Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly September 2008


A Mighty Wind

Special interests want to do them in, but wind farms could save us big money. Let’s ponder that as gas approaches $4.50 a gallon.

The Bugman Cometh

Brace yourself. David Gracer wants you to eat bugs. And his logic has legs: Protein-rich insects one day may be the key to our survival.

Patriotic Party

After being held out of town for far too long, the Fourth of July Ball returned to Bristol with a bang this year. A sell-out crowd donned their finest red, white and blue attire to help raise funds for the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, which plans the town’s month-long patriotic celebration. Revelers enjoyed dinner, dancing and root beer floats under a tent on the picturesque grounds of Blithewold Mansion.

Sunny Side Up

The beachy Dunes Club in Narragansett was an ideal setting for the Groden Network’s Gala by the Sea benefit. Post-dinner, 300 partygoers grooved to a live band and bid on auction items such as a trip to Ireland and signed artwork by actor Anthony Quinn. The event raised $160,000 for the nonprofit, which provides services to more than 800 children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities.

John Maeda Wants to Jump Start Your Brain

John Maeda is an artistic computer nerd who designed Reebok sneakers and is constantly challenging people’s ideas. But as RISD’s new president, the person he tests most of all is himself.

Beginner's Luck?

It may not be a chemical addiction, but nothing hooks compulsive gamblers like that first big win.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Dog-owning nature lovers, culture-seeking urban aficionados, surfboard-toting lobstermen and suburban commuters with incomes in the stratosphere can all find the ideal ’hood in tiny, diverse Rhodie. With property prices at their lowest in years, it’s a good time to look around and wonder whether you, too, are in your perfect neighborhood.