Night Sky Talk and Telescope Viewing Tomorrow

Nineteenth-Century Nights
Night Sky Talk and Telescope Viewing with Barry Peckham

Friday, October 20           7 pm
$10 LCHS Members       $15 non-members
Space is limited.
Pre-registration suggested to avoid disappointment. Please call 401-635-4035.

Little Compton Historical Society
548 West Main Road
Little Compton, RI

Astronomer and telescope maker Barry Peckham will lead a discussion and telescope viewing exploring the scientific, religious, and cultural significance of Little Compton’s nineteenth-century night sky. Mr. Peckham will highlight its differences from the sky we view today and explain the implications of a truly dark sky, nineteenth-century residents’ need for pre-dawn chores, historic fears of the dark, and past misconceptions concerning comets, meteors and even eclipses. Please dress for the weather and check our website ( for any weather postponements. Call 401-635-4035 to register.

Photo: Barry Peckham and his LITEBOX telescope.

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LCHS Cow Pie Bingo & Cider Social Today!

Rescheduled from the original date due to weather! 

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Shellstock 2017 at the Westport Rivers Vineyard Today!

SHELLSTOCK 2017 at Westport Rivers featuring the Funky White Honkies. Sunday October 15th 1pm. All proceeds go to the Westport Shellfish Propagation Fund.

For tickets visit:

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Autumn Members’ Show at Westport Art Group starts Today!

Autumn Members’ Show 

Thrifty Sea View by Mary Benefiel

Saturday, October 14 through Sunday, November 5
Gallery Hours: Weekends 10 am to 4 pm, and Wednesdays 9 am to 3 pm

All are welcome to come and enjoy artwork created by Westport Art Group members  at the Westport Art Group building at 1740 Main Road, Westport, MA. Most pieces will be for sale! For more info, see Events and Shows.

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Dundery Brook & Little Compton Walking Trail

I recently had the pleasure to fully explore the Dundery Brook trail and the new paved walking trail in Little Compton town center. There is a parking lot with portable toilets to begin the figure eight trail which is about a half mile in total. The west end of the figure eight surrounds the James Hayes Recreational Field, a beautiful soccer field that the Wilbur McMahon School has had the privilege to use this year. 

The track is adjacent to brand new tennis courts. 

The east half of of the loop surrounds the baseball field and our playground.
The playground was also relatively recently updated and is fenced in along all sides. 

The new walking trail ties into the beautiful Dundery Brook Trail, built by the Nature Conservancy. 

The 1.2 mile (round trip) trail is entirely handicapped accessible,
a flat walkway all the way to the end looks just like this. 

One loan tree had started to show it’s beautiful fall colors. 


Part of the trail forks off to the side for wetlands viewing. 

Almost at the end of the trail I found the connection to a new trail built from here out to East Main Road.
I have yet to explore this trail, but plan to do so soon. 


When I turned around to head back to the trail, I was excited to spot this- 

My amazing friend Polly Allen and the LC Prevention Coalition organized a family scavenger hunt this summer. Reminiscence of my letterboxing adventures with my kiddos many years ago,
I had a moment of nostalgia before returning back to the trail. 

The end of the wooden path opens up to this beautiful vista. 

I’m not entirely sure if this path does a complete loop around this little pond, I didn’t head that way today.

This is a great safe hike with little ones, there are high side walls if the elevation increases. No worries about them heading towards cars, or into the woods if they’ll stay on the path. As I mentioned, also handicapped accessible, and easily accessed from the parking lot with the new paved path. You don’t have to do any of the figure eight path to get from the parking lot to the Dundery Brook Trail. 





Newport Vineyards Tuck & Taste Barre Class today!


Join us for a fitness experience unlike any other. Studio Barre Newport will lead you through a barre-based fitness routine overlooking the vineyard. Followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. After you’ve worked up an appetite join us at Brix Restaurant following the class for scratch cooking, local wines and craft cocktails!

Thursday, October 12
6pm – Studio Barre Newport Class
7pm – Newport Vineyards wine tasting
BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat)
$26 per person, includes class and wine tasting


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Four Corners Arts Center 24th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Park Closing Today!


Joseph Wheelwright (1948 – 2016)

“What is art? It’s the elevation of the human spirit and joy of the aesthetic.”

(Joseph Wheelwright – 2014, Boston Globe)

“In a post-modernist art world filled with cynical artifice and easy contrivance, Joe Wheelwright’s sculpture initially offers an obvious contrast: you can’t but marvel at the sheer physical effort involved in the making of each piece. Working in obdurate materials––stone, wood, bone, metal––Joe invariably, miraculously,  makes them sing, in sometimes profoundly resonant ways and also in ways beguilingly whimsical. Certainly this speaks to his technical mastery and vast set of skills. It also underscores an aesthetic vision that strikes such an exquisite chord, his unique and original figures inflected deeply with elements from Mother Nature and the art of the past. How marvelous it is to encounter this sculpture, as if discovering the work of some new, ancient civilization.”

(Walter Horak, Sculptor – Little Compton, May 9, 2017)

Joe Wheelwright graduated from Yale University with a BA in 1970.  He earned his Masters in Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1975.  During his long career, Joe was a master carver of stones, trees, bones and other natural materials “…twig renditions of trees were succeeded by actual trees, and small stones ballooned into granite boulders that stretched five feet across…”*

Joe was instrumental in the founding of two important arts initiatives in 1992, the Boston Sculptors Gallery and in May of 2001 joined three partners in the transformation of Daloz Cleaners in the now Humphreys Street Studios in Dorchester. Joe was a participant in Four Corners first outdoor sculpture exhibit in 1993.

The exhibit runs June 1st – October 8th and is generously sponsored by:

The Cottage at Four Corners and with support from Steel Giraffe Rigging & Crane of Portsmouth, RI.

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New England Fall’s Are THE Best!

Fall in New England is such a wonderful time. My favorite thing to do with the kiddos when they were younger is apple picking. We have a couple of orchards right here in Little Compton. Young’s Family Farm on East Main Road has pick your own apples, and a very cute farm stand with a large variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. They have a festival every fall that people come from all over to attend.

 I always went to Old Stone Orchard on Colebrook Road. The owners are old family friends of ours, and the trees are just right for little ones to pick. They are all trimmed to remain just tall enough to pick from the ground, no ladder required. They have tons of different varieties, pumpkins, gift items, corn stalks and such for decoration and more. 

If you want to come and make a weekend out of it, our Samuel Church Estate, almost within walking distance of Old Stone Orchard, still has some availability for the weekends this fall. With 4 bedrooms and enough room to sleep 11- you can bring the kiddos AND the grandparents. Or bring another family and all the little ones can camp out together in the bedroom at the end of the hall- it has a set of bunk beds and a trundle bed. Our families have had some epic hide and seek games, guitar playing & singing in the dining room (which has excellent acoustics so I’ve been told) and one family had an entire castle make believe with scroll writing at the old desks. 

I had a lot of fun decorating the eight (!!) fireplaces for fall this week.
This one is in the master bedroom: 


This is the third bedroom: 


This is in the master bathroom. Yes, there is a fireplace in the bathroom! With a claw foot soaking tub and wifi connected speaker you might just miss the apple picking adventure! 

This is in the dining room, I used some feathers from our peacock who left them for me all over the farm! 

If you are interested at looking at more pictures of the home or at our availability calendar, please click here or visit our farmstays tab. We are pleased to offer our guests instant booking right here on our website with no added fees from the large booking platforms. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful fall!! -Kristin 

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Nanaquaket Yoga Studio Weekend Retreat- last day to register!

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Nanaquaket Yoga Studio Yoga & Kombucha Tasting today!

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