Thursday, July 2, 2015

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: 

July 2–8

Baseball and fireworks, Bristol's parade, Providence pops and more!

PawSox with Fireworks
The only thing better than baseball in the summertime is baseball and fireworks in the summertime. On Thursday or Friday night, bring the family to see the Pawtucket Red Sox play the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at none other than McCoy Stadium. Fans will be treated to an incredible fireworks show after each game, presented by the Pawtucket Fireworks Committee. Scranton holds the top seat in the International League North — our dear PawSox rank third — so this game will surely keep you on the edge of your seat. Be sure to bring your rumbling bellies, too; stadium concessions include pizza, hot dogs, burgers, ice cream, supersized ice pops, the requisite ballgame beers and more.
The Details: July 2 and 3. 6:15 p.m. Box seats $12, general admission $9, children and seniors $6. McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket, 401-724-7300,

Bristol Fourth of July Parade
There’s no greater place to spend a sunny Independence Day than Bristol, alongside hundreds of fellow patriotic Rhode Islanders. This year’s parade will include drum corps from all over the United States, and incredible floats will line the streets of Bristol all day, competing for prizes given to the most patriotic, most beautiful and most original. There will also be a Top Military Honors and Best in the Parade Awards. This Fourth of July parade is the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States, so you don’t want to miss out. Be sure to bring cold drinks, hats and plenty of sunscreen. Photo by Ron Silva.
The Details: July 4. 10:30 a.m. Free. Begins at the corner of Chestnut and Hope sts. (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street (between State and Bradford sts.), Bristol, 401-253-8871,

Providence's Independence Day Celebration
A Providence staple, India Point Park offers everything you need for a relaxing day: rolling hills, shady trees, waterfront walking paths and lots of open space. But this Fourth of July, the typically serene park will pop with excitement for the Bank RI Independence Day Celebration. Pack a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early for a prime spot in the grass. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, celebrating its seventieth anniversary season, will entertain the growing crowd with Top Forty tunes, pops standards and symphonic arrangements. The night concludes with a fireworks show set to a live score by the orchestra.
The Details: July 4. Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Fireworks 9:15 p.m. Free. India Point Park, India Street, Providence, 401-785-9450,

Ancients and Horribles Parade
Go ahead: Poke fun at our great nation on her big day. Watch as Glocester residents spoof local and national culture and politics during the town’s annual Ancients and Horribles Parade. Started in 1926, the parade has been a Fourth of July tradition in the northwestern Rhode Island town for the last eighty-nine years. Though not always politically correct, the parodies embody the spirit of free speech. Come with family and friends to enjoy Fourth of July floats, veteran marches, refreshments and more, then stick around town for the carnival at Glocester Memorial Park.
The Details: July 4. 4 p.m. Free. North to south along Main Street, ending at Acote’s Field, Glocester, 401-568-6206,

"Burning Down the House"
Not literally, of course. Jamestown Art Center’s “Burning Down the House” exhibit, curated by Providence’s Yellow Peril Gallery, features work relating to house and home. Local and international artists, including Jennifer Avery, Joan Backes, Frances F. Denny, Polibio Diaz, Brooke Erin Goldstein, Jon Laustsen, Philippe Lejeune, Jessica Deane Rosner, Quintin Rivera Toro, Carol Scavotto and Sophia Sobers, use art to deconstruct society's long-held beliefs about home within the themes of nostalgia, safety, belonging and aspiration. Mark your calendar for the artists’ reception on July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. and a performance on August 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Details: July 3–Aug. 16. Hours Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown, 401-560-0979,

BankRI Independence Day Celebration


The BankRI Independence Day Celebration kicks off on July 4th at India Point Park at 7:30pm with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops conducted by Francisco Noya, A venerable figure in the Boston and New England music scene, Noya served as music director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston for 12 sea­sons and is a prominent mem­ber of the faculty at Berklee College of Mu­sic in Boston. As Resi­dent Conductor of the Rhode Island Philhar­monic Orchestra, he conducts Pops and Educa­tion concerts and the Summer Pops Se­ries. The celebration comes to an awe-inspiring end at 9:15pm when the sky lights up with a spectacular fireworks display set to music that can be heard in the park and on the radio.

Admission Info:
Blankets & Chairs Welcome
No Open Flames, Pets, Smoking or Fire Works Please

General Day and Time Info:
Philharmonic 7:30pm | Fireworks 9:15pm

Individual Dates & Times: *
Jul 4, 2015: 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm (Sat)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Providence Restaurant Weeks
July 12-25, 2015

Three-Course, Prix Fixe
Lunch $14.95
Three-Course, Prix Fixe 
Dinner $29.95 or $34.95
 Sure signs that summer is here? The grass is greener, the weather is warmer,
and Providence Restaurant Weeks planning has begun! See which
Rhode Island restaurants are participating and get your first glimpse of their mouthwatering menus. 
Experience the destination that Travel + Leisure readers voted the
#1 City in the U.S. and Saveur magazine named "one of the notable
small dining destinations in the world."
*Prices are valid for prix-fixe menus only. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included. Other restrictions may apply.

"The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) is proud to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Providence Restaurant Weeks. We began the event in July 2006, with one week and about 40 local restaurants participating. Over the years, we have grown the program into a two-week, twice yearly (January and July) event that has more than 80 participating restaurants from across Rhode Island."
"We founded the program as a way to promote the area's vibrant restaurant scene and to support local restaurants, many of which are independently owned. Ten years later, Providence has been named the "America's Favorite City" by the readers ofTravel + Leisure, earning high marks for our culinary scene, and most of the original participating restaurants are still in business. We'd like to thank all the people that support this program and support our restaurants. You are a huge part of our success."
For more information and a list of participating restaurants please visit:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 Rhode Island Songwriters Festival

AUGUST 21, 2015 • 5:30 PM

2015 Rhode Island Songwriters Festival 
presented by The Rhode Island Hospitality Association

The first ever Rhode Island Songwriter Festival will bring in nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters straight out of Nashville, Tennessee to Providence, Rhode Island. With several back to back performances to watch, attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the passion & dedication that is part of songwriting, by listening to the voices, back stories and personalities of the artists.
Along with the songwriter’s performances, there will be several local chefs/restaurants offering food stations for attendees to graze in between show times. Food Station Sponsors: Chelo’s Banquets & Catering, Chomp Kitchen & Drinks, The Dorrance, Gordon Foodservice, Harbor Lights Marina and Country Club, Kabob & Curry, Rasa, Rasoi and the Omni Providence.

travisDennings_headshot.jpgTRAVIS DENNING: Musician and songwriter currently on tour with   Jordan Rager in support of Justin Moore.

jaredMullins_headshot.jpgJARED MULLINS: Guitarist, Vocalist, and Songwriter for Heavy Flow.

frank_myers_headshot.jpgFRANK MYERS: Guitarist and Songwriters known for  "Once Upon a Lifetime" - Alabama;  "I Swear" -John Michael Mongomery; "I'm Already There" - Lonestar; "I Don't Wanna You Anymore" - Kenny Loggins. Recipient of various awards for "I Swear", including CMA, Grammy and Billboard.

georgeTeren_headshot.jpgGEORGE TEREN: Songwriter, Producer and Singer known for "Real Good Man" - Tim McGraw; "Busy Man" - Billy Ray Cyrus; "Homewrecker" - Gretchen Wilson; "When I Get Where I'm Going" - Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton. Also has had hit singles with Trace Adkins, Chuck Wicks, Blake Shelton, Oak Ridge Boys and more.

phillipWhite_headshot.jpgPHILLIP WHITE: Songwriter known for co-writing "I'm a Survivor" theme song TV sitcom Reba; "I'm Movin' On" - Rascal Flatts; "The Trouble with Girls" - Scotty McCreery; "Lost in You" - Darius Rucker

billygilman_headshot.jpgBILLY GILMAN: Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single "One Voice." Debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. Garnered awards and nods from the ACM, CMA, Billboard , Grammy’s, and AMA.

sarahPotenza_headshot.jpgSARAH POTENZA: Singer, songwriter originally of the band Sarah & The Tall Boys, recently made it to the Top 20 on NBC show "The Voice". New album, "My Turn", to be released in the Fall of 2015 and is currently on tour.

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    Select dates starting May 16th
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    Experience the renaissance city from a unique perspective ... aboard an authentic venetian gondola.

    La Gondola
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    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    The Christopher Dodge House Bed and Breakfast is now on Facebook.  Check out our page and become one of followers.  Just click on "Like" to see upcoming events, comments, and room information, etc.  
    We can't wait to see you there!