Rhode Island’s Creative Capital made it to Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Best Cities for New Year’s Eve” list, making it one of the hottest spots in New England to welcome 2017. Whether it’s dancing the night away, enjoying awesome food, or going for a swim, Rhode Island has several ways to say farewell to 2016 and hello to 2017 – even if you’ve procrastinated on making plans.
ONE Providence New Year’s Eve Ball – Rhode Island Convention Center – Saturday, Dec 31 @ 9pm
Celebrate New Year’s Eve like royalty in the Creative Capital at the 2nd Annual ONE Providence New Year’s Eve Ball. Between 9PM-2AM guests will enjoy live music, dancing, food, beverages, and surprise performances throughout the night. More information and tickets can be found here.
NEW YEAR’S EVE – Julie Rhodes, Arc Iris, She Keeps Bees, Last Good Tooth – Columbus Theatre – Saturday, Dec 31 @ 9pm
Not too into the party scene? Check out some great live music at the Columbus Theater featuring Julie Rhodes, Arc Iris, She Keeps Bees, and Last Good Tooth. For more information on the bands and to purchase tickets, click here.
Hangover Classic 5 Mile Road Race – Bristol – Sunday, Jan 1 @ 10:30am
Run off your hangover at this Rhode Island New Year’s Day tradition! The Hangover Classic is a classic style road race that goes through Colt State Park and Poppasquash Road. The race course is open for 1 hour and 15 minutes and ends at Agave restaurant with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Find more information including registration here.
Polar Plunge – Several Locations in RI – Sunday, Jan 1
What better way to ring in the New Year than to take a frigid dip in the ocean? The Polar Plunge is actually a very popular event in RI, attracting thousands of spectators and participants! One of the more popular plunges is at Easton’s Beach in Newport that begins at noon. The Newport Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraiser for the Rhode Island-based organization A Wish Come True which grants wishes to children in RI and nearby MA with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert – The Vets – Sunday, Jan 1 @ 2pm
For the second year in a row, The Vets is hosting a Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert featuring performances by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers. For more information click here.
RPL is proud to announce that 51 Prospect Street on Providence’s East Side has been selected as the winner of the AIA RI Design Awards’ Honor Award. The AIA RI Design Awards are an annual program that celebrates excellence in architecture and recognizes achievements in design. The Honor Award is the highest award in the highly competitive residential sector.
51 Prospect Street is currently available for sale and rests on a beautifully landscaped lot within the heart of College Hill. This award winning Contemporary provides a private hilltop setting depicting the very best of modern architecture and design. The interior of the home showcases a bright open floor plan with soaring ceilings and large walls of glass looking west to the Downcity Providence skyline.
When presented with the award, it was revealed that the careful placement of windows was a key factor in the decision making. The judges were amazed by how well the design was executed, achieving Albert Garcia of KITE Architects, Inc’s stated focus to visually and spatially transform the building and its landscape to increase privacy, without losing its meaningful connections to Providence’s vibrant center of residential and student activity.
The listing agent, Jim DeRentis, has been an agent of RPL’s Providence office since 2009 and has been a top sales producer since 2010 and continually earns the distinguished Platinum Plus Sales distinction for sales volume. A resident of College Hill himself, DeRentis knows Providence’s 25 neighborhoods well and has a strong appreciation for the rich diversity of the Creative Capital.
Buyers interested in 51 Prospect Street can contact Jim DeRentis at 401.529.2188 to schedule a private showing.
‘Tis the season to do everything wintery! Rhode Island is full of holiday and winter activities for all ages, no matter what part of the state you live in. Here are a few of our favorite holiday activities we’d like to share.
See a Christmas Carol
Seeing Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas play, A Christmas Carol, has been a tradition for many Rhode Islanders for nearly four decades. This Trinity Rep show is great for all ages, but the ghosts may be a little scary for some children. You can see the show until December 31 at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence.
The Granite Theatre & The Renaissance City Theatre Company in Westerly also has their own interpretation of the play, as well as Stadium Theater in Woonsocket. Check out their websites for more information.
Spend an Evening with Donner and Blitzen
Donner and Blitzen are together again for their annual variety act! Head over to the The Contemporary Theater Company for a hilarious, jolly good time. Shows run until December 23, check the website for performance dates and to buy tickets.
Go Ice Skating
There are now two Alex and Ani Skating rinks in Rhode Island — one in Providence, the other in a waterfront location in Downtown Newport. Both the Providence and Newport rinks are open seven days a week, just check out the websites before heading over to see the hours.
Hop on the Polar Express and head on over to the North Pole! The Blackstone Valley Polar Express is a three-hour event that includes a 90-minute train ride with storytelling, sing-a-longs, games, and yummy goodies. Santa even delivers gifts to every child! The train is located at 1 Depot Square in Woonsocket. Make sure to get tickets ahead of time!
Go Out For a Date Night
On December 18, head over to Blithewold Mansion for a Horse-Drawn Holiday Carriage Ride & Holiday Photo Shoot. Enjoy some old-fashioned holiday fun on a horse-drawn carriage ride down their wooded Lover’s Lane, then across the Great Lawn. Register early, it’s first come first serve!
At the Towers in Narragansett on December 22, spend a night enjoying festive music, caroling, and cocktails. Buy your tickets for the Christmas Cocktail Cabaret here.