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Immaculate 4 bedroom home with in-town location built in 2007. Quality construction and low maintenance features. Hardwoods, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, central air. Spacious private deck facing wooded area. Walk to town amenities. $355,000 Alyce, ext. 121

Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath shingled cape set on beautifully landscaped triple lot. Quality construction with hardwood floors, solid 6 panel doors, living room with fireplace and picture window, built-ins. Detached 2 car garage with loft for storage. $349,900

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Welcome to this bright, sunny, well maintained home. Updated kitchen w/ granite counters and stainless appliances. Home offers 3 beds, 2-1/2 baths, hardwoods, family room w/ gas FP and sliders leading to Trex deck & private back yard. Agent owned. $339,000 Betty, ext. 107

Savor ocean views, gentle southerly breezes, and the smell of the sea from this private one level upper end unit in desirable Seawinds. Newly redone kitchen, stainless appliances, open living/dining room, 2 beds with their own baths. 2 decks & garage. $339,900 Kathy, ext. 114

Architect designed, sun filled shingle style home. 3600+ sq. ft., 4 beds, 3 full/2 half baths. Covered porch, brick patio/hot tub, stone walls. Awning covered deck overlooks 1.87 acres of lush lawn/plantings. Hardwoods, 2 FP’s, custom trim/moldings, built-ins, window seats, granite island kitchen (cherry), soaring ceilings. Broker owned. $1,250,000

Completely updated sprawling 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with open living floor plan. Gleaming hardwoods throughout. Finished lower level features family room, office, rec room. Deck/patio overlooks private, tranquil yard surrounded by fieldstone walls. $429,000 Jack, ext, 102

Walk to Narragansett town beach from this meticulous 1930’s classic colonial. 5-7 bedrooms, 4 full baths, updated kitchen. Living room with brick fireplace, family room, dining room. Master suite with ocean views. Mature landscaping. $849,000 Marnee, ext. 109

Spectacular views of Narragansett Bay/Jamestown . Open floor plan, granite island kitchen looking into living and dining rooms. Hardwoods throughout, master suite, fireplaced family room. Walk to private beach/tennis club. $675,000 Jack, ext. 102

Spacious circa 1870 cape set on a conveniently located half acre. Four bedrooms, two baths, beautiful detailed woodwork, wood floors, great room with brick fireplace, and more. Over 3300 sq. ft. of living area – so much house for the money! $259,900 Shirley, ext. 124


RESTAURANT WEEK CONTINUES until September 13th at 1149 Restaurants

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KENNETH COTE RENEWAL CENTER The Best of Rhode Island

The Reviews Are In… “My mother and I came to your salon for a day of services for my 30th birthday. From the moment we walked through your doors we knew it was going to be a wonderful day. Each and every person we met was so welcoming and down to earth. We instantly felt right at home. I just wanted to say thank you for making my day extra special and making me feel so beautiful!” –Lisa “It was my first time at the salon for a haircut. I came in wanting something new. My stylist came up with a suggestion, showed me a picture and off we went. Well, everyone who has seen my new cut and style has said WOW. My students at the high school where I teach love the cut. They think I look great, even cool. I have also been told that I look stunning and sexy by several adults!” –Marjory

And The Winner Is… For the fifth consecutive year, we’ve been named the Best of Rhode Island by our clients and the readers of Rhode Island Monthly. Of the many awards we’ve received over the past 35 years, this one is the most meaningful because the winners are determined by those who know us best. At Kenneth Cote, we don’t take your support for granted. Year after year, we continue to improvise, to enhance, to explore and fine-tune what we do best… to bring you an exceptional salon experience at reasonable prices. And we’ve been doing it since 1977. Few other salons in Rhode Island can say that. Our team environment makes visiting our salon and spa a positive experience for you since our stylists share knowledge and learn from each other. At Kenneth Cote, I can truly say that my staff loves the art and craft of helping you look, and feel, your very best. We do what we love and love what we do and, therefore, success follows. I’ve always believed that the high tide raises all the boats and together we all succeed. And at Kenneth Cote, we continue to be voted the Best of Rhode Island by you because of our consistent focus on outstanding quality and always putting you first. Our business model is stable, above board, ethical and based on mutual respect and integrity. We truly care about each other and you. My team and I look forward to seeing you soon. –Ken

“I love my hair color and hair cut! I was just telling one of my girlfriends that I honestly can't remember the last time I walked out of a salon feeling great about the way I look!” –Pam “My wife loves my new haircut and as they say, a happy wife makes a happy life!” –Ed “What a massage! This place is great!” –Cathy “The best salon there is! Everyone is friendly and helpful.” –Marika

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Contents Photography: (L) Tiffany Medrano (R) Hilary Block

August 2012

41 This Month 35 Man’s Best Friend Indulge your pet with gourmet treats

41 secret gardens Take a peek at some of the most beautiful private gardens in South County

Every Month 13 Letters 14 So List

74 55 so stylish Renovating from the bottom up in East Greenwich 57 Whole Body 59 Tastemaker 60 What’s in Store 63 Lifestyle

69 so Delicious The food is fine at this new dining establishment 71 Foodie Journal 72 Tastemaker 74 Review 77 Dining Guide

87 so Entertaining They’re singing the blues at Misquamicut Beach 88 Calendar 91 On Stage 92 Art View

94 so Approved When the moon hits your eye like a big spinach pie

21 so Happening Take your glass of wine out onto the lawn in Westerly

On the Cover: Photography by Tiffany Medrano

23 So & So 28 Social Network

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Account Managers Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Nicole Greenspun Kim Tingle Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Sharon Sylvester Jessica Webb

self-declared “beach bum,” she says she loves meeting new people and enjoying the beautiful beaches that South County has to offer. “I really love my job,” she says. “I get to meet so many

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Contributing Writers Linda Beaulieu Dawn Keable Marylou Butler Molly Lederer Bob Cipriano Grace Lentini Bob Curley Andrea E. McHugh Meagan Gann Bethany Vaccaro Rudi Hempe Interns Amy Beaudoin Samantha Leach Ellen Merritt Emily Payne

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Letters

Buying Diamonds

and Vintage Jewelry Large diamonds our specialty. Always buying gold and silver.

Smell the Flowers Any truly passionate gardener can talk for hours about tending his or her garden (almost as many hours, that is, as they spend tending to them). Southern Rhode Island has no shortage of beautiful outdoor spaces like Westerly’s Wilcox Park and Casey Farm in Saunderstown. But this month, we wanted to showcase the work of those dedicated amateur gardeners who work tirelessly (and dirtily) to create their own private

paradises. You won’t magically grow a green thumb from the story, but you might find some inspiration for your own home. There’s a lot more going on this month, from free nightly outdoor concerts happening all over South County (read about them On Stage) to some delicious festivals in Charlestown and Westerly. That, plus a new fine dining restaurant, holistic facials in East Greenwich and a whole month

of new theatrical productions – oh, and spending every possible second at the beach – mean you have a lot to do this month. Get out there and enjoy it.

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I am writing to you in reference to your most recent article written by Rebecca Remillard [“Ocean Blue,” July 2012]. It was a great article overall, but there are glaring errors in it that need to be corrected. The errors I am referring to are in the paragraphs describing Wild Rhody. I am the current general manager of Wild Rhody and had these errors brought to my attention. Back in January, the Elizabeth Helen sunk. The captain and owner of that boat was Steve Arnold, not Chris Brown. Captain Chris Brown and the Proud Mary are very much still floating and fishing. In fact, captain Chris Brown took on the full work load, supplying the restaurant

chefs with their desired species while Steve was recovering from his loss. Steve Arnold is now fishing on the Sea Breeze II. Wild Rhody is continuing to expand and develop new markets and ideologies that are reshaping seafood caught in the Ocean State. Christopher Brown, Jr. General Manager Wild Rhody, LLC

ventureland staff . The Sea Dragon was named Narragansett Nessie by Abigail and Michael Zelenek of Narragansett. Abigail is a preschool student at St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea. Adventureland has had tremendous response from our ad in both SO Rhode Island and SO Summer. We look forward to more events in the future. Melissa Kells Burdick

It Was a Blessed Day

Warm Thanks

Thank you to the writers of SO for profiling the Blessing of the Carousel [“A Blessing by the Sea,” So & So, June 2012]. Families had a great day and Father Casey Schobe blessed the entire park, as well as the Ad-

I wanted to let you know what a lovely article you wrote [“Our Little Secret,” Whole Body, July 2012], and to thank you so much for  it. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again. Sarah Levy Facial Aesthetics Center of RI

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Northwestern Mutual Night

People’s Credit Union Night

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Clements’ Marketplace Night

Calvino Law Associates Night

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Full Charlie O’s Menu / Specialty Drinks Open 6pm - 1pm

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StyleWeek Northeast (formerly StyleWeek Providence) is gearing up for another week of fashion. Check out the newest fabulous styles by many talented designers including Jonathan Joseph Peters and Peach Carr (both of Project Runway fame). From August 26-September 1, enjoy runway shows, an ac-

cessory showcase and an opportunity to chat with local artists and fashionistas. The event will go down inside the swanky and historic Biltmore Hotel in Providence. Go online to buy your tickets, as this is one stylish event that you definitely do not want to miss. www. styleweekprovidence.com.

Chow Down Food Hounds

Rhode Island’s oldest IRIsh Pub

The first ever East Greenwich Restaurant Week is just around the corner. Between September 14-23, many of your favorite EG food spots will be offering up their best dishes at low prices. As EG was founded in 1677, the menu prices will reflect that date: Dinner is priced at $29.77, lunch at $12.77 and breakfast at $7.77.

Savor East Greenwich, kick-off party, will be held at the East Greenwich Yacht Club on September 13 from 6-9pm. Tickets are only $20 and benefit the Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island. Purchase yours on our website soon – they’re sure to sell out. We’ll see you there. www.sorhodeisland.com.

Think Pink Tuesdays: Fresh Lobster Rolls Wednesdays: Reuben Mania Thursdays: Burger and Brew

Fridays: Fish ´n Chips, Seafood Stuffed Flounder

saTurday & sunday: Breakfast 8am-1pm

night $10 Fresh 1/2 lb burger with a 16 oz brew of your choice

Live Music

MUSIC AT TARA’S! Visit our website for full music schedule

Tuesdays & Thursday - Sunday

Brigids Cross will be here Sept. 2 & 22-23

Gloria Gemma is hosting its annual Celebrate Pink event on Saturday, September 15 at the Warwick Mall. This free, one-day event helps to raise awareness about breast cancer. Families and individuals are encouraged to stop by and learn while having fun. There will be

a large variety of vendors on site from beauty to health screenings, as well as a fashion show. Celebrate Pink will set the stage for Gloria Gemma’s 7th Annual Flames of Hope event, a much-anticipated WaterFire night set to take place on October 6. www.gloriagemma.org.

Open Mic Every Thursday, 7-11pm

Traditional Irish Music Last Saturday of every month

Hit It Out of the Park Monday-Friday 12pm-1am, Saturday & Sunday 8am-1am

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Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Home Run 5K Run/Walk on Sunday August 26 at the Quonset ‘O’ Club in North Kingstown. The 3.1-mile course winds through the waterfront area around Quonset Point and will raise

money for the organization. The first 150 entrants will receive a free t-shirt and all can partake in a free BBQ brunch. Anyone interested in being a runner, walker, or sponsor should visit www.southcountyhabitat.org.


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We embrace the newest medical techniques available, combining this care with old-fashioned principles of availability and honesty in patient care. In a private practice setting attention can be focused on you and your care, free of the administrative hassles and confusion so prevalent today in large groups and hospitals.

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Gain Experience Make Connections Have Fun!

More Gardens Check out photos that were trimmed from this month’s garden cover story

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Music Together®

Summer Art Camp

The Children's Village Early Learning Center

• For Infants through 5 year olds with parents/ caregivers • 16 different classes offered in North Kingstown

Quality Early Childhood Programs

June 25 - August 24

Accepting Applications for September!

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

• Musical Birthday Parties For All Ages

Clayground

567 So. County Trail, Exeter 401-295-5244 1326 Plainfield Street, Cranston 401-946-2211

884.4888 5600 Post Road, East Greenwich www.claygroundstudio.com

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Register now for

Fall Session which

begins September 11th

Call (401) 364-SONG or visit www.singwithb.com to view video and for more details.

EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS • Transition

to College & GED preperation • Job skill training • Computer training • Work and Life Rediness • ...and much much more Locations throughout South County

Quest Montessori School The only Toddler through 8th grade Montessori school in Southern RI.

Visit our website for more information

783-0293 • www.EdExRI.org

2012-2013 Common Application is now online

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Summer Open HOuSe Sunday, auguSt 12 from 1-3pm • Tours available • Free Del’s lemonade • Free face painting

For a well-written application that delivers results!

• Common Application Essays • Supplement Questions • College Strategy

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1157 South Road, Wakefield, RI (formerly the South Rd. School) (401) 783-3222 • admissions@questschool.org


A COMMUNITY FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES • Residential and Day High School • Social Pragmatics • Independent Living Skills • 1:1 Daily Tutorial

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Monsignor Matthew F. Clarke Catholic Regional School Meadowbrook

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Parent-Child Classes • Meets 1 day per week for 6 week sessions • Caregivers and children share snack time, circle or story time, and play time Call or email for more information: (401) 491-9570 x 228 admissions@meadowbrookschool.com • 300 Kingstown Road, West Kingston

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


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We do balance. We do playful. We do Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga.

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We do Vinyasa Flow, Mellow Flow, Yoga for Athletes & Restorative Classes.

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Langworthy Farm Winery

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One more FREE summer evening. Too much fun.

DESIGN THE NIGHT

TRENDS

AUG 16 | Thu 5–10 pm

Enjoy our Mediterranean inspired menu prepared with quality ingredients served by friendly faces indoors, al fresco, or in the lively bar.

Enjoy live music, films, and more. risdmuseum.org Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am–5 pm; until 9 pm every Thursday. 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

Lunch •Dinner Cocktails • Vino 132 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut Beach Westerly, RI • 401.596.6886 MariasSeasideCafe.com

Support for Design the Night is provided by the Providence Tourism Council and the City of Providence, Angel Taveras, Mayor.

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Swap ‘Til You Drop Imagine a world where cleaning out your closet meant putting a hot meal in the hands of a homeless person. Elizabeth Hazard’s Swap & Shop For Charity proves it’s not only possible, but also a whole lot of fun. Based on the philosophy of recycling and reusing, Swap & Shop For Charity offers opportunities for individuals to swap clothes with friends to benefit their favorite charity. An individual contacts Hazard, and she then sends out invitations asking guests to donate old clothes before the event. Using her eye for design and those donated clothes, Hazard transforms the host’s chosen venue into something

resembling an actual retail store. “Guests are given a piece of paper with categories,” says Hazard. “Those categories determine how much an individual believes a piece of clothing is worth. People determine their own price, and all proceeds go to the host’s charity of choice.” Hazard takes with her all excess clothing not sold during the swap, using them for the next swap. “Everyone agrees the swaps are a blast,” says Hazard. “People get so excited. Honestly, what’s better than saving money while supporting charities?” www.swapandshopforcharity.com. –Dale Rappaneau

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Lap of Luxury Sip, shop and sunbathe at Langworthy Farm Winery From your perch atop an elevated deck, you spy row upon row of grapevines, stretching as far back as your eyes can see and seemingly calling you to come closer and explore. It’s summertime at Langworthy Farm and the perfect time to swing through for a bit of wine after a trip to Misquamicut or another of the nearby beaches. There’s not much that is as relaxing and refreshing as indulging in a cold glass of white, with friends, as the sun warms your face. The winery has been open since 2004 after the owners of Langworthy Farm Bed and Breakfast noticed that the farm’s close proximity to the ocean created an ideal grape growing environment. Owners Joe and Gail Sharry began experimenting with wine making as they waited to receive their operational license. In spring of 2005, they opened

to the public for tastings; in 2006, their winery and tasting room opened. The winery is now open for tastings everyday from noon-5pm through Labor Day. The cost is $7-10 (depending on the size of the glass you choose), which buys you a sampling of five wines and the souvenir stemwear. Stop by on August 18 and 19 for an Art Festival on the Lawn, featuring work for sale by over 10 area artists belonging to the Westerly Cooperative Art Gallery. This is the first time that the winery is hosting this event and Joe tells me it’s sure to be an enjoyable day for all involved. “Guests can feel free to purchase a bottle of wine and take it outside to enjoy,” he says. We say, that certainly makes for a luxuriously delicious weekend. 12-5pm. 308 Shore Road, Route 1A, Westerly. 322-7791, www. langworthyfarm.com –Erin Swanson

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Starting Early on an Eco-Friendly Life Teach your children to be ecofriendly, healthy and sustainable. Family-owned and Rhode Island based Mama Earth provides green services and natural care products for adults and children alike. As a mom, you can help both the environment and your baby by using cloth diapers; Mama Earth’s cloth diaper service offers free delivery after cleaning. Perc-free eco-dry cleaning with a free delivery service is also available for everyday

clothes. And for those of you who value farm fresh, organic food for your little one but don’t have the time to prepare it, Mama Earth’s homemade baby food delivery may be the way to go. Local chefs will prepare and deliver the food to your door for a weekly fee. The company even extends their offerings to body wash, shampoo, moisturizer and pet shampoo, available on their website. 626-2995, www.mamaearthonline. com. -Emily Payne August 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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Inspired Art with a Positive Vibe New Englanders Nancy Netcoh and Kellie Noble have found inspiration in the whimsical coasts of South County. Noble has vacationed in Westerly for the past 35 years, and sought to develop alternative forms of souvenirs that captured the coastal majesty here. In this vein, she formed graffi*Tee Studios with Netcoh. The pair’s artistic collaboration sees colorful art and text of graffiti used to portray “designs with a positive vibe.” They have created jewelry, art, note cards, green bags

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A Fisherman’s Tale The locals know what visitors soon discover: Jamestown has its own Fishing Hall of Fame, complete with rock star angler Greg Zeke. For 27 years, Greg Zeke, a commercial fisherman and owner of Zeke’s Creek Seafood Market and Bait and Tackle Shop, has been wrapping fresh fish for Jamestown dinner tables while doling out advice to the Jamestown anglers who take a DIY approach to supper. Step inside the unassuming gray-shingled shack on North Road and view 17 years of Jamestown history chronicled on Zeke’s wall of fame. Ask Greg for his favorite fish tale, and he’ll take you back to a “dark beach on a dark night” on Block Island when his college buddy, Steve,

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caught a 60-pound striper. “I was standing right next to him. He was standing right here one minute and the next time I looked over, I thought, where did Steve go? I’d say maybe 20 minutes later - it seemed like forever - I kept looking over to see where the heck Steve was and the next thing I know he comes from behind me and he’s white as a ghost and he grabs me by the arm. He says, ‘Come here. You gotta come here.’ When I looked back at the cliff, where the cliff comes down to meet the beach, the fish was laying there. It was 60 pounds and I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ We went running over to it and spent the next half hour looking at it.” 194 North Road, Jamestown. 423-1170. –Rosanne Pawelec

and apparel. Their Sun Collection collage prints showcase photographs of the Misquamicut area (featuring Narragansett Beer signs), Watch Hill (featuring big pink flowers) and Charlestown (featuring antique shops and roosters), offering a unique spin indicative of Noble and Netcoh’s familiarity and love for South County. Graffi*tee Studios’ Sun Collection prints can be purchased at Bay Breeze on Bay Street in Westerly or online at www.graffiteestudios. com. -Samantha Leach


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Agenda If you’re an avid viewer of Downton Abbey, consider stopping by The Seasons on Sunday, August 19 to attend their 3rd Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser, Sip, Savor and Celebrate, an Edwardian-inspired summer garden party featuring a selection of wines, hors d’oeuvres and menu items common to the Edwardian and Jazz age (some were taken from the menu of the Titanic). There will also be a classic car display, an invigorating Jazz Age quartet, cabaret entertainment by Chifferobe, a live auction, raffle baskets and even a Mystery Gift Table. Guests are encouraged to show up in period clothing. The Seasons, located in East Greenwich, is a non-profit assisted living facility that has served both independent and memory-impaired residents for a decade. $60. 5 Saint Elizabeth Way, East Greenwich, 884-9099, www.theseasons.org. Registration is open for the 4th annual ride ‘round rhody bike-a-thon, a one-day event held in Wakefield on August 12 to raise funds for cancer awareness and treatment at area

hospitals. In its last three years the event has raised more than $75,000 for local cancer treatment. This year, the goal is to raise $50,000; LIFEcycle, Inc., the non-profit behind the event, anticipates a turnout of 125 riders. The event is suitable for the casual rider to the advanced cyclist as this year’s ride offers three options to choose from – 25, 50 and 75 mile rides, along scenic roads and finishing at Camp JORI in Wakefield. Threshold Cycling, an amateur cycling team from Boston, will be offering support along the ride. Registration is $85 through July 31; day of registration is available for $180 per rider. All riders receive a custom three-pocket zippered cycling jersey to be worn during the ride and kept as a souvenir, along with a water bottle and cinch bag. Riders are encouraged to set a goal of $250 or more, and are expected to raise at least $100. Teams can compete this year as well, with top teams being honored with a donation made in their name to a local cancer center,

which the team members will help choose. To register or to volunteer, go online or email David Arndt at david@ lifecycleinc.org. www.lifecycleinc.org. Grab your dog and join the Rhode Island SPCA for the 9th annual Marvin Memorial Walk for the animals at Goddard Park in Warwick, held in memory of the shelter’s mascot, Marvin the black lab, who helped raise $250,000 for the shelter through his service as a therapy dog. Held on August 25, the walk will include vendors, informational booths, obedience demonstrations, pet contests, raffles and more. Walkers can collect pledges to earn prizes, and will be served lunch after the walk. There is a $20 registration fee for walkers who do not register before August 24. 1095 Ives Road, Warwick. 438-8150, www.rispca.com. On Sunday, August 12, the South Kingstown Land Trust will host its 8th annual great outdoors Celebration & Live auction, featuring local artists, delicious food, water-based adventures and many wonderful sur-

prises, all to benefit land protection in the town. Many unique items will be auctioned off including a 16-family Purple Martin birdhouse (replicating the SKLT Barn where the event is being held), a week in Tuscany, a half-day sailing adventure and a party for 20 at the Matunuck Oyster Bar. $25. 4-6:30pm. 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown. 789-0962, www.sklt.org. Like to ride your motorcycle on a sunny day? Do it for a cause at the 9th annual Texas roadhouse Homes For our Troops Motorcycle ride. The ride raises funds to build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans, at no cost to the veteran. The ride starts and ends at the restaurant, featuring a hearty Texassized breakfast before the run and a legendary Texas Roadhouse lunch after it. The first 300 riders will receive a free t-shirt, so sign up soon. Live entertainment, raffles and prizes round out the day. $30 rider, $20 passenger. Ride leaves at 10am. www. homesforourtroops.org/bikerun.

Volunteer Opportunities to help enrich the lives of those with special needs and disabilities are abundant through The Easter Seals rhode Island, a not-forprofit organization that raises money, awareness and caring on behalf of the disabled. Get involved in their upcoming pig roast at Hanson’s Pub in Wakefield on August 5, or make a continual commitment by performing office work, raising funds, promoting awareness of special needs issues, or sharing a unique talent. Volunteer internship opportunities are also available. 2841000, www.ri.easterseals.com.

Smith and agli’s potbelly Manor is a unique adoption center in North Kingstown that specializes in fostering and adopting out pigs – and they always welcome the efforts of volunteers. Whatever your talents, the shelter can make use of them, whether that’s carpentry, fundraising, paperwork, art, farming, or a good oldfashioned love for animals. Visitors are also welcome to come and see the animals (which include rabbits, birds, llamas and cats along with the pigs) to help them socialize. 295-4241, www.potbellymanor.org. August 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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So Happening | Social Network On June 20, a large group of SO Rhode Island readers joined us in our annual Sail Into Summer event. We took the high-speed Block Island Ferry to celebrate the launch of our second annual SO Block Island. Raffle prizes, including an overnight at The National, were handed out during the ferry ride home. The event was a fundraiser for the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce.

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Green Pets Pamper your four-legged family members with gourmet, organic foods By Dale Rappaneau Many of us understand

the habits for living a healthy lifestyle: exercise, fruits and veggies, sleep and socialization. These concepts have been drilled into us since elementary school. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though, there’s another habit that may lead to a healthier life – owning a pet. As stated on the CDC’s website, the health benefits of owning a pet include the decrease of “blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness,” in addition to increasing opportunities for “exercise and outdoors activities” and “socialization.” As many pet owners will tell you, nothing wipes away a day’s woes like the welcoming face of a pet. But the bond between owner and pet goes deeper than health benefits. Pets become family, their pictures hanging on walls or hidden in wallets. We name them, love them, and cuddle with them for comfort, which is why taking care of a pet’s health is as important as taking care of our own health. Read over the label of your current dog or cat food product. More often than not, the ingredients list includes a meat-based “meal,” a marketing term similar to “processed.” To live a healthy life, pets require natural ingredients, the same as you and me,

and numerous Rhode Island companies now cater to selling or creating these kind of gourmet or organic products.

list of ingredients used in making treats, which includes such items as eggs, ginger, honey, peanut butter and cheese. The word

Located in South Kingstown, Johnny’s Barkin’ Bakery specializes in “providing all natural baked treats using the highest quality ingredients.” On the bakery’s website you’ll see the

“meal” is never mentioned. Although the bakery’s name suggests a bias toward dog owners, the bakery offers a selection of cat treats and products too. These

products are not produced on-site, but the bakery’s owner, Alex Miller, claims that cats go absolutely bananas for their freeze-dried Bonito Fish Flakes. The bakery also offers natural vitamins for cat health and hairball control. In addition, Johnny’s Barkin’ Bakery goes further than merely selling organic treats. Each year the bakery donates 2% of net proceeds to The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Clearly, they want all dogs to live healthy and happy lives. Johnny’s Barkin’ Bakery also offers a Dog of the Month contest, which invites customers to submit a picture and story about their dog. The winning dog earns their owner a coupon for a free bag of treats. 35 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown. 284-4588, www. johnnysbarkinbakery.com For individuals with larger pets, such as horses or livestock, your haven for healthy pet foods is Allie’s, located in North Kingstown. Opened in 1978, Allie’s offers a huge selection of horse and livestock food options, and they also sell foods for cats, dogs, fish, birds and rabbits. “We have a bunch of organic pet food selections,” says Steve Briggs, Jr. “We have organic dog food and treats, gourmet horse treats and we August 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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offer a line of organic cat food.” Allie’s does not separate organic and gourmet products from the rest of their selection, so make sure to read over each product’s label. (Side note: finding an excuse to travel to Allie’s isn’t hard, since Allie’s Donuts sits across the street. Those delicious pastries make buying pet food an outstanding weekly event.) 3700 Quaker Lane Road, North Kingstown. 294-9121, www.alliesstore.com Pet owners seeking high-end

gourmet pet food can be seen in their ingredient lists. For example, nutritional yeast is often found in their dog food products, because it provides a high amount of minerals and vitamins. Moreover, a large amount of their ingredients come from a sustainable source, so as to benefit both pets and the wider human population. Lastly, Food for Thought strives to provide products high in quality protein, because dogs and cats,

We name them, love them, and cuddle with them for comfort, which is why taking care of a pet’s health is as important as taking care of our own health. gourmet animal food would do well to visit Food for Thought, located in Wakefield. Not only does Food for Thought offer a wide selection of gourmet pet food products, but they also sell natural flea and tick prevention, vitamins for pets and Rescue Remedy for Dogs. (Rescue Remedy for Dogs is a combination of flour essences that help dogs deal with situational anxiety, such as being left alone or encountering new people.) Food for Thought’s passion for

though domesticated, thrive on this meat-based nutrient. Unless you have a constant source of fresh meat, though, giving your dog or cat the protein they need can be difficult. 577 Kingstown Road, Wakefield. 7892445, www.myfoodforthoughtri.com Whether you own a cat, horse or dog, pet ownership promises a unique emotional experience that has the potential to promote all sorts of health benefits. All you have to do is provide them with the same love and care that they offer to you.


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Sharyn Iannuccilli grows organic bounty to feed her family The first time city girl Sharyn Iannuccilli saw a backyard garden was when she met her now-husband’s family for the first time. Soon after the couple said “I do,” she was inspired to sow her own seeds. “I married an Italian, so I started with tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, naturally,” she says with a laugh. Forty years, three children and three grandchildren later, Sharyn tends to her thriving vegetable garden in East Greenwich that feeds the family and pleases the health-conscious green thumb. It’s difficult to know the source of a majority of store-bought vegetables, she explains, and by growing her own bounty, she can ensure that seeds haven’t been altered and her crop is 100% organic. “This way you know,” she explains. While the trio she first planted remains part of the crop, Sharyn says she likes “the challenge of growing unusual fruits and vegetables,” including fennel, artichokes, grapes and more. The yield is enough to serve healthy and fresh meals to her loved ones regularly. “I have 10 for dinner every Sunday and we eat right out of the garden,” she says, beaming.

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It wasn’t until after she retired that Sharyn expanded her flowering gardens, which now separate varying areas of the one-acre expanse. “I created ‘rooms’ all divided by perennials beds,” she explains. One space is a water garden built by her son as a thank you gift for putting him through medical school – a special and sentimental space. Sharyn offers sage advice to newcomers. “Start slow; don’t overwhelm yourself,” she explains. Sharyn started simply and worked her way up to the URI Master Gardener Program. “Perfect what you’re doing and build on that. Don’t get frustrated because we all make mistakes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve moved plants in my yard,” she adds. Recently, Sharyn shared picking strawberries with her three-year-old granddaughter. “I thought that is how she can start and learn. She loves it.” For Sharyn, being in the garden feels like home, offering an enviable serenity she says can be shared by both experienced gardeners and novices alike. “There’s no place I’d rather be.”


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Hilltop Paradise

Carlotta Parsons’s Jamestown garden capitalizes on scenic vistas When Carlotta Parsons first

arrived in Jamestown eight years ago, her new husband’s property was a welcoming place that offered stunning but obstructed views. “The first thing that struck me was looking out to a wall of bush,” she says. “As you drive up the driveway, you see the water. We’re up high and we overlook the entrance to Narragansett Bay, across to Castle Hill, and out to Block Island.” But the trio of enviable vistas were stymied with an abundance of overgrown trees and bushes. It was clear the landscaping was there but hadn’t been tended to, and as plants in fertile soil tend to do when in idyllic conditions, they overtook the property. “Our first order of business was to move holly bushes from the garden over to the property line by the driveway – they were too big for that site,” she says. A dwarf blue spruce, which Carlotta says wasn’t very dwarf anymore, was compromising the views, so it was also relocated to open the space. “[It] is now thriving in its new location,” she says. “It was hiding a very beautiful rock,” which is now a focal point of one of the couple’s abundant gardens. In fact, indigenous rock can be found

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throughout the gardens – as walking stones, borders and visual interest. “No rocks were moved there,” she says. “They’re part of the natural topography of the land.” Though digging in the dirt became de rigeur, the couple didn’t go it alone. They sought the wisdom of talented local green thumbs Mike Yarworth and Jane Case. Jane owns Blue Moon Farm Perennials in Wakefield, a stunning expanse as colorful as it is captivating. “She started that from next to nothing and has made it beautiful,” says Carlotta. As the couple have experienced, their plentiful garden welcomes as many compliments as it does evasive, hungry critters. “We have had a huge challenge in keeping the deer from eating all the new growth in the garden,” says Carlotta. She’s curbing the issue safely by using American Deer Proofing spray on a regular basis.   “As the new buds emerge, I can spray them.   We have had huge success, and the deer now walk through our property avoiding the flower garden.” For Carlotta, the garden brings peace and pleasure. “I get so excited working out there. I love it. I love digging and planting; it’s a joy for me.”


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URI Master Gardener Martha MacBurnie provides inspiration to aspiring green thumbs For hundreds of garden

enthusiasts, the opportunity to explore the sprawling expanse that URI Master Gardener Martha MacBurnie has tended over the past 12 years was one that couldn’t be passed up. So on the 2008 Gardening With the Masters Garden Tour, more than 750 green thumbs showed up to take in her 100 different kinds of daylilies, 30 kinds of irises, dozen-and-ahalf kinds of hydrangea, robust vegetable and cutting gardens and hundreds more eye-popping plants. Martha concedes her Wakefield garden has been a labor of love. “Real gardeners don’t mind doing some work,” she laughs. When she and her husband Bob Baxter first moved to the property from Connecticut, they knew they had their work cut out for them. While the house and surrounding grounds were in fine condition, the two had a vision: The interior renovation would include knocking down walls and rearranging spaces to achieve a more updated open floor plan. The exterior would include an extensive brick patio surrounding the pool and offer an outdoor living space that would take advantage of the bounteous gardens. Since that was the plan, it was time for Martha to get going. At the time, Bob traveled frequently, and the garden became Martha’s domain. “Every

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time [he] went on a business trip, I’d take up chunks and chunks of lawn,” she says. “There was quite a bit of work. There were truck loads and truck loads of compost.” The compost was fundamental to a prosperous and longlasting garden, as Martha stresses the importance of good, healthy soil. “The best thing I can say is just keep feeding your soil. Get it tested and the soil will feed your plants. The more you feed things, the stronger they’ll be.” Martha is a proud member of the South County Garden Club and both she and her husband belong to the RI Wild Plant Society. She says the society’s annual June plant sale is a wonderful place to buy plants. Martha starts all of her plants from seed as early as February and has planned out her garden so that plants bloom from the time the final snow melts through the end of the year (“It’s spectacular!” she swoons). As one of her specialties as a master gardener is non-toxic pest control, Martha’s garden is both organic and sustainable. For aspiring green thumbs, Martha offers some advice. Give plants and flowers the amount of space they need (if the instructions call for 8” apart, plant them 8” apart). Prep the soil well. If you’re on a budget, start small and work in concentric circles around your starting point, and look for local nursery sales and online growers for a bargain.


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Dirty Knees and Dungarees

Betty Pearce has been tending her plot for 35 wonderful years Westerly is known for

the flowing beauty at Wilcox Park, but many locals equally admire the gardens of Betty and Dan Pearce. More than 35 years ago, the couple moved to their home, which was warm and welcoming on the inside, but considerably lacking on the outside. While overgrown plants, shrubs and trees peppered the grounds, the couple saw heaps of potential; soon Betty was clearing the grounds and starting the property’s new chapter with fresh perennial beds. “We knew the yard needed work,” she explains. “The beds evolved very slowly. The trees and numerous things weren’t healthy.” Multiple gardens have emerged slowly but surely. “This evolved year after year,” Betty tells me, adding that while growing up, she carefully watched her own mother on the limited occasions she gardened. After Betty married and started her own home, she says gardening came calling. With quiet determination and abundant patience, Betty’s gardens grew in both size and stature. “My garden is trial and error, and trust me, I have made a lot of errors,” she says with a laugh. Healthy soil is imperative, she says, and moving plants around until they find their “happy place” will take time. While the garden was Betty’s domain

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for decades, it wasn’t until her husband retired that his curiosity got the best of him, and he soon began to share Betty’s passion. A friend had gifted the couple with a sign, “Pearce’s Park,” a nod to their hard work and expanding colorful landscapes. “He said we were competing with Wilcox Park,” Betty says, smiling. A vegetable garden flourishes this time of year, and a bog garden featuring moisture-loving plants adds a unique dimension, but the garden the couple is most excited about is one they developed a few short years ago on the west side of the property. “Literally, my husband and I were on our hands and knees clearing the stones and roots,” Betty says, her voice stressing their hard work. “It was a labor of love.” An oversized rock, uncovered from below the surface, has become the focal point. The garden itself has taken a lot of careful planning and ongoing attention, whereas others on the property have self-propagated. With all of their careful attention, the Pearce’s property has been designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and after years of hoping, the couple welcomed bluebirds this year. “Dirty knees on my dungarees,” she says. “It’s what you get from Mother Earth.”


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Landscaper Jeff Farrell keeps Sunset Farm looking its best When you own a

landscape company bearing your name, there’s just a little bit of pressure to have gardens and grounds that reflect your capabilities. When Jeff Farrell of Narragansettbased Farrell Landscaping and his wife Susan first moved to historic Sunset Farm at Kinney Bungalow, he admits there was nothing there but grass in the yard – something they vowed to change as soon as possible. “We’ve been working on it for 12 years,” he says. “We started with the patio and we landscaped around it.” Managed by the Narragansett Land Conservancy Trust, Kinney Bungalow and Sunset Farm serve as a popular location for events and gatherings including weddings, community affairs and more. Built in 1899 by a tobacco and real estate mogul, the property’s history is a lauded one, and the Farrells have started a new, more beautiful chapter as the farm’s caretakers. Those who subscribe to a “go big or go home” ethos will appreciate Jeff’s lot. Five thousand tomato plants are in their glory right about now (and for sale at the farm’s stand), and everyone from chefs to moms who love serving dishes featuring fresh, delicious ingre-

dients are lining up to enjoy the bounty. “Heirloom, standard, hybrid, plum, grape, yellow…” Jeff trails off, mentioning just a few of the varieties ripened to South County perfection. In fact, he says, the temperature in this part of the state can be beneficial to plants. “Here by the ocean, we don’t get a frost,” he explains. But that doesn’t mean it’s always idyllic. “A storm can bring a blight with it… You have to stay on it. The biggest thing is fungus; you have to keep up the fungicide,” he explains. High tunnel greenhouses, unheated greenhouses that act as a growing shelter for the tomatoes, extend their growing season. Nutrient-rich compost can also be found throughout the garden, helping plants to stay strong and healthy. Arguably, the most iconic plants on the property are the colossal hydrangeas, which not only captivate visitors to the farm, but serve as the backdrop for the many couples who wed at Kinney Bungalow. Before you try and imitate the look, know that the plants don’t require much maintenance, but they do demand patience. “It takes time,” Jeff says. “You just don’t get seven-foot hydrangeas the first year.” August 2012 | SO RHODEISLAND

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How did your interest in shoes begin? After college, my then boyfriend was anxious to open his own business. Shoes happened to be at the top of the Internet search result list. I have always had the calling for fashion. How did KC Shoes develop once you found the idea? I always looked forward to our weekly Tuesday trips to Lincoln Street in Boston – the “shoe district.” We’d shop for close outs, over runs and factory damages. I would look for functional extra unique detailing and he would look for deals. That was the start to Good Deal Shoes.

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When did Good Deal Shoes become KC Shoes? After several years, we decided to change the name. Consequently, we were expecting the birth of our first child. When we had our daughter we named her Krystal, and likewise the store [in her initials]. We went on to grow the store bigger and better. Why do us women love our shoes so much? To put it simply, “a sign of a welldressed woman is her shoes.” Shoes set the mood, whether it’s day or evening… sexy, casual or performance. And they never make you feel fat. As we learned from Cinderella, that perfect shoe can change your life. Are there any styles that have remained popular over time? Jack Rogers, Onex, Yellow Box and flip-flops of all kind. Women love flip

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flops; we have over 1,000 pairs of Oka b on just one wall. Who is your favorite in-store designer? I love the new SkEmo line and their great Italian footwear collection. I’m also a big fan of the Oka b line that was featured on Oprah’s favorites – they’re dishwasher friendly. I can’t forget Rhode Island’s own Doug Paquette: from flip-flops to jewelry, this company hits all the right notes. Everything in your store must pass your “test.” Do tell. It has to be travel friendly, unique and must bring out the beauty in all my customers. Many of my lines do this, and are budget friendly. I love to dress my customers and help them find their signature style. How does your background in kinesiology shape your sneaker choices? As an exercise kinesiologist, I highly recommend the MBT sneaker for most people. Basically, its exercise science (seven layers of technology) help to rebalance our weight distribution and encourage the weak muscles to participate, therefore saving our

joints and strengthening muscles for injury prevention. You get stronger with every step. You carry clothing and accessories too. Dress me for a beach wedding. My Tribal dresses have proven to be the go-to dress for any summer affair. With a wedge or Lucite heel, a fun Sondra Roberts or Nina Collection bag, an elegant statement piece of RI’s own John Medeiros Jewelry Collection, hat and wrap – you’re ready to party inside, outside, rain or shine. What should I wear for date night? Tribal skinny jeans fit like a dream. Pair that with a halter or cold shoulder shirt. For a more formal choice, the hi-low skirt is a must-have. All pair well with any of our sexy wedges for a long leggy look. Adorn your wrists with big bangles and wrap yourself with jewelry from local leather, bead and metal designers. How do you keep up with the trends? I love fashion magazines and I go to NYC and trade shows to get seasonally recharged. 20 Pier Marketplace, Narragansett. www.kcshoesatthepier.com





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Stepping into Graphic Expressions, it’s hard to not feel pride for our home state. The walls are filled with t-shirts sporting town names such as Saunderstown, Chariho, Exeter, East Matunuck and Block Island, along with phrases like “Welcome to South County.” Sweatpants with “Kingston” proudly printed down the side are held on a stand and toddler-sized tops bearing drawings of beaches are stacked on tables. Blank hats, aprons and jackets accompany every type of t-shirt you can imagine, ready to be printed to your taste. “Our niche is that you can get things here that you can’t find elsewhere,” says owner Wayne Cahoone, telling me about open-bottom sweatshirts and full-zip hoodies. We met at the counter, behind which piles and piles of fabrics await decoration and a designer is hard at work on the computer, fiddling with words in the shape of a lightbulb. I can’t help but let my eyes wander around the walls, which are covered in quotations – wise words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Buddha, Voltaire, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King Jr. and, my personal favorite, a large quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson right next to

the front door. Both bright and classic colored clothing is spread over every other free space. While he does serve some tourists, Wayne does not target this easy crowd; his main customers are the locals. Proof of this lies in shirts with names such as Bonnet Shores, Green Hill and Snug Harbor, places only a true Rhode Islander would know. Still, he tells me the most popular items are his Narragansett gear. “But, as long as you have a computer file, we can print it,” Wayne says. Digital printing can be done in as quickly as 15 minutes – perfect for those lastminute gifts and more personal than a Dunkin Donuts gift card. There are even tiny shirts tailored for pets. The majority of his business comes from bulk orders, though. He supplies the t-shirts for Alan Shawn Feinstein’s “Feinstein Junior Scholar” program, which serves around 150 schools, and he also contributes to the URI bookstore and organizations at Brown University. It’s no surprise that Wayne Cahoone is a Rhode Islander throughand-through. He tells me that his family came here in the 1660s and were among the original settlers on Block Island. Wayne was born in Wakefield

and grew up on Point Judith, later joining the Narragansett Fire Department. About 20 years ago, he retired and opened Graphic Expressions in the basement of Wakefield’s Sweenor’s Chocolates. In 1999, he bought the block of buildings where Graphic Expressions is now located. Standing in his office, he can see that same house he was born in through the window. I’m led downstairs, where five workers are stationed and a large heat press rotates in a circle, churning out up to 700 pieces an hour. I walk by large boards, tables, boxes and the smaller manual press to the next room, where the embroiderer is hard at work. Spools of colored thread fill the walls and poster boards are piled on the next table, where custom signs are made. Graphic Expressions is a factory and retail store all-in-one. Complex sewing machines and heat presses are consistently at work downstairs, while customers are met with enthusiasm at the storefront upstairs. Whether you need to outfit a baseball league, are searching for a unique present, or simply want a fun new t-shirt, this store can do it all. 254 Robinson Street, Wakefield. 782-1660.

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So Stylish | Life/Style

By Andrea E. McHugh

VINTAGE INSPIRATION: The Granatieros’ love of wine is evident throughout the house

Aged to Perfection Two wine lovers breathe new life into a timeworn East Greenwich home

Photography: Melissa Stimpson

Like many couples, Jessica and Nino Granatiero looked at their growing family one day and realized they had simply outgrown their space. With their thriving wine shop, The Savory Grape, in the heart of downtown East Greenwich, the couple was hoping to find a new home nearby. What they found wasn’t exactly their dream home, but together they saw immense potential. “We stumbled upon it,” explains Jessica. “It was a foreclosure and had good bones, but needed some TLC.” Over the course of the past three years, the couple functionally gutted the entire house. “We had our own vision of how we wanted it,” Jessica says. She describes Nino as very handy, crediting him with doing much of the work himself, but the two busy business owners turned to local pro-

fessionals to execute their vision. As they often host winemakers from around the country and entertain regularly, the two wanted a home that flowed well, had open spaces and could accommodate multiple seating vignettes. Arguably, the phase that received the most attention was the kitchen and dining room remodel. The two spaces flow interchangeably and it’s where the family spends much of their time. The Granatieros turned to Audrey Anderson of Apex Kitchens & Baths in Middletown to create a space that was not only warm and inviting, but smart and efficient. “She is awesome!” gushes Jessica. “I’m not kidding you. We met with her, we told her what we wanted and she came up with the design. She is so meticulous.” Jessica adds that while she

and Nino came to Apex armed with a good idea of what they were looking for, Audrey considered elements they hadn’t considered, including amenities to streamline the cooking process and keep the space well-organized. Jessica says Nino is an excellent at-home chef and enjoys dishing up amazing cuisine when time allows, so the two chose Wolf cooking appliances featuring advanced technology and sleek design from Wickford Appliance & Lighting in North Kingstown. “When we were designing the kitchen and trying to decide on the range, we spoke to a customer who was a chef,” says Jessica, adding that the chef gave the couple some fantastic brand and style recommendations. Kitchen features include a double oven and a warming drawer that has proved much more useful than Jes-

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owners themselves, Jessica and Nino said it only made sense to support local businesses throughout the project. “We’re local; that is what makes our economy run,” she points out. The centerpiece of the dining room is an oversized rustic farm table from Pottery Barn that the couple adores and uses frequently. A dark wood hutch complements the style and was found in the most unlikely of places. “We acquired it three years ago at a little shop in Portland, Maine; it looks like it belongs in a farmhouse,” she says. In fact, most of the furniture in the house is a harmonious blend of store-bought, antique and sentimental pieces. In their four and-a-half year old daughter’s room is a wood rocking chair, an old gem among pink and brown accents and pastel yellow walls. “She’s your typical kid – very into princesses... princess outfits everywhere, photographs of all of us. It’s definitely playful but also in some regards, very

traditional.” Another daughter’s room features a bed that once belonged to Jessica’s mother. “We’re not cookie cutter,” is how Jessica describes their furnishings approach. “We were very involved. We knew what we wanted and have that design capability,” Jessica says about the entire process. “Nino and I are very casual people in our style. Our house is not formal… I guess you could say ‘sophisticated casual.’” Now that the interior is done, the couple is putting the finishing touches on their landscape design. They have also started a new venture born from their experience at The Savory Grape: The Savory Affair Event Planning and Design. “We do a lot of different events and things started to morph naturally with menu planning and organizing, advice on venues and more,” she says. “We’re really excited.” Not only will The Savory Affair manage corporate events and

weddings, but they will be organizing wine trips and related events as well. Later this month, Jessica will be leading group of 10 to Napa Valley, an experience built on the relationships the Granatieros have developed through the years as successful wine shop owners. The group will experience VIP wine tours, meet wellknown wine makers and experience Napa with an experienced wine connoisseur. Closer to home, wine aficionados can join local winery outings, including a trip at the end of the month to Jonathan Edwards Winery in in North Stonington, Connecticut. “We plan the whole trip from the food to a catered lunch in the vineyard with the winemaker himself,” says Jessica, “It’s been busy but fun.”

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By Linda Beaulieu

Rise and Shine An early morning discovery in Narragansett For the past few

years, I’ve been driving by Riptides, the quaint restaurant inside the Grinnell Inn in Narragansett, and it always caught my eye. The colorful flowers and tables for two on the wraparound porch are lovely and tempted me to stop so many times. But there was always something that prevented me from checking it out, until now. Under the threat of an early morning rain, we ducked inside and were surprised with the size of the dining room – quite large. The L-shaped counter offers eight stools, and there’s even a bakery on the premises if you want to grab and go. The young staff welcomed us warmly to Riptides. “Sit anywhere you like,” said one pretty girl with a ponytail. We grabbed a spacious table in the heart of the dining room. We asked for coffee while we studied the extensive breakfast menu, and huge cups of java quickly arrived. All the basics are on one side of the laminated menu, while the other side offers the specials. And, what specials. I immediately started planning a return trip so that I could try the really interesting dishes. On this maiden visit, I went with a real southern dish, a single egg over easy with home fries and plenty of sausage gravy served atop a flaky biscuit. The egg was cooked perfectly, and I found it impossible to eat just a few of the golden brown chunks of tender potato. The sausage gravy and the biscuit are what made this dish “southern” – a specialty I’ve experienced in the deep South, on road trips from Tennessee down through Alabama. So I can scratch Riptides off my culinary bucket list. But I’ll be back there real soon, I hope. Let’s see… I definitely want to try the Breakfast Burrito, but the chicken and waffles will have to come first. Ever since I saw the Mildred Pierce mini-series on HBO, I’ve been craving that unusual dish. GET UP, GET OUT The Charlestown Seafood Festival will start shucking quahogs at noon on Friday, August 3, and plenty of clam chowder will be simmering all weekend at Ninigret Park. Sponsored by the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce, this rain-or-shine event is a gastronomic feast, especially when it comes to local seafood. The cost is $8, with children

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Willows, 865 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. SAY IT AIN’T SO Summer doesn’t end officially until September 21, but for many people, especially families with children, summer fun winds down in August. The Ocean House in Watch Hill does this with panache. Their wonderful Friday night clambakes take place from 6 to 9pm on the beach. The cost is $85 for adults and $45 for children (free for children age 4 and younger). A Tropical Evening to benefit the Matty Fund, which raises money for children and families living with epilepsy, is scheduled for August 25 from 6 to 11pm. The cost for this authentic Hawaiian luau is $125 per person. For details on all these festivities, visit www.oceanhouseevents.com. LOBSTER BAKE Jonathan Edwards Winery will be the site of a lobster bake on Sunday, August 5, from 6:30 to 9:30pm. A full lobster dinner will be served, followed by dancing with music provided by the pop/funk group Sugar. The al fresco dinner will include steamers and mussels with drawn butter, corn on the cob, potatoes, barbecue chicken, lobster and watermelon for dessert, all served under a large white tent with views of the vineyard located just over the state line in North Stonington, Connecticut. The cost is $60 per person. For reservations, call 860-535-0202. If you have news dealing with food, restaurants or chefs, feed it to Linda Beaulieu at Lindab2720@aol.com. Follow Linda on Twitter @LindaBeaulieu3.

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I’m told you make your own pasta at The Pasta Patch. What’s the process? We do make our own pasta with nothing but Durum flour and fresh eggs. The pasta machine makes 15 pounds at a time. Is it something I could do? Yes, you can make your own pasta. All you need is a Cuisineart and a small pasta crank machine.

We have at least 50 food items on our menu, all made on the premises. Soups, sauces, pasta salad, frozen pizza (ready in 10 minutes) and entrees ready for your oven.   0What are some of your best selling Cater to Yourself foods? Our top selling items are fresh Pasta Lasagna, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Parmigiana and Pizza.

How many varieties of pasta do you carry? We carry ziti, twists, capellini, fettuccine and linguine. We make our lasagna sheets, large shells and manicotti sheets.   Do you make any other food items yourself? Our signature slogan is “Cater to Yourself.” We are heat and serve.

How long have you been open?  We have been here 26 years. Back then I saw working women not having time to cook but wanting to serve preservative-free food to their family. All our entrees are fully cooked and ready to go into your oven.    When I think pasta and baked dishes, I think comfort food. What is your

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achieved its goal – I wanted more. (By the way, David informed us that the night before none other than Regis Philbin had dinner at Ella’s, in the very booth in which we were sitting.) Another sign that this is an extraordinary restaurant is the offering of foie gras on the appetizer menu. At Ella’s, it’s Foie Gras Two Ways ($18), with the precious duck liver served in the usual seared manner and as the key flavor ingredient in a savory crème brulée, along with buttery toasted brioche and blueberry jelly. It was the blueberry jelly that swayed me. I rarely pass up the chance to have foie gras, but the price always makes me hesitate. At least at Ella’s, you do get your money’s worth. The seared foie gras was a generous serving, and it paired beautifully with the sweet jelly. The big surprise was the petite ramekin of foie gras-flavored brulée. What an amazing concept. I scraped that ramekin clean of every creamy bite. On the other side of our spacious table landed Ella’s Salad ($6), another winning first course. Certainly enough for two to share, the finely shredded greens consisted of arugula, watercress and iceberg lettuce mixed well with bits of tomato, avocado and blue cheese, with a very subtle whole grain mustard vinaigrette. There are plenty of entrees for your consideration. I would call the menu New American, created by a classically trained chef. It’s an interesting mix of New England seafood, French cuisine, Southern home cooking, some Italian dishes and several Asianinspired offerings. Our dinner was decidedly all American.

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I don’t believe I’ve ever written this before, but the Pan-Seared Halibut ($30) with the lobster hash browns was one of the very best dishes I’ve ever had, and I’ve been reviewing restaurants for almost 30 years. The moist halibut was draped over the delicious hash browns that contained pieces of lobster. On the side were dainty stalks of asparagus. What made this dish so appealing was the fresh herb sauce – just buttery enough. I made sure to dip every bite of food into that wonderful sauce. It doesn’t get more American than steak and potatoes, especially when it’s served with a bourbon-veal reduction and bacon onion jam. The menu promised a seven-ounce all-natural Filet Mignon ($25), but it sure looked like more than seven ounces. Cooked to that ideal state of medium, medium rare, the filet was surrounded with well-browned fingerling potatoes. Haricot verts fancied up the plate. The menu also read: “finished with fresh grated horseradish,” which we asked to do without – that would have been flavor overkill. The sweet ending to this remarkable dinner was right in step with all that came before it. The light texture of the Ella’s Cheesecake ($8) was almost

fluffy, and it was easy to consume the entire serving with its dark chocolate crust, topped with fresh blueberries and whipped cream. Deserving even more superlatives was the Just Chocolate dessert ($10), an impossible-to-resist combination of dark chocolate on top of dark chocolate, from the cake to the mousse to the sauce, all showered with shavings of white chocolate. Along with the check came a complimentary chocolate peanut butter pave, the French word for brick. Like the amuse bouche at the start of our dinner, this tiny morsel of sweetness was a final show that Ella’s is indeed a magnificent restaurant. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state. Follow Linda on Twitter @LindaBeaulieu3.

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BREACHWAY GRILL 1 Charlestown Beach Road; 213-6615. The emphasis of Breachway Grill’s menu is on fresh, local ingredients and classic comfort food. Try their NY-style rustic pizza or enjoy one of the nightly specials, including the raw bar. LD $-$$$

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AUNT CARRIE’S 1240 Ocean Road; 783-7930. For over 85 years this summer staple has been serving up their famous chowder and clam cakes. Grab a quick lunch outdoors or head into the dining room for a full dinner. LD $-$$$ ARTURO JOE’S 140 Point Judith Road; 789-3230. This full-service restaurant includes a martini lounge and private function room and features Italian food ranging from bruschetta and wood grilled pizzas to pastas, veal and fish dishes, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list. LD $-$$ BASIL’S RESTAURANT 22 Kingstown Road; 789-3743. Basil’s has been providing South County with fine, upscale French dining since 1984. Their menu features all the classics like coq au vin and escargots bourguignonne, and their wine list is the stuff of legend. D $$-$$$

enjoy one of the five dining rooms indoors. LD $-$$ IGGY’S DOUGHBOYS 1157 Point Judith Road; 783-5608. 889 Oakland Beach Avenue, Warwick; 737-9439. Clam cakes and a cup of chowder – it’s not South County without ‘em and Iggy’s has the best around. Enjoy it all al fresco, and don’t forget the doughboys. LD $-$$ LUNCH LADY 22 Pier Market Place; 284-1504. This great sandwich shop is located right across from the ocean. Open everyday, they use Boar’s Head meats and make their own dressings. Delivery is available all day. LD $ 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 $-$$

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COAST GUARD HOUSE 40 Ocean Road; 789-0700. This historic waterfront landmark doubles as an upscale restaurant where you are sure to find something to call your favorite. Bring the family for a great dining experience or brunch on Sunday. LD $$-$$$

OLDE LIGHTHOUSE DINER 120 Knowles Way; 284-3883. You can BYOB to this charming diner, which serves large portions at a great price. Stop in before work for some bacon, eggs and pancakes or come in for dinner and try some of their creative dishes. BLD $-$$

COLVITTO’S PIZZA & BAKERY 91 Point Judith Road; 783-8086. 60 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown 782-2285. For a great selection of fresh calzones, breads and pastries visit Colvitto’s. They also offer fresh hot pizza with your choice of 13 toppings made to order along with pizza strips and party pans. BL $

PJ’S PUB 135 Boon Street; 789-3200. In the heart of Narragansett’s historic district is a charming pub serving Mediterranean cuisine. Stop in for exceptional quality, reasonably priced seafood, veal, chicken, steak, pizza and pastas. Have a cocktail with your meal, then stroll three blocks to the ocean. LD $-$$.

GEORGE’S OF GALILEE 250 Sand Hill Cove Road; 783-2306. What’s better than indulging in award-winning seafood and watching the sun set over the Sound? At George’s you can dine al fresco, take food to-go, or simply

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So Delicious | Dining Guide TARA’S TIPPERARY TAVERN 907 Matunuck Beach Road; 284-1901. For one of the most authentic Irish pub experiences in the state, along with spectacular ocean views, Tara’s is the place. Sample classic Irish fare and delicious pub favorites. BLD $

MARIA’S SEASIDE CAFÉ 132 Atlantic Avenue; 596-6886. This casually elegant Mediterranean restaurant serves pasta and seafood dishes, decadent desserts and has a classic bar menu, as well as an impressive list of unique cocktails. LD $$

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MERMAID CAFE 19 Margin Street; 637-4225. Owned and operated by Chef Carolyn Burkhardt, this BYOB restaurant features fresh and seasonal ingredients, garden fresh produce and seafood from local fishermen, served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. BLD $

BLUEBIRD CAFE 554 Kingstown Road; 792-8940. New Orleans-style neighborhood pub offering Cajun, Creole, Mexican, Southwestern and Caribbean cuisine in a comfortable, friendly setting. Breakfast served anytime; dinner served on Friday nights only. BYOB please. BLD $ TRATTORIA ROMANA 71 South County Commons Way; 792-4933. Italianborn Chef Luciano Canova brings the cuisine of his homeland to the shores of Rhode Island. With comfortable dining at a reasonable price, you’ll think you’re in a Roman cafe. D $$

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

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C.C. O’BRIEN’S 8 Mechanic Street; 860-599-2034. This Irish sports bar serves up homemade comfort foods and beer until midnight in a casual environment that features 20 high-def televisions and live entertainment. LD $-$$ FRA’S ITALIAN GOURMET 57 Shore Road; 596-2888. It’s a pizza parlor, café and deli all rolled into one. Try one of their famous focaccia sandwiches or a classic Margherita pizza – or customize one with your choice of toppings. BL $-$$ GUYTANNO’S INTERNATIONAL CAFÉ 62 Franklin Street; 348-6221. Guytanno’s Café is casual dining with an upscale flair. The contemporary setting, intimate atmosphere, and the sweet aroma of freshly cooked food circulating from the open kitchen make it one of Westerly’s premier evening destinations. LD $$

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so entertaining | Calendar

By Emily Payne

august from previous page August 3-5 The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce is pulling out all the stops to make sure its 28th Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival will make all previous ones look like a backyard clambake. Billing itself as a “gastronomic extravaganza” the festival lives up to its creed, featuring lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish & chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob, a raw bar and more. Once you have stuffed yourself full of some of Rhode Island’s best seafood, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities including amusement rides, a car show, bungee jumping and a fireworks show on Saturday night. $8. Ninigret Park, Charlestown. 364-4031, www.charlestownrichamber.com.    

This 90-minute cruise  showcases 10 lighthouses and 10 islands. $16-27. Departs from Quonset Point, North Kingstown. 295-4040, www.rhodeislandbaycruises.com. August 2 The Crafters Circle welcomes you to craft in the company of others. Snacks are included. 1-3pm. Fayerweather House, 1859 Mooresfield Road, Kingston. 789-9072, www.fayerweathercraftguild.com. August 2-30 Stock up on local produce, herbs, flowers, garden plants, kettle corn and baked goods at the Westerly Farmer’s Market every Thursday. 10am-2pm. 85 Main Street, Westerly. 596-2054, www.westerlychamber.org.

August 1-22 The Town of Westerly invites you to the Tunes on the Dunes music series, featuring concerts every Wednesday night. Free. 6-8pm. Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 322-0110, www.misquamicut.org.

August 2-30 Bands from all around the country play at Thursday Evening Live Music and Dancing at the Towers. This month, try out swing, waltz and the blues. $15. 7-10pm.  35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 782-2597, www.thetowersri.com.

August 1-22 Get moving on Wednesdays this summer with Tom McCoy’s Family Fun Run Series. 6pm. Misquamicut Beach, 65 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 447-1879, www.westerlytrackclub.org.

August 2-30 The Wickford Farmer’s Market happens each Thursday. Check out farmers, bakers and craft vendors. 3-7pm. Brown Street town parking lot. 877295-7200, www.wickfordvillage.org.

August 1-28 Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, join in the Frances Fleet Whale Watching & Nature Explorations. $35-45. 1-5:30pm. 33 State Street, Narragansett. 800-662-2824, www.francesfleet.com.

August 2-30 After a beach day in the sun, stay for a classic movie, each Thursday night, at Misquamicut Drive-In Movie Night. $10 per car. 9-11pm. Wuskenau Town Beach, 318 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut. 322-1026, www.misquamicut.org.

August 1-29 Catch family-friendly flicks every Wednesday at the Movies on the Beach Series. 8:30-10:45pm. Narragansett Town Beach, 39 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. www.narragansettri.gov. August 1-31 Try a Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise and Newport Harbor Tour.

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August 3, 10, 24 Dance the night away and enjoy seafood and live music at the Ocean House Friday Night Clambakes. $4585. 6-9pm. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Westerly.  584-7000, www.oceanhouseri.com. August 3-31 Visit Frosty Drew Observatory, open

British Humor This month, the Renaissance City Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway from August 2-26. The production is a nod to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, and promises to take audiences on a “hilarious romp,” to include some unfortunate surprises for some very stuffy country club members. The showings will take place at 8pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm on Sundays (for all you non-night owls). $12-19. 1 Granite Street, Westerly. 596-2341, www. granitetheatre.com.

every Friday night, to observe the summer night sky and pick the brains of astrologers. 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. Free. 8:45pm. 364-9508, www. frostydrew.org. August 5 Join The Farmer’s Daughter & URI Master Gardeners for a lesson in

building Pet Friendly Backyards. $25. 1-3pm. 716 Mooresfield Road, South Kingstown. 792-2233, www.alsri.org. August 6 Play round robin tennis, enjoy spa treatments, indulge in cocktails and, of course, play a round of golf at the Providence Children’s Museum’s


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stay-cation, or just trying to get through the workweek, we’ve got your evenings covered. Sway to steel drums. Relax with reggae. Boogie to the blues. Rock out. South County’s summer concert series are in full swing, and you won’t want to miss a single one. With additional perks like beach breezes and sunset views, the best part is they’re free. So, mark your calendar, grab a beach chair and follow us.

Mondays Head to the South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department’s Marina Park Summer Outdoor Concert Series on July 30 to hear the Wakefield Concert Band perform. Comprised of some 75 talented community members, the band plays inspiring marches, classical masterpieces and American standards, starting at 6:30 pm. Marina Park, Salt Pond Road, Wakefield. 789-9301, www. wakefieldconcertband.com. Or, wend your way to Westerly for Tunes on the Dunes’ Monday Night Jams (from 6–8pm). Steve Forbert, known for the hit song Romeo’s Tune, headlines on July 30, with opening band Free Thought. On August 6, the Cryers offer a live rendition of the Beatles’ seminal album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Later, on August 13, enjoy Hope Road: A Tribute to Bob Marley & the Wailers. Wear your swimsuit in case you want to take a dip in the sea, and stick around afterwards if you’d like the artists to sign your CDs. Westerly Old Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 348-2597, www.tunesonthedunesri.com. Tuesdays When the Watch Hill Business Organization presents the Summer Concert Se-

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Sundays Pack a picnic for the Ninigret Park Summer Concert Series, presented by the Charlestown Parks and Recreation Department. At 5:30 pm. on August 12, step lively with the swinging Superchief Trio. Don’t let the name fool you; there are five members in this high-spirited group, including a trombonist. Then, on August 19, Never Enuff plays funk and rock to keep you grooving. Ninigret Park, Kimball Pavilion, Old Post Road/ Park Lane, Charlestown. 364-1222, www. charlestownri.org.

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ries on the Village Green in Watch Hill (from 6–8pm), you can expect a wide range of musical styles. White Eyed Lizard features steel drums on August 7, Al Copley plays jazz August 14, and the Bourbon Boys offer country music on August 21. “The setting on the harbor is marvelous, with the best sunset viewing in Rhode Island,” reveals the Grammy-nominated Copley, who grew up in Watch Hill and went to school in Westerly. He wrote to SO from his current tour in France, adding, “I just love the privilege of a concert like this. It’s an honor.” Village Green, Bay Street, Watch Hill. 348-8407, www.watchhillvillage.com. At 7pm, it’s also time for the Summer Concerts by the Water’s Edge in Wickford, presented by the North Kingstown Arts Council. Revel in the golden oldies with Sh-Bop on July 31; catch Beatlemania with the tribute band Abbey Rhode on August 7; and feel fit as a fiddle listening to John Connor’s Irish Express on August 14. Town Dock, 55 Brown Street, Wickford. 294-3331, www.nkartscouncil.org. Wednesdays Meander back to Westerly for Tunes on the Dunes’ Blues on the Beach, now in its 13th smash year. Presented by the Town of Westerly and the Washington Trust Company, the popular series highlights Greg Piccolo & Heavy Juice on August 1, Roomful of Blues on August 8, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood on August 15 and Black and White & Lori Urso on August 22. All concerts start at 6pm, rain or shine, and the music is first-rate. Organizer Caswell Cooke, Jr.

notes, “Sometimes the deck bounces up and down; there’s so many people dancing.” Westerly Old Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 3482597, www.tunesonthedunesri.com Thursdays The Concert Series at The Village at South County Commons in South Kingstown is held from 6-8pm. Plan a visit on August 2 to hear the Jesse Liam Band, August 9 for the Bruce Jacques Show, August 16 for Ten Rod Ramblers, August 23 for Mark Cutler and the Men of Great Courage and August 30 for Abbey Rhode. The Village at South County Commons, 50 South County Commons Way, Wakefield. 284-2951, www.southcountycommons.com. Fridays Across from the Narragansett Town Beach, enjoy the Narragansett Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo. Presented by the Narragansett Parks and Recreation Department at 6pm, the fun and diverse line-up includes Abbey Rhode (August 3), Boatcake (August 10), Nancy Paolino & The Black Tie Band  (August 17), Nightlife Orchestra (August 24), and Avenue A (August 31).  Gazebo Park, 25 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 782-0658, www. narragansettri.gov. Saturdays You’re on your own. Why not make this the summer that you start your own band? We can’t wait to hear you. Especially if all your concerts are outdoors… and free.

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so entertaining | Art View

By Bob Curley

Julia Riordan Scherer

Wild Life It’s said that if

you love something you should stick with it, and few people have put that advice to work as consistently over the course of their lifetime as South Kingstown artist Julia Riordan Scherer. From the time she was a preschooler, Julia always had two main passions: art and animals. “Animals, children and old people are what I like, but I don’t paint children or old people,” she says with a laugh. “I’ve tried to paint something else, but it always turns into animals,” pointing out one painting that morphed, Transformers-like, from a drawing of a flower into “Proud Peacock,” one of about 24 works she sells to the public on her Animal Art website. Julia began taking painting classes at age four, and was soon filling notebooks with drawings of elephants, birds and other creatures – often where her teachers expected to find math problems being solved or essays written. “I was in my own little world,” says this self-described “terrible student” who nonetheless would go on to become an educator in Cranston, teaching art to middle and high school students. “I knew from a young age that I wanted to become an art teacher – I just had to get through school to do it.” Julia found teaching rewarding despite the constraint of having to work from a syllabus, and continued to share her gift with children even when she left the Cranston schools five years ago when her son was born. Her husband, Jared, built her a studio in the basement of their home, and soon Julia was tutor-

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ing home-school students in a space where not just easels but the walls and floors are covered in paint. All the while, Julia continued drawing her animals, usually giving away her large-format paintings of elephants, giraffes, bunnies and other creatures to friends and neighbors. “Almost every person I know has one now,” she says, especially friends with children who find Julia’s work a bright, friendly and whimsical addition to their nurseries or kids’ rooms. Considering that no people appear in her works, each is deeply personal to Julia. A painting of sheep in a field, for example, is named for her daughter. “Mama and Her Sponge,” a painting of a baby giraffe nuzzling its mother, refers to Julia’s son, who she calls her “sponge of love.” “I did that painting when I was nine months pregnant,” she explains. “It was the last time I was solely me.” Yet Julia’s works are not her “babies.” In fact, she’ll frequently paint over her originals – not that she doesn’t like them, but because she loves the textures the technique imparts on the new works. And, while most artists abhor the idea of people buying their paintings because the colors happen to match the walls of their homes, Julia actually sells monochromatic prints to meet that precise desire. “I love painting but I never wanted to profit from it,” she says. “I’d much rather have the old lady down the street say, ‘I think about you every day because I have your painting in my kitchen.’” That generous attitude made Jared

a bit leery when Julia decided to stop tutoring and start making a living selling her artwork. But with the help of some web-savvy friends, Julia soon had an online store up and running, and a supplier in North Carolina who produces, packages and ships her framed and matted giclee prints (produced on inkjet printers) to customers all over the world. In an unexpected boost of commercial success, the art director of the movie Spy Kids 4 bought four of her paintings and used them to decorate a nursery in the film. Julia’s originals are big - 24x36 or 28x28 - but customers can buy 11x14 or 11x18 reproductions for about $2535, and nursery-friendly low VOC (volatile organic compound) giclee prints for around $60. The artist has even developed a little ambition: “I want to have everyone learn my name and want one of my paintings,” she says. The artist who as a girl walked the streets of Chariho with her four-foot pet iguana on a leash also donates a portion of her income to the ASPCA. Ideas for new paintings now pop into her head when she’s reading a book to her son or rocking her daughter to sleep. “My creatures have multiplied since my kids were born,” she says. For Julia, painting isn’t just part of life – it’s a necessity. “Painting is my music. I’m not thinking when I’m painting,” she says. “I’ll go a month where I don’t know what I’m painting next, then when I do know, I’m painting every day. My brain hurts when I’m not doing art.” www.juliascherer.bigcartel.com

Photography: Marylou Butler

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These spinach pies were Greek-style, meaning that instead of fluffy pizza dough, the spinach was contained within thin layers of flaky phyllo dough. Each pie was bursting with flavor: We tasted olive oil, egg, onions, garlic, and a mixture of ricotta and feta cheeses. They were so moist and oh so delicious – completely worth the calorie splurge when going back for seconds. 135 Boon Street, Narragansett. 789-3200, www.pjspubri.com

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These spinach pies looked like puffy baked apple pies at first glance, with their nicely browned crusts just begging to be torn into. Once we did, we unearthed moist spinach, tomato and pepperoni. The dish was dusted with parmesan cheese and served with a red pepper tomato dipping sauce, which added a nice kick to the fluffy dough. 1202 Kingstown Road, Wakefield. 789-0000, www.pdspizza.com

Calvitto’s Pizza and Bakery This was the most traditional of all the spinach pies, with just two main ingredients: dough and spinach. It was light, clean and refreshing. One staffer noted, “You don’t feel like you have to go take a nap after you eat this one.” There was plenty of moist spinach inside the dough, which was soft and simple. 90 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. 783-8086.


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