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What Cheer Flower Festival 2019

You're invited to What Cheer Flower Farm's annual benefit outside at the Farm, featuring:

  • Food, drink, live music 

  • An Art Show 

  • Flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers and more flowers 

Gallery Night Patrons who are on our Trolley Tours will get into the Flower Festival for FREE!

For anyone coming not on the trolleys; Tickets start at $20 at the door -- or just $10 on their website…

More Festival Details:

If you love flowers, you'll adore our giant 18' floral wall (hello, photo-op!) plus glorious floral displays from top RI designers, including:

  • Blooming Blossoms

  • Flowers by Semia

  • Island Boy

  • Petal Gypsy

  • Robin Hollow Farm

  • Sarah Haile

  • Studio Choo East in partnership with Little State Flower Co. 

If you love art, you'll enjoy our Art Show Tent featuring exclusive new paintings and glorious photographs of flowers created by local artists in the Farm's fields this summer. (In fact, the art exhibit you'll see has been chosen as an official stop for Gallery Night Providence!)

Plus, at the Festival you will tour our flower fields and high tunnels, sip bubbly drinks, nibble on treats from top Providence chefs and enjoy live music under the stars. 

Casual Attire & Accessibility

We're flower farmers, not fashion models. The Festival is being held outside on land that includes soil, gravel and asphalt. We suggest casual attire and low heels. Yes, we will have plenty of seating under canopy tents as well as port-o-potties. The space is wheelchair accessible. 

Parking Notes

The Festival entry will be at 48 Plainfield St, at the parking lot of the central Olneyville Family Dollar, across the street from Fete Music Hall. (It sounds prosaic, but our decorating committee will make it magical for you.) 

There's also free on-street parking and the parking lot at Fete Music Hall will be available. If you live in Providence, consider taking a Lyft or Uber, or taking a RIPTA bus to Olneyville Center. If you live on the West Side or in Silverlake or Olneyville, consider walking. 

In Case of Rain

In case of dramatically inclement weather, the Festival will move indoors to Fete Music Hall, which is literally across the street from the outdoor Festival entrance. So, date, parking, hours, etc will remain the same.  

Charitable Purpose

Thanks to your generosity, the Farm grows and gives away 30,000 flowers per year to hospitals, recovery centers, hospices, shelters and other vulnerable populations across Rhode Island... because like you, we believe everybody deserves a bouquet. 

The Farm is a 501c3 charity, so your tickets may be tax deductible. :-)

Providence Flea opens every Sunday beginning Mother's Day!

from the pvdFlea website

from the pvdFlea website

The Providence Flea is an award-winning community market, returning to the Providence River Greenway for the outdoor season starting Sunday, May 12, across from 345 South Water Street, Providence, from 10 am - 4 pm, and every Sunday through September 29 (except September 15 due to a conflicting road race). Featuring the area's best local vintage vendors, artists and makers, plus community nonprofits, food trucks, and live musicians! Always free with free on-street parking throughout the city on Sundays. (Accepting vendors throughout the summer.)

SustainPVD Fair - May 18th

collage from the Facebook Page

collage from the Facebook Page

Save the Date! The Office of Sustainability is once again partnering with the Rhode Island Sierra Club, Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, and others to host the 2019 SustainPVD Fair. This year we've teamed up with The Avenue Concept to host the fair at their creative hub in Upper South Providence.

Events throughout the day will include a Compost Workshop at the SustainPVD Fair hosted by Groundwork Rhode Island and a Rain Barrel Workshop at the SustainPVD Fair hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. You can visit our many vendor tables for details on how to make your home more energy efficient, how to go solar, and more. You'll also be able to access The Avenue Concept's Paint Bar and contribute to their graffiti wall throughout the day!

This community event is family friendly and will include food and entertainment. It is free and open to the public, however the compost and rain barrel workshops will have a separate registration process and small fee, which include the supplies and materials for participants to take home their own compost bin and/or rain barrel.

If you are interested in getting involved with the event, sponsoring, or hosting a table, please email SustainPVD@providenceRI.gov.

To Learn More, please visit their facebook event below

Secretary of State "Nellie's Notes" announces new state archives exhibit

nellies notes

The exhibition bearing the title; “150 Years of Big Ideas in Little Rhody.” will be showing some of the history of inventions and industries in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island State Archives, a division of the Rhode Island Department of State, is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 337 Westminster Street in downtown Providence. Two-hour validated parking during business hours is available adjacent to the building at Down City Parking.