Restaurants, breweries, artists, and nonprofits will congregate at the first-ever Rhode Island Seafood Festival to promote their wares while festival-goers scarf down succulent seafood from Rhode Island and southern New England. Clams burrow into fried dough balls ($6 for a dozen, $4.50 for a half-dozen), bathe in creamy pools of chowder ($5), and arrive freshly steamed from nearby stove saunas ($15). Festival vendors such as Matunuck Oyster Bar dish out mouthwatering bites while Aquidneck Honey dispenses beekeeper's honey collected from local hives. Newport Storm microbrews, Narragansett lagers and ales, and a plethora of soft drinks wash away traces of salty oceans and bitterness over ill-fated white-whale pursuits. Narragansett Beer proudly sponsors the 2011 festival alongside the Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross, Rescom Replacement Windows, and Yelp.
At 14,000 square feet, the Bank of America City Center dwarfs the famed ice rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center and provides visitors with plenty of room to skate for hours. All winter long, the rink hosts public sessions as well as Learn-to-Skate classes for beginners and drop-in refresher classes for adults. Located in Kennedy Plaza, skaters can enjoy a day of gliding against a backdrop of Providence landmarks during open skate sessions, group skating and birthday parties. After graceful spins across the ice, guests can indulge in cocoa, coffee, and delicious eats from downtown Providence's nearby local haunts.
The Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over their sprawling metropolis. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing challenges that may include a climbing wall or a puzzle.
Providence Pizza Company's dough czars concoct specialty and traditional pizzas, in addition to an array of sandwiches, calzones, pasta, and salads. Snag a bubbling slice of Bianca, a cheesy mix of ricotta, feta, mozzarella, and fresh garlic, or the Dorito pizza, a ranch-sauce-slathered pie topped with tomato, hot peppers, onions, olives, and Doritos. All specialty pizzas are available in 12-inch or 18-inch rounds ($9.99, $16.99), and pizza DIYers can amalgamate up to three of Providence's 20 toppings atop either size of dough disk (12" $7.50, 18" 12.75; additional toppings $1 each).
Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.
Even after 30 years, the culinary wizards at Blue Grotto are still committed to refining the restaurant's menu, continually assessing its classic Italian dishes and asking how they can improve them. Rather than dulling meals with premade ingredients, the chefs prefer to work from scratch with local, seasonal ingredients. They prepare as much as possible by hand, showing a meticulous attention to detail while forming the gnocchi and stuffing mushroom caps with crabmeat. The restaurant's generous menu is complemented by an equally expansive wine list composed largely of Italian and Californian wines. Nestled within historic Federal Hill, Blue Grotto embraces its guests with comforting touches such as a fireplace and waiters who sing-speak in a gentle baritone.