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Designed with distinction this 4 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath home offers generous living area with accents on details. Large granite kitchen opens to fireplaced family room overlooking deck and private wooded yard. Bright lower level ideal for in-laws/guests. $609,000 Jack, ext. 102

This special property offers the charm and quality of an historic home blended with modern amenities. Features include large applianced kitchen, 1st floor bedroom, in-ground pool, and 3 outbuildings. All set on over 5 beautiful private acres. $499,900 Randall, ext. 104




Saltbox cape located on a wooded corner lot, only a short walk to the shores of Narragansett Bay. Hardwood floors, large finished room in walkout lower level, 2-1/2 baths, attached garage. Slider to deck on the west side. $325,000 Alyce, ext. 121

Enjoy over 3300 sq. ft. of living in this four bedroom colonial on a conveniently located ½ acre lot. Home is filled with character, charm, and elegance and the beautiful features of the 1870’s. $299,900 Shirley, ext. 124




Nantucket style home offering stunning views of Narragansett Bay. Totally updated, brick fireplace, hardwoods. Gorgeous, breezy great room overlooks the bay. Possible 3rd floor expansion. Walk to private beach/ tennis club. $675,000 Jack, ext. 102

Like new, quality constructed colonial on quiet street in Bonnet Shores. Home is offered with all appliances, furniture, and furnishings. Hardwood and marble floors throughout, underground sprinklers, central air. $469,900 Randall, ext. 104

Spacious, well maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on large fenced-in lot. Beautifully updated island kitchen, tiled baths, gas heat, central air, and more. New architectural shingle roof, large deck, lower level rec room. $299,900

Quality built three bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home under construction. 2 X 6 construction, hardwoods, granite, cove moldings, attached garage, and more. Deeded beach and boating on Narrow River. $289,900


Wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath cape in Rolling Acres neighborhood. This home is in move-in condition with new Berber carpets and recently painted interior. Beautiful lot with fenced-in back yard. $239,900 Kevin, ext. 115

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January 2012

29 This Month 29 Stay Classy Fun adult classes for lifelong learners

37 37 So Stylish Natural and tasteful in Narragansett 39 What’s In Store 41 Tastemaker 42 Lifestyle

45 So Delicious A culinary odyssey in East Greenwich

Every Month 10 Letters

15 So Happening Warm your hearts with a warm puppy 17 So & So 20 Social Network

48 Review 51 Foodie Journal 47 Tastemaker 53 Dining Guide

61 So Entertaining Westerly’s midwinter revelry 62 Calendar 65 On Stage 66 Art View

68 So approved Wicked good grindahs

On the Cover: Nancy Scelsa leads a class in oil painting at the Nancy Stephen Gallery. Photography by Melissa Stimpson

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contributors, providing some lications Providence Monthly and The Bay. Each month, she gives us a peek into some of South County’s most beautiful homes with her Lifestyle column, and does double duty, filling the same role in The Bay. When she’s not exploring unique architecture and artful interior design, Andrea maintains The Newport Stylephile, the official lifestyle blog of the

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Letters From the Editor Real World At-Home Dog Training For Life • Award Winning Intensive Board and Train Program & Canine Massage and Reiki • Beginner, Advanced & Off Leash Training • Rehabilitation and Behavior Modification • Aggressive Dog Specialist with REAL Results • Wilderness-Ocean-Beach-Boat Excursions • Licensed-Bonded-Insured-Accredited

You’ve probably made your fair share of New Year’s resolutions over the years. Then, what happens is a familiar story. In January, you have all the willpower (and the time) in the world. And then your schedule starts to fill up again, and you start to skip a day here and there, and before you know it you’ve completely abandoned your resolutions and the snow hasn’t even melted yet. This

year, approach things a bit differently. Want to lose weight? Learn to cook? Dance better? Tell a great joke? Then take a class, and let the experts help you stick to your goals for 2012. Our Adult Education issue is all about personal enrichment: learning new things, or honing skills you already have. You’ll be feeling more confident and impressing your friends in no time. Just remember to

thank us later. Another exciting thing happening for 2012 is the launch of our brand new website, www.sorhodeisland. com. All of the content you love in our print magazine is there, as well as additional stories and photo galleries. Users can sign up to comment on articles, or post their own events. Check it out – we think you’ll SO love it. -Julie

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From Our Readers Tied With a Bow I would like to take this time to say thank you for your recent article (“Give Creatively,” December 2011), which highlighted The Eagle’s Nest Gallery. It was a wonderful article. We appreciate the recognition and hope it helps bring us more interest.  We here thank you and wish you a wonderful holiday and a great New Year. Gail The Eagle’s Nest Gallery

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Thank you for the lovely presentation (Spotlight on Jamestown, December 2011). You captured the personality that we try to convey in our shop. I wondered if the picture of the shop with summer flowers would look out of place, but when I saw it - in conjunction with the wonderful piece  Carissa Johnson wrote - I felt it looked welcoming. Your idea of the Jamestown page invites folks to visit us on our island. Thank you for expressing in words how we feel about our shop

and our loyal customers. Deborah Jamestown Designs

Gala Success On behalf of Dr. and Mrs. Wepman, our honorary co-chairs, the board of directors, staff, and fundraising committee of South Shore Center, I want to sincerely thank SO Rhode Island Magazine for being the publicity sponsor for our Autumn Gala Night at the Towers on October 14. The advertisement that you ran in

your publication was perfect in promoting our Gala, and your donation was a tremendous help in keeping our expenses low in order to realize more profit for our fundraising goal. We also appreciate the time that you spent helping out on our Fundraising Committee, and seeking donations from the area merchants. The event raised over $17,000, which will be used to provide services to disadvantaged children, families and individuals in Washington County. Again, we truly appreciate your support. Dorothy A. Yeamen Chief Operating Officer

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Calling All Pie Lovers!

Celebrate National Pie Day all Month long $0.99 pie slices every Tues & Wed during the month of January Flavors will vary. Quantities limited

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ENTIRE FAMILY South County Hospital Family Medicine offers you and your family (ages 10+) quality primary care from expert health professionals. Our practice is committed to helping you maintain optimum health from youth through old age.

• Apple • Caramel Apple • Key Lime • Chocolate Peanut Butter • Strawberries & Cream

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3461 South County Trail (Route 2), Suite 103 ~ East Greenwich, RI 02818

South Kingstown; Absolutely gorgeous renovated old school house with charm and period details. Large rooms/open space. CD zone provides for many uses. New mechanicals, windows. Good storage. Bring your ideas! Special opportunity to own a piece of the towns history!

South Kingstown; Save on dorm fees by investing in this smart town home close to the University. Fully applianced with washer/ dryer. Nicely maintained unit with open floor plan. Deck with private yard. Central air. Garage. Ideal primary, investment or 2nd home. $199,900

South Kingstown; Grand Re-Opening!! The Kingston Preserve! A Gated Community! Open Sundays, 12-2 pm. 35 Evan Way. 2 bed, 2 bath homes reflecting only the finest. Central Air, granite, Great room with fireplace. Quality throughout in this Sweenor home. Surrounded by wooded open space. Energy efficient. $359,000

Narragansett: Galilee/Sand Hill Cove; Just steps to the beach from this new construction 2 bed, 2 1/2 bath shingle style condo. Scenic ocean and salt pond views overlooking the port of Galilee. Interior boasts many upgraded finishes and amenities. First floor storefront included in price. $799,900

South Kingstown; Besides style and charm, this 4 bedroom colonial glows withtender loving care! Large living room with fireplace. Sun room, built-ins, hardwoods. New windows. Large lot with detached garage. $199,900

Narragansett; Point Judith; Better than new! Many upgrades in this 3 bed, 3 bath home – Master suite on first floor – plenty of room. Central Vac, generator, Sprinklers, hardwoods, large full basement. Minutes from beach and recreation. Must see! $524,900

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Bring this ad in for a free loaf of honey whole wheat with the purchase of any of our breads.

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SO Rhode Island has (finally) moved into the 21st century with a new website that’s as modern and accessible as we are. Log on to read restaurant reviews, see party pics and check out our constantly changing calendar of

events. Register via the link in the top left corner of our homepage and post your own events to the community calendar. It’s just one more way you can stay connected. www.


Photography: Todd Lee Photography

Business of Fashion StyleWeek Providence is bringing the small businesses, boutiques and artists of Providence together to combine the fun of shopping with arts, entertainment and culture. This month’s events will all be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Providence Biltmore hotel. The exciting lineup culminates on Saturday, January 28 with a Marchesa installation that’s sure to have people clamoring to get in. Go online to purchase tickets to any of the StyleWeek designer runway shows or events taking place between January 22-28. www.

Soup, beautiful soup!...or stew!...or chowder! Vanquish winter’s grip with homemade soup served in our beautiful soup tureen. Stay warm and order online!

peter pots pottery

handcrafted in south county since 1954

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Sonoma Pub

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we have exciting news! Home Decor & Gifts Jewelry Beverages & Convenience Foods

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596-5386 • 50 High Street, Westerly Have you seen our new items on our menu yet? Like... • Flat iron steak with Korean bbq sauce with carmelized onions • Gorgonzola buffalo wings • Veal homard (veal & lobster dish) • Sauted sweet Italian sausage & cavatelli

International Cuisine Steak salad with mesclun greens, roasted tomatoes and julienne vegetables

A fresh new look, with a fresh new menu. Come check us out! 62 Franklin St, Westerly • 401.348.6221 • • Open 7 Days

with coupon Good for Jewelry & Gifts Good through 12/31/11

Open 9-5 Monday-Saturday, Friday till 6 12 High Street, Westerly • 315.5199 •

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Knowledgable & Professional Staff available • Area’s largest Dealer • Large selection of Uggs • Full line of Ski, Snowboard Equipment & Clothing • Ski/Snowboard tuning & Service done on-site

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Open 7 days a week 100 Main Street • WeSterly • 596-0375

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Cookie platters Pies, cakes Venda Ravioli Imported cheeses Full service deli Catering available

Granite Plaza (near Alley Katz & Lutz)

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Seafood Buffet & Bar Best Asian Food in South County!

Open Christmas & new Year's DaY 12-9

Thank you for a great year, looking forward to 2012!

serving buffet with lobster $19.88* LUnCh speCiaL

Senior Citizens receive 10% Off

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Original NY pizza as well as pastas, wings, salads,grinders,soups and daily specials. Fresh and homemade using only fresh ingredients

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Photography: Marylou Butler

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New arrivals at the South Kingstown Pound

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Now Open! Dining Cathedral Bar Private Events Weddings Alfresco Terrace

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Furry Friends Adopt a new pet for the new year They are tremendous companions and excellent stress relievers. Research has proven that they can even increase life expectancy. Dogs are man’s best friend, cats are notorious lap dwellers and America can’t seem to live without their furry buds. Then why is it that the word “pound” deters some people from even walking into the building, dissuading potential adopters? In January, pet adoptions are at a year low – but they don’t need to be. Animal shelters today are much different than they were 20 years ago. South Kingstown Pound manager, AnnMarie Biegner, says “The quality of animal care [in animal shelters] has increased substantially. We are getting more educated workers in this field.” The pound is kept sanitary and clean and the animals are well-behaved, if not more than pet store animals. At the South Kingstown Pound, they take the care of their animals seriously and that means the pound does not like to make adoptions available during the holiday season to avoid a “Christmas present gone wrong” return. Moving is stressful for anyone, including animals, and being adopted for the wrong reasons can be emotionally and physically upsetting for the animal. Biegner says there are other issues with Christmas adoptions as well. “There is tinsel, bulbs and lights that pets may eat or swallow.” But while the

pound limits these types of adoptions, Biegner says, “If we think it is a good fit, we can put the pet on hold and they can pick it up after [December].” The pound’s main focus is to return strays to their owners through advertising, lost and found ads and public access to the shelters. But if the owner is not found, they put the animal up for adoption. Usually the adoption rate is lower in the winter months; 33 percent of animals are placed from the months of January through April while 55 percent are claimed by their owner. In the summer months, 56 percent of animals were adopted while only 36 were claimed by the owner. The most common animals to be impounded are cats and kittens. The South Kingstown Pound has also teamed up with PetSmart, which helps prepare animals for adoption. “PetSmart doesn’t believe in selling dogs and cats for profit,” Biegner said. The pound and store often collaborate to get some of the animals adopted. So how do you know if you are ready to adopt? Biegner says “I don’t know if there is a prime time to adopt. I can’t say one pet is better than the other either; it is based on the individual and the pet. You know when you are ready to adopt.” For more information on animal shelters in Rhode Island or to inquire about the animals up for adoption, call 789-5515 or go online at www. -Carissa Johnson


Freeze Your Pants Off for Charity Nothing says “Happy New Year!” like taking a dip in the ocean during the middle of winter. The 36th Annual Penguin Plunge is underway, and now has a new location. Although it has historically been held in Jamestown, this year’s plunge will take place in Narragansett at the Roger Wheeler Beach. All money raised will be used to help support Special Olympics Rhode Island. Plungers

who raise $50 or more will receive a Penguin Plunge t-shirt sure to earn you bragging rights for months to come. The Plunge will be held on New Years day with registration beginning at 9am and the plunge commencing at 12pm sharp. Get your cameras – and insulated swimsuits - ready, because this is an event you will not want to miss. -Sara Celano

THe Big DAy

Photo: Marylou Butler

Wedding Planning Simplified You never can have too much help when it comes to organizing your big day. A wedding can be a delight to plan, or it can be a logistical nightmare if too many ideas turn into loose ends. Adornment Fine Jewelry in South Kingstown will be hosting A Simply Stunning Wedding: How to Design a Perfect South County Celebration, an informational workshop on January 15 for brides and grooms. This free event only requires guests to bring a pad, pen and a readiness to take notes. The seminar will cover

the newest trends, behind the scenes tricks and organizational techniques. The opportunity to meet one-on-one with local wedding experts after the workshop will give any couple a head start and can be a great way to inspire themes, décor, flowers and everything else. Guest speakers will include a photographer, event coordinators, beauty experts and more. For more information contact Calvin Campany or Phil Senecal at Adornment Fine Jewelry. 284-3333, www. -Samantha Gaus January 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND


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Agenda The fourth annual Tour D’Club, sponsored by the Girls and Boys Clubs of Warwick, will be held on January 19 at the Clubs’ Norwood Branch in Warwick. The Tour D’Club shows off the diversity, history and culture of our country through showcasing the talents of members and staff in areas such as fine and culinary arts, physical activity, social recreation and more. This event will also include craft projects, interactive play, music and food, with opportunities to learn more about the organization and the important role it plays in assisting city youth. An RSVP response is required by January 16. Free admission. 467-4385, www.

ing a family. Rather than carrying out chores for the mother, the volunteer will act as a confidant who provides a warm and caring attitude, as well as answer any questions the new mother may have about life with children. Families First Rhode Island conducts a background check on all volunteers; additionally, interested parties must train for two hours a week for four weeks before being eligible to mentor. 383-9933, www. PawsWatch, a volunteer network in South County that provides care and shelter to stray and feral cats, needs extra hands to host donation jars, transport cats to vet meetings, build shelters, plan events and fundraising efforts and engage in the group’s major business of trapping (which entails “reforming” colonies of unowned cats through obtaining and neutering them, returning them to their habitats, and monitoring their activities). PawsWatch was founded in 1997, and has cared for over 10,000 cats as of 2009. 848-9867, -Meagan Gann

Volunteer Training classes will be held this month for volunteers interested in mentoring in Families First rhode island, a program dedicated to helping new mothers struggling with the challenge of manag-

Bob Preston

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Lace Up Those Skates Looking for something to do this winter instead of staying bundled up indoors until spring arrives? Westerly has just opened its very own ice rink, the Washington Trust Community Skating rink, on Main Street. The ice rink is now open seven days a week through March. If you do not have your own skates, the rink has over 250 ice skates for people to rent, making for an affordable day out. Skaters can take a little breather and visit the concession stand, located in the skate shack, for a well-deserved

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snack. The rink will be open Monday-Friday from 3pm-9pm and then on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-9pm. Aside from their regular hours, you can also schedule the ice rink for use for private parties or lessons. Admission for children and seniors will be $5, adults $7. The Washington Trust Community Skating Rink is something that can be fun for everyone. Perhaps you will learn to be the next Scott Hamilton or Sasha Cohen. 85 Main Street, Westerly. 742-7563, www. -Sara Celano

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Sailing for a Cure Bob Preston has dubbed his boat odyssey optimism Can Take you Anywhere – but what he really means is that optimism can take you to the Bahamas. The Narragansett resident and East Greenwich business owner was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s Disease five years ago at 47, and promptly partnered with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. On October 1, Preston and his wife Becky set sail from Narragansett on his boat “Family Ties II” with a goal of raising $100,000 to help find a cure for Parkinson’s. Over the next six months,

the two will sail down the East Coast, stopping at ports along the way, with a final destination of Freeport in the Bahamas. Those interested in following Preston and his boat odyssey are encouraged to visit his Facebook page, “Bob Preston Cure PD,” where friends can track him in real time through his GPS. Preston regularly updates his status for followers and posts photos. To monetarily support Preston’s efforts for a cure, visit his page on the APDA website at -Rebecca Remillard

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Clark Wishes a Happy New Year to All

ell. It has been 8 months since I was adopted by The Seasons assisted living community in East Greenwich. I’m happy to say that I was immediately welcomed into a large and loving family that gives as much attention and love to me as I give to them. I couldn’t be happier or better cared for. Now that the weather is colder, the days are shorter and winter is here, I’m spending more of my time indoors. My favorite spot is this sofa by the fireplace. But there are also so many spacious common areas for me to explore and residents and staff to spend time with. Our home is fully decorated for the holidays. Christmas trees, wreaths, stockings, Carolers and Dickens Village scenes complete the feeling that The Seasons is truly our home away from home. On December 1, we invited our families and friends to our Christmas tree lighting out on the front lawn. Those of us brave enough to withstand the cold, sang Christmas carols around the tree. This was followed by a wonderful dinner, eggnog and punch served in our elegant dining room. We are looking forward to a New Year of good health and time spent with family and friends. All of us here at The Seasons, wish the same to you and yours.



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Arts and Crafts Beginner The gallery space, boutique and art studio known as Voila packs a lot under one roof, hosting regular art openings, workshops and classes for kids and adults. However, for the very beginner – or, say, the person nervous enough to need a little liquid courage to display his or her artistic skills – the Wickford art haven offers unWINEd. Every Friday night, bring a bottle of wine and a group of friends to have an evening of art instruction (the project changes weekly) and tinkling glasses. 31 West Main Street, Wickford. 667-5911, Take baby steps toward your career as a sculptor at Clayground. The East Greenwich pottery studio offers pre-made clay pieces ready for drop-in customers to paint and fire in the kiln at any time. To challenge yourself, sign up for one of their classes, or bring some friends to Diva Night, a monthly evening of wine, art and friends. On the first Friday of the month – upcoming dates are January 6 and February 3 – bring a bottle of wine and your girlfriends and have a painting party at the studio. 5600 Post Road, East Greenwich. 884-4888,

Chances are, you already own a digital camera. And chances are even better that you barely know how to use the bells and whistles that it’s equipped with, and you aren’t taking the kind of pictures you really want to. Don’t let the technology win. Sign up for Discover Digital Photography at the Tower Street School Community Center in Westerly. This 12-lesson class runs from mid-January through March, and covers choosing a camera, equipment, software and “the digital darkroom.” 93 Tower Street, Westerly. 348-2715,

Intermediate So you’re a little bit crafty. You know your way around a hot glue gun, and you can produce a decently made (and properly glittered) project on demand. Take your skills to the next level by learning a new art, like stained glass. Over the next few months, Lynn Martin (through the Learning Connection) will be teaching a series of oneafternoon classes in stained glass: Stained Glass Primer and Cut Class Window Ornament workshops. The classes are held in North Kingstown, but participants have to sign up to get

FIGURE 2: Channeling creativity at Clayground

FIGURE 1: Nancy Scelsa (left) runs an oil painting class at the Nancy Stephen Gallery

the precise location. If you’re looking to add a little fine art to your life, check out the Nancy Stephen Gallery and School of Art in East Greenwich. While the school offers classes for aspiring young artists and often helps to place them in prestigious art colleges, it also offers near-daily classes for adults in many disciplines of fine art, like oil painting, pastels, still life and drawing. The fourand five-week sessions are on a rolling admission basis and offered morning and evening. Drop in any time to start your more artful life. 6 King Street, East Greenwich. 884-8979, Sure, you take nice pictures. But you still don’t know exactly what an f-stop is, or how to color balance your shots, or how in the world to navigate the baffling science of digital photo correction. Take Your Photography to a New Level in this six-week course, taught by professional photographer Cindy Wilson through the South County Art Association. Running in March and April, the class will take you through the advanced settings on your digital SLR camera, and teach you how to hone your artistic vision when it comes to photography. 2587 Kingstown Road, Kingston. 783-2195,

Expert Artists both established and emerging belong to the East Greenwich Art Club, and any aspiring members with three framed, original works are encouraged to bring in their art for jury and (hopefully) admission into the group. Once you’re in, the EGAC hosts weekly drop-in lunch workshops at the East Greenwich Parks and Recreation Building. Bring your own lunch, and whatever project you’re currently working on, for an afternoon of idea swapping and constructive criticism. You’ve been through all the regular arts and craft classes. You can knit, you can sketch, you even know your way around a set of pastels. Carve your niche – literally – at the South County Art Association’s Stone Carving series in February and March. Taught by Patty Wynne, an award-winning stone carver who works in marble, granite, alabaster and sandstone, this eightweek class will teach you everything from the rough shaping of stone to how to mount a stone sculpture once it’s complete. Then next time people are admiring the sculpture in your garden, you can completely shock them by telling them you made it yourself. 2587 Kingstown Road, Kingston. 7832195, January 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND


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es people how to live more fulfilled, connected lives. Part of this fulfillment comes, undoubtedly, from removing the embarrassment of being a terrible dancer who gets dragged onto the dance floor against his will. Her How to Survive on the Dance Floor classes teach the chronically unrhythmic how to dance in a way that isn’t completely mortifying. Not confident enough in your skills to join a class of bad dancers? Have her come to you for a House Dance Party, where you can learn a few new moves with a group of friends in your own home. 826-2020,

In a world that’s growing ever more connected through smart phones and the internet, speaking a second language is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity. Get your feet wet with Speed Spanish, offered by the Tower Street School Community Center. This sixweek class starts January 18 and brings you up to speed on Spanish vocabulary, conversation and syntax. Then, book that trip to Spain you’ve been dreaming of – or, at least, head to a Mexican restaurant to flex your newly developed bilingual muscles. 93 Tower Street, Westerly. 348-2715,


Always dreamed of swinging your partner around the dance floor? Make it a reality with Moveable Feet. The dance program, led by Deborah Nash, holds classes in all disciplines of ballroom dancing throughout the area (lessons take place in Narragansett, Exeter, North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Westerly). In January, learn Absolute Beginner Swing with a four-week course in swing dance basics. The classes are held in Narragansett, starting on January 8. No partner necessary, but you’ll have more fun if you bring a friend. 295-7025, MoveableFeet

So you’re ready to learn to play an instrument. Learn from the masters – or, more accurately, the future masters currently studying in URI’s Music Department. Their Preparatory Program is designed to hone the skills of the department’s students in giving studio lessons. This means that adults and children in the area can get really affordable lessons in orchestral and band instruments, voice, piano, guitar and just about any other instrument you can think of. Fine Arts Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston. 874-2798,

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If you’re savvy enough with technology to know the term Web 2.0, but you

still haven’t made the leap into creating your own presence on it, then you need to be in this class, offered by the Tower Street School Community Center in Westerly. This workshop runs through February, and goes beyond basic internet literacy to venture into the world of blogging, wiki and podcasts. Learn to create your own, and to put your ideas (whether they be personal, educational or for business) on the web for the whole world to see. 93 Tower Street, Westerly. 348-2715,

at any given moment, and energetic enough to commute to Providence every week. But for a chance to study at Trinity Repertory Company with resident actor Mauro Hantman, it’s worth all of it. Hantman runs the annual Providence Improv Fest and is a longtime member of the Improv Jones comedy troupe (which does two shows a week in Providence). Intro to Improv runs Monday nights starting in February. 201 Washington Street, Providence. 3514242,

Have the itch to make the transition from the audience to the stage? South County is full of talented local musicians, and a huge amount of them are available to give lessons through Wakefield Music. The music store offers extensive lessons in everything from the standard piano, guitar and voice lessons to instruction on more esoteric instruments like the banjo, harmonica, ukulele, trombone and mandolin. Wakefield Music also regularly hosts music workshops, with guest experts, that are open to the public. 58 Main Street, Wakefield. 7835390,

If you’ve always regretted not studying more art in college, check out the Newport Art Museum’s adult programming. While they offer introductory art classes, the museum really excels at niche courses like Art and the War of 1812, Fakes and Forgeries in Watercolor and Oils and Absurd Century: Dada, Surrealism and Postmodernism, which are all offered this winter and spring. 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 848-8200, www.

Expert It takes real dedication to commit to an eight-week improv comedy course. You’ve got to be confident enough in your ability to think on your feet, willing enough to risk your jokes falling flat

Take your dancing skills to the next level with Advanced Argentine Tango, which happens every Wednesday night at the Towers in Narragansett. While there are earlier classes in the evening for beginner students, the 9:00 Argentine Tango practica begins with a brief advanced workshop focusing on one particular dance sequence for the evening. 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 782-2597, January 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND


FIGURE 1: 40 Days to Personal Revolution at All That Matters

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Mind and Body Beginner As an adult, it’s tough to play sports if you aren’t willing to commit to a league. This winter, have some casual fun and recreate the feeling of summer, if only for a moment, at Drop-in Volleyball at the Tower Hill School Community Center in Westerly. Participants play in pickup games every Wednesday evening, starting January 4, and players effectively create a clinic atmosphere, helping others hone their skills in the games. 93 Tower Street, Westerly. 348-2715, We all need more quiet in our lives. But being over-tired and over-stressed, an attempt to meditate at home will likely either end in being interrupted or falling asleep. For a moment of serenity, head to a Meditation for Health class at All That Matters in Wakefield. Led by David Dwyer, the monthly class starts with instruction in meditation followed by a 25-minute session that will leave you ready to face the hectic life waiting for you at home. 315 Main Street, Wakefield. 782-2126, Get a start on living a greener life at Going Green at Home. This class, taught by the Tower Street School Community Center, runs through February and gives participants an overview of quick, easy ways to be more eco-friendly (saving money and lessening your carbon

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footprint in the process). Topics include buying greener foods and household products, and eco-friendly decorating. 93 Tower Street, Westerly. 348-2715,

Intermediate It’s time to break away from your journal and write something that’s meant for someone else to see. Let the North Kingstown Arts Council help you do it. Write Now is a new writing group led by Amy Feucht, who has won creative writing awards and been published in Elephant Journal. The first meeting is on January 8 at the Davisville Free Library in North Kingstown. Register at www.

by joining a sports league. Teamworks Warwick offers adult men’s, women’s and coed soccer leagues all year round. Two women’s leagues start in February, so get in as much quality time with your couch in January as you can. 170 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. 463-5565, The New Year is the best possible time to set new goals and stick to them. An ambitious (but, according to those who have been through the program, totally worth it) way to implement new goals is 40 Days to Personal Revolution at All That Matters in Wakefield. This program involves overhauling your diet and committing to yoga and meditation for 40 consecutive days, with the thinking that if you can stick to the change for that much time, you can maintain it in the

long term. Owner Joan Dwyer is giving an introductory talk to the program on January 18. Namaste… and good luck. 315 Main Street, Wakefield. 782-2126, If your regular old trips to the gym just aren’t cutting it anymore, take your fitness training to a whole new level at South County Adventure Boot Camp. These intensive four-week camps cover physical fitness, nutrition and personal motivation. In better weather, the hourlong training sessions happen outside, but in the winter take place at the Narragansett Ocean Club Skating Rink. Expect to cover circuit training, kickboxing, short-distance running, core conditioning, pilates, obstacle courses and more. Kind of makes you tired just thinking about it, doesn’t it?

When it comes to improving your fitness, it’s always good to have a goal in mind. There’s no more patriotic goal than to have the first lady’s enviable biceps. Learn How to Get Michelle Obama’s Arms at this class led by local surfing legend Peter Pan on January 20. The Warwick location will be disclosed to participants.

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FIGURE 2: Finding inner solace (even in winter) in Wakefield

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FIGURE 1: In the kitchen at Trio

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Food and Wine Beginner For the amateur gourmand, the best way to expand your palate is to let the chef make the choices for you as to what you’ll be eating and drinking for the evening. There are few better places to do that than the opulent Castle Hill Inn in Newport. On January 21, the restaurant presents a Trappist Ale Dinner, during which five courses are presented with appropriately matched ales. (Trappist ales are made by a select few monasteries in Belgium using open air fermentation; think of them like the champagnes of beer. No, not that champagne of beer.) Menu selections include smoked wild boar with grillades and grits, paired with Trappistes Rochefort 8. 590 Ocean Drive, Newport. 888-466-1355, On the first Wednesday of every month, the Ocean House in Watch Hill offers a Farm to Vine Dinner, during which a renowned local guest chef provides his interpretation of farm to table cuisine. The January 4 dinner pairs Darius Salko, chef at Providence’s Tini, with Allen Farms from Westport and Hugel Wines from France. On February 2, Benjamin Sukle, chef at new Providence hotspot The Dorrance, cooks with food from Blackbird Farms in Smithfield. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill. 5847000,


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Get the basics on feeding your family well at Family Mealtimes Made Easy, presented by the Tower Street School Community Center in Westerly. The one-hour session goes over the basics of putting together nutritious meals and the importance of eating together as a family. There are three of these free sessions happening in February and March. 93 Tower Street, Westerly. 348-2715,

Intermediate If you’re ready to leave the table and head into the kitchen, ease the transition at Trio in Narragansett, which offers regular evenings of culinary instruction and indulgence. The classes, which are open to Fare Rewards members (Fare Rewards is a free membership program that allows you to collect points at Newport Harbor restaurants) change monthly. In December, the featured class was in making gnocchi, and in the past have covered stuffed pastas and how to make your own sauce. If you choose to stay for dinner, the $20 fee for the class is applied to your bill – but even if you don’t, you still have the benefit of tasting what you made in the kitchen, and enjoying a glass of wine while you’re at it. 15 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. 792-4333, What better way to learn about food than by talking to the chefs who

prepare it? Newport Gourmet Tours are two-hour walking tours that take you to some of the most delicious restaurants and gourmet shops in the City by the Sea. At each stop – like the White Horse Tavern and Perro Salado – guests enjoy a tasting course and a conversation with the chef about the food. Spend a weekend getting to know the finer points of sparkling wines at the Ocean House. Every month, Sommelier Jonathan Feiler hosts a weekend workshop on a different wine. Friday evening, meet Feiler at a wine and cheese reception; the Saturday seminar details the history and production of sparkling wines and highlights the differences between them. If you sample a bit too much of the lecture material, you can always make a weekend of it at the gorgeous hotel. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill. 5847000,

Expert Feeling good about your culinary skills? Then it’s time to tackle the most challenging cuisine around: French. Chez Nicole cooking classes are intimate (max six people) adventures into French cooking, held at chef Nicole Spaulding’s Wakefield home. Spend the morning learning to cook, and then spend the afternoon

enjoying what you’ve created. 1674B Ministerial Road, Wakefield. 782-1768, Take ownership of where your food comes from in the URI Master Gardeners program. The program is intense – there are many required courses and 50 hours of volunteer work required to possess the title – and fewer than 500 people have earned it since the program began in 1977. But at the end, you’ll be able to cultivate and tend your own organic garden. It doesn’t get any more local and sustainable than that. www. The true oenophile is always searching for the next great wine. Hone your swirling, sniffing and sipping skills at Johnson and Wales’ non-credit Wine and Spirits Certificate Programs in Providence. The introductory, oneday class covers the basics of grape varietals and wine styles. The intermediate, nine-week class gets into the nitty gritty of old world and new world wines, and gets so specific with wine origins that you’ll be able to decode a Pouilly-Fuisse label, and never confuse a Chablis with a Chenin Blanc again. The advanced class, well, you probably don’t want to know. Students who pass the exams at the end will leave with certifications from the renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust. 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence. 598-2336,


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There’s something new to smile about in East Greenwich: Smyle!, a gift shop on Main Street, which opened its doors in early October. Smyle! carries a variety of interesting vintage and artisan pieces. Sisters Judi Connery and Polly Stacey talked about opening a shop together for years, and last year decided on a concept: “to create a shop that would make people feel happy – from the people who worked there and shopped there to the suppliers and artists we worked with and the people who received gifts from there,” Connery explains. A hybrid of “smile” and “style” form the name, and inform the fitting motto, “Where happiness is always in style.” When asked about starting a business in a tough economy, Connery and Stacey simply reply, “What better time to open a shop where people could be happy?” Lovers of vintage will enjoy the collection of houseware and décor (especially from the deco to mod eras) displayed in the shop. A few

pieces, like Connery’s bright-colored anodized aluminum from the ‘50s and ‘60s, are part of the sisters’ own collections. A variety of vintage linens are a specialty of the store. “They say so much about the period in which they were made – they are cultural icons that are often overlooked,” Connery says. When searching for vintage, the sisters look at the design, color and make of the products, and are often drawn to pieces that are reminiscent of their childhoods. Smyle! also features an array of sustainable artisan-made products, from jewelry and baby clothes to home décor, prints and cards. Connery and Stacey approach talented craftsmen and designers to bring creative pieces that can’t be found elsewhere. Because of the economy, “so many people are turning their creative passions into supplemental, or  even  primary, income now and the internet allows us to find unique things from all over the country,”

Stacey enthuses. “People really understand the meaning behind ‘local’ and ‘small business’ in times like these, and are ready to support local shops.” The sisters love the idea of “functional art,” like a series of well-made, beautiful hand-crafted wallets and messenger bags that they have in store. Smyle! also carries a wealth of products by local artists (like Lorraine Bromley, Kim Ellery, Pamela Reed and Gillian Stevens), local craftspeople and jewelry makers including Nancy Nielsen, Devienna Anggraini, Sam Loomis, Rebecca Pelton and Sharon Wignot. Each window display at Smyle! incorporates two whimsical iron figures from the garden of the sisters’ childhood home. Connery says, “I see them as representing Polly and me – having fun and being creative and hopefully passing that enjoyment on to others.” 233 Main Street, East Greenwich. 398-8700, www.

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care product do you like most for dry skin? There is a product we have that is made right here in Rhode Island: Farmeasthetics, a Midnight Honey Bath and Beauty Oil. While we have lots of great products for moisturizing, the oil works best during winter; oils are nice because they provide deeper moisturizing. Many people apply oil while still wet from the shower so it can really absorb into the skin. We also carry Coconut Bath and Body Oil by Nature Island, which has a nice light smell to remind you of summer during the cold months.

What is your best selling item at Most Naturally? Customers seem to love our jewelry. We carry a fair trade jewelry line, which is very popular not only for its appearance but for the social cause it supports. The pieces are made by women in developing nations so conscientious shoppers can feel good about their spending. Along the same lines, people love the jewelry we stock by local artists. It feels great to buy local; I love supporting local art. We also offer organic cotton children’s clothing, which is another top seller.

Your shop seems to carry a wide variety of goods. How would you describe the types of items you sell? We try to bring in items that tell a story. Whether the item is recycled, organic, made by a local artist, or a low-income fair trade project made by women to help people around the world, I want every single treasure in the store to have a story behind it.

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gredients that are not healthy for the environment or for the consumer. It is important for everyone to know what they are buying and using. For you, what are the benefits of using organic products? I don’t have a choice because my skin is sensitive, so that is my immediate need. But, it’s also nice to use a product where the ingredients aren’t harmful to the person or to the environment.

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What are some other ways for people to be more conscientious about the products they use? It is about doing a little bit at a time and starting to be aware of labels. For most people it’s a process; begin with a few items at a time and be mindful of the products you are using and buying. It is easy to look up ingredients online to find out about what you are using. We have been doing this for almost seven years now and I see that people are definitely becoming more discerning when shopping. It has been interesting to see more customers come in who care about what is in a product and how and where something is made. Tina owns Most Naturally, 24A Pier Marketplace, Narragansett. 788-9077,


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MARINE LIFE: the renovations on this Saunderstown kitchen include a built in saltwater fish tank

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Sandy Musial and Dr. Jon Bertman fell for a charming Dutch Colonial overlooking Narragansett Bay’s West Passage in the village of Saunderstown in North Kingstown. As years went by and their family grew to include two sons, various spaces adopted new uses, including the three-season porch turned playroom. Through the years, modifications were made including an eventual addition to the home, which provided the space for Jon to have a much needed home office. Their bedroom, in turn, became the master suite they always wanted. Still, Sandy and Jon could see that the ground floor had inadvertently assumed an awkward traffic pattern. Visitors entering the home had to cut through the kitchen to reach the living spaces, and the floor plan simply neglected the envi-

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able views afforded by the nearby bay. It may have made sense when the home was built more than 80 years ago, but it was no longer compatible for this millennium. “We lived with it for a very long time,” says Sandy, with a sigh. The couple turned to Ramona Rodger and Barry Gano of Lifestyle Designs for an elegant – albeit functional – solution. “[The floor plan] was very broken up… the kitchen was divided in an odd way,” concedes Ramona. “We needed to establish a vision and a sight line.” The kitchen became the cornerstone of the project, which was spearheaded by local contractor Gardner Woodwrights, LLC. Ramona sought out a kitchen island that would not only serve as a workstation and storage area with added counter space, but also as an informal dining area for the busy family. “We created seating

on all sides of the island so it also serves as the kitchen table,” she says. “The island in the middle really changed the pattern,” notes Sandy. “We were really excited to change it.” Walls were knocked down, samples were coming in and out of the home and paint swatches soon became commonplace in the bustling construction zone. “Everything kind of grows when you do a renovation,” says Sandy, laughing. The project took an unexpected twist when the family decided to indulge son Max’s passion for marine life and incorporated a large saltwater aquarium into the kitchen space, blending it with the newly created motif by surrounding it with matching cabinetry. He had a small aquarium in his bedroom, but the larger kitchen aquarium features stunningly vibrant fish including “Nemo” clown fish,

shrimp, various corals, crabs, snails and more. “It’s a whole reef eco-system,” she explains. “It’s really cool.” Thankfully, Sandy says she doesn’t lift a finger when it comes to maintenance, as Max attends to it each day. Its automation based design also lessens the need for human maintenance. “I could sit there and watch for hours and hours, it’s so beautiful,” adds Ramona. Of course, making things beautiful is her specialty, so when it came to choosing cabinet finishes, countertop surfaces, a backsplash and other key elements, the designer wanted to ensure the family’s taste would be reflected throughout. “I wanted it to have the look and feel of the original house,” Sandy says, referring to when it was first built in 1925. The couple chose off-white Candlelight Cabinetry in Antique English Linen that

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was painted, glazed and sanded ever so lightly to create a distressed look. “Ramona talked me into getting the complementing cabinet fronts on the refrigerator. You can see it from the living room, so it’s nice and streamlined.” For the countertops, the family chose dense soapstone, which Sandy notes is an often overlooked surface. Due to its non-porous mineral composition, the surface is impervious to heat and naturally stain and burn proof. Keeping the environment in mind, as this family often does (all of the old appliances, cabinetry and building materials were recycled, reused or resold), soapstone can also be used in its most natural state; it does not require a chemical sealer like other raw materials do. Ramona recommended a sea glass backsplash made up of micro-blocks in various hues of matte blue, green and grey to complement the soapstone. “It picks up the darkness of the countertop and doesn’t look too dissociated [from the overall look of the space],” she explains. The builder also created custom recycling chutes in the window bay so that recycled items can go directly from the kitchen to exterior bins – “a convenient and practical addition,” says Sandy. Reclaimed chestnut barn floorboards were used for the raised island countertop and custom dining room table made

by Deschenes and Cooper Architectural Millwork, located just over the Connecticut border. “I think that is my favorite part of the kitchen,” Sandy says of the woodwork pieces. To highlight the island and add both much-needed lighting and an artistic element, a trio of hand-blown custom glass pendant lights from Thames Street Glass illuminate the space. A coordinating light, slightly varied in shape, hangs over the sink. A Wolf cook top with a built-in griddle and pop-up downdraft vent eliminates the need for a bulky hood above the stove, which suits Sandy and Jon’s amateur chef sons quite nicely. Sandy had her fingers crossed that underneath the existing tile floor there may be original hardwoods. Though they had to plow through an added layer of outdated linoleum, the wood flooring was indeed intact and was refinished for a thoroughly classic look and feel. The newly redesigned and redefined dining space, once the enclosed porch, celebrates the elements with windows offering panoramic views of glistening Narragansett Bay. An exterior wrap-around porch makes toasting the striking view in the warm summer air even more extraordinary. For this busy family of four, reinvented spaces that honor a rich history promise a home that will move with them into the future. January 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND


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You specialize in French, British, Italian, German and Swedish foods. What type is your favorite to eat? Do you have a favorite dish? Italian, because that’s what I was brought up with. But, I have an appreciation for it all. I’ve traveled extensively through Europe – I’ve gone there 35 times – and have witnessed their cuisine at its best. My favorite Italian dish to eat is lasagna. My family tends to prepare it with extra cheese and small meatballs instead of ground beef. It’s a very expensive dish to make as we use old-fashioned ingredients and pile it four inches thick. It’s quite filling and quite rich. What is your favorite food to prepare and serve to guests in your home? In the summer I like to serve swordfish on the grill. I like to soak it in olive oil then give it a quick sear on the hot part of the grill first. When people come to my house, they never know what they’re going to get. On the Fourth of July I do a mixed grill – it could be anything from hot dogs to German Bratwurst to ribs. I have two grills running. If someone who’s never cooked be-

fore told you he was interested in preparing a French dish for friends, what would you recommend he make? Most of your French dishes require a bit of culinary expertise. I might push that person in a different direction – especially if he were cooking for others. I’d ask him how many people he was serving and I’d ask how extensive a menu he wanted to plan. It’s never a simple answer. There are so many facets to what you’re dealing with. We tend to go with the format they have established themselves. If we can help them refine that, then that’s how we can be of service to that particular person. You want to do a cheese platter? We can tell you which cheese to use. We’ll help you choose cheese accordingly to the palate of the taster.

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A Dining Odyssey An experience in taste, sight and sound lounge looks like something from the future, with its glass wall panels, stunningly white seating and blue lighting that makes the entire dining room glow. The food is pretty far out, too, and that’s in a good way… a very good way. Get ready for a trip around the world. First stop, Japan where you can munch on edamame while you sip on an exotic martini, perhaps the SakeTini made with vodka and sake. Other stops in this global menu include New England, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, California, Mexico, and the Caribbean, with each location offering up its classic fare – from Point Judith calamari to sautéed pesto chicken. We began our journey with the Chicken Quesadilla ($10) and the Jerk Chicken Skewers ($10). As an appetizer, the quesadilla provides four servings, enough for two to four people. It also could be a light dinner for one, along with one of the salads ($5 to $12). The tortillas are filled with a blend of Jack and Colby cheeses and chunks of boneless chicken, presented attractively on a modern

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white platter. Shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes are strewn across the top. Small pots of salsa, sour cream and guacamole stand ready to be added to each serving of quesadilla. I poured all three additions on top of the piping hot quesadilla and dug in. This is messy eating, but so good. The jerk chicken was plump and tender: three skewers on another modern platter, along with a small bowl of hot sauce. But be prepared – this is a very hot and spicy dipping sauce. Our next course helped quell the fire on my lips. We shared the creamy Bacon Mac and Cheese ($12), an outstanding pasta dish. The penne pasta was cooked al dente and then tossed in a five-cheese cream sauce. Finely crumbled applewood bacon was sprinkled over the top for another layer of pure indulgence. I doubt if I could ever go back to Centro Martini and not order this dish. This ultra lounge and restaurant is really all about sipping and sharing, having a martini or two – perhaps a glass of wine or a beer – and then grazing on all sorts of finger foods

and sandwiches while enjoying music played via their high end sound system. So that explains why there are only six entrees on the menu (with rotating specials), plus four big burgers. I went the burger route, while Brian ordered a full dinner. My Cajun Bleu Burger ($10) was so hefty, it really did take two hands to handle it. The thick burger was stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese and Cajun spices, topped with lettuce and tomato, all in a oversized toasted roll. An excellent burger… I only wish it had carried a bit more Gorgonzola and Cajun spice flavor into my mouth. Kudos to the chef, for serving beautifully red, ripe tomatoes even at this time of the year. That chef popped out of his kitchen, probably to see who had ordered so much food for a table of two, and asked if everything was to our liking. With our mouths full, we gave him a big thumbs up. Brian was as pleased as I was with his New York Strip Steak ($22), cooked to a medium state of doneness as requested. Filet mignon may be more tender, but you can’t beat the meaty flavor that a strip steak has to offer, especially when nicely charred around the edges. Roasted potatoes and colorful carrots com-

pleted the plate. The restaurant now serves a Steak Frites dish worth trying, too. There are four desserts on the menu including vanilla bean ice cream, New York-style cheesecake and the recently introduced Red Velvet Cake. The best of the bunch is the Brownie Stacker ($7), a mini tower of three dense brownies with vanilla ice cream between each layer and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Brian never met a brownie he didn’t like, and this one he loved. A visit to Centro Martini is a totally futuristic experience – visually, acoustically and flavorfully, with its ultramodern fare. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state.

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Have you ever been to a meat cutting party? The culinary crew with the Newport Restaurant Group gathered recently to do just that with an entire grass-fed, crossbred Red Devon steer, provided by Greg Lynch and Patrick Beck, partners at New England Grass Fed LLC. The steer arrived frozen, and it took more than 24 hours for it to defrost in the walk-in cooler at Castle Hill Inn in Newport. Eight chefs participated in the meat-cutting experience, dividing up the meat for restaurants in the Newport group: Trio in Narragansett, Boat House in Tiverton, Waterman Grille and Hemenway’s in Providence, 22 Bowen’s, The Mooring and Castle Hill Inn, all in Newport. According to Beck, the chefs were excited to see the dense, dark red meat and the internal marbling. He pointed out that the buttery yellow fat was full of B vitamins and soluble Omega-3 fats.  “The Devons retain the old qualities that make them hardy, a good allrounder for the small traditional farmer,” Beck says.  “Because they don’t grow so big, they were overlooked for many years but have recently emerged as the class of the field among those who know truly outstanding grass-fed beef.”  Steaks, roasts and short ribs piled up during the meat-cutting party. The meat was trimmed, and those trimmings were used to make kielbasa, salami and bresaola. Some of the meat was ground for burgers. All in all, the chefs got nearly an 80 percent yield, pretty remarkable when 60 to 63 percent is normally considered a good yield from a butcher.  15 MINUTES OF FAME Congratulations to Donna Marie Ranucci of Coventry, who was selected to appear on the Rachael Ray Show as part of the “Hey, Can You Cook?” cooking challenge. Although she was not the grand prize winner, Donna had an experience she will never forget. Not only did she have to fly to New York where the show is taped, she went on to Mexico, making 10 airplane trips in one week. For the first challenge, the contestants went to a chocolate factory in Oaxaca and learned how to make chocolate. For their next challenge, they had to use the five basic food staples of Mexico: corn, chili, cactus, squash and verdolaga, an herb. The contestants were given


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500 pesos to purchase everything they needed in as little as 30 minutes from vendors in an open-air market. Each contestant had to overcome perhaps the biggest challenge of all, the language barrier. They also had to use an authentic Mexican grill, using charcoal, a few sticks and matches. Despite generally good comments from the judges, Donna did not survive the first elimination round. She was paired with Timothy Morris of Washington. Their dishes – which included a stuffed chili pepper with peach mango salsa, olive oil and garlic, drizzled with chocolate, and a dessert of sliced pineapples with hollowed-out centers and melted chocolate with vanilla beans and Mexican liquor – just did not rate high enough. Donna is the author of Donna’s Dishes: Cooking for a Cure, a collection of 150 hearty, healthy and inexpensive family recipes. She donates 30 percent of the proceeds from the book to different charities. For more information about Donna’s book, contact her at THIS AND THAT One of the hottest chefs in Providence has relocated to the suburbs. Kevin Millonzi, the culinary star who made the Atomic Grille and Restaurant Prov shine, has opened Millonzi’s in West Warwick. This is a modern-day neighborhood restaurant serving global cuisine. One of Millonzi’s signature appetizers, the Tuscan Potato Chips with Gorgonzola Gravy is not to be missed. The menu

also offers pizza, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and a good selection of entrees, from New York sirloin to ribs with root beer barbecue sauce. And for dessert, I recommend the Baklava Cheesecake. Millonzi’s is located at 11 Curson Street in West Warwick. Siena Cucina at 5600 Post Road in East Greenwich and the Savory Grape will host a wine dinner on January 17 at 6:30pm. The all-inclusive cost is $65 per person. Call 885-8850 for details and reservations. Good news! The Post Office Cafe on Main Street in East Greenwich will reopen after being closed for the past year. The once-popular restaurant is undergoing renovations and is expected to reopen early this year, possibly with a new name. The culinary program known as Farm + Vine at the Ocean House in Watch Hill is dedicated to the rich bounty of Rhode Island, on land and in the sea. Monthly dinners with different themes will take place in the hotel’s restaurant, Seasons. Culinary weekends, led by experts in the field, are being planned, specially designed to provide unique experiences and to demonstrate the farm-to-table philosophy of the Ocean House. Farm + Vine dinners are set for January 4 and February 1. A local cheese weekend is tentatively scheduled for February 12. Stay tuned for details.   If you have news dealing with food, restaurants or chefs, feed it to Linda Beaulieu at

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BISTRO 9 1646 Division Street; 3981875. Bistro 9 is a casual neighborhood restaurant, providing Italian with a contemporary flair in a cozy setting with a beautiful view. Enjoy seafood, steaks and homemade pasta on their all-season patio. LD $-$$

HUNGRY HAVEN 5000 South County Trail; 364-3609. This country-style restaurant serves quality food at affordable prices in a family-friendly atmosphere seven days a week. Head for the junction of Routes 1 and 2, where good food awaits. BLD $

CAPRICE 455 Main Street; 398-2900. Indulge your senses at this stylish restaurant and martini lounge. Enjoy pasta, steak, wood grilled pizzas and more, or choose from more than 20 elegant cocktails on their martini menu. D $$-$$$

SMALL AXE CAFÉ 4820 Old Post Road; 364-3638. Nestled in the gardens of the Fantastic Umbrella Factory, this cozy café focuses on seasonally-inspired dishes with farm fresh ingredients. Be sure to stroll the grounds after dinner. LD $-$$

CENTRO MARTINI 149 Main Street; 885-8580. With its extensive wine and martini lists, Centro provides a sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy eclectic, upscale fare with international influences. D $-$$$


DAN’S PLACE 880 Victory Highway; 392-3092. For some good ol’ pizza, pasta, steak and ale, pay a visit to Dan’s Place. It’s a full restaurant and bar, with a family friendly atmosphere and weekly entertainment. LD $$

Jamestown CHOPMIST CHARLIE’S 40 Narragansett Avenue; 423-1020. This nautical-themed restaurant more than earns the honor of referring to itself as the “home of seaworthy fare,” with its special Rhode Island chowder, award-winning stuffies and selection of both traditional and inventive seafood dishes. LD $-$$ TRATTORIA SIMPATICO 13 Narragansett Avenue; 423-3731. Jamestown’s signature restaurant offers casual fine dining in a relaxed al fresco setting. Enjoy a raw bar, small plate menu and seafood with regional flair in a classic Victorian building. LD $$-$$$

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SPAIN OF NARRAGANSETT 1144 Ocean Road; 783-9770. The exceptional wait staff and wide array of authentic Spanish seafood, veal and chicken dishes make Spain of Narragansett the perfect place to dine. The romantic setting and extensive wine list will keep you coming back for more. D $$-$$$ TRIO 15 Kingstown Road; 792-4333. A Newport Harbor Corporation restaurant, Trio is a triple-threat restaurant with its innovative menu, inviting European décor and warm, attentive service. Enjoying a meal of chops, seafood, or pasta is the order of the day. Also rave-worthy are the Artisan Pizzas, which come in a variety of flavors and preparations. LD $$-$$$

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Newport NEWPORT TOKYO HOUSE 6 Equality Park Place; 847-8888. For fine Japanese cuisine in the City by the Sea, this is the place. Their menu includes all your favorites, including a sushi bar and hibachi grill. LD $-$$

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January from previous page January 27-29 Everyone knows you’ve got your drink. That signature cocktail you started sipping when you turned, 19, ah, 21, because that’s what your bar hopping partner in crime suggested. And, granted, up until this point, it’s served you well. After all these years, you’ve perfected the gentle art of ordering, not to mention making it real simple for anyone buying a round. Sun WineFest isn’t trying to take away anyone’s identifying characteristics, but rather provide an opportunity to broaden your horizons with a weekend long sipfest that includes beer, wine and bourbon. But if world famous chefs Bobby Flay or Todd English think that you should be open to another pairing to bring out the flavors of their cuisine, who are you to argue? Individual ticketed events. Packages: $70-$245. Mohegan Sun Casino, One Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT. 1-888-226-7711, January 1 Start the new year with the Annual Pier Plunge 2012, a dip in the ocean that not only benefits local Lions clubs charities, but will give you perspective should you ever complain about being cold again. Registration: 10:30am-11:45am, Plunge: noon. $20. Narragansett North Beach Clubhouse, 78 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 783-7121, www.narragansettcoc. com. January 1 Tally up the damages done to your body during the last ten days, including the pumpkin pie binges, 4am wrapping sprees and repeat trips to the punchbowl, then bring the mea culpas to Yoga Class with Debbie, who won’t be anywhere as hard on you as you’ve been on yourself. Noon. Free. Sundance, 410 Main Street, East Greenwich. 398-0786, www. January 6 Heal yourself using the same methods favored by indigenous cultures, who successfully opted for the power of persuasion, prior to the development of high tech level one trauma centers, with Coyote Healing Through Story and Trance, detailed in this introductory talk. 7-8:30pm. $20. All That Matters, 315 Main Street, Wakefield. 782-2126, January 7 Raise a pint at the Mystic Seaport Pub

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Sing and Chantey Blast to support the Sea Music Festival and give props to whoever thought it would be a fine idea to replace shouting ‘Thar She Blows’ with singing in the first place. 1-5pm. Free, suggested donation: $15. Frohsinn Hall, 54 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT. 860-572-5302, January 8 Become part of the show, instead of just waiting around for intermission, with the third annual Messiah-sing, a belt it out yourself version of G. F. Handel’s masterpiece, directed by Judith Conrad, followed by a soup supper, as incentive for your efforts. 3pm. Admission by donation. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 383 Old North Road, Kingston. 789-7776. January 8 There are many reasons to get married in South County, from the elegant reception sites to the stunning oceanfront vistas. What could be more romantic? Learn about all that the area has to offer at the 5th Annual South County Bridal Show. This event, which is dedicated exclusively to South County vendors and venues, will help brides and families make informed decisions about what is sure to be one of the most memorable days there is. 11am4pm, the Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 789-4422, January 9 Hike Under the Wolf Moon on a path through moonlight pines to the pond, to look for signs of otters, then up to the cemetery, to celebrate its scenic overlook properties, not the creepy ones in your head. 6:30-8:30pm. $12, Audubon Society members: $8; adults only, bring flashlight. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter. 949-5454, January 10 Cut, paste and Be Deliberate: The Power of Vision Boards, by creating a collage of images (Brad Pitt), to help you visualize your goals (George Clooney), work towards them (Lenny Kravitz) and help you remain committed to your dreams (Caribbean retreat with two loungers). 6:30-8pm. $25. All That Matters, 315 Main Street, Wakefield. 782-2126, January 11-February 1 Swing for the fences at the Preseason Hitting Clinic, focusing on individual and

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Dental Family • CosmetiC • Dr. Nicole Devecco Kim group drills, mechanics and the mental aspect, so no one experiences that ninth-inning, bases-loaded choke again. Wednesdays: 6-7:15pm, grades 4-8; 7:308:45pm, grades 9-12. $125, video analysis +$50. Beck Baseball Field, Keaney Road, Kingston. 874-4888, January 14 Span the globe as Storytelling Around the World showcases Eshu Bumpus (African American), Len Cabral (Cape Verdean), Motoko Dworkin (Japanese), and Trudie Lamb Richmond (Schaghticoke). 11am and 2pm. $15, $13 ages 55+, $10 ages 6-15. Mashantucket Pequot Museum, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT. 1-800-411-9671, www.pequotmuseum. org. January 15 Strike up the URI Alumni Band, as past members of the URI Music Department, directed by Brian Cardany, return to where it all started, bringing their real world experiences back to jam with current teachers and orchestra members. 3pm. Free. University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. 874-2431, www. January 18 Debate the Music of the Beatles, or who you thought was cutest, after experiencing a 40-minute listening party with tracks from Please, Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale and Help! then come back on the 28th and February 1st, for more banter. 7pm. Free. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road, Kingston. 783-8254, January 21 Pay attention during the demonstration of Winter Survival Skills, because you never know when drying and smoking your own meats could turn into a profitable side business. 11am-3pm. $15, $13 seniors 55+, $10 ages 6-15. Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT. 1-800411-9671, January 25 Understand it’s not quite the rivalry of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, but when URI Men’s Basketball squares off against St. Bonaventure, where head coach Jim Baron both played and coached, there’s no doubt a little something to prove on the court.

7pm. $15-$95. Ryan Center, One Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston. 788-3200, www. January 26 Return to Greenland with Bill Cook, a Mystic Seaport trustee presented with the Cruising Club of America 2010 Far Horizons Award, who brings his videos of ice choked fjords, to the hometown crowd. 1:30pm: $14, $12 members, $5 students; 7:30pm: +$1, $5 students. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT. 860-572-5302,


January 30 Discuss what Ghandi meant by an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind during the 8th grade Gandhi Essay, to compete for fame and prizes. Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, attn: Gandhi Essay Contest, URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, 74 Lower College Road, Kingston, 02881. event/20112012_8th_grade_gandhi_essay_contest.

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a spectacular Celebration all ablaze in an otherwise bleak midwinter When Harvey Blanchette joined the Chorus of Westerly at eight, he followed in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents. Membership in this intergenerational group is often a family affair, which is part of its charm; it’s one of only two independent choruses in the country in which children sing alongside adults at every concert. Blanchette, who sang with the group until the age of 18 and rejoined last year, also serves as playwright for their annual A Celebration of Twelfth Night show. Here, he and executive director Ryan Saunders offer a behind-the-scenes look at the musical extravaganza. “In the Rhode Island landscape, it really is the wrap-up to the entire holiday season, going all the way back to Thanksgiving,” Saunders explains. Twelfth Night heralds spring and celebrates renewal and rebirth. It draws elements from Epiphany, medieval revels and winter solstice festivals. Featuring dance, drama, puppetry, pageantry, music and more, it’s a mammoth production with a cast and crew of about 300 — and an audience numbering ten times that each year. This season, the creative team welcomes new choreographer Khadija Griffith. It also bids adieu to chorus founder and beloved music director George Kent, conducting his last Twelfth Night before retirement. “It’s a spectacle. It’s theatre. There is some truly beautiful acting

that happens, but there’s also startlingly gorgeous music,” declares Blanchette. “The costumes, set and light truly make it feel like a different world. You forget that you are sitting in an old converted church and find yourself on a ship at sea or deep in a wintry forest of dreams. It’s some kind of magic.” For Blanchette, crafting the script takes extensive research and a fair share of late nights. It also requires flexibility after auditions are held, as the work evolves to showcase the talent. His challenge is to incorporate surprising angles and new story ideas within the show’s firm, familiar structure. There are specific themes to maintain as well, such as the triumph of good over evil and the resurrection of spring from the death grip of winter. He notes, “I sometimes wonder how I could ever manage to do this job if I hadn’t been involved with the production since birth. The rhythm of the show feels completely natural to me so it is, if not perhaps easy, rather enjoyable to experiment with what is possible to achieve without breaking the fundamental rules of the Twelfth Night universe.” This year’s production takes place in a mysterious, mythical land called Mahabala. It’s the fourth installment of a five-year story arc, through kingdoms ruled by the elements – last year, fire; now, air. Inspired by his offstage role as a new dad, Blanchette also works in themes about coming of

age. He reveals, “I wanted to express how important I feel it is for kids to feel comfortable and safe with who they are and to not be ashamed or feel they have to hide themselves. I worry that too often young people think who they are isn’t good enough, or is wrong in some way, and I know a lot of those thoughts and feelings made it into the script.” A recent first-time father himself, Saunders mentions the tradition of giving infants cameo appearances in the show’s curtain call — nap schedule-dependent, of course. In keeping with the spirit of Twelfth Night, this cycle suits the multigenerational nature of the chorus and its longstanding place in the community. “We have all these future cast and chorus members itching, ready to go. It’s neat how we kind of repopulate the performance with children every few years,” Saunders laughs. “It’s all about a minute of stage time — but might as well train them while they’re young.”

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There are paintings and there are masterpieces. Likewise, there are basic artist studios and there are those of a much greater scope and grander appeal. Above Elite Studios is more than just an artists’ studio; it is a community of artists who share, teach and promote their work in Westerly. Painter, writer and graphic designer Millie Donovan is one of the artists who is at the heart of the project. She showcases her innovative and unique works in Above Elite’s gallery space, alongside several other local artists including residents Laura Gaffke and Charles Estabrooks. “Above Elite Studios has been so welcoming to me,” says Donovan. “The space, which has been an active artist studio for over 10 years, has provided a refuge for my work and I have been able to meet many diligent artists through all of the events we host.” Events include their bi-annual Open Studio art shows and a selection of “groovy” art classes, both open to the public. What exactly does a groovy art class entail? One that stands out is Gaffke’s “Altered Bookmaking” class, in which participants use collage, paint and altered imagery to explore a medley of techniques in a fun way. Using an aged book as a starting point, Gaffke helps students to change it from its original form, altering its appearance and often its meaning. Donovan also enjoys atypical creation, and is known for mixing many elements into one piece: typography, photography, found objects and traditional media such as paint. She explains that in bringing an idea to life, she uses all the “visual vocabulary” she has available to her. “It’s similar to conversational interactions where you use words, body language and tonal inflections to get your point across,” Donovan explains. “Visually, I can use words, differ-

ing media (like photography and painting) and any other ephemera that might make a connection.” Found objects that artists incorporate into their pieces can range from coins to teeth; Donovan has used everything from broken mirrors to ticket stubs. The most unusual found object she’s integrated? “I have used locks of hair and little pieces of thread from my children’s clothes,” she admits. “Some of it ends up hidden under layers and layers of paint, but [in life] we always end in a different place from where we started, right?” Donovan says she and her studio mate, Gaffke, have tried to make the space “warm, bright and inviting” by way of design and interior decoration. They’ve also turned what could have been just another bland building into “a perfect place for inspiration” as they’ve filled it with their favorite people. The artists also draw inspiration from the local landscape. Undoubtedly a perfect place for any artist, Westerly (and South County in general) is ripe with a landscape seemingly crafted to be painted and photographed, its natural beauty often breathtaking. “The coast line is magnificent and the skyscapes are very grand,” says Donovan. Perhaps you may stumble upon Donovan’s works in a local coffee shop; a loyal coffee drinker, she enjoys showing her work “to all art enthusiasts without asking them to step into a gallery.” She goes on to say, “Art should be a part of daily life. Daily life is what I am inspired by, so it makes sense to show my work in a place that is part of someone’s daily routine.” Their next Open Studio is scheduled for the spring and is aptly titled “Spring Fling.” Learn more on Above Elite’s Facebook page, www.facebook. com/AboveEliteStudios.

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Island Deli

call them grinders. While they come in all shapes and sizes, with a variety of toppings and fillings, the most classic rendition nearest and dearest to our Rhode Island hearts is the Italian grinder. We did the hard work for you and tested out some local versions of this delicious sandwich.

This “Hog Island” Italian sub won over our hearts and our stomachs. The touch of balsamic vinegar elevated the flavors of the generous mix of ham, pepperoni, salami and provolone. The sprinkling of oregano complemented the whole Italian grinder experience, while the bread did a great job of absorbing the flavorful dressing and remaining fluffy inside and crispy outside. Overall, a great grindah. 855 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. 284-0636; 1004 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. 789-7898,

Jim’s Deli Dunn’s Corner Market The sharp provolone flavor really stood out in this version. The fresh veggies gave some good crunch and paired well with the spicy cappicola and other classic meats. Not too overly dressed, this sub is sure to please. 5 Langworthy Road, Westerly. 3221660,

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Island Pizza The freshly cut red onion added a nice splash of flavor to this grinder, which ventured into the welcome world of pepperoncinis. The added zing really woke up our palates. This is a quality, classic Italian sub as far us Rhode Islanders are concerned. 5947 Post Road, North Kingstown. 885-0707,

This was the only toasted version we tried out of the batch, and the gooey, cheesy goodness did not fail to please. With lots of oil and vinegar dressing and spicy peppers this was by far the spiciest and messiest of the bunch, in all the right ways. We recommend this version for the seasoned grinder connoisseur. 2554 South County Trail, East Greenwich. 885-4200.

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