Showing posts from April, 2013

Events ~ InDownCity's Cinco de Mayo Block Party ~ May 5, 2013

InDownCity Cinco de Mayo Block Party
May 5, 2013, 12-6pm
Westminster Street, between Eddy and Clemence


Providence Rock + Roll Yard Sale will be at Grant’s Block. Interested in being a vendor, more info here

DJ Studebaker Hawk will be djing again. He had such great energy last time, we’re excited to have him back again.

Mariachi de Brown! Our favorite Mariachi band! They blew us away last time, we’re so happy they found time for us on their most popular day.

Lots of activities for the kids from face painting, kids crafts and more!

Food and Drinks

Food Trucks – Like No Udder, Poco Loco Taco Truck, Mijo Tacos, Sprout: The Vegetarian Food Truck

Outdoor Bars – Tazza and Trinity Brewhouse

Free! 12-6pm on Westminster Street. Check out the event on Facebook.

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Benefit Street by rilurky

Carrie Tower by I {heart} Rhody

PontiacMillsWater by sixkings55

Rhode Island Statehouse by rilurky

Museum Clock by Macedo295

Rocky Point Park Cottages by provbenson2009

Artists ~ Sandee Pacheco

Artist’s name: Sandee Pacheco
Business name: Barn Door Designs
Location: Scituate, Rhode Island Etsy

1. Tell us about your work My work is the love of animals and creating combined. I love to paint in oils and just recently began to work with oil pastels sticks. I mostly paint farm animals and pets. I also do pet portraits ranging from cats and dogs to horses and goats. I dabble in watercolor also and find that horses are the subject of most of my work. Anything southwestern is also of interest to me, especially in watercolor.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter? My work started as floral decorations about thirty years ago. I started doing neighborhood craft shows and slowly started to add a painted craft or two into the show. As time went by, there were no longer any florals and all painted crafts, called tole painting. I named my business "Barn Door Creations" at that time because…

Performing arts ~ Listen to your mother ~ Providence

The National Reading Series Celebrating Motherhood Comes to Rhode Island!
May 4, 2013 at 2:00pm at The Providence Public Library
Tickets on sale now!
(April 2013)—For the first time ever, Mother’s Day in Rhode Island will be celebrated on stage. Providence is one of 24 cities across the U.S. hosting writer/blogger Ann Imig’s nationally celebrated reading series LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER. The critically acclaimed stage series has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and on local NPR stations.

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER ( is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative mind of Ann Imig and the work of mothers who publish online, each production is directed produced and performed by local communities for local communities.

The first ever performance in Rhode Island -- and the inaugural show for Providence -- will take
place on …

Performing Arts ~ The King and I at Ocean State Theatre ~ Warwick

WARWICK, RI – Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), the not-for-profit which brought new life to the historic Theatre By The Sea for the past five years, concludes their Inaugural Season with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical masterpiece, The King and I, which opens in previews on Wednesday, April 24.
This family classic full of splendor and pageantry features a dazzling score with some of the most popular songs ever written, including “Hello, Young Lovers,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You,” “I Have Dreamed,” “We Kiss in a Shadow,” and “Shall We Dance?”  The King and I is based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam, which recounted the experiences of the English governess, Mrs. Anna Leonowens, who spent seven years at the Siamese Royal Court in Bangkok, imparting Western ways and culture to the king’s court. Running for nearly three years when it was initially produced in New York in 1951, this g…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

India Point at Night by Frank C. Grace (Trig Photography)

Horseshoe Falls, Shannock RI by Rick Payette

FrenchTownPark_7 by sixkings55

old posts B&W in the fog by enjoiskate8

The falls at Slater Mill. by rilurky

Amber Waves of Grain by MStoeckle

Artists ~ Kate Eliza Corbett ~ Westerly

Artist’s name: Kate Eliza Corbett
Business name: Kate Eliza's Ocean Inspirations
Location: Westerly, RI

1. Tell us about your work
I love nature, ocean, rivers, lakes, streams, WATER!; trees, flowers, birds, and my very own little kitties who are awesome models!

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
After many years in the medical field I moved to this beautiful spot and decided to capture what I could with my "eye" and love of photography.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Admire the work of Ansel Adams, and love the phrase from Joseph Campbell, a mythologist, "Follow Your Bliss"....

4. What’s your favorite item to make?
Greeting cards of my photographs are a nice way to get my "eye" out there....

5. What’s your best seller?
It's a tie between "Over Watch Hill" and "Watch Hill Lighthouse Splash"....

6. How long have you been in Rh…

Public art ~ The Bronze Bruno ~ Providence

While walking through College Green at Brown University recently, I came upon this bronze statue of a large bear. I know that the Bear is the mascot of Brown, but nothing more than that, but I'd never walked through the green before.

My first bit of history about the statue came from a plaque nearby:
"The Brown Bear was originally cast in plaster by Eli Harvey. A fund-raising campaign to "put a hair on the bear" was led by Senator Theodore Francis Green, Class of 1887, and resulted in the commission of a bronze sculpture in 1923, the bronze bear was dedicated at a ceremony on the campus during Commencement.
For sixty-five years the bear stood in front of Marvel Gymnasium as a symbol of the strength, courage and endurance of Brown University and her extended family. Now, here on the College Green, the bear is re-dedicated to Alma Mater and to the men and women of Brown.
MCMXCII (1992)"

Judging by the "#relayforlife" shirt that the bear seems to be put…

Events ~ RISD Museum Tweed Ride PVD ~ April 28, 2013

RISD Museum Tweed Ride PVD
April 28, 2013 10:30 AM
Starts at Kennedy Plaza
ends at RISD Museum

Tickets and info.

Book review ~ Rhode Island Legends: Haunted Hallows and Monster's Lairs by M. E. Reilly-McGreen

Rhode Island Legends: Haunted Hallows and Monster's Lairs by M. E. Reilly-McGreen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rhode Island Legends is a collection of stories of Rhode Island monsters, witches, ghosts, vampires and devils, with some aliens thrown in for good measure.

M.E. Reilly-Green tells a good story, and the subject matter is interesting. I wish she'd included more information about how she came to learn about the story. She concedes in her forward that some of the stories are amalgamations of several versions. It would have been great to know which ones.

Many of the stories provide specific locations. It'll be fun to take this book along and find some of these places. Maybe we'll see a ghost or two ourselves!

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From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Sunset at the docks by MStoeckle

Untitled by provbenson2009

Felled by rilurky

Warwick Asylum 2 by sixkings55

Bucky Brook by enjoiskate8

Signs by Armadillo Commander

Meat Raffle by Rick Payette

Bucky Brook by enjoiskate8

Artist ~ Laura Winward ~ South Kingstown

Artist’s name: Laura Winward
Business name: Honey Hive Handcrafts
Location: South Kingstown, RI
Etsy shop:

1. Tell us about your work
I have done crafts of one type or another for as long as I can remember, and I've sold at craft shows for almost as long.

I'm a research biologist by day, store owner (Waves of Creation in Wakefield, RI) by afternoon, and mom and wife by night.

I started making bath and body products back around 2000. At the time, I was making beeswax candles (hence the company name), and wanted to put together a bath basket (back then, they weren't called "spa baskets" yet). I was at a show with someone who had bath and body products. I was intrigued that she had made them, so I bought some. I was hooked on the spot.

Being a research scien…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Focusing on black and what photos this week. Here are some awesome examples:

winter storm 2 B&W by enjoiskate8

PC230018-Edit.jpg by MStoeckle

Providence RI by Cross Photography

Westin Hotel by sixkings55

barrington river 2012copy sky sun burst by jambori39

Frozen Pond by rilurky

Downtown Providence by Armadillo Commander

The Arcade by provbenson2009

Prayers don't go unheard! by kravi2011

B&W phase by leith70

and one callback to Easter:

Untitled by provbenson2009

Artists ~ Ashley Delamare ~ Smithfield

Artist’s name: Ashley Delamare
Business name: Framboozled
Location: Pop up shop from Smithfield, RI
Etsy shop:

1. Tell us about your work
I create beautiful things for beautiful girls and babies! All of my items are 100% handmade by me in my home studio. The products I feature are headbands, tutus, onesies, and hair clippies; I also make coasters from tile. I just recently invested in an embroidery machine and have become a one stop shop for custom orders!

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I always loved art; even as a child, I never played with Barbies, I always wanted the art sets. Three years ago my fiancé, Justin, really encouraged me to use my creativity, so I started making headbands; they were a hit and my business has since evolved into what it is today!

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
My mother and her mother …