Mary Larsen

The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Twelfth Day

December 12th, 2011 at 10:00 am by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show

The box I decorated for Toys for Tots at Cardi's

Tonight’s the big night

If you read this message before 1pm, please stop by Cardi’s on Rt 2 in W. Warwick to donate some new or like new gifts for Toys for Tots!  All 5 contestants got up early this morning to decorate the donation bins.

This journey has been unreal! I’ve been blessed, and am incredibly thankful for my family, friends, and everyone working at WPRI and Fox Providence.

The 2011 Search for a Star competition has come to an end, and a winner will be named this evening. Tune in to Fox Providence or Fox Providence online for streaming coverage starting at 7:30pm

I’ve had a most wonderful time sharing my blog with you, and hope that you have enjoyed it as well.

Shine On,


The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Eleventh Day

December 11th, 2011 at 7:52 pm by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show

Twas the night before the announcement, when all through the State
Many people were preparing, for an important date.
First many tune in, TV’s set to Fox,
Others are kind putting toys in a box. 

Gifts will be donated, thanks to Cardi’s,
Cat Country, The Rhode Show, and also Marines.
The ladies’ next stop, is to get their hair done
At Studio-B, french twist or a bun.

7:30 marks the end of our race
At Jacky’s Galaxy, in Waterplace.
Family and friends prepare for a toast,
The Rhode Show has a brand new co-host!

If you have time between noon and 1pm tomorrow, please stop by Cardi’s in West Warwick to drop off new or like new unwrapped toys. The five finalists will be there, along with Cat Country collecting gifts for Toys for Tots.  If you are unable to make it during that hour, feel free to stop at any of the Cardi’s locations at any time during business hours.

I hope to see you tomorrow :)

Shine On,



The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Tenth Day

December 11th, 2011 at 1:23 pm by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show

This weekend is full of friends, decorating, and holiday cheer…as well as anticipation for Monday evening!

I spent most of my Saturday running errands, purchasing holiday gifts, and cleaning my house.   Saturday evening I went out to celebrate on of my best friend’s 30th birthday party.  We went to the recently redone Tazza downtown in Providence.  It was an amazing night to celebrate an even more amazing person!

Sunday will be the day I finally get my tree up, and deck my halls!

This picture was taken last year in NYC in front of a tree decorated entirely out of origami ornaments. Talk about beautiful and creative!  I’ll be posting a picture of my Christmas tree later on today :)


Until then…Here is a fun little video to help you get into the holiday spirit!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!



The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Ninth Day

December 9th, 2011 at 5:30 pm by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show

Thank Goodness It’s Friday!

The weekend is here, and boy will it be a long one for me and the other 4 Search for a Star contestants :) We have all been able to co-host for a day, showed you What we would like to bring to the Rhode Show, and made it through our final interview.

Now, we have a weekend full of waiting and anticipation!

I made sure to fill my weekend up with fun things to do, and wonderful people to see.  I hope you are able to share your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday doing some festive activities with those you love.  If you are still looking for some ideas, never fear!  Here is a list of 10 things to do in the Ocean State this weekend:


Look for seals at Rome Point

Go to the RockSpot for indoor rock climbing

Make Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

A Christmas Carol at Trinity 

10th Annual Craftland Show

Pawtucket / Wintertime Farmers Market

Pawtuxet Village Holiday Stroll

Wayland Square Holiday Celebration

Hamlet at the Gamm Theatre

And last, but certainly not least, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs.  “Winter’s Night”, performed by The Lovelies

Shine On,



The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Eighth Day

December 8th, 2011 at 5:57 pm by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show


Thanks for all of the well wishes yesterday. Co-hosting for the day was a dream come true!

 Today I had my final interview at the station. I left feeling wonderful, with the knowledge that I’ve said everything I wanted to say, been 100% me, and have no regrets.  The amount of love and support friends, family, and have shared with me is unquantifiable.  I am truly blessed.

Tonight I get to spend some time spreading some holiday cheer with some loved ones.

I hope you all had a lovely Thursday!  It’s almost TGIF :)


Please make sure you take some time today to send some love and thoughts to those at Virginia Tech.  It’s times like these that truly show us how precious life is.  



Shine On,



The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Sixth Day

December 6th, 2011 at 8:18 pm by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show

One more sleep until I co-host The Rhode Show!


If you’re up bright and early – at 5:45 am to be exact – tune to Cat Country 98.1 to hear all about my exciting journey thus far!


I’ll be live on Fox Providence (and from 8-9.  I can’t wait!


Catch ya on the flip side!



The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Fifth Day

December 6th, 2011 at 10:54 am by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show

dressed up for the holidays last year with my friend Sarah, my husband, and my friend Dawn

Last night I attended one of my favorite annual events, Brown University’s Annual Latin Carol Celebration.

the cover of the book they handed out to all who participated in the celebration



The building was packed full of people young and old, all of whom enjoyed the carols, readings, and the very talented organist.  One of the readers was Brown’s President,  Ruth Simmons.  The halls were decked, and everyone was dressed in festive outfits.




an example of the music - check out the latin!

Even if though I’m not particularly well versed in Latin, I gave the songs my best shot.  Luckily, they were all tunes that I was quite familiar with!

I hope you had a great start to your week as well :)

Shine On,



The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Fourth Day

December 4th, 2011 at 5:40 pm by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show

My husband and I last year at Gillette cheering on the PATS

Happy Sunday Rhode Show World! (and happy win to the Patriots!)

I have been resting up all weekend, trying to shake this cold – and I think all of my hard work has been paying off!  Hopefully, if I keep getting better, I will be able to attend one of my favorite events of the year.   Brown University’s Classics Department will be hosting the 64th Annual Latin Carol Celebration tomorrow evening.  This popular event begins at 8:00 p.m. in the historic First Baptist Church in America, 75 North Main Street, Providence. Admission is free; street parking is available; the event lasts a little more than an hour; all are welcome.

What is the Annual Latin Carol Celebration you ask?  Here’s a little info from Brown’s website:

Every December, usually on the first Monday, the Department of Classics hosts its annual program of readings and songs in the spirit of the season, conducted entirely in Latin (with some readings in Greek and Sanskrit). (English translations of the readings will be provided for those whose spoken Latin may be a little rusty.)

Variously named, the Latin Carol Celebration has been held in several locations, but the format has remained remarkably the same. The audience sings carols in Latin, while members of the Brown University family read passages from ancient texts, some from the Bible, in the original languages or in Latin translation. Originally labeled a “Service,” more recently the term “Celebration” has been adopted, both because celebratio is more easily understood by the Latin-less and because the event was never intended primarily as a worship service.


I realized a few years back that very few people actually sing carols this time of year, and even though we hear them on the radio, live

community singing rarely happens.  This event is special because it is just that.  I do not know Latin, but try my best to read and sing along to the free pamphlet they pass out.  All of the tunes are very familiar me, like Deck the Halls, but instead there are Latin lyrics ….except for the Fa-la-las…those are the same!

If you find yourself free tomorrow evening, and in a seasonal mood – swing on by the big white church on college hill.  You won’t be disappointed!

Good luck to Sarah Robinowitz tomorrow morning :)


Til next time,





The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Third Day

December 3rd, 2011 at 10:21 pm by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show

This weekend I am taking care of some little ones, puppies, and my sickie self.

Yes, sadly, I am still sick…..but I’ve made a new best friend – my local CVS pharmacist.  He has been wonderful, helpful, and didn’t mind that I walked in once wearing slippers! (L.L. Bean, not ruby)


I have a tiny obsession with CVS. I have often joked with my friends that if CVS sold clothing, I would most likely never shop anywhere else.  Granted, my clothing selection would be quite limited…but I would be one happy camper.



I believe my love for CVS dates back to my college days at URI.  The cashier there is a charming woman in her 60′s, who students have nicknamed Nonni.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to have your birthday cards, cough syrup, or candy bar cashed out by this amazing woman, do not fear!  You can live vicariously through the following article about “Nonni”

Nonni is so famous with the URI community that there is even a fan page for her!

She is a perfect example of a person who I would love to do a If the Shoe Fits story about for the Rhode Show.  She reminds me that every day, even days when I’m sick, can be excellent!


I hope you, too, are having an excellent ___!



The 12 Days of Anticipation..On the Second Day

December 2nd, 2011 at 8:17 am by under Entertainment, General Talk, The Rhode Show
Hope you're all staying warm!

Hope you're all staying warm!

I woke up on this frosty morning to some exceptional news!  Next Wednesday is going to be a very special day for me.  I’ll start off my morning by being interviewed by fellow URI alum, Amanda Leonardo, on Cat Country 98.1.  Next, I’ll head off to the station to co-host the Rhode Show (I can not wait!!).  Last, I’ll put on some warm gear and drive to the Bank of America City Center.



The top 5 Search for a Star contestants have been invited to do an ice skating routine with Mickey and Minnie Mouse!  I have actually never met the famous duo, and can’t wait to skate with them.





If you’re free on Wednesday from 11-noon, come on down to Kennedy Plaza and check us out!  I may not be the most graceful skater, but you’ll be sure to see a smile on my face :)