John Kiernan

7 Tips for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

How to navigate one of the state's most popular fall activities.

Courtesy of Roger Williams Park and Zoo’s Facebook   What can you do with 5,000 pumpkins? You could bake a heck-of-a-lotta pies, or, if you’re the Roger Williams Zoo, you could show off thousands jack-o-lanterns for an entire month. Every October, the zoo presents the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, which pulls in more than 100,000 visitors every year. Whether you’re new to…

5 Places to Get Cider Doughnuts

Everyone's favorite fall treat is available around the state.

Courtesy of Appleland’s FacebookAppleland Orchard With a name like Appleland, it should be no surprise that this orchard carries just about every apple product known to mankind: apple pies, apple turnovers, apple dumplings — the list goes on. But the cherry on the (apple) cake has got to be their cider doughnut. Fried in house with their own apple cider…

6 Best Bike Trails

There's no better way to see the state than on two wheels.

Courtesy of East Providence’s FacebookMeandering along the Providence River and the Narragansett Bay, the East Bay Bike Path is one of the longest continuous trails in the state at almost fifteen miles. It passes through Providence, East Providence, Warren and Bristol and offers plenty of side adventures along the way (especially for the culinarily inclined). If you’re a fan of…

Fall Bucket List

Five activities you need to do this fall.

Cooler weather, yellowing leaves — is it that time of year already? It might not be fall just  yet, but one of New England’s most spectacular seasons is just around the corner. With the change in weather comes a whole new slew of fun things to do. Whether it’s apple picking or leaf peeking, check these local activities off your fall…

5 Ways to Erase Back to School Stress

Local options for easing educational anxieties.

Parents, kids, college students — as everyone heads back to school, stress levels can run high. Sharpen your pencils and take note of these local options for cutting back on stress. Breathe In, Breathe Out via Providence Zen Center’s Facebook Even if you have only twenty minutes free, meditation can be a great way to relieve stress. Emptying your mind…

5 Places to Grab Sushi

Try some fresh fish at its finest.

There’s nothing quite as fresh (maybe even too fresh for some palates) as a couple rolls of sushi. With the summer winding down, there’s no better time to try out a few new restaurants. Serving everything from deep fried shrimp tempura rolls to fresh tuna rolls, these restaurants are doing amazing things with simple ingredients. Sakura Courtesy of Sakura’s Facebook…

Breaking an Accordion World Record

Cory Pesaturo, a Cumberland resident, broke a Guinness World Record for longest time playing accordion.

Hour sixteen: It was now 2 a.m., and Cory Pesaturo was still playing his accordion. He had started in the small shop in Graz, Austria at 10:30 a.m. the previous day, taking a five minute break every hour.  Although he had only managed to get two hours of sleep the night before his performance, he wasn’t tired, a product of…

5 Places to View the Eclipse

Eclipse viewing glasses, solar telescopes, planetariums and more.

Solar eclipses don’t happen every day; in fact, the last total solar eclipse to pass over the United States was back in 1979. And while we might not be getting a full eclipse here (this time), that’s not stopping everyone from getting excited. On Monday, August 21, libraries, observatories and other institutions are throwing parties, offering the public eclipse viewing…

7 Nautically Inspired Local Beers

Breweries across the state serve brews with oceanic inspiration.

Rhode Island may be small, but it has an abundance of two things: fantastic local beer and countless miles of beaches and oceans. It shouldn’t be any surprise that a few local breweries have united these two. From seafood infused stouts to fruity IPAs, these beers have taken inspiration from the ocean in ingredients and name. Prudence & Patience Rosehip…

10 Summer Activities for $10 or Less

Having fun doesn't have to break the bank.

Watch a Ball Game Courtesy of the Pawtucket Red Sox’s Facebook Beginning in spring and ending in fall, America’s favorite pastime also happens to line up with our favorite season. While away a summer night at McCoy Stadium watching Rhode Island’s only AAA team bat it out. Bottom Line: General admission tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children and…