Feast on meatballs and macaroni tonight at the annual Columbus Day Parade Pasta Dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7 at the Calabrese Club, 28 Pleasant St. in Westerly. For more information, visit columbusdayparade.net.
BACK TO SICILY
Catch a screening of the famous "Cinema Paridiso" tonight at 6:30 at the Westerly Library during the Dante Society of Westerly's annual Italian Film Festival. The showing is free. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.
Hear about the top spots in the state Wednesday when Rhode Island native Robert Curley, author of “100 Things to Do in Rhode Island Before You Die," gives a free author presentation and book signing at Savoy Bookshop & Café. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.
Take a walk around Wilcox Park Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. when the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners lead a free one-loop tour of Wilcox Park beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Westerly Library. The tours will include the park’s 28 big trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry and 9 champion trees. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.
Listen to former teachers John and Brenda Linton give a talk on Sunday called "Monument Hunters" about their travels across the U.S. authenticating monument orders from the Smith Granite Company records. The event will be held at the Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite St. in Westerly, at 2 p.m. Visit babcocksmithhouse.org for more information.
Dust off your witch or warlock outfits and head to Mystic for the for the inaugural Witch Paddle & Coat Drive Saturday along the Mystic River. Participants are asked to bring a new or used (clean) warm coat or a $20 donation. The paddle begins with registration at 3:30 p.m. followed by a safety meeting and a 4 p.m. launch. Boards, PFD paddles and leashes are required. No rentals or instruction, so only experienced paddlers shpould participate. Call ahead to register at 869-245-6086.
Participate in a daylong, "once-in-a-lifetime" celebration Sunday at Stone Acres Farm in Stonington to honor legendary chef Jacques Pépin when the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center and the Jacques Pépin Foundation partner up for a Harvest Tribute fundraising benefit. The family-friendly festival begins with farm-inspired activities and crafts, cooking demonstrations, an 'Artisan Market' featuring local food artisans and craftspeople, food from the 85th Day Food Community (which includes the Oyster Club, Engine Room, and Grass & Bone), and live music from the Pat McGee Band. Tickets are $50, free for children under age 12. Two more events are also scheduled, a cocktail reception at $250 per person, which includes festival admission and the unveiling of a bronze statue designed by sculptor Zenos Frudakis and dedicated to Pepin, which will be installed at the farm, and an intimate five-course dinner in the Manor House at Stone Acres with Pépin for $1,000 per person and includes festival, statue reveal and cocktail reception. For tickets or more information, visit jpfbenefit.org.
FINISH YOUR FLOAT
Stake out your spot or finish up your float for Sunday's annual Westerly-Pawcatuck Columbus Day Parade, which kicks off Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Westerly High School and will feature 10 divisions and a number of marching bands. Winners will be awarded for "Best Theme," "Most Original" and "Most Colorful." Rain date is Monday, Oct. 14. Visit columbusdayparade.net for more information.
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events/updates/changes, call the individual organization or visit www.thewesterlysun.com/events.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro