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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!

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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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Time for a short winter month! 8 Great Things in February

The temperatures are hovering in the teens and we are ready to say goodbye to January. You want us to distract you from the thermometer? Here’s a list of 8 Great Things to while away the hours in February — walks, wine, chocolate, community building, music and more —  as we wait for glimpses of spring.

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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. 

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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.

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To purchase tickets for the tour, go right here.

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Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s December Again!

We’re getting our 8 Great Things list out a bit earlier this month because half of them take place on December 1 and 2 and we want to give you a heads up, with plenty of time to plan!

1. Shopping Spree Weekend!

We’ll be spending the first weekend of December finishing our holiday shopping at all of our favorite South Coast shops. Join us and get 10% off when you mention South Coast Almanac! We are grateful to these small businesses who have advertised with and supported us. And we love the personal attention they lavish on their customers. There’s a place on the list for every type of gift, so there’s no reason to leave the South Coast when checking off your list this year. 

December 1-2, during stores’ business hours. See here for participating stores: SCA_Shopping_Spree_Weekend

2. Fall River Children’s Holiday Parade

Check out the 34th annual Fall River Children’s holiday parade, one of the largest in New England. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive via helicopter, which we think is an exhilarating modern twist on the classic sleigh. Music, floats, giant balloons (think Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade) and excitement make this a great kick off to the holiday season. Free. December 1, 1-4 p.m. Kennedy Park, Fall River. See more here. 

3. Open. Water. Swim.

Need to go back and read that headline once more? That’s right! Our brave (crazy?) friends over at the Buzzards Bay Coalition are keeping things interesting! Open water + onset bay + December 1 date makes for a very cool time (pun intended). Wetsuit and colorful hat are required. Friends not ready to take the plunge are welcome to join on kayak. Head over to the Onset Pier on Saturday, December 1 at 10 am to experience “that cold water rush”or just to watch other brave souls experience it! Free. December 1, 10 a.m. See more here.

4. Wreaths, Wine, and a Damn Good Time

Seriously, how could we pass up an event with this title!? Led by the owner of Hammer and Lace at The Barn at Sweet Fern Hill in Middleboro, this wreath making workshop is BYOB, with light refreshments and supplies provided, and you’ll go home with a wreath that would retail for $120. Tickets are $60, December 1st, 3pm. See here for tickets.

But we couldn’t stop at just one wreath workshop! Soule Homestead is hosting two workshops at the same time as their annual holiday fair. Wreaths: $25 for Soule members/$30 for non-members, centerpieces: $15/$20, holiday fair free admission, December 2nd, 10am or 1pm, 46 Soule Street, Middleboro. Preregistration is required. See more here. 

Alice’s Table is hosting wreathmaking at Bittersweet Farm. You can order from the Bittersweet Farm menu as you enjoy the company of others and the creativity of making your own wreath. $75, December 5, 6:30 pm, 438 Main Road, Westport. Buy your ticket and see more here.

5. Padanaram Christmas Festival

We happened to talk recently with a woman who moved to Padanaram from the West Coast and you know what drew her to buying a home in Padanaram? The elves! She loved watching the village come together to decorate and celebrate the Christmas season a few years ago! Now’s your chance to go and see what she’s talking about. Santa and the elves, performances, giveaways from local businesses, food and refreshments help make the season bright. December 7, 5 – 8 p.m. Padanaram Village, Dartmouth. See more here. 

6. Onset Christmas in the Parks

For more village Christmas flavor, head over to Onset on the 8th. Santa arrives via fire truck at noon to kick off the fun! There’s cookie decorating, photos with Santa at the firehouse with hot chocolate and goodies, a talking Christmas tree, and horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the afternoon. The event is free, with parking available at the pier, but donations will be gladly accepted. December 8, 12 – 3 pm, Onset Village. See more here. 

 

7. Holiday Pops

We love the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra! And we think there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than listening to music with friends and family. The orchestra offers a 3:30 children’s matinee, featuring some fun surprises for young audience members, and a 7pm concert with slightly more music (but both performances last around an hour). Pssst: our friends at the NBSO have offered a special deal to South Coast Almanac readers! Use the code SCA20 for 20% off your Pops tickets. If you haven’t had a chance to take in one of their concerts yet, now is the perfect time! December 15th, 3:30 or 7pm, tickets $20-$43 (plus 20% off with code SCA20), The Zeiterion, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Buy your tickets here or call the box office at 508-994-2900.

8. Snowshoeing the Shoreline

Embrace winter and get outside!  Join Mass Audubon Society at Allens Pond Wildlife Society to explore the beautiful beach loop trail. Bring your own snow shoes (or hiking boots, should there be no snow) to trek along the 2 mile loop looking for winter wildlife and signs of animal activity! $10 for Audubon members, $12 for non-members.December 29, 9-12, Allen’s Pond, Dartmouth. For more information and to register, click here. 

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A little napping + a little hiking or yoga = the perfect Thanksgiving weekend

There’s a questionable rumor going around that the tryptophan in turkey doesn’t actually make you sleepy. We have a hard time believing that ­– everyone knows the post-Thanksgiving torpor is real!

Lucky for us, we’ve got people looking out for us! We’re going to fight that post-Thanksgiving sleepiness by getting out and moving our bodies. Here are four activities designed by our wonderful regional non-profits which will help combat the tryptophan (though – to be clear – we do recommend some good, old-fashioned lollygagging this weekend so don’t skimp on that).

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