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Contents Photography: (L) Peter Bond (R) Kate Kelley

April 2011

14 This Month 14 Members Only A peek inside local private clubs

22 April Vacation Fun Keep the whole family busy when school’s out

Every Month 7 Letters

9 The Buzz Spring cleaning for the earth 10 On the Bay 12 Bay Views

32 25 Live Well Vintage finds with fresh style 27 Connoisseur 28 Shop Around

29 Taste Eclectic flavors with German heart 30 Drink 31 News Bites 32 Review 33 Connoisseur 34 Dining Guide

37 Gallery On the hunt for chocolate 38 Calendar 40 Artistry

42 Just Add Water The boater’s annual rites of spring

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A Peek Inside Admit it, you’re curious. While you know there are plenty of private clubs around – and that, unless you’re a member or the lucky friend of one, you’re not getting inside any time soon – you still want to know what it’s like to be admitted into the ranks of a members only club. This month, we make that happen. From the ultimate luxury that is Carnegie Abbey to family-friendly summer swimming clubs, we take you inside private institutions for a better look at how the behind-the-gate half lives.

Besides indulging your curiosity, there’s a lot more going on this month, from Easter egg hunts to Earth Day cleanups to April vacation (for more on what to do that week, check out Dana Rae Laverty’s feature in the center of the magazine). We also take you to dinner at a Bristol favorite and to the bar at a new wine bistro in Swansea. Take a peek. We won’t tell anyone.

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fee cups and water bottles. Slap on some sunscreen, wear sturdy shoes and work gloves, and bring a bottle of water (hopefully you’ve got a reusable one, but if not, just try not to chuck it in the water when you’re done.) Kids ages eight and up can help out, but anyone under the age of 16 needs to be with a parent or guardian. It’s a good way to get the kids involved in making their world a better place, or at least get them out of the house. Advance sign-ups are required, so get in touch with Save the Bay’s Stephany Hessler at shessler@savebay.org or give her a call at 401-272-3540 x130. –Andrew Brennan

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SWEET CHARITY

Keep On Truckin’ Tiny toy cars just not cutting it for your kid? Give them an experience with the real thing while helping those in need at Touch-A-Truck. On Sunday, April 17 at Cardi’s Furniture Superstore in Swansea, families can get up close and personal and with all sorts of titanic trucks and cool cars, from fire trucks and semi-trailers to race cars and antiques. All it costs to get in is one unopened package of socks,

underwear or diapers, which will go to Project Undercover to benefit children living in poverty. 1 Furniture Way, Swansea. 508-379-7500, www.projectundercover.org Enjoy drinks and dinner with a beautiful view of Narragansett Bay all while contributing to a good cause. On Friday, April 29, the East Bay Coalition for the Homeless will be hosting their annual Welcome Home Dinner and

Silent Auction at the Rhode Island Country Club to raise money for homeless families with children. Listen to the crooning of Dean Martin, as performed by Steven Palumbo, while you bid on a collection of great items, from a wine tasting and tour at Newport Vineyards to a week on Block Island. Tickets are $65 and can be reserved by calling 401-437-5104. 150 Nayatt Road, Barrington. www.ebcap.org


LIVING HISTORY

The Redcoats Are Coming… Back This is truly a case of history repeating itself. On Sunday, April 17 the Redcoats, Rum and Rebellion Walking Tour returns to Tiverton Four Corners for an encore performance. See three centuries of local history come alive in this village center, a span of time peppered with British spies, a whipping post, women rising up and the temperance movement. These will all be interpreted and explored, along with the contributions they made to the life and development of this unique corner – er, corners – of New England. Along the way you’ll get to meet the locals from long ago,

the historical citizens who witnesses the past firsthand, and hear their stories. The tour departs from the Meeting House at 2pm, and lasts about 90 minutes. Afterward, the group will reconvene at the Meeting House for refreshments – and presumably some spirited discussion. The Four Corners Arts Center presents this unique engagement in concert with the Portsmouth Community Theater, Tiverton Historical Society and Union Library. Don’t miss out a second chance to relive history. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance at www.tivertonfourcorners.com.

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Good Vibrations 2nd Story Theatre, the venerable Warren troupe, closes its year of comedy with one of last year’s most talked about – or in certain circles, whispered about – plays: Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play). The playwright, a graduate of Brown University, has had remarkable success: finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and 2010, Tony Award nominee in 2010, and MacArthur Foundation genius grant recipient in 2006 – all before her 40th birthday. In the Next Room opened on Broadway in 2009. This Victorian Era play explores the ignorance and fear of female sexuality through the early

history of the vibrator, a device that originated in clinical use by doctors to treat hysteria and other illnesses in women (and is still used today to treat boredom). It follows two sexually frustrated women and their efforts to overcome the rote, unfulfilling tedium imposed by their husbands. The play had everyone talking during its Broadway run, and that trend is sure to continue as it comes to Rhode Island. The production opens April 29 and runs through May 29. It will definitely have everyone buzzing. 28 Market Street, Warren. 401247-4200, www.2ndstorytheatre.com –John Taraborelli

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hat do 11 years, 18 holes, 300 members, 450 acres, and 32,000 cedar shingles add up to? The Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, an exclusive golf club and luxury resort founded by international entrepreneur, yachtsman and philanthropist, Peter de Savary. The entrance to the private sporting estate sits on an unassuming lane that trickles down to the shores of Narragansett Bay, but when you reach the club, it’s evident you’ve arrived somewhere extraordinary. The exclusive club’s guard shack sits in sight behind stone walls that echo the Carnegie name, while a winding drive constructed of gleaming white crushed oyster shells is pristinely manicured like a Zen garden. Rabbits hop across the precisely trimmed dewy green grass and in the densely wooded areas you may catch a glimpse of deer frolicking through the bucolic scene. Its perfection has the familiar stamp of de Savary, whose name is synonymous with prestigious properties including centuries-old Skibo Castle in Scotland, formerly owned by Andrew Carnegie. After he developed Rhode Island’s Carnegie Abbey Club to his liking on the northernmost tip of Aquidneck Island, it was bought by Philadelphia-based real estate developer J. Brian O’Neill, who has continued de Savary’s vision, but with one major added market focus: families. “Being a father of five himself, O’Neill realized and appreciated very early that Carnegie Abbey needed to welcome and embrace the family lifestyle of our membership,” explains Denise Eddy, the Club’s President and General Manager. “Since then, the Junior Golf program, Camp Carnegie and Family Nights have emerged and been wildly successful.” Aside from the 18-hole Scottish style links golf course (which also hosts teaching programs), the club is home to a new Equestrian Center with an expansive indoor riding arena, a 41 slip marina, an Elemis spa and fitness center, a pool, indoor and outdoor dining, a camp for the youngest members, and an on-site vacation rental program. And membership has its privileges: Cocktails on the first Fridays of every month, holiday events, a Fourth of July golf cart parade followed by fireworks over the bay, a familyfriendly Talking Baseball Series where the club hosts Hall of Famers, and at least one annual bash that brings in celebrities from around the world (the Carnegie Abbey Club has hosted Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Albert, Paula Creamer and more). What to wear to such posh digs you ask? “More important is what is not in the dress code,” Eddy clarifies. “Jackets and ties are not required for this club and we even allow denim six days a week. Carnegie Abbey understands that our members wear powersuits all week and come to their club to relax and unwind.” Eddy says becoming a member is simple. “We look for good people with solid values that appreciate the time they spend here with friends and family, and enjoy being a part of a strong and vibrant club.” www.carnegienewport.com

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Hit the Links In true country club style, Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk includes a stately clubhouse perched atop a hill overlooking rolling greens. Founded in 1924, the club’s gleaming golf course plays to a slope of 134 and is often the host for tournament play, but Ledgemont offers something for everyone, even if you’ve never swung a 9-iron. Fine dining, a cocktail lounge, three asphalt tennis courts and three clay tennis courts, a putting green, social activities and events, and a seasonal pool draw families to Ledgemont – and its affordability. Member rates vary, but a 2011 seasonal pool and tennis membership costs $1500 per family (but doesn’t include golf facilities or club house dining). For those interested in trying out the course – “It’s really a hidden gem,” says General Manager Jack Tosone – Ledgemont is hosting a state day on April 18, where any member of a Rhode Island Golf Associationaffiliated club can come play the course. www.ledgemontcc.com

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Get in the Swing of Things The Sakonnet Golf Club in Little Compton, built in 1899, is a private, 18-hole regulation golf course that seems to come out of nowhere as you drive down bucolic Sakonnet Point Road. As with most exclusive properties in Little Compton, the idyllic location is saturated in saltwater breezes and panoramic Atlantic and Sakonnet River views, which draw an elite membership from far and wide. The requisite pro shop and driving range entertain members as do tennis courts and a charming clubhouse. The course, with a mild degree of difficulty and par of 69, was designed by Donald J. Ross, who according to many is considered to be one of, if not the, most prominent golf architects in history. www.sakonnetgc.com

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A Classic Course Perhaps the state’s best known country club, the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington also boasts the prestige of being designed by Donald J. Ross, this time in 1911. With a topographically diverse course that takes players through a combination of parkland, wooded and seaside holes, the sweet reward of a complete 18-hole game is the final four holes that soak up the best views (and often, swift breezes) of Narragansett Bay. Think you’ve never seen the club? Think again. The Rhode Island Country Club takes center stage every year when it hosts the CVS/Caremark Charity Classic (since 1999). It’s also hosting its fourth USGA Championship – The US Women’s Amateur Championship – in August. www.ricc.org

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magine sitting on the deck of a luxury clubhouse, completely surrounded by water views, enjoying a sunset cocktail. Sounds like a dream, right? Not at the Sakonnet Point Club. Sitting directly at the tip of Sakonnet Point, with Sakonnet Harbor on one side and the Atlantic on the other, this private club is the closest you can get to being on the water without actually being on a boat. While SPC is largely a yacht club – with both year-round memberships and memberships for just the boating season – the club has a higher purpose. “The club was formed as a nonprofit entity in 1998 by a group of locals who saw it as an economically viable way to clean up Sakonnet Point, which had become a real eyesore,” says Club President Trip Samson. Through a ten-year permitting and construction process, though, “the idea only gained deeper and broader support.” When the club finally opened in 2008, it already had a membership of 250 families, which has been growing ever since. In addition to the 30 wet-slip and 45 dry-slip marina, Sakonnet Point Club offers a fitness club and heated pool, along with the fine dining restaurant, with Executive Chef Peter Hand’s emphasis on freshly caught local seafood, that’s housed in the spectacular clubhouse. As Samson describes, “The clubhouse is beautifully designed and built to take advantage of the location,” which basically means that every spot in the dining room is the best seat in the house. While it’s the perfect place to be in the summer – and the club boasts excellent proximity to fishing – it’s open year round, with an active membership that participates in the club’s Summer Socials and annual Fisherman’s Ball. Though non-members are only allowed as the guests of members, Sakonnet Point Club is an open organization. According to Samson, there isn’t the kind of lengthy application process and necessary recommendations from existing members that you find at other, similarly posh private clubs. All you need is a taste for the finer things and a love of the sea. www.sakonnetpointclub.org

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Sailing for the Whole Family Tiverton Yacht Club isn’t the kind of place you can only join if you purchased your yacht with your trust fund. Overlooking the Sakonnet River, this small family-friendly club (a family membership is $500 annually) offers Sail Training, both to kids and adults. Tiverton Yacht Club also has reciprocal privileges with other Rhode Island yacht clubs, and even one on Long Island, so members can dock there for an afternoon or a weekend away. While the historic clubhouse was felled by a fire in 2003, the club’s swimming, sailing and social programs are still active – especially in fundraising for a new clubhouse, plans for which are in the approval process now. While the club’s swimming lessons and heated pool are only available to members, there are a limited number of Sail Training memberships available to non-club members. “It’s $200 over the Sail Training fee,” says Membership Chair Amy Cooper. “People can try it out for a year to see if they like it, and then join the next year.” www.tivertonyachtclub.org

History is a Breeze What started as Brown University’s Zephyr Boat Club in 1877 is now the thriving Bristol Yacht Club, which makes its home in the Red Crest Estate overlooking Bristol Harbor. While the sailing is paramount – BYC hosts Wednesday night races, a youth sailing program, weekend cruises to local ports of call like Martha’s Vineyard and southern Maine, and a winter frostbiting fleet – the social aspects of membership are just as important. Every Friday night, the club hosts a TGIF dinner in the clubhouse (which has two decks overlooking the water), and members donate their time to maintain the property. Even if you’re not a sailor, try to make friends with some BYC members before the summer. There’s no better place to watch the Fourth of July fireworks than their waterfront lawn. www.bristolyc.com

A Day at the Races Though it isn’t quite sailing season yet – not, at least, for the casual boater – Barrington Yacht Club is still the place to be this month, both for their social events and the last bit of the Sunfish frostbiters sailing season. Nestled on the Barrington River, Barrington Yacht Club is home to a marina (open to transient boaters, too), club house and seasonal pool. The active membership participates in cruises four times a year, a Tuesday night racing series, and plenty more boating activities – like the Ole’ Ladies Cup (Barrington also hosts a Women Teaching Women sailing program), the Walter Seymour race between adult and youth members, and races around Prudence Island in May and September. The club hosts the Barrington High School Sailing Team, and there are plenty of other kids-only activities, like youth sailing, Friday night films and a just-for-kids game room in the clubhouse. For everyone else, club nights take place on Fridays, when members volunteer to cook dinner for the club. Though it’s open year-round, Barrington Yacht Club will pull out all the stops next month for the club’s official season opener. www.barringtonyc.com

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Straight Shooting Sportsmen – hunters, fisherman and the like – have much invested in the land. It provides the arena for their activities, the fish and game they seek, and the chance to get out and experience nature that is so much a part of the appeal. Since 1942, when the club, which was originally formed in the ‘30s, was incorporated with just three members, the Somerset Sportsman’s Club was worked to maintain a pristine home for sportsmen and wildlife alike. These diligent efforts have paid off too, with 190 acres of land to its name and over 250 members. In addition to a clubhouse with a function hall and full kitchen, the club boasts two trap fields, an area for archery, an outdoor gun range and two ponds for fishing. www.somesetsportsmansclub.org

A Gourmet Supper Club C. Lynne Turnbull has been a noted Rhode Island caterer for over 20 years. Her 195 Franklin in Bristol continues that work, but also hosts a function space and private dining club. As busy caterers, Lynne and her husband Ed can’t also maintain the grueling schedule of a full-time restaurant – however, as lovers of food and hospitality, they also can’t imagine not having a restaurant. 195 Franklin is their unique solution: a restaurant that’s only open twice a month. With Lynne overseeing the food and Ed serving up delicious cocktails, diners get an exclusive, top notch culinary experience. Menus vary, and are often themed, such as March’s edition, which offered Mexican-influenced dishes like Chipotle Littleneck Clams with Fresh Corn and Pan Seared Scallops with Salsa Verde. www.195franklin.com

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Take a Hike With 50 acres and four easy and kid-friendly hiking trails to explore, the Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge on Seapowet Avenue in Tiverton, is sure to get your family in a crunchy state of mind. The preserve has great views of the Sakonnet River and the many birds – including great blue herons – that call the refuge home. Just wear shoes that you won’t mind getting wet, as salt marshes dot the area. Bring water and some healthy snacks, and you’ve got yourself a free and healthy outdoor excursion. www.asri.org

Rabbit Ears Easter falls smack-dab at the end of April vacation this year, and there are plenty of bunny-related activities to keep the kiddos happy and up to their ears in pastel-colored eggs and fluorescent yellow Peeps. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island will hold a Camouflaged Egg Hunt at its Environmental Education Center (1401 Hope Street, Bristol) on Saturday, April 16, from 9:30-11am. On Sunday, April 17, at 2pm, the Bristol Yacht Club (Poppasquash Road, Bristol) will hold its own Easter Egg Hunt. And in Westport, the town will hold its first Easter Egg Hunt – also on Sunday, April 17 – at the Town Hall Annex from 1-4pm, with Mr. Bunny himself slated to make an appearance. Hip hop hippity. www.asri.org; www.bristolyc.com

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Got Culture? Have a hankerin’ for art but frightened by the prospect of taking your under-five set to the museum? Never fear. On Thursday, April 21, the RISD Museum will hold its Tours for Tots program from 2-3pm. Show your charges the huge statue of Buddha, a real-life mummy (and perhaps sneak in

Take Me Out to the Ball Game There’s no better way to celebrate spring than by noshing a hot dog and slurping down a Del’s on the grassy berm at McCoy Stadium, watching the PawSox battle their fellow minor league foes. They’ll be playing home games from Saturday, April 16 through Thursday, April 21. There’s no better bargain in baseball: general admission tickets are just $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The food’s pretty good, too – in addition to all the usual fare, parents can also find salads, veggie burgers and fresh fruit for sale. Have the kiddos keep their eyes open for Paws and Sox, the team’s two polar bear mascots, who can always be found roaming the stands, giving high-fives and posing for photos. 1 Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket. 401-724-7300, www.pawsox.com


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TV Be-Gone In what I’m sure is no small coincidence, April vacation also happens to fall on Screen-Free Week, an effort by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood to get families to spend some quality time together, sans TV, computer and other electronic gadgets. Need some ideas? Why not pack a picnic lunch and head to Barrington or Warren town beach for some salty-sprayed fun. Drive to Colt State Park with some kites and watch your kids run free, beaming from ear-to-ear. (Maybe take them in the shallow tide pools to hunt for crabs afterwards.) Park at the Dari-Bee on Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside, take a family bike ride up the East Bay Bike Path and stop for the obligatory ice cream cone once you’re done. Yum. Explore the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, where you’ll find a wooded oasis just outside Fall River proper, filled with 50 miles of unpaved roads and trails. You’ll be having so much fresh air-fueled fun that you won’t even miss your iPhone. Promise.

Kids can help with the barnyard chores, pet the pigs and chow down on a breakfast of Johnnycakes at the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol starting at 9am on Wednesday, April 20. They might even get to pet a cow or one of the resident chickens while learning what farm life was like in 18th century Rhode Island, thanks to the actors in period dress who toil around the farm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-16, children under 5 free. Poppasquash Road, Bristol. 401-253-9062, www.coggeshallfarm.org

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Back to Nature Celebrate spring at the Audubon Environmental Education Center, which will mark school vacation week with stories, nature crafts and exploration walks every day from 11am-3pm. The nature walks – some of which will explore the center’s trees and salt marshes – will be held daily from 10:30-11:30am. Special hour-long programs will teach children how camouflage helps animals and what sort of critters live in tide pools, among other topics. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. www.asri.org

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Tells us about Fidget Finds Fidget Finds started in the fall of 2007 and has taken on many forms - including a brick and mortar store in Newport – and is currently an online shop on Etsy. com. My work is a collection of interesting, unique and wearable vintage items that embody having fun, enjoying every moment, and bright sunny days. The blog is an outlet for me to share current inspirations, photography and a way keep my customers up to date with Fidget happenings.   When and how did you become interested in vintage clothing? I started scouring the racks at the local church thrift when I was in elementary school to add to my collection of “dressup clothing.” My interest became more developed in high school with my distaste for looking like everyone else. Vintage, thrift and my own handmade creations enabled me to express myself and embrace being unique.   What inspired you to start your own clothing business? I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t want to design clothing. “Fidget” was actually the name of a t-shirt collection that I designed in sixth grade. My mom used to make my sister and me outfits for special occasions. I also took lots of sewing and art classes in high school and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology to gain a degree in fashion design. After working the industry in New

York City for a while I decided that I had too many qualms with traditional clothing manufacturing and I also needed to be closer to nature, so I moved back to Rhode Island.   Now you’re starting your own original line. Can you tell us what is in store? I am so excited about the collection of original apparel I am working on! It is a collection of about 20 different styles ranging from high-waisted maxi skirts to knit rompers to boxy crop tops. I make all of my pieces out of brightly colored and printed recycled fabrics, mostly vintage, but also including mill surplus. I will be selling my garments on Etsy.com as well as in local markets and trunk shows over the summer.   What would you tell someone who has never shopped at a vintage store?  I always suggest to vintage newcomers, just pick one or two pieces of clothing or jewelry that catch your eye and work those pieces into your existing wardrobe. Inevitably this leads to loads of compliments on the item and the desire for more unique articles with a story. Collections can grow pretty quickly from there.   What is considered a “good find” when shopping for vintage clothes?  Something that speaks to you, something that makes you happy and proud to wear. Add a good price and a great fit and you’ve got yourself your new favorite wearable item. www.fidgetfinds.com

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It’s no secret that Bristol is home to some of the most pristine waterfront in the area. From the picturesque scenery of Colt State Park to the elegance of Blithewold Mansion all the way to the bay’s beloved eateries, Bristol is the ideal place to spend your days. And of course, it is home to one of the most chic and unique boutiques in the state. Jackie’s Loft is the go-to place for women searching for that always in fashion Hamptons-meets-New England style. Jacqueline Carroll has owned and operated Jackie’s Loft for almost eight years. What started as an actual loft boutique only steps down the road has turned into a favorite shopping destination for locals and tourists alike. Although it seems as if Carroll is a seasoned fashion industry veteran, her real career path was a bit different. She spent 30 years living in New York City, perhaps the fashion capital of the world, but her profession was more high-flying than high fashion. “Everyone assumes I had a boutique in New York or at the very least worked retail, but I never have,” explains Carroll. “I worked in the  airline industry  for 18 years (for seven

different airlines) starting out at JFK Airport working the ticket counter and working my way up to an executive position as the Director of Crew Scheduling for a worldwide carrier.” So why leave a long-term profession of worldwide travelling and jet setting? Carroll was ready for a lifestyle change. Inspired by her longtime passion for fashion, she packed up her life and moved to Rhode Island, a location she had frequently travelled to visiting her family, determined to open her own boutique. “I thought I would just take a year out of my life to give it a try,” recalls Carroll. “I could always go back to aviation, but I have never looked back and never regretted the decision I made.” Eight years later, Carroll has certainly made a name for herself in the retail world. Jackie’s Loft carries everything from jeans and t-shirts to eveningwear appropriate for a black tie occasion. In addition, the shop carries beautiful and unique accessories that Carroll is happy to match with your chosen outfits – all with an eye for items not available elsewhere in the Ocean Sate. “I  look for designers that are not carried in any department stores

and items that will not show up discounted at other stores,” she notes. “I also order only three or four pieces of any item to keep it more special and unique for the customer. I  get new  items every week and am constantly turning over the  merchandise.  I like to be able to tell people to wait  to buy something they love, which could arrive in a week or two. I have been told I am a bad salesperson because I am not the least bit pushy. I would much rather have happy, repeat customers, than make one killer sale.” Indeed, her customers are happy. Jackie’s Loft has numerous dedicated clients who return season after season to see what’s new. They stay loyal because of the strong customer relationship Carroll has developed with them over the years. “What the customers said to me from the very start was, ‘We want you here, we need  you here and we will do what we can to spread the word,’” Carroll says proudly. “I truly feel it is because of these clients that I am still in business eight years later and I’m proud to call Rhode Island my home.” 448 Thames Street, Bristol. 401-254-4251

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Taste News Bites by Michael Madden

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he Bristol Warren Education Foundation thanks all who supported this year’s Bodacious Bee. Your contributions are helping to transform the lives of the students of the Bristol Warren Regional School District. Outstanding education has an impact on all levels of our community, it wouldn't be possible without this kind of support.

Lobster fritters at the Boathouse

Sunset Deals

And the best apps around As the weather gets increasingly beautiful, no doubt you’ll be headed to Tiverton Four Corners for some ice cream at Gray’s. But as the sun begins its decline to the horizon, don’t forget about the half priced soups, salads and appetizers at the bar Tuesday through Friday at the Boathouse. One of the most beautiful waterfront restaurant properties in the state, the Boathouse has a perfect view of the sunset (and that particular special is offered every night). It also serves a helluva bowl of Hall of Fame Chowder ($3 at half price) with shrimp, corn and chourico – a recipe that never fails to place well at the Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport. For my own part, I’m going there for the Crispy Point Judith Calamari ($5 at half price) with jalapeno peppers, lemon aioli and fra diavolo, or maybe some of their insanely good Maine Lobster Fritters ($6 at half price). 227 Schooner Drive, Tiverton. 401-6246300, www.tivertonboathouse.com. TRATTORIA EUPHORIA Chiazza Trattoria in Barrington is a slick, European style restaurant with a fashionable décor. It exemplifies the trattoria style – sort of the middle ground in formality and gravity, more serious than an osteria, and less serious than a ristorante. On Thursdays from 9 to midnight, Ladies Night Karaoke floods Chiazza with an even more lively crowd than usual. On Fridays and Saturdays, local musicians take the stage to provide some enter-

tainment while you drink and/or dine. Their April schedule is as follows: April 1-2: SJ Couto and Scott Bayer; April 8-9: Matt Colasanti and Friends and Matt McKay; April 15- 16: Andrew Spatz and Brownee Whites; April 2223: Chris James and Chris Daft; April 29: The Chiazza Dance Party. 308 County Road, Barrington. 401-2470303, www.chiazzatrattoria.com DEWOLF IT DOWN Bristol’s redoubtable tour de force of Indian-influenced Contemporary American cuisine, DeWolf Tavern, is teaming up with the March of Dimes for a buffet brunch on April 10, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity. Tickets are $30 and include the breakfast and brunch buffet, plus a mimosa or one of their superb Bloody Marys. The event will also feature the musical stylings of the Rick Costa Trio. You can also find the Rick Costa Trio, with a rotating cast of players, in the tavern section of the restaurant every Wednesday night at 7:30. Nightly dinner specials abound, from the Sunday night prix fixe ($28 for your choice of soup or salad, then filet or lobster, with dessert and a glass of wine or a draft of beer) to $1 oysters on Monday, to the half-priced bar appetizers offered during the week. There is also a Monday through Thursday three-course prix fixe for $19.95. Basically, there isn’t any night it’s not a great idea to head to DeWolf. 259 Thames Street, Bristol. 401254-2005, www.dewolftavern.com.

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Taste Eat by Michael Madden

Continental Cuisine

Redlefsen’s offers much more than just great German food

Bristol on a beautiful spring afternoon, a stiff wind coming off the water ushering us through the door and into the bright dining room. I felt immediately transported to Europe – stained glass glowed with the late day sun on the walls, and the porcelain beer towers along the bar jolted my taste buds into a high state of anticipation for some smooth German pilsner. The green and red chairs, too, lent a Germanic air to the place, in keeping with its stated culinary mission: to serve eclectic food with European flair, with an emphasis on German cuisine. But that Redlefsen’s is firmly entrenched in the cuisine of New England is also obvious, if not from the menu, then from the Anthony Quinn prints and sailboats and lighthouses all along the walls. We sat in the lounge, to further increase our proximity to the beer, and my dinner companion ordered a half-liter draft of the Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier ($6.25), a German wheat beer that originated in 1040

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AD, from the world’s oldest brewery. It was yeasty but crisp, refreshing in the manner of wheat beer, but with a complexity of spice and fruit on the finish. The quarter liter of Leffe Blonde ($5.25) was another tempting option – a sweet, citrusy beer in the classic Belgian Abbey Ale style, also on tap. We got right into ordering some food. We both had cups of Redlefsen’s special clam chowder, said to be something in between red and white, and shared an order of the Asparagus Pfanukkuchen ($10.95), an intriguing and unusual menu item consisting of asparagus and leeks rolled in a crepe (pfanukkuchen is the German word for “pancake,” or crepe) and covered in a parmigiano béchamel sauce (though a béchamel with cheese is generally called a Mornay sauce). The soup was superb, in a buttery, thin white sauce that tasted of scalded milk and smoked bacon, with the welcome addition of mushrooms to the usual mix. The asparagus crepe was sharp and tangy, the leeks combining with the

Jonah Crabcakes verdant asparagus to make an almost citrusy flavor, buttressed by the savoriness of the pancake itself, and accented by the sharp, oniony goodness of the delicious béchamel. For dinner, my companion went with the Native Sole Picatta ($23.95). I wanted to go German, and so waffled (not Belgian) between the Traditional Weiner Schnitzel ($23.95, can be ordered a la Holstein, with fried eggs, or as Jager Schnitzel, with a Jager Hunter sauce, for $24.95) and the Grilled Wurst Platter ($19.95) – the two stout German entrees on the menu. I asked our server, Joe, what he thought about my dilemma, and he came down on the side of the Wurst, so I took his word. The sole was served with capers and flavored with lemon and sage, and my companion quickly commented on the high quality of the fish itself. Her favorite part of the dish, though, was the potato leek pancakes – small, circular potato crisps with a golden-fried taste – that she was forced against her will to share. My dinner was not only excellent, but educational as well. It came with sauerkraut and spaetzle, and two sides of Bavarian mustards. The sauerkraut, Joe explained, was in the southern style, and therefore smoky and bacony, with bits of carrot in it. Southern style sauerkraut is decidedly more sour, he said. There were also two grilled wursts, a pinkish Bauernwurst (a German farmer’s sausage, with pork and beef) and the grayer Bratwurst (with

veal instead of beef). I preferred the Bauernwurst, with its smokier flavor and rustic, rough interior. It’s actually substantially similar to chourico. The Bratwurst was sweeter and clearly more versatile; I could imagine serving it at any meal. Both were deliciously grilled, perfectly complemented by the smoky and sour sauerkraut, and the slight nutmeg flavor of the spaetzle was a great break from the other strong flavors on my plate. For dessert, we tacked on a Daisey Crepe and an Apple Strudel (both $6.95). The crepe came with hard chocolate sauce, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream covered in walnuts, and the strudel was a tight bar of apple pastry coated with almonds. Both were appropriately light after our heavy meals. Redlefsen’s was beautiful on a sunny spring day, but I could as easily imagine holing up in the dining room against summer storms, or clustering around the fireplace in the depths of winter. On the whole, it is easily one of the most pleasantly eclectic restaurants in the East Bay.

Redlefsen’s 444 Thames Street, Bristol 401-254-1188 www.redlefsens.com

Photography: Kate Kelly

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Taste Connoisseur by Andrew Brennan

SEAFOOD - STEAKS - FAJITAS - PASTAS PIZZAS - BURGERS - SALADS

Watkinson (far left) and her team

Relax and Unwind Sandra Watkinson on her brand new wine bistro When did unWINEd get its start? We started seriously thinking about it in April and the bistro finally opened the last week of September. How did you come up with the idea? I always wanted to have a wine bistro. It was one of those “bucket list” things. My grandfather owned a cheese and wine farm in Portugal and I used to help him make wine when I was a little girl.

Photography: Amy Amerantes

What’s the vibe like there? How have customers responded to having a wine bistro in the Swansea Mall? People love it and come here to basically unwind. It is a great spot for meeting people. Some people stay for five to six hours! What is your training and background in wine? I’ve taken numerous lessons and courses and I have been attending wine tastings for years. I’m really passionate about wine. Are there any special or unique wines you offer, wines that you won’t find in just any other restaurant? We carry many more boutique wines than are commonly available at liquor stores.

What’s your favorite wine available at your bistro? My favorite wine is the Angeline Pinot Noir. It is a very spicy but still smooth red wine. It is incredible. What kinds of food do you offer? We do everything from lobster ravioli to pizza and wings. Right now we have two special offers: from Sunday to Tuesday we have the Two for $32, which includes dinner for two and a botttle of house wine, and on Wednesdays we are offering our delicious cheese plate and a bottle of house wine for $20.

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What menu item are you proudest of? I would say I am absolutely most proud of our Pork and Littlenecks. They are prepared Portuguese style with traditional spices and a very special sauce. What wine would you recommend to go with your signature cheese plate? Basically anything you are in the mood for. Our house wines are great. Favorite varietal? Pinot Noir definitely!

UnWINEd is located at 262 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea. 508-324-0400

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Spend Your Day in Splendor

Taste Dining Guide JACKYS GALAXIE 383 Metacom Avenue; 401-253-8818. Jackie’s offers an eclectic taste of Asia, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese. Enjoy traditional recipes combined with modern technique and flair for a unique dining experience. LD $-$$

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Jennifer Ryall, LMT

401-439-1468 splendormassage@gmail.com www.splendormassage.com

PERSIMMON 31 State Street; 401-2547474. Regionally and nationally praised, Persimmon is a modern restaurant that serves seasonal American cuisine, such as crispy-skinned Long Island duck breast, offshore cod filet and assiette of young rabbit. D $$-$$$

Tong - D Fine Thai Cuisine & More

East Providence HORTON’S SEAFOOD 809 Broadway; 401-434-3116. Enjoy the finest of fresh seafood at this family-owned-and-operated restaurant. Horton’s is famous for their fried clams and fish and chips, and offers takeout. LD $-$$

156 Rear County Rd. Barrington, RI • 401.289.2998 (Behind Ace Center Hardware) Open 7 days Lunch & Dinner

Crowther’s Restaurant

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90 Pottersville Road, Little Compton; 401-635-8367. Crowther’s has maintained a tradition of quality dining and service in Little Compton for over 25 years, serving everything from small plates to seafood classics. LD $-$$

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ICHIGO ICHIE 5 Catamore Boulevard; 401-435-8989. The name roughly translates as “one encounter in a lifetime,” but you’ll want to visit again and again for the enchanting Japanese décor, and of course, the sushi and hibachi menus. LD $$

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Little Compton

Chiazza Trattoria 308 County Road; 401-247-0303. Chiazza provides delicious Italian American cuisine in an upscale setting nestled in the heart of historic Barrington. Enjoy brick oven pizzas, as well as antipasti, pasta, seafood and a full bar. LD $-$$

BEEHIVE CAFÉ 10 Franklin Street; 401396-9994. Everything at this independent coffee shop, from breads to European-style espresso drinks, is made by hand (including the mayo) and under $10. It’s a must-try for breakfast or lunch. BL $

The Barn 15 Main Street; 401-635-2985. Serving up creative breakfast fare, The Barn is open seven days a week. Their Johnnycakes are the stuff of legend. Make sure to try their other locally inspired dishes, like the Westport River Omelet or Eggs Blackstone. B$

Tong-D 156 County Road; 401-2892998. Curry lovers and Asian food fanatics will go crazy for this authentic Thai restaurant. For great food and great service in an upscale yet comfortable atmosphere, try Tong-D. LD $$

DEWOLF TAVERN 259 Thames Street; 401-254-2005. Set in a historic stone warehouse, DeWolf Tavern offers casual dining and drinks on its outdoor patio. An elegant upstairs dining area serves contemporary American cuisine by acclaimed Chef Sai. D $$-$$$

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TYLER POINT GRILLE 32 Barton Avenue; 401-247-0017. With its nautical décor and open-air kitchen, Tyler Point Grille serves up contemporary Italian fare and classic seafood in a relaxed waterfront setting. You can even arrive by boat. D $-$$$

Green Eggs 576 Metacom Avenue; 401-254-3443. Get a delicious breakfast with fresh, wholesome ingredients and a side of whimsy. Enjoy an omelette, or savor childhood all over again with a triple-decker peanut butter and banana sandwich. BBr $

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Fieldstones Grille 980 East Main Road; 401-293-5200. The casual and lively atmosphere of Fieldstone’s is perfect for family dining, seven days a week. Choose from pizzas, pasta, seafood, steaks or their specialty fajitas, all made with the freshest ingredients. LD $-$$ Melville Grille 1 Lagoon Road; 401-683-4400. The Melville Grille is a waterfront restaurant that showcases

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the beauty of New England seaside dining in a lighthearted environment. They offer classic American fare with their own unique twist. LD $-$$

Providence McFADDEN’S 52 Pine Street; 401861-1782. For an after-work drink over appetizers, great pub food while watching a game or a sophisticated, eclectic dinner, McFadden’s is a lively and comfortable place to be. LD $-$$$ NEW RIVERS 7 Steeple Street; 401751-0350. Long considered one of Providence’s finest restaurants, the James Beard Award-nominated New Rivers serves creative New American cuisine with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients in an intimate setting. D $$-$$$ PARKSIDE 76 South Main Street; 401-331-0003. Chef/owner Steven Davenport’s Parkside offers innovative foods ranging from spicy crab cakes to Grilled Tenderloin and Portobello salad. The menu also includes creative pasta dishes and Parkside’s signature rotisserie meat. LD $-$$ Pizzico Ristorante 762 Hope St.; 421-4114. Pizzico sets the standard for Italian cuisine on the East Side, with award-winning food, a wide variety of wine and a rustic yet eclectic atmosphere. LD $$-$$$ TASTE OF INDIA 221 Wickenden Street; 401-421-4355. Providence’s first Indian restaurant delivers on its promise of serving real (and really delicious) Indian cuisine, with seafood delicacies and Tandoori specialties, made with authentic Indian spices. LD $-$$

Rehoboth KP Grille 481 Winthrop St (Route 44); 508-336-7773. Although it’s changed names through the years, KP Grille’s address has remained a classic diner spot since 1947. More upscale than most diners, with a classy feel and friendly staff, this spot has the freshest ingredients for tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner at very reasonable prices. BLD $-$$

Seekonk 1149 East 965 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk; 508-336-1149; also 1149 Division Street, Warwick/East Greenwich line; 401-884-1149. Metropolitan chic comes to the suburbs – its second location, no less – at this super stylish restaurant with a raw bar, outstanding menu and some of the best cocktails around. LD $-$$$ BONEYARD BARBECUE AND SALOON 540 Central Avenue; 508761-6855. From tender, juicy pulled pork to full and half racks of ribs to chicken wings with over 30 sauces to choose from, Boneyard will satisfy your appetite for food and fun. LD $-$$ BUCA DI BEPPO 353 Highland Avenue; 508-336-4204. Dine with family and friends while enjoying the Italian traditions of food, friendship and hospitality. Buca di Beppo’s dishes are served family style and are meant to be shared. LD $-$$

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Old Grist Mill Tavern 390 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk; 508-3368460. Built in 1745, the Old Grist Mill offers classic New England dishes to match the atmosphere. Come to the river’s edge for legendary crab cakes and lobster. LD $-$$$ Tito’s Cantina 1379 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk; 508-336-2400. 651 West Main Road, Middletown; 4018494222. Old Mexico is alive and well at Tito’s. Famous for their homemade salsa, Tito’s provides authentic Mexican cuisine using fresh ingredients in a fun, friendly setting. LD $-$$ TOTI’S GRILL AND PIZZERIA RESTAURANT 373 Taunton Avenue; 508-336-6399. For classic pizza and hearty fare in a family friendly atmosphere, visit Toti’s. You’ll find everything from specialty pizzas and sandwiches, to souvlaki, steaks and even breakfast. BLD $-$$

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Somerset Ma Raffa’s 1142 County Street; 508324-0909. Featuring all of your Italian favorites, Ma Raffa’s serves up an

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Taste Dining Guide impressive menu of appetizers, pizzas and hot sandwiches. Remember them for party platters as well. LD $-$$ Fiesta Mexican Restaurant 117 County Street; 508-672-9356. It’s always a fiesta at this authentic restaurant. If Mexican is what you crave, this is the place to be. All dishes are prepared from the freshest ingredients by their expert chefs. LD $-$$

Swansea Tickle’s Tea Room 2219 Grand Army Highway (Rte. 6); 508-379-0717. A cozy spot for tasty meals, Tickle’s features a variety of salads, soups, sandwiches and quiche. Enjoy a classic and delicious Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, or a fresh Apple Walnut Salad. L $ Kent’s Restaurant 1675 Grand Army Highway; 508-672-9293. Enjoy delicious homemade chowder & clam cakes, fish & chips, porterhouse steak, T-bones, filets and more. A great place for the whole family, Kent’s offers daily takeout, available seven days a week from their takeout window. LD $-$$

Tiverton Boat House 227 Schooner Drive; 401-624-6300. Enjoy views of the Sakonnet River as you sample fresh seafood and local produce. Their awardwinning clam chowder and prime waterfront location make this a quintessential New England restaurant. D $-$$$

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842 Main Rd. Westport 508-636-5661 www.countrywoolens.com Monday & Saturday 9:30 to 5 Sunday 11 to 4

Warren BLOUNT CLAM SHACK 353 Water Street; 401-245-3210.   Located on Warren’s historic waterfront, this clam shack offers favorites like their Fish Reuben or Giant Lobster Roll in a causal, family friendly atmosphere. Now serving beer and wine. LD $ STELLA BLUES 50 Miller Street; 401-289-0349. This upscale pub and self-proclaimed “edgy eatery” mixes eclectic fare and exciting live music. Their enclosed porch offers great views of the Warren River. LD $-$$ SUNNYSIDE 267 Water Street; 401-2471200. Daytime dining goes gourmet. Featuring innovative dishes and local ingredients served in a refined but relaxed atmosphere, this cozy waterfront favorite brings nighttime sophistication into the sunshine. BBrL $-$$

Westport Back Eddy 1 Bridge Road; 508636-6500. A delicious local food delight, enjoy one of their mouthwatering signature entrees like the wood grilled swordfish, balsamic braised pork & tomatoes, or the pan roasted monkfish. LD $-$$ Bittersweet Farm 438 Main Road; 508-636-0085. Situated on 29 picturesque acres, Bittersweet Farm is the perfect place to spend a romantic evening or to host a large party. Choose New England comfort food in the Tavern, or have a fine dining experience in the Dining Room. BrLD $-$$$

FOUR CORNERS GRILLE 3481 Main Road; 401-624-1510. Nestled in Tiverton’s historic Four Corners village, this grille features traditional, flavorful cuisine in a quaint country setting perfect for a leisurely lunch or family dinner. LD $$

The Bayside 1253 Horseneck Road; 508-636-5882. Serving lunch and dinner daily and breakfast on the weekends, The Bayside is the first certified green restaurant in Massachusetts. Choose from locally sourced seafood, vegetarian options, homemade desserts and more. BLD$-$$

Stone Bridge Restaurant 1848 Main Road; 401-625-5780. Enjoy a variety of fresh seafood, homemade pasta, prime steaks & chops and Greek & Italian favorites. Sit at their full bar, take in the warm atmosphere and enjoy excellent service. LD $-$$$

Marguerite’s 778 Main Road; 508636-3040. Chef Trafford Kane infuses classic New England comfort food with the flair of the Southwest and California. It’s no wonder Marguerite’s boasts about their “fresh ingredients, fresh air, fresh food.” BLD $-$$

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The best of April’s arts and culture

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Gallery Calendar by Dawn Keable

April FROM PREVIOUS PAGE

April 23: Stop thinking about how you are going to get the grass stains out. This Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch is a time of tradition, an opportunity to make some precious memories by dressing your kids in an outstandingly cute, brand-new, pastel colored outfit, accessorizing them with a basket and bonnet, then sending them on a light hearted search for some seasonal treasures. This grand lawn hardly seems like a place that takes easily to common every day irritations, even if your little one is full-tantrum rolling on the ground. You’ll simply have to go with the time honored tradition of the lady of the house and hope for a mimosa with brunch. 10am. $50, $30 ages 6-12, $25 ages 3-5, $10 ages 2 and under; members: $40, $25 ages 6-12, $20 ages 3-5, $8 ages 2 and under; advance reservations required. Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-1000, www. newportmansions.org. April 1 Start the month off with a spoonful of Sugar, a seven-member band from Connecticut, bringing their disco, funk and hip-hop sound to the Bristol Waterfront, then come back every Friday and Saturday night for live bands to go with your beer and popcorn. 10pm. Cover varies. Gillary’s Tavern and Niteclub, 198 Thames Street, Bristol. 401-253-2012, www. gillarys.com.

8pm. $45, $48. Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. 508997-5664, www.zeiterion.org. April 6 Envision the left hook that you’d like to show former heavy weight champ Larry Homes, the guest for the Center for Marketing Research 11th Annual Celebrity Scholarship Dinner, but please don’t let that image out of your head. VIP reception: 5-6pm, dinner: 6-9:30pm. $75 each. Venus de Milo Restaurant, Route 6, Swansea. 508-910-6435, www.umassd.edu. April 6-27 Maneuver your career through the rapidly changing demands of the art profession with the seminar series The Business of Art: Fifteen Minutes of Fame and Decades of Success, with insights into galleries and agents. Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Star Store Lecture, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford. 508-9998701, www1.umassd.edu April 6 Bring the written word off the page with a dramatic interpretation by Living Literature of The Unforgiving Minute by local soldier Craig M. Mullaney, the 2011 Reading Across Rhode Island choice, that should sound a bit different than the monotone version in your head. 6:30pm. Free. George Hail Free Library, 530 Main Street, Warren. 401-245-7686, www.georgehail.org.

April 2 Wave bye-bye to some of the best and brightest, because thanks to The Magic of Lyn, a show of illusion, as well as fundraiser for the Citizens Scholarship Foundation, there will soon be plenty of tuition money for students to disappear into the college stacks. 7pm. Dighton-Rehoboth High School, 2700 Regional Road, North Dighton. 508-252-5025, www. magicoflyn.com.

April 7 Stuff yourself with artisan cheeses, meats, breads and olive oils at the Third Annual Food and Wine Expo, a benefit for the music departments of Rogers, Middletown and Portsmouth High, before switching back to your seasonal diet of watermelon and chowder. 6-9pm. $25, 21+ only. Ocean Cliff Hotel, 65 Ridge Road, Newport. 401-885-3475, www.newportexperience.com.

April 2 Shake off the idea that this seems like one of the greatest April Fool’s jokes ever, and just indulge in the fact that someone had the creativity to match rhythm and blues legend Mavis Staples and Billy Bragg, English alternative rocker, together in one show.

April 14 Look for clues during your viewing of 2004 comedy Napoleon Dynamite, so that you can try to unravel the mystery of why actor Jon Heder seems to work out Napoleon’s geekery to his advantage, while yours just left you stuffed into your high school locker.

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Walk It Off April 10: You’re not confusing anyone. Indeed, it’s a laid back world that we live in, but while everyone else is fixated on velour tracksuits, drawstring waists and oversized hoodies to get them through the day in comfort, your obsession is wick-away fabrics. Not quite the same. You’re a competitor. A fighter. Already, you have much in common with those dealing with multiple sclerosis. This harsh disease of the central nervous system aims to stop movement, but during the 22nd Annual Walk MS and Run MS: 5K Rhode Race fundraiser, you’ll find some folks who just aren’t listening. Look for them on the three-mile leg, introduced last year to encourage those with limited mobility to participate. But don’t be surprised if you see a couple of peeps passing you in the six-mile walk or 5K race. 7:30am registration, 9am start. Mount Hope High School, 199 Chestnut Street, Bristol. 401-738-8383, www. mswalkri.com.


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April 14 Dial back to Ice Cube’s Friday movie trilogy or The Wayans Brothers show if you want to remember where you know the name John Witherspoon from – he played the dog catcher dad and Pops, the quirky diner owner, respectively. 8pm. $25. Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. 401-438-8383, www.ricomedyconnection.com.

April 20 Dual with the light saber of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, arriving from a galaxy far, far away to pose for pictures and shake hands before heading to an appointment at Mass General to get to the bottom of that breathing issue. 11am-11:45am. Free. Meeting Room, Fall River Main Library, 104 North Main Street, Fall River. 508-324-2700, www.sailsinc.org.

April 15-30 Claim A Patch of Earth inside the mind of a young Croat soldier, where the action takes place, as the confessed war criminal tells of his role in the Srebrenica massacre to exorcise the ghosts that haunt him. 7:30pm, April 17: 2pm. $10, $5 students/seniors. Roger Williams University Performing Arts Center, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-1040, www. rwu.edu.

April 23 Understand that there’s nothing that can ruin peaceful time spent at an outdoor quarry meadow faster than not being able to stop obsessively counting the pieces of trash in your peripheral vision, which is why the Earth Day Clean Up is so necessary. 9am. Free. Ballard Park, corner of Hazard and Wickham Roads, Newport. 401-6193377, www.ballardpark.org.

April 16-24 Hunt the Rats – but only the ten fluffy ones disguised as crew members that have snuck on board and hidden themselves – because the location of any other type, while a grand surprise, won’t enter you into any sort of prize drawing. 9am-4:30pm. $12, $7 children 6-12, free under 6. Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street, Fall River. 508678-1100, www.battleshipcove.org.

April 29 Stop waiting around for that fivepound invitation to be hand delivered by a guy on a white steed, which is how you’d handle it if it were your Royal Wedding, instead of that of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and is also the reason that you’ll have to settle for watching it in HD. 5am. Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport. 401-846-5252, www.janepickens.com.

April 16 Radiate gratefulness for Mustard’s Retreat, because while the duo out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, together for 35 years, plays traditional folk, they won’t put you into a depression, with humorous lyrics about marauding techno-nerds. 8pm. $20. Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth. 401-6835085, www.commonfencemusic.org.

April 30 and May 1 Burn the detailed shopping list because everyone knows that’s no way to shop, especially at the Spring Craft Fair, where you will find over 35 vendors showcasing their unique wares for a spontaneous treasure hunt in the making, instead of the usual errandlike chore. 10am-4pm. Free. Newport Elks Club, 141 Pelham Street, Newport. www.cherishthemoments.net.

April 17-21 Explore the natural world on your own if you feel the urge, but know that going one of the Earth Day 2011 Free Guided Walks will get you an expert teacher, with real, not internet generated pseudo-knowledge, as well as a guaranteed way home. East Bay lo-

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Amy Lund became a spinner and a weaver in order to make a runner for her table. She has been hand spinning and weaving rugs, runners, linens, blankets and a world of materials since childhood by “learning and doing.” The 43-year-old Dartmouth resident has been fascinated by the craft (some would say the art, others, the artisan’s work) since she was a little girl. Dedicated to her dream of becoming a weaver, she took classes at Slater Mill in her teens, and seriously pursued the craft after college at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She eventually went to the University of Rhode Island for a degree in Textile History and Conservation. After working and learning from local artisans, Lund decided to start her own business, crafting and displaying out of her shop on Main Street at Tiverton Four Corners. “I believe that art can be expressed in well-crafted everyday items, no matter how utilitarian,” Lund says. “The materials and processes involved in making objects are just as important as the finished pieces.” Her long-standing interest in textiles, their production and social history has led her from working in the museum field doing hands-on demonstrations at several Shaker museums in New England, to academic research on historical and technical aspects of ethnographic textiles and design. In 1993, Amy graduated with a Masters in Science in Textiles and Related Art from URI. She then realized her dream and became a full-time weaver.

As a young girl, Lund discovered a spinning wheel in her grandmother’s house, which started her interest in textiles. “I became interested in pre-industrial textile history and the evolution of mill history, which is so abundant in the New England Area,” she recalls.  “I was also about the same age as the working mill girls who were becoming involved in the history and economy of textile revolution in this country. My first experience with weaving was through working on an old barn loom that was set up for an exhibit on Peace and Patience Weaving Drafts at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford.” She really enjoys working on fine linens. In part, it is the challenge of bringing together loose material into finished cloth. “Weavers strive for perfection because of their methodical nature, and strive for skill in their craft,” says Lund. “Many people think hand weaving should be irregular, clunky, textured materials because it is done by ‘hand.’ In fact, master weavers around the world have been producing flawless intricate fabrics for centuries, as we can see through the historical clothes and interior fabrics in museums. A good artisan will make you feel the spirit of their work and the efforts and materials that were used to create it, to touch and hold an object and internally as well as externally.” Amy C. Lund Handweaver Studio & Gallery is at 3879 Main Road in Tiverton. For more information, call 401-816-0000 or find her online at www.amyclundhandweaver.com.

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Just Add Water by Rebecca Baruzzi

The Boater’s Rites of Spring “You own the boat,

the boat doesn’t own you.” That was my father’s favorite expression as it pertained to boat maintenance. Ironically enough, my husband and I have inherited that same boat, and its actual survival was dependent on not having current owners who share the same philosophy. So the boat owns us every spring. This is the time of the year when we change our bank allotments to go directly to the local marine supply store. We buy all of the environmentally and boat friendly products that we can stomach and head down to the marina. Now that we have controlled what we can control, the rest is fate. Will we

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be able to find the boat? Will we be near the water supply? Will our neighbor leave our wet paint covered in dust from sanding? So far so good – we have been lucky in those departments. Usually we are friendly with our neighbors. This is especially important if we’ve forgotten our ladder or sander; in Boatland these things are as dispensable to your neighbor as sugar. The project this year will be the same as last year and the year before. First, we will sand down all of the natural woodwork, wipe it down and add a few coats of varnish. Then we will rough up the bottom and add a new

coat of paint. When everything is dry, we wax and buff the boot top. I am always amazed that my husband wants to do this exact process every year. Being my father’s daughter, I’m more of the mindset that the boat is there for fun – and fun never comes with so much work. Also, we just did all of that last year! But as the least likely to do the bulk of the work, I don’t have too much say in what goes on. It’s not over, yet though. We have to take this maintenance effort into the boat. The next few weekends will consist of washing sails, bilges and compartments. We will remove forgotten bags of chips and bottle caps that

were found stuck to the floor under the carpet. We will have to flush the head and potable water and field day the mildew. When that is all done, we will have a frank discussion about whose guest left the bottle caps and chips (most likely mine). Normally, as I think about the process I get a bit overwhelmed about the ensuing projects. However, this year as I write and look outside of my window, I can see last night’s fresh snow – I hope the last of the season. Given the choice between all the work the warm weather brings, or being lazy and cold for a bit longer, I’ll take a work party any day.

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