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January 1-December 31, 2014

Quahog.org Calendar Submission Guidelines, Statewide

We mainly list events that have to do with Rhode Island history or Rhode Island cultural quirks. For more detail on our guidelines and how to submit an event, please see Quahog Calendar Submission Guidelines.

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

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

November 16-December 23, 2014

110th Annual Little Pictures Show and Sale, Providence

Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 12-5pm; Thursday, 12-6pm; weekends, 12-4pm. Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street. The oldest show of its kind in the nation will feature over 600 small artworks priced at less than $300. (401) 331-1114 x5; michael@providenceartclub.org; www.providenceartclub.org.

November 22-January 4, 2015

Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Newport

Various venues. The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House this holiday season. (401) 847-1000; info@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

November 28-January 1, 2015

Christmas at Blithewold, Bristol

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Explore the mansion, decorated for the season with plenty of imagination and whimsy. Join us for music, afternoon teas, storytelling, and Santa! The Holiday Gift Shop offers unique gifts and seasonal decorations, including many used in the mansion. (401) 253-2707; info@blithewold.org; www.blithewold.org.

November 29-December 30, 2014

Christmas Tours at Linden Place Mansion, Bristol

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am-5pm; Sundays 12-5pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Feel like a personal guest of the Colt family as you stroll through the festively decorated mansion rooms complete with beautiful wreaths, illuminated mantles and evergreen swags. This hands-on 'If You Lived Here Long Ago' tour is great for kids! Adults, $10; students, $8; children 7-12, $5; 6 and under, free. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

December 1-31, 2014

Christmas in Newport, Newport

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

Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

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

December 18, 2014

Paths to the Great Swamp Fight, December 19, 1675, Providence

5:30pm–6:30pm. The John Carter Brown Library Reading Room, 94 George Street. William Simmons will discuss the turning point in Native American and English colonial sovereignty in southern New England during the seventeenth century. His talk will shed light on the cultural and political forces that were at work. (401) 863-2725; jcbl_information@brown.edu; brown.edu/Facilities/Haffenreffer/new/calendar.php.

December 19, 2014

WaterFire—Partial Lighting, Providence

Begins at dusk. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

December 19-21, 2014

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Woonsocket

1 and 4pm. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square. Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. (401) 724-2200; info@tourblackstone.com; www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.

December 20, 2014

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

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

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

"Decorated for Christmas" Open House, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. The house, decorated with festive candles, berries, and branches, will be open for tours, presented by volunteers in Colonial period attire. The Smith-Appleby House was built, circa 1696, as a one-room stone-ender with loft by Elisha Smith, grandson of John "The Miller" Smith, one of Roger William's original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle in Providence. Adults, $5 donation requested; children, free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

December 27, 2014

Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking Workshop, Bristol

4:00pm–7:00pm. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road. Explore what it meant to 'eat local' in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests prepare several 'receipts' at the hearth using produce raised on the farm before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of their labors by candlelight. Limited to eight participants; reservations required. Members, $50; non-members $60. (401) 253-9062; info@coggeshallfarm.org; www.coggeshallfarm.org.

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

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

December 27-28, 2014

Post Christmas Guided Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

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

January 1, 2015

Frozen Clam Plunge, Warwick

Begins at 12:00pm. Goddard State Park Beach, 1095 Ives Road. Take the plunge and support the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership! We'll have a 50/50 raffle as well as many other prizes from local businesses. You do not need to plunge to do this event and spectators are welcome! (401) 732-7700; mentorri.org.

4th Annual Jamestown First Day Plunge, Jamestown

11:00am–3:00pm. East Ferry Square. Fire pits and live music beginning at 11am; "Penguin Paddle" stand up paddle board race at 11:30am; plunge at noon. Proceeds benefit the Jamestown Volunteer FIRE/EMS Department, and scholarships for the Save the Bay Summer Camp program. www.facebook.com/pages/Jamestown-1st-Day-Plunge.

January 1-December 31, 2015

Quahog.org Calendar Submission Guidelines, Statewide

We mainly list events that have to do with Rhode Island history or Rhode Island cultural quirks. For more detail on our guidelines and how to submit an event, please see Quahog Calendar Submission Guidelines.

Rhode Island Tours, Statewide

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

January 6, 2015

WaterFire—Partial Lighting, Providence

Begins at 6:00pm. Waterplace Park. Water, light, smoke, music, and street performers combine to form an elemental art experience. Free. (401) 272-3111; www.waterfire.org.

January 24, 2015

Re-envisioning Newport: Preserving Four Landmarks for Public and Private Use, Newport

Begins at 2:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Join Martha Werenfels, AIA Principal at Durkee, Brown, Viveiros and Werenfels Architects, as she presents four projects around Newport that demonstrate the challenges and rewards of preserving a wide range of building types, building uses and ownership structures. Snow date: February 21. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.org.

January 28, 2015

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike. Our speaker will be Fred Mikkelsen, who will speak on his days as Conimicut Lighthouse keeper. (401) 231-3380; history@jhs.necoxmail.com; Johnston Historical Society.

January 29, 2015

Rhode Island's Firsts, Bests and Uniques, Greene, Coventry

Begins at 7:00pm. Greene Public Library, 179 Hopkins Hollow Road. Join author and Professor Roberta Humble for a fun-filled program that will highlight an amazing assortment of superlatives that can be applied to our little state. Chances are you will learn something new. This event should prove to be a great break from winter and should renew your appreciation of "Little Rhody." Reservations preferred. (401) 397-3873; jean@coventrylibrary.org; greenelib.org.

January 31, 2015

Root for the Home Team: The Great and Proud Century of Newport Baseball, Newport

Begins at 2:00pm. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. Join Greg Fater, Esq., Director and Co-owner of the Newport Gulls Baseball Club, Inc., along with baseball historians and former players, as they explore the history of baseball in Newport through firsthand accounts, photographs and trophies dating back to 1911. Snow date: February 21. (401) 324-9436; www.newportartmuseum.org.

February 7, 2015

Lincoln's Birthday Celebration, Lincoln

11:00am–5:00pm. Eleazar Arnold House, 487 Great Road. Tour the Arnold House in honor of President Lincoln's birthday! The town of Lincoln, formerly part of Smithfield, was incorporated in 1871 and named in honor of the sixteenth President. Visit the house, tour the museum, and enjoy some birthday cake. Free. (978) 462-2634; www.historicnewengland.org.

March 14, 2015

59th Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Newport

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

May 4, 2015

Rhode Island Independence Day, Statewide

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

August 10, 2015

Victory Day, Statewide

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

August 20-25, 2015

NecronomiCon, Providence

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

December 10, 2015

Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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

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