Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly December 2016

Rhode Islanders of the Year

Pick-Your-Own Christmas Tree in Rhode Island

Check out a local farm for the full tree-tagging experience.

Rhode Island has more than two dozen Christmas tree farms, many of which allow you to select and even cut your own tree. For tree farm patrons, buying that special fir isn’t like picking up a carton of milk –It’s gotta be the perfect one!

Low-Country Cooking Bucktown

An unpretentious joint offers Southern comfort food at its messy best.

Bucktown 471 West Fountain St., 343-0441, Providence, bucktownpvd.com. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Sun. for breakfast. Wheelchair accessibility is tough; all counters are stool-high. Street parking. Capacity Twenty-three, plus outdoor seating in warmer weather. Cuisine Low country cooking. Vibe As if a 1970s VW bus in the Deep South opened its awning and started serving sandwiches. Prices Mains $5–$20;…

Senior Living and PARCC Detest

Rhode Island Monthly readers weigh in.

“Excellence in Nursing,” September As a potential disabled old person, I feel threatened by nurses like Karen Peck, who think it is their job “to help people understand that is a good thing.” While it is hardly surprising that an executive of a “senior living” facility is promoting its services, Ms. Peck should realize that, although such facilities are fine…

Photos: Child and Family’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

The event was held on the lawn of Doris Duke's Rough Point.

Guests mingled beneath the stars and inside Rough Point mansion at Child and Family’s 150th anniversary celebration gala. Not only was the event majestic, but so were the donations it garnered. More than $100,000 was raised for the organization that aids 6,000 Rhode Island families each year.  

'Zat You, Santa Claus?

A Bristol marketing manager preserves a jolly family legacy.

Michael J. Rielly’s daughter, Meghan, once said that Santa had her father’s eyes, and his reply was, “I think Santa has every daddy’s eyes.” But when she began to catch on to his secret, he presented an elaborate letter from Santa Claus that reveals his legacy in ornate calligraphy. “As we roll it out, her eyes widen,” says Rielly. “It’s…

The Evolution of the Providence Journal

A new editor is shaking things up at the ProJo. Can the paper be saved?

In 1980, the Providence Journal Company published a 494-page hardcover titled The Providence Journal: 150 Years. In some ways, the book was a straightforward institutional autobiography. One chapter described how the paper reported on the fall of the Alamo, the rise of Abraham Lincoln and the 1861 attacks on Fort Sumter that sparked the Civil War. Another recalled how Stephen…

Photos: The Joan DeCotis Foundation Gala

The event raised $76,000 for lung cancer research.

The Dunes Club in Narragansett provided a scenic setting for the second annual Joan DeCotis Foundation gala, which raised $76,000 for lung cancer support and research. Guests enjoyed a night of high spirits, music by Providence-based performer Steven Palumbo, dinner and a silent auction.

Easy, Elegant Party Recipes

Contemporary, vintage or party punch: Pick the menu that fits your mood.

The Contemporary Rosemary-Bourbon Fizz, Grapefruit and Thyme Champagne, Fried Beet Chips with Goat Cheese and Micro Green Salad, Baked Brie Bites with Cranberry Mustard, Potato Cake Crostini with Roast Beef and Red Onion Chutney, Winter Bruschetta Crostini, Potato Cake , Crostini with Roast Beef and Red Onion Chutney, Falafel with Sunchoke Hummus and Harissa Yogurt Sauce, Classic Tuna Poke  …

At Home with J. Schatz

An L.A. couple settles in Olneyville for work and life.

Coast to Coast Stepping into the Olneyville building that Jim Schatz and Peter Souza now call work and home, it’s hard to believe a mere fifteen months ago they were seeing the space for the first time. While most would still have a lengthy to-do list, Schatz and Souza swooped in and completely transformed the former Weybossett Mills dye house,…

Explore Fox Point Like a Local

This East Side enclave is quickly becoming Providence's "it" neighborhood.

I was first impressed with Fox Point when my frustration was running rampant: sitting in my car, mid-week, mid-January, at quarter past five in the evening. I had just punched out for the day from my internship in Davol Square when I quickly realized that my usual route to 95 south via Point Street had turned into a parking lot….

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