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Contents

Photography: (R) Force 4 Photography

June 2014

Learn how to hang ten among other awesome summer sports

This Month 15 Conquer Rhode Island with our extreme sports summer guide

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The Black Bass Burger at Black Bass Grille

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21 Live Well Building the good life in Bristol 22 Homestyle 24 Connoisseur 26 Shop Around 27 Whole Body

29 Taste New England fare in Padanaram 30 Review 32 News Bites 33 Connoisseur 34 Rhody Bites

Every Month

37 Gallery A gallery celebrates 30 years of good taste 38 Calendar 40 Artistry

5 Editor’s Note/Letters

42 Taste Test

6 TheBayMagazine.com

A scoop of summer sweetness

7 The Buzz Start celebrating July 4 now 8 On the Bay 11 Bay Views

On the cover: Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane in tandem with Skydive Newport. Photography courtesy of Skydive Newport.

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Editor’s Note Extreme Summer There are countless reasons to love summer in Rhode Island – and after the winter we’ve just survived, we’re entitled to every second of it. But think about it: your summer months are mostly consumed by grilling in the backyard, laying on the beach and cooling off with cocktails on a deck, right? This year, kick your summer up a notch. Our summer guide is all about taking summer to the extreme: skydiving over Aquidneck Island, shark

diving off Block Island, jumping off buildings in downtown Providence. Read on, and then get out there and have some fun. It’s going to be a summer you’ll never forget.

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From our readers All AboArd I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful article on our Reliance project [The Buzz, May 2014]. Artfully done! Great writing and so well put together! The picture of the real Reliance was superb and the picture of our model and the four foot display spars certainly put the perspective of scale in its proper relationship. Your writer, Elizabeth Lorenz, captured both the very essence of our project and the great importance of Reliance amongst all the America’s Cup winners. And to think all this is Bristolian! You’ve helped put us on the visitor map and we can’t wait for all your readers to see what you’ve seen and described! We look forward to following Ms. Lorenz’s journalistic career at The Bay and elsewhere. We also hope that you’ll come back when we’ve gotten everything completed on deck – the end of Phase I - and then again when we have her rigged and in her display stand – the end of Phase II and when the atrium to house her is completed – the finish! Arthur (Sandy) lee reliance Project Manager Herreshoff Maritime Museum/ACHoF ArtFully donE I was very flattered by the article about my career printed in the May edition of The Bay [“Still Life”], but I would like to clear up a point: the italicized lead paragraph was mistakenly identified as “from the correspondences of Dr. Seuss to Steve Brosnihan.” It was not. The correspondence I shared with Ted Geisel was always in the plain language of friendship. It was an honor to have such a natural rapport with him. Steve brosnihan

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Walking through History

Bristol’s Fourth of July

Bristol’s Fourth of July revelries are nothing new. In fact, they’re the oldest in the country. This year, the town will host the 229th annual celebration of America’s Independence, a tradition started by Henry Wight in 1875. Bristol honors this history every year – but this year, the Fourth of July committee is assembling a historic exhibit, and they need your help to do it. Turn the page to read about how you can be a part of the festivities.

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Honoring Independence Days Past Bristol’s new exhibit showcases the history of their most beloved celebration They don’t call Bristol America’s Most Patriotic Town for nothing. Next month, thousands of people will celebrate the 229th consecutive year of Bristol’s Fourth of July revelries. But those in the know know that the celebration officially starts on June 14 with the Flag Day Ceremony on the Town Common, and runs throughout the month with a free concerts, a carnival, a gala event and more. (For a full listing, visit www.july4thbristolri.com.) This year, though, the committee is looking to honor Bristol’s Independence Day history in another way, with a memorabilia showcase displayed in the visitor’s center in the Burnside Building on Hope Street. And, like the parade itself, they need the town’s help to pull it off. “We’d really like to add things that are a little older,” says Dick Devault, an elder statesman of the

Fourth of July Commitee. “The committee doesn’t have much besides paper.” Currently, there’s a small collection on display, including Jimmy Reilly’s uniform when he was a town crier, some antique buttons and a collection of older prints. They’re particularly looking to put together something on Henry Wight, who conducted the first Patriotic Exercises in the town in 1785. Anything anyone donates, Dick stresses, would be on loan to the committee and would be in a secure place. It’s just about gathering the biggest possible historic memorabilia collection for a temporary display, not keeping it. “We’re really looking for objects people might have that they could loan to a secure location,” he says. Anyone interested in adding to the collection should contact Dick Devault at 401573-9453. –Julie Tremaine

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A New Kind of Four-legged Physical Therapy It’s new, a developing method of helping people, especially children, and Bryan Silva and his wife Nicole are among the pioneers. Bryan is a licensed physical therapist and the founder and owner of All Coast Physical Therapy in East Providence. He specializes in pediatric care but also works with adults. He is the official physical therapist of the Rhode Island School of Design Cycling Team and has worked with members of the Unites States Olympic Volleyball Team. Bryan is also accustomed to helping children with special needs; he has more than three years of experience in the Providence and Pawtucket school departments helping children who need extra care. Nicole teaches in North Providence. Both continue in their professions separately, but together they offer Animal Assisted Physical Therapy. Nicole explains

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the therapy is something they wanted to deliver to patients, but there was not a lot of information to go on. “We had to kind of invent this,” she says. “We wanted to mesh both of our professions.” Bryan and Nicole work together with children and their dog Manny, a Westy. The canine is an encouragement in the process of physical therapy, a distraction when there’s pain and a nonjudgmental companion. The couple says the interaction with the dog allows Bryan to take the therapy a little farther and easier than might be otherwise comfortable. Nicole says Manny is a great motivator, helping to keep children on task. “He’s really good with kids with autism or any social delay, even stress or past trauma,” she explains. Group and individual sessions are engineered to tailor to each patient’s needs. Each session consists of stations designed to help with specific impairments, including balance and mobility, gait and social interaction. The couple

work with a team approach: Nicole is the animal handler, and uses the commands to which the dog responds. This allows Bryan to concentrate on the child. Bryan and Nicole say the idea for the new therapy was sparked from a tragic occasion. After fatal shots were fired at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, therapy dogs were brought in to some of the counseling sessions to help the children get through the shock and loss. While it is fairly common for animals to be a partner in a therapy type of setting, it’s unusual to combine it with physical therapy. The couple knows of no other place in New England that offers this combination. One thing Bryan and Nicole wanted to do was to make the new therapy available for those with limited incomes. The animal assisted therapy is a billable service because of the physical therapy component; many common insurances are accepted. Once the couple decided to pursue

The Silva’s Westy, Manny, is part of their Animal Assisted Physical Therapy Program

the idea, they had to do some searching. They found no place local for Bryan to be certified, he eventually found the appropriate training at the University of Saint Augustine in Florida. Nicole is certified through a Rhode Island nonprofit called Community Canines for Companionship & Care, an organization which also certified Manny as a therapy dog in 2013. www.allcoastpt. com –Cindy VanSchalkwyk

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are battling cancer. The foundation provides resources and financial assistance to people undergoing treatment in their 20s and 30s, to help alleviate stress about money and medical bills during an incredibly difficult time in anyone’s life. Tickets are $50, but donations to the foundation are welcome at any time. www.theflyfoundation.org

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Disease, a brain disorder that takes away a person’s ability to walk, talk and care for him or herself. The Huntington’s Disease Society of America provides financial assistance for that care. To volunteer or register, contact Lynn Doyle at 401-301-4076 or lddoyle@cox. net. –Julie Tremaine

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NOTHINg SyMbOLIzES THE RISE of “extreme sports” like the X Games, which over the past two decades has helped bring former fringe sports like competitive mountain biking, BMX, snowmobiling and freestyle skiing into the mainstream. Extreme sports is now a bigbucks business, with events held in high-profile locations like Aspen and L.A., but it all began on the streets of Newport and Providence (remember street luge on College Hill?), which hosted the inaugral Extreme Games in 1995 and the first X Games in 1996. So, Rhode Island is no stranger to adventurous outdoor activities, even if our mountains are more like hills and we don’t have the skateboarding street cred of, say, Southern California. If you want to get outdoors and active in some unique ways — everything from light adventure to serious physical and mental challenges — the birthplace of extreme sports competition in the U.S. has a lot to offer. June 2014 | The BAY

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IN yOUR yOUR TOWN TOWN IN PARASAILINg Parasailing – which basically entails being pulled behind a speedboat while wearing a parachute – is one of those thrilling activities that only seems to be available when you’re on vacation. Fortunately, Rhode Island is one of those places that people actually visit on vacation, so you can sign up for parasailing off the coast of Newport or Block Island pretty much all summer and into early fall. It’s reasonably affordable (prices start at about $60 per person) and well worth the money for the experience of rising from the deck of the boat to as high as 800 feet in the air, thrilling to the sensation of flight as your boat captain dips you down to water level and back up again by gunning and cutting the throttle. Block Island Parasail and Watersports (www.blockislandparasail. com) will get you aloft in a parasail solo or with a friend; Newport’s Island Style Parasail (www. islandstyleparasail.com) will go that one better if you have kids, who can go up three at a time.

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You can get two kicks for the price of one with kitesurfing, a blend of surfing and sailing that includes occasional exhilarating moments of air time. Christian Schlebach, owner of Newport’s Sky Kitesurfing School, says you can kitesurf pretty much anywhere with a steady, side-shore breeze, and some popular spots in Rhode Island includes Conimicut Point Park in Warwick, Barrington Beach, Colt State Park in Bristol, Matunuck State Beach, and Second Beach and Fort Adams in Newport. Sky offers beginning and advanced lessons – basically, ground and on-water training – as well as equipment sales. “Kitesurfing is really easy to learn, but it’s 80 percent kite and 20 percent surf, so you need to learn to control the kite first,” says Schlebach. Beginner lessons are $230 for a three-hour ground course; on-water lessons are $350. Special “flight school” lessons will help you develop crowd-pleasing aerial moves. www.kitesurfingschool.com

Photography: (Top R) Tiffany Medrano, (Center R) Skydive Newport, (Bottom L) Grace Lentini

SkyDIvINg They call this place Skydive Newport, and your plane will take off from Newport State Airport – but both are actually in Middletown. Regardless, you’ll be jumping out of a (“perfectly good”) airplane with breathtaking views of Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay as you descend 10,000 feet – the first 5,000 in freefall – with an expert instructor on your back. Just pay $230, sit for 10 minutes of instruction, and you’ll be ready to climb aboard one of Skydive Newport’s specially equipped Cessnas for the ride of your life. You probably won’t be doing much other than screaming as you exit the plane for your tandem jump, plunging earthward at 120 mph for nearly a minute before your parachute opens. For the next few minutes, however, you’ll drift leisurely toward the landing zone, giving you ample opportunity to open your eyes and look around, perhaps spotting the Newport mansions, the Mount Hope Bridge, or even Block Island in the distance. www.skydivenewport.com

Jump out of a perfectly good airplane and get a birds-eye view of Li’l Rhody

bIkE PATHS

Stroll or ride the bike path

The East Bay Bike Path is the longest (14 miles) bike path in Rhode Island, a ribbon of paved recreation trail running from East Providence to the Bristol waterfront. By bike, the roundtrip is a scenic and safe workout over mostly flat ground; for runners, it’s a marathon-plus. The smooth and well-maintained East Bay path is excellent for inline skating, and you’re also likely to encounter a variety of other self-propelled wheeled vehicles along the way, from recumbent bikes to ElliptioGOs – a bicycle/elliptical machine hybrid. The path runs through the center of Riverside, Barrington, Warren and Bristol, so there are plenty of places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat, and you can extend your workout with a loop through Colt State Park or a stroll on the boardwalk at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol. www.dot. ri.gov/community/bikeri

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Go-karts may seem more like kids’ play than an extreme sport, but things can get pretty competitive on the slick track at Seekonk Grand Prix, a fast, slippery oval where you can race against a group of up to a dozen friends. Go around a few times and you’ll emerge from your kart with a new appreciation of the physical and mental skills it takes to be a NASCAR driver. The Family Track is more laid-back but has a stimulating 1/4-mile layout with a variety of turns, straightaways, tunnels and a bridge; new two-seater karts allow parents and kids to ride together. Little ones can get their first taste of solo driving on Seekonk’s Rookie Track, a smaller oval with juniorsize karts. Each race costs $5.25, with discounts on purchase of multiples; the same pricing applies to the mini-golf, bumper cars, and bumper boats. www.seekonkgrandprix.com

SkATEbOARDINg Looking to channel your inner Tony Hawk? There are about a dozen skate parks scattered around Rhode Island; the newest, the Tiverton Skate Park, is located in the Bulgarmarsh Recreation Area; its ramps, rails, and jumps are open to skateboarders, inline skaters, and BMX bikers and are great for beginners as well as more advanced tricks. For views, you really can’t beat the Easton’s Beach Skate Park, located in a corner of the parking lot at Newport’s “First Beach,” although the modest skate park in Bristol’s Colt State Park is also grinding distance from the shore. All of these parks are free and open to the public. On a rainy day, check out the indoor Skater’s Edge Skate Park (www.skatersedgeinc.com) in nearby Taunton, which has 30,000 square feet of bowls, halfpipes, stairs, and more. Three-hour sessions are $15 during the week, $20 on weekends.

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You don’t need to own a string of polo ponies to learn how to play the Sport of Kings: Newport Polo offers beginner polo lessons year-round starting at just $75. Nor do you have to know how to ride a horse: instruction begins slowly in a footballfield sized arena before moving to 300-yard-long grass fields where you’ll learn to trot, then gallop, in pursuit of the ball, mallet in hand. Students learn the rules of the game and strategy in small groups (6 to 8 players) before scrimmaging in their first “chukker.” Summertime Discover Polo programs include weekend lesson packages, and an eight-week Coaching League with professional coaches leading twice-weekly practice games. A variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced education and game-play opportunities are available between the spring and fall arena season and the summer grass season. www.nptpolo.com

Geocaching is part exploration, part orienteering, part treasure hunting: the sport involves located hidden caches following clues and GPS coordinates – the latter made simpler by the proliferation of GPS-enabled smartphones. Token gifts and a log book to sign are your reward for hiking through the woods to find caches stashed inside hollow trees, under rocks, and in other hiding places, including the Bristol Harbor boardwalk, Warren’s Osamequin Point, Simmons Mill Pond in Little Compton and Fort Barton in Tiverton. The East Bay has some of the best established geocache sites in Rhode Island, including “challenges” in Colt State Park and in Middletown’s Albro Woods that have been maintained for more than decade and discovered by hundreds of geocachers. The East Bay Bike Path is another popular geocaching area, making it possible to play by bike as well as by foot. The geocaching.org website has a huge, up-to-date database of active caches throughout Rhode Island.

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The concrete jungle is exactly what’s called for in the sport of parkour, which sees city landscapes as a real-world obstacle course to climb, jump, vault and run over. Parkour Rhode Island has weekly meetups on Saturday mornings at Brown Street Park in Providence. Find Parkour Rhode Island on Facebook.

You can ride for hours in Arcadia Management Area and the Big River Management Area in West Greenwich, two of the state’s biggest playgrounds for mountain bikers. Burlingame State Park in Charlestown adds another 17 miles of trails. The New England Mountain Biking Association organizes group rides: www.rinemba.org

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Feed a Masai giraffe at Roger

Playing paintball and airsoft is real exercise: you’ll find yourself constantly ducking, dodging and crawling as combat heats up, and there’s something about getting shot at that gets your heart rate pumping. Providence Paintball has both indoor and outdoor fields near the Providence/Cranston line. www.providencepaintball.com

Photography: (Top L) Julie Tremaine, (Bottom L) Stacey Doyle

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bMX RAcINg The Woodland BMX track in West Greenwich is a serpentine course with three banked turns and more than a dozen bumps and jumps. Races are held Saturdays from mid-April to November, and the track is open for practice on Tuesday nights. Free clinics are offered to new riders. www.woodlandbmx.com

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Learn the difference between a tiller and a tack at the Edgewood Sailing School, part of Cranston’s Edgewood Yacht Club, where you’ll start with classroom education on sailing basics before climbing aboard a Rhodes 19 sailboat for hands-on training. You can also take a class on racing tactics or compete in the Sunfish sailboat in races throughout the summer. www.edgewoodsailing.org

Located on sheltered Wickford Cove but with direct access to Narragansett Bay, the Kayak Centre is ideally situated for on-thewater adventures for any skill level. Choose from “gentle adventure” outings, guided tours of the Newport or Jamestown coastlines, or an open-ocean kayak trip to Block Island. www.kayakcentre.com

Learn how to surf or paddleboard at Peter Pan Surfing

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ROck cLIMbINg  Rock Spot Climbing in Lincoln has more than 10,000 square feet of climbing space and dozens of top-rope walls and bouldering problems to solve, with trails reset every

Narragansett is one of the best spots in New England for surfing, and the Peter Pan Surfing Academy (www.peterpansurfing.com) and Warm Winds Surf Shop (www.warmwinds. com) offer lessons on how to get up and ride. Paddle Surf RI (www.paddlesurfri.com) will get you skimming the waves with the popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding.

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A Labor of Love Like many couples who

fall in love as undergraduates, Tom and Kirsten DiChiappari returned to their native states, Massachusetts and New Jersey, respectively, after graduating from Providence College. But their love proved something more than just a college romance when within the year, Kirsten moved to Boston to be closer to her sweetheart and to start her career in the Bay State. The two wed and spent more than a decade in and around Beantown. Not long after their son Ben was born, the two reevaluated where they wanted to raise their family, and Tom had suggested they look at towns in Rhode Island’s East Bay, where he had worked during the summers of his college years. It was 2004, when real estate inventory was low and the housing market was competitive. The DiChiapparis fell in love with a charming home in Bristol only to get to the inspection phase and learn the seemingly turnkey gem

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was a virtual money pit. The two kept returning to another home that was in a charming, tree-lined neighborhood not far from Bristol’s Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, home to the Audubon Environmental Education Center, bucolic trails, fields, woods, wetlands and a boardwalk to the shore of Narragansett Bay. The home was solid, albeit somewhat outdated, and had good bones with heaps of potential. There was one red flag the house had that they seriously had to consider: a pool. “Tom and I both liked pools; we both grew up going to pool clubs,” explains Kirsten, but the ongoing maintenance and safety factor of having a pool with an 18-month-old who was starting to enjoy his mobility and potential future children was a lot to weigh. “We just weren’t sure, but we ultimately caved,” says Kirsten. While the couple had long-term goals of renovating parts of the house, those plans were put into high gear when an upstairs bathroom leak seeped into the

kitchen, ultimately ruining the space, the ceiling and ultimately led to the discovery of a second ceiling and boatload of mold. The DiChiapparis quickly had professionals address the issue – hazmat suits and all – and moved swiftly to rebuild a kitchen that was modern, functional and within their design aesthetic. It soon became clear that the home, built around the late 1960s, had many do-it-your-self projects gone wrong, like insufficient and unsafe wiring, and the couple worked with local contractors like Dave Bouvier of Bouvier Interior Woodworking to undo some of the projects. Today’s living room in the DiChiappari home is a far cry from the original, where the 11 windows added plenty of sunlight and beautiful manicured lawn views but lacked proper instillation and insulation, leaving the room vulnerable to freezing temperatures. With some minor construction, including the removal of a faux brick wall, scraped off

wallpaper, new replacement windows, a crafted bluestone hearth, pellet stove and myriad coats of paint, the living room has now become the heart of the home. “That’s the room, everything happens there,” says Kirsten, who describes her design style as “very shabby chic” and heavily influenced by Coastal Living magazine. “I like casual, subtle, tasteful, simple… Lots of khaki colors and neutrals with a pop here and there.” Some of the local Bristol shops she frequents for home décor and favorite finds include Kate & Company, Sea Rose Cottage, Knotty Dog and Copper Quahog. In the rest of the home, many of challenges were aesthetic, but still required substantial work. “There was a lot of shiny brass and dark greens. Lots of wallpaper with lots of borders – lots of borders,” she says with a laugh. “A dear friend, Sara Diem of One Plus One Design, worked with me when we first moved in to choose the right paint colors. I still have giant swatches that we

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of my favorite things! In the past Christine Reed, co-founder of Bristol Yoga Studio, has taught here and most recently, Jen Moclair, who teaches at Synergy, Raffa and other spots, taught. It’s so nice to walk out my back door for yoga.” The couple is also very involved in their Bristol community, working with organizations like Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. This September, the DiChiapparis will mark their 10th anniversary of living in their home, a labor of love. “We came in having a plan as to what we were going to do, and I recently found these index cards I had created for each room,” Kirsten says with a smile. “We looked at all the things we didn’t do; and everything we did do.”

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Fabricating Custom Design A Little Compton designer finds inspiration all around her Lori Towers Craffey is the creative force behind Little Rhody Design Co. and Lori Craffey Design. Armed with a BFA from the Surface Pattern Design Program at Syracuse University, Lori worked for almost 24 years in the textile design business. She started working for herself three years ago and is also a freelance designer in textile, fabrics and soft goods for the TJX Company. Growing up in Somerset, Lori now lives in Little Compton with her husband Keith, and their sons Aidan, Liam and Cullen. Surrounded by Little Rhody Design Co. pillows, beach towels and table runners, we talked about design inspirations, the popularity of customized fabrics and plans for bricks and mortar in Bristol later this year.

How did you branch out on your own? Did you have a goal when you started your business? After the company I worked for in Fall River closed, I decided I would start my own business. I loved working in textiles and I didn’t want to give up on what I really loved doing. I love fabrics and making my patterns. I am very lucky because every minute I am doing it I am so happy! I think that is why my fabrics are so lighthearted, bright and happy. It is how I feel when I work. When I started Lori Craffey Design I had so much fabric I needed to start making something with it. Unexpectedly I have found sewing as rewarding as making the fabric. I had learned to sew when I was five-years-old with my grandmother, but I had never made much of my skills. Now I love creating my fabrics and thinking, “What is this

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Lori Craffey creates custom designed fabrics

going to become?” In my previous jobs that had always been someone else’s responsibly. Now it is my responsibility and a privilege for me. What influences your work? I love the water, the New England seasons and I am inspired by color. I love going out and taking photos of animals on the beautiful farms in this area or just people out on their bikes. I take elements of those photos to create designs from it to be made into fabrics, wallpaper or wrapping paper. Have you been surprised by any part of your business? My customized fabrics and products! I started customized work because my son Cullen has a unique name and could never find anything with it. He asked me to make him a blanket with his name on the fabric. So I designed a pattern with the name in different styles on the material. I can customize it for any name and customers can pick

the color. They are wildly popular. Last month I introduced Custom Birth Stat pillows which have the baby’s name and birth stats. The most popular item I sell is cutout photo pillows of pets. I create a pillow using a photo of a customer’s pet. Last Christmas I sewed and sold 200 pet pillows in four weeks. I usually can fulfill an order within two weeks from receiving it, creating it and shipping it. Where can we find your work? I began with a shop on etsy.com, which took a good year to get going. I was really patient with it and it has become very successful. My products and my fabrics are now all sold over the world. I also sell to some area businesses including The Kitchen in Westport, the Art Café in Little Compton and Simmons Store in Adamsville. I’m now at a point I have to hire someone to handle representing the line because I am so busy with everything! I also have an independent line of wallpaper and wrapping paper.

What is on the horizon for you? This September I am going to be opening a space in Bristol on Hope Street in a building my brother Jim owns. It will be on two floors with a working studio on one level and a retail shop on the other. The working studio will allow people to walk in and get something customized with my fabrics. I think that is the future of my business. People spend so much on fabrics for home interiors, so if they can get something that is personal I want to offer that. The best part of design for me is creating something for someone and getting to see the customer’s reaction. I love that!

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and dapper bowties.  (Oh and the best part: they take custom orders!)  “We’re pretty crafty,” Shannon says. “We get people coming in with custom fabrics for blankets, hats, you name it.” Shannon’s own children, who the boutique is named after, romp around in the shop’s fashions and provide most of the inspiration for her, and her mother’s, designs; making this truly a family business.  One of their best selling items is a versatile baby-wrap that doubles as a chic scarf for mom, “We get people ordering this in every color!” Cheryl says, laughing, “and we try to make

sure that every item we make [for girls] has a shabby-chic flower on it. It’s our style.” Shannon and her mother made the move from Etsy to direct selling at the boutique this past April, aiming to give their customers instant gratification over =mailing out items. Lily Aiden Designs will be having a grand opening on June 27, and are already working on outfits for the Fourth of July. 1. Custom made girls’ separates 2. Girls skirts in every color of the rainbow 3. Sandals topped with custom designs 4. Custom dress inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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the food. With the night off to a rough start, I needed a safe dish to re-set the mood, so I selected the Portuguese Mussels ($10) – mussels in a sauce of garlic, onion, chourico, kale and lager finished with red chile. Dishes like this exist for one reason and that is the sauce; no matter what

protein it’s built around, every last drop of sauce will be mopped up by multiple baskets of bread. These Portuguese Mussels were everything you’d hope a dish like this to be. Our appetizer round also included my dining companion’s Clam Chowder ($5). The menu accurately described a chowder “rich” with clams and potatoes, but with the chowder’s “brothiness” outweighing its “cream-iness.” One of the entrée specials for the night was Chicken and Waffles. I was impressed that they’d offer such a dish, and from what I could see at a nearby table it did look good. I went with the Padanaram Bouillabaisse ($21) – mussels, scallops and fish sautéed with capers, green olives, tomatoes, onion and garlic in a broth served over angel hair pasta. My companion went with the Lobster Alfredo special ($21) – a generous serving of lobster meat on a bed of fettucine alfredo and cherry tomatoes. I never order alfredo dishes due to the caloric guilt factor, but this alfredo sauce was lighter than most without sacrificing all the flavor.

We capped off the meal with Key Lime Pie ($6.50) and a Chocolate Mousse special ($6). Although I’m not one for tartness in general, the Key Lime Pie was decadent in that it was heavier like a cheesecake. According to our waitress, it was made by a distributor that only makes key lime pies, so aficionados should definitely give this one a shot. The Chocolate Mousse was made with a Mexican chocolate that had some kick to it, and the cool texture and whipped cream topping made for a delicious night cap. With summer upon us, the shops and galleries in picturesque Padanaram Village make for a nice, little day trip. You’ll want to fill up your tank along the way – stomach, that is – and Black Bass Grille is a great stop for casual, hearty fuel.

Black Bass Grille 3 Water Street South Dartmouth 508-999-6975 www.blackbassma.com

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to check out Black Bass Grille in South Dartmouth’s Padanaram Village for quite some time, and now that I’ve finally done so, a few tips. First, the ride into Padanaram Village is a postcard-perfect, quintessentially New England drive. Beautifully landscaped, historic homes line the narrow roads that lead to a commercial center on the banks of Aponnagansett Bay. A great advantage of these quaint, sleepy towns is that the local police are not quite as busy as their urban counterparts. The other side of the coin, however, is that the police notice when you merely “pause” at a stop sign instead of coming to a complete stop. And when said stop sign is located directly in front of the police station, such transgressions are even further frowned upon. So when you visit Black Bass Grille – go slow, keep your eyes open and obey all traffic laws. Second, Black Bass Grille is kind of small. I’m sure it’s a tough to get a table in the summer high season, so if it’s date night, do your best to survey the crowd before committing to a seat to ensure a quiet table. But of course, it’s really all about


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2014

Taste News Bites by Alastair Cairns

3rd Annual Event Season

Gourmet Grab and Go Compton Clambakes expands to a storefront

Kick Off Party 5:00-8:00

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Turning from the steamy unveil of a clambake to the more everyday needs of Bristol County, Sara and Jason Oliveira aim to cater your daily grub with The Kitchen at Compton Clambakes. The Kitchen is open Wednesdays through Sunday, 8am-5pm and focuses on meals-to-go, with a few tables for those eating in house. They offer scones, muffins, bagels and the like for breakfast, sandwiches and wraps for lunch, and a variety of changing dinner options. As the name suggests, husband and wife team Jason and Sara Oliveira began Compton Clambakes in 2001, exclusively preparing traditional New England clambakes for events and dinner parties. Jason was and still is an obsessed bake master, fluent in the tradition of steaming clams with local hardwoods stone and rockweed. While they are still focused on the theater and quality of a proper clambake, with a permanent commercial kitchen in place at 670 Main Street in Westport, it was only natural to make more use of it. Chef Kathy Lambert began testing meals-to-go and the success of that led The Kitchen to open on April 15 as a way of providing quality local food to those who don’t want or aren’t able to cook. The Kitchen also offers the local touch that other options can’t. Chef Kathy Lambert, sources food locally where ever possible. Their littlenecks always hail from Rhode Island, all of their lobster is from The Sakonnet Lobster Company in Little Compton and in season, their produce comes from local farms like Walker’s. Even some of their dessert treats have local accents, for instance bumbleberry bars using Middletown’s Sweet Berry Farm bumbleberry jam. In the summer, they aim to make grilling and entertaining easier, with marinated, ready-to-grill kabobs and a variety of fresh salads and dips. For a more solitary experience staying true to their roots, The Kitchen also offers individual clamboils, which include the same clams, chourico, hot dog and potato you’d find in a clam bake, all neatly contained and ready to pop on

The Kitchen offers up friendly smiles and tasty meals to-go in Westport

your stovetop. Perhaps it isn’t as grand a spectacle, but then again, you won’t have to pretend like you care what route your uncle drove while you’re eating it. 670 Main St, Westport. 508-636-2500, www.comptonclambakes.com. Oyster Festival DeWolf Tavern will host a celebration of the fishing and aquaculture industry with the first Annual Bristol Oyster Festival, on Sunday, June 15, from 11am-4pm, with proceeds to benefit the March of Dimes. There will be food and drink throughout the day, as well as live music, a shucking demo, an oyster tasting competition and a children’s costume pageant, where your child can compete to be the most impressive bivalve mollusk. 259 Thames St, Bristol. 401-254-2005, www.dewolftavern.com Milk and Honey in Tiverton Milk and Honey in historic Four Corners is under new ownership, with Sheryl Callaghan of Bellevue Wine & Spirits taking the helm. The artisanal food shop features over 100 varieties of cheese, as

well as cured meats, chocolate, gourmet oil, vinegar, jams and the requisite baguettes and crackers whose chief purpose in life is to deliver all of the aforementioned goodness to your mouth. 3838 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-624-1974, www.milkandhoneybazaar.com Summer Markets Open The farmer’s markets are heading outside in June with the first flush of the Bay’s non-greenhouse veggies as well as high quality seafood, meat and everything else tucked into this beautiful corner of the world. The Aquidneck Growers Market runs Saturdays 9am1pm starting June 7,  at the  Newport Vineyard and Winery, as well as on Wednesdays from, 2-6pm opening June 4,  on Memorial Boulevard between Chapel and Edgar in Newport. (www.aquidneckgrowersmarket.org) Mount Hope Farmers Market makes the short trip from barn to field on May 31, bringing more fresh produce with it and more vendors. (250 Metacom Ave, Bristol. www.mounthopefarm.org/farmersmarket)

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Taste Connoisseur

May 31-Sept. 14, 2014

“Very Simple Charm”

by Daren DeFrank

The Early Life and Work of Richard Morris Hunt in Newport, 1858-1878

Born to Cook

A chef’s journey leads him to Warren

Art, architecture, and Newport history come together in an exhibition celebrating Hunt’s Newport “cottages” and the work of his artist friends. Includes an exploration of the Hunt-designed Griswold House, home to the Newport Art Museum.

Chef Eli Dunn in his kitchen

Photography: Force 4 Photography

How has your mother inspired you and your love of food? She had an organic garden in the back of the restaurant. She did that before it was a movement. We always ate together as a family around the table. I absorbed her love of food and gardening. What was your path to opening Eli’s Kitchen? I traveled around the country a lot when I was younger. I lived in Oregon and Arizona and eventually came back to Rhode Island. I was a chef at Three Rivers in Warren. That was the first time I was the chef in charge of running a kitchen. When it closed, a lot of people said to open my own place. It was the first time I thought I could open my own restaurant, but I hadn’t learned enough about the business thing. I then worked at The Beehive for almost five years. I wanted to wait until I was debt free and the right location came. Last fall this location came up, I looked at it and it was magical. I live right around the corner, so the stars seemed to align and it seemed like the right time. Also, my fiancée Pamela Girard came along and her advice was always “you can do it.” So I took a leap of faith and every decision since then has been easy.

What are some dishes we can look 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI • Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun.12-4pm forward to on the summer menu? newportartmuseum.org A lot of my menu is a mish mash of culinary influences. I include Cajun Creole and ethnic influences like Thai and Indian. A popular dish is our carNewport County’s only 55+ Active Adult Waterfront Community NAM_Bay.indd 1 4/29/14 nitas tacos. We smoke our own pork and our version has mashed avocado, homemade tortillas from Sanchez Tortilliaria, sweet onion, pickles, red onions, tomatillo and cilantro with a side of new Orleans style beans. Our falafel is another favorite recipe along with our grass fed meatloaf. Describe your cooking style. Honestly, I think that my style is constantly changing. When you think you know everything, that’s when you realize you know nothing. It’s the same with cooking, “I love to go out to eat, take a dish and think what could I do with this?” What’s your favorite dessert to make? Key lime pie is the first desert I made in my moms restaurant and it is still my favorite to make. I love anything with citrus. It’s the perfect combination of sour, savory and aromatic. My mom taught me how to make an amazing piecrust and I have taken that with me through the years.

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RHODY BITES A Sponsored Statewide Dining Guide

Scampi Enjoy quality, affordable dining nestled at the tip of the island in Porstmouth’s scenic Island Park area. Scampi is a local favorite for seafood, Italian specialties and great steaks. Its location provides expansive waterviews of the beautiful Sakonnet River in either direction – the perfect place to enjoy a sunset over the bay with your meal. The food at Scampi runs the gamut of ocean-fresh seafood, traditional Italian favorites and expertly prepared steaks. The seafood ranges from New England

classics like fried Rhode Island haddock and stuffies, to international interpretations, like the Portuguese-style Shrimp Mozambique. The steaks are all Black Angus, grilled exactly to your liking. Add in brick oven pizza, pastas, soups and sandwiches, and there’s something for every appetite. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly place for dinner, to watch a game and meet friends in the lounge area, or a table with a view for a romantic night out, Scampi always provides quality food and generous portions at fare prices.

Can’t-Miss Dish: The Scampi (duh): Your choice of clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops or lobster with fresh garlic, butter and first-press olive oil.

657 Park Ave, Portsmouth • 401-293-5844 Breachway Grill Classic New England fare, plus NY-style pizza. 1 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, 213-6615. LD $$

2 Pauls’ City Grille Comfort food with a family feel. 315 Waterman Ave, East Providence, 228-7285. BrLD $-$$

The Cafe at Easy Entertaining Locally sourced, freshly made bites for breakfast and lunch. 66 Valley St, Providence, 4376090 BL $-$$

Andreas Authentic Greek food since 1966. 268 Thayer St, Providence, 3317879. BrLD $-$$ Arturo Joe’s Italian food close to the beaches. 140 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 789-3230. LD $$ Aspire Seasonal Kitchen Contemporary New England fare. 311 Westminster St, Providence, 521-3333. BBrLD $$-$$ Besos Kitchen & Cocktails Tapas and eclectic cuisine and cocktails. 378 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-8855. BrLD $$$ Black Bass Grille Classic seafood, historic waterfront setting. 3 Water St, South Dartmouth, 508-999-6975. LD $$ Bon Asian Bistro Sushi and hibachi, stylish bar scene. 1386 Atwood Ave, Johnston, 270-0777. LD $$

Caprice Restaurant & Bar Upscale Italian, romantic atmosphere. 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. D $$-$$$ Casa Della Luce American/Italian bistro and gourmet pizzeria. 105 Franklin St, Westerly, 637-4575. LD $$ CAV Eclectic cuisine and art in a historic setting. 14 Imperial Place, Providence, 751-9164. BrLD $$-$$$ Centro Restaurant & Lounge Contemporary cuisine and cocktails. 1 W Exchange St, Providence, 228-6802. BLD $$$ Chapel Grille Gourmet food overlooking the Providence skyline. 100 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, 944-4900. BrLD $$$ DeWolf Tavern Gourmet American/Indian fusion. 259 Thames St, Bristol, 254-

2005. BLD $$-$$$ DiMare Seafood Fresh seafood restaurant and market. 2706 South County Trail, East Greenwich, 885-8100. LD $$-$$$ Dragon Palace Fresh sushi and Asian cuisine. 733 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield, 7892308. LD $-$$ Eleven Forty Nine City sophistication in the suburbs. 1149 Division St, Warwick, 884-1149. LD $$$ Enn Japanese Creative sushi and Japanese food. 600 George Washington Hgwy, Lincoln, 333-0366. LD $$ East Side Creamery & Diner Neighborhood diner and ice cream shop. 170 Ives St, Providence, 865-6088. BrLD $ Fieldstones Relaxed family setting, something for everyone. 980 E Main Rd, Portsmouth, 293-5200. LD $$ Flatbread Company Artisanal pizza, local ingredients. 161 Cushing St, Providence, 273-2737. LD $-$$ Giros Hometown Grille Pub-style food,

friendly service. 501 High St, Peace Dale, 887-752-0794. BrLD $-$$ Gourmet Heaven Deli, salad bar and prepared foods. 173 Weybosset St, Providence, 536-9000. BLD $ Guytanno’s Cafe Inspired international cuisine. 62 Franklin St, Westerly, 3846221. LD $$ Hanley’s Ale House Full service pub, great fun. 52 Pine St, Providence, 8610001. LD $-$$ Harry’s Bar & Burger Creative sliders and cocktails. 121 N Main St, Providence, 2287437. LD $-$$ Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House Classic clam shack fare, plus famous doughboys. 889 Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick, 737-9459; 1157 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 783-5608. LD $ Kartabar Mediterranean-style cuisine, chic setting. 284 Thayer St, Providence, 331-8111. LD $-$$ Kon Asian Bistro Sushi and hibachi, stylish bar scene. 553 Main St, East

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10 Prime Steak & Sushi Gourmet steaks and sushi. 55 Pine St, Providence, 4532333. LD $$$

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Greenwich, 886-9200. LD $$ Lim’s Restaurant Upscale Thai and fresh sushi. 18 South Angell St, Providence, 383-8830. LD $$ Lobster Pot Serving traditional New England classics and seafood since 1929. 119 Hope St, Bristol, 253-9100 Br L D $$-$$$ Luxe Burger Bar Build your own creative burger. 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, 621-5893. LD $ Mariner Grille Creative seafood, pub atmosphere. 140 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 284, 3282. LD $$ Meeting Street Cafe Huge sandwiches and cookies. 220 Meeting St, Providence, 273-0166. BLD $ Mews Tavern Family dining, with a whiskey bar. 456 Main St, Wakefield, 783-9370. LD $-$$ Mile & a Quarter Eclectic cuisine and wine bar. 334 South Water St, Providence, 331-1500. LD $-$$ Mill’s Tavern Historic setting for New American gourmet. 101 N Main St, Providence, 272-3331. D $$$

Oak St. B&B Delicious, inventive burgers and breakfast. 87 Oak St, Westerly, 315-2520. BLD $

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Scampi Seafood and Italian with expansive water views. 657 Park Ave, Portsmouth, 293-5844. LD $$

Paragon & Viva Contemporary dining and nightlife. 234 Thayer St, Providence, 331-6200. BrLD $-$$

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Two Ten Oyster Bar & Grill Enjoy fresh seafood and sushi by the salty water. 210 Salt Pond Rd, Wakefield, 782-0100 L D $$-$$$

Parkside Rotisserie & Bar American bistro specializing in rotisserie meats. 76 South Main St, Providence, 3310003. LD $-$$

Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. locations in Providence, East Greenwich, Smithfield. sienari.com D $$-$$$

Trinity Brewhouse Rhode Island’s original brewpub. 186 Fountain St, Providence, 453-2337 LD $-$$

Sweet Cakes Coffee shop and gourmet bakery. 1227 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale, 789-5420. BL $

UMelt Fun twists on grilled cheese. Providence and Kingston, 383-6732. LD $

T’s Restaurant Plentiful breakfast and lunch. Locations in Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett, 946-5900. BL $

Vetrano’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Italian cooking like grandma made. 130 Granite St, Westerly, 348-5050. LD $$

Pavilion Steakhouse & Banquets Grand, banquet-hall style dining. 15A Frontier Rd, Hopkinton, 377-9900. BrLD $$$ Phil’s Main Street Grille Classic comfort food; great rooftop patio. 323 Main St, Wakefield. 783-4073 B Br L D $ Public Kitchen & Bar American food with changing daily inspirations. 120 Francis St, Providence, 919-5050. BrLD $-$$ Rasa Authentic and contemporary Indian. 149 Main St, East Greenwich, 3982822. LD $$

MuMu Cuisine Asian fusion cuisine specializing in sushi, Chinese fusion and Thai. 220 Atwells Ave, Providence, 369-7040 L D $$-$$$

Rasoi Vegetarian-friendly Indian cuisine. 727 East Ave, Pawtucket, 7285500. LD $$

Nami Fun, stylish sushi and hibachi. 198 Atwells Ave, Providence, 383-6559. LD $$$

Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 4376950. BrLD $$

Nonni’s Italian Restaurant Traditional Italian eatery and pasta shop. 1154 Stafford Rd, Tiverton, 624-3087. LD $$

Rick’s Roadhouse House-smoked barbecue. 370 Richmond St, Providence, 272-7675. LD $-$$

Tara’s Tipperary Tavern Oceanside Irish-American pub fare. 907 Matunuck Beach Rd, Matunuck, 284-1901. BLD $ Tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/American bistro. 16 W Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$ The Dorrance Fine dining with exquisite cocktails. 60 Dorrance St, Providence, 521-6000. D $$$ The Malted Barley Gourmet pretzels and craft brews. 42 High St, Westerly, 315-2184. $ The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn Quintessential New England fare. 25 Spray Rock Rd, Westerly, 322-0301. BLD $$$ The Sea Goose Seafood with New

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Iggy’s is a family business, owned and operated by the Gravino family for over 25 years. Obviously, you have to start with a steaming bowl of chowder accompanied by their golden brown clamcakes. The menu at Iggy’s goes way beyond clamcakes and chowder – they’ve got

burgers and sandwiches, and the seafood selections include all your favorites: fried whole belly clams or strips, fish and chips, baked scrod, stuffies and heaping lobster rolls. There are also great pubstyle apps and sides to round out your feast, including cheese fries, nachos, buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks.

Can’t-Miss Dish: The Doughboys (duh) Fish & chips, clamcakes and chowder, oh my.

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The CVS Charity Classic returns to Barrington from June 22-24

Top 5 events in June 1. Photo: David Silverman Photography

June 22-24: Golf fans take notice: the annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic is back. This annual charitable golf tournament raises money for local non-profits, more than $17 million in fact. The Classic features 20 professionals from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour, paired into ten-person teams. Tournament week begins with the Pepsi Pro-Am on Sunday June 22, followed by the two-day tournament, June 23-24, at the Rhode Island Country Club. 150 Nayatt Road, Barrington. www.cvscaremarkcharityclassic.com.

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June 7: Come hungry to the 33rd Annual Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook Off at the Newport Yachting Center. Sample foods and view cooking demos with an ice-cold beer or a glass of wine in hand. $20-$25. Free kids under 12. Noon-6pm. 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. 401-846-1600, www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

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June 6-29: Grab the family and get some culture. 2nd Story Theatre presents Freud’s Last Session. In the last weeks of his life, Sigmund Freud invites scholar CS Lewis to his London home where the two engage in a clash of ideas and a battle of wits. 28 Market Street, Warren. 401-2474200, www.2ndstorytheatre.com.

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June 7: Celebrate the Quononoquott Garden Club’s 65th year at their Medley of Island Gardens tour. Tickets are available at Baker’s Pharmacy at 53 Narragansett Avenue; Secret Garden at 12 Southwest Avenue; or by emailing qgc2014@gmail. com. $15 advance; $20 day of. 10am-3pm. 401-423-0208.

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June 12: Author Marta McDowell relates a tale of two famous writers and their gardens in A Tale of Two Gardeners: Beatrix Potter and emily Dickenson at Blithewold Mansion. Enjoy a book signing plus tea, scones and fruit. $18-$23. 9:30-11:30am. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-2707, www. blithewold.org.

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Gallery Calendar by Erin Balsa

June

June 1-29: Each Sunday, Save The Bay offers a behind-the-scenes feeding program called Mysteries of the exploration Center. Feed the fish, sharks, crabs, octopuses and lobsters while learning about the facility. Registration required. $10. 9-10am. 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport. 401-324-6020, www.savebay.org/mysteries. June 1-30: It’s always wine o’clock at Greenvale Vineyards, which is open for Wine Tastings seven days per week. Get outdoors and enjoy the lush landscape of early summer while sampling seven delicious vinos. $12. 2pm. 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. 401-8473777, www.greenvale.com. June 2 & 4: The Tiverton Library is the place to be for little ones who love a good story! Don’t miss Preschool Storytime for Ages 3-5. Children will enjoy a unique story read by an animated storyteller. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free. June 2: 10:30am; June 4: 1:30pm. 238 Highland Road, Tiverton. 401-625-6796, www.tivertonlibrary.org. June 3-24: Cart the kiddos to their own personal heaven each Tuesday afternoon. Check out the weekly Kid’s Craft Afternoons at Orange Leaf. Enjoy free crafts and activities over frozen yogurt. Free (craft). 2-4pm. 198 Thames Street, Newport. 401-619-7600, www.facebook.com/orangeleafnewport. June 3-24: Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Head to Wally’s Tap House every Tuesday night for

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Stump! Trivia and prove it. Winning teams go home with prizes so be sure to bring your smartest friends. 8pm. 13 Crandall Road, Tiverton. 401-624-1212, www.stumptrivia.com. June 3-24: All are welcome to the Tuesday night Open Mic at Sandwoods Farm. It doesn’t matter whether you play an instrument, sing, read poetry or do spoken word, there’s an audience waiting for whatever talent you bring. Free. 7-10pm. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-241-7349, www.sandywoodsfarm.org. June 4: Learn about the rustic buildings on New York’s six-million acre Adirondack Park during a Lecture: Adirondack Architecture: Great Camps and the Rustic Tradition at the Rosecliff Mansion. Free members; $5 non-members. 11am. 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-1000. www.newportmansions.org. June 4-25: Adults can catch a free flick each Wednesday night on screen at the Rogers Free Library in Bristol. Movie night runs weekly in the Herreshoff Community Room. Parking is available in the Thames Street parking lot. Free. 525 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-253-6948, www.rogersfreelibrary.org. June 5-26: Every Thursday morning, Barrington Books hosts Children’s Story Hour with Miss Margie followed by craft time in its charming children’s section. It’s the perfect way to cure that midmorning itch. Free. 10am. 184 County Road, Barrington. 401-245-7925, www.barringtonbooks.com. June 5-26: Thursday night means it’s Open Mic night at Tinker’s Nest in Warren. It’s the perfect time to finally perform that song you’ve been secretly perfecting in the shower. The intimate Irish pub provides the perfect setting for a live show. Free. 9:30pm. 322 Metacom Avenue, Warren. 401-245-8875.

June 27-29: The 19th Annual Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff Mansion features an opening night party; a lecture from nationally renowned garden designer P. Allen Smith; an author’s afternoon tea reception; and a champagne brunch. Go online for details. 401-847-1000, www.newportflowershow.org. June 6-27: Sign up at Newport Storm’s Facebook to be one of the lucky 50 people to sample craft beer at no cost every Friday night. At Fridays@Six you’ll sample several of Newport Storm’s brews and take a short tour of the brewery. Free. 293 JT Connell Road, Newport. 401-849-5232, www.newportstorm.com. June 6-27: Drop by The Coffee Depot in Warren on a Friday night for Open Mic night. Try your hand on stage or just relax with a coffee and a snack while listening to some talented local performers. Because you need a break from the same old bar scene. Free. 7-10pm. 501 Main Street, Warren. 401-608-2553. June 6-28: Head to Newport’s Firehouse Theatre every Friday and Saturday night for Comedy Improv with the Bit Players featuring hilarious improvisation with games and audience involvement. Reservations suggested. $15. 8pm and 9:45pm. Friday & Saturday. 4 Equality Park, Newport. 401849-3473, www.bitplayers.net. June 7: It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s Citizens Bank Foundation Free Family

Fun Day at the Audubon Environmental Education Center. Enjoy crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more! Activities are geared for all ages. Free. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-245-7500, www.asri.org. June 7: Get on the water and take a Lighthouse Tour with Save the Bay. Departing from Fort Adams State Park, you’ll travel by boat to view several historic lighthouses then stop and take a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds. $45-$55. 10am-1:30pm. 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport. 401-2723540, www.savethebay.org. June 7 & 21: Get artsy this month with Audubon’s Drawing and Painting Botanicals workshop. Join artists Gail Tantangelo and Joan DeGregory as they demonstrate drawing and painting techniques and answer your questions. Free. 11am-1pm June 7; 11:30am1:30pm June 21. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-245-7500, www.asri.org. June 7-28: The folks at Westport Vineyards offer Public Tours and Wine Tastings every Saturday afternoon. You get a special edition etched wine glass and the chance to taste six wines ranging from sparkling to aperitif. $10. 1 & 3pm.

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June 1: Come down to the Primrose Hill School as they hosts their Spring Carnival, one of its largest fundraising events. It’s fun for all ages with bouncey houses, a raffle, family games, an obstacle course and, of course, lots of food. 10am-3pm. Primrose Hill School, Middle Highway, Barrington. Check them out of Facebook.


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417 Hixbridge Road, Westport, MA. 508636-3423, www.westportrivers.com. June 7-28: June is the perfect month for shopping fresh outdoors. Visit the Mount Hope Farmers Market, which is open every Saturday year round with local growers, artisans, live music and kid-friendly programming. Free. 9am-1pm. 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol. 401-254-1745, www.mounthopefarm.org. June 14: It’s the perfect time to plant. At The Recycled Garden kids will choose and decorate a container from a bin of unique recycled items. Using compost from worms and bats they’ll plant vegetable and herb seedlings to take home. Ages 6 and up. $5-$7. 10:30-11:30. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-245-7500, www.asri.org. June 19-26: Calling children ages 18 to 36 months! The Li’l Peeps Summer Session introduces tots to the delights of nature

through hands-on nature lessons, activities, crafts, walks, songs and stories. The four-week series runs through July 10. Registration required. $40-$44. 9:4510:45am. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401245-7500, www.asri.org. June 27: If you’re harboring a mad scientist in your home, set him or her free for Fizz, Boom, Read: Mad Science at the Tiverton Library. This event is part of the 2014 Children’s Summer Reading Program. Call for details. Free. 10:30am. 238 Highland Road, Tiverton. 401-625-6796, www.tivertonlibrary.org. June 29: Providence rock ‘n’ roll band Smith&Weeden take to the stage at the Tiverton Four Corners Art Center. Purchase a concert and food truck pass for $30 and gain entrance and eats to three summer shows including this first one. 6pm. 3852 Main Road, Tiverton. www.tivertonfourcorners.com.

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DeBlois could operate on Bellevue Avenue. Our rent was decreased all those years,” adds Valerie. The new location was picked after the 14 gallery members searched through Newport real estate for months. “Cities like Newport, with ‘world-class’ status, know that part of that sophistication can come from a well-established art community along with galleries who show ‘one-of-a kind’ artwork. The quality of town life improves, too. Big-name artists will want to show in Newport, students will walk in to be inspired, locals will get an art education and Newport will truly be perceived as within ‘The State of the Arts,’” adds Valerie. Besides ample parking, the new space accommodates modern hanging and the backspace has been reconstructed as “Buzz Studios” used by three artists. Member Michael Guertin will curate art books by Island and local artists, current or past. “This mini-bookstore will sell books and keep us connected to the art community,” adds Valerie. “Each month (we will offer) new work from 14 artists, cards, shrink-wrapped art or art prints (no giclee) photographs, sculptures, plus the new work of two to three featured guest artists.” “One of my favorite moments was Ellen Blomgren’s show years ago. It was her first show and she had made a

carousel with large, hand-formed clay animals around it, and other large pieces,” adds Valerie. “She sold almost 100% that night, which was truly amazing. Ellen said at the end, ‘This is the happiest day of my life.’ She went on to form Mudstone Studios in Warren providing space and services to clay artists. It’s not only good that you have a day like that, it’s good when you know it!” Valerie believes that artists need deadlines and people who can organize their work better than they can. “Having fresh art and artists in every month with guests really helps inspire and push us. Sometimes I think an exhibition is like a dance: From the first review of an artist’s work, to the contact, follow-up, publicity, coordination, delivery, hanging, sitting, selling, pick up. All members have a role in this dance. I am grateful to fellow artists here who make it happen every month.” Photography by Marc and Bonnie Jaffe and the work of 3-D artists are the next exhibit at DeBlois Gallery beginning June 7.

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has touched so many with regalia of fascinating art and their histories from the patrons who hang them. Thriving now after a recent move to a wideopen space and studio, DeBlois Gallery changed the landscape of art on Aquidneck Island. In August 1984, artist/patron Edith Bozyan gathered fellow artists to begin a gallery showing cutting edge contemporary art in DeBlois Alley. This house, along with 138 Bellevue Avenue around the corner, was Edith’s property. The name stayed. According to the cognoscenti, this was the first cooperative gallery on Aquidneck Island, continuously running for 30 years, exhibiting local artists from Rhode Island and southeastern MA. Changes in Newport have been reflected by the changes on canvas at DeBlois. “We have flowed with the times: the prosperous Navy days,  the great ‘80s. We had regulars who would drop in all week, students from the Newport Art Museum School, townies and tourists,” says artist/publicist Valerie DeBrule. “The gallery was always packed for reception night. It became a social event. The first several years the gallery often held two shows a month. This is hard to even think about! There was a group of wonderful patrons through the years. A number of us could depend on this. Outside buyers, like tourists, were frequent patrons and commented on our good prices compared to New York, even Boston.” Chicago-based Joe Norman had his first RI show in DeBlois. Rita Rogers, contemporary oil painter, exhibited many times. Last fall, the gallery moved from the shadow of the mansions to a shell’s throw from First Beach. “After 30 years at the Bellevue location, we had to seek a new space. The Bozyan family, who continued to own the 138 historical building, decided to retire to Florida and sell the property. It was only through the generosity of the family, continuing Edith Bozyan’s tradition of helping local artists, that


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