BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in New London, grew up in Middletown, N.J., and Waterford.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Putting together the Westerly Sound event series for the summer and trying to find funding for a new Westerly Folk Festival.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Surfing, working in my studio and walking on East Beach. In the summer I like to swim nude on East Beach.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Visiting all 48 continental U.S. states and Alaska more than four times each.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a pretty nice guy, and bringing positivity to other people’s lives somehow.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Owning a boat or a dinghy (I’m close).
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Keys and a tea tree toothpick.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A high-scoring hockey player for the New Jersey Devils.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My folks and Bob Dylan.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Undecided.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Kerouac’s “Mexico City Blues,” and some stuff from Thich Nhat Hanh.
I AM LISTENING TO: The War on Drugs, and Hailu Mergia.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: I watched that film with Clint Eastwood as a baseball scout on the plane recently. Pretty good.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Seinfeld.”
FAVORITE SONG: Currently it’s “Mr. Sandman,” by Chet Atkins.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Anything with cheese.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Instagram @seanwspellman
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Concentration.
PET PEEVE: Farmstands that sell food they dont grow locally, and people who throw non-degradable trash on the ground.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “We’re all in it together.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The ocean, of course.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Freedom of speech.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Be kind to everyone.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Sally’s, not Pepe’s.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Enact a mandatory hour at noon each day for meditation.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Have another folk festival in Wilcox Park.
I DRIVE A: Green veggie-oil powered 2002 Ford E350 Econoline van
I WISH I DROVE A: Non-tempermental green veggie-oil powered 2002 Ford E350 Econoline van.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Wildowsky’s butter from Fiddleheads Food Co-op.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Elon Musk OR Donald Trump.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: My grandfather, my great-grandfather, my great-great-grandfather and my Dad.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro