The beard. The suit. The cap. Jolly Old St. Nick is an iconic image, but capturing his persona takes more than just accessories. According to Santa’s South County brethren, it takes patience, joy, commitment, and most of all, belief.
For nearly 30 years, teachers and students at Wickford Middle School have competitively raised money for the less fortunate through the annual Turkey Trot fundraiser. But the impact of this program goes way beyond just the numbers.
You don’t have to go far in your search for the perfect tree this Christmas. Local tree farms spend all year making sure they have what you need to make your holiday season come to life.
After 43 years and traveling more than 1 million nautical miles around the globe, one of the University of Rhode Island’s hardest workers will be retiring next year. The 185-foot long R/V Endeavor, the university’s research vessel based at the Narragansett Bay Campus, will be decommissioned and sold after having completed more than 650 scientific research expeditions in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Mediterranean and Black Seas, Gulf of Mexico and as far as Easter Island in the South Pacific.
When Kathy Castro’s beloved horse Santana died in 2004, she was heartbroken. The animal had a mind of its own, which made him challenging to train and ride, but he also taught Castro so much about herself.
During each annual Rhode Island BioBlitz, David Gregg stands under a tent designated “Science Central” and sounds an air horn to start off as many as 200 volunteer biologists, naturalists and other nature enthusiasts counting as many species of wildlife as possible in 24 hours on one parcel of land.
From the narrow pathway, not much is visible beyond blue skies and long, lanky stalks of corn, shifting slightly in the breeze. As the path meanders around and through, under a bridge, over a bridge, it becomes a maze, which is precisely the point.
Most people probably don’t know this, but South County is lucky enough to have five wineries. Yes, FIVE! So whether you’re looking for a place to sip on some wine in the quiet backwoods of West Kingston or you want to have a couples’ night out in downtown Westerly, there’s a winery for every mood and palate. Don’t take our word for it...visit them yourself!
In a testament to both tradition and life-long endurance for better or for worse, the old South Ferry Church in Narragansett offers couples a wedding venue that captures the essence of both perseverance and heritage for those getting married there.
There used to be one, maybe two, options for a couple’s wedding cake: the traditional layered cake or if you were feeling whimsical, you might delve into the world of cupcakes and cupcake towers. Now, in 2019, there are even more options for wedding desserts, including donut walls, dessert displays, donut hole kebabs and more!
If you or a loved one is planning on tying the knot soon, you might want to stop by Camp Hoffman this month for a taste of rustic wedding bliss: Bridal Shows by Kelly will hold its fourth annual Rustic Bridal Show at Camp Hoffman in West Kingston on Sept. 29 from noon to 3 p.m.
Michael Sullivan has testified in court about why a resident’s grass turned brown, advised the U.S. Olympic Committee when turf from Rhode Island was installed at a field for the 2004 Athens Olympics, and traveled to China 28 times to consult on how to increase the productivity of its agricultural soils.
As a student at the University of Rhode Island, Justin Bristol sought to create a solar-powered food cart that could serve as a mobile community center to bring people together to socialize, charge their phones and enjoy a snack. He borrowed power tools to build his first one in his mother’s boyfriend’s backyard, and he sold crepes at farmers markets, summer festivals and other venues.
Some of the savoriest places to eat, sip on a cocktail or sample delicious ice cream -- satisfying just about any culinary craving -- can be found in South County. It’s a vacation spot for the palate as well as the mind.
Sharks and sting rays have led two South Kingstown marine biologists into a sea of discovery as they begin their professional careers fulfilling passions for understanding aquatic life of all kinds.