Taunton River Festival is Sept. 12

The Taunton River Festival will be held at the Weir Riverfront Park on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival, held in partnership between the Taunton River Watershed Alliance and other groups, will be free.

There will be activities for the entire family, live music, a food court, craft fair, river activities, and much more.

School groups, service clubs, community groups, churches, environmental organizations or local businesses that would like to sponsor, host a booth, or run an event in the day’s schedule, can email Director@savethetaunton.org or call 508-828-1101.

Chicken BBQ at Myricks United Methodist

Myricks United Methodist Church, 93 Myricks St., Berkley, will be having its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 28. Food will be served inside or to-go.

All necessary precautions will be taken to keep everyone safe from COVID.

The menu is one half barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, baked potato, other vegetables, dessert and beverages. The price is $13.

Reserve by Aug. 25. Call Andrea Perry at 508-822-6389 or 508-243-5127. Indicate whether the reservation will be eat-in or to-go (to-go orders can be picked up at 5:30 p.m.).

The next supper will the harvest supper on Oct. 23.

'Smiles of a Summer Night...Again!'

Nemasket River Productions is presenting its summer open air theatre at Oliver Mill Park. "Smiles of a Summer Night...Again!" will be performed alongside the Nemasket River for two weekends: Sep. 3, 4, and 5; and Sept. 10, 11, and 12 at 5 p.m.

Each weekend presents five one-act plays by a variety of playwrights and two directors (Jeff Gill and Mike Pevzner).

"Smiles of a Summer Night..Again!" opens on Friday, Sept. 3, on the grounds of the Oliver Mill Park, 8 Nemasket St., in Middleboro. Tickets are $20 for general admission. Make reservations at www.nemasketriverproductions.com.

Bring a lawn chair and your masks. A cash bar will be available.

For more info about NRP, visit www.nemasketriverproductions.com or their Facebook or Instagram pages. Credit card purchases are made via EventBrite through their website.

Drag Brunch to aid scholarship fund

The Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation is planning a Drag Brunch fundraiser for Sunday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fireside Grille, 30 Bedford St., in Middleboro.

“We were proud to award over $30,000 in scholarships to our candidates at our annual pageant last month,” said Dolores “Buffy” Rabuffo, Executive Director of the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation. “Scholarships are at the heart of this organization, and we are very excited to try something new and fun as a way to continue raising those scholarship dollars.”

The event will feature performances by 4 well-known Massachusetts drag performers and Miss Massachusetts 2021 Elizabeth Pierre will be on hand.

Pierre resides in Malden and is a graduate of Syracuse University. She will begin work towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Boston College next month and will compete at the 100th Miss America Pageant in December at Mohegan Sun.

Tickets for the fundraiser begin at $25. VIP tickets are $50 and include preferred seating, a special meet-and-greet session with the performers and a VIP swag bag.

Food and beverages are not included in ticket pricing.

Tickets are available now at www.missmass.org.

Birdies for Bayhawks golf tournament

Bristol Community College will host its annual Birdies for Bayhawks Benefit Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 13, at the Country Club of New Bedford, 585 Slocum Road, Dartmouth.

Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun-style start at noon.

Join in a day of fun to raise support for Bristol Community College. For the safety of all players and staff, the tournament will continue to follow COVID-19 guidance and protocol from the state.

The registration fee for the tournament is $175 per person and includes a round of golf, lunch and a banquet dinner.

For those who are unable to participate in the tournament, but still wish to support this cause, there will be a post-tournament dinner on Monday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., at the Country Club of New Bedford. The fee for dinner only is $50 per person.

To register for the 2021 Birdies for Bayhawks Benefit Golf Tournament, visit http://www.bristolcc.edu/golf, or complete this online form. Registration must be done by Aug. 23.

Registration will be confirmed once payment is received. Send a check or click this link to make a payment online. (Please include “Golf Tournament” in the comment box.)

Make checks payable to: Bristol Community College Foundation, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River, MA, 02720.

For more information about Bristol Community College’s Birdies for Bayhawks Benefit Golf Tournament, email derek.viveiros@bristolcc.edu or dawn.banville@bristolcc.edu.

Rehoboth Congregational Church 300th anniversary

The Rehoboth Congregational Church 300th Celebration at the Gazebo at Redway Plain on Route 44 will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11th, from 2 to 5 p.m.

There will be entertainment, games, history, picnicking, food and more. Bring chairs and/or blankets. All are welcome.

A historic tour for all ages is planned for Oct. 17, with in-depth presentations at several sites.

Also, members of the church and community will be asked to participate in a video over the next couple of months to talk about their memories of the church and its people. It will be shown in the fall and become part of a time capsule to be buried on the church grounds.

There will be more information on the Church website: www.rehobothcongregational.org/300th.

Wildlife art retrospective exhibit

The Great Ponds Gallery at the Lakeville Public Library, 4 Precinct St., is exhibiting the work of New Bedford’s Chip Davenport.

Davenport, a birdwatcher, teacher, musician and wildlife artist, has put together a 20-year retrospective of his paintings of birds and other wildlife.

Raised in southeastern Massachusetts, Davenport grew up hiking and fishing. He began painting as a child and has been perfecting his art since then, studying at Bristol Community College and UMass Dartmouth.

This exhibit, which runs through Oct. 14, is predominantly detailed oil paintings of local birds. So detailed, in fact, that water drops, spider webs and rough bark appear to be photographs.

The Great Ponds Gallery welcomes visitors during library hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is closed on Friday and Sunday.

Guests should wear a mask if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

'The Voice' star coming to Middleboro

"The Voice" star Kristen Merlin is coming to The Patio in downtown Middleboro Aug. 21.

Merlin is coming to The Patio at The Alley Theatre. In 2014, Merlin found herself performing for millions of fans on NBC's Emmy-Award winning show "The Voice."

In the past, Merlin has joined Kellie Pickler, Bryan White, Ty Herndon, Jennifer Nettles, and Shakira on stage.

Tickets to this event are $30 per person.

The Bartending Service of New England will begin pouring at 6 p.m. The music begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Alley Theatre is located at 133 Centre St. in Middleboro.

Email burtwoodschool@aol.com for tickets. Weather permitting this event is outside, and will move inside if it rains.

Come sing with the Taunton Civic Chorus

Rehearsals will begin for the Taunton Civic Chorus holiday season on Aug. 26 at Berkley Congregational Church, 13. S. Main St. Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. until the concert, "Together at Christmas," in early December.

All voices are welcome; no auditions necessary. New members will be accepted until Sept. 16.

The Taunton Civic Chorus has been part of the city since 1959. Led by music director Matt Haynes and accompanied by pianist Chris Hoskins, the TCC presents annual spring and holiday concerts and performs at local events. Each year, they also award a scholarship to a young person entering college who has been involved in the performing arts in high school.

For more information, visit the TCC's Facebook page or www.tauntoncivicchorus.com, or email tauntoncivicchoris63@gmail.com.

August events at OCHM

Join the Old Colony History Museum for family-friendly events, both in person and virtually. To see everything they have to offer and register for those that take place on Zoom, visit the museum's event calendar at www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/events.

Beer with Bronson

Thursday, Aug. 19, 5:15 to 6 p.m.

Grab a pour and take a tour with Curator of Collections Bronson Michaud. Hear about the untold stories from the museum's collection and take a peek at objects on display just for you. Plus, you’ll receive a Beer with Bronson koozie to keep your beer cold and hands warm. This tour will focus on hats and helmets in the museum’s military collection and is free with regular museum admission. Root beer will be available for those under 21.

Liberty & Union Walking Tour

Saturday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to noon

Come walk the Liberty and Union Downtown Walking Tour! Join for a free, one-hour guided tour of Historic Downtown Taunton. The one-mile tour highlights some of the important architectural, cultural, and commercial sites between Church Green and Taunton Green. These tours are the third Saturday of every month, May through October, rain or shine.

A Taste of Old Colony History: No-Churn Ice Cream and Homemade Hot Fudge

Thursday, Aug. 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Cook up some history...from home! Join the OCHM staff from their home kitchens as they try their hand at historic recipes and local favorites. Register through the museum's website or Eventbrite page and you’ll be emailed the recipe of the month and ingredient list so you can cook along or just sit back and watch.

Cemetery Tour: Walker-Blake Burying Ground

Saturday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m.

Explore even more local history with the Old Colony History Museum. On the fourth Saturday of each month, April to October, they visit a different cemetery to talk about the history of our city and residents from the past. For August, meet up at the Walker-Blake Burying Ground. Head for the TMLP's Cleary-Flood Generating Station (located off of Route 138) and tell the guard on duty you are part of the tour! The museum will guide you from there.

Special Summer Programs:

Passport to History

Passport to History is a joint effort of local museums to share and explore the diverse history of southeastern Massachusetts. This year there are 16 sites where you can visit to get your passport, which serves as admission for one free visit, and start exploring the unique and inspiring history of the Old Colony. The program runs through Sept. 1. See all the sites and start planning your exploration at https://www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/explore/passport-to-history.

Blue Star Museums

The Old Colony History Museum joins museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program is running through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

About the Old Colony History Museum

The Old Colony History Museum is located on historic Church Green in Taunton. Regular museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is $5 and free for museum members.

Vendors sought for Open House

The Freetown Historical Society is hosting its annual Open House on Sept. 12. The society is currently seeking vendors for the Open House, with a reservation deadline of Aug. 30. Payment is $25, and no guns or adult content will be allowed on the grounds. Vendors will be responsible for their 12x12 area, including tables and pop-up. Email Freetownmuseum@gmail.com or call 508-644-5310 and leave a message.

BGCMS hosts annual cornhole tourney

TAUNTON — Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South will host its annual Cornhole Tournament of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 11, from noon to 7 p.m. at Camp Riverside in Taunton.

This year’s expanded event will double the number of teams to 64. The 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament welcomes rookies and ringers alike for the chance to battle for bragging rights and a YETI cooler grand prize package worth over $400. The entry fee is $100 per team and includes comfort-food-favorites from Rhode Island’s Haven Brother’s food truck as well as an all-you-can-eat southern BBQ buffet spread from 2 Jerks Kitchen in Raynham.

A hosted beer, wine, and seltzer bar will be available for guests to enjoy throughout the tournament, provided by Quality Beverage in Taunton.

The tournament will be held rain or shine at Camp Riverside at 388 Harvey St. in Taunton. The event will feature group play, followed by single-elimination sweet sixteen bracket play, with all teams are guaranteed to play at least 3 games during group play.

“It’s astonishing how quickly this event became a fan favorite amongst our community members,” said Monica Lombardo, Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South. “After the past year we’ve all had, this event is a great way to bring everyone together in the spirit of friendly competition!”

BGCMS launched this event in 2019 as an opportunity to raise awareness of the work they do for youth in Taunton, Brockton, and the Metro South area.

To register your team, visit https://www.bgcmetrosouth.org/cornhole.

For more information about the 2021 Cornhole Tournament of Champions, contact Katie Dawkins, director of annual giving and events, at kdawkins@bgcmetrosouth.org or 508-812-3119, Ext. 133.

Free movies at Patriot Place

Patriot Place is hosting free, family-friendly outdoor movies at the Enel Plaza outside of Patriots ProShop and the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon Technologies on Wednesday nights throughout the summer.

The next film to be shown is “Moana” on Aug. 25. Guests can reserve their seats beginning at 6 p.m. and each showing will begin at sunset. These screenings are free to the public, and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Food and non-alcoholic beverages can also be purchased from all Patriot Place dining destinations to be enjoyed while watching the movie. For more information, visit https://www.patriot-place.com/summerflicks.

Free downtown summer events

Downtown Taunton Foundation and Trescott Street Gallery invite the public to free events in downtown Taunton this summer:

Music in the Plaza

This free music series features local music acts from a variety of genres, hosted at Liberty & Union Plaza at 82-86 Main St. The series will take place on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in July and August. Limited bistro seating will be available. Attendees may also bring their own chairs, takeout food, and non-alcoholic beverages. The Downtown Taunton Foundation snack cart will be on site for and food trucks may be at some dates. For details about each performer and food trucks, visit the DTF's Facebook events page.

Aug. 19: Fran Fenton

Aug. 26: Timmy Brown (rescheduled from July 1)

Movies in the Plaza

Downtown Taunton Foundation will be showing one free, outdoor movie per month through September.

The movies will be at Liberty & Union Plaza on Friday evenings at sunset, and films will be from a variety of genres. Most will be family-friendly, but check the ratings before attending. Attendees should bring their own chairs & blankets, bug spray, and takeout food/non-alcoholic beverages. Food carts and/or trucks may be onsite for some event dates (see Facebook page for details).

Aug. 20: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"

Sept. TBD: "Aladdin" (2018)

Downtown Taunton Foundation programs are supported in part by grants from Mass Cultural Council, Taunton Cultural Council, and by members and sponsorships. Special thank you to sponsors Bristol County Savings Bank, Morton Hospital, and Blount Soup Company.

Slice of Life New Works Festival

MIDDLEBORO — Theatre One Productions is back on Sept. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Alley Theatre,133 Center St., Middleboro, with its Slice of Life New Works Festival, supported in part by the Middleboro Cultural Council and Lakeville Arts Council.

For the safety of all one must show proof of being vaccinated or tested.

Here is the list of Massachusetts and Rhode Island playwrights and their 10-minute plays that will be performed:

CLOSING DOORS by John Minigan.

THE LIST by Johnathan Markella.


CHOICES by James McLindon.

THE WAITER by Margie Semilof.

FRANK AND RACHEL by Nancy Temple.

THE LIAC TICKET by C. J. Ehrlich.


LET'S PLAY CLUE by Debbie Wiess.

HEAVEN TO BETSY by Steven Bruce Myerson.

Come and support these talented playwrights who have been waiting since March of 2020 to hear their work performed and vote for the winning playwright, who'll receive The Richard Pacheco Playwriting Award of $100. All tickets are $20 cash only at the door. The show is intended for a mature audience. No reservations. Doors open a half-hour before the show. For more information, email theatreoneproductions@yahoo.com.

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