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Tourists are coming back to South County, say many local business owners and tourism officials, in ways unexpected just a few months ago.

Tracking data for various accommodations in South County shows that brand name hotels as well as vacation cottage rentals are seeing more reservations following the easing of restrictions and the start of the summer vacation season, local officials say.

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Situated on Main Street in the heart of downtown Wakefield, Phil’s Main Street Grille has been an institution since the 1940s, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner both inside and outside with their rooftop deck, and since on site dining was able to resume, their backyard tent.

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It’s kind of crazy to say, but live music has been making a slow and steady comeback in Rhode Island. One place that has been bringing the tunes to an outdoor stage on their front lawn is Pump House Music Works over on 1464 Kingstown Road in Wakefield. Since the start of July they’ve been having a lot of jazz and folk music resonate through the air, but tomorrow night, there’s going to be something a bit different.

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Narragansett’s Greg Lato has gone in many musical directions during his career. He was raised on vinyl records from his dad Vinny who is a jazz saxophone player and he’s also a member of the MTV generation when the channel actually showed music videos on the TV screen.

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After spending a few months closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hera Gallery is now open again to the public with limited gallery hours of 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays with their latest member exhibit, “Silent Presence.”