Povilas Mecys, the primary painter and manager of Residential Home Painting, sees himself as the creative mastermind behind its signature home-painting services. Before commencing with interior painting projects, he consults with clients to help them select colors that work with their decor to achieve a soothing, harmonious effect. Once colors are picked out, he applies this same attention to detail to preparation. He and the crew lay down drop cloths, tape wood baseboards, and fix nail holes and cracks before applying their brushes.
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.
At 14,000 square feet, the Bank of America City Center dwarfs the famed ice rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center and provides visitors with plenty of room to skate for hours. All winter long, the rink hosts public sessions as well as Learn-to-Skate classes for beginners and drop-in refresher classes for adults. Located in Kennedy Plaza, skaters can enjoy a day of gliding against a backdrop of Providence landmarks during open skate sessions, group skating and birthday parties. After graceful spins across the ice, guests can indulge in cocoa, coffee, and delicious eats from downtown Providence's nearby local haunts.
Intown Laundry and Dry Cleaning provides neatly pressed, pristine pantsuits to the sharply dressed masses and bedraggled individuals alike. Though prices are subject to change, dry cleaning for men's button-down shirts run $5–$6 per shirt, and trousers or slacks can also be aridly de-dirtied for $5.50 per pair. The experienced staff will tidy up somewhat sullied dresses ($9.95–$25) in time for proms, weddings, or back-alley ballroom dance-offs, and they’ll employ the wrinkle-killing laundry trinity of wash-dry-fold for $0.95/lb. The minimum for free pickup and delivery is $14.95, and in-store drop-off requires a $9.95 minimum.
Drawing creative inspiration from hobbies that include crafting and cooking, photographer Jennifer Owens specializes in capturing spur-of-the-moment images of engaged couples, families, and newborns. She also shares her expertise in classes that introduce beginners to concepts such as adjusting ISO settings on a digital camera or using the right shutter speed for moving subjects. Owens is equally comfortable in outdoor settings, and can demonstrate how to take advantage of the magical "golden hour," the time around dawn or dusk when the sun adds warmth to portraits and turns photographers’ photos of raw pizza dough into fully baked pizzas.
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 a puzzle.