1) Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown
2) Swan Point Cemetery, Providence
3) Prospect Park, Providence
4) In front of the Buddha at the RISD Museum, Providence
5) Scituate Reservoir
10 MUST-READ WEB SITES
1) providencedailydose.com — A collection of hipster happenings and snarky commentary.
2) artinruins.com — An image-heavy look at Rhode Island architecture: the glorious wreckage and the well-preserved.
3) lotsofnoise.com — For all you underground rockers.
4) as220.org — Not a blog, exactly, but a good window onto artistic happenings at Providence's leading alternative art space, AS220.
5) indieartsri.org — The name sums it up.
6) 401sounds.com — Shows by date, and a few pix and posters too.
7) thephoenix.com/providence — Ahem.
8) Greater City: Providence (gcpvd.org) — All about the capital city.
9) rinexus.com — Their goal: "Connecting Rhode Island's Info-Tech & Digital Media Community."
10) quahog.org — Fun facts and folklore about Vo Dilun.
7 PLACES WHERE YOU CAN GET FREE WIFI
1) Cafe La France | 220 Weybosset, Providence | 401.383.5556
2) Blue State Coffee | 300 Thayer St, Providence | 401.383.8393
3) Au Bon Pain | 233 Thayer St, Providence | 401.751.0472
4) Java Madness | 134 Salt Pond Rd, Wakefield | 401.788.0088
5) Bagelz | 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston | 401.782.2295
6) The Cuban Revolution | 50 Aborn St (401.331.8829) + 60 Valley St (401.632.0649), Providence | thecubanrevolution.com
7) White Electric Coffee | 711 Westminster, Providence | 401.453.3007 | whiteelectriccoffee.com
9 CELEBRITIES WE'RE PROUD (MORE OR LESS) TO CALL NATIVES
1) Peter and Bobby Farrelly
2) Walter Mossberg
3) Meredith Vieira
4) Dicky Barrett
5) Mena Suvari
6) Rocco Baldelli
7) John McCauley
8) Michael Corrente
8 PLACES TO SATISFY YOUR DO-GOODER IMPULSES
1) Judy's Kindness Kitchen at Crossroads | Congregation Beth Sholom, 275 Camp St, Providence | 401.521.2255 | crossroadsri.org
2) Pawtucket Soup Kitchen | 195 Walcott St, Pawtucket | 401.726.4680
3) Amos House | 415 Friendship St, Providence | 401.272.0200 | amoshouse.com
4) Providence Animal Rescue League | 34 Elbow St, Providence | 401.421.1399 | parl.org
5) Rhode Island Community Food Bank | 200 Niantic Ave, Providence | 401.942.6325 | rifoodbank.org
6) Volunteer Center of Rhode Island | 655 Broad St, Providence | 401.331.2298 | vcri.org
7) Bradford Jonnycake Center of Westerly | 21 Industrial Dr, Westerly | 401.377.8069 | jonnycake.webs.com
8) The Nature Conservancy | 159 Waterman St, Providence | 401.331.7110 | nature.org
3 ODDITIES YOU HAVE TO SEE1) The Rooster — Outside Sollitto's Liquor Mart, 905 Narragansett Boulevard, Providence stands an eight-foot-tall, 200-pound fiberglass rooster. After 9/11, the owners scrawled a message on his side: "USA, Love It or Leave It." Never mind that the chicken isn't generally viewed as a symbol of resolve.
2) The Giant Hand Truck — For any giants who may be reading this, you'll be pleased to know there is a 12-foot, bright red hand truck sitting outside Yankee Supply Company, a warehouse supply outfit, at 2140 Hartford Ave, Johnston.
3) Betty the Learned Elephant — Right behind Glocester's Highway Department in the village of Chepachet is the Phoenix's favorite Rhode Island oddity: a six-foot, fiberglass Mr. Potato Head designed to resemble Betty, an elephant assassinated nearby in 1826. We're not making this up.