While we aren’t likely to enjoy the almost summer-like weather we had last weekend, that’s no reason to stay home and not do something this weekend. And the Patriots are on a bye week anyway.
There’s plenty to do, including honoring veterans at events both local and throughout the state. Plays and musical performances will also provide plenty of options.
Here’s a look at four Newport County events taking place on what is a long weekend for some, plus a few parades worth leaving the area to check out.
Fire At The Fort
In recognition of Veterans Day, several fire pits will be lit surrounding the Fort Adams parade field and the interior fort walls will be illuminated. Music will also be provided by the Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra.
The fort will also be filled with poppies as part of an installation called “The Poppy Field” by artist Eileen Travis, sponsored by the Jamestown Art Association.
The event takes place from 5-8 p.m on Friday. Admission is free, but a $10 donation at the door is suggested. Food, s’mores and snacks will be available.
See a play
Portsmouth Abbey School presents Carlo Goldoni’s classic comedy, “The Servant of Two Masters.” Based on Italian street theater of the 1500s, known as Commedia dell’arte, this modern adaptation captures the cleverness, humor and wild physicality of the original play, while updating it for modern audiences. Set “in the round,” with fabric encircling the audience like a circus tent, Portsmouth Abbey has created a unique and entertaining show for all ages.
The play tells the story of Truffaldino, a hungry servant who tries to work for two masters without them knowing it. The play’s most famous scene takes place during a feast, when a starving Truffaldino attempts to serve dinner to both his masters at the same time without either finding out. With a zany plot featuring lost love, mistaken identity and sword fights, this hilarious play promises to be a delightful trip to the theater.
“The Servant of Two Masters” will be presented in the auditorium at Portsmouth Abbey School this Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors (children 12 and under are free) and can be purchased at the door.
See a musical and artist discussion
Follow the Movement of a jook joint and its people from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1938, to St. Louis, Missouri, in 2018, in excerpts from this brand-new musical that centers and celebrates the role of Black communal spaces over time.
This presentation will be a choreography showing of select numbers from the musical with musicians from the community and Salve Regina. Additional jazz, hip hop and house dance works will be presented by choreographers Duane Lee Holland and Carlos R. A. Jones.
A conversation with the choreographers on Black American artistry and the jazz continuum will follow the performances.
Alvon Reed, creator of “Hattie Mae’s Jook Joint,” an original musical celebrating the role and legacy of the jook in Black communities and American culture, has been a guest-in-residence at Salve Regina University this semester, where he has been working on a collaborative performance together with professional dancer Duane Lee Holland, and African American artist and dance scholar Carlos R. A. Jones. Reed, Holland and Jones worked with Salve Regina students and community performers, including 13 dancers, four female student vocalists and the university’s jazz combo, who will present two public performances of “Hattie Mae’s Jook Joint and the Continuum of Jazz Dance.”
Shows take place at the Casino Theatre on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $15, and $10 for military, seniors and children 12 and under.
Become immersed in sound
Jaime Allen Poyant and Alan Stonewolf, of Sonic Field, bring their extensive and diverse gifts in the art of creating Sacred Sound to the vibrant new Earth’s Hidden Treasures Facility!
This experience will begin with Sonic Field creating a clear sacred space for you to plant the seeds of your intentions and allow the vibrational and tonal sounds to wash over you, as you relax your body, mind and spirit.
In combination with their signature voices, a wide variety of sound healing instruments will be utilized during the session, ranging from Native American-style flute, drum and rattles, guitar, didgeridoo, Tibetan bells and bowls, hand pan drum, shruti and much more.
Participants can also join in a spirit-guided group toning using drums and rattles provided by Sonic Field and voice (provided by you if you’d like) to fully integrate and celebrate the evening’s energetic cultivations. Finally, the energy will be brought to a close by gathering, in full support of each other’s intentions, to play a 36-inch Gathering Drum!
The event takes place at the Four Corners Arts Center, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton, 6 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $45.
Take in a parade
Parades are scheduled throughout the state to honor veterans this Friday. Here’s three that might be worth venturing out of Newport County for.
Friday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.: North Kingstown Veterans Day Commemoration; starts with placing of wreaths at town hall (80 Boston Neck Road) and at Veterans Memorial Park. Parade kickoff is 10 a.m.; route is West Main and Brown streets through Wickford village to Boston Neck Road and then to North Kingstown High School for concluding ceremonies, which are expected to begin at 11 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.: South Kingstown Veterans Day Parade; starts on Holly Street, turns onto Main Street, and concludes on High Street at the Saugatucket Park Veterans Monument, where a ceremony will be conducted at approximately 11 a.m. Veterans and/or family members are encouraged to march; please meet behind Old Mountain Lanes, 765 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, at 9:30 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be conducted at the South Kingstown High School at 11 a.m. Visit www.southkingstownri.com or contact the Neighborhood Guild after 9 a.m. at 401-789-9301 for all scheduling updates on the day of the parade.
Friday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m.: Cranston Veterans Day Parade; route will start at the Doric Avenue playground (corner of Doric Avenue and Arthur Street) and proceed down Park Avenue, past City Hall and end at Rolfe Square. Any veteran wishing to participate is welcome to join. If any veteran needs a ride, we will try to accommodate the request. Ceremony at cannon memorial will follow immediately. Call Paul McAuley at 401-780-3177 to confirm your spot in the parade and request a ride if needed.
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