Take Your Pick of Weekend Plans

Tri-Town residents who have rested after a busy Fourth of July weekend will be well positioned to enjoy an even busier schedule in the coming days.

The fun begins on Friday morning with Gardens by the Sea, a tour of Marion’s many gorgeous gardens. The event, running from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, includes lunch. Tickets are available at the Bookstall, the Marion General Store, and St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church. For more information, call 508-748-1507. If you can’t make it, look for coverage at www.wanderer.com over the weekend.

Friday also finds this summer’s first performance in the Marion Concert Band’s series, and this one should please fans of all ages: the program will feature movie and TV theme songs. The concert will be held at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf, off of Front Street in Marion. The program, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:30 pm. All concerts are free and open to the public, and they run through August 12.

But those will serve as merely the opening strains in a veritable symphony of weekend music. Saturday’s installment of the 17th Annual Buzzards Bay Musicfest features a chamber music performance at 8:00 pm at the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Tabor Academy (there are shows on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, as well), while the Marion Police Brotherhood Concert will showcase a Billy Joel tribute band at Silvershell Beach at 7:00 pm.

Earlier that day, the 20th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim starts at 9:00 am in New Bedford. For more information, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim#sthash.tMOmq5My.dpuf. If you’d rather do some yoga, try Brainard Marsh off of Delano Road in Marion at 9:00 am for the Sunrise Yoga Series with Angela Curry. If you’re hungry after all of that exercise – or after just thinking about all of that exercise – head over to Shipyard Park at 5:00 pm for the Florence Eastman Post 280 American Legion Clam Boil, where $25 gets you special chowder, two pounds of clams, stuffing, sweet corn, onion, potato, sausage and linguica.

That’s the kind of meal that can power you up for a triathlon the next day, which is why the Mattapoisett Lions Club must have scheduled one for Sunday morning, 8:00 am at the Town Beach. For more information, see https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/lionstri2013.

Close out a crazy weekend with the Women Center’s Third Annual Men Who Cook Summer Sizzler, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Shipyard Park. The menu includes chowder, mushroom caps, mussels marinara, pan-seared scallops, pulled pork, Mexican paella, jambalaya, BBQ ribs, buffalo chicken mozambique, beef carpaccio crostini, Asian chicken, four-cheese pasta bake, and more … plus baklava, cupcakes and assorted desserts by Russell Morin’s Fine Catering. Purchase and print tickets online on the events page at www.thewomenscentersc.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds benefit The Women’s Center. For more information, call Rebecca McCullough at 508-758-1326.

The Clam Boil, Triathlon and Summer Sizzler are all part of Mattapoisett Lions Harbor Days. Find the full schedule of events elsewhere in this issue. And to keep up to date on all upcoming events, check out The Wanderer’s calendar of events online at www.wanderer.com or daily updates at www.wanderertoday.com. You can even subscribe for daily emails with events, headlines, weather and more.

By Shawn Badgley

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