November 2017

Greetings. Yes, I know, there was no October column last month. There was a vacation break after the “summer” season ended, then a bunch of business that had to be attended to—the Manjiro Festival, Harvest Fun Day, and preparations for the Haunted Academy. Plus there was also some Old-Time Holiday planning going on. Let’s start with that. By now, non-profit and school groups that want table space in … [Read more...]

September 2017

Greetings. It’s feast time in North Fairhaven! The Feast of Our Lady of Angels takes place September 2, 3, and 4, at 7 Jesse Street. Hours are 5:00 to midnight on Saturday, noon to midnight on Sunday and noon to 10:00 p.m. on Monday. Monday afternoon at 1:00 the procession will be held on Main Street, from St. Mary’s Church to Benoit Square and back. Although public school has already started in … [Read more...]

Funds Still Needed to Build Stage in Memory of Natalie S. Hemingway

Donations to the Office of Tourism Gift Account are being accepted once again to buy materials to build a stage platform on the lawn of the Visitors Center dedicated in memory of Natalie S. Hemingway. Natalie S. Hemingway taught music more more than 30 years in Fairhaven, then served on the Fairhaven School Committee and the Fairhaven Tourism Committee. She was involved in many civic activities over the … [Read more...]

July 1017

Greetings. July starts off with a bang, but there are a couple of events scheduled before the Fourth of July, so I’ll start with those. On Saturday, July 1, at 2:00 p.m., I will hold the third “Lecture on the Lawn” at the Old Stone Schoolhouse, 40 North Street. The subject of the lecture will be the Oxford Chapel, which once stood on North Street and the Church of the Good Shepherd, which met for … [Read more...]

June 1017

Greetings. When you read this, the regularly scheduled Henry H. Rogers Walking Tours will have already begun for the season. The tours are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. They start outside the Town Hall, 40 Center Street. I guide the tours on Thursday mornings and Bob Foster guides the tours on Tuesday. The tours last for about 90 minutes and are free of charge. The tours continue … [Read more...]

May 2017

Greetings. Last month I told you how I have been adding Acushnet attractions to the listings of places to visit on the Fairhaven Office of Tourism website. Since then I have turned my gaze to the east and started putting together pages for some nice spots in Mattapoisett. The list includes the Ned’s Point Lighthouse, the Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum, some of the nature trails on properties held … [Read more...]

April 2017

Greetings. Fairhaven and Acushnet have always been closely connected. In fact, before 1860 we were parts of the same town. Our histories and geological lines are intertwined. The Neighb News and The Advocate cover both towns. The Fairhaven-Acushnet Land Preservation Trust and the Fairhaven Acushnet Youth Baseball league are examples groups serving the two communities. Many Acushnet students attend … [Read more...]

March 2017

Greetings. I guess the first news to report is that since last month’s column, when I wrote asking for donations to help support the Monday Morning Fun programs, I got a whole bunch of generous contributions. This means there will be a bounce house on each of the eight Mondays and a giant water slide on a couple of them. The donations will also help pay for some of the special presentations. Here’s a … [Read more...]

February 2017

Greetings. At the Office of Tourism, February and March are when many of the details for the coming year are planned and finalized. Already I have made arrangements for some of the advertising. Most of my advertising budget is spent between now and April to pay for the ads that will appear from April through the fall/winter holidays. There will be a half-page Fairhaven ad in the South Coast … [Read more...]

January 2017

Greetings. To make it easier for the public to find out what’s going on at the Office of Tourism throughout the year, I am reviving an old idea by bringing back “Notes from the Visitors Center.” For a few years in the 1990s this was a weekly column I wrote for one of the local newspapers. This new version will be put out monthly. It will be posted at, on the Facebook page of the … [Read more...]