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8 Great Things: August on the South Coast

We’re in that sweet spot of summer…we’ve been swimming, kayaking, biking and clamming and there’s still a lot more of that ahead for us before Fall comes a’ calling. Here are 8 Great Things we’re looking forward to in August. They’ll help round out the summer and make those memories for you that you can pull out and polish by the fire in January. As always, many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this monthly roundup!

1. Country Drives & Great Art

There are a couple of upcoming weekends where you can drive around the beautiful towns of Dartmouth, Westport, Tiverton & Little Compton, enjoying the scenery and visiting artists in their studios. The Art Drive weekend is August 6 through 8 and the South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour is August 21 through 22. Download the maps and get driving!

2. TGIF: Kayak & Poses

The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers two Friday evenings to kayak out to Wickets Island in the middle of Onset Bay and enjoy some island yoga away from the hustle and bustle. $15. 5:30 to 7:00 on August 6 (register here) and August 13 (register here).

3. They’re Gonna Need A Bigger Theater

The Z is showing Jaws on the big screen this month and there’s no better way to see it. Plus, it’s free! Reserve your tickets now so that you can experience Jaws just like in 1975 when it came out — in a dark theater surrounded by a gasping audience. 8 pm. August 13. 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. More here. 

4. Chalk It Up

One of our favorite events of the year is the annual Chalk-Full-O-Fun Street Painting Fest. Usually held in Onset, it’s moved this year to outside the Wareham Town Hall. A nominal registration fee buys you a sidewalk square, some really vibrant chalk (that we use all year long) and the chance to compete for a prize in a variety of categories for young and old. There’s always a guest artist who knocks it out of the park with their art but the coolest thing is seeing the creativity of the regular folks and kids. Wander around and enjoy the chalk art, vendors and music. 9 to 4, August 21 (rain date: August 22). 54 Marion Road, Wareham. More here. 

5. Clamm’n with the Gnome Surf Clan

We have a soft spot in our heart for Gnome Surf after featuring them in our Fall issue last year. They bring surfing to young athletes of all abilities (follow them on Instagram and joy pops up in your feed whenever they post anything). They’re hosting a family clambake to help support their great work. Come see what it’s all about! 12 to 4, August 29. Little Compton Game Club, 80 John Dyer Road, Little Compton. $50/$15 kids tickets. Tickets here.

6. Walk Back in Time

Fairhaven’s outdoor walking tours are back this year! They were rated among the best walking tours in the Northeast by the Huffington Post. Join them on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings to see Fairhaven from the eyes of Standard Oil Executive Henry H. Rogers and on Friday mornings for their interactive Pirates and Privateers tour. It’s free! More here.

7. Time for a Scavenger Hunt

We love scavenger hunts and we love Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust properties. Put ’em together and it’s like peanut butter and chocolate. To celebrate their 50th birthday, you find and photograph 50 of the 70 items listed on their “Discover DNRT Scavenger Hunt” checklist. Complete the challenge and you’ll receive a special DNRT tote that isn’t otherwise available so people will know you’re the bees’ knees. $25 per entrant. Through October 31st. Learn more here. 

8. Feeling Crabby

Join the Mass. Department of Conservation in exploring the biodiversity of Fall River’s Quequechan River in this catch-and-release program. You can help pull up the traps and see what’s inside– you may see blue crabs, oyster drills, comb jellies, and other creatures. 11 to noon on Wednesdays through September. Meet at the footbridge at Fall River Heritage State Park.Visitor’s Center.

Again, many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this monthly list!


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8 Great Things: July on the South Coast

Ka-bam!! The Fourth of July is right around the corner and we are ready for it! Our list this month has fireworks on it and quite a few other July treats. Thanks so much to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring our monthly 8 Great Things!

1. Fireworks

First things first! Where can you you get your fill of fireworks?

  • Middleboro: July 2 at 10 pm at Pierce Playground. More here.
  • New Bedford: July 3 off the State Pier on Saturday, July 3 at 9 pm. More here. 
  • Fall River: July 4 at 9 pm. Viewing at Bicentennial and Heritage State Parks. More here. 
  • Plymouth: July 5 at 9:30 at Town Wharf. More here. 

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8 Great Things: June on the South Coast

8 Great Things on the South Coast

It felt like just the other day when it was winter (probably because it was the other day!) But now the sun is breaking out and things are quite literally brightening up. We’re so excited to see June, heralding the arrival of summer wonderfulness. You want to know what to do this month? Here are 8 things we recommend to make the most of it!

8 Great Things on the South Coast1. Bed of Roses

Everything’s coming up roses! The hundreds of roses at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum are set to bloom this month and they’re celebrating with a host of events. From lawn games, to chamber music to solstice poetry readings and garden tours, find something to celebrate the beauty of the RJD garden this month! Various dates and times. 396 County Street, New Bedford.  More here. 

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8 Great Things: April on the South Coast

Spring is here! Yahoo! Days are longer and the sun is stronger.  We’ve got 8 Great Things to make April on the South Coast a great month, with many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this!

We’ve got everything from the running of the herring to cabaret nights, from biking to fisherpoets (yes, fisherpoets). We’re pretty sure there’s something on it for everyone!

1. Food, Glorious, Food!

The Onset Bay Association is giving us Taste of the Bay, a fun way to support local restaurants in the Onset/Buzzards Bay/Wareham area, now through May 9. With

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8 Great Things: March on the South Coast

8 Great Things

Spring is so close, we can almost taste it. As we MARCH toward it, we’ve rounded up some things to keep us busy. We think there’s a nice mix: inspiring cozy moments with more active, outdoor pursuits. It’s all about balance. Enjoy our 8 Great Things for you to do in the month ahead (with many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this!) and think about this lovely fact: we’ll be back to you with our next 8 Great Things list on the other side of winter.

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8 Great Things: February on the South Coast!

Forget about whether the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2. February 2 is also known as Candlemas, an ancient festival marking the midpoint of winter, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox! Doesn’t that sound more positive than pinning our hopes on a groundhog? To nudge us even closer to spring, we’ve rounded up 8 Great Things for you to do in the month ahead, with many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this!

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8 Great Things: January on the South Coast!

We’ve already thrown out our 2020 calendar and we’re excited to greet 2021! To get us off on the right foot, we’ve found 8 Great Things for you to do in the month ahead, with many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this fun list!

1. Run Away!

Some of us may have picked up some bad habits in 2020. Start some good ones this month by joining the

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8 Great Things: December on the South Coast

December is that super busy time of year when we’re overwhelmed with parties, shopping, cooking, entertaining. Except not this year. Sure, we’ll still be busy getting ready for the holidays but our calendars are going to be a lot more open. So use this year as an excuse to slow down a little and build in  some quality time celebrating all the wonders the South Coast has to offer. Enjoy our 8 Great Things for the month ahead, with many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate for sponsoring this fun list!

The Symphony Shop’s ChrisMoose sporting a ukelele that could be yours!

1. Uke Can Do It!

Just say the word ukulele and the corners of your mouth start turning up. It just conjures up the feeling of  happiness and good times. So there has never been a better time to pick up the ukulele than now. The Z is obliging by offering us a 4 week virtual classes for kids and adults, beginners and advanced beginners. And may we suggest you check out the Symphony Shop in Dartmouth to buy your ukulele. See here to register for the classes.

2. Say Bakery Bike 5 Times Fast

The Starchasers are meeting at the Buzzards Bay Coalition headquarters in New Bedford’s downtown for a slow ride around the city that they’ve dubbed the Casual Bakery Bike Tour. We love every word in that name: Bakery, Casual. Bike. Tour. Join them on Saturday, December 5 at 9:30. Registration is free but you must register here. Register early because space is limited.

3. To Market, To Market

Tiverton is keeping its farmer’s market going through the winter in the airy and light-filled community hall at Sandywoods Center for the Arts where they’ll open all the windows and doors to let the outside in (and increase air flow). With safe, easy access to fresh and local produce, meats, seafood, art, and music every Tuesday — rain or shine — from 2 to 6 pm, we bet it’ll be the highlight of your winter weeks. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. Starting December 15, through the winter. See more here.

4. Snow Place Like Home

The 1834 Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion is dressed to the nines for the holiday season and the garden will be illuminated from sundown on, seven days a week. Even better — on Fridays in December, they will have family friendly themed nights (like Ugly Sweater Spirit Night and Hoe, Hoe, Hoedown!) See more here.

5. The Show Must Go On

The New Bedford Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert is an annual tradition and they’re not letting us down this year! They’ve got lots of treats: the NBSO musicians will be performing holiday favorites at festive South Coast locations, the Showstoppers will be there, and — special treat — Broadway’s Elena Shaddow will sing holiday songs with Yaniv’s virtual accompaniment. Tickets are just $10 and you’ll receive a private Youtube link — you can watch the performance when it first airs on December 19th and for the month following that. See more here. 

6. Celebrate the Solstice

Start the shortest day of the year off with a little nature and community. The Buzzards Bay Coalition has a sunrise stroll on the Solstice. It makes our list every December because we love the idea of joining together on the solstice. We also love the idea that from here on out guys, each day gets a little longer! Monday, December 21 at 6:30 a.m. Registration is free but you must register here. 

Artisan Bake Shop7. D-I-Y Christmas Fun

We love cookies. And we love decorating them. What don’t we love? We don’t love gathering all the things needed to create beautifully decorated treats. Meredith Rousseau jumps in to rescue us! Order her Artisan Bake Shop kits to make cute cottages or colorful mittens and you’ll be able to throw yourself right into the decorating. Everything you need comes in the kits. And you know the cookies are made locally, with love. Artisan Bake Shop, 265 Walnut Plain Road, Rochester.

8. Wander A Bit

We’re adding something a little outside our borders because this will make you feel like you’ve really travelled across space and time. Rather than a stuck-at-home resident of 2020, pretend you’re a nineteenth century resident of the Gilded Age. The Breakers mansion in Newport is all gussied up for guests for the holidays and has a sparkling light show starting daily at 4 pm. Guests can purchase hot beverages (including adult beverages) to enjoy while strolling the grounds outside. See more here. 

There you go, 8 Great Things for a wonderful December. Again, our great thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate in Dartmouth for sponsoring this blog. Want to show them you appreciate them as much as we do? Give them a like on Facebook right here!


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8 Great Things: November on the South Coast

Turn up the heat and settle into the short, dark days with some things to distract us until the turkey is served. We’ve got something for everyone on the list: outdoor runs, madcap bicycle adventures, history happy hours, art, music and some nature. Many, many thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate who sponsors this monthly round-up of things to do to keep our spirits up!

1. Get Both Oars in the Water

To have both oars in the water is an idiom meaning “to be and remain in a calm, stable, sensible, and pragmatic state or condition; to not be subject to extreme emotional reactions or affected by exceptional changes in one’s situation.” You can physically get both oars in the water with the Buzzards Bay Coalition at their Onset Bay Center with some instructional rowing for adults. Monday, November 2, 2020. 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Free but you have to register. 

2. Tragedy, History and a Beer Tasting

If you need a reason to drink on a Tuesday, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House presents us with an educational one. Their history happy hour — H3 — is a brief talk on a historical topic accompanied by a virtual beer tasting. Local bartender, Nick Serpa will recommend a brew or two for you to share from home while you watch and learn about The Black Sheep by Mattapoisett’s Francis Davis Millet, including tragic details from the piece’s acquisition by the New Bedford Free Public Library. Suggested donation: $5 Members / $10 Public. Tuesday, November 10, 5:30 pm. Register in advance for this virtual event here. 

3. Run, All Month Long.

The 6th Annual DNRT Trail Race is a little different this year. First off, you have the entire month to complete it (no “I’ve got a conflict” excuses). Second, you can mix and match among 3 unique 5K courses through picturesque DNRT properties which you can either run or walk. Run all 3 to compete for the coveted Triple Beanie (see this beauty on the right). All registrants receive a t-shirt and a Refried Apparel face mask. Find out all about it here. 

4. Celebrate Fall River’s Newest Museum

After a first-time visit to  MASS MoCA in North Adams this summer, we were blown away with the great combination created when you mix contemporary with old mills. When last month’s Fall River Fabric Festival featured a contemporary museum exhibit in the Merrow mill, visions of future possibilities danced through our heads! They’re keeping the current exhibit up until December 12 and you can see it by appointment. Sure, setting up an appointment is more work than just strolling in but it’s worth it: the museum’s creators, Harry & Brittni Harvey, can give you the inside scoop on the art. How often can you experience that!? Email them at [email protected] to schedule your visit.

5. Cranksgiving!

We’ve just learned of the New Bedford Starchasers and we’re so intrigued. Join them on a bicycle-powered food drive: part bike ride, part madcap scavenger hunt. All you need is a bike (or other human-powered or assistive device), a lock and a bag. Last year, the Starchasers collected over 130 pounds of food for the United Way’s Hunger Heroes Project! This mission is free, open to the public, and cosmically inclusive!  Saturday, November 14, 8 to 2 pm. See more here.

Behind the scenes at the New Bedford Symphony’s last virtual concert!

6. “An Emotional Rollercoaster”

No, not the tagline for 2020. It’s how Shostakovich’s first Piano Concerto has been described: beginning in a restrained manner only to spiral out of control by the end. Written for the unusual instrumentation of piano, strings, and trumpet, the piece spans musical styles and includes quotations from folk songs, classical music, cabaret, and silent films. Watch as the New Bedford Symphony safely places 22 musicians (strings and trumpet) plus conductor Yaniv Dinur and internationally acclaimed pianist Alexander Korsantia on stage at The Z for a fantastic virtual performance of Shostakovich and Dvořák’s Serenade for String! November 21, virtually. See more here. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved here.

7. The Wonders of Nature

Think about splurging on a private naturalist-led tour at Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary for your family or pod on Wednesdays through Saturdays through November 21. Each two-hour program will guide your group on an exploration around the sanctuary, taking part in hands-on investigations of plants and animals and discovering how to observe the interactions and life cycles of various habitats. Starting at $130 for a group of 5. See more here.

8. A Neighborhood Star

We’ve loved Alison Well’s art ever since we wrote a profile of her in our May 2017 issue (see the digital version here). So we were thrilled to learn that the New Bedford Whaling Museum is featuring her work in the Braithmayer Gallery. In the Neighborhood fuses the influences of her love for New Bedford along with her Caribbean culture to create unique and vibrant mixed media, large scale paintings in this series. Purchase timed tickets to the museum here. Enjoy Alison’s virtual talk about the exhibit here. 

There you go, 8 Great Things to get out and enjoy this month in the wonderful place we live. Again, our great thanks to Anne Whiting Real Estate in Dartmouth for sponsoring this blog. Want to show them you appreciate them as much as we do? Give them a like on Facebook right here!


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