Things to do: Celebrate the Grange, visit a mill, count butterflies

Sep 6, 2019

There's a lot happening in Dartmouth on any given weekend. For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit

Friday, September 6

Go to the fair.

Celebrate Dartmouth’s rural charm at the annual Grange Rural Community Fair on Friday and Saturday at the Grange Hall, 1133 Fisher Road, in Russells Mills Village. Friday hours are 4 - 9 p.m. and Saturday hours are noon to 9 p.m. 

The free event features carnival games, a scavenger hunt, face painting, a pie-eating contest, a penny sale, quilt raffle, an auction, and plenty of food and local products on sale, as well as a magic show hosted by Skip Daniels at 7 p.m. on Friday and a Len Solomon concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 7

Look at cars.

Mike’s Auto Body will be sponsoring an All-Makes car show from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the grounds of Conquerors For Christ at 972 Reed Rd.

Show participants must pay a registration fee of $20 at the time of registration. Forms can be found at Mike's Auto Body located at 535 Bay St. in Fall River or on their Facebook page. General admission is free. Awards will be handed out at 1 p.m. Food trucks will be on site provided by Avo’s Feast. 

All proceeds will benefit Care For Children International, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides care for the poor and homeless as well as funding for clean water projects locally and abroad. For more information, contact Steve Medeiros at (774) 301-4028. 

Visit a historic mill.

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust will be hosting a free open house at its historic Allen’s Mill property at 100 Slades Corner Rd. in Russells Mills Village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors will be able to learn about the 18th century mill, which was in operation as early as 1711 and used millstones weighing around 2,000 pounds to grind corn, wheat, and rye. Learn more at

Walk around the Grange.

In conjunction with the Grange Fair, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust will be holding a Grange Walk led by Land Steward Leah Howard at 11 a.m. through Destruction Brook Woods, starting and ending at the Grange on 1133 Fisher Road. After the walk, participants will be able to enjoy an afternoon at the fair. Learn more at

Count butterflies.

The free annual Allens Pond Butterfly Census continues this weekend, welcoming butterfly watchers of all ages and skill levels to help survey butterfly populations at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Road.

Members of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club will lead teams into different areas of the Sanctuary and provide expertise in identifying butterflies. Participants should meet at the Sanctuary field station parking lot at 10 a.m. to divide into census teams. Participants should wear long pants, sunscreen and bring water and a snack or lunch. Call the Sanctuary at (508) 636-2437 or email with any questions or to make a reservation.