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January 1-December 31, 2021

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.

May 1-October 30, 2021

Discover Providence Tours, Providence

11:00am–4:30pm. Monday-Saturday. 1 Eddy Street. Join us for this delightful tour of one of America's favorite cities! As you relax comfortably on our climate-controlled tour bus, we will take you to the most exciting neighborhoods in Rhode Island's capital city, and tell you the story of this special place and its most famous citizens. From College Hill to Federal Hill, and Brown University to the State House, you will admire the loveliest settings in the city, and discover places you will want to go back to and explore on your own. Along the way, there will be opportunities for you to get out, take pictures, and see things up close. Enjoyed by all ages, get ready for one of the most enjoyable tours you have ever taken! (401) 886-0733; info@experienceri.com; experienceri.com.

Taste of Rhode Island Tour, Providence

12:00pm–2:30pm. Saturdays. 1 Eddy Street. Bring your family and friends on one of the most fun lunch experiences you've ever had in one of America's favorite foodie cities! On this mouthwatering trip, we will take you all over our capital city on a culinary adventure as we introduce you to Rhode Island's most famous foods! As a special keepsake, everyone who completes this delicious experience will receive a certificate proclaiming you a true citizen of the Ocean State! (401) 886-0733; info@experienceri.com; experienceri.com.

Providence Walking Tour, Providence

10:00am–11:30am. Saturdays. 1 Eddy Street. Join us for a wonderful walk through the heart of one of America's prettiest cities! On this entertaining 1.5 mile stroll you will explore magnificent architecture, learn amazing history, and pause in beautiful settings. This tour will take you along rivers, through parks, and into charming neighborhoods. Come and see why so many people have fallen in love with this city! (401) 886-0733; info@experienceri.com; experienceri.com.

Newport: Rhode Island's Spectacular City by the Sea Tour, Providence

10:00am–3:30pm. Saturdays. 1 Eddy Street. Come away with us to one of America's most special places! On this tour your host will take you on a journey through early American history and stunning wealth unlike anything you've ever seen. You will travel along breathtaking Ocean Drive, see and hear the stories behind the marvelous summer homes of many famous Americans, including the Kennedys, Vanderbilts, and modern day celebrities such as Jay Leno and Judge Judy, explore the cobblestone streets of colonial America, enjoy the picturesque inner harbor of the sailing capital of the United States, visit the famous Cliff Walk, and much more. Filled with interesting stories, and fantastic sights, and including time for lunch and exploring on your own, there is no better way to experience Rhode Island's spectacular city by the sea! (401) 886-0733; info@experienceri.com; experienceri.com.

May 7-October 29, 2021

Rhode Island in a Day Tour, Providence

10:00am–5:00pm. Fridays. 1 Eddy Street. We want to show you what's great about the Ocean State! Only 48 miles long and 37 miles wide, the smallest state in America is full of big surprises! As we take you on this gorgeous journey, you will explore the things that make Rhode Island so attractive, including our quaint New England villages, scenic islands, lovely beaches, picturesque lighthouses, stunning mansions, and more. Beginning in historic Providence, this tour will take you through many beautiful towns, including colonial Wickford, Newport—home of America's castles, and Bristol—America's most patriotic town. During the day you will visit Rhode Island's best Main Street, stop for fresh seafood in a beautiful New England fishing community, get to try an old fashioned ice cream cabinet, and visit the largest gift store in New England. Throughout the day, we will tell you inspiring stories of the people and events in Rhode Island that have greatly impacted America. Amazed by what you learn, and struck by the beauty that you see, you are going to love Rhode Island in a Day! (401) 886-0733; info@experienceri.com; experienceri.com.

September 30-October 31, 2021

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Providence

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

October 1-31, 2021

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 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.

Providence Ghost Tour, Providence

Begins at 7:30pm. Nightly. Prospect Terrace, Congdon Street. A walking ghost and haunted history tour of the East Side of Providence, featuring ghosts, murders, suicides, fires, and unfortunate gruesome accidents! Adults (14+), $18; children (5-13), $10. Face masks required. (401) 484-8687; providenceghosttour@gmail.com; www.providenceghosttour.com.

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

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

VIRTUAL: "There's nothing of their house but the ruined foundation": History and Archaeology at the Manton Farm Property, Online

The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL) teamed with the Little Compton Historical Society (LCHS) and community volunteers to document the history of the Manton Farm on Mullin Hill Road. Henry Manton was a Black man who came to Little Compton as a boy in the 1860s; his wife Ida Johnson's African American and Native American family was from Dartmouth. At numerous times during three generations of ownership, the Manton family was the only family of color in Little Compton. Join PAL Senior Archaeologist Holly Herbster and LCHS's Executive Director Marjory O'Toole as they share the history of the Manton Family and results of the 2019 archaeological investigations. Watch anytime during October on Youtube.

October 2-30, 2021

Autumn in New England Tour, Providence

10:00am–5:00pm. Saturdays. 1 Eddy Street. Enjoy the marvelous autumn season as we travel the scenic country roads of Rhode Island. On this trip you will take a delightful wagon ride through a beautiful New England farm and woodland, stop for pictures at a covered bridge, have lunch at a family-run farm stand cafe, visit Rhode Island's oldest country store, enjoy cider doughnuts, learn how maple syrup is made, and more! Filled with gorgeous autumn scenes, this entertaining day will definitely make you fall in love with Rhode Island! (401) 886-0733; info@experienceri.com; experienceri.com.

October 19, 2021

Lifelong Learners: Lost Park Walking Tour, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park. Go back in time with docent Mike McGinity on a walking tour through Roger Williams Park. Long lost park treasures and missing monuments will be revisited at their original locations in this nostalgic look at the history of this grand space. Adults only; no pets, no children. We will practice social distancing and appropriate face coverings will be worn. Members, free; non-members, $3; registration required. (401) 785-9457; www.providenceri.gov/museum.

October 20, 2021

Hauntings of Linden Place Guided Tour, Bristol

Begins at 6:30pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Tour the 200-year-old mansion's rooms by candlelight, and you may discover that the dead have always been alive at Linden Place. Learn about the rumored hauntings of Colt Farm and Colt Memorial School, about vampires roaming the towns of Rhode Island in the 1800s, and mediums summoning the return of the lost. Discover the traditional mourning practices of families in Bristol by examining jewelry, dress, and photographs. Experiment with some of the "weird science" techniques practiced during the nineteenth-century. And finally... discover if any of Linden Place's ghosts will be following you home. The one-hour tour will take you through the entire mansion and will be followed by light refreshments. Members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 21, 2021

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Reserve a space on a walking tour, visit the galleries on your own, or follow live on Facebook. (401) 484-0726; gallerynight.prov@gmail.com; www.gallerynight.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 1:30pm. 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. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

October 22-23, 2021

Night at the Haunted Museum, Providence

6:00pm–9:00pm. Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park. Experience a haunted night at the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park, with bizarre collections from the vaults and TEN31 spooky living art. We will practice social distancing and appropriate face coverings will be worn. Members, $18; non-members, $20; registration required. Tickets will not be available at the door. This event is for all ages, but not for the very young due to its creepy presentation. Due to the one-way pathway, strollers are not permitted and exhibits are only accessible by stairs for this event. (401) 785-9457; www.providenceri.gov/museum.

October 23, 2021

Federal Hill Culinary and History Tour, Providence

9:00am–11:00am. Garibaldi Park, 99 Atwells Avenue. Join Master Chef and Historian, Walter Potenza, in the discovery of great foods and history of Federal Hill in Providence. Our Premiere Food Tour will take you to different locations where you will be sampling cheeses, charcuterie, and antipasti; while receiving a presentation on ingredients present in the repertoire of Italian cookery. You will also learn food terminology, product information, how to shop, how to store food and anything that may be of interest in expanding your culinary horizon. Throughout the walking event you will meet the people who make it possible for Federal Hill to be recognized as a food and historical destination in the USA. $60. (401) 273-2652; info@federalhilltours.com; federalhilltours.com.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning Exhibit and Tour, Saylesville, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Simon Thornton may have died in 1873, but Hearthside House keeps his memory alive by presenting nineteenth century Victorian mourning customs. Experience all of the traditions and superstitions embraced by Victorians, who viewed the pageantry of death as a necessary part of life. This is a low-light guided tour for ambience, which is not recommended for those with poor vision in those conditions. Tour size is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Docents in period mourning attire provide a tour through this extensive exhibit that in displayed in every room of the house. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 23-24, 2021

H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour and Film Screening, Providence

12:00pm–1:00pm. John Brown House, 52 Power Street. The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. Acknowledged genius of occult and horror fiction, Lovecraft's "Providence stories" (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and Benefit Street houses. See the site of his former home, as well as the sights mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft's own words offer a most amazing literary, historical, and architectural walking tour. $22 per person, includes a ticket to a special curated virtual screening of films inspired by Lovecraft. Space limited; reservations required. (401) 273-7507; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

October 24, 2021

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning Exhibit and Tour, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Simon Thornton may have died in 1873, but Hearthside House keeps his memory alive by presenting nineteenth century Victorian mourning customs. Experience all of the traditions and superstitions embraced by Victorians, who viewed the pageantry of death as a necessary part of life. This is a low-light guided tour for ambience, which is not recommended for those with poor vision in those conditions. Tour size is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Docents in period mourning attire provide a tour through this extensive exhibit that in displayed in every room of the house. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 26, 2021

Newport: The City as a Work of Art, Newport

3:00pm–4:30pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Writers and artists through the ages have created a portrait of Newport through poetry, prose, paint, and photographs. They have both recorded and reimagined the city in fact and in fiction, in the process leaving both a historical record and a body of work contributing to making Newport a mythic place. This series of illustrated lectures is based on John Tschirch's recent book, Newport: The Artful City, which examines the buildings, landscapes, and historic districts through the eyes of renowned authors, painters, photographers, and illustrators who were inspired by Newport, using its places and people as characters in their own works. Series of four lectures on successive Tuesdays; members, $15 per person per lecture; non-members, $20 per person per lecture. (401) 848-2787; www.newportartmuseum.org.

October 27, 2021

Hauntings of Linden Place Guided Tour, Bristol

Begins at 6:30pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Tour the 200-year-old mansion's rooms by candlelight, and you may discover that the dead have always been alive at Linden Place. Learn about the rumored hauntings of Colt Farm and Colt Memorial School, about vampires roaming the towns of Rhode Island in the 1800s, and mediums summoning the return of the lost. Discover the traditional mourning practices of families in Bristol by examining jewelry, dress, and photographs. Experiment with some of the "weird science" techniques practiced during the nineteenth-century. And finally... discover if any of Linden Place's ghosts will be following you home. The one-hour tour will take you through the entire mansion and will be followed by light refreshments. Members, $10; non-members, $15; reservations required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.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.

October 28, 2021

Night at the Mansion, Bristol

7:00pm–9:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. This night of Halloween inspired fun will include interactive candlelit tours of the mansion, live entertainment, prizes, cash bar, and more. Brush elbows with the spirit of actress Ethel Barrymore, attend a seance in the Victorian dining room, listen to real life ghost stories from Bristol's past, and witness award winning mentalist George Saterial read minds and perform magic. Then head outside if you dare and soak up the spooky atmosphere of the mansion and gardens. Don't forget to come in costume and even bring a carved pumpkin to win sweet prizes! Members, $30; non-members, $35. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

VIRTUAL: Valcour, The 1776 Campaign that Saved the Cause of Liberty, On Zoom

5:00pm–6:00pm. Historian Jack Kelly will relate the neglected story of one of the most critical and suspense-filled campaigns of the Revolutionary War. That summer, patriots knew they had to stop an enemy invasion from Canada that could have won the war for the British. In a desperate fight on Lake Champlain, audacious Americans in hastily assembled boats faced the powerful cannons of the Royal Navy. Their success meant they would continue to fight on, setting up the breakthrough victory at Saratoga the following year. Advance registration required. (401) 846-0813; esulock@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.

October 29, 2021

Halloween Ball, Westerly

7:00pm–11:00pm. Westerly Armory, 41 Railroad Avenue. Wear a costume (COVID masks don't count). Dance to the best dance tunes ever created from swing to rock to disco to hip hop, spun by DJ Big Bill, who is happy to take requests. Have a delicious piece of Vesta cake. Wine and beer available at the Armory's bar, and tasty treats, too. Prizes will be awarded for the three best costumes. $20; 21 and over. (401) 596-8554; halloweenballwesterlyarmory@gmail.com; www.westerlyarmory.org.

Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party, Cranston

7:00pm–9:00pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Join members of the Cranston Historical Society for ghostly goings-on. Maybe Charlie will drop by, as well. Members, $17; non-members, $20; space is limited so reserve early. (401) 944-9226; cranston.historical.society@gmail.com; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org; Facebook.

October 29-30, 2021

Night at the Haunted Museum, Providence

6:00pm–9:00pm. Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park. Experience a haunted night at the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park, with bizarre collections from the vaults and TEN31 spooky living art. We will practice social distancing and appropriate face coverings will be worn. Members, $18; non-members, $20; registration required. Tickets will not be available at the door. This event is for all ages, but not for the very young due to its creepy presentation. Due to the one-way pathway, strollers are not permitted and exhibits are only accessible by stairs for this event. (401) 785-9457; www.providenceri.gov/museum.

October 30, 2021

Spooky Roam Around, Newport

5:00pm–8:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Experience the museum after the sun goes down and the lights are low. Discover strange and eerie objects, go on a Treasure Hunt, enter our Costume Contest, and hear recordings of ghost stories told by the staff who knew Rough Point at its spookiest. Gardens will also be open for an illuminated jack-o-lantern stroll. Costumes encouraged, protective face masks required. Adults, $20; students, $10; children 12 and under, free. (401) 847-8344; visit@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

"Exceeding great paines in their fishing": Narragansett Indian Fishing Practices, Techniques, and Tradition, Narragansett

2:00pm–3:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. So much of Rhode Island's heart and soul is its recreational and commercial fisheries. Like so many of us today, the Narragansett and their ancestors relied on the state's rivers and coast to supply the resources necessary to fulfill their basic needs. This free presentation by Joseph N. Waller, Senior Archaeologist at the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL), will draw on New England archaeological evidence to describe Native American fishing traditions and practices. Sponsored by PAL, the South County Museum, and the South County History Center. If the event cannot be held in person, it will be livestreamed via YouTube. Registration required via email at heather@southcountymuseum.org. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

What's It Worth, Wickford?, Wickford, North Kingstown

9:00am–3:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). Daniel Buck Soules, an auctioneer and appraiser for thirty-five years, will appraise decorative arts, silver, and collectables. $15 for first item, $10 for each subsequent item. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle@earthlink.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning Exhibit and Tour, Saylesville, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Simon Thornton may have died in 1873, but Hearthside House keeps his memory alive by presenting nineteenth century Victorian mourning customs. Experience all of the traditions and superstitions embraced by Victorians, who viewed the pageantry of death as a necessary part of life. This is a low-light guided tour for ambience, which is not recommended for those with poor vision in those conditions. Tour size is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Docents in period mourning attire provide a tour through this extensive exhibit that in displayed in every room of the house. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Lincoln's 150th Anniversary Parade and Celebration, Saylesville, Lincoln

11:00am–12:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. The town of Lincoln formed in 1871 and what better way to celebrate than with a parade. The parade route starts on Smithfield Avenue and winds its way over to Great Road and ends at Chase Farm Park where post-parade festivities include a live band, food trucks, and openings of the schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and Moffett Mill. Visits to the Mill will take place via a shuttle van beginning at 2pm with the last shuttle run at 3:30pm leaving from the parking lot at the Hannaway Shop. (401) 726-0597 info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

October 31, 2021

Rhode Island Postcard Club Exhibit and Sale, North Kingstown

9:00am–3:00pm. Washington Masonic Lodge, 1515 Ten Rod Road. The show features dealers from throughout New England who will offer vintage holiday and picture post cards as well as books, photographs, historic documents, and other ephemera for sale. This is one of the largest such events held in New England. Whether you are interested in views of your hometown as it looked in the last century or old-time post cards featuring Halloween greetings, Santa Claus, amusement parks, or some other topic, this is the place to find them. Admission, $4. ripcc.org.

November 1-14, 2021

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

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

November 2, 2021

Newport: The City as a Work of Art, Newport

3:00pm–4:30pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Writers and artists through the ages have created a portrait of Newport through poetry, prose, paint, and photographs. They have both recorded and reimagined the city in fact and in fiction, in the process leaving both a historical record and a body of work contributing to making Newport a mythic place. This series of illustrated lectures is based on John Tschirch’s recent book, Newport: The Artful City, which examines the buildings, landscapes, and historic districts through the eyes of renowned authors, painters, photographers, and illustrators who were inspired by Newport, using its places and people as characters in their own works. Series of four lectures on successive Tuesdays; members, $15 per person per lecture; non-members, $20 per person per lecture. (401) 848-2787; www.newportartmuseum.org.

November 5-28, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

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

November 6, 2021

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.

November 7, 2021

The Armory Show, Westerly

10:00am–3:00pm. Westerly Armory, 41 Railroad Avenue. The Armory opens its doors to an expo of Rhode Island authors, hand-made crafts, and antiques vendors. Snack bar. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the upkeep of the historic Westerly Armory. (401) 596-8554; www.westerlyarmory.org.

November 9, 2021

Newport: The City as a Work of Art, Newport

3:00pm–4:30pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Writers and artists through the ages have created a portrait of Newport through poetry, prose, paint, and photographs. They have both recorded and reimagined the city in fact and in fiction, in the process leaving both a historical record and a body of work contributing to making Newport a mythic place. This series of illustrated lectures is based on John Tschirch's recent book, Newport: The Artful City, which examines the buildings, landscapes, and historic districts through the eyes of renowned authors, painters, photographers, and illustrators who were inspired by Newport, using its places and people as characters in their own works. Series of four lectures on successive Tuesdays; members, $15 per person per lecture; non-members, $20 per person per lecture. (401) 848-2787; www.newportartmuseum.org.

November 11, 2021

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 13, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

November 16, 2021

Newport: The City as a Work of Art, Newport

3:00pm–4:30pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Writers and artists through the ages have created a portrait of Newport through poetry, prose, paint, and photographs. They have both recorded and reimagined the city in fact and in fiction, in the process leaving both a historical record and a body of work contributing to making Newport a mythic place. This series of illustrated lectures is based on John Tschirch's recent book, Newport: The Artful City, which examines the buildings, landscapes, and historic districts through the eyes of renowned authors, painters, photographers, and illustrators who were inspired by Newport, using its places and people as characters in their own works. Series of four lectures on successive Tuesdays; members, $15 per person per lecture; non-members, $20 per person per lecture. (401) 848-2787; www.newportartmuseum.org.

November 18, 2021

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Reserve a space on a walking tour, visit the galleries on your own, or follow live on Facebook. (401) 484-0726; gallerynight.prov@gmail.com; www.gallerynight.org.

November 20-January 2, 2022

Holidays at the Newport Mansions, Newport

Various venues. The exterior of The Breakers and its landscape will again be awash in thousands of festive colored lights, including twenty-eight spruce trees glittering and glowing; The Breakers facade bathed in color; and illumination of the historic paths, shrubbery and trees in various colors. The Children's Cottage will be outlined in lights and visitors will be able to peek through the windows at Santa's Workshop inside. Holiday music will fill the air. Inside, The Breakers and The Elms will be lavishly decorated with thousands of poinsettias, spectacular ornamented evergreens, wreaths, fresh flowers, decorations on all mantelpieces and many other festive touches. The fifteen-foot-tall "poinsettia tree"—always a visitor favorite—will again grace the Great Hall of The Breakers. Check website for details and special events.(401) 847-1000; info@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

November 30, 2021

'Rhode Island 39 Club' Author Event and Book Signing, Cranston

6:30pm–7:30pm. Cranston Central Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road. Join author and historian Marty Podskoch for a talk about his new travel book, The Rhode Island 39 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Rhode Island. Marty will discuss how the book came about, share its features and highlights, and explain the unique "club" approach to this travel guide. Copies of the book will be for sale. Free and open to the public. Registration required. (401) 943-9080; zach@cranstonlibrary.org; cranstonlibrary.org.

December 2, 2021

Reevaluating Our French Allies, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. Norman Desmarais, professor emeritus at Providence College, will discuss recent discoveries about the Count de Rochambeau's army that counter popular assumptions about the French participation in America's War for Independence. This talk, based on research from his new book, The Road to Yorktown: The French Campaigns in the American Revolution, 180-1783, will focus primarily on the recently published diary of the Count de Lauberdiere which includes details that are not covered in any other French diaries. It will also elucidate aspects of the French occupation of Newport mentioned in the diary. Members, $1; non-members, $5; advance registration required. (401) 846-0813; esulock@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.

December 3-19, 2021

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Newport and Providence

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

December 4, 2021

51st Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Bowen's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue. The Tree Lighting is back in a whole new way, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this special local tradition. We've reimagined the ceremony to kick off the holidays by the sea in a safe way, with a brief program at 5:30pm followed by a live stream of the countdown on our Facebook and Instagram pages promptly at 6pm. (401) 849-2243; info@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

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.

December 4-5, 2021

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; children 6-12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Hearthside House will be open for the holidays, with each room and the exterior beautifully decorated and ready to welcome visitors. Santa will be in attendance as well, for boys and girls to share their Christmas wishes. Festive musical entertainment and refreshments will also be provided. Take a self-guided tour with docents dressed in period attire to add to the charm of an old-fashioned Christmas. Go at your own pace and bring your camera to capture the beauty of the rooms or as a backdrop for a picture with a Christmas tree or Santa. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 5, 2021

A Schoolhouse Christmas, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–2:00pm. Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, 677 Great Road. A highlight of towns across the country every year was the Christmas program put on by the teacher and students in one-room schoolhouses. In a re-creation of that time, local children in grades 1-8 will perform a Christmas program in the Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, much as it would have been in the nineteenth century. Dressed for the time period, the children will sing and recite poems, written in or before the years our schoolhouse was in session. Two performances offered. Space is limited. This has been a sell-out event in past years, so reserve a place early. Tickets available starting November 20. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 9, 2021

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 11, 2021

Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

9:00am–11:00am. Little Red Schoolhouse, 190 School Street. Enjoy a woodland hike along old roads, trails, and paths to view the scenic Blackstone and Branch River valleys as well as historic stone features. This is a rigorous two hour walk. Not recommended for children. Masks required. Comfortable hiking shoes and a bottle of water suggested. tourblackstone.com.

December 11-12, 2021

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; children 6-12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Hearthside House will be open for the holidays, with each room and the exterior beautifully decorated and ready to welcome visitors. Santa will be in attendance as well, for boys and girls to share their Christmas wishes. Festive musical entertainment and refreshments will also be provided. Take a self-guided tour with docents dressed in period attire to add to the charm of an old-fashioned Christmas. Go at your own pace and bring your camera to capture the beauty of the rooms or as a backdrop for a picture with a Christmas tree or Santa. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 12, 2021

A Schoolhouse Christmas, Saylesville, Lincoln

1:00pm–2:00pm. Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, 677 Great Road. A highlight of towns across the country every year was the Christmas program put on by the teacher and students in one-room schoolhouses. In a re-creation of that time, local children in grades 1-8 will perform a Christmas program in the Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse, much as it would have been in the nineteenth century. Dressed for the time period, the children will sing and recite poems, written in or before the years our schoolhouse was in session. Two performances offered. Space is limited. This has been a sell-out event in past years, so reserve a place early. Tickets available starting November 20. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 18, 2021

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; children 6-12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 28, 2021

Home for the Holidays, Saylesville, Lincoln

4:30pm–7:30pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Come experience the full history of our c1810 Federal Style mansion, "The House that Love Built," with a guided tour to learn the stories of the eleven families that called this beautiful place home from 1814-1996, when the property was acquired by the town of Lincoln. The house and property will still be decorated for Christmas, so experience both the history and the decorations at once. A perfect event to enjoy with out-of-town guests or family members during the holiday break. Tours must be reserved in advance to limit group size. Tours begin on the half hour and last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 30, 2021

Home for the Holidays, Saylesville, Lincoln

4:30pm–7:30pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Come experience the full history of our c1810 Federal Style mansion, "The House that Love Built," with a guided tour to learn the stories of the eleven families that called this beautiful place home from 1814-1996, when the property was acquired by the town of Lincoln. The house and property will still be decorated for Christmas, so experience both the history and the decorations at once. A perfect event to enjoy with out-of-town guests or family members during the holiday break. Tours must be reserved in advance to limit group size. Tours begin on the half hour and last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

January 20, 2022

Loyalist Women in Eighteenth Century Newport, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. Imagine packing up all of your belongings, a young child in tow, and boarding a ship to leave your hometown—uncertain if you would ever return. This was the experience of some female Loyalists in Revolutionary-era Newport who left the town due to their association with Loyalism, either due to their own beliefs or their male relatives' affiliations. Loyalist women were often in a precarious situation; they could not vote, fight, or legislate but they still experienced the consequences of Loyalism. While often considered the "enemies of freedom" in American history, Loyalists were actually a diverse group who chose the British side of the conflict for numerous reasons and made up between 20-33% of the population. MaryKate Smolenski's lecture will draw on primary source research from her time as a Buchanan Burnham fellow at the Newport Historical Society in 2019. From archival research, she has documented over seventy women and girls who could be considered Loyalists in Newport. She will focus on the experiences of four women with deep ties to Newport whose purported Loyalism during the Revolutionary War had a profound effect on the rest of their lives. The talk will focus on lived experiences and explore the aftermath of Loyalism through the examples of four women: Penelope Honyman Bisset, Elizabeth Malbone Breese, Sarah Brenton Wanton Atherton, and Jemima Bull. Each woman's path differed, reflecting the variety of the female Loyalist experience in Newport. Members, $1; non-members, $5; advance registration required. (401) 846-0813; esulock@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.

March 19, 2022

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2022

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

August 8, 2022

Victory Day, Statewide

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

August 27-28, 2022

Rhode Island Statewide Scavenger Hunt, Statewide

10:00am–6:00pm. If you know Rhode Island, you know that the "greatest lil' state" packs a lot of fun, history, and culture into one small package—one that you could explore in a day. But how well do you REALLY know Rhode Island? You and your teammates will have the opportunity to explore our state in a way you've never done before—with the aid of a one-of-a-kind augmented reality mobile platform. By air, land, or sea, use your preferred mode of transportation. Participate for a few hours, a whole day, or for two days. You're sure to uncover clues that bring you to new sites... and perhaps new heights. Details TBD. office@leadershipri.org.

September 10-11, 2022

Rhode Island Seafood Festival, Providence

India Point Park. Celebrate the end of summer with the finest seafood from Rhode Island and southern New England, while listening to live music from the Pier Stage and enjoying beer and wine from local distributors. Admission charged. www.riseafoodfest.com; Tickets.

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