Archive for September, 2010
If it didn’t quite feel like fall just yet, this weekend’s 36th Annual Harvest Fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, with its old-fashioned country fair feel, is decidedly autumnal. Traditionally attracting more than 10,000 visitors over the 2-day event, everyone from the young to young at heart enjoy food, contests and games, entertainment, children’s crafts, pony rides, the ever popular barrel train, “The Mabel Express,” hayrides, pumpkin painting, face painting, and old-time favorites: the Mud Pit and the Monkey Bridge.
Right now, the forecast is showing temps in the 60s (official sweater weather), but we’ll have to get through some rain first courtesy Tropical Storm Nicole, and as any Harvest Fair fan will tell you, rain + bird sanctuary = busted up shoes. So, we suggest leaving any pricey kicks at home (no matter how cute) for a great pair of chic Wellies or a funky rendition of the beloved rain boot. Ankle boots are also the rage this season, and there’s a host of cute styles out there. If you’re looking for a pair to invest in, check out the selection of Dubarry boots at Royal Male (Spring Street, Newport) and Royal Warrant (Bannister’s Wharf, Newport), or the fabu Le Chameau boots, which closely resemble the tradition Hunter Wellie (and both are practically indestructible).
Sole Desire has a ton of super-sweet versions with all kinds of patterns, designs and critters, and for the smaller set, Hatley (both are in Brick Market Place) has boots that are just too cute. Pair with skinny jeans for a sleek look and you are Harvest Fair fabulous!
Pictured top, Dubarry Kildare boot; at right above,Le Chameau boot, at left, Hatley’s alligator rain boots for kids
While at the Aquidneck Growers’ Market at Newport Vineyards Saturday, I couldn’t help but notice how the rows and rows of grapes were perfectly ripened, wholly plump, and utterly robust, which naturally made me think of the fine wine its is sure to yield down the line. Of course, vine to wine is a lengthy process, but in the interim, reds are taking center stage as the temperatures drop and fall takes hold.
Savoring the season’s best flavors can be enjoyed at any of the area vineyards (Newport, Greenvale and Sakonnet), and at tastings around town. The Newport Wine Cellar is celebrating the season by presenting tasting sessions highlighting a selection of earthy, bold reds. Classes include Aromas of Spain on October 6, and Red Zinfandel–California’s Varietal, on October 13. Each feature four wines paired with cheeses and light hors d’oeuvres, and cost is $35 (they’ve been routinely selling out, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 619-3966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot).
The inaugural Doris Duke Days, a 3-day film celebration at the Jane Pickens Theater fêteing the late heiress’s myriad interests, kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday. A blend of old favorites, insightful documentaries, local interest and new films, even a mockumentary (Best in Show), there’s something for just about everyone. Locals will especially appreciate Old House Soul, documentary examines the life and work of Steve Tyson Sr. (1942-2008), a Rhode Island preservationist whose company is responsible for restoring and preserving hundreds of historic buildings and houses across the state; and Jazz on Summer’s Day, set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.
Fashionistas and classic film cinemaphiles should mark the calendar for the unofficial pièce de résistance, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the legendary 1961 hit starring style icon Audrey Hepburn. First timers will adore and longtime fans will joyously reacquaint the tale of New York socialite Holly Golightly when she meets new tenant and struggling scribe Paul Varjak and hilarity ensues.
This Saturday, the polo ponies of Portsmouth will make their final appearance before bidding adieu to another amazing season. Tailgaters, as always, are welcome to set up their spread well before the 4 p.m. match start, and, despite summer’s official last day tomorrow, madras and Lilly are expected to make a distinguished presence Saturday.
While it’s a delight mixing mojitos and tapas or planning an impressive wine and cheese pairing, consider letting someone else play host for the afternoon, all for a good cause. Earlier this summer, Newport Stylephile arranged a clothing drive for the Rhode Island chapter of Dress for Success, the national non-profit that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women. Saturday, local supporters of the organization will be hosting a polo tailgate party fundraiser. Your $20 ticket includes the match (and parking), catering by Glorious Affairs, and wine and beer donated by local vendors and vineyards, plus a raffle. All proceeds go to Dress for Success RI, and tickets MUST be purchased in advance to benefit the charity. Call 401-864-4657 or email email@example.com for tickets.
Photo: Megan Morgan
Eco chic …conscious couture … recycled runway … whatever you choose to call the growing movement of choosing garments, footwear and accessories while considering their origins, materials, sustainability and the working conditions in which they were crafted, is undoubtedly in. And eco-fashionistas Natalie Portman, Gwen Stefani, Lea Michele, Sienna Miller and Demi Moore all prove that we’re not talking about hempy, “earth-friendly” potato sack anomalies. Alongside New York Fashion Week this year was the inaugural Eco Fashion Week at The Green Shows, where clothing with a conscience sashayed down the runways.
Closer to home, Rachel Lessne at Green Envy in Brick Market Place is proving ethically sound, fair trade fabulousness is easy to achieve. Check out this casual but conscious look for fall … click the link below the fall look she’s created and the look she’s wearing.