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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-10-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | JANUARY 10-16, 2019 AT HOME / ENTERTAINMENT 7 old memories as I went. There was a folder of old report cards and drawings from my children's grade school days and my own diplomas from grade school, high school, and college. Another held clothing I hadn't seen in years. And so it went until in a bin full of stuff that looked like it had been dumped intact from the drawer of an old bureau that I was getting rid of, which was exactly what had happened, and amid old handbags, gloves and other sundry and useless things, I found the perfect item. Groucho glasses. "Oh my God!" I thought to myself as excitement raced through my blood. "These are the actual glasses!" And I knew exactly what I had to do as I raced up the stairs and found the two old photos I had run across just weeks earlier. Here's the story: Many years earlier, in January of 1986 to be exact, as the date on the back of the photos testi- fied, I was playing Trivial Pursuit with my 15-year-old son Tom, my niece Kelly, my sister Bev and her two teenage sons, Mike and Dave, when my daughter Barbara's date arrived to pick her up. Jonathan was new to us and to Barbara. His brother Lance worked with Barbara and had been trying to fix them up for weeks before they finally relented, if for no other reason than to get him off their backs. This was their first date and they had no sooner left the house than Barb came back in, asking where would be a good place to go since she had been out of the area for years while she was in college and Jonathan didn't know the area either. Kelly suggested Kay's Restaurant in Woonsocket, and off they went. That's when Kelly turned to us and said, "You know what would be funny? If all of us followed them to Kay's." Genius idea! We could all wear dark glasses and spy on them. We could only come up with five pairs of sunglasses, but not to worry. I just hap- pened to have a pair of Groucho glass- es that Dave could wear, and in a high state of merriment, we were off and running. If you're familiar with Kay's, you will remember that on the far side of the restaurant there are booths separated by a low wall, and as blind luck would have it, the booth right along- side theirs was empty, so we filed in. Barbara and Jonathan ignored us. So we all began slowly leaning farther and far- ther in toward their direction. Barbara just kept on talking, seemingly oblivious to our presence, but Jonathan started nervously glancing our way. And so it went until Barbara finally turned around and said, "Okay, I know it's you. Take off the glasses." The look on Jonathan's face was priceless. His jaw dropped as he declared with amaze- ment, "Barbara, it's your fam- ily!" "Yes, I know," she dryly replied, asking if I still had my camera with me, referring to the old disc camera that was always in my pocketbook back then. Yes, I did. She took it, told us all to put the glasses back on and stepped back to get a picture of all of us. Then she passed the cam- era back to me as I handed her dark glasses and Groucho glasses so I could take a photo of them. That was 33 years ago this month, and it says a lot about Jonathan's off- kilter sense of humor that they are still together, married and the parents of two lovely daughters now in their early 20s. As for the gift, after carefully mea- suring the depth needed to accom- modate the nose (1 and 1/2 inches) I dashed out to buy a shadow box frame large enough to hold not only the glasses, but both photos, and got them all mounted and gift wrapped in time. Her reaction when she opened the gift on Christmas Eve was every- thing I could have hoped for as she burst out uproariously laughing and planning to find the perfect place to display it. The addendum to this story is that just prior to the birth of their first child, we had found a pair of tiny little Groucho glasses that we gave Barbara with instructions to put them on the baby to have her first hospital picture taken. Alas, Barbara was discharged before photos were taken and both the moment and the glasses were lost to history. Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. The shadow box RHEA POWERS made for her daughter BARBARA for Christmas recalls the mem- ory of Barbara's first date with her now husband, JONATHAN. RHEA From Page One Annual knitting retreat and fiber market at Slater Mill Jan. 19-20 PAWTUCKET – The 11th annual Slater Mill Knitting Weekend and Fiber Market, will be held Jan. 19 and 20, for two full days of knitting classes, stash-building and home- spun inspiration, at the mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave. Free and open to all is the Fiber Market, held in the old factory on the first floor. The market brings in fiber producers and dyers, pattern- makers, tool makers, and other fiber art product vendors from all over New England. It runs on both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is open for Saturday and Sunday morning classes in Lace Knitting, Shawl Shapes, Charted Patterns and iPhone-ogra- phy – the latter a new offering for knitters and makers who want to up their games on social media and online commerce sites. Tuition-based classes are limited to 12 students, to allow for more individualized attention from instructors that accommodates a range of skill levels, and better engagement among participants. Register for classes at brownpap- ertickets.com, keyword Slater Mill. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The fee for one class is $80, or reg- ister for two for $150. Call 401-725- 8638, ext.107, to pay by phone with credit card. PAC announces Pawtucket Foundation Prize Exhibition PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative and the Pawtucket Foundation announce the 12th year of the juried art exhibition – the Pawtucket Foundation Prize Exhibition. Entries will be accepted through midnight March 9. The opening is March 28. The exhibition is open to all art- ists, in all media, 2-D and 3-D. A $1000 Pawtucket Foundation Prize and $250 PAC Prize will be award- ed at the opening. Online submissions will be accept- ed at https://tinyurl.com/yctb42lz . Digital submissions only. Max sub- mission two pieces. The submission fee for PAC members is $15 for one piece, $20 for two. The cost for non PAC members is $18 for one piece, $23 for two. For more information, email Victoria Dalpe at volunteer- pawtucketartsc@gmail.com. ACROSS 1. Homestead 5. More (Spanish) 8. Type of notification 12. Approves 14. Mandela's party 15. "Mom" actress Faris 16. Predatory insects 18. Where honey goes 19. Canadian flyers 20. Of an earlier time 21. Indigenous peo- ple of Australia 22. Organize 23. All over 26. Made it through 30. Between-meals food 31. A quantity upon which an opera- tion is performed 32. German mytho- logical god 33. "Heavy" type of rock music 34. Pharmacy chain Duane __ 39. First responders 42. Mysterious 44. Leisurely stroll 46. Most naughty 47. Plant tissue 49. Small fish 50. Men's fashion accessory 51. Distant planet 56. Destroy 57. Location in Norse mythology 58. One who is delib- erately cruel 59. __ Romeo, car 60. Of the ear 61. Former name of Tokyo 62. Male children 63. French/Belgian river 64. Tide DOWN 1. Grave 2. Alright 3. Sharp tooth 4. Bird genus 5. Important 6. One who studies carefully 7. Not very big 8. Astronomy unit 9. A way to open up 10. Trap 11. Handle of a knife 13. Indicates one from a part of W. Africa 17. Lucky number 24. Doctor of Edu- cation 25. Legendary Cubs broadcaster 26. Female parent 27. Mimic 28. Connects to the rim 29. Small constel- lation 35. Indicates near 36. Consumed 37. Criticize 38. Shock therapy 40. Type of cigarette 41. The fashionable elite 42. Shed tears 43. Arm or branch of a bone 44. Quell anger 45. Where rock and rollers play 47. "The Alchemist" author Coelho 48. Choppers 49. Lacks brightness 52. Port in Yemen 53. Brood of pheas- ant 54. Approves food 55. A type of sign Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 11. Talk to Roger Bouchard or Jeff Gamache and plan your own show. One hour segments of radio time available for specialized talk or music segments. 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