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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.

August 1-29, 2014

Lippitt House Museum Guided Tours, Providence

Fridays, 11am-3pm, 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.

August 1-31, 2014

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. 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.

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.

August 21, 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.

August 23, 2014

Stamp Act Protest Reenactment, Newport

1:00pm–5:00pm. Colony House, Washington Square. A team of living history reenactors will commemorate one of the first major events that led to the American Revolution, the 1765 Stamp Act protests. Amidst the activities, a group of unhappy 'citizens' will reenact a condensed version of the Newport Stamp Act protest, including creating and hanging an effigy and leading a group of protesters as the 'residents' express their discontent. Stamp Act Party follows at 5pm; admission charged. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorical.org.

Newport Celtic Rock Festival, Newport

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. A full day of continuous progressive Celtic music on Newport's waterfront. The shenanigans include some of your favorite Irish marketplace vendors, Irish pub fare, lively step dancers and the distinctive pipe and drum bands. And oh yes, the Guinness will be flowing! (401) 846-1600; www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

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.

H.P. Lovecraft Literary Walk, Providence

Begins at 11:00am. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Ninety-minute walking tour interpreting the life and genius of Rhode Island native H.P. Lovecraft, known as one of America's most popular occult and horror authors. Admission, $10. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

The British Occupation of Newport, Newport

2:00pm–4:00pm. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street. A lecture by James Garman on the Siege of Newport and the Battle of Rhode Island (1778); a Newport 375th Anniversary Event. (401) 847-8720; info@newportlibraryri.org; www.newportlibraryri.or.

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.

H.P. Lovecraft Read-A-Thon, Providence

7:00pm–10:00pm. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. A collaborative reading of three Lovecraft short stories, accompanied by weird, dark musical interludes by local musicians. (401) 455-8090; www.lovecraftreadathon.com website for more information.

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.

August 23-24, 2014

Festival Fete's 4th Annual East Greenwich Art Festival, East Greenwich

10:00am–5:00pm. New England Tech Campus, 1408 Division Road. Featuring over 140 contemporary American artisans, festive food, live music, strolling entertainment (including Rhode Island's very own Big Nazo), children's activities, and a community art project. Rain or shine, free. (401) 374-3899; pilar@festivalfete.com; festivalfete.com.

August 24, 2014

Open House at Hearthside Mansion, Lincoln

1:00pm–3:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Tour Lincoln's magnificent ten-room circa 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island's finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Among artifacts being featured are a full-size loom, spinning wheel, period clothing, a 1905 Edison phonograph, and several antique furnishings. Tours given by guides in period costume. (401) 334-2209; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

John La Farge's Portrait of the Son of Richard Morris Hunt, Newport

Begins at 2:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. James L. Yarnall will speak. Free with admission. (401) 848-8200; www.newportartmuseum.org.

August 26, 2014

Yankee Crafts Day, Narragansett

Begins at 10:00am. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

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.

August 27, 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.

Adult Blacksmithing Classes, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. In one session you'll learn the basics and go home with a finished product. You may attend other sessions to work on more advanced projects. All tools and most materials are provided. SCM members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

Adult Letterpress Workshops, Narragansett

5:30pm–8:30pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Learn the basics of letterpress printing in the SCM Print Shop. You'll set type and print a document during your first session. Come another time to create something a bit more complicated. SCM members, $30; non-members, $45; reservations by prior Friday requested. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

August 28, 2014

Wayland Square Walking Tour, Providence

Begins at 5:30pm. L'Artisan, 9 Wayland Avenue. Although the history of the area is long, the neighborhood blossomed and grew in the early twentieth century. As people moved away from older, more crowded residential areas to the west (at the waterfront, in downtown, on Benefit Street) large apartment blocks and comfortable single family homes appeared here. And a dense, successful commercial area was born. Admission, $10. (401) 273-7507 x362; bbarnes@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

August 29-31, 2014

17th Annual Rhythm and Roots Festival, Charlestown

Ninigret Park, 4813 Old Post Road (Route 1A). Annual roots musical festival with blues, New Orleans R&B, Cajun, Zydeco, Swing, etc. Features two huge dance floors, four music stages, dance lessons, food vendors, kids activities, evening dances, instrument instruction, and more! (888) 855-6940; office@rhythmandroots.com; www.rhythmandroots.com.

August 30, 2014

Colonial Day, Tiverton

12:00pm–5:00pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. Come find out what colonial life was all about! Watch and/or participate in demonstrations dealing with textiles, blacksmithing, woodworking, and cooking from local artisans. Children of all ages can participate in colonial games. Come one, come all, and help us close this season at CCH with colonial spirit! tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.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.

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.

August 30-31, 2014

Classic Yacht Regatta, Newport

International Yacht Restoration School, 449 Thames Street. The event includes two days of racing and the Regatta's traditional Classic Yacht Parade, balanced by evening festivities. The regatta will draw a fleet that ranges from modern classics, to vintage yachts, to smaller one-designs with design pedigrees by Herreshoff, Hunt, Fife, and Sparkman and Stephens. (401) 848-5777; info@iyrs.org; www.iyrs.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 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.

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.

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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