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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-14-2019

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12 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION of winterizing what I laughing- ly refer to as my estate (years ago someone who had read tales of all my various gardens asked just how large my estate was and I had to confess that it is all crammed within the confines of a 100-by-100-foot yard). Some of the work has already been done. The gar- den hoses have been discon- nected and the water to both faucets shut off (I learned an expensive lesson after having to replace the backyard faucet two years in a row. Much as I love my plumber, his services don't come cheap). The lawn has pretty much been cleared of dead leaves, thanks to the landscapers who mulched and removed them all last week. My little tomato garden was put to bed, no pun intended, last month and is resting com- fortably under a thick blanket of straw and leaves. The big pot of dead mums went out in yesterday's trash, the infamous scarecrows are back in the shed, and the Halloween wreath on the front door has been switched over to a more generic fall- themed one that will do duty until the Christmas one goes up right after Thanksgiving. Even though I realize there's still plenty of natural food available to the birds, I broke down and put the big plat- form feeder up right outside the kitchen window. The jury is still out on the rest of the feeders, though. Last year I had a total of six feeders spread out over three loca- tions and found that trudging through the snow on a daily basis to keep them all filled got old pretty fast. I am, how- ever, thinking that today I should put up just one more feeder, right by the window where I sit to read. To my way of thinking, if I am going through the expense and the work of feeding the birds I deserve the pleasure of watch- ing them as they eat. Another bird-related task planned for today has been to get the heated bird bath set up. The memory of see- ing the thirsty little finches furiously pecking away at the frozen water bowl last year still weighs heavily on my over-active parochial school conscience and I would rather not repeat the experience. All of the above are mere trifles, however, when com- pared to what I consider to be the major job still hang- ing over my head: cleaning out the flower beds. The big perennial bed on the front lawn, the herb garden, and Nora's little garden right out by the front door. I have saved the worst for last to allow the still blooming flowers to strut their stuff for as long as possible, but the forecast of coming snow has of necessity ended the luxury of waiting. All are clogged with dead leaves tangled in among the plants, all of it lay- ered on top of the expensive pine bark mulch I put down months ago when the gardens were just coming to life. Much as I hate all gardening work, my plan is to carefully scoop up and bag the dead leaves and then trim the plants that need to be cut back, all the while taking care not to dis- turb the underlying mulch as I go. That done, I will round up my merry band of fair-weath- er garden gnomes and tuck them away until next spring. My final touch will then be to replace the decorative Halloween-themed garden flags with more generic fall- themed ones that will in their turn later be traded off for Christmas/winter ones once Thanksgiving is past. Silly, I know, but it makes me smile to see season-themed flags and co-ordinating mailbox cover when I pull into the front yard. Anyway, those are ... or were ... my plans for today. That is until the sun came up and I looked out the window and saw that the birdbath had iced over and the local weather forecast predicted that although today's high would soar to 35 degrees, the wind chill would make it feel like 29, and I thought, "Oh, that's too bad!" So it looks like it will all have to wait until Sunday or maybe even Monday when they say it will warm up again, and I will now be forced to just fritter the day away, knitting, reading, or playing cards while a pot of soup simmers on the stove. Such a shame. Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. RHEA From Page One Rhode Island Veterans Home will host Festival of Trees Nov. 23 BRISTOL – The Rhode Island Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Ave., will be host to the 2nd annual "A Veterans Affair: Festival of Trees" on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is a celebra- tion featuring food, music, raffles and a silent auction organized by the Veterans Home Family Council. All proceeds will benefit the residents and families of the Rhode Island Veterans Home. This year's honorees include Ron and Pete Cardi, George W. Reilly, BG (Ret.) Richard J. Valente and the Gold Star Families of the Rhode Island Nine. The featured attraction will be a lineup of uniquely and creatively decorated trees, all available in the silent auction. The orga- nizing committee is still accepting donations for the silent auction, including decorated trees. Tickets are $30 per per- son and can be purchased online through EventBrite. For ticket or donation information, visit the Family Council's website at www. or contact Patti Baccus at 401-413-6280. Ornament to perform at the Stadium WOONSOCKET – The Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, will pres- ent Ornament for an evening of music from the Trans- Siberian Orchestra on Friday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. Ornament is southern New England's premiere rock orchestra, specializing in performing the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Ornament presents an extrav- agant musical production complete with bursting sound and a dazzling light show which includes strobes, lasers, and fog. This year, Ornament will be performing with a Stadium Theatre choir. Similar to TSO's own shows, Ornament's perfor- mances tell a Christmas story of wishes being fulfilled. Using traditional holiday carols and songs set to rock, blues, and gospel music, Ornament's performance inspires audi- ences while ushering in the holiday season. Admission is $21, $26, $31. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at www.stadi- .

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