Get Out: Wine, Swamp Yankees & More

Don't let the dreary weather forecast stop you from having fun this weekend. Pack your rain gear and head out for one of the five events listed below.

Wine and dine in Newport mansions or get down to the swamps of South Kingstown this weekend. Either way, there are events that are sure to please all crowds.

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

Where/When: Rosecliff and Marble House, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Sept. 23 through 25 | For the event schedule, click here.

Why Go: While prices at this festival – which will include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs and special appearances by some of the nation's top wine connoissieurs – are pretty steep, there are a couple of relatively inexpensive seminars for wine lovers.

Pricing: Varies; click here for more ticket information

Great Swamp Pilgrimage

Where/When: Great Swamp Monument Road, Route 2 in South Kingstown | Sunday, Sept. 25

Why Go: Remember much of your Rhode Island history? Go to this commemoration ceremony if you'd like to brush up on the topic and remember the colonial militiamen and certain Indian tribes that fought the Narragansett Indians after it was discovered they had allegedly been harboring King Philip's men. 

For more information, call 364-1100.

Yankee Swamp Days Family Festival

Where/When: Crandall Field, Route 3/Main Street, Ashaway | Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Why Go: Start autumn off right. Head to the Swamp Yankee Days Family Festival and paint pumpkins, build scarecrows, go for hay rides and devour all the delicious food staples that shout "autumn in New England."

Pricing: Varies

Newport Arts Festival

Where/When: The Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport | Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively

Why Go: Rescheduled from August, the Newport Arts Festival will feature a vibrant marketplace of of both "fine and functional art," according to the event website. Other highlights include children's entertainment and a "festival cafe." Proceeds from the event will go to support adults and children with developmental disabilities. 

Pricing: $8

Off the Beaten Path

Where/When: Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown | Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Why Go: Attend this "Off the Beaten Path" event and enjoy a tour of Watson Farm, a "seaside working farm," according to the Historic New England website. The tour will address the history of farming in the island community, the importance of preserving local farming and the importance of preserving the natural resources of Narragansett Bay. 

Pricing: $3 for Historic New England members; $8 for non-members; call 423-0005 for more information on the event.


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