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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-07-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME 7 book most likely from my daughter Barbara that was full of ideas on how to spin, knit, felt, and create all kinds of amazing things using cat hair. I kid you not. You can't make this stuff up. But this box was bigger and much heavier. Amid calls of "I wonder what it is?" and "Quick, open it up" as I slit the packing tape, my friend Brenda excit- edly declared, "I think I know what it is!" Other than the fact that she's psychic, I don't know how she knew, but what was finally revealed once the box was opened was what the online Chewy site called "A Two Story Cat Condo." A stun- ning double-decker cat house upholstered in beige "loop- free" carpeting, more com- monly referred to around here as a cat house. There was much laughter and excitement in the room as Brenda grabbed the new cat house and placed it between her chair and my sister Bev's, pushing the small round table that had been there out of the way and ceremonially trans- ferring their two mugs of tea onto the new surface. "And don't let Jonathan sit on this one!" she declared. Here's the backstory: Many years ago, after my daughters had adopted a shel- ter cat to keep my late son Rick company, I bought a furry blue-covered cat house for it. Long story short, Miss Kitty was not impressed. She never used it, but more impor- tantly, we did. In no time at all, it became a lightweight, highly por- table, multi-use end table. Unobtrusively stored at one end of the living room, it was the go-to fixture we used when a convenient extra sur- face was needed, and no one used it more often than the knitters, or more specifically, Bev and Brenda. It always went between their two chairs. It was also much favored by my daughter Kathy when she visited. Kathy always sits at the far end of the love seat and the cat house was her footstool, but with her feet tucked into the upper apart- ment instead of on the top surface. If my niece Kelly also happened to be here at the same time, her feet went in, too, or as she likes to put it, "It was the footstool equivalent of the vanity bench that Kathy and I always shared when we ate at Nana's." But nothing lasts forever. And so it came to pass that during one Christmas celebra- tion maybe three years or so ago when seating was at a pre- mium, my son-in-law Jonathan pulled the cat house over and sat on it, crushing its top in a way that it could never again be reliably used to hold a mug of tea. It was with much gnashing of the teeth and heavy hearts all around that the furry blue cat house was finally consigned to the trash. Consternation reigned in this little household, far and above what one might believe would be possible ... or even reasonable. We were almost in mourning at the passing of the little furry blue cat house and the search was on to find a replacement. The best I could eventually do was the small round wooden table of approximately the same diameter later found on con- signment at Pine Swamp Place in Cumberland, but it was just never the same. We eventually learned to live with it, but we weren't happy. And then came the surprise package last Tuesday. The look of sheer glee on Brenda's face was a sight to behold, and joy was once again restored. In the overall scheme of things a cat house may not seem like very much, but here among the knitters, it was a very big thing, indeed! Thank you, Barbara. Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. RHEA From Page One St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center will hold Fresco Italiano Saturday WOONSOCKET – St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., will present Fresco Italiano on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. Fresco Italiano is anoth- er opportunity to dine under the magnificent frescos while enjoying an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet. The idea came from the center's chairman Wally Rathbun. "I wanted to do something to celebrate the artist Guido Nincheri who painted the frescos that adorn the walls and ceilings of the center. It is sort of a delayed birthday celebration. Nincheri's birthday is on Sept. 29 but we already have the well-estab- lished Breakfast with the Saints," said Rathbun. The event will be held in the evening when the stained glass win- dows are darkened by the lack of sunlight which allows the frescos to come to life, displaying their great vibrancy allowing Nincheri's mas- terpiece to become front and cen- ter, according to event organizers. "My hope with this event is to give you the feeling of being transported to Italy," said Rathbun. The event will not only celebrate Nincheri but will also feature three local artists: Dan Guernon, Carma Santos and Ana-Maria Santos whose work will be on exhibit. During this evening, the center will be pulling out all the stops by opening its archives. It has been at least 10 years since the center has displayed its collection of Nincheri sketches. Some of the sketches are for the paintings inside the center and other churches that Nincheri painted during his lifetime. Also, new to the center, is a 6-foot by 6-foot painting by Nincheri. "About a month ago, Paul and Denis Bourget reached out to me asking if the center would be inter- ested in a Nicheri painting that was found inside the old All Saints School. They were working on cleaning out the building when they discovered the painting. After seek- ing the pastor's permission, they offered it to the center and without hesitation I said yes," said Rathbun. As part of this evening, the cen- ter is looking for musicians to volunteer their time to play Italian themed or styled music for a half hour or an hour or so. If inter- ested, reach out to the center at StAnnArtsCtr@aol.com. Similar to Breakfast with the Saints, visitors can come and go as they please. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at Bileau's Flowers, The Honey Shops, Salon Royale, Vose True Value Hardware or online at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center website, www.stannartsand- culturalcenter.org . St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., will present Fresco Italiano on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. Pictured is a self-portait of GUIDO NINCHERI.

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