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Ongoing, 2017

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 1-30, 2017

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 1-31, 2017

Christmas at Linden Place Mansion, Bristol

Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, and Christmas tablescapes by top designers and florists... these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion. Open for self-guided tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 12-5pm. Admission charged. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

December 15-17, 2017

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

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 17, 2017

Rhode Island Post Card Club Meeting, North Providence

9:00am–1:00pm. Knights of Columbus, 15 Bassett Street. Post cards of all descriptions including town views, Christmas, New Year, and other holiday greetings will be available for sale. The meeting and sale is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Facebook.

December 18, 2017

Ocean State Follies, Warwick

Begins at 6:00pm. Tri-City Elks Lodge #14, 1915 West Shore Road. The award-winning comedy cabaret is back, poking loving fun at the Ocean State through song parodies and skits. In December we're resenting a holiday-themed show (Don't miss Doreen Collins' "Santa's Baby"). Arrival 6-7pm; buffet, 7pm; show, 8:15pm; reservations required. (401) 270-7111; charliehall@cox.net; www.oceanstatefollies.net.

December 19, 2017

Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

10:30am–11:30am. 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 22-23, 2017

Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

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 27, 2017

UnDecked Halls: A Glimpse Behind the Shutters at Rough Point, Newport

10:00am–3:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Enjoy an authentic view inside a Newport mansion in winter. Heiress Doris Duke spent Christmas in sunny Hawaii far away from Rough Point, her Newport estate. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point's winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours on the half-hour; refreshments. Adults, $15; children 12 and under, free. (401) 847-8344; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

January 1-7, 2018

Christmas at Linden Place Mansion, Bristol

Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, and Christmas tablescapes by top designers and florists... these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion. Open for self-guided tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 12-5pm. Admission charged. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

Ongoing, 2018

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.

January 19-21, 2018

10th annual Knitting Weekend and Fiber Art Marketplace , Pawtucket

Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. A weekend of knitting classes, fiber art exhibition, lecture, and networking for the Fiber Art Community. The Fiber Art Market is free and open to the public, where twenty carefully selected fiber art vendors from across the North East will showcase and sell their yarns, fiber art tools, ready-to-wear-works, and more. (401) 725-8638 x108; www.slatermill.org; Tickets.

January 21, 2018

Senetchonet to Manville: a Journey through Time, Part 2, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). View selections from the documentary on the history of Manville by Betty Mencucci and Carlo Mencucci, which contains hundreds of historical photographs of Manville from the collection of Roger Gladu. Free. (401) 725-2847; bvhs58@gmail.com; bvhsri.org.

February 10, 2018

26th Annual Cajun and Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball, Cranston

6:30pm–11:59pm. Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place. Blazing accordions! Cash prizes for best (optional) costumes. Cash bar and Cajun-inspired food. $30 in advance; $40 at the door; tables available. A portion of proceeds benefit VSA Arts RI. (401) 783-3926; www.rhythmandroots.com.

February 28, 2018

Lost Providence, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. David Brussat, architechtural historian and former Providence Journal editorial board member, will talk about and sign his new book on the lost architectural gems of Providence. Free. architecturehereandthere.com.

March 18, 2018

Forgotten Tales of Rhode Island, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Smithfield historian Jim Ignasher will present. Free. (401) 725-2847; bvhs58@gmail.com; bvhsri.org.

March 19, 2018

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

April 22, 2018

The Ghost Army of World War II, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Author and documentary filmmaker Rick Beyer will speak about the deception unit in the U.S. Army. Free and open to the public. (401) 725-2847; www.bvhsri.org.

May 4, 2018

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.'

May 8-20, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Newport

Fort Adams, Fort Adams Drive. This is the only North American stopover of the world's toughest sailing event! Sailing village: up-close, dockage and racing, marine education exhibits, food, entertainment, and family activities. (401) 846-1983; www.volvooceanracenewport.com.

June 2, 2018

37th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, Newport

11:00am–6:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, off Harrison Avenue. The world's original and longest running chowder competition determines bragging rights to the world's "chowda" champion title among dozens of restaurants, divided into Clam, Seafood, and Red chowder categories. www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

June 18, 2018

16th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

July 4, 2018

Annual Independence Day Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch, Narragansett

10:00am–2:00pm. South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street. Come to the Living History Farm to see and hold the answer to the eternal question—Which came first? Observe eggs hatching in the incubator, hold day-old chicks and view the museum's two Rhode Island Red heritage flocks. The flocks are replenished every year with the new chicks, which numbered nearly 200 last year. $2 per person. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

August 13, 2018

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.

March 19, 2019

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2019

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.'

June 18, 2019

17th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

August 12, 2019

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.

March 19, 2020

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

May 4, 2020

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.'

June 18, 2020

18th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 233rd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to victory over the British at Yorktown, with tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. $5 donation requested. (401) 944-9226; joyhomesteader@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

August 10, 2020

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.

March 19, 2021

St. Joseph's Day, Wherever zeppole are sold

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

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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