Off The Block

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:45am

The Providence Harbor Ship Graveyard 
 Marine Archaeologist David Robinson will discuss his research and mapping of the largest ship graveyard in the Ocean State. Spread across thirty-three acres of Green Jacket Shoal off Bold Point in Providence Harbor, David's teams discovered five steamboats, six sailing ships, and fifteen barges. Two of his more notable finds include the Mount Hope and the Bay Queen, both iconic paddle-wheel steamships from the 1800s. Free; space is limited; registration recommended. Saturday, April 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street, Newport. For more information call (401) 847-8720 or visit

Daffodil Days Festival
Muskets will be fired and the festival will begin to bloom throughout Newport. Family fun, games, painting, live music, a daffy conga line, and the crowning of the Daffodil King and Queen. Daffy deals and store specials for all those wearing a Daffy Pin. Start your visit at our Pilot House Newport for the pin and event brochure full of the activities throughout town. Free Admission. April 15 to April 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bowen's and Bannister's Wharf, 53 America's Cup Avenue, Newport. For more information visit

A History of Coffee
Join Jenna Teachout of the Newport Historical Society in discussing the stimulating impact the introduction of coffee had on life in the American colonies, specifically Rhode Island. Free. Thursday, April 27, begins at 6:30 p.m. Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown. For more information call (401) 783-8254. 

Great Swamp Walk
Join Audubon for a springtime walk into the Great Swamp Management Area. The high diversity of habitats support a large variety of both resident and migrant birds. It has been an excellent site for finding several rarities over the years. Amphibians and reptiles are also awake after their long winter naps and should be active. Raindate: April 26. Audubon Rhode Island members: $10/$5; non-members: $14/$7; pre-registration required. Saturday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Great Swamp Management Area, 296 Great Neck Road, South Kingstown. For more information call (401) 949-5454 or visit