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8 Great Things for October on the South Coast!

8 Great Things in October

Turn the page and look what October has in store for us! Here is our monthly reminder of why we’re so lucky to live here –there’s such a lot going on! Here are our 8 Great Things for October.

8 Great Things for October1. Keep On Truckin’

The Onset Bay Association and the Wareham Village Association are joining forces to give us a Food Truck Festival with live music, local beer and wine and, of course, food trucks. Check out the Facebook page here for more information. Saturday, October 5, 11 to 4 (rain date is October 6) at the Wareham Village Train Depot with additional parking and shuttles from the Town Hall at 54 Marion Street, Wareham.

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8 Great Things for September on the South Coast

 

September is for festivals and parties! The South Coast has festivals galore to celebrate this magical month. Get out and enjoy them with our top picks —  8 Great Things for September!

1. Beer and Oyster Fest

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Sippican Lands Trust’s great work over the last 45 years (!!) than with local oysters and craft beers, can you? With oysters from Cuttyhunk Oysters, Edgewater Oysters, and Island Creek Oysters as well as food from OxCart and music, games, and all sorts of fun activities, the SLT Beer and Oyster Fest seems like the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. September 7th, 2  to 6 pm. Silvershell Beach, Marion. Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for children. Purchase tickets online here. 

2. Our Walking Book Club Returns!

8 Great Things for SeptemberOur Walking Book Club is back with Ruthless River, by Holly FitzGerald, a hard-to-put-down adventure story recounting FitzGerald’s honeymoon when she and her husband were lost for weeks in the Amazon jungle.  Our Walking Book Club takes place along the banks of Wareham’s Weweantic River (a worthy substitute, we think, for Peru’s Madre de Dios). The walk is meant to be enjoyable even for people who haven’t yet finished (or started!) the book, so don’t worry about any spoilers! Free. September 8th, 2 to 4 pm. Horseshoe Mill, Station Street, Wareham (parking area at very end of road). See more here. With great thanks to our sponsors: Partners Village Store, Friends of the Wareham Library and the Wareham Library Foundation.

8 Great Things for September3. New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

It’s time to feast your heart out! 25+ food trucks, with everything from mac and cheese to waffles to fried clams. Seriously, could anything be better?? September 14, 12 to 5 pm. Fort Taber, South Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford. See more here. 

 8 Great Things for 4. Winner, Winner, Barbecue Dinner!

If you’ve had a chance to pick up our latest issue, you know that it’s filled with our readers’ favorite spots on the South Coast! From best lobster roll to best marina, our late summer issue celebrates all of the great things the South Coast has to offer. But we figured an issue wasn’t enough (that, and we love a good party!). To continue the celebration of the best of the South Coast, this September we’re throwing a big ol’ party featuring yummy barbecue from Keane’s, amazing desserts from  Artisan Bake Shop, live music, and lots of fun! Come celebrate with us (and this year’s winners)! September 19th, 6 to 9 pm at The Barn on Benson’s Pond, South Middleboro. Tickets $50 ($45 for subscribers), email [email protected] to reserve your ticket now.

5. Garlic and Art Festival

8 Great Things for SeptemberGarlic AND art! What a combination! What a celebration! Round the Bend Farm is hosting a very special Open Farm Day to celebrate the artists’ harvest. Join them for a day filled with beautiful farm inspired pieces from select local artists and a “diverse selection of local garlic” (who knew garlic could be diverse?!). On top of the art show, the day will feature burgers (of both vegan and meat variety) with garlic condiments, wood-fired pizza, and local drinks. September 21st, 10 to 5 (followed by Artist’s Reception, 5 to 7). Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen’s Neck Rd, South Dartmouth. More here. 

6. Wet Paint Padanaram

8 Great ThingsOk, so from what we can tell, this seems to be a bit of a paint party a la Iron Chef America and we are LOVING it. Iron Artist Padanaram, maybe? Local artists will gather in Padanaram and then disperse to various public access points to paint views of Padanaram Village and Harbor throughout the day. While they paint, attendees will get an inside look at their process. In the evening, all artists will bring their work to South Wharf Yacht Yard and Marina, where they’ll be judged and prizes will be awarded. Afterwards, all the paintings will be offered for sale with proceeds going to the artists. While the silent auction is underway, guests and artists alike will mingle and enjoy light refreshments, music, and the breathtaking views of the harbor at sunset. September 21st, painting begins at 10, party begins at 4. South Wharf Yacht Yard & Marina, Padanaram. Tickets from $35. See more here. 

7. Fabric Arts Festival

This new celebration of art, music, film, and community promises to engage Fall River, the city, its people, and their stories to create a unique festival. With dozens of local AND international artists, musicians, and filmmakers already signed on, the weekend is an exciting new way to experience and celebrate local creators and Fall River itself. And Kelsey Lu (who has worked with Lady Gaga, Florence + the Machine, Solange, etc) will be headlining! September 25 to 28. Various venues in downtown Fall River, see facebook page here for details.

8. Harvest Fun!

Fairhaven Tourism Office brings us all the fall fun, featuring tractor rides, face painting, good food, and local vendors. September 21, 10 to 4. Fairhaven Visitors Center, 141 Main St, Fairhaven. See more here. 

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Cover photo by James Mahaney, Fairhaven

Our August Best of the South Coast is out and you’ll find it on newsstands now.  It’s popping with great content (100s of our readers’ local favorites, some rockin’ local athletes, woodworkers and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here! Or just help us spread the word about South Coast Almanac by sharing this post with your friends on facebook, twitter or by email.

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8 Great Things for August on the South Coast

Goodbye July, Hello August! We’re ready for you with a smorgasbord of activities for a balanced, well-lived month: eating, drinking, cycling, movies, music & butterflies. Our 8 Great Things for the South Coast this month…

1. Feast ‘Til You Drop

The largest Portuguese Feast in the US fills four days with live entertainment, parades, music, dancing, and delicious food. To give you a sense of the size of the party: the event features a 40 foot barbecue pit where attendees can watch their skewers of beef cooking. Head over to Madeira Avenue in New Bedford any day this weekend to take part in the festivities. August 1-4 (Thursday starting at 6pm, Friday-Sunday starting at 12pm). 50 Madeira Ave, New Bedford. More here. 

2. Shake(speare) It Up!

Summer Shakespeare is back! There are 7 chances in August to catch the Glass Horse Project’s production of Much Ado About Nothing for FREE! Load your beach chair, some snacks (and maybe some bug spray) and head to the park to enjoy the show! After opening in Onset last weekend, the show will be touring 4 more parks on the South Coast in August. You can catch it at the Fairhaven Town Hall, Shipyard Park in Mattapoisett, Tabor Academy in Marion, and Wings Court in New Bedford. Weather delay info can be found on their Facebook page. August 3, 1 pm, and 5 pm in Fairhaven; August 4, 1pm in Mattapoisett; August 9, 5 pm in Marion; August 10, 1pm and 5pm and August 11, 1 pm in New Bedford

3. Take an Arty Road Trip

The Art Drive, in its 12th year, is the bar crawl of local art studios. This year, over 20 artists with studios spanning 15 miles on the south coast will be opening their doors. Meet some local artists, see their studios, and explore new parts of the South Coast. Check out the map of participating artists right here and start planning your trip! August 9-11

4. Cycling and Wine Tasting

The Appalachian Mountain Club is leading a 30-mile bike ride through Westport and Dartmouth. Get outside and enjoy the stunning views along the way of farmland, rivers, and beaches along the South Coast. No better way to celebrate the accomplishment than with a glass of Chardonnay, and conveniently the finish line boasts just that! The ride will culminate in a private wine tasting at Westport Rivers Winery. $15 per participate. Register here. August 17, 10-3.

5. Two Shows for the Price of None!

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with Fall River’s Movie in the Park to bring you a free concert (part of NBSO’s Free Summer Pop Up Series, see a full list of their dates here) followed by a screening of Captain Marvel. What a double header! August 21, 6:30pm Music followed by 8pm movie. Heritage State Park, Fall River.

6. Illumination Night

UPDATE: Illumination Night has been cancelled this year due to concern over the EEE virus. There’s no better way to cap off a wonderful summer than with Onset’s Annual Illumination Night. Roam the flare lit beaches for gorgeous views of Onset Harbor, glowing along the shore line in every direction. Bonus tip: be at the beach by 9 pm to hear the horn signaling volunteers to light the thousands of flares and watch as the volunteers sprint the beach, one flare to the next, lighting up the harbor as they go! August 24, activities beginning at 7:30pm, flares lit at 9 pm. Onset Beaches. Paid Parking available at the Onset Pier. Free parking at Hynes Field. More here. 

7. Barn Bash

We love the Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust! And their biggest party of the year is just around the corner! Celebrate the great work of the DNRT at this super fun event, complete with live music, dancing, an auction and food and drink vendors. Tickets starting at $90 to support the DNRT’s work.  August 24, 5:30 pm. 23 Horseneck Rd, Dartmouth. More here. 

8. The Butterfly Effect

The Mass Audubon is calling on butterfly watchers and enthusiasts of every level to make sure no butterfly is left behind! The experts of Massachusetts Butterfly Club will lead teams of volunteers to identify the different species living in the Sanctuary. Spend the day enjoying Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, learning about native butterflies, and cataloguing butterfly encounters. The event is free, but pre-registration is required! August 31, 10 am-12:30 pm. Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Rd, Westport. See more here. 

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Cover photo by James Mahaney, Fairhaven

Our August Best of the South Coast is out and you’ll find it on newsstands now.  It’s popping with great content (100s of our readers’ local favorites, some rockin’ local athletes, woodworkers and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here! Or just help us spread the word about South Coast Almanac by sharing this post with your friends on facebook, twitter or by email.

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8 Great Things for June on the South Coast

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” Anne Shirley, Anne of the Island

Well folks, we have the next 30 days to pretend we live in a world where it’s always June, that lovely doorway into summer days! And just to add a little icing on the cake of this great month, we give you 8 Great Things to check out in June.

8 Great Things1. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

If you’ve seen our current print issue, you know that Azorean whaleboats create great fun and community. Here’s your chance to check them out, up close and personal. They’ll be at Onset Beach this Saturday for the Onset Rowing Challenge to support the Buzzards Bay Rowing Club’s Scholarship Fund. Watch the teams compete in a 3-mile row that takes you out to the mouth of the canal, by way of Wickets Island and returning on the opposite side of Wickets Island. Kayaks, canoes, rowboats and dories can join in the fun.  June 1, 2019. Onset Beach, Onset. 10 am. More info here. $20 per race participant. Free for spectators! (Bonus: South Coast Almanac will be there with our current issue!)

2. Turtle Love

An evening walk through the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve  will likely yield some great turtle sightings as this is the right time of year for laying eggs. And — who knew?! – when female turtles are laying their eggs, ain’t nothing going to mess with their focused efforts to reproduce, which allows for a closer approach. June 8 at 7 pm. Participants will meet at Fighting Rock Corner at the intersection of Wilson, Blossom, and Bell Rock Roads, Fall River for a 1 mile walk in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. See more here. Free!

3. Spindle City Fest

We just love the Narrows’ new take on weekend festivals. They got together to decide what they liked to do on Saturdays (eat, drink some wine, visit a farm stand, listen to good music) and decided to put it all together for a festival, free and open to the public. Go between 12 and 1:30 for the Boardwalk Ramble to stroll along the waterfront listening to live musicians play genres ranging from jazz and blues to rock and folk.  June 8, 10 to 3. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. More here.

4. Nutritional Sanity

Paleo. Whole 30. Ketogenic. Who even can keep up with all the diet trends? Let’s forget about all of them and get some thoughts on nutrition from Fred Provenza, a big deal in the animal behaviorist’s world who comes to the South Coast courtesy of the Marion Institute. He’ll reflect on feeding body and spirit in a world of change (after we appropriately feed on some light refreshments at the pre-talk reception). June 13. 6 to 8:30 pm. Weatherlow Farm, 845 Sodom Road, Westport. More here. $15 before the event/$20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased here. 

8 Great Things5. Walking Book Club Shenanigans

We had a rollicking good time at our first walking book club last November (see a recap here). We start our 2019 series of walking book clubs at Betty’s Neck in Lakeville where author Susan Bernhard joins us for a little walking, talking and reading from Winter Loon, her debut novel.  Join us as we explore the novel by immersing ourselves in an outdoor space that evokes some of the novel’s critical scenes.

Participants need not have previously read the book to enjoy the tour. Saturday, June 15, 2  to 4 pm. Betty’s Neck,  59 Long Point Road, Lakeville. In case of bad weather, we’ll meet at the Lakeville Library at noon. Free thanks to our sponsors: Partners Village Store and the Friends of the Lakeville Public Library but we ask that you pre-register on our Facebook event page or by emailing us at [email protected]

6. Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival

Can you imagine a festival celebrating everyone’s favorite things? The Coastal Wineries did and it’s taking place this month at the Westport Fairgrounds where they’ll gather ALL 13 Coastal Wine Trail wineries under one roof, along with samples of cheese, chocolates. We’ll say it again: wine, cheese, chocolate — we really don’t think we need to add anything to this description. 200 Pinehill Road, Westport. Saturday, June 15, 11 to 8:30. Various prices, starting at $17.50. For more information, see here.

7. Get In Shape!

Fairhaven starts its annual free fitness in the park series on Tuesdays (yoga) and Thursdays (summer boot camp). This yearly event keeps growing and for good reason. The instructors, the setting, the community are all great! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., Cushman Park, Green Street, Fairhaven. June 18 thorough August 22. Free thanks to generous sponsors! See more here.

8 Great Things8. Knock Something Off Your Bucket List

We’ve got a South Coast Almanac team in this year’s Buzzards Bay Coalition annual swim. Come cheer us on! We’ve always wanted to swim across New Bedford’s Harbor and when we heard that the Coalition tries to time it so the currents push you along, we thought we’d give it a shot. More importantly, we hear there’s a great party on the other side. Fun fact: you can go to that shindig whether you swim or not! June 22, leaving at 7 a.m from the beach at the former Edge Restaurant, 1480 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford. Finish line celebration is from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Fort Phoenix State Park in Fairhaven (though we want to know if any swimmers will be there by 7:30?!)  See more here. 

 

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Our May issue is on newsstands now.  It’s popping with great content (a Tiverton farmhouse that flirts with industrial style, the sport of Azorean whaleboating and the people behind it, behind-the-scenes with local dairy and oyster farmers, a fashion shoot in Padanaram Harbor, and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here!

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8 Great Things for May on the South Coast

MAY we point you in the right direction for fun things to do this month? We’ve got our 8 Great Things list right here! Feeling MAYnic? Put all 8 things on your To Do list!

Still Going Strong!

We know we mentioned it last month but the Marion Art Center’s ArtWeek is still going strong and there’s still time to enjoy it. There’s plenty on tap, including: a New Orleans style jazz jam session; a Whitman v. Dickinson poetry duel; a community art project led by artist Tracy Silva Barbosa (featured in our May 2017 issue here) where participants will decorate the surface of Main Street in front of the MAC with designs based on the famous blue and white tiles known as “Azulejos” in Portugal. Through May 5. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, See the schedule and more information here. 

Eat the Invasive Weeds!

Wow, they’ve done it again! The DNRT can make even a dull chore like weeding into something brilliant. Join them on Friday, May 3 to pull up the Garlic Mustard weed. You’ll be saving countless wildflowers from being crowded out by the invasive weed. Plus, you’ll be encouraged to take a bag home to make your own garlic mustard pesto (take that, ya nuisance weed!!) which is apparently quite delicious. Check out a recipe here. They’ll also provide yummy snacks and follow it up with some pizza to celebrate evereyone’s hard work. May 3, 9 to noon. Helfand Farm, 318 Chase Road, Dartmouth. See more here. 

Sweet Spot

We happened to wander into the Wild Honey Cafe last week for some delicious breakfast sandwiches and we were happily greeted by live music. It was an unexpectedly lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. Steve Pelland will be there on Saturdays from 11-1 throughout May with his acoustic guitar (and voice) and he sounds wonderful. The cover charge is a simple cup of coffee (though we recommend the sandwiches too!)  Saturdays in May, Wild Honey Cafe, 1228 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth.

 

Airport Cruisin’

New Bedford’s airport introduces the first of this season’s Airport Cruise Nights with food, music, cars and airplanes. Free for spectators, $5 for show car entry. May 12, 3-7 pm. New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, New Bedford. Find out more here.

Tasty Saturday

20 Restaurants, 3 breweries, 1 winery all under a tent on Pier 3 in New Bedford. Attendees get to taste from all the vendors AND they get to vote for their favorites. Ahhh, the power! May 19, 12 – 5 (tasting from 12 – 3:15, Awards 4:30, Music throughout!) $20 at door/$15 in advance (kids 6-12 are $5. Under 6 are free). City Pier 3, New Bedford, MA. See more here. 

 

Friskie Fries

If there’s anything we like more than a good food truck, it’s lots of good food trucks! Head over to Fall River for the third annual Fall River Food Truck Festival on the waterfont. You’ll have all kinds of delicious options: barbecue, asian fusion, cannolis, seafood, and lots more, including friskie fries (don’t you want to find out what friskie fries are?!) May 25, noon – 4 pm. Gates of the City, Ponta Delgada Boulevard, Fall River. See their facebook page here. Bring your lawn chairs!

Reggae on the Beach

So your Jamaican vacation is just a pipe dream? No worries. The Reggae on the Beach series is giving you all the tools to make you feel like you’re on a Jamaican holiday. The first in the series happens this month with a couple of DJs spinning the best reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, rubadub, and dancehall. Patty Makers will be there with Jamaican patties, jerk chicken rice bowls and hibiscus iced tea. And, of course, you’re right at the beach! Everything you need to imagine you’re in Jamaica. May 26, 3-7 pm. West Beach, 215 West Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford. More here. 

Stonewall Celebration

​It’s a once in a lifetime chance to meet some veterans of the Stonewall Riots that took place in 50 years ago. The Stonewall Riots became a symbol of resistance to the social and political discrimination that inspired solidarity among LGBT individuals and communities. It’s an amazing opportunity to experience living history (plus you can check out the new New Bedford Harbor Hotel). $25 per person. May 31, 6-9 p.m., Harbor Hotel, 222 Union Street, New Bedford. Find out more here. 

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Our May issue is just hitting mailboxes later this week and should be on newsstands soon.  It’s popping with great content (a Tiverton farmhouse that flirts with industrial style, the sport of Azorean whaleboating and the people behind it, behind-the-scenes with local dairy and oyster farmers, a fashion shoot in Padanaram Harbor, and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here!

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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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We’re getting ready to send our May issue to the printer. It’s popping with great content (a Tiverton farmhouse that flirts with industrial style, the sport of Azorean whaleboating and the people behind it, behind-the-scenes with local dairy and oyster farmers, a fashion shoot in Padanaram Harbor, and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here!

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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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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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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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