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Contents September 2013

This Month 25 Fall Fashion

High style with a military twist at the Quonset Air Museum

Every Month 11 Letters 12 SO Rhode Island online

17 So Happening From Narragansett to Providence by way of Italy 18 So & So 20 Social Network

37 So Stylish A custom-designed home with a twist 38 Life/Style 44 What’s in Store 47 Tastemaker

49 So Delicious A seaside pub offers a taste of Ireland in Matunuck 50 Review 52 Tastemaker 54 Foodie Journal 59 Dining Guide

67 So entertaining Sailing through September 68 Calendar 70 Art View 73 On Stage

76 So Approved Celebrating National Pancake Month one

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delicious bite at a time

Vintage style is big this fall


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Sugar Coated Heaven

Letters Vintage Glam For me, the end of summer is a bittersweet moment. I’m completely reluctant to accept that I’m giving up sunny afternoons at the beach and fresh-from-the-clam-shack dinners for another year. When the evenings start to get chilly enough that I need another layer to keep warm, I stomp into the house, open my closet and realize: oh wait. I’ve missed these clothes. And all of a sudden I’m thinking about cashmere scarves, knee-high boots and all of the uniquely fall activities I can wear them to. The thought of apple picking on a sunny autumn day and baking with my bounty that same chilly night does a lot to make me okay

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Visiting Nurses & More with the changing of the seasons. We might still have a few weeks of summer to enjoy, but this month, we look forward to what we’re wearing this season in our annual Fall Fashion Issue. This year, we look to the past, in a vintage-inspired fashion shoot (starring Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo) at the Quonset Air Museum. Read on to see what you’ll be wearing this fall.

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From Our Readers Last month, we ran a list of “10 Things You Don’t Know about Block Island.” Our online followers had a lot to say about it: Questionable: #3 [about the Palantine, which burned off the coast of the island]. As I remember it from childhood, and it may be that this would be considered sensitive, but the Palatine ship’s crew had scurvy and islanders didn’t want then to

disembark. The ship was set on fire and the ancestors of those responsible have been rumored to see “the ghostly light.” Lots of legends abound and many lending an unflattering light on Islanders. –Posted on www. by Unaspants It’s great to learn some new info about one of my favorite summer destinations. –Posted on Twitter by @AtlasTravel_rb

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• See what happened when we spent a rainy day in South County and documented all the ways we found to have fun anyway. • Drool over the best things we tasted this summer from all around the state, everything from lobster rolls to fish tacos to cocktails. • Check out a behind-the-scenes look at our super cool fashion photo shoot at the Quonset Air Museum. • Get an early start on planning your weekend with our best bet events every Thursday.

At Though we love writing about South County, everybody knows we’re really only in this business for the food. That’s why we’re excited to launch our new online dining guide, The problem we have with most restaurant directories on the web is that they don’t actually tell you much about the restaurant. Sure, you can find out that Joe B. really loved the burger at one place or that Stacy T. was disappointed in the service at

another, but what kind of food do these places actually serve? Or what’s the atmosphere like? That’s where RhodyBites comes in. With simple, informative profiles of local restaurants, you can decide where and what to eat tonight and actually have some sense of what to expect when you get there. It’s still kind of new, and we’re adding more restaurants all the time, so keep checking back for updates – and tell us what you think.

Providence Cocktail Week Want to sample some of the best cocktails the capital city has to offer – and maybe learn a bit more about cocktail culture along the way? Our sister magazine, Providence Monthly, is hosting Providence Cocktail Week from September 21-28. It’s a “celebration of the art, aesthetic and appreciation of the cocktail.” The event features eight full days of special


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cocktail menus throughout the city, along with tastings, classes, parties and a big cocktail competition. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the thriving and ever-expanding craft cocktail scene in the city. For more information, including menus, a schedule of events and links to purchase tickets, visit


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Getting on Board with an Italian Tradition

Learning to be a gondolier While many know of the gondoliers populating Providence’s waterways during WaterFire, few know the individuals operating the oar. Take for example the 64-year-old Allan Redfern, a Narragansett resident, more commonly known by his gondoliering name Dantino. As the oldest member of La Gondola, the organization behind Providence’s gondoliers, Redfern proves following one’s desires does not stop with age. “About 16 years ago I got involved with WaterFire as a volunteer - still am, too - working on boats, on land, as a boat captain and training people. With a regular appearance at WaterFire I mingled with the gondoliers,” he says. “We’d yell at each other and high five one another. I was always interested in [gondoliering] and I’d kid them about wanting to row. Finally I went over and talked to the gentleman who runs the company. He said, ‘Anytime you want to learn how to row, I’d be happy to give you some pointers and give you time to practice.’ Now this is the third year that I’ve been rowing.” The transition from volunteer to gondolier, however, requires a bit more passion and finesse than Redfern lets on. The gondola itself is a 36-foot-long, flat-bottomed boat steered using a single 14-foot-long oar. The slightest, most subtle of rows can “make a big difference,” says Redfern, so a gondolier must be capable of dealing with sudden changes in wind direction or water flow. “Because I live in Narragansett, on Narrow River, I’ve always had a boat of some kind. I spent a lot of time on the water and developed a natural affinity for it - that’s what got me to volunteer for WaterFire. And I just, even for one time, wanted to know what it was like to row a gondola. It looked so fascinating.”

In addition to rowing, being a gondolier has forced Redfern to learn how to sing (as all of La Gondola’s gondoliers must sing) and learn Italian. (“None of us are great singers,” admits Redfern, “but some are better than others. We’re gondoliers who can sing; not singers who row a boat.”) Also, he’s enjoyed meeting individuals from all around the world, people who come “just for the experience. Every language you can imagine can be heard on the gondola.” Anyone interested in meeting Narragansett’s gondolier, or experiencing the romantic thrill of exploring Providence’s waterways, can find La Gondola operating every day with reservations going as late as midnight. –Dale Rappaneau

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Somewhere along the road of human development, between the invention of technological entertainment and today, books have earned the disheartening status of “obsolete.” In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts released a study that shows that not only is the amount of recreational reading among Americans - in every age group - declining, but it’s declining at a faster pace than ever before. The first question that comes to mind here is “why?” Why do so many of us choose to watch a television show or movie rather than read a book? I can’t remember ever walking out of a movie theater without overhearing someone say “The book was so much better,” or “They left out the best parts,” and it’s no secret that Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking can never be replaced by an episode of 30 Minute Meals, so why? The second question that comes to mind, of course, is “how can it be fixed?” Shortly after conducting this study, the National

Endowment for the Arts started working on a program called The Big Read. The Big Read is meant to revitalize the act of reading in the American home by making it a social event. The Big Read will support non-profit organizations in hosting events that encourage reading. One of the 77 selected organizations is the Tomaquag Museum. Now through June 2014, the Tomaquag Museum will be hosting events centered around the book Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, a widely acclaimed Native American author. Some of the events will include book discussions, readings, artistic response programs and cultural arts performances. Whether you think you like reading or not, The Big Read is a great excuse to pick up a book and remember what it is like to get lost in a good story. The Big Read’s kick off event will be held September 19 at 6:30pm at the URI Multicultural Center, Room 101. 74 Lower College Road, Kingston. -Adam Baffoni

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Galilee will be hosting its 2nd Annual Fishing For Hope Tournament and Festival from September 7-8. This event celebrates the fishing community and industry in Rhode Island with all proceeds to be split amongst three charities: Narragansett Parks and Recreation Financial Aid Program, Point Judith Fishermen’s Memorial Scholarship Fund and Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Foundation. This two-day event will be comprised of two parts: a fishing tournament and a seafood festival. Tournament competitors who don’t wish to take their catch home will have the option to donate their catch to the RI Center Assisting Those In Need (RICAN). All fish donations will go to their soup kitchen, where it will feed those in need. At the end of the festival, there will be an awards ceremony for the fishermen who have competed in the tournament, with award categories including bluefish, fluke and striped bass. The seafood festival will take place at the port of Galilee. Featured at the festival will be live entertainment, vendors, fishing boat tours, food and more. Last year’s festival was a huge success, and we’re expecting this year to be even better. Festival admission is free. Tournament admission is $15 for adults and $5 for juniors (14 and under). Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. -Adam Baffoni On September 14, seize your opportunity to support Rhode Island’s up-andcoming artists at the Third Annual Artists Closet Fashion Show. The Artists Closet consists of a diverse group of artists who work to exhibit their work in a fresh and collaborative manner. The organization’s goal is to encourage local artists by furthering their connections and relationships with other artists in the community. This year’s show includes some exceptional designers such as Vinija Varghese, Iryna Kavalenka and Kaleigh Guay. $20. 6-10pm. The Talent Factory. 6171 Post Road North Kingstown. 398-0606, Participate in the YMCA Annual Support Campaign’s Triathlon on September 15 to help raise funds, which supports local progams. The Annual Support program helps children, throughout the country, attend out-of-school events and camps, helps families maintain a healthy way of life and seniors facing the challenges of aging. It will include a .25-mile swim, a nine-mile bike course and a three-mile run. $70 for individuals and $80 for relay teams. Roger Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett. 295-6501, –Sameet Dhillon September 2013 | SO RHODE ISLAND


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Living hisTory Quonset Air Museum brings the past to Life Quonset air museum is one of the richest historical sites in rhode island. located in the heart of Quonset Point, the site where us naval history began, the Quonset air museum’s mission is to preserve and educate the public on rhode island’s aviation history. it even houses a whopping 28 vintage aircrafts in its exhibition. With its wide variety of relics - from famous crafts to vintage parts - the museum gives

those who visit not only a valuable, hands-on education of the past, but a genuine feel of being brought back in time. in the late 1800s, Quonset Point served as the rhode island militia’s state camp ground, followed by the rhode island national guard. then in 1938, a naval board headed by rear admiral Hepburn studied the need for and location of more east coast bases. Quonset Point was chosen and what was once 996 acres is now 1,748 acres. naval air station Quonset Point served in World War ii - warding off u-boats - and in the cold War. “[Quonset Point] had squadrons that used to search for russian submarines,” says executive director david Payne, describing the anti-submarine work that took place. and before Quonset Point shut down in 1973, it served as a home base for the navy’s antarctic support squadron, VX/VXe-6, who spent much time in antarctica getting involved in operation deep freeze, a us mission that aimed to advance the scientific findings and knowledge of antarctica. during Quonset Point’s activity in the 1940s, a paint shop for the base opened to touch up the aircrafts, not knowing that in 1992 that same building would be giving birth to one of rhode island’s most educative museums. With the goal in mind to preserve aircraft, including the well-known a-4 skyhawk, former governor bruce sundlun helped in the production of the epic museum, which is available today for events of all kinds. Visitors can enjoy the sights of the aircraft and read history plaques that offer rich education on the life of each craft. What better way to experience history? -Jacleen Charboneau


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Beauty Secrets Revealed Many women have wondered about the safety and efficacy of facial aesthetics, and if there really is a secret to reverse the effects of aging. Dr. Levy has revealed to us some of these secrets, answering the most important and frequently asked questions.

What is Botox, and is it safe?

How long do treatments last?

Botox is a protein that relaxes the muscle. Botox has been used safely since the 1980s for treating “crossed eyes” and facial spasms, and has been used cosmetically internationally since the early 1990s.  It was deemed safe and approved for cosmetic use in the US by the FDA in 2002. Like any medical treatment, when done correctly and by an experienced physician, it is very safe.

This varies with each individual. Botox lasts approximately 3 months. Fillers can last anywhere between 6 months to over 2 years, depending on the filler and the area injected.

Does facial aesthetics mean just Botox injections, or does it involve other things?

You can start as soon as you see age-related changes. The younger you are when you start aesthetic treatments, the longer they last, and the better they work. Botox works best as a preventative for forming wrinkles.

I like to divide the face into two sections; above and below the eyes. Botox works beautifully in the upper third of the face. It relaxes the frown lines between the brows, the lines on the forehead, and the crow’s feet (wrinkles) around the eyes. In the lower 2/3 of the face, I use fillers in the vast majority of cases.

Can you tell us more about fillers? Most facial fillers are dissolvable gels which are injected to replace volume lost with age. Typical areas that I inject with fillers are the dark circles and bags below the eyes, deflated cheeks, marionette lines (the deep groves from the mouth down that make you look like you are frowning), lips, fine lip lines, temples, ear lobes and more. My website has several examples of my patients’ pre and post-filler photos.

Will my face look fake or frozen after treatments? Absolutely not,  if  done  properly.    My  technique for treating with Botox is to create an overall look of relaxation, but to still leave some natural expressive movement. My goal is to make my patients look relaxed and refreshed, but not frozen. The key to treating with fillers is to maintain and restore the proportions of the face, and not to overfill. Aesthetics is an art, and I have dedicated my practice to perfecting that art.

At what age should I start with aesthetic treatments?

Do aesthetic treatments hurt? Since I too am an aesthetics patient, I have strived to make my treatments as painless as possible. Many of my patients have been surprised at how comfortable the treatments are, and how relaxing their experience was at my office.

Are aesthetic treatments costly? Aesthetic treatments are not inexpensive. However, when compared to what some of us spend on overthe-counter creams, serums and scrubs that may not work, aesthetic treatments are quite cost effective. With aesthetic treatments you can actually see the difference, often within a few hours or days. In my practice, all consultations are complimentary, and I demonstrate to each patient how her specific facial anatomy has changed with age, and how various products and techniques can restore and rejuvenate her youthful appearance. Aesthetic treatments are always tailored to the specific needs of each individual patient. One size does not fit all, and some patients need minimal treatments to freshen up their appearance, while others need more extensive treatments.

Are aesthetic treatments really a fountain of youth for my face? Absolutely. Most people do not realize that many of the movie stars and TV personalities that look so good for so long have received Botox injections and fillers for many years. Some even began their treatments as early as their late 20s, and have continued to do so throughout the years to refresh and maintain. Glowing

complexions are the result of regular facials, peels, and medical grade skin care. When done correctly, they can keep you looking young and natural for years.

Have you ever received aesthetic treatments? Of course! I am happy to share. Nearly all of the procedures that I offer to my patients, including Botox and fillers, I have also had myself. In addition, I treat myself to regular facials, monthly peels, and microdermabrasions. I also  use medical grade skin care products and apply antioxidant serum and sunscreen every single day, which I feel is important as part of a daily home-care routine.  I provide more information regarding sunscreen and sun damage on my website:

What makes your aesthetic practice different and what do you offer at your office? I personally perform all of the Botox and Filler injections in my office, as well as some of the deeper peels. My aesthetician performs medical grade facials, microdermabrasion, lighter peels, as well as waxing and tinting. As for skin care products, my office staff and I have personally tested almost every medical-grade skin care product on the market, and have chosen only those that we felt provided the highest quality and efficacy.  After many years in the medical profession, I have found that it is my mission and my passion to help women realize their maximum youth and beauty. I am committed to applying my micro-surgical skills to the aesthetic treatments I offer in my practice, in a refined and relaxing environment. I believe that it is very important for women to find time for themselves and to care for their beauty, as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Levy, thank you so much for your time. It was a pleasure speaking with you. If any of our readers require further information, or wish to schedule their appointment, they can go to, or contact Dr. Levy’s office directly at (401) 649-0320.

We recently discovered Dr. Sarah Levy, a talented young aesthetics specialist with impressive credentials. A Board Certified Eye Surgeon, Dr. Levy is a Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Brown University. There, Dr. Levy mentors medical students, and teaches physicians in the Ophthalmology residency program the fine techniques of micro-surgery and Botox. Dr. Levy also has her own aesthetics practice, The Facial Aesthetics Center and Spa, located in Wakefield and East Greenwich.  PAID ADVerTISeMeNT

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Built on Narragansett Style Headline Working against a hard deadline to create the home of her dreams, it took Text a village here Text to bring here Joyce Perschy’s vision to life. Turn the page to read how creativity, vision and hard work has made this house a home. September 2013 | SO RHODE ISLAND


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An Homage to Local History There’s considerable pressure when hosting a gaggle of friends and family at your home for the annual Thanksgiving feast. There’s even more when the invitations are out and the home is under construction. For Joyce Perschy and Dennis Lynch of Narragansett, failure was not an option. Determined to keep up the family tradition, Joyce moved forward with her plans with every faith in architect Gail Hallock and builder Steve Lawrence to complete the home just in time to toss the turkey in the oven. “Thanksgiving was a really important goal and they really worked like crazy,” she says, adding that they moved in just about a week before the holiday. “We felt strongly about keeping up tradition” Much like the construction of the new, stunning home itself, Thanksgiving went off without a hitch. Joyce was just out of college and working for a New York City-based company that kept her on the road regularly, but her trip to this neck of the woods felt different. “Once I landed on Narragansett Town Beach, marveling at The


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Towers, the ‘Pier’ became embedded in my being and as Tina Fey would say,  ‘I want to go to there,’” she says. After she and Dennis, a Rhode Island native, met and married, they raised their children Patrick, Devon and Jordan in New Canaan, Conn. There was a piece of South County, however, that remained in their hearts. “In my mind, one way or another we were coming back,” says Joyce. It wasn’t uncommon for her to pick up the children on the last day of school and head to Rhode Island’s pristine southern shores where they had a summer house. In 2009, after their children were raised and starting families of their own, Joyce and Dennis’ self-fulfilling prophecy of permanent residency manifested itself when they bought a circa 1950 brick home in Narragansett Pier. “I had a very strong desire to have a Narragansett [style] house,” explains Joyce. “There’s no name for it… It’s not a Victorian, not a Queen Anne; it’s a Narragansett shingle style house – it’s a blend of designs. They all look different,

but in the same different way.” With a keen interest in local history, the couple was committed to building a home that celebrated the town’s past but with both modern conveniences and curb appeal. “Our goal was to build a home [here] which represented the historic nature and beauty found in Narragansett Pier’s Historic District,” Joyce says. Finding someone with their same vision was as critical as it was challenging. Not only was she in search of an architect with the same point of view, but someone who she says would be willing to listen. The couple turned to Gail Hallock Cyr, AIA of Gail Hallock Architect based out of Wickford, for her portfolio of historic and coastal homes. Joyce calls her, quite simply, “an angel.” Together, Joyce and Gail tried to save the existing brick home and repurpose it into the new design, but that proved illogical. “It just didn’t work,” says Gail. “It turned out to be a better solution to demolish.” “She was very involved and very particular about what she wanted to have,” says Gail about Joyce. “She has excellent

style.” She also has computer savvy, adds Gail, saying that her knowledge of architectural software made it easy to review drawings and plans. From the beginning, the two saw eyeto-eye on the role this home needed to play in this historic pocket of Narragansett. “We were really careful to build it like it belonged,” explains Gail. Though there are always surprises that come along when building a home from scratch, Joyce and Gail made a wondrous discovery as they built upward. Though they expected to have some views of Narragansett Bay by the time they reached the 3rd floor, what they found when they got there took their collective breath away. “We found stunning, 360-degree views,” she says, which they capitalized on by adding expansive windows and peaked dormers rich with detail. After meeting with a number of builders, Joyce and Dennis selected Steve Lawrence of Narragansett-based Lawrence Builders Inc. to execute their vision. “We just felt so lucky that Steve has such talented subcontractors; just

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It was a sunny Sunday morning when I strolled onto Narragansett Town Beach looking for Gina Raheb’s beach yoga class. Wait, allow me to start again. It was very early on a sunny Sunday morning when I scrambled across the sand for Gina’s Natural Fitness beach yoga class. I’m sure 8am is a totally normal time, but on a Sunday morning? In the summer? That sangria wasn’t going to drink itself on Saturday night. Don’t get me wrong, I love yoga, and I had been looking forward to Gina’s class. I had just had a hard time rousing myself to get there. (Ok, who am I kidding? By the time I wake up on the weekend that class is long over.) But once I saw how busy the beach already was as I laid out my towel – better sand traction than a yoga mat – the time made sense. Any later and I would have had toddlers shoveling sand onto my head during downward-facing dog. In about one minute, any crankiness I had was gone. The sun was shining, the waves were lapping the shore just feet from where we sat, and Gina’s cheery disposition was infectious. As she welcomed us to the class - the crowd of 15 or so was a mix of tourists (I could tell from the fact that they were doing yoga in regular clothing and/or bathing suits) and die-hard yogis (I could tell from the fact that they were much, much better at inversions than I am) - Gina dropped some of the punniest jokes I’ve heard since elementary school. “Who tried to fly before the Wright Brothers?” she asked us. “The Wrong Brothers,”

the man next to me groaned. The first couple of them were total sinkers (see? you can’t help it), but as we progressed to more challenging moves, we were all grateful to have something to distract us from our burning thigh muscles. Beach yoga is different than the practice I’m used to. People do yoga for all kinds of reasons: stretching, strength, weight loss, rehabilitation. I love the health benefits, but I do it because it quiets my mind and recharges my batteries. Because of all of the external stimuli at the beach – the waves coming in, the seagulls flying overhead, the people walking by, the moving sand under (and on) my towel – I didn’t experience that same fullness of being out of my head. But I did experience other things: the waves coming in, the seagulls overhead, the sand under me… you get the idea. It was everything I love about the beach, with the added bonus of spending an hour stretching and namaste-ing my way into a beautiful sunny day. After the class was over I felt wide awake, totally envigorated, and ready to spend the rest of the day being a beach bum. For that, I can brave an early morning. Gina teaches beach yoga daily through the beginning of September.

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scouted from around the world resulting from Kaitlyn and her mother’s travels – rattan furniture, Chinese lanterns, blue and white patterned oriental vases and jars, artisan side tables and classic picture frames. You’ll also find just as many local items such as custom-made designer pillows, refreshing soaps, tea towels and more that are created here in the Ocean State. “Supporting local artisans and vendors is very important to Highpoint Home. The talent we have here in our own backyard is amazing,” she says fondly. Highpoint Home also offers a great selection of costume jewelry and accessories. Whether you need a long necklace to wear at the beach or something a little more formal for the evening, there is definitely something to fit anyone’s budget. In addition to the storefront, Smith offers her professional design services on site. Customers also enjoy her helpful blog which you can find on her website featuring some terrific ‘Do It Yourself’ tips on easy updates for furniture and decor. Kaitlyn says. “Whether you add a new pillow or a lamp, your house will get a quick update without re-designing the whole space.”

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BIF_SoRI__Ad_13rev.qxd:BIF The Hack & Livery General Store and Emporium is an off shoot of Doug and Peggy Yattaw’s first business venture in the 1970s: the Chimney Sweep Candle Co. Although there have been many changes over the last 36 years, one thing has never changed: creating a hometown, family-friendly experience. Doug, you mentioned that you went to Hack & Livery as a child. How has it changed since you became co-owners? Hack & Livery has been in our town for at least 125 years and has served many purposes. As a kid it was an antique store, which I had visited with my parents on occasion. My father loved refinishing old things. His appreciation for old things rubbed off on me. When Peggy and I were married, we found that we shared this appreciation of old things.

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What’s your favorite item in the store? If I had to choose, it would be the candy. Just like food of any kind, it brings people together. We have real penny candy that appeals to the “more mature” person – people my age. The kids like really sour candy. But everyone has a favorite. Where does the name “Hack & Livery” come from? Before cars, the livery stable was a very important hub for business in both small towns and large cities. In our small town alone there were at least four within a half mile on or near Main Street. Simply

put, a livery is a stable where animals are kept. A hack was a wagon, buckboard or carriage rented for a period of time. How is history part of the shopping experience? A good example is the candy and check out counter. These counters were salvaged from Sherman’s Store in Peace Dale. With a tip from a local architect and the help of a great friend, we removed the counters from the building, which was being raised in three days. Sherman’s was in business since at least 1852. My wife and many of our customers bought penny candy at Sherman’s. This was another wonderful save of something historic. Who can I shop for at Hack & Livery? We have games and toys, books and some old fashion toys like jacks. We have birthday, house warming and hostess gifts for just about everyone. We refer to one of our upstairs areas as “the granny trap” where great items can be found for kids up to about three or four. We’re grandparents too. We understand what it’s about.




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Having been in operation for more than a century, Tara’s Tipperary Tavern gets Irish food, from bangers to rashers, chips to toasties. More importantly, they get Irish beer. Turn the page to read about how this local pub still manages to impress even the most refined of eaters. September 2013 | SO RHODE ISLAND


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Fighting Irish Foods A Matunuck tavern overcomes setbacks from recent storms Rhode Island has had some rough times lately. From Narragansett to Matunuck through Misquamicut and down to Napatree Point, Superstorm Sandy eroded away a lot of beach and some very precious not-so-natural resources: restaurants, bars and hotels. Tara’s Tipperary Tavern in Matunuck got hit with a double-whammy, not only suffering damage from Sandy last fall, but also getting walloped by Nemo this past February. But you can’t keep the Irish down and the nearly 100-yearold pub is still going strong and keeping a little piece of Ireland in southern Rhode Island. Walking into Tara’s Tipperary Tavern you’ll come across the usual Guinness imagery and well-worn bar of an Irish pub. There’s barely an ambience, but then it also feels like there are decades of ambience. It’s not quite the feeling of a centuries-old pub in Ireland, but Tara’s is still carrying some weight in its brief new world history. The main test of any place that calls itself an Irish pub is of course ordering a Guinness. My friend went with a Smithwick’s, which was nice to see on tap too, but for me Guinness is required. The bartender took her time pouring it, which she even apologized for after she had filled the glass three-


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quarters of the way and was giving the stout time to settle. No apologies necessary, I said, waiting patiently until she topped it off under that settled, creamy dome. It was as perfect of a pour as I’ve seen around here and a harbinger of all that was to come. For those not Irish beer-inclined, Tara’s has plenty of domestic brews on tap and in bottles, as well as some wines, and of course a selection of Irish whiskeys. On to the menu, which won’t win any awards for uniqueness – we’re talking pub food here: wings, mozzarella sticks, burgers, fish and chips and club sandwiches. Though there are some nice little Irish touches like bangers and rashers and even a toastie. We ordered up a mix of Rhode Island and Ireland flavors and were soon greeted with an onslaught of food from the very efficient kitchen. First up was something that has its roots in both the old world and new, a cup of clam chowder ($4.50) with a side of clam cakes ($2.50). Tara’s offered three kinds of clam chowder – red, white and clear – and we went with white. It was a touch on the thick side, but it wasn’t too pasty and was loaded with lots of clams and big chunks of potato. The clam cakes were a nice size, a little larger than a golf ball, but not crazy big, and were perfectly fried.

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Next we went traditional Rhode Island and tried a stuffie ($4.25), which was enormous and delicious. My friend attacked it after her first taste, and I had to agree with her that it was one of the better stuffies I’ve had. There was lots of flavorful bread stuffing and it was packed light and loosely so that

it wasn’t like eating a ball of dough, which is a problem with a lot of stuffies. So far Tara’s had gotten the Rhode Island side of menu spot on. Our next treat was frickles ($6.95), which is, if you can’t guess from the name, fried pickles. I’ve seen some places bread and fry long pickle spears, which is not the way to go for maximum frying surface area to create flavor. Tara’s frickles were properly fried round slices of whole pickle, and, as expected, perfectly fried. These frickles were light and crispy with a good mix of the sour vinegar taste of the pickle and the salty crispiness of the fry coating. They came with a horseradish sauce that, while tasty, I didn’t feel was necessary for such a perfectly fried item. With our two main dishes we crossed completely over the Atlantic – Ireland does contain the westernmost point of continental Europe (if you count a large island as part of the continent). We had the Bangers and Pub Chips ($6.95) and an R.L.T. ($7.75). The bangers were pretty traditional with some good breadiness to them. They were served with what tasted like it might have been HP Sauce, a bottled

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UK sauce with some malt vinegar and tamarind. The pub chips served with the bangers were a huge highlight of the meal. It’s not often that you get thinly sliced potato chips, fried to order and excellently seasoned, but Tara’s pulls this off with style. They also offer these chips as a side dish with cheese and bacon, which I will definitely be back for. Lastly we had the R.L.T., which is a Rashers, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich. Rashers are Irish bacon. Unlike American bacon which is made from the pork belly, Irish bacon is usually made from the side or back of the animal, giving it a bit more of a big, meaty area surrounded by streaks of fat (there’s a few more differences but that’s the main one). It’s definitely not the bacon we’re used to here and that

• Emergency Medical Services meatiness makes it a nice part of a sandwich. I loved that Tara’s had rashers on the menu. When we finished eating and polished off our beers, my friend and I turned to each other and basically had the same exact thought. Yes, it’s pub food, but wow, was that good pub food. To heck with the weather. Here’s hoping Tara’s holds strong into the next century. Sláinte!

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Sammy Wang is the owner and sushi chef at O Sushi, a new restaurant in North Kingstown serving traditional Japanese fare, hibachi, and, you guessed it, sushi. We talked to him about his journey to opening this restaurant. What sets O Sushi apart from other sushi bars? Our sushi bar combines both the traditional sushi rolls alongside fusion-style rolls like our Surf and Turf Roll (Shrimp Tempura and red onion topped with avocado and pan-seared beef) and Tropicana Roll (avocado and black and orange caviar topped with mango, kiwi and salmon). Where did you learn to make sushi? I used to work at Haruki in Providence. I worked under a chef who had over 30 years of experience. Did you have a background in cooking before becoming a sushi chef? Throughout my life, I worked as an Asian-style chef. Along the way I had some western influence on my cooking styles. I worked as a sushi chef for over six years before deciding to finally open up my own place where I could create my own styles of sushi.

What is your favorite cut of fish to use? I like using tuna in my sushi. I like the texture and flavor that it has. Some sushi doesn’t contain raw seafood or any seafood at all. What is necessary for a piece of food to be called sushi? Sushi is described as any dish with vinegared rice. What are some tips you can give to someone who wants to learn more about sushi or becoming a sushi chef? It’s not easy to become a sushi chef especially when you get to the part where you have to cut fish and other ingredients. If you do not cut them correctly the meat falls apart. Beginners can stick to spreading rice over seaweed then flipping it over onto a bamboo mat. From there they can easily put the ingredients on the seaweed and roll it up with the bamboo mat beneath it. What is a good first sushi for someone who has never tried it? For those who are afraid of raw fish, they should try the California, Philadelphia or other basic sushi rolls. These are usually cooked. Others that do not

mind could try the Spicy Tuna Roll or any other sushi that includes tuna. When serving sushi, elegant presentation is very important. Where do you get your inspiration for your plate layouts? Most of my inspiration comes from animals and plants. I try to make the layouts appealing to the eye. What qualifies a cut of seafood as “sushi grade?” Texture, color, taste and freshness are what I look for before I determine if they are good for sushi. When I look for texture, I try to find meat that is tender. For color, I see how red it is. Traditionally, people use a bright light to see the color of the meat. If it is red, the meat is good. We always use the freshest food, which means that they are red.

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up in southern Rhode Island, but he’s made a name for himself here as the owner/operator/head farmer of Walrus and Carpenter Oysters located in Charlestown’s Ninigret Pond. OptonHimmel grew up in New York City, which is obviously not a place to farm oysters. After studying environmental science and forestry at Wesleyan and Yale, he decided life on the water and farming oysters was a great way to combine his love of boating with his environmental science background. He’s been farming in Charlestown for five years now and has a 15-year lease from the state on his section of Ninigret Pond. Oysters grow in mesh bags attached to PVC pipe frames in the brackish water of Ninigret Pond. As the oysters grow, they are transferred to larger bags. It takes anywhere from one-and-a-half to three years for oysters to reach maturity, and they are harvested twice a week, year round. Opton-Himmel is hard at work by 8am. Daily tasks on an oyster farm include stirring the “infant” oysters in the upweller (a nursery of sorts), sorting oysters and transferring them to appropriate sized bags, cleaning the bags, preparing oysters for market and selling directly to consumers and local restaurants. Fall is the perfect time to try a Walrus and Carpenter Oyster. Opton-Himmel says the fall and winter oysters are the sweetest. He delivers the majority of his oysters to local restaurants and plans to keep it that way. He has had requests for oysters to be shipped as far away as Japan. But for him, contributing to our local food economy is more important. Oysters have an incredibly long shelf life when kept at a cool temperature (six to eight weeks), but Jules delivers his oysters to restaurants on the day they are harvested. Locally his oysters can be found at the Wilcox Tavern and Ella’s Fine Food & Drink in Westerly, The Mooring and The Landing in Newport, as well as several other restaurants throughout the state. Additionally, you can order the oysters directly at NEWPORT WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL The Newport Mansions will once again

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provide a spectacular backdrop for the annual Newport Wine & Food Festival held from September 20-22. The weekend features a wide array of events including a Collectible Wine Dinner, Brunch with Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Grand Tastings on both Saturday and Sunday, Newport After Dark After-Party at Forty 1° North, a variety of seminars from Wine 101 for the wine novice and Wine Collectibles for the serious wine aficionado. Two southern Rhode Island restaurants will be participating in this year’s Grand Tastings: Jamestown Fish and The Ocean House. For the second year in a row, Michael Greenlee is the beverage director for the festival. A local North Kingstown boy, Greenlee has worked as a wine buyer for Le Cirque, the Waldorf Astoria and the Four Seasons. He now owns a company, Amedeo, which “helps wineries better navigate distribution and helps them sell wine directly to the consumer.” Greenlee is excited about this year’s festival and says there’s “something for everyone who’s interested in wine and food.” The wineries represented at this year’s festival are coming from all over the world, and he says “many of them are small producers that are hard to come by.” With approximately 3,500 people attending last year’s festival, you may want to purchase your tickets ahead of time at www.newportmansions. org/events/wine-and-food-festival. See you there!

NEW EVENTS AT ELEVEN FORTY NINE At Warwick’s Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, Sunday nights are now a lot tastier. From 4-9pm, the restaurant is hosting a Prime Rib Dinner for $24.95 per person. The dinner includes a 16oz. portion of prime rib & jus, whipped potatoes and creamed spinach. You can add three baked stuffed shrimp to make it surf & turf for $36.95. On Monday night, they feature “Everyone’s Italian” with a three-course Italian Feast for only $24.95. Start your meal with a caprese salad (perfect for this time of year), followed by the restaurant’s homemade lasagna and complete your evening with a piece of tiramisu. PALMIERI’S OPENS ON MAIN STREET IN EAST GREENWICH My favorite spot for bakery pizza strips, Palmieri’s Bakery and Caffe, is opening a location at 247 Main Street in East Greenwich. In mid-September, you won’t have to drive to Providence’s Federal Hill to get your biscotti, pizza strips, cupcakes and more. The bakery has been baking since 1898 and they are on their way to southern Rhode Island. Send all food, beverage, restaurant and chef news to Stacey Place at Follow Stacey on Twitter @ridining or through her website

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Bike Stop Café 148 Boon St, Narragansett; 284-1414, Known for its bar-themed food with a creative flair, The Bike Stop Café caters to the casual diner as much as the adventurous eater. Offering wood-fired pizzas, fish tacos with mango salsa and plenty to drink, this is one stop not to be missed. LD $$


PAVILION STEAK HOUSE 15A Frontier Rd; 377-9900, The artful presentations of Pavilion’s steak house and entrée menus provide an up-scale feel with moderately priced dishes. The steak house menu allows you to customize your sirloin, fish or pork. LD $-$$


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WILCOX TAVERN 5153 Old Post Rd, Rt.1; 322-1829, With a redesigned menu, Wilcox continues to use fresh, local and seasonal products. Whether you want Roasted


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FINN’S HABORSIDE 38 Water St; 8846363, This iconic location promises seafood-focused cuisine, wrap and salad options, plus live musical performances. Don’t want to carpool? Bring the boat – customer docking is free! LD $-$$ GREENWICH BAY OYSTER BAR 250 Main St; 398-2462, This classic-styled tavern features a raw bar and a variety of fish and oysters plucked from Rhode Island’s own waters. If surf isn’t your style, they also offer a variety of turf options such as their Grilled Chicken over gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce. D $-$$ SIENA CUCINA 5600 Post Road; 885-8850, Siena Cucina

NARRAGANSETT CAFE 25 Narragansett Avenue; 423-2150, Head to Narragansett Cafe every Sunday from 4-7pm for Sunday Blues. Enjoy live music while you dine on award winning seafood, appetizers and a variety of drink options. Come in for soup and sandwiches or burgers and delicious apps. BrLD $-$$

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COLVITTO’S PIZZA & BAKERY 90 Point Judith Road; 783-8086, 60 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown; 782-2285. For a great selection of fresh calzones, breads and pastries, visit Colvitto’s. They also offer fresh hot pizza with your choice of 13 toppings made to order along with pizza strips and party pans. BL $ GEORGE’S OF GALILEE 250 Sand Hill Cove Road; 783-2306, georgesofgalilee. com. What’s better than indulging in award-winning seafood and watching the sun set over the Sound? At George’s you can dine al fresco, take food to-go, or simply enjoy one of the five dining rooms indoors. LD $-$$ IGGY’S 1157 Point Judith Road; 7835608, A local favorite among the sports fans and clam cake/doughboy enthusiasts alike, Iggy’s serves up everyone’s favorites. From all-American burgers and wings to fresh chowder and lobster rolls, Iggy’s will keep you coming back for more! LD $-$$ MARINER GRILLE 140 Point Judith Road; 284-3282, Not to be missed by seafood lovers, the Mariner Grille is the place to unwind at the end of a long week, with an extensive wine list and an endless array of delicious seafood offerings. LD $-$$ OLDE LIGHTHOUSE DINER 120 Knowles Way; 284-3883, facebook. com/oldelighthouse.diner. You can BYOB to this charming diner, which serves large portions at a great price. Stop in before work for some bacon, eggs and pancakes, or come in for dinner and try some of their creative dishes. BLD $-$$ T’S RESTAURANT 91 Pt. Judith Road; 284-3981, With a menu that is creative yet traditional, T’s serves up farm fresh eggs, whole cheeses and homemade corned beef hash and other healthy and delicious bites. BBrL $-$$ TRIO 15 Kingstown Road; 792-4333, Trio is a triple-threat restaurant with its innovative menu, inviting European décor and warm, attentive


service. A meal of chops, seafood or pasta is the order of the day. Also rave-worthy are the artisan pizzas. LD $$-$$$

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TWIN WILLOWS 865 Boston Neck Road; 789-8153, Twin Willows is a sports pub and family restaurant with a menu of grilled dinners and seafood. It promises an evening of “high spirits and good times.” LD $-$$

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TAVERN BY THE SEA 16 West Main Street; 294-5771, tavernbytheseari. com. Located in historic Wickford, Tavern by the Sea offers a relaxed yet romantic atmosphere and an array of dishes such as seafood, burgers and a complete kid’s menu. LD $$


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

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CAP’N JACK’S 706 Succotash Road; 789-4556, For traditional New England fare in a family friendly atmosphere, Cap’n Jack’s is the place – and has been since 1972. Be sure to try their famous chowder or fish and chips. LD $-$$$ LA STRADA CAFÉ & PIZZERIA 920 Matunuck Beach Road; 284-2253., Using fresh, local ingredients and a wood-fired oven, La Strada prepares impeccable pizza from a generations-old recipe brought to Rhode Island from the Bronx. LD $-$$ STATION HOUSE 3711 Kingstown Road; 783-0800, Located near the University of Rhode Island campus and Kingston Station, Station House serves breakfast and lunch with many tasty home-style options to choose from. BrL $

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TARA’S TIPPERARY TAVERN 907 Matunuck Beach Road; 284-1901, www. Head out to Rhode Island’s oldest Irish Pub to enjoy kicked-up pub fare and seafood dishes with a homemade, authentic Irish twist. Start your day off with a traditional Irish breakfast and end it with a pint of Guinness. BBrLD $-$$


HANSON’S PUB 210 Salt Pond; 7820210, If you are looking for a casual dining atmosphere surrounded by the beauty of local marina waters, Hanson’s is the perfect location. With freshly plucked seafood and live music every weekend, it’s a prime joint for a little get together. LD $-$$ PHIL’S MAIN STREET GRILL 323 Main St; 783-4073, philsmainstreetgrille. com. A food joint of many hats, Phil’s offers a variety of options from vegan chili to delicious prime rib, which can be enjoyed on their now open rooftop deck. BBrLD $-$$ SWEET CAKES 1227 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale; 789-5420, Sweet Cakes is the perfect place to go to satisfy your sweet tooth. They offer cupcakes, pastries, brownies, tarts and more, guaranteeing you find something you love. L $


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1149 1149 Division Street, Warwick; 8841149, 1149 offers a wide variety of contemporary American cuisine in an upscale, casual setting. Every Monday you will receive half off their entire wine by the bottle list. BRLD $-$$$


CASA DELLA LUCE 105 Franklin Street; 637-4575. This American/Italian Bistro is for all of those pizza and pasta enthusiasts out there. Diners can choose between 25 different toppings and decide between a thick or thin crust. Just as laudable are the pasta dishes, which range from traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs to sophisticated Truffled Steak on Linguine. LD $-$$$


ELLA’S FINE FOOD & DRINK 2 Tower Street; 315-0606, At Ella’s, diners can expect top quality appetizers, salads and entrées. Try a pâté or warm goat starter and an organic salmon entrée. D $$-$$$ FRA’S ITALIAN GOURMET 57 Shore Road; 596-2888, It’s a pizza parlor, café and deli all rolled into one. Try one of their famous focaccia sandwiches or a classic Margherita pizza. BL $-$$

SHELTER HARBOR 10 Wagner Road; 322-8883, This 24-room inn offers charming country dining, from decadent brunch items to creative tavern fair. Don’t miss their monthly Gourmet Dinners & Wine Tastings. BBrLD $-$$$ THE TWISTED VINE 3 Canal Street; 596-4600, From gourmet grilled cheese to organic Malbec, this intimate and cozy restaurant with its fireplace and overstuffed leather chairs will make you feel welcome. D$-$$ VENICE 165 Shore Road; 348-0055, Located in a picturesque water views around Winnapaug Pond, this multi-functional restaurant is perfect for dining, drinks or special events. Venice boasts authentic Italian cuisine and lobster daily, in elegant yet casual surroundings. D $-$$$ VETRANO’S RESTAURANT 130F Granite Street; 348-5050, Satisfy your inner Italian with a generous helping from this food haven. Boasting NY-style artisan pizzas, along with chicken, veal and fish dishes, served with pasta and side salad, this dining experience beckons all with an appetite. LD $-$$ VITTORIAS NY PIZZA 224 Post Road; 322-1901, vittoriasnypizza. com. Featuring original NY pizza as well as pastas, salads, grinders, soups and daily specials, all homemade with only the freshest ingredients. LD $-$$

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September 1: Embrace the Ocean State’s nautical spirit with the 86th Annual Around the Island race at the Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown. It’s the oldest ongoing sailboat race on Narragansett Bay. Monohull sailing yachts and large sport boats will do a total circumnavigation of Conanicut Island. The event concludes with a post-race party featuring an award ceremony and a celebratory dinner with cocktails. Register online to participate. $85. 40 Bay View Drive, Jamestown. 423-1424,


September 1: Theatre by the Sea presents La Cage Aux Folles, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about two men who run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez where one is the star performer. $39-$59. 5pm. 364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck. 7828587,


September 14: It’s time to do the time warp again! Courthouse Center for the Arts and RKO Army presents cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show for one night only. $10. 9pm. 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston. 782-1018,


September 14: A highlight of the fall season at Kimball Wildlife Refuge is its annual Wild mushroom Walk. Take off with an Audubon Society naturalist and explore fungi, both delicious and deadly. $4-$12. 1-3:30pm. 180 Sanctuary Road, Charlestown. 949-5454,


September 14-15: Langworthy Farms invites the public to its two-day Artisan Cheese tasting featuring cheese and wine pairings. The farm, built in 1875, is a charming place to spend the afternoon. 308 Shore Road, Rte. 1A, Westerly. 322-7791,

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September September 1: Festival Fete waves goodbye to summer with the 3rd Annual east Greenwich Art Festival at New England Tech. Enjoy work from over 140 artists plus strolling entertainment, a children’s art station, food and live music. Free. 10am5pm. 1 New England Tech Boulevard (off Division Road), East Greenwich. September 1: Don’t miss the final day of the 16th Annual rhythm & roots Festival on Labor Day Weekend at Ninigret Park. The annual event includes music, dance workshops, shopping, food and family activities. $60. Noon-midnight. 4890A Old Post Road (Route 1A), Charlestown. 888-8556940, September 1-29: Every Sunday night it’s family-friendly bring Your Own Improv night at the Warwick Museum of Art. Actors instruct audience members to participate to their comfort level. $6. 6pm. 3259 Post Road, Warwick. 737-0010, September 1-30: Take advantage of the last warm days and take a Sunset Cruise with Gansett Cruises of Newport. Enjoy wine, beer and cocktails as you munch on classic New England fare like Del’s Lemonade, coffee shakes and stuffies. 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and sunset departures. $20$26. Bowens Wharf, Newport. 7874438, September 3-24: Head to the Mews Tavern every Tuesday night for Stump! trivia. This team trivia contest will test your knowledge on a variety of subjects from anatomy to literature to history. Winning teams go home with prizes so bring your smartest friends. 8pm. 456 Main Street, Wakefield. 7839370,



September 3-24: Infants and toddlers ages birth to 24 months and their caretakers are invited to the Peace Dale Library every Tuesday morning for Wigglers Storytime featuring music, movement and rhymes. Free. 10:30-11am. 1057 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale. 783-8254, September 4: Let The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly inject a little romance into your month with the opening reception of An Artist Remembers: Affairs of the Art. After the opening on the 4th, the show continues through the 28th. 5-8pm. 7 Canal Street, Westerly. 596-2221, www. September 4-25: Dance into The Towers on a Wednesday evening for Social Dance Classes. Try your hand at ballroom from 6-8pm or tango from 8-10:30pm. Individual lessons are $15 or stay the whole night for $22. 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. 782-2597, September 4-28: Stop by Sons of Liberty Distillery on a Wednesday or Saturday for a Whiskey tour and tasting. Learn how local whiskey is made and try a variety of whiskeys and vodkas. $10. Noon-4pm. 1425 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown. September 6: Check out the Crafters Circle at Fayerweather Craft Guild on the patio. Bring whatever you’re working on and enjoy the company of fellow crafters. Snacks provided. 1-3pm. 1859 Mooresfield Road, Kingston. 789-9072, September 6-27: Stargazers and astronomy lovers rejoice: Frosty Drew Observatory’s public Observation Nights take place every

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September 2-29: It’s a September full of outdoor events thanks to RI Land Trust Days. Enjoy scheduled trail walks, festivals, full moon walks, farm tours, scavenger hunts, geocaching and kayaking excursions throughout the state. Also, there’s an exciting incentive in place: everyone who attends four or more activities can enter into a drawing to win prizes. The person who attends the most events will automatically win a grand prize. A full calendar of events is available online at

Friday night, weather permitting. The dome opens at dusk this time of year. Free. 62 Park Lane, Charlestown. 3649508, September 6-29: One of the world’s longest running plays comes to the Granite Theatre. Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap tells the story of a group of strangers caught in a snowstorm; one is a murderer. 2pm and 8pm show times. 1 Granite Street, Westerly. 5962341, September 7: Join the East Greenwich Library and local historian Bruce MacGunnigle for an east Greenwich Historic Walking tour. The walk features Peirce and Main Streets and will last 1-2 hours. Free. 1pm. 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich. 884-9510,

September 7-8: Sail away on the Block Island Ferry for the 38th Annual 15K run Around the block, 15k of rolling black top roads arranged in a loop. Start and end at the Old Harbor ferry dock. $25. 12am. Isaac’s Corner, Block Island. 800-383-2474, September 7-28: Head to Newport every Saturday night for Comedy Improv with the bit players. Enjoy improvisation with various games, diverse performers and audience involvement. Reservations suggested. $15. 8pm. 4 Equality Park, Newport. 849-3473, September 11: Join the Ocean House for its next Farm + Vine Dinner with Chef Nathan Rich of Lake Placid Lodge. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner paired with wines.

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Frances Topping recreates the natural world around her through her illustrations

centers and museums were seeking her out for illustrations of wild birds, plants and animals. She also kept meticulously detailed pen-and-ink journals as she traveled to such diverse destinations as Crete, England, France and Arizona. A Rhode Island resident for more than a decade, Topping has continued to expand her subjects and style even as she spends countless hours exploring the varied landscape of the Ocean State. “Every serious wildlife artist has to spend years in the field,” she says. Sometimes, her passions overlap: while volunteering at Casey Farm, for example, she was able to observe and draw the swallows nesting in the barn. Subjects like plants are typically drawn from direct observation, while animals tend to be based on a mix of live viewing and photographs (since the latter don’t tend to stay in one place for as long as trees and plants). Rhode Island’s stone walls, which remind Topping of her native Oxfordshire, make appearances in her work, and her paintings sometimes focus on the manmade world, like

watercolors of Carpenter’s Grist Mill in Perryville and the green umbrellas on the deck of Wickford’s Tavern by the Sea. Her latest passion is a richly detailed sketchbook detailing life on local farms, which she hopes to sell at local farmer’s markets. (Topping’s drawings and paintings also can be purchased on her website, Mystic Scrimshanders in Wickford, the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Learning Center on Prudence Island and periodic art shows and exhibits.) Topping’s business cards read, “Artist/Naturalist/Educator,” and she takes the latter job as seriously as the first two. She teaches sketching, but moreover sees every piece of her artistic work as playing a conservational and educational role, from the interpretive panels she does for the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society to her simple penand-ink drawing of fall fungi, beach roses or skunk cabbage. “Most people, when they go into a forest, they see a wall of green,” she says. “I want to encourage people to look a little closer at what’s out there.”

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This Johnny and June Carter Cash tribute plays September 21

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