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5 Weekend Musts: Twelfth Night at Westerly + More

Thursday, January 10, 2013


It's a winter tradition full of music, fun, and feasting: Chorus of Westerly's Twelfth Night, all weekend. Photo: Chorus of Westerly.

It's going to be a mild and easy winter weekend, Rhode Island, so get out there and have some fun. Here are your five go-to events.

Twelfth Night Celebration, Westerly

Friday-Sunday  Don't miss this incredible winter tradition--a rich musical and dramatic production (featuring a newly penned original script each year) that puts an enthralling and captivating exclamation mark on the end of the holiday season, and prepares us all for the cold months of the New Year. Great for the whole family. The feast features a delicious and hearty meal, dessert, and wassail prepared by Twelfth Night chefs and served in the performance hall. Jan 11 7:30 p.m.; Jan 12 and 13 at 1, 4 and 8 pm. Peasant's Feast, Jan 12 and 13 at 6 pm. George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, 401-596-8663, www.chorusofwesterly.org

Kids Clothes Swap, Providence

Saturday  A creative event that is a real FREE for all. No money. No barter. No trade. Bring clothes for kids size 5-12, that are clean, folded, and size-sorted. Toys, books, puzzles also welcome. Then? Take what you want! Bring boxes and bags to help out, and know that anything left over will be donated! 12 noon-2:30pm, Rochambeau Library community room in the basement, 708 Hope St, Providence. For more info, check here.

Winter Big Day Bird Count, Smithfield

Seen this guy around Rhode Island? The short-eared owl is one of many birds that you can search for with RI Audubon this weekend.

Saturday  How many species can we find? This popular program has become a Rhode Island tradition. Set out with Audubon and cover many of the state's winter hot spots during this day-long van trip in search of our feathered winter residents. Barrow's Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, Short-eared Owl and Snow Bunting are among the birds we hope to find. Dress warmly and pack a lunch and optics. 16 + only; 8am – 5pm, $45/member , Non-Member Fee $55/non-member. Departs from Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield. For more information, http://asri.org/events/events.html?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20130112" target="_blank">go here.

Go Botany! Talk on High-Tech Tool for Anyone Who Loves Plants, Providence

Saturday  Imagine being able to identify plants in the field using an innovative set of keys on your iPad or smartphone. Elizabeth Farnsworth, New England Wild Flower Society's Senior Research Ecologist, will discuss their ambitious four-year project to develop the definitive on-line Flora of New England. Whether you're a teacher, a gardener, or just generally fascinated with plants, GO BOTANY is a great resource for you. 2-3:30pm, free and open to the public. Rhode Island Historical Society, Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent St, Providence. For more, go here.

Glass Exhibition, Newport

Friday-Sunday  There are treasures to be found at Spring Bull Gallery’s new show, “Glass Exhibition", where area artists are asked to use their artistic vision to explore the complexity of glass. Show includes works that are painted or produced on paper, canvas, sculpted, stained, blown or fused. The exhibit runs January 5, 2013 – January 31, 2013. Gallery night this Thursday, Jan 10, when gallery will be open 'til 8pm. 55 Bellevue Ave, Newport. Noon-5pm. (401) 849-9166, www.springbullgallery.com


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