Off The Block
Annual Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival
Coggeshall Farm Museum is a living history farm set on 48 acres in Bristol, RI. The museum depicts Bristol’s agrarian life in the year 1799 through live interpretation, historic structures, heirloom plants, and animals. At this festival see craftspeople demonstrate traditional and contemporary fiber arts; purchase your own textile supplies, equipment, and gifts to take home; watch the hand shearing of sheep and help with eighteenth century textiles and farm work. May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, R.I. For more information call (401) 253-9062 or visit www.coggeshallfarm.org
Friday Morning Bird Walks in May
Experience spring migration with Audubon at Fisherville Brook. Explore the wildlife refuge each week with an expert guide in search of new neo-tropical migrants. Observe birds like northern waterthrush, prairie warblers, bluebirds, scarlet tanagers and more. Bring your binoculars and meet in the parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Free. Ages 12 and up. April 29, to May 27, at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, R.I. For more information call (401) 949-5454 or visit www.asri.org.
Saturday, May 28, at Sunset. The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. For more information visit www.waterfire.org.
Fine arts and crafts festival featuring the works of 185 selected artisans from around the country. Live entertainment in 3 areas and Creation Station area for children with free make-it and take-it activities. Downtown sidewalk sales. Free Admission. May 28 - May 29, Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI. For more information call 401-596-7761 or visit www.oceanchamber.org.