making apple cider, love them tell them

Family, Friends and Making Apple Cider!

making apple cider, love them tell themWhen the chill comes into the air in the fall, there is nothing better than a warm cup of homemade apple cider to warm you up.  Making apple cider in the fall  has always been a tradition with our family and friends for many years.  We use local drops and old fashioned cider presses and turn it into a great fall activity.  

Stephen Hughes heads the operation and an assortment of family and friends show up to turn totes of apples into gallons of cider at the MacGregor Homestead.   This week we even tried adding a little fresh cranberries to the mix for a different flavor.  There is usually the same assortment of helpers but every week might find a few new helpers added to the mix.  It’s a great time to chat as you work and catch up with everyone’s week.

The kids fade in and out helping and alternately playing and filling the jugs is usually a favorite job for them.

The gallons of cider are then taken home by everyone and shared with family and friends.  They can even be frozen for a treat later in the season and a few ambitious helpers have turned it into wine  or hard cider.  Cran-applesauce was also a new treat this year.

It’s a great tradition over the years and we look forward to it every year.  Although by the time the last apples have faded off the trees and the season is over, we are ready to call it quits too.  As the kids grow up, they come back from college with new friends to help out for a weekend or two, and give them the warmth of home again.   It really is a great tradition we hope to perpetuate for years to come.  I can’t imagine fall without it!

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This blog was posted on on October 20, 2015.

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament 2015!


Feast-goers of all ages are drawn by the wonderful aromas wafting through the air to our giant outdoor Carne de Espeto barbecue pit. Do it yourself!


Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Madeira Field, 50 Madeira Ave New Bedford, MA 02746

101st Annual Celebration – July 30 – August 2, 2015


    The 2014 Feast of the Blessed changes history by adding hours.
For those who have stayed away from the annual Feast saying, “Oh,
it’s too crowded and noisy for me” . . . the Feast will now be open
on Friday afternoon from 12 Noon to 6 PM in additional to all other
hours. Feast committee members have dedicated even more time
to make sure all of the food and beverage outlets will be open and
serving the foods that make the Feast such a great success. With
Friday night feast goers still at work, parking will be easier, lines
will be short or none at all . . . and the live entertainment will reflect
a quieter atmosphere.


The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.

The sincere best wishes of the church are then bestowed upon the Festeiros and the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento, Inc. for hosting the Feast and for contributing to the well being of the entire community. The Festeiros also receive the church’s blessing and are reminded to pay homage to the Feast’s religious origins honoring the Blessed Sacrament. Following the Benediction, the Festeiros march to the memorial area at Madeira Field where they honor the original founders of the Feast and initiate the opening ceremonies. Since its beginning in 1915, this feast has celebrated the rich culture of the Portuguese people and in particular the heritage of the people of Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean.


Continuous live entertainment on three stages featuring top
name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in
the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of
Madeiran Heritage. Full entertainment schedule will be posted
soon on the website

Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion.  Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.  Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.

Kids day and half-price senior specials on Saturday afternoon- Saturday, Free admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, 5K road race (cash prizes- entry form on website), largest and longest parade in New Bedford starting at Brooklawn Park, traditional folk dances, family oriented carnival midway, street vendors and much more!

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will host its annual parade on Sunday, in the City of New Bedford. The parade will start at 3 p.m.
Over forty different organizations will march the one mile route
from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds at Madeira Field.

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This blog was posted on on July 27, 2015.

Rochester Country Fair

Rochester Country Fair!


Rochester Country Fair The Rochester Country Fair will take place this year  from August 13 to August 16th on the newly-renovated  Fair Grounds located on Pine Street.  Each year a new theme is chosen.  The fair  this year will be centered around a “Prehistoric ” theme.

The Rochester Country Fair is a unique, country fair.  There will be many fun events such as Tractor Pulling, Woodsman Show, Pie Eating and Pie Bake Off, Dinosaur Dig Hunt, Pebbles and Bam Bam Contest, and the return of the Buana Iguana Reptile Show.  The Committee is also looking into a Highland Games Exhibition and a Lynyrd Skynrd Tribute Band.

The Country Fair is completely funded through local donations from residents and businesses alike. they also sell advertising in the Country Fair Booklet.

The Rochester Country Fair Committee includes: Dave Souza, Julie Koczera, Dianne Wood, Arthur Westgate, Chris Faustino, Duffy Clapp, Pat Lafleur, Slim Bernier and John Lafleur.

Mark it on your calendar for a great time!

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This blog was posted on June 22, 2015 on

Quick Closings

Which States Had Quicker-Selling Properties?

In What States Did Properties Sell Quickly in Feb-April 2015?

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, NAR asks REALTORS® “For the last house that you closed in the past month, how long was it on the market from listing time to the time the seller accepted the buyer’s offer?”.

The map below shows the median days on market of respondents about their sales from Feb 2015-April 2015.   California and North Dakota were the fastest-selling markets with properties typically sold by 30 days. Properties also sold quickly, typically at 45 in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia. Strong demand amid low inventory has caused properties to sell quickly and driven up prices, especially in the West Coast states.  All real estate is local. State-level data is provided for REALTORS® who may want to compare local markets against the state and national summary.

med days on market

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This blog was posted on on June6, 2015

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Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race this Weekend!

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It’s That Time of Year Again!  The Annual Rochester, MA Boat Race will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015.  The first boat will take off from Gramma Hartley’s Reservoir on Snipatuit Road in Rochester at 8:30 AM at the start of the gun and every minute another boat will launch.  The race follows the windy Mattapoisett River and ends at the Herring Weir, River Rd. in Mattapoisett.

The race is open to everyone of all ages.  There must be 2 persons to a boat and the boat must be of homemade design of any material.  The Race is sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department and headed by Arthur Benner.  The Fire Department is present at all the checkpoints along the way and is always present at the Herring Weir with some mighty good hot dogs and donuts.

There are many categories for the race, including the Open Division, Parent Child, Co-Ed, Women’s, Junior Boys and Junior Girls.  Trophies are awarded at the end of the night in each category.  There are also special trophies for Old Man of the River and special Memorial Plaques for those who have won the same category for three years in a row.

Pre-registration is required.  There is also a Ham and Bean Supper on Saturday, May 23, from 5-7 PM at Rochester Memorial School to benefit the Boat Race

It is always a great time to follow the racers at certain points along the river.  Most of the course follows the river through the woods, but there are many spots along the way where spectators gather to cheer on the racers such as the bridge on New Bedford Rd. in Rochester, and Wolf Island Rd cranberry bogs.

The course generally takes about two hours for the top racers depending on the conditions of the river.  This year the river has been lower due to the lack of rain which sometimes means slower times, but the race is still days away and that could change.

Come on out and cheer on your local racers.  It’s a great time for racers and spectators alike!

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This blog was posted on on May 19, 2015

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West Island, Fairhaven, MA!

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West Island, Fairhaven, MA is a great little Gem to visit located up  Sconicut Neck Rd. Once  you drive over the Causeway you are in a whole new world.  The beaches are beautiful and a great place to visit in the summer.

West Island Town Beach
Fir Street, West Island

Swimming, lifeguards, toilet facilities
Hours: late June through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The beach is accessible for walking during the off season.

Public beach operated by the Town of Fairhaven. Passes are available at the BPW Office, 5 Arsene Street, or at the entrance gate to the beach. Swimming lessons are offered by the lifeguards for $20.00 per child, additional children in same family $10 ea. Applications available at BPW Office.

RESIDENT FEES: Season Pass $30 per vehicle, Day Pass (car) $ 6, Day Pass (walk in) $ 3, Day Pass (bus) $150 with 2-weeks notice required. No charge for Fairhaven seniors 60 or over.

NON-RESIDENT FEES: Season Pass $100, Day Pass (car) $20, Day Pass (walk in) $ 10, Senior Walk-ins $5. No out-of-town buses.

Another fun event is The 4th Annual West Island 5K Run/Walk and Kids Mile Fun.  It  was held on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  The Kids Mile Fun starts at 10 AM and the 5 K at 11AM.

The course is a mostly flat and fast loop throughout scenic West Island with a fast downhill start and a challenging uphill finish. USA Track & Field Certified Course: MA13007JK Male Record – Jeff Howley: 15:53 (2014); Female Record – Anne Preisig: 18:28 (2014)

All proceeds go to the Fairhaven High School Cross Country program & the non-profit Strive and Achieve (

West Island is a great place to live or visit.  Presently there are about 180 homes on the Island.  It’s worth the drive.

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This blog was originally posted on May 12, 2015 on

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Elegant Group Package

Gratitude Marketing & Personalized Customized Note Cards

Gratitude Marketing Customized Personalized cards

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Gratitude Marketing! What does it mean It’s a way of  telling your clients and customers how much their business means to you.  It’s also how you keep your clients coming back and referring your services.  Of course your skills and competence in doing your job are important in your business. How you treat your clients and how you thank them for their friendship and return business is important tool!

A great idea is to use good, old fashioned, handwritten, personalized stationery cards.  Here at BOLD Moves Real Estate and Beyond BOLD Media, we are taking part in the 365-Day BOLD Day Challenge.  Send out a thank you note everyday to someone who has helped you out, brightened your day or made some positive difference in your day.  This will give them a boost and also make you feel good.  It also helps you to reflect on your day and who you interacted with everyday.  Visit the BOLD Day website and make the pledge at 

On our website you can brand your own personalized stationery. It gives a little extra touch to your card when you’re sending it on nice paper that is customized by you! Contact us today to place your order for stationery! This Elegant Series adds that special touch to your Gratitude Marketing efforts!

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Prom 2015, Overall Spending is Down!

Prom 2015: Overall spending down, but cost of promposals on the rise


A nationwide survey conducted by Visa found that the average American household will spend $919 on high school’s most storied night — a 6 percent decrease from last year. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for
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Parents of high school students have reason to celebrate: The cost of prom is going down.

A nationwide survey conducted by Visafound that the average American household will spend $919 on high school’s most storied night — a 6 percent decrease from last year.

And while the majority of the annual tab includes the cost of tickets, attire, limousine rental, flowers, photographs, and after party festivities — the single biggest prom-related expense actually precedes the annual dance: the “promposal.”

According to Visa’s findings, the pomp and circumstance of the promposal is on the rise. At least one third of the annual cost of prom — about $324 — will be spent on securing a date to the big dance, according to Visa.

“Prom is a fun night for the kids to get together and dance, but spending $300 plus on a promposal to simply ask your date is exorbitant,” said Nat Sillin, Visa’s head of U.S. Financial Education.

promposal.jpeg“Promposals strike me as a wasteful fad,” said Sean Graw of the bargain-hunting website (Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for

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Starting to Feel a Little Like Spring!

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It’s starting to feel a little like Spring!  The temperatures are moderating somewhat and while we still have some piles of snow, sunny spots are showing lots of grass.  The daffodils and crocuses are starting to poke through the leaves and giving hope of things to come.

With Easter right around the corner, now is a great time to start cleaning up the yard and cleaning up all the debris that has reared its ugly  head as the snow melts away.  Raking the dry, dead leaves that have accumulated over the winter in your flower beds and mulched areas will help the spring flowers readily bloom.  You can also add a little fertilizer to your beds to give them a Spring boost.

With Easter approaching this weekend, now is a great time to thicken up your flower beds with some new crocuses, lilies,tulips, or daffodils.  Use them as a great centerpiece on your table for Easter and then plant them outside.

Now is a nice time to enjoy the warming weather before all the summer chores start, such as cutting and trimming the lawn and working in the garden.  The days are longer to enjoy and it feels so good after the long, cold winter New England has experienced.

If you are thinking of putting your house on the market, now is the time to do it.  Rates are still low and inventory is sparse, so get your house ready and get it on the market.  The Spring is here and Summer is fast approaching,so freshen it up and get it listed.

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BOLD Day Challenge

Are you ready for the BOLD day Challenge?

INSPIRATION STATION: Are you ready for the BOLD day Challenge? Many have asked what will happen after 100 Days to BOLDness? Will we still be BOLD?!

What have I learned?

The gifts and blessings that I have experienced through doing this “100 Days of BOLDness” have been immense. OnBOLD Day Challenge Day 1 I told you about empowerment and making each day count. Having to write 6 posts a week on ‘BOLD” topics has been something. I have often had trouble finding time to write, but never had a shortage of topics! My habits have expanded to categorizing things that I have learned into, “Could this be BOLD?” So, thank you. The practice of having to write this each day has opened my eyes to the many BOLD events going on around us.

The second gift I have received is the outpouring of wonderful stories to how 100 Days of BOLDnesshas impacted you. I have made friends throughout the country. Your stories have transformed me.

The BOLD day Challenge is the result of all of these factors. The habit of searching for ‘BOLD’ actions, the benefit of sharing a good thought, and the outcome to those around us for these activities.

The BOLD day Challenge is simply writing One thank you note per day to someone. We will provide you with a BOLD day pledge, and then we will provide an outline for finding those to thank, and also a tracking system that will build you your own database. We will offer you complimentary “Make it a BOLD day!” cards, or you can utilize our cards from The details are still being refined, and I just wanted to get you thinking!

Get ready to take the pledge! To be part of this BOLD day Challenge, we are taking a pledge to write one thank you  note per day for the year! Each day, you track your notes, and what the special message was to that person. You also will share the amazing outcomes with the BOLD day Challege Group! Get ready for a magical Year! Wanna talk about it? Call me! 508-728-3648!

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