Six Picks: The Best in Local Events this Weekend (Dec. 6-8)

Come From Away at PPAC This Weekend

“Come Away With Me” all Weekend at PPAC (Providence)

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Details here.

Coppélia Fri. and Sat. at the Park Theatre (Cranston)

Artistic Director Herci Marsden and The State Ballet of Rhode Island open their 60th performing season on Dec. 6 & 7 at the historic Park Theatre in Cranston. “Coppelia” is a witty and enchanting classic story ballet that is considered one of the ballet world’s greatest comedy ballet. Set to the beautiful music of Leo Delibes, you enter the world of the feisty Swanhilda, the pompous Frantz, a mysterious toy maker with life size dancing dolls and a snowy wedding celebration that will be sure to dazzle all. Details here.

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Hoppy Holidays Sat. and Sun. at The Guild (Pawtucket)

Hoppy Holidays is an annual festive pop-up village filled with artisans, beer, food trucks, and music. On December 7th and 8th, The Guild will house 60+ artisans curated by Field of Artisans. You can shop their work in the beer hall, brewery, bottling and barn spaces, each with its own bar. Saturday and Sunday will feature a different mix of artisans. Details here.

Open Studios Sat. and Sun. at The Mill at Shady Lea (N. Kingstown)

The historic Shady Lea Mill, situated on the scenic Mattatuxet River in North Kingstown, houses over 40 artists and artisans working in various media.   On Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8 from 11 to 5pm, The Shady Lea Mill will host its 22nd annual Open Studios for each artisan to showcase his/her skills. Just in time for holiday shopping,  some of Rhode Island’s many talented residents open their doors to the public and offer a wide array of hand made local gifts. Details here.

7th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo Saturday (Providence)

The Rhode Island Author Expo returns to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet for its 7th year! Meet hundreds of local authors from Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA). Free parking, admission and writing panels! Get pictures taken with Santa Claus! Enter one of our many raffle drawings! Remember signed books make great holiday gifts! Details here.

Hope Street Winter Stroll Sunday (Providence)

Head to historic Hope Street on the East Side of Providence Sunday for the Hope Street Winter Stroll for all kinds of festive activities. There will be music from Bug Nazo, Extraordinary Rendition Band and more, crafts, a human dreidel and a visit from Santa himself. Details here.

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