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condition! Tall ceilings, stunning woodwork, sparkling hardwoods, quality WoodHarbor beaded inset kitchen/granite/Viking, 2 fireplaces, 3rd floor media room, 5 true bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 5 zone gas heat, central air, extras! $928,000

on cul-de-sac in Rocky Run. Gourmet kitchen, grand staircase, tall ceilings throughout, cherry floors, imported tile, 1st floor bedroom/bathroom. Beautiful craftsmanship! $619,000

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on Hundred Acre Cove. Stainless & Corian kitchen and updated baths. Breathtaking seasonal transformations with unobstructed views. 3rd floor bedroom could be an office. Seaside landscaping. $599,000

rooms, light & bright, sited on park-like grounds of mature landscaping for tranquil privacy. All amenities – great master suite with loft/office & whirlpool bath, central air, granite & stainless kitchen, deck. $595,000

next to bike path. Close to town center, shopping, YMCA, library, playground and Newport/Providence bus line. Wall of windows & glass ceiling in kitchen. 25’ long deck overlooks spacious backyard & river. $449,999

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bath Primrose colonial. Sunny/open layout, fabulous family room with fireplace, 2 master suites, 1 on 1st floor or in-law possible. Spacious rooms! Pristine stone walls & landscaping. Large corner lot, 2 car garage. $379,900

sizable home. 4 beds, 3.5 baths, central air, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, stone fireplace and more! Walk to schools and ball fields – close to highway access. $329,900

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Contents Photography: (L) James Jones (R) Janice Lee Kelly

November 2011

24 This Month 21 Get Back On the Horse

35 33 Live Well A home that gets better with age 35 Homestyle 38 Shop Around 39 Connoisseur

The wonders of therapeutic riding

41 Taste

24 Success By Design

Wine-centered dining with eclectic flair

Rising stars in the local fashion scene

43 News Bites 44 Drink 47 Review 48 Dining Guide

51 Gallery

Every Month 8 Editor’s Note/Letters 9 The Bay List

13 The Buzz Animals can eat local and natural, too

An artful anniversary 52 Calendar 55 On Stage 56 Artistry

58 Just Add Water It’s not too late for fishing

On the Cover: Nicole Lebreux photographed by

James Jones.

14 On the Bay 17 Bay Views

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her sheepdog Otis, and loves to soak up all the culture and fine dining the area has to offer. “I love taking in the architecture of the towns throughout the East Bay,” she says. “Centuriesold homes pepper the working waterfronts while rich traditions, such as the Bristol Fourth of July

Advertising Design Director Layheang Meas Graphic Designer Meghan H. Follett Account Managers Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Nicole Greenspun Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Sharon Sylvester Kim Tingle Jessica Webb Illustrators Ashley MacLure Eloise Narrigan

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James Jones Kate Kelley Janice Lee Kelly

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Carissa Johnson Sara Celano

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We welcome all contributions, but we assume no responsibility for unsolicited material. No portion of this publication can be reproduced in whole or in part without prior written permission.

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Editor’s Note Fall Fashion Forget Paris. For that matter, forget Milan and New York, too. While those cities are known for their high fashion, there is plenty of great design happening here, too. Boston and Providence both host successful fashion weeks (in fact, the September StyleWeek Providence saw record attendance), and many of the designers who participate are from New England. But even closer to home, we’ve got a crop of up and coming fashion designers

who live and work around the Bay – and there are more of them than you think. This month, we introduce you to four fashion forward women making a mark in apparel design. Read on – and get some ideas for your own wardrobe.

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I just saw the October issue of The Bay, and the story [“The Way Forward”] is much appreciated by everybody on this end. It is always great to see a well-crafted piece, especially when it comes with such nice photos. [Photographer] Amy Amerantes was great to work with; I didn’t have the chance to meet Bethany Vaccaro, but I know that President Farish enjoyed his conversation with her. Thanks again!

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Shop to Win The Bay is once again proud to partner with the Downtown Bristol Merchants Association and the Bristol Independent Galleries on the third annual Snowflake Raffle. This year’s raffle gives you more reasons than ever to shop local during the holiday season. It’s fun, keeps money in the community and gives you a chance to win cash prizes. From November 18 to December 17, spend $25 at any participating location and receive a ticket for the Snowflake Raffle. The winner will be drawn on December 18 at 3pm (must be present to win) – last year’s winner netted $5000! Start things on Friday, November 18 with the tenth annual Holiday Preview. Dozens of local shops and

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Animal Crackers

Bunny Laureanno has always been an animal lover. So it made perfect sense to her when, last year, she got the idea to create a business out of her hobby of making pet treats for friends and family. The resulting business – called Bunny Bones All Natural Pet Treats, in keeping with not only her name, but her commitment to quality – quickly grew into something more.

Bunny bakes and sells treats for dogs, cats, horses and rabbits out of her home in Bristol, using only the freshest and most natural ingredients to ensure a healthful, delicious line of treats to feed your pet. Walk into her home and the first thing you’ll see is the “Doggie Biscuit Bar,” with flavors ranging from “Chicken and Sweet Potato” to “Banana Biscotti.” She’s also set aside a corner for her popular chicken- and tuna-flavored cat treats, as well as pet accessories such as collars, blankets and jackets. Her most popular dog treats are the Cheesy Animal Crackers, and recently she has begun baking organic birthday cakes for dogs, complete with treat bags and a candle. This fall, Bunny will be making her wares available at the Elks Club Craft Show in Bristol on November 20. She also sells seasonally themed treats and items for Christmas. (Her treat-filled Christmas stockings, in particular, are a big hit.) Bunny Bones is open on Sundays from 10am to 2pm, and accepts call-in orders for all goods. Bunny Bones All Natural Pet Treats, 66 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bristol. 253-2123, www.bunnybonespettreats.com. –Meagan Gann

Time for a Change The time is 11:11 – make a wish. One third of our planet is well fed, the other two thirds are split between the underfed and the starving. This startling statistic is the inspiration behind Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions, a company based out of Providence that supplies ready-to-use therapeutic and supplementary foods to the hungry. This year the company is running the 11.11.11 Project. The idea is that each person donates $11 and then tells 11 of their friends to donate as well; the end result is millions of starving children fed. Navyn Salem, a Barrington resident, is the founder of Edesia. Her father and grandparents are from Tanzania, a region with millions of children suffering from malnutrition, and she says that is what made her feel connected to this cause. Edesia produces four unique products used for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition. Using peanuts and vitamins as some of the main ingredients, the products are revolutionary in that they don’t need added water or refrigeration. Salem notes, “Kids come back from complete skin and bones to plumpy, happy, smiling, bright-eyed children again.” So next time you notice the clock at 11:11, don’t just wish for change, make a change. www.edesiaglobal.org –Samantha Gaus

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The holiday season is rapidly approaching and there are many ways you can get involved in giving something back. The East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Shop helps serve families in need, providing support as well as the food and clothing necessary to life. This year, you can help by giving a family the holiday everyone deserves with a Thanksgiving Gift Basket. Last year over 290 families received gift baskets. Also, the Christmas-For-Kids program provides gifts for kids who would not normally get them because their families cannot afford it. With help from the East Bay Food Pantry, over 187 kids received gifts last year. For more information on how you can get involved with volunteering or how to make a donation, visit their website at www. eastbayfoodpantry.org. 150 Franklin Street, Bristol. 396-9490. –Sara Celano

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The East Bay community has a new show to look forward to: Caring for our Community, hosted by Steve Hyder. The show’s aim is to educate people and get them involved in their community through Child and Family. Caring for our Community is sponsored by the organization, which is vital in strengthening families and communities, and also brings attention to upcoming events in the area. This November, tune in to watch special guests discuss the 28th Annual Taste of Newport, how you can get involved this Thanksgiving to help families in need, how to become a volunteer, and information on Sandpipers Early Learning Center in Middletown. Taped every month, the show is broadcasted every Tuesday at 7:30pm and Wednesday at 11:30am on channel 18. 31 John Clarke Road, Middletown. 848-4150; www. childandfamilyri.com. –Sara Celano

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wellness and there is no risk of exposure to infectious diseases. Monday through Saturday appointments can be made for physical exams, vaccinations, full service medical care and routine lab tests. On top of those services, same-day care is also available, as is a complete pharmacy, and Bayside Mobile will soon have an x-ray in their mobile vehicle. Discounts are also available for multiple pets, seniors and military. Visit their website at www.baysidemobilevet.com or call at 310-0346 to find out more about available services and appointments. –Carissa Johnson

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Things’ll Be Great When You’re Downtown Those who want to skip the Black Friday Rush are in luck, because the third annual Downtown Bristol Merchants Association Snowflake Raffle is beginning on the evening of Friday, November 18. The event starts with the 10th Annual Holiday Preview, sponsored by the Downtown Bristol Merchants Association and Bristol Independent galleries. Dozens of local shops open their doors for you to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, support local businesses and get double snowflake raffle tickets. What are these raffle tickets, you ask? Every time you spend $25 at a participating Bristol shop, you

get one raffle ticket that enters you for a cash prize, and on the night of the Holiday Preview, the tickets are doubled. Last year’s first place winner was awarded $5000. The more you spend, the more chances you have of winning cash prizes. You can identify participating locations by the snowflake posters. On December 18, the festivities start at 3pm, with the drawing held at 5pm and the ticket holder must be present to win. Hanging around shouldn’t be too hard with the hot cocoa, caroling and live entertainment. So get your horseshoes and four-leaf clovers ready and start shopping. –Carissa Johnson

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Are you pregnant? Feeling anxious, stressed, or down? If you answered yes, you might be eligible for a Free 10-Week Walking Program as part of a research study. If you are up to 24 weeks pregnant and age 18 or older, we invite you to call for more information. A research program of Butler Hospital Sponsored by the Brown University / Women & Infants Hospital National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

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You’ll love the neighbors. At East Bay Retirement Living, it’s easy to settle in. After all, you’re among friends. Some new. Some familiar. And some simply breathtaking.

We’ll light up your life with spacious apartments, chef-prepared meals, chauffeured transportation, smiling faces and a helping hand whenever you need one. Close to nature. Close to home. On scenic One Hundred Acre Cove. And all for one affordable monthly fee. Call 1-888-860-9839 and leave your worries behind. 1504 Wamponoag Trail, on the East Providence/Barrington line. www.horizonbay.com

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Buzz Bay Views The Bay was a proud sponsor of the ninth annual In Step for Autism 3K Walk/5K Run at Colt State Park in September. The event, which benefited the Groden Network and the RI Chapter of the Autism Society of America, included a family fun day with kids events and a barbecue. www.asa-ri.org, www. grodennetwork.org. Photography by Judith Gardner

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Sponsors - Target’s Shawn Feeney and Nick Coates

First woman to come over the finish line: Heather Sischo from Warwick

Members of The East Bay Coldwell Banker Office - Sam Bertolino, Bev Medeiros, Julie Vargas, Mary Ann Sousa and Pat Grady

Sponsors – Bananagrams’ Meredith Eisenberg and Shauna Parsons

First place from Bristol: Mike Proto (51 years old)

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Bill’s Cigar Box East

Bill’s Cigar Box doesn’t only offer premium cigars. Visit for cutters, lighters, cases, pipes and accessories of all sorts. Speak with the knowledgeable owner and let him show you around the humidor room for some of the most quality cigars around. 111 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA • 508-336-6577 • Mon-Fri 10am-7pm Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11:30am-2pm

Adare’s Boutique A one of a kind boutique, Adare’s offers upscale mer-

chandise both in the store and away from home. Specializing in distinctive fashion jewelry and accessories, you can peruse the store or if you get the urge to browse from the comfort of your own home, they also have an online boutique available 24 hours a day. 4000 Old Post Rd., Charlestown • 401-213-6385 • adaresboutique.com • Mon – Tues 10am – 5pm, Wed – Thurs 10am – 3pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun closed

Teddy Bearskins

Teddy Bearskins offers unique and quality clothing for infants, toddlers, and children from every day wear to special occasions and formal attire. We also stock shoes, accessories and toys of the finest quality. There are three Teddy Bearskins stores, two of which are conveniently located in Rhode Island. 17 Brown St., Wickford • 401-295-0282 • teddybearskins.com • Mon – Thurs 10am – 5:30 pm, Fri 10am – 8pm, Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm 290 County Rd., Barrington • 245-8703 • Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 6 pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm

Second Helpings From trinkets to treasures, Second Helpings is a onestop shop for the holidays. Bristol’s cherished consignment shop offers fine furnishings, home goods, kitchen equipment, and more. New merchandise arrives daily and is discounted after 30 and 60 days, making Second Helpings the perfect resource during this gift-giving season. 32 Gooding Ave., Bristol • 401-396-9600 • secondhelpingsri.com

Bradford Mercantile From soy candles and whimsical Santa wine bottle stoppers to ‘Build a Christmas Village’ kits and Richard Scarry’s Christmas Tales for the Children, we have gifts and décor for the home and the people who live there! Many locally made items, including custom furniture to fit your space. Visit soon! 384 Market St., Warren (The big yellow barn near the Country Inn) • 401-289-2102 bradfordmercantile.com


Coggeshall Jewelers

Christmas comes but once a year… and so does Coggeshall Jewelers’ limited edition Christmas in Bristol bead. Get yours while they last along with the rest of your holiday gift needs such as diamond engagement rings and more - at Bristol’s only family jewelry store Coggeshall Jewelers. 473 Hope St., Bristol • 401-253-9460

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A shopping experience like no other. Let your children enjoy the play area as you browse the gently used maternity and children’s clothing as well as baby gear. Each item on the shelves has been hand selected based on current trends to ensure immaculate condition. 139 Water St., Warren • 401-289-2251 • luca-ri.com

Milan Clothiers

Need the perfect gift for the men in your life? Look no further than Milan Clothiers. The shop has business, formal, made to measure, weekend-wear and accessories such as hats, belts, socks, cufflinks and scarves. 178 Wayland Ave., Providence, Wayland Square • 401-621-6452 270 County Rd., Barrington • 401-247-9209 Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 6pm

Revival Revival combines classic vintage pieces with modern style and trends to offer a timeless shopping experience. From home furnishings to bath and body, Revival has everything you need to beautify your world. The perfect gift awaits! 227 Thames St., Bristol • 401-396-9806 • revivalbristolri.com

Partners Village Store and Kitchen

Partners Village Store and Kitchen has what you’re looking for. A trove of uncommon gifts, cards, toys, sweets, jewelry, a bookstore, and a gem of a café serving scrumptious lunches and the best cookies anywhere. Come to shop and stay for lunch; it always feels like home. 865 Main Road, Westport, MA • 508-636-2572 • partnersvillagestore.com Open daily 9:30am - 5pm

Be Well Bristol Give the gift of wellness this holiday season with Be Well Bristol. For only $100, receive 5 Pilates classes, 5 Yoga classes and $10 off a massage. Stop into any of the three locations to purchase. Bristol Yoga Studio • 676 Hope St. • 401-569-0147 • bristolyogastudio.com Aull Pilates & Movement Studio • 259 Thames St. • 401-253-7778 • aullpilates.com Ocean Massage • 11 State St. • 401-253-0696 aullpilates.com


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Easy Riders Exploring the power of therapy on horseback By Meagan Gann • Photography by Judith Gardner

Located on 25 acres of land in the small farming community of Rehoboth, the peaceful, picturesque grounds of the Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center could pass for one of the many farms that populate the area. Yet Greenlock has a special purpose: offering disabled children and adults the opportunity to improve themselves physically, mentally and emotionally through horseback riding. Greenlock serves over 200 clients every week, and their facilities include a large indoor arena, an outdoor ring, a sensory trail and a series of wooded trails. The atmosphere is open and inviting. As you enter the grounds, you’re likely to see a number of the specially chosen therapy horses walking about; the staff is friendly and quick to answer any questions. “Greenlock started in 1989,” recalls Edith Wislocki,

the director at Greenlock, who founded the center with Sheila Greenbaum, the co-director. “We leased a farm for three years in Rehoboth. We hoped that we would be successful in this endeavor, and we were.��� They moved to their current location in 1992, and about two and a half years into the lease, they were able to purchase it. “When we were leasing the farm, we had to offer riding lessons for both the able-bodied and the disabled, but we really wanted to focus just on the disabled,” Wislocki adds. She and Greenbaum are more than adequately equipped to oversee the task of running a therapeutic riding center. Wislocki has over 20 years of experience in health and human services, both as a behavioral psychologist and an administrator, while Greenbaum, a former special education teacher, has been active on the boards of several education-re-

lated community organizations. Children who come to Greenlock typically must demonstrate a need for physical therapy on a horse. Hippotherapy and therapeutic riding, as it turns out, cover treatment for almost every conceivable disability. “We start with kids at age two,” explains Wislocki, “with many, many disabilities: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down’s syndrome, muscular degenerative diseases, autism, pervasive developmental disorders and hyperactivity. We also help kids that have delayed speech and delayed walking.” Therapeutic riding, in particular, also benefits children and adults who suffer from emotional issues, spine and head injuries, stroke, arthritis, blindness and deafness. The positive impact of equine-based physical therapy, it seems, cannot be overstated. Hippotherapy, which in Greek literally translates

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to “horse-aided therapy,” is a special practice used by the professionals at Greenlock to effect physical, speech and occupational treatment. It works by way of the sensorimotor input provided by the horse’s natural walking patterns, resulting in a neuromuscular response in the rider that mimics the movements he or she would ordinarily make while walking. “Ninety percent of hippotherapy is individualized. We have 13 therapists who work one-on-one with the riders. They’re not teaching riding,” Wislocki emphasizes. “Hippotherapy and therapeutic riding are really separate disciplines,” adds Kathy Darowski, a certified occupational therapist assistant at Greenlock. “Therapeutic riding is like recreational riding, learning riding skills. With the hippotherapy, we’re meeting treatment goals, the same type of goals you would be meeting if you were in a clinical setting.” The specially selected therapy horses are chosen “based on the movement that they naturally have. We put riders on horses based on their movement needs.” In contrast to many riding centers, which start children off with therapeutic riding, children in hippotherapy programs at Greenlock must meet their treatment goals before “graduating” into therapeutic riding. Therapeutic riding, Greenlock’s second specialty, involves giving actual riding lessons to children and teaching them how to independently control their mount. They are taught by professionally licensed therapeutic riding instructors. This activity is a particularly effective treatment for children who are transitioning out of wheelchairs into walkers, or out of crutches into walking unaided. It promotes flexibility and increased muscle tone. Autistic children also stand to benefit. By interacting with and learning how to effectively communicate desires to the horse, children develop social skills that help them function outside of the ring. The special bond that a child creates with a horse also strengthens his or her personal connections with others. And just as with hippotherapy, the physical dimension of the experience – such as the motions of the horse – helps improve balance, as well as fine and gross motor control. Beyond addressing clinical needs, horseback riding also offers kids an outlet to enjoy themselves and improve their self-esteem. “When they’re on a horse, kids don’t really realize they’re receiving therapy,” says Wislocki. “They’re horseback riding. They don’t necessarily see it as therapy. They see it as bonding with an animal, and learning to ride. It’s a different way of giving therapy to kids who are disabled.” Darowski adds, “It gives them a sense of control in their lives, and a sense of accomplishment. The positive to being in this type of setting is that you have the fun part of being on a horse, as well as experiencing a relationship with an animal. It can be a huge boost for confidence.” The Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center is a PATH International Premier accredited center, and a 501c3 non-profit organization. The program would not be possible without the help of more than 40 volunteers each week.

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FORWARD These local apparel designers are making a big impression By Andrea McHugh Photography by James Jones

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The Sustainable Fashionista Nicole Lebreux’s clothing is style with a conscience It began with a

scarf in grade school. Sitting in class, Nicole Lebreux ignored her lesson while she played with the fabric and fashioned it into all sorts of clothing items. “I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t sew,” she recalls. Both of her grandmothers were seamstresses and she says she was always drawn to textiles, old prints and color. As an adult, her passion is deeply rooted in her craft, but she also speaks of a higher motive, sustainability, comfort and beauty. Patterns and colors flood the room in her apartment/studio. Pieces of fabric lie everywhere and the racks of completed clothes are stunning, leaving promise for the snippets that remain. All of her pieces have a vintage, bohemian feel with a clean finish and a sensibility of the wearer’s body. Life, day-to-day movement and mobility inspire her, and though she says that her constant challenge is comfort and fit, it is clear that her only real challenge is to consistently improve upon work that is already appealing. Her mixing of patterns is bold, but her clothes are easy to wear. Playing with new and interesting ways to fit clothes with elastics and drawstrings, she maintains beautiful silhouettes and craftsmanship without ever using a zipper. “I am in love with nature,” says Nicole, with genuine sentiment about her sustainable practices. Her philosophy is that happiness can be achieved in the fashion industry without resorting to mainstream manufacturing and cutthroat business practices. Spreading joy is how she defines her success and she knows that the best way she can contribute to the solution of waste is by being kind and not selfish, in every sense. All of her materials are reused either from old and vintage garments, or bits of cloth found at yard sales. Her best find was a box filled with 30 years worth of cut fabric from a local estate sale. She uses mill surplus, items that were a little wrong and

were headed for a landfill, and when she talks about material like that just sitting in the trash her passion shines through. “I take the fabrics and give them a new life,” she declares. Her fear for the state of the world fuels her to maintain all green practices and she makes it clear that things can change – because they have to. Nicole was born and raised in Tiverton, and though she has spent time living in New York and has traveled all over the world, she now lives and works in Bristol. “Nowhere in the world speaks to me like here,” she says. Her aim is to establish her name first locally and then across the country. She says her clientele is anyone young or young at heart, people who aren’t afraid of color or standing out. It is a fitting explanation for the designer herself; her big personality and ambitions for change are making quite an imprint on local fashion. www.nicolelebreux.com –Samantha Gaus

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The Legacy Marcela Calvet of Calvet Paris carries on a tradition of luxury handbags Few designers either within Rhode Island or well outside its borders can boast a century-old lineage intertwined with a legacy of haute couture. Argentinean-born, Newport-based Marcela Calvet is the exception. Style, it seems, is in the luxury handbag designer’s DNA. Calvet’s history and legacy is rooted in the Parisian fashion scene of the late 1920s, when it partially acquired the iconic couture label Callot Soeurs (established 1895). “Callot Soeurs was completely absorbed into Calvet in 1937,” Marcela explains. “However, the name was never changed because Callot Soeurs was a well respected and renowned label, while Calvet was known primarily for its award-winning wines in Bordeaux, and the incredible Calvet Museum of Fine Arts in Avignon.” In 2005, she says, “it came time to awaken the fashion aspect of this sleeping beauty from its long slumber. That was when I decided that in the 21st century, the brand had to be known as Calvet.” Today, Marcela adopts a design and construction philosophy that has not much changed since the 19th century. “Just to give you an idea of how we work at Calvet Paris, only one artisan is in charge of one design from start to finish,” she says. “That translates into a high degree of expertise and extreme attention  to detail.” Marcela depends on a team of seasoned artisans with a long heritage of crafting the luxury goods to make the pieces that bear her name. “When you create an element of beauty, you have to keep in mind that your creation has to reunite elements that will make it unique, desirable and appealing; but at the same time, you have to make certain  that the finished product possesses the traits that make your designs stand out, not just  in terms of aesthetics but in terms of quality in craftsmanship.” Calvet Paris already had a private global clientele when it operated out of a Bellevue Avenue appointment-only studio, but earlier this spring, Marcela came to the forefront of Newport’s toniest address, opening a retail loca-

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tion reminiscent of a Parisian boutique. Marcela designs the limited edition collections that she says pay homage to the glamour and elegance of the past, as well as the practicality and functionality of the present. “I combine the best attributes to create my beautiful designs so that my handbags will be enjoyed not just today but for many years to come,” she declares. Price points begin in the low $500s, and like many luxury lines, possess an enviable expected longevity and an exclusivity factor. Though working with clients and sourcing from around the world means a robust passport and a seemingly endless email inbox, she makes sure her world isn’t all work and no play. Says the jetsetter, “We live in such a beautiful part of the world here in New England that we need to make time to enjoy the beauty of our scenery and the company of the wonderful people who are part of our lives.” www.marcelacalvet.com


The Woman on the Go Kara Wickman designs clothes that look good in real life After Kara Wickman sent

her debut Fall/Winter 2011 collection down the StyleWeek Providence runway in January in the ballroom at the Biltmore, she came out from behind the curtain revealing a glowing smile and corset-clad baby bump. Just days after her second son arrived, Kara was behind the sewing machine crafting a second collection inspired by a family trip to Spain, where she soaked up influences from the lifestyle of the Southern Coast. In Malaga, Cartagena and Barcelona most especially, Kara says the local elegance translated into polished pieces focusing on clean lines to flatter the figures of real women. “This was my first time making bathing suits, and I love it,” she exclaims. “I think there is a certain mysterious sexiness in a one-piece suit and I created a few to flaunt a woman’s assets.” When the looks hit the PPAC stage at StyleWeek in August, Kara waited with nervous anticipation for the reaction. “I was fingers crossed backstage as each look stepped on the catwalk,” she admits. With a rousing ovation, her nerves were quickly calmed. The designer credits ever-growing StyleWeek Providence as a key component in the continued success of her eponymous line. “Without StyleWeek, I wouldn’t have found a platform to be able to show my work,” she notes. Looking for an opportunity to showcase her ultra-feminine designs, she was humbled to be a part of the fashionable event and grateful for the advantages it has offered. “All of the buzz around the week, whether it be interviews with local newspapers, magazines or websites has helped me to promote my brand immensely.” Already sketching and sourcing fabrics for her Fall/Winter 2012 collection, which Kara predicts will incorporate “rich fabrics and strong silhouettes with feminine qualities,” Kara admits, “This may be my favorite collection to date. I just love fall.” Fueling her creative spirit, she’s working out of a new studio located inside her mother’s business, SeaScapes Salon in Swansea. The Barrington native also uses her talent to support locally-based worthy

causes, including designing exquisite gowns for heart disease survivors benefiting the American Heart Association. More recently she was a part of Stomp Out Domestic Violence, a fashion show benefiting the Women’s Center of Rhode Island. She dressed Erica Caligiuri, a 2011 “Glambassador” for Glamour magazine, for the occasion. (Kara often makes custom pieces for women.) While it’s easy to get carried away with the thrilling world of fashion, Kara keeps her feet planted firmly on the ground, juggling work, a husband, two sons and an active lifestyle. How does she do it all? “I ask myself the same question,” she laughs. “With a 4 1/2-year-old and an 8-month-old, the days are filled with activities. I try to plan my days ahead of time by carving out time for both boys, designing, the gym – which keeps me sane – and my husband. Oh, and housework too, which sometime falls to the wayside,” she confesses. “If you notice the dust, look away.” www.karawickman.com

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The Finishing Touches “I’ve always been driven,” notes Sarah Quick, the designer behind Modern Shades of Grey. Young, beautiful and ambitious, Sarah spins a lot of plates at one time, but channels her creative side when crafting Modern Shades of Grey’s popular pieces, along with her mother in Middletown, which include earrings, bracelets, necklaces, scarves and hair accessories. Each piece is original, many incorporating unexpected components she describes as “up-cycled.” “My inspiration comes from all over,” she explains. “It comes from vintage pieces I have in my closet, artwork I see on the street, trends that I see on the runway.” Modern Shades’ latest collection, “Cusp,” is inspired by Sarah’s interest in astrology; her “Gris” collection, which was unveiled this past spring, was inspired by beads Sarah personally sourced, and she’s looking ahead to fashion a zodiac-inspired collection. Consumers, retailers and local designers have taken note. “I try to get involved in the local fashion scene, and attend events where I can interact with other up and coming designers as well as others in the industry,” says the savvy 20-something. “I try to stay organized and focused on my goal of improving and expanding my business.” Part of the line’s growth can be attributed to the exposure it received during StyleWeek Providence, including during an accessory showcase and being paired with designer ensembles that have graced the runway. “I loved being a part of StyleWeek,” she enthuses. “It was amazing to see my brand transform into something bigger as more people became familiar with the name and signature pieces. StyleWeek was a great asset to promoting my business because I met many people that I eventually collaborated with on photo shoots, trunk shows, as well as being on the runway in Kara Wickman’s show.” Another highlight was when Real Housewife of New York Alex McCord, known for her adventurous, fashion forward taste, donned one of Sarah’s designs. While the Modern Shades of Grey look ranges from elegant to eclectic, it can also be fun. “We have some surprises up our sleeves for the Christmas season, but we are also working on some Patriots and Bruins related accessories for all the sports fans out there,” she reveals. “You will just have to wait and see!” www.modernshadesofgrey.com 28

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An antique shop owner and the place she calls home “I love antiques for their soul, their style. It’s having a piece of history in your home,” says Robin Jenkins Furze as she drifts through her living room. Tucked quietly on 1 3/4 peaceful acres less than a mile from Tiverton Four Corners, the home, which she shares with her husband Brian and precious pair of miniature Dachshunds, adopts the fundamentals of traditional Cape architecture with an English cottage twist. “We took the basic Cape plan and embellished it,” Robin explains. As the owner of Robin Jenkins Antiques in Bristol and Tiverton, she and Brian wanted to create a home that simultaneously acted as a respite from their busy lifestyle, but also provided an area for Robin to store her newest finds après antiquing and before objects make their way to retail. When the couple worked with noted local builder Dennis Talbott 12 years ago, the original plan was for the home to be set closer to the main street, bisecting the then-growing development. Upon greater study, the couple decided to set

the foundation significantly further back, deep in the thicket, which proved a wise if laborious decision. A dozen years later, the two still clear the land regularly, an activity in which they both find solace and in which Brian has found a passion. In fact, the ample expanse has become an alfresco gallery of sorts, courtesy of Brian’s talent for stacking rocks in artful forms that rely on nothing but natural balance to stay in place, and for creating abstract sculpture from gathered roots. “We feel this is an old Indian territory, and we feel the spirits here,” explains Robin, who begins many days with an early morning walk with the dogs through the sculpture garden. Each piece was uncovered from the earth there, as were curious treasures – among them, shards of what the couple guesses to be centuries-old pottery and glass. A more recent discovery while clearing the land was a pair of boulders with perfectly formed flat seating areas. “Stone thrones,” is what the couple calls the find, positioning the pair overlooking the home

and gardens with a cocktail table in between. “We’ll sit up there in the early evening and drink wine,” Robin smiles. Among the creations are eyecatching garden ornaments including sundials, moss-covered garden spheres, small statuary, topiaries, container gardens in elegant copper pots and a pair of authentic English saddle stones. The stones, which Robin says are extremely old, were traditionally used to support and elevate a building that stored corn and grain. Inside the home, there is also a hint of farmhouse living, with a wide paneled wood hallway, antique details and fir floors throughout. The couple worked with Talbott to integrate restored doors with original hardware throughout the home, many of which came from a triple-decker Brian’s great-grandfather built in Fall River many, many decades ago. “We like nostalgia,” he explains. A tin Sunbeam bread door pull, similar to the ones found in variety stores in the same Fall River neighborhood, hangs lovingly, and two similar vintage brand

signs hang on the other screen doors. “And we like whimsy,” says Robin, who is adding more of these vintage finds to the stores. Of course, having an expert eye for antiques promises a home full of beautiful, storied pieces and this one doesn’t disappoint. Antiquing is in Robin’s blood. “I grew up in antiques,” she says. She was raised among beautiful pieces as her parents owned the well-known Leonard’s Antiques in Seekonk, which her brother operates today. She broadened her experience while working for Skinner, Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers in Bolton, Massachusetts. Today, in addition to the aforementioned Robin Jenkins Antiques on Bristol’s Hope Street, she’s opened a second location along with Jeff Gladding, who operates his antique business, Epilogues, in the same space behind Peter’s Attic. Robin and Jeff specialize in furniture and decorations, specifically early to “midcentury Moderne.” In one corner you might find an 18th century highboy, and in another, an industrial steel table. The

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eclectic assortment caught the eye of actor Richard Gere, who popped in on breaks when filming a movie in Bristol not too long ago. By the time Gere returned home, he had acquired a collection of antiques (which were delivered to his home by Robin and Brian). A small, marble-topped table, spotted in Maine on an antiquing hunt, anchors the kitchen, a piece intended for the shop that has found its permanent home. (Though often tempting, it doesn’t happen with many pieces.) A warm copper backsplash crafted by Metal Works Corporation in Tiverton grants a soft glow, interrupted only by bold blue tile above the cooktop. Just outside the window, a trio of vintage wooden crates are repurposed as herb gardens, planted with the help of Robin’s friend and local garden designer Peggy Siebrandt. (The topiaries and planted vintage crates are representa-

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tive of the special holiday selection to be offered at Robin’s shop during Bristol’s holiday stroll.) In the living room, where the couple tends to relax, there’s a menagerie of nautical antiques, beloved artwork from local talent like Brenda Wrigley Scott, and a pair of Dutch Moderne chairs bought with a regular customer in mind, but just too good to bid adieu. “Brian loves Dutch Moderne,” reveals Robin. “It’s becoming more and more popular, so I’m starting to move in that direction at the store.” A 19th century Heriz oriental rug defines the room, while on the side table rests a working phone from the 1940s, fully restored and given by Robin to Brian on his birthday. It even retains the original telephone number with which he grew up. With an open floor plan, the living room pours into the main dining room, where a farmhouse table is the main at-

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traction and a shelving unit showcases Robin’s collection of vintage McCoy pottery bowls and vintage McCoy and Roseville dog bowls. They are the few remaining pieces she couldn’t part with when she recently sold the bulk of the collection. She acquired the first bowl as teenager for just $5; today the bowls range in price from $65-175 per. In the bedroom, an heirloom highboy that has been in her family for decades is one of her most sentimentally prized possessions. A late 19th century Chinese Camphor wood chest once used to house textiles and silks has been repurposed for storage. “We find the pieces first, then find the perfect place,” Robin says. As the antiques come and go, Robin says things are constantly changing in house. “It always evolves,” she says, but it’s always home. To learn more about Robin’s shops, visit www. robinjenkinsantiques.com.

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Inside Grasmere, you’ll find a carefully curated selection of home and lifestyle items – like furniture, jewelry, small gifts and table dressings – that are both new and antique. Many of the items are imported, especially from northern Europe. “We import directly from Holland, Denmark, Austria and Germany,” the couple notes. “Our focus is handcrafted, independent designer and Fair Trade personal accessories and gifts. One of our goals is stepping away from items of mass production and emphasizing the idea of making our living spaces unique.” While there’s always something lovely and unique to find in the store – the couple emphasizes “introducing distinctive designs to many aspects of life” – don’t overlook the seasonal appeal of Grasmere. This time of year, you’ll find exclusive holiday decorations that your neigh-

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I turned off of Waterman Avenue into the Vine Yard East parking lot. It’s a nicely designed building off a stretch of Route 44 in East Providence that’s not exactly known for dining. The restaurant’s website describes itself as having a “casual, down-home atmosphere,” so I brought my family with me. Since we were going out to eat with two little girls, we went on a weeknight, early in the evening, around 5:30 pm. The restaurant was relatively quiet at that time, though it certainly filled up by the time we left around 7pm, and it was understandable why. We had a very nice meal at reasonable prices with great service. Vine Yard East seemed very much like a neighborhood restaurant and it looked like the neighbors have welcomed it to town. Upon entering the restaurant, the first space you walk into is a large bar area with the usual big-screen TV and wellstocked shelves of liquor. I found it especially attractive that the bar is completely separate from the dining room. I’m not opposed to televisions in restaurants as long as it’s clear that that’s the mission of the place: to dine while staring at a sporting event. Otherwise I find them to be an unnecessary distraction. We were shown into the dining room that is decorated in deep reds and a light beige, colors reflecting Vine Yard East’s “wine influence.” As soon as we sat, we were brought house-made potato chips with barbecue sauce, which they offer instead of bread service. I was immediately curious because an offering like that could go one

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of two ways: either successfully, or as a novelty when what you really wanted was bread. Happily, it was the former. The chips were excellent, thinly sliced and fried perfectly crisp — something that could easily go wrong if you’re not paying enough attention to the frying. The sauce was light and tangy, not just a doctored ketchup. It was a perfect little opening treat for the kids as well. We started by ordering the New England Clam Chowder ($6.95), Crab Cakes ($10.95) and VYE House Salad ($8.95) from an expansive menu. In addition to the starters and soups and salads there are sandwiches, grilled pizzas, entrees and pasta, as well as dessert and some of the usual kids options. The Clam Chowder had great flavor. It was loaded with bacon, which can never be a bad thing, but also was a nice thickness without being too gloppy and heavy. The Crab Cakes were very light, almost airy, which gave the crab a lot of room to stand out, unlike the over-breaded cakes you sometimes get. They were served with pickled onions that, coupled with celery in the cake, added to the dish’s overall freshness. The VYE House Salad was made up of mixed greens, granny smith apples, dried cherries, toasted pecans, gorgonzola cheese and maple balsamic dressing. It was certainly an abundance of greens with the rest of the components working together well. I thought it was a credit to the salad that, while there was a lot on the plate, there wasn’t a ton of dressing to overpower it all. At this point we ordered some drinks,

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and here was the one part of the Vine Yard East experience that puzzled me a bit. For a restaurant that is named, designed and “influenced” by wine, I found the wine selection a little lacking. I certainly didn’t expect a massive, multi-page wine list at a casual restaurant, and I did appreciate that there was some variety from the usual California and Australian bargain brands you’ll see at some places. I’m not saying they should remove the $4.75 a glass house pours – that’s very welcome in this day and age – but I felt there was room for a slightly better selection. Vine Yard East has a Wine Club ($50 for a one-year membership) and I’d be curious to see what they offer during members-only tastings and specials. For dinner we selected the VYE Pork and Clams ($16.95), the Veal Tenderloin ($20.95) and a BBQ Chicken Pizza ($12.95). We also ordered a Mac and Cheese ($3.99) for my daughters. The Pork and Clams – a braised pork shank, roasted potatoes, olives and littlenecks in a spicy garlic broth – was recommended by the wait staff as a specialty and I was glad they suggested it. The shank was perfectly cooked with the meat falling off the bone, but not stringy or soupy. The BBQ Chicken Pizza with smoked gouda, sliced red onion and cilantro was good. I’m not a big chicken-on-pizza person, but the rest of my family loved it. I’d like to try another one of the pizzas and see how the dough tastes with a more traditional topping of sauce and cheese. The Veal Tenderloin was served with butternut and pear puree, bacon roasted Brussels sprouts and mushrooms, and topped with a veal demi. It was the clear star at our table. The veal was perfectly grilled, beautifully pink and juicy. The butternut squash and pear puree was outstanding. It was a great compliment to the veal and just delicious on its own. There was a lot of sweetness from the roasted squash with just a touch of tart-

ness from the pear, plus the texture was silky smooth. The Brussels sprouts were nicely cooked. All three of these dishes were very well presented, from an elegant look for the veal tenderloin plate to a strong, rustic plating for the pork shank. The Mac and Cheese was a little thick for my tastes, but both flavorful and plentiful,. My daughters ate it up without complaining, and that’s a better endorsement than I could ever give. While on the topic of my daughters, I want to mention that the service was excellent, not only in providing for the kids – which our servers did wonderfully – but throughout the whole meal. Even as the dining room filled up, we were very well taken care of the entire time. Vine Yard East doesn’t have a set dessert menu; they offer items that are made in-house that day. We chose the Pumpkin Cheesecake with Almond Brittle, which was so enjoyed by everyone at the table that I barely got a taste. But that was all right with me – I was very happy with the Chocolate Brownie with Peanut Butter Chips and Peanut Butter Mousse. Yes, it was as rich as it sounds and even if I wasn’t sharing, I don’t think I could have finished the whole thing. We would gladly return to Vine Yard East to try some different things, or just to have that veal and butternut puree again. It’s the kind of place that calls for repeat visits, and what more could you ask from a neighborhood restaurant?

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Bristol AGAVE 805 Hope Street; 401-256-1566. Agave presents an eclectic mix of flavors and influences, encompassing tapas, Latin food, Southwestern dishes, pizzas, local seafood favorites, even pastas, all with a great view of the waterfront. BLD $$-$$$ 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 $$-$$$

DECK FORTY TWO 28 Water Street, East Providence; 401-270-4245. Enjoy fresh seafood and Italian favorites at family friendly prices, along with the best waterfront view of the city. It’s a convenient trip from downtown, just off the East Bay Bike Path. LD $-$$$ VINE YARD EAST 315 Waterman Avenue;  401-432-7000. Wine-influenced dining meets casual down home atmosphere, and an eclectic menu of regional fare like local seafood favorites and Italian and Portuguese classics. LD $$

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November from previous page November 11: Join the Gallery Eleven artists and patrons for a champagne toast to celebrate their one-year anniversary. In appreciation of their successful first year, their new exhibit, Giving, will showcase small works of art donated by each member, to raffle during a month-long fundraiser benefiting Paws New England. Appetizers from Leo’s Ristorante will be offered, and representatives from PAWS, along with some adoptable furry friends, will attend. So wish the gallery a happy anniversary, and get in on the festivites. 5-8pm. Free. 11 State Street, Bristol. 401-396-9311, www.galleryelevenfineart.com. Fridays in November Make sure your little ones bring their favorite stuffed animal for Story Time at Luca Boutique. Leave your kids to enjoy the tales and the play space while you shop. All ages are welcome. 11am. Free. 139 Water Street, Warren. 401-289-2251, www. luca-ri.com. Through November 19 Break down the heady theme of the exhibit Metaphor, Allegory and Paradox to the simple idea that you need to come up with the meaning of the photographs, paintings and mixed media, all created using visual code. Wednesday-Sunday: 1-4pm. Free. Bristol Art Museum at Linden Place, Hope and Wardwell Streets, Bristol. 401-253-2250, www.bristolartmuseum.org. November 4-5 Create a backstory with purchases from the Folk Art and Artisans Show, because anything that doesn’t come wrapped in plastic not only becomes believable as the handiwork of a little old lady, but also increases its aww factor. Friday: 4-9pm, Saturday: 9am4pm. Free. Francis Farm, 27 Francis Farm Road, Rehoboth. 508-252-3031, www.carpentermuseum.org. November 4-5 Know that whatever documentary, narrative and shorts are playing at the

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newportFilm mini-fest, things will be less predictable than the multiplex. 6pm: wine reception and screening, $20; 7pm screening only: $12; Saturday only: 1pm family friendly film, $5 kids, $10 adults. Jane Pickens Theatre, 49 Touro Street, Newport. 401649-2784, www.newportfilm.com. November 5 Place bets on which songs Johnny’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, will perform from a storied career spanning 30 years and 12 albums, but just hope she leaves time to sing the most important, “Happy Birthday,” to the Narrows, as the venue turns ten. 8pm. $75, $37.50 child. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. 508-324-1926, www.ncfta.org. November 7 Heed the Tiverton Arts Council Call to Artists, as they seek out talented South Coasters who can also follow detailed directions, for their Little Pictures Show, a showcase for two dimensional framed work, up to 18 inches in any direction, hung with wire, with paper pieces protected in glass. 10am-noon. Tiverton Town Hall, 343 Highland Road, Tiverton. 401451-7333. November 9 Forget about digging a pit, filling it with heating stones, and hoping that your dinner warms up enough not to give anyone a food borne illness; let the professionals at the Lions Club Clam Boil take care of your seafood feast this time round, while assisting community at the same time. 6pm. $25. Seekonk Rod and Gun Club, 61 Reed Street, Rehoboth. www.rehobothnow.com. November 10 Understand that when comedian Arnez J says, “I Got a Couple of Things on My Mind,” he’s going to communicate his thoughts not by taking pen to paper, but with the same physicality that earned him comparisons to Jim Carrey and Jerry Lewis. 8pm. $25. Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue, East Provi-

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November 24 Adjust your eating game plan this Thanksgiving by participating in the five-mile running race or the three-mile non-competitive walk of the Newport Fed Pie Run, instead of strategically skipping breakfast for two weeks prior. 8:30am. $25 and non-perishable food donation. Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Road, Middletown. www.newportrunningclub.org.

November 16 Pipe up during Dr. Geoffrey Berg’s Discussion About Oil, not just to commiserate about how your weekly fill-ups are cutting into your grocery budget, but to educate yourself on how America’s dependence on oil has ramifications that go far beyond the pump. 7-9pm. Free. Barrington Library, 281 County Road, Barrington. 401-2471920, www.barringtonlibrary.org. November 17 Man your battle stations as Don Levine, inventor of everyone’s favorite combat ready action figure, talks about GI Joe: The Story Behind the Legend, while sharing research and development, a brief film and samples of his work. 7pm. Free. Barrington Senior Center, Lecture Room, 281 County Road, Barrington. 401247-1926, www.barrpreservation.org. November 18-December 18 Deny, if you must, that there’s no trace of your everyday life in The Suitors, a comedy by Racine written in 1688, but from time to time, you’ve felt like the judge named Nigaud, who’s lost his mind from overwork. Thursday: 7pm, Friday-Saturday: 8pm, Sunday: 3pm. $15 previews, $25. Bristol Statehouse, 240 High Street, Bristol. 401-2474200, www.2ndstorytheatre.com. November 19 Give thanks at your table next Thursday, for The Horn of Plenty Music featuring local guys Mark Cutler and Michael Troy, as well as the Maine based Jason Spooner Trio, whose songs you may have heard while sipping your latte at Starbucks. 7pm. $22. Common Fence Community Hall, 933

November 25 Forget for one evening about dropping an aristocratic sounding name, then trying to remember the background that goes with it, because in honor of the Newport Harbor Boat Parade, the Newport Yacht Club is open to the public, with additional viewing at Bowen’s and Bannister’s Wharfs. 6:15pm. Free. Newport Waterfront. 401-8455815, www.gonewport.com. November 26-27 Thanksgiving weekend is officially Bristol Residents Weekend and the Herreshoff Museum will be offering free admission to all Bristolians. Take a guided tour with the family and learn some of Bristol’s rich history. Also enjoy 10% off at the gift shop and get a start on your holiday shopping. 1 Burnside Street, Bristol. 401-253-5000, www.herreshoff.org. November 28 Keep the beat and Drum Away the Blues with instructor Craig Harris, who provides percussion instruments and hand drums, to create a richer listening experience than the tinny notes coming from your kitchen orchestra when your stock pot gets a beatdown from the ladle. 6:307:30pm. Free. Seekonk Library, 410 Newman Avenue, Seekonk. 508-336-8230, www.seekonkpl.org.

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Thanks to advances in modern medicine, senior citizens are living to be ever more senior these days. Which means, if it hasn’t happened already, it is likely only a matter of time before you welcome an elderly relative into your home. If you love your elders but cringe at the thought of hearing the thump of their walkers at your door, you are not alone. Laugh away your fears with a light-hearted take on the subject, aptly titled Social Security, at the Newport Playhouse this month. For Barbara and David, two chic, 40-something art dealers on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, life is all cocktails, gallery openings, and goodnatured criticism. That is, until a particularly scandalous family crisis lands Barbara’s elderly mother in their laps. What happens next is both expected — oh, the tyranny of an aged mother! — and marvelously unexpected. As the couple grapples with the trials of caretaking, the challenges of marriage, and the upheaval to their daily routine, they slowly learn to embrace change and each other. Director Tony Annicone is no stranger to the stage. The local actor and theater critic has directed over a hundred shows and reviewed nearly a thousand. He helmed the Academy

Players of East Greenwich production of Social Security a few years back, at which point he described it as “a comedy about parenthood, art and sex... and not necessarily in that order.” Written by Andrew Bergman of Fletch, Blazing Saddles and The In-Laws, the play opened on Broadway in 1986 and holds up remarkably well. Apparently, having parents pushing 80 was just as problematic in the ‘80s as it is today. The Newport Playhouse production features Jessica Grossman as Barbara, the distressed daughter, with David Adams Murphy as her bemused husband David. Leslie Zeile plays Barbara’s uptight sister Trudy, partnered by Rick Bagley as her nerdy accountant spouse Martin. Sandra Nicastro and Molly Marks share the part of the domineering matriarch Sophie, a hilarious role originated by Olympia Dukakis. Rounding out the cast is Jim Killavey as an ancient French artist who maintains the spirit of youth in surprising ways. “I have to make sure the audience can identify with the characters so they can laugh out loud at the situations in the show,” Annicone declares of his directorial duties. From lively sibling rivalry to take-no-prisoners parenting tactics, the characters in

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Social Security walk the fine line between riotous and relatable. Without Providence Media giving away the play’s many jokes and Spot ads: 2.125" x 2.875" gags, Annicone does allow, “There is August 11, 2011 a funny dance scene done to the habanera from Carmen [‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle…’] that has October to be seen 11, 2011 Providence Monthly, Novembe to be believed.” October 26, 2011 East Side Monthly, December Social Security could give you November 8, 2011 Bay Magazine, December a newfound appreciation for the more gray-haired and grizzled members of your family. Or it could give you impetus to move far, far away as fast as possible. Either way, combined with the Playhouse’s allyou-can-eat buffet and spirited post-show cabaret, it should make for a fun night. While social security itself may not survive the next 30 years, hopefully this play will.

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Collective Action

Three artists band together at Tiverton Four Corners It is, of course, wholly appropriate

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The Sakonnet Collective

ent media to interact.” According to Abbe, the three started by converting a once rustic farmhouse into a multi-dimensional artistic collaborative, which features both gallery space and working artist studios. “We all work in different mediums and offer separate strengths, making us a dynamic team,” she says. “Aside from offering each other inspiration and encouragement, we have a lot of fun together.” The Collective says as one (literally), “We think it’s really great that we can bring together a group of outgoing people who have all these different practices and expose each other to new techniques and new ideas. It inevitably leads to collaboration and the progression of all of our works.” Besides displaying an eclectic collection of painting, mixed media art, fine furniture, jewelry and textiles, they have carved out a 500-squarefoot-gallery, which “not only showcases our work but works of other

emerging artists as well. It also proves a perfect setting for consultations for clients who would like custom made pieces,” adds Abbe. “Besides just handmade items, we offer community enrichment with workshops, lectures and demonstrations.” There are also some extraordinary materials being used. “The work I like to do is based on traditional styles, so I tend to use materials and methods that would have been used in that period. I use hide glue more often than yellow glue,” said Stephen of his furniture. “Milk paint is used on a lot of the Shaker furniture I build, as well as the Windsor-style chairs I do. I also use a variety of woods, veneers, etc. depending on the piece I am making. Metals such as brass are used for locks and keys, and I have even had the chance to work with ivory (from old piano keys) to make escutcheon plates for key holes.” Their art is also environmentally friendly. “My materials span

from metal smithed silver, copper and gold to fiber and textiles – often, with a marriage of both. Most of these materials are recycled, reclaimed or responsibly obtained,” notes Abbe. “All the silver I use in my jewelry I salvage and melt down myself. By melting down my own metal I eliminate the environmental harm caused by mass refining.” In supporting an already diverse creative community in Tiverton, the Collective says that it “just seemed natural to open our place near Four Corners to help advance the already established creative force existing there.” “We want people to know that we are an available artistic resource,” says Abbe. “We want to become a central cultural hub in the community to bring together artists, patrons and the just the plain curious. Visitors are always welcomed in our studios and gallery.” For more information, go to www. thesakonnetcollective.com.

Photography: Judith Gardner

for a man named “Pad,” and a woman named “Abbe” to cloister in a former barn that now serves as an artistic coop, bucolic haven and hang out joint. Stephen Kinnane, Padraic “Pad” Manning and Abbe Ciulla are the triumvirate behind the Sakonnet Collective, which was formed in an idyllic, open barn space at Tiverton Four Corners that serves them and emerging artists well. What began as a studio space has become an open showroom for the past seven months. Stephen, a fine furniture and cabinet maker who completed his master studies at the renowned North Bennet Street School in Boston; his cousin Pad Manning, a Tiverton native, painter, mixed media artist, teacher and art instructor who studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; and Abbe, who creates “wearable arts and home décor of metal textiles,” and who studied jewelry and textile design at UMass Dartmouth, are now hanging out together weekly and invite you to join them. “We are cousins. We grew up together. We eventually went our different ways after high school, but still kept in close contact,” says Stephen. “After completing our studies at separate schools, we came together and started this co-op. We just recently met Abbe through a friend, and opened our doors to her. We could not be happier with our current situation here at the Sakonnet Collective.” The renovated space allows the trio to show their finished works as a showroom/gallery. “We invite and welcome the public to come and visit the space,” Pad offers. “We built the studio for us to have a permanent space where we could work on our individual projects as well as having the opportunity to collaborate and feed off each others’ talents and natural abilities,” adds Stephen. “The goal was to create an outlet for our timeless quality of handmade art, to promote an appreciation of handcrafted items, and to provide an opportunity for artists working in differ-


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Just Add Water

by Dave Nelligan

Fishing for All Seasons It is that time of year again. The ocean has dropped below a satisfying bathtub temperature of 80 degrees. Sitting on the couch bundled up in two sweatshirts and a Snuggie has completely de-motivated you to venture out in any type of watercraft where a wave might even hint at crashing over the side. And those gusty fall winds make the idea of constantly having to trim your sails a nightmare. To still enjoy those beautiful coastlines, the smell of the sea and crisp fall air, remain in that reversed bathrobe and grab your fishing pole. Whether it is offshore, inshore, pond or river fishing that tickles your fancy, the area has an option for every 58

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type of angler. It could be with friends, family, co-workers or just by yourself to relax– fishing offers something for everyone. While some people look at fishing as a boring waste of time, others see it as a chance to be outdoors, share some good times, and take time off from the normal hustle and bustle of life. For the serious anglers looking for a battle, bluefish run all the way through November, offering up a worthy opponent to try to reel in. For the casual casters, stocked ponds and rivers with trout and bass can offer just as satisfying a capture as the open ocean. Fishing can not only be a fun activ-

ity, but also have the added benefit of harvesting you a delicious meal. Think about the last time you did not rely on a grocery store or a restaurant for a meal; some folks might not even be able to come up with a time. Taking just one meal off from commercial products to experience what it was like back when people fended for themselves will not only be a satisfying accomplishment, but might just make you a little more appreciative of the world we live in today. Just remember to get your license from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management or participating organizations throughout the state before you go. Also to check out all the rules and regula-

tions regarding issues such as open seasons and size and procession limits for particular species. All necessary information can be found at www.dem.ri.gov. You can also venture out without a license on one of the many fishing charters throughout the state that offer everything you need for a great day of fishing, from tackle and instruction to expert guides. Whether you’re teaching your children how to bait a hook and the importance of patience, cracking a few beers with some buddies, or trying to beat the 1981 Rhode Island record for bluefin tuna at 1,142 lbs and 12 oz., fishing is what you make of it. Go out and have fun.

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