Greetings dear friends and readers, and welcome back for our first spring 2014 visit on the Front Porch where crocuses and snowdrops abound and robins and cardinals are chirping away! (There was even a baby eagle sighting in Kingston!) My buddy Lou Masucci (co-host with Sal Murano of the “Lou & Sal Sports Show” on WBLQ each Saturday morning) told me that crocuses are popping up in his yard and on my walks about town, I, too, have seen crocuses blooming, pussy willows popping and daffodils just beginning to emerge. Ah, spring! Even if we do get snow this week (and from the look of things, I guess we’d better batten down the hatches!) it will be short-lived, so have no fear, spring is here! Soon we’ll hear those peepers and know for certain that all’s right with the world.
Fans of “Divergent” (Veronica Roth’s first installment in the “Divergent” trilogy, a young adult novel set in a dystopian version of Chicago which has been compared to popular books such as “The Hunger Games,” and “The Maze Runner,”) will be interested to know that the film’s director happens to be one Neil Burger (he directed “The Illusionist” with Edward Norton, Jessica Biel and Paul Giamatti, and “Limitless” which starred Bradley Cooper) who is married to Diana Kellogg, a longtime summer resident and well-respected New York architect whose brother Charley Kellogg lives here with his wife Perry (Saunders) Kellogg and kiddies. The handsome Berger-Kelloggs attended the premiere of the film last week at LA’s Regency Bruin Theatre looking more glamorous than any movie star. Burger and Kellogg (she’s the daughter of lovely Jane Kellogg and the late Tom Kellogg) live in NYC with their children, Lukas and Clara.
If you’re free Wednesday night (don’t let the storm interfere!), and would like to make a real difference in our community, drop by Andrew Nathan and Jen Gibson’s Sea Goose for a fabulous-sounding “Beer Dinner” (think andouille and cornbread stuffed baked Ninigret Cup oysters, corndogs with honey mustard and Grey Sail Flagship cream ale for starters) being held in collaboration with Colin and Stephanie Bennett of The Malted Barley and Jennifer and Alan Brinton’s Grey Sail Brewing of Westerly to benefit the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. Darling Liz Pasqualini (Westerly’s sweetheart!) is thrilled that the center was chosen to be a recipient. She says it’s another way to bring awareness to the center and its needs. Andrew says the night will be full of great food, great beer and great fun. When the party ends at the Sea Goose, guests will meander to the Malted Barley for an after party to continue with “the charitable celebration.” Speaking of the local food scene, best of luck to my buddy Billy Beattie on his new endeavor, The Misquamicut Sandwich Company, on Crandall Avenue. Billy, who’s been overseeing the kitchen at the Pleasant View for years, was born into the hospitality business. His mother, the late Carole Brankert Lacey April, co-owned and managed the “Old” Ocean House, and his grandparents, the late Earl and Jacqueline (Miller) Brankert owned and operated the OH for more than 50 years. Speaking of the OH, Seasons earned another feather for the OH cap when OpenTable diners named the restaurant among the “Top 5 Best Seafood Restaurants in New England.”
Congratulations to Charlie Holdredge who is to be awarded the Lawrence P. Gallogly Humanitarian Award from the Providence Gridiron Club next month and who was the subject of a terrific story in yesterday’s Sun (written by my colleague Anna Maria Lemoine) And guess what? There will be a ninth season of “Dancing with the Stars” to benefit the Supper Table and the Bradford School! Bradford School principal Deb Pendola says that the dancing stars include Buck Barber with Alison Cameron, Katie Leach with Mark Gervasini, Kerri Butler with George Selvidio, Heather Morrone with Scott Servidio and Joanne French with Brian Keilty. Stay tuned for more news on that fun event and the names of more of the dancers! That’s all from the porch this fine day, dear readers, until next week, happy birthday Susan Capalbo and Ciao bella!