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ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND PROVIDENCE

There are many attractions in and around Providence which provide family activities while you are attending the conference. For more information, see this website. http://www.newenglandtravelplanner.com/go/ri/providence/info.html

There will be tourist information available at the conference registration table but planning ahead would be beneficial. Immediately next door to the hotel is the Dunkin Donut Center Ė for sports and other attractions. http://www.dunkindonutscenter.com/. As we get closer to the conference, performance schedules will be available.

Another big summer event in Providence is Waterfires. Burning logs are floated down the river on certain nights, accompanied by music.

Itís like a big street party. That schedule will be available in late spring.

Within an hourís drive is Newport, with all the mansions and historic homes. http://www.newportattractions.com/newportriattractions.htm.

This article has some interesting information on the Aesthetic Movement in Newport which includes stained glass. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-16998524.html

The Blackstone River Valley is just north with many old mill towns to see. This area is a designated National Heritage Corridor for the early Industrial Revolution. http://www.tourblackstone.com/farms.htm

There is a major indoor shopping mall within walking distance of the Hilton Hotel, just past the Dunkin Donuts Center. There is a bus route which circles in and around downtown Providence that will make it very easy to get many places if you donít have a car.

PROVIDENCE ART

Think Providence, and world-class art might not come to mind. But this city of 170,000 more than competes with many metro areas many times its size. Most impressive is the RISD Museum, risdmuseum.org, with its 84,000 historical and contemporary art objects-everything from an Egyptian Mummy, a nine-foot-tall Buddha and a gallery of French Impressionists.

Scattered around the Rhode Island School of Design campus are several contemporary art spots, risd.edu: The Woods-Gerry Gallery, housed in a circa 1860 mansion; the Market House and Sol Koffler galleries, and "risd|works", risdworks.com, a retail store and design showroom.

Over at Brown University, the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown.edu/belgallery, is a Philip Johnson-designed modern structure packed with 4,000 Rembrandts, Matisses, Frank Stellas, and Diego Riveras. If that weren't enough, at the Providence Art Club,providenceartclub.org, locals make good. The nation's second oldest art club has used its clubhouse and galleries in two Colonial buildings to host classes and exhibits since 1880.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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