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
14
Tue
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Aug 14 @ 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.”

The Gnomes to perform at Wingate Residences on the East Side @ Wingate Residences on the East Side
Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Gnomes will perform an outdoor concert at Wingate Residences on the East Side on Tuesday, August 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. The Gnomes are a global funk-fusion band known for their dynamic folk-rock edge, original tunes and wide-ranging repertoire. It’s recommended that you bring a fold-up chair as space is limited. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call 401-275-0682. Wingate Residences on the East Side is located at 1 Butler Ave.

Aug
15
Wed
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Aug 15 @ 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.”

Music at Sunset: Gumption & Glory @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm
Music at Sunset: Gumption & Glory @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum

Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay, all while savoring a kaleidoscope of musical performances. A perfect way to celebrate the summer with friends and family!

Guests are encouraged to BYOB, picnic dinner and chairs or blankets.

Music at Sunset: Gumption and Glory @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm
Music at Sunset: Gumption and Glory @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum

Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay, all while savoring a kaleidoscope of musical performances. A perfect way to celebrate the summer with friends and family!

Guests are encouraged to BYOB, picnic dinner and chairs or blankets.

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.