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.

August 16th, 2017
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Photo courtesy of NASA.gov

Photo courtesy of NASA.gov

 

The Fourth of July fireworks are over, but there is one more reason to stop what you’re doing and look up to the skies. On Monday August 21st, the Great American Solar Eclipse will occur. This is the first total solar eclipse to go from the Pacific to Atlantic, across the United States, since June, 1918. This is also the first total solar eclipse to be seen on the 48 contiguous states since 1979. While here in Rhode Island we will only see a partial eclipse, about 75-80% coverage, it is always phenomenal to see an astronomical event, especially when it does not require you to be up at 3am. It will peak at 2:47pm, but it will run from 1:28pm until 4pm and there are plenty of events here in Rhode Island for people of all ages. 

Unfortunately, The Ladd Observatory in Providence is closed for renovation, if you were thinking of going there, but there are still plenty of opportunities to check out the eclipse elsewhere in the state. 

 

Frosty Drew Observatory

Photo by Peter Amylon

Photo by Peter Amylon

 
The Frosty Drew Observatory will begin hosting solar activities at 10am. Multiple filtered telescopes will be set up in order to study the sun and catch sunspots, prominence, and filaments. Eclipse glasses will be available in limited supply. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. The Frosty Drew Observatory is located at 61 Park Lane in Ninigret Park in Charlestown.

You can find out more about the event at the observatory’s event page
 

Seagrave Memorial Observatory

Photo courtesy of TheSkyscrapers.org

Photo courtesy of TheSkyscrapers.org

The Seagrave Memorial Observatory will provide some solar eclipse glasses, as well as telescopes in order to look at the eclipse. They will also have live streams from locations experiencing a total eclipse. The event starts at 1pm and is free, but donations would be appreciated. The Seagrave Memorial Observatory is located at 47 Peep Toad Road in North Scituate, RI.

Check out the observatory’s event at their website
 
 

Pawtucket Public Library

Photo courtesy of OSLRI.org

Photo courtesy of OSLRI.org

The Pawtucket Public Library’s viewing party will start at 1pm on the steps of the library. Eclipse viewing glasses will be available in limited supply. The Pawtucket Public Library is at 13 Summer Street in Pawtucket. The event is free to attend.

You can check out more information for this event on the Pawtucket Public Library event calendar
 

East Providence Public Library

Photo Courtesy of EastProvidenceLibrary.org

Photo Courtesy of EastProvidenceLibrary.org

The Weaver Library will hold an event from 1:30 to 4 with food trucks, a photo booth, face painting, raffles, and more. There will also be live music from 2-4. The Weaver Library is at 41 Grove Street in East Providence.

For more detailed information, check out the Weaver Library’s event page.
 
 

Cumberland Public Library

Photo Courtesy of OSLRI.org

Photo Courtesy of OSLRI.org

Cumberland Public Library will have a viewing party from 1:15 until 4:15 on the Monastery grounds. They will have viewing glasses available in limited supplies. The Cumberland Public Library is at 1464 Diamond Hill Road in Cumberland. 

For the event page head to the Cumberland Public Library’s event calendar
 
 

Easton Beach

Photo courtesy of Newport-Discovery-Guide.com

Photo courtesy of Newport-Discovery-Guide.com

At Easton Beach, Strange Attractor Theatre will be putting on a Sea Pageant to coincide with the eclipse. All ages and skills are welcome in this unison performance. If you can not make it to the rehearsal, the dances are available on their website. Those who simply wish to simply observe are welcome. This event will begin at 1:30 and is free. Easton Beach is at 175 Memorial Blvd in Newport.

For more information on the event and the how to videos check out the event at the theatre’s website
 
 

Roger Williams Park

Photo courtesy of ProvidenceRI.gov

Photo courtesy of ProvidenceRI.gov

The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Roger Williams Park will have a reserved common area outside for viewing purposes. They will also have a NASA megacast showing complete coverage of the entire path of the eclipse. At 1pm there will be a special planetarium presentation of the eclipse, meaning there is not the usual 2pm showing. Special educational activities will also be going throughout the event. Admission to the museum is $2 and for the planetarium it is $3, and children 4 and under are free for both. Special activities are free with admission to either the planetarium or museum, and eclipse glasses will be distributed with admission. The Museum is located inside Roger Williams Park. 

For information on the event check out the event page
 
If you can not make it to one of these events, but still want to view the eclipse solar viewing glasses are available for purchase online. Sunglasses are not a substitute for solar viewing glasses. For more safety information and links to purchase NASA approved glasses visit, https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

The next total Solar Eclipse will not be viewable here in the United States until April 8, 2024, so make sure you get out and look up.

Facts provided by NASA.gov