Thanksgiving is upon us and while we first stop to feast and give thanks, the Christmas season is ready to jump in and begin.
Many holiday events start this weekend, including the 52nd annual Christmas in Newport celebration — you can find the listing of events here — so here are some other options to consider as you wake from a turkey-induced sleep.
West Place Holiday Shop & Stroll
West Place Animal Sanctuary’s third and final public event of the year is the popular Holiday Shop & Stroll, which has been extended to two full days on Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9:30 am to 3 pm Guests will get up close and personal with rescued farm animals during educational and interactive tours leaving every 30 minutes. There will be a special opportunity to meet Jared, the newly-rescued calf who joined his “big brother” Jensen at West Place, 3198 Main Road, Tiverton. After the tour, visitors will explore the new hand-made and holiday-themed items created by volunteers in the West Place Gift Shop.
Registration is open to all. Advance online registration is recommended at https://www.westplace.org/visitors-weekends. Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults, with a special Adult + ticket option that includes beer donated by a local brewery. All proceeds benefit the farm animals and wildlife of West Place.
Make a toy donation
The Tiverton Police Department is looking for new/unwrapped gifts for juveniles 17 years of age and under until Dec. 9.
You can drop off your donated item(s) at the following locations: The Tiverton Police Department, Sanford and Son, Tom’s Market, Humphrey’s Building Supply, George’s Gas & Services, Tiverton Library, The Moose Cafe, The Black Goose Cafe, Baja Cat Cafe, Bay Coast Bank, Leo’s Greenhouse, Boat House restaurant, Sakonnet Grille, Localz Tiverton, and Brookdale Manor.
All toy donations go to families in need of holiday cheer in Tiverton first.
Forget about Black Friday or make a Cyber Monday plan and get outside to enjoy one of Newport County’s many hiking trails.
Aquidneck Land Trust recently improved the Sakonnet Greenway Trail (SGT) and The Gewirz Trail at Spruce Acres by planting 16 Canada serviceberries and 10 flowering dogwood trees. Trail walkers can see the trees on the SGT just north of Bramans Lane, and near the Spruce Acres trailhead. All trails are free and open daily, dawn ’til dusk.
Head up to Fort Barton in Tiverton, take in the Cliff Walk or Sachuest Point, and get some fresh air after a day of food, football and family.
This weekend brings Small Business Saturday, the annual day to get some of that holiday shopping done and support small businesses at the same time.
Businesses throughout Newport County will be welcoming shoppers, and if you can’t make it out, the Shop Greater Newport website created by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce will connect you to hundreds of local businesses this season.