save the date for this local entertainment

save the date for this local entertainment


Thursday, July 3


Jonathan Edwards Winery will kick off summer with their “JE Cares” music series on Thursday, July 3. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for an evening of music from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will feature Brothers McCann from Boston and special guests.

All of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Chikumbuso Women and Orphan’s Project, a microenterprise in Zambia. The project was founded by Linda Wilkinson of North Stonington.

The winery is located at 74 Chester Main Road in North Stonington. Tickets are $12.00 and may be purchased by calling J.E. Winery at 860-535-0202 or online at

Friday, July 4


Celebrate America’s birthday in the style of 1876 at Mystic Seaport on Friday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Picnic alongside 19th-century neighbors on the Village Green at noon and cheer for a favorite display in the Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m. Young patriots can craft hats to wear in their own section of the parade. The rousing 1876 Independence Day ceremony will be followed by an elegant concert featuring the Mystic Silver Cornet Band on the Village Green.

Croquet and other 19th-century lawn games will be offered on the Village Green. Children are invited to participate in an old-fashioned spelling bee and help churn ice cream and reap the delicious rewards.

The celebration is included in the Seaport admission of $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for ages 6-17. Ages 5 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 860-572-0711.

Friday, July 4


An Independence Day Beach Party will be held from Noon to 9:30 p.m. at the Narragansett Town Beach, Boston Neck Road. Festivities begin on the beach, followed by live music on the deck of the North Beach Clubhouse. A fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m. For more information, call 401-782-0658.

Friday, July 4


The annual Fourth of July Celebration will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Old Mountain Field, 730 Kingstown Road, Wakefield. Enjoy live music and entertainment, children’s activities, food and a fireworks display. For more information, call 401-789-9301

Friday, July 4


Stonington Borough’s annual Fourth of July Parade and Reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held on Friday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The parade steps off fromWadawanuck Square in front of Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., at 10 a.m. The parade will proceed to Cannon Square, then return to the library for the Reading of the Declaration of Independence.

The morning concludes at Calvary Church, 33 Church Street, with a free concert of American patriotic music by organist Joseph Ripka. Ripka is organist and choirmaster at the church and artistic director of the Calvary Music School.

All are welcome to participate in the parade; festive attire is requested. For more information, visit or call 860-535-8445.

Friday & Saturday, July 4-5


On 4th of July weekend, America’s birthday will be celebrated with a Bluegrass music festival in the village of Pawtuxet, the spot where America launched its first official act of the Revolutionary War, the burning of the H.M.S. Gaspee. In association with the Rhode Island Bluegrass, Pawtuxet will be transformed into a bluegrass village, with live music throughout the village.

By day there will be gourmet food trucks, arts and crafts booths, farmer’s market, sessions and jams in local cafes, pubs and restaurants, and local bluegrass bands playing live acoustic music by the water at Aspray Park.

Workshops catering to songwriting and various instruments will feature throughout the weekend. At night there will be seated concerts at the beautiful historic venue, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston. The concerts will feature top national and regional bluegrass bands beginning on Friday evening at 6 p.m and and Saturday evening at 5 p.m.

The long list of entertainers will include the Steeldrivers, Blue Highway, KroppDusters, Pete and Joan Wernick, Tony Trischka and the Carter Brothers.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit BluegrassOnThe

Saturday, July 5


A guided paddle will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Green Hill Pond, Ram Island Road, Charlestown. The paddle is sponsored by the Salt Ponds Coalition. The event is free.

Paddlers should arrive at least 25 minutes before the launch time, and bring sun screen and plenty of water. All paddlers must wear life jackets and provide their own equipment. Rain date is Sunday, July 16.

Visit, email or 401-322-3068 for more information.

Saturday, July 5


Beginning Saturday, July 5, The New London Custom House Maritime Museum will offer tours inside New London’s Ledge Lighthouse located on the Thames River. The tours include a boat trip to the lighthouse. Project ‘O’ boat carries 50 passengers and leaves from New London’s City Pier.

Tours are offered at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for kids ages 6-12. Under 6 are free.

The Maritime Museum also offers boat tours of all three New London Harbor lighthouses and night time lighthouse boat tours.

See the complete boat tour schedule and purchase tickets at, search ‘New London lighthouse’. The boat ticket includes also admission to the Custom House & 10% off in the Museum Shop

Sunday, July 6


Beginning Sunday, July 6, at 5 p.m., the Mystic Seaport will offer free admission to Sunday evening visitors. They may stroll on the museum grounds and along the waterfront or relax with friends while enjoying food and beverages outdoors at Schafer’s Spouter Tavern. Located in the heart of the Museum’s village, the tavern will offer a full menu available for purchase. Music will be performed by local musicians from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Free admission will be offered on Sunday evening in July and August. All exhibits will be closed. Enter through Mystic Seaport’s main entrance.

Sunday, July 6


The Coast Guard Band will present “Celebrating Independence” on Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in Leamy Concert Hall. A salute to the gritty American spirit, the program is punctuated with marches, a Rock n’ Roll tribute, and other traditional songs. An unexpected offering will be presented by solo Bass Clarinetist, Senior Chief Musician Andrew Grenci. He will perform music inspired by hard rock icons Deep Purple with “Concerto in Rock.”

This concert is free and open to the public. Leamy Concert Hall is located at 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, and is handicapped accessible. All visitors to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy must present a valid state-issued photo I.D. For more information on the Coast Guard Band, visit or call 860-701-6826.

Sunday, July 6


Foxwoods Resort Casino, the largest resort casino in North America, welcomes rock band O.A.R. and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips on Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

Known for their incredible live shows and sold-out performances at massive venues such as Red Rocks and Madison Square Garden, O.A.R. will rock the stage with platinum-recording artist Phillip Phillips at the Grand Theater. Philips’ first single, “Home,” sold more than four million copies, becoming one of the biggest tracks of 2012.

Tickets priced at $55 and $80 will go on sale April 11 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Foxwoods’ Box Office at 800-200-2882 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available by visiting the box office.

Monday, July 7


Blue Monday Concert Series will bring Sugar Ray and the Bluetones to Mystic River Park, 10 Cottrell St., Stonington. The group will perform on Monday, July 7, at 6 p.m. Performances are free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Food Pantry. In the event of rain, shows are at the German Club at 54 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic.

Monday, July 7


Beatles For Sale, the Tribute, comes to Westerly on Monday July 7, at 6 p.m. with a show on the Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Ave. Join the community to celebrate Ringo Starr’s 74th birthday with many Beatle hits and B-sides, as well as a few surprises.

Admission is free. Rain location will be the event room at the Windjammer Beach Resort, 321 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

Tuesday, July 8


Movies on the Beach will begin showing family friendly movies on Tuesday, July 8, with the film “Monster’s University.” The showing will begin as soon as it is dark enough, usually around 8:30 p.m.

Movies are shown on a giant screen at Atlantic Beach Park, 321 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut. The public is invited to bring beach chairs and blankets and enjoy a fun night out on the beach. Free admission and free parking.

Tuesday, July 8


The Westerly Library Adult Book Club will host guest speaker Ellen Madison for a discussion of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” scheduled on Tuesday, July 8th at 1:00 p.m.

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” the best known of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novels, changed the way America looked at slavery. This important book was the subject of Madison’s doctoral dissertation.

Programs at the library are free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible.

Tuesday, July 8


The Watch Hill Summer Concert Series continues on Tuesday, July 8 when Soul Shot with Earnie Smith performs reggae from 6-8 p.m.

Concerts will be performed in the village park on the harbor front, Bay Street, Watch Hill. Free parking and free admission.

Tuesday, July 8


Summer Sounds concert series will bring the Middletown Symphonic Band to Mystic River Park, Cottrell St., Mystic, on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. The series features a different area community musical organization each week. will perform. Admission is free to the public. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics are welcome.

Wednesday, July 9


Charlestown Parks and Recreation will screen the films on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at Ninigret Park, 5 Park Lane, Charlestown, behind the playground. The schedule will include “Frozen” on July 9, “The LEGO Movie” on July 23, and “Despicable Me 2” on August 6. This is a free, family event. For more information visit

Wednesdays through Sundays, July 9-27


Ocean State Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, will present Frank Loesser’s masterpiece, Guys and Dolls, on Wednesdays through Sundays from July 9 to 27.

Gangsters, showgirls, cops and missionaries all collide in a search for salvation, true love and, of course, the perfect craps game, in this classic Broadway musical.

Join Nathan Detroit, Sky, Sarah and Miss Adelaide in what is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Songs include “I’ll Know,” “Fugue for Tin Horns,” “Adelaide’s Lament,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady,” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

Tickets are $39 for preview performances and $39-$54 for all other performances. For tickets vist or call 401-921-6800.

Through July 11

Wednesday-Friday, through July 11


Bidding continues for the ninth annual silent auction at the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. Bidding will conclude at a gala reception on Friday, July 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. The fun will be accompanied by lavish hors d’oeuvres created by local restaurants, and live music. A live auction with auctioneer Mike Maino will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information visit,

Through Sunday, July 20


The comedy “Always A Bridesmaid” continues at the Granite Theatre, Westerly, through Sunday, July 20. The authors of “The Dixie Swim Club” and “Hallelujah Girls” wrote this hilarious romp about four friends who have sworn to be in each others weddings, no matter what.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $17 seniors, children 12 and under are $12. Reservations are also being taken for the Ray Cooney comedy “Run For Your Wife” which opens July 25.

For tickets visit or call the box office at 401-596-2341.

Through July 19


The rock ‘n roll high school musical “Grease” continues a four week run at Theatre by the Sea. Bad boy Danny and good girl Sandy meet and fall in love in this all-new production featuring the irresistible songs from the Broadway show and hit movie, including “Grease is the Word,” “Summer Nights” and “You’re the One That I Want.” The musical runs through July 19.

To purchase tickets visit or call 401-782-8587.Through Sunday, July 27

Through July


An exhibition featuring the work of artist Regina Partridge continues at the Westerly Library’s Hoxie Gallery through the month of July during regular library hours.

Regina Partridge is an award winning pastel and monotype artist who has been exhibiting her work in galleries, juried exhibitions, and other media since 1988.

Programs at the library are free and open to the public.

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