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January 1-December 31, 2014

Quahog.org Calendar Submission Guidelines, Statewide

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.

October 1-29, 2014

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

Wednesdays, 6-8pm. Various venues. Each week visit a different local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

October 1-31, 2014

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.

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.

October 2-November 2, 2014

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Providence

6:00pm–11:00pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. This illuminating, one-of-a-kind, 'gotta glow' Halloween hot spot returns to the Zoo to transform our enchanting wetlands trail with gourd-ly grandeur! Experience the glow of 10,000 pumpkins, set in a magical display of artistry during this night-time Spectacular. Admission charged. Nightly, rain or shine. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

October 3-31, 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.

2014 Pawtucket Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park, Pawtucket

Slater Park, Armistice Boulevard. Every Friday and Saturday evening in October through Halloween, enjoy a safe and family fun adventure through the Haunted Halloween tunnel located inside Slater Memorial Park. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

October 11-31, 2014

Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Church, Newport

Trinity Church, 1 Queen Anne Square. The lower lawn at Trinity Church will be decorated with 1500 pumpkins! A mini pumpkin maze for toddlers and a photo area are a staple every day. On weekends enjoy traditional baked goods, snacks, and live music as you walk amongst the pumpkins. On weekends and some weekdays a handful of local artisans will be there displaying their wares. Come and enjoy a great community event! (401) 846-0660; www.facebook.com/trinitynewport.

October 20-25, 2014

Friends of Rochambeau Fall Book Sale, Providence

Providence Community Library, Rochambeau Branch, 708 Hope Street. Twenty thousand used books, audiovisuals, puzzles and magazines sorted into over fifty categories will be available. (401) 351-3063; schausse@provcomlib.org; www.provcomlib.org.

October 23, 2014

Ocean State Mementos: Costume Jewelry of Rhode Island, Providence

6:30pm–8:00pm. Providence Children's Museum, 100 South Street. Join Associate Curator Laura Johnson for an illustrated lecture. The Ocean State was a crucial player in creating what women wore every day, from gold-filled to glass. See images of pieces from Historic New England's collection. After the talk, see examples from a private collection, all with an emphasis on Rhode Island's costume and fashion jewelry industry. Historic New England and Providence Children's Museum members, $5; nonmembers, $10; registration requited. (401) 728-9696; www.historicnewengland.org.

Uncovering the 1676 Battle of Nipsachuck, Providence

Begins at 5:30pm. Brown University, Smith-Buannano Hall, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street. Dr. Kevin McBride, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and University of Connecticut, discusses the King Philip's War Nipsachuck battlefield survey focused on identifying and documenting the movements, sites and actions associated with Second Battle of Nipsachuck. The attack may have been part of a larger effort by Connecticut to claim disputed areas of Rhode Island by Right of Conquest. (401) 253-8388; www.brown.edu.

Screening of 'Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner', Newport

Begins at 8:00pm. Jane Pickens Theatre, 49 Touro Street. Screening of the documentary by Jeff Toste. Diners, which began in Providence in the late 1800s, were initially all on wheels, first as horse drawn carriages, and later as mobile trailers. Haven Bros., converted from a horse drawn "late night lunch cart," to a trailer truck in the 1950s, is the oldest continually operating diner on wheels in the world. (401) 846-5252; meagan@janepickens.com; www.janepickens.com.

Latino History in Rhode Island, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. Colombian factory workers settled in Central Falls in the mid-1960s; Cubans fled Castro's revolution in the 1950s and '60s. Marta V. Martinez turns a collection of oral histories into a fascinating story of the birth of Rhode Island's vibrant Latino community. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

October 24, 2014

Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party, Cranston

Begins at 7:00pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Join members of the Cranston Historical Society for ghostly goings-on. Maybe Charlie will drop by, as well. Admission $15; space is limited so reserve early. (401) 944-9226; charliethebutler@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

October 24-26, 2014

FEAR at Fort Adams, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this one hour, two faceted FEAR experience! Explore the Officers Quarters, where you'll meet our Twilight Inhabitants face to face. Then descend into the depths of the Fortress to experience the Tunnels of Terror. $15; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; fear.fortadams.org.

October 25, 2014

WaterFire: From an Art Installation to a Global Phenomenon, 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.

375th Anniversary Lecture, Newport

2:00pm–4:00pm. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street. Topic to be announced; a Newport 375th Anniversary Event. (401) 847-8720; info@newportlibraryri.org; www.newportlibraryri.or.

The Newport Food Truck Festival, Newport

11:00am–4:00pm. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Food trucks from all over New England gather for the finale of the 2014 Food Truck Festivals of New England. Special VIP preview from 11am-12 noon. Ticket prices vary. (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.

Victorian Mourning Exhibit Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 25-26, 2014

Spooky Zoo!, Providence

10:00am–3:00pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Family-friendly Halloween fun! Come Trick-or-treat and enjoy live music and seasonal entertainment including pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, animal encounters, costumed characters, pumpkin treats for the animals and more. Activities are free with Zoo admission, and kids 12 and under who come in costume receive half-price admission. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

October 26, 2014

Victorian Mourning Exhibit/Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 30, 2014

At the Point of a Cutlass, Newport

Begins at 5:30pm. Newport Colony House, Washington Square. Just right for mischief night, Author Greg Flemming will highlight the adventures of Philip Ashton, a man who was forced into a journey with a crew of pirates. Based on Ashton's first-hand account, as well trial records, logbooks and a rare 1725 manuscript, At the Point of a Cutlass pieces together the story of a man thrust into the violent world of a pirate ship and his daring survival and escape. NHS members, $1; non-members, $5; reservations requested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorical.org.

November 1, 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.

November 1-2, 2014

24th Annual Indoor Powwow, Warwick

10:00am–4:00pm. Trudeau Memorial Center, 3445 Post Road. Enjoy pony rides, a bunny corral, live native entertainment, BBQ, and more than twenty native vendors! Grand Entry at 1pm. Free parking and admission. (401) 739-2700; eegan@trudeaucenter.org.

November 1-15, 2014

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.

November 1-30, 2014

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.

November 2, 2014

5th Annual Chocolate Brunch, Newport

12:00pm–3:00pm. Newport Hyatt Regency Hotel, Goat Island. Event features traditional brunch fare, cocoa infused recipes and a sweets/pastry buffet. Music will be provided by the Elderly Brothers, and there'll be a full and diverse silent auction. All proceeds benefit the home care, hospice, and community healthcare mission of Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties. $95 per person; advance reservations required. (401) 682-2100; www.vnsri.org/donate.

November 4, 2014

Mid-Term Elections, Statewide

9:00am–8:45pm. Voting for the men and women who will represent you in government, whether local or national, is your right, and should also be considered your duty. While it's always exciting to vote in a presidential election, it can be argued that state- and local-level elections will have a bigger impact on your day-to-day life. So don't slack off—get out and vote! www.sec.state.ri.us.

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.

November 5-19, 2014

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

Wednesdays, 6-8pm. Various venues. Each week visit a different local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

November 6, 2014

Victorian Furniture: Design Run Amok or Inspired Creativity?, Providence

7:00pm–8:30pm. Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street. For decades, Victorian furniture has been reviled by designers and tastemakers. Historic New England Senior Curator Nancy Carlisle presents an illustrated lecture exploring the highs and lows of Victorian furniture design and suggests that its bad rap has more to do with late nineteenth-century attitudes than with the quality of the furniture itself. Historic New England and Preserve Rhode Island members, $5; nonmembers, $10; registration required. (617) 994-6678; lippitthouse@preserveri.org; www.lippitthouse.org.

November 7-9, 2014

Library Book Sale, Barrington

Friday, 6:30-9pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-3pm. Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road. Book, books, books! And did we mention books? Maybe some CDs, videos, and magazines, too. (401) 247-1920; www.barringtonlibrary.org.

November 7-16, 2014

Newport Restaurant Week Fall, Newport and Bristol Counties

Various venues. A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurants without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport and Bristol County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a three-course lunch and $35 for a three-course dinner. (401) 845-9123; (800) 976-5122; jbailey@discovernewport.org; www.discovernewportrestaurantweek.org.

November 8, 2014

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.

Hearth Cooking at Slater Mill, Pawtucket

Begins at 12:00pm. Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. An introduction to the keeping of an eighteenth century hearth and its furnishings, food preparation and cooking tools, and a demonstration by Chef Dan Morgan of Pamfilio's Cooking Institute of his menu for cooking over hot coals on a cool November Saturday. Menu to include roast chicken, roasted root vegetables, potatoes in cream, and autumn fruit tarts. Wine and dinner to be served after demo. Price, $65. (401) 725-8638 x102; info@slatermill.org; www.slatermill.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.

November 9, 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.

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 15, 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.

Walking Tour: Newport Cabinetmakers, Newport

11:00am–1:00pm. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Colonial Newport was home to a thriving furniture-making industry, including the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops. Today the history of this furniture making tradition is still tangible in the exquisitely preserved colonial Point neighborhood. Join Newport Restoration Foundation Executive Director Pieter Roos on walking tour of the Townsend and Goddard workshops as he explores the lives of these artisans. NHS members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

November 18, 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.

Tiverton Historical Society Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner, Tiverton

Begins at 6:30pm. Amicable Church, Main Road. All are invited to bring your favorite main or side dish to share, become a member or renew your membership, vote on the officer and BOD slate, and find out about plans for 2015 events and programs. www.tivertonhistorical.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.

November 21, 2014

The Evolution of American Destroyers: Bred on Narragansett Bay, Bristol

Begins at 7:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Lecture and reception with Dave McComb, who will speak about the evolution of American destroyers, in which Herreshoff torpedo boats played a central role. Members, $7; non-member $15. (401) 253-5000; info@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org website for more information.

November 22, 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.

Peddlars' Faire, Chepachet, Glocester

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

Secrets from the Vaults: Ancient Objects and Hidden Treasures, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park. J All over the place... yes, it is! Hidden gems and treasures from the Museum's vaults, rarely seen, are featured in this new exhibit curated by Mike McGinity and Richard Siembab. Admission, $2; children under 4, free. (401) 785-9457; www.providenceri.gov/museum.

November 22-23, 2014

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

1 and 4pm. 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.

November 22-January 4, 2015

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. (401) 847-1000; info@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

November 28-30, 2014

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

1 and 4pm. 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.

November 28-January 1, 2015

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.

November 29, 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.

Santa's Arrival and Holiday Parade, Providence

Begins at 9:00am. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. See Santa arrive in grand style, then take part in a festive holiday parade through the zoo, see the animals receive some 'gifts' of their own and enjoy a number of other activities that'll get the whole family glowing with holiday cheer. Free with regular zoo admission. (401) 785-3510; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.org.

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.

November 29-30, 2014

Visits with Santa, Providence

10am-12pm and 1-3pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Have a special visit with Santa where you'll meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun activities for the whole family. Children 3-12, $10; toddlers 0-2, $5; in addition to regular Zoo admission. (401) 785-3510; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.org.

December 1-31, 2014

Christmas in Newport, Newport

Throughout the month of December enjoy a series of concerts, tree lightings, craft fairs, candlelight house tours, and much more! (401) 849-6454; www.christmasinnewport.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.

December 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.

December 3-17, 2014

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

Wednesdays, 6-8pm. Various venues. Each week visit a different local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

December 5-7, 2014

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

1 and 4pm. 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 6, 2014

Old-Fashioned Christmas/Self-Guided Tour Day, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

UnDecked Halls: A Glimpse Behind the Shutters at Rough Point, Newport

10:00am–3:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Its not beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Newport. Doris Duke, who enjoyed Christmas far away in sunny Hawaii, left behind a mansion shuttered and shrouded for the season. Experience this quiet house, decorated only by a small tree in the staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. Tours on the half-hour; refreshments. Adults, $10; children under 12, $8. (401) 847-8344; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.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.

December 6-7, 2014

Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). The halls of Smith Castle are decked in period fashion for a celebration of Christmas past. Nibble on home-baked treats, sip hot mulled cider, and enjoy live music from an earlier era. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

Visits with Santa, Providence

10am-12pm and 1-3pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Have a special visit with Santa where you'll meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun activities for the whole family. Children 3-12, $10; toddlers 0-2, $5; in addition to regular Zoo admission. (401) 785-3510; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.org.

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket

4:00pm–8:00pm. Slater Memorial Park, Newport Avenue and Armistice Boulevard. See 400 decorated Christmas trees, twenty Victorian buildings, and a talking snowman, and enjoy free visits and photos with Santa, train rides, hay rides, carousel rides, food court, and entertainment. Free admission and parking. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

December 7, 2014

American Girl Doll Christmas, Lincoln

Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 4-10 are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for Christmas at a historic mansion. Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

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.

December 12-14, 2014

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

1 and 4pm. 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 13, 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.

UnDecked Halls: A Glimpse Behind the Shutters at Rough Point, Newport

10:00am–3:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Its not beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Newport. Doris Duke, who enjoyed Christmas far away in sunny Hawaii, left behind a mansion shuttered and shrouded for the season. Experience this quiet house, decorated only by a small tree in the staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. Tours on the half-hour; refreshments. Adults, $10; children under 12, $8. (401) 847-8344; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Self-guided Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 13-14, 2014

Christmas Open House, Tiverton

Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday 12-4pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. Hot apple cider greets visitors shopping for historical ornaments, classic jellies, baked goodies, and vintage decor. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket

4:00pm–8:00pm. Slater Memorial Park, Newport Avenue and Armistice Boulevard. See 400 decorated Christmas trees, twenty Victorian buildings, and a talking snowman, and enjoy free visits and photos with Santa, train rides, hay rides, carousel rides, food court, and entertainment. Free admission and parking. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

December 14, 2014

Old-Fashioned Christmas Self-guided Tours, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 16, 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.

December 19-21, 2014

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

1 and 4pm. 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 20, 2014

UnDecked Halls: A Glimpse Behind the Shutters at Rough Point, Newport

10:00am–3:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Its not beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Newport. Doris Duke, who enjoyed Christmas far away in sunny Hawaii, left behind a mansion shuttered and shrouded for the season. Experience this quiet house, decorated only by a small tree in the staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. Tours on the half-hour; refreshments. Adults, $10; children under 12, $8. (401) 847-8344; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.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.

December 27, 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.

UnDecked Halls: A Glimpse Behind the Shutters at Rough Point, Newport

10:00am–3:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Its not beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Newport. Doris Duke, who enjoyed Christmas far away in sunny Hawaii, left behind a mansion shuttered and shrouded for the season. Experience this quiet house, decorated only by a small tree in the staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. Tours on the half-hour; refreshments. Adults, $10; children under 12, $8. (401) 847-8344; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

December 27-28, 2014

Post Christmas Guided Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Space is limited; reservations required. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

February 7, 2015

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. (978) 462-2634; www.historicnewengland.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.

August 20-25, 2015

NecronomiCon, Providence

Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 8am-4pm. Various venues. The stars are alligned and the essential salts have been gathered once more! We seek to resurrect the memories of the Great Old Ones before us, and begin the next chapter of the NecronomiCon. There'll be panels, lectures, workshops, film screenings, walking tours, and more relating to the Old Gentleman of Providence, H.P. Lovecraft! necronomicon-providence.com.

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