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January 2008 Events Calendar
Newport Rhode Island Polar Bear Plunge

January 1

Discover Newport Presents:
Newport Polar Bear Plunge

175 Memorial Boulevard
Newport, RI
401-846-0028 |

Celebrate the New Year with a plunge into the waters at Easton’s Beach at 12-Noon. Every New Year's Day for charity the Newport Polar Bears invite anyone crazy enough to join them for a swim in the Frosty North Atlantic Ocean. The charity this year is as last year, A Wish Come True. All proceeds from the swim and at the after swim party at the Atlantic Beach Club at the east end of Easton's Beach.

ICC Set Dancing

January 7, 14, 21, 28

ICCNE Presents:
Set Dancing with Cait Bracken

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30-9:30 pm | $5 donation at the door | Adults (16 & up)
781 821-8291

Every Monday throughout the year (except Holidays), the ICC presents set dancing with Cait Bracken from 7:30-9:30pm. Set dancing is a form of social dancing which has been popular in Ireland for over 150 years. Sets are danced by four couples in a square.  No previous dancing experience or partner required! No registration required for this class.

Boston Wine Festival at BHH

January 11 - March 29

Boston Harbor Hotel Presents: Boston Wine Festival

Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston
888-660-WINE or 617-330-9355 |

The Boston Wine Festival is surely one of Boston’s finest winter traditions. Now in its 30th year, the festival is led by founder and master chef Daniel Bruce of the hotel’s Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, known for its excellence in wine and food pairings. The festival features an all-star line up of wine makers from some of the world’s best wineries, plus top chefs and sommeliers. Activities range from walk-around receptions, featuring over 40 wines of a particular theme along with food buffets and dishes created by Chef Bruce; to intimate, four-course dinners hosted by winemakers or winery owners. The Boston Harbor Hotel offers special overnight stay packages for festival guests.

Fellswater Band at BRT

January 12

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. | $15

Fellswater is Boston’s dynamic Celtic music ensemble. The ensemble plays a wide range of music from Traditional to modern compositions that draws from the heritage of all the Celtic nations, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Instrumentation includes vocals, whistle, Irish flute, guitar, octave mandolin, violin, cello, Celtic harp, Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, acoustic bass guitar and percussion.

January 19

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
The Neon Valley Boys

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. |

Details to come.
Please check back.

January 20

JFK Library Celebrate!
Benkadi Drum And Dance: African Freedom

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30-11:30 am | Free Performances For Children Ages 5 and Up
617 514-1644 |

The multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group returns to perform new dances showcasing traditional West African rhythms and movements. With vivid costumes, interpretive dance, and audience participation, folktales come to life before your eyes! The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America's rich cultural diversity through the arts.
Reservations are required for all visitors to this free program. 

Kim Trusty / Kerri Powers

January 26

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Kim Trusty / Kerri Powers

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. |

Rhode Island’s Kim Trusty is a powerful and diverse vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, according to event organizers. Trusty draws on jazz, rhythm and blues, vocal improvisation, and roots music for her unique performances.Singer-songwriter Kerri Powers, pictured, draws on the emotions of blues, folk and country music and uses her voice to mine the melancholy depths of romantic heartbreak and broken dreams in the edgy narratives of her songs..

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