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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-12-2018

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | JULY 12-18, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 7 like Connecticut by bus. "Yeah, that Greyhound lag is a son-of-a-gun," she thought. Kind of the same thing here, only it was by car and although I did most of the driving, it wasn't so much the traveling part that's the cause of my discomfort. I suspect it's more the mental reshuffling. Going from a carefree, laissez-faire frame of mind to suddenly crash landing back into reality. That and the fact that it's not like I'm 65 anymore. Heck, it's not like I'm 75 anymore either, although just saying that gives me frissons! No, I think it's the fact that after eight days of not being responsible for much of anything I have returned to real life with a vengeance. Laundry to do, bills to pay, cooking, shopping. The list … and the beat ... goes on. But it was fun while it lasted. My daughters and I packed up and headed north on our long-anticipated trip on June 22. Barbara drove up from New York and together we drove to New Hampshire to pick up Kathy, then with the car packed to the rafters we made a run for the border. We had three days in Montreal, most of it spent in the old part of the city with a brief foray underground to browse around the famous "under- ground city" that turned out to be just another mall. Our hotel was at the edge of Vieux Montreal, consequently everything was within walking distance. I wanted my daughters to see and feel the place from whence their Bouchard roots had sprung. The fact that since my last visit, much of what I remembered of the Vieux Port, the waterfront area, had been razed and replaced with what amounted to a tree-lined boardwalk came as a shock. La Place Royale that I so fondly recalled only had one side to it and the old monument dedicated to the original colonists who had arrived on these shores in 1614 had morphed into a much larger granite version of its former self. Fortunately, the names of Augustin Hebert and his wife, Vivienne Duvivier, the direct line ancestors in my Bouchard grandmother's line were still listed there. I had so wanted my daughters to see that, although I'm not sure they feel as deeply invested in it as I do. We walked, we admired the old architecture, we shopped, we rode the gigantic ferris wheel, and we ate our way across the area for three days before packing up and heading northeast along the Saint Lawrence River to Quebec City. Montreal was nice, but it was in Quebec City that I really felt it. Call it my roots, my Frenchness, the fabric of my being, the source from which my family sprang. It was me and I was it, as were my people across the ages. The language they spoke was the language of my child- hood although I never spoke it back then, and it pleased me no end to have been able to speak it every- where I went while there now. As in Montreal, our hotel was on the very edge of the old city and we walked everywhere. We took the famed Funiculaire (a giant elevator pitched at a scary angle down the front of the cliff) from the Upper Town to the Lower Town, where the original settlement had been established until they moved to the top of the cliff where they could more easily defend their territory. We walked the cobblestone streets, browsed the shops, and then on that first day there, wound our way along the ancient streets and up a series of steeply pitched hills until we eventu- ally arrived back up top where we had begun. I had read about the "cas-cou" (breakneck) staircase, described as a scary alternative to the funicular, and was determined to have a go at it. Major disappointment! It turned out to be a tremendously long, wind- ing, plain old wooden staircase that was not scary at all, just exhausting to navigate. We used it to go down, letting gravity do much of the work, and sprang for the $3 ride back to the top. We had four glorious days there, eating ragout au boulettes (but sans "pattes de cochon"), tourtiere (meat pie), raclette (melted cheese), and croissants, as well as a very fancy expensive meal that turned out to be more than half made up of raw meat for which I was a good sport but still gag at the thought of. And then a final breakfast of crepes au fraise, a one-day stopover in the White Mountains, and we were on our way home. Next stop, hopefully, will be Normandy, France in two years. Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. RHEA From Page One Farm Fresh Rhode Island opens farmers markets PROVIDENCE – Farm Fresh Rhode Island is opening six of its farmers markets this season. Located in neighborhoods at risk for health disparities, Farm Fresh RI markets focus on increasing access to fresh, local food and nutrition education. Over the next month, farmers market shoppers can expect to find fresh produce like tomatoes, corn, peppers, blueberries, greens, herbs, cheese, mushrooms, carrots, bit- ter melons, fresh bread and much more. Many markets also feature live music, prepared foods and food trucks and family-friendly activities. All Farm Fresh RI markets accept cash, credit, debit, SNAP, WIC Fruit & Vegetable checks and senior vouchers. And as of June 1, Farm Fresh RI's Bonus Bucks nutrition incentives provide an additional 100 percent bonus for customers using EBT, to increase access to fresh fruits and veggies for low- income individuals receiving federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. That means for every dollar spent with EBT, shop- pers receive a free dollar in Bonus Bucks to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. The following local markets man- aged by Farm Fresh Rhode Island are open this season. For a full list of farmers markets across Rhode Island, visit • Slater Park, 825 Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket, through Oct. 28, on Sundays noon-3 p.m. • Central Falls, 559 Dexter St., through Oct. 31, on Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m. • Woonsocket, Thundermist Health Center, 450 Clinton St., year round but moves outside in July, and takes place on Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. South Country Balloon Festival returns July 20-22 SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Roomful of Blues and Billy Gilman will headline the 40th South County Balloon Festival, set for the week- end of July 20-22 at the University of Rhode Island Athletic Fields, rain or shine. Roomful of Blues will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20. The eight-piece band will open the fes- tival. Gilman, the Hope Valley native and runner-up in Season 11 of "The Voice" will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. During both concerts, balloonists offer tethered rides for $20, giving riders a view of the festival and sur- rounding area. Admission is $10 per person and free for kids 10 and under. Festival hours are Friday, 4-10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Parking is free and RV camping is available on site. For more information and an event schedule, visit www.south- Herman's Hermits to perform at Stadium Theatre WOONSOCKET – Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone will perform at the Stadium Theatre on Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. Peter Noone achieved internation- al fame as "Herman," lead singer of pop band Herman's Hermits at the age of 15. Noone's classic hits include "I'm Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and "There's a Kind of Hush." Noone was born in Manchester, England, where he studied act- ing at St. Bede's College and the Manchester School of Music and Drama. As a child, he played Stanley Fairclough in the long- running British soap opera, "Coronation Street." He was also featured in the television series "Knight Errant," "Family Solicitor" and "Monro's Saki Stories". Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at Admission ranges between $46, $56 and $69. GILMAN Herman's Hermits starring PETER NOONE will perform at the Stadium Theatre on Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. Women's Day at the Range on Sunday, Aug. 12 LINCOLN – The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish & Wildlife's Hunter Education Program will offer its annual Women's Day at the Range event designed to introduce women to the world of shooting sports on Sunday, Aug. 12, at Manville Sportsmen's Rod and Gun Club, 250 High St. Women will be offered a two- hour segment in which they will be able to try shotguns, handguns, rifles, archery equipment and toma- hawks. Participants will be allowed six shots per firearm with an instruc- tor present. No prior experience is necessary. Registration is required. No walk- ins will be accepted. Register online at

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