Rhody Ramble

Rhody Ramble: Family Adventures in Rhode Island!

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The Rhody Ramble is a passport to history to help kids and families explore Rhode Island’s unique historic places with programming created especially for them! From waterfront mansions to working farms, the Rhody Ramble offers many different ways for visitors to experience early life in Rhode Island. A full calendar of events includes outdoor festivals, music concerts, scavenger hunts and hands-on activities. Created as a guide both for local families and visitors, the Rhody Ramble helps kids to connect with Rhode Island’s history and discover its hidden treasures.

The Rhody Ramble includes 18 member organizations of the Historic Sites Coalition of Rhode Island (HSCRI), a network of historic places open to the public. Founded in 2007, the HSCRI brings together stewards of historic sites to share resources, exchange ideas and promote Rhode Island’s unique places. The HSCRI is a program of Preserve Rhode Island, a statewide preservation advocacy organization.

Rhody Ramble’s Featured Events

museum of work and cultureMuseum of Work and Culture
42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Every Day until 12/31/2014
Weekdays: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (closed Monday)
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sundays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Museum of Work & Culture, a Division of the Rhode Island Historical Society, tells the stories of the men, women, and children who came to the Blackstone River Valley to find work in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The exhibits focus on the farm-to-factory experience of French-Canadians who came to Woonsocket to tell the larger story of American immigration. A special exhibit, The Ghost Army, tells the story of American G.I.s who duped Hitler’s army with rubber tanks, sound effects and illusion during WWII.

Admission: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors/Students, Free for Children under 10. There is a $1 discount off adult admission for AAA members. Free Parking. Questions? Call 401-769-WORK (9675) or 401-331-8575.

Tour the Old Jailwashington county jail
2636 Kingstown Road , Kingstown RI 02881
Every Day until 12/31/2014
Open Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 1-4 pm

Visit the Old Washington County Jail in Kingston, RI and tour period jail cells re-constructed in 1858 to replace the site’s first jail of 1792. Learn about the crimes and punishments of some of the area’s notorious characters! The museum also offers exhibits on RI plantation history, Washington County during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and regional exhibits of early schools, toys, and textiles of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Recommended for children 8-12.

Suggested donation: $5 Adults, $3 Children. Questions? Call 401-783-1328.

 

museum of natural history and planetariumMuseum of Natural History and Planetarium
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI 02907
Every Day until 12/31/2014  10:00 AM -4:00 PM

The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and is home to the state’s only public planetarium. The natural history collections include fossils, mollusks, minerals, rocks, mounted flora and fauna. The cultural collections contains over 25,000 archaeological and ethnographic specimens primarily of African, Native American and Pacific origin. Last admission to the museum is at 3:30 pm.

Museum Admission: $2 (Free for children under 4 years old.) First Saturday of the Month is FREE for Providence Residents with proof of residency. Questions? Call 401-785-9457 Ext. 221

Planetarium & Museum Admission: $3 (No one under age 4 is permitted in the planetarium.) Shows on weekends at 2:00 pm.

breakers family tourThe Breakers Family Tour
44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport RI 02840
Every Day until 12/1/2014  10:00 AM -5:00 PM

The family tour allows youngsters and parents to imagine themselves personally witnessing the history made in this great Gilded Age chateau. As the house shares its secrets, you hear from family members and staff, as well as fanciful creatures like the friendly dolphin hiding under the grand staircase, the lions of the Music Room and the dragons in the Dining Room. Experience a summer day in the life of one of the Vanderbilt children. Learn about the masters of the kitchen – Monsieur Le Chef and his colleague, The Butler. Take an imaginary slide down the grand stairs on a silver serving tray. Learn all the “rules” the children had to live by at The Breakers. The tour is designed for children aged 6-11, but is fun for the whole family!

Admission: Adult: $19.50, Youth: $5.50 (ages 6-17), Free for children under 6. 

ladd observatoryTelescope Observing Night
210 Doyle Avenue, Providence RI 02906
Every Tuesday until 3/31/2014  7:00 PM -9:00 PM

View the moon, stars and planets through the antique telescope at Brown University’s historic observatory. Ladd Observatory opened in 1891 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit and learn about the past, present and future of astronomy. Open every Tuesday after twilight.

Admission: FREE! Questions? Call 401-863-2323.


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Upcoming events for the week of February 16th – 22nd

This week we have a play written by Olneyville fifth-graders, movie showings for the Providence French Film Festival, an awards party for the Providence Children’s Film Festival, and as always, the Pawtucket Wintertime Market. We hope you enjoy these events, and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

This week we have a play written by Olneyville fifth-graders, movie showings for the Providence French Film Festival, an awards party for the Providence Children’s Film Festival, and as always, the Pawtucket Wintertime Market. We hope you enjoy these events, and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Sunday, February 16th

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play”

See the last performance of “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play” at 3pm. Written by fifth-graders from the Olneyville neighborhood, this play is about how kindness can turn bullying situations around. The performance is located in the Media & Arts Center at the Met School at 325 Public Street in Providence. Tickets are Pay What You Can, but reservations are encouraged. Call the box office to RSVP: 401-331-7007. Programs are free for Olneyville kids. Donations are appreciated.

Wednesday, February 19th

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 20th

Providence French Film Festival: Young and Beautiful 6:30 PM

Providence French Film Festival: The Meteor 9:00 PM

Friday, February 21st

Providence French Film Festival: Queen of Montreuil 4:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Rebellion 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 22nd

Awards Party: Providence Children’s Film Festival

Head over to the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium and enjoy a screening of Once in a Lullaby at 3:30pm, followed by a party at 5:30pm announcing the award winners of this year’s festival. Tickets are $10 for children and students and $15 for adults.

Providence French Film Festival: Aya of Yop City 12:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Haute Cuisine 2:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Far from Anywhere 4:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Cycling with Moliere 6:30 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Calm at Sea 9:00 PM

(Photo via: Flickr: Taco Inc., Marianne Lee, 2010)

Upcoming events for the week of February 9th – 15th

This week you can look forward to the Providence Children’s Film Festival’s opening night, a unique show by the Martha Redbone Roots Project, a spoken word performance, an inspiring play written by fifth-graders, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market.

This week you can look forward to the Providence Children’s Film Festival’s opening night,  a unique show by the Martha Redbone Roots Project, a spoken word performance, an inspiring play written by fifth-graders, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market. We hope you enjoy these events, and if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Wednesday, February 12th

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 13th

Opening Night: Providence Children’s Film Festival

Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival! Help us kick off this year’s festival with food and festivities followed by a screening of The Zigzag Kid at the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium. The party begins at 6pm followed by screening of The Zigzag Kid at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for children and students and $15 for adults.

Martha Redbone Roots Project at Aurora

Hailed as “Americana’s next superstar”, Martha Redbone soulfully fuses her Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American heritage in a vibrant gumbo of funk and R&B. With her latest album, Garden of Love—Songs of William Blake, Redbone plunges her hands into both the fertile soil of timeless Appalachian roots music and the mystical and romantic poetry of the seminal, late-18th century British bard. The result, produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen, is brilliant and startlingly fresh. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Andrea Gibson Spoken Word

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. See her perform live at Providence’s Columbus Theatre at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show.

Friday, February 14th

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play”

Nine young playwrights from the Olneyville neighborhood, each in the 5th grade, have collaboratively written a full-length play around the theme of acts of kindness, and turning bystanders into upstanders in bullying situations. Presented by the Manton Avenue Project, performances will take place at 7pm on Friday, and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Media and Arts Center at the Met School at 325 Public St. in Providence. Tickets are Pay What You Can, but reservations are encouraged.  As always, our programs are free to Olneyville kids. Donations are appreciated.

(Photo via: Pete DeSimas Photography)

Upcoming events for the week of February 2nd – 8th

We’ve got a poetry reading, classical music, funk music, a great photographic story-telling exhibition about life in Olneyville, an experimental lighting installation in the Grace Cemetery on Broad Street, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market.

We’ve got a poetry reading, classical music, funk music, a great photographic story-telling exhibition about life in Olneyville, an experimental lighting installation in the Grace Cemetery on Broad Street, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market. We hope you enjoy them and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Sunday, February 2nd

Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading

Stop by the Metcalf Auditorium and the RISD Museum’s Chace Center at 1:0pm to hear the poems of Langston Hughes read aloud by members of the community and leaders of diverse backgrounds, including educators, corporate executives, writers, musicians and artists, accompanied by the Daniel Ian Smith Jazz Trio. A reception will be held after the reading.

Wednesday, February 5th

Community In Focus: Photographs & Stories Of Olneyville

An oral history and photo exhibit showcasing the diverse culture and history of the Olneyville community. Undertaken as part of Olneyville Housing Corporation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, the exhibit celebrates life in Olneyville by pairing 25 striking portraits of Olneyville residents with the residents’ own real-life stories of the neighborhood. The opening reception is at the gallery in the City Hall beginning at 4:00pm. The show runs through March 24th.

Wolfgang Holzmair at the Granoff Center for the Arts

Quite possibly the leading Lied baritone of his generation, Austrian Wolfgang Holzmair is an artist of rare communicative gifts. Performing Franz Schubert’s posthumous collection of songs Schwanengesang (“Swan Song”), Holzmair will be joined by his long-time recital partner Russell Ryan.

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 6th

SouthLight Community Lighting Event

SouthLight is a lighting installation project by students at the Rhode Island School of Design in collaboration with Social Light Movement. Social Light Movement, a philanthropic organization, was founded to improve lighting for people – particularly those who are unlikely to have access to good quality illumination within their environment. Event opens at 6pm at Grace Church Cemetery on the corner of Broad Street & Elmwood Avenue in Trinity Square. Bring your friends and family for a night of lights, music, and complimentary refreshments! The lighting will continue on Friday, February 7th at 6:00pm.

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires

Most artists appreciate their audiences, just as many are grateful for them, but few artists love their fans as much and as sincerely as Charles Bradley. “I want them to know how much they have helped me grow,” notes Bradley when discussing Victim of Love, the follow up to his widely praised debut album No Time For Dreaming. The “Screaming Eagle Of Soul” is set to release the 11-track set April 2 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.

Saturday, February 8th

WaterFire: From Art Installation to Global Phenomenon

The Cora Lee Gibbs Honorary Lecture at the Newport Art Museum by WaterFire creator Barnaby Evans.

This lecture will provide guests with an overview of the history of WaterFire in Providence and an exciting look into the future of WaterFire projects around the world.

WaterFire, the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans has been praised as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance, and a demonstration of the power of art to unite a community. WaterFire has been discussed in hundreds of articles and included in symposia around the world. Evans has created installations of WaterFire in Singapore and Houston, and is currently exploring art installations for a number of other cities.