Holiday Pop-Ups Happening This Weekend: Dec 5-Dec 9

Pop-up shops and markets can be a great opportunity to shop small and find locally-made gifts for the holiday season. Here are some pop-ups happening in and around Providence this weekend – including our very own WFAC Store:

WaterFire Arts Center Store Holiday Pop-Up

Saturday December 8th WaterFire will host the first Holiday Pop-Up at our WFAC Store featuring WaterFire merchandise and handmade gifts from local artists. Join us from 10am-6pm

Holiday Stroll Craft Fair and Bake Sale – December 5th 5-8pm hosted by Westerly Land Trust

Hope Artist Village Open Studios – December 5th from 5-8pm

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Holiday Pop-Up Events Nov 27-Dec 2

There are various pop-up sales happening in and around Providence this weekend – perfect for getting ahead of your holiday shopping lists! Here’s some of our picks:

Providence Art Club Little Pictures Show & Sale – November 20th-December 23rd

The Cove Pop-Up – Hosted by The Gordon Network  – November 15th-December 23rd

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Our Recommendations: Rhode Island Beaches

Welcome to our roundup of the many excellent Rhode Island Beaches that you can experience while you’re visiting Providence. Rhode Island, although only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, boasts 400 miles of shoreline. The smallest state certainly lives up to its nickname “The Ocean State,” with a plethora of beautiful sandy beaches frequented by locals and tourists alike. With so many beaches to choose from, those circling the Narragansett Bay to open Atlantic Ocean beaches, it’s no wonder that Rhode Island attracts visitors from all over the world. Continue reading “Our Recommendations: Rhode Island Beaches”

Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 8/11-8/14

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Birds from Down UnderThursday, August 11th, 2016
Roger Williams Park Zoo, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Take a trip to Roger Williams Zoo to visit with more than 450 bird species native to Australia, including grass parakeets, cockatiels and various other parrot species. Each visitor will receive a seed stick and is free to feed the exotic birds while engaging in conversation about their habitats and the environmental challenges they face. Admission is an additional $3 to zoo admission.

PVD Ghost Tours Thursday, August 11th-Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Prospect Terrace Park – 8 PM to 9:30 PM

Providence Ghost Tours are back for the summer. Join a lantern-led tour for a chilling walk through the darkened streets of the historic East Side of Providence. Listen to the stories about Providence’s haunted past!

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Shop Local This Holiday Season

This holiday season shop local and support your local artists and businesses in Rhode Island. Providence is home to an array of shops that will satisfy your every need. Small local businesses are Rhode Island’s largest employer, so this holiday season support your local shops and businesses. By buying local, you will reduce your carbon footprint and help to build the community here in Rhode Island. Here’s some recommendations on where to shop locally this holiday season!

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Upcoming Events for October 29th – November 1st

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out these cool events happening in Rhode Island!

Thursday, October 29

Armory Farmers Market: The market is located at the corner of Parade and Hudson Streets in Providence. Come out and support your local farmers and buy some fresh fruits ad veggies. Begins at 3:30 p.m.

Geometer Exhibition By Steven Pestana : Visit GRIN for the geometer exhibition by artist Steven Pestana. The exhibition runs from October 15th- November 14th.

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: A nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the beautiful Wetlands Trail, with well over 100 of the pumpkins carved into veritable works of art. Located at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, opens at 6 p.m.

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Upcoming Events for October 9th through 12th

Looking for something fun to do this Columbus day weekend? Check out these cool events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, October 9

Questival Providence: Questival is a 24-hour team social adventure race that takes place across the greater Providence area! There is also an Saturday adventure if you’d rather participate there. Tickets are available for the 24h and Saturday events http://questival.cotopaxi.com/questivals/providence2015/ For more information, visit questival.cotopaxi.com

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: A nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the beautiful Wetlands Trail, with well over 100 of the pumpkins carved into veritable works of art. Located at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, opens at 6 p.m.

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Upcoming Events for September 25th through 27th

Visiting for this weekend’s full WaterFire? Check out these other events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, September 25

Wine and Food Festival at the Newport Mansions: At the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one Grand Tasting admission price allows you to experience a tasting tour around the world with wine and food samples showcasing the finest vintages and cuisine available.  Plus, Grand Tasting parking is complimentary at Easton’s Beach on Memorial Boulevard, with free shuttle service to and from Marble House. Ticket sales are non-refundable.  All attendees must be 21 or over.

To Search: Investigations of the Virtual and Material Lives of Objects: This two-day conversation highlights the double lives of objects—- their local, intimate, and concrete quality as they reside in museums and their global, ubiquitous, and permeable virtual representations in digital media. It investigates the structures of knowledge and emergent network systems whose architectures and formal characteristics facilitate our encounters with objects. 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

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Upcoming Events for September 18th through 20th

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out these cool events happening in Rhode Island!

Friday, September 18th

Downtown Abbey Cooking Class:  You will prepare a 3 course menu of delicious, original recipes from the 1920’s. Menu: Broiled Oysters With Peach and Paprika, Apricot Stuffed Pork Tenderloins, Château Potatoes, Julianne Carrots with Lemon Cream and Floating Islands with Lemon-Scented Custard Sauce and Raspberries. 6:30 p.m. located at 41 Lookout Ave, North Providence, RI 02911. $70 per person.

Chris Distefano at Comedy Connection: Described as a high energy comic, Chris Distefano acts out a variety of characters derived from his life, typically leaving you on the edge of your seat. 8:00 p.m. ;located at Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914. Tickets are $15.

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Our Recommendations: Rhode Island Performing Arts Venues

If you’re interested in Theatre or the performing arts, you won’t have to travel far. Rhode Island is home to many different performing arts venues that always have something different to offer. If you’re planning on visiting Providence or Rhode Island soon, you should check out these different venues to see if there is a performance during your visit!

Providence

PPAC
Providence Performing Arts Center, photo via eventseeker.com

Providence Performing Arts Center – PPAC is the most popular theatre in Rhode Island. This 3,100 seat theatre becomes home to several different touring Broadway shows throughout the year. The beauty of PPAC with its elegant and historic feel makes seeing a show at this theatre feel like you are actually on Broadway!

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Upcoming Events July 29th – August 2nd

We have a lot going on this week in Providence! Especially, our WaterFire to support RI defeats Hep C. The Steeple Street Music Stage is back at this WaterFire. Come enjoy live performances by Rose Weaver and Greg Abate. Lighting begins at 8:25 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29th 

Windmill Wednesday’s at Prescott Farms: 3:30 p.m. Explore how this amazing machine works and learn about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island.

Blithwood’s Summer Concert Series-Music at Sunset: 5:00 p.m. Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay.

PechaKucha Night Providence: 7:30 p.m. It’s time once again for one of your favorite PechaKucha Nights of the year: We return to the beautiful outdoor space and community garden at The Avenue Concept!

Thursday, July 30th

KidInfo Story Time + Art in the Park: 10:30 a.m.  Join us for STORYTIME in Burnside Park while local authors, illustrators, storytellers and performers bring stories and books to life!

Children’s Workshop-Rocks Rock!: 1:00 p.m. Ballard Park is holding a nature workshop for children! The one and a half hour program will feature hands-on activities focusing on the natural elements found in Ballard Park.

Armory Farmers Market: 3:30 p.m.

2015 Burnside Music Series: 4:30 p.m.

Concert Under the Elms Concert Series: 6:30 p.m. Join us for the Concerts under the Elms, an annual outdoor summer concert series held Thursdays under the canopy of elms at the John Brown House Museum.

Movies on the Block: 7:30 p.m. Blade Runner

Friday, July 31st

Family Fun Friday-Rolie Polie Guacamole: 11:00 a.m. Bring a picnic, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy the show! Each week, dance and sing along with the kids to a variety of educational and interactive musical performances.

Saturday, August 1st

Broad Street Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m.

Henseler Foundation Kayak and Paddle Board Race: 8:30 a.m. Enjoy the historic beauty of Wickford, Rhode Island from the water at this great flatwater race.

Hope Street Farmers Market 9:00 a.m.

WaterFire Providence Full Lighting: 8:00 p.m. For the 2nd year in a row WaterFire is partnering up with RI Defeats Hep C for our “C is for Cure” event.

Sunday, August 2nd

The Providence Flea: 10:00 a.m. Featuring all the cool vendors from last summer’s Flea plus a slate of new vendors for even more one-of-a-kind Flea finds!

Alex and Ani Sunday Jazz Series: 1:00 p.m. Attention jazz fans! Get ready to make your Sundays a little more musical with The Alex and Ani Sunday Jazz Series at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard.

The Empire Review Variety Show: 8:00 p.m. Witness a raft of talented local performers the likes of which you have never seen at Providence’s premiere variety show!

Our Recommendations – Historic Sites

Providence has a well known historical neighborhood known as College Hill. Throughout this neighborhood, there are plenty of different museums and historical houses for your to explore during your trip to Providence! Check out some of our favorite historic spots in Providence that are a must see while you’re staying with us!

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Governor Henry Lippitt House, photo via LandmarkHunter.com.

Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

Henry Lippitt, Rhode Island Governor from 1875-1877, designed and built this historic Victorian spectacle in 1865. Since then, generations of the Lippitt family occupied the house for almost 115 years. Today, it is open to the public as a historic representation of the Victorian Era. For more information about tour times and dates please visit their website.

The John Brown House

John Brown constructed this house in the late 1700’s. As a prominent family at the time and one of the early benefactors to Brown University, it is said that many famous politicians, such as George Washington, have visited the house on multiple occasions. In 1942, The Brown Family donated the house to the Rhode Island Historical Society for preservation. Today, you can take guided tours of the John Brown House. For more information about the house and the tours available please visit their website.

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The Old State House, via ProvidenceArchitecture.org.

The Old State House 

There are five former State Houses in Rhode Island that still survive. Most specifically, this historic structure on Benefit Street in Providence, gained its name “The Old State House” after the new State House on Smith Hill was built in 1901.

Benefit Street: A Mile of History 

Enjoy a walking tour of one of the most historic streets in Providence. Throughout the summer, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. enjoy historic Providence with a walking tour of the College Hill Neighborhood. The tour begins at the John Brown House and explores many other 18th and 19th century homes.

The Museum of Work and Culture, photo via the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Museum of Work and Culture

Come to the Museum of Work and Culture to enjoy the stories and celebrate the people that traveled to Rhode Island in search of a brighter future during the booming 19th and 20th centuries. Learn about their work in the mill town’s historic mills and more!

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Want to learn about Rhode Island’s history, but don’t know where to begin? Then you should definitely stop by the Rhode Island Historical Society. This building is home to 5,000 manuscripts, 100,000 books, and 400,000 photographs. It is the fourth oldest state historical society in the entire United States! You won’t want to miss this.

Slater Mill – Pawtucket, RI 

In 1793, a local firm brainstormed and built a mill on the basis of the idea that they would be able to manufacture items solely by waterpower. Hence, Slater Mill was created as the first successful cotton spinning factory in the United States. In 1921, a group of business men came together to purchase Slater Mill and restore it as a piece of Rhode Island’s history. Tickets to tour the museum must be purchased online here.

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Slater Mill Historic Site, photo via Wikipedia.

The Providence Athenaeum 

The Providence Athenaeum is Providence’s own historic library. This member-supported library is free and open to the public. It has been open to several famous writers in the past such as Edgar Allen Poe and HP Lovecraft.

The State House

Rhode Island’s State House offers free guided tours year-round. Come see the third largest unsupported dome structure in the world!

Downtown Pawtucket Historic Walking Tour

Take a self-guided tour of downtown historic Pawtucket, Rhode Island! The tour features over 40 different historic sites throughout the city. Some of the stops along the tour include, the Old Pawtucket Post Office, Slater Mill Historic Site, and Pawtucket City Hall.

Stephen Hopkins House, Providence, RI in 2014
Governor Stephen Hopkins House, photo via Wikipedia.

Governor Stephen Hopkins House

Home to the Rhode Island State Governor and the Declaration of Independence signer, this historical landmark is open to the public for guided tours from May to November as a part of the “Mile of History” Program. For more information please visit the Stephen Hopkin’s House Facebook Page.