Head to 63 Main St. in North Stonington today to meet George and Martha Washington and some of their colorful friends and tour a 200-year-old schoolhouse at a free President's Day event. Participate in a bell-ringing at noon and enjoy cherry pie at the North Stonington Pie Ladies' "Cherry Pie Fundraiser." Everyone is invited to participate in the festivities.


Meet UConn history professor Matthew McKenzie Tuesday and hear him talk about "Representation & Realities in New England Fisheries," during the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center’s Dandelion Series workshops and lectures at Stone Acres Farm in Stonington. The series features farmers, chefs, historians, and food activists with diverse perspectives on the local food system. On Saturday, Master Gardener Noreen Kepple and Farmer Andy Meek will give a workshop on "Regenerative Garden Planning" from 2 to 4 p.m. All programs are free for farmers, chefs and teachers, $20-$50 for the public. For more information or to register, visit


Be in the audience Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a Q&A and book signing with noted fiction writer Kelly Braffet for her new novel, "The Unwilling." Braffet will be in conversation with local author Christa Carmen at Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly. Visit or call 401-213-3901.


Listen to Lysley Tenorio, the writer in residence at the James Merrill House, read from his work Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington. Tenorio is a fiction writer whose short story collection "Monstress" was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. For more information, visit


Join the staff at the Weekapaug Inn for a unique culinary experience in a classic cozy Weekapaug Inn atmosphere and participate in a hands-on pasta-making class with the inn’s expert chef on Saturday from 3-4 p.m. while savoring wines from Santa Margherita. Return on Sunday for one of the Inn's Pasta Nights. Classes are $30, $15 per child. Dinners, $30-$40 per adult, 50 percent off for children 9-12, and a free two-course meal for children 8 and under. Visit


Hear a 2 p.m. talk by Russ DeSimone Sunday at the Babcock-Smith House's Carriage House, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, for a talk titled, "The Woman's Suffrage Movement in Rhode Island — The Quest for Equality," sponsored by the Westerly Historical Society. Cost is $5, free for members. For more information, visit


Stop by Christ Church Sunday at 5 p.m. for a potluck supper followed by a talk with Rev. Spencer Reese about his new work, “The Secret Gospel of Mark: 121 Devotions for Church, Shop, Closet or Bed.” A service of Compline will follow. The event is free. For more information, visit Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly.

Keep in mind that events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events/updates/changes, call the individual organization sponsoring the event or visit

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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