The New Shaw Farm Trail


The new Shaw Farm Trail that links the bike path with the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation is the best thing that could happen to someone like me who runs the bike path practically every day and, frankly, has grown kind of bored with it. The addition of this single mile has opened up a world […] Read more »

Coastal Explorers


Children explored the shore with Cassie Lawson and Becca Stroud from the Buzzards Bay Coalition on July 31 at Shining Tides in Mattapoisett, enjoying a scavenger hunt along with the exploration of sea animal habitats. Photos by Jean Perry   Read more »

Nasketucket Bay Project Completed


The Towns of Mattapoisett and Fairhaven, along with the entire South Coast, celebrated the completion of a massive land conservation effort between the two towns, the Buzzards Bay Coalition, and local, state, and federal government on July 31 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Shaw Farm trail and an opening reception at the […] Read more »

Swordfish Tales


By the age of ten, Tom Brownell had witnessed the thrill and the danger associated with swordfishing. One day, while hunting for swordfish, about 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard with his Dad, a fish was “ironed.” But on this day, the enormous animal reared up from underneath their boat and pierced the deck clear […] Read more »

The Barnacle Whisperer


Michelle Cusolito is an educator, naturalist, author, and to a group of folks gathered at the Mattapoisett Library on July 28, she was the “Barnacle Whisperer.” Cusolito told about 20 young people from ages 8 to 12 that barnacles are amazing animals, whose lives along our coast can only be seen at low tide. But […] Read more »

Nature Explorers


MattRec and the Marion Natural History Museum partnered for the second year to provide “Nature Explorers” summer program. The students explored several different locations around Mattapoisett this year.  We visited Land Trust property off Mattapoisett Neck Road and Bob Field gave us a tour of his Oyster farming operation. We visited salt marshes, went crabbing, […] Read more »

Super Duper Summer Fair


The First Church of Marion held its Annual Super Duper Summer Fair on July 25. The fundraising event is a familiar, welcome event every summer in Marion, and it has something to offer everyone. The fair featured a plant sale, White Elephant, games for the kids, book sale, yard sale, and of course, clam cakes. […] Read more »

Keeping the Community Afloat


The communities of our Tri-Town are special, and what makes them special are the people who live in them, the people who work in them, govern them, and those who volunteer their time for the highest good of their town. This is why, once a year, we at The Wanderer are excited to bring forward […] Read more »

ORR Senior Ready for Year Abroad Study


Old Rochester Regional High School student Cate Feldkamp is getting ready for senior year in a way that is above and beyond your average back-to-school shopping for clothes, shoes, and school supplies. She is spending her free time learning a new language, getting together her passport, itinerary, and official documents, and figuring out how to […] Read more »



The anticipation of getting into the water at a beach began last February. Those long, dark, cold days and weeks of recuperation both for myself and for the land were a torture for the soul eased only by the image of swimming in July. It wasn’t a sure thing. After all, at my age, an […] Read more »