Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 7/13-7/16

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

WaterFire
Bastille Day Ceremony to Honor WWII Veterans – Friday, July 17th @ 6pm

In gratitude the Republic of France is awarding knighthoods in the French Legion of Honor to: John Dunnigan, Raymond Gillis, and Leo Héroux.

The ceremony will be performed by French Consul General Valery Freland accompanied by Rhode Island Honorary Consul to France Roger Begin in front of the Rhode Island World War II Memorial in Memorial Park in Providence, Rhode Island on Bastille Day, Friday, July 14th, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Rose Weaver will sing The Star Spangled Banner and La Marseillaise. The Ceremony will conclude with a toast from a sabered bottle of Champagne presented by Robert Burke in honor of the RI veterans. Following the ceremony the U.S. Coast Guard Brass Quintet is doing a public concert.

Art & Culture
Contact + Connect

Please join us July 15th at 6PM for “Contact + Connect” at The Sprinkler Factory.

This exhibition is a celebration of our greater creative community. It’s a blessing to have the chance to create and exchange dialogue with artists, makers, and shakers from our neighboring city of Providence, RI. We are honored to have the works of John Buron, Susan Clausen, Linda Ford, Richard Goulis, Umberto Crenca, Alyssa Coffin, Melinda Goodhue, and J-Me Johnston. For more info check out the Facebook event!

This event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC. Donations Welcome!
Family Fun
Adopt ‘Til You Drop

Are you looking to add a furry family member? We are so excited to announce on July 15th we will be hosting our very own adoption event – Adopt ‘Til You Drop!

We would like to thank Southpaws Express, Little Rhody Rescue, Warwick Animal Shelter, East Greenwich Animal Protection League, Rhode Home Rescue, North East Animal Shelter and Ruff Tales Rescue for being a part of this wonderful day!

Many rescues & shelters do not to same day adoptions, but you can make sure to fill out a form online to be pre-approved. Check out their websites in advance!

Be a Kid Again! at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Adults, it’s your turn to play! Reconnect with your inner kid in a night out in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard. Build forts and castles with colorful fabric, run through the sprinklers, play in a treehouse, crawl through tunnels, balance on branches, play in the mud and more all while enjoying live music from local classic rock band Farm Dog. Find out why Roger Williams Park Zoo puts so much emphasis on nature play for kids. Your ticket purchase will support these efforts.Ticket includes one beer/wine ticket, cheese and cracker spread, live music, animal ambassador encounters, and all of the free nature play you can muster!

Tickets available here.

Food
6th Annual Incredible Ice Cream Throwdown

The biggest ICE CREAM celebration is BACK! For $20 you are an RI Food Fights VIP! ALL you can sample from the very best ice cream vendors in RI! Count on ALL you can chug Yacht Club Soda and New Harvest Coffee Roasters iced coffee, too. This will sell out! Please grab your tickets today! Kids 4 and under are FREE! The Throwdown is outside – same as every year. Rain or shine!

Fundraisers
All Charity Day at Newport Polo

The Newport International Polo Series 2nd annual All Charity Day will be on Sunday, July 16, 2017 as a fun afternoon fundraising opportunity for 501-c-3 organizations, with fast-paced polo action to benefit local charitable and civic organizations.

The classic 6-chukker match will begin at 5pm, featuring local teams competing in a 2-hour exhibition. Entry gates will open at 4pm. Admission tickets will only be available in advance from the participating organizations listed on the event page at nptpolo.com (follow a link to support your favorite); 100% of ticket sales support these worthy civic and charitable organizations for the welfare of our community. Admission tickets will not be available for purchase at the entry gates on game day.

Tickets available online only.

Health & Fitness
Yoga in the Garden

Blithewold and Bristol Yoga Studio present an outdoor summer yoga series each Friday morning at 9:30 am. All are invited to join in for an inspiring morning class under a canopy of trees, amidst the gardens and waterfront property. Bring a yoga mat, water, and wear comfortable clothing. Dates subject to change. Please check the website beforehand for weather updates.

Register here.

Historical Events
Italian Heritage Center Open House

The only photographic collections of early Italian immigration in Rhode Island! Since 1886 Federal Hill in Providence Rhode Island has been one the centers for Italian immigration in the United States. Italian settlers replaced the Irish settlers which were inhabiting this territory immediately after the Irish famine. We decided to undergo a campaign of collecting photos and important documents that justly represent this hub of history and culture intended for the preservation of Federal Hill, Providence while honoring the richness of Italian – American immigration history. Many are continuously contributing in this endeavor which creates a palette of information for future generations.

Free admission!

Outdoor Fun
Wickford Harbor Lights

Family friendly evening!! The village hosts various artists the night of event in Updike Park, by the anchor near water and at many shop locations. Shops and restaurants are open late with many special events and offers. The highlight of the night is the wonderful community feel the event creates. The Harbor lights are “lit” before sun down and are absolutely stunning come dark. July’s event will feature 12 more installations to fill the harbor with glowing light!!! Please RSVP to the Facebook event for updates! Event proudly sponsored by: Ginger Green Financial.

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