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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-18-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE MARCH 18-24, 2021 valleybreeze.com @ PROVIDENCE SINGERS with the RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and soloists in a performance of Handel's "Messiah" during a pre-pandemic concert. PROVIDENCE – While noth- ing can compare to in-person choral singing, says Elaine Cunningham, executive director of Providence Singers, virtual opportunities this past year have had a surprising benefit: broadening their audiences. "We're able to reach more people than we did with live music," Cunningham told The Valley Breeze. "It's a great opportunity to expand our audience." Providence Singers, a 100-voice concert choir under the direction of Christine Noel, has been cre- ating virtual choir videos and hosting online workshops, which continue through next month, during the ongoing pandemic. The group has learned some new skills, including creating a YouTube chan- nel, and plans to continue with more videos and online content even past the pandemic, "so we're discover- able," Cunningham said. "The Providence Singers is thrilled to be able to host online workshops, which bring world-class performers and clinicians to our community," said Noel. "While we miss singing together and for the public, we are grateful to be able to gather virtually and continue to build skills in singing and musicianship, and we're happy to be joined by so many wonderful members of our community." The next two workshops in the 2021 Spring Workshop Series include an online talk by internationally Providence Singers workshops are music to the ears By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com NOEL See WORKSHOPS, Page 26 My Life RHEA BOUCHARD POWERS White sneakers and blue jeans It's shaping up to be another beautiful day. The sky is a deep blue and the sun is shining, but unlike last week, the wind has died down a bit and temperatures should soar close to 60 degrees by midday. Even more exciting is the fact that I have plans to meet a friend for lunch. We will be going back to the very same drive-in I mentioned in last week's column, only today I'm thinking of either fish and chips or a fish sandwich, both of which I had there last year and both were excellent. Maybe today we might even be able to eat outdoors at one of the picnic tables. Last week I went alone, and although it was freezing cold and the wind was almost enough to knock me over it didn't matter. The sun was shining, I was alive, and I was out of the house, sitting in the car with a takeout tray on my lap, eating my first fried clams of the season. I had actually gone there expecting to have just a side order of the clams, but decided that "first of the season" deserved full fare ... a nice big plate complete with cole- slaw and fries. All of the above would have been good enough, but the frosting on See RHEA, Page 28 401.333.0665 Visit our website: thmalloy.com Since 1935 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Motor Fuels Generators | Complete Heating Service Air Conditioning Sales, Installation & Maintenance Propane for your Home Heating & Cooking Together we make a difference Landscape & Masonry Materials 401-769-4286 63 Ledoux Drive, Nasonville, RI Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-12 p.m. LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES Fertilizer • Grass Seed • Bulk Stone • Sand • Granite Blues Stone Cast Stone • Rakes • Wheelbarrows Erosion Control • Pruners • Edging Mulch • Landscape Fabric Natural Stone • Drainage Pipe We Deliver Bulk & Palletized Material New England Wood Pellets MASONRY SUPPLIES Cement Block & Bricks Unilock Pavers, Walls, etc. • Ideal Pavers Flues • Additives & Adhesives • Tools Flashing • Mason Sand • Fire Brick Cement & Mortar (401) 595-0726 Free Estimates www.PowerWashJM.com

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