Homeowners should also visit websites to find out more about various products and distributors. “Contractors are not always right,” said Willard. “Homeowners should take ownership and find out what is right for them.” Brodowski warned against do-it-yourself jobs. “It’s best to hire someone,” he said, explaining that while putting up siding is very basic, the difficulty is in completing the trim. “You have to know what you are doing so it looks right and is water tight.” Once a homeowner is ready to shop for a contractor, once again, Willard said, it’s important to do your homework. Make sure the contractor carries a home improvement contractor’s license, as well as a state builder’s license. “Check them out with reporting agencies [such as Angieslist.com, the Better Business Bureau, or your local building inspector] to see if their track record is good,” continued Willard, adding that homeowners should also make sure contractors are insured with both workers’ compensation and liability. He also suggested looking at the track record of the actual manufacturer. Is the company stable? Is the product you are choosing new? “You don’t want to be a guinea pig,” said Willard. Many municipalities in New England require a building permit for siding and roofing work; homeowners should call their local building inspector’s office for local regulations. In addition, in many cases, if you are removing roofing or siding material, an asbestos test will be required. H


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Another typical job for Velazquez is building “halls of fame” in clients’ homes. “Usually they come in with a shoebox of photos from Europe, Asia—just about anywhere overseas—and ask if we can fix them,” she says. The object of the hall of fame is to display a chronological history, through photos, of the many generations that made America their home. Art Smart also works on antique engravings, drawings, sketches, and watercolors, notes Velazquez. “Different processes are used in the act of restoration, but the result can be so amazing.” With any repair, consumers need to make sure the experts they seek are knowledgeable. “Be sure to ask questions,” says Velazquez, warning against start-up businesses or sending work out of town to an unknown restorer, as experience goes a long way in the art restoration business. George Grillo of Grillo Oriental Rug Gallery & Care in Braintree, Mass., has been in business since 1966 and says rug repair and cleaning require serious inspection from knowledgeable people. From the invisible reweaving of holes and tears to the hand knotting of wool to replace moth-damaged areas, the experts at Grillo do all repairs onsite. “By promptly attending to any areas that need attention, we can not only prevent further damage to your Oriental rug, but help you avoid a more costly repair in the future,” he says. Grillo also does rug cleaning on site and offers customers three levels of service. Maintenance care means a general cleaning for rugs in stable condition that have been reasonably well maintained; restoration care is used on antique, very finely woven, silk-highlighted or fragile rugs, and also on rugs that are heavily soiled or significantly stained. Grillo also offers museum curatorial cleaning, which is “a specialized discipline for Oriental rugs with high art value that are not in functional use.” Over time, rugs collect high levels of grit that need to be removed safely, says Grillo. The typical process he uses to clean is called wet wash. This process first removes the surface dirt and grit. “Removing this grit is truly critical to the continued health of your rug, as grit is very abrasive and cuts at the fibers of the rug, wearing away at them to reduce your rug’s life and beauty,” says Grillo. Grillo’s staff also uses hand-held brushes with no hard chemicals. The wet wash completely submerges the rugs, and after rinsing, the rugs pass through rubber-coated squeeze rollers that remove excess water, an essential step in safe drying, says Grillo. The final step is to hand groom and dry the rugs in the engineered dry-room with humistatic controls for safe and effective drying. After drying, all rugs are vacuumed and treated again for any remaining spots or stains. “Most dealers send out rugs to be cleaned,” says Grillo. “We do it locally at our facility in Braintree…. Antique and old rugs really need specialized care.” Cleaning costs vary depending on the type of textile and the condition of the rug, he says, adding that stain cleaning is also in high demand, as stains can reduce the value of Oriental rugs. Whether you are a collector, dealer, or simply stumbled on an interesting piece, professional care is just a phone call away. Finding a local repair shop that has the experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm is essential to ensuring your antique is treated with the respect and care it deserves. H


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They Have a Soft Spot for Alpaca by Nicholas Carrigg

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fair. By 2008, her company had 31 alpaca, and today, Island Alpaca has over 70 animals of various colors and fiber types. “They’re such mild-mannered animals, it doesn’t take much to care for them,” Ronchetti said. According to Ronchetti, two alpaca will eat about a bale of hay a week in the winter, which costs between $6 and $12. In the summer, they subsist primarily on grass. Other requirements include water, the occasional vitamin supplement, and sometimes grains. An alpaca chews its food (and cud) in a figure-eight pattern. This method, combined with their highly efficient digestive system, means that alpaca manure exits the animal in a form that very closely resembles garden compost. Along with their unique stomachs, alpaca also have interesting bath-

room behavior. When one animal starts relieving itself, the others plod over and follow suit. These communal manure piles make cleaning up after alpaca simple, and the phenomenon could lend itself to the development of a compost side business for creative investors. “You could definitely start a small herd on five to 10 acres,” says Elizabeth Kaminski of Neck of the Woods Alpaca in Gowanda, N.Y. “You don’t even need a full barn— three sides to protect against strong winds will do.” Elizabeth and her husband, Aaron, had long dreamed of a place out in the country, but weren’t sure how to make the transition. After visiting a couple of alpaca farms, they decided this would be a great way to start living their dream. “We started with about four or five for


$10,000 total and have acquired more over the years through sales an agricultural enterprise. You may be able to get a break on your and breeding,” says Kaminski. Today they have 19 alpaca. real estate taxes, though regulations on this vary from state to state. Both Ronchetti and the Kaminskis keep a llama on site. In Massachusetts, for example, a minimum of five acres may be “Most people keep a llama as a guard aniclaimed as active farmland, and the business mal,” says Kaminski. “They’re very curious, must gross more than $500 per year. The bread and butter but they’re also very large, so when they walk “You can write off depreciation of the aniof any alpaca farm over to check out a predator, the intruder mals, vet bills, medications, and food,” says usually runs away.” Kaminski. “It’s really a great business to get is the incredibly She adds that while some people keep dogs into.” soft and warm fiber to guard their herds as shepherds traditionIf you think you’d like to start raising alally do with flocks of sheep, llamas have a paca, Ronchetti’s farm offers lessons in caring that has helped much more gentle and calm demeanor. Furfor the animals. This is a great way to get your Andean people fight thermore, since llamas are also members of feet wet without making a huge investment. off the chill of their the camelid family, the little alpaca feel more More intensive workshops teach neonatal comfortable around their horse-sized cousin and birthing care, shearing, nail cutting, and mountainous homes than they would with another type of guard teeth trimming. for centuries. animal. “Their teeth will actually keep on growThe bread and butter of any alpaca farm ing like a hamster’s if you don’t trim them,” is the incredibly soft and warm fiber that says Kaminski. “And the males having fighthas helped Andean people fight off the chill of their mountainous ing teeth that need to be trimmed to keep them from hurting one homes for centuries. Alpaca fiber is distinct from sheep’s wool in a another.” few ways that allow many farmers to demand a premium price. For Island Alpaca also offers classes where beginners can learn how to one thing, alpaca come in a plethora of colors. Where they originate spin alpaca fiber into yarn, jump-starting their ability to add value in Peru, alpaca are registered to come in some 52 natural colors. In to a product they’d like to sell. According to Kaminski, alpaca prodthe United States, there are 16 classified shades of alpaca coat. This ucts can be sold on websites like Etsy.com, through knitting clubs, variety means more options for people who don’t want synthetic at craft shows, and or even by opening up a little shop on the farm. dyes in their knitted items. “The market can be a little hard to break into since you can’t fall Alpaca fiber is also warmer than wool. It doesn’t contain lanolin back on selling meat,” says Kaminski. “But there are plenty of ways (a type of oil that makes wool water resistant), so alpaca fiber is hyto sell their fleece creatively.” H poallergenic. And finally, alpaca has the interesting quality of being flame resistant. Alpaca fiber comes in two varieties: huacaya and suri. Huacaya fiber has a great deal of crimp to it, making it naturally springy and easy to knit with. Suri fiber, on the other hand, has very little crimp and is better suited to weaving. Most alpaca farmers like Kaminski and Ronchetti keep at least one or two suris, but the bulk of their herds is made up of huacaya, for which there is the most demand. A skein of high-quality alpaca yarn runs around $20-$40. “The more work you put into an alpaca product, the more you can sell it for,” says Kaminski. “Yarn will sell for more than fleece, and a knitted sweater will sell for even more.” Although you don’t need much equipment to get an operation going—a few acres of pasture, some fencing, and water buckets— the animals themselves can cost thousands of dollars apiece in the United States. “We recommend that people buy at least three good-quality alpaca when they start out,” says Ronchetti. “You always need at least two, and if something happens to one of them, you’ll have the other.” There are other reasons to own alpaca aside from their coats. Alpaca make excellent companion animals due to their lovable demeanor. They are also making headway as show animals. And although the demand for alpaca steaks is virtually nonexistent this side of the equator, the demand for live animals is booming. Even if spinning yarn isn’t your thing, breeding alpaca can be quite profitable once you get over the initial investment hump. “They cost less than a dog to keep,” says Ronchetti. “They have a wonderful demeanor and live up to 20 years.” www.bpzoo.org | 508-991-6178 Many hobby farmers are interested in the tax benefits of owning 425 Hawthorn St. New Bedford, MA 02740

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Hi! My name is Jocamo! Jocamo is a Pekin duck who was dropped off in a small, muddy swamp. Jocamo prefers to spend a lot of time in his duck house rather than walking around his pen. He is a little bit shy at first but once he realizes he’s safe, he does very well. Jocamo is a big, beautiful boy who would like a hen of his own to love.

Pekins and Embdens are the ducklings and goslings most often purchased at Easter time. They mature rapidly in eight to 12 weeks. Many people who purchase waterfowl in the spring when they are tiny and fuzzy find out they grow into large birds that are far from low maintenance by summertime. What begins as a whimsical purchase quickly turns disastrous when people realize what is required to care for mature ducks and geese. Unable to properly care for them, most people simply find a local pond, creek, or waterway and drop the birds off there, mistakenly thinking they are doing the birds a favor by “setting them free” into their natural habitat. The fact is that domesticated ducks do not have the genetic programming or the skills needed to survive in the wild. The critical difference between domesticated waterfowl and their wild counterparts is the former cannot fly. Most abandoned domesticated waterfowl die within weeks. Some are killed and eaten by predators, others die of starvation, and others die of diseases. Birds that make it to winter are often unable to survive low temperatures and may freeze to death, suffer severe frostbite, or lose limbs or part of their beaks. Waterfowl have unique personalities. Here is a sample of a few friendly ducks who are looking for their forever home.

Hi! We’re Billy and Bella! Billy and Bella (Muscovy ducks) were exposed to starvation and extreme temperatures before coming to Majestic Waterfowl. Billy’s bill was cut off before he was dropped off, putting him at risk of frostbite on his tongue. These are very interactive and friendly ducks. Billy (who is very large) comes up to greet people whenever he hears them in the barn. He loves to have lengthy chats about how grand he is. Bella is smaller and more shy, but will allow lots of snuggling. Their new owners must have a predator-proof pen with constant aviary covering/protection overhead because Muscovy ducks can (and do) fly and escape.

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Patricia “Tricia,” a Muscovy duck, is a very friendly and human-imprinted duck who was discovered with a rope tied around her leg, tethered to a post in someone’s yard. As if this weren’t bad enough, she had a flea collar around her neck. The person who found her easily talked Tricia’s owners (who were tired of her) into surrendering her to Majestic Waterfowl. Tricia loves to swim and play on the pond. She is a beautiful and bossy girl who is very brave and extremely used to people. She loves being held, cuddled, and petted.

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31 days SOCIAL CALENDAR

may 11 SEVENTH ANNUAL OPENING OF THE BAY 6-11 p.m. $65 per person. Fort Taber, New Bedford, Mass. 508-9996219; communityboating.org. The mission is to teach positive life values to at-risk youth through boating. may 16 NANTUCKET WINE FESTIVAL HARBOR GALA VIP entry 5-9 p.m. $325; 6-9 p.m. $225; advance ticket purchase required. White Elephant, Nantucket, Mass. nantucketawinefestival.com. may 17 HOME IS WHERE THE CARE IS GALA The Kittansett Club, Marion, Mass. 508-717-0758; communitynurse. com. Featuring the Great Golf Ball Drop. VIP tickets, individual, and couple tickets available. Individual Golf Ball Drop chances range from one ball $10 to 15 balls for $100. To benefit programs at Community Nurse & Hospice Care. may 18 27TH ANNUAL FIGAWI CHARITY BALL 7 p.m.-midnight. $75. Hyannis Resort and Conference Center, Hyannis, Mass. 508-221-6891; figawi.com. Evening attire/black tie optional. Benefits the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. may 28 BUZZARDS BAY COALITION GOLF OUTING & COCKTAIL PARTY RECEPTION Check-in 10 a.m.; reception 5 p.m. $250 individual golfer (includes 18 holes of golf, greens fees, cart rental, lunch, favor, cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception, auction and awards, open bar, live music) or $30 cocktail party and auction ticket for nongolfers. Golf House Restaurant Patio, Bay Club, Mattapoisett, Mass. 508-999-6363x202; savebuzzardsbay. org. Proceeds benefit the cleanup of nitrogen pollution in New Bedford Harbor. Registration closes May 22. june 1 FRIENDS OF BALLARD PARK FUND-RAISER 6-8 p.m. $125. Under a tent on the private estate, EdgeHill, Newport, R.I. Reservations recommended. Wines served from a private collection, jazz, light buffet, and silent auction. 401619-3377; ballardpark.org. Proceeds will fund field trips for local schoolchildren and other free public events at the park. june 21-23 NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW ~ JADE: EASTERN OBSESSIONS Opening night cocktail party, 6-9 p.m. $325. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. newportmansions.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS

may 18 17TH ANNUAL AVIATION FUN DAY 10 a.m.-4 p.m. New Bedford Regional Airport, Mass. atlanticaviators.org/ funday. Static displays, plane, helicopter, fire engine, train rides, flight simulators, K-9 demos, NBFD crash truck demos, entertainment, food and much more. 11TH ANNUAL GLEASON FAMILY YMCA 5K ROAD RACE 9 a.m. start in Onset, Mass. Adult $22 or $20 registration before April 15. Children $17/$15 advance. Register online at ymcasouthcoast.org. T-shirts to the first 150 registrants. may 18 & 19 BOLDrDASH FOR THE BEACH 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $75/$80 May 1. Westerly Town Beaches and Misquamicut State Beach, 319 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, R.I. A 5k trek through mud, obstacles, and water. 401-596-7761; public.westerlychamber. org. The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber is working toward the recovery of the Misquamicut beach community, devastated by Hurricane Sandy. AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER 617-722-4140; avonwalk.org. Registration underway.

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june 2 24TH ANNUAL HEART & SOLE WALK FOR THE ANIMALS Register at potterleague.org. 401-8468276.

june 9 NSTAR’S WALK FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Hatch Shell along the Esplanade, Boston. 866-303-WALK; childrenshospital.org/walk. Funds raised benefit Boston Children’s Hospital’s patient care, pediatric research, and community health programs. Register, make a donation, find more information online. june 13 12TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING Southers Marsh Golf Course, Plymouth, Mass. 508-746-8008; plymouthphil.org. Proceeds support concert and educational programming of the Phil. Lunch reception, post-tournament reception, prizes, silent auction, and more. june 21 Save the Date for the Saint Vincent’s Annual Kick-off to Summer Celebration 6-11 p.m. The Battleship Massachusetts, Fall River, Mass. development@stvincentshome.org; 508-235-3228. Cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions. Dancing to the sounds of World Premier Band.

THEATER

through may 25 SPREADING IT AROUND The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant, 102 Connell Highway, Newport, R.I. 401-848-7529; newportplayhouse.com. Comedy by Londos D’Arrigo, directed by John Ricci. may 2-5 DANCE THEATRE IN CONCERT Thurs. & Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m. $10, $5 students & seniors. The Barn, at Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Rd., Bristol, R.I. 401-254-3626; pdq.rwu. edu/events. New works by students, faculty, and guest artists. may 7-19 ROMEO AND JULIET Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire St., Providence. 401-351-4242; trinityrep.com. By William Shakespeare. may 9-12 TITANIC THE MUSICAL Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $23/$18 seniors & students. Margaret L. Jackson Performing Arts Center, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River, Mass. 508-675-1852; littletheater.net.

CONCERTS

may 3 & 4 SPRING CONCERTS 2013: AMERICA SINGS 8 p.m. Adults $12, students $6, tickets available at the door. St. Gabriel’s Church, 124 Front St., Marion, Mass. sippicanchoral.org. A spirited tribute to American songwriters and poets from the 1770s to the 1990s.Visit website for additional ticket locations. may 5 KALEIDOSCOPE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE 4 p.m. Free. Limited seating. The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass. 781-934-6634; kaleidoscopechamber.com, artcomplex.org. may 8 RWU CHORUS SPRING CONCERT 7:30 p.m. The Barn at Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Rd., Bristol, R.I. pdq.rwu.edu/events. Works dating from the Renaissance to the present that portray the coming of springtime. may 18 & 19 SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS FESTIVAL CHORUS Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $12$18. Taunton High School Auditorium, 50 Williams St., Taunton, Mass. 508-821-9571; smfconline.org. 20th anniversary concert. may 19 THE OUTER CAPE CHORALE AND CHAMBER SINGERS ~ MODERN CLASSICS 3 p.m. Nauset Middle School, Orleans, Mass. outercapechorale.org.

MUSEUMS

through july 13 ART OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300; mfa.org.View the works of early landscapists, the later masters, and the 20th-century modern-

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ists who captured the pristine beauty of northern New Hampshire. may 19-september 8 NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS ~ FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA: PLANTS, TREES, AND SHRUBS OF NEW ENGLAND Wed.-Sun. 1-4 p.m. The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass. 781-934-6634; artcomplex.org. This is the first stop of an 18-month show to travel to all the New England states. ongoing TOAD HALL CLASSIC SPORTS CAR MUSEUM 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission fee. 288 Scudder Ave., Hyannis Port, Mass. 508-778-4934; toadhallcars. com. Over 50 restored classic sports cars, all red.

MUSIC/DANCE

may 10, 11 & 12 THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m. $20-$65. The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. festivalballet.com. may 11 DANCES, DRINKS & DINNER Performance only $25, drinks & performance $50, all-inclusive $100 (includes post-show dinner with the dancers and choreographers; advance ticket purchase required). Canfield House, 5 Memorial Blvd., and the Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470; islandmovingco.org. Mother’s Day Weekend. may 15 SANDYWOODS CONTRA DANCE SERIES Third Wednesday, each month, 7-10 p.m. $6 adult, $3 children, $14 family. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, R.I. 401-241-7349; sandywoodsfarm.org. Beginners welcome, partners not necessary.

ART/GALLERIES

through may 19 ANNE KRINSKSY: RECONFIGURATIONS Wed.-Sun., 1-4 p.m. The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass. 781-934-6634; artcomplex.org. may 11-august 18 REVERSIBLE REACTIONS: ART MEETS SCIENCE @ THE MIT GLASS LAB Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, Mass. 508-588-6000; fullercraft.org. may 18-june 23 SWEPT AWAY: TRANSLUCENCE, TRANSPARENCE AND TRANSCENDENCE IN CONTEMPORARY ENCAUSTIC Provincetown Inn, Provincetown, Mass. 508-385-4477; ccmoa.org. Features works in encaustic by artists from around the country. Sponsored by Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. may 19 ACROSS THE GRAIN: TURNED AND CARVED WOOD Opening reception 1-5 p.m. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, Mass. 508-5886000; fullercraft.org. On display through September 15. may 24 IMAGINE GREEN, JURIED SHOW Reception 6-8 p.m. Exhibit runs through June 30. The Portsmouth Arts Guild, 2679 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, R.I. 401-2935ART; portsmoutharts.org.

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY

through june 1 SEASCAPE AND LANDSCAPES ~ ALL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW Tuesday-Saturday, Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant St., Marion, Mass. 508-748-1266; marionartcenter.org. may 18-september 2 MCDONALD WRIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-848-8200; newportartmuseum.org.

LECTURES

may 2 23RD ANNUAL SAILORS’ SERIES Reception 6 p.m., lecture 7 p.m. $20.

“Volvo Ocean Race” with Ken Read. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-9970046x153; whalingmuseum.org. PERSPECTIVES OF AN ARTIST/ NATURALIST 7-8 p.m. Register online. New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5206; neaq.org. James Prosek, author and artist, will discuss his book, Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World’s Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish, the subject of the PBS series Nature documentary. ROSEMARY VEREY: THE LIFE & LESSON OF A LEGENDARY GARDENER 9:30-11:30 a.m. $23. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, 101 Ferry Rd., (Rt. 114), Bristol, R.I. 401-253-2707; blithewold.org. With author Barbara Paul Robinson. Book signing, tea and scones available on the breakfast porch.

ANTIQUES/GARDEN

may 11 GARDEN CLUB OF BUZZARDS BAY ANNUAL PLANT SALE 1-4 p.m. St. Mary’s Parish Center, 783 Dartmouth St., South Dartmouth, Mass. gardenclubbuzzardsbay.org. Proceeds from the sale benefit community projects through the organization’s grants program. GREEN ANIMALS PLANT SALE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, R.I. newportmansions.org. Proceeds from the sale benefit ongoing landscape improvements at this historic country estate. may 17 SCRIMSHAW SYMPOSIUM NAUTICAL ANTIQUES SHOW Noon-5 p.m. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-991-6160; whalingmuseum.org. may 18-19 ST 21 ANNUAL RARE AND UNUSUAL PLANT SALE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. City Farm, Dudley St. & W Clifford, Providence. 401-273-9419; southsideclt. org. may 21 ROUGH POINT LANDSCAPE HISTORY AND GARDEN TOUR 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-846-4152; newportrestoration.org. Space is limited.

TASTINGS

may 15-19 NANTUCKET WINE FESTIVAL Grand tastings under the tent, seminars, dancing, auction, and other special events. nantucketwinefestival.com.Visit website for list of events and ticket prices.

VOLUNTEER

ongoing HORIZONS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN ~ PLAYSPACE TRAININGS horizonschildren.org/ playspaces. Two-hour commitment per week for six months is required.Volunteer at one of more than 150 family shelters statewide.

WORKSHOPS

may 11 STONE WALL WORKSHOP 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Rd., Middletown, R.I. 401-849-7300; newportrestoration.org. Reservations required. may 18 & 19 COILED BASKETRY WORKSHOP $150. Includes Sat. lunch and Sun. light refreshments. GFRAA, 80 Belmont St., Fall River, Mass. 508-678-3662; shabaskets448@comcast.net; greaterfallriverartassoc.org. All materials provided. With Tennessee artist Jean Poythress Koon.

HEALTH/WELLNESS

thursdays through may 16 SANDYWOODS WINTER FARMERS MARKET 4-7 p.m. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, Muse Way, Tiverton, R.I. Off Bulgarmarsh Rd. (Rte. 177), near Crandall Rd. (Rte. 81) intersection. 401-241-73349; sandywoodsfarm.org.


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