Off The Block
Trustom Pond Bird Walk
Follow along as the Weekapaug Inn Naturalist leads you through Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge and helps identify some of the feathered creatures that call Rhode Island home. The stunning property features well-maintained trails that meander through native grasslands, upland forest and lead to a large coastal pond. Viewing platforms afford fine views of waterfowl and sweeping vistas of the beach and marshes. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Weekapug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Road, Westerly. For more information call 888-565-5023 or visit oceanhouseevents.com.
Seal Watching Tour
Join us for this terrific experience! The waters around Wickford often provide a wonderful opportunity to view harbor seals. In our double kayaks, we'll get close enough to quietly observe but keep plenty of distance so that we don't disturb. Bring a lunch and make a day of it! $60 per person. Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wickford waterfront, 10 Phillips Street, Wickford. For more information visit kayakcentre.com.
Early New England Ice Harvesting
A collaboration with Historic New England and Old Colony Historical Museum, this talk by Jane Hennedy will help to break the ice on the process that early New Englanders had to endure in order to keep their food cold. Learn some of the specialty food items that came out of this process and became popular staples of the American diet. Free, but please register, as seating is limited. Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street, Providence. For more information call (401) 331-8575 or visit rihs.org.
Tree Lighting and Open House
The waterfront will be bathed in holiday lights as the Christmas season begins in Newport! Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long at 5 p.m. A Newport city official lights the thirty-foot tree at 6 p.m., immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting) or by sleigh. Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. Bowen's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue, Newport. For more information call (401) 849-2243 or visit bowenswharf.com.