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New Year, New Festivals!

12 Jan


They say it’s the Year of the Horse, but we’re calling it the Year of the Festival…

We’ve got exciting news: Festival Fete has added TWO NEW SHOWS to the festival lineup for 2014!

Our first new show will kick off the season right in the heart of beautiful, downtown Newport, RI on Bowen’s Wharf, just outside The Landing Restaurant. A historic seaport overlooking Newport Harbor, Bowen’s Wharf is home to some of Newport’s finest boutiques and eateries, as well as 18th century commercial wharf buildings. Stroll along the water, check out the architecture, eat, shop, and be merry at the 1st annual Newport Art Festival, June 28th and 29th from 10am – 5pm daily.

Next up is the 1st annual Festival Fete Emerald Square Art Show, in North Attleboro, MA. This event marks Festival Fete’s first venture out of Rhode Island, and we are so excited to have the opportunity to connect local artists and artisans with the wider New England community! Held outside the Emerald Square Mall, and conveniently located right off the interstate, this show will be a crowd-pleaser. Join us on July 26th from 10am – 5pm for some locally grown art, food, and merriment in The Bay State!

Here’s where else we’ll be in 2014:

The 2nd annual Wakefield Art Festival will be held  along Main Street and the Saugatuck River in historic, downtown Wakefield, Rhode Island on October 4th from 10am – 5pm.

The 4th annual East Greenwich show will be back at New England Tech. Dates and times TBA shortly.

The 4th annual Garden City Center Art Festival in Cranston, RI. Dates and times TBA shortly.

Check out our website or the FAQ page for more detail on show locations.  We can’t wait to see you there!


WARNING: Riotous entertainment ahead!

9 Nov

Have you heard? Ladies of the Rolling Pin will be in the house! This totally unique Morris dancing group is prepared to entertain you while  you shop at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market on December 1st and 2nd at Garden City Center, Cranston.

Ladies of the Rolling Pin are an effervescent and truly unique blend of Border Morris from Olde England interspersed with a generous helping of Yankee Ingenuity, all cooked up in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Morris dancing is England’s national dance – and is known to have existed since the late 1400s – while Border Morris dancing emanates from the border between England and Wales (and specifically from the rural counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire).  Morris dancing is synonymous with festive merriment and revelry, and was performed both the in streets and even provided entertainment in the royal court of Henry VIII – although until the 20th century was a male-only activity!

Rosemary Stitt shared this information with me about her lively troupe:

The Ladies of the Rolling Pin have been simmering our delectable and unique blend of Morris Dancing since 1998 and have a well-deserved reputation of being flour-dusted tarts.  Some of our dancers are also our founding members but we’re also very fortunate to have a loyal band of very talented (and also tolerant) musicians, without whom, we would be nothing!

We’ve performed in England (two tours to date) as well as far and wide across New England, both at ales and at various local fairs, festivals, farmers’ markets and community events.  We love sifting our flour and spreading frivolity and smiles whatever the excuse to kick up our heals and raise our rolling pins!  As one of our favorite mantras goes “We’re out of the kitchen because the kitchen is closed”!!

Click on the image below to see a video of the Ladies of the Rolling Pin in action, then come to Festival Fete’s Holiday Market in Garden City to see them live! They will be performing on Saturday, December 1st starting at 11:00 am.

Not quite as “riotous” but definitely entertaining,  the wonderfully talented Rhode Island Children’s Chorus will be performing on Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00. The Rhode Island Children’s Chorus is an incorporated, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which was founded in 2003 by Christine Noel, its Artistic Director and Joyce Wolfe, Executive Director.  From its beginnings with 14 singers, the chorus has grown to over 200 current members and is composed of six choirs.

The Children’s Chorus hosts two major concerts a year, where all groups perform both separately and jointly.  In addition, the combined group appears at many local and regional invitational events – and we are honored to have them at Festival Fete’s Holiday Market!

RI Children’s Chorus

On Sunday, December 2nd, we will have the Cranston Cello Choir performing from 11:00 – 12:00, and then at 2:30 the Irish Dancers, Tir Na Nog will perform. Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers are based out of Blackstone River Theatre, in Cumberland, R.I. Under the direction of Erika Damiani, all the dancers learn traditional Irish and modern-day choreography, solo and group steps, and ceili dances. Dancers range in age from 7 to adult and perform at festivals, parades and private and public events. If you are interested in lessons, or having them perform, please contact Blackstone River Theatre at 401-725-9272 or email ErikaIrishDance@gmail.com. We hope you enjoy their performance!

The Holiday Market will be open from 10-5 daily on December 1st and 2nd, and there is a $3 suggested donation to support Art is Smart. There will be plenty of additional entertainment for the whole family as you shop together and get into the merry spirit of the holidays!

Many thanks to our sponsors!

Wachusett Mountain, celebrates winter fun for families with skiing, snowboarding and various other activities on their many trails and facilities.

Artful things to do this Weekend with the family

25 Oct

Special Holiday Event at Waves of Creation, Wakefield, RI

Stop by Waves Of Creation any time on Saturday, Oct 27 from 10-5 or Sunday, Oct 28 from 11-3 and paint as many holiday ornaments as you would like for just $2.25 each. Ornaments make great personalized gifts from children to their teachers, grandparents, scout leaders etc. Dozens of designs available.

The Village of Wakefield is having their annual Fall Festival on Main Street this Saturday from 3-6pm. Featuring live music, pumpkin carving and spooky fun for all ages, it is sure to be a good time. Break out your costume early and join the fabulous costume parade right through downtown. For more info about the festival and the activities planned visit their Facebook  page or the website below.

Can you believe it?! We are only 5 weekends away from Festival Fete’s next big event – the Holiday Market in Cranston on December 1st and 2nd! And…if you are a fan of Festival Fete on Facebook, you heard that after Jennifer and David mapped out the festival site (in the old Borders space in Garden City Center) they magically produced room for 10 more booths! That means that if you are an artist interested in joining in on the fun, it’s not too late! Contact Jennifer for details…but don’t wait!

We are so thankful for our lovely sponsors, especially those that keep our kids looking sharp and feeling happy!

Balise Volkswagen

23 Nov

Balise Volkswagen – A West Warwick VW & Newport VW car dealer

Balise Volkswagen is located at West Warwick, Rhode Island Volkswagen dealer, also serving Cranston, Wakefield, Newport and Providence, RI. The Balise Auto Group has been in business since 1929 and offers years of quality customer service and honest salesmen.  Come join Balise Volkswagen at West Warwick Volkswagen dealership with incredible selection of new & used Rhode Island VW cars and SUVs.


West Warwick Volkswagen cars in Rhode Island

Conveniently located in West Warwick, they also serve our Cranston Volkswagen area customers with sales, financing, service and parts. Take a look at our inventory and discover new and certified used Volkswagen cars, wagons, vans and SUVs for Rhode Island, including the 2012 VW Passat, Volkswagen Jetta, and TDI Clean Diesel vehicles. They are also a great choice for VW customers looking for a new or used Newport Volkswagen dealership.

Looking for a world-class service and parts department? They can help with anything from routine maintenance to finding the right parts or accessories. Visit Balise Collision Center for all your body shop repair needs. As your new & used Volkswagen area dealer, your satisfaction is priority. They also invite our new & used Newport Volkswagen customers to browse our service and parts specials. Let Balise know if there’s anything we can do for you! 

Festival Fete would like to thank our sponsor: Zipcar.

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The Holiday Market will include over 125 Contemporary American Art and Craft artisans.

>>  3 more days till the Holiday Market <<

The Holiday Market is proud to be sponsored by Whole Foods MarketRhode Island MonthlyNatural AwakeningsCat CountryYelp,Roger Williams Park ZooCardi’s FurnitureRobin Ivy Photography,  Alex and AniProvidence Roller DerbyBalise AutoZipcarCuto,  Garden City Center and Usborne Books and more.