Picks of the Week: Dec. 28 to Jan. 10

Picks of the Week: Dec. 28 to Jan. 10

Thursday, Dec. 28Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Grills Preserve, Bowling Lane, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Grills Preserve. There will be a warm up session with Holly Nieman at 9:40 a.m. The 500-acre preserve is over primarily flat terrain often along the Pawcatuck River on clear, wide trails. Due to hunting in the area, there are fluorescent orange requirements this time of year. Hikers are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org.

The Children's Workshop

10 a.m.; Westerly Library & Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St, Westerly.

The Westerly Library will host a storytime with The Children's Workshop.

Trudy Silver

2 p.m.; Cross' Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Professional pianist and music educator Trudy Silver perform for all ages. The event will include a sing-a-along. Visit crossmills.org for more information.

Teen Art Series

1 p.m.; Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library St, Mystic.

The Teen Art Series at Mystic Noank Library will host a class on hand painting canvas tote bags. To register, visit mysticnoanklibrary.org.

Rolie Polie Guacamole

1 and 2 p.m.; Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence.

Rolie Polie Guacamole, a band from Brooklyn will present a high energy, interactive show that’s a mix of funk, rock and folk music about natural living, eating healthy and staying active. The event is recommended for ages 3 and up. Visit childrenmuseum.org  for more information.

Dec. 28 – 29Holiday Basketball Tournament

2:15 to 9 p.m.; Westerly High School, 23 Ward Ave., Westerly.

Boys and girls basketball teams from Westerly, Chariho, Stonington and South Kingstown will compete with games at 2:15, 4, 6:15 and 8 p.m. The cost of admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults. All gate proceeds will be donated to participating schools’ sports boosters. For rosters and more tournament details, visit westerlyccu.com.

Dec. 28 – MarchSkating

Various times; Washington Trust Skating Rink, 61 Main St., Westerly.

The Washington Trust Skating Rink is open for free skate. For times and more information, call 401-637-7902 or visit oceancommunityymca.org.

Dec. 28 - Jan. 1Winterfest

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.

Winterfest is week-long event with ice sculptures, gingerbread creations, live entertainment and special animal appearances. Donations of unused toys are requested. Event is included with admission. Visit mysticaquarium.org for more information.

Dec. 28 - 31Holiday Magic

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic.

Mystic Seaport will hold holiday activities throughout the week, including a presentation of the winter sky under the planetarium dome, historical magician E.A. Davis performance of an authentic 19th-century magic show, a “Family Christmas at Sea” tour aboard the Charles W. Morgan, crafts and storytimes. Visit mysticseaport.org for a full schedule of events and times.

Westerly Nature Seal Cruises

Various times; Viking Marina, 19 Margin St., Westerly.

Save the Bay will run 90-minute Seal Watch and Nature Cruise down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay. Cruises leave from Viking Marina. For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-7325 or visit savebay.org/seals.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen

Various times; Dunkin' Donuts Center, 1 Lasalle Square, Providence.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen! will be hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with  appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and Disney Princesses. For tickets or more information, visit dunkindonutscenter.com.

“A Christmas Carol”

Various times; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Repertory Company 40th annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne will feature Joe Wilson, Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge. For tickets call 401-351-4242 or visit TrinityRep.com.

Dec. 28 – Jan. 1Christmas at the Newport Mansions

10 a.m. Newport Mansions, Bellevue Ave. Newport.

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will be open for tours decorated with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths and decorated Christmas trees. Visit newportmansions.org for tickets and more information.

Friday, Dec. 29Dave Marchetti Animal Experience

10:30 a.m.; Westerly Library & Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St, Westerly.

The Westerly Library will host Dave Marchetti Animal experience featuring a presentation portion followed by a hands-on session with turtles, snakes, lizards, amphibians, an alligator and some small mammals.


7:30 p.m.; Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope St., Bristol.

The Rhode Island folk group Windharp will perform seasonal carols, sacred songs and joyful wassail tunes. Tickets $20 and includes admission to Linden Place Mansion.

Saturday, Dec. 30New Year’s Eve-Eve Dance

7 to 9:30 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, 27 North Road, Peace Dale.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County will celebrate the night before New Year’s Eve with an evening of dancing to the music of the Patterson-Smith Trio. Tickets are $10, with additional donations appreciated.

Salute to Vienna

2 p.m.; Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

Strauss Symphony of America, featuring the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, with Michael Zehetner, conductor, will perform a Salute to Vienna. The performance will feature Jennifer Davison, soprano; Matjaž Stopinšek, tenor and dancers from Europaballett St.Pölten. For more information or tickets, visit thevetsri.com or call 401-421-2787.

Artist Academy Jr.

11 a.m.; Hygienic Art, 79 Bank St, New London.

Artist Academy Jr. will feature story-telling and creative activities led by Georgia O'Neil. The program is for children ages 4 to 10.

Sunday, Dec. 31Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas

5 p.m., Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly.

Christ Church Westerly will the Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas featuring choral music by the Christ Church Choir, under the direction of George Kent, organist and choirmaster; congregational singing of Christmas carols and the readings by parish members of the Christmas lessons. The event is free. Visit christchurchwesterly.com for more information.

New Year’s Eve Bonfire

4:30 to 7 p.m.; Ninigret Park 4540 South County Trail, Charlestown.

The Charlestown Parks and Recreation Department will hold their annual New Year’s Eve Bonfire.

Neal and the Vipers

7:30 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts New Year’s Eve Bash will feature Neal and the Vipers, food, prizes and raffles. Tickets are $40. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org.

Countdown to Noon

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Road, Niantic.

The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut and East Lyme Parks & Recreation will host a New Year's event for children and families, featuring a balloon drop at noon, a photo booth and children's activities. Cost is $8 or $6 for museum members in advance or $10 and $8 for museum members at the door. To register, visit childrensmuseumsect.org or call 860-691-1111.

Music in the Galleries

1 to 4 p.m.; Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

The Florence Griswold Museum will host a concert with harpist Faith Leitner in the gallery. The concert is free with museum admission. Visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org for more information.

Midnight at the Hygienic

7 p.m.; Hygienic Art, 79 Bank St., New London.

Hygienic Art will hold a Midnight at the Hygienic celebration to ring in the New Year. The night will include dinner, music from the Post Traumatic Jazz Disorder band, dancing to the Chris Leigh Blues Band, a silent auction and a raffle of original artwork. For tickets or more information, visit hygienic.org.

Monday, Jan. 1Penguin Plunge

Noon; The Andrea, 89 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly.

The WARM Center will hold their annual Penguin Plunge. A hot lunch will be served immediately after. Registration will being at 10:30 am. Registration fee is $25 for adults, $20 for children 18 years and under. For more information, visit warmcenter.org.

Polar Plunge

Noon; Charlestown Town Beach, 557 Charlestown Beach Road, Charlestown.

The annual RI-CAN/Ocean House Marina Polar Plunge will be held to raise funds for Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the plunge is at noon. Immediately after the plunge, Breach Way Grill will offer warm food and drinks with music by BoatCake. To register or for more information, visit rhodeislandcan.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 3Art exhibit opening reception

5 to 8 p.m.; Hoxie Gallery, Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

Hoxie Gallery will hold an opening reception for the January exhibit ‘Through the Eyes of an Artist,’ featuring creative photography by Elaine Chicoria and acrylic paintings by Heidi Cozzolino.  Michael Chicoria will provide piano entertainment during the reception. The exhibit will run through the end of January. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information.

Stonington Singers Winter Concert

7 p.m., La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

The Stonington Singers, an auditioned group consisting of students from grades 5 - 8 at Mystic Middle School, will present their Winter Concert featuring works by The Fleet Foxes, Eric Whitacre, and music from "The Nutcracker." There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org

Friday, Jan. 5Opening Reception

5 to 8 p.m.; Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 7 Canal St., Westerly.

An opening reception will be held for the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly January show, “Between Dark and Daylight,”with featured artists Jane Perkins and Rick Petrocelli. The show runs through January 28. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1to 5 p.m. For more information, call 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com.

All About Elvis

7:30 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

 Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step will celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday with a screening of the short film “200 Cadillacs” and a performance by Rex and the Rockabilly Kings. The group, led by Fowler, will perform early Elvis Presley hits. Tickets are $23. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Saturday, Jan. 6Mike Alberti

5 p.m.; Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington.

Merrill House Fellow Mike Alberti will read from his work. For more information, visit stoningtonfreelibrary.org or call 860-535-0658.


8 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host the Bowie tribute band, Starman. Tickets are $25. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

All Ages Hike & Park Rx

10 a.m.; Browning Woods Trails, across from 794 Shannock Road, South Kingstown.

South Kingstown Land Trust will host a 3-mile hike on Browning Woods Trails through pine and oak forest and past stone walls. Children and leashed dogs are welcome. For more information, visit sklt.org.

Sunday, Jan. 7Shoreline Ringers

3 p.m.; Congregational Church of North Stonington, 89 Main St., North Stonington.

The Shoreline Ringers, directed by Jane Nolan, will present a free holiday handbell concert, ‘Ring We Now Noel.’ The group rings on five and a half octaves of Malmark handbells and seven octaves of Malmark handchimes. For more information, visit shorelineringers.org.

Cynthia E. Mazzaferro

2 to 3 p.m.; Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St., Mystic.

Bank Square Books will host Cynthia E. Mazzaferro, the author of “Powerful Beyond Measure: 3 Steps to Claim Your Power Within for a Happy & Healthy Life” as part their New Year's Resolutions series. The event is free. Visit banksquarebooks.com  for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 9"Letter From Birmingham Jail"

5:30 p.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, members of the Westerly-Stonington community will take turns reading sections from Dr. Martin Luther King's 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail."  There also will be a four-panel exhibit of Dr. King's life and mid-20th century Civil Rights History and Civil Rights anthems, as well as brief quotes from Dr. King's many speeches and books on display. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Poppy Champlin

8 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host comedian Poppy Champlin. Tickets are $18. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Wednesday, Jan. 10Keith M. Cowley

6 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book release party for local author Keith M. Cowley's new book “Body as Teacher, Nature as Preacher.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.


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