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february 2012

25 This Month 21 Get frostbite Winter sailing isn’t for the faint of heart

25 Sweat it Out Fun fitness trends to help you stick to your resolutions

47 33 So Stylish Furry fashion in East Greenwich 35 Whole Body 37 Tastemaker 38 What’s In Store 41 Life/Style

47 So Delicious Dramatic decadence in East Greenwich 49 Foodie Journal 51 Tastemaker 52 Review 54 Dining Guide

59 So entertaining

Every Month 9 Letters

Coventry’s resident artist 60 Calendar 63 On Stage 66 Art View

68 So approved Just like mom used to make… only better

13 So Happening Shades of pink paint a story of survival 15 So & So 19 Social Network

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An Honorable Event On March 23, SO Rhode Island will be sponsoring the 40 Under 40 Awards, a swanky soiree held at Watch Hill’s Ocean House to honor 40 emerging professionals who work tirelessly to make Southern Rhode Island a better place to live. The event, which is brought to you by the United Chambers of Southern Rhode Island, will feature awards, networking,

dancing and (of course) eating. A cash bar and live entertainment will round out the offerings. If you would like to nominate someone, go online to the chamber’s website, now through March 1. Tickets are also available online; as seating is limited, you must RSVP by March 20. Call Lisa Konicki with questions, 596-7761. $70. www.unitedchambersri.org

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Narragansett Kicks It Off SO Rhode Island presents the wildly popular Great Tastes of Narragansett in collaboration with the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce; the food event will be held at The Towers on March 22. This fundraiser, which kicks off the town’s restaurant week, features food, food and

more mouthwateringly delicious food, served up by South County’s top chefs. Last year, tickets sold out, so be sure to go online and purchase yours in advance. All proceeds benefit the Jonnycake Center of Peacedale’s Emergency Food Pantry. $15. www.narragansettcoc.com

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A WEEK OF DEALS

Restaurant Week showcases Narragansett’s Best SO will also sponsor the 4th Annual Narragansett Restaurant Week next month. Between March 23 and April 1, diners will take advantage of unbelievable deals and sample innovative

chef specials. Last year’s event was a smashing success and this one is expected to surpass it. Stay tuned for details or go online for additional information. www.narragansettcoc.com

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East Greenwich – New home – 5 Beech Crest, x8 Division to Shippeetown – Brickfront, 5 bed ISDS, 4200+ sq.ft., pick granite: kitchen & baths, cherry cabinets, 3+ baths, 3 car garage, 30x20 fireplaced great room, marble bath/master, air/vac, cherry hardwoods, 1.27 acres. $875,000 Therese Vezeridis x 5032

East Greenwich – Great colonial offers 12 rooms, 4 beds, 2.2 baths, hardwoods, 3900 sq.ft., 2 car garage, granite appliance kitchen, library, 3 fireplaces, central air/vac, deck, heated pool, cabana, hottub, tennis/basketball w/ lights, walkout lower, cul-de-sac. $739,900 Therese Vezeridis x 5032

East Greenwich – Westwood! Stunning hip roof colonial set on 1.94 acres of manicured grounds. Inground pool, 4 beds, 3.5 baths, marble, 4,188 sq.ft. above ground and 2,000+ sq.ft. in lower level, in-law potential. Subject to probate court approval. $699,900 Cheryl Shatkin x 5020

North Kingstown – Stunning open floor plan Victorian offers fabulous vies of the cove, floor to ceiling windows, granite kitchen, 4 beds, 2.5 baths, gleaming hardwoods, 3rd floor office/great room, huge master w/balcony overlooking cove. $699,900 Sally Mellor x 3018

Charlestown - Warm and inviting...if you want to “get away from it all” but be able to “get to it all” you have found it! Fantastic home office located over the garage, brand new kitchen w/granite, hardwoods, 2nd floor master suite w/deck, 3 miles to beach! $400,000. Cheryl Eley x 5000

Charlestown – Charmer! Impeccable 3 bed, 2.5 bath gambrel on a private acre near RI’s finest beaches & Wachaug Pond. Kitchen opens to family room w/ fireplace, 24’ living room w/built-ins, formal dining room, hardwoods throughout, deck, 2 car garage, patio, close to train, URI & highway. $329,000 Karen Primeau x 5036

East Greenwich – Well maintained 3 bed, 2 bath home in Meadowbrook neighborhood of East Greenwich. Open kitchen & dining area, brick fireplaced living room, family room, sunroom, office & garage, large fenced rear yard. $315,000 Denise D’Amico x 5010

North Kingstown – Fabulous location & setting, horses permitted, close to Wickford & highway access, updated 3 bed septic, house needs some interior updating. Beautiful grounds and lots of potential. $259,900 Sally Mellor x 3018

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Fight Pink with Pink

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Rhode Island celebrities, actors and models pose with shelter animals in high-fashion photos to be taken by Eve Marie Webster of Five of 5 Photography. The professionally matted photos will be sold at a Silent Auction and Gala Reception on the evening of February 11 at Crestar Picture Framing at 51 Liberty Street in East Greenwich. Admission to the reception is $10 (at the door) and will include a champagne toast and delicious appetizers and desserts. A raffle will take place to include such prizes as acting classes, clothing, annual comedy club passes and event tickets. Some of the familiar faces you’ll see in the photos include stars from 92 PRO FM, NBC 10, The Rhode Show, Trinity Rep and many, many more. All proceeds go to benefit the East Greenwich Animal

Kathleen van Rijn has something she feels genuinely passionate about – as a two time breast cancer survivor, this Wickford resident does all she can to help the cause. She founded Team Lion Heart, which participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure each September in New York; last year over 90 participants joined her. Now, she’s throwing a spectacular event right in South Kingstown. “My goal is to raise money for breast cancer research,” says van Rijn, “and for breast cancer awareness.” Her Paint the Town Pink event, to be held on February 11 at The Holiday Inn’s grand ballroom, is poised to accomplish both... and then some. From 7-11pm, partygoers will dance the night away. “We have an amazing local DJ and people are really going to be out on the floor. We want to dance breast cancer out of town,” van Rijn states emphatically. In addition to shaking their tail feathers, party revelers can look forward to a true carnival experience complete with activities suitable for the whole family. The line up includes: a bean bag toss, tarot card readings, face painting, a caricature artist and temporary tattoos. For the adults, there will be a cash bar plus a silent auction and raffle. “I think people are really going to be excited about the prizes we’re

auctioning and raffling off,” van Rijn says. Auction items include a weekend in New York at a luxury hotel and dinner at a four-star French Bistro as well as a day of sailing on Narragansett Bay. Raffle items include a watch, some jewelry pieces and a gift basket donated by Wickford’s Blue Hydrangea. There’s something for everyone, and all profits go towards a great cause. Event sponsors are Adornment Fine Jewelry, Spa Mosaic and Sea Mist Skin Rejuvenation Center – all of whom are located inside South County Commons. Van Rijn is grateful to have such wonderful sponsors helping to turn her dream into a reality. When a community bands together, great things are made possible. Event tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. “This is an opportunity for us in South County to raise money and have some fun during the process – in February, in Rhode Island,” van Rijn says with a laugh. She hopes to have a good turn out and believes that by sharing her story, she can help other woman avoid cancer through early detection and preventative medicine (or at the very least) become survivors like she. For more information, call van Rijn at 401-338-5145. Or just show up on February 11, ready to party the night away. –Erin Swanson

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Stand Up and Be Counted It’s time to recognize the people making a big difference in southern Rhode Island – well, the younger ones, anyway. The United Chambers of Southern Rhode Island are hosting their first 40 Under 40 awards, and it’s time for you to start nominating the people in your community who are making a difference. To be eligible, a candidate must live or work in Southern RI, and work to promote the

community by helping to foster small business, to preserve or utilize a historic site, to create a neighborhood initiative, or a host of other good things. Check out www.unitedchambersri.org for more information on the nomination process. The winners will be recognized at a dinner at the Ocean House in Watch Hill on March 23, and will be profiled on www. sorhodeisland.com. -Julie Tremaine

Protection League, a no-kill shelter. To learn more, call Kim at 9960726. –Erin Swanson

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a native Rhode Islander is to name things local to our he’s sure to mention coffee (in addition to stuffed qua-

hogs and Newport Creamery, of course). It’s rich, it’s sweet and it’s oh so delicious – at any time of the year. Uncle Matty’s Coffee Syrup would be the first to agree. The East Providence-based company points out that, in fact, coffee milk was made the official state drink in 1993. Their product is all-natural and mixes well with ice cold milk, iced coffee or (if you’re SO inclined) a cocktail or martini. The locally-made coffee syrup can be purchased at several stores in the general Providence vicinity including Whole Foods in Cranston, Eastside Marketplace and Eastside Mart in Providence, Buckets General Store and Schroders Catering in East Providence and Shores Market in North Providence. If you’re unable to take the trip “up north” don’t fret – Uncle Matty’s is also available online. www.unclemattyscompany.com. –Erin Swanson February 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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Terror Abides on Block Island Nicholas Jon Beaubien and Ricky Adelon Laprade of Cut to the Chase Productions are co-directing a feature-length suspense/horror film titled Erebus to be shot entirely on Block Island, beginning in March. Building on the foundation of their last soon-to-be-released feature, Villanelle, the Rhode Island natives plan on taking both the gore and the thrill-factor up a few more notches. According to the production website, Erebus is “an anthology horror film inspired by the well-documented history of supernatural phenomenon in Rhode Island.” Much of the action will take place in and around the Gorham House, a mysterious old hotel with a history of bone-chilling occult activity. “In Erebus, we don’t just spit out ghost stories,” says Beaubien, “we make you feel as if you lived one.” As part of their Kickstarter campaign (in which the duo hopes to raise funding for the film), Beaubien and Laprade

Still from thriller Villanelle

offer the rare opportunity for anyone to be in the movie as an extra. Spend the day on Block Island – ferry fees covered – with the entire cast and crew. Receive full make-up and wardrobe services, an official call sheet and an IMDB named cast credit. It’s an opportunity to live

out your actor fantasy while also supporting local indie film; pledge rewards will be finalized by February 17 so don’t delay. To find out more, or to watch trailers and interviews, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/rickyalaprade/ erebus?ref=live –Erin Swanson

lectable hors d’oeuvres, “pawtinis,” live entertainment and more, while the main event offers live and silent auctions, Break-A-Heart Bags, a cash bar and raffle. $85-100 per ticket (both main event and preview party). 846-0592, www.potterleague.org. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Warwick’s Annual Venison and Game Dinner is on for February 26, from 12:30-5pm, at the Kelley Gazzero

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just can’t understand weekend sailors. Boats are a lot of work, they say. And what if you go out and there’s no wind? Besides, you can see the ocean from the shore. Why do you have to be on it? According to a number of hearty sailors, not only do you have to be on the water, you have to be on it all year long. For them, the lure of open water is ever-present, oblivious to seasons. When winter rolls around, it’s still sailing season – only the sailors’ names change. They call themselves frostbiters. “We all find the summer season too short,” says Gary Smith, who along with his sailing cohorts launches his Sea Dog from the Wickford dock on various Sundays from

October to April. “None of us want to quit,” he says. “None of us want the season to stop.” Not that many of us want summer to end, but the vast majority of us just shrug our shoulders and walk inside when the temperature drops. The frostbiters not only defy winter and compete against its weather by literally sailing in the face of adversity, they also compete against one another. They don’t just sail in the winter, they race. And they’ve even formed an association. The Wickford Frostbiting Association, generally known as Fleet 166, began in the ‘60s and has carried on its winter sail racing ever since, as new enthusiasts catch wind of their activi-

ties and join, or become members to carry on the tradition their parents treasured. Usually 12 to 15 boats make up the fleet, all of them Sea Dogs, which Gary describes as sailing dinghys, 10-feet-long and deep enough to sit in, allowing boaters to stay dry, “Unless you tip it over,” Gary says with a laugh. Sea Dogs came on the scene when the frostbiters did, in the ‘60s, built for speed specifically for them. The boats are currently manufactured locally in Fall River. They sail in competition on Wednesdays all summer in various boats, then put on wet suits or dry suits and drag out the Sea Dogs just as soon as the frost bites the dock. They run 20-30 minute short course races on Sundays

in winter, around Cornelius Island. The fleet can manage seven races a day that way. For the rest of the week the boats reside on the docks, tipped upside down for protection. Everyone has stories to tell about the great competitions past and present, and the frostbiters who have inspired them. Gary joined with the help of a frostbiter legend named Rollie Whyte, a devoted 12-month sailor who kept at it until he turned 80, winning a couple of national championships along the way. That’s another thing about frostbiters: you never know who’s going to be racing, from college kids and their teachers to all kinds of amateurs and professionals – and even some regatta February 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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competition is fierce as the sailors either trailer their boats or pack them in U-Hauls to race against a foreign fleet. “The Wickford fleet usually beats the Guilford fleet,” says Gary. But no one from Guilford was around to disagree. The Ocean State has other frostbiter clubs in Newport (Fleet 413), where they sail Lasers; and Barrington, whose members favor Sunfish. All of them have web updates on their towns’ yacht club websites. But, you don’t have to be a yacht club member to be a frostbiter – at least not in Wickford. That’s one of the reasons there have been so many collegiate sailors among the more seasoned frostbiters, who look forward to some youthful enthusiasm and a continuing tradition. Some frostbiters loan their boats to first-timers just to let people experience the sensation and generate some interest.

Safety is an issue at all times for sailors, but especially for frostbiters in the winter. Temperatures lower than 20 degrees and winds stronger than 20mph usually result in cancellation of a day’s racing. “I flipped over once,” Gary says. Fortunately, the recovery boat that is always on hand was at his side immediately. “We’ve all had our close encounters,” he says. Sailors have run aground as well as flipped over. He recalls one sailor’s mast getting stuck in the framework of the red channel marker’s buoy outside of Wickford Harbor. (As that was hardly a life-threatening incident, Gary’s thought at the time was, “I can pass him now.”) There’s safety and then there’s winning. But all weekend warriors know that life changes and priorities shift. The new baby in Gary’s life has stalled his frostbiting this winter. When he says, “I haven’t been out enough this year,”

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are award ceremonies, boat registrations and parties to pay for. But mostly, frostbiters are a bunch of people doing what they love all year long at a time when calendars, conditions and a substantial number of regular people say they shouldn’t. “Those guys are nuts,� said one disinterested observer on a recent Sunday, wondering why some people do the things they do. “It’s truly the interest in sailing,� Gary answers. “It’s just a fun group.� For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t, no explanation will do. Life’s that way when it flies in the face expectations and routine behavior. To learn more, visit their website www. wickfordyc.org/wfa/.

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Potts at her Pilates West Bay Studio in East Greenwich

Dee Dee Potts: competitor and teacher DeeDee Potts, owner and director of Pilates West Bay in East Greenwich, says she has always been “a mover.” Growing up in an active family, she danced, skied and swam competitively throughout her youth. But it wasn’t until she was forced to stop moving that she found herself on the path to becoming a Pilates teacher. ”I had been wanting to experience Pilates since I first became aware of it in my early twenties, but when I had a ski accident that resulted in ACL surgery, I finally acted on my urge,” she says. After reading everything she could about Pilates, DeeDee began practicing on her own before finding a mentor to further guide her. “My body changed through a consistent Pilates practice,” she says, “and that’s all it took for me to want to share it.” In 2002, DeeDee became a Pilates teacher. At first she offered only Pilates at the studio, but DeeDee says that expanding was always part of her vision. The latest of DeeDee’ additions to the studio is Piloxing, which she describes as “a great full-body, low impact cardio class.” Fun and challenging, it’s a corecentric interval workout that mixes boxing moves with the principles of Pilates to tone and sculpt. DeeDee has added 26 SO RHODE ISLAND | February 2012

Gyrokenesis and PhysicalFusion Barre Sculpt to the studio’s repertoire, as well.  All classes are designed to allow DeeDee’s diverse clientele – men and women ranging in age from 16 to over 70 – to integrate more movement into their Pilates practices. “Much of what we do incorporates many muscles at once,” she explains, which results in “a well-balanced body and improved health.” As for staying in shape herself, DeeDee makes sure that fitness is a part of her everyday lifestyle – but withholds from attaching unnecessary expectations to it: “I am thrilled at all my body does for me. I don’t beat myself up. I have learned my body responds much better to positive feedback.” At Pilates West Bay, DeeDee says students will find that the classes are “smaller in number so no one person is unattended or left hanging, wondering if they are doing the exercise correctly.” Students will also find that Potts does not offer an outlet for the excuses that keep people from movement. “We can come up with lots of excuses not to do things,” she says. But “movement is an expression of life. Fortunately for me, I happen to love it. I make a point of instilling that in others.”


Ford leads a high intensity, no-nonsense workout

John Ford: brother, mentee, guru A lifelong lover of fitness and the youngest of seven children in an athletic family, John Ford earned a degree in Physical Health and Wellness from the University of Rhode Island, where he competed on the track and field team. But it wasn’t until years later that he would find his calling as a fitness professional. “I don’t know if you believe in serendipity, but Manic Training literally fell into my lap at the exact time I was ready to take on the challenge,” he says.  While working at the Mews Tavern, the restaurant’s owner Dave Barnes piqued John’s interest in the Manic Training concept: small group workouts that combine high intensity interval training with functional movements. Developed by Rugby player Graham “Bushy” Muir in Steamboat Springs, CO, Manic Training is a one-hour guided workout that incorporates everything from squats to sandbag carrying, rope pulls to pushups, burpees to Bosu jumps. Dave had become such a believer in the “no frills, no nonsense” workout while living in Colorado that he wanted to bring the concept to other parts of the country. John began training with Dave and was instantly hooked on Manic workouts. He loved that no two workouts were the

same, and they were always challenging. Having recently obtained his personal training certification, John completed an internship of sorts under Dave, and was then able to take the reigns on the Manic Training facility in South Kingstown. Since officially opening last August, John has seen his clientele range from professional athletes to students to grandmothers – and that’s what he loves about it. “Manic Training is accessible to anyone and everyone,” he says. “Novices begin to build strength and endurance, while highlevel athletes break through plateaus and reach new levels of performance.” The genius of Manic Training, he says, is that each workout can be tailored to fit the needs of the individual. This way, it doesn’t matter who shows up to train; each person can work at his or her own level. “It’s a group atmosphere, but instead of competing, everyone is working hard and encouraging each other,” John says. “You can’t help but feel the energy.” Crediting Manic Training with giving him the “six-pack I never dreamt of having,” John hopes word-of-mouth continues to bring new students to train with him: “My goal is to give you the best hour of your day. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.” February 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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Students train in Krav Maga at Westerly’s Northeast Martial Arts

Tonya Lavender: wife, mom, sensei A third-degree blackbelt, Tonya is one of the Krav Maga instructors at Northeast Martial Arts in Westerly, where she has been training for 11 years and teaching for six. Krav Maga is a form of self-defense originally developed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Tonya describes it as “a combination of the best of different types of martial arts,” including Karate, Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. One of the main principles behind Krav Maga is learning to defend yourself against an attacker by using your natural instincts. With an emphasis on speed and repetition, it teaches you to react quickly to prevent someone from overpowering you. Tonya can thank her children for igniting her interest in martial arts. She happened to watch a women’s class at her sons’ karate school one day and was impressed by what she saw. She had participated in sports throughout high school and college, and ran and cycled as an adult, but was interested in a new way to stay in shape. It appealed to her that martial arts gave her a great workout while teaching her to defend herself. With Krav Maga, “you can’t help but become fit,” Tonya says. “It’s self-defense, but

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it’s cardio work, too. If you don’t have the stamina, it’s going to be hard to fight people off.” Passionate about Krav Maga and a firm believer in its benefits, Tonya encourages people to just come out and try it, particularly those who have yet to find an exercise program they can stick to long-term. “Nine out of ten of my students have tried different workouts over and over again, but without an instructor motivating you, it’s hard to have that longevity,” she says. “This keeps people coming back because it’s not just the same boring routine.” You don’t have to be physically fit to begin. In fact, Tonya sees Krav Maga not only as a way to combat a potential attacker, but to promote overall wellness, too. She wishes people were encouraged to be more proactive with their health. “I would love to get more people involved in martial arts so they don’t have to take all these pills and go on regimens,” she says. And if you’re looking to relieve stress, Tonya makes a good case for Krav Maga training: “During class you’re punching, kicking, sweating and getting all your aggression out.” What’s not to like about that?


Fish’s Kettlebell class is a heavy hitter

Will Fish: results-driven strongman If you don’t think you can get an effective workout in just 20 minutes, you probably haven’t tried kettlebell training. Kettlebells – which are basically cast-iron weights with handles – start at nine pounds and go up to 106 pounds but they are different from other weights, such as dumbbells, in that they have a cannonball-like shape. While a dumbbell’s center of gravity lies in your hand, the kettlebell’s shape forces its center of gravity to lie outside of your hand, making it most beneficial for the ballistic and swinging type movements that make up kettlebell training. Will Fish, a Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) certified instructor at Jamestown Fitness, says that what sets kettlebell training apart from other workout methods is that it allows you “to combine your strength and cardiovascular exercise into a single workout. You can move from exercises that build strength to those that work conditioning without stopping or  having to go from one machine to another, which makes your workouts more efficient.” Quick, results-driven workouts are great for those with jam-packed schedules and multiple commitments who know they need to make time to tend to their own well-being – which describes a majority of the population. Indeed, Will says that he works with everyone from high school athletes to senior citizens. “I

have clients without any athletic background who have done very well with kettlebell training. The basics are pretty easy to learn.” That being said, Will stresses the kettlebell training approach is “simple, but not easy.” He finds satisfaction as a trainer when a client has that a-ha moment. “It’s very rewarding to help others with their fitness and it feels great when you see them put the pieces of the puzzle together.” As for his own fitness, Will says he didn’t really focus on it until after high school, when he developed a passion for climbing mountains and “realized that being in shape made my climbing trips much more enjoyable.” Over time he became more and more interested in strength training, and bought his first kettlebell in 2003, along with a book by Pavel Tsatsouline, who is largely responsible for popularizing kettlebells in the United States. Per RKC guidelines, Will has to become recertified every two years, so he is always on the cutting edge of this evolving form of training. And just as he feels it’s important to continue mastering his kettlebell skills as a trainer, Will believes the same principle holds true for his students: “Whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish fitness-wise, stick to the fundamentals and be consistent.  If you enjoy what you’re doing and you understand how to do it, you are much more likely to stick with it.” February 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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Emily Naughton: straightshooting motivator Six years as a

Spin instructor has allowed Emily Naughton to hone her instincts about her students’ perceived limitations. “I like pushing people to places they don’t think they can go, and seeing their satisfaction when they feel good about their accomplishment,” she says. And forget trying to tell her you don’t have time for exercise: “When someone tells me they’re struggling to fit exercise in, I ask them what they’re doing at 5 am. Usually their response is, ‘sleeping.’ I inform them that they now have found the time to fit it in.” Emily clearly has a no-nonsense approach when it comes to fitness. She believes the abundance of evidence that shows exercise can combat medical issues and help prevent disease, gives people ample reason to make it part of their lives. “If you are capable of exercising, then you should do it, every day without fail,” she says. “You owe it to yourself and those who love you be healthy and strong.”  And Emily practices what she preaches; a field hockey and lacrosse player in high school, she continues to make fitness part of her lifestyle. In addition being a Certified Spin instructor, she is Certified Group Fitness Instructor, a

Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Pilates Instructor. And on top of her duties at Luxe Fitness, she teaches three fitness classes a week at Quidnessett Elementary School in North Kingstown for its after school program for grades K-5. Emily dismisses the idea that working out has to be boring and monotonous. She loves Spin because despite teaching it five times a week at Luxe, no two classes are the same. Each class is made fun – and different – by the members who take it. “For some it’s their first class, for others it’s their 100th. I love the mix of individuals and teaching to all levels,” Emily says. She also knows that a big part of her job is to keep her students motivated with music. Over the course of an hour-long class, she guides them through a mix of sprints, climbs and jumps to a carefully selected playlist. “Instructors love their music and it shows.” She adds that all students, no matter the age, “will probably be familiar with at least a few, if not all, songs.” Emily believes that if you “make a commitment to working out, you will feel better emotionally, physically and mentally.” So if you find that you feel great after taking one of her Spin classes, be prepared to hear, “I told you so.”

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These classes combine dance, gymnastics and aerobics in a fun, total-body workout with an emphasis on upper body and core strength. Let loose as you learn choreography, spins, grips, climbs and inversions. Offered at Pole Fitness Rhode Island, www.polefitnessri.webs.com

Move to the beat of live drumming in the spirit of African dance. No experience is necessary to partake in this high-energy, spirited dance class. Offered at High Street Yoga in Westerly, www.highstreetyoga.com

TRX This suspension-training workout uses your own body weight to create resistance. It was invented by a Navy SEAL to build strength, balance and core stability, so you know it’s going to be hardcore. Offered at Gold’s Gym East Greenwich, www. goldsgym.com

CrossFit Using a variety of functional strength and conditioning movements, this high-intensity training program gets results. If you’re looking for a workout that presents a different challenge each day, CrossFit is for you. Offered at AlphaFitness in East Greenwich, www.crossfitrhody.com

Indo-Row Designed by a World Rowing Champion, this indoor rowing machine workout challenges the body in a motivating, team-oriented envi-

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Tabata This interval training class is made up of a series of exercises that participants perform for 20 seconds at a time, in sets of eight, for four minutes, before moving to another exercise. The idea is that while the exercises themselves are simple, they become more challenging throughout the intervals. Offered at West Bay Family YMCA in North Kingstown, www.ymcagreaterprovidence.org Holistic Wellness Sara B. Sprague owns The Mindful Life Practice in Wickford, where she counsels and teaches integrative/holistic fitness.  She helps people create a sense of total wellness in their lives through nutrition, mental health, physical fitness, family/community connections, career and spiritual life satisfaction. Find more information at www.mindfullifepractice.com


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It’s extraordinary what one will agree to when bottomless champagne and New Year’s adrenaline combine. For hundreds of seemingly fearless folks, the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day at Newport’s Easton’s Beach is a tradition: a bold, albeit cold, way to embrace the year ahead. Depending on the weather, and the intensity of the celebration the night before, thousands have been known to descend on the beach and cheer the plungers on. For years, I have been a very comfortable (read: warm and dry) witness. It never even occurred to me to plunge – I was quite satisfied with having a piping hot Great One in hand, a camera in the other, and a vigorous head shake when the scantily clad ran feverishly into the icy Atlantic (the same one that, you know, polished off most of the Titanic’s passenger manifold). Until this year. At the New Year’s Eve party the night before, a seasoned plunger was readying the troops for some pre-dip camaraderie and apparently recruiting rookies to join the ranks. “I’d do it,” slipped out of my mouth with an unexplainable, reckless abandon. Before I could retract and deny my bravado, the words landed on the ears of my husband and friends, all with a look of shock and doubt. It was too late. I said it, laid it on the line, and there were witnesses, lots and lots of witnesses in various stages of drink. Two friends quickly followed suit. “I’ll do

it if you do it,” both said, because misery loves company. “Fifty/fifty at best,” declared the seasoned, dubious plunger, and that was it. Game on. By morning, I was in less than “morning run” condition. The indicator light on my phone blinked furiously. “I’m really not feeling it. We’ll see what a pitcher of mimosas can do,” the text read. But we were committed. And ready to pregame for some liquid courage. We headed to the beach, bikini-clad under a layer of temporary warmth, amidst the droves of people who had turned out on what couldn’t have been a more perfect “winter” day. As the minutes ticked down to high noon, the anticipation neared a frenetic level. It’s extraordinary, how you can psych yourself up with seemingly rational ideas: The water can’t be that cold! It’ll be over in a few minutes! It’s for a good cause! Walk the walk! Just like that, the bell went off. Like one of Pavlov’s dogs, I, joined by a half dozen friends, our loyal cheering section and what seemed like at least 1,000 others, seized the surf, splash and crashing with a wild fervor until the true test of a plunger – an underwater dunk – was completed. It was cold, true, but strangely enthralling. We laughed hysterically. Not long after being submerged, the promise of a warm, dry robe came calling, and we barreled out of the ocean for a victory celebration. We came, we saw, we plunged – and lived to tell. www.newportpolarbears.bravehost.com

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East Greenwich 1672 South County Trail, Suite 203 Phone: (401) 398-7827 Fax: (401) 398-7829 Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm 925 Main Street Phone: (401) 884-8200 Fax: (401) 884-8270 Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 4:00pm Closed for lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Barrington Medical Center 1525 Wampanoag Trail Phone: (401) 433-5149 Fax: (401) 433-4734 Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 5:30pm Saturday: 7:00am – 11:30am

Foster 142 A Danielson Pike Phone: (401) 647-7426 Fax: (401) 647-4869 Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 4:00pm Closed for lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm

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Newport Newport Hospital 11 Friendship Street Phone: (401) 845-1260 Fax: (401) 848-6036 Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 5:30pm Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

North Providence 1515 Smith Street Phone: (401) 353-4812 Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm Saturday: 7:00am – 12:00pm

North Smithfield 594 Great Road, Suite 101 Phone: (401) 597-5940 Fax: (401) 597-5941 Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

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So Stylish | Tastemaker

By Erin Swanson

Prep School Graduate David Norton on nautical style and function

Photography: Amy Amerantes

When I look at your Lemon & Line bracelets, I think “preppy” and “nautical.” Is that how you’d describe your personal style? I think if I had to describe my style it’d be functional with a subtle prep. Sure, I own polo shirts, Nantucket reds and Sperry Top-Siders, but I’m more of a jeans and t-shirt guy. Granted, most of my t-shirt are from J. Crew. The functional element of my style comes from my actual participation in the sport of sailing. Layering is critical to comfort on the water, and anywhere for that matter. How long have you been sailing? I think I might have salt water in my blood. I grew up cruising onboard my family’s Pearson 36, Orion. We keep her in Barrington and I’m fortunate enough to sail her all summer long. I’m humbled by other sailing adventures in the British Virgin Islands, Tahiti and Bora Bora. In addition to my leisure sailing, I’m also part of a great racing program onboard Steve Thurston’s J29, The Mighty Puffin. We travel the coast, participating in various regattas. We placed first at Charleston Race Week last April and second in our class at Block Island Race Week this past summer. Sailing is my passion.

Your bracelets are handcrafted in Newport, where you live. Do you have a “hand” in the manufacturing process? To date, every bracelet we’ve ever sold has been made in Newport by my wife, Elizabeth, and I. We use a variety of materials, but the core of our products are constructed using double braid line. This is the real deal, as seen on boats; it’s functional, recognizable and fashionable. Where can I buy your bracelets? More importantly, can I afford them? They look expensive... in a good way. They’re far from expensive, as I never want price to be what keeps our bracelets off the wrists of people who want them. Hopefully you’ll be able to buy them at your favorite local shops soon, but until then you can go online to purchase, www.lemonandline.com. Tell us about your Pink Boat bracelet. That bracelet was created to help Thomas Watson raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation. Tom has a personal goal of raising one million dollars for the foundation before he

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sets said around the globe, solo, onboard his 28-foot boat, Darwind. I’ve always believed in helping good causes and we donate 50% of the proceeds from our pink bracelets to Tom’s efforts. To date, it’s one of our top-selling products. I hear you’re a new dad. Do tell! Indeed I am! Elle Margaret Norton came into our lives on January 1, at 3:41pm. I am head over heels in love with this little girl. We’re truly grateful for her health and look forward to the adventures to come. How long until she’s sporting Lemon & Line? Well, the whole family wears them, so it’s only a matter of time. We offer many colors, styles and sizes so we have something for everyone, children included. Our extra-small was developed for kids; my nieces and nephews love the fact that they can swap pieces of bracelets, taking half from one and half from another. Elle will be wearing hers just as soon as her hands come out of her Onesie sleeve. Dave owns Lemon & Line out of Newport, www.lemonandline.com

Have a case of the “Winter Blues?” A visit to Smyle! is the perfect antidote! Terheijden, Artist: Louise van The Netherlands

A vintage and artisan gift gallery 233 Main Street

East Greenwich

401. 398. 8700 Facebook.com/smylestore On vacation: January 15 to 31 Reopening on February 1, in time for Valentine's Day!

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So Stylish | What’s in Store By Erin DeVito

Cozy Winter Warmth An East Greenwich store offers hand-spun comfort We specialize in chiropractic wellness care, which begins with pregnancy and childbirth and continues throughout a lifetime.

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Handspinning wool and fiber is no longer an ancient art; what was once the sole method of creating textiles is now a handicraft growing in popularity. For thousands of years, the silky coat of the alpaca has yielded luxurious clothing and accessories. Warmer than wool and softer than silk, alpaca products are unmatched when it comes to cozy cold-weather accessories. David and Anna Lai know all about the novelty of alpaca products, and want to share them with South County. The two started Rhode Island Alpaca Farm in North Scituate’s charming countryside in 1998, where they (and over 30 Peruvian and American alpacas) make a home. “We’re big animal lovers, so adding alpacas to our family seemed very natural,” says Anna. Their Rhode Island Alpaca Farm opened a shop this past October on Main Street in East Greenwich, featuring a variety of fine fiber products made from the beautiful fleece of the farm’s alpacas. Cold weather accessories like scarves, hats, mittens, socks and stylish shawls adorn the shop, as well as an assortment of baby hats and blankets. Soft handspun yarn and raw fiber can also be purchased for knitting and crafting products. Also featured in the shop are adorable handcrafted yarn dolls of different sizes and colors, re-usable coffee cup sleeves and crochet flowers, which can be used as a brooch or hair acces-

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sory. The Lais also take custom orders. Anna Lai’s passion for knitting and crocheting dates back to her childhood, when she and her mother enjoyed the hobby together. “It wasn’t until my children got older that I was able to indulge in hobbies again,” she explains. “Once my two oldest children moved away to college, I immersed myself in learning how to process the alpaca fiber and familiarize myself with the different knitting and crocheting techniques.” The process of transforming raw fiber to the silky yarn that crafts such beautiful products is a tedious one: the first step, washing and carding the fiber, can take months. It then takes Lai a couple hours to spin a few ounces of yarn. “The spinning and knitting has proven to be very  meditative and peaceful,” she explains. Besides being in the shop or on the farm, you can find The Lai’s participating in arts and craft fairs and vendor markets in and out of state, bringing the quality merchandise of the gentle South American species to the public. Rhode Island Alpaca Farm also sells its cozy merchandise on Etsy: www.etsy. com/shop/rialpacafarm. There are exciting things in store for the shop, as Anna Lai hopes to offer some felted alpaca goods in the near future. “I’d also like to offer knitting and spinning classes somewhere down the line,” she adds. 58 Main Street, East Greenwich. 764-0558, www.rialpacafarm.net

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A Narragansett couple brings a house out of the past When the Wardle family moved back stateside from South Africa 14 years ago, finding the ideal home for the family of five proved challenging. “We were looking by schools, and we were in between South Kingstown, Narragansett and East Greenwich because my kids were in middle school and high school at the time,” explains Lynn Wardle. “It seemed like every time we found a house, it went into purchase and sale.” One afternoon, a friend was driving Lynn down Caswell Street not far from the Narragansett Towers en route to a listing when the busy mother insisted she stop the car. Set back from the street behind a stone wall stood Althea Cottage, circa 1884, a two-and-a-half story gable-roofed Victorian with a stone chimney, wraparound porch and “For Sale” sign in the yard. When she and husband John were finally able to get inside,

well, they were quickly reminded to never judge a book by its cover. “Pink shag everywhere,” she laughs. “It was amazing! The kitchen was – I can’t even tell you. There was a wood stove there with plastic up the wall, it had a border in black with pink roses. Everything was really dark. It needed a ton of work.” The previous owner had tended to the exterior quite nicely; but the interior, from floor to ceiling, was lost somewhere in time. The bones and benefits, however, were solid. The porches were in perfect condition, the proximity to the beach was ideal and the school system was first-rate. The swing vote belonged to the children, who were less concerned about the shag and more enthralled with the back staircase that led to the top floor. Lynn explains: “I think they saw fun, like ‘we’re gonna run up and down on the staircases and the third floor is going

to be the bunk house.’” The couple wanted to make sure the kids were serious that this was the place. “So I asked the kids why they really wanted it,” Lynn says, “and they told me that it looks like home. So, John got into negotiations with the owner.” “My friends came over and they were horrified – horrified!” says Lynn, with a laugh. She had made a deal with John that if they bought the home, they could renovate the kitchen right away, so after the movers (who brought belongings from South Africa and from Minneapolis, where they lived previously) got them settled, the first major project got underway. “We brought a contractor in and people from Arnold Lumber because I do all local,” says Lynn proudly. The contractor gave her a number, “And well, you know, that doubled,” she smirks. The end result is an elegant and equally functional kitchen boasting sage green kitchen

cabinetry by Plain & Fancy, appliances to suit the cooking couple, strategically placed cubbies for storage (including cookbooks and serving supplies), marble counter tops, an expansive island and a breakfast bar. After the kitchen was completed, all three of the bathrooms were renovated while keeping their historic integrity in mind. Original fixtures were used whenever possible, and some were relocated including a porcelain pedestal sink with single basin taps that was originally built into an upstairs bath and reconfigured to the first floor. In the master bath, the floor comprises wide plank wooden boards in white (that need annual painting) and a claw foot-soaking tub, one of Lynn’s favorite features. In the same space, a closet was transformed into a stand-up shower to accommodate John, who is 6’5”. Every room in the house was painted – about a dozen – and Lynn had an February 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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injured rotator cuff to prove it. In the living room, a rug from The Wickford Collection with an interpretive floral pattern in blues and greens became the inspiration for the wall color that marries both the living space and the kitchen. Soon, the owner of The Wickford Collection, Deb Aaron, became a trusted confidant and close friend who was tasked with defining the home’s aesthetic. “I had to say to Deb, ‘There are grandkids all over the place.’ Everything had to be kid-friendly, that’s why even with the light colors, everything washes right off,” says Lynn. Atop the rug is a utility cart coffee table where Lynn and John’s grandson, Nolan, learned to walk (and, subsequently, smashed a blueberry into the rug that was quickly washed away thanks to Lynn’s demand for durable pieces). A birdbath with a glass top acts as an

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By Linda Beaulieu

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Doors are opening as fresh starts abound This year is off to a positive start as far as the local restaurant scene is concerned. Where one door closes, another opens. The Post Office Café in East Greenwich is expected to re-open after being closed for the past year. The interior isn’t the only thing being renovated. Other updates will include menu changes (with light fare such as gourmet burgers being offered), added entertainment and perhaps even a new name for the restaurant, which has occupied that historic spot on Main Street since 1995. Since two of East Greenwich’s much-loved breakfast spots – Audra’s and Jigger’s – closed last year, many were happy to see the Village Café open on Main Street. Let’s hope the third time’s the charm; this is where The Sweet Nest and Twisted Dogs used to be located. The Village Café, owned by Anne Steger, offers traditional diner fare with eggs, waffles and pancakes on the breakfast menu and soups and salads at lunch. Early morning specials include banana split waffles and cranberry-walnut pancakes. Mid-day specials will have an Italian bent with veal and chicken parmesan on the menu. Open every day of the week, the café will serve dinner on Fridays with chowder and fish & chips available. It was sad to see Tricia’s TropiGrille in Jamestown close, but the good news is that it will reopen as Jamestown Fish, an upscale seafood restaurant, thanks to the owners of the Narragansett Café across the street. We hear the chef there has an impressive resume, having worked at three New York kitchens: Colicchio & Sons, Gramercy Tavern and Peacock Alley in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. It was also sad to learn that the Cheeky Monkey closed for good in Narragansett. However, that space is now taken by SoHo, a contemporary Italian restaurant with a martini list that features a 10-ounce martini and drinks named after famous artists. Located at 21 Pier Marketplace, SoHo is the dream of Lisa Delfarno-Lavigne and her husband, Anthony Delfarno. The restaurant has a sleek new look

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that includes pop art. The menu offers traditional Italian dishes as well as American regional fare such as Block Island cod and New York prime sirloin. The restaurant is open for dinner every night except Tuesday. Also at Pier Marketplace is the Lunch Lady, a new sandwich shop that takes over the spot formerly known as the Lunch Box, which closed in November. Owner Mike Baffaro is serving traditional deli food to include soups, salads, wraps, panini and sandwiches. Check out the T-Rex, an impressive sandwich that consists of six deli meats plus cheese. Giro’s, the Peace Dale restaurant long known for its spaghetti and meatballs, is open again with an Italian and American menu. The restaurant closed in 2008, was sold to a new owner, and has undergone major renovations. For a time, plans called for the space to become an Asian restaurant, but owner Kenny Yng ultimately decided to stick with Giro’s tried-and-true Italian format, which dates back to 1933 when Giro’s Spaghetti House first opened. The new Giro’s is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week. Change is in the air at the Pump

House in Peace Dale. That unique restaurant really used to be the town’s pumping station, built in 1888. It has been leased to Stu Tucker, who’s well known for his two North Kingstown restaurants, Duffy’s Tavern and the Oak Hill Tavern. Major renovations include a new entrance foyer and extensive kitchen work. The restaurant will have a new name – the 108 Roadhouse. Simply Thai has opened in the Kingston Emporium, 99 Fortin Road, near the University of Rhode Island, in the space formerly occupied by Papa’s Bistro. You’ll see major changes at George’s of Galilee this year. The downstairs dining room is getting its first facelift in 40 years, and that includes a new fireplace. Bars are being added and relocated, including a portable bar for the new patio, just a few sandy steps from Salty Brine State Beach. Red Stripe in Narragansett has closed for the winter and will reopen in the spring. Go Pasta at 32 Old Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown is planning to open a sit-down Italian restaurant in the adjacent building. Owner John Russo is seeking a beer and wine

license for that venture. Paul Kay, owner of Woodhouse Fire-n-Coal Pizza at 402 Main Street in Wakefield, is also seeking permission to add beer and wine to his menu. Adam Crowe, whose family owns and operates Bistro by the Sea in Matunuck, is heading out on his own with Adam Crowe Catering, offering food and service for private parties, weddings and corporate events.   FROM VINE TO WINE Jonathan Feiler, sommelier at Ocean House in Watch Hill, has announced the schedule for upcoming wine weekends at the posh hotel. Festivities begin on Friday nights with a wine and cheese reception in the Club Room. On Saturdays, Feiler will discuss the qualities and flavor profile of the wines being tasted. On February 17-18, the wines of Bordeaux will be examined. On March 16-17, the difference between Barolo and Barbaresco will be explored. The cost for these monthly sessions is $38 per person. For more info, call 584-7000.   If you have news dealing with food, restaurants or chefs, feed it to Linda Beaulieu at Lindab2720@aol.com. February 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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SoHo Ristorante is the newest kid on the block in the Narragansett dining scene. Tell us about your inspiration for the restaurant. We’re serving traditional Italian dishes. Our Italian food isn’t Americanized, and it’s all made to order from scratch, with high quality ingredients. If someone wants something off the menu, we can do that, because it’s all prepared fresh. We use milk fed veal and pound it out every day. We make our own pizza dough. Our fish comes only from Narragansett Bay Lobster, and it’s never frozen. We get it right from the ocean. It’s our size that allows us to do it. If we were big, we’d have to do things differently. We’re making our vodka sauce to order. You couldn’t do that in a bigger restaurant. And we’re not doing it at an extravagant price. Where did the name come from? What about New York inspires you? SoHo is a trendy district in New York. The phrase originated in England, as a term for an artsy, upscale area. We wanted our restaurant to feel like a happening place. It’s not the normal restaurant experience. There’s always something going on for the eye. The décor is very contemporary, very art deco and appealing to the eye. We have nice lighting, contemporary music. It’s an upbeat tempo. It’s just a different environment. Tell us about the artful martinis. We worked with mixologists to create signature martinis. We have artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring on

the wall. Each artist has a particular style. Belvedere Vodka helped us design martinis inspired by those artists. The Salvador Dali has a hibiscus flower that you can eat. Our Andy Warhol is very crisp, because of his clean lines. They’re nice 10 ounce martinis. It’s a good drink for the value. We’ve also got a fabulous wine list, with glasses from $7 to $30 per glass. We can cover anybody’s taste. There’s a lot of upscale dining in Narragansett. What sets SoHo apart? We’re bringing that Providence or Boston Italian fine dining into Narragansett. The traditional dishes that we serve – the bruschetta, the pasta fagiole – we do it differently than most people are doing it. We’re also serving Prime Sirloin (instead of Choice). You’d have to go to the Capital Grille in Providence to get that quality, but you can have it here without leaving South County. Anything else going on that we should know about? Monday through Wednesday we offer half-price drinks with an entrée. People can have a meal and a couple of drinks and still save money. We’ve got other specials coming up. And we’re planning a Belvedere Valentine’s Party. Find us on Facebook for more details. Tony Delfano is the restaurant manager of SoHo Ristorante, which is owned by his wife Alyssa and Lisa Lavigne. 21C Pier Marketplace, Narragansett. 789-7646.

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Kiss the Chef A new take on the tea house very masculine dining companion that we were going to Besos Tea House for dinner, he almost cringed, dreading tiny sandwiches and delicate tea cups. But fear not, all you manly men. Besos is not your stereotypical tea house. From the wrap-around porch, we could hear laughter from the lively bar inside, a glowing three-sided onyx bar that’s lit from below. That is one part of a stunning interior design. But Besos is not an in-your-face assault on its patrons’ aesthetic senses. It takes a bit of time to notice the unique elements – crystal lighting suspended from an antique wooden door on the ceiling, murals painted by Newport artist Chris Wylie, an abundance of drum lights in the private dining room behind old barn doors. What we thought were gathered drapes turned out to be slender trees massed together to form dramatic columns. More noticeable are the gleaming wood floors, glossy black chandeliers and a sexy banquette that wraps around the rear wall of the main dining room. Besos, which is Spanish for “kisses,” explains the celebrity photos on one wall; all - including Elvis - are blowing kisses at the camera. A row of large gilded mirrors may grace one wall, but you won’t find any lace curtains hanging in the nine-over-nine glass pane windows. Clearly, this is not what your great grandmother would call a tea house. The food at Besos is as creative and dramatic as its interior. The menu is a mix of international fusion, starting with

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tapas and ending on an Asian note. Foodie friends of mine contend that Besos does not serve true tapas, but rather a wide range of appetizers, from the requisite calamari to a pricey antipasto. (Traditional tapas consist of small plates of Spanish food at very low prices.) That portion of the Besos menu labeled “tapas” includes plenty of Spanish dishes as well as Grilled New York Strip Steak over crostini with a “brandy garlic shallot” cream sauce, Pan-Seared Crab Cakes and gourmet Pizza Bella, with prices that range from $8 to $20 (for the aforementioned antipasto). That argument aside, I can tell you that much of what we sampled that night was exciting and delightful, beginning with the Stuffed Oysters a la Espanola ($12). Served on a slim, oblong platter were four large oysters on the half shell, each one smothered in a mixture of potatoes, roasted peppers, onions and garlic, accompanied by two petite servings of salsa and aioli. That appetizer will definitely make it to the list I compile each year of the very best things I’ve eaten. Across our table for two, Brian thoroughly enjoyed a bowl of Vegetable Dumpling Saffron Soup ($10), a vegetable-based broth swimming with scallions, poblano peppers and plump yet light-as-a-feather dumplings. For the next course, we shared the Latina Mixed Greens ($7), ordered mostly out of curiosity. Fastidiously fresh and tender greens were tossed lightly with bits of avocado, corn, onion

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and tomato in a balsamic vinaigrette. Our dinner entrees were from the surf and the turf. I chose the Blackened Salmon ($22), and Brian selected the Caribbean Steak ($24). My dinner was delicious, but not quite what the menu promised. The salmon was hardly blackened. The accompanying papaya passion fruit chutney sounded so exciting, but failed to deliver much more than some vibrant color to the plate. The jasmine rice was satisfying. Instead of the listed “sautéed mixed vegetables,” I was served another fresh salad. If I had known salad was to be part of my dinner plate, I would not have ordered the mixed greens. Brian was served an incredibly tender 8-ounce serving of beef tenderloin brushed with just the right amount of a slightly sweet, tangy steak sauce. The accompanying mashed potatoes were delicious. All that we’ve come to expect on a dessert menu ($6 to $10) is offered at Besos, from crème brulee and tiramisu to chocolate lava cake and New York cheesecake. The fruit tart tempted us,

but in the end the Five-Layer Chocolate Cake won out, and it was a big winner in all its dense, dark chocolate, fudgy glory. So, you might wonder with nary a cup of tea in sight, why is this called the Besos Tea House? The plan is for Besos to be an upscale restaurant at night and a tea house in the afternoon, according to Kristin Dellagrotta who co-owns Besos with Tony Morales, the longtime chef at Café Fresco in East Greenwich. Right now it’s just a stylish restaurant, but one definitely worth checking out. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state.

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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 $-$$

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 $-$$

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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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NARRAGANSETT GRILL 1200 Ocean Road; 789-6171. Enjoy classic pasta dishes, meats, chops and top-notch surf-and-turf, all made with fresh, local produce and meat. Seasonal outdoor dining is available. LD $$ OCEAN VIEW CHINESE RESTAURANT 140 Point Judith Road; 783-9070. Serving authentic Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine, plus the chef’s own recipes, Ocean View is South County’s best Chinese. They also offer a separate vegetarian menu. D $-$$ 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 $$-$$$ TWIN WILLOWS 865 Boston Neck Road; 789-8153. Twin Willows is a sports pub and family restaurant with a menu of grilled dinners and seafood. It promises an evening of “high spirits and good times.” LD $-$$ WEST BAY GOURMET 889 Boston Neck Road; 789-9229. Answering the call for fresh, creative and artfully prepared food in South County, West Bay Gourmet provides gourmet food and sandwiches on the go – perfect for picnics. BLD $-$$

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GREAT HARVEST BREAD CO. 6670 Post Road; 885-0580. From its first location in Great Falls, Montana in 1975, Great Harvest has been serving unique breads made from wholesome ingredients. They also do sweet treats and classic sandwiches. BLD $ SERGIO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 1814 Boston Neck Road; 667-4999. Legendary husband and wife team Pat and Terry Orlando continue their tradition of culinary excellence at this Saunderstown eatery. Try their classic Italian, including homemade pasta with San Marzano tomato sauce. LD $$-$$$ SONOMA PUB 7366 Post Road; 2950800. Enjoy an eclectic menu of entrees, pizzas, sandwiches, salads and more, including delectable Greek specialties, plus 36 draft beers, 50 bottled beers and 20 wines by the glass. LD $-$$ TAVERN BY THE SEA 16 West Main Street; 294-5771. Located in historic Wickford, Tavern by the Sea offers a relaxed yet romantic atmosphere and an array of dishes such as seafood, burgers and a complete kid’s menu. LD $$

Providence CAV 14 Imperial Place; 751-9164. The New York Times’ choice as one of Providence’s five best restaurants, CAV’s contemporary upscale cuisine is available al fresco for lunch and dinner daily. They also feature weekend brunch. BrLD $$-$$$

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Seekonk ELEVEN FORTY NINE RESTAURANT 1149 Division Street (Warwick-East Greenwich line); 884-1149; also 965 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk; 508-3361149. Metropolitan chic comes to the suburbs at this super stylish restaurant. With their raw bar, outstanding menu, and some of the best cocktails around, the problem of where to go on a Friday night is solved. LD $$-$$$

South Kingstown BAGELZ 99 Fortin Road, Kingston Emporium, South Kingstown; 7822295. 90 Pershing Avenue, Wakefield; 783-9700. This artsy bakery offers a wide variety of special bagel spreads and flavors. Even better, they also offer delicious desserts, Fair Trade coffee blends and drinks, and “Soupz, Saladz & Sandwichez.” www.bagelzthebagelbakery.com BL $ CAP’N JACK’S 706 Succotash Road; 789-4556. For traditional New England fare in a family friendly atmosphere, Cap’n Jack’s is the place – and has been since 1972. Be sure to try their famous chowder or fish and chips. LD $-$$$ JAVA MADNESS 134 Salt Pond Road; 788-0088. Pair your gourmet coffee or espresso with fresh baked goods, hearty breakfast sandwiches, or tasty salads and panini for lunch. Don’t forget about a pastry, brownie or cookie after. BL $ LA STRADA PIZZA 920 Matunuck Beach Road; 533-2019. Using fresh, local ingredients and a wood-fired oven, La Strada prepares impeccable pizza from a generations-old recipe brought to Rhode Island from the Bronx. Come and taste the best. LD $-$$ MATUNUCK OYSTER BAR 629 Succotash Road; 783-4202. This restaurant,

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Westerly FATTI MAC’S 91 Franklin Street; 5963663. This casual eat-in or take-out restaurant offers breakfast and lunch made to order. Try a breakfast burrito, burger, pancakes, or fresh brewed coffee from a local roaster to jumpstart your day. BL $ FRA’S ITALIAN GOURMET 57 Shore Road; 596-2888. It’s a pizza parlor, café and deli all rolled into one. Try one of their famous focaccia sandwiches or a classic Margherita pizza – or customize one with your choice of toppings. BL $-$$

GUYTANNO’S INTERNATIONAL CAFÉ 62 Franklin Street; 348-6221. Guytanno’s Café is casual dining with an upscale flair. The contemporary setting, intimate atmosphere, and the sweet aroma of freshly cooked food circulating from the open kitchen make it one of Westerly’s premier evening destinations. LD $$ MARIA’S SEASIDE CAFÉ 132 Atlantic Avenue; 596-6886. This casually elegant Mediterranean restaurant serves pasta and seafood dishes, decadent desserts and has a classic bar menu, as well as an impressive list of unique cocktails. LD $$ MERMAID CAFE 19 Margin Street; 637-4225. Owned and operated by Chef Carolyn Burkhardt, this BYOB restaurant features fresh and seasonal ingredients, garden fresh produce, and seafood from local fishermen, served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. BLD $ PHIL’S MARKETPLACE 114 Granite Street; 637-4885. This Westerly marketplace makes for an inexpensive and quick meal with sandwiches, soups and full entrees. Phil’s caters all occasions and is known for its gift baskets and Italian imports. LD $ THAI TIME CAFÉ 55 Beach Street; 3480009. Authentic Thai dishes from Duck Choo-Chee to Fiery Pad Thai are fresh and delicious for lunch or dinner. The taste of Southeast Asia has a home in southern Rhode Island. LD $-$$ UME SEAFOOD BUFFET 149 Franklin Street; 348-0888. Enjoy seafood, steak, sushi and hibachi entrees, as well as an exceptional pan-Asian buffet. Make a meal at the create-yourown-stir-fry bar or try an Asian-inspired cocktail. LD $-$$$

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By Dawn Keable

february from previous page February 23 That highlight reel has been playing in your head for quite some time. You know the one, where a docile, endangered wolf howls at your back door, looking for a place to live, and you manage to adopt it in grand Disney-like fashion, becoming best buds. Yeah. It sort of seems like you should pay attention to the real message of The Wolf Conservation Center. Founded in New York in 1999, the nonprofit promotes wolf conservation, teaching about wolves and their relation to the environment, while also promoting captive breeding at their facility. You will, however, have to watch out for the cuteness factor of Atka, the ambassador wolf who’s come to visit. Akta’s called the best wolf teacher and worst wolf representative. 7-9pm. $10, $7 students. University of Rhode Island, Memorial Union Ballroom, 50 Lower College Road, Kingston. 603-8208, www.uri.edu. February 3 Tally up what you’ve done consecutively for the past 18 years, then compare your sorry routines with the efforts of country overachiever Toby Keith, who has boasted a number one single, each year, for the same period. He takes the stage with guest Rodney Atkins. 8pm. $65, $85. Mohegan Sun Casino, One Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT. 888-226-7711, www. mohegansun.com. February 4 Stop always being late on the trends with the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Jazz Festival, featuring a day of performances by high school jazz ensembles, giving you a heads up on talent to be on the lookout for. 9am-5pm. Free. University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. 874-2431, www.uri.edu/music. February 4 Apologize to that messy, hyper-diluted paint set of your youth, by learning how to create the right way with

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Watercolor Painting for Adults, a workshop led by local artist Pam Santos, showcasing brush strokes, color combinations and basic composition. 10am-noon. Free. Registration required. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road, Kingston. 783-8254, www.skpl.org. February 5 Adapt your Super Bowl snacking game plan by running the Super 5K along Ocean Road, so that you can take the menu from a place of deprivation fueled by carrot sticks and celery, to a more hearty destination of wings, chili and beer. Registration 10:30am. Race at Noon. $20, $10 ages 18 and under; day of: $25, $12. Village Inn Hotel, One Beach Street, Narragansett. www.narragansettrunning.org. February 5-19 You can continue composing in the privacy of your home and reading your efforts to your goldfish, or you can join a Writing Group, led by published author Amy Feucht, to get feedback that isn’t muffled underwater. Sunday: 6:30pm-8:30pm. $30, $20 North Kingstown residents. Davisville Free Library, 481 Davisville Road, North Kingstown. 884-5524, www. nkartscouncil.org. February 10 Wish upon a star that you won’t be subjected to the same unimaginative box of Valentine’s Day chocolate (or dead on arrival roses) and hope for Stellar Poetry and Romantic Constellation Myths reenacted in the Sky Theatre. 6pm. $1 suggested donation. Frosty Drew Observatory, Ninigret Park, 62 Park Lane, Charlestown. 3649508, www.frostydrew.org. February 11 Adjust your thoughts before Rory Raven takes the stage, because the mentalist extraordinaire, with over a dozen years experience reading minds, wouldn’t want to embarrass you with the fact that you hate his tie, cheated on your 2009 taxes or re-gifted your birthday presents. 7:30pm. $12, ages 12+. Westerly Armory, 8 Dixon Street, Westerly. 5968554, www.westerlyarmory.com.

Winter Wonderland February 17-26: Really, it’s a wonder that your lungs haven’t stopped working. Hello? What does it take for anyone to get a simple breath of fresh air around here? If not for the Newport Winter Festival, this basic request would seem downright impossible. Of course, nobody wants to go outside in the dead of winter, unless there’s ten days jam-packed with fabulous reasons. Like an ice sculpting demonstration from 11am-2:30pm on February 18 at the Long Wharf Mall, or a festival day at Easton’s Beach, from 11am-2pm on February 26, featuring a sand sculpture contest and a polar bear plunge at noon. But don’t worry, there’s plenty to do indoors as well, including a tropical drink contest going down at The Gas Lamp Grille at 9pm on February 19, if you really must pretend you’re elsewhere. $9 buttons. Check website for full schedule. 8477666, www.newportevents.com/winterfest.


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February 15 Offer up your skills, whatever they may be, during the Community Volunteer Presentation: Volunteers Changing Lives, a celebration of the efforts of those who help, along with a call to action that’s committed to matching your passions, so you don’t quit your second day. 7-8:30pm. Free. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road, Kingston. 783-8254, www.skpl.org. February 16 Compare your grace under pressure with that of Dr. Ken Kamler, who, in 1996, helped coordinate a Rescue on Mount Everest during a ferocious storm, by improvising a hospital in a mess tent. 1:30pm: $14, $12 members, $5 students; 7:30pm: +$1, $5 students. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT. 860-572-5322, www. mysticseaport.org. February 17-19 Go all enlightenment on the traditional bachelor party at the Rhode Island Men’s Gathering, where weekend workshops in the woods won’t bear any resemblance to the Hangover. 7:30pm. Sliding scale registration fees depending on income: $90-$140. W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich. 529-1269, www.rhodeislandmensgathering.org. February 18 Raise a glass and toast the African penguins, your hosts for the cocktail hour before the South African Wine Dinner, a sit-down catered meal with four courses, including a spicy grilled prawn appetizer and seared lamb loin entree. 6:30-9:30pm. $49.95. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mys-

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February 18-March 10 Prepare for The Last Happy Night of Your Life, a cabaret and family style dinner that considers the ways we connect, while passing the shells. February 18, 23-25, March 1-3, 8-10: 7pm; February 19: noon. Check website for price, Thursdays: pay-whatyou-like, show only. The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 218-0282, www.thecontemporarytheater.com. February 19 Believe everything is cyclical, even the URI Women’s Basketball program. What they lack in record, they make up for in heart and bright spots like Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, 6’4” forward, Corinne Coia. 1pm. $9, $6 youth and seniors. Ryan Center, One Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston. 7883200, www.theryancenter.com.

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And it’s particularly notable since he is also a recent graduate. Gleadow’s first two years of college began in ’79, a time that he recalls fondly, if regretfully, as one without much emphasis on academics. After a few decades’ hiatus, he returned to school full-time to complete his undergrad degree by day while continuing to act at night. Courses for his theatre major might have come naturally, but he jokes that the general education classes nearly did him in. He says with a laugh, “Two semesters of Italian class? I wanted to kill myself. I did. And Anthropology – what?” Classical theatre, however, is a subject dear to Gleadow’s heart. He was therefore excited for the chance to direct Tartuffe, and to give students a chance to perform a period piece complete with traditional costumes and verse. The students themselves suggested the play, and Gleadow found an adaptation with a modern translation of all the rhyming couplets from the original. He explains, “So, even though it’s set in the 1600s, it still has language that’s very easy to understand today.” Gleadow only half-jokingly told his cast to work out over their winter break in preparation for this “roller coaster” of a show. In the first scene, he reveals, the stage is set and the momentum builds. Then the play is

off and running with twists and turns and loads of physical comedy, so the actors need their energy. He hopes audiences will appreciate Molière’s nonstop comic moments, and considers it his job as director to ensure that the show is understandable even at its fast and furious pace. What makes this comedy so incendiary? It takes aim at religious hypocrisy – and perhaps some folks just don’t have a sense of humor about such false pretense. Upon closer inspection, though, Tartuffe doesn’t mock religion or spirituality. Instead, it explores our susceptibility to swindlers, especially those who, like the title character, operate under the guise of piety. We all want to believe in something, want to feel inspired by someone. And that can turn us into sitting ducks for the wily Tartuffes of the world. So, watch out – and watch this show. Or, as Gleadow puts it, “Sit, buckle up and enjoy the ride.”

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talented painter and photographer says, “light and shadows are what I look for when defining the mood, shapes and composition of all I create.” Anyone who has ever taken a painting or photography course knows the importance of understanding highlights and shadows and can appreciate how difficult this mastery can truly be. Having the ability to compose a work of art that can influence a viewer’s spirit and disposition is a power of great magnificence. To look at the way in which Johnston manages to inject such emotion into every face she paints – human and animal – is to understand her talent. One glance at a furrowed brow or pensive stare can quickly render the viewer forlorn; a glimpse of a wide, energetic grin or laugh can evoke warmth inside. This talented woman, who works out of her home studio in Coventry, finds inspiration for her oil paintings in nature, the human figure and everyday objects and she’s known for her land-

scapes, people and house portraits. “The human body is the most beautiful design in nature and I strive to capture the subtle changes in color and light as it defines the form,” Johnston says. Always one to draw from (not only the old, but) the new techniques of the art world, Johnston is constantly learning and evolving; in fact, she’s currently a student at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Currently, a number of her smaller paintings are available for viewing or purchase at Anything Goes Gallery, located at 1161 Main Avenue in Warwick. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee and a look at her works gracing the walls at Main Street Coffee, located at 137 Main Street in East Greenwich. Between February 16 and March 10, Johnston will be featured in Art from the Workshops, a gallery reception at the South County Art Association’s Helme House, 2587 Kingstown Road, Kingston. To read more about Beth or to view her collection of work, visit her website, www.bethjohnstonart.com.

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SEASIDE CONTEMPORARY

WARWICK. Open waterviews from 2,758, sq. ft., three-bedroom home on 2.01 acres with 200 ft. of beach frontage, spacious kitchen and waterside decks.

BRISTOL. Sun-filled 4,000 sq. ft. threebedroom, 3.5 bath contemporary on two acres has an open floor plan and is close to the harbor and bike path.

JAMESTOWN. Sunset and water views delight from this spacious 2,788 sq. ft., three-bedroom, 2.5 bath home with vaulted ceiling and two fireplaces.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN. Steps from Green Hill Beach, this 2,642 sq. ft., 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath home has a dramatic great room, 2,000 sq. ft. of decks and incredible ocean views.

WESTWIND CLASSIC

HIGHLAND MEADOW COTTAGE $1,375,000

HULL COVE CONTEMPORARY

$1,149,000

STUNNING SHOREBY HILL STYLE

JAMESTOWN. Distinctive 4,800 sq. ft. shingle-style, 4-bedroom home has 9-ft. ceilings, beautiful millwork, a sunroom, large guest suite and deeded beach rights.

JAMESTOWN. Gorgeous 4,048 sq. ft., 4bedroom, 3.5 bath home on .43 ac with fabulous floor plan, custom millwork, close to Mackerel Cove beach and the village.

JAMESTOWN. Dramatic, sun-lit 5,050 sq. ft., 4-bedroom, 5-bath home on 1.5 acres enjoys ocean views, stunning living spaces, three fireplaces, great porches and elevator.

JAMESTOWN. Stunning 2,684 sq. ft. shinglestyle, 4-bedroom home in Shoreby Hill has gracious living areas, living room/fireplace, a beautiful sunroom and gorgeous gardens.

VILLAGE HARBORVIEW VICTORIAN

MACKEREL COVE COTTAGE

$699,500

$1,795,000

JAMESTOWN. “Three Sisters”. Spectacular marina, Newport Bridge and harbor views enthrall from this classic 2,930 sq. ft., 3 -story Victorian with period details on .55 acre.

$969,000

$2,795,000

JAMESTOWN. Mackerel Cove, ocean and sunset views mesmerize from charming 2,400 sq. ft., 3-bedroom home with 174 ft. waterfront, 2 moorings and great living areas next to beach.

$995,000

$1,595,000

$1,750,000

EAST PASSAGE BAYFRONT RETREAT PRUDENCE ISLAND WATERFRONT $2,850,000

$2,950,000

JAMESTOWN. Fabulous views from 3.05 acre waterfront property with 185 ft. on Narragansett Bay, a dock, mooring and, a 3,958 sq. ft. house ready for renovation.

PRUDENCE ISLAND. Unique chance to own over 103 acres with ocean views and 150 ft. frontage on Narragansett Bay. Perfect for a retreat, family compound or development.

BEAVERTAIL WATERFRONT COMPOUND SHOREBY HILL WATERVIEW CLASSIC $3,450,000

$1,099,500

$3,750,000

JAMESTOWN. Enjoy ocean views from stunning prop- JAMESTOWN. Panoramic water views are yours from erty with almost 300 ft. on Mackerel Cove, a charm- gracious, seven-bedroom Colonial Revival circa 1899 ing 1920’s beach cottage and a contemporary home. with three fireplaces and original detail on .71-acres.

FOX HILL-A 44 ACRE WATERFRONT FARM $7,500,000

JAMESTOWN. Extraordinary, historic farm has 5,150 sq. ft. home with a legal apartment, 1000 ft. frontage on Dutch Harbor, a sandy beach and a separate building lot.

REALTORS

Michelle Datoli Erica Gregg Maureen Dunn-Packer Jackie Perrett Cort Facteau Gloria Kurz, Principal

www.mansionsandmanors.com

7 FERRY WHARF JAMESTOWN, RI 02835 401.423.7000


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