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Thursday, March 20


The Westerly Morris Men will celebrate the Vernal Equinox by dancing at dawn on the summit of Lantern Hill on Thursday, March 20. This year’s event will be dedicated to long-time Morris Men member, Wally Fenn, who passed away in January at age 93.

The group will begin the ascent up the hill from Wintechog Hill Road at 6:20 a.m. for the sunrise occurring at 6:51 a.m. The public is invited to join the group.

For more information, visit

Thursday, March 20


The Knickerbocker Cafe will host the Third Annual Celebrity Bartender Rock’n Roty fundraiser to benefit the YMCA Reach Out to Youth program on Thursday, March 20.

The event will feature Styff Kitty followed by Atlantic Avenue Band. Doors open at 5:30. Music begins at 6 p.m. The cover charge of a $5 donation to the YMCA. Drink Specials, Local “Celebrity” Bartenders & Fantastic Raffle Prizes. Fifteen percent of all proceeds and 100 percent of all “celebrity” bartender tips go to ROTY.

Thursday, March 20


The New England Science & Sailing Foundation will hold a wine tasting fundraiser at Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, on Thursday, March 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. The wine tasting will feature Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, owner of Doubleback Vinyards. Tickets are $145 per person and include hors d’oeuvres and a five-course wine tasting dinner. Visit to purchase tickets.

Through March 30


The Artists’ Cooperative’s Back Room Art Gallery, 7 Canal St., Westerly is hosting the Westerly Middle School art exhibit. Students in grades 5-8 are exhibiting their work through March 30.

The show includes a diverse mix, from animal sculptures in the manner of artists from Oaxaca, Mexico, by grade 5 students to Op Art cubes by sixth-grade students and slab and coil ceramics and 2-D painting and design by seventh- and eighth-grade students. The students are taught by Kelly Donahue, Jamie Verbinnen and Tara Klopfenstein. Work on display will also include papier-mâché ice cream cones, Pop Art prints, paintings and a variety of mixed media 2-D work.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 401-596-2221 or visit

Thursday, March 20


Irena Radić Rossi, a professor of archaeology at the University of Zadar in Croatia, will present a lecture at the University of Rhode Island tonight at 7 p.m. The lecture is entitled “The Gnalić Shipwreck: Mirror of the Renaissance World,” about the 16th century merchant vessel that sank in the Adriatic Sea laden with precious cargo.

Coratian scholar and underwater archaeologist lecture will showcase the latest technology and discoveries of one of the most important underwater archaeological excavations in Europe against the backdrop of the Renaissance world.

According to URI Assistant Professor of History Bridget Buxton, “When the ship struck a small rocky island and sank, it was carrying thousands of valuable glass and luxury trade goods, cannons, everyday items, and an apothecary of toxic compounds.”

“Today, an international team of archaeologists and archivists are piecing together the fascinating history of everyone connected to the ill-fated ship, which belonged to the Gaglianos family of Dubrovnik,” Buxton said. “So far the story includes the Ottoman Sultan Murad III and his mother, a Venetian lady abducted and sold to the harem of Selim II by the famous pirate Barbarossa; the Doge of Venice, Nicolò da Ponte, and the Grand Duke of Florence, Francesco I de’ Medici. The Gnalić shipwreck is like a time capsule from the world of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.”

Radić Rossi is aguest in the URI Distinguished International Visiting Scholars Program. Her lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Swan Hall on the URI Kingston campus, preceded by a reception beginning at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 21


Blues icon Robert Cray will bring his 5-time Grammy winning sound to Rhode Island when he takes the stage of the historic Park Theatre on Friday, March 21.

One of music’s most in-demand artists, Cray is responsible for introducing a new generation of rock fans to the language of the Blues with the release of Strong Persuader. Since the release of this ground-breaking album, Cray has gone on to record fifteen Billboard charting studio albums that have sold millions of copies around the globe—including his most recent work, Nothin But Love.

Tickets are $35 and $45 and are available by calling the box office at401-467-7275 or online at The Park Theatre is located at 848 Park Avenue, Cranston. Free parking is available for all shows.

Friday, March 21


David Sibley, the author of The Sibley Guide to Birds will visit the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, on Friday, March 21. A presentation titled “A Conversation with David Sibley and Maggie Jones” will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by a book signing.

Sibley is the son of Ornithologist Fred Sibley. He began watching and drawing birds at age 7. The Sibley Guide to Birds, published in 2000, has been respected as one of the nation’s most comprehensive guide to birds.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

There will also be a ticketed reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 a piece and include a hard cover copy of The Sibley Guide to Birds: 2nd Edition. Sibley will demonstrate drawing.

Sibley is the son of Ornithologist Fred Sibley. He began watching and drawing birds at age 7. The Sibley Guide to Birds, published in 2000, has been respected as one of the nation’s most comprehensive guide to birds.

For reservations call the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center at 860-536-1216.

Saturday, March 22


The music series at Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington, will present dance and party band The Cartells on Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m. Described as a band which transcends the boundaries of style and able to adapt to virtually any performance situation, The Cartells have built a reputation for being the band of choice for concerts, nightclubs, & private functions of all kinds. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children. They may be purchased using paypal at, or at the door.

Saturday, March 22


A contra dance will be held at Frohsinn Hall, 54 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic on Saturday from 7:45 11 p.m.. The band Springtails will join dance caller Steve Holland.

Holland will lead a “basic moves” workshop at 7:45 and continue teaching dances throughout the evening. Beginners are welcome. Contra dancing is informal, dancers should wear cool clothing and comfortable, soft-soled shoes. Homemade lemon meringue pie will be offered at the break.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and $2 for children.

Saturday, March 22


Mystic Ballet will be performing “Snow White” at The Mashantucket Pequot Museum Auditorium on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. “Snow White” is a classic storybook ballet for the whole family. Ting-Yu Tsai portrays the tender-hearted Snow White, with William Herrera as her Prince. Music by Pavlowsky, original choreography by Vladimir Putenko, and re-staging by Eve Chan and Goran Subotic.

Ticket prices range from $21 to $46 and are available at or by calling 860-536-3671.

Saturday, March 22


The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association will offer a birding walk at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, off Matunuck School House Rd. in Charlestown from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn about the many bird species that make their winter homes here. Local birding expert Roger Masse will lead the walk which is open to anyone interested in birding, from the novice to the expert. Masse has a wealth of knowledge and most walks are on easy trails. Walkers should be prepared for cold weather.

The fee is $10. Preregistration is required. Visit or email Bring binoculars; field guides are optional.

Saturday, March 22


Kids are the doctors at the Providence Children’s Museum on Saturday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will assemble a doctor’s bag with real hospital supplies like bandages and stethoscopes, give a teddy bear a check-up, and have a cast made on their fingers. Recommended for ages 3 to 8. Presented by Hasbro Children’s Hospital Child Life Services.

The Museum is located at 100 South St. in Providence’s Jewelry District. Programs are free with museum admission of $9.00 per person. Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit

Saturdays in March and April


The Stonington Historical Society has joined forces with Save the Bay to offer one hour river nature tours with historical narration. Boats depart from the Viking Marina, 19 Margin St., Westerly., and cruise down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay to discover the coastal history, winter wildlife, and environmental issues in the region and search for seals who winter in Long Island Sound. The tour will supply binoculars and expert narration. The cost is $22 per person or $17 for seniors and children ages 3-12. Tours are scheduled for Saturdays in March and April. Times will vary based on tides. For reservations call 401-203-7325 or visit

Sunday, March 23


The La Grua Center Music Matters Series will present Helen Campo on flute & Melody Fader on the Mason & Hamlin grand piano on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m.

The concert will include Telemann, Mozart, a Paganini Caprice, an early-Romantic Fantaisie pastorale hongroise (Doppler), a chamber version of Debussy’s Prélude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and an evoca-tive present-day homage.

The South China Morning Post declared that flutist Helen Campo “had such dazz-lingly beautiful tone, that she could only be called extraordinary... she displayed stunning lucidity, colour, and figuration.” Ms. Campo has made hundreds of solo appearances, from concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra and other orches-tras in the Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Hong Kong Cultural Center, to a guest television appearances with the Mup-pets.

Pianist Melody Fader enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and interdisciplinary collaborative artist in New York City. Miss Fad-er has performed around the United States as a soloist and chamber musician, and in such New York venues as Alice Tully Hall, The Joyce Theater, The New York Times Center, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

The concert is free although a $10 donation is suggested. The La Grua Center is located at 32 Water St., Stonington Borough. The Music Matters concert series is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Sunday, March 23


A Long Island Sound seal watch will cruise out on Sunday morning, March 23, at 9 a.m. at the Custom House Pier on Waterfront Park, New London. Participants will board the Project Oceanology Enviro-lab to travel to popular winter seal haunts. The Maine seals make Long Island Sound their winter home. Deck shoes or boots, warm clothing and binoculars are suggested. The cabin on the boat is heated.

The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Project ‘O’ at 860-445-9007.

Sunday, March 23


The Babcock-Smith House, 124 Granite St., will host a lecture on granite history at the Carriage House on Sunday at 2 p.m. Susan Sullivan Brocato, great-granddaughter of John B. Sullivan, will trace the history of the Sullivan Granite Company, explain the quarrying process and show examples of monuments made from Sullivan Granite.

Tickets are $2.00 at the door. For more information visit or call 401-596-5704.

Sunday, March 23


The annual Mystic Irish Parade will march through downtown Mystic on Sunday, March 23, beginning at 1 p.m. The parade launches from the south parking lot of Mystic Seaport on Greenmanville Ave. It continues on Willow St., to Main St. and over the bridge into downtown Mystic. Downtown parking can be found at the Mystic Arts Center Parking lot, 9 Water St. where the parade ends.

Monday, March 24


North Stonington’s Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington, will present a one-hour performance titled “They called me Lizzie...from Slavery to the White House” on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. The performance will feature actress Stephanie Jackson in a dramatic presentation about Elizabeth Keckly, dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. The performance is free and the public is invited.

Monday, March 24


Auditions for childrens’ rolls in Mary Poppins at Theatre By The Sea will be held on Monday, March 24 at 3 p.m. The summer theatre, located at 364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck, is seeking one boy and one girl, age range 9-12, to play Jane and Michael Banks. There will be a sign up sheet and children will be seen on a first come first served basis. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a short song, 16 bars. They should bring appropriate dance wear and shoes (jazz, character and taps), as well as a picture and resume stapled together, back to back. Mary Poppins will perform from July 23-Aug 16. For further information contact Thom Warren, Casting Associate, at

Tuesday, March 25


The Westerly Land Trust will host a reading group discussion of “The Conundrum” by David Owen on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. The author has written many user-friendly books on environmental issues. The book’s subtitle says it all: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Inten-tions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse. Join the land trust for a challenging look at a book which overturns much traditional wisdom about being green. The discussion is facilitated by Maureen Logan and will be held at the land trust building at 14 High St., Westerly. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the land trust, visit or call 401-315-2610.

Tuesday, March 25


“From The Ground to The Sound: Earth-Friendly Landscaping for Cleaner Water,” a free workshop,will be held at the Mystic Art Center on Tuesday, March 25 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Michael Nadeau, founder of Holistic Land Care Consulting, will conduct the workshop. Topics will include creating rain gardens, coastal buffers, and other landscapes that beautify property and protect area waters from pollutants. Nadeau is a licensed certified arborist. He has worked in the landscape industry for over 40 years and has 29 years of experience in organic landscaping.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Clean Up Sound and Harbors alliance, nicknamed “CUSH.” For more information visit

Wednesday, March 25


The Artemis String Quartet will perform at Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Berlin-based string quartet.will perform various selections including Brahms, Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1; Kurtág, Officium breve, in Memoriam Andreae Szervánsky, Op. 28; Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131. Tickets are $25 or $35 and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at, or by calling 401-863-2416.

Thursday, March 27


Hera Gallery at 10 High St., Wakefield will host a screening of recent films by students from the Harrington School of Communication & Media at URI.

The public is invited to attend the screening, which will take place at the gallery on March 27 at 7 p.m. The event is free. Please contact the gallery to reserve a seat.

The screening will feature the work of eight students from faculty member Keith Brown’s advanced classes.

Strong Language may occur in the films; children are not advised to attend.

Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Parking is available behind the building or across the street.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for more information, visit

Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29


Comix At Foxwoods welcomes back Boston comedy favorite, Lenny Clarke, for a three day standup session starting Thursday, March 27.

Best known for both his role as Uncle Teddy on FX’s hit series, Rescue Me, and his thick Boston accent, Clarke has also starred in his own sitcom, Lenny, and appeared in Contest Searchlight, The Job, The John Larroquette Show and It’s All Relative. On the big screen, he can be seen in such films as “Monument Ave.,” “Fever Pitch” and “Southie.” Most recently, he appeared in the feature film, “Here Comes the Boom,” with Kevin James and Salma Hayek.

Tickets are currently available and can be purchased in advance for $25, $50 and $60. These shows are 21+ and for mature audiences only. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Foxwoods Box Office at 800-200-2882.

Through March 30


Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year,” runs through March 30 at the Granite Theatre in Westerly. Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For reservations call the box office at 401-596-2341.

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