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onday through Friday, I work 9 to 5 and then some. Add in Council meetings, State House hearings and other late night newspaper delights, and there are days when I don’t eat dinner until 10 p.m. or later. On Sunday, I’m up relatively early and off to my parents’ house to spend the day with my family. That leaves Saturday. When you factor in the laundry, grocery shopping, lunch dates and errands that have been put off the rest of the week, that one day of freedom goes by pretty quick. Why am I telling you this? Because before I scold everyone, I want to say up front that I’m perhaps more guilty than anyone. My point is that when you’re busy trudging through the day to day, you forget to take time to do the things that matter. I really don’t want to pull out a cliché here and tell you to stop and smell the roses, but once you’ve read this issue, you’ll realize that it’s a pretty appropriate adage. Rhode Island gets a bad rap when it comes to the economy, politics, and a host of other issues. It’s sometimes deserved, but in the process, we overlook one of our undeniable strengths: our natural resources. We’re called the Ocean State for a reason. We have some of the best coastline in the country; never mind some of the natural gems once you get inland (or as inland as you can get in a water-rich state). In this issue of PrimeTime, we’ve tried to highlight some of the places that make Rhode Island a state worth living in and a state worth exploring. May 2011 1944 Warwick Ave. If you want to stay close to the shore, folWarwick, RI 02889 low Jim Greer’s example and try your hand at 401-732-3100 FAX 401-732-3110 kayaking. He has plenty of advice for the novice Distribution Special Delivery kayaker, as do the experts at the Kayak Centre. With their guidance, you can find out what kind PUBLISHERS of vessel you’ll need for your first sail. Barry W. Fain, Richard G. Fleischer, You can also take to the seas from a sailboat, John Howell a hobby that Bob and Gail Johnston know a lot EDITOR about. It’s what they’re doing every weekend, Meg Fraser and with retirement close on the horizon they’re looking forward to spending even more time on the open water. MARKETING DIRECTOR Want to explore the state’s greenways? Get to Donna Zarrella know the lay of the land with the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, jump into the geocaching Creative Director game or hop on a bike. With more than 40 years Linda Nadeau experience in biking, the owners of East dence Cycle are a good resource to start with. photo editor If you’re the type of person who wants their Darcie DiSaia feet planted on solid ground, we caught up with the Appalachian Mountain Club for a list of some of the state’s best hiking destinations. WRITERS When you’ve worked up an appetite, check out Susan Contreras, Don Fowler, Don D’Amato, Joan Retsinas, Colby Cremins, Mike Fink, Meg our list of picnic sites that will reward all your Chevalier, Cynthia Glinick, Joe Kernan, Kerry Park hard work. You might not be up for a workout every ADVERTISING week, but make a to-do list of the beaches, trails REPRESENTATIVES and parks you want to visit and challenge yourDonna Zarrella – self to see them all while the spring is still here Cindy Mansolillo – and before summer gets too hot. No more exCarolann Soder, Lisa Mardenli, Janice Torilli, cuses. We’ll do it together. Suzanne Wendoloski, Gina Fugere

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Dr. Jim Greer finds peace in Narragansett Bay and beyond

5 the kayak experts The Kayak Centre helps newcomers navigate the state’s waterways

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8 back on the bike

Appalachian Mountain Club shares the best hiking spots

It’s never too late to rekindle this pastime

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Get the bike that works for you and test-drive it around R.I.

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The RI Wild Plant Society cultivates a love of native plants

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Pile the family in the car and try fine dining outdoors

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Dr. Tim Warren shares stories from the world’s highest peak

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Bob and Gail Johnston share a love of sailing and each other

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Geocaching brings new life to treasure hunts

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Dr. Jim Greer has always been an outdoorsy kind of guy. He likes to hike and camp, and being from the Ocean State, loves living near the water. Starting in 1993, though, he found a whole new appreciation for the coast. On an autumn trip to Cape Cod, a friend let Greer try out his kayak, and he’s been on the water ever since. “I loved it. I just took right off,” he said from his Cranston home, where the windows frame a portrait of the Bay. The following spring, Greer bought a Walden Paddler, a 10-foot long kayak that was easy to maneuver, and light enough to carry and put on the roof of his car. “I started going out here constantly in the Bay and down in Pawtuxet,” he said. “By the fall, I had outgrown it.” Greer traded in his starter kayak for a sea kayak that was longer and narrower. Sea kayaks can run up to 24 feet long. The longer design helps the boat handle ocean waves. Better for Greer, it allowed him to pack supplies so he could go on longer and more challenging trips. Now he uses a North Shore kayak made of fiberglass. Nearing his 60th birthday, he shows no signs of slowing down. He’d paddle out to Prudence Island or Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, or make an overnight trip to Dutch Island and camp out. Greer was astonished at how different the kayaking experience was from the canoes he had grown up with. “I like to canoe but it was the difference between driving in a sedan and driving in a sports car,” he said. “I liked the idea they were faster, and the kayak is a lot easier to heft around. You can go just about anywhere in it.” That’s not to say that you have to spend a fortune to pick up the hobby.

Greer says the less It’s a nice way to start the day. expensive kayaks even at a place like It’s very peaceful and tranquil. Ocean State Job Lot will do the trick. It changes my whole attitude Greer is on the water year-round, toward the day. save for the most brutal of winter days. Even in the snow, he finds solitude on the water, and tions make the trip interesting and the seals his body heat in with a dry suit. nearby wildlife refuge offers interesting “I try to go out as often as I can,” he animal and bird sightings. said. Greer will kayak out of state, around His favorite time is the early morning, New England or when he’s vacationing before he starts his day as a psychiatrist. in Florida (just look out for alligators, he Depending on the time of year, the still warns). One of his favorite trips is in his morning waters will surprise him with own backyard, though. Greer has made seals or even the rare dolphin. With most the three-and-a-half-hour trip to Block of the kayak below the surface, he feels Island, and hopes to do it again this fall at one with the water. Fish cruise by him with a group. and loons cry, wishing him good morning “Block Island is absolutely gorgeous,” from a nearby rock. he said. “I’ll do some pretty extreme and “It’s a nice way to start the day. It’s very long trips, but for me it’s the enjoyment peaceful and tranquil,” he said. “It changes and the exploration.” my whole attitude toward the day.” It’s not a trip he advises anyone to When Greer is feeling more social, take alone, though. Greer emphasizes to he’ll join a trip going out through the take safety precautions when kayaking. He Rhode Island Canoe/Kayak Association never paddles out without a life jacket, and (RICKA, He’s made he says beginners should consider taking a many friends through the organization, class. To start, kayaking on lakes and rivers and has converted others to kayaking. His can be a nice way to ease into the hobby as son, who is now 20, enjoys taking kayak well. Before leaving, make sure someone trips with dad as well. knows where you’re going to be. Too often, Greer said, Rhode Islanders Another piece of advice? He says it’s take the state for granted. They don’t stop never too late to pick it up. to appreciate its natural beauty, or take ad“I’ve been doing this now for 18 years, vantage of the opportunities to get outside but it’s good for young and old. It’s an all and see the state from a new perspective. ages sport and I think it’s the kind of thing “We are in the Ocean State. We have people can do together or you can do it so much beautiful shoreline,” he said. “In alone if you want some solitude,” he said. a couple hours, you’d think you were on “It’s a relaxing hobby, it’s good for physithe coast of Maine.” cal conditioning and it gets you in touch He enjoys kayaking around Newport, with nature. The shoreline belongs to evas well as Third Beach where rock forma- eryone.”

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The Kayak Experts Walk into the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island’s Wickford location, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed. There are 150 choices of boats, ranging from nine feet to 22 feet, 25 pounds to 80 pounds. But with three simple questions (what type of water will you be kayaking in? Do you want to sit in or on top of your vessel? And will you be riding single or tandem?), the staff at the Centre can narrow those choices down to just 10 kayaks. “We select every brand here for a specific reason. The boat has to do with the experience,” said Jake Constable, a member of TKC team, adding that comfort is key. “If it’s comfortable, you’ll use it. If it’s not, you won’t.” With so many options to choose from, he recommends test driving - or paddling as it were - before buying. There are on water demos at the Wickford location daily, and at the Charlestown location from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Rentals and tours are available at both locations as well. Customers who are new to the pastime can get a full education at The Kayak Centre, according to Constable, who has been with the specialty store since 2007. “For me, it’s a lifestyle,” he said. When asked what his favorite part of kayaking was, Constable said it’s the freedom and the variety of experiences he has on the water. “Each time it’s different,” he added. For beginners, Constable recommends taking the Oceanplay 1 instruction class, which covers basic kayak skills, including how to flip the boat and exit in the water. Oceanplay 1 is being offered on May 7, 14, 22 and 29. To get your feet wet, try one of the tours, such as the Wickford Sunset Paddle on May 27, the Mother’s Day paddle on May 8 or the Full Moon Paddle on May 17 and 18. Throughout the summer, there are additional tours and trips,

including two-day and three-day trips to Block Island in July. If you’re interested in making a purchase, there is a used boat and gear sale from Sept. 3 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charlestown location, and from Oct. 8 to 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wickford location. There is a 25 percent discount on Oceanplay courses with the purchase of a full or mid-size kayak, as well as a 10 percent discount on accessories with a kayak purchase. For more information, visit, or stop by one of their locations. The Charlestown store is located at 562 Charlestown Beach Road (364-8000), and the Wickford store is located at 9 Phillips Street (295-4400).

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Hitting the Trail The 2,500 members of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Narragansett Chapter are dedicated to environmental conservation in the region, but when they’re not advocating for the trails, rivers and forests of Rhode Island - they’re enjoying them. The AMC offers recreational opportunities for novice and expert bikers, hikers, campers, climbers and more. Jack Schempp has been taking advantage of those opportunities for more than 15 years with the AMC, though his love of the outdoors has been a lifelong passion. “I like the outdoors and I like activity. It’s a great way to reduce stress,” he said. “I like to sweat.” Memberships to the Appalachian Mountain Club begin at $25 for seniors, $40 for individuals and $60 for a family. Newcomers can attend different AMC events, though, and should check their website ( for a calendar. Schempp recommends that hikers bring a good pair of shoes, water, and a hat if the sun is strong. As a seasoned hiker, he knows the trails of Rhode Island well, but for first timers, he believes a group hike like the ones organized by AMC are a good introduction. “First of all you don’t get lost - that’s one of the most important things, and if you go on your own you’re likely to not go to the best places in the area you’re hiking in,” he said. “If you want to get the views the leaders will take you to the places were you can get the best views and also the best walking or hiking terrain.” With the help of hike leader Dick Sullivan, Schempp put together a list of Rhode Island’s best trails.

1. Alpine Hike in the Arcadia Management Area: “It’s probably one of the most scenic overlooks you’ll find in any place in Rhode island. You’re pretty high up and there’s a beautiful, pristine lake in front of you. it’s quite nice 2. George B. Parker Woodland, managed by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island: “You can get a pretty good seven mile hike out of that. It’s quite a pretty hike,” Schempp said. This trail covers a variety of terrain, and features a number of brooks running through it. ?3. George Washington Management Area and Pulaski Park: “That has a beautiful forest over there. There are a lot of very large and very old trees. It’s one of the nicest places to hike in all of Rhode Island.” 4. Rome Point in Saunderstown: “Rome Point is a very special place because it’s a nice walk in, and

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you’re walking right along Narragansett Bay. The neat thing about it, is it’s the best place in Rhode Island to look for seals. We went in a couple years ago and there were 94 seals lying on the rocks.” If you’re checking out Rome Point, Schempp recommends bringing a pair of binoculars with you for that reason. 5. Cliff Walk in Newport: “That’s more of an easy one. It goes right around the harbor there, and you see all the mansions too. That’s a good place to start.” 6. Tillinghast Pond in Arcadia: It has two very beautiful and scenic ponds. The Nature Conservancy owns it and there are some old graveyards in there and the foundation of a farm building. It’s a very pleasant place and it’s a pretty easy walk. It’s fairly level; whatever hills that are in there are very mild. Anyone can go in there and walk.”

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Getting Back on the Bike “It’s just like riding a bike.” The adage indicates that you never forget how to ride a bike, but for people who haven’t hit the pedals since childhood, the idea isn’t so easy. Rob Foulkes knows that to be true. He and his wife Helen have run East Providence Cycle for decades, and every day he meets a customer who is clueless when it comes to cycles. “I think a lot of people are intimidated not just by price, but because they don’t speak bike-speak. They think you have to walk in the shop in lycra shorts and a helmet,” he said. But walk into the store, and you won’t find Foulkes in tight shorts or a racing jersey. He’s been in the business for more than 40 years, and he thinks bicycling is for everybody - including seniors. “We have a strong and growing group of seniors who want to start biking. That’s probably over half of our business,” he said. When a new biker comes into EP Cycle, Foulkes and his staff get a run down of what they want to use the bike for. He likens it to buying a computer, where the brand you buy is specific to your needs. If you want to edit photos, you might buy a Mac. If you want to hit the trails, you might buy a hybrid. “A hybrid is what we usually recommend for people who are riding on a paved surface. It gives them comfort, yet at the same time, it gives them ease of pedaling,” Foulkes said. More often that not, those are the qualities he’s looking for when an older customer walks in. “They would shock me if they said they were going to be riding in the Tour de France.” Hybrid bikes are so named because the upper half is modeled after early mountain bikes, and the bottom half is similar to early road bikes. The tires are narrow and there’s less friction, which amounts to ease of pedaling. Shock absorbers and the right size add up to comfort. Women’s bikes, for example, have less space between the seats and handle. When purchasing a bike at a department store, Foulkes warns that most don’t carry multiple sizes, though bikes are not one size fits all. Women’s bikes usually come in three different sizes, and men’s bikes can come in four or five. With professional sizing services, the approach at East Providence Cycle is to make the bike fit the rider, not the other way around. “We really feel that people would be better fit, and have more fun, and probably have a greater likelihood of using the product if they got a bike that not only fit right, but is comfortable,” Foulkes said. Other types of bikes include fitness bikes that are lighter and quicker, aerodynamic racing bikes for long and hard trips, mountain bikes for off road trips and comfort bikes that have wide tires but are harder to pedal. Those bicycles represent specific categories of riders, and are not for the every day novice, especially for the strain they can put on the rider. “People over the age of 50 are too intelligent to subject their bodies to that abuse,” Foulkes quipped. There are also electric bicycles, which are growing in popularity. Unlike the majority of the bikes at East Providence Cycle, which are in the $500 or less range, electric bicycles can run up to $2,200. Before shelling out any cash, Foulkes recommends that customers test driver a few different kinds. They can also rent bikes from the store and experience the many bike paths around the state. “The bike path offers a lot of benefits, including the fact that you’re not competing with cars,” Foulkes said. “We have a great program on the bike paths, even in Rhode Island as a small state.” Bicycling doesn’t have to cost a lot, and it doesn’t have to be intimidating. It’s a way to stay in shape and see the state from a new perspective, and if Foulkes has a say, it will become something to do with your family and friends for years to come. “If we can accomplish two goals with any rider, but especially older riders, it’s to make it comfortable and make it as easy as possible to ride. If we can do that, they’ll want to ride again,” he said. For more information on East Providence Cycle, visit the shop at 414 Warren Avenue in East Providence, call 434-3838 or visit

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the great outdoors The Blackstone River Bikeway follows the path of the Blackstone River, and extends from Woonsocket to Pawtucket. Eventually it will connect with the Blackstone River Bikeway in Massachusetts, reaching to Worcester


The Ten Mile River Greenway extends from Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence to Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket.

Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway The path links recreational areas, green spaces, destination sites, and the neighborhoods of Manton, Hartford, Olneyville, Valley, and Smith Hill to each other and Waterplace Park in downtown Providence. Parking: •Riverside Mills Park off Aleppo Street in Providence. •Intersection of Greenville Avenue and Traver Avenue, Johnston.

Washington Secondary Bike Path includes the Cranston Bike Path, the Warwick Bike Path, the West Warwick Greenway and the Coventry Greenway.

A.A. Vittorio Cycle 538 Wood Street, Woonsocket, RI 401-765-3275 Blackstone River Adventure Sports 142 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 401-864-0941 Bicycle Joe’s Bike Shop 661 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI 401-275-0800

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WHERE TO BUY... East Providence Cycle 111 Crescent View Ave. Riverside, RI 401-434-3838 Greenway Cycles 579 Washington St. Coventry, RI 822-2080 William C. O’Neill South County Bike Path The path is 6 miles long. From the Kingston train station, the path follows the easement of the old Narragansett Pier Railroad passing through the villages of Peace Dale, Wakefield, and eventually into the Town of Narragansett and the South County Museum. Take I-95 Exit 3 to Rte. 138 EB to Kingston Station in West Kingston.

The Hub 147 South St., Providence, RI 401-383- 9934 Bay King’s Cyclery 271 Post Road, Westerly, RI 401-322-6005 Legend Bicycle 181 Brook St., Providence, RI 401-383-3070 Narragansett Bikes Inc. 1153 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, RI 401-782-4444 Newport Bicycle 162 Broadway, Newport, RI 401-847-0773

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Pack a Lunch Between the hiking, biking and kayaking adventures you can plan after reading this issue, you?re going to work up an appetite. Rather than grabbing a bite at a nearby restaurant, mix things up by packing a picnic. No reservations are needed for some of the most majestic views the state has to offer, and your meal is cooked just the way you like it. Plan your week accordingly. If you?re planning for a Sunday afternoon picnic lunch, try to incorporate your Saturday night leftovers. Take last night?s swordfish and make a swordfish salad, or use roasted turkey to fill a sandwich. Not only will you be getting two meals out of one, but it cuts down on cooking time and saves you money. Don?t forget to bring a big blanket that you don?t mind getting dirty, plenty of fluids and a set of disposable plates or inexpensive, plastic dish ware you can pick up at your local discount store.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? RI Wild Plant Society cultivates love of native plants Its membership includes plenty of gardeners, but the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society isn’t just another garden club. “We are the folks who are supposed to really teach the world about native plants,” said Society President Jules Cohen. They specifically focus on native plants from Rhode Island and New England. Classes, walks and lectures help members learn more about the region’s native plants, and the members open up those opportunities to newcomers. Cohen and his wife joined RIWPS in 1988 because they wanted to learn how to garden. They thought learning about native plants would help them on that journey. It did, and Cohen took it a step farther by going through URI’s Master Gardener program. “The Master Gardener program is a wonderful thing. There’s wonderful value in doing that, to say nothing of beauty,” Cohen said. “Between that and the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society a lot of our personal friends are people who like to get their hands dirty.” RIWPS participates in the Rhode Island Flower

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Show each year, bringing familiar and not-so-familiar species of plants and flowers to the masses. Cohen has a hard time choosing a favorite, but for people who tend to fill their gardens with a specific variety, he recommends looking into other clubs as well, such as those dedicated to roses or orchids, for example. “There are an awful lot of different societies. Rhode Island has a surprising array of these organizations. It depends on what your areas of interest are,” Cohen said. The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society has nearly 400 members, and there are membership meetings in November, January and March. “The rest of the time people want to be in their gardens or out in the fields,” Cohen said. He tries to stay in his gardens as much as possible. “In the old days I used to be out there three, four, five days a week,” he said. At 77 years old, Cohen has toned his gardening down somewhat. “Gardening is a lovely, wonderful hobby but it doesn’t mean you have to work hard at it every time,” he said. Gardening, and his interest in native plants, came as a surprise to Cohen. He had been an athlete all his life, but now says he and his wife are “a hell of a team,” when it comes to the gardens. “If you had asked me 20 or 30 years ago if I would become a gardener I would have said no way, but it’s absolutely enjoyable,” he said. For more information on walks, lectures and other programs of The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, visit, call 789-7497 or e-mail

On June 1, members will be at the plant sale at URI’s East Farm. “Keep your eyes peeled to where these meetings and presentations are,” Cohen said. “We have something going on all the time. Hopefully that means that we’re bringing programs to them that are interesting.”


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Lessons from the Top Dr. Tim Warren is a chiropractor who loves to physically, and mentally, climb mountains. He hopes his book, “Lessons from Everest: Seven Powerful Steps to the Top of Your World,” serves as a pathway to help readers identify and conquer their own Everest. Published in 2009 and released in February, the book tells the tale of Warren’s intense, almost fatal, climbing expeditions on Mount Everest. “My book is a metaphor for people overcoming difficulties in their lives,” the 51-year-old Warren said. “It’s not a howto book; it’s my experience. If people can understand that my story is a metaphor for making change or helping them define their one big thing in life, that’s really cool for me.” In 2007, at the age of 47, he made his first attempt to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain above sea level at 8,848 meters, and failed. A year and a half later, he made it to the top. Warren realized the story of his voyage was insightful for those looking to defeat challenges and achieve their full potential. He said the biggest problem most people have during their lifetime is not being able to pinpoint their purpose. He believes everyone has multiple functions and they must figure out what they want and need most from life. With inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout his book, Warren encourages his readers to believe in themselves and visualize achieving his or her goal. “I am a proponent of asking people, ‘what’s your one big thing’?” said Warren. “You need something that really gets you fired up. Maybe your purpose is going out and being a master gardener and growing the biggest heirloom tomatoes you can. It seems like lately in America, we’ve been bogged down with bad stuff and we just think we don’t have the opportunities that we do. We always have wonderful opportunities to blossom and fly.” Warren never thought he would summit Everest. With work and family, he had little time to even go backpacking. Each year, he went on a three-day weekend in New Hampshire and he knew he wanted to take up climbing. He began taking rock and ice climbing classes in North Conway. “I learned from everybody I could learn from,” he said. Warren knows that climbing can be dangerous. Yet, he said taking chances could also be very exhilarating.

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He thinks it is best not to rush into things, “stupidly and blindly.” “Be realistic and confident at the same time,” said Warren. “If you really pay attention and stay within your own abilities and knowledge, you can minimize the risks. What’s really risky is not living your dreams. If it’s in you, you’ve got to chase it down.” During his first Everest attempt, he faced many physical issues. At such altitudes, he experienced tremendous pain in his lungs and developed a hacking cough. “The higher you go up, the pressure is less so the oxygen molecules are way further away,” Warren said. “We had to fly into 9,000 feet, which is a shock in its own right, and take 12 days to get to base camp, which is 17,500 feet.” But, the environmental conditions are not what stopped him. Warren realized his mind was slowing him down. “One of the most important things I learned from my first trip is that I didn’t visualize the goal. I knew I was going to be challenging, but a lot of negativity got in my mind.” On his second attempt, Warren was able to push aside his pessimism, as well as the physical pain of the climate. When he and Phinjo Sherpa, his climbing partner from his first attempt, reached the top, it was five in the morning. It took them nine hours to get there from camp. “It was fantastic and incredibly terrifying and the wind was zipping by,” Warren said. “At some distant level, you can say, ‘wow. I’m going to imprint this on my brain because I’m never going to see this

again.’ I took a few pictures, but it was so cold and the wind was so penetrating. I wish I could tell you I had a talk with God but I did not. We got back down to camp at 10 in the morning. We were wasted like you can’t believe.” In the 14 hours it took for them to get to the summit and return, Warren carried two liters of water inside his down suit and nine packets of energy food that endurance athletes use. He only consumed two packets on his entire journey, one on the way up and one on the way down. “It’s the only thing you can eat up there,” he said. “I was fueled on fear. It’s so dangerous and scary that you just can’t stop. With the lack of oxygen, my hands and feet were frozen. I had no dexterity. You haven’t slept in 24 hours and there’s nothing left inside you other than will.” Warren called the descent the most dangerous time on the mountain. After climbers reach the top, they are exhilarated. By the time they begin their descent they are extremely exhausted. That’s why Warren made sure he was as careful as possible. “People are trashed at that point, they take their eye off the ball,” Warren said. “Fifty-seven percent of the deaths that occur on Everest happen on the way down. That wasn’t going to happen with me. With every single step I took, my meaning of life and my reason for being was in doing everything right. I just doubled my effort and made good decisions to get down safely.” Two days later, Warren and his Sherpa encountered a problem.

“I was wasted and my brain wasn’t functioning properly,” Warren said. “I did an arm wrap with the rope and I shouldn’t have. It wasn’t safe and I almost got killed and I used valuable energy.” Fortunately, the two made it down. Warren has undertaken many climbs. He has been on excursions in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Cascades in Washington State, the Alaska Range, the Rockies of Wyoming, the Andes Range in Argentina and the Himalayas. He has climbed four of the seven highest points in the world including Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Denali, the highest point in North America, and Aconcagua, the highest summit in the Western Hemisphere. “I was into the outdoors from the get go,” Warren said. “My parents were very adventurous and every vacation that we ever had we went hiking. We went to the National Park. In 1975, we drove across country in a pick-up truck.” Warren grew up in South County. He became interested in cross-country running when he attended Chariho High School, which is what sparked his love of endurance sports. He also became interested in triathlons. For the last 25 years, Warren has been a chiropractor and operates his own business, Warren Chiropractic. He also helped patients in the 24-hour clinics at New York’s Ground Zero in 2001. Warren’s book is available on For more information, visit his website at

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Anchors Aweigh Imagine watching the sunset from the bow of a sailboat, dropping anchor and enjoying a glass of wine while the moon rises. It sounds too good to be true, but for Bob and Gail Johnston, it’s just another Saturday night. Once winter weather breaks, the Johnstons are guaranteed to be on the water every weekend. Whether it’s a sunset cruise with friends in Narragansett Bay, or an overnight trip to Block Island, sailing is more than a hobby - it’s a way of life. “We’re lucky,” Bob says. “We have fun on the water, we really do.” For Bob, that lucky streak goes back to his childhood. His father worked as a quahogger in Greenwich Bay, and when the family wasn’t on the East Side of Providence, they were at

their summer home on Warwick’s Oakland Beach. “I remember conversations about being on the water before I even remember seeing the water, for that matter,” Bob said. His family later moved to Barrington, where Bob become well-acquainted with the ocean. One day he stumbled upon a quahog boat that had been filled with rocks and sunk to the bottom of an inlet. He emptied it out and enlisted the help of a neighborhood friend to collect motor parts from their respective garages. “We ran all over Mount Hope Bay. We had a ball until our parents discovered what was going on,” Bob recalled. He was only 8 years old at the time. Bob and his mother relocated to Maryland when he got older, but Bob never lost his love of the sea. When it came time for him to start a family of his own, he moved to Edgewood where he could spark that passion in his five children. Starting with just an eight-foot dingy, he would take his kids out one at a time to Goddard Park or Conimicut Point, and the rest of the family would pile in the car to meet them at the shore. Eventually, they outgrew that boat, and Bob purchased a cruising boat when he was 27 years old. He began racing immediately, and when his kids were old enough, kept them at his May 2011

the water did give her a few second thoughts. Bob was backing into a slip when he jumped off to tie the boat in place. The wind picked up, though, and he was forced to let go. Gail was on the boat alone, drifting dangerously close to other boats. She was yelling for the harbormaster, unable to follow Bob’s instructions. “All of a sudden I heard a splash and Bob was in the water swimming toward me,” she said. “It wasn’t to save me, it was to save the boat.” “We have tons of stories like that,” she said. For newcomers to sailing, Bob warns that there are dangers involved, and not all stories have funny endings. To avoid injury or damage to your boat, he believes every sailor

side. Three of Bob’s kids have boats of their own today. “It was great fun when my kids were crew,” he said. “We made a lot of silly mistakes but you learn, you keep going.” The sea was always there for Bob, through the good times and bad, including a divorce. When he met Gail 11 years ago, he announced that sailing was a prerequisite for dating him. Gail had only been sailing once or twice, but insisted she loved it in order to get close to Bob. She even took sailing lessons to be more help on deck. Nine years ago, the couple got married. And now, Gail really does love sailing - though she says she still has a lot to learn. “I think now that my name’s on the boat, I’m afraid I’m going to destroy it. I think it’s more intimidating now because I realize how much I don’t know,” she said. “You have to learn the whole language. Who would think a rope would be called a sheet? How dumb is that?” Despite the learning curve, Gail plays her part perfectly. She is a self-proclaimed “snacktician,” responsible for feeding Bob and whatever other crew members might be on board. “You don’t want to go out without a snacktician,” she said, laughing. Bob doesn’t downplay Gail’s role, though. She’s been instrumental in several competition wins, not to mention making some great memories. Early in their relationship, for example, they had put down anchor at Cuttyhunk when the skies warned of an approaching storm. “You could hear the storm coming,” Bob said. “When it hit, we were below deck and when it hit the boat just went ‘whoosh;’ it laid completely on its side. It was incredible.” Gail wasn’t scared off so easily, but another day on

should get to know their craft, as every boat is different. “When you’re learning how to sail or power boat - any boating, really - don’t constantly try to reinvent the wheel. Learn simple things you can repeat. Set up a protocol where you’re doing the same thing every time,” he said. Bob still races several times a season, but as he celebrated his 70th birthday this year, the focus has shifted to more relaxing cruises. He has sailed all but a few miles of the coastline from the Keys to Halifax, but he and Gail aren’t ready to slow down. They love visiting Block Island, Mystic, Fox Island and Potters Cove. “We’re lucky on Narragansett Bay because there are so many cool places to go. This is so special here because we have all these little islands and coves and inlets to see,” Gail said. In the future, they’d like to sail to the Bahamas or other, more distant, destinations. They’ve also discussed teaching sailing to other couples like them, so novice sailors can feel comfortable and their wives can learn, “how to be a good mate,” Gail says. “We don’t want to cross any oceans or be heroes,” Bob said. “We’re just hoping it’s a good retirement.”

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Journey of the Hummingbird

“Are you nuts?” was the only response I got from my former student and long-time friend Gibby Doherty. I had asked him to join me in Jamaica to tour Kingston in search of its Jewish Sephardic history and of its iconic hummingbird, titled in patois “Dr. Bird” for its power to heal itself and even cure the ills of the coffee crop. Nobody at all would keep me company on my pilgrimage, so I went alone. Robin Farquharson, another RISD alum, met me at the airport and took me in his open-backed truck to the Pegasus Hotel, picking up hitchhikers along the way. I had to try out the signature rum cocktail at the bar. The serving staff at the poolside restaurant proudly proclaim that their coffee is from the looming Blue Mountain on the horizon beyond the downtown capital, just as their rum is the best and their “Reggae” soap even better than the “Pirate Gold” brand. My two aims in Jamaica were to visit the synagogue and its cemetery, and to climb Blue Mountain in quest both of a proper cup of strong coffee, and of greeting the local hummingbird in the actual feather. Not just on road signs or printed on the Jamaican dollar, but, hopefully, hovering over the brightly colored blossoms. This is my report and debriefing on my impressions: of the art, the music, the birds, and the people, from former Brits to Rastas, to the Jewish community. The paintings and sculpture at the National Gallery mix the graceful portraiture of the Colonial 1940 period with the dynamic depictions of the political struggles against colonialism and the corruption of government. Yet another of my former students from RISD, David Pinto, has some ceramic pieces in this downtown Kingston museum. I purchased a set of charming espresso cups he made. Another art collection of Jewish interest is part of the synagogue complex. Ainsley Henriques, a Sephardic dignitary and historian of Jamaica, asked me to pray with him upon the silver sand floor and to walk through the garden. Gravestones from other cemeteries that had been abandoned were respectfully laid in the yard of the Kingston congregation, a mix of Reform and Conservative, with mahogany woodwork, a turquoise blue Mogen David stained glass window and elegantly reupholstered chairs. A Christian study group was visiting for the Kiddush and the guests chanted the Hebrew melodies in their Gospel voices. As in other Caribbean islands, one has a sense that black and white, Jewish and Christian, were all somehow cousins. The landscape itself makes us all kith and kin. And we left our footprints, literally, in the sands of time.

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The reluctance of my family and friends to stay in Kingston, with its reputation for crime and poverty, had rubbed off just a bit on me, but in fact I found every moment of my sojourn easy and altogether delightful. A British-Jamaican veteran of World War II came to fetch me at dawn at the Pegasus to guide me onward and upward along the narrow winding road to the crest of Blue Mountain in quest of quail doves, known by locals as “mountain witches” for their haunting refrain like flute music, hummingbirds, and our own fair-weather feathered friends that leave us during our winters and prefer the Caribbean mists and sunbeams. “Well, we haven’t seen too many this morning, but we’ve heard them at least,” offered John Fletcher, as we settled down in the cafe. We sat on the veranda, with four bright scarlet tubes at its corners. That’s where the marvelous miniature creatures posed for my camera, and where I could taste the full flavor of the magical bean of which Jamaicans are justly proud. I went to a party at the home of a concert pianist named David Johns, who had to retire from the stage because of his multiple sclerosis. He asked Robin and me and a friend named Cecil to listen to his music tapes, to drink his rum, and to meet his sister Mary. Cecil wanted to show off that the hummingbird could be summoned with a simple gesture. He turned on the hose and voila, sure enough, the gorgeous wildfowl, with its dark purple head, jade wings and slender beak, instantly appeared at the mulberry bush by the front door to have a shower bath in the spray. This was a journey that ran from one delight to another, from one insight or thought on to the next. Sometimes it takes time and a tale to shape the design of a voyage. The inconveniences, the delays, the errors, can interfere with the pleasant moments. But not this time. And as for the birds, they posed their own odd questions. In Rhode Island, the white egrets and small herons seem to say that our rivers are clear and rich and lovely. In Jamaica you find what are called “cattle herons,” which keep company with herds of goats and cows, or walk their walk in mud holes in quest of insect prey. Even a burning oil slick can create a cloud of bugs fleeing the flames and feeding the herons. Likewise, the long harbor of Kingston with its infected shoreline attracts flocks of pelicans seeking supper. Not, perhaps, a noble image, more like gulls at a dump or at a KFC parking lot, but plumage and ornithology just the same, and with a touch of the exotic. Did I ever feel in trouble among the poor people crowding the marketplaces or living in brightly painted shacks of corrugated steel? Not really. The Jamaican personality, as I experienced it with the protection of companions, was dignified, altogether handsome and with the suggestion of an alternative aristocratic air. That’s what I thought of the Rastas. They seem to have the reputation of being a mixed bag of the bad “ganja” smoke, of political anger and of confused religion. And yet, Rasta meant more to me than a fad. It struck me as a valid bond between the Beta Israel, the former Falasha folk of the Semien Mountain range in Abyssinia, in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, and the half hidden Judaism of Jamaica. I discovered, or invented, a ribbon that bound together the RISD concepts of art and design, my own lifelong fascination with the variety and almost spirituality of the bird world and the Jewish willingness to combine with others while staying simultaneously apart. At breakfast on the day of my departure, the smiling waitress who poured my coffee noted that it was Valentine’s Day. She offered me her cheek to kiss. So, am I indeed “nuts” the way Gibby had asked? Maybe so. Still, I had a grand time of it. I wear my green, gold and red friendship bracelet. I splash myself with the Reggae spray I managed to smuggle through customs. I pore over the pages of my art books. And I mutter to myself, “No Problem.”

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X marks the spot

Geocaching turns families into treasure hunters Geocaching isn’t a term found in every person’s vocabulary, but fans of the game will tell you that it isn’t as complex as it sounds. Geocaching is, at its most basic level, a modern spin on hide and seek. Starting in 2000, geocachers began using GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates to lead adventurers to locations where they have hidden either an item or a logbook for visitors. Think of a treasure hunt, but using a GPS system in lieu of a map, and without the payday or the pirates. Groundspeak, the company that runs the website,, estimates that there are between four and five million active geocaching participants around the world. Through that geocaching website, members find locations in their area and report back on their experiences. Members can also hide their own clues for their fellow hunters. If you take an item away from the hunt with you, be sure to put something of equal or greater value in its place. When the journey is over, log your story online, and even include photos so other users can share in the experience. While on your travels, the geocaching community also encourages participants to “Cache In, Trash Out,� by leaving the parks, forests and trails you visit in better condition than you found them. Bring a trash bag with you on the hunt and pick up the debris you see along the way. The central geocaching website also sponsors an annual clean-up day with the help of Cache In Trash Out sponsor Magellan, a company that manufactures GPS devices. When searching through geocache options, the website tells you what the hunt will be like in terms of obstacles and challenges. If you’re mobility is limited, for example,


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Join the Movement We are creatures of habit. We visit the same restaurants, shop in the same stores and turn to the same activities for a weekend outing. This month, explore the state like you’ve never done before. Challenge yourself to see at least one new place you’ve never been, and get a little exercise while you’re at it. If you’re looking to get in touch with Mother Nature, these are some of the organizations that can help ease the journey, whether you want to get breathe fresh air or protect it.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield Phone: 949-5454 A pioneer in environmentalism in Rhode Island, Audubon isn’t all about advocacy although that’s a big piece of what they do. The Society is also focused on getting Rhode Islanders out of the house and out into the wilderness, exploring nature and learning about the environment. They maintain 15 nature refuges across the state, and run the Environmental Education Center, where families can experience nature together. Become a member for $35 a year, or get a family membership for $45. Basic membership will get you free admission to the EEC, invites to members-only events, access to the wildlife refuges, discounts on facility rentals and more. Increase your donation, and the benefits go up accordingly.

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The Nature Conservancy 159 Waterman Street, Providence Phone: 331-7110 Part of an international network, the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy protects more than 7,000 acres of land. That ground can’t be covered without the help of volunteers. Friends of the Preserves, for example, volunteer as little as once a month, by walking through the woods and other conservancy land to ensure that properties are well maintained. For the environmental crusader, there are other opportunities as well, such as maintaining trails or assisting in habitat restoration. If you’re really dedicated, The Nature Conservancy will provide training to get you up to speed in order to assist in data collection or to educate beachgoers. For at least $50, you could also become a member of the organization.

Save The Bay 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence Phone: 272-3540 Save The Bay protects and restores Narragansett Bay and its watershed, but what they’d like more than anything is for you to become a Bay steward as well. The organization’s outreach and education have touched most Rhode Islanders in one way or another, and there are a variety of opportunities in which volunteers can get involved. If you only have one day to give, consider doing a beach cleanup. If you’re in it for the long haul, join the Citizen Monitoring Program and keep tabs on the health of the environment in your backyard. If you want to take a break from all that hard work, Save The Bay runs lighthouse tours of the Bay and seal cruises.

Sierra Club 166 Valley Street, Providence Phone: 521-4001 The Sierra Club is America’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Here in Rhode Island, there are more than 2,500 members. They protect the state’s natural resources, but they don’t hesitate to take the gloves off and jump into the political arena when it comes to environmental advocacy either. One of their hot topics now is clean transportation, and they are big supporters of public transit. Membership is $15, which includes a one-year subscription to Sierra magazine, an expedition backpack, admittance to members-only outdoor activities and more. If you want to take them for a test drive, outings cost just $3 or $5 for the most part.

Environment Council of Rhode Island PO Box 9061, Providence Phone: 621-8048 The state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, the Council has been an advocate for the environment in Rhode Island since 1972. A lot of their efforts focus on policy and laws that protect and enhance the environment. Members include organizations and businesses that stand behind the Environment Council vision. Membership costs $35 for an individual or $60 for a small organization.

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On the Dock of the Bay As sails go up and Rhode Island?s coastline becomes dotted with a constant flow of sailboats, the Herreshoff Marine Museum highlights that maritime culture as it has historically defined the Ocean State. The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America?s Cup Hall of Fame hosts yacht regattas, teaches young people to sail and celebrates the design of classic sea vessels. The Museum, which is located on the eastern shore of Bristol Harbor, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for students with identification and children 11-17. For more information, call 253-5000 or visit

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Chef Marc Ruggio has been at Cortland Place for five years, but his experience in the culinary industry extends much farther back. Now that he’s at the Greenville-based facility, which is family-owned by Norman Audino Sr., and Norman Audino, Jr., he has hit his stride when it comes to cooking for seniors. What are the must haves in your fridge? The must haves in my fridge are basic staples of produce: celery, carrots, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, fresh fruit and herbs. Dairy is a must have staple in the fridge such as milk, eggs and cheese products. Meat products are put on the bottom shelf to thaw for quality meat handling in the next three days. Where did you train to become a chef? Have you had any other jobs in the culinary industry? I trained on a Navy ship for four years. I studied culinary arts with the military in California, in addition to working at four and five star restaurants in New York. I went to Johnson and Wales for my degree in culinary and food service management. I have been working in the health care industry for 15 years to innovate upscale food services for nursing homes and mostly assisted living facilities. I am always trying to take food service and culture change to the next level in accordance with the past and present. I was also featured on radio shows, the Rhode Show, Fox TV 11 and received first place honors in the Newport Chowder Fest with a partner in 2002. My team won second place in Flavors of Providence against all top restaurants. What’s the most popular item on Cortland Place’s menu? Cortland Place’s favorite menu item are Cortland’s own homemade pot roast with a rosemary demi glacé, double baked potatoes, fresh picked green beans tossed with olive oil and a balsamic vinegar glaze, hot buttered rolls, and Cortland apple pie ala mode. The dishes are garnished with half slice of orange, dipped in fresh parsley. What’s the strangest menu request you’ve ever gotten? The strangest request was for our Asian theme day. We had lumpia with poncett (home made spring rolls rolled from scratch with Chinese noodles and Asian sausage), a sauté in a wok of bok choy, brown sugar, soy sauce, plumb sauce and butter. We also served tai fried rice topped with roasted duck and lemon grass, General Taos chicken in a fresh lemon lime sauce topped with cilantro. Cortland’s Asian theme night was all cooked in live woks. All of the staff dressed in Asian attire to go along with the decorated dining room with dragons and buffet set up with all the Asian fresh vegetables surrounding our live cooking demonstration. The dessert was a Cortland apple Rangoon topped with maple syrup and thin soy sauce What’s the best part of your job? I love to be able to create new, innovative ideas through the Resident Council suggestions. The management at Cortland Place has been fantastic with allowing my team to be creative and simple, yet elegant. I love the theme days, competitions and my TEAM. Describe your perfect meal.

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“When I wake up in the morning, I look at the world through a teenager’s eyes, though in the mirror I see a face that is definitely not a teenager’s,” Mike Krabach said, laughing. He greets each day with the same verve he did 50plus years ago. We all have created our own life-timelines, punctuated by work, family and obligations. This retiree has punctuated his timeline with wonderful adventures.

For Mike, that fun has taken him down, up and around the road less traveled, whether the road has gone through the High Sierras, Alaska, the Everglades, or Pulaski Park in Rhode Island. Depending on the season, Mike bicycles, kayaks, hikes and cross-country skis. Born in Port Huron, Michigan, Mike grew up a halfblock away from the St. Clair River, part of the Great Lakes Waterway. Unlike many of his midwestern engineer friends who went to work for Detroit’s Big Three, Mike recalls, “I wanted something a little different.” At the University of Michigan, he majored in naval architecture and marine engineering.

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He came east to work at Electric Boat, to work on nuclear submarines. Admiral Rickover had recognized that the nation needed to build up an infrastructure of nuclear power, to support the military’s needs, and Electric Boat fit into that mission. After four and a half years on shift work at Electric Boat, Mike wanted another change, so he enrolled in graduate school for oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Meanwhile, at URI, he joined up with some students who hiked in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. “We had no mountains in Michigan that were higher

than 300 feet,” he said. The White Mountains piqued his interest. What about higher mountains? His next mountaineering adventure took him backpacking in the High Sierras in California. His first trek was in 1981. Since then he has backpacked in those mountains nine times, during two-week vacations, mostly solo. The fluctuating enthusiasm for nuclear energy in the United States ironically gave Mike the chance to explore the outdoors. On the one hand, our nation’s appetite OUTDOORS – Page 34

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sporting goods business. He and his friend Dave Guard learned to play the guitar together and went to college in California where he and Guard hooked up with Nick Reynolds to play at fraternity parties, college hangouts and other minor gigs. When Shane graduated from Menlo College, he went back to Hawaii and the sporting goods business. Reynolds and Guard continued to play an eclectic selection of calypso, folk and foreign songs but decided that they needed Shane’s collaboration to become a professional, moneymaking entertainment act. “Then they called me and I said, ‘O.K., I’ll do it.’” With a savvy manager and lots of rehearsal, the trio began to play coffee shops and nightclubs in the San Francisco area and was actually making a living as entertainers. “We never saw ourselves as folk singers,” said Shane. “If anything, we actually considered ourselves more a calypso group, but Capitol Records looked at our instruments and said we were folksingers.” Their first album featured a song called “Tom Dooley,” a story of a murdered girl and the execution of her killer that occurred back in 1866. As unlikely as it seems, people really liked the tragic tale and it became a huge hit. “There was this disc jockey, in Salt Lake City, of all places, who really loved the song and played it often and then called his friends around the country and they played it,” said Shane. Capitol then decided that it would release “Tom Dooley” as a single and it topped the charts. “We were playing a hotel in Hawaii when we got a call from Capitol telling us it was number one on the charts and you guys better get back here,” said Shane. That was just the beginning. At one point, The Kingston Trio had four albums on the Billboard Top 10. No other musical group, not even the Beatles, has been able to match that accomplishment. Other songs performed by the group, like “Scotch and Soda,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and “Seasons in the Sun” introduced American audiences to something very different from the over-produced, lushly orchestrated music of the 1950s. Regardless of what the Trio saw themselves as, they were responsible for launching the folk music boom from 1958 to 1961.

The folk music establishment didn’t take kindly to them, though, and accused them of distorting and commercializing the genre. In retrospect, the earlier criticism of the acoustic left seems quaint. They were criticizing an apple for not being an orange. Shane sees the irony in all that, but he doesn’t gloat. “If you look at the songs that we did over those years, you can see that we were not really folksingers, even if we did play guitars and bongos,” said Shane. “We wanted to entertain people.” Regardless of their intentions, or even despite their intentions, The Kingston Trio’s influence on the development of American popular music has been considerable. According to music critic Bruce Eder, writing for the Internet AllMusic Guide: “In the history of popular music, there are a relative handful of performers who have redefined the content of the music at critical points in history - people whose music left the landscape, and definition of popular music, altered completely. The Kingston Trio were one such group, transforming folk music into a hot commodity and creating a demand - where none had existed before - for young men (sometimes with women) strumming acoustic guitars and banjos and singing folk songs and folk-like novelty songs in harmony. On a purely commercial level, from 1957 until 1963, the Kingston Trio were the most vital and popular folk group in the world, and folk music was sufficiently popular as to make that a significant statement.” The world of music has been much kinder than those early critics and the recognition of the trio’s real value as been near universal. Their first Grammy Award was in 1959 for Best Country and Western Recording (They had no folk category at the time) for “Tom Dooley.” In 1960, it was for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording. “Tom Dooley,” the recording, got the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998 and the group got a Lifetime Achievement Award this year. They are in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame since 2000; the Hit Parade Hall of

Fame since 2008; and “Tom Dooley” is in the Library of Congress National Registry of Historically Significant Recordings as of 2008. George Grove, who has been playing with the group for 35 years, admits that he’s getting old but performing with the group is still fresh for him. As a lifelong musician and accomplished jazzman, he said the Kingston Trio songbook is wide and deep. “We have over 400 songs to do,” he said. “You always try do give the songs something fresh or interesting although the audiences don’t always know what your doing with a song but it’s in there.” The trio occasionally does new music and Grove says they are approached all the time by songwriters who want them to perform their work. “We have one criteria for new songs,” said Grove. “They have to sound like the old songs.” The Trio continues to tour over 30 weeks a year and now consists of Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty. Shane insists that life in retirement is just doing nothing and that all right with him. He says golf is easy and boring and, as a former Hawaiian, he is used to doing nothing. At 77, he has no problem just hanging out. “Occasionally someone will call me and ask me to go on stage and I pack a couple of oxygen tanks and go,” he said, but he doesn’t see anybody carrying him home on his shield just yet. “I always tell people I intend to live forever,” he said happily, “So far, so good.”

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Sunset Cruises on Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor begin on May 1 and run through Sept. 3. The two-hour cruises on Narragansett Bay take place on the 400-passenger Catamaran Millennium. The ship passes 10 area lighthouses, 10 islands, Fort Adams and waterfront mansions. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $15 for kids ages 4 to 12, and infants get in free. There is also free parking. Advanced reservations are recommended. For details, call 295-4040 or go to

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Join in on a 60-minute River Walk prior to WaterFire, which leaves from the John Brown House Museum at 52 Power Street in Providence at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available in the lot at the corner of Charlesfield and Benefit Streets. Visit or call 331-8575 for details.

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The Norwood Baptist Church this year celebrates its 86th annual May Breakfast on May 7 from 7 to 10 a.m. The church is located at 48 Budlong Avenue in Warwick, and tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12 and free for kids under five. The traditional menu features everything from home fries and baked beans to fresh eggs and homemade muffins. There will be May Baskets available as well. Reservations are suggested for parties of five or more. Call 941-7040 or go to for more information.

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Common Fence Music will present the Picnic Series on May 7. Guests can pack a picnic and bring their own refreshments - alcoholic or otherwise and enjoy the sounds of singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler. Admission is $35, and doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Common Fence Music is located at 933 Anthony Road in Portsmouth. More information can be found at or by calling 683-5085. There will be another performance, this one by Susan Werner, on May 21 at the same time.

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Senator William Sprague in command The murder of Amasa Sprague in 1843 had serious repercussions throughout the state. The long-range effect was that with the death of this volatile and energetic Sprague partner of the A&W Sprague Company, the course of the textile industry took a definite turn towards change and expansion. The murder of Amasa Sprague brought his brother William home from Washington, D.C. to fill the vacancy and assume sole control of the prosperous A&W Sprague Mfg. Co. He also took charge of the investigation of his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder. Some modern historians hold the concept that the senatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement affected the outcome of the trial. He selected some of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most brilliant lawyers to assist the prosecution and offered of a reward of $1,000, a princely sum at the time, as the average worker made less that $200 a year. The defense in the case felt that the mere presence of Senator William Sprague in the courtroom intimidated witnesses and that his wealth and prestige greatly influence the jurors. Whatever his role in the conviction of John Gordon may have been, it is obvious that Senator William Spragueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return to Rhode Island greatly altered the course of the textile industry and the lives of the Sprague family. Most contemporary historians point out that Amasa Sprague (1798-1844) was the dominant member of the firm. He was the eldest son of Annie Potter, a direct descendant of Roger Williams and William Sprague, the miller, the man who did so much to establish the Sprague Empire before his death in 1836. Amasa, his

brother William (1799-1856) and brother Benoni (b. 1803) inherited the company. As Benoni had no interest in the family business, the older brothers became partners in the newly organized A&W Sprague Mfg. Company, with the understanding that neither brother could act without the consent of the other. Their two sisters, Susanna and Almira, were both interested in the business and married men in the textile trade. With the exception of Benoni, the entire family was well versed in the business. In their early years, most of the workers were of Yankee stock and some of them boarded at the Sprague house, giving the children a feeling for the company from their early years. Until the senior William Sprague died, Amasa ran the company store in Groton, Conn., and showed a great interest in the chemical aspect of dying cloth. Brother William ran the Natick Mills and, like his father, enjoyed â&#x20AC;&#x153;tinkeringâ&#x20AC;? with machinery. Amasa, as the dominant member of the firm, favored a policy of maintaining the status quo and putting the profits into improving the existing mills. William, on the other hand, believed the profits should be used for expansion. As the elder brother, Amasaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family occupied the family mansion at 1351 Cranston Street. Amasa had married Fanny Morgan whom he met in the village of Poquonnoc. She was the daughter of a shoemaker and a relative of the very wealthy John Pierpont Morgan. Amasa and Fanny had four children: Mary Ann, Almira, Amasa and William. In addition to caring for her own children, Fanny also cared for her sister-in-law Su-

sannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Susanna had died in 1824 and Amasa brought her children to live in his household. When Amasa died, William returned to Cranston. Fanny Sprague turned to him for guidance and he assumed control of her finances. As her children were minors, he also took the responsibility for their education and upbringing. He made sure they were apprenticed in the company business. Within a short time after assuming control, William began an expansion of the A&W Sprague Company that reached unprecedented height by the time of his death.

William Sprague II, known to many as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the old governor,â&#x20AC;? represented Cranston in the General Assembly 1832-1835, was U.S. Representative 1835-1837, Governor of Rhode Island 1838-1839, and U.S. Senator 18421844. This likeness of William Sprague (1799-1856) can be seen at the Sprague Mansion in Cranston.

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Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs joins in second national prescription drug take-back day I am pleased to announce that the RI Department of Elderly Affairs began participating in an exciting initiative in April, which will go far toward protecting the health and well being of our state’s seniors. We are joining forces with Rhode Island Attorney General, Peter F. Kilmartin, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to offer the public an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft, by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attorney General Kilmartin, the DEA, and its partners will hold the second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at police stations across Rhode Island. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. This initiative addresses a vital public health and safety issue that particularly affects seniors, who often depend on prescription medication to manage chronic conditions, alleviate pain and maintain their health so that they can continue to live independently in the community. It opens up the issue to how seniors should be handling medications year-round. What happens to medicines when they expire, or when you don’t need them anymore?

Often, they languish in home cabinets, where they are prime targets for diversion, misuse, theft and abuse. Did you know that more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than use cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined? That is a fact, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. And, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. There are many other reasons to toss out those medicines you don’t need anymore, besides the potential for abuse. Unneeded prescriptions - those extra bottles in the medicine chest - may be a source of confusion that leads to a senior’s taking the wrong medicines, which in turn can be extremely harmful to one’s health. Furthermore, many of us simply don’t know how to dispose of old medicine properly. Throwing it in the trash isn’t a good option because it can be stolen and abused or sold. Flushing it down the toilet is another potential problem, for doing so may contaminate our water supply with potentially addictive or toxic substances. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a chance to let the pros handle this problem for us. The “Take-Back” initiative coordinates nicely with the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy’s Medication Management Program, which is funded by the RI Department of Elderly Affairs.

This program works with seniors statewide to understand what should and shouldn’t be in their medicine cabinets. We are fortunate to have another program as our partner to educate seniors about the importance of properly disposing of old and unneeded medicines. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code. Locations are also posted on the attorney general’s website at Or you can call the RI Department of Elderly Affairs at 462-3000, TTY 462-0740, and we will direct you to your nearest participating community police station. The Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs hopes to get the word out to as many seniors as possible, to do our part to make the second annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day an even greater success than in the past. Let’s get old prescriptions out of harm’s way, and take a strong stand for the health and safety of our state’s seniors.

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Give back with SRI volunteers Southern Rhode Island Volunteers serves as a clearinghouse to place volunteers with 110 non-profit community partners. Call 789-2362 or e-mail for volunteer opportunities, or visit Current needs include positions at: â&#x20AC;˘ Animal Rescue League of Southern RI: Grant writer â&#x20AC;˘ Charlestown Chamber of Commerce: Volunteers to set up a table to sell raffle tickets and keep track of the cash. Many shifts are available. The volunteers are needed for August 5, 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. An office receptionist is also needed. â&#x20AC;˘ Bright View Commons: Speaker to meet once a week for an hour to engage senior residents in meaningful conversation about current events in the news. â&#x20AC;˘ SRI Volunteers: Two volunteers are needed for outreach, public relations and marketing. An events planner is needed to help increase revenue to fund services offered by SRIV. Two grant writers are needed to secure funding for the Independent Aging Program. â&#x20AC;˘ SRI Volunteers, Jonnycake Center and South County Land Conservancy: Volunteers to assist at nutritional bread-baking demonstration at two South County farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; markets, in June and July. Openings include food distribution, crowd control, information and food preparation. â&#x20AC;˘ South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce: One or two clerical assistants to fill in, on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. â&#x20AC;˘ North Kingstown Senior Center: Fitness room volunteer to engage elders in correct physical activity. Also needed are Meals on Wheels drivers for weekday mornings. â&#x20AC;˘ FISH of North Kingstown: Drivers to provide North Kingstown residents with transportation. â&#x20AC;˘ Bridges Inc.: Handymen/carpenters are needed to support programs that help handicapped individuals living in group homes.


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A needed boost Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) has announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded $245,610 to the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs to support a network that assists seniors and adults with disabilities across the state with choosing or changing health insurance coverage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is critical that seniors, adults with disabilities, family members and caregivers receive information about their health care benefits and options so that they can make informed decisions about their long-term care,â&#x20AC;? said Cicilline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This funding makes this information easily accessible for Rhode Islanders who need it most.â&#x20AC;? This grant allows the DEA to expand and develop new strategies to strengthen their community-based and grassroots networks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs is most appreciative to receive this annual continuation funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support its efforts to promote and improve the State Health Insurance Program,â&#x20AC;? said Lisa A. DiNobile, acting Rhode Island SHIP director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This grant award enables RIDEA to fund a network of grantee agencies, strategically located across the state, to provide health insurance assistance and counseling. RIDEAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to ensure that all Rhode Island seniors and adults with disabilities are enrolled in health insurance plans that are most affordable and best fit their needs.â&#x20AC;?

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On May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., URI will host the East Farm Spring Festival. Visitors can learn more about gardening and green energy, and the festival will feature green exhibitors, workshops, entertainment, food, plants and more. The event is free and open to the public, and East Farm is on Route 108 in Kingston. For more information, call 874-4453 or check out the URI website at

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Open Mind – Open Heart Barbara Flinker Ruttenberg is clearly comfortable in her own skin. There appear to be few barriers to her acceptance of difference and the reason this might be, is because during her high school years she became very active in youth organizations such as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, which promoted tolerance. Also, a Philippine girl whose family was a friend of her mother’s, lived with her for several years, and she had a Burmese exchange student at her home for a school semester. This certainly must have been good preparation for the creation of her own family, in which she has a lesbian daughter and lesbian granddaughter. Having grown up in the 1940s and early 50s when the discussion of sexual diversity wasn’t a topic anywhere, let alone the family dinner table, Barbara found no obstacles in her acceptance of her daughter’s sexuality. “I went to Bryn Mawr (an all-women’s college) when I was 16. There were no gifted programs in those days and I wasn’t really emotionally mature enough for college so there were many things I was unaware of at the time,” said Barbara. “I had no idea there was such a thing as a lesbian. When I look back on it now, I realize there were probably many lesbian women in my dorm all around me and relationships happening right under my nose but I didn’t know it.” Barbara married at the age of 19, at the end of her junior year of college. She and her husband, a native Rhode Islander, moved to the Ocean State and began raising a family. Four children issued forth. Laurie, Beth, David and Jennifer.

“Beth is the one who identifies as lesbian, and in her school years she struggled with some learning problems. I think she felt somewhat different because of these difficulties,” Barbara said candidly, “and there were probably other differences, too. But I was so focused on the learning issue that I didn’t see it.” There were no special education services in those days, so Barbara went back to school to get her master’s in Special Ed so she could help her daughter. Beth graduated from Lincoln School where, she later confided to her mother, her feelings for other girls first surfaced. She also managed to overcome many of her problems. Beth was a terrific worker and determined to do well. “The eye opening thing for me was the journaling I did as part of the curriculum for getting my second master’s degree in counseling,” Barbara said. “It helped me to see that mothers and daughters and women, in general, can have and often do have intimate relationships that have nothing whatsoever to do with sexuality, and it is all on a continuum along with lesbianism.” On a mother-daughter weekend away, Beth decided to come-out to her mother, who wasn’t the least surprised since she had seen this in Beth but wasn’t going to bring it up since it wasn’t her place. The real surprise to Beth was how sanguine her mother was with the news. “When she told me that she had decided that she was gay, I said, ‘Oh, I thought so.’ She knew I wouldn’t get upset but she looked at my reaction as if she’d just said ‘I’m going to wear my red dress this weekend.’”

The rest of the family were told in due course and their reactions were similar. No big deal. Beth moved to San Francisco, a gay mecca, and is now considering a move to Portland or Seattle. Beth’s older sister, meanwhile, discovered that her oldest daughter also identifies as a lesbian, which begs the question is it nature or nurture? “It’s interesting,” Barbara mused, “My own mother had a very close female friend, we called her Mrs. C, with whom she traveled all over the world because Mrs. C’s husband didn’t like to travel. After they both passed away, Mark, Mrs. C’s son, asked me ‘do you think our mothers were lesbian?’ I said I hadn’t really thought about it. And then he told me he had found some letters they had written in which they referred to each other as Darling. I don’t know anything about genetics but I do think that people are born with a certain temperament and maybe that’s what gets passed down. I don’t know. But this is really interesting; my youngest daughter Jennifer, her youngest son is 4 and his favorite thing is to dress up in girls’ clothes and hats and pocketbook and make poses. So who knows?” Barbara sees the question of it being nature, in other words, feeling one is born this way and that can’t be changed, as problematic. “What I object to is that a person shouldn’t have to feel defensive about who they are or make the argument I was born this way so other will people will accept them,” she said. “If this is who you are, for whatever reason, it’s acceptable and you shouldn’t have to change yourself.”

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I remember my first visit to Seven Moons in North Kingston, shortly after it opened in 2005. The menu was overwhelming, featuring East Asian cuisine from China, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Japan. We were seated across from a room with low tables, where diners left their shoes at the entrance and ate sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and other Japanese delights. We wanted a taste of as many different countries as possible, and ordered the Moon antipasto ($21.50), a large platter of foods from five of the countries. We enjoyed nime chow, Thai-fried shrimp, Maylasian steak satay, has kainge, crab rangoon, Chinese dumplings, cold sesame noodles and chicken wings with lemongrass. It was a wonderful introduction to this first-class restaurant. I don’t know of any other privately owned restaurant in Rhode Island that can seat 301 people and still serve the food fresh, hot and promptly in one of their many intimate dining rooms. We sat in a quiet nook on our last visit. Frequent visits to our daughter in East Greenwich have called for take-out, which is a big part of their business. On our last visit, there were at least 10 orders being picked up. Seven Moons is owned by Marc Perl-

man, and Leang and Nathalie Hong. We had the pleasure recently of dining with them and hearing the incredible story of Leang’s two-year imprisonment in a refugee camp, his escape from Cambodia, his volunteer work with the American Red Cross and his eventual arrival in the United States, sponsored by a relative in Texas before moving to Boston and finally settling in Rhode Island. When Leang and Perlman met, they immediately took a liking to each other, sought out the North Kingston location, and started Seven Moons. A tour of the kitchen is a lesson in how to do things right. Leang designed the area, which has over 30 stations where line cooks and chefs prepare the food from scratch. Everything is bought fresh and prepared in house. Nothing is frozen or prepackaged. We toured on a Tuesday night, unannounced, and the kitchen was spotless. The restaurant staff of over 60 people is friendly, helpful and happy in their work. Leang introduced us to a young man who started washing dishes and worked his way up to manager of the sushi bar, which is busy all of the time. Many of them, like Leang, were survivors of atrocities in their native countries. Proof is in the crab rangoons, nime chow and especially the egg rolls, which


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are made with fresh parboiled vegetables, draining the water out so they never get soggy. Perlman is quick to give his partners credit for the success of Seven Moons. “They put in at least 14 hour days, seven days a week, seldom sitting down,” he said. “They are the heart and soul of this restaurant, and I don’t interfere.” He has, however, made a few suggestions, like a most unusual and delicious sushi item. “I’m not a fish eater, so I suggested a Fruit Sushi Roll,” he said. At $4.95 a plate, they were unbelievably good. He also made a suggestion for the menu, listing all categories - chicken and duck, beef, pork, seafood, tofu, vegetable, mooshi, stir fried noodles and others - under one price. For example, all chicken and duck dishes, beef and pork are $10.50. Seafood dishes are $10.95. Vegetable and tofu are $8.95. House specials, like Thai calamari and shrimp, or clams in black bean and oyster sauce, are slightly more. Others are less. On our last visit we tried one of the more popular dishes, Seven Moons Lettuce Wraps ($10).

Tables of two and four are lined up against the opposite wall as far as you can see. It looked about even between eat in and take out, with the take out items wrapped in foil to keep them hot. We sat next to the register and watched Budros operate, never taking a breath or standing still. When a rare break occurred, he came to our table to ask our country of origin, and tell us that we must visit his beautiful country of Syria. How did a Middle Eastern guy end up doing Tex Mex? He has a Middle Eastern restaurant in Kingston, and when Spike’s left, he looked at the space, but didn’t want to compete when his friends and relatives across the street at Hot Pockets. He saw a similar operation in Boston, and thought it would work in Providence. Bajas has been there a year and a half, and is always busy, primarily with college students who are the experts at finding restaurants with big portions, low prices and tasty food. And Bajas fits the bill. If variety is the spice of life, Bajas is as spicy as it gets. We’ll be back often after our weekly visits to the Avon. “The food is healthy, sexy, and good for you,” Budros said. I’m ready to go through the huge menu, starting with burritos ($5.99), then chimichangas ($6.99), quesadillas ($6.49) tacos (three for $6.49), nachos ($6.49), and when I’m really hungry, a Mexican dinner combo ($9.50). And, of course, a Philly cheese sub, which Budrus says is an authentic Philly taste, served on a 9” French bread or wrap ($6.49). Bajas is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. They take credit cards, and can be reached at 383-7079. You can check out the full menu at

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Health care professionals weigh in on Chafee budget Beware Rhode Islanders: There is one area targeted for savings in Governor Lincoln Chafee’s proposed 2012 budget that will affect thousands of Rhode Island’s seniors. Proposed Medicaid funding cuts to 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitation services carry a $13 million price tag. If passed, these cuts will drastically affect the quality and accessibility of nursing home care, at a time when the growth of the elderly population is booming. The $13 million funding cut comes with a proposal to upend the way nursing homes are reimbursed for the care and services they provide to the state’s Medicaid patients. Instead of being reimbursed on the basis of costs of providing that care, nursing homes will now be paid with a single Medicaid rate regardless of the quality or scope of services delivered, or fixed costs. The proposal, which must be designed and implemented by Oct. 1, will not account for variances among homes in labor expense, mortgages, utilities or other costs. Given that nearly 70 percent of nursing home patients have their care paid for by Medicaid, these fundamental changes to the Medicaid reimbursement system, coupled with the Governor’s proposed $13 million cut in fiscal year 2012, will undoubtedly have serious consequences.  Fortunately, Rhode Island’s nursing homes have become skilled at providing high quality care with limited resources. To this point, Rhode Island’s nursing homes consistently rank among the top in the nation in terms of resident and family satisfaction, as well as quality of care. Repeated blows to funding, however, have started to show their mark. Skilled nursing centers have lost nearly $30 million in Medicaid reimbursement

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Linden Place Museum will host an exhibit of rarely seen photographs from the collection of Bristol historian, Ed Castro and the Bristol Historical Society, which highlight the museum’s connection to Colt State Park, the formerly private “Colt Farm.” This beautiful piece of Rhode Island’s state park system has been the summer playground for generations of Rhode Islanders and today boasts bayside playing fields, boat launches, picnic groves, walking trails, and an open-air chapel. The public has had an open invitation to enjoy the farm’s panoramic views since it was created by Colonel Samuel Colt of Linden Place, who merged several farms in to a 474-acre pleasure preserve where prominent members of Rhode Island Society were wined and dined in a now gone seaside mansion called “The Casino.” The exhibit is on display from May 6 to 31, during regular tour hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $8, $6 for seniors/AAA/students and free for Linden Place members. For more information, visit the Linden Place website at or call 253-0390.

May 2011

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Warwick Mall 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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