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January 1-December 31, 2020

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 1-31, 2020

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.

CANCELLED—Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from three different walking tours, each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

October 1-November 1, 2020

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Providence

6:30pm–11:00am. 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 thousands of pumpkins, set in a magical display of artistry during this night-time spectacular. Admission charged. Nightly, rain or shine. This is a "drive-thru" only event; see website for details. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

October 29-November 15, 2020

Pop-Up Hauntings Tour and Exhibit, Bristol

10:00am–5:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Tuesday thru Friday. Take a self-guided tour of the 200-year-old mansion's rooms by candlelight and learn about rumored hauntings of Colt Farm and Colt Memorial School, about vampires roaming the towns of Rhode Island in the 1800s, and mediums summoning the return of the lost. Discover the traditional mourning practices of Victorian families by examining jewelry, dress, and photographs, and see if the ghosts become visible to you through the observation of nineteenth century pseudoscience. Linden Place members/students with ID, free; non-members $10-$12; space limited, reservations suggested. Masks and social distancing required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 30, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

November 1, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Each room in the ten-room museum is transformed to recreate the scene of a typical wake and funeral of the nineteenth century. The solemn occasion is a depiction of a household in mourning, in this case, for the death of Hearthside owner Simon E. Thornton, who died there in 1873. As somber funeral music plays in the background, volunteer docents dressed in mourning attire will lead visitors on a fascinating tour through the house as they hear about early funerary customs and view the exhibits in each room. Featured in the exhibit is an antique wicker coffin, used to transport bodies to the grave, and the funeral book in which Simon E. Thornton's death was recorded by the undertaker, and even the portable embalming table he was said to have been embalmed on. The undertaker's embalming equipment is set up in the very same bedroom where Simon Thornton took his last breath in 1873. Among the artifacts displayed are a wreath and jewelry made from human hair, mourning fashions, coffin handles, and funerary art. Admission charged; tours on the half hour. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

November 1-29, 2020

CANCELLED—Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Choose from three different walking tours, each featuring a selection of tasting locations and alcohol pairings. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

November 1-30, 2020

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 5, 2020

CANCELLED—Christmas Ornament Workshop, Smithfield

3:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Enjoy warm gingerbread, cider, and a welcoming fire while making a Holiday angel garland and milkweed pod reindeer ornaments from natural materials. Donation, $20 per person. Includes all materials needed, light refreshments, and a tour of the Smith-Appleby House Museum. Workshop is limited to 12 participants 16 years or older. Reservations required. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 7, 2020

CANCELLED—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.

Who Done It? An Evening of Clues, Warwick

5:00pm–8:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. View the scenarios, decipher the clues, and take your best guess... Guess right and you could win! $5 per person; $20 per family; reservations suggested. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

November 8, 2020

CANCELLED—Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

November 11, 2020

Veteran's Day Ceremony, Tiverton

Begins at 11:00am. By the WWI Doughboy statue at Stone Bridge. Please show your support to our veterans keeping our freedom alive and well! tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

November 12, 2020

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.

November 15, 2020

Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Roast fresh pumpkin seeds over an open fire. Smell warm pumpkin bread baking in the beehive oven, and mulled cider in the warming pot. Can Thanksgiving be far away? Donation, adults, $5; children free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 16, 2020

VIRTUAL—All Aboard the Seaview: South County's Trolley to the Beach, Online

7:30pm–8:30pm. East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society, 110 King Street. This well-illustrated tale takes a ride on the Seaview, with some detours to share stories of the people and places that made the line so popular in its heyday. Presented by historian and author Brian Wallin. Email for Zoom log-in. info@eghps.org; www.eghps.org.

November 19, 2020

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.org.

Frederick Douglass in Newport, Newport

6:00pm–7:00pm. Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue. Frederick Douglass arrived in Newport as a fugitive slave as early as 1838. Time and again, he would return to Newport from his home in New Bedford and stay with the Rices at 23 Thomas Street, a station on the Underground Railroad, while giving lectures throughout Rhode Island. Dr. John Rice the great great grandson of Newport's Isaac Rice, shares the thrilling story of his family's special friendship with Douglass, reveals a recently discovered letter from him, and connects us to the unique legacy of an African American family living in the same house for more than 200 years. He will also explore Douglass' association with the nation's premier Black caterer and civil rights activist, Newport's George T. Downing. Registration required.(401) 847-0292 x112; redwood@redwoodlibrary.org; www.redwoodlibrary.org.

November 20, 2020

Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. This will be the last chance to see the Smith-Appleby House decorated for Christmas before we close for the winter. Donation, adults, $5; children free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 21, 2020

Music at the Museum, Smithfield

Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Enjoy a warm fire, candlelight, and good food with friends, accompanied by fine chamber music performed by The Col'Areo Quartet. Donation, $30 per person. Seating is limited, reservations required. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 27, 2020

Santa's Arrival, Westerly

6:00pm–7:00pm. Dixon Square, 4 High Street. Santa Claus, "Winter Lady," and other holiday characters will be making their debut via fire trucks to bring in the Holiday Season. Free coloring books and lollipops will be handed out to all the children in attendance. Free family event. In case of inclement weather this event will take place at Christ Church Parish Hall, Elm Street. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

November 29, 2020

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. ripcc.org.

December 2, 2020

24th Annual Holiday Stroll and Luminaria, Westerly

5:00pm–9:00pm. Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck. Sidewalks will be lined with beautiful luminaria. Enjoy a hayride with Santa while listening to strolling carolers filling the air with their holiday cheer. Enjoy a complementary cup of hot chocolate and a cookie to warm you up while shopping at the local stores. Stores will run special promotions and offer money saving coupons. Bundle up and enjoy an evening of hospitality, friendship, and lots of holiday cheer. Rain or shine. (401) 596-7761; www.oceanchamber.org.

December 4-28, 2020

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 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.

Holiday Boutique, Westerly

9:00am–1:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. Join us for a holiday marketplace of cookie platters, assorted baked goods, handmade decorative greens, artisinal soaps, hearty soups to go... and much, much more! Place a bid on one of many exquisite raffle baskets and remember to stop in at Joshuas's Store to see what's new. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

50th Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House, Newport

4:30pm–8:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue. The waterfront will be bathed in holiday lights as the Christmas season begins in Newport! Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30pm, followed by the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long at 5pm. A Newport city official lights the thirty-foot tree at 6pm, immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting) or by sleigh. (401) 849-2243; info@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

American Girl Doll Christmas Party, Lincoln

12:30pm–3:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 5 and up are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for a party at a historic mansion. Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. Members, $24; non-members $27. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; Hearthside House.

Victorian Christmas Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 6:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Clouds Hill invites you to enjoy the tradition of a Christmas dinner surrounded by holiday decor. Menus are preset. $150 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 5-6, 2020

Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). The best time of year! Savor the aromas of home-baked goods and mulled cider. Enjoy live traditional music, children's crafts and cookie decorating as well. Admission charged. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

December 6, 2020

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Lincoln

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

Christmas Open House, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Experience the joys of an old fashioned holiday by viewing the Smith-Appleby House in its holiday finest. Visit with Santa for a Christmas surprise and photo. Finish the day by decorating Christmas cookies in the barn with hot cocoa and marshmallows. $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

Christmas Tea, Warwick

Begins at 2:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Enjoy tea in the parlor. Menus are preset and catered by Tom's Market Catering. $35; prepaid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 10, 2020

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 12, 2020

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration by Candlelight, Lincoln

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

December 12-13, 2020

Christmas Open House, Tiverton

Saturday, 10am-3pm; Sunday 12-3pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. Hot apple cider greets visitors shopping for Christmas decor and baked goods, historical ornaments, our annual Tiverton calendar, classic jellies, mugs, local history books, baked goodies, vintage decor and gifts. Our shop will also be open for other gifts. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

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. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; under 12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 13, 2020

CANCELLED—Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Lincoln

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

December 19-20, 2020

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. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; under 12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 27, 2020

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. ripcc.org.

December 27-30, 2020

Home for the Holidays Guided Candlelight 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.

January 31, 2021

VIRTUAL—Coastal Defenses of South County, Online

1:00pm–3:00pm. This is the first talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. The series is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

February 28, 2021

Stories of the South County Fisherman, Narragansett

1:00pm–3:00pm. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 36 Kingstown Road. This is the second talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

March 28, 2021

The Ospreys of Narrow River, Narragansett

1:00pm–3:00pm. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 36 Kingstown Road. This is the third talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

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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