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
18
Sat
Bird Banding @ Audubon Environmental Education Center
Aug 18 @ 9:30 am

Back by popular demand! Join Audubon and witness bird banding, where experts capture, band, measure and release songbirds to record their movements. Birds will be gently removed from tall ‘mist nets’ in Audubon’s shrubby habitats. The techniques of identifying, measuring, weighing and banding the birds will be demonstrated before they are released. The migratory habits and life history of each captured species will be discussed. Bring a camera and binoculars. Programs are limited to fifteen participants, please register early. Ages six and older. Program will be repeated on July 14 and August 18.

Salt Pond Safari @ Ninigret Wildlife Park and Refuge
Aug 18 @ 9:50 am – 11:00 am
Salt Pond Safari @ Ninigret Wildlife Park and Refuge | Charlestown | Rhode Island | United States

Salt Pond Safaris introduce people of all ages to the wonders of salt ponds. Using a thirty-foot seine net, we catch a variety of aquatic creatures. Children enjoy hands-on experience with salt pond ecology.

Safaris last about and-and-a-half hours. There is a short walk on a flat trail to the pond. Minimal shade. Bring your own sunscreen. Bathroom facilities located in the parking lot.

Pre-registration required. Email Liz at Liz@joinsaltponds.com

More Information: http://saltpondscoalition.org/Calendar.html

Directions: Safaris meet at the Fish and Wildlife Service parking area at the end of the access road in Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown.

Take the Ninigret Park exit off of Rt. 1 North, then enter Ninigret Park on the right about a quarter-of-a-mile later. Follow the access road to the end. Please be there at least ten minutes early to check in. We don’t want to miss you!

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.

To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Aug 18 @ 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.”

Third Saturdays at the Museum @ Lippitt House Museum
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Third Saturdays at the Museum @ Lippitt House Museum

Third Saturdays are a great time for visitors of all ages to step into Providence’s Golden Age! Choose from an interactive guided tour or explore at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Docents share engaging stories of the people who lived and worked in the house, bringing to life this remarkable example of Victorian design and craftsmanship. Hands-on objects from the Museum’s teaching collection help younger visitors explore history firsthand. Pick up a Family Guide and follow the activities in each room. Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students and Free for Children under twelve and Active Military Personnel.

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.

To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Aug 19 @ 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.”

Dance Music Jam Sessions @ Goff Hall
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dance  Music Jam Sessions @ Goff Hall | Rehoboth | Massachusetts | United States

The dance music jam sessions continue in Rehoboth every Sunday night from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome!

Once a month throughout the year, the session is a Community Dance, at which we teach everything that needs teaching, depending on the experience of the dancers. The Community Dances go from 7 to 9 p.m. and are preceded by a potluck at 6 p.m.

All Jammers dances are held on Sunday nights from 7 to 9 with a potluck at 6 p.m.

For information or to check about cancellations, call Bob Elliott at 774-644-1369 or email him at bobolinkelliott@yahoo.com.

The Sunday Night Jammers are a group of (mostly) instrumental (mostly) musicians, who play (mostly) Celtic-inspired dance music. Our music is (mostly) for couple dances, such as waltzes, hambos, polkas, and schottisches.

Now, to clear up those “mostly”s:
1) Sometimes we sing…or at least some of us sing.
2) Some of us are very serious musicians, some are duffers, many are in between. We are VERY polite about each other’s errors.
3) We started with English, Scottish, Irish, Canadian, and New England dance music, but we have gotten more international as the months go by.
4) After Scandinavian and German couple dances, a few Israeli line dances appeared, followed by some Greek and Balkan dances with “interesting” time signatures.

In brief, all of us have learned a lot, and we welcome others to come play, teach, learn, and, in general, have fun!

Aug
20
Mon
National Grid Energy Innovation Hub @ Energy Innovation Hub
Aug 20 all-day
National Grid Energy Innovation Hub @ Energy Innovation Hub

The National Grid Energy Innovation Hub is a collaborative, community space designed to elevate the conversation around the future of energy and the environment. The Hub offers interactive exhibits where Rhode Islanders can learn how they can take action towards creating a clean energy future.Exhibits include information about energy savings tips, energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, connected solutions (demand response), and ways to reduce energy bills. Guests can sign up for a no-cost home energy assessment and learn about the impact their energy choices have on the ultimate goal of a clean energy future.

The Hub is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. By appointment on Thursday. Groups are welcome.

To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Aug 20 @ 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.”