Jeffrey Hall will never toss a wrapper out the car window again. That?s because he knows that every piece of trash strewing the highway?s meridian attracts mice. And mice attract hungry hawks, who can?t always dodge oncoming trucks. Not everyone is so aware of the potential far-reaching implications of a single fast-food wrapper, but the Audubon Society director learned such lessons long ago, seeing first-hand the victims of those circumstances in injured hawks and falcons on just such a rescue.
Now, Jeffrey hopes to spark a similar awareness in his fellow Rhode Islanders. ?When people learn about plants and animals, they appreciate them. And once they appreciate them, they want to save them,? says Mr. Hall. As no one in Rhode Island lives more than 20 minutes from an Audubon Society wildlife refuge, he's certain they can find ample opportunities to do so. In addition to conserving land for hikes and staring contest with owls, the Society boasts an Environmental Education Center, which hosts events, programs, and interactive exhibits year-round. For the Audubon Society to thrive, Jeffrey knows the organization's programs must inspire young stewards. ?They?ll grow up to be the voters who want to protect this land,? he says. That's why, among the many programs guests can partake in, the society also offers birthday parties and kid-friendly classes.
Deemed one of New England's Top Five Public Gardens by Yankee magazine, Blithewold invites guests to explore 33 acres of gardens alongside the Narragansett Bay. Amid this paradise, a 45-room Queen Anne?style mansion sits, filled with relics from the past?furniture, family heirlooms, and presumably, a box of Nomar Garciaparra rookie cards that hasn't been found yet.?Here, the hospitality of the VanWickle-McKee-Lyon family shines as groups tour the floors, getting lost in history before reemerging into the world.
Outside, acre after acre of flowers and trees envelop the wanderers in an ever-changing landscape. Guests explore 50 specimens of trees, a rock and water garden, and a north garden that looks across the great lawn and into the bay.
European and American flags crown Redlefsen's Rotisserie & Grill, symbolizing the cuisine that can be found within. The restaurant specializes in German cuisine, particularly wiener schnitzel. When preparing this dish, cooks observe traditional techniques: they pound out the veal with a German dictionary, and then bread, fry, and accentuate it with lemon, capers, and anchovies. Chefs also create French-inspired chicken Provence and draw inspiration from Italian and Portuguese cookbooks. To complement meals, the restaurant maintains a diverse collection of imported beer, including Leffe Blond and Warsteiner.
Every Wednesday and Thursday in October, the restaurant celebrates Oktoberfest. Accordion players fill the beer hall with traditional melodies and the Alpenblumen Bavarian dancers perform folk dances.
The Big Toast, a Great Gatsby-themed benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Ocean State, blends the decadence of the roaring 20s with the philanthropic spirit of the modern age. Partygoers are invited to dress in flapper dresses and fedoras (or business casual). They can also sample their fill of fine wines, craft beers, and quality liquors, celebrating just like the Prohibition-Era speakeasy dwellers did.
The evening's entertainment takes place at the Linden Place Museum. Throughout its storied history, the well-maintained mansion has entertained four presidents, generations of socialites, and famous performers such as Ethel Barrymore Colt. Appropriately enough, it even served as a set for the 1974 film adaptation of the The Great Gatsby.
Boating in Boston drops oars in seven locations?including local lakes, ponds, the Charles River, and Boston Harbor?sending visitors on watery adventures with a fleet of canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, paddleboards, and festive and essential lifejackets. Whether navigating the peaceful waters of Stoneham's Spot Pond?the pond that, in 2002, started it all?or campus-adjacent eddies of UMass Boston's Fox Point Landing, visitors can hit the water untrained or sharpen skills with solo or group lessons. The crew of instructors also instills a love of boating in the littlest landlubbers with youth summer camps that teach basic skills and safety.
A family-owned sustenance staple for more than 60 years, Leo's Ristorante's homey redbrick exterior greets families to generous portions of homemade Italian and American comfort-food dishes culled from fresh ingredients. Leading off a stacked menu is the hearty New England clam chowder ($4.59 cup, $5.59 bowl), which sets the table for wholesome, heavy-hitting handhelds such as the chicken parmesan sandwich ($7.99 small, $8.99 large) and the Big Red meatball sub ($6.99 small, $7.99 large). The tortellini a la Carolina ($16) surrounds its tricolored, circular cheese pasta with grilled chicken and a light butter sauce, while the spaghetti a la Gina's ($12.99) savory red-sauced noodles send forks into a pasta pirouette. Enjoy a large, one-topping pizza ($12.99), adorned in culinary confetti such as pepperoni or olives, or wrap taste buds around the Milano panini ($8.99), containing grilled eggplant, smoked mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and garlic olive oil.