Showing posts from October, 2014

Events ~ Water Ways Opening Celebration ~ Providence Children's Museum ~ November 8 & 9

Water Ways Opening Celebration
Providence Children's Museum
100 South St.
Providence, Rhode Island
November 8 & 9, 2014. 9:00am - 6:00pm

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Children’s Museum’s popular Water Ways exhibit gets a whole new look and will transform the Museum with torrents of fun-filled, imaginative new water play when it opens on Saturday, November 8. This dynamic environment will invite visitors of all ages to splash, discover and playfully experience water in ways new and familiar while investigating its properties in different forms – liquid, ice and mist.

Water is intrinsically fascinating – the ultimate “loose part.” Whether splashing in puddles and bathtubs, floating sticks in rivers, or building fountains at the Children’s Museum, water naturally invites open-ended play and exploration. Water play is a mesmerizing sensory experience that fosters creativity, stimulates curiosity and promotes problem solving for all ages and abilities. It offers children endless po…

Dining ~ Circe ~ Providence

50 Weybosset St.
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 437-8991

Now starring in the space left by the defunct DownCity is Circe, a American/Mediterranean restaurant. The former bright colors are now a cool and tasteful white and gray, and play up the architecture of the former bank space.

I went with my parents for a celebration dinner, and we were able to sit up in the balcony. The view of Weybosset Street isn't particularly exciting - yet. Circe overlooks the facade of the former Providence National Bank.

But give the area time. The Arcade is back... fine dining and hotels surround the area. Something will happen with that facade. In the meantime, the balcony is a nice spot to people-watch from.

On the main floor, there's an open kitchen, which I love to see in a restaurant.

I started with a hibiscus martini. Excellent: not too sweet or bitter, and a good balance of alcohol and mixer.

My parents enjoyed some delicious-looking appetizers. Mom had the angus beef tartare, topped…

Events ~ Haunted Hall ~ Providence ~ October 30

Haunted Hall
Providence City Hall
25 Dorrance St.
Providence, Rhode Island
October 30, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

From the press release:
"Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence are pleased to announce a family-friendly, indoor alternative to trick-or-treating this Halloween season that will allow parents and children alike to learn about the history of Providence City Hall.

On Thursday, October 30th from 5pm - 8pm, Providence City Hall will be transformed into a "Haunted Hall" featuring crafts provided courtesy of Walgreens, guided tours led by volunteers from Trinity Repertory Company, a special surprise appearance by BIG NAZO, interactive story-telling from ghoulish historical reenactment groups and more.

This event is open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable canned food item to donate to the Rhode Island Food Bank in lieu of admission.

For more information, contact:

Elise Swearingen
401-421-2489 "

Events ~ Arcade's 1st Anniversary Celebration ~ Providence

Arcade 1st Anniversary Celebration
The Arcade
65 Weybosset St.
Providence, Rhode Island
October 24, 2014, 6:00 - 10:00 pm

via Downtown Providence
more details on Facebook

Events ~ Halloween Happenings at Providence Children's Museum ~ October 25-26

Halloween Happenings at   Providence Children’s Museum
 Families enjoy a host of hands-on Halloween happenings at Providence Children’s Museum:

Creepy Creatures  
Saturday, October 25  •  Noon - 2:00 PM
 Lizards and snakes and frogs, oh my!  Kids come in costume and meet dozens of captivating critters – prickly, hairy but not too scary – presented by Dave Marchetti of Animal Experiences.  Underwritten by Providence Tourism Council.

Boo Bash  
Sunday, October 26  •  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 Kids and families come in costume and have a blast exploring a host of bewitching activity stations during Providence Children's Museum's annual hands-on Halloween bash:

 Step into the mad science lab to experiment with ooey-gooey slime and send ghostly creatures flying through howling air tubes.Try imaginative arts and “witch crafts” – make mysterious masks, decorate trick-or-treat bags, and create spooky Halloween scenes.And journey through the enchanted forest to find fairy tale friends and their lo…

Artists ~ Caitlyn Thompson ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Caitlyn Thompson
Shop name: Hooded and Bound and

1. Tell us about your work:
My job as a bookbinder involves a commitment to creating unique products that maintain a superior level of sentimentality over the mass-produced digital competition. The more tactile an experience, the more emotion can be evoked. Hand-written words, paper texture, the anticipation of turning a page, all have an allure that scrolling and clicking do not. There is an elegance in my products that stems from my clients’ desires for something that can be theirs alone. Chic and timeless, handmade books become unique, treasured objects upon contact.
My crochet work is mainly a longtime personal hobby that has flourished into a small business this year. When my binding projects slow, crocheting keeps my hands moving, thusly retaining my speed and strength.

I absolutely love the wintertime because I can cozy up i…

Events ~ Vision for Kennedy Plaza Walk About and Panel Discussion ~ October 15, 2014

Vision for Kennedy Plaza: Walk About and Panel Discussion
City Hall
25 Dorrance St.
Providence, Rhode Island
October 15, 2014, 5:30 pm

Where Providence Rocks - according to Travel & Leisure

Travel + Leisure has released the results of their America's Favorite Cities poll. Below you can see where Providence ranked (occasasionally with commentary by Erika)

Top Cities Overall
1. Providence (naturally)
2. Houston
3. Kansas City
4. Minneapolis/St. Paul
5. Los Angeles

Art Scene
1. New York City
2. Providence  (not surprised, given PVD's strong artists' presence. Nice to see it recognized!)
3. Minneapolis/St. Paul
4. Kansas City
5. Houston

1. New York City
2. Houston
3. Providence
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Kansas City

1. New York City
2. Minneapolis/St. Paul
3. Houston
4. Cleveland
5. Providence

Architecture/Cool Buildings
1. Charleston
2. New Orleans
3. Chicago
4. Washington, DC
5. Providence (one of the reasons we moved here was for the amazing diversity of architecture)

1. Miami
2. San Diego
3. Charleston
4. Los Angeles
5. Providence (why, thank you)

1. Providence (oyah, in the best way)
2. Portland, OR
3. Seattle

Shop local ~ Pick-ease

by Megan

One of my favorite things about the toddler stage is watching my children develop personalities. One of my least favorite is that sometimes that personality is stubborn. Wren is no exception, especially at the dinner table. If we manage to get a bite or two in, we are lucky. Like most moms of 2 year olds, we end up with more food on the floor than in her tummy. She even rejects food we know she loves, just for the sake of being difficult.

A while ago, we got an email from local mom Melissa Desrochers, who wanted us to try and review her product, Pick-ease. With the premise that kids love to eat things on toothpicks, Pick-ease are fun colored child safe food picks that help excite kids about what they are eating. They have different themed pictures, such as sports or flowers, so that they will be engaging to little ones. After reading her website, I decided it couldn't hurt our situation.

It took several tries, but Wren finally took to them. Initially, she wasn…

Events ~ Coats for Coffee Drive ~ October 20-26

Coats for Coffee
Seven Stars Bakery & Courtesy Cleaners around Rhode Island
Benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence
October 20 - October 26, 2014

Sponsored by:
Boys & Girls Club of Providence
Courtesy Cleaners
Providence Monthly
Seven Stars Bakery

Artists ~ Jennifer A. Cronin ~ Charlestown

Artist’s name: Jennifer A. Cronin
Shop name: jacjewels

1. Tell us about your work
In my studio I am a bench jeweler, designer, model maker and shop photographer for all of my work. All of my jewelry is handmade to order in sterling silver. My jewelry line is “simply pretty” it can be worn with a tee and your favorite pair of jeans or worn to dress up an outfit for an evening out! I use geometric shapes, things found in nature and different textures that have helped me create the jewelry line I have at this time. I love to mix n’ match the different textures and designs when wearing my pieces and I encourage buyers to do the same. As my business grows, I look forward to adding 18 karat gold as well as precious and semi-precious stones.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
It starte…

Events ~ Easy Entertaining Fundraising for National Breast Cancer Month ~ October ~ Providence

Cafe at Easy Entertaining
166 Valley St., Bldg. 10
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 437-6090

"Easy Entertaining plans to donate 100 percent of their donut sales from the first 100 donuts sold each Friday directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In addition, they will be donating 5 percent of their regular breakfast and lunch sales."

via EatDrinkRI