Pub Note

From the Publisher: In Search of the Real Thing

John Palumbo describes some favorite places.

During a reflective time — the start of a new year — this issue takes a look at Rhode Islanders’ favorite places around the state, and asks them to share why they’re so special. My favorite places are, well, real places. Whether it be the serenity of a walk through Roger Williams Park on a summer day or along any…

From the Publisher: Grow Lights

John Palumbo introduces the Rhode Islanders of the Year.

This old Greek proverb seems appropriate to introduce December’s cover feature, “Rhode Islanders of the Year”: “Society grows when old men plant trees for shade they will never see.” This issue takes a look at Rhode Islanders who have pushed beyond their everyday lives to make an impact, both large and small, on our state in 2015. It is not…

From the Publisher: Know More, Live Better

A to Z food guide, Tech Ten awards in our November issue.

That is the mantra, the mission, the goal of everyone here at Rhode Island Monthly, to help you know more about our city state, and hopefully help you live better in Roger Williams’s lively experiment. This issue of the magazine really underscores that initiative. First in the November issue, there’s the Rhode Island A to Z food guide, to help…

From the Publisher: Fall Forward

Apple picking, pumpkin carving, Design Awards

You can observe a lot by just watching. –Yogi Berra   I am a baseball fan and I revel in October when the Red Sox are still playing, and then there’s this year…. Fall is a time to enjoy Indian summer and watch the magical season evolve. I remember apple picking was a family tradition when my children were growing…

From the Publisher: Sneak Peek at Fall

High school rankings, excellence in nursing and more in our September issue.

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. –Oscar Wilde Having worked in retail advertising and sales promotion during my eclectic career, advertising messages, in-store merchandising and the timing of the same are one of the more curious interests that clutter my equally eclectic mind. While I understand…

Future Perfect

John Palumbo remembers bygone Rhode Island icons and points out present treasures.

“Rocky Point is so exciting. Rocky Point, where you can come alive. Rocky Point, you’re all invited to share the summertime. Roc-Kee Point!” In true Rhode Island tradition, I have always speculated that a “Best of Things that Used to Be” issue would resonate with many in our state. This month’s cover only partially recaptures the magic of the legendary…

From the Publisher: A Lobster Tale

Publisher John Palumbo indulges in some lobster love and lore in the July issue.

In a small fishing village, a mischievous local walks up the wharf carrying two three-pound lobsters, one in each hand, weeks after the season has ended. Confronting him at the end of the wharf is the federal fisheries officer. Upon seeing the wriggling lobsters, the officer says, “Well, me laddie, I’ve got you this time, two lobsters after the season…

Summer Magic

Publisher John Palumbo reminisces about his favorite time of year in Rhode Island.

To steal a line from George Gershwin’s classic, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy….” It seems that at this time of year, every year, there is a certain elixir of excitement, nostalgia and expectation about what the weeks and months ahead will bring. As I get older, I tend to wax poetically about the past when summers were never long…

Staying the Course

Twenty-Seven Years of Rhode Island Monthly

This month marks the start of our twenty-seventh year of publishing Rhode Island Monthly. Personally, it has made me reflect on the fact that I have spent the last eighteen years of my professional life running this often eclectic, but never boring, business through good and bad times. Times that were never quite good enough to allow anyone to get…

Raising the Bar

Publisher John Palumbo Drinks in the Local Bar Scene

A dog walks into a bar and orders a drink. He says to the bartender, “What are you staring at?” The bartender replies, “I was just surprised to see a dog in here drinking a martini.” The dog says, “At these prices, I’m not surprised.” Associate editor Jamie Coelho had the enviable task of leading five hearty souls in search…