Courtesy of Linden Place/Artwork by Liesl Long Chaintreuil
5/5 Kentucky Derby Day Party
Why: Can’t make it to Churchill Downs this year? 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 Linden Place brings the spirit of the Kentucky Derby to Bristol. Mint juleps, great food, a live streaming of the 144th annual Kentucky Derby, a silent auction and much more will provide party goers with a true Colt family fashion experience.
Where: Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope St., Bristol.
More Info: Call 253-0390 or visit explorebristolri.com.
An enchanted display will be open to the public during regular Mansion hours. Fairy programming will be scheduled throughout the week, culminating up to our big Fairy Garden Party on Saturday, May 5!
Celebrate the return of the fairies to Blithewold’s enchanted gardens. New this year, we invite all fairies, young and old, to meander through the enchanting display of fairy houses along our shrub-walk and down to the rock and water garden. A special scavenger hunt will complete this magical celebration for all ages. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Blithewold’s early summer gardens and grounds. Fairy costumes are encouraged throughout the week!
Below is the list of fairy programs that will be happening all week:
Flower Fairy Tea Party
Fairy Storytime and Craft in the Garden
Fairy and Leprechaun Story and Song with Celebrating Ireland
Fairy Garden Party
The URI Master Gardener Program volunteers have your 2018 vegetable, herb, annual, native perennial and ornamental plants growing in the East Farm greenhouses as we speak!
Join us for our annual Spring Plant Sale and bring your gardening questions and soil samples for free pH analysis.
The spring plant sale is our largest fundraiser of the year, supporting our educational services throughout Rhode Island. Thanks in advance for joining us!
Celebrate the return of the fairies to Blithewold’s enchanted gardens! New this year, we invite all fairies, young and old, to meander through the enchanting display of fairy houses along our shrub-walk and down to the rock and water garden. A special scavenger hunt will complete this magical celebration for all ages. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Blithewold’s early summer gardens and grounds.
Fairy costumes are encouraged. Throughout the May 5 Garden Party, there will be performances by The Fairy Queen, Mary King, Flower Fairy Dancing Around the May Pole, Ladies of the Rolling Pin Vinny The Bubble Guy and His Giant Magical Puppets, Z Truck Food Truck as well as fairy crafting and much more.
This year we have two sessions from 10 a.m.- noon and noon- 2 p.m. that will help us better control the flow of traffic and help preserve the House and Grounds.
Free with regular admission. Pre-registration is required.
Taco Fest is back! Enjoy the local flavors, sights and sounds of Providence as we gather on Westminster Street in Downcity to celebrate the return of warm weather and all things tacos.
DJ Studebaker Hawk will be mixing eclectic Latin beats from Grant’s Block to get you moving in between chowing down on delectable bites from some of your favorite local eateries.
This event is free and open to the public. It will take place rain or shine! If rain is in the forecast, we suggest coming prepared with rain gear.
This family-friendly event includes a kids’ craft table, sidewalk chalk, masks and other complementary activities for kiddos of all ages.
Enjoy tacos and more from Poco Loco Tacos, Durk’s Bar-B-Q, Mijos Tacos, Laughing Gorilla, Fugo Truck, Weenie Wizard and Like No Udder. Sip on refreshing beverages from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails, Trinity Brewhouse, The Malted Barley and Durk’s Bar-B-Q.
In addition, the Providence Rock And Roll Yard Sale will return with expertly curated records, vintage ephemera, books, handmade jewelry and crafts. Find their tents in the parking lot adjacent to Grant’s Block.
On Sunday May 6, the Barbara M. Tufts Cooperative Preschool will host their annual May Fair Fundraiser. The thirty-eight year tradition continues with this year’s theme, The County Fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 111 Peirce Street, Academy Field/Swift Gym in East Greenwich. Peppa Pig, Princess Poppy, Premier Martial Arts, Fiddle N’ FUn and Touch a Truck with the Foster Fire Department are just some of the attractions of this year’s event. Enjoy food from Jeff’s Wood Fired Pizza, Texas Roadhouse, Whole Foods Market, Pepsi and Frito Lay. In addition to fun, food and games, the May Fair offers a silent auction and a raffle to include large ticket items like V.I.P. Red Sox Tickets!
Come out and help support the Rhode Island Dream Center as well as shop with our community’s local artisans. There are many vendors and products to choose from. The Rhode Island Dream Center is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides help to families and individuals in Rhode Island in need. Please visit www.ridreamcenter.com for more information.
Building off the success of last year’s Community Energy Fair, the Office of Sustainability is once again partnering with the Rhode Island Sierra Club, People’s Power and Light and others to host this year’s SustainPVD Fair.
Events will include the Compost Workshop at the SustainPVD Fair, Rain Barrel Workshop at the SustainPVD Fair, information on how to make your home more energy efficient and how to go solar. There will also be a special workshop hosted by the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee to learn about Energy Democracy and the City’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050.
This community event is family friendly and will include food and music. It is free and open to the public, however the compost and rain barrel workshops will have a separate registration process and small fee, which include the supplies and materials for participants to take home their own compost bin or rain barrel. Stay tuned for more information!
If you are interested in getting involved with the event, sponsoring or hosting a table, please email SustainPVD@providenceRI.gov.
The New England Hemophilia Association and Rhode Island Food Fights will hold their inaugural, Providence’s Best Bloody Mary event on Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Providence Arcade at 65 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. This will be the first bloody mary competition of its kind to pit local bartenders against one another to see whose spicy concoction will be deemed Providence’s Best.
Area bartenders are invited to compete for free and will be granted a table at the event where they can create their bloody mary. Competitors will be provided with vodka from event partner, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, but will bring their own mix, spices and garnishes to make their own unique drink. Those interested in competing in the event can register by visiting the link included below.
Providence bars currently registered include The Black Sheep, The Grange, New Harvest, Rogue Island Kitchen and Bar, TROOP, The Salted Slate and Wara Wara Restaurant.
Tickets to attend Providence’s Best Bloody Mary are $25 and include tokens to taste three-ounce pours. Voting tokens will also be included with a ticket as well as free appetizers and discounts to local downtown shops. Tokens will be collected and later counted to determine the populous vote. The winner of the populous vote for the best taste and garnish will receive a trophy and bragging rights as Providence’s Best Bloody.
The event will be held at the historic Providence Arcade, the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States where attendees at the event can take advantage of shopping before or after the event and enjoy local fare from food trucks parked outside. All proceeds from the event will benefit the New England Hemophilia Association, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with bleeding disorders and their families through education, support and advocacy.
Additional event details are available at http://www.newenglandhemophilia.org/best-bloody-mary.html. Tickets for the event can be purchased at https://providencebestbloody.eventbrite.com.