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New galleries and art venues added for 2015. New Boston area concerts and theater venue added July, 2015!
Updated Saturday, June 27, 2015
New! 06/07/2015 Click here to view video of ‘Windscape Westport’, an interactive sculpture, and meet visual artisan Nancy Winship Milliken.
06/27/2015 –New concert venue will add to the smorgasbord of weekend offerings for the local music lover. The Paskamansett Concert Series is set to launch on Saturday, July 11th with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Spindle Rock River Rats at the historic Dartmouth Grange Hall, 1133 Fisher Road in the Russells Mills Village Historic District of South Dartmouth. Visit their website.
The Spindle Rock River Rats playing at Westport’s River Day 2015.
The monthly concerts, featuring Americana, folk, roots, singer-songwriter, Celtic, blues, and bluegrass music are being organized by Russ Smith, founder of the popular Sandywoods Music Series in Tiverton, RI.
Paskamansett Concert Series will be held in the Dartmouth Grange Hall at 1133 Fisher Road.
The 2015 summer and fall lineup includes the Spindle Rock River Rats on July 11th, Seamus Galligan & Michael Laureanno on August 8th, Four Bridges on September 19th, Joanne Doherty and Barbara Phaneuf on October 10th, and Grace Morrison on November 14th.
“The Paskamansett Concert Series joins the Westport Vineyards Sunset Music Series and the summer concert series at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton.”
Smith has already booked Bill Harley, Fourteen Strings, Danielle Miraglia, and Matt Borrello for some early 2016 dates.
Tickets to all concerts are $15, $12 for children under 18, seniors 60 and over, and college students, with a $35 family admission price. Guests are invited to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tickets may be purchased with cash or check on concert nights (doors open 7 pm), or in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com.
06/25/2015 – Quaker Book Fair opens Saturday, July 11th! The Westport Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) announces their 54th Annual Book Fair featuring over 25,000 books for sale.
Fair opens on Saturday, July 11th at 938 Main Road, Westport when the ropes drop and the book-buying crowd rushes the tents! On-going through July 19th, open "dawn to dusk."
The Westport Friends are hoping to fill their benches, not with their usual worshippers, but with over 25,000 gently-used books for sale. The Westport Friends' Book Fair serves as the main fundraising event of the Westport Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and will take place on their grounds at 938 Main Road in Westport, Massachusetts. The Book Fair officially opens at 11:00 a.m. (rain or shine) but will continue "dawn to dusk" throughout the week.
06/21/2015 –Dustin Johnson’s three-putt wins the 2015 U.S Open Golf Championship for Jorden Spieth.
Heroic play by South African, Louis Oosthuizen who birdied 6 of his last seven holes, shooting a 29 on the back nine ended up the in a tie for second with Dustin Johnson who three-putted the 18th hole from just twelve feet to lose the championship to Spieth.
A birdie by Johnson would have forced an 18-hole playoff with Spieth on Monday.
Click here for more in our Golf Section.
06/20/2015 – St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea in Little Compton has a new interim rector. The Rev. William Locke joined the picturesque Episcopal Church on June 7th.
Fr. Locke has been a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island for over 20 years.
Fr. Locke will serve St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea while the parish begins a search for a new permanent rector.
Fr. Locke is married to his wife, Ethel, and the couple has two children.
St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea is an Episcopal parish serving Little Compton, RI and Westport, MA.
Worship at St. Andrew’s is joyful and filled with the love and beauty of God. They regularly explore different forms of music and worship.
Click here for more in our Church News section.
06/20/2015 – Concert series sells out on opening night. Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery’s Sunset Music Series sold out on its season opener last night with Rebecca Correia being the showcased talent for the evening.
The popular music series worked through some abutters’ concerns over expanded hours, noise and traffic issues, and parking overflow onto Cadman’s Neck Road in an agreement with the town’s Selectmen to limit attendance to just 300 cars.
Above: Rebecca Correia mixes it up with her young fans.
But the limitations on cars didn’t prevent a packed crowd from spilling out over the scenic vineyard grounds, one of the most picturesque spots in Westport.
A change for 2015 is the venue will require for the first time that all tickets will be sold in advance at the vineyard’s retail store or on-line before each performance.
This season featured a special opening night performance by the extremely talented Rebecca Correia.
The up-and-coming singer-songwriter, who Vance Gilbert called a "broken-winged angel" after their first shared performance, is a young veteran with already over 200 songs to her credit. Most recently, she co-wrote the song "So Long Goodbye" with three-time Grammy-winner Keb' Mo'. "So Long Goodbye" can be found on Keb's latest album Bluesamericana which is currently nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album. More about the Sunset Music Series...
Above: Why they call it the Sunset Music Series.
06/19/2015 – Town of Westport turns over a new leaf! A brand spankin’ new Nisson Zero Emissions Leaf electric automobile, that is. The Leaf is accompanied by a 6.6kw, two-point –chargepoint+ charging station.
Through the energetic efforts of Energy Committee Chairman Tony Connors, Westport has acquired the Leaf which is now in service.
And the best part is the car and charging combo shouldn’t cost the town a dime.
Further, the charging station is free for all Westport residents who want to charge an electric vehicle.
The stylish Leaf is no slouch on the road either, reports Town Administrator Tim King. More...
Above: Town Administrator Tim King with the town’s new Leaf!
06/17/2015 – Westport Town Hall clock gets an overhaul. The ubiquitous town hall clock, once so common in early rural New England and in many cases the only timepiece in the village common is now a relic of times gone by.
Inset: Andrew Sousa points to the clock motor needing replacement. Notice the signatures of all the men who have worked on the clock over the years.
With over 200 billion individual time keeping mechanisms employed worldwide in watches, iPhones, cars, computers, microwave ovens and the such, the town hall clock has been relegated to the dustbin of history, barely noticed by people scurrying by to get somewhere on time...
Last week Andrew Sousa, Planning Board member and Highway Department employee, with the help of electrician Bill Plamondon, climbed high into the attic of the 1939 Town Hall building and repaired the clock’s tangled mess of electrical wiring, determined they needed a new time mechanism, and will order one next month. They are also researching how to get a new neon light fixture (the old one is burnt out long ago) encircling the clock face, so that once again our Town Hall clock will shine like a beacon into the night, with the correct time of course!
06/16/2015 – Cat snared in illegal trap. Westport Police are searching for the person who placed an illegal leg hold trap that ensnared a cat.
Police received a call Wednesday, May 27th about what appeared to be a cat with a metal contraption attached, Det. Sgt. Antonio Cestodio said. The cat was limping and had difficulty walking, the witness reported, Cestodio said.
Charges of animal cruelty will be filed against the person, Cestodio said.
The cat was transported by Animal Control Officer Donna Lambert to a local veterinarian, who removed the trap from the cat’s leg. The cat, apparently a stray, was taken to Animal Rescue League of Boston.
06/16/2015 – Ladies and gentlemen, from the Trump Tower in downtown New York City, hereeeeeee’s Donald!
In a 50 minute, high-powered speech filled with eclectic rhetoric, fire and brimstone “the Donald’ announced at 11:25 a.m. today that he is running for Presidency of the United States of America.
Real Estate mogul and billionaire Donald John Trump Sr. will join four governors, four US senators and three former governors in what is sure to be a reality show of a primary.
“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” the feisty showman told his audience of supporters.
The dealmaker said he will take on China and Japan and Mexico.
“We need someone who can make this country great! We are (a country) controlled by politicians, lobbyists, donors and supporters, and nothing gets done. Politicians are all talk.”
Assailing incompetence in Washington and deriding domestic and foreign leadership which he says doesn’t exist, Trump is sure to provide a media circus on a scale that will eclipse anything seen today on the millions of high-definition, mammoth flat-screen plasma and LED televisions in homes across America.
And in all that hubris, Donald John Trump Sr. makes some sense in what he says is wrong with America today. The question is can he fix it.
Is this the age of the corporatocracy?
06/15/2015 – Third shotgun located from Westport Harbor duck hunting accident. A recreational diver discovered the third shotgun lost when a duck hunting excursion in the West Branch of the Westport River went horribly wrong early Tuesday morning, January 7, 2014, bringing closure to the disastrous accident that took two lives.
The spear-fisherman hunting the bottom of the harbor last week spotted what he believed to be a shotgun on the sandy harbor floor. A call was made to Robert Mercer of Bob’s Sea and Ski in New Bedford, and Mercer notified the police, according to Taunton Police Sgt. Matthew McCaffrey, commander of the dive team for the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.
Above: SEMLEC diver Lt. Paul Roderick shows the 12-gauge Benelli shotgun recovered after a half hour search in the water on Monday, police reported. The shotgun is believed to be the one used by one of the victims, Steven James, 53, of Marshfield. Police photo.
The duck hunters’ 15-foot aluminum skiff was recovered later that Tuesday morning tangled in a buoy of Charlton Wharf, where it’s likely the shotgun fell out of the boat. The other two 12-gauge Benelli shotguns were found the day of the accident.
Click here for video news report on the boating accident.
Charlton Wharf is on the west side of the Westport harbor entrance.
Click here for news story of the boating accident.
SEMLEC SWAT covers 28 cities in towns in southeastern Massachusetts, from Duxbury to Seekonk. It is currently staffed by 45 highly trained police and paramedic personnel. Mattapoisett currently has 3 officers assigned to the SWAT team. Dartmouth and Westport police also participated in the search. Above right: police photo
Click here to view video of dramatic U.S. Coast Guard rescue of duck hunter Gregg Angell. The semi-conscious Westport man was pulled off Corey Island and transported to Rhode island Hospital where he made a full recovery.
The bodies of James and Robert Becher, 55, of Cromwell, CT were recovered from Horseneck Point on the ocean side around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning by acting Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves and Westport police officer Sgt. Jeff Majewski.
Above: 15-foot aluminum skiff recovered on January 7, 2014. Photo/Boston Globe Steve Haines photo.
High winds and an unstable skiff in choppy conditions with freezing spray were probably implicit in causing the duck hunting boat to capsize.
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Friday, July 31
Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31st - Scholarships Available for the July 27th – 31st, Monday through Friday, Art + Nature Art Summer Camp for Kids at Westport Art Group.
Artist/teacher Jennifer Rashleigh is back this summer to teach the second session of Westport Art Group's summer camp, Rural Landscape Riches, to be held July 27-31st at Westport Art Group's newly-renovated building on Main Road in Westport.
The camp will focus on observing our natural surroundings and re-interpreting the scenes through drawing, painting, printing, sculpting, and collage. Cresting waves, crawling crabs, swooping birds, leaping fish, creeping critters, magnificent sunsets, billowing sails, and waving wheat grass will inspire a week of multimedia creations in the studio on Main Road. See www.WestportArtGroup.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for event registration and information.
Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31 - Westport Cultural Council and the Hellen Ellis Grant hosts Student Filmmaking Workshops in July at Westport High School.
Innocation Educator Collective will be conducting film workshops for students ages 12 - 18 during the week of July 27th – 31st at Westport High School during both AM and PM sessions. All films made during the workshops are written, produced, and acted in by students that make up the classes.
Innocation Creative Director, Tommy Whalen organized the classes of up to 10 students per session and facilitates the hands-¬on filmmaking instruction during the 5 day week.
"The luxury of working with these talented kids is that they never run out of original ideas and they stay excited through the entire filmmaking process,” says Whalen. “Making a short film is hard work, and yet they handle it so well.” Films are all under 5 minutes and span multiple backgrounds and genres.
Over 35 student films composing over 2 hours of material have been created in Innocation classes under Mr. Whalen’s leadership.
Class fees are normally $160, but have been reduced to $50 with help from the Westport Cultural Council and the Hellen Ellis Grant. Completed Films will be showcased at a Westport Student Film Night to be scheduled later this August. For more information visit www.innocationfp.com
Location, Date and Time: Westport High School from Monday, July 27th through Friday, July, 31st;
A.m. sessions are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; p.m. sessions: are 12:30 -¬ 3:30 p.m.
Innocation is an educator collective that organizes and presents workshops for all ages with the mission of connecting creative and technical education across multiple disciplines. Currently,
Innocation focuses on digital short filmmaking and photography workshops.
For further information and to coordinate interviews, please call or click Tommy Whalen at 774.328.0685 or email: email@example.com.
Friday, July 31 - Yoga at the Stone Barn on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays starting June 5th through the end of September. 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Stone Barn, 786 East Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth.
What better place to practice yoga in the morning than the Stone Barn, with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice? Taught by an instructor from Yoga on Union in downtown New Bedford, this program is suitable for yogis of all levels. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothes suitable for yoga. Ample parking is available onsite at 786 Horseneck Road in South Dartmouth.
Classes are $15 each and can be paid at the start of class.
Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.
Quilt ladies invite all to Friday meetings at Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton from 10 a.m. to noon. A weekly hand quilting group. Pro or novice welcome. Come one time or every meeting! Bring your own project. For more information call Lynn Sluiter at (401) 635-8941, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T’ai Chi is the Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health. The fee is $5.00 per session or $25.00 for 6 weeks. The instructor is Nikolas Ukleja. Please call 508.636.1026 for further information.
Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.
Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere.
$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over. $6 suggested donation under age 50.
Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email:
Ocean State Bridge Club meets each Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Call or click if you need a partner: (401) 862-2131 or Director@OceanStateBridgeClub.com Cost is $6. A free lunch is served once a month by Sakonnet Bay Manor. www.oceanstatebridgeclub.com.
The weekly Bingo at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. 1:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information please call For more information please call 401.625.6790, or visit their website.
Friday, July 31 - Dartmouth Farmers Market at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church, 351 Elm Street, South Dartmouth. Season runs June 5 to Sept. 25. Hours are from 1-6 p.m.
Farms and vendors include free-range eggs and poultry from Copicut Farm; fresh produce from Apponagansett Farm, Silverbrook Farm, and Quansett Gardens, all of Dartmouth; and the Sampson Family Farm of Westport .
Plus: Great Hill Blue Cheese provided by Tim Stone of the Great Hill Dairy located in Marion; Shy Brothers Cheese, featuring Westport-made Hannabells and Cloumage; and Martins Family fresh goat cheese, considered one of the freshest Portuguese-style goat cheeses in Bristol County.
Special events: Nonprofit organizations will provide information about local community programs in their community tent. Local artists will provide music and dance throughout the summer.
They accept Cash, Women Infants and Children's, Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons (WIC-FMNP), Seniors' coupons.
For more information contact managers Tony and Rosemary Melli at 508.636.8047, or email: email@example.com.
The Tiverton Public Library offers a weekly computer drop-in session that offers assistance with beginner computer Skills and Windows; the internet, on-line resources and social networking; Microsoft Office programs; downloading ebooks and audiobooks from the library; on-line job searching; and any other topics you may have a question about. All ages and skill levels welcome.
2 - 3 p.m. on Fridays. No cost.
Essex Public Library, reference room, 238 Highland Avenue, Tiverton.
For more information please call (401) 625-6796.
Friday, July 31 - Neal McCarthy and Friends Friday from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at
Join the fantastic Neal McCarthy (and guests) for his weekly gig at our Tap Room and Brewers Garden. Their Food Truck friends will be on hand for all kinds of deliciousness. Gourmet grilled cheese, Texan style BBQ and more. Menu changes weekly.
Buzzards Bay Brewing, 98 Horseneck Road, Westport.
Call 508.636.2288 for more information or visit: buzzardsbrew.com.
Friday, July 31 - Partners Village Store to Host Author and World Class Athlete from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Partners Village Store & Kitchen will host Kit DesLauriers, world class skier and native of Westport. DesLauriers was the first person to climb and ski the "Seven Summits" (highest point on each of the seven continents) and she chronicles her adventures in her book Higher Love: Skiing the Seven Summits. Rich with personal insights, life-threatening consequences, and a thrilling crescendo, Higher Love spans seven continents in just two years and is Kit’s personal account of the secret journey that would change her heart and her life forever.
The author will be available from 5:00-6:30 p.m. to meet the public, answer questions, and sign copies of her book. To RSVP for this free event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-636-2572.
About the author: Kit DesLauriers is a sponsored team athlete for the outdoor-apparel company The North Face as well as a wife, mother, and self-appointed “planetary park ranger.”
DesLauriers devotes her time and expertise to preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, serves on the board for Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free and is an ambassador for 1% for the Planet and a member of Protect Our Winters Riders Alliance. Also a board member for the American Alpine Club, she lives in Jackson Hole, WY. DesLauriers was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Westport, Massachusetts and Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of Peter and Catherine Katzenbach of Westport, MA.
Partners Village Store is located at 865 Main Road in Westport, Massachusetts.
Friday, July 24 - Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery continues its Sunset Music Series.
They have an amazing and diverse line-up of local talent this season.
A change for 2015 is the venue will require for the first time that all tickets will be sold in advance in their retail store prior to the event or by visiting www.westportrivers.com.
This Friday features Blues Train with Westport’s own Jack Jennings. Join them for some rock, blues and funk!
Friday, July 31 - Country Line Dance Lessons at St. John’s Athletic Club, 1365 Rodman Street, Fall River. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $10 per person. Call 774.202.5543 for more information. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit their website For all the details.
Friday, July 31 – Karaoke every Friday night with Mariozations Studio from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The Knights of Columbus, 28 Fish Road, Tiverton.
Bluegrass Jam at the VFW on Fridays at the Dartmouth VFW, Cross Road (behind Wal-Mart) from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The open jam, with bluegrass rules, is for adults only and is held every Friday.
Karaoke featuring country music - VFW Post 5329, 134 Shove St., Tiverton, hosts karaoke every Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Featuring, Del Rios, playing a variety of American and Portuguese music. Donation $6. Call (401) 624-2697 for more information.
Friday, July 31 - Forever
Young Concert at
Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton.
Reserve advance tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.
This award-winning band (winner of Motif Magazine's Best Cover/Tribute Band in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) channels the harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and the instrumentation of Neil Young's bands Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield, the Stray Gators and the International Harvesters. Their interpretations of Neil Young's classic hits and rare gems will take you back and get you singing and dancing!
Karaoke Night every Friday night from 8:00 to 12:00 a.m. at Bayview Holy Ghost Citizens Club, 66 Bottom St, Tiverton. The event is free and open to all. Weekly karaoke night with Rick and Joan.
The VFW offers karaoke on Friday nights from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the newly renovated lounge.
Join in on the fun. All are welcome and there is no cover charge. VFW Post 8502, 843 State Road (Route 6) in Westport. Call 508.678.9888 for more information.
Friday, July 31 - Pro Karaoke by Rick & Joan every Friday at the Liberal Club from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m.
20 Star Street, Fall River. No admission charge.
LePage’s Seafood hosts Karaoke every Friday night at 9:00 p.m. at 439 Martine Street, Fall River. For more information please call 508.677.2180.
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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito findings in Westport and a widening swath through Southeastern Massachusetts. Click here for more information and learn how to protect yourself from EEE.
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