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.
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.
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!
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!
With 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Step away from the candy corn! It’s time to start thinking about November. Rest assured, we’ve got 8 Great Things to take your mind off the Halloween candy.
We’ve got a couple of fun 5Ks to get you moving because you’ll want to get in shape for those Thanksgiving pies. We love the annual Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust trail run which winds through the fields and forests of Destruction Brook Woods. You’ve got a 2.4 mile walking course or 3.3 mile running course to choose from, as well as post-race music, pizza and beer. Later in the month, enjoy Fairhaven’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Last year, runners stuffed a truck with more than 2,000 pounds of non-perishables before they went home and stuffed themselves at the Thanksgiving table.
When & Where: DNRT Race: Saturday, November 10 (postponed from November 3 because of weather), Slade’s Corner Road, Dartmouth. See more here. Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 22, starting at 8 am. Cushman Park. See more here.
2. Keep the Junior Mints in Play
Don’t take your mind off ALL the Halloween candy. Pull the movie candy out and head for the New Bedford Whaling Museum to experience the Mountainfilm Tour, sponsored by the SouthCoast Film Forum. The annual Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride is listed among the 25 best film festivals in the world and it’s coming here, folks. Settle into your seats and enjoy the best short documentary films chosen from its festival that showcase nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Bonus: while you’re taking them in, you’ll be helping to support the work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
When & Where: November 3 between 3:30 and 9:00 p.m. at the Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Tickets are between $10 and $20. Purchase them here.
3. 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! 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 (which we can ship to you ahead of time, if you order before November 3), a treat from the New Bedford Baking Company & a tour led by Joe Thomas, Publisher of Spinner Publications and Corey Nuffer. Whether you’ve already read the book (we can deduct the cost of the book from the ticket price if you already have it) or not, the tour will be enjoyable either way accompanied by fellow book lovers, Portuguese sweets, period music and, we hope, good weather.
When & Where: November 10, from 2-4 p.m. $24.95. Email [email protected] to register. Rain date is November 11, 2-4 p.m. Questions? call 781-475-4526. (The walk is about a mile long but if you’d rather drive from spot to spot, we can accommodate that.)
4. Penny for your Thoughts
Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Dave Penny brings original and traditional songs of Newfoundland to New Bedford. Dave’s most recent recording, All Turned Around, was nominated for a 2017 Music NL award for Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year and a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year. It’s a cozy concert in a charming setting, nestled among the main exhibit space of the Fishing Heritage Center which has surprisingly excellent acoustics.
When & Where: November 10, 7 p.m. New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel Street, New Bedford. $12 – $15. Get your tickets here.
5. Art, Music, Food, Friends, Gifts — Is There Anything Else?
The 80+ creatives who work in the Hatch Street Studios throw open their doors and invite us in for a festive weekend. Looking for a gift? You’ll find upcycled fashions, ceramic bowls, framed photographs, glass mobiles, wooden jewel boxes, and antique treasures. Or just come for the live music, demonstrations, workshops & good food. Last year, more than 1400 from all over New England ambled through. Shouldn’t you?
When & Where: November 16-18, Friday, 5 – 8; Saturday and Sunday, 11-5. Hatch Street Studios, 88-90 Hatch Street, New Bedford. See more here.
6. Pebble Beach
Seek treasures along the shore with a guided beach walk at Allens Pond. You’ll collect pebbles, pieces of weathered glass, pottery and more. After the walk, engage in a facilitated creative session where you’ll be provided with a canvas to create a unique, beach-inspired work of art, using the materials found on the sanctuary’s shores.
When & Where: November 24, 9 am to 12 pm. Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport. $20 Mass Audubon members; $25 nonmembers. Register here.
7. Get Rockin’
Taunton-raised Sarah Borges is on a national tour to promote her newest album Love’s Middle Name. American Songwriter calls the new record “arguably her finest, most focused and explosive hand grenade of an album yet” and her live shows as “set em up/knock em down.” We like that you can’t box her music into a category: is it rock? is it country? rockabilly? If you haven’t seen her yet, now’s your chance to try to figure her out. And while you’re at the Narrows, check out its 6th Annual Poster Exhibition.
When & Where: November 24, 8 p.m. Narrows Center for Performing Arts, $22 in advance, $25 day of show. More here.
8. All Dressed Up & Ready to Go!
The Rotch-Jones-Duff house is a treat to visit any time of the year. But around the holidays, it’s especially compelling. For two weeks, the halls of the RJD are decked with lights, ribbons, baubles, boughs of greener and unique trees which have been decorated and donated to the museum by community groups, schools, artists and designers. Kick off the holiday season with the preview “Tree View” Party which helps support the museum. If you fall in love with a tree, you can even purchase it for your own home!
When & Where: November 29, 6-8 p.m. Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County Street, New Bedford. If you miss the party, check out the trees between November 30 – December 9, Monday through Saturdays 10 – 4; Sundays 12 – 4. More here.
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“This tree must be falling for me, as soon as I sat under it, it dropped its leaves.
Oh sweet October!” – Charmaine J Forde
Our monthly list of 8 reasons to love life on the South Coast this month! You know what else is happening in October? Our first ever Fall/Holiday print issue gets delivered to mailboxes and newsstands all over the South Coast. You want one? Order an annual subscription (4 issues) right here!!
1. “Come On Down!”
The Price is Right will be filming a live show at the Zeiterion, making it the perfect time for South Coasters to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame. So start studying up on prices, because some lucky contestants are going to have the shot to walk away with big money! Tickets for the event range from $37.50 to $150, and are still available for sale. October 5, 8pm, The Zeiterion Theater, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. More here.
2. Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off
Giant pumpkins?! Ok, we really don’t feel like this one needs any selling. Last year’s winner weighed in at 1914l pounds (almost a ton)! Need we say more? If you aren’t convinced by the prospect of insanely oversized vegetation, the food trucks, free corn maze, pumpkin painting (although we imagine not of the giant variety) and scarecrow creations should do the trick. Admission to the event is free, parking is available for $5, and some crafts have an additional fee (check their website for specifics). October 6, 9 – 5. Frerichs Farm, Warren, RI, (rain dates: October 7 or 8). More here.
3. Cycling and Wine
We’re still pretty geared up from our September Buzzards Bay Coalition Watershed Ride, and ready to hit the road again (with maybe just a little different motivation). Westport is already a beautiful place for a bike ride, but throw in early fall foliage and some wine at the end and we’ve got ourselves a day! The Appalachian Mountain Club is leading the 20-25 mile ride that ends at Westport Rivers Winery and Vineyard, ending with a private tour and wine tasting. The event is $15, and pre registration is required. If biking isn’t your thing, skip the ride and join the group at the finish line. October 6, 1:30 ride, 4:00 tasting. To register, call Jeannine at 508-493-8221. More information and registration is here.
4. Berry Exciting!
One of our favorite annual traditions, the Cranberry Harvest Celebration is the perfect way to welcome fall on the South Coast. Located on the beautiful grounds of A.D. Makepeace, the event allows guests to walk in a farmer’s shoes for the day (no really, pull on a pair of waders and walk on into the bog). The views are insanely beautiful and can be enjoyed from the ground or aboard a scenic helicopter tour. The event has something for the whole family, from paddle boat and pony rides, to cooking demonstrations and a craft fair. This is a must do event. October 6-7, AD Makepeace, 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham. $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, free for kids under 7 (helicopter tours are extra). More here.
5. Don’t Miss It! Last Chance for the Grand Panoroma!
If you’ve not seen the world’s largest painting, then get down to Kilburn Mill where the New Bedford Whaling Museum has it on display for free until October 8 when it gets packed away again. Multiple media outlets from near and far recommended this exhibit (even the Wall Street Journal), and for good reason — how often do you get to see a work of art that is over 1200 feet long? Kilburn Mill, 127 Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford. Free
There are a couple of special events this week to celebrate the Panorama. On October 6, Tom O’Leary and Simon Xerxes White perform a musical finale to accompany the whalemen’s journey depicted in the painting with a special 22-minute video of the Panorama in motion forming the backdrop for the performance. 3-5 pm.
Or join the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra on October 7 which will perform next to the painting. Reception begins at 7:00 and the concert begins at 8:00. Tickets are $85. See more here.
Craft beer fan? Local entertainment enthusiast? Big South Coast community lover? This event is for you. The South Coast Business Alliance is throwing down to celebrate fall, and you won’t want to miss out! Not only does the event benefit local charities, it also features food trucks, a signature brew by Moby Dick Brewing Co., and live music. Reserve your ticket soon to snag a stein (available to first 200 ticket holders). October 13, 3 – 11:30 pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, 21+. Pier 3, New Bedford. More here.
7. Oh When the Saints, Go Marching In…
If you were at our launch party last May, you had the pleasure of hearing the South Coast Brass Band and watching Gilda (one of our profiles in the summer print issue), sing and dance along. If you missed it, no worries! You can view the band in October at Gilda’s very own club, Gilda’s Stone Rooster. Join them for their second to last Mardi Gras Monday of the year for good jazz and good company (trust us, we can attest to both!). October 15, 8pm, reservations recommended, Gilda’s Stone Rooster, 27 Wareham Road, Marion. More here.
8. Fairhaven Harvest Fun Day
Fairhaven Fall Family Fun (say that 5 times fast!) is back again! Face painting, games, bouncy houses, craft and food vendors, and fun make the perfect recipe to celebrate a Saturday in October. October 13th, 10-4. 141 Main Street, Fairhaven. More here.
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Here comes September — back to school, back to work, back to reality. Lucky for us we live on the South Coast and our reality is pretty darn sweet. Here are our 8 Great Things for the month ahead.
Annual Onset Bay Illumination
One of our all-time summer favorites (postponed by rain earlier this year which makes the start of September that much better!), Illumination Night is truly magical. After dark settles in, a horn sounds and volunteers run the beaches and two islands, lighting thousands of flares as they go. The result of their efforts: fire lining all of Onset Harbor. Stroll along the flares and enjoy the spectacle. Beforehand, spend the day in Onset enjoying its annual kite festival from 10 – 4 and the El Caribe steel drum band performing at 7:30 pm. September 1, Onset Beach (free parking available at Hynes Field, a 5 minute walk from the beach). Free.See more here.
2. Butterfly Census
Help members of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club find and identify different types of butterflies in Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. The butterfly club guides will lead teams into parts of the Sanctuary and provide their knowledge about butterflies native to the South Coast. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Wear long pants, sunscreen, and bring water and a snack — butterfly watching can work up an appetite! September 8, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport, 10 -2. Sign up here.
The Iguanas are headlining
3. Narrows Festival of the Arts
What better way to spend an early September Sunday than outside, enjoying a variety of live music, perusing selections of work from art vendors, enjoying food truck food and lemonade, and maybe even saying hi to some exotic animals? The Narrows Festival of the Arts promises all this along Fall River’s historic waterfront. The festival is free and has fun for all ages, between the Children’s Museum tent and the indoor and outdoor stages of live music, there’s sure to be something to please everyone in the family. September 9, 16 Anawan St. Fall River. More here.
4. Ready. Set, Run!
Cooler temps means all the more reason to get outside and run the South Coast! There is no better way to start than with a fun 5k, through the gorgeous Fort Phoenix State Beach and Reservation. The 5k benefits a variety of local charities, and registration is $15 prior to the race (and includes a t-shirt) or $20 the day of. So hit the ground running and embrace the start of fall in Fairhaven. September 9, 10 am, Fort Phoenix State Beach and Reserve, Fairhaven. More here.
5. Get your dancing shoes on!
What do celtic music, French Canada and New Bedford have in common? Genticorum! Genticorum is coming to the James Arnold Mansion this September, and bringing with them their jubilant Celtic-based music all the way from French Canada. Join the band to experience music influenced by jazz and Québec folk music with fiddle and flute (seems fun to us!). Tickets at $20 in advance (available online) or $25 at the door. September 14, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, Wamsutta Club, 427 County St, New Bedford, Get tickets here.
6. Time to get spooky!
What better way to jump start some Halloween spirit than with a day touring cemeteries?! Little Compton Historical Society is opening up all town cemeteries for an afternoon. So get out and explore the beautiful historic grounds (including many which are normally not open to the public!). Volunteers at each site will be available to answer questions and share information. Tickets are $10 for Society members, $15 for non-members, and free for kids 12 and under. September 22, 11-4. Wilbor House Museum, 548 West Main Rd, Little Compton. See more here.
7. Lakeville Arts and Music Festival
September is the month of music and art! If you missed the Narrows Festival (or if one just wasn’t enough), head to Lakeville for its Arts and Music Festival. The festival celebrates local artists and musicians from the South Coast. Rain or shine, the day is filled with fun and entertainment for the whole community and, guess what, it’s free. September 29, 10-4. Lining the intersection of Routes 105, 18 and Precinct Street. More here.
South Coast Almanac Avengers
8. Bike on!
We love Buzzards Bay, South Coast early fall views, biking, clean water, and a good party. That’s why this September, the South Coast Almanac team is biking the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride for the third year straight! The route has 100, 75, and 35 mile options, so there’s something for everyone. Cyclists each raise $300 (or more!) to support the great work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition. You’ll have access to five water stops, a yummy food truck lunch, and dinner with beer and wine at the party (which features live music and award presentations!). The SCA team is always looking for new riders (and trust us, we have A LOT of fun, see photos of our award winning costumes from last year), email us at [email protected] if you’re interested in joining our team! In the past, our publisher, editor, and advertising director along with board members and friends of the ‘Nac have ridden. We want you to join us!! September 30, start time depends on which route you choose. See more here.
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From time to time, we take our advertisers out to breakfast to review a local breakfast place for our readers. We recently invited Pete Covill of Humphrey, Covill & Coleman to join us for breakfast and he instantly said, “Why not lunch?”
Pete wanted us to check out the re-opened Lebanese Kitchen. But shhhh, it’s kind of an open secret…it’s not officially open yet. There’s been no grand opening. Although you wouldn’t know it from the crowds already heading there. The Lebanese Kitchen relocated to Mattapoisett after a fire 4 years ago decimated the family’s New Bedford location and their home. They’ve got super fans all over the South Coast going back over 35 years who have been waiting patiently for the last four years for the Moujabber family to reopen their restaurant.
It’s a family affair. Nabih and Nouhad Moujabber own the restaurant and their son Gary helps run it. Gary says,”My mom is the back of the house, I’m the front of the house. My dad is the whole house!” Nouhad arrives each day by8:00 to start making all the staples homemade from scratch: tabbouli, hummus, babaganoush. She’ll be there until after midnight many nights.
It’s a big change from their small 35 seat place on Purchase Street in New Bedford. The Mattapoisett location has seating for 250 and includes a large bar area. Gary says they’re still in the soft opening phase because they want to make sure they iron out the kinks for this much bigger operation. He wants everyone to be patient while they do this. Based on the crowds, I’d say they’re doing a great job of smoothing out the kinks.
We settled in and ordered the Maza, billed as a “tour and taste of Lebanon with our chef’s exotic Lebanese specialties served family style.” It is like a tasting menu, a smorgasbord of everything, in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. It seemed the perfect introduction to the Lebanese Kitchen and to Lebanese food in general.
It arrived and could probably have fed a small family: falafel, hummus, baba, tabbouli, chicken and kafta kebabs, mjadra (a thick lentil stew) and loubieh (string beans, tomatoes, onions and garlic sauteed in olive oil – so yummy!). Despite the abundance of food, we quickly made short order of it because you have to sample everything and one thing is better than the next. A special shout out for their special garlic paste which looked a little like mayonnaise but is actually almost entirely garlic emulsified in the blender to become a thick and creamy spread that makes everything taste even better: kebabs, pita, french fries. Gary jokes, “I brush my teeth with that stuff!”
As full as we were, we tried the baklava for dessert, homemade of course. Flaky pastry with sweet honey, pistachios and just a hint of rose water. I’m thinking next time I go, I may have my dessert first before I get too filled up.
We peeked into the kitchen to say goodbye to Nouhad who had overseen all this deliciousness. She was far younger than I thought. Her food made me think she was an ancient woman because her skill in the kitchen seems based on ages and ages of experience.
Pete Covill was a regular at their Purchase Street location, just a short jaunt from his insurance agency. Pete can fully appreciate the art in Nouhad’s cooking because he is an avid home cook. He knows good food. Follow Pete’s lead and become a regular at the Lebanese Kitchen. (We’re thinking of following his lead on all things culinary!)
When the Moujabber’s original place burned up, Pete was there helping to carry things out. He cried with the family. His clients become his family. He does all sorts of things for them: he bought a tuxedo and waited tables for one client, he gets up in the middle of the night when their pipes burst, he even helped pick out the wines for the Lebanese Kitchen. His father Raymond instilled in him this conscientiousness. He remembers an elderly woman coming in with her car which had graffiti all over it. It was an older car and she had no coverage for this kind of damage. Raymond and Pete went out to the parking lot, got some polish from Raymond’s car and they polished the graffiti right off her car. Pete proudly notes, “My cell phone number is on the front door.” His clients know how to reach him and he picks up the phone. No matter where or when it rings.
Pete is pretty passionate about insurance. It’s not put-on, it’s really genuine. Over lunch, he told me with enthusiasm that there’s never been a better time to be in insurance than right now because with the de-regulation of the coastal flooding programs, he can get significant deals for homeowners who need flood insurance. It makes him almost giddy when he’s able to reduce homeowners’ insurance sometimes by thousands and thousands of dollars. He’s the guy that real estate agents call when their clients are having trouble getting a mortgage because they’ve been told that a coastal home is uninsurable. If you want to check in with him, give him a call. His number is plastered on the door of his agency so he said it’s okay to plaster it here: 508-264-0130.