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Small Business Week: Stars of the South Coast

Daytripping in Mattapoisett

Thanks to our sponsor, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, we are celebrating Small Business Week by showcasing two local family businesses who help to make life better (and more fun!) here on the South Coast. Meet the Chases and the Carlsons…..

Let the Good Times Roll!

When you’re in high school and your parents are out of town, the first thing you may think is: party! The last thing you’d think: career path.

Small Business WeekForty years ago, teenagers Dan and Andrew Chase held a Fourth of July party at their Mattapoisett home. With a little Yankee ingenuity, they built a tent for the party, using sailcloth and wooden poles they built themselves. That was their first tent, not their last.

Today, Chase Canopy is the place to go for full-service event rentals. From their home base in Mattapoisett, they handle several hundred special events each year with thousands of pieces of equipment moving in and out of their doors. When the opportunity arose to buy land right next to their showroom, they jumped at the chance. They turned to Wayne Carvalho and Susan Geista at First Citizens’ for financing to build a warehouse for all that party equipment.

Dan says he got the “warm fuzzies” from the First Citizens’ bankers. “The package they put together was unlike anything I’d ever seen in terms of affordability. Then they worked with us through the whole process. It was a tremendous amount of work and they were right there with us.”

Fore-ward Progress!

The Carlsons are keeping golf alive and well along the South Coast.

Small Business WeekBruce and Sue Carlson have spent 30 years of married life around golf courses as Bruce built his career in the industry. At a time when many would be thinking of retiring, the Carlsons decided to add on to their responsibilities (running the Marion Golf Course and Acushnet’s Meadowbrook Driving Range) by taking the helm at the Whaling City Golf Course last year.

Bruce had fond memories of the Donald Ross-designed course from playing there as a teenager. With no houses in sight, you’re surrounded by nature despite the city address. Further, the Carlsons are passionate about the game of golf. They didn’t want to see a small course with character closing its doors, and they saw much potential in the New Bedford course.

They worked like crazy to get it up and running in time for last season’s opening but hit a snag at the 11th hour when their financing from a national bank fell through. That’s when Bruce told Sue, “we have to go local, because they’ll realize the value.” First Citizens’ Susan Geista returned their call immediately.

A big thank you to our sponsor First Citizens’ for introducing us to the Chase and Carlson families!

Small Business WeekFirst Citizens’ believes that small business is the backbone of our economy. For National Small Business Week, we salute our business clients—people like the Chases and the Carlsons— who contribute to making the South Coast a better place to live. We are inspired by our business clients and are passionate about collaborating with them as they grow and expand.

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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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Roller Derby on the South Coast

HELL ON WHEELS

by JACQUELYN MYSLIWIEC

BY DAY, EMILY NOLAN IS A STUDENT at Brandeis University working toward two master’s degrees. Before she went back to school full-time, she was working in fundraising and operations at a charter school in Dorchester. Prior to that, she was conducting a Fulbright research project on financial services for women in Niger, West Africa.

By night, she is known simply as Malice Paul, a member of the Mass Attack Roller Derby (MARD) in Fairhaven. The derby name Nolan chose is a tribute to her favorite suffragist, Alice Paul. Nolan wears the number 1920 (the year the 19th amendment was ratified), and right above her numbered armband on her left arm is where you’ll find a picture of her idol’s face in ink.

Roller derby is no longer the theatrical sport popular from the ‘50s to the ‘70s played on a banked track. It is now a serious athletic endeavor on a flat track with professional league rules laid down by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in 2005.

It didn’t take long for these changes to spark interest in hundreds of women, like Nolan, seeking an active outlet in their adult life, and to share a bond between other strong women of all walks of life.

Opposing teams travel around a track, with a designated jammer earning a point each time she laps an opposing skater, while teammates block, or protect her along the way. “Despite its rough objective, my favorite part about roller derby is the support and camaraderie between all players,” says Nolan, who has skated with MARD for a little more than two years. “I don’t know how many times I’ve congratulated someone for getting a good, clean hit on me and knocking me on my butt!”

For more on how to join or become involved with local roller derby, visit www.massattackrollerderby.com

Roller DerbyThis story originally appeared in our May 2017 print issue. Do you want to get our next print issue delivered straight to your door? Subscribe right here. Just $19.95 brings you our next 4 issues!

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8 Great Things in March

March forward with our round-up of the 8 Top Picks for the South Coast this month!

Not winter, not spring. This is that sneaky month in New England where we don’t know quite what to expect. Don’t worry about the weather and take the month in stride by marking your calendars with these 8 fun things to do.

Sex in the Woods

We knew that would grab your attention! For 3 Saturdays in March, the Mass Audubon Society is introducing us to the courtship mating rituals of the American woodcock (check out some of their moves on youtube here) on its Wild, Wild Woodcock Walk at dusk at Allen’s Pond, Register for March 2 here.  Register for March 9 here. Register for March 16 here. 5:30 to 7:00. Stone Barn, 786 East Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth. $10 members/$12 non-members.

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

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

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Racing Herreshoff Twelves

Staying on the seat was an athletic endeavor in and of itself, never mind hoisting and dousing the spinnaker — or worse — gybing the mainsail. We were drenched and freezing cold for two whole days, with the boat taking endless waves over the bow. Sitting forward as the crew does, it’s as though someone is hurling buckets of water into your face, and in no time, sunglasses are rendered useless, sunscreen is washed away, and your hands look as though they’ve been in a bath for days….

Click here to see Deborah’s adventure story as it appeared in our inaugural May 2016 issue, accompanied by the striking photography of Hew Russell.

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Resolution: Do More Things!

Drink more water. Exercise. Sneak kale into whatever you can. We’ve got a fun resolution to add to the list: get out and do things in the community! There’s plenty of wonderful things on the South Coast to get you going, even in winter. We’ll keep bringing you our 8 Great Things each month to give you ideas. That’s our resolution!

  1. Ahoy There, Mates!

It’s that time of year again — get ready for the Moby Dick Reading Marathon. We’ve been attending the marathon for the past four years, and it’s become a favorite tradition for us. Hardy souls drop in for a few minutes or for the whole 27 hour marathon at the Whaling Museum (with one chapter read at the Seamen’s Bethel). The event is free and open to the public and even features two mini-marathons, perfect for kids. Grab a coffee and a copy of the classic, and gear up for a night (and morning!) to remember. January 4-6, New Bedford Whaling Museum. See more here.

2. Get Outside!

Things to doWith no snow on the forecast, it doesn’t seem like the weather is cooperating for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s first snowshoe hike of the new year (but we can’t complain about too little snow!) Join the Club for a 4 mile hike (or 2 mile snowshoe, should the forecast change) and experience the beauty of winter in the Sanctuary. The event is free and does not require advanced registration. January 6th, 12:30-3pm, Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Wareham. For information on where to meet the group, see here.

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Local Makers on the South Coast

With one week to go until Christmas, we’re sharing the Local Maker Gift Guide from our Fall/Holiday issue. Scroll through to get some ideas and to meet some of the many talented artisans who call the South Coast home. 

Click here to get the goods, beautifully photographed by Westport’s Ali Mauck. 

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a home for the holidays: New Bedford’s finest all gussied up!

Photo by Erik Kowalski

The New Bedford Preservation Society presents the 27th Annual Holiday House Tour this weekend. Join the Preservation Society on Saturday, December 8 from 4 to 8 pm for the Candlelight Tour and Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 5 pm for an Afternoon Tour.

We recently featured one of the homes in our Fall/Holiday issue. Click here to read the article and to see the beautiful photographs by Erik Kowalski! “It’s a great beginning to the season, As you walk through the houses and then listen to the music, you can’t help but feel the spirit,” says Diana Henry, the homeowner we featured, of the tour and the concert at Grace Church that follows.

Want to get your hands on a copy of our Fall/Holiday print issue with this and many other great features? You can purchase a copy delivered right to your door by clicking here.

To purchase tickets for the tour, go right here.

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Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s December Again!

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

1. Shopping Spree Weekend!

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

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

2. Fall River Children’s Holiday Parade

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

3. Open. Water. Swim.

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

4. Wreaths, Wine, and a Damn Good Time

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

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

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

5. Padanaram Christmas Festival

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

6. Onset Christmas in the Parks

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

 

7. Holiday Pops

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

8. Snowshoeing the Shoreline

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

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