Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Whether you spend the day opening presents, visiting loved ones, or eating Chinese food, share your experiences – upload them here.
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I invite you to share some of it with all of us. Whether it's a photo of your child's delight, that strange sweater from Aunt Edna, the mound of wrapping paper left behind after the gift-a-thon ... or any of the other many scenes of the day, share them here. Videos too!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Your guide for life in East Greenwich today, Dec. 24.
Christmas Eve church services around town: Our Lady of Mercy holds masses at 4 p.m. today and at midnight, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Christmas (Midnight Mass begins with a concert at 11:30 p.m.). St. Luke’s Episcopal Church holds services at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. today, and at 10 a.m. Christmas Day. Christ Church holds services at 4, 5:30, 7 and 9 p.m. today. East Greenwich United Methodist Church holds services at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. today. Services at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church take place at 4 and 11 p.m. Services at First Baptist Church of EG take place at 5 and 11 p.m. White Christmas? Maybe! Keep your fingers crossed and your shovels and sleds handy. Share your Christmas photos! If you’ve got a great picture, please …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
From ray guns and The 'Emporium of Popular Culture'
Pop Emporium of Popular Culture, that treasure trove of mementos from our not-so-distant past, is the ultimate stop for those looking to pick up the leg lamp from A Christmas Story or that '50s ray gun or a vintage "trimline" dial telephone (in pale pink, no less). Darren Hill has transformed his love for nostalgia and kitsch into a phantasmagoria of a shop, where everywhere you look, memories pop (!) into mind. That favorite tv show from childhood, the cover of the first album you ever owned, Elvis! The store is positively eye-popping (!!). So, if you're looking for a gift that will surprise and delight on Christmas Day, head over to Pop at 142 Duke St. (just down from Main Street). It will make you smile. Hours: Thursdays 4 - 7, …
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Savory Grape has lots of gift ideas, but their New England beer 4-pack is a special favorite.
The folks at The Savory Grape wine and liquor shop at 1000 Division Street are BUSY this time of year. That's because their shop is chockful of great gift ideas. But they've worked hard to take some of the guesswork out of the gift-giving process too, with these wine and beer offerings. In the beer category, they're offering the New England Lover Craft Pack. "We had a hard time creating this pack because we absolutely love so many New England breweries and their creations. Love, love, love these!" they write. The beers include Allagash Confluence (Portland, Maine), Cisco Brewer Moor Porter (Nantucket, Mass.), Greysail Stargazer Imperial Stout (Westerly, R.I.) and Smuttynose Old Brown Dog (Portsmouth, N.H.), for $44.99 in a box with bow. …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
While you're picking up your natural and organic goodies, fill out a "good news" ornament and they will donate $5 to charity.
Everywhere you turn this time of year, there are holiday treats beckoning. It's terrific – except if you're allergic to what's being offered. Back to Basics Natural Foods on Main Street has made life easier in that department, providing tasty gluten-free holiday treats. They carry gluten-free cheesecakes, pies, even Christmas cookies. They also have organic candy canes. And while you're there, they invite you to help decorate their "Good News" Christmas Tree to help spread a little positive feeling. Fill out a good news ornament and place it on the tree. It’s free, it’s inspiring, and Back to Basics will donate $5 for every ornament placed on the tree, split between the Wounded Warrior Project and Vitamin Angels. For a sample of their …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The EG Historic Preservation Society has just published the 186-page book.
The East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society has just published a new book that would make a perfect gift for history buffs, long-time and new residents of the the town. Titled "Vintage Postcards of East Greenwich, Rhode Island," the 186-page, full-color book is a nostalgic walk down memory lane. It is filled with early 20th century postcard views of the Hill and Harbor, Main Street, the mills, schools and churches. Society president Marian Helwig and editor Rachel Peirce culled through hundreds of early 20th century postcards to select those that best depict East Greenwich from the 1900s to the 1950s. The book will be on view and for sale for $24.99 at a reception at the East Greenwich Free Library on Monday, Dec. 17, from 3:30 to 5:…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Totes, hoodies, hats, t-shirts, towels – you have one made, or dozen, or more.
Shhhh, please don't tell them, but I think I've found the gift for my son's many wonderful teachers this year: customized tote bags from Inspirations Embroidery on Main Street. Lynn Murphy, owner of Inspirations, has a number of items on hand for you to pick from, but you can also bring items to her. If it's fabric, she can embroider it, which opens up a wealth of possibilities when it comes to holiday gifts. The totes are the traditional rectangle shape (think L.L. Bean only softer and washable) or you could do the small duffle bags as totes. But then, what about your neices and nephews – personalized towels of course! Or hoodies with a favorite object (golf club, coffee cup, gardener's trowel, etc.) or name. The possibilities are …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
And don't fret, guys, if you don't know what to buy – Staci keeps a wish list.
Ok, quick quiz: what does the woman in your life want for Christmas – a new kitchen gadget or a soft and sexy chemise? Duh! There's just something so fun and special about luxurious chemises and nightwear. After all, most of us women feel like it's ok to spend money on something for the kitchen. When it comes to negligees, on the other hand, that's a treat. Staci's Place on Main Street has just the thing – a variety of high-end (but not too high end!) European brands to delight and surprise. What's even better is you don't have to fly blind when shopping. Owner Staci Cormier keeps wish lists for customers, so if your special someone visits the shop, Cormier will note her preferences, including the size. The shop carries Cosabella from …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The men's grooming salon at EG Marketplace offers straight-edge shaves – for the man in your life.
You probably only ever seen this in the movies: a barber sharping a straight-edge razor while a man sits stretched out in a comfy barber chair, his face covered with a hot towel. The barber then lathers up the man's face and with that same gleaming straight edge, he gives the man the closest shave of his life. The stuff of Hollywood, right? Yes, and no. You can find that same service right here in EG at Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, in the East Greenwich Marketplace, 1000 Division St. And a gift certificate for that shave could be a pretty unique gift for that man in your life. Or maybe, for you men, a way to escape the holiday frenzy. Roosters is offering a $5 gift card with the purchase of a $50 gift card.
In the hometown of WPRO talk show host and EG resident John DePetro, the tree lighting at Town Hall was called "holiday tree lighting" on the town's calendar.
The very tall evergreen on the lawn in front of East Greenwich Town Hall came alive Thursday night in the town's annual tree-lighting ceremony – with help from Santa, who arrived via fire truck and flipped the switch. Was this a Christmas Tree lighting? Not according to the notation on the town's calendar, which referred to a "holiday tree lighting" at 4:30 Thursday, Nov. 29. As of Thursday evening, it was not known who was responsible for the listing. Contacted after the fact, EG resident and WPRO talk radio personality John DePetro said, "If Santa is there, it is a Christmas tree lighting." There were no protests. DePetro made a big issue last year over the decision by Gov. Lincoln Chafee's office to call the tree that adorns the State…