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On the night of Aug. 18, 1935, revelers gathered at the St. Rocco Society’s Feast Day celebration taking place in the Cranston village of Thornton. Eager to enjoy the fireworks, parade and … more
I had previously written that getting vaccinations for the various possible viruses floating about in the air was not in my repertoire, (although I have obtained the COVID vaccines.)  My excuse … more
This past weekend work took me out to the west coast for a few different reasons. While part of my time was spent at an event in Los Angeles, the rest of the time I was on the road to San Diego for a … more
I was digging through boxes the other day looking for some things I hadn’t seen in years. As I peeled off the old, cracked tape and looked inside one of the boxes, I noticed it contained photos … more
New Year's Day came and New Year's Day went, taking my good health with it. The holiday season was super busy, visiting with a multitude of relatives and friends, not to mention shopping among … more
In music, some collaborations just seem like no-brainers. This is especially the case when two entities of similar backgrounds come together to create something purely brilliant. An example of this … more
Shortly after 7:00 on the morning of May 5, 1924, the fire alarm at the Rhode Island State Prison began wailing. Just minutes before, inmate Kenneth Haywood had exited a dry goods storage room with a … more
Time flies and it is already 2024. When younger, in my 40s, I had no preconceived idea of what the 2020s would look like, although I remember the year 2000 like it was yesterday. It began with … more
As we get through the holiday season and into the new year, many people begin planning their year of travel. Some of you may not be big vacationers, some might take two to three trips a year, some … more
2024 will be a new year, and with it comes New Year’s resolutions.  Starting out conservatively, to avoid making resolutions that are unrealistic, I would like to continue to try to eat … more
By ROBERT DUGUAY As diverse as the Rhode Island music scene is, there are a few styles that are somewhat underrepresented. The rock & roll realm within this community is strong, and the same … more
Looking back at the life of Francesco "Frank" Torelli of Johnston, it seemed he was destined to eventually succumb to a fatal head injury. Born in Italy in 1868, Frank was involved in what … more
Years ago, when I was a lot younger and thinner, I used to participate in Civil War living history events. The group I was with was like myself, really interested in material culture and we … more
William Rubin Sklut came to the United States as a 23-year-old Russian emigrant in 1902. With his wife and children, Israel and Ida, he settled in Providence and, in 1910, purchased a two-tenement … more
Alexus Lee has been pretty busy these days. The Providence based artist has been bringing her blend of soul, jazz and R&B to numerous venues including The Bowery Electric in New York City, … more
Christmas brings such warm memories to my heart. When I was a child, all holidays were celebrated with minimal fanfare, and we didn’t make a big deal out of Christmas, either. It was still such … more
Last month, I took a journey along with Steve, my righthand man in the Pop Culture department at Bruneau and Co, to visit Dr. Mego on Long Island. Now, Dr. Mego is not an M.D. like you might be … more
One of my favorite items of Revolutionary War-era accoutrements is the canteen. Without it a soldier couldn’t stay hydrated and as such it was and still is an important part of their gear. With … more
While many American households were tuning their radios to the sounds of George Cohen and figuring out how to make sweets without sugar and meals without meat, Frederick Jerome Hoxie was tinkering in … more
The music scene in Providence 10 years ago was a bit different than what it is now. There was a bit of a folk renaissance going on during that time period and while the critic within me has mixed … more
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