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EVENTS, OUTDOORS, THINGS TO DO

A CASTLE FIT FOR A SNOW QUEEN IN LINCOLN, NH

Tori Trogani - March 24, 2017

A few years ago, as many of you will probably remember, an epidemic struck the world: a little something called “Frozen Fever.”  It seemed like everywhere you turned there were little girls with sparkly blue dresses and long blonde wigs belting out that song you couldn’t escape from even in the privacy your own mind (I’m looking at you, Adele Dazeem). But in the endless sea of Let It Go covers, I came across one particular rendition by Alex Boye and the One Voice Childrens Choir that really stood out.

Not only was it a very cool version of a freakishly catchy song, but the setting of the video was spectacular! I remember thinking, “What the heck is that?! I need to go there today.” What it was is Ice Castles, a temporary attraction built by creator Brent Christensen and a team of ice artists each winter in different locations all over the country for visitors to explore and experience. While I was disappointed to find out that the Ice Castle featured in the video was located in Utah (and I wasn’t getting there anytime soon!), I was ecstatic to learn that there was an Ice Castles location in nearby Lincoln, NH.

After staring longingly at their amazing Instagram feed, I was determined to see it in person and now that we’re living in Boston (only 2 hours away), I finally had the opportunity to go.

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WOMEN’S MARCH FOR AMERICA – BOSTON: JUST THE BEGINNING…

Julia Trogani - January 23, 2017

I think many of you will identify with the overwhelming feelings of apprehension and anxiety that washed over me in waves in the wake of November’s election. Our beloved country seemed to be taking a very dark turn. An agenda of intolerance, division and disregard for the environment was being put forward that in no way represented where I stood on a multitude of issues.

As soon as I heard the idea of a Women’s March being floated, I knew I had to be a part of it. I have been a political junkie for years; reading articles, watching the pundits, signing online petitions and occasionally contributing to campaigns and causes. I had been dipping my toe in the activist “pool” for quite some time, now here was an opportunity to really participate, to stand up for what I so strongly believe in and be counted.

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ROCKET’S RED GLARE OVER NEWPORT HARBOR

Tori Trogani - July 6, 2016

It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…

JOHN ADAMS

One of my favorite things about summer is going outside on a balmy summer evening to watch fireworks. So many of my most magical childhood memories involve streaks of colorful light exploding across dark skies, illuminating the awed faces of spectators as sparkles rain down. Its a stunning and exhilarating experience and this year, I was determined that we were going to see some 4th of July fireworks.

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A BOO-TIFUL HALLOWEEN NIGHT AT ROGER WILLIAMS ZOO

Tori Trogani - November 2, 2015

Each year, as October draws near I get a thrill of anticipation thinking about Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Our family has attended this amazing event many, many times over the years often bringing visiting family and friends who have been equally dazzled by the sight of the 5000+ illuminated jack-o-lanterns lining the winding path of the zoo.

Jack-O-Lantern display, Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI

This year, we went on Halloween night with my sister in law Monica and her fiancé Jim – “newbies” to this event. It was really wonderful to come on the actual holiday, not only was it generally less crowded but, as a group of adults, it was nice to have a Halloween event to go to, now that my kids are no longer of a trick or treating age. Arriving at the park, we slowly followed the line of cars around to the zoo entrance. We got lucky and found parking fairly quickly, though depending on the time and evening you attend, parking can be a bit of a challenge. We got in line and after about a 20 minute wait, purchased our tickets and entered the park.

The event has grown significantly over the years and now has nice amenities for all ages. Once inside the gates, alcoholic beverages are available as well as seasonal favorites for all ages like cider, kettle corn and sweet roasted cashews. You can pick up all kinds of novelties and toys for the kids or stop and have a souvenir picture taken in front of a green screen (they insert a jack-o-lantern scene in the background) that can be picked up at the end of the trail.

The trail itself runs straight through the zoo so expect that you might be treated to the sight of an elephant or 2, in addition to the most extraordinary array of colorful, illuminated pumpkins you have ever seen.

Each year an overarching theme is chosen that is broken into smaller motifs as you progress along the trail. The theme of this years event is “The Peoples Choice”, focusing on the subjects most loved by the public since the event began.

First up: The Golden Age of Hollywood….

Crossing into each new section (marked by signs made out of pumpkins!), the accompanying musical sound track changes to reflect the new theme. *Cue Beatles Music* as we enter the Octopus’ Garden….

Lit up with LED lights, the most beautiful and intricately carved pumpkins illustrate each sub-theme perfectly. Special effects are sometimes added to enhance the scene. A bubble machine sent bubbles floating over the Octopus’ Garden, while a fog machine infused the atmosphere at Sleepy Hollow with an eerie mist.

Next came a salute to Classic Fairy Tales.

Then Pirates…

and a trip through Asia.

 

We took a moment to visit the Fortune Tellers booth!

One of my favorite themes: The Sound of Music’s 50 Year Anniversary – 5 0 y e a r s!

Julie Andrews always makes me think of my mom. <3

We loved the way the Jack-O-Lanterns reflected in the pond along the way.

The display of Mother Goose themed pumpkins was spectacular.

Love how the mouse looks like he is inside the pumpkin!

There was even a proposal pumpkin!

The dazzling finale to the event is the Laughing Tree. The tree itself is surrounded by hundreds of  pumpkins of all sizes carved in traditional fashion.

Tiny jack-o-lanterns blaze along the branches all the way to the top to stunning effect.

 

Truly amazing! This quintessential Rhode Island event is not to be missed! The “Spectacular” runs from early October through early November. We will be updating admission information each year. Please see current information below:

HOURS:

2017 Season: October 5th – November 5th Rain or Shine

Value Nights (Monday – Thursday): 6:00pm- 10:30pm

Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) : 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Please note that Prime Night tickets are available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and are timed ticket entry.

 

2017 Season Ticket Price:

VALUE NIGHTS (Monday – Thursday)

Adult $15, child $12 (ages 2-12) | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.

PRIME NIGHTS (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

$18 Adult, $15 Child | Current RWP Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.

To see available dates and times and purchase tickets, click here.

 

ADDRESS: 

Roger Williams Zoo

1000 Elmwood Ave

Providence, RI 02907

401.785.3510

http://rwpzoo.org/jols

 

Parking is free, but they also offer optional premium parking for $10 per car nightly in the lot next to the show entrance and exit gates. This is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sometimes there can be heavy traffic on the way to the event, especially on prime nights, so give yourself extra time!

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