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Hot Potato

Mr. Potato Head is no couch potato. He’s been one busy tater since he was born on May 1, 1952.

1. The first Mr. Potato Head toy sold for $0.98 but it did not include a body. Kids poked real potatoes with the kit’s included push-pin hands, feet, ears, mouths, eyes, noses, hats, eyeglasses, smoking pipe and facial hair. 2. It was the first toy to be advertised on television
in 1952. 3. Mr. Potato Head wasn’t single for long. On…

May Day

Narragansett Beach has a wake-up call scheduled for May 1. Every year at dawn, a team of dancers and musicians gathers at the pavilion by the Towers to wake the Earth from its winter slumber. This May Day merriment is tradition for the Ladies of the Rolling Pin, an all-female Border Morris troupe with a domestic twist. Instead of the…

Arm Candy

There are multiple misters in designer Nicole D’Andrea’s life. When the Smithfield native travels, she sports Mr. Arrogant on her arm, but for a night on the town, it’s all about Mr. Right Now. These aren’t men we’re talking about, although D’Andrea does have a mister right now. She’s speaking about the Mister Collection for her vibrant d’andrea handbags, headquartered…

Green Goals

*Editor's note: On Monday, April 14, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced that Sheila Dormody has been named Acting Director of Policy in the Mayor's Office. She will continue to serve as the city's Director of Sustainability. Sheila Dormody walks the green walk. And eats it as well. Dormody, hired as Providence’s first director of sustainability in December 2011, has a…

Bear Hugs

The zoo isn’t the only place to spot baby bears. The Pawtucket Red Sox return to McCoy Stadium for opening night on April 3 at 7:05 p.m., kicking off another season of family-friendly baseball. Hoping young fans will leave with lifelong memories, the PawSox dreamed up some creative ideas to capture their attention. At each home game, mascots Paws and…

Lessons in Laughter

WATCH IT The Firehouse Theater is an intimate BYOB venue in downtown Newport that is home to the comedy troupe, the Bit Players. Nothing is ever scripted or rehearsed in advance, and only audience members who draw attention to themselves will be picked on (hint, hint). Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 p.m. 4 Equality Park Pl., Newport, 849-3473,…

Human Books Return

Check out a human book and change your life. By Jenn Salcido

Books are nothing short of magical. You can travel across continents from your chair, learn a new skill and even become a better person. On March 30 from 1 to 5 p.m., you can actually check out a human book at the Human Library event at Roger Williams University. Amy Greer, chair of last year’s event and youth services librarian…

Nutty Buddies

It’s a weekday morning at Nuts ‘N More’s new 10,000-square-foot East Providence facility, and a tractor trailer is unloading 5,000 pounds of protein powder at the back door. “That protein will be gone in about two weeks,” says Neil Cameron, co-owner of the company that creates natural peanut and almond butter with fourteen grams of protein per serving without any…

Playing Chicken

The rooster, a landmark at Sollitto’s Liquor Mart in Washington Park since 1969, has found a new home. Some think it’s for the birds, but for Chris Morris, owner of Antonelli’s Poultry on Federal Hill, it’s a dream come true. He had been trying to convince Domenic Sollitto to sell it to him for decades, and he finally caved last…

Ice Time

The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center in Kennedy Plaza sees plenty of spins, jumps and figure-eights, but each year it also boasts a few bended knees. “Guys contact us ahead of time to arrange a little private ice time. They have their game plan set, and we just give them a hand with it,” says general…