Chatter from the front porch: September 20, 2021 | News from the front porch
Greetings dear readers and friends and welcome to our last summer 2021 visit here on the The porch, where the sun rose at 6:33 a.m. this morning and will set at 6:48 p.m., and the harvest moon becomes full tonight at 7:55 a.m. It might be the week we say goodbye to summer, but we’re also welcoming the season that many people think is the most glorious of all here in New England. The fall equinox arrives at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, so the sun will start to rise later, nightfall will come earlier and, as the aroma of Concord grapes wafts through the air, the crickets continue to chirp. and giant orange pumpkins start to appear on the thresholds (or white as the case may be on Wendy and Howard hyde’s lovely porch at Weekapaug) we welcome fall.
Well, it has certainly been a busy week in our little town! There was FallFest at Misquamicut, an adapted surf clinic at Fenway Beach in Weekapaug (look for pictures next week thanks to Donna Byrne, Gale hunting, Tom boll, Justin speegle and Randi Woodrow), the fundraising auction at the Babcock-Smith House Museum, and the planes! You may have heard the loud buzzing in the sky as warbirds flew overhead after leaving Westerly State Airport as part of a North American Trainer Association training clinic.
There has also been a lot of buzz about Josh Behan’s “Faces of Westerly” exhibition, now on display at the United Theater Gallery on Canal Street. I walked in the other day because I missed opening night and was so impressed! What a pleasure to see the excellent black and white portraits of wonderful faces of people like Kevin (Big Lux) Lowther, Brigitte Hopkins, Natalia Mortrude, Mary carol kendzia, Lisa Konicki, April Dinwoodie, Jeanie Roland, Alexis tattersall, Colin Bennett, Bryan Keilty and others (including yours.) Be sure to stop by and see for yourself! Looking at the portraits of Josh, I came across some pillars of the Colonial Theater Marion markham, Nicolas moore and Dawn Robinson, who held two information sessions over the weekend to hear what community members had to say about Shakespeare-in-the-Park.
Speaking of the United States, I was sad to learn from Joe cohen, the PR guy for the Milk Carton Kids that the musicians have decided to postpone their East Coast tour until spring 2022, which means their concert scheduled for Saturday in the US is on hiatus. In a report, Joey ryan and Kenneth pattengale said: “Dear friends, we come to you with news, hopefully not upsetting but nonetheless disappointing … It’s crazy to think that we are still here all this time later, but here we are. the world and each region is on a different level place with this pandemic, but for us this decision is based on the underlying health condition, risk tolerance and well-being of our group, our families and from our tour team. We hope not to let down those of you who have already purchased tickets … we look forward to coming back to see you. Your tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates, or you can get your refund at the time. In the meantime, we’ll be working hard on new music and scheduling many more dates for you. Until then, we love you all and see you soon. “
Speaking of the buzz, there’s been a lot – in real life and on social media – about the beloved NBC 10 meteorologist’s recent departure Kelly bates, who has attended many Westerly events over the years. You may remember when Kelly was honored at the 2006 Columbus Day Parade and brought her sons, Max and Nate, and his mom, Elaine LaRoche, with her. When Kelly announced on Twitter that she was “unable to continue” in her role on the terms offered in a new contract, and that “as a round 49-year-old woman, it is safe to say that my television career is over, ”she was surrounded by so much love and support that the story gained national attention. “If my story resonates right now, I would be remiss if I did not take the opportunity to continue the dialogue,” she told Newsweek magazine. “With the reality of this business, very few women on the air can envision a career until retirement age. It’s a different playing field for us. I’d like to see that change for the next one. generation.” Rock on Kelly!
Rock on and congratulations to the novelist Betty cotter, Shannock, former editor of the Narragansett Times and The Independent, who was inducted into the Rhode Island Press Association Hall of Fame Friday night at the association’s annual awards banquet at the Quonset “O” Club in North Kingstown. It was so wonderful to see so many reporters all together and all pissed off and to remember that Rhode Island is home to so many print publications! Betty, who was accompanied by her children and her husband Tim Cotter, editor-in-chief of The Day, was introduced by the former editor-in-chief of the Narragansett Times, Rudi hempe. Congratulations to ours too Harold Hanka, who has received so many awards for his magnificent photographs as his wife, Carol mccarthy, was barely able to get them all home. Harold, who is almost as shy as he is talented, did not attend, which is why Carol – who was there to support her longtime friend and colleague from Newport Daily News Jim gillis, also a Hall of Fame inductee, had to wear the stack of plaques. Graduated from Westerly High School Laura Damon, editor for the Daily News and daughter of Annastatie and Jean Damon, from Westerly, was also honored for her excellent work.
And so dear readers, please join me in saying goodbye to summer and the great Georges Wein, the man who brought music and joy to so many people, and remember, stay safe, be kind and get vaccinated! Ciao bella!