Things to do: Bid on art, eat ice cream and more

Jul 27, 2021

From art auctions to petting zoos, there’s a lot to do in the Tri-Town this week. For more info on these and other activities, visit

Thursday, July 29
View pieces from the MAC art auction

The Marion Art Center’s Online Art Auction is on this year as Summer Art Auction Days, running through July 31.

There are now over 300 auction items on display salon-style in the art center’s galleries. While registration and bidding will take place online only through, you can view all the auction items with extended viewing hours. Both the online auction and art center galleries opened on July 28. All bidding closes online and in-person viewing ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.

See a local artist exhibit at the Mattapoisett Library

The Mattapoisett Free Public Library is hosting an exhibit of local artist Kim Barry’s paintings and pottery in the library through Aug. 20.

Barry is the owner of Clay Trout Pottery in Mattapoisett where she specializes in custom plant containers and sculpted tile.

She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries in the South Coast, Cape, and Rhode Island.

Saturday, July 31
Celebrate summer with an ice cream party

The Elizabeth Taber Library will hold an ice cream party complete with crafts and games on Saturday, July 31 at noon.

Tuesday, August 3
Hear an expert gardener discuss heirloom and native plants

The Mattapoisett Free Public Library and Mattapoisett Women’s Club are collaborating to host a lecture by John Forti, author of “The Heirloom Gardener.”

Forti will hold a lecture called “Heirloom and Native Plants – A Living History” at the library on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.

In his presentation, Forti will provide an illustrated talk that brings to life the unique and living history of plants that have a defining presence in the local region. It explores the significance of heirloom and open-pollinated plants and gives voice to the history they keep alive. For those interested in gardens that inspire a sense of time and place, this talk will aim to foster a better understanding of the most tried and true plants and the community’s role in preservation.