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8 Great Things in June on the South Coast

8 Great Things logoIs June everyone's favorite month? It should be! Take a look at our 8 Great Things list and you'll find so many ways to celebrate this month on the cusp of summer: firefly adventures, walking and eating tours, a historic unveiling, garden hopping and cajun cookouts. As always, many thanks to our sponsor  Anne Whiting Real Estate.

River's Edge, painting by Carol Bliven

1. A Double Header in Westport

We've got two special events in Westport that lead from one to the other -- and, rather than renaming this 9 Great Things -- we're suggesting you do both. A little art, a little nature....they complement each other so well! First, celebrate 15 years of Art Drive (returning this August) by enjoying the opening reception of A Show of Gratitude at Dedee Shattuck's gallery. Then head over to Westport Conservation woods for a Full Moon and Wildflower Walk where you'll be searching under the full moon for plants that bloom at night. June 3, 5 to 7 pm at Dedee Shattuck's Gallery. More on that here. June 3, 7 to 8:30 at Westport Conservation woods. Register for that here. 

A group shot of our October walking book tour2. Walking & Talking Books

We're taking the Walking Book Tour series to Bay End Farm this month, where we'll wander on the farm to the little hideaway cottage from which Kahlil Gibran wrote The Prophet, one of the world's best-selling books. Join us for a little book chit-chat, a little walking and a little snacking with other book lovers. Free, but pre-register here. June 10, 2 to 4 pm at Bay End Farm in Buzzards Bay.

Richard Blake's scultpure of Frederick Douglass in his studio3. Welcome Abolition Row Park!

New Bedford opens a new historic park: Abolition Row Park to celebrate the city's history as a place that welcomed formally enslaved people escaping to freedom. The park will have a pathway representing the Underground Railway listing 125 names of fugitives and a sculpture of Frederick Douglass scuplpted by Richard Blake. Come join the celebration in the statue's unveiling, across the street from where Douglass lived and wrote his autobiography. June 23, at 1:00. Abolition Row Park, 22 7th Street, New Bedford. More here.  

Sailing in Onset Harbor4. Sail Away

For three Thursdays in June, the Buzzards Bay Coalition is hosting folks on their 12 person Dascombe rig for sails around Onset Bay. Tonight's sail is almost filled but check out the next two Thursdays. Head out and return in time to enjoy a bite to eat overlooking the water at Quahog Republic or at Onset Bay Grille, or head over to Marc Anthony's for the iconic Onset pizza experience. The sail is $10. Dinner's up to you. Sign up here. 

Pouring wine for some food tour participants5. A Taste of Portugal

Woo hoo! New Bedford Food Tours has launched a new walking tour. This one takes us on a one mile amble around downtown Fall River with a focus on Portuguese food and drinks and a fun guide who'll reveal all kinds of delicious facts. $90 includes all food, drinks, restaurant tips and tour guide. June 16 and 30 at 1:00. More here. 

6. Peek in some Gardens

The Little Compton Garden Club is hosting a self-guided tour of seven private gardens in town. Experience some beautiful coastal gardens and help the Club fund its many important community efforts. $40 pre-tour/$50 day of the tour. June 17, 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets and information here.   (Note: if you love garden tours, check out the Marion and Mattapoisett tours on the following weekend.)

7. A Fun Summer Cookout

The DNRT is hosting three fun cookouts this summer and we're invited. This month's features a Cajun-inspired menu plus the wonderful South Coast Brass Band, along with drinks and lawn games. $75 per person. June 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Helfand Farm, Chase Road, Dartmouth. For tickets and more information, click here.

8. Firefly Magic!

Join the Wareham Land Trust and Plymouth County entomologist Blake Dinius on an evening walk to explore the fascinating world of fireflies just at the perfect time of year when firefly activity is at its peak. June 23 at 8:30pm. Douglas Westgate Preserve, Papermill Road, Wareham. Free to members/$5 to non-members. Registration is required here.


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2 thoughts on “8 Great Things in June on the South Coast”

  1. Love all the fabulous suggestions! I could not find the link to register for the Walking Book Tour. Can you please post it? Thank you,

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