WESTERLY — Jacques Pépin called the cookbook "Heirloom Kitchen" "a stunning book which delves deeply into the rich cooking traditions of immigrant women and the immense legacy they have left on the American palate and food customs."

STONINGTON — Listen to the lovely voices of tenors and sopranos Saturday during the 25th and final Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert when hostess Eva Franchi welcomes music lovers to her 240-acre Stonington estate for an afternoon of melody and memory-making.

WESTERLY — Area residents have the opportunity to make history Saturday during the much-heralded Olde Tyme Fair in Wilcox Park. The fair, the brainchild and baby of Paul Donohue, is part of Westerly’s year-long 350 anniversary celebration.

WESTERLY — "The Ladies of the Edge," a group of local vocalists, will sing background behind Darcel Wilson, next week when The Knickerbocker All-Stars — seasoned professionals from the original Roomful of Blues and Duke Robillard bands — will storm the Knick next Thursday with their signatur…

WESTERLY — In Mark Rydell's hit movie, "On Golden Pond," the audience watches Norman and Ethel Thayer, a long-married couple (famously played by Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda) putter about their summer cottage in Maine for what appears to be their last season in the place that has become…

Rudi Hauser Jr. and Larry Hirsch have some exciting news to share. Hauser, president of the Chorus of Westerly board of directors and Hirsch, from Stand Up For Animals, are happy that the organizations they represent will be front and center in the Westerly pop-up book being produced by the …

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently donated $10,000 to The Westerly Armory for restoration of the granite front steps which were unveiled over the weekend. Funding was made possible through the sponsorship of Phebe Green Ward Chapter, National Society Daughters…

The Hope Valley Community center held a Recyclable Fashion Show this past spring with 20 models wearing creations made entirely from recyclable materials. The event was held by the Shannock Baptist Church to promote awareness of much needed recycling. Sandra Mansfield, the pastor's wife, org…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a late-August visit here on the Front Porch, where we're amazed (and a little relieved) to notice the leaves already changing color on several local trees. Have you seen the huge maple near the corner where Beach, Main and Margin m…

Riley Haggerty received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in psychology and Madison-Sean McLaughlin of Westerly received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Emmanuel College.

RICHMOND — Rhode Island's largest agricultural fair is in full swing in Richmond, offering five full days of family entertainment, including concerts featuring Country music stars, special events, contests, agricultural events, shows, exhibits and displays; tractor and horse pulls, the popul…

WESTERLY — If you're a "Downton Abbey" fan (and who is not?) you might consider splurging on a ticket for next week's "Sips & Wickets," hosted by Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle, said to be one of the most famous homes in the world, the very spot where "Downton Abbey" was filmed. 

WESTERLY — There are so many good things to say about the Colonial Theatre's stellar (and very funny) production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," beginning with the twinkly, enchanting set, designed by Baron Pugh.

Pawcatuck native Julianna Rick, center, was one of the featured dancers Muhlenberg College Theatre & Dance Department’s “Dance Emerge,” which showcases the ideas and talents of the college’s student choreographers and dancers while presenting innovative, imaginative and explorative dance…

    Justin Lee, center, was honored as a Civic Leader recently during the Hope Valley Grange and Community Center's annual "Community Service Award Night." Lee has been with the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire Department since 1995, after a long career as a ranger at Camp Yawgoo. He became the departme…

      Wood River Health Center, the smallest of Rhode Island’s eight federal health centers, recently opened  a new office just steps away from Westerly Hospital at 17 Wells St. The center, which serves residents from Exeter to North Stonington — including Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Westerl…

      Mystic resident Kevin Sisson, reflects on a recent "Creating A Writing Life Retreat" for emerging writers held in June. The retreat attracted writers from throughout New England, and took place on Ender's Island in Mystic. Writers Nancy Hackett of Stonington and Nancy Roman from Litchfield, …

      Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a mid-August, Victory Day visit here on the Front Porch where we're enjoying the colorful zinnias, garden-fresh corn and tomatoes, sending love to the cities of El Paso and Dayton, and thinking of the extraordinary Toni Morrison, t…

      The following local students graduated from the University of Connecticut: Pawcatuck residents Seth William Burger, Bachelor of Arts in mathematics; Connor Cantelmo, Master of Engineering; Hannah Rileigh Capizzano, Bachelor of Arts in history; Hannah Kissam Dickison, Bachelor of Arts in jour…

      MYSTIC — The 62nd annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival returns Aug. 10 and 11, with 230 artists lining the streets with original artwork in many different media. This year’s theme, "Environmental Sustainability," and has attracted many new artists whose work embraces recycled materials or prom…

      WESTERLY — From the audible sighs and sobs, prolonged applause and standing ovation, it seemed most people in the opening night audience of the Granite Theater's "On Golden Pond" were aware that the show is much more than a sentimental summer comedy on a small town stage. It seemed everybody…

      WESTERLY — Photography fans can enjoy some time travel this month at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. In honor of Westerly's 350th anniversary,  photographers Lisle Ann Jackson and Ed Porter have capture different times and places "as they view the world around them through a different lens…

      Sen. Heather Somers, center, displays the "2019 CAHCF/CCAL Champion of Elder Care Award” she received from the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities/Connecticut Center for Assisted Living for her “fierce, intelligent and outstanding leadership on behalf of Connecticut’s skilled n…

      Madilyn Fizzano, left, a sixth-grade student at Chariho Middle School, and Travis Avery, a soon-to-be eighth-grade student, each won a Kindle Fire 7s for having perfect attendance during the last school year. All students with perfect attendance are entered into a raffle with two lucky stude…

      Staff members, residents and volunteers from PACE Rhode Island held an Elder Abuse Awareness Walk, longest day fundraiser and lemonade stand to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island. They raised a total of $150 for the association.

        The Charlestown Senior Community Center in Ninigret Park hosted members of the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners program at its annual workshop in June. This year’s focus was sunflowers, and participants learned all about sunflowers before creating their own sunflower painting with…

        Slocum Grange in North Kingstown held a Community Service Night earlier this year, to honor a number of people in the Town of North Kingstown for service beyond the call of duty.

        Warm greetings dear friends and patient readers, welcome back to the Front Porch (after a brief summer hiatus) and welcome to the month of August!

        WESTERLY — There's a reason the 2009 column he wrote for The New York Times' Modern Love series remains enormously popular 10 years after it was published,  and there's a reason his new memoir, "Permission to  Fly: A Memoir of Love, Crushing Loss, and Triumph" is indeed flying ... off the shelves.

        Fred Allardyce of Westerly received the Distinguished Service Award from his high school alma mater, the Williston Northampton School, during a ceremony at the school’s reunion in June.

        NEWPORT — From Herbie Hancock to to Dianne Reeves, and from Common to Tank and the Bangas, this year's Newport Jazz Festival, now in its 65th year, will feature some of the finest jazz musicians in the world this weekend.