RIVER SHIP SEASON
Cool off on the water this weekend by hopping on a riverboat. Yes, it’s officially riverboat season, baby. The Providence River Boat Company offers daily 50-minute narrated tours. You can also book a Providence Architecture Tour or a Twilight River Cruise. And — in a collaboration we didn’t know we needed — they’re also hosting floating wine tastings with Gooseneck Vineyards: 60 minutes, four featured wines, and food pairings. (Wine carts do not run daily so check online to book; next is May 26th with limited space.) Prices vary. 101 Dyer St., Providence, RI. 401-580-2628. details here.
VINCENT’S OPENING WEEKEND
It’s the first full Van Gogh weekend in Providence, and I know I’m not the only one looking forward to Gogh.
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – running now through July 8 at the Rhode Island Convention Center – has sold approximately 3 million tickets worldwide. Guests are immersed in around 300 masterpieces composed of over 4 trillion high-resolution pixels, from The Starry Night to Sunflowers. We will also hear Van Gogh’s “Thoughts and Words on a Symphonic Score”. details here.
It seems like the internet has Downton fever, “A New Era” is coming to the big screen. If you’re dying to dress up in your Grantham, you could dress up in a mansion for tea and scones. Bristol’s stately Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum offers afternoon tea – hot or iced, with fresh scones with clotted cream – overlooking the lush grounds. #Downton fever. Tickets start at $15. 20-22 May. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. details here and here.
Meanwhile, Belcourt’s guided tour offers similar vibes. Tour the Gilded Age Mansion, originally built for a divorced horse-loving playboy – you can’t make that up – and see which areas featured in HBO’s Gilded Age. May 21, 2 p.m. Adults $20, 7-17 years $8. 657 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. details here.
HOT TEMPO, COOL MUSIC
This double bill looks pretty epic. For this tour, guitarists/singer/songwriters Anders Osborne and Jackie Greene “dropped their bands for some stripped down acoustic performances, each taking turns playing one of their songs while the other takes the backing.” New Orleans based Osborne is an amazing live performer – just check out his Performance at Telluride for a taste – and Greene can bring it: check this out Jam with Bob Weir. The two join forces at the Greenwich Odeum on May 21st. Starting at $48. Doors 7pm, show 8pm 59 Main St., East Greenwich. 401-885-4000. details here.
DRINK BEER, MAKE PASTA
The best way to wow her at a summer cookout? Pasta salad with homemade pasta. (Oh shit, it wasn’t anything.) Learn how to make your own ziti, fusilli, and ridged macaroni at Smug Brewery on May 22 with Newport Pasta Co. The ticket price includes a beer. $26. 100 Carver St., Pawtucket. details here.
FAREWELL WITH “FAIRVIEW”
Trinity Rep wraps up his 2021-22 season with 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning Jackie Sibblies Drury’s “Fairview.” Directed by Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company alum Christopher Windom, it runs May 22-June 19.
According to Trinity’s synopsis: Beverly Frasier, a middle-class black suburban mother, prepares a family dinner for her mother’s birthday party. “Multiple Stresses” threaten to ruin the perfect family dinner. “The play takes a surprising direction that daringly theatrically explores the white gaze, racial stereotypes and life as a black person in a white, racist society.” Tickets start at $27. 201 Washington St., Providence. 401-351-4242. details here.
DWIGHT & ANGELA & PAM & JIM
For $100: Where did Dunder hit Mifflin?
Dear Office fan friends, this is the trivia night we’ve been waiting for. Do you think you know Michael Scott? Attend The Office Trivia Night at Arooga’s in Warwick to receive the honorary title of Rhody’s biggest ‘Office’ fan – and find out who the Oscar and Erin of your group is. Plus prices, apps and beer (St. Pauli Girl, anyone?) From $20. 615 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick. May 23, 7-9 p.m. Details here.
Meet fellow Ocean Staters, browse for live music and indulge in plant-based delights at the Rhody Foody Social hosted by Plant City on May 24th. The non-meat-and-greet offers a mix vibe with sample bites. Full plates are available for purchase, plus bar. Plant City is a PVD gem, so that sounds #Veggietastic. From $15. 345 South Water St., Providence. details here.
Welp, that sounds amazing. Wild Harmony Farm, an organic cattle farm in Exeter, kicks off its Young Farmer Nights season on 26 May at 6pm. You’ll tour the farm, learn about Wild Harmony’s “Silvopasture” (tell me more), and celebrate with a potluck dinner. Wild Harmony is a certified organic livestock farm that is “focused on protecting the environment and using regenerative farming practices. They raise grass-fed cattle, organic pigs (piglets to fattening), organic chickens and turkeys. #SupportLocalFarmers. Free. If you bring groceries, let the farm know in advance. 366 Victory Highway #C. details here and here.
FOOD TRUCK… THURSDAY?
yes it is real You’ve heard me talk about Food Truck Fridays in my previous columns (and if not, why?) If you play your cards right, you could hit three this week: Warwick kicks off a season of monthly Food Truck Nights at the Crowne Plaza Warwick on April 26th .May. Free entry, just pay for what you eat and drink. Here you’ll find a dozen food trucks, live music, and Trinity Brewhouse beer and wine. details here. 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI Details here.
For those of you who not Read each column (sobs into pillow, quickly regroups), a reminder that you may find two on May 27: Mulligan’s Island Food Truck Festival is held every Friday this season with live music, about 20 Rhody Food Trucks and a mobile beer garden. 401-464-8855. 1000 New London Avenue, Cranston. details here.
And every Friday at 5 p.m., about 15 local food trucks park in Roger Williams Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy live music by local artists, hop on the carousel, hop on the train ride. #FoodTruckFridays. 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. details here
Attention Rocky Horror Picture Show fans – and you are legion – don’t miss a screening of the cult classic at the Misquamicut Drive-In on May 27th. One ticket gets your whole car in the lot – bring the whole crew. First come, first park. $25 per truckload. Admission 6:30 p.m. Preview 8:00 p.m.; Movie at 9 p.m. 316 Atlantic Ave., Westerly. details here.
LIVE MUSIC AND BEER
The most iconic duo of the summer. Westerly’s Gray Sail Brewing is launching a summer music series at their brewery/beer garden beginning May 27th with local guitarist/vocalist James Harris. 4-7pm 63 Canal St. Details here. Learn more about the artist here.
See you next week, Rhody: Keep rockin’.