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Join us on a Caffeine Crawl

through the Valley

Installment #1

 

We read with great interest a recent article in Travel & Leisure about the benefits of getting out and exploring the world around you, even if that means “rediscovering what’s so special about your own hometown, city or region.”

 

So following along on the heels of National Coffee Day, which was September 29, and a suggestion in the aforementioned article, we decided to do a caffeine crawl beyond Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks and try some of the local coffee shops in various locations around the Blackstone Valley.

 

The local coffee shop often generates a sense of community and is a valuable resource for gathering with friends. Case in point the fictional cafe “Central Perk” played a major role in the sitcom “Friends” as a place where the characters could unwind and drink some brew usually from very large coffee cups .

 

The local cafe has also been a place for local musicians and poets to perform acoustic music or poetry readings. Here, a sip of coffee and artistic inspiration join together in the community.

 

Red, White & Brew and Coffee & Cream, North Smithfield

 

 

We headed north and visited two coffee shops featured in our Culinaria Live series - Red, White & Brew and Coffee & Cream both in North Smithfield and both family run businesses with interesting stories.

 

First, Red White & Brew featuring a mom and son team. If you want to know all there is about coffee, this is the coffee shop to visit. The counter where you order your coffee features artwork on the glass with images of coffee cups and descriptions of various types of coffee. For example (use the photo with the descriptions) Latte is milk (on top) Espresso (on bottom) whereas Macchiato is the opposite Espresso (on top) and milk (on bottom). If confused, just ask Michael. He is quite passionate about the coffee they serve. Their specialty is the Frozen Hot Chocolate, but we decided to try the nitro brew with a bagel. Nitro brew is frothy at the top, creamy without the cream.

 

They have a delightful set up of tables in their adjoining gift shop, The Budding Violet, which features items by local artists with disabilities. While we sipped our nitro and ate our bagel, we browsed with our eyes. When we finished we picked up a few birthday gifts that day and look forward to going back for early Christmas shopping while sipping their new October flavor, the Monster Mash Latte, a combination of some favorite fall flavors: pumpkin spice, mocha and hazelnut topped with whipped cream sounds hauntingly decadent.

 

Next up, Coffee & Cream. This is another family-run coffee shop that just reopened in their current location at Slatersville Plaza on Victory Highway.   

 

Read On

 

 

 

 

·     Saturday, October 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Grange Road & Rocky Hill Road Cemetery Tour, North Smithfield Heritage Association, 190 School Street, North Smithfield. More Info

 

·     Saturday, October 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm - Fall Foliage Canoe Tour, Sycamore Landing, 100 River Road, Lincoln. More Info.

 

·     Sunday, October 11 @ 12:00 - 5:00 pm - Chowder & Clam Cakes Drive-Thru St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket More Info

 

·     Sunday, October 11 @ 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Music at the Farm - Fall In Love with Violin Again (Virtual Concert) - Grace Note Farm, Burrillville. More Info

 

·     Sunday, October 11 @ 5:00 - 8:00 pm - Assembly of Food Trucks, Assembly Theatre, 26 East Avenue, BurrillvilleMore Info

 

·     Friday, October 16 @ 7:30 pm - The Garcia Project, Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, WoonsocketMore Info.

 

·     Saturday, October 17 @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm - 4th Annual Peace Concert - Where Love is Possible - Mixed Magic Theatre, Lorraine Mills, 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket. More Info

Looking Ahead

 

·     Friday, October 23 @ 8:00 pm - In the Next Zoom - A Virtual Big-Time Celebration, Burbage Theatre. More Info

 

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Visit Windows on Pawtucket

October is Arts and Humanities Month, something so vital in these times. In support of the month Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is asking that we help celebrate and honor the arts and artists in our communities.

 

For this newsletter, we are shining a light on the project conceived by the Art League of Rhode Island with the Pawtucket Foundation for Windows on Pawtucket, which will run through May 2021.

 

Residents, business owners and artists have come together to celebrate the artistic and industrious spirit and heritage of Pawtucket.

 

Take a self-guided walking tour through Downtown Pawtucket featuring 28 artists, 45 works of art in 15 buildings. Download brochure.

 

We continue to support the arts and humanities in our communities; and in our next newsletter, we will feature some of our performance arts spaces and/or theatres.

 

More Info

 

Restaurants Transition for Cooler Temperatures

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be with us and the cooler temperatures set in, restaurants are finding new ways to adapt and expand the outdoor dining season.

 

Some of our restaurants like Angelo's Palace Pizza in Cumberland and Kay's Restaurant in Woonsocket are participating in the Bring Your Own Blanket Campaign sponsored by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association.

 

Kay's has also purchased bubble-like shelters or Igloos (pictured above) as well as heaters.

 

Pablo Rodriguez at EP Kitchen in Pawtucket says he may also purchase heaters to expand outdoor dining and recently added plexi-glass dividers indoors; and of course, they are able to utilize the indoor courtyard available at Still on Main.

 

Lola's Lounge and Cantina, our newest restaurant located in Smithfield, is installing a 12-month heated awning.

 

Additionally, restaurants have transitioned into fall comfort food on their menus.

 

Meanwhile, this may be the last weekend to visit the ice cream shops as they roll out fall flavors.

 

Our breweries, wineries & distilleries have also released their seasonal brews.

 

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Spine-tingling thrills await you in the depths of the Blackstone River. Join us if you dare on Swamp Scare.

 

Tickets are going fast! Due to the demand we have added Mondays starting this Monday, October 12. The event continues Thursday-Mondays through Halloween, October 31. Visit SwampScare.com

Please share and mark your calendars Our friends at Boscov's are doing this great shopping event next week to help support local non-profits!!!

 

On Oct. 14th & 15th mention Blackstone Valley Tourism Council at checkout (both in-store and online) to SAVE 20% off most items and 5% of your purchase will go to our organization! This is a total WIN-WIN, and a fun + easy way to help us out! More Info.

 

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