Wicked Rhody podcast hosts Mary and Ben talk about Rhode Island events for the week of 12/23/16, including:

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GottaQ Smokehouse BBQ opened their second Cumberland location in the Shell Fuel Stop at 4120 Mendon Road. Their main location is located at 2000 Mendon Road. In addition to dining-in and take-out at both locations, GottaQ’s nationally recognized BBQ also offers catering, has a food truck & BBQ trailer and plans to put a second food truck on the road in the Spring. In 2016 they were awarded third place in the national Best Food Truck BBQ contest.

The GottaQ Fuel Stop is the ultimate in gas station gourmet. Say goodbye to cardboard pizza, day-old sausages, and stale treats. This new location lends a feeling of nostalgia, with a nod to the past when quality food could be found in all sorts of interesting places: dive bars, off-the-road diners, food carts, and of course gas stations.

The Fuel Stop offers a full menu with plenty of great options for lunch and dinner. BBQ plates of ribs, brisket, and pulled pork served with your choice of hot and cold sides with cornbread, sandwiches such as sirloin tri-tip and pulled chicken, mac & cheese bowls topped with your choice of meat, and six different hot dogs with gourmet toppings.


Wicked Fun in the 401
  • Annual Day After Christmas Yoga
    • Monday Dec 26 9am-10:15 am
    • All That Matters, Wakefield
    • After you unwrap presents, unwrap your presence! This annual festive and celebratory yoga practice will feature winter-themed tunes. Class will focus on overall awareness, muscoskeletal stability, immune boosting, and detoxifying the digestive system through accessible, dynamic movement.
    • All levels of yoga experience and all ages are welcome.

  • It’s the 93rd consecutive PechaKucha Night here in Providence (er, Pawtucket) at BreakTime Bowl and Bar!
  • Wednesday December 28th starting at 7:20pm
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/343551262684276/
  • It’s finally time to say goodbye to the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year that has been 2016. Normally, we’d be looking toward the New Year with optimism and hope… this time, not so much. Thus, we’re left with a simple question: Now what?
  • Come and share you answer in 20 slides and 20 second per slide. Presenters are free to interpret this theme literally, loosely or not at all. PechaKucha is unjuried and uncensored, so anyone can sign up. If you’re interested in presenting, email us at providencepkn@gmail.com.
  • As always, PechaKucha Night is FREE and all are welcome. We will be accepting voluntary $2 donations to help fund the global PechaKucha movement and your local chapter.
  • If you haven’t heard of this global yet unpronounceable phenomenon, PechaKucha is a monthly format for sharing ideas in which presenters are allotted 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Simply put: it’s 6 minutes and 40 seconds of show and tell for grown-ups. It began in Tokyo in 2003, has since spread to over 900 cities worldwide, and first landed in Providence in March of 2009. To the best of our knowledge, Providence is the only chapter in the entire world that hosts a PechaKucha Night every month of the year.
  • Doors open at 7:20, presentations start at 8:20, and schmoozing goes down throughout.
  • BIOMES Marine Biology Center
  • Biomes is a privately owned marine science education center focusing on hands-on programs for students and families in Southern New England.
    • December Vacation Week Family Events
    • 10am-11:30am.  All programs include aquarium admission.
    • Tuesday December 27th – Fiddle N’ Fun
      • This is a one-of-a-kind musical experience that should not be missed!  We will explore the many wonders of the ocean through singing, movement, puppetry, stories, instrumental activities, and much more!
      • 45 minute interactive concert and craft, with time to explore the aquarium after the program.
      • Program given by Fiddle N’Fun  www.facebook.com/fiddlenfun/
      • $10/person, $5/member.  Pricing applies to both children (ages 3 and up) and adults.  
    • Friday December 30th
    • Squid Dissection
    • Come join us for some gross fun!  One of our educators will lead the group through a guided dissection where you will learn about basic anatomy and some cool characteristics of squid.  You’ll also get to write with the squid ‘pen’ and ‘ink’!  Each child will have their own squid to work with and adults are also welcome to dissect, if they wish to.
    • Dissection designed for ages 8 and up but all ages are welcome
    • Admission to the aquarium included with event price.
    • $10/person, $5/member.  Pricing applies to all children (ages 3 and up) and adults.

  • Disney’s FROZEN on the BIG SCREEN at Stadium Theater in Woonsocket
  • FREE – Thursday December 29th at 7pm
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/1007819025940536/
  • When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.
  • Tickets: FREE! No tickets needed. General admission.


Wicked Romantic
First Date, Anniversary, or just looking for a little something to create a spark, how about this Wicked Romantic Happening:

  • Holiday Evenings at The Breakers
    • December 23: New Providence Big Band featuring Miss Katie Kleyla
    • 6 p.m. – 9 p.m
    • Don’t miss Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions for an extra special and unique experience.  Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambience of a Gilded Age holiday.
    • Members: $30 in advance, $35 day of event
    • Non-members: $35 in advance, $45 day of event
    • Children 6-17: $10 in advance, $15 day of event

Wicked Family Friendly

  • Roger Williams Park Zoo is giving a gift to the community, inviting you to visit the Zoo for FREE, Dec. 20 through the end of 2016.
  • NOTE: #RWPZoo is closed on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
  • They encourage you to give back too by bringing non-perishable food items, gently-used coats and/or new warm winter wear to benefit the Rhode Island community.
  • Please drop these items in the boxes located at Zoo admissions!
  • Wear your most festive holiday attire and come out to #RWPZoo for a day of fun with family and friends! inviting you to join us for FREE, Dec. 20 through the end of 2016.


Just Over The Border

No matter where you are in Rhode Island, you’re never more than 18.5 miles from either Massachusetts or Connecticut so here’s a couple events that are just over the border!

  • Winterfest at Mystic Aquarium –
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/954042431395039/
  • Mystic Aquarium is spreading holiday cheer through the New Year; transforming into a winter wonderland December 26 to January 1 during Winterfest! Favorite holiday toys come to life while live entertainment brings good tidings to all. Watch local chefs create masterpieces out of ice and gingerbread and stop by Santa’s Cali Cabana to say thanks and watch his elves dive in the Coral Reef exhibit across the way! Be sure to bring in unused toys and share the joy of the season with others. Spend your vacation week with us during Winterfest!

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