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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

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6 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION And so the day came, I packed lightly for a five-day get-away and looked toward a new way to spend the holi- day with my husband. The warm air hitting my face as soon as exiting the airport, reassured me I was in a good place. Since we traveled on the evening of a holiday, I lamented about having to show up empty-handed, but my friend Deb said, "That's OK, you can do cleanup." That worked fine for us. We joined Tom and Deb, along with five other friends of theirs and proceeded to have a lovely dinner at about 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. We sat around the screened lanai adorned with subtle lighting and flowers and shrubbery that smelled like jasmine, while palm trees rustled gently in a breeze. After appetizers and drinks we were summoned to the table. There was no one fighting to sit next to me, and I'll admit I did miss that! I did pick up a few tricks from Deb, our hostess. Everyone had a task, a dish to bring. One gal showed up with about five pounds of mashed potatoes. Another with green beans and almonds, and another with a tray of appetizers. Deb uses a special but- ter, called Kerrygold, it was herbed and it was delicious. She also used a fancy bundt pan for her bread stuffing. It was an idea I had never thought of and it looked so nice inverted onto a fancy plate for serving, so easy to "slice" rather than spoon out of a dish. Russ, one of the neighbor guests, had made a whole berry cranberry sauce with mandarin oranges, and it was delicious. I asked him for the recipe and he acted like it was a big family secret. Later he admitted he follows the recipe on the package for whole berry cranberry sauce, then throws in the mandarin oranges at the end. I think the biggest lesson I took away was how very overboard Jim and I go for this holiday. I make a cheese- cake, homemade chocolate cream pie, and an apple pie. Of course you have to have a pumpkin pie to represent the season. It's tradition! No wonder I'm exhausted when all is said and done. Tom and Deb had one pie for dessert, it fed all at the table and there were no leftover slices. Too many choices are an issue for us. And, I have had some feed- back from my grown sons and my grandchildren about their holiday spent a differ- ent way. Nine-year-old James asked his dad why they did not go around the table and say a "thankful" thing at his other grandpa's house. Hmmm, I guess that really matters! My oldest son is still wait- ing for my homemade cheesecake. And hints rang- ing from subtle to very direct have let us know that we were missed for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps the next sit down holiday we'll delegate better, create a new understanding that Mom and Dad are get- ting older now and we need some help. So listen up kids and start planning what you'll bring to the table. We'd love to have you! REBOOT From Page 4 bags and accessories, took over the show in March of 2017 under the umbrella of her marketing company, ArtSmart Productions. A former marketing professional in the corpo- rate space, she said she was pleased to see the transition year make an impact, prompting her decision to return to downtown. "I know firsthand how much artists appreciate a show that works, and we are off to a good start," said Burkett, a Kentucky native who has lived in Rhode Island for nine years and established Laura Burkett Designs leather studio in Pawtucket two years ago. "The lineup of artists for this year's show represents tremendous talent and techni- cal skill, all selected by our knowledgeable, experienced panel of jurors." The Art Providence Holiday Show welcomes back many RISD alumni as well as talented artists from all over New England and beyond to showcase work in ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, metal, wood, painting, prints, fur- niture, leather, photography and more. Following a successful 2017 show, Art Providence Holiday was honored with a Providence Ambassadors Award by GoProvidence and the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) for con- tinuing the legacy of RISD's annual sale and driving busi- ness to the Ocean State. Burkett, newly hired coor- dinator of the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative in Pawtucket, Cumberland and Central Falls, said one of the main differences with this show is that it's juried, with more participants than just those from RISD. Also a significant difference is that it runs over two days instead of just one, she said. There are five or six new components this year, such as food sampling, live music and an affordable VIP pack- age, she said. Three aspects making this event especially attractive are tax-free art purchases, free parking downtown on Sunday, and a requirement that artists be at the show and interacting with customers, said Burkett. The goal is to create a "long-term kind of thing" here that's strategically differ- ent from many other shows focused only on crafts, she said, with an assortment of art, design and small-batch production creating a breadth of offerings. Art Providence Holiday features everything from the very high-end art to the $30 ceramic mug. Jurors this year included Boris Bally, CEO Bally Humanufactured, LLC; Marthe Le Van, curator and owner, Mora Designer Jewelry; Beth McLaughlin, chief curator of exhibitions and collections at Fuller Craft Museum; and Anais Missakian, professor and head of textiles department at RISD. "Our ultimate goal at Art Providence Holiday is to match the artist with the cus- tomer," said Burkett. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The cash bar will open at noon and a local food favorites sampling (additional ticket required) will be open 1-4 p.m. each day. Live music, a gift-wrapping station and a children's corner with print- making activities "promise plenty of holiday cheer while you shop." General admission tickets are $8.50 per adult per day. Children 12 and under get in free. Local food favor- ites sampling tickets are an additional $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under per day. Visitors must have a gen- eral admission ticket or VIP badge to purchase local food favorites tickets. VIP badges are $50 and include all-week- end access, a complimentary beverage from the cash bar, a complimentary food ticket, neck massage, free gift wrap- ping for two items, free can- vass tote, and free coat and bag check. For more information and to see a list of participating artists, visit www.artprovi- . This year's ART PROVIDENCE HOLIDAY SHOW will be held this weekend, Dec. 8-9, and will feature about 200 local and national artists, including MARK PERRY, left. For more informa- tion, visit www.artprovidence- . BURKETT ART SHOW From Page One

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