Though catalogs and websites typically have numerous photos of home furnishings, they can never fully show how a new piece will look in an actual house. The RIBA Home Show sheds light on print-to-life home-improvement mysteries, hosting dozens of exhibitors from across New England as they hawk house essentials ranging from cabinetry and lighting design to plumbing work and air purification. Designer couches stand ready to have their dimensions measured, colors matched, and cushions napped on, and photography, paintings, and pottery from area artisans inspire residents' upcoming redecorating projects. The show also sheds light on homes’ outer environs with landscaping and lighting installations shining a spotlight on potential yard transformations.
Singers, storytellers, dancers, and clowns perform for smiles at The New England Family Fun Festival. This tapestry of a show is designed to delight families during school-vacation week with facepainting, workshops, and more. Kids can explore karate and gymnastics at exhibits, watch cultural dances, and leap for the sky in bounce houses. The festival includes rides and family games, as well as music performed from DJ Finesse, a magic show by Lon Cerel and Bjorn the Magician, and live performances from The Toe Jam Puppet Band, Vanessa Trien, and Marijo Monteiro.
Since 1961, the Edgewood Eagles have been teaching youngsters the fundamentals of football and cheerleading?and the coaches have done such a stellar job, their teams have taken home championships in both sports. To raise money for their non-profit teams and local charities, the organization steps outside its sporty comfort zone, too, with events such as weekly bingo nights. Bingo winners earn cash prizes of up to $5,500 by completing their board first or legally changing their name to Bingo Winner.
Muse Paintbar provides everything their clients need to create a colorful work of art?even inspiration. During sessions, artist-instructors guide participants step-by-step with a series of tips and tricks that will help them create that night's work of art, which they can take home at the end of the class. At the studio's kitchen and bar, painters can stock up on wine, beer, and eats to snack and sip during class.
Led by experienced dance tutor Richard Maddalena, Simply Ballroom leads pupils through the basic of dance. Classes cover such styles as ballroom, foxtrot, waltz, cha-cha, and swing, with remedial hokey-pokey classes for those who just never learned.
It started in 1981 as "The Newport Film Society," and by 1983, it had become the area's very first international film festival. Today, the tradition continues under the moniker of Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Despite the change in name and audiences' evolving tastes in popcorn, the event's mission remains constant: to showcase features, documentaries, and shorts by independent filmmakers from across the globe. Ranked as one of the top 10 short film festivals and top 10 international film festivals in Chris Gore's The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, RIIFF is also among the few such events recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to qualify short films for Oscar gold.