6-8 fresh mint leaves
2-3 oz. bourbon
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. water
1. Muddle mint leaves, sugar and water in a glass.
2. Fill glass with crushed ice.
3. Pour in bourbon.
4. Garnish with a sprig of mint
Your kids might not grow up to be NBA superstars, but they can feel like tiny Lebrons at Adventureland’s new Bankshot gaming area. The family fun center in Narragansett has added a trick basketball component to their offerings of video games, go karts, batting cages, carousel and more. Bankshot involves banking a ball off of different surfaces to land trick shots – think of it like mini golf, Harlem Globetrotters style. The park is rolling out the new court during April vacation this month, and will have celebratory events all spring, like free mini-golf for moms on Mother’s Day and free Bankshot for dads on Father’s Day.
Today is a somber day for many Rhode Islanders: the tenth anniversary of the Station Fire, which took the lives of 100 people. It also marks the beginning of a documentary web series that will tell some of the stories of the lives affected by the tragedy. Episodes of The Station Web Series will run weekly on the project's YoutTube channel. Various installments will include interviews with survivors, family members of the victims, first responders and medical personnel, lawmakers and fire safety professionals. The project is the work of Paul Lonardo, Gina Russo and David Bettencourt, and is based in part on From the Ashes, a book that Londardo and Russo co-authored about the fire. Russo is also the current president of the Station Memorial Foundation. Check out the first episode below:
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Projo reports that a "ten-foot phallic snow sculpture" in South Kingstown has been getting some of the neighbors hot and bothered. The police came multiple times – though we think they might have been faking those last couple – to the home off Middlebridge Road where the sculpture was erected, but decided that they weren't at liberty to touch the owner's private... property. Though the person responsible claims the sculpture will last for days, we think that just leaving it exposed like that will lead to softening and significant shrinkage. Anway, here's a photo... you know you want to look:
By now you may have heard that Winter Storm Nemo is bearing down on New England and preparing to drop anywhere from 1-265 inches (give or take) of powder in the Northeast, and possibly anything from a few flurries to a catastrophic blizzard of biblical proportions around the region, including New York, New Jersey, DC, Miami, Atlanta, Albuquerque, the US Virgin Islands, Belize, Hawaii (the island of Oahu only), New South Wales, Isengard and The Shire. Here is the latest Storm Tracker XL5000 DopplerMaster Radar Luxury Edition III satellite photo of Nemo's approach:
Always concerned for the wellbeing of our readers, we've compiled a list of the following snow preparedness tips so you can be ready for The Wrath of Nemo:
-Stock up on milk and bread.
-While you're at the market, might as well pick up other food that you might need to eat an actual meal instead of subsisting off milk and bread like a Dickensian street urchin.
-Hold up the entire damn line at Stop & Shop like there's no one else waiting while you look for that expired coupon for milk and/or bread.
-Act like it has never snowed before. Ever.
-Call a parent, grandparent or older relative so they can remind you how this is nothing compared to the Blizzard of '78.
-Start live-Tweeting the storm now so that your hash tag wins. #snowedin #statingtheobvious #didImentionitssnowing? #catchinguponHomeland
-Post a Facebook update encouraging everyone to stay safe and warm. Seriously. Do it now. Do you want your friends to die a horrible, freezing, snowbound death? You've got to warn them!
-Gather the supplies you'll need if there's an extended power outage: candles, flashlights, warm blankets, non-perishable food, booze, satellite phone, animal pelts, whale blubber, a trashcan to throw through the front window of whatever store you're planning to loot.
-In the event of both a parking ban and a power outage, set your car on fire to stay warm and avoid costly parking …
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the only organization in the state that provides funding for humanities projects, has announced their 2013 Major Grants Awards. These grants, totaling $188,088, have been awarded to 22 organizations across the state and will go towards projects ranging from supporting new interpretive materials for public exhibitions for cultural sites, supporting K-12 civic education, piloting GIS and smartphone technology, reopening the FirstWorks dialogue surrounding the controversial ballet Rite of Spring in its 100th anniversary and assisting Rhode Island’s 14th regiment, a group of high school aged reenacters who will camp and march down the Blackstone River Bikeway Path this spring. As far as South County is concerned, a grant of $11,650 was awarded to the Jamestown Historical Society to create and improve didactic signage at the Jamestown Windmill that was built in 1787. The signage will improve the visitor experience, docent training and be integrated into a middle school science program to create a connection between the sciences and humanities.
It's officially time to turn up the Christmas tunes and start making progress with your holiday gift shopping. Shop local this year and support independent and local businesses like Block Island Trading Company. They’ve got you covered from festive home-décor and stocking stuffers to great holiday gifts. Located in the Shoppes at the National Hotel on the corner of Water Street and Dodge Street, they will be open Friday through Sunday up until Christmas from noon to 3 p.m. Do good for the economy and support hard-working business owners in your local community. Can’t make it to the store? No worries, Block Island Trading Company offers PayPal-Bill Me Later, allowing buyers up to six moths to pay for all their purchases. Put a little sparkle into the “the most wonderful time of the year” and shop outside of the average chain stores.
Calvin Campany, president and owner of Adornment Fine Jewelry, understands how to have a good time. Every Friday night through November 16, Campany hosts Art On Tap, an event featuring free local beer tastings, artwork from local artists and jewelry from local jewelers.
“It’s a celebration of what’s made right here in Rhode Island,” says Campany. The event came out of his love of shopping local: “It’s important to support local artists – and I just like beer,” he says, laughing. “I’ve been to stuffy wine tastings and stuffy art shows and I wanted something more fun, because that’s what Adornment is, a fun jewelry store.”
While Campany has a store in South Kingstown at 36 South County Commons Way, the weekly events take place at his Newport Adornment store. Wander in to either location to get a taste of the good life.
Get your fall running gear out of the closet and burn off some of those extra calories from Thanksgiving dinner. The East Greenwich Hill and Harbour Turkey Trot 5K will take place on Saturday, November 24, starting at the East Greenwich Armory. The race begins at 9am and is open to all. Registration is $20 online or $25 on the day of the race. The scenic course incorporates Main Street, the waterfront and the Hill District. Less challenging races that the whole family can partake in include a one-mile Fun Run crafts and music. Last year’s race saw over 700 runners turn out for the event, with even more anticipated for this year. Runners are also asked to bring canned foods with them to support the East Greenwich Interfaith Food Cupboard, collected by The East Greenwich Lions Club
Make the most of the remaining days before winter by coming out for the 21st Annual Lil’ Rhody Runaround Trail Race. The race will be held at Burlingame State Park in Charlestown on Sunday, November 18 at 11am. The eight-mile loop begins at Prosser Beach, following the Yellow Dot Trail around Watchaug Pond. Hot soup and refreshments will be served after the race. Tickets are $20 until November 11 and $25 thereafter.
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! On November 4 from 12-3pm at the Oceancliff Resort in Newport, the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties will hold the Chocolate Brunch 2012 fundraiser. Set against a gorgeous view of the Narragansett Bay, the brunch will also feature chocolate-based entrées and side dishes, a dessert buffet, a silent auction of holiday gifts, live jazz music and a mystery travel package raffle. Tickets are $85.
Join family and friends on November 14 for Celebration and Remembrance, an evening honoring the life of Nanci Millin, who died in December of last year after a long illness. A URI grad and South Country resident for over 25 years, Nanci cared deeply for the health and wellness of animals, and the event continues …
Show support for your furry friends: join the Pawswatch volunteer network at their 12th Annual Cats Alive! Silent Auction, on October 19 from 6-10pm. The evening will kick off with cocktails and dinner, followed by a silent auction featuring unique works of art, jewelry, specialty gift baskets and other items donated by fellow Rhode Islanders. This fundraising event will help support the nonprofit organization in their mission to monitor and care for feral cats in the community through services including vaccinations, spay and neuter services. $35 per ticket; 848-9867, www. pawswatch.org.
Be a part of the Amazing Wish Race, held on October 20 for the Children’s Wish Group of Rhode Island. Teams of four can be registered to participate in the race and scavenger hunt, which will begin at 11am. Food, prizes, local celebrity appearances and live entertainment also make an appearance on this fun-filled day. The Children’s Wish Group grants the wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. $25 per person; 921-1300, www.cwishesri.com.
The Annual Harvest Johnny Cake Festival, sponsored by the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, will need volunteers to assist in several different duties on the weekend of October 20-21. Pre-registration is required to volunteer, along with attending a training session prior to the festival. Several exciting events are planned for the celebration, such as a tour of Kenyon’s Grist Mill, live music and demonstrations, and samples along the Queen’s River and waterfall. Over 75 local vendors are also expected to show up. Volunteer hours are from 9:30am to 5:30pm, and a free lunch will be provided. 789-1559, www.jonnycakecenter.org.
Start the autumn off with a clean slate at the Save the Bay Fall Cleanup at Rocky Point in Warwick on October 13, from 11am-1pm. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long-sleeved clothing and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (to protect from the elements and …