Friday, November 19, 2010

From the I {heart} Rhody Flick Group

Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, Rhode Island
"Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights

Smiles all Around
"Smiles all Around" by SteelToad

Rock piles
"Rock piles" by katie47n

Brenton Point, Newport RI
"Brenton Point, Newport RI" by pvdEric

Summer Butterfly
"Summer Butterfly" by BlueisCoool

Fall at Meshanticut Lake, Cranston RI
"Fall at Meshanticut Lake, Cranston RI" by RIRed1

sunset stroll
"sunset stroll" by jaki good

WaterFire, Providence
"WaterFire, Providence" by metroblossom

Newport RI
"Newport RI" by leasaunt

"Newport" by Chuck Robinson

Family cruise
"Family cruise" by minutemen1775

Star light, Star Bright
"Star light, Star Bright" by DAYofTheDead

"Château-sur-Mer" by kpmst7

Rhode Island Trees
"Rhode Island Trees" by Rich Burroughs

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Event announcement ~ TweetNGreet With a Cause, December 9, Providence

TweetNGreet With a Cause
Cuban Revolution
60 Valley St.
Providence, Rhode Island
bring a food donation to benefit Rhode Island Food Bank

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Event Announcement ~ Kennedy Plaza Skating Rink Opening

Kennedy Plaza Skating Rink
Kennedy Plaza
Providence, Rhode Island

Kennedy Plaza skating rink

Bear will be very excited to find out that the Kennedy Plaza skating rink is opening for the season this Friday, November 19! We had some great nights last winter at the rink, including one of our better New Years Eve celebrations.

This year's hours and prices:

Open Friday, November 19, 6pm to 10pm

Open Saturday and Sunday, November 20th and 21st, 11am to 10pm

Tickets: Adults $6, Children (12 and under) $3, Seniors (65 and older) $3, Skate rental $4

Rhody artists ~ Hanami Gallery

Hanami Gallery
Providence, Rhode Island

Bear and I ran into Sarah of Hanami Gallery at the Providence Arts Festival last June. We were excited to talk with her about her work.

Hanami Gallery
Sarah and her fiance at the Hanami Gallery booth

Sarah has degrees in Economics and Mathematics, and worked as a financial analyst before discovering kanzashi while on vacation in Japan. She taught herself the art and now sells her creations on her website, at art fairs and on Etsy. Her designs show a great appreciation for color both in the accessories and the greeting cards she makes.

Bear loves the Tsunami Kanzashi (hair ornaments made of sculpted pieces of silk).

inspired by lilies on a pond (photo from

I really like the floral print crane ornament on her Etsy shop right now:
photo: hanami gallery on etsy

Sarah takes custom orders as well as pre-designs, and is a member of Arts in Rhode Island. I'm seriously considering that crane.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Rhody question: "Family Guy" the definitive Rhode Island tv show?

50 States, 50 Television shows by Andrew Shears

Andrew Shears, a doctoral student of geography, created this map to identify one tv show for each state. Naturally, this has sparked some discussion and disagreement on his blog.

I admit, I love the idea. I can also see how it's ripe for controversy. So what do Rhode Islanders think? Is The Family Guy the definitive Rhode Island tv show? If not, what's your choice?

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

Prudence Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island - aerial
"Prudence Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island - aerial" by nelights

Road Home
"Road Home" by SteelToad

Linden Place
"Linden Place" by siriusthinking

Downtown Providence R.I.
"Downtown Providence R.I." by BlueisCoool

Wrath of Earl
"Wrath of Earl" by katie47n

"026edbw" by red army

Newport Bridge from below
"Newport Bridge from below" by pvdEric

Happy Holloween
"Happy Holloween" by RIRed1

Block Island sunrise
"Block Island sunrise" by Jason Neely

Gambrel Roofed House by the Cemetery
"Gambrel Roofed House by the Cemetery" by Mr. Ducke

Providence at night
"Providence at night" by GrEeNeLiGhT

Harbor Seal (Sachuest Point, Middletown, RI)
"Harbor Seal (Sachuest Point, Middletown, RI)" by featherthwarter

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Event announcement ~ Raising Urban Chickens workshop, Nov. 13, Providence

City Farm, Southside Community Land Trust
Corner West Clifford and Dudley Sts.
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
1:00 - 2:00 pm

From their blog, "From Seed to Fruit":

Come to City Farm this Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. for a free workshop on how to raise your own egg-laying hens in the city! This is the final workshop in the 2010 Plant Providence series. We’ll have experienced chicken-keepers on hand at four different stations to 1) explain the terms of the new ordinance passed by the City Council this fall; 2) walk you through constructing a coop, composting chicken manure, and preventing rats; 3) go over chick-rearing and hardy breeds for the New England climate; and 4) instruct you on daily chicken maintenance and care. Also on hand to serve as demonstration models will be City Farm’s own flock of hens! You’ll get to take home a resource guide to local sources for both birds and supplies as well as a suggested reading list to learn more. To download directions to City Farm, click here.
I'm definitely planning to go. Although Bear has no interest in raising chickens, I'm intrigued by the idea. By the time we've saved up to build a coop and buy some hens, Bear may have changed her mind.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dining ~ Bubble Tea House, Providence

Bubble Tea House
849 Westminster St.
Providence, Rhode Island

Bubble Tea House

I stopped in here when I had to take Bear for an event at Central High School. It's just across a (very busy) street from the school, in fact, in a pretty pedestrian-unfriendly location where Westminster splits off with Cranston Street.

When I stopped in on a Saturday around lunchtime, there were only two other people there, which is good. Bubble tea, like milkshakes, takes some time to prepare. I can imagine things get pretty backed up during the rush.

There were more flavors than I realized existed in Bubble Tea, and more styles. We had our choice between "snow," "frost," and "milk." I chose snow, and was later informed by Bear that milk is the way to go. We live and learn.

Bubble Tea House

The decor is bright colored and fun (loved the dragons, and the "bubbles" embedded in the walls), and the service friendly. They were playing Futurama on the tv, and there is a comfortable amount of seating, although most of the trade seems to be carryout.

Bubble Tea House

Bubble Tea House

Bubble Tea House

A bonus: they also sell Tip-C cupcakes, a local offering that I'll have to review soon. We had the pleasure of meeting them (briefly) at I {heart} Providence back in February.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sights ~ Esmond Park, Smithfield

Esmond Park
Entrance corner of Farnum Pike and Esmond Street
Smithfield, Rhode Island

Esmond Park

This pretty park covers about four acres, including a section of the Woonasquatucket River. It contains walking trails, an arching bridge, small waterfall, picnic tables, benches, river and cattail marsh. Originally dedicated as a park to honor Esmond Mill employees who served in World War I, it also contains a couple of WWI monuments.

An expansion in 1989 added the walking paths and a sitting area near the water and a plaque to Leo Bouchard, "Mr. Conservation."

Esmond Park

I spotted the park on my first-ever drive down Farnum Pike Halloween weekend, and literally turned the car around to go back and check it out. It's everything we think about when we think of autumn in New England. Bear and I will be going back again and again to walk those trails in different seasons.

Esmond Park

Esmond Park

Esmond Park

Esmond Park

Esmond Park

Friday, November 5, 2010

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Warwick Lighthouse, Rhode Island
"Warwick Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights

"BoatHouse" by SteelToad

Shepard Fairey Mural
"Shepard Fairey Mural" by BlueisCoool

Castle Hill Light, Newport Rhode Island
"Castle Hill Light, Newport Rhode Island" by Brett Cohen

"Untitled" by katie47n

Downtown Providence
"Downtown Providence" by LeKriz

"033edbw" by red army

Burnside Park Fountain and Industrial Trust Building
"Burnside Park Fountain and Industrial Trust Building" by pvdEric

"IMG_1713" by SecondEmpire

Sea Lawn-The Reading Room Narragansett RI
"Sea Lawn-The Reading Room Narragansett RI" by RIRed1

Rough Point
"Rough Point" by 1W57thNY