Restaurants, breweries, artists, and nonprofits will congregate at the first-ever Rhode Island Seafood Festival to promote their wares while festival-goers scarf down succulent seafood from Rhode Island and southern New England. Clams burrow into fried dough balls ($6 for a dozen, $4.50 for a half-dozen), bathe in creamy pools of chowder ($5), and arrive freshly steamed from nearby stove saunas ($15). Festival vendors such as Matunuck Oyster Bar dish out mouthwatering bites while Aquidneck Honey dispenses beekeeper's honey collected from local hives. Newport Storm microbrews, Narragansett lagers and ales, and a plethora of soft drinks wash away traces of salty oceans and bitterness over ill-fated white-whale pursuits. Narragansett Beer proudly sponsors the 2011 festival alongside the Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross, Rescom Replacement Windows, and Yelp.
The Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over their sprawling metropolis. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing challenges that may include a climbing wall or solving a riddle.
The Nashville International Auto Show showcases rovers from the entire automotive spectrum, including classics and new models from major manufacturers, as well as the latest environmentally friendly machines. Feel free to mount the finely upholstered saddles of more than 200 debut motor-carriages like the Chevrolet Cruze, Acura TSX Sports Wagon, and Cadillac CTS Coupe, or pedal to the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Camaro Concept exhibit, which provides an up-close look of the ethanol fuel-powered car's custom paint job, advanced performance parts, and detachable beard.
Amid the cheerful orange walls of Extreme Clean Laundry, rows upon rows of advanced, stainless-steel washers and dryers bustle and hum while cleansing vestments. Four jumbo washers scrub loads of up to 60 pounds within 12 minutes, and the massive dryers can tackle up to 75 pounds at a time. A rechargeable-swipe-card system eliminates the need to use up quarters or valuable antique doubloons and three flat-screen televisions tower over the expansive seating area where video games and vending machines abound.
In addition to self-service laundry, Extreme Clean Laundry lets customers drop off their soiled duds. Armed with quality detergents and softeners, staff members meticulously wash, dry, and fold each item, matching socks, spot-checking for stains, and combing through gorilla suits to remove banana remnants.