Balloon-Bending Artist

The Mattapoisett Library welcomed the balloon-bending artist Chip Rascal to help kick off the library’s summer reading program. Rascal used balloons to create a small-scale replica of Salty the Seahorse, and he also shared his tricks of the trade with library patrons to explore balloon art. Photos by Jean Perry   Read more »

RMS Bids Farewell to Beloved Teacher

“It were a grief so brief to part with thee. Farewell.” – William Shakespeare. Parting is such sweet sorrow, and having to say goodbye to a teacher who has given as much as she has to one school, Rochester Memorial School staff and students lamented in saying goodbye as much as they rejoiced in having […] Read more »

July 4th Happenings

The celebration in Tri-Town of our nation’s 241st year of independence is indeed enhanced by the rousing revival of the Marion fireworks after the unyielding efforts of the Marion Fireworks Committee, et al. Sure, it looked grim come March when the $50,000 goal might as well have been a million, but with a community effort […] Read more »

Message of Peace (Quietly) Planted in Rochester

A sapling from a 250-year-old Ginkgo biloba tree that stood 1,500 yards from ground zero of the A-bomb blast in Hiroshima during WWII has been planted in Rochester after a couple years of preparation and planning. The young tree, a gift from former Town Administrator Michael McCue, was slated as a big deal for the […] Read more »

ORR Hall of Fame Athletes Inducted

This year’s inductees to the Old Rochester Regional Athletic Hall of Fame were officially honored on Saturday, June 24, during the induction ceremony at ORR High School. Susan Lake, Class of 1978: Recruited from the junior high school in 1973 as a seventh grader, Susan Lake was a three-season athlete. A solid starter on the […] Read more »

The Tale of the Mattapoisett Swordfish

High above the end of Long Wharf next to Mattapoisett’s Shipyard Park flies an iconic symbol: the swordfish weathervane. It has greeted thousands over the decades, moving with the shifting winds, witnessing the tides of time. But what is its history, its story, how did the swordfish get there and what does its future hold? […] Read more »

We the People

Third grade students at Center School put on their annual Famous Massachusetts’ Person Presentations on Tuesday, June 20. Each student dressed as their chosen famous Bay Stater who made their mark on history and invited parents to watch the presentations. Photos by Jean Perry   Read more »

The Flamboyant Pileated Woodpecker

Behold, a big dashing bird the size of a crow with a flaming crest and a silly, loud, laughing call. The pileated woodpecker is classified as arboreal, meaning it has feet with two toes, each facing forward and backward with a specialized arrangement of opposite muscles and tendons. This gives them a vise-like clasping grip […] Read more »

Blockbuster Afternoon for Tri-County Symphonic Band

Audience members experienced music from Hollywood’s best at the Tri-County Symphonic Band’s 15th Annual Benefit Pops Concert in “Hollywood Blockbusters” this past Sunday at Tabor Academy in Marion. Under the direction of Philip Sanborn, now in his 11th season, the ensemble performed with great energy and skill. The Tri-County Music Association went for the full […] Read more »

Keel Awards

The Wanderer is pleased to announce that we are soliciting nominations for our 24th annual “Wanderer Keel Awards.” The yearly community service honor – which is presented to one Tri-Town resident from each of the three central towns in our circulation area – will be announced in our July 27 edition, and each winner will […] Read more »