6-8 fresh mint leaves
2-3 oz. bourbon
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. water
1. Muddle mint leaves, sugar and water in a glass.
2. Fill glass with crushed ice.
3. Pour in bourbon.
4. Garnish with a sprig of mint
Mother’s Day only comes once a year, so make sure to stop by the historic Tiverton Four Corners during their Spring Nestival to snag a perfect gift with surprise deals. During Mother’s Day Weekend, on May 11 and 12, shoppers can pay $1 to receive a prize-filled egg containing a coupon to one of the Four Corners shops. Some of the offers include a coupon for a free item or a percentage off of your purchase.
After the success of their Balloon Bash event back in October of last year, the Four Corners is bringing the event back with a new theme. “We did an event last fall and we had balloons with coupons inside of them. This time we’re doing eggs to go with the spring theme,” says Kristin Silveiraof Sakonnet Farm, located within the Four Corners. Some of the participating retailers are Milk & Honey Bazaar, Tiffany Peay Jewelry, Katherine Lovell Studio & Gallery, Sakonnet Farms, Courtyards and Gallery 4.
The Nestival is the perfect celebration of spring, and a great day to grab a gift for Mom or to enjoy a fun day of shopping with her. “The weather should be nice and people will be able to walk around the village,” says Silveira. “It’s a great opportunity to find a nice gift.” Although the Nestival takes place on Mother’s Day Weekend, the event is open to all shoppers, so feel free to spoil yourself too.
Looking to display some love and affection the week before Valentine’s Day? The Robert Potter League for Animals, now in its 40th year, will be hosting its Have A Heart Cocktail Party & Auction on Friday, February 8 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Hotel Viking. Enjoy a range of cocktails, as well as wine & beer tasting during the preview party & live auction from 5:30-6:30pm. From there take part in the main event, which will include a silent auction, a 50/50 cash raffle, culinary stations & sweets and more, all to benefit the potter league’s commitment to bettering the lives of our furry little friends. One Bellevue Avenue, Newport. www.potterleague.org
The East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop in Bristol is looking for an assortment of items for both their thrift shop and pantry on the behalf of charitable donations. Thrift shop items in need range from clothing, household items and furniture & decorative items. Most needed is seasonal clothing for the fall and winter. All items must be clean. Miscellaneous items including books, DVDs and sports equipment are also greatly appreciated. The Food Pantry is looking for a wide variety of items as well, including: canned soup, breakfast cereals, granola bars, olive oil, shampoo, detergent, and paper towels. Visit their website for a complete list of requested items. Donations can be dropped off Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am-5pm. 150 Franklin Street, Bristol. 401-396-9490. email@example.com.
Sarah Schumann doesn't fit the stereotypical image of a commercial fisher: she's a woman, first off, with a master’s degree in Environmental Policy. As she explains in this month's So Rhode Island cover story, her goal is to make the ecosystem a more stable and sustainable environment for people and fish to exist co-dependently.
Schumann now has the opportunity to spread her message even further than her base here in Rhode Island, now that she's earned a TogetherGreen Fellowship award from Toyota and the National Audubon Society. The Fellowship was launched in 2008 to encourage diverse environmental leadership and fund innovative conservation projects and ideas. The TogetherGreen Fellowship gives 40 local leaders $10,000 to help engage a wider audience in environmental conservation, which works well with Schuman’s mission to involve and educate fisherman and their customers about the ecosystems from which their seafood is sourced.
Her project, Eating With the Ecosystem, is a culinary tour of the native species from the fishing areas around New England, with a marine scientist and local fisherman explaining the ecological context behind each item on the plate. The next part of this dinner series will take place at Cook & Brown Public House in Providence on September 10, with a focus on the seafood native to Southern New England. Buy tickets here.
The folks at DeWolf Tavern are busy preparing for their Brunch for Babies event on June 3. Their waterfront deck will play host to this 2nd annual event, which raises money for the March of Dimes. Enjoy a brunch buffet, a cocktail and juice bar, a silent auction and beautiful scenery. Tickets are $25; all proceeds go to the organization whose mission is to help expecting moms to full-term pregnancy and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.
Bill Pinelli’s Pinelli’s Express, located inside Seekonk Speedway on Route 6 in Seekonk, has just opened for the season. They will serve a select menu of Pinelli’s famous Italian specialties such as sandwiches, pizzas and calzones. Many of the dishes at Pinelli’s Express are based on the menu at B. Pinelli’s Simply Italian in East Providence, and Pinelli’s Café and Deli in West Warwick.
After just two months of operation, Art Night Bristol & Warren was honored with a 2012 Regional Tourism award. On May 8th, Governor Chafee presented the award at the 27th Annual Tourism and Unity Luncheon and Travel Exchange held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. This year’s Luncheon theme was “Beautiful Rhode Island”, aimed at commemorating the state’s fervent culture. The honorees helped to make travel and tourism the $5.2 Billion industry it is, and maintain over 41,000 jobs statewide. Click here to learn more about Art Night-Bristol & Warren.
The staff in our office has always been largely female (roughly a 3:1 ratio) and while that has mostly been for the good, we always knew it might come back to haunt us one day. That day has come. Shine America, the production company behind critically acclaimed scripted shows (The Office, Ugly Betty), reality TV hits (The Biggest Loser, Nashville Star) and, well, other things (MTV's Date My Mom, that short-lived American Gladiators reboot), is now looking to the biggest little for its latest reality TV inspiration. They're currently seeking male business owners for what is sure to be the thinking guido's answer to Jersey Shore: the soon-to-be-a-pop-culture-phenomenon Rhode Island Boys. According to the casting call, Shine America "has a fascination with Rhode Island's small businesses," and they're looking for male-owned businesses with predominantly male employees — which means our moment in the harsh, unflattering spotlight of reality TV will have to wait. However, we promise the fine folks at Shine America that if they'll reconsider maybe doing Rhode Island Boys and Girls, we'll deliver all the cussing, petty infighting, drunken tantrums, on-camera meltdowns and delusions of self-importance they could ever possibly hope for. In the meantime, if you think your business fits the bill, contact LDI Casting for more details.
MUSE American Handcrafted in Warren held what will most likely become an annual diamond event last weekend. Customers were invited to fish for a real diamond valued at $600 with a pair of tweezers through a bowl of cubic zirconium stones. Although no one chose the real diamond, no one walked away a loser since the cubic zirconium could be set inexpensively into a necklace or stud earrings (around $25). Check out MUSE this Mother’s Day weekend – we hear the diamond will be making another appearance and you might just be the lucky winner. Whether you hold on to it or fork it over to the woman who gave you life is your decision — no judgment here.
Even after a mild winter, there is one thing that everyone looks forward to on a hot day; the thirst quenching, body cooling first sip/bite of a Del's Lemonade. It has the perfect sized ice crush and real pieces of lemon. Okay, you have waited long enough. Here you go — just watch out for the brain freeze.
But one first has to work up a sweat to truly appreciate the cooling effects that a Del's has to offer. I offer the perfect location to get a good sweat on first and then have it remedied immediately by proximity to a Del's stand: The bike path in Warren. Park behind the Del's Lemonade stand located at 65 Child Street, Warren in the municipal lot; it has free parking.
Let's talk about the East Bay Bike Path. To begin with, it's gorgeous. I just bought a new pair of rollerblades (that's right, rollerblades), and needed to break them in. With a friend in tow, we took off.
Within a mile or so we came upon this sight:
This Save the Bay spot is great for a few reasons. Let's say that you are with your kids and they need a break. Not only do you have a beautiful view but you have an educational opportunity. Further down the path, just over the Warren line and into Bristol, is another gorgeous spot next to a small wetland.
This small wetland protected by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is host to a variety of wildlife. Just in the short time I spent listening, I could hear red-winged blackbirds, red-bellied woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, common grackles, and two pairs of ospreys. I also saw a few frogs jumping around and some tadpoles.
All along the path you'll find families, friends, couples and a few people going solo to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery.
It's free, it's fun, and its right in our backyard. By the time you get back to your car in the municipal lot, I highly doubt you'll need a reminder to quench your thirst with the Del's that is so perfectly located you would have to be blind to miss it. The bike path …