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Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Weight Watchers: Pumpkins tip the scales at this gourd-growing competition.

  Warren may be one of the smallest towns in Rhode Island, but it has the biggest pumpkins. For the past fourteen years, Frerichs Farm has hosted the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Annual Weigh-Off. On October 11 (rain dates October 12 and 13), thousands will gather for the contest, pumpkin drop and other Pumpkin Palooza activities (every weekend…

Cow Bingo at Swamp Yankee Days

Swamp Yankee Days at Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond.

Got a hankering for some country living? Head to Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond for Swamp Yankee Days, a celebration of centuries of rural life in southern New England. This year’s festivities on October 11 and 12 will feature competitive pulls by both garden and antique tractors, old-time bluegrass and country music, antique fire truck and car shows, plus arts…

Walking School Bus

Elementary school students quickly cross the street and laugh as they debate who won an ongoing game of I Spy on the walk home from school. Young girls and boys grasp each other’s hands marching down torn up sidewalks strewn with broken glass. They smile and laugh and seem disappointed when they have to leave their friends to go inside…

Q&A With Race Founder Charlie Breagy

Charlie Breagy takes in the views jogging along the East Bay Bike Path. Former Providence College runner and North Kingstown High School boys track and field coach Charlie Breagy inspired a road-racing boom in the Ocean State. In 1990, the Ireland native and a few of his college buddies formed the original Downtown Five-K in Providence, a race that has…

Maze Makers at Salisbury Farm in Johnston

Jane Quinn at Salisbury Farm in Johnston. At Salisbury Farm in Johnston, corn stalks are the artists’ paintbrushes. Brothers Keith and Stephen Salisbury design the famous corn maze that sends guests into the ten-foot-tall, five-acre field — 180 columns long and 110 rows wide — to wander from start to finish, and perhaps get lost along the way. Past themes included Boston Strong and…

Thompson Middle School Students Learn Squash

Thompson Middle School students in Newport are learning that squash — the sport, not the vegetable — can be their ticket into an independent high school. RhodySquash pairs the sport with tutoring at St. George’s high school. The goal of the urban squash program is to increase academic performance. Students split into two groups of eight, and half head to the court for coaching…

JAVA Skincare

While waiting for a fresh pot to brew, step into the shower and enjoy the other perks of coffee. Java is a Rhode Island-based skincare company that combines organic green coffee extract and roasted coffee with essential argan and almond oils to nourish, tighten and protect skin while also reducing cellulite and stretch marks. “Java is the only skincare line…

Wear Your Music Reinvents Guitar Strings

Everyone knows one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Providence entrepreneur Hannah Garrison takes those words to heart. Always making jewelry out of recycled materials, she would invite musicians to play in her art studio. “Often would change their guitar strings, and leave them lying around,” says Garrison. It was then she saw the potential to create bracelets out…

Current: Reading List

These literary works were either written by Rhode Islanders or star the Ocean State’s (fictional or factual) people, places and things. Beach read The Tell By Hester Kaplan For married couple Mira and Owen living in Providence, the arrival of a washed-up actor turns their world upside down. Toying with fame, family and facades, the couple must acknowledge the reality…

Coming Home – Five Things We Learned from Viola Davis

1. I am still connected to Central Falls through my family. My mom still lives there. My sister teaches at the high school. It’s really difficult — when you come out of poverty and really challenging circumstances — not to stay connected to your nucleus, the thing that you felt was a driving force to finding a way out. That was Central Falls High…