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Contents Photography: (L) Kate Kelley (R) Irina Degtyarova

September 2011

23 This Month 19 A Visionary Lives On

31 29 Live Well The latest in canine couture 31 Shop Around 32 Style Connoisseur

Art education in the name of a Hollywood legend

23 A Taste of What’s New The latest in dining destinations

Every Month 5 Editor’s Note 7 The Bay List

35 Taste A seaside spot in South Dartmouth 37 Drink 39 Taste Connoisseur 40 Review 42 Dining Guide

45 Gallery The ultimate food and wine event 46 Calendar 48 Artistry 49 On Stage

50 Just Add Water The best seats in town

13 The Buzz Preserving Warren’s mill culture 14 Buzz 16 Bay Views

On the Cover: photography by Kate Kelley. Shot on location at the Wharf Tavern in Warren.

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Editor’s Note Take a Bite The end of summer is bittersweet. On one hand, there won’t be much more sunning on a warm beach (unless you take a plane to get to one) until next year. But on the other hand, that means bathing suit season is over for ten more months – and just in time, too, because there are a lot of new flavors in town, and they’re all worth sampling. This month, we take a look at what’s happening on the local culinary landscape. From the bustling new dining scene in Warren to a venerable Swansea institution that’s getting a facelift, we’ve got the scoop on what you should be eating right now. Also this month, we take a sip of

Where the east Bay meets the Left Bank a specialty cocktail that you can only make in September in Drink, get The Buzz on an exhibition that commemorates the East Bay’s industrial history, and travel back in time On Stage at a Renaissance faire. We also visit the home of the Anthony Quinn Foundation, which makes arts education possible for local youth. Enjoy the month.

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Account Managers Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Nicole Greenspun Nellie Lima Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Sharon Sylvester Jessica Webb Illustrators Ashley MacLure Photographers Amy Amerantes Irina Degtyarova Judith Gardner

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The Local Taste On Sunday, October 23, Linden Place opens its doors for the Taste of Bristol and Beyond. This elegant event includes samples from dozens of East Bay restaurants and caterers, as well as wine tastings from around the world and great local craft brews. Music will be provided by pianist Michael DiMucci and the Rockin’ Soul Horns. Guests will

have a chance to win amazing prizes, including a dinner for eight in the mansion. Reservations are limited for this spectacular event so get yours before they run out. Tickets are $50 per-person in advance and $60 at the door and can be purchased by emailing info@lindenplace.org. 500 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-253-0390, www.lindenplace.org

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back the Warren Walkabout, featuring open artist studios, sidewalk shopping, and food sampling at town restaurants by the Taste of Warren. Free trolley rides with Viking Trolley will be provided at the locations of Water Street, Main Street, the Fire House on Railroad Avenue and the Cutler Mill District. If all of that wasn’t enough, Frerich’s Farm will be giving hayrides all afternoon. The event runs from noon to 5pm and promises to provide all of the charm this historic district has to offer. For more information, call 401-297-9412.

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frown lines are just not me Dysport® is a prescription injection for temporary improvement in the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults less than 65 years of age.

Important Safety Information What is the most important information you should know about Dysport? Spread of Toxin Effects: In some cases, the effects of Dysport and all botulinum toxin products may affect areas of the body away from the injection site. These effects can cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. Symptoms of botulism can happen hours to weeks after injection and may include swallowing and breathing problems, loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, or loss of bladder control. Swallowing and breathing problems can be life threatening and there have been reports of death. The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children and adults treated for muscle spasms, particularly in those patients who have underlying medical conditions that could make these symptoms more likely. The toxic effects have been reported at doses similar to those used to treat muscle spasms in the neck. Lower doses, in both approved and unapproved uses, have also caused toxic effects. This includes treatment of children and adults for muscle spasms. These effects could make it unsafe for you to drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities. Do not have Dysport treatment if you: are allergic to Dysport or any of its

ingredients (see the end of the Medication Guide for a list of ingredients), are allergic to cow’s milk protein, had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Botox,® or have a skin infection at the planned injection site. The dose of Dysport is not the same as the dose of any other botulinum toxin product. The dose of Dysport cannot be compared to the dose of any other botulinum toxin product you may have used. Dysport may not be right for you if: you have surgical changes to your face, very weak muscles in the treatment area, your face looks very different from side to side, the injection site is inflamed, you have droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds, deep facial scars, thick oily skin, or if your wrinkles can’t be smoothed by spreading them apart. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have: a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome), allergies to any botulinum toxin product or had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past, a breathing problem (such as asthma or emphysema), swallowing problems, bleeding problems, diabetes, a slow heart beat or other problem with your heart rate or rhythm, plans to have surgery, had surgery on your face, weakness of your forehead muscles (such as trouble raising your eyebrows), drooping eyelids, or any other change in the way your face normally looks. Patients with a disease that affects muscles and nerves who are treated with typical doses of Dysport may have a higher risk of serious side effects, including severe swallowing and breathing problems.


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The dose of Dysport is not the same as or comparable to the dose of any other botulinum toxin product. Ask your doctor if Dysport is right for you. Visit www.DysportUSA.com for details.

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Human Albumin This product contains albumin taken from human plasma. Steps taken during donor screening and product manufacturing processes make the risk of spreading viral diseases extremely rare. In theory, there is also an extremely rare risk of contracting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). No cases of spread of viral diseases or CJD have ever been reported for albumin. Allergic Reaction to Injecting in the Skin It is not known if an allergic reaction can be caused by injecting Dysport into the skin. The safety of treating excessive sweating with Dysport is not known. Common Side Effects The most common side effects are nose and throat irritation, headache, injection site pain, injection site skin reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, eyelid swelling, eyelid drooping, sinus inflammation, and nausea. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal and other natural products. Using Dysport with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines while taking Dysport without talking to your doctor first.

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Especially tell your doctor if you: have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months, have received injections of botulinum toxin, such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB) or Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) in the past (be You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received), have recently received to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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MEDICATION GUIDE Dysport ® (DIS-port) (abobotulinumtoxinA) Injection Read the Medication Guide that comes with Dysport before you start using it and each time Dysport is given to you. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment. You should share this information with your family members and caregivers. What is the most important information I should know about Dysport ? Dysport may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems after treatment with Dysport : • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing. These problems can happen hours to weeks after an injection of Dysport usually because the muscles that you use to breathe and swallow can become weak after the injection. Death can happen as a complication if you have severe problems with swallowing or breathing after treatment with Dysport. • People with certain breathing problems may need to use muscles in their neck to help them breathe. These patients may be at greater risk for serious breathing problems with Dysport. • Swallowing problems may last for several weeks. People who can not swallow well may need a feeding tube to receive food and water. If swallowing problems are severe, food or liquids may go into your lungs. People who already have swallowing or breathing problems before receiving Dysport have the highest risk of getting these problems. • Spread of toxin effects. In some cases, the effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas of the body away from the injection site and cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. The symptoms of botulism include: • loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body • double vision • blurred vision and drooping eyelids • hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia) • trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria) • loss of bladder control • trouble breathing • trouble swallowing These symptoms can happen hours to weeks after you receive an injection of Dysport. These problems could make it unsafe for you to drive a car or do other dangerous activities. See “What should I avoid while receiving Dysport ?”. What is Dysport ? Dysport is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used:

• to treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in adults • to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults younger than 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary) CD is caused by muscle spasms in the neck. These spasms cause abnormal position of the head and often neck pain. After Dysport is injected into muscles, those muscles are weakened for up to 12 to 16 weeks or longer. This may help lessen your symptoms. Frown lines (wrinkles) happen because the muscles that control facial expression are used often (muscle tightening over and over). After Dysport is injected into the muscles that control facial expression, the medicine stops the tightening of these muscles for up to 4 months. It is not known whether Dysport is safe or effective in children under 18 years of age. It is not known whether Dysport is safe or effective for the treatment of other types of muscle spasms. It is not known whether Dysport  is safe or effective for the treatment of other wrinkles. Who should not take Dysport ? Do not take Dysport if you: • are allergic to Dysport or any of the ingredients in Dysport. See the end of this Medication Guide for a list of ingredients in Dysport • are allergic to cow’s milk protein • had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc®* or Botox®* • have a skin infection at the planned injection site What should I tell my doctor before taking Dysport ? Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have: • a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome). See “What is the most important information I should know about Dysport ?” • allergies to any botulinum toxin product • had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past • a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema • swallowing problems • bleeding problems • diabetes • a slow heart beat or other problem with your heart rate or rhythm • plans to have surgery • had surgery on your face • weakness of your forehead muscles (such as trouble raising your eyebrows) • drooping eyelids

• any other change in the way your face normally looks Tell your doctor if you: • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Dysport can harm your unborn baby • are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. It is not known if Dysport passes into breast milk Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal and other natural products. Using Dysport with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines while taking Dysport without talking to your doctor first. Especially tell your doctor if you: • have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months • have received injections of botulinum toxin, such as Myobloc® (Botulinum Toxin Type B)* or Botox® (Botulinum Toxin Type A)* in the past; be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received • have recently received an antibiotic by injection • take muscle relaxants • take an allergy or cold medicine • take a sleep medicine Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is one that is listed above. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine. How should I take Dysport ? • Dysport is an injection that your doctor will give you • Dysport is injected into the affected muscles • Your doctor may give you another dose of Dysport after 12 weeks or longer, if it is needed • If you are being treated for CD, your doctor may change your dose of Dysport, until you and your doctor find the best dose for you • The dose of Dysport is not the same as the dose of any other botulinum toxin product What should I avoid while taking Dysport ? Dysport may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, blurred vision, or drooping eyelids within hours to weeks of taking Dysport. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities. See “What is the most important information I should know about Dysport ?” What are the possible side effects of Dysport ? Dysport can cause serious side effects. See “What is the most important information I should know about Dysport ?”


Other side effects of Dysport include: • dry mouth • injection site discomfort or pain • tiredness • headache • neck pain • muscle pain • eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, problems with focusing the eyes (accommodation), drooping eyelids, swelling of the eyelids • allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Dysport may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get wheezing or asthma symptoms, or if you get dizzy or faint Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Dysport. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. General information about Dysport : Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Dysport. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Dysport that is written for healthcare professionals. For more information about Dysport call 877-397-7671 or go to www.Dysport.com or www.DysportUSA.com. What are the ingredients in Dysport ? Active ingredient: (botulinum toxin Type A) Inactive ingredients: human albumin, and lactose. Dysport may contain cow’s milk protein. Issued May 2009 This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Distributed by: Tercica, Inc. a subsidiary of the Ipsen Group Brisbane, CA 94005 and Medicis Aesthetics Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation Scottsdale, AZ 85256 * All trademarks are the property of their respective owners

Dysport Think Outside the Bo**x Terms & Conditions Dysport Think Outside the Bo**x is a coupon program that works by providing you a rebate limited to either $50 or $100 for one treatment with Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA). This offer is limited to patients over the age of 18 who receive a Dysport treatment for the temporary improvement in the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). To participate in this offer, you must receive a Dysport treatment between July 15 and September 30, 2011. If you have any questions about Dysport Think Outside the Bo**x, please call toll-free 866-222-1480. If you would like to check the status of your rebate check(s), visit www.rapid-rebates.com. Step 1: Dysport Treatment and a $50 Rebate (Total Rebate = $50) Receive a Dysport treatment between July 15 and September 30, 2011. Within 30 days after your treatment, you must: (1) sign up for Dysport Think Outside the Bo**x (at www.DysportUSA.com or through a self-mailer rebate form from your healthcare professional), and (2) mail your completed rebate redemption form with an itemized receipt for your treatment to the address found on the form. Credit card receipts will not be accepted. Your rebate submission must be postmarked within 30 days after the date of your treatment and no later than October 31, 2011, and must be received by November 30, 2011. Step 2 below is not required to participate in this offer or to receive a $50 rebate check. Step 2: Additional $50 Rebate (Total Rebate = $100) You are eligible for an additional $50 rebate check (total rebate = $100) if you purchased and received a treatment with Botox® Cosmetic at least 3 months and no more than one year before this Dysport treatment. To request the additional $50 rebate, you must: (1) follow the offer rules in Step 1 above, and (2) include in your Step 1 rebate submission a separate itemized receipt for your past Botox Cosmetic treatment. Credit card receipts will not be accepted. The treatment receipt for Botox Cosmetic must contain the following information: Botox Cosmetic name, doctor’s office address, date of treatment, and amount paid. Rebate requests will be denied if the itemized receipt shows treatment in any area outside of the approved indication (glabellar lines). Eligibility Rules You are eligible for this offer only if you paid for your entire treatment yourself and if no part of your treatment was covered by insurance or another third-party payor. This offer excludes any treatment that is reimbursed by Medicaid, Medicare, or other federal or state benefit programs, including state medical assistance programs. You are not eligible for this offer if your private insurance, HMO, or other health benefit program paid for all or part of your treatment. If any form of reimbursement is sought from a third-party, you may be required to disclose the value of this rebate to that party. This offer is available only to patients, excluding claims from Medicis employees and their spouses. This offer is non-transferable. Offer valid only in the U.S. excluding territories and void where prohibited by law. This offer is limited to one redemption per person and cannot be combined with any other Medicis offer or promotion. If you received a treatment as part of any other Dysport promotional offer, you may participate in Dysport Think Outside the Bo**x; however, you must wait at least 3 months between treatments. By submitting a rebate request, you agree to all terms and conditions of this offer and acknowledge that, in administering this program, Medicis may track your treatment activity and use your personal information to send correspondence in connection with this offer. Medicis reserves the right to verify treatment(s) and/or treatment receipt(s) received and/or submitted in response to this offer. Fraudulent claims are illegal and may be prosecuted. Medicis reserves the right to cancel or modify this offer without notice. All rebate requests become the property of Medicis and will not be returned. Medicis assumes no responsibility for lost, late, damaged, misdirected, misaddressed, incomplete or postage-due requests that fail to be properly delivered to the address stated on the rebate redemption form for any reason. Rebate checks will be issued in U.S. dollars only. Rebate checks and coupons are void if not cashed or used within 60 days.


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Mill Culture Remembered In the mid-19th century, the textile industry created a population boom in Warren; immigrants who had previously been unable to find work built a new life there. The mills of Warren were known across the country for their high-quality goods, and as one of the largest complexes in Rhode Island, Warren Goods was a huge draw to bring workers to the Ocean State. These companies are long closed, but represent a history of the people and the town. Concerned with remembering the importance of these workers, artist Deborah Baronas assembled The Warren Mills Project, an exhibi-

tion of photos, maps, artifacts and her personal artwork portraying this once-thriving culture. Historian Rick Greenwood will speak about the three mills remaining today, discussing how the work culture played into the town’s identity, the sad turn of events that closed down the mills and how these buildings are being reshaped today. This stunning blend of art and history is showing now through October 30 at the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket. 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket. 401769-WORK, www.rihs.org/museums_mwc.html –Samantha Gaus

LITERARY EVENT

Poetry In Motion Former two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and best-selling author Billy Collins will visit Roger Williams University on September 6 to discuss his critically acclaimed book, Sailing Alone Around the Room, a collection of his selected works. As part of his presentation, Collins will offer a rare reading of his poem “The Names,” which he wrote as part of the U.S. Congress’ oneyear remembrance ceremony of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Billy Collins is famous for his witty but thought provoking poems on the

observation of the everyday. He is the recipient of many prestigious literary awards, including the Mark Twain Award for Humor in Poetry in 2005 and Poetry Magazine’s Poet of the Year in 1994. The presentation will take place at 7pm at the university’s Recreation Center Gymnasium on the Bristol Campus at One Old Ferry Road. Limited tickets to this free event will be made available to the public; to reserve a ticket, call 401-254-3210. –Rebekah Lindquist

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Put Your Pride On a Plate Leave it to Bristol to take patriotism to the plate – a license plate, that is. Thanks to the Fourth of July Committee, you can now bear your national allegiance on something truly American: your car. The five-digit plate is designed with a stars-and-stripes motif (of course) and also includes a “Bristol 4th of July” logo.  As the home of the oldest continuing Independence Day celebration in the country, Bristol has always been a symbol of patriotic festivities and its parade is a beloved Rhode Island tradition. A license plate paying homage

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to this important day is a creative way to commemorate your American pride and add an interesting detail to your vehicle. While approximately 275 orders have already been filled, the committee needs 900 to begin production, so now is the time to apply for one. Due to DMV regulations of letter size, the plate must be five characters or less and your car’s registration must be an “01” type plate. The fee for a set of two plates is $41.50. To order and view more details please visit www.july4thbristolri.com. -Devin Karambelas

Monetizing Mom Are you like me? Do you think you qualify as a digital mom because you have a Facebook page and a smart phone? Think – rather, tweet – again. Brown grad and Barrington native Audrey McClelland is redefining motherhood in the digital age. Caught between wanting to be a stay-at-home-mom and wanting to contribute to the household income, Audrey found a creative and lucrative way to have the best of both worlds. She started a blog, www.MomGenerations. com, which quickly became a booming business that lined up contracts with Estee Lauder, T.J. Maxx and Suave. Now

she’s sharing her social media secrets in The Digital Mom Handbook, a book recently released with co-author and fellow mommy blogger Colleen Padilla. A breezy and inspiring read, the book is full of tips on how to make money by tweeting, blogging and vlogging (that’s video blogging, for you novices). Even if you’re not interested in starting a digital career, it’s a great crash course on how to use social media. And if you’re really like me, you’ll never look at your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook accounts the same again. www.digitalmomhandbook.com. -Jeanette St. Pierre


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Bring your appetite and help “can hunger” on Sunday, September 11 with the East Bay Food Pantry at their annual Uncorked event. From 4-7pm, you can taste the wide array of fabulous food provided by local vendors, including (but not limited to) Pastiche and The Cheese Plate and enjoy the music of Trinity, an acoustic version of Band of Brothers. Now in its second year, the Bristol-based EBFP serves over 900 households in the East Bay area and has established several volunteer programs for families. Tickets for Uncorked, which will be held at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, are $35 per person or two for $60. Come enjoy some great food and entertainment as you help fight hunger in Rhode Island. 1 Burnside Street, Bristol. 401-396-9490, www. eastbayfoodpantry.org Join the Rhode Island chapter of March of Dimes on September 15 at the Signature Chefs Auction at Belle Mer in Newport. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Signature Chefs Auction is a culinary spectacle including tastings from 20 of the state’s most notable chefs and restaurants to benefit the mission of March of Dimes, which aims to ensure that all newborn babies receive  healthcare for premature birth and birth defects. Some of the more prominent participants include The Mooring, Chez Pascal, New Rivers, Waterplace, Gracie’s and more. By attending, you can also pay homage to celebrated Chef Sai Viswanath of DeWolf Tavern in Bristol, who has been selected as the March of Dimes 2011 Signature Chef. Tickets start at $125 per person and may be purchased online. Belle Mer, Two Goat Island, Newport.

401-454-1911, www.marchofdimes.com/ rhodeisland –Devin Karambelas  What better way to finish the summer than by celebrating what defines it most? Nature and community are at the forefront of Save the Bay’s Beach Slam, a family day for the enjoyment of Narragansett Bay. Kayaking, paddle boarding, climbing, refreshments, fishing and live music will be made available thanks to one of New England’s strongest proponents of environmentalism. Musical performances for the event will include opening band Ipso Facto and Parents Choice award-winning band Sam Lardner. Lardner’s music puts environmental activism and oceanic sound together seamlessly for interactive family fun. The last bash on the sand for 2011, the Beach Slam will take place September 24 from 10am to 2pm at Barrington’s Tillinghast Farm. The summer sun will be leaving us soon; spend the day waving goodbye on the waves themselves. www.savethebay.org Join the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in its only fundraiser of the year for the benefit of Rhode Island’s needy population. The Walk for the Poor is a 1.3-mile trek through Colt State Park in Bristol on Saturday, September 24 at 10am. Last year, “walking a mile in the shoes” of those less fortunate helped over 1500 people in 39 local communities. More than 300 walkers will donate to a cause for person-to-person service and financial comfort. If putting others first is something you enjoy, take a few steps for their betterment. For more information call 401-2479053.–Christopher Sionni

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The late actor’s studio in his Bristol home

The Anthony Quinn Foundation works hard to foster young talent By Stephanie Wheeler • Photography by Judith Gardner Walking into Kathy Quinn’s Bristol home is like walking into a warm memory. Quinn, widow of deceased actor and artist, Anthony Quinn, has maintained a home (and surrounding grounds) filled with his assorted works of art - and he was a surprisingly prolific artist, across a large array of mediums. In one corner one might find an oil and chalk painting, and in another, a two–story sculpture created from a chunk of wood Quinn found while walking on a beach during his travels as an actor. The art is approachable – in fact, it is meant to be approached, as Quinn wouldn’t have had it any other way. Kathy explains, while standing over a series of his wooden sculptures, “He wanted people to be involved in the art, to immerse themselves in it. He wanted them to touch his work, to get their hands on it, to get the feel of it. If he had pieces showing in a gallery and there were signs up stating ‘Please Do Not Touch the Art,’ he would rip them down.” In the spirit of his memory, Kathy Quinn developed the Anthony Quinn Foundation. According to the foundation’s website (www.anthonyquinnfoundation.org), the foundation’s mission is to “actively advance the belief that art, in all of its forms, is inseparable and essential to learning and the enrichment of the mind.” It serves to “promote, pay tribute and sustain Anthony Quinn’s legacy and to serve as a public resource - inspiring all to challenge individual and collective artistic spirit and the encouragement and means to build confidence in creative potential.”

The foundation raises and distributes funds as scholarships to nominated highschool students to help them attend arts education programs throughout the world. Kathy Quinn explains that the foundation, which she started in 2007, was her own idea. “It wasn’t something my husband started,” she says. “People think that, but it’s not the case. He didn’t leave all of this stuff, like the Rockefeller trust, though that’s the assumption.” It wasn’t until people wondered why she

spent so much time fundraising that she learned there was a disconnect: “I didn’t realize that until people were like, “Why are you fundraising? Don’t you have an endowment? No, I don’t.” Clearly the foundation is a labor of love. Quinn elaborates, “It’s really modeled after my husband, both his work and his life. He was born in Mexico. He grew up in East Los Angeles in a very poor neighborhood. He always had an interest in creating.”

The memorial to Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn’s life was changed entirely, both financially and from a personal perspective when he invested himself in his art. A contest that he won allowed the then-teenager to meet famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. “When he met him, Wright identified a speech impediment and said, ‘You know you can’t be an architect speaking like that.’ He’d gone through his whole youth. He sent him to a doctor and he was tongue tied, and so had an operation and speech therapy,” she explains. “He couldn’t afford the therapy and so he bartered with an acting school, and said, ‘I’ll janitor with you if you give me speech lessons every afternoon’. It was a school for high-school students, and they were putting on a play, and one of the kids dropped out, so he got the role.” Thus began Quinn’s acting career. “Of course, the theory behind the foundation, then, is that creativity helps - with your development, your self-confidence, as it did with him. His painting informed his acting career, his acting informed his painting career, and they all made up parts of him and sent him on a different life path,” she says. This is what the Foundation hopes to do for high-school students nominated into its scholarship program as well. “We try to create that different life path for high school students,” Quinn explains. “They have to be nominated by a teacher, or an adult, or a professional. It’s nationwide, and can be any kid. It’s their passion that we identify. The kids have to choose the program they want to attend, and they need to be support-

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ed and recommended by an adult. We didn’t want a bunch of applications from kids alone, we wanted an adult to buy into the kid, too.” By combining adult support with student desire, the application process comes together. “We wanted the integrity of the Foundation to be strong, so we have a scholarship committee and a panel of judges. I am removed from that, of course, so that people wouldn’t be compelled to personally involve me in any capacity, especially in Rhode Island, where people might ask how their child’s application is going. So, I just send it on to the committee.”

the funding. We sent a kid to the London Theater, one to a dance program, Nutmeg Conservatory in CT. It’s a wide range, “ says Quinn. “Four of the kids are going to be here on Saturday for a fundraiser and they are going to be talking to the guests about their experience. It gives people a backand-forth. It’s good for everybody,” she explains. The program works to establish a relationship between young artists and sponsor/donor. “This year we developed a way for people to donate to sponsor a kid, and the person’s name is on the kid’s certificate, and then we

The judges come from an extensive list of professional artists and performers, including musicians, artists, singers, graphic designers – even someone from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Much of the student work is reviewed digitally, so that judges from across the country can weigh in on the submissions. The program also requires some initiative and work on the student’s part as far as fundraising is concerned. Quinn comments, ”We give only a partial scholarship. They have to make up the rest. So, say they want to go to RISD summer camp, they would need to spend $7,000, but we only give $1,000-3,000. They need to come up with the rest of the money, maybe through a grandparent, or working with the program they are applying to enter. We had one girl apply to RISD this year, and the remainder of the scholarship was funded by the program itself through financial aid.” There are a limited number of scholarships available, though that may change depending on future funding. “This year we only have six, because it depends on

will develop a way for the kid to inform their donor about their experience. That’s really the crux of what we do, “ Quinn says, emphasizing the interactive nature of the program. Quinn would like to see young students nurtured in their creativity in hopes that this creativity will inform their lives on a holistic level. Anthony Quinn’s ‘self-realization through art’ is something she would like to inspire in these students. This explains why she maintains so much of his art in the workshops and studios on her grounds. “Allowing people access to his stuff and what he was working on, it interests them in the arts, and the foundation. I take people to his workshop where he carved his wood, the pieces of stone that were about to be something. They see how the creativity is really a process, and being an artist is ingrained. It can give people hope, it can heal people.”

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A Taste of What’s New Local dining never tasted so good By Michael Madden | Photography by Kate Kelley New restaurants, changes in ownership and approach — we’re seeing more development in the local culinary landscape now than at any time in recent memory. There are new challengers to the redoubtable old guard of great seafood establishments, and the nationwide shift to fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and farm-to-table philosophy is invading like never before. There are even liquor licenses being issued in Barrington, perhaps the surest sign that the local restaurant industry is on the upswing. Let’s

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visit some of the new places, the new old places, and the old places with new style.

The New Owned and operated by Trafford Kane, the son of William Kane (chef/owner of the venerable Westport mainstay Marguerite’s), Trafford’s opening has met with much fanfare. Its beautiful interior and stunning water view, coupled with a well-traveled menu and smashing wine and drink list, have brought restaurant goers from around the state to sample the Kanes’ wares. Trafford follows the farm to table philosophy, but doesn’t limit itself to local producers — they pull American Kurobuta Pork (a rare, pure breed of Berkshire pork that was perfected in the 1800s and renowned by the Japanese) from Snake River Farms and Choicequality beef from Double R Ranch, both in Idaho, in addition to meats from P.T. Farms in Vermont and

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various local operations. Trafford values high quality ingredients and freshness equally, and every item on the menu exemplifies those priorities. Trafford is the total package for new American cuisine: a beautiful restaurant with modern, attractive décor (the restaurant was designed by Westport artist duo Alyn Carlson and Paul Clancy, who created everything from the interior to the website to the art adorning the walls), farm fresh ingredients, a chef whose cooking shows awareness of both local and nationwide tastes, and a strong, professional staff that is knowledgeable enough to give you the best possible service at a restaurant where understanding the food is as important as making the guests feel comfortable. 285 Water St., Warren. 401-289-2265, www.traffordrestaurant.com Avenue N in Rumford is another establishment with a local celebrity chef and modern sense of local and American food. Nick Rabar, of Chef 2 Go fame, joins forces with former Chow Fun Food Group executive (and Nick’s wife) Tracy Rabar to present a 50-or-so seat restaurant that will blow your socks off – after

a worthwhile wait. Rabar was the executive chef at Chow Fun for the last 10 or so years, overseeing a varied group of restaurants in Providence, including 10 Prime Steak & Sushi, Café Noir, Luxe Burger Bar, Rick’s Roadhouse, and its predecessor Big Fish. When he scales down to this extent to focus on feeding what amounts to a handful of people, you can be sure he’s got the details absolutely nailed down. What’s more, you can be sure he has a firm grasp on a wide variety of culinary styles and approaches, and has some rather well-honed ideas about how to design and execute a kitchen that serves so few guests. The food at Avenue N is casual in a sense, but sophisticated and beautifully presented all the same. The menu is built upon intriguing juxtapositions, such as a rabbit Dijon sausage with a sweet carrot puree ($8) showing up alongside hand battered corn dogs with mac and cheese ($7), or milk and cookies (baked to order, $6) next to chocolate chili cupcakes (with red velvet, $7). Clearly, the Rabars have a sense of humor about their offerings, and also the inclination to


Restaurant 524 elevate comfort food favorites to a fine dining level. That last point is the direction that good kitchens are taking nowadays — finding a way to take what’s wellknown and refresh it into something new. For a restaurant housed in what was once Rumford Chemical Works (now Rumford Center), that direction works on many levels. 20 Newman Ave., Rumford. 401-2702836, www.avenuenamericankitchen.com This community kitchen, or perhaps more specifically, “culinary business incubator,” that is Warren’s Hope and Main is a true harbinger of economic recovery. The economy is terrible, says owner, operator and entrepreneur extraordinaire Lisa Raiola, “and people are looking for second chances. That’s something we hope to provide.” Dedicated to giving kitchen space, not to mention business advice and networking aid, to startup culinary businesses, Hope and Main will give its adherents access to four sleek, professional kitchens, cold and dry storage, a facility for catering events, a business center, demonstrations and other courses designed to teach “incubees” how to maximize their skills both business and culinary, and perhaps most importantly, a Town Market at which they can sell their wares. Born of a private and public partnership between the town of Warren and Lisa herself, Hope and Main is also benefiting from donations from organizations like Johnson and Wales University (in the form of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment from their decommissioned David Friedman Culinary Labs at the Harbourside campus in Providence), TMI (which, ironically, works with Starbucks and other mass producers and is providing storage space while Hope and Main gets on its feet), and various other local operations as well as, hopefully, the US Government’s Economic Development Agency, which will match the donations made by others. All told, the community itself promises to get Hope and Main running by spring 2012, and Hope and Main promises to get the community running. So far, over 100 businesses have expressed interest in using the facilities, but that number will have to be culled down to 40 or so. “We have to separate the hobbyists from the serious businesspeople and get them certified. Our board of advisors will work

with their business plans, recipes and other aspects of their businesses to get them ready to come in and be productive as soon as the doors open,” says Lisa. “I get at least two calls a week from people interested in working with us.” 689 Main St., Warren, 401-297-7924 As East Providence’s newest culinary development, Vine Yard East offers an extensive list of house wines, from its priced-to-sell Flip Flop wines (at $4.75 a glass in most varietals) to mid – and high-end offerings like the Silver Palm Cabernet ($12.75), Toasted Head Chardonnay ($7.75) and Cupcake Syrah ($8.75). They also offer, for a yearly $50 fee, membership in their Wine Club, which comes with a glass with your name etched into it, a t-shirt, a free birthday meal, a discount on all wines by the glass, and access to special discounts and monthly members-only tastings throughout the year. Vine Yard East is casual upscale dining, with a menu

that shows an awareness of the wine. Their herb-crusted salmon, served with a grapefruit buerre blanc ($14.95), could as easily take a sauvignon blanc pairing (say, the Ribbonwood from New Zealand at $7.75) as it could the classic pinot noir pairing (the Patch Clock from France, $7.75), because the sauce chosen by chef Chris Nardoza is so conducive to white wine drinking. That’s a thoughtful touch during a season when so many guests will be inclined to choose a crisp white wine even before they give thought to their dinner orders. The pairing is practically built in, as the choice of grapefruit for the sauce allows a wider range of varietals to complement the dish. At Vine Yard East they call that “wine influenced dining.” 315 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 401-432-7000, www.vineyardri.com Opened in May, Restaurant 524 serves up Mediterranean and American cuisine, along with an interesting economic partnership: during the day it’s one place, and at night, another. I’m only talking about the kitchen, to be sure. 524 shares its kitchen space with Randy’s Café and Grille (itself only around since last year), which serves breakfast and lunch. At night, the kitchen transitions from the lighter morning and afternoon fare to upscale dining, and becomes Restaurant 524. Co-owners Tony Lucci, who runs 524, and Randy and Marcel Santerre, who run Randy’s, hatched the idea on Facebook; they’re old friends who’d worked together and happened to reconnect at the right place and time. Lucci is a Johnson and Wales graduate who’s managed and owned restaurants up and down the eastern seaboard. Don’t let its association with lighter dining fool you. Restaurant 524 is a fine dining establishment, with practiced, well-conceived dishes, and a beautiful dining room with elegant furnishings, linen on the tables and all the décor of a romantic destination in Rhode Island. 524 Main Rd., Tiverton. 401-625-1100, www.restaurant524.com

The Old-is-New-Again The Wharf Tavern, as its regulars are surely already aware, is back in action under new man-

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Olde Barn agement from owners of another beloved waterside, family-oriented tavern, the Old Grist Mill in Seekonk. When Nusan Realty had to close down the Wharf quite unexpectedly and left a gaping hole in the local food chain, Greg Esmay stepped in to fill the void, and he was a perfect candidate to revive a restaurant with its level of historicity and meaningfulness to the community. The Wharf Tavern is the sort of place that local families have been going for decades, where parents bring their children, and then the children bring their children. There are new rugs, new plants, new hurricane lamps, possibly even a new deck by next year, but the harbor view is the same, and as always, fantastic. With some small renovations, the Wharf Tavern was ready to go back to serving its classic New England seafood dishes to an eager crowd that appreciates its relevance to the dining scene. And that’s not to mention its renowned Sunday brunch buffet, which hasn’t really changed. When it comes down to it, the Wharf isn’t about blowing you away with some inspired chef’s concoction; it’s about serving New England comfort food to people who will come time and again for its location and friendly staff. 215 Water St., Warren. 401-289-2524, www.thewharftavern.com Peter and Janet Devine, the duo behind Simply Devine Catering, have been taking the local wedding industry by storm for more than ten years now, combining their expertise to cater and host some of the best weddings in Rhode Island. And now, they’re bringing their talents to bear on a full-service restaurant in what used to be the Nat Porter Inn in Warren. Nat Porter has changed hands more than a few times in the last decade or so, though it had its longest run under the Lynches as a restaurant and

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inn until 2000. The building is beautiful, antique and staunchly old-school New England — and the Devines are the perfect combination of style, elegance and resources to return it to its former glory. In addition to serving food, the space will house their catering operation as well. To be honest though, I’m not sure what to call the restaurant (which should be opening sometime next year), because it hasn’t yet been renamed. On their Facebook page, Simply Devine

Madigan’s Café

is soliciting name suggestions, but none of them seem that good. Maybe you should swing by and try your hand for the prize and the bragging rights. 125 Water St., Warren. 401-246-2340, www. simplydevinecatering.com Nobody was happy to see Tom and Brenda Melillo of Barrington’s famed Prince’s Hill Deli close their doors earlier this year after more than a decade of operation. It’s always sad when a local institution shuts down, especially one whose owners are so well known in the community. However, Madigan’s Café, opening under the ownership of photographer Robyn Rowles (of Artist in You Studios), will fill an extraordinarily important want in Barrington: it has a liquor license. Now, to be sure, the menu is local and fresh, and will change with the seasonability of its ingredients every three to five weeks. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch as well as dinner. The price is right (grilled fish of the day with a champagne, white truffle and camembert risotto for $18 is a fine example), the wines by the glass are abundant and the reviews so far have been nothing short of terrific. 328 Country Rd., Barrington. 401-245-1900, www.madiganscafe.com Reopening under new ownership with a totally new style, the Olde Barn at Francis Farm retains the essence of, but doesn’t much resemble, its previous iteration. Under the direction of Natalie Balents and Narcissa Segura and owned by Ken Foley, the new Olde Barn will focus on fresh food and supporting local agriculture, culling ingredients and products from Oakdale Farms in Rehoboth, Swansea Spring Valley, Langwater Farm in Easton, Nantucket’s Cisco Brewery, Cumberland’s Ice Cream Machine, Farmacy Herbs in Providence, and many other local businesses and farms. It will still serve up old seafood classics and dishes familiar to the regulars at the previous Francis Farm, but with an updated feel, and two young, dashing ladies at the helm, the restaurant promises to exceed its predecessor and become a real institution on the local dining scene. 27 Francis Farm Rd., Rehoboth. 508-252-3212


New Style Ah, the Venus de Milo. Run by the Ferris family, it’s probably the most expansive businesses around: an immensely popular wedding venue and a huge restaurant that attracts guests from all over. For 50 years it’s been one of the premier destinations in Massachusetts. Now, for the first time in living memory, it’s renovating the space and changing its menu. The menu is old school Italian by and large, but updated offerings include the Portuguese Shrimp Mozambique ($24.50), not to mention a nice little raw bar (littlenecks for $7.95). And there is still the institution of the Venus de Milo’s baked stuffed lobsters, their extensive platters and surf and turf options, and ample shrimp. 75 Grand Army Hwy., Swansea. 508-678-3901, www.venusdemilo.com Chiazza is a posh little trattoria with the feel of Europe. On the weekends, it’s consistently rocking, with a big bar crowd and quality live music. It also recently updated its menu, with an expansive board of bar and sandwich offerings conducive to the casual and late night crowd it draws. However casual the crowd can be, though, the restaurant smacks of class, with a pretty black and gold interior and bottles of wine and classic liquor advertisements strewn throughout. It’s a superlative place to spend a Friday night, for dinner, drinks and entertainment, or maybe a Thursday night Ladies

Night (where ladies get access to the lounge menu from 5 to 10pm). They also offer prix fixe for $19.95 from Monday through Thursday. 308 County Rd., Barrington. 401-2470303, www.chiazzatrattoria.com Recently purchased by chef Brian Thimme, formerly of Warren’s Stella Blues, the Tyler Point Grille in Barrington has undergone some renovations. It’s ready to continue business with its astounding view and delicious seafood and Italian-American cuisine. It’s an amazing location, holed up behind the Barrington Yacht Club and the boatyards, and the restaurant hasn’t changed a ton, except the Italian theme is far clearer and better executed, and there are some legitimate weekly deals in the offing. For starters, Thursdays are half priced bottles of wine. Monday through Wednesday it offers $1 raw bar at the bar. On Sunday, kids under Sterling silver charms from $25 ten eat free. And if you’re in the food service industry, on Mondays you can get a 20% discount. The difference between the Tyler Point Grille of old and the one of today is a bit of refinement in the dé2219 G.A.R. Highway (Rte. 6) cor and menu. Thimme has an eye Swansea, MA 02777 508.379.0717 for detail and has shaped the place Store Hours: Mon-Wed & Sat 10-7 • Thu & Fri 10-8 • Sun 11-5 Tea Room Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30-3 • Sun 11-3 up a bit. Now there are dishes like www.ticklesshop.com the Gemelli ($17), a pasta dish with veal sausage, sun dried tomatoes and aglio olio (olive oil and garlic) — simple, to the point, perfect MKTG21118_TICKLES.indd 1 for the end of summer, and a nice touch to fill out a menu alongside offerings like Veal Piccatta ($24) and their amazing stuffed lobster ($33). 32 Barton Ave., Barrington. 401-2470017, www.tylerpointgrille.com

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More News Bites A restaurant in Barrington is starting a food truck – more details to come next issue. Quito’s in Bristol now has an outdoor service bar on the patio. 401-253-4500, www.quitosrestaurant.com 15 Point Road in Portsmouth just opened a spacious deck for waterfront dining with a picturesque view. 401-6833138, www.15pointroad.com DeWolf Tavern now serves breakfast from 6-10am inside and on the patio. 401-254-2005, www.dewolftavern.com

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The art of choosing fabrics is a talent most people leave to an interior designer or to style-savvy friends. However, one step into Oliveira Textiles and you’ll swear you could do it yourself. Located in the heart of downtown Bristol, Oliveira Textiles is a haven for those who love the chic and contemporary designs that grace the pages of home magazines and faraway mansions. Owned and operated by Rhode Island native Dawn Oliveira, this small boutique has enough class and elegance to rival competitive large-scale stores, if not more. And although Oliveira started the business as a wholesale fabric retailer, she has since expanded her production line to include stylish purses, belts, clothing and more. Her objective is to choose and design beautiful, sustainable and high performance fabrics. Going green is also something Oliveira takes seriously. “Simply put: Don’t do things today that make tomorrow worse,”

Oliveira explains “We believe that a sustainable fabric is one that leaves the least impact throughout its lifespan-from creation, through its usable life, and once it reaches its end. Instead of doing business as usual and sourcing conventional fibers and dyes, we’ve made the conscious decision to leave a lighter footprint.” Oliveira’s passion for design started at a young age and, as she explains, she felt that she was destined to work in the textile business. After studying design and textiles at UMass Dartmouth, Oliveira started her own manufacturing business in New York’s garment district called D.O.T. Catering to clientele such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne and Emanuel Ungaro, Oliveira toiled towards her goal of opening a design and manufacturing boutique of her own in her home state. Her fabric line, Ocean Collection, consisting of eight patterns in multiple colors, is a must-have. Her in-

credible use of intricate patterns and cool, airy coloring could make the products at Oliveira Textiles staple items for a stylish woman who hopes to make the statement that elegance can be simple. Using both neutral and bold color palettes gives her products an edge. In the next few years, Oliveira hopes to introduce more patterns and colors as she produces new accessories, furnishings and fashion. “The future looks bright for us. Yes, I am an eternal optimist. It’s worked well for me so far,” she says. “Creating Oliveira Textiles has allowed me to continue working in an industry that I’m passionate about, while focusing on this century’s most important challenge: The creation of a new model for a safer, healthier future.” Oliveira Textiles 219 High Street, Bristol 917-523-3986 www.oliveiratextiles.com

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Karen Lynch on pampering your pets What inspired you to open Style Unleashed? I have wanted to open a pet boutique for the last few years. I live in Bristol and grew up in Barrington, and there are no pet boutiques in our area. I really like to shop local and there is definitely a need – not only for a local pet boutique, but for a grooming salon in Barrington, as well. Even in a bad economy, people will spend money on their pets, because they’re like members of the family. It just made sense. What are some of the hottest items your store offers for pets? Thundershirts, which are a drug free solution to dog anxieties; Up Country collars and leads; and Hugglehound dog toys, which are great for chewers. For truly pampered pets, there are Bessie and Barnie fur pet beds, Woof Wear leather and crystal collars, and Dog in the Closet custom harnesses and clothing. We also have great products for pet owners who love their pets.   If you wanted to treat your pet to the most lavish experience Style Unleashed has to offer, which grooming option would you recommend? A Bubble Bath Paw Treatment, followed by an all-organic spa product bath.    How do you accessorize your pets? I actually think it is a great idea to coordinate collars, leashes and clothing for your pets, even their carriers. I have a chocolate lab and a beagle who don’t wear clothes, but their collars and leads always match. I always make sure we have collars and leads that coordinate with the clothing I sell in the store. I also carry Bowsers and Jax & Bones pet beds that come in multiple shapes and sizes and hundreds of fabrics. A great pet bed should also coordinate with the interior of your home.

What are some locally made products you offer? I carry Up Country, which is manufactured right in East Providence and produces stylish, well made, affordable pet products. I also carry Quincy & Co. – the owner custom makes raincoats, bandanas and fleece coats for me and Sweet Baboo. The owner is from Fall River and is custom knitting my sweaters. For treats, I carry Taxi Dog Bakery which is located in South Hampton, MA and Polka Dog Bakery in Boston. I work very hard to make sure the majority of my products are made in the USA. It’s important to me as well as to the economy. What trends should pet owners be on the lookout for? A lot of organic pet food, treats, chews and grooming products.  There are a lot of companies who use green materials to make beds, clothing and toys.  I would tell owners to start looking for pet products that are not only good for their pets but good for the environment as well, and to look for products that not only look great, but are manufactured to last.

Who is more excited to shop at your store? The owners or the dogs? It’s definitely a toss-up. The owners love the unique, practical, affordable and stylish accessories, toys and snacks I have for their pets and the dogs love to shop themselves. Our furry friends often “poochlift” their favorite toys and treats that are within reach. The dogs love the bully sticks – that is usually where they go first to sneak a treat – and then they go to our stuffed monkey, of all the toys in the store. It is so funny to watch! You give the dogs report cards after grooming them. What constitutes a good report card? Have you ever failed a particularly naughty one? Our report cards are used not only to let customers know how their pooches behaved during their grooming appointment – from “A Little Angel” to a “Little Wiggle Worm” to a “Little Devil” – but they also alert owners on skin, coat and teeth conditions they may not be aware of. Karen owns Style Unleashed, a pet boutique and salon. 232 Waseca Ave., Barrington. 401-245-2600, www.styleunleashedri.com

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white bloom that grows primarily in Europe, and for a very short season, the elderflower and its berry can augment your transition from summer to fall cocktails. September happens to be the only month the berries are in season and available locally. Agraria Farm in Rehoboth is a local source for elderberries, as well as a host of other berries you weren’t sure existed, like gooseberries and lingonberries. The small, deep indigo elderberry has been used for centuries for its deliciousness and medicinal qualities. The berry, actually a shrub or tree, is, according to legend, said to possess magical qualities. Harry Potter’s elderwand confirms this, so obviously it’s true. Interestingly enough, the other parts of the plant – flower excluded – and unripened berries contain toxins, so it’s best to employ a little preparation when working with elderberries. Be advised: The red variety is never your friend. The berries can be used for many things from jams to dyes to waffle companions to simple syrups for drink mixers. The elderflower’s lacey look and citrus floral scent make it perfect for baking (you can even make flower fritters), and for teas and tonics. I invite the energetic and time-blessed to whip up the elderberry simple syrup below. Its velvety jewel-tone hue is alluring and it keeps in the fridge for up to an entire year. Try adding a few drops to your wine, or better yet, champagne for a refreshing aperitif. Full of potassium, Vitamin C and antioxidants, the syrup doubles as a cordial for cold symptoms that would make Madame Pomfrey herself proud. Now for the other 99 percent of us who are less inclined to boil berries, there’s St. Germain, the most common and widely popular French elderflower liqueur. Engaging with its sweetly exotic, yet not tropical taste, elderflower liqueur is a welcome and unique substitute for traditional cocktail liqueurs. Try ditching the orange liqueur for elderflower in your favorite reposado margarita, with a dash of bitters. Whether you go for the homemade syrup or store bought goodness,

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How did Federal Hill Pizza get started? Bill: I got started with Dave sitting me down and telling me I had to open up a new location for Federal Hill Pizza. David: Which is Bill’s sense of humor kicking in right from the start. What he’s not saying is that I had been listening to Bill talk about opening a fullfledged restaurant for years (Federal Hill Pizza grew out of his cigar bar on Federal Hill in Providence), and finally said one day, “Enough already. Just find a place and open one.” About two months later, I happened to be driving by this location, it had a for sale sign on it. I called Bill and said, “I just found what could be a great spot for your restaurant.” Bill: I asked where it was. Dave told me. And I said to him, “Oh that place, I looked at it yesterday.” David: Serendipity. I hear your menu is a bit unique. Tell me about your Neapolitan cuisine. Bill: The cuisine is unique because of the simplicity of it. Nothing more nothing less. It’s true to the Neapolitan style. And I apply that simplicity to all the menu items, even if they aren’t Italian, because, as I’m sure you noticed, there are other items on the menu. Can you tell us the secret to making

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in the Padanaram Village section of South Dartmouth, is a bit unassuming — a small white building crouching just off the bay with only 30 or so seats inside and a patio sporting just ten tables. In the casual manner of classic New England seafood restaurants, it’s the sort of place you could drive by a dozen times and not take much notice. But it’s with the food, mission statement and the locals that the Black Bass Grille looms large. Each month, the restaurant donates 10% of its Tuesday proceeds to a local charity; August’s was the Dartmouth Education Fund, and July’s was the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation. This is in keeping with its essential mission statement, lifted from the Dartmouth town seal, “Utile Dulci,” a Latin phrase meaning “service through kindness and peaceful means.” That mission was in evidence as we walked in on a weeknight; we were greeted enthusiastically at the door by several servers and shown to a seat on the patio. To be honest, I’m not one for al fresco dining during the high months of summer; I like the idea of a nice waterfront patio, but the heat is often too much. The sea breeze, however, turned what was otherwise a hot and humid day into a temperate and pleasant evening. By the end of our meal, most of the patrons on the patio were wearing long sleeves and sweatshirts.

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The menu is expansive and shows some care in choice and preparation. We chose to start with shellfish – a pound of littlenecks or mussels ($10), which come prepared in any of several styles: Portuguese (garlic, onion, chourico, kale, lager, red chile oil), Thai Red Curry (garlic, onion, tomatoes, white ale, thai curry, fish sauce, cilantro), Marinara (olive oil, marinara, white wine and herbs) and others. We chose the Black Bass, their signature style, with garlic, cherry tomatoes, white wine, butter and basil. To go with that, we ordered some Shrimp Scampi ($9), sautéed in white wine, butter and garlic. The littlenecks were plump and moderately sized, with no broken bits of shell or grit. The cherry tomatoes were also overtly fresh and strewn with abundance. The shrimp, however, outshone that dish. With a slight sear from pan frying, they were still tender, and of the decidedly larger variety. Both were simple, but extremely wellconceived offerings, the sort of items it’s particularly important for a restaurant to do well. Rather than choose a traditional entrée, I decided to go with a couple of options from the wide variety of smaller plates at Black Bass, what they call their “Harbor Fare.” That menu includes the Village Dip (thinly sliced prime rib, caramelized onions, swiss, $10), quesadillas in several styles ($6 and up), and a variety of pizzas, from which I chose

Thai Red Curry Mussels the Bacon & Scallop pizza ($13). I also ordered fish tacos (haddock with Mexican spices, chipotle-lime aioli, avocado salsa fresco, citrus slaw, $9). My dinner companion chose the Filet Mignon ($23), with Great Hill blue cheese and a balsamic reduction for an additional $3. I generally find fish tacos great in concept but disappointing in execution, but these were perhaps the best I’ve ever had. Spicy and citrusy, with plenty of lime, the three soft-shelled tacos were an ample meal despite our very pleasant server Chelsea’s warning us that the portion was small. The pizza, too, was delicious (both then and hours later, when I revisited it — for research purposes only, of course), with tender scallops that never verged into rubbery (a common consequence of baking) and crumbled bacon with a saltiness that complemented the sweet sea scallops. The filet was a nice piece of meat, with the perpetually delicious Great Hill Blue living up to its name. The balsamic was sweet, which I particularly enjoyed, though the side serving of potatoes was somewhat small. The temperature was spot-on; all in all, a dish that gets a lot of orders and needs to please, and lives up to expectations. There’s no dessert menu at Black Bass Grille, so Chelsea ably explained

the offerings, which included a Peanut Butter Bomb that sounded delicious, as well as a Chocolate Mousse with Grand Marnier that I still regret not ordering, despite the fact that the Turtle Cheesecake ($6.50) I ordered was excellent. My companion got the Grilled Pound Cake ($6) with vanilla ice cream, which was a light and delicate dessert after a big meal. As usual, I finished both desserts. This is New England seafood done well in a traditional setting, with attentive staff, and in a beautiful area. When we arrived, fairly early, the patio was relatively unpopulated, but by the time we left, every seat in the house was full. The Black Bass Grille clearly has its regulars, and deserves them. It also shows its gratitude by giving back to the community with its Tuesday program. This is a restaurant to be applauded.

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September FROM PREVIOUS PAGE The Newport International Boat Show is one of the biggest nautical exhibitions in southern New England. What else could one expect from the City By the Sea in the Ocean State? The event features over 750 manufacturers, representatives and dealers from the United States and around the world. The 41st annual show takes place from Thursday, September 15 to Saturday, September 17 in and around the Newport Yachting Center. New models of sail and powerboats will be unveiled, attendees will be able to test out merchandise, and there will be more than a few enthusiasts who share a love of the sea. Come ready to get your books signed or to listen in on a seminar or two. There are few things more Rhode Island than boating, and this show has it all. Newport Yachting Center and along Newport Waterfront. 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. 401-846-1115, www.newportboatshow.com -Christopher Sionni Through September 9 Observe that one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure during Salvage + Art, an exhibit created from things that normally get tossed directly into the trash, but could, combined with a little bit of creativity and a spritzing of disinfectant, be recycled into real things of beauty. Weekdays: 8:30am-4pm. Free. Tiverton Town Hall, 243 Highland Road, Tiverton. 401-288-0999 September 3-5 You don’t have to love Guinness and potatoes to enjoy the Newport Waterfront Irish Festival, though it certainly wouldn’t hurt. September 3: noon-9pm; September 4: noon8pm; September 5: noon-5pm. $20, $17 Monday. Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Avenue, Newport.

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September 17 Perfect your three-legged race, pie eating and apple bobbing skills at the 12th Annual Larry Propopio Harvest Block Party, because you never know when you may be called to present old fashioned talents in everyday life. Raindate: September 18. 10am-4pm. Free. Redway Plain, Taunton Avenue, Rehoboth. www.rehobothnow.com

September 25 Win some wheels, and not by boosting the cart during the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament for the Warren Rescue Squad, where a hole-in-one on the designated hole during the 18hole scramble format will snag you a new Toyota. 11am. $100 per player, $25 dinner only. Swansea Country Club, 299 Market Street, Swansea. 508-4934507, www.warrenfirerescue.org

September 8 Toast the tunes of Abbey Rhode, bringing the sounds of the Beatles as the final musical act of the summer season, and take solace in the fact that you will still be able to drink wine without live musical accompaniment, you just won’t enjoy it as much. 6-8pm. $10 carload. Sakonnet Vineyards, 162 West Main Road, Little Compton. 401-635-8486, www. sakonnetwine.com

September 18 Tote a baggie of soil to the URI Master Gardener Talk, and receive a basic analysis of the pH level to see if you can improve the growing conditions of your garden, or hear the unfortunate news that your property should be on a superfund site. 11am-noon. Free. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown. 401-846-4151, www.newportrestoration.org

September 26 Eat before you arrive to hear Richard Gutman, Director and Curator of the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson and Wales, talk about Rhode Island’s Diners, because he might conjure up cravings – and there won’t be any greasy bacon available to quell them. 7pm. Free. Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington. 401247-1920, www.barringtonlibrary.org

September 9-11 Refrain from even thinking about the combination of Cold War-era secret knocks and handshakes you deem necessary for admittance into the Secret Garden Tour, because that simple swap of your ticket for a map at the gate will be a major, major let down. 10am-5pm. $25. Kingscote Mansion, 253 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-0514, www.secretgardentours.org

September 22 Giggle with Mark Binder and his Silly Stories for Fall, because while the objective of the news-based ones that you’ve been telling up to this point might be to make your child more grounded, those night terrors sure are counterproductive. 4-5pm. Free. Large Meeting Room, Seekonk Public Library, 410 Newman Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-8230, www. seekonklibrary.org

September 27 Forget about that older sister that you never had to give you advice, because at the Women’s Networking Fair, you’ll have the chance to receive coaching in professional development, travel, make-up and finance by pros who won’t bring up the fact that mom loves her most. 5:30-8pm. $5. The Lobster Pot, 118 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-245-0110, www.eastbaychamberri.org

September 11 Adjust your eyes to the brightness of Narrows Festival of the Arts, where musicians like Roomful of Blues, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, and Girls Guns and Glory, leave behind their typically dark bar scene to play outside.

September 24-25 Cast a wide net onto the Working Waterfront Festival and catch educational offerings from this year’s theme, “Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in New England’s Working Ports,” as well as live demos. Saturday: 11am6pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm. Free. Down-

September 4 Distract yourself from the painful reality that you’ve got ten more months until that Yankee Doodle Dandy party comes back to town with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, striking up faves like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Raindate: September 5. 7pm. Free. Independence Park, Wood Street, Bristol. 401-253-7000, www. ri-philharmonic.org

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An Artful Scene A prominent artist opens his own gallery “It begins with the first time someone pats you on the back and tells you, ‘You did a good job,’ especially when you’re a kid; you get that affirmation from adults and there’s just something about it that keeps you going.” That is how artist Anthony Tomaselli describes the roots of his passion for painting. Utilizing skills that he developed over the years, Tomaselli’s craft soon became his life’s work. A native Rhode Islander, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Rhode Island College. He went on to complete numerous apprenticeships, and studied Architectural Design at Boston Architectural Center. Taking the plunge and acting on instinct, Tomaselli has opened the Anthony Tomaselli Gallery of Newport, located on 140 Spring Street across from Trinity Church in the quaint neighborhood known as Historic Hills. When asked why, Tomaselli simply replies, “Why not?” It was a spontaneous act; seeing the For Rent sign on the building one day, Tomaselli decided to begin another chapter of his life. “The goal is to plant a seed, do your best and see what grows and then assess it,” he explains. “You want the gallery to support itself and continue growth in my art career, and it already has; it has shown some positive early stages of recognition. I would like to have a year-round gallery and some special events along the way as we grow.” Though his artwork can be seen at the Providence Art Club, having a gallery of

his own allows him more space to share his many works of art, including his much larger paintings, with a community of warm and welcoming artists, local businesses and residents, as well as those just traveling through. As a prominent member of the Rhode Island arts community, Tomaselli teaches to inspire and learns through his teachings, thus his inspiration often comes from others and the relationships he forms. He adds, “I enjoy place; that place can be where I am and usually where I am there is something around me that visually excites me. I also try to bring a certain feeling, emotion and attitude to that which I am painting.” The gallery has already generated a lot of interest, and Tomaselli makes sure to embrace every moment. Even with a demanding schedule, from being the owner of T’s Restaurant in Cranston and East Greenwich for almost 30 years, to teaching oil painting classes and offering workshops at the Providence Art Club, Tomaselli – with the help of his wife – has made the time to paint. “If I really want to accomplish what I want to accomplish, I just wake up earlier; to fill my soul, that’s basically what I am doing with art.” He advises, “Paint first, then do all the tasks after you paint; call them errands, call them what you want, but do the important things first.” For more information visit www.anthonytomaselli.com.


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and beers, oh my! ‘Tis time for King Richard’s Faire. The fun-filled, family-owned fantasy land opens for its 30th anniversary season this month in Carver, Massachusetts. Reigning o’er this magical shire is the king himself, played by Thomas A. Epstein. An 18-year veteran performer, Epstein played the Royal Cook for his first eight seasons. In an exciting twist of fate and back-story, said cook turned out to be the king in hiding. Now that his true identity has been revealed, he is free to roam the grounds in his crown, ensuring that all have a royally good time. Outside the faire, Epstein jokes, “I hang out in the parking lot and just wait for it to open again.” In reality, this South Carver resident works for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management by day and performs with local theater groups like the Gamm, Ocean State Lyric Opera and Academy Players by night. Playing King Richard is a different gig from traditional roles, involving extensive improvisation and audience interaction during the faire’s eighthour days, but it is a part that Epstein heartily enjoys. With an acting resume that lists skills like judo and proficiency with bullwhips, longbows and tomahawks, it’s unlikely his Richard will be overthrown any time soon. Epstein’s good-natured ruler speaks with a British-ish accent that he describes as “Old, North, South, West, Warwick, Sheffield, Tenbury Wells. Every English town you can put on.” As he points out, this king was raised by common people and came of age in a kitchen, so his speech patterns vary accordingly. “You can justify anything!” he laughs. Which, of course, is one of many reasons that it’s good to be king. “Most of the day I just wander about,” reports King Richard. “Oh, I usually drop by the Princess Academy to make sure they’ve been taught proper curtsey technique.” He also is responsible for knighting young children and performing in the two-act Royal Musical, produced daily on the King’s Stage. A new original show pre-

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mieres annually, featuring song parodies and dancing. (“I’m a heck of a dancer. Not really. It’s sort of sad,” he notes.) His solo this year is a surprise, but the king discloses that last year he sang new lyrics to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ’92 hit, “Baby Got Back.” He adds, “People always go home whistling the tunes. It’s very heartening.” Another royal duty for King Richard is presiding over the joust. He sees three tilts a day on the tournament field, with the final “to the death.” The king reckons at this point he has watched about 700 jousts, but still mightily enjoys them. He explains that the jousters on horseback are professionals who rehearse frequently (“They don’t want to kill themselves.”), but rehearsal does nothing to diminish the drama. “It’s not an easy thing to fall off a horse at full gallop and get up and do it again,” he notes. “With that being said, things happen when men are trying to throw swords about and please an audience. So it’s very, very thrilling.” King Richard also welcomes visitors and helps them plan an actionpacked day of adventure at the faire. With eight stages, 80 acres of forest and scads of vaudevillian-style specialty acts, faire-goers can expect nothing less than “a rousing good time.” To catch all the musicians, ma-

gicians, artisans, acrobats, jugglers and jousters, not to mention an amazing 900-pound liger (half lion, half tiger) named Hercules, the king recommends attending a second day. “Suffice it to say, very exciting things are in store for our 30th anniversary in Carvershire.” Some world leaders wrestle with weighty social and political issues. The biggest challenge King Richard faces is getting from one side of his village to the other. “People want photos, and it’s a pleasure, but if I’m running late, it’s a pleasure with a twist,” he admits. This is but a trifle in the royal scheme of things. Of one of the many rewards, the King declares, “It’s so much fun to say hello to the children, to see their eyes. With so much fantasy going on around them, it really can be just a marvelous thing. I often get hugs. It’s very sweet.”

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Just Add Water by Dave Nelligan

Skipping The Busy Roads Warm weather in southern New England means fun outdoor activities with the family. It means heading to the beach, taking in a ball game, outdoor concerts and shopping in some of the great historic downtowns; but it also means traffic – and a lot of it. We are talking about bumper to bumper, sweltering heat, horn-honking traffic. The kind that makes you wonder why you even got in the car in the first place. That is exactly why when Newport held its annual Folk Festival earlier this summer, I skipped the headache car ride, grabbed my kayak, and headed out to enjoy the concert from the water. Not being the pioneer of this idea, I was joined by many others who were

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also trying to enjoy the day without the hassle of traffic. Even for people without a boat or a kayak, the motto of the water-watchers seemed to be: if it floated and you could paddle it, you took it. From large motor and sail boats all the way to rafts, tubes and what I assumed was tied together household items found in a basement, everything you could imagine was used as a way to get off the roads and into the water to enjoy the concert. Not only did this method beat the line of cars shuffling in before the festival and out afterwards, but it might actually be the preferred way to enjoy the festivities. I could sit and listen to my favorite bands and then paddle off to

another location to just enjoy kayaking out on the water in-between sets. I had my own personal space, and food and drinks that I brought myself – and really, if you haven’t partied with boaters before, then you haven’t really partied. People tie their boats up to one another to form a floating party dock, the alcohol flows, and the good times roll all day and night long. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you are on a boat. The Folk Festival happens to be only one of the many situations where you can take advantage of this low-blood pressure mode of transportation. There are many events all around Rhode Island taking place right on the water, or very near, where you can finally get some use out of those public access

points along our coast lines. Paddle, sail or motor in, tie up, and head out for the day to enjoy some of the great offerings in our state. If you still think that the car is the way to go, think about everything you can avoid, like bridge tolls, red lights, parking meters, bad drivers and high gas prices. The list could go on and on. So the next time you are thinking about taking in an event, but are dreading the commute, just remember, there is no such thing as being stuck behind a car with its blinker left on when you are out on the water. Skip the traffic and head to the Newport Waterfront Irish Festival, September 3-5, by water. www.newportwaterfrontevents.com

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