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Eat Drink R.I. Festival
Presenting farmers, chefs, bartenders, and food and drink artisans from across the state, the Festival offers entertaining panels, educational sessions, special dining and cocktail opportunities, and culminates in the Grand Tasting featuring local chef demonstrations and beverage tastings. From Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1, at various venues around Providence, R.I. For more information visit www.eatdrinkri.com.
Great Swamp Walk
Join the Audubon Society and Bob Kenney for a springtime walk into the Great Swamp Management Area. Because of the high diversity of habitats, Great Swamp supports a large variety of both resident and migratory birds. It has been an excellent site for finding several rarities over the years. Amphibians and reptiles are also awake after their long winter naps and will be active. Rain date is May 1. Fee is $14/adult and $7/child. All ages. April 30 at 2:30 p.m. Audubon Society of Rhode Island, The Great Swamp, 296 Great Neck Rd., South Kingstown, R.I. For more information call (401) 949-5454 or visit www.asri.org
Come celebrate the Kentucky Derby and delight in multiple entertainments including a hat contest (most glamorous, most outrageous, best racing theme), raffles and amusing games, the Derby shown on large screen, and special refreshments served all afternoon. Cash bar for wine and beer. General admission is $15 or Armory members, $13. Proceeds benefit the historic Westerly Armory. May 7, begins at 4 p.m. Westerly Armory, 41 Railroad Ave., Westerly, RI. For more information call (401) 374-7040 or visit www.ninigretquiltersguild.org.
On Monday, May 9, is a fabulous celestial event is happening. Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, will pass in between the Sun and Earth, visibly crossing the surface of the Sun from our view point. Frosty Drew Observatory will be open all day long in celebration of this spectacular event. Starting at 7 p.m. screens and viewing stations will be setup across the campus showcasing live views of Mercury transiting the Sun. Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory, Ninigret Park, 61 Park Lane, Charlestown, RI. For more information call 401-364-9508 or visit www.frostydrew.org