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Thursday, December 05, 2013


Marvel at the lights and celebrate the Christmas season with the community at the Narragansett Festival of Lights this weekend.

You’ve finished your turkey, emptied the cranberry sauce, and swallowed the last of the pumpkin pie. Now what? Christmastime, of course! Even with Rhode Island’s signature unpredictable weather, it’s clear that winter is officially on its way. Check out these festive and fun events to get you into the spirit of the season!

Narragansett Festival of Lights

Sunday  Narragansett’s town center is your next festive stop this weekend. Bring your family to the Narragansett Festival of Lights to see the luminaries along the sea wall, listen to the music, and ride on the holiday-decorated trolleys. For entrance to the morning’s arts and crafts event, bring a canned good to donate to Narragansett’s “Holiday Cupboard”! Kids won’t want to miss the library puppet show or face painting, and everyone gathers in the evening to watch the tree lighting and fireworks display. 10am to 7pm at the Center of Town. Narragansett Pier, Narragansett, RI. 401-782-0658.

The RI Film Collaborative’s Roaring 20s Black & White Gala

Saturday  The Rhode Island Film Collaborative proudly hosts its sixth annual Black & White fundraising gala this weekend. Arrive at 6pm for the cocktail reception or at 8pm for the event itself—both are discounted if you’re an RIFC member! Come for the live music and stay for the open air photo booth, the burlesque performance, the local beer, and the living art. All proceeds benefit the Rhode Island Film Collaborative, so make like the Great Gatsby and dance the night away—and don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance. 6pm Cocktail Reception, 8 pm Gala at the Providence Convention Center Rotunda Room. 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI. 401-484-7432.

Ninth Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Show off your creative chops by building the best gingerbread house in Cranston this Saturday.

Saturday  Take a breather from the whirlwind of shopping and remember what the holidays are truly about—gingerbread houses! The Cranston Artists’ Exchange is hosting their annual contest for the best candy-adorned constructions. Prizes are awarded in each age category, and we won’t tell anyone if you sneak a gumdrop while you work. Stick around for raffles, holiday grab bags, and discounted class registrations! The Artists’ Exchange provides candy, but gives you full permission to bring extra. However, leave your glue guns at home—these houses are strictly edible. 9am-6pm at Cranston Artists’ Exchange. 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI. $12 per house. 401-490-9475.

Trustom Pond Bird Walk

Sunday  We often forget that wildlife exists even in the winter when ponds threaten to freeze and we break out our puffy jackets, but of course it does. The Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge is known in particular for its waterfowl in the chilly weather. Bring your family and join naturalist Bob Kenney for a wildlife exploration in the crisp air. Register by Saturday! 1-3pm at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge. 1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, South Kingstown, RI.

Shady Lea Mill Open Studios

Saturday & Sunday  Passionate about art? Join the talented artists of the Mill at Shady Lea as they celebrate their sixteenth anniversary by displaying their unique works in an open studio. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or shopping for yourself, you’ll certainly find what you’re looking for in this broad based and endless collection of handmade instruments, soaps, glass beads, and more. Get into the holiday spirit by bringing a nonperishable food item to donate! 12-5pm at Shady Lea Mill. 215 Shady Lea Road, North Kingstown, RI. 401-290-7548.

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