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Explore the Ocean State with Rhode Tour app

September 18, 2014

Rhode Island natives and visitors can explore the Ocean State from a different perspective with the new Rhode Tour app.
The app, a joint effort of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Rhode Island Historical Society and Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, is a mobile smartphone application that uses stories, sound and images to tell stories by and about Rhode Islanders.

Bringing in autumn at the Exeter Fall Festival

September 18, 2014

EXETER- With the weather cooling off and school back in session, it’s the time of year where pumpkin painting and other fall festivities begin. For the third year, Exeter will host the annual Fall Festival this weekend where families can bring in the new season with many fun and festive activities while benefiting the Exeter Public Library.

How the Naturalist learned to meet beetles

September 18, 2014

In the middle of the last century, the great English evolutionary biologist, Marxist, and atheist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane was asked by some theologians to ponder what might be inferred about the mind of the Creator from the study of nature. J.B.S. Haldane, as he was better known, replied that God, “if he exists,” must have had “an inordinate fondness for beetles.” After all, He’d created so many of them—Haldane said the same thing about stars—that they must have occupied a “special” place in the Master Craftsman’s heart.

Fishing for albacore

September 18, 2014

Albies are here in force. From the Harbor of Refuge to the east side of Narragansett Beach and Monahan’s, fishermen are lined up hoping to catch a ride with these bullets. Long revered for the great fight they give, they are loathed for their ability to disappear and follow no pattern we humans can understand. False Albacore, Euthynnus alletteratus, are local favorites that require lots of driving around with binoculars and can speed through the water up to 40 MPH devouring schools of rain bait, sardines and even some crustaceans.

A new tribute to Johnny Cash gets the spotlight

September 18, 2014

If there is one thing the one-time Memphis-based and now Nashville-based Cory Branan has demonstrated over the 15 years he has been making records, it is songwriting with grit and heart. He’s a storyteller who sets his tales to a roots rock backdrop. He has a new album out called The No-Hit Wonder and it’s a keeper. It is in the Ear Bliss spotlight this week along with a new tribute recording that salutes a classic Johnny Cash album. Let’s get down to business.

Cory Branan
The No-Hit Wonder
Bloodshot Records

Wisdom of Hawaii

September 18, 2014

When most people are asked what they know about Hawaii, the first thing that pops into the mind is the word “Aloha”. It is a word that is used a lot from the Hawaiian language. Its etymology is quite interesting and unique. It is one of those words that can have a number of different meanings and uses. The word is used as a greeting, similar to the common hello or welcome. It is also used to say goodbye in a sort of well wishing, fare-thee-well, see you again manner. In the Hawaiian culture it is also often used to express a sense and feeling of good will, compassion, happiness and joy.

New releases from Thorn and Rose

September 11, 2014

New releases from a thorn, as in singer/songwriter Paul Thorn, and a rose, as in rising talent Caroline Rose, are in the Ear Bliss spotlight this week. Let’s take a look.

Caroline Rose
I Will Not Be Afraid
Little Hi! Records / Thirty Tigers

Sunsets bring different fish to the surface

September 11, 2014

Talk around the docks this week has been all about sunset. These new days of a waning summer seem to have made the fish a bit uninterested once the sun sets, even when they were actively feeding. This temporarily flies in the face of something we know best, that predatory fish like stripers become emboldened by darkness, moving into shallow waters they would not consider on a sunny day. For the last week or so, it also seems the local population has also been on the small side, with only the occasional keeper.

Drought is a yellow jacket’s best friend

September 11, 2014

In theory, the rains will come again and those of us with wells will sleep better and stop cursing the dark clouds that roll through the area but
inexplicably deliver only the most minuscule amounts of moisture. Maybe it’ll be an all-day deluge, a series of thunderstorms, or even a hurricane that, one hopes, arrives monsoonal but causes no wind or surge damage.

A guide to watercolor

September 11, 2014

Have you ever found yourself in a meeting, attending a class or just sitting at the kitchen table with a pen or pencil in your hand and you start doodling? Where does that come from? What is it that causes us to just randomly begin to draw? Have you ever looked at the piece as it began to develop, and noted to yourself the content and decided it really is not half bad? The artist inside all of us shows up frequently in many little ways like this if we let it.

‘New Visions’ at the Hera Gallery

September 11, 2014

WAKEFIELD-The vastly different work of six different artists is on display at the Hera Gallery this month in their newest exhibition “New Visions”.
The exhibition features new work by gallery members Iris Donnelly, Connie Greene, Elizabeth Lind, Jill McLaughlin, Mj Yeager and Mara Trachtenberg, each presenting art ranging from photography to collage pieces.

Endangered Terrapins in RI

September 11, 2014

The sand is fine grained and the sun is hot. Hundred Acre Cove in Barrington is just a few hundred yards away, but at the moment, there isn’t a shred of the cool breezes usually associated with being by the water. There are only scrub pines, weedy grasses, and dust. Lots of dust.

Explore the life of Doris Duke

September 11, 2014

NEWPORT—She has been called an heiress, a conservationist, a preservationist, a designer, an art collector, a socialite, but perhaps above all, a philanthropist. Doris Duke touched the lives of rich and poor throughout the world. The roots of her legacy and the personal life of this modern American icon can be experienced firsthand in Newport, where Duke’s magnificent estate, “Rough Point,” sparkles like a diamond above the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the tip of Bellevue Avenue.

Murder at Rocky Point

September 11, 2014

Despite the idyllic images typically conjured when one recalls Rocky Point Amusement Park, which once drew visitors by the boatload to Warwick, the park harbors a dark history.
Local author and historian Kelly Sullivan Pezza of Hope Valley unearths one of the park’s grim secrets in her new book “Murder at Rocky Point Park – Tragedy in Rhode Island’s Summer Paradise.” Sullivan tells the story of 5-year-old Maggie Sheffield, who was murdered by her father, Frank Sheffield, at the park in 1893.

The ‘tail’ of man’s best friend

September 10, 2014

WARREN- A dog is a man’s best friend, but what happens when that relationship gets in the way of a marriage? The 2nd Story Theatre will tell the story of a man’s love for his dog gone too far with their second time performance of “Sylvia” starting this weekend.


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