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Nix generic gift cards this holiday season in favor of more thoughtful fare. These crafty classes will help you step up your gift-giving game. By Caylin Harris

Homemade wine or beer Professor Chef’s Wine (From Vines to Wines) or Beer (From Seeds to Suds) Making Classes What to expect: Walk away with a more intimate knowledge of the libations you love. The classes cover basics on the necessary equipment to brew and make wine at home, as well as topics like fermentation and sterilization. Plus, you’ll leave…

Vintage Vibe

Whiting and Davis revives its fashion jewelry line.

A historic fashion company in Attleboro, Massachusetts, is experiencing modern-day resurgence. Whiting and Davis’s mesh handbags from the 1920s and ’30s were once worn by fashionable flappers and famous actresses, purses that are now coveted by collectors across the country. New York City restaurant critic and vintage bag lover Gael Greene is selling several classic Whiting and Davis models in…

Pro Bono Ballet

Providence Ballet performs Twas the Night Before Christmas for local schoolchildren.

If Eva Marie Pacheco had her way, every child would see the ballet. This is the fifth year the artistic director of Providence Ballet Theatre is choreographing Twas the Night Before Christmas, while offering Providence public schools a chance to attend for free, and $5 tickets for other Rhode Island schools. “It’s amazing how many children who come to performances…

Rhode Island Veterans Visit National Memorial

Local veterans visit the National World War II Memorial.

Oliver “Olly” Moreau of New Bedford watched a kamikaze bearing down on him as he stood on the bridge of the USS DuPage in World War II, figuring he was a dead man. But the plane’s wing clipped a support wire and spun to slam into the ship just behind him, killing thirty-six men and wounding hundreds of others. Moreau,…

Lisa Mackey’s Luxe Looks

Lisa Mackey's artful accessories are handmade at Hope Artiste Village.

Antique cutting and sewing machines stand inside accessory designer Lisa Mackey's studio surrounded by her inspiration boards of fashion spreads cut out from Vogue. Steel dies for cutting belts and handbags lean in a corner, eighteen-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry with baroque pearls and diamonds are displayed like a gallery and vibrant python skins and leather hides are spread…

Safe Haven Pet Refuge

A no-kill shelter owned and operated by the North Kingstown-Exeter Animal Protection League.

Renate Sager-Daniels and her husband, Charles Daniels, are cat whisperers. The couple cares for more than 125 frisky felines that have arrived at their no-kill Pet Refuge for a variety of reasons, from relocation to illness and everything in between. The shelter is owned and operated by the North Kingstown-Exeter Animal Protection League, a private, nonprofit organization supported only by…

Beth Nixon Performs "Lava Fossil"

The interdisciplinary artist uses her imagination for theatrical shows (often performing out of a suitcase).

You can’t put local performer Beth Nixon in a box. Well, you probably could — she’s small, with a wiry frame that folds up neatly on a bench one fall morning on the porch of her bright bungalow in Pawtucket. The box is not quite so literal, although she does spend her time in some tight spaces, navigating entire worlds…

Run of the Mills

Explore Rhode Island’s Industrial Revolution history with an urban hike through Woonsocket.

You don't have to head for the hills to enjoy the fall weather and foliage. Explore Woonsocket’s past as a center for America's Industrial Revolution with a three-mile trek through the urban landscape.   1. Park in the Market Square lot at the end of Main Street. Here you're surrounded by a half-dozen mills, all converted to housing, restaurants and…

Charlie Enright

Charlie Enright Takes on the Volvo Ocean Race.

  GoPro Video: See What it’s Like to Set Sail on the Team Alvimedica Boat Charlie Enright, thirty, lives in his native Bristol. But don’t expect to see him much for the next nine months. He’ll skipper Team Alvimedica in the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race against six other teams starting October 4 from Spain, with stops that include China, Abu…

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…