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Pick-Your-Own Close to Jamestown

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!

 

 

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What A Bay!

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 lunch...no 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.

-Ginny


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And They're Off! The Transatlantic Race 2011

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).


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A Fun Activity Right Nearby! - Polo at Glen Farm

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.  (http://www.glenfarm.com/)



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The Rhode Island National Guard Air Show

US NAVY BLUE ANGELS

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.  (http://www.riairshow.org/index.html)

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.


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

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 jclassyachts.com, "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


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 *Photo titled 'Velsheda Solent' by Frank Crossley

The Return of Dockwise



Each year in the late spring, the huge orange ship shows up in Newport Harbor to begin its delivery of yachts transported here to Narragansett Bay to spend summer in arguably the best sailing/cruising area in the United States. 

I checked out their website a little while ago. There are 4 ships, including one super sized ship, that travel to about 18 destinations worldwide to pick up and deliver. Destinations include the cruising grounds many of us are familiar with, including St. Thomas and the Bahamas. But in fact, New Zealand, Tahiti, Turkey, France and Italy are among the other interesting ports where Dockwise makes regular stops.

I took this excerpt from their website, but there is lots of interesting information, so I’d suggest you check it out. Meanwhile, if you’re out in the bay, it’s fascinating to watch the unloading of the yachts. And in the fall, the ship reloads and takes its cargo to winter cruising grounds.

www.yacht-transport.com/homepage.html

Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) is the world's leading yacht logistics company offering hassle-free yacht & boat transport to the most desirable cruising grounds of the world.
DYT serves its customers with a global network of 10 offices and representatives. With its own fleet of semi-submersible yacht carriers, DYT provides top quality service and reliable scheduling throughout the year.


-Ginny Prichett

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Go For a Ride in Jamestown!

While cycling around the island recently, an off-island friend asked if Jamestown has been mentioned as one of the top ten beautiful places to bike.  I am not aware of such a list, but if there is one, Jamestown would definitely be on it!  Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Jamestown “home” are acutely aware of our beautiful surroundings, and being an avid cyclist, I have always believed that there is no better way to see a place than by two wheels.  To tour Conanicut Island on your bike makes for some wonderful times.


A bike tour of the island will include a bit of everything: rolling hills, spectacular water views, sightings of magnificent sailboats, Block Island, lighthouses, Fort Getty, Fort Wetherill, and picturesque tree-lined streets.  Of course no outing would be complete without stopping in town for an ice cream cone or dish of gelato.  After all, you earned it!  For those of us who have spent the winter on our trainers, riding outside is something we anxiously look forward to.  I find that riding regularly - at last 5 days each week, provides a great balance to my busy work days at Island Realty.

There is a Jamestown Bike Path Design Committee, which is working to create a bike path on the Island that will enable cyclists to get from the north end to the in-town area via a bike path along North Road.  The Jamestown Press reported that there may be possible funding for this project from RIDOT. Read about it here.

An annual Jamestown cycling event is the Jamestown Classic, a US Cycling Association race held on Columbus Day.  For 35 years, the Jamestown Rotary Club has sponsored this event and it has brought cyclists fromall over the country.  With the help of many volunteers, this event is truly something worth watching, or better yet, hop on your bike and compete! 


Now that the warm weather is here, get out your favorite bike and see Jamestown in a whole new way.

-Vicki deAngeli

 

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Sheep Shearing Day at Watson Farm of Jamestown

As a newcomer to living in Jamestown, I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight a place that may be of interest to new residents or visitors.  Or maybe even spark the interest of longtime residents who may have seen signs for this spot, but never stopped by to explore.  The place I’m talking about is Watson Farm on North Main Road.  This past weekend, on May 6, the farm held its annual Sheep Shearing Day.  And what a fantastic activity for the family!  It was wonderful to have such an experience right here, minutes from home.  We didn’t have to venture over either one of the bridges for a day of learning and hands on experience  (Do I sound like a true Rhode Islander yet?)


Founded in 1796, Watson Farm is a 265-acre property and is a working family farm.  The original farmhouse is still standing and is used by the Minto family as their home.  The animals on the farm are grass fed during the year and a rotational grazing method is employed.  Raising the animals on grass, as opposed to grain, reduces labor and costs.


The Sheep Shearing Day is an opportunity for visitors to see the animals up close and personal.  And when I say up close, I mean my 3-year old daughter was able to hold baby chicks and ducks in her hands and pet newborn lambs.  She was able to see the sheep losing their ‘coats’ and understood that no, it did not hurt them.  Then she made her very own small sheep out of a pipe cleaner and pink wool, spun from a previous harvest. We saw a Red Devon cow, lots of cats, a rooster and the border collies that are used to herd the sheep.  We hiked up the hill to see bright green fields and a herd of sprightly sheep bounding up and over one another.  She got to see that in fact, there are black sheep, like in the song she’s been singing over and over. The expansive views of Narragansett Bay are like a painting.
 

And to top it all off, there was the best tree swing ever!  This was quite possibly the favorite activity for many of the kids.  The swing was made of a big piece of wood and tied to a huge tree by good, strong rope.  So simple, yet so entertaining.  We watched the ‘big’ kids go swooping up high, where you know they could feel that little twinge in their bellies.  My daughter mustered up her courage and didn’t try to stop me as I loaded her up a little more, a little more….Then I let go and swooooooshhhhhh!  I could hear her giggling and the people standing in line saying, ‘Look at that face!’  She was loving it!

Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.  Or we busy ourselves with activities that cost a lot of money, or make you interact with machines, or keep you cooped up indoors.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes these are great, and necessary.  But I have to say, this was such a nice escape.  Things my daughter has read about or discussed in school became a reality.  And I felt like this activity really gave us the chance to connect on a more personal level.

All that from a little farm on Jamestown.   

For more information, go here.

 

-Elaine Infantolino

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Spotlight on Jamestown's Fort Getty

Fort Getty is a town park located west of Mackerel Cove Beach.  The southern part of Narragansett Bay is split in half by 8 mile long Conanicut Island (aka Jamestown), forming East and West Passages.  Fort Getty overlooks West Passage and offers campsites for both tent and RV campers.  The park also offers a boat ramp, fishing area, camper services and showers.

Historically, Fort Getty was used as a U.S. Military Fort.  In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British Navy arrived in Newport and shortly after invaded Jamestown. They attacked Fort Getty and Fort Wetherill.  During World Wars I and II, it was used for observation and protection of the entrance to Narragansett Bay.  For more information, call (401) 423-7264.


A Personal Perspective – from owner Ginny Prichett


Last week, I saw Jeff McDonough's photo in the Jamestown Press of the cement blocks being laid for the new boat ramp at Ft. Getty.  It brought back memories for me of our 22' catamaran that we used to launch at Ft. Getty every year. So I took my camera and went for a ride on a lovely Monday to see what action I could see on the construction of the new ramp. A couple of photos are attached to this blog, but that's not why I'm writing.  I'm writing because Ft. Getty is one of Jamestown's gems. This gorgeous peninsula juts into Narragansett Bay with a 360 degree view from RI Sound, to the Dutch Island lighthouse, to West Ferry. Protected from northeastern breezes, with easy access to the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, this area is just gorgeous. The only other people out there when I visited on April 25 were the 2 men working on the new boat ramp, and I believe it was about quitting time. So the next time you are looking to take a walk in a very special place, this is my recommendation.






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