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Join the Friends of the Mattapoisett COA
Everyone is invited to join the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The FMCoA serves as the fundraising arm of the Council on Aging. You can become a "Friend" and help out through your annual membership.
Pick up the FMCoA membership application at the Senior Center or go online to download a form:
Your membership will be valid through the end of 2018 and allows you to vote at the January Annual Meeting. For more information, contact Bob Kelley at 508-758-6311 or email

Holiday in the Park and Town Holiday Stroll
The Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen wishes to extend an invitation to all town residents to attend their Twelfth Annual "Holiday in the Park and Town Holiday Stroll." The actual Tree Lighting takes place on Saturday, December 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Shipyard Park.
Please come and bring your families to join in on all the festivities. This event is free of cost thanks to our most generous Town food establishments. Santa and Mrs. Claus and all their friends will be arriving by Fire Engine at dusk along with the lighting of the tree. There will be lots of ornament making and face painting for the children along with a petting zoo.
Stop by the Mattapoisett Library for holiday stories and ornament making from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Boy Scout Troop 53 will be selling wreaths with free hot chocolate and hot coffee at Town Hall from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Please be sure to stop by the Historical Society for their Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and visit the Mattapoisett Congregational Church Holiday Fair from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
There will be music performances at Shipyard Park by the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School Band. Music and Technical Support by Rick LeBlanc with MC Ken Pacheco.
Please bring an unwrapped new children's gift and/or a nonperishable food item/canned good to the table under the tent - sponsored by the Mattapoisett Lion's Club.
Restrooms open to the public at the Library and Mattapoisett Town Hall.
"Happy holidays to all" and we hope to see you on December 9.

FMCoA Annual Holiday Party
Once again, the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging (FMCoA) hosts its Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm or so. The party takes place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Fairhaven Road, Mattapoisett.
This is an opportunity for seniors to meet and make new friends while getting into the holiday spirit. Holiday music and songs are again provided by Rick LeBlanc and Billy Couto.
The FMCoA invites the Mattapoisett seniors and FMCoA members to sign up at the Mattapoisett Senior Center as soon as possible to join in the fun. Need a ride? The Mattapoisett CoA can provide transportation for Mattapoisett seniors. RSVP today to both sign up and book a ride: 508-758-4110 - Mattapoisett Senior Center.

Scouts Wreath Sale
Mattapoisett Troop 53 Boy Scouts will be selling wreaths on Saturday, December 9 at the Mattapoisett Town Hall. Plain or decorated wreaths are available. Please support your local troop.

It's a Wonderful Life
The Marion Art Center's production of It's a Wonderful Life, a radio drama adapted for the stage by Tony Palermo, will run next weekend with two evening performances and one matinee as follows: Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 pm. Director Kate Fishman, partnered with Steve McManus as Technical Director, will lead this two-act play that tells the beloved story of Clarence, an angel, sent from Heaven to help George Bailey, a desperate man, realize what life would have been like had he never existed. Several local actors - some of whom have been seen on the Marion Art Center's stage before - will be featured in this production, assuming multiple characters and also assisting with sound and special effects.
The cast of players includes Camerin Bennett, Jack Boesen, Eden Dupre, Molly Dupre, Jeff Hallahan, John Heavey, Suzie Kokkins, Jack LeBrun, Dottie McCarthy, Zoe Pateakos, Henry Richins, Susan Salveson, Mindy Wallis, and Davis Webb.
"This play is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit," said Shelly Richins, Marion Art Center's President of the Board. She added, "We're especially excited about this because it's the first play we are presenting in our newly updated theater. The new seating, lighting and sound system will make it a whole new experience for attendees."
Tickets may be purchased ($15 for MAC members/$18 for non-members) at the Marion Art Center located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion, MA or by calling 508-748-1266. A limited number of cabaret tables are available for reserved parties of four, and attendees may bring their own refreshments. Reservations are highly recommended.

Tri-County Symphonic Band
The Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, celebrates the festive holiday season with its annual Children's Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 10, 1:30 pm at the Sippican School, 16 Spring Street, Marion, in the Multi-Purpose Room.
The concert is a wonderful family experience designed for all ages and is free of charge.
The Tri-County Symphonic Band will perform seasonal favorites including "Bells," "A Christmas Festival," "An American Christmas," "Three Moods of Hanukkah," and "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
A special part of this year's concert will feature the Sippican School Concert Choir, under the direction of Patricia Richard, performing a lovely setting of "Jingle Bell Rock," "The Little Drummer Boy," and a colorful arrangement of "Feliz Navidad."
Also, the youngsters in the audience will enter a drawing with the winners playing the sleigh bells with the Tri-County Symphonic Band in its rendition of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."
The concert will conclude with a "Christmas Sing-a-long" featuring the Sippican School Concert Choir and special guests, followed by a volunteer community band called the "Cottage Street Jam Band," under the direction of Hannah Moore, leading a march from the Sippican School to Island Wharf to greet Santa as he arrives via "water sleigh."

Public Skating at Tabor Academy
Marion Recreation will begin its popular public skating program that begins Sunday, December 10 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm and runs through Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the Travis Roy Rink at Tabor Academy. This is an opportunity for you to skate the ice in an open skate format in a beautiful venue. Cost is $5 per person. Hats, gloves, and ice skates are required to skate. For details, visit, call Marion Recreation Department at 774-217-8355, or email

Great Decisions Program
Great Decisions is a Foreign Policy Association program that promotes dialogue and offers current U.S. Foreign Policy and global issues for discussion with shared informed opinions that challenge communities in America today. Our group has been meeting for over 38 years and is sponsored by the Mattapoisett Woman's Club with support by Susan Pizzolato, Director of the Library, and her staff of the Mattapoisett Public Library.
Each member will come away with new and exciting ideas about international relations. This year's topics include:
1. The Waning of Pax Americana?
2. Russia's Foreign Policy
3. China & America: The New Geopolitical Equations
4. Media & Foreign Policy
5. Turkey: A Partner in Crisis
6. U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
7. South Africa's Fragile Democracy
8. Global Health Progress & Challenges
The discussion program begins on Wednesday, January 17, and continues for eight consecutive weeks until March 7, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The group meets at the Mattapoisett Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett, in the community meeting room, which is accessible at the side entrance where there is an elevator.
The price for a single person is $35; if two people are sharing one text, the price is $45. This fee includes the cost of the textbook, one two-part classroom DVD, materials, money for refreshments, and a donation to the library.
The deadline for registration is December 29. The class is limited to 25 people and operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. The textbooks will be available on or around January 10, 2018 for distribution at the library. Times will be posted.
Along with your name, address and telephone number, please send check payable to Mattapoisett Woman's Club and indicate Great Decisions, P.O. Box 1444, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Learn to Play Basketball Program
In this class, instructors will focus on fundamentals of the game of basketball and basics of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and of course teamwork. Participants will also have the opportunity to play smaller games with adaptive nets. The program runs Saturdays, beginning January 6 and running through February 10, and is designed for beginner players or players in grades K-Grade 2. Classes take place at Sippican School Gymnasium. Cost for participants is $75 for instructional weeks and includes a participant T-shirt. You may register online at or by mailing in a paper registration form to Marion Recreation, 465 Mill Street, Marion, MA 02738. You do not need to live in Marion to attend this clinic. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or

Marion Republican Town Committee
The Marion Republican Town Committee will conduct its next monthly meeting on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. The public and new members welcome.

Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Everyone is welcome to participate in activities and services at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, 17 Barstow Street. Most activities are "drop in." The COA newsletter, with special event listings, is available online at For any questions and/or to register for trips and special events, call 508-758-4110 or email to:
Mondays: 8:45 am -Tai Chi (free); 10:00 am - Knitting (free); 10:00 am - QiGong (free); 12:00 pm - Strength & Balance; 1:00 pm - Scrabble; Footcare ($22, by appointment)
Tuesdays: 8:30 am - Yoga (free, at Congregational Church Hall); 12:00 pm - Movie & Pizza (last Tuesday of month); 12:30 pm - Art History (every other month, call for details); 1:00 pm - Water Color Painting; 4:00 pm - Chess Club lessons (beginners welcome); Legal Services (15 minutes free, by appointment)
Wednesdays: 9:15 am - Patriot Place & Trader Joe's (every 2nd Wednesday of the month); 9:30 am - Dance Fit (free); 10:45 am - Meditation (donation); 12:00 pm - Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm - Bingo ($1 per card); 1:15 pm - Mah Jong (free)
Thursdays: 9:30 am - Pottery/Hand Clay (every other Thursday, call to register, $10 includes material & finished product); various trips (call the COA for details)
Fridays: 8:15 am - Yo-lates (Yoga + Pilates, free); 9:30 am - Market Basket van (every first Friday); 9:30 am - Shaw's Wareham (every 3rd Friday); 10:00 am - QiGong Prescription ($10); 11:15 am - Chair Yoga ($4); 1:00 pm - Line Dancing (free/donations accepted).

Open Table
You are invited for supper on Friday, December 15 at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Guest chefs, Ken & Liz Ackerman of the Oxford Creamery, are preparing the entree, which will undoubtedly be delicious and we hope you can join us. There is no charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. Doors open at 4:30 pm and the meal will be served at 5:00 pm. This is a community event and everyone from the Tri-Town area is welcome.

MLT Welcomes Logan Johnson
Logan Johnson, an AmeriCorps service member, will work part-time with the Mattapoisett Land Trust (MLT) over the next six months to make contact with neighbors of MLT properties in order to introduce the land trust and explore any problems or concerns caused by proximity to MLT preserves. Logan hails from rural Maine and is a 2017 graduate of the University of Maine, with a degree in Biology and minor in Anthropology. Previous work experience includes time as an environmental affairs intern with a pulp mill and as a conservation intern with the Downeast Lakes Land Trust in Grand Lake Stream, Maine. When not working with MLT, Logan will undertake a variety of land stewardship projects with the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Please join us in welcoming Logan, and if you are an MLT neighbor don't be surprised to see Logan knocking on your door over the coming months. For more information, please email

Free Gift Wrapping at the Elizabeth Taber Library
Bring your gifts to the Elizabeth Taber Library on Fridays in December (December 8, 15, and 22) between 1:00 - 4:00 pm and we'll wrap them for you. All materials will be provided. Small donations are appreciated so that we may keep up this wonderful service to the community.

Mattapoisett-Themed Articles for Sale
A sales table of the Friends of the Council on Aging will be at the Mattapoisett Historical Society's Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair. Featured are Mattapoisett-themed notecards, umbrellas, aprons, sweatshirts, and T-shirts. Come join us at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Mattapoisett Free Public Library
The Mattapoisett Free Public Library's Children's Department will be offering many special seasonal programs during the month of December:
Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm: Stop by the library before you head to Mattapoisett's Town Tree Lighting at the wharf for a FREE cup of hot chocolate, make your own jingle bell necklace, and try to win a prize in our Santa Tree Challenge!
Wednesday, December 13 at 3:30 pm: Gift-Making Workshop to make a hand-made gift for someone special. All materials provided - free - children under 8 years old, please bring an adult helper. Please register at the library.
Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 pm: Make a candy lighthouse! Join us to make your very own candy creation - free - all materials provided. Children under 8 must have an adult helper; please register at the library.
School Vacation Week Events at the Library:
- On Wednesday, December 27 at 3:00 pm, watch the movie Storks; free popcorn will be served.
- On Thursday, December 28 at 1:00 pm, come to a craft workshop to make your own Super Slime Stress Ball to take home with you - free - all materials provided. Children under 8 need an adult helper; please register at the library.
- On Friday, December 29 at 2:00 pm, join us for a meet & greet with your favorite princesses! Cinderella, Rapunzel & Princess Beauty will be here to share their stories, sing some songs and take pictures with you. Come visit with them and make a special princess craft - free - please register at the library.

Quaker Open House
Mattapoisett Friends Meeting wants to thank the community for its support for renovations that were done to its 1827 building. Now that the rotting subfloor is replaced, the cellar shored up, and the cracking plaster fixed, an Open House has been scheduled for December 10. There will be a Quaker service from 9:30 to 10:00 am. Open House will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm with light refreshments served.

Public Forum on "An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana"
On Monday, December 11, the Mattapoisett Planning Board will hold a Public Forum at 7:00 pm at the Old Hammondtown School Cafetorium for the purpose of first hearing an informational presentation about "An Act to Ensure Safe Access To Marijuana" by Katherine Laughman, Esq., of KP Law, and then to hear your comments and questions regarding this new law permitting retail recreational marijuana establishments in Massachusetts cities and towns including Mattapoisett.
On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters approved Question 4 legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and the sale of marijuana in retail establishments (Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016). On July 28, 2017, Governor Baker signed the General Court's revised law on the subject entitled, "An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana" (the "Act"), adopted as Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017 addresses aspects of the retail sales of marijuana.
The Town of Mattapoisett should have an open discussion about this Law and how it relates to Mattapoisett and what do the Mattapoisett residents feel regarding the retail sale of marijuana in the Town. The State will begin accepting applications for retail marijuana establishments on April 1, 2018. The Town has various options that can be considered and the presenter from KP Law will discuss them in detail this evening. Options can include a temporary moratorium on marijuana establishments to permit the Town time to review the impacts of the Act on the Town and if Zoning and General Bylaws should be considered to locally regulate this type of retail sales. The Town could consider possible prohibition of retail marijuana sales in Mattapoisett. The town could consider no changes to its current zoning and allow establishments under current existing Zoning Bylaws.
As your Planning Board, we need to hear from you as to what you wish for us to consider regarding retail marijuana sales in Mattapoisett and we ask that you attend and share with us your thoughts.
Timelines for various considerations are tight, so this is our Community's opportunity to give input into this matter.
For further information, please contact the Planning Board at 508-758-4100 ext. 215.

Pizza with Santa
The Marion Police Brotherhood will be hosting Pizza with Santa on Sunday, December 17 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Marion Community Center, 465 Mill Street (Route 6).
Once again, we will be accepting donations to help "fill a cruiser" with new unwrapped toys for The Justice Resources Institute, a local nonprofit organization providing intensive foster care and adoption programs for children and adolescents in our community.
Please register at the Marion Police Department, 550 Mill Street, Marion or email or by December 13.

Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner
The Marion Police Brotherhood Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner will be held at the Marion Community Center on Saturday, December 16. Doors open at 11:30 am; dinner served at 12:00 noon. Open to Marion residents. Residents may bring one guest, and admission is free. Must RSVP by December 13. To RSVP, contact the Marion Council On Aging, 465 Mill Street. Call 508-748-3570 with questions or to RSVP.

Elizabeth Taber Library
Annual Holiday Ornament Sale: The Elizabeth Taber Library is now selling their annual holiday ornament, a beautiful starfish, for only $25! Buy yours today. They will make the perfect holiday gift for friends and family. All proceeds directly benefit the library in order to enhance our programs and services. Previous years' ornaments - a sailboat and a conch shell - are also on sale for $20 while supplies last. Ornaments are made by McDermott Glass Studio in Sandwich.
Holiday Cookie Swap: Come celebrate the holidays at the Elizabeth Taber Library with a cookie exchange on Tuesday, December 12, at 4:00 pm. Bring at least a dozen homemade cookies (and the recipe!) with you to swap with others. It's a great time to share your love for baking and sweets! To register, please call the library at 508-748-1252.
Museum Passes: Looking for something fun to do indoors with friends and family this winter? Then come to the Elizabeth Taber Library to check out any of our museum passes with your SAILS library card! We currently offer discounted passes to the Museum of Fine Arts, Mystic Aquarium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Roger Williams Zoo, Mass Parks Pass and NEW in 2018 - passes to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. To reserve a pass or for more information, please call the library at 508-748-1252 or visit our website:

Christmas Carol Sing-Along at St. Gabriel's
The Eastern Ocean Brass Ensemble will present a Christmas Carol Sing-Along at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion, MA on Friday, December 15, at 7:00 pm. The quintet, led by Bob Katcher, trumpet, is comprised of two trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba, and will present familiar carols of the season for all to sing along! The event is open to all, with a free-will donation joyfully accepted! Ring in the holidays with an outstanding brass ensemble, sing many of your favorite carols, and bring friends and family to create a new musical tradition! St. Gabriel's Church is located at 124 Front Street in Marion.

Make a Difference Expo
Volunteer groups and nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to share their mission and be matched with potential volunteers at the Make A Difference Expo to be held on Friday, December 29, from 1:00 - 6:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 6 in Mattapoisett. Applications are now being accepted by organizer Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco, a lifelong volunteer whose platform is entitled "Choose A Cause, Make A Difference."
Ms. Zucco volunteers all-year round, working with various groups and organizations that operate on shoe-string budgets and rely on volunteers to carry out their missions. "As this year comes to an end and a new one begins, I want to remind people of the value of making a difference. Some people think about volunteering but they don't know how to go about it. This is a great way for individuals interested in volunteering to learn about the opportunities in our community and how they can get involved." Ms. Zucco believes that there is something out there for everyone's individual talents and interests.
In addition to the exhibits, Boston Children's Hospital will have its blood donor bus set up outside to help restock their critically low blood supply. The expo will also feature live entertainment and refreshments.
For more information or to request an application, please contact

Holiday House Tour and Tea
The Sippican Woman's Club presents the 31st Annual House Tour and Tea from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 9. Proceeds from the Holiday House Tour are used for annual scholarship awards to local students - both graduating seniors and college students. The theme this year is "Festival of Trees" with over 60 decorated trees - some for sale - in the Tavern. Wassail will be served before proceeding to five homes, each uniquely decorated.
There is also the elegant Tea at St. Gabriel's, corner of Front Street and South Street, where one can enjoy freshly baked pastries and have a chance to warm up. Tea will be served between 2:00 and 4:00 pm by club members.
Tickets are $20 in advance by purchasing them in Marion at Serendipity by the Sea, The Bookstall, and Marion General Store. In Mattapoisett, tickets may be purchased at Isabelle's in The Ropewalk. Tickets may be reserved by mail (Sippican Woman's Club, P.O. Box 121, Marion MA, 02738; please write "tickets" on your envelope) and picked up at Coldwell Banker, next to Handy's Tavern. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour, for $25 at Coldwell Banker.

Festival of Lessons and Carols
The 2017 Festival of Lessons and Carols, Tabor Academy's annual celebration of the return to light following the solstice, will take place on Sunday, December 10 at 7:30 pm in Wickenden Chapel (81 Spring Street, Marion).
Inaugurated in 1980 by recently retired faculty member, Bruce Cobbold, the festival occupies a special place in the life of the Academy. Featuring Tabor's six choral ensembles, this "Christmas card in music" to the community annually draws hundreds to the chapel to ring in the season with carols, music by the masters, and readings drawn from Scripture that tell the story of the rebirth of hope from darkness. Thousands more have followed the live streaming of the event via Tabor's Facebook page.
This year's repertoire includes airs, recitatives and choruses from Camille Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio as well as long established old favorites. Rounding out the offerings are original compositions and new arrangements of traditional standbys making their debut on this year's festival.
The Festival begins in darkness with the lighting of the candles, accompanied by Saint-Saens' haunting "Prelude in the Style of J. S. Bach" followed by the choral introit, "In The Beginning." From there, the choristers process to "Once in Royal David's City" and once in, invite the congregation to join in joyous celebration of the season. As always, the assembly is encouraged to raise their voices with the ensembles to form a mighty choir, culminating in the robustly magnificent "Hallelujah!" chorus from Handel's Messiah.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Please join us for this gala observance in Wickenden Chapel, 81 Spring Street, Marion, or, if you are unable to make it to Marion, online by logging onto Tabor Academy on Facebook.

Science@Work Lecture Series
Dr. Gregory Skomal, an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, and author, will kick off the Tabor Academy Science@Work Lecture Series for this year on December 11 at 6:30 pm.
For more than 30 years, Skomal has been actively involved in the study of life history, ecology, and physiology of sharks. Much of his current research centers on the use of acoustic telemetry and satellite-based tagging technology to study the ecology and behavior of white sharks.
A fisheries scientist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries since 1987, Dr. Skomal currently heads up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology and an adjunct scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). He holds a master's degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He has written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, and numerous television networks. His most recent book, The Shark Handbook, is a must buy for all shark enthusiasts.
Interest is high in our area as more sharks have been seen in and around the Cape and the Islands. Come learn more about these amazing creatures and why their numbers seem to be growing in this area.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Fireman Center for the Performing Arts at 235 Front Street, Marion, at 6:30 pm.

GiftsToGive Friend & Fund Raiser
Our Fourth Annual Holiday Crafts Fair for a Cause to benefit GiftsToGive, 1 Titleist Drive, Acushnet MA, will be held on Sunday, December 10, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Shop local. Spend a little, give a lot. One hundred percent of proceeds support local programming for children. With 55 local vendors, there will be something for everyone: holiday items, unique gifts, wood, glass, textiles, jewelry, candles, body scrubs, essential oils, Avon, Lularoe, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, pet supplies, and Girl Scout cookies. There will also be a bake sale, Chinese auction, and door prizes. Free admission, free face painting, lots of parking, and our Thrift Store will be open. Local pageant title holders, Miss New Bedford Sara Achorn and Miss New Bedford Outstanding Teen Jordan St. Onge, will make appearances. Bring a new package of kids' socks or underwear to get entered into a special drawing.

Old Rochester's Winter Farmers' Market
The Old Rochester's Winter Farmers' Market is back. Come join us on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, starting up for the holidays on December 9, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Local, fresh, produce, cheese, honey, non-gmo/hormone-free meats, sweets, syrup, breads, seafood, sweet and savory pies, teas, prepared foods, artisan crafts, alpaca winter items and much, much more! Located at the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, 133 Marion Road, Mattapoisett. Now accepting new vendors.

Mattapoisett Congregational Church Holiday Fair
Shop local during the holidays. Join the Mattapoisett Congregational Church for our annual Holiday Fair at 27 Church Street, Mattapoisett on December 9 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Booths include: costume & handmade jewelry, knitted items, Christmas notions, household treasures, baked goods, and frozen foods. We will be serving up a soup & chowder luncheon to keep you going. For more information, call 508-758-2671 or email

Marion Cultural Council Members Needed
Are you interested in supporting local cultural events in Marion? Have you considered serving on a board and helping to determine how to disperse funds for cultural events? The Marion Cultural Council is looking for two volunteers interested in serving as voting members who can help share ideas and knowledge when making determinations on how funding for the cultural council is dispensed.
Please contact Kristen Saint Don, Chairperson of the Marion Cultural Council, at with any questions about becoming a member.
Applications are available at the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738.

Holiday Luncheon and Cookie Walk
Stop by the First Congregational Church of Marion Community Center on Saturday, December 9 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for the 27th Annual Holiday Luncheon. Enjoy a delicious lunch stop while on the Sippican Woman's Club Holiday House Tour, or just come by for a welcome break from the holiday rush. You may even win a door prize!
The luncheon features our famous hot chicken salad, along with cranberry compote, assorted homemade breads, beverages, plus cheesecake with topping for dessert. The cost of the luncheon is $10. Tickets will be available at The Bookstall, the church office or at the door.
Returning after its successful debut last year, a Cookie Walk will be held at the same time as the luncheon. Some of the best bakers of the church will be busy making their signature cookies for this sale.
Your first step on the Cookie Walk will be to pick up a beautifully decorated cookie box. Next, you get to fill your box with a dozen of your favorite (or new favorite) cookies from the wonderful assortment offered. The boxes are then artfully tied up in baker's twine. The cost of each box of cookies is $10. These cookie boxes make a perfect hostess gift or a special treat when company pops in!
The Holiday Luncheon and Cookie Walk will be held on the second floor of the First Congregational Church Community Center, 144 Front Street, Marion, MA. This building is located at the rear of the Marion General Store parking lot. Parking is available at the back right of the lot, plus there is additional parking at Island Wharf.

MHS Holiday Arts & Craft Fair
Avoid mall parking lots. Don't get stuck in holiday traffic. Instead join the Mattapoisett Historical Society for our annual Holiday Arts & Craft Fair at 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Shop for unique holiday gifts - local, one-of-a-kind items. There will be a large selection of handmade creations available: art, notecards, soaps, woolens, photographs, jewelry, dried floral arrangements and more. For more information, call 508-758-2844 or email

The Occasion Singers Holiday Concert
Celebrate the season with music, laughter and song! The Occasion Singers, directed by Cassandra Morgan, bring their unique talents and harmonies to concertgoers during this special holiday event.
Come to the First Congregational Church of Marion Community Center on Friday, December 15 to hear your seasonal favorite songs and enjoy an evening of music, food and fun.
Doors open at 6:30 pm so you can savor complimentary hearty appetizers while listening to the Occasion Singers deliver their distinct brand of music. At 7:00 pm the concert begins, and all will be treated to a full array of holiday songs. The concert runs until 9:00 pm, with a brief intermission.
Advance tickets are $20 and may be purchased at The Bookstall or at the church office (144 Front Street). Tickets may be purchased at the door for $22. You may reserve cabaret seating by calling the church office at 508-748-1053.
The concert will be held on the second floor of the First Congregational Church Community Center, 144 Front Street, Marion. This building is located at the rear of the Marion General Store parking lot.

Annual Garden Group Holiday Boutique
The annual Marion Garden Group Holiday Boutique will be held on December 9 at Marion Music Hall. From seasonally designed window boxes, urns and planters around the Village to wreathes, greens, garlands topiaries and ornaments, the Marion Garden Group works hard to beautify the Village, town and private homes of Marion.
What started as a small private auction for members and friends held annually at St. Gabriel's Parish Hall has grown into a highly anticipated public event held at Marion Music Hall.
Members begin making ornaments and decorations as early as October in a marathon buzz of creativity that culminates in "Greens Week" during which the prized Garden Group wreathes, garlands and table toppers are created. Items start as low as $3, and the group now accepts credit cards.
This year's Boutique will be held from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Marion Music Hall. Early attendance is encouraged as popular items sell out early.
The Marion Garden Group accepts donations any time of year to help support its town beautification efforts.
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Mattapoisett Congregational Church Christmas Story
For 100 years, the Mattapoisett Congregational Church has presented the Christmas Story to the community in a unique combination of storytelling, music, prayer, and mission. The White Gifts Pageant Sunday will be held on Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 pm in Reynard Hall, 27 Church Street. White Gifts Sunday is celebrated throughout the world on the third Sunday of Advent, referring to gifts for those in need wrapped in white paper. Gifts collected in Mattapoisett during the pageant will help local children. Gift Tags are currently available, and monetary donations are welcomed. Contact Patricia Berry, Christian Education Director, or Holly Gordon, Pageant Director, with questions at 508-758-2671 or

Mattapoisett Recreation Basketball
Mattapoisett Recreation Basketball registration is open! Please visit our website at for a full listing of programs and age divisions:
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Co-ed Basketball: This basketball program is an introduction to the game and will consist of basketball-related games designed to keep your child active and learning the fundamentals of the game. There are two session options: After School Session on Thursdays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm or Evening Session on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 5:45 pm. Both sessions start in January and run for six weeks.
Cost is $55 and Registration Deadline is December 30. Evening Program is open to non-residents. Please register online at
3rd-6th Grade Basketball: For Grades 3-6, we have joined with Marion Recreation to once again offer Tri-Town Basketball. Mattapoisett and Rochester residents can sign up online at Marion and Rochester residents can sign up online at For more information, visit or Marion Recreation.

Mattapoisett SEPAC Officer Vacancy
The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is seeking a Mattapoisett resident to serve as an elected officer. The SEPAC is led by three officers - one from each community within the Tri-Town. The Mattapoisett SEPAC officer role is currently vacant. If you have interest in serving and/or would like more information regarding the responsibilities, please contact The Office of Student Services, Attn: Director of Student Services Michael S. Nelson, 508-758-2772 ext.1942,
Massachusetts state law requires all public school districts to maintain a Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) open to all parents of students with disabilities, and all other interested parties. SEPACS' key points: Advise the school committee on matters pertaining to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of special education programs; receive assistance from the school committee without charge, upon reasonable notice, and subject to the availability of staff and resources.

Marion Music Hall
As part of the on-going effort to upgrade the Marion Music Hall, the Board of Selectmen has unanimously approved new Guidelines and Rental Fees. With the Council on Aging having now moved to the renovated Veteran's Hall on Route 6, there are increased rental opportunities at the Hall as well.
This historic masterpiece was the gift of Elizabeth Sprague Pitcher Taber whose vision was that Marion and surrounding communities have a hall for lectures, concerts, and performances. It was constructed in 1891 for $23,000. Through the years, it has been a favored venue for town committee meetings and parties, for concerts and musicals, and for private events including weddings and parties. Mrs. Taber also had the vision to build the Town Library and Natural History Museum, the Stone Chapel at the Congregational Church, and Tabor Academy, originally founded to educate girls and boys of Marion.
The Music Hall is available free of charge to all Town of Marion committees and organizations such as the Elizabeth Taber Library, the Council on Aging, and the Police and Fire Departments. In honoring Elizabeth Taber's wishes, it remains accessible to all Marion citizens according to the new fee schedule, which helps defray the costs to taxpayers while covering maintenance and utility expenses. While the rate structure has changed, the rates remain among the most competitive in Marion and surrounding towns. Local couples will be hard pressed to find such a great wedding venue on a weekend for as low as $600. (Bookings made before September 1, 2017 will honor the original rental fees.)
For inquiries and further information, please contact Tami Daniel, Music Hall Coordinator, at or 508-748-9556.

Mattapoisett Enhanced Online Bill Pay Service
Mattapoisett residents and taxpayers are now able to pay their Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle and Boat Excise taxes and Water/Sewer bills with greater flexibility. The new system is secure, easy to use and allows customers the option of paying their bills via their checking account with ACH or by using a credit/debit card. Customers are able to view their bills and make a one-time payment without registering, or, by registering, they can enjoy 24/7 access to payment history and bills. By registering, customers will also be able to pay anytime, anywhere with a mobile optimized experience, either online, on their mobile device or by text message. Other enhanced features include the ability to schedule a payment, either for the same day or a future date, or to establish an automatic payment schedule.
Paying electronically is faster and more convenient than paying with personal online banking. Paying with personal online banking results in an actual bank check mailed to the Town. Many times incorrect or missing information causes delays in payment posting. EFT/ACH payments are received and cleared faster than checks issued by banks. The Collector's Office uploads electronic payment files, therefore, improving the accuracy and timeliness of payment posting for customers. In addition to receiving email reminders when a payment is due and a confirmation email after making a payment, customers can sign up for courtesy email reminders.
Advantages of e-Billing and Payment:
- Paying online is faster than mailing a check
- Bills and payment history are kept securely in one place
- No worries about a bill or check getting lost in the mail
- Paying online saves stamps, envelopes and gas
- Pay your bill from wherever you have Internet access
- Late fees can be avoided with scheduled or automatic payments
Please go to to learn more and begin paying online!

Welcome To Mattapoisett Guide
The Mattapoisett Historical Commission is pleased to announce that the "Welcome To Mattapoisett Guide" is now available online. The 19-page guide is packed with historical perspectives, photographs, recreational opportunities, places to eat and shop, as well as information on boating and shellfishing in location waters. Copies of the guide are limited and will be available at Mattapoisett Town Hall, library and several other venues. To view a virtual copy or downtown and print your personal copy, visit

Addiction Support Group
The Regain Addiction Family Support Group will be starting a new group session in Mattapoisett. This peer discussion group will provide encouragement and information to anyone that has been affected by another's addiction. Each session has a Certified Naloxone/Narcan trainer, Addiction Recovery Coach, and faith-based ministry group host to answer questions. Meeting groups are being held in the Southeast Massachusetts area now.
Please contact us for information if you are interested in joining one of our new summer support group sessions.
For more information contact us: Telephone: 774-328-6196, e-mail:, Facebook: Regain addiction support group.

Need a Bible?
The Mattapoisett Congregational Church has several Bibles that are no longer being used and is giving them away to new homes. If you'd like a Bible, please drop by the church during office hours, 8:30 am to noon, Monday through Friday. You may call ahead to 508-758-2671 to reserve a copy if you wish.
Most of these Bibles are in the Revised Standard Version. They are all clean, complete, and in very good shape.

Be a Friend. Change a Life
The Friendly Visitor Program is sponsored by the Mattapoisett Senior Center to provide companionship and support to isolated seniors who express feelings of loneliness and isolation. Through weekly home visits, volunteers develop meaningful, long-term relationships with seniors who appreciate the company and look forward to the visits. Many seniors have fascinating life stories to share. And often volunteers discover they receive as much as they give. The impact is powerful. Your time and commitment can change a person's life; friendship is an essential ingredient for everyone's mental health. Refer someone you know or become a visitor yourself. Contact Susan Keir, Outreach Coordinator, at 508-758-4110 or email

Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications and Syringes
Many local police departments offer 24/7 prescription medication drop-boxes for the safe disposal of unused or expired medications. Medications that can be disposed of in the drop-boxes include prescription ointments, prescription medications, medication patches, and samples, as well as over the counter medications, vitamins and pet medications. Lotions, liquids, and non-prescription ointments are not permitted. For your privacy, please remember to remove all personal identification before placing items in the drop-box. In Mattapoisett, the medication drop-box is in the lobby of the Police Station, located at 64 County Road (Route 6).
For the safe disposal of needles and syringes, sharps containers are available free of charge from the Mattapoisett Police Station and the Public Health Nurse's office. Used sharps containers may be returned to the Public Health Nurse's office for safe and proper disposal of these items.
The safe and proper storage and disposal of all medications, needles, and syringes helps to prevent accidents or misuse. These items should always be stored in a secure location, out of sight and out of reach of children. To assist you with safe storage in the home, lock-boxes can be purchased at your local pharmacy or retail store such as CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid.
For more information, please contact the Mattapoisett Police Department at 508-758-4141 (Non-Emergency), or the Public Health Nurse at 508-758-4118.
Thank you for your help in protecting our community by safely storing and disposing of your medications, needles, and syringes.

Church Ride Program
Do you miss going to church on Sunday because you are unable to get there? Do you want to go to church but don't want to go alone? The First Congregational Church of Marion has a church ride program for its Sunday service.
A group of volunteers would like to pick you up on Sunday for the church service and take you home afterwards. The worship service begins at 10:00 am and a fellowship time follows the service. The church has an elevator and is handicap accessible.
All you need to do is call the church office at 508-748-1053 by noon on Friday to arrange for a ride on Sunday. Also, let the office know whether you have any mobility aids such as a walker or wheelchair so that the appropriate vehicle can transport you. We have a team of six drivers who would love to bring you to church. More drivers will be arranged if needed.
We will gladly arrange for this transportation for one week or for every week. Please do not hesitate to call the church office to ask for transportation. Our drivers are happy to transport you.
We are excited about this program and look forward to seeing you in church.

Red Cross Volunteers Needed
There are many ways our Red Cross volunteers are involved and give back to the community. They help canteen for our brave first responders, keep you hydrated during a local road race or even a Cape Cod Baseball League game on a hot summer day. We have blood service volunteers that help us fill this critical life-saving need for blood. There are opportunities to volunteer to Service to our Armed Forces, Youth Services and Health and Safety Preparedness, Communication volunteers, Administrative Support - there are so many ways to serve. Our Disaster Action Team (DAT) members help those in crisis: when disaster strikes, the Red Cross is always there. These wonderful volunteers are not only here for our local communities but for those in other areas of the country and the globe that need assistance - everything from flooding, fires, natural disasters, and more. We are looking for all these types of volunteers, people just like you and me who want to help. Don't worry, we provide training and you will be ready and confident in your skills to serve in the best capacity. We can't wait until you join our Team.
And it's so easy. Simply go on-line to and click on VOLUNTEER to sign up today for our local Cape, Islands & Southeast Mass Chapter. We serve Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Plymouth and Bristol Counties in Southeast Mass.
Once you volunteer, you become part of an honorable tradition you can be proud of. Sign up today.

Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance
Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) support group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Southeast Medical Building located at 100 Rosebrook Way, Wareham. For more information, call John at 508-971-0018.

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 409 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.

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