Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly May 2008


Driven to Drink

Barrington has become a hotbed of underage drinking—and driving. Kids are dying, parents are turning on one another, and the experts are baffled. Is it too late to save this bucolic little town from itself?

We're 20

A generation after our first issue hit newsstands, we’re hitting the big 2-0. To celebrate, we’ve followed up on what’s happened to the good, the bad and the best in our fair state. Where are they now? Here’s what we’ve discovered…

Right on Track

The former home of the American Locomotive Company (aka ALCO), which is in the midst of a major rehab, was a fitting setting for the Providence Preservation Society’s annual Winter Bash. The hip urban fete attracted twenty-something Providence newbies, as well as long-time supporters of the organization. All told, the event raised $40,000 to benefit the society’s preservation advocacy and education programs.

Bead Bash

More than a thousand revelers flocked to Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet for VSA arts of Rhode Island’s sixteenth annual Mardi Gras ball—one of the biggest parties outside of Louisiana featuring Cajun and Zydeco music. Attendees hit the dance floor in creative costumes, sampled Cajun and Creole cuisine and raised thousands of dollars for the organization’s arts programs for children and adults with disabilities.

Drink and Be Merry

Five local guys prove that homemade wine’s not synonymous with swill — and have a damn good time in the process.

A Not So Simple Plan

Rhode Island ought to be the perfect incubator for testing universal health insurance. So what’s stopping us?

Show Time

Part scavenger hunt, part marathon and the rest circus, The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show is chock full of treasures and more thrilling than the big top. Best of all—no waiting involved—the remarkable week-long event is kicking off another colorful season this month.