Life of the Party

8 Ways to add excitement to your next special event By Maria Allen and Scott Smith Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding, elegant graduation party or festive corporate soiree, South Shore industry experts are ready to make your next event unforgettable. From unique decor and florals to professional photography and entertainment, we’ve gathered some helpful … Read more

A Day At The Lake

Encaustic painting by Lara Williams Working from her Hull studio, artist Lara Williams transforms strips of torn paper, colorful pigments and melted beeswax into impressionistic depictions of nature. Her recent work, “A Day at The Lake,” is part of a series, titled “Restorative Places.” Created during the pandemic lockdown, the collection is made up of … Read more


A GUIDE TO LOCAL DESIGN AND DECOR PROFESSIONALS Classic Tile & Stone 781.741.5230 Award-winning Classic Tile & Stone has been helping to make homes beautiful on the South Shore and beyond ever since 2003. Owners Julie Ryan and Kristin Henaghan are tile industry experts who believe that each home project is unique and should … Read more

Calm and Collected

A Cohasset home organizer unlocks simple strategies for reducing kid clutter and designing play spaces that enrich young minds. By Maria Allen Photography by Kate Rogan Anyone who has walked barefoot over a pile of stray legos understands that the struggle to contain kid clutter is real. From picture books and board games to action … Read more

Bookstore Revival

Independent bookstores are making an unexpected comeback across the country, including right here on the South Shore. Take a look inside a few new businesses that opened on the South Shore in the past couple of years, as well as established local booksellers that set themselves apart by diversifying their offerings and creating a strong sense of community.

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Written in the Stars

Offering a unique blend of reiki and astrology, Colleen Marie Healing aims to soothe the body and inspire the soul. Written by Maria Allen Photography by Kjeld Mahoney On Monday nights, after preparing a quick dinner for her three children (age 10, 7 and 1), Colleen Marie Schilpp passes the parental baton to her husband … Read more

Vintage Jewelry Trees

Artist Jessie Fries started making vintage jewelry Christmas trees back in 2020 and now sells her festive creations at The Art Shoppe in Plymouth, a business she runs with fellow artist and business partner, Eddy Murray. “We are a working studio, where we create original artwork, jewelry and other creations that are relatively affordable for … Read more

Winter Reads

When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Here are a few recently published page-turners penned by South Shore authors. Before the Mayflower Set 33 years before the Mayflower’s Atlantic crossing in 1620, this meticulously researched work of historical fiction incorporates the stories … Read more

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls Inside Daniel Webster Estate’s Christmas Designer Show House Photography by Laurie France The Daniel Webster Estate’s Christmas Designer Show House showcases the historic 1880 Victorian mansion in spectacular festive splendor. Each year, talented decorators come together to transform the Marshfield estate with creatively themed holiday decor. While some rooms are decorated in … Read more

The Art of Afternoon Tea

Written by Jennifer H. McInerney Photography by Kate Rogan When strolling down Court Street in Plymouth, visitors now come upon a sight they’ve probably never encountered in America’s Hometown before: a gleaming red replica of a traditional British telephone booth. This seemingly out-of-place “phone box” fits right in on the sidewalk outside Shelly’s Tea Rooms, … Read more

Local Author Spotlight: Kevin V. Symmons Reveals How Writing Became His “Second Act”

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes. I wrote my first “short story” when I was 11! But like many I took the road more traveled and got a BS and MBA then worked in industry for many years. What inspired you to start writing novels?  I had the good fortune to leave my business at … Read more