Jen McCaffery

Get Up Close to the U.S.’s First Wind Farm

You can see the farm from a high-speed ferry tour on October 14.

The first offshore wind farm is set to go live off the coast of Block Island next month, and you can read all about it in the October issue of Rhode Island Monthly, which is on newsstands now. Now you can also see the turbines and hear from the people behind the effort firsthand. Rhode Island Sea Grant has organized…

First Responders Free at "The Guys"

The play tells the story of a writer who helps a fire captain eulogize men he lost in 9/11.

One of the most acclaimed productions to come out of 9/11 is coming to Rhode Island for the first time. Epic Theatre Company is staging “The Guys,” a play about a writer named Joan who helps a fire captain named Nick craft the eulogies of the men he lost on 9/11. Artistic director Kevin Broccoli chose the play to mark…

Fixing the Skills Gap in Rhode Island

Come hear what leaders in government, education, recruitment and community development are doing to help pair workers with jobs in Rhode Island.

The economy has been one of the biggest stories in the United States for more than eight years, particularly in Rhode Island, one of the states hardest hit by the Great Recession. Prospects in the state have improved in recent years, but the sense that many Rhode Islanders are still struggling lingers, especially if you talk to people who have…

Bunny 101 at the Potter League

Fifteen rabbits are available for adoption at the Potter League in Middletown.

When people buy a cute baby bunny at a pet store, they might think they’re getting a fuzzy companion to carry around. But while rabbits are smart and social animals, their behavior changes radically when they hit their teenage years, and they’re not really the type of pet that will want to be cuddled. Still, rabbits can make great pets…

Snapshot: Starting Off Middle School at Roger Williams

The Providence school still has some beautiful architectural detail.

Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride in 1775, but he was also an accomplished silversmith and iron worker. In 1798, he cast four bronze cannons for the state of Rhode Island. They live on at the armory on Clarke Street. It’s home to the Artillery Company of Newport, the oldest militia still in continuous service in the…

8 Great Reasons to Tour the Endeavor

URI's research vessel is open to the public for free tours on Saturday, September 10.

The research vessel Endeavor gets around. Since it was christened in 1976, the University of Rhode Island-based ship has taken thousands of scientists, teachers and students on more than 580 expeditions around the world, from its home port in Narragansett, to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Black and Mediterranean seas and the Arctic Circle. The 185-foot steel ship has played…

Close Out Summer With A Banana Split

Whether you want to get a single scoop or go bananas, there are plenty of tasty options.

Summer may be winding to a close, but there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in some ice cream. There's no better time: this week includes National Banana Split Day. So whether you decide to go whole hog or stick with a scoop, we’ve got some suggestions for some homemade flavor: Frosty Freez 496 E. Main Rd., Middletown, 401-846-1697, frostyfreez.com Get:…

Listen to Sarah Potenza's Debut Album

The Rhode Island-bred singer's release "Monster" is available today, August 19.

She grew up in Smithfield, played in the band and starred in musical, honed her talents at Rhode Island College and competed on NBC’s "The Voice." Today, Sarah Potenza is releasing her debut album, Monster. Now living in Nashville, the album was produced there, with Potenza on vocals and lead guitar and her husband, Ian Crossman, on baritone guitar, with…

Lighting Up Hope Street

A party at NBX Bikes is kicking off a crowdfunding effort.

There’s a new type of street lamp on Hope Street. Located in front of Kreatelier at 804 Hope St., the working prototype is the first installation of more than two years of work by the Hope Street Merchants Association (HSMA) to bring solar lights to the popular shopping and dining area in Providence. The prototype was created by industrial designer…

Take a StoryWalk at URI

Follow the adventures of Rhody the Ram as he proves the Ocean State is the best vacation destination.

Looking for something fun to do with your kids that might help them think about going back to school? Head to URI on Wednesday for its first StoryWalk, featuring the university’s mascot, Rhody the Ram. What is a StoryWalk? It’s a concept that was developed in Vermont and was encouraged for adoption by libraries, says Sharon Babbitt, the youth librarian…