Tim Lehnert

Curling Comes to Rhode Island

The European sport sweeps up in local ice rinks.

Known as “chess on ice” because of the intense strategy required, curling is derived from centuries-old northern European traditions of sliding rocks on frozen ponds. It’s a sport that uses a broom as equipment (the sweeping typically causes the curling “rock” to go farther and straighter than it would otherwise). Curling stresses sportsmanship and prizes finesse over power, says Ocean…

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree in Rhode Island

Local farms provide the full tree-tagging experience.

Rhode Island has more than two dozen Christmas trees farms, many of which allow you to select and even cut your own tree. At some farms, you can tag early in the season and come back later. For tree farm patrons, buying that special fir isn’t like picking up a carton of milk. “It’s an experience, not an errand,” says…

All Aboard the Providence Northern Model Railroad Club

Model train enthusiasts can visit the club's fictional railway.

The Providence Northern railroad originates in the capital city and runs as far north as Montreal. If you’ve never ridden it, that’s because it’s “make believe, but real,” says Providence Northern Model Railroad Club member John Breitmaier, a retired Amtrak conductor-turned-model train enthusiast who designed the track plan. The fictional railroad compresses what would be hundreds of miles of track…

The Dish: Around the World in Cranston's Rolfe Square

The street features eats from around the globe, and many of its markets and restaurants have been in business for decades.

The word cosmopolitan probably doesn’t leap to mind in connection with Cranston’s Rolfe Square, but it should, at least when it comes to food. Rolfe Square’s several blocks extend from Park Avenue (just east of Cranston City Hall) south to Pontiac Avenue. The street features eats from around the globe, and many of its markets and restaurants have been in…

Under Lock and Key

Museum of Work and Culture Keeps History Safe

Never lose track of your family’s most important mementos. Factory time cards and war ration books might seem unlikely objects for safe deposit boxes, unless those boxes are located at Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture. The museum, a division of the Rhode Island Historical Society, is devoted to Rhode Island’s industrial heritage, particularly the immigrant French Canadian experience of…