Five Can’t-Miss Events this Week in Rhode Island

Learn how to 'bee' a basic beekeeper, sip brews at a beer hall night and more fun things to do in Rhode Island from January 16-22.

Billy Joel Tribute  

The Stranger is the complete premiere tribute to the music of one of the world’s most beloved performers, Billy Joel. Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, this six-piece band brings together an authentic replication of Joel’s timeless music.

The Details: Jan. 18. 7 p.m. $25-$35. Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St., East Greenwich, 885-4000,


Beekeeping Basics Class

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Looking for a way to do your part to help out pollinators? This six-session course will teach the basics of keeping honeybees. Local beekeeper, Kevin England, will discuss topics including honeybee health, to equipment and hive construction. This course will provide the information you need to start with backyard beekeeping. Participants will also receive the book The Backyard Beekeeper, by Kim Flottum. This is a six-week session and following classes include January 26, February 2, 9 and 23 and March 1.   

The Details: Jan. 19. 2-4:30 p.m. $65-$72. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope St., Bristol, 949-5454,

Beer Hall Night

Break out of the winter blues and head to Newport Vineyards for live tunes and a beverage. Plus, wear your best luau/Margaritaville style attire to win a prize for best dressed. The Vineyards’ tasting room will turn into a beer hall – complete with communal tables, indoor corn hole, board games and groovy tunes by rock and reggae band Dudemanbro. Beer pints, half-pours, wine tastings and wines by the glass will be available for purchase plus special brewery snacks.

The Details: Jan. 17. 5-8 p.m. Free. Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, 848-5161,


Winter Drawing Class

Dig into your artistic side and take a drawing class with Joanne Murrman at Bristol Art Museum. This class will focus on different drawing techniques and observational skills in drawing. A variety of materials will be covered and topics include drawing of still-life, drawing from photographs and figure work.

The Details: Wednesdays through Jan. 29. 10 a.m.-noon. $120-$130. Bristol Art Museum, 10 Wardwell St., Bristol, 253-4400,


Newport Wellness Week

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Start the year off right by focusing on lifelong health and wellness solutions. Head to the city by the sea for Newport Wellness Week, an annual celebration of mind, body and spirit. The event features a diverse array of events throughout the area, all of which are tailored to help you become the best version of yourself. 

The Details: Jan. 18-25. Various venues in Newport,


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