The CVS Caremark Charity Classic welcomes 20 professional puttmasters from the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour to compete in club-to-ball combat to benefit locally operating nonprofits including Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, Rhode Island Family Shelter, and The Autism Project. Co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade will lead the charge toward a $1.5 million purse. The Wine Pavilion grants exclusive access to prime views and fairway festivities in a VIP tent located between the 15th and 16th holes. The tent's ideal vantage point imparts spectators with the sights of scenic Narragansett Bay, as well as panoramic views of the final four holes where fans can ogle swings, slices, and burrowing Carl Spacklers. Those who seek repose from raining golf balls inside the pavilion can also swirl a sample of wines from Robert Mondavi and nibble on hordes of hors d'oeuvres from Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Opened in 1924, Park Theatre was a major hub of Cranston's cultural activity for nearly 80 years. But in 2002, the projectors went dark, the doors were closed and locked, and the silver screens were melted down for tableware. That closure was not to last, however. In 2009, Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung oversaw the grand re-opening as the theater was newly equipped with a deeper stage for live performances, about 1,000 plush red seats, and the new Stage Door Restaurant and Lounge.
It’s the making of a hit movie. Young Jeff Allen of Providence—untrained in the world of movement, but driven by desire—starts attending social dances. It's there he learns dances such as the jitterbug, cha-cha, and lindy, and develops a taste for competition. Soon, he's winning every dance contest he enters, whether the genre is disco, ballroom, or argentine tango.
Channeling his penchant for victory into a teaching career, the self-taught hoofer transformed into an acclaimed teacher and coach, racking up more than 30 National Dance Council of America Top Teacher Awards, and holding membership credentials with the North American Dance Teachers Association. At his studio, he keeps a packed schedule, teaching west coast swing dancing, mambo, and even Dancing Dirty–style moves. For those who can't make their ways to Cranston, Jeff has produced a slew of instructional books and DVDs, including The Complete Idiots' Guide to Ballroom Dancing and The Complete Guide to Slow Dancing.
A three-day celebration of country, bluegrass, roots, and folk tunes, The Javelina Festival showcases up-and-coming musical talent from across New England. More than 18 bands have climbed aboard this year's docket to rescue fans from summer's monotonous soundtrack of chirping crickets and shrill, cackling robins. Among Saturday's melodeers, Boston Globe –praised country-rock outfit Girls Guns and Glory will adorn the fest with rustic melodies and rocking guitar solos, and Girl Howdy will tickle eardrums with the strings of its guitars, fiddles, and upright basses. Visitors can rollick to the tunes and enjoy Francis Farm's acres of history-drenched beauty while standing or seated astride a docile blanket or lawn chair. Visit the fest's Facebook page for travel tips, concert announcements, and other up-to-the-minute information.
In 2006, friends Mike and Courtney—independent researcher for the historical society and ghost tour guide, respectively—drew up a unique business plan to spook Providence locals and tourists alike with fact-based ghost tours. Their combined interests in the paranormal and knack for research led them to pillage the minds of staff members and records at the Providence Historical Society, the public library, and the Rhode Island State Archives for accounts of abnormal and violent events. They dug through old files and microforms of oft-forgotten morbid events—including murders, suicides, and fires—gathering facts to present objective stories about real people. Once they’d crammed their skeptical minds with grim and gloomy facts, the tours were ready to begin. Today, these truthful and skeptical accounts of paranormal activity chill the spines of tourists and terrified library books as guides lead walking tours, lit by lantern, through centuries-old Providence streets. Since its inception, Providence Ghost Tour has been counted among TripAdvisor's top 10 ghost tours in America, and was featured on an overnight paranormal investigation with Syfy's Ghost Hunters frontmen, Brian Harnois and Keith Johnson.
For six days, a celebration of culture takes over Providence. The annual SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival gives a voice to independent creators of cinema, music, and visual art?as well as audience members themselves. Attendees vote for their favorite shorts, documentaries, and feature films in dozens of categories. They can even meet the artists behind the works during director Q&A sessions where they can learn how the film was made and why Smell-O-Vision has never really taken off. The Limelight party allows guests to relax and mingle with other creative types while admiring an art exhibit and enjoying hors d'oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, and light desserts.