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Here's What's Happening This Weekend

Start planning for your weekend with some help from Patch.

School ensemble performs at 2012 Festival of Lights in Barrington.  Credit: W.Rupp
School ensemble performs at 2012 Festival of Lights in Barrington. Credit: W.Rupp

Here are some things to do this weekend, Dec. 7-8, in and around Barrington:

Barrington’s annual Festival of Lights takes place Saturday from 1 to 6 pm with activities for children and adults and entertainment in and around Town Hall all afternoon. It ends with the annual tree lighting at 5:30 pm. Here is the schedule:

  • Trolley Tours ~ 1 to 5 PM 
  • Children’s Holiday Movies – Library ~ 2 & 3:30 
  • Verizon Wireless * Reindeer Craft ~ 2 to 3 
  • Barrington Preservation Museum Arts & Crafts – Library Basement ~ 2 to 4:30
  • Verizon Wireless Android * Picture Taking Opportunity ~ 3 to 4:30
  • Holiday Train Rides ~ 3 – 4:30 
  • Arts and Crafts ~ 3 – 4:30
  • Free Hot Chocolate * Sponsor: Verizon Wireless ~ 3 - 4:30
  • Holiday Music * YMCA van ~ 3 – 5:30
  • Food Trucks ~ 3 – 5:30
  • Wreaths for sale by BHS Chorus ~ 3 – 5
  • Luminaries for sale ~ 4 – 5:30
  • Santa Arrives by Fire Truck * Hampton Meadows Volunteer Fire Company ~ 4:15
  • Barrington Theatre Group Performs ~ 4:15 – 4:35
  • Arts Alive! Dance Performance ~ 4:35 – 5 
  • Barrington HS Choral Ensemble ~ 5 – 5:20
  • Barrington Middle School – A Cappella Group ~ 5:20 –5:45
  • Tree Lighting ~ 5:30

The Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol invites you to pick out your freshly cut Christmas tree grown locally on a RI tree farm on Saturday starting at 9 am.  After browsing for your tree, you can have your child's picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, view seasonal crafts and get your kids involved in activities just for them. Bring a donation for the RI Community Food Bank.

The Rhode Island Computer Museum presents “Robots on the Run” at the Barrington library on Saturday at 10:30 am. Learn about interactive software Arduino and create your own sample robot. Bring in your broken electronics and learn about circuits, making lights blink, motors run, sounds and more! Registration is required. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Call 247-1920 ext. 310 to reserve your spot. 

Before Santa Claus heads on over to Barrington’s Festival of Lights later in the day on Saturday, he will be stopping by Center ACE Hardware, 156 County Road, at 2:30 pm. Bring your camera and get a photo of your child with the jolly old elf.

A statewide effort to repeal the Common Core Curriculum and PARCC assessment testing in Rhode Island comes to Rogers Free Library in Bristol on Saturday afternoon. The 3 pm meeting is described as “a non-partisan, non-ideological, citizen-driven organizing action to reclaim our kids' educational future.”

John Wood December 07, 2013 at 08:53 AM
After the tree lighting, come over to the Bay Spring Community Center (170 Narragansett Ave.) for a Local Brew Coffeehouse at 7 pm featuring The Gnomes and Bay Spring Folk. It will be preceded by an artisan craft show that starts at 6 pm and runs until the concert begins.
Meg Jones December 07, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Art By You at Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio is open from 11AM-5PM with $8 ceramic ornaments for you to personalize! Great gifts or to keep! 33 Kent St. corner of Sowams and Kent Barrington RI (401) 247-1397 www.weirdgirlcreations.com plus hundreds of other pottery pieces to choose from!

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