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Celebrating 4 Years


newport, rhode island stripped down from a local’s point of view

volume 5 • fall / winter 2015 / 2016

from the editor With the holidays fast approaching, it is high time the staff of Newport Naked gave thanks. We are thankful for our dedicated readers, our advertising partners, and all the outlets at which our magazine is made available to the public. We are thankful for our many contributors, who work so hard and put in so much time, for the beautiful dancers from the Island Moving Company, who have graced so many of our covers, and for the exquisite eye of photographer Peter Mellekas. We are humbled to be in our fifth year, pumping out lucky issue number thirteen. We are grateful for the many friends who have supported us along the way, and deeply appreciate the tolerant, artistic, diverse, and sophisticated community in which we live. We are thankful for being able to work, play, laugh, and love in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Daniel Hwang • Trinity Church in Fall

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editor christopher plamondon

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designer/layout daniel hwang • thinkhwang, llc

photography tina farinelli • daniel hwang • charles kane azur mchugh • peter mellekas

contributors kyle bennet • deano ashlie fastino • daniel hwang • melissa kirdzik christopher plamondon • timothy sousa rich willis • sue zinno

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local recipes & dishes diy delicious

down on broadway restaurant row

casey’s marina the endurance of bill casey

circuit training when cardio & strength training collide

land roving in & near ri take the road less travelled

hammer of the goddess the musical might of gail greenwood

calendar of events this seasons to do list • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 5


live local? give local!

vol. 5 • fall & winter 2015 / 2016

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holiday gift guide

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Forget its fall in New England with Diego’s new

Cali Burrito Your choice of chicken, pork, or sautéed baby shrimp wrapped in a grilled wheat or flour tortilla and stuffed with the following in true west coast style: -fresh guacamole -zesty pico de gallo -ripe tomato -shaved lettuce -Baja cheese -black beans -spicy house French fries Diego’s 11 Bowen’s Wharf Newport, RI 02840 401.619.2640 • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 7


Thai Shrimp Nachos Thai Shrimp Nachos, sautéed shrimp, leeks, scallions, red peppers, crispy wonton chips, Thai red coconut curry sauce. Pour Judgement 32 Broadway Newport, RI 02840 401.619.2115

Ingredients: Sauce 1 teaspoon salt and pepper ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup fresh chopped ginger root 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 2 cups white wine 1 cup thai red curry paste 2 quarts heavy cream 2-14 ounce cans condensed milk 2-28 ounce cans sweetened coconut milk Wonton Skins (found in produce section of super market) cut in half and deep fry until golden brown. Add leeks, finely chopped scallions, julienne red peppers and peeled and devined shrimp.

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To make the sauce: Saute ginger and garlic in olive oil with salt and pepper until translucent, (do not brown, garlic will become bitter) Add white wine and whisk in curry paste. Add heavy cream, bring to boil, reduce to simmer and reduce by one third. Add coconut milk, bring back to boil, simmer 10 minutes. Whisk in condensed milk; ready to serve. To assemble the dish: Arrange wonton chips in a bowl. Sauté shrimp, leeks, peppers & scallions in oil with salt & peppers. Top wontons with veggies and shrimp, pour over desired amount of sauce…YUM


Citrus Braised Short Rib Caleb & Broad 162 Broadway Newport, RI 02840 401.619.5955

LATE FALL • WINTER 2015/16 Ingredients: Flap meat-5lbs Orange-1ea Lemon-1ea Lime-1ea Red Wine (your preference)-2c Bacon-1lb Yellow onion-1med Blue cheese-1c Heavy cream-2qt Roma Tomatoes-6 Basil-5 leaves Garlic- 1tbl chopped, 6 whole cloves Balsamic Vinegar- 1/4c Oil- 2tbl Any type of pasta Begin by taking the Flap meat out and trimming some fat off, then weigh them out to around 8oz. Once all portioned begin heating a pan on high until oil is about smoking. Very carefully place the short ribs in the pan, browning them on

every side, remove from the pan and deglaze with red wine and turn heat off. Place short ribs, wine, and the fruit (juice and all) in a braising pan and fill with water up to 3/4 of the meat, cover with plastic wrap and foil, and put into a 350 degree oven for 3 hours. Dice the bacon and onions and sautée the bacon until nearly cooked. Take out of the pan and sweat onions until translucent then add the bacon and heavy cream. Bring to a boil and add the cheese, then salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until thick and blended. Quarter the tomatoes and place them in a bowl. Add the oil, vinegar, garlic, and basil, and toss. Place on a sheet pan and roast at 300 for 30 minutes until caramelized. Slice the garlic very thin and fry in oil until golden brown. (350 for 5 minutes). • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 9


Curried Pumpkin Bisque This is a crowd pleasing soup, especially during the fall and winter months. Just to make it a little more enticing, it is very simple to prepare. Scratch 88 Broadway Newport, RI 02840 401.849.4782

Ingredients: (Serves 4 guests) 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth 1 medium Spanish onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons of butter (preferably unsalted) 1 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder 1/4 teaspoons of nutmeg 1/4 teaspoons of saffron 1/2 cup of heavy cream Preparation: In a medium stock pot, saute onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook until the onion is translucent and fully

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cooked. Add curry powder, nutmeg and saffron. Stir well and cook for about one minute to release the aromatics. Add four cups of broth (I prefer chicken, but vegetable broth may be used) and stir well. Add one can of pumpkin puree and whisk until the pumpkin is thoroughly blended. Reduce heat to low and cook until soup returns to a simmer about five minutes, taking care to whisk every 90 seconds to avoid scorching. When soup is simmering, add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and return to a simmer. Add salt to taste and serve immediately. As a nice option, garnish with crème fraiche or toasted pumpkin seeds.

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n the next few issues Newport Naked will look at restaurants and clubs we have grouped together by neighborhood. We will travel down Broadway, go Downtown, visit Lower Thames, and head Uptown. Here we take a look at Broadway, the section that has seen, by far, the most change over the last couple decades. Only one of these establishments existed 20 years ago, and some of them were not even around as recently as 2010, when Tiger’s marriage was unraveling and the Deepwater Horizon was hemorrhaging oil into the Gulf. But they all contribute to a vigorous, lively neighborhood bursting with entrepreneurial spirit and local flavor. Our journey starts just off Washington Park at 1 Broadway, where the FASTNET PUB provides a touch of Ireland with great beer, fresh fish and chips, darts, billiards, ping pong, and authentic live Irish music. The place has a lot of character - and 10$ pitchers. Just across the street, at HOPE, you can do more than


sample the food and work your way through the distinctive drink list. What makes this place unique is how its basement space is utilized. During the week the room serves as a league-sanctioned pool hall, on weekends it morphs into a cover-free dance club, and on the final Sunday of every month it hosts comedy shows. • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 13

A few paces down the block, in a 200-year-old Colonial building, sits THE TAVERN ON BROADWAY. The Tavern features an eclectic menu (Portuguese Littlenecks, Korean spring rolls, el Cubano sandwich), powered by ingredients sourced from local farms and farmstands. To get an idea of what the kitchen is all about, google Chef Tim’s appearance on The Rhode Show, where he put together his Carne A LA Plancha. And for a more direct experience, you can sample ½ priced appetizers from 4-6 Monday through Saturday. Honeybush, Indian Spiced Chai, Lucky Dragon Hyson, Nutcracker Rooibos, Ayurvedic Total Body, and Lapsang Souchong. These are just some of the flavors you can savor at EMPIRE TEA & COFFEE. Empire has been going strong for over a decade now, and with 5,000 feet of space this original location hails as the largest coffeehouse in the state. This is more than enough to showcase their dizzying array of products, allowing room to spare for the devoted crowds that routinely gather to achieve a gentle high. Feel free to bring your laptop and get some work done while the caffeine courses through your system. POUR JUDGMENT comes next, providing tasty victuals and soothing libations at seemingly all times of the week. To revitalize yourself after a long Saturday night, hit Sunday brunch and match a Bloody Mary with the Crab Cake Benny, or a Bellini with a Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Caper Bagel. Head there any day for lunch and maybe try Executive Chef Timothy Sousa of The Tavern on Broadway.

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the Portuguese Kale Soup and the Salmon BLT while washing the whole thing down with a draft – they have over a dozen on tap, including their own Pour Judgment IPA. Or show up for dinner and devour your choice of three different styles of steamed littlenecks followed by the Steak or Shrimp Tacos. The food can be had until midnight during the week, and till eleven on weekends, which is a nice thing to know because, in this town, finding a late-night meal can be challenging. Eat noodles. That’s the mantra of the BORU NOODLE BAR, located just a few steps further on our culinary and cultural stroll down Broadway. Such ramen inspired eateries are usually found only in larger metropolitan areas, so having one in our cozy little city is a real treat. Owners and chefs Casey Shea and Steve Lucier combine noodles, vegetables, and proteins in interesting ways, offering spicy miso, sesame chicken, seared tuna, curry, and short rib versions. Try the Crispy Brussels appetizer; it’s a neighborhood favorite. Because it is relatively new, you may not have sampled Boru. But a strong first year led to a recent expansion, ensuring they can accommodate you on your first visit. So go eat some freakin noodles. Next we take a small • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 15

detour, just a quick left onto Marlborough Street. MISSION may be an off Broadway production, but the kitchen delivers brilliant performances. All meat is ground on location and cooked to perfection, and many locals swear they had their best burger or dog inside these unassuming walls. The falafel also kicks ass. From Mission we return to Broadway and stroll a block or so down, passing across from City Hall and pulling adjacent to the middle school. SCRATCH KITCHEN AND CATERING is even newer than Boru, having opened its doors last spring. Local brother and sister team Kyle and Stef Bennett offer an exceptional breakfast and lunch menu designed to serve all tastes. Check out the selection on their website and tell me you don’t want some. They got Stuffed French Toast and Quiche. There are fifteen types of grilled cheese sandwiches (Reuben, Chili Dog, Duck Confit, French Dip, Thanksgiving, etc.). The gourmet wrap selection will make your mouth water. And full-on box lunches are available if you’re real hungry. They got unbelievable cookies too – baked from scratch. When I think of the next establishment along the road, THE CORNER CAFÉ, I think of lines. I drive through town all the time, and often see a queue of patient people waiting outside, especially for breakfast, which features one of the most diverse menus you will ever see. Those lines say it all. To get to the FIFTH ELEMENT you have to cross the street, returning to the same side as the Fastnet. But the Element wasn’t always just across the street. It was once across town, down Lower Thames. The original location was beloved (believe me, I lived two blocks away), but the new incarnation has managed to harness and magnify all the sophisticated charm and hospitality of the original. All the elements are present. There are flames in the wood fired pizza oven, water rushing down the bar mirrors, earth in the reclaimed wood that serves as the bar, and air bellowing from the steady stream of customers who call the place a second home. There are also great sounds, as the Element regularly hosts live music, including the Groove Merchants on Mondays. Go in and ask for a single malt before the show. The selection descends from the heavens, gliding down on a floating scotch and bourbon bar.

Back across the street is the SALVATION CAFÉ, the granddaddy of them all. Salvation is the longest tenured of all these establishments, having opened its doors back in 1991, when they were still mopping up the Exxon Valdez mess and Tiger Woods was fourteen. Owner Sue Lamond’s bold venture was the cornerstone to the eventual transformation on Broadway, though when asked about that time and the resultant changes, her feelings are a little ambivalent: “Everyone told me I was crazy to open in that neighborhood because it was considered a ‘bad’ neighborhood. Which is pretty funny now - but for me it meant a lot of freedom to evolve because it had so little value that no one cared what you did. We weren’t taken seriously at all. For better or worse we changed the perception of the neighborhood. But one thing I regret - I miss the old diversity and practicality like the hardware store. It was more like a real neighborhood than a ‘restaurant row’ back then.” If lines can be used to highlight the appeal of The Corner Café, longevity can be used to highlight Salvation’s. Salvation is just the first on a block packed with strong establishments. NOREY’S comes next, having opened its doors back in 2000. All these places offer a wide array of options, from food to drink to atmosphere and entertainment. So it is key that we focus on what makes each establishment unique, and one of Norey’s best features is the world-class beer list. Guess how many different craft beers you can enjoy in this warm and cozy establishment. . . then

guess a higher number, because you are probably wrong. Get down to Norey’s and see how many visits it takes you to try them all (hopefully it’s a lot). They also have an extensive wine list and full-bar, so any companions you might be travelling with will surely find an option that pleases. And if you are hungry try the pasta. They make it fresh every day. If Norey’s can please the tastes of any adventurous beer hound, it’s neighbor, MALT, is the go to place for the refined scotch enthusiast. Once again the selection is dizzying - I stopped counting the bottles. You can go real high end with a 21 year Balvenie, or keep it casual (but still in the legendary Speyside region of the Highlands), with a modest but respectable Aberlour. While your sampling some of Scotland’s finest, be sure to make room for the Malt Burger - it’s one of our town’s finest. The block comes to and end at the corner of Caleb Earl and Broadway, which is where you can, quite naturally, find CALEB AND BROAD, a fresh face on the scene

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Best Raw Bar 2011-2013




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that was voted best new business of 2015. Owner Rich Willis has called his menu a “step up from bar food and a step down from fine dining”, and for many of us that is the sweet spot. Go get a feel for the place and its Caribbean inspired menu. Get your feet wet during the Monday night special, when all entrees are 10$. It’s an incredible deal for the Citrus Braised Short Ribs or the delectable Duck Confit (hollandaise, poached egg, spinach, garlic mash, ridiculous). The drinks are also pretty damn good. They even won a Bloody Mary competition. The food is great. The drinks are great. The prices are awesome. The atmosphere is terrific. And the staff was voted best staff by the staff itself. Go to the corner of Caleb and Broad and let them prove it. The PARLOR BAR AND KITCHEN closes off our stroll down Broadway’s restaurant row. You might think there could be nothing new to say about yet another entrant on the tour, but thankfully you’d be wrong. In addition to its unique American Fusion Cuisine, the Parlor is aiming to become one of the premier live

music venues on the Island. A new stage has just been built and an impressive list of headliners is coming to town. Have a bite to eat and a drink down the street before heading to the Parlor for some sweet sounds. Or better yet, save yourself a few steps and get it all in the same spot. Well, that concludes our little tour of Broadway dining, drinking, and nightlife, from address 1 to address 200. If this is not a section of town you typically visit, you should make it a priority to make its acquaintance. And if you already spend time in the area, but spend it in one place, you should blur your focus and expand your horizons. Play ping pong. See a comedy show. Try some Portuguese Littlenecks and sip some Bubble Tea. Use Pour Judgment. Eat Noodles. And make a great burger your Mission. Try something made from Scratch and join the Queue. Take the Fifth and get saved. Drink a beer you’ve never drank. Sip a scotch you’ve never sipped. Enjoy an acclaimed Bloody Mary and listen to a kickass band. Visit Broadway.

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Eat to Live melissa kirdzik


ms, rd, ldn, cssd

Photo: Tina Farinelli

Maryann Foote & Trainer Paul Manning getting in shape at Renaissance Fitness.

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at To Live is a customized nutrition consulting company located right on Broadway. We’ve been on the Island close to 10 years. One of the biggest perks of our business is that you likely won’t have to pay for your appointment. We are providers with most health insurance companies, and they typically cover up to 100% of such costs. The majority of health insurance plans have some sort of nutrition or preventive benefits, and we can help you determine your coverage. Currently, about 90% of our clients have no out-of-pocket costs. Exciting, I know! Eat To Live is located at 195 Broadway, inside Renaissance Fitness. Paul Manning (owner of RF) and I have a shared passion for making health and nutrition affordable. So we did just that, putting our businesses under the same roof to create a onestop-shop for inexpensive health. For a small operation that doesn't do much of any advertising, we have managed to stay rather busy. There is no greater compliment than a referral, and that is how we have grown. Some of our personal trainers are training up to 25 clients a day, and it is gratifying to see so many people making incredible progress while taking advantage of our services. Nutrition appointments with our Registered Dietitians cover everything from weight loss, sports nutrition, GI issues, sugar addiction, heartburn, vitamin deficiency, restless leg syndrome, candida, herbal remedies, eating disorders, high cholesterol, diabetes, prenatal, hypertension, fatigue, and just about anything nutrition related. We work with infants, kids, teens, adults, athletes - you name it. Some of our clients come in primarily for weight loss, not realizing that, when appropriate, we can also help them come off of some medications. I am genuinely thrilled about my newest endeavor…I am now able to help make organic and non-GMO shopping more affordable. You can shop online with a low price guarantee and no annual membership fee through my personal site for The Green Polka Dot Box. (INSERT WEBSITE) There is no annual fee via this link, and as of September 1st there were over 2,200 products in stock, an inventory that is quickly increasing.


Now for the personal training side of things. I bet you didn't know we are the cheapest training around. Our personal trainers offer 30 minute functional training sessions that will kick your rear for $15-$20/session, with lower rates available for small groups. Workout with a friend to save a few bucks. The trainers are available from 5am - 7pm, with appointments every 30 minutes. We're also kind of fun. We like to do random raffles, nutrition newsletters, weight loss programs, boot camps, and challenges throughout the year. So the next time you drive by our building, you’ll have a better idea of what’s going on inside. Don’t miss out. Come and see what we can do for you. Contact me at:,, 401.486.7089 Live well. Melissa Kirdzik, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD Owner – Eat To Live, LLC

Visit for all of your organic & non-GMO needs.

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our hundred years ago Miantonomi Park was Narragansett Indian territory, and the hill, the highest natural point on the island, served as the seat of power for Chief Miantonomi. In 1637, two years before Newport’s official founding, English colonists purchased the land and used that hill as a lookout. 30 years later they built a beacon on the spot. And a century after that, as the Revolutionary War raged and the land was possessed in turn by Colonial, British, and French troops, a series of fortifications were constructed. The remnants of these defensive efforts can still be seen today. For much of the 19th century the land was used as a picnic area, until 1881 when Anson Stokes purchased the plot for farming. By the early twentieth Century Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., appreciating the scenic and historical significance of the spot, suggested that the land be acquired, and in 1921 the Stokes family deeded over 30 acres to the city. In 1923 the 150-foot hill was proclaimed a war memorial, and in 1929 the tower was erected. The work was

done by McKim, Mead & White, the prestigious architectural firm responsible for the Rhode Island State House, a revered structure that boasts the thirdlargest self-supporting marble dome on the planet (St. Peter’s, Taj Mahal). Once completed, the 80-foot tower soared above the island, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Today visitors can enter the stone structure, climb the winding metal staircase, and step out onto an open-air observation deck studded with battlements. The view is stunning. There are spectacular panoramas of the city, the bridge, and the bay, and on a clear day you can sometimes see Providence and even Block Island. Unfortunately, the tower is only available to the public on rare occasions, so keep it in mind and plan ahead. Just this past September it was open every Sunday, and Newport Naked was able to visit last Memorial Day. Your next chance will likely be Veteran’s Day in November, so mark your calendar.

written by:

Christopher Plamondon

Miantonomi Memorial Park Hillside Ave, Newport, RI 02840 • (401) 845-5800

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Casey and Chloe enjoying a warm Fall day on the deck of their houseboat.


ill Casey was born right here in Hard work and Newport and grew up in Middletown, entrepreneurship. where his mother had a nursery school Endurance sports and his father was director of Parks and and high-end toys. Recreation. There are several job that are almost rites of passage for young people Illness and survival. coming of age on the island, and Bill dabbled Risk-taking in a few. He washed a dish or two (or a and balls. thousand) at Salve University back when it

was an all-girls school, then spent some time driving the tractor over at Second Beach. Imagine getting paid to hang on the sand all day before punching-out and going surfing. As adolescent jobs go, it was certainly a big improvement over the University kitchen. And improvement – moving forward – is something that would define Mr. Casey as he tackled more adult endeavors. Before long he was on an off-shore fishing boat,



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Hauling out a sailboat for the winter at Casey’s Marina located at 10 Spring Wharf, Newport, RI.

pulling lobster out on Georges Bank, the raised area of Atlantic sea floor that, for 400 years, has been the life-blood of North Eastern fisheries all the way up to Nova Scotia. But soon he was taking another step forward, acquiring his own boat, the Elizabeth Ann, skipping the 150-mile trek to the Banks, and chasing the crustaceans a little closer to home. It was an incident with Elizabeth Ann that led to his next endeavor. At the end of one season, while trying to get his boat hauled out of the water and transported, he was told the wait was five weeks. Five weeks? The company was that backlogged? It sounded like a business that was begging for competition. A year later he had his own hauling license and was making his first foray into a concern he is still involved in today, almost thirty years later.

At the same time Bill had infiltrated another aspect of the local economy. He was driving a truck for Chaves Oil Company, and once again thinking he could provide such a service himself. He had a lot of things going at once. The lobster boat was chugging, other boats were getting hauled, and oil was getting delivered. But Bill was still not satisfied. He rented Brown and Howard Wharf from Joe Paolino Sr. and began consolidating his various interests. Eventually he found himself working a little further down Thames, on the wharf that would become Casey’s Marina, hauling and providing gas service from a building that had formerly been a fish and trap company. Then, about twenty years ago, George Mendoza made the forward-thinking Casey a generous offer. He could run the property free of charge for a couple years, until he could

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Casey’s Blue Bird Wanderlodge.

manage a bank loan and buy the thing outright. And that is exactly what Bill did. Over the last two decades Casey’s Marina has become an economic pillar of the local community. They haul boats as big as 50 feet long, mostly around the island but also across New England and all the way down to Florida. They also provide home heating oil and marine diesel, and you’ve probably seen the big green truck motoring around town. Then there is the dock space. The marina hosts all kinds of boats, seasonal and transient, including 200-foot behemoths with 14-foot drafts. Of course, it has not been all business. Bill kept himself fit over the years by participating in triathlons and iron man competitions, multi-leg endurance events that 99.9 percent of humans avoid like plague because there is at least one task they can’t – or don’t want to – overcome (I’ve got two, the running and the swimming). But all the physical fitness could not prevent cancer from rearing its ugly head. Bill was diagnosed ten years ago, and had to face an opponent tougher than endurance tests and business challenges. As you might expect, he fought through it. In fact, it was in the midst of the initial struggle that he purchased one of those toys mentioned at the beginning of this article. Fresh out of cancer surgery and ten days before the start of chemotherapy, Bill was cruising the Internet and came upon something he had always wanted. And at an uncertain point in life - when he was wondering just how long or short that life might be – he said screw it and decided to make an acquisition. Within days he had flown out to Northern Michigan, just near the Canadian border, to check out a Blue Bird Wanderlodge motorhome. These high end, Class A recreational vehicles were the top of the line and in a class by themselves for many years. Their sleek, retro design and first-class amenities made them beloved second homes, and such notables as Johnny Cash and Jimmy Carter have owned them. And Bill, in between surgery and treatment, was about to join that club. He had originally

thought the vehicle was black, but when he laid eyes on the gleaming two-tone silver and ‘Casey’s Marina Green’, he knew it was fate. Shortly after landing he was on the road, driving back to New England in his very own Blue Bird. You may have seen it around town. It might be bigger than the oil truck. A more recently acquired toy is a sweet little houseboat. He bought it in Connecticut last February, for the princely price of a dollar, and had it barged over in July. It now floats at the docks on Long Wharf, which Bill also runs, and he is patiently renovating - an understandably lengthy process considering the hundred-penny price tag. The houseboat is actually part of a little downsizing Mr. Casey has done lately, as he has sold off a couple private properties on the island. But he owns another home and a boat down in Florida, and constantly travels back and forth between the two regions. It seems that life is pretty good. Business is thriving and Bill, after years of hard work, risks, and challenges, is still having plenty of fun. A decade after diagnosis he is cancer free and living nicely on land, on water, and on the road. Maybe next he’ll buy an airplane. Or a Space Station. Or a green submarine.

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Bowling Old Mountain Lanes

Villari’s Martial Arts Center

25 minutes from downtown Newport. 756 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879 401.783.5511

Mind, Body, Spirit, SelfDefense and fitness for men, women and children. 823 West Main Rd.,

Indoor Karting F1 Boston F1 Boston offers the ultimate indoor kart racing experience, from Arrive & Drive open racing sessions and private events to competitive leagues and endurance races that push you to perform your best. 290 Wood Rd., Braintree, MA 02184 781-848-2300 Laser Tag & Paint Ball Lazer Gate

Sunday River Ski Resort 4 Season Resort. 8 interconnected mountain peaks with 133 trails and 743 acres, plus over a 1,000 acres filled with secret stashes. 15 South Ridge Rd., Newry, Maine 04261 207.824.3000

Middletown, RI 02842 401.847.0184 Skiing & Snowboarding Resorts

Jiminy Peak Resort

RHODE ISLAND Yawgoo Valley Ski Area

35 minutes from downtown Newport. 288 Plymouth Ave., Fall River, MA 02721 508.730.1230

Ski area during winter & a water park in the summer. Skiing, Snowboard park and snow tubing. 160 Yagoo Valley Rd., Exeter, RI 02822 401.294.3802

Providence Indoor Paintball


Play weeknights or weekends in the safety and comfort of the indoors. Outdoor fields also. 199 Thurston St., Providence, RI 02907 508.730.1230

Mohawk Mountain

Mini Golf Gate Golf - Backlight Course

Ski Sundown

Indoor adventure through space & time 35 minutes from downtown Newport. 288 Plymouth Ave., Fall River, MA 02721 508.730.1230


23 trails covering 107 skiable acres. 14 Lighted Trails, Largest night skiing area in CT. 46 West Cornwall, CT., 06796 860.672.6100

15 trails & terrain, ski shop, lounge 126 Ratlum Rd., New Hartford, CT 06057 860.379.7669

45 trails covering 170 skiable acres, 1,150 vertical drop, 9 lifts, 21 lighted trails. 37 Corey Rd., MA 01237 413.738.5500 Wachusett Mountain 1,000 ft., vertical drop, 22 trails, 8 lifts, minutes away from Boston, RI & Ct. Great for weekend/day ski trips. 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 978.464.5101

NEW HAMPSHIRE Attitash Resort Ranked in the East’s top ten ski resorts for snow quality & grooming. Two peaks, Attitash & Bear Park. 77 Trails. U.S. 302, Bartlett, NH 03812 603.374.2600

MAINE Sugarloaf USA

Self Defense Newport Martial Arts Teens & Adults, karate-kung fu, tai chi, brazilian jui jitsu, american open sword. 800 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842 401.849.3900

Maine’s biggest ski mountain. 133 trails. One-mountain continuous vertical drop of 2,820 ft., the longest in the East. 5092 Sugarloaf Access Rd.,Carrabassett Valley, Maine 04947

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Loon 60 trails, 7 terrain parks, superpipe & tubing, Nordic Skiing/Snowshoeing Two-hours from Boston, right off I93. 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln, NH 03251 800.229.5666 Mt. Sunapee Resort Ranked best snow surfaces in the East for 5 years in a row in the 2010 SKI Magazine Reader Survey. 90 Minutes from Boston. 1398 Rte. 103, Newbury, NH 03255 603.763.3500

VERMONT Bromley Mountain One of the oldest continuous running ski ares in the US. 43 trails woven through 163 acres of state and national forest. 10 lifts. 3984 Vermont Rte., 11, Peru, VT 05152 802.824.5522 Jay Peak 2,153 vertical feet of skiing, 77 trails, famous for receiving the most natural snowfall of any eastern ski resort. 1144 Access Rd., Jay, VT., 05859 802.988.2611 Killington Resort Largest ski & snowboard area in the east. 6 interconnected mountains, 140 trails, 87 miles of trails, 22 lifts. 4763 Killington Rd., Killington, VT., 05751 Mad River Glen Famous for expert terrain and beautiful varied beginner and intermediate trails. Nation’s last surviving single chairlift. 57 Schuss Pass, Fayston, VT 05673 802.496.3551

West Dover, VT 05356 802.464.8501 Okemo Mountain Resort Terrain parks, 2,200 ft. highest vertical, 5 mountain areas, Okemo’s Parks & Pipes are ranked “Top 10 Overall Resorts” by Transworld Snowboarding. 77 Okemo Ridge Rd., Ludlow, VT 05149 802.228.4041 Pico More than 17 miles of ski trails across 4 of Vermont’s most scenic peaks and 52 trails. 4763 Killington Rd., Killington, VT 05751 866.667.PICO Stowe Mountain Resort Vermont’s highest peak at 4,395 ft. above sea level. 118 trails, each trail average nearly a mile in length. 5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT 05672 800.253.4754 Stratton Mountain Resort 94 trails, 2,003 ft. vertical drop. 11 lifts, 5 terrain parks. World famous half-pipe which hosts the annual U.S. Open Snowboard Championships. From Boston, take rte. 2 West to I91 Go North to exit 2, follow signs to rte. 30 north to Bondville, VT. Stratton Mt. Access Rd. is the next street south of the local 7-Eleven. 800.787.2886 Sugarbush Resort Over 4,000 acres of terrain across 6 peaks and 2 mountain areas. 11 pristine wooded ski areas covering 40 acres, great for backcountry skiing. 111 trails, 16 lifts. 1840 Sugarbush Access Rd., Warren, VT 05674 802.583.6100

Mount Snow A resort which is dedicated to being different. 20 lifts, 2.5 hrs. from Boston, 3 hrs. from Providence. 39 Mount Snow Rd.,

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Circuit Training:


When Cardio & Strength Training Collide by Madison Deleone, CPT 2.

Circuit training is a very popular method of physical training in which you perform a series of exercises, with minimal rest in between, for a set amount of repetitions. The exercises can vary depending on the client’s goals, but are usually a sequence of high intensity aerobic and resistance moves that require anywhere from no equipment to a full gym. Because there are so many different ways to approach circuit training, trainers often customize it to fit each unique client's goals and ability level.


Example For the sake of this article, let’s look at the structure of one of the workouts we would perform at my Beach Body Fit Camp (June-September at Easton's Beach in Newport). The workout lasts 45 minutes (including warm-up and cool-down) and the only equipment we use is a beach rock of your choice. There are 12 different exercises that target all muscle groups and rotate between upper body/core, lower body, and total body plyometric/cardio moves. The twelve moves are broken down into three circuits containing 4 moves each. We complete all four moves twice, with a small break while transitioning to the next circuit.

Benefits Increases Physical Fitness: The pace and intensity of circuit training gets your heart rate up and keeps it up throughout the duration of your workout. Because you are transitioning so quickly between different moves, you never get bored or burnt out on one redundant motion - you are constantly challenging yourself and utilizing different muscle groups to involve and work your whole body. When you consistently work circuit training into your fitness routine you will start to develop increased endurance, strength, power, agility, speed, and balance while increasing lean muscle and decreasing excess body fat. • Saves Time and Money: Circuit training allows you to reap the benefits of both cardio-vascular exercise and resistance training in a shorter amount of time. I like to picture it this way: You are essentially taking a 30 minute cardio workout and a 30 minute resistance workout and layering them on top of each other to get an hour's worth of work in half the time. The beauty of circuit training is that you can design a whole workout using only your own body weight. This means you can take your workout anywhere and save yourself money (no gym membership or fancy equipment needed), time (no commute necessary), and hassle (you can do it in your pj's if you want to!)

Try it at home! Here is a quick mini-circuit for you to try at home. Make sure you warm up first with 5-10 minutes of light cardio (for example a walk or jog) and some light stretching.

Circuit 1 (Complete Circuit 1 twice before moving on to circuit 2) 1) Upright Crunch Extensions (10-15 reps) - Starting in a seated position, use your core to raise both feet off the floor, crunching knees in toward your chest and then extending them out. 2) Alternating Lunges (16-20) - Starting in a neutral standing position, lunge forward with one foot, making sure your knee does not extend past your toes. Return to start and switch legs. 3) Russian Twists (15-20 reps) - Starting in a seated position while holding a medicine ball in close to your chest, raise both feet off the floor and use your core to rotate the ball to the left and then back across your body to the right. 4) Power Squats (10-12 reps) - Stand in a neutral position, bend your knees as if you are sitting back into a chair, and use your legs to explode up. Land with soft knees and repeat. Take a 1-2 minute break before moving on to Circuit 2.

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Circuit 2 (Complete Circuit 2 twice)


5) Commandos (15-20) - Starting in a high plank position, lower your body down (one arm at a time) into a fore-arm plank position and then press back up (one arm at a time) into a high plank. 6) Lateral Walking Lunges (15-20) - Starting in a neutral position, lunge to the side with your right leg and then squat down by bending your knees and sending your butt back like you are sitting into a chair. Bring your left leg to meet your right and then repeat, “walking” to the side. 7) Ab Bicycle - (15-20) Start on your back with your elbows bent and hands behind your head, with your knees curled into your chest. Curl your upper body up using your core and rotate so that your right elbow drives across your body to meet your left knee, then switch to the opposite side. 8) Twisting Jacks - (15-20) Starting in a staggered stance with your right foot forward and upper body rotated so that your left arm is over your right knee, hop and switch your legs in mid air to land in a left foot forward staggered stance with your upper body rotated to the left. For more information, visit my website at or email me at • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 33 • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 35

ADOPTABLE DOGS from the Potter League





I am a spayed female, brown Labrador Retriever and and English Springer Spaniel. 9 years old

I am a neutered male, brown and white American Foxhound mix. 4 years old

I am a spayed female, blue and tan Australian Cattle Dog mix. 7 months old

I am a neutered male, tan and white Norfolk Terrier mix. 10 months old

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animal curb

Ten Reasons to Adopt a Pet In case “Because it’s the right thing to do” isn’t enough Courtesy of The Humane Society of the United States

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend. 1. Because you'll save a life. A shelter pet is more than one in a million—she's one in 2.7 million. That's the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open up shelter space for another animal who might need it. 2. Because you'll get a great animal. Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets ended up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal did anything wrong. 3. Because you'll get a great bargain. When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes microchipping is usually included in the adoption price, which means you've scored a major deal—a fuzzy deal who will thank you with kisses or purrs for years to come. 4. Because of the bragging rights. No one needs to see another selfie—unless it’s a selfie of you with the adorable cat you just adopted, like the hero you are! Adopt a pet, post the pictures and let the love (likes) roll in. 5. Because it's one way to fight puppy mills. You're too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are "factory style" breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick

and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they're no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren't giving them a dime. 6. Because your decor will thank you. Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug. 7. Because all pets are good for your health, but an adopted pet is good for your self-esteem. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need. 8. Because you’re environmentally responsible. You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn’t end up in landfills, and you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A “recycled” pet can make something even better: She can make you happy. 9. Because The Shelter Pet Project will make it super-easy. We like easy. Go to the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. You want an orange cat who likes ear-scratches on alternate Tuesdays? You can probably find one. 10. Because you'll change a homeless animal's whole world. And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better than that? • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 37


4. Musto Jacket Sail warm seas in the lightweight, breathable Sardinia BR1 Jacket. Ideal for warm climates where you will encounter rain and spray, the Sardinia is 100% waterproof and mesh lined for lightweight comfort against your base layer.


5. O'Neill Glacier LS Shirt Don't start the cool seasons without our O'Neill Men's Glacier Flannel! This super soft polar fleece flannel is perfect for your early morning surf check, or a late night out. The Glacier flannel is a long sleeve printed polar fleece with single pocket, faux snap buttons, and woven label at pocket. 100% Polyester. “52” wash adds a soft feel to the fabric and a slightly vintage look.


6. Authentic Original Sperry Boat Shoe Since 1935, Authentic Original boat shoes have been a favorite of those who spent time in, on or around the ocean. Each season, new colors and fabrics are introduced that, along with core classic styles, encompass Sperry's passion for the sea and commitment to fine craftsmanship.

6. Team One Newport 561 Thames St., Newport (401)848-0884

7. Herschel Supply Little America 23.5L Backpack A large volume bag with a cinch top­load main compartment with a fleece 15" laptop sleeve plus magnetic faux leather buckle closures and air mesh padded back and shoulder straps.


8. Scout Ankle Boots by Roxy Strut through the snow, weather a rain storm, and scout the way to you and your friends' next adventure with the Roxy Scout Boots.


9. OluKai Ka’iulani Women’s Boots The low­cut, ‘little sister’ version of the Emalani, the Ka`iulani makes a strong statement with a lower profile.


10. Stance Women’s & Men’s Everyday Crew Socks To start a rebellion you have to have a cause. So what’s ours? To make a product as imaginative, expressive and uncommonly cool as the people who wear it.


11. Patagonia Women's Long Sleeve Fjord Flannel Shirt The Patagonia Women's Long­Sleeved Fjord Flannel Shirt. No need to borrow your boyfriend's Fjord Flannel Shirt, we now make a women's version in the same soft organic cotton flannel in beautiful plaids.

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Island Surf & Sport 86 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown (401)846-4421

1. Dandelion Wish Necklace Handmade in Newport, RI. Each hand blown glass pendant contains one dandelion wish. Keep the wish in the bottle and wear close to your heart. $20

2. Recycled Flip Flop Bangles Handmade by a women's cooperative in Mali, West Africa. The perfect stocking stuffer at $1 each.

3. Java Skin Care Soaps, body washes, serums, and scrubs all infused with antioxidant rich green coffee extra. Anti­aging for you body. $9+


Green Envy Eco-Boutique 8 Franklin St., Newport, RI • (401)619-1993

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4. Photo Blocks Photo blocks are hand­made by local photographer Alexander Nesbitt, and each one is signed on the back. The photos are mounted to Baltic Birch plywood and easily stand on edge; they also have a grooved slot on the back making them easy to hang. They are 100% made in Newport, and are available in 3 different sizes.

blink GALLERY 478 Thames St., Newport, RI • (401)619-3717

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5. 14KY Sundisc Shown here is the “Sundisc” Pendant by Kevin Duris in 14K Yellow Gold with diamonds and a ruby. Also available as earrings and with other gemstone choices, this pendant is part of a vast collection of interesting pieces of handmade jewelry available at the gallery.

6. Simple Satin Hoops Shown here is a pair of simple 18K Yellow Gold hoops with a satin finish on the outside and bright polish on the inside. These versatile earrings look great with any look and are comfortable enough to wear all day, every day.


7. Sterling Six­Pointed Star Ornament Shown here is our Sterling Silver six pointed star ornament with a satin finished and bright edges. Sized just large enough for the tree, but also wear able as a large pendant. Customize yours with a ruby set in the center or converted to a fun Holiday brooch.

Duris Studios 480 Thames St., Newport, RI • (401)849-1540

6. 5. 8. Get Together Marley Bluetooth Speaker Wirelessly stream music with the Get Together™ Bluetooth® portable audio system. The built­in rechargeable battery, Bluetooth, and convenient 3.5mm input make it simple and easy to connect hundreds of devices and fire up your tunes whenever and wherever you need them.


9. Penny Skateboard Penny Skateboards hark back to the days when skateboarding was fresh and new. These are super fun to skate and are so short that they are easy to negotiate the tightest of turns. Plastic injection molded skateboards that pretty much last a lifetime, get a Penny and not a copy.... you will not be disappointed.

10. Novel Duffle by Herschel The Novel Duffle is one of our most popular duffle silhouettes. It features our signature shoe compartment for easy and organized travel while keeping to Herschel Supply's classic styling. This bag is great to take to the gym or for a short weekend away.

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1. 1. Canvas Wine Totes with leather trim Exclusively at Isherwood & Company. $18


2. Undo de 50 jewelry Four strand necklace with sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and leather. Exclusively at Isherwood & Company. $529.



3. a. Voluspa Candle burns 100 hours $26

b. Voluspa Diffuser $22

c. Voluspa Mini Candle Tin $9

b. Isherwood & Company


8 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI • (401)619-1116

1. The Newport Locket Beautiful sterling silver lockets by Catherine Weitzman Jewelry. What we love most about these is you can change the stones that fill the inside of the locket! You can choose from beautiful aquamarine, sapphire or ruby stones, a gold or silver starfish, anchor, sailboat, sand dollar or a pretty leaf. Perfect for any time of year and MADE IN THE USA.

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a. g. c. 1. Style Newport’s Sterling Silver Anchor Jewelry a. Sterling Anchor on an Anchor Cable Chain. Small $100, Large $120. b. 14k Gold Anchor and Diamond Slide Pendant on a 16" or 18" 14k Cable Chain. $1050 c. Sterling Silver Wide Anchor Cuff. One size. $200 d. 14k Gold Anchor Stud Earrings. $250 e. Sterling Silver and Sapphire Anchor Stud Earrings. $140 f. Sterling Silver Anchor Stud Earrings. Tiny $60, Small $90 g. Sterling Silver "Newport" Anchor on a heavy Sterling Rolo Chain. $250. Made in Newport!

Style Newport 306 Thames St., Newport, RI • (401)847-1470

1. Dapper Sheffield Silver


Carefully designed with timeless elegance in mind, the Dapper Sheffield is a suitable companion whether you are looking for a watch to go with a dressed up or a more casual look. The 38 mm watch is available in silver or rose gold and comes with the classic Sheffield black genuine leather strap, made from Italian leather. The sophisticated Dapper collec­ tion has an eggshell white dial enriched with deep blue hands, Roman numerals and date dis­ play. Be your own style icon and speak for a handsome and dap­ per look at all times.

Jason & Co. 182 Thames St., Newport, RI • (401)841-9900 • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 43

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Handcrafted Custom bodhi Necklaces by Tamar Kern at Alloy Gallery These will soon be available for purchase at the bodhi spa 654 Thames St., Newport, RI (401)619­4916 Create your own custom piece of timeless jewelry at Alloy Gallery 125 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI (401)619­2265

1. 1. Garmin Computer Navigation (Find Your Edge!) Whether you're looking to win a pro race or just a friendly in­ride challenge among peers, there's an Edge® device for you. Edge 25, 520 or 1000


2. Urban 650 Shock Top Light & Motion Thoughtfully designed with daily commuters in mind and powerful enough to satisfy the needs of singletrack addicts. Simply the lightest, brightest, most compact light in its class.

3. Buzzys Slick Honey Tube Originally developed for motorcycle suspension systems, Slick Honey is unmatched in its ability to provide nearly frictionless movement while staying in place longer than other greases.


4. 4. 2 Clip Or Not 2 Clip? Or Both! (Shimano PD­2420) SHIMANO CLICK'R binding on one side and flat pedal on the other for versatile use.

BikeWorks 179 Swansea Mall Dr., Swansea, MA • (508)677-0710 • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 45



Land and Roving oving in/near in/near

Rhode hode Island! sland! Story & photos by Daniel Hwang


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y Land Rover journey started back in 2001 when I purchased my pre-owned 1999 Discovery 2, which I named Berutha. It was love at first sight and my Land Rover craze had begun. I passed Berutha on to a good friend a couple years back, and recently acquired a newer model, called a LR3, from down south. With its 300hp engine, larger capacity interior, glass roof ceiling, off-road accessories, and fancy electronics, it was a no brainer. My wife and I love the truck, but I think I love it a little more. She calls it the other woman because I spend so much time cleaning, maintaining and upgrading her. Yes, it’s a her. No name yet but I’ll take suggestions. I’ve outfitted her with new off-road Hankook Dynapro AT tires on 18” rims plus full-sized spare, an ultra-gauge computer, halo drl fog lights, 288 watt LED roof bar light, double jerry can holder, aluminum floor for my expo rack, shovel retainer, extended suspension height rods and a top notch storage unit in the boot, which I custom built for carrying all my off-road and emergency gear. Ok, fast forward to Oct 25th 2014 at 7am in the morning. It is my first official day taking the LR3 off-roading. I’ve been preparing for a long time, and am really excited to see the off-road capabilities of my girl. I will no longer be called a poser or a mall crawler.

M Mike Camara tackles a uphill climb in his 1999 Disco 2.

The author traversing a down hill boulder strewned slope in his LR3 with the guidance of Rich Moody.

My first stop is at Rover’s Special Vehicles, an independent Land Rover shop in Jamestown, RI, to meet up with the proprietor, Rich Moody. Rich is also my mechanic, off-road driving instructor, and buddy on this next leg of my journey. When you pull up to his shop, its like pulling into Land Rover Mecca. The lot is filled with mouth-watering eye candy from older Series 2’s, Defenders, Discoveries, Range Rovers, and even some nonLand Rover vehicles. Land Rover enthusiasts can really appreciate the vehicles Rich has collected. For over 23 years John Gregory operated the building, at 65 North Road, as an auto mechanic garage. Then Rich assumed control in 2001 and turned it into an independent Land Rover shop, but

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Rich Moody, Owner of Rover’s Specialty Vehicles in Jamestown, RI working on a Landrover Defender.

John still wrenches there and works on domestic and import vehicles. What’s so unique about Rich is that he occasionally works with the USSF (United States Special Forces), helping train them to drive defensive, high speed, and low speed while off-road. He instructs them in a wide variety of vehicles, from large supply trucks to small utility vehicles and to Land Rovers, which fall somewhere in between. He also builds the USSF specific Land Rover modified vehicles for special operations, about which he is not at liberty to speak. Rich was born in Lincolnshire, England and moved to Kuwait City at a young age. The family business had him traveling all over the continent, as his father ran a Seismic survey company that helped oil companies find their precious liquid gold. Rich spoke Farsi as a first language, but his parents wanted him and his older brother to learn English. So when opportunity knocked his family moved to the USA. His father took a job in Houston, helping oil companies find wells while Rich attended school and brushed up on his English. A year later, at the age of 10, he was in England attending St. James Boarding School. His love of Rovers began two years later when he started helping his father

modify the company’s Land Rovers for surveying work. He got his license at the tender age of 12, and the first vehicle he drove, one guess… wait for it… was a Land Rover. I guess the driving test back then was pretty easy compared to today. Drive straight, brake, left-turn, come back, done,

Igor’s 1967 souped-up Bronco.

here’s your license and booster chair. I’d hate to see what the pilot-license age was. On today’s adventure we meet up with two of Rich’s friends. Mike Camera drives a 1999 Land Rover Disco 2 named “Black Cat”, and Igor Konovalenko, Rich’s employee, drives a 1967 Ford Bronco that looks like a cow on steroids. From his fleet of vehicles Rich chooses to take his 2004 Disco 2, which is all decked out with a Warn winch, front and back steel bumpers, diff guards, sump protector, and roof rack with PIAA lights. We jump into our respective vehicles and head out on route 138 to Arcadia State Park, which sprawls into Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton, and West Greenwich, Rhode Island. On the trailhead We finally arrive at the trailhead and decide that Rich should go first with myself, being a novice and all, following Rich about to descend down a hill of boulders in his Disco 2.

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ing. After about a half-hour we decide to head back to our trucks and continue the journey. Man, I thought going uphill was going to be difficult, but descending seemed much more technical. Gravity, trees, and rocks are no bueno, but it’s exhilarating when you overcome an obstacle. On the way down I did manage to dent my fuel tank skid plate on an invisible rock, but was able to knock it back out when I got home - don’t worry honey no harm no foul. The rest of the afternoon brought more trails, water crossings, and some light mud. Toward the end, at a water crossing, we ran into a couple of guys driving an older Jeep Cherokee. We stopped and chatted about our vehicles, but they were mainly attracted to Igor’s ‘67 Bronco. They couldRich & Mike lead the way through a mud & water crossing. n’t resist the steroidal cow on wheels. It’s definitely a meat in case I get stuck. Mike is next, with Igor coming up the lover’s head turner. A few minutes after saying our goodrear. The first half-mile of terrain is open trails, beautiful byes we were back on pavement and heading toward civiscenery, gradual inclines and declines, and small waterhole lization. crossings. So far so good, until we All in all my off-roading experience reach a gigantic hill of boulders - or at was amazing. Anyone that owns a least that’s what they look like to me. Land Rover, or any off-road capable Rich goes first followed by Mike, and vehicle, should experience its full then finally it’s my turn. I switch my potential. There are many organized truck’s terrain response dial to rock events, and clubs all over the East crawl, which supposedly tells the Coast that anyone can join to have an onboard computers to change the off-road experience. Rich and the guys gearing, and I also raise my air susgo trailing frequently and would love pension another 2.5 inches to clear the company. If anyone needs mechanany unsightly boulders. I’m told slow ical help or advice with their Land and steady wins the race, and in this Rover, contact Rich Moody at (401) case I’m not going to argue. In my 423-0121. He knows these babies head I can’t stop imagining sliding into inside and out and won’t charge the a tree, smashing my fuel tank or diffs, astronomical prices you’d pay at the and then getting killed by my wife. But stealerships . . . I mean dealerships. with Rich at the helm giving me By the time this article is published, superb directions, I manage to make it Rich will be in the process of relocatup the incline with no ill effect and a ing his shop to a 12,000 sq. ft. post L-R - Igor, Mike & Rich grin spreading from ear to ear - until I and beam building at 716 South County realize when you climb a hill there’s always a descent. But Trail, Exeter, RI, 02822. He’s hoping to be opened by before heading down we get out and enjoy our surroundings December 1, 2015, but in the interim his Jamestown shop with some choice beverages. We banter about our trucks, will remain fully operational. my magazine Newport Naked, my trailing experience so far, I know I’m excited for Rich and can’t wait to see the new and other stuff guys talk about while drinking and off-roaddigs and all his unique Rovers.

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entertainment pieces from a variety of designers, some local and some more nationally known. I try to keep a core group of artists that I can count on for the consistency of their work and quality of their craftsmanship.” The overall process gives the customer the chance to aid in the design of the piece; whether it is an anticipated engagement ring or a simple birthday gift, everything is made to order and aimed to satisfy. Many of Kevin Duris’ returning customers appreciate the fact that their purchases are one of a kind, that the same piece will not be seen decorating the wrist, neck, or finger of another. This sets the studio apart from others here in Newport, as does the concerted efforts the artist makes to have his work stand out from the rest. He states, “I try to accentuate that sensibility by adding hammered or textured finish to many of the pieces. A ‘mark of the hand’ should be prevalent in every design, whether in some sort of engraving, stamping, hammer mark, patina, or textured finish.” He goes on to say that his studio can also be discreet, a valuable commodity in this small town. Sometimes the most fascinating piece he is developing remains a closely held secret for weeks or even months. “This is just another interesting part of the business,” Duris exclaims. Kevin often rotates the displays by creating a themed show revolving around new materials and fresh styles rather than any one particular artist. He wants to highlight different designers and offer his customers diversity. This summer ended with a showcase titled “The Living Jewel: Pearls.” It featured South Sea and Tahitian pearls, along with a wide variety of freshwater cultured pearl jewelry. This October all of the artists will showcase new pieces using tourmalines, semiprecious stones and gems varying in color and luminance. The studio will also celebrate their first winter with their neighbors, Blink and Mokka Café, with a tree lighting and holiday show in the Thames Street courtyard. Duris recognizes Blink as an exemplary counterpart to this courtyard collaboration of artistry. “The synergy between Blink and our shop is beneficial to both us and our customers. Alexander Nesbitt shows work of other artists as well as his own award winning photography at Blink. In one location, our customers can check out over a dozen different artists between the two connected spaces in one shopping experience.” I encourage my readers to take advantage of this new artistic alliance that has reignited a light on lower Thames Street. Duris Studios opens its doors most days from 10am to 6pm and on Tuesdays by appointment only. Visit them at or on their Facebook page.

Photo: Azur McHugh

Photo: Azur McHugh

Newport, which was where I met my amazing wife and fellow artist, Deborah Peart. I cannot thank her enough for her constant support and keeping me driven through periods of self-doubt. After some solid training in the Newport shop, I left to work for and with a variety of other jewelers and designers in both large and small shops, most notably Didi Suydam, Peter Diepenbrock, William Drake, and other jewelers that were generous with their knowledge and spirit. While always working a full time job, I tried to continually create my own work in a private studio. I had workspaces in the corners and basements of apartments, then studios in Fall River and Narragansett. Some spaces were huge and some small, but they were all cold in the winter.” Duris’ hard work and perseverance, along with Deborah’s infallible faith in his art, most definitely paid off with the gold mine of a gallery he later founded on Thames. This one is not as cold as the others, for it is complete with the heat of the offseason sunlight. Although Franklin Street provided a good space for wholesale manufacturing and developing a strong retail customer base, it was obvious to Duris and Deborah that a new location was crucial for expanding the business. The new studio offers better lighting, more space to produce custom pieces, and the ability to display work from other artists. Duris clarifies, “We are so excited to be a part of the new lower Thames St. here in Newport. The influx of shops and the vibrant dining scene is the perfect location for our jewelry design studio and gallery. The new space is divided in half, one side for making jewelry, the other for selling. Accented with locally reclaimed lumber and jewelry cases made by local furniture designer Ryan Baird, the gallery is open and spacious, while still feeling warm and inviting. The back workshop can be seen from the gallery side with an almost ‘open kitchen’ design that allows our customers to see some of the process in action. I think having that connection is really important to a lot of people, seeing that their custom piece is being made right in house and does not leave the shop.” Other designers such as Petri Kymlander and Laura Blanc are featured in the glass cases of Duris Studios. Their work corresponds beautifully with his own vision. In the future, Kevin would like to add to the showroom’s dynamic by introducing more sculpture and fine art. Currently decorating the back wall are large seascapes done by local painter Robert Sabin. Altogether, these artists create pieces that are memorable, unique, and specific. Duris continues, “We do our own lost-wax casting in house and can go directly from a sketch to a completed piece of jewelry all within our studio. We offer well-crafted • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 53




by deano

he eerie silence of the darkened stage is broken like a bolt of lightning cracking open the midnight sky. The petite silhouette explodes exponentially, leaping to the front of the stage, landing in an impossibility wide crouch, guitar slung low. A tsunami of multi-colored hair slices through the air at whiplash-speed as the opening riff washes over the crowd in a tidal wave of distortion. Gail Greenwood was chosen by the Rock 'N Roll gods to bring forth the thunder. A kinetic force-of-nature, her energy is as infectious as it is inspiring. For over three decades she's cultivated a career that's taken her around the world, from clubs to stadiums and back again. A straight-edged vegan, she has defied Rock 'N Roll stereotypes and burned gender-bias conventions to the ground. In this issue, Gail takes on a tour of the musical adventure she's lived so far. Growing up in Barrington, it was at a family get-together that an eight-year-old Gail would first be bitten by the music bug. And it drew blood. "I had a cousin who played Folk music. We went to his house, I think after a funeral. He was


playing guitar and we were all sitting on the floor, and I was so thrilled to be hearing music. It was my first time hearing the guitar. I had a glass of lemonade with ice. I was biting down on the ice cubes in time to the music and, I was so into it, I broke the glass in my mouth. That was my first Punk Rock moment." As adolescence nears, childhood memories fade. But for Gail, the image of a guitar player commanding the attention of an adoring audience would remain. That brief glimpse into her musical future was soon realized on Christmas Day, 1973. "I got my first guitar, an acoustic. I think my mom was mad that my dad had spent so much on it. I believe it was $24." She adds, "With pick." Her formative high school years found Gail playing guitar and baritone horn in the marching band, and resisting the lure of the masses. While other teenagers were listening to the BEE GEES and DONNA SUMMER, and doing The Hustle, Gail had a more evolved musical palette. "I was into Funk. PARLIAMENT, OHIO PLAYERS, EARTH WIND & FIRE. It was the era of Disco but I wasn't into that." For Gail, the rhythm

Gail Greenwood, BIF Naked Canadian shed tour 2001

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Bobby Hymers from RASH OF STABBINGS section-driven groove of Funk aroused an come to our show at the Living Room and interest in the bass guitar. we were like, 'Bobby’s coming to watch Enrolling in RISD, where she put her forus!'... Nope, he just put his bare hand in, midable drawing skills to work as an grabbed some Swedish meatballs, and Illustration Major, Gail would find a kinship went back to the bar." among the artists and rockers of By 1986, the DAMES had not only Providence's then-thriving music and arts established themselves in the Providence scene. A chance connection with a high scene, but had won that year's edition of school acquaintance would unknowingly the WBRU Rock Hunt. And while the help chart the course of her musical jourpacked house at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel ney. "I was trying to learn to play bass. I and the bounty of cash and prizes they won thought I was gonna be playing Funk, which that night certainly raised their stock, it I couldn't 'cause I just didn't have it, and a sadly wasn't enough to save the DAMES girlfriend of mine saw another friend from from falling prey to what's known in the high school on the bus to Providence, Cindy Providence music scene as the Rock Hunt Andrews. She told her I was learning to First guitar Xmas 1973. curse [once a band wins, they almost play bass, and Cindy said, 'I'm learning to L to R: Scott Greenwood, play guitar.' So she called me and we got Laurie Greenwood, Gail Greenwood. assuredly soon break up]. "It was sad and traumatic, but we always liked to say that together. It was the first time I ever played Photo: Betsy Greenwood we set the record for breaking up the soonwith somebody else, and it was really fun est after winning." and kinda awkward, but also amazing. She knew a girl that HYPHEN was a Metal band made up of Providence scene played keyboards, Janet Dansereau, and the three of us got all-stars that played its one and only Let's Punctuate Tour together and that became the DAMES. That was my first performance at The Rocket. "We all had punctuation names. band. It was like New Wave with weird 1940's Andrew I was Paula Period, Dave Chabot from NEUTRAL NATION Sisters three-part harmonies." was Dave Dash, James McGrath was Umlaut, he was our Fortifying their lineup with drummer Seth Ballou [and singer. It was one-time-only. Through that I met Sluggo." later, sax player Geoff Adams], the DAMES began writing Jack 'Sluggo' Flagg was the drummer for influential songs and honing their quirky, harmony-laden sound. Their Punk/Hardcore-outfit BONEYARD and, along with Chil Mott foray into Providence's harder-edged scene, however, wasn't on bass and [the late] Gene Severens on guitar/vocals, without its turbulence. They shared a practice space with would usher in what would perhaps be the most defining RASH OF STABBINGS and SHITHAUS, which featured young stage of Gail's musical evolution. "I was looking for a band upstart Jon Spencer [later, and more famously, of the JON and they were looking for a guitar player. I had never played SPENCER BLUES EXPOLSION], who once unceremoniously Hardcore before. I auditioned and I got the gig. And that's announced the DAMES time to practice had expired by where I met Chil, happily unmarried twenty-eight years. That unplugging all of their instruments. was pretty pivotal for me because it was a real Rock 'N Roll The DAMES found their entry point into the scene scene that I hadn't been a part of. That's when I got my first through a friendship with James McGrath, who had owned a Marshall half-stack." BONEYARD would entrench themselves Richmond St. club, The Cage, and was opening a new club in the Providence Punk scene, sharing bills with bands like called The Rocket. In a brainstorming session with Geoff the GOO GOO DOLLS, NYC's the LUNACHICKS, and Adams, Gail designed and painted the iconic boy-on-a-rocket Vancouver Hardcore legends SNFU, and touring all over the logo that adorned the front of the building. "James was Northeast. "We used to rehearse at the Riverside Mills. hugely instrumental for us. He gave us our first gigs. We There was an indoor half-pipe in that mill that the boys started to meet people and people started coming to the helped build. There were rooms built underneath, at either shows. Guys would go 'cause girls liked us." The DAMES also end, and BONEYARD would practice under 'The Chip' with employed another unique method to get club-goer's to samkids skating above us. It was awesome. But then we lost ple their musical stylings. "The only way we could get people everything in the fire." to go to our shows was to have buffets. We would literally The massive fire that took down the Riverside Mills would have chafing dishes in front of our stage. I remember seeing claim the band's gear but not their spirit. BONEYARD soldiered on, pioneering the notorious Vingi Building as the first band to rehearse there. The historic mill would go on to become ground-zero for Providence Rock bands in the nineties. "The place became like a war zone. Every other band moved in, parties were moving in, bands having shows in their spaces. It got really crazy. I felt sort of bad and responsible for opening the door to that whole thing." Eventually, seduced by the Newport surf, Gail and Chil would relocate to the Island, renting a house in Middletown. Christened the Rock 'N Roll Control Center, it would serve as the base of operations for BONEYARD, as well as Gail and Chil's future musical endeavors. By then the band had augmented the lineup, with Gene focusing on vocals and a new guitar player getting added to the mix. "We got Chris Knox to play guitar. He was phenomenal, still is. So innovative. I learned a lot from Knoxy." Rock 'N Roll bands are like gangs; their strength lies in their unity. With Gail and Chil now on the Island, and the rest of the band in Providence, the distance slowly Boneyard promo photo taken at "The Chip" took its toll before reaching its inevitable con(a ramp we used to practice under at Riverside Mills) 1989 L to R: Gene Severens, Jack Flagg, Gail Greenwood, Chil Mott. Photo: Knothead clusion. "I remember the day Chil called me at continued • fall & winter 2015 / 2016 55

Mixing Belly's "King" at Ocean Way Studios same time as the Highway Men were recording. L to R: Don Was, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Glyn Johns, Tanya Donelly, Gail Greenwood, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson

work and told me Sluggo quit the band. I almost threw up. I hadn't felt that loss before. I knew it was the end, it was really sad. I actually thought it was the end of my music career." Gail had seen Tanya Donelly play with her band THROWING MUSES back when she was in the DAMES, but didn't know her personally. Tanya had since parted ways with the MUSES to focus on her own songwriting and, in 1991, formed BELLY. The band released the Slow Dust EP, which reached #1 on the UK Indie charts, and started to gain momentum as Alternative Rock was beginning to make its way into the mainstream. After the recording of their fulllength debut, 1993's Star, bass player Fred Abong left the band. With Tanya's desire to enhance her dream-pop hooks with a harder edge, as well as a female backing vocalist, a window of opportunity had opened. "Out of the blue, Tanya called me. They auditioned me in my own basement. I made coffee and cookies." After securing the BELLY gig, Gail returned to the woodshed. "I had to relearn how to play bass. I'd been playing guitar in BONEYARD for many years, and it's another instrument." Any apprehension she may have had about musically transitioning from the hard-rocking BONEYARD to the more pop-oriented BELLY would quickly vanish. "They gave me a copy of Star and it was so complex and so original, and it rocked a lot harder than I thought it would. Our first show was at a college in Manchester. It was sold out and there were screaming throngs, I thought, 'Yeah I could do this. This is fun.'" BELLY would spend the rest of '93 on the road, touring the U.S. and Europe with Alternative Rock-radio staples RADIOHEAD and THE CRANBERRIES. The single Feed the Tree topped the U.S. Modern Rock charts and the video received massive airplay on MTV, earning two nominations for that year's MTV Video Music Awards. The band would come face to face with Alt-Rock's infiltration into the mainstream when, in early '94, BELLY was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. "We knew we weren't gonna win, someone told us we didn't get it, but we went anyway. I loved every minute of it. The Warner Brothers after-party was at the Museum of Natural History, where they have all the giant taxidermy. I was wearing a gold lamĂŠ dress and some platform 1970's shoes I'd gotten at a flea market, and I had spray painted them gold with Krylon. Somewhere there's a picture of me, with some chick from Baywatch looking down [disgustedly] at my flea market shoes." Having had breakthrough critical and commercial success with Star, BELLY rode a wave of high expectations into Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas to record its followup. With legendary Producer Glyn Johns [LED ZEPPELIN,

BEATLES, ROLLING STONES, to name a few] at the helm, the band entered the studio to lay down their sophomore effort, King. "I might be the only musician in the world that literally cannot listen to ten seconds of the BEATLES, STONES, or the WHO. Just not my taste, that's all. So his amazing pedigree maybe didn't intimidate me as much as it should have. I think that helped me in the studio. He was a stern taskmaster and, yes, he did have an ego. We did all the basic tracks live so if someone messed up you ALL had to do it over again. Multiple takes. But we were very well prepared. He definitely didn't put up with bullshit, but he could be warm and he did have great stories. He told me to think about playing like 'Wymie' [ROLLING STONES bass player Bill Wyman], pluck the string gently and still have it make great power. And that advice has stuck with me today." In early '95 BELLY delivered King, a well-balanced record of expertly crafted songs that saw the band both fine-tune their glimmery dream-pop hooks and intensify their sound with a darker edge. King came out to critical acclaim and the band hit the promotional trail with great vigor. In April, the band landed not only a feature but the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, a unique distinction that only a select few artists will ever be able to claim. "We had done tons of photo shoots, lots of magazines, but that was really a different level of stress. We probably made it more stressful than it should have been. All I see when I look at that picture is the stubble on my legs. They didn't airbrush us, which I guess to some degree is a compliment." BELLY spent the next eighteen months on the road, touring the world in support of King, headlining in the U.S., playing the summer festival circuit, and joining REM for their European tour. While King sold fairly well, it was never able to meet or exceed the heights that Star had reached and was considered a commercial disappointment. Shortly after the conclusion of their year-and-a-half-long trek, a road-weary Tanya quietly disbanded BELLY. "After BELLY broke up, again, I thought it was the end of my Rock career. And then brrring, Donita Sparks called." Notorious L.A. Grunge-Grrrl's L7 were in New York and looking for a bass player. A recommendation from Gail's old friend Gina from the LUNACHICKS put the two camps in touch. Gail met up with Donita in Brooklyn and the two hit it off. "When they called me to join them I dropped every single

L7 backstage at Club Quatro, Osaka, Japan, 1998. L to R: Suzi Gardner, Donita Sparks, Gail Greenwood, Dee Plakas. Photo: Gail Greenwood

thing I was doing and flew to LA. When L7 calls you have to serve your country. I rehearsed with them for a week and we did a two-week Southwest tour. That was my audition." Touring in support the their latest release, The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum, L7 hit the road with MARILYN MANSON and filmed a rockumentary with NIRVANA bass

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were screaming and crying like they were rock stars. Chil player Krist Novoselic, also entitled The Beauty Process. and I were like, 'What are we doing wrong? We've never "From the first week of being in a van with those girls I'd seen this many people at a BENNY SIZZLER show.'" think, 'Oh my god, that's the same joke I'd make.' I never In recent years Gail has had an opportunity to revisit laughed so hard. So, so funny. We had such a great time." some of her musical past. "The DAMES had a reunion of For the next three years L7 would tour the world, crossing sorts, sadly enough, at my dad's funeral two years ago. I had the U.S. numerous times and performing all over Europe, Cindy come sing 'Danny Boy', my dad's favorite song, with Japan, and Australia. Shortly after recording the Slap-Happy Terry Linehan on guitar, and Janet was there out of respect record, Gail made the difficult decision to leave the band. for my dad. The three of us were together for the first time "We bought the house. Our landlord was selling it and we in [almost thirty years]. It was nice. My dad would've been really needed to buy it. We had four dogs at the time and nobody would rent to dogs. And I was pretty sure I wanted to happy, he loved that band." Tanya Donelly's solo career has kept her active since the settle on the east coast. With L7 in L.A., the commute was geographically challenging. But it was the best three years of members of BELLY parted ways and, as of late, afforded her and Gail a chance to rekindle the musical connection they my life. I wouldn't trade it for the world." still share. "I did some songs with Tanya the last couple It wouldn't be long before Gail's phone would ring again, years at Hot Stove Cool Music, a Boston Red Sox fundraiser but this time it was her close friend, Canadian rocker BIF run by Theo Epstein, at the Paradise in Boston. It was really NAKED. "Bif said, 'Hey do you wanna do some Canadian electric and amazing. Those songs... singing and playing with dates?', and I thought that would be fun, and I ended up Tanya again [I was reminded of] her genius. I saw footage of doing two, three years with her. We had a blast. I've known me from those shows and I was like her over twenty years. We're the best, a schoolgirl. It was so fun and excitdearest of friends. She's a breast caning." Gail and Tanya also reunited on cer survivor. She had a long recovery, the Swan Song Series, Volume 5 EP, a year and a half of chemo, and then Tanya's collection of collaborations another year of treatment. She with friends and musicians she's recorded right through chemo, throwknown throughout her career. The ing up on the way to the studio. She's track, Tu y Yo, with music written huge in Canada and now she's back and performed by BENNY SIZZLER doing a full Rock thing. She also does and lyrics by Tanya, features Gail and advocacy for breast cancer and volunTanya singing together once again. teers at Vancouver City Hospital with The colorful Rock 'N Roll odyssey new cancer patients. She helps adopt she's lived so far shows no signs of senior dogs. She's the kind of person slowing any time soon. Gail's feverish you just wish you could be." live performances have never In 2002, after not being in a band wavered. Her positivity, confidence, together for over a decade, Gail and and ability to laugh at her herself and Chil formed BENNY SIZZLER. The the world around her have always blend of brawny riffs and piss-andThe Dames. Clockwise from the bottom: Seth Ballou, Cindy Ballou, Geoff Adams, Janet Dansereau, shone through. Gail Greenwood is vinegar attitude was a potent return Gail Greenwood. Bristol YMCA basketball court 1984 a Rock 'N Roll lifer, here to show to Punk Rock form. The long-running the kids how it's done. band, whose former members Extra-special thanks to Gail for taking time out of her include notable RI-scene veterans Gene Severens, Terry crazy-busy schedule to share her memories with me. And for Linehan, Mike Fleming, and, more recently, Tom Berglund, digging deep to find such great pics! Do yourselves a favor has proven to be Gail's most enduring musical project. With and catch BENNY SIZZLER live! They rock like you may have the undeniable chemistry of the current lineup, BENNY SIZforgotten Rock's supposed to. As always, feel free to hit me ZLER has never sounded better. When seasoned scene up with comments/questions/complaints at deano@newluminary Mark Tomis joined the fold in 2005, his rock-solid guitar playing and strong songwriting skills proved to be a perfect complement to the band's sound. "Mark's such an amazing player. Just the way he puts his fingers on strings, that sound. That's something you can't teach. He has natural ability, but he also works so hard. He makes me wanna practice." Last year saw the return of a BENNY SIZZLER original when Slim Jim Colleran resumed his position on the drum throne. "In the very first incarnation of the band we played with Slim and Serg [Newport Hardcore legend Pete Segerson], and at the end of the practice he flipped his drum kit over. In the basement. Chil and I said 'THAT kid's Punk Rock!'" In addition to BENNY SIZZLER, Gail and Chil are also managing the promising careers of two other family members, their incredibly well-trained dogs, Bear Bear and Maurice. Performing tricks in a series of videos that have received thousands of views, and appearing on the PBS children's show Martha Speaks, Bear Bear and Maurice may be the breakout stars of the household. "We took the dogs to Benny Sizzler L to R: Slim Jim Colleran, Gail Greenwood, Chil Mott, Mark Tomis. Jimmy's Saloon, Newport, RI, 9.5.15. the Block Island library last year. 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Grace Maggie Inc., Boston Makeup ­ Jessica D’Amore Hair ­ Candace LaRose Robin Kaplan crescent cardigan & silk and tulle petticoat skirt from Karol Richardson

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Film Screening of Americas Forgotten Heroine: Ida Lewis, Keeper of the Light

Escobar Farm 255 Middle Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-683-1444

nov. 21, 28, dec. 5

november 6 - 15

Discover Newport 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-845-9123

The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff

What has great wine, a fun crowd, and live music? Greenvale Vineyards does every Saturday afternoon through December 12th! Join us for just a glass or taste each of our wine offerings. The whole family is welcome, even leashed pets. No reservations necessary, just come on by! Feel free to pack a picnic! 1pm-4pm. Price: General Admission: $3, Tastings: $12 (free for Case Club members), souvenir wine glass included. Wine by the glass: $7 - $9. Greenvale Vineyards 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-847-3777

The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season November 21, 2015 to January 3, 2016. The Breakers, The Elms & Marble House Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-1000

After six years of planning and construction, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be completed and start its Sailing Education mission this summer. Please join us to celebrate the completion of this unprecedented $16 million economic development project that has supported hundreds of jobs in the Rhode Island marine industry. We invite you to share in this proud accomplishment at our "Homeport Rhode Island" Gala. Newport Shipyard 1 Washington Street, Newport, RI 02840 401-841-0080

Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

december 1 - 31

Join IMC this holiday season for a one-of-a-kind performance of The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Set within the romantic rooms of Rosecliff mansion, you dont want to miss this ballet. The secret of A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is in its sense of scale, proportion, musicality and good stage manners. As you follow the action from room to room here, you're so close to the performers that you're involved in a new way. Alastair Macaulay, chief New York Times Dance critic Rosecliff Mansion 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-4470

Newport Historical Society Headquarters 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840 401-841-8770

Live Jazz Saturdays @ Greenvale Vineyards

Newport Restaurant Week Fall A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurant without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport & Bristol County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a three-course lunch and $35 for a threecourse dinner.

In the historical documentary Americas Forgotten Hermione, director and producer Marion Gagnon focuses on the intriguing life story of this country's most famous maritime heroine Ida Lewis. This 45minute film provides an intimate portrayal of Ida's life from age 15-69 (from 1857-1911) and the passion and moral fiber she intrinsically brought to her work as a lighthouse keeper and unlikely heroine. A Newport Historical Society program, $5 admission.

Oliver Hazard Perry Gala

november 5

Come challenge your skills at our annual cornfield maze and discover why getting lost means finding fun. Hours: Friday Sunday. Last person enters the maze 1 hour before dusk.

november 5

november 1 - 8

Escobars's Annual Corn Maze

nov. 27 - dec. 4


november 27



The Newport Illuminated Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season with boats decorated with festive holiday decor and lights. The boats motor through the harbor and compete for best decorated in various categories. The parade begins at 6:15pm and can be viewed from various spots around the harbor. After the parade, the awards are presented at the Newport Yacht Club where light refreshments will be served. Newport Harbormaster 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840 401-845-5815

Christmas in Newport

december 1 - 31

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A month long celebration of the Holiday Season throughout Newport. Enjoy a series of concerts, tree lighting, craft fairs, candlelight house tours and much more.

Christmas in Newport Citywide, Newport, RI 02840 401-849-6454

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december 10

december 11 - 12 january 1 - 3

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809 401-253-2707

A Newport tradition, The Dickens Christmas Feast is an interactive evening of fine food, beautiful costumes, song, dance, storytelling, and plenty of Christmas cheer. Celebrate the memories of the past, revel in the blessings of the present, and anticipate the gifts of the future. Centered around the theme of A Christmas Carol, guests will participate in retelling this classic tale in a unique way with Newport society members and domestics. 7pm-10pm. Reservation suggested.

Rough Point 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-8344

12-Noon. Every New Year's Day for charity the Newport Polar Bears invite anyone crazy enough to join them for a swim in the Frosty North Atlantic Ocean. The charity this year is as last year, A Wish Come True. All proceeds from the swim and at the after swim party at the Atlantic Beach Club at the east end of Easton's Beach. Come join us at noon and help us raise money for a great charity. Easton's Beach 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-0028

Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-324-9436

From never-before-seen ball gowns to portraits, silver and furniture, the exhibition will shed new light on Newport as a vibrant cultural crossroad over 300 years. It will tell the story in four chronological chapters: the colonial period, the antebellum period, post-Civil War & Gilded Age, and early 20th century. Objects and costumes on display will come from several Preservation Society properties, as well as loans from the private collections of families with ties to both Newport and the South. Rosecliff Mansion 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-1000

What went on while the owner was gone? UnDecked Halls offers an authentic look at winter holiday and caretaking traditions at Rough Point, the Newport mansion of heiress, philanthropist, art collector and world traveler Doris Duke. Tour the first floor before enjoying refreshments in the decorated staff dining room, not normally open to the public.

Newport Polar Bear Plunge

Newport and Her Southern Sisters: Three Centuries of Art and Design

Christmas at Blithewold Christmas at Blithewold, November 27, 2015 January 3, 2016, come and enjoy the elaborate decorations, make a reservation for our fun and informal afternoon teas, the Santa sing-alongs, the joyous musical performances, and the creative workshops for both children and adults!

Bowen's Wharf 53 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-849-2120

The Dickens Christmas Feast

Newport Gallery Night Newport Gallery Night, a monthly evening event now in its 15th year scheduled for the second Thursday of the month from February through December, has been arranged as an art tour. It is easy, fun and is encouraging those people who might not regularly go to an art gallery, museum or cultural institution to participate in the monthly shows in the numerous member galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Newport Galleries Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 860-490-0941

Join Frosty the Snowman at 4:30pm in the afternoon and at 5pm for the Christmas Carol Sing-ALong (live music). 6pm sharp we'll light the giant tree & Santa arrives! Children can whisper their wishes to him and Mrs. Claus. Shops, restaurants and galleries are open; hot chocolate and warm drinks will be for sale. Free admission for the entire family!

december 5

8pm. RI's most award winning comedy troupe hits the stage with fast paced, high energy improvisation. The shows are a lot like "Whose Line is it Anyway" with hilarious scenes, hysterical musical numbers & larger than life characters all inspired by audience suggestions. Got a group event? We'll make it extra special, bring you on stage, make you a video, & so much more. Just let us know ahead of time. Every show is BYOB! Call now for reservations, shows sell out. Laugh More. Firehouse Theater 4 Equality Park Place, Newport, RI 02840 401-849-3473

UnDecked Halls at Doris Duke's Rough Point

Bowen's Wharf 45th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

december 5

dec. 4, 11, 18, 26

Award-Winning Improv Comedy with The Bit Players

january 1 - 3


january 1



28th Annual Newport Winter Festival

february 12 - 21

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Join us as we celebrate the 28th Annual Newport Winter Festival! Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place throughout Newport and Newport County. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. Marketing & Events 28 Pelham Street, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-7666

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Ballard Park Quarry Meadow Hazard Road, Newport, RI 02840 401-619-3377

58th Annual Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Newport! The parade begins at 11am at City Hall, runs through Washington Square, down Thames Street, and ends at St. Augustine's Church.

Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Broadway, Newport, RI 02840 401-845-9123

Rosecliff Mansion 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-1000 Ext. 140

april 16 - 24

april 1 - 30

Savor three-course meals from some of the finest area restaurants without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport & Bristol County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a three-course lunch and $35 for a threecourse dinner.

Aquidneck Island National Police Parade

10 days of family fun and events among over 500,000 daffodils in Newport, RI.

Bowen's & Bannisters Wharves 53 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-4500

Newport Irish Heritage Association Citywide, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-9122

Discover Newport 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-845-9110

Third Annual Newport Daffodil Day Festival

Daffodil Days at Blithewold

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809 401-253-2707

Our 27th annual Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch brings the Easter Bunny back to Rosecliff to share lots and lots of eggs, candy, prizes, and a scrumptious seated brunch for everyone in the family!. Space is limited, and reservations are required for adults and all children. Visit website for ticket prices and to make reservations, or call. 10am. Rain or shine.

Celebrate all that is Irish during this exciting month-long event.

Newport Restaurant Week Spring

Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch

march 26

march 12

Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Whether you are recently engaged or just need a few final details to complete your wedding planning, the 14th Annual Newport Bridal Show is the event you won't want to miss. Delicious food, tasty drinks, giveaways, entertainment, transportation between venues (Rosecliff & Oceancliff), fashion shows, and 80 vendors to make your wedding spectacular on every budget! First 100 engaged couples to arrive will receive an exclusive Newport Bridal Show tote bag. All guests are entered for our grand prize giveaways! Rosecliff Mansion 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-841-0200

march 1 - 31

Ballard Exploration Company presents the 11th Annual Illuminated Garden. The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Parks three acre quarry meadow from 6pm-9pm. Exhibits will be created by students and professional tree climbers. Event goers are advised to wear appropriate shoes or boots as the trail may be dark, muddy and uneven in places.

Newport Irish Heritage Month

14th Annual Newport Bridal Show

february 20

february 18 - 20

11th Annual Illuminated Garden

Tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils trumpet the arrival of spring at Blithewold. The sight of blooming flowers and budding trees help us forget this dreary winter and look forward to summer fun.


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11:50am - The parade features over 4,000 law enforcement participants to commemorate National Police Week. Parade starts on West Main Road going towards Newport.

Aquidneck Island National Police Parade Downtown, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-1306

* Please check websites or call for calendar date & times before attending events - all dates and information are subject to change.

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Newport Naked  

Volume 5, Fall/ Winter 2015 - 2016

Newport Naked  

Volume 5, Fall/ Winter 2015 - 2016