Irish Eyes Smiling in Rhode Island

The Irish are proudly represented in Rhode Island; at about 18 percent of the population, those with Irish ancestry rank second only to the Italians here. And overall, Rhode Island is ninth of all US states for citizenry with Irish blood. Add six more, at least temporarily, as a half dozen tour operators were recently…

A Soaring, Spooky Roger Williams Zoo Halloween

The annual Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo has a high-flying twist this year: visitors who attend the Halloween pumpkin-fest will also have the opportunity to ride the park’s new zipline to view the haunted hollows.

Exhibit Celebrates Immigrant Impact on State

A photography exhibit, “Ethnos,” running through Nov. 6 at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University transports viewers to some of the nations and cultures of origin of Rhode Island’s 170,000 immigrants. Admission is free. Photographed by Dr. Peter Snyder, professor of neurology and senior vice president for Research at Lifespan, the images celebrate those…

Flavor of Fall in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is a summery place for sure, but traveling to and around here is pretty action packed as well. One of the most colorful is the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, with more than 5,000 artistically carved and illuminated pumpkins on display from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5. You can…

Newport Vineyards Hosts Gills and Grapes, a Sustainable Paired Seafood Dinner

Many Ocean State chefs excel at creating seasonal menus according to what is available locally. They’re able to do this because of the commitment from area farmers, shellfish growers, and fishermen and women. A great example of this effort comes from Chef Andy Teixeira of Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards. He’s teaming up with non-profit…

Basta the Best for Good Reason

The number of restaurants in this state is extraordinary, which is great for the consumer because if a place doesn’t have the goods to compete, it won’t be around long. And sitting atop the eatery heap here is Basta in Cranston, routine winner of awards which most recently included “Best Restaurant in the State of…

80s Rock, Rides and Reptiles Come to Misquamicut for Fall Fest This Weekend

The annual Misquamicut Spring Fest got washed out by some terrible weather this year, but the Misquamicut Fallfest offers redemption this weekend.

Play ‘Four Legs to Stand On’ Supports Families Coping with Addiction

The play Four Legs to Stand On is a story about addiction and compassion, followed by an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to discuss the impact that alcohol and other drug abuse has had on their lives — and how they can support people in recovery. The Fall 2017 Tour of Four Legs to Stand presented…

Let an Expert Guide You Through the Best of Rhode Island Dining This Week

Providence Journal food editor Gail Ciampa has been the leading authority on Rhode Island dining for more than three decades, and she’s brought together many of her favorite restaurants at this week’s ProJo Critic’s Choice Award Food & Drink Event at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

Hascon Gets It On in Providence This Weekend

Hascon — Rhode Island based Hasbro’s version of ComicCon — debuts this weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with interactive displays focusing on the diverse products produced by the world’s leading toy company, from Monopoly to Star Wars.

Great Ideas of Gilded Age Topic of Talks

Want to know more about Alva Belmont, who last name once was Vanderbilt, noted Newport socialite and leading figure in the women’s Suffrage Movement? A cup of tea more your cup of tea? Have a love of Providence architecture or wonder about Edith Wharton’s work? All that is covered in “Great Ideas of the Gilded…