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Bristol and The Great Gatsby

By Linda Tancs

In the heart of Bristol, Rhode Island, is Linden Place, a Federal-style mansion built in 1810. Visited by four U.S. presidents, it might be better known as a film locale in 1973 for Hollywood’s “The Great Gatsby.” The mansion (now a historic house museum) is complemented by sculpture-filled gardens, an 1825 carriage barn, a 1902 ballroom and outbuildings dating from 1750. Guided tours of the house (generally available from May to October) take one hour.


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America’s Oldest Synagogue

By Linda Tancs

In colonial times, Newport, Rhode Island, welcomed its first Jewish residents as early as 1658. A century later, the population had grown substantially with the rise of the mercantile trade, giving rise to the need for a place of worship that was named Congregation Jeshuat Israel (Salvation of Israel). It was later renamed Touro Synagogue after Newport natives Abraham and Judah Touro, who both provided bequests to see to the perpetual care and maintenance of the Congregation’s properties. Designated a National Historic Site in 1946, the synagogue boasts a connection to George Washington, who adopted many of the views on religious liberties and the separation of church and state that were espoused by the congregation’s president during his address to Washington at Newport. In fact, Washington’s written response to the congregation is an annual celebrated event, lauded and commemorated as possibly having the greatest impact on America and American Jewry. The next annual reading of George Washington’s historic letter “To the Hebrew Congregation at Newport” will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The First Veterans’ Monument

By Linda Tancs

The traumatic fate of nine colonists in 1676 is commemorated in a wooded area near the public library in Cumberland, Rhode Island.  Known as Nine Men’s Misery, the stone memorial there is reportedly the first veterans’ monument in the United States, a tribute to nine colonial militiamen slaughtered at the site by the Narragansett tribe during King Philip’s War.  The conflict, named for its Native American leader Metacomet (referred to as King Philip by the British), pitted tribes in New England against the British colonists and their allies as the Puritans increasingly encroached upon Native American settlements.  Despite the colonists’ eventual victory, the war ravaged the population and economy of the region.

Newport’s Gilded Age

By Linda Tancs

Newport, Rhode Island boasts a spectacular coast, a charming waterfront and imposing mansions from the Gilded Age.  No wonder it’s widely considered to be one of New England’s greatest destinations.  This episode of Travelrific Radio® highlights the sights not to miss.

The Oldest Continuous Celebration in the US

By Linda Tancs

For 226 years, the folks of Bristol, Rhode Island have been producing a Fourth of July celebration like no other.  Perhaps the most patriotic town in America, this year’s event promises to be “a unique American experience.”  The Fourth of July Ball on 2 July at Mt. Hope Farm kicks off the grand celebrations, followed by a highlight of the festivities, the Drum and Bugle Corps Competition, on 3 July at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Hope High School.  Now in its 22nd year, the popular competition features top drum and bugle corps from the United States and Canada.  Fireworks commence at 9:30 p.m. at Bristol Harbor on 3 July, culminating with the annual Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade on July 4th at Hope and High streets beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Best of all, you can have your own souvenir of the event by purchasing an Official Souvenir throughout the weekend, or get a limited edition coin by downloading the order form.  When they’re gone, they’re gone.  Better order yours now!


Pumpkin Envy in Providence

By Linda Tancs

Painter Marc Chagall observed that great art picks up where nature ends.  But sometimes nature produces great art, like the pumpkin show at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.  Through 31 October an amazing array of lighted and intricately carved jack o’lanterns depicting past and contemporary culture will adorn a trail through the zoo.  Begin at the giraffe exhibit where the trail actually begins.  Commended by the U.S. Library of Congress, the event attracts hordes of fans so be prepared for long waits. 


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