Things to do: Drink root beer floats, search for butterflies

Jun 14, 2022

There’s a lot happening in Dartmouth in any given week, here’s what’s coming up. For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit

Thursday, June 16

Listen to the sounds of nature

Listen to wiseacre mockingbirds, blowhard toads, impish chipmunks, Cockney otters, obnoxious literary agents, conspiratorial weasels, badgers with a brogue, and sweet singing water rats tell their story in an audio/visual presentation sponsored by the Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries on Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Frederick and Amy Thurber will describe their long quest to find a voice for the characters in the audio version of their book, “In the Wake of the Willows.”  The book, a sequel to “The Wind in the Willows,” is set on Buzzards Bay, Cherry & Webb beach, Allens Pond, and in the Paquachuck Inn and features sailing adventures in wooden boats, scavenger hunts, beach parties, amusing characters, and a mysterious prophecy.

The Thurbers’ presentation will be held in the community room at Dartmouth North Branch Library, 211 Cross Road, Dartmouth.  For more information, email

Friday, June 17

Vintage car slide show and root beer floats at the COA

On Friday, June 17 at 1 p.m. take a ride down memory lane, from Rambler to Studebaker, with John from Orphan Garage. To sign up, call the Center at (508) 999-4717.

Farmers’ Market offers local produce 

The Dartmouth Farmers’ Market will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 17 on the lawn at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 789 Dartmouth St. 

The market offers locally raised meats and eggs, locally grown produce and flowers and crafted food, handmade goods, crafts and art. Local musicians will perform.

Saturday, June 18

Search for butterflies

The Massachusetts Butterfly Club will hold a walk at the Noquochoke Wildlife Management area on Hixville Road Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.Rain date Sunday June 19.

This field trip will last approximately two hours and will potentially feature species such as Monarchs, Skippers, and Hairstreaks

Participants are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars (if desired), plenty of water, and insect repellant.  

The trip is open to novice thorough advanced butterfly enthusiasts. To learn more about the walk, contact walk leader Andrew Griffith at

Open farm day tours

Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Road, will host Open Farm Day on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Farm-fresh items and locally made or crafted creations will be available for sale.

Three tours will be also be offered, with sessions held at 10:30 a.m., noon, and 12:30 p.m. The 12:30 tour will be of the garden, while the earlier tours will showcase the whole farm.

For more information and to make a tour reservation, which is highly encouraged, visit

Have an event we should include next week? Email details to Christopher Shea at