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January 1-December 31, 2014

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We mainly list events that have to do with Rhode Island history or Rhode Island cultural quirks. For more detail on our guidelines and how to submit an event, please see Quahog Calendar Submission Guidelines.

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

Various venues. Whether you want to explore Rhode Island by air, by bicycle, by foot, by road, by rail, or by water, there's a tour for you. Check out our Tours page for a comprehensive list of possibilities. For house and historic site tours, see our list of links to Museums and Historic Houses. Irregularly scheduled or one-off tours are listed below in our Events Calendar.

September 1-30, 2014

Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruises and Newport Harbor Tours, Quonset Point, North Kingstown

Begins at 1:00pm. 1347 Roger Williams Way. Daily departures. Narrated sightseeing cruises viewing ten lighthouses and ten islands; sail under the Jamestown and Newport Bridges and through beautiful Newport Harbor. (401) 295-4040; www.rhodeislandbaycruises.com.

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 8:00pm. Nightly. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 in person. www.providenceghosttour.com.

SummerWalks, Providence

11:00am–12:30pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for historical walking tours of the storied streets of Providence. Admission, $15-$10. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

September 2, 2014

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

Begins at 10:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

September 4, 2014

WaterFire—Partial Lighting, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

September 5-26, 2014

Lippitt House Museum Guided Tours, Providence

Fridays, 11-3, on the hour. Governor Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street. Tour the only high style Victorian house open to the public in Providence. Adults, $10; students, $5; active military personnel and children 12 and under, free. info@ppsri.org; www.ppsri.org.

September 5-28, 2014

16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, Pawtucket

Citywide. Enjoy one of Southern New England's premiere arts and entertainment extravaganzas! Features Chinese Dragon Boat Races, music concerts, art gallery shows, creative community happenings, and more. (401) 724-5200; www.pawtucketartsfestival.org.

September 6, 2014

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

2nd Annual Moon River Gala, Bristol

6:00pm–9:00pm. Harbor Lawn, 131 Ferry Road. Beneath the full moon and overlooking the Narragansett Bay, enjoy locally sourced oysters, Blount Fine Foods chowder, and a sumptuous selection of foods from Green Gal Catering, as well as wine, beer, and a signature cocktail—cash and credit card accepted. Dance to the musical stylings of the Dan Moretti Quartet and try your luck at enticing raffle items. Tickets, $100. Proceeds benefit the Warren Heritage Foundation. Warrenheritagefoundation@gmail.co; www.warrenheritagefoundation.org

15th Annual Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival, Pawtucket

9:00am–5:00pm. School Street Pier, off Route 114. Celebrate Asian heritage and culture with this annual event featuring unique and colorful Chinese Dragon Boats in a day long rowing competition on the Pawtucket River. Plus Asian arts, music, dance, crafts, and kite flying on the pier. Rain date: September 7. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.dragonboatri.com.

32nd Annual French Farmers Market and Heritage Day, Woonsocket

9:00am–3:00pm. River Island Park, 16 Bernon Street. Day-long authentic French open-air produce market, with Franco-Canadian entertainment, arts and crafts, food, and both a Dynamite and Apple Pie cook-off, celebrating local ethnic and cultural heritage. Ranger-guided river tours aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer will also be available, departing from Thundermist Dam at Market Square. Rain date: September 8. (401) 769-9846; www.nrica.org.

September 11, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

September 11-14, 2014

44th Annual Newport Boat Show, Newport

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country will host nearly 750 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. (401) 846-1600; www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

September 12, 2014

South County Museum Annual Folk Art Quilt Show, Narragansett

10:00am–4:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. More than 100 quilts by contemporary artists from around New England. Viewer's Choice balloting. Admission, $8; SCM members, free. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

September 13, 2014

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

A Country Day at Pardon Gray Preserve, Tiverton

10:00am–4:00pm. Pardon Gray Preserve, Main Road (Route 117). A family fun day... kids' games, crafts, entertainment, great food, exhibitors, pony and hay rides, Native American singers and drummers, Native American crafts, Touch-a-truck, home baked pie with Gray's Ice Cream. Rain date: September 14. (401) 816-0126; info@tivertonlandtrust.org; www.tivertonlandtrust.org.

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

September 13-14, 2014

Church Picnic, Providence

Saturday from noon-?; Sunday noon-5pm. Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church, 70 Jefferson Street. Come join us for truly great summer weekend of Armenian food, cash bar, music, dancing, raffles, games, and fun for all ages. Free admission. (401) 272-7712; office@stsahmes.org; www.armenianpicnic.com.

Slater Park Fall Festival, Pawtucket

11:00am–5:00pm. Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard. Family fun event for all ages! Visit Daggett Farm, ride the Looff Carousel, visit the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and tour the historic Daggett House. An open air market features food, craft, exhibitions and performances. (401) 724-2200; www.pawtucketartsfestival.org website for more information.

September 16, 2014

Landscape History and Garden Tour, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. The tour goes back 250 years to when this part of Newport was farmland and traces Newport's development as a premier vacation spot as reflected in this beautiful property. $10; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

Begins at 10:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

September 18, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

375th Anniversary Lecture, Newport

7:00pm–8:45pm. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street. Topic to be announced; a Newport 375th Anniversary Event. (401) 847-8720; info@newportlibraryri.org; www.newportlibraryri.or.

September 19, 2014

WaterFire—Partial Lighting, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

September 19-21, 2014

9th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Newport

Rosecliff and Marble House, Bellevue Avenue. Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally-renowned chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration. (401) 847-1000; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

September 20, 2014

Oral History, Providence

10:00am–2:00pm. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. Workshop on interviewing, using a digital audio recorder, and background information on a particular theme that the Rhode Island Collection is interested in collecting. You'll leave prepared to complete your own oral history interviews... and hopefully, will donate them to our collection for the benefit of all Rhode Islanders! Space limited; reservations required. (401) 455-8090; kwells@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

37th Annual Rhode Island Heritage Day Festival, Providence

12:00pm–6:00pm. Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street. 'Travel around the world in a day' with cultural displays, a mouth-watering array of traditional foods and craft demonstrations and exhibits from more than eleven different countries and food from over eight countries. Rain date: September 21. (401) 222-4133 mmonteiro@preservation.ri.gov; www.preservation.ri.gov/heritage/.

8th Annual North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival, North Smithfield

11:00am–4:00pm. North Smithfield High School, 412 Greenville Road. Experience the start of the crisp autumn season with an always exciting family fun event! Celebrate everything pumpkin with contests, food vendors, live entertainment and community organizations. Call Town Hall for information and tickets. (401) 767-2200; www.nsmithfieldri.org.

Walking Tour: Quaker Newport, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. By the height of Newport's Golden Age, over half of the city's population was Quaker. Explore the Great Friends Meeting House, the Point neighborhood and other sites relating to the Society of Friends with historian Elizabeth Cazden. Learn about select Quaker merchants, craftsmen and politicians who played key roles in the colonial city. NHS members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

September 20-21, 2014

41st Annual Harvest Fair, Bristol

10:00am–5:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Enjoy a traditional New England autumn fair, complete with demonstrations of historic trades, hands-on children's crafts, unique local vendors, live music and entertainment, and traditional games and competitions. Wear your flashiest rain boots for our Muck Boot Fashion Show, test your endurance in the sawbucking competition, or perfect your aim in the watermelon seed spitting contest. Members, $5/$3; non-members $8/$5; kids under 3 free. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

9th Annual 13 Moons Turtle Clan Powwow, Lincoln

11:00am–5:00pm. Chase Farm, 669 Great Road. Grand Entry at noon. Come and learn about our heritage with Native American dancers, story tellers, craft vendors, and food. Free. (401) 400-1331; events@13moonsclan.com; www.13-moons-turtle-clan.org.

27th Annual Apple Festival, Johnston

10:00am–6:00pm. Johnston Memorial Park, Hartford Avenue (Route 6). Festivities include arts and crafts vendors, rides, pony/train rides, face painting, apple pie contest, live music, entertainment, food, wellness fair, kids zone, and more! Free parking and admission. www.ncrichamber.com.

September 21, 2014

Heritage Day, Chepachet, Glocester

9:00am–4:00pm. Vicinity of Job Armstrong Store, 1181 Putnam Pike. Vendors on both sides of Main Street. www.glocesterheritagesociety.org

September 22, 2014

Rough Point Beyond Tour, Newport

Rough Point, 650 Bellevue Avenue. Join us for an evening of short thematic talks that explore the art and people of Rough Point, discovering new perspectives not normally on the standard house tour. Visitors can also view this year's exhibit, No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke. Cash bar. Ongoing tours throughout the evening; check our website for nightly schedule. $8 at the door. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Shang Bailey's Own Story: Sailor-Soldier-Circus Man-Saloon Keeper-Changed from Sin to Righteousness, Johnston

Begins at 6:30pm. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. Anthony Ursillo, owner of the historic Shang Bailey Roadhouse in Johnston will host a presentation on Shang Bailey's autobiography, which will also include Shangs involvement in the Civil War, 1860-1865. The presentation will include a slide show-powerpoint presentation by Timothy Kee. Free. (401) 231-4980; info@mohrlibrary.org; www.mohrlibrary.org.

September 23, 2014

Landscape History and Garden Tour, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. The tour goes back 250 years to when this part of Newport was farmland and traces Newport's development as a premier vacation spot as reflected in this beautiful property. $10; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

September 24, 2014

Windmill Wednesdays, Middletown

3:30pm–5:30pm. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Have you always wanted to see the inside of the 1812 Prescott Farm windmill? Explore how this amazing machine works and learn about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island. Enjoy a family-friendly evening with johnnycake tasting and hands-on activities for kids. Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

September 27, 2014

Great Road Day/Smithsonian Museum Day, Lincoln

12:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org, or visit the www.hearthsidehouse.org.

WaterFire, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

North Gate Open House, Lincoln

11:00am–4:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Open house for Smithsonian Museum Day. Slice of Life (Past) exhibit, on loan from the Rhode Island State Archives, includes photographs and prints of lantern slides from around the Blackstone Valley. (401) 862-4202; jjhdio70@gmail.com; www.bvhsri.org.

Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day, Statewide

Various venues. Take the opportunity to visit one of Rhode Island's many museums for free during Museum Day. www.smithsonianmag.com.

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

September 27-28, 2014

Big Drum Powwow, Providence

10:00am–6:00pm. Roger Williams Memorial Park, 282 North Main Street. Traditional Eastern Woodlands Powwow with Native drums, arts and crafts, dancing, storytelling, and children's events. All welcome; free. (401) 413-2167.

September 28, 2014

53rd Cluny Country Fair, Newport

10:00am–4:00pm. Cluny School, 75 Brenton Road. Carnival games, hay rides and field activities for children. Other attractions include: home baked goods, a plant sale, silent auction, raffles, and live musical entertainment throughout the day. A variety of hot and cold refreshments will be sold by the Cluny Cafe. Event is wheelchair accessible. Free admission and parking; rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the children at Cluny School. (401) 847-6043; clunyfair@clunyschool.org; www.clunyschool.org.

October 9, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

October 16, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

November 13, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

November 20, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

December 11, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

March 14, 2015

59th Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. Parade begins at City Hall, 43 Broadway, and continues through Washington Square to Thames Street and ends at Augustine's Church. Find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Newport! Rain, snow, or shine. (401) 845-9123 or (800) 976-5122; JBailey@GoNewport.com; www.newportirish.com.

May 4, 2015

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

August 10, 2015

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

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