Showing posts from June, 2010

Rhode Island's fattiest food...New York System Weiners?

Twitterer @LadyMissie shared a link with me today:'s 50 fattiest foods in the states. One representative food from each state. Rhode Island's culprit?

New York System weiners
While I find it hard to believe that New York System weiners are the fattiest food in Rhode Island (clam cakes, anyone?), they're one of the foods Little Rhody is known for. And they don't skimp on the fat:
Fat content: 13 grams of fat for the hot dog and 15 grams of fat in a serving of ground beef. Plus, the ground-beef sauce is usually made with ultra-fatty shortening. ~from Health.comBear and I really need to try some New York System dogs. Maybe for July 4 weekend.

Sights ~ John Carter House, Providence

John Carter House
21 Meeting St.
Providence, Rhode Island

An historic (former) home on College Hill, the John Carter House was originally the home and business of John Carter.

Carter moved from Philadelphia, where he had apprenticed with Ben Franklin, to Providence in 1767. He published the Providence Gazette; and Country Journal from then until his death in 1814 - the first year in partnership with Mrs. Sarah Goddard. He built the house in 1772 and called it "Shakespeare's Head" after the bust of Shakespeare he had mounted on a pole in front of the house.

Carter housed his printing press, bookshop and post office in the building along with his family. His brother in law, John Updike, owned the house next door and rented it to a rival printer, sparking repartee and competition that reportedly amused the neighbors (per rootsweb). Carter was the first postmaster of Providence, a position given to him by his former apprenticeship master, Ben Franklin.

He and his wife Amey (…

Sights ~ Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly

isquamicut State Beach
Westerly, Rhode Island

We took our first trip to Misquamicut State Beach on a hot Saturday afternoon. We left fairly early (about 9:30 am), thinking the beach wouldn't get really crowded until closer to noon.

Traffic was unremarkable on the highways, and stayed mainly smooth until about three miles from the beach, where it screeched to a standstill. We clocked along at between three and ten miles per hour until we got to the beach parking lot, not unusual during beach season, but frustrating nonetheless.

There was plenty of parking available once we got into the lot, which made me wonder about the signs along the route offering parking for $20.

The beach was crowded, as you'd expect on a hot summer day. We staked our SPF tent on the sand near the dunes and checked out the water.

The first thing I noticed was a ship in the distance. Probably some sort of commercial tanker, heading off to Quonset, we later learned.

Bear hardly noticed the ship. Once the t…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

These shots of Rhode Island were submitted to the I {heart} Rhody group on Flickr.

"Number 11" by SteelToad

"Newport Bridge" by timomcd

"DCP_1657" by timomcd

"Splash 2" by SteelToad

"Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport, Rhode Island" by dhfore

"Sakonnet Lighthouse, Rhode Island - aerial" by nelights

"Sakonnet Lighthouse, Rhode Island - aerial" by nelights

"Rhode Island State House" by BlueisCoool

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Events ~ Gaspee Days, Pawtuxet Village

Gaspee Days
Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island

From "In June of 1772 brave colonists from Rhode Island burned the British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, in what has become recognized as the first overt action leading to the American Revolutionary War."

Each year, Pawtuxet Village and the Gaspee Days Committee host a series of activities to commemorate the event. There was a colonial encampment, art show, tours of the historic district and a lot more. It was a hectic weekend for us, but Bear and I were determined to see the final event: the ceremonial and symbolic burning of the Gaspee.

We arrived just in time. As we walked down toward the water we heard the last few lines of the remarks, then the explosion of cannon fire.

You wouldn't think that such a small cannon would make so much noise, but it did, and gave us both a good startle. The crowd cheered.

We hustled the rest of the way down to the water's edge to see the mock Gaspee aflame.

It was allowed to burn…

Event Announcement ~ Pints for Paws, Providence


Museums ~ Hearthside House, Lincoln

Hearthside House
757 Great Rd.
Lincoln, Rhode Island

Hearthside House is a beautiful old home in Lincoln with an interesting and sad story.

From Hearthside's website: " the early 1800’s, Stephen Hopkins Smith, a fellow in his 20’s, began to court a young lady from a “prominent Providence family”...She was a little cautious about their future together though and told him that while he was an attractive man, she was looking for a gentleman suitor “of substantial wealth who could provide a lifestyle she was used to”. The Smith family was far from wealthy. But one day, in answer to his prayers, Smith won a lottery, netting him a jackpot of $40,000----an equivalent of $8.6 million by today’s standards.

"Smith kept his winnings a secret, and schemed to build a breathtaking home to sweep “Miss Prominent” off her feet. Construction on Hearthside got underway in 1810 and was completed in 1814. Meanwhile the courtship continued. When the house was done, Smith took a horse and…

News ~ RI scores a mention on the Today Show

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Museums ~ Providence Children's Museum

Providence Children's Museum
100 South St.
Providence, Rhode Island

Bear and I were invited to the opening of two new outdoor play spaces at the Providence Children's Museum earlier this month. Up to now, we hadn't checked out the museum because we both figured Bear (at 14) is too old for the exhibits. We were mistaken.

This dragon met us as we arrived at the building. Not scary, but not friendly, he seemed as curious about us as museum visitors would be about him.

Our first stop was at the two new play spaces, since that was the main focus of our visit. First up was the Climber, designed by father and son architects and builders Tom and Spencer Luckey, who have built similar climbers around the country, but this is their first major outdoor structure.

PCM's climber is 24 feet tall, with lots of levels to scramble over and climb on. Bear was delighted and dove right in.

The other new attraction is the Underland exhibit. Bear did feel that this one was a little too youn…

Event Announcement ~ Blood Drive at Providence Children's Museum


Photos ~ Rhode Island State House at Pride Weekend, Providence

This weekend's pride event sees the State House dome lit with a pastel rainbow.

from Smith Street around 8 pm

from Prospect Terrace Park around 8:30 pm

with the last bit of sunset behind it

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

These shots of Rhode Island were submitted to the I {heart} Rhody group on Flickr.

"Fence" (Coggeshall Farm) by SteelToad

"At the Edge" by by SteelToad
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Activities ~ Strawberry Picking at Salisbury Farm, Johnston

Salisbury Farm
11 Peck Hill Rd.
Johnston, Rhode Island

In search of some outdoor activity, I took Bear to Salisbury Farm in Johnston. Salisbury Farm has been in the Salisbury family for five generations, when it started out as a hay farm. After some years as a dairy farm and a return to hay farming, they now have Pick Your Own strawberries, peas, pumpkins and raspberries, and they grow hay, corn, mums and other fruits and veggies, too.

There were plenty of ripe strawberries and peas in the fields, and we quickly filled up a three quart containers of berries and a good-sized bag of peas. The price was reasonable, and there was no charge to enter the farm.

The farm also has a llama and a donkey for the kids to see.

We had a lot of fun, and I can recommend berry and pea picking as an entertaining way to spend an hour on a sunny summer day. We're also looking forward to apple picking this autumn.

Rhody on the web ~ Providence represented on CitID

I found this on Greater City: Providence and had to share.

CitID is a collaborative site where designers world-wide represent their cities in typeface. In many cases, there are whole logos built for them. Providence (by AJ Paglia) is the only RI city represented so far, but they're still accepting ideas. How about some of Rhode Island's amazing design community tackle Newport? Block Island? Pawtucket? We'll feature their work here.

I like Paglia's design. It has an industrial vibe to it and somehow makes me think of the roller derby (even though I've never been).

Outside of Rhode Island, Some of my favorites so far: Jerusalem, Bordeau, Temiptay, Sao Paolo, Curitiba, Cadiz,

Event Announcement ~ Indie Art By the Sea, Newport

Indie Art by the Sea Ft. Adams State Park Newport, Rhode Island

Rhody Artists ~ Felt Like It

Felt Like It
Providence, Rhode Island

Felt Like It at Providence Art Fest
I first met Amber of Felt Like It at Craftopia, and saw her again at the Providence Art Fest. She makes the most adorable pillows and accessories! I just love her food-based products:

And did you see the little cloud pillow in her display? These are perfect for children's rooms and anywhere you want a little whimsy. The little felted mushrooms are free-standing and would look so cute on a kitchen windowsill. Amber also takes custom orders and is very friendly and easy to work with.