Summer Projects: The College Version of Summer Reading

I’m back in the Ocean State and my time in Maine has drawn to a close until I return from studying abroad in Italy next semester. Although I’ll be preparing this summer to head out and making sure that I brush up on my Italian so that I can maybe hold a coherent conversation while I live there for four months, I have a couple of projects that I’ll be working on throughout this summer, and I’ll be sharing about those in the blog.

While some of these will be things I won’t really write about, like cleaning up the vegetable garden in my backyard, I have three clear goals that I’ll be writing about over the next few months, and I’m proud to announce these three new series.

RI39: I started this project last summer, and I never got to finish it because I got my tonsils out and had less time than I thought I would working as camp counselor. I got halfway through last summer, so I’ll be visiting the last 19 towns of Rhode Island and writing about what I find.

The Quest for Uhlman’s: If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I am obsessed with Uhlman’s ice cream. Ever since I’ve moved to Rhode Island, I haven’t found ice cream that quite compares and have had to resort to getting Uhlman’s every time I visit friends back in Westborough. So, this summer I’m going to set out and try to find ice cream that can hold its own against Uhlman’s. While this is really just as simple as tracking down which other ice cream shops sell Puritan ice cream, it’ll be good to see if there’s ice cream that’s even better than the beloved Westborough favorite. I have some criteria I’ll use to assess the different spots I check out, so more to come on this series soon.

Mansion Mayhem: Finally, I’m going to visit the rest of the Newport Mansions this summer. I’ve written about the four major ones (The Breakers, The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House), but I’ll be checking out the less frequented ones and also keeping my eyes peeled for mansions which are used for different purposes (like Salve Regina’s Ochre Court). Once I finish this, I’m also going to try checking out some historic house museums, mainly of writers, around Mass and Maine.

So, there you have it. Hopefully you enjoy at least one of these series, and I look forward to sharing what I find with you!

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