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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

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8 ENTERTAINMENT NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION objective was to see what was trending in culinary. After the breads, there was tower of cheesecakes. My cheese- cake was presented front and center at eye level! The blue ribbon!" She described being so shaken she couldn't hold her camera still enough to take a picture of it! "My face, I'm sure was pulsating red," said Virginia. As people walked by, she told them, "That's my cheesecake, that's my cheese- cake." The awards ceremony was held about two weeks later and her cheesecake received the Judge's Award. "Honestly, I had no idea I was in contention for that award," she said. But for Virginia, going bold is her style. In fact, at the bot- tom of her email message a mantra says, "Never be afraid to be bold." She carries that through to her work as a nurse, in loving her family and in all the little details of life. CHEESECAKE From Page 6 intentional at first, she said, adding that it's important to highlight work by women. Last year's event included eight women at six different locations. This year there are more than 16 women at nine locations, Belleavoine said. Everyone who partici- pated last year except for R.I. Soap Works is back this year. In addition to increasing the number of participants this year, also new is that Belleavoine has received grant funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for marketing efforts, she said. "It's nice when local busi- nesses can get together and support each other," said Jody Esposito, owner of Chepachet Farms, which will celebrate its 30th anni- versary next year. "There are a lot of local artisans off the beaten path who you don't think to see or have a storefront." She said it's incredible what Belleavoine has put into organizing the event. There's no cost to stop by the locations, and people can visit all of the stops without purchasing any- thing, Belleavoine said. Her goal, she said, is to just get people to walk in the door and maybe go back at a later time to buy a gift or take a class somewhere. At each stop, visitors can fill out a free raffle ticket, and the winner will receive a basket with an item from each stop. Each location will have a little giveaway item as well. About one mile off Route 44, through the woods and past Spring Grove Beach is Belleavoine's home studio at 196 Spring Grove Road. On event day, she'll lead visitors to her working stu- dio, located in the basement, where she creates colorful works of art using salvaged panels and bottles. There are different stations where she cuts glass, solders, and paints bottles and flat pieces of glass. She'll also display samples of her work includ- ing shelves of glass bottles that she can further custom- ize, she said. Only at this event she will also be selling hand-painted glass earrings. Her 16-year-old daughter Mae, who runs Mae Bell Sweets, will have cookie samples and sign-up sheets for holiday cookie orders on the main floor of their house as well. Next door at 192 Spring Grove Road, another teen entrepreneur, 16-year-old Brooke Anderson, runs PB&J Pup Bakery, selling dog treats, paw balm, ban- danas and more. At Chepachet Farms, Esposito said, they'll show visitors around the sugar- house and will have maple products for sale, as well as a family-friendly petting zoo. Trish Hampton's boutique features handmade dog col- lars, harnesses, leashes, bow ties, bandanas, and more. Holidaze is a stained glass studio and retail store that hosts classes, some of which will take place during the event. The Fearless Art Club at Glocester Manton Library, a group of women who meet twice a month to work on art projects, will have an exhibition and some work for sale at the library, said Belleavoine, who is one of the trustees for the library. She said she's hop- ing to get more people to go to the library in general. Five women exhibit their art regularly at Lovett's, she added. For families with children, Listen to Your Art offers a make-and-take craft and Chepachet Farms has a pet- ting zoo, Belleavoine said. Last year Belleavoine put together this event in two weeks. Despite it being last minute and low budget, she said, they had a good turn- out and have amped it up this year. Before this year's event has even happened, Belleavoine is already thinking about next year. She said she real- ly wants to get the village of Harmony involved. "The more people on board the better," she said. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page or https://tinyurl.com/ y3v7h6h4 . BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT Artist KIM BELLEAVOINE, of Kim's Painted Glass Designs & Workshops in Chepachet, paints a glass bottle in her working studio. Her studio will be open and her work available for purchase during the 2nd annual Shop Chepachet: Off the Beaten Path on Saturday, Nov. 23. JODY ESPOSITO, owner at Chepachet Farms, 226 Tourtellot Hill Road, is one of the participants in the Nov. 23 event. The Breeze office hours are weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CHEPACHET From Page One

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