Party like it’s 2010

By JIM MACNIE  |  January 6, 2010


SIPPIN' IT
Hey you — yeah, you with the delicate palate. If you're into the grape then it might be wise to begin the new year with a glide through NEWPORT VINEYARDS, 909 East Main Road (Route 138), Middletown. They have always gotten props for their Riesling, and this year is no exception. Stroll through the compound, glance at the orchards, get some fresh air, and sip away until you find something you're genuinely impressed by. Tours take place at 1 and 3 pm; tastings take place all day | 401.848.5161 | newportvineyards.com


BLADES OF GLORY
You don't have to hit Rockefeller Center to glide across the ice in the middle of a cityscape. Downtown Newport has its own bit of frozen heaven waiting for you. Strapping on the blades at the SOVEREIGN BANK FAMILY SKATING CENTER at the Newport Yachting Center, America's Cup Avenue, is a sweet way to dodge your troubles for awhile. There's a carefree vibe in the air whenever we're in motion, and those who love the winter atmosphere know that skating brings the season into high relief. Grab a scarf, zip up, and start moving those legs | 401.846.3018 | skatenewport.com


JUST ZOO IT
Marco Polo encountered some remarkable animals during his trek. The ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, recreates the mogul merchant's journey, highlighting the creatures one might see on the Spice Route. Walking the walk is an educational experience, but it's also the kind of entertainment that sticks with you for a while. The winter is a prime time to absorb another side of the Zoo. It's not every day you can watch snow leopards romp and frolic with real snow around them. A partial list of your pals who have no problem with chilly temps: bald eagles, bison, penguins, pandas, seals. Want to stay in the warmer climes? You can delve into the continents of Australia, Africa, or North America. Sayeth the Zoo: "Peer at the majestic bald eagle and find out how this once-endangered species has turned into a conservation success story. See how a harbor seal swims, watch bison graze. Visit with farmyard friends, including some rare breeds, at our Full Circle Farm." Admission is half-price on New Year's Day — $6 adults, $4 seniors, $3 ages 3-12, free under 3 | 401.785.3510 | rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org


FOLLOW THE PUCK
The PROVIDENCE BRUINS haven't been home in a bit. Their last battle at the Dunk pitted them against the Lowell Devils, and though it didn't go their way, it wasn't for lack of trying. Levi Nelson plopped one in the net to get his first goal of the season. The sticks will be flying once more as the Bruins take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to start 2010 the right way. Fingers crossed for our guys at 7:05 pm | 401.273.5000 | providencebruins.com

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