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FEATURES

CO V E R S TO R Y

Summer Bucket List 100+ ways to make the most of the state’s best season

30 HOME & STYLE

Cottage Goals South Kingstown beach shack gets a shanty chic makeover

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Coastal Artist Restaurateur Anthony Tomaselli is known for both pancakes and paintings

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Rhody Recipe Gin and tonic gets a fruity – and local – twist Ph otog rap hy by An d rea Pi etran g el i cou r tesy of B la ke ly Inte rior De sign

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Village Dusk by Anthony Tomaselli

Photo by Faye Pantazopolous

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News & Life

Home & Style

Art & Culture

16 Online satirical news program celebrates Rhody’s quirks

36 INFLUENCER: Meet a pediatric nurse who decompresses by catching waves

76 MUSIC: Outdoor summer concerts are finding their way back

18 RHODY PETS: Everything you need

38 Gardens, tours, and events to visit

78 RHODY READS: Make room in your

to know about dog daycare

during peak bloom time

20 Newport domestic violence prevention agency sees increased need during the pandemic

beach bag for these books with local ties

Food & Drink

22 We team up with HarborOne Bank for a special small business contest

24 RHODY GEM: Cranston BBQ joint all about creative brisket and heavy metal

62 Pop-up events have kept the motors running for food trucks

64 Where to find hot wieners and

#HeyRhodyPhotos: 80 A colorful mosaic from our talented followers via Instagram

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68 Unique lobster dishes that think outside the bun

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Dear Readers, I consider myself a winter gal, but once all of those flowers start blooming, farm stands reopen, and I get that first whiff of salt air, I’m hooked. The teen in me remembers the joys of going to the beach with nothing more than five dollars stuffed in my sneakers, a towel, and a bottle of suntan lotion. Summer shouldn’t be complicated, but it was last year. We all sort of waded through, making the most of what we still could do and before long, wearing a mask didn’t feel much different than adhering to other regs like “no shirt, no shoes, no service”. Our “small but mighty” editorial team of managing editor Megan Schmit, editor Abbie Lahmers, a new trio of summer interns, and myself worked steadfastly going down rabbit holes to provide the most up-to-date calendar for our readers to plan a summer of fun. Of course, things continue to be slightly complicated as the Rhode Island Department of Health encourages us all to be aware of the latest restrictions with the possibility of cancellation or reduction in attendance at the time of event. Remember when rain was the only thing planners had to worry about? Along with a region-by-region listing of things to do, you’ll find what you need to plot out everything from a statewide hot dog tour, to

unique ways to enjoy lobster, and we’ve even included a cocktail recipe mixed with local ingredients. We’ve got recommendations for summer beach reads and home inspiration to give any space the Ocean State feels. Meet a surfer who’s also a pediatric nurse, the backstory on those beautiful landscape paintings at T’s, and learn about HarborOne’s Small Business Contest, of which we’re honored to be a sponsor. And another reason we’re excited for summer ? It will be the first time ever that Hey Rhody (and our other magazines) will be available by subscription! It’s the perfect gift for any Rhody who dared to move away (the ner ve!), an easy way to make sure you never miss an issue, and might we add, great reading material for a day at the beach. Visit HeyRhody.com/MailToYou to sign up! Happy Summer! Editor In Chief

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Anchored in Good Humor S h ay We i n t ra u b h o s t s o n l i n e s a t i r i c a l n ew s p ro g ra m t h a t ce l e b ra te s R h o d e I s l a n d ’ s q u i r ky c h a ra c t e r By Rob ert Isenberg

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In a special Q&A episode, Shay Weintraub answered hard-hitting questions – like “What’s the best pizza in Rhode Island?” intern. Weintraub took over a sleepy social media feed and injected doses of wit. One post showed Buddy Cianci attending the X-Games and wearing a baseball cap turned backward. Weintraub playfully added the lyrics to Avril Lavigne’s pop-ballad “Sk8ter Boi.” The post was a hit. After some comedy-driven presentations at a local PechaKucha stor ytelling series, Weintraub started writing for Trailblaze Media, where she was hired full-time last Aug ust. Anchored both pokes fun at Rhode Island while also celebrating its culture and histo r y. The show is still young and its following is modest; few videos have broken 100 views.

But the quality of production is startling : Weintraub delivers her wisecracks in an understated monotone, accenting each bit with graphics and groan-worthy puns. Meanwhile, she lobs arcane knowledge at her viewers, like the life stor y of Annie Smith Peck, a turn-ofthe-centur y alpinist raised in Providence. “It kind of borders on surreal,” says Weintraub. “ The company really tries to elevate the community. It’s exciting to know that we can make [the show] into anything we want. To me, this is just the first pebble on the first stepping stone of a ver y long garden path.” YouTube: Trailblaze Marketing

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n her show, Shay Weintraub calls the Rhode Island State House “the house that Gina built.” She describes the Roger Williams Park Zoo as “our local dog park on steroids.” After playing a promotional ad for Rhode Island College packed with peppy students, Weintraub leans into a palm, sighs at the camera, and murmurs, “I remember large events.” This is the off-kilter humor of Anchored, a comedy web series produced by Trailblaze Marketing and hosted entirely by Weintraub. Filmed in front of a green screen and punctuated with a pre-recorded laugh track, Anchored is a jokey version of a local news program, like a Daily Show with ultra-specific punchlines. “In high school, I really wanted to become a comedian,” says Weintraub, who grew up in Washing ton State. “I would watch Netflix specials, and it was inspiring. I remember telling my parents, I want to move to LA and become a standup. But I didn’t have the confidence to move from a little town in Washington to a big city.” Over the course of five undergraduate pro grams, Weintraub took a circuitous route to Rhode Island. “I chose a lot of majors during the six years I was in college,” she quips. “I’ve always had a lot of interest in a lot of different things.” She finally completed a bachelor’s degree in histor y at Rhode Island College – or, as she affectionately calls it on the show, “ Viola Davis University.” Weintraub learned to love history through the lens of humor. For a time, she worked as a tour guide at Slater Mill. “I had a whole lot of fun getting to meet new people, people who didn’t know anything about Rhode Island history,” she says. “I always say there are two kinds of tour guides – the kinds who like to educate and the kinds of who like to entertain.” This vaudevillian impulse continued at the Providence City Archives, where she served as an


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he wide-open spaces of a dog park might be an enticing , easy choice, but it can be a risky one when you don’t know the temperament of the other dogs, safety conditions, or maintenance protocols. Let’s consider six reasons why you should take your dog to daycare versus the dog park.

1 . S U P E R V I S E D P L AY: At Dog topia, certified Canine Coaches super vise your pup’s play all day to ensure they are safe and happy. Coaches are trained to recognize the signs of aggressive or unwanted play and inter vene as necessar y. At dog parks, playtime is unsuper vised and uncontrolled and requires pet parents to be physically present. 2 . VA CC I N AT I O N R E Q U I R E M E N T S : Bordetella, DHPP/Par vo, and Rabies are required in order to play at Dog topia (and the Canine Influenza vaccine is also encouraged). This ensures safe, healthy play for all the pups in our care and helps to reduce the risk of illness. Dog parks do not reg ulate which dogs can come in and out, and as such your dog can be at high risk of interacting with dogs that are not vaccinated or potentially infected.

3 . S E PA R AT E D P L AY: Dog topia dogs are separated by size, temperament, and play style to maintain a safe environment for all the pups in our care. Each and ever y dog that comes for daycare has passed an evaluation, our Meet & Greet, and has been reviewed by Canine Coaches. At dog parks, dogs of all sizes and personality are all playing together, often without regard for the play style other dogs have. 4 . D O G - S P EC I F I C FAC I L I T I E S : Dogtopia has developed playrooms that include features such as rubberized flooring (to help with long-term paw and joint health)

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Domestic violence advocates describe increased demand for support services during pandemic R h o d e I s l a n d s aw a s u rg e i n c alls to domestic violence h e l p l i n e s i n 2 02 0 , a s p e o p l e were directed to stay home to p reve nt t h e s p re a d o f COV I D-19. As much of the state re o p e n s , d o m e st i c v i o l e n ce p revention advocates say t he ne e d fo r s u p p o r t s e r v i ce s rema in s h ig h . By Antonia Ayres-Brown, Newport Bureau Reporter for The Public’s Radio

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ver y day, Neyda DeJesus answers calls from domestic violence sur vivors seeking help. One of her first questions is always the same : “Are you in a safe place to talk to me right now ?” DeJesus is the residential director at the Women’s Resource Center, a domestic vio lence prevention agency in Newport. She runs the center’s 12-bed emergency shelter, as well as its transitional housing program, where do mestic violence sur vivors and their children can stay for up to two years while they look for a safe, permanent home. Even before COVID-19, DeJesus said, the center couldn’t keep up with requests for housing. “ There’s never enough beds, whether we have a high increase in calls or a decrease in calls,” she said. “ We can’t ser ve ever yone because we just don’t have enough beds.” Since the pandemic began, the problem has only gotten worse. Last summer, the Women’s Resource Center rented additional space to double the emergency shelter’s capacity. With those extra beds, the center managed to

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shelter twice as many people last year as it did the year before. But Executive Director Jessica Walsh said demand for housing still far exceeded — and even now, continues to exceed — what her agency can provide. “Suddenly, having to be home 24/7 with a person who was abusive became ver y untenable and ver y unsafe. And so the requests for shelter just skyrocketed,” Walsh said. That was true statewide and nationally. The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which is made up of ten member agencies including the Women’s Resource Center, kept its 24-hour helpline open throughout the pandemic. During some months in 2020, calls were up 90% compared to the previous year. And advocates say there’s been an increase in how much support sur vivors need. While the demand for shelter has increased at agencies like the Women’s Resource Center, so have requests for other ser vices, like counseling , support groups, and help with public benefits. “All of a sudden, it felt like ever y client had

an acute need because suddenly all of the systems that they were using to provide for their families, to sur vive, to make ends meet, had different roles,” said Walsh. “Nobody knew how to access the supports that they needed.” Walsh said clients who previously would have needed only a couple ser vices, like counseling or legal assistance, were also looking for help with things like childcare, unemployment benefits, transportation, or even getting basic grocer y items. Walsh and her staff have also seen new trends in the kind of abuse they’re responding to. People often think of domestic violence as just physical violence, but it can also include financial, emotional, or psychological abuse. “Financial abuse is one of the big reasons why folks who are experiencing domestic violence either stay or return to an unhealthy situation,” Walsh said. “Because it’s hard, it’s often near to impossible to be financially independent.” That’s been especially true this year, she said, as many people lost jobs. In more than one instance, there have been

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Neyda DeJesus, the residential director at the Women’s Resource Center, said staff have worked longer hours this past year to keep the center operating through the pandemic. The building is currently open to clients by appointment.


Calls to domestic violence helplines have increased statewide during the pandemic. Last July, calls increased by more than 90% compared to 2019. Graph courtesy of the rhode island coalition against domestic violence

cases of abusers invoking COVID-19 as a reason to monitor their partner’s every move, or ignore a survivor’s visitation rights with their children. And many victims are removed from their usual support systems or networks of friends, which can make it harder to access help. Walsh said the isolation and hyper-vigilance sparked by the coronavirus have also been challenging for many sur vivors who are no longer with an abusive partner, and even years into their journey to healing. “ Those experiences of the pandemic really mimicked and mirrored some of the experiences of being in an abusive relationship,” she said. “And so even folks who were no longer in those relationships were feeling triggered and needed our support.” Advocates say these emotional scars of the past year won’t suddenly disappear, even as routines go back to normal. Tonya Harris, the executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, called the pandemic “a crisis layered on top of a crisis” for domestic violence sur vivors.

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“ The victim is now recovering from a pandemic, and also recovering from being isolated, from intimidation, from possible abuse, from children witnessing — which is another layer,” Harris said. “ These are all things that victims are going to work through and will need to work through in addition to ever ything else that will be happening , such as tr ying to find a job again.” On the ground in Newport, Walsh said there are likely some people who didn’t feel free to call for help over the past year, but may need support moving for ward. “As much as we were seeing an increase in calls...I still believe we saw the tip of the iceberg of what was happening for folks,” she said. And Walsh said her team will be ready, as they have been throughout the pandemic, to help sur vivors begin healing. If you think you or someone you know may be experiencing domestic violence, call the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s 24-hour helpline at 1-800-494-8100.

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For t he fi rst t i m e eve r, Harbo r O n e B a n k is h o l d i n g t h e i r Sm all B usi ne ss P i tc h Co nte st i n Rh o de Is l a nd – a n d we ’ re h e l p i n g By Megan Schmit

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Jennifer Beauregard won the Small Business Pitch Contest of 2019 with her brand of healthy (and tasty) nut butters, SanoBe Superfoods presentation, marketing and sales strategy, and financials – and they’ll only have five minutes for their pitch. Finally, a winner will be selected to receive $10,000 to launch or grow their dreams. Beauregard remembers presentation day: Armed with a passion for her product and desire to learn from like-minded people, she pitched her goals for SanoBe Superfoods to the panel. “I wasn’t expecting to win,” she says with a laugh, but win she did. “Because of that prize money, I was able to stay in business, keep my employees, and even look for a larger and more efficient space in which to manufacture additional products,” explains Beauregard, who had been operating out of Warren kitchen incubator Hope & Main. “It was truly a godsend!” Last year, HarborOne awarded two prizes totaling $15,000; one went to Mary and Nada Lattouf of Lulu Green Café Bakery Juice Bar, a plant-based eatery and juicery in South Boston, while the other went to Widline Pyrame of Fusion Dolls, creator of Black baby dolls and accessories in Brockton. The choice to honor two entrepreneurs not only stemmed from the high caliber of applicants, but also that unprecedented times called for unprecedented action: “Due to the pandemic, small businesses need and deserve our investment more than ever,” said Kevin Brower, one of the contest judges and VP Small Business Team

Leader at HarborOne. “It is rewarding to be able to recognize the important contributions these small businesses are making in the communities in which we live and work.” While the financial impact of HarborOne Bank’s investment cannot be understated, Beauregard points out that the experience goes beyond the money. “I felt reconnected and re-energized to persevere and forge ahead, regardless of the outcome of the pitch contest,” she says, detailing the sense of camaraderie between the entrepreneurs that had come to present. “And then, when the bank representatives and judges spoke to us, I felt all the more grateful because it was so clear to me that they devoted their time to us because they wanted to see us succeed. They were genuinely interested and inquisitive about each and every one of us.” As Beauregard enters her fifth year of business this month, she strongly encourages any new and growing entrepreneur to take their chances on as many of these kinds of contests as they can: “If you’re not meant to win,” she says, “you’re meant to grow into someone who can win.” If you’re a small business owner in Rhode Island, visit HarborOne.com/Pitch-Contest to apply starting July 1. If you have any questions, please email info@harboroneu.com.

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t felt like a gift from the universe,” begins Jennifer Beauregard when she reflects on winning the Small Business Pitch Contest in 2019. She is the owner of SanoBe Superfoods, which produces a variety of healthy nut butters that can be found on the shelves of local cafes, specialty shops, and Dave’s Marketplaces. At the time she entered the contest, Beauregard was on the verge of going out of business: “I grew too fast,” she admits, and had spent the last two months figuring out her future if she had to shutter SanoBe. “The Pitch Contest was my ‘last-ditch effort’ at survival.” The Small Business Pitch Contest is hosted by HarborOne Bank, a network of savings banks dedicated to entrepreneurial endeavors, including their classes in small business, financial literacy, and personal enrichment through HarborOneU. While technically headquartered in Massachusetts, their network stretches across Rhode Island, with multiple branches and a commercial loan office in Providence. This year, they are hosting the first-ever installment of the annual contest that will be held exclusively in RI – and Providence Media is excited to be their media partner. The contest awards prize money to a local entrepreneur so that they can invest in, develop, and grow their business; it is specifically aimed at start-ups or existing small businesses looking to launch or expand a product or service. Pre-requisites to apply also include being located in Rhode Island and completing a Financial Summary. Starting July 1, interested entrepreneurs may begin the application process, which contains practical inquiries into the business as well as more specific ones regarding how prize money would be invested, challenges faced during the pandemic, and advice entrants would give others going through similar struggles. Following the August 31 deadline, a selection committee will screen the entries to pick a top eight, who will be notified and asked to present in front of a panel of business experts on September 28. Contestants will be judged on


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W h a t m a k e s i t a R h o d y G e m? A flare for heavy metal infuses this BB Q joint and food truck with edg y vibes, but at its core, you have a couple of chefs who are super passionate about hand-crafting the best entrees possible with slowsmoked meats – and have fun doing it. Dr y-rubbed brisket, pulled pork, and St. Louis Style Ribs comprise the classics, along with all the creamy salad and mac ‘n cheese sides that complete the experience, but good luck finding novel creations like Brisket Poutine Egg Rolls anywhere else! Owners Rich Cambriello and Shane Caledonia run a close-knit, lively business, whether you’re ordering from the truck or visiting the shop. Caledonia says, “It’s kind of like Cheers, where ever yone knows your name and what kind of food you’ll be getting !”

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At just 75 0 s q u a re fe et , a o n ce r u n - d ow n shack in South Kingstown gets a fre s h st a r t a s a b re e z y b e a c h co tt ag e

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what it could be and he understood the value of the dock, the shower, and the beach pass,” says Beth. To help make this vision into a reality, the couple turned to Blakely Interior Design in nearby North Kingstown, a trusted firm they’d used before. “When Dave called us to come take a look at it, we saw the same vision he did. It had good bones, despite being an… well, eye sore,” says Janelle Blakely Photopoulos, owner and principal designer. Photopoulos and her team got busy planning and executing a design that would be “updated and fresh, and could sleep as many people as possible for lots of summer memories for the Merciers and their friends.”

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“The place was gutted,” says Beth. “As gutted as you could get,” Photopoulos affirms. Structural changes included relocating the side door and removing a window to create kitchen storage. Once dark and closed in, the design team aimed for the opposite: “A light, bright, and airy space that felt welcoming,” says Photopoulos. Walls, shiplap paneling, and tile in pure white were prescribed to maintain an airy flow in the 750-square-foot total footprint. The use of natural fibers such as open weave light fixtures, baskets, and shades contribute to the breezy coastal vibe, as do jaunty elements like splashy textiles, lively wallpaper, and stripes. Washable slipcovers and pillows abound, adding easy-care comfort and color. “We don’t want to worry about being too careful about fancy furniture. We entertain just about every weekend and have lots of guests. For a tiny cottage, the place can now sleep 12 comfortably,” begins Beth. “It’s only one and a half hours from our home in Connecticut so it’s easy to get here, but every weekend feels like we are on vacation far away.”

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Meet Abby Boone This pediatric nurse loves catching waves, spicy margaritas, and all things summer in Lil’ Rhody

Making waves in Rhode Island

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What makes Rhode Island such a great place for surfing? Rhode Island has a great variety of waves from point breaks to beach breaks. Its beautiful rocky coast provides some really fun longboarding and shortboarding waves. The waves can be a little inconsistent here in Rhode Island, but when it’s good, it can get really good! What are your favorite Rhody surf spots and shops? I have a lot of favorite spots! The swell and wind directions dictate where I decide to surf on any given day. I also try to find a spot that isn’t too crowded which can be difficult these days. My go-to shop is Matunuck Surf Shop. I’m also a fan of Narragansett Surf and Skate, and Island Sports in Middletown. Thank you so much for your work as a pediatric nurse, especially during the pandemic. When you’re not helping others or catching waves, what are you up to? Work can be so hectic that I just like to chill on my days off. I love spending time at home with my dogs and cats, working on house projects, playing cards, making spicy margaritas, cooking vegan dinners, and taking trips to Maine to see my family when I can. Now that summer is upon us, what are you most looking forward to doing when you’re not on a surfboard? I’m really excited to get my gardens up and running. I love love love growing my own vegetables in the summer! I’m also looking forward to beach days with friends and spending more time outdoors. What are some of your favorite businesses to hit up around the Ocean State? Two of my all-time favorites are in Providence: CIVIL Skateboard Shop and The Grange restaurant. Other vegan favorites are Garden Grille in Pawtucket and Plant City in Providence, Middletown, and soon Warwick. In southern RI, I frequent Sa-Tang and Whalers in South Kingstown; BOL, Ocean Mist, and The Mews in Wakefield; and Crazy Burger in Narragansett.

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Garden Variety

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cross Rhode Island, summer is in full bloom, and there are few things more restorative than wandering a garden path, admiring the sights and scents of the natural world. Tours are available all over the state, but there may be some in your own backyard you have yet to explore. Whether following a guide or browsing at your own pace, visiting green spaces can be a natural fit for the whole family. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum This glorious array of gardens has been showing off its blooms since the turn of the 20th century when the original owners expanded their botanical collection to include florals from far and wide. Visitors adore the vibrant colors and picturesque landscape from the ornamental stonework and shrubbery to the rainbow of blooms in the Rose Garden. Catch a breeze off the bay as you walk these breathtaking grounds, past the towering Sequoia and through the bamboo forest. Guests may sip into simpler moments with tea and scones on the porch, for an additional fee when available. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, Blithewold.org Green Animals Topiar y Garden Step onto grounds fit for a fair y tale in the oldest and most northern topiar y garden in

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the countr y. Neatly trimmed shrubs take shape into friendly animals and fig urines of all kinds. Visitors mar vel over the 16,000 daffodils dotting the land in spring – in between snapping a selfie with the verdant lion and unicorn topiaries. Open daily to the public, take a walk with the whole family through the delightful annuals and shrubs painting this picturesque retreat from spring through autumn. Tickets are available online to stroll this dreamlike destination where g uests are even encouraged to pack a picnic. 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, NewportMansions.org Kinney Azalea Garden For nearly 70 years, visitors have been enjoying the 500+ varieties of azaleas and other flowers, shrubs, and trees at the backyard property of Tony and Elizabeth Kinney Faella. Photo -enthusiasts will love the picturesque Moon Gate, along with the Wildflower Walk, Troll Bridge, and other sights. Peak visiting times are May through June but gardens are in bloom all summer. No entrance fee, but donations keep it all going ; find the donation box at the entrance with a $25 donation fee suggested for professional photographers. No pets. Open during daylight hours. 2391 Kingstown Road, Kingston, KinneyAzaleaGardens.com

Lavender Waves Picture yourself on a stately gazebo surrounded by 4,000 plants and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped onto the luscious lavender fields of the French countryside. Sitting on 14 acres, the lines of lavender – spanning 10 different varieties – share the ground with animals like sheep, alpacas, a donkey, and peacock. Lavender lovers can purchase tickets online for farm events or shop the artisanal lavender-infused soaps, lotions, and scrubs available at the farm stand. Guests may also book a stay in the luxurious farm suite overlooking the lavender field and enjoy your very own rustic and chic retreat. 3814 Commodore Perry Highway, Wakefield, LavenderWavesFarm.Com Roger Williams Park Botanical Center Take a stroll on your very own self-guided tour through the lush landscape of Roger Williams Park. Lose track of time spotting koi fish and traversing the quaint wooden bridges over still waters in the Japanese Gardens. Or, find your way to New England’s largest public indoor display gardens at the Botanical Center. Guests also love waving hello to some residing goats and meandering through the Rose Garden’s paths peppered with over 100 varieties of the familiar flora. With an easy-to-walk design, this destination surely delights at any age. Floral Avenue, Providence, RWPConservancy.org

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Open House at Electric Moon Peony Farm For the first two weeks of June (exact details TBD at press time), the farm opens its fields to the public on select days. Visits are offered as an opportunity to observe the growing habits, flower color, and fragrance of individual peony varieties and learn about which might be best for your own garden. Select flowers for staff cutters to harvest for you to purchase. Cash only. 43 Old Harbor Road, Little Compton, @ElectricMoonPeonyFarm June 12-13:

Sakonnet Garden Rhode Island’s very own secret garden sits on just more than an acre. The garden shares its labyrinth of paths filled to the brim with an impressive mix of shrubs, trees and flowers. Explore the shaded hideaway where curtains of blooms cover trimmed hedge walls and find beds of pastel foliage in the Yellow Garden that offer their sunshine even on the cloudiest of days. Reser ve your visit or register for a tour online. 510 West Main Road, Little Compton, SakonnetGarden.net URI Botanical Gardens Peruse the grounds that have been pleasing passersby since 1992 with its carefully crafted array of blooming buds. Catch a glimpse of roses studding the paths or make your way to the perennial garden where butterflies flutter. Open ever y day from sunrise to sunset, the gardens are a tucked away treasure on the university’s sprawling campus. Be on the lookout for events, educational workshops, and tours put on by the URI Master Gardeners. 6 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, URI.edu

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Gardening with the Masters Tour Twenty-six private gardens designed and maintained by URI Master Gardener volunteers will be open to the public for the tenth biannual Gardening with the Masters Tour. Tickets are $30 and include admission for one to the gardens on both tour weekends, a new smartphone app, and a link to a guidebook with garden descriptions. Statewide and nearby MA & CT. Rain or shine. URI.edu/mastergardener/tour

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Back in Bloom: A Ballroom Floral Fantasy The Salon and Ballroom of Rosecliff will be transformed in this reimagined presentation of The Newport Flower Show. The Salon will showcase the very popular Botanical Arts design classes, the Ballroom will showcase floral designs, and the Terrace will serve as a conservatory garden space and feature al-fresco exhibition tables created by local event and floral designers. Advanced ticket purchases only. NewportMansions.org July 9-11:

Secret Garden Tours Keep your wellies ready because Secret Garden 2021 Summer Garden Tours only happen during three days in July, require tickets, and run rain or shine. Enjoy access to lush private gardens in Newport with magnificent landscaping , fountains, pools, waterfronts, and more. Two time slots each day begin in Storer Park. Tours are self-guided and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit RI public schools. Newport, SecretGardenTours.org

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We’ve dreamed of this summer. Not just for the beach days, outdoor concerts, grilled foods, and endless sun we’ve been pining for during the winter months. No, this dream is about pressing play again on life – and we’re excited to be a part of that.

100+ ways to make the most of the state’s best season

BY ABBIE L AHMER S, ELYSE M AJOR & MEGAN SCHMIT

Here’s a list of 100+ things to do around the state – some still virtual, many finally in-person – to begin to plot out those warm weather days ahead. We have live music and main street strolls, art shows and farmers markets, food truck nights and much, much more. So, with a Del’s in hand, let us clink our cups in a collective cheers to summer’s great return. Note: The Rhode Island Department of Health advises attendees to keep an eye on event cancellations or capacity changes, and yes, masks are still required.

Charlestown Breachway Photo courtesy of RI DEM

NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND JUNE THROUGH JUNE 27 DIY Adventure Ride: Discover Blackstone Valley by bike with the RI Northeast Mountain Biking Association, through woodsy trails off the beaten path and routes ranging from easy rides to challenging technical ones. RINEMBA.org

JUNE 5 Cruise Into the News: Their first event in over a year, The News Cafe hosts a classic car show outdoors with live music on their brandnew patio, food and drink provided. Pawtucket, TourBlackstone.com

JUNE 12 Heritage Ballet - An Evening of Dance: Check out this choreographed celebration of all things ballet held at the Stadium Theatre. Woonsocket, StadiumTheatre.com Disney Day: Pretend to be your favorite Disney character for this one-day workshop complete

with meet-and-greets, mini classes, Mad Hatter tea party lunch, theater games, and themed dance party. Woonsocket, StadiumTheatre.com

JUNE 13 Music on the Farm: Don’t miss the awe-inspiring performance by Colombian opera singer David Rivera Bozon at Grace Note Farm Inn. Call 401567-0354 or email virginiasindelar@gmail.com for reservations. Pascoag

JUNE 19 The Magical World of Dance: Presented by Encore Academy, this Disney-themed performance is sure to please both kids and kids-atheart. Woonsocket, StadiumTheatre.com Dragons & Wizards - A Summer Psychic Faire: Embrace your inner GoT or LotR obsession and come in full costume to LARP in this mystical outdoor market brimming with tarot readers, mediums, meditation gurus, merchants, and more. Johnston, Facebook: The Tarot Goddess LLC

JUNE 26 Foisy & Vandal: Enjoy a low-key live show while sipping and savoring dinner at this tucked-away restaurant and bar. Cumberland, Facebook: Adelines Speakeasy Kitchen Bar

JULY JULY 2-4 93rd Annual Ancients & Horribles Parade: A fireworks show kicks off a weekend-long celebration, followed by a road race and judged parade lampooning local and national politics on the Fourth of July. Glocester, GlocesterRI.org/Parade

JULY 25 Victorian Garden Party & Ice Cream Social: Enjoy an old-fashioned garden party that harkens back to the 19th centur y at Hearthside House Museum, plus frozen treats to help keep cool on a summer day. Lincoln, HearthsideHouse.org


youth programs throughout the town. And, even more special, this will mark the festival’s 30th year. Cumberland, CumberlandFest.org

VINTAGE VACATION Any visit to Spring Lake packs in a summer’s worth of fun in a day

AUGUST 19

BY ELYSE MAJOR

Narragansett, Newport, Glendale? When you think of beaches, this village in Burrillville might not make your list or even be on your radar, but less than 40 minutes from the heart of Providence, Spring Lake Beach is a freshwater destination brimming with nostalgic charm, a boatload of activities, and all the trappings for making summertime memories. Remember to pack your beach bag with coins because Spring Lake Beach has a penny arcade, which is reported to be among the oldest in America. Playing pinball in a damp bathing suit is an experience not to be missed. At the water’s edge there’s a slide for thrill-seeking tots and a dock that older kids and teens enjoy swimming to – and often celebrate reaching by standing proud on said swim dock prior to diving off. There are boat and kayak rentals, a beach store, playground, volleyball court, ice cream, and more. Learn more at Burrillville.org or call 401-568-9470.

JULY 31 Doll Garden Party: Part of Hearthside House’s popular series, girls aged 5 to 12 can bring their favorite toy doll for a turn-of-the-century social on the lawn. Lincoln, HearthsideHouse.org

Starr y, Starr y Night: Avid astronomers and beginners alike are invited for an evening of stargazing at Chase Farm, which offers wide open spaces and clear views of the night sky. Lincoln, HearthsideHouse.org

AUGUST 30 Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament: Support a cause while playing 18 holes to support the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council’s youth environmental education programs at Crystal Lake Golf Club. Burrillville, TourBlackstone.com

AUGUST TBD Spring Lake Arcade Photo by Savannah Barkley

AUGUST AUGUST 6 Tapestry - The Carole King Songbook: This tribute to Carole King, previously cancelled by the pandemic, has been rescheduled for August 6. The tribute will recreate a vintage Carole King performance, with a ‘70s sound, starring Suzanne Davis. Woonsocket, StadiumTheatre.com

AUGUST 7-9 CumberlandFest: This weekend-long event celebrates the town of Cumberland and also helps

RHODY WATERING HOLES If you live in parts of the Ocean State not bordered by coastline, a hot summer’s day can easily mean loading up the car and heading to your nearby lake or pond. Many of these locations have sandy beaches, are run by their town’s rec department, maintain lifeguards keeping watch, and have restrooms, all for a low-cost beach pass purchased at the gate. During weekends and late afternoons, these hyper-local gems can be just as busy, relatively speaking, as their seaside counterparts but visit during mid-day, mid-week and you’ve got yourself scenery and tranquility that rivals any Maine locale. Did we miss your fave? If you’re willing to share about it, email Elyse@Providenceonline.com.

Briar Point Beach | Coventry, VisitRI.com Bowdish Reservoir Chepachet, VisitRI.com Georgiaville Town Beach Smithfield, SmithfieldRI.com Governor John Notte Memorial Park North Providence, VisitRI.com Lincoln Woods State Park | RIParks.com Ninigret Park | Charlestown, VisitRI.com Peck Pond | Glocester, RIParks.com Wallum Lake | Burrillville, Burrillvile.org Watchaug Pond Burlingame, VisitRhodeIsland.com

Piano Food Fest: While a date had not yet been set, it looks like this one-of-a-kind event will return as families compete with piano-shaped foods and recitals at Diamond Hill Park. Cumberland, FestivalNet.com

ALL SUMMER LONG Blackstone Valley Bike Trail: This is a cyclist’s best kept secret, a scenic, 17-mile trail from Pawtucket to Woonsocket, paved and photo-ready, with forgotten canals and waterfalls along the way. BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org Drive-In Movies: At less than $30 a carload for a double feature, this authentic 1950s drive-in theater beckons you and your bunch to view movies from your vehicle. North Smithfield, Facebook: Rustic Drive In Heritage Hikes: Recurring monthly on the first, join the North Smithfield Heritage Association for a woodland hike through Harkness Conser vation Area with views of the Blackstone and Branch River Valleys and historic sites. North Smithfield, Facebook: North Smithfield Heritage

SUNDAYS River Tours: Wondering what to do on a Sunday afternoon? Take a 50-minute boat tour while learning the histor y of Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley. Pawtucket, RiverTourBlackstone.com Arts in the Alley: Held on select Sundays throughout the summer, the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative and Lops Brewing hold afternoons with food, beer, music, and vendors. Woonsocket, TourBlackstone.com


MONDAYS

WEDNESDAYS

Trivia at Adeline’s: Weekly at 7pm, patrons at this neighborhood speakeasy compete for a chance to win cool prizes courtesy of Team Trivia New England. Cumberland, Facebook: Adelines Speakeasy Kitchen Bar

Food Truck Nights at Holy Trinity: On the last Wednesday of the month, enjoy food from a dozen mobile eateries, live music, and beer from Trinity Brewhouse. Woonsocket, Facebook: PVD Food Truck Events

TUESDAYS

THURSDAYS

Trivia at The Guild: Answer five rounds of bizarre questions for the chance to win a $50 gift card – all while enjoying a pint. Pawtucket, TheGuildRI.com

Food Truck Concert Nights at Diamond Hill: Summer really is a food truck frenzy, and you’ll find your favorites parked in Cumberland alongside a lineup of live music. Facebook: PVD Food Truck Events

Farmers Markets: Find fresh fruit and veg gies ever y week in Woonsocket and Central Falls; starts July 6. For locations, visit FarmFreshRI.org.

FRIDAYS Levitt Amp Woonsocket Music Series: Each Friday, catch regional and national acts from

Sarah Borges to Terrance Simien at River Island Art Park. July 9-September 17. Woonsocket, Concerts.LevittAmp.org/Woonsocket Friday Karaoke at Chan’s: Each Friday through July 30, Chan’s partners with WRIK Entertainment to host karaoke night, made even more fun after sipping on a signature scorpion bowl. Woonsocket, TourBlackstone.com

SATURDAYS Outdoor Classic Movie Nights: Kick back with a bucket of complimentary popcorn on the grounds of Hearthside House for their outdoor film series on June 19 and August 28 (stay tuned for more possible dates, too!). Lincoln, HearthsideHouse.org

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Photo courtesy of Providence Kayak

JUNE JUNE 1 Cupcake Championship: Local chefs duke it out in a confectionary culinary battle, but it’s all in good fun. Various locations, RIFoodFights.com

JUNE 10 Rebecca L. Spencer Lecture Series: This month, Central Congregational Church presents Dr. Ted Widmer, historian, White House advisor, acclaimed author, and Rhode Islander to speak about his recent book, Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington. CentralChurch.us

JUNE 12

JUNE 13

Rain Harvest Arts Festival: This unique event at Roger Williams Park combines water, science, and art, including chalk drawings, scavenger hunts, water testing demonstrations, and more hosted by the Stormwater Innovation Center. StormwaterInnovationCenter.org/RainHarvestArtsFestival

Pride Ser vice: Beneficent Congregational Church hosts a special ser vice featuring speaker Rachel Maddox, a notable Black, non-binar y playwright, teaching artist, and critical educator. BeneficentChurch.org

JUNE 12-13

Summer Series 2021: Festival Ballet returns to in-person performance this season on their new outdoor stage, showcasing a mixed rep program and rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. FestivalBalletProvidence.org

Festival of Gardens: In partnership with The Garden Conser vancy, the Providence Preservation Society offers tours of private gardens throughout the city, plus community gardens and one stewarded by PPS itself. PPSRI.org

JUNE 17-JULY 27


JUNE 20 Father’s Day Boat Tour: Celebrate Dad with a 50-minute, narrated family cruise along the Providence River and Waterplace Park. ProvidenceRiverBoat.com

JUNE 21-JULY 2 Camp Sparkle: The Steel Yard hosts this twoweek LGBTQIA+ youth day camp that provides hands-on training in the industrial arts. TheSteelYard.org

as well as takeout to celebrate our foodie claim to fame. GoProvidence.com/RW/

JULY 18-31 FringePVD: The signature summer festival is coming back – with a mixture of “online and outside” events to celebrate and promote Providence-based performing artists. FringePVD.org

AUGUST

JUNE TBD

AUGUST 1

The Rhode Island Gay Men’s Chorus plans to present a Pride Virtual Video Celebration, so stay tuned on Facebook for details. Facebook: RIGMC

Search for the #BestScoopShopRI: In the summer heat, RI Food Fights asks for your help to find which Rhody creamer y has the tastiest frozen treats. Various locations, RIFoodFights.com

JULY JULY 1

AUGUST 9-15

Iced Coffee Celebration: RI Food Fights is looking to find the best iced coffee in the state, and over 20 coffee shops in Rhode Island are competing for the crown. Various locations, RIFoodFights.com

Flickers International Film Festival: This week-long festival draws film sub missions from around the world, any of which could qualif y for an Academy Award. Film-Festival.org

JULY 11-24

AUGUST 28

Providence Restaurant Weeks: Fourteen days of dining specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner available for indoor and outdoor eating

Brew at the Zoo: The state’s largest outdoor beer festival – described as a sudsy safari – takes place at Roger Williams Park Zoo, where you can sample 170 beers from 80-plus local and national brewers. RWPZoo.org

FARMERS MARKETS Find your favorite farmers and food makers vending produce, flowers, meats, and more at these city markets: Armory Farmers Market: Thursdays starting June 3, Dexter Training Grounds, FarmFreshRI.org Broad Street Farmers Market: Saturdays starting June 19, 807 Broad Street, FarmFreshRI.org Hope Street Farmers Market: Saturdays, Lippitt Memorial Park, HopeStreetMarket.com Neutaconkanut Park Farmers Market: Mondays starting July 5, FarmFreshRI.org Sankofa Farmers Market: Wednesdays starting June 23, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Instagram: @sankofapvd Sims Market: Saturdays year-round, 10 Sims Avenue, FarmFreshRI.org

ALL SUMMER LONG Asian Lantern Spectacular: Every Wednesday through Sunday until July 4, walk through the Zoo as it’s transformed with countless lit lanterns, inspired cuisine, and an interactive kids area all in celebration of Asian culture. All proceeds will go to animal care and conservation initiatives. RWPZoo.org Bloom Collective: A six-month-long popup on Westminster, this West End haven for local creatives also hosts the Armory Artisan & Vintage Market every Saturday and Sunday. WeAreBloomCollective.com Public Roller Skating: The Providence Rink is open every Thursday and Friday this summer, online reser vations encouraged. No skates ? No problem – they have you covered! Bonus: At 5pm, the rink transforms into an outdoor Roller Disco with live acts, DJs, and Trinity Beer Garden. TheProvidenceRink.com

TAKE A TOUR BY WATER Serpentining through Providence is the river, arguably the hub of the city with its flaming braziers during WaterFire, colorful kayakers, Venetian gondolas, and array of fun boat tours. Here are a few different journeys you can take by water to rediscover downtown: Architectural River Tour: On select Mondays and Wednesdays, the Providence Preservation Society in conjunction with the Providence River Boat Company will offer 75-minute boat tours celebrating the city’s architecture, including its famous landmarks. PPSRI.com Gondola Rides: Through November, pretend you’re in Venice as you float down the river with a costumed gondolier. Operating seven days a week as weather permits (so we recommend booking one while the weather is warm!). GondolaRI.com Guided Kayak Tours: Hop into a bright orange kayak and follow your guide down the river as you learn about both the historical and nautical history of Providence – and even check out special guest guides like raptor expert Peter Green ( June 12), WaterFire’s Captain Peter Van Erp ( July 30), and Providence Preservation Society’s Brent Runyon (August 7 & 13). ProvidenceKayak.com Haunted Boat Rides: Starting June 2, on Wednesday and Sunday evenings guests can board a boat for a spooky tour of the city narrated by the Providence Ghost Tour. Parents be warned, these terrifying tales are appropriate for ages 10 and up, and any children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. ProvidenceRiverBoat.com Narrated Boat Tours: A comprehensive guided tour of the city’s shores, including the Riverwalk, Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, and Industrial Harbor – perfect for the whole family. ProvidenceRiverBoat.com Twilight River Cruises: This ride claims to take date night to the next level – and we agree. How can you not fall head over heels while sipping on complimentary wine or prosecco, at sunset, on a boat, in the greatest city ever ? ProvidenceRiverBoat.com Vineyard Voyages: Providence River Boat pairs perfectly with North Kingstown-based Gooseneck Vineyards for a special 60-minute water tour featuring a wine tasting and light fare. ProvidenceRiverBoat.com


Providence WaterFire Photo by Erin Cuddigan, courtesy of WaterFire

TAKE A TOUR BY FOOT Whether you’re a curious tourist, history buff, or Providence newcomer, there are walking tours aplenty to learn a bit more about the city you love while getting those steps in. Providence By the Book Tour: A literary-themed Saturday jaunt exploring the life and work (including the controversies) of HP Lovecraft and other famous authors with PVD ties, like Sarah Helen Whitman, a poet briefly engaged to Edgar Allan Poe. ProvidenceTourCo.com

PVDFest: Your favorite summer festival is back for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that consists of citywide creative events from June through Aug ust, and culminates in a downtown celebration September 25-26. Stay tuned for more details at PVDFest.com

Thursday Night Trivia: Grab your go -to team and test your collective knowledge at Trinity Brewhouse’s weekly trivia tournament at the beer garden, hosted by Stump! Trivia. TrinityBrewhouse.com

SUNDAYS

Food Truck Fridays: Music, food trucks, and an air-conditioned merry-go-round. Eat anything you want and enjoy some late-afternoon sun at the Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Carousel Village through September 24. RWPZoo.org

Providence Flea: Browse some of the best-selected vintage finds and locally made art at this upscale flea market on the Providence River Greenway. ProvidenceFlea.com

FRIDAYS

Virtual Drag Brunch LIVE: While at press time the weekly tradition had yet to return in-person at Massimo, find your favorite drag queens live online as they discuss hot topics The View style – only with cocktails in hand! YouTube: Haley Star Show

Trinity Beer Garden Comedy: Every week, Glue Factory Comedy brings the best regional comedians to Biltmore Park for a socially distanced live show you can enjoy with a beer. TrinityBrewhouse.com/Beer-Garden

MONDAYS

Open Air Saturdays: The pandemic-born tradition continues through warm weather days, transforming Downcity into a pedestrian hub for shopping , strolling , and sampling all Westminster and the surrounding streets have to offer. Facebook: InDowncity PVD

“Go Figure” Art Classes: Sprout CoWorking brings g uest art instructor and award-winning visual artist Mi Ok to the space each week for clothed fig ure drawing classes. SproutCoWorking.com

TUESDAYS Trivia Tuesdays at GPub: Two Roads Brewing , enjoy for just $22 while you test a chance to win prizes and ProvidenceGPub.com

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THURSDAYS Art on Tap: Through August 26, experience the WaterFire Arts Center in a new way as you tour the current exhibits before catching the sunset on the rooftop deck, where Troop PVD keeps the beer and wine flowing. Facebook: WaterFire Providence

SATURDAYS

Providence Artisans Market: Alongside the Hope Street Farmers Market, discover makers and artists of all mediums showcasing their work for sale in Lippitt Park. Facebook: PVD Artisans Market

TBD WaterFire: While exact dates have yet to be released, the sacred Providence tradition returns this summer to gather friends far and wide around the river to watch the soul-warming glow of 100 braziers. The food vendors, buskers, and people-watching are worth a full evening. WaterFire.org

Providence Walking Tour: A 1.5mile route takes walkers on a journey through the city’s architecture, history, and some of the city’s charming neighborhoods, including stops at The Arcade, Waterplace Park, and Peerless Rooftop. Saturdays through October, hosted by Experience Rhode Island. ExperienceRI.com Rhode Island in a Day Tour: For an ambitious adventure such as this, it makes sense to start in the state capital, touring historic Providence before being shuttled off to other notable towns like Wickford, Newport, and Bristol. ExperienceRI.com Rhode Island Red Food Tour: While not exactly heavy on the walking , this culinary circuit takes you from restaurant to restaurant to explore one of the many things Providence is known for: its food. Fridays and Saturdays through November. RhodeIslandRedFoodTours.com Taste of Rhode Island Tour: Another mouth-watering journey, travel across the city for a sampling of Rhody’s famous foods from beloved eateries like Camille’s on Federal Hill and Wayland Square Diner. ExperienceRI.com Welcome to Providence Tour: Even though this is technically geared towards Providence newbies, natives can still glean new insight with an over view of city essentials, history, architecture, and famous characters. ProvidenceTourCo.com


EAST BAY & NEWPORT JUNE JUNE 2 Stor yteller in the Gardens: Internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral comes to Linden Place for an evening of enchanting storytelling featuring African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales. Bristol, LindenPlace.org

JUNE 4 Cultural Night: Celebrate the different cultures that comprise Rhode Island with local and ethnic cuisine and special music and dance performances. Bristol, FourthOf JulyBristolRI.com

JUNE 17 Narragansett Summer Nights 5K : An evening race concludes with an epic after-party at the Mount Hope Farm barn. Entry includes two icecold Narragansett Beers, live music, pizza dinner, and a T-shirt. Bristol, SummerNights5K.com

JUNE 18-20 Back in Bloom: Rosecliff will be transformed into a botanical wonderland for A Ballroom Floral Fantasy, where a self-guided tour will bring you through garden vignettes designed to enchant. Newport, NewportMansions.org

JUNE 19 Slave Histor y Medallion: As part of a statewide initiative, Linden Place Museum will unveil their Rhode Island Slave Histor y Medallion on Juneteenth with prominent local speakers, African dancers, live music, and a land acknowledg ement by the Pokanoket tribe. Bristol, LindenPlace.org Vintage Baseball: Grab a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy some good old-fashioned baseball at Bristol Town Common. The Providence Grays play the Lisbon Tunnelmen. Bristol, FourthOf JulyBristolRI.com

JUNE 20-JULY 3 Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series: A range of music is performed at Independence Park for two solid weeks of free entertainment, courtesy of the Bristol Fourth of July celebrations. Bristol, FourthOf JulyBristolRI.com

JUNE 21-24 Newport Charter Yacht Show: Luxur y yachts are showcased alongside ancillar y goods and ser vices at this four-day event dedicated

exclusively to yacht charter professionals. NewportCharterShow.com

JUNE 25-27 Newport Pride: A market and festival, welcoming flag raising , and bike ride are all part of this weekend of socially distanced experiences celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and inclusivity. NewportOut.com

JUNE 26 Independence Rhode R ace: Explore Bristol on foot in a 13.1-mile walk or run and finish at Independence Park in the middle of town. Bristol, FourthOf JulyBristolRI.com

JUNE 27 Frederick Douglass Reading: Renowned Trinity Rep actor Joe Wilson, Jr. will lead a live reading of Frederick Douglass’ iconic 1852 speech “ What To The Slave Is The Fourth of July”, joined by audience members and g uests. Bristol, LindenPlace.org

JULY JULY 5 Fourth of July Parade: Follow the red, white, and blue-striped roads for the ultimate patriotic display. Due to COVID, this year’s parade will be a vehicle procession and requires masks and social distancing for onlookers. Bristol, FourthOf JulyBristolRI.com Photo courtesy of RI Bay Cruises

Fourth of July Picnic: Come to Linden Place for bleacher parade seating , a continental breakfast, and picnic lunch. Bristol, LindenPlace.org

JULY 8-20 Newport Music Festival: From opera to chamber music and ever ything in between, this year’s Newport Music Festival will boast an impressive lineup of acclaimed musicians from far and wide. NewportMusic.org

JULY 9-11 Newport Secret Garden Tours: Like the grounds of a European chateau, such botanical mastery must be seen to be believed. Take a stroll through some of the city’s most prestigious – and normally private – outdoor spaces. Newport, SecretGardenTours.org

JULY 11-18 2021 Hall of Fame Open: The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a major Newport landmark, and once Wimbledon wraps up, you can still get your tennis fix as ATP World Tour pros contest on the Hall of Fame’s historic grass courts. Newport, HallOf FameOpen.com

JULY 17-18 AND AUGUST 21-22 South Coast Open Studio Tour: Visit painters, fiber artists, sculptors, and more, all across the East Bay and southern Massachusetts, in self-g uided tours of local studios. Various locations, SouthCoastArtists.org


Newport Polo Photo courtesy of Discover Newport

JULY 23-25, 26-28 The Newport Folk Festival: This year’s lineup has yet to be released at press time, but if last year’s performers are any indication of who’s to come, attendees are in for a treat. NewportFolk.org

JULY 23-25 The Newport Show: New England’s premier fine art and antiques event raises funds for the Newport Historical Society and Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. Middletown, BGCNewport.org

JULY 30 - AUGUST 1 Newport Jazz Festival: Dozens of jazz legends will grace the stages at Fort Adams State Park in an intimate version of the annual jazz festival. NewportJazz.org

AUGUST AUGUST 1 Brothers Osborne: Waterfront Concerts and Cat Country 98.1 present this Grammy-nominated Nashville-based country music duo at Bold Point Park. East Providence, RIWaterfrontEvents.com

AUGUST 27-29 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta: A preliminary schedule of a Living Boat Show, cocktails, and dinner is planned for the Golden Jubilee edition, though subject to change. Bristol, Herreshoff.org

AUGUST 28 The Ocean in a Cup: Craft and nature

enthusiasts are invited to make a one-of-akind ocean scene in a tea cup with Audubon. All supplies will be provided, advanced registration required. Bristol, ASRI.org Warren Folks Fest: Live music, food, and art attract folk fans to The Collaborative’s lively annual fundraiser event. Warren, TheCollaborative02885.org

& Arboretum for their weekly summer concert series through September. Bristol, Blithewold.org Nature Walks: Join a naturalist and explore the Norman Bird Sanctuary trails during a free guided walk of spotting native species and identifying plants. Middletown, NormanBirdSanctuary.org

THURSDAYS

Tea and Scones: Sit back and enjoy the scenic overlook from one of Blithewold Mansion’s porches while munching on a fresh scone and hot or iced tea. Bristol, Blithewold.org

Art Night Bristol Warren: Walk or ride your bike from one galler y and studio to the next. This evening event is the perfect way to explore the wealth of art the East Bay has to offer on the last Thursdays of the month through Aug ust. Bristol and Warren, ArtNightBristolWarren.org

SUNDAYS

FRIDAYS

Barrington Summer Concert Series: Dance like no one’s watching and make some noise when local musicians come to Latham Park and Barring ton Town Beach Sundays July through Aug ust. BarringtonLearningCTR .org

Warren Movie Nights at the Drive-In: Pack some snacks and cozy up in your car for a Friday drive-in movie night at 30 Cutler hosted by The Collaborative, screening classic and contemporary hits. Warren, TheCollaborative02885.org

TUESDAYS

SATURDAYS

Tiverton Farmers Market: Connecting the community to fresh and local produce, the market hosts a variety of food and farm vendors, artisans, makers, and live music at Sandywoods Center for the Arts. TivertonFarmersMarket.com

Newport Polo: One of the great Aquidneck Island traditions, Newport Polo invites spectators to watch international teams gallop to victory at Glen Farm. Portsmouth, NPTPolo.com

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WEDNESDAYS Music at Sunset: Take in the lush gardens and live music at the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens

Free Family Fun Days: The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is free to the public the first Saturday of every month for nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes, and more. Bristol, ASRI.org


CENTRAL RHODE ISLAND Chalk the Block Photo by Marylou Butler

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Gaspee Days Parade Photo by Tony Pacitti

Cocktails & Canvas: While it’s still up for debate whether or not alcohol improves your artistic ability, it certainly makes things more fun. Support The Arctic Playhouse during this paint-and-sip event for adults. West Warwick, Facebook: The Arctic Playhouse

JUNE 12 Gaspee Days Parade: Commemorate the revolutionary moment in Rhode Island’s history with a parade of fife and drums corps, fire trucks, and the Shriners in their miniature cars, plus a virtual 5K race. Warwick, Gaspee.com Family STEM Day: Bring the whole fam for an afternoon of exploration into the sciences, including a robot obstacle course, green screen photo shoot, engineering challenges, and more at the Knights of Columbus. Warwick, MobileQuestAdventures.com

JUNE 16 Spring Anew Fashion Show: See collections from Therapy Boutique, Zuzu’s, and other local retailers, plus a performance by Providence Ballet. East Greenwich, EastGreenwichChamber.com

JUNE 20 Father’s Day Movie Screening : Watch Field of Dreams with the dad-fig ure in your life – his ticket includes an Odeum hat, stadium cup, and drink voucher. East Greenwich, GreenwichOdeum.com

JUNE 24 Dogs on Main Stroll: Bring your pooch for a day of shopping and waterfront dining , with outdoor vendors and even a parade starring our four-legged friends. East Greenwich, EastGreenwichChamber.com

JUNE 24-27 One Act Play Festival: Artists’ Exchange hosts short plays that run the gamut from comedy to drama, celebrating local, regional, and national playwrights. Cranston, Artists-Exchange.org

JUNE 25 Pop Star Tiffany: Song writer and powerhouse

chart-topper Tiffany will perform songs from her latest album for a limited-capacity show. East Greenwich, GreenwichOdeum.com

JULY JULY 10 East Greenwich Yacht Club Regatta: Celebrate over 110 years of local sailing in Greenwich Bay, with registration online. EGYC.com

JULY 15 Chalk the Block: Artists of all skill levels decorate local pavement and compete for


prizes, courtesy of the Main Street Association. $25 admission fee includes a box of chalk and T-shirt, and masks are required. East Greenwich, EastGreenwichChamber.com

JULY 17 Rhode Island Blues Fest: An epic congregation of blues masters from across the countr y at Mulligan’s Island Golf & Entertainment complex. Cranston, Facebook: RI Blues Fest

AUGUST AUGUST 7 Live and Let Laugh with Jim Breuer: Acclaimed comedian and Saturday Night Live alum will grace the Odeum stage. East Greenwich, GreenwichOdeum.com

AUGUST 14-15 Providence Grays Festival: The vintage baseball team brings the spirit of 1884 to

Rocky Point Park; opponents TBA. Warwick, ProvidenceGrays.com

AUGUST 19 Music on Main Stroll: More than 40 artists and musicians perform on the sidewalk during one of the summer’s four themed Main Street Strolls. East Greenwich, EastGreenwichChamber.com

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WEDNESDAYS Good Eats at Goddard Park: For the first time ever, find food trucks and live music at Goddard Park this summer on the second Wednesday of ever y month. Bonus: It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset! Warwick, Facebook: PVD Food Truck Events

THURSDAYS

Garden City Sweat: Work up a sweat and soak up the sun in weekly barre and yoga classes at Haven Fitness. Cranston, GardenCityCenter.com

War wick Food Truck Nights: Join an army of food trucks at Crowne Plaza the third Thursday of the month for an evening of sweet and savor y samples, beer and wine by Trinity Brewhouse, and live music. Facebook: PVD Food Truck Events

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Oakland Beach Cruise Nights: Greater Warwick Lions Club present DJ music, raffles, and refreshments accompanying this weekly event showcasing classic, vintage, and sports cars. Warwick, Facebook: Oakland Beach Cruise Night

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market: One of the oldest farmers markets in Rhode Island, you can’t help but stop and stroll the stands while taking in the waterside views. Cranston, PawtuxetMarket.com

SUNDAYS

SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND JUNE JUNE 3 Picnic in the Park: The Westerly Library & Wilcox Park host this first-ever picnic fundraiser. Participants receive a cooler tote stuffed with lunches, beverages, and fun surprises for kids including a scavenger hunt with prizes! Advanced registration is required. WesterlyLibrary.org

JUNE 6 A Nature and History Walk in the Woods: Join Rhode Island historian Tim Cranston for a walking tour along the abandoned Newport and Wickford railway. Stops will be made to explore the flora and fauna of the region as well. Wickford, HistWick.org Napatree Hike: Take a three-hour tour of “Naps” to see shore birds, including American Oystercatchers. Tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable. All social distancing and safety protocols will be in place. Westerly. OceanHouseEvents.com

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URI Gardens Photo courtesy of URI

Brad Friel Memorial Golf Classic: Golfers will not want to miss this tourney filled with community and camaraderie, ser ved up with lunch, a raw bar, prime rib dinner, and par for the course, golf and a cart! Hope Valley, CharihoRotary.com


PADDLE ON 10+ centers around the state to rent a kayak and get on the water East Coast Paddle Sports Wakefield, ECPaddleSports.com Fort Island Kayak & SUPs Block Island, SandyPointCo.com Jamestown Outdoors Jamestown, JamestownOutdoors.com The Kayak Centre Wickford, KayakCentre.com Narrow River Kayaks Narragansett, NarrowRiverKayaks.com Paddle Surf RI Westerly, PaddleSurf RI.com Pond & Beyond Kayak Tours Block Island, PondAndBeyondKayak.com Providence Kayak Providence, ProvidenceKayak.com Queen’s River Kayaks West Kingston, QueenRiverKayaks.com Rhode Island Paddle Sports East Greenwich, RIPaddleSports.com Walker Farm Kayaks Barrington, WalkerFarmKayaks.com Watch Hill Outfitters Watch Hill, WatchHillOutfitters.com

JUNE 12-13 Lang worthy Farm Winer y Craft Vendor Show : Enjoy a glass of wine while exploring hand-crafted items for sale on the grounds. Free admission with purchase of a tasting or glass of wine. Westerly, LangworthyFarm.com Gardening with the Masters: Join the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program for a statewide tour of their uniquely cultivated private gardens. Gain insight into environmentally conscious practices to bring home to your own backyard. Web.URI.edu/mastergardenertour

Wickford Arts Festival Photo by Marylou Butler

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JUNE 26-27

In the Kitchen: Enjoy making tartlets using seasonal stone fruit, like peaches, plums, and cherries at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. Please note that space is limited for this event and tickets are non-refundable. Westerly, OceanHouseEvents.com

Wickford in Bloom: Join Historic Wickford for a self-g uided tour of stunning neighborhood gardens. Enjoy waterfront views, unique landscapes, and historic homes. HistWick.org

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JULY 4

Narragansett Art Festival: Local artists display their works in oil and acrylic paint, along with photography, jewelry, and sculpture beneath the Narragansett Towers, a sure sign of a Rhody summer now in its 38th year. Facebook: Narragansett Art Festival.

Family Beach Day: Narragansett’s 4th of July party is a favorite tradition for many. Catch evening performances by the Brass Force Band and the US Coast Guard Band ; fireworks begin at 9pm. R ain date: July 5. NarragansettRI.gov

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JULY 5

Father’s Day Sunset Beer Tasting Cruise: Taste specialty brews from The General’s Crossing Brewhouse while cruising through the East Passage of Narragansett Bay aboard the historic ferr y Coastal Queen. All ages; valid ID (for bar ser vice) and mask required for boarding. Jamestown, VisitRhodeIsland.com

Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Love classic Disney movies ? Enjoy a fun evening of dinner at Ocean House Beach + Dune Cottage with BB Q fare, salad, dessert, and a cash bar. Please note that space is limited for this event and tickets are non-refundable. Watch Hill, OceanHouseEvents.com

JUNE 24 - JULY 17

Wickford Arts Festival: Thanks to the Wickford Art Association, 200+ artists and crafters from across New England will gather in the village to show their wares, just as they’ve done for 59 years. Wickford Art.org

EARTHWORKS: Join the South County Art Association for the 48th annual clay exhibit, the first of many events planned this season. South Kingstown, SouthCountyArt.com

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SADDLE UP 20+ stables and farms across the state to explore the equine world for fun, for show, or for wellness Anne Benson Stables Portsmouth, AnneBensonStables.com Brookside Equestrian Center North Smithfield, Facebook: Brookside Equestrian Center C & L Stables East Greenwich, CandLStables.info Carolina Equestrian • Carolina, Instagram: @carolina_equestrian_ri Cherry Croft Horsemanship • Richmond, Facebook: Cherry Croft Horsemanship Contact with Horses Little Compton, ContactWithHorses.com Cornerstone Farm Foster, CornerstoneFarmRI.com

Old Coach Farm Charlestown, Instagram: @oldcoachfarm Phoenix Rising Equestrian Center North Smithfield, PhoenixRisingRI.com PJM Equestrian Tiverton, PJMEq.com Pond View Equestrian Center • Pascoag, Facebook: PondView Equestrian Center Prospect Hill Farm Lincoln, Facebook: Prospect Hill Farm RI Rustic Rides Horse Farm Block Island, Facebook: Rustic Rides Horse Farm Sandy Point Stables Portsmouth, SandyPointStables.com Seapowet Stables Tiverton, Seapowet-Stables.com

Faith Hill Care Farm East Greenwich, FaithHillFarm.wixsite.com

Sentinel Sport Horse Farm Charlestown, Facebook: Sentinel Sport Horses RI

Greene Field Farm Coventry, Facebook: Greene Field Farm

Smithbridge Stable Wakefield, Facebook: Smithbridge Stable RI

High View Farm Cumberland, RidingLessons.com

Stepping Stone Ranch West Greenwich, SteppingStoneRanch.com

Horses Bring Hope Wakefield, Facebook: Horses Bring Hope

Sugarland Stables Richmond, Facebook: Sugarland Stables

Horseshoe Farm Exeter, Facebook: Horseshoe Farm

Sundance Stables Chepachet, SundanceStablesLLC-RI.com

Hunter Ridge Ashaway, HunterRidge.squarespace.com

Sunset Stables Lincoln, SunsetStablesRI.com

Morning Star Horse Farm • Saunderstown, MorningStarHorseFarmRI.com

Tibri Chepachet, TibriHorses.com

Newport Equestrian Academy Middletown, NewportEquestrian.com

Washington County Stables • Richmond, Facebook: Washington County Stables

Nora Harris Equestrian Portsmouth, NoraHarris.com

Whispering Winds Farm Chepachet, RIWhisperingWindsFarm.com

Ocean Crest Farm • Saunderstown, OceanCrestFarm.wixsite.com

Yellow Horse Ashaway, Yellow-Horse-Equine.com

Blessing of the Fleet Photo by Savannah Barkley

JULY 17-18 Art Shown on the Lawn: Enjoy works of art with a glass of wine at Lang worthy Farm Winer y. Free admission with purchase of a tasting or glass of wine. Westerly, LangworthyFarm.com

JULY 21 Georgia Peach Truck at The Farmer’s Daughter: Enjoy authentic fresh Georgia peaches and pecans at the popular garden center. Pre-order and contactless payment are encouraged, but walk-ups are available. Wakefield, GeorgiaPeachTruck.com

JULY 22-24 Blessing of the Fleet Festival: What would a seaside summer be without this three-day event celebrating all things nautical? Day one is all about seafood, day two features a virtual 10-mile road race, and on day three, blessings are officially bestowed on the fleet. NarragansettLionsClub.org

JULY 24-AUGUST 1 Kingston Chamber Music Festival: Celebrating 33 years of established international musicians


playing alongside up-and-coming young talent, the festival will showcase the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and others. University of Rhode Island, KingstonChamberMusic.org

JULY 30 - AUGUST 15 Shakespeare in the Park: Enjoy The Bard at Wilcox Park, a tradition going on year 35 presented by The Colonial Theatre. Westerly, ColonialTheatre.org

AUGUST AUGUST 6-8 Charlestown Seafood Festival: Eat lobster rolls and more to your stomach’s content in Ninigret Park. Stick around for rides, a car show, and a fireworks display on Saturday. CharlestownRIChamber.com

AUGUST 11-15 The Washington County Fair: While details were still being confirmed at press time, the fair vows to return for its 55th year. Fingers crossed for all of the midway rides, livestock shows, tractor pulls, and everything else that makes this event full of down-home fun. Richmond, WashingtonCountyFair-RI.com

AUGUST 18-SEPTEMBER 5 Theatre By The Sea: The beloved spot is

planning an encore of MAMMA MIA! Previously purchased tickets are transferable to new performance dates. Check listings for up coming performances not confirmed as of this printing. Wakefield, TheatreByTheSea.com

Granite Theatre: The summer theater season kicks off remotely with virtual productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Follow along for streaming details and upcoming stage shows. Wakefield, GraniteTheatre.com

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Live Music at George’s of Galilee: Make any Friday, Saturday, and Sunday feel like a vacation by enjoying live music at this popular restaurant overlooking Block Island Sound. Schedule available online. Narragansett, GeorgesofGalilee.com

Contemporar y Theater Company: Catch performances of Patio Musical: An Improvised Musical on the Patio select Wednesdays and Fridays; Shakespeare on the Saugatucket weekends in June and July ; and RiverFire Cabaret Thursdays, plus their summer season of shows. Masks and social distancing g uidelines in place. Wakefield, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com Courthouse Comes Alive: Courthouse Center for the Arts has assembled a rollicking calendar of live acts that includes a drag show followed by tribute bands of all kinds of genres like Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Taylor, Chicago, and more. West Kingston, CourtHouseArts.org Food Trucks at The Beach: Skip packing a cooler and treat yourself instead to tacos, ice cream, and more served up by a fleet of food trucks, late afternoons at the beach. Mondays and Saturdays through September 1. NarragansettRI.gov

Misquamicut Drive-In: Take a break from watching movies on the couch, pack the car, and head to Wuskenau Town Beach to view blockbusters on the big outdoor screen. Vehicle too small? Camping chairs are permitted; just be sure to respect space and social distance. June-August. Misquamicut, MBADriveIn.com

MONDAYS Tunes on the Dunes: Starting July 5, chase away any Sunday Scaries with Monday Night Jams. The free concert series at Westerly Town Beach has a lineup of luminaries like John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band ( July 26). In the event of rain, concerts move to The Windjammer on Atlantic Ave. Through August 16. Westerly, TunesOnTheDunesRI.com

TUESDAYS South Kingstown Farmers Market / Wakefield: Head to Marina Park from 2-6pm for produce and honey, also bread, pottery, candy, soap, and more. Through October. Wakefield, SouthKingstonFarmersMarket.com

WEDNESDAYS Blues on the Beach: Check out the free hump day concert series at the Westerly Town Beach beginning July 7. Many popular acts including Roomful of Blues on July 28 are slated. In the event of rain, concerts move to The Windjammer. Through August 11. Westerly, TunesontheDunesRI.com Virtual Literature & Culture Author Conversations: Join the Tomaquag Museum virtually on select Wednesdays for a series of public discussions with authors reflecting on themes of literature, indigenous life, and representation. June 9, 30, July 14. TomaquagMuseum.org

Washington County Fair Photo by Lauren Andrew’s Photography, courtesy of Washington County Fair

Movies on the Beach: Narragansett Town Beach is the place to be for films as the Cabana Horseshoe becomes an outdoor screen! Shows begin at dusk and guests need to bring their own seating to sit on the sand; food trucks are available in the North Lot. Free admission. NarragansettCoC.com


Wednesday Morning Bird Walks: Each week a new birding destination will be chosen, led by Naturalist Laura Carberry. Face masks and social distancing will be required. Advance registration is required and location will be sent via email to registered participants in advance. ASRI.org

THURSDAYS RiverFire: From June 24 through Aug ust 19, special basins along the Saugatucket River are set ablaze, lighting up downtown Wakefield, along with street performers, vendors, and entertainment. Facebook: Wakefield RiverFire, WakefieldVillageAssociation.com Summer Concert Series: Get the weekend vibes rolling with outdoor music starting July 1. Hear a range of different bands at The Village at South County Commons

Thursday evenings at 6pm. South Kingstown, SouthCountyCommons.com South Kingstown Food Truck Night: On the first Thursday of each month, enjoy food and drink from local food trucks. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to stay and enjoy live music while you eat. Social distancing and face coverings are required. South Kingstown, VisitRhodeIsland.com

FRIDAYS Narragansett Gazebo Concert Series: Friday evenings from 6-7:30pm enjoy live music in the heart of the Pier across from Narragansett Town Beach. The planned roster of concerts includes blues, classic jazz, R&B, and classic rock tribute acts. June 11 through September 3. NarragansettRI.gov

SATURDAYS Coastal Growers Market: Support local farmers while shopping specialty products like organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, baked goods, sweeteners, flowers, and more at Casey Farm. Saunderstown, CoastalMarket.org Field of Artisans Summer Art Markets: This roving marketplace brings together hundreds of local crafters and creators, particularly from South County, from July 24 through Aug ust 21. FieldOfArtisans.com South Kingstown Farmers Market / Kingston: Buy local provisions outdoors or indoors from local farms including Baffoni Poultr y Farm, Barden Family Orchard, RI Mushroom Co. and more. Through October. Kingston, SouthKingstonFarmersMarket.com

BLOCK ISLAND JUNE JUNE 21-25 Block Island Race Week: Launch the start of summer with a colorful spectacle of sailboats as up to 150 of them race through the waters of Block Island Sound as they circumnavigate the island. This worldwide attraction is a thrill for both sailors and landlubbers. BlockIslandRaceWeek.com

JULY JULY 2 Fireworks at Dusk: Celebrate the 4th early at the Town Beach Pavilion. Fireworks will be visible all over the island, so pick your viewing spot and enjoy the show as soon as it gets dark. Town Beach Pavilion, Blockislandinfo.com

JULY 5 Celebrate America Parade: Join Block Island in celebrating American history, innovation, music, and traditions at this festive event. The procession of patriotic floats begins in front of The Oar on West Side Road at 11:30am. Facebook: Block Island 4th of July Celebrations Block Island Countr y Fest: Pack your cowboy hat along with your swimsuit to sip cock-

tails and sway to big-name performers all day long at Ballard’s, the oceanfront hotel with its own private beach. BallardsRI.com

event held at Sullivan House. Peruse everything from flowers to photography to plan the big day. BlockIslandWeddingShow.com

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Block Island Barbershop Quartet Festival: The 56th installment of one of the oldest


barbershop festivals in the country, starring regional male and female a cappella quartets, including the beloved Narragansett Bay Chorus of Providence. *Tentative date. SingNBC.com, BlockIslandInfo.com

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JULY 31 The Great Salt Pond Swim 5: Ease into open water swimming by joining many fellow adventurers in Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. Don’t be fooled – it’s a half-mile swim there and halfmile back, so focus on strength and stamina over speed. BlockIslandInfo.com

AUGUST AUGUST 7 Block Island Triathlon: You can swim, bike, and run across the island, but why not do all three? Start with a brisk swim from Fred Benson Town Beach, dry off to bike along the western coast, and lace up your sneaks for a sprint to the finish line. BlockIslandInfo.com 5K Beach Run/Walk: People and pets are invited to walk or run along Mansion Beach to Fred Benson Beach Pavillion in this race benefiting Block Island Health Ser vices and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reg istration required. RunSignUp.com/R ace/RI/BlockIsland

AUGUST 7-9 Block Island Arts and Artisans Festival: Peruse handmade wares including potter y, paintings, photos, jewelr y, and more at this event held on the scenic grounds of the

Block Island Beach House Hotel Photo courtesy of Beach House Hotel

Narragansett Inn. Facebook: 2021 Block Island Arts and Artisans Festival.

AUGUST 8 ConserFest: The music festival with a strong message about arts, the environment, and sustainable initiatives continues without missing a beat virtually for year two. Don’t miss a stellar line-up of acts accessed online via portal. Proceeds benefit the conservation and preservation of BI. ConserFest.org

AUGUST 9 Reggae Fest: Ready for Carribean vacay vibes, no passport needed? Leave your troubles on the mainland and enjoy live performances by touring reggae outfits on Ballard’s private beach. It all happens on Water Street. BallardsBI.com

AUGUST 18 Summer Symphony: Musicians from the Eastern Connecticut Symphony make their Block Island debut. Enjoy cocktails, mocktails, and hors d’oeuvres before curtain. The performance is geared toward all ages with a special section for children encouraging participation. TheSullivanHouse.com

ALL SUMMER LONG Block Island Art Trail: Spring Street Gallery and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts have produced a map of inspiring galleries, studios, shops, and more of where to view and buy

work from local artists. It’s always best to call locations prior to visiting for hours and updates on restrictions. Download the map online. SpringStreetGallery.com Block Island Farmers Market: Shop for edible delights like artisan cheeses, honey, and fresh produce, plus arts and crafts as you stroll the morning marketplace, Saturdays and Wednesdays beginning June 12. So cial distancing g uidelines will be followed. Facebook: Block Island Farmers Market, BlockIslandInfo.com Search for Orbs: Is there any activity more perfect for social-distancing than a scavenger hunt ? Eben Horten created The Glass Float Project to give visitors a new way to experience the island. Search outdoor lo cations for beautiful glass balls made by Horten; finds are yours to keep but please register to help keep track, and consider making a donation to keep the ball rolling. GlassFloatProject.com

SATURDAYS Art Receptions: Kicking off July 13, Spring Street Gallery plans to host a series of Art Receptions in their expansive space which was once a horse barn. Discover artists whose work spans a range of mediums including textile, mixed media, painting , floral design, ceramics, and photography. BlockIslandInfo.com


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ver yone has their favorite : Maybe it’s a taco truck or a burger joint on wheels, frozen ice or rice bowls. Followers of the food truck circuit are the new concert groupies when it comes to summer dining , and far from stifling this trend, the pandemic has spurred many businesses into the mobile pivot. Organizations like PVD Food Truck Events have paved the way for new and long-standing trucks to pop up on the scene through last summer with so cially distanced events that satiated communities’ cravings for fast and novel eats. “ These events helped the food trucks salvage the 2020 season while being prepared and ready to come back strong this year,” explains Eric Weiner, organizer behind PVD Food Truck Events. “ We continue to support over 50 locally owned food trucks that attend our events in a rotation.” Food Truck Fridays are a staple at Roger Williams Park, but gatherings are also hosted statewide at outdoor destinations, adding Safe Harbor Boat Works in Portsmouth and Goddard Park in War wick to the itinerar y this month. From horse-drawn cart to their “Aluminum Room” trailer dining and fleet of trucks selling burgers and hot dogs today, seasoned veteran Haven Brothers is a frequent flyer of Food Truck Fridays. “The same things that brought people to the lunch cart in 1893 bring folks and families today to the growing food truck venues,” explains owner Patrizia Prew. “In gathering a number of food trucks and diverse offerings at a single venue, there is a benefit to both families (choice) and new vendors (exposure). It can become a generational thing between grandparents, parents, and kids.” Other staples of the circuit note the industr y’s growth. “ When we started as the Salad Man & Juice Bar in 2013, there were maybe 10-15 trucks. Now there are well over 60 trucks in the state,” says Russell Spellman of Incred-A-Bowl. Their orange and green trucks make their rounds at spots like RWP and Diamond Hill in Cumberland with multicultural bowls like Cuban Chili Mango and Spicy Kimchi Noodles. Spellman credits less strict laws concerning food trucks and more events as a couple of factors behind the boom. For HG80, which turns favorite dishes like BBQ and chicken parm into handheld tacos, the key to breaking into the industry is Hey Rhody SUMMER JUNE 2021 |

Handheld faves from food truck newcomer Atomic Burger Photo courtesy of Atomic Burger

Pop-up Spots Watch for your favorite trucks at local breweries, vineyards, farmers markets, and more, plus PVD Food Truck Events hosts free outdoor gatherings across the state featuring all your faves in one place, often with live music and entertainment. Find their June lineup here, and follow on Facebook for future events @pvdfoodtruckevents. To track down a specific truck, try RIFoodTrucks.com.

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The Assembly Theatre, Harrisville | June 20

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a unique concept and quality. “Just like brickand-mortar restaurants, there are good and bad food trucks, but I think that the quality and variety of food coming out of trucks has really grown,” says owner Josh Berner. “At HG80, we make everything from scratch with good quality, local ingredients, and we’re not alone.” Add music, funky lighting , dancing , and authentic interactions with guests, and you can expect an overall lively experience at HG80.

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Meanwhile, newcomers to the scene like Atomic Burger, Farm to Sandwich, and Lulu’s Little Pancakes (which opens this month) echo that the food truck model has allowed for optimal flexibility while opening a new business during the pandemic, along with the opportunity to take a leap on an unconventional idea. Entering a summer of many folks fully vaccinated, there’s never been a better time to sample what these nimble trucks have spent the past year perfecting.

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ome foods just scream summer. You know what I mean: ice cream, BBQ, lobster rolls, and basically anything on the grill – which means hello, hot dogs! There’s something nostalgic about this portable bite; maybe it conjures memories of the ballpark, or backyard barbecues, or childhood dinner staples. Some like them slathered in chili and cheese, others prefer a drizzle of classic ketchup, and in Rhody, we even have our own special ways of jazzing up our dogs with a snappy skin or smothered in meat sauce. Read on for a list of where to get your favorites. BEN’S CHILI DOGS Nestled on Broadway, neon signs lure passersby

inside with promises of cheese and chili dogs – or, order online from an extensive menu of kraut, chili, bean, and chourico and pepper sausages. Newport, Instagram: @bens_chili_dogs E.P. WEINERS Nothing says Rhode Island quite like E.P.’s wiener specials: Two or three hot wieners served with French fries and coffee milk. East Providence, Facebook: EP Weiners FIREHOUSE HOTDOGS You can’t miss this fire engine-red trailer on Putnam Pike, a fan favorite since 1989 for lunch and late-night fast food like classic hot dogs, wieners, chili dogs, and even a

double dog ser ved on an 8-inch torpedo roll! Johnston, FirehouseHotdogs.com LEN’S HOT DOG HAVEN Find an entire menu dedicated to dogs: plain, cheesy, topped with sauerkraut or chili, and even New York style (cooked onion in red sauce) or Puerto Rican (chili, cheese, kraut, and potato sticks). Pawtucket, LensHotDogHaven.com SPIKE’S JUNKYARD DOGS Starring jumbo beef dogs, Spike’s has appeared in the likes of Phantom Gourmet and Yankee Magazine. Try their signature Junkyard Dog garnished with tomato, pickle, scallions, banana peppers, and mustard. Warwick, SpikesJunkyardDogs.com

BRING BRANDS HOME Feeling like a backyard barbecue? Stock up on your favorite style sausage from local makers for chillin’ and grillin’ at home. Little Rhody Brand Frankfurts German-style snappers, jumbos, and skinless franks, plus other specialties like NYS wieners. Johnston, LittleRhodyHotDogs.com

Gastros Small-batch artisanal salami and sausages, including hot dogs and kielbasa, handmade from Berkshire Pork and Wagyu Beef. Woonsocket, GastrosCraftMeats.com Chez Pascal & The Wurst Kitchen Restaurant marketplace offering varieties to-go, like pork and paprika, cheddarwurst, and, of course, hot dogs. Providence, ChezPron.com

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uicy blackberries (which are at peak season in June and July) blended with crisp cucumbers and a squirt of lemon give your typical gin and tonic a bright, fruity remix, and are easy to procure from either your own backyard garden or one of Rhode Island’s many pick-your-own berry farms. Paired with Ornamental Gin from Industrious Spirit Company, where craft liquors are distilled right in Providence with local grains, this drink is a truly a foraged concoction that completes an afternoon spent swinging in a hammock or hosting a garden brunch party. All of ISCO’s sustainably sourced spirits offer unique flavor profiles, but their gin is especially complex and floral, with hints of lemony citrus and botanicals. Sweetened with fresh berries, it’s ideal for a refreshing summer cocktail. Their Ornamental Gin and other spirits can be found at most local liquor stores, or from their to-go window at their Sims Avenue distillery. ISCOSpirits.com


C U C U M B E R B LAC K B E R RY G I N A N D TO N I C ING REDI EN TS • 1 cup blackberries, washed • 2 mini cucumbers or 1/2 of a large cucumber, peeled • 2 Tbsp water • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (approx. 1/2 of a large lemon) • 2-3 shots of ISCO’s Ornamental Gin • 1 cup tonic water, divided between 3 glasses • Optional garnish: Fresh mint leaves

INSTRU C TIO N S 1. In a blender, toss the blackberries, cucumbers, water, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Blend until completely combined, about 30 seconds. 2. Place a wire mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the blackberr y-cucumber mixture over the strainer. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon, press the mixture until all of the juice drains into the bowl below. 3. Pour the juice into a cocktail shaker. Now for the gin – you can use as much or as little as you desire, but I used 2 shots (3 fluid ounces) to keep it light. Drop in a few ice cubes, and shake well.

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4. Divide the mixture evenly into 3 glasses (should be about 1/3 cup of liquid per glass), and top with equal amounts of tonic water. Garnish with cucumber slices, blackberries, and/or mint, and enjoy ! Tip for serving a crowd : This cocktail works well as a large-batch recipe, too – simply triple the ingredients! Since it’s a blended bevvie, no additional steps are required to transform this porch sipper into a garden soiree crowd-pleaser.

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Lobster All Ways

Uniqu e s p i ns o n a c l a s s i c co a st a l s e a fo o d entree th at th in k ou tsid e th e b u n By Abbie Lahmers

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ny New Englander with an affinity for shellfish has had a lobster roll – and countless restaurants in the Ocean State have mastered this sandwich – but whether steamed, boiled, grilled, or fried, this juicy crustacean is versatile as an upscale entree straight from the tank or a beach snack on the go. Here’s a handful of creative options to get your claws on this summer.

Indulge in sophisticated seafood with “Pass the Tower” Photo courtesy of Matunuck Oyster Bar

NOODLES With a track record of ser ving seafood on the waterfront since 1969, Evelyn’s Drive-In has fine-tuned their approach to shellfish with several seafood staples, but it’s Evelyn’s Lobster Chow Mein, as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives, that put them in the g uidebooks with five ounces of tender lobster ser ved over crispy noodles with gravy. Tiverton, EvelynsDriveIn.com

PA STA Used in the filling of a rich ravioli with sherr y sauce is always a great choice – and you can find this dish at Il Massimo – but also on the menu is whole lobster out of the shell over Black Squid Ink Spaghetti with a cream sauce and seasonal mushrooms. Brunch lovers: How about Lobster Crepes ? Providence, MassimoRI.com

LITE Though always a worthy indulgence, lobster can take the shape of lighter fare, too. At Jimmy’s Portside there’s the Lobster Salad Plate on a bed of greens instead of a roll (though that’s available, too, in hot or cold form). With celery, lettuce, tomato, and just a smear of mayo, their lobster BLT sits on the more satisf ying end of the spectrum for beach fare, too. Narragansett, JimmysPortside.com

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It’s a lobster roll – but not the kind on a bun. Kabuki Asian Sushi Lounge offers a refreshing and summer y raw context with the likes of their Painted Lady, Paradise, and especially the Golden Dragon Roll : Shrimp tempura and avocado topped with lobster salad, mango, roe, and BB Q eel sauce. Wakefield, KabukiCuisine.com

Come for the oysters, stay for the stuffed lobster and iconic “ Tower.” Matunuck Oyster Bar literally elevates their shellfish fare with Pass the Tower, a raw bar specialty that features a chilled whole lobster, Point Judith Jonah crab, and tuna poké over seaweed salad on a dual-level ser ving platter. South Kingstown, RhodyOysters.com

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Lindy’s Tavern is a neighborhood bar that boasts large, hearty portions and seafoodfor ward options, including a shellfish spin on an Irish sandwich that traditionally uses corned beef. The Lobster Reuben takes risks to combine a Maine catch with melted Swiss, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing , and it pays off. Forestdale, LindysRI.com

Whole boiled lobster is the main event at The Nordic seafood buffet, but seeing the popularity of small bites like their fritters, the a la carte menu for their recently expanded outdoor venue now includes light, fluffy Lobster Fritters with a cup of creamy bisque for the perfect handheld combo. Charlestown, TheNordic.com

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Though originally a seasonal special, folks couldn’t get enough of the Lobster Quesadillas from Perro Salado. Prepared with poached lobster and cotija cheese and a side of arug ula salad, fresh corn from local farmers substitutes shitake mushrooms in the summer. Watch for a torta and savor y flan also starring this fluff y meat Newport, PerroSalado.com

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Renow n e d for both paintings and pancakes, arti st a nd resta u rate u r Antho ny To maselli is a R ho d e Islan d Re n a issa nce man By Robert Isenberg

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f you’ve ever had breakfast at T ’s Restaurant, you may have noticed the paintings on the walls – vivid landscapes of farm houses and coastal cottages, lovingly rendered in oil paint. You may have also wondered : Where did these canvases come from? Who is this prolific resident artist at T ’s, and how did the restaurant afford to commission so much original work? The answer: Anthony Tomaselli, co -founder of the restaurant and arg uably one of the most beloved painters in Rhode Island. As a businessman, Tomaselli owns three T ’s Restaurants with his wife Tina. As an artist, he churns out scores of paintings per year, working on as many as five landscapes at a time. Tomaselli teaches classes at the Providence Art Club, where he’s been a member for over 25 years. Many of his pupils come to art later in life, after they’ve pursued more practical careers. “As my wife always says,” To maselli muses, “I give them permission.” The Art Club in Providence is also the setting for his studio, a high-ceilinged atelier with bright windows and multiple rooms. The walls are packed with paintings of all sizes and subjects. On a recent morning , Tomaselli dabbed at his latest piece – of sailboats docked beneath an overcast sky – as Gregorian chants played from a speaker. On a computer monitor, Tomaselli clicked through a series of digital photos; in his mind, he combined these various snapshots into a single painted image. “Sometimes the photograph informs the


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painting more than the subject,” says To maselli, one of his many astute obser vations about his own process. A Cranston native, Tomaselli apprenticed with the artist Gene Tonoff during his teenage years. These sessions were more than workshops in drawing technique. “He was very philosophical in his approach,” Tomaselli recalls. “He always said, ‘Be one with God, and live with positive emotions.’” Today, Tomaselli has adapted this advice, with a less denominational tone, for his own students. At Rhode Island College, Tomaselli was one of the first RIC students to pursue a BA in studio arts. He had a talent, of course, but drawing and painting gave him a sense of satisfaction and acceptance. “Human beings are in need of affirmation,” he says. “ When I was a child, when I was drawing , I was affirmed.” In 1979, Tomaselli seized his chance to move to California. He’d never traveled farther than New York, nor had he flown in an airplane. His West Coast so journ was brief and disappointing , but Tomaselli revelled in the minute sensations of his cross-countr y journey. At the Grand Canyon, he resolved to follow his passions thereafter. The next few years were busy with courtship, marriage, and a risky new restaurant. Through it all, he gravitated back to art, and he’s painted abundantly ever since. Learn more at AnthonyTomaselli.com and TsRestaurantRI.com Hey Rhody SUMMER JUNE 2021 |

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Live Music Returns

If the re ’ s a t h e m e to t h e 2 02 1 s u m m e r m usi c s e a s o n, it ’ s G et Ou t s i de By Ken Abrams

PATRIOTIC TUNES In Bristol, the Fourth of July Committee and Roger Williams University have teamed up to plan a two-week series of evening concerts beginning June 20 with local favorites Steve Smith and the Nakeds, The DMB Project, and more. BILLY ON THE BEACH The Misquamicut Drive-In Theater, a popular seaside spot in Westerly, has Rhody’s own Billy Gilman playing on July 3, and The Lords of 52nd Street, the original Billy Joel band, scheduled for August 5. FESTIVAL FUN The state’s premium festivals – Newport Folk and Jazz – are returning to Fort Adams State Park under a modified format. The Folk Festival ( July 23-28) will be spread over six days (instead of the usual three), with smaller crowds and COVID health and wellness practices in effect. Organizers are essentially running a pair of

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mini-fests, described as “two unique three-day events of surprise performances, storytelling, and workshops.” The Jazz Festival is scheduled to run from July 30 to August 1 and feature “three intimate days of amazing jazz performances and surprise collaborations.” Expect crowds to be smaller at both events. MUSIC IN THE PARK Meanwhile, at Bold Point Park in East Providence, General Manager Katie Spaziano is looking forward to welcoming patrons back to the outdoor venue along Narragansett Bay. “We are very excited to be getting back to live entertainment and we know that many Rhode Islanders have been patiently waiting for us to re-open,” she remarked. A season highlight will certainly be country duo Brothers Osborne on August 1. Spaziano explained that more shows would be added. “We are hard at work putting together the upcoming season and ensuring we are following local operating guidelines.” A late summer favorite, the Rhode Island Folk Festival (formerly Providence Folk Festival) returns this year after a pandemic hiatus in 2020. The free event takes place on Sunday, August 29 at Larissa Park in Rumford. RHYTHM RETURNS Finally, the annual Rhythm and Roots Festival held in Charlestown is also in the planning stages for Labor Day Weekend with several major acts already confirmed. Announced performers include John Hiatt and Rhiannon Giddens.

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Rhody Reads Fill your beach bag with these summer escapes with local ties about love, sharks, and crime By Hugh Minor

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une is bustin’ out all over (as the ol’ showtune goes) and this month’s selections highlight all that is summer in Rhode Island, from luxurious days on the beach to our month-long celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. There’s truly something for everyone with romance, poetry, nonfiction, and one of the greatest shark-based thrillers ever written. Swing by your local book-

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these days of climate change caused by human indifference ? The book has plenty of local connections as the fictional setting of Amity is based on Benchley’s memories of Nantucket, and the majority of the novel was written in nearby Stoning ton, Connecticut. Related reading : Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard : A Definitive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Greatest Suspense Thriller of All Time was conceptualized by Jaws superfan Jim Beller of Providence. Explore young love in What are the Men Writing in the Sugar?, a new collection of poetr y by Providence-based English teacher Matty Bennett. In his first book, the poet yearns, sometimes painfully, for something that will last forever. Containing influences as far and wide as Call Me By Your Name and Taylor Swift, Bennett’s longing leaves the reader feeling optimistic that believing in true love is enough to make it happen, with maybe a little bit of luck and a tiny amount of patience. The second novel by Rhode Island College English professor Emily Danforth has been widely praised for its queer representation and histor y. Plain Bad Heroines takes place in Rhode Island at a fictional boarding school for girls where, back in 1902, something terrible happened. Fast for ward to the current day where a crew attempts to make sense – and a film – based on the events. The modern Gothic novel is stunning so don’t be surprised if you gasp out loud while reading it on the beach with your toes deep in the sand. For centuries Newport has been the summer retreat for the high and mighty, but it also has a dark underside that is a thrill for the rest of us to explore. In his book Homicide at Rough Point: The Untold Story of How Doris Duke,

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