Archive for September, 2010

Haute Harvest Fair? You Bet!

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

September 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm 2 comments

Hello, Reds!

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 to reserve a spot).

September 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

FREE Museum Day Tomorrow: Art & Culture at No Cost

More than 1,500 museum and cultural venues across the U.S. will open their doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day, and Newport County has an impressive roster of participating sites. Have you been meaning to check out the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum? Blithewold or the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol? Casey Farm in Saunderstown? The Museum of Newport History, Newport Art Museum or the Colony House right here in our backyard? Dare you head off the island and check out the RISD Museum of Art in Providence?

To receive your free Museum Day Ticket, CLICK HERE. For a full list of participating Rhode Island museums and cultural sites, CLICK HERE, or to locate a participating, out-of-state museum by you, CLICK HERE.

September 24, 2010 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Doris Duke Days Around the Corner

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.

Tickets for Doris Duke Days are $10/each or purchase a $60 pass for all 11 films. See a full line-up by CLICKING HERE, call (401) 846-5252 for information or visit

September 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm 1 comment

Cheers! Sláinte! Salude! Prost!

Since its inception 5 years ago, the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival has continued to lure culinary luminaries and this year’s event, set for Sept. 24-26, is no exception. Billed as the  “most upscale wine and food festival on the East Coast,” celebrity chef appearances and cooking demonstrations this weekend include Portsmouth native Chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto/Boccalone in San Francisco and Food Network’s Chefs vs. City; and Chef Chris Shea of David Burke Prime at Foxwoods. Other industry personalities include Roseann Tully, CEO & Founder of Intermezzo Magazine;  in addition to Nick Stellino, Rachel Allen, Christina Pirello and Joanne Chang of Boston’s Flour Bakery and Myers & Chang; Dan Enos of Boston’s Oceanaire Seafood Room, Adam Halberg of the Barcelona Restaurant Group, and Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections.

The weekend also includes a two-day Grand Tasting with more than 100 wineries from around the globe on the lawn of Marble House (brew aficionados should head to the Stella Artois Beer Garden), seminars with leading wine experts, including Wine Editor Ray Isle of FOOD & WINE and television personality and author Leslie Sbrocco, plus noted viniculture artist Thomas Arvid, and Boston TV Diner host Billy Costa.

Event and seminar tickets are still available. For a full schedule and to purchase, CLICK HERE.

Pictured: Christina Pirello of Christina Cooks!

September 22, 2010 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Save the Best For Last: Party at Polo for a Cause

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 for tickets.

Photo: Megan Morgan

September 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm 1 comment

Green is the New Black

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.


September 20, 2010 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

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