Showing posts from August, 2010

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

"Dusk light" by katie47n

"Prepping for the 4th" by SteelToad

"The Towers" by siriusthinking

"Prentice House - Broadway" by 1W57thNY

"Castle Hill Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights

"rose hip" by alamodestuff

"Shell and Bridge" by DACphoto

"Library" by mizzbritta

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

"Barrington Beach 8-13-10" by kittenantics

"Providence R.I." by BlueisCoool

Sights ~ Mt. Pleasant Branch Library, Providence

Mt. Pleasant Branch Library
315 Academy Ave.
Providence, Rhode Island

Can you tell that Bear and I love libraries? We've visited several throughout the state.

From their site:
"PCL’s Mount Pleasant Library, originally known as the Sprague House Branch, was the first of the branch libraries to be opened in Providence in 1906. This library was started as a deposit of books sent to the Sprague House Association, a social agency located on Armington Avenue... When the Sprague House Association moved to another part of the city, the library became a full-fledged branch... The library, now known as the Mount Pleasant Library, moved to its current location, 315 Academy Ave, on June 25, 1949 with 1000 people celebrating in attendance." The library definitely has that blocky mid-century design. It's interesting that you have to climb one of two sets of stairs to get from the entryway into the library proper, but there are lots of community notices there in the entry, which tells…

Sights ~ North Burial Ground, Providence

North Burial Ground
Providence, Rhode Island

Providence's North Burial Ground was established in 1700. Before that, most families buried their loved ones in plots on family farms. Because of Rhode Island's strict (and unique at the time) separation of church and state laws, it took a long time to establish a non-denominational community burial ground.

North Burial Ground is 110 acres, making it the largest community burial ground in the state. A number of local luminaries are buried here, including (from Wikipedia):
Edward Mitchell Bannister, African American painterChad Brown, early pastor of the First Baptist Church in America, progenitor of Brown familyJohn Brown, merchant, U.S. Representative, slave trader, co-founder of Brown UniversityFred Corey, Major League Baseball playerSam Walter Foss, librarian, poet.Stephen Hopkins, politician, Rhode Island governor, Founding Father, signatory of the Declaration of Independence (grave picture)Horace Mann, educator, founder of Antio…

Sights ~ Providence Public Library

Providence Public Library
Central Library
150 Empire St.
Providence, Rhode Island

This is the downtown branch of the Providence Public Library (PPL). Until last year, it was the central branch and headquarters of a library district that included nine branches throughout the city's neighborhoods. However during the financial crisis of 2008-09, the library's endowment was significantly depleted, and the organization announced that it was going to close all or some of the branches. A group of concerned citizens stepped in and took over the branches, forming the Providence Community Library. The branches remain open, and the Central branch is the only one that still belongs to the PPL.

The library is a private non-profit corporation with more than 1 million articles. These range from the latest bestsellers on "Playaway" - a one-book listening device - to baked clay cuneiform tablets more than 2,000 years old. It houses one of the most extensive whaling collections in the …

Doing Good ~ Tweet 'n Greet Blood Drive at Johnson & Wales Culinary Museum, Providence

Well, I finally did it. My courage and my veins were finally in sync enough that I was able to donate blood at the Tweet 'n Greet Blood Drive at Johnson & Wales Cuilinary Museum. The trick, apparently, is to drink a lot more water than usual. Sadly, my camera was not in sync, so a big thank you to Astonish Results for the use of their photos.

It was a simple and pretty painless process:
Fill out a form that helps determine your level of risk for blood-borne disease. Get your blood pressure, temp and hemoglobin levels checked.  Lie down and get one needle-poke in the arm (seriously, it hurt way less than I thought it would).  Relax for 7-11 minutes (on average). Eat cookies.Boom. Done.

One pint, three potential recipients, and free cookies? I'm there.

Added bonus: at the Tweet 'n Greet blood drive, we got to meet some Twitter buddies face-to-face. It was great to see @RIBloodCenter, @NEMultimedia and @NewEnglandHD again, plus finally meeting @pa_diddle, @astonish_alicia an…

Event Announcement ~ Park Music Series, August, India Point Park, Providence

Park Music Series
India Point Park
Providence, Rhode Island
August 12, 19 and 26

Sights ~ Old Stone Mill, Newport

Old Stone Mill
Touro Park
Newport, Rhode Island

This strange structure is known by many names. According to Wikipedia, people call it Newport Tower, Round Tower, Touro Tower, Newport Stone Tower, Old Stone Mill, OSM and Mystery Tower.

There are no specific records about when or why it was built, so legends have built up around it. People speculate that it was a mill, an observatory, and a watchtower, built by English settlers, or Norse, Chinese or Scots visitors to the area. The Scots would also have been Knights Templar.

Current archaeological research indicates that it was probably a windmill built by Benedict Arnold (not the one you think, his great-grandfather) sometime after 1667. Arnold owned the land on which the tower sits. It's been used as a hayloft and powder store, among other things.

Despite pretty conclusive evidence including carbon 14 dating and mentions in some historic documents, people persist on believing their favorite myth, whichever that may be.

Recently a N…

Rhody in the news ~ Old ship unearthed by shifting sands in South Kingstown

Rhody non-profits ~ RISE

RISE Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education

RISE is a non-profit based in Providence, that focuses on providing mentoring and education opportunities for the children of prisoners in the State penal system. Through donations and volunteers, RISE gives the children of prisoners scholarships and mentoring to "break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, crime and addiction that too often threatens them."

RISE is looking for mentoring volunteers. If you have some time to help a child ages 7 to 14, building a positive, supportive relationship through two outings each month, please visit their site or call 401-421-2010. To donate to RISE, visit their donation page.

Event Announcement ~ Rhode Island Film Festival, August 10-15

Rhode Island Film Festival
Providence, Rhode Island
August 10-15, 2010

click here for more information.

Friday, August 13, some films have a free screening at the Providence Public Library.

Uniquely Rhode Island ~ Victory Day ~ August 9

Each year on August 9, Rhode Island celebrates "Victory Day." Some call it "V-J Day," which stands for Victory over Japan. The holiday was established in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman to commemorate the dropping of the Nagasaki bomb, effectively forcing the surrender of Japan, and the end of World War II in the Pacific. With Victory already declared in Europe (V-E Day, May 8, 1945), August 9 represents the close of the War.

Sixty-four years later, Japan is an ally, and no other state still recognizes the holiday. Yet in Rhode Island state offices and some businesses are closed.

It's a weird little state.

Art scene ~ Pawtucket Arts Festival, July 5 - Sept. 26

Pawtucket Arts Festival various locations Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Activities include Shakespeare in the Park, Dragon boat races, Taste of Pawtucket, 125th Anniversary Boston Pops concert and much much more.

Click here for the schedule of events.

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

"watch hill, rhode island" by kylenolin

"Start of a weird day" by SteelToad

"Constance Witherby statue" by boliyou

Poplar Point Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights

"Peeling away" by katie47n

"Crescent Park" by siriusthinking

"Warren, RI or Peyton Place?" by Time Passages

"Sunset on the Bay" by alamodestuff

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Event Announcement ~ Call for Crafters for Craftland Show, deadline Aug. 31

235 Westminaster St. Providence, Rhode Island Show information

Book review ~ Kids Make it Better, Suzy Becker

Suzy Becker was kind enough to send me some of her books for review. Although she lives in Massachusetts, she has strong Rhode Island connections. Two of her previous books have made The New York Times' bestseller list.

Kids Make It Better: A Write-in, Draw-in Journal is Becker's most recent. It's a charming interactive book, where the author asks a large question, for example, "There's a hole in the ozone, the layer of gas that protects the earth. What can we do to repair it?" We receive an answer from a child age six through ten, and you know it's going to be cute, funny and wise.

What sets this book apart are two things: For each question, there is a place for the reader to write in his or her own solutions, and even draw a picture; and Becker offers snippets of real-life children who did something to help solve the problem: "Evan Arnold, age 9: When Evan found out that some kids do not have what they need to play his favorite sport - baseball - he…