Music? Art? Pie eating contests? You can take your pick of activities this weekend in and around Portsmouth.
Here's a few of the many summertime activities happening this weekend. Have fun!
When/Where: July 14 - Aug. 14, with an opening reception on July 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., , 2679 East Main Road.
Why Go: The Art League of Rhode Island presents the themed exhibition See what happens when artists are asked to experiment with new and different behaviors, and what results they achieve.
Pricing: Opening reception is free and parking is available.
- Eastern RI 4-H Country Fair
When/Where: , Portsmouth, July 16-17, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Jam packed with fun for all ages; see schedule for the complete line-up! Horse and livestock shows, contests, exhibitions, hall, lots of food, music, games, the Toe Jam Puppet Band and WCTK-FM, "Cat Country" will be on hand. The Portsmouth Lions Club will operate the main food booth for the fair.
Pricing: Admission is a $1 donation; children's games are free.
- Black Ships Festival
When/Where: July 14-17, various locations throughout Newport.
Why Go: The Black Ships Festival commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, of Newport, who negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854. This was the first treaty between the United States and Japan, ending two centuries of Japanese isolationism and bringing the two countries together as trading partners. The Black Ships Festivals in Newport and in its Japanese Sister City, Shimoda, commemorate this historic event with a celebration of friendship. There's loads to do for all ages, from concerts to crafts, music, demonstrations and more.
Pricing: Many events free, but check schedule.
- Newport International Polo Series: USA Vs. Ireland
When/Where: Saturday, July 16, , 5 p.m.
Why Go: Now, THIS will be one of the summer's most interesting match-ups, considering that we have many folks of Irish ancestry in these parts! Promises to be a good crowd; a lamb roast follows but reservations must be made ahead of time and seating is limited.
Pricing: General admission is $10; under 15 free; other price points available.
- Tiverton Arts & Artisans Festival
When/Where: The Mill Pond area of the Historical Tiverton Four Corners Village, 3948 Main Road, Tiverton, July 16, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Why Go: Go see some of the best local and regional artists display their work, in the quaint Four Corners village area. Not to be missed!
Pricing: Free to browse
When/Where: , Warren, July 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why Go: If seafood's your thing, head over to the 26th annual Warren-Barrington Rotary Club Festival, which offers (naturally!) a bounty of seafood, including clamboils, lobster, clans, chowder, clamcakes, calamari, scallops, fish and chips and more. There's so much more, too - a juried art show, craft booths, kids activities, rock climbing, bungee jumping, raffles, music and two full days of fun.
Pricing: Free parking, free admission.
- Bay Block Party on Prudence Island
When/Where: Saturday, July 16, the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve on the south end of Prudence Island, from noon to 3.p.m.
Why Go: Enjoy a day on Prudence Island - a short ferry ride away from Bristol - and see what the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve is all about. Enjoy live music, volunteer awards, games and crafts for the kids, food, nature walks and much more. If you plan to take the Prudence Island Ferry Service, boats leave at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. from the Church Street Dock in Bristol. See the Web site at http://www.prudenceferry.com.
Pricing: The block party is free; the ferry fares vary.