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29  Everything for the home and garden can be found under one giant roof at the Spring Boston Home Show (Bayside Expo Center, Boston, Massachussetts, thebostonhomeshow.com). No need to drive from store to store, this show is one-stop browsing for appliances, zone heating systems and everything in between. Includes seminars on wall treatments, gardening, maintaining a lawn, building a log home and more. Through January 31.


6  The Spring Bull Gallery offers “Fakes and Forgeries,” with interpretations by local artists of old and new masters. Some are tongue in cheek; some are very good copies. Opening night is Saturday, February 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the show is also part of Newport’s Gallery Night on Thursday, February 11, when Newport’s art galleries all remain open until 8 p.m. The exhibition runs until February 28. Spring Bull Gallery and Studio, 55 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849-9166, spring bullgallery.com.

18 Gardening tips in February? The annual Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show is an indoor event that will help get you ready for planting season. Its spectacular 150,000-square-foot setting (Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, 272-0980, flowershow.com) with its “Timeless Gardens” theme will give you tips and tools on organic gardening. Other highlights include demonstrations and lectures by gardening experts, exquisite floral arrangements by Federation of Garden Clubs and professionals to help design your own garden are all well worth the trip. Through February 21.

MARCH 2010

5  Enjoy the fresh taste of spring at the Central Massachusetts Flower and Patio Show at Worcester’s DCU Center, (800) 533-0229, centralmaflowershow.com. Come stroll by and bring your outdoor dreams to reality. Experience garden displays and take in the waterfall building contest. Shop the Garden Shop for everything outdoorsy from fresh-cut flowers to patios and then revive yourself at the Garden Café. Friday, March 5, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $10 and children under 12 are free. Through March 7.

26  For any kind of house project, the  Rhode Island Home Show — the oldest and largest home show in Southern New England — is the perfect place to start (Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, 458-6000, ribahomeshow.com). Find out about home-building and remodeling trends and how to make your home more energy efficient. Attend seminars on hiring a contractor and enjoy live cooking demos by Newport chefs. Many green products will be on display including green literature in the Green Pavilion. Thursday and Friday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adults $10 and children ages 6 to 12 $3. children, ages 5 and under are free. Through March 29.

APRIL 2010

3 The Spring Bull Gallery has art to deceive the eye. “April Fools Exhibit” is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that’s a must-see. Opening night is Saturday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the show is also part of Newport’s Gallery Night on Thursday, April 8, when Newport’s art galleries all remain open until 8 p.m. The show runs until April 29. Spring Bull Gallery and Studio, 55 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849-9166, springbullgallery.com.

30 Get a jump on May flowers this year at the spring garden extravaganza Brewster in Bloom (Drummer Boy Park, Brewster, Massachusetts, brewsterinbloom.org). Through May 2.

MAY 2010

1  RISD’s Spring Art Sale on Benefit Street is an array of items designed and created by alumni both nationally and internationally. It’s your chance to find one-of-a-kind fine art, home accessories, greeting cards, jewelry, painting, furniture, rugs, clothing, photographs, glass and wickfordart.orgceramics. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine). Contact Alan Tracy at atracy@risd.edu or call 454-6618.

11 One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Enjoy the thrill of discovering fabulous finds without paying the price. Wear comfortable shoes and hit the stalls at the May Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts (brimfieldshow.com). Traffic getting into town can be rough, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Parking available for a fee in marked lots only. Through May 16.

29 What good is a bed without a gorgeous handmade quilt? Or a dining table without handpainted dishes and one-of-a-kind glassware? Find the right furnishings and accessories at the Gaspee Days Arts and Crafts Festival, featuring the wares of 150 to 200 arts and craft exhibitors along Narragansett Parkway (Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, 781-1772, gaspee.com). While adults enjoy the crafts, kids enjoy free family music and entertainment. Through May 31 (Memorial Day).

JUNE 2010

Festival of Historic Houses,

Newport Flower Show

JULY 2010

Wickford Art Festival

Gallery Night Providence


South Coast Artists’ Open Studios Tour

Block Island House and Garden Tour


Newport Secret Garden Tour


Fine Furnishings Show

RISD Alumni and Student Art Sale

Scituate Art Festival


Christmas at Blithewold

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

Holiday Pottery and Art Sale


Foundry Annual Holiday Art Sale

RISD Alumni Holiday Art Sale