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January 1-December 31, 2019

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

Various venues. Whether you want to explore Rhode Island by air, by bicycle, by foot, by road, by rail, or by water, there's a tour for you. Check out our Tours page for a comprehensive list of possibilities. For house and historic site tours, see our list of links to Museums and Historic Houses. Irregularly scheduled or one-off tours are listed below in our Events Calendar.

September 1-29, 2019

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

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

September 1-30, 2019

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Benefit Street: A Mile of History Walking Tour, Providence

Begins at 10:00am. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (excluding holidays). John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. A guide from the Rhode Island Historical Society will introduce the people, the places, the changing fortunes, and the amazing stories of Benefit Street, Providence's famed "mile of history." Admission charged. (401) 273-7507 x360; jwilson@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

September 6-28, 2019

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

September 17, 2019

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

Governor Sprague's 189th Birthday Celebration, Cranston

Begins at 6:30pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Enjoy the company of history enthusiasts at the 189th Birthday fundraising buffet honoring Governor William Sprague IV—hosted by the Cranston Historical Society. Guests will be awed by some of the fascinating objects on display from the Sprague family collection. $18; limited seating; reservations required. (401) 944-9226; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

September 19, 2019

Victorian Game Night, Providence

6:00pm–8:00pm. Governor Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street. Join us for an evening of Victorian inspired games! Providence Gaming Guild will guide novices and challenge experienced players with a new round of exciting historical games. Brown University's John Hay Library will bring a selection from their current exhibit "Learning through Play: British and French Tabletop Games from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries." Snacks provided, drinks by donation sponsored by Campus Fine Wines. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. (401) 272-5101; lippitthouse@preserveri.org; www.preserveri.org

"I am an honest woman": Female Revolutionary Resistance along the New England Seacoast, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. In Colonial New England, lower class men and women could take to the streets and protest, men of the middling sort could participate in political action, yet women of the middling class were restricted by law and society. This didn't stop these wealthier women, who became known as Daughters of Liberty, from showing their support for the Patriot cause. Along the New England seacoast, it became a political statement for ladies to participate in spinning bees where they would create homespun fabric and boycott purchasing fabrics imported from England. Dr. Emily Murphy, Curator for the National Park Service at Salem Maritime National Historical Site, will discuss the political spinning bees of the New England seacoast in the late 1760s and early 1770s, including several that took place in colonial Newport. This presentation will examine how middle-class women participated in resisting the importation of British Goods in the years leading up to the American Revolution. NHS members and active duty military with ID, $1; non-members, $5; registration requested. (401) 841-8770; esulock@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.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.org.

The American Red Cross and the Women Who Served, Bristol

6:00pm–8:00pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. It was called "the war to end all wars," a truly global conflict. 65 million men from 40 countries fought during WWI. Often forgotten are the thousands of female Red Cross volunteers and Army nurses who served at home and on the front lines caring for the injured and witnessing firsthand the horrors of war. Join us for a rare look into the lives of women such as Marjorie Lyon who stepped up to volunteer for the Red Cross during the Great War. Members, $15; non-members, $20. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

September 19-20, 2019

Newport Mansions Food and Wine Festival, Newport

The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House. Two-day Grand Tasting with hundreds of wines under the big tents on the lawn of Marble House; celebrity chef appearances and cooking demonstrations by national, regional, and local chefs; educational seminars with leading food and wine experts; Wine and Rosecliff Gala; The Vintner Dinner At Rosecliff; Sunday Jazz Brunch on the Marble House Terrace; Newport After Dark party; free parking and shuttle transportation. https://www.newportmansions.org/events/wine-and-food-festival

September 19-22, 2019

14th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Newport

12:00pm–4:00pm. Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue. Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally-renowned chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration. (401) 847-1000; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

September 20, 2019

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Hasbro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

September 21, 2019

Roller Derby Double Header, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. Alex and Ani City Center. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

Bark Ranger Walk, Lincoln

10:00am–11:00am. Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, 1075 Lower River Road. Join NPS Ranger Mark Mello for a pet-friendly walk around the park. Bark Rangers are canine ambassadors who, along with their humans, go on scheduled walks to learn about the environment and model good stewardship. The Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, located inside Blackstone River State Park, along the Blackstone River Bikeway, near the George Washington Highway Viaduct, presents the fascinating background of early intermodal transportation. Once the home of a canal boat captain, the Kelly House is where all of the transportation stories of the Blackstone River Valley come together. Situated between the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal, the museum shows the history of the river and canal as a means of transportation from the Native American peoples to the pinnacle of the Industrial Revolution.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Great Road Day, Saylesville, Lincoln

11:00am–5:00pm. Various venues along Great Road. The following sites will be open at no charge today: Arnold Bakery, Arnold House, Blackstone Valley Historical Society at North Gate, Chase Farm Park, Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Hearthside House, Moffett Mill (accessible only by shuttle bus from Hearthside), Mount Moriah Lodge, Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, Saylesville Friends Meetinghouse, and Valentine Whitman House. www.hearthsidehouse.org; www.historicnewengland.org; www.bvhsri.org.

13th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival, North Smithfield

11:00am–5:00pm. North Smithfield High School, 412 Greenville Road. Experience the start of the crisp autumn season with an always exciting family fun event! Celebrate everything pumpkin with contests, food vendors, live entertainment, and community organizations. Call Town Hall for information and tickets. (401) 767-2200; www.greatpumpkinfestival.org.

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Wickford, North Kingstown

7:00pm–11:59pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Take part in a paranormal investigation as you walk the same floors as Roger Williams and Benjamin Franklin, under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team. $35; ages 16-plus only; space is limited. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, Providence

9:00am–4:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. These seven-hour narrated lighthouse cruises are for the true lighthouse aficionados. See nineteen active and inactive Rhode Island historic lighthouses, while taking in breathtaking views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Gaspee Point, Prudence Island, and other spots along the way. Starting in Providence, we will motor down the West Passage to Newport and return home via the East Passage. A lunch stop at Rose Island will include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse and grounds. And, if you're a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport holder, get your passport stamped with us! Members $95; non-members, $105; space limited; reservations required. (401) 203-7325 x133; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Bristol Historic House Tour, Bristol

10:00am–4:00pm. Various venues. Offers a unique opportunity to look inside twelve of downtown Bristol's most interesting houses. A free hop on/hop off trolley will guide you to these private homes as well as along the vibrant and historic streets of Bristol. Visitors will experience firsthand a wide variety of architectural styles while walking in the midst of this waterfront community dating back to 1680. Tickets $25-$40. (401) 253-7223; bhpsri.org.

Mystery at the Museum: Escape from Newport, Newport

7:00pm–9:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Move over, Survivor and Big Brother! Extreme Escape Room is sweeping the nation... This hot new reality TV show pits America's greatest escape room competitors in a head-to-head contest in one of Newport, Rhode Island's historic and haunted mansions. Partnered with audience members at random, watch as the players fight to decode, uncover, and free themselves to victory. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.org; Tickets.

International Coastal Cleanup, Statewide

10:00am–12:00pm. The International Coastal Cleanup brings more than 2,000 Rhode lsland volunteers together to pick up marine trash from more than sixty-five miles of beautiful Ocean State shoreline, from the upper Providence River all the way to Block Island. The event is part of a global effort that involves 500,000 volunteers cleaning up beaches around the world. Save The Bay needs cleanup volunteers and beach captains to lead cleanups at each site. This is a great way to get outside, enjoy our beautiful beaches, and do something great in the community. Bring a friend, a whole family, a sports team, or even just yourself. (401) 272-3540 x130; jlewis@savebay.org; volunteer.savebay.org.

September 23, 2019

Validating the Afterlife, Lincoln

6:00pm–8:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Everyone who visits an old house invariably asks the question "Is the house haunted?" Some have hinted that they have experienced strange feelings in one room or another, or heard noises while in the house alone. On occasion, Hearthside hosts programs to explore spiritual happenings with psychics and spiritual readers. Join us for an evening with renowned spiritual medium Roland Comtois in the intimate setting of Hearthside's drawing room. Thirty guests may receive personal messages channeled from the other side, followed by a book signing, dessert and informal conversations with the presenter. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

September 23-29, 2019

Central Falls Restaurant Week, Central Falls

Various venues. Central Falls is home to some of the best authentic ethnic cuisine in Rhode Island. Come experience a world of flavors in one square mile! www.centralfallsri.us.

September 25, 2019

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Patrick Donovan from Varnum Armory will be our speaker. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

September 27, 2019

Food Truck Fridays, Providence

5:00pm–8:30pm. Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park. Come experience the fun and entertainment of the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village and enjoy some of the best local food trucks around! Ride the Carousel, explore Hasbro's Boundless Playground, hop aboard the Carousel Express train, listen to live entertainment and more. Invite your family and friends and leave the cooking to us. www.rwpzoo.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

September 28, 2019

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.

Boat Tour of Green Jacket Shoal, Providence

1:00pm–2:00pm. Providence River Boat Company, 525 South Water Street. Join us as we welcome University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography Marine Archaeologist David Robinson back again for a 60-minute exploration of the Providence waterways and Green Jacket Shoal. Here, David has found the remains of a historical floating dry dock and twenty-six wooden-hulled vessels, deemed "Rhode Island's largest ship graveyard" and a reminder of the industrial fervor that transformed Providence into a thriving commercial waterfront. David's lecture on, and experience with, Green Jacket Shoal is fascinating and we are thrilled to welcome him aboard again this season! We sold out quickly last year, so reserve your seats soon! Light refreshments will be served. Tickets $20-$35. www.providenceriverboat.com.

Bark Ranger Walk, Lincoln

10:00am–11:00am. Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, 1075 Lower River Road. Join NPS Ranger Mark Mello for a pet-friendly walk around the park. Bark Rangers are canine ambassadors who, along with their humans, go on scheduled walks to learn about the environment and model good stewardship. The Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, located inside Blackstone River State Park, along the Blackstone River Bikeway, near the George Washington Highway Viaduct, presents the fascinating background of early intermodal transportation. Once the home of a canal boat captain, the Kelly House is where all of the transportation stories of the Blackstone River Valley come together. Situated between the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal, the museum shows the history of the river and canal as a means of transportation from the Native American peoples to the pinnacle of the Industrial Revolution.

10th Annual Heritage Day, Coventry

10:00am–4:00pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. The Providence Brigade Band will once again serenade us! Wander the craft tables, bring the kids for some colonial activities, tour the Paine House Museum. (401) 249-0633; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Doors Open Rhode Island Festival, Pawtucket and Central Falls

10:00am–4:00pm. Various venues. Imagine receiving the keys to factories, businesses, historic homes, theaters, hotels, sacred spaces, skyscrapers, and more, for free. Using a widely distributed event guide and mobile-enabled website, visitors will build their own explorations of participating venues. No tickets or reservations needed. info@doorsopenri.org; doorsopenri.org.

Ghosts and Grub, Providence

Begins at 8:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. Ghosts and Grub offers a new, combination ticket for guests, pairing the Providence Ghost Tour's ninety-minute walking haunted history tour of Providence's College Hill neighborhood with an offering from a select food truck each month! Enjoy some calories, then walk them right off! Check our Facebook page to see the featured truck of the month! (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

4:00pm–6:00pm. Various venues. Visit a local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Check schedule for specifics; reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

13th Annual MS Jet Pull, Warwick

9:00am–2:00pm. T.F. Green Airport, 572 Post Road. Do you have what it takes to pull a Federal Express 757 jet down a runway? Now you and twenty-four of your strongest friends can find out. Thirty teams will compete to raise money and earn prizes! Proceeds benefit the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (401) 738-8383: www.msjetpull.com.

September 29, 2019

7th Annual Harvest Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 5:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Under a tent on the south lawn, we gather to celebrate the harvest with a dinner prepared by Tom's Market Catering. $100 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

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.

Bristol Burger Bash, Bristol

1:00pm–4:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Come sample East Bay's best burgers all under one roof while enjoying local beers and wines and listening to down-home live bluegrass in the Linden Place ballroom and gardens. East Bay's best restaurants will bring their 'burger' A-game, serving up mini burgers of all types—imagine beef, turkey, chicken, pork, seafood, and more! $50. (401) 253-0390; sbattle@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

September 30-October 6, 2019

Pawtucket Restaurant Week, Pawtucket

Various venues. This weeklong event coincides with Pawtucket's Arts Festival, which draws thousands of visitors to the city. Residents and visitors can attend a gallery event or concert and grab a bite to eat at any of the participating restaurants offering special menus and/or pricing! restaurantweekpcf.com.

October 1, 2019

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

October 4-27, 2019

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

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

October 1-31, 2019

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Benefit Street: A Mile of History Walking Tour, Providence

Begins at 10:00am. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (excluding holidays). John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. A guide from the Rhode Island Historical Society will introduce the people, the places, the changing fortunes, and the amazing stories of Benefit Street, Providence's famed "mile of history." Admission charged. (401) 273-7507 x360; jwilson@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

October 3, 2019

Food Truck Night, Warwick

5:00pm–7:30pm. Norwood Library, 328 Pawtuxet Avenue. Great food and good music in a relaxing atmosphere! Enjoy a wide variety of food from locally owned trucks. eric@foodtrucksin.com; www.foodtrucksin.com.

The Leaders of Rhode Island's Golden Age, Bristol

Begins at 7:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Local author and President of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, Patrick Conley, will take us through important points in Rhode Island's history, the subject of his newly published book. It was during this period (1861-1900) that Rhode Island played a leadership role in the Industrial Revolution. From military leaders like General Ambrose Burnside to social reformers such as Sarah Elizabeth Doyle and architects Charles F. McKim and Stanford White, they ensured that the state's contributions to the nation would never be forgotten. Members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 4-26, 2019

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

October 5, 2019

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.

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

5:00pm–8:00pm. 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.

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.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–11:45am. George Street and East Avenue. Join in a guided walking tour of the city's Woodlawn neighorhood. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Cranberry Thanksgiving, Exeter

10:00am–2:00pm. Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, 390 Summit Road. A fun event for the whole family! We honor the cranberry season with a cultural celebration including traditional Native music, dance, games, native vendors, tours of the museum, and more. Plan to arrive early for our opening ceremony at 10:30am. Free with regular admission to our Museum. (401) 491-9063; slarose@tomaquagmuseum.com; www.tomaquagmuseum.com.

October 5-6, 2019

45th Annual Harvest Fair, Middletown

10:00am–5:00pm. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Nothing says New England in the fall like an old-fashioned harvest fair. 'Mabel Express' barrel train, pony rides, mud pit, midway games and children's tent. Crafters' tent featuring more than seventy talented artisans and crafters. Local food trucks and vendors offering an array of appetizing selections. A fun lineup of bands set the festive mood in the Newport Storm Beer Garden. Admission charged. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.

October 6, 2019

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.

October 7, 2019

Massasoit Historical Association Meeting, Warren

Begins at 7:30pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Open to the public. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

October 9, 2019

Corn Husk Pumpkin and Witches Workshop, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Cost is $20 per person (must be sixteen and older). Donation includes all necessary materials needed to assemble a cornhusk witch and pumpkin, light refreshments, and a house tour. Class limited to ten participants; registration required. (401) 231-7363; vp.smithappleby@gmail.com; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

October 10, 2019

The East Side: Then and Now, Providence

6:00pm–7:30pm. Governor Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street. Maureen Taylor will lead this interactive session about the online crowd-sourcing project OldPVD.com. The site is a virtual map capturing architectural, historical and genealogical resources. Come see and hear how Providence's East Side evolved and learn how you can contribute to the project. Maureen is an internationally recognized historic photograph expert whose passion is encouraging people to explore their history, telling the stories of their ancestors and their communities. Members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 272-5101; lippitthouse@preserveri.org; www.preserveri.org

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.

Looking Back: A History Story of the East Bay, Bristol

7:00pm–8:00pm. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street. Join David Weed, Coordinator of the Sowams Heritage Area Project, as he describes the seventeenth century history of Sowams, the Barrington and Warren home of the Massasoit Osamequin who met the Pilgrims in 1621 and helped to ensure their survival. This presentation will cover the early history of English settlement, the events that led up to King Philip's War, and the history of the Pokonoket Tribe since then. Society members, $5; non-members, $7; reservations required. (401) 949-5454; programs@asri.org; www.asri.org.

October 11-12, 2019

15th Annual Fortress of Nightmares, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this multi-faceted FEAR experience! Featuring Tunnels of Terror, Mahem 3D, Spirit's Rising Haunted House, and Paranormal360. $15-$22; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; mail@fortressofnightmares.org; www.fortressofnightmares.com.

October 12, 2019

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

5:00pm–8:00pm. 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.

Champion Tree Tour of Wilcox Park, Westerly

10:00am–11:30am. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street. Wilcox Park is home to twenty-eight trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry—more than any other place in the state! Learn how a tree gets into the Registry, and meet the Champions and other Big Trees in the Park. URI Master Gardeners will lead you around one loop of the Park, beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Library. (401) 596-2877; www.westerlylibrary.org.

Downtown Pawtucket Walking Tour, Pawtucket

10:30am–11:45am. Starting point TBA. Take a guided walk to discover the history of this one-time powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725.9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Taste of the Market: Apples and Eats Festival, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

8:30am–12:30pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Local restaurants and food artisans offer samples of delicious dishes featuring the quintessential New England crop: apples. With one bite, you'll know the best of fall has arrived. Stay and shop for your favorite foods among the many vendors at the market. Casey Farm's own organic produce is outstanding this time of year. Enjoy live music, tours of the farm, and games for the kids. Free. (401) 295-1030 x5; www.historicnewengland.org.

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

October 12-14, 2019

53rd Annual Scituate Art Festival, North Scituate, Scituate

10:00am–5:00pm. Village Green, Route 116. 300+ artists and craftspeople, thirty antiques dealers, arts and crafts raffle, musical entertainement, regional and ethnic foods. (401) 647-0057; www.scituateartfestival.org.

October 13, 2019

Hike Through Hunts Mills, Rumford, 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.

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.

October 15, 2019

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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.

Pirate Ghosts and Phantom Ships of New England, Bristol

6:00pm–9:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Authors Thomas D'Agostino and Arlene Nicholson share New England's stories and legends of ghost ships and pirates long dead. Blackbeard, Sandy Gordon, Captain Kidd, and many more once called the region home; and still do. Phantom ships continue to roam the waters of the New England coast. Some mysteriously abandoned while other vanished never to be seen again, in the physical form anyway. Learn why Marblehead dreads the screeching Lady or who haunts the Isles of Shoals. Why does a phantom dory stalk the water off of New Hampshire and what happened to the Sea Bird's crew? Visit a real life haunted ship and more. Reception at 6pm; lecture at 7pm. Members, $15; non-members, $20; Tickets. (401) 253-5000; info@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org.

October 17, 2019

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.

Food Truck Night, Warwick

5:00pm–7:30pm. Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road. Great food and good music in a relaxing atmosphere! Enjoy a wide variety of food from locally owned trucks. eric@foodtrucksin.com; www.foodtrucksin.com.

October 18-19, 2019

15th Annual Fortress of Nightmares, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this multi-faceted FEAR experience! Featuring Tunnels of Terror, Mahem 3D, Spirit's Rising Haunted House, and Paranormal360. $15-$22; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; mail@fortressofnightmares.org; www.fortressofnightmares.com.

October 19, 2019

22nd Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Misquamicut, Westerly

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

Harvest Festival: Dairy Days!, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. Come learn about Smith's Castle during its days as a dairy operation. Children's games, music, the bounty of the harvest. All this and apple crisp, too! Relax and enjoy a fine autumn day! Admission charged. Rain date: October 20. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

History and Herb Hike, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

1:00pm–3:00pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Join Historic New England and a professional herbalist for a walk through Casey Farm and its beautiful, wooded trails. Discover the history of this landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Learn about the farm's wide variety of herbs and their benefits. Hike meets at the cow barn. Includes admission for a tour of the historic farmhouse. Historic New England members, $5; non-members, $15 (North Kingstown residents, $10); registration recommended. (401) 295-1030 x5; www.historicnewengland.org.

Central Falls Walking Tour, Central Falls

10:30am–12:00pm. Cogswell Tower, Jenks Park, 580 Broad Street. Central Falls is named for a waterfall on the Blackstone River where in the mid-eighteenth century Benjamin Smith built a snuff mill, and where in 1811 Captain Stephen Jenks built a blacksmith shop and was contracted to produce muskets for the United States government. It was Stephen who would choose the name Central Falls for the town. On this tour we'll learn how the area went from wilderness to a busy industrial city, and about the people who made it happen. Free; reservations requested. (401) 725-9581; pawtucketpreservation@gmail.com; www.pawtucketpreservation.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Blackstone Valley Fall Foliage and Shopping Rail Excursion, Woonsocket

9:00am–4:30pm. Woonsocket Train Depot, One Depot Square. Enjoy a colorful autumn foliage train excursion on the Providence and Worcester Railroad to Putnam, Connecticut, for a local festival and shopping. Order tickets online. (401) 495-1213; info@tourblackstone.com; www.tourblackstone.com.

Rhode Island Off the Beaten Track Tour, Westerly

2:00pm–6:00pm. Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Road. Explore the hidden gems of the southern shoreline. Join the Weekapaug Inn Naturalist on a four-hour van tour past scenic mills, dramatic rock formations lighthouses, lovely communities and beautiful beaches. You will disembark along the way and enjoy a boxed lunch at a scenic overlook. $60-$75/person (plus tax). oceanhouseevents.com

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Coventry

7:00pm–11:59pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, a historic home that dates back to the late 1600s, has been noted as a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Space is limited; age 16-plus. (401) 623-0862; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Glocester Scarecrow Festival, Chepachet, Glocester

9:00am–5:00pm. Chepachet Union Church, 1138 Putnam Pike. Participants design and create their own scarecrows for prizes. The scarecrows will then decorate the Village through November 3). There will be food and entertainment. (401) 568-2518; www.glocesterscarecrowfestival.org.

Ghosts and Grub, Providence

Begins at 8:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. Ghosts and Grub offers a new, combination ticket for guests, pairing the Providence Ghost Tour's ninety-minute walking haunted history tour of Providence's College Hill neighborhood with an offering from a select food truck each month! Enjoy some calories, then walk them right off! Check our Facebook page to see the featured truck of the month! (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

A Moveable Feast: Oktoberfest, Pawtucket

Begins at 6:00pm. German American Cultural Society, 78 Carter Avenue. The festivities will include traditional German fare and live accordion music. The menu will feature two German sausages, GACSRI's famous sauerkraut, and German potato salad all hausgemacht (homemade). Each guest will also receive a complimentary authentic German beer from the Society's renowned tap wall or a glass of wine. Admission: $30. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Work and Culture. (401) 769-9675; www.shopmomc.com.

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

October 19-20, 2019

29th Annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport

11:00am–5:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 45 America's Cup Avenue. Food! Food! Food! Area seafood restaurants serve up their most outstanding dishes. The festival offers a smorgasbord of seafood, plus kid-friendly dishes, baked goods, cider, and hot and cold beverages. Non-stop live music by local bands. Face painting, games, and other fun children's activities. Free admission, rain or shine. (401) 849-2120; mjg@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

Revolutionary War Weekend, Lincoln

11:00am–4:00pm. Chase Farm Park and Hearthside House, 669-677 Great Road. The Battle of Chase Farm: the thunder and smoke from cannons and muskets fill the air, as uniformed soldiers charge at each other. Historians narrate the battles, and the lessons go beyond the battlefield to the encampments for up-close and personal interactions to learn more about what life was like for soldiers and civilians alike during the periods of conflict. Special exhibits at Hearthside, lectures and activities accompany the reenactments to provide an immersive experience for our visitors. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 20, 2019

Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Experience the smell of warm maple cornbread and pumpkin soup made on an open fire! Enjoy our Scarecrow Contest entries. $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

October 21, 2019

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

6:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Visit a local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Check schedule for specifics; reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

Rhode Island Women's Fight for Voting, Johnston

Begins at 6:00pm. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. Roger Williams University professor Deb Mulligan will present. (401) 231-4980 x13; info@mohrlibrary.org; www.mohrlibrary.org.

October 23, 2019

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

October 24, 2019

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 25, 2019

Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party, Cranston

7:00pm–9:30pm. 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; Facebook.

October 25-26, 2019

15th Annual Fortress of Nightmares, Newport

7:00pm–10:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Explore the largest, most complex Fort in America via this multi-faceted FEAR experience! Featuring Tunnels of Terror, Mahem 3D, Spirit's Rising Haunted House, and Paranormal360. $15-$22; tours are weather dependent; sturdy footwear is required; not recommended for children under 12. (401) 841-0707; mail@fortressofnightmares.org; www.fortressofnightmares.com.

October 26, 2019

Beervana Fest, Cranston

Two sessions: 1-4:30pm and 6-10pm. Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place. Join us for Rhode Island's ultimate craft beer fest. Ticket includes one tasting glass, two-ounce pours of some of the best beers in the world, educational seminars, and one bottle of water. 250+ World Class Beers! Tickets, $55-65; limited quantities. (401)785-4333; www.beervanafest.com.

An Autumn Game Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 6:30pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Fundraising dinner for the Museum, prepared by Tom's Market Catering. $150 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

4th Annual Halloween Ghost Tour, Providence

4:00pm–7:00pm. North Burial Ground, 5 Branch Avenue. Historical/theatrical tours will start at about 4:30 pm, and last about an hour. You'll have a chance to visit with seven or eight residents of the graveyard, former Rhode Islanders who will share their lives and deaths with you! Tickets are free but advance registration is required so we can balance the number of people per tour. Tickets will become available closer to the date of the event. northburialground@gmail.com; Facebook.

Twilight Tour in the Cemetery, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

5:30pm–7:00pm. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Tucked away in a corner of Casey Farm is a fascinating family cemetery. Carved with carefully chosen words and images, the grave markers from 1747 to 1955 tell us much about the people who lived at the farm and about local history. Come see Casey Farm in a new way at twilight, lit only by your flashlights (which we provide). $10; registration recommended. (401) 295-1030 x5; www.historicnewengland.org.

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Wickford, North Kingstown

7:00pm–11:59pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Take part in a paranormal investigation as you walk the same floors as Roger Williams and Benjamin Franklin, under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team. $35; ages 16-plus only; space is limited. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

October 27, 2019

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

9:00am–3:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. This date is also the club's annual Post Card Show, so there'll be additional vendors on hand. Admission donation, $4.

October 30, 2019

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Slater Mill docent Carl Johnson will give a talk titled "Lovecraft: Rhode island's (In?)Famous Son," focusing on the horror writer's relationship with his home state. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

November 1-2, 2019

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

November 1-10, 2019

Newport Restaurant Week Fall, Bristol and Newport 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 County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $20 for a two-course lunch and $35-$50 for a three-course dinner. (401) 845-9110; jbailey@gonewport.com; www.discovernewport.org.

November 1-29, 2019

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

November 1-30, 2019

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

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

November 2, 2019

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.

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.

Colonial Dining Experience, Warren

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

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

November 3, 2019

Exhibit and Sale, Westerly

10:00am–4:00pm. Westerly Armory, 8 Dixon Street. The Armory opens its doors to an expo of Rhode Island authors, hand-made crafts, and antiques vendors. In addition there will be exhibits of special collections on view. Snack and wine bars. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the upkeep of the historic Westerly Armory. (401) 596-8554; www.westerlyarmory.org.

November 4, 2019

Massasoit Historical Association Meeting, Warren

Begins at 7:30pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Open to the public. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

November 5, 2019

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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 6, 2019

Primitive Christmas Garlands Workshop, Smithfield

6:00pm–8:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Cost is $20 per person (must be sixteen and older). Donation includes all necessary materials to complete a three-angel garland (including many fabric choices!), light refreshments, and a house tour. Class limited to ten participants; registration required. (401) 231-7363; vp.smithappleby@gmail.com; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 8-9, 2019

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

November 9, 2019

Aquidneck Indian Council Fall Social, Tiverton

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

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

November 9-11, 2019

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

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

November 10, 2019

Hike Through Hunts Mills, Rumford, 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.

Historic House Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:00pm. 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 featured artifacts are a full-size loom, spinning wheel, period clothing, a 1905 Edison phonograph, and several antique furnishings. Tours given by guides in period costume. Tours begin on the hour and last approximately one hour, with the last at 3pm. Admission charged. (401) 334-2209; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

November 11, 2019

Veteran's Day Ceremony, Tiverton

Begins at 11:00am. At the WWII Memorial at Tiverton Town Hall. Please show your support to our veterans keeping our freedom alive and well! tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

November 14, 2019

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

November 11, 2019

Rhode Island Shipwrecks: An Evening of Maritime Misfortune in the Ocean State, Bristol

6:00pm–9:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Charlotte Taylor, an archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, will discuss her book. Rhode Island has more shipwrecks per square mile than any other state. Taylor has collected dramatic images of many nineteenth and twentieth Century disasters. She also works closely with the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, a nonprofit organization that is studying the Revolutionary War fleet that once visited Narragansett Bay. Members, $15; non-members, $20; Tickets. (401) 253-5000; info@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org.

November 15-16, 2019

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

November 16, 2019

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation, Wickford, North Kingstown

7:00pm–11:59pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Take part in a paranormal investigation as you walk the same floors as Roger Williams and Benjamin Franklin, under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team. $35; ages 16-plus only; space is limited. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

November 16-17, 2019

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

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

November 17, 2019

Open House Tours, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Enjoy a guided tour of the Smith-Appleby homestead given by costumed docents, and sample warm pumpkin bread and hot cider on an open fire! $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

November 19, 2019

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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 21, 2019

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.

November 22-23, 2019

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

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

November 23, 2019

Music at the Museum, Smithfield

6:00pm–9:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. A wine and cheese fundraiser showcasing the Col 'Areo Quartet preforming traditional string quartet music. Attendees will tour the museum by candlelight, and enjoy wine, cheese, and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets, $30; reservations required. (401) 231-7363; vp.smithappleby@gmail.com; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

November 23-24, 2019

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

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

November 24, 2019

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

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

November 16, 2019

Behind-The-Scenes Tour, Providence

10:00am–11:30am. Governor Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street. A special museum tour offering visitors a chance to see and hear about various aspects of Lippitt House not included in our regular tours. This ninety-minute tour led by the Museum Director lets visitors see where servants performed household tasks and explains how 1860s modern technology was incorporated into the house. Space is limited. $15 per person, advance ticket purchase recommended. (401) 272-5101; lippitthouse@preserveri.org; www.preserveri.org

November 29-30, 2019

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

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

November 30, 2019

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

November 30-December 1, 2019

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

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

December 1, 2019

Holiday House Tea, Warwick

Begins at 2:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Enjoy tea in the parlor decorated for the season. Following your tea, view our "Step Into the Holidays" exhibit. $35; space is limited, reservations suggested. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Christmas Open House, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Enjoy the house in all of its holiday spirit! Come visit with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa and Christmas cookie decorating in the barn! $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

December 1-30, 2019

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Various venues. Explore the streets and sites of Newport while listening to fascinating tales of colonial Newport, the War of Independence, the Gilded Age, pirates and rum runners, and the Triangle Trade. Visit historic homes, government buildings, houses of worship, and cemeteries. Prices vary; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; www.newporthistorytours.org.

December 2, 2019

Massasoit Historical Association Meeting, Warren

Begins at 7:30pm. Maxwell House, corner of Church and Water Streets. Open to the public. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; patread3@aol.com; www.massasoithistorical.org.

December 4, 2019

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Our speaker will be Etta Tramonti, Outreach Director, Stephen Hopkins House. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

December 6-7, 2019

Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

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

December 6-28, 2019

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

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

December 7, 2019

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.

49th 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.

Nikommo Winter Moon Celebration, Exeter

10:00am–2:00pm. Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, 390 Summit Road. We will be celebrating the winter moon with a special giveaway event. Nikommo is traditionally the celebration of giving. Receive free admission, our gift to you, when you bring a gift to donate to someone in need. We will be featuring different storytellers all day, both traditional and original work! Visit our Native Artisan Market for your holiday shopping! Join us and kick-start your holiday season with the spirit of giving! (401) 491-9063; lorenspears@tomaquagmuseum.com; www.tomaquagmuseum.org.

A Victorian Christmas Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 6:30pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Fundraising dinner for the Museum, prepared by Tom's Market Catering. $150 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

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.

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

December 7-8, 2019

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.

Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). The aroma of baked treats will fill Smith's Castle along with the spices of mulled cider and the scents of the season. Enjoy some cider, good conversation, and the music of the season. Admission charged. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

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

December 8, 2019

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

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

Hike Through Hunts Mills, Rumford, 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.

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

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

December 12, 2019

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Various venues. Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries; free parking at Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Avenue, or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. (401) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

December 13-14, 2019

Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

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

December 14, 2019

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

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

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

Aquidneck Indian Council December/Holiday Social, Tiverton

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

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

December 14-15, 2019

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

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

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

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

December 15, 2019

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Lincoln

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

Open House Tours, Smithfield

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

December 20-21, 2019

Holiday Lantern Tour, Newport

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

December 21, 2019

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

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

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults, $18; children, $10. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

December 27-31, 2019

Newport Seal Tours, Newport

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

December 28-29, 2019

Home for the Holidays Guided Tours, Lincoln

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

December 28-31, 2019

Westerly Nature Cruises, Westerly

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

December 29, 2019

Rhode Island Postcard Club meeting, North Providence

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

Open House Tours, Smithfield

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

January 4, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

January 25, 2020

Colonial Dining Experience, Warren

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

January 26, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

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

February 1, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

February 14-23, 2020

32nd Annual Newport Winter Festival, Newport

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

February 23, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

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

March 7, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

March 25, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

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

April 4, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

April 29, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Ashton, Cumberland

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

May 1, 2020

153rd Annual May Breakfast, Cranston

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

May 2, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

May 4, 2020

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

June 6, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

June 18, 2020

18th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

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

July 4, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

August 1, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

August 10, 2020

Victory Day, Statewide

Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the World War II surrender of Japan, which took place on August 14, 1945 (North American time). Formerly known as Victory Over Japan or VJ Day, the name has been shortened to reflect modern sensitivities. State and municipal offices are closed, and it's a holiday for employees of many Rhode Island businesses.

September 5, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

October 3, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

November 7, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

December 5, 2020

Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

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

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2021

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

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