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January 1-December 31, 2019

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.

December 1-30, 2019

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.

December 1-31, 2019

Christmas at Blithewold, Bristol

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Explore the mansion, decorated for the season with plenty of imagination and whimsy. Join us for music, afternoon teas, storytelling, and Santa! The Holiday Gift Shop offers unique gifts and seasonal decorations, including many used in the mansion. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Newport

Various venues. The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House this holiday season. Check website for special events.(401) 847-1000; info@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

December 6-28, 2019

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

December 12, 2019

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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

December 13-14, 2019

Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

Begins at 4:00pm. The Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or didn't, observe the holidays. Members and active duty military with ID, $10; non-members, $15; children 5-12, $5; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.

December 13-15, 2019

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

See website for times. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 14, 2019

Victorian Children's Christmas Tea, East Greenwich

2:00pm–4:00pm. East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society, 110 King Street. This is a festive tea with sweets and savories, hot chocolate, mulled cider, and tea—all served on real china. Photos with Santa, a Rhode Island keepsake for each child, crafting a holiday ornament, a lesson on Victorian tea etiquette, and a story and a raffle are all part of this festive event. Youngsters up to age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. They are encouraged to dress up and bring along a favorite doll or plush toy. Tickets $12.50-$20; deadline to order online is December 7th. eghps1677@gmail.com; www.eghps.org.

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Take a self-guided tour of Lincoln's magnificent, lavishly decorated, ten-room 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island's finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. 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! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

Mystery at the Museum: The Last Noel, Newport

7:00pm–9:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. A Victorian Christmas turned tragedy! Bring the whole family, come with a group of friends, or test your sleuthing skills alone for ninety minutes of fast-paced fun and interactive entertainment! View the Museum's beautiful architecture and historical and contemporary art on display. You'll be guaranteed to meet a cast of colorful characters dressed in gorgeous period costumes... but be careful who you trust, or you might just end up the victim! Adults, $25-$30; seniors and active military, $20-$25; 17 and under and students, $10-$15. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.org; Tickets.

Aquidneck Indian Council December/Holiday Social, Tiverton

12:00pm–5:00pm. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way (off Bulgarmarsh Road). Dancing, drumming, raffles, and afternoon fun. Please bring something to share. This is an alcohol- and drug-free event. Open to the public—all are welcome. (401) 683-4589; aquidneck_indian@verizon.net; www.aquidneckindiancouncil.org.

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

See website for times. Viking Marina, 19 Margin Street. Take a ninety-minute scenic ride down the Pawcatuck River into Little Narragansett Bay for peaceful views of beautiful fall foliage and a glimpse of some our winter harbor seal visitors as they rest on rocks and shorelines. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $17; non-members, $22. (401) 203-7325; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Christmas at Lippitt House, Providence

10:00am–2:00pm. Governor Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street. The holiday season is filled with fun traditions—many of which originated in the Victorian era. Take a holiday-themed tour, make tree decorations and candy-filled Christmas crackers, and enjoy festive holiday songs and stories with Ann-Marie Forer appearing as Mrs. Claus. Adults, $10; students with ID, $5; children 12 and under and EBT Cardholders (up to four individuals per card), free. info@ppsri.org; www.preserveri.org/lippitt-house-museum.

A Rough Point Holiday, Newport

10:00am–4:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Every season at Rough Point offers a certain kind of magic—come experience Doris Duke's Newport home during the darkest and merriest days of the year. Rooms of the museum will be spruced up for the Christmas holiday, while other rooms will be cloaked in their winter coverings. Together, these spaces tell the story of Doris's holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport's summer cottages. The museum will be open for roaming at your leisure with guided tours offered throughout the day. Adults, $10; children 12 and under, free. (401) 847-8344; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

December 14-15, 2019

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Cider and cookies, too! Exhibit runs December 8-27. Admission charged. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Christmas at Spell Hall, Coventry

11:00am–4:00pm. Nathaneal Greene Homestead, 50 Taft Street. The Homestead will be decorated for Christmas with costumed docents, refreshments, live traditional Christmas and Celtic music, and holiday cheer. Living historians and reenactors in period attire always welcome. Suggested donation: adults, $8; children, $4. (401) 821-8630; nathanaelgreenehmst@gmail.com; www.nathanaelgreenehomestead.org.

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

See website for times. Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360-degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $17; non-members, $22; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

December 15, 2019

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Take a self-guided tour of Lincoln's magnificent, lavishly decorated, ten-room 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island's finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Enjoy the warmth of the open fire and smell of roasting chestnuts on its flame. The house will still be decorated for the holidays, come see our beloved teddy bear tree! $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

Historic Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Volunteer historians in Colonial costume conduct tours where visitors can learn about the 320-plus-year history and architecture of the home, the Smith-Appleby family and eighteenth century living in Rhode Island. Watch demonstrations; examine period furnishings, clothing and household items; sample hearth-baked goods. $5 donation requested. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

December 20-21, 2019

Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

Begins at 4:00pm. The Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or didn't, observe the holidays. Members and active duty military with ID, $10; non-members, $15; children 5-12, $5; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.

December 20-22, 2019

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

See website for times. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 21, 2019

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Cider and cookies, too! Exhibit runs December 8-27. Admission charged. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. 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! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

Mystery at the Museum: The Last Noel, Newport

7:00pm–9:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. A Victorian Christmas turned tragedy! Bring the whole family, come with a group of friends, or test your sleuthing skills alone for ninety minutes of fast-paced fun and interactive entertainment! View the Museum's beautiful architecture and historical and contemporary art on display. You'll be guaranteed to meet a cast of colorful characters dressed in gorgeous period costumes... but be careful who you trust, or you might just end up the victim! Adults, $25-$30; seniors and active military, $20-$25; 17 and under and students, $10-$15. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.org; Tickets.

A Rough Point Holiday, Newport

10:00am–4:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Every season at Rough Point offers a certain kind of magic—come experience Doris Duke's Newport home during the darkest and merriest days of the year. Rooms of the museum will be spruced up for the Christmas holiday, while other rooms will be cloaked in their winter coverings. Together, these spaces tell the story of Doris's holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport's summer cottages. The museum will be open for roaming at your leisure with guided tours offered throughout the day. Adults, $10; children 12 and under, free. (401) 847-8344; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

December 27-28, 2019

Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

Begins at 4:00pm. The Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or didn't, observe the holidays. Members and active duty military with ID, $10; non-members, $15; children 5-12, $5; reservations suggested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.

December 27-31, 2019

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

See website for times. Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360-degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $17; non-members, $22; reservations recommended. (401) 203-7325; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

December 28, 2019

Mystery at the Museum: The Last Noel, Newport

7:00pm–9:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. A Victorian Christmas turned tragedy! Bring the whole family, come with a group of friends, or test your sleuthing skills alone for ninety minutes of fast-paced fun and interactive entertainment! View the Museum's beautiful architecture and historical and contemporary art on display. You'll be guaranteed to meet a cast of colorful characters dressed in gorgeous period costumes... but be careful who you trust, or you might just end up the victim! Adults, $25-$30; seniors and active military, $20-$25; 17 and under and students, $10-$15. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.org; Tickets.

A Rough Point Holiday, Newport

10:00am–4:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Every season at Rough Point offers a certain kind of magic—come experience Doris Duke's Newport home during the darkest and merriest days of the year. Rooms of the museum will be spruced up for the Christmas holiday, while other rooms will be cloaked in their winter coverings. Together, these spaces tell the story of Doris's holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport's summer cottages. The museum will be open for roaming at your leisure with guided tours offered throughout the day. Adults, $10; children 12 and under, free. (401) 847-8344; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

December 28-29, 2019

Home for the Holidays Guided Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent ten-room mansion given by volunteer interpreters in Victorian finery. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 28-31, 2019

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

See website for times. Viking Marina, 19 Margin Street. Take a ninety-minute scenic ride down the Pawcatuck River into Little Narragansett Bay for peaceful views of beautiful fall foliage and a glimpse of some our winter harbor seal visitors as they rest on rocks and shorelines. Save the Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12, $17; non-members, $22. (401) 203-7325; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

December 29, 2019

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell.

Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. LAST CHANCE to see Smith-Appleby House Christmas decorations! House will be closed after this event until April. $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

Historic Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Volunteer historians in Colonial costume conduct tours where visitors can learn about the 320-plus-year history and architecture of the home, the Smith-Appleby family and eighteenth century living in Rhode Island. Watch demonstrations; examine period furnishings, clothing and household items; sample hearth-baked goods. $5 donation requested. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

January 1, 2020

Christmas at Blithewold, Bristol

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Explore the mansion, decorated for the season with plenty of imagination and whimsy. Join us for music, afternoon teas, storytelling, and Santa! The Holiday Gift Shop offers unique gifts and seasonal decorations, including many used in the mansion. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Newport

Various venues. The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House this holiday season. Check website for special events.(401) 847-1000; info@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

January 4, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

January 12, 2020

Trash or Treasure: What's it Worth?, East Greenwich

1:00pm–4:00pm. Linesider Brewery, 1485 South County Trail. Join certified appraiser and EGHPS member, John Woods, as he acts as host at our antique roadshow-type program. This is a fund-raiser open to the public. eghps1677@gmail.com; www.eghps.org.

January 25, 2020

Colonial Dining Experience, Warren

6:30pm–10:00pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Open to the public; seating extremely limited; reservations required. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

January 26, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 2:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Special Sunday meeting. Arthur Ianelli will tell us about Ramstail Factory, Rhode Island's only "official" haunted place. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

February 1, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

February 14-23, 2020

32nd Annual Newport Winter Festival, Newport

Various venues. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. (401) 847-7666; staff@newportevents.com; www.newportwinterfestival.com.

February 15, 2020

Colonial Wedding Expo History Space Event, Newport

10:00am–1:00pm. Colony House, Washington Square. Much like the present day, weddings in colonial America were a time for celebrating, however, brides did not wear white gowns, nor were diamond rings and wedding registries the norm. Explore colonial wedding traditions interpreted by costumed living historians. Admission is free, donations are welcome. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistory.org.

February 23, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 2:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Special Sunday meeting. Steve Merolla will present The Bordens of Neutaconkanut Hill Part II. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

March 7, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

March 14, 2020

64th 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 Saint Patrick's Day in Newport! Rain, snow, or shine. dennis@newportirish.com; www.newportirish.com.

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

March 25, 2020

Homegrown: The Making of the 1972-'73 Providence College Friars, Wickford, North Kingstown

6:30pm–8:00pm. North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone Street. Author and Rhode Island native Paul Lonardo shares his stories from his latest book, a retrospective of the team's remarkable season, as well as a history of the school's basketball program, which was itself responsible for drawing the local talent that propelled the 1973 Friars to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Inspired by extensive conversations with local basketball legend, Ernie DiGregorio, locally known as Ernie D. (401) 294-3306; nkiref@nklibrary.org; www.nklibrary.org.

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Tony Carlino will be our speaker, telling us something about Roger Williams. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

April 4, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

A Mad Hatter Tea, Warren

Seatings at 12:30 and 3pm. Maxwell House, 59 Church Street. The tea menu consists of scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts. Mad hats encouraged but not required. $15 donation requested; reservations must be made in advance. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; www.massasoithistorical.org.

April 11, 2020

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Newport

Begins at 10:00am. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. It's our 31st annual date with the Easter Bunny! Join us for a fun morning of scrambling for thousands of colorful eggs on Rosecliff's oceanfront lawn. Then bring the family inside for a catered breakfast brunch in the elegant surroundings. Adults, $55-$70; children, 6-12 years, $35-$40; 3-5 years, $30-$35; 2 and under, $10-$15; space is limited; reservations required; held rain or shine. (401) 847-1000 x140; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

April 11-May 10, 2020

7th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival, Newport

Bowen's and Bannister's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue. The Festival is an all-volunteer event in support of Daffodillion, a non-profit organization that has beautified the city with over one million daffodils. Proceeds from the Festival go to purchase more daffodil bulbs to plant each fall. Events throughout the city; free Admission. newportdaffydays.com.

April 25, 2020

35th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, Warwick

8:45am–6:00pm. Various venues. Under the theme of Back to the Future, the conference will explore concepts of the future and historic preservation, including but not limited to: Post-war architecture and landscapes; preservation of Modern places; historic utopias, from college campuses to octagon houses to shopping malls; the future of place-based tourism; teaching and learning about preservation in the twenty-first century; technological advances in archaeology, historical research, and building conservation; preservation and popular culture; interpreting difficult histories; social media and crowd-sourcing; and climate change. Register in advance. ripresconf@gmail.com; www.preservationconferenceri.com.

April 29, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Ashton, Cumberland

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Food historian David Stone will talk about his recent books, Lost Restaurants of Providence and Lost Restaurants of Newport. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

May 1, 2020

153rd Annual May Breakfast, Cranston

6:00am–11:00am. Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, 229 Wilbur Avenue. Home of the original May Breakfast. Traditional fare of eggs, ham, cornbread, clam cakes, beverage, and homemade apple pie, served family style. Plus May baskets and homemade fudge for sale. (401) 944-0864; www.olcbaptistchurch.com.

May 2, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

May 4, 2020

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.'

May 8-10, 2020

Misquamicut SpringFest, Misquamicut, Westerly

Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue. World class carnival and amusements, headline bands, food truck rodeo, classic car show, knockerball, games, and more! www.misquamicutfestival.org.

May 15-17, 2020

Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival, Newport

11:00am–5:00pm. 13 Bowen's Wharf. Oysters draw their unique flavors from their environment. Rhode Island is home to many miles of clean coastline and upwards of forty-five oyster farms. Each one is different, so this is a rare opportunity to savor and compare a wide assortment along with the accompanying sauces, beverages, and serving techniques. Fun contests, beer and wine pairings, specialty cocktails. Education about how oyster farming and aquaculture are good for the environment and our coastlines. Locally owned restaurants will participate in an oyster hop so festival attendees will receive special dishes at participating restaurants along the Oyster trail. Tickets are limited. (401) 849-2243; welcome@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

June 6, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

June 12-14, 2020

37th Annual Black Ships Festival, Bristol

Various venues. A celebration of the arts and culture of Japan, commemorating the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, who negotiated the first treaty between Japan and the United States. Demonstrations and workshops include origami, sushi-making, martial arts, Taiko drumming, and traditional Japanese tea ceremony. (401) 846-2720 or (401) 847-7666; hannahnewportevents@gmail.com; www.blackshipsfestival.com.

June 18, 2020

18th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 239th Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

July 1, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 4, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

July 8, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 14, 2020

Green Animals Children's Party, Portsmouth

4:00pm–8:00pm. Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory's Lane. Enjoy games, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, magic, clowns, crafts, balloons, refreshments, and music on this whimsical Victorian estate populated with dozens of topiary animals. Tickets sold at the door only, $10-$25. (401) 847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

July 15, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 22, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 29, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 1, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

August 5, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 10, 2020

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.

August 12, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 19, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 26, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

September 5, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

September 12, 2020

Save the Bay 50th Anniversary Celebration, Providence

5:00pm–10:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. Join us as we commemorate fifty years of advocacy for Narragansett Bay with a 1970s-themed celebration featuring a live auction, musical performances, and more. Guests will be welcomed to the event with a cocktail hour in the lobby of Save The Bay's headquarters, before continuing to the outdoor event tent to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, signature drink and food stations, and desserts. Dig it? Don your vests, tie-dye, bell-bottoms, and scarves and join us! Tickets: $250; space limited; reservations required. (401) 272-3540; ldanielsen@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

September 17-20, 2020

15th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Newport

12:00pm–4:00pm. Marble House, 596 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 18-20, 2020

Misquamicut FallFest, Misquamicut, Westerly

Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue. World class carnival and amusements, international music headliners, food truck rodeo, knockerball, classic car show, electric car show, 3rd Annual Antique Fire Truck Muster, games, and more!. www.misquamicutfestival.org.

October 3, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

October 17, 2020

23rd Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Misquamicut, Westerly

7:00pm–9:00pm. The Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut Beach. Complete with comedic (Monty Python-esque) re-enactment of the 1605 trial for treason of Guy Fawkes by the "Misquamicut Players." Music, bonfire, dancers, fife and drum, and more! Free. (401) 322-1026; www.guyfawkesusa.com.

November 7, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

December 5, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

May 4, 2021

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.'

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