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Ongoing, 2018

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.

January 14-27, 2018

Providence Restaurant Weeks, Providence

Citywide. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, enjoy a great meal at a great price: $16.95 for a three-course lunch or $29.95/$34.95 for a three-course dinner. Selected restaurants are participating in two for one specials. (401) 456-0223; www.goprovidence.com/RW/.

January 19-21, 2018

10th annual Knitting Weekend and Fiber Art Marketplace , Pawtucket

Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. A weekend of knitting classes, fiber art exhibition, lecture, and networking for the Fiber Art Community. The Fiber Art Market is free and open to the public, where twenty carefully selected fiber art vendors from across the North East will showcase and sell their yarns, fiber art tools, ready-to-wear-works, and more. (401) 725-8638 x108; www.slatermill.org; Tickets.

January 21, 2018

Senetchonet to Manville: a Journey through Time, Part 2, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). View selections from the documentary on the history of Manville by Betty Mencucci and Carlo Mencucci, which contains hundreds of historical photographs of Manville from the collection of Roger Gladu. Free. (401) 725-2847; bvhs58@gmail.com; bvhsri.org.

Winter Luncheon and Lecture, Bristol

12:30pm–2:30pm. S.S. Dion Restaurant, 520 Thames Street. Sponsored by the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society. Award-winning architectural historian and photographer John Tschirch will present his illustrated lecture, 'Bristol Through the Lense of Time.' From the grandeur of Linden Place to the fine craftsmanship of Bristol's smaller houses, John will discuss the architectural richness of historic Bristol. $40 per person includes full luncheon from soup to nuts and choice of chicken piccata, baked fish, pork tenderloin, or vegetarian eggplant parmigiana; reservations required. (401) 253-7223; info@bhps.necoxmail.com; www.bhpsri.org.

January 24, 2018

Finding Phebe: Uncovering the History of Slavery in Warren, Rhode Island, Bristol

Begins at 7:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Although the town of Warren in the eighteenth century was surrounded by the slave centers of Newport, Bristol, and Providence, its small size has made it a footnote in what has been written about slavery and the slave trade. Building on the work of historians Joanne Pope-Melish, Ruth Wallis Hendron, Christy Clark-Pujara and Marjory O'Toole, Patricia Mues and Sarah Weed use primary sources—including wills, inventories, town meeting records and censuses—to identify the enslaved of Warren. Members, free; non-members, $5; reservations recommended. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

January 28, 2018

Valley Talk: The Triple Decker Menace, Woonsocket

Begins at 1:30pm. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. RIHS Executive Director C. Morgan Grefe discusses the history of triple deckers, why they became so popular in New England, and their relationship to local manufacturing. Free. (401) 769-9675; aconway@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

January 30, 2018

Rhode Island Shipwrecks, Harmony, Glocester

Begins at 6:00pm. Harmony Library, 195 Putnam Pike. Charlotte Taylor, an archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, will be in the library to discuss her book. Rhode Island has more shipwrecks per square mile than any other state. In her book, Taylor has captured dramatic images of many nineteenth and twentieth Century disasters. She also works closely with the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, a nonprofit organization that is studying the Revolutionary War fleet that once visited Narragansett Bay. Free and open to all; registration requested. (401) 949-2850; harmonyreference@gmail.com; www.harmonylibrary.org.

February 1, 2018

That's Amore!, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. Skyline at Waterplace. That's Amore! is a wine, beer, spirits, and food tasting charity event, designed to raise funds and awareness for ACOS' mission of providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to adults, families, adolescents, and children who are affected by or at risk of HIV infection. More than thirty local restaurants, bars, and vendors will provide tempting samples for guests. VIP Entrance at 5pm; General Admission at 6pm. (401) 521-3603; info@AIDSCareOS.org; AIDSCareOS.org.

February 2-4, 2018

Providence Boat Show, Providence

Friday, 12-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-3pm. Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street. Featuring special events, free seminars with experts, sea-to-table cooking demonstrations, hands-on activities... and boats! Admission charged. (401) 847-7666; pvdboatshow@gmail.com; providenceboatshow.com.

February 3, 2018

The Blizzard of '78, Cumberland

1:00pm–3:00pm. Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. February 6, 2018 marks the fortieth anniversary of what the Evening Bulletin called, 'the worst snow storm in RI history.' Alan R. Earls, author of Greater Boston and the Blizzard of '78 will be here to share stories, photos, and memories about the storm and the days following that still cause a run on bread and milk when snow is in the forecast. Registration assures you a seat. (401) 333-2552; reference@cumberlandlibrary.org; www.cumberlandlibrary.org.

February 10, 2018

26th Annual Cajun and Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball, Cranston

6:30pm–11:59pm. Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place. Blazing accordions! Cash prizes for best (optional) costumes. Cash bar and Cajun-inspired food. $30 in advance; $40 at the door; tables available. A portion of proceeds benefit VSA Arts RI. (401) 783-3926; www.rhythmandroots.com.

6th Annual Frostbite Bash, Bristol

6:30pm–11:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Join the party and enjoy full open bars and food tastings from a variety of top local restaurants and vendors. Dance the night away in the historic Hall of Boats, bid on items in our live and silent auctions, and snap photos with your friends in our photo booth of a night you're sure not to forget! Tickets: $65-$85. (401) 253-5000; events@herreshoff.org; www.frostbitebash.com.

Lincoln's Birthday Celebration, Lincoln

11:00am–5:00pm. Eleazar Arnold House, 487 Great Road. Tour the Arnold House in honor of President Lincoln's birthday! The town of Lincoln, formerly part of Smithfield, was incorporated in 1871 and named in honor of the sixteenth President. Visit the house, tour the museum, and enjoy some birthday cake. Free. (401) 728-9696; www.historicnewengland.org.

February 11, 2018

Valley Talk: Rhode Island's Industrial Revolution, The Rise and Fall of an Empire, Woonsocket

Begins at 1:30pm. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Documentary filmmaker Joseph Lyons screens his latest film chronicling the industrial history of the Blackstone Valley by cycling through its historic sites. Free. (401) 769-9675; aconway@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Presentation, Bristol

1:00pm–3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. In observance of Black History Month we'll will host a special presentation focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the triangle Slave Trade. Featured in the PBS film Traces of the Trade, The DeWolf family, Bristol's premier family in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England. Linden Place members/students with ID, free; non-members $5; space limited, reservations suggested. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

February 14, 2018

Belcourt Castle and Newport Stories with Mrs. Tinney, Tiverton

6:30pm–7:45pm. Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Avenue. Many people know her name, because Harle Tinney was for several decades known for Belcourt Castle, a famous Newport mansion, where she and her spouse, the late Donald Tinney, were the beloved hosts of glamorous parties, Hollywood movies, historical reenactments, and art, architecture, and ghost tours. Donald Tinney passed away tragically and suddenly a decade ago, and now Mrs. Tinney has emerged, into the public light, to share her stories. Mrs. Tinney, a warmhearted, entertaining, and erudite lecturer, gives lively presentations filled with beautiful images: tales of the glitterati, ghosts, and general life among the wealthy. She talks of Newport stories, and of mansions, existing and the torn-down, and the extraordinary people who inhabited them. One of her special areas of knowledge is of the oft-neglected history of the city during the mid-twentieth Century. She is about to publish her long-awaited autobiography, which includes her fifty plus years of both a fairy tale life and a tragic one spent at the Bellevue Avenue mansion, and soon a short film based on her early life at the Castle will be released. Registration recommended. (401) 625-6796; www.tivertonlibrary.org.

February 15, 2018

Roger Williams on Display, Providence

4:00pm–8:00pm. Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street. Another letter, written by Roger Williams, will be on display at the memorial's visitor center. (401) 521-7266; www.nps.gov/rowi/.

February 16-25, 2018

30th 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 17, 2018

Winter Birding at Sachuest Point, Middletown

10:30am–1:00pm. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, 769 Sachuest Point Road. Sachuest Point is one of the few places in Rhode Island where the 'hot' birding comes during the winter. Winter specialties include Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, Northern Harriers, Purple Sandpipers, and a variety of sea ducks. The stars of the show are Harlequin Ducks, and in some years Snowy Owls. We'll meet in the refuge parking lot, then head for the shore to look for waterfowl and other winter residents of the rocky seashore and scrubby coastal habitats. Be sure to dress for the cold and the wind. Members: $15/adult, $7/child; Non-members: $18/adult, $9/child; registration required. (401) 949-5454 x3041; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

February 18, 2018

15th Anniversary Memorial Service, West Warwick

Begins at 1:00pm. Station Fire Memorial Park, 211 Cowesett Avenue. Please join us as we remember our 100 angels. In the event of inclement weather in the forecast, an announcement will be made seventy-two hours prior to the service on the website, social media, and local news outlets. The postponement date will be Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1pm. Facebook.

February 23, 2018

Colonial Candle Making, Smithfield

2:00pm–3:30pm. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road. Come make an old fashioned hand-dipped candle! Long ago the land of Powder Mill Ledges was a farm with a tavern on the old turnpike where travelers met at tables lit by candles and a big fire hearth. We don't have a hearth, but we can make our own hand-dipped candles the old fashioned way. We will discuss the use of beeswax and bayberry in old-time candles and each participant will create their own hand-dipped candle to take home. Members, $10; non-members, $14; registration required. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

February 25, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. Contact Russ Archambault at (401) 766-1384 for more information.

Valley Talk: Origins of the Right to Work, Woonsocket

Begins at 1:30pm. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Writer and professor Cedric de Leon presents on the origins of right to work laws and their significance for the contemporary labor movement. Free. (401) 769-9675; aconway@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

February 28, 2018

Lost Providence, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. David Brussat, architechtural historian and former Providence Journal editorial board member, will talk about and sign his new book on the lost architectural gems of Providence. Free. architecturehereandthere.com.

March 4, 2018

Empire Revue: Benny's, the Musical!, Providence

8:00pm–10:00pm. AS220, 115 Empire Street. The Empire Revue, Providence's Funniest Sketch and Variety Show, is proud to be bringing back our musical! This year, join us as we celebrate the Ocean State's beloved and now-defunct institution, Benny's. Admission charged. (401) 500-0237; david@as220.org; www.as220.org; Tickets.

March 11, 2018

Valley Talk: Assassinating Lincoln, Woonsocket

Begins at 1:30pm. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square. Writer and historical reenactor Paul Bourget explores the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and what became of those who conspired in the deed. Free. (401) 769-9675; aconway@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

March 15, 2018

Roger Williams on Display, Providence

4:00pm–8:00pm. Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street. Another letter, written by Roger Williams, will be on display at the memorial's visitor center. (401) 521-7266; www.nps.gov/rowi/.

March 18, 2018

Forgotten Tales of Rhode Island, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Smithfield historian Jim Ignasher will present. Free. (401) 725-2847; bvhs58@gmail.com; bvhsri.org.

March 19, 2018

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

March 25, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. Contact Russ Archambault at (401) 766-1384 for more information.

April 19, 2018

Roger Williams on Display, Providence

4:00pm–8:00pm. Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street. Another letter, written by Roger Williams, will be on display at the memorial's visitor center. (401) 521-7266; www.nps.gov/rowi/.

April 22, 2018

The Ghost Army of World War II, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Author and documentary filmmaker Rick Beyer will speak about the deception unit in the U.S. Army. Free and open to the public. (401) 725-2847; www.bvhsri.org.

April 29, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. Contact Russ Archambault at (401) 766-1384 for more information.

May 4, 2018

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 8-20, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Newport

Fort Adams, Fort Adams Drive. This is the only North American stopover of the world's toughest sailing event! Sailing village: up-close, dockage and racing, marine education exhibits, food, entertainment, and family activities. (401) 846-1983; www.volvooceanracenewport.com.

May 27, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. Contact Russ Archambault at (401) 766-1384 for more information.

June 2, 2018

37th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, Newport

11:00am–6:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, off Harrison Avenue. The world's original and longest running chowder competition determines bragging rights to the world's "chowda" champion title among dozens of restaurants, divided into Clam, Seafood, and Red chowder categories. www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

June 18, 2018

16th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd 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 4, 2018

Annual Independence Day Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch, Narragansett

10:00am–2:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Come to the Living History Farm to see and hold the answer to the eternal question—Which came first? Observe eggs hatching in the incubator, hold day-old chicks and view the museum's two Rhode Island Red heritage flocks. The flocks are replenished every year with the new chicks, which numbered nearly 200 last year. $2 per person. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

July 8-21, 2018

Providence Restaurant Weeks, Providence

Citywide. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, enjoy a great meal at a great price: $16.95 for a three-course lunch or $29.95/$34.95 for a three-course dinner. Selected restaurants are participating in two for one specials. (401) 456-0223; www.goprovidence.com/RW/.

August 13, 2018

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 30-September 2, 2018

21st 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. Featuring two huge dance floors, four music stages, dance lessons, food vendors, kids activities, evening dances, instrument instruction, and more! (401) 783-3926; office@rhythmandroots.com; www.rhythmandroots.com.

September 30, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. Contact Russ Archambault at (401) 766-1384 for more information.

October 28, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. Contact Russ Archambault at (401) 766-1384 for more information.

November 25, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. Contact Russ Archambault at (401) 766-1384 for more information.

December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice at the Tower, Newport

Begins at 8:00am. Old Stone Mill, Touro Park. Gather in the northeast corner of the park at 8am to see the sun pass through the south and west windows of the Tower. Then at 9am, witness the illumination of the egg-shaped rock from the east side of the Tower. A patch of sunlight shining through the south window acts like a spotlight, setting the egg-shaped rock in the interior of the west-northwest arch aglow.

December 30, 2018

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize and buy and sell. Contact Russ Archambault at (401) 766-1384 for more information.

March 19, 2019

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2019

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.'

June 18, 2019

17th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd 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.

August 12, 2019

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.

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

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.'

June 18, 2020

18th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd 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.

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.

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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