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The Wanderer is pleased once again to announce that we are soliciting nominations for our 20th annual "Wanderer Keel Awards." The yearly community service honor - which is presented to one Tri-Town resident from each of the three central towns in our circulation area - will be announced in our July 30 edition, and each winner will be the subject of a short feature highlighting their contributions to the local community. But The Wanderer needs your help in selecting these "unsung heroes."
The requirements are simple. Nominees must be legal residents, for at least five years, of Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester and must have contributed in some way to the overall benefit of the community - either directly to town residents, or indirectly through efforts in promoting town activities, or working to keep the wheels of local government well oiled. The only restriction is that these persons cannot benefit from their efforts in any other way - either financially or politically (hence, sitting elected officials are not eligible).
In doing this, we hope to applaud those who are rarely recognized for their countless hours of service and focus on the many people behind the scenes who remain otherwise anonymous, but provide crucial support to many town functions. Like the keel of a ship, which keeps the vessel from capsizing, the recipients of the Annual Wanderer Keel Award will be recognized for their stalwart efforts in keeping the community on an "even keel."
Past recipients of this honor include:
- MATTAPOISETT: Maurice "Mudgie" Tavares (1994); Priscilla Alden Hathaway (1995); Norma Holt (1996); Gale Hudson (1997); Kenneth Stickney (1998); Clara Morgan (1999); Betty and Bert Theriault (2000); John N. "Jack" DeCosta (2001); Jo Pannell (2002); Stan Ellis (2003); Evelyn Pursley (2004); Luice Moncevitch (2005); Seth Mendell (2006); Bradford A. Hathaway (2007); Kim Field (2008), David Spencer Jenny (2009), Stephen L. Kelleher (2010), Bento Martin (2011), Howard C. Tinkham (2012), Ellen Flynn (2013), Jennifer Shepley (2014).
- MARION: Claire Russell (1994); Ralph and Phyllis Washburn (1995); Annie Giberti (1996); Jay Crowley (1997); Tyler Blethen (1998); Olive E. Harris (1999, posthumously); Kathleen P. "Kay" Reis (2000); Loretta B. "Lori" Schaefer (2001); Ann and Warren Washburn (2002); Andrew Santos Sr. (2003); Eunice Manduca (2004); Annie Giberti (2005); A. Lee Hayes (2006); Horace "Hod" Kenney (2007); Margie Baldwin (2008), Jack Beck (2009), Dr. John Russell (2010), Jane McCarthy (2011), Nancy Braitmeyer (2012), Rodney Hunt (2013), Hanna Milhench (2014).
- ROCHESTER: Joseph McCarthy (1994); Jean Fennell (1995); Katherine Hartley Church (1996); Chris Byron (1997); Albert Alderson (1998); Arthur and Aline Lionberger (1999); Kenneth E. Daggett (2000); Georgia D. Chamberlain (2001); Mary P. Wynne (2002); Evelyn F. Benner (2003); Mike Meunier Sr. (2004); Arthur F. Benner (2005); Pamela J. Robinson (2006); Anna E. White (2007); John E. Lafreniere (2008), Cathy Mendoza (2009), Kate Tarleton (2010), John Cobb (2011), Thomas Goyoski Jr. (2012), Kevin Woodward (2013), Kate Lanagan MacGregor (2014).
Please send the name, address and telephone number of recommended nominees, along with a brief description of their key contributions to the community and why you feel they are deserving of this honor to: Keel Award, The Wanderer, P.O. Box 102, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or e-mail your submissions to email@example.com.
The deadline for nominations is Thursday, July 23 at 3:00 pm. Selected recipients will be announced in the July 30 edition.
News Submission Policy
The Wanderer gladly accepts any and all news and press release items from local non-profit organizations for publication on a weekly basis. The deadline for submission of news items is Monday at 12:00 noon for publication in that week's edition. Due to the increasing number of submissions, however, publication of press material is never guaranteed. The Wanderer will make every effort to publish timely news items and announcements as the subject warrants and as often as spacing allows. All press material must be submitted in writing via fax (508-758-4845), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or mail (The Wanderer, P.O. Box 102, Mattapoisett, MA 02739), and must be typed or word-processed. We cannot accept any handwritten material or news items via telephone, no matter how brief.
Photographs of area events and newsmakers are also accepted and encouraged. The Wanderer accepts well-lit and clearly-defined color or black and white photographs for publication, provided that they include a brief summary of the event or subject. Due to processing and/or cropping requirements, we cannot return photographs. Please make sure you retain your negatives or have a copy made before submitting photographs for publication. Like news items, the deadline for photos is Monday at 12:00 pm, and the publication of photographs is also subject to spacing constraints and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
All submitted copy is subject to alterations and/or condensation as space allows at the editor's discretion. All submissions become the property of The Wanderer and are assumed to be submitted for the purpose of publication. Submissions cannot be returned; therefore, please make sure to retain copies and/or negatives before submitting anything for consideration.
Ideas for features, breaking news tips, and other suggestions for the news department are welcome. Please call the News Editor with news tips and ideas at 508-758-9055. If it is after hours, please leave a message or email email@example.com.
Mattapoisett Recreation Camp Offerings
Nature Explorers Camp July 20 to July 24: Explore Mattapoisett's unique natural areas including Eel Pond, Ned's Point, Mattapoisett River, and area salt marshes and aquaculture operations. Each day they will enjoy different activities including hands-on exploration, experiments, crafts, and journaling. The program is run in conjunction with Marion Natural History Museum by Director/Lead Educator Elizabeth Leidhold. Perfect for girls and boys ages 8-11. Space is limited, so register today at www.mattapoisett.net, go to Matt Rec then Nature Explorers.
Seahorse Explorers Camp: This program runs for eight weeks starting June 22and continuing through August 14. Seahorse Explorers is open to girls and boys entering grades K-6. Each week explorers will enjoy fun-filled days of sports, arts & crafts, swimming, tennis, library visits and more! Every week is a different theme with new activities and adventures. Director Kate Oleson is returning as are many of your favorite counselors! Program options include Weekly Full or Half Day and Choose Your Day - $170 Weekly Full Day, $90 Weekly Half Day, $40 Choose Your Full Day. Space is limited, so sign up today. For more information or online registration, visit www.mattapoisett.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mattapoisett Recreation at 508-758-4100 ext. 227.
Rochester Historical Society Meeting
The July meeting of the Rochester Historical Society will be an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 15 at the East Rochester Church/ Museum, 355 County Rd. at 7:00 pm. Members will be entertained with music by the gospel group Know Greater Love featuring Tom and Sheila Perry and Carol Ann Sylvia of Wareham.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library's big July book sale begins with a Members-only Preview on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, then continues July 16, 17 and 18 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. There will be great deals on adult and children's books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and games.
The Members-only Preview is the perfect time to become a member or to renew your membership. The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your donations are tax deductible. All proceeds benefit the library.
American International College (AIC) in Springfield, MA has named 461 students to the Spring 2015 Dean's List. Dean's List students are full-time students with a grade point average between 3.3 and 4.0. Included on that list are:
- William Coucci of Mattapoisett, majoring in Occupational Science, has been named to the Spring 2015 Dean's List at AIC.
- Maxwell Risch of Marion, majoring in Nursing, has been named to the Spring 2015 Dean's List at AIC.
Dylan Jones of Rochester, Massachusetts, recently attended Aviation Challenge at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp and NASA's official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Spaceflight Center. The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.
Dylan was part of the Aviation Challenge MACH III Program, a program specifically designed for students who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. Trainees spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet. The crew learned critical land and water survival skills and mastered Top Gun flying maneuvers. Dylan and crew returned to land in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger speak at their graduation.
Greg Sethares, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bristol Community College, has announced the Dean's List for Spring 2015. Tri-Town students named are:
- From Marion: Mihaela Battaglia, Linell R. Dean, Julie L. Geller, Dylan G. Glavin, Evaline Macfarlane, and Chelsea J. Seiders
- From Mattapoisett: Grady M. Branagan, Amina Cherifi, Hayleigh A. Dumas, Kylie L. Faison, Diana M. Paine, Jeffrey Paquette, and Collin R. Stellato
- From Rochester: Michael Baldwin, Patrick J. Bessey, Evan M. Costa, Joshua M. Cunha, Jessica L. DePrato, Caroline T. Reusch, Ryan J. Stopka , and Amber Viera
Laura Morse of Mattapoisett has been named to the Spring 2015 Dean's List at Merrimack College. To achieve Dean's List status, a student must earn a 3.25 GPA or higher based on a 4.0 grading scale.
Jonathan L. Morton of Mattapoisett has been named to the Dean's List at Western New England for the spring semester of 2015. Morton is working towards a degree in Accounting. Students are named to the Dean's List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.
The following students have been named to the Dean's List at the University of New Hampshire for the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year:
- Jessica Lowe of Marion has earned Highest Honors
- Ross Lacasse of Mattapoisett has earned Highest Honors
At the University of Rhode Island's 129th Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, about 3,200 undergraduate and 660 graduate students became the University's newest alumni.
The following Tri-Town students were awarded undergraduate degrees from the University of Rhode Island:
- Christine Jane O'Donoghue of Rochester received a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders Cum Laude
- Lilli V Paknis of Marion received a Bachelor of Arts in French, Journalism Summa Cum Laude
The following Virginia Military Institute cadet was among the 756 cadets who were recently named to the Dean's List for the second semester of academic year 2014-15. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a cadet must have a term grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade below C. Nicholas M. Nadeau a junior from Mattapoisett is majoring in International Studies. Cadet Nadeau's parent is Ms. Leanne M Nadeau.
12th Annual Taste of the Town
Set your sails for Taste of the Town to be held at Mattapoisett's waterfront with its Instagram-worthy sunsets. Meet and mingle with folks from near and far at the 12th Annual Taste of the Town party sponsored by the Mattapoisett Women's Club on Tuesday, July 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Shipyard Park. This highly popular food extravaganza features many diverse dining establishments offering their signature dishes served up by friendly waiters. Enjoy sumptuous lobster rolls, chowder, shrimp cocktail, delicious stone cold soup, magnificent Portuguese style chicken and more.
Mattapoisett's classic harbor boasts fresh salt air and the lively and entertaining Showstoppers. All proceeds benefit the Mattapoisett Women's Club Scholarship Fund and other non-profit agencies in the Greater New Bedford Community.
Cost depends on food items selected; twenty tickets for $10. This is a rain or shine event.
Marion Concert Band
On Saturday, July 4, the Marion Concert Band will open its 2015 season with a program of patriotic music in celebration of Independence Day. The program is as follows:
National Emblem March - E. E. Bagley
American Pageant - T. Knox
American Anthem - G. Scheer
Our Glorious Land - J. Olivadoti
The Homefront: Musical Memories from World War II - arr. J. Christensen
Highlights from "Victory at Sea" - R. Rodgers
Hymn to the Fallen - J. Williams
Star Spangled Spectacular - G. M. Cohan
This Is My Country - A. Jacobs
Armed Forces Salute - arr. B. Lowden
God Bless America - I. Berlin
Americans We - H. Fillmore
America, the Beautiful - S. Ward
1812 Overture (finale) - P. Tchaikovsky
The Stars and Stripes Forever - J. P. Sousa
The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will be held at Silvershell Beach and will start at 8:00 pm. The evening will conclude with the Town's fireworks display
ORR Class of 1964 Summer Gathering
Mark your calendars! The ORR Class of 1964 Annual Summer Gathering at Ned's Point Light will be held on Saturday, July 11, rain or shine. It is very informal. Just show up around noon or 1:00 pm and bring your lawn chairs and picnic lunch. If you missed the 50th reunion last September, this will be a great opportunity to renew old friendships. We never know who will show up, but it is always fun to see everyone again. See you there!
Yoga at Silvershell Beach
Marion Recreation is offering Yoga at Silvershell Beach beginning July 1 and running through August; join us Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 - 9:00 am. Class is suitable for all ages and levels. Registration is not required. Bring your yoga mat or a towel or blanket. Drop-in fee is $10 and is paid at the class. For more information please call 508-525-9800 to speak to Tim Donohue, the instructor.
Tabor Boy at Vineyard Haven
On Wednesday, July 8, Tabor Academy will bring their flagship 92' schooner, SSV Tabor Boy to Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven.
Tabor invites the public for an Open Ship, including tours of the 100-year old sail-training vessel from 5:00 - 6:00 pm at Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven. Tabor's Dean of Multicultural Education will be aboard along with the Dean of Students and Head of School, and prospective students are encouraged to come learn about Tabor's multicultural programs and initiatives.
The schooner Tabor Boy recently celebrated her 100th Anniversary with a year-long series of events, as well as the screening of a documentary about her history, "Tabor Boy: 100 Years at Sea" that aired on Rhode Island PBS and is available on our website at http://www.taboracademy.org/Page/Tabor-Boy-Documentary.
New Music Director Appointed
As it continues the celebration of its 50th year of singing, the Sippican Choral Society is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tianxu Zhou as its 8th Music Director.
Making the announcement, chorus president Bruce Breamer said, "After a careful search and interviews with several very qualified candidates, our Search Committee was unanimous in recommending Dr. Zhou to the Board of Directors as its choice for our new Music Director. He comes to us with a wealth of experience directing diverse choral groups over many years, and we are extremely excited that he has accepted our offer."
Dr. Zhou takes the baton from Brian Roderick, who retired this past Spring after 12 years of leading the chorus.
Originally from Beijing, Dr. Zhou is a collegiate vocal professor and international performer throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. As a faculty member at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he conducts the Chamber Choir and the University Chorus. He is an alumnus and former faculty member of the prestigious China Central Conservatory in Beijing and Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia.
Dr. Zhou, who prefers to be called "Tian," begins his duties this summer and will prepare the chorus for its 50th annual Christmas Concerts this coming December. Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 14.
Movies in the Park
Marion Recreation's Movies in the Park return on Wednesday, July 8. Fun for the whole family! Bring your snacks and chairs to Island Wharf and enjoy the show!
The movies scheduled are:
July 8: Jaws - 8:35 pm
July 15: Planes, Trains & Automobiles - 8:35 pm
July 22: Raiders of the Lost Ark - 8:20 pm
July 29: The Sandlot - 8:15pm
August 5: Up! - 8:10 pm
August 12: Wall-E - 7:55 pm
August 19: Back to the Future - 7:45pm
Movie times are subject to change.
In case of inclement weather, please check www.marionrecreation.com and the Marion Recreation Facebook page for cancellation notices.
Any questions, please call Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or email email@example.com.
Tax Relief Grants Available in Marion
Applications are now available to help qualified Marion residents with their 2015-2016 property taxes through the Marion Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
All applications must be received in the Community Foundation's offices by 3:00 pm on Friday, August 28, 2015. Applications are available at the Town Hall in Marion, the Council on Aging, and the Community Foundation, 30 Cornell Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, or by calling 508-996-8253. They can also be downloaded at www.cfsema.org.
The Marion Community Fund was established in 1999 by a private donor to provide qualified Marion homeowners with property tax relief. The Fund's goal is to preserve the town's diversity and character by providing property tax relief for Marion homeowners who are a key part of the town's makeup and who might be forced to leave Marion due to higher taxes. There are no age restrictions on this grant.
The Marion Community Fund hopes people of all ages who qualify will apply. If you are a Marion homeowner, have owned your home for at least one year, have earned income of less than $25,000 (single) or $37,500 (married), and have assets of $46,000 or less (single) or $63,000 or less (married), excluding your home, you may be eligible for tax relief. All payments will be made to the Town of Marion and credited toward the grant recipient's tax bill.
ORRHS Term 4 Principal's Honor Roll
The following students have achieved honors for the fourth term at Old Rochester Regional High School:
Highest Honors, Grade 9: Haleydawn Amato, Samantha Ball, Erin Burke, Ava Ciffolillo, Nicholas Claudio, Evan Costa, Ian Craig, Maggie Farrell, Megan Field, Owen Foster, Sophie Johnson, Hanil Kang, Maxine Kellum, Alexander Lorenz, Lindsey Merolla, Sam Pasquill, Hannah Powers, Madeline Scheub, Evan Tilley, Ashleigh Wilson; Grade 10: Mason DaSilva, Hannah Guard, William Kiernan, Olivia Labbe, Molly Lanagan, Jordan McArdle, Riley Nordahl, Daniel Renwick, Matthew Wyman; Grade 11: Julianna Bernardi, Grace Costa-Medeiros, Christopher Hathaway, Elizabeth Hathaway, Jane Kassabian, Jessica Keegan, Keegan Lant, Alexandra Melloni, Lauren Ovian, Jacob Plante, Drew Robert, Evan Roznoy, Paige Watterson; Grade 12: Abigail Bentz, Danielle Cammarano, Mikayla Demanche, Sierra Ennis, Gerald Lanagan Jr., Kyra Lorden, Ashley Pacheco, Seijal Parajuli, Austin Salkind.
High Honors, Grade 9: Elizabeth Baroa, Emily Bock, Isabelle Choquette, Rachel Demmer, Collin Fitzpatrick, Elle Gendreau, Thais Gorgonha, Sophie Gurney, Alexandra Hulsebosch, Alisha Mackin, Andrew Miller, Ethan Moniz, Jahn Pothier, Leah Przybyszewski, Jackson Reydel, Jake Thompson, Courtney Vance; Grade 10: Amy Crocker, Gavin Fox, James Goulart, Jonathan Harris, Abigail Johnson, Connor Kelley, Davis Mathieu, Hannah Nadeau, Sahil Raje, Maxxon Wolski, Emily Ziino; Grade 11: Colleen Beatriz, Isabella Bernardi, Mallory Kiernan, Lucy Milde, Gabrielle Poitras, Dennis Reynolds, Rachel Scheub, Zoe Smith, Jared Wheeler; Grade 12: Jennifer Aguiar, Catherine Ball, Morgan Browning, Brittany Brzezinski, Hunter Cooney, Michael Kassabian, Mya Lunn, Ryan Manning, Julia Nojeim, Sarah Robertson, Christina Sebastiao, Riley Sherman.
Honors, Grade 9: Margaret Adams, Felicia Araujo, Ainslee Bangs, Thomas Browning, Eleni Buss, Gabrielle Choquette, Madison Cooney, Angelina Cosgrove, Alexa Costa, Jacob DeMaggio, Carly Demanche, Celia Deverix, Mackenzie Drew, Abigail Dyson, Noah Fernandes, Bennett Fox, Jason Gamache, Alexandrea Gerard, Mackenzie Good, Kacey Henriques, Emma Higgins, Sydney Hughes, Marina Ingham, Michael Kennefick II, Caitlyn Kutash, Benjamin Lafrance, Fiona Lant, Alexander le Gassick, Joseph MacKay, Madisen Martin, Thomas McIntire, Julia Melloni, Tyler Menard, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mikayla Mooney, Ethan Mort, Hannah Niemi, Gabriel Noble Shriver, Alyssa Perry, Marcus Rita, Isabella Rodrigues, Jamie Roznoy, Isabella Sauro, Christopher Savino, Michael Sivvianakis, Jack Sollauer, Abigail Stark, Caitlin Stopka, Trevor Stopka, Nicole Sullivan, Aidan Thayer, Katherine Tracy, Ella Vercellone, Eleanore Wiggin, Julia Winsper, Jacob Yeomans; Grade 10: Madison Barber, Julia Barrett, Andrew Bichsel, Kyle Brezinski, Emma Cadieux, Jacob Cafarella, Tessa Camboia, Erin Costa, Madison Cristaldi, Patrick Cummings, Griffin Dunn, Kelly Fox, Colleen Garcia, Joshua Garcia, Emma Gelson, Kathleen Gifford, Celeste Hartley, Emily Hiller, Kelsey Holick, Courtney Kelly, Jonathan Kvilhaug, Diana LaRock, Joshua Lerman, Matthew Merlo, Thomas Miller, Camryn Morais, Tyler Mourao, Andrew Nadeau, Alexandra Nicolosi, Avery Nugent, Colin O'Malley, Daniela Ochoa, Max Pallatroni, Alexis Parker, Olivia Pellegrino, Lauren Scott, Ryson Smith, Jacob Spevack, Lauren Valente, Jacob Vinagre; Grade 11: Elexus Afonso, Haley Aguiar, Emil Assing, Samantha Babineau, Amy Bichajian, Rikard Bodin, Paola Briceno Sanchez, Daniel Carneiro, Laura Casey, James Estudante, Lillie Farrell, Abigail Field, Matthew Fortin, Holly Frink, Lauren Gaspar, Kyra Greco, Brianna Grignetti, Sean Hopkins, Serena Iacovelli, Serena Jaskolka, Meghan Johnson, Riley Johnson, Emily Josephson, Adrian Kavanagh, Samantha Kirkham, Edward Krawczyk, Sara Lafrance, Jacob Lawrence, Peter LeBrun, Madeleine Lee, William Lynch Jr., Kylie Machado, Nicole Mattson, Madeline Meyer, Frederick Miller III, Victor Morrison, Jeffrey Murdock, William O'Neil, Alexandria Powers, Molly Richards, Hannah Rose, Bryant Salkind, Evan Santos, Kameron Silvia, Robert Smart, Bailey Sweet, Ally Sylvia, Alex Tavares, Sarah Varney, Mia Vercellone, Teagan Walsh, Joshua Winsper; Grade 12: Michael Amato, Mikayla Burke, Stephen Burke, Madeline Cafarella, Victoria Caton, Ariel Costa-Medeiros, Shelby Cunningham, Benjamin DeMello, Joellie Dextradeur, Benjamin Dion, Steven Durocher, Nicole Gifford, Kaleigh Goulart, Michaela Guard, Ryan Lawrence, Hannah Lerman, Shannon Lynch, Samantha Malatesta, Laura McCoy, Patrick McGraw, Victoria Medeiros, Heather Nadeau, Hannah Nyman, Zachary Peterson, Potsawee Pliansak, Chloe Riley, Jentelle Rioux, Jillian Sethares, Kyle Sherman, Serena Stanton, Vincent Tepe, Bailey Truesdale, Gwendolyn Underwood, Cassandra Vance, Elena Voigt.
Friends of the Mattapoisett Rail Trail
The bike path project team is anticipating hitting another milestone next month: review of our proposed boardwalks should be complete leading almost directly to 75% construction and the beginning of permitting phase. The project is on schedule for construction to begin in 2016, and all construction funding is in place. Please come to our Harbor Days booth on July 17 and 18 to learn more.
In related news, The Summer Bike Challenge is in full swing. All you have to do is register on the website with your zip code and all your miles add to your Town's team. Towns all along the South Coast Bikeway route are competing against each other for bragging rights. Individuals are competing for an array of prizes. Marc Anderson is the leader for May and June across the state. There are winners every month, so you aren't too late to compete for honors in July and August. Go to southcoastbikeway.com to learn more or nationalbikechallenge.org to register.
The Marion Pathway Committee
Thanks to the Marion voters for supporting construction of the pathway connecting the South Coast Bikeway. Show your continuing support and enthusiasm by making miles count! Join the Bikeway Challenge at www.nationalbikechallenge.org:
- Register with your zip code
- Edit your profile and be added to the South Coast Bikeway team
- Log any miles you ride to contribute to the team and Marion
Think before you get in your car to do local errands and choose cycling to the bank and local shops. Our planet will thank you as well as your healthy body. Be part of the National and Local Bike Challenge!
Mattapoisett Historical Society Opens for the Season
Come visit the Mattapoisett Historical Society's Museum and Carriage House this summer and enjoy our exhibit "From Scrimshaw to Survival: Sophia Means' Descendants and the Town of Mattapoisett." This exhibit takes a look into how one family has contributed to the cultural fabric of our town over a century of time. The exhibit also features a section dedicated to Survival memorabilia and two newly unveiled collection pieces from the Hinsdale House: a large Daniel Boone weathervane and a neoclassical female statue which hung off the back of the Hinsdale house overlooking Mattapoisett Harbor. The Museum is open July and August, Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm; $5 Adults, $2 Children (6-12), Members free. For more information or to view our jam-packed Calendar of Events for the summer, please visit our website at www.mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org. Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum and Carriage House, 5 Church Street, 508-758-2844.
MLT Ice Cream Social and Field Property Tour
Celebrate summer with an ice cream sundae at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:15 pm before heading to the concert at the Gazebo in Shipyard Park. Ice cream provided by Oxford Creamery. Rain date is July 15. Then join us the following morning, July 9, at 10:00 am for a guided walking tour of the Field Property with the Mattapoisett Land Trust. Meet at the Field Property on Mattapoisett Neck Road. For more information, please visit www.mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org or call 508-758-2844.
Buzzards Bay Musicfest
Buzzards Bay Musicfest returns for its 19th year with concerts July 8-12 at the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Tabor Academy, 235 Front Street in Marion, MA. The series opens and closes with orchestral concerts, with two chamber music concerts and a jazz performance held in-between. Each year brings new works from a variety of composers, performed by nationally and internationally prominent musicians. This year's selections will include works by Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Bach, and Beethoven, among others. A highlight of the festival is the Open Rehearsal for Children, which provides, for many youngsters, their first classical music experience and is a unique opportunity for young and aspiring musicians. It includes a post-rehearsal meet & greet session with the Musicfest's Guest Maestro, Andres Cardenes, as well as its many distinguished performers and the Artistic Director, Charles Stegeman.
While the Open Rehearsal for Children has long been a popular component of the Musicfest, a relatively new feature is its evening of jazz. This new tradition began in 2014, when a performance by jazz sensation Sean Jones was added to the concert series as a complement to the classical focus of the Musicfest's offerings. As trumpeter, bandleader, educator, and composer, the multi-talented Jones boasts an impressive resume. Having spent six years as lead trumpeter of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jones also ventured into education at Duquesne University, becoming Associate Professor of Jazz. In 2012, he also became Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and served as Artistic Director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras. In 2014, Jones left Pittsburgh to become Chair of the Brass Department at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. Berklee President Roger H. Brown extolled, "Sean Jones brings an amazing portfolio to Berklee - performances at the highest level with the greatest musicians of his and prior generations, successful teaching experience, personal commitment and integrity as an artist, and a desire to help foster future great contemporary musicians." Jones is sure to thrill audiences once again this summer with his performance on Saturday, July 11.
The 2015 Buzzards Bay Musicfest begins with its Open Rehearsal for Children (with accompanying adult), to be held on Wednesday, July 8 at 2:30 pm. Orchestral performances will be held Wednesday, July 8 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 12 at 2:00 pm. Chamber music performances will be held Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 at 8:00 pm. A jazz performance by the Sean Jones Quartet will be held Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 pm. For more information on giving opportunities, the BBMF International Performance Institute (July 6-12), or the performances, visit www.buzzardsbaymusicfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TI Wins Big in Marion Bermuda Race
By Talbot Wilson
TI, skippered by Greg Marston, was overall winner of the 2015 Marion Bermuda Race Founders Division and was awarded the Goslings Rum Founders Trophy at the prizegiving held Saturday evening at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. TI, an Alden Mistral 36 sailed under celestial navigation by a family crew, took the big prize and more.
TI was first in Class D and won the Beverly Yacht Club 'Polaris' Trophy as the yacht with the best celestially navigated performance. Her navigators, Andrew Howe and Chase Marston, were awarded the Navigators Trophy for their winning effort.
The crew of TI consisted of the skipper Greg Marston, navigators Andrew Howe and Chase Marston, Watch Captain Peter Stoops, and crewmembers John Omeara and Jake Marston. They are all related, and all are from Falmouth, Maine.
Mischievous, sailing for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and skippered by Charles Cahill, grabbed line honors in the 645-mile race. She was awarded the Blue Water Sailing Club Board of Governors Trophy for shortest elapse time. Mischievous crossed the finish line at St. David's Lighthouse Bermuda during the twilight Lighthouse Committee cocktail party at the finish tower on Monday evening at 6:42 EDT.
Spirit of Bermuda, the Bermuda Sloop Foundation's sail training vessel chartered by Jim Butterfield for an employee team building adventure, had a strong fourth for line honors and first in the Classic Division. This is her best showing ever in a Bermuda Ocean Race by Spirit of Bermuda.
His Excellency Mr. George Fergusson, the Governor of Bermuda, was one of 24 crew members aboard Spirit for the race. Mr. Fergussen said, "I want to thank Jim Butterfield [charterer of Spirit] for taking me aboard and also thank the crew of Spirit for putting up with me for four days. To all of you sailors who raced to Bermuda in 2015, I invite you to come back again in 2017 and tell your mates to come so there will be even more."
"Bermuda will really be buzzing," the governor noted, "with tall ships in the harbor and some guys on foils in the Great Sound, too." He was referencing the America's Cup 35 being sailed in Bermuda in foiling catamarans in late June or early July of 2017.
The fleet from the fastest to slowest boats experienced many hours of gale force winds with sustained winds noted at 40-50kts. That was followed by a long, beautiful sail in breezy reaching conditions. Some said it was the best offshore sailing they had ever experienced. In a post-race survey, 90 percent of the skippers said they would be back for the 2017 race set to start June 16 of that year.
Race Chairman David Patton led the sailors and guests in a moment of silence in memory and honor of Bill Fasnacht who died of natural causes aboard Legacy V during the race.
In remarks before the prizes were awarded, Patton acknowledged the efforts and response of Captain Michael Wiseman of Legacy V in their efforts to give care and comfort to Mr. Fasnacht.
Patton and the trustees also recognized the skipper and crew of Roust, Ian Gumprecht and Mark Swanson. Race Chairman Patton said, "Their response to and concern for the sailors and their seamanship in supporting Legacy V following their distress calls is commendable. Thank you, Roust."
Tragedy struck Legacy V, a Class B entry, when Mr. Fasnacht died the second night out. His crewmates could not revive. Legacy V returned to Connecticut. One of the Legacy V crew, Tim Dung, attended the prizegiving on behalf of the entire crew.
July 9th AHA! Night - Kids Rule
Join us for the July 9th AHA! and see what unfolds when KIDS RULE Downtown NB! Hit the streets and enjoy a night jam-packed with summer sounds, hands-on activities for the kid in all of us, Carabiner's Climbing Wall, a Pirate Invasion, plus unique shopping and good food at our many boutique stores and eateries!
AHA! (Arts, History and Architecture!) is a FREE family-friendly event held rain or shine on the second Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 9:00 pm in historic downtown New Bedford - but feel free to arrive early and stay late. This month's activities are sponsored the United Way of Greater New Bedford and Behavioral Connections. Here's a sampling of the evening's events:
- Pirate Invasion in Wings Court
- Shuttles to the New Bedford Fire Museum and Fire Safety Fun with the New Bedford Fire Department
- The Little Portuguese Feast: dance, music, flowers and friends
- Join the 1850s Ladies for kids' activities and music in the Seamen's Bethel Garden
- Festival Theatre presents scenes from Mary Poppins
- Street Reading of "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" with the New Bedford Historical Society
- Mass In Motion New Bedford presents the Downtown Farmer's Market
- Summer On Ice Tea Tasting and Kids Books at Gatlin's Framing and Subtext Books
- Centre Street Sessions presents the Peter Hand Guitar Trio
- Sensory Play with Evening Sponsor Behavioral Connections
- Go on a Scavenger Hunt with WHALE
- Get Moving with NB Parks, Rec and Beaches
- Lloyd Center Touch Tank, New Bedford Symphony Musicians, and Early Literacy Storyteller at the New Bedford Library
- Lego Engineering with BCC New Bedford
- The Showstoppers in the RJD Garden
Party On Purchase Street!
- Carabiner's Climbing Wall
- Fierce Dance Academy
- Slamu and Baysox Players
- Kids crafts and root beer floats at Pilgrim UCC
We Art NB!
- Curiosities at NBAM/Artworks!
- Harbor Series at Gallery 65
- From Meadow To Mystical at Gallery X
- Summer 2015 at Judith Klein Art Gallery in the South End
Dr. Gilbert and Frima Shapiro Gallery
The Dr. Gilbert and Frima Shapiro Gallery at the New Bedford Whaling Museum opens to the public on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4. "This opening represents the fulfillment of a vision as described in a campus-wide master plan adopted four years ago by the trustees," states Chairman Armand Fernandes, Jr. This new gallery completes a major new axis of programming along Water Street that now includes four magnificent spaces. The public can now start their tour in the recently renovated Cook Memorial Theater, continue through the Jacobs Family Gallery, and circulate through the Shapiro and Wattles Family galleries. Importantly, the addition of the Shapiro Gallery allows for the opening of the long shuttered historic "original entrance" of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society. Dr. Shapiro notes "that despite the museum's incredible growth, it has historically not had enough gallery space in which to exhibit more of its vast collection of paintings, while at the same time continue to host the many changing exhibits for which it has become widely popular. As a result of this need and in recognition of the museum's longstanding role in the community as a unique educational and cultural asset, we are pleased to help make this new space a reality for the enjoyment of all."
The gallery celebrates the fine and decorative arts of New England, particularly in the innovative and unique designs of leading regional artists and craftsmen from the turn of the last century. Dr. Christina Connett, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, noted "the Shapiro Gallery is in the original Rogers Building, built in 1883 during the height of the decorative style in American architecture. It is the perfect location to house our fine and decorative arts collections from this period, including our fabulous glass collection. The inaugural exhibition is based on the American Aesthetic Movement, and was designed around an exquisite Pairpoint cut glass and sterling silver vase donated by the Shapiro family."
The gallery is elegant and accessible with historic architectural details. It adds over 1,000 square feet of gallery space for fine art, and allows visitors to view the original vestibule and entrance, replete with historical plaques commemorating the 1906 opening of its first public galleries.
Until recently, the room was a classroom but due to the growth of the educational programs, these activities will soon take place in expanded quarters in the new Wattles Jacobs Education Center, scheduled to open in September.
Dr. Shapiro was elected to the Museum's Board of Trustees in 1984. During his time on the Board, he served as Chairman of the Nominating Committee from 1986-1987 and was elected Second Vice President in 1987. In 1989, he was elected First-Vice President and assumed Presidency of the Museum in 1991. His tenure saw a time of profound transformation. With his combined energy and expertise, the Board, staff and volunteers, along with generous donors, achieved a series of milestones that positioned the Museum to become the world's leading interpreter of the global whaling story.
A well-known orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Shapiro has practiced in the south coast region for many years. A former chair of Southcoast(R) Health, Dr. Shapiro has also traveled the world to volunteer his services as a physician with Project Hope and Orthopedic Overseas.
Mrs. Frima (Timmy) Shapiro has taught dietetics during overseas medical volunteer trips with her husband. She is a Horticultural Garden Club of America Judge and was a former vice-president of the Garden Club of America.
Millicent Library Summer Reading Program
The Millicent Library in Fairhaven welcomes you to its 2015 Summer Reading program. This year's theme is "Every Hero Has A Story." The teen theme is "Unmask!"
Summer Reading Registration signup continues in the Children's Room. Come on in to register and pick up your reading log and bag and enter the ice cream raffle. Emma Jean's is donating a weekly sundae!
Daisy D. Dots will present her program on the World of Clowning on Wednesday, July 8 at 10:00 am for ages 4 and up.
Dr. Dills' "Tales from the Talespinner" is on Thursday, July 9 at 10:00 am in the Downstairs Auditorium. Slightly scary stories! Age 3 and up. Drop in.
On Wednesday, July 15, the Fairhaven Fire Department returns for its annual visit, Fire Department Fun! This program begins at 10:00 am and ends at 11:00 am. Wear your bathing suits! After an informative program on fire safety, you'll help unfurl the firehose and get wet! Meet on the Unitarian Church Lawn on Walnut Street, directly across from the back entrance to the library.
On Thursday, July 16 at 10:00 am on the Unitarian Lawn on Walnut Street, TIE DYE with Dr. Dills! Bring your own cotton shirt or other item or purchase that day. Drop in. Age 3 and up with adult help!
Teen Tuesdays will be held on July 7, 14, and 21. Teens entering Grade 6 and up are welcome to join the group! 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
The 31st Annual Teddy Bear Parade will be held on Wednesday, August 5 at 10:00 am. Daisy D. Dots will be on hand once again to paint faces. Bring your bears!
More programs may be announced. The Millicent Library is handicapped accessible.
Please be sure to check the Events tab on the Millicent Library homepage (millicentlibrary.org) for updates, or the Millicent Library Facebook page.
"Summer Whites" Exhibit At The RJD Museum
A sequel to last season's popular clothing exhibit at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum opened this month showcasing summer attire from the museum collections selected by Blair Walker, who curated both exhibits. This temporary exhibit features elegant women's summer dresses, gowns, blouses, and accessories, as well as men's and children's seasonal clothing.
The exhibit encompasses two gallery spaces on the second floor. Dressed mannequins allow the visitor to experience the changing silhouettes of ladies wear during the 19th and early 20th centuries. A close look at the featured gowns reveals the amazing handwork and artistic design that went into clothing design. Embroidered flowers, handmade lace, tiny handmade buttons, and pin tucks used to shape the skirts and bodices cover the fine linen-layered dresses.
One dress of fine muslin dating from the 1840s demonstrates the intricate hand-cartridge pleating and strong seaming used in that time period. By the 1890s, ladies undergarments had reached an elaborate and extravagant level of decoration. The "lingerie dress" emerged with a more curvaceous "s" silhouette. Popular at summer resorts, the gowns were lightweight and easily cared for. They were made of pure white fabric frothy, lace-trimmed, embroidered, tucked, and ruffled-more frills the better.
White dresses had not been fashionable since the early nineteenth century. With their return to favor, seamstresses were called upon to make affordable versions using sewing machines, paper patterns, and machine made trims. With the availability of machine-made lace, dresses could be embellished to conform to the newest fashion trends. For women entering the workplace, white "shirtwaists" and blouses with tailored skirts became standard fare.
Also included in the exhibit are several garments that belonged to William J. Rotch including vest and lighter weight clothing, embroidered children's dresses and shoes, and an elegant child's chiffon bonnet. Summer hats and accessories fill the wall cases, enhancing the image of women in the summer at least a century ago.
The exhibit runs through October and is included with general admission to the museum. The RJD is located at 396 County Street; there is free parking available on Madison Street, Seventh Street and Joli Gonsalves Way. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm. For additional information, please call 508-997-1401 or visit the Museum's website at www.rjdmuseum.org.
Call for Art
The Bourne Wareham Art Association will hold their 51th Annual Art Show and Sale at Buzzards Bay Park in Bourne on Saturday, August 8 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Artists are invited to exhibit original fine art in all mediums as well as photography, jewelry, giclee prints and juried fine art crafts. BWAA will provide 10 feet of fencing or a tent site for $25 for members/ $45 for non-members. For more information or an application for the show, please contact show manager, Carole Raymond @ email@example.com. Final registration date is August 1.
The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) SouthCoast Chapter recently installed new officers during a ceremony at the Cork Wine and Tapas Restaurant in New Bedford. As of August 1, the new officers are Meaghen Avila, President; Joann Brierley and Mali Lim, co-Vice Presidents; Deborah Trombly, Treasurer; and Jessica Silva, Secretary.
The ABWA is a non-profit group of women from diverse occupations and stages in their professional careers who meet monthly for the purposes of leadership development, sharing business information, networking support, and personal growth.
The next meeting of the ABWA SouthCoast chapter, featuring guest speaker and comedienne Adrienne Baumann, will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00 pm at Cork Wine and Tapas Restaurant, 90 Front Street, New Bedford, MA 02740.
Adrienne Baumann, Director of Marketing & Community Relations for the Cape Cod Children's Museum and owner of 508 Marketing, specializes in providing education, training, and strategies for small businesses and non-profits to grow their businesses through email and social media marketing. As a stand-up comic, Adrienne shares her content marketing expertise with a healthy dose of humor!
Prior to the networking event, there will be a brief ABWA business meeting at 5:30 pm. which non-ABWA members are welcome to observe. Cost for the evening, which includes light appetizers and a cash bar, is $15 for ABWA members, $10 for first-time guests, and $20 for non-members.
Please RSVP to Meaghen Avila at 401-243-1302 or Meaghen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the July 15 meeting or for general information on the ABWA, please visit http://www.abwasouthcoast.org/meetings/ or contact Meaghen Avila at 401-243-1302 or Meaghen.email@example.com.
Mattapoisett Road Race Poster
Dublin has its doors; Newport has its mansions. And next month, Mattapoisett will have a "Road Race Shirt" poster. Through the generosity of Spherion of North Dartmouth, the Road Race Committee will be selling a limited number of posters featuring various Road Race shirts from 1991-Present. The poster includes three anniversary shirts and the infamous Dan White "Halloween" shirt. Shirts for the poster were supplied by runners, sponsors, and Race Committee members. Framed posters will be awarded to the first place male and female runners who are Mattapoisett residents. Remaining posters will be on sale for $15. Posters are 18" x 24" which is standard poster size and will come in a mailing tube. This poster makes the perfect gift for someone who no longer lives in Mattapoisett but may have run the race in the past.
In addition, the Road Race Committee will be selling Road Race baseball caps sponsored by Hawthorn Medical and "future runner" shirts sponsored by Hawthorn Medical Pediatrics. Hats are $15 and shirts are $10. The Race Committee can only accept cash or checks. Posters, hats and shirts will be available at pre-registration in Shipyard Park on July 3 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm and the morning of the race.
Summer Reading Program Kicks Off
"Be a Hero Every Day!" is the theme of this year's summer reading program for children, and registration is ongoing in the Mattapoisett Library's Children's Department. Sign up and receive a hero lanyard, reading hours card, and the schedule of activities for ages toddler through sixth grade.
Well-known storyteller Rona Leventhal will present "Heromania! Stories of Heroes Big and Small" for ages five and up on Wednesday, July 15 at 11:00 am. Rona will take the audience on a journey around the world and back with her pocket full of stores of heroes and heroines of all shapes and sizes. Be ready for dancing, singing, and laughing! Register at the library. The program will take place in Reynauld Hall at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church on the corner of Barstow and Church Streets.
Summer reading participants who read six hours or more will be eligible for the ice cream sundae party at the end of the six-week program and will be entered into a raffle to win one of four grand prize packs filled with fun items. Those who read at least six hours will earn a free ticket to a Pawtucket Red Sox game.
Readers report their reading hours each week and earn points that translate into donations from a generous local family to four different local non-profits that benefit the Mattapoisett community. Stop in and learn more about these worthy efforts and how you can help.
Each week during the program there will be a drop-in craft, new "hero challenges," Legos, computer games, and special events. Story time will be offered every Thursday at 10:30 am.
Chess Club will meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. Both children and adults are invited to learn the game and sharpen their skills. Bring a chess set, if you have one.
Teen Events and Programs: "Unmask" is the Summer Reading theme for older students. Stop by the Student Lounge upstairs to meet friends and find books on the summer reading list and new titles just published. This is also the place to find DVDs, video games and graphic novels. Make your own buttons and enjoy the cereal bar.
During Harbor Days on July 17 & 18, visit the MOBY Fair on the library lawn. Come and see what all the My Own BackYard project buzz is about. New backpacks are chock full of equipment, books and activities on an array of natural science subjects, including rock hounding, camping, organic gardening, invasive species, letterboxing, nature journals and more. Pan for gold, make structures with sticks and stones, all in the name of science! While perusing the cool stuff, enjoy a root beer float.
Comic Con rules at the library all day on Saturday, July 25, so start organizing your stash of comics for our comic book exchange. Each participant in the exchange is eligible for the drawing of new graphic novels and more. Celebrate comic culture and test your skills with Dr. Who Trivia. Have your photo taken in the Tardis instant photo booth. Sponsored by New England Comics, Time Capsule Comics, and The Boston Superheroes.
Thousands of additional ebooks are now available. Mattapoisett Library patrons have three additional collections of ebooks and videos to browse, thanks to participation in the state's ebook project. Fiction and non-fiction titles can be downloaded to most devices. All that is needed is a Mattapoisett Library card. Stop in for more information or visit the library's website at www.mattapoisettlibrary.org.
Friends of the Library Used Book Sale: The next used book sale will be held the week of Harbor Days, July 16-18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Members of the Friends are invited to the Preview Sale on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The Friends continue to accept book and DVD donations in good condition any day the library is open.
Knitting Club: Knitters - both experienced and beginner - gather every Thursday from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the downstairs meeting room. Anyone of any age is welcome to join in. Knitting needles and yarn are available so new knitters can give it a try.
Signing Savvy: Want to learn sign language to communicate more effectively with a hearing-impaired person or to begin a fun way to communicate with your baby or toddler? Visit the library's website with your Mattapoisett Library card and select "Signing Savvy" on the left side of the home page. The free program enables searches for words and phrases you want to learn and saves your list of new signs.
9th Annual Arts in the Park
On Saturday, July 11 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Marion Art Center will host its 9th annual Arts in the Park at Bicentennial Park in Marion. Bicentennial Park is located at the corner of Main Street and Spring Streets, where there is plenty of free parking. Admission is free.
A wide variety of fine art and artisanal crafts will be displayed in tents throughout the Park. Arts in the Park is a juried show and sale featuring local artists and artisans who will be offering unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass, paintings and prints, baskets, ceramics, textiles, collage, photography, turned, carved and painted wood, garden sculpture & garden furniture. Over 40 artists and artisans will exhibit their work. There will be live entertainment by Yesterday's Country Band, and the New Bedford Museum of Art's ArtMobile will be on hand to provide art projects for kids from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Food and beverage will be offered by Harriett's catering.
There will be a raffle of art work which has been donated by the artist exhibitors. Raffle tickets will be for sale and can be purchased throughout the day. The proceeds of the raffle will benefit the operation and maintenance of the Marion Art Center.
This year's exhibitors will include: Ceramic artists Karen Zaharee, Elizabeth Fieldsteel, Chrissy Feiteira, Tessa Morgan, and Pat Warwick; Fiber creations offered by Liz Howland (hand-dyed silk scarves, bags and shawls), Heather Kidson, and Mary Monteiro; Nantucket Baskets by William Judd; Fine jewelry offered by Emily Condon, Lynn Hahn, Trish Kozub, Karen Silvia, Donna Andrews-Maness, Julie Kohaya, Marcia Livada, Annika McKenna, silversmith Ann Hanson, Donna Driscoll, and Harmony Winters; Paintings, prints, photographs and collage offered by Mary Ross, Sarah Brown, Donna Secour, Jane Egan, Melissa Sepulveda, Alice Shire, Carol Way Wood, Barry Cronin and Doug Hockman; Hand-crafted bags and home accessories offered by Chikako Mukai (bags) and Greta Fox (shell home accessories) and Liz Howland (bags); Painted objects and furniture that include Sarah Brown's hand-painted chairs and tables, garden sculpture by Stephen Koleshis, and James Gallagher will offer his delightful folk-art fish; Turned wood and hand-crafted furniture by Gregory Strange and John Nadeau; Glass creations offered by Neal Drobnis and Liza Abelson, and Found Object Collage by Robin Pierson; and Hand-crafted soaps by Jennifer Marie Hofman will round out the show.
Marion Art Center's galleries will be open during the event where the latest exhibition of paintings by Kim Weineck and Eli Cedrone will be for view and sale. Visitors are invited to come inside and see the current exhibition of art in both galleries as well as check out a "Remainder Sale" of art, books, and more!
For more information, please visit www.marionartcenter.org and click on the "Arts In The Park" tab or call 508-748-1266.
St. Philip's Episcopal Church Summer Season
Visiting clergy will conduct services at the "Church by the Town Beach," St. Philip's Episcopal, Water Street in Mattapoisett, from July 5 to September 6. Services using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer are at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
On July 5, Rev. Philip C. Jacobs III, Rector from Trinity Church, Canton, MA will officiate. All are welcome!
Gardens By The Sea
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church's 13th annual Gardens By The Sea tour and luncheon is scheduled for July 10 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm (rain or shine). Walking tour steps off at the Capt. Hadley House, corner of Route 6 and Front Street, Marion. Garden tour tickets are available for $20 at The Bookstall, Marion General Store or St. Gabriel's office on South Street, Marion. Combination tour and luncheon tickets may be purchased by mail. Send a $45 check payable to St. Gabriel's to Frederica See, 11 Bayberry Lane, Marion MA 02738. Luncheon will be served at the Kittansett Club. Call 508-748-1507 for more information.
Marion Master Plan Forum
The Town of Marion is updating its Master Plan (MP), a document that will guide the Town's evolution through the coming decade and beyond. Community input is essential for producing a valuable, constructive MP. All interested in having a "voice" should plan to attend the Public Forum on Saturday, August 1 at 9:00 am in the Marion Music Hall. The discussion will be on housing, economic development, and land use.
The MP addresses housing and business development, infrastructure needs, natural resource protection, and public service plans. Massachusetts requires that municipalities update their MP every 8-10 years and makes it is a prerequisite to obtain state funding for community development. Marion last updated its MP in 2006.
The Planning Board is leading the MP process, assisted by professionals from the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) and a recently approved Town Planner. In addition, three advisory committees, composed of selected community members and representatives from town boards, will provide further insight on specific topics. Please mark your calendar today for this important Public Forum. Your engagement, input, and participation will ensure Marion's MP will protect our Town's special charm while meeting the future needs of our residents. For more information, visit www.srpedd.org/marion-master-plan.
Fort Phoenix Independence Day Program
For the nineteenth year, an Independence Day program will be sponsored by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism on Saturday, July 4 at 10:00 am at historical Fort Phoenix. The program, which includes the firing of the fort's five cannons, will take place following a Classic Car Cruise which starts at Fairhaven High School at 9:00 am, after the raising of the "Big Flag."
The Fort Phoenix program will feature performances of patriotic songs by the Showstoppers, under the direction of Kelly Zucco. A brief history of the fort will be presented by Fairhaven Director of Tourism Christopher Richard, followed by a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. The flag will be raised to the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner." Then the Fairhaven Village Militia will load and fire the fort's five Civil War cannons over the harbor.
The Independence Day program was begun in 1997 by the Office of Tourism. That year, Earl Faunce and Wayne Oliveira fired the Fort Phoenix cannons for the first time in many years. The patriotic ceremony, now co-sponsored by the Fairhaven Village Militia, has been a popular annual event ever since.
For more information, contact the Fairhaven Office of Tourism at 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@aol.com. The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 am to noon and 12:30 to 4:30 pm and on Saturday from 8:00 am to noon.
MNHM Summer Program
The Marion Natural History Museum's Summer Program is one of the most well known and well regarded in the Southcoast area. Children from across the country visit us each summer and participate in the program. The programs are designed to be small groups, and registration is limited to 15 children per session. Our Life Along the Shore program for grades entering 1-2 includes visiting the shoreline and exploring the plants and animals that live in our area's many coastal habitats. With the use of games, journals and introductory science techniques, this is a wonderful first look at life in our coastal environment. During our Coastal Explorations I program for grades entering 3-4, we feature explorations of our rocky intertidal shorelines, salt marshes, estuaries as well as freshwater riverbanks, swamps, ponds and bogs. We take a close-up look at the birds, amphibians, fish and invertebrates that make these areas so special.
Session I runs from July 6-17 and Session II runs August 3-14. The cost for each program is $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers. Registration information is found at our website: www.marionmuseum.org.
Mattapoisett Road Race
Celebrate Independence Day by running the 45th annual five-mile road race held in the scenic seaside town of Mattapoisett, MA. The race begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 4. All proceeds are awarded to graduating seniors from ORRHS. For more information and/or to register, log on towww.mattapoisettroadrace.com.
Marion Council on Aging
The Annual Marion Social Club at 44 Pumping Station Rd. will hold a BBQ dinner for Marion elders on August 16 at 1:00 pm. Doors will open at noon with door prizes for everyone. Marion residents may bring one guest. No take out meals allowed, but meals will be delivered to the homebound. Transportation will be provided by the Council on Aging. The cost for the event is $0.50 (fifty cents). Please pick up your ticket at the Council on Aging.
Marion Recreation Basketball Clinic
Marion Recreation is offering several Basketball Clinics at Silvershell Beach, for both boys and girls, this summer. Coach Kyle Erha (Varsity Coach Sturgis West High School Boys, coach of the Marion Recreation Boys Travel Team) will be running drills, competitions and games to get players ready for next season.
After an incredibly positive reception in the past, this summer we will offer two weeks of the clinic at each level. You may choose to attend one or both. While attendance at Week 1 is not required to attend Week 2, Week 2 will be a continuation of the skills and concepts learned in Week 1. All levels of play are both welcome and encouraged. If you would like a chance to improve your game and have a lot of fun playing basketball this summer, join us on the court at Silvershell Beach!
Boys entering Grades 4-6: Week 1, June 22-26 and Week 2, July 13-17. Both weeks meet from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Boys entering Grades 7-8: Week 1, July 6-10 and Week 2, July 20-24. Both weeks meet 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Girls entering Grades 4-8: Week 1, July22-26 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and Week 2, July 27-31 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Fee is $89 per player for one week. The second week is $79 per player. Register early to secure your spot!
For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.marionrecreation.com.
Inviting Mattapoisett Gardeners
The Mattapoisett Women's Club is soliciting Mattapoisett gardens for their 2016 Garden Tour which is scheduled from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 25. Proceeds from the tour support the group's scholarship fund. Interested in sharing your beautiful garden? Please contact Kay Smith at 508-758-6797 or email@example.com.
Become a Volunteer Baywatcher with the BBC
Do you love the water and want to help protect it? Volunteer as a Baywatcher with the Buzzards Bay Coalition in your community this summer! The Coalition is looking for dedicated volunteers to help monitor the health of local waterways across the Buzzards Bay region.
The Coalition is looking for Baywatchers to monitor the water in the following locations:
- Falmouth: Mashapaquit Creek, Quissett Harbor, Rands Harbor, West Falmouth Harbor and Wild Harbor River
- Bourne: Back River, Briarwood Center, Eel Pond, Phinneys Harbor and Red Brook Harbor
- Wareham: Agawam River, Broadmarsh River, Onset Bay, Shell Point Bay and Weweantic River
- Rochester: Sippican River
- Marion: Blankinship Cove, Hammett Cove, Sippican Harbor and Wings Cove
- Mattapoisett: Brandt Island Cove, Eel Pond and Mattapoisett River
- Fairhaven: Little Bay and Nasketucket River
- New Bedford: Acushnet River, Clarks Cove and New Bedford Harbor
- Dartmouth: Apponagansett Bay and Salters Pond
The Baywatchers program is the largest volunteer-based coastal monitoring effort in New England. Through the Baywatchers program, the Coalition monitors all of Buzzards Bay's major rivers, coves and harbors - an area covering more than one-quarter of the Massachusetts coast. The data collected through the Baywatchers program form the foundation of the Coalition's efforts to restore and protect Buzzards Bay.
Baywatchers volunteer approximately one morning per week from May to September at a designated location in their community. Using a water testing kit, Baywatchers collect samples and measure salinity, temperature, water clarity and dissolved oxygen at the site. Baywatchers receive training prior to volunteering and do not need a science background.
If you're interesting in becoming a Baywatcher, contact Director of Monitoring Programs Tony Williams at 508-999-6363 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Baywatchers program, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/baywatchers.
Old Rochester Farmers' Market
The Old Rochester Farmers' Market runs every Tuesday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm outside the ORRJHS. This year's market will have two produce farms, Cervelli's and Skinny a Dip (organic); Sweet and Salty Farm which has veal and yogurt; Wyandotte Farm with chicken and a variety of other meats; and Robbins Trout Farm with fresh-harvested trout. The market also has cheese, bread, honey, oils & vinegars, fresh ground coffee, sweets (also gluten free and vegan options), homemade pies, sweet and savory cinnamon rolls, freshly popped kettle corn, organic baby food, barbecue sauces, soups, toffee, jams and herbs. Additionally, artisan vendors with soaps, candles, skin products, jewelry, roped nautical items, and organic and gluten-free pet treats. Lastly, the market will include healthy option food vendors and Running Brooke Vineyards winery. We also welcome weekly guest vendors. Come check us out - an event the whole family can enjoy with musical entertainment and free face painting!
Summer Teen Dances
The Mattapoisett Track Club is once again sponsoring summer teen dances on Holmes Wharf in Mattapoisett. Dances will be every Thursday night through August 27 between the hours of 7:30 and 10:30 pm. Admission is limited to students who are entering the junior and senior high school in the fall and are residents of the Tri-Town area. Summer residents and summer visitors are also welcome. No one will be admitted to these dances after 9:00 pm. Admission fee will be $8.
The time approaches for the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library's big July book sale. Traditionally held during Harbor Days week, this year's sale will start with a Members-Only Preview on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, then continue July 16, 17 and 18, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. Pencil in these dates, then check your shelves for good-quality books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles to donate to the cause. Donations can be brought to the library during business hours.
The Friends' Jewelry & Accessory Sale will open with a Members-Only Preview Friday, August 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and continue Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Your donation of jewelry, handbags, and scarves can also be brought to the library.
The Members-Only Previews are the perfect time to become a member or to renew your membership. The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your donations are tax deductible. All proceeds benefit the library.
Adult Literacy Tutoring at the Mattapoisett Library
A new program at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library offers the opportunity for adults and out-of-school youth over 16 to prepare for a high school equivalency diploma with the help of a tutor - for free. The new Hi-Set exam, which has replaced the GED test, is challenging for many, and this program will help students prepare at their own pace. Anyone is welcome to participate.
Tutoring is also available for those whose first language is not English but who would like to improve their English reading, writing, and conversational skills. "The cultural exchange is very enjoyable," stated one tutor. "We love to have conversations about all sorts of topics and get to know one another."
"It's never too late to improve one's reading skills," offered library director Susan Pizzolato. "Adults sometimes come in for reading assistance who already have high school diplomas but want to read more fluently. Sometimes their motivation is wishing to read more confidently to their grandchildren. There are many reasons why someone doesn't read at the level he wishes he could. This is a wonderful, discreet way to work with a caring adult who can help."
The program also offers basic computer assistance and basic money management. These important skills can sometimes need brushing up, especially for older adults or those who never learned to manage a check book.
Volunteer tutors are paired with adult learners, depending on the educational goals of the learner and convenient times for both. Tutoring sessions are typically once a week at the library. All materials are provided by the library.
Anyone wishing to tutor is encouraged to contact Deena Kinsky by leaving a message at the library 508-758-4171 or emailing her at email@example.com. No previous teaching or tutoring experience is necessary. Each tutor will receive training and an orientation to the program.
This one-on-one, confidential tutoring program has been funded with a grant from The Marianne J. H. Witherby Foundation. Brochures describing the program are available at the Mattapoisett Library, located at 7 Barstow Street.
Summer Youth Program: Summer Musical Theatre - Sing, dance, and audition to act in a production of Frozen! During this one week course, students will learn the basics of putting together a theatre production and how to take part in a musical theatre performance. They will then audition for a role in Frozen and participate in the performance on the final day of the course. Class is open to boys and girls ages 5-13 and runs July 13 - July 17 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the OHS Cafetorium. To register, visit www.mattapoisett.net, go to MATT REC then Summer Musical Theatre.
Summer Adult Fitness Opportunity: Adult Boot Camp - Get fit and have fun in a one-hour workout designed for men and women of all fitness levels. The sessions will address all areas of fitness including cardio, muscular endurance, weight loss, strength, agility, balance and flexibility. Join the group and workout in a supportive non-intimidating environment. Instructor Chad Cabeceiras has a Masters degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science and Biomechanics. Chad is a certified trainer who has designed and implemented multiple fitness programs and boot camps over the past 15 years. Program runs through July 24. Register for 3X per week, 2X a week, or drop in at www.mattapoisett.net, go to MATT REC then Adult Boot Camp.
3rd Annual Clam Boil
The American Legion, Florence Eastman Post 280, 3 Depot Street, Mattapoisett will hold a Clam Boil under the tent in Shipyard Park, Mattapoisett on July 12 serving at 2:00 pm. Venue courtesy of the Mattapoisett Lions' Club. Call Mike at 508-758-9311 for reservations or questions. The Boil will include our special chowder, two pounds of clams, stuffing, sweet corn, onion, potato, sausage and linguica.
Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $25 per ticket. We need your support to continue our Community Service and look forward to providing our guests with a great meal and good fellowship right on the water!
Marion's Annual Town Party
Marion Recreation and the Marion Firefighters Association is proud to announce the Annual Town Party will be held on Saturday, August 22 (rain date is Sunday, August 23) on the grounds of the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street. Festivities begin at 4:00 pm. Proceeds will be distributed between the Marion Firefighters Association and Marion Recreation to benefit local community needs.
There will be food and beverages for sale. Also, as in past years we will have a fabulous selection of baked goods for sale at the Bake Sale Table. FREE bounce houses sponsored by the Marion Police Brotherhood, a FREE rock climbing wall, music and a Photo Booth by Ensemble Events as well! PLUS, a huge bonfire! A great night of fun for the entire family!
New this year, organizers are seeking corporate sponsors. We will have different levels of sponsorship. Also, we will be selling advertising space in the Town Party booklet. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get the word out and advertise their businesses.
Donations from the community are needed to help underwrite the event. Food, services, bake sale items, cash or any other in-kind donation would be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax deductible.
For further information or to make a donation, please contact Steve Gonsalves at 508-264-5852, Chris Berg at 508-776-1615, Jody Dickerson at 774-217-8355, or you may send a check to Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738.
SouthCoast Toastmasters Speak Their Minds
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, also known as Marion Toastmaster's Club is a public speaking, communications and leadership organization which meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 pm (noon) to 1:00 pm at the Wareham Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA.
Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5-7 minute prepared speeches, two minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. The meeting is one hour. Come and BRING your brown bag lunch.
Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Bring a friend. For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our web site at http://southcoast.toastmastersclubs.org/.
MNHM Environmental Educator Opening
The Marion Natural History Museum's Summer Program is one of the most well known and well regarded in the South Coast Massachusetts area. Children from across the country visit us each summer and participate in the program. The classes are designed to be for small groups, and registration is limited to 15 children per session. Our program involves visiting various marine and freshwater systems and exploring the plants and animals that live in our area's many unique habitats. With the use of games, journals and introductory science techniques, this program is a wonderful first look at nature.
This year, we are in need of an experienced environmental educator who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the coastal environment. If interested, please forward a resume and cover letter to the Marion Natural History Museum, P.O. Box 644, Marion, MA 02738.
Rochester Country Fair Announces Theme
The Rochester Country Fair Committee is excited to announce this year's fair is centered around a "Prehistoric" theme. For the past 16 years, families in our local area come together each summer to celebrate our rural and rich farming history with some old-fashioned, unique, and entertaining events. This year's festivities will take place from August 13 to August 16 on the newly-renovated Fair Grounds located on Pine Street.
Make no bones about it, this year's fair will feature fun events, such as Tractor Pulling, Woodsman Show Competitions, Pie Eating and Pie Bake Off Contests, dinosaur dig hunt, Pebbles & Bam Bam Contest, and the return of the Buana Iguana Reptile Show. The Fair Committee is also working to bring a Highland Games Exhibition as well as Vyntyge Skynyrd, New England's Tribute band that captures the musical fire and soul of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
"We're all excited to continue to bring new and entertaining events to the fair and are incredibly thankful for all of the support we've received," said Julie Koczera, co-chair of the Rochester Country Fair Committee.
Co-Chair David Souza added, "I am looking forward to bringing together the community and offering exciting new events."
The Rochester Country Fair is completely funded through the generous donations of local residents and businesses, advertising through ad and banner placements, and fundraising events throughout the year.
About Rochester Country Fair: The Rochester Country Fair Committee was founded in 1999 by a small group of Rochester residents - Dianne Wood, Julie Koczera, Arthur Westgate, Chris Faustino, Duffy Clapp, Pat Lafleur, Slim Bernier, and John Lafleur - to celebrate a Millennium Celebration. Completely funded by fundraising events and donations, the Rochester Country Fair has since flourished into an annual, family celebration held at the Pine Street Fairgrounds in Rochester, Mass.
Mattapoisett Transfer Station Hours
The Mattapoisett Transfer Station hours are Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Marion COA Trips
The Marion Council on Aging has the following trips scheduled for 2015. Call to reserve your spot on the van. These trips fill up quickly.
July 20 - Butterflies of Cape Cod, Bourne
August 17 - Canal Boat trip
September 21 - Isaacs Plymouth
October 19 - Fall River Maritime Museum
Marion COA Information
Outreach Worker: Outreach worker is available to meet in your home or at the COA office at Town House to assist with information, referrals, or assistance with applications. Call for appointment.
Drug Disposal: Drop off at the police station. No liquids.
Emergency Fund: For Marion residents in need of life sustaining services.
Transportation: Call as soon as you have an appointment.
- Wareham area - Monday am & Thursday pm.
- Dartmouth & New Bedford - Monday pm & Thursday am.
- Plymouth on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
- Boston on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.
- Every Wednesday, Market Basket - pick up at 12:30 pm.
- Alternate Fridays to Shaw's in Wareham and Fairhaven marts - pick up 12:30 pm.
- Please arrange errands with the above schedule.
- Donations are appreciated.
Mailbox Sticker: If you have not picked up your mail in three days, the post office will notify the COA so we may do a well check. Call the COA for more info.
Book Delivery: Free delivery of books to home-bound residents. Please call the library at 508-748-1252.
LGBT Supper Club: LGBT supper club, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Suggested donation: $3. Call the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Avenue, 508-979-4029, to sign up.
Telephone Reassurance: Daily check on people living alone. Call for more details.
Health & Wellness:
- YMCA: Tuesdays and Thursdays - pick up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.
- Step & Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.
- Senior Stretch: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at First Congregational Church hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion visiting nurse. Ten-week sessions for $45. Sign up for one, two or three days.
- Low-impact Dance Aerobics: Mondays from 9:30 - 10:40 am, Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00 am at Atlantis Drive. Donation: $4.
Public Health Nurse: Nurse is available for health consultation, blood pressure and glucose monitoring, wound assessment and routine adult vaccinations on Mondays at Town House from 9:30 - 11:30 am. The nurse is available by appointment Tuesday - Friday.
Meals on Wheels: Delivered daily to home-bound elders.
Podiatry Clinic: Call for appointment.
Social Day Program: Monday - Friday to the Fairhaven social day program. Pick up begins at 7:45 am and return is at 2:30 pm.
Medical Equipment: Walkers, bath seats, commodes, etc. Free loan.
Friendship Table: Free meal at St. Gabriel's church in Marion, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.
SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Have a health insurance question? Ask our SHINE counselor. Call the COA for appointment.
Fuel Assistance: Applications are available at the office. Please call to make an appointment.
FISH - Friends In Service Helping
Friends In Service Helping has been in operation in Mattapoisett since 1969. We provide rides to medical appointments for elderly residents who cannot drive anymore. We service Mattapoisett residents with transportation from their homes to Wareham, Marion, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Dartmouth, as well as right here in Mattapoisett. Last year alone, we transported 301 residents!
Our town does not have public transportation. Our elderly residents are counting on FISH to get them to their medical appointments. We need more volunteer callers and drivers. We always work around your schedule when it is convenient for you! To find out more about your opportunity to be a FISH volunteer, please call FISH Coordinator Jacquie McGraw at 508-758-9278.
Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Knitting: Mondays at 10:00 am
Scrabble: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Bingo: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm
Bridge: Thursdays at 9:00 am
Belly Dancing: Mondays, 1:30 pm, $3
Qi Gong: Mondays, 10:00 am, free
Strength and Balance: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, free
Cardio Fit: Wednesdays, 9:00 am, free
Yoga: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:45 am, $3
Walking Group: Tuesdays, 9:00 am, free
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