Thursday, Oct. 17
WAR OF 1812
The Stonington Historical Society will sponsor “The War of 1812 in Connecticut: Artifacts and the Stories They Tell,” an illustrated talk presented by Fred Calabretta, tonight at 6 at the La Grua Center in Stonington Borough. Calabretta is the curator of collections and oral historian at Mystic Seaport. Free. Visit stoningtonhistory.org or call 860-535-8445.
Thursday - Sunday, Oct. 17-20
The 14th annual Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival will screen 56 films from 19 countries at various venues in Providence and at several satellite locations tonight through Sunday. General admission is $10. Festival 6-packs available at $40 (good year round at any RIIFF film event). Tickets can be purchased online at film-festival.org. This year’s festival includes, a Date-Night of Horror, a forum that looks behind the scenes of making horror films in the Ocean State, featuring Steven Feinberg, executive director of the state Film and Television Office.
Friday, Oct. 18
The community is invited to the WARM Heart Gala, featuring fine food and the music of Happy and the Moonshine at the Haversham House, Westerly, from 6 to 10 p.m. The evening will benefit the WARM Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen. Silent and live auction items include four Yankees tickets, a signed Yankees baseball, a signed Patriots football, two Red Sox tickets, four passes to the Norman Rockwell Museum, two kayaks, and dinner packages. Chris DiPaola and radio station WBLQ will be honored with the John McCormick award. Tickets are $75, and may be purchased at warmcenter.org. or at the door. Call 401-596-9276 or visit the website.
Friday, Oct. 18
The Westerly Airport Association will hold “Celebrating Aviation in the 30s and 40s,” a fundraiser to benefit its scholarship fund, at 6 p.m. at the Ocean House, Watch Hill. Entertainment will be provided by Johnny and the East Coast Rockers, Jennifer Holden and Eden Casteel. Tickets are $100. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and silent auction. Vintage attire is optional but encouraged. Call 401-596-7629 for tickets.
Friday, Oct. 18
The Destiny Africa Children’s Choir and dance team from Uganda will perform at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Charlestown, featuring traditional and modern African performances. For more information call Erin Manni at 401-322-0088. The event is free, but donations are encouraged.
Friday - Sunday, Oct. 18-20
Ninigret Quilters will bring their Stitching Stars Quilt Show to the Westerly Armory, Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will feature over 100 hand-made quilts. A quilt made by the members of Ninigret Quilters will be raffled to raise funds for their educational programs. A mini-quilt silent auction will benefit the Westerly Armory restoration fund. The entry fee is a suggested $7 donation for adults; 18 and under admitted free.
Saturday, Oct. 19
The Windjammer Surf Bar in Misquamicut will host the The Cocktail Challenge from 7 to 11 p.m. Over 40 cocktail recipes from local restaurants will be submitted to a panel of experienced judges. The judges will pick eight cocktails to feature at the main event. Guests will sample them and vote for their favorites while enjoying local food and live music. The Westerly-Pawcatuck Young Professionals Network is sponsoring the fundraiser. All proceeds will be used for school supplies and a scholarship fund for Westerly kids in need. Tickets are $40 per person. To purchase tickets visit eatdrinkri.com/ypn or The Windjammer. For more information contact Susan Denice at 860-949-5930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Mystic Ballet will bring six contemporary dance works to its new home, Mystic Stage in Olde Mistick Village, at 7 p.m. The evening performance, titled GRAB, focuses on works developed by six modern choreographers that would “grab” the audience. Ticket prices for GRAB range from $26 to $36 and may be purchased at Mysticballet.org or by calling 860-536-3671.
Saturday, Oct. 19
A Halloween Costume Bowlathon will be held at Alley Katz Bowling Center at 6 p.m. to benefit the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. Cost is $25 and includes bowling and food. Prizes for best costumes. Call 401-377-8069, ext. 3.
Saturday, Oct. 19
A Fall Festival will be held at St. Michael School, Pawcatuck, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Activities include hay rides, carnival games, fall crafts, face painting and decorating caramel apples or cupcakes. Mums, pumpkins and apples for sale. Food by the Rolling Tomato of Groton which uses a brick pizza oven mounted on a custom trailer. Free admission, $1 activity tickets. For more information visit stmichaelschoolct.com.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 19-20
JOHNNY CAKE FEST
The annual Johnny Cake Festival will be celebrated at Kenyon’s Grist Mill, 21 Glen Rock Road, West Kingston, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival offers samples of autumn food, beverages, sweets, snacks and johnny cakes made from stone ground cornmeal. Representatives from local farms, restaurants, wineries and breweries, as well as traditional and contemporary artisans, will be on hand. Tours of the historic grist mill will be offered. The event also includes a variety of old-world demonstrations such as blacksmithing, basket weaving, chair caning, stone carving, spinning, loom weaving and pottery throwing, and live music on two stages (see Nightlife listings for music schedule). Food and clothing donations will be collected to benefit the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale. One dollar per every order of johnny cakes will also be donated to the Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition. Admission is $3 per person. Children ages 5 and younger are free. Free parking available at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 78 Richmond Townhouse Road, with free shuttle buses. For more information, visit JohnnyCakeFestival.com or call 800-7-KENYON.
Sunday, Oct. 20
MUSIC ON MAIN
Wheeler Library, North Stonington, will launch a five-concert music series Sunday at 4 p.m. with a woodwind trio from the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. Performers will be flutist Nancy Chaput, clarinetist Kelli O’Connor and bassoonist Stevi Rhency performing works of Mozart, Ibert, Tomasi and Koechlin. Tickets are available online at wheelerlibrary.org or by calling 860-535-0383. Tickets will also be available at the door. Series tickets are $90, individual concert tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and students.
Sunday, Oct. 20
RUN FOR THE PUMPKINS
The annual fall road race challenges runners with a certified 5K course which starts and finishes at Cimalore Field in Westerly. There will be awards for various age groups and four raffle prizes. A $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for runners 18 and under. Entry fee increases $5 after Friday. Westerly Recreation co-hosts this race with the Westerly Track and Athletic Club. Visit westerlytrackclub.org for registration information.
Monday, Oct. 21
THE 3 TENORS
Opera music meets Broadway and Neapolitan music when three tenors perform for one night at the Granite Theatre in downtown Westerly. Stephen DeCesare is an accomplished composer and performer. Scott Morency has been involved with local theater in Rhode Island for over 20 years. Dr. Fredric Scheff is currently performing as “Jean Valjean” in Les Miserables with Ocean State Theatre Company. The three tenors will perform Monday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased by calling 401-596-2341 or visiting granitetheatre.com.
Monday Oct. 21
The Dante Society of Westerly will screen “Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow,” starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Westerly Library in downtown Westerly, as part of the society’s Cinema Italiana, in honor of Italian Heritage Month. Other films in the series will be “Bellissima” with Anna Magnan and Tina Apicella on Oct. 28 and the opera “Rigoletto” with Lucianno Pavarotti on Nov. 4. All movies are in Italian with English subtitles. Free.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
The Chorus of Westerly presents a concert by the renowned ensemble Chanticleer on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly. The San Francisco-based, Grammy award-winning Chanticleer will perform a diverse program titled “She Said/He Said.” The program features music by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel and Barber. It will also include the premieres of “Give Me Hunger” by Stacy Garrop, and Vince Peterson’s arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.” New Yorker magazine called Chanticleer “the world’s reigning male chorus.” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Tickets range from $25 to $70 and can be purchased by calling 401-596-8663 or visiting chorusofwesterly.org.
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