Contents Photography: Rupert Whitely; Illustration: Eloise Narrigan
25 Live Well
19 We All Scream
26 Connoisseur 27 Shop Around 28 Whole Body 29 Homestyle
Meet the folks who whip up some of the best homemade ice cream around
A Westport home is where the hearth is
33 Taste The British are coming to Bristol
Every Month 5 Editor’s Note/Letters 6 The Bay List
11 The Buzz A new kind of meals on wheels 12 On the Bay 16 Bay Views
34 Drink 35 Connoisseur 37 Review 38 Dining Guide
41 Gallery Peek into some artist’s studios in Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth 43 Calendar 47 Artistry 48 On Stage
50 Just Add Water Pardon me, but can please I try out your kayak?
On the Cover: photography by James Jones,
at Gray’s Ice Cream in Tiverton
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A Taste of Summer Some things are just quintessentially summer. A perfect ice cream cone is one of them. This month, we take a look at the creative mixologists who make some of the area’s most beloved frozen treats. We dare you to read this story and not go taste for yourself. Besides the inside scoop, there’s a lot of summer happening this month, from Independence Day celebrations to Tall Ships to open studio tours with
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Several talented artists are opening their doors and letting you in. The 9th Annual South Coast Artists Studio Tours will happen this year on July 21-22 and August 18-19. It’s your chance to visit the workspaces of those making beautiful art in Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth. Seventy artists will be featured in total. From oil paints to watercolors, from photography to fiber arts – there is something to please everyone. Just follow the map in the brochure, available online, and look for the blue and white Open Studio signs. Free. www. southcoastartists.org/openstudio.html
100 Years of Art and Community The Newport Art Museum has been bringing art to Rhode Island for 100 years, enhancing the life of Newport and surrounding communities with its programming and exhibits. Join them in their 2012 Centennial Celebrations, which will be taking place all year long with a Centennial Gala to be held on July 7 at the museum. It will be an elegant evening with cocktails, dinner by Russell Morin Fine Catering and dancing to the Mac Chrupcala Orchestra. Details for the gala and the other celebratory events will be posted online at www.newportartmuseum.org.
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Rollin’ Through and Truckin’ On Rhode Island food trucks give the term “fast food” a new meaning. Food trucks offer an often organic, locally grown alternative, providing nutrition and needed economic growth. From French cuisine to authentic Mexican, food trucks cater to any food craving; all you have to do is find one. Most post their whereabouts on Twitter; simply search by their Twitter handle (in parenthesis, below). Frequenting the Mount Hope Farmer’s Market is a food truck by the name of Plouf Plouf Gastronomie (@ PloufPloufTruck), commonly referred to as simply Plouf Plouf. Operated by the husband and wife duo Mario Molliere and Anik Palulian, Plouf Plouf offers an organic French cuisine menu at a reasonable price. Since Molliere was trained in France, each dish is exquisitely prepared and especially scrumptious. Featured menu items include a grilled organic duck burger with applewood smoked bacon, lobster brioche with wild mushrooms and, to finish off any meal, chocolate mousse. C’est magnifique! www. ploufploufgastronomie.com Little Billy’s (@BillysLLC), often located in Barrington, is an award-winning food truck that has partnered with local farms and cooperatives, providing Rhode Islanders with locally grown ingredients. With a menu that includes the famous Billy Burger, clam cakes, clam strips and hotdogs and fries, Little Billy’s is a must-try food experience for any Rhode Islander looking for an affordable meal. www.billysllc.com Known as a mobile café, Acacia Café (@AcaciaFoodTruck) is the creation of Dawn Brooks-Rapp, a culi-
nary expert with a passion for food. Serving the Little Compton area, Acacia Café specializes in using allnatural, fresh and locally grown ingredients, designed for an exquisite experience that leaves you and your wallet satisfied. Menu options include the PLT (grilled pancetta, oven-roasted tomato, lemon mayonnaise and lettuce), the Rhodie Reuben (sliced corned beef, sauerkraut and Little Compton dressing) and the Aldie Dog (roast beef, aged cheddar cheese and horseradish mayo dressing). Call 401-323-3002 for daily locations and menu options. www.acaciacafe.com/?page_id=52 Ana’s Tacos is a food truck proving an authentic Mexican experience is right here in Rhode Island. Serving
Middletown and Newport, Ana’s Tacos offers such outstanding menu options as Fish Tacos, Tostadas, Cheese Quesadillas and the monstrous 12-inch tortilla “Gordo” Chimichanga. All dishes are made from the highest quality ingredients, giving customers meal options that might as well have come straight from Mexico. www.anastacos.com But if one Mexican food experience is not enough, Tallulah’s Tacos (@TallulahsTacos) in Newport is the “farm to taco” food truck that will take care of your taste buds. Co-owners Chef Jake Rojas and Kelly Ann Maurice specifically designed Tallulah’s Tacos to use locally grown ingredients, such as Carne Asada from Blackbird Farm in Smithfield and chicken from Pat’s Pasture in Jamestown.
Every bite supports your appetite as much as it supports the Rhode Island economy – that’s good eating. www. tallulahonthames.com/tacos/ Every good meal needs an afterdinner dessert, and Pete’s Ice Cream Truck (401-683-5428), primarily serving Portsmouth, is the perfect stop for satiating a sweet tooth. While the menu mainly consists of ice cream options and frozen treats, Pete’s also offers nachos and other snacks, allowing for both dinner and dessert options. Since Rhode Island’s summer weather, with its ocean breeze and embracing sunlight, makes ice cream consumption that much more enjoyable, Pete’s Ice Cream Truck is not one you want to pass up. Call to find out where they are. –Dale Rappaneau
A full calendar of events includes outdoor festivals, music concerts and hands-on activities. To add to the fun, the HSCRI is offering a summer contest to entice kids to participate and learn more about Rhode Island. By visiting three or
more participating sites, children can enter to win lots of exciting prizes as well as earn many stickers. The Rhody Ramble serves as the perfect guide for both local families and visitors. So, what are you waiting for? www.rhodyramble.org -Samantha Leach
Let’s Get Ready to Ramble With the school year winding down and the hot and restless summer months rapidly approaching, the Historic Sites Coalition of Rhode Island (HSCRI) has provided youth ages 5-12 the perfect summer adventure – the Rhody Ramble. This passport
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to Rhode Island history exposes children to 21 hidden treasures and historical sites. Rhody the Rambler, the Ramble’s mascot, helps to promote local happenings such as The Breakers Family Tour, scavenger hunts and the Old Washington County Jail Tour.
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Art and Sunshine With beautiful weather comes our desire to turn all of our activities into an excuse to be outside: meals become picnics and play dates become park visits. Who would have thought that we could apply this to our love of art? Dedee Shattuck Gallery was designed with environmental appreciation in mind. Owner Dedee Shattuck has participated in ecosystem preservation efforts across southeastern Massachusetts. She married this passion to her other passion, art, and came out with her half indoor, half outdoor gallery. With meadows of forest behind its Westport home, gallerygoers can enjoy new exhibits and step outside to see permanent sculptures and free concerts. This month, installations and paintings by Joan Backes will be featured July 12-August 12. No-
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tably, Backes will feature her “Bamboo House,” a (roughly) 15x13-foot house made entirely of bamboo reed and recycled paper. 1 Partners Lane, Westport. 508-636-4177, www.dedeeshattuckgallery.com. –Emily Payne
The Rodgers and Hammerstein family classic about a high-spirited young novice and the von Trapp Family Singers, featuring “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “The Sound of Music.” sponsored by
9 to 5: The Musical july 18–august 11
Three unlikely friends in the Rolodex era conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do — even in a man’s world. Featuring the hit “9 to 5” and a brand new score by Dolly Parton. Contains adult content/language.
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Hit the Road for a Good Cause Motorcycle fanatics and adventurous do-gooders, come support the Hasbro Children’s Hospital at their 5th Annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Motorcycle Run. This scenic police-escorted ride will take place on July 15 beginning at the Walmart on 1180 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk and proceeding to Tweet’s Balzanos restaurant at 180 Mt. Hope Avenue in Bristol. After the ride, there will be a 50/50 raffle and t-shirt giveaway. Tickets are $15 if purchased by July 1 and $20 afterwards; proceeds benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. There is a rain date of July 22, but let’s just hope for sun. 10am. 508-336-3749. www.hasbrochildrenshospital.org/ communityevents Learn about new and active ways to help the community by participating in the American Red Cross New Volunteer Orientation. The Red Cross offers many ways to give back and help others and this event will showcase how to get involved. With opportunities in disaster relief, blood drive assistance, shelter operations, client services and logistics, the multitude of possibilities for charity work
through the Red Cross are endless. The minimum age for volunteers is 16. Come out and get involved with this great cause on July 13 from 6-7:30pm. 1015 Aquidneck Avenue #8, Middletown. 401-846-8100, www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1111183.jsp. Head down to Little Compton for a fun day in the sun: participate in a summertime tradition, the Little Compton Road Race and the 18th Pike’s Peak Races for Kids. This is an event for athletes, children and adults with varying courses. For children ages 4-6, there will be a 100-meter race and for kids ages 7-12, a 400-meter race. The traditional scenic road race is 4.8 miles. There will be high spirits and lots of cash prizes, including a $500 reward for whoever is able to beat the current record race time. For some active, family friendly summer fun come out to the common on July 14 at 8:30am for the Pike’s Peak race and at 9am for the road race. Registration prices range from $23.00-$25.00 for adults and $13.00-$15.00 for children. www. littlecomptonroadrace.org. -Samantha Leach
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Studio 101 launched by Jason Dolan is the newest salon to hit Providence. Jason didn’t become one of New York City’s most sought after colorists by accident. The RI-native and 15-year veteran of the world-class color team at Bergdorf Goodman’s John Barrett Salon has built an impeccable reputation over the course of his career, most recently gaining critical acclaim for his work in cutting-edge color techniques such as ombre and ballyage. Since entering the New York City scene Jason has worked diligently to build his enviable client roster, which includes a who’s who of actors and actresses, models, fashion editors and media personalities. His talents have brought him from the runways of New York City’s Fashion Week and America’s Next Top Model to the pages of Allure Magazine, and everywhere in between. Several years ago, after closely evaluating the current style landscape in his hometown, Jason made the decision to begin making bi-monthly appearances at a downtown Providence salon. The idea was to bring a bit of New York City flavor to the folks back home. It didn’t take long for the news to spread and Jason began booking weeks and months in advance and made the choice to up his visits to every four weeks. As much as he loved making these appearances, the desire to create something of his own in the town where he was born and raised intensified. Fast-forward two years and Studio 101 is born -- the preeminent hair salon experience located in the heart of downtown Providence. It only takes one step inside the space to evoke a visceral feeling of chic New York City décor and modern luxury. Offering an array of style and color services, Studio 101 brings an entirely new element to the flourishing downtown scene. Jason and his expert team of stylists and colorists (including several of his New York City peers), look forward to serving you and becoming your new trusted source for all things beauty in Rhode Island.
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olks head to Middletown from far and wide just to eat some ice cream. You may be thinking, say what now? But, this is no ordinary ice cream. In fact, I would dare to call it craft ice cream. Others have called it the “Best Ice Cream in New England” (Yankee Magazine 2011). It’s made with local ingredients whenever possible, including beyond-fresh dairy products from Arruda’s Dairy Farms in Tiverton, where no BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone) is used, and produce from Sweet Berry Farm such as peaches, blackberries, apples and gooseberries. What drives a person to create ice cream? What drives them to stick
out 80-hour work weeks in 90-degree kitchens in the peak of summer heat? It’s love, pure and simple. And thankfully, owner Susanna Williams is up to the task; now I know what amazing ice cream is supposed to taste like, and there is no going back. I have to spend a moment and tell you about the mastermind behind this operation. Sue was born in Devon, England, raised in nearby Gloucestershire, schooled at Oxford University (where she received her B.A. in English Language and Literature), then moved across the pond to Canada, where she entered into a Ph. D. program at McGill. Sue wound up teaching theatre history for many years at the National Theatre
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School of Canada. She was living in Montreal when she met her husband, Herb Zornow, who was teaching at the University of Toledo in Ohio. They decided to move to Newport, where Herb was raised, and settle down. It was at the end of this circuitous route that she discovered Sweet Berry Farm and their crop of gooseberries. At the time, the gooseberries were being underutilized and Sue was familiar with this fruit from her childhood. “I have this aversion to waste,” she says. Coming from a family deeply rooted in dessert and jam-making, Sue knew just how to utilize this crop. So she started experimenting by whipping up ice cream in a one-quart Williams-Sonoma ice cream maker. Sue then convinced Sweet Berry Farm owners that they needed to sell her ice cream. In 2006, the first batch of Susanna’s ice cream reached the shelf, or freezer rather. “I put the first batch of ice cream on the shelf on the Fourth of July. I went home for lunch, came back, and the ice cream was gone! I thought to myself, What have I gotten myself into?” What she thought would be a leisurely, fewafternoons-a-week job quickly turned into an 80-hour per week affair and has been going strong ever since. Her ice cream is so popular that she can hardly keep up with the demand in the peak of the season from July to September. During this 80-hour week, she is not the only person in the kitchen. Without the help of fellow chef Steve Cory, she would not be as savvy in the kitchen as she is today. Having not been classically trained, Steve graciously took Sue under his wing to teach her kitchen etiquette. How does one decide on what flavors to create? “Some are no-brainers like Strawberry, Vanilla, and Gooseberry,” she says. “Some are by personal request – Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Coconut, a best seller.” Other flavors, such as Mocha Chocolate Chip, are happy mistakes born from the distractions that come with the job. Also, Susanna never uses any artificial flavors such
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Bliss Bros. Dairy has been a staple on Park Street in Attleboro since 1924. It has also remained in the Bliss family since that time by being passed down from generation to generation. Having evolved into bigger facilities and upgrading machinery, the familyrun dairy is capable of producing 800 gallons of frozen treats per hour. Stop by for ice cream by the scoop or half gallon, and ice cream, frozen yogurt and sherbet by the quart. They also offer ice cream pizzas and ice cream gift packages, or you can also stop by their restaurant for a quick bite followed by the good stuff. 7am-10pm daily. 711 Park Street, Attleboro. 508-222-2884, www. blissdairy.com. Another family-owned and operated creamery is Somerset Creamery, which has been around since 1937. The ice cream is made daily by the original owner’s daughter and her husband. Available by the scoop in fresh-baked waffle cones, or in hand-packed pints and quarts, this family tradition doesn’t seem to being going anywhere anytime soon. 12pm10pm daily. 1931 G.A.R. Highway, Somerset. 508-672-5510, www. somersetcreamery.com. Cold Fusion is on the map, literally. Their website has a feature that allows the user to type in their zip code and subsequently find retailers who sell Cold Fusion products, gelato and sorbet. Aside from being easy to find, this product is anything but easy to make. Owner and operator Torrance Kopfer worked on Wall Street and wanted to start his own business. His gelato and sorbet are made with extreme attention to detail by supporting local farmers whenever possible and making very small batches daily. Cold Fusion clearly takes pride in its final product. 389 Thames Street, Newport. 401-849-6777, www.coldfusiongelato.com
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Susanna’s Ice Cream at Sweet Berry Farm 915 Mitchell’s Lane Middletown 401-847-3912 Open 8am-7pm everyday, sunshine or showers. www.sweetberryfarmri.com/ susannasicecream.html
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ustomers in the East Bay are expecting another homemade ice cream shop to stick around. Opened in 2000, The Daily Scoop has become a staple of Barrington with another location in Bristol. Owners Deb and Bob Saunders both grew up in Barrington where no homemade ice cream was to be found. After the couple met in 1990, they realized they had a shared passion for ice cream. While other New Englanders were enjoying lobsters in the summertime, Deb and Bob would peruse the countryside searching for local, homemade ice cream. Much to their chagrin, this much sought after treat did not materialize. But rather than let disappointment take hold, Deb and Bob took the opportunity to educate themselves on the soupto-nuts operation of homemade ice cream creation. Taking ice cream manufacturing classes at the University of Maryland and Penn State, Deb and Bob started to formulate their dream. Their ice cream shop and manufacturing facility opened its doors in Barrington in 2000. The Daily Scoop’s dairy supplier never uses BGH, and the Saunders put an emphasis on only using quality ingredients including fresh fruit from local suppliers and a 16% butterfat content to their ice cream. They also distribute pints of their frozen goodness to supermarkets across Rhode Island, Connecticut and Southeastern Massachusetts. (Locations are available on their website.) With an array of 40 plus flavors
with unique and fun flavor combinations such as Carrot Cake, (where they actually bake a cake and put it in the ice cream maker), Cantaloupe, a must try, and a focus on real ingredients, (their Pistachio and Mint Chip are not neon green nor their Orange Sherbet flaming orange), they are dedicated to providing the best experience possible to customers. One cannot speak of The Daily Scoop without mentioning the Apple Pie ice cream. Made with real apples in a light cinnamon sauce combined into ice cream with real pieces of pie crust, it is “summer’s answer to a fall favorite.” And beware; their Coconut Almond Chip ice cream has big chunks of fresh coconut. Going 12 years strong and having the philosophy of “after we learn how to make the best ice cream possible, let’s build a really neat ice cream shop, staff it with friendly local kids and share it with everyone,” it’s not a surprise that the response from the community has also been nothing but overwhelming.
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as high fructose corn syrup. The label of her French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, for example, reads: cream, sugar, egg yolks, Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla beans. It is the same for her other flavors. Her Dark Chocolate Ice Cream contains milk, extra dark Callebaut chocolate, Muscovado and cane sugars and vanilla. It doesn’t get any more natural than that. Some new flavors she is experimenting with are Strawberry-Rose Geranium and Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet. “Sorbet is fun. The fruit flavors come through much cleaner. I also use much more fruit in sorbet than ice cream. A batch of strawberry sorbet uses twice as many strawberries as an equal-batch of strawberry ice cream.” Some popular summer flavors include Louisiana Banana, Toasted Coconut, Mango Sorbet and Raspberry Sorbet and Ice Cream. With her unending passion, careful attention to detail and ridiculously fresh ingredients, Susanna’s Ice Cream remains a staple at Sweet Berry Farm for all Rhode Islanders to enjoy for years to come.
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nd while we have the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in the state of Rhode Island, it is comforting to know that there are some certainties in life. One of those simple joys in life is Gray’s Ice Cream. Located at the historic Four Corners in Tiverton, owner and ice cream maker Marilyn Bettencourt knows a thing or two about how to keep this Rhode Island tradition alive. Gray’s Ice Cream started serving in 1923 and has changed hands a few times since. In 1981, Marilyn bought Gray’s after it had been under foreclosure with its previous owners. “Gray’s was always a very special place to me,” Marilyn says. Thirty-one years later, she’s proven that this Rhode Island staple is just as important now as it has ever been. It’s not just business: it is personal. “It’s my life, my heart, my soul.” The mantra she lives by is clear in her approach to her business. It is even clearer in the loyalty of her employees, who often come on as young teens, work with her through high school, come back from college during the summers to work, and from time-to-time in this fickle
The area’s only authentic British pub Brillliant ales and invigorating stouts from around the world! economy, stay on after graduating. “I have kids who work for me whose parents worked for me. I’m on the third generation now!” In a work environment where everyone tries to out compete one another in sundaemaking and where the employees have a hand in naming their resident dairy cows (whose dairy are not used for their ice cream), Gray’s is a beacon. Even Marilyn’s three daughters worked with her at one point. Everyone knows that when you work for your parents, you’ve got to work harder than everyone else. “I’m very proud of my daughters,” she says. “They are all good people, and I am very proud to say that.” One of her daughters will be visiting from out of state to help her mother keep up with Gray’s holiday demands. Marilyn clearly has a knack for nurturing things to fruition with the end results being able to stand the test of time. Part of the nurturing involves actually making the ice cream. She runs the “Cadillac” of ice cream makers. Her two industrial-strength Emery-Thompson ice cream machines are run for 40 hours per week – minimum – during peak season.
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Another landmark is Salvador’s Ice Cream in Dartmouth. Salvador’s opened its doors in the spring of 1936 and was familyowned and operated until 2005. Ownership transferred to Len and Beth Gauvin, who restored the historic milk can landmark, which has been a staple on Smith Neck Road since 1935. They received accolades from the New Bedford Historic Society for their restoration. They offer Gifford’s Ice Cream, as well as a few lunch noshes. Hours during the season are Sat-Sun 11:30am-9pm. 460 Smith Neck Road, Dartmouth. www.salvadorsicecream.com. Starting out as a one café operation in Mansfield, Café Arpeggio has turned into a three café business. Owners Rob and Suk Gould have successfully maintained these bistro-style cafes offering treats ranging from gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches, desserts and, of course, from-scratch ice cream. Customers can watch Rob make the ice every Wednesday at the Fall River location while enjoying a cup of gourmet coffee. There are approximately 103 flavors of ice cream which are rotated depending on demand and the season. Each café has 15-20 flavors available at any time. The other locations are in New Bedford and South Boston. Hours of operation are Mon-Thur 8am5pm, Fri 8am-3pm. 139 S. Main Street, Fall River. 508-679-3333, www.cafearpeggio.com.
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Gray’s Ice Cream
Gray’s serves between 3,000-4,000 customers on any given Sunday. However, “any day the sun is shining, we’re busy. I don’t count how many hours I am there. I don’t have weeks or weekends, I just have Gray’s all the time.” That mentality is also apparent in the community, where Gray’s served as a place of comfort after a tragedy struck Tiverton High School. The entire football team gathered at Gray’s for comfort. “It’s things like that that show you where you belong.” And speaking of comfort, one does not go into an ice cream parlor without some preconceived notion of what classic flavor to indulge in. The Tiverton location’s top ice cream flavor is Coffee followed by Vanilla; the Bristol location’s top seller is Chocolate followed by Cookie
Dough; the Fall River location is too new to know what is the top seller. “My flavors are the old-fashioned ones that people expect,” Marilyn says. It is also important to note that she will sometimes eat the ice cream right out of the machine, in a moment of pure, wholesome, indulgence. Her favorite flavors are Coffee, Maple Walnut, Pistachio & Hot Fudge, Ginger (when she’s making it) and finally, Coconut. “You have to have passion for what you’re doing. Owning a small business takes having that passion, doing the best you can, and then constantly trying to improve yourself. My goal is to make sure Gray’s Ice Cream continues with its life. Rhode Island wouldn’t be the same without Gray’s. It’s a landmark, and our customers expect us to be here.”
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A skin care studio that will leave you feeling relaxed and looking refreshed We had a chat with Lynne Beaulieu, owner of Simply Skin in Barrington to talk all things skin. What inspired you to start Simply Skin? I have a passion for skin care. I knew when I was in school that I wanted to have my own skincare studio. It was very important to me to make my own schedule so I could give all my attention to the personal needs of every single client without feeling rushed. Do you offer any services other than skin? As a licensed esthetician, I am only allowed by the RI Health Department to work on skin. As a shop owner, I could expand my business with employees to include hair and nails, but I enjoy working on my own. However, clients have told me that I provide so much more than skin care; even though all my services are all skin related, I provide relaxation and a sense of well-being. What is your most popular facial? My Simply Skin Signature Facial. It is customized to suit the client’s needs, no matter what their skin type. It combines great results and relaxation –
something everybody wants. Speaking of client needs, what would you say is the most important aspect of a person’s skin care regime? It’s most important to protect all exposed skin from the sun. Tan skin is damaged, unhealthy skin. A good skin care regime should always include an antioxidant rich daily moisturizer with sunscreen that has an SPF 30 or more. By doing this, you are not only protecting your skin from aging but, more importantly, you’re protecting yourself from skin cancer – the most common form of cancer. That being said, it is very important to have a head to toe skin check by a dermatologist once a year. To maintain that healthy skin, how often should a customer use your services? Getting a facial once a month is ideal, because skin cells resurface every 28-30 days. Professionally exfoliating the dead cells helps new ones remain fresh and plump, leaving a glowing complexion. For those who can’t make a monthly commitment, the change of season is a good rule of thumb, because skin can have a hard time acclimating to weather changes.
What advice would you give to customers who are focused on anti-aging? The best anti-ager is daily use of sunscreen followed by the use of a topical retinol to make the skin more youthful. Retinoids visibly smooth wrinkles, fade brown spots, improve skin texture and even stimulate collagen for firmer skin. Does food affect skin health? Absolutely! What you eat and drink affects how your skin looks and functions. Drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for healthy, glowing skin. I can always tell when a client is not drinking enough water; when they make a conscious effort, it really shows. Fresh fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are great for getting your glow on. Blueberries, strawberries, spinach and sweet potatoes are just a few of the wonderful skin enhancing foods. Watermelon has a great combination of water and antioxidants. Alcohol, processed foods and refined sugars all age the skin and should be avoided as much as possible. Simply Skin is located at 580 Maple Avenue in Barrington. 401-965-7546, www.simplyskinri.com.
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definitely inherited and is put to good use in The Foolish Fox. Buckler frequents auctions and flea markets to handpick all of her inventory. The best part of visiting her store is that the stock is everchanging. You’ll never see the same setup twice if you are lucky enough to stop by often. While I was browsing (and falling in love with at least a dozen items), a local customer who frequents the shop came in to pick up a vase. The woman repeatedly exclaimed, “When I first saw [the vase] I thought it was a little bit ugly, but there is something so special about it. Now I have to have it; it’s so different!” In all truth, the vase was far from ugly, but I understood what she meant, as it had an unconventional and wild look about it with its pale pink hue, bright gold vines and colorful birds. It was interesting from every angle and like nothing I’ve ever seen. This is what is so special about The Foolish Fox – each item tells a story and was made for someone to fall in love with it. Buckler has an incredible attitude about her customers finding things they adore: “An item has to be unusual or fun,” she says, “and nothing ordinary.
I enjoy collecting and I enjoy sending these items to a good home. It gives me pleasure.” Buckler already talks about plans to expand into the back patio of her shop to have a special garden area that could have wind chimes, bird feeders and anything else you could want for your own outdoor haven. She loves the fact that she has room to grow and appreciates the space and her neighboring shops. “It’s really like a family. All these wonderful shop owners are so nice and friendly.” Buckler’s positivity adds to the Hope Street family in a really special way and I believe this new addition will become a longtime fixture. I already want to go back for three of my favorite items: an antique light fixture that was turned into a candle holder, a solar rainbow maker for the window and soy candles from the Capri Blue line that smell fantastic and last a long time. What will probably bring me back the soonest, though, is Buckler’s charm and knowledge. “I want all my customers to leave with a smile on their face,” she says, and I really did. The Foolish Fox, 317 Hope Street, Bristol. 3965950, www.foolishfox.com.
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Time for Recess A Warren workout for the young at heart Back when you were in grade school, did you think of recess as a good way to sneak in a workout? Probably not. If you were like me, recess was a chance for you to play tag with friends, climb the jungle gym, fly high on the swings and show off your hopscotch skills. In short, it was a lot of fun - and it gave you a break from reciting the multiplication table. But if you think about it, those recess activities also got your heart pumping, helped build strength (I recall being able to make my way across the monkey bars with ease at Nayatt School in Barrington) and improved agility. And since these qualities do, in fact, make for an effective workout, it makes sense that many gyms are now offering classes that bring participants back to the days of recess. 426 Fitness in Warren is doing this with its Parkour class, a boot-camp style obstacle course complete with many of the same fixtures you’d find at a kids’ playground: monkey bars, climbing ropes, balance beams, hanging rings, hurdles and tires. Looking at all the equipment, I knew this class would be fun. But would it be a good workout? As instructor Steve Skitek gave me some background informa-
tion on Parkour, I had a feeling the answer was yes. The concept of Parkour is derived from French military obstacle course training, and its name comes from the French term parcours du combattant, which means “course of the fighter.” The idea is to move from obstacle to obstacle as quickly and efficiently as possible, using both your mind and body. In a way, Steve says, Parkour is a metaphor for life: we will always be presented with challenges and obstacles to overcome, at times requiring us to learn new skills along the way to do so. As I checked out the course I was about to maneuver my way through, I knew it would require me to stay on my toes. Here, I wouldn’t just be going through the motions of a workout; it would be up to me to put my mind and body to the test to get through the course as quickly as I could, as I would be competing against the other participants in class. Taking Parkour with me were a man and his eight-year-old son (though there were only three of us, Steve says the class can, and often does, accommodate up to 12 people). When I saw my pint-sized competitor, I really understood that Parkour is a fitness ac-
tivity for all ages. We were, after all, at a modified playground, preparing to work out by running, jumping, swinging and hopping our way around the room - and really, these are things you can do at any age. My Parkour classmates and I ran through the course multiple times, giving us the opportunity to improve the way we navigated the obstacles each time. Ultimately we wanted to get faster with every attempt, so we modified our movements as necessary to make them more efficient. To finish up we played a game of tag, with the rule that we could only use the obstacles to move around - no touching the wood floor. I learned that it’s hard to be “it” when tagging someone requires you to jump over a mound of tires. (In fact, I think my 8-year-old friend took pity on me and let me catch him.) Throughout our Parkour hour we worked up a sweat, laughed a lot and doled out multiple high-fives. It was a welcomed opportunity to feel like I was back at recess while sneaking in a great workout. And the best part? I didn’t have to go back to reciting the multiplication table afterward. 426 Metacom Avenue, Warren. 401247-7440, www.426fitness.com
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Helga and Wally Faulenbach’s Westport home was a peaceful sanctuary that was the couple’s castle but was admittedly in need of upgrades. A cedar shingle Cape Cod brimming with ample space and charm, there were many aged details Helga appreciated about the home; but as an avid entertainer, the kitchen lacked a cohesive layout and modern conveniences beneficial to such a hostess. “The old kitchen was, well, old,” she explains. “Dark cabinets, minimum counter space because the refrigerator/freezer was in the center of one wall, poor use of space, some unfinished parts - no doors - corners not accessible and some cabinets were so deep that I didn’t know what was in the back of them.” Helga turned to Kim Calabrese, a kitchen designer at Humphrey’s Building and Design Center, to create a
kitchen that was light and airy; one that would afford modern amenities and best facilitate hosting guests and daily living, but that stopped short of high tech. “[Helga] was looking for more storage in the cabinets to be able to pull items off the top of the countertops and more usable counter space,” says Kim. “She likes to entertain guests while cooking but also wanted to feel part of the conservations.” But before ripping out everything and building with reckless abandon, Kim carefully considered how to renovate and modernize the kitchen while creating a space that blended seamlessly with the existing aesthetic, which included hardwood floors throughout and arts-and-crafts style exposed ceiling beams. The space, after all, is open to the dining area and living room and so it needed to make sense. “I wanted to keep the stove facing the breakfast
counter so that any conversation by family and guests would be easy for me to participate in,” notes Helga. Kim was tasked with designing the “casual country kitchen” that would take the home, which celebrates the past, into the future. “When we began this project, [Helga] brought me in a picture from the New York Times of the mayor’s brownstone kitchen and wanted to mirror that kitchen the best we could,” says Kim. “We used different wood and stain and door styles to give our client the look and feel that she was trying to achieve.” The cabinets became the cornerstone of the project. “I told Kim I wanted the upper cabinets white… even the door knobs have a white seaglass look,” says Helga. “The lower cabinets had to be a wood to complement our wide-board floors, which have a honey
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Compton’s Peter Derbyshire Woodworking, had removed and installed a new wall to accommodate the reconfiguration. To the trio’s delight, the cabinets’ fit was precise. Helga turned to the trusty reviews in Consumer Reports when it came to choosing a countertop surface and ultimately selected a Silestone quartz countertop – a solid, durable, bacteria-resistant product. She chose a gray hue to simulate the look of concrete she so admired. A practical decision as well as a budget-conscious one, the couple kept the existing appliances, which were still reliable and complemented the new aesthetic. For Helga, a successful kitchen would be one that was equally beautiful and functional. “The key to all of this was to move the fridge to the side to make it less visible and to have the microwave under the cabinet, therefore allowing for more counter space. The result is that my sink, fridge and stove are all in a triangle – great to work in. The bonus from moving the fridge was a pantry cabinet where I can keep all my food storage items handy to see and use,” she notes. “The new kitchen is a far more efficient use of space than the old,” adds Peter Derbyshire. “Without adding an inch of square footage they gained at least 50% more storage.” The builder was quick to note that Helga and Wally were ideal clients, and Kim a keen
designer, making for an extraordinary collaboration. “They asked all the right questions and listened to the answers. Kim worked well with them envisioning the final result. The whole project went smoothly due to the great communication between all parties involved.” Of course, even if function is the goal, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. “A warming drawer was definitely an element that [Helga] wanted to add into the kitchen for her dinner parties,” tells Kim. “We also added a trash and recycle cabinet, a lazy Susan for storage, large drawers for her linen and the most important item that she wanted, a tall pantry cabinet for canned food storage.” Each hope was realized by the project’s end. Helga says that working with Kim from the outset was easy and that the designer understood exactly what she wanted from the first time the two met. “My kitchen feels friendly and welcoming and despite the size, guests like to congregate in it,” she says. “I think the kitchen is great and it is what I had wanted. The proof was that my husband who does not cook nor do dishes would stand in the middle of the new kitchen and tell me how much he loves it!”
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provided by these two gentlemen. The resident Dining Service Committee, composed of residents and led by a Chairperson selected by the committee members, assists the Chef closely on menu planning. Martha Sherman, the Dining Services Committee Chairperson, has this to say about dining at Laurelmead: “It has been wonderful working with Jim and Ron; they do everything they can to please all of us and this is no easy task”. During the month of July, anyone interested in enjoying the same dining experiences of Laurelmead residents should schedule a visit for a tour of Laurelmead. After the tour, all visitors will receive a certificate for dinner for 4. If this is for you or someone you know, just call Diane Lamontagne at Laurelmead, 401-273-9550, to make your reservation. Don’t wait; there are a limited number of appointments!
Give your parents the gift of independence. You’ve wanted to visit Laurelmead Cooperative, now’s your chance. Come for a tour in July and receive a certificate for dinner for 4. Appointments and reservations are necessary. Call Diane at 273-9550, ext. 142 to schedule your visit today.
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Blaze a Trail
Discover coastal wineries right here in your backyard “Wining and dining” on the New England coastline probably conjures images of fresh fish, clam boils and lobster bakes. What may be a surprise is that New England does a fine job with the “wine” part as well. Southern New England has a unique micro-climate that is conducive to producing certain types of wine – particularly white and sparkling. The Southeastern New England Wine Growing Appellation (a region where grapes for wine are grown) stretches from Cape Cod through the southern coasts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. At the heart of this region lies the Coastal Wine Trail – nine wineries from North Truro, MA to Westerly, RI. Six of the nine – three in Rhode Island and three in Massachusetts – are right here in the bay. Newport Vineyards in Middletown is a 60-acre vineyard on East Main Road (Rt. 138). Run by the Nunes family for several generations, grapes were first planted here in 1977. In addition to whites and reds, Newport Vineyards is known for its sparkling wines, dessert wines and hard ciders. The grounds include a sizable gift shop stocked with wine accessories, apparel, specialty foods, unique gifts and baskets. July events include “Shakespeare in the Vineyard:” on July 27 and 28, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Company will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the winery grounds. Patrons can bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy great acting, a beautiful setting, the sunset and – of course – wine by the glass. 909 East Main Road, Middletown. 401-8485161, www.newportvineyards.com. A five-minute drive east brings you to Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth. Located along the Sakonnet River, Greenvale has 24 acres of grapes on a farm that has been in the same family since 1863. The property is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the restoration of its 5,000 square foot Tasting Room – originally built as a stable in 1863 – has won awards for historic preservation and adaptive re-use. The vineyard holds Jazz Tastings every Saturday afternoon from May through November, where you can sample wines while listening to live music. 582 Wap-
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ping Road, Portsmouth. 401-847-3777, www.greenvale.com. Crossing the Sakonnet River will bring you to Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton. Founded in 1975 and situated on 115 acres, the vineyard produces a variety of wines including specialty wines like Ice Wine, Port and an award-winning sparkling wine. Thursday evenings are Summer Music Nights, where live music accompanies wine tasting and light fare from the on-site Coop Café. 162 West Main Road, Little Compton. 401-635-8486, www.sakonnetwine.com. Continuing the eastward trek into Massachusetts is Westport Rivers. Owned and operated by the Russell family, the 80-acre vineyard features a company store and art gallery in a historic 19th century farmhouse. The Summer Sunset Music Series runs on Friday nights through September 7; live entertainment will be featured from 6-8pm as the sun sets over the vineyard. It’s a picnic-style event, so pack some food or buy it from Wayne Gibson’s South Coast Local, who will be serving up a variety of BBQ. 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport. 800-993-9695, www.westportrivers.com. The new kid on the block is Coastal Vineyards in South Dartmouth and the proprietors did not get the typical start in winemaking. Dave Neilson’s love for agriculture, manufacturing and wine spurred him and his wife, Linda, to start Coastal Vineyards in 2004. They found a 14-acre parcel that had been farmed with corn, and over the next several years they prepared the soil, planted
vines and developed the necessary infrastructure. By late 2008, they had a full-functioning winery. The vineyard is located on a private road, so check the website for detailed directions before you go. 61 Pardon Hill Road, South Dartmouth. 774-202-4876, www.coastalvineyards.com. Running Brook in North Dartmouth rounds out the local leg of the tour. Azorean owners Pedro Teixeira and Manuel Morais founded the winery in 1998, although Manuel has “been planting grapes since 1975.” The vineyard grows a variety of grapes on eight acres in Dartmouth and thirteen in Westport. There is free live music every third Sunday of the month with the Mid-Life Crisis Band, and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. The Rhode Island Shakespeare Company will also be making an appearance here on July 13 and 14 with their presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 335 Old Fall River Road, North Dartmouth. 508-985-1998, www.runningbrookwine.com. As if the wine weren’t enough incentive to visit these fantastic vineyards, you could also win a prize. Pick up The Coastal Wine Trail Passport at any one of the wineries and have it stamped at each place you visit. Each stamp you collect will enter you in a higher-valued drawing, with eight stamps by the end of the year entering you in all four drawings, including one for a seven-night round trip from Boston to Bermuda on Norwegian Cruise Line. Summer is here, so get out there and explore. www. coastalwinetrail.com
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Anastasios Barakos on his brand of Spanish fusion How did Agave come to be? Our family-run business opened in 2010. We chose this location because we believe Bristol’s waterfront is a hidden gem, with its breathtaking view of the harbor and sunsets. The people and town are equally as charming. Is there a story behind the restaurant’s name? The name was chosen because of the incredible amount of tequilas we offer, some very rare. Tequila is made using the agave cactus.
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What type of menu do you offer to go along with all that tequila? We have always loved Spanish food from around the world, so we decided to bring a culinary experience to Bristol that was lacking. Spanish fusion was created to wake the East Bay palate with an explosion of different flavors from around the world, as well as local favorites. The menu is always evolving. We have specials every week that are sure to entice. Which menu items are most popular? We have some cult favorites like our seafood paella, choice angus steaks and signature fajitas. How long have you been in the kitchen? Our family has been in the culinary arts for two generations and have trained
with five star chefs from New York and Chicago. Are you offering any specials this summer? Yes, we offer daily drink specials all summer long. Speaking of drinks, what pairs best with Spanish fusion? Our Spanish fusion comprises Argentinian, Portuguese, Spanish and Mexican all-in-one and is mixed with what we call “American with a Spanish flair.” What could be better than enjoying any one of our dishes with one of our famous sangrias? Or have an ice cold beer from one of our frozen beer towers with any of our New England favorites. How does your restaurant give back to the community? We use produce from local farms as well as seafood from local fishermen. Our family is local to Bristol and Barrington and we are very involved in the community from hosting charities, to donating to local churches and organizations, to sponsoring local athletic teams.
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The British Are Coming
This pub offers warm hospitality and cold brews There’s a new pub
in Bristol, a town that already has its fair share of bars. The latest to open, the British Beer Company, challenges folks to stop in and “find out what a real pub is all about.” Having been to some “real pubs” in Ireland and the UK, I thought I’d see what this local chain - there are 10 locations in Massachusetts - had to offer. The Bristol location is on State Street, right next door to Persimmon and a couple doors over from the popular Judge Roy Bean. The design of British Beer Company, both exterior and interior, certainly has a pub feel to it. It might not be completely authentic, but the exterior façade is nicely painted like a traditional pub and the interior woodwork looks great. Since British pubs are gathering places for entire communities, including family members of all ages, I went to the British Beer Company with some extended family. There were five adults and two young children in our group, and we weren’t the only party in the restaurant with kids in tow. I should note that the
seating is almost entirely bar stools and high-top tables, which was a little tough for the youngest in our group. There is one small booth in the back of the restaurant, if hightops or bar seats aren’t your thing. I don’t think I’ve ever been greeted with as much genuine warmth and helpfulness as we were at British Beer Company, at least not outside of Ireland. The manager and staff wanted to find the right table for us, make sure we had the chairs and booster seats we needed and immediately brought us snacks (CheezIts) for the children and a variety of beer samples for the adults. To say they were hugely accommodating might even be an understatement. In addition to the hospitality, there is also an assortment of games laid out around the restaurant if you’d like something to pass the time. I saw dominos, backgammon, Jenga, Yahtzee and cribbage available. There are several televisions around the pub; thankfully none of them were blaringly loud. I was expecting at least one of them to be turned to
a soccer match though. As you might expect at a place calling itself British Beer Company, there’s a lot of beer available. I counted about 18 taps and over 30 bottles. A lot of it is from Britain, though there are a few domestic selections as well. There are some really great beers here, a few of the usual brews, but a lot of the beers you wouldn’t find in most bars. I had a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Fuller’s London Porter and Wells’ Bombardier, as well as a taste of my wife’s Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. The beers are offered in 12-, 16- and 20-ounce servings and all of the ones I had were excellent. There is also a list of cocktails and some wine by the glass. But I was at the British Beer Company, so what else was I going to drink but beer? Bristol’s British Beer Company location has a limited pub food menu. We ordered five of the six menu items and told our server we were going to share. As another show of great service, the kitchen went ahead and portioned out all the meals so that each of us could get a taste of everything. The clear favorite of the table was the London Pride Pastrami ($8). It’s not going to beat out a real deli pastrami sandwich, but the combination of beer-steamed pastrami, mustard and multigrain bread made for a delicious dish. The Newcastle Ale Chili ($8) was also a popular item at our table. It’s not a particularly spicy chili; it had great flavor and came with a gener-
ous helping of tortilla chips to make for a happy salt and beer combo. Thinking the chili would be even better on hot dog, we also ordered the Big Arse Chili Dog ($7). The Shepard’s Pie ($10) was a hearty dish though it didn’t seem to meet most people’s expectations of Shepard’s Pie. Lastly, we had the Chicken Pesto Panini ($8) which was also served on multigrain bread and seemed to be second favorite after the Pastrami. Ultimately, we proved that soup (Chili) and sandwiches were the most successful pub food. The sandwiches came with bags of Cape Cod potato chips and the very helpful staff made sure we had extra bags for the kids. Overall, I liked the British Beer Company. A big reason for that was the wonderful service and just generally pleasant disposition of everyone working there that served us. I did feel it lived up to its billing as a pub. I would happily stop in again for a really great beer and a quick bite, and maybe a game of cribbage.
British Beer Company 29 State Street Bristol 401-253-6700 britishbeer.com/local/bristol
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AGAVE 805 Hope Street; 401-2561566. 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 $$-$$$
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 Japanese décor, and of course, the sushi and hibachi menus. LD $$
JACKY’S GALAXIE 383 Metacom Avenue; 401-253-8818. Jacky’s offers a taste of Asia, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese. Enjoy traditional recipes combined with modern technique and flair for a unique dining experience. LD $-$$
Tyler Point Grille 32 Barton Avenue, Barrington; 401-247-0017. With its nautical décor and open-air kitchen, Tyler Point Grille serves up contemporary Italian fare and classic seafood in a relaxed waterfront setting. You can even arrive by boat. D $-$$$
Barrington BILLY’S 286 Maple Avenue; 401-2892888. Billy’s creates a warm, inviting family atmosphere and ensures the finest quality ingredients in everything from fresh salads to juicy burgers to pizzas and Italian entrees. Full bar available. D $-$$ 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 $-$$ ToNG-D 156 County Road; 401-2892998. Curry lovers and Asian food fanatics will go crazy for this authentic Thai restaurant. For great food and service in an upscale yet comfortable atmosphere, try Tong-D. LD $$
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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 $-$$$ LoBSTER PoT 119 Hope Street; 401253-9100. Serving up delicious seafood alongside Bristol Harbor since 1929, Lobster Pot has been written about in Bon Appetite and Yankee Magazine. Come by for lunch or dinner and see why. LD $$-$$$ THAMES WATERSIDE BAR & GRILL 251 Thames Street; 401-253-4523. Enjoy all your seafood and pub favorites – from lobster rolls to half-pound burgers, from pizzas to pastas – in an incomparable waterfront setting overlooking Bristol Harbor. LD $-$$
B breakfast Br brunch L lunch D dinner $ under 10 $$ 10–20 $$$ 20+
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 $-$$
Portsmouth 15 PoINT RoAD 15 Point Road; 401683-3138. If you’re not too entranced by the breathtaking view of the Sakonnet River, be sure to try the seafood, poultry and beef dishes that make up 15 Point’s signature selection. Traditional yet innovative cuisine at its best. D $$-$$$ FIELDSToNES GRILLE 980 East Main Road; 401-293-5200. The casual and lively atmosphere of Fieldstones is perfect for family dining, seven days a week. Choose from pizzas, pasta, seafood, steaks or their specialty fajitas, all made with the freshest ingredients. LD $-$$
Providence CAV 14 Imperial Place; 401-751-9164. The New York Times’ choice as one of Providence’s five best restaurants, CAV’s contemporary award-winning cuisine is available for lunch and din-
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DEWoLF TAVERN 259 Thames Street; 401-254-2005. Serving contemporary American cuisine in a historic waterfront setting, DeWolf Tavern is consistently ranked among the best restaurants in New England, and has been nominated for several James Beard Awards. BLD $$-$$$
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ner daily. They also feature Saturday/ Sunday brunch. BrLD $$-$$$
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 $-$$$ oLD GRIST MILL TAVERN 390 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk; 508-3368460. Built in 1745, the Old Grist Mill offers classic New England dishes to match the atmosphere. Come to the river’s edge for legendary crab cakes and lobster. LD $-$$$
TICKLE’S TEA RooM 2219 Grand Army Highway (Rte. 6); 508-3790717. 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 $
Tiverton BLACK GooSE CAFE 2160 Main Road; 401-816-0882. Enjoy your iced coffee or glass of wine on the deck
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TRAFFoRD 285 Water Street; 401289-2265. While the bright interior space and beautiful waterfront deck 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 $-$$$
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THE SuNNYSIDE 267 Water Street; 401-247-1200. Daytime dining goes gourmet. Featuring innovative dishes and local ingredients served in a refined but relaxed atmosphere, this cozy waterfront favorite brings nighttime sophistication into the sunshine. BBrL $-$$ 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 $-$$$
Westport MARGuERITE’S 778 Main Road; 508636-3040. Chef Trafford Kane infuses classic New England comfort food with the flair of the Southwest and California. It’s no wonder Marguerite’s boasts about their “fresh ingredients, fresh air, fresh food.” BLD $-$$
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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 $-$$$
of this quaint cafe where breakfast is served all day. Try a creative sandwich (gluten free bread available) or homemade dessert with a glass of wine. BLD, $-$$.
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July 26 FEATURED ARTISTS
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Simone Renee Spruce-Torres
Contemporary representational artist Simone Renee Spruce-Torres is a contemporary representational artist who creates a rich variety of multicultural portraits and figures placed in distinctive interiors and exteriors, creating a sense of time and place to engage her audience. Her mediums of choice are acrylic paint and graphite pencil. Spruce-Torres has exhibited in galleries, as well as museums, colleges and universities, art centers, libraries and churches. Roger Williams Art Gallery | One Old Ferry Road | Bristol
Virginia Delgado Street photographer
Virginia Delgado is a street photographer in the classical tradition. She works exclusively with black and white film and produces her own prints. She has photographed scenes from everyday life around the world for the past ten years. Her images have been called “timeless,” with scenes from Naples, Buenos Aires, London, Montevideo, and New York, among others. Byfield School Building | 220 High St | Bristol
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July from previous page July 6-9: Sailing back into the Newport Harbor are the Ocean State Tall Ships. The historic scenery of the Newport waterfront complements the majesty and elegance of the 11 historic ships scheduled to participate in the event. Attendants are allowed to board these ships with the price of admission, which ranges from $12.50-$25 for adults and $7.50-$15 for children. Enjoy food, music, exhibits and family entertainment. On July 6, a captains’ toast commences at 6pm and goes until 10pm. On July 7 and 8, the festival continues with a crew/cadet soccer tournament. On July 8, the crew/cadet cook out will be followed by a Navy band concert. Day sails aboard vessels will be offered each day. Perrotti Park, America’s Cup Avenue, Newport. 401-847-6787, www. oceanstatetallships.com. July 1-29 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, www.artstablegallery.com. July 1-31 During summer, the Donovan Gallery is open seven days a week, featuring an ever-changing exhibit of contemporary New England fine art. 10am-5pm; 12pm-5pm Sundays. 3895 Main Road, Tiverton. 401-624-4000, www.donovangallery.com. July 2-31 Get your kids out and active this summer with Summer Vacation Camp at Blithewold. Take your pick of Patriotic, Life at Sea, Magical Mystical, Fun & Fitness, Junior Picasso, Green Thumbs, Explorers or Theatrical Week. $28-45 per day or $112-160 per week. 10am-1pm. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-2707, www. blithewold.org. July 3-31 For some much-needed stress relief, join the Sandywoods team and instructor Nikolai Blinow every Tuesday for mindful Hatha Yoga. $12. 7-8:30pm. The Yellow Building, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-2417349, www.sandywoodsfarm.org.
July 4 Don’t miss Bristol’s 4th of July Parade, happening around Hope Street and High Street. Free. 10:30am-1:30pm. Hope and High Street, Bristol. 401-2536948, www.rogersfreelibrary.org. July 5, 12, 19 & 26 Sakonnet Vineyards once again hosts its Summer Music Nights, featuring the bands Elderly Brothers, Abbey Rhode, Summer School and Toph and Tom. $10/carload. 6-8pm. 162 West Main Road, Little Compton. 401-635-8486, www.sakonnetwine.com. July 5-28 Build an appreciation for the great outdoors through Audubon Summer Adventures for the little ones. Wednesday to Saturday of every week the center will hold critter talks, tide pool explorations, nature walks and crafts. $4-6. 10am-2pm. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-949-5454, www.asri.org. July 6, 14 & 20 The 2012 Sandywoods Music Series offers an extensive selection of musical genres, including bluegrass (July 6), rock and folk (July 14) and hip-hop (July 20). Shows are BYOB and food. Check online for times and prices. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-241-7349, www.sandywoodsfarm.org. July 6-27 Individuals looking to sharpen their computer skills should attend the Tiverton Public Library’s Computer DropIn Sessions. Free. Fridays 2-4pm. 238 Highland Road, Tiverton. 401-625-6796, www.tivertonlibrary.org. July 7 Beat the Summertime Blues at the seasonal art exhibit at Gallery Eleven in Bristol, which features original works by local artists. 11 State Street, Bristol. 401396-9311, www.galleryelevenfineart.com. July 7- 28 Take the whole family to Breakfast in the Barnyard happening every Saturday. Feed Coggeshall Farm’s rare breed livestock, brush the cows and then help cook Jonnycakes on a 1790s hearth. $5-8. 9-10:30am. Poppasquash Road, Bristol. 401-253-9062, www.coggeshallfarm.org.
Go On, Take a Peek July 21-22: Rhode Island’s natural world often inspires creativity in artists. The 9th annual South Coast Artists Studio Tour encourages you to experience both environmental beauty and artistic creations. This self-guided tour brings you to the studios of 73 exhibiting artists living and working throughout Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth. Many artists on the tour will be demonstrating how to create their one-of-akind artwork. Visitors can expect a wide range of artistic mediums, including wood, paper, jewelry, shells, oil and so much more. Whether you need an excuse to explore Rhode Island’s natural beauty, or simply hope to see handmade artwork, the South Coast Artists Studio Tour promises a family-friendly good time. Check online for a tour map. www.southcoastartists.org.
July 7-28 From now through October, shop outdoors every Saturday at the Mount Hope Farm Summer Farmer’s Market. Pick up veggies, flowers, fruit, meat, seafood, prepared foods and more, while enjoying live music and demonstrations. 9am-12pm. 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol. www.mounthopefarm.org. July 7-30 Explore the Linden Place’s newest exhibit China Syndrome, featuring Chinese patterns, dishes and glassware of the DeWolf family - some dating back to
the 1700s. 500 Hope Street, Bristol. 401253-0390, www.lindenplace.org. July 8 The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo Atwater-Donnelley puts on a concert outside the Barrington Town Hall. Free. 6-7:30pm. 283 County Road, Barrington. 401-247-1925, www.atwaterdonnelly.com. July 11 & 18 Gather for the beautiful waterfront sunset and a celebration of street performances and art at the Newport
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July 21-22 The Mount Hope Farm hosts the Artisan Fair for a whole weekend, featuring local artwork and other such crafts. $5-6. 10am-5pm. 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol. 401-924-2904, www.mounthopefarm.org.
July 11-29 For a theatrical evening catch 2nd Story Theatre’s Rebecca, playing Wednesday to Sunday of each week. Check online for show times. $25. 7 or 8pm. 28 Market Street, Warren. 401-247-4200, www.2ndstorytheatre.com.
July 23-27 Need some time away from your kids? Send them to a free Theatre Camp for Kids at Four Corners Arts Center. 9am12pm ages 7-9; 1pm-4pm ages 10-12. 3852 Main Road, Tiverton. 401-6242600, www.fourcornersarts.org.
July 12-31 Catch Joan Backes’ Bamboo House, made entirely of bamboo reed and recycled paper, at Dedee Shattuck’s Gallery. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. 1 Partners Lane, Westport. 508-636-4177, www.dedeeshattuckgallery.com.
July 25 Soak up the sun at Music at Sunset featuring the band Superchief Trio. Event is BYOB and food, or you can pay a bit more to be served drinks and hors d’oeuvres. $10-15 or $25-30. 5-8pm. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-2707, www. blithewold.org.
July 14 & 15 Celebrate indigenous artists and their work at the Cultural Survival Bazaar, an event featuring cultural presentations, short films, music and more. Free. 3852 Main Road, Tiverton. 401-624-2600, www.tivertonfourcorners.com.
July 27 Join the Prudence Island Garden Tour to explore the island’s cultural and natural history while visiting some lush summer gardens kept by the island residents. $12-16. 9:45am-4:30pm. Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island. 401949-5454, www.asri.org.
July 21 Create beautiful necklaces and earrings at the Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop, where participants quickly and easily learn how to turn sea glass into jewelry. $12-15. 10-11:30am. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street. 401-949-5454, www.asri.org.
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July 21 Now in its 25th year, the Annual Tiverton Four Corners Arts & Artisan Festival returns to showcase local and regional artists. Festival features over 60 vendors, ranging from handmade body care to photography. Free. 10am-4pm. 3852 Main Road, Tiverton. 401-6242600, www.tivertonfourcorners.com. July 21 On the third Saturday of each month, artist Mika Seeger invites you to visit her Open Studio, where you may catch a demonstration or workshop. Free. 10am-4pm. 60 Terra Verde, Tiverton. 401-297-9311, www.mikaseeger.yolasite.com.
July 27 Join Audubon naturalists around a campfire to enjoy the wonders of the night sky at Stars and S’mores. Experts will discuss visible constellations and cultural explanations. $10-12. 8-9:30pm. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. 401949-5454, www.asri.org.
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Mixing shape, color and the natural world Kathrine Lovell’s path as an artist was inevitable – honed and shaped with certainty like the countless stones her mother’s ancestors cut for cathedrals in 16th century England. Lovell, 50, owner/operator/creative force of Kathrine Lovell Studio & Gallery in The Mill Pond Shops on Main Road in Tiverton, has cultivated a colorful style of uniquely patterned work that various store chains clamor to market. With stops in Sydney, Australia and New Jersey along the way, Lovell works out of a magnificently wide open rustic studio surrounded by the natural in-flight elements which catch her ever-widening eyes. Sometimes, art is on jeans. Other times, it is in genes. Lovell’s mother, a fierce watercolorist, was her strongest influence. Her father was a crystallographer, who studied the structure of elements. There have been artists and entrepreneurs in her family for centuries. “On my mother’s side, they emigrated from France to England to carve stone for cathedrals in the 16th century. My great grandfather had a business selling his paintings to his classmates in grammar school,” says Kathrine. “The other students thought his paints were magic because his work was better than their own.” “Everyone in our family has had some kind of leaning towards the visual arts,” Lovell explains. “My great-great grandmother had a department store in England and would go to Paris to copy the latest fashions, which she drew, made the patterns, and created for her store. That was in the 1800s. My uncle was a graphic designer in England. He helped re-brand many popular products after WWII, and his brother was a very good painter.” All of that artistry, she feels, is in her blood. “I finally feel as if I am hitting my stride and being the artist I hoped I would be – a culmination of all the centuries of artists’ experiences in my family.” Art “hit” her before she knew what it was. “I drew all the time as a kid, made up stories for myself with pictures. In fourth grade I remember doing other kids’ art projects for them because I couldn’t get enough just doing my own. When I was about 10, my mother let me paint with her, using her paints. It was very exciting,” she adds. “I loved the feeling of the brush and mixing color, watching the paint pour off the brush onto the paper.
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I still am crazy about that.” Art helped her learn to read, beginning with a fascination for Alice in Wonderland, her first self-read child’s book. “The biggest part to being an artist is seeing, and I have been looking and looking all my life. My father says as soon as I was born, my eyes were wide open and looking around,” says Lovell. Van Gogh helped her to think about manipulating paint to create form; Pierre Bonnard showed her patterns and flat vs. volumetric imagery; Wayne Thiebault splashed her with “color, color, color, and layering to make color;” Louise Bourgeois got in her head about how to be a woman with a clear artistic voice, as did Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. “When I was at art school, I had painting teachers who didn’t feel it was worth their time teaching women. The men had a lot of power over what we were painting and thinking about, and it was still hard for women in those days to make themselves known,” she says. It took decades to figure out her own style, experimenting, drawing, making large format pastels (really big, somewhat abstract landscapes in very vivid, rich colors) then assemblage experiments which led to interesting pattern formations. She always liked to address interesting surfaces. “I remember painting a clementine that was half peeled. It was on a very crackly blue background, and I thought that I had started something for myself. The painting was only six inches square. I had a great feeling of the image pushing and pulling and being very interested in how my measured marks worked against the random background.
I like to work in acrylics because I am a very fast painter. I don’t like waiting for oils to dry. The body of my work is in acrylics. I save watercolor for when I am on vacation. Painting landscapes is a great way to experience a place.” She starts with a very smooth surface, usually birch plywood. Then she makes the surface rough with layers of paint and crackling. She sands, layers colors, then often grids out the surface and starts to draw patterns. “Painting the patterns helps me sort out what the picture will be. I rarely know what the final image will be when I start, but sometimes it is very clear,” she says. Kathrine describes her style as: “Quiet, orderly, natural elements combined with geometric patterning, subtle color.” A publisher in Vermont reproduces her work as posters and licenses it to companies, placing her art onto many products. Reproductions of her work have been sold in Trader Joe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, Kohl’s, and – starting this summer – Target. “It is very exciting to walk into a store and see my work. It is exciting to see my work being sold around the world. It’s funny to see descriptions written in other languages,” she says. “I work really hard. I think the public may think that the life of an artist is all about lounging around waiting for a creative moment to happen. But it is my job. Being an artist is being a business. Patience is not just a virtue, but also an essential tool. Some aspects of my career have taken years and years to achieve. My best piece is always the one I am working on right now. I always strive to be better at what I do.” www.klovell.com.
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The term “American folk music” may conjure up images of Woody Guthrie, Peter, Paul and Mary and Pete Seeger, but for Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly – the married couple behind the folk band Atwater-Donnelly – the genre means something quite different. Songs like “The Blackest Crow” and “Spanish Lady” supplant “This Little Light of Mine,” “If I Had a Hammer” and all the other songs you used to sing in grade school. This is not your father’s folk music; it’s your great-grandfather’s. The duo plays the traditional folk music that has long since been drowned out by the more mainstream tunes that have arisen in the past half-century. The jams at an Atwater-Donnelly concert can often boast no date of origin; some have been traced back a full 1,000 years. A folk song becomes a classic when everyone forgets who wrote it originally, Aubrey says. The two have not shied away from marking their place in the unique history of these genres. Aubrey says they are always trying to add their own unique flair to each song, but are also cautious never to deviate enough from the original for it to lose its soul. With 10 albums of music recorded, the duo is certainly helping to keep these songs vibrant in perpetuity. Nevertheless, for songs written centuries ago, Atwater-Donnelly manages to connect with a 21st century audience more accustomed to an ever-changing
list of billboard hits than the tried and true classics attributable only to our ancestors. The two now tour around the country together regularly, travelling to venues that feature their unique abilities. Also, Aubrey has been known to drop her instruments and break it down with some “clogging,” a traditional form of dance, which could have been the freak dance of its time. Aubrey says American folk music has touches of Irish, English and Scottish influence, with a particular debt to AfricanAmerican culture. The huge range of influences along with the wide breadth of material, made available to them over the course of a millennium of song writing, means the team is always learning new music. Touring around the country, they meet other performers, who teach them new songs, allowing them to keep their set list perpetually evolving. Atwater-Donnelly is playing a number of shows throughout Rhode Island in July, starting with performance on the Barrington Town Hall Lawn on July 8. With Atwater-Donnelly’s help, it is possible that these songs could last another millennium. After all, the duo is uniquely placed to testify to the power of the music. Their musical bond gave way to a stronger connection that led to their marriage only a few years after they began performing together. The rest, they say, is history. www.atwater-donnelly.com/
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purpose of these days is for local retail stores or manufacturers to grow their customer base by allowing consumers to test out the merchandise in the water. Whether it is a boat, kayak, paddle board, surfboard or any other toy that floats, Demo Days are a great way for people to really get the feel for a big ticket item before shelling out the dough on the hopes of picking the right model for themselves by chance. However, those who have “creative living” experience, aka those who can stretch the most out of a dollar by knowing every restaurant deal schedule in town and practice the skillful art of coupon clipping, should look into adding Demo Days into their summer routines. Simply by doing an online search,
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