To be clear, February can get a little drab around here. The white fluffy snow has become dirty, frozen patches and potholes are flourishing. Frankly, it can affect some people’s cheery outlook.

We’re looking forward to spring rains and we are very busy. As a matter of fact, we’ve got something big in the works. We think this new development will get the attention of aspiring pluviophiles around the world. After all, we didn’t write the book on Rain but we have read it – twice.

Cynthia Barnett book of Rain
An excerpt from Cynthia Barnett’s Rain:
“Rain and two more of its wondrous pride – clouds and rainbows – have inspired writers, painters, and poets for thousands of years.”

It’s Easy to Play Pretty!

Meanwhile, we thought we might harness some of your collective creativity for the common good. We’ve got the data. Cleverhood’ers exhibit high levels of positive thinking; 94% have smartphones; and 86% prefer singing over shouting. We’re looking to crowd-source the drab out of a Providence February.

easy to play
It’s easy to play pretty and we have good prizes for your efforts. We’re offering two brand new Cleverhood rain capes, a Street Cape and a jar of Fox Point Pickles for four category winners. The odds are in your favor.

Cleverhood in Vice
Just share a picture with us of some “street art” from your corner of the world. It doesn’t have to be something painted or composed. It could be a public design or aesthetic that adds something nice to your place. It could be big or a hidden detail someone went to the trouble to create. We’ll consider “street art” open to your interpretation.* Click a pic of something that pretties up the place.

Highchair Kings
We’ve got prizes for Most Clever, Most Artistic, Most Promising… and Not Too Shabby.

To enter just send us your pretty picture using your favorite communications channel. Use @Cleverhoods for Twitter or the singular @Cleverhood for Instagram or Pinterest. Facebook works and email too. Our hastag is #playpretty

Cleverhood photo game

This is a simple contest. No rigamaroll. Entries should be in by your midnight on March 5. Our esteemed judges will make their assessments quickly and publicly for all the world to enjoy.

*No wiseguys. Anything stolen or obscene will be forwarded to your mother.