Things to do: See some art, hear chamber music, watch a duck derby

Aug 8, 2019

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Thursday, August 8

Save a life.

Free pediatric heartsaver CPR classes will be taking place at the Cask & Pig Alehouse at 780 State Rd. from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to help protect kids in emergency situations and earn certification in pediatric CPR. The classes are sponsored by Cask & Pig and the Friends of Jack Foundation and taught by the National EMS Institute. Call (800) 497-6732 x28 to enroll.

Friday, August 9

Drive to see art.

The annual Art Drive tour kicks off the weekend with local artists opening their studios to the public all over Dartmouth and Westport from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Artists will also demonstrate their techniques in pottery, painting, dyeing, print- and glassmaking at free workshops on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. For a map, list of participating artist studios and more information, visit

Tour a farm.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust are working together to protect Apponagansett Bay Farm and the surrounding lands at 205 Bakerville Rd. They will be hosting a free walking tour from this property to Dike Creek from 4 - 5 p.m. with DNRT Land Manager Linda Vanderveer. Participants will learn more about how to help save this and other coastal Dartmouth farms. No RSVP necessary. Wear comfortable trail shoes for walking. 

Listen to chamber music.

The Padanaram Chamber Music Festival will start its inaugural year with an opening concert of classical masterpieces and reception afterwards at St. Peter’s Church on Elm Street from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Other concerts over the weekend will take place at the Art Scapes Gallery in New Bedford on Saturday, August 10 at 7 p.m. and at the Olde Southworth Library on Elm Street, 5 - 7 p.m. All of the concerts are free. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 10

Eat clams.

The Friends of Smith Neck Meeting are hosting their annual Clambake at 1:30 p.m. at 594 Smith Neck Rd. The decades-old traditional New England event includes homemade quahog chowder and brown bread, stuffing, fish, corn, sausage, clams, potatoes and watermelon. Tickets are $50 for adults, $23 for kids under 12. For reservations call Anne Lopoulos at 508-994-5816. The event is handicapped accessible.

Watch a duck derby.

Watch around 6,000 rubber ducks race on the incoming tide at Barney's Joy with Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary at their annual Duck Derby fundraising event. The derby viewing includes a 1.5-mile guided walk to the race site leaving from the Allens Pond field station, 1280 Horseneck Rd. at 9:45 a.m. Participants must sign up for the Race Viewing on The cost to watch the race is $10 for members, and $12 for nonmembers. Duck festivities will continue into August 11 at the Duck Derby Festival, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the 1280 Horseneck Rd. sanctuary. A $10 BBQ, educational exhibits, kids games and crafts, live music, a silent auction and live plant auction will be included in the event. The  winners of the Duck Derby will also be announced at the event.