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Spacious 4 bedroom home in a beautiful neighborhood, perfect for family and entertaining. 33 X 22 Great Room with wet bar and fireplace, custom European kitchen with granite and stainless appliances, 3 car garage. All set on 6 private acres. $589,900 Kathy, ext. 114

Brand new quality construction ready for you to move into. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac on over an acre of privacy. Open living room, large kitchen/dining room. Beautiful maple floors. Bedroom has adjoining office. $429,000 Randall, ext. 104

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Picturesque setting overlooking Jamestown and Newport bridges. Mature landscaping surrounds stone walled patio and in-ground pool. High potential with in-law plus guest cottage. Walk to private club with beach. $1,395,000 Jack, ext. 102

Stunning 4 bed colonial with cook’s kitchen including custom cabinets, granite, and stainless steel commercial appliances. Fireplaces in the dining and family rooms, master suite with spa. Mature landscaping and inground pool. $625,000 Marnee, ext. 109

This one owner 4 bedroom home welcomes you with its move-in condition and private location which backs up to 29 acres of open space and walking trails. Large family room with brick fireplace and bar. Tiered deck overlooks landscaped yard. $309,000 Kathy, ext. 114

Enjoy panoramic views of the Jamestown Bridge and Narragansett Bay from this 3 bedroom Nantucket style home set on a privately nestled lot. Fireplaced great room, master suite with deck, 2 car garage. $679,000 Jack, ext. 102

New 3 bedroom colonial with 2-1/2 baths, central air, and attached garage. Quality built with 2 X 6 construction, hardwoods, granite, cove moldings and more. Deeded beach and boating on Narrow River. $289,900

Three bedroom home located on Salt Pond with deep water dock. Southerly views all the way up the Pond. Cruise to Block Island and Newport. Large deck and lawn area to soak in the breezes and the views. $649,500

Wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath cape in nice neighborhood. This move-in ready home has new Berber carpeting and recently painted interior. Beautiful lot with fenced in back yard. $239,900 Kevin, ext. 115


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Contents Photography: (L) Courtesy of The Southern Connecticut Children’s Museum, (R) Hilary Block

April 2012

31 This Month 31 The Green Family Our annual kids issue is all about the environment

Every Month 11 So List 12 Letters 15 Web

21 So Happening A burst of yellow and a dash of cheer in Wickford

60 43 So Stylish A North Kingstown home has youthful cheer 45 What’s in Store 46 Whole Body 48 Tastemaker 50 Lifestyle

55 So Delicious Dining at the pier in Narragansett 57 Foodie Journal 58 Tastemaker 60 Review 63 Dining Guide

69 So Entertaining Quacking up in Westerly 70 Calendar 73 On Stage 74 Art View

76 So Approved A unique Rhode Island snack

23 So & So 27 Social Network

On the Cover: Micah Santow at the URI Learning Landscapes program. Photography by Shana Santow.

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Contributor

Publishers Barry Fain Richard Fleischer John Howell Publishing Director Jeanette St. Pierre Executive Editor Julie Tremaine Assistant Editor Erin Swanson

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Special Projects Manager John Taraborelli Art Director Alli Coate Assistant Art Director Karli Hendrickson

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Rebecca Remillard Writer Rebecca Remillard began as an intern and is now freelancing for SO Rhode Island as well as our three sister magazines. She keeps busy working at Whole Foods, interning for the Providence Children’s Film Festival and still finds time to be a nanny. Studying for a double major in Creative Writing and Environmental Sustainability at Prescott College in Arizona, she spent her last semester in Kenya. This month, Rebecca writes about teaching kids to be greener in our cover

The Art of Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch

story. “I believe it’s so important for kids to get outside, especially this time of year,” she says. “What better way to celebrate the earth on Earth Day

Graphic Designer Meghan H. Follett Account Managers Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Nicole Greenspun Kim Tingle Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Sharon Sylvester Jessica Webb Illustrators Karli Hendrickson Ashley MacLure Photographers Amy Amerantes Hilary Block Marylou Butler Laurel Mulherin

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Contributing Writers Linda Beaulieu Dawn Keable Marylou Butler Molly Lederer Bob Cipriano Andrea E. McHugh Jane Couto Kate Petterson Meagan Gann Bethany Vaccaro Rudi Hempe Erin DeVito Interns Emily Gardner Samantha Gaus Courtney Little

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Warwick – Enjoy panoramic water views, stunning sunsets of Narragansett Bay & twinkling night sky stars from this sunlit 4 bedroom colonial with custom designed kitchen and numerous upgrades throughout, 4 car garage and is located in desirable private community. Easy access to I-95. $975,000. Debra Levesque x 5037

Warwick – Water views from this custom built U-shaped 3 bed, 2.5 bath ranch. Incredible construction of brick & steel in this wonderful open floor plan. Gorgeous updated kitchen, beautiful hardwoods, gas fireplaces. In the center of the home is a beautiful Gunite pool for entertaining. Impeccable condition. A must see! $875,000. Bettina Monaco x 5011

North Kingstown – Waterfront home – Fall in love with mesmerizing views, tie your boat up in the “front yard”, relax on the porch. 3 bedroom cottage with family room, granite & stainless in the country kitchen, detached shingled 2 car garage with 2nd floor studio loft, balcony waterviews, perfect for extended families. Paddle to Wickford, catch a few stripers. $799,000 Sally Corbin x 5002

East Greenwich - On a quiet cul de sac in desirable Cindy Ann Farm this updated colonial is a great place to call “home”! Enjoy a crackling fire on a cold and snowy winter days or the private setting of the in-ground pool on hot summer days! Bright & spacious 4 season room, warm & inviting family room, elegant formal dining room, 2.2 baths & updated kitchen. $519,000 Cheryl Eley x 5000

South Kingstown -Model Home! All the bells and whistles!!! Great summer home or year round residence! Bright and open floor plan! Lower level is designed for legal in-law or adult child.....4 bed ISDS. Within 5 minutes of Kingston Train Station, URI, bike path & beach. $425,000 Cheryl Eley x 5000

East Greenwich – Converted church to fantastic loft-style home. Sunny, open living room, 40x29, entertain w/ease, 3 bedrooms, updated bathroom & kitchen, hardwood floors, fenced, patio, back yard, walk to town. It’s a great opportunity to have a slice of heaven. $418,000 Sally Corbin x 5002

Hopkinton – Fantastic value! Charming 4 bed colonial in Ashaway Village. Versatile use of space w/possibility of in-law or 2 bed rented apartment. Updated move in condition, new appliances, central air, convenient location to Rte 95, close to shopping, beaches, nature, horses allowed. Fenced yard, screened porch, private quiet street! $379,000 Marlene Robinson x 5016

East Greenwich – A sunfilled luxury in-town retreat w/all the comforts of home. This unit is filled w/upgrades & additions – marble tile bath, high ceilings, hardwoods, custom cabinets, surround sound, granite counters, central air & gas fireplace. Conveniently located, walking distance to restaurants, shops, farmer’s market & waterfront. $339,000 Sally Corbin x 5002

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events / promotions / good deeds

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Restaurant Week Showcases Narragansett’s Best SO is sponsoring the 4th Annual Narragansett Restaurant Week, which is in full swing. From March 23 through April 1, diners will take advantage of unbelievable deals and sample innovative chef specials. Go online for additional information and expanded content to include restaurant reviews and a full list of all participating restaurants. www. sorhodeislandcom.

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An Honorable Event On Thursday, March 29, SO Rhode Island is 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, brought to you

by the United Chambers of Southern Rhode Island, featured awards, networking, dancing and (of course) eating. A cash bar and live entertainment rounded out the offerings. Go online to read bios on all the deserving recipients. www.sorhodeisland.com.

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Letters Go Green These days, it’s easier than ever to make environmentally friendly choices in our everyday lives – and for the most part, people are willing to take small steps, like drinking water from reusable bottles or buying greener cleaning products. But wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to try so hard to remember to make those choices – if living greener were simply just a life-

style and not a life choice? This year, our annual kids issue is aimed at creating a more environmentally aware, eco-friendly future generation. From learning about conservation to engaging more with nature, we’ve got 22 ways (in honor of Earth Day on April 22) to have fun and teach your kids about helping to protect the planet. Read on, and go exploring. –Julie

From Our Readers A Syrupy Sweet Correction Thank You I wanted to let you know that the article that Erin Swanson wrote about Uncle Matty’s Coffee Syrup [“Near and Dear to Our Rhode Island Hearts,” February 2012] was great. Really well written! I thank you so much.

The correct date of the 40 Under 40 awards dinner at the Ocean House is March 29. For more information on the event and the winners visit www.sorhodeisland.com.

Matt McElroy Uncle Matty’s Company

Send us a letter Email SORI a letter to the editor to so@sorhodeisland.com and it could be published in an upcoming issue.

Read us online Full issues available on www.sorhodeisland.com

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More events Plan your weekend or night out with our statewide events calendar

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Summer Fun!

Open to all children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old. If you’re curious about Montessori for your child, this is a great opportunity to find out more while your child has a fun, learning experience! Each BrightStars rated session includes games, singing, outside activities, circle time, art projects, science, yoga, books, stories and writing.

Toddlers • Preschoolers • Kindergartners

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Monsignor Matthew F. Clarke Catholic Regional School

A Pre-K through Grade 8 Roman Catholic School Offering students academic support, enrichment, athletics, and after school activities Now accepting Pre-Kindergarten students three years to four years old

5074 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI 02879 • 401-789-0860 www.monsignorclarkeschool.org

Summer Programs www.uritc.org

Now Accepti n g New Student s ! • Comprehensive instruction • Kids and adults at any level • Scenic, historic farm • Certified with the British Horse Society and trained in Europe and US

Canterbury Farm 1754 Moorsefield Rd., Kingston 789-0085 or 783-7512

Equitation and Showing Hunters and Jumpers • Dressage

Kids create explore imagine Full scholarships, covering all program expenses (including meals and transportation), are a For more information, please contact Tory Perrotta atat (401) the874-7075 or toryp@mail.uri.ed newport art museum Summer Transportation Institute

The University of Rhode Island Transportation Center offers several summer programs for m school students that are designed to recruit the transportation workforce of tomorrow. Stu to transportation career options through field trips, hands-on experience, guest speakers a

Who: 7th, 8th or 9thCamps graders (for the upcoming & classes for school year) When: two 2-week sessions, one in July, one in August kids & teens Description: The curriculum exposes students to highway and bridge Parties for ages 3 - 12 design, construction and maintenance of roads, transportation of people and cargo, laws,Register regulations,online: safety and career opportunities.

NewportArtMuseum.org Business Academy Call: 401-848-2787 Who: 9th, 10th or 11th graders (for the upcoming school year) 76 Bellevue Avenue When: one-week session in July Description: Classes, games, exercises and Newport, RI guest speakers will reveal the components of a company’s supply chain, including planning, purchasing, production, transportation, storage and distribution.

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Who: 9th, 10th or 11th graders (for the upcoming school year) When: one-week session in July Description: The curriculum will include OSHA 10-hour certification, flag person certification, work zone safety, hands-on activities at the Operating Engineers Center, blueprint reading, estimating, constructio The University of Rhode Island Transportation Center (URITC) offers summer programs for RI math, andtolayout, starting a construction business. middle school and high school students thatsurveying are designed exposeand them to transportation careers of tomorrow through field trips, hands-on experience, guest speakers and classroom projects.

Engineering Academy

THE URITC summer programs are: For middle school students: Who: 9th, 10th or 11th graders (for the upcoming school year) . Summer Transportation Institute Program - 2 week program When: one-week session in July For high school students: Description: Subjects will include highway design, bridge design, traffi . Summer Business Academy - 1 week program engineering, water resources, environmental engineering, geographic . Summer Construction Academy - 1 week program information systems, geotechnical . Summer Engineering Academy - 1 engineering, week programreading a scale, blueprint reading, surveying layout,-and preparing . Summer Green Design & Academy 1 week programan estimate. Full scholarships, covering all program expenses (including meals and transportation), Green Design Academy are provided to those accepted into these summer programs. For more information, please contact Tory Perrotta at (401) 874-7075 or at toryp@mail.uri.edu.

Who: 9th, 10th or 11th graders (for the upcoming school year)

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Explore, Discover & Have fun! • Kayaking Adventures • Hiking • Ocean Exploration • Surfing Adventure • River Tubing • Rock Climbing • Biking • Camp Outs

• Stand Up Paddle Surfing • Basic Survival Instruction • Map Making • Exploring Popular Beaches • Breach way fishing • Skim boarding

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• Excellent instruction on all Olympic events! • For Girls and Boys! • Small groups for lots of individual attention! ª• Fun games, activities, crafts, and much more

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Monday-Friday 10-4 • Ages 8 & up $250/wk - Cost includes all materials July 9th-13th • July 23rd-27th August 8-12th

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Music Camps at URI Jazz CaMp

July 9th-14th • grades 9-12 Day or Overnight

Summer Art Camp June 25 - August 24

Monday - Friday, 9am - 1pm Ages 5 and up

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July 16th-20th • grades 3-9 8am-noon Daily

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Make Music This Summer Visit RI’s Complete Music Store: Musical Instruments Guitars • Folk Instruments • Keyboards Percussion • Band Instrument Rentals & Sales Sheet Music & Books Popular • Classical • Methods • Collections Accessories Reeds • Strings • Stands • Tuners & Metronomes Lessons • Repairs • Concerts

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Narragansett: Beautiful shingle style 3 bedroom condo on private-well manicured grounds, close to all Narragansett amenities - Walk to Black Pt and Scarborough Beach. Light & airy space with beautifully maintained interior. Distant ocean views. Relaxing outdoor living space $695,000

South Kingstown; Worden’s Pond; 3 bed, 2 bath home in private woodsy location within walking distance to Worden’s Pond. Great room, hardwood floors, updated kitchen w/granite, large bedrooms. Lovingly decorated inside and out. Deeded access to the pond for boating - dock & storage. $349,900

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

North Kingstown; Once in a lifetime chance to own the legendary property of the former Wickford Gourmet. Full acre, 2 buildings, 4 units, private parking, entertainment license, updated septic, 2 existing tenants. Amazing commercial potential. Motivated seller. $799,000

Charlestown; Summer or year round 3 bedroom home in ocean community,One mile to beaches and marina.Wooded lot. Large paved driveway. One owner home in excellent condition,2X6 construction. $349,900

South Kingstown; West Kingston; Turn the key and come home to this Custom built Colonial. Private setting yet minutes to Route 95 and URI. Hardwoods throughout. Uniquely crafted Living room w/Fireplace. Master suite. Make coming home worthwhile! Call Dan Driscoll $449,900

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So Happening

23 In Bloom in Wickford

Daffodil Days

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A Colorful Celebration Wickford’s Daffodil Days welcome spring There are certain unmistakable signs that spring has arrived: you leave work at the end of the day in sunlight, instead of darkness; people’s clothing becomes lighter and more colorful; and all of a sudden, daffodils are in bloom everywhere you look – especially in Wickford. Celebrate the season at Daffodil Days on April 14-15. From an antique car display in downtown Wickford and a Daffy Dog parade to kids art exhibits and a walking tour of the history of women in the village, the celebration has something for everyone. This year, the festivities have an eco-friendly element to them, too: the kick-off spring fashion show on Saturday afternoon in Updike Park has

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of events, visit www.wickfordvillage. com - or just stop by that weekend to enjoy the fun. –Julie Tremaine

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nesses, which was the recipient of the Small Business Trends’ 2009 Small Business Book Award. Clearly, these women know their stuff. They host Sassy Luncheon Networking events, in which participants multi-task: eat, network and shop. Yes, you heard us right. Female business owners spend their lunch break meeting other women entrepre-

A Collage Speaks a Thousand Words photographs of Mashapaug and Arcadia Ponds and to make collages with all sorts of materials to give readers an idea of what it was like for indigenous people to live there in the 18th century. “It’s a local place and [the book] is made by local people who are descendants of the people that lived there. It’s an honest presentation of this place,” says Ewald. “It really helps people understand the native culture from their perspective.” A book release celebra-

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neurs, eating healthy food and learning about the latest styles. Try on some outfits – you’ll get a $40 credit towards the purchase of any item, meaning that the event practically pays for itself. The next one is scheduled for April 27 at Wickford’s Voila Art Gallery from noon-2pm. Register ahead online. $55. www.thesassyladies.com. – Erin Swanson

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Holly Ewald of the Urban Pond Procession has teamed up with families through the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum’s Arts and Wellness program in Exeter to create a book of collages to help people imagine what Mashapaug Pond hundreds of years ago was like when the Narragansett settlement still inhabited it. A group of about 10 volunteers – consisting of children as young as eight and adults as old as 92 – have been working together to take

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tion will take place at the museum on April 28 and another procession and fundraiser will take place at The Mediator in Providence on May 12. Ewald is working with Loren Spears, the director of the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, to try to circulate the book to public libraries and create a curriculum so that the book could be taught at schools. For more information, go online to www.urbanpondprocession.org. -Courtney Little

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Celebrate National Poetry Month on Block Island Who can think of a better location to celebrate National Poetry Month than picturesque Block Island? We certainly cannot and we think Block Island Poetry Project (BIPP) creator and Rhode Island Poet Laureate, Lisa Starr would agree. This springtime event has occurred each April since 2004 and has

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attracted some of the most well known poets of our time. As an island resident, Starr developed this event as a way to combine her life as a poet with her love for the Block Island landscape and community. She even hosts participants of the workshops at The Hygeia House, the inn that she and her husband own. Each weekend, different workshops; they’re amazing opportunities for the community to meet and connect in conversations about issues that affect our world today, through the group’s wonderful shared passion for poetry. This year is the project’s ninth, and features Billy Collins, who served as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003, and Coleman Barks, a renowned poet whom is most known for his interpretations of mystic poets from Persia. The 2012 BIPP begins on April 12 with celebration of self-expression through yoga, Nia, poetry and art; come prepared to “dance, write, draw, stretch, breathe, scribble, sing, eat, share, laugh and even bang a drum.” 466-9616, www. bipoetryproject.com. – Eilish Shaffer

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They’ll Have You In Stitches The Narragansett Bay Quilters’ Association (NBQA) is growing – or should we say quilting – a very special garden this month. The garden of Quilts show will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 10am5pm and on Sunday, April 22 from 10am-4pm at the North Kingstown High School. Unique events will take place on both days. On Saturday, there will be a fashion show at 2pm; on Sunday, there will be a small quilt auction. The show, which takes place every other year, features over 300 quilts from tra-

ditional to contemporary styles. The association has 250 members and is colorful in both personality and quilts stitched. The NBQA also promises to raffle off a beautiful quilt in addition to other basket raffles. With special exhibits to indulge in, activities to keep children occupied and lots of snacks to munch on, it’s sure to be a day to remember. Throughout the year, the NBQA offers retreats, classes and workshops. So stop by and see just what nimble fingers can do. $8. www.nbquilts.org. – Courtney Little

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$20. Once the participants gather, they all surprise a local business and spend their allotted cash. The first cash mob to hit the Ocean State occurred at the end of January and was created by Laura Winward, owner of Waves of Creation in Wakefield. A group of 40 “mobbers” went to Jennifer’s Chocolates (also in Wakefield) and each picked up $20 worth of sweet treats. Visit any of the following sites to learn more or to join or initiate a cash mob in your area: www.cashmobs.wordpress.com, www.facebook. com/RICashMobs or www.facebook. com/letsbuylocal. – Courtney Little

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Agenda Don your running sneakers (or your roller blades), grab a friend, and head on down to the Peacedale Congregational Church for the Welcome House of South County’s 24th annual Walk for Shelter on April 6. This year’s fundraising event focuses on a 10K walk on a 5.2-mile loop that begins and ends at the church. Registration is from 8-8:45am, followed by the walk at 9am. The Welcome House will also accept pledges for this event. By participating in this important event, you’ll be helping serve one of Washington County’s only emergency shelters, which addresses social issues such as homelessness and domestic violence. Free admission. 782-4770, www.welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org. Join the Autism Project in Goddard Memorial State Park on April 29 for the 10th annual Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for autism, where autism spectrum disorders will be recognized by educators and com-

First Quality Fabrics, Wallpapers, Trims In Stock and Samples munities through a plethora of fun events. The walk will commence at 10am, and will be followed by familyfriendly fare that includes face painting, arts and crafts, a reptile show, karaoke, a bounce house and obstacle course. Participants can also create teams to represent schools and collect pledges; the team that raises the most money will be invited to lead the walk on the day of the event. Free admission. 785-2666 x1023, www.theautismproject.org. – Meagan Gann Tara’s Tipperary Tavern will host Parrot Head Day on Saturday, April 21 from 3-8pm to benefit The Matty Fund. The pub has recently undergone a “facelift” and is a very family friendly spot that’s perfect for enjoying some delicious food, music and cheer. Bill Gannon will provide the tunes, ensuring that everyone will have a smashing good time, all for a great cause. 907 Matunuck Beach Road, Matunuck. 284-1901, www. tarasfamilypub.com. – Erin Swanson

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Kingstown, is now holding volunteer training and orientation programs through April 16. Sessions will be held on both afternoons and evenings. Beacon Hospice accepts a wide variety of assistance for end-of-life care; volunteers can offer to run household tasks for patients (such as grocery shopping, taking care of pets, and light meal preparation), entertain patients (such as reading to them, playing cards or board games, and taking on art projects) and give emotional support when needed. 294-6204, www. beaconhospice.com. – Meagan Gann

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In honor of Earth Day (April 22), here are 22 ways to teach your kids to live greener, more natural lives – and to have fun while you do it.

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Your kids could spend April vacation inside, playing video games – or they could spend the week learning about global wildlife and ecology at ZooCamp. During the week of April 16-20, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence offers all-day camp that includes learning activities, zoo tours, arts and crafts and animal encounters. This year’s theme is “It’s All Connected,” and it focuses on interdependence between animal species. The zoo also offers programming for toddlers through teenagers year round. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. www.rwpzoo.org.

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Arcadia Management Area is the state’s largest recreational area with over 14,000 mostly forested acres. This Earth Day, celebrate by simply taking your kids outside. Boat, hike, bike the Brook Trail, picnic, ride horseback at Reynold’s Horseman Area, canoe, fish at Breakheart Pond, or just stroll down Arcadia’s miles upon miles of gravel roads and well-marked, maintained trails. No entrance fee, open 5am to sunset. 260 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley. 539-2356. www. riparks.com/arcadia.

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There’s no better way to teach your kids how important it is to preserve clean water than by showing them the life that depends on it. The Biomes Center, the private aquarium in North Kingstown, offers weekly public education about local marine life. Every Sunday, bring your kids for a day of feeding and learning about everything from seahorses to Ruby the octopus. They can even pet a shark. 221 Shady Lea Road, North Kingstown. 295-4690, www.biomescenter.com.

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Kermit the Frog may have been right about a lot of things, but he couldn’t have been more wrong when he sang, “It’s not easy being green.” On Saturday, April 7 from 10am-1pm, being green means shopping local (and sustainable) at Coastal Growers Winter Farmer’s Market’s last market of the season. All your kids’ local favorites will be there, from Susanna’s Ice Cream of Middletown and Matunuck Oyster Farm to South Kingstown’s Poblano Farm salsa. Lafayette Mill. 650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown. www.farmfreshri.org.

Being green isn’t just about protecting the environment – it’s also about protecting yourself from pollutants. Even the clothes you wear can contain harmful chemicals. Think Outside, a sustainable children’s clothing and accessory company based in Richmond, wants to change that. Their kids clothes are made from organic cotton and natural vegetable dyes. Eco-friendly accessories like reusable water bottles and backpacks are made using recycled materials and an “upcycling” process that eliminates all unnecessary waste. Available at Most Naturally in Narragansett Pier Marketplace and Mills Creek Natural Market in Charlestown. www.think-outside.com.

University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus is now offering a Learning Landscape Environmental Education field trip for children and groups. Held at the Botanical Gardens, the field trip covers everything from the water cycle, ecosystems and climate zones to seed diversity, native mammals and birds. Ever wonder what happens to recycled materials after you put them in the bin? Longing to know how worms work their decomposition magic? You’re not alone. Find out at the URI Botanical Gardens. 3 East Alumni Avenue, Kingston. 874-2900.

Go on a real-world outdoor treasure hunt adventure in South County this spring. Do you have a GPS-enabled device? Do you have a child who enjoys pretending he is a pirate? By navigating to a specific set of GPS coordinates, you can find hidden geocaches (containers, AKA, treasure). If you or your child finds this game way too cool to be true, visit www.geocaching.com and register for a unique way to explore nature.

Had you taken you kids to Casey Farm in the mid-1700s, it probably would have looked a lot like it does today. A mid-eighteenth-century homestead overlooking Narragansett Bay, Casey Farm was the center of a plantation that produced food for local and foreign markets back in the day, and is now a certified organic farm on 300 acres. Visit for a guided tour of the farmyard and family cemetery or a peek at the farm’s flower and herb gardens. 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown. 295-1030. April 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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Explore the depths of the oceans at the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center. Every Tuesday morning, the Graduate School of Oceanography conducts a tour (reservations required) of its Narragansett facility. You and your kids can learn about deep sea exploration, see facts from previous expeditions and learn from marine scientists about current research projects happening all over the world. 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett. 874-7892, http:// isc.gso.uri.edu.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum is celebrating Earth Week April 1820 by inviting families to participate in a Recycled Crafts event ($5 activity fee), followed by a 2pm tour to discover how native people transformed the resources available to them to make useful objects. Then on April 21, return for Earth Day on Lantern Hill from 10am-2pm. Learn about Lantern Hill’s importance to native people for more than 10,000 years during a hike, tidying up the trail all the while. 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT. 800-411-9671. www.mashantucketmuseum.org.

Welcome the season at the Gilbert Stuart Spring Fair at the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum. On April 29, the museum welcomes families for a celebration that includes live demonstrations of colonial life, johnnycakes, an art sale, self-guided nature walks and more. Fish and Wildlife experts from the Department of Environmental Management will be on hand to discuss the Fish on the Run program. 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, North Kingstown. 294-3001, www.gilbertstuartmuseum.org.

It’s never too early to teach your kids about nature. Nature’s Tots, a program offered by the Audubon Society at their Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge in Exeter, introduces children ages two through five about the natural world. The program includes hands-on activities and crafts, a nature walk, baby yoga, songs and stories. April 25. 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter. www.asri.org.

Green living doesn’t have to stop at home. The Greene School in West Greenwich is devoted to a curriculum based upon environmental education and natural awareness. The school works with the Audubon Society of RI and URI (the permanent school will be part of the W. Alton Jones campus). This growing public charter high school is open to all students without tuition, but enrollment is limited. 94 John Potter Road, West Greenwich. www.thegreeneschool.org.

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This Earth Day, celebrate by enjoying all the things that make earth wonderful. The Block Island Greenways are 25 miles of free, public fresh air and sunshine, not to mention the grassy meadows, stone walls, inland moors, Mohegan bluffs and beaches. The visitor’s center also offers information on the plant and animal life of Block Island. The network of trails crisscross the island from the middle to the southern shore for a diverse and family friendly outdoor experience. 352 High Street, New Shoreham, Block Island. 466-2129. www.visitrhodeisland.com.

The Westerly Land Trust works to preserve the town’s unspoiled green spaces for future generations to enjoy. Every Thursday morning, enjoy a guided trail walk, some of which go through the land trust’s conservation properties. The easy walks are free and open to all ages, and are meant to be relatively easy jaunts. April’s locations include Great Swamp in Kingston, Grills Preserve and Woody Hill North in Westerly, and Bluff Point in Groton, Connecticut. www. westerlylandtrust.org.

The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living has some big aspirations for the smallest state. Located on 55 acres of nature trails, edible landscapes, streams and meadows in Coventry, the center is an ecological housing model that showcases over 750 environmentally friendly systems, technologies, and products. The Apeiron invites families to join them for a Volunteer Work Day/Open House on April 11. Take the kids and discover sustainable living practices that will work for future generations. 451 Hammet Road, Coventry. 228-7930. www.apeiron.org.


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This April, teach your kids that sometimes, being green means getting new toys. The Southern Connecticut Children’s Museum is hosting a toy swap for the second year in a row in honor of Earth Day. Instead of throwing away toys this year while spring cleaning, recycle them. Electronics, stuffed animals, games and books are all welcome. Families are encouraged to drop toys off ahead of time. The event will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 2-3pm. 401 Main Street, Niantic, CT. 860-691-1111. www.childrensmuseumsect.org.

Observe the iconic harbor seals in their natural habitat on a Harbor Seal Walk. On April 14, Laura Carberry, a naturalist for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, will lead a family-friendly walk to Rome Point, the spot with the largest seal population in the state. The walk is about a mile each way through the John Chafee Wildlife Sanctuary, and is open to kids ages eight and above. Route 1A, North Kingstown. 9495454, www.asri.org.

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Giving your kids experiences that help them understand the importance of the natural world is one giant step towards a greener future. The Tomaquag Museum offers a two-hour nature tour ($12) for children ages 3-18, complete with a nature hike discussing indigenous plants and their uses in traditional life, as well as a basic tour of the museum connecting youth to Native culture, history and art. 390 A Summit Road, Exeter. 4919063. www.tomaquagmuseum.com.

Start your kids thinking green when they’re young – really young. The Goddard School, a day care in South Kingstown, emphasizes green education in their programming. For Earth Month, the school plans quite a lot of environmentally-focused activities, including a national “Flip the Switch” event, during which all of the Goddard Schools in the country turn off the lights as a lesson in conserving energy. 20 Preservation Way, South Kingstown. 789-0300, www.goddardschool.com.

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Immerse your kids in environmental education this summer at URI’s Environmental Education Center. At the W. Alton Jones campus, kids and teens can spend a week learning about ecology, the natural world and green initiatives. Programs include overnight and day camps with themes like Earth Quest, which focuses on ecological education, and Green Teem Challenge, in which campers build green machines. 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich. 3973304, www.uri.edu/ajc.

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Teach your kids to reduce, reuse and recycle in a different way: by consignment shopping. Reduce demand on the planet’s resources by purchasing pre-owned clothing. Re-use what consignment stores ensure are excellent quality items, especially in southern Rhode Island where this kind of shopping is particularly easy. Recycle what your kids have grown out of by selling those clothes back to start the cycle all over again. The fact that you’re saving tons of cash? Consider that a bonus. For listings of local consignment stores, visit www. sorhodeisland.com. April 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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Honoring the best and brightest young professionals who are shaping the region and making a difference

Maria Gabriele Allen, 36 Lives in Westerly Owner, Bella Vita Salon Employs 19 stylists at her Westerly salon; board member/star fundraiser for Adult Day Center of Westerly. Relay for Life volunteer.

David Caldwell, Jr., 38 Lives in Warwick Vice President, Caldwell & Johnson, Inc. Leading RI Green Builder. Military service includes eight years in the U.S. Marines with tours of duty in Iraq; serves on the board for the RI Builders Assoc.

Danielle Bates, 35 Lives on Block Island Bar Manager, McGovern’s Yellow Kittens Has served on the Board of the Block Island Learning Center for three years and was elected President in November.

Nancy Carini-McBride, 38 Lives in Westerly Salon and Business Development Manager, Matrix Corporation and Salon Centric Established Helmet and Bicycle Safety, a non-profit focused on bicycle safety, education and helmet distribution.

Jon Bates, 35 Lives on Block Island Self employed Joined the Block Island Volunteer Fire Department and currently serves as their Communications Officer.

Theresa Cavalier, 29 Lives in South Kingstown Insurance Planner, Thorp & Trainer Insurance Serves on committees for Wood River Health Services; board member of the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber, Chamber of Commerce and Chariho Rotary.

Joseph Bell, 32 Lives in Warwick Branch Manager, BankNewport

Thomas Burdick Jr., 30 Lives in Charlestown Co-owner, Fenner Septic Service and Westerly Sanitation.

Assisted in the growth and development of four branch offices; Special Olympics volunteer for 12 years.

Was an active member of Charlestown Richmond Volunteer Fire Association for over 10 years.

Rob Closter, 30 Lives on Block Island

Victoria Comfort, 34 Lives in Wakefield Vice President, BankNewport

Runs the Town Recreation Department and develops senior programs. Serves as Adapted Physical Education Teacher at the Block Island School.

For expanded bios visit www.sorhodeisland.com

Small business advocate. Treasurer of Narragansett Chamber of Commerce; member of the Narragansett Lions Club.


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Caswell Cooke, Jr., 37 Lives in Westerly Executive Director, Misquamicut Business Association; co-owner, Seafood Haven Restaurant Serves on the Westerly Town Council; board member for Chorus of Westerly.

Dawson Hodgson, 33 Lives in Slocum Rhode Island Senator Serves on the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor, and the Joint Committee on Economic Development.

Justin Lee, 35 Lives in Ashaway Camp Ranger, Camp Yawgoog Captain of the Hope ValleyWyoming Fire Department; responsible for the ongoing training of over 40 active volunteers.

Cariona Corcoran, 23 Lives on Block Island Employee, Block Island Accommodation Service Serves on the Taste of Block Island committee; volunteers for the Block Island Chamber of Commerce.

Eric Creamer, 32 Lives in South Kingstown Area Director/Marketing Committee Advisor, Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America. Co-author of Lost South Kingstown. Member, SK Historic District Commission.

John Kaufman, 37 Lives in Wakefield Founding Head of School, Middlebridge School

Dr. Thomas Kenworthy, 39 Lives in East Greenwich Principal, North Kingstown High School

Serves on visiting committees for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Serves as Executive Board Member of the RI Assoc. of School Principals.

Dion Luzzi, 33 Lives in Westerly Franchise Owner, Servpro of Washington County

Nicole Manfredo, 38 Lives in Charlestown Special Events Coordinator, South County Hospital.

Supporter of flood relief, local sports leagues, the Westerly Land Trust, and YMCA Building Fund.

Volunteers for USA Boxing Inc.; board member of Charlestown Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Gingerella, 30 Lives in Westerly Patrolman, Westerly Police Department Committee member for American Cancer Society Relay for Life; volunteer for Dancing with the Stars, Westerly.

Mark Lacz, 27 Lives in South Kingstown Owner, Casa Della Luce Active with Turn Grease Into Fuel project at the local middle school, helping to provide heating assistance for needy families.

Andrew McQuaide, 23 Lives in Charlestown Program Coordinator, URI International Nonviolence Summer Institute Serves as Treasurer for both the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and the Chariho Alumni Association.

For expanded bios visit www.sorhodeisland.com

Dr. Brendan Gouin, 29 Lives in Charlestown Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Tufts University Active with Dentistry From the Heart. Member of the American Dental Assoc., the RI Dental Assoc. and the South County Dental Society.

Alex LaVallee, 34 Lives in Hope Valley Co-owner, Anytime Fitness (seven locations) He was selected to be on the global Franchise Advisory Council.

Dr. Lisa Menard-Manlove, 37 Lives in Ashaway Doctor, Wood River Health Services Active with Ashaway PTO and their Kids Grown Garden; volunteers on the gala committee for Wood River Health Services.


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Megan Moran, 32 Lives in Pawcatuck, CT Director of Group Sales, Block Island Ferry

Steven Morrone, 31 Lives in Westerly Principal, Chariho School Department

Board chair of the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce; Secretary of Block Island Chamber of Commerce.

Named RI Outstanding First Year Principal in 2001; participates in school fundraisers to support Unicef and Kids In Need of Desks.

Joseph A. Penrose III, 29 Lives in Westerly

Christopher Randall, 30 Lives in Charlestown Realtor, Randall Realtors

Co-owner of Anytime Fitness. Currently owns and operates one of the most successful Anytime Fitness chains in the world; has presented at his franchise’s annual conference.

Angela Thoman, 33 Lives in Westerly Business Manager, Paddy’s Beach Restaurant Manages a staff of 150; serves on board of Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce; co-chaired MBA Luau.

Helped to form Helping Hands, his company’s philanthropic arm that contributes to the Frosty Drew Memorial Fund, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and Waterford Country School.

Benjamin Tickner, 33 Lives in Exeter US Director of Consulting Axapta ERP, Junction Solutions Entreprenuer. In addition to serving locally, he was a Ground Zero volunteer and assisted after hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.

Courtney Murphy, 30 Lives in East Greenwich Chief of Human Resources, General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division

Bethany Palagi, 32 Lives in Narragansett Vice President, Branch Manager Washington Trust Company

Member of LINKS board of directors, facilitating volunteer programs through the North Kingstown schools.

Board member of South Kingstown Cares; board member Narragansett Chamber of Commerce.

Jon Reiner, 34 Lives in Wakefield Director of Planning and Development, Town of North Kingstown

Michelle Russell, 31 Lives in Westerly Vice President and General Manager, Zoe & Co.

David Simmons, 37 Lives on Block Island Water Superintendant, Block Island Water Company

Received numerous awards: Outstanding Plan Implementation and Graduate School Community Planning Studio Project by the RI APA.

Founder of the WesterlyPawcatuck Young Professionals Network; member of the Westerly Lions; President of Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce.

Serves on Town Beach Pavilion planning committee; worked with planning board on Comprehensive Community Plan.

Kathy Vigness-Raposa, 39 Lives in North Kingstown President, North Kingstown Land Conservancy

Jessica Willi, 36 Lives on Block Island Executive Director, Block Island Tourism Council

Volunteer President of NK Land Conservancy; organizes Coastweeks coastal cleanups; serves on the board of RI Natural History Survey; recipient of the International Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Board volunteer for Block Island Early Learning Center; committee member of Tour Rhode Island.

Benjamin Wood, 33 Lives in North Kingstown Owner, Caliente Mexican Grill & Burger Shack; Wildwood Catering

For expanded bios visit www.sorhodeisland.com

Elizabeth Pasqualini, 26 Lives in Hope Valley Executive Director, Johnnycake Center of Westerly Founding member of Washington County Long Term Recovery Committee.

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pulls you in first. On a given day, you might see a collection of antique rockers, or birdhouses made by a local carpenter. Today, because the weather is sunny and warm, it’s a scattering of picnic baskets. But don’t stop at the porch. Nana’s Jules, a shop devoted to artfully presented antiques and locally made crafts, is worth a closer look. “I’ve always been a collector,” says owner Pam Lavoie. “I’ve always had antiques and vintage things. I’ve always wanted to have a little place like this. A few years ago, I met a wonderful man: we got married, and he afforded me the ability to follow my dream, so I did.” She and her intern, a URI student named Adam Markey, have been running the store together for almost a year now. “He’s my right arm,” she says. What makes Nana’s Jules unique is the creativity Pam captures in the place, and the myriad elements that one small shop manages to encompass. One element is the vintage and household items that local people bring in to sell. “We have turn of the century tables, and a pair of chairs from Barrington Bible College. Everything has a story. I try to find out as much about every piece that comes in as I can,” says Pam.

When items come in that aren’t in perfectly saleable condition, Pam will refurbish them herself. She refinishes tables and chairs, and repaints pottery and vases. She recently worked on a set of cabinets from the 1930s that she painted into newer looking shabby chic. “It still looks antique,” Pam says, “but it brings them to a clean state.” Another element to Nana’s Jules is the arts and crafts by local artists that decorate the space – everything from artwork and painted wine glasses to jewelry and handmade essential oil soaps. “That’s always been my dream, to have local crafters and artists,” Pam says. “We’re keeping it in the community, and we’re able to give back to the community. My customers are local, my artists are local, and their work is selling.” “I have things that are 200 years old,” Pam says. “I have brand new restored items. We have things that are $2, and things that are $200. Things go so quickly here that the room changes over almost weekly.” That element of surprise is what keeps her passionate about her work, and what keeps customers coming back to this charming shop. “Every day, I never know what’s going to come through the door.” 54 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond. 491-9930

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I remember the first time I heard about threading. I was at my hair salon, red and swollen after getting my brows waxed. As I was checking out, the receptionist lowered her voice and said, “You know, there’s a better way to get your eyebrows done.” She told me about a place a few minutes away from Providence that offered threading, an ancient Middle Eastern practice that uses cotton thread to lift hairs at the follicle line. I’d always been open to different beauty techniques, so I tried it a few weeks later. It’s been eight years since and I’ve never returned to waxing. Yes, threading is that much better. I won’t lie to you. It stings, especially the first time. The discomfort actually depends on how experienced and gentle the threader is. I’ve had both extremes – I’ve held back tears a few times, and felt a tickle other times. But like any other treatment we endure to look and feel better, it’s less about the pain and all about the gain. It lasts a little over two weeks, and I can usually make it three weeks by plucking a few stray hairs between appointments. Unlike waxing or plucking, hair is removed cleanly line by line, producing a very defined shape. Plus if you’re like me and have sensitive skin, this all natural, no chemical technique will not leave your skin red or bumpy. I’m telling you, it’s a beautiful win-win. While the Providence area has several salons dedicated to the unique hair removal procedure, the concept is fairly new in Southern Rhode Island. “I’m surprised how many women haven’t heard

about it,” says Stephen Devereaux, owner of the recently opened Bella Brow in South Kingstown. “I’d estimate that one in four customers are coming in to get threaded for the first time.” I can totally see why and how this is happening. I personally shared my beauty secret with at least five women who are now maintaining their brows exclusively with treading. Devereaux is also pleasantly surprised by the clientele seeking out the service. “College students come in, and so do their moms.” Priyanka Tara, who opened Smiley Eyebrow Threading in East Greenwich a year ago, agrees that awareness is building in the area. “Customers prefer the shape because it’s more precise,” she says. Tara, who was born in India (VERIFY), describes how the technique is passed down from generation to generation in her native land. She also received formal training in India that taught her about varying facial shapes and skin types. “Eyebrows can make or break your face. A nicely shaped eyebrow can truly enhance your appearance,” says Tara. Both salons offer threading on the upper lip, cheeks and neck. I’ve certainly had a few other areas done myself, but let’s keep that on the down low. A lady can’t spill all of her beauty secrets, now can she? Bella Brow is located at South County Commons, South Kingstown; 2842404. Smiley Eyebrow Threading is located on 774 Main Street, East Greenwich; 347-5098, smileyeyesthreadingspa.com. Both accept walk-ins.

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Employee Vinija Varghese models a fascinator

Royal Accents Lisa Brandon on her fascinating accessories Your store is known for fun, affordable jewelry. Tell us how you got started. I started the business with a friend of mine several years ago, after many visits to a similar store in Florida. I was impressed with how an affordable piece of jewelry could change the look of any outfit. I like being able to provide accessories at prices that allow people to change things up frequently.

Who’s wearing them? Dancers are using them to accent their appearance for shows. A lot of people are picking them up for Kentucky Derby events in May. Women enjoy wearing them for birthday parties and bridal showers. Kids have been buying them for special hat days at school. Whenever I wear one, I always get compliments.

The newest product you are carrying are fascinators. Tell us what they are. Ever since the Royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, there has been a fascination with fascinators, a unique hair accessory. There are many different styles, from small and subtle, with subtle colors, to large and sometimes outrageous, with colors that are bright and bold. Some styles are more formal, with netting or tulle, while others have funky colored feathers or unique shapes.

What other accessories do you carry? We also sell scarves, hats, purses and evening bags. I encourage people to bring in their special occasion outfit (or a picture) so we can match up the perfect accessory.

Do you recommend wearing them in place of or in addition to jewelry? Sometimes, a well-chosen fascinator can replace jewelry, when clipped to a woman’s clothing. They come in a variety of attachment styles, from combs and elastics to clips and pins. The majority of styles are attached to thin headbands, which are easily hidden in your hairstyle, and are very comfortable to wear. You can choose to match a monochromatic outfit and use a fascinator for a color burst or focal point.

Amidst all the fun at Spangles, your store is known for its community support. One of my core values is that we are here on this earth to not just take… but to share. I feel that my success is directly related to the success of the community. If we work together we can make our environment better for everyone.

What style or color do you see trending for spring and summer? I see a lot of bright and bold colors for spring and summer: yellow, orange and pink; hot colors that pop. Purple is very big this year as well.

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CHALK IT UP: Getting creative in the Benjamins’ playroom

Child’s Play When Jennifer and Steve

Benjamin were moving back to Southern New England from a career opportunity that has sent the Rhode Island natives to Florida just three years ago, their priorities were like that of any young family: find a home in a reputable school district that offered ample space and a functional layout for their then-newborn daughter and four-year-old son. After an exhaustive search, the couple had fallen for a newly built home in North Kingstown’s Fletcher Meadows neighborhood. “We knew we wanted to be in Southern Rhode Island, and we knew we wanted to live by the ocean,” says Jennifer, who was sold on the property after the open house only to learn the home was quickly placed under contract. There was a glimmer of hope when the contract fell through but it was immediately spoken for. Just when the two least expected it, the home became available. “We’d been looking at it

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for a year and a half,” Jennifer says. “I had already decorated it in my head.” The family nestled in quickly, taking advantage of the fact that they were right on picturesque Allen Harbor and Quonset Bike Path. The neighborhood of 33 custom built homes is, to their delight, populated by a majority of fellow young families. The house quickly felt like home, and when it came to creating the interior design scheme, Jennifer’s creative energy let loose, perhaps most in the children’s rooms. “[Lola and Nicholas] each have their own room, and we have a Jack and Jill bath with their own sink,” Jennifer explains, adding that such an amenity would have been a dream growing up. Lola, now four, is ever the girly girl, so only a pink room would do. But Jennifer, with an unabashed passion for decorating, is no stranger to the quest for the perfect shade. Glints of Pink was

the ideal hue, a tone seemingly similar to pure white but with ever so slight pink subtleties depending on the light in the room. Six whimsical paintings of birds grace the wall, a bargain find from Pottery Barn Kids. The colors in the petite paintings compliment the cheerful quilted bedding, boasting percale appliqués of oversized blooms in varying shades of Lilly Pulitzer-type tones. Jennifer says that she enjoyed the spoils of being pregnant at the same time as some of her closest friends, so steals and deals and irresistible finds were snatched up in the pleasures of impending motherhood, with the knowledge that such treasures would find a special place if not in her own home, then in another. Far from cookie-cutter design, Jennifer peppered the room with an eclectic mix of punchy décor and one-of-a-kind finds. “Shabby chic” is the best way to describe it she says, mixed with senti-

mental treasures and inventive design solutions. When she put up a rod and curtain ring clips for drapery, and considered her daughter’s love for dressing up (“She loves to wear fairy wings,” Jennifer says with a laugh), she got an idea. Like a fashion-forward backyard clothing line, Jennifer clipped some of Lola’s most legendary outfits (amassed in her short four years) for a unique and frilly window treatment. “Oh, there’s her Easter dress, what she wore home from the hospital, a jean skirt that says ‘I’m 2!’ that she wore on her second birthday,” explains Jennifer. “They’re my favorite pieces.” And fortunately, the shades of the clothing harmonize with the color scheme, complete with apropos ribbons and bows. She knows the creative curtains suit her little budding fashionista for now, but will likely have a whole new look as little Lola grows. An eye-catching design element is what looks to be a vintage play kitchen,

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but turns out to be an authentic oven from the 1930s (that Steve completely stripped of its working parts so it is perfectly safe for play). Another age-old piece is a picture of a baby that hung in Jennifer’s grandmother’s childhood room. More modern elements include a plush, comfy kids chair in light pink with white Swiss dots and white piping – with Lola embroidered on it. Seven-and-a-half year old Nicholas (“And that half is very important to him,” Jennifer stresses with exaggeration) had a very simple request: make his room blue. And so they did, painting the walls a serene shade resembling the sky with coordinating bedding and dé-

cor. “He’s very much a boy,” says Jennifer. “The baby and toddler things have come down.” But his most beloved toys are still easily accessible. One of his favorite spaces in the room is a bench at the window where Nicholas enjoys using the binoculars to spot the deer, wild turkeys and other critters that roam the family’s sprawling lawn, neighborhood, and surrounding flora and fauna. “My little scholar,” Jennifer says with a sigh. Though his room is definitely his domain, a first floor playroom is where big brother Nicholas and little Lola spend much of their time. “They do all kind of things in there,” says Jennifer, including computer games, Legos, arts and crafts

and making music. Jennifer and Steve collaborated on reinventing what was built as an in-law suite into a creative space for the children. “I come up with the stuff but my husband is very artistic – he’s good,” she says, and she’s not kidding. Whimsical clouds appear to float across a light blue sky on the wall, while an oversized house-shaped space made from chalkboard paint allows the kids to channel their inner Picassos. Ever so conveniently, the first floor room is near the kitchen – a.k.a. command central, which makes for keeping an eye on the creative kiddos a breeze. For this family of four in Fletcher Meadows, there’s no other place they’d like to be.

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For Bethany Mazza and her mother Betty “Bee” Givan, their steps into the fashion world have been a numbers game – the number four, that is. The two women have changed locations four times, have 44 clothing, shoe, accessory and jewelry designers in stock, and are now gearing up to celebrate their 40th year of business. In 1972, Givan opened Green Ink in an artist’s studio on West Main Street, selling handmade leather handbags and other accessories. Once she began attending trade shows, she found additional designers to carry in the store along with her own work. After six years in the studio, Green Ink moved down a few doors to a larger space. Around this time Givan’s daughter Bethany began working there as a jewelry and accessory buyer. In 1987, the mother-daughter dream team moved into an old hardware store on Brown Street, expanding once again. Over the next 22 years, the “by women for women” boutique established their own unique style, attracting a loyal customer base. “We have grown up with our customers,” says Mazza. Then, just two years ago, they moved again. The 3,200-squarefoot building allows Mazza and Givan to show their collection of natural clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry in a bright cheerful space. And with their new collections of baby clothing and books, there is something for everyone to love. The walls of the store are decorated with paintings and seashell-framed mirrors, which are made by Givan herself and sold at the store. The outside shines just as brightly with a funky green door that matches the sign, and potted greens that match the store’s name. The co-owners are planning a birthday party for the store in the fall. However, if you want to stop by before the birthday party to see what’s in store for spring, you will be welcomed by a bright pop of color in addition to their signature, earthy neutrals. “The biggest trend this year is that all of a sudden there is a lot of color. The past few seasons were more about wardrobe basics,” says Mazza. “It’s good to have a little pop of color for spring!” So with happy clothing, happy owners and a “Happy Birthday” just around the corner, there is every reason to stop into Green Ink and take home some cheer of your own. Green Ink is open every day: Monday through Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 12-5.

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Charlestown’s oystering boom What’s not to like about oysters? They are my favorite fast food. Served ice cold, they go great with beer or wine or even a craft cocktail. Their briny taste reminds me of warm summer days at the beach when I was a kid, and getting hit in the face with a wave. And then there’s all that talk about them being an aphrodisiac. They have an air of mystery and sophistication. Here in southern Rhode Island, the oyster industry dates back to the 1700s. The production of oysters peaked around 1911 when 1.3 million bushels were landed. Shucked, those oysters would be worth about $135 million today. Oystering went into a serious decline in the 1920s, and the industry suffered a crushing blow with the Great Hurricane of 1938. Many oyster companies never reopened. It wasn’t until the 1970s that there was renewed interest in local aquaculture. Since 1996, the number of farms has grown from six to 28, with oysters dominating the field. The old oystermen say there’s no better place to grow oysters than Rhode Island. The newest oyster farmer on the local scene is Matt Behan who operates the Behan Family Farm, a three-acre oyster and clam aquaculture operation in Charlestown’s Ninigret Pond. Matt, who has a bachelor’s degree in aquaculture from the University of Rhode Island, runs the farm with his father. In the past year, the two men planted 150,000 oysters. The first batch of seeds was planted on April 1, some of which grew into full-size oysters by September. Matt is a fan of the Eastern cupped oyster, which has a very deep cup in which the oyster meat and natural juice lie. This year, Matt hopes to plant 400,000. The way things are going, it won’t be long before Matt has to hire people to help him maintain the farm. He expects this to be “a break-out year” for his business. He will also start raising slower growing clams, quahogs and littlenecks, which should be ready for harvesting next year. Behan Family Farms is a model of sustainable seafood production in the Northeast. Right now, you can sample Matt’s oysters at a number of local restaurants: Oyster Club in Mystic; Olympia Tea Room in Westerly; Matunuck Oyster Bar in Matunuck. He hopes to be selling his organic oysters to the consumer at farmer’s markets starting this summer.

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WHAT’S COOKING We recently stopped in for lunch at the Celestial Café in Exeter’s Oak Harbour Village on South County Trail (Route 2). We hadn’t been there in years, and we were really impressed with the clean, modern look of this suburban restaurant. A spotless dark hardwood floor and grayish-blue walls set the stage for the light-filled dining room. Many of the white linen-topped tables and chairs are a comfortable pub height. The long granite-topped bar offers 20 seats. Now 10 years old, the café has become a destination for people who know good food. The Celestial is known for its monthly farm dinners and its bistro menu, which is served Thursday through Sunday with a cost of $35 for five courses. All the food is very creative – sweet potato wontons, ginger scallops and citrus pesto calamari are among the appetizers; entrees include everything from jambalaya to Peach Marsala. We thoroughly enjoyed our sandwiches – Nana’s Grilled Chicken with sweet red pepper pesto,

mozzarella, mixed greens and a balsamic reduction, and Homemade Chicken Salad with green onions, roasted red peppers and honey Dijon mayonnaise, both on grinder rolls. Whenever possible, they use seasonal ingredients from local farms and fisheries. For details on upcoming events, check out www.celestialcaferi.com. The Rhode House is opening in the Kingston Emporium, 99 Fortin Road, in the former space occupied by Varanasi Indian Restaurant. The owner is Karen Boutros, who also owns International Pizza in the same strip mall. TLC Coffee Roasters in West Kingston will open a second location in West Bay Plaza at 904 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. Owner Ken Marot said the new shop will offer fair trade and organic coffee, espresso drinks, muffins and scones.

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So Smooth Bart Shumaker on healthy sipping What inspired you to open Smoothy Booty Café? I own the restaurant with my wife Ruth and our close friend Charlie. We spent a lot of time on the West Coast, in New York City and in New Orleans, where smoothies are extremely popular. In these locations, smoothies are not just a beverage but a lifestyle. Ruth was a long distance runner and triathlete, and all three of us are cyclists. We often ride our bikes to and from Smoothy Booty via the South County Bike Path.

and coffee-based smoothies). We also offer a new Trim and Fit Smoothie Boost that contains ingredients that reduce food cravings and suppress the appetite. We hear you’re opening a new location. We’re excited to reopen in our new location, in the heart of Wakefield, which is much more visible and closer to Main Street. In addition to our usual smoothies, coffees, cookies and muffins, we’re expanding the menu to include sandwiches, salads and vegetarian offerings. We’re opening on April 1.

What makes your smoothies unique? Many businesses offer smoothies. However, for the most part, our competitors’ smoothies are derived from from frozen mixes or powdered blends that are not natural or healthy. All of our smoothies are made fresh to order, from unsweetened fruit and fruit juices. We also feature green, coffee, green tea, chai and dessert smoothies.

Will you continue to feature live music in your new location? We hope to. We’ve loved welcoming bands such as Occidental Gypsy and Saddle Up the Chicken! It’s a familyoriented venue where anyone can come in and enjoy a smoothie and some great music. However, when we offer music, it is also perfectly acceptable to bring your own alcoholic beverage.

What is your favorite smoothie? My wife’s is the Calico Jack (peach-mango) and mine is the Poop Deck (chocolate-peanut butter-banana). Calico Jack is an indescribably delicious smoothie that inspires Maui fantasies. Poop Deck is satisfying and filling, and leaves me energized without eating a meal.

There’s a Hangover Blend on the menu. What’s that? Our Hangover Blend smoothie enhancer is a new offering, featuring Ginger Root, Taurine, Ginkgo Biloba, Chamomile and Peppermint. These ingredients, along with the liquids, support rehydration and restoration of the body’s electrolyte balance.

Is it true that smoothies can make you gain weight? There are so many smoothie possibilities. There are some that can help you bulk up and gain muscle (such as those including protein in the form of peanut butter, soy or whey) and others that are low in calories (such as our regular fruit

Bart Shumaker and his wife Ruth Anderson own Smoothy Booty, along with Charlie Kelley. Smoothy Booty, sister restaurant to the popular Bluebird Café, is now located at 254 Robinson Street in Wakefield. 783-4018, www.smoothybooty.com.

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So Delicious | Review

By Linda Beaulieu

A Fresh Taste A chic makeover for a familiar Narragansett spot at 21 Pier Marketplace in Narragansett a number of times, and each visit was to a different restaurant. It started out as Woody’s, with a menu that combined Euro bistro and regional New England cuisine. More recently, it was the Cheeky Monkey, offering global cuisine and primateinspired artwork. It is now called SoHo, and it’s most deserving of your attention. SoHo is a small contemporary restaurant, within walking distance of the historic Narragansett Towers and seawall, where you might want to stroll before or after dinner. The new owners, the extended DelFarno family, have made the most of the given space with lots of pub-height tables and chairs in the colorful lounge and more formally set tables in the intimate dining room. A bold red is the accent color here, from the hostess station to an abstract chandelier and an oversized vase. Interesting art adorns the walls. From the moment we walked in, the vibe was happy and upbeat. We could not have been treated more royally. We received warm greetings from the staff, an offer to hang our coats and our choice of any table in the house – what a refreshing change from so many other rigid establishments. When you go to SoHo, I hope your waiter will be Yool. He’s everything that the perfect waiter embodies. For instance, when I asked for a glass of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay ($9), he offered me a taste of a less expensive white wine. I was happy to try it and decided to stick with my original request. I can’t remember the last time that I experienced that kind of gesture in a restaurant. The traditional Italian food in this modern eatery turned out

to be just as impressive. First things first: an ultramodern stainless steel bowl containing two kinds of warm bread was brought to our table, along with a small dish of garlic-infused olive oil. I was told the whole-grain bread is from Buono’s Bakery, and the other is from Crugnale’s. A nice touch – they actually asked if we wanted more bread. Remembering both our mothers’ words, “Don’t fill up on the bread,” we graciously declined. Only a handful of local restaurants have Fried Smelts ($9.75) on their menu, so we just had to order them as one of our appetizers. I’ve had this dish before so I was surprised at how chewy these smelts were. But this didn’t discourage us from eating every single one, garnished with hot pepper rings and a generous splash of vinegar. Our other “app” was another one of those dishes that I just have to order if I see it on the menu – the trendy Sirloin Meatball ($8.50). Bigger is not always better, but here that was the case. Made from an old family recipe, this oversized mound of ground beef was nicely cooked, not a bit dry, and topped with a zesty tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. It was more than the two of us could consume, so we asked to take the rest home. Our waiter said he would give us some of that Italian bread to take with us so we could make our own Italian subs the next day – how nice was that? On to the main event: Brian ordered the Veal Florentine ($20), and I selected the Cod Toscana ($18.50). I was served fresh local cod that had been sautéed with mushrooms, shallots, artichoke hearts and capers, and a lemon and white wine sauce. On the side were

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chunky mashed potatoes and one of my favorite vegetables, broccoli rabe. The Veal Florentine consisted of tender veal cutlets, spinach, mushrooms and rosemary in a shallot cream sauce. Yool asked if Brian would like his linguine to be topped with more of the cream sauce instead of the usual red sauce. What a wonderful suggestion. That is how that dish should be served all the time. A wide assortment of desserts is available, from the very Italian to the decadent. We chose one from both categories – the traditional Sicilian Ricotta Pie ($6) and the Death by Chocolate Cake ($8). The moist wedge of house-made ricotta pie was served chilled, and it had just a hint of orange flavor. The chocolate cake was massive, enough for four people to eat, and one of the very best chocolate cakes we’ve ever had – fresh, moist, and studded with dark chocolate morsels. It was definitely to die for. As we’ve been known to do, we also ordered a pizza to go – the basic SoHo Pizza ($9.50), topped with sliced black olives (for another $1). We enjoyed it the next day after zapping it in the microwave oven for a mere 15 seconds. This was an ultra-thin tomato and cheese pie, with a surprisingly sweet sauce. We would have liked a lot more olives on top of the pizza. Chatting online with Anthony DelFarno, I was told they make their own pizza dough.

Andrew Curado, with more than 20 years of experience cooking here and abroad, is the executive chef. “Our formula is simple,” DelFarno said. “We use only fresh ingredients. We cook the classic Italian dishes the way they were meant to be prepared – simple and not overdone. We cook to order so we can accommodate any customer request even if it’s not on the menu. If we have the ingredients, we will make it.” Yool stopped by our table now and then, checking to see if we were happy with our dinner. Other wait staff also checked in, making sure our water glasses were full and at times just making friendly conversation. This is the kind of attentive service that can turn a new customer into a regular patron. And they serve a 10-ounce martini. Now that’s reason enough to visit SoHo. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state.

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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 $-$$ OCEAN VIEW CHINESE RESTAURANT 140 Point Judith Road; 783-9070. Serving authentic Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine, plus the chef’s own recipes, Ocean View is South County’s best Chinese. They also offer a separate vegetarian menu. D $-$$ 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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So Delicious | Dining Guide North Kingstown 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 $-$$ TAVERN BY THE SEA 16 West Main Street; 294-5771. Located in historic Wickford, Tavern by the Sea offers a relaxed yet romantic atmosphere and an array of dishes such as seafood, burgers and a complete kid’s menu. LD $$

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Richmond 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. LD $-$$

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South Kingstown 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. 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, 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 $$-$$$ PICK POCKETS DELI 231 Old Tower Hill Road; 792-3360. A fun, health-conscious deli, Pick Pockets serves up lamb and beef kabobs, specialty falafel, deli wraps, and vegetarian and chicken dishes. LD $ TARA’S TIPPERARY TAVERN 907 Matunuck Beach Road; 284-1901. For one of the most authentic Irish pub experienc-

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april from previous page April 28 Some of you may not have seen a yellow rubber ducky in a great many years. You’ll see a whole truckload of them, however, at the 14th Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race. This fundraiser, held each year in downtown Westerly, features 20,000 rubber ducks that are released (or, in other words, dumped) into the river from a large payloader truck. The rubber creatures then “race” to benefit over 45 area schools and non-profits. You can sponsor a rubber duck for only $5. Try your luck – you could win one of over 90 great prizes. And even if you don’t win, at least you have donated to a great cause. There will also be children’s games, food booths, exciting rides, fun activities and face painting. The event is open to everyone and is guaranteed to be a wonderful family event. Free. 11am2:30pm. 37 Main Street, Westerly. 5967761, www.westerlychamber.org. Now through April 15 A biblical story that never gets old, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes alive on stage at West Kingston’s Courthouse Center for the Arts. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit musical tells the story of Joseph, who in the Book of Genesis, wore a multi-colored coat that allowed him to interpret dreams. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or day of. $20-$25. 7pm ThurSat, 2pm Sat-Sun. 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston. 782-1018, www.courthousearts.org. April 4 On the first Wednesday of each month, the Westerly Arts Stroll offers an opportunity to peruse new works at downtown galleries and studios. Pick up a map at The Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly to guide your walk. Free. 5-8pm. 7 Canal Street, Westerly. www.westerlyarts.com. April 4 Celebrate New England bounty at the Farm and Vine Dinner, where guest Chef Matt Gennuso of Providence’s Chez Pascal will prepare food from a local farm. Includes reception, passed hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner with wines selected by guest sommelier. Reservations requested. $85. 7pm, Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Westerly. 584-7000, www. oceanhouseri.com.

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April 4, 11, 18 , 25 Head down to The Towers for Dance Lessons. During the month of April, Sara Barker will teach Rumba and Hustle from 6-8pm and Sue Davis will teach Argentine Tango from 8-10pm. Classes are offered every Wednesday, no partner necessary. $15 one session, $22 both sessions. 6-10pm. The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 782-2597, www.thetowersri.com.

April 5 Get in touch with your health and the great outdoors at URI’s Yoga on the Quad. This annual event, led by Rebecca Briggs of River Bend Athletic Club and sponsored by the Office of International Education is free and open to all. Rebecca will be available for free Thai massage in the MU Ballroom from 1-3pm. 11-11:30am. URI Quadrangle, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston. 965-


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0345, jlastrina24@my.uri.edu or www. events.uri.edu. April 6, 13, 20, 27 Every clear Friday night, the galaxies are at your fingertips. Star Gazing at Frosty Drew Observatory is an opportunity to see the stars, planets, moons and maybe even a flying comet. 6:30pm. Ningret Park, 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. 364-9508, www.frostydrew.org. April 10-11 Take your kids to Pirate Days at Mystic Seaport to ensure there is no boredom this April vacation. The morning begins with a pirate treasure hunt and ends with a high sea planetarium show. Reservations strongly recommended. $10 or $30 family non-member, $7 person, $25 family member (in addition to seaport admission). 10am-4pm each day. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT. 860-572-5322, www. mysticseaport.org. April 13 Head to the Owl Prowl at Parker Woodland to get up close with these interesting creatures. Start the evening with an informative presentation and a visit with a live owl. Then head outside to explore the trails in search of owls in their natural habitat. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. Meet at the barn. $12 adult, $8 member. $6 child, $4 member child. 7-9pm. 1670 Maple Valley Road, Coventry. 295-8283, www.asri.org. April 14 In the springtime, we’re all looking for a reason to get up and out, so why not take part in the Fearless Frogs hike? All you will need is sturdy walking shoes, warm clothes and a curiosity for these small hoppers. This hike, at the protected vernal pools of the new Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge, is fun for all ages. So don’t settle for seeing these aquatic creatures on your HDTV, because there is nothing like the real thing. Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Victory Highway, Coventry. 949-5454, www.asri.org. April 17 A Casey Farm docent will be bringing the farm to the library for the Casey Farm Chick Project. Learn all about chicks and chickens as you hold and pet the poultry visitors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 10-

Honey Bunnies, made from our Honey Whole Wheat, Farmhouse White or Cinnamon Chip dough, are seeking loving homes this Easter. They make unique, edible centerpieces, veggie dip bowls, or a creative addition to an Easter basket.

10:45am. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road, Kingston. 789-1555, www.skpl.org. April 19-29 April showers bring May flowers… and a production of Singing in the Rain at URI. This comedy musical offers a depiction of Hollywood and its transition from silent films to “talkies.” Call or go online for tickets. $20 adults, $15 students and children. Robert E. Will Theatre, Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, South Kingstown. 874-5921, www.uri.edu/theatre. April 21 It’s not about coming in first, it’s about having a good time at the 3rd Annual Frosty Drew 5k Trail run/walk and Children’s fun run. Proceeds benefit the local nonprofit organization, Frosty Drew Nature Observatory, a center for nature education and astronomy. Enjoy the scenic trails of Ninigret Park and break a sweat for a good cause. 11am. Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory, 62 Park Lane, Charlestown. 207-1155, www. frostydrew.org.

$1 from each Honey Bunny that we sell will be donated to the North Kingstown Pet Refuge.

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April 21 The Origami Poems Project presents a book signing and reading by Tom Chandler, RI Poet Laureate Emeritus. He’ll sign and read Guitar of the Stars. Poet Mary Mueller will also be featured. 3-5pm. Symposium Books, 247 Main Street, East Greenwich. 886-1600, www.origamipoems.com. April 21 Ocean Blue catering is hosting a Tapas Wine Dinner at the aquarium. Enjoy the indoor exhibits along with four Spanish food stations, each with its own specially chosen Spanish wine. 21 plus event. Call for reservations. $29.99. 6:30pm. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT. 860-572-5955 ext. 520, www.mysticaquarium.org.

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charms, but not for Brian Henning. The errant husband in Norm Foster’s The Affections of May can’t get back to the big city fast enough. He misses the anonymity of urban living, and hates the rural place where his wife has chosen to open a bed and breakfast. As he gripes of the locals, “These people stop and talk to you, only they’ve got nothing to talk about. The weather. How many times a day can you talk about the damned weather?” Plenty, as it turns out. But for Brian’s wife May, that’s part of the appeal of Grogan’s Cove – a tight-knit community similar to the Grover’s Corners of Our Town. So she stays, even after her husband takes off, and tries to make a go of it. It’s unclear which aspect of her new life will prove more challenging – running an inn in a sleepy village without many tourists, or remaining single in a sleepy village without many single women. Watch May’s story unfold at the Granite Theatre of Westerly this month. Produced by Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. and directed by Brian Olsen, the play is an entertaining tale about embracing change – and each other. The characters deal with tough issues: breaking up, moving on, re-learning how to trust, regaining self-confidence. But thanks to a comic script by contemporary Canadian playwright Foster, the show never takes

itself too seriously. The jokes range from practically slapstick to downright dirty, and they keep rolling in right up to the last minute. Lorie Olsen of Westerly, in her theatrical debut, stars as May. Director Olsen (no relation) reports that this talented newcomer nailed the audition to nab her first part, and now will be seen onstage for almost the entire duration of the play. Frank Pendola of Westerly plays her heel of a hubby, while Wakefield resident David LaRocque tackles the role of a new love interest named Quinn. In The Affections of May, Brian Henning’s loss is Grogan’s Cove’s gain. Of course, most South County residents already know that he picked the wrong side in the small town versus big city debate. After all, who doesn’t prefer friendly faces, weather talk and hunky handymen?

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“I didn’t used to consider myself a landscape artist,” says Alexandra Kent, a painter and illustrator whose Jamestown studio is a converted garden shed surrounded by Rhode Island Red chickens. Kent always preferred painting people and animals back when she studied Illustration at the Art Institute of Boston. “Then I moved to my grandmother’s house in Jamestown. It’s just so beautiful here, and I started painting people and animals at the beaches and on the farms.” Eventually, her focus evolved and now she’s known for her beautiful ocean and rural farm landscapes. “However,” Kent says with a laugh, “I’ll paint anything.” “Some artists prefer to be alone, and to work alone,” Kent says, “but not me. I love to talk and I love being around people.” She says that one fun aspect about painting is that it can be tweaked to suit the client’s wishes. “If you want daffodils in the foreground, you can have daffodils in the foreground,” she says. “I once did a mural for the owner of Roch’s in Narragansett. He wanted me to paint the view from Casey Farm looking to the ocean… with watermelons in growing in the foreground.” “Jamestown has a lot of beautiful farms,” Kent says. She often travels to Windmist Farm to paint, daughters in tow. “In the spring they have baby goats. They let my daughters and me come play with the goats. They also have chickens there, which we obviously

enjoy.” If there was ever a woman who loved chickens, Alexandra Kent she is. Kent loves being outdoors in her garden, watching her daughters and their friends play with their well-mannered feathered friends. “Our chickens are so nice,” Kent says, “You could lean down, pick one up and cuddle it.” Figuring that since the Rhode Island Red is the state bird, “If anyone should love chickens as much as I do, it’s Rhode Islanders,” Kent expanded beyond the canvas and began creating chicken illustrations, which she’s printed on reusable tote bags and peel-and-stick bookplates. The grocery bags are heavy-duty, washable and high-quality; they’re sold at locations throughout the state including Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, Picture This in Wakefield, Dave’s Floral Design East Greenwich and Allie’s Tack and Feed in North Kingstown, amongst others. Kent sells her bags, bookplates and paintings directly, as well. “I decided to bite the bullet and pay for an ad in a national magazine called Backyard Poultry. It’s been fun,” she says, “I’ve gotten calls from people all over the country. I don’t take credit cards, just checks.” Kent pauses and laughs. “Luckily, you can trust chicken people.” Alexandra Kent’s studio is located at her home in Jamestown. Her paintings are available for sale at Jamestown Designs in Jamestown or online, along with her totes and bookplates. www. alexandrakent.com.

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