Adults and children gathered around a pig at West Place

8 Great Things: June on the South Coast

8 Great Things logoJune is our favorite month, just on the cusp of all of summer’s delights! Take a look at our top picks for the month ahead to get your summer memories off to a roaring good start!

A cow at West Place1. A Hidden Gem

Right off Main Road in Tiverton lies a remarkable farm which serves as a sanctuary to over 100 personable animals who’ve been rescued from neglect and abandonment. We’re talking alpacas, miniature horses, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks and chickens. It’s an incredibly beautiful place and they’re open to the public only a few times a year. This weekend is one of them. Visit and you’ll come away changed for the better. June 1 and 2, tours leaving on the half hour between 9:30 and 3:00. $24 for adults/$15 for kids. 3198 Main Road, Tiverton. Advanced registration is appreciated but walk-ins are welcome. More here.

People dressed as characters in Wizard of Oz2. Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!

An escape room, but outdoors! With costumes! Grab some friends and make an Oz-inspired team to follow hidden clues, solve puzzles and complete fun challenges as you walk around downtown New Bedford! Play at your own pace or compete against the clock against other teams. $40 for a team of 2-6 people. June 8. More here.

Slocum River Reserve3. Wild Edibles Walk

The DNRT leads us on a foraging walk to show us the variety of edible plants growing on the Slocum River Reserve (ones that we might find in our own backyards). These workshops always fill up fast so grab a spot quickly! $10. June 8 at 10 am. Horseneck Road, Dartmouth. More here.

Strawberry shortcake4. Strawberry Shortcake Social

We love everything about this idea, including the alliteration. Tiverton Farmers’ Market is throwing a party for the delicious fruit at its peak! And you don’t have to stop at strawberry shortcake. There’ll be strawberry cupcakes, scones and tarts strawberry basil margarita mocktails & strawberry rhubarb kombucha, even a strawberry mignonette for your freshly shucked oysters. Yum! Sunday, June 23. 10 to 2. 3588 Main Road, Tiverton. More here. 

Giant rooster under construction5. Crow Like A Rooster

We look forward all year to see what DATMA has up its sleeve for its annual public art extravaganza. This year, we can’t wait to see the giant rooster sculpture project by Portuguese artist Bordalo II. We’ve been watching with bated breath. Join the launch of their sixth season with Dialogo & Café, featuring the artist, his new artwork, and the NBSO. Free. 10 to noon. June 14. 128 Union Street, New Bedford. More here. 

Charlie Chaplin6. Not So Silent Movie

The Fall River Library is hosting a silent film festival with film historian and pianist Richard Hugues who will provide us with live music accompaniment and fun facts about the early days of movies! Free. June 13. 104 Main Street. More here.

Table with watercolors and a floral bouquet in background7. Art in Bloom

The Marion Art Center gives us inventive floral arrangements inspired by artworks in the current MAC exhibition. Anyone can submit an arrangement! Or just enjoy them, along with some fun related workshops (like flower pressing, cookie decorating and watercolors). Free for gallery reception and viewing. Fees for the workshops. June 13 through 15. 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. Find out more here.  

kayaking in Onset bay8. Kayak Poker Run

We love this! Grab a kayak and paddle to 5 different spots within Onset Bay to pick up a card. Then,  reconvene at Shell Point to check out your hand, with the opportunity to discard and purchase up to five new cards for $2/card. There will be a grand prize winner, pizza and other prizes and the remainder supports the excellent programs of the OBA. $25. June 29, 9 to noon. Kayak rentals are available for an additional fee. More information and registration here.

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