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SCAA’s current show delights the eyes and eases the hustle of holiday shopping

December 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — The South County Art Association is hosting the 44th anniversary of its gallery-style art and pottery sale at the Helme House near URI, displaying the work of over 70 local artists who are members of the association. The sale started on Nov. 28 and will continue until Dec. 20.
Hundreds of works of art, from functional to aesthetically pleasing, are on display and for sale, including paintings, coffee mugs, jewelry, kitchenware and sculptures.

Musical about life and love evokes tender sentimentality

December 11, 2014

WARWICK — Andrea McVetty of Warwick sat in the audience, enraptured, even enthralled, by the show unwinding in front of her. “In this day and age, we need more of this,” she said. “We all need more of this every day.”
“This,” the cause of Ms. McVetty’s delight, was Ocean State Theatre Company’s rapturous production of “Meet Me In St. Louis,” running in Warwick through Dec. 28.
“This,” was a colorful, humorous, tuneful, splendid paean to how America once was at its best – kind to neighbors, honoring its sense of community, respectful to God, parents, strangers, and, gasp, each other.

Contemporary Theater presents a contemporary twist on a traditional tale

December 11, 2014

WAKEFIELD — The Contemporary Theater Company is at it again, this time with a twist on the ages-old Charles Dickens holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol.”
“Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” not only keeps the “bah humbug” in Christmas, but it brings a friend along for the ride, too, with a supply of laughs and pop culture references throughout.

Connectivity and understanding will be ushered in by dam removal

December 11, 2014

Over in Westerly, where the Pawcatuck River meanders eastward to its headwaters near Case Point on Worden Pond, there is a move to remove one of the few remaining impediments, the White Rock Dam. As is well documented, existing dams in our area are largely Colonial-era relics once used to harness water energy to power mills of various purposes. The White Rock Dam is one of ten which once obstructed this stretch of the Pawcatuck, of which only four remain.

Astonishing tools were used in construction feats of the past

December 11, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me when I stop to consider the construction of many of the oldest buildings in the world. The New England area has a fair share of many of the earliest standing structures in North America. Though these buildings are relatively young when considered in relation to historical buildings in the vast array of countries in Asia, areas of Africa and older European cities, they still fit the profile for what gets me truly interested. That interest grows out of the fact that they were built well before the advent of electric or petroleum fuel generated power tools.

Owning a generator not at odds with a love for the outdoors

December 11, 2014

Now, I’m not going to say that I’m a great believer of the Weather Channel, or, frankly, of any purveyor of long-range weather forecasts, but let’s just say that last Sunday, when the executive summary of the prognostication (in lurid red, of course) could be summed up in three simple words—Prepare, or Die!—the Naturalist was hauling the generator out of the shed and making sure it was happy.

Blithewold Mansion sparkles with holiday decor and design at annual Christmas event

December 4, 2014

BRISTOL–Celebrate Christmas in style this year – turn of the century style, that is.
Blithewold Mansion’s annual “Christmas at Blithewold” again permits the public to explore its many, many rooms spruced up for the holiday occasion, all decorated in the style of the Country Place era spanning the 1890s and early 1900s.

’Tis the season to give nature-themed gifts

December 4, 2014

When Black Friday dawned snow-trimmed and cold, I was steadfastly asleep, and by the time I got out of bed—creaky and sore from my Thanksgiving football exploits—and had worked my way through yet another load of dishes, pots and pans from the previous day’s feast, the time for the “doorbuster’s sale” had passed.

Eels stand to benefit from Main Street fish ladder construction

December 4, 2014

Narragansett Dock Works has lowered an excavator onto the rocky tow of the Main Street dam in Wakefield. This is the first step in the process to reconstruct the Denil-style fish ladder system, originally built it the early 1970s. The reconstruction will incorporate a reduced water flow and a reengineered pathway, enabling greater numbers of returning river herring to up-migrate to calmer waters for spawning. This we have covered in fine detail over the past few months. What is most exciting is that construction has actually begun and that a passageway for eels is being incorporated.

Discover your inner sense of stewardship

December 4, 2014

Stewardship is a wonderful concept, and when it is fully realized at macro and micro levels, the benefit for individuals, groups, societies and the world at large can be tremendously inspiring. There are many levels of stewardship, and I would imagine there are many people performing tasks at all of these either with the intent of truly trying to make positive change, or often without realizing they are affecting change.

Bloodshot Records celebrates 20 years with milestone compilation

November 26, 2014

It being Thanksgiving week, it seems appropriate that Ear Bliss give thanks to music in one form or the other. In particular, we are thankful for the release of two new collections. The band Big Star arose out of Memphis in the early 1970s with high hopes that never materialized from the commercial success perspective. Even still, it is often cited as one of the most influential rock bands of all time, one that extended from REM to the Replacements.

Woodworking experts display avian masterpieces

November 26, 2014

BRISTOL—“I take everything away that isn’t a bird, and what’s left is a bird.” Hmmm… if that instruction on bird carving sounds a bit too simple to be true, that’s because it is. And champion bird carver John A. Mello Jr. knows full well it is. Mello, a Rhode Island resident with an elaborate handlebar moustache, is describing his experience carving wildfowl as part of a demonstration session at Rhode Island Audubon’s Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition.

Local artists open studio doors to public for festivities and sales

November 26, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Brace yourself for a different kind of party next weekend. The Mill at Shady Lea is opening its doors to the public for its annual can’t-miss Open Studios event, and you're invited.
The weekend-long affair will feature your typical dose of festivities—food, drink, entertainment, socializing—infused with a shopping extravaganza and topped off with showcases and demonstrations by local artists of all kinds. The event is a tradition 17 years in the making and it seems to get bigger and better each time around.

Local artists open studio doors to public for festivities and sales

November 26, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Brace yourself for a different kind of party next weekend. The Mill at Shady Lea is opening its doors to the public for its annual can’t-miss Open Studios event, and you're invited.
The weekend-long affair will feature your typical dose of festivities—food, drink, entertainment, socializing—infused with a shopping extravaganza and topped off with showcases and demonstrations by local artists of all kinds. The event is a tradition 17 years in the making and it seems to get bigger and better each time around.

Naturalists can be genius and eccentric

November 26, 2014

By the time you read this edition of the Journal, you may well be gearing up for the early, and ever-earlier, Black Friday holiday sales, many of which now start on Indigestion Thursday, right after the Thanksgiving main meal has been finished. I suppose this is a good thing, in that it gives the consumer a bit of time to work off the turkey and stuffing before the pies are rolled out.

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