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Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2009

Top 20 Rhode Island Events for 2009
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MAY-OCTOBER: PROVIDENCE, WaterFire Providence. For a dozen or more Saturday evenings throughout the season, 100 bonfires will float along the darkened rivers of downtown Providence. Watch and enjoy special events–including jazz concerts and dance performances–at WaterPlace Park as it reflects the city’s shadows and highlights from sunset until after midnight. Call or visit the Web site for updated schedule. 401-272-3111; waterfire.org

MAY 2: CRANSTON, May Breakfast. Celebrate spring with this New England tradition at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church. Eggs, ham, johnnycakes, and baked beans served, with juice, coffee, and tea. May baskets, filled with sweet goodies, will also be on sale. 401-467-3300; phillipschurch.org

JUNE 6: NEWPORT, Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-Off. The first of Newport’s summer festivals, with 3,000 gallons served up by more than 30 of the nation’s best restaurants and chefs. All are vying for $10,000 in prizes awarded to the restaurants with the best chowders and the best clam cakes. Sample them all at Newport Yachting Center. 401-846-1600 x214; newportfestivals.com

JUNE 9: PROVIDENCE, Federal Hill Stroll. Walk the streets of the city’s Little Italy and sample a variety of the area’s finest offerings in the culinary and visual arts. More than 30 restaurants, galleries, and shops participate. Call to reserve tickets early. 800-233-1636, 401-456-0200; federalhillstroll.com

JUNE 13: WARWICK/CRANSTON, Gaspee Days Parade. Taking place along Narragansett Parkway to Broad Street, this annual event celebrates the first overt revolutionary action taken by Rhode Island’s colonists: the burning of the British revenue schooner HMS Gaspee. 401-781-1772; gaspee.com

JUNE 21-26: BLOCK ISLAND, Race Week. Watch as more than 200 sailboats cross Block Island Sound in one of New England’s most famous boat races. 800-383-2474, 401-466-2474; blockislandraceweek.com

JUNE 27: JAMESTOWN, Quononoquott Garden Club Island Treasures. A tour of diverse gardens on the island of Conanicut in Narragansett Bay, boasting natural beauty and historical interest. 401-423-1776; gardencentral.org/rigardenclubs/quononoquott

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