The best things to do in RI this week: February 25 to March 4


On February 26, put your newfound knowledge to good use during an in-flight tasting at Leyden’s Vineyard in West Greenwich. Select five house wines and learn more about each. Sip on the heated terrace or stroll through the vineyard. If purchased online, $12 for wine tasting and logo glasses for two; $22 for a wine tasting and logo glasses for four. Noon to 4 p.m. 160 Plain Meeting House Road, West Greenwich. Details here. Take it on a tour of Rhody’s vineyards and try a few others: Newport Vineyards, for example, is open daily for walk-in tasting bar service; the kitchen is open from friday to sunday this week. (909 East Main Road, Middletown. 401-848-5161.) Greenvale Vineyards is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to their Facebook page. #WineTime.


As we approach March Madness, Providence College basketball is officially a very important event in Rhode Island. The Brothers will face Creighton on February 26 at 8:30 p.m. at the Dunk. Hockey fans, the Providence Bruins face Hartford at the Dunk on February 27 at 3:05 p.m. Ticket prices vary. 1 Place LaSalle, Providence. 401-331-6700. Details here.


Voting closes Feb. 27 for Newport’s “Burger Bender.” About fifty burgers — beef, veggie and fish — are vying for the title of Best in Town. I mentioned kickoff last week, but unless you’re Jughead, there’s no way you’ve eaten all 50 already. Some of these entrees are epic: Caleb and Broad serves up a pork belly burger crispy with sharp cheddar, pickled strawberries, caramelized onion and bourbon glaze on a donut (!). Restaurant La Forge – the reigning champions, according to their Instagram – serves up a half-pound Umami burger: spicy orange-ginger braised pork belly, sesame-sautéed shiitake mushrooms, crispy bok choy, bone marrow and double cream brie. #GameOn. Vote via Details here.


From vegan ravioli and vegan donuts to babka and challah breads; From local seafood and seasonal fruits to local beef, honey and soups, dozens of local vendors from across the Farmcoast offer produce each Sunday at the Tiverton Middle School gymnasium. It may be indoors, but the farmhouse vibe is under control: alpaca hats, gloves and scarves. Table linen, CBD balms. Free-range apple compote, microgreens, local eggs, kombucha, artisanal jewelry. #FarmersMarketVibes. February 27. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10 Quintal Drive, Tiverton. Details here.


You never know what gem you might find in Providence Flea. If you’ve never been there, think more of a designer market and vintage spot than a flea market. They will be moving out this summer. The winter/spring chip runs Sunday through May at Farm Fresh Rhode Island Market Hall. Hit it on February 27 to find some 70 vendors – vintage vendors, artisans, independent makers, small-batch bakers, craft coffee, craft beer, and food. Free entrance. 11am-3pm 10 Sims Ave. Details here.


You had me at the free meatballs.

Providence’s Askew is offering two free meatball sandwiches per person and a musical open mic on February 28. Bring your instruments and show us what you have. Askew does it every Monday, according to their website, so keep that on your schedule, Rhody. #MeatballMondays. Sign up at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. 150 Chestnut St., Providence. Details here.


It’s Bob Ross vibes with crayons instead of paint. Bring your art pencils and get ready to draw flowers and plants in a mansion with Nature Drawing in Blithewold – a 45-room mansion framed by gardens, greenhouse and whimsical stones. You will work from found natural images and objects, focusing on rendering color, texture and design in nature. #HappyLittleFlowers. Starting at $30. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-2707. Details here.


Swing fans, rejoice: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is bringing that ’90s swing to the Greenwich Odeum on March 3. Wear your dancing shoes. #GoDaddio. Tickets starting at $50. Doors 7 p.m., show 8:59 p.m. Main St., East Greenwich. 401-885-4000. Details here.


Ghanaian superstar Bisa Kdei will rock Providence for a celebration of Ghana’s independence March 4. Get ready for hits such as Mansa, Asew, Jwe, Odo Carpenter and others. Jefferson Hall, 79 Jefferson Street, Providence. Doors 9 p.m., show 11 p.m. 18 and over. Tickets from $30. Details here.


Tell me you grew up in Rhode Island without telling me you grew up in Rhode Island.

Was latte an option at lunch? Do you know at least one Feinstein Junior Scholar? Have you made at least one trip to Slater Mill? (Check, check and check.)

It’s time for an adult to take a trip to Webster, Mass. for the Samuel Slater experiment. The new permanent museum is fully interactive, using 4-D digital technology to tell Slater’s story, according to a press release. Under construction since 2018, the museum opens its doors on March 4.

As every Rhode Islander knows – and I’m reciting this from my old 4th grade school trip memory, so bear with me – Slater was born June 9, 1768, the fifth son of William and Elizabeth Slater, and grew up in a farm in Belper, Derbyshire, England. (OK, I looked at that.)

In a nutshell: Slater knew a water-powered textile mill well. When he heard of Moses Brown’s failed attempts to start a working factory in Pawtucket, he made the trip from the Big Apple to Lil’ Rhody. A year later he had the first water-powered textile mill in America. It went from there: Slater is now known as the “father of the American industrial revolution”.

Learn (much) more from the Samuel Slater experience. 31 Ray St., Webster, Mass.. Adults $16. Tickets for March 4 will be available at the door only from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Buy your tickets online for Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend here.

And check here for information and tour details on Rhode Island’s own historic Slater’s Mill.


The University of Rhode Island Theater Department is putting a new spin on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” by giving the play a contemporary twist while keeping its 17th-century roots. The set, designed by URI Theater alumnus Renee Surprenant Fitzgerald, looks like a dance club for royalty, but the script is classic Bard. “Our production of ‘Twelfth Night’ is a party,” says English theater junior and major Riley Nedder, who plays Viola and Cesario. “Be prepared to laugh, sigh and fall in love alongside us.” March 3-5 and March 10-12 at 7:30 p.m., March 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets $15-$10. J-Studio at the Fine Arts Centre, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus. (401) 874-5843. Details here.


Wilson’s August “Gem of the Ocean” runs through March 27 at Trinity Rep. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, “Gem” is the first of 10 pieces in Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” which includes “Fences” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” ” Tickets starting at $25. 201 Washington St., Providence. 401-351-4242. For the full synopsis and details, see here.

Until next week, Rhody: Keep rocking.

Lauren Daley can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @laurendaley1.

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