A very ‘creepy’ Christmas

These authors aren’t talking about the kindly St. Nick
CUMBERLAND – Put aside all the cheery ho, ho, ho’s and listen next week as two local authors peel back the scary underside of Christmas. “A Creepy Christmas Carol” is the name of this program at the... more

'Random acts of snowmen' flurries around town

Paying it forward with kindness, one snowman at a time
SMITHFIELD – In the dark of the winter night they take to the streets, stopping in at stores, restaurants and offices with a mission. Their quest, called “random acts of snowmen,” is about paying it... more

One in a million? She’s my miracle girl

Last year at this time, my wife and I were anxiously waiting to see if our miracle was for real. Like many couples, our journey to parenthood was not an easy one. Both of our sons, Wesley, 5, and... more

Unique gifts: Reconnecting with the past

BLACKSTONE VALLEY – There are few gifts as personal as the knowledge of one's own family history, and modern tools provide ever increasing options for learning that story. Genealogical research can... more

Peace on earth? Politics and family don't mix

Steve Verardo’s aunt had already unfriended him on Facebook when she sent a message telling him he’d been disrespectful over disagreements on political views. “Several months ago I unfriended you,... more

Reconnecting through film

Christmas classics have a special place among traditions
The presidential election of 2016 may go down in history as one of the country's most dividing events, ultimately leading to the loss of friendships and estrangement from families and, potentially,... more

Hush! Are those reindeer 
stomping on the roof?

Read through these memories of interactions with Santa and it’s quickly evident we’re a nation of people eager to do what’s needed to keep this season’s magic alive. Here are the personal stories of... more

Kids, cookies and chaos in grandma’s kitchen

LINCOLN – I remember Mrs. Annon, my 9th-grade English teacher at Lincoln High School, stressing the importance as a writer of “knowing your audience.” I stress the same advice when cooking with... more

Blooming Artisan brings cheer through botanical craft parties

LINCOLN – Jennifer Guerin’s job as the “Blooming Artisan” is to bring generations together to play with plants, and the results, she says, brighten up not just the venue, but also people's spirits.... more

For older kids, a secret elf society – shhhh – keeps Santa's magic alive

If you have little children in your life, then you know: Santa's at the forefront, filling the days leading into Christmas. • The long lines at the mall to meet him. • The letters carefully prepared... more

Your single best gift, given over and over

It is the single best gift I’ve ever given my wife, Carol. And as a very unclever husband, I just keep giving it, over and over. It always looks the same under the Christmas tree: flat, wrapped, and... more

Places to donate during this season of giving

• Lincoln Town Hall, at 100 Old River Road, will accept unwrapped gifts for its Giving Tree until Friday, Dec. 16. Gift ideas will be printed on the tags attached to the tree for different age... more

Old family photos are meant to be shared

People will sometimes ponder what they would try to save should the need to evacuate their home suddenly arise. Top of my list would be old family photos, my stack of manuscripts, and my quilts, in... more

A quilt with story, crafted from swatches of memories

When I decided to start a quilt early this spring, the concept was quite simple. It would be made up of white squares separated by strips of colored fabric. Centered in each square would be a... more

Providence Performing Arts presents ‘Once’

PROVIDENCE – Sam Cieri didn’t take the traditional route to musical theater. “I left high school when I was 17 to be a rock star,” he said recently while on his Thanksgiving break in Washington, DC... more

Darol Anger and Tony Trischka’s ‘Keeping it in the Family’ Holiday Concert comes to BRT

CUMBERLAND – Blackstone River Theatre will present Darol Anger and Tony Trischka’s “Keeping it in the Family” Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m., at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549... more

Gamm Theatre’s ‘American Buffalo’ is a ‘thrill to behold’

PAWTUCKET – Donnie Dubrow runs a resale shop in Chicago, filled to the rafters with trash and treasures. It’s the mid-1970s, a time of rotary phones and 35-cent coffees. For Donnie and those in his... more

Kregler to premiere piece at Warwick Symphony Orchestra 50th anniversary holiday concert

WOONSOCKET – As part of the 50th anniversary season of the Warwick Symphony Orchestra, the work of nationally-known composer Michael Kregler will be featured in their upcoming holiday concert series... more

Holiday fairs and bazaars

Weekend of Dec. 2-4 Christmas in the Village Holiday Bazaar at Christ Church in Lonsdale, 1643 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, Friday 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Country store, silent auction,... more

Swamp Meadow Community Theatre presents ‘Apocalypse Now’

FOSTER – Something unusual and compelling is happening in the woods of Foster this December as Swamp Meadow Community Theatre, known in the area for their inclusive, family-friendly productions, is... more

Showcase Pro Wrestling returns to Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket based Showcase Pro Wrestling will return home on Friday, Dec. 2, for the final event of the 2016 Autumn Annihilation Tour with an all-star card of wrestling at the SPW Arena... more

See Sabrina Blaze at The Stadium Theatre Dec. 15

WOONSOCKET – Sabrina Blaze, the drag diva, comedian, actor and former Miss Gay Rhode Island, will perform at the Stadium Theatre for a New Year celebration on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The... more

Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band will perform annual holiday show in Uxbridge

UXBRIDGE – The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band, under the direction of Dr Steven Riley, will be performing at the annual Holiday Concert on Sunday Dec. 4, at the Uxbridge High School... more

Linden Place Mansion hosts holiday fun this December

BRISTOL – Tenor Michael DiMucci and singer Robbie O’Connell will each perform at Linden Place in December. Dimucci, a popular tenor in the style of Josh Groban, performs fireside on Friday evening,... more

Butterworth’s puppets on display at Museum of Work & Culture

WOONSOCKET – The Museum of Work & Culture is now presenting “The Puppetry of Dan Butterworth” in its changing gallery. The exhibit highlights the variety of Butterworth’s work, including giant... more

Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra performs this weekend

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, celebrating its 60th anniversary season, will perform J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of... more