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8 Aug

It’s finally, suddenly summer. Hot and humid, crowded, and undeniably, August. The upside to cluttered roads and beaches? There’s just SO much to do! Indoors and out. Here are a few spots we’re headed to this month…

South County

Saturday, August 9th:  The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce present Riverglow, Westerly’s take on waterfire. A community event  with music, food, family activities and more, centered around a beautiful, watery spectacle starting at 7 pm.

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Sunday, August 10th:  The 3rd annual Green Market Festival in South Kingstown. We’ll find any excuse to head to The Farmer’s Daughter, so an outdoor festival at the acclaimed nursery and garden center makes this one a no-brainer. And Big Nazo will be there, even better!

Newport

Saturday, Aug. 16th – Sunday Aug. 17th:  Wet Paint 2014 at the Newport Art Museum. Participate as an artist, or watch as artists ply their craft at locations around Newport on Saturday and then bid on works you love in silent and live auctions on Sunday.

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Cape Cod

Thursday, August 14  (And every remaining Thursday this month): Wellfleet Artisan Market. Local artists from the Cape and surrounding areas show off and sell their various crafts. We love every vendor there!

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Providence

August 5th-10th: Catch the last half of FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2014 screening of more than 200 films this year at various venues including PPAC and (our favorite!) the Jamestown Arts Center.

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Boston

Saturday, August 16th: The Greenway Open Market, part of Sowa, Boston’s string of outdoor markets. This one sets up on the new Rose Kennedy Greenway and features a weekly crop of the city’s arts and crafts vendors.

And finally, back in East Greenwich, RI!

Saturday, Aug. 23rd – Sunday, Aug. 24th: Festival Fete’s 4th annual East Greenwich Art Festival. We’re excited to welcome a whole lot of vendors past as well as a string of newcomers to this stop on our circuit. Live music, activities for the family, food trucks galore and more. This will be THE festival to close the month. See you there!

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Thanks for reading and get out there this month! Stay tuned and see you soon…

 

 

 

Designs on this Month: April Affairs to Remember

4 Apr

On the heels of last week’s surprise storm that opened the new season, we are still feeling timid about saying seemingly taboo words like ‘spring’ and ‘mild’ too soon. But we do prefer to stay positive here at Festival Fete so, with that, let us exclaim with some confidence, ‘Happy Spring!’ If not as lamb-like as we would, well, like, we are still that much closer to the opening of our season. In the meantime, check out some upcoming events we can all sink our artsy, craftsy teeth into until then. And, remember, we love to know what you, our loyal artists and followers, are up to – where you’re showing, going and what you’re making…so stay in touch and stay tuned.

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  • Friday, April 4-6: For nothing less than haute handmade, make your way to CraftBoston Spring, a discriminatingly juried exhibition of ‘fine craft.’ Beginning today through Sunday at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts.
  • Throughout April: Locally, our favorite so-much-more-than a garden store, The Farmer’s Daughter, is positively blooming with beautiful things to do and learn throughout the month. Go to the the website to plan your day in their gardens.
  • Image Sunday, April 6th: Who is better than the tireless foragers at Whole Foods to find original, locally inspired ideas for your upcoming event? Joining forces with Craftland of Providence, who brings an array of ‘locally made wedding wares,’ this talented team  promises novel wedding offerings from the flowers to the catering, the cakes and pastries as well as gifts of beauty and body care, too!
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A teapot by Adero Willard, one of 22 exclusive potters showing at the Worcester Pottery Invitational.

 

  • Friday, April 11-14: Nationally recognized potters will exhibit at the finely curated Worcester Pottery Invitational next week. Go to the Worcester Center for Crafts’ site to learn about their tradition of and commitment to community-based art and for a full list this show’s superb artists and their work.

Stay near to us as we continue to add to this list as we find more events of interest in our area. And feel free to contact us with any local happenings that you find worthy. Thanks for reading!

Off the Beaten ‘Parade’ Path

15 Mar
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Tree-to-Table: Register at asri.org now for Coventry’s Maple Sugaring Tours, one of a few alternatives this weekend.

It’s not all about St. Patrick today in little Rhody! If you’re looking for something less crowded and more ahem sober, check out quahog.org, our new favorite guide online to the best of the”Ocean State’s history, culture, and quirks.” Some highlights we found for today are the Prudence Island Tour and Seal Watch out of Bristol or the Maple Sugaring Tours in Coventry, both great options for the milder weather we’re expecting. Back in Bristol tonight at Coggeshall Farm Museum, enjoy a historical cooking workshop, where participants will work from the first published American cookbook to enjoy a truly colonial, farm-to-table dinner by candlelight, of course. And the Kitchen to Table Exhibit, tomorrow, at Warwick’s Clouds Hill Victorian Museum showcases food prep and presentation over the years with myriad tablescapes from casual to formal. Just a few suggestions for the more laid back of our Festival goers this weekend. Of course if you decide to enjoy one of the major parades, either in Newport or Providence, or even Boston, have a lucky libation or two for us – that sounds pretty good, too! Cheers, stay well and stay tuned…