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What Do You Know? At SO Rhode Island, we pride ourselves as being the go-to, most inthe-know resource for what’s what in South County and beyond. But this month, we’re changing things up a little bit – rather than telling you what you need to know for this month, we’re finding out exactly what your local smarts are, with our first ever Great South County Quiz. We asked Roberta Mudge Humble, resident historian and curator of all things trivia, to put together some questions about

local landmarks, notable people and history. The results are harder than you think. Put your smarts to the test, and then put your score on our Facebook page for a chance to win dinner on us. Call it brain food. Good luck!

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A Delicious Suggestion We eagerly await SORI every month and really enjoy Linda Beaulieu’s reviews of local restaurants, and have checked out several based on her reviews. (We agree with everything she says about all of them.) Near us, in the Beaver River Golf Course’s clubhouse, is a restaurant not to be missed. Mulligan’s Tap and Grille

(343 Kingstown Road, West Kingston) has been in place since last April, but, in the winter, when the golf course is not in operation, many potential diners do not realize that it is open. They sure are missing out!  We’ve become regulars, of a sort, and get to chat with the owner, a very personable man who, during the day, is also the chef and waiter.  I think that a review from Ms. Beaulieu would go a long way in improving the restaurant’s traffic in the winter. Thanks for listening. Alex La Force, West Kingston

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Seals of Approval How a local species’ rebound gives hope for the future It’s the middle of winter. I am a hardcore outdoor junkie and I need to get my fix. I also need to see some wildlife. What’s a girl to do? Drive my butt down to Newport and hop on Save the Bay’s Seal Watching Boat. I’ve got my layers on - my wool blend socks, fleece jacket and vest, fleece headband, gloves and windproof jacket - and am ready to brave the shallow waters of Narragansett Bay and enjoy our winter visitors. These visitors are seals: Harbor, Hooded and Harp. They migrate from Canada and Maine, over 400 miles, and stay in our bay until April. North America’s most common seal, the Grey Seal, is found year round in our waters. On an average tour, one can see from 40-60 seals, sometimes even more. These seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, enacted in 1972, so we observe them from a distance. Seals, and other marine mammals, need protection for a variety of reasons. For seals,

many were hunted for their supposed role in fish stock depletion. However, there are a plethora of real reasons fish stocks declined, mainly involving overfishing and the mismanagement of the fishery as a whole. Before I even step foot onto the biodiesel fueled 45-foot vessel, the M/V Alletta Morris, I meet Captain Eric Pfirrmann. He is the fleet captain and had been working on boats for the greater part of 30 years, the majority of that time being spent on sailboats and day sail yachts - the man knows his way on the water. In May 2001, he was given an opportunity to give back to the community and joined Save the Bay. “I love introducing people to the Bay. I get to be on it year-round and I get to see it in ways no one else has, especially when it snows – it muffles all other sounds. It’s really cool,” Eric says. “Based on informal surveys, we see a relatively stable population of around 300-500 seals in

Narragansett Bay. Rose Island is one of the hot spots of seal activity. Rome Point (in North Kingstown) is the better place to see them. But nowadays, the seals are just using more of the Bay than they ever used to. The best educated guess is that they are returning to their historic range.” And I am thankful for that. I feel like for many folks, the idea that in order to see charismatic megafauna, or uber cute and awesome wildlife like dolphins, you have to leave Rhode Island. That for some reason, Rhode Island is without natural wonders. We have seals in our bay. I’ve seen them. In fact, I saw many on this wintry, wonderful, calm day at sea. But to be honest, my thoughts weren’t on the seals alone, but rather what it means to us that we have them. We are lucky. We are lucky that we have people in this state, yes, even this country, who care enough about the natural world around us to do something about it. And it is because of

these people that I can go on a boat, in the middle of winter, and see seals popping their heads out of the water in and around the Newport Bridge. How many people drive over this bridge on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and have no idea of what is going on in the waters beneath. Truth be told, many are probably just happy to make it over the bridge without having to look down or imagine that there is anything below them. From the eelgrass beds that serve as nurseries for our local fish to the seals that eat some of them, Narragansett Bay is an integral part of the Rhode Island lifestyle. We may have much more work to do, from restorative Bay efforts to stormwater maintenance, but I feel that seeing these seals swimming in the Bay is a step in the right direction. It’s a symbol of the recovery that continues to happen. For more information or to book a seal tour visit Save the Bay at www. -Grace Lentini


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Recovery Never Tasted So Good Back in October, Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast, devastating many beach communities – especially Misquamicut. Southern Rhode Island’s newest craft brewery, Grey Sail Brewing, makes it easy for beer lovers to support the Misquamicut Beach cleanup. After Sandy caused almost $1M worth of damage to the beach, the Westerly-based brewing company resolved to support the cause. Grey Sail recently launched a new product, “Bring Back the Beach” Blonde Ale. Grey Sail will be giving 100% of the proceeds

from “Bring Back the Beach” to The Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation grant fund to help and support Misquamicut businesses. Community leaders, as well as Misquamicut business owners, have volunteered to help label all of the bottles at the Grey Sail Brewery. The labels, which depict two hands in the shape of a heart with a beach in the background, create the perfect visual for this charitable ale. “Bring Back the Beach” is available for sale at local bars and package stores. -Caley MacDonald

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Get out into the cold for a good cause and take the plunge in the 3rd Annual Plunge for Preemies. Participants must raise a minimum of $50 and whether you want to jump into the water or just cheer those crazy souls along is entirely up to you. All participants will receive a t-shirt, a ticket to the Post Plunge Party and raffle tickets. Top fundraisers will be awarded prizes and for a chance at more raffle tickets plunge in costume! All proceeds benefit the non-profit Project Sweet Peas who provide packages to families who have a child in an intensive care unit and bereavement packages to families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. To start a team check out If diving into the ocean isn’t the

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In her words Meet Kalyana Champlain, a self-described culture critic, scholar, teacher and “femcee” spoken word artist. Here’s the story of her music, in her own words. By Bethany Vaccaro

My name, 5th Elament, is a reference to spirit. There’s the four natural elements of earth, wind, fire and water. But there’s a fifth element that’s unseen, like oxygen. It’s the thread that ties us all together. My name symbolizes the spirit and women being a conduit for the spirit and for that spiritual awakening. That’s why I always say, I am the fifth element and so are you. Hip hop is meant to bring us back to self awareness and consciousness. One of my lyrics says, “Hip hop is everyone, everywhere and everything.” I see myself as an alternative kind of hip hop that also allows us to take the first step in a very feminist type of hip hop. I’m not trying to find my place in the hip hop of today. I want to make a new place! I want to make my place. My place is that I’m a suburban girl from Narragansett. Do you know how many of us suburban girls are out there? To me, feminism is about more than just girl power. It is about the empowerment of women in order to empower and heal men. As a girl, I watched the women in my family literally

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having to take on both male and female roles. However, I noticed that when the women were strong, they enabled men to be strong. This idea has been very dynamic for me. In the history of feminism, there has been a lot of exclusion of men and people of color. Coming from a community of color, I can see that the beliefs unique to communities of color can help communities in general. We already have a collective consciousness in an individualistic society. That’s what we bring to the table. If men are oppressed, women are oppressed. If women are oppressed, so are men. Our goal is to get us all free. Something people don’t usually realize is that hip hop has always been

very geographically informed. It’s very much about place and location and the stories that are in those places and locations. For me: I’m a nature girl. You can always find me by the woods or the water. It’s a huge piece of who I am, and a huge piece of southern Rhode Islanders. It’s a big thing we have right here to be in touch with nature, with this world that’s trying to pull us into technology. We who are by the water and woods can remind the world about that connection. But, there’s a bigger piece here: if you think about colonization and the beginning of this country, Rhode Island had a hand in that. We’re a home location of slavery! Part of the story of this place for me as a Native American

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is also formed by this sense of constantly fighting for your indigenous culture to fit into this mainstream society. That’s not to say that Rhode Island is a negative place, but that this is part of our reality. I get a large mix of emotions when my set comes on. There are women who love me and women who hate me. There are men who love me and men who leave the room when I start to perform. But I think I can change people’s idea of what hip hop is supposed to be. I always succeed in altering someone’s prior perception. When I grab the mic, it is just the beginning of the dialogue. It’s the start of a larger conversation. I grew up in Narragansett. I was raised by a single mom after my father passed away when I was seven. Both of my parents were educators, artists and activists. Both of them had a deep sense of justice. They were passionate mostly about civil rights and race-related issues. My father Arthur Hardge marched with Dr. King during the Civil Rights era. He was arrested in Florida for his activism and spent some time in jail. My mom Lorraine Champlain was also

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Rhode Island Railroad Museum > Babcock-Smith House Museum > South County Museum > Bell School House Museum > Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum > New England Wireless & Steam Museum > Quonset Air Museum >

Which of the theatres below are located in South Kingstown? a. Theatre by the Sea and Granite Theatre b. Odeum Theatre and Courthouse Center for the Arts c. Courthouse Center for the Arts and Theatre by the Sea Which town holds the Virtu Art Festival each summer? a. Block Island b. Hopkinton c. Westerly Which historic site (originally built in 1638) was a trading post where nearby settlers and Native Americans lived peacefully together for almost 50 years, in great part thanks to Roger Williams? a. Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle b. Varnum House c. Black Farm Which historic site was built in 1899 in Narragansett to host parties following polo matches and was owned by a tobacco and real estate millionaire? a. The Towers b. Kinney Bungalow c. Coast Guard House

Match the museums to their respective towns:


Exeter East Greenwich North Kingstown Westerly South Kingstown Richmond Narragansett

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Charlestown South Kingtown Richmond North Kingstown Block Island Hopkinton

Match the libraries to their respective towns: Cross Mills Public Langworthy Public Clark Memorial Robert Beverly Hale Davisville Free Island Free


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Which one town below is not in Washington (South) County? a. Exeter b. Hopkinton c. East Greenwich d. Westerly e. Richmond f. North Kingstown g. Block Island (New Shoreham) h. Charlestown i. Narragansett j. South Kingstown


Match the towns to the historic sites: Old Wilcox Tavern > Black Farm > Casey Farm > Babcock-Smith House > Elisha Reynolds House > The Towers > Southeast Lighthouse > Queen’s Fort > Varnum House >

Which towns are home to three of Rhode Island’s 18 historic armories? a. Narragansett, Westerly, North Kingstown b. South Kingstown, Westerly, East Greenwich c. Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond

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Which three towns are home to lighthouses? a. East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly b. Westerly, New Shoreham, Charlestown c. Exeter, Richmond, South Kingstown Which of the places below is not located in South Kingstown? a. University of Rhode Island b. Theatre by the Sea c. The Towers d. Usquepaug Road Historic District Quonochontaug is a village in which town? a. Charlestown b. Westerly c. Narragansett Hope Valley and Ashaway are villages in which town? a. Richmond b. Charlestown c. Hopkinton Which of these places is not found in East Greenwich? a. Varnum House b. Odeum Theatre c. New England Wireless & Steam Museum d. Smith’s Castle


Match the villages to their respective towns: Bradford, Dunn’s Corners, Weekapaug > Wickford, Slocum, Quonset > Matunuck, Peace Dale, Snug Harbor > Point Judith, Galilee, Jerusalem > Alton, Barberville, Rockville > Wood River Junction, Arcadia > Fisherville, Millville, Austin > Frenchtown, Sun Valley >



The dates of establishment (not incorporation) of the towns in southern Rhode Island are very early. Which, by date of establishment, is the youngest town? a. Narragansett b. Exeter c. Block Island The sizes of the towns vary widely. What are the smallest and largest towns in southern Rhode Island? a. Block Island and South Kingstown b. East Greenwich and South Kingstown c. Exeter and Block Island

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Near the Exeter Grange and behind the church next door is what rather infamous site? a. Grave of Benedict Arnold b. Grave of Mercy Brown c. Statue in honor of Joseph Mollicone South County was not originally called by that name. What was the first name given it? a. The Pettaquamscutt Purchase b. Kingstown c. The Narragansett Country d. Washington’s County



Rhode Island once had five capitals (at the same time) with a rotating legislature until 1854. Which two towns below were state capitals during that time? a. Westerly and East Greenwich b. South Kingstown and North Kingstown c. East Greenwich and South Kingstown Match the town to its superlative:

Oldest carousel in nation in original location > First US naval battle took place near this in 1690 > Original johnnycake festival in the US > Site of first Swedish church in Rhode Island > Only municipality without a town police force > Where a gravestone has price inscribed on back > Home to the largest of the state’s beaches > Home to only US water-powered snuff mill > Became a separate town from Westerly in 1747 >


Match the town to its heritage: In March of 1787, this town voted against > the Constitution with 68 no votes and 1 yes Home to Arcadia Wildlife Management Area > the largest management area in the state Land for this town was given to King > Charles II by the Pequot Indians in 1644 Once the site of the nation’s only > commercial nuclear facility



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A signer of the Declaration of Independence and once governor of the Colony of Rhode Island, which man was honored by the naming of one of Rhode Island’s towns? a. Charlestown b. Hopkinton c. Kingstown This town was named by the Nature Conservancy as one of the 12 great places in the Western Hemisphere a. Westerly b. East Greenwich c. Block Island

< Hopkinton < Narragansett < East Greenwich < South Kingstown < North Kingstown < Westerly < Block Island < Exeter < Richmond

Where a trading post (fort) was allegedly > built and occupied by Native Americans or early European settlers Over 150 species of birds visit this town > because it is a stop on the Atlantic Flyway A mainland town that sits atop a glacial moraine > (a series of small hills of debris left by the receding glaciers of the last Ice Age)

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Where Casey Farm, an original Colonial > plantation, is today one of the oldest operations farms in New England

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Newport has Ocean Drive but this town > has the Road Historic District

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This town still pays a bounty for woodchuck noses: a. Richmond b. Hopkinton c. Exeter The architectural firm of William R. Walker & Son designed several of the city and town halls in Rhode Island, as well as 5.5 of the state’s historic armories. There are two town halls in Rhode Island (one brick and the other granite) designed by this firm. They have the exact same street address in their respective towns, 45 Broad Street. One is in Cumberland and the other is in: a. Narragansett b. North Kingstown c. Westerly

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Famed painter Gilbert Stuart > Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry > Commoder Matthew Perry > John Cafferty (of the Beaver Brown Band) > Olympian Elizabeth Beisel > Singer Billy Gilman > Actress Ruth Buzzi > Racial Equality Icon Prudence Crandall >

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Westerly Hopkinton Westerly North Kingstown Narragansett South Kingstown South Kingstown North Kingstown

Which Perry opened Japan to the West and established the curriculum at the US Naval Academy? a. Matthew b. Oliver What is the name of the Grammy-nominated musical group begun by guitarist Duke Robillard and pianist Al Copley? a. Beaver Brown Band b. Roomful of Blues c. Blue Inspiration What were the two nicknames of Ellison Myers Brown, a member of the Narragansett Tribe and a participant in the 1936 Olympic Games? a. Deerfoot and Tarzan b. Tarzan and Fleetfoot c. Deerfoot and Fleetfoot

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Samuel Ward (1725-1776) was governor of the Colony of Rhode Island, a Supreme Court Justice, a founder and trustee of (now) Brown University and a delegate to the Continental Congress. Which high school (built and dedicated in 1937) was named in his honor? a. East Greenwich b. Westerly c. South Kingstown Match the person from Rhode Island to his or her accomplishment:

Robert Ballard > Ellison Myers Brown > Frank Keaney > Billy Gilman > Eric Lutes > Robert Crandall > Elizabeth Beisel > Prudence Crandall > Oliver Hazard Perry > Don Bousquet >


< Unofficial state, but definitely great cartoonist < Hero of Lake Erie, Congressional Gold Medal < Olympic bronze and silver medalist in swimming < Former President & CEO of American Airlines < Youngest nomination for Grammy Award < Creator of the fast-break in basketball < Co-star of Caroline in the City < Two-time winner of the Boston Marathon < Discoverer of the Titanic, Bismarck and PT109 < First integrated classroom in the nation

Which pirate visited Block Island in 1689? a. Captain Kidd b. Blackbeard c. Henry Morgan d. The Dread Pirate Roberts

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ARTS AND CUlTURE 1. c 2. c 3. a 4. b 5. Rhode Island Railroad Museum: South Kingstown Babcock-Smith House Museum: Westerly South County Museum: Narragansett Bell School House Museum: Richmond Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum: Exeter New England Wireless & Steam Museum: East Greenwich Quonset Air Museum: North Kingstown 6. Cross Mills Public Library: Charlestown Langworthy Public Librar: Hopkinton Clark Memorial Library: Richmond Robert Beverly Hale Library: South Kingstown Davisville Free Library: North Kingstown Island Free Library: Block Island 7. a, b, c, d

GEOGRAPHy AND lANDMARKS 1. c 2. b 3. b 4. c 5. a 6. c 7. d 8. Old Wilcox Tavern: Charlestown Black Farm: Hopkinton Casey Farm: North Kingstown Babcock-Smith House: Westerly Elisha Reynolds House: South Kingstown The Towers: Narragansett Southeast Lighthouse: Block Island Queen’s Fort: Exeter Varnum House: East Greenwich 9. Bradford, Dunn’s Corners, Weekapaug: Westerly Wickford, Slocum, Quonset: North Kingstown Matunuck, Peace Dale, Snug Harbor: South Kingstown Point Judith, Galilee, Jerusalem: Narragansett Alton, Barberville, Rockville: Hopkinton Wood River Junction, Arcadia: Richmond Fisherville, Millville, Austin: Exeter Frenchtown, Sun Valley: East Greenwich 10. a. Narragansett. The dates of establishment for South County towns are: Hopkinton: 1639 Exeter: 1641 North Kingstown: 1641 South Kingstown: 1657 Westerly: 1661 New Shoreham: 1664

Richmond: 1669 Charlestown: 1669 East Greenwich: 1677 Narragansett: 1888 11. c. Block Island is only 9,700 square miles, whereas Exeter is a whopping 57, 700sq mi.

FOlKlORE, lEGENDS, AND IMPORTANT EVENTS 1. b. The Mercy Brown Vampire Incident in 1892 is one of the best documented cases of the exhumation of a corpse in order to perform rituals to banish an evil spirit. 2. c 3. b, Stephen Hopkins 4. c 5. b 6. c 7. c. There was a capital in each of the five counties – Newport, Bristol, Providence, Washington and Kent. 8. Oldest carousel in the nation in its original location: Westerly First US naval battle took place near this in 1690: Block Island Original johnnycake festival in the US: South Kingstown (Usquepaug) Site of the first Swedish church in Rhode Island: East Greenwich Only municipality without a town police force: Exeter Where a gravestone has its price inscribed on its back: Hopkinton Home to the largest of the state’s beaches: Narragansett Home to the only US operating water-powered snuff mill: North Kingstown Incorporated as a separate town from Westerly in 1747: Richmond 9. In March of 1787, this town voted against the Constitution with 68 no votes and 1 yes: Richmond Home to Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, the largest management area in the state: Exeter Land for this town was given to King Charles II by the Pequot Indians in 1644: East Greenwich Once the site of the nation’s only commercial nuclear facility: Hopkinton (Wood River Junction) Here a trading post (fort) was allegedly built and occupied by Native Americans or early European settlers: Charlestown Over 150 species of birds visit this town because it is a stop on the Atlantic Flyway: Block Island The town that sits atop a glacial moraine (a series of small hills of debris left by the

receding glaciers of the last Ice Age: Westerly Where Casey Farm, an original Colonial plantation, is today one of the oldest operations farms in New England: North Kingstown Newport has Ocean Drive but this town has the Road Historic District: Narragansett

NOTABlE PEOPlE 1. Gilbert Stuart: North Kingstown Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry: South Kingstown Commoder Matthew Perry: South Kingstown John Cafferty: Narragansett Elizabeth Beisel: North Kingstown Billy Gilman: Westerly Ruth Buzzi: Westerly Prudence Crandall: Hopkinton 2. b 3. b 4. a 5. b 6. Robert Ballard: Discoverer of the Titanic, Bismarck, and PT109 Ellison Myers Brown: two-time winner of the Boston Marathon Frank Keaney: Creator of the fast-break in basketball Billy Gilman: Youngest person to be nominated for Grammy Award Eric Lutes: Actor and co-star of TV’s Caroline in the City Robert Crandall: Former President and CEO of American Airlines Elizabeth Beisel: Olympic bronze and silver medalist in swimming Prudence Crandall: Opened the first integrated classroom in the nation Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of Lake Erie, Congressional Gold Medal Don Bousquet: The unofficial state and but definitely great cartoonist 7. a. It’s rumored that Captain Kidd buried treasure on the island.

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Season’s Greening way to tell if you’re a true Rhode Islander, it’s to hear you complain about the extreme weather. Indeed, our summers get so humid that the phrase, “is it hot enough for you,” is Rhode Islandese for “good morning.” Our winters are just as brutal, and the daily grunts of the past month have been about the seemingly never-ending forecast of snow. As much as I can’t stand shoveling and dealing with power outages, my biggest seasonal gripe this year has been my lackluster hair. At worst it’s frizzy and dull, and at best it’s tucked in a ponytail. I had it colored around the holidays, but the shade and shine were long gone. To snap out of my very own version of SAD – Seasonal Aesthetic Disorder – I decided to try a new approach to hair color. When I arrived at Natural Style Salon in Charlestown, a crisp, clean scent and a sense of serenity immediately welcomed me. Owner Kristi MacDonough came out to greet and walk me over to her chair. I knew that I wanted to cover my roots, but I didn’t want to use a harsh dye that would further dry me out. I also wanted to add red tones to my brown without it looking artificial, or what I affectionately refer to as “stripper red.” What I thought was a tall order was a reasonable – and better yet, doable – request. Kristi recommended using Organic Colour Systems, one of the lines she uses. I was a little apprehensive about a natural dye, but Kristi reassured me that the fruit extracts and wheat protein would add the right amount of color and shine

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This LIFE Dream House designed by famed archtitect Robert A. M. Stern

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Celebrated architect Robert A. M. Stern earned the attention of many when he said that in his opinion, most Americans “buy the house they hate the least.” The statement even raised eyebrows among LIFE magazine’s editorial staff, which set out to change the face of residential architecture across the country. The magazine commissioned distinct architects to design a “dream house,” nominating Stern as the first to create what the June 1994 cover boasted, was “A house that’s classic on the outside, remarkable on the inside - and affordable.” The cover line also asserted about Stern’s dream house: “It can be adapted to suit your family and can be built anywhere you want.” A year before the LIFE Dream House issue debuted, Robert V. Gilbane, president of Gilbane Properties, had

purchased 81 acres on a scenic peninsula between Fishing Cove and Mill Cove that extended into Wickford Harbor. The desirable waterfront property, once known as Calf’s Neck, was home to a Navy housing complex that was ultimately decommissioned in the 1970s. The construction company, best known for large-scale commercial structures, including Providence’s GTECH Center and Dunkin Donuts Center, embarked on its first residential project. In homage to its coastal surroundings, the 103 planned homes in the newly christened Wickford Point were to be two-level, shingle-style construction, offer spacious yards and allow community access to the water. Gilbane had seen the LIFE magazine Dream House feature and used the design as his inspiration for the development’s model.

In 1998, Neal and Jane Frankel were living in a rural area of New Fairfield, Connecticut on Candlewood Lake and had just sent their youngest child off to college. While they didn’t have any family connections to southern Rhode Island, the two were looking for a change of scenery. “We were looking to live closer to civilization,” laughs Neal. When the couple visited Wickford Point, they had found what they didn’t even know they were looking for. “My wife fell in love with it from the outside and I was like, ‘Wait a minute. This is five bedrooms. I thought we were downsizing!’” It’s no surprise Jane was captivated. Exquisite traditional multi-gabled detailing; welcoming porches and oversized windows; picket fences, privet hedges, flower gardens and a rolling sea meadow - it was all

charmingly inviting. The two bought the model home, which was built in 1995, and were the first to live in the 3,881 square foot stunner with panoramic water views. They soon learned about the home’s nationallyadmired designer. “They had to fill us in on who Robert Stern was,” recalls Neal. “We frankly didn’t know a lot about architecture.” Since then, the couple has enjoyed learning more about their celebrated home and become well versed in the subject. “There’s so much more defined by shingle-style design than just the outside… This house was designed to be a turn of the prior century design like anything you would have found along the coastline of New England toward the end of the 1800s and into the early 1900s.” The Frankels have also learned that Stern was an March 2013 | SO RHODE ISLAND


unlikely candidate for the inaugural LIFE Dream House series. “It was a strange choice because he built his reputation on buildings, corporate [structures],” Neal notes. The homes Stern typically designed were monstrosities; 7,000 square feet at the minimum. On the contrary, the goal of the LIFE dream house, as Neal points out, was to be affordable and “attractive to a large segment of America.” Despite his penchant for “bigger is better,” Stern’s design arguably became the most desired, and for residential architectural aficionados, iconic, of all the LIFE magazine Dream Homes. The June 1994 issue can even be considered a collector’s item. But for the Frankels, living in one of the completed Stern designs has brought


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with it some unique experiences. “Because this style was so popular, we were getting contacted from people all over North America who wanted to come and see the house, so we had a number of people that would come visit us. Sometimes we’d come out the front door and see people taking pictures,” he says, laughing. Although the home and the Wickford Point community seemed idyllic when the Frankels bought there in 1998, the couple was taking a leap of faith. “There were a lot of vacant lots when we moved here,” says Neal. “We were certainly early settlers. There were maybe 12 or 15 [people] that purchased or built homes prior to us.” The gamble paid off. Today, he estimates there are nearly 100 occupied homes

in a handful of designs. The community shares use of a three-acre waterfront Village Green with a sitting area, a 180-foot dock, and area homeowners can stash canoes and kayaks to launch directly into peaceful Mill Cove. Inside the home, Neal and Jane completed a total renovation of the kitchen and the great room/living room a few years ago. Though intimidating to some, the couple had taken on a floor to ceiling renovation in a home they owned in Arizona, so they felt confident redesigning the finite space in Wickford Point. “Even though it was built in 1995, it’s not the typical house,” says Jean. “One of the rooms that was not overly large was the kitchen. It’s adjacent to this open great room/dining room area so

what we tried to do is extend the visual to create the kitchen as an extension of that room.” She and Neal turned to Rob Lovejoy of Wickford Kitchen & Bath to execute their vision. Extensive molding and woodworking marries the spaces, while Jean’s penchant for a warm-hued color palate lends a cohesive impression. Varying textures and surfaces, including leathers, fabrics, woods and stone, create a multifaceted design distinction but complement one another in a fresh way. It is these important additions that make this home a dream home.

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things are happening on the Narragansett restaurant scene. Watch for impressive changes at the Coast Guard House – that is, if the Historic District Commission gives its approval. The landmark restaurant was heavily damaged in October when Superstorm Sandy battered the Rhode Island coastline. The storm surge and high winds broke through all the windows in the dining room. The interior was destroyed, especially the kitchen area. The owners of the Coast Guard House, with the help of a restaurant consultant, have proposed to make major renovations. That includes moving the bar to the ocean side of the historic building, and relocating the kitchen away from the ocean side. Sounds good to me – the dining area will take the place of the kitchen and provide customers with even more of the ocean view for which the restaurant is so famous. Plans also include an exterior makeover, a new canopy at the entrance, raised gardens and a window near the Ocean Road entrance that will give people a view of the pastry chef in action. Because of the building’s designation as a historic site, the Historic District Commission is concerned that structural changes might alter the character of the building. All the parties involved are working together to finalize reconstruction plans. The owners hope to reopen the Coast Guard House for the summer. Also in Narragansett, Casa Pizza is opening in the Cumberland Farms plaza at 855 Point Judith Road. This will be the sister operation of Casa Della Luce in Westerly. And who says you can’t go home again? Ami and Mark Awad have done just that. Their Markos Restaurant, which relocated to Westerly in May, has returned home to 126 Boon Street in Narragansett. The story is that the Awads moved their Middle Eastern restaurant to a spot with a bigger kitchen. Some die-hard fans were making the trek down to Westerly to dine on falafel

The devastated kitchen at the Coast Guard House after Superstorm Sandy

and baklava, but the Awads missed their Narragansett/Wakefield customer base. So the unusual decision was made to go back to busy Boon Street, which has an ethnic mix of eateries, from Italian cuisine at PJ’s Pub to funky fare at Crazy Burger. As in the past, the menu at Markos Restaurant will appeal to omnivores, vegetarians and vegans with offerings of grilled kabobs, gyros, wraps and the chef’s specialties – Turkish Lamajeen, Moussaka, Beef Tagine and the house curry. Markos is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. This is a BYOB restaurant so feel free to bring wine or beer when you dine there. JUICY TIDBITS Rare: Steak and Fish is slated to open in April at 191 Old Tower Road in Wakefield, the former location of Casey’s Grill and Bar. Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, 1149 Division Street, in Warwick, is holding monthly wine dinners for people who want to learn about wine. The next wine dinner will be held March 21. The cost is $65 per person and includes a sixcourse dinner with wine pairings, tax and gratuity. Call 884-1149 for details. Ella’s Fine Food and Drink, 2 Tower Street, in Westerly, now has a wine

club for its regular customers. When you have dinner there with wine pairings on Fridays or Saturdays, your fifth visit will include a complimentary wine pairing with dinner. For reservations, call 315-0606. CULINARY BOOT CAMP Chef-instructors from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, are coming to Rhode Island to conduct a culinary boot camp at Ocean House in Watch Hill. The CIA experts will team up with the Ocean House culinary team to teach basic cooking methods and important knife skills. An introductory wine pairing class will also take place. The two-day training program will help avid home cooks take their cooking skills to the next level. Attendees will be provided with an official Ocean House apron, a basic knife kit, recipes, instructions and lunch on both days. The boot camp is slated for March 14-16, with a welcome reception on Thursday, and classes from 9am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday. The cost is $995 per person. To enroll, call 584-7000. If you have news dealing with food, restaurants or chefs, feed it to Linda Beaulieu at Follow Linda on Twitter @LindaBeaulieu3.

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Got Dough? Gregg O’Neill on what makes Neapolitan style pizza special

What is Neapolitan pizza? Neapolitan style is very different from the type of pizza you find at your local pizza shops or from the “brick oven pizza” that is baked in a gas or electric oven at lower temperatures. The dough is more delicate and made with only flour, sea salt, yeast and water. We use imported flour from Naples and our sauce is made with imported tomatoes. Why is your oven so hot? To make true Neapolitan style pizza you need a very hot oven. I like to have the oven at about 900 degrees, which bakes a pizza in two minutes or less. When the pizza hits the hot oven floor, some of the water in the dough turns to steam, which, along with the leavening from the yeast, gives the dough a softer texture beneath the crispy, slightly chewy exterior.   How can someone make really good pizza at home? Make the dough at least 12 hours before you plan to bake the pizza. You have to give the yeast time to work its magic on the proteins in the flour. What is your personal favorite pizza? My favorite is probably prosciutto and caramelized onion with fresh mozzarella.

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The combination of the salty ham and sweet onion has a great balance of flavor and the creamy fresh mozzarella complements them both. What specialty pizza do you make? One of the most popular pizzas we make is our “Smores” dessert pizza. When I developed my version of the smores pizza I was thinking mostly in terms of something for the kids, but it has been very popular with adults too. The chocolate, graham cracker crumbles and marshmallows really recreate the classic campfire treat.   What are some local ingredients you use that you couldn’t do without? We use Narragansett Creamery fresh mozzarella and smoked mozzarella cheese all year round. I also use prosciutto from the Daniele, made in Pascoag, RI. Do you prefer a sweet or savory pizza sauce? I prefer a sauce that is simple and balanced in flavor. Our sauce has the natural sweetness of uncooked Italian plum tomatoes with just the right amount of sea salt and basil. It is not too sweet with a nice balance and a brightness that you don’t get with a cooked sauce. Our white sauce with roasted garlic and a touch of cheese has a slightly sweet flavor from the caramelized garlic. Find Gregg and his wood fired pizza oven at The Coastal Growers Market in North Kingstown until April 27. 2556529,

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So Delicious | Review

By Linda Beaulieu

A Room With a View New ocean front dining in Narragansett

Photography: Hilary Block

It used to be called Amalfi. And then it was an Indian restaurant for a while. Now, the scenic location is called Oceanside. I’m describing the restaurant that is part of the Village Inn, the hotel at Pier Marketplace in Narragansett. Yes, the restaurant with the huge deck that has a view of Narragansett Town Beach, where – come summer – thousands of people bake in the sun and surfers ride the waves onto the shore. On a recent Saturday, we skipped lunch in order to have an early dinner at Oceanside in order to enjoy the ocean view before dark. We were greeted immediately and warmly, and we were led through a large bar and lounge area to the dining room with its dark wood floor, comfortable chairs and highly polished wooden tables set with cloth napkins and real flowers. Hopefully by the summer a bit more color will be brought into the mostly brown room. Our young waitress promptly brought us menus and took our drink and dinner order. The Lobster Sliders ($18) and the Beer-Battered Fish Tacos ($11) were tempting, but that kind of fare will taste even better this summer when we’re seated on the deck with that delightful ocean view. Every bit of food we had that night

at Oceanside was excellent, starting with our appetizer and the large salad we shared. The Fritters ($12) were light and airy and flavored nicely with lobster, shrimp and crab. On the side was a small ramekin of sweet and spicy aioli that’s definitely worth a dip or two. But I found these fritters so perfectly flavorful, I preferred eating them as is. Not even a sprinkle of salt was needed. The Chopped Salad ($12) was served in a large bowl and just enough for two salad lovers to share. The finely chopped ingredients included mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, bacon, sunflower seeds and Gorgonzola for an amazing array of flavors, only made better with the crunch of a few fried wonton strips and the bright taste of creamy orange dressing. If they bottled that stuff, I’d buy a case. I know I shouldn’t have, but I ordered the decadent Lobster Alfredo ($24), a delicious bowl of penne pasta in a rich alfredo sauce with plenty of lobster meat. The deep bowl of pasta was dusted with freshly chopped parsley. Every once in a while, I crave a good alfredo, and this was very satisfying. (Note: I was back to my healthy eating plan the very next day.) Equally impressive was the Rib Eye Steak ($22), a huge slab of tender

Grilled Atlantic salmon, citrus fennel salad and spinach risotto with a lemon thyme dressing

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meat packed with flavor. The 14-ounce boneless center cut was served with grilled asparagus and a mountain of simply wonderful, garlicky roasted potatoes. Both entrees were more than we could eat so we brought leftovers home, supposedly for our dog. The same menu is offered at lunch and dinner. That includes appetizer selections from the raw bar, chowder, calamari and spicy chicken wings. Burgers and sandwiches ($9 to $18) include a Bacon Bleu Burger and a Chicken Club. The grilled pizzas ($10 to $14) feature an excellent Bacon Burger Pizza loaded with bacon, Hereford ground beef, caramelized onions, cheddar, mozzarella and red sauce. The entrees ($11 to $25) are mostly from the sea – dishes featuring shrimp, scallops, salmon and cod. The Land & Sea is an 8-ounce filet mignon with a shucked lobster tail. The king cut of Prime Rib, slow roasted for six hours, is available only on Fridays. Desserts are limited at Oceanside, at least the night we were there. We were given a choice of cheesecake or crème brulee. After our rich dinners, I would have liked something light and fruity. Instead we shared the classic cheese-

cake, a slim wedge topped generously with whipped cream. Our waitress was pleasant and attentive, but she never told us about the nightly specials that were offered to customers at a nearby table. Nor did she clear away our appetizer plates when the entrees arrived. The service at Oceanside is okay, but such good food demands something better than that. Hopefully by this summer, when the deck at Oceanside is the place to be, the staff will be just as impressive as the food. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state.

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BASIL’S RESTAURANT 22 Kingstown Road; 789-3743. Basil’s has been providing South County with fine, upscale French dining since 1984. Their menu features all the classics like coq au vin and escargots bourguignonne, and their wine list is the stuff of legend. D $$-$$$ COAST GUARD HOUSE 40 Ocean Road; 789-0700. This historic waterfront landmark is rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy. Check their website www. for updates. LD $$-$$$ COLVITTO’S PIZZA & BAKERY 90 Point Judith Road; 783-8086. 60 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown 782-2285. For a great selection of fresh calzones, breads and pastries visit Colvitto’s. They also offer fresh hot pizza with your choice of 13 toppings made to order along with pizza strips and party pans. BL $ GEORGE’S OF GALILEE 250 Sand Hill Cove Road; 783-2306. What’s better than indulging in award-winning seafood and watching the sun set over the Sound? At George’s you can dine al fresco, take food to-go, or simply enjoy one of the five dining rooms indoors. LD $-$$

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MARINER GRILLE 140 Point Judith Road; 284-3282. Not to be missed by seafood lovers, the Mariner Grille is the perfect place to unwind at the end of a long week, with an extensive wine list, a hearty lunch menu and an endless array of delicious seafood offerings. LD $-$$ OCEANSIDE RESTAURANT & BAR 1 Beach Street; 792-3999. Open year round, winter specials include two entrees and a bottle of wine for $22 Monday-Thursday, $7 burger and beer Monday-Friday and $10 pizza and wine Monday-Friday. Daily weekday happy hour from 4-6pm sees half price apps; $2 lobster claws daily. Come in for live music on Thursday nights or brunch on Sunday. BLD $-$$ OLDE LIGHTHOUSE DINER 120 Knowles Way; 284-3883. You can BYOB to this charming diner, which serves large portions at a great price. Stop in before work for some bacon, eggs and pancakes or come in for dinner and try some of their creative dishes. BLD $-$$ SPAIN OF NARRAGANSETT 1144 Ocean Road; 783-9770. The exceptional waitstaff and wide array of authentic Spanish seafood, veal and chicken dishes make Spain of Narragansett the perfect place to dine. The romantic setting and extensive wine list will keep you coming back for more. D $$-$$$

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T’S RESTAURANT 91 Pt. Judith Road; 284-3981. With a menu that is creative yet traditional, T’s serves up farm fresh eggs, whole cheeses and homemade corned beef hash and other healthy and delicious bites. Breakfast and brunch is served all day long. BBrL $-$$ TRIO 15 Kingstown Road; 792-4333. A Newport Harbor Corporation restaurant, Trio is a triple-threat restaurant with its innovative menu, inviting European décor and warm, attentive service. A meal of chops, seafood or pasta is the order of the day. Also rave-worthy are the Artisan Pizzas, which come in a variety of flavors and preparations. LD $$-$$$


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 $-$$

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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 $$


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 $$-$$$


DRAGON PALACE 1210 Main Street; 539-1112. Whether you’re in the mood for Chinese or Japanese, Dragon Palace has you covered. From classic Chinese like General Tso’s Chicken to fresh sushi and sashimi, they’ve got it all. Now open in Wakefield too. LD $-$$

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BAGELZ 99 Fortin Road, Kingston Emporium, South Kingstown; 782-2295. 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. 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 $-$$$ LA STRADA CAFÉ & PIZZERIA 920 Matunuck Beach Road; 284-2253. Using

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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 $-$$ MATUNUCK OYSTER BAR 629 Succotash Road; 783-4202. This restaurant, which maintains its own oyster farm, prides itself on combining local produce with farm raised and wild caught seafood to make the freshest, most delicious dishes around. LD $$-$$$ TARA’S TIPPERARY TAVERN 907 Matunuck Beach Road; 284-1901. For one of the most authentic Irish pub experiences in the state, along with spectacular ocean views, Tara’s is the place. Sample classic Irish fare and delicious pub favorites. BLD $


SMOOTHY BOOTY 254 Robinson Street; 783-4013. Now serving food seven days per week, Smoothy Booty offers so much more than just delicious smoothies. Come in for a specialty sandwich served with plantain chips or a hot bowl of soup. BL $ TRATTORIA ROMANA 71 South County Commons Way; 792-4933. Italianborn Chef Luciano Canova brings the cuisine of his homeland to the shores of Rhode Island. With comfortable dining at a reasonable price, you’ll think you’re in a Roman cafe. D $$


NYLO’S THE LOFT RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 400 Knight Street; 734-4460. Gourmet dining meets urban chic at this spot, offering regional comfort cuisine served either indoors or out, on their mahogany terrace overhanging the Pawtuxet River. BLD $-$$$


ELLA’S FINE FOOD & DRINK 2 Tower Street; 315-0606. At Ella’s, diners can expect top quality appetizers, salads and entrees, expertly prepared


by Chef Jeanie Roland. Try a pâte or warm goat starter and an organic salmon entree. D $$-$$$ 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 $-$$ GUYTANNO’S INTERNATIONAL CAFÉ 62 Franklin Street; 348-6221. Guytanno’s Café is casual dining with an upscale flair. The contemporary setting, intimate atmosphere, and the sweet aroma of freshly cooked food circulating from the open kitchen make it one of Westerly’s premier evening destinations. LD $$

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MERMAID CAFE 19 Margin Street; 6374225. 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 $ SHELTER HARBOR 10 Wagner Road; 322-8883. This 24-room inn offers charming country dining, from decadent brunch items to creative tavern fair. Don’t miss their monthly Gourmet Dinners & Wine Tastings. BBrLD $-$$$ THE TWISTED VINE 3 Canal Street; 5964600. From gourmet grilled cheese to organic Malbec and fried plantains, this intimate and cozy restaurant with its gas fireplace and overstuffed leather chairs will make you feel welcome. D$-$$

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VETRANO’S 130 F Granite Street; 3485050. This southern Italian restaurant and NY pizzaria has been serving South County for over 10 years. Open Monday through Saturday, from 11am-11pm, Vetrano’s also caters. LD $-$$

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By Dale Rappaneau

march from previous page Need a way to break out of the winter blues? Get outside and go colonial as you tap into a New England resource, maple trees. Wherever you are, there are opportunities to get ahold of this sweet treat. On March 2, join the Audubon Society at Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge from 9am-12pm and learn about the history of maple sugaring. Learn how it started with Native Americans and how to tap a tree in your own backyard. Sample muffins and donuts all with fresh maple syrup. Tours start every 15 minutes and pre-registration is suggested. Maple Valley Road, Coventry. 949-5454, From March 2-31 on Saturdays and Sundays, Charlie’s Sugar House and Spring Hill Sugar House are holding sugaring demonstrations from 10am-5pm and 10am-4pm respectively. Call ahead for reservations. Charlie’s Sugar House, 124 Hall Road, Coventry. 397-7102. Spring Hill Sugar House, 522 Gardner Road, Richmond. 788-7431. March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Take in the utter vastness of space at the Frosty Drew Observatory’s Public Observation Nights, in which part of the fun is freaking out by mistaking shooting stars for unidentified flying objects. Free. 62 Park Ln, Charlestown. 364-9508, March 2 Back by popular demand, join local artist Pam Santos for a relaxing morning of Watercolor Painting for Adults. No experience necessary, but space is limited and registration is required. 10am-12pm. 2605 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. 783-8254,


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March 2 Musician Jennifer Romanat welcomes everyone to Kindie Concert, a family-friendly musical show that even allows kids to play instruments. Purchase tickets online. $5. 10:30am. 327 Main St, Wakefield. 218-0282, March 2 & 3 In Mary Zimmerman’s play Metamorphoses, images stirs up fragments of half-remembered dreams, in which dead lovers return not quite the same and men fail to see familiar faces so sure to be behind them. Don’t miss this grand tour of mythologymeets-modern reality. Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm. $12-20. URI, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston. 874-5843, March 2-30 Catch the latest in South County upcoming artistic talent at the Hera Gallery’s latest exhibit, featuring new work by Claudia Flynn, Connie Greene, Jill McLaughlin and Troy West. Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. 10 High St, Wakefield. 789-1488, March 8-30 Come to the Granite Theatre and follow the journey of three adolescent girls in Casey Kurtti’s Catholic School Girls. This play offers a glimpse into the 1960s at St. George’s School in Yonkers at a time when friendship, reprimands from authority figures, pressures from home and social change are at the forefront. Check online for showtimes. $12-25. 1 Granite St., Westerly. 596-2341, www. March 10 Featuring a special world premiere, The American Choral Sound is a

The entire cast of Rent

sing Your Heart out March 1-10 Originally released in 1996 as a limited threeweek workshop production, the rock musical Rent tells the story of impoverished artists and musicians struggling in New York amidst the chaos of HIV/AIDS in their community. Both heartbreaking and historic, this Tony Awardand Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comes to the Ocean State Theatre from March 1 to 10. Whether you want to catch a glimpse of New York during the Bohemian movement or are a sucker for outstanding musical numbers, Rent is a groundbreaking theatrical presentation sure to leave an impression long after the last bow. Check online for show times. $39-54. 1245 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 921-6800, www.

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comprehensive musical bonanza featuring a new five-movement work in honor of George Kent’s tenure as music director of the Chorus of Westerly from 1959 to 2012. Purchase tickets online. $21-60. 4 & 6pm. 119 High St, Westerly. 596-8663, www. March 15-16 Enjoy the high life at Ocean House’s From Vine to Wine series, this month featuring dessert wines. From educational topics to a cheese and wine reception, this is one event not to be missed. $40. Fri 6-7pm, Sat 11am1pm. 1 Bluff Ave, Watch Hill. 5847000. March 20 Drawing from farm-to-table sustainability, this month’s Cooking Through the Seasons Dinner features oysters with chorizo, petit brioche with apricot reserves, Rhode Island bouillabaisse and more. $85. 7pm. 1 Bluff Ave, Westerly. 315-0579, March 23 Anyone looking to invigorate their productivity would do well to attend Ignite! - A Night of Presentations, featuring a rapid succession of presentations in the style of TED talks. $7. 7pm. 327 Main St, Wakefield. 218-0282, March 27 Over the course of five groundbreaking albums, P!nk has continually revolutionized and furthered her musical abilities, and now you have the opportunity to see her live at Mohegan Sun. $89.50-110. 7:30pm. 1

Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT. 800745-3000, March 27-31 Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, Race tells the story of three attorneys, two black and one white, defending a white man charged with a crime against a black woman. All involved struggle with their own perceptions of race. $3047. 1245 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 9216800, March 30 Ever wonder if there is more than what we can see with our own eyes? Then come to the Banshee Paranormal Festival at the Varnum Memorial Armory. It will be a day filled with meeting paranormal groups and other worldly vendors as well as fun throughout the day. To top it all off, all proceeds will benefit A Wish Come True, Inc. $5. Doors at noon, live music at 7pm. 6 Main St., East Greenwich. March 31 Celebrate the holiday at The Towers’ Easter Morning Sunrise Service. A breakfast buffet follows an interfaith service celebrating Easter. All are welcome. Free. 5:42-7:45am. 35 Ocean Rd, Narragansett. 728-2597,

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Wakefield’s Hera Gallery is named for a Greek goddess, and while it’s not exactly ancient, its founding in 1974 as a venue where women could have equal opportunities to showcase their work seems pretty archaic from the perspective of 2013. Even those of us old enough to have lived through the era of Betty Friedan, bra-burning and the Equal Rights Amendment, can be startled to recall that a feminist gallery was necessary in a male-dominated art world even as the last U.S. troops were coming home from Vietnam. Yet more than a decade into the 21st century, and a year shy of its 40th anniversary, Hera Gallery has continued to thrive. Opened as one of just a few non-urban women’s art collaboratives in the country, Hera has outlived most of its contemporaries by long ago dropping its gender focus but retaining a commitment to showcasing innovative contemporary art and the work of emerging artists. “We still consider ourselves a feminist gallery, but we are very supportive of artists of either gender,” says Hera Gallery director Dora Szekely. She came onboard about six months ago, just as Hera was relocating from its longtime home on Main Street in downtown Wakefield to new, more polished-looking digs in a former mill building on High Street. “Although female artists are more featured in our state now then they were when Hera began, female artists are not nearly equally represented in contemporary art museums and influential galleries in the U.S.” “The National Museum of Women in the Arts estimates only five percent of art currently displayed in U.S. museums is by women, making this aspect of the gallery still crucial, even in 2013,” notes Szekely. “Hera’s recognition as a respected gallery throughout the state opens the door and introduces young female artists to the greater art world in Rhode Island, giving them a venue to grow and be supported in achieving their goals.”

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The gallery is actually somewhat smaller now, but still has ample space for simultaneous solo exhibitions by two members, as well as room for entrants in the gallery’s 11 annual curated, invitational and juried shows. Delays in moving had the positive side-effect of boosting Hera’s community outreach. Led by member John Kutula, Hera has been staging more off-site exhibits than ever, such as December’s show on “Sandy and Its Aftermath” held in Westerly’s Hoxie Gallery. Other Hera shows have been presented in such diverse spaces as public libraries, the Bagelz cafe and even alongside the South County Bike Path (in a space dubbed “the world’s smallest gallery”). Through the years, Hera has provided generations of young artists with their first opportunity to exhibit in a gallery through the annual Children’s Show and the biennial Young Adults’ Exhibition, which showcase the works of elementary/middle-school students and high-school students, respectively. These shows - both of which have been

held for more than two decades – “Not only inspire young artists but help build the future of the gallery,” says member Alexandra Broches, who has been active with Hera nearly since its inception. “We’re at a point where we’re very eager to have more young members involved,” she says, pointing to the hiring of the 20-something Szekely as well as the recent addition of two student members. One of the latter, Emily Humphrey, first got involved with Hera as a Young Adults entrant in high school before enrolling at URI as an art and landscape-design student. She curated an exhibit this fall on green landscaping that featured architectural drawings, models and photography as art, carrying on one of the traditions that have helped keep Hera vital down through the decades. “We’ve always had members who have had ideas and taken responsibility for exhibitions,” says Broches. “We have a strong core, even if it has changed over time.” March 2013 | SO RHODE ISLAND


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Talent Displayed March 6-30: Following the success of February’s exhibit, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly proudly presents Artist’s Passages, an exhibit based around the theme “Changes in the Wind.” Although the exhibit runs from March 6 to March 30, the opening reception happens on Wednesday, March 6, from 5-8pm, featuring free refreshments for all attendants. The two featured artists for this month’s exhibit are Sadie DeVore, whose work will be on the wall, and Michelle Armitano, whose work will be in the window. TueSat 10am-5pm. 7 Canal St, Westerly. 5962221,

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rockin’ out farmDog puts a harder edge on classic rock Last night at a farm house in Hope Valley, I was brought back to the moment I first fell in love with music. I grew up on classic rock; when Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous came out in 2000, my music journalism dreams began. Sitting in drummer Lou Perrotti’s living room, surrounded by fossils, fish tanks and indigenous art and chatting with FarmDog, I was that young journalist pulling out an old tape recorder (err, rather my iPhone) and asking that rock star what it is he loves about music. I could tell FarmDog had it, even before they geared up and took me back in time four decades or so. Singer and guitarist Brett Haskins, bass player Phil Wells and Perrotti have such an affinity for what they do as a band, the dynamic gets down to the unplugged roots of rock in its sincerity. “This is a garage band,” affirms Haskins, in his slight Midwest twang. FarmDog formed in 2005, when Perrotti, Director of Conservation Programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo, heard Haskins, the new elephant handler, take to the karaoke microphone and sing Stevie Wonder’s Boogie on Reggae Woman. One week later, the pair were practicing with Wells, who Perrotti had been playing with in various local rock outfits since their days at North Kingstown Senior High School. Haskins describes the drum and bass rhythm section driving FarmDog “like a freight train,” while Perrotti credits Haskins as the band’s real powerhouse. Sometimes you need to recalibrate your musical palette with some straight up, heartfelt rock and roll, and that’s exactly what you get with FarmDog. Covering a catalog of more than 200 tunes, from Bowie to Bob Dylan, Petty and Pink Floyd, and Zeppelin to Zappa, FarmDog plays the music you made memories to with a feeling that makes it all their own. “We play it our way,” says Perrotti. The Dog’s way? Raw heart and soul filled rock and roll, sometimes played loud, sometimes played quiet, but

FarmDog bandmates Brett Haskins, Phil Wells and Lou Perrotti

always played with a leave-it-all-outon-the-stage mentality. As a cover band, they prefer the deep cuts to the classics, often catching an audience of music lovers off-guard with B-sides such as Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” (as a three-piece, no less). But there’s a give and take and the Dog plays to their crowd, mixing in the fan favorites including this roving writer’s personal get up and dance favorite, Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” Together for eight years now, banker by day, bassist for life, and allaround audiophile Wells says FarmDog just keeps getting better. They’ve built a following of loyals, and lead singer Haskins credits FarmDog’s live crowds as a real driving force behind the band. “That’s one of the real adages of live shows, reciprocation. You feel them, they feel you.” Listening to them practice in Perrotti’s basement, they offered me the north of the border story-telling of

Neil Young, and the rip-roar of the Rolling Stones on a platter, and instantly I was surrounded by some of my oldest friends. Is this bringing back the musical memories? Head out to catch the Dog at one of their gigs this month, and they just might open it up to requests at the end of the night.

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By Meghan Follett

Sweet Tarts The days are finally getting longer, and the air is getting warmer, leaving us craving fresh confections. What says fresh and springy better than a fruit tart? Not

Sweet Cakes

only are these pastries beautiful, but they are as tasty as they look. We tasted some local varieties to let you know which one to bring to your next spring gathering.

This was the most unique tart of the bunch, and it was what one staffer called “the best taste test item, of all time.” That’s high praise coming from our SO family. The tart’s lemon filling really complemented the fresh, ripe strawberries that sat atop a thin white chocolate layer and a delectable short bread cookie crust. The fresh taste was as sweet as strawberry lemonade on a hot summer day. 1227 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield. 789-5420.

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This local fresh grocer used a mellow graham cracker crust on this tart to set the stage for the luscious fruit and light, airy vanilla custard. Topped with berries galore, and even a slice of star fruit, this fresh confection will be sure to impress your family and friends. 600 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield. 783-4656.

Dave’s Marketplace Sweet peaches were the special twist in this assortment of fruit toppings. They added an aromatic component that blended perfectly with the smooth vanilla custard filling. The crust was a great tasting blend that reminded us of sugar cookies and graham crackers tossed together in perfect harmony. A solid choice for any tart lover. 1000 Division St., East Greenwich. 558-0190.

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The traditional rainbow of fruit did not disappoint here. The addition of mandarin oranges made a unique tartness that complemented the thick custard filling. The crispy crust held up well against the toppings and really let the fruit shine in this tart. 5600 Post Rd., East Greenwich. 884-0844.

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