The Little Compton Garden Club, formed in 1924, invites the public to Country Gardens of Little Compton and Westport, a Tour of Eight Gardens. In addition to gaining access to some of the most enchanting local gardens, the intimate event includes a box lunch at scenic Wynfield Farm of Westport. All participants are entered into a raffle to win a six-panel needlepoint rug with a sunflower motif. Proceeds will go towards the Sakonnet Preservation Association and the Westport Land Conservation Trust as well as area beautification projects and scholarships. Purchase your ticket today online or at Partners Village Store, Milk and Honey or the Little Compton Community Center. June 12. $45. 10am-4pm.
Every Saturday you can Wake Up in the Barnyard with Coggeshall Farm. Costumed interpreters will guide participants through morning chores while teaching about farm life in 18th Century Rhode Island. Children can hunt for eggs, brush cows and feed turkeys before helping to cook traditional Jonnycakes on the hearth of a 1790s farmhouse. Visitors are asked to dress for a morning in the barnyard... leave the new sneakers at home. $7 member adults, $10 non-member adults; $5 member seniors and children 3-12; $6 non-member se- niors and children. June 1-29 at 9am. 1 Coggeshall Farm Road, Bristol. 401-253-9062.
It’s that time of year again. The Fourth of July is almost here, and there is no better way to celebrate its coming than with Bristol’s 4th of July festivities. Here are some June events to help you get a head start on the holiday:
Cultural Night, June 1: Held at Jacky’s Galaxie at 6:30pm, enjoy classic Doo-Wop, refresh with snacks and enter raffles. $18 donation requested.
64th Orange Crate Derby, June 9: This double-elimination race will be held at Bayview Avenue.
Foot Races, June 26: Includes a one-mile race for children and a two-mile race for all ages around the Town Common.
Carnival, June 27-July 4: Offering old-fashioned fun at the Town Common.
4th of July Ball, June 29: Located in the Herreshoff Marine Museum at the Herreshoff Tent. Cocktail hour at 5:30pm. Dinner at 7pm.
Head to the grand Rosecliff mansion for the 18th Annual Newport Flower Show (June 21-23), a Far East-themed weekend of all things exotic and beautiful. Benefitting the Preservation Society of Newport County, the festivities will kick off with an Opening Night Party on Friday from 6-9pm with a cocktail buffet, seaside supper, live music and dancing. The show continues with floral exhibits, garden design and children’s programming, in the mansion and on its grounds. And don’t forget to browse the Gardeners’ Marketplace to shop for specialty plants, flowers and accessories. 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-1000.
6-8 fresh mint leaves
2-3 oz. bourbon
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. water
1. Muddle mint leaves, sugar and water in a glass.
2. Fill glass with crushed ice.
3. Pour in bourbon.
4. Garnish with a sprig of mint
Mother’s Day only comes once a year, so make sure to stop by the historic Tiverton Four Corners during their Spring Nestival to snag a perfect gift with surprise deals. During Mother’s Day Weekend, on May 11 and 12, shoppers can pay $1 to receive a prize-filled egg containing a coupon to one of the Four Corners shops. Some of the offers include a coupon for a free item or a percentage off of your purchase.
After the success of their Balloon Bash event back in October of last year, the Four Corners is bringing the event back with a new theme. “We did an event last fall and we had balloons with coupons inside of them. This time we’re doing eggs to go with the spring theme,” says Kristin Silveiraof Sakonnet Farm, located within the Four Corners. Some of the participating retailers are Milk & Honey Bazaar, Tiffany Peay Jewelry, Katherine Lovell Studio & Gallery, Sakonnet Farms, Courtyards and Gallery 4.
The Nestival is the perfect celebration of spring, and a great day to grab a gift for Mom or to enjoy a fun day of shopping with her. “The weather should be nice and people will be able to walk around the village,” says Silveira. “It’s a great opportunity to find a nice gift.” Although the Nestival takes place on Mother’s Day Weekend, the event is open to all shoppers, so feel free to spoil yourself too.
The East Bay Food Pantry is hosting the 5th annual Get Off Your CAN! 5K Run/ Walk to End Hunger on May 11. It is amazing what you can do to help just by walking down the block. Registration is $25, which can buy 250lbs of food for those in need. The race is located at Colt State Park in Bristol and ends at the Bristol Town Beach. Even if you are not able to attend, any donation helps. Early registration at the Bristol Town Beach Pavilion ends on April 25 for $25 or $30 for the day of the run. Join with your family and friends to raise money for this local organization. Sponsors are always a benefit if you wish to raise more money for such an exceptional charity. The race is made possible by the USA Track & Field and medals will be awarded for the top female and male runners.
It’s back! The towns of Bristol and Warren are hosting ART Nights again until the end of October. On the last Thursday of every month from 5-9pm visit the studios of artists and get inspired. The art studios in Bristol and Warren are charming and vibrant so do not pass up this VIP way to experience the work of local artists. There is a free trolley service that will be running between the galleries at the time of the events. If you are in walking distance from these areas we suggest taking a stroll down the streets: the galleries and restaurants will be offering specials. Start at the Bristol Plaza on the corner of Gooding Avenue and Hope Street or from any ART Night venue. The next ART Night will be on May 30, so if you missed the last one head down to this months because it is sure to be exceptional.
On Tuesday, May 14, join DeWolf Tavern’s Chef Sai Viswanath and Sous Chef Jennifer Chapman for a vegetarian cooking class. An assortment of dishes will be paired with wines from Jonathan Edwards Winery and Newport Vineyards, as well as a Blackberry and Cucumber Collins (see recipe below). Class begins at 6:30pm. $55 per person, limited to 25 people. DeWolf Tavern, 259 Thames Street, Bristol. To reserve a spot, call 401-254-2005. For additional information, visit www.dewolftavern.com.
Blackberry and Cucumber Collins
1.5 ounces Sky Ginger Vodka
.5 ounces Fresh lime juice
.5 ounces simple syrup
1 ounce of Gingerbeer
4 thin slices of cucumber
4 Blackberries cut in ½
1. Fill a Shaker with ice ¾ way full. Add first 4 ingredients and shake.
2. In a Collins glass or large tumbler; Add cucumber slices and berries.
3. Pour the drink over the cucumber and berries, add two sip straws and enjoy!
We have exciting news for girly girls everywhere: Barrington Books is hosting the premiere launch event for My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea. The My Little Pony brand has been a childhood favorite since its inception in the early ‘80s. Little girls everywhere have followed the ponies’ tales through film, television, books and toys. This latest story line follows pony Twilight Sparkle as she visits the underwater city of Aquastria.
Award-winning illustrator and author Mary Jane Begin will be signing books at the premiere. There will also be face painting, My Little Pony prizes, and giveaways. The event is on Saturday, April 27 from 1-4pm.