CINEMA BY THE SEA A newportFILM event. [Photo by J. Clancy Photography]
Quite the stretch of “damn, it’s hot-as-hell out here!” weather we’ve been enjoying (suffering through?) this summer here in the Ocean State. But don’t let the sweltering and soupy conditions dissuade you from literally peeling yourself off the couch and abandoning the AC. In less than six weeks the autumnal equinox will be upon us and we can all start complaining about gray skies and chilly nights — so quit your bitchin’ and get out there!
We’ve compiled a to-do list from now through Labor Day, ensuring zero downtime during the dog days of summer. Break out a sharp No. 2 and start penciling in some fun.
Free flicks al fresco style? Yes, please. Head downtown every Thursday for Movies On the Block across from Tazza Caffe (Westminster and Union sts, Providence, indowncity.com) now through September. Check out some of the features on deck: The Matrix (8.15), GoodFellas (8.29), Death Wish (9.12), and Paranormal Activity (9.26).
NewportFILM takes it outside all over Aquidneck Island. This weekend brings a pair of films presented in conjunction with the Newport Folk Fest; in August, four intriguing documentaries (topics: Mariel Hemingway, a cowboy conservationist, mountain climbers, junior golfers) will be screened at Rosecliff (8.1), the Newport International Polo Ground (8.8), the Easton Beach Parking Lot(8.15), and Sweet Berry Farm (8.22); go deep at newportfilm.com.
Misquamicut Beach offers two drive-in movie nights: Big Screen Movies on the Beach presents family-friendly flicks at Atlantic Beach Park (321 Atlantic Ave, Misquamicut, westerlychamber.org) every Tuesday starting at 8:30 pm. Pack the blankets and beach chairs and enjoy upcoming kiddy favorites Kung Fu Panda (8/13) and The Little Rascals (8/20). Best of all — free parking and no admission fee!
Drive-In Movie Night presents big screen classics every Thursday through August 20 at Wuskenau Town Beach (318 Atlantic Ave, Westerly, misquamicut.org), located in the lot near the waterslide park. This is the perfect excuse to hang around (and sober up) after a day of boozing and sunbathing. Upcoming features include St. Elmo’s Fire (8.15), and American Graffiti (8.29).
Rustic Tri Vue Drive-In (1195 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, facebook.com/RusticDriveIn) is a celebrated Lil Rhody landmark dating back to 1951. Hell, we saw Jaws, Star Wars, and Carrie here back in the day. Rustic is open through September with three screens (and some surprisingly damn tasty clam cakes at the concession stand). This would be the spot to scare the pants off your date while watching The Conjuring, based on a true story that took place in nearby Harrisville. Admission is a real bargain: $25 per carload.
Your Pawtucket Red Sox (1 Columbus Ave, Pawtucket, pawsox.com) are atop the standings, just like their big brothers in Beantown, with sights set on a second consecutive Governor’s Cup title. And McCoy Stadium remains the top-ranked venue in triple-A ball; it doesn’t get much better than kicking back on the grassy knoll in left field with a Foolproof brew while cheering for the Bucket’s boys of summer. Hot dogs and assorted snacks are offered for a buck on Dollar Mondays; and you can camp out on the field at the Family Sleepover on August 2 ($27.50 includes the game vs. the Norfolk Tides, a food voucher, and continental breakfast).
Aquidneck Island’s boys of summer, the Newport Gulls (Cardines Field at 20 America’s Cup Ave, Newport, newportgulls.com), are also tops in their division, and the five-time champs of the New England Collegiate Baseball League are preparing for another post-season run. Single game tix are just $4 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under.
There are scores of road races in Rhode Island just about every weekend through September (check listings and registration info at runningintheusa.com), including the Block Island Triathlon (8.3), the 17th annual Wild Dog Triathlon at Colt State Park in Bristol (8.11), and the Bold R Dash 5K Obstacle Course Race in Exeter (9.14)
Providence Roller Derby (providencerollerderby.com) rolls on, fast approaching its tenth season of action, delivered by some of the baddest badass chicks the Ocean State has ever harbored. Matches are scheduled through November at Thayer Arena in Warwick, the RI Convention Center, and the Newport Yachting Center. Cheer on local bruisers like the Sakonnet River Rats, Rocky Point Rollers, and Old Money Honeys. Adult tickets are just $10 and children ages 5-12 are $5.
Tennis, anyone? There are plenty of no-charge courts at parks and rec centers around the state, but the Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame (194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, tennisfame.com) is the only place to play on grass and channel your inner Isner. It is “highly encouraged” that players wear all-white attire to keep in the tradition and historic heritage of the venue. It would also be wise to refrain from profanity-laced, Johnny Mac-inspired tirades. Individual, group, and corporate rates are available.
The Todd Morsilli Clay Courts Tennis Center at Roger Williams Park (providenceri.gov/parks-and-rec/roger-williams-park) offers singles and doubles leagues, plus clinics and private lessons. The 10 clay courts can be rented by the hour.