Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tiverton Four Corners: Bazaar to support indigenous cultures

Cultural Survival is a nonprofit organization that hosts fundraising bazaars around the region to support indigenous communities. The ninth annual Cultural Survival Summer Bazaar will be held in Tiverton Four Corners on the lawn of the Soule-Seabury House. Attendees will have the opportunity to brose handcrafts including Kenyan wood carvings, hand-woven rugs, jewelry, clothing and other offerings from a variety of indigenous peoples while listening to Ecuadorian and Native American music and sampling Thai and Wampanoag food.

When: Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Soule-Seabury House, 3852 Main Road, Tiverton
Additional Information: Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website.

Bristol: Art exhibit on the Fence!

Art exhibit takes to the fences
The members of the Bristol Art Museum and Portsmouth Art Guild will host the fifth annual Art al Fresco event in front of Linden Place Museum this Sunday. The artwork from more than 30 regional artists will be displayed along the iron fence. Visitors are invited to stroll down the sidewalk in front of Linden Place to view the pieces, which make use of a variety of media including acrylics, watercolors and more. In case of inclement weather, the local artists’ exhibit and sale will be moved to the following Sunday, Aug. 7.

When: Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Aug. 7)
Where: Linden Place, 500 Hope St., Bristol
Additional Information: Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bristol Dept. of Community Development on FaceBook!

This email sent in recently from Ed Tanner, Bristol Town Planner. This page will be an important source for info as the Downtown Hope Street Reconstruction Project begins. Check it out!
"I just wanted to let you know that the Department of Community Development has created a page on Facebook. It has only been up for about 24 hours, but we hope to fill it with useful information to let the public know about the various projects, meetings, and other good things happening in our department. We will specifically use this site to keep the public informed about progress with the Downtown Hope Street Reconstruction Project. You can use the link below to view the page, and if you are a Facebook user, you can “Like” the page so that you receive updates whenever something new is posted. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone who you think would be interested. Thanks!

RI Education at Sea school Forum in Newport July 25

When this vessel is finally built, this will be an amazing maritime education program for all Rhode Islanders! The vessel will serve as a platform from which students of all ages can learn about sail training, navigation, oceanography, the marine trades and Rhode Island’s rich maritime history.

Friday, July 22, 2011

TF Green Airport at 1pm: 98 in the shade

From Fred Campagna:
‎1 pm update: TF Green 98°, 71° dew point, feels like 106°
New Bedford 100°, 71° dew point, feels like 109°
Newport 91°, 79° dew point, feels like 107°

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bassett Bash in Colt Park

Bassett Hound (Breed Reunion) Bash in Colt Park on Sunday, July 24 from 1- 3pm.
Come for a day of family fun. All dogs must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mike Gerhardt Photos of Patagonia at Starbucks

Mike Gerhardt will be showing photographs from his recent trip to Patagonia at the Starbucks in Barrington starting August 1, 2011. Please give it a look when you are next in the area! The preview photos I've seen are breathtaking!
Below is Mike's descriptive write up the trip.

PATAGNIA is a large region at the southern tip of South America. A small portion (including Tiera del Fuego) is governed by Argentina, with the large majority of the territory being part of Chile. The land area of Patagonia comprises over 1,000,000 square kilometers with a very low population density (under 2 persons per square kilometer). Large areas of semi-desert are used for sheep grazing, but the most distinctive features of the region are the ice fields (the largest in the Southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica) and the accompanying glaciers associated with the southern Andes. There is considerable wild life, including the ubiquitous Guanacos (relative of the lama), Darwin’s Rhea and Magellan Penguins.

Our trip included a cruise through the Straits of Magellan, a navigable route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans discovered in 1520 as part of Magellan’s global circumnavigation. He named the region Patagonia after the spanish word for “giant” because the native inhabitants were on average ten inches taller then the typical Spanish person of the time (in a later era the indigenous people were hunted to extinction by European sheep herders). At the southernmost tip of Patagonia (and, in fact, of America) lies the notorious Cape Horn (500 miles from the Antarctica mainland and 2,300 miles from the South Pole), famous for the treacherous weather of the Drake Passage.

Careful scientific observation is providing evidence that Patagonian ice sheets and glaciers are receding at an alarming rate, with global warming seen as the prime culprit.
Furthermore, a recent proposal by Chile to build to build five or more large hydro electric dams in Patagonia has been opposed by many environmental groups as a threat to its unique eco-system.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hottest week of the summer to start tomorrow!

This just in from Fred Campagna, Bristol's very own weatherman:
"Hottest week of the year ahead of us...near 90° with a strong/severe t-storm threat tomorrow Monday. 85-90° Tue/Wed. 90°+ Thu, Fri, and possibly Saturday. 95° likely one of those days, maybe 100° in some spots"

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fales Farm to remain a farm in perpetuity

Congratulations to the Fales Family, Ed Tanner and Diane Mederos who made this transaction happen! Thirty-six acres preserved from being a 69 house development will remain in agricultural use for perpetuity. Big Thanks to the Fales Family, Town of Bristol, RI DEM, the USDA, NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) for their huge support. What a fabulous project!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bristol Land Trust looking for two new Board Members

The Bristol Land Conservation Trust is looking for two Board members to serve one to three years.

The Bristol Land Conservation Trust (BLCT) is a small, all-volunteer 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to acquire land to be kept as open space forever. The Trust preserves land in its natural state to retain the beauty of our Town landscape and preserve conservation and geological values. The Trust can also hold conservation easements on open space in addition to acquiring land directly.

The BLCT meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM at the Bristol Statehouse, downstairs south meeting room, and as required if additional meetings are needed. We do help out in the Spring with the Town clean-up on our land, and we do have to do walk-throughs of our property from time to time and cut some grass and rake some leaves at street-side. Two years ago we started a biennial event called the “Bristol Conservation Summit,” a gathering of conservation-minded people from the various conservation organizations in Town. This year we celebrated 25 years and awarded our first Excellence in Conservation Award.

Although not required to be on the Directors Board, some knowledge of the basic principles of conservation are helpful, as is some knowledge of ecology, biology, geology, and just basic general science. More importantly, however, is an interest in preserving open space and just general enthusiasm. Through the two groups mentioned below, there is much expertise available with respect to the management of land trusts, the legal tools needed, and the science and biology required.

The BLCT is a member of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, a group which assists the numerous land trusts in Rhode Island in many ways. Their Executive Director is the point-person for all land trusts and keeps us informed regularly about matters of land trust importance. The Land Trust Council is essentially the advocacy organization for the land trusts in our state. One of their highlights each year is the co-sponsoring of the “Land & Water Summit” at the University of Rhode Island in March, when a day is devoted to learning about how to better do our work and to network.

The national advocacy organization for all land trusts is the LTA – the Land Trust Alliance, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The LTA organizes an annual convention or “Rally” which moves around to a new location each year. This year it is being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The LTA runs a top-notch organization and provides much management, scientific, and legal assistance. The BLCT is an LTA member.

If there are any questions,please call Ray Payson at 253-0247 or email him at

July 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mount Hope Farm Cool Jazz on Sunday, August 21, 2011

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Bristol Watershed Meeting July 28 at Town Hall

What makes Bristol special? One thing is Narragansett Bay!
If you are at all concerned with Bristol's water and its quality this meeting is for you. Bristol is in two watersheds - both originate in MA - so it is confusing to begin with! The meeting is at Bristol Town Hall at 10 am on Thursday, July 28. Go to this website and click on 'Project Postings' to find land and water maps of our watershed and to read preliminary notes from an earlier meeting. Please pass the word along to anyone you think might be interested.

Warren Quahog and Art Festival this weekend

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Trash Bash tonight at Sail Newport

Sail Newport, RI’s largest public sailing center, is hosting the Rozalia Project, Clean the Bay and Sailors for the Sea for the city’s first Trash Bash – a celebration for a clean ocean. This event is meant to bring awareness to the issues related to marine debris, its causes and its preventability. The Trash Bash will take place from 5:00 PM – 7:00PM on Wednesday July 13, 2011 at the Sail Newport facility located at 60 Fort Adams Drive in Newport. The event is free and open to the public. Call 401-835-6388 for details. For details on the Rozalia Project (the Stan Dimocks of the sea) go to They were docked at the Herreshoff pier for two days this week. Great people. Great project!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Herreshoff Yacht Sales launches in Bristol!

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The value of women over 50!

In case you missed it on 60 Minutes, this is what Andy Rooney thinks about women over 50.
Thank you KM for sending this in and making me aware of this segment!

"As I grow in age, I value women over 50 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 50 will never wake you in the middle of the night & ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think.

If a woman over 50 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She goes and does something, she wants to do, & it's usually more interesting.

Women over 50 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 50.

Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 50 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest.. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk or if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over 50 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 50, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!"

For the record, this blogger is divorced (happily not remarried) and over 50!