Newport Naked Fall 2013

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from the editor Every year Newport plays host to hundreds of weddings. Couples from all over the northeast invite guests from seemingly all over the world to join them in celebrating their union. It is a credit to our fine city that these lovers choose it as a backdrop for one of the most important moments of their lives. They come here to create memories that will last a lifetime, stories that will forever be retold, photographs and videos that will be shown to children and grandchildren. This fall will be no different. Newport will witness all kinds of weddings, from modest backyard affairs to upscale extravaganzas at Gilded Age mansions like Rosecliff on Bellevue. There will be beautiful sunsets and rolling tides. Cakes will be cut, gifts will be offered, toasts will be made. Chuppahs will be raised and wine glasses crushed under

foot. New friendships will be forged and old ones renewed. Families will form and the cycle of life will continue to thrive. I mention this not only as a testament to the allure of our city by the sea, but also because the Newport Naked family is about to witness a special celebration of its own. In late September, the magazine’s founders, owners, and operators, Daniel Hwang and Cedar Poirier, will exchange vows and throw a party at one of the city’s wonderful beachside venues. There are a million things to say to friends on such an occasion, and a million things that go into a successful marriage. One of the best pieces of advice, on both fronts, is to keep it simple, so I will do so here by quoting an old Latin proverb: Vive Valeque — live and be healthy. – Christopher Plamondon

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Empire Tea

Mokka Coffehouse

Custom House Coffee

had not been allowed to emigrate, its legend had spread by word of mouth, by the accounts of thousands of Muslims from distant lands who made pilgrimage to Mecca every year. The outside world became keen to acquire this magical (some said evil) beverage. Sooner or later the monopoly had to be broken. In 1670 the Sufi (Muslim mystic) Baba Budan is said to have strapped seven seeds to his chest and smuggled them into India, where the commodity soon began to thrive. From there it was not long before coffee made its way to Italy (making the advent of espresso a fait accompli) and then to the rest of Europe. Once the Dutch East India and British East India companies got a whiff of the money involved, the brew quickly went global. Coffee arrived in America during the Colonial period, but was not an instant hit. I suppose it is no surprise that the colonists, unfettered by the edicts of the Koran, preferred alcohol to the new drink, and of course they always had their tea. It was the Revolution that changed coffee’s status in our land. After the Boston Tea Party, many colonists boycotted that swill and switched to coffee, and during the war itself the popularity of the beverage soared. A British embargo on tea imports after the war of 1812 only strengthened coffee’s allure, and thus we eventually arrived at the situation we have today, where there is approximately one Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts for every 6 American citizens. But it is not the big chains we are interested in around here. What we want to show visitors and Newporters alike is that there are some great local coffee shops where you can get a little high and exchange ideas, just like the clerics living in Mokha nearly five hundred years ago.

Empire Tea

Mokka Coffehouse


476 Thames Street, Newport (401) 619‐1530 After decades of excellence and acclaim in the culinary field, owner Jack Corey opened Mokka last year. His aim was to provide a place where people could sit, enjoy fine coffee, and exchange ideas. And he has succeeded. Mokka is an inviting presence in the downtown area. The interior is eclectic and whimsical, providing a television, ample reading material, and eye‐catching décor featuring enough giraffes, camels, and elephants to make one feel they are on safari. But what really puts the establishment on the map is the outdoor seating. The attractive courtyard is dot‐ ted with tables and umbrellas that face the hustle and bustle of Lower Thames, so even if you find yourself with nothing to say, or no one to say it to, you can always people‐watch – one of life’s most fascinating diversions. It is no surprise that Mokka shares its name with the port city where the coffee trade began, where the locals loved to pass time in the ‘schools of the wise’. Specialty: One look at online reviews will tell you that the espresso here is particularly good. You should also inquire about the flavor shots. But the most unique concoction is probably the Lebanese Lemonade. Jack first squeezes the lemons, then covers the shells in sugar and heats them overnight to create syrup. He then tops it all with orange blossom water. I had some. It was incredi‐ bly refreshing. I could not escape the feeling that I was relax‐ ing in an upscale spa.

Empire Tea & Coffee

22 Broadway, Newport (401) 619‐1388 x 1 58 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown (401) 619‐1388 x 2 It has been almost a decade since Empire Tea & Coffee first opened for business. Its flagship location is on Broadway, just a few strides up from Washington Square, which means it is right at Newport’s historic and geographic center. The first thing to note about the establishment is the dizzying array of options. Empire offers tea and coffee in almost any • fall 2013 11

variety, and thus can satisfy the most uncommon tastes and diverse palates. This makes it ideal both for the discerning single customer and for large groups with different urges to satisfy. The second thing that makes Empire stand out is the fact that it is incredibly spacious. It is the largest coffee shop in Rhode Island, and is often filled with customers who like to stick around with their bever‐ ages and enjoy the collegial atmosphere. There are always students with heads buried in laptops, ipad’s, or books; social butterflies glued to smartphones while honoring their social gods on Facebook or Twitter; and larger groups who have found that Empire is the perfect place for a dozen people to get their fix and mingle comfortably. Last year Empire expanded even further by open‐ ing a second location on Aquidneck Avenue, a shop that is almost as close to first beach as the original store is to Washington Square. Keep it in mind if you are in need of a jolt on the way to or from the sand and sea. Rhode Island Magazine named Empire the “Best Coffeehouse in Newport County”, and strong Internet reviews show that customers agree. If you check out their website,, you’ll find they also offer on‐line sales for delivery.

The menu is varied and impressive. Hard‐core caf‐ feine buffs can go for the Iced Coffee Addict, which is cold brewed for 24 hours, or crank it up even another notch by opting for the Zombie Killer, which is appar‐ ently the former concoction with super powers. Espresso drinks are perfectly made and artfully pre‐ sented, and include a Macchiato, Café Mocha, and Café Americano, just to name a few. You can also score delicious frozen drinks at Custom House, like frozen hot chocolate, and the tea selections are just as mouth‐watering. Speaking of mouth‐watering, Custom House is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. There are classic appetizers like nachos and jumbo wings, chicken ten‐ ders to satisfy the kids, and soups du jour, grilled Panini sandwiches, and calzones for those with more mature tastes. When visiting the roaster to enjoy Mr. Mastin’s artistry, inquire about the live music, which usually takes place on Friday nights.

The Corner Café

110 Broadway, Newport (401) 846‐0606

Custom House Coffee

796 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown (401) 842‐0008 600 Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth (401) 682‐2600 Owner Robert Mastin Established Custom House in 2001 with the goal of providing the freshest coffee possible. After roasting his own coffee beans at home and realizing what a difference it makes, he installed a micro roaster in his new shop. He then received for‐ mal training from the roaster’s manufacturer, and began sharing the fruits of his labor with the local community. Custom House’s original location is on Aquidneck Avenue, on the left just passed Green End Avenue if you are traveling from Newport. It is a warm and inviting space loaded with all sorts of fascinating gadgets that pay homage to Bob’s craft, from the roaster itself to the grinder and an assortment of beakers and flasks that make one think of a mad sci‐ entist hard at the work of chasing perfection. The place is stuffed with coffee beans and teas in all sorts of containers, from classic burlap bags and wooden barrels to an endless variety of smaller paper bags and tins.

If a good cup of coffee is a priority, but a good meal is an even more pressing need, The Corner Café can satisfy both requirements. Owners Jamey Simoes and Mary Odonahoe have fused Portuguese, Irish, and West Coast influences to create a diverse menu that offers gourmet meals in a hip and casual setting. I try not to mindlessly list menu items in these articles, but the allure of the selections at Corner Café almost makes it compulsory. There are not too many places where your coffee can be accompanied by such culinary delights as The Victoria, an omelet with shrimp, bacon, avocado and provolone; the Wise New York Special, a bagel with smoked salmon, red onion, tomato and cream cheese; the Portuguese Sweetbread Scrambler, Portuguese French toast topped with scrambled eggs, chourico, onions, feta, and roasted red peppers; or the Elmerito, an angus burger topped with a fried egg, roasted red peppers, gorgonzola, and hollandaise sauce. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, an iceberg that includes an unusu‐ ally diverse kid’s menu and a ‘healthy zone’ for those looking either to shape up or just maintain what is an already glorious physique. Try the Corner Café. Your biggest problem will be deciding what to order. The sentiments of one on‐line reviewer said it more succinctly than I can: “One of the best breakfast places I’ve been to. Atmosphere is outstanding. Food is deli‐ cious.”

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coffee drink recipes MACCHIATO VERONA 1. Preheat 8oz. porcelain cup with boiling hot water. When hot, discard water. 2. To hot cup add 1-1/2 oz. Bailey’s, 1/2 oz. Kahlua, 1/4 oz. Vanilla syrup, and allow to warm up. 3. Pull two double shots (quad) espresso over the warm liquor, stir lightly. 4. Top with steamed foam and chocolate shavings.


VANILLA ICEHOUSE 1. Pour 3 shots of chilled espresso and 6 oz. ice coffee into 16oz. glass. 2. Next add homemade or store bought vanilla syrup shot. 3. Use a French press to foam 6 oz. of fat-free milk. 3. Pour the foam over the chilled espresso and ice coffee and enjoy.


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Melissa Kirdzik MS, RD, LDN

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Foods To Avoid Raw meats & fish Deli meat, pate, smoked fish like lox (unless in cooked food) High mercury fish Soft cheese (imported): Brie, Roquefort, feta, Gorgonzola, queso blanco (unless clearly stated that it’s made from pasteurized milk). Unpasteurized milk Alcohol

Mercury Guide – How much fish is ok? Avoid: Ahi & bigeye tuna, shark, mackerel (king), orange roughy, tilefish, swordfish, marlin Limit to 3 times monthly: Chilean Sea bass, grouper, bluefish, mackerel (Spanish, Gulf) Tuna: Based on 150lb woman, limit to: 1 can per 9 days for white albacore, 1 can per 3 days for chunk light Complete guide available at

Caffeine Limit caffeine, especially in the 1st trimester. A good rule of thumb is less than 200mg daily. Additional info at 1oz espresso 40-75mg Starbucks, tall (12oz) coffee 260mg 8oz brewed coffee 95-200mg Starbucks cappuccino 150mg Black tea 14-60mg Dunkin Donuts, med (14oz) coffee 178mg Green tea 24-40mg

Avg Weight Gain 25-35lbs Total 1st Trimester 1-4lbs 2nd & 3rd Trimester 1-2lbs per week Vitamins and so on… Calories – 1st Trimester approx 300kcal increase. 2nd

trimester approx 350kcal. 3rd trimester up to 500kcal. Prenatal – Start up to 3 months prior to conceiving. Should contain 600-800mcg Folic acid. Some of my fav’s are Rainbow Light Prenatal and Spectrum Prenatal DHA. Iron – 27mg Folic Acid – 600-800mcg Calcium – at least 1000mg Protein – minimum 75-100g DHA (recommended) helps with brain development & body fat regulation of mom. 300mg DHA for pregnant and lactating women.

What You Won’t Hear At Your Normal Doctor Visits Nausea: Use ginger root in tea or tincture form (about 6 drops). Peppermint tea and slippery elm bark also help. Fatigue: ¼ tsp wheat grass powder or 1oz fresh wheat grass. B-complex vitamins help with fatigue. Talk with your doctor about recommended amounts to avoid overdosing. Avoid sugar and processed foods, and stay hydrated. No less than 100oz water if extremely fatigued. Fluid Retention: Dandelion tea or tincture can be taken to remove excess fluid without depleting potassium. Heartburn: 100% organic aloe juice can be taken 1-2 times daily on an empty stomach. 1-2 oz at a time will usually do it. Slippery elm bark can also be taken. Stretch marks: Avoid them with Rich Belly Oil from Earth, Wind & Fire Farm, LLC (this is what I used & loved it) or cocoa butter. Other tips for the 3rd Trimester: Lynn Murdock, herbalist & owner of EWFF, makes a perineum oil to help relax the tissue and decrease need of episiotomy or risk or tearing during delivery. She also recommends drinking raspberry leaf tea to help tone the uterus. Raspberry leaf tea can decrease nausea, increase milk production, and ease labor pains. Drinking 1-3 cups daily during the last trimester is recommended. I carry a partial line of products from Earth, Wind & Fire Farm, LLC, including ginger root tincture, dandelion tincture, and all of her baby product line - oils, diaper powder, nipple salve, scar salve to help with stretch marks and cesarean scarring. • fall 2013 19

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the motor conked out. My two friends looked at me for reassurance, but in that instant, we all knew we were in real trouble. I pulled and pulled on the cord, and tried every trick up my sleeve to get the thing started. I played with the choke and throttle, jostled the gas tank – no luck. I thought of pulling the spark plug to clean and dry it, but figured I might make matters even worse if I dropped it, or if water from the waves swept into the cylinder. I just kept pulling, knowing full well that, in my anxiety, I might pull too eagerly and snap the cord. What none of us noticed during all this time was that the tide was going out and, with the help of a quickening northerly, we had drifted farther down the shoreline toward the open ocean. Then, it happened. The starter cord did not break, but it may as well have. On one of my pulls, the cord did not recoil into the motor, but just lay there lifeless. By that point we had drifted another mile or more, and taking stock of our situation filled us with despair. The seas had grown to full blown swells high enough so that, when we were in the trough, all we could see were walls of water on either side. Riding up onto the crests, the lights of Beavertail on Jamestown were shining brightly as if to mock us in our dangerous predicament. Still we drifted, not saying a word for fear that, in our voices, the others might detect the panic that was gripping each of us. The sea was pouring in now, and Albert and Nancy took off their shoes to bail the frigid water with the only tools at our disposal. I found a pair of vice-grips and thought that if I could loosen the screws on top of the outboard, I might free the recoil mechanism, retract the cord, and repeat the futile exercise of trying to start the motor that would not start. I looked up at the peaceful moon. To this day I can still remember very well the sense of resignation that came over me as I thought (prayed) “if I’m going to die here, I guess this isn’t such a bad way to go” (only later did I learn that my companions were silently going through the same surrendering to our fates). The swells had again increased in height. They could no longer hold their charge of water, and began breaking. It was just a little at first, but each time more freezing water entered our tiny craft, more than we could empty with our shoes and my hat. I knew that after another dozen or so of these encounters, the boat would swamp and all would be lost. One of the next waves must have hit us at a strange angle, because the boat suddenly lurched in a peculiar manner, bouncing the motor hard on the transom. I watched in disbelief as the

jolt caused the cord to suddenly recoil. I “willed” my now frozen fingers to close around the end of the cord one more time and, sweet ecstasy, the motor sputtered to life! I played with the choke as one might nurse the embers of a dying fire, and gradually got the revs to the point where we all let out a simultaneous scream of joy. After directing the bow toward the nearest point of land, I realized our jubilation might have been a little premature because the “shore” turned out to be a high bluff with 60’ cliffs dropping into a pounding surf. For a brief moment, I considered trying to motor up the coast to Bonnet Shores, or at least to a more survivable landing. But considering our condition, and not wanting to further tempt fate, I chose to crash the boat onto the rocks and deal with the consequences as required. At least we would have a chance with our feet on “solid” ground. As we approached the shore, even the motor could not drown out the thunderous sound of the waves breaking on seaweed-covered boulders. Under any other circumstances, one would never deliberately do what we were about to attempt. But our motor could have failed at any moment, causing us to again be helplessly adrift. I slowed the motor as much as I dared and we were lifted by an incoming wave that “surfed” us toward land. We accelerated as the wave curled and broke with a fearful roar, and were miraculously deposited on a large flat rock. Albert leapt into the thigh-deep water to steady the boat while Nancy climbed out. As I was lifting the outboard off the transom the next wave hit, pushing the boat further into shore – right over Albert. Time stood still as Nancy and I looked for any sign of our friend. Then suddenly a figure sat bolt upright from the water and staggered toward the rocks and firm ground. I retrieved the outboard and we scrambled away from the surf.

A vessel much like the one that was commandeered

The cliffs at Bonnet Point were to the east of the residential

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The Plum Lighthouse appears deceivingly close from Bonnet Shores

community of the same name. The houses were widely scattered and had spectacular views of the bay from atop vertical cliffs rising high above the water. As our continuing luck would have it, we came ashore very close to one of the few houses that had a long, steep stairway to the top of the bluff. Albert’s legs gave out during the climb and we had to carry him to the road, where he stayed with Nancy while I ran to get my car. When we finally returned to the house, we put Albert into a hot bath and took stock of what had just happened. Life could never be the same.

dream that he was on a wharf similar to those for Navy ships at Quonset Point. He was peering out into the darkness while helicopters scanned the water’s surface with searchlights. He ran into a building to solicit the aide of people at a party, but could not convince them to follow him. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Nancy Pitts, a graduate of URI around 1976, let her know that her shipmates would love to share a brew and rehash old memories.

Postscript: The next day either the boat was seen broken on the rocks below, or it was reported missing from the beach. When the police investigated the wreckage, they found a meal book from URI – with Albert’s girlfriend’s name on it. They escorted her from her dorm room to the police station, and questioned her at length about her possible connection to the events. She was really mad! Post-postscript: A few days later, when I drove to Providence to visit family, I recounted the story to my brother, who then proceeded to tell of a remarkable coincidence. On that same night, during the height of our ordeal, Richard was awoken by his son fussing, and walked over to his room to console him. “What’s wrong?” he asked, to which the boy replied, “Dad, there’s someone in the house…” Later, when Richard returned to his room, he stood at the window, stared up at the moon, and said aloud, “There’s something weird going on.” At the same time, my brother Charles was having a • fall 2013 25

A rough landing site

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Hurricane Gates

in Rhode island? by

christopher plamondon

Rhode Islanders were not ready. It was September of 1938, a full 123 years since a major Hurricane had hit our state. That monster was known as the Great September Gale of 1815, and it appeared a full eleven years before both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same July 4th. Therefore it is safe to say that no locals could recall feeling the wrath of the type of storm that was heading their way. What became known as the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 (the current naming system was not initiated until 1950, to eliminate confusion when two or more storms were simultaneously active) had formed off the coast of Africa, then steadily made its way across the Atlantic while building itself into a Category 5 beast. It was still a robust, deadly Category 3 when it impacted Rhode Island. There was very little warning. Modern meteorology, which is still, even in this technologically amped world, widely derided for its inaccuracies, was only in its infancy. There were no satellites, no Doppler radar, no radio buoys, no television sets. The only notice people received were in vague radio reports of a storm along the Carolinas, or from Grandpa grousing because his bum hip was giving him fits. There were certainly none of todays asteroid-impact-imminent scenes we see at grocery stores in advance of every big storm, where

the old tradition of buying extra bread and milk has turned into a hoarding exercise so thorough it can effect the Gross Domestic Product. On the afternoon of September 21st, the maelstrom suddenly slammed into Southern New England. In Providence, sustained winds of 100 mph were

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recorded, with gusts up to 125. But it was not the wind that did the greatest damage. It was the water. The tempest’s arrival coincided almost exactly with high tide, and hit New England with such fury that a seismograph in New York registered the collision as a tectonic event. Narragansett Bay had storm surges of 12 to 15 feet, as the sea rose and destroyed property all along the coast. Right here in Newport, the devastation was widespread. The damage at local beaches told the story. Consider Easton’s, which until that fateful day boasted a boardwalk, dance pavilion, dining hall, and even a roller coaster that had been in operation since 1913. All were swept away with the wind and the tide. At Bailey’s, the original clubhouse, a place that once catered to luminaries named Vanderbilt and Astor, was leveled, and eventually replaced by the much more modest structures of today. But Providence itself was perhaps the hardest hit. Narragansett Bay steadily narrows like a funnel as it heads north toward the city. During hurricanes, this geography pushes surge water higher and higher until it reaches the mouth of the Providence River, an eight-mile tidal that runs through the downtown area before spilling into the bay. This downtown section, which houses the business district, is situated on a low-lying basin only ten feet above sea level. The storm surge inundated the entire area, causing flooding as high as 13 feet and well over a hundred million dollars in damage.

In one fateful day, a killer storm the likes of which no Rhode Islander could recall or scarce imagine had become a costly, deadly reality they could never forget. And sixteen years later history repeated itself, as Hurricane Carol, another Category 3, barreled through, again flooding downtown and causing tens of millions in damage. By then the citizens of the Capitol had had enough. They determined to do whatever they could to help assuage the destruction caused by these major events. The result was the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, the first of its kind in America. The Flood Control Act of 1958 authorized the project. Construction began in 1960 and lasted until 1966, at a cost of 16 million dollars. When it was finished, the barrier consisted of two dykes, canal gates, vehicular gates, a pumping station, and three massive river gates. The dykes are 25-foot walls of earth and rock that bolster the waterfront area. The canal gates are on the west side of the river, and help control the water used to cool the nearby power plant. The vehicular gates are located at the plant, and at Allens Avenue, Benefit, South Water, and South Main streets. They are usually open to allow the passage of traffic, but are closed and sealed with sandbags in the face of a major storm. The pumping station is a 213-foot long behemoth that runs from the west bank toward the center of the river. It contains five pumps that, when working in • fall 2013 29

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unison, can displace over 3 million gallons per minute, pushing water through the barrier and into the bay. This is rather crucial, of course, because the act of blocking out the storm surge also seals in the river. Without the pumps, the area would still flood, and the whole project would be an expensive waste. The final, and most striking, aspect of the barrier is the gates. They are each 40 feet square, weigh 53 tons, and curve outward toward any potential surges. They weigh 112,000 pounds, are lowered in about 30 minutes, and can be raised in two hours. Since becoming operational, these gates have been utilized on many occasions, including twelve times in 2011 alone. But the most notable cases were during a gale in 1978, hurricane Gloria in ‘85, Bob in ’91, and Sandy just last year. In each instance the barrier spared the city from massive flooding, property damage, and monetary loss. In fact, it is estimated that the structure has saved several hundred million dollars, and operates at over a 2 to 1 cost-benefit ratio. Though the barrier’s construction was unique at the time, flood guards of some sort have long been built at other locations around the country, and indeed all over the world. The nearby New Bedford Hurricane Barrier was started in 1958, and is the

largest stone structure on the east coast. New Orleans has had a series of flood defenses for hundreds of years, but in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Congress authorized the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in 2006. At nearly two miles long, it is the largest structure of its type in America. The Delta Works, in the low-lying Netherlands, took fifty years to complete and is the biggest flood barrier in the world. And the rotating gates of the Thames Barrier, just downriver from London, have protected that city from storm surges and high tides since 1982. These last two examples work well today, but may have to be strengthened or modified in the future, since the North Sea is expected to rise a whopping four meters by the year 2200. The world’s other great bodies of water will experience similar trends, so we can expect more and more of these engineering marvels to sprout like hothouse flowers. Well, at least the city of Providence is secure. As for the rest of us, our grandkids might be tooling around on catamarans like Costner in Waterworld.

View of the Hurricane Gates from The Narragansett Bay

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Boating & Water Sports Adventure Watersports Jets Skis • Powerboats • Kayak Rentals 142 Longwharf, Newport, RI 02840 401.849.4820

Kayak Centre Kayak Sales & Rentals, Tours, Lessons, Gear 9 Phillips Street, Waterside Wickford, RI 02852 • 401.295.4400 GPS: Please use North Kingstown as town

Fishing Flaherty Charters Castle Hill, Newport, RI 02840 401.848.5554

Kite Boarding Hooley Worldwide, Inc. 33 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.849.8623

Rum Runner II 58’ speed boat built originally for two New Jersey mobsters to elude the Coast Guard during prohibition. Newport, RI 02840 • 401.847.0298

Surfing Elemental Surf & Skate They carry the largest selection of skate shoes, decks, skate apparel and accessories on Aquidneck Island. 2nd floor Surf Outlet. 89 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842 401.846.2280

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12 Meter Charters

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Flyer Catamaran A unique experience aboard a 57’ Catamaran. Docked at the Inn on Long Wharf Newport, RI 02840 • 800.863.5937

Madeleine 72’ schooner maintains 19th century sailboat style with 21st century sailing yacht comfort and convenience. Newport, RI 02840 • 401.847.0298


Cliff Walk 3.5 mile picturesque walk along coastal RI looking over the Atlantic Ocean, and beautiful mansions. Starts at beginning of Memorial Boulevard, next to The Chanler. Parking: First Beach or Memorial Blvd. No Bikes, Dogs on leash only. GPS: 117 Memorial Boulevard Newport, RI 02840

Norman Bird Sanctuary 325-acre wildlife refuge with over 7 miles of hiking trails, and a variety of programs for all age groups. 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, RI 02842 • 401.846.2577

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Golf Newport National Golf Club


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Arcadia Management Area

Green Valley Country Club

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15 minutes from downtown Newport. Par 71, 18 holes. Public Course. 371 Union St., Portsmouth, RI 02871 401.849.2162

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Helicopter Tours Bird’s Eye View Helicopters Experience the thrill of flight

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Horseback Riding Newport Equestrian Academy Beautiful beach trail rides, boarding, private & group lessons. 287 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, RI 02842 401.848.5440

Indoor Climbing Rock Spot Climbing 100 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, RI 02865 401.727.1704

Laser Tag & Paint Ball Lazer Gate 35 minutes from downtown Newport. 288 Plymouth Ave., Fall River, MA 02721 508.730.1230

Providence Indoor Paintball Play weeknights or weekends in the safety and comfort of the indoors. Outdoor fields also. 199 Thurston St., Providence, RI 02907 508.730.1230

Mini Golf Gate Golf - Backlight Course Indoor adventure through space & time 35 minutes from downtown Newport. 288 Plymouth Ave., Fall River, MA 02721 508.730.1230 •

Adventureland Batting cages, go-karts, bumper boats, 18 hole nautical themed mini-golf course. 112 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882 • 401.789.0030

brazilian jui jitsu, american open sword. 800 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842 401.849.3900

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as quickly as possible. We had bred our dogs earlier in the year, and while we were told it was a pseudo pregnancy that would yield no pups, it had become quite obvious by Twiggy’s belly movement that the veterinarian was wrong. We did some research on our way back, and learned that within 24 hours of going into labor a dog would have a temperature of 99 degrees. We stopped at the CVS on Bellevue to pick up a thermometer, and sure enough, when we got home she was at an even 99. So many thrilling emotions were engulfing us. Grabbing a bottle of champagne, we rushed over to my sister Harmony’s house where family was gathered, including her husband Jamie, baby Bellewyn, my brother Ethan, his wife Jackie, and Mom Kim. We burst in,

bubbly raised, declaring, “We’re engaged, and we’re having puppies!” After a quick round of congratulations we rushed back home and set up a whelping space for twiggy in our downstairs bathroom. We wanted to stay near her, so we spent the first night of our engagement happily sleeping on the kitchen floor. At 7am the next morning, on Christmas Eve, Twiggy gave birth to 7 miracle puppies.

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Kate & Bruce Make up by Jessica D'Amore Hair by Candace LaRose

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PUT OUT A by LITTLE Susan SUGAR, Comeau AND THEY WILL COME Landscape architect and owner of Allways Gardening,

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o you look out your cottage window and wish the hummingbirds would come to your home? Do you think, well it’s to late to start now? It is never too late, even if you are only at your cottage for a week or weekend. I went with some friends to a hunting lodge on 6th Lake, in the wilderness of Nova Scotia, Canada. When I say wilderness - well if you don’t have 4-wheel drive and a GPS, you will not make it to our destination. After parking our trucks we had a 30-minute hike down a small trail to reach the lake. The camp was across the lake, not too far a paddle for our kayaks and supplies. This location is occupied for a few weekends in the summer, but is mostly used as a fall hunting camp. Deer heads with big antlers hang over each bed (a bit unnerving when you first wake up) and fishing nets cover the outside walls to keep black bears from tearing the shingles off.

The fellow who owns the camp put out a hummingbird feeder a few days before we arrived. Where did the hummers come from! There were no honeysuckle bushes or trumpet flowers, just the wilderness with spruce, pine, birch, and beech trees. But the hummers were there, in the middle of the wilderness, doing their mating dance, sipping at the feeder, thankful for the sugar water . . . Hummingbirds: These creatures are from the family Trochilidae. They measure only 3-4 inches long from bill to tail, and fly incredibly fast. They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12-80 times per second! This rapid beating actually creates a hum, which is where they get their name. They can fly at speeds exceeding 34mph, and can fly backwards. At night their heart and breathing rates slow down to conserve energy. The average

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Bloom Time

Growing Tips

Bee Balm: Monarda species


Mid springFall

Perennial, sun or shade good moisture

Beauty Bush: Kolkwitzia



Shrub, full sun , any reasonable soil

Bleeding Heart: Dicentra spectabilis



Perennial, part shade

Cardinal Flower: Lobelia cardinalis


Late Summer to Fall

Perennial, part shade, moist soil

Columbine: Aquilegia species


Late Spring

Perennial, prefers moist rich soil, some shadeant

Delphinium: Larkspur



Annual, sun or light shade, well drained

Foxglove: Digitalis



Biennial, shade soil rich in humus

Fire Pink: Silene Virginica



Perennial, full sunor light shade

Honeysuckle: Lonicera


Mid springFall

Perennial will tolerate shade

Jewelweed: Impatiens capensis



Annual, self seeding moist soil, sun or shade

Lavender: L. angustifolia



Perennial, full sun, well drained soil

Red Hot Poker: Knipfolia



Perennial, full sun Well drained soil

Red Penstemons: Penstemon barbatus


Late springSummer

Perennial, sunny and dry

Phlox: Phlox paniculata



Perennial, sun or shade

Red Sages: Salvia species



Tender perennial, well drained, sunny


Annual, vining, needs trellis, sunny site

Scarlet runner bean: Phaseolus coccineus

Photos: Madison Pearce 8 years old

Silkweed: Asclepias



Perennial, sun or shade Any garden soil

Trumpet vine: Campsis radicans



Vigorous, prefers full sun

Weigelia: Weigelia


Late spring Early summer

Shrub, sun or part shade All soils

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arts & entertainment Photographer Matthew J. Atanian has just shown a collection of his work at Newport’s Egg & Dart gallery, featuring scenes from the International Polo Series. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artist’s work will benefit awareness for Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease, a matter close to Atanian, who was diagnosed with the illness in August of 2011. Working as a photographer since 1988, Matthew is known for his spontaneous lifestyle approach to photography with a cinematic edge. An athlete with a love for sport, Matthew focused his attention on some of the most eclectic and visually engaging sporting events, including the Men’s and Women’s Pro Tennis Tours, The World Cup and professional ski racing circuits, equestrian events, and the hugely challenging yacht racing world. While covering sports in South Miami Beach in the 90’s, Matthew was enticed by the new challenge of shooting fashion and beauty. After receiving a contract with Marie Claire, he moved to New York and Paris to further his scope of work, which has since appeared editorially in over 70 worldwide publications including Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine, Elle, Mirabella, Marie Claire, Surface, People, Time, and Newsweek. Matthew has won numerous awards, including a Graphis, and his work is part of the J. Walter Thompson permanent collection. Mr. Atanian returned to Newport to rediscover his artistic

roots through shooting polo, and became the official photographer for the International Polo Series. “The beauty of equestrians and their mounts in the sport of polo,” the artist explains his attraction, “it’s such a tough sport to photograph. It’s challenging and somewhat dangerous. To get a great shot you have to put yourself in harms way . . . 8 horses galloping toward you at 40 miles an hour that don’t easily apply their breaks when they see someone standing between the goalposts.” He finds the next great shot is always eluding him, and that keeps him going. Having been diagnosed just two years ago with YoungOnset Parkinson’s, Matthew decided to use his career in photography to raise awareness of the limitations of young patients and what they have been able to overcome. “I began to notice that my symptoms would dissipate while working. Whether hanging from a helicopter or on a boat shooting the Americas Cup, my symptoms would lessen. I’ve received several explanations for this, the basis of which is that I’m using a different part of my brain, a part of the brain that wasn’t afflicted with Parkinson’s. So my photography remains unimpaired . . . that’s my way of helping . . . creatively.” Matthew’s recent Newport show featured a series of large format limited edition photographs, as well as a collection of smaller prints, postcards, and posters. You can see more of his work and learn more about his efforts through his website



Written by Kristen Coates • Coates Wyllie Gallery • 12 West 29th Street • New York, New York 10001 • 917 740 7725 • fall 2013 63

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ike Rohner lives just outside New York City in Hoboken, New Jersey, but the inspirations for his paintings are clearly from his travels. He and his family started visiting Newport more than 20 years ago, and coastlines and seascapes have crept into his work ever since. Mike’s paintings also have scenes from city life in New York and sandy beaches in Florida. His works can be found in restaurants and offices in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island. At a young age Mike enjoyed drawing, and in high school he would craft caricatures of his teachers. The first meaningful painting class he took was at Muhlenberg College. While there he did some wall murals, but it was not until after graduation that he first painted on canvas with subject matter that appealed to him. As he became more involved with photography, he began painting off his photographs. Since then Mike has developed and cultivated his personal style and continues to evolve as an artist. He has participated in juried exhibitions at the National Art Gallery in New York City and the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. He is also the current Director of Oils for the Allied Artists of America, which is one of the oldest art organizations in the country.

Finding inspiration in well-made quality products and thoughtful design, Mike has established his own style. “Crafting a high quality painting is a process,” he says when asked about his work. He typically makes all of his canvases, which can take several weeks to stretch, prime, and sand. He also makes his own painting mediums and floater frames, taking pride in hand crafting his pieces from start to finish. This is especially helpful for the custom work Mike does for commissions. When making a piece for a client, he can size the work to fit a very specific space while working on the fine details through the surface of his primer and painting mediums. Mike feels a custom made piece of art can make a big difference, can change an entire room, and every stage in the process offers an opportunity to do something unique that defines the painting as his own. He enjoys taking an image and adding his interpretation through sketching. Then he works from both the sketch and the original to bring the final painting to the canvas. “Ultimately I’m trying to produce a high quality piece of art that creates emotion for the viewer.” Continually honing his craft, Mike usually has a few pieces he works on at the same time – a Newport painting, a beach scene from Florida, a New York • fall 2013 65

arts & entertainment cityscape, and some silkscreens. In addition, he has recently updated his website, “I think a website says a lot about an artist and it is another way for me to convey that I’m serious about my work,” he explains. “I’m working on presenting my art in the right way while connecting with my audience.” Along with a portfolio of work, Mike offers affordable, limited edition, museum quality framed prints. He believes making the work accessible, while keeping each series of prints to a limited number of pieces, is important. The artist looks forward to adding a blog to include video and other updates as well. A lovely story about Mike’s paintings involves a client seeing his work on the website. “I have a print of a painting of Pope Street hanging in the Lobster Bar. I get a lot of comments on this piece and how it captures the feeling of Newport. I remember taking the photo that I worked off of on the Fourth of July. The person on the bike is actually my wife,” the artist explains. After seeing this print in the restaurant, a Newporter with a home in Brooklyn contacted Mike to have him paint live at his wedding. “It is always special to have someone hang your artwork in their home. And to paint at an event that is a major milestone in someone’s life, and represent that event in a painting for them to appreciate for a lifetime, is very satisfying.” Check out Mike’s work at or see it in person at the Lobster Bar on Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.

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hristine Manory, mother of two, portrait photographer, and huge supporter of emerging artists, also holds the title of owner of (gallerie ellipsis). This charming one room gallery sits tucked away just off Bellevue Avenue on Prospect Hill Street. You can easily spot its whereabouts from a few clever flags, placed strategically on Bellevue, that announce exhibitions and upcoming shows. Originally from Chicago, where she attended Columbia College, Christine now lives in Middletown. She found her way into the art world as a photographer who enjoyed taking portraits of her children. That quickly led to taking

favorites as both artist and art appreciator. Christine draws her own inspiration from portrait photography greats such as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, Annie Leibovitz, and Mario Testino. Her exhibit space, (gallerie ellipsis), was founded in December of 2012. The gallery was conceived when she noticed how many emerging artists were only being seen in classrooms and at craft fairs. She wanted to find a way to bring unknown talent to her gallery walls in an effort to share their work with Newport. Her gallery supports artists of all ages and in all media by showing art you might not find in other local establishments. (gallerie ellipsis) exhibited the work of Heather Berthelette and Alexandra Bruno, both from Massachusetts, in August. The show, consisting of paintings and charcoal drawings, was the Newport debut for both young ladies. September will bring the photography of Victor Peppercorn-Janes, a Met School student, and pottery by Lawrence Timmins from North Kingstown. For the gallery, Christine finds inspiration in the fruits of artists’ labors. “Even though the payday is crappy, every artist from middle school to middle-aged continues to be inspired, encouraged, motivated, and exhilarated by their ability to exhibit,” she explains. Always looking for talented individuals to feature in (gallerie ellipsis), Christine encourages you to email her at For more information about Christine’s portrait photography, check out

pictures of her friend’s children, and soon developed into a business. She continues to cultivate her career and finds that figurative photography is still among her • fall 2013 67

arts & entertainment

Sometimes secret Rock & Roll history isn’t hidden in the shadows of long-forgotten music halls, nor is it among the concert field ghosts of festivals past. Sometimes it’s in plain sight, with a smile, a handshake, and a laugh that everybody knows. Such is the case with Earl and Timmy Smith of the late-sixties Soul group powerhouse, THE SHOWSTOPPERS. Best known for their classic hit ‘Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty’, the Smith brothers endured an often-turbulent five year career that took them from their beginnings in Philadelphia through triumphant tours of Europe and back again, finally landing them in Newport, where they would become two of the most recognizable personalities in the community. Sadly, Timmy Smith passed away this past May. He will always be remembered as a funny and intelligent man with an immense talent. An infectious personality, he will be missed by everyone lucky enough to have been within his gravity. He’ll never be too far away though. Whenever you miss Timmy, just put on a SHOWSTOPPERS record and listen to he and Earl do what they do, as good as anybody ever did it. That is the magic of music.

The Smith brothers were raised in Philadelphia, where Earl remembers, “We always sang. When we were young, I’d stand on a milk crate drying the dishes and our sister Barbara would sing with us and teach us to harmonize. In the evenings everyone would gather around the piano, my mother and my uncle both played, and we’d sing to entertain ourselves and we loved it! We’d sing up a storm! And that’s where it started.” It was a trip to the cinema, however, that would illuminate the path of the Smith brothers’ destiny. Upon seeing the Rock & Roll musical camp-classic ‘Rock Around The Clock’, things became clear. Earl states, “When I saw The Platters on the screen, that was it. I said, ‘That’s my occupation.’” Earl immediately knew he wanted to form a group of his own and began searching for other gifted singers. It was when he met Elec and Laddie Burke, younger brothers of Soul legend Solomon Burke, that he knew he’d found a lineup with chemistry. Adding Timmy’s baritone completed the group and now, with two sets of brothers, they had the voices and the presence to make an impact on the local Philadelphia scene. Making the rounds to the groupsinging competitions in the recreation centers all over the city, Earl fondly remembers, “When we came together, there was no stopping us. Everybody knew what was happening. Elec was a whiz at choreography and we just blew it up.” As fate would have it, Timmy and Elec were harmonizing their way down the street one afternoon when they caught the attention of a prominent area businessman named Bruce Weinroth. After rounding up Earl and Laddie, they auditioned and impressed their suitor, who immediately wanted to take hold of their career. About Weinroth, Earl says, “Right away he wanted to become our manager... wanted to

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ness otherwise had started to slow. Samuel was keeping the boys idle, patiently waiting for the right time to strike. Being young, hungry, and anxious to move forward, frustration was beginning to set in. During a group meeting, and in front of Timmy, Elec, and Laddie, Samuel brazenly told Earl he wanted to release ‘Pick Up Your Smile’ as a single, but with Earl as a solo artist. Wanting to preserve the unity of the group, Earl refused, but the seeds of dissent had been planted. The boys felt the label was losing interest in them as a group, and with Milton’s talk of Earl going solo, tension arose between the members. A few weeks later, Timmy and Elec, who were the representatives of the group in business matters, had a meeting with Milton that turned heated. Samuel interpreted their verbal attack as a threat, and THE SHOWSTOPPERS were asked to leave England. Angry and frustrated on the long trip back to the States, sides were taken and it had become apparent that the rift between the members was insurmountable. When they landed at Kennedy Airport, they said a final goodbye and parted ways. Other than a brief meeting Earl and Timmy would have with Elec in LA, the Smith brothers and the Burke brothers would never see each other again. Jerry Ross peeked his head out of his hole in the ground one more time. In the wake of the break-up, and still having usage rights to the name, Ross put an entirely different group of singers out on the road as THE SHOWSTOPPERS, in an attempt to again profit from their name. The Smiths would soon find their way to Newport. Earl had fallen in love with the city as a teen, having spent some time here living with his sister, “I first came here when I was 15, my sister Linda was in the Navy and stationed here. Spent a summer here, and man I thought I’d died and gone to heaven, it was the loveliest city I’d ever been to. And especially in the sixties, Newport was rockin’ in those days! I went to Rogers High School for a year before heading back to Philly, and then I got with THE SHOWSTOPPERS.” After a brief stint in LA, Earl and Timmy came back east, settling in Newport. It was here that the Smith brothers planted their roots. Earl got married. Both men had children, then eventually grandchildren. Surrounding themselves with family and friends made Newport a real home. After a five-year run of chasing the harlot that is stardom, the Smith brothers were able to reflect on their experiences, only to find that the most lasting memories were sometimes the purest even something as sim-

ple as seeing pride in the eyes of your loved ones. “The most emotional moment I’ve ever had on stage, and I’ve had a couple of those, was at a gig we were playing at the Uptown Theater in Philly when we were first getting hot. We were young and hungry, in gold suits, and looking clean! I look down and, there in the front row, I see my mother and father. And we are rockin’ the house, I mean just killin’ it! In the middle of ‘Houseparty’ the power in the theater goes out. We all grew up singing a cappella so we keep going, as does the drummer and the conga player, not missing a beat. The power came back on at just the right time, the rest of the music came back in, and the room went crazy! I think the crowd thought it was part the act! I look down at my parents and they’re just beaming. Wow, what a feeling!” “I’m so blessed to have had the experiences I’ve had, and so blessed to have been able to do it all with my brother. I miss him. I miss him a lot.” Two years ago, fate would again come-a-knockin’ on Earl’s door. He saw a TV commercial advertising an old friend and the composer of his biggest hit, Carl Fisher and The Vibrations, performing at the Park Theater in Cranston. Earl attended the show, and was taken backstage to say hello. “I hadn’t seen Carl in 43 years. I hadn’t seen him since I left the studio after doing ‘Houseparty.’” The two reconnected and began to discuss working together again. Timmy was able to get Earl in touch with Kev Roberts, the promoter who’s keeping the Northern Soul scene alive and well by throwing ‘allnighter’ and ‘weekender’ dance parties all over the world. When Kev heard what Earl and Carl were up to, contracts arrived and just like that, Earl was back in the business. As a member of The Vibrations, but of course still doing his signature hit, Earl performed this past March, at Prestatyn in Wales, to a massive and adoring crowd. With more shows in the works and international interest in 60’s Soul music still going strong, Earl shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “It was a beautiful, beautiful life... and I’m trying to get some more of it.” Much thanks to the great Earl Smith for taking the time to revisit his career and share so many great stories. He provided me with much to work with. He’s a gentleman whose star shines bright. Contact me at if you’d like to share any recollections, stories, or pictures that help keep Newport’s rich Rock & Roll history alive. Also, feel free to open clubs and start bands so we can continue to make tomorrow’s history today!

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Admiral Fitzroy Inn 398 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.848.8000

The Chanler 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 02840 • 401.847.1300

Jailhouse Inn 13 Marlborough St., Newport, RI 02840 (800)427.9444

Spring Street Inn 353 Spring St., Newport RI 02840 401.847.4767

America’s Cup Inn 6 Mary St., Newport, RI 02840 (800)457.7803

41 North Marina Resort 351 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.846.8018

James B. Finch Bed & Breakfast 102 Touro St., Newport, RI 02840 (401)619.3699

Wellington Resort 551 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 (866)469.8222

Black Duck Inn 60 Pelham St., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.4400

Hotel Viking One Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 • 401.847.3300

Mill Street Inn 75 Mill St., Newport, RI 02840 (800)392.1316

Bouchard Harbor House Inn Coddington Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 • 401.846.0123

Hyatt 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840 401.851.1234

Newport Marriott 25 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, RI 02840 • 401.849.1000

Canfield House Inn 5 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.0416

Hydrangea House 16 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 (800)945.4667

OceanCliff Hotel 65 Ridge Rd., Newport, RI 02840 401.846.6667

Castle Hill Inn 590 Ocean Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.849.3800

Ivy Lodge 12 Clay St., Newport, RI 02840 (800)834.6865

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Wyndham Inn on the Harbor 359 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 (800)438.6493 Wyndham Newport Onshore 405 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 (800)438.6493 Yankee Peddler Inn 113 Touro St., Newport RI 02840 401.846.1323


BREWERIES & WINERIES Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. 293 JT Connell Rd., Newport, RI 02840 401.849.5232

CAFES Atlantic Grille 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842 401.849.4440

Coddington Brewing Co.

Corner Cafe 110 Broadway Newport, RI 02840 401.846.0606

210 Coddington Hwy., Middletown, RI 02842 401.847.6690

Custom House Coffee 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842 401.842.0008

Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

Empire Tea 22 Broadway Newport, RI 02840 401.619.1388 FREE WI-FI

63 Canal St., Westerly, RI 02891 Mohegan Cafe and Brewery 213 Water St., Block Island, RI 02807 401.466.5911 Newport Vineyards 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842 401.848.5161 Greenvale Vineyards 582 Wapping Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871 401.847.3777 Sakonnet Vineyards 162 West Main Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837 401.635.8486

Franklin Spa 229 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.3540 Handy Lunch 462 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.9480 Mokka Coffeehouse 476 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.619.1530 FREE WI-FI Ocean Coffee Roasters 22 Washington Sq., Newport, RI 02840 401.846.6060 People’s Cafe 482 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.619.1022 Peaceable Market 520 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.846.0036

LATE NIGHT EATS PIZZA A-1 (Open til 12am, Mon- Thurs, Sun.) (Open til 2am Fri), (til 3am Sat.) 7 days a week 306 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840 401.849.2213 Crazy Dough’s Pizza 446 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.619.3343 Domino’s 19 W. Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842 401.849.6940 Nikolas Pizza Open til 2am, Mon. - Sun. 38 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 401.849.6611 Pizza Hollywood Open til 2am, 7 days a week during summer 397 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.849.2727 Via Via Open til 2am, 7 days a week 327 Thames St., Newport, RI 401.846.4074 CHINESE China Star III 110 William St., Newport, RI 401.841.5556 • 401.841.5557 Ching Tao 268 W. Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842 401.849.2112 •

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LIQUOR STORES Bellevue Wine & Spirits 181 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.846.7993 Bridge Liquors 23 Connell Hwy., Newport, RI 02840 401.848.9200 Bucci’s Package Store 3 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.0035 Fifth Ward Liquor 659 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.4545 Newport Wine Cellar 24 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.619.3966 Spring Street Spirits Ltd. 137 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840 401.846.0959 Vickers’ Liquors 274 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.0123 Wellington Square Liquors 580 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.846.9463 Grapes & Gourmet 9 E. Ferry Wharf Jamestown, RI 02835 401.423.0070

GROCERIES A Market 181 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.846.8137 Clement’s Market 2575 E Main Rd,, Portsmouth, RI 02871 401.845.2220 Le Petit Gourmet 26 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.619.3882 Le Maison de Coco 28 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.845.2626 Stop & Shop 250 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.848.7200 Super Stop & Shop 199 Connell Hwy., Newport, RI 02840 401.845.2220 Sweet Berry Farm 915 Mitchell’s Lane Middletown, RI 02842 401.847.3912 The Green Grocer 934 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871 401.683.0007


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Alexander Nesbitt Photography 89 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.4255

Gateway Visitors Center 23 America’s Cup Ave. Newport, RI 02840 (800)326.6030

Alloy Gallery 125 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.619.2265

Genie’s Hookah Lounge 94 William St. Newport, RI 02840 401.619.3770

Anchor Bend Glassworks 16 Franklin St., Newport, RI 02840 401.849.0698 blink Gallery 140 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840 401.619.3717 Cory Silken Nautical Photography 518 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840 401.203.7245 Deblois Gallery 138 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.9977 Spring Bull Gallery 55 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.849.9166 Onne van der Wal 1 Bannister's Wharf Newport, RI 02840 401.849.5566

Newport Library 300 Spring St. Newport, RI 02840 401.847.8720 Panera Bread 49 Long Wharf Mall Newport, RI 02840 401.324.6800 Queen Ann Square Near Starbucks Thames Street Newport, RI 02840 Salve Regina University McKillop Library 100 Ochre Pt. Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.341.2330 Starbucks 212 Thames St. Newport, RI 02840 401.841.5899 Sushi-Go! 215 Goddard Row Brick Market Place Newport, RI 02840 401.849.5155 • fall 2013 75

Local attractions The Breakers Mainsion 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.847.1000 Castle Hill Light 590 Ocean Ave., Newport, RI 02840 Common Burying Ground & Island Cemetery Farewell St., Newport, RI 02840 Fort Adams 90 Fort Adams Drive Newport, RI 02840 401.841.0707 International Tennis Hall of Fame 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 401.849.3990 International Yacht Restoration School 449 Thames St. Newport, RI 02840 401.848.5777 Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI 02840 401.848.8200 Rose Island Lighthouse Rose Island Newport, RI 02840 401.847.4242


2013 calendar of events

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September • October • November September 7, 14, 21, 28

Lobster Dinner & Sunset Sail

Newport International Polo Series

The best way to enjoy the City by the Sea! Dockside New England Lobster Bake & Sunset Sail on Schooner Aurora. Dinner 5pm-6:30pm. Sailing 6:30pm-8pm. $49 inclusive of service & tax. $33 for children under 12. Reservations required, space is limited.

September 7 - Newport vs. Baltimore September 14 - USA vs. Mexico September 21 - New England Challenge September 28 - Finals

10pm - Due to high demand for the 8PM shows, RI's most award winning comedy troupe hits the stage with fast paced, high energy improvisation for a second show on Saturday nights. Every show is BYOB! Call ahead to reserve your seats, shows sell out.

September 4, 11, 18, 25

The Regatta Place at Goat Island Marina

International Polo Grounds at Glen Farm

5 Marina Plaza, Newport, RI 02840 401-849-6683

715 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-846-0200

The Bit Players’ Late Night Encore

Firehouse Theater 4 Equality Park Place, Newport, RI 02840 401-849-3473

September 7, 14, 21, 28

September 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14

September 12 - 15

Live Jazz at the Vineyard

Newport Gallery Night

43rd Newport International Boat Show

What’s a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than listening to live jazz immersed in natural beauty and tasting elegant wines? Come join us for an afternoon of music and wine tasting on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm.

Greenvale Vineyards 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-847-3777

Newport Gallery Night is held the second Thursday of every month from 5pm-8pm in the evening at the galleries. The map and brochure, created by members of the Organization, can be used during the evening gallery stroll and during a daytime art walk through working studios and traditional gallery-style art venues. The brochure features a map and descriptions of each gallery and is readily available at each participating gallery, in hotels, bed and breakfast inns, and many other local venues.

Newport Gallery Organization

Multiple waterfront facilities featuring new sailboats, powerboats and thousands of products and services along America’s Cup Avenue. Thurs. 10 AM - 6 PM • Friday 10 AM - 6 PM Sat. 10 AM - 6 PM • Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM

Downtown, Newport, RI 02840 401-848-0550

September 14

September 15

Star Ride 13

September 28

Sky Gazing in the Quarry Meadow with Robert Horton Robert Horton, Manager of Astronomical Laboratories at Brown University will give event goers an up close look at the moon and guide them around the constellations. Bring a comfy chair, blankets and a flashlight. There will be telescopes for up-close viewing. Quarry meadow - use Hazard Road entrance. Suggested donation of $5 per person and $15 per group. Rain date: September 28th

Friends of Ballard Park 226 Bellevue Avenue #10, Newport, 02840 401.619.3377 BALLARD PARK is located at the corner of Hazard & Wickham Roads in Newport, RI

The 2nd annual family bike event with routes around Ocean Drive to benefit Star Kids. Ride lengths for all ages and abilities. Star Kids is a non-profit. The program goal is to give high-risk, lowincome children, who have a parent incarcerated and/or with substance abuse, a chance to escape a life of crime, disease, and poverty for which they might have otherwise been destined by graduating from high school and going on to a higher educational experience.

The 1500 meter swim will be a straight shot down the harbor from Perotti Park to King Park. The swim will be an in-water start. Post event festivities will take place in the park, including the awards ceremony and the appropriate post swim fare. The event is limited to 400 participants, so don’t wait to register! This event is for experienced open-water swimmers only. 9am start.

Cluny School

Enviro Sports

75 Brenton Road, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-5940

Perotti Park, Newport, RI 02840 401-845-9123

September 20

September 20 - 22

End of Summer Sunset Hike

The 8th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

Say farewell to another glorious Newport summer by joining us for a guided hike along Ballard Park trails as we watch the sun set and enjoy the beautiful vistas the park has to offer. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Suggested donation of $5 per person. Rain date: September 28th

Friends of Ballard Park

Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally-renowned chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration.

226 Bellevue Avenue #10, Newport, 02840 401.619.3377 BALLARD PARK is located at the corner of Hazard & Wickham Roads in Newport, RI

Rosecliff & Marble House

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-1000 * Please check websites or call for calendar date & times before attending events - all dates and information are subject to change.

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September 28

September 29

October 5 - 6

Sailing Festival

52nd Annual Cluny Country Fair

Norman Bird Sanctuary's 39th Annual Harvest Fair

The 52nd Annual Cluny Country Fair will feature carnival games, hay rides and field activities for children. Other attractions include: home baked goods, a plant sale, silent auction, raffles and live musical entertainment throughout the day. A variety of hot & cold refreshments will be sold by the Cluny Cafe. Admission and parking are free. Event is wheelchair accessible. Rain or shine.

Nothing says New England in the fall like an old-fashioned Harvest Fair. From the Mabel Express Barrel Train, Monkey Bridge, mud pit and midway, to the Children’s Tent filled with natural crafts for kid’s creativity, there is fun for every age. Pony rides, musical entertainment, New England crafters, and fabulous food combine for a weekend enjoyed by the entire family. 10am-5pm. Tickets: $6 Adults, $3 Children.

10am-3pm. Sail Newport experienced helmsmen will offer visitors free sailing excursions in Newport Harbor. Guests onboard Sail Newport's new fleet of J22 sailboats will enjoy tours in scenic Newport Harbor and Brenton Cove. No experience is necessary to participate. Open to public. All ages welcome. Presented by Fidelity Investments.

Sail Newport

Cluny School

Norman Bird Sanctuary

60 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1983

75 Brenton Road, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-5940

583 Third Beach Road, Middleton, RI 02842 401-846-2577

October 12 Bristol "Tales of the Slave Trade" Walking Tour

October 12 -13

Linden Place hosts a walking tour of Bristol, focused on the town’s involvement in the Slave Trade. The tour begins at Linden Place and continues through the center of town and ends at the DeWolf Tavern where tour-goers will enjoy a rum cocktail and ask questions. The tour is $20, $15 for Linden Place members, and includes a complimentary drink at the DeWolf Tavern. Reservations suggested.

Oktoberfest on the Newport waterfront—our official sendoff to summer, and salute to the arrival of autumn. Join us for our annual reunion of friends and family enjoying the tastes, sights, and sounds of our little Bavaria by the Bay. England.

Linden Place Mansion

Newport Yachting Center

500 Hope St., Bristol, RI 02809 401.253.0390

4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1600

October 13

October 19 - 20

UnitedHealthcare Newport Marathon

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival Area restaurants celebrate the “harvest of the sea” on historic Bowen’s Wharf, in downtown Newport. Enjoy a smorgasbord of seafood, baked goods, and kid-friendly fare.

Bowen's Wharf Company Race weekend features the Amica Marathon and UnitedHealthcare Newport Half Marathon. Voted 2011 Competitor Magazine's Best Half Marathon in New England.

Easton’s Beach

Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 401-849-2120

175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840 • 401-437-8881

November 1 - 10

Newport Restaurant Week

A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurants! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport & Bristol County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a 3-course lunch and $30 for a 3-course dinner.

Discover Newport 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-845-9123

November 3

November 9

Chocolate Brunch 2013

Harvest Festival

Chocolate-themed afternoon brunch including music and silent auction. Fundraiser for Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties. Tickets are $85. Reservations required.

Oceancliff Resort 65 Ridge Road, Newport, RI 02840 401-682-2100

Join us as we celebrate this year’s grape harvest! The celebration will include harvest games, gourd painting, tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards’ award winning, estate grown wines. There will also be live music by Dick Lupino and friends.

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Greenvale Vineyards 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-847-3777

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November 9, 16, 23, 30

November 10

Live Jazz At The Vineyard

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Citizen's Bank Pell Bridge Run

What’s a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than listening to live jazz immersed in natural beauty and tasting elegant wines? Come join us for an afternoon of music and wine tasting on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm.

The annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge run allows thousands of runners/walkers the participate in the most unique road race in the northeast! Once a year, pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport, R.I. A 4 mile run/walk. The primary goals of the Pell Bridge Run are to raise money for local not-for-profit organizations and promote a healthy/active lifestyle.

November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2013

Greenvale Vineyards

Newport/Pell Bridge

582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-847-3777

1 East Shore Road, Jamestown, RI 02835 401-318-2991

November 23 - January 1, 2014

Christmas at the Newport Mansions The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season November 17, 2012 to January 1, 2013.



The Breakers, The Elms & Marble House Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-1000

HAPPY Thanksgiving

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