8 Great Things: May on the South Coast

May, it's so wonderful to see you! It's exciting to watch spring come to the South Coast. We've got 8 Great Things to make this your best May yet!

Plein Air painting1. ArtWeek SouthCoast

We love that May brings back ArtWeek SouthCoast, an annual festival celebrating the vibrant creativity across the South Coast, featuring dozens of engaging events, from gallery shows to live performances, poetry readings to painting demos. ArtWeek SouthCoast always delivers hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and behind-the-scenes access to artists and the creative process. A full line-up of events can be found here. May 9 through 19, from Westport to Wareham.

plants and a "plant sale" sign2. Magic & Illusion

A fun night with award-winning illusionist Lyn Dillies that is also a fundraiser for the Y's fight against hunger? Sign us up! As you watch Lyn's captivating tricks, you'll also be working towards making hunger disappear.  So cool! May 11 from 7 to 8:30 pm. $15 to $25. 230 Hathaway Boulevard, New Bedford. Tickets here. 

Chainsaw carving 3. Tree Sculpting

Watch a live demonstration of chainsaw carving with Acushnet's Evan Verissimo. Learn how his unique carvings are created, see the tools he uses to achieve the desired look of each piece, and watch as he transforms a piece of wood into a work of art. $5. May 18, 10 to noon. Raindate: May 19. Marion Art Center, More here.

A bicycle on the beach at Onset Harbor4. Bikes & Beer

We're getting on our bikes and hitting the Bikes & Beer event hosted by Buzzards Bay Brewing and benefiting the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the South Coast Bikeway Alliance. With 15, 30 and 45 mile options, we all end up at the Brewery together for a post-ride party. $75 and up ($40 if you just want to join the party). May 18, starting at various times in the morning. Post-ride party is at 11. Register here soon, as it will likely sell out.

Sergei Babayan at the piano5. A Lit Piano

We’ve heard that when New Bedford Symphony’s guest artist Sergei Babayan plays the piano, the piano catches on fire! We want to see that! Plus, the Symphony is having a special “Name Your Price” promotion. When you buy a ticket, pick a yellow seat and you can name your price (starting at $10, valued at up to $65!). May 18 at 7:30 pm. 230 Hathaway Boulevard, New Bedford. Tickets here.

mushrooms in the woods6. Mushroom Hunting

What fun! Ryan and Emily from the Mushroom Hunting Foundation will lead a hike at Westport Woods on the hunt for local mushrooms. $10. May 15, 5 to 7 pm. 573 Adamsville Road, Westport. Register here.

A group walking across the marsh in Mattapoisett
Our last walking book tour

7. An Afternoon of Noir

Our walking book tour is wandering around Onset with Dwyer Murphy's fun diamond heist The Stolen Coast, which uses Onset as its muse. Murphy can't join us as he lives out of state and is working on a TV series of the novel but you can catch our conversation with him here. Or come along for our 2-mile walk, using his book as our guide. May 11, 2 to 4. Free but register here

Plants with a "plants for sale" sign8. Time to Hit the Garden!

It’s time to spruce up our yards and some local garden clubs are making it easy for us to buy new plants and support their work. Check out one of these local plant sales:

  • Garden Club of Buzzards Bay, May 4, 9 to 1 pm, Rotch-Jones-Duff House. More here.
  • Marion Garden Club, May 11, 9 to noon. Bicentennial Park. More here.
  • Wareham Garden Club, May 11, 9 to noon. Methodist Meeting House. More here.

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