The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events
Sept. 25–Oct. 1
Rile the zombies, prepare the dungeon and send in the clowns: Halloween may be more than a month away, but we’re itching for a scare. Opening weekend marks the nineteenth season of screams after sundown at Big John Leyden’s Tree Farm. If you can brave the Dungeon of Doom, Dead River Haunted Hayride and the Cirque de Soul without screeching, you are a true daredevil. In addition to the three-attraction deal, Screams is launching the new Zombie Paintball field for those with good aim. Climb aboard a thirty-foot military transport truck, stocked with bolted-down guns and more than 100 paintballs per rider, and listen for cues from your drill sergeant. Only you and your team can save the world from the zombie apocalypse.
The Details: Sept. 26–Nov. 1. 6–10 p.m. $20–$40. 179 Plain Meeting House Rd., West Greenwich, 401-884-7369, hauntedhayride.net.
Break out your big straw hat and best Lilly Pulitzer one last time for the final match of the season. Head to the scenic polo grounds at Glen Farm in Portsmouth — the ideal place to spend a sunny autumn day. Then spread out your picnic blanket on the lawn or fire up the grill in the tailgating lot and root for the home team, which faces off against a formidable regional rival. Following the six-period game, the match concludes with a trophy presentation, a sabering of Champagne, autographs and a cocktail hour where guests can mingle with local polo heroes. The team won’t be the only winner on Saturday; participate in the door prize, which awards two tickets to the Beervana Fest Craft Beer Expo, or tailgate with style to win a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne and passes to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Details: Sept. 28. 4 p.m. $12–$50. Glen Farm, 715 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 401-846-0200, nptpolo.com.
It’s Westerly’s turn to make three-course meals a daily occurrence. Ready, set, feast. Catch the last bit of natural warmth from Bridge’s outdoor seating while digging into a local half-roasted chicken. Don’t worry, vegetarians, there’s plenty for you, too: Start off with a cup of the apple butternut bisque, then order the mushroom ravioli with crispy leeks. At Amigo’s Taqueria y Tequila, eat some authentic south-of-the-border cuisine, including slow-roasted pork wrapped in banana leaves with habanero fruit salsa or Corona beer-battered fish and chips. If you choose the Sea Goose Grill, your meal could be this good: half a dozen oysters on the half shell, a baked stuffed one-pound lobster or grilled filet mignon with a crab cake side and, last but not least, the chocolate mousse or cookie bar sundae — all for $25.
The Details: Sept. 28–Oct. 5. $15 for lunch, $25 for dinner. Locations vary, westerlychamber.org.
Just when you thought College Hill couldn't be artsier, Festival Fete moves in for a day. Seventy Rhode Island crafters take over Thayer Street on Sunday to showcase their work to the public. The variety of artisanship will suit all tastes, including funky stone tableware and knitting accessories by New Moon Studio, iconic Rhode Island photography by Antone Botelho and cool cutting boards and wooden signs by Hannison Woodworks. While you view artists’ work — maybe do a little early holiday shopping or pick up some fall accents for your roost? — the kids can participate in free children’s crafts at the creation station, snack on festival food, chase the Big Nazo puppets and dance to live music.
The Details: Sept. 28. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Thayer Street, Providence, festivalfete.com.
Looking to infuse a little culture in your life? This is a great — and cheap — way to do it. Smithsonian magazine’s nationwide event offers ticket-holders and one guest free admission to a museum of their choice — and options abound in little Rhody. In Providence, check out “What Nerve,” RISD Museum’s latest exhibition of alternative art, or head over to the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, where you’ll visit exhibits on Africa, the sea, the galaxies and more. For fans of all things historical and horticultural, visit Blithewold, an English manor-style home in Bristol. Explore the mansion, gardens and an outdoor art exhibition, "Sculpture Embraces Horticulture," featuring a clock fueled by the tides, fabric lit by photovoltaic cells, a wind harp capturing the breeze off Narragansett Bay and more. Or zoom down to the Newport Art Museum for “NetWorks,” an exhibition showcasing the talents of twenty-four contemporary Rhode Island artists.