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Top Events - - July and August 2010

JULY 10: LITTLE COMPTON, Little Compton Church Fair and Road Race. The Congregational Church hosts 50 craft vendors, local fare (including lobster rolls), a climbing wall, silent auction, live music, raffles, a kids’ race, and a 4.8-mile road race with prizes. 401-635-8472;

JULY 10-11: WICKFORD VILLAGE, Wickford Art Festival. Sponsored by the Wickford Art Association, this townwide event attracts 250 juried artists from across the country. 401-294-6840;

JULY 14: PORTSMOUTH, Green Animals Children’s Party. Spend a perfect summer afternoon at Green Animals Topiary Garden, home to more than 80 animal- and geometrically shaped topiaries. Plus circus acts, music, magic, clowns, puppets, pony rides, refreshments, and views overlooking Narragansett Bay. 401-847-1000;

JULY 17-18, AUG. 21-22: TIVERTON, LITTLE COMPTON, South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour. Meet crafters in two Rhode Island towns and in Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts; painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, sculpture, weaving, and more. 401-635-3999;

JULY 24-25: USQUEPAUGH, Kenyon’s Grist Mill Summer Festival. Take a free tour of the mill and see the grinding process; enjoy free kayaking on the Queen’s River; sample local food and johnnycakes; and meet local artisans and farmers. 800-753-6966, 401-783-4054;

AUG. 1: BRISTOL, Summertime Jazz at Cove Cabin. Spectacular views overlooking Mount Hope and Narragansett bays, a steak and lobster feast, and the smooth sound of jazz make for a relaxing summer afternoon at Mount Hope Farm. Reservations required. 401-254-1745;

AUG. 2-5: NEWPORT, BridgeFest. Venues across Newport County host live evening performances between the Folk and Jazz Festival weekends. 401-849-8048;

AUG. 14: PROVIDENCE, Family Snore and Roar: Most Extreme at RWP Zoo. This family-oriented overnight at Roger Williams Park Zoo includes dinner, a night hike, activities, a program of animal encounters, and a light breakfast. 401-785-3510;

AUG. 28-29: NEWPORT, Newport Arts Festival. Find fine and functional works, from fabrics, wood, and glass to paintings, photography, and pottery, by select regional and national artists at Newport Yachting Center. Plus live music, children’s activities, and a food café. 401-846-1600;


JULY 3, AUG 21: LUDLOW, Craft Festival. Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts showcases New England works; plus food, music, kids’ entertainment, and plenty of kettle corn. 802-228-8770;

JULY 9-18: WAITSFIELD, WARREN, MORETOWN, FAYSTON, Vermont Festival of the Great Outdoors. Celebrate the best of the Mad River Valley’s sports, recreation, and outdoor activities: biking, hiking, kayaking, gardening, birding, tennis, golf, guided activities, and much more. 802-496-3260;

JULY 10: CRAFTSBURY, Annual Antiques & Uniques Festival. Hosting more than 100 vendors of vintage wares, jewelry makers, quilters, potters, woodworkers, and more, all on the Common. Visit the bake sale and the grill and listen to live music, all in support of local nonprofits.

JULY 17-18: SOUTH NEWFANE, Rock River Artists Tour. Eighteen professional painters, printmakers, sculptors, woodworkers, potters, and more open their homes, gardens, and studios to visitors. Start at the historic Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane to view works and pick up a map. 802-348-7865;

JULY 31-AUG. 1: WOODSTOCK, Quilt Exhibition Opening Weekend. Meet the talented quilters of Windsor County at Billings Farm & Museum as they discuss their work. Plus quilting programs, informal workshops for beginning quilters, and activities for all ages. 802-457-2355;

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