The List

Places to go, things to see in Rhode Island

Barrington 100 Acre Cove: 41° 45.19' N 71° 19.277' W
Alfred's of Barrington consignment: 18 Maple Ave.
Alfred Drowne Road Historic District (NPS): Alfred Drowne Rd., Annawamscutt Rd., Washington Rd.
Allen-West Farmhouse (NRHP): George St., Nockum Hill
Artist in You workshops (RIM Best of '10): 71 Maple Ave.
Bagels, Etc.: 259 County Rd.
Barrington Books bookstore: 184 County Rd.
Barrington Civic Center: 283 County Rd.
Barrington Preservation Society Museum: (lower level, public library)
Barrington Town Beach: Bay Road
Barrington Town Hall: 283 County Rd.
Beach Mansion: 32 Lorrain St.
Belton Court (former estate): Middle Highway
Benjamin A. Jackson House, 115 Nayatt Rd.
Billy's restaurant (RIM Best of '09: new neighborhood restaurant): 286 Maple Ave.
Blue Kangaroo: 328 County Rd.
Bluewater Bar & Grill: 32 Barton Ave.
The Daily Scoop (RIM): 230 County Rd.
Haines State Park: Metropolitan Park Dr.
Hollies on the Avenue (RIM Best Spring '14 - gifts): 8 Anok…

Artists ~ Nancy Ratte' ~ Chepachet

Artist’s name: Nancy Ratte'
Shop name: Designs Stained Glass

1. Tell us about your work
My stained glass work is created using the Tiffany copper foil method. Each glass piece is cut by hand, the edges are made smooth, and a special copper foil is applied to all of the edges. Then all of the pieces are soldered together. Some of the larger panels have a zinc or lead frame around the edges. Each piece I make is made with care and attention to detail.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
Not really – I make a variety of items. From suncatchers, to panels, jewelry, candle holders, mosaics – so I think the name of my shop covers all types of “designs”.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I’ve always been working with my hands since I was a litt…

Artists ~ Cynthia Falco ~ Chepachet

Artist’s name: Cynthia Falco
Shop name: Sew Much Moxie
Facebook: Sew Much Moxie

1. Tell us about your work: 
My work is home-sewn items for babies, children and accessories for the home.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
The story behind my shop name is that it is named for my beloved chocolate lab named "Moxie". When I decided to try and make and sell my products, I wanted to add Moxie in the name because she was always at my side and curled up under my feel while I was sewing . Unfortunately, we lost her about a month after we decided on the name for my shop.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I taught myself to sew when I was about 12 years old. My mom's friend had opened up a small fabric store back then, and we went to see the store. I asked my mom if I could get a pattern and some fabric, and she allowed me to. I made a dress for myself, and I have been sewing for myself and my…

Artists ~ Julie Van ~ Coventry

Artist’s name: Julie Van
Shop name: Ocean State Scenes
Instagram: infamousjulievan

1. Tell us about your work
Most of the photos are scenes of the ocean state and animal portraits. All landscapes are from various areas in the state of Rhode Island, and the animal portraits are from little rhody as well.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
I love Rhode Island, it has a little of everything in it. Capturing the charm of RI makes the name Ocean State Scenes very fitting.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I am an auto mechanic by trade, however while I was in school, I enjoyed and excelled in art. It began as a hobby and has slowly grown from there. Etsy was a great tool to take my hobby to the next level.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from many different things. Sometimes photos help depict a feeling of joy, sometimes peace. I get a lot of inspiration from everything aro…

Wickford Art Festival Call for Artists

55th Wickford Art Festival - Call for Artists
Wickford, RI – The Wickford Art Association (WAA) is accepting applications from fine art artists for the 55th Wickford Art Festival to be held on July 8 and 9, 2017 in Wickford Village, Rhode Island. Artist applications must be received by April 15, 2017. Download applications at
Artist benefits:-Artists retain 100% of their sales.-10' x 10' booths are $240, plus jury fee. -Corner booths at no additional charge.-Easy load in and load out.
-Complimentary booth sitters available for artists for brief periods.-Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday morning setup available.
-Free parking for artists during festival. -Festival brochure distributed free with artist name, booth number and location (also available online).-Top ranked fine art festival in established arts destination with up to 40,000 visitors during the two-day event.
Why buyers will attend:
-Wickford Art Festival is juried to include only the best fine art a…

Events ~ Eat Drink RI Festival ~ April 26 – 29, 2017

Eat Drink RI Festival
April 26-29, 2017
various locations around Providence

Wednesday, April 26th 
Fiestaval!, a VIP product launch from the team behind the incredibly successful Rhode Island food business, The Backyard Food Company. This event, showcasing the culinary collaboration between best friends and gardeners Matt McClelland and Louby Sukkar, will feature custom cocktails from Bootblack Brand, small bites from Easy Entertaining, live music and entertainment, and the unveiling of the newest BYFC product before it hits the shelves.

Thursday, April 27th
Dinner by Dames, a unique experience bringing together a group of Rhode Island’s most talented female chefs & bartenders for a multi-course dining event held at the brand new Skyline at Waterplace in downtown Providence. This year’s Dinner by Dames is a part of Paint the Town (RED)to benefit AIDS Care Ocean State. This female-driven dining experience brings together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs, Melissa Denmark ofGrac…

Artists ~ Scott Yi ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Scott Yi
Shop name: The Youth Collaborative
Twitter: @theyouthcollab
Instagram: @theyouthcollaborative

1. Tell us about your work
I started the Youth Collaborative as a 501c3 to empower urban teens in the Providence area. Specifically, we teach entrepreneurial skills and creative skills to our teens by working with them in our team-based business projects. Together, we've come up with shirts, buttons, cards, mugs, and a handful of other products that the teens are proud to have their names attached to.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
We wanted to emphasize the "collaborative" aspect because the teenagers are not just our students, but they are co-owners. We empower them to be part of the designing and decision-making process, letting them know that they have unique voices that matter. They have a unique perspective and a uniqu…

Events ~ Terror Con ~ Providence

Terror Con
February 24-26, 2017
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, Rhode Island

Before I went to Terror Con, I would not have described myself as a fan of the horror genre. But I realized that Terror Con's fandom covers a lot of ground.

There's a good-natured vibe to the show, from the fans, to the staff, the vendors, and the guests. Although there's a lot of the macabre, there's a lot of fun as well.

The Massachusetts Ghostbusters were there, raising funds for the Baystate Children's Hospital. There were snakes and spider petting, and even a kids area.

The panels showed an impressive roster across the genre. I sat in on a talk by Andrea Perron, a member of the Burrillville family whose experiences were the basis for the movie The Conjuring.

She shared some of her experiences, and how she's been able to take the sad and frightening and turn it into a positive learning experience.

There were lots of vendors as well, including authors, artists, and purvey…