Showing posts from January, 2017

Events ~ Relishing Rhode Island


Event ~ Colonial Food for Thought ~ Newport

Colonial Food for ThoughtA February 18, 2017 Newport Eats Living History Event

Newport, RI – December, 2016 – In 1777, Newport was occupied by British troops and a blockade prevented trade to the island. A population with a sophisticated palate, used to trade goods from all over the word, was now forced to eat local. What did people eat 240 years ago to survive the harsh winter and war-torn environment? 
On Saturday February 18, 2017 at 10 am, the Newport Historical Society will host costumed interpreters for Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event. They will share insight on what foods were eaten, when, and why, from tea to pickling, oysters to chocolate, and soldiers’ rations to spices!
This event, part of the Newport Historical Society's Newport Eats history of food programming initiative, is offered on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10am-1pm at the Colony House on Washington Square. Admission is free. Try your hand at a colonial-inspired stamping craft. …

Shop Local ~ Chamonix Antiques ~ Providence

I recently popped into the Arcade after work. I'd heard there was a new antiques store, and I was curious. After all... antiques, right?

I found Chamonix Antiques, as promised.

What I didn't realize is that this is a satellite location for their main store in Scituate.

While the Scituate store has a little bit of everything, the Arcade shop mainly specializes in Mid Century Modern. They have a little bit of everything, from decor to furniture to jewelry and ephemera.

What both locations also have is Nick. Nick and his wife are the owners/proprietors of both locations, and he's led a storied life even before starting Chamonix.  From selling used cars to working in television with a number of stops along the way, Nick has great stories to tell, and a particular knack for guessing your birth month. Also? Chamonix has a slammin' Insta.

I'll be checking back as I add to my little studio apartment. I'm sure to stumble across something great.

Artists ~ Kim Valente ~ Westerly

Owner’s name: Kim Valente
Shop name: Brick + Beam Studio

1. Tell us about your business.
I create home décor products including art prints, paintings and holiday decorations which I sell on Etsy and at local marketplaces.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
The name of my business was created for my interior design studio – based on basic building elements. I recently combined my home décor products with my interior design firm.

3. How did you get started?
I’ve been working as an interior designer for 10+ years and I’ve been creating home décor products for about 5 years. My full time job is very creative but making artwork and painting utilizes a different set of creative skills. In my spare time I started making digital art prints and painting as a…

Events ~ Point Street Reading Series ~ January 17

CONTACT: Robin Kall
Reading with Robin
Phone: 1.401.952.0660

Point Street Reading Series

Popular radio host and book enthusiast Robin Kall hosts the award-winning Point Street Reading Series on Tuesday, January 17th at The Village 373 Richmond Street in Providence*. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the event running from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The series meets every third Tuesday of the month with a $5 cover charge payable at the door. The January 17th event features distinguished authors: Amy Poeppel (Small Admissions) , Fiona Davis( The Dollhouse) , Bob Perlow ( The Warmup Guy) , Hank Phillippi Ryan (Say No More), Authors will read for 15 minutes from their books. Short breaks follow each author with time for conversation and refreshments. Brown University Bookstore will have books available for purchase and autographing. In addition – we will be joined by the awesome and brand new Knead Doughnuts and Paco’s …

Artists ~ Jerilyn Spaziano ~ Johnston

Artist’s name: Jerilyn Spaziano
Shop name: The Carpenter’s Wife RI
Twitter: @jsspaziano
Facebook: The Carpenter’s Wife RI
Pinterest: Jerilyn Spaziano

1. Tell us about your work. 
I up cycle, recycle, repurpose and design using fabric, wood, metal, glass and anything I get my hands on. Usually I can see something when I look at stuff and then have an impulse to make it into something useful. I never use a pattern, and the mediums I use don't have instructions so I spend a lot of time fabricating.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
It’s in honor of my late husband who died at the age of 37. He was a master carpenter. He built the home I live in. Hi name is Anthony David Spaziano.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
It’s in my DNA lol. I come from an Italian family who were always inventing things around the home. Back then, the men fixed whatever broke themselves. At holiday gathering I listen to the…

A peek inside Barnaby Castle

One of the crown architectural jewels of Providence's West Side is Barnaby Castle, at 299 Broadway. You can't miss it; it's the huge beige Victorian with the mansard roof, on the corner of Sutton Street.

Maybe you've also noticed that there's been some work going on there for the last year or so. No? Don't be embarrassed. A lot of it is happening on the inside.

But let's look at the outside for a minute. Even to my amateur eye, that apartment beige is probably not the color the Castle was painted originally. A couple of years ago, as I stood outside admiring the house, someone from the neighborhood stopped to chat. Among other things, he informed me that many years ago, the house had been in terrible condition, with peeling paint. The neighborhood had complained.  The owner at the time was made to repaint. "And this beige was a big F-U to the neighborhood," he said. Apocryphal information at best, but an interesting story.

The original part of the…

Events ~ 24 Hour Play Festival ~ Wakefield

WAKEFIELD - The Contemporary Theater Company brings back their longest running tradition, The 24-Hour Play Festival, for its 12th year on January 14. A full-length play is written, rehearsed, and performed in a single day with over 50 artists working on it.

“Last year, we changed things up and had the writers work on one full-length play instead of lots of short plays,” says Production Manager Maggie Cady. “It was a huge success, and we can’t wait to do it again!”

The playwrights begin the process at midnight, writing through the night until actors and directors arrive in the morning and begin casting and rehearsing the play. Photos, videos and stories are uploaded to the company’s website and Facebook page throughout the day, allowing the audience to keep up with the process as it unfolds.

The event draws large crowds each year, and at the end of the evening, the audience gets to vote for their favorite actors and scenes.

“The energy and excitement of the event really shows in the p…