Rhode Island families, what are your weekend plans? RI, CT and MA area au pairs, what is on the agenda? Is this one of your weekends off? Why not get involved in some local culture? Isn’t this what the Au Pair Program is all about? Get out there and see what American families do for fall fun. This weekend, RI has much to offer.
The 49th annual Scituate Art Festival is a favorite of locals and international travelers alike. This unique local art fair features handiwork of local artists including sculpture, knitting, painting, ceramics, jewelry, quilting and more. It is being held all weekend in Scituate, RI, a picturesque New England village I am proud to say was the childhood home to my paternal grandmother. Her father, Charlie Bowen, was the town’s blacksmith in the early 1900s. Admission continues to be free! This year, over 200 exhibitors and crafters will fill the Village Green. There will be a food court, antiques, raffles, and musical entertainment. Please leave pets at home, unless they are a certified service animal. Host Families, this is an inexpensive, cultural event for the whole family. Who knows? You might find the perfect piece for your house too!
Also going on all weekend (plenty close enough for our northern neighbors in nearby MA) is Woonsocket’s 37th AutumnFest, held annually at the World War II Memorial Park in downtown Woonsocket. This year’s featured musical performers are the Baha Men, the band behind “Who Let the Dogs Out?” from 2000, putting on a free concert Saturday night. There will be a midway with games and rides, lots of food to try and on Sunday night, there is a fireworks display planned for 9pm. Monday morning at 9:30am is the AutumnFest Parade, so this local event could have you busy all weekend!
If you want to avoid the crowds and do something more earthy, now is the time for local apple-picking and pumpkin-picking. Then you could go home, make an apple-something and carve your Halloween pumpkin while it bakes! Rhode Island and nearby CT and MA have many orchards and farms where you can PYO (pick your own). A few of my favorites are Palazzi Orchard, nearest to me in East Killingly, CT and my quiet-corner friends, Scituate Nursery Farm & Greenhouses, which you could visit before or after your visit to the art festival, Jaswell’s Farm in the Apple Valley of Smithfield offers a short trip to folks living in Providence and nearby cities, as does Dame Farm in Johnston, RI, who have pumpkins and a corn maze too.
Wherever you choose this weekend, get out there and enjoy the beautiful fall weather here in Rhode Island. Soon it will be freezing and icy and we will wonder when the sun will return, warm and wonderful! If your weekend is already planned out, why not join our group next weekend as we travel to nearby Old Mystic, CT and visit the oldest steam-powered cider press in the nation at B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill. We are meeting at 10:30am so we can see the cider demonstration at eleven. As always, contact me, Joan Lowell, your cultural childcare experience expert and LAR here in the RI, CT and MA region, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.309.1925. I look forward to hearing from you and discussing the benefits and joys of au pair childcare.