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Kettle Point

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GALLERY AT FOUR

FAVORITE THINGS, a holiday show featuring paintings, photography and sculpture from some of the gallery’s favorite artists including Gretchen Dow Simpson, Anthony Russo and Anthony Tomaselli. through January 10th 3848 Main Road • (401) 816-0999 galleryatfour.com

Holiday Bright Night Friday, December 4, 4-7pm

Shops Open Late with Luminaries Abound Specials and Fun for Everyone

7th Annual re-Tree Outdoor Exhibition Friday, December 4 - Friday, December 18

TIFFANY PEAY JEWELRY

A gemstone lover’s delight. Featuring the collection of one-of-a-kind gemstone, pearl and gold jewelry handmade by renowned designer Tiffany Peay. The shop is enchanting and sure to impress. Never pay sales tax on Tiffany’s handmade jewels. 3851 Main Road • (401) 816-0878 tiffanypeay.com

An Outdoor Showcase of Festive Trees Created by the Community with Recycled Materials

Shop Late on Fridays in December

Many Participating Shops Open till 7pm

THE COTTAGE AT FOUR CORNERS

GROUNDSWELL CAFE AND GARDEN

Fine Home Finishings and Amazing Gifts photo: Simon Pearce Hand Blown Glass 3847 Main Road • (401) 625-5814 TheCottageRI.com

NOW OPEN! Locally roasted coffee, gourmet food & uncommon goods for your garden + home. Two buildings, one unique experience in Tiverton Four Corners. Groundswell Café + Bakery - 3883 Main Road Groundswell Garden + Home – 3895 Main Road groundswellcafegarden.com

KATHRINE LOVELL STUDIO

By Appointment only. Call to visit the studio. Woodblock prints, paintings, commissions happily accepted. (401) 743-6077 • klovell.com

GALLERY AT FOUR

From Susan Freda Studios, a dazzling selection of uniquely designed, handcrafted jewelry and sculpture perfect for the season of giving. 3848 Main Road • (401) 816-0999 galleryatfour.com

CÉDIAN PAINTING: STUDIO-GALLERY

Fine Art Painting and Decor by Jennifer Jones Rashleigh PILLOWS, PAINTINGS, TILES & TAPESTRIES wildlife cameos of birds, fish botanicals & beach scenes. Custom orders & appointments welcomed. 3879 Main Road • (508) 951-0696 cedianpainting.com

STUDIO BY THE SEA

As we explore, we create. Peter Tirpaeck, master jeweler, will assist in all your jewelry needs: repair, refashion or repurpose. Hand carved belt buckles, bottle openers and one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry. 3879 Main Road • (401) 639-4348 STUDIOBYTHESEARI.COM

THE CHEESE WHEEL VILLAGE MARKET

Extensive selection of imported and domestic cheeses, local meats, produce, house-made bread. Featuring Marion's Table, Litl Rhody Pasta, and custom charcuterie boards. Order now for the holidays! 3838 Main Road • (401) 816-5069 TheCheeseWheelRI.com

Fine Art, Antiques, Unique Decorative Furnishings & Handmade Goods for the Home, Gourmet Food & Amazing Open Space. Explore a Beautiful New England Village in Tiverton. #TakeARideTiverton4Corners •

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Local Knowledge, Global Network

PORTSMOUTH: Sweeping Sakonnet Water Views – $1,495,000 Gloria Dunn – 846.2955

TIVERTON: Luxurious Waterviews in Private Community – $1,095,000 Thomas Little – 401.245.3600

PORTSMOUTH: Classic New England 3-Bedroom Cape – $725,000 Nicki Lucenti – 439.9581

TIVERTON: Waterfront New Construction $975,000. Bridget Torrey – 575.6522

PORTSMOUTH: Water Front Townhouse at Aquidneck Club – $599,000 Kim Fleming – 935.9075

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PORTSMOUTH: King’s Grant 5-Bedroom with Water Views – $1,750,000 Dina Karousos – 451.6461

SO. TIVERTON: ‘SeaSmoke Landing’ Waterfront Lots on 12 Acres – $1,250,000. Jessica Chase – 864.3596

BRISTOL: Condo at ‘The Tides’ With Possible Mooring – $325,000 Elena Wilcox – 662.0604

TIVERTON: South Tiverton Colonial With Pool – $774,000 Bridget Torrey – 575.6522

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In This Issue Photo courtesy of Mike Rielly

The Bay Magazine December 2020

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Secret Santas Three generations of Bristolians spread Christmas cheer far and wide

The Buzz

Life & Style

13 East Prov mom starts her

29 ENTERTAINING: Ideas for

dream candle company

taking cozy celebrations outdoors

14 Potter League expands with

34 INFLUENCER: Warren’s own

Riverside vet clinic

Brendan Kirby of The Rhode Show

16 New travel column showcases

35 SHOP: Places to buy

roadtrip to Westerly

handmade for the holidays

17 Rogers Free Library seminars

Food & Drink

help job seekers

37 These to-go cocktails are the bee’s knees

18 RHODY GEM: A Newport art shop with historic roots

38 EXPERIENCE: Farm coast

Photo courtesy of Groundswell Design Group, Inc.

meets France at Tiverton cafe

21 CALENDAR: This month’s must-do’s

40 FOOD NEWS: Vegans

Pic of the Bay

rejoice! Plant City comes to

42 A stunning image from a local lens

Middletown

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A NEW WAVE OF LIVING

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The Buzz Buzz on the Bay

Rhody Gem

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Making Light of Things East Providence mom turns pandemic into the perfect time to launch eco-minded candle company What do a busy mom, 50-pound box of soy wax, and a pandemic have in common? They’re the foundation of Cam Candles & Co., a soap and body care biz based out of Nicole Duxbury’s East Providence home. “It had always been a dream of mine to someday have my own business and be my own boss,” says Duxbury, a former dental assistant who had quit her job in order to spend more time at home with her toddler, Cameron. While the original plan was to find an earlier shift or remote gig, the subsequent lockdown sparked another idea. Duxbury began researching how candles are made and found that most involve paraffin wax, which “actually burns toxins into the environment,” she says. “I learned about soy wax and how it could be used as an all-natural, toxin-free alternative.” Hence, she ordered a massive box for herself and “just went for it.” “To make my candles, I always start with the scent,” Duxbury explains. For winter, she’ll be capturing the aromas of white birch,

cypress and bayberry, mahogany and shea, and Christmas hearth. She then calculates how much wax and fragrance oil she needs, melts the wax using the “double boiler” method (a pot with wax nested inside a pot of boiling water), washes and heats the mason jars, preps the wicks, and finally pours the candles before cooling and labeling. While the creamy white candles are the star of the show, Duxbury also crafts handmade soaps, body balm, body butter, and salt scrubs, all of which feature natural and vegan ingredients like purple Brazilian clay, activated charcoal, and even lavender buds picked from a Cape Cod farm. For Duxbury, the business goes beyond making things that smell nice and look pretty; she wants to provide products that are equally as healthy for people as they are for the planet. Browse candles, soaps, body care, and more at CamCandlesAndCo.com or follow on Instagram @camcandlesandco | By Megan Schmit

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The Buzz

ON THE BAY

By Megan Schmit

Helping Pets In Need

According to a report by the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition, one in four pet owners experiences barriers to obtaining veterinary care. Of those barriers, which include lack of transportation or knowledge of nearby clinics, finances are number one. “Lack of access to veterinary care is a national family crisis,” says Kara Montalbano, who handles marketing and community relations for Middletown’s Potter League for Animals. “We believe deeply in our mission to help animals and people alike, which is why, in 2018, we set a long-term goal of expanding our low-cost veterinary care subsidies and services.” It started with last year’s acquisition of a spay and neuter clinic in Warwick, and recently, expanded with the purchase of

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Pets In Need (PIN) vet clinic in Riverside. PIN is the state’s only nonprofit full-service vet clinic offering low-cost medical and surgical services for pets of eligible low-income owners. Since they opened in 2016, they’ve helped over 7,000 animals. The merger aligns well with Potter League, which has been a major animal resource for Newport County since 1929 for adoption, humane education, dog training, and outreach. “While many may think that the mere thought of acquiring another organization in the middle of a pandemic is risky, we know that right now so many of us are facing the most challenging economic times in a generation,” Montalbano acknowledges. When PIN approached Potter League

with the idea of consolidation, it was a no-brainer: “Basically, they were at a crossroad,” she explains. PIN was operating at capacity and needed admin support, and Potter League wanted to expand their commitment to the health and wellness of animals in Rhode Island – particularly as the pandemic magnifies difficulty for elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged pet owners. At the moment, what is now the Potter League Pets In Need vet clinic is extending hours and hoping to grow their services. “We’re seeing about 3,500 clients a year,” says Montalbano, “which is pretty tremendous for a small clinic.” And, with any luck, just the beginning. PotterLeague.org/Pets-In-Need

Photos courtesy of Potter League for Animals

Potter League for Animals and a Riverside clinic make a powerful partnership for easy access to vet care


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The Buzz

ON THE BAY

By Bob Curley

Rhode Trippin’ to Westerly The seaside town transforms for Christmastime with shopping, tradition, and no shortage of cheer

The holiday season may be first and foremost about faith and family, but there’s also a yearning for simpler times woven into our Christmas celebrations and rituals. When I’m in the mood for some real-world Peace on Earth, for example, I enjoy a silent night of walking the streets of Newport, with the windows of its colonial homes lit by flickering candles. But when I’m channeling Dickens – and maybe a little Ralphie Parker – I prefer to bundle up and head down to Westerly. In normal times, Westerly comes alive during the holidays with a shopping stroll, Santa’s arrival in Dixon Square, and a concert by the Chorus of Westerly. But while things will be different in 2020, even COVID-19 can’t kill the spirit of Christmas. Santa Claus will still be coming to town, but this year he’ll be greeting kids in a drive-

through event at the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce that will also feature a light display and an outdoor holiday market. “Westerly is committed to maintaining the magic of the holidays and salvaging every timehonored tradition that we can,” says Chamber President Lisa Konicki. As always, historic Wilcox Park will be open until 9pm nightly so you can wander the manicured grounds of the Victorian-era park to visit the town’s Christmas tree – it’s particularly beautiful with a dusting of snow on the ground. The outdoor Washington Trust Community Skating Rink on Main Street will be open for socially distanced skating all winter long, as well. Hot chocolate is served to keep you warm between laps, or you can pick up coffee at the Savoy Bookstore & Cafe or some hot cider at Perks & Corks, both on High Street. Downtown’s compact business district is right-sized for holiday gift shopping, with favorites like Christina’s Ltd. and Woodmansee’s gift boutique housed in beautiful brick-faced storefronts reminiscent of an English market town. On the other hand, Westerly’s grand public buildings, including the columned post office and the elegant town library, offer season’s greetings from classic small-town America – perfect

for a nostalgic walk on tree-lined streets lit with festive white lights. As usual, Westerly’s Ocean House – along with its sister hotel the Weekapaug Inn – is going all out for the holidays. The grand Victorian hotel in Watch Hill will raise a Christmas tree of its own on Thanksgiving weekend, kicking off a season of holiday events including classes on making gingerbread houses, Christmas centerpieces, and yule logs. Kids can have Sunday brunch with Santa at either hotel, and special menus will be offered for a Christmas Eve Feast of the Fishes, along with Christmas Day brunch and dinner. The Weekapaug Inn’s Cinema Under the Stars series will feature holiday movies like Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. If ever there was a year to say goodbye to, it’s 2020. The Ocean House sends the old year packing in style with a New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Day brunch, though you’ll have to book a weekend stay to join the party. Feeling hopeful about 2021? Cozy up to a dune at nearby Napatree Point to greet the sunrise on January 1 (or maybe do your own personal polar plunge?), then warm up at the Cooked Goose, one of the state’s top breakfast joints.

Fondue Village

Photo courtesy of Ocean House

Some say that Rhode Islanders don’t like going anywhere more than 10 minutes from home, but with the travel bug biting, many of us are now looking for in-state ideas for an afternoon, daytrip, or staycation. Each month, Bob Curley, author of 100 Things to Do in Rhode Island Before You Die, will share about places to go within our own state border – starting with a drive to Westerly.


The Buzz

ON THE BAY

By Abbie Lahmers

Job Coaching and Connection During COVID

Photo courtesy of Catherine Murray

Rogers Free Library launches new virtual job series tailored to the times While the holidays might bring a brief respite for many during this turbulent era of COVID-19, for folks experiencing unemployment and cutbacks, the stress can feel compounded as winter approaches and the search continues. Rogers Free Library in Bristol has curated a free virtual job series designed specifically with our current job climate in mind to help ease the process with tangible, guided steps. Job Strategies for Challenging Times introduces participants to the governor’s Back to Work RI initiative, a public-private partnership centered around training and hiring, along with a range of specialized topics. “The series reflects the importance of lifelong learning to livelihoods and offers something of value to participants,” says Catherine Murray, a member of the Friends of Rogers Free Library, the nonprofit foundation funding the series. “They can develop capacity, digital literacy, and agency by creating a strong social media profile, taking steps to grow a professional network, thinking through a game plan for the next career move, and practicing stress-management techniques.” Beyond the practical job skills each seminar focuses on, participants can also find community within the library network during a time when lasting connections can be difficult to forge. While “virtual” may seem intimidating to many, these webinars are designed to be interactive and supportive, with small group breakout sessions and individualized feedback. Murray explains that perhaps the most relevant webinar taking place this month, on December 15, is all about coping with stress: “Searching for a job can be stressful even in a healthy economy, and the current unknowns about economic recovery only exacerbate stress levels in an unusual holiday season.” Even people currently holding jobs but anticipating changes in employment on the horizon can benefit from the relaxation techniques, decisionmaking approaches, and confidence strategies taught.

Rogers Free Library offers virtual programming to job seekers

Whether you’re looking to make a career pivot or reentering the job market after 20 years and seeking resume feedback, Murray explains, “The series includes a variety of webinars because participants’ needs will vary. Some industries have been harder hit by the pandemic and economic shutdown than others.” The three career service professionals leading the webinars – Audra Lavoie, Mohamed Kante, and Sabrina Woods – offer up their experience and expertise to help participants through their unique circumstances. All programs are free and open to anyone, but online registration is required. Beyond Job Strategies for Challenging Times, Rogers Free Library also grants cardholders free access to resources like Lynda.com, with a variety of instructional videos on job skills, resume tips, and software tutorials. RogersFreeLibrary.org/jobseries/

Rogers Free Library’s virtual job series began in November, with programs running through January and beyond. Watch for 2021 seminar dates to be posted online. December 2 How to Design Your Next Career Move December 9 Pivot Clinic: Let’s Figure Out Your Next Move December 15 Building Resilience to Manage Work and Job Search Stress January TBD How to Spot an Opportunity and Innovate January TBD How to Leverage Personal and Professional Platforms to Start a Side Hustle

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The Buzz

By Abbie Lahmers

Photo courtesy of The Third & Elm Press

RHODY GEM

To submit your Rhody Gem, please email Abbie@ProvidenceOnline.com

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Overwhelmingly, my teachers have been obviously enthusiastic about sharing their expertise, incredibly thoughtful in their interactions with students, and excellent role models for others in our community.”

The Third & Elm Press Art Print Shop

We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it! What it is: A historic printing press turned artist studio where visitors can browse a collection of woodcut cards, art prints, and books, all designed and hand-created by Ilse Buchert Nesbitt. Where to find it: Blocks away from the water in Newport’s historic Point neighborhood, watch for the red door appropriately situated on the corner of Third and Elm Streets. What makes it a Rhody Gem? Similar to the woodcut designs Nesbitt stamps onto paper, the space itself is imprinted with history – from the 19th century printing presses still operated under its roof to the classic Newport architecture recreated in prints. The gallery shop, originally founded in 1965, showcases images inspired by Nesbitt’s childhood in Germany and Japan, lines of American literature, and her love for nature, all distilled in one-of-a-kind woodblocks. But the real experience is witnessing Nesbitt at work firsthand and seeing the Industrial Revolution era iron printing presses in action. For now, guests are welcome during limited store hours or by appointment to ensure safety, but holiday cards and gifts that showcase Newport’s beauty are also available online.

Open House: Jan. 9, 2021

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Moses Brown school Providence, RI 02906

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CALENDAR

By Abbie Lahmers

THE MUST LIST

5 essential events happening this month Tiverton Four Corners Photo courtesy of Tiffany Peay Jewelry

Handcrafted Jewelry by Emily Hirsch & Artisan Gallery 26 Franklin Street, Newport

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One-of-a-Kind Nautical Art & Wares Handmade by local Artisan Teppy

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Stroll through shops among lit luminaries at Tiverton Four Corners during Holiday Bright Night, and take in their festive re-Tree art installation in the village through December 18. Tiverton, TivertonFourCorners.com

17 Water Street, Warren

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Through December:

Now in its fifth year, the Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio Holiday Sale will feature festive colorful glass works by student artists, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Jonnycake Center. Peace Dale, BosgraafStudio.com

Downcity strolls for Open Air Saturdays continue through the holiday season, with even more craft vendors, live entertainment, and a pop-up beer garden at Grant’s Block. Providence, InDowncity.com

Through December 19:

Through December:

Bristol’s annual Santa’s Workshop transforms the town into a winter wonderland with painted windows, festive shopping, outdoor dining, and the Snowflake Raffle. Bristol, ChristmasBristolRI.com

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While the Polar Express will stay at the station until next year, the Search for Santa river ride is a new, socially distant holiday experience aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. Central Falls, BlackstoneValleyPolarExpress.com 10 Anoka Avenue, Barrington • (401) 337-5578 KnitOneQuiltToo.com • Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5pm The Bay • December 2020 21


Secret Santa THREE GENERATIONS OF BRISTOLIANS SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER FAR AND WIDE BY ANDREA E. MCHUGH PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK DELGIUDICE, HISTORICAL PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIKE RIELLY

Clad in a red snowsuit festooned by his mother’s black dress belt and donning a pair of worn-down cowboy boots, Michael Rielly steadied himself as his grandfather, Jim “Papa” Rielly, carefully sprayed the third-grader’s hair white and glued a matching beard to his young face. The year was 1971 and Michael was chosen to be Santa Claus in the Christmas play at Bristol’s now-closed Byfield School. Before making his acting debut, Papa Rielly gave the eight-year-old some tips: make a grand entrance, grab his pillow-stuffed belly like a bowl full of jelly, and drop a few well-placed “ho, ho, ho’s.” After that moment on stage, Michael knew being Santa would be a part of his life forever. What he didn’t know was that he was continuing a family tradition dating back to 1927 – even through today.


Sixty-two years later, [Papa Rielly] is the longest running, that we know of, consecutive Santa Claus in history.

Delivering cheer to Naval personnel stationed in Newport

Jim Rielly was known as Bristol’s unofficial ambassador

Papa Rielly never set out to be the big man in red. The country was in the midst of a recession, inching towards the Great Depression, and though many people were struggling, the 19-year-old Jim Rielly was overcome when he came across a family in Bristol living in an abandoned chicken coop. “They had nothing and Papa thought, ‘Well, these people are worse off than me,’ and he went around town and he gathered up whatever he could, probably mostly food – oranges I’m told – in 1927, an orange was a great thing! So he cobbled together a makeshift bag and he brought Christmas to this family,” explains Michael. “Sixty-two years later...he is the longest running, that we know of, consecutive Santa Claus in history.” The streak is recorded in the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame in Santa Claus, Indiana. Yes, that’s a real thing in a real place. Though Papa would have 15 grandchildren, Michael became his right-hand little man, joining him yearly at Santa gigs and the Bristol Fourth of July Parade, where Jim served as the town’s first ceremonial town crier. “He was very famous throughout all of New England, known for being a generous person, but mostly he was known as Rhode Island’s Santa Claus,” says Michael. Born in 1908, Jim Rielly was a lifelong Bristolian whose charitable acts as Santa Claus landed him plenty of national media attention. Countless newspapers, including The New York Times, plus local and national programs like PM Magazine, heralded his dedication to bringing the holiday spirit

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to orphanages, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, churches, charitable organizations, military bases – even the Rhode Island State House. While every visit was important and warmed his heart, he was especially dedicated to visiting seniors and children with mental and physical challenges. “I believe that’s what made him so endearing to others,” says Michael. “He certainly had that twinkle in his eye.” And he never once accepted a dime for his time. What Jim lacked in regards to the typical Santa physique he made up for in passion and character. “Jim Rielly was a short little Irish guy and he had a unique kinda Irish-y New England accent,” describes Michael, “and just everybody loved him...there’s an oil painting of him hanging in Bristol City Hall to this day.” Continuing his legacy would become a family affair. When Michael was 13, his mom worked at the Rhode Island Veterans

Home and she asked her son a favor: dress up as Santa for the patients. “I was like, ‘Mom, they’re gonna know. I’m just a kid. They’re not gonna think I’m Santa,’” remembers Michael. “She said, ‘It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the best suit or if you look like Santa. What matters is that you are bringing joy to these folks that don’t see their families. Some don’t have any family, any relatives, or anything like that.’ And she was right. They didn’t see me as a 13-year-old kid. They just saw Santa walking through their door.” And that was it. He was hooked. Papa Rielly passed in 1991, just before Michael and his wife Patty welcomed their first child, a son they named Sean (who came home from the hospital on Christmas Day – in a red stocking, naturally). By the time they welcomed daughter Meghan, non-stop Santa appearances during the holiday season (and sporadically throughout the year)

Jim Rielly spent over 60 years bringing joy, making special visits

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were as commonplace as choosing a Christmas tree – it just came with the territory. As the children entered grade school, keeping Michael’s Santa shenanigans top secret took considerable planning and various…untruths. “It was really hard – I used to have to hide everything in the closet and a lot of the gigs I would go to, Sean and his sister were at those parties. I’d pretend to have to stay behind or that I was going on a trip for work.” Among these was the annual Christmas party for the Juvenile Diabetes Association – a cause that hit close to home as Sean is diabetic. Not only did young Sean have no idea that the jolly Santa who lit up their party each year was his father, but he had no idea that one day, he’d be the Santa charged with spreading Christmas spirit to the next generation of these kids. “It’s been an amazing experience for me to see Sean going around to the tables just like I did

‘Mom, they’re gonna know. I’m just a kid. They’re not gonna think I’m Santa.’ She said, ‘It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the best suit or if you look like Santa. What matters is that you are bringing joy to these folks...’ And she was right. They didn’t see me as a 13-year-old kid. They just saw Santa walking through their door.

Three generations of Santa: Michael (standing), Sean (seated), and Jim Rielly (pictured)


for him and his sister back then...and using some of my same lines! But he’s got his own style; he’s his own Santa,” beams Michael. Though most of Michael and Sean’s Santa appearances are for parties, home visits for clients (“I’d never be a mall Santa,” Michael laughs) and playing Santa at local church Christmas services and in their own community is especially heartwarming (and for years, few of even their closest friends knew it was the Riellys behind the beard). This holiday season, some things will look different in Bristol, yet other traditions will remain unchanged. As chairman of the town’s Annual Christmas Festival, Michael and his committee colleagues have been working for months to create a safe holiday experience that adheres to COVID-19 precautions and safety guidelines. It’s taken substantial time and creativity to develop ways to make that magic. “We can’t do the traditional Breakfast with Santa, which we’ve done since 1987, but we’ve built a Santa’s Workshop in one of the empty storefronts in Bristol and it is amazing. It’s so cool,” Michael promises. After its unveiling, the workshop will be open on scheduled days throughout the season and of course during the Holiday Preview Weekend, Grand Illumination, and the annual Snowflake Raffle. “Santa is going to be in the workshop checking his list and interacting with kids on the other side of the glass, so it’ll be totally COVID safe,” he says. Both Michael and Sean empathize with the fatigue, the worry, the hardships, and the way peoples’ lives have changed since the arrival of the pandemic – all of which have been compounded by stress, fear, and other emotions surrounding the divisiveness of the nation at this time in our history. They acknowledge that now, more than ever, the young (and often, the young-at-heart) need reassurance and the promise of Christmas. “The most important message for me that I will try to get across to any child that I see or interact with in any way, is that it’s all going to be okay. To tell them, ‘We’ll get past this and Christmas will still come. Nothing is going to stop Christmas from coming.’” From deep in his chest, and likely his soul, Michael projects a booming but soothing merry tone, declaring, “Santa’s almost 1,700 years old! I’ve seen all kinds of things happen to the world and we always get over it. Everything will be okay.” As Clement C. Moore wrote in his famed poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, “A wink of his eye and a twist of his head / Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.”

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Nothing is going to stop Christmas from coming.

A portrait of Jim Rielly which appeared in The New York Times


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Solstice Soiree Grab the plaid for a cabin-inspired holiday dinner under the stars Remember that snowy day before Halloween when the Governor announced gatherings would be limited to 10 due to an uptick in COVID cases? For many looking forward to hosting friends and family there was a collective knowing sigh. But, there’s plenty of ways to turn your small soiree into something special. Drawing inspiration from the Take It Outside initiative, we’ve assembled ideas for turning an outdoor space into a moveable feast – all it takes is a ready attitude, seating, layers of color and lighting, bottomless thermoses of hot drinks, and perhaps some friendly spirits and wine. Photos by Alex Morse The Bay • December 2020 29


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There’s nothing like a fire pit to keep things toasty on a winter night so be sure to stock up on dry wood and kindling. Small non-permanent fire pits are available, start at around 24 inches, and don’t require any digging, just a flat nonflammable surface. However, if a fire pit isn’t in the cards, an alternative focal point can be made by filling a group of mason jars with tealights to emit flickering light, or wrapping logs with string lights. Keep the

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chills at bay with thermoses always topped off with hot cider and cocoa, along with plenty of mugs. Consider having a basket of hand warmers available, too. Pile up blankets and pillows and use them to add color, pattern, and softness to lawn chairs. Invite guests to bring their own blankets, too. Stock up on extra masks, mittens, gloves, and caps. Morse likes to assemble a “comfy crate” for each guest, complete with

a lantern, blanket, and pillow. Use lanterns to infuse ambience and additional light. Solar path lighting, strings of lights, votives in jars, or paper bag luminaries are among other effective methods. “Red wine, cheese boards, apps, and s’mores are perfect for a socially distant campfire night,” says Morse. If planning on serving a full dinner, consider setting up a buffet indoors where guests can load plates one at a time

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GET RHODY STYLE Inspired to host an outdoor gathering? Whatever provisions you need, local businesses have you covered. Here are some to get you started. NEVER BORED Leave it to the French to make a board of cheeses, spreads, sliced meats, and more sound oh-so-fancy with charcuterie. Essentially create an artful presentation of sliced meats, pâté, lines of crackers, and whatever else you enjoy picking at on a flat portable surface – typically a cheese board but a cutting board or tray will do. Add seasonal color with fruit, edible flowers, squares of chocolate. No time to play? Leave it to the experts at The Cheese Wheel Village Market in Tiverton. UNDER WRAPS Need some extra blankets? Barrington’s Daisy Dig’ins has a range of soft throws, find cozy wraps at Cory Farms Past & Presents in Portsmouth, and brushed cotton blankets made in Nepal at The Greenery in Warren.

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Linden Place is Taking it Outside THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN DAY

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Drop by the Linden Place gardens for an afternoon of outdoor fun! Scavenger hunts, crafts, fun refreshments, great family photo ops, visits by Disney characters, storytime and more!

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Annual Holiday Concert with celebrated tenor and pianist, Michael DiMucci. Michael brings his annual concert to the Linden Place tented gardens this year! This concert of Christmas standards will kick-off your holiday season! THURS, DECEMBER 10: 6PM

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by Elyse Major

Meet Brendan Kirby The hilarious host from Warren talks about his Wicked Late past, favorite moments on The Rhode Show, and wishes for 2021

What are some of your favorite things to do to get into the holiday spirit around Rhode Island? For me, the holidays haven’t commenced until I’ve been thrown off of a neighbor’s lawn for unsolicited caroling at midnight.

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All kidding aside, for the last several years I’ve been honored to host the Mayor’s Tree Lighting on the steps of City Hall in Providence. I’m not sure how things will look this year – maybe we’ll light a massive Purell bottle – but I do hope everyone finds ways to enjoy the season. Gorgeous displays at the Newport mansions never disappoint. Your Rhode Island public-access television show Wicked Late with Brendan Kirby ran from 2003-2012. Any plans for a reboot? Haven’t we all suffered enough lately?! Jokes aside, I’m obviously proud of the work we do on The Rhode Show, but Wicked Late was my total vision, voice, and sensibility. Despite no budget or a paid crew, I worked with what I had and did my best hoping to be ready for a professional opportunity once it arrived, and I was. So if there is a reboot, we just need to find someone to play the role of me – perhaps Bradley Cooper – although I’m not sure he’s good-looking enough.

What types of segments are your favorites to do on The Rhode Show? I love the fact that we are live each morning! The energy when Will, Michaela, and I are in the room is palpable and our friendship is authentic. As for recurring segments, I’ve developed this semi-regular thing called The Kirby Kwiz where I challenge my co-hosts by asking silly questions. I’m also quite proud of the “cold opens” we do from time to time right at the start of the show. Is there a fun fact about you that readers would be surprised to know? While long-haul trucking in the late ‘70s, I won several amateur arm wrestling tournaments across the Pacific Northwest under the name Skip Bicep. Any wishes for 2021? I know it’s a total longshot, but concerts! I miss experiencing the atmosphere surrounding live events and being able to support them regularly. Oh, and to finally launch my own line of designer jeans.

Photo courtesy of Brendan Kirby

Your junior year at Rhode Island College was spent in NYC as an intern at The Late Show with David Letterman. What were some of the biggest take-aways for you? In the comedic stratosphere, David Letterman is by far my greatest influence, so getting the chance to work on my favorite show was simply incredible. I learned how a daily program was produced at the absolute highest level: the pressure, the disappointments, how they handled last-minute changes and cancellations. From production meetings to the control room, I just took it all in. The experience just reaffirmed what I wanted to do with my life. I will always look back fondly – and I still have my Worldwide Pants jacket.


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Handmade Holiday What’s so special about a handmade gift? Well, for starters you probably didn’t pick it up as part of a shopping errand that included loading a cart with a box of cereal, a tube of toothpaste, and a new box of Christmas lights. Chances are good that you found this unique thing at a destination you visited with intent, where you looked at myriad selections before spotting something special. Buying handmade

also means the world to that local maker who can note their inventory sheet is now missing some items and that their talent, time, and skill are appreciated. Around the East Bay there are destinations where you can buy things crafted by hand and you can also purchase kits and enjoy the process of making something to give…or keep for yourself (we won’t tell).

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Get Buzzed These to-go cocktails are the bee’s knees The Beehive in Bristol is a notable neighborhood favorite. The cafe and sister bakery, nicknamed the Pantry, is known for crafted coffees, fresh food, and intimate weekend dinners in addition to daily full-service breakfast and lunch. The pandemic forced The Beehive, like so many, to lean into takeout – including packaging their creative cocktails to-go. Available to order online, these portable concoctions are dubbed “Buzz on the Fly”, and they come bottled in a 12-ounce mason jar with a red lid and honeycomb label. With rotating choices depending on the season, select from drinks like Hard Hot Chocolate, Espresso Martini, and adorably named “bee” drinks like the Bee-rita, Beemosa, and Bee Bloody. Bonus: Snap a pic of your jar and post with the hashtag #buzzontheflyri to share the love, and bring it back for $1 off your next cocktail! TheBeehiveCafe.com | By Megan Schmit Photo courtesy of The Beehive Cafe & Pantry The Bay • December 2020 37


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By Elyse Major

A Groundswell of Interest Pastoral meets Paris in Tiverton’s new cafe and home & garden destination One step inside the completely renovated space to place your order, and you are surrounded by a handsome aesthetic with most everything from jars of local honey to floor mats branded with the elegant all-caps logo. Groundswell is a stand-alone cafe but part of Groundswell Design Group, a company based in Philadelphia and Detroit – comprised of designers, builders, and craftspeople including Fierabend, a landscape architect – that designs public spaces, restaurants, cafes, and distilleries around the world. So how did Four Corners get so lucky? Fierabend, while based primarily in Pennsylvania, has had a longtime adoration for

Newport County. “I remember having tomato galette at Olga’s Cup and Saucer, and liking the slower pace of the area,” he says, recalling the days when the now-closed cafe was adjacent to Walker’s Roadside Stand on West Main Road in Little Compton. “When I heard that the Provender building was for sale, I had to take a look.” Not only was 3883 Main Road available, but the Arnold Smith House across the street.

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Open a new cafe where a beloved one stood for 37 years? Have your grand opening during Phase III of a pandemic? Vouloir, c’est pouvoir. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And that was certainly the case for David Fierabend, who opened Groundswell Cafe & Bakery at the former Provender space at Tiverton Four Corners. Approach the entrance of the circa 1876 building to find parchment menus listing cafe fare with inspired twists including breakfast all day, and in keeping with their buy local/Francophile vibe, locally roasted coffee alongside gourmet Mariage Frères tea imported from the City of Light.

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The post and beam cottage with gambrel roof, which most recently housed a gallery, was also purchased by Fierabend. Now, steps from the cafe, Groundswell Garden + Home is a charming warren of small rooms each stocked with garden tools, paper goods, and kitchen accessories. The shop’s parking lot was quickly transformed into an outdoor dining area for the bakery/cafe just weeks after opening. Secured from the street by a series of large planters, there is now a group of socially distant tables and chairs; a parked red pickup truck that acts as a sort of landmark

keeps napkins and coffee stirrers at the ready. Together the neighboring cafe and shop form a cohesive place to eat, shop, and repeat. While the dining room is currently offlimits, Groundswell just obtained a liquor license and looks forward to serving indoors, but for now, there’s something kind of special about sitting outside sipping coffee at a small table dressed with a vase of fresh flowers, eating chicken salad on a chewy baguette, and using real flatware, admiring the surrounding foliage and passersby on Main Road on a chilly afternoon.

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Food & Drink FOOD NEWS

By Robert Isenberg

Fresh Roots

If you frequent Providence, it’s hard to believe that Plant City opened in the summer of 2019. You may ask yourself: Is this place really only a year-and-a-half old? Wasn’t the all-vegan food hall always abuzz with activity? Was there really a time, not long ago, when you couldn’t order a Tofu Chicken Sandwich with champagne vinegar pickles or meatless Baked Meatballs with macadamia ricotta? Well, Plant City has another surprise in store: The company will soon open its second location, Plant City X, in Middletown. “In response to growing demand for plant-based cuisine,” reads Plant City’s online announcement, “the plant-based drive thru will open in the coming months as a miniature version of Providence’s Plant City, the world’s first plant-based food hall.” Aquidneck Island is overflowing with great restaurants, most of which have

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adapted to the era of curbside pickup and social distancing. But Middletown and Newport are best known for seafood and international cuisine; vegan kitchens exist, but they have never been a local strong suit. No one knows this need better than Kim Anderson, co-owner of Plant City, who has previously resided in Newport. Like the original, Plant City X will take over a formerly unglamorous building – in this case a defunct Papa Gino’s on West Main Road. Also like the Providence location, Plant City X will have ample outdoor seating, allowing for 40-80 guests at a time, depending on pandemic requirements. The menu will expand the culinary legacy of Matthew Kenney, celebrity chef and Plant City co-founder. The goal: food so delectable, you’ll forget that there isn’t a molecule of meat or dairy involved.

Not surprisingly, Plant City X will operate a drive-thru for easy, low-contact pickup. This contrasts sharply with the Providence location, which has limited parking and cultivates an urban atmosphere – standing, in fact, about a block away from the new Pedestrian Bridge. West Main Road is far more suburban, and Plant City X shares a sidewalk with fast food joints like Taco Bell and Burger King. A drive-thru will function well here, but instead of serving Whoppers and Crunchwrap Supremes, Plant City X will offer something more, well, garden variety. And this is probably just the beginning. Since its grand opening, rumors have circulated that Plant City may expand across the state and to other states as well. The Middletown location will likely serve as a pilot. If you love your greens, market research will never have tasted so good. PlantCityX.com

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