Wicked Rhody: (8/18 - 8/20/17) Rhode Island 's Podcast About Life and Events in Providence, Newport and the Ocean State!

Wicked Rhody podcast hosts Mary and Ben discuss Rhode Island life, ideas, events, and stuff to do for the week of August 18th.

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Wicked Interesting:

The 51st Annual Washington County Fair

Mark your calendars now - the 2017 Washington County Fair will take place August 16-20th!
The Washington County Fair, a non-profit organization, has been a great New England tradition for the past 50 years! The Fair is Rhode Island's largest agricultural event. One of the biggest draws to the Fair is today's Country Music Stars!

The Fair runs through- Sunday August 20, 2017. Admission includes access to all daily concerts, special acts and events, the giant midway and kiddy land area (all ride tickets and games separate), all agricultural events and shows, exhibits and displays, tractor and horse pulls, the farm museum, and much, much more!

The Fair features the Main Stage pine grove where you can relax and enjoy some of music's hottest acts. The Midway is full of the rides you look forward too every year, as well as some new additions! Also, for the second year, the Midway will feature New England's largest traveling roller coaster!
Bring the entire family for five full days of FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT!

Musical Entertainment Schedule!

8:30PM - Michael Ray
9:00PM - Sundance Head
SATURDAY - New England Artist Fest!
12:00PM - Alec MacGillivray
6:00PM - Rachael Fusaro
9:00PM - Billy Gilman
1:00PM & 6:00PM - Runaway June

Wicked Fun in the 401 

South Coast Artists: 14th Annual Open Studio Tour

August 19–20, 2017 includes over 70 exhibiting artists.
This is your chance to visit the studios of some of the best artists living, working and exhibiting in the four beautiful coastal towns of Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth. Whether this is your first visit, or you’re a seasoned traveler to the South Coast, you’re sure to be impressed by the amazing quality and incredible range of creative work being produced in these scenic communities.

The self-guided tour will take you across small highways and rural byways of stunning natural beauty. Along the way you’ll discover the work of welcoming artists working in such diverse mediums as oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography, sculpture, basketry, fiber arts, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, jewelry, paper and mixed media. All you have to do is follow the map in the brochure and look for the blue and white Open Studio signs marking each studio or gallery. And, if you can’t make it to every gallery on the tour, remember that each artist can be reached through SCA’s Artist Member Directory on the website and plans can be made with individual artists for a visit some other time.

Both Open Studio Tour weekends are free, open to the public, and require absolutely no registration.




The author Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in 1890 here in Providence, Rhode Island. During his life, he revolutionized both the horror and science fiction genres and, in 1927, coined the term “weird fiction.” His tales, and their influence, on art, film, and literature, continue to spread and find new life nearly 80 years after his death. Though much of the world he envisioned was a dark and fearful place, many consider him the greatest American writer of imaginative fiction since Edgar Allan Poe.

NecronomiCon Providence is a celebration of weird fiction and its roots in the city of Providence. It is a four-day convention that features panels and talks by experts, authors, artists, and historians who are influenced by the life and works of H.P. Lovecraft. It also includes Lovecraft-themed gaming, creative workshops, art exhibits, films, concerts, walking tours, and special events. With its broad, citywide programming, NecronomiCon Providence encourages participants out into the streets to experience and explore the very locales that inspired the writer himself.

Join us for over four days of weird fiction, art, academia, and festivities in the birthplace of Weird: Providence, Rhode Island.

NecronomiCon Providence is an expansive exploration and celebration of all the greats of weird fiction, including predecessors and contemporaries of Providence’s H.P. Lovecraft and the many authors and artists who have forged their own paths of weird.

Some events and sites will be open to the General Public, either free or for a small entrance fee, including the movie screenings, vendor hall, and art exhibitions.
Big Nazo will be performing

Diamond Hill Volkswagen Show 

Vintage Volkswagen Sales is proud to announce the return of the Diamond Hill Volkswagen Show on August 20th, 2017 at Diamond Hill State Park in Cumberland Rhode Island.
4097 Diamond Hill Rd. Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864
Join us for a day a fun, food, music and more!
All Volkswagens are welcome!
The show is from 10AM to 3PM.
10 show classes, plus a people's choice award.
2 live bands
Food Trucks
Spectator fee, $5 (children under 12 Free).
Show car fee, $20

Great American Solar Eclipse

Frosty Drew Observatory & Sky Theatre

On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will experience a fabulous eclipse of the Sun. Stretching from Oregon, across the United States to South Carolina, the Moon will fully eclipse the Sun. Outside of that path, observers will see a partial solar eclipse. This is the first Total Solar Eclipse to shine on the entire United States since June 1918 and Frosty Drew Observatory will be open all day celebrating this spectacular event!

Starting at 10:00 a.m. the Frosty Drew campus will be buzzing with solar activity. Solar telescopes in both white light and hydrogen alpha will be setup for observers to catch a view of the solar photosphere and chromosphere, including views of sunspots, prominence, and filaments on the Sun. We will have solar projectors setup showcasing projected views of the Sun as well as eclipse shades on hand for safe observing of the solar photosphere*. The Solar Eclipse starts at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until 4:00 p.m. with maximum eclipse occurring at 2:47 p.m. when the Moon eclipses 65.98% of the Sun. Unfortunately, Frosty Drew Observatory is not along the path of total eclipse. We will experience a partial solar eclipse.

This is a fantastic event that is certainly not to be missed! So call in that vacation day and set your sights to Frosty Drew Observatory for a fabulous summer day under a solar eclipse and become acquainted with that astro geek just waiting to break free.


Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, August 21 at 1:30 PM - 4 PM
Join us on the Weaver Lawn for a celebration and viewing of the Solar Eclipse! Free viewing glasses for the first 400 attendees!

Live Music: The Jesse Liam Band, 2:00-4:00
Food Trucks: Gastros - sausages, brats, hot dogs; & Erms Cupcakes
Face Painting: Art on the Spot, 2:00-4:00
Astronaut Photo Booth: Bring your camera!
Space-themed raffles and more!

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