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New York’s Salmon River offers an ideal fishing getaway

October 30, 2014

Writing a fishing column requires lots of time looking to the water but not out the window, lest you see how much fun everyone else is having catching actual fish. In spite of this and my editor’s looming deadline, four of us waded into the Salmon River last week, a fast moving tributary of Lake Ontario, known for Pacific salmon, steelhead trout and fast rising waters.

Seegers sings his way from rags to riches

October 30, 2014

The story of the singer/songwriter Doug Seegers is a Cinderella-like one. We take a look at his debut recording for Rounder Records, which has been receiving rave reviews. Also in the Ear Bliss spotlight is a reissue of a mid-Aughts recording from Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers fame. Let’s get to it.

Jimbo Mathus
“Jimmy the Kid”
Big Legal Mess Records

Musician health awareness takes center stage at Saturday’s concert

October 30, 2014

KINGSTON - Tune in and listen up, because this Saturday is about to rock your socks off with a benefit concert by musicians and for musicians.
The event, aptly named the “Halloween Recovery Concert,” will get November off to an entertaining start on the first with quality music from world-class groups and artists. The lineup includes The Buddy Cavaleri & Joanne Rodgers Duo, Crocodile River Music and Longshot Voodoo, with special guest Mike “Tunes” Antunes of John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band.

Witch-hazel delivers a hopeful message

October 30, 2014

I know this may offend the sensibilities of some readers, and I apologize in advance, but I have a confession to make: I have a soft spot for Halloween, or, as it is known to pagans, Samhain, that pre-Christian festival which marks the end of the growing season and the beginning of winter in the Gaelic calendar. Now, for the record, I will state that I am neither warlock, wizard, nor witch. While I used to frequent a Dark Room, I don’t currently dabble in the Dark Arts, nor do I attend services in a Wiccan church.

Prout students shine in ‘Once On This Island’

October 30, 2014

“For out of what we live, and we believe, our lives become the stories that we weave,” sings the cast of Storytellers in “Once On This Island,” produced by The Prout School’s Performing Arts Department. A young peasant girl, Ti Moune, hears this message and takes it to heart as she struggles in the play with the themes of life, death, faith and love.

Learn tips and tricks for restoring the character of an old house

October 27, 2014

It fascinates me to visit friends and family who live in old houses. Old is sort of a relative term of course, but I’m thinking houses fifty or one hundred years old, or more. The design layouts, the interesting little niches, the quality materials and for many of the really old houses, the fact that they were built using only hand tools, makes a walk about through these houses a real treat.

Maggie Bjorklund expresses emotions and spirituality in ‘Shaken’

October 27, 2014

The singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Smither has been a fixture on the folk music scene for going on four decades in these parts and beyond. It’s about time music folks have paid tribute to his work. Link of Chain is as good as tributes get. It gets the Ear Bliss treatment this week along with a release from Danish pedal steel guitar diva Maggie Bjorklund, whose profile has risen considerably thanks to her work with Jack White. Let’s get to it.

Various Artists
“Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither”
Signature Sounds Records

Memories and wisdom of a lifelong fisherman

October 27, 2014

With a new September light behind him, Wayne Kenyon walked the path from Moonstone Beach, carrying a bucket and pole. Since he was a boy of five and first walked to fish the Beaver River, he has been a fisherman. He fished through his years working at the Kenyon Mill, his marriage, raising three children and later, the loss of his beloved wife Carol. Together for 52 years, they were married for 48 and three quarters and he smiled before adding, “She was as pretty as a movie star.” He has a sneaky laugh with a big smile; mischievous, genuine, infectious.

Here comes the cold

October 27, 2014

It had to happen sooner or later.
In the century or more that weather records have been kept in our region, the average date for the arrival of the first killing frost is about the middle of October. Of course, at the precise mid-point of the month, the temperature was positively balmy, with highs in the 70s and a feeling in the air that maybe, just maybe, it would be a great idea to head down to the beach for one last swim.

Visualize New York with ‘A Night in the City’

October 27, 2014

“One belongs to New York instantly; one belongs to it as much in five minutes, as in five years.”
–Tom Wolfe

EAST GREENWICH - New York is coming to East Greenwich on Nov. 1; in form, in substance, in style, but mostly in music.
“A Night In the City” – and don’t think of any other – brings the much anticipated return of Michael Dimucci, Phoebe Madden, Ritchee Price, and David Marshall to the Odeum Theatre with an entirely new show.
The concert features a variety of musical selections that a visitor might experience in New York, “the city that never sleeps.”

Pumpkins provide a unique medium for art

October 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE - For its 27th year running, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is taking some of the spook out of Halloween and instilling instead a sense of seasonal wonder with a multimedia pumpkin experience.
By now a Rhode Island tradition, the show has made a name for itself as the area's premier artistic experience of the fall, incorporating not only intricately carved pumpkins but also lights, music, color and more for an event to awaken the senses.

‘Seminar’: smart and racy

October 16, 2014

KINGSTON- With a cast of only five, the University of Rhode Island Theatre Department put on a performance of the smart and racy play “Seminar” last weekend, leaving the audience with dropped jaws.
Set in current day New York, and written by Theresa Rebeck, “Seminar” focuses on the lives of four young aspiring writers as they hire a professional to critique and improve their work during a ten week course that changes the way they think. What happens along the way as he tears their work apart is intense while remaining comical and realistic.

Hear Motown favorites with a twist

October 16, 2014

WESTERLY–Celebrated music talent Rockapella will be rocking the walls of Westerly’s George Kent Performance Hall this Saturday, Motown-style.

Summer beach residents are not the only ones migrating

October 16, 2014

While the rest of the region was busy celebrating Columbus Day or, instead, the indigenous people that Br’er Christopher discovered, the Naturalist was busy working with a local tree service that was, in my neighbor’s absence, taking down a venerable but almost deceased beech. There is, of course, a reward for practicing Good Samaritanism, and while I can’t vouch for a potential payoff in any afterlife, I’ll certainly benefit next year for a fine supply of stove wood.

Rhode Island coastline still seeing diverse fishing success

October 16, 2014

False albacore continue to be the hot fish in front of the south beaches, along Newport and in parts of the lower Bay. Reports from the Quonnie area have piles of them surfacing just out of surfcasting range but patient boaters are doing well. They have been pushing bait against the west wall in Galilee, mostly on the ebb tide. Interestingly, several reported doing better when the water was roughed up and not so well in mill pond conditions. Green Deadly Dicks and Sweedish Pimples still lead the charge for lures but don’t forget about those Epoxy Hogy’s.

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