Courtesy of the Gocester Scarecrow Festival.

10/19 Glocester Scarecrow Festival

Why: See dozens of scarecrows line Chepachet Village, sip piping hot drinks and munch on apple cider doughnuts to get into the fall feel. Awards will be given out to the best scarecrows. Entertainment and more food will be available along Putnam Pike and face painting, plus pony rides and rabbit displays will keep the kiddos busy. Rhode Island folk duo, Atwater-Donnelly, will perform live music, too. The scarecrows will remain up for viewing until November 3.
Where: Chepachet Village, Main St., Chepachet.
More Info: Visit glocesterscarecrowfestival.org.

Oct
16
Wed
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co.
Oct 16 all-day
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co. | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of the Providence waterways on our fun and relaxing narrated daytime tours. Explore the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Providence Harbor as we highlight historical, nautical and architectural points of interest! Our tours run daily (closed Tuesdays) from 11 am to 7 pm. All tours are by reservation, so please book your seats prior to arrival.

Oct
17
Thu
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co.
Oct 17 all-day
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co. | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of the Providence waterways on our fun and relaxing narrated daytime tours. Explore the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Providence Harbor as we highlight historical, nautical and architectural points of interest! Our tours run daily (closed Tuesdays) from 11 am to 7 pm. All tours are by reservation, so please book your seats prior to arrival.

Oct
18
Fri
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co.
Oct 18 all-day
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co. | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of the Providence waterways on our fun and relaxing narrated daytime tours. Explore the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Providence Harbor as we highlight historical, nautical and architectural points of interest! Our tours run daily (closed Tuesdays) from 11 am to 7 pm. All tours are by reservation, so please book your seats prior to arrival.

Oct
19
Sat
Narrated Daytime Tours and Sunset Cruises @ Providence River Boat Co.
Oct 19 all-day
Narrated Daytime Tours and Sunset Cruises @ Providence River Boat Co. | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of the Providence waterways on our fun and relaxing narrated daytime tours and sunset cruises. Explore the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Providence Harbor as we highlight historical, nautical and architectural points of interest! Grab a cold beverage at the docks or BYOB in a small cooler. Private charters also available for any special occasion!

Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co.
Oct 19 all-day
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co. | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of the Providence waterways on our fun and relaxing narrated daytime tours. Explore the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Providence Harbor as we highlight historical, nautical and architectural points of interest! Our tours run daily (closed Tuesdays) from 11 am to 7 pm. All tours are by reservation, so please book your seats prior to arrival.

Revolutionary War Re-enactment Weekend at Chase Farm Park @ Chase Farm Park
Oct 19 all-day
Revolutionary War Re-enactment Weekend at Chase Farm Park @ Chase Farm Park | Lincoln | Rhode Island | United States

Step back in time to the eighteenth century on the weekend of October 19-20, when the tranquil landscape of Lincoln’s Chase Farm Park will undergo a dramatic change as hundreds of troops of Redcoats and Rebels fill the fields with musket fire as they reenact the history that led to the birth of our country.

Over the course of the weekend, visitors will see two separate engagements between British and American soldiers, in addition to hearing the stories from those who took part in the battles. The American Revolution lasted from 1775-1783. This reenactment event, The Battle of Chase Farm, will portray a combination of actual battles that took place during the Revolution.

Spectators will get to experience a narrated, full-scale battle each day between the Continental Army soldiers and the British Army, Loyalists, Native Americans, and Followers of the Army. The music of fife and drum corps will be interspersed with the shouts of the troops and sounds of musket fire. A large encampment of both soldiers and civilians will offer living history presentations to the public, including drills, artillery demonstrations, medical scenarios, laundry, cooking, clothing repairs and more. Colonial-era games and kid-centered activities will also be featured. Sutlers, merchants who followed the troops, will be on hand with a variety of period goods for sale to the public. Food vendors will also be on site.

“As one of the largest reenactment events in New England this year, the event will draw nearly 500 re-enactors from throughout the country to bring the history of our nation’s beginnings to life, states Kathy Hartley, president of the Hearthside House Museum. “The open meadows, rolling hills, and history surrounding this former dairy farm offers an idyllic setting for the dramatic re-creation of this most important history lesson that every citizen should know and appreciate.”

The event is designed to appeal to families of all ages, and they are encouraged to plan on spending the entire day in order to participate in all the activities being offered throughout the historic campus. Chase Farm Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. A separate ticket may be purchased for a tour of the camps by lantern from 6-7 p.m. On Sunday, the hours are from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The adjoining historic sites will be open later on both days, closing at 4:30 p.m.

Other features include special exhibits at the Hearthside Museum, next door to the Park, that will showcase Rhode Island’s pre-Revolutionary War event, the Gaspee Affair. A ship’s model of the Gaspee will be on display throughout the weekend. The “Gaspee in Virtual Reality,” an innovative educational experience that tells the story of the Gaspee Affair and the burning of the ship in Narragansett Bay will be presented by Brown University’s Adam Blumenthal on Saturday. Also on Saturday will be an appearance by the Pawtuxet Rangers, formed in 1774 and among the oldest existing chartered commands in the country as they give the Talbot family a fitting welcome back to their ancestors’ home, Hearthside. Docents in colonial attire, Revolutionary War artifacts and exhibits, and presentations are also on the schedule at Hearthside.

Although Hearthside was not built until 1810, some twenty-seven years after the war ended, there is a connection to the American Revolution through the Talbot family. The house was named Hearthside by the Talbots who lived there in the early twentieth century. Among the antiques displayed at the Talbot’s house was a portrait of their ancestor Silas Talbot, which hung prominently in the dining room. Silas was from Providence whose fame came as a Revolutionary War hero, serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Continental army under George Washington. He was captured thirteen times during the War. He miraculously survived and went on to command the U.S.S. Constitution after the war. William Talbot, great grandson of Silas Talbot and father of Hearthside’s owner Arnold Talbot, lived in Providence and was responsible for saving the Gaspee Room from the Sabin Tavern where the scheme to burn the British ship,Gaspee, in Narragansett Bay was hatched. He had the room moved to his home on Williams Street where it remains today. His wife, Mary, was one of the founders of the Gaspee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Today, five generations of Talbot family portraits are once again displayed at Hearthside, just as they were over 100 years ago.

Other historic sites featured during the weekend’s events are the newly-restored one-room Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse, which will be temporarily transformed into a doctor’s office as part of the re-enactment, and the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, where spectators may watch demonstrations at this original shop. A shuttle will provide transportation to the 1812 Moffett Mill, a rare survivor of the early Industrial Revolution. All of these sites are part of the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park.

Organizers of the Battle of Chase Farm are Tew’s Company (second Rhode Island) and His Majesty’s 54th Regiment of Foot and is being hosted by the Friends of Hearthside, and the Town of Lincoln. Friends of Hearthside is an all-volunteer organization that serves as stewards of the Town-owned historical properties of the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park, including Hearthside House Museum, the Hannaway Shop, the Pullen’s Corner School House, and the Moffett Mill. Proceeds from the event help support the preservation and programming at the sites.

General admission is $12, $10 seniors; $8 students ages twelve through seventeenand members of the Friends of Hearthside; $5 age eleven and under; free under age five. Admission includes parking, entrance to the event, as well as the historic sites of the one-room school house, blacksmith shop, Moffett Mill, and Hearthside Museum. No dogs are allowed in the Park during the course of the weekend. The event is held rain or shine. For more information, contact info@hearthsidehouse.org, www.hearthsidehouse.org, or 401-726-0597.

H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Life @ John Brown House Museum
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm
H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Life @ John Brown House Museum | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Each year in August, the Rhode Island Historical Society marks the anniversary of the birth of H.P. Lovecraft with a walking tour of spaces and places that were important to his life and his work in Providence. Born in 1890 and writing through his death in 1937, Lovecraft‘s acclaim as a genius of occult and horror fiction lives on. Passages from his Providence-based stories (“The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” “Haunter of the Dark,” “The Shunned House”) and excerpts from his personal correspondence offer astounding detail about his life and his work. Amazingly, most of the Providence sites that meant so much to the author in the 1920s can still be seen today. Providence native H.P. Lovecraft’s sci-fi and horror stories are known the world over. See the city through this legendary author’s eyes as the passages of his work are connected with locations around the East Side.

Fee: August – $15, $12 for members of Rhode Island Historical Society. October – $22, which includes walking tour and film screening in collaboration with the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival. Tour departs from the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. 1.75 miles of level walking through city streets.

Oct
20
Sun
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co.
Oct 20 all-day
Narrated Tours of the Providence Waterways @ Providence River Boat Co. | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of the Providence waterways on our fun and relaxing narrated daytime tours. Explore the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park, the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Providence Harbor as we highlight historical, nautical and architectural points of interest! Our tours run daily (closed Tuesdays) from 11 am to 7 pm. All tours are by reservation, so please book your seats prior to arrival.

Revolutionary War Re-enactment Weekend at Chase Farm Park @ Chase Farm Park
Oct 20 all-day
Revolutionary War Re-enactment Weekend at Chase Farm Park @ Chase Farm Park | Lincoln | Rhode Island | United States

Step back in time to the eighteenth century on the weekend of October 19-20, when the tranquil landscape of Lincoln’s Chase Farm Park will undergo a dramatic change as hundreds of troops of Redcoats and Rebels fill the fields with musket fire as they reenact the history that led to the birth of our country.

Over the course of the weekend, visitors will see two separate engagements between British and American soldiers, in addition to hearing the stories from those who took part in the battles. The American Revolution lasted from 1775-1783. This reenactment event, The Battle of Chase Farm, will portray a combination of actual battles that took place during the Revolution.

Spectators will get to experience a narrated, full-scale battle each day between the Continental Army soldiers and the British Army, Loyalists, Native Americans, and Followers of the Army. The music of fife and drum corps will be interspersed with the shouts of the troops and sounds of musket fire. A large encampment of both soldiers and civilians will offer living history presentations to the public, including drills, artillery demonstrations, medical scenarios, laundry, cooking, clothing repairs and more. Colonial-era games and kid-centered activities will also be featured. Sutlers, merchants who followed the troops, will be on hand with a variety of period goods for sale to the public. Food vendors will also be on site.

“As one of the largest reenactment events in New England this year, the event will draw nearly 500 re-enactors from throughout the country to bring the history of our nation’s beginnings to life, states Kathy Hartley, president of the Hearthside House Museum. “The open meadows, rolling hills, and history surrounding this former dairy farm offers an idyllic setting for the dramatic re-creation of this most important history lesson that every citizen should know and appreciate.”

The event is designed to appeal to families of all ages, and they are encouraged to plan on spending the entire day in order to participate in all the activities being offered throughout the historic campus. Chase Farm Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. A separate ticket may be purchased for a tour of the camps by lantern from 6-7 p.m. On Sunday, the hours are from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The adjoining historic sites will be open later on both days, closing at 4:30 p.m.

Other features include special exhibits at the Hearthside Museum, next door to the Park, that will showcase Rhode Island’s pre-Revolutionary War event, the Gaspee Affair. A ship’s model of the Gaspee will be on display throughout the weekend. The “Gaspee in Virtual Reality,” an innovative educational experience that tells the story of the Gaspee Affair and the burning of the ship in Narragansett Bay will be presented by Brown University’s Adam Blumenthal on Saturday. Also on Saturday will be an appearance by the Pawtuxet Rangers, formed in 1774 and among the oldest existing chartered commands in the country as they give the Talbot family a fitting welcome back to their ancestors’ home, Hearthside. Docents in colonial attire, Revolutionary War artifacts and exhibits, and presentations are also on the schedule at Hearthside.

Although Hearthside was not built until 1810, some twenty-seven years after the war ended, there is a connection to the American Revolution through the Talbot family. The house was named Hearthside by the Talbots who lived there in the early twentieth century. Among the antiques displayed at the Talbot’s house was a portrait of their ancestor Silas Talbot, which hung prominently in the dining room. Silas was from Providence whose fame came as a Revolutionary War hero, serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Continental army under George Washington. He was captured thirteen times during the War. He miraculously survived and went on to command the U.S.S. Constitution after the war. William Talbot, great grandson of Silas Talbot and father of Hearthside’s owner Arnold Talbot, lived in Providence and was responsible for saving the Gaspee Room from the Sabin Tavern where the scheme to burn the British ship,Gaspee, in Narragansett Bay was hatched. He had the room moved to his home on Williams Street where it remains today. His wife, Mary, was one of the founders of the Gaspee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Today, five generations of Talbot family portraits are once again displayed at Hearthside, just as they were over 100 years ago.

Other historic sites featured during the weekend’s events are the newly-restored one-room Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse, which will be temporarily transformed into a doctor’s office as part of the re-enactment, and the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, where spectators may watch demonstrations at this original shop. A shuttle will provide transportation to the 1812 Moffett Mill, a rare survivor of the early Industrial Revolution. All of these sites are part of the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park.

Organizers of the Battle of Chase Farm are Tew’s Company (second Rhode Island) and His Majesty’s 54th Regiment of Foot and is being hosted by the Friends of Hearthside, and the Town of Lincoln. Friends of Hearthside is an all-volunteer organization that serves as stewards of the Town-owned historical properties of the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park, including Hearthside House Museum, the Hannaway Shop, the Pullen’s Corner School House, and the Moffett Mill. Proceeds from the event help support the preservation and programming at the sites.

General admission is $12, $10 seniors; $8 students ages twelve through seventeenand members of the Friends of Hearthside; $5 age eleven and under; free under age five. Admission includes parking, entrance to the event, as well as the historic sites of the one-room school house, blacksmith shop, Moffett Mill, and Hearthside Museum. No dogs are allowed in the Park during the course of the weekend. The event is held rain or shine. For more information, contact info@hearthsidehouse.org, www.hearthsidehouse.org, or 401-726-0597.

H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Life @ John Brown House Museum
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm
H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Life @ John Brown House Museum | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Each year in August, the Rhode Island Historical Society marks the anniversary of the birth of H.P. Lovecraft with a walking tour of spaces and places that were important to his life and his work in Providence. Born in 1890 and writing through his death in 1937, Lovecraft‘s acclaim as a genius of occult and horror fiction lives on. Passages from his Providence-based stories (“The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” “Haunter of the Dark,” “The Shunned House”) and excerpts from his personal correspondence offer astounding detail about his life and his work. Amazingly, most of the Providence sites that meant so much to the author in the 1920s can still be seen today. Providence native H.P. Lovecraft’s sci-fi and horror stories are known the world over. See the city through this legendary author’s eyes as the passages of his work are connected with locations around the East Side.

Fee: August – $15, $12 for members of Rhode Island Historical Society. October – $22, which includes walking tour and film screening in collaboration with the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival. Tour departs from the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. 1.75 miles of level walking through city streets.