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The Perfect Beach Getaway

 

Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island

It's an easy drive from anywhere in New England and certainly worth the effort. Misquamicut Beach is a small slice of heaven nestled away in a the southwestern corner of Rhode Island near Westerly and Watch Hill. The ocean is still mostly the mouth of Long Island Sound, but there is enough access to the open sea that the water is a much clearer and bluer experience. See the photos, there was no color-shifting in PhotoShop, trust me. The young lady in the photo is holding a shell she had just retrieved from the surf -- and was extremely proud of her find. Surf conditions? I'd have to guess that the average high tide breakers were at about the three to four foot size. Not overly intimidating, but good fun for boogie boarding and body surfing.

Beach access is free, although if you bring a car, be prepared to either pay $10.00 for the day if you sport Rhode Island plates ($14.00 for out-of-state tags) at the State Beach, or approximately $5.00 (weekdays) to $20.00 (weekend peak) at any of the bars that line the beach. Any way, it is a great deal. The State Beach has very nice amenities including showers and rest rooms. The bars all have beach access and the extras you'd expect at such facilities like drinks and an bigger assortment of food.

PADDY'S -- Check it out. Paddy's is a neat bar and restaurant on the beach with a great menu and cool drinks, a sushi bar and beach-side dining. You can see surf conditions by visiting their webcam-driven site. CLICK HERE!

 

 

I enjoy the beach early in the morning (tide coming in and high) and late in the afternoon. Due to a bout with skin cancer, I try to avoid the 11AM - 3PM time slot. Nice thing is, the beaches are less crowded at these times -- not that I ever saw anything approaching an overcrowded condition during my stay.

Water temperature in August was about 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, not Cancun, but no one had blue lips either. Misquamicut Beach, the town, is close to Route 1 where you can find a Super WalMart and other big box stores to supply your beach-going needs, but you'll still want to check out two great little shops, one on Atlantic Avenue, and one on Winnapaug Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hands-down favorite is the Beach Store on Atlantic. This little shop has it all from suntan lotion to soda and ice cream to the souvenir and tee shirt items. Well stocked and well-staffed, the place is also not expensive. They also carry tonic, my soft drink of preference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But that's no diss to the Purple Ape on Winnapaug Road, which sports a rock climbing wall as well as jet ski and paddle boat rentals along with the traditional beach-fare.

 

 

 

 

Any trip to Misquamicut is a self-contained delight. Sill, there are so many things to see --- close by -- that some short side-excursions are always possible. On this trip, we drove to Point Judith and took the ferry to Block Island. There are two services to and from the island. The traditional ferry travels at 16 knots and makes the 13 miles voyage in 55 minutes. The high speed catamaran makes the trip in probably half the time, but is more expensive. I like the old-fashioned trip. The ferries are comfortable and stable. Food and drink is available -- and they have restrooms.

 

This photo shows the ferry slip on Block Island. About four miles or so long, Block Island sports two scenic lighthouses. The South lighthouse is about one mile form the ferry slip and is a walkable deal. The north lighthouse is three miles away and although over relatively flat terrain, I'd recommend renting a bicycle or scooter for the trip.

Be sure to read the schedule correctly! There is a departure sched. for Pt. Judith as well as Block Island and misreading will have you spending an extra hour and a half in town -- not a bad thing, but not if you have an itinerary to follow.

 

 

My daughters have both inherited my stomach and even on a mill-pond-smooth day, almost fed the fishes with their breakfasts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And where does one stay in Misquamicut Beach? The place is chock full of motels, hotels and inns, but for us, there is one place that stands above the others. The Blue Whale.

 

 

 

The Blue Whale Inn is a family-run and family-oriented establishment. Located about a block and a half from Atlantic Avenue and the beach, it is clean, quiet, comfortable and charming.

Guest rooms are tailored to the overnighter, the vacationer, and the family with single rooms and suites available. The suites are terrific with refrigerators, microwaves, televisions, style and comfort. Ours had a queen, a full and a single bed in three rooms with a dining area, Air conditioned and with easy access to the pavilion, we were very happy.

 

 

 

 

A view of a bit of our suite, 'The Barnacle'.

 

 

 

 

A breakfast is served every morning, and not just a cold roll and luke warm coffee -- enough that we could go right to the beach and not feel like another bite until lunch.

 

Early birds can enjoy tea, coffee and juice outside the office before breakfast is served. Our girls enjoyed playing with the owner's dog Angel (semi-visible behind the black skirt in this photo.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the evenings, wine, cheese, crackers and fruit are served in the pavilion. This is a great time to sit and relax with the other guests before heading out for dinner. And if one is heading out, may I suggest The Rafters Restaurant? The Blue Whale can give you directions. This was one of the finest meals I have ever had -- large portions and fine quality. Reasonably priced. The staff is superb.

 

 

 

 

Some of the Beach -- what we Came here for!

 

 

A Big Foot sighting in Rhode Island. We have the definitive photographic proof. Big Foot exists! Here we see Big Foot playing with my girls on the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even after dark, the beach is active with people. We spent every evening watching the stars, listening to the surf and strolling on the sand. The sunsets were spectacular, even if the beach faces the east!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At low tide, the waves are smaller -- but we still had fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT SOME OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST WHILE IN THE AREA

 

THE SECOND ALBUM.... Harry Pellegrin's Reflecting Pools is an ethereal journey into the realm of relaxation. In That Zone is a more classically structured exploration of mood and personality. From the baroque flavor of A Little Song for Amanda to the Bartok-tinged Dream of the Night Dance , a wide range of styles and instrumentation transport the listener...

 

 AVAILABLE NOW !

The Classic Guitar Method: Now in one volume, much of what the novice classical guitarist will need to know to lead him or her to the recital stage. From proper instrument care and maintenance to the necessary technical skills, musical mind-set, and the standard repertoire—all exposed and explored with enough detail and insight that the student will wish to keep this book handy years to come as a ready reference source.





With the aid of a good teacher, the student will rapidly progress through The Classic Guitar Method attaining technical proficiency and musical eloquence.

This method stems from the need to incorporate a number of schools into a single cohesive curriculum. Years of honing a logical approach to the guitar and the creation of music culminate in this volume. As a self-proclaimed Disciple of Valdés-Blain , much of that famed teacher's focus can be found in Mr. Pellegrin's method.

ISBN: 978-1-4116-9442-2

Published by PAB Entertainment Group, P.O. Box 2369 Scotia, New York 12302

Please go to www.lulu.com to order.

 



 

 

Just the Facts...

The Mystery Series written in the hard-boiled cool style of the 1940's masters

Upstate author pens rock 'n' roll mystery
LEE GOODEN , For The Saratogian 08/13/2004
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Low End

By Harry G. Pellegrin

Published by Bedside Books

332 pages $22 Trade paperback

'Low End' is a mystery that Harry Pellegrin's protagonist Gary Morrissey solves between 1988 and 1989. It is similar to other mystery crime noir characters written in the first person, like Robert B. Parker's Spencer, Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Lawrence Block's Mathew Scudder.

Pellegrin sets the story in the late '80s New York City rock 'n'roll scene with believability. His knowledge of blues and rock is undisputed. He mentions the late great guitarist Rory Gallagher, who was not only one of the world's greatest guitarists, but also a fan of detective and crime fiction.

The novel begins with a cleverly paced prologue describing the murder of Morrissey's friend and former bass player and bandmate Devon. As a present day Morrissey reminisces about Devon, Pellegrin sends the reader back to 1988.

In 1988 Morrissey is a rock 'n' roll blues guitarist and a recent divorcee who lives in a hot sticky apartment in the South [Yonkers]. His day job consists of repairing copy machines.

He drives a [Fiat 124S Spider] and seems relatively happy going day to day from beer to beer, paycheck to paycheck and gig to gig until a friend and bandmate named Captain Marty, from their defunct band Air Raid, informs Morrissey that their mutual friend and bassist Devon has died and was possibly murdered.

Captain Marty asks Morrissey to investigate because he thinks Morrissey would be good at getting the answers.

Morrissey follows clues and discovers that everything is not what it seems. He is led to a gripping cat-and-mouse ending with a remorseless killer.

'Low End' is crafted like a song. It is a crime novel narrated in the first person with the typical wise cracks and testosterone-fueled bravado, and a mystery that one can sink their teeth into. But it is also a spiritual journey.

There are many writers who try too hard to emulate the masters, like Hammett, Chandler, MacDonald, Spillane and McBain. So cumbersome are their efforts, that they lose their own voices. But Pellegrin's protagonist has a voice of the street and a hardened cynical edge, softened with a good heart.

But readers will trust Morrissey only so far, because we know that with enough rope he will hang himself. Morrissey is like a mouth sore that we just can't help but touch. We know it's going to hurt but we don't care. Pellegrin, like God, sits in the back seat while his creation takes over.

I look forward to the further adventures of Morrissey and anything else Harry G. Pellegrin writes. He has written for periodicals like Soundboard: The Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America, The Horse: Backstreet Choppers. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural upstate New York.

©The Saratogian 2004



 

The Musician's Mystery Series --

Can one burned-out guitar player save his 'loser' friends, let alone himself?

Read all about it!

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What's New? The New Album!

Hey, the new album is out! That's right, finally a follow-up to the reissue of my old album from the late 1980's.

Reflecting Pools is a departure for me as it is totally keyboard. Well, the guitar did show up on one track...

Click the image to the left to learn more, hear a few tracks --even get ordering info if you want it!

 

"...Reflecting Pools is a notable first album [for Mr. Pellegrin]. A dramatic sense of tonality and mood are propelled by exemplary musicianship and exciting compositional exploits."

Available through www.BATHTUBMUSIC.com...

...And containing nine tracks that are relaxing, inspirational -- sounds like a snooze. Not really, this is great stuff to listen to on a rainy afternoon, while with your significant other (nudge, nudge, know what I mean?) Please visit the Relfecting Pools page on this site or www.bathrubmusic.com.

ALSO........

In That Zone, is now out! Please visit www.bathtubmusic.com for details and to order.

 

 

 

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LOW END What's new with the book that came out over a year ago? After being on back-order at Amazon.com for what seemed like a century, it is my understanding that copies are once again shipping. Barnes and Noble's website is on-again-off-again, but PAB (on Amazon as an authorized vendor) has LOW END in stock and it comes with a CD!

DEEP END, the exciting sequel, is being shopped by my literary agent even as we speak.

The Guitar Sessions:Weekly tech tips and exercises to help the guitarist improve. This feature has really taken off. Each week a new page is posted with either an exercise to get the left and right hands moving more efficiently and effectively or an interesting piece from the standard repertoire , demonstrating a necessary technical ability. Judging by the hits these pages receive, you guitar players love this feature!

The page is updated every Thursday. Visit the 2004 Archive as well!

 

My Mission, My Policy

In my opinion, the murder mystery genre reached its zenith in the 1930's and 1940's. The novels penned in those decades were taut, no-nonsense stories of people in life and death crises, people who did not flinch when confronted with overwhelming odds or overwhelming emotion. Some of these tales could be hard-edged and hard-boiled, but the heroes invariably had a soft side as well.

I believe that over the years, in an attempt to mimic real life, the writers of murder mysteries--and most other literature, for that matter--have lowered the standards of excellence set by such authors as the gritty Raymond Chandler and the sophisticated Dorothy Sayers. Many authors misinterpret smut for romance and brutality for strength.

My novels aspire to the standards set by the 1940's mystery writers. My tales are as real and grimy as the mean streets that spawned them. Even so, and though they deal with modern issues, you will not find gratuitous sex in my characters' relationships. Sex may be alluded to, but it is never allowed out from behind closed doors. You will find that my books are entertaining to a broad audience--I have had positive comments from teens to grandmothers. One reader was surprised when I told him that there were no obscenities in the book he'd just finished. He hadn't missed them! A good story doesn't need such unnecessary 'embellishment.'

I have conducted book signings at churches, country clubs, libraries and even a street corner (don't ask!) and I've never been called to task for, or ashamed of, my work. Pick up a copy of my latest novel and see if it isn't a good read!

Harry Pellegrin

 

As a native New Yorker and an American, I am still angered by the cowardly attacks of 9/11. Unless we restore New York City's skyline to its condition prior to September 11th, 2001, the miserable scum who attacked us will have won! Visit www.makeNYNYagain.com and rebuild America!

 

 

About My Site:

This site is a way for me to commemorate and celebrate a life and lifestyle that is now extinct. Why extinct? Is it that Thomas Wolfe " You-can't-go-home-again " thing? Is it because life is so much different now that what we experienced in the Bronx in the 60's and 70's is no longer relevant? Yes. No. Yes and no? Definitely maybe ! Why do I always start these little essays with questions?

At first, the main thrust of this site was to promote my book. It is a worthy goal; the book tells a good tale and everyone who has read it finds it entertaining and thought-provoking. With that sole goal, I went live with this site back in August of 2003. What happened next is what makes this site truly valuable.

There are people I grew up with, attended school and with whom I played in bands -- neighbors, friends, good family -- who I hadn't seen since I moved from the Bronx in 1986. Divorce had forced me into exile, time and distance conspired to seemingly turn this into a life sentence. Thank the muses for the internet! This site wasn't live for more than two months before I was reunited with Paul Silvestro , a childhood friend whom I hadn't seen in seventeen years. His brother Larry , the guy who had turned me on to playing guitar and taught me the things about music that matter the most, now with him I had no contact since 1983. Twenty years! Too long. I felt as if a part of my soul had been restored -- a part that had been missing for ages and had long ago been written off. But more was to come.

Anthony Pernice, Art Clement , Mike Moretti -- all reunited to me.

The 1960's weren't good to a number of us -- many of us had our personal demons to exorcise, be it substance abuse or the insidious hedonism of the times. but through it all, we were instilled with a vibe, cast in an artistic mold--call it what you will--but unless these same environmental stimuli are exactly reproduced, there will never be another crop of people quite the same.

This page delves into what we experienced and how we incorporated these experiences into art, music, literature and life . I've paid tribute to my neighborhood, the Wakefield section of the Bronx. The Discords -- Larry Silvestro and Artie Clemente's first band in the early mid-sixties-- they're here with their matching outfits, Fender, Hagstrom and Gretsch guitars plus those impeccably precise five part harmonies.

And speaking of the Bronx, I can't talk about Wakefield without mentioning Mount Saint Michael Academy on Murdock Avenue. The Mount was my Junior and High School and although I was not a happy camper while there, I made a few really good friends and consider the education received to be a fine one.

Of course, there is an homage to Leo Fender and his magnificent designs, the Telecaster © and the Stratocaster ©. I officially declare C.L. Fender an honorary Bronxite. These instruments have literally changed my life and the way we all hear music. Check out this page on my site.

Rory Gallagher, whom I saw play in 1973 and who has influenced me ever since--he has a page here as well. He has gone on now, but the impact he made is still rippling outwards, changing how we interpret the blues.

Untermyer Park in Yonkers and Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx are included on this site. We were kids interested in a good ghost story and both these places were terrific for providing a few innocent and fun goosebumps.

...and of course, my book!

Please enjoy this site. Nose around. Anyone can find something here to read and get a chuckle.

Thanks!

 

 

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