In last year’s print issue, we set out to find a half dozen cool overnight adventures on the South Coast. We’re rolling them out online for those of you who don’t have the 2016 magazine. Today’s feature: staying at FDR’s summer home in Fairhaven. If you’d like to see it as it appeared in the magazine, click here. Otherwise, just read on….
George Washington didn’t sleep here. But Franklin Delano Roosevelt did.
The Delano Homestead was the family home of Sara Delano Roosevelt, the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Young Franklin spent summers, as well as holidays, at this home. He continued to visit as an adult, even visiting with Eleanor when he was president.
Set on a quiet, lovely street that still retains hitching posts from the days of horses and carriages, the neighborhood looks much the same as it did a hundred years ago.
After Sara Roosevelt died in 1941, the Federal/Greek Revival home was sold at auction. In 2001, Paul Beauchamp bought the grand home, decorated it with period furnishings and graciously opened the doors to guests. Old home fans will love the original details: a majestic rosewood banister that gracefully sweeps you upstairs, handmade keys to the the original hardware on the doors, the arched fan transom windows and gingerbread bracket mouldings.
History buffs will appreciate all the historical pictures and books that Beauchamp has collected. Set on a quiet, lovely street that still retains hitching posts from the days of horses and carriages, the neighborhood looks much the same as it did a hundred years ago.
Overnight stays from $130 – $170/night (depending on the season). For more information, go to the website or call 508-992-5552. Delano Homestead Bed & Breakfast, 39 Walnut Street, Fairhaven.
After a few months spent loafing at the beach, we’re back with our monthly 8 Great Lists. Here, we bring you our 8 special things to do so that you can enjoy the best of the South Coast in September.
Onset Beach Kite Festival
What: A celebration of the glory of kites at Onset Beach’s Kite Festival. With build-a-kite stations and kites for sale, as well as live kite flying demonstrates, the whole family will enjoy the day. Really, who doesn’t love a kite? Check out the Onset Bay Association Facebook page for updates on the event.
When: September 2 @ 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Onset Beach, 184 Onset Ave, Onset
Feast of Our Lady of Angels
What: A traditional Portuguese “festa” that will be filled with live music, authentic Portuguese and American food, games, kids’ activities, auctions, and more. There will be a parade on Labor Day that will include marching bands, clergy, and local officials.
When: September 2 @ 5 pm – Midnight, September 3 @ noon – Midnight, September 4 @ noon – 10 pm
Where: Our Lady of Angels Feast Grounds, 7 Jesse St, Fairhaven
Dartmouth Grange 2017 Rural Community Fair
What: From pie eating contests to scavenger hunts, beekeeping, spinning wool, magic shows, and more, there is something for everyone at this fair that celebrates rural America. There are plenty of competitions, so be sure to check out the website to see about entering some.
When: September 8 @ 4 – 9pm and September 9 @ 12 – 9 pm
Where: Patrons Hall in Historic Russells Mills Village, 1133 Fisher Rd, Dartmouth
Brahmin Tent Sale
What: If you’ve been eyeing a Brahmin handbag, now is your chance! Tents are filled with Brahmin handbags that are up to 70% off and people travel far and wide from across the country to make it to this event. Even if you don’t technically need a handbag, you’ll love the energy here. Check out our popular blog post to get a sense of the spirit of the tent sale right here.
When: September 15 @ 9 am – 6 pm, September 16th @ 9 am – 6 pm, September 17 @ 10 am – 5 pm NOTE: These dates are different from our print magazine’s listing (sorry!)….check out the Brahmin website here for updates.
Where: Brahmin Times Building, 77 Alden Rd, Fairhaven
William Street Neighborhood Festival
What: Three historic churches in New Bedford are opening their doors to show off the artistic talent of New Bedford. There will be art exhibits, theater, and lots and lots of live music. Food trucks and crafts areas, too! Fun for everyone.
When: September 16 @ 12 pm – 5 pm
Where: William Street, New Bedford
Working Waterfront Festival
What: The day begins auspiciously with whaleboat races starting at 8 am and it only gets more exciting from there. The festival is an inside look at the commercial fishing industry that is so important to New Bedford commerce. There will be contests, live demos, live music, fisherpoetry and more. For a full schedule check out their website.
When: September 23 @ 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Steamship Pier and 38 Bethel St, New Bedford (there will be a free shuttle provided between the two locations.)
4th Saturday Contra Dance
What: Contra dances are folk dances made up of line dances with English Scottish, and French origins. This event is open to longtime fans and newbies alike. If you’re a beginner who wants a little more instruction, show up at 6:30 pm for an introduction.
When: September 23 @ 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Wareham Boys & Girls Club, 13 Highland Ave, Onset
Cost: Suggested donation of $8 for contra dancing and helpful tips. Light refreshments will be served.
Fort Phoenix Historical Encampment
What: Learn what life was like at Fort Phoenix in the 1770s. There will be period costumed men and women, 18th century games and toys, and activities like tin smithing, leather working, fire starting, sewing, and more. On Saturday evening at approximately 6:15 there will be a demonstration of the night firing of the fort’s five cannons.
When: September 23 @ 10 am – September 24 @ 3 pm
Where: Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven
Aren’t we lucky to live in such a vibrant place? Get out there and love where you live.
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In last year’s print issue, we set out to find a half dozen cool overnight adventures on the South Coast. We’re rolling them out online for those of you who don’t have the 2016 magazine. Today’s feature: overnight at Fall River’s Battleship Cove. If you’d like to see it as it appeared in the magazine, click here. Otherwise, just read on….
Under the Guns
Docked in the Taunton River is the USS Massachusetts, a steady and impressive presence in Fall River for over 50 years. Christened by her wartime crew as Big Mamie, she was rescued from the scrap heap by them and by Massachusetts’ citizens in 1964. At the time, thousands of Massachusetts schoolchildren helped by contributing their pennies to bring the World War II battleship home. It’s appropriate then that today, thousands of children come to her each year to enjoy an overnight stay in the nation’s oldest maritime camping experience.
Along with scout and school groups, the USS Massachusetts also provides overnight accommodations for families. It’s clear the staff has as much fun with the overnights as the families. They lead in depth and knowledgeable tours of various parts of the ship. They answer any question you can think up and provide additional activities for families to participate in like Morse code, rope tying, Navy lingo bingo, storytelling and World War II-era cartoons.
Like real WWII sailors, you’ll find yourself bunking in narrow cots stacked four cots high. You’ll line up for dinner and breakfast chow-line style in the officer’s mess.
Like real WWII sailors, you’ll find yourself bunking in narrow cots stacked four cots high. You’ll line up for dinner and breakfast chow-line style in the officer’s mess. If the weather cooperates, you can bring your sleeping bags up and sleep under the big guns (and the stars). You can’t beat it for a piece of living history.
Overnight stays start at $60 per night and include dinner and breakfast, as well as two days’ admission to Battleship Cove. The next family overnight experiences are on August 5 and September 2. For more information, go to Battleship Cove’s website or call 508-678-1100. Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street, Fall River.
In last year’s print issue, we set out to find a half dozen cool overnight adventures on the South Coast. We’re rolling them out online for those of you who don’t have the 2016 magazine. Today’s feature: beaching it — overnight at Horseneck Beach. If you’d like to see it as it appeared in the magazine, click here. Otherwise, just read on….
There is nothing more luxurious than falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking onto the shore, then tripping over rocks as they recede. Waking up to it is pretty lovely too.
You could pay plenty of money for this. Or you could reserve a campsite at Horseneck Beach State Reservation on the shores of Buzzards Bay. The 100-site campground provides you with spectacular beachfront property at $22/night. Not surprisingly, Forest and Parks Supervisor John Darcy says that many campers are repeat visitors, year after year.
John and Gracia Tripp are among the Horseneck faithful. The Westport residents live just twelve miles away but a few times each summer, they pack up their RV and spend several nights at Horseneck Beach. Darcy understands the draw. He came to work at the campground twelve years ago as a summer job in high school and he never left. “I’ve been here since I was 17,” he says, “I understand the need to come back every summer.”
“I’ve been here since I was 17,” Darcy says, “I understand the need to come back every summer.”
Your insider tip: You need to know there is fierce competition for the sixteen sites directly on the waterfront. John Tripp says that getting a spot in the front row during the busiest months is “like hens’ teeth,” or pretty rare (I needed a translation). According to Tripp, you have to be ready to book the beachfront spots online as soon as they become available 6 months before the reservation date at exactly 9 a.m. No worries, though. There is more flexibility with the other sites, all of which are within a short walk of the beach.
All photos by Andrew Ayer. For more information, go to the MassParks website or call 508-636-8817 (seasonal). Online camping reservations are through ReserveAmerica. Horseneck Beach State Reservation, 5 John Reed Road, Westport.
We’re big fans of dNB Burgers here at South Coast Almanac. Every burger we’ve tried there has been a home run so we decided to do a little investigative journalism—figure out what really makes the dNB burger perfect.
The answer? Balance.
Owner Josh Lemaire wisely reminds us that the perfect everything begins with balance. In the case of his burgers, he says “you gotta have a good bread ratio to your meat ratio, the meat has to be seasoned properly, there’s a fresh element, a greens element, spicy, sweet…it’s just a balance.”
Watch our quick behind the scenes video to get a closer look right here.
Use Josh’s zen-like approach to burgers when you’re grilling this weekend.
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Eat local. Shop local. Drink local. We’re all about local at South Coast Almanac. That’s why we asked the Almanac’s book guru, Laura Latour, to give us a list of books by local authors. So #readlocal and #enjoy!
Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick is our first “Summer Pick” for The South Coast Almanac Book Group, and it couldn’t be more perfect. Set in the fictional seaside town of Granite Point, the novel tells an enchanting tale of the three Sparrow sisters; Patience, Sorrel and Nettie. They are healers, herbalists and horticulturalists who run the local garden center. However, the profundity and quality of their plants sparks rumors of witchcraft. The Sparrow Sisters offers everything a fan of magical realism would want, plus the added bonuses of a steamy love affair and an intriguing mystery.
BONUS: Read The Sparrow Sisters this summer and then join us in the fall for an opportunity to meet the author and hear about her upcoming sequel, The Forbidden Garden. Like our South Coast Almanac Book Group on Facebook to learn more.
Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly Fitzgerald
A resident of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Holly Fitzgerald has written a debut memoir recounting her hellish honeymoon. When newlyweds Holly and Fitz left for their around-the-world vacation, they never expected to wind up nearly starved to death on a floating raft in a South American river. Plagues of bees and piranha-infested waters, sketchy natives, airplane crashes, and more, this story is so unbelievable you might think it is fiction. What makes it transcend most survivor tales is the unbreakable bond between a couple united both in marriage and their will to live.
Ashes by Steven Manchester
Winner of the Grand Prize at this year’s Los Angeles Book Festival, Ashes is a buddy-road-trip novel written by Somerset author Steven Manchester. Jason and Tom Prendergast are two estranged brothers on a forced cross-country trip to dump their abusive father’s ashes. They couldn’t be more different; a rough-and-tumble corrections officer and a fastidious, out-of-touch academic. The road trip takes them from Salem, Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington with several pit stops down a dark memory lane. Full of black humor, Ashes is a fun excursion for anyone who loves dysfunctional family tales.
Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli
Swansea resident Heidi Chiavaroli is a self-proclaimed history buff whose debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, will be published August 8. Annie David is plagued by guilt when her niece is injured in the Marathon Bombing. But an antique ring, given to her on that tragic day helps her to heal. She follows the ring’s provenance and discovers Liberty Caldwell, an ancestor who lived through the trials of the American Revolution. As Annie draws strength from Liberty’s tale, she wonders if she has the courage to love again. From the Boston Massacre to the Boston Marathon Bombing, Chiavaroli follows the lives of two women who are separated by centuries yet still struggle to live “Boston Strong.”
Contribute by Kristy Acevedo
Consider, the young adult novel by New Bedford teacher Kristy Acedevo, debuted with high praise and was a finalist for this year’s Philip K. Dick Award. Contribute, the much-anticipated sequel, is being released July 11 and readers can’t wait to learn the fate of unlikely heroine Alexandra Lucas. Fans of hard-core sci-fi will appreciate Acevedo’s world-building and high-tech concepts while fans of the first novel will enjoy Alex’s continuing struggle to manage her anxiety and find peace. Kirkus Reviews praises Contribute, saying “it’s a rare treat to see a protagonist. . . showing readers humanizing frailty even in the context of a technologically advanced world.”
Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle
Award-winning children’s book author Janet Taylor Lisle uses her hometown of Little Compton as a springboard for her imagination. Utilizing real-life geography (Quicksand Pond is part of the Southeastern Coastal Watershed Basin), Lisle weave a tale of friendship and wonder between two twelve-year-old girls over the course of one important summer. Terri and Jessie’s adventures on the pond evoke the carefree days of childhood with hours spent building forts, capturing fireflies, and exploring the natural world. However, it also delivers a heartbreaking reminder of the delicate balance between the “haves” and the “have-nots” and how our judgments can tip the scales on each other’s fate.
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Welcome to the Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July on the South Coast! This isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to the jam-packed excitement that Fourth of July brings. With so many events going on, it can be daunting to decide where to go and what to do. We at South Coast Almanac have created a day by day guide for the long long weekend. Each day is organized by categories: Fireworks, Parades, and Other Fun Stuff.
If you plan it right, you can go to different fireworks four nights in a row. Remember: it’s a marathon, not a sprint! Stay hydrated, folks. 🙂
Fireworks Onset/Wareham – Starting at dusk over Onset Beach and Bay (Rain date 7/8/17)
Marion – 9:20 PM Set off from the Kittansett Club, Point Road
Parades Onset – Children’s parade beginning promptly after the blessing of the fleet at 10 AM. Prizes are awarded for the best decorated bicycles, pets, and doll carriages.
Other Fun Stuff Onset – The Onset Bay Association will host the 4th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, a patriotic boat parade complete with the blessing of your vessel by a local clergy member. 10 a.m. at the Main Pier. In the afternoon, there will be a free concert with local favorites Pocketful of Soul, digging deep into the library of all your favorite funk, soul and R & B tunes you will be sure to want to get up and dance to. Bandshell (across from town pier), from 1-4 p.m. Seekonk – Independence Day Thrill Show: 5:00-9:30 PM at Seekonk Speedway spectator drags, car & truck enduros, crazy figure 8 races, powder puff races, and fireworks!(rain date July 2nd)
Fireworks Marion – 9:00 PM Silvershell Beach (Rain Date 7/3/2017)
Fireworks Freetown – The annual fireworks festival starts at 6:00 pm. Fireworks display begins at 9:30ish, South Main & Water Streets
Fireworks New Bedford – The fireworks begin at 9:00 pm from Jetties Beach Barge – 7 Fish Island (Rain date 7/5/2017) Fall River – Watch the Fireworks from Battleship Cove. Gates open at 7:30. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 PM. Tickets are $8.00 per person. See more here.
Parades Buzzards Bay – Bourne on the Fourth Parade, 10:00 am on Main Street Marion – Annual parade starts at 9:00 am. Route: East on Main Street to Spring Street; North on Spring Street to Route 6; East on Route 6 to Front Street; South on Front Street to Main Street Fairhaven – Fourth of July Car Cruise & Float Parade. Gather for flag raising 8:30 am at Fairhaven High School, 12 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven. Parade departs from there at 9 a.m. Westport – Parade starts at noon from Main and Hix Bridge Roads, Ends at the Westport High School Freetown – Starts at 10:00 am at South & Main St.
Other Fun Stuff Mattapoisett– 48th Annual 4th of July 5 mile Road Race: 9:00 AM at Shipyard Park, 13 Water Street.
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Nothing screams summer quite like food with lawn games and Heritage Museums and Gardens has cornered the market on this summertime fun! Heritage will be hosting Food Truck Fridays from 5-8 pm on Friday June 23rd when the museums and grounds will be filled with laughter, games, and some of the most delicious food around. A discounted ticket price of $5 per person* will provide access to the event, which includes a mélange of food trucks, family fun activities, and exclusive access to the exhibits and grounds. Some of the must-see exhibits that are the classic auto gallery exhibit and this season’s special exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views. (* Folks, this is such a deal from the regular rate of $18/per person for admission — don’t miss out on it!)
Food trucks will include Cape Cod Cannoli (over 170 different flavors of cannoli!), The Pineapple Caper Catering (grilled cheeses galore!), Wolf Pizza, and The Local Scoop (homemade frozen yogurt and ice cream). In addition to the food trucks, the Magnolia Café on Heritage’s grounds will serve their usual fare with beer and wine and The Casual Gourmet will offer some classic cookout food with a gourmet twist! Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, 508-888-3300. (Note: the food at the event is not included in the ticket price.)
Family Fun at Heritage. Photo courtesy of Heritage Museums & Gardens.
If the Heritage event has given you the food truck bug, we’ve found some other great, local food trucks where you can get your fix throughout the summer.
The Mad Batter Bakery
The school bus that every kid dreamed of! This bakery on wheels sells gourmet cupcakes in all your favorite flavors and then some. Beside the more predictable chocolate and vanilla, Mad Batter isn’t afraid of mixing things up so they also serve flavors like lemonade or Guinness. They can be found on Facebook and often they are in Onset on Wednesday nights at the Summer of Love concert series.
Flip N Roll
Find Flip N Roll driving through the streets of Fall River. A brand new food truck opened just this past spring, Flip N Roll serves delicious American and Portuguese food. Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on their location.
Mad House Grill
Also in Fall River, Mad House Grill serves fresh American classics with a Portuguese influence. Keep an eye out for the hot pink truck as it drives through the streets. Find them on Facebook or on their website for updates on their location.
Fenway Sausage Works
If your favorite part of Fenway is the food, then Fenway Sausage Works is the food truck for you, providing the ballpark food experience right here in New Bedford. At Fenway Sausage Works, you can order everything from linguica dogs to classic ballpark hot dogs, sausages, nachos and more. On hot days, they even offer shaved ice. Check out their Twitter to see where they’ll be located next.
Chicken, chicken, and chicken! Located in Wareham, Big Daddy’s has all the fried chicken that you could ask for. Its specialty are chicken tenders in a variety of different sauces (anything from Teriyaki to Extra Hot Buffalo), but it also serves up delicious wings, BBQ, ribs, burgers, dogs and more. Check them out on Facebook to see where they’ll be next!
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If you don’t occasionally look up at the billboards on 195 in New Bedford, you might not know about the Brahmin Tent Sale. But plenty of other people from all over the country know about it.
The Brahmin Tent Sale, a twice yearly event, is a pilgrimage for Brahmin handbag lovers. Take a look at its Facebook event page to get a sense of the excitement. One woman notes that she booked her plane tickets from Virginia as soon as the date was announced. She brings an empty suitcase with her and returns home with it packed full of Brahmin goodies. Another asks if anyone will be driving up from North Carolina.
By the time the day of the sale arrives, there is palpable excitement in the air. It’s reminiscent of the Filene’s Basement wedding dress sale, but without the cutthroat competition. At the Brahmin tent sale, the vibe is friendly, the handbag styles are plentiful and there are plenty of bags to go around.
This weekend in Fairhaven, the luxury bags are significantly discounted, some of them way, way discounted. If you can’t normally afford a Brahmin bag, now’s your chance. A happy by-product is that you’re supporting a local business as the handbag company’s headquarters are right here in Fairhaven.
Another happy by-product is that you feel like you’re at a party. Last fall, I met a woman who got up at 3 a.m. to catch a flight from Florida, a nice couple from Ohio who plan their New England travel around the Brahmin Tent Sale and two sisters from Fall River and Westport who come faithfully every six months to expand their Brahmin collection 1 or 2 purses at a time. They happily opened their trunk up so I could admire their purchases.
The tent sale takes place in the Standard-Times parking lot, right around the corner from Brahmin headquarters and the whole office comes out in full force to participate. You’ll find everyone in the company — from the president on down — participating: restocking the tables, ringing people out, and answering questions. Brahmin staff wear the same colorful t-shirts as a uniform and you feel like you’re at a fun company outing.
At South Coast Almanac, we’re partial to Brahmin bags because we asked them to accessorize our looks for our 2017 fashion shoot and they were wonderful to work with. Sonia Arruda helped pick out bags that worked well with our looks. The only problem: we hated returning them. Conveniently, the tent sale was within the same week as our fashion shoot, so I popped into the tent sale and I’ve now got my own Brahmin bag. I get compliments on it all the time.
I’m returning this weekend for another splurge. Like those sisters from Fall River and Westport, I’m going to add to my collection.
May 19 and 20, 9 am to 6 pm; May 21, 10 am to 5 pm. 77 Alden Road, Fairhaven. Update: This post was written in spring 2017. But don’t worry! The tent sale is happening again. The fall sale is September 15 – 17, 2017…check out Brahmin’s website here for more information.
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In last year’s print issue, we set out to find a half dozen cool overnight adventures on the South Coast. We’re rolling them out online for those of you who don’t have the 2016 magazine. Today’s feature: a farm stay. If you’d like to see it as it appeared in the magazine, click here. Otherwise, just read on….
You could be in Ireland looking across at sheep grazing in green fields, a lazy river and stone walls in the background completing the perfect vista. Or you could be in Westport, ready to roll up your sleeves and learn what it takes to be a farmer.
Virginia Merlier owns Stonehaven Family Farm, which provides overnight visitors with a taste of farm life. After you settle into her comfortable home, you’ll have time to explore the local beaches, shops and sights, but Merlier will remind you that afternoon chores are at 4:30. As you gather chicken eggs, herd the ducks, and make the animals ready for night, she’ll tell you about the heritage breeds she raises here and chat with you about farming. In the morning, you’ll enjoy the eggs you collected for breakfast before another round of chores. Fresh flowers from the garden will probably grace the table.
Farm stays are popular in Europe and are gaining popularity in the United States with people who are intrigued by farm life. In Westport, Merlier has hosted visitors from near and far, including many international visitors. Maybe you’ve always wanted to see where your food comes from. Maybe owning a farm has been a romantic dream of yours. Maybe you just like being surrounded by outdoor beauty and animals. Stonehaven Family Farm is the place to go.
All photos by Andrew Ayer. For more information about the farm, go to the website here or call 508-636-1361. Stonehaven Family Farm, 1506 Drift Road, Westport.