Lippitt Park Fountain Meeting

SNA-Lippitt-fountain

The recent reminders by the Providence Parks Department that the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park is unsafe and off-limits for people (whether to stand or play in the water or be on the structure itself) prompted a lot of conversation on SNA’s e-mail listserv (sign up for it here!).

To continue that conversation in a productive way, SNA has asked Parks Department Director Wendy Nilsson to meet with community members to share data, costs, and other information to foster discussion and help answer questions (and perhaps even come up with some solutions).

 

Tuesday, June 13th
6:00-7:00pm
Summit Commons (1st Floor Dining Area)
99 Hillside Avenue
Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/282409535498160/


All community members are invited to attend this one-hour discussion. Please come with questions and ideas. SNA will provide light refreshments. An RSVP to SNAProv@gmail.com would be helpful to determine an approximate head count.

Caroling For A Cause brings neighbors together in spirit of the season

Carol1 - 2015

About 25 adults and children braved unseasonably balmy weather Sunday to go Caroling For A Cause in the neighborhood.

Covering the area of Bayard Street to Summit Avenue and Fourth to Sixth Streets, the group serenaded residents with traditional Christmas carols – plus one requested rendition of The Hannukkah Song – and were rewarded with jars of peanut butter or cash donations to benefit the food pantry of St. Raymond’s Church. In all, $100 and 24 jars of peanut butter were collected.

The festive evening began at 4 p.m. in the foyer of event partner Miriam Hospital for hot drinks and cookies. Then, since is was the Hannukkah season, there was a short explanation of the Jewish Festival of Lights and a demonstration of a menorah by Monica Anderson, the hospital’s director of community relations, with a little help from some Jewish members of SNA.

Then it was off into the night, laughing all the way, under the leadership of Jon Howard, a former SNA president. As the singers got to houses whose porch lights were lit, doorbells were rung, residents came out and carols were sung, led by members Jeff Davis and Kurt Anderson. Younger singers scampered up the steps to collect the donations from the audiences and pile the jars into the back of an accompanying car. New songbooks were used this year, compiled by a committee of Deb Mero and Ellen Santaniello.

The last carols were sung on Fourth, almost to the Hope Street commercial section, where many restaurants beckoned. As the singers dispersed, there were vows to “See you next year!”

Carol2 - 2015One residence invited the carolers onto the porch for hot cider as a neighbor passed out cookies.

Please join in Caroling For a Cause

Caroling1   Carolers last year in front of Summit neighborhood home on Sixth Street.

 

This year, SNA will celebrate the rich diversity of the neighborhood as well as help to diminish hunger in our midst by sponsoring Caroling For a Cause.

Summit residents and friends are invited to gather in Miriam Hospital’s cafeteria at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, which falls during the Jewish observance of Hannukkah. There will be hot chocolate and cookies plus a short presentation on the meaning of the Festival of Lights. Then the group will sing a couple of non-sectarian pieces before heading into the neighborhood for traditional Christmas carols.

Along the way, the carolers will solicit donations of peanut butter or cash to benefit the St. Raymond’s Church food pantry. The evening will end about 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Seven Stars bakery on Hope Street in time for dinner at one of the multitude of local restaurants and still allow for homework completion before school on Monday.

Please bring your enthusiasm for the holidays and your flashlights to read the provided songbooks. Remember to dress for the weather and most of all – have fun!

Join us at the SNA Education Forum

DATE: Thursday, November 19th

TIME: 7:00-8:45 p.m.

LOCATION: Rochambeau Library, Community Room

The newly-formed Education Committee of the Summit Neighborhood Association will host an education forum in the Community Room of the Rochambeau Library.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather our neighbors’ views on public education in Providence–what it is, what it is not, and what you want it to be.

The specific topics are up to you! Please come share your success stories, your concerns, and your dreams so we can advocate for the schools our neighborhood wants.

Apple products (organic) highlight cook off

SNA cookoff overall

On a traditional dark and stormy night, about 40 adults and a dozen children sampled their way through the Summit Neighborhood Association’s fifth annual cookoff a few days before Halloween.

Gathering in Seven Stars bakery on Hope Street, the cooks brought a total of 11 entries, all with apples as the major ingredient. The dishes ranged from ice cream, muffins, cookies and cakes (spicy and cheese) to butter, cookies and turnovers with an apple onion galette thrown in. The audience brought their appetites and savored each offering, voting for their favorite as they went. Adding to the flavorful ambiance was a tasting of oils and vinegars by Olive del Mondo, also a Hope Street merchant.

SNA cookoff overall2     After the votes were counted, SNA President Dean Weinberg and board member Emily Spitzman, who coordinated this year’s event, announced the winners.

First prize, a gift certificate to Seven Stars, went to Sandy Kohring for Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars,

Second prize, a gift certificate to Stock, a kitchen-supply store on Hope Street, went to Jade Rosendale for Apple Onion Galette.

Third prize, a gift certificate to Olive del Mendo went to Jenna Lafayette and Kimberly Aherne for Apple Butter.

The prize for best costume, a gift certificate to Hope Street emporium Frog & Toad, went to Cadyn Rosendale, 8, for her realistic portrayal of Hermione Granger.

All that was left was to polish off the last crumbs, take a final sip of coffee and head out into the storm – for which the event has been blessed for most of its life. At least there was no snow this year.

The winners and the recipes are below.

Cadyn Rosenberg

Cadyn Rosendale

Sandy Kohring

Sandy Kohring

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

For crust

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup cold butter, cubed

For cream cheese layer

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

For apple layer

3 medium tart apples, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For streusel

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

1/3 cup cold butter, cubed

For topping

1/3 cup hot caramel ice cream topping

 

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a well-greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

  1. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Spread over crust.
  2. In a small bowl, toss apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining sugar; spoon over cream cheese layer. In another bowl, mix flour, brown sugar and oats; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple layer.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping; cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Jade Rosendale

Jade Rosendale

Apple onion galette

Ingredients

pre-made pie crust

1 small butternut squash

olive oil

salt, pepper, herbs de Provence

1 baking apple

1 medium yellow onion

fresh-cut rosemary

fresh and dried thyme

Dijon mustard

Cornmeal for dusting

1/3 cup goat cheese

 

I adapted this recipe from the Food Network where it was a Stilton cheese with more herbs, less mustard (they used a seeded brown) and no cornmeal. I tried without the cornmeal and it split as I removed it. 

 

Directions

-Let the pie crust rest for 45 minutes.

-Meanwhile, split and seed the squash, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with salt, pepper and herbs de Provence.

-Roast in oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, keeping oven at temperature for final baking. The squash is easily pierced with a knife, so remove the flesh from the skin and cut into cubes or wedges.

-Slice apple and onion in half and quarters, then each quarter into 4 or 5 wedges.

-Drizzle apples and onions with 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 ½ tbsp fresh-cut rosemary and mixture of ½ tbsp fresh and dried thyme, 2 tbsp Dijon, salt and pepper.

-Toss together, then add at most 2 cups of cubed squash and mix again.

-Dust a pizza tray with cornmeal, roll out the pie crust and brush entire surface with Dijon.

-Dump the filling into the center of the crust and arrange, alternating squash, onions and apples, leaving a 1″ or 1.5″ ring around the perimeter.

-Fold the first edge up over the filling, moving counterclockwise and lifting a hand-width portion at a time, overlapping the crust as you spin the pizza tray around.  Fix any tears as you go.

-Bake for 55 minutes, but at the 45-minute mark, add the goat cheese across the filling. Resume baking.

-Let cool and slide off pan.

Jenna Lafayette and Kimberly Aherne with Quinn.

Jenna Lafayette and Kimberly Aherne with Quinn.

Apple Butter

Ingredients

7 medium sized apples (we used McIntosh)

1 cup apple cider

¾ cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon allspice

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon vanilla

 

Directions

  1. Peel, core and cut apples into small pieces, add to a heavy saucepan
  2. Add apple cider, bring to boil and reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes
  3. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine, return to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until thick and apples are tender
  4. Cool slightly and blend with an immersion blender until desired consistency

 

 

An apple this day keeps winter away

SNA Fall Cookoff jpeg 2015

     Since autumn is upon us, this is the time for baked goods made from that New England staple – apple.

The Summit Neighborhood Association’s annual bake off competition is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Seven Stars bakery, 820 Hope St. and the featured ingredient is apple.

Everyone in the neighborhood is invited to make their favorite apple dishes and bring them to the friendly competition – in quantities sufficient to allow dozens of people to taste them. Then prizes will be awarded for the most delicious.

And since the festivities will be held just before Halloween, dressing in costumes is encouraged and there will be prizes for those too. There may even be olive oil and wine or beer tasting, but that’s still in negotiation.

In past years, there have been snow and rain storms, but the show must go on and is sure to be a gala seasonal happening.

Annual yard sale is golden opportunity for green recycling, community spirit

Buyers and sellers negotiate in the yard of the Church of the Reedemer.

Buyers and sellers negotiate in the yard of the Church of the Reedemer.

 

About 150 Summit residents and visitors joined in a major four-hour recycling effort Saturday at the SNA’s annual community yard sale.

There were 22 registered tables of clothes, toys, books, lamps and even canoe paddles that the owners no longer needed and that could have ended up in the landfill.

Instead, an army of people looking for just those items swarmed through the yard of the Church of the Redeemer on Hope Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a beautiful fall day to purchase the previously unwanted objects and give them new life. Both buyers and sellers went away satisfied and Earth was spared from added trash.

Complementing the spirit of community interaction were members of the church who, led by Father Patrick Campbell, mixed with the dealmakers, displayed a slide show of parish activities and even invited the curious to tour the sanctuary. One member of the congregation declared with excitement, “This is the most people we’ve had in our yard in a long time.”

Sellers began setting up at 8 a.m. and some buyers eagerly began negotiating before the official opening. During the day, neighborhood residents who had been to the farmers market in Lippitt Park at the other end of Hope Street made their way to the yard sale. They even were able to refresh themselves with lemonade made and sold by a couple of boys at one table, who were also selling their outgrown toys.

Spots in the yard were reserved through an application form in SNA’s newsletter or on its web site for $15 each or $20 if a table was required.

The green event was not only an opportunity to recycle unneeded items but for neighbors to get to know each other better.

The sale area stretched along Hope Street in front of the church.

The sale area stretched along Hope Street in front of the church.

Annual Music Festival rocks Lippitt Park as Providence shows community spirit

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, from New Orleans, had the crowd rocking as the headliner of the music festival.

By Mathiew J. Medeiros

On a hot, sunny Saturday during Rhode Island summer your options for adventure are limitless, but close to 2,000 people chose to hit up the Summit Music Festival in Lippitt Memorial Park. Headlined by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band playing for the first time in recent memory in Rhode Island, the free event was not to be missed.

Hosted by the Summit Neighborhood Association along with Miriam Hospital and the City of Providence, this year’s festival on Aug. 15 benefited the Fresh For All Fund, which supports local farmers and increases access to fresh foods for all. During the day, members of the hospital staff circulated, seeking contributions.

Monica Anderson, of Miriam Hospital, puts a Fresh For All sticker on SNA President Dean Weinberg to symbolize the cooperation of the two organizations in support of healthful eating.

There are probably only a handful of cities that support free live music outdoors along with a beer and wine garden, glorious food and local arts vendors while bringing the entire community together. Clearly Providence is one of them.

The fun all started earlier in the day with the Hope Street Farmer’s Market in the same park. Folks stocked up on fresh food and then picked out a spot to watch and enjoy the music. As the market ended, Extraordinary Rendition Band started playing and marched from the fountain to the front of the stage bringing everyone to their feet to dance.

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Golden opportunity at annual yard sale

Buyers and sellers meet at the 2014 yard sale

The Summit Neighborhood Association’s annual yard sale is coming soon! If you’re looking to offload no-longer-needed stuff or acquire some great used items at bargain prices, please join us at the Summit Neighborhood Association’s annual yard sale on September 19th.

Details: Saturday, 9/19 from 9 to 1 in the yard at the Church of the Redeemer, 655 Hope Street. The rain date is set for September 26th, but we know it won’t rain. If you’d like to participate as a seller, please register here by September 12th: http://www.sna.providence.ri.us/upcoming-events/ or use the mail-in registration form that was included in the latest SNA newsletter. The fee is $15 if you bring your own table, or $20 if a table is to be furnished by SNA. Last year there were 26 registered sellers and enough buyers to leave with almost everything.

Music Festival to rock your socks off

The Dirty Dozen

This year’s Summit Music Festival is on track to rock your socks off.

Five acts new to the annual free event – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Garrin Benfield, And The Kids, Torn Shorts and Brother Henry – will join the returning Extraordinary Rendition Band from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in Lippitt Park at the intersection of Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard.

The music starts just after the weekly farmers market closes. There will also be a beer and wine garden for adults, numerous activities for children, craft vendors and information booths plus food trucks galore. This year will also feature a raw bar presented by Matunuck Oyster Bar.

Also new this year is the focus of the event, which is to raise awareness – and money – for the Fresh for All Fund, a program to support local farmers and increase access to healthy, fresh foods for under-served communities. Miriam Hospital is partnering with the Summit Neighborhood Association in promoting this effort, which is part of a nationwide initiative to foster cost-saving, socially beneficial innovations in public health and fresh food access. The fund helps low-income Rhode Islanders afford to choose high-quality fresh foods through a variety of incentives and helps empower residents both to eat well and to grow food for those in need by nurturing a culture of fresh food.

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