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From the I {heart} Rhody Flick Group

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"Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights


"Smiles all Around" by SteelToad


"Rock piles" by katie47n


"Brenton Point, Newport RI" by pvdEric


"Summer Butterfly" by BlueisCoool


"Fall at Meshanticut Lake, Cranston RI" by RIRed1


"sunset stroll" by jaki good


"WaterFire, Providence" by metroblossom


"Newport RI" by leasaunt


"Newport" by Chuck Robinson


"Family cruise" by minutemen1775


"Star light, Star Bright" by DAYofTheDead


"Ch√Ęteau-sur-Mer" by kpmst7


"Rhode Island Trees" by Rich Burroughs

Event announcement ~ TweetNGreet With a Cause, December 9, Providence

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TweetNGreet With a Cause
Cuban Revolution
60 Valley St.
Providence, Rhode Island
bring a food donation to benefit Rhode Island Food Bank

Event Announcement ~ Kennedy Plaza Skating Rink Opening

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Kennedy Plaza Skating Rink
Kennedy Plaza
Providence, Rhode Island



Bear will be very excited to find out that the Kennedy Plaza skating rink is opening for the season this Friday, November 19! We had some great nights last winter at the rink, including one of our better New Years Eve celebrations.

This year's hours and prices:

Open Friday, November 19, 6pm to 10pm

Open Saturday and Sunday, November 20th and 21st, 11am to 10pm

Tickets: Adults $6, Children (12 and under) $3, Seniors (65 and older) $3, Skate rental $4

Rhody artists ~ Hanami Gallery

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Hanami Gallery
Providence, Rhode Island

Bear and I ran into Sarah of Hanami Gallery at the Providence Arts Festival last June. We were excited to talk with her about her work.


Sarah has degrees in Economics and Mathematics, and worked as a financial analyst before discovering kanzashi while on vacation in Japan. She taught herself the art and now sells her creations on her website, at art fairs and on Etsy. Her designs show a great appreciation for color both in the accessories and the greeting cards she makes.

Bear loves the Tsunami Kanzashi (hair ornaments made of sculpted pieces of silk).


I really like the floral print crane ornament on her Etsy shop right now:

Sarah takes custom orders as well as pre-designs, and is a member of Arts in Rhode Island. I'm seriously considering that crane.

A Rhody question: "Family Guy" the definitive Rhode Island tv show?

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Andrew Shears, a doctoral student of geography, created this map to identify one tv show for each state. Naturally, this has sparked some discussion and disagreement on his blog.

I admit, I love the idea. I can also see how it's ripe for controversy. So what do Rhode Islanders think? Is The Family Guy the definitive Rhode Island tv show? If not, what's your choice?

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

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"Prudence Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island - aerial" by nelights


"Road Home" by SteelToad


"Linden Place" by siriusthinking


"Downtown Providence R.I." by BlueisCoool


"Wrath of Earl" by katie47n


"026edbw" by red army


"Newport Bridge from below" by pvdEric


"Happy Holloween" by RIRed1


"Block Island sunrise" by Jason Neely


"Gambrel Roofed House by the Cemetery" by Mr. Ducke


"Providence at night" by GrEeNeLiGhT


"Harbor Seal (Sachuest Point, Middletown, RI)" by featherthwarter

Event announcement ~ Raising Urban Chickens workshop, Nov. 13, Providence

City Farm, Southside Community Land Trust
Corner West Clifford and Dudley Sts.
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
1:00 - 2:00 pm

From their blog, "From Seed to Fruit":

Come to City Farm this Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. for a free workshop on how to raise your own egg-laying hens in the city! This is the final workshop in the 2010 Plant Providence series. We’ll have experienced chicken-keepers on hand at four different stations to 1) explain the terms of the new ordinance passed by the City Council this fall; 2) walk you through constructing a coop, composting chicken manure, and preventing rats; 3) go over chick-rearing and hardy breeds for the New England climate; and 4) instruct you on daily chicken maintenance and care. Also on hand to serve as demonstration models will be City Farm’s own flock of hens! You’ll get to take home a resource guide to local sources for both birds and supplies as well as a suggested reading list to learn more. To download directions to City Farm, click here.…

Dining ~ Bubble Tea House, Providence

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Bubble Tea House
849 Westminster St.
Providence, Rhode Island




I stopped in here when I had to take Bear for an event at Central High School. It's just across a (very busy) street from the school, in fact, in a pretty pedestrian-unfriendly location where Westminster splits off with Cranston Street.

When I stopped in on a Saturday around lunchtime, there were only two other people there, which is good. Bubble tea, like milkshakes, takes some time to prepare. I can imagine things get pretty backed up during the rush.

There were more flavors than I realized existed in Bubble Tea, and more styles. We had our choice between "snow," "frost," and "milk." I chose snow, and was later informed by Bear that milk is the way to go. We live and learn.



The decor is bright colored and fun (loved the dragons, and the "bubbles" embedded in the walls), and the service friendly. They were playing Futurama on the tv, and there is a comfortable amount of seating, …

Sights ~ Esmond Park, Smithfield

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Esmond Park
Entrance corner of Farnum Pike and Esmond Street
Smithfield, Rhode Island


This pretty park covers about four acres, including a section of the Woonasquatucket River. It contains walking trails, an arching bridge, small waterfall, picnic tables, benches, river and cattail marsh. Originally dedicated as a park to honor Esmond Mill employees who served in World War I, it also contains a couple of WWI monuments.

An expansion in 1989 added the walking paths and a sitting area near the water and a plaque to Leo Bouchard, "Mr. Conservation."




I spotted the park on my first-ever drive down Farnum Pike Halloween weekend, and literally turned the car around to go back and check it out. It's everything we think about when we think of autumn in New England. Bear and I will be going back again and again to walk those trails in different seasons.









From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

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"Warwick Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights


"BoatHouse" by SteelToad


"Shepard Fairey Mural" by BlueisCoool


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


"Untitled" by katie47n


"Downtown Providence" by LeKriz


"033edbw" by red army


"Burnside Park Fountain and Industrial Trust Building" by pvdEric


"IMG_1713" by SecondEmpire


"Sea Lawn-The Reading Room Narragansett RI" by RIRed1


"Rough Point" by 1W57thNY