standing Week Ahead


Be part of a Thanksgiving Eve tradition Wednesday night at the Knick when the popular local band, Sugar, whose music catalog boasts an enormous repertoire of material that spans a multitude of genres, styles and generations, will play from 9 p.m. to midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.Visit for more information. 


Root root root for your home team Thursday when the Stonington High School Bears host their longtime rivals, the Westerly High School Bulldogs in the 108th annual Thanksgiving Day football game beginning at 10 a.m. in Stonington. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at the main offices to both Westerly and Stonington high schools. 


Share this holiday of thanks with others at the 36th annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner on Thursday from noon until 2 p.m. at Christ Church, 7 Elm St. in Westerly. All are welcome to enjoy turkey and all the traditional fixings, free of charge. For questions, to participate, or to receive delivery, call the parish office at 401-596-0197 or visit


Support your local artists Friday at Black Friday Fest, an intimate evening hosted by Rhode Island Surf Co., located at 12a High Street in Westerly, featuring a number of "Ocean Inspired artists" like musician Will Evans, formerly of Barefoot Truth. Tickets are $30 and available at


Come see Santa Claus, the Winter Lady, and other holiday characters make their arrival via fire truck on Friday at 6 p.m. in downtown Westerly. There will be free coloring books, crayons and lollipops for children. Visit or call 401-596-7761 for more information. In the case of inclement weather, Santa and friends will make their grand arrival at the Westerly Armory. 


Join fellow beach lovers Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. for the fourth annual Community Beach Clean sponsored by the Fenway Breachway Surfrider Foundation's Rhode Island Chapter. Humans for the Future will provide trash collectors. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided.


Spend the whole day at the Westerly Library or just drop in for one of the many events taking place Saturday. You can make your own ornaments, wreaths and holiday arrangements at drop-in workshops which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last. Greens and wreath forms will be provided, but participants may wish to bring their own clippers, embellishments, or decorative containers. Ornament creation is available for all ages. Visit the library website for details,, but make sure to return at 4 p.m. for the library's annual "Tree Lighting and Carol Sing."


Head to Watch Hill Saturday and ignite the Christmas spirit at the Ocean House annual Tree Lighting Ceremony when children help light the giant outdoor Christmas Tree and Santa Claus makes his arrival via fire truck at 5 p.m. Seasonal snacks, cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider will be served and children can have photos taken with Santa. Stop by the Christmas Village before or after for some holiday shopping where local purveyors will sell a variety of holiday items. The Christmas Village opens at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the OH holiday toy drive. For questions, contact 401-584-7000. 


Head over to the Babcock-Smith House Museum Sunday at 2 p.m. for a free premier screening of "Babcock/Franklin," a video written by Betty-Jo Cugini-Greene, starring Ed Fazio and Tony Smith about Dr. Joshua Babcock and his friend, Benjamin Franklin. 124 Granite St., Westerly.

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events/updates/changes, call the individual organization or visit

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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