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January 1-December 31, 2020

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.

December 4-28, 2020

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 5, 2020

CANCELLED—Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

10:00am–12:00pm. Park parking lot, 120 Killingly Street. Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy and the Providence Parks Department invite you to come and explore the only natural forest in Providence, unusual for an urban setting. The guided hike will take you to the top of the hill, the highest point in Providence, 296 feet above sea level, from which you can see spectacular views of the City and nearly a quarter of the State. Several miles of hiking/walking trails provide a panoply of picturesque stone walls, unique geological formations, natural springs and brooks, wild flowers and berries. Dress for the day's weather—be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes. We also recommended insect repellent year 'round as a precaution against ticks which may carry Lyme Disease. Free; $5 per family donation suggested; no advance reservations required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Any cancellations will be noted on the Neutaconkanut Facebook page and website. (401) 719-1482; susan@nhill.org; www.nhill.org.

Holiday Boutique, Westerly

9:00am–1:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. Join us for a holiday marketplace of cookie platters, assorted baked goods, handmade decorative greens, artisinal soaps, hearty soups to go... and much, much more! Place a bid on one of many exquisite raffle baskets and remember to stop in at Joshuas's Store to see what's new. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

50th Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House, Newport

4:30pm–8:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue. The waterfront will be bathed in holiday lights as the Christmas season begins in Newport! Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30pm, followed by the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long at 5pm. A Newport city official lights the thirty-foot tree at 6pm, immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting) or by sleigh. (401) 849-2243; info@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

CANCELLED—American Girl Doll Christmas Party, Lincoln

12:30pm–3:30pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. Girls ages 5 and up are invited to bring their moms and their American Girl Dolls for a party at a historic mansion. Two limited seatings: 12:30pm and 2:30pm; reservations required. Members, $24; non-members $27. (401) 726-0597; info@hearthsidehouse.org; Hearthside House.

Victorian Christmas Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 6:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Clouds Hill invites you to enjoy the tradition of a Christmas dinner surrounded by holiday decor. Menus are preset. $150 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 5-6, 2020

Christmas at the Castle, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, (off Route 1). The best time of year! Savor the aromas of home-baked goods and mulled cider. Enjoy live traditional music, children's crafts and cookie decorating as well. Admission charged. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

December 5-31, 2020

Newport Seal Tours/Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

Check website for dates and times. Bowen's Wharf. Embark on a tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360-degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Seal Tours, one hour, $17-$22; Seal and Lighthouse Tours, two hours, $37-$47, tour of Rose Island Lighthouse included. (401) 203-7325; education@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

December 6, 2020

CANCELLED—Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Lincoln

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

Christmas Open House, Smithfield

1:00pm–4:00pm. Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road. Experience the joys of an old fashioned holiday by viewing the Smith-Appleby House in its holiday finest. Visit with Santa for a Christmas surprise and photo. Finish the day by decorating Christmas cookies in the barn with hot cocoa and marshmallows. $5 donation requested; children always free. (401) 231-7363; www.smithapplebyhouse.org.

Christmas Tea, Warwick

Begins at 2:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Enjoy tea in the parlor. Menus are preset and catered by Tom's Market Catering. $35; prepaid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 10, 2020

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) 935-8591; info@newportgalleries.org; www.newportgalleries.org.

December 12, 2020

CANCELLED—Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration by Candlelight, Lincoln

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

December 12-13, 2020

Christmas Open House, Tiverton

Saturday, 10am-3pm; Sunday 12-3pm. Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road. Hot apple cider greets visitors shopping for Christmas decor and baked goods, historical ornaments, our annual Tiverton calendar, classic jellies, mugs, local history books, baked goodies, vintage decor and gifts. Our shop will also be open for other gifts. tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; under 12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 13, 2020

CANCELLED—Hike Through Hunts Mills, East Providence

1:30pm–3:00pm. Hunts Mills, 65 Hunts Mill Road. This easy and relaxed-paced hike is good for beginners and kids. The hike follows the shore of the Ten Mile River for a bit and winds through the old fire department training grounds. Reservations are not required. (401) 435-7531; blackstoneheritagecorridor.org.

CANCELLED—Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Lincoln

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

Outdoor Christmas Concert, Bristol

Begins at 2:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Your Favorite Brass Quintet, the in-residence quintet at Salve Regina University, will grace the Linden Place gardens for an afternoon of holiday music. Members, $20; non-members, $25; reservations required. (401) 253-0390; sbattle@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

December 19-20, 2020

Home for the Holidays Guided Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:30pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent ten-room mansion given by volunteer interpreters in Victorian finery. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

Step Into the Holidays, Warwick

1:00pm–4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through twelve rooms of holiday splendor; different decorations each year. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; military and college (with ID), $8; under 12, $5. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

December 27, 2020

Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. ripcc.org.

Home for the Holidays Guided Candlelight Tours, Lincoln

1:00pm–4:30pm. Hearthside, Great Road. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent ten-room mansion given by volunteer interpreters in Victorian finery. Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and countless poinsettias and many special personal touches brought in by the volunteers from their own holiday collections. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live seasonal music and caroling, homemade cookies, and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The amber glow of candlelight and the white lights of the gaily decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. (401) 726-0597; kathy.hartley@hearthsidehouse.org; www.hearthsidehouse.org.

January 31, 2021

VIRTUAL—Coastal Defenses of South County, Online

1:00pm–3:00pm. This is the first talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. The series is sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

February 28, 2021

Stories of the South County Fisherman, Narragansett

1:00pm–3:00pm. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 36 Kingstown Road. This is the second talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

Honor Jesus's foster dad with a faceful of zeppole!

My Life in a Lighthouse, Riverside, East Providence

Begins at 7:00pm. St. Brendan School Hall, 55 Turner Avenue. Fred Mikkelksen, former keeper of Conanicut Light from 1958-'60, will tell some fascinating stories of lighthouse life. Free. http://www.pomhamrockslighthouse.org/.

March 28, 2021

The Ospreys of Narrow River, Narragansett

1:00pm–3:00pm. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 36 Kingstown Road. This is the third talk in the winter speaker series: On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. Free, registration required (registration will open at the beginning of the month). (401) 783-5344; info@onpettaquamscutt.org; onpettaquamscutt.org; narlib.org.

May 4, 2021

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.'

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