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school, beach, harbor, bike path & shops! 8 room colonial with open floor plan, tall ceilings, pretty wordwork. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths on 2nd floor, 4th skylit bedroom on 3rd floor. 2nd floor laundry. Cul-de-sac! $548,000

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18 This Month 18 The Wheel Deal Take a ride on the East Bay Bike Path

22 Sizzling Summer Fun 100 ways to make this your best summer yet

Every Month 7 Editor’s Note/Letters 8 The Bay List

39 27 Live Well A Victorian springs back to life in Middletown 29 Whole Body 30 Connoisseur 31 Shop Around 32 Homestyle

35 Taste A restaurant undergoes a redesign in Seekonk 37 News Bites 38 Drink 39 Connoisseur 41 Review 42 Dining Guide

45 Gallery When the boats come sailing in… 46 Calendar 49 On Stage 50 Artistry

52 Just Add Water Learning a sailor’s lingo

13 The Buzz A safe place for kids to skate in Tiverton 14 On the Bay 16 Bay Views

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Editor’s Note Fun in the Sun Summer is finally here – but unless you take advantage of every minute of it, it will be gone before you know it. This month, our annual summer guide has 100 ways to fill your 100 days of summer, from festivals and kid-friendly activities to picnic dinners and wineries. You won’t have to waste any time

wondering how to fill your free time. So read on, and then get out there to enjoy the season.

From Our Readers Keeping Moms Sane in Barrington Thank you for reviewing How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker: Mom-to-Mom Whines, Cheese, Rants and Recipes. As an imperfect Barrington work-fromhome mother of two, I’ve managed to keep my sanity intact by venting with other mothers. And when there’s cheese dip present, it’s like free therapy. This is the inspiration behind How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker. I wrote it with the intention of being a fun-toread book filled with short whines and easy (but tasty) cheese dip recipes that can be consumed in real mommy time. The stories and recipes are culled from moms in Rhode Island and include many truths of my own. I hope you enjoy the book. I look forward to staying in touch. Jackie Hennessey You Missed a Key Player The article [“Built on Tradition,” May 2012] by Keith Andrade had one glaring omission: He did not even give a mention to Hunt Yachts next to Hinckley.

For your information, they are enjoying the best year in their history building Hunt-designed powerboats. You should give them some credit so your readers are up to date with the super news in an economy that has slammed others. I have no (or never had) any connection with the company except for one – my son Ray is their chief engineer, and two – my father Ray designed the V hull over 50 years ago and it still is the hull of choice for the industry. Thank you. Jim/Sham Hunt

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Working it Out I just wanted to say thank you so much for featuring us in The Bay this month [“With the Flow,” Whole Body, May 2012]. What a wonderful article! As a small business, it’s not always easy getting the word out. We’ve been in business for seven years now and rely so heavily on referrals.... so a bit of good press is always appreciated. We’re so glad that Jane Couto enjoyed our Body Flow class. Kerry McElroy Barbelle (Real Fitness For Women)

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A Season of Plays in Warren The Bay is a proud sponsor of 2nd Story Theatre’s season. Recently staged productions have included Little Women, which Bob Colonna adapted for stage, Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out, Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County and Charles Busch’s The Divine Sister. Up next is A Few Good Men, running now through June 24. Be sure to join us in supporting this worthy theatre. Tickets and showtimes are available online.

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Skate or Die

Let’s face it – skateboarders get a bad rap. They’re often unjustifiably criminalized for partaking in the sport when in fact, that aren’t harming anyone but themselves (and perhaps their parents’ medical insurance premiums). Skating is, in fact, a healthy form of exercise and a method throughwhich many kids, teens and young adults keep busy – therefore staying out of trouble. The problem is that often there isn’t anywhere for these skaters to go and so they skate down public streets, which is a big no-no. Lucky for these board-wielding athletes, the smart folks of Tiverton realized that rather than punish these


Revisiting Westport’s Wild Winds Last year’s breakout novel, The Last Fling, transported us back in time and took us on a thrilling ride through disaster, loss, triumph and acts of courage. We were introduced to heart-wrenching stories of both survivors and victims of 1954’s Hurricane Carol. Born in Fall River, author Red Cummings released the book as his first solowritten work and gained great popularity with the Westport-area locals. It includes over 40 illustrations and focuses on not only the events of the hurricane, but life in the ‘50s and a fervent depiction of community. In light of the first day of the 2012 hurricane season, Cummings is now releasing a 22-minute long video called The Last Fling: Hurricane Carol 1954 on June 2, to complement the success of the narrative. Full of locals, first-hand accounts and excellent footage, viewers are able to revisit the storm that tore so many lives apart almost 60 years ago. Don’t miss this inside look at history made right here in our area. www.thelastfling. net -Emily Payne


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Warren Takes Shape Warren’s a pretty charming town. Two local business owners, however, have an idea to make it even better. Patrick DeSocio of Preppy Pig BBQ and Kate Dickson of The Wooden Midshipman present The Shipshape Challenge, a beautification contest in which business and property owners are encouraged to get creative while working to improve the look, safety and accessibility of neighborhoods and downtown Warren. Participants will have five months to complete projects that will get their properties in “shipshape,” as this challenge runs through October 21. During the Warren Walkabout (on October 21), a panel of judges will be comparing before and after pictures and making notes on each of the properties. The challenge aims to increase tourism, enhance public relations and create a more business-friendly environment by getting the community to work together. –Kathryn Barrall

well-meaning daredevils, they should give them a safe space to skate. Bulgarmarsh Recreation Area now boasts a good-sized skate park that’s open to the public for skating, BMX riding and rollerblading. When I went to check it out on a Monday afternoon, there were 20 or so riders, most on skateboards, two on bikes, calmly taking turns on the concrete bowls and ramps. They encouraged each other, spoke quietly and behaved so as to flip that negative skater stereotype on its head. Crandall Road at Bulgarmarsh Road, Tiverton. 401-624-8006, –Erin Swanson

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Bristol Does Fridays In Style Perhaps you’re in need of a girls’ night out, or maybe a creative date destination. Heck, some of you just want to get out of the house. How does live entertainment, free refreshments, free snacks, shopping deals and an outdoor stroll in the warm summer night air sound? We thought you’d say that. Bristol is celebrating Friday all summer long with TGIFIB - Thank Golly it’s Friday in Bristol. Through Labor Day weekend, downtown merchants will each hold their own promotions while doling out free food and drinks. If it’s anything like

the Bristol Holiday Preview, it’s sure to be a good time. We already know that Harbor Bath & Body will be serving adult refreshments and cheese while a live band plays on the street – what’s not to love? Keep on eye out for posters around town and flags sported by participating stores to let you know they’re in on the event. Drop by for a minute or stay for the duration – the events will run from 5-8pm or later every Friday night. Check out the Downtown Bristol Merchant’s Association Facebook page for more information. -Emily Payne

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SWEET CHARITY Get Up and Run Help feed families in the East Bay by sponsoring or participating in the Get Off Your CAN! 5K Run/Walk to End Hunger on June 16. It’s being held at the Bristol Town Beach Pavilion by the East Bay Food Pantry. This 5K run/ walk will proceed through Colt State Park. The top male and female in each group will receive a medal. Sponsors of this event will be recognized on the race t-shirts. Proceeds from the run/ walk will be used to support the East Bay Food Pantry’s goal to expand their healthy food options and kick off their Food4Kids program. The pantry serves around 1,200 families but is run by a small staff and 60 volunteers; they rely heavily on ongoing support from the community and local business leaders. Registration is required. $20 ($25 day of event). 9am. 401-3969490, Be King or Queen of the Running Castle Come run a flat and fast 5K (with a slight downhill to the finish line) or enjoy a 13.1-mile run through the countryside of Seekonk and Rehoboth, at the Castle Awards 5K/Half Marathon on June 10 by Ocean State Multisport at the Newman YMCA in Seekonk. Each participant will receive a medal for finishing and the winners of the men and women’s divisions will receive trophies. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 people to sign up. There will be food af-

ter the run as well as a bouncy gym for the kids. Proceeds will go to the YMCA to help underprivileged children attend summer camp. There is a $30 entry fee for the 5K and a $35 entry fee for the half marathon. 8am. 472 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. 508-688-5779, www. Have a Cocktail for a Cause The Fly Foundation spent this past year helping cancer patients who were undergoing treatment in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. On June 14 they will be hosting their 2nd Annual Charity Cocktail Party at the Herreshoff Waterfront Tent on Bristol Harbor. This fundraiser will feature hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction as well as complimentary harbor sails aboard Herreshoff’s Kestrel. Tickets cost $50 each and proceeds will benefit the Fly Foundation in their mission to support young adults battling cancer. 401-400-2359, –Kathryn Barrall Walk With the Animals Raise money or get walking (or do both) for the Heart & Sole Walk for the Animals, held in Portsmouth on June 3 by the Potter League for Animals. This one-mile trek through scenic Glen Park will feature refreshments, raffle drawings, children’s activities and appearances by animal trainers and pet professionals. Feel free to bring your dogs and treat them to a turn in the

doggie day spa, or bring them along for the walk. This year’s event also introduces the first-ever cat walk team, for feline enthusiasts eager to give canines and their owners a run for their money – literally. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and running teams; contributors can win walking tees, eco-friendly water bottles, duffel bags and even a pet dinnerware set. The Potter League’s goal is to raise at least $100,000 to help stop the suffering of animals and create a community without homeless pets. $20 per person (youths $10, children under 8 free). 401-846-0592, Save the Shorebirds Both hands-on types and naturelovers will be very interested in this special seasonal volunteer opening offered by the Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island. The conservancy is looking for people to help monitor shorebirds at the Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton, where they’ll limit the damage caused by humans by raising awareness and checking in on breeding bird activity. Other ways to help the conservancy include making monthly visits to their preserve, where you’ll be patrolling the grounds for any signs of damage, and volunteer workdays that involve trail maintenance, habit restoration and the removal of invasive species. 401-466-2129, rhodeisland. –Meagan Gann

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Free Wheeling The East Bay celebrates the Bike Path’s big anniversary

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s soon as the spring temperatures finally rise enough for people to step outside without shivering, we are eager to take those first, postwinter steps. Locals need look no further than the East Bay Bike Path to meet that need. Completed 20 years ago (but in the works for 25), it’s the oldest major bike path in Rhode Island. During the past two decades, the trail has consistently been a local hotspot for fitness enthusiasts and families alike; it draws anyone who enjoys spending some quality time outdoors, any season of the year. Best of all, it’s free to use. The concept for the East Bay Bike Path was originally generated in 1980 by Rhode Island School of Design student Susanne Smith of Barrington. As part of her thesis on landscape architecture, she created a plan to convert the old Providence, Warren and Bristol railroad to what we currently know as the path. As part of this conversion, people would have access to otherwise inaccessible views of the area while cycling or walking. Her hope was that if people saw and appreciated the Narragansett Bay more, they would be less likely to destroy it. After some initial convincing, the Department of Environmental Management responded positively to the idea, and construction of the bike path began in phases, starting in 1987 and reaching completion in 1992. At 14 and-a-half miles in length, the flat asphalt trail is marked with a dividing line down the middle, which makes it perfect for cycling, running, walking, inline-skating and cross-country skiing. The path starts at India Point Park in Providence (a spot with great views of the Providence River, plenty of room to picnic and a substantial playground for kids of all ages) and ends at Independence Park in Bristol (which boasts waterfront benches and a boardwalk). The trail includes a connection to three miles of paved path at Colt State Park as well. Folks making their way down the path can stop at various destinations in between, and get a feel for five distinctly different communities (Providence, East Providence, Barrington, Warren and Bristol). These areas supply urban waterfront views, stretches of forest, bay views, pastoral areas, small villages, town centers and more.

George Redman, 88, of East Providence, is the eldest remaining founding member of the bike path and still utilizes it today. Because the path was constructed in four phases between 1987 and 1992, it remains up for debate whether the path turns 20 or 25 this year.

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Advocates of the bike path who have since passed away include former Representative Thomas Byrnes of Bristol and former East Providence Mayor, Leo C. Sullivan. The original petition developed to persuade officials to allow bike part construction included over 4,200 signatures. Governor Edward DiPrete approved the path’s construction in 1983, though it did not commence until 1987. Some workplaces have developed bicycle commuter groups including the 12 member group, Bike to Brown, in which 12 Brown University commuters cycle to work in both winter and summer, rain or shine. Natural attractions off the path include boating, fishing, parks with picnic potential and the Audubon Society for wildlife viewing. Not-so natural attractions just off the path include shopping and dining in Providence, East Providence, Barrington, Warren and Bristol. Also, you can stop to enjoy museums and libraries, or hop a ferry to Prudence Island.

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Hit Up a Clam Shack Summer isn’t complete without a bag of hot, fried and chewy clam cakes. 1.

Take your critters from Quito’s to go, and have an impromptu picnic at Independence Park. 411 Thames St., Bristol; 2. No matter where your day takes you, a Blount Clam Shack is within delicious reach. Locations in Warren, Riverside, Providence and Fall River; 3. Visit Flo’s Clam Shack for a quintessential Rhode Island dining experience. Locations in Middletown and Portsmouth. 4. Grab a picnic table and enjoy the view. Evelyn’s Drive In, 2335 Main Rd., Tiverton;

Celebrate Independence U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! Show some love for it at these events. 5. Gear up for a fast and furious Orange Crate Derby. June 17, 3pm. Bayview Ave., Bristol; july4thbristolri. com. 6. Independence Day may be just one day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start the party early. The Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series offers free concerts for 13 days prior to The Big Day. June 21-July 3, 6:30. Independence

Park, Bristol; 7. Feel like a kid again at the Rockwell Amusements Carnival. June 22-July 4. Town Common, Bristol; 8. Bristol lights up the night with a July 3 fireworks display over the harbor. 9:30pm; 9. Put on your best red, white and blue and get yourself a seat at the 227 Bristol Fourth of July Parade.

Be One With Nature Explore a new or an old favorite spot in the great outdoors. 10.

Run or walk the Norman Bird Sanctuary 5k – either way you’re helping to preserve the 300-acre wildlife refuge. June 16 at 8:30am. 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown; 11. Take a hike, or just an easy walk, on one of the five scenic trails at Melville Pond Recreation Center. Bradford Ave., Portsmouth. 12. Stroll and gaze at the awe-inspiring Green Animals Topiary Garden. 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth; 13. Bird watch or take a nature walk through Emile Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, a peaceful spot with over 50 acres of pristine marshes and trails. Seapowet Ave., Tiverton; 14. Find inner tranquility outdoors at Yoga at Audubon, a four-week program taught by Chris Belanger. 6:15pm, Tuesdays in June. Audubon Society

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Environmental Education Center, 1041 Hope St., Bristol; 15. With over 400 acres of gorgeous land, Colt State Park is truly one of the wonders of the East Bay. From the sands of the Town Beach to the panoramic views of Narragansett Bay to the fire pits and picnic tables on the meticulously manicured lawns, the park has something for everybody. Hope St., Bristol; 16. Take in the pristine, untouched shore of the Goosewing Beach Preserve. 140 South Shore Rd, Little Compton. 17. Go bird watching at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. 1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport;

Talk to the Animals Enjoy the company of our furry, four-legged and finned neighbors.

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Bird watching at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Feed goats, sheep and a pony at the Simmons Farm petting zoo. 1942 West Main Rd., Middletown; 19. Breakfast in the Barnyard at Coggeshall Farm gives new meaning to dining out. Feed the farm animals first, then help cook your own breakfast of johnnycakes. Saturdays starting June 16 at 8:50am. Poppasquash Rd., Bristol; 20. Dads get in for free at Father’s Day at the Zoo. June 17. Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford; 21. Behold as hundreds of winged creatures fly all around you at the Newport Butterfly Zoo. 409 Bulgarmarsh Rd., Tiverton;

22. Pet a shark or a stingray at the Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport. 174 Union Street, New Bedford;

Shop Around Get a little retail therapy while supporting local boutiques and artists. 23.

Find Waldo (yes, that Waldo) in participating shops in Westport for a month-long celebration of the endearing character’s 25th anniversary in July. Hosted by Partners Village Store, 865 Main Rd., Westport; 24. Unwind after a long week at TGIFIB (Thank Golly it’s Friday in Bristol), where restaurants and shops stay open late and offer special sales, refreshments and entertainment. Friday evenings, June 1-August 31. 25. Look for vintage finds at the Tiverton Four Corners Antique Show. July 4. The Meeting House, 3850 Main Rd., Tiverton; 26. Enjoy art, music and culture of indigenous artists at the Cultural Survival Bazaar. July 14-15 on the lawn of the Soule-Seabury House, Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton; 27. Appreciate the works of local creators at the Fine Arts and Artisans Show. July 20-22. Mt. Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol; 28. Check out the art on display at the 14th annual Little Compton Summer Art Show. July 21-22, 10am-4pm. Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton;

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Learn Something School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t discover something new.

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29. Take a tour of a working lighthouse. Rose Island Lighthouse; take the ferry from Newport. 30. Experience the world’s largest collection of conserved US Navy ships at Battleship Cove. 5 Water St., Fall River; 31. Get a very close look at a 200-year-old windmill at Windmill Wednesday, learn about grist milling and taste johnnycakes. 4-6pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Rd., Middletown; 32. Meet the author of The Kissing Sailor, as well as the infamous sailor from the WWII photo, at a book signing event at Barrington Books. June 16, 1-3pm. 184 County Rd., Barrington;

33. Gain a new perspective about history during the Bristol Tales of the Slave and Rum Trade Walking Tour. June 23, 10am. Presented by Linden Place, 500 Hope St., Bristol; 34. Get your craft on by painting your own pottery at Weird Girl Creations. Open daily. 33 Kent St., Barrington; weirdgirl 35. Get up close and personal with some of the finest boats ever built at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. One Burnside St., Bristol;

44. Pick your own locally-grown fruits and vegetables fresh off the farm. 4 Tour Farm, 90 George St., Seekonk; 45. The Warren Quahog Festival celebrates the delicious and quintessential Rhody delicacy. July 21-22. South Water St., Warren; 401-247-0232.

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rounds up local produce, meat and dairy for the freshest local shopping experience. Saturdays 9am-12pm. Barrington Congregational Church, 461 County Rd., Barrington; 39. Yum, yum and yum. The Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival showcases wines from the Coastal Wine Trail, local cheese and gourmet chocolate. June 22, 1-4pm. Westport Fairgrounds, 200 Pine Hill Road, Westport; 40. All things strawberry will be available for the tasting at the Strawberry Fest. June 24, 11am-4pm. Young Family Farm, 260 West Main Rd., Little Compton; 41. Too hot to cook? Head to Sweet Berry Farm for a Dinner Concert, a two-hour free concert with a wellmatched prepared dinner. Tuesday nights in July and August. 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown; 42. Feast on food and entertainment at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the longest running Italian feast in RI. July 13-15. Town Common, Bristol; 43. Shop for organic foods, shellfish and flowers at the Sakonnet Growers Market. Saturdays on the lawn of the Soule-Seabury House, Tiverton Four Corners;

36. Choose from white, red and clear – three of the varieties at the Great Chowder Cook-Off. June 2. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport; 37. Partake in a proper garden party that includes high tea, a hat contest and entertainment by a barbershop quartet. St. Columba’s English Garden Party, June 2, 1-5pm. St. Columba’s Chapel, 53 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown; 847-5571. 38. The Go Local Farmer’s Market

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The Newport International Polo Series is one of the most versatile summer destinations in this state. It’s a perfect evening for families, date nights and groups of friends. 5pm, Saturdays. Glen Farm, 715 East Main Rd., Portsmouth; 47. Noise, speed and rubber combine for a night of sensory overload at Seekonk Speedway. Friday and Saturday nights. 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk; 48. Classic cars and trucks are on display every Wednesday at Simcock Farm, which is celebrating their 125th year in business. 5-9pm. 361 Marvel St., Swansea; simcockfarm. com. 49. Be there as 20 golf pros unite

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63. Impress your friends with an outing on your new boat. (It’s a boat rental, but don’t worry – your secret’s safe with us.) Steve’s Boat Rentals, 294 Market St., Warren; 64. Get a new perspective on the Newport Mansions. Bird’s Eye Helicopter Tours, 211 Airport Access Rd., Middletown; 65. Take a 20-minute ferry ride from Bristol to the quietest corner in Rhode Island. There’s not much to do in Prudence Island, but that’s the point. Prudence Island Ferry, Church Street, Bristol; 66. See the city by sea from way, way up above. Skydive Newport. 211 Airport Access Rd., Middletown; 67. Give fly fishing a shot. Fly Fishing Westport with Captain Chris Aubut;

for the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. June 17-19. Park at Seekonk Speedway; shuttle to Rhode Island Country Club, Barrington.

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Enjoy natural beauty and a healthy activity. Win-win. East Bay Bike Path (read more about the bike path on page 18 ). 51. Have a match on the iconic grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport; 52. Tee off for a good cause at the Little Compton Golf Outing, a fundraiser for the Little Compton Community Center. June 2 at Sakonnet Golf Club, 79 Sakonnet Point Rd., Little Compton; 53. Practice an ancient Chinese martial art T’ai Chi in the Park. Mondays (starting June 11 at 8:45am. Haines Park, Barrington. Offered by Barrington Community School; 54. Kayak on Bristol Harbor. Rentals available at Boating in Bristol, 251 Thames St., 55. Get on your feet for the Get Off Your CAN 5k Run/Walk to End Hunger. June 16, 9am. Bristol Town Beach Pavilion, Bristol; 56. Float your boat – your kayak or canoe, more precisely – at the Central Pond Paddle. Presented by Ten Mile River Watershed Council, 11am-1pm. Newman Ave., Seekonk;

Stock up on summer reads at the Friends of Tiverton Libraries Community Festival & Book Fair. June 2, 10am-3pm. Tiverton High School, 100 North Brayton Road, Tiverton; 58. Pack your beach gear and head to Barrington Beach for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that includes a chowder cook-off, beach yoga and swimming lessons. June 19. 59. Seekonk Meadows, a recreational park and garden adjacent to the Seekonk Library that took nearly two decades to complete, is holding a Grand Opening celebration that includes professional kite flyers and musical performances. June 23, 127pm. 408 Newman Ave., Seekonk. 60. They’re back. Go see the Tall Ships, a fleet of grandiose ships from around the world sail into Newport for four days of viewing and special events. July 6-9, Newport; 61. Fly a kite. Newport Kite Festival. July 14-15; Brenton Point State Park, Newport; newportkitefestival. com. 62. Who doesn’t love a good, oldfashioned carnival with rides, live music and a ton of food? East Providence Heritage Days, July 19-22. 145 Taunton Ave., East Providence;

Westport’s River Day is loads of fun on and off land. The day starts with a 35-mile river paddle and continues with kiddie activities, historical walking tours and live entertainment. June 9, 9am-3pm. Head of Westport Landing, Westport; wrwa. com. 69. Learn to surf. Liven Water Surf Co., 73 Simmons Rd., Little Compton;

70. There’s nothing quite like a carousel to make you feel like a kid again. The Crescent Park Carousel is not only RI’s largest, but arguably the most beautiful. There’s a Blount Clam Shack at the site, and plenty of tables and grassy areas for a picnic. 700 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside. 71. Get silly with the Toe Jam Puppet Band. August 1, 6:30pm. Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence; 72. Mini golf. Big fun. Seekonk Driving Range, 1977 Fall River Ave. (Rt. 6),; Fantasyland, 1300 Fall River Ave., Both located in Seekonk. 73. Ready, set, go-kart race. 1098 Fall River Ave., Seekonk; 74. Swing into summer with a few rounds in the batting cages. Cole River Family Fun Center, 358 GAR Highway (Rt. 6), Swansea; 75. The South Coast Chamber Music Society performs a Family Concert at the Westport Town Farm. August 18, 5:30-8:30pm. 830 Drift Rd., Westport; 76. Dinner and a movie gets an upgrade at Seekonk Meadows’ Family Barbeque and Movie Under the Stars. August 25, 5pm. 408 Newman Ave., Seekonk.

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Be Entertained Sit back and enjoy a variety of arts and culture. Jazz Tastings at Greenvale Vineyards


Drama reigns at the Barn Performing Arts Center for limited runs of Boston Marriage and Death and the Maiden. Select dates in June and July. Roger Williams University, 1 Old Ferry Rd., Bristol; 81. Attend the official RI premiere of Moonrise Kingdom in the city it was filmed in. June 21 at 6:30pm. Jane Pickens Theatre, Touro St., Newport; 82. Watch Moby Dick come to life on the Great Lawn at Blithewold. Presented by Mixed Magic Theatre July 18-19. 101 Ferry Rd., Bristol;


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Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed in a dreamy outdoor setting. August 4-5. Sandywoods Farm, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton; 84. LOL. Jim Breuer at Comedy Connection. August 19, 7pm. 39 Warren Ave., East Providence; 85. Second Story Theatre sets the stage for the season with three productions. 28 Market St., Warren; 86. Bring your own popcorn and watch a classic flick at Movies at the Park. 8pm, most Fridays. Crescent Park, 700 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside. 87. Whodunit? Figure it out at Murder at the Museum, a murder-mystery production presented by Marley Bridges Theatre Company. Select Thursdays, 7pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport;

Hear It Live From classical to blues, there are plenty of great music happenings. 88. Deedee Shattuck Gallery


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Sandywoods Center for the Arts is kicking off its first Music Series with a terrific line-up of regional musicians. Select Saturdays. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton;


Listen up as the Women of the RI Songwriters Association perform for their annual group show. June 9, 8pm. First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., Warren; 90. Get down with blues legend Robert Clay. June 12. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River; 91. Groove along to the sounds of Al Green. August 26, 8pm. Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase St., New Bedford; 92. Pair live jazz with wine for a delightful afternoon. Jazz Tastings at Greenvale Vineyards. Saturdays, 12:30-4pm. 582 Wapping Rd., Portsmouth; 93. Pack a picnic and grab the family for the Seekonk Library Summer Concert Series. Select Wednesdays at 6:30pm. 410 Newman Ave., Seekonk; 94. Wind down after a long week at Summer Sunset Music, a weekly music series at Westport Rivers. 417 Uxbridge Rd., Westport; 95. Savor the last moments of the season in style – listening to classical music at sunset overlooking Bristol Harbor. RI Philharmonic resident conductor Francisco Noya leads a free Summer Pops concert with patriotic and traditional favorites. September 2 at 7pm; Independence Park, Bristol;

Appreciate Art Be inspired by the abundance of local creativity. 96. The South Coast Artists Studio Tours, now in its ninth year, allows for the unique opportunity to take a free, self-guided tour of over 70 studios in Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth. July 21-22 and August 18-19; 97. Beat the Summertime Blues at the seasonal art exhibit at Gallery Eleven, which features original works by local artists. 11 State St., Bristol; 98. Enjoy art al fresco at the Deedee Shattuck Gallery, where three large sculptures are on exhibit. 1 Partners Lane, Westport; 99. Art Night, a monthly tour of galleries and studios, provides an intimate look into the thriving art scene in Warren and Bristol. 5-8pm on last Thursday of every month; 11. Join the four members of the Sakonnet Collective – a group of artists, makers and skilled craftsmen – for the opening night of their new exhibit. June 22. 3572 Main Rd., Tiverton;

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77. Get your fright on at the kidfriendly Monster Mini Golf. 140 Taunton Ave., Seekonk; 78. Rock and bowl your way through Saturday night. Dudek Bowling Lanes, 409 Child St., Warren; 79. Lace up your skates at United Skates of America. 75 New Rd., Rumford,

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Living Life At Laurelmead Eastside Providence Retirement Community Stays Fit! PROVIDENCE, RI Staying physically fit is an essential goal for seniors of all ages at Laurelmead Cooperative, where residents range from 60 to over 100 years young. A trip to the “gym” is a regular routine for most. For some, it is even a daily event. Laurelmead’s Fitness Director, Susan Vartian, has been the personal trainer of nearly 300 residents since Laurelmead opened over 15 years ago. “Even though the average age of our residents has increased over time”, Ms. Vartian reports that, “this is what we would hope to see when measuring the outcome of our fitness programs”. Mrs. Elsa Zopfi, a 100 year old resident who has been walking daily from the time she moved in over 15 years ago, attributes her longevity to her desire to “keep moving”. Dr. Patricia Gifford, a geriatric physician living at Laurelmead, preaches that “physical exercise is one of the building blocks to quality of life in old age”. She acknowledges that, “the fitness facilities and exercise programs

Laurelmead has for its residents, are better than what can be found at most private fitness or personal training centers”. Laurelmead’s Wellness Coordinator, Rosanne Moffitt, a registered nurse who has worked with Laurelmead residents for many years, has noticed some very interesting things as the interest in exercise increases among seniors. “Resident’s who have an exercise routine in their weekly schedule, appear to be healthier and more socially engaged.” Laurelmead’s fitness programs are one of the first things people visiting the community ask about. After seeing the swimming pool, the strength training room and a Tai Chi class, prospective resident’s often ask “Can I buy a membership to the fitness center”? Diane Lamontagne, the Sales Manager, has a quick response; “It’s FREE when you move in”. Living Life at Laurelmead Cooperative is a regular column meant to inform readers of the happenings at Rhode Island’s only resident–owned retirement community.

“It would be so nice if my parents lived closer” Maybe Laurelmead Cooperative can help. Home ownership at Laurelmead provides the freedom to live here all year or just a part of it. Call Diane Lamontagne to learn more

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Adam Tracy currently works in printmaking, creating on heavy weight paper that hangs on the wall. The subject of his art changes based on current interests, with pieces centered on favorite musicians, beautiful women, shoes, and song lyrics.

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I’ll be honest, I really had to psych myself up to go to my first CrossFit class. I always research anything new before I try it, and everything I read or watched about CrossFit told me that it was going to be quite the challenge. It’s not that I’m afraid of a little sweat - I’ve competed in marathons and Half Ironman distance triathlons - but Googling “CrossFit” had yielded an image gallery of rock-hard bodies that required some serious strength workouts to achieve. I made my way to CrossFit Prowess in Seekonk, which despite just recently opening in April, has already developed a loyal following. Owner Jason Harrington believes this is directly related to the addictive nature of CrossFit and the fast results his members achieve: “I know if I provide the best service I can, my athletes will be walking billboards. They get hooked and want to tell everyone about it,” he says. (Incidentally, Jason looks like he stepped right out of my Google image search, so he can count himself among his walking advertisements.) I could tell right away that this wasn’t going to be a typical gym workout. In fact, to use the correct lingo, it wasn’t even taking place in

a gym. A CrossFit facility is called a “box” because it’s typically in an open warehouse-style space with an industrial feel. There are no cardio machines lined up in a row or any exercise apparatus that isolates just one muscle group. A box consists of rubber mats on the ground and equipment like pull-up bars, kettlebells, medicine balls, barbells, dumbbells, gymnastic rings, tires and climbing ropes. It’s a pretty back-to-basics facility, but the classes are anything but ordinary. There’s a different workout each day (called the Workout of the Day, or WOD for short) and it is based on some or all of the three modalities of CrossFit: weightlifting, gymnastics movements and metabolic conditioning. I was the only first-timer in class, but I didn’t feel intimidated. The WOD was clearly listed on a large whiteboard on the wall, so I knew what to expect, and the seven other CrossFitters instantly made me feel like part of the group as we went through the warm-up exercises. Jason spent a good deal of time making sure we all had the correct form for our “thrusters,” a move that combines a front squat and overhead press, which we

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ended up doing a lot of that day. Then it was time for the main event – the WOD. Many CrossFit workouts are named after women, and ours was “Fran.” Fran put us through 21 thrusters, 21 pull-ups, 15 thrusters, 15 pullups, 9 thrusters, 9 pull-ups – as fast as we could. All CrossFit workouts are timed so that participants can gauge their progress over time and set goals for themselves, either by completing a WOD quicker than before or adding weight to make it more challenging. I’m competitive by nature, so I was definitely keeping an eye on how I measured up to the other women in class, but seeing that some of them could complete the workout faster than me, or with heavier weight, encouraged me rather than discouraged me. I was happy with how I did, but I knew I could challenge myself more. As Jason says, it’s in our human nature to want to compete. Training in small, tight-knit groups makes people work harder and fosters an atmosphere of friendly competition. I left the box that day ready to compete again – yes, against my new CrossFit friends, but more importantly, against myself. 40 Mead St., Unit C, Seekonk;

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What sets your shop apart from others of its kind? The warm, friendly atmosphere when you walk into the Finer Consigner; it’s a contributing factor to how you start your treasure hunting experience with us. What inspired you to start your consignment store? I’ve been known to gather, hide and store things ever since I can remember. On our farm in New Zealand, I buried a bunch of old silver in one of my father’s tobacco cans. That was 48 years ago. Dad sold the farm a year later; I bet all the old coins are still there. How’s it going so far? A lot of people say, ‘Oh, I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant because it looks like so much fun.’ Well, I did [follow my passion] and it was the toughest thing I’ve ever taken on.


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So then, was it always your plan? I was in a consignment store off the island looking for a desk. I was about to buy it for $180 when I noticed that there were different prices on the tag. ‘Aha!’ I thought to myself, ‘if I wait 37 more days, I can own this piece for $108.’ I decided to take my chances and wait. Thirty-eight days later, the desk was sold right before I got there. You snooze you lose. Driving home disgruntled, I kept thinking about the reduction model; that started the ball in motion. The rest, as they say, is history. How do you find most of the items in your store? I find my inventory in many different ways. Estate sales are quite common, but more commonly, from downsizing. Many boomers are trying not to do what their parents did to them and are clearing out the old treasures. Gone are the days of: ‘One day this will be worth a lot of money,’ or ‘I paid a lot for that before I met your mother.’ So how does the treasure get from there to here? I have a big box truck and I can

empty a house in a couple of days if I have to. Storage units can be fun. I’ve paid good money for a lot of garbage as well. What’s been the most interesting piece you’ve consigned recently? We had a Jane Pickens queen size bed in here a few weeks ago. That was probably our most famous piece. Any exciting tales of the trade you’d care to share? One day a bloke walked in with a guitar neck sticking out of a sail bag. His ex-wife put it in storage and he wanted a few hundred for it. Being a guitar player myself, I recognized the headstock as an old Gibson. I called a collector mate of mine. It turned out to be one of the first Gibson guitars made after the mandolins in 1907. Amazing. Did it sell for more than he expected? My mate sold it for him for a few thousand. He was a very happy consignor. The Finer Consigner is located at 72 E. Main Road, Middletown. 401-849-9162.

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Sometimes a girl just needs the perfect dress. You can spend hours going through the department stores or sorting through all types of clothes at a boutique… or you can just take a trip over to Zuzu’s Petals, now with a new location in Barrington. Longtime owner Lois Hollingsworth started with her store on Thayer Street in Providence and has expanded to Cranston, East Greenwich and now the East Bay. Hollingsworth says, “Our customer is looking for something that has a classic long-term appeal to it in terms of being able to wear it and love it time after time. That’s something we strive for.” Beautiful designs will draw you in, but a delightful staff will keep you loyal. When stepping into this new location, the openness and clean, organized displays make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. With some guidance from Hollingsworth, I fell in love with a Nicole Miller midlength dress, but in this store you get so much more than just what meets the eye: You get expertise. Hollingsworth told me all there was to know about the dress and why it would suit

my needs perfectly, from the fabric (55% linen, 42% rayon and 3% spandex, which I learned was just enough spandex to give some stretch and strengthen the fabric, while the rayon helps the linen avoid wrinkles) to the wrapping of the material (which would help hold in my girls without being too revealing). She enthusiastically pointed out the smallest details like the widened straps to just cover those unwanted arm folds and a banded waist that looks great on any woman. By the time she was through, I loved the dress as much as she clearly did. “You can go to a wedding, go to a party, dress it up, dress it down,” Hollingsworth says, “This is a dress you will pull out in five years and you will still love it.” Just in case I wasn’t a fan of deep blue (I was), I also learned that the frock comes in white, beige and terra cotta. I was sold. Originally making her way to Rhode Island as a RISD student, Hollingsworth had dreams of traveling to Italy to be a painter; her artistic eye has not been wasted as it shines through in every corner of this store.

She handpicks all the merchandise from shows in New York then brings items back to discuss them with her trusted employees. “I talk amongst a number of the people that work here,” she says, “because we are all different age groups and we like to make sure that we have things that span all age ranges.” This process ensures that there is something for all different needs and incorporates not only today’s current trends but also the long-lasting designs that have proven to always stay in style. Stop by to shop favorites like Nicole Miller, Lilly Pulitzer, Betsey Johnson, BCBG Max Azria, Milly, Shoshanna, Laundry by Design, Susana Monaco, Tibi and Maria Bianca Nero. Don’t need a dress just now? They also carry other items from their go-to designers that fit within the spectrum of their dress collections: coats and sweaters in the fall and a wide array of trendy bathing suits for summer. Personally, I am ready to go back for a navy blue anchor suit that is just adorable. 338 County Road, Barrington. 401-245-3060,

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by Andrea E. McHugh

LIFE’S A BEACH: whimsical coastal details complete the Braun’s decor

Labor of Love Seven years ago, Rich

Braun came home to tell his new wife Dani he found his “dream” home – a dilapidated, gutted, sad Victorian in Middletown in such poor shape that it lacked electricity and plumbing. Where many wives wouldn’t even consider buying a home in such ramshackle condition, Dani was unruffled. “I said, ‘Ok, sure. Whatever,’” she recalls. “I can see anything. I never look at anything [for what it is], I just see the finished.” Her reaction was unorthodox, but not surprising. Raised by parents who bought, restored and sold houses throughout her childhood, Dani never met an improvement project she couldn’t tackle. “Your goal when you graduated college was to buy a house. That’s how we were raised, and everyone was a carpenter, or a mason, or something along those lines, and everyone we knew who had money had a house, so you couldn’t


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wait to buy a house,” she explains. Dani bought her first home at 19. But the Middletown home was more than a flip, it was a monstrosity. “It was condemned, but they don’t condemn anything in these parts, they call it historic,” she says, laughing. “This is what it looked like, what every wall looked like,” she says, pointing down to the stone wall in the basement. “It was never finished. It was all cracked with horsehair plaster. No plumbing, no lights. There was no kitchen. It was completely gutted, wires hanging.” The home, she explains, was built around 1895 by Boston-based architect H. Langford Warren, best known for his prominent role in the Arts and Crafts movement and for designing the Church of the Holy City in Washington, D.C. “According to the book my neighbor has, this particular street is the first planned urban development

on the East Coast. This was Warren’s thesis project,” she says. It’s easy to see why Warren chose to build on the elevated expanse. Just 800 feet from the ocean with sweeping water views, the architect designed a spherical community that was supposed to surround a park with a tennis court and include a stable for homeowners’ horses. “They were supposed to be beach cottages for wealthy Bostonians and New Yorkers. It was supposed to be like a resort,” Dani says. Well into the project, the builder went bankrupt, and the plumber, who was owed money, acquired all the properties. The tennis court never came to fruition, and today the site is a grassy knoll where children play and families gather, while the stable was later turned into a home. The Renfrew houses were rented in the early part of the 19th century and eventually sold for

just $5,000 each. “And now they’re going for a million bucks,” she exclaims. When the Brauns bought their home, however, its worth was far from a million dollars. The former owner, Dani says, lived in squalor, and “disaster” didn’t even begin to describe its condition. “My mother-in-law came and said, ‘I understand a house that needs work, but this house is dirty. Like prison dirty,’” she says with a laugh. No plumbing? No electricity? No problem. With sheer determination and countless laborious hours, one man’s trash eventually became the Braun’s treasure. “We took all the windows out, boarded it up, jacked it up, replaced the sills underneath, re-wired, and replumbed. We lived in this room for a year – for a year,” she says dramatically, gazing around what has transformed into an elegantly appointed space peppered with coastal décor. As

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One Middletown couple brings a beautiful Victorian back to life

if a top to bottom renovation wasn’t enough on the couple’s plate, they also had a one-year-old daughter in tow, Mia. “I’d wear her in a backpack and carry her around because she couldn’t go on the floors,” says Dani. Today, the five bedroom, threeand-a-half bath home evokes inspired style and seaside charm. While Dani sources furnishings and décor everywhere from Target to tag sales, her thrice-yearly pilgrimage to the legendary Brimfield Antique Show yields some of her favorite finds. It’s the largest outdoor antique show in New England; Dani typically tackles Brimfield with a wish list in hand. From table linens to tin ceiling tiles turned lamps, her unique finds merge fashion and function. A 100-year-old desk used for work years ago was recently repurposed into a much-needed console table. “I spent 200 bucks on the stupid thing so I wasn’t throwing it away. I left it outside for a year, and the other day I looked at it at and was like, ‘Scotty, is your table saw set up? Can you take this home and zip it in half?’ Done.” After close family friend and her garage sale partner-incrime, Scotty, sliced the table in two, Dani retouched it, replaced the screws and mounted it to the wall. She added a whimsical touch by painting a quote from T.S. Eliot on it: I have heard the mermaids singing.

Though being the doyenne of DIY saves some serious dollars, Dani invests in things she says make the family’s life simple and beautiful: great lighting, storage (built-ins), fabric and upholstery, and art that in most cases is acquired when traveling or commemorates a special memory. Even with 11 rooms, fabulous projects can easily collect, taking up precious space, but for the Brauns (two adults, two children, one father-in-residence), it’s a non-issue. “I have no attachment to anything,” Dani concedes. “I don’t have clutter, I don’t like a lot of tchotchke stuff.” Organization, she says, is key. “I want something I can keep, and I don’t like to keep much. I’m good at getting it out. I do a clean sweep. I donate a lot of stuff. I do a lot of swapping with friends.” Dani recently joined the blogosphere to answer the many friends who ask: ‘How’d you do that?’ Seaside Shelter (www.seasideshelter. shows everything from how to make electrical cable spools into end tables sans the Pottery Barn price tags, and driftwood into banisters.

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beginning of the first ever South Coast Restaurant Week. This is a chance to experience the vast variety of our region’s diverse cuisines, while at the same time helping the needy. From June 15-24, South Coast Restaurant Week’s participating restaurants will offer special discount prices on multi-course meals ($12.12 per person for lunch; $20.12 and $30.12 per person for dinner, depending upon the venue). A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Greater New Bedford United Way Hunger commission. This weeklong event has proven to be very successful in regions all over the country, mainly because it encourages people to get out and experience new restaurants they may not have tried before, while raising money for a good cause. Restaurants from all around the South Coast will be participating to include: Ayur-Shri, the Catwalk Bar & Grille, Cork Wine & Tapas Bar, Estoril Restaurant, Fay’s Restaurant, LePages Seafood & Grille, M & C Café, Mezza Luna, Rose Alley Ale House, The Inner Bay Café and The Pasta House.

Start Your Engines Bill Pinelli’s Pinelli’s Express, located inside Seekonk Speedway on Route 6 in Seekonk, has just opened for the season. They will serve a select menu of Pinelli’s famous Italian specialties such as sandwiches, pizzas and calzones. Many of the dishes at Pinelli’s Express are based on the menu at B. Pinelli’s Simply Italian in East Providence,  and Pinelli’s Café and Deli in West Warwick. 1710 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-9959, A Taste of Youth The folks at DeWolf Tavern are busy preparing for their Brunch for Babies event on June 3. Their waterfront deck will play host to this 2nd annual event, which raises money for the March of Dimes. Enjoy a brunch buffet, a cocktail and juice bar, a silent auction and beautiful scenery. Tickets are $25; all proceeds go to the organization whose mission is to help expecting moms to full-term pregnancy and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. 259 Thames Street, Bristol. 401-254-2005, www.

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Learning the basics from a local basement brewer At some point in your high school chemistry class, you probably asked yourself, “When am I ever going to need to know this stuff?” What they don’t tell you is that some basic chemistry and a few pieces of equipment can provide you with an endless supply of cheap, tasty beer. Seekonk resident Dan Kahn has been home-brewing his own beer for 30 years and he recently opened his brewery – or rather, basement – doors for an introduction to the hobby. Dan greeted me with a printed handout showing an overview of the brewing process; coupled with a recipe, the novice home brewer would have a basic blueprint to begin. Although the brewing process follows specific steps, there is room along the way to play with ingredients and techniques that impart a personal touch on the end product. Experienced and passionate, Dan was equally humble and quick to describe himself as “not in the [beer brewing] majors… somewhere in the minors.” It’s a dubious claim that a great test would later overturn. But before the goods could be sampled, I had to learn how they were made. The process begins with one key ingredient – malt. Grains, typically barley, are soaked in water to promote germination; just before sprouting begins, the grains are cooled and sugars form on their husk. These sugars (the malt) will “feed” yeast that is later added to the mix. Dan, like many home brewers, will simplify the malting process by buying malt extract from a supply store, but his future evolution in the craft includes “one day making my own malt from raw barley.” Next is “mashing” the grains, or rinsing off the sugars. The malted grains are housed in a mesh bag and placed in a bucket containing an air-tight loop of hoses. Water is circulated through the loop until it is sufficiently saturated with sugar. This now-malted water, or “wort,” is then boiled on the stovetop for several hours, which further breaks down the sugars for easy digestion by the yeast. At various points of the boil, hops are added for a bitter flavor that balances the sweetness of the malt. Like malt

extract, many varieties of hops can be purchased at a supply store and mixed and matched for any given recipe. After boiling, the mixture is cooled so that yeast can be added and the fermentation process can begin. The introduction of yeast, a microorganism, starts a critical chemical reaction where the yeast “eats” the sugar and produces alcohol and carbon dioxide. A waterfilled airlock regulates this process by separating the air inside the container from the air outside, keeping the alcohol in and allowing the carbon dioxide to escape. As one of those points in the process where individualism can shine, Dan notes, “ideally you only want the yeast you introduce – and nothing else – to have access to the sugar. Commercial brewers like Miller and Coors will do this in a sterile environment, but others might have exposed the air and ‘used the funk,’ so to speak.” When the fermentation is complete, the beer can be bottled. Home brews, unlike most commercial brews, age in the bottle. The aging softens and mellows the beer over time, while increasing its subtle notes. Shelf life can be one to two years depending on the alcohol content (more alcohol = longer life), though the prime drinking time generally follows a bell curve of three to nine months. The entire process from start to bottle can take an average of six weeks, and as soon as a batch is bottled, Dan is on to the next recipe. Most recipes

are five gallons per batch – equivalent to two cases of beer – and come out to half the cost of typical micro-brews. What’s a man to do with all this beer? Dan says with a laugh, “I give it away mostly, or drink it myself… and if it’s bad, I cook with it. Whenever possible, I’ll exchange with other brewers.” “Bad” beer does not happen regularly, but mishaps can. Bottling too soon or adding too much sugar has caused a few batches to explode, littering the basement floor with broken glass. Dan’s wife warns of another hazard – the unique, strong smell of boiling wort that “can be an all-encompassing odor.” It comes with the territory. The latest on tap for our taste test were two clones – a clone of Killian’s Red Ale and a clone of Liberty Ale. An authentic Liberty Ale was also on hand for comparison; while the clone was hoppier than the original, it was also smoother – a fine testament to the benefits of the aging process. Dan shared some tips to get started as a home brewer. First, familiarize yourself with a home brew supply store (locally, he recommends Crosby & Baker in Westport). Second, find a local brew club and hang out with certified brewers (Dan is a member of the South Shore Brew Club. Others can be found at Finding the right mentors is key. One thing is certain – wherever home brewing takes you, a cold frosty beverage awaits.

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Gina Perry on following her passion for pastry You recently opened The Sweet Shoppe. What inspired that? About five years ago I was baking cakes for friends and family on a regular basis. I realized how much I enjoyed it and dreamed of opening a shop someday. I decided to go to pastry school to get a better understanding of all things pastry. Once I finished my associate degree in pastry arts at Bristol Community College, I really started thinking about what kind of shop I wanted to open. I worked a season at Blackstone Caterers and as things slowed down in the fall, I started planning.

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How many cupcake flavors do you offer? On a daily basis we offer eight different varieties. We also make a special cupcake every week. Do you offer dietary alternatives, such as vegan or gluten-free? We do offer gluten-free products by special order. I have a gluten intolerance so I’ve had to learn to adapt my recipes for my own personal needs. We


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Are your pastries made fresh daily? Yes. We come in early every morning to bake, ensuring that our product is as fresh as possible. We also make all of our own frostings, buttercreams and fillings; the only exception being the raspberry and strawberry fillings. For these, I sought out the best quality fillings I could find through Newport Specialty. If I could try only one of your pastries, which would you recommend? For the peanut butter lover, I recommend the Peanut Butter Dream Cupcake. It is a chocolate cupcake filled with a peanut butter mousse, topped with vanilla bean buttercream and Reese’s crumbles.


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can make gluten-free cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins and cheesecakes. How difficult is it to design and build a cake? This depends on the cake. I have done simple cakes for bridal showers: clean and elegant with just some simple flowers for detail. I have also done a Yankees-themed wedding cake in which the base tier was the Yankees Stadium façade. This cake took a lot of research and careful planning to be sure I got it just right for the couple on their important day. Do any cakes stand out as the most memorable? One of my most memorable cakes was

one I made for my godson. It was a cake carved in the shape of a dragon by the name of Toothless from the Disney movie How to Train Your Dragon. This was one that took a lot of planning. It needed a board with a special support built in and a handmade figurine of Hiccup, who rode Toothless. He loved it. How exciting is it to bake for a living? It really is such a fun profession. I love baking and the creativity of cake decorating. I also enjoy seeing people’s reaction when they’re picking up a custom cake or leaving with their dozen cupcakes. Gina Perry owns The Sweet Shoppe at 233 Waseca Avenue in Barrington. 401-289-2812, www.

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Lisa and Gail learned the business early growing up in the store that their parents opened in 1961. From the beginning they concentrated on giving their customers the best brands, selection, service and price. As adults, raising their own families, they've learned first hand what appliances work best.They bring that knowledge to the store every day, along with a 51 year tradition that combines quality, value and personal service that you won't find anywhere else. HOURS: Mon-Wed-Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Taste Eat

by David Dadekian

Less is More

A Seekonk restaurant undergoes a smart make-under Diners in the Seekonk

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area may have noticed that the sign in front of 1149 no longer says “Restaurant” like its sister location in Warwick; it now reads “Bar & Grill” in big, bold letters. The already popular dining spot recently changed its menu, turning the place toward a slightly more casual atmosphere and bringing in new entertainment to their updated lounge with local bands on Friday evenings and DJ events on Saturday nights. My first impression when entering the restaurant on a recent Friday night was that 1149 Bar & Grill definitely caters to the end-of-the-workweek crowd. The place was packed; my friend and I were told there would be about an hour wait without a reservation. We weren’t in any rush, and there was space at the beautifully sizable bar, so the wait was effortless – especially since 1149 has an extensive draft beer list. I ordered a perfectly poured pint of Guinness and my friend tried a Goose Island Matilda,

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an excellent craft beer from Chicago. We stuck with beer for the evening, but the spot has a good wines-bythe-glass list and a great cocktail list as well, including five classic cocktails that they serve in the lounge for $5 each day between 2-6pm. The wait went by quickly, especially since the very personable bartenders took such good care of us. We sat down and were greeted by our friendly server; even though the restaurant clearly remained busy throughout our visit, the service was attentive and pleasant. We asked about some of the newer menu items and through her helpful conversation we quickly settled on a sampling of starters and a couple of pasta entrees. We began with a classic Shellfish Platter ($19) and were happy to see native items featured. The platter had four Plum Point Oysters, four littlenecks and four shrimp, served with cocktail sauce, apple cider mignonette and ginger scallion mayo. Plum Points are some of my favorite

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of all the Rhode Island oysters and it was nice to see 1149 Bar & Grill supporting the small in-state aquaculture operation. Everything on the Shellfish Platter was fresh and clean, and it was a great starter. We also ordered the Crispy Chicken Wings ($10), Fried Smoked Mozzarella ($6) and the Warm Pretzel Finger Rolls ($6). These were all very much in the mode of bar food, but very good bar food. The wings were served straight from the fryer, completely plain but alongside a spicy Szechuan dipping sauce that both of us enjoyed. We felt the wings could have been sauced, but serving them bare and allowing guests to choose how much of the sauce they wanted is a nice touch. The Fried Mozzarella is definitely an old classic and we were pleased to find it well-prepared and lightly fried. It came with the house-made marinara sauce, which was also very tasty. The Pretzel Rolls were great and my friend almost went through the whole basket by himself. The one letdown was the buffalo mustard cheese dip that came with the rolls; there wasn’t much buffalo sauce kick to it at all. For dinner, we had the Brick Oven Baked Penne with Chicken ($17) and the Chicken Parmesan ($16). While I wouldn’t make any claims for originality, they were both very good dishes – completely satisfying at the end of the week with a beer at a bar with a friend. The penne was our favorite of the two dishes. It was served with a pink vodka sauce and

four cheeses: Parmesan, Pecorino, Mozzarella and Fontina. As you would imagine, it was a delicious melted cheese concoction with just a little bit of crispiness from baking in the dish. It’s not a light meal by any means, but we couldn’t help but devour it no matter how full we got. The Chicken Parmesan was served with linguine and really, what’s not to love about breaded fried chicken with melted mozzarella and marinara sauce? We agreed that as a kitchen staple it worked well. Since 1149 Bar & Grill is locally owned and operated, and tries to have locally produced items on their menu, in my book that puts it a few steps ahead of the many chain establishments that share the area around it, on Route 6 in Seekonk. It’s serving classic bar food that is definitely an upgrade from those chains. All through our time at 1149 Bar & Grill – and we were there for about three hours – the dining room and lounge remained packed with patrons. What more of an endorsement can you ask for than that?

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Agave 805 Hope Street, Bristol; 401-253-1566. Agave presents an eclectic mix of flavors and influences, encompassing tapas, Latin food, Southwestern dishes, pizzas, local seafood favorites, even pastas, all with a great view of the waterfront. BLD $$-$$$

Barrington BILLY’S 286 Maple Avenue; 2892888. Billy’s creates a warm, inviting family atmosphere and ensures the finest quality ingredients in everything from fresh salads to juicy burgers to pizzas and Italian entrees. Full bar available. D $-$$ CHIAzzA TRATToRIA 308 County Road; 401-247-0303. Chiazza provides delicious Italian American cuisine in an upscale setting nestled in the heart of historic Barrington. Enjoy brick oven pizzas, as well as antipasti, pasta, seafood and a full bar. LD $-$$

MADIGANS’S CAFE & WINE BAR 328 County Road; 401-245-1900. Enjoy upscale bistro cuisine with international influence, from a full breakfast menu  to sandwiches, pastas, and chicken and steak entrees with a gourmet twist, plus excellent wine and beer selections. BLD $-$$ ToNG-D 156 County Road; 401-2892998. Curry lovers and Asian food fanatics will go crazy for this authentic Thai restaurant. For great food and service in an upscale yet comfortable atmosphere, try Tong-D. LD $$ TYLER PoINT GRILLE 32 Barton Avenue; 401-247-0017. With its nautical décor and open-air kitchen, Tyler

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JACKY’S GALAXIE 383 Metacom Avenue; 401-253-8818. Jacky’s offers a 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 $-$$ LE CENTRAL 483 Hope Street; 401396-9965. Enjoy a variety of classic French staples from Coq au Vin and Croque Monsieur, to North African tajines in an intimate setting. They also offer a gourmet wine list. BRLD $-$$$ THAMES WATERSIDE BAR & GRILL 251 Thames Street; 401-253-4523. Enjoy all your seafood and pub favorites – from lobster rolls to half-pound burgers, from pizzas to pastas – in an incomparable waterfront setting overlooking Bristol Harbor. LD $-$$

East Providence ICHIGo ICHIE 5 Catamore Boulevard; 401-435-5511. The name roughly translates as “one encounter in a lifetime,” but you’ll want to visit again and again for the enchanting

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Little Compton CRoWTHER’S RESTAURANT 90 Pottersville Road; 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 $-$$

Middletown ATLANTIC GRILLE 91 Aquidneck Avenue; 401-849-4440. Since 1992, the Atlantic Grille has been a daily stop for locals in search of a hearty breakfast, quick lunch or a special dinner. It’s always a hot spot. BBrLD $-$$

Portsmouth 15 PoINT RoAD 15 Point Road; 401683-3138. If you’re not too entranced by the breathtaking view of the Sakonnet River, be sure to try the seafood, poultry and beef dishes that make up 15 Point’s signature selection. Traditional yet innovative cuisine at its best. D $$-$$$ FIELDSToNES GRILLE 980 East Main Road; 401-293-5200. The casual and lively atmosphere of Fieldstones 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 $-$$

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Seekonk 1149 BAR & GRILL 965 Fall River Avenue; 508-336-1149; also 1149 Division Street, Warwick/East Greenwich line; 401-884-1149. Metropolitan chic comes to the suburbs – its second location offers delicious food and cocktails in a casual setting. Daily drink and appetizer specials. BrLD $-$$$ oLD GRIST MILL TAVERN 390 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk; 508-3368460. Built in 1745, the Old Grist Mill offers classic New England dishes to match the atmosphere. Come to the river’s edge for legendary crab cakes and lobster. LD $-$$$

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TRAFFoRD 285 Water Street; 401289-2265. While the bright interior space and beautiful waterfront deck 247-4200 Reservations: are charming, the eclectic menu is Trafford’s specialty. The fresh seafood and seasoned wood grilled entrees are bold enough to match the decor. Valet service offered. LD $-$$$

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THE SUNNYSIDE 267 Water Street; 401247-1200. 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 $-$$

BLACK BASS GRILLE 3 Water Street; 508-999-6975. Located right across from Padanaram Harbor in South Dartmouth, this hidden gem specializes in inexpensive seafood, fresh off the boat. Be sure to try one of their creative nightly specials. BrLD $-$$$

WHARF TAVERN 215 Water Street; 401-289-2524. Fine American dining and fresh seafood are what distinguish the Wharf’s menu. You’ll find everything from soups and salads to classic surf and turf options in a beautiful waterfront location. LD $-$$$



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 quiches. Enjoy a classic and delicious Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, or a fresh Apple Walnut Salad. L $

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June from previous page June 2-30: Crowded aisles, bruised produce and frigid air-conditioning is for the birds. From now through October, shop outdoors at the Mount Hope Farm Summer Farmer’s Market. Pick up veggies, flowers, fruit, herbs, meats, seafood, eggs, coffee, honey, cheese, bread, prepared foods, pastries, potted plants, granola, soaps and more, while enjoying live music and demonstrations. The market will be held every Saturday morning, rain or shine, in the south pasture of the historic farm. After you shop, tour the historic Governor Bradford House or grab a trail map and explore the farm’s 127 acres, which stretch down to the shores of Mount Hope Bay. Picnic by the water anyone? 9am-12pm. 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol. 877254-9300, June 1-30 During summer, the Donovan Gallery is open seven days per week, featuring an ever-changing exhibit of contemporary New England fine art. 10am-5pm; 12pm-5pm on Sundays. 3895 Main Road, Tiverton. 401-624-4000, June 2 Come hungry to the Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-Off on the waterfront of the Newport Yachting Center. It’s the largest and longest-running chowder fest in New England. $20-25. 12-6pm. 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. 401-846-1600, June 2 Sandywoods Center for the Arts presents blazing bluesman Jonah Tolchin in concert. The show will take place outdoors, and is a “BYOB and snacks” event. $8-10, 6:30pm. Sandywoods Farm, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-2417349, June 2 Get your kids prepared to get out on the water at the Kids Sailing Appreciation Class, held on dry land at the Carriage House. This class is suitable for kids in grades 4-7. $15-20. 10am-1pm. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-2707,


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June 2 Walk with family, walk with friends; lace up those sneakers and join in the Walkathon to Benefit New Tiverton Library. The Tiverton High School track is wheelchair and stroller accessible. $20, 9am. 100 North Brayton Road, Tiverton. 401625-6796, June 2 After 10 years in her Barrington location, artist Kathrine Lovell is moving to Tiverton and throwing a Studio Warming Party, which will feature music by Bay Spring Folk and The Acacia Café food truck. 4-8pm. 3964 Main Road, Tiverton. 401-743-6077, June 2-30 On Saturdays and Sundays, stop in at the new Art Stable Gallery, which is adjacent to Partners Village Store. The gallery features work from eight local artists all under one charming barn roof. 11am-3pm. 865 Main Road, Westport. 781-801-2039, June 5-26 Kids ages 6-10 can practice their skills at Chess Class for Young Beginners. Come learn the game and make new friends, every Tuesday in the Quiet Study. Free. 4:30-5:30pm. Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-253-6948, June 6-24 Catch 2nd Story Theatre actors in Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. The show is performed Wednesday-Sunday each week. $25. 3pm, 7pm and 8pm. The Historic Bristol Statehouse, 240 High Street, Bristol. 401-247-4200, June 8 Come to the opening reception of Pigment, an exhibition of paintings in the medium of pastel. The show is at Russell Gallery, inside Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery. Enjoy your art with a glass of wine. 5-8pm. 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport. 508-636-3423, June 8 There will be an opening reception for Pure Fantasy at the Portsmouth Arts

Hosting the Elite June 23-July 1: While the America’s Cup takes place in San Francisco in 2013, the America’s Cup World Series takes place right here in Rhode Island this month. The America’s Cup World Series features cutting-edge catamarans flying through water at speeds of over 30 miles per hour. The world’s best sailors and the world’s fastest boats will be in Newport between June 23-July 1, offering locals a great opportunity to get in on the action. While Newport has hosted the AC World Series 12 times in the past, it hasn’t done so since 1983; this is a special event not to be missed. The America’s Cup Village will offer a host of activities for racing fans including a Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar, a Napa Valley Vineyards Wine Garden, locally-sourced food and farm-fresh cuisine. The Newport race event will mark the first time that the brand new AC45 catamarans will be raced on the East Coast. While the World Series has no baring on the America’s Cup itself, it’s a fun event that’s akin to MLB Spring Training. Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport. 401841-0707,

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June 17-19 Don your polo shirt and head to the Rhode Island Country Club for the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. The event has a history of attracting world-class golfers. A schedule is available online. 150 Nayatt Road, Barrington. 401-2455700, June 21 As part of the Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series, the East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble Concert will take place at Independence Park, rain or shine. 6:30-7:30pm. Sound check at 5pm. Thames Street, Bristol. June 23 Bring the whole family to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Barrington Beach, which is a resident-only event. Email for details. 99 Bay Road, Barrington. 401-2471925, June 28 At the Bristol and Warren Art Night you can go on open studio tours of artists on the last Thursday of every month. Several galleries will be open during the evening as well, so navigate by trolley and see them all. Free. 5-9pm. 401-2892545, June 30 To benefit Child & Family’s community programs, StyleWeek New England is hosting Au Courant: a Runway Show, Cocktail Party and Designer Sale. Ochre Court Mansion, 100 Ochre Point Court, Newport. 401-848-4150, www.

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A Barn-Raising Romp 25 years of the arts at RWU For 25 years, the Performing Arts Center at Roger Williams University in Bristol has trained students in dance and performance art, music and theatre. The William N. Grandgeorge Theatre at The Barn has been the setting for numerous performances for students, alumni and the community as well. The year-long celebration of this momentous occasion culminates this month with “The Barn Silver Jubilee: A Celebration of Performance” on Saturday, June 9 and will feature performances and reminiscences from alumni. History This is not only a celebration of 25 years of performance, but also a celebration of historic preservation. The Barn, which originated from two historic barns built by Henry Salisbury in 1840 and 1894 that sat on the Whipple Steere Farm in Glocester, Rhode Island, was disassembled, rebuilt and adapted for reuse by historic preservation students under the guidance of Professor Kevin Jordan over a five-year period in the 1980s. The undertaking was done in collaboration with Professor Willliam Grandgeorge, then head of the theater department, for whom the space is named. In 1984, students organized a barn-raising that was also used to raise funds. Those in attendance signed a register, which is still buried in a time capsule on the site. By 1986, the Performing Arts Center was completed and Guys and Dolls opened the new theatre under the direction of Professor Grandgeorge. Since that time, the Performance Arts Center has been a home for students in the performing arts and an entertainment mecca for the East Bay community. In a conversation with Professor Jeffrey Martin, current chair of the Performing Arts Center, he notes that the theater department has produced at least 150 full-length plays since the opening of The Barn. Martin continues, “Overall probably 300 play productions were produced over the 25 years - and this is not including dance and musical performances.” Martin, who began his tenure in

1988, has also been witness to some of the antics of The Barn’s most notorious patron, the ghost Banquo. “Banquo is often blamed for numerous things such as a light that goes on when the light board is in essence turned off,” he says. Martin continues to explain that during the run of Forbidden Planet, which sold out half its performances in April, Banquo occasionally screwed around with the electronics. Martin takes this as a sign that Banquo liked the production and reveals that there is a chair on the second floor gallery reserved for the beloved ghost. Haunted Corner Martin understands that the ghost traveled with the barn from Glocester. According to an article in Roger Williams University Magazine, the ghost made its presence known at the start of the dismantling project as students noticed that an unusual number of minor disasters occurred in a particular corner of the barn, which is fondly known as ‘the haunted corner,’ located in the rear of the performance space. The ghost is suspected to be the grandson of Thomas Whipple Steere, who died as an elderly man in that corner of the barn after leaving the state’s mental health facility. The name Banquo was adopted by students over the years as a nod to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a play that carries a bit of superstition of its own – particularly to those in the theatre. The Silver Jubilee Celebration Professor Dorisa Boggs, Director of Design for the Performing Arts Center, is producing this month’s Silver Jubilee Celebration with some of the arts center’s alumni. The revue, Try to Remember, will feature songs from musicals, along with scenes and monologues from previous years. Alumni will reprise pieces that they performed 20 or 25 years ago. Martin and Boggs say, “It’s all about the celebration, with props from The Barn and past productions, with alumni performing for people who made the theater what it is: the students past and present.” Focusing on theater alumni, the Silver Jubilee

is part of the annual Alumni Weekend Celebration. Expected in attendance will be the University President and his wife as well as Emeritus Professor Grandgeorge, who Martin says, “is still a beloved member of the department and community.” Martin says, “It is a department-run celebration and current students are excited about it. The department is a tight knit group and both he and Professor Boggs are intensely involved with the students on a daily basis.” You could almost say its like fam-

ily. In one visit, a couple of students relaxed on the second floor loft that also houses Martin’s office, lounging on comfy chairs. After the Silver Jubilee, The Barn, which is as much a part of RWU’s and Bristol’s history today as it was a part of Glocester’s historic past, will hopefully continue to bring performances to the community for another 25 years, starting with a production of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage in July. One Old Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-254-3666

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From Mud to Murals Tiverton clay and stoneware artist has a fire that burns from within You never know what will become of making mud pies. Mika Seeger constantly messed with mud as a child: ever setting, ever building. And then she twirled midair and took a break from art in her quest to become a dancer. Her mother made things out of clay. It was her mother’s thing, so the recalcitrant in her rejected that path, at least temporarily. She went to UCLA to become a dancer, and then transferred her attentions from pas de deux to pottery. “I fell in love with clay at age 23,” Mika says. “I have made things out of clay ever since.” Now 63, she has burned to create – literally – for 40 years, fired from without and within from her kiln. Less than a year ago, she and husband sold land to Church Community Housing and settled in the middle of an artistically agricultural community off Bulgarmarsh Road in Tiverton. They converted “an old chicken house in the middle of the woods” into a working enclave. A friend built a wood-burning kiln inside this 12-by15-cubic-foot space, modeled after an old wood-burning kiln that she operated on her farm for some 15 years. “Studio is too high-fallutin’ a word for it,” Mika says with a laugh. “I call it my ‘pot shop.’” Surrounded by trees and fields and animals, with wide overhanging eaves on the outside of her shed, Mika creates pottery and sculptural tiles in the kiln she fires up once a month, on average. “It is very, very labor intensive to fire it,” she says. The art requires some 24 hours of non-stop stoking to reach stoneware temperatures (2,300 degrees F. or higher). The action of the flame and the wood ashes on clay and glazes leaves subtle and intriguing effects, making all the hard work worthwhile. Along the walls of her pot shop are stacks of fire wood to heat the space in winter (you would think the stoked kiln would do that, but you would be wrong) and

Mika Seeger in her Tiverton studio

her glazes and clays, surround the artist who awaits them. Simplicity and attention to detail are important to Mika. Yet, there is historical depth in her work. Mika’s grandfather was Japanese, and she grew up heavily influenced by the Asian aesthetic. “My grandfather was an artist – untrained, but an artist,” says Mika. “When I walk through museums, I gravitate to the ancient Japanese (works).” All of her pottery is utilitarian. “It has to be something worth seeing and it has to function,” says Mika. “It has to offer aesthetic pleasure and be useful.” The glaze is the difference maker, the frosting to her clay cake. “The wood-burning kiln does wonderful things to the color of the glaze,” adds Mika. “It is very intense, very generous, the effects from the sweat (can be) sweet.” Also an accomplished muralist, she composed her first mural 22 years ago after living for a stint in Nicaragua. “There was quite a mural movement because of the Sandinista Revolution,”

she says. “Murals filled the cities.” She returned to the U.S. in 1989 and began making all-ceramic murals from clay. Nearly all of her murals have been created in partnership, the four most recent with Peter Geisser. “In my collaborative group-made murals, I enjoy putting together a collage and thus teasing a cohesive and unified whole out of many creative but disparate parts,” she says. Among her many New England and New York public commissions is an abstract mural filling a 80-foot hallway at the Rhode Island Training School based on one of Gauguin’s most famous painting which asks, “Where have we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” She loves helping students ask these questions. As for her, she speaks with the strength that comes from knowing, in her kiln-fired, wooded, former chicken house pot shop. “I expect to continue to play with clay until my creaky fingers can no longer pinch a pot,” she adds. For more information, go to

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right and left (starboard and port), front and back (bow and stern). Regattas are races. Topsiders are shoes. Nantucket Red is the uniform color, and whales will be your team’s mascot, imprinted all over your belts and shorts. With these terms alone you’ll be able to make your way through any conversation in the yacht club (aka any bar near the water). Why is there no better time than now? Simply because of all the events that will be happening on the water this summer. The bicentennial of the War of 1812 is being celebrated alongside the return of the Tall Ships, a leg

of the America’s Cup races is returning to our waters, and with the 29 (by one count) yacht clubs in the state, there is no excuse not to join in on the fun. Now everyone has probably heard all the sayings like, “Sailing is the fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going nowhere at great expense” or that the acronym for boat is “break off another thousand,” but the great part of sailing is that it is what you make it. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, competitive or laid back, a complete beginner or an expert, sailing is for everybody. There are programs for everybody, there are

different types of boats for everybody and, after all, you do live in Southern New England. Let’s be honest, with over 400 miles of coastline and a state that is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, you are never far from a place to enjoy watching or joining the wind harvesters. And if fear is holding you back, start with a pond, and eventually you’ll make it out to the not-so-rough waters of the Sakonnet River. So with no Rosetta Stone to rely on, don those seersucker or madras shorts, head down to the coast and launch yourself into that new language.

Illustration: Eloise Narrigan

Lessons for the sailing novice

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