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Over the River & Through the Woods: Post-Thanksgiving Walks

You may be prepping for Thanksgiving right now, knee deep in peeling apples or wrestling the bird into some sort of brine-y package. Take a break for a moment and look at our 6 suggestions for post-Thanksgiving walks. Think of it as our holiday gift to you. It’s a reminder to all of us that (i) we live in a beautiful area and (ii) we should probably walk off some of that pecan pie.  Perhaps most importantly, it encourages us to hop into sweatpants (elastic waistbands, folks!) as soon as possible after that big meal (yes, you’re welcome).

We actually reached out to get suggestions from the experts, the staff and volunteers of our active land conservation organizations. Some of these organizations have even gone to the trouble of helping us off the couch by organizing walks that we can join. Showing your gratitude for these wonderful organizations and folks is as simple as just showing up!

Pick a place (or 2, or 3 – it’s a long weekend!) and get outside.

Carleen Loper, Wareham Land Trust Volunteer

Post Thanksgiving walks

Westgate Preserve. Photo courtesy of Wareham Land Trust.

Carleen suggests the town’s Westgate Preserve because it’s “an excellent choice for Thanksgiving weekend because it’s literally over the river and through the woods!” Featuring a retired cranberry bog and the Weweantic River, Westgate Preserve exudes holiday spirit. Leashed dogs are allowed there as well. More here.

Jim Bride, Sippican Lands Trust

Sippican Lands Trust Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk

Jim tells us that Sippican Lands Trust is hosting its fifth annual Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk at White Eagle Parcel in Marion at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 26th. Just take a look at that picture — how great does that look? Find out more here.

Deb Hood, Events Manager, Buzzards Bay Coalition

Deb says, “for my walk, I’d have to go with The Sawmill, the Buzzards Bay Coalition-owned public park on the edge of Acushnet and New Bedford’s North End.” She says the trails at the front of the park are wide, flat and accessible so the whole family – from strollers to wheelchairs (and everyone in between) – can journey to several scenic river overlooks at the former home of the Acushnet Saw Mill Company. See details here.

Kendra Murray, Development & Outreach Specialist, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust

Ridge Hill Rainbow. Photo courtesy of DNRT.

Kendra says, “Ridge Hill Reserve is a great place for post Turkey Day walk! This 175 acre property abuts the Southeastern MA Bioreserve. There are several trails, whether you’d like to take a quick 1 mile stroll along the blue trail, or a longer hike on the red and green trails. The Green Trail runs to the top of Ridge Hill, one of the highest points in Dartmouth. There are several beech groves along this trail, and as of last weekend, the foliage was a beautiful rich orange. The red trail is a bit flatter and easier. On the western most portion of that trail you can get a  great view of the Copicut Reservoir. We just put in a new set of stairs on a fairly eroded portion of the blue trail, as well.”  See more about Ridge Hill Reserve here.

Kendra also mentioned that DNRT is hosting a guided walk on Saturday, the 25th at 9 am at the Destruction Brook Woods (see more about that here).

Jennifer Escher, Board member, Tiverton Land Trust

Pardon Gray Reserve. Photo courtesy of Tiverton Land Trust.

Jennifer suggests joining the Tiverton Land Trust at one of its post-Thanksgiving group hikes at the Pocasset Ridge Conservation Area or Pardon Gray Preserve.  For more ambitious hikers, Garry Plunkett will lead hikers on some moderate slopes at the Pocasset Ridge Conservation Area.  The newly opened trails will allow those in good physical to experience an amazing forest ecosystem. For the less ruggedly inclined and for families with young children, Wayne Browning will lead a 45 minute trail loop at Pardon Gray Preserve.

Both hikes take place on Saturday, November 25 (Pocasset Ridge starts at 1, Radon Gray Preserve starts at 2). Sturdy shoes, fluorescent orange vest/hats are recommended (orange vests will be provided on-site).  See here for more details.

Brendan Buckless, Outreach & Stewardship Coordinator, Westport Land Conservation Trust

Herb Hadfield Conservation Area. Photo by Greg Stone.

Brendan suggests the Herb Hadfield Conservation Area one of the Westport Land Conservation Trust’s most visited spots. With 158 acres and 2.5 miles of hiking trails, the property features the pristine Angeline Brook, one of Westport’s finest coldwater streams.  Trailheads are located at 364 Adamsville Road or 255 Cornell Road. See directions and more here. 

Make your nature plans and mark the calendars now before your mind is foggy with tryptophan!

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8 Great Things: November on the South Coast

bike on the beach

We’re back with another of our monthly 8 Great Lists. Here, we bring you 8 special South Coast happenings in November. Put that Halloween candy down and check out our top picks for the month right now.

1. Full Moon Owl Prowl

Did you know a full moon is 250,000 times brighter than the brightest star in the sky (we just learned that from the Farmer’s Almanac)? This Saturday, you’ll get a chance to ponder that while enjoying November’s full moon. While you’re at it, Mass Audubon is hosting an owl prowl at its Stone Barn Farm property as the full moon rises, to explore and identify noctural wildlife as it awakens! Enjoy a guided walk and listen to calls of multiple species of owls.

Where & When: November 4, 6 – 8 pm. Stone Barn Farm, 786 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth. $10 members/$12 non-members. Advance registration is required. Register online or call 508-636-2437.

2. Run, Walk, Eat Pizza, Drink Beer

DNRT Trail RaceThere’s something for everyone at the third annual Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust trail run. Come out and support the DNRT’s 35+ mile trail network and 5,000+ acrecs of protected open space! The 3.3. mile running course and 2.4 mile walking course wind through fields and forests at Destruction Brook Woods. What’s the carrot? Your entry fee supports the important work of the DNRT. Also, post-race music, pizza and beer.

When & Where: Saturday, November 4, starting at 11 am. Slade’s Corner Road, Dartmouth. More details here.

3. Cycling & Wine Tasting

We order the Backroads catalogue just to stare longingly at the itineraries of France and Italy biking trips. If you do the same, here’s a wonderful alternative. Spend the day biking through Westport and Tiverton (a 25-30 mile trip, averaging between 12-15 mph) and end up with a private wine tasting at Westport Rivers Winery. It’s just $10 (which covers the wine tasting) and is sponsored by the Appalachian Trail Club.

When & Where: You have to reserve a space with the trip leader — click here to get the information.  Saturday, November 11, 10 am to 5 pm.

4. Go Whole Hog

Marc Swierkowski of Ella’s Wood Burning Oven Restaurant in Wareham is collaborating with Brandon and Laura Higgins-Baltzley, the chefs from the pop-up restaurant Buffalo Jump, along with other well known chefs Dan Amighi and Claudette Zepeda Wilkins (who will be featured on America’s Top Chef next month). The group will cook a variety of pork-focused canapes, side dishes like clam jagacida, and a very large, whole roasted pig (or two). All proceeds go to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund because Laura Higgins-Baltzley went to culinary school there.

When & Where: It’s a little off the South Coast but we’d follow Chef Marc Swierkowski anywhere, especially when it’s for a good cause. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (508)361-2361. $45.00 per person (BYOB). November 11 at 2 p.m. until the sun sets at Coonamessett Farm, 277 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth.

5. Document History

Waterfront Strike of 1985-86. Courtesy of Spinner Publications.

Every month, the Fishing Heritage Center sponsors a monthly Dock-U-Mentary focusing on the commercial fishing industry (Dock-U-Mentary! we love that!). This month, they’re serving it up with a twist. As part of its effort to document the history of organized labor in the Fairhaven and New Bedford waterfront, the Center presents “Remembering the Strike of 1985-86.” They will create a sensory experience through images and sounds with clips of television coverage of the strike, slides of archival images and even audio clips from a riot outside the auction house. Following the presentation, they’ll invite community members to add their own memories and create a community conversation about the strike from the not-too-distant past. How many times do we get to see history documented before our very eyes?

When & Where: November 17, 7 pm. Corson Maritime Learning Center, 33 William Street, New Bedford, 508-993-8894. Presented with the New Bedford Whaling National Park. More information here.

6. Ignore Etiquette

Frozen SingalongWe all know it’s considered bad form to go to the theater and sing along with the show (see 13 Rules For Going to the Theater). But sometimes, don’t you just want to belt it out? The Zeiterion is giving us this chance by presenting the sing along version of Disney’s Frozen where the audience is actually encouraged, with subtitles, to get in on the action. So, let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore!

When & Where: Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, November 19 at 2 pm. Tickets are going fast, order them here or call the box office at 508-994-2900.

7. Meet Some Texas Gentlemen

Texas GentlemenThe Texas Gentlemen don’t take themselves too seriously (watch the armadillo races in one song’s video here) but they do take their music seriously. They released their first album, TX Jelly, in September and they’re bringing it to us at the Narrows Center. Moving between “contemplative and raucous,…the music touches on blues, soul, folk, country, rock and gospel.” We want to have as much fun as they seem to be having.

When & Where: November 20, Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, 508-324-1926. Doors, 7 pm, Show, 8 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Order here.

8. Rock Meets Classical

Lauri PorraWe love the New Bedford Symphony even when – no, especially when — they go outside the box to reach ALL music fans, not just classical music fans. This month, they’re bringing in Lauri Porra, the great grandson of famed Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. He’ll dazzle in the U.S. premiere of his own Concerto for Electric Bass and Orchestra, combining rock and classical music. The New Bedford Symphony will follow with the First Symphony of Porra’s great-grandfather, written when he was just 33 years old.

Yes, that’s right — they’ll be marrying rock and classical right before us. We can’t wait!!

Even better news — we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this season’s symphony and you can use them for this concert (or any other one). Enter here to win.

When & Where: November 26 at 3 pm. The Zeiterion, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Call the Z’s box office at 508-994-2900 or buy them online here.


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Trick-or-Treat: The Best Neighborhoods & Traditions!

We’re well into the countdown to Halloween and we wanted to give you the inside scoop on great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating and other Halloween adventures. We asked six of our favorite realtors to give us the lowdown for their neck of the woods.

Will Milbury, Milbury & Co.

Will Milbury, Milbury & Co.

Will Milbury said that Padanaram Village in South Dartmouth is a network of close-knit neighborhoods that teems with children and young families and is a great spot for trick-or-treating. He also mentioned Boo at the Zoo, hosted by the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford on October weekends, as a fun family event that isn’t too scary. Boo at the Zoo is still running this year from October 27 – October 30th, 6 to 9 p.m. Find out more here.

Will is the owner and principal broker of Milbury & Co which has purposefully remained a small, competitive independent firm. He lives in South Dartmouth and is an active member of the community. You can find him at the Milbury office at 304 Elm Street, Dartmouth where there’s always a candy basket out front (thank you!) but they’ll have extra Halloween treats thrown in on Tuesday.

Howe Allen

Howe Allen
Howe Allen Realty

Howe Allen called out Fairhaven Center (between Green, Middle, Washington and South Streets) for Halloween magic. He said, “Many of the homes open up to the beautiful green spaces in the Center and people tend to do it up.” According to Howe, Fort Street from the Fort Phoenix area to Cedar and then back up Green is great because parents can park at Fort Phoenix and walk the circle with their trick or treaters.  Finally, he mentioned Oxford Village between Pilgrim Ave and North Street, west of Main Street as having “lots of home with character and characters!  Oldest part of Fairhaven, these homes lend themselves to the Halloween holiday.”

Howe is the owner of Howe Allen Realty with offices in Fairhaven and New Bedford. He is also a renovation fanatic. Not a year goes by when renovation projects don’t fill his days (and nights). You can see some of his projects on the Howe Allen Realty FaceBook page. In addition to rehabbing homes, he enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures. Howe shares his life with his husband, Tim Evans, and two Jack Russell Terriers, Cheer and Dutch. Howe Allen Realty, Center Street, Fairhaven, (888) 491-9993.

Cecile Callahan, Robert Paul Properties

Mattapoisett’s Cecile Callahan said, “growing up in town the place to be on Halloween was, and still is, the village. The homes in the village all welcome trick-or-treaters. After you score big trick-or-treating, get to the annual Mattapoisett Police Halloween Parade which begins at 6 pm at Center School on Barstow Street.” She promises candy and costume prizes for all ages, preschool to senior citizen.

Cecile is a realtor with Robert Paul Properties in its Marion office and is also the owner of the popular website and blog Mattapoisett Living. Cecile is a Mattapoisett native who is always on the look out for the best sunrises and sunsets. She loves the outdoors, photography and is a big cheerleader for the South Coast. Check her out at Mattapoisett Living and at Robert Paul Properties, Front Street, Marion, (508) 395-6391.

Cassy West

Cassy West
Robert Paul Properties

Cassy West said the place to be on Halloween is the village of Marion where the Marion Art Center’s volunteer witches, together with the Sippican Elementary School band, lead a costume parade around the village before the kids scatter for trick-or-treating. She says the annual event draws hundreds of children and it’s great fun. The parade begins at the Marion Music Hall (corner of Front and Cottage Streets) at 4 p.m. on Halloween night.

Cassy is a realtor with Robert Paul Properties in its Marion office and the owner of Wellness by Dezign where she offers holistic design services for home and office. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she is a certified LEED V4 Green Associate and brings a keen aesthetic to her work every day. She spent her summers as a child in Marion and now lives in Mattapoisett. Find her at Robert Paul Properties, Front Street, Marion, (508) 395-6391 and at Wellness by Dezign.

Lights! Lots and Lots of Lights!

Cindy Parola Laforce Realty

Cindy Parola said, “back when I was younger, we all went to Cromesett in Wareham– lots of kids, lots of houses close together – it’s still a hot spot. I have a friend there that gives out comic books!  Isn’t that awesome?” She also loves Parkwood Beach neighborhood because it’s a friendly neighborhood with lots of folks hanging out in their front yards, greeting people, with fire pits going. Finally, she reminded us that Wareham Crossing has its big Boo Bash this Saturday from 10-1 (and that the merchants on Main Street will be giving out treats on Halloween itself).

Cindy lives in Bourne now with her husband Mike and six adorable, patience-testing kitties (her favorite candy: “Kit Kats, of course”). LaForce Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage with four offices: Lakeville, Bourne and two in Wareham. Laforce Realty, Tyler Avenue, Wareham, (508) 958-5376.

Sue Ann Murley, DiVito Realty

Sue Ann Murley said that Onset Foursquare Church sponsors Trunk-or-Treat at Lopes Field where cars line up with their trunks open and filled with candy. Instead of going to houses, children visit the cars. The free event features theme-decorated trunks, games, bounce houses, refreshments, a DJ and some unusual characters. Lopes Field is off Onset Avenue. For more information, call 508-291-1595.

Sue Ann is a realtor with DiVito Realty with offices in Onset and Hull. She lives in Onset with her partner, Jeff Gorman, and their Maltese Poodle Henry. In years past, Henry has entered into the Halloween spirit by dressing as a hot dog and a devil but Sue Ann says “he hated every minute of it.” So he may just be a Maltese Poodle this Halloween.  DiVito Realty, 247 Onset Avenue, Onset, (508) 295-0213.

We would love to know where the favorite spots are in your town. Tiverton, Westport, Little Compton, Rochester, Lakeville, etc…whatcha got for us? Please comment below!

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The Buzziest of Buzzes: Nitro Coffee on the South Coast

Nitro brew South Coast

It’s 11:00 am on a weekday (and workday) morning and I’m sitting with what looks like a Guiness draft in front of me. What’s going on?

At Dog Days Cafe in Onset, Lexie just poured me a glass of nitro brew, the newest coffee trend and it may be the best so far. It’s cold brew coffee, poured straight from a keg and, although Lexie swears there’s nothing but coffee in it, it looks suspiciously creamy.

Nitro Brew Onset

What is it?

Nitro brew is coffee with nitrogen gas percolated into it. Its resemblance to Guiness Stout is no surprise. Many light beers use carbon dioxide for the fizz, but Irish brewers have long been adding nitrogen gas to the darker stouts and ales, creating a smoother, thicker taste. It was only a matter of time before hipster coffeemakers decided to try it. Though it’s unclear where the trend started (some say in Portland, Oregon, others say Austin, Texas or Astoria, New York), it’s made its way to the South Coast.

The result: a smooth, sweet brew that looks (and tastes) like you’ve already added some sugar and cream. Lexie says that while she generally likes her coffee “light and sweet” she doesn’t add anything to her nitro coffee. (Bonus! You’ve saved those 90 or so calories for something else.)

Scientists are trying to figure out why it tastes better (I love the headline in the otherwise pretty staid Chemical & Engineering News: What’s nitro cold brew, and why is it so damn delicious?). But if you’re more a humanities major, don’t worry about it and just try it.

At Dog Days, they start with kegs of their cold-brew which have been saturated with their signature Scandinavian coffee beans for 72 hours. Lexi pours a glass from a tap that combines the cold-brew with a canister of nitrogen which sits besides the keg. She’s right. It tastes smooth and creamy, delicious.

Who’s drinking it?

Lots of people! At Dog Days, it’s outselling cold brew by almost 4 to 1. Many people are willing to go with the higher price tag ($5 for a small) because it tastes so smooth (and maybe because it delivers more of a caffeine kick). People on the night shift love it. Lexie says that police officers swear by it. They come in before their 16 hour shifts to buy growlers filled with the stuff.

Where can you find nitro brew?

Dog Days Coffee, obviously. 2W West Central Avenue, Onset, (508) 295-2328.

Cup2Cafe, 3175 Cranberry Highway, East Wareham, (508) 743-0410.

Onset Bay Cafe, 1B West Central Avenue, Onset, (508) 273-0178.

Simmons Cafe & Market, 78 Crandall Road, Little Compton, (401) 635-2420.

Flour Girls Bakery, 230 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, (774) 202-5884.

Charred Oak Tavern, 57 Center Street, Middleboro, (508) 923-9034 (note: for diners only, Charred Oak Tavern does not serve coffee for takeout).

Are there other local places serving nitro coffee? Let us know…

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Good Eats: Breakfast at Coffee Milano in Middleboro

Coffee Milano Middleboro

As you might expect, from time to time we meet with our advertisers, usually at their offices. We’ve decided to make these meetings even more efficient (and fun) than they were before. The idea: meet them for breakfast, at a favorite place of their choosing, and review the place for this blog.

Today, Kristi Cornuet from T.M. Ryder took us around the corner from her Middleboro office to Coffee Milano. Kristi says her office orders either breakfast or lunch from there nearly every day. The restaurant staff will see the Caller ID on the phone, know that it’s her and answer: “What’ll it be today?” Then, they’ll ask after others in the office “How about for your Dad? Your sister?”

Here’s the lowdown on our meal:

Coffee Milano is a no-frills place where you order at the counter and they bring your food to the dining area when it’s ready. Kristi told me she usually gets the Breakfast Sandwich (sausage, egg & cheese) on a croissant with a side of spicy jam. That sounded so good to me that I ordered it too. Side note of apology: sorry we didn’t order different dishes so we could give you a sense of the variety but, honestly, that order just sounded so good.

Coffee Milano MiddleboroKristi says she orders the breakfast sandwich about 90% of the time. But she sometimes chooses the Cali Burrito. At lunch, she often has the turkey and brie sandwich but there’s even more variety for lunch here than there is for breakfast. Kristi loves the flatbreads and quesadillas. Her father gave a shout out for “The Steak Bomb.” And her sister Kira says, “the Big & Juicy Cheeseburger is amazing.”

But back to our meal! Kristi ordered an iced green acai tea, made to order. I got a plain coffee, nothing added, because although there is an extensive menu of coffee drinks, I felt like I needed something simple to justify my leap into the hedonism of a fully loaded breakfast sandwich on a croissant.

The sandwich was everything I hoped for –and I’m grateful for Kristi’s insider trick of ordering the spicy jam on the side. It put the sandwich over the top. Hours later, my stomach is still happy.

You Can Ring My Bell

Coffee MilanoWhile we were eating, we heard a bell clang cheerfully. We found the bell by the door as we were leaving, and got the scoop on it. If you feel you’ve gotten good service, you can ring it on the way out. Kristi rang it. She smiled. I smiled. I saw an older man drinking his coffee smile.

It was a great way to start the week.

The verdict: 2 thumbs up!

Where to find them: Coffee Milano, 58 Center Street, Middleboro. 508-946-4006. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.

TM Ryder Middleboro

Kristi & Kira of T.M. Ryder Insurance

This review has been brought to you by T.M. Ryder Insurance Agency. After breakfast, Kristi and I walked just around the corner to her office. Over breakfast, she had told me that T.M. Ryder has been invested in the Middleboro community for over 100 years (started in 1877 by Mr. Ryder, Kristi’s great grandfather took over one hundred years ago in 1917). But when I looked at the photos and old equipment prominently displayed in their offices, I got a more tangible sense of how much time (and experience) that really means.

I snapped pictures of an antique adding machine:

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vintage filing cabinets;

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and old photographs of the business:

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More than that, I experienced a business actively engaged in its community. In the short time I was there, two gentleman separately came in to make inquiries about their policies. You sure don’t see that personal service with the giant insurance companies.

If there were a bell at the door of T.M. Ryder, I would have rung it loudly.  T.M. Ryder Insurance Agency, 8 Thatchers Row, Middleboro. 508-947-7600. 


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8 Great Things: October 2017 on the South Coast!

We’re back with another of our monthly 8 Great Lists. Here, we bring you 8 special South Coast happenings so that you can enjoy the best of our area in October. See what our month is shaping up to look like!

Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Watershed Ride

What: Bikes + Philanthropy. All participants sign up to ride 35, 75 or 100 miles and promise to raise at least $300 each to protect Buzzards Bay’s waters and watershed. Join us on the ride (by clicking here), cheer for us along the route (click here to see the route map and relative times) or throw a $5 or $10 donation our way (by clicking here) to support the amazing work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

When: October 1 from 7:00 in Little Compton and all throughout the day to the finish line in Woods Hole

Where: Starting lines at Sakonnet Point, Horseneck Beach (Westport) and Eastover Farm (Rochester). Finish line party at Woods Hole.

King Richard’s Faire

What: An annual tradition on the South Coast and hard to describe. People walk around gnawing on large turkey legs, many garbed in medieval attire. Music, entertainment galore (Mud Show, anyone?), royal parades, shopping and jousting. For more info, click here.

When: Saturdays and Sundays through October 22, also Columbus Day, 10:30 – 6

Where: 235 Main Street, Carver

Cost: $32 for adults, $16 for children

Manjiro Festival

Manjiro Festival, FairhavenWhat: As a fourteen year old in 1841, Manjiro Nakahama was rescued after a shipwreck by Fairhaven whaling captain William Whitfield and returned with Whitfield to live in Fairhaven. Manjiro became the first Japanese person to live in the United States. This Japanese-American festival celebrates the friendship between the two countries and includes music and food, martial arts demonstrations, taiko drummers, flower arranging, raffles, booths featuring food and crafts, a tea ceremony, and much more.

When: October 7, 10-5

Where: Center Street, Fairhaven

Cost: Free. Click here for more info.

New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival

New Bedford Chowder FestivalWhat: A throw down with chowder, soup & quahogs from nearly 20 restaurants and caterers, with live music, local beers and specialty cocktails, children’s activities and the annual YMCA lobster race.

When: Sunday, October 8th, 12-5 (tasting will end at 3 pm)

Where: New Bedford waterfront, Pier 3

Cost: $15 in advance ($18 day of), $5 for children between 6 and 12, free for those 5 and younger (click here to purchase tickets)

Cider Social & Cow Pie Bingo

Little Compton Cider Social & Cow Pie BingoWhat: The Little Compton Historical Society’s fundraiser has been held “longer than anyone can remember” and includes local vendors and cow pie bingo.

When: October 9, 1-4 p.m. The cow enters promptly at 3 (do you know how much fun it is to write that sentence?) UPDATE: The event has been moved to October 15th because of forecasted rain.

Where: 548 West Main Road, Little Compton

Cost: The cider social is free. Tickets for cow pie bingo are $10 each (3 for $25) with proceeds going to the Historical Society.

New Bedford Connect

October things to doA day bringing together dentists, veterans assistance, housing support, community volunteers, resources and services for area residents who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have a friend or family member in danger of losing shelter.

They need our help! Consider donating your time to the one day event. If you can’t do that, they also need food, gloves & cash donations.  See here for more and to let them know how you can help.

When: October 18th, 9 -1

Where: YMCA, 25 South Water Street, New Bedford

Cost: Free. Donations of food, cash, and socks are welcome.

Farm to Table Cocktail Shaker

Weatherlow FloralsWhat: Weatherlow Florals and Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails invite you to tour the flower fields and greenhouses, harvest herbs and blooms, learn to make seasonal garden-to-glass cocktails with spiced cordials, and design a colorful harvest swag to take home for your front door!

When: October 26 from 5-7 p.m.

Where: Weatherlow Farms, 845 Sodom Road, Westport

Cost: $75, all materials included. Register here.

New Bedford Children’s Bookfest

Children's New Bedford BookfestWhat: This special kids’ edition of New Bedford Bookfest will feature 20 authors and booksellers and 10 specially selected illustrators in the Groundwork! Gallery.

When: October 28 & 29, 12-4

Where: Groundwork! 1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford

Cost: Free


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Overnight Adventures: Lizzie Borden’s House

Photo by Andrew Ayer

In last year’s print issue, we set out to find a half dozen cool overnight adventures on the South Coast. We’ve been rolling them out online for those of you who don’t have the 2016 magazine. Today’s feature is our last in the series: overnighting it at Lizzie Borden’s home. If you’d like to see it as it appeared in the magazine, click here. Otherwise, just read on….

Lizzie. In the drawing room. With a hatchet.

Lizzie Borden HouseIt’s a real-life game of Clue when you visit the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and listen to the well-informed tour guides show you around the house where Mr. and Mrs. Borden were found bludgeoned to death on a steamy August day in 1892. The guides provide you with the evidence; you form your own conclusions.

LIzzie Borden HouseIt’s a popular spot. Several thousand people each year take the tour of the Borden home. Only a few hundred are brave enough to stay here overnight. Overnight visitors get a longer tour and the privilege of saying they spent the night at a home where one of the nation’s most infamous murders took place. The very bravest stay in the John Morse room where Abby Borden was discovered in a pool of blood.

Make it through the night and you’ll be rewarded with a breakfast that is much the same as the Borden’s enjoyed on the day of their death (minus the mutton broth).

Lizzie Borden HouseSuzanne Keefe and her sister Julie Wack took their daughters to the bed and breakfast one cold February night last year. After the tour, their guide told them she would see them in the morning. To Keefe’s surprise, she said, “Oh, I don’t stay here!” The only guests at the house that night, they settled in to the Borden sisters’ rooms and lived to tell the tale. Their overnight stay was not without incident. In the middle of that winter night, the heat mysteriously stopped working.

Stay here if you dare.

 

Overnight rates are between $200 and $250, depending on the room. For more information, go here or call 508-675-7333. Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, 230 Second Street, Fall River.

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A Writer’s Getaway Tucked Away on the South Coast: Onset’s Hemingway House

Writer's Retreat

The Hemingway House is a three-season writer’s retreat and summer vacation rental in Onset. In our 2017 edition, we featured it in our Buzz section. You cans see that here. But we wanted to know more. We asked owner Kathy Sherbrooke—author of the family memoir Finding Home and the novel Fill The Sky—to tell us a little about the house….

Writer's RetreatKathy, first of all, why do this at all? Why go in search of a writer’s retreat?

When I was writing my first novel, I reached a point when I desperately needed to get away by myself to do nothing but write. I went to New Hampshire for several days in the middle of a winter week and did nothing but write, take walks in the snow, and write some more. I was totally unencumbered—no one to look after, no standard meal times or sleeping hours, no conversation! It was magical. A lot of writing retreats seem to have very long lead times or expect authors to come for a month or more at a time. For a week-long stay, renting a decent hotel room or small house can be prohibitively expensive. At the time I had been considering making a real estate investment, and I realized that the two could be a perfect combination. It just clicked.

You renovated Hemingway House specifically to meet the needs of writers. What makes the space work?

writer's retreatEveryone works differently, so the house has multiple writing spaces— various desks, a dining room table, a kitchen nook, and my favorite spot, a big comfy chaise in an alcove in one of the bedrooms. I also felt it was important to make the space feel warm and welcoming without being cluttered. A blue door, a colorful quilt or a beautiful print on the wall goes a long way to give the place its particular personality. And of course, bookshelves were a must!

You’re a writer so you must have specific thoughts about the role of inspiration in the creative process. Do you think there’s something special about Hemingway House and Onset that might act as a muse for writers?

Writer's retreatI am greatly influenced by the atmosphere of the spaces in which I choose to write, and I think it’s hard to beat the atmosphere of an old house. This one was built in 1904 and has crooked floors and a claw foot tub to prove it. I took one look at the huge fieldstone fireplace and immediately wanted to sit in front of it with a book, or pull out my laptop and get writing. Of course, the fact that the house was previously owned by a series of Hemingways added to the charm. Whether that one particular Hemingway had ever been there, I don’t know. But I let my imagination run wild.

There are writing retreats in the woods and mountains. Did you ever look anyplace other than the sea for a retreat?

I knew I wanted this house to be near the water, but I would love to have another in Vermont or somewhere like that! I find walking a long wooded path or looking out onto a mountain range to be very inspiring. I actually think about that quite a bit.

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplays? Any preference for you about what your guests are writing?

All kinds of creative writing is welcome at the house. What’s important is that the writer have a clear sense of what they’d like to accomplish with their time. I admit that I have turned away a few academics who were looking to complete a white paper or thesis. While that is valuable work, it is not the kind of writing the house was intended to support.

How much interaction do you have with writers while they’re at Hemingway House?

Very little. Correspondence is usually via email, including instructions that allow access without me having to be there. I have had the pleasure of meeting several people who have stayed at the house after the fact, however, which is always great fun for me.

We’re fans of the acknowledgements page in books. Do you secretly or not-so-secretly hope Hemingway House makes the cut and ends up playing a major role in a writer’s work?

I’m a great fan of acknowledgement pages, too! Strangely though, that thought had not occurred to me until you asked. I suppose were someone impacted by their stay enough to include it, that would be a great honor and further validate the need for such a place.

If you could have any writer, living or otherwise, find inspiration at Hemingway House, who would that be? (Kathy tried an eloquent dodge on this, but we pressed her and finally got an honest answer!)

As for living authors, Geraldine Brooks is one of my all-time favorites. Having her write at the house and fill it with her creative energy would be pretty incredible. And Wallace Stegner would be pretty hard to beat. That would give the house quite a legacy. Honestly, my greatest hope from the beginning was to have the retreat offer that spark of inspiration or encouragement to an aspiring writer, perhaps someone feeling frustrated or stuck or questioning their sanity in trying to create art through words. If, after a week at Hemingway House, that writer has renewed confidence in their work and can press on to eventually put something fantastic out into the world, that would be amazing.

Writers who stay at Hemingway House are asked to leave a book behind. Where did that idea originate and what’s the collection like now?

writer's retreatWhen I was putting the house together, I sought advice from Christopher Castellani, the Artistic Director of GrubStreet in Boston, where I take writing classes and sit on the Board of Directors. Chris has visited many writing retreats and told me about one that asked visitors to sign a plaque on the wall of their room. He was inspired by seeing the names of those who had written in the same spot before him, and suggested I consider a similar tradition. Signing a book struck me as something that made sense. The collection now has about fifty books (and counting!) and is quite eclectic, including many books written by the visitors themselves. I always look forward to seeing what has been left behind.

Tell us some of your favorite spots around Onset that you recommend Hemingway House guests visit. I mean, even the most prolific writers have to take a break.

Yes! Breaks are critical to an effective (and sustainable) retreat! I love to get outside and walk as my break from writing. Onset has a gorgeous horseshoe-shaped beach that is a great place to stroll. The park above the beach has a few benches that look out over the bay if still contemplation is more your thing. There is also a wonderful bike path that runs along the canal, which is perfect for a long-distance run or ride. If you are looking for an indoor break, I am a big fan of the Stonebridge Bar and Grill on East Boulevard. The staff is really friendly, they have a great menu, a full bar inside and a great deck outside that sits on an inlet. Onset also has two new coffee shops, one called Dog Days Coffee, which donates some of their profits to help dogs who serve in the military get back home. Visitors to the house will quickly surmise that I love dogs, so I’m fond of that spot.

Thanks, Kathy, for your time. And, more importantly, thank you for creating this wonderful space for writers!

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Overnight Adventures: Sleep Like a President

Delano Homestead. Photo by Andrew Ayer

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.


Delano Homestead dining room. Photo by Andrew Ayer.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.

Delano Homestead dining room. Photo by Andrew Ayer.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.

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8 Great Things! September 2017 on the South Coast

New Bedford Working Waterfront

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 Bay Kite FestivalOnset 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

Cost: Free

Feast of Our Lady of AngelsFeast 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

Cost: Free

Dartmouth Grange Rural Community FairDartmouth 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

Cost: Free

 

Brahmin Tent SaleBrahmin 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 FestivalWilliam 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

Cost: Free

New Bedford Working WaterfrontWorking 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.)

Cost: Free

Wareham's Fourth Saturday Contra Dances4th 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 EnactmentFort 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

Cost: Free

Aren’t we lucky to live in such a vibrant place? Get out there and love where you live. 

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