Photo credit: Richard Prull/Preserve Rhode Island

8/3–8/4 Little Compton Antiques Festival

Why: On Friday night, check out the preview party featuring a sunset supper, sip on a delicious complimentary beverage, listen to live music and gain access to early buying privileges. On Saturday, spend time perusing antiques from a diverse collection of antique dealers, stop by the auto show or take a peek at the Little Compton art exhibit.
Where: Little Compton Historical Society, 548 West Main Rd., Little Compton.
More Info: Call 272-5101 or visit preserveri.org.

Aug
15
Wed
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee’s @ Nick-A-Nees
Aug 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Bluegrass Throedown at Nick-a-Nee's @ Nick-A-Nees | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Bluegrass Throedown features a different local or touring bluegrass band every Wednesday night at Nick-a-Nee’s in Providence. There’s never a cover, but there’s always a good time.

bluegrassthroedown.com

Free

Aug
16
Thu
Summer Story Time @ Lippitt House Museum
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Summer Story Time @ Lippitt House Museum

Explore the nineteenth century through a children’s story and related hands-on craft activity on the third Thursday of each month. On June 21, read “Fiona’s Lace” and explore immigration to America. Then craft paper lace and decorate doilies. On July 19, read “Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909” and learn about manufacturing and labor. Then try your hand at paper weaving. On August 16, read “Iggy Peck, Architect” and imagine beautiful buildings. Then design and make your own cardboard house.

To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

The Naval War College Museum presents a new exhibit, “To Win or Lose All: Williams S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War.” The exhibit occupies the museum’s gallery on the second floor.
To Win or Lose All explores the Navy’s role in securing victory for the Allies during the First World War. Under Admiral Sims’s leadership, American warships escorted convoys to France, laid mines in the North Sea, and hunted German submarines. On land, naval aviators flew scouting and bombing missions while Marines fought in the trenches east of Paris. While the sweeping naval campaigns of 1942-1945 may attract more scholarly attention, the foundation for their success was established twenty-five years earlier when the Navy operated for the first time as part of a coalition. Indeed, many officers who rose to prominence in the Second World War – Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and Harold R. Stark, to name a few – gained valuable experience with combined operations during the first global conflict of the twentieth century. Curator Rob Doane hopes, “that this exhibit will encourage visitors to understand Admiral Sims and the sailors who served under him as real people who worked under difficult circumstances to meet the enormous challenges of wartime service.”

STEAM programs at the Rose Island Lighthouse @ Rose Island Lighthouse
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
STEAM programs at the Rose Island Lighthouse @ Rose Island Lighthouse

The Naval War College Museum is gearing up for summer with the return of STEAM programs at Rose Island. These free, drop-in activities will be open to all visitors of Rose Island on Thursday, July 26 and August 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., weather permitting. Although projects will vary throughout the summer, they will all focus on various elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and math through a hands-on activity facilitated by a professional educator.

For more information about this program, please contact Liz DeLucia, Director of Education, Naval War College Museum at museumeducator@usnwc.edu or (401) 841-7276.

For information on how to visit Rose Island, including pricing, please visit jamestownnewportferry.com.

You can find out what’s new at the Naval War College Museum on Facebook and by following their blog – Soundings in Narragansett Bay’s Naval History. One of nine official Department of the Navy Museums, the Naval War College Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits artifacts and documents dating from the 1500s to the present day to interpret the naval history of Narragansett Bay, the Naval War College, and the history of naval strategy. Located in the historic Founders Hall built in 1820, the museum is open to the public although advance reservations are required. For more information about the Naval War College Museum, visit www.usnwc.edu/NWC-Museum or call 401-841-4052.

Providence Memory Café at Temple Beth El @ Temple Beth El
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Providence Memory Café will meet on Thursday, August 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, located at 70 Orchard Ave. Providence Memory Café is an opportunity for both caregivers and individuals living with memory loss to come together for an interactive social gathering. Refreshments will be provided. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month. Parking is available. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call 401-275-0682.

Fourth Annual Wakefield RiverFire @ Downtown Wakefield/Historic Main Street & Saugatucket River
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fourth Annual Wakefield RiverFire @ Downtown Wakefield/Historic Main Street & Saugatucket River

Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.
Every Thursday evening in the summer season, enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Along the river’s edge and Saugatucket Bridge, watch live music from area bands. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. During almost every RiverFire night, additional themes with family-friendly activities will be showcased. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. RiverFire and River Stage performers will begin at 7 p.m.

Free admission. Free parking will be available in the village parking areas and along the street. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale. On Aug. 16, during the Endless Summer II Luau Celebration, which is on a RiverFire evening.

Themed Nights and Musician Schedule:
June 21: Summer Solstice and Jonnycake Center Empty Bowls Stroll Hunger Benefit
Live music: Contemporary Theater Stage, 5 p.m. – Becky Chase; River Stage, 7 p.m. – Chakulla Smith (with The Hunger Bus): Chakulla brings 4 decades of writing and playing Folk, world, jazz and Americana music and always has special guests along to wow the crowd.

June 28: Full Moon Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Gary Hopp and Friends: Gary Hopp brings his Good Vibe Tribe Experience to Howl at the Full Moon! Expect great Rock and Roll, Oldies, Country, Originals, Blues, Wild Dancing and Crazy Antics.

July 5: Ladies Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – 33 Camben: 33 Camden is a Progressive Rhythm & Blues Rock Fusion band bringing a sound unlike anything you’ve heard! They will be performing LIVE at the Wakefield Ladies Night and RiverFire the day after we celebrate the Birth of our Nation.

July 12: Car Cruise Night (Classic Car Show)
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Greyhound Dream with gpecial guest Paula Clare: Greyhound Dream Features two of South County’s premier performers Krista Rousseau vocal stylings and Josh Scurman’s vocal and guitar prowess – all rounded out by bass guitarist Jerry Rousseau. Special Guest Paula Clare brings her music influenced by Joni Mitchel, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, Carole King, Emilou Harris and Suzanne Vega to RiverFire.

July 19: Lantern Parade
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – PhenixAve: PhenixAve plays the acoustic hits of the 60’s, 70’s and today and has been a crowd favorite at RiverFire! During the live music performance, “Concrete Couch” presents a serene Lantern Parade across the Saugatucket River Bridge.

July 26: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Gooseberry Road with Special Guests, Wyatt & Barbara Lema: Gooseberry Road is a 3 piece ensemble playing music from the 1960’s and 70’s – Beatles, Carole King, Hollies, Bee Gees, Aztec Two-Step, more, and originals. Enjoy special guests Folk and Traditional multi-instrument and vocalist, Wyatt and Barbara Lema.

Aug. 2: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Stone Cold Gypsies: Stone Cold Gypsies is a 5-piece band playing a blend of favorites and eclectic music that will surprise and delight you.

Aug. 9: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – The Strattones: The Strattones are a 5 piece Rhode Island band bringing you the best covers and originals you didn’t know you needed to hear.

Aug. 16: Endless Summer II (Tropical Luau Celebration – $5 Suggested Donation).
Live music: (TBA) – Just like last year, there will be multiple performers on The Contemporary Theater Stage, which will be the Main Stage for the event. Admission to the extra area is a suggested $5 donation, before passing under a gigantic replica volcano and shark. This allows access to local beer and tropical drinks, Polynesian food, the Main Stage, special guests, entertainers, and more fun, in addition our regular RiverFire event.

Aug. 23: TBA on possible theme – Might be a Radio Night.
Live music: TBA: Check website or Facebook for any updates.

Aug. 30: Country and Western Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Grant Maloy Smith: Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His latest album “Dust Bowl – American Stories” spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard charts, including 10 weeks in the top ten of the Americana/Folk Album Sales Chart, and reached as high as number twelve on the Country Album Sales Chart, and number two on the Heatseekers Chart (across all genres).

Aug
17
Fri
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

The Naval War College Museum presents a new exhibit, “To Win or Lose All: Williams S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War.” The exhibit occupies the museum’s gallery on the second floor.
To Win or Lose All explores the Navy’s role in securing victory for the Allies during the First World War. Under Admiral Sims’s leadership, American warships escorted convoys to France, laid mines in the North Sea, and hunted German submarines. On land, naval aviators flew scouting and bombing missions while Marines fought in the trenches east of Paris. While the sweeping naval campaigns of 1942-1945 may attract more scholarly attention, the foundation for their success was established twenty-five years earlier when the Navy operated for the first time as part of a coalition. Indeed, many officers who rose to prominence in the Second World War – Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and Harold R. Stark, to name a few – gained valuable experience with combined operations during the first global conflict of the twentieth century. Curator Rob Doane hopes, “that this exhibit will encourage visitors to understand Admiral Sims and the sailors who served under him as real people who worked under difficult circumstances to meet the enormous challenges of wartime service.”

Food Truck Friday at Carousel Village @ Roger Williams Park Carousel Village
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Food Truck Friday at Carousel Village @ Roger Williams Park Carousel Village
Food Truck Friday is back in 2018 for the fourth season. End your week at Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village with some of the best food trucks in Rhode Island brought to you PVD Food Truck Events.

A.B. Munroe DairyMetroPCS and BankRI present Food Truck Fridays. Other sponsors visiting on select Friday nights include Power Home RemodelingAmbit EnergySunrun and College Bound Saver. Admission is free.

Enjoy over fifteen locally owned food trucks and local beer from Trinity Brewhouse, wines from Gooseneck Vineyards while listening to live music. See the full list of food trucks attending at https://www.foodtrucksin.com/carousel.

Many activities for the kids! Ride the carousel for $2, jump in the bounce house for $3, take a ride on the carousel train for $3 and even ride a camel for only $6. Packages are available. We also have Hasbro’s Boundless Playground for the kids.

Picnic and high top tables are available on a limited basis so bring a chair or blanket, and sit on the lawn. Food Trucks accept cash, credit and debit. VIP experience is available for $85 and includes reserved seating for up to eight people, outdoors or indoors. Eight carousel rides and beverage vouchers included. Group nights available starting at $20 per person. Contact Judy at jlockard@rwpzoo.org for more information.

The Bit Players @ Firehouse Theater
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Bit Players @ Firehouse Theater | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 8PM. Come see RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players, as they hit the stage at the Firehouse Theater with their hilarious improv comedy show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, and the quickest wit you’ll ever see. Inspired by audience suggestions, no two shows are ever the same! If you are coming for a special occasion and would like us to make a person(s) of honor part of the show be sure to contact us and let us know what date and time you are coming, what you are celebrating, and who we should acknowledge in the show. We encourage ALL guests to make sure you get tickets in advance, shows often sell out.
Purchase Tickets Here: http://www.firehousetheater.org/calendar/
$18/person. Always BYOB! Laugh More.

Aug
18
Sat
Drop In and Weave @ Old Slater Mill Historic Site
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop In and Weave @ Old Slater Mill Historic Site

Saturdays in August from 10 a.m.-noon.

Free, family-friendly weaving program.

Great for beginners, or those who want to try their hand at this worthwhile form of fiber art.