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Newport Gallery Night
Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries and free parking at the Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Ave., or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave. Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Various venues, Newport. For more information call (401) 848-0550 or visit newportgalleries.org.
Lincoln's Birthday Celebration
Tour the Arnold House in honor of President Lincoln's birthday! The town of Lincoln, formerly part of Smithfield, was incorporated in 1871 and named in honor of the sixteenth President. Visit the house, tour the museum, and enjoy some birthday cake. Free. Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eleazar Arnold House, 487 Great Road, Lincoln. For more information call (401) 728-9696 or visit historicnewengland.org.
One of New England’s most popular winter destinations, the Skating Center offers a fun, family activity at an affordable price. The 14,000-square-foot skating rink is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City! Nearby, you’ll find shopping, restaurants and entertainment at Providence Place. Jan 1, to Mar 18, Alex and Ani City Center Providence. For more information call 401-331-5544 or visit alexandanicitycenter.com.
With more than one hundred and fifty individual events, this festival has become “New England’s largest winter extravaganza.” Held in Newport, the sailing capital of the USA, home to historic oceanfront mansions and the famous Cliffwalk, the Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music and entertainment, with fun for all ages. Includes sand sculptures, a Chili Cook-Off, city-wide Scavenger Hunt, an Ice Sculpting Competition and a Children’s Fair. Feb 17, to Feb 26, Newport. For more information call 401.847.7666 or visit newportwinterfestival.com.