If he hadn’t died from smallpox 3 months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, he would have been one of our nation’s founding fathers. This cruel twist of fate left the story of his legacy incomplete and the man almost forgotten. He was Samuel Ward and his farm house stood where the Langworthy Bed and Breakfast is today. He was co-founder of America's first … [Read more...] about Westerly’s Forgotten Patriot
One of the visual cues of Fall, or “Autumn,” as the proper people say, is the sight of plump orange pumpkins on steps, porch railings, stone walls, in piles outside of grocery stores, and at local plant nurseries and farms. Smaller pumpkins can be spotted on work desks, in store windows, and on daycare and elementary school windows made out of construction paper. Pumpkins are … [Read more...] about Autumn and Pumpkins and Hayrides, Oh My!
It happens every year. As the temperatures decrease, the days get shorter and window for outdoor activity gets smaller. If you’re like me, it can get a little depressing. When you walk out of work at 4:30 p.m. and it’s already pitch black? Yeah, it’s a big bummer. But that doesn’t mean you should stop being active and doing the things you love. The worst thing to do when the … [Read more...] about Staying Fit and Healthy Through the Autumn and Winter
Now that the humidity has evaporated, the bugs have all but disappeared, and the foliage is about to burst with color it’s a great time to hit the trails and hike! The Westerly Land Trust has some great nature trails right here in our neck of the woods, so dust off the backpack, don’t forget water and a snack (Bogue's Alley in Pawcatuck offers delicious breakfast and lunch … [Read more...] about Scouting out the Wahaneeta Preserve
In my last story I mentioned that one of my favorite dog walks is the Avondale Farm Preserve. This 50 acre gem consists of grassland meadow and salt marsh. It lies just off Watch Hill Road in Avondale. The preserve is part of the original 700 acre Pendleton - Chapman Farm. Avondale has a fascinating history that goes all the way back to the settlement of Westerly by the first … [Read more...] about Seaside Dog Walks – Avondale Farm Preserve
The most famous ghost ship in the world is the Flying Dutchman. The legend of the Flying Dutchman tells of a ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever with its ghostly crew. Sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries reported the ship to be glowing with a spectral light. If hailed, the crew of the Flying Dutchman will try to send messages to land or … [Read more...] about Legend of the Ghost Ship Palatine
Summer may officially be over, but there's still plenty of fun to be had in Westerly, so grab your best girlfriends and make plans for an entire Girls Day downtown! To help you maximize your fun and minimize your stress, we've put together a suggested itinerary for you! Mia's Prime Time Cafe Start the day off right at Mia's for breakfast - or brunch, if you want to sleep in … [Read more...] about The Perfect Girls’ Day in Westerly
In May of 2011, the St. Michael School alumni Committee published an incredibly thorough and history-rich book entitled “St. Michael the Archangel: A History and Memories of our Parish and School.” A total of 467 well-written pages give a detailed account of the spiritual, geographical, cultural, and architectural record of St. Michael the Archangel parish and school in … [Read more...] about A Brief Architectural History of St. Michael’s
It’s hard to believe summer is almost gone. Are you ready for autumn? I’m not! But there are a few things that I love about the changing of the seasons. For one, the chilly, crisp fall mornings are nice. Makes me want to start drinking hot coffee and tea again. Also, all those fall-themed foods: apple pie, slow cooker chili, roasted acorn squash, pumpkin muffins. Okay, there … [Read more...] about End of Summer, Start of Fall To Do List
The big week is finally here, the week of the Bricks and Murals festival here in downtown Westerly and Pawcatuck! The event kicked off on Wednesday evening with a reception for the visiting artists and community volunteers and will be followed by a food stroll and block party Thursday night, all along High Street. This festival has been years in the making but in these last … [Read more...] about The Bricks and Murals Festival Has Arrived!