Orrin Hanratty

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Feb. 2–8

Attend an inventive play, hear from the most decorated mono-skier in history, see the latest boat trends and more.

Providence Boat Show  In the Ocean State, it’s basically a requirement to go to the Boat Show at least once. The sleek lines of the hulls and keels are right there for you to touch. It conjures up the image of packing everything on the boat, undocking and heading out into the great blue. It’s in the blood here. This year,…

Falcons versus Patriots: The Wager Continues

This time it's Atlanta Magazine in the ring and the bets are even sweeter.

Things are good here at Rhode Island Monthly. We have a bottle of Wigle Whiskey in the office (yep, that’s how we roll) and some pierogies on their way; the Pats victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers never tasted so sweet.  But our hunger has not been completely satiated. The Pats are taking on the Atlanta Falcons and, again, I find myself…

Local Soaps and Scrubs

Save face with lavender, goat's milk and coffee-scented products.

  Wooden comb, $21.50; wooden brush, $50, both at Zenabelle, Bristol. Curious Nature gift set, $28, Evolve Apothecary, Providence. Blue and pink marbled soap, $6, both by Stella Marie, Rhody Craft, Providence. Blue and pink marbled soap, $8, Shore Soap Co., Newport. Coffee and sugar scrub with enamel cup, $16, Rhode Island Soapworks, risoapworks.com. Eye mask, $18, Kreatelier, Providence. Nourishing…

Take A Weekend Trip to Cato Corner Cheese Farm

Buy some cheese, grab some wine and enjoy a day out and about in nearby Connecticut.

As a kid, "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" was one of my favorite books. With drab, collage-like illustrations and irreverent twists on classic tales like the Gingerbread man and Little Red Riding Hood, it was a welcome change from the candy-coated renditions. Plus, I found the stinky cheese man super intriguing. Could cheese really smell so…

National Grid – Energy Efficiency

When Energy Upgrades Are Made, Opportunity Comes Knocking

When Energy Upgrades Are Made, Opportunity Comes Knocking Sponsored Content Investing in energy efficiency is wise financially—Rhode Island businesses can save up to 30% on utility costs. Business owners may be surprised to learn that making smarter energy choices for their business could raise employee productivity, resulting in even greater bottom-line success. 10% improvement in productivity Looking to turn productivity…

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Jan. 26–Feb. 1

Satiate your need for speed, learn about Rhode Island's Shellfish Heritage and more.

Art to Table Gala  The Hera Gallery, one of the longest running art cooperatives in the United States, is holding a gala at the Barn on Matunuck Beach Road to bring community members together to celebrate the arts. It will be a night of locally sourced cocktails, dinner and desserts, all set to the backdrop of live music. The proceeds of the event…

Letters: RIers of the Year, a Rear View

Rhode Island Monthly readers weigh in.

Current, December Thank you so much for initiating the piece, “Neighborhood Crime Fighter.” Hopefully, it will encourage other neighborhoods to start similar actions. Cheryl Simmons Providence   “Rhode Islanders of the Year,” December Thank you for highlighting the work of Dr. Hank Wietsma, Dr. Ernie Finocchio and the newly opened Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic in your December issue. We…

Ann Hood on Tragedy, Fame and Her Favorite Stories

The Rhode Island-based author has a gift for exploring the human condition.

Life has been good to Rhode Island native and author Ann Hood. She is a prolific, popular and more-than-occasionally bestselling writer of novels like The Obituary Writer, Places to Stay the Night, Waiting to Vanish, and many more, her success taking her around the world to talk about the books her readers embrace. But life has also been unimaginably hard….

The Rhode Island Red Awards

Our annual guide to the dumbest moments of the year.

There are so many deserving recipients of this year’s Red Awards dedication, we were stumped over whom to single out. The Warwick cat running for president? The yoga pants guy? The ill-fated Pokemon hunter? Then, like a devoted parent, we realized that they, and the rest of the Reds we’re saluting, are first among equals for recognition. Thanks guys, and…

Five Places to Get Wings

Sink your teeth into some wings while you watch the Pats take on the Steelers this weekend.

As a child of health-conscious, no fast/junk/bar food parents, chicken wings were a luxury. Every Superbowl (well, if I was lucky and the Pats were playing and my family was motivated enough to actually care) a glass platter would be heaped with glistening chicken wings shellacked with Frank’s Red Hot. Each bite of the still-hot wings was a spicy hit…