Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Dec. 29–Jan. 4

Ring in the New Year and soak up the last of the holiday cheer with these events.
Penguin Plunge
Why would you start your New Year off by plunging into the Narragansett Bay? For the Penguin Plunge of course! The Penguin Plunge is celebrating its forty-first year and it’s the plungers and supporters that make it possible. This fundraiser helps raise money for Special Olympics Rhode Island, which funds athletic training and competitions for children and adults with disabilities. Those plunging are encouraged to raise at least $50 and there are incentives involved, the first being the satisfaction for supporting a great cause. However, if a plunger raises between $55 and $99, he or she will not only be able to take the plunge, but will also get a short sleeve T-shirt. The more one raises, the more he or she will get. Other goodies include a long sleeve T-shirt, a plunge pint glass, a baseball hat and more. Take the plunge and wash away 2016 all while supporting Special Olympics Rhode Island. 

The Details: Jan. 1. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the plunge starts at noon. Free admission. Roger Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett,


Neil PearsonSeal Watch Tours

Water activities don’t stop with the end of summer and Save the Bay seal tours prove it. Even in the cold weather of January, they will take the boat out to see some slippery friends, making it one of few water-themed activities braving the cold. You have the chance to hop aboard for a one-hour tour and learn about the cute and playful seals that call Narragansett Bay home. From Bowen’s Wharf, the tour will take you to Rose Island where the harbor seals hangout all winter. This is quite the view for the days when it seems like you will never see hot weather and sand again. The tour's educated guides will inform you along your journey and  a pair of binoculars will be provided so you can see the main attraction up close and personal. 

The Details: Jan. 1 and Jan. 2. Sun. 2–3 p.m. and 3–4 p.m.; Mon. 2–3 p.m. Tickets are $22 for nonmembers and $17 for Save the Bay members, seniors and children ages three to twelve. Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 18 Market Sq., Newport,



Mystery at the Museum

Did you ever wish when you were younger that you were a character in the game of Clue? Well, thanks to the Newport Art Museum, now you have your chance. Characters dressed for the occasion will meet and greet you. They may seem charming at first, but it’s your job to find out just whodunnit at Mystery at the Museum night. The event runs an hour-and-a-half long and you will be strategizing and interacting for the whole time. This is a great fast-paced night for your whole family or a group of friends. While you search and interrogate, you’ll also have the chance to look at the art throughout the museum. There is architecture to look at as well as historical and modern pieces of art, and you can even catch an exhibit by a local New England artist. As for the murder mystery, you can choose to either be completely interactive or observe the action from a distance; either way, there is something for everyone to get excited about.

The Details: Dec. 31. 7 p.m. Adult admission $30, senior and military admission $25, youth or student admission $15. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport,


Salute to Vienna 

Celebrate the New Year with the singing, dancing and orchestral music at Salute to Vienna. Providence welcomes the show for the second year in a row and you won’t want to miss it.  The Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is quite the production, including a stellar lineup: the Strauss Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Patricia Nessy, soprano, and Adam Luther, tenor, will lend their vocals to the ensemble. Those who purchase a VIP ticket will have up-front and center seating and the opportunity to attend an autograph signing after the performance. Ring in the New Year with a three-peat performance featuring artists from around the world.

The Details: Jan. 1. 2 p.m. Tickets range $49–$150. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 83 W Park St., Providence,


Tiverton Re-Tree

The care and well-being of the environment is a hot topic, so taking the extra time to think about the Earth in an eco-friendly way could make a small change that is beneficial for the future. With this in mind, the Four Corners Arts Center hosts its Re-Tree again this year. The Re-Tree event is a showcase of recycled, environmentally friendly festive trees, all decked out. Some of the requirements for the trees, made by local businesses, artists, families and others, are: the tree has to be 90 percent recycled, made of reclaimed or repurposed material, it must light up and should be outdoor friendly. The event is celebrating its fourth year — that’s four years of people being nifty enough to make a tree out of cool stuff. Find out how they did it, who the artists are and see a dash of Christmas after the New Year by heading over to quaint Tiverton.  

The Details: Until Jan. 4. Free admission. The Meeting House, 3850 Main Rd., Tiverton,


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