Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly December 2008


Face Time

The newest cosmetic procedures boast close to no downtime and natural-looking results. No wonder everyone (even your doctor) wants to do lunch.


There’s a new cow in town. Reared the archaic way—on that under-used natural resource, grass—it makes for a steak that’s as local, and as delicious, as beef gets.

Guilty, Even While Innocent

In Rhode Island, those charged with committing a crime while on probation go straight back to the ACI, and stay there—even if acquitted of the later charges.

Bad Reputation

Sharks are being wiped out by the tens of millions around the world. So why are we so slow to come to their rescue? Off the coast of Narragansett, a local diver invites us to see past the stereotypes and meet our neighbors.

Dance Fever

For twenty-five years, the painting sat forgotten in a basement. Today, it is a world treasure. But this isn’t the first time Danza Afro-Cubana has set off fireworks.

Birthday Bash

Commemorating the estate’s hundredth birthday in high style, Blithewold’s “The Celebration of a Century” gala drew a crowd of nearly 400. Guests lingered over a candlelit dinner served on the property’s sweeping waterfront lawn and danced well into the night to the twenty-six-piece Bion Orchestra. A chunk of the $220,000 raised will fund the replacement of the mansion’s original slate roof.

Come Fly With Me

North Central State Airport was a fitting backdrop for Crossroads’ creatively themed benefit “The Journey Home.” Guests sipped cocktails on the tarmac, enjoyed dinner served by waitstaff dressed as pilots, and tested their luck in a raffle featuring trips to Key West and Sedona. The fun grossed nearly $400,000 for Crossroads, the state’s largest provider of services for the homeless.