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Small Business Week: Stars of the South Coast

Daytripping in Mattapoisett

Thanks to our sponsor, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, we are celebrating Small Business Week by showcasing two local family businesses who help to make life better (and more fun!) here on the South Coast. Meet the Chases and the Carlsons…..

Let the Good Times Roll!

When you’re in high school and your parents are out of town, the first thing you may think is: party! The last thing you’d think: career path.

Small Business WeekForty years ago, teenagers Dan and Andrew Chase held a Fourth of July party at their Mattapoisett home. With a little Yankee ingenuity, they built a tent for the party, using sailcloth and wooden poles they built themselves. That was their first tent, not their last.

Today, Chase Canopy is the place to go for full-service event rentals. From their home base in Mattapoisett, they handle several hundred special events each year with thousands of pieces of equipment moving in and out of their doors. When the opportunity arose to buy land right next to their showroom, they jumped at the chance. They turned to Wayne Carvalho and Susan Geista at First Citizens’ for financing to build a warehouse for all that party equipment.

Dan says he got the “warm fuzzies” from the First Citizens’ bankers. “The package they put together was unlike anything I’d ever seen in terms of affordability. Then they worked with us through the whole process. It was a tremendous amount of work and they were right there with us.”

Fore-ward Progress!

The Carlsons are keeping golf alive and well along the South Coast.

Small Business WeekBruce and Sue Carlson have spent 30 years of married life around golf courses as Bruce built his career in the industry. At a time when many would be thinking of retiring, the Carlsons decided to add on to their responsibilities (running the Marion Golf Course and Acushnet’s Meadowbrook Driving Range) by taking the helm at the Whaling City Golf Course last year.

Bruce had fond memories of the Donald Ross-designed course from playing there as a teenager. With no houses in sight, you’re surrounded by nature despite the city address. Further, the Carlsons are passionate about the game of golf. They didn’t want to see a small course with character closing its doors, and they saw much potential in the New Bedford course.

They worked like crazy to get it up and running in time for last season’s opening but hit a snag at the 11th hour when their financing from a national bank fell through. That’s when Bruce told Sue, “we have to go local, because they’ll realize the value.” First Citizens’ Susan Geista returned their call immediately.

A big thank you to our sponsor First Citizens’ for introducing us to the Chase and Carlson families!

Small Business WeekFirst Citizens’ believes that small business is the backbone of our economy. For National Small Business Week, we salute our business clients—people like the Chases and the Carlsons— who contribute to making the South Coast a better place to live. We are inspired by our business clients and are passionate about collaborating with them as they grow and expand.

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8 Great Things for May on the South Coast

MAY we point you in the right direction for fun things to do this month? We’ve got our 8 Great Things list right here! Feeling MAYnic? Put all 8 things on your To Do list!

Still Going Strong!

We know we mentioned it last month but the Marion Art Center’s ArtWeek is still going strong and there’s still time to enjoy it. There’s plenty on tap, including: a New Orleans style jazz jam session; a Whitman v. Dickinson poetry duel; a community art project led by artist Tracy Silva Barbosa (featured in our May 2017 issue here) where participants will decorate the surface of Main Street in front of the MAC with designs based on the famous blue and white tiles known as “Azulejos” in Portugal. Through May 5. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, See the schedule and more information here. 

Eat the Invasive Weeds!

Wow, they’ve done it again! The DNRT can make even a dull chore like weeding into something brilliant. Join them on Friday, May 3 to pull up the Garlic Mustard weed. You’ll be saving countless wildflowers from being crowded out by the invasive weed. Plus, you’ll be encouraged to take a bag home to make your own garlic mustard pesto (take that, ya nuisance weed!!) which is apparently quite delicious. Check out a recipe here. They’ll also provide yummy snacks and follow it up with some pizza to celebrate evereyone’s hard work. May 3, 9 to noon. Helfand Farm, 318 Chase Road, Dartmouth. See more here. 

Sweet Spot

We happened to wander into the Wild Honey Cafe last week for some delicious breakfast sandwiches and we were happily greeted by live music. It was an unexpectedly lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. Steve Pelland will be there on Saturdays from 11-1 throughout May with his acoustic guitar (and voice) and he sounds wonderful. The cover charge is a simple cup of coffee (though we recommend the sandwiches too!)  Saturdays in May, Wild Honey Cafe, 1228 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth.

 

Airport Cruisin’

New Bedford’s airport introduces the first of this season’s Airport Cruise Nights with food, music, cars and airplanes. Free for spectators, $5 for show car entry. May 12, 3-7 pm. New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, New Bedford. Find out more here.

Tasty Saturday

20 Restaurants, 3 breweries, 1 winery all under a tent on Pier 3 in New Bedford. Attendees get to taste from all the vendors AND they get to vote for their favorites. Ahhh, the power! May 19, 12 – 5 (tasting from 12 – 3:15, Awards 4:30, Music throughout!) $20 at door/$15 in advance (kids 6-12 are $5. Under 6 are free). City Pier 3, New Bedford, MA. See more here. 

 

Friskie Fries

If there’s anything we like more than a good food truck, it’s lots of good food trucks! Head over to Fall River for the third annual Fall River Food Truck Festival on the waterfont. You’ll have all kinds of delicious options: barbecue, asian fusion, cannolis, seafood, and lots more, including friskie fries (don’t you want to find out what friskie fries are?!) May 25, noon – 4 pm. Gates of the City, Ponta Delgada Boulevard, Fall River. See their facebook page here. Bring your lawn chairs!

Reggae on the Beach

So your Jamaican vacation is just a pipe dream? No worries. The Reggae on the Beach series is giving you all the tools to make you feel like you’re on a Jamaican holiday. The first in the series happens this month with a couple of DJs spinning the best reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, rubadub, and dancehall. Patty Makers will be there with Jamaican patties, jerk chicken rice bowls and hibiscus iced tea. And, of course, you’re right at the beach! Everything you need to imagine you’re in Jamaica. May 26, 3-7 pm. West Beach, 215 West Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford. More here. 

Stonewall Celebration

​It’s a once in a lifetime chance to meet some veterans of the Stonewall Riots that took place in 50 years ago. The Stonewall Riots became a symbol of resistance to the social and political discrimination that inspired solidarity among LGBT individuals and communities. It’s an amazing opportunity to experience living history (plus you can check out the new New Bedford Harbor Hotel). $25 per person. May 31, 6-9 p.m., Harbor Hotel, 222 Union Street, New Bedford. Find out more here. 

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Our May issue is just hitting mailboxes later this week and should be on newsstands soon.  It’s popping with great content (a Tiverton farmhouse that flirts with industrial style, the sport of Azorean whaleboating and the people behind it, behind-the-scenes with local dairy and oyster farmers, a fashion shoot in Padanaram Harbor, and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here!

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8 Great Things To Do on the South Coast in April

We’re not fooling! April is packed with great things to do on the South Coast — and not just gobbling down that delicious cinnamon roll from Ella’s Wood Burning Oven Restaurant (though that’s high on the list!). Welcome to our monthly 8 Great Things List for the South Coast, listed in order of their dates….

1. Work Hard, Work Hard

It’s time for spring cleaning! That goes for outside, too. The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust gives us many opportunities this month to give back and help clean up their various properties to maximize enjoyment for all in the coming months. They’ll be cleaning up the following places: Wernick Farm (April 2); Smith Farm (April 11); Destruction Brooks Farm (April 16); Shingle Island and Faunce Reserves (April 22); and Allen’s Mill (April 25).  There’s gotta be a date and place that works for you. Get outside, breathe the fresh air and feel good about helping the community. See here for more information.

2. A Quarter Century Ride

Get your bike tuned (we recommend Velofix Southcoast who comes straight to your door!) and hit the roads with the Appalachian Mountain Club. They’re doing a 25 mile loop through cranberry bogs, lakes, ponds and country roads in Rochester, Lakeville, and Freetown. April 6, 9 am start. You have to preregister — information to do that is here. 

 

3. Hell on Wheels!

Mass Attack Roller Derby is back in action this month. In honor of their season opener, we’ve reprinted our 2017 story featuring Emily Nolan, one of its team members — you can check that story out right here. Then head on over to Fairhaven on April 6 to see them in action. $10. Saturday, April 6, doors open at 5:15 first whistle at 6:20. Carousel Family Fun Center, 4 David Drown Blvd., Fairhaven. Tickets can be purchased here. 

New Bedford Lyceum4. Ending Racism in an Hour (!)

We’d say a a comedic, topical exploration of racism in America is super important. We’d also say that the revival of the New Bedford Lyceum (which brought such luminaries as Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, and Abraham Lincoln to New Bedford in the 19th century) is a worthwhile endeavor. Support both by attending an evening with Emmy-nominated comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN’s United Shades of Color, presented by the New Bedford Lyceum. April 6, 8 pm. The Zeiterion Theater, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Tickets from $25. See more here. 

Things to do5. A Secret for the Year Round Folks

Pssst. When the summer people are away, Ella’s Wood Burning Oven Restaurant opens its doors on Sunday mornings for a delicious brunch. You’ve got two more months to take advantage of this! There’s everything from classic breakfast loves like omelettes and buttermilk pancakes to inventive takes on brunch like smoked prime rib red flannel hash and kimchi fried rice. Get in there! 3136 Cranberry Highway, Wareham. Sundays in April (and May too!) See the brunch menu here.  (Did we mention they make the cinnamon rolls in house?!)

6. Killin’ it at the Kilburn

You know how you get kids to be more open-minded about eating their vegetables by mixing veggies in with other things? (Mac & cheese was what we used in our household as the vegetable delivery system). Sort of in that same vein, the New Bedford Symphony is reaching out to broaden their audience by hosting an innovative Symphony on Tap. Here’s what’s you can expect:

• free munchies before & free desserts after the concert;

• cash bar open all night with craft beers, signature cocktails and fine wines;

• 60 minutes of live music by 61 musicians;

• in the hottest new venue in New Bedford, the Kilburn Mill, with killer views of the harbor.

No stage, no seats, no rules — just fun! All this for just $10 (Way, way, WAY better than broccoli in your macaroni and cheese!) April 13 at 7 pm, Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove, 127 W. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford. Tickets may be purchased here.

7. Get Cooking

We’ve been enjoying Jean Lanahan’s cooking classes on Wareham community television and picking up lots of tips there (watch an episode here). Learn with Jean in person before her cooking series takes a hiatus for her busy summer season at East Wind Lobster & Grille. This month, her class features seasonal soups (cream of vegetable soup, wedding soup and seafood stew). $50 (includes dinner, adult beverages and additional soup to take home), April 17, 7:15 to 9:15. East Wind Lobster & Grille, 2 Main Street, Buzzards Bay. Call Chef Jean at 508-759-1857 to register and pay by phone. (Note: her April 11 class is already sold out, so don’t dally!) See more here. 

8. ArtWeek!

Local volunteers have been planning a wonderful array of events to take part in the Commonwealth’s ArtWeek (although there’s so many events, it’s actually 2 weeks!!) Visit the Marion Arts Center for everything from Irish Step Dancing to visual arts, from poetry duels to live music and theater. An amazing line-up of cool and exciting things to do, check it all out here!

Wanna keep up with the coolest happenings each month on the South Coast?! Sign up for our free monthly newsletter right here!

We’re getting ready to send our May issue to the printer. It’s popping with great content (a Tiverton farmhouse that flirts with industrial style, the sport of Azorean whaleboating and the people behind it, behind-the-scenes with local dairy and oyster farmers, a fashion shoot in Padanaram Harbor, and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here!

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Roller Derby on the South Coast

HELL ON WHEELS

by JACQUELYN MYSLIWIEC

BY DAY, EMILY NOLAN IS A STUDENT at Brandeis University working toward two master’s degrees. Before she went back to school full-time, she was working in fundraising and operations at a charter school in Dorchester. Prior to that, she was conducting a Fulbright research project on financial services for women in Niger, West Africa.

By night, she is known simply as Malice Paul, a member of the Mass Attack Roller Derby (MARD) in Fairhaven. The derby name Nolan chose is a tribute to her favorite suffragist, Alice Paul. Nolan wears the number 1920 (the year the 19th amendment was ratified), and right above her numbered armband on her left arm is where you’ll find a picture of her idol’s face in ink.

Roller derby is no longer the theatrical sport popular from the ‘50s to the ‘70s played on a banked track. It is now a serious athletic endeavor on a flat track with professional league rules laid down by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in 2005.

It didn’t take long for these changes to spark interest in hundreds of women, like Nolan, seeking an active outlet in their adult life, and to share a bond between other strong women of all walks of life.

Opposing teams travel around a track, with a designated jammer earning a point each time she laps an opposing skater, while teammates block, or protect her along the way. “Despite its rough objective, my favorite part about roller derby is the support and camaraderie between all players,” says Nolan, who has skated with MARD for a little more than two years. “I don’t know how many times I’ve congratulated someone for getting a good, clean hit on me and knocking me on my butt!”

For more on how to join or become involved with local roller derby, visit www.massattackrollerderby.com

Roller DerbyThis story originally appeared in our May 2017 print issue. Do you want to get our next print issue delivered straight to your door? Subscribe right here. Just $19.95 brings you our next 4 issues!

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8 Great Things in March

March forward with our round-up of the 8 Top Picks for the South Coast this month!

Not winter, not spring. This is that sneaky month in New England where we don’t know quite what to expect. Don’t worry about the weather and take the month in stride by marking your calendars with these 8 fun things to do.

Sex in the Woods

We knew that would grab your attention! For 3 Saturdays in March, the Mass Audubon Society is introducing us to the courtship mating rituals of the American woodcock (check out some of their moves on youtube here) on its Wild, Wild Woodcock Walk at dusk at Allen’s Pond, Register for March 2 here.  Register for March 9 here. Register for March 16 here. 5:30 to 7:00. Stone Barn, 786 East Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth. $10 members/$12 non-members.

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Racing Herreshoff Twelves

Staying on the seat was an athletic endeavor in and of itself, never mind hoisting and dousing the spinnaker — or worse — gybing the mainsail. We were drenched and freezing cold for two whole days, with the boat taking endless waves over the bow. Sitting forward as the crew does, it’s as though someone is hurling buckets of water into your face, and in no time, sunglasses are rendered useless, sunscreen is washed away, and your hands look as though they’ve been in a bath for days….

Click here to see Deborah’s adventure story as it appeared in our inaugural May 2016 issue, accompanied by the striking photography of Hew Russell.

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Resolution: Do More Things!

Drink more water. Exercise. Sneak kale into whatever you can. We’ve got a fun resolution to add to the list: get out and do things in the community! There’s plenty of wonderful things on the South Coast to get you going, even in winter. We’ll keep bringing you our 8 Great Things each month to give you ideas. That’s our resolution!

  1. Ahoy There, Mates!

It’s that time of year again — get ready for the Moby Dick Reading Marathon. We’ve been attending the marathon for the past four years, and it’s become a favorite tradition for us. Hardy souls drop in for a few minutes or for the whole 27 hour marathon at the Whaling Museum (with one chapter read at the Seamen’s Bethel). The event is free and open to the public and even features two mini-marathons, perfect for kids. Grab a coffee and a copy of the classic, and gear up for a night (and morning!) to remember. January 4-6, New Bedford Whaling Museum. See more here.

2. Get Outside!

Things to doWith no snow on the forecast, it doesn’t seem like the weather is cooperating for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s first snowshoe hike of the new year (but we can’t complain about too little snow!) Join the Club for a 4 mile hike (or 2 mile snowshoe, should the forecast change) and experience the beauty of winter in the Sanctuary. The event is free and does not require advanced registration. January 6th, 12:30-3pm, Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Wareham. For information on where to meet the group, see here.

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Local Makers on the South Coast

With one week to go until Christmas, we’re sharing the Local Maker Gift Guide from our Fall/Holiday issue. Scroll through to get some ideas and to meet some of the many talented artisans who call the South Coast home. 

Click here to get the goods, beautifully photographed by Westport’s Ali Mauck. 

If you want our Fall/Holiday issue in living color, have it delivered right to your door by buying it right here!

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a home for the holidays: New Bedford’s finest all gussied up!

Photo by Erik Kowalski

The New Bedford Preservation Society presents the 27th Annual Holiday House Tour this weekend. Join the Preservation Society on Saturday, December 8 from 4 to 8 pm for the Candlelight Tour and Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 5 pm for an Afternoon Tour.

We recently featured one of the homes in our Fall/Holiday issue. Click here to read the article and to see the beautiful photographs by Erik Kowalski! “It’s a great beginning to the season, As you walk through the houses and then listen to the music, you can’t help but feel the spirit,” says Diana Henry, the homeowner we featured, of the tour and the concert at Grace Church that follows.

Want to get your hands on a copy of our Fall/Holiday print issue with this and many other great features? You can purchase a copy delivered right to your door by clicking here.

To purchase tickets for the tour, go right here.

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A Walking Book Club. Wait a Minute, What’s That?!

We’re bringing walking book clubs to the South Coast! Be the first on your block to try it out! We stole this idea from the Brits (see here) but are putting a decidedly South Coast spin on it by choosing Blue Collars, a book with a local setting, local author and local publisher. Join us on a 1 mile walk, as we visit 5 spots described in Catherine McLaughlin’s novel of Finn Kilroy’s childhood in New Bedford’s South End, as she navigates keeping a dark secret of abuse from her close and loving family.

The price includes the book, a treat from the New Bedford Baking Company & a tour led by Joe Thomas, Publisher of Spinner Publications and South Coast Almanac contributor Corey Nuffer.  Thomas and Nuffer will read passages from the book which relate to the sights and provide some historical background for the novel.

Participants need not have previously read the book to enjoy the tour. Whether you’ve already finished the book or are just starting it, the tour will provide a context for the novel’s setting and will enrich the reading experience.

After the tour, participants are invited to gather at a local restaurant for drinks and further discussion.

When & Where: November 10, from 2-4 p.m. $24.95. We can deduct $10 from the ticket price if you already have the book. Tour starts from the Cove Walk, parking is available at 1087 Cove Road, New Bedford. Advance registration is appreciated. Email [email protected] to register. Rain date is November 11, 2-4 p.m.

Questions? call 781-475-4526.

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