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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.

April 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.

April 5-27, 2014

Daffodil Days, Bristol

10:00am–4:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Springtime returns to the shores of Narragansett Bay with a spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils adding to the breathtaking views at this thirty-three-acre garden estate. View floral displays and exhibits in the mansion, and Tuesday through Friday, enjoy afternoon tea in the dining room. Guided and self-guided tours available. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

April 16, 2014

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Wednesdays. 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.

April 17, 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.

The Poison Plot, Newport

Begins at 5:30pm. Colony House, Washington Square. Scholar Elaine Forman Crane will present a lecture on the attempted poisoning of Benedict Arnold by his wife, Mary, in 1738, and Benidict's subsequent petition to the Rhode Island General Assembly for a divorce. His despondent yet scornful plea contained not only an accusation of attempted murder, but of adultery, sexually transmitted disease, theft, fraud, and various other social improprieties. NHS members, $1; non-members, $5; reservations requested. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorical.org.

April 18-19, 2014

Visits with the Easter Bunny, Providence

10am-12pm and 1-4pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Hop along the bunny trail to the Big Backyard Treehouse where you can take your very own picture with the Easter Bunny, and even take home an eco-friendly craft! Zoo visitors can purchase tickets at the main Zoo entrance, or as they enter the event. Children 3-12, $10; age 0-2, $5; in addition to regular Zoo admission. (401) 785-3510; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.org.

April 18-20, 2014

Fairy Garden Days, Providence

11:00am–4:00pm. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Leave the door open to your imagination and come be a part of this whimsical experience. View fairy homes and gardens to learn how you can craft your own using found natural materials. It is a simple way to experience the natural world around you. Adults, $3; children 6-12, $1. (401) 785-9450 x250; www.facebook.com/pages/Roger-Williams-Park-Botanical-Center.

April 19, 2014

Murder at the Museum, Newport

Begins at 7:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Take part in "Something Wicked This Way Comes," an entertaining and interactive murder mystery set in circa 1893 Newport. Staged by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company. Members: $15/adult, $8/17 and under; non-members: $25/adult, $15/17 and under; reservations recommended. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.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.

Lost Villages of Scituate Bus Tours, Hope, Scituate

Tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm. Hope Elementary School, 396 North Road. Join Ray Wolf, author of The Lost Villages of Scituate for a tour around Scituate Reservoir. Mr. Wolf will point out the former locations of the five villages lost when the reservoir was built, including specific buildings and landmarks, plus the cemetery where all of the villages' graves were relocated. $23 in advance. (401) 821-0016; theewolf@cox.net; www.raywolfbooks.com.

Walking Tour: Newport Cabinetmakers, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. 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.

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Newport

Begins at 10:00am. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to bring the children to meet the Easter Bunny and gather eggs on the oceanside lawn, then sit down for a scrumptious Easter brunch. Reservations required. (401) 847-1000 x140; www.newportmansions.org.

April 20, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Newport

12:00pm–4:00pm. The Vanderbilt Grace, 41 Mary Street. Gather your chicks and visit our beautiful spring flower garden for an exciting Easter egg hunt and egg decorating competition. Count your spoils with our Spring inspired brunch hosted on the terrace with a carving station and omelet buffet. $65 per person; children under 12, half price; under 3, complimentary. (401) 846-6200; res.vanderbilt@gracehotels.com; www.gracehotels.com.

April 21-25, 2014

Party for the Planet: Conservation Week and Earth Day, Providence

11:00am–3:00pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Have fun and learn how to live 'green'! This year's theme is 'Sustainability.' Each day will include environmental education, awareness and suggested action items to help sustain a healthier environment and lifestyle, and more. The goal is to help visitors find useful and doable steps to reduce their carbon footprint and live more 'green.' Free with regular zoo admission. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

April 22, 2014

Historic Rhode Island Farms, Saylesville, Lincoln

6:30pm–8:00pm. Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road. Join author Robert Geake for an illustrated talk on his most recent book, Historic Rhode Island Farms, which features all four of Historic New England's Rhode Island properties. Following the lecture, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at Arnold House. Historic New England members, free; non-members, $5; registration recommended. (401) 728-9696; www.historicnewengland.org.

April 23, 2014

April School Vacation Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Wednesdays. 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.

April 24, 2014

Murder at the Museum, Newport

Begins at 7:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Take part in "Something Wicked This Way Comes," an entertaining and interactive murder mystery set in circa 1893 Newport. Staged by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company. Members: $15/adult, $8/17 and under; non-members: $25/adult, $15/17 and under; reservations recommended. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.org.

April 24-27, 2014

Eat Drink RI Festival, Providence

Various venues. Presenting farmers, chefs, bartenders and food and drink artisans from across the state, the Festival offers entertaining panels, educational sessions, special dining and cocktail opportunities and culminates in the Grand Tasting featuring local chef demonstrations and beverage tastings. eatdrinkri.com.

April 25-27, 2014

Fairy Garden Days, Providence

11:00am–4:00pm. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Leave the door open to your imagination and come be a part of this whimsical experience. View fairy homes and gardens to learn how you can craft your own using found natural materials. It is a simple way to experience the natural world around you. Adults, $3; children 6-12, $1. (401) 785-9450 x250; www.facebook.com/pages/Roger-Williams-Park-Botanical-Center.

April 26, 2014

Murder at the Museum, Newport

Begins at 7:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Take part in "Something Wicked This Way Comes," an entertaining and interactive murder mystery set in circa 1893 Newport. Staged by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company. Members: $15/adult, $8/17 and under; non-members: $25/adult, $15/17 and under; reservations recommended. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.org.

16th Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race, Westerly

11:00am–3:00pm. Corner of Main and Broad Streets. A two-state river race that benefits dozens of area schools and non-profit organizations, featuring 20,000 rubber ducks racing down the river to the finish line. Sponsor your own for a chance to win a number of great prizes. Duck games, face painting, food, and more! Free Admission. (401) 596-7761; www.westerlychamber.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.

Earth Day in the City, Providence

Begins at 9:00am. Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Boulevard. Meet at the entrance to wander in the wonder of spring blossoms and birds with an Audubon Society of Rhode Island guide. Celebrate Earth Day and welcome the arrival of spring! Members, $8; non-member, $12; pre-registration required. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

29th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, Warren

8:45am–6:00pm. Baptist Church in Warren, 407 Main Street. Conference will explore the legacy and scope of historic preservation in Rhode Island, past, present, and future. Tours, workshops, lectures. Register in advance. (401) 222-2678; szurier@preservation.ri.gov; www.rihphc.state.ri.us.

Dedication of New Meeting Room, Johnston

1:00pm–4:00pm. Johnston Historical Society Museum Barn, 101 Putnam Pike. Join the JHS for the gala ribbon cutting at their new museum barn addition! There'll be a silent auction, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Jazz quartet will supply tunes, Edible Arrangements will hand out tasty treats, and Rolf Johnson will give a wheelwright demonstration. Free admission; rain or shine; proceeds benefit the Johnston Historical Society. Call Anthony at (401) 764-5901; aursillo401@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

April 26-27, 2014

Touthing Stars Quilt Show, North Kingstown

Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive. View over 300 quilts, plus demonstrations, lectures, quilt raffle, special exhibit, children's activities, small quilt auction, vendors, food service, and more! Proceeds from the show support the non-profit mission of the Narragansett Bay Quilters' Association. Admission $8. (860) 455-0794; nbqamail@gmail.com; www.nbquilts.org.

April 27, 2014

Fairy Garden Days Festival, Providence

11:00am–2:00pm. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Fairy house and garden display, scavenger hunt, carnivorous plant table, bee keeping table, gnome pepot for supplies to build your own, story time and much more! Fun for the whole family! Come dressed as fairy folk! Adults, $3; children 6-12, $1. (401) 785-9450 x250; www.facebook.com/pages/Roger-Williams-Park-Botanical-Center.

Kidnapping the Enemy, Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton

Begins at 3:00pm. The Meeting House, 3850 Main Road. Christian McBurney will speak about his new book, subtitled 'The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott.' Mr. McBurney will have copies of his new book for sale. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org website for more information.

Great Swamp Walk, South Kingstown

2:30pm–5:00pm. Great Swamp Management Area, 277 Great Neck Road. Led by Kimball naturalist Bob Kenney. Great Swamp supports of large variety of resident and migrant birds, and has been an excellent site for finding several rarities over the years. Amphibians and reptiles are also awake after a long winter nap and will be active. Audubon Rhode Island members: $8/$4; non-members: $12/$6; pre-registration required. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

Spring Free Day, Bristol

10:00am–5:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame, 1 Burnside Street. Free admission to the Museum. Enjoy a day of fun activities for the whole family including: guided tours, model room tours, family activities, sailboat art, new museum exhibits, store sales, book sales, and more! (401) 253-5000; info@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org.

Spring Fair and Opening Day, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

1:00pm–4:00pm. Gilbert Stuart Museum, 815 Gibert Stuart Road. Join us for the exciting start to another year of operation, with tours, demonstrations, local arts and crafts, jonnycakes, herring migration, and more! (401) 294-3001; www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com.

April 30, 2014

Quahog Dynamics in Narragansett Bay, Bristol

7:00pm–8:00pm. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street. Roger Williams University Associate Professor Dale Leavitt discusses the work that has been completed on a collaborative stock assessment that involves quahoggers and Rhode Island Fisheries Biologists, an evaluation of the reproductive output of quahogs under varying environmental conditions, and studies on the larval transport and settlement of quahogs throughout Narragansett Bay. Free, but pre-registration required. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike. Reinhard Wohlgemuth of East Providence will tell us about the history and current status of Carver, Massachusetts' beloved Edaville Railroad. (401) 231-3380; info@johnstonhistorical.org; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

Dorr Rebellion Gala Dinner and Silent Auction, Burrillville

5:30pm–8:30pm. Crystal Lake Golf Club, 100 Bronco Highway. Hosted by Glocester Heritage Society, proceeds to benefit the Dorr Rebellion Museum, preserving an important part of Rhode Island's nineteenth century heritage. 6pm silent auction, 7pm dinner, 8pm awards. Tickets, $50. (401) 568-5306; www.glocesterheritagesociety.org.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Wednesdays. 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.

May 1-31, 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.

May 2, 2014

Taste of The Towers, Narragansett

7:00pm–9:00pm. The Towers, 35 Ocean Road. The annual Taste of The Towers gathers the best chefs, pastry artists, cake makers and more. Sample hors d'oeuvres and desserts from the finest caterers paired with drinks from the cash bar. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. (401) 782-2597; www.thetowersri.com

Opening Weekend at South County Museum, Narragansett

10:00am–4:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. View the new exhibits. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

May 2-3, 2014

Library Book Sale, Johnston

Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-3pm. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. Great selections at great prices include hard cover and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, for adults, children, and young adults. (401) 231-4980; info@mohrlibrary.org; www.mohrlibrary.org.

May 3, 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.

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Southern New England Discovery Tours, Lincoln

8:00am–5:00pm. Twin River Casino, 100 Twin River Road. See what you're missing in your own backyard with one of thirteen themed tours covering fascinating sites in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. Ticket prices vary. (401) 724-2200; lesley@tourblackstone.com; Southern New England Discovery Tours.

The 5th Great Johnston Scavenger Hunt, Johnston

9:00am–5:00pm. Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike. Think you know Johnston well? Test your knowledge against that of other teams and individuals! Teams will scour the town to locate and complete a series of tasks. At the end of the day, a point system will help determine which team reigns supreme! Prizes and refreshments. $8 donation per team, payable on day of the event. Rain date: May 4. (401) 943-6961; cscm@toast.net; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

May 3-4, 2014

Smith's Castle Bridge to the Past and Opening Weekend, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. The seventeenth century era of the Cocumscussoc trading posts of Richard Smith and Roger Williams is recalled; re-enactors and sutlers from around the region lend an air of authenticity to the festivities. Shop for pottery and trinkets or tour lower rooms of historic 1600s house. Presented in collaboration with the Roger Williams National Memorial. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Pawtucket

Roosevelt Avenue mill district. Join us for a fun, family friendly celebration of Asian heritage and culture, highlighting the ongoing urban revitalization of the historic Blackstone River Valley's industrial corridors. The weekend includes the Cherry Blossom Bike Tour, kayaking, antique car show, food truck court, music, road races, and more! (401) 724-2200; www.richerryblossomfestival.com or www.cherrytreerun.com.

May 4, 2014

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.'

Great Swamp Walk, South Kingstown

2:30pm–5:00pm. Great Swamp Management Area, 277 Great Neck Road. Led by Kimball naturalist Bob Kenney. Great Swamp supports of large variety of resident and migrant birds, and has been an excellent site for finding several rarities over the years. Amphibians and reptiles are also awake after a long winter nap and will be active. Audubon Rhode Island members: $8/$4; non-members: $12/$6; pre-registration required. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

May 6, 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.

May 7, 2014

Lippitt House Spring Social, Providence

3:00pm–6:00pm. Governor Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street. This will be a festive event to enjoy the grounds and explore the museum. There will be fun and goodies for all. Please bring your kids, a friend, and join your neighbors! This is a great opportunity for an informal peek inside one of Providence's architectural treasures! Free. info@ppsri.org; www.ppsri.org.

May 8, 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.

May 10, 2014

Sheep Shearing Day at Watson Farm, Jamestown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Watson Farm, 455 North Road. Celebrate spring at this annual family-friendly program. Visit with baby lambs while the farm flock is shorn by local shearers. Enjoy spinning and weaving demonstrations. Take a scenic hike around the farm, located on Narragansett Bay, and see the herd of Heritage Red Devon cattle. Historic New England members, free; non-members, $10 per car. (401) 423-0005; www.historicnewengland.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.

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

A Household of Women: Roles of the Ladies of Clouds Hill and the Female Staff, Warwick

1:00pm–3:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. This exhibit covers the four generations of women who have owned Clouds Hill since 1877, and details the activities of these unusual women socially and professionally, from mountain climbing, flying, firefighting, scouting and Red Cross work, to conservation law enforcement, these women broke the gender barriers. The exhibit will also include the equally important roles of the female staff in maintaining the household. Admission, $12-$5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Brunch, Newport

Begins at 10:30am. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to join us for a lovely buffet brunch and a lecture by Newport Art Museum Curator Nancy Whipple Grinnell, who will tell the fascinating story of this special day. Preservation Society members, $50-$10; non-members, $60-$12; reservations required. Call (401) 847-1000 x140, or visit the Newport Mansions website for more information.

Historical Society Open House, Rumford, East Providence

1:00pm–3:30pm. John Hunt House, Hunts Mills Road. Learn about the history of East Providence and historic John Hunt House. Admission, $3; city residents, $1; members, free. (401) 438-1750; www.ephist.org.

May 13, 2014

Landscape History and Garden Tour, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. The tour goes back 250 years to when this part of Newport was farmland and traces Newport's development as a premier vacation spot as reflected in this beautiful property. $10; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

May 14, 2014

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Wednesdays. 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.

May 15, 2014

Doris Duke: A Life in Print and a Legacy of Preservation, Newport

5:00pm–7:00pm. 88 Bridge Street. Come celebrate the life and legacy of Doris Duke at the latest house restoration undertaken by the Newport Rrestoration Foundation. Annie Sherman will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, Legendary Locals of Newport, and NRF preservation staff will be available to talk about the nuts and bolts of the house restoration. Light refreshments. $10; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

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.

May 17, 2014

Walking Tour: Russell Warren's Newport, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. The Museum and Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street. Russell Warren was an important architect in southeast New England and Charleston, South Carolina, in the first half of the nineteenth Century. He designed Newport landmarks such as the Zion Episcopal Church (now Jane Pickens Theater) and the Levi Gale House. This tour visits sites from his life and explores his connections with Newport's history. NHS members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Genealogy Print Resources, Providence

10:00am–11:00am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. You'll learn how to research your genealogy the old-fashioned way—using published books, historic newspapers and other print materials. We'll cover the resources available here in the Providence Public Library and give some pointers on where else to look. Space limited; reservations required. (401) 455-8090; kwells@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

Sheep Shear/Yankee Crafts Day, Narragansett

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

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

8th Annual Rhode Island Sheep and Fiber Festival, Bristol

9:00am–4:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Celebrate all things fiber! Shop for unique handspun yarns, handmade knitting notions, and other crafts from local artisans. See textile and sheep shearing demonstrations. Kids can enjoy hay rides, crafts, face painting, and historic games. Watch a shawl made from a raw fleece, and enter a contest to win it. And more! Members, $5/$3; non-members $8/$5; kids under 3 free. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Pendragon in Concert, Barrington

7:00pm–10:00pm. Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road. New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon's music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada, and other distant shores to the banks of the Blackstone River. (401) 644-5269; w.barlow287@yahoo.com; Barrington Public Library.

May 17-18, 2014

4th Annual First Light Powwow, Woonsocket

10:00am–5:00pm. River Island Park, Bernon Street. Join the Affiliated Tribes of New England Indians for traditional Native American drumming, dancing and storytelling as well as authentic Native American crafts and foods. Grand Entry at 12pm. Free; please no alcohol, drugs or pets. Daryl Black Eagle, (401) 413-2167; pocasset.tc@hotmail.com.

Raid at Spell Hall, Battle for the Greene Homestead, Coventry

10:00am–4:00pm. Nathaneal Greene Homestead, 50 Taft Street. In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the General Nathanael Greene Homestead Museum, come see authentic Continental and British Revolutionary War-era military encampments. See musket and cannon demonstrations and recreated battle scenarios. Tour the 1770 home of George Washington's second in command and most trusted general. Adults, $6; children/seniors, $4. Park at the Concordia Fibres Mill located below the General Nathanael Greene Memorial Bridge on Laurel Avenue. (401) 821-8630; nathanaelgreenehmst@gmail.com; www.nathanaelgreenehomestead.org.

May 18, 2014

A Household of Women: Roles of the Ladies of Clouds Hill and the Female Staff, Warwick

1:00pm–3:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. This exhibit covers the four generations of women who have owned Clouds Hill since 1877, and details the activities of these unusual women socially and professionally, from mountain climbing, flying, firefighting, scouting and Red Cross work, to conservation law enforcement, these women broke the gender barriers. The exhibit will also include the equally important roles of the female staff in maintaining the household. Admission, $12-$5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Blackstone Valley Historical Society General Meeting, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut, will describe the results of his just concluded archaeological investigation of the second battle of Nipsachuck Swamp in North Smithfield. (401) 725-2847; bvhs58@gmail.com; bvhsri.orgy.

May 20, 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.

Landscape History and Garden Tour, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. The tour goes back 250 years to when this part of Newport was farmland and traces Newport's development as a premier vacation spot as reflected in this beautiful property. $10; space limited; reservation suggested. (401) 846-4152 x122; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

May 21, 2014

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Wednesdays. 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.

Explore the Nature of Prudence Island, Bristol

9:45am–4:30pm. Bristol Ferry Landing, Thames Street. Explore various habitats and trails on the island, learning about the wildlife and plants that call Prudence home. The walking trails are simple to moderate and we will go at an easy pace as we look for birds, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians and plants. We'll cover at least 3-4 miles by the end of the day. Members: $8/$4; non-members: $12/$6; ferry ticket not included. Bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required. (401) 949-5454 x3041; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

May 24, 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.

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Butterfly Exhibit Opening Celebration, Providence

Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at the Zoo! To celebrate the return of the popular Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom exhibit, we will offer special butterfly-themed games and crafts to all Zoo visitors, and an education station where you and your family can learn even more about these wonderful creatures. (401) 785-3510; www.rwpzoo.org.

May 24-25, 2014

Virtu Art Festival, Westerly

10:00am–5:00pm. Wilcox Park, Broad Street. An exhibit and sale of fine works of art by more than 180 artists. Food and entertainment. (401) 596-7761; www.westerlychamber.org.

The Atlantic Cup, Newport

Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street. The largest and only dedicated Class 40 race in the United States returns to Newport Memorial Day Weekend. The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will again be a carbon neutral sailing race and with plenty of activity for everyone to enjoy, both on and off the water. (401) 619-4840; julianna@manukasem.com; www.atlanticcup.org.

May 28, 2014

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike. Society president Louis McGowan will give a presentation on Rhode Island advertising postcards. (401) 231-3380; info@johnstonhistorical.org; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

May 31, 2014

Herreshoff 12 1/2 Centennial Gala, Bristol

Begins at 6:30pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame, 1 Burnside Street. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Herreshoff 12 1/2 with a dinner featuring dining, dancing, and a live auction. This black tie (optional) event will be catered by Russell Morin Fine Catering, on our waterfront in Bristol, under a beautiful tent overlooking Narragansett Bay. Open to the public. Cost is $250 per person. (401) 253-5000; info@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org.

Stone Wall Workshop, Middletown

9:30am–12:30pm. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Learn to build and repair traditional stone walls in this hands-on experience. Join master class instructors Chris and Dan Smith for their twelth year of this active workshop. Adults, $40; space limited; reservations required. (401) 846-4152 x122; 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.

Breakfast in the Barnyard, Bristol

Begins at 9:00am. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Spend the morning getting up-close and personal with Coggeshall Farm's Heritage Livestock. Hunt for eggs, milk the cow, brush the horse, and turn out the sheep, all while finding out what makes Coggeshall Farm's animals so special. After the animals' breakfast, find out how johnnycakes are made in the eighteenth century hearth. No reservations required, but please arrive by 9am. Members, $7/$5; non-members $10/$6. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Explore the Nature of Prudence Island, Bristol

9:45am–4:30pm. Bristol Ferry Landing, Thames Street. Explore various habitats and trails on the island, learning about the wildlife and plants that call Prudence home. The walking trails are simple to moderate and we will go at an easy pace as we look for birds, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians and plants. We'll cover at least 3-4 miles by the end of the day. Members: $8/$4; non-members: $12/$6; ferry ticket not included. Bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required. (401) 949-5454 x3041; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

June 12, 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.

June 19, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–5:00pm. 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.

July 10, 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.

July 17, 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.

July 19, 2014

Kids and Family History, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. This family workshop will get parents, grandparents and kids talking about their shared pasts as they complete and decorate a basic family tree. Illustrated family tree poster provided, but individual creativity is encouraged! Best for children ages 8-12 accompanied by an older family member. Space limited; reservations required. (401) 455-8090; kwells@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

August 14, 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.

August 21, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

September 11, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

September 13, 2014

Riverzedge Arts' Second Annual Riverfest, Woonsocket

11:00am–6:00pm. River Island Park, intersection of Bernon Street and Truman Drive. Celebrate life on the Blackstone River through art, entertainment, and environmentally conscious activities! Riverzedge Arts & Friends are pleased to present Riverfest 2014, a free, exciting community event that's the first of its kind in northern Rhode Island. Featuring local bands and vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, children's activities, free kayaking trips, and much more! (401) 767-2100; info@riverzedgearts.org; www.riverzedgearts.org.

September 18, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

September 20, 2014

Oral History, Providence

10:00am–2:00pm. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. Workshop on interviewing, using a digital audio recorder, and background information on a particular theme that the Rhode Island Collection is interested in collecting. You'll leave prepared to complete your own oral history interviews... and hopefully, will donate them to our collection for the benefit of all Rhode Islanders! Space limited; reservations required. (401) 455-8090; kwells@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

October 9, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

October 16, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

November 13, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

November 20, 2014

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.info.

December 11, 2014

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 848-0550; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

March 14, 2015

59th Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Newport

Begins at 11:00am. Parade begins at City Hall, 43 Broadway, and continues through Washington Square to Thames Street and ends at Augustine's Church. Find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Newport! Rain, snow, or shine. (401) 845-9123 or (800) 976-5122; JBailey@GoNewport.com; www.newportirish.com.

May 4, 2015

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

'The fourth day of May... is established, in this state, as a day for celebration of Rhode Island independence, being a just tribute to the memory of the members of our general assembly, who, on the fourth day of May, 1776... passed an act renouncing allegiance of the colony to the British crown and by the provisions of that act declared Rhode Island sovereign and independent, the first official act of its kind by any of the thirteen American colonies.'

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