Saturday, March 30, 2013

Upcoming Events and Programs at Soule Homestead

JUNIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: Spring has sprung at the farm and, along with warmer temperatures, this month offers two opportunities for young people to gain work experience, develop new skills, make new friends and make a difference at the farm. Two Saturday dates are planned for Junior Volunteers (ages 10-15) to meet on Saturday, April 6th and 13th, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is not required - just arrive in weather appropriate clothing and footgear.

APRIL VACATION PROGRAM: It is not too late to make plans for the farm-based vacation program that is scheduled to run Tuesday, April 16th through Friday, April 19th, 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon. Crafts, games, storybooks and outside activities are the highlights for children participating in this interactive, hands-on program. Each day offers a different theme: SNAKES IN THE WILD (4/16); FROGS AND TOADS (4/17); AWESOME TURTLES (4/18); LEAPIN' LIZARDS (4/19). The cost per day is $13 for members, $15 for non-members; four-day week: $50 for members, $58 for non-members. Pre-registration and payment is requested by noon, Friday, April 12. Space is limited and there is no guarantee of space availability. Registration forms and more detailed program information are available on-line at For more information, contact Laurie Amberman at 508-947-6744 or email:


ELECTRONICS & APPLIANCE RECYCLING DAY: Spring! What better time to get rid of old electronics and outdated appliances? We'll be hosting our spring fundraising / recycling event in the parking lot of the Middleboro town hall on Saturday, April 13th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For a minimal fee you can drop off your old electronics and appliances. Price is per item -- just about anything with a cord will be accepted -- the price will be determined at drop off. Clean redeemable bottles and cans will also be accepted during the event. Volunteers will be on hand to assist you with large items. A list of prices and accepted items can be viewed on the website


RUG BRAIDING WORKSHOPS: Discover the satisfaction of making your own hand-braided rugs out of old blankets, skirts and coats. Three rug braiding workshops with Mary Guidoboni will be held on Saturday, April: 6th, 13th and 20th, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginners and advanced students may sign-up for one or more classes. A list of supplies to bring will be given upon registration and a selection of wool will be available during the workshop. The class fee for new students is only $8 for members or $10 for non-members, per class.

SPINNERS WITH SOUL: The members of the 'Spinners with Soul' group will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, April 8th at 7 p.m. Individuals interested in fiber arts are welcome to attend. Members of the group are invited to work together on different projects each month and participate in several events throughout the year. For more information about the group, please contact Barbara Chadwick at 508-947-2679.

ORGANIC GARDENING WORKSHOP: Those interested in starting an organic garden, expanding an existing plot, or learning some new garden tricks will enjoy a hands-on Organic Gardening Workshop with Frank Albani on Saturday, April 27th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Plenty of practical advice will be given, along with discussion of soils, site selection, plant varieties and pest control. The workshop will be held rain or shine. Be sure to wear your work clothes. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

QUILTING WORKSHOP: Sewing enthusiasts will enjoy the monthly quilting workshop to be held on Saturday, April 27th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A different project is planned each month for quilters of all skill levels and participants may work on their own unfinished projects. The cost is $15 for members or $20 for non-members. A list of supplies to bring and project details for the workshop will be given upon registration.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Pre-registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated. Some programs require pre-payment. To register, call 508-947-6744 or email: Leave your name, title of program, number of people attending, children's ages (if applicable), and a number where you can be reached in the event of a cancellation or postponement. If you cannot attend a program you have signed up for, please call the Homestead prior to the program, as there may be a waiting list. The Homestead reserves the right to cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment, weather conditions, etc. You may mail or drop off pre-payment (if required). Soule Homestead Education Center is located at 46 Soule Street in Middleboro. For more information visit our website:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Two Old Friends

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Two Old Friends, Jim Prendergast and Emery Hutchins, are returning to the Middleborough Public Library by popular demand. Join them next Friday night at 7 PM as they delight us with their unique combination of Celtic and American country music.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Welcome to the Graveyard

The Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries invites you to our program is "Welcome to the Graveyard: Focus on Middleborough Cemeteries", presented by The Gravestone Girls. It is being held at the Middleborough Public Library on Thursday, April 4th from 6:30 to 8:00. This program is being presented in conjunction with the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Middleborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

This event can be considered "Cemeteries 101". It will be both fun and informative. This 90 minute program is about cemetery art, history, and symbolism. Their "virtual tour" take the audience from Middleborough's earliest burial grounds to our modern cemeteries, examines why we have cemeteries & gravestones and why they look like they do.

More information is available on our website,

This event is free to attend. Refreshments will be available before the program.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Town of Middleborough has announced a hazardous waste disposal day to be held on June 22, 2013. For more information about the event, please click here and be sure to mark your calendar.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

All Are Welcome Anniversary

Do you know what major restaurant chain recently opened its fifth "donate-as-able" cafe in Boston? Did you know that there are 10 times as many independent, local donation cafes operating across the nation? Did you know that ALL ARE WELCOME has been open in Middleboro serving friends and neighbors in Plymouth and Bristol counties for ONE YEAR?!

All Are Welcome Community Kitchen will be celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, March 16 during regular weekly breakfast service from 7:30AM - 11AM. Meals are served at 60 Union Street, Middleboro (at the Church of Our Saviour parish hall).

Guests can enjoy traditional breakfast favorites, some treats with an Irish flair, live music with Scott & Tyler Philie and Kathy Phipps and every guest will be entered in a door prize drawing for a Pure Digital FLIP HD video camera.

"We are very excited to be celebrating one year of serving our community", said Karen Cook, founder & executive director. Project Bread's recommendations from their 2012 Status Report on Hunger are to develop programs that involve the whole community while creating opportunity for individuals to give back. Cook stated that "community kitchens are exactly the type of program that fit with Project Bread's recommendations. While the economic trends are not encouraging, with more folks working harder for fewer dollars, we are pleased to be developing a strong program that will provide the support, opportunity and sustainability encouraged by our area's leading anti-hunger organization."

The all-volunteer staff at All Are Welcome would like to encourage and invite everyone to share the community breakfast on this very special occasion. Marty O'Meara, of Plymouth said, "We are hoping to have our long time supporters, the friends we've made over the past year and many new faces join us for our first anniversary. Dining at All Are Welcome is an uplifting, unique experience and we want more folks to find out what it's all about!"

It is the mission at ALL ARE WELCOME COMMUNITY KITCHEN AND BAKERY, INC. to provide access to nutritious meals to all members of the community regardless of means. By encouraging those able to support themselves to assist in the support of others, ALL ARE WELCOME seeks to reduce food insecurity and build community, one meal at a time.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Author Michael Tougias Lecture

Author Michael Tougias will appear at the Middleborough Public Library on Sunday, March 17, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to give a slide presentation on his new book, A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredible Rescue. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library, is free and open to the public.

The story centers around a 2007 Gulf Stream storm involving four vessels with 13 people onboard needing rescuing; four of them perished. Prominent in the story is the rescue of a Canadian, a Brit and their captain, JP DeLutz, a dual citizen of America and France. After their sailboat was torn apart by the storm, 70-foot waves battered their life raft 250 miles out to sea. The waves repeatedly tossed the men out of their tiny vessel and JP, with nine broken ribs, was hypothermic and on the verge of death. 

Trying to reach those survivors before it was too late were four Coast Guardsmen battling hurricane-force winds in their Jayhawk helicopter. When they arrived, they were astounded to find crashing seas, with some waves topping 80 feet. Once they committed to the rescue, they found themselves in almost as much trouble as the survivors, facing several life-and-death decisions.

Tougias will use slides of the storm, the survivors, and the rescue to bring this story to life. "I enjoy doing these programs," says Tougias, "because I like to transport the audience into the heart of the storm so that they ask themselves, 'What would I have done?' With my slide presentation, the viewer can visually relive the adventure."

A book signing will follow the program, and light refreshments will be served. Attendees will be able to purchase A Storm Too Soon and Tougias' other books.

Tougias is the author and co-author of 20 books including Overboard!: A True Blue-Water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival, and Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea. He has received the American Library Association's "Editors' Choice" Award and the Independent Publishers' "Best Nature Book of the Year" award. Disney Studios is currently filming a movie based on his book, The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard's Most Daring Rescue. Visit for more information.