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Early days of cinema gay/lesbian character actors By Mark Adams
Today, all you have to do is turn on the TV and you'll find a plethora of openly gay and lesbian characters. I'm not just talking about channels like LOGO and their reality shows like "The A-List New York," where the "stars" should really be on the "Z-List," or the Here! Channel, which is also called "GayTV On Demand," where you can shell out hard-earned money for drek like the Chad Allen gay detective movies, but I digress. Now we have "Glee" on Fox, "Modern Family" on ABC, and several others with openly gay/lesbian characters, living their everyday lives without a second glance from their straight cast members. In the early days of cinema, things were different, and the only â€˜gay' characters you'd see were the character actors, usually in subservient roles. 14 savoirflairmagazine
One of the most popular (and perhaps most obvious) was Franklin Pangborn (or, as the hubby refers to him, "Franklin PingPong"). Though never a ‘star’ he was cast in many films of the era in small but memorable roles, usually as a desk clerk, department store manager, or butler. He appeared in many of Preston Sturgis' comedy masterpieces. He was one of those actors about whom you'd say, "Oh, it's him again," without remembering his name. Pangborn actually began his career in silent films, often appearing in Mack Sennett or Hal Roach productions. His ‘foppy’ persona reached its prime in talkies, appearing with WC Fields, Harold
Lloyd and the Ritz Brothers, then moving on to somewhat bigger roles in films like ‘Flying Down To Rio (with Astaire and Ginger), ‘The Bank Dick’ (again with WC Fields), ‘Now Voyager’ (with Bette Davis, also a gay icon), and ‘Romance on the High Seas’ (with Doris Day). Because of his persona (one would not be wrong to call him a "screaming queen"), he never achieved real Hollywood stardom, but did manage to work consistently in the then burgeoning TV arena, with small parts on ‘The Red Skelton Show’ and
even briefly as announcer for ‘The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.’ There are a couple of his later TV appearances with Red Skelton to be found on YouTube and, if you are a fan of Turner Classic Movies, you'll probably come across him eventually! Edward Everett Horton is another comedic character actor who started his career in silent films, however he is probably best remembered for his distinctive voice, which was heard regularly
in the '60s (and to this day) in the classics such as the ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ series, as the narrator of the ‘Fractured Fairy Tales’ segment. Horton's film characters were different from Pangborn's. Whereas Pangborn was goofy and always befuddled, Horton was polite and dignified, at least until presented with an embarrassing situation. Then would come the famous Horton doubletake. He, too appeared in several Astaire-Rogers films like ‘The Gay Divorcee’ (when "gay” just meant "happy"), ‘Top Hat’, ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, and ‘Pocketful of Miracles’. He also moved to TV in the 50s, with a classic appearance on ‘I Love Lucy’, where he played an older gentleman with the "hots" for Lucy (perhaps more believable had it been for Ricky), and another famous role as the medicine man ‘Roaring Chicken’ on the hysterical F-Troop series. And then there are the women. Openly gay? Not really, at least on film, but there was no mistaking some of the female character actors of the 40s and 50s. Among
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raises an eyebrow or three. As with many actors of the time, their relationship was accepted as common knowledge within the industry and turned out to be a lasting partnership. Main was quoted
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(by IMDB) as saying: "Most of the time I played mothers. That's acting!" Unlike Main, Byington was an attractive, soft spoken woman who was also married to a man in her early years. Her most recognizable role was in the TV series ‘December Bride’ which was produced by Desi Arnaz's Desilu Productions. She played her last roles as Larry Hagman's mother on ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and was Mother General on ‘The Flying Nun’, and you know what they say about those nuns. Other arethey-or-aren’t-they female actors widely discussed after a couple of Big Girl Cocktails include Barbara Stanwyck, Capucine (!), Judith Anderson, and the fabulous Nancy Kulp. For more on this, see if you can find a copy of a book called ‘Hollywood Lesbians’ by Boze Hadleigh. It used to be available from Amazon, but may be out of print now. This is interesting stuff, and a current topic of discussion once again. With someone like gay actor Richard Chamberlain, in a recent Advocate article, advising young gay actors to "stay in the closet". Who does she think she is??! Perhaps something to discuss for next time. Mark Adams has been a long time fixture In Boston’s GLBT Media, writing extensively on film and video of interest to the community.
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Finding the perfect partner can be a life long journey that requires adjusting, adapting and which can take us in many different directions. We have to admit that there is no perfect person, just someone who may be perfect for you, with his or her particular type of imperfection that can coexist in harmony with you and yours. The question is, how will you know who that is? Well perhaps the more pertinent question is to ask yourself what kind of relationship you want and how exactly you want a partner to fit into your life? 26 savoirflairmagazine
The closest thing to I’ve found a formula is the ‘power of intention’, a concept furthered in a great book of the same name by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. It is formula that requires digging deep within yourself and finding the self-motivation to put it into motion. First, a simple but important way to get started; you should really try to find 100 qualities that you truly desire in a life partner and in that special relationship. Each quality you isolate may help you shape and mold your future. I had tried so hard to make something of relationships that weren’t meant to be, and settled for people with whom I was completely incompatible. You can only try so hard to make a fundamentally unfulfilling situation work. It will never happen. You have to really know yourself before you can truly be invested. At first I wrote down 25 or so qualities but it felt like a halfhearted intent. Through this exercise, I relized I had a mediocre relationship that did inevitably end. I decided to focus on improving myself through going to school and going to a gym. Then I went back to my list. I finally saw it for the challenge it was and began to think more seriously about it. I wrote down everything I could think of, while at the same time keeping an open mind for some new experiences. I wanted someone who could be a parent later on, someone who loves to go out and dance but not every week. I needed someone who could go to
shows and festivals but wasn’t an addict, educated but not snobby, they needed to be a healer and environmentally friendly. I got really specific because I needed someone who was on the same wavelength as me spiritually. I hadn’t thought it possible but I was able to define a hundred solid qualities that I knew would have to be fulfilled in order for me to find a truly great relationship.
said that there were four other success stories about people who had met at The Siren that year alone. Having worked in several, I personally believe in the power of coffee shops for bringing people together; they can be very romantic, and the sheer variety of people that come through those doors gives the potential for different and unexpected experiences.
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This year my family and I took part in the ‘Safe Passage Hot Chocolate Run’, a fundraiser to help domestic violence survivors get back on their feet. Walking two miles in the brisk December morning I had time to ask some questions of the participants. Here’s what Eve, who is pregnant with her first baby, said about her partnership with Michelle. “You have to be on the same wavelength. If I want to go to the Grand Canyon and she wants to sit home in front of the fire then it won’t work. You have to know what the other person wants and where you want to be in life.”
We are fortunate that we have options for finding the ‘right person’ in this world. We are allowed to be ourselves and pursue our individual desires. There are more resources for dating now than there have ever been. I stopped in at my favorite coffee shop The Siren in Greenfield and asked owners (a couple) Drae and Sarah how they found each other. Drae’s face lit up with a mischievous grin as she says “At a coffee shop!” She also
As we walked, a few people chimed in to the conversation, which eventually led to a discussion of whether to sleep with someone prior to committing. This is obviously a common subject that arises out of most debates surrounding relationships; almost everyone I spoke to who had tried waiting said they were disappointed when the time came, and with my experiences I agree. Investing time and effort into a relationship only to find that in the moment
Here are some examples of real relationship searches for life partners. I aimed to unearth some of the qualities that keep these partnerships happy and have also in-
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you share your body and soul with someone that there is no chemistry, can be devastating. As with any rule, there are exceptions, and I certainly came across some success stories, such as Gerry, who waited. He said of he and his partner’s relationship: “We were working together on a senior thesis project and by the end of the semester the relationship had bloomed into something bigger, and we started dating.” They have now been together for 13 years, waiting five before making it official with a grand wedding. They just had their first baby. Too many people think that their relationship is strong enough to withstand personal sacrifice from each person, but in reality that is clearly not the case. It’s not even a matter of solidarity, but of communication: both people should discuss their individual goals and dreams openly and honestly. For me, I knew I had found the one when they were my first thought of the morning, and the last thing on my mind at night. Nanci has been with her partner for 5 years, and when asked about her relationship her eyes lit up – she was evidently in a happy situation. They have just adopted two beautiful children, bought a house, and are living a wonderful life together. They met through work and knew each other for a while before meeting up outside of the workplace at
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Nowadays we also have the option of online dating, an option that is becoming more popular every day. The key to being successful in this area is being truthful when putting your details in an online profile. Make sure you start by telling the real, whole truth; if you make a connection based on lies, it will never last or become anything meaningful. Kelly and Jesse of Greenfield met on an online dating site and have been married for 3 years. Says Kelly: “You enter your information and find someone who has the same desires in life as you. There’s no pressure to start talking to someone if you don’t want to, and it’s just the easiest way to meet someone if you don’t frequent the bars anymore.” It’s also very different than a casual chat at a bar as it’s far more focused. Most people on relationship sites have a real intention of finding someone special and will hone their profiles, conversations, and keep pursuing connections until they find a real match. “Kismet.”, said a fellow writer when Continued on page 69
Ogunquit, Where Urban Sophistication Meets Down East Charm By
By Cottage Advisers The perfect GLBT paradise, Ogunquit’s stunning barrier beach with its 3.5 mile stretch of powdery sand and legendary cliff walk, the renowned Marginal Way, have made this former artists colony one of Maine’s standout resort destinations. But it is this coastal community’s unique blend of urban sophistication and Down East charm which keeps gays and lesbians flocking back year after year. Rustic clam shacks now sit next to world class restaurants, quaint beach bungalows have been joined by upscale cottages with concierge service, and the famed Ogunquit Playhouse has seen its season expand from 10 to 21 weeks. Come to this “Beautiful Place by the Sea” during the busy summer months when the population soars from 1,200 to 40,000 and get ready to experience the whirlwind beach, bar, and club scene. Visit during the spring and fall shoulder seasons, when the mood mellows, avoid the crowds and enjoy off-peak savings. Temperatures, while cooler, remain pleasant and the lobster tastes just as sweet. No matter the time of year, getting to Ogunquit is a breeze. Located just over the New Hampshire border in southern Maine, Ogunquit is conveniently reached after a short jaunt off the Interstate 95 corridor via Route 1. For those coming from further afield, there are nearby airports in Boston (90 minutes); Manchester, New Hampshire (70 minutes); and Portland, Maine (50 minutes) make it easy to shop for airfare deals, then grab a rental car and go.
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Perhaps no other chefs have done more to put Ogunquit on the foodie map than Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, named “Best Chefs of the Northeast” by the James Beard Foundation in 2010. They cut their culinary teeth at Stars restaurant in San Francisco before partnering in 1988 to create their flagship restaurant, Arrows (41 Berwick Road, Cape Neddick, 207-361-1100, arrowsrestaurant.com). Located two miles outside of Ogunquit, the innovative and elegant Arrows is set in a country farmhouse. Hams and fish are cured on the premises and most of the produce comes from the restaurant’s own organic kitchen garden. This attention to detail, combined with a creative menu flawlessly delivered, has led the restaurant to win numerous accolades. Arrows has been recognized as one of “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” by Gourmet magazine and as one of the “Ten Most Romantic Restaurants in the Country” by Bon Appetit – making it the ideal spot for gay and lesbian couples to get engaged. Among the recent menu items was a red wine poached tenderloin of beef garnished with warm Swiss chard and onion rings, accompanied by calves liver with bacon, Yukon gold potato salad and onion marmalade ($43.00). In 2005 the duo opened a second, more affordable restaurant, MC Perkins Cove (111 Perkins Cove Road, 207646-6263, mcperkinscove.com). A casual American bistro featuring spectacular ocean views, it is the perfect counterpoint to Arrows. Restaurateurs Donato Tramuto and Jeffrey Portehave also made their culinary mark. Their inaugural restaurant, Five-O (50 Shore Road, 207-6465001, five-oshoreroad.com), consistently delivers exceptional food in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Dishes like the fennel crusted pork tenderloin with roasted native apples and turnips ($23.00) and pumpkin risotto with sweet and sour onions, fried sage and pecorino ($18) are just two of the recent mouthwatering menu options. Based on their success and inspired by their travels to Italy, they opened a sister restaurant, Caffe Prego (44 Shore Road, 207-646-7734, caffepregoogt. com), now entering its fourth year. Committed to creating an authentic experience, they shipped in all of the equipment from Italy, including the service bar. From homemade Panini and brick oven pizzas to Italian pastries made on site and specialty coffee drinks, Caffe Prego serves up the flavors of Tuscany. Other Quick Bites: Start the day at Amore Breakfast (309 Shore Road, 207-646-6661, amorebreakfast.com), where the signature bananas Foster French toast ($8.99), with its pecan-coated cream cheese filling and rumsoaked bananas on the side, is not-to-be-missed. Enjoy casual fine dining at affordable prices at Angelina’s Ristorante 655 Main Street, 207-646-0445, angelinasogunquit.com) or stroll down the street to Chef David Giarusso’s other restaurant, Tapas and Tini’s (125 Main Street, 207-646-9700) for a mix-and-match menu of small plates ideal for sharing. Put on a bib at Barnacle Billy’s (50-70 Perkins Cove Road, 207-646-5575, barnbilly.com) and feast on boiled Maine lobster ($19.00+/lb.), steamed clams ($18.95) and other treats. Visit 98 Provence (104 Shore Road, 207-646-9898, 98provence.
com), a hidden gem under the direction of Chef Pierre Gignac, where the menu has recently been expanded to include three daily fixed priced selections that include an appetizer, main course, and desert.
Cottages with a Concierge & Other Perks
The opening of Seaglass Village (One Old County Road, Moody Village, Wells, 207-358-2900, seaglassvillagerentals.com) in spring 2009 considerably raised the bar for area accommodations. This gated resort community of two-bedroom cottages is centered around a multi-million dollar clubhouse exclusively for adults and offers an on-site concierge, three state-of-the-art swimming pools, entertainment pavilion and more. A separate family pool and amenity area ensures guests of every age have a good time. Located minutes away from Ogunquit Village, Seaglass Village provides the best of both worlds – a resort retreat minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Ogunquit and close proximity to local area beaches. Weekly rentals May – October; daily rentals (minimum two-night stay) May 8 – June 18 and September 4 – October 23. Children welcome. Pet friendly. Also Accommodating: Located in town, The Admiral’s Inn Resort (95 Main Street, 207-646-7093, theadmiralsinn.com) has been recently renovated and expanded and boasts two heated swimming pools and hot tubs, fire pit, health club with sauna, and day spa. Gay and lesbian parents with children in tow are welcome in the property’s hotel building, with one pool designated as family friendly, the other adults only. Nearby is the Ogunquit Beach Inn (67 School Street, 207-646-1112, ogunquitbeachinn.com), a five-room B&B set within a 1927 Craftsman-style home where paintings by local artists grace the walls. For gay and lesbian couples looking for a romantic setting, consider the Gazebo Inn (572 Main Street, 207-646-3733, gazeboinnogt. com), a restored 1847 farmhouse and barn with in-room two-person Jacuzzi-style tubs and fireplaces.
Broadway at the Beach
Former president George Bush and his wife, Barbara, never miss a production at the Ogunquit Playhouse (10 Main Street, 207646-5511, ogunquitplayhouse.org), where theatergoers have been entertained every summer since 1933. “America’s Foremost Summer Theatre” has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing high caliber shows featuring professional actors. Last year, five productions drew audiences of over 100,000 and featured such stars as Sally Struthers, Georgia Engel, Stefanie Powers, and Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, making his stage debut. Due to popular demand, this venerable institution more than doubled its season and now stays open 21 weeks a year. While the schedule for 2011 is yet to be announced, titles under consideration include Miss Saigon, Curtains, Avenue Q and Legally Blonde the Musical. More Cultural Attractions: Learn more about the painters that formed Ogunquit’s artists colony and other notables at the Ogunquit Museum of American Continued on next page
Ogunquit Maine Advertising Supplement Continued from previous page Art (543 Shore Road, 207-646-4809, ogunquitmuseum.org); the museum’s gorgeous setting within a sculpture garden overlooking the Atlantic Ocean makes it more than worth the trip. Open May – October; admission is $8 for adults. Step back in time at the Ogunquit Heritage Museum (86 Obeds Lane, 207-646-0296, ogunquitheritagemuseum.org), located within the Captain James Winn House, to discover more about the region’s unique history. Open in summer; donations welcome.
Hit the Town
After dark, a surprisingly active nightlife scene unfolds, centered around Ogunquit’s swinging clubs and bars. A mainstay of the social circuit, The Front Porch (9 Shore Road, 207-646-4005, thefrontporch.net) draws a lively gay and lesbian crowd with its second floor piano bar, where the patrons feel free to sing along. Entertainment is also front and center at Maine Street Bar and Nightclub (195 Main Street, 207-646-5101, mainestreetogunquit.com), where an ever-changing program of events includes performances by drag divas and guest DJs, karaoke and pool tournaments, plus a monthly women’s T dance. Five-O is a great spot to bring a date or meet someone new while sipping a signature cocktail or beer. The new kid on the block, the Oxygen Lounge (237 Main Street, 207-646-4665, oxygenbarogunquit.com), located at the site of the former Insideout, promises a packed dance floor and karaoke.
The Great Seascape
During the day Ogunquit Beach is the place to be and be seen. The main entrance, aptly located at the end of Beach Street, leads to a stretch of pristine sand a world apart from New England’s typical rocky coastline. Turn left and walk past the volleyball nets; about 200 yards away gay guys and gals congregate to catch some rays. For a more secluded sun and surf sojourn, continue on to the relatively undiscovered Footbridge Beach. Get an up close and personal lay of the land by taking a stroll down Marginal Way, a 1.25 mile paved footpath that runs along the coastline from the center of town to the quaint fishing village of Perkins Cove, a neighborhood chockablock with eclectic shops and restaurants. Pass by scenic tidal pools and stone outcroppings while taking in the magnificent vistas of sea and shore that inspired such painters as Edward Hopper and Marsden Hartley. Take to the sea at Perkins Cove, where popular boat cruise options include whale watching excursions, deep sea fishing charters, and trips to Cape Neddick’s “Nubble” Lighthouse, one of the most photographed in the country, located in York. Kayak and bike rentals also make for leisurely ways to explore.
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Schools that welcome diversity and value each student are the hallmark of the independent / private schools listed here. These schools openly welcome our community, so each parent can be assured that they, their same gendered partner and their children receive the attention needed to provide the foundation for a superior educational experience. See our next Savoir Flair Summer edition featuring large independent school resources for all of New England with listings of open house dates. There is a school where boys love learning, fearlessly try new things, build a deep sense of community, and embark on a lifelong journey to be their best selves. Grades 4 to 9
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Belmont Day School
55 Day School Lane, Belmont, MA 02478 (617) 484-3078, www. belmontday.org We believe that a foundation of excellence in education is a diverse community where children and adults understand, appreciate, and celebrate differences. Through the process of recognizing and discussing differences, we discover similarities, shared values, and common goals. These shared values and goals are woven into our curriculum, which fosters critical thinking skills and empathy in our students and prepares them to enter a diverse world with responsibility and pride.
The Fenn School
516 Monument st., Concord, MA 01742, (978)3695800, www.fenn.org Fenn offers an academically rigorous day school program for boys in grades 4 to 9. Offering small class sizes, daily arts and athletics, and a community where every boy is respected.
Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island There is a school where boys love learning, fearlessly try new things, build a deep sense of community, and embark on a lifelong journey to be their best selves. Grades 4 to 9
85 Taft Ave.,Providence, RI 02906, (401) 7512470, www.jcdsri.org The Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island is the only pluralistic day school in the state, welcoming Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students from all backgrounds, interfaith through Modern Orthodox.
The Gordon School
45 Maxfield Ave. , East Providence, RI 02914, (401) 434-3833, www.gordonschool.org Gordon School is the choice for families who seek a diverse and inclusive coeducational environment that challenges both the intellects and imaginations of elementary and middle school students. The nursery through eighth grade structure allows a focus on the crucial early years when the foundations of academic and social learning are laid. Academics, arts, music and athletics are grounded in real life applications, from the gardens maintained by three year old scientists to the four week service learning projects eighth graders complete as the culmination of their study of citizenship and American history.
The Providence Country Day School
660 Waterman Ave., East Providence, RI 02914 (401) 438-5170, www.providencecountryday. org PCD’s college prep scholars are also league champion athletes, award winning artists, actors and singers. They are leaders in their school and in their communities and each one helps make our school a more vibrant place to learn and grow.
The Wheeler School
Wheeler is best known for its extraordinary academic curriculum, breadth and creativity of co-curricular offerings, its cohesive community, and the dynamic, lab-school-like focus on innovation and creativity of its programs.
216 Hope St., Providence, RI, (401) 421 8100, www.wheelerschool.org. Founded in 1889, Wheeler is a co-educational, independent day school located in the heart of Providence’s historic and dynamic College Hill neighborhood, adjacent to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Our student body consists of 800 students in grades nursery through 12, taught by just over one hundred dedicated faculty.Wheeler is best known for its extraordinary academic curriculum, breadth and creativity of co-curricular offerings, its cohesive community, and the dynamic, lab-schoollike focus on innovation and creativity of its programs. The Hamilton School at Wheeler, to take just one example, is a small “school-within-theschool” for bright students with language-based learning differences.
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SEACOAST CAREER SCHOOLS
One Eagle Drive, Sanford, ME 04073, (207) 490-0509, (800) 758-7679, www. seacoastcareerschools.com. Since 1995, Seacoast Career School has been providing real world education to prepare students for successful careers in high-demand fields. Seacoast Career School meets state licensing requirements and is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training, (ACCET) a national accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
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670 North Commercial Street, Manchester, NH 03101, (603) 624-7222, (800) 758-7679, www.seacoastcareerschools.com. Since 1995, Seacoast Career School has been providing real world education to prepare students for successful careers in high-demand fields. Seacoast Career School meets state licensing requirements and is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training, (ACCET) a national accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
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Checklist for your next Green Home by Paige Green
According to a recent study, around 56 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the home. While it is impor-
tant that we pressure business and government for sustainable initiatives, some of the easiest changes can be made in our own dwellings from simple lifestyle changes such as adopting green elements in your home’s design features. For many, building a sustainable home may seem too challenging, too daunting or just not feasible. Many people claim; ‘We can’t afford it’, ‘I already own a home (and am still paying it off!)’, or ‘I’m renting’; these are all ready made excuses that make even the most die-hard greenie resistant to making a more substantial investment in a sustainable home.
‘Money is always one of the major im-
possible. Key features include efficient
pediments to investing in a sustainable
energy use, rainwater harvesting, man-
home,’ says Julien Laclave, renewable
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energy expert. A green home can save
sustaining its inhabitants with a lush
a family thousands of dollars a year.
green garden. Renowned celebrities
‘We can’t force people to invest in a
such as Cate Blanchett have brought
sustainable renovation or a new home,
popularity to green residences. Sus-
but we can show them that it really
tainable home design is reaching the
pays off.’ Reduced energy bills from
mainstream. People are realizing eco
renewable energy sources and more
homes make good sense. Households
comfortable living conditions that don’t
can lower their energy bills by as much
require artificial heating or cooling are
as 50 percent and save on their water
just some of the benefits of a sustain-
bills. Green homes stay comfortable
able designed home.
throughout the year without the aid of artificial heating and cooling, which
So what’s behind good green design?
make them a real pleasure to live in. A sustainable house is just a house that
Essentially, building a ‘green home’ is to
is well designed and cleverly thought
ensure a house is as ‘self sustaining’ as
Looking to buy or rent a green home? These days, lots of green homes are going on the market as sellers and landlords recognize they’re in demand. But how is one to know which homes are truly green? Here’s a checklist of features to look out for and questions to ask to determine the green quality of your next home.
Location Location Location - pick a location that’s convenient and easy to get to. Close to shops, amenities and public transport will reduce the amount of emissions that come from getting around. Inquire about the town’s recycling program.
Find a house with the right orientation - if a house is to have good eco principles, it will be designed with the right orientation. This means that the living areas will face due north, to make the most of the winter sun while allowing the hotter summer sun to pass overhead. Sleeping rooms, meanwhile, will be oriented towards to the South to capture cool summer breezes. Continued on next page
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Recycling your CFLs - The typical CFL contains a minute 4 mg of mercury sealed in its glass tubing. Some manufacturers have lowered its CFL mercury content to as little as 1 - 2.5 mg. Handle your CFLs with care and take advantage of recycling programs for CFLs to keep mercury from ending up in landfill.
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Leading by example with LEDs Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are another popular energy efficient lighting option, especially to replace halogen globes and downlights in your home. The small cluster of diodes can be arranged in a number of configurations and sizes to suit your home. LEDs have been traditionally found in electronics including clocks, and have a variety of uses in terms of producing a broad spectrum of bright colored light. LEDs are the perfect substitute to the more heat intensive halogen bulbs and last for over 50,000 60,000 hours and use 70 percent less energy than standard halogen globes. LEDs are also mercury free. The important thing is to ask before you buy. Even if the real estate agent can’t tell you up front, it’s important to let the market know that buyers and renters are looking for this bit of information. While no single home will have all of the sustainable features listed, at least you can get a clear picture of what the potential home has to offer. savoirflairmagazine 41
rhode island by Michael Dubor
L o f t L iv i n g Once a major textile center in the northeast, Rhode Island is chock full of old red brick factory and mill buildings. Most of these structures have been converted into chic, stylish residential lofts that attract a discerning demographic. Savoir Flair was invited inside some of the remarkable loft apartments that are not so â€˜run of the millâ€™.
The Mile Square Lofts Once a home for braided rug manufacturing, this abandoned mill was converted into lofts in 2004. Although a section of the red brick façade has been replaced by a smooth concrete finish, the overall feel of the former American Broadloom mill has been retained. The building hallways are very loft-like in appearance with flat brick walls, hardwood flooring and fluorescent lighting. We were able to visit two converted apartments with very distinct personalities. First we visited with loft owner and artist Nadia, a celebrated painter. Her home is the utmost in welcoming, classic style, arranged to suit an expansive and spacious loft. The main bank of large, North-facing windows offer a flood of soothing light, perfect for an artist’s pursuits. Nadia uses one of the bedrooms as her personal working studio.
Here works of art are being born, resting against the wall, waiting for her attention to bring them to life. It is no surprise she chose The Mile Square lofts precisely because of the apartments’ high ceilLoft Living Continued on next page
Far left: Resident Joe and his dog, Butters. Top: Traditionally decorated living room at Mile Square Left: Bedroom with built in shelves
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Left:The converted artist’s studio with plenty of natural light. Bottom: Minimalist approach in the divided living room. Far Right (top): Bathroom with modern and antique features. Far Right (bottom): A spacious studio at the Mile Squared lofts continued from previous page
ings and openness; this 2300 square foot space satisfies that desire. Serving as a bold contrast against her soft furnishings and accessories, a piece of old textile machinery hangs from the ceiling anchored above the dining area. This remnant perfectly blends the boundaries between Nadia’s classic-traditional period décor and the building’s industrial beginnings. The kitchen features poured concrete counter tops with recycled glass and the steel entry doors are a great addition to the overall feel. Just up the stairs from Nadia, we toured Joe’s loft. Also an artist, he designed the make up for the Broad-
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L i v i n g way hit “Wicked.” He resides with his Cockapoo, Butters, in a thoroughly jaw dropping, expansive loft. He embraces the space with modern styling, minimal accessorizing and a flair that clearly reflects his talent and accomplishments as an artist. Joe’s creativity is simple yet refined; a slatted partition neatly divides the massive living room without breaking the overall space. Situated in the corner of the building, this loft has the benefit of large windows that wrap around the interior space, transforming the large master bedroom and capturing additional light. An en-suite bathroom combines the starkness of painted brick with modern fixtures and design, and a claw foot tub. Concrete flooring with radiant heat covers the vanity and sink area, while refinished original hardwood floors expand through the rest of the space.This home is the epitome of streamlined loft living. The Spartan décor makes this home very streamline and inviting. Loft Living Continued on next page
L o f t Left: An open kitchen and living space at M Residential. Bottom: View of Roosevelt Falls
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M Residential Once the Kennedy Mills and home to the Elizabeth Webbing Company, M Residential is a project along the historic Roosevelt corridor, originally constructed for manufacturing in 1824. In 2004 the property was bought by a development group and converted into apartments, yet set up in such a way that retains much of the aesthetics of its former business occupants.
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Michael comes in to join us as he readies for a busy night at the restaurant. It’s obvious these two have something very special as they finish each other’s sentences. Michael contributes: “Honesty is really the most important priority for Tony. You have to take the chance when you think you’ve found that someone special and be ready to jump in. I was at a party for the first time in months and there he was.” Conflict resolution is essential to keeping a relationship alive. No one really wants to argue or have fights, but that can be one of the most important parts to a strong foundation and a lasting partnership. Getting your feelings out can be a lot healthier than blindly going with what the other person wants. Even though it may seem easier at the time it can lead to resentment and more serious arguments later on, and will stifle who you really are, which is never good for a balanced relationship. Let your feelings out as they arise and if you do this from the start you should be able to build a safe space in which you and your partner can communicate. You can find your soul mate anywhere, waiting in line at the grocery store, through friends, through work, online, and in coffee shops. We need challenges and highs and lows – otherwise we stagnate and what fun would that be? Common values, respect for yourself and others, the ability to disagree amicably, and loving yourself enough to make
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upon the solid foundation that is your relationship. Remembering always, that you are responsible for your own happiness, that you cannot change another’s behavior, only your reaction to it. Honor and acknowledge all that your loved one does that you adore and appreciate instead of focusing upon the little irritants or disappointments.” Amy Bovaird: “Learning to communicate in the way that works for your partner, rather than sticking rigidly to your own style of communication; this has made all the difference in my life but it isn’t easy!” Kerri wrote: “I have been with my partner for 10 years and she was my total opposite, so I guess we balance each other out. A relationship is like falling in and out of love with the same person over and over again.” From a good friend: “I know I found the one because no matter how many times I’ve seen him in one day, whenever he walks in the room I still lose my breathe and think to myself, ahh finally, that’s my darling. Love can be sooo great.” As I stated at the beginning, If it doesn’t work out just keep thriving, growing and learning each day, serving your earth and making your world better.
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