Newport Car Museum an Automotive Wonderland

You don’t have to be a car lover to love cars. And at a new museum in Rhode Island dedicated to the art of gorgeous automobiles, there’s a lot to love. The Newport Car Museum opened in Portsmouth in June, and is housed in a former missile manufacturing plant on 17 acres in front of…

Mystic Aquarium a Delight for All Ages

At Mystic Aquarium, less than 20 minutes from the Rhode Island border, it’s tough to tell who has the biggest smile at the Arctic Coast exhibit – the kids, the adults or the beluga whales, sleek and gorgeous creatures with seeming permanent smiles locked on their faces below iconic bulging brows.

Local Authors Honor State’s Clam History

Christopher Scott Martin, creator of the long-running quahog.org, a guide to the state’s history, culture and quirks, and David Norton Stone, author of Rhode Island food books like “Clamcake Summer,” “Stuffie Summer” and “Chowder Summer,” love and appreciate the impact and taste of clams on their state. So they combined talents and efforts to create…

Children’s Museum Celebrates 40th Year

If you were a kid when the Providence Children’s Museum was new, you may have brought your own kids there by now. On Sunday, June 25, the museum celebrates its 40th anniversary with a birthday bash, a free, daylong community party with hands-on activities, membership discounts and giveaways and a whole bunch of fun –…

Writing Team Shares Monumental Love of Providence

Ever wonder about the fantastic monuments, sculptures, statuaries etc. in Providence? So has the father-and-daughter writing team Paul and Heather Anne Caranci, who wrote a book about it: “Monumental Providence: Legends of History in Sculpture, Statuary, Monuments, and Memorials.” And on April 27, they’ll be talking about it at the Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great…

Powerful Exhibits Showing at Brown University

Two new exhibitions at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery focus on the nuclear ecology of sites that have been exposed to nuclear explosions or meltdowns. Pierre Huyghe’s “Untitled (Human Mask)” and Gabriel Martinez’s “Mountain War Time” will run concurrently through May 28. The gallery has scheduled an opening reception for both on May 17…

New Surprise In An Old City

Just when you think you know a place, it surprises you. Take Newport, for example, a city I thought I knew pretty well. But one reasonably non-freezing winter day when four of us hit the city for a walk, sure enough, we found new something new – at least to us.

Lose Yourself in Literature at Westerly’s Lovely Savoy Bookstore

It might not quite be Flourish and Blotts*, but the Savoy Bookstore and Cafe in Westerly is a Harry Potter worthy shrine to the written word that makes Barnes and Noble look like an antiseptic supermarket by comparison. Love of literature suffuses every corner of this 3,000-square-foot publication paradise, where books are reverently displayed on two…

Coggeshall Farm Harvest Fair in 43rd Year

Coggeshall Farm in Bristol hosts its 43rd Annual Harvest Fair Sept. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day event features games, music, food and activities for the family, including hayrides, sack races and tug-of-war. A new tradition in its second year is the Harvest Fair Bake Off, awarding the best pumpkin…

Historic New England Hosting Herb and History Hikes

Historic New England, said to be the oldest and biggest regional heritage organization in the nation, is hosting a pair of “History and Herb Hikes” at Arnold House in Lincoln, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to noon both days.

Preserving the Fruits of Summer’s Labor

No one wants to think about the end of summer. But it’s a great time to think about canning and preserving the good stuff you may have grown in your garden, or may have on hand and would like to keep around for the cold winter ahead.