HistWick Happenings this December

Hello HistWick members and friends,

The HistWick Herald is in the mail and your postal carrier should deliver it in a day or two. It contains even more details than provided below about what’s happening around town this holiday season.
Here are some highlights:
HistWick Potluck Dinner—a popular annual event when neighbors, friends, and newcomers come together to socialize and celebrate the holidays. We’d be delighted to see you at St. Paul’s parish hall on Sunday, December 2nd, at 5:30 pm. Bring a dish for 8 people. It’s always amazing food and awesome fellowship! See the invitation (PDF) attached below. It’s also a time to renew your HistWick membership, or to join HistWick (HistWick.org).
Wickford Kitchen Tour— an event that delights visitors from near and far, so invite your family and friends. This year’s tour showcases 10 stunning village homes with imaginative kitchens.
Village shops (Wickford Gourmet, The Wickford Collection, The Captain’s Table, Beauty & the Bath, The Book Garden, Gossip, Green Ink, and Spring Pottery) already are reporting strong ticket sales. Advance tickets are $25.00 and $30.00 the day of the tour. We are so grateful to: 1) the home owners that open their doors (and kitchens) to the public, 2) nearly 40 docents, 3) the kitchen tour committee, 4) musicians that will offer music in select homes, and 5) local businesses that contribute time, materials and talents to support the homeowners with decorating. See the kitchen tour poster at the bottom of this email.
Wickford Village Festival of Lights—kick in the holiday season with a weekend of festivities at this popular annual happening that runs from November 29th through December 2nd. A variety of musical performances, horse-drawn hayrides, refreshments, and visits with Santa make this a not-to-be missed event. Stores are open for leisurely holiday shopping, while the village is aglow with holiday lights and decorations. Come join the festivities!
Christmas at Smith’s Castle—Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd, Noon to 4 pm, when this historic house museum takes visitors into Christmas Past, while sipping hot cider and enjoying live music.
St. Paul’s Christmas Bazaar—members of the congregation have worked for months to offer unique craft items, bake goods, holiday decorations and greens, household items, refreshments, and more in the parish hall on Main Street from 8 am to 4 pm. Look for the Christmas Bazaar banner.
Read the HistWick Herald for additional details on any of the above—and be sure to join in on the town’s festivities where you will meet old friends and make new ones, too.

HistWick Holiday Kitchen Tour: Sunday, December 2nd

WICKFORD, RI:  Historic Wickford presents a Holiday Kitchen Tour Deck the Halls on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain or shine).

This captivating self-guided walking tour of 10 holiday kitchens in private homes begins in the center of charming Wickford Village.  Visitors may pick up tickets* and their maps at Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet, 21 West Main Street (back building).   The kitchen tour brings you by properties of 18th and 18-century — some on the picturesque harbor and others on the tree-lined village streets.  These charming and stately homes, decked-out-for-the-holidays, will surly stimulate creative ideas for your own family settings.

A unique feature of Wickford Village during the holidays is the Festival of Lights, the town is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of beautiful white lights and the merchants offer a special shopping experience in the holiday spirit.

About Participating Homes

The actual homes on the tour include architectural styles of Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods.  Designs of the kitchens vary from country charm to formal settings with collectible antiques.  Some will show the conversion from village ambiance to tres-chic modern design. Enjoy festive table settings and beautiful decorations…all in the spirit of the holidays.

About Wickford Village

Wickford village, a seaport, was originally founded in 1709.  The town was platted out in a fashion similar to colonial Boston.  Each lot was sold with “three rods of frontage.”

After the Revolutionary War, Wickford became a prominent trading center, second only to Newport.  During this period, numerous taverns, shops and support services were established in the village.  Today visitors enjoy village eateries, convenience stores and services and exciting shopping with unique selections in fashion, décor and memorabilia as well as convenience stores.

About HistWick

Deck The Halls Kitchen Tour is sponsored by Historic Wickford, Inc. (HistWick), is a nonprofit organization established to preserve, protect and celebrate the cultural and historic features of Wickford and its environs.  Proceeds for this event will benefit renovations to the Olde Towne House, The food Pantry and other HistWick projects.

*Tickets $30 at event, or $25 prior to event at the following shops: Wickford Gourmet, Beauty & The Bath, The Captain’s Table, The Book Garden, Gossip, Green Ink, Spring Pottery & Wickford Collections

For images and interviews for feature interest story contact:

Ellen Dacey at  (401) 294-2420 or HistWick1@verizon.net


Wickford Walking Tour: New & Improved

The Wickford Walking Tour on our website has been updated.

  • NEW HistWick markers have been added
  • A map has been provided

We encourage our members to check out the tour online.  There are some options.

Want to take the tour?

  • Follow along with your phone.  While it works now, we hope to develop an easier to use and read mobile application in the future.
  • Print out the tour guide from the website before you go.   It will include a full page map.

NOTE:  While the HistWick markers are self-explanatory, you will need to refer to your mobile phone or the written tour for information about the historic buildings and homes on the tour.


Need a plaque?

You can now order a new plaque for your historic home.

Just fill out and return the application with your check to Larry Ehrhardt at 49 Main Street.

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