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WPRI: Providence firefighters to offer free rides to residents on New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year’s! Don’t drive drunk!

For the second year in a row, the Providence Fire Fighters IAFF Local 799 will be offering free rides home to anyone in the city on New Year’s Eve.

According to Paul Doughty, the president of the firefighters’ union, the Safe Night service will be offered from 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, until 7 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1.


For a ride, residents should call (401) 272-7999.

Also, if you’re heading to Boston, check out the T schedules, FREE after 8pm!


New Year’s Eve events in Providence


Photo (cc) Anders Adermark

From the City’s Department of Art, Culture, + Tourism:

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rhode Island’s Capital City

City of Providence, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Launch Special Website for New Year’s Eve Activities

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau have launched a website to showcase the many great events happening on New Year’s Eve in Providence.

Residents and visitors can go online at to find celebratory activities fit for every age group. The new site features a host of resources for ringing in the New Year, from daytime family fun to the hottest nightlife. Choose from categories including: Hotel Getaway Packages, Events, and Dining Specials.

Visitors to the website can also enter to win a number of passes to New Year’s Eve events. These prizes include entrance to the Providence Children’s Museum and RISD Museum, skating passes to the Providence Rink, tickets to that evening’s Providence College basketball game and more. Deadline for entry is December 27, 2013.

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Downcity: Tonight, late night shopping. Next week, revelry

The shops Downcity are open until midnight tonight for all your last minute Christmas shopping needs:

Still have some last minute shopping to do? Nervous of when you’re going to fit it all in? Have no fear because Westminster Street will be open till MIDNIGHT on Thursday, December 23. Open till midnight means:

  1. You have plenty of time left to shop!
  2. Instead of letting the stress take over, make a fun night of it! Have nice, relaxing dinner beforehand and/or stop by Downcity’s newest bar The Salon afterward to unwind with drinks and ping-pong before heading home to wrap everything up!
  3. You also have time to get those last minute stamps on your Holiday Bingo card so you can be entered to win HUGE Prizes! The first prize is a bundle of gift certificates to Downcity businesses totaling a value of $1,000. That’s $1,000 to spend in Downcity shops, restaurants, theaters, and hotels! Imagine the fun you could have!!
  4. All you have to worry about is finding the perfect gift for your loved ones… and remembering your shopping list!

Still struggling with a couple of gift ideas? Check out our Holiday Gift Guides for inspiration and don’t forget to ask the experts… the staff at the stores! And remember you don’t even have to worry about parking because there is 2-hour on street parking for free, just look for the covered parking meters, and free 2 hour free parking at Grant’s Block with a validated stamp from participating stores and restaurants.

Then next week, ring in the New Year with Bright Night Providence.

Tickets are on sale now but prices go up starting Dec. 25th, so buy now.

Visit the Bright Night website for a schedule of events or Like Bright Night on Facebook.


Photos: WaterFire’s New Year’s Eve Venetian Masquerade Party

WaterFire has published some photos from their New Year’s Eve Venetian Masquerade Party. WaterFire heads into it’s 15th season in 2010.

Photos from WaterFire’s New Year’s Eve Venetian Masquerade Party held at the Old Stone Bank Building in Providence, RI featuring performances by Nathan Granner, tenor, and Quixotic Fusion, a music and dance performance group based in Kansas City. The host was Barrett Bready who is renovating the historically important building. Barnaby Evans, the artistic director of WaterFire, has worked with Nathan and Quixotic Fusion for the past three and half years as part of his Kansas City installation of WaterFire.

All photos (cc) WaterFire.


Bright Night WaterFire

I have to figure out how to actually take good night shots with my camera, but anyway, here are a couple snaps from Bright Night WaterFire.

Waterplace Bright Night '10

Waterplace Bight Night '10

What did everyone think of Bright Night and WaterFire this year? What could make it better (aside from an economy that allowed them to collect a healthier amount of donations)?

Photos by Jef Nickerson


Ice-Breaker Daedalus

Photo borrowed from WaterFire’s Facebook Page

WaterFire crews are battling ice in the Basin at Waterplace to ensure that they can pull off a lighting this New Year’s Eve.

WaterFire has helped Bright Night secure funding to ensure another wonderful New Year’s celebration in Providence.

Both organization as always are seeking donations to help pay for the events.

And while you’re in the giving mood, AIDS Care Ocean State is seeking donations for their Adopt-a-Family program:

For a donation of $50, you can help a local family in need and provide food, gifts for children during the holidays, along with warm clothing and heat for their homes throughout the winter months!

No donation is too small. All proceeds raised through this campaign will directly benefit ACOS families.

AIDS Care Ocean State | Adopt-a-Family


Happy New Year

Eddi Reader : Auld Lang Syne

2008 was a tough year in a lot of ways (exhilarating in others), so I thought Eddi Reader’s touching rendition of Auld Lang Syne would be a good way of ushering it out. Also, Eddi is Scottish and so is Auld Lang Syne originally. And just to make myself feel old, Eddi’s former band, Fairground Attraction’s one hit wonder topped the charts in the U.K. 20 years ago (ugh, old).

Happy New Year everyone!


Free T Tonight

MBTA Commuter Train, Outbound

Photo (cc) TalkingTree from Flickr

The MBTA has free service tonight (yes that includes Commuter Rail from and to Providence), and special services after midnight.

Meanwhile RIPTA is detouring buses all over creation, not free, and does not run until or past midnight to most (any?) areas. So that’s not really a transit option if you plan to ring in the new year without your car.

So drive-walk-bicycle-hop-pogo-ski-sled safe tonight!

Update: A DC area charity is providing free cab rides to anyone in Washington too drunk to get home tonight. Crazy, right!?