James E. Kukstis, The Patriot Ledger

James E. Kukstis

The Patriot Ledger

Norwell, MA, United States

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Past articles by James:

Lobster trap tree tradition takes hold in South Shore coastal communities

A holiday tradition has emerged in coastal New England: the lobster trap Christmas tree. Where to celebrate like a crustacean. → Read More

Everything seems to be pumpkin spice flavored in Massachusetts, here are some items to try

We tried a wide selection of pumpkin spice items to see which ones were worth adding to your cart -- and which ones you can skip without missing much → Read More

Excited about 'Hocus Pocus 2'? Here's what you need to know before the movie comes out

In recent years, "Hocus Pocus" has become a genuine movie classic and the incessant online calls for a sequel have finally been answered. → Read More

8 presidents were born in New England, but did you know George W. Bush was one of them?

Throughout its history New England has been the birthplace for many important Americans, including presidents from the 1700s to the 2000s. → Read More

New England is connected to pirates, from The Whydah to offering safe harbor, here's how

From Hollywood to Halloween costumes, Legos to liquor, minigolf courses to made-up holidays, the mythical pirate pervades American culture → Read More

I stepped into the past at King Richard's Faire in Carver, what to know before you go

King Richard's Faire brings the Renaissance to life, inviting residents from all over to spend the day embracing a theatrical version of time gone by → Read More

Heading to the September Brimfield? What to expect at New England's largest flea market

The market sets up shop in Brimfield, Massachusetts for one week in May, July and September of each year. → Read More

Speedy schooners sail into Gloucester Harbor Labor Day weekend

Gloucester will play host to dozens of schooners to celebrate the city's rich maritime past over Labor Day weekend. → Read More

Summer's not over yet! Here are our favorite places and spaces and things to do

We asked Wicked Local staff members to let us know which places and activities live permanently on their summer must-do lists. → Read More

I read 'Moby Dick' in 24 hours on a whaling ship in Connecticut. Here's why you should too

The Mystic Seaport Museum hosts an annual marathon reading of Moby Dick to celebrate Herman Melville's birthday, Aug. 1 on the Charles W. Morgan. → Read More

On the hiking bucket list: Climbing New Hampshire's 48 tallest mountains

"The 48" refers to the 48 mountains in NH that are at least 4,000 feet high at their peak, a bucket list that's been completed by around 10,000 hikers → Read More

Have an art-full summer: New England fairs and festivals highlight local artists

We put together this collection of upcoming events sure to open your eyes to the myriad of highly skilled artisans living around us. → Read More

Putt-ering around: 8 New England mini-golf courses to check out this summer

We compiled this list of some of the coolest courses and locations throughout the region for you to add to your summer must-do lists. → Read More

Which MA towns are a Boston suburb? What about Cape Cod or the North Shore?

What towns are Boston Suburbs? We are trying to figure out if the South Shore or North Shore counts? How about Cape Cod or New Hampshire? → Read More

New England gifts to help your graduates remember their roots

To help you treat the graduates in your life, we put together this collection of New England-made gifts → Read More

Set the dirigible's course for Waltham: Steampunk Festival returns this weekend

Watch City Steampunk Festival, a celebration of all things steampunk and of Waltham's connection to pivotal period of American history. → Read More

Spring in Bloom: Where to see beautiful gardens in New England

These garden destinations throughout New England each offer a unique experience highlighting the wide variety of flora and fauna native to our region → Read More

In its 50th year, Marshfield golf club looks to broaden appeal with modern driving range

This summer, the club will be debuting a covered 16-bay driving range designed to appeal to experienced and novice golfers. → Read More

Patriotic Pageantry: Spend Patriots Day where it all began

Full celebrations are returning to Lexington with a weekend full of reenactments, parades and historic open houses → Read More

Select board, school committee races shape up in Marshfield

The candidates for Marshfield's April 30 town election are set, with two trying again after falling short in their bids for office last year. → Read More