Becky Chace Band Funeral Home Sign

Concert at a Funeral Home?

  Last summer I caught The Becky Chace Band at one of Rhode Island Historical Society’s Concerts Under the Elms. The musicians put on a lively show with a good mix of original tunes and covers, all anchored by Becky Chace’s confident lead vocals and … Continue reading

Little Free Library book selection

Little Free Library

Providence is a great town for readers. We are blessed with several independent book shops including the Brown Bookstore, Books on the Square, Paper Nautilus, and Cellar Stories. We have a wonderful library system with branches all over the city. Now … Continue reading

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Acme Video

Update: Acme Video is no longer in business. I am a sucker for businesses that operate in old buildings; cafes in gussied-up train depots or bicycle shops in former garages. I was dismayed when the New Britain Museum of American Art … Continue reading

Old Stone Bank, South Main Street Providence

The Old Stone Bank

I would love to see the inside of the Old Stone Bank at 86 South Main Street. I first caught a glimpse of it while admiring the view from the Governor Stephen Hopkins House museum on Planet Street. A museum … Continue reading

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Flyer Art

Here’s another thing I love about Providence—even the handmade flyers for tag sales and lost dogs are artfully crafted and usually very clever. I assume the bounty of visually arresting notices is due to the creative vibe of the city. … Continue reading

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RISD Student Show

One of the best things about living in a college town is the abundance of free or nearly-free cultural offerings. I’ve enjoyed a lecture by the author John Barry (Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul) at the … Continue reading

View from bike path on I-195

Fun in Providence, part 2

I know there is too much of a good thing when it comes to wine and chocolate, but is there such a thing as too much fun? I don’t think so, but living in Providence is definitely testing my limits! … Continue reading

Up Close on Hope Festival Ballet Providence

Fun in Providence, part 1

I’ve been fortunate to live in Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Hartford. Luckily, the pleasures of each of those cities are also available here. Providence has the same artsy energy as Miami (admittedly minus its go-go international flavor); an abundance of great … Continue reading