Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: March 2–8
See Regina Spektor at Lupo's, learn about New England's forgotten farms, sip Napa wines at the Hotel Viking and more.
Forgotten Farms at Portsmouth Abbey
Director Dave Simonds and producer Sarah Gardner, together with newportFILM, present Forgotten Farms, a documentary about the depletion of New England farmland and the recent enthusiasm surround farm-to-table food. The film discusses the current popularity of locally sourced food among wealthy food buyers and simultaneously lifts up the often overlooked farmers who sustain New England’s agricultural industry. Rhody Fresh provides pre-film wine and cheese. Following the film, there will be a Q and A with Simonds, Gardner and local dairy farmers Jane and Louie Escobar. Head down to Portsmouth and learn more about the history and current state of New England’s farmland.
The Details: March 7. 6 p.m. Tickets $25. Portsmouth Abbey School Auditorium, 285 Corys Ln., Portsmouth, 401-649-2784, newportfilm.com.
Spend an evening in Newport with one of Napa’s finest winemakers, Sean Larkin (not to be confused with the local brewer of the same name). Larkin is known for his renowned cabernets and hosts night four of the two-month-long Viking Wine Festival. The evening begins with an hour-long cocktail party followed by a four-course meal prepared by chef Barry Correia paired with some of Larkin’s acclaimed wine. Try the 2008 Jack Larkin cabernet sauvignon, named for Sean’s young son, which has received critical praise over the years for its floral notes of boysenberries, black currants and black cherries.
The Details: March 4. 6–9 p.m. $119, tax and gratuity included. 1 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 401-847-3300, hotelviking.com. Photo from Larkin Wines' Facebook page.
Are you interested in going green but aren’t sure where to start? The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is here to help. Head to the Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge for a two-hour program dedicated to teaching simple and effective methods for reducing your carbon footprint. Learn how to shop green, house keep with the environment in mind and learn about green uses for items lying around the house or yard. The goal of the program is to help individuals and communities reduce carbon emissions and, ultimately, save money in the process.
The Details: March 2. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Members $10, non-members $14. Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield, 401-949-5454, asri.org.
If there’s anything that can get me to climb forty-four flights of stairs, it’s the American Lung Association’s signature fundraiser, the Fight for Air Climb. In an effort to defeat lung disease, the ALA organizes climbs in skyscraper stairwells across the country to raise money for life-saving education, research and advocacy. Missed the early registration deadline? No worries. Day-of registration is available upon check-in. Participants must be at least thirteen years old, and all participants younger than eighteen must be accompanied by an adult. Rise up and help find a cure by participating in the Fight for Air Climb.
The Details: March 4. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $50 day-of registration, $100 fundraising requirement/donation. Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange St., Providence, 401-533-5175, action.lung.org.