The Spring season is always something to look forward to for Rhode Islanders. The last bits of snow finally melt away, the flowers start to bloom, the boats come out of storage, and the PawSox return to McCoy. This year, low temperatures and wet weather put a slight damper on things, but that didn’t stop our agents from capturing some terrific shots for the 2017 RPL Spring Photo Contest.
As always, I would like to thank everyone who made this contest such a success, including all the agents who entered submissions and all of our friends on Facebook who took the time to cast their votes. This year’s Spring Photo Contest was viewed by nearly 6,200 people on Facebook, receiving a total of 327 “Likes.”
The contest was highlighted by a dramatic comeback. Despite falling behind by nearly 20 votes during the early going, our eventual winner stormed back over the weekend to finish with almost 20 more votes than the next closest competitor. As the only entry to receive over 100 votes, I am proud to announce “WaterFire Sunset” taken by Cumberland Sales Associate, Kimberly Horvath as the winner of the 2017 RPL Spring Photo Contest. Kimberly’s photo captured a beautiful sunset reflecting on the water of the Providence River, while showcasing a group of playful ducks in the foreground, as well as the recognizable Providence skyline beyond the river. Also the winner of this year’s RPL Winter Photo Contest, this marks Kimberly’s second consecutive contest win. Congratulations to Kimberly Horvath, who will receive a free property video and website for her winning photo.
See the full contest results below.
Winning Photo: WaterFire Sunset – Kimberly Horvath (104 Votes)
Second Place: Warren River Double Rainbow – Joyce Hughes (85 Votes)
Third Place (Tie): Sakonnet Gardens – Ed Hardie (31 Votes)
Third Place (Tie): James Turner Reservoir – Rebecca Rubin (31 Votes)
Fifth Place: Exeter Country Club – Janice Geddes (26 Votes)
Each year, the Providence Preservation Society hosts a Festival of Historic Houses, welcoming visitors to tour a collection of exclusive residences showcasing private gardens and unique architectural styles. This year, the festival will feature over a dozen historic homes and gardens along northern Benefit Street. These properties are rarely open to the public, so this event is perfect for the history buff or anyone wanting to learn a little more about our Capital City. View the map below for a complete list of tour destinations.
The Festival will be held on Saturday, June 11, and will display a variety of architectural styles such as late-colonial-era and early Federal-style work. The tour will also include late 18th century and early 19th century architectural features and trim, as well as Victorian design elements, and Colonial Revival additions – according to the event website.
This year’s Festival is an extra special one, as the Providence Preservation Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Since 1956, the PPS has been preserving historic architecture and working to improve the city of Providence. Residential Properties Ltd. is a proud supporter of all the work PPS has done – and continues to do – and we hope you’ll support them too!
Few places are more beautiful than New England in the Fall – especially Rhode Island. There are plenty of things to do around the state this season, including some wonderful local apple orchards to spend an afternoon and enjoy some local produce. Here are a few suggestions to get your Fall apple picking started.
Pippin Apple Orchard – Cranston, RI
Located just 20 minutes from Providence, Pippin Apple Orchard has 20 acres of land devoted mostly to fruit trees which are sold at their fruit stand while in season. The orchard features Pick-Your-Own apples every day from 10AM-4PM–just check out their Facebook or give them a call at 401-943-7096 before you head over. 751 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI
Harmony Farms – Glocester, RI
What originally began as a house built in 1796 has since been restored to the 28 acre farm it is today. According to its website, Harmony Farms has six acres of blueberries, two acres of apples, one acre of peaches and large patches of blackberries and raspberries. Apple picking season runs from September until the end of October and is available for picking daily (except Mondays) 9AM-5PM. 359 Saw Mill Road, Harmony, RI
Dame Farm and Orchards – Johnston, RI
Dame Farm and Orchards in Johnston is proud to serve local families since 1840. Their Orchard is over seven acres and each tree is tagged with the variety of apple and what that apple is good for. Each apple is priced the same ($1.65/pound with a $10 minimum) and a picking bag is provided. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:30PM and weekends 9:30AM-5PM. 91 Brown Ave, Johnston, RI
Young Family Farm – Little Compton, RI
Young Family Farm is a family owned and operated farm with a five acre apple orchard that holds over 10 different varieties of apples that are available for Pick-Your-Own from September to the end of October. The farm has an annual Apple Festival–this year on October 10th and 11th–with music, apple picking, hayrides, and other fun fall activities. Regular farm hours from September to November are Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm. 260 W Main Rd, Little Compton, RI
Sweet Berry Farm – Middletown, RI
Sweet Berry Farm is a “post-and-beam” farm market sitting on 100 acres of preserved farmland near the beaches and downtown Newport. They offer a variety of local products and offer a variety of Pick-Your-Own options starting in early June. Currently, visitors are able to pick their own apples until early October. The farm is open every day from 8AM-7PM from April to December. 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown, RI
Rocky Brook Orchard – Middletown, RI
The family run Rocky Brook Orchard is known as Aquidneck Island’s original Pick-Your-Own apple orchard. Rocky Brook has quite the selection with over 60 varieties of apples including rare kinds. A list of the apples can be found on their website. The orchard is open rain or shine every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-4:30PM and are open weekdays for groups by special appointments. Before you visit, they recommend checking out their Facebook page to see what apples are ripe. 997 Wapping Rd, Middletown, RI
Narrow Lane Orchard – North Kingstown, RI
Down quiet Narrow Lane in North Kingstown is the Narrow Lane Orchard–a quaint family owned and operated orchard that offers twelve kinds of apples that visitors can pick themselves. The orchard is open daily from 10AM-5PM, but it’s recommended to call first at 401-294-3584. 213 Narrow Ln, North Kingstown, RI
Elwood Orchard – North Scituate, RI
It may not be large, but Elwood Orchard in North Scituate has a lot to offer including certified organic apples that you can pick yourself. The orchard is also helping the bee population by tending their own bees and offering their own honey. They are proud that their apples are grown “the old fashioned way” by cross-pollination and many of their apple varieties are pest resistant allowing their produce to be certified organic! This season, Elwood Orchard is open seven days a week from 9AM-5PM, call ahead of time to make sure they’re open and doing Pick-Your-Own apples that day (401-949-0390). 58 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI
Jaswell’s Farm – Smithfield, RI
Jaswell’s Farm is known as the oldest operating apple orchard in Smithfield and is run by the fourth generation of the Jaswell Family. The orchard started in 1899 and has since expanded to grow a variety of products and feature an on-site bakery and a pasteurizer for apple cider. The apple picking season runs through most of October and the farm is open daily from 8AM-5PM. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield, RI
Steere Orchard – Smithfield, RI
Located in Greenville, Steere Orchard is a fourth generation family orchard starting in 1930. Today, Steere Orchard is one of the largest orchards in Rhode Island and features about one dozen varieties of Pick-Your-Own apples. The orchard is open seven days a week, 9AM-5PM and even has free hayrides on the weekends! 150 Austin Ave, Greenville, RI