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To all who helped at the 3rd annual 5K Turkey Trot,
I would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who shared their time and contributions to support the Marion Recreation / Guard Oil 3rd Annual 5K Turkey Trot on a blistery cold Sunday morning on November 24th. This year, funds collected will be used towards improvements to Washburn Park.
A special thank you is extended to the following businesses and organizations that were instrumental to the success of the fundraising effort: Guard Oil, Pilgrim Bank, Marion Junior Troop #81177, Adagio Arts & Wellness Center, Top of the Hill Liquors, Sippican Lands Trust, Sippican Physical Therapy, Morse Insurance Company, Lars V. Olson Fine Home Building, Boomer's Playland & Laser Tag, Serendipity by the Sea, Eden's Florist & Garden Center, Saltworks Marine, Tabor Academy, Marion Police Department, Marion Police Brotherhood, Marathon Sports, and Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank.
I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to all of the runners (320) and the many volunteers who braved the cold weather to make the 3rd Annual 5K Turkey Trot a great success.
Director of Recreation - Town of Marion
To the Editor,
As a teenager growing up in Mattapoisett, in a purple house no less, I did not truly appreciate the magical wonder and blessings of ... Mattapoisett ... It's Special. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season as well as today's cultural tendency to pay forward the negative, it is too easy to overlook the many daily practices of kindness and compassion. My mom, Nancy T. Rothwell, passed on November 5th at home. The community outpouring of support was immediate and genuine, from Mattapoisett Police Captain Anthony Days responding to the 911 call to provide support above and beyond the call of duty, to the football crew at Chowder House offering strong hands and a tender heart, to the caring staff at Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals capturing mom's essence perfectly. Thank you to all. I am grateful for the affirmation that the true goodness of our individual and collective soul triumphs!
Alieta-Marie Lynch ORR '82
Maconchu Club Annual Christmas Party
The Maconchu Club of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church will have their annual Christmas Party on Friday December 13, starting with punch and hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 pm, and followed by dinner at 6:30 pm catered by Panino's. Following the dinner, the Show Stoppers have promised a great show and all are welcome to join us. The deadline for ordering is December 9. For information and reservations, call Sue Shallies at 508-763-3383.
Annual Christmas Luncheon with Christmas Music
If you are ready to be filled with Christmas spirit, come join the Mattapoisett Women's Club for our Annual Christmas Luncheon on December 5 at Reynard Hall, Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St.
The buffet luncheon will be catered by Panino's. Our talented pianist, Michelle Gordon, will be performing your favorite Christmas music. Plus, you can join her for an old-fashioned sing-a-long.
The entree selections are Beef Tips with sauteed onions and peppers or Salmon Polonaise with seasoned bread crumbs including field green salad, rice, green beans almondine, rolls, and bread pudding for dessert.
Please mail your entree choice with $16 check by December 2 to Lois Ennis, 5 Pine Island Rd, Mattapoisett 02739. Plan to arrive at 11:30 am. Luncheon will be served at 12:00 noon.
We look forward to having you join us. This is also an opportunity to still join one or more of our groups that meet monthly: Garden Club, Bridge, Great Decisions, Knitting/Crocheting, and Literature.
You are welcome to join us for Christmas joy this season.
New members are most welcome. For more information, contact Myra Hart at 508-758-4703 or Bobbie Ketchel at 508-758-9593.
Mattapoisett Boy Scout Wreath Sale
Decorate your home with wreaths that will be on sale at the Mattapoisett Town Hall on Saturday, December 14 from noon to 3:00 pm. This event is a Mattapoisett Boy Scout Troop 53 fundraiser. Come and support your local Boy Scout Troop and enjoy a free hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate while making your selections from among the many beautifully decorated wreaths. Undecorated wreaths will also be available.
December Programs for Plumb Library
Drop by the library at 17 Constitution Way on Saturday, December 7 between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm for the Friends of Plumb Library's Holiday Open House. There will be the Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Children's Table (run by the Junior Friends), and Pampered Chef. Enjoy the singing of the Rochester Brownie Troop, and there might just be a visit from Santa! Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be served. All proceeds help the Friends and Junior Friends support the library's programs, such as the book groups, story times, and summer reading program. Wreath orders can be picked up on that day, or extra wreaths may be purchased.
On Saturday, December 14, the Plumb Library will present a marathon reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Volunteer readers will read aloud chapters or sections of the book starting at 11:00 am. After the reading is concluded, we will have a short discussion of A Christmas Carol, and its importance in the celebration of Christmas. Refreshments will be served, supplied by the Friends of Plumb Library. Understudies for the readers are now being recruited. If you would like to sign up to be an understudy or assist during the reading, contact the Library Director.
Cafe Parlez' selection for December is "The Light Between Oceans", by M.L. Stedman. Tom, a World War I veteran, and his wife Isabel find a baby in a boat washed up on their lighthouse island shore. Isabel takes the baby to her heart, and they claim her as their own. Two years later, they return to the mainland, and find out that there are other people in the world, and that their action has devastated one of them. We are led to believe that Isabel's decision to keep this "gift from God" is the right one, until the consequences emerge. We will discuss this book, recommended by member Barbara Brown, on Monday, December 30 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy. Cafe Parlez is sponsored by the Friends of Plumb Library.
The nonfiction book discussion group "Just the Facts" will be reading "At Home: A Short History of Private Life", by Bill Bryson. Bryson lives in an old parsonage in England. In this book, he takes us from room to room in that parsonage, detailing the history behind the creation of that space, not just in his house, but in all of our houses. The kitchen leads to a discussion of the spice trade and nutrition. The bathroom provides the occasion for the history of hygiene. From the telephone to the Eiffel Tower, from food preservation to epidemics, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world ends up in our houses. We will discuss this book on Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk.
December 1 - 26 is Food for Fines time. If you have an overdue book or fine, you can bring in nonperishable food items for Damien's Pantry, or pet food and supplies for Its All About the Animals or the Fairhaven Animal Shelter, and we'll waive your fines. This does not cover lost book or card fees, or copying and faxing fees.
Gateway Youth Hockey Update
Squirt Grizzlies: The Gateway Squirt Grizzlies beat North Attleboro in a Yankee Conference game by a score of 7-2. The Grizzlies came out fast by scoring four goals in the first period. Goals were scored by Austin Fleming, Matt Quinlan, RJ Vickery and Chris Gauvin and Bailey Tieu added another in the second period. Matt Quinlan and Stephen Old finished up the scoring in the third. The defense was lead by Stephen Old, Luke Mello, Thomas Galavotti and Tyler Kelly. Ryker King got the win in net.
Pee Wee Warriors: The Gateway Warriors skated to a 3-3 tie with the Braintree Blue Pee Wee team on Saturday night. After being outhustled by Braintree through the first period and a half, the Warriors found some hard work from RJ Vickery, winning his battle and the puck, then placing it past Blue's goalie, unassisted. Warrior goalie Zachary Pateakos was stalwart in net, but just minutes into the third period, he faced a Braintree four-man rush that resulted in their third score of the game, and a two-goal deficit for the Warriors. Defenseman Jake DeMoranville would answer back with a Warrior goal at the period's 8-minute mark, assisted by Robert Ramsay and Jameson Woodward. Still down by a goal and desperate, the Warriors pulled Pateakos, allowing Ramsay to somehow find Stephen Old in traffic. Old tied the game for the Warriors with less than 90 seconds remaining. Pateakos re-entered the net and finished with the save of the game in the final seconds, as he and DeMoranville sprawled across the ice to prevent a Blue breakaway from untying the contest.
Middle School 1: The Gateway Junior Vikings 1 team pulled off an exciting win Sunday against Norton. The teams proved evenly matched through the first period, with several attempts on net but none connecting. Goalie Steven Strachan was spectacular in net, making save after crucial save as the Gateway defense found their rhythm. Norton managed a top shelf goal as the second period began. It was quickly answered, though, as Vyper Latulippe picked up the puck from behind the net and passed it to Matt Maloney, who dumped it in for the Gateway goal. Two minutes later, Bryan Gallagher scored the first goal of his middle-school career, assisted by Kaleb Riggle, and the score was 2-1. Norton took advantage of the goalie switch, scoring on Teaghin Andre as he joined the game in relief. Andre quickly settled in though, and didn't allow the puck to get by him again. On a breakaway, Makayla Wood scored the go ahead goal as the third period began. Down 3-2, Norton pulled their goalie at the two minute mark, but the gamble did not pay off as Vittorio Consoletti scored from behind the blue line and ensured the 4-2 win.
Christmas Wreath Sale!
As in years past, beautiful hand-decorated wreaths will be on sale at the Rochester Women's Clubhouse, 37 Marion Road, Rochester. Visit us on Saturdays from 9 am until 1pm to select your wreath while supplies last. A limited number of Christmas trees are also available to purchase. Visit the Rochester Women's Club Facebook page to see some photos of the wreaths.
Old Fashioned Christmas Caroling with the MHS
Join in the fun on Sunday, December 8 at 3:30 pm for an afternoon of caroling through the town. Adults and children accompanied by adults are welcome to meet with members of the Mattapoisett Historical Society at the Museum, 5 Church Street. We will then carol our way around town, stopping at the Inn at Shipyard Park to serenade the patrons, and end back at the Museum for hot chocolate. All are welcome for this delightful Christmas event! For more information: 508-758-2844, firstname.lastname@example.org, mattapoisetthistoricalscoiety.org.
First Congregational Church Of Marion
The First Congregational Church of Marion is holding its Annual Holiday Luncheon on Saturday, December 14 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Community Center, 144 Front Street (rear of parking lot), Marion.
Hot chicken salad, cranberry gelatin salad, assorted breads and beverages will be served. The special holiday dessert is cherry berries on a cloud. Cost of the luncheon is $11.00.
The Missions Committee will also be selling handcrafted SERRV items. Come enjoy a delicious lunch and shop for unique gifts that help others across the world. Additional parking is available at Island Wharf.
First "Explore Rochester" Walk by RLT
Before we all begin our winter hibernation, the Rochester Land Trust would like to have you join them on the first of what will be a series of walks on the properties featured in the new "Explore Rochester" trail guide.
The first walk will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 pm on some of the trails on the New Bedford Waterworks Property. We have chosen to park at the North Congregational Church on North Avenue where we will begin the walk. The trails on this property are wide, well marked and extensive, covering over 600 acres in North Rochester. They include Beech Forests, glacial eskers and erratics and of course the shoreline of Great Quitticus Pond. Please dress for the weather, as the walk will be held rain or shine (or snow!). And if you have a trail guide, bring it. As the walk series continues, you can get all of them checked off after the guided walks. Trail guides will be available after mid December at the Conservation Commission Office in the Town Hall Annex.
The walk should take about 40 minutes and its timing, a week after Thanksgiving, may help walk off some of the calories gained to make room for eating through the rest of the holidays!
Winter Solstice Stargazing
Saturday, December 21, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, join the Coalition and Bristol Community College Professor Stephan Martin for a stargazing walk at the Mattapoisett River Reserve on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. Far away from city lights, this 300+ acre preserve offers visitors trails and a dark, expansive sky to view the stars. The event is free and will be at the Cranberry Bogs on Acushnet Road in Mattapoisett.
Elks November Student of the Month
The Elks of Wareham Lodge No. 158 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school, club and community service, industry and farming.
We congratulate, Junior, Brent Rezendes of Marion for being selected by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff. Brent goes above and beyond while performing Community Service in the LSC. In the classroom, Brent is willing to engage each student in whatever learning is taking place. Brent accompanies the LSC students to various classes and bake sales and will greet these students in the cafeteria and in the halls. In the general education classes, Brent will go out of his way to make sure the LSC students and staff are aware of any information they have missed in that particular class. Brent is always respectful and patient and will agree to any extra work asked of him.
SHS and Marion COA's Classic Film Friday
On Friday, December 6, at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to the Marion Music Hall for December's Classic Film Friday Presentation: Holiday Inn. The event is co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council on Aging. Kick off the holiday season with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in this delightful musical comedy. Crosby and Astaire star as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. A broken heart prompts Crosby to retire from showbiz, purchase a rustic New England farm, and convert it to a very unusual inn. What makes it so unique? It boasts a fabulous floor show, but is only open on holidays. Nominated for three Academy Awards, this perennial favorite features 13 holiday songs by famed composer Irving Berlin, including the iconic tune, "White Christmas". Post-viewing, Tabor faculty member David Pierce will guide a discussion of the film. The event is free to the public, and no registration is required. Call 508-748-1116 for more information.
Children's Christmas Concert
The Tri-County Symphonic Band celebrates the festive holiday season with its annual Children's Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 15, at 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, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, 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 lovely settings of "Jingle All the Way", "Three Traditional Carols", "Jazz Gloria" and a colorful arrangement of "The Christmas Song."
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 Patricia Richard, leading a march from the Sippican School to Island Wharf to greet Santa as he arrives via "water sleigh".
Special Presentation of Journey to Myanmar
Approximately 8,000 miles from Marion, in Southeast Asia, lay the enigmatic country of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Until the British invaded the country in 1885, little was known about the classical civilization located there. As a British colony, the country gained recognition in literary works by George Orwell (Burmese Days) and Rudyard Kipling ("Mandalay"). In World War II, it was overrun by the Japanese who in turn were driven out by combined American, British, and Chinese forces. The famed U.S. "Merrill's Marauders" spearheaded the effort. After WWII, the British granted total independence to Burma. The country was thereafter ruled by a military government and isolated from the world for more than 60 years. In 2011, in order to secure a relaxation of economic sanctions and to encourage foreign investment, Myanmar finally started down a path toward democracy and was formally opened to tourists.
The poorest state in Southeast Asia, Myanmar still has a long way to go to become a modern country. Despite its economic difficulties, though, the country offers a wealth of cultural opportunities, and visitors can now enjoy this exotic land of golden stupas, red-robed monks, and elaborately carved teak palaces. Earlier this year, Bob and Judy Rosbe traveled to Myanmar, returning with a host of memories and images of their fascinating journey. On Wednesday, December 11, at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, the Rosbes will talk about their travels to Myanmar and share images from their trip. Co-sponsored by the Elizabeth Taber Library and the Sippican Historical Society, the presentation is offered free of charge and is open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, contact the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252 or the Sippican Historical Society at 508-748-1116.
Make Some Christmas Magic!
Join the parishes of St. Anthony's of Mattapoisett and St. Rita's of Marion as they hold their annual Magic of Christmas Fair from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 7, at St. Anthony's church hall, 22 Barstow St., Mattapoisett. Enjoy hot coffee with your malasada as you shop for beautiful hand-crafted gifts, pick out a fresh wreath or Christmas arrangement, take a chance on one of our 10 themed raffle baskets, or buy a ticket to win the grand raffle with a top prize of $500 cash! New this year will be sales of "True Joy of Christmas," a CD of upbeat Christmas music sure to put you in the holiday mood. Simplify your life with one-stop Christmas shopping: Representatives from Silpada, Pampered Chef, and Refried Tees will be on hand to help you select that perfect gift. There's a craft workshop and toy shop for the kids, and they can even get their picture taken with Santa. And don't forget you can personalize our limited edition, hand-painted annual Christmas ornament for a keepsake they'll treasure. Stay for a yummy bowl of kale soup or Mattapoisett Chowder House's award-winning chowder, a hot dog or one of Gail's Goodies delicious wrap sandwiches. And we'll have plenty of scratch-made baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth! We accept all major credit cards. Parking is free and the church hall is handicap-accessible via the Barstow Street entrance.
Christmas Care Packages for the Troops
The Veterans Service Office for the Towns of Mattapoisett and Rochester, in conjunction with Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops, will be organizing "Christmas Care Packages" for the Troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Donating an item is an excellent way to let our men and women in uniform know that we care about them and that we haven't forgotten about the sacrifices that they're making on our nation's behalf. If you would like to donate, please drop off your items in the box located downstairs at Mattapoisett Town Hall by Friday, December 6. Any questions, contact the Veterans Office at 508-758-4100 ext. 212.
Personal items (travel sizes): bug lotion, deodorant, eye drops/wash, foot powder, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, tissues, hand and body lotions, mouthwash, cotton swabs, shampoo/conditioner, shaving items, shower gel/soap, sun screen, toothbrushes, toothpaste.
Food: candy, coffee singles, cookies (packaged), gum/mints, hot chocolate, snack cakes, microwave popcorn, microwave soups, powdered drink mixes, sports drinks, iced tea, sunflower seeds/nuts, energy bars, jerky sticks, snack foods, trail mix.
Other Useful Items: batteries, current magazines, deck of cards, first aid kits, flash lights, generic card, hats/gloves, paper and pens, socks, and T-shirts, towels and wash cloths, toys for children, travel games, boot laces, sandwich bags.
MHS Open for the Holidays
The Mattapoisett Historical Society's Museum will open for the Holiday Season on Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 am to noon. Light refreshments will be served. Have fun viewing a Toy Train Exhibit while shopping for unique Mattapoisett gifts including notecards featuring Mattapoisett snow scenes -great for Christmas cards - posters, books, and many other unique gifts. The museum will continue to be open on Saturday mornings before Christmas. On December 14, there will be a drop-in craft for children where they can craft their own rope wreath ornament, and on December 21, you can view classic Christmas cartoons from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s while enjoying some hot chocolate. Exhibit and programs are free; donations are always welcome. For more information, please contact the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church St., at (508) 758-2844 or email@example.com, or online at mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.
SWC House Tour: A Community Effort Extraordinaire
Setting the stage for the Sippican Woman's Club Annual House Tour to be held on Saturday, December 14, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm is a collaborative effort well beyond our membership: first, our generous five homeowners who open their doors; our local florist Steve Gonsalves of Eden Landscapes, SWC member Bunny Mogilnicki of Bunny's Bouquets, and Sharon Monteiro of Always in Bloom. Joining homeowners in decorating several of the homes are decorators Christine Dole, a SWC member, and Diane Kelley. Anthi Frangiadis Associates and Cecily Balboni of Serendipity by the Sea are assisting as well in enhancing the holiday spirit in one of the waterfront houses. This festive event starts out a weekend of celebration in the Village of Marion - starting on Saturday, the Sippican Woman's Club House Tour (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Tea (served from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Saint Gabriel's Parish Hall) will put out the welcome mat to visitors to our holiday-decorated clubhouse along with five private Marion homes.
The Village Stroll follows on Sunday, December 15, when the Sippican Woman's Club will again welcome visitors and offer traditional Wassail (3:00-5:00 pm); and for Red Sox fans, an opportunity to win a decorated theme tree: "Red Sox World Series Champions." Advance House Tour & Tea sale tickets are $20 available at Serendipity by the Sea, The Bookstall and the General Store in Marion and at Isabelle's in the Ropewalk in Mattapoisett. Tickets are available for $25 on the day of the tour at Coldwell-Banker Real Estate right next door to Handy's Tavern (152 Front St., Marion) where the Tour starts and where tickets may be traded in for tour maps. All proceeds go to local Marion scholarship recipients. Contact Jeanne Daly for additional ticket information at 508-748-1924.
Visit us at Sippican Woman's Club Website: www.sippicanwomansclub.org
Wareham Garden Club's Christmas Faire
The Wareham Garden Club's annual holiday faire will take place Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 am to noon at the First Congregational Church's Fellowship Hall, 5 Gibbs Avenue. "Christmas in the Village" will stage themed "shops" including a Village Tea Room offering scones, a Village Bake Shop, and a Village Candy Store. Additionally, traditional homemade boxwood "trees", decorated green wreaths, and an assorted abundance of holiday items handmade by club members, will be available. New this year will be twig wreaths, limited edition Christmas Mice, and the most practical bird feeders you've ever seen! There will be a large assortment of gifts perfect for teachers and others to whom you want to show your appreciation at this time of year. The infamous homemade Christmas cookies will again be offered for all to fill cans with their own picks. Also new this year, the club will offer complimentary 5x7 holiday photographs for families, and there will be a project for children to make and take home. The club is excited to offer a "Preview" on Friday night, December 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm when shoppers will be able to purchase assorted bundles of greens and some limited gift items.
The Wareham Garden Club's fundraisers help support their numerous civic commitments and fund their annual scholarships to local deserving students. The Wareham Garden Club encourages new members to join. For membership information, please contact Judy Weatherby at 508-295-6887, Membership Chair. To contact the club, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or "Like" them on Facebook for information on upcoming meetings, programs and events.
Mattapoisett Lions Club Toy and Food Drive
The Mattapoisett Lions Club will again be collecting unwrapped new toys and cans of food during Holiday in the Park on December 14 at Shipyard Park, on the waterfront of Mattapoisett Harbor. Toys will be distributed to local needy families, while canned goods will be donated to the local food pantry. So join the fun on December 14 and help out with a donation for those less fortunate in our community.
Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly Events
Annual Christmas Party for Mattapoisett Seniors: This event is free and takes place on Thursday, December 12, at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 6. Join Santa and his helper for a fun-filled time with lots of good food, good cheer, and good company. Sing songs of the season and enjoy the musical stylings of Rick LeBlanc.
Go to the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, in the original Center School Building at the corner of Church and Barstow streets, to get your free door prize drawing ticket and reserve your place at a table - seating is limited. Transportation can also be arranged through the Mattapoisett Council on Aging. For more information, contact the Council on Aging at 508-758-4110.
Reward Offered for Land Trust Newsletters!
The Mattapoisett Land Trust is assembling an archive of past newsletters. We have a complete collection from 2003 to present, but need copies of newsletters published in 2002 and earlier. If you have any old copies that we could borrow and scan, please call Mike at 508-758-2661 or email to email@example.com. A lavish reward will be forthcoming, and your old newsletter(s) will be returned to you once scanned!
The Heart of Christmas Cantata in Marion
On December 15, the First Congregational Church in Marion will present The Heart of Christmas, a Christmas cantata by Pepper Choplin, during Sunday morning services at 9:30 am and 11:30 am. Under the direction of Choir Director Cassandra Morgan, 63 singers from Somerset, Fall River, New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleboro, Milton, and Boston will be accompanied by a professional 18-piece orchestra.
Tickets for the 9:30 and 11:30 services are available from The Bookstall in Marion and the Marion General Store on November 25. Admission is free. For additional information, call Cassandra Morgan at 508-942-6483.
Before becoming Organist and Choir Director of the First Congregational Church, Cassandra Morgan was Director of Choirs in Belmont for 10 years and in the New Bedford High School for 17 years. She is a recipient of the Lowell Mason Award for Excellence in Music Education and the Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
The First Congregational Church is located at the corner of Front and Main Streets in Marion. The Rev. Dr. Sheila S. Rubdi is pastor. Sunday school, adult and children's choirs, and nursery care are features of the church's program of worship, and pastoral care is offered to all.
Carols We Sing
The Sippican Choral Society will present its 2013 Christmas concert, including "A Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten, on Friday, December 6, 8:00 pm (Grace Episcopal Church, County Street, New Bedford), and Sunday, December 8, 4:00 pm (Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Spring Street, Marion), celebrating the 100th anniversary of Britten's birth. The chorus is directed by Brian Roderick, and accompanied by pianist Michelle Gordon and organist Dwight Thomas. The Sippican Chamber Choir will perform additional seasonal pieces. The Southcoast Children's Chorus will sing with the adult chorus in the Britten presentation, as well as perform other pieces under the direction of Leslie Piper.
Tickets: $12 for adults and $6 for students, available at The Bookstall in Marion; Symphony Music Shop, 94 State Road (Route 6), in Dartmouth; and at the door.
The Choral Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. Please visit our website at www.sippicanchoral.org.
Marion Art Center Holiday Events
Holiday Shop Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm and Saturdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Admission is free.
On Saturday, December 14, Timothy Wade, local sand and ice sculptor and painter, will give an ice carving demonstration starting at 10:00 am on the patio outside the Art Center on the Pleasant Street side. Meanwhile, inside the Art Center, local wood carver Mike McCarthy, known for his beautiful bird carvings, will be giving a bird-carving demonstration. Visitors are invited to come and watch both artisans as they transform ice into sculpture and wood into lifelike birds. The Marion Art Center is one of the stops on the Sippican Woman's Club House Tour, and visitors are cordially invited to come inside and find that one-of-a-kind gift.
The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street. For more information, visit MAC's website at www.marionartcenter.org or call 508-748-1266.
ORCTV's Holiday Greetings Are Back
ORCTV invites you to come and share the holiday spirit with us! Old Rochester Community Television is offering another Holiday Greetings shoot for your family, organization, or group. We are opening up our studios on December 10 and 11 for you to sing a song, tell a story, or just say happy holidays to your fellow Tri-Town residents. This is a nice way to bring in the seasonal spirit or to bring awareness to your business, event, or organization. Yes, even a business can go on air and say Happy Holidays from XYZ Company. ORCTV will cover the technical aspects. You just need to come in and spread your holiday cheer for the cameras!
The Holiday Greetings will play on the local cable channels and can be seen by thousands of Tri-Town residents. ORCTV channels are seen by anyone who has Comcast or Verizon cable. Use this opportunity to raise awareness for your mission and goals or to let residents know who you are. This is a free service to local residents, nonprofits, organizations, groups, and town departments.
Pick a half-hour slot on Tuesday, December 10, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm or Wednesday, December 11, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. You must call 508-748-1600 to reserve a slot.
Rochester Tax Office News
Rochester Fiscal Year 2014 tax bills were mailed November 12. The first half payment is due December 16. The second half will be due May 1, 2014.
If paying by personal online banking, allow sufficient time for the bank to generate a check and mail it to the Town. Please supply sufficient information on the check identifying which bill should be credited.
If you have not received your tax bill in the mail, please contact the Collector's Office at 508-763-3871, ext. 16 or 10. If you have questions regarding property values and abatements, please contact the Assessor's Office at 508-763-5250.
ORR Drama Club Presents 'A Christmas Carol'
A Christmas Carol will be performed by the Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club on December 5-8 in the high school auditorium.
A Christmas Carol, as performed by ORR Drama, is a lively adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Life lessons are learned along the way as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four spirits during the night on Christmas Eve. These spirits include his old business partner Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. These ghosts will show him glimpses of his own life to teach him what may happen if he doesn't change his life. Will Ebenezer find his holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out by joining us for this special holiday show with a story so warm that it will melt your heart.
130 ORR Drama students will take part in the cast and crew of A Christmas Carol. The cast includes Junior Ian MacLellan as Ebenezer Scrooge, Junior Samuel Resendes as Jacob Marley, Senior Troy Rood as Bob Cratchit, Senior Lizzie Machado as Mrs. Cratchit, Senior Anne Roseman as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Junior Patrick McGraw as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Sophomore Lucy Milde as The Ghost of Christmas Future, and Damien Alton of Mattapoisett as Tiny Tim, as well as many others.
The show is produced by Paul Sardinha, with costumes by Helen Blake.
Presented in the Gilbert D. Bristol Auditorium of Old Rochester Regional High School, under the auspices of the David S. Hagen Performing Arts Series, A Christmas Carol will be performed Thursday, December 5, through Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 8, at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults and are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, the Marion General Store in Marion, and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be available at the door. ORR is located on Route 6 in Mattapoisett. For more ticket information, contact Lisa Cardoza at 508-758-6762.
Marion Recreation Public Ice Skating
The dates for the Marion Recreation Public Ice Skating season are as follows: December 8, 15, 22, 26 and 29, January 12, 19, 20 and 26, February 2, 9, 16, 20 and 23. Admission is still only $5 per person. Hats and gloves are required. Any questions, please contact the Marion Recreation Department at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marion COA News Roundup
YMCA in Wareham: Tuesday and Thursday - pick up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.
Step & Stretch: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.
Senior Stretch: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 - 10:30 am at First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion Visiting Nurse. 10-week sessions are $45. Try once for free. Sign up for one, two, or three days.
Low Impact Aerobics: Mondays and Fridays at Atlantis Drive Facility from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Cardio, strength, flexibility - $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 homebound elders.
Podiatry Clinic: Next clinic is December 23. 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.
Friendship Table: Free meal at St. Gabriel's Church in Marion, first and third Thursdays at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.
SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Medicare Open Enrollment is through December 7. Medicare plans change every year. This is the time to choose and review your coverage for 2014. Call the COA for appointment.
Newsletter Online: Please send your email address to email@example.com. Due to the cost of postage and printing, beginning in January the newsletter will only be mailed to those who request it. You may also access the newsletter on line at the Town website. The newsletter is available at the following locations: Eastern Bank, the Marion General Store, Library, Converse Realty, Post Office, and Hillers Fuel.
Transportation: You must call at least 48 hours in advance.
Medical Appointments: Wareham area Monday am and Thursday pm; Dartmouth & New Bedford Monday pm & Thursday am; Plymouth on the fourth Tuesday of the month; Boston on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
Shopping: Every Wednesday, Market Basket - pick up at 12:30 pm. Alternate Fridays to Shaws in Wareham and Fairhaven Marts, pick up 12:30 pm.
Please arrange errands with the above schedule.
Donations are appreciated.
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. The building is Handicap Accessible via a ramp which is located at the rear of the building.
Emergency Funds for Marion residents in need of emergency services such as food, fuel, utilities, and medications.
Book Delivery: The COA is collaborating with the Elizabeth Taber Library to offer free delivery of books to home-bound residents. Please call the library at 508-748-1252.
Legal Assistance: The second Thursday of the month. Basic legal advice. Appointments are needed.
LGBT Supper Club: LGBT Supper Club, for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender seniors on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Suggested donation $3. Call the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Ave., to sign up at 508-979-4029.
Medical Equipment: We have free loan of medical equipment. Whether it is a walker, commode, crutches, or bath seat - we have it! Call the office, and we will make arrangements to have it delivered, if need be.
Legal Services: The Seniors Law Project of the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation provides legal assistance with public benefits, housing, health insurance, and document preparation. Please call 508-979-7150 or 1-800-929-9721 for an appointment. Eligibility for services is based on age (60), residence, and Project priorities.
Marion Natural History Museum Program
December 18: Nature Crafts with the Marion Natural History Museum. We will work on projects for gift-giving using materials we find outside our front doors (volunteers to help with crafts would be most welcome). Light refreshments will be served.
Program will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Cost for the program is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers, and it will meet at the museum, which is located on the second floor of the building we share with the Elizabeth Taber Library, Spring Street, Marion.
Together We're Ready Campaign
The Marion Rochester Regional Health District and the Mattapoisett Board of Health announce the DPH Campaign for Emergency Preparedness "Together We're Ready - Massachusetts Prepared."
"Together We're Ready - Massachusetts Prepared" is a statewide public health campaign developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Emergency Preparedness Bureau, in partnership with state and local agencies.
The campaign serves to promote emergency preparedness and to encourage Bay State residents, families and communities to make plans for severe weather, natural disasters or other emergency events.
"Emergencies can happen at any time. Taking a few simple steps now to prepare yourself, your family, your pets and your community makes the entire community more resilient and better able to respond to and recover from any emergency event."
For more information and guidance, please call your local board of health or visit www.mass.gov/dph/ready.
Marion Art Center Announcements
The Marion Art Center is offering adult and children's classes this fall. The Marion Art Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the visual and performing arts. It has been offering classes for adults and children for over 25 years. Members of the Marion Art Center are offered a discount on tuition for all classes except piano. For more information about all the classes, please visit www.marionartcenter.org/classes.
Preschool Dance: Preschool instruction is for children between the ages of 3-4. The class is 30 minutes and involves ballet warm-up, jazz stretches, basic mat tumbling and basic tap steps. The fee for the 10-week Session is $145 for Marion Art Center members and $160 for non-members. (Child must be 3 years of age at the start of the session.)
Beginner: Beginner instruction is for children between the ages of 4-5. The class is 45 minutes and involves ballet warm-up and barre, jazz stretches, beginner mat tumbling. The fee for the 10-week Session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.
Intermediate: Intermediate instruction is for children aged 5-6. The class is 45 minutes and involves advanced ballet warm-up, barre and adagio, tumbling, jazz stretches and combinations and tap combinations. The fee for the 12-week Session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.
Little People's Theater (ages 6-9): Tuesdays 4:30 to 5:30 pm; Instructor: Nancy Sparklin. Tuition: Each six-week Session is $80 for MAC members and $95 for non-members. Session III - January to February 11; Session IV - February 25 to April 1.
Each week, the children will learn basic theater craft through drama games, readers' theater and experience the fun of the stage while rehearsing for a small production to be performed the last week of each session. Nancy Sparklin is the instructor. Nancy is the Director of MAC's summer art program "ArtStart" and has been the Musical Director and accompanist for many shows both at MAC and around the community. The fee for each six-week session is $80/$95.
Preschool Piano (age 3-5 years): through December 7; 25-minute private lessons for children ages 3 to 5. Friday mornings at the Marion Art Center. $20 per lesson (includes cost of music/materials/recital).
Little Mozart's Preschool Piano is an early music enrichment program for children, ages 3 to 5. Lessons are designed to introduce children to the piano and teach basic foundation skills that will inspire an early appreciation for music. Individual lessons place an emphasis on rhythm, finger position, music vocabulary, music notation, note reading and encourage overall fine motor development. It is offered 3 times per year at the Marion Art Center for 10-week sessions during the fall (to December), winter/spring (January to April), and summer (July to August) Each session concludes with a short recital. Children may repeat sessions through age 5 to enhance their knowledge and performance skills.
To reserve a lesson time, contact Jamie Wiksten: firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-295-0379.
Saturday Morning Piano Lessons: Piano lessons for beginners and intermediates are offered on Saturday mornings, by appointment only, with instructor Nancy Sparklin.
Fall 2013 Session until December 7 (none on November 30) - 12 weeks. Recital on December 14. Winter Session begins January 4 and runs until March 12 - 13 weeks. Spring Session begins May 3 and runs until June 7 - 6 weeks. To make an appointment, please call Nancy Sparklin at 508-763-2327.
The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street (the main entrance is on Main Street). For more information, please call 508-748-1266 or visit www.marionartcenter.org.
Women's Club Garden Tour
The Mattapoisett Women's Club is branching out across town searching for Mattapoisett gardens - small or large - for our 2014 Biennial Garden Tour. Even the foliage of a recently established walled vegetable garden could be your ticket for inclusion in our garden tour.
So, if your garden is growing happily, please consider sharing your horticultural paradise with other like-minded gardeners by contacting one of the following Women's Club members: Peg Olney, 508-758-3069; Leda Kim, 508-758-2526; or Eileen Marum, 508-748-1282.
No life is well-rounded without the subtle inspiration of a garden.
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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