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Engineering in Disguise Building tomorrow’s engineers one Lego at a time It’s an inarguable fact of life that Legos are the greatest things ever, a playtime staple whose potential is limited only by your imagination and however many bricks are in your collection. They’re also subtly educational - secret little lessons in engineering disguised as multicolored fun dumped across the living room floor. That’s the aspect of Lego that the Rhode Island School of the Future is trying to tap into with its annual First Lego League competition. “Our goal is to help children understand that science, technology, engineering and math help make life better and is fun and interesting,” explains Mary Johnson, Acting Executive Director or Rhode Island School of the Future. Nick Corey, currently a freshman engineering student at Roger Williams University, was 15 when his team won first place in 2010’s competition. “It really sparked my interest into delving more into the realm of engineering,” he says. “I’m hoping to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree, and utilize my engineering skills to help others. Over the summer, I participated in a mission trip to Jamaica and it was there that I decided I wanted to make advancements in water filtration and other things in that realm that help countries that really need it.” The competition asks elementary and middle school students to work together in designing, building and programming Lego robots for a series of timed challenges based on a theme. The idea is that the same imagination and creative problem solving applied to a shapeless pile of Legos can be applied to the fields of science and technology. This year’s theme is Nature’s Fury, so imagine Lego droids bringing aid supplies to storm victims or removing branches from power lines. Between rounds of saving Legoland from the ravages of natural disasters, the teams will present

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findings based on research topics of their choice as they relate to the theme. “They learn about more than just robots,” says Johnson. On Saturday, January 11, Roger Williams University will host the big show as the qualifying 40 teams compete for the top prize – a $20,000 scholarship to RWU for each of the winning team’s members. -Tony Pacitti

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One of my favorite things I’ve had the pleasure of looking forward to these last couple of years as winter rears her icy head is the ability to see Snowy Owls on some area beaches, such as Horseneck Beach in Westport or Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown. Sometimes you can see one of these gorgeous owls as you casually walk down the sandy shores or as you scan some rocky outcrops during a birding outing. As of late, there has been some controversy over these birds since they have taken up residence on tarmacs. You may be asking why an owl is out during the daytime. Unlike some other owls that are nocturnal, Snowy Owls are diurnal, meaning that they hunt both during the day and at night. There are reports that planes have been struck by this overwintering species in New York and New Jersey. Their solution, shoot to kill. It’s no surprise that this has created quite a controversy. On the one hand there is a genuine safety concern – especially since some birds have been sucked into the turbines and caused emergency landings. On the other hand, this species is protected under federal law, are just darn gorgeous to look at and are a fantastic ambassador of wildlife to the public. Logan International Airport in Boston has a thoughtful solution. They work with the Audubon Society to capture the owls and then release them in appropriate areas away from the airport. It often takes public outcry to resolve a situation. Just another reminder to speak up for what you believe in, and to give a hoot (pun absolutely intended). –Grace Lentini

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vision and dental care to Central American countries

It’s not a typical week at the office. Dr. John Kerwin, DDS, works most of the year in a well-appointed dental office in Warren, but each January he works much farther from home. This year he will be traveling in mid-January to Pedasi in Panama. He has been making annual trips overseas since 1999 to volunteer his time for those who cannot afford dental care. The dentist has made trips to Panama and Nicaragua in previous years, working with Northeast Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (NEVOSH ) which expanded beyond vision care. Volunteers pay their own travel and living expenses while overseas. It’s far from a pleasure trip. Some years a hot shower and a clean bed were hard to come by, and electricity is not always available, but it did not stop Dr. Kerwin from returning each year. “I like going and helping people doing what I do.” Dr. Kerwin says it’s great to see a different part of the world and not worry about collecting money or dealing with insurance. All the NEVOSH services are given free. For the dental team overseas, taking teeth out is number one. He says he has seen many in pain, including some who have been suffering with teeth broken off at the gum line. The people they help do not have many options “A lot of the people, they’ve never seen a dentist before,” he says. After the word gets out, the free clinic is incredibly busy. It’s not unusual for there to be a line of people waiting to get in, and they appreciate the care that is given. “It’s a very humbling experience in that you walk in and people are clapping.” Besides removing teeth, the team cleans teeth and does some fillings. Dr. Kerwin says he sees considerably more people in a day than he would see in his normal practice. “Last year we saw just over 600 people in five days. “ Since the dentist got involved, he has organized an annual golf tournament to raise money for the cause. “I’m a golfer and every year I say I’m not going to do it again because it’s so much work. But it’s kind of my baby.” His wife, Cathie, and their daughter, Emily, also help out the day of the tournament. Money raised from the tournament is used to provide supplies and equipment at the site, as well as translators to keep communication flowing. The group usually takes along two dental students from Boston University and the money also provides resources for the students’ travel expenses. This year, Dr. Kerwin will be returning to the same location as last year, in Pedasi. The dental team sets up in a school, ready from early in the morning to late in the day to help whoever walks in the door. In 2012 the team worked in Boca del Toros, Panama. Previous to 2012 Dr. Kerwin traveled with the team to Nicaragua, but the location was changed to Panama because of the lack of some of the basic necessities as well as complications involving government permissions in Nicaragua. Dr. Kerwin says he enjoys the trip to Panama, but the change was followed with some regrets. “It’s very unfortunate because we loved Nicaragua.” –Cindy VanSchalkwyk

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’m so hungry. Let’s go to Fall River. Say what now? Has that ever


been said? Well, maybe it should. Fall River is 210 years old, holds down one end of the longest bridge in the world (it connects Somerset to Little Portugal), has the largest collection of WWII naval vessels at Battleship Cove, contains the mystery surrounding Lizzie Borden, is home to signs reading “the next time you cut through my yard, you go around” and the birthplace of Emeril Lagasse – the chef who lets the rest of Food Network watchers know that Fall River even exists. From landmark Portuguese restaurants to classic diners and comfort food, the Fah Reeve dining scene has more than meets the eye and is worth a second glance. Here’s your guide to navigating this far off land.

Keeping It Simple Let’s start with one of the establishments that has made Fall River what it is today. Head on down to Hartley’s Original Pork Pies. They make traditional British pork pies - the most popular being the original Pork Pie - with a recipe that is 113 years. It’s simple goodness: a flaky crust filled with 98% lean pork, salt and pepper. It proves that the simple joys in life are the ones that people come back for time and time again. 1729 S Main Street, Fall River. 508-676-8605, Check them out on Facebook. Next stop is Patty’s Pierogis, one of the two remaining diners open for business in Fall River. You might remember this place when Guy Fieri featured it on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The first thing you must try is (duh) a pierogi. For those of you who aren’t quite sure what that is, think of it as Polish ravioli. The most popular pierogi – among the 40 or so varieties offered on a daily basis – is Potato and Cheese, tradition at its finest. And who doesn’t love cheese and mashed potatoes?

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But for a well-rounded experience, try the Polish Plate. It comes with two pierogis, one golumpki (a stuffed cabbage roll filled with hamburger, rice and onion then baked with tomato sauce), a link of kielbasa and polish rye bread with a choice of kapusta soup or house salad. The soup is a family recipe made with cabbage, sauerkraut, potatoes and onion in a chicken broth. 1019 South Main Street, Fall River. 508-6794001, The second of two diners left in operation is Al Mac’s Diner. Under new ownership but keeping with tradition, the 100-year-plus diner continues to bring home cooking to the masses. Their signature item is the corned beef, which you can have as a Reuben or for breakfast with eggs, home fries and toast. The beef is house-brined for four days then slow roasted for eight hours. From there it’s cooked to order. All I can say is, yes please. 135 President Avenue, Fall River. 508-567-5727,

Portuguese Restaurants It’s no secret. Fall River has a lot of Portuguese restaurants. Although there is no official consensus, Sagres has unofficially held the top position as best Portuguese restaurant for years. Unfortunately, it burned and is currently closed. It was where I had the best Alentejana of my life. This dish includes pork medallions, little neck clams and potatoes in a to-die-

for sauce. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will reopen soon. In the meantime, there are many other Portuguese restaurants worth their weight in chourico and eggs. And speaking of eggs, no steak at a Portuguese restaurant would be complete without an egg on top of it. At Caldeiras Restaurant, their Bifea Portuguesa (Portuguese steak) hits the mark. It’s a 10oz choice sirloin seared with garlic, hot sauce, beer and olive oil served with a fried egg on top with rice and fries. 990 Pleasant Street, Fall River. 508-673-0026, If egg on your steak isn’t your thing, don’t worry there are options. How does Tiger Shrimp with Linguini and Little Necks sound? At Cinderella Restaurant they grill the shrimp then sautée them with linguini and a Grand Marnier sauce. With a little bit of heat, it’s the perfect way to kick up date night. 85 Columbia Street, Fall River. 508-675-0002, And, let’s be honest, no trip to Little Portugal would be complete without a warm bowl of Portuguese Kale Soup. Now, let’s get this straight right away, every family makes kale soup differently. There are some basics - kale, red beans, beef and chourico – but to each their own. But if you eat kale soup to one place, check out St. John’s Club. It was featured in The Best Thing I Ever Ate, when Emeril Lagasse said that their recipe was indeed the best thing he

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ever ate. Alright Emeril, that’s good enough for me. 1365 Rodman Street, Fall River. 508-675-4914, Check them out on Facebook.

Hot Dog Joints It’s becoming pretty apparent that comfort food reigns supreme in Fall River. Showcasing yet even more comfort food are the slew on hot dog joints, and they all have one thing in common – their most popular dog is the plain Coney Island hot dog with the works, which includes mustard, onions and Coney Island sauce on a steamed bun. Here are some places where to get one of these simple joys in life: Nick’s Coney Island Hot Dogs. 534 S Main Street, Fall River. 508-677-3890. Faneek’s Coney Island. 269 Rhode Island Avenue, Fall River. 508-678-8261. JJ’s Coney Island Hot Dogs. 571 S Main Street, Fall River. 508-679-7944.

Pubs and Grub So far we’ve covered some of the basic food bases Fall River offers but let’s get real. Sometimes we all just a need a good brew or cocktail at the end of a long (or short) day. Check out the newest sports bar in town Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill. Right now they have a craft cocktail menu with about eight thoughtfully created beverages. Try the Apple Press. It is a plum-infused white whiskey served with a rosemary and thyme cider. It is served cold but will definitely warm you up. Pair that with Kobe Beef Sliders topped with brie, prosciutto and red onion marmalade and you’ve got yourself one tasty meal. And if cocktails aren’t your thing, they’ve got a full bar with plenty of options. 1082 Davol Street, Fall River. 508676-7369, Other times you just want a burger and a pint. St. James Irish Pub has you covered. Try one of their handmade burgers such as their Juicy Lucy. It’s a pepper jack cheese stuffed creation topped with sautéed onions in a Boom Boom sauce (I’d tell you what was in it but I’ve have to kill you). Suffice it to say that it’s similar to a horseradish mayo. Pair it with a Guinness and you are good to go. Not in the mood for a burger? Try their 50-cent wings. 91 Purchase Street, Fall River. 508-672-6951, Need a nightcap or another place to hit on your barhop? The Tipsy Toboggan will not disappoint. Try their Hot Chocolate Martini. It has chilled hot chocolate, dark creme de cacao, Godiva white chocolate and Absolut Vanilia topped with mini marshmallows. It’s the perfect end to a warm or cold night. 75 Ferry Street, Fall River. 508-567-0550,

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Pick up a new hobby for the new year By Dale J. Rappaneau, Jr.

Oh how America celebrates the

finality of formal education. Alice Cooper blew the idea up in the ‘70s with “School’s Out.” In the ‘80s, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club took cinemas by storm. The 1993 film Dazed and Confused turned education into a drug-induced nightmare, while the 1995 film Billy Madison made it a joke. Even the modern, critically-acclaimed television show Breaking Bad (amazing, by the way) held at its core the theme of finding excitement outside of the authoritarian structure of school. The problem, though, is that a secondary effect of this trend is the total disregard of adult learning. After years in a system bent on bending children to its will, adults celebrate the freedom of turning their attention toward making money, raising kids, forming relationships – things that enrich emotionally yet not always intellectually. But news flash: the mind needs to keep learning. Case in point, the

Alzheimer’s Association claims that “keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality,” and “higher levels of education appear to be somewhat protective against Alzheimer’s.” And that’s just one of the long-term benefits of learning new things. There’s also the short-term effects of feeling accomplished, energized, purposeful, excited and a whole list of other heart-warming adjectives. Now, with the passing of 2013 into the annals of history, life rests upon a fresh start. A clean slate. An opportunity to hit a theoretical reset button and break free from this culture’s incessant love affair with escaping from school, from learning, from finding excitement in new information. And the following list is the perfect start. From learning how to bust out funky riffs on a guitar to finally figuring out the benefits of social media for business, there are countless classes littered across the East Bay. All you have to do is sign up for one. So, what are you waiting for?

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Ever wish for more time to create? For the sharp imagination that comes so easily to kids? There’s no reason one’s sense of creativity should stay stuck back in the years of childhood. After all, even adults are allowed to day dream. Set aside some time for the following classes and the artistic results are sure to be astonishing.

level: Casual Let’s start slow and simple: Over in Barrington, the Peacock and Parade offers adult sewing Workshops every Wednesday evening, from 7-9pm. The intricate, focused process of threading needles and mending clothes (or creating new ones) is easy enough for anyone to do, yet deep enough that a diehard artist could find surprising ways to work the needle. Elizabeth, the workshop’s host, works with each individual on their chosen project, taking an idea every step of the way from concept to completion. Call today to join. $140 for 4 (2-hour) sessions or $35 per class. 184 County Rd, 2nd Floor, Barrington. 401-289-2185

For adults in need of some eye candy along with their creativity (who isn’t?), Sandywoods Farm’s Model Figure Drawing is a must-see. Happening every Monday from 6-9pm, the sessions don’t coddle attendants: they’re unguided, with experienced male

Bring out your inner rock star at the School of Rock

and female models putting their bodies on (artistic) display, in a “relaxed, informal and supportive setting.” All experience levels are encouraged to come, but artists must bring their own materials. Donations accepted for models. 73 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-2417349,

level: eNeRGeTIC Forget sewing. Forget clay. Forget drawing. The rock gods have called and they need their new champion: You. So crank the amps to eleven, put in extra practice on your jump kicks and sign up for the School of Rock’s adult lesson Program. This program is as appropriate for beginners as it is for gigging musicians “looking to hone their skills.” And don’t worry about missing that

excessively long late-lunch that rock champions are entitled to, because lessons are only held before 3pm and after 7pm. 1295 Fall River Ave, Seekonk. 508557-0213, Although busting out big tunes on a guitar or accordion can work up a sweat, nothing compares to the full-body experience of dancing. And not the kind of dancing left to litter dark corners of nightclubs and high school proms - no, classy dancing like FloorTime Studio’s east Bay Ballroom program. Participants learn to move in fluid rhythm with their partner while also appreciating the subtleties of their own body. Call for prices and schedule. 1038 Aquidneck Ave, 2nd Floor, Middletown. 401-849-5678, www.

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Part of the creative experience is going beyond one’s comfort zone. It’s about creating emotions and anxiety and the beautiful cocktail of chemicals that erupt when tackling fears. Oddly enough, though, it’s not always easy to find such opportunities. But fear not, brave souls, for The Dancing Spirit Studio, in Tiverton, provides exactly that with their Belly Dancing Classes. Oh yes, the act of exposing one’s midriff and moving in a seductive manner is most definitely a memorable way to unleash the imagination. (Their professional instructors make it easy and enjoyable, so don’t fret over first-class nerves.) Call for prices and schedule. 219 Nanaquaket Rd, Tiverton. 401-3389905,

Photography: (top) Stacey Doyle, (bottom) both by James Jones

Sewing not enough? Okay, okay - this next one is a surefire way to work the hands as much as the mind. Get this: Barrington is also home to The Clay Art Studio, where owner Rena Bidney hosts Ongoing adult Classes. Here, adults can let loose their imagination to “create whatever you want out of clay.” Need a new bowl, mug or vase? A personalized goblet for getting lost in a bottle of wine? (Check the In The Kitchen section for reasons to drink.) Rena provides assistance for all projects. Call for registration. $25 for one 2-hour class or $20 for classes paid in advance. Prerequisite: Beginner’s Workshop. 14 Paquin Rd, Barrington. 401245-48985,

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Strengthening creative muscles can work up quite the appetite. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities for learning about and eating good food. And don’t worry, these classes can be as easy as sipping a glass (or glasses) of wine, or as difficult as learning how to bake bread from scratch.

level: Casual Let’s start way, way casual, with the Wine Tastings at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards. Founded in 1975 on some research about how Rhode Island’s soil kicks ass, Sakonnet annually produces somewhere around 30,000 cases of exquisite wine, receiving awards in both domestic and international competitions. Having a taste straight from such an astonishing wine maker is as much a mind-expanding experience as it is a palate-pleasing one. (And there’s no post-class test to worry about!) $10/person. Call for tasting times. 162 West Main Rd, Little Compton. 401-635-8486, Whoa, what’s the rush? There are two “way”s up there. This train ain’t ready to leave Casual Station just yet, so take it slow and settle back in for another glass of wine, at Greenvale Vineyard’s Tours and Tasting. The usual tasting includes seven different wines and a wine glass, but private tastings are available for drinkers in need of that extra kick of solitude with their wine. $12/person. Call for tasting times. 582 Wapping Rd, Portsmouth. 401847-3777, And now it’s time to move on from this love affair of alcohol to – wait a second, Grapes & Grains offers Wine Tastings and Craft Beer Tastings? Nope. Done. This article might as well be over, because all of this booze is going to bog down the brain too much. (Well, it would if the Grapes & Grain’s expert staff weren’t so capable of combining the drinks with downright fascinating wine/beer facts.) Wine Tastings Fridays 5-7pm; Craft Beer Tastings Saturdays 2-5pm. 24 Bosworth St, Barrington. 401-2452100,

Photography: (top) Mary Weaver, (bottom) Rafael Medina

level: eNeRGeTIC All right, let’s finally get past the booze and into the meat of East Bay’s cooking classes: Newport Cooks, oddly enough located in Middletown, is constantly offering culinary courses for individuals of all skill levels. Past courses have included in-depth, hands-on education about homemade pasta, baking apples in pastries, artisan breads and much more. While its name may not jive with its location, this East Bay organization lives up to its motto of “Teaching the world to cook, one class at a time!” Find them on Facebook for upcoming classes. 796 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-293-0740, Aaaaannnnnnd back to the booze: Newport Wine Cellar (actually located in Newport) offers an ongoing Wine Class series, in which participants are

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introduced and taught about wine. Each class meets Wednesday evenings at 7pm, and they include “instructional information about wine tasting, regions, wine makers, varietals and much more, and four wines paired with light hors d’oeuvres and cheeses.” That’s a whole lot of learning crammed into one night per week. $40. 24 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401619-3966,

level: eXPeRIMeNTal At its heart, cooking is a glorified, delicious chemical reaction. Oil heats up. Sugars break down. Teeth grind. Nutrients are transferred. And somewhere in there, taste buds explode with pleasure. It’s insanely fascinating. But what’s even more astonishing is playing a part of the whole experience, like at one of BreadHitz’s Baking Workshops. In these full-day classes, students learn hands-on instructions for how to turn separate ingredients into indescribably delicious treats like cookies, pastries, macarons or baguettes. Check website for upcoming classes. 97 Chestnut St, Rehoboth. 508-252-9733,

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In Rhode Island’s struggling job environment, the importance of continued learning cannot be overstated. New technologies like Analytics and SEO have revolutionized the way businesses do, well, business, while the rapidity of research keeps job professionals busy learning more about their industry. The following classes are great for individuals looking to nurture either their entrepreneurial spirit or climb higher on the corporate ladder.

level: Casual As with the last section, let’s take it slow: the Seekonk Public Library offers a ton of Computer Classes, and they range from simplistic lessons on how to use email or Google Drive, to ways in which LinkedIn can help with the job search. These basic, from-theground-up computer classes help to give the technologically unsavvy a chance of surviving in the job market. Call for schedule. 410 Newman Ave, Seekonk. 508-336-8230, Even the best employee in the world (this writer, of course) can own the worst resume (this writer’s, of

course). But that simple piece of paper is the megaphone through which job seekers shout out their abilities and skillsets. Don’t miss another job opportunity due to a messy, disorganized resume: join the Middletown Public Library’s Resume Building Classes to “learn how to put together an effective resume.” Call for schedule. 700 West Main Rd, Middletown. 401846-1573,

level: eNeRGeTIC Already past the point of computer literacy? Have a bachelor’s but want to know more about the ins and outs of business? Look no further than nearby UMass Dartmouth, as they offer a wide range of certificate programs, such as accounting, Finance, Business Foundations and Web & Interaction Design. These certificates can be taken as stand-alone classes, or they can be applied towards a master’s degree (if the student decides later to pursue that avenue). Check site for prices and schedule. 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth. 508-999-8000, In this little state, driving more than ten minutes might as well be considered an ordeal: “I have to go all the way to Dartmouth for classes?” But don’t worry, for the Rhode Island driving distance becomes a non-existent problem when considering that Roger

Libraries offer regular computer skills classes

Williams University also offers certificate programs. In this fine establishment, one can learn about Public Management and leadership, two crucial foundations for any worthwhile business. Sign up today to start learning how to wear the pants around the office. Check site for prices and schedule. 1 Old Ferry Rd, Bristol. 401-253-1040, For those living farther south in the East Bay, even Bristol can feel too far. Thankfully, Newport’s Salve Regina University also offers a plethora of certificate programs. Here, their certificate programs allow students to “pursue graduate study” without having to invest “in obtaining a master’s degree.” Whether you want to learn about International Relations, Business administration or Management, these classes make it easy to dabble in the area. Check site for prices and schedule. 100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport. 401-847-6650,

(here and above) Hone your business acumen with a certificate program at Roger Williams University

The life of an adult is crammed with time commitments. Especially when kids enter the picture. For individuals too busy to escape the house for any length of time, there’s the Online learning courses offered by the Center for Women & Enterprise. Their classes are specifically designed for people busy with “juggling work and family commitment” but passionate about “starting a business.” Head online to view their free 30-minute presentation titled “10 Steps to Starting a Business,” or sign up for a six-week instructor facilitated online course to “Create Your Business Plan.” Check site for prices and schedule. 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, 2nd Floor, Providence. 401277-0800,

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North Meets South One Austin couple blends their aesthetics – and their families – in a Little Compton summer home. Turn the page to read about new beginnings done right.

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The DeAngelis family channeled natural inspiration for their coastal summer home

Southern Accents When Ken and Lorrie

DeAngelis married in 2009, one couldn’t help but think of The Brady Bunch. Ken, a father of five, and Lorrie, a mother of three, tied the knot and made their home in Austin, Texas. While the couple loves the Lone Star State, Ken, a Barrington native, was excited to introduce his newly merged family to the serenity of Little Compton in the summer months – a vast departure from the sweltering heat deep in the heart of Texas. “At first I was worried about the kids’ reaction,” Lorrie concedes. “I said, ‘This is going to be very, very different to what you had before. Give it 24 hours before you say anything.’” Much to the couple’s delight, the children quickly embraced everything Little Compton is known for – unspoiled beaches, quiet country living and frequent runs to Gray’s Ice Cream in


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nearby Tiverton Four Corners. When he was a teenager, Ken’s parents would bring his family to Little Compton and rent homes during the summertime. The memories were treasured ones, so it was no surprise he bought a home there in 1998 during his previous marriage. “When we got married, we decided we were going to make this our summer home,” says Lorrie. “The house really hadn’t been touched since he purchased it. It was time; it needed to be updated anyway, but it was more of a fresh start for our new family. He gave me full reign to do whatever I wanted.” Lorrie turned to Stacy Carlson of Portsmouth-based Lou Lou’s Décor to help execute her vision of a warm, welcoming home where all who enter can relax and enjoy. “I had a ball working with Stacy. She made the job as seamless as it could be with

me in Texas and her in Rhode Island,” says Lorrie. “Before, it was more of a traditional New England-style home, and I wanted something with more of a soft, contemporary look. A ‘beachy,’ casual place kids could put their feet on the furniture.” Lorrie’s goal of an updated aesthetic came as no surprise to Stacy. “It was in an old, country French style, with yellows and blues, and they wanted to transform it into a more elegant style that was a little more chic and captured the coastal setting,” explains Stacy. “Just from them traveling and going to St. Barts a bit and different resort areas; that was a feeling they were comfortable with.” With the children ranging in age from 15 to 29, Ken and Lorrie approached the redesign of the home, and added a new enclave, keeping family and new members of the family

in mind. “We know, God willing, spouses and grandchildren will be coming along, and we knew we wanted to add on this tiny little sitting room off the master bedroom so Ken and I could retreat to that space when the house is full,” she explains. “That’s my favorite room in the house… the one place where I can be quiet. When Ken or I need a break – that was the function of adding on that room.” Similar to their primary residence in Austin, Lorrie looked to soft colors to create a warm ambiance throughout the home, but says there are more shades of blue and green found in their Little Compton abode. “We drew upon the colors of the ocean and sky,” she explains, as well as adding some nautical accents as a nod to the home’s environs. “Stacy was able to pull in all shades of those colors. She did a magnificent job.”

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An Austin couple finds a summer home in Little Compton

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“We started with a color palette that lightened and softened things up,” explains Stacy. “In the master bedroom, we incorporated a grasscloth called Starlight, a soft cream shade, with little metallic fibers that give a shimmery feel.” Lorrie and Stacy also collaborated on completely reinventing two bathrooms, outfitting each with custom vanities built by Joel Medeiros of Joel Medeiros Interiors based in Dartmouth. Stacy then replaced nearly all of the lighting in the house for a fresh, modern appeal. In the kitchen, a space Ken and Lorrie particularly love, the couple made a decision that was both budget- and eco-conscious. In lieu of demolishing the existing solid wood cabinetry,

each piece was completely refaced, also by Joel Medeiros. “It’s a great way to update the kitchen without having to invest in all new cabinetry,” explains Stacy. With the savings, the couple “splurged,” as Stacy describes, on a new white marble honed countertop. A honed finish, as opposed to polished, is much more scratch resistant. Though it can still scratch, it’s much more noticeable on polished finishes, so in a busy, hightraffic household like the DeAngelis’, honed might be the wisest choice between to the two finishes. Lorrie also looked to Stacy’s interior acumen when it came to the dining room. “There were some specifics

regarding the dining room tables and chairs,” says Stacy. “Lorrie wanted them to be comfortable and work for their family. They wanted it to look great, but also be causal, comfortable and inviting, with enough seating for everyone.” Stacy found the perfect set to compliment Lorrie’s vision and commissioned a custommade rug featuring blue and sand hues weaved into a wave pattern; a nod to the nearby sea. “We brought in a lot of different elements to make it interesting,” adds Stacy. Though their treasured Little Compton days are still a few months away, the DeAngelis family looks forward to their annual summer escape.

“Everything has come full circle. It was a re-haul, a fresh start, with a new family. It was ‘Let’s make this our own,’” says Lorrie. “[The kids] were so supportive of our marriage so I wasn’t surprised. We started over in Austin too. We brought nothing from our old lives into our new homes. If you can do that, it’s a real blessing. Little Compton is our wonderful summer retreat. It’s a very special place and I would have never known about it if I hadn’t met a Rhode Islander.”

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Frana Louttit of Barrington was a stay-athome mom 20 years ago when she parlayed her artistic interests into building a successful custom sewing business, making everything from crib sets and window treatments to bedding. She has spent the past eight years working as a sales consultant for Window Works in Swansea, which provides customers with complimentary design services for window treatments. Frana also has her own home interior consulting and staging business. We talked about easy winter projects, white sales and Frana’s dos & don’ts. January is a popular time for white sales. What do you recommend buying to warm up an interior? My theory on winter decorating is everyone wants to stay economical. One way is to buy toss pillows with upholstery type materials that are warmer like fleece and chenille. There is nothing better than a cozy throw on the end of a bed, a couch or a chair. The fleece ones are very affordable. Look for down comforters and duvet covers, which are the best for providing warmth while not being heavy as you sleep. Polar fleece or flannel sheets are fabulous for the winter. Lighting is really important in the winter obviously because we have less of it so add electric candles or small lights to warm up a space. What is an easy DIY interior design project? Rearranging furniture costs nothing and is a great way to make a change. Give yourself a different look, particularly since you are going to be inside a lot more. Play with what you have and you might end up making a better flow.  Keep in mind the winter sun is different so you might want to move furniture out of that direct sunlight. De-clutter is always good. Less is best!   For the winter, what project tops the list? Painting. There is nothing fresher than a painted room.  Winter is the perfect time for painting: it dries quicker, everything smells fresh and everything looks that much better with a fresh coat.   Where do window treatments fall on the “to do” list? With new construction or a move to a

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new home, window treatments top the list. It all starts with wanting a layer of privacy but unfortunately when homeowners start with a blank palette they tend to over-decorate. I try to back them up and tell them that they don’t want people to walk into their living room and say, “Great blue roller shade.” Keep the shades neutral to get started and then after a bit we’ll look at valance, a roman shade and fabrics but it should be done at the end of the decorating scheme.   What are some trends you are seeing in window treatments? Cellular shades also known as honeycomb shades are very popular. They are like a blanket for your window – energy efficient, with a white backing, which keeps most of the warm or cold air out of the house. Cellular shades come in colors and can be light filtering or room darkening.  They are modern looking but you can pull them up and show the whole glass window. They cost a little more but save money on your heating and cooling. We sell more cellular shades than anything else right now. They look great and they are environmentally smart, too.   What are some of your rules of thumb with decorating? I have my Frana’s do’s & don’ts. For people who are unsure what color to add to

a room, I always tell them do use green, it is a neutral. Like grass in the garden, every color of flower looks good with green, but don’t mix the greens – for example sage and lime. Pick one shade of the green. Another do I encourage when my clients are painting a room is to take the lightest shade on the paint swatch, which is the color at the top of the card, and paint the ceiling that color. It is the lightest version of the wall color and it bumps up the room a notch and looks fabulous. Do wallpaper; while not as popular as paint, it is lovely in a bathroom or a hallway. It breaks up a lot of blank wall and there is no need to fill the wall up with anything on it. Another big do - paint that ‘50s “orangey” brick fireplace! Customers fight me every time about it but they are so glad when they do. Paint it and it will completely change and modernize your room. And my big do: I always say if you are not sure you will like something then do store bought versus custom made. You can buy it, bring it home, be sure to leave the tags on and you have 30 days to try it out. It’s so easy to outfit a room from HomeGoods or We are so fortunate with the excellent selection of local antique and second hand

furniture shops. But often you can buy a couch second-hand, have it reupholstered for winter and have a slipcover made for summer, getting two looks for less money than buying brand new. Which design aesthetic are you so glad is no longer popular? Mauve and blue, and peach and teal color combos. I call it the Don Johnson. It worked once but now there are so many more options.   What colors are trending now? Gone are the recent popular coco browns and blues. Now it is the grays - gray walls and gray furniture. Gray is a more neutral color that you can work with. So instead of a blue room it would be a gray room with a blue pillow. People are getting away from plaids and floral traditional patterns. Geometrics are big now. That is where you are seeing the neon colors which work great with a natural color like a shade of gray. But you are not going to love that neon look in ten to fifteen years so that is why I like to work with people – to make it affordable so they are not investing in a look they are going to grow tired of.  I always say beer budget for a champagne look. Frana Louttit can be reached at FL468@ or 401-368-8735.

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business owners what drives their professional aesthetic. Kirsten VanDijk of My Passion Flower has given me perhaps the most comprehensive of answers. “The decorative arts have taken a huge hit in the name of expediency,” she laments as we tour her symbiotically potted plants and myriad vintage clothing - all brimming with personality. “I’ve learned that, if you buy quality items, you’ll do it right,” and I could not agree more. My Passion Flower thrives on featuring handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces that are displayed in organic

vignettes. Quality manifests itself in reimagined furniture and home goods, American-made bar ware and handsome displays of local art. The owner, an accomplished horticulturalist, also shares her wealth of creativity with those planning events or weddings, designing custom floral arrangements upon request. After a wave of commercialism permeating the holiday season, I find it therapeutic to treat yourself to something special and unique. At this Bristol boutique, it’s not a stretch to imagine Kirsten’s merchandise in your own abode.

1. This antique painted hanging shelf ($110) holds an ecclectic mix of finds. 2. An unusually large vintage bronze reclining Ganesha statue ($425) shares shelf space with vintage porcelain tea cups and saucers ($25 each). 3. The prototype painted “birch” chair holds an antique pair of dumbells ($65). Chair is not for sale. 4. The vintage industrial bakers island/ work station is always changing it’s look. This flocked squirrel and vintage terrarium ‘house’ is $60. 5. Creatively potted specimen orchids can be found throughout the boutique. Orchids: $36 and up.

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Approaching a new year with new skin Every January as we enter a new year, we resolve to improve ourselves. Be it diet, exercise, organization or professional goals, we pick a habit we want to change and make a promise to do so. Come February, we have more excuses than motivation. It’s so cold anyway, so the (fill in the blank with your resolution here) will just have to wait. I’m turning 40 in February, so my resolutions – and ability to keep them – have a different meaning this year. Being healthy and happy are on the top of my list, but looking my best is important too. So when I met Alicia Bjornson, coowner of Island Retreat, for a consultation, I explained what I was looking for. I wanted to approach the new year and a new decade with great, youthful skin. After asking me some questions about my skincare regimen and typical reactions to products, she recommended an anti-aging chemical peel and microdermabrasion. “It’s a result-oriented treatment,” Alicia explains. Since my only knowledge of a peel was based on a Sex and the City episode, I scheduled it for a Friday afternoon so I wouldn’t have to go back to work looking like Samantha. Alicia explained that my face would indeed be red and peeling throughout the weekend, but that by Monday the side effects would be minimal. So I cleared my weekend, left work a bit early and returned to the med spa a few weeks later. Located in Old Almy Village in Portsmouth, Island Retreat is a serene and intimate space. Inspired by the beach, the décor is subtle and relaxing. Alicia is just as soothing. Her calm voice and gentle demeanor provide the perfect bedside manner. Though Island Retreat is less than a year old (it opened in June), Alicia is a career professional. Her background includes working for a physician performing glycolic peels, hands-on work at a well-known medical spa and extensive training in lasers, equipment and cutting-edge procedures. Along with coowner and medical director Christopher Hummel, D.O, she brought the best of her experience and knowledge to create a specialized spa.


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She leads me to her treatment room, and I get comfortable on the spa bed under a blanket. Alicia tells me that the Jessner Peel is a cocktail of lactic and salicylic acids that help reduce fine lines and treat acne. By peeling off superficial layers of skin, the face is able to produce new collagen growth, leaving it tight and smooth. Those are the magic words, because I give her the green light to put these acids on my skin. She applies two layers and a neutralizer, which lasted for about five minutes, watching carefully the whole time for the reaction. I’m not going to lie – this burns. No pain, no looking fabulous at 40 I remind myself until she wiped it off. Next up is microdermabrasion, which Alicia performs with a crystal-tipped devise that helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, followed by a calming seaweed mask to hydrate. The spa has a menu of progressive treatments that are designed to produce results. From dermal fillers like Botox and Juvederm to lasers that remove hair and treat veins and pigmentation, the spa’s mission is to provide medicalgrade outcomes without actually going under the knife. “If you’re looking for a

change that doesn’t require surgery, our procedures are aggressive enough where you will see a difference.” Before I leave, Alicia gives me a packet of pharmaceutical grade product samples to help hydrate and exfoliate, and some instructions for when I do peel. Though the side effects aren’t nearly as bad as Samantha’s blistering red face on SATC, I’m thankful that I don’t have to leave the house for a few days. In five days the burning, peeling and slight discomfort are all worth it. My face looks as fresh and polished as Baby New Year. My skincare products penetrate deeper than they ever have, and my cosmetics go on with such ease. And, not only do I get to kick off a bright new year with literally new skin, I get a renewed sense of confidence as I enter my big year.

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televisions. The menu was pretty extensive, offering choices such as sliders, wings, sandwiches and plenty of other creative dishes all falling somewhere between bar food and restaurant food. My only problem with the menu is that there are only a few items that are actually “authentic Irish” as Dublin Rose claims to be, but if you’re not expecting traditional Irish cuisine, then you’ll like the selection here. The beer list was equally appealing, with some great domestic brews and a selection of imports from around the world. Since this was an Irish pub, I had a Smithwick’s ($5.00), an Irish Red Ale with just the right balance of dark, sweet malts and bright, bitter hops. If you’re not one for beer, they had a nice wine list and plenty of creative cocktails too. To start, we ordered the Sweet Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms ($9.99) and the Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls ($7.99). Either the food came out pretty fast or we were just having a great time. The mushrooms were cooked perfectly; plump and moist,

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There’s a new addition to the dining scene in Seekonk, and a step inside is all it takes to see how much time and money went into creating the next great spot for dinner, drinks or a show. It was a Saturday night on our first visit to Dublin Rose, and the night was bitter cold. After a chilling walk to the front door, it was nothing short of warming to step into the beautiful pub, complete with soft lighting, gentle wood surfaces and friendly, attentive staff. There was a wait, which is a good sign on a Saturday night, but we were seated pretty quickly. Our waitress was very nice, and knowledgeable about the menu. Our water glasses, however, were never filled after they went empty. Other than that detail, the service was wonderful and attentive. The décor was very nicely done, and a lot of work obviously went into creating a welcoming atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. Although they advertise as a sports pub, this pub is not exclusive to sports fans, and when we were there, they had everything from football to Jeopardy playing on the

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Tea for Two

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Victoria and Diamantino Fonseca are co-owners of Revival, a charming antique and gift shop located in Bristol. The husband and wife duo recently celebrated the store’s sixth anniversary with the opening of Tea at the Belvedere, a new space where patrons can pause, relax and enjoy a diverse selection of teas and tasty treats. What made you decide to add a tea room to Revival? My husband and I were looking to expand our business. Several times when customers visited our store they mentioned that I should serve tea and it seemed a natural fit for our vintage inspired atmosphere. So the journey began. We both enjoy tea but did not have much of a background about the history or process.

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You traveled to Europe in preparation for the tea room. What was your favorite part of that experience? We visited tea rooms in Ireland, England and France. I really enjoyed the differences in the “taking of tea” by not only country but by region. For example, in the UK it was not unusual to be served lukewarm or oversteeped tea and nearly always you were brought a pot of hot water to “warm up” or “water down” your tea. It was always served in lovely porcelain with great attention to presentation. By contrast, in France tea is serving piping hot, most often in cast iron teapots and not necessarily any frippery at all. My favorite part of the trip was observing the European families with their tremendous affection for each other and their ability to slow down or even stop and make the most of each day. How do you feel about scones? I follow the blog “Honest Toddler” on Facebook & Twitter and one day his post was, “Tried a scone today... horrible dry cake, cried a little” and I could sympathize with him. Scones can be really bad, dry, crumbly and tasteless. Made properly, they can

Revival’s new tearoom, Tea at the Belvedere, serves afternoon tea on the weekends

be delicious. We tasted many scones in Europe but the best scone hands down was in a bus station in Sheffield, England from a little old lady who had a pushcart with homemade cream and jam. We weren’t looking for scones, having tried so many on this trip, but it was very early in the morning and she was the only option. I still dream about those scones. Recently we partnered with Fab Goldberg, former proprietress of the amazing Basically British Tea Room. She is baking scones for us and they are scrumptious. What kind of teas do you serve? We serve and sell only loose leaf tea and that is what I prefer, as well as most of our tea loving customers. We have black, green, white and blends such as our ayurvedic tea. We also have decaffeinated options and herbal tisanes. It is our intention to purchase teas that are as free from pesticides and contaminants as possible. We also will only buy tea purchased from fair trade or equitable trade tea gardens. Our best selling tea has been Pumpkin Spice, with our Indian Chai coming in a close second.    What else do you serve with tea? We serve pastry such as cream puffs, fruit tarts, eclairs and macaroons. We

have croissants with almonds or savory options like spinach and feta or ham and cheese. We also serve quiche. For our afternoon tea, it is a traditional three-tier tray with tea sandwiches and other savories on the bottom, pastry and sweets, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a pot of tea. Do you yourself make time for tea on a regular basis? Absolutely! Daily and often more than once a day. I am quite sensitive to caffeine and unable to tolerate more than a sip or two of coffee but tea does not affect me that way. The caffeine impact is gentle and minimal. I drink tea until around 2pm then switch to a lower caffeine blend, then enjoy a cup of chamomile tea before bed. It is much better than any sleep aid; I often nod off before I finish the cup. Afternoon tea will be served on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Mondays by reservation with seatings at 1pm and 3pm.

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Some call it the Persephone effect. If you haven’t brushed up on your Greek mythology recently, the short of it is that Hades abducts the beautiful Persephone and drags her off into the underworld, where ultimately she is bound to stay for a third of the year. Her angry mom Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, decides that (as angry moms sometimes do) if she’s not happy, no one else will be either. Her annual empty nest syndrome is known to us as winter, which on its slushier road salt days doesn’t quite match the poetry of this myth, but what remains true is that things don’t grow. Why then on Saturday mornings in January is there a hustle and bustle about the old parish hall at St. Mary’s Church? Now in its second year, the Aquidneck Growers’ market on 324 East Main Road in Portsmouth is the only winter market on Aquidneck Island, and the latest in the constellation of seven winter markets dotting the state. Even when the trees are skeletal, long after the last big surge of market shopping around the holidays, inside there is music, munchies, and even McIntoshes – a wholesome speakeasy evading the cold stare of Demeter. On the produce side, between greenhouse-grown salad and winter greens, and the cellaring of hardier crops like squash, root vegetables and even apples, stands are far from barren. Some vendors even find a cozy niche in the cold, like Absalona Greenhouses, whose hydroponic setup yields crisp leafy greens when others can’t. Then there are bakers like Provencal and Olga’s Cup and Saucer who are well stocked year round. Rhode Island Mushroom Company do just fine in the dark, while for oysters of a different sort, Matunuck Oyster Farm and the Local Catch enjoy a seafood season that never ends. Finally, Pat’s Pastured and Aquidneck

Farms have just what you need to put that meat on your bones. Aquidneck Growers’ market is a Class A market, meaning farmers can only sell what they grow themselves. For Bevan Linsley, market manager of Aquidneck Growers, this local representation is imperative. She believes that the market offers something more profound than produce, stressing “it builds community” in “the dislocated life we live.” This vision of community building is far more intentional than my friendly chats with the vendors every week while my card fails to swipe. Aquidneck Growers are involved in the planning stages of an ambitious permanent sustainability center at the St. Mary’s Church site, called the Island Commons. This project looks well beyond the already successful community garden to envision nature walks, incubator plots for aspiring farmers and even a coffee shop. Linsley believes that especially in summertime, we are reaching a point of saturation with the existing farmer’s markets. For her the way forward is not to preach to the choir of farmer’s market regulars like myself. Instead the goal is to expand the

potential marketplace and bring in different people through accessibility and education. Increased accessibility comes by trying to incorporate SNAP and WIC payment in future, something, which has already enjoyed success at other markets. Likewise, education is crucial to convince unconverted locals of the multifaceted value of farmer’s markets in terms of community, sustainability, the local economy and preserving our agricultural heritage. Perhaps most encouraging of all, the various farmers’ markets are recognizing that this is an argument they ought make together. As Linsley says, “the conversation is becoming larger.” In a recognition of shared interest, a coalition of Rhode Island farmer’s markets are meeting for the second time in March, to discuss how to articulate a single persuasive message. The increasing parade of stuffed canvas bags marching even in the face of winter suggests Rhode Island is listening. Aquidneck Growers Farmers Market. St. Mary’s Old Parish Hall, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth.

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January 1: Whether you’re adventurous, a risk taker, a go-getter or just plain insane, you won’t want to miss the annual new year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Easton’s Beach in Newport. There’s no better way to earn tough guy street cred amongst your friends and family than to run head on into frigid ocean water. It’s for a good cause, also – to raise money for A Wish Come True. In fact, all proceeds from the swim and the after party at the Atlantic Beach Club will benefit the charity. Noon. Easton’s Beach, Memorial Boulevard, Newport. 401-846-0028.


January 5-26: Looking to get out of the house this winter? Every Sunday you can visit the Audubon Environmental Education Center for a Sunday nature Flick. Enjoy fascinating documentaries on the big screen. All ages. Free with admission. 2:30-3:30pm. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-2457500,


January 10-30: First up at 2nd Story Theatre this month is The Lyons, a furiously funny look at a savagely snide family that delights in kicking the ego out of each other. It’s playing DownStage through February 9. $20-$25. 3, 8pm show time. 28 Market Street, Warren. 401-2474200,


January 18: Halloween is long gone but that doesn’t mean you can’t still explore the creepier side of Rhode Island. The Newport Art Museum presents The Mystery of Vampires in new England, a spooky lecture by Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni. 2pm. 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-848-8200,


January 2-30: Stop by Sandywoods Farm every Thursday for the Sandywoods Farmers Market. This year-round shopping extravaganza includes over a dozen local vendors like Cory’s Kitchen and Mann Alive Studios plus tasty treats and great live music. Free. 4-7pm. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401241-7349,

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January January 1-5: It’s not too late to catch the last days of Christmas at Blithewold where the historic Blithewold Mansion and Gardens are decked to celebrate the winter holidays. Enjoy an 18-foot tree, sing-a-longs with Santa, teas and more. $3-$11. 11am-5pm. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-2707, January 1-31: It’s always wine o’clock at Greenvale Vineyards, which is open for Wine Tastings seven days per week, even during the winter. There’s no better way to kill that winter chill than by sampling seven delicious vinos. $12. 2pm. 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. 401-847-3777, January 2-30: Every Thursday morning, Barrington Books hosts Children’s Story Hour followed by craft time in its charming children’s section. It’s the perfect way to cure that mid-morning itch. Free. 10am. 184 County Road, Barrington. 401-2457925, January 2-30: Rogers Free Library believes in promoting creativity. Every Thursday the staff presents Legos at the Library where children and teens can create anything they want. This is recommended for school-aged children. Free. 3:304:30pm. 525 Hope Street, Bristol. 401253-6948, January 2-30: Thursday night means it’s Open Mic night at Tinker’s Nest in Warren. It’s the perfect time to finally perform that song you’ve been secretly perfecting in the shower. Free. 9:30pm. 322 Metacom Avenue, Warren. 401-245-8875. January 3-31: Drop by The Coffee Depot in Warren on a Friday night for Open Mic night. Try your hand on stage or just relax with a coffee and a snack while listening to some talented local performers. Because


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you need a break from the same old bar scene. Free. 7-10pm. 501 Main Street, Warren. 401-608-2553. January 4: It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s Citizens Bank Foundation Free Family Fun Day at the Audubon Environmental Education Center. Enjoy crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more! Activities are geared for all ages. Free. 9am-5pm. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-2457500, January 4: Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion hosts Glamour Girls: newport’s Debutantes in the 1930s, a glimpse into an often overlooked part of Newport’s history and a book signing by author Diana Oswold. Free members; $5 non-members. 11am. 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-1000, www. January 4-25: The folks at Westport Vineyards offer Public Tours and Wine Tastings every Saturday afternoon. You get a special edition etched wine glass and the chance to taste six wines ranging from sparkling to aperitif. $10. 1 & 3pm. 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport, MA. 508-636-3423, January 4-25: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t shop fresh. Check out the Mount Hope Farmers Market, which is open every Saturday year round with local growers, artisans, live music and kid-friendly programming. Free. 9am-1pm. 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol. 401-2541745, January 6-27: Mondays bring the weekly Figure Drawing Workshop to Sandywoods Farm. Each class provides a nude or semi-nude model for artists to draw as they please. No formal instruction is provided. 18+. $6 students; $14 non-students. 6-9pm.

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Design Expo 2014, a four-week exhibition featuring local Rhode Island designers who make a profound impact on our lives. 18 Valley Street, Jamestown. 401-560-0979, www. January 24 & 26: On a cold weekend in late January something wonderful will be heating up the halls of Blithewold Mansion. Enjoy the Winter Concert Series at Blithewold with Opera Providence, the perfect night out with friends or family. $35-$40. Friday 7-9pm; Sunday 3-5pm. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-331-6060, www. January 24-31: UpStage at 2nd Story Theatre this month it’s Seven Keys to Baldpate, a farce by George M. Cohan about a writer who is sequestered in a hotel room and challenged to write a novel in one night. $20-$25. 3, 7:30 show time. 28 Market Street, Warren. 401-2474200, January 30: Doris Duke amassed one of the nation’s largest private collections of Islamic Art inside her five-acre estate Shangri La. At the Doris Duke’s Shangri La: architecture, Landscape and Islamic art Lecture you’ll learn all about both. $5-$10. 6pm. 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-1000,

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United Way of Rhode Island thanks these companies for LIVING UNITED and improving our communities! This list represents generous corporate and employee giving in Rhode Island throughout our 2012-2013 annual campaign. COMMUNITY INVESTORS Corporate/Employee Gifts $500,000 or more Bank of America, Inc.* Citizens Bank, Citizens Bank Foundation* FM Global*

COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPISTS Corporate/Employee Gifts $200,000 – $499,999 Gilbane Inc.* Hasbro, Inc.* Lifespan: Bradley Hospital Lifespan The Miriam Hospital Newport Hospital Rhode Island Hospital/ Hasbro Children’s Hospital MetLife/MetLife Auto and Home* National Grid* Teknor Apex Company* The Washington Trust Company*

COMMUNITY BENEFACTORS Corporate/Employee Gifts $100,000 – $199,999 Amica Mutual Insurance Company Amica Life Insurance Company*

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COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS Corporate/Employee Gifts $50,000 – $99,999 A & H Manufacturing Company* Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.* AIPSO* A.T. Cross Company BankNewport* Brown University* Butler Hospital Coastway Community Bank* Dimeo Construction Company* Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP Electric Boat - Groton GTECH Corporation* McLaughlin & Moran, Inc.* Nordson EFD, LLC* Professional Planning Group The Stop & Shop Companies Webster Bank*

Thank you and congratulations to The Washington Trust Company our 2012-2013 Corporate Award winner! CORPORATE AND EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGNS: Corporate/Employee Gifts$1,000 – $49,999 A.J. Oster LLC AAA Southern New England* Abbott Laboratories Adoption Rhode Island Advanced Building Concepts Aetna AFSCME Local 2872 Agfa HealthCare AIDS Care Ocean State/FACTS Allstate Giving Campaign* Amalgamated Transit Union Division 618 American Express Company American Mathematical Society American Postal Workers Union/Local 387 American Red Cross, RI Chapter Ameriprise Financial AMETEK SCP, Inc.* Amgen Foundation* Amgen, Inc. Ann & Hope, Inc. Anvil International, Inc. Aon Risk Services Northeast, Inc.* The ARC of Blackstone Valley Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co.* Astro-Med, Inc.* AT & T Autocrat, Inc. Automatic Data Processing, Inc.* Avery-Smith Insurance, Inc. Bannister House, Inc. Barrington Public School Department Batchelor, Frechette, McCrory, Michael & Co. Beacon Mutual Insurance Company Benny’s, Inc.* Best Buy - Warwick Blacher Brothers, Inc.* Blish & Cavanagh BNY Mellon* Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick Brave River Solutions Bristol/Warren School Department Broker Services Marketing Group Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center, Inc. Bryant University Burns & Levinson LLP C & J Jewelry Co., Inc. Cameron & Mittleman

Capital Power LP* Capital Properties, Inc.* Carousel Industries* Cavanagh Company CB Richard Ellis CBIZ Tofias CDR Maguire Central Falls School Department Centreville Savings Bank Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman Chariho Regional School Department Child & Family Services of Newport County Children’s Friend & Servic City of Central Falls City of Cranston City of East Providence City of Newport City of Pawtucket City of Providence City of Warwick City of Woonsocket Coastal Medical, Inc.* Cogens Printing Services* Collette Vacations Combined Federal Campaign CompuClaim, Inc. The Conference Exchange Constellation Energy Construction and General Laborers’ Local Union 271 Contenti Supply Company, Inc.* Cooley Group Corcoran, Peckham, Hayes & Galvin, PC Corrigan Financial, Inc. Coventry Housing Authority Coventry Public Schools Cox Communications* Cranston Print Works Company Cranston Public Schools Crossroads Rhode Island Cumberland School Department The Damon Company Davol Inc.* Day One Dell, Inc.* Delta Dental of Rhode Island* Dominion Resources* Dorcas International Institute of RI

Duffy & Shanley, Inc. E. H. Ashley & Company* East Providence School Department Eaton Corporation, Fluid Conveyance Division Embrace Home Loans* EMC Insurance Companies* Endurance Wealth Management Enterprise Holdings* Ernst & Young Family Resources Community Action Family Service of Rhode Island Federal Hill House Association FedEx* FedEx Ground Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. Ferland Corporation* FGX International Flagstar Bank Foster Foward The Foundry Associates, LP Foxwoods Resort Casino Frank Olean Center, Inc. FUJIFILM Electronic Materials U.S.A., Inc. Fuller Packaging Company GE Gencorp Insurance Group General Cable Genesis Center Getchell & Son, Inc. Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island\ Vocational Resources Gordon R. Archibald, Inc. Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce H. Carr & Sons, Inc. H. V. Collins Company* Healthcentric Advisors Herff Jones* Hewlett Packard* Hexagon Metrology, Inc.* Highlander Charter School Hinckley Allen & Snyder The Hinckley Company Hindley Manufacturing Company Hodges Badge Company, Inc.* Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Homefront Health Care Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Hotel Viking HSBC - North America Hunter Insurance IBEW Local 99 IBM Corporation* IKON Office Solutions, Inc. INSCO Group Institute for Labor Studies & Research International Manufacturing Services, Inc.* International Packaging Corporation* J. F. Allen & Son, Inc. James L. Maher Center Jay Packaging Group, Inc.* jcpenney Jewelers Board of Trade Jewish Family Service John Hancock John R. Hess Company, Inc.* Johnston Public Schools Kearflex Engineering Co., Inc. Kenney Manufacturing Company* Keough Kirby Associates, Inc. Key Container Corporation KKM, Inc. KPMG LLP KVH Industries Lefkowitz, Garfinkel, Champi & DeRienzo, P.C. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company* Lincoln Financial Group Lincoln School Department Linear Title and Closing LISC Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems Maritime Systems and Sensors Louis Berger & Associates, Inc. Macy’s* Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Maxson Automatic Machinery Co. McLaughlin Research Corporation* McLeod Optical Company Mediware Information Systems

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Meeting Street Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Meridien Financial Group, Inc. Microfibres, Inc. Microsoft Giving Campaign Monro Muffler/Brake & Service The Moore Company* MorganStanley SmithBarney* Morrison Mahoney LLP Mullen Scorpio & Cerilli Multi-Wall Packaging An ITW Company* Natco Products Corporation National Education Association, Rhode Island Nationwide Insurance* Nautic Partners, LLC NBC-10 Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island New England Paper Tube Co., Inc.* New England Trane Service New York Life Foundation The Newport Daily News Newport Harbor Corporation* Newport Marriott Hotel Newport Tent Company NewportFed Nixon Peabody LLP Nordstrom* Nortek, Inc.* North Kingstown School Department North Providence School Department Northrop Grumman Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Ocean State Community Resources OfficeMax Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope O’Neal Steel, Inc. Pablo Cabrera CPA, LLC Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC PARI Independent Living Center parsonsKellogg* Partridge, Snow & Hahn Pawtucket Credit Union* Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket School Department Paychex The People’s Credit Union* Pepsi Cola Bottling Group Peter Pan Bus Lines Providence Division Pfizer, Inc.* Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, LLP Portsmouth Abbey School Portsmouth School Department Proability Providence Braid Company Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Company* Providence Performing Arts Center Providence Plan Providence Public Library Providence School Department The Prudential Foundation Purvis Systems, Inc. Raytheon Company Naval & Maritime Integrated Systems Rhode Island Airport Corporation Rhode Island Blood Center Rhode Island Carpenters Local Union 94 Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Rhode Island Credit Union Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals Rhode Island Housing Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council Rhode Island Monthly* Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Rhode Island School of Design RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence RI Kids Count RI Legal Services, Inc. RI PBS RI State Association of Fire Fighters Rite-Solutions, Inc.* Riverwood Mental Health Services Robinson & Cole LLP Robinson Green Beretta Corp. Roger Williams University Rose & Kiernan Royal Diversified Products

SAIC Enterprise Solutions Division Saint Antoine Residence Salve Regina University Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., L.L.P. Sayer, Regan, Thayer & Flanagan Schneider Electric* Schonning Insurance Agency SEA CORP* Sensata Technologies* Shaw’s Supermarkets Shove Insurance, Inc. South County Hospital South Shore Center Sovereign Bank* St. George’s School Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.* State Employees Charitable Appeal Steiker, Fischer, Edwards & Greenapple PC SWEET, LLC Taco/The White Family Foundation* Target* TD Bank\TD Charitable Foundation* Team, Inc.* Toray Plastics (America), Inc.* Town of Bristol Town of Burrillville Town of East Greenwich Town of Lincoln Town of Narragansett Town of North Kingstown Town of North Providence Town of South Kingstown Town of Westerly Travelers TRI-MACK Plastics Manufacturing Corporation Truex, Inc. Twin River* UBS Financial, Inc. UNFI United Airlines Foundation United Food & Commercial Workers Union 328 United Way of Rhode Island UnitedHealthcare* University Emergency Medicine Foundation University Medicine Foundation, Inc. URS Verizon Vision 3 Architects, Inc.* Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties W.E. Jackson Company Wachovia Securities Walgreens - Corporate Offices Wal-Mart* Ward Fisher & Company LLP Warwick Public Schools and Warwick Teachers Union Washington County Coalition for Children Wellington Management Company, LLP Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign West Warwick School Department Westbay Community Action, Inc. Westerly Community Credit Union Whittet-Higgins Company Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation* Women & Infants’ Hospital of Rhode Island Wood River Health Services, Inc. The Xerox Corporation Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli & Moran, Ltd. YMCA of Greater Providence YMCA of Pawtucket, Inc. * These companies made corporate gifts of $1,000 or more. 11/25/13 3:40 PM

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Chris Belleau refines and redefines the art of blowing glass Chris Belleau alters glass in order to alter minds and hearts. Chris, 53, a Wisconsin native, has a few degrees, starting with a Bachelor of Science Art in Madison. His furnace has a few much higher degrees, as in 2,000. He lit his first furnace in Providence on March 4, 1987, while sharing a space with David Van Noppen. For several years, he wondered aloud, “Should I keep blowing glass or go back to Wisconsin?” Then, filled with more light than heat, he bought out Van Noppen. Belleau kept blowing, shaping, molding and coloring his fascinating array of glass works – which range from flowers to fish to fetishes – for 25 years. Forced out last year, Chris then bought a building to reshape his studio and his art on Curtis Street in East Providence this February. Often, his day begins with a chalk drawing on the floor, conveyed in the shape he tries to achieve with his assistant. The drawings help to save time and waste less glass. By the time he enters the shop, the ovens and furnaces are stoked. So is he. “Glass has enchanted and challenged me for more than 30 years. I love my work and have been very lucky to make a decent living with help from several employees,” he says. It is common, he adds, for him and part-time apprentices Dennis Delomba and Grant Shippee to spend an entire day making one type of product with “several or many variations.” This way, “We can potentially get better with each piece, refining our designs and developing the skills it takes to create them, evolving with endless variation,” he says. He estimates that he has reshaped as much as 50 tons of glass in his life. The best thing about this heated life? “The daily challenges that fire up the imagination,” he says, smiling. “I make colored glass from metal oxides in the winter when it is cold enough to have several furnaces running. It is fun to work with hot colored glass. I like the variations in hue that only homemade colors give.” He has made a veritable jungle of glass fish, birds, animals, trees, angels,

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devils with blue dresses on, bugs, butterflies, flowers (in varieties too great to mention), waves and other sculpture in functional and non-functional forms, vases, paperweights, marbles, perfume bottles, flasks, bowls, cups, martini and wine glasses, light fixtures and chandeliers. “For me, it is the challenge in doing new things that brings growth and skills,” adds Chris. “I have always been interested in flowers and most people know me by my glass flowers. Twenty years ago, there were gobs of glass blowers making glass flowers and, while I liked the idea of a glass garden, glass flowers didn’t seem a likely direction for me especially because it was all my assistant at the time wanted to make and we were not getting along.” Getting a prickly heat of a different kind, Chris decided no longer to conform. He made flowers “different than any I had seen. I invented several ways of making them and I was on fire with ideas. The flowers have continued to evolve ever since.” He has a line of more than 30 different glass flowers, leaves and foliage.  His multi-layered color work staggers

the viewer. “When people look at one of my tree vases, even some glassblowers think that it’s painted, but it’s not. Imagery is created right on the molten bubble with colored glass. When people realize that some of the colors that I use I’ve made with metal oxides, they start to understand what’s different about my work,” he adds. “The best compliment is when someone buys my work and gives a home to one of my creations,” says Chris. “It’s never been my goal to make things just for the elite. People who visit the gallery may find many things they consider expensive. They will also find many things that they can afford and are actually a bargain compared to similar American made arts and crafts.”  At day’s end, he turns off the reheat furnace and enjoys a well-deserved beer, “However, I can get it, but I prefer a handmade glass,” says Chris.


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Upstage, Downstage 2nd Story has two dramatic offerings this month If your New Year’s Resolution is to take in more culture, you’re in luck here on The Bay with twice the opportunity to catch a show at Warren’s 2nd Story Theatre this month. Opening their new ‘DownStage’ space this past fall, 2nd Story has been full steam ahead hosting as many as three productions and 275 audience members in a night (including one staged in the historic courtroom at the Bristol Statehouse). It’s tremendous growth that has not only allowed 2nd Story to expand upon it’s seasonal variety of shows and bring in a few new faces, but also provided a welcome challenge and fresh space for the actors, directors and set designers to tackle. The DownStage configuration certainly lends itself to a different acting and audience experience than the more classic UpStage setup. “(The DownStage configuration) had to be what it was to best utilize the space,” says President, Director, Artistic Director, sometimes actor and overall tireless and fearless 2nd Story ringleader Ed Shea, describing the uniquely deep and narrow new stage. Sitting in the audience for Lobby Hero, the first production to be performed in the space, I feel a bit like I’m spying on the show’s main characters, which is one of the perks. “Nothing distracts you from seeing the show, no matter what row you’re seated in,” says Shea on the DownStage steep bleacher seating. This January DownStage will play host to Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, a 2012 Broadway hit that Shea feels lucky to have gotten the rights to so soon. Capturing a dysfunctional family sat around the hospital bedside of their dying husband/father played by Vince Petronio, the six-cast member character driven-show (which is something 2nd Story always wows at) highlights Silver’s dark, funny and deeply acerbic sense of humor. “Silver is a prolific playwright who is not done so much around here,” says Shea, who describes the work as Christopher Durang (writer of Tony-award winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) crossed with Tony Kushner

Laura Hakeem (shown in 2nd Story’s production of The Marriage of Bette & Boo) will play Lisa Lyons in The Lyons by Nicky Silva, DownStage at 2nd Story Theatre

(Pulitzer winning writer behind Angels in America). The small cast composed of familiar 2nd Story faces (Petronio is joined by veteran’s of the Theatre including Paula Faber and Kevin Broccoli) promise to bring an abundance of life and echoing laughs each and every night. Upstairs and UpStage, in commemoration of the building’s centennial, the theatre will host a play also celebrating its 100 years of history, George M Cohan’s Seven Keys to Baldpate. “Most people know Cohan as a musical man, but he really was a serious storyteller,” says Shea. A ‘mysterious, melodramatic farce’ of a play, Seven Keys takes place on a dark stormy night in the off-season of a summer mountain resort, welcoming a young novelist into a setup that seems clear inspiration for The Shining, with laughs replacing the Jack Nicholson nightmares. When Billy McGee (played by Ara Boghigian) makes a bet to pen an entire book overnight, his plan to stay locked in uninterrupted for the evening is thrown

off course by the bearers of six additional keys, twisting into a tale that mirrors his own work of writing. Whereas The Lyons is character-based, “Seven Keys is all about the story,” says Shea, who promises a tale that will enrapture the audience from start to finish. “Both performances are very different, but [are] going to amuse people,” says Shea, promising a captivating and laughter filled duo to kick off 2014. What better way to get out of that post-holiday funk and add some spice to your winter weeks.

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Taste Test

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Rhode Sodas It’s the ultimate locavore test. Sure, the butter and cheese in your fridge is local. So’s the bread and milk. But are your soft drinks? Here’s a refreshing trip around the state.


Granny Squibb’s Classic Lemon Tea

This classical prohibition-era flavor is recreated here in a recipe that’s definitely made to stand the test of time. This is no ordinary would-be rootbeer. The delicious and spicy background notes of ginger and clove make this Bristolmade beverage a clear winner in anyone’s book. Find Empire Soda on Facebook.

This is no Lipton Iced Tea we’re talking about here. Providence’s Granny Squibb’s is like the best iced tea you’ve ever had, and that’s no lie. With only five ingredients this iced tea is big on flavor. It’s got a true steeped tea essence with a hint of lemon that just can’t be beat.

Yacht Club Birch Beer

Del’s Lemonade

The bubbliest beverage of the bunch, Yacht Club’s version of birch beer is definitely refreshing. The North Providence soda has got a light birch beer flavor that’s not too sweet, and is dangerously addicting. Just one sip, and you’ll be a fan for life.

This tasty bottle of lemonade reminds us of the famous frozen stuff. Sweet and refreshing with just the right hint of lemon bite that keeps us coming back for more, even without the zingy bits of lemon.

Bibbs Sparkling Blackberry Juice

Iggy’s Raspberry Lime Soda

Made with all natural blackberry juice and sparkling water, this tangy Block Island treat packs a flavor punch. It’s tart yet drinkable and would make a great mixer for a tasty cocktail or is fabulous alone as an invigorating refresher.

This bright red soda - from Iggy’s restaurants in Warwick and Narragansett - looks like a freeze pop and tastes like one too, in the best possible way. This sweet treat reminds us of a hot summer day and would match perfectly with a bag of Iggy’s signature clam cakes, any time of year.

the Bay | January 2014

Photography: Meghan H. Follett

Empire Bottling Works Sarsaparilla

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