Jen McCaffery

How to Make the Perfect Sandcastle in the Ocean State

Here's a guide to magnificent creations from an expert sand sculptor.

When you’re a type-A personality, a day by the ocean isn’t a walk on the beach, but it can still change your life. Dick Huggins found himself trapped on a four-day family mini-vacation to Watch Hill about thirty years ago. There wasn’t any surf and his wife had her nose tucked in a book. “I dug a hole for the…

Granny Squibb's Goes Organic

The Rhode Island-based brand is returning to its roots.

Granny Squibb’s iced tea has come full circle. The story of the beverage began in the 1930s, when Sally Squibb and her family spent the summer in Saunderstown overlooking the bay. To fight the heat, the young mother began to take fresh brewed black tea, adding fresh lemon juice, spring water, cane sugar and mint. It eventually became known as…

Power to the People

A new legal organization is fighting utility turnoffs for the disabled and seriously ill.

Penny Medeiros was watching TV on a hot August day in 2014 when the power in her mobile home just went "poof." What might be a temporary inconvenience for most sent Medeiros into a panic. At fifty-one, the mother of two grown daughters rarely leaves the Tiverton home she shares with her cat. She has a range of illnesses that…

Captain Seaweed – Gallery

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Don't Miss the World Premiere of Sam and Mattie's Epic Flick

The friends worked on the film around Rhode Island last summer.

Last summer, Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt were busy making the most epic zombie movie ever. Now it’s almost time for the world premiere. “Spring Break Zombie Massacre” will be screened at the Columbus Theatre on July 7. It was edited down from 300 hours of “face melting, soda drinking, zombie fighting EPICNESS,” according to their Facebook page.  The friends…

New Pawtucket Kitchen and Retail Space in the Works

The Farm Fresh RI project teaches youth skills to work in the food industry.

Food is one of Rhode Island’s success stories, and now there’s another great project in the works to bring a new commercial and retail space to downtown Pawtucket. It's part of Farm Fresh Rhode Island's Harvest Kitchen effort, which trains people ages sixteen through twenty from the Department of Children, Youth and Families Juvenile Correction Services how to make yummy products…

Snapshot: Newport Opera House Theater Renovation

Go behind the scenes of this historic project in Washington Square.

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…

A Day Trip to Trustom Pond

The National Wildlife Refuge is one of five in Rhode Island.

Over the course of a year, more than 300 species of birds, upwards of forty types of mammals and twenty species of amphibians spend some time at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Preserve in South Kingstown. It's not hard to see why. To reach the reserve, you drive through the fields of Matunuck, then turn in to the 787-acre refuge. It's…

8 Plant Sales To Get Your Garden Growing

Here are some opportunities to pick up seedlings from growers around the state.

The sun is out and the soil is warm enough for summer plants. Head to your favorite local nursery or check out some of the best plant sales in the state over the next two weekends:   Southside Community Land Trust’s Rare and Unusual Plant Sale The dirt: This annually anticipated sale features more than 20,000 plants in about one…