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Top Picks for Your Summer Weekend

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Even as summer winds down and back-to-school season kicks into gear, great things continue to fill up these great Rhode Island weekends! GoLocalProv handpicked the best of the best for you here.


83rd Annual Grecian Festival

For the 83rd year in a row, come to Pawtucket and enjoy the best of Greece right here in our home state. The festival includes traditional foods and pastries, imports, a live Greek band and performances from a traditional dance troupe wearing authentic ethnic costumes from Greece. Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott St, Pawtucket, Fri 5-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-9pm, call 725-3127, or visit the Annual Grecian Festival Web site for more information.


ART Top Pick

World Famous Artist Peter Max Comes to Providence
Don’t miss pop culture icon Peter Max when he comes to Providence. Come see his famous depictions of American pop culture and his latest works, "Pop to Patriotism,” which include a portrait of Taylor Swift and life-size portrait of Shaquille O'Neal. Gallery 17 Peck, 303 Atwells Ave, Providence, 7-9pm, free, call 453-6161 for more information.


KIDS Top Pick
Take Flight at the Children’s Museum

Spark your kids’ imaginations – bring them to the Children’s Museum on Saturday to build a hoop glider and send it flying in the FETCH!™ Lab, an interactive science station. Providence Children’s Museum, Providence, 1-3pm, free, recommended for ages 5 – 11, visit the Web site for more information.


FOOD Top Pick
Jazz Tastings

Take a trip to Portsmouth for a day of jazz music and fine wine. The tasting includes award-winning live jazz, six different wines, and a wine glass. Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Rd, Portsmouth, 12:30-4pm, $15 per person, call 847-3777 or visit the Greenvale Vineyards Web site for more information.

Barbershop Concert on the Riverwalk

For some old-fashioned fun, hear the award-winning Harmony Heritage Women's Barbershop Chorus. Patrons will receive a coupon for $.50 off an ice cream at The Waterfall Cafe, so bring a blanket or chair, get there early, and enjoy ice cream and live music by the river. Donations gladly accepted. Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, 6:30-8pm, free, call 710-7800, or visit the Smith Memorial Library Web site for more information.


FILM Top Pick
The Great Gatsby Movie Experience

Return to the romantic, high-society world of The Great Gatsby, if only for a day! See the movie, enjoy a light continental breakfast, and then, at your leisure, tour Rosecliff Mansion where the Great Gatsby movie was filmed in 1973. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. The Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport, begins at 11am, call 846-5252 or visit the Web site for more information.


The 2nd Great Johnston Scavenger Hunt

Take your family and explore one of Rhode Island’s quaint towns in a fun scavenger hunt. Test your knowledge against that of other teams, and use digital cameras and cell phones to capture images of items from an extensive list of

common and not-so-common objects. And the stakes are high – prizes will be awarded. Refreshments will also be served. Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston, 11:15am-5pm, $8 donation per team, payable on day of the event. Call 943-6961 or visit the Johnston Historical Society Web site for more information.

America’s Cup Racing Regatta

Set sail with the America's Cup 12-Meter Racing Regatta – you can either watch or participate. Aboard the America's Cup racing yachts, the professional and friendly crew will coach those interested in a "hands on" sailing experience, but participation is not required. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. 12 Meter Charters, 49 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 3-5pm, $75 per person, call 851-1216 or visit the Web site for information.


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