The wait is over! Is it too early for me to declare that summer has arrived? I think not! The days are longer, and the sun is warm- no more jackets for your friend Nate here! I’ve been enjoying long walks around Pawtuxet Village, and simply delighted that I no longer need to wear snow boots. I suppose it’s the simple things in life. Speaking of fresh air, and being outdoors, Into the Woods opens the 1st of this month at The Ocean State Theater! You may be familiar with the Hollywood adaptation- you know, Johnny Depp as the infamous big, bad, wolf and Meryl Streep as the Witch! The story is a familiar one- and a classic one, at that. All of your favorite fairy tales, and childhood stories rolled into one! And the music this month doesn’t stop there- on May 3rd, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the First Annual Southern New England Music Expo. Music enthusiasts- you simply do not want to miss this! Here’s what you can expect: The Expo will feature the latest and upcoming products for musicians and enthusiasts alike. There’s even a celebrity meet and greet/book signing, with guest speakers including Ken Caillat, producer and engineer of the Fleetwood Mac albums Rumours, Tusk and Mirage. He will be doing a lecture presentation about his years working with the band and will also be signing copies of his book ‘Making Rumours’, which Barnes and Nobles will be on hand to administer. A keynote panel featuring Joe Belliotti, Head of Global Music Partnerships for The Coca-Cola Company and in 2013, 2014 & 2015 was named as one of Billboard’s “Power 100” list of the most powerful players in the music business; Josh Burke, VP Strategy & Major Accounts for Music Dealers, a music agency that works with brands, agencies, TV networks, and film & game studios; and Jeff Rabhan, Chair of The Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music at NYU and Artist Manager who has helped guide the careers of international superstars across all genres of popular music. Hit songwriter moderated workshops/seminars, song critiques, a songwriter/performance contest and a pitch session for possible selection for inclusion into Music Dealers TV/film placement service. It gets better: Music equipment, recording, instruction, used vinyl and other music memorabilia for sale! For more information, you can visit their website: snemusicexpo.com

The most important day of the year is coming- and it’s May 10th. No, it’s not my birthday…it’s Mother’s Day! For your mother, or the women in your life that have been there for you through the good and the bad- Mother’s Day is a time to make them feel special, a day to hug them a little longer, and tell them how much you love them. Grandmothers, Aunts, all the lovely ladies that make a difference in your life. Another wonderful thing about Warwick- the options for Mother’s Day brunch are endless! The Aldrich Mansion offers not only a wonderful atmosphere, but a delicious menu- and, a complimentary glass of champagne for Mom! Here are more options for menus:

Crowne Plaza || Click to View Menu  

The Tree House Tavern || Click to View Menu 

The West Valley Inn || Click to View Menu

Doherty’s Ale House || Click to View Menu

Perhaps the warm weather and Memorial Day weekend truly means one thing to us here in Warwick: Gaspee Days! Kicking off on the 23rd with the Arts & Crafts Festival this year is a very special one- it will be 50 years of Gaspee Days. Rich, vibrant, tradition in Warwick is here to stay. Here’s a little history on the event at Narragansett Parkway:

Since 1965, the Gaspee Days Committee has made it a priority to provide the community with a fun, free, and family-friendly Arts & Crafts Festival, offering its neighbors, visitors, and friends an opportunity to enjoy a day outside shopping, eating, and spending time with friends. Today, the Gaspee Days Arts & Crafts Festival brings together over 100 fine artisans as well as a number of community groups and non-profits from which patrons may purchase one-of-a-kind items that they may only find on this one weekend each year. Over the course of three days, the food court is full of craft fair eats and goodies and Pawtuxet Park fills with music being performed live by our hand-picked bands and performers. Amusements and games for kids are available in the park as well. Over 50,000 people will walk up and down Narragansett Parkway on Memorial Day Weekend, enjoying the atmosphere of this long-time Warwick tradition.

With all of this Memorial Day weekend excitement, I cannot help but think about being by the ocean and enjoying my seafood favorites! How about The Crow’s Nest on 288 Arnold’s Neck Drive? If you want the best seafood around- well, you’ve found it! Clams Casino, Steamers- get ready for summer the only way we know how to here in New England!

Well, that’s all for me today, folks. I’m heading outside to Goddard Park to enjoy the flowers in bloom, and the gorgeous sunset that’s about to begin! Remember, when you’re walking around Gaspee Days this Memorial Day Weekend…tell them Nate sent you!