Friday, February 25, 2011

Rhody Non-profits ~ Childrens Wishes

Children's Wishes of Rhode Island
757 Park Ave.
Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 228-7761

When a child develops a life-threatening illness, family life centers around treatment and recovery. The financial and emotional drain on family and child are severe, and it's easy for hope to fade. Enter Children's Wishes.

While attending the Charity Revolution fundraiser for Children's Wishes I had the opportunity to meet the Executive Director, Dana. I was impressed by her enthusiasm for her work.

Children's Wishes's mission statement is "By granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical illnesses, we create the opportunity for them to believe in magic and infuse hope and happiness into their lives."

Since its founding in April, 2009, they have granted 11 wishes for children, including shopping sprees, bedroom makeovers, special needs computers and trips to Disney World.

Kids ages 2-1/2 to 18 with life-threatening illnesses are eligible, after being qualified by their doctor. The only limit on wishes is doctor's approval and CW's availability of funds, though the average cost is $6,500.

You can see a list of children waiting for wishes on their site and read their stories.

Children's Wishes welcomes donations as well as volunteers.

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

Aerial view of Sakonnet Lighthouse
Aerial view of Sakonnet Lighthouse by nelights

Providence Children's Museum Dragon
Providence Children's Museum Dragon by BlueisCoool

Providence skyline at sunset
Providence skyline at sunset by katie47n

Claiborne Pell Bridge
Claiborne Pell Bridge by kpmst7

Interlink by Jef Nickerson

Federal Blues R.I.M.
Federal Blues R.I.M. by Marcfoto

church and state
church and state by duluoz cats

Atlantic Beach Park Carousel Horse by Amy Martira Photography

Beautiful by driababe

Pawtucket Armory
Pawtucket Armory by robtm2010

Kennedy Plaza from city archives.
Kennedy Plaza from city archives by SecondEmpire

Stars down to earth
Stars down to earth by Altaf Rahman

things are looking up
things are looking up by judyboy

Great spooky picture
Great spooky picture by leggab

In my little town
In my little town by SteelToad

IMG_2454 by kobrienjewelry

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dining ~ The Blue Beaver Deli, Johnston

The Blue Beaver Deli
39 Greenville Ave.
Johnston, Rhode Island
401-421-BLUE / 2583

image: Blue Beaver Deli

In a little strip mall in Johnston, where once a Subway stood, now lives a deli awkwardly named "The Blue Beaver."

Bear and I stopped in a couple of weeks ago, shortly after they opened, and we were pleasantly surprised! Traces of the former Subway remain in the floor and the brick wallpaper, but the atmosphere and the food are worlds away.

Rather than the rather discontented employees I'd found at the former restaurant, the folks here are friendly and accommodating. And the sandwiches - oh, such sandwiches! Bear is now addicted to the #18 "Wicked Willow Dam" - no tomatoes. I like the "create your own." Their roast beef is fresh, rare and juicy. The specialty chicken pot pie is good, even a couple of days later.

We've taken Bear's friends there, stopped in for a last-minute meal, and carried out. It's clean, convenient, consistently excellent food. Word from behind the counter is that they'll be offering delivery eventually.

The deli is owned by brothers Scott and Tommy McGee, who also own Gator's pub in Smithfield. It's a sports-themed place, with memorabilia and televisions broadcasting whatever game is on at the time.

Friday, February 18, 2011

From the I {heart} Rhody Flick Group

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

High Rise Providence R.I.
High Rise Providence R.I. by BlueisCoool

Foggy trail
Foggy trail by katie47n

011ed by red army photography

Downtown Providence
Downtown Providence by martha_jean

lost claw.
lost claw. by kylenolin

Sailing into the sunset
Sailing into the sunset by siriusthinking

Small Rhode Island Fishing Boats
Small Rhode Island Fishing Boats by roundapple

Rhode Island State House Dome
Rhode Island State House Dome by RIRed1

USS Saratoga - Newport, Rhode Island, USA
USS Saratoga - Newport, Rhode Island, USA by Flame1958

Courthouse by Jef Nickerson

Ticonderoga by jpsphoto

Heavenly Details
Heavenly Details by Marcfoto

Yes Gallery
Yes Gallery by Time Passages

thoughtfully by duluoz cats

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Event ~ Southside Community Land Trust Urban Agriculture Spring Kick-off, Feb 26, Providence

Southside Community Land Trust
Urban Agriculture Spring Kick-Off
Providence, Rhode Island
February 26

Event Announcement ~ Purple Stride 2011, East Greenwich, May 15

Purple Stride 2011
Goddard Park
Warwick, Rhode Island
May 15

Monday, February 14, 2011

Design ~ Frog and Toad, Providence, on Apartment Therapy

Frog and Toad
795 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island

Apartment Therapy has a nice write-up on East Side design store Frog and Toad.

Although we've cruised down the shopping district on Hope Street a few times, we haven't yet stopped at Frog and Toad. Now I see we'll have to make it a priority.

Since Bear and I are both focused on finishing up our bedroom decor right now, we'll need to make regular stops into the local design shops. Frog and Toad will be on the top of our list.

images: Apartment Therapy

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sights ~ Chateau-sur-Mer, Newport

474 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, Rhode Island

Chateau sur-Mer

Last October my parents came up for my birthday and offered to take me anywhere I wanted to go. I suggested Newport, and Chateau-sur-Mer in particular.

As you can see from the photo, it was a beautiful, clear day. We really enjoyed the tour, and I'd count the Chateau as my favorite of the mansions I've seen so far. Bear is still loyal to Marble House.

The house is far "homier" than the other mansions, although no less luxurious. It has more of a warm, lived-in feel to me, which is probably because it was built as a year-round home, where the later "cottages" were only summer plates. It was also built about 40 years earlier than the other big Vanderbilt mansions, which may have something to do with it.

In fact, Chateau-sur-Mer was built in 1852 for William Shepard Wetmore who died a short ten years later. William left the mansion to his son, George. George went on to serve in the Senate and as Governor of Rhode Island. He and his wife Edith traveled extensively in Europe and brought back a lot of decor items for the house, so that the tour represents nearly fifty years of decor trends.

The house is granite brick Victorian in the Italian style. Originally the mansard roofs were flat and the central tower had a spire. The remodeling was done by Richard Morris Hunt, the architect of many later Newport landmarks, including Marble House, Ochre Point, Wrentham House, Belcourt Castle and The Breakers.

Check out what others have to say about Chateau-sur-Mer on UpTake

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Snowman.. by Mr. Ducke

State House at sunset
State House at sunset by katie47n

Night Downtown Providence R.I.
Night Downtown Providence R.I. by BlueisCoool

The Elms
"The Elms by kpmst7

Sky by martha_jean

Sakonnet Lighthouse
Sakonnet Lighthouse by nelights

wave. by kylenolin

Untitled by siriusthinking

Small Rhode Island Fishing Boats
Small Rhode Island Fishing Boats by roundapple

Rhode Island Red
Rhode Island Red by Matt Champlin

Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island by dougtone

Rhode Island State House (Providence, Rhode Island)
Rhode Island State House (Providence, Rhode Island) by Capitolshots Photography

Rhode Island State House Library
Rhode Island State House Library by RIRed1

Rhode Island Home
Rhode Island Home by shottwokill

Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007
Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 by RI PhotoMan