Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
October: Things to do in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

For a complete, detailed listing of events, see the event calendar
Coffee with Charlene

Barns in the Cultivated Landscape Art by
Woldemar and Kate Neufeld

November 7 - January 2
Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery 
Alternatives' Whitin Mill 
50 Douglas Road 
Whitinsville, MA

Opening Reception
Friday November 7
5:00 - 8:00 pm

An exhibition on paintings and blockprints by brother and sister Woldemar (1909-2002) and Kate (1905-2004) Neufeld. Each in their unique style returned to the agricultural landscape throughout their careers. 
Photography Exhibit Features Artistic Impressions of Hearthside & Great Road

Sunday, November 9
677 Great Rd
Lincoln, RI
1:00 - 4:00 pm

David Cruz has taken thousands of images, both documenting activities as well as capturing the look and feel of the 200-year old house through artifacts, its architecture, and with docents in historical costume. 

He has selected some of his best works to show in this special display of photography of Hearthside.
Aurea at Slater Mill - Anthem for Doomed Youth

slater mill Monday, November 10
Slater Mill
67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket, RI
Start time: 7:30 pm

The chamber music and spoken word ensemble AUREA present their second of three Monday evening autumn performances at Slater Mill. 

This performance is an observance of Veterans Day and Armistice Day, with a concert of music and poetry of World War I. Five piece ensemble led by artistic director Consuelo Sherba. 

Veterans Day at the Museum of Work & Culture

Museum of Work and Culture Tuesday, November 11
Museum of Work & Culture
42 South Main St
Woonsocket, RI 

This Veterans Day, The Museum of Work & Culture will honor the sacrifices of past and present veterans by opening its doors free of charge to all veterans and their families, and to everyone who will bring a new unopened package of socks, t-shirts or underwear to be donated to the United Veterans Council. 

The Museum event will start immediately following the dedication of the new City of Woonsocket Veterans Park which is scheduled for 9:00 am, rain or shine. The museum program will include a performance by musician and historian Rick Spencer who will present his repertoire of WWI songs. Refreshments will be served.

Mendon Historical Society presents Author
Bill Shea

Tuesday, November 11
Mendon Senior Center
64 Providence Rd
Mendon, MA
7:00 - 9:00 pm

The guest speaker will be Mr. Bill Shea, a retired history teacher and the proprietor of The Ruptured Duck, specializing in WWII memorabilia. 

If names like Eisenhower, Patton, Clark Gable or Hitler mean something to you, plan on attending this presentation. 

For more information, call 508-482-5535.

Don McLean in Concert at Stadium Theatre

Thursday, November 13
Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center
28 Monument Square
Woonsocket, RI

Don McLean galvanized a generation with his timeless hit American Pie, as each generation since its release has discovered, the poignant lyricism and unforgettable melody stirs deep emotion and empathy from all who encounter it, once it has visited it never leaves the heart of the listener, burying itself like a familiar comforting memory only to be reawaken on subsequent encounters. 

A once in a lifetime song, from a once in a lifetime artist. This track along with the classic singles Vincent, Driedel, Everyday, The Legend of Andrew McCrew and numerous others confirmed McLean was a gifted storyteller with a talent that ascended his peers and rightfully earned him a place in the Song Writers Hall Of Fame.

Durtyfeets Trail Series #3 - Upton State Forest
Sunday, November 16
Upton State Forest
Upton, MA
Start time: 9:00 am

21k (half marathon over 2 laps) or 10.5k trail run through single track and forest roads in Upton State Forest in Upton, MA (park entrance is at intersection of Westboro St and Southboro Rd). 

Fees: are on-line only ($5 discount for under 20 years old (Junior)). Day-of fees are $10 more; this is to encourage pre-registration so we can just focus on the RACE on race day and not paperwork. 

As with the 2013 Series, 2014 will be a no-frills set up; no shirts or other swag, and awards will be modest. We just want folks to come out and have fun on the trails.  

Ajax - A Greek tragedy by Sophocles at Blackstone River Theatre

Thursday, November 20
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad St
Cumberland, RI

This free play, set during the Trojan War, will be followed by a community forum on veterans' issues and seeks to bring audiences face-to-face with the emotional scars faced by soldiers who must relive their experiences on the battlefield. 

The goal is to bring together recent veterans, future soldiers (e.g., ROTC cadets), faculty, students, and the larger community in the region for conversations about how best to assist soldiers returning from multiple tours of duty. The performances are free and open to the public.

2014 Blackstone Valley Polar Express

November 22 - December 21
Blackstone Heritage Corridor Offices
One Depot Square
Woonsocket, RI

Step into the enchanted world of THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride as the conductor shouts, "All Aboard!" A family favorite becomes reality during this three hour event that includes a 90-minute train excursion, inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's Christmas classic.

A Case History: A Grave Matter

Monday, November 24
Newman Church Hall
100 Newman Ave
Rumford, RI
7:00 - 9:00 pm

The public is welcomed to attend the general meeting of the East Providence Historical Society.

Craig Chartier, project dirctor of the Plymouth Archeological Rediscovery Project, will discuss the site dig on Newport Avenue of the Case Cemetery. 

For more information visit or call 401-438-1750.

Event Calendar

Check out the event calendar for a more complete, detailed listing of Blackstone Corridor Events:

We are glad to include Corridor-related news and events, both on our web site calendar and in our monthly newsletter, Corridor Currents.

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The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is a unique cultural landscape of industrial history and immigration in the interconnected system of the Blackstone River watershed. An energetic nonprofit, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. partners with organizations, local communities and businesses, and residents to insure the long term vitality of the Corridor.

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