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Summer Views of Jamestown

by Virginia Prichett 20. July 2011 09:41

Bobbing boats with a view of the Newport Bridge

Rose Island

Mackerel Cove

House on the Rock

Smooth Sailing



Pick-Your-Own Close to Jamestown

by Elaine Infantolino 14. July 2011 06:08

It’s berry picking time! This fun activity can be found at few different nearby farms.

The raspberries and blueberries are ripe now at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown. Pick-your-own basket, then enjoy the farm café and specialty food market, which supports local businesses and food artisans. Here you can find fruit & veggies, baked goods, pre-made dinners, spices, flowers and a whole lot more. You might also check out their summer concert and dinner series. Open every day 8am-7pm.  *Tip – save some room for a soft serve cone after a hard day of picking berries.

Pick-your-own blueberries are available at Schartner Farms in Exeter. They claim to have “some the size of quarters”! Picking hours are weekdays 7:30am-noon and 4-7pm. Weekends they are open all day (7am-7pm). They also offer a full produce department, jams, gift shop, nursery and greenhouse. Schartner Farms currently provides fresh produce and products to over fifty Rhode Island Restaurants on a weekly basis.  *Tip – take some delicious corn home for dinner!

Blueberries are also available at Smith’s Berry Farm in North Kingstown. Due to a slow ripening this year, give a quick call (401.295.7669) to be sure it is a good time to go.

If you know of any other great places like these to visit, we would love to hear from you!







What A Bay!

by Virginia Prichett 6. July 2011 08:27

DeWolf Tavern, BristolLast week was a big anniversary celebration for my husband and I. There was only one place we wanted to be: on the water in Narragansett Bay. We sailed off our mooring on the east side of Jamestown and headed for Bristol late one morning. After a lovely, short sail which took us along Prudence Island we arrived at the harbor. The friendly Harbormaster gave us a mooring # and told us that because we were just stopping for charge. We rowed into the closest dock, hoping it was "allowable" to store our dinghy. The sign said the dock is reserved for patrons of a number of places, and one of them is where we had planned lunch, the DeWolff Tavern. We walked up the dock, into a charming, historic stone building and out to the terrace. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch (my husband recommends the seared sea scallops with garam masala sauce) and then had another beautiful sail home. We were in Jamestown by 5 after a glorious outing. Another Narragansett Bay gem.



And They're Off! The Transatlantic Race 2011

by Virginia Prichett 30. June 2011 05:30

This week, thirty sailboats have begun leaving Newport on the 2,975 nautical mile Transatlantic Race 2011 to England. Due to the various classes and sizes of the 30 boats entered — ranging from 40 to 289 feet — there are three separate starts. The first two waves left Sunday and Wednesday. The last boats depart on July 3.

While trans-Atlantic races have traditionally left from New York, this is the first to go from Newport. The boat that finishes with the fastest elapsed time will set the benchmark from Newport to Lizard Point in southwestern England, to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.

Pictured above is The Maltese Falcon, which departed on Wednesday in the largest group of yachts.  Built by Perini Navi, the 'Falcon' is a clipper sailing luxury yacht, commissioned and formerly owned by American venture capitalist Tom Perkins. It is one of the largest privately-owned sailing yachts in the world at 88 m (289 ft).


A Fun Activity Right Nearby! - Polo at Glen Farm

by Elaine Infantolino 27. June 2011 07:23

Newport vs. Boston, June 25

Last week, I was generously offered a pair of tickets to see a polo match in Portsmouth, just over the bridge from Jamestown.  It is not an activity that I have ever really considered attending or one that I even knew could be found here.  I have always been a horse lover and rode quite a bit when I was younger, but the thought of polo for me just always brought to mind a crowd of people, dressed to the nines with over-the-top hats and white gloves, sipping on champagne, sitting all prim and proper on the sidelines. Well, let me tell you. I was dead wrong. And I’m so glad that I was!

A polo game is not one that will leave you dazed and confused, wondering what the heck just went down over the last couple of hours. No, it is pretty easy to pick up the basics of the game (and it certainly helps to have a seasoned group of regulars sitting next to you explaining every detail). Although the official rules, according to the US Polo Association, take up 55 pages in a book, there are only a few that you need to know to follow. The Newport Polo Club website states: ‘In a nutshell: don’t hit your horse or anyone else’s with a mallet. You can’t play left-handed. No dangerous riding. Abusive play and language are not allowed. If a player comes off his or her horse, the clock can continue to run; if a horse falls down, stop the clock.’

As for the nature of a match, it’s really a fun time! No stuffiness here. It is essentially a big tailgate party. People bring their beach chairs, blankets, grills, coolers, dogs, umbrellas, kids, etc. and set up around the perimeter of the field. Attire is whatever makes you feel comfortable on a warm summer night sitting on the grass. You can expect to be there about 2 hours. There are 6 chukkers to a game, each one lasting 7 ½ minutes. But there are always penalties, time between chukkers to change ‘ponies’ and half time to consider. Half time is entertaining as spectators are invited to the field to help replace the divots. For me, the most exciting part was hearing the thunder of hooves as the horses race back and forth. It is an aggressive game, but beautiful as well. You will be amazed at the speed of the ponies as well as how agile they are when they have to make quick maneuvers. Apparently, good polo ponies know the game just as well, or better, than their human counterparts, and play the game to win. I overheard someone say that if a rider were to make a wrong move, it is not uncommon for the horse to get upset.

The announcer kept us amused with his comments and at the end, I participated in what he called ‘that sweaty hand slapping thing’ where you can line up around the field and the riders will come by and slap your hand.

Oh, and I think I just may have to find the perfect hat for my next match.

Polo matches are every Saturday at Glen Farm in Portsmouth.  Pricing is very reasonable at $10/adult for general admission.  Check out their website for a schedule and more information.  (




The Rhode Island National Guard Air Show

by Elaine Infantolino 24. June 2011 06:17


Established in 1991, the annual Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show is a wonderful community event offering amazing aerial displays. This year celebrates The Centennial of Naval Aviation featuring the US Navy Blue Angels.

From the beginning, the show has been led by its mission to put on a world class show featuring the best aircraft and pilots and operate the show totally for the benefit of the community. In a 96 hour period, a fully operating civilian/military airport is transformed into the air show venue. Everyone involved shares a commitment to the children of Hasbro and all the local charities that benefit from the effort. To date, contributions to local charities exceed $1,400,000. The Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the largest benefactor and has received over $1,200,000.  (

The show takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, from Quonset Base.  You can set up camp there, but many spots around the area will enjoy the sights and sounds as well. Jamestown is a great location to catch the action! The morning show begins at 10:00 and will include demonstrations by:

The Black Daggers
Sean D. Tucker
The Red Bull Air Force
Pietsch Air Shows (Jelly Belly)
The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
John Klatt
The RI Air National Guard C-130J Demo
F-16 Viper East
Mike Goulian
The RI Army National Guard Blackhawk Demo

The Show will not have any breaks. In the afternoon you will see performances by:

Pietsch Air Shows (Jelly Belly)
The Grumman TBM Avenger
The Black Daggers
The Red Bull Air Force
Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter
Geico Skytypers
The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
John Klatt
The Horsemen
Mike Goulian
F-16 Viper East
USAF Heritage Flight
Sean D. Tucker
Combined Arms Demonstration
USN Blue Angels

*The performances may not happen in the order listed here.


10 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill This Summer

by Elaine Infantolino 16. June 2011 09:42


With the increase in temperatures outside, it is likely that you will experience an increase in your electric bill. Take these simple steps to help decrease your energy consumption.


1.     Keep It Clean.  Air filters need to be cleaned out regularly. At a minimum, change them every 3 months. Dirt and dust that collect can obstruct air flow, thus reducing efficiency.


2.     Seal It Up.  Ducts that move air to and from a central air conditioner are big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Also check windows and doors for air leaks. To test if you have airflow, be sure the window or door is closed tightly and hold a lit candle near the seams. If the flame bends, there’s a good chance you have a draft. Use caulk and weather stripping to plug up drafts.


3.     Close The Blinds.  Rooms get hotter, especially south and west facing, when there are no blinds to block sunlight.


4.     Program The Thermostat.  When you’re not home, there is no need to blast the A/C. By installing a programmable thermostat, you can set temperatures higher during the day. Through proper use, you can save about $180 a year on energy costs.


5.     Use Fans Or Set Fan To Auto.  Simply a nice breeze can make the room feel cooler. If you have central air, running the fan continuously on the system uses a lot of energy and actually reduces the effectiveness.


6.     Change Light Bulbs.  Replace incandescent bulbs for compact fluourescents (CFLs) as they use less energy and generate less heat.


7.     Grill More!  Hotter space = More work for your cooling system. Limit the use of heat generating appliances (oven, dryer, dishwasher) in home during the day, when temperatures are highest. 


8.     Unplug.  Gadgets suck energy when plugged into a power source. Plug devices into a power strip that can be turned off when not in use.  Set your computer to ‘hibernate’ or ‘sleep’ when not in use. 


9.     Shop For Efficiency.  Use Energy Star guidelines to determine the best choice when making a purchase on an appliance.  Also, you may benefit from incentives offered for purchasing an energy efficient unit. Check government and utility deals at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.


10. Get A Tune Up.  A yearly tune up of your cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. 



National Grid has lots more information on this topic, including their 3% Less Initiative, which encourages customers to reduce energy consumption 3% every year for the next 10 years.




Hot Off the Press!

by Virginia Prichett 15. June 2011 08:39

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The J's Are Back! J Class Newport Regatta 2011

by Carol Hopkins 9. June 2011 10:43

Velsheda (1933)

There is going to be an exciting sailing regatta of the J Class yachts from June 15th to June 19th in Newport. Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in what is the first of a series of global J Class events. I am only a novice sailor, but I do know that I don't want to miss seeing these magnificent yachts on Narragansett Bay. I would suggest going to either Beavertail or Fort Wetherill to catch a glimpse. Also, Castle Hill will be a great vantage point.

The starts and finishes are off of Fort Adams with viewing stands set up on the Northwestern corner of Fort Adams.

J Class is a rating for large sailing yachts desinged between 1930 and 1937. They were used to compete in three races of the America's Cup.  According to, "Ten massive yachts conforming to J rule were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed and tank tested. They were all but extinct, however three English yachts survived. In 2000, the new J Class Association was formed to 'promote, protect and develop' the interests of these wonderful yachts."

The race schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 15: Race 1, start 1 PM

Thursday, June 16: Race 2, start 1 PM 

Friday, June 17: Race 3, start 1 PM

Saturday, June 18: Race 4, start 1 PM

Sunday, June 19: Race 5, start 1 PM

So, when you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, and you just need a break, go to one of these vantage points with an iced coffee or a picnic and enjoy the beauty of these yachts.

-Carol Hopkins


 *Photo titled 'Velsheda Solent' by Frank Crossley

Rhode Island Housing - A Great Resource

by Elaine Infantolino 2. June 2011 08:52

There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home and the list can be daunting if you are new to the process.  This is one of the most significant investments in your life and you want to approach it armed with as much knowledge as possible.  This is where Rhode Island Housing can help you.  This is an organization created to make it easier for people to make Rhode Island their home.  They provide low-interest loans, grants, education, advocacy and consumer counseling so you don't have to go it alone.

For those who already own a home, there is a wealth of information to help people maintain or improve their homes.  They are also a resource for those who may need help keeping their home.

Coming Up
If you are thinking of buying your first home, you can learn everything you need to know at a free Homebuyer Education class.  They run from 6:30-9:30PM and are offered at locations around the state.  The Rhode Island Housing newsletter published the following dates for the classes:

June 8 Smithfield
June 13 Providence
June 21 Warwick
June 27 Middletown

Contact Tammy Fisher at 401.457.1245 or to register. 

Visit their website at