Weekend in Rhode Island

Originally posted September 9, 2016.

For Labor Day weekend Jeff and I spent some time in Rhode Island.  We spent one day in Providence and visited the Slater Mill, Brown University Campus and the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum.

We started the day off at a brunch place called Julian’s.  The food tasted as awesome as the place looks.

 

From there we went to the Slater Mill for a tour, which ended up being my favorite part of the day. I went a little crazy with the photos.  I’ll try and keep them at a minimum.

 

While at the mill I came up with some ideas for a mixed media piece to reflect the industrial revolution.

Like I said before we went to Brown’s campus because rumor had it they had an awesome anthropology and archeology museum. This is false.  We walked in and it was one room with some pictures of some eskimos on the walls. Pretty lame. However this made us decide to visit RISD’s museum of art, which I loved.

They just happened to have a Todd Oldham fashion exhibit.  Now I love studying fashion but have only attended one other fashion exhibit at the Met. It was not a favorite.  Jeff doesn’t really care for fashion exhibits either but we both loved this one.

Yes I took pictures.

 

The next day we went to Newport to visit the summer homes of famous early american millionaires like Carnegie, Whitney, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt. Jeff had been to the mansions before and really loved them.  But I didn’t have the same reaction.  Of course they were massive and clearly a lot of work had gone into them but being the small town girl that I am, it was very over the top for me.  Jeff found a tour at another mansion of servant life and took me to see that because I wanted to know more of the day to day life.  Isn’t he the best?

In between tours of the mansions we visited a the oldest synagogue in the United States.  Our tour guide told us a touching story that made both Jeff and I tear up.  Rhode Island was reluctant to sign the U.S. Constitution until the Bill of rights was added that included the right to religious freedom. Someone from the synagogue wrote President Washington a letter asking if this included religious freedom for the Jews.  President Washington wrote back explaining that religious freedom was something that everyone had and it could not be taken away.

Another highlight of this trip an actual bed!