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January 1-December 31, 2014

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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 1-30, 2014

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.

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 21, 2014

The Evolution of American Destroyers: Bred on Narragansett Bay, Bristol

Begins at 7:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Lecture and reception with Dave McComb, who will speak about the evolution of American destroyers, in which Herreshoff torpedo boats played a central role. Members, $7; non-member $15. (401) 253-5000; info@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org website for more information.

November 22, 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.

Peddlars' Faire, Chepachet, Glocester

9:00am–4:00pm. Vicinity of Job Armstrong Store, 1181 Putnam Pike. Vendors on both sides of Main Street. www.glocesterheritagesociety.org

Secrets from the Vaults: Ancient Objects and Hidden Treasures, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park. Hidden gems and treasures from the Museum's vaults, rarely seen, are featured in this new exhibit curated by Mike McGinity and Richard Siembab. Admission, $2; children under 4, free. Pay a little extra and take a Museum vault tour at 1 or 3pm. (401) 785-9457; www.providenceri.gov/museum.

November 22-23, 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.

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 28-30, 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.

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, 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.

Santa's Arrival and Holiday Parade, Providence

Begins at 9:00am. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. See Santa arrive in grand style, then take part in a festive holiday parade through the zoo, see the animals receive some 'gifts' of their own and enjoy a number of other activities that'll get the whole family glowing with holiday cheer. Free with regular zoo admission. (401) 785-3510; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.org.

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.

Holiday Breakfast for Scholarships, East Providence

8:30am–11:00am. East Providence High School, 2000 Pawtucket Avenue. Enjoy a full breakfast, balloon art by Lon Cerel, and free photo with Santa. Silent auction packages include Samsung Galaxy tablet, $200 Best Buy, Samsonite luggage, Walt Disney World passes, and a Mike Napoli autographed baseball. Take chances on dozens of raffle prizes. Adults, $8; children 5-10, $4. Pay by cash or check, benefits Scholarship Foundation of East Providence. (401) 431-1675; jkent@aol.com.

November 29-30, 2014

Visits with Santa, Providence

10am-12pm and 1-3pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Have a special visit with Santa where you'll meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun activities for the whole family. Children 3-12, $10; toddlers 0-2, $5; in addition to regular Zoo admission. (401) 785-3510; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.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, 2014

Holiday Open House: Lucy Aldrich's WWII Christmas, Newport

5:00pm–6:00pm. Colony House, Washington Square. Tour the 1739 Colony House before Christmas in Newport's opening ceremony. Enjoy festive music from across the globe performed by Newport String Project. Violinists EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will bring a potpourri of lively music to celebrate Newport's vast history and mark the start of the holiday season. Admission is free, donations are welcome. (401) 841-8770 www.newporthistorical.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 2, 2014

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

Begins at 10:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.org.

December 3-17, 2014

Blackstone Valley Culinaria Secret Ingredient Food Tours, Northern Rhode Island

Wednesdays, 6-8pm. Various venues. Each week visit a different local restaurant and learn the chef's personal secrets for making their favorite meals. Reservations required. (401) 724-2200; info@blackstoneculinaria.com; www.blackstoneculinaria.com.

December 5-7, 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 6, 2014

Old-Fashioned Christmas/Self-Guided Tour Day, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.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.

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.

December 6-7, 2014

Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). The halls of Smith Castle are decked in period fashion for a celebration of Christmas past. Nibble on home-baked treats, sip hot mulled cider, and enjoy live music from an earlier era. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

Visits with Santa, Providence

10am-12pm and 1-3pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Have a special visit with Santa where you'll meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun activities for the whole family. Children 3-12, $10; toddlers 0-2, $5; in addition to regular Zoo admission. (401) 785-3510; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.org.

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket

4:00pm–8:00pm. Slater Memorial Park, Newport Avenue and Armistice Boulevard. See 400 decorated Christmas trees, twenty Victorian buildings, and a talking snowman, and enjoy free visits and photos with Santa, train rides, hay rides, carousel rides, food court, and entertainment. Free admission and parking. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

December 7, 2014

American Girl Doll Christmas, Lincoln

Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 4-10 are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for Christmas at a historic mansion. Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 11, 2014

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.

Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island, Newport

Begins at 5:30pm. Colony House, Washington Square. Espionage played a vital role during the Revolutionary War in Rhode Island, and the British and French occupations of Newport and Aquidneck Island. Join author Christian M. McBurney as he relates stories of Revolutionary spies, such as Lieutenant John Trevett, William Taggart, Metcalf Bowler, and Ann Bates. A book signing follows. Members, $1; non-members $5. (401) 841-8770 www.newporthistorical.org.

December 12-14, 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 13, 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.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Self-guided Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

4:00pm–7:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 13-14, 2014

Christmas Open House, Tiverton

Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday 12-4pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. Hot apple cider greets visitors shopping for historical ornaments, classic jellies, baked goodies, and vintage decor. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket

4:00pm–8:00pm. Slater Memorial Park, Newport Avenue and Armistice Boulevard. See 400 decorated Christmas trees, twenty Victorian buildings, and a talking snowman, and enjoy free visits and photos with Santa, train rides, hay rides, carousel rides, food court, and entertainment. Free admission and parking. (401) 728-0500 x251; www.pawtucketri.com.

December 14, 2014

Old-Fashioned Christmas Self-guided Tours, Lincoln

2:00pm–6:00pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. (401) 726-0597 kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

December 16, 2014

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

Begins at 10:30am. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. The Library opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century (Gilded Age) American architecture. Meet at grand entrance on Washington Street for one hour tour. Free. (401) 455-8090; tmason@provlib.org; www.provlib.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.

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.

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.

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