Meet Frederick Douglass

A former slave, Frederick Douglass fought for African-American rights during the Civil War years. Known for his eloquence, he served as living proof to the public of the capacity of African-Americans when given the chance. After the Civil War ended, Douglass continued to used his skills in oration to fight for woman’s rights and to further fight for civil rights.

Early Life

Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Maryland. His mother, Harriet Bailey, was a slave and his father was an unknown white man. Eventually, Douglass was sent to Baltimore, where he served a man named Hugh Auld. Auld’s wife Sophia began teaching Douglass how to read around the age of twelve, but Auld demanded that she stop. These few reading lessons were all that Douglass needed to discover his love for knowledge.

In order to improve himself without his masters knowing, Douglass would secretly read old newspapers and magazines. He would also learn to read from young children he encountered in the streets, along with studying the writings he found wherever he worked. While Douglass learned to read, he simultaneously established his views on equal rights and abolition.

Freedom In the North

After moving from one slave-owner to another, Douglass made multiple escape attempts, but finally broke free to the North in 1838. He arrived in New York and stayed at the safe house of an abolitionist. Douglass then sent for Anna Murray to join him to New York. Murray was a free black woman who Douglass had fallen in love with back in Baltimore. After the two reunited, they moved to New Bedford.

The couple lived at Nathan and Polly Johnson’s house, who were also abolitionists and and agents in the Underground Railroad. Douglass joined multiple organizations, including the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, which was later named after him, and other abolition groups. He reluctantly gave his first speech at an anti-slavery meeting in Nantucket, where he spoke about his difficult life as a slave.

He eventually found speaking on abolition to be his calling, and would give many more speeches throughout his life. Douglass would even put his life at risk to voice his opinion, as many of his presentations in the south were greeted with violence against him and his views. Douglass’s articulate speeches astounded his audience to the degree where many of them questioned whether he was actually a former slave, or if other people wrote them. Douglass himself questioned whether both his talents and knowledge of the extreme inequalities between races was a gift or a curse. However, through his eloquence, Douglass spread his life story and views on equal rights throughout Massachusetts, the United States, and eventually, the rest of the world.

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Stay Seaside in Winter

The summer crowds are long gone and traffic temporarily a thing of the past around the seaside villages on the South Coast, but wise travelers are heading towards rather than away from the shore. Winter explorers should consider staying seaside to experience the gifts of an off season beach vacation!

The View

Now that the blankets, beach pails, coolers, body boards, and blankets have been put away, you can actually get a clear view of the beautiful South Coast beaches. Onset beach is a sandy beach that stretches out just below Onset Bluffs Gazebo Park. Walk the beach or sit on Onset Bluffs for a gorgeous view of the ocean. Either way, it is serene…an adjective no summer visitor would be able to attribute to this spot! Mattapoisett Town Beach is a tiny beach on the harbor and perfect for kids during any season. Head over to look at the boats in the harbor and play on the swings at the top of the beach.

The Price

Parking at Onset Pier costs $2.50 for one hour and $2.00 every hour after, so a day on the coast could cost up to $16.50 in parking and during the summer months, street parking is a pipe dream. The parking kiosks operate year round, but off season street parking is easy to find. Park in front of the beach entrance, park in front of your lunch restaurant, or park in front of the shop you love. Your choices are endless!

Winter also brings steep lodging discounts for travelers. For example, rooms at the Inn on Onset Bay are currently listed as 30% less per night this December than they will be next July. Stay three nights for what you’d pay or the price of two nights in summer.

The Beach

Swimming is probably not an option, but there is so much to do on the beach in winter you won’t even miss it!

In the winter, South Coast beaches see low tide in the afternoon making tidal pools more accessible than in the summer when they tend to be early morning and later at night. Hearty seabirds like eiders, harlequin ducks, mergansers, grebes, black guillemots, great cormorants, and purple sandpipers all stick around to see you during the winter months.

If you are interested in observing winter wildlife, consider taking a day trip from the beach to the Lloyd Center for the Environment. Winter programs teach guests how animals survive during the snowy season and what we can learn about them through the tracks they leave behind in the sand or snow.

Kids love to make sandcastles and splash in the waves, even in winter. The empty beaches give everyone room to run and play. Take advantage of the space to throw a football around or play a game of tag. Children and adults alike will enjoy taking photos of the beach in winter…and of each other!

The Company

A beach vacation in winter couldn’t be cozier. Whether you are traveling with your family, or it’s just you and your sweetheart, keeping warm means staying close! Take advantage of the quiet winter season to be together.

Taking some time off to be with those that matter the most to you may be just what you need to manage the holiday mayhem this year. However, if you would like to enjoy some holiday magic during your seaside stay, venture to New Bedford and take in a show like the Christmas Carol or Holiday Pops at the Zeiterion Theater.

Bundle up and enjoy a romantic walk to enjoy one of South Coast’s spectacular sunsets and then enjoy a quiet dinner at one of the South Coast’s excellent restaurants. Look for one with a toasty fireplace like the Pasta House Italian Grille in Fairhaven or with live jazz like the Airport Grille in New Bedford. With a light snow falling outside your window and a gourmet meal on the table you won’t want to be anywhere else.

The South Coast has so much to offer visitors all year long. Enjoy!

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New Bedford’s Traditional Portuguese Cuisine

Authentic ethnic cuisine is a highlight of every traveler’s international itinerary. What is a trip to Italy without eating pasta and gelato? What is a vacation in France without sampling the cheese and Beaujolais? If you are lucky enough to spend time in Portugal, there will be a number of “must eats” on your list.

You don’t need to go any further than New Bedford for Portuguese food as good as you would find in the ‘old country’. New Bedford was a popular destination for Portuguese immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, and now 60% of the city’s residents are of Portuguese ethnicity. Consequently, restaurants specializing in traditional Portuguese cuisine are easy to find. If you are looking for authentic cuisine and top notch service, we recommend New Bedford Travel Guide’s sponsor of the month, the Inner Bay Cafe on Cove Road in New Bedford.

Dinner at the Inner Bay Cafe will be more enjoyable if you are familiar with some of the traditional dishes on their menu. As with most ethnic food, Portuguese cuisine is vast and varies by region. However, there are four classic dishes that are at the center of Portugal’s gastronomic compass.

Bacalhau (Salted and dried cod fish): Salt cod is the unofficial national dish of Portugal, and it is said that there are over 300 ways to prepare bacalhau. Look for this Portuguese staple in dishes like Bacalhau com Natas baked with cream and potatoes or Bacalhau à Brás which is like a cod fish hash with shredded bacalhau, fried potatoes, onions, and scrambled eggs. The Inner Bay Cafe serves Bacalhau Silmo which is made with tomato, pepper, and onion sauce.

Carne Alentejana (Pork tenderloin, little necks, and potatoes): In addition to bacalhau, someone in your party must order Carne Alentejana . Sometimes described as Portugal’s version of surf and turf, this popular dish originates from the southern Alentejo province. The meat is marinated for four hours in white wine, paprika, chopped garlic, coriander, bay leaf, and salt and pepper then topped with little necks and cubed potatoes.

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Caldo Verde: Inner Bay Cafe proudly offers this traditional soup on their menu. Caldo Verde, literally translating to ‘green soup’, is the comfort food of Portugal. It is simple and satisfying with only a few ingredients whose flavors combine perfectly. Onions, potatoes, garlic, and kale are pureed for a creamy base to which is added shredded kale pieces and chouriço (Portuguese sausage) for extra heartiness. Save your favorite bread from the bread basket for dipping!

Pastéis de Nata: These delicious Portuguese custard tarts are often dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar. You can find Pastéis de Nata in almost every Portuguese bakery on the planet. The flaky cups full of creamy sweetness go perfectly with a cup of hot coffee. If you are new to Portuguese dessert, you can’t go wrong with this gateway pastry! New Bedford boasts plenty of authentic Portuguese bakeries where you are sure to find Pastéis de Nata like Tia Maria’s European Cafe and Carmen’s Portuguese Bakery. Enjoy!

There are so many good Portuguese restaurants and bakeries on the South Coast, it’s worth the trip just to eat!

In addition to its water view, expert staff, and amazing menu, this month the Inner Bay Cafe is offering guests a 25% 0ff coupon! Also, the restaurant’s website is written in both English and Portuguese – a great sign that Inner Bay holds tight to its Portuguese roots!

 

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Portuguese Food Favorites

The South Coast offers a variety of food options, but one thing that’s hard to find is authentic Portuguese food! Since the South Coast has such a high population of Portuguese, Azorean, and Brazilian residents, it’s only natural that the delicious food followed suit. Vegetarians beware, the culture loves meat and seafood!

Some of the area’s best Portuguese cuisine can be found at the Inner Bay Cafe. Located near New Bedford‘s bay, you can enjoy your meal in one of their charming dining rooms, or out on their deck for a beautiful sunset on the water. Naturally, they couldn’t claim themselves as Portuguese without traditional plates like their Codfish Broa, which is made with cornbread, traditional Portuguese seasoning, crushed pepper, and other tasty ingredients. Inner Bay’s spicy Chourico, served flaming on a traditional Portuguese plate, shows just a little of Inner Bay’s artistic side when it comes to their food. Some other local favorites include the Octopus dish, or their Regional Tuna, made with pumpkin seeds and black pepper, served over vegetables. Every seafood dish at Inner Bay uses fresh ingredients straight off of New Bedford’s own fishing boats, so you know your meal will be top quality and fresh. You can even save a few bucks using our Inner Bay coupon!

Antonio’s Restaurant and Cafe in New Bedford also has plenty of great Portuguese options. With a sports bar /family room, you can enjoy a meal no matter what the occasion. My favorite plates are the Steak Antonio’s style, served with a slice of ham, an egg, rice, and fries, and the Cacoila plate. If you want to watch your favorite sports while you enjoy delicious Portuguese food, you can also head down the street to the End Zone Sports Pub. They have multiple big screen TVs to watch as you enjoy savor dishes like Carne Espito (marinated tenderloin tips) and Portuguese style Littlenecks and Shrimp. For some Azorean flavor, visit Portas da Cidade in Westport. Try their Galinho Á Alentejana, which combines sauteed chicken with their delicious littlenecks and potatoes. Almost everything they serve at Portas da Cidade is made in Azorean or Madeiran style, so it’s near impossible to choose something delicious!

While these definitely aren’t the only Portuguese restaurants on the South Coast, they’re great places to start your food adventures with Portuguesse roots. There’s plenty of beef, pork, and fish to go around and when you’re done, make sure to finish your experience with something sweet like malasadas or sweet rice pudding, and of course, some Madeira wine! Check out some more traditional Portuguese dishes and be sure to view our day trip to these great local restaurants.

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New Bedford November Weather Highlights

October was relatively mild and very dry in Southeastern Massachusetts. Most of the area is in a moderate drought after two consecutive months of dry weather. The start of November will also be mainly dry, with the chance of rain by late in the first full week of the month. Temperatures will be bouncing around from unseasonably mild to rather cool through November 10. This type of roller coast is not unusual for November as the weather occasionally flirts with a winter-like chill. The brilliant colors of fall foliage fade quickly, and the days continue to get much shorter. Nearly an hour (58 minutes) of daylight disappears during the month as the winter solstice approaches.

Check rightweather.com for the latest 10 day forecast for New Bedford and beyond.

Here is a look at some of the numbers for the month of November in New Bedford, MA.

November 1
Normal High: 58°
Normal Low: 42°
Sunrise: 7:16 am
Sunset: 5:38 pm

November 30
Normal High: 48°
Normal Low: 33°
Sunrise: 6:51 am
Sunset: 4:14 pm

Precipitation
Normal rain: 4.84″

Records
Highest temperature: 79° (Several dates and years)
Lowest temperature: 8° (November 27, 1897)

Full Moon in 2013
September 17, 10:16 am
Name: Beaver moon

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Candles To Love

A great atmosphere at home or in the office starts with pleasing the senses. While keeping a room looking clean is a great place to start a good feng shui, you won’t need a zen garden for positive vibes. Smell often sets the tone of a room or even an entire house, which is where Lovelife Soy Candles comes in. Offering a variety of products, the aromas from Lovelife candles and other merchandise create an ambiance that that you won’t forget.

Owners Nathan Raposo and Mark Leitao started Lovelife Soy Candles after finding their passion for making candles at home. “It just came to us one day. We started making them as gifts and giving them away to friends and family. Then we started getting orders for them because people loved them so much,” Nathan said. After that, Lovelife Soy Candles was born!

Everything at Lovelife is homemade by Mark and Nathan with eco-friendly soy wax blends and premium fragrances. They have 40 different scents available in any of their three candles sizes, tarts, tea lights, or reed diffusers. Besides the great aromas, my favorite part of their candles are the wooden wicks, which crackle while they burn. They have some interesting scents like “Orange and Chili Pepper”, but their Aromatherapy candles are great for relaxing and relieving stress.

Many of the events Lovelife Candles hold and attend are community based. Their upcoming Holiday Sales Event Open House will feature booths and donations from other local businesses like Pretty Lil Angel Bows in Brockton and Divine Massage in Mattapoisett. “The events are great for local businesses to share their products with the community,” Mark said while talking about companies reserving a spot in their store for the Open House. Lovelife also attends events at local churches and schools, like Greater New Bedford Regional Voc-Tech’s Christmas Fair.

 

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HAWLLoween Photo Contest!

Happy HAWLLoween! I don’t know about you, but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays since I have zero pressure to buy gifts or visit certain family members. Hey, at least I’m honest. 😉

Anyway, we love all the creative photos our fans send in and want to give you the opportunity to upload photos of all things Halloween happening on the South Coast. Snap a shot of your cute kiddos in costume, spooky curb décor, haunted house parties, creepy recipes-you get it, right?

Leave a comment with your Halloween themed capture below and we will let our fans choose the best photo to be featured on our Facebook and on our site at www.nbtravelguide.com

Have some fun but keep it classy!

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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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Flour Girls Baking Company

Flour Girls Baking Company is a lesson in the multiplying effect of success. When we do our best with what we have today, more will surely come. The Sweet Truck that once housed the entirety of this charming eatery now lives happily in its parking spot outside the bakery on Huttleson Avenue in Fairhaven…that is, when it’s not on tour each week! This spectacular specimen of whimsy on wheels still plays a major role in the success of Flour Girls (but more on this later).

Flour Girls Bakery Company offers something to meet every type of dietary preference. It proudly features uber-healthy items like the “Green Monster” smoothie (almond milk, almond butter, flax seed, banana, and spinach) and veggie wraps (hummus, black bean salad, veggies, and feta). However, for those of us who prefer sugar over spinach, the bakery stars the cutest, most scrumptious, homemade mini cupcakes you’ve ever seen. Keeping these perfect creations company on the day that I visited were magic bars that looked as though they may weigh 5 lbs each, scones, cookies, and tiny edible acorns made of thumbprint cookies, chocolate kisses, and icing. While the autumn season is upon us, you will find mini pumpkin whoopie pies with cinnamon cream cheese filling gracing the counter. If it’s lunch time, enjoy a soup or sandwich with your smoothie and finish with a cupcake or cookie.

“This is a family and friends affair.” Store Employee, Jenny Strand

You’ll notice that many of Flour Girls’ smoothies and sandwiches have first names. These names bring the energy of owner Jill Houck’s nearest and dearest to the enterprise. The fact that these items, like the Tammy (a sandwich named after a close friend), the Liam and the James (smoothies named after her sons), along with a few others are up there on the menu board is natural. As Jenny Strand, who happily describes herself as a ‘worker bee’ explained, “this is a family and friends affair.”

Flour Girls’ circle of family and friends extends out to the bakery’s guests. The day I visited, Jenny was carefully preparing hot oatmeal with honey and cinnamon for a regular Wednesday morning patron. After she delivered the steaming bowl upstairs to the loft, she ran down for the cinnamon shaker to add more of the spice that this particular customer was convinced had healing powers.

Once you’ve had adequate time to appreciate the delights of the Flour Girls’ food and drink offerings, take a moment to step back and take in your surroundings. The building has been the site of various business owners over time, and evidence of their aesthetic taste remains. The bakery has two levels with seating available both downstairs near the bakery counter and upstairs in the loft. Standing on the first floor, you can admire what used to be a pulpit from a San Francisco church hanging high above the bakery counter and see the corrugated steel ceiling of the second floor.

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Wednesday is soup day at Flour Girls. They serve soup every day, but Wednesdays are a soup-a-palooza! The soup menu changes each week so you’re always in for a happy surprise. One week you may find Ribollita-a Tuscan Bean Soup with bacon, kale and cabbage or Curry Pumpkin with a shrimp-pumpkin curry base. The next week it may be Mulligatawny or Big Daddy’s Chili. Patrons can pre-order quarts of soup and pick them up Wednesdays at the bakery or from the Sweet Truck at Tabor Academy Fish Center parking lot between 2-5pm. Make sure to order your soup by Tuesday.

Okay, back to that truck parked outside the bakery. The Sweet Truck is where it all began, and from this pastry parlor on wheels grew the Flour Girls Bakery Company featuring the same quality of homemade baked goods but now including a breakfast and lunch menu. The Sweet Truck has plenty of fans because it brings the Flour Girls Baking Company to your door. The truck travels the South Coast delivering sugary goodness to school events, farmers markets, and weddings. One of the truck’s fun features is that donuts are made on board and sold exclusively on the Sweet Truck! Track the location of the Sweet Truck on Twitter.

For fresh homemade recipes, warm and welcoming atmosphere, and the creativity that brings sweetness to life, Flour Girls Baking Company can’t be beat.

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Symphony Music Shop

If you are a musician from the Dartmouth area, chances are you’re familiar with the Symphony Music Shop. Perhaps you have been there to purchase accessories or sheet music. This place is possibly your home away from home.

For those of us who are not currently in touch with our inner Mozart, Symphony Music Shop may hold the key to your musical potential. You can easily pass this treasure without notice as you travel down Route 6, but trust me when I tell you it is worth your while to turn around!

Symphony Music Shop is a wonderland of sound. Before you consider what you would like to purchase, give yourself some time to wander around and be mesmerized.

Upon entering the store, you are greeted by stately cellos, a gorgeous wall mounted case of violins, and what appears to be a block party of happy drums. Further into the store come the trumpets, saxophones, and clarinets hanging on the wall like Rembrandts. Beyond these, you’ll find drumsticks in every size and guitar picks in every color. There are pages and pages of sheet music, harmonicas and children’s instruments, and chimes that make the sound of magic wands. Hook a left and you’re in guitar Nirvana. One wall is covered with electric guitars and another with acoustic guitars. Banjos are propped on floor stands and even ukuleles and “guitarleles” have their place. In the middle of all these strings floats a giant island of amplifiers.

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Music stores, like bookstores, have the spirit of unending possibility. Find the right book and you can go anywhere, pick up a violin or sit at a keyboard and you have the potential to create. Wander the store long enough, and you can almost picture yourself on the stage of the Zeiterion Theatre with violin in hand.

Of course, you may need a little training. You learned to read long ago, but play the cello…not so much. Take heart; there is no time like the present to learn something new! Symphony Music Shop offers instruction in twelve different instruments. The wonderful thing about learning to play an instrument is that you are instantly rewarded. A single note can be as beautiful as a full concerto.

There is more good news. The store offers instrument rentals of all kinds. You can take anything from a flute to a cello home with you to see how the relationship will work. Monthly rental payments can apply to the cost of the instrument if you decide to make it a permanent arrangement.

If you get frustrated while practicing your violin and press on the string with a little too much force, there is no need to worry. Symphony Music Shop has a full time repair department. They repair any type of orchestra instrument in the back of the store, but I especially enjoyed seeing their guitar repair corner which is out on the sales floor like a mini workshop demonstration area for all to admire.

Don’t let the sheer magnitude of this opportunity scare you. The store’s staff members are musicians themselves and on hand to answer any questions you have. Seriously, I mean any question. These are just some of the novice questions I asked, and each received a professional and patient reply:

“Do you sell Ukuleles?” (This question was asked standing practically on top of the Ukulele display…I thought I knew what they looked like but did not.)

Can you use Ukulele sheet music on a Guitarlele? (No, a Guitarlele is not a Ukulele but an actual guitar.)

“What do you mean when you say that electric piano comes with a stand?” (It means that it comes with the thing that allows it to….wait for it…stand…so that you are not playing the piano on the floor.)

More importantly, I don’t believe the young salesman called me Ma’am even one time. This small courtesy protected my magic bubble of imagination in which I was only a few lessons away from becoming a talented musician. Bless his heart.

In the end, I purchased only an Easy Piano Disney Princess Collection music book with which to impress my young niece on our ancient Casio keyboard. But you can bet I’ll be back!

While you are practicing your own craft, you can enjoy the South Coast Jazz Orchestra at one of their performances scheduled throughout the area. The orchestra was co-founded by Symphony Music Shop’s owner Bob Williamson in 2009. Check them out at the Airport Grille, Fay’s Restaurant, or Gilda’s Stone Rooster this holiday season.

 

 

 

 

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