New Bedford is home to three of only 63 authentic Azorean whaleboats in the world (and the only ones in the United States). Handcrafted by a master wooden boat builder, they are so beautiful that you might expect them to be museum pieces. One of them — the Bela Vista — is in fact co-owned by the New Bedford Whaling Museum. But it’s a living, breathing exhibit: simply look out at the harbor to see them in use by passionate teams of rowers or sailors. Then, take a moment to imagine them as the vehicles created to capture 60-foot sperm whales, operated entirely by manpower.
Welcome to July! It’s that month with so much pizzazz: fireworks, heat & sunshine! After you enjoy your Independence Day festivities, here are some special things to make the most of the month ahead. [Drum roll for this month’s 8 Great Things]
1. We Love Paloozas
Fall River is the place to be on July 11. Block-A-Palooza is back this summer featuring blues rocker Samantha Fish who has been called “a blues tornado.” The free festival hosts Fish and opening band The National Reserve in front of the courthouse in downtown Fall River. July 11, starts at 6 pm. 186 S. Main Street, Fall River. More here.
2. Ahoy There!
The Buzzards Bay Coalition gives adults a FREE introduction to sailing, accompanied by a sail in the very lovely Onset Bay (we’re partial to Onset Bay!) on their 14-foot RS Quest sailboats. July 11, 5:30 to 7 pm. Onset Pier, 184 Onset Avenue. Free but pre-registration is required. More information and registration info is here: https://www.savebuzzardsbay.org/events/adult-intro-to-sailing-jul-11-2019/
3. Free Fun Fridays
The Highland Foundation is offering free admission to over 100 Massachusetts museums this summer. Locally, Battleship Cove is free on July 19. Take advantage of the Highland Foundation’s generosity by visiting these South Coast treasures free of charge. And check out the list to see if there are some other places you may like to visit further afield. (See the list here.). Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street, Fall River.
4. NOLA on the South Coast
We love the South Coast Brass Band! Join them for some New Orleans jazz and funky stuff at Gilda’s Stone Rooster. 8 to 11 pm, July 18, 27 Wareham Road, Marion. More here.
5. Oysters, Up Close & Personal
If you enjoyed David Paling’s account of becoming an oyster farmer at 63 years old in our Early Summer issue (check it out here), then join David and some of his Crooked River Farm crew as we motor over from Onset pier to his Wareham shellfish grant. A 2 hour trip will be filled with entertaining commentary from the farmers, shucking fresh oysters and tasting their oysters, which David calls the “oceanic version of the perfect Manhattan.” July 20, leaving on the Miss Chris from Onset Pier, Onset Avenue. 4 to 6 pm. $49 per person includes boat ride & oyster tasting ($44 for subscribers of our print magazine). Email [email protected] for more information and to reserve your space.
6. Mamma Mia!
We are already humming Dancing Queen. In its 30th season, the New Bedford Festival Theater presents the show that’ll have you smiling the whole way home. July 19 – 28. Tickets range from $39 to $65. The Zeiterion Theater, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Buy tickets here.
7. Classic Movies
Mayor Jon Mitchell kicks off his summer movie series at the Zeiterion Theater with the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. Just like the old days: enjoy a movie on the big screen in plush velvet seats. The prices are like the old days, too. Just $3 per person. Thanks, Mayor Mitchell. July 31 at 7 pm. The Z, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. More here.
8. Outdoor Zen
During those deep winter months, we dream of tree pose with a salt water vista. It’s the time of year to store up those views for the year. There are several classes that take advantage of the South Coast’s lovely historic areas & vistas. For instance, check out Zen Revolution at Fort Phoenix. $5 drop in fee Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays at 6 or Saturdays at 8:30. Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven. See more here.
There you have it, our top picks for July on the South Coast! Wanna keep up with the coolest happenings each month on the South Coast?! Sign up for our free monthly newsletter right here!
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Our early Summer 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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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.
Forty 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.”
The Carlsons are keeping golf alive and well along the South Coast.
Bruce 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!
First 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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!”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
With 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.
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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