Winter Wonderland at UMass Dartmouth

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With all the holiday cheer, bright lights shining about and the wonderful, crisp feeling of winter, this is the perfect opportunity to go out and enjoy as many holiday happenings as possible! On Thursday, December 4th, I went to UMass Dartmouth to check out their fifth annual Winterfest. There has been a lot of negative news about Umass Dartmouth recently. After all the tragedies we have seen in the past year, I found it was time to shed some light on what a wonderful university it is. They constantly strive for their students to have a strong community and it truly showed after I spent three hours circling the tables and soaking in the merriment of Winterfest.

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Being a student at UMass Dartmouth myself, I tried to make sure that I got involved with as many activities as I could handle during my time here. One of my first and greatest activities was to join Zeta Lambda Chi, Umass Dartmouth’s first and only co-ed fraternity. Being a part of Greek life is all about giving back to your community, so Z.L.X decided five years ago to host UMD’s very own Winterfest. When asking Donald Dow, the treasurer of Z.L.X and co-organizer of Winterfest, what Winterfest is about and means to him, he replied. “It is all about gathering of the students and local community to celebrate the winter season and its holidays. It is a great opportunity for the campus to come together. It is one of the last events before finals so it gives the students something to do and relax.”

Winterfest is one of the biggest philanthropic events at Umass Dartmouth, alongside their Relay For Life and Dance Marathon. During previous years, they have accumulated up to 20 different organizations tabling for individual causes. Most of the tabling include making ornaments, raffles, canned goods for shelters, cards for veterans, pictures with Santa and Build-a-Bear workshop. Winterfest is located at Umass Dartmouth’s main campus center. Z.L.X members will dedicate their time to decorate the center each year with Christmas trees, fake snow, lights all around, presents under the tree and of course, Christmas music.

This year, there was a total of 5 different organizations who tabled around the campus center. The first was Z.L.X’s own table that consisted of the traditional ornament making for anyone who was interested. I couldn’t stop myself from making an ornament or two! After I finished up, I scrolled down the walk way to the Outdoors Club’s table. They dedicate most of their time creating weekend trips. They strive to do two to three events a weekend and that includes anything outdoors, such as kayaking, hiking, white water rafting and rock climbing at Carabiner’s. For Winterfest, they hosted arts and crafts for kids, including a scratch tickets raffle and candy for all around.

Net Impact was another table that I visited. They focus on sustainable business, career development that is about social sustainability, green activities and school and community development. The organization has also created their very own GRI reporting, which promotes sustainability. They are a global organization that have head quarters located in California. For Winterfest, they hosted their own raffle that included a donated 20” T.V and also smaller gifts such as reusable bottles. It is a great organization that is determined to open the minds of the students to create a more sustainable living. Go green or go home!

Have a passion for art? The National Art Education Association, Umass Dartmouth Student Chapter showed their support by making snow globes to promote creativity within the community. They had people sign cards for soldiers overseas during the holidays and were selling their adorable “I Heart Art” pins. The organization focuses on art education for the community, craft tables for kids, community volunteerism and professional development for future art educators. They are a small group and would love to see people interested in becoming art educators and spread creativity to the community!

The last table that I interviewed was FMLA, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. They are a newly found organization and are dedicated to bring awareness to students about feminism and women’s rights.

“We want everyone to be more politically and socially involved in women’s position in the world” said Rama Almaleh, a Zeta Lambda Chi member and a Junior in Medical Laboratory Science.

For their part in Winterfest, they offered a can and clothing donation drive for New Bedford Harbor House and as students who couldn’t donate, to show their support by signing their poster.

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When asked what Winterfest meant to them, Maddie Hernandez, co-organizer of Winterfest, member of FMLA and a Senior in Jewelry and Metals art had this to say:

“Winterfest makes me feel really positive and warm because all these organizations are different but here for the same reason, which is to work together to help out in our local foundations”.

Maddie is right. There is a certain positive air that fills your head once you step into that campus center. And not only the warmth of it all but the collectiveness of a wonderful community that dedicates their time to making the holidays fun and joyous for others, that fills your heart with Christmas spirit.

 

Don’t forget to check in with the New Bedford Travel Guide for any local South Coast holiday happenings!

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Rainy Day Fun

Winter seems to be barreling fast towards the South Coast this year! All of a sudden we have so much rain, and now snow, plaguing us with freezing nights and chilly mornings. With the cold weather comes a season of very bored individuals, but here on the South Coast, we still have a great selection of fun and exciting indoor activities that are perfect for washing away the winter blues.

Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing

A great indoor activity that can get the heart pumping and blood rushing is New Bedford’s Carabiner’s indoor climbing. With walls that stand at 65 ft, Carabiner’s is the tallest rock climbing gym in New England. They also just opened their own fitness area that includes programs such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Zumba and more. Though they do accept walk-ins, they suggest you call ahead for those who are beginners to be sure they have staff available. They also have specific courses for anyone who wants to learn how to rock climb. They offer after school programs, including a youth climbing club, if kids are looking for a creative and exciting indoor activity during this cold season.

Oceans 18

Oceans 18 is a fun indoor activity that is great for friends and family. They have games that are fit for everyone’s personality including an arcade area, their new addition of glow in the dark mini bowling, and a virtual golf simulator. Their glow in the dark mini golfing is Oceans 18’s main attraction and definitely a favorite amongst the locals. Their mini golfing has a colorful, nautical theme to it. Which is perfect for all of us on the South Coast. They are located right near Flagship Cinemas so it’s a great opportunity to have a fun, indoor activity and then checking out a new movie. Also, don’t forget to check out our blog about Oceans 18!

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Looking for an activity that is filled with New Bedford’s wonderful history? You should check out the New Bedford Whaling Museum! The museum focuses on New Bedford’s famous whaling industry and it is the largest whaling museum in America. Right when you walk in, you will notice two monstrous skeletons of a Humpback whale and a baby Blue whale, though “baby” is not the first word that comes to mind while looking at the size of the bones. The museum is also home to the world’s largest whale ship model, the Lagoda. They have a collection of over 750,000 items including scrimshaw, logbooks, paintings and more! It is an indoor activity that is fun and exciting with an educational background about New Bedford and its rich history.

Hetland Skating Arena

Hetland Skating Arena is a fantastic indoor activity that still has a winter wonderland feel to it. The arena has many programs designed for skating, such as hockey teams of all ages and FMC skating. They also have reserved time aside from sports that is dedicated to public skating. During the week, public skating is between 1:30 to 3:30p.m, but don’t forget to always check their website in case the times had to be switched around for team meet ups.

Mirasol’s Cafe

What could be better on a rainy day than having a great cup of coffee at your favorite cafe shop? My personal favorite cafe to go to whenever it is gloomy outside, is Mirasol’s Cafe in Dartmouth. Their amazing selection of spanish inspired cuisines and wonderful Chai Tea, lifts up my spirits no matter what the weather is outside. So if you are feeling blue because of the chilly season, I suggest going to your favorite South Coast cafe. It is a great indoor activity that is perfect for relaxing and surrounding yourself with best friends.

And that concludes my list of indoor activities to enjoy during this cold winter and rainy season. Keeping days exciting when the weather won’t let you soak up the sun is vital for fun, active living! Don’t forget to check in with the New Bedford Travel Guide for more exciting activities in the South Coast.

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Local Thanksgiving Charities

Thanksgiving will always be one of the key holidays within everyone’s heart. It is the season of good harvest and coming together as a family to celebrate America’s history. It has also become the season of giving back. According to USA Today, in 2012 there were still well over 600,000 people who were homeless throughout our country. Some of them right in our backyards. With all of this holiday cheer filling our hearts more and more everyday, why not focus our love and care to people who need it throughout the holiday season? Here are some local charities in the South Coast that are giving back for Thanksgiving. These charities welcome love and support from everyone and would appreciate volunteers who are willing to bring joy to people who are less fortunate.

A great way to raise money for food pantries while being active during the holiday is by participating in Fairhaven’s Turkey Trot 5k! The race is organized by the Fairhaven High School Class of 1999 and will start at 8a.m on November 28, Thanksgiving morning. It is a 5k which equals out to be around 3.1 miles. The race starts at Cushman park on Bridge Street and goes straight down to Fort Phoenix. There will be Fairhaven police to make sure all volunteers will be safe while crossing major intersections and as well as Turkey Trot volunteers to guard the minor roads. You can register online now until November 24. You can register in person on November 26 from 4p.m to 8p.m. That is when everyone who has already signed up will be picking up their numbers and t-shirts. You can also try to sign up on Thanksgiving morning between 7 to 7:45 a.m but supplies of numbers and t-shirts will be limited. Tickets are $20 for adults, $25 starting November 20 and youths (12 and under) will always be $10. The Fairhaven Turkey Trot has raised over 15,000 of canned goods to support local shelters so sign up for a great cause that is great family fun!

Mercy Meals and More is one of the many shelters in the greater New Bedford region that supplies breakfast, clothing, books and temporary emergency shelter. They are a full year round organization and are always taking donations. All breakfast meals are free and a donation box is available for anyone who is able to make a contribution. They have an average of 100 meals that are served each day that cost around $3.00 per meal. They are a ministry that strives to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the homeless community. They appreciate any form of volunteer time, especially during the holiday seasons. If you would like to donate or volunteer for Mercy Meals and More, contact Reverend Russ Chamberlain.

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts will open their food pantries and distribute food to clients on Thursday from 1p.m to 6p.m in New Bedford. They are one of the most diverse service organizations in America and focus on 181 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. They are the largest food pantry in New England and also provide emergency shelter. 95% of their workforce are volunteers, so during this Thanksgiving season, it is very important to them and the 4.9 million residents they serve, that they have enough staff to get everyone food for the holiday. They are located on Kempton Street, so come on down to volunteer!

There will also be specific charities and food pantries designed for the elderly in Marion and Dartmouth. Dartmouth’s Council of Aging is running low for their food pantry and are seeking donations. The COA food pantry is available for all Dartmouth residents and they are open Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m to 4p.m. They will be providing a free homemade turkey dinner on Thanksgiving day. They will have coffee and pastries at 9:30 a.m and the dinner is served at 12:00p.m. For any homebound elders, the COA are available for home deliveries.

Marion’s Council of Aging will also have a Thanksgiving dinner to all tri-town elders on November 24. Old Rochester Regional Junior High students will be providing the dinners and all the tickets are free. Just like Dartmouth’s, all homebound elders will have their meals delivered.

A great place to volunteer or donate to would be to your local Salvation Army. For New Bedford, you can contact the Salvation Army if you have any items you would like to donate. They are especially looking for volunteers during Thanksgiving for their food pantry. Also, Saint Anthony’s of Padua Church, just like almost any local church, will have their food pantry open during the holiday season. Each church will have different days and times for their food pantries to open but Saint Anthony’s is every Thursday from 12p.m to 1:30p.m, alongside their soup kitchen. It is very important that the local community can volunteer and especially donate to Saint Anthony’s food pantry.

Recently, on November 15th, someone broke into Saint Anthony’s food cooler that stored all their food for their pantry. There was extensive damage to the door and over $400 to $500 dollars worth of food that was stolen. They ask if anyone in the community might know something about this crime, to contact the police department at 508-961-4584 immediately. Saint Anthony’s food pantry has always been a huge part of the hungry and homeless community in New Bedford so during this critical Thanksgiving season, they ask for food donations and any information you might have about this terrible crime.

The best way to donate to local charities is to find a cause that you are passionate about and volunteer or donate as much as you can! Thanksgiving is the holiday for being together and giving and believe me, nothing could be more joyous than giving to those who need it most. So don’t forget to check in with the New Bedford Travel Guide for any further charities during the holiday season!

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South Coast Tattoo Shops

Tattoos are a fantastic way of expressing your creative side or even a great opportunity to honor a newborn that has just entered the world or remember a soul who has passed. Whatever your reason behind getting a tattoo, know that it is something that requires great thought and confidence within yourself and the tattoo artist. Here on the South Coast, we have many tattoo shops dedicated to giving you the dream tattoo you have been wishing for. Below is a list of tattoo shops in surrounding South Coast towns that are popular among the locals.

Flyin’ Ace

Flyin’ Ace is located on Kempton Street and it is New Bedford’s only piercing studio. The shop is owned by Ken Tetrault who has had over 25 years of experience in tattoo & piercing body art design. They are determined to make sure every customer gets the perfect tattoo desired, whether it is something you have drawn yourself or just a few ideas you’ve entertained, while working in a clean, safe and sterile environment. The main focus is that each customer is comfortable taken care of. Making appointments is desired but they may not accept walk-ins depending on time availability. Prices start at $50.

Image Pro Tattoo

Recently relocated from Rhode Island, Image Pro Tattoo is located in Acushnet and was established in 1996. The shop has received a first place award from Harley Rendezvous Classic for the most realistic design and was the Laconia winner for another tattoo by one of his customers. His goal is to make sure every customer has a fun and gratifying experience. If you see or dream of a tattoo, he can and will design it for you.

Darkstar Tattoo

Darkstar is located a few miles away from Umass Dartmouth and Horseneck Beach. They are very popular among college students. It is owned by Troy Wilson and is the first and only tattoo shop in Westport. They have three full time tattoo artists and two body piercers. The staff suggest that customers do research before entering and have reference pictures if interested in a more customized piece. Walk-ins are welcome depending on the design but customers should opt for appointments. The shop minimum is $60 and there is a required minimum of a $50 non- refundable deposit.

Living Canvas

Living Canvas just recently opened in 2012 in New Bedford and is owned and operated by Jeremy Gaudreau. Even with the recent start, Living Canvas already has a strong following and appointments are booked weekly. They do accept walk-ins depending on time availability or in the case of a cancellation. Living Canvas has a lively atmosphere welcoming all customers who may be looking for the perfect body modification that speaks to their creativity. They also offer discounts of 25% for every American Hero such as firemen, policemen and veterans. Students can recieve 15% off, too!

Thinking about getting a tattoo any time soon? Whether you really want one or you are just starting to think about getting one, you are in great hands of all of these amazing South Coast tattoo shops, who provide nothing more than customer satisfaction! Check in with the New Bedford Travel Guide for more information of local South Coast shops.

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December Events in New Bedford

It seems like this year has gone by in a flash! In only 4 weeks, it will already be December and you know what that means? Some super fun and exciting local South Coast holiday events! Our team at the New Bedford Travel Guide is determined to provide you with a list of fun and amazing events that are perfect for you and the family to get into the holiday spirit.

It seems like every shop and cafe is getting a head start on their Christmas celebrations, so why don’t you grab your calendar and mark down these family events coming up in December so you can get your own head start to the wonderful holiday season?!

A great holiday event that is perfect for the family is downtown New Bedford’s own Holiday Stroll. Take the kids on a winter wonderland walk in New Bedford’s historic district filled with Christmas decorations and seasonal activities that can keep the family entertained for hours. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, fire engine rides, crafts for the kids, and delicious holiday meals and treats. The event takes place from December 7th through 8th and is a perfect opportunity to see New Bedford’s own gigantic Christmas tree shine bright and fill you with Christmas cheer.

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Looking for a way to burn off all of those holiday pounds? What could be a better way than New Bedford’s third annual Santa Sightings 5k Fun Run?! The run is officially set for December 7th and it is still the same theme: Family fun race that can be either walked, jogged or run depending on the family’s preference, while still dressing up as Old Saint Nick! Last year there were over 1,700 participants, all joining together for a race filled with fun, excitement and family. Registration online begins on September 30 until Wednesday, December 4th. For Adults 18 and over, the cost starts at $30 and increases to $2 to $5 every month or $40 if you buy on the day of the race. Make sure you register early since they can run out of Santa suits quickly. The race will begin at 11a.m so you want to get there at least one hour early to prepare.

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If you are hoping for more of a peaceful holiday night out, then check out the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming December events. They will host two wonderful performances for the holiday season including the Messiah & Magnificat to be held on December 1, at Saint Anthony’s Church. The performance will begin at 3p.m with Barbara Kilduff as the Soprano, Deborah Rentz-Moore as the Alto, Matthew Anderson as the Tenor and Andrew Garland as the Bass. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $10 for students. The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s next and acclaimed performance is their annual Family Holiday Pops. The performance will be on Saturday, December 21 at 3:30p.m and in the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. There will be feature appearances by the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra and the SouthCoast Children’s Chorus. The concert is filled with your favorite holiday songs, sing-a-longs, beautiful stories and singers, and even a special appearance from Santa Claus! So come on down and take in the holiday cheer that is perfect for you and the family.

A great performance that is known for getting even the Scroogey-ist of people excited for Christmas, is Zeiterion Theater’s A Christmas Carol! One of many New Bedford favorite holiday traditions, A Christmas Carol will show on Saturday, December 14 at 2 Pm and Pm, Tickets range from $15 to $35 so don’t forget to call ahead. Visit during the cozy holiday season and be enchanted by a wonderful tale about the true meaning of Christmas.

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Another great December tradition is the New Bedford Preservation Society’s Annual Holiday House Tour. The tour will begin at Gallery X and end in the West End, showcasing New Bedford’s great architecture including this years, Acushnet heights neighborhood. Within one house on the tour, besides the lovely decorations for the holidays, visitors will get to witness costumed historic portrayals. It will be held on December 14 from 4- to 8p.m as a candlelight tour and December 15 from 1 to 5p.m as an afternoon tour. There will be a holiday raffle, a silent auction , and a scavenger hunt of “Spot the Peppermint Pig.” Great fun for you and the kids during this cold, winter season.

Keep on checking in with the New Bedford Travel Guide for holiday happenings on the South Coast.

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Holiday Inspired Weekend Events

Looking to spend a weekend filled with holiday events for the family? Halloween is here, Thanksgiving is on the way in a matter of weeks and Christmas is less than 60 days away, there is hardly time to enjoy all the great events that are popping up everyday! This upcoming November weekend is perfect for you and the family to have a day out filled with fun events. The following are some great South Coast happenings that are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!

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It’s All About The Animals’ Kitty Christmas Open House and Holiday Event is an extremely heart felt event that supports an amazing cause. It will be held this weekend on November 2 from 11a.m to 4p.m. It is their 3rd annual open house. It is free and filled with hay rides, face painting, wonderful Celtic music by Jay and Abbey Michaels and a special surprise visit from Santa Claus! There will also be a book signing with trilogy author Pat Perry and children’s author and illustrator, Carla Marrero, so don’t forget to bring the kids! Come on down and visit with all the cats and kittens that are available for adoption! They will be accepting adoption applications at the event. The fee for kittens under 6 months is $150 and cats over 6 months are $130. These fees cover the cats and kitten’s spay or neuter, vaccines, deworming, de-fleaing, and more.

I have had the pleasure to know and volunteer with It’s All About The Animals shelter. The shelter is a no kill, 501c3, non profit shelter, centered around giving homeless adult cats and kittens the opportunity to find loving homes with sweet and loving owners. They are a public charity and welcome any forms of donations such as food, litter, medications, equipment and volunteer time.

Pam Robinson and her husband, Oren, single handedly take care of over 40 cats and kittens daily. They wake up at 8a.m and end the day at 9p.m for 7 days a week. Pam makes sure each of her cats get fed, cleaned, have fresh water in their bowls, have all their medications updated, and have a nice, clean shelter to live in. She desperately welcomes volunteers to help clean, feed and play with the cats. When asked what this shelter means to Pam, she said,

“This shelter is my life. I can’t put into words how much this shelter means to me. It was something I’ve always wanted to start and my goal was to just help the abused and abandoned. Every time I send a cat to their forever home, it feels like I’ve won the Lottery.” So don’t be shy about sponsoring, donating or just supporting this wonderful shelter!

Are you looking for a more active day out? How about joining Wareham’s first Grumpy’s Cranberry Harvest 5k Trail Run/Walk on November 2nd? It is perfect for all you nature lovers out there and it is such a sight to see with the beautiful cranberry bogs that line the entire trail. It is the perfect atmosphere for a moreThanksgiving feel and it is a great opportunity to catch up with the family. You can also learn some fun berry facts along the trail and receive special goodies such as an event t-shirt, cranberry themed refreshments and children get to make their own “Cranberry Bog in a Cup”. Try to register in advance to save $10 off your ticket! The price is $25 for adults in advance and $35 on the race day while children 4 to 9 are $15. The race begins at 9a.m.

Another great event that gives off a wonderful feel for Thanksgiving is Westport River’s Hayrides. It is every Saturday from 12p.m to 4:30p.m until November 23rd. The ride is approximately 30 minutes long and is only $5 for everyone and children under 2 can ride free. It is the perfect opportunity to see the vineyard with the family!

If you also find yourself having empty spaces in your day, come on down and visit Saint Anthony’s of Padua Church in New Bedford for their annual Holiday Bazaar. The Bazaar will open at 9a.m and close at 6p.m. Like every year, Saint Anthony’s has raffles, arts and crafts and an overall fun family atmosphere.

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One of my personal favorite events to see whenever Halloween comes to town is Roger Williams Zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the amazing display of 5,000 hand carved Jack-O-Lanterns lights up the entire trail through the Zoo. Every year the pumpkins are always carved into something different and for this year, they have decide each pumpkin will represent the regions of the United States. Surrounded by all the zoo’s animals gives the trail a more eerie vibe and in order to make it even more scary, my family and I like to go around 9p.m, when some of the last admissions are being let in. Because Daylight Savings Time is coming to an end, 9p.m is a perfect time for complete darkness. With only the illuminated pumpkins to guide you through the trail, it not only gives you the perfect, spooky feeling of Halloween but also the details on the pumpkins become much more vivid.

One of the most spectacular aspects of the trail is their grand finale called the Laughing Tree. Filled with fog and creepy music of a man’s laughter with a catchy beat, the trees surrounding the area are filled with pumpkins top to bottom. They also have pumpkins right in front of the trees that are over 1,000 pounds, all carved into creative and Halloween inspired Jack-O-Lantern faces. It is definitely a sight to be seen and something every family should see at least once. Though, the night time might be a little too late for children, no part of the display is too scary. It is filled with much more awe and amazement and a fun, lighthearted Halloween feeling all around.

Now you and the family will definitely have a busy weekend ahead of you with all our great holiday inspired weekend events here in the South Coast. Don’t forget to check in with the New Bedford Travel Guide for further detail on each event or to check out even more local holiday happenings.

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10 Meals Under $10

Though it looks like the economy is slightly stabilizing since the government reopened, everybody, including me, is still scrounging around to try to save a few pennies every now and then. But as bad as we all would love to save a few bucks, we also would love to go out every once in a while and have some fun! A perfect solution for dining out while still saving some money is finding delicious but cheap meals under $10. Sounds crazy right? But I promise they are out there-In fact, right on our very own South Coast! Here is a top ten list of meals under $10:

Chicken Bleu Salad – Slainte

Slainte is located where the old Catwalk used to be, in downtown New Bedford and has a great selection of salads for only $9.95. Their Bleu salad with grilled chicken is topped off with bleu cheese crumbles and delicious deep-fried onion rings. Great choice if you want a dish on the healthier side but still filled with some tempting crunchy goodness! In general, Slainte has a great, friendly atmosphere with live Irish music that is perfect for a fun night out.

Diablo Burrito – No Problemo

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Looking for some spicy, Mexican inspired dishes to fill your hunger? No Problemo has their Diablo Burrito that is filled with rice, beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos & Chipotle hot sauce. Definitely not for the faint of heart! All of their burritos start off with a 12” steamed flour tortilla and if you want to add any chicken or beef, it’s only $1.50 extra! The portion sizes are perfect for people who enters on an empty stomach. Their most expensive meal is still under $8, which is great for anyone who is looking for a meal that is even less than our $10 plan.

Veggie Chili – Destination Soups

Nothing could be better from Destination Soups than of course, their soups! Their Veggie Chili soup is amazing and gluten-free for all you vegans and vegetarians out there. Though Destination Soups have their everyday items, veggie chili is a part of their daily specials on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Their soups range from $3.30 for small, $4.90 for a large and $8.40 for their quart size. Or even go for their bread bowl for only $5.60!

California Roll – Zen Asian Grille

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Any sushi lovers out there? Zen is located in Wareham and is filled with fresh sushi but my personal favorite will always be their California Roll. Though their signature rolls can get quite pricey, Zen’s classic rolls are just as amazing and range from $3.50 to $7.00. They also have spicy rolls to choose from, with many options like salmon, scallop, yellow tail and much more! Just in case you wanted to spice up your meal!

The Great American Burger – Freestone’s City Grill

Freestone’s can definitely be on the pricey side but if you want more of a fancy night out, then look nowhere else. Though most meals tend to be around $15, if you search their menus throughly, you will notice a yummy selection of burgers and sandwiches around $9. Their Great American Burger comes in at only $8.99 with a 10 ounce burger that has traditional cheese, lettuce & onions on a bulky roll. Or possibly even try their Carter Classic that is topped with cheddar, bacon and BBQ sauce all with the same price of $8.99!

The Undertaker – Pier 37

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Pier 37 will always make for a fantastic night out, located in downtown New Bedford, right near the Acushnet River. Their signature hot dogs are to die for! All of their dogs are 1/4 lb. served on a toasted torpedo roll and you can choose from regular fries, sweet potato fries or some potato chips. Their Undertaker is definitely a sight to be held. It is a hot dog potato skin piled with mashed potatoes, bacon, green onions, cheddar cheese and sour cream. The delicious dog costs exactly $9, but that is considered to be one of their more expensive hot dogs. Most are $8 or even $7.

Pepperjack Mac and Cheese – Ice House Bar & Grille

Located in Fairhaven, Ice House Bar & Grille has a large selection of burgers, pizza, wings, sandwiches, soups and salads and the majority of all meals are under $8.95. But I highly suggest trying out one of their house plates, Pepperjack Mac and Cheese. Coming in at only $7.95, it’s comfort food with a twist! Perfect for all of those wanting to try something different while mixing up your taste buds.

End Zone Chicken – End Zone

Looking for a fun night out that is dedicated to watching your favorite sports team? Endzone is the place to be! Their sandwiches are delicious and their most expensive ones are only $8.99! You have got to try their End Zone chicken made with marinated chicken, sautéed onions, mushrooms and cheese. All sandwiches include fries and you have a choice of white, wheat, marble rye or Portuguese roll.

Sweet and Sour Chicken – Wasabi

Wasabi is located in Dartmouth and has a great mixture of Japanese and Chinese cuisine. My personal favorite is their Sweet and Sour Chicken for only $8.50. Wasabi is also right near UMass Dartmouth so it’s the perfect place for college students. Being a college student, I know there is nothing more on a college student’s mind than saving some cash!

1375314_10151614064277172_1730234732_nQueen Margherita – Fay’s Restaurant

In the mood for some cheap pizza but would also love go out and dress up? Fay’s Restaurant in Dartmouth is exactly what you are looking for. You have got to try their Queen Margherita pizza for only $8.75. It is part of their traditional white pizzas with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and Italian seasoning.

And that about wraps up our 10 meals under $10! Anybody feeling hungry yet? Don’t forget to check in with the New Bedford Travel Guide for more exciting news dedicated to everyday life on the South Coast!

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Ye Old English Getaway

Imagine this: you’re walking in the middle of a huge opened field. There are no roads or any sight of modern technology; you’re surrounded by trees and dirt paths. You look around and you notice something different about the people standing next you. In fact, they are talking kind of funny! Then it clicks, you are back in time in renaissance England! People are dressed in full on medieval style with breeches and gowns, carrying swords and armor. There are wizards, princesses, kings, knights, horses, and tigers, oh my!

With every turn, there is a new adventure to be held. Laughter can be heard in the air from miles away, while commotion and merriment fill every square inch. Of course, I can’t be talking about none other than the King Richard’s Faire, the closest any of us will ever get to a time machine.

Located in Carver, Massachusetts, King Richard’s Faire is the longest running renaissance fair in New England. Established in 1982, it covers 80 acres of land and has over 10 performance stages. They are open from August 31 until October 20, closing only when there is bad weather. Tickets costs $28 for adults and $16 for children. You can get tickets online but there is a fee of $2 and they also have group discounts if you decide to bring the whole family. Make sure you leave your entire day opened since King Richard’s Faire starts at 11 a.m and has events every half hour until 5:30 p.m! And bring some extra cash to buy food, costume rentals and there is bound to be something that catches your eye at their endless shops filled with not so average items.

One of the amazing things about King Richard’s Faire is the freedom of expression you can have while also stepping into this fantasy world. Everyone is there to experience an entirely different kind of lifestyle and no one will ever be judged. If you want to dress up as a princess, lord, lady or pirate, you can! It’s all about reliving in a time that was filled with mystery, magic and

405940_10150508096966814_62563004_nchivalry. Now if you don’t have your own costume, there is no need to worry. King Richard’s Faire has particular shops designed just so you can rent out their costumes (if you don’t want to buy your own of course). Depending on particular outfits, the prices range from $25 to $60, which are entirely worth it.

Though you might feel before you arrive at King Richard’s Faire, that you don’t want to dress up and you prefer your jeans over any 16th century clothing. But give it an hour or so of walking around and seeing everyone else in costume having fun, you’ll be running to the nearest shop asking them to find something in your size. And that has to do with the atmosphere of King Richard’s Faire. You realize right from the start that want to be a part of this world, straight down to the dress code and old English. Remember the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”?

Another big part of King Richard’s Faire is their food. If you plan on spending your entire day at the fair, you are bound to get hungry and you have to at least try their very own Turkey leg-don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. But don’t worry for all you vegan and vegetarian eaters out there because King Richard’s Faire has their very own gluten-free, vegetarian and lactose free opinions! You can choose from their Canterbury Kitchen, New Castle Grill, desserts and many different options of beer or wine. Each food and beverage cost 1 ticket, which can be purchased in the stands right near the food court. They come in only bundles of 5, so make sure you and the family are extra hungry!

Because King Richard’s Faire covers up 80 acres of forest land, each corner is filled with marketplaces selling items you’ll never see being sold anywhere else! With over 50 shops lined all the way around the fair, there is bound to be something that catches your interest, so make sure you got some spare cash on you! They have stands for just about anything you can think of,

4835_106056166813_1068482_nfrom wooden bows, walking staffs and birdhouses to face or henna tattoos. Jewelry made from pewter, leather and silver, original artwork, and handmade flutes, leather boots, and stained glass fill the stand and are begging to be looked at and admired. If you ever decided to dress up for King Richard’s Faire and have your own costume, particular stands also sell accessories for any olden person you decide to act like that day.

Nothing says King Richard’s Faire better than entertainment. Right from when they start at 11a.m, there will be at least 4 different shows split between their ten stages. Right when you enter King Richard’s Faire, you will be given a list of each entertainment shows that are held every half an hour and a map of the area, showing you exactly where every stage is located. And believe me, their performances are so great, you are going to wish you could have the chance so see all of them! One of my personal favorites are the Washing Well Wenches and The Mud Show (just to name a few!). Both are very interactive, like most of the shows, and are equally hilarious. I will say now, certain shows will make you cringe but it all caters to the hilarity. The performers, though done up in perfect 16th century wear, are friendly, vibrant and talented, all mixed up together in a side-splitting show you will never forget! But don’t forget, that the end of each show every actor will ask for tips to fund their performances. So if you want them to continue on with their talents, make sure you give a good tip!

King Richard’s Faire also has ongoing performances through the 7 hours of it being opened, which is why it is so important to stay to the end. One of their biggest on going performances is the tale of the tiger, where audience members get a close up of the exotic felines, of all colors and sizes! They also have their main attraction, the incredibly rare Liger. Yes, you heard right, a Liger

409548_10150508098191814_1359526883_n which is a cross between a lion and a tiger. This gorgeous cat weight close to 900 pounds and is over 12 feet tall. His name is Hercules and he is 8 years old and definitely a sight to be held. Another on going event that is filled with action, is King Richard’s Faire very own jousting tournament. Each side of the field is assigned a knight and you only know who the winner will be at 5:00 p.m when they have their last battle called “Joust to the Death!”. It is a performance that will keep you and the kids on your feet and cheering your presented knight, just like they did in the 16th century.

King Richard’s Faire also has special events every weekend. Some are on going like their cleavage contest or beard and mustache contest but this year they introduced a new special event based on the popular T.V show, Game of Thrones, where you dress up like your favorite character and whoever had the best costume wins. My very own sister participated in the event as Daenerys Targaryen, but lost to an amazing actor who dressed up as Tyrion Lannister. Definitely a wonderful defeat filled with laughter and praise.

When you see so many people come together for something as fun and favored as Game of Thrones, you can see the connection people have with one another. And that is exactly what King Richard’s Faire does. They bring together people from all walks of life who share a common interest and allow them to participate in this wonderful fantasy world. Definitely something everyone should experience at least once in their life!

That about wraps up my take on the King Richard’s Faire. It is an amazing event filled with adventure that will hold great laughter and memories with you and your family. So come to King Richard’s Faire and express your inner nerd and don’t forget to stop by the New Bedford Travel Guide about any other future events!

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Great WiFi Hot Spots

Hey all you college kids out there! School is starting to get pretty crazy, huh? All those quizzes, tests and research papers are getting the best of you and it’s only been a month! There is no denying that this is going to be a rough semester, but don’t lose hope! In just a few more years (and maybe only a few months for you lucky ones), you can hold that diploma and officially be a graduate! But until then, we have to study, study, study! Now, a good place would be at home or on campus but sometimes it can get very distracting and become hard to focus. So here is list of South Coast WiFi areas where you can study outside your usual routine.

Being a Umass Dartmouth student, there is no place better for me (and all you other Umass students) than the Claire T. Carney Library. Located right on Umass Dartmouth’s campus and with its 5 floors, there is so much room to study! And of course, the Wifi is free! All you have to do is go to the front desk and they can help you connect to the internet.

 

208604_181912205190174_278874_nThe Claire T. Carney Library also has a brand new cafe that just opened up right when you walk in and behind that is an opened area of chairs, tables and library books to study with. The ground floor, 1st and 2nd floor are all dedicated to researching with the school’s computers, so don’t worry if you leave yours at home. While the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors are separated into general collections of books, they also have the library technical services. Worried about too much noise and getting distracted? The Claire T. Carney Library is perfect for silence since everyone else in there are also dedicating their time to study.

 

Another great choice to get free Wifi, while still want to study at a library, would be the Millicent Library in Fairhaven. Great for Fairhaven locals and any local high school kids who want to get a head start on this year’s academic work. Not only does it have gorgeous architecture but also an amazing history as well. It is another great place if you’re looking for silence! They are opened Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m to 8 p.m, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 6 p.m and Saturday from 9 to 3 p.m. So check your schedule and see which is the perfect time to go and get some studying done.

 

If you are looking for more of a fun, exciting study area, why not try out some local cafes? A very popular shop among most college students is Mirasol’s Cafe in Dartmouth. They have delicious food, drinks and a young, vibrant atmosphere with free Wifi. How great166488_472312602953_7162537_n can it get? It is always filled with either college students, teachers or business workers on their laptops or friends mingling around a pile of Chippis. So try not to go during rush hours or you might not get a seat! But with this unusually warm fall weather, you can always study on their outside patio.

If you are looking for another cafe that is just like Mirasol’s, both in style and location, then why not try out Panera Bread? Both are fun and definitely more social than a library if you don’t mind it being busy and loud every now and then. It all depends on your studying style. Some people need complete silence and some need to have some background noise in order to get anything done.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a more comfy atmosphere that is on the quiet side, why not check out the Green Bean in New Bedford? A great and colorful cafe with friendly vibes from every corner and perfect for you BCC students! It’s a great place to sit down, get some work done, try delicious lattes and maybe even chat with a stranger or two. Though,

400219_10150592356737381_994078952_nthere are constant customers, the Green Bean always seems to have a respectable volume of talking that isn’t too overbearing. And if you are looking for something to do after hours of studying, the Green Bean hosts open mic nights with great local bands! Perfect way to let off some steam and relax after a long hard day’s work!

Another quiet area that has free Wifi, would be Starbucks in Dartmouth. Located inside of Target, Starbucks is a perfect place to get some coffee (definitely going to need some energy after all that studying) and maybe even do some shopping when you’re done! It is normally quiet since it is an add on Starbucks, rather than it’s own branch, so don’t worry about it being to noisy.

Check back in with the New Bedford Travel Guide for any other exciting blog posts and don’t forget to add a comment below about your experiences at any one of these WiFi hot spots or if we didn’t include your favorite WiFi hot spots!

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Family Fun November Events

Let’s be honest, with the exception of Thanksgiving, November can be quite a boring month. It is not yet winter but it is starting to get very cold outside, so naturally everyone thinks that there aren’t many events going on when all everyone wants to do is go home and cuddle by the fire. But here is a list of November events within our South Coast community that are sure to guarantee a fun night out or a great volunteer experience!

365 Days of Hope Gala

When: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Where: 970 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747

Time: 6pm to 9:30pm

Website: www.child-familyservices.org/whats-happening/

365 Days of Hope Gala is an organization that raises funds for Child and Family Services. The event will consist of wine tasting, local fare, live music, raffle and a silent auction. It is $75 per person and they have their special deal of ten tickets for $650.

 

Grumpy’s Cranberry Harvest 5k Trail Run/Walk

When: Saturday, November 2, 2013

Where: 146 Tihonet Road, Wareham, MA 02571

Time: 9am to 2pm

Website: www.tihonet.wordpress.com

Run around the cranberry bogs during the beautiful November season and receive special event inspired awards! It is $25 for adults if purchased in advance and $35 on racing day. Kids from ages 4 to 9 years old can also enjoy for just $15.

 

Westport Rivers Hayrides

When: Saturday, November 2, 9, 16, & 23 2013

Where: 217 Hixbridge Road, Westport, MA 02790

Time: 12pm to 4pm

Located at Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery. The hayrides started in September and continue every Saturday until November 23rd. The ride is 30 minutes long and the cost is $5 per person while children under the age of two have free admission.

 

4th Annual Soup Bowl Supper

When: November 9th, 2013

Where: 110 Middle Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719

Time: 5pm to 8pm

Website: http://www.newbedford360.com/events/?com=detail&eID=25784

Located at Seaport Inn and Marina, The Neediest Families Fund will be raising money for the families in need during the holidays. Tickets are $50 which includes salad, bread, dessert, soup and your very own handmade ceramic bowl by Seth Rainville. There will also be a raffle/silent auction with great prizes including a dog sled ride and Red Sox Tickets.

 

Old Dartmouth Lyceum

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Where: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, 02740

Time: Reception is at 6pm and Lecture is 7pm to 8pm

Website: www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/old-dartmouth-lyceum-2013

Old Dartmouth Lyceum presents Kenn Harper and his lecture on Inuit and Whaling in the New Bedford Era. It will be held at the Whaling Museum in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Harper will speak about the whaling industry and its effect on the culture of the Inuit tribe in both Canada and Greenland. It costs $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

 

Friends of the RJD Program

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Where: 396 County Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Time: 1pm

Website: www.rjdmuseum.org/calendar/

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden welcomes minister Bill Comeau to speak about art and life-changing collaborations with other artists and how creativity can be channeled into joy and healing. The session costs $10 per person.

 

Families Around the Bay

When: Saturday, November 2 & 9, 2013

Where: 1 Edgewater Street, Fairhaven & 100 Falmouth Street, New Bedford

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Website: www.savebuzzardsbay.org/

Buzzards Bay Coalition has set up three events on October 26, November 2 and November 9. For their November events, they offer Salt Marsh exploration at Little Bay Marsh and Forest Exploration at the Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail. All are great family fun and educational while incorporating the outdoors. Each event is free but requires reservations by going to their website.

That concludes November’s list of family fun events. Don’t forget to check back in with the New Bedford Travel Guide on more monthly events and if we missed any important events that you want more information about.

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