Showing posts from September, 2010

Design ~ O&G Studio on Apartment Therapy

Congratulations to O&G Studio in Warren, whose design was featured this week on Apartment Therapy: Boston.
From the post: "Warren, Rhode Island-based O&G Studio tap right into the New England design sensibility to create pieces that are a mashup of traditional hand-crafting, rustic industrial forms, and bright modern colors."

O&G is now added to our list of places to see.

Food ~ Grape Nut Pudding

I'd never heard of Grape Nut pudding before I moved to Rhode Island. Apparently, it's a vanilla custard with Grape Nuts cereal cooked in it. Nevertheless, it sounds intriguing and is on my recipes-to-try list for when it's cool enough to run the oven for an hour.

I found recipes for it in Yankee magazine and It's Rhode Island cookbook. I'm sure it would turn up in other local recipe books as well.

Grape-Nuts cereal

Goes together in minutes, cooks in about an hour. I can't find anything specific to Rhode Island in the information, but I do know that it's popular here. According to Road Food, it's not known outside of New England.

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

"Might be enough" by SteelToad

"Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights

"IMG_1646" by katie47n

"Rose Larisa Memorial Park" by siriusthinking

"Osamequin creek sunrise" by DACphoto

"Hot Dog Heaven" by BlueisCoool

"Monsters" by mizzbritta

Event announcement ~ Warwick Library Used Book Sale, Warwick, Sept 24-26

Warwick Public Library
Saturday 9-3
Sunday 1-4

Event announcement ~ Rocktucket, Pawtucket, 9/25

The Grant 250 Main Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island September 25, 2010 2 - 11 pm

Event announcement ~ Craftopia 2, Nov. 14, 2010, Pawtucket

Hope Artiste Village
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
November 14, 2010

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

"Seagull at Bristol Harbor" by SteelToad

"Prudence Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights

"This looks dangerous." by siriusthinking

IMG_1044 by katie47n

"branch" by alamodestuff

"Linden Place" by DACphoto

Event Announcement ~ 195 Is Falling, Providence, Oct. 11


Event announcement ~ Environmental Clean-Up Celebration, Providence, Sept. 25

The Steelyard
27 Sims Ave.
Providence, Rhode Island
September 25, 2010
12:00 p.m.

Event announcement ~ The Warren Mill Project, Warren, Sept. 16, 2010

The Warren Mill Project
Imago Gallery
36 Market Street
Warren, Rhode Island
September 16, 2010, 5-8 p.m.

A display of photographs, maps and artifacts, and recorded oral histories from Warren’s Mills, a related installation and artwork by Deborah Baronas, and a lecture by Richard Greenwood

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

"Stairway" (Newport, RI) by SteelToad

"Point Judith Lighthouse and Coast Guard station, Rhode Island" by nelights

"This looks dangerous." by siriusthinking

"IMG_1044" by katie47n

"branch" by alamodestuff

"Linden Place" by DACphoto

"Hot Dog Heaven" by BlueisCoool

"Post office" by mizzbritta

"Castle Hill Light, Newport Rhode Island" by Brett Cohen

"Evening light on the twin steeples of Saint Anns Church" by mmerc

Design ~ A house tour in College Hill, Providence

I love design. Bear is just starting to appreciate it, and has big ideas for redecorating her bedroom. We're both fans of Apartment Therapy, of course.

The other day AT: Boston ran a house tour of Rachel and Alfred's place on College Hill. They have such great ideas!

I was particularly fond of the leaf "headboard."
Yes, those are real leaves.

Name: Alfred and Rachel
Location: College Hill — Providence, Rhode Island
Size: 3 bedrooms + mother-in-law in converted attic
Years lived in: 10 — owned

Sights ~ Comfort Station, Providence

Comfort Station
corner of Weybosset  and Mathewson
Providence, Rhode Island

The first time I saw the lighthouse-shaped structure, I was curious. The plaques on either side identify the building as an information center, but the doors were locked, and there were stickers on the windows stating that it was a police substation. Curious.

The condition of the lighthouse makes it look like it's been around awhile, and it has. It was built in 1913 to mark a public "comfort station" belowground.

This photo must have been taken shortly after the comfort station was open, since the The American City, Vol. 11 was published in 1914. A comfort station is a public restroom, and the book is very concerned with the effect of the availability of hand towels on handwashing (individual towels = greater likelihood of handwashing). You can see that there is no building at this point, only a set of stairs leading belowground.

At some point after 1913 and before 1980, the building was construc…

Dining ~ Aunt Carrie's, Narragansett

Aunt Carrie's
1240 Ocean Rd.
Narragansett, Rhode Island

A few weeks ago, after a too-late-too-chilly swim at Scarborough Beach and a wrong turn on Ocean Road, we stumbled upon Aunt Carrie's. Of course, we've heard of Aunt Carrie's. They've been in Rhode Island Monthly's Best Of list, and most of the tourist books we've read. The restaurant has been around for more than 85 years. It's an institution.

Aunt Carrie was a real person named Carrie Cooper who used to visit Point Judith with her husband and children in the first decades of the 20th century. Since there was no food vendor at the Point then, she started making her own lemonade, then her own clam cakes. Eventually this led to a "clam shack" at the Point, and then to a restaurant where the current building is now. The counter and front waiting area are the original part of the building, which has been added to over the years.

Aunt Carrie's is still family owned and operat…

Library ~ Rogers Free Library, Bristol

Rogers Free Library
525 Hope St.
Bristol, Rhode Island

Bear and I visited the Rogers Free Library a few months ago, on an overcast afternoon.

It's a beautiful building, with the original part built in brownstone, giving it a very solid and sturdy feel.

The brick-faced extension is also quite beautiful. Although the two are of different styles, they're merged together quite nicely by using brownstone details. The archway over the Hope Street entrance also combines brick and brownstone, and softens the connection. It appears that the building may have previously housed a furniture company.

Inside, you can see where the exterior wall of the original library was.

I love when designers do this!

The library was named for Robert Rogers (1792-1870), one of the wealthiest citizens of his time  in Bristol. Rogers amassed an extensive collection of books. In 1877, seven years after his death, his wife Maria (nee DeWolf) used 4,000 of them to start the library, which she name…

Event announcement ~ New England Traditions, Providence, Oct. 6-10

New England Traditions
Rhode Island Convention Center
October 6-10

History ~ The Hurricane of 1938

As the mid-Atlantic and New England batten down for a possible pounding by Hurricane Earl, many local media outlets are looking back at the unnamed hurricane of 1938 that devastated Rhode Island. Earl isn't expected to be as severe. Its worst-case scenario, according to ABC6 forecaster Fred Campagna, is closer to that of Hurricane Edna in 1954.

The 1938 storm, which came to be known as the "Long Island Express" because of the track it took through Long Island, New York, and the speed with which it moved, would be ranked as a Category 3 hurricane by today's standards. Winds were 120-125 mph. The storm surge in Providence was more than 20 feet.

From Wikipedia: "Many homes and structures along the coast were destroyed as well as many structures inland along the hurricane's path. Entire beach communities on the coast of Rhode Island were obliterated. Napatree Point, a small cape that housed nearly 40 families between the Atlantic Ocean and Little Narragansett Bay…