Pawtucket Journals

Take Me Out to the Ballgame, McCoy Stadium

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A travel journal to Pawtucket by Wildcat Dianne

PawSox Wall of Fame Photo, Pawtucket, Rhode Island More Photos
Quote: I grew up in Rhode Island, and one of my fondest childhood and early adulthood memories was going to Pawtucket Red Sox games at McCoy Stadium with my friends and family. It is a less-expensive way to see our nation's past-time and Major League Baseball's future stars.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame, McCoy Stadium

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Overview

PawSox Wall of Fame Photo, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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The Pawtucket Red Sox are a AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team. I remember going to the ball park with my parents, grandparents, and younger sister many times and bringing my baseball glove just in case a foul ball was hit near our seats. I returned to Rhode Island this summer for my Nana''s memorial service, and I was hoping to catch a PawSox game, but to my disappointment, when I went on line to check out the PawSox schedule, they were going to be out of town the week I was planning to be there. But my trip wasn''t lost, when I went to the souvenir shop to get things for my family, I was able to go upstairs and see the field and re-live many happy memories. ...Read More

Rickshaw Inn Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Rickshaw Inn"

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Ever since moving to Idaho in 1992, the only good Chinese restaurant west of the Rockies is the Panda in McCall, Idaho. In 1996, my sister Erika went back to Rhode Island to attend a friend's wedding. She went to the Rickshaw Inn to get her Chinese food fix and bought me an order of their egg rolls. She froze them and brought them on the plane back home to Idaho. Erika gave them to me when I picked her up along with a dozen Dunkin Donuts. Later, I ate my eggrolls and savored every bite and ate very slowly. The Rickshaw Inn is a popular Chinese Restaurant with great service, take-out, and food is to die for. I used to go in to the Rickshaw or take out an order. I always got th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2002

Rickshaw Inn Restaurant
181 Willett Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02915
(401) 433-0700

Farnsworth Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Farnsworth Cafe (formerly Aegean Pizza)"

Farnsworth Cafe Photo, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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The Farnsworth Cafe was formerly known as Aegean Pizza while I was growing up in Rhode Island and was there for a long time. I was running errands in Rhode Island the morning of my Nana''s memorial service when I got a craving for Aegean Pizza''s food. So, I turned my car towards Riverside and headed that way. To my sadness when I arrived at the restaurant, Aegean Pizza was no longer there, but it had been replaced by the Farnsworth Cafe. The sign said that there was pizza, seafood, and Greek food and thought that a family member just took over. So, I decided to give the Farnsworth Cafe a try for old times sake. Upon arriving, the waitress had me sit down at a small table near the cou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2003

Farnsworth Cafe
302 Willett Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02915
(401) 433-3426

Riverside Kitchen New York System

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Restaurant | "The Riverside Kitchen"

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When I was growing up in Rhode Island, we used to go to The Riverside Kitchen for hot wienies and fish and chips. They made some of the best wienies and fish and chips in town. The Riverside Kitchen was and still is owned by the Mihalos family, and I went to school with the oldest son. After visiting my Nana's grave at the nearby cemetery and the funeral home to make sure that arrangements for her memorial service were in place, I was craving some hot wienies, which are grilled hot dogs with mustard, celery salt, onions, and a special meat sauce on top that you can't get anywhere else past New York and New England. Upon arriving at The Riverside Kitchen, I was pleased to see that the s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2003

Riverside Kitchen New York System
467 Willett Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02915
(401) 433-0395

The PawSox Souvenir Shop

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Attraction

The PawSox Souvenir Shop Photo, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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When I found out I was going back to Rhode Island for my Nana''s memorial service this month, I thought I better enjoy myself there, too, and catch a PawSox baseball game since I am a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox and its AAA affiliate in Pawtucket. When I went on-line to get tickets, I was so sad that the PawSox would be out of town during my visit to Rhode Island. But my family wanted some souvenirs from the PawSox Souvenir Shop, like T-shirts for Mom and Dad and a Boston Red Sox hat for my sister Erika, who wanted a hat ever since she saw Mom''s and my hats in our house in Idaho. The PawSox Souvenir Shop is located inside McCoy Stadium on the left front entrance. There are ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2003

The PawSox Souvenir Shop
Inside McCoy Stadium
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island accent!

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I have been living in Idaho on and off since 1992. When I talk to people at work or out in the town, many of them ask me where I am from. When I say I was born and raised in Rhode Island, people will say, "You don''t have the accent." My Rhode Island accent only comes out when I talk very fast and people have teased my mm, sister, and I about how Rhode Islanders don''t pronounce their "R''s." Instead of saying, "I will park the car," Rhode Islanders say, "I will pahk the cah!" There is a Rhode Island cartoonist named Don Bosquet who has published several books on Rhode Island life and humor. If you visit Rhode Island, you must purchase or read one of his books, but ask a native Rhode Islander i...Read More

Rhode Island cuisine

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I miss only a few things about Rhode Island since moving from there to Idaho in 1992: Pawtucket and Boston Red Sox games, good Chinese food, and good native Rhode Island cuisine. There are not many people here in Idaho who can make a good clam chowder and no one here knows that chowder is best served with clam cakes. It seems that everytime I eat clam chowder made by an non-New Englander, I get a stomachache. My mom makes the best clam chowder (chowda as we say in Rhode Islandese) and her clam cakes are to die for. Clam cakes are made with a special mix only found in Rhode Island or from a family recipe, and have clam bits in them. The mix is made into a thick batter and dropped into hot oil i...Read More
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February 6, 2003, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978, a massive snow storm that paralyzed most of New England for almost two weeks. I was ten years old and in 5th grade when the Blizzard of '78 hit Rhode Island. It was a pretty mild winter until the blizzard hit. When it started to snow the morning of February 6, 1978, it looked like a mild snow storm that would go away quickly, but by 1 p.m., the snow was getting pretty deep and a lot of people were getting worried. About the same time, our school principal, Mr. Kelleher, came over the loudspeaker and announced that school was being dismissed at 2:30 p.m., 15 minutes early, but at 1:30, worried parents were com...Read More

The Longest Baseball Game in History.

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"It was a baseball game. One team won. One team lost. But it was a special baseball game, so special it was given its own name. The Longest Game." From the beginning of Steven Krasner's book "The Longest Game (1996). OK, I know many people don't know baseball like I do, but I will give you a quick run of the ground rules before I write this latest journal. A baseball game usually lasts 9 innings, but if the score is tied after 9 innings, the game goes into extra innings until the tie is broken. On Easter Weekend 1981 (April 18-19) and on June 23, 1981 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the longest game in baseball history was played between the Pawtucket Red Sox ...Read More

About the Writer

Wildcat Dianne

Wildcat Dianne
Milton, Florida