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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.

March 1-31, 2020

Newport Irish Heritage Month, Newport

Various venues. Celebrate all that is Irish during this exciting month-long event featuring Celtic storytelling, Irish step-dancing, interesting lectures, afternoon teas, an Irish coffee contest, Jameson Irish whiskey tastings, and a festive Saint Patrick's Day parade. (401) 847-9122; IrishHeritage@StacyHouse.com; www.aohnewport.org

March 30, 2020

Federal Hill Culinary and History Tour, Providence

9:00am–11:00am. Federal Hill Heritage Center, 286 Atwells Avenue. Chef and historian Walter Potenza will lead participants through a walking tour of foods and history of Federal Hill, and include food terminology, products information, how to shop, how to store, and anything that may be of interest in expanding culinary horizons, as well as samples at the end of the tour. $60. (401) 273-2652; info@federalhilltours.com; federalhilltours.com.

March 31, 2020

Chasing Chocolate: Chocolate's Voyage from Mesoamerica to Colonial Rhode Island, Tiverton

6:30pm–8:00pm. Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Avenue. In this illustrated presentation, Geralyn Ducady, Director of the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs at the Rhode Island Historical Society, will start with chocolate's origins and use in ancient Mesoamerica. She will then take the audience on a journey as we follow chocolate's global expansion in the Triangle Trade and up to Rhode Island. We will take a look at chocolate production in Newport and Providence, its social uses in the colonial period, and how it became what we are familiar with today. Free. (401) 625-6796; www.tivertonlibrary.org.

April 2, 2020

POSTPONED—A People's Tour of the John Brown House Museum, Providence

5:30pm–8:00pm. John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Researched and presented by local historian, artist, and activist Joey La Neve DeFrancesco through a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Covering 1700-1790, the tour will use the house as a frame to discuss the often ignored and erased people, processes, and tragedies that created 18th century Rhode Island. We'll look at how the slave trade and its auxiliary industries, such as rum distilling and shipbuilding, created the wealth of famous families like the Browns, DeWolfs, and Hopkins, and how that wealth set the stage for industrialization. We'll re-examine popular events such as the Gaspee Affair, but through the view of Aaron Biggs, the enslaved man who occupied a central role in the aftermath. We'll view Rhode Island's involvement in the Revolutionary War from the vantage of the free and enslaved black and indigenous people who made up the 1st Rhode Island Regiment. Through those and many more stories, we hope to offer a more complete view of 18th century Rhode Island than is often presented in our public history. Two programs, at 5:30pm and 7pm. Members, free; non-members, $5. (401) 331-8575 x360; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

April 3-27, 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.

April 4, 2020

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.

POSTPONED—A Mad Hatter Tea, Warren

Seatings at 12:30 and 3pm. Maxwell House, 59 Church Street. The tea menu consists of scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts. Mad hats encouraged but not required. $15 donation requested; reservations must be made in advance. Call Pat at (401) 245-0392; www.massasoithistorical.org.

Tea in the Style of Downton Abbey, 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.

Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day, Statewide

Various venues. Take the opportunity to visit one of Rhode Island's many museums for free during Museum Day. Register online to download tickets. www.smithsonianmag.com.

CANCELLED—Camouflaged Egg Hunt, Exeter

9:30am–11:00am. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Pardon Joslin Road. Children ages 3 to 10 set out in search for brown eggs and quickly realize how well they camouflage in the natural world. Prizes are awarded to all children, with grand prizes given to the finders of the "golden eggs." Bring a basket. Check-in begins at 9:30am; the Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10am, rain or shine. $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child. (401) 949-5454 x3041; www.asri.org.

CANCELLED—Camouflaged Egg Hunt, Bristol

9:30am–11:00am. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street. Children ages 3 to 10 set out in search for brown eggs and quickly realize how well they camouflage in the natural world. Prizes are awarded to all children, with grand prizes given to the finders of the "golden eggs." Bring a basket. Check-in begins at 9:30am; the Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10am, rain or shine. $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child. (401) 949-5454 x3041; www.asri.org.

CANCELLED—Camouflaged Egg Hunt, Smithfield

9:30am–11:00am. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road. Children ages 3 to 10 set out in search for brown eggs and quickly realize how well they camouflage in the natural world. Prizes are awarded to all children, with grand prizes given to the finders of the "golden eggs." Bring a basket. Check-in begins at 9:30am; the Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10am, rain or shine. $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child. (401) 949-5454 x3041; www.asri.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

April 4-5, 2020

Visits with the Easter Bunny, Providence

10:00am–3:00pm. Roger Williams Park Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Visit with the Easter Bunny, then enjoy a ride on the Carousel or play the day away in the fully accessible outdoor Hasbro Boundless Playground. And don't forget to bring your camera! $5 per child, ages 12 and under. (401) 785-3510 x316; info@rwpzoo.org; www.rwpzoo.org.

April 4-11, 2020

Newport Seal Tours/Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

Check website for 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.

April 5, 2020

POSTPONED—Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps Celebration!, Woonsocket

1:30pm–5:00pm. Museum of Work and Culture, 42 South Main Street. Celebrate the first day of Spring with live ethnic and cultural entertainment; music and dancers, food tastings, and special museum related events. Adults, $20; children, $10; under age 3, free; purchase tickets in advance. (401) 769-9675; mowc@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

April 9, 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.

April 11, 2020

14th Annual Casey Farm Easter Egg Hunt, Saunderstown, North Kingstown

10:30am–11:30am. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road. Hunt begins at 11am. Explore the farm, visit the chickens and chicks, and get a coupon for a half dozen fresh Casey Farm eggs. Enjoy farm games and make an Easter craft. Refreshments available. Rain or shine. Free to Historic New England members; non-members, $17 per child; registration required. (401) 295-1030; www.historicnewengland.org.

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Newport

Begins at 10:00am. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue. It's our 31st annual date with the Easter Bunny! Join us for a fun morning of scrambling for thousands of colorful eggs on Rosecliff's oceanfront lawn. Then bring the family inside for a catered breakfast brunch in the elegant surroundings. Adults, $55-$70; children, 6-12 years, $35-$40; 3-5 years, $30-$35; 2 and under, $10-$15; space is limited; reservations required; held rain or shine. (401) 847-1000 x140; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

Historical Cemetery Restoration and Awareness Day, Statewide

The Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission invites members of the public to participate in Rhode Island Historic Cemetery Day. With over 3,200 historical cemeteries in the state, there's definitely one near you that needs a litle TLC. Join hundreds of volunteers in raking, mowing, cutting brush, and preserving history! Contact your local histrical society to learn how you can help. www.facebook.com/RIHistoricCemeteries.

April 12, 2020

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.

April 13-26, 2020

Newport Seal Tours/Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

Check website for 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.

April 16, 2020

Slavery in Colonial Rhode Island, Portsmouth

6:30pm–7:30pm. Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road. Fred Zilian, Ph.D., became interested in Rhode Island Slave History in 2017 upon reading the book, If Jane Should Want to Be Sold: Stories of Enslavement, Indenture and Freedom in Little Compton, Rhode Island by Marjory Gomez O'Toole. He became curious as to why there was no comparable book about Newport. His curiosity about slave history in general became magnified when he discovered that his grandmother's ancestry was rooted in the slave coast of Africa. Fred will share this story and more about slavery in the area in this fascinating lecture. Free. (401) 683-9457; porlibadult@gmail.com; portsmouthlibrary.org.

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

April 17-19, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

April 18, 2020

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

April 19, 2020

CANCELLED—Victorian Tea, Cranston

2:00pm–4:00pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Join us in our 1864 Ballroom for a traditional Victorian Tea followed by an informative and entertaining presentation by Maria Vazquez, owner of Royal Conservation and Exhibition, on "A Shade Above: An Analysis of New England Parasols and Their Material Culture." $30; seating is limited. (401) 944-9226; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org.

Maritime Misfortunes in the Ocean State, Lincoln

Begins at 2:00pm. North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246). Charlotte Taylor, an archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, will discuss her book, Rhode Island Shipwrecks. Rhode Island has more shipwrecks per square mile than any other state. In her book, Taylor has captured dramatic images of many nineteenth and twentieth Century disasters. She also works closely with the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, a nonprofit organization that is studying the Revolutionary War fleet that once visited Narragansett Bay. Free. (401) 725-2847; bvhs58@gmail.com; bvhsri.org.

April 23-26, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

April 24-May 3, 2020

CANCELLED—7th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival, Newport

Bowen's and Bannister's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue. The Festival is an all-volunteer event in support of Daffodillion, a non-profit organization that has beautified the city with over one million daffodils. Proceeds from the Festival go to purchase more daffodil bulbs to plant each fall. Events throughout the city; free Admission. newportdaffydays.com.

April 25, 2020

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

2nd Annual Daffodil Days Arts and Artisan Fair, Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton

10:00am–4:00pm. Four Corners Arts Center, 3850 Main Road. A unique, boutique artist showcase where you can shop for one-of-a-kind flora and fauna-inspired creations from a finely curated group of local and regional artists and artisans who will be offering wood, pottery, fiber, leather, soap, fine art, photography, and jewelry. And 3000 daffodils will be in bloom! (401) 533-3122; info@tivertonfourcorners.com; www.tivertonfourcorners.com.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

CANCELLED—35th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, Warwick

8:45am–6:00pm. Various venues. Under the theme of Back to the Future, the conference will explore concepts of the future and historic preservation, including but not limited to: Post-war architecture and landscapes; preservation of Modern places; historic utopias, from college campuses to octagon houses to shopping malls; the future of place-based tourism; teaching and learning about preservation in the twenty-first century; technological advances in archaeology, historical research, and building conservation; preservation and popular culture; interpreting difficult histories; social media and crowd-sourcing; and climate change. Register in advance. ripresconf@gmail.com; www.preservationconferenceri.com.

April 25-May 24 (Approximately), 2020

Celebrate Spring with Tulips!, Exeter

10:00am–7:00pm. Wicked Tulips Flower Farm (Shartner's Farm), One Arnold Place. Wicked Tulips has the largest u-pick tulip field in New England! Tiptoe through our tulip field, experience the sights, sounds, and smells of spring on a historic farm, and bring home a fresh handpicked bouquet of the most amazing tulips you have ever seen. Bring your camera and a blanket and prepare to make some beautiful memories. Note: Dates are approximate and weather dependent. Advance tickets required. (401)297-3700; info@wickedtulips.com; wickedtulips.com.

April 26, 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.

25th Anniversary Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour, Newport

10:00am–4:00pm. St. Michael's Country Day School, 180 Rhode Island Avenue. This year's House Tour highlights the Kay-Catherine area, a neighborhood of Newport that is known for its nineteenth century architecture, with featured homes on the tour including an 1862 Gothic Revival; an 1865 Italianate designed by Newport's noted house architect George Champlin Mason, Sr.; a 1916 brick Neo-Georgian by New York City society architects Cross and Cross; and a 1949 Mid-Century Modern house by Providence architect Ira Rakatansky, one of Newport's only Modernist houses. $50. newporthousetour.com.

April 29, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Ashton, Cumberland

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Food historian David Stone will talk about his recent books, Lost Restaurants of Providence and Lost Restaurants of Newport. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

April 30, 2020

The Suffrage Centennial in Rhode Island, Newport

Begins at 5:30pm. Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. A talk by Dr. Allison Horrocks, Park Ranger, Lowell ?National Historical Park. Though 1920 marks the anniversary of Rhode Island's vote to ratify the 19th amendment, to fully understand this history we? have to ?first trace its origins to struggles that began a century earlier. In Rhode Island, the push for greater access to the ballot box emerged in the context of other social movements such as abolition, temperance, and a working-class rebellion against elite enfranchisement. NHS members and active duty and retired military with ID, $1; non-members, $5; reservations requested. (401) 841-8770; mdelaire@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.

April 30-May 3, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

May 1, 2020

153rd Annual May Breakfast, Cranston

6:00am–11:00am. Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, 229 Wilbur Avenue. Home of the original May Breakfast. Traditional fare of eggs, ham, cornbread, clam cakes, beverage, and homemade apple pie, served family style. Plus May baskets and homemade fudge for sale. (401) 944-0864; www.olcbaptistchurch.com.

Rough Point's 20th Anniversary, Newport

10:00am–7:00pm. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. In honor of Rough Point's 20th year as a museum, we are dropping our prices by twenty percent and holding a special, Friday Night Roam Around with sweet treats (5-7pm)! Wear your favorite New Millennium fashions and party with us like it's 2000! (401) 837-8344; visit@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

May 1-31, 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.

May 2, 2020

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.

Open House Saturday, Wickford, North Kingstown

10:00am–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. Welcoming the community to the 2020 season! Re-enactors and colonial craftsman from throughout New England will encamp for the day for demonstrations. Enjoy presentations on Rhode Island history, games for family participation, tours of Smith's Castle, and food vendors throughout the day. Donations greatly appreciated. (401) 294-3521; www.smithscastle.org.

Derby Day Party, Bristol

4:00pm–8:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Can't make it to Churchill Downs this May 4th? You can still get in on the Derby action because Linden Place Mansion is off to the races! Dig out your derby hat and bring out the seersucker jackets as we bring the spirit of the Kentucky Derby to Bristol, Rhode Island! The ultimate derby watching experience, Linden Place celebrates Kentucky Derby Day in true Colt family fashion with mint juleps, live music, great food, live streaming of the 145th annual Kentucky Derby, live and silent auction, and more. With prizes for best dressed, biggest hat, best dressed couple, and more, this fundraiser for Linden Place Mansion is not to be missed! Members, $65; non-members, $75; reservations required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

May 3, 2020

38th Annual Birds and Breakfast, Middletown

7:30am–11:00am. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road. Enjoy a seasonal gourmet breakfast buffet prepared by the White Horse Tavern. Taste all the fresh ingredients donated by local markets. Explore the trails on a guided bird walk. Look out over sweeping views of Paradise Valley. Witness live animal presentations, including Hunter the red-tailed hawk. Treat your kids to fun spring-themed nature crafts! Breakfast seating times at 8, 9, and 10am. Bird walks on the half hour starting at 7:30am. Adults, $30; children 3-12, $10; under 3, free. (401) 846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.or.

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.'

May 5, 2020

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

May 7-10, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

May 8, 2020

It Was The Greatest Event of Our Lives: The Women of the Newport County Woman Suffrage League Secure the Vote, North Kingstown

6:30pm–8:00pm. North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone Street. The History of Woman Suffrage calls the women of the Newport County Woman Suffrage League a "nerve center for suffrage activities." The league was organized in 1907 by Cora Mitchel and seven of her Bristol Ferry neighbors in Portsmouth. By 1913 it had ninety members and was actively centered around Newport. While the original founders were the pillars of the Portsmouth community, many of the later members were pillars of Newport culture and society. This presentation will share the unique stories and activities of some of these women who were local, state, and even national leaders of the suffrage movement. Among the women featured will be founder Cora Mitchel, Julia Ward Howe, and her daughter Maud Howe Elliott, artist Sarah Eddy, socialite Katherine McCormick, and diarist Abby Sherman who gives us a brief account of a woman's first vote. Free; registration preferred. (401) 294-3306; www.nklibrary.org.

May 8-10, 2020

Misquamicut SpringFest, Misquamicut, Westerly

Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue. World class carnival and amusements, headline bands, food truck rodeo, classic car show, knockerball, games, and more! www.misquamicutfestival.org.

May 9, 2020

Federal Hill Culinary and History Tour, Providence

9:00am–11:00am. Federal Hill Heritage Center, 286 Atwells Avenue. Chef and historian Walter Potenza will lead participants through a walking tour of foods and history of Federal Hill, and include food terminology, products information, how to shop, how to store, and anything that may be of interest in expanding culinary horizons, as well as samples at the end of the tour. $60. (401) 273-2652; info@federalhilltours.com; federalhilltours.com.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

Sheep Shearing Day at Watson Farm, Jamestown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Watson Farm, 455 North Road. Celebrate spring at this annual family-friendly event. Meet Watson Farm's baby lambs, and watch local shearers work on the farm flock. Listen to live music by Saddle Up the Chicken, get some local eats, then visit with the Rhode Island Spinners Guild and other talented artisans. See the herd of Heritage Red Devon Cattle and enjoy a scenic hike around fields and pastures along Narragansett Bay. No dogs, please. Rain or shine. Historic New England members, free; non-members, $15 per car. (401) 423-0005; www.historicnewengland.org.

May 10, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

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.

May 14, 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.

May 14-17, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

May 16, 2020

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Association of the Broken Oar Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 6:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. A dinner to celebrate the annual Harvard vs Yale boat race and how it ties to Clouds Hill. You are encouraged to dress for the boat race. Dinner to be held on the porch. $100 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

Gaspee Days Proclamation Ceremony and Walking Tour, Pawtuxet, Warwick

12:00pm–3:00pm. The Gazebo, Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. Join us as we stand before our neighbors and friends in the community to announce the commencement of another year celebrating Gaspee Days! Our proclamation may only be a few words in a few moments but what we have to say will last a lifetime. After our new season is announced, take a tour through Historic Pawtuxet Village guided by children from our local schools as they perform scenes set back in time when the village was first settled. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

May 17, 2020

Federal Hill Culinary and History Tour, Providence

9:00am–11:00am. Federal Hill Heritage Center, 286 Atwells Avenue. Chef and historian Walter Potenza will lead participants through a walking tour of foods and history of Federal Hill, and include food terminology, products information, how to shop, how to store, and anything that may be of interest in expanding culinary horizons, as well as samples at the end of the tour. $60. (401) 273-2652; info@federalhilltours.com; federalhilltours.com.

May 21, 2020

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, Newport

5:30pm–6:30pm. Leatherman Program Center, 82 Touro Street. National Archives curator, and former NHS Buchanan Burnham Fellow, Corinne Porter will discuss the history and contemporary relevance of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution during its 100th anniversary year and the process of developing the Rightfully Hers exhibition. The exhibit looks beyond suffrage parades and protests to the often-overlooked story behind this landmark moment in American history. NHS members and active duty military with ID, $1; non-members, $5; reservations recommended. (401) 841-8770; mdelaire@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.

Exploring the History and Cuisine of Local Waters, Bristol

Begins at 6:00pm. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street. Local fisherman and writer Sarah Schumann will share the inspiration behind her recent books te>Simmering the Sea (2018) and Rhode Island's Shellfish Heritage (2015). We'll dive beneath the waves to learn about the unique characters in our edible ocean ecosystems and travel back in time to learn about the unique characters who shaped Narragansett Bay's legendary shellfish industry. Learn how to "eat like a fish" and celebrate the people who catch and grow our seafood. Both books are available for a combined price of $20. All the proceeds from book sales benefit the nonprofit Eating with the Ecosystem. Members, $15; non-members, $20. (401) 253-5000; info@herreshoff.org; www.herreshoff.org.

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

May 21-24, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

May 23, 2020

Granite Street: Then and Now, Westerly

2:00pm–4:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. Do you wonder what Granite Street looked like before it became a strip of retail establishments? Come and find out at this free presentation by John Coduri and Tony Smith. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

May 23-25, 2020

Gaspee Days Arts and Crafts Festival, Pawtuxet, Warwick

10:00am–5:00pm. Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. The annual festival hosts 100-150 craft exhibitors, and attracts 50,000 guests! It also features a professional food court, free family music, and entertainment! Free admission. All proceeds benefit the Gaspee Days Parade. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

May 24, 2020

Federal Hill Culinary and History Tour, Providence

9:00am–11:00am. Federal Hill Heritage Center, 286 Atwells Avenue. Chef and historian Walter Potenza will lead participants through a walking tour of foods and history of Federal Hill, and include food terminology, products information, how to shop, how to store, and anything that may be of interest in expanding culinary horizons, as well as samples at the end of the tour. $60. (401) 273-2652; info@federalhilltours.com; federalhilltours.com.

May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Parade, Wakefield, South Kingstown

Begins at 10:00am. Parade begins at Holly Street, goes down Main Street, and ends at High Street in Saugatucket Park for ceremony. The parade is followed by a ceremony at the Memorial. (401) 789-9301; www.southkingstownri.com.

May 28, 2020

Spring Forward and Think Back to In the Mood, Providence

5:30pm–9:30pm. Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street. It's the biggest night of the year for members and friends of the Rhode Island Historical Society, a festive event to socialize and celebrate the supporters that make our critical work possible; a very special evening full of fabulous food, song, and dance celebrating the sights and sounds of Rhode Island's World War II homefront. VIP(atron) reception begins at 5:30pm; general admission at 6:30pm. Tickets: $75-$150. (401) 331-8575; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

May 28-31, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

May 30, 2020

Museum Director Historical artifact series, Coventry

Begins at 1:30pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Stop by for a house tour and stay for a discussion on one of the historical artifacts in the museum. (401) 623-0862; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

May 30-31, 2020

Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival, Newport

11:00am–5:00pm. 13 Bowen's Wharf. Oysters draw their unique flavors from their environment. Rhode Island is home to many miles of clean coastline and upwards of forty-five oyster farms. Each one is different, so this is a rare opportunity to savor and compare a wide assortment along with the accompanying sauces, beverages, and serving techniques. Fun contests, beer and wine pairings, specialty cocktails. Education about how oyster farming and aquaculture are good for the environment and our coastlines. Locally owned restaurants will participate in an oyster hop so festival attendees will receive special dishes at participating restaurants along the Oyster trail. Tickets are limited. (401) 849-2243; welcome@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

May 31, 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.

June 1-30, 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.

June 3-7, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

June 6, 2020

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.

Gaspee Days Fireworks Extravaganza, Pawtuxet, Warwick

Begins at 9:00pm. Salter's Grove Park, Narragansett Parkway. A re-creation, of sorts, of the fireworks that went off when the ship's powder magazine blew up after we burned the Gaspee in 1772. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

Visitors Day at Swiss Village, Newport

9:00am–3:00pm. SVF Foundation, 152 Harrison Avenue. Learn more about the Smithsonian and SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project. Peek into our facilities and meet our laboratory, veterinary, and animal husbandry staff. Attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations. Enjoy Julian's Omnibus food truck serving local heritage breed burgers and munchies! This event is free to the general public. No parking will be allowed on-site, however free parking and shuttle service will be provided from Fort Adams State Park. (401) 848-7229; info@svffoundation.org; www.svffoundation.org.

June 11, 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.

June 11-14, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

June 12-14, 2020

37th Annual Black Ships Festival, Bristol

Various venues. A celebration of the arts and culture of Japan, commemorating the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, who negotiated the first treaty between Japan and the United States. Demonstrations and workshops include origami, sushi-making, martial arts, Taiko drumming, and traditional Japanese tea ceremony. (401) 846-2720 or (401) 847-7666; hannahnewportevents@gmail.com; www.blackshipsfestival.com.

June 13, 2020

55th Annual Gaspee Days Parade, Pawtuxet, Warwick

10:00am–1:00pm. Narragansett Parkway, Warwick, to Broad Street in Cranston through Pawtuxet Village. The annual parade commemorates the Rhode Island colonists who burned the British schooner HMS Gaspee, in the first overt act leading to the American Revolutionary War! The parade features colonial fife and drum corps, Civil War era units, modern day drum and bugle corps, and much more! Free. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

June 13-14, 2020

Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment, Pawtuxet, Warwick

10am Saturday to 4pm Sunday. Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. Our encampment gives visitors a feel for colonial military life as dozens of militia camp out for the weekend in authentic Revolutionary style. Hosted by the Pawtuxet Rangers, RIM. Free. (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

June 14, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

Gaspee Days Sunday in the Park and the Burning of the Gaspee, Pawtuxet, Warwick

12:00pm–5:00pm. Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway. Bring your family and a picnic feast and enjoy live music (12:30-3:30pm) and the reenactment of the burning of the HMS Gaspee (4pm). (401) 781-1772; www.gaspee.com.

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.

June 18, 2020

18th Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, Cranston

6:00pm–8:00pm. Joy Homestead, 156 Scituate Avenue. Celebrate the 239th 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.

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

June 18-21, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

June 20, 2020

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Strawberry Festival, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 155 Richard Smith Drive (off Route 1). Savor Smith Castle's celebrated strawberry shortcake and pay homage to the humble wild strawberry—a favorite of the early colonists and the native Narragansett. Enjoy a day filled with family entertainment. Raindate: June 21. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Quilt and Textile Day, Coventry

10:00am–3:00pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Join us for a day of historical textiles. Spend time with spinners from the Rhode Island Spinners Guild as they share their craft. See weaving on the Barn Loom and learn about the weaving process. View a display of historic quilts that are part of the museum collection. Children's activities include weaving on the barn loom, skirting fleece, and using a drop spindle. House tours and light refreshments are available to participants at no additional charge. Prepaid—Adults, $10; children, $5; $12 at the door. (401) 249-0633; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

June 20-21, 2020

CANCELLED—Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show, Quonset Point, North Kingstown

9:00am–4:00pm. Quonset State Airport, 1 Minuteman Way. A favorite family tradition since 1991. This year's show will feature the USAF Thunderbirds and many other first-class flight demonstrations! Voluntary donations for parking benefit Hasbro Children's Hospital. www.rhodeislandairshow.com.

June 24, 2020

Johnston Historical Society General Meeting, Johnston

Begins at 7:00pm. Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike. Resceduled from January, Arthur Ianelli will tell us about Ramstail Factory, Rhode Island's only "official" haunted place. (401) 231-3380; johnstonhistorical1825@gmail.com; www.johnstonhistorical.org.

June 25, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

June 25-28, 2020

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, Newport

12:00pm–3:30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.8-mile easy walk around historic Newport. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

June 27, 2020

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

Downcity Providence Food Tour, Providence

12:00pm–3:30pm. Saturdays, 12-3:30pm. Enjoy six tasting locations and three alcohol pairings on this 1.4-mile easy walk around downtown Providence. Learn about important historical sites, cultural folklore, and Rhode Island's architecture along the way. $69 per person includes all food; $84 per person includes same plus three alcohol tastings. Reservations required. (866) 736-6343; info@riredfoodtours.com; www.rhodeislandredfoodtours.com.

July 1, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 1-31, 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.

July 2, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

July 4, 2020

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.

235th Bristol Civic, Military, and Fireman's Parade, Bristol

Begins at 10:30am. The oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States, established in 1785, runs from the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) to High Street, between State and Bradford Streets. (401) 253-7000; www.july4thbristolri.com.

Fourth of July Parade Picnic, Bristol

7:30am–2:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Located on the parade route, Linden Place offers bleacher-style seating, tables and chairs under linden trees, a continental breakfast and picnic lunch, restroom facilities, and elbow room! Adults, $85; children, $55; $10 discount for members. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

9th Annual Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Tiverton

Begins at 9:00am. By the WWI Doughboy statue at Stone Bridge. There will be a limited number of copies available to read from, so feel free to bring your own. This typically takes less than a half hour, so you'll have plenty of time to celebrate the rest of the day! tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

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. $3 per person. (401) 783-5400; www.southcountymuseum.org.

July 4-25, 2020

Newport Music Festival, Newport

Various venues. The Newport Music Festival celebrates its fifty-second season, continuing the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists, and gala special events in the Gilded Age summer cottages of Newport. (401) 846-1133; staff@newportmusic.org; www.newportmusic.org.

July 8, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 9, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

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.

July 9-13, 2020

Newport-Shimoda Sister City Celebration, Newport

Various venues. Marking the 62nd anniversary of the twinning of Newport and Shimoda, Japan, and the 36th celebration of the black ships in Newport, this annual event provides a fully immersive cultural experience that features the best both cities have to offer through with food, music, dance, and historical customs. newportshimodasistercity.org.

June 11, 2020

Taste of the Bay, Providence

7:00pm–9:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save the Bay Drive, Fields Point, off Allens Avenue. Join us in a Bayside celebration of the flavors, sights, and sounds of Narragansett Bay. Enjoy a delicious sampling of locally-grown, harvested, and prepared food and drinks from local chefs, shell-fisherman, bakeries, breweries, wineries, and more, while taking in beautiful scenery and live music! This fundraising event provides critical support for Save The Bay's advocacy, restoration, and education efforts. $50 per person. (401) 272-3540 x140; ldanielsen@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

July 11, 2020

44th Annual Save The Bay Swim, Newport

6:15am–3:15pm. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road. Swim, kayak, or volunteer for Save The Bay's largest annual fundraiser as 500 swimmers and nearly 200 kayakers trek 1.7 nautical miles across the Bay to raise money and awareness in an effort to protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. (401) 272-3540 x140; ldanielsen@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 11:00am. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

July 11-12, 2020

Newport Kite Festival, Newport

10:00am–5:00pm. Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Drive. The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their tails in the sky and the ocean breeze washes your face. There is nothing more or less to this jubilee other than the pure joy of flying a kite. Admission is free. (401) 244-5264; info@newportkitefestival.com;www.newportkitefestival.com.

58th Annual Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, North Kingstown

Begins at 10:00am. Main and Brown Streets. The country's oldest open-air art fair features more than 250 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Free admission. (401) 294-2860; wickfordartfestival@gmail.com; www.wickfordart.org.

July 12, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

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.

July 14, 2020

Green Animals Children's Party, Portsmouth

4:00pm–8:00pm. Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory's Lane. Enjoy games, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, magic, clowns, crafts, balloons, refreshments, and music on this whimsical Victorian estate populated with dozens of topiary animals. Tickets sold at the door only, $10-$25. (401) 847-1000; www.newportmansions.org.

July 15, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 16, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

Down by the Riverside, Westerly

Begins at 6:00pm. River Bend Cemetery, 117 Beach Street. Babcock-Smith House Museum volunteers will share insights into the monuments in the old section of River Bend Cemetery along the river. Parking is most available near the office. For who wish to be closer, drive past the office toward the river. We will all meet at the Middleton Mausoleum on the North side of the cemetery. Members, free; not-yet members, $5. Rain date, July 23. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

July 18, 2020

Museum Director Historical artifact series, Coventry

Begins at 1:30pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. Our Museum Director will host a lively discussion about our Edison. The Edison is an early type of phonograph that plays cylinders instead of records. The museum has many cylinders in its collection. Stop by to take a house tour, and enjoy this presentation by Ed. (401) 623-0862; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

July 22, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 23, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour, Bristol

Begins at 3:00pm. Linden Place, 500 Hope Street. Walking tour of the Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Includes a stop (and complimentary drink) at the DeWolf Tavern. Linden Place members, $15; non-members $20; space limited, reservation required. (401) 253-0390; info@lindenplace.org; www.lindenplace.org.

July 25-26, 2020

20th Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar, Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton

10:00am–6:00pm. Four Corners Arts Center, 3852 Main Road. A sensory celebration of the live music, food, art, and crafts of Indigenous groups from around the world. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip to foreign lands. Free admission. Held rain or shine! (617) 441-5400; culturalsurvival@culturalsurvival.org; bazaar.culturalsurvival.org.

July 29, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

July 30, 2020

Concert Under the Elms, Providence

Begins at 6:30pm. John Brown House, corner of Benefit and Power Streets. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for summer concerts on the lawn. The full lineup is as follows: June 25: The Vox Hunters. July 2: The New Providence Big Band. July 9: The Oh Nos. July 16: Eight To The Bar. July 23: The Black Tie Affair. July 30: Whiskey Rhode. Adults, $10; Society members and children under twelve, free. No pets please! Check website for rain dates. (401) 331-8575 x133; programs@rihs.org; www.rihs.org.

July 31-August 2, 2020

61st Annual Newport Folk Festival, Newport

10:00am–7:00pm. Fort Adams State Park, Ocean Drive. Celebrate six decades of folk music in Newport with the best and brightest of the folk pantheon. newportfolkfest@gmail.com; www.newportfolk.org.

August 1, 2020

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.

August 1-31, 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.

August 5, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 8, 2020

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

August 8-9, 2020

345th Annual August Meeting/Green Corn Thanksgiving, Charlestown

12:00pm–7:00pm. Narragansett Church, Old Mill Road, (off Route 2). The Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island welcomes the public to the oldest recorded powwow in North America. Come and enjoy traditional Narragansett cuisine, as well as modern American food, various Native jewelry, music, artwork and books and traditional Native American dancing. (401) 364-1100; adstanton@nitribe.org; narragansettindiannation.org.

August 9, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

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.

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.

August 12, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 13, 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.

August 15, 2020

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

August 19, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 20, 2020

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

August 26, 2020

Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

Begins at 7:00pm. The Purple Ape, 17 Winnapaug Road. Registration starts at 7pm; races at 8pm sharp! Free family fun event with DJ and prizes. Cheer on your favorite hermit crab! (401) 596-6169; www.purpleape.com.

August 29, 2020

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

August 30, 2020

Abe Lincoln's Songbook, Westerly

2:00pm–4:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. Another in a series of discoveries of the connections between Westerly granite and the Gettysburg monuments, presented by Tom Foley. Members, free; not-yet members, $5. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

September 1-30, 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.

September 5, 2020

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.

September 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.

September 12, 2020

Vintage Baseball, Fields Around the State

Various venues. The Providence Grays are a vintage base ball club, playing by rules dating from 1864 and 1886. Games, both home and away, are scheduled throughout the summer; check www.providencegrays.com or Facebook for schedule details.

Harvest Festival: Dairy Days!, Wickford, North Kingstown

12:00pm–4:00pm. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive. Come learn how colonists celebrated a bountiful harvest; live entertainment, children's games, vendors, costumed docents, along with a few surprises and homemade apple crisp! Relax and enjoy a fine autumn day! Admission charged. Rain date: September 13. (401) 294-3521; smithscastle55@gmail.com; www.smithscastle.org.

Save the Bay 50th Anniversary Celebration, Providence

5:00pm–10:00pm. Save the Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive. Join us as we commemorate fifty years of advocacy for Narragansett Bay with a 1970s-themed celebration featuring a live auction, musical performances, and more. Guests will be welcomed to the event with a cocktail hour in the lobby of Save The Bay's headquarters, before continuing to the outdoor event tent to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, signature drink and food stations, and desserts. Dig it? Don your vests, tie-dye, bell-bottoms, and scarves and join us! Tickets: $250; space limited; reservations required. (401) 272-3540; ldanielsen@savebay.org; www.savebay.org.

9th Annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival, Providence

India Point Park. Celebrate the end of summer with the finest seafood from Rhode Island and southern New England, while listening to live music from the Pier Stage and enjoying beer and wine from local distributors. Admission charged. https://www.grandfestivals.com; Tickets.

September 13, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

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.

September 17, 2020

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

September 17-20, 2020

15th Annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Newport

12:00pm–4:00pm. Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue. Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally-renowned chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration. (401) 847-1000; events@newportmansions.org; www.newportmansions.org.

50th Annual Newport International Boat Show, Newport

Begins at 10:00am. Bowen's Wharf. Features a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international manufacturers. Visitors will find an extensive selection of marine equipment, services, and accessories in a venue that spans thirteen acres of historic Newport Harbor. Never-before-seen new boats and products are debuted and awarded in the popular Newport For New Products program. If you harbor a passion for boating, there's only one place to be! (401) 846-1115; www.newportboatshow.com.

September 18-20, 2020

Misquamicut FallFest, Misquamicut, Westerly

Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue. World class carnival and amusements, international music headliners, food truck rodeo, knockerball, classic car show, electric car show, 3rd Annual Antique Fire Truck Muster, games, and more!. www.misquamicutfestival.org.

September 19, 2020

Providence Roller Derby, Providence

Begins at 5:00pm. BankNewport City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza. Chicks on skates, pushing each other around—it's good, old-fashioned family fun! First whistle at 5pm. See website for details. www.providencerollerderby.com.

September 26, 2020

Doors Open Rhode Island Festival, Providence

10:00am–4:00pm. Various venues. Imagine receiving the keys to factories, businesses, historic homes, theaters, hotels, sacred spaces, skyscrapers, and more, for free. Using a widely distributed event guide and mobile-enabled website, visitors will build their own explorations of participating venues. No tickets or reservations needed. info@doorsopenri.org; doorsopenri.org.

42nd Annual Rhode Island Heritage Day Festival, Providence

12:00pm–5:00pm. WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street. Join in a lively celebration of our state's rich cultural heritage! The Center will be filled with culture, music, and dancing from around the world. This unique festival bridges Rhode Islanders' cultures and expressions of creative talent. Rhode Island heritage groups will present cultural exhibits, visual art, and craft demonstrations from all over the world. There will be food trucks offering an array of traditional foods and drinks. The children's area will have free face painting, arts, and crafts. The day begins with a parade of international flags of over thirty countries. Throughout the day dancers and musicians from various countries will perform. This year's festival will also include a multinational fashion show featuring traditional and ceremonial clothing. Angela Sharkey and Kobi Dennis will be the MCs. (401) 222-4133; www.preservation.ri.gov.

Annual Harvest Supper—Preservation Fundraiser, Warwick

Begins at 4:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Under a tent on the south lawn, we gather to celebrate the harvest—showcasing Rhode Island-grown meats, fruits, vegetables, and products. Silent and live auctions help raise funds to support Clouds Hill and our mission. And, don't miss the table competition! $100 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

September 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.

September 28, 2020

11th Annual Heritage Day, Coventry

10:00am–3:00pm. Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street. The Providence Brigade Band will once again serenade us! Wander the craft tables, bring the kids for some colonial activities, tour the Paine House Museum. (401) 249-0633; info@westernrihistory.org; www.westernrihistory.org.

October 1-4, 2020

Audrain Concours and Motor Week, Newport

8:00am–5:30pm. Various venues throughout Newport, including Audrain Automobile Museum, 222 Bellevue Avenue. A world class event that brings the best of the motoring world to the City by the Sea. Spend your days enjoying fine dining, exhibitions of rare and exciting automobiles, seminars, and more. Once the sun goes down, experience exclusive shows, galas, and VIP parties hosted in Gatsby-esque mansions in America's original luxury capital. The week concludes with a centerpiece event, the Audrain Concours d'Elegance. (401) 856-4420; info@audrainconcours.com; www.audrainconcours.com.

October 1-31, 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.

October 3, 2020

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.

56th Annual Yankee Steam-Up, East Greenwich

9:00am–4:00pm. New England Wireless and Steam Museum, 1300 Frenchtown Road. Oldest steam engine show in New England. Gathering of engineers, modelmakers, those that admire well-working, old, mostly Rhode Island-made steam engines, intricate machines, and radio technology. Adults, $15; students, $7; children 6 and under, free. (401) 885-0545; newsm@newsm.org; www.newsm.org.

October 4, 2020

Origin of Westerly Street Names, Westerly

2:00pm–4:00pm. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street. An enjoyable program on how and why many Westerly Street names were chosen over the years, presented by John Coduri. Members, free; not-yet members, $5. (401) 348-8178; www.babcocksmithhouse.org.

October 8, 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.

October 11, 2020

Second Sundays, Middletown

Begins at 10:00am. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. Each month NRF joins with a non-profit partner to dig deeper into the many stories of Prescott Farm and Aquidneck Island. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URIís Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill—themes, guests, and activities change monthly! Free admission. (401) 846-4152; liz@newportrestoration.org; www.newportrestoration.org.

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.

October 15, 2020

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

October 17, 2020

23rd Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Misquamicut, Westerly

7:00pm–9:00pm. The Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Avenue, Misquamicut Beach. Complete with comedic (Monty Python-esque) re-enactment of the 1605 trial for treason of Guy Fawkes by the "Misquamicut Players." Music, bonfire, dancers, fife and drum, and more! Free. (401) 322-1026; www.guyfawkesusa.com.

October 17-18, 2020

30th Annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport

11:00am–5:00pm. Bowen's Wharf, 45 America's Cup Avenue. Food! Food! Food! Area seafood restaurants serve up their most outstanding dishes. The festival offers a smorgasbord of seafood, plus kid-friendly dishes, baked goods, cider, and hot and cold beverages. Non-stop live music by local bands. Face painting, games, and other fun children's activities. Free admission, rain or shine. (401) 849-2120; mjg@bowenswharf.com; www.bowenswharf.com.

October 23, 2020

Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party, Cranston

7:00pm–9:30pm. Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street. Join members of the Cranston Historical Society for ghostly goings-on. Maybe Charlie will drop by, as well. Admission $15; space is limited so reserve early. (401) 944-9226; charliethebutler@verizon.net; www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org; Facebook.

October 24, 2020

After the Fox Hunt Dinner, Warwick

Begins at 6:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. Fox hunting was a tradition in Rhode Island from the 1860s on. Join us as we relax after a day in the field. Note: This is a game dinner; menus are preset. $150 per person; pre-paid reservation required. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

October 25, 2020

Rhode Island Postcard Club Meeting and Show, North Providence

9:00am–2:00pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 15 Bassett Street. Members meet to socialize, buy and sell. This date is also the club's annual Post Card Show, so there'll be additional vendors on hand. Admission donation, $4. ripcc.org.

November 1-30, 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.

November 7, 2020

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.

Who Done It? An Evening of Clues, Warwick

5:00pm–8:00pm. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road. View the scenarios, decipher the clues, and take your best guess... Guess right and you could win! $5 per person; $20 per family; reservations suggested. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.

November 8, 2020

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.

November 11, 2020

Veteran's Day Ceremony, Tiverton

Begins at 11:00am. By the WWI Doughboy statue at Stone Bridge. Please show your support to our veterans keeping our freedom alive and well! tivertonhistoricalsocy@tivertonhistorical.org; www.tivertonhistorical.org.

November 12, 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.

November 19, 2020

Providence Gallery Night, Providence

5:00pm–9:00pm. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. (401) 751-2628; www.gallerynight.org.

November 29, 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.

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

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.

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 6, 2020

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 12-13, 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

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.

December 19-20, 2020

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.

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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