Friday, September 28, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

IMG_2440 by E Godfrey
IMG_2440 by E Godfrey

Bridge by Armadillo Commander
Bridge by Armadillo Commander

Rubber worm by markv20
Rubber worm by markv20

State House in the Summer by GoProvidenceRI
State House in the Summer by GoProvidenceRI

Corner of Brown and Main by dadofliz
Corner of Brown and Main by dadofliz

Untitled by Jerri Moon Cantone
Untitled by Jerri Moon Cantone

Island Cosmos by moondancedryad
Island Cosmos by moondancedryad

The Fisherman by mike_dooley
The Fisherman by mike_dooley

IMG_3018 by nat_19901
IMG_3018 by nat_19901

Newport Laser Fleet 413 Frostbiting - Newport, Rhode Island by misterfoto
Newport Laser Fleet 413 Frostbiting - Newport, Rhode Island by misterfoto

Olneyville kitty by provbenson2009
Olneyville kitty by provbenson2009

The I-Way and the Power Plant by mary jane 43
The I-Way and the Power Plant by mary jane 43


"6/365 Days in Colour by R Joanne

I got home and found that The Crazy Baker had made some granola for me!!! by leith70
I got home and found that The Crazy Baker had made some granola for me!!! by leith70

Pomham Light 1 by MStoeckle
Pomham Light 1 by MStoeckle

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Events ~ "Tillinghast Nightmare" documentary screenings ~ Throughout Rhode Island

This looks like an interesting activity as Halloween draws near...



VAMPIRES IN RHODE ISLAND, THE TILLINGHAST NIGHTMARE
In 1799, Exeter, RI, members of Stukely Tillinghast's family were dying. To save the lives of those remaining, Tillinghast knew what he must do - dig up the body of his beloved daughter Sarah, cut out her heart and burn it. Two other "vampire exorcisms" have been documented in Exeter - Ruth Ellen Rose in 1874 and Mercy Brown in 1892. THE TILLINGHAST NIGHTMARE documentary explores Rhode Island circa 1799 in an effort to make sense of this gruesome practice. The findings may surprise you. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.

Free film screenings will be held at several Rhode Island Public libraries this October.

  • October 9th at 6 pm at the Mohr Library , 1 Memorial Avenue, Johnston , RI.
  • October 14th at 2pm at the Barrington Library, 281 Country Road, Barrington, RI
  • October 17th at 7pm at the Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd., Kingston, RI,
  • October 23rd at 6:30 pm at the East Greenwich Free Library , 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich , RI.
  • October 24th at 6pm at the Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI

The documentary runs about 35 minutes. Q & A with TILLINGHAST NIGHTMARE filmmaker Alec Asten will follow. Asten's 2008 film, THE CURSE OF MICAH ROOD, micahrood.com , featuring the late 70's television icon Ron Palillo received numerous awards and screened in over 30 festivals worldwide.

Lesson plans and supporting materials for THE TILLINGHAST NIGHTMARE are being developed and will be posted on the Rhode Island Historical Society's website at rihs.org/edu_lesson_plans.html and the project website at tillinghastnightmare.com. Come join us to enjoy this creepy legend from South County.

This project is made possible in part by grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sights ~ Nine Men's Misery ~ Cumberland

Nine Men's Misery
Monastary Grounds
Cumberland, Rhode Island

I can't remember where I first read about Nine Men's Misery, but it's one of those more esoteric sights that often gets shoved to the bottom of the list in favor of more exciting or visual/interactive sightseeing. However, the site holds the distinction of being perhaps the oldest extant monument to fallen veterans in the United States.

Nine Men's Misery

The history, from Wikipedia

On March 26, 1676, during King Philip's War, Captain Michael Pierce led approximately 60 Plymouth Colony colonial troops and 20 Wampanoag Christian Indians in pursuit of Narragansett Indians who had burned several Rhode Island towns and attacked Plymouth, Mass. as part of King Philip's War. Pierce's troops caught up with the Narragansett Indians, Wampanoag, Nashaway, Nipmuck, Podunk but were ambushed in what is now Central Falls, Rhode Island. Pierce's troops fought the Narragansetts for several hours, but were surrounded by a larger force of Narragansetts. The battle was one of the biggest defeats of colonial troops during King Philip's War with nearly all killed in the battle, including Captain Pierce and the Christian Indians ("Praying Indians") (exact numbers vary by account somewhat). The Narragansetts lost only a handful of warriors.
Nine of the colonists who were among the dead were first taken prisoner (along with a tenth man who survived). These men were purportedly tortured to death by the Narragansetts at a site in Cumberland, Rhode Island, currently on the Cumberland Monastery and Library property. The nine dead colonists were buried by English soldiers who found the corpses and buried them in 1676. The soldiers created a pile of stones to memorialize the colonists. This pile is believed to be the oldest veterans' memorial in the United States, and a cairn of stones has continuously marked the site since 1676.
The "Nine Men's Misery" site was disturbed in 1790 by medical students led by one Dr. Bowen looking for the body of one of the dead colonists, Benjamin Bucklin, who was said to be unusually large with a double row of teeth. They were stopped by outraged locals. The site was desecrated several more times until 1928 when the monks who then owned the cemetery built a cemented stone cairn above the site. The cairn and site can still be visited on the Monastery grounds.
Pierce's Fight was followed by the burning of Providence three days later, and then the capture and execution of Canonchet, the chief sachem of the Narragansetts. The war was winding down even at the time that Pierce's party was destroyed, and in August, King Philip himself was killed.

Finding the monument and cairn is hard. It's on a rise well into the woods on the grounds of the Cumberland Monastary (and current library), without a clear path or any markings to show the route. I was fortunate enough to find pretty good directions on my phone.
Nine Men's Misery


There are those who say the site is haunted...and if you believe in ghosts, that shouldn't be surprising. That said, we didn't experience anything out of the ordinary on our visit.

Friday, September 21, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Newport by leith70
Newport by leith70

Manning Hall by Armadillo Commander
Manning Hall by Armadillo Commander

Steps of the State House by GoProvidenceRI
Steps of the State House by GoProvidenceRI

IMG_2446

Point Judith Light, Rhode Island by dadofliz
Point Judith Light, Rhode Island by dadofliz

Untitled by Jerri Moon Cantone
Untitled by Jerri Moon Cantone

Pomham Light 2 by MStoeckle
Pomham Light 2 by MStoeckle

Beavertail Sunset 2 by mike_dooley
Beavertail Sunset 2 by mike_dooley

Zoomed by mary jane 43
Zoomed by mary jane 43

Untitled by markv20
Untitled by markv20

Saturday #11 by provbenson2009
Saturday #11 by provbenson2009

farm road by Rick Payette
farm road by Rick Payette

Prudence Ferry by robtm2010
Prudence Ferry by robtm2010

Sachuest Pt. wetlands. by robert.rinkel
Sachuest Pt. wetlands. by robert.rinkel

32/365 Days in Colour by R Joanne
32/365 Days in Colour by R Joanne

Scenes of South County by Wilks2010
Scenes of South County by Wilks2010

Beautiful Broadway Sunset by sobodda
Beautiful Broadway Sunset by sobodda

Providence6 by www.mjiphotography.com
Providence6 by www.mjiphotography.com

Mill Gut Panorama (15134 x 4599) by SteelToad
Mill Gut Panorama (15134 x 4599) by SteelToad

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dining ~ Kennedy's Fried Chicken ~ Providence

Kennedy's Fried Chicken
49 Olneyville Square
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 421-0033

Riding the bus means having the opportunity to visit parts of the city I might ordinarily drive through or bypass on the highway. A bus rider's life is a life of surface roads and neighborhoods.

Kennedy's Chicken

And so it is that I've been visiting a number of businesses in Olneyville lately. Kennedy's Fried Chicken is exactly what you'd expect of a neighborhood takeout chicken place: a simple storefront where the signage hasn't changed in years. In fact, the current owner isn't named Kennedy, and they no longer serve biscuits.

The inside is clean, and empty that early in the day.

Kennedy's Chicken


Kennedy's Chicken

The owner told me that the chicken is made fresh in the store, and the recipe is his own. I tried an order, along with mashed potatoes and gravy. There's a standing rule at Casa Boliyou: if there are mashed potatoes on the menu, Bear gets mashed potatoes. I'm not sure who made that rule, but we've been following it for a couple of years now.

The meal withstood the 20 minute bus ride home, still hot. Bear turned up her nose at the chicken, but disappeared into her room with the mashed potatoes and a greedy cackle.

I found the chicken to be good. It was pretty juicy inside, crisp outside, without a thick and oily coating. There was a slight spicy heat to the outside that was pleasant without being overpowering.

Bear was disappointed with the mashed potatoes, but couldn't identify a problem other than that she didn't like them and they "weren't good." I get the feeling that some of the prepared foods there may be bulk purchased.

So, the fried chicken was good - not worth leaving your own neighborhood for, but definitely worth a try if you happen to be in Olneyville. Sides... pass. Service was quick and friendly, food is cheap and the place looked clean.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Events ~ FirstWorks Festival ~ Providence ~ Sept. 29

Downcity Providence
September 29, 2012, 4-11pm



From FirstWorks:
In the blink of an eye, Providence has shed its summer skin. Autumn begins our count-down to 200+ artists and performers gathering for FirstWorks Festival: On the Plaza on Saturday, September 29th from 4-11pm. In a few short weeks, Greater Kennedy Plaza, Providence’s historic and transit hub, will be a vast urban stage set for a kinetic extravaganza!
Come to see, hear, dance, and savour — this is a festival where civic and celebratory go hand-in-hand. Thanks to a “creative placemaking” grant from the NEA, this year’s festival culminates months of art projects and the re-opening of Burnside Park with an astonishing line-up of artists.
Street opera staged on a retro-fitted monster truck? We’ve got it. Rappelling dancers dangling 30-stories in the air? Why not? Bhangra-funk and swinging salsa from the five boroughs? Oh yes…
See what happens when FirstWorks Festival guest artists mash-up with Ocean State stars, including Waterfire, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Brown/Trinity MFA Programs and Festival Ballet Providence to light up the heart of Providence!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shop local ~ Wild Rhody and Trace and Trust

CNN reports on New England's (and Rhode Island's in particular) dedication to fresh, local seafood.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Food by Armadillo Commander
Food by Armadillo Commander


"Beach Ballerina by jpsphoto

Blooming at the State House by GoProvidenceRI
Blooming at the State House by GoProvidenceRI

IMG_3006 by nat_19901
IMG_3006 by nat_19901

Newport by leith70
Newport by leith70

Dare Devil & sunset by E Godfrey
Dare Devil & sunset by E Godfrey

Untitled by markv20
Untitled by markv20

Sunrise over Greenwich Cove - East Greenwich, Rhode Island by misterfoto
Sunrise over Greenwich Cove - East Greenwich, Rhode Island by misterfoto

The city from India Pt. Park by mary jane 43
The city from India Pt. Park by mary jane 43

48/365 Days in Colour, ATSH #96, Proud: Explore, August 17, 2012 by R Joanne
48/365 Days in Colour, ATSH #96, Proud: Explore, August 17, 2012 by R Joanne

Fresh bread at Wright's Dairy Farm by Rick Payette
Fresh bread at Wright's Dairy Farm by Rick Payette

Baby snapping turtle, Providence RI by provbenson2009
Baby snapping turtle, Providence RI by provbenson2009

Sakonnet Point Beach by mike_dooley
Sakonnet Point Beach by mike_dooley

Bristol Harbor Panorama (22382 x 4858) by SteelToad
Bristol Harbor Panorama (22382 x 4858) by SteelToad

Sachuest, RI by dadofliz
Sachuest, RI by dadofliz

The path of clouds on the water. by robert.rinkel
The path of clouds on the water. by robert.rinkel

ExterFire7 by www.mjiphotography.com
ExterFire7 by www.mjiphotography.com

DSC_8481.jpg by Wilks2010
DSC_8481.jpg by Wilks2010