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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

February 1st, 2017
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With the Pats headed to a league record ninth Super Bowl, Rhode Island and Southeastern MA have plenty of great locations to view the game, complete with big screen televisions, food, beer, and plenty of fun. Here’s our list of the Top 9 local places to enjoy the big game.

16174496_10210227855204765_4722832409149418582_nSuper Bowl Party – Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon, Warwick @ 11am-5pm

Nothing like a good ol’ basket of wings to make your Super Bowl viewing complete. Enjoy a buffet and then check out the big game on their projector!

Super Bowl Party – Venus de Milo, Swansea @ 4pm-12am

With three giant screens and all the classic snacks this party is fun for everyone! It’s all you can eat until Halftime with a cash bar. Tickets are just $19.50.

The Super Ball Pig Roast Party – Ogie’s Trailer Park, Providence @ 12pm

It’s an all day celebration! Start off with the Puppy Bowl and end with the “real” Super Bowl. There will be drink specials, a pig roast buffet, and lots of special snacks all day long.

Ciro’s Tailgate  – Chiro’s Tavern, Woonsocket @ 4pm-1am

Watch the game inside the Tavern or bundle up by the fire on the patio and catch the game on an outdoor TV.

Super Bowl Buffet – TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill, South Kingstown @ 5pm

The pre-game celebrations start at 5pm with an all you can eat buffet including wings, pizza, mac & cheese, sliders, and more! There’s also quarterly gift card giveaways and deals on beer buckets.

994.PVDSBTG (1)Super Bowling Sunday – Old Mountain Lanes, Wakefield @ 5-10pm

Rent a lane for two hours with unlimited games, five pairs of shoes, a cheese pizza, and a pitcher of soda for $49.99! Reservations are suggested.

Super Bowl PVD – The MET, Pawtucket @ 6-11pm

Head on over to The Met for a night of food, drinks, video games, and football. The game will be on the projector and there will be plenty of seats. The event is hosted by Fine Malt Vintage, Collectors Edition, and APB Vapes. Get your tickets here.

Free wings & Super Bowl LI – Hot Club, Providence @ 6pm

The volume will be up on all the TV’s at this waterfront bar! There will also be free wings during the game and Miller Light Bucket specials. At the end of the game, they’ll be raffling off prizes and matching the proceeds of raffle ticket sales to donate to Mathewson Street Friendship Breakfast. What more could you want at a Super Bowl Party?

Super Bowl LI – Dublin Rose, Seekonk @ 6:30pm

What’s better than free wings at Halftime? There’s only a few more days to call in a reservation for Dublin Rose’s Super Bowl party! Give them a call at 508-336-9222.

January 26th, 2017
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21st Annual WINEterfest / eventbrite

 

If you’re looking for great Valentine’s Day plans, you don’t have to look very far. Travel + Leisure magazine recently released a list of the 20 most romantic cities in the country with our Creative Capital landing at number 12. With a capital city rich with history, culture, entertainment, fine dining, and the arts – there is plenty to do in Providence and throughout the state to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There are also a few family-friendly activities as well for those of you with kids to entertain.

 

Free Family Fun Day – Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol – Saturday, February 4 @ 9am-5pm

Learn more about our feathered friends and do some fun crafts too! Families can make a bird-seed valentine, create an eco-friendly bird feeder, and get up-close and personal with an owl. No registration required – just show up! More info here.

 

Dinner for Two (or more!) – Simone’s Restaurant, Warren – Monday, February 6 @ 6:30pm

Spend an evening with celebrated New England chef Joe Simone where he’ll teach you to cook for your Valentine. Participants will learn to make crackers with grated beets and goat cheese, crabmeat and avocado salad with horseradish and crème fraîche, sustainably raised veal stew with hot buttered spaetzle, and baked-to-order chocolate pudding. The event is $60 and includes demonstration, recipes, tastes, and wine.

 

The Caribbean Soul Duo in concert – Weaver Library, East Providence – Monday, February 6 @ 7-8pm

We all could use a little escape from the winter weather. This free event is perfect for your Valentine – even if it’s a few days early! The Caribbean Soul Duo will play R&B, jazz, soul, reggae, pop, and soca.

 

Heart Smart – Providence Children’s Museum, Providence – Saturday, February 11 & Sunday, February 12 @ 11am-2pm

The Providence Children’s Museum wants you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some heart healthy fun. Kids test their heart rates, learn all about the heart, and more! This event is recommended for kids ages five and up. Admission is $9 and free for babies under 12 months and Museum Members.

 

5th Annual Frostbite Bash – Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol – Saturday, February 11 @ 6:30-11pm

Dance the night away to live music in the historic Hall of Boats at the Frostbite Bash! The party includes full open bars, food tastings, a silent auction, and photo booth. Tickets start at $65 and can be purchased on the event website.

 

Aurea Presents: Liebeslied/Love Song – St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Providence, Saturday, February 11 @ 7-9:30pm

Spend a romantic, intimate evening at this “rare gem” from Aurea, only once performed in 2011. This performance draws from songs, chamber music, and letters from Clara & Robert Schumann. General admission tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

 

Dinner with the Queen of Hearts – REVEL factory, Pawtucket – Saturday, February 11 @ 8-10:30pm

Want to do something different to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Treat your Valentine like royalty! This seated immersive theater experience by TEN31 Productions is an elegant three course dinner with delicious food and wine pairings by Russell Morin Catering & Events. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased on the event website.

 

Valentine’s Day 7-Course Dinner – The Duck and Bunny, Providence – Tuesday, February 14 @ 6/6:30 & 8/8:30 & 10pm

Enjoy seven delicious courses including appetizers, artisanal cheese plates, and desserts. Reservations are required for dinner and are $125 per couple. Dessert starts at 10:30pm and does not require a reservation. For more information, including the sample menu, visit the Duck and Bunny website.

 

Virginia is for Lovers Wine Dinner – The Coast Guard House Restaurant, Narragansett – Friday, February 17

Enjoy a five course menu paired with wine from Barboursville Winery in Virginia. The dinner is $59 per person and reservations are required.

 

21st Annual Wineter Fest – Newport Vineyards, Middletown – Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19 @ 12-5pm

Spend your weekend grape stomping, wine tasting, and enjoying live music at Newport Vineyards. Participants will experience live ice sculpting and Grape Stomp Competitions! For more information and to purchase tickets click here.