Showing posts from January, 2016

Press release ~ Contemporary Theater Company 4th Annual Chocolate and Wine Tasting

WAKEFIELD –Stuck without plans for Valentine’s Day? The Contemporary Theater Company has you covered with events for lovers of chocolate, theater, and wine!
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, the theater hosts its 4th Annual Chocolate and Wine Tasting. It features three delicious chocolate courses, crafted by chef Christian Tamez, each paired with a special wine to enhance the flavor.
“The Chocolate and Wine Tasting is a great event every year,” says Communications Director Maggie Cady. “People come with friends, significant others, even their children. The atmosphere is very relaxed and fun – plus the food is incredible!”
Some of the company’s Springboard Season projects also have a romantic tilt for the Valentine’s season.
On February 7 at 2 pm, the theater performs Love Songs – New and Old, a concert of some of the great love songs through the years. The concert will benefit the theater’s new Contemporary Theater Chorus.
Tickets for the Chocolate and Wine Tasting are $30. Tickets for…

Press release ~ Newport Historical Society Announces Newport Eats Food Initiative

Elizabeth Sulock Manager of Public Outreach & Living History Newport Historical Society Phone: 401-846-0813 x104

Newport Historical Society Announces Newport Eats Food Initiative
Newport, RI – As Newport Historical Society staff put the finishing touches on the multi-million dollar Resource Center renovation project, the Society is working to launch its first initiative of the New Year, Newport Eats.
“Rhode Island is a gastronomic state,” explains the Society’s Executive Director Ruth Taylor, “and Newport has long been known as a center for fine dining and good food. Newport Eats, our history of food initiative, features programs and exhibits that explore the role of food in Newport’s rich and diverse history. We will be looking at the lived experience of the past through food, and using that information to think about the future as well.”
One of the inaugural initiatives of Newport Eats is to capture a 21st century food moment. The Society is…

Press release ~ Call for artists/craftsman for 2016 Fine Furnishings Show

Contact: Karla Little – Show Owner Fine Furnishings Shows 401-816-0963 (RI)
Jenny Rebholz – Show PR Director PushPoint Marketing 414-405-3011 (WI)
CALLING ALL ARTISTS & CRAFTSMEN Make connections at our annual shows in Wisconsin & Rhode Island!
TIVERTON, RI (January 26, 2016) – Make connections with past, current and future customers at the Fine Furnishings Shows. This is your opportunity to have an annual showroom event where you can debut new work and meet with customers, the trade and the media.
Do you want to make connections? Do you want to market your business and sell your work? Then we are ready to support you and your business development efforts!
We are pleased to invite artists and craftsmen offering American made, handcrafted furniture, accessories & art to participate in the 2016 Fine Furnishings Shows.
11th Annual Fine Furnishings Show – Midwest Region Muellner Building – Hart Par…

Performing Arts ~ Cabaret kicks the doors in at PPAC

January 26 - 31, 2016
Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset St.
Providence, Rhode Island

heads-up: this one is not for kids.

What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play...

Life is a cabaret at the Kit Kat Klub in Berlin in 1931. As the Emcee who welcomes you to the show and oversees the goings-on with a kind of dark good humor. Leave your troubles outside, he tells the audience. Inside, everything and everyone is beautiful.

We're introduced to the dancers: bored women in cheap 30's lingerie and worn stockings, who gyrate and strike raunchy poses for the crowd, with varying expressions of hostility and listlessness. Even so, there's a foreboding stiff-leggedness to the dancing.

When aspiring American novelist Clifford arrives by train in Berlin, he meets and befriends Ernst, who helps him find a place to stay and introduces him to the Kit Kat Klub.

There Clifford meets Sally Bowles, a soloist and party girl who loves gin and cocaine as …

Shop Local ~ Mother Mystic ~ Providence

Mother Mystic
179 Dean St.
Providence, Rhode Island

You don't have to be pagan to appreciate the healing power of herbs. After my car was stolen, I wasn't able to go to my usual "herb guy," and looked for something closer to home. I found it in Mother Mystic.

Susan, the proprietor, has a wide variety medicinal (and ritual) herbs in her shop, and I was able to find what I needed.

She also has a fun collection of crystals, clothing, jewelry and related items. I love browsing through the crystals as much for their beauty as for their properties.

I've been in a few times, and found Susan to be friendly and helpful. She usually has time to chat, and with the range and change of products in stock, there's always something new and fun to talk about.

Mother Mystic offers psychic readings, Reiki and hypnosis, and hosts community events, too.

If you're more the do-it-yourself type, or just want to learn more about things like herbalism, self-help, paganism, wicca o…

Artists ~ Christen Silvia

Artists name: Christen Silvia
Shop Name: Magikal Makings
Twitter: @MagikalMakings

1. Tell us about your work
I make all sorts of handmade items. My main focus is my jewelry and my painted tote bags. I search all different s sites and vendor fairs for my supplies so that I can create unique pieces. My jewelry is mostly made with stone chips and pendants. Many of my earrings contain the stone chips as well as Swarovski crystals. I use acrylic paint on my tote bags, canvases and boxes.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
The name of my business doesn't have to much of a story. I wanted something that represented me and what I do. So I am Wiccan which is where the "Magikal" part came from and I liked the way the alliteration flowed with Magikal Makings. It also encompasses the fact that I make multiple pieces, not just one type of thing!

3. How did you co…

Dining ~ West Side Diner ~ Providence

West Side Diner
1380 Westminster St.
Providence, Rhode Island

Stopped in at the West Side Diner for breakfast. It's an old-school diner - the real dining car deal. It's a 1947 Kullman company "Challenger" model. The diner originally opened as Poirier's Diner, down in Olneyville on Atwells Ave, where it operated under various names until closing in 1999.

After a few years in storage, the diner was moved to its current location at 1380 Westminster St., where it was refurbished and opened for business again in 2013.

I love the feel of the diner. It's still got all the Art Deco touches. Lots of chrome and steel, and I hear those are the original tiles. The staff already has the rhythm, is quick with recommendations and knowledgeable about the food.

On to the food...

I tried the Eggs Benedict, substitute bacon for Canadian, because that's my go-to breakfast litmus test.

The hollandaise was kind of disappointing - less lemony than I would have expected, but the…

6 years and counting...

I {heart} Rhody published our first post - The List - six years ago today.

Since then we've been north, south, east and west. We've explored art, sights, traditions, beaches, architecture, history, theater, events, fashion, and food. We've seen amazing things, and met great people. We love every minute!

Thanks to everyone who's followed our adventures. We're looking forward to many more!

Here's a few of our Greatest Hits...

Rhody Bloggers ~ Patty Jeffries

Blogger’s name: Patty Jeffrey
Blog , a lifestyle blog
Twitter: @PattyJeffre1 Facebook Page
Pinterest:PattyJ.com (@mspjeffrey)
Instagram: @PattyJDotCom

1. Tell us about your blog.
It’s a lifestyle blog with a strong focus on Rhode Island places (including restaurants), people, and things as well as funny or informative
posts about relationships, health and wellness, style, and beauty. We post new content Monday thru Friday. On the weekends, you’ll always find
popular posts from the archive. I find that people enjoy either re-reading those or catching them for the first time because they missed them for whatever reason.
(We were voted Best Local Lifestyle Blog 2015 by readers of RI Monthly Magazine too.)

2. Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
It’s my name. I hope people won’t find that too narcissistic. (I actually prefer to spotlight people other than myself on site.)

3. How did you get started?
Before I started the site, I w…

Artists ~ Timothy Michael Hetland ~ Middletown

Artist's Name: Timothy Michael Hetland

1. Tell us about your work Metal art fabrication combining stone, wood and other earthly materials.

To create everlasting metal sculptures to withstand the winds of time. Using high grade stainless steel, aircraft aluminum and accenting the builds with minerals, crystals and beautiful wood pieces.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? ''Skuteundfish = Norwegian for ''Small vessel and fish'' Handmade metal objects to where you can actually hold them. Most weigh approximately 20-45 lbs on average for the interior pieces with exterior larger display sculptures in excess of 350lbs.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? I have always been inspired to build something from nothing since I was young. I am a problem fixer: If I can imagine it in my head; my hands can build it. With my Norwegian h…

Events ~ RI Toy Buying Event ~ Warwick

Contact Susan Soares
Telephone 401-633-5428


WARWICK, RI, January 4, 2016 – Altered Reality Entertainment, owners of Rhode Island Comic Con, the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, have announced a partnership with Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, Rhode Island based
auction house to host a Major Toy Buying Event slated for January 16, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The daylong event, featuring entertainment for the entire family, will be hosted by TV's toy hunting phenom Travis Landry. Attendees of this free event will have the opportunity to sell toy collections consisting of Star Wars, Transformers, comic books, G.I. Joe, and Barbie, among many other toys and collectibles. Collectors can also participate in free, no-obligation appraisals of their collections.

Entertainment of this exciting inaugural event will include …

Artists ~ Kevin Travers ~ Hope Valley

Artist’s name: Kevin Travers
Shop name: American Revolution Design

1. Tell us about your work
I create one of a kind pieces of furniture, sculptures and toy characters

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
I incorporate pieces of American history from the industrial revolution in my art work.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I've been a carpenter since I was a teenager and never looked back.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Everyday life

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
Figurative sculptures

6. What’s your best seller?

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
Born and raised, 39 yrs

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
Abundant natural beauty along the shores

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Dig in, work hard and put your heart into it

Events ~ Spring Line-up at Contemporary Theater Company ~ Wakefield

The Contemporary Theater Company
327 Main Street
Wakefield, RI 02879
Box Office: 401-218-0282
Website: , Email:,

from the press release: 

Contemporary Theater Company is fighting winter with the power of song at Wakefield Idol!

Wakefield Idol is a singing competition featuring local residents vying to win a $1500 cash prize. Contestants sing karaoke-style for the audience and judges, who decide who continues in the competition. There are ten weeks of competition all leading up to the finals on March 24, in which the audience votes for the winner.

Registration is still open for singers, who may sign up on the company’s website.

The schedule is changed around this year with two preliminary weeks, followed by a second round night, then two more preliminaries and a second round.

The Contemporary Theater Company partners with Phil’s Main Street Grille, Blacknight Studios, Van Pelt Entertainment, The 401 Studio, and the So…

Design ~ Erica and Emily's Home with a Warm Industrial Cottage Look ~ Providence

Erica and Emily live on the West Side of Providence, in an 1850's Gothic revival. Originally built as a single family home, it was split into a multi-unit at some point, and they reno'd it back to a single family again. Now their home is featured on Apartment Therapy.

I love what they did with the reclaimed oars for the banister.

And how they mixed modern and rustic together.

Events ~ Comedy Fundraiser ~ West Warwick

Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island
Comedy Fundraiser: Funny for Fund$
West Warwick Elks Lodge #1697
February 5, 2016
Tickets $25
Contact: Robyn Chapman, 401-228-3319

Artists ~ Sara ~ Newport

Artist’s name: Sara
Shop name: Reilig Designs

1. Tell us about your work: 
I mainly sell cremation jewelry and custom jewelry in my Etsy shop. In my Amazon shop I sell these items as well as many others, including oddities. I enjoy making jewelry and household items out of bones.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
Reilig is Gaelic for graveyard, or burial ground. Being mostly Irish, I thought this was an appropriate and beautiful name for my business. I work with cremation jewelry and bones.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I have always been into art and creating. I was at the top of my class in art classes throughout my school years, and almost went to RISD. However, someone else won the scholarship and I never went. I grew up in a middle class family and never could afford to go to ar…

Rhode Island Bloggers for Good

Awhile back, I joined a group of local bloggers called "Rhody Bloggers for Good." It was a collection of Rhode Island bloggers who would raise awareness of, participate in, or fundraise for, Rhode Island nonprofits' activities.

It was a great idea, to help our community and to build bonds among we bloggers. However, I wasn't able to participate in the only activity I saw for the group: a sit-a-thon.

When I checked on it last month, I saw that the website url is for sale and the Twitter account hasn't been used since November 2014.

I'd like to invite any and all Rhode Island bloggers to participate in reviving this idea!

It's still in the concept stage, but what I envision is much the same as the group that came before:

If we hear of a nonprofit doing an activity, fundraiser or event, we blog about it, tweet/FB/insta-stuff about it, and possibly send a contingent to participate.If you object in some way to the endeavor, you don't have to participate.If y…