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.
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.
Now in its 20th season, the Newport International Polo Series draws top teams from around the world to compete in Olympic-caliber matches. The opening round of the New England Challenge, to be hosted on the historic Glen Farm polo grounds in Portsmouth, pits Newport against regional rivals in a test of riding skill, ball-maneuvering dexterity, and saddle-bedazzling artistry. The thunder of hooves and the thwack of mallets fuel the adrenaline-pumping excitement, and the sight of dapper players astride their well-groomed mounts lends each earth-churning play a sense of gentlemanly ferocity. A trophy presentation follows the two-hour match, as well as the awarding of a weekly door prize for the fan dubbed most Seabiscuit-like.
On a sprung bamboo floor, the dance instructors at Ancient Art Studios lead groups and individual students through routines in the various forms of belly dance. Inside the spacious and warmly hued studio, where large mirrors let visitors watch their body postures, staff members also hosts troupe rehearsals, special workshops, and recitals.
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.
Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.