Things to do in Dartmouth: Week of Oct. 12

Oct 12, 2023

There’s always a lot to do in Dartmouth. This week, hike to a concert in the woods with the Natural Resources Trust, learn the history of the British raid of New Bedford and celebrate Fire District 3 with a family-fun open house.

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Saturday, Oct. 14

Live fire demonstrations

Join Sparky and the firefighters of Fire District 3 for an afternoon of food, fun and live fire demonstrations on Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will begin with cooking fire and live fire demonstrations, after which food will be served.

Kids will have the opportunity to bounce in a bouncy house, climb in a real fire truck and spray a real fire hose. 

Fire District 3 is located at 140 Cross Road in North Dartmouth.

Sunday, Oct. 15

A bookish feast

The Claire T. Carney Library Associates will hold its 15th annual authors brunch at 12:00 p.m., at the UMass Dartmouth University Marketplace. Authors Jacquelyn Mitchard, Sara Paretsky and Adriana Trigiani will be featured at the event.

Accessible parking is available in parking lot five. Guests can be dropped off at the entrance to the Marketplace.

The cost of the event is $50 for non CTC Library Associate members, $45 for CTC Library Associate members and $35 for current UMass Dartmouth students. Reservations are required.

Historical collaboration

The Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust will host its annual meeting on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at the New Bedford Military Museum. While there, they will discuss the British raid on New Bedford.

The Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Historical Association will host the event as well.

A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation by Jonathan Lane, Executive Director of Revolution 250. The British Raid on New Bedford occurred on September 5-6, 1778.

The event is free and open to all, and the Trust encourages visiting the museum itself before or after the meeting.

(More) music in the woods

The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust is accepting registration for its Evergreen Grove Sessions, where residents can hike through Paskamansett and Gidley Woods, then see a performance in a natural amphitheater surrounded by pine trees.

The hike is on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking is limited and DNRT encourages carpooling. 

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Improve trails for everyone

Help DNRT install planks on wet sections of trails and remove invasive plants at the Trust’s Ridge Hill Reserve from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 580 Collins Corner Road.

Helpers should bring their own water bottle and their own tools if they have them.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Reading roundtable

The Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries will host another online author chat, this time with New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware. The event begins at 2 p.m. at

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