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
Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World @ East Providence Public Library/Weaver
Aug 15 @ 7:00 pm
Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World @ East Providence Public Library/Weaver | East Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The Prince of Providence bestselling author Mike Stanton will discuss his latest book, a revelatory biography of Rocky Marciano, the greatest heavyweight champion of all time, the man who never lost a professional fight. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Aug
16
Thu
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
Mornings in the Garden @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Aug 17 @ 10:30 am
Mornings in the Garden @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum

Join vegetable garden manager Connie Ganley for an informal tour of Blithewold’s vegetable garden. These monthly meet-ups are designed to encourage and offer guidance to the home gardener or anyone interested in producing their own vegetable garden. Connie will not only highlight up-to-date garden topics, but also demonstrate some recipes and offer samples using fresh produce from the garden.

Aug
18
Sat
“Tales of the Slave Trade” Walking Tour @ Linden Place Mansion
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am
"Tales of the Slave Trade" Walking Tour @ Linden Place Mansion

Linden Place Mansion will host a walking tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol’s DeWolf Family and their involvement in the transatlantic Slave Trade. The DeWolf family, Bristol’s premier family in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England. Learn how Bristol, New England and all of America were impacted by the slave trading DeWolf’s of Linden Place from museum educator, Robin Tremblay. Tremblay has extensively researched Rhode Island’s connections to slavery and has led many tours along Bristol’s slavery trail.

The tour beings at Linden Place Mansion, the Federal-style mansion built by architect Russell Warren for George DeWolf. The tour then continues through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront of Thames Street, pointing out significant sites tied to Bristol’s lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade. The tour ends at the historic DeWolf Tavern, once a DeWolf waterfront warehouse where your goers will enjoy a rum cocktail.

The guided tour will take place on Saturday at 11:00am. Reservations are required and the tour is limited to fifteen people. For more information and reservations, please call the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390 or email info@lindenplace.org. Tickets for the tour are $20, $15 for Linden Place members.

Tales of the Slave Trade Walking Tour @ Linden Place Mansion
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Linden Place Mansion will host a walking tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol’s DeWolf Family and their involvement in the transatlantic Slave Trade. The DeWolf family, Bristol’s premier family in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England. Learn how Bristol, New England and all of America were impacted by the slave trading DeWolf’s of Linden Place from museum educator, Robin Tremblay. Tremblay has extensively researched Rhode Island’s connections to slavery and has led many tours along Bristol’s slavery trail.

The tour beings at Linden Place Mansion, the Federal-style mansion built by architect Russell Warren for George DeWolf. The tour then continues through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront of Thames Street, pointing out significant sites tied to Bristol’s lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade. The tour ends at the historic DeWolf Tavern, once a DeWolf waterfront warehouse where your goers will enjoy a rum cocktail.

Reservations are required and the tour is limited to fifteen people. For more information and reservations, please call the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390 or email info@lindenplace.org. Tickets for the tour are $20, $15 for Linden Place members.

Aug
19
Sun
Providence Flea Summer Markets @ Providence Flea
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Providence Flea Summer Markets @ Providence Flea

Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Greenway across from 345 South Water St. in downtown Providence! The Flea runs every Sunday rain or shine through September 9 (Fall Markets on Sept. 23, Oct. 7, and 21). The Flea features live music, seventy plus local vintage vendors, artisans and indie makers, food trucks and community nonprofits.

Free and free on-street parking.

Accepting vendors, nonprofits and local musicians throughout the summer at providenceflea.com.

Aug
20
Mon
The Class of 1969 Book and Author Talk with Ronald Bernier @ East Providence Public Library/Weaver
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Class of 1969 Book and Author Talk with Ronald Bernier @ East Providence Public Library/Weaver | East Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Local author Ron Bernier, survivor of “Sockanosset,” or the “bad boys’ school” as it was known by generations of Rhode Islanders, will discuss his memoir, The Class of 1969. The story follows Bernier’s childhood of loss and poverty which resulted in a stay at the Rhode Island Training School (Sockanosset’s official name.) Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Aug
21
Tue
Healing With Your Other Selves Meditation @ Thrive Tribe RI
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Healing With Your Other Selves Meditation @ Thrive Tribe RI  | East Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Join us for a special healing session, one in which you connect with your Higher Self and reach across time, space and realities.
John Catlin will begin with a time of teaching, followed by a Sandalphonic Journey™ and energy work while you meditate for a unique healing experience.
Participants can bring a yoga mat, a zero gravity chair or something similar.

Value: $33

Aug
23
Thu
Fourth Annual Wakefield RiverFire @ Downtown Wakefield/Historic Main Street & Saugatucket River
Aug 23 @ 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).