December 28th, 2017
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POP CHAMPAGNE

 

2017 is coming to a close and many of us want to get rid of it in style. Cheer into the New Year surrounded by live music, food, and laughs by attending one of these fabulous events around Rhode Island.

 

NYE One Providence

This is the first ever Outdoor Ball Drop in Providence. The festivities include food and activities as well as a Fireworks Finale. The outdoor events, including the laser-light show, are all free while the indoor services require ticket purchases. Everything goes down at 1 Finance Way at Waterplace Park beginning at 7pm. The outdoor events are free, but VIP and indoor tickets are available for $75 and $150.

 

Dave and Buster’s

Dave and Buster’s has two separate events going on at the same location. A Family New Year’s goes from 5-8pm and includes a video ball drop while featuring multiple packages ranging from $30-$45. The Adult New Year’s event runs from 9pm-12:30am with packages ranging from $50-$75.

 

Providence G is hosting 3 events New Years Night:

ProvG Midnight Masquerade

Food, cocktails, and even a red carpet create a stunning atmosphere at ProvG. So put on your best mask and enjoy this New Year’s party starting at 8pm. Tickets are $85-$100. 21+

 

NYE Southern Style Dinner & Game Night in GPub

Partake in a BBQ buffet at GPub with a pig roast, chicken and waffles, and plenty more. Finish the night by enjoying yourself at a DJ after party. Tickets and group packages range from $30-$520. 21+

 

Star Light, Star Bright NYE Celebration

This party under the stars will be held at The Rooftop. DJ, food, and champagne are provided. The party starts at 8pm and goes until 2am. $75 per person. 21+

 

All Black NYE Ball at Fete

Experience R&B star Tank along with an All-Star DJ lineup. Doors open at 8pm, while the ball drop and after party start at Midnight. Tickets go from $45-$105.

Don Miguelo at The Strand

Enjoy Reggaeton sound with Dominican singer Don Miguelo at The Strand in Providence. Tickets are $40 and the show starts at 10 pm.

 

Lang’s Bowlarama

Enjoy bowling, live music, and a dinner buffet at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston. Family packages and Lane Rentals are available with amenities included.

 

The Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza in Warwick will be holding a New Year’s Event with packages at $150 and $290. A cash bar will be present and packages can include overnight stays for two at the hotel.

 

NYE Bonfire at Ninigret Park

Ninigret Park in Charlestown is holding a bonfire from 4:30-7pm near the Criterion Bike Track. Free Admission for all.

 

Brick Alley Pub

Enjoy Brick Alley Pub’s Annual Wine Dinner with appetizers and multiple courses. Located right on Thames Street in Newport, the event will be held from 7pm-1am and is $89 per person.

 

Eli’s Kitchen

This is the only night Eli’s in Warren takes reservations and it’s well worth it, with the restaurant offering a four course menu that includes gluten-free and vegan options. The meal is $60 per person and several time slots are available for reservations.

 

Mardi Gras at Skiff Bar at Newport Marriott

The Skiff Bar is holding a New Year’s Masquerade at the Newport Marriott with a Cajun inspired menu. Tickets are $20 a person or $30 for couples, and that price includes a raffle ticket to win one of their great prizes. 21+

 

The Bit Players

Enjoy award-winning improv in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. Three hour-long shows begin at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm. Each show is BYOB and will be performed at the Firehouse Theater in Newport. $20 per person per show.

 

Polar Bear Plunge

New Year’s Day. The run for the water will be at Noon, but festivities start at 9am on Easton Beach. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

 

Skyworks on Australia Day in Perth City

 

Of course, there is always relaxing at your home and watching TV with family and friends. Either way we hope you have a happy and safe New Year. Please comment and let us know if there are any events we missed or if you simply want to wish a Happy New Year.  Thank you.

December 18th, 2017
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Katie Flynn - Gaspee - Warwick

 

Many of us have family and friends coming into our homes over the next month or so. We all love making an impression and want to make sure our homes are lovely and comfortable for all of our guests. Here is a helpful list of tips for preparing your home for the holidays.

Be Prepared for the Snow First and Foremost

Hopefully, you are going to do this anyways, but just make sure you have everything shoveled for your guests.  Include current walkways and create new walkways to where additional cars may park. Keep a snow shovel and a bag of rock salt by the door just in case you have to shovel yourself out.

Make Room for Incoming Items

Take out all the things you no longer need or have not used in a while. You are most likely about to receive gifts, so now is a good time to make room. Rent out a dumpster, donate to shelters and others in need, whatever you have to do in order to make the necessary space. After you have cleaned out all these things, your rooms should be able to hold more presents, guests’ luggage,  and should also be easier to clean.

De-Clutter to Create Useful Space

More people means more food, bags, and storage space needed. So clear off countertops and make extra room. You can even use this additional space to create a special coffee serving area for breakfast and after meals, complete with cups and fixings. You may also want to add extra seating around tables and kitchen islands. If you have overnight guests coming, make sure to clean out some drawers and closet space for them to put their things, instead of making them live out of their luggage. You can also clear a space or hang up more hooks to account for all the additional coats and jackets.

Prepare your car

For your cars, you want to make sure they all have scrapers in them. You also want to have a pair of jumper cables and a roadside kit just in case. If you have a lighter car, it is also handy to put a bag of rock salt or cat litter in the back to give it some weight and help provide better traction for your tires if you get stuck.

Prepare the Bathroom

Check the toilet and make sure it’s in working order because it is about to get a little workout. If you want to spruce up the bathroom, cleaning between the tiles can give a nice boost. Usually we like to hide all of the bathroom supplies, but our guests may not know where everything is. You can either leave them out in an organized fashion or place them in festive baskets so no one has to rummage through the cabinets. You can even provide some extra toothbrushes in case someone forgot theirs or unexpectedly ends up spending the night because of winter weather. You will also want to have extra hand and bath towels on hand.

Safety First

You may have people who are older and/or younger than are usually in your house, so now is a good time to childproof the house and watch for hazards like loose floorboards and anything that juts out. Some quick safety tips are to remove things from precarious positions, cover outlets, check handrails, and watch for rugs that slip. Nightlights are also useful. You may be able sprint through your house blindfolded balancing an egg, but for people unfamiliar with your home’s layout, it can be much more difficult.

Please let us know if any of these tips helped you or your guests. If so, please like this post and share it with your friends and family for this or the next holiday. If you have any tips of your own please comment below and help make this list even better.

 

Happy Holidays From All of Us at Residential Properties

October 16th, 2017
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Rhode Island is the perfect destination for Halloween. The local history and weather create the ideal conditions to enjoy a true Halloween. The question is how best to get the full experience of the holiday. Here are five things you can do to make the most of your Halloween in Rhode Island, creating a perfect mix of horror, history, and pageantry for all ages.

 

1. Roger William’s Jack O Lantern Spectacular

Jack O Lantern Spectacular

The Jack O Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is a great experience for people of all ages. The atmosphere is perfect for fall with the lights of the pumpkins just about the only thing illuminating the path. Every year new themes are presented giving you a range of new artwork. It’s perfect for a date night or hanging with friends and family. Relax and take a stroll like it’s an outdoor museum. Don’t rush and take in all the amazing work that people have done. The attraction is open from October 5th until November 5th.

For tickets and scheduling please visit the website at RWPZoo.org.

 

2. Escobar’s Farm

Escobar Farm2

Escobar’s Farm in Portsmouth, RI has everything you need for a complete Halloween. A large highlight is the themed corn maze that has a different shape every year. Past years have included Rhode Island Comic Con, the P-Bruins, and local landmarks. The farm also features hayrides, and a concession stand along with other themed activities. It is a great day outside for adults and kids while they attempt to solve the corn maze.

For schedules and special events please visit their website at EscobarFarm.com.

 

3. The Haunted Labyrinth

Haunted Labyrinth

The Haunted Labyrinth is a haunted attraction that has been running for over 30 years in Cranston. They change the theme every year keeping it fresh. The lines generally move quickly. If things get too scary while inside, every room has a curtain where volunteers can lead you back out of the maze while the rest of the party continues on. If your child is the one that leaves a special pass is given to parents, so rest at ease while your heart rate spikes.

For a full schedule and pricing please visit their website at HauntedLabyrinth.com.

 

4. Field of Screams

Field of Screams

Field of Screams is a fun outdoor haunted attraction in West Greenwich. Offering a fright in the fresh air, Field of Screams’ attractions include a fun and scary trip through a haunted house, a haunted hayride, and a haunted maze. Their newest attraction is zombie paintball where you can test out how ready you are for the zombie invasion as you blast the undead with a paintball gun. This is a fun way to breathe in some fresh air while screaming all of it back out.

For their full schedule and a peek at their attractions please check out their website at HauntedHayride.net.

 

5. Ghost Tour in Providence or Newport

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There are ghost tours in both Providence and Newport where workers lead you around the historical districts showing off some of the oldest and most haunted places in Rhode Island and America. You will hear ghost stories and even if you don’t get a scare you get a tour of some beautiful historic neighborhoods in both cities.

For a look at the different ghost tours check out ProvidenceGhostTour.com and GhostsofNewport.com.

 

What do you think of the list? Did we complete your Halloween or leave it in shambles? Comment below with some of your local favorites that you feel every one in Rhode Island must do.