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The Dean Hotel

The Dean has passed the test. The fifty-two-room boutique hotel in downtown Providence clinched press from The New York Times and Wallpaper magazine for turning a former brothel into the epitome of chic. The historic 1912 building began as a rescue mission for the Episcopal Diocese, but in the 1960s turned into a transient hotel and strip club called the…

Ski Conditions at Yawgoo Valley

Clay Hartman is a real-life snowman. The maintenance manager at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park grooms twelve trails every morning while the sun rises. At night, when temperatures drop to ideal conditions, he and a crew of three operate the park’s fifteen snowmakers. They start the machines an hour before closing and if it’s cold enough, run them…

Curtain Call

Three local actors share tips on how to break into acting by stage, film and blockbusters.

Tony Estrella, artistic director at Pawtucket’s Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, has been acting professionally since 1996. 1. Get lots of training and continued practice. There have been very few weeks for more than twenty years when I haven’t been acting, directing or producing a play. 2. Be ruthlessly persistent and look to make your own opportunities. You also have to be…

RI Celebrity Yearbook Photos

We visited high school libraries around the state in search of old yearbook photos. Match the photos and clues below to the local and national notables.

  ➊. Tony Petrarca High School: Toll Gate High School, class of 1982 You know him as: WPRI 12 chief meteorologist Fun fact: It was his experience during the blizzard of ’78 that piqued his interest in studying weather. ➋. James Woods High School: Pilgrim High School, class of 1965 You know him as: Academy Award-nominated actor who starred in…

Trimming the Tree

Rhode Island has a long history with Christmas trees - err, Holiday trees?

But on Block Island, there’s no dispute that the festooned, towering structure overlooking the ferry dock in Esta’s Park is a lobster pot tree. Built by island artist Harold “Turtle” Hatfield (who also built the park) out of still-functioning traps borrowed from local lobsterman and restaurateur Freddy Howarth, the sculpture is bedecked with multicolored LED lights, colorful buoys found on…

Fashion Finder

A Providence stylemaker runs a thrifty business.

Jay Davani has been thrifting her whole life. She moved to the United States from Iran after the Revolution with her family when she was two years old, and they came over with just one suitcase. “My mother has always been super-thrifty, cutting coupons, shopping discount stores and sales. We never bought things full price. She instilled it in me.”…

The Denver Boot

This Providence-based band crafts tender, personal tunes.

  Billy Moretti isn't an entertainer. His band, the Denver Boot, forgoes a rompin’ stage act for simple riffs and intimate songwriting — folk tunes that make you think, feel and really listen. “If we play for a crowd and I see one person staring, that means more to me than when everyone’s dancing,” Moretti says. “Maybe they get what I’m trying…

Snapshot of Rhode Island

Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride in 1775, but he was also an accomplished silversmith and iron worker. In 1798, he cast four bronze cannons for the state of Rhode Island. They live on at the armory on Clarke Street. It’s home to the Artillery Company of Newport, the oldest militia still in continuous service in the…

Mile and a Quarter

Barnsider’s makes a comeback with a menu that’s primarily Mediterranean comfort food, but hints of wanting to be more adventurous.

Mile and a Quarter  334 South Water St., Providence, 331-1500, mileandaquarterri.com. Hours Open Tues.-Sun. for dinner, Sundays for lunch. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible, though you should approach from South Water Street rather than South Main. Street and lot parking. Cuisine Casual American. Capacity About 200 in total. Vibe Undecided, or malleable, depending on the customers. Dark woods and stained glass…

Eye for Design: Master Mind

Jim Donahue of Portmouth's Green Animals provides tips for how to grow your own topiaries.

Jim Donahue is much more than a horticulturalist. The manager of the Green Animals Topiary Garden (the Portsmouth estate where Jacqueline Bouvier staged her coming-out party) for the past nine years, his handwork is featured in September’s issue of Rhode Island Monthly, as the famous property recently underwent some upgrades. He also chairs the popular Newport Flower Show and serves…