Come here everyone that thirsteth.

Sounds both welcoming and Biblical, no?The Gothic granite fountain sits on the sidewalk outside Athenæum on Benefit Street, offering cool water in the hot months.  

Built in 1873 from funds donated by Mrs. Anna Richmond, it was designed by noted Boston architects Ware and Van Brunt.

A legend going back to the nineteenth century claims that visitors who drink the water will always return to Providence. But as Projo reports, "Historian Jane Lancaster, who wrote a book about the Athenaeum, said that she has often heard the legend of the fountain, but that no one knows how it started.

Some believe that Edgar Allen Poe cursed the fountain.


Barrington Books: 184 County Rd.

Barrington Congregational Church/White Church: 461 County Rd.

Barrington Preservation Society Museum: 281 County Rd. (downstairs)

Barrington Town Beach: Bay Road

Barrington Town Hall: 283 County Rd.

Barrington-East Providence Boundary Markers: County Rd.

Belton Court (also known as Ferrin Hall, Barrington College, Gibson Memorial Building, and Peck Mansion) (1905-06, 1927- 22): Middle Highway

Church of the Holy Angels: 341 Maple Ave.

Wickford Art - Third Exhibit of 2021: PUSH-PULL-PRINT, celebrating traditional printmaking

North Kingstown (RI) – The Wickford Art Association launches a new exhibit this year with Push-Pull-Print, a celebration of hand-rubbed printing techniques on a number of surfaces including paper, linen, textile, or other materials at the discretion of the artist.  Push-Pull-Print will open at our North Kingstown Beach Street Gallery on Friday- March 12, 2021.

Captain Paul Cuffe: His Work, Vision and Living Legacy

A free virtual lecture hosted by the Newport Historical Society

Newport, RI – January 2021 – The Newport Historical Society is pleased to host Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes for a virtual lecture Captain Paul Cuffe: His Work, Vision and Living Legacy on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 5pm, virtually on Zoom during African-American History Month.

101 Things in 1001 Days  Nov 01, 2020 - Jul 30, 2023

If you haven't heard of the 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge, it's exactly what it sounds like. Set 101 of your own goals, pick a start date, and you're off! 

I'd done three of these challenges before I moved to Rhode Island. This list will have a distinctly Rhody flavor, though it will also have plenty of things that are just personal. Some are silly, some are serious, some are easy, some are difficult.

This is an update of a post published in 2010As far as I can tell, this program isn't active anymore. If it is, please let me know.

Cookies decorated during the event

Saturday afternoon the Bear and I went to RISD's Metcalf Refectory to take part in Drop In & Decorate, a non-profit that raises money by allowing volunteers to decorate cookies that are then given to a local charity.


Rhode Island (January 12, 2021) – KL Communications is pleased to announce they are now accepting Applications from artists, craftsmen and vendors for the 2021 shows. An invitation to exhibit is required for both shows and can be obtained by submitting an Application for an Invitation to exhibit. The Application is easy, one page and free. It is available on the show website or by calling the show office.

Artist’s name: Nina D. Shop name: ZeNNinaStudio 


Instagram: @zengardennina 

1. Tell us about your work: 

I create miniature Zen gardens, trinket boxes, canvas paintings & some home decor. 

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 

I wanted to embrace a daily practice of meditation, minimalism and balance. I started creating art with a Zen / nature theme. Miniature Zen gardens were my main focus at the time.

Nonprofit  name: PechaKucha Providence

Website: (Launching in January 2021!)


Instagram: @PechaKuchaPVD

Other: Providence on PechaKucha's Global Website (Link:

1. Tell us about your nonprofit’s mission.

We believe that everyone has ideas worth sharing.

Winter Walking Tours in the Heart of Historic Newport

A Socially Distanced Outdoor Activity

Newport, RI (January 2021) – This January, bundle up and explore the heart of historic Newport on a winter walking tour. Newport History Tours, the Newport Historical Society’s walking tour program, will offer three themed Saturday tours presented by an expert tour guide.