Warren Walkabout 2022 kicks off Sunday

By Ethan Hartley
Posted 10/13/22

The Warren Walkabout is back, and there will be plenty to do during its festive events on each of the three subsequent Sundays (the 16th, 23rd, and 30th).

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Warren Walkabout 2022 kicks off Sunday

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The Warren Walkabout is back, and there will be plenty to do during its festive events on each of the three subsequent Sundays (the 16th, 23rd, and 30th).

This is not a comprehensive list of participants and happenings, as that is still being finalized. This is a compilation of what we know so far will be happening, where, and when. For the most up-to-date listings, check the Discover Warren website, and be on the lookout for postcard handouts during each Sunday that will provide a QR code link to the updated list of happenings.

Discover Warren co-founder Keri Cronin said on Tuesday morning that the Walkabout, which began over 15 years ago, started as an open arts studio event that sought to celebrate and promote the work of Warren’s artistic community. In the years since, it has become a celebration of the town’s rich artistic culture in various mediums.

“It was our thriving arts community and the artisans themselves who started this event, and the small business community and merchant’s group, Discover Warren, piggybacked on it,” she said. “I think it’s important to acknowledge the artists. We would absolutely welcome and hope to do more to support the arts community…Not that the pandemic is over, but because people are feeling like things are to some extent getting back to some sense of normalcy, people are excited to get out and do the things they enjoy doing, which is very exciting.”

All events will happen between 12 and 5 p.m. Trolleys will be available to transport attendees around to the various event locations.

Music to fill the streets

Oct. 16

  • Su Casa, Warren Baptist Church, 407 Main St. - 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Superchief Trio, Town Hall, 514 Main St. - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • The Whelks, Baker St. Park, corner of Baker and Water Streets - 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Also be on the lookout for Sally Racket, a ladies a cappella group harmonizing in the old surf n’ turf tradition.

Oct. 23

  • Turas, Warren Baptist Church, 407 Main St. - 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Mark Cutler & the tiny string band, Town Hall, 514 Main St. - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Ladies of the Rolling Pin, parking lot at 10 Market St. - 2 p.m.
  • Patterson-Smith Trio, Baker St. Park, corner of Baker and Water Streets - 3 to 5 p.m.

Oct. 30

  • Windharp, Warren Baptist Church, 407 Main St. - 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Atwater-Donnelly Band, Town Hall, 514 Main St. - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Lily Rhodes & Friends, Baker St. Park, corner of Baker and Water Streets - 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Extraordinary Rendition Band, throughout town, Start: Warren Baptist Church, End: Bywater Restaurant - 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Arts events

Oct. 16

  • Made in Warren, 476 Main St., an artist’s cooperative featuring pottery demonstrations by Wayne Fuerst & Erika Houghton (begins at 1 p.m.)
  • Mary Pat Turner, paintings & lessons
  • Jossy Iownes, live demos all day with paintings and notecards for sale
  • Don’s Art Shop 543 Main St., with a tent sale of small works
  • LeeAnn Herreid of Individual Icons 65 Chruch St, pop-up shop + open jeweler’s studio
  • Whimsies, 4 Church St., open for perusal, fun, and refreshments

Oct. 23

  • From 12-2 p.m., toymaker Kathy Wise, of Barrington, will be hosting a make-and-take mask-making activity. All materials are provided at no cost. (476 Main St.)
  • From 3-5 p.m., printmaker Suzanne Lewis, of Bristol, will be hosting a styrofoam plate print making activity for children, also at no cost. (476 Main St.)
  • Elizabeth O'Connell will host a demonstration on watercolor painting from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Baker Street Studio (31 Baker St.)

Oct. 30

  • From 1-3 pm, quilter Carol Ann Robertson, of Richmond, will be demonstrating improvisational piecing, which is a piecing technique that takes traditional quilt-making in a different direction. (476 Main St.)
  • From 3-5 pm, Chris Foster, of Lincoln, will be demonstrating the preparation of his fantastic stained glass panels. (476 Main St.)
  • Elizabeth O'Connell will host a demonstration on weaving and handspinning from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Baker Street studio (31 Baker St.)

Historic tours available
During the three Sundays of the Warren Walkabout, the six member societies of the Historic Warren group will present tours, demonstrations, and one day exhibits at their sites.

The Massasoit Historical Association will demonstrate candle making at Maxwell House and interpret its 18th century building.

The Historic Warren Armory will give tours of their recently restored interior and host a display from the Warren Preservation Society. The display will include photos and information about the five historic houses the Society recognized with plaques this year. Photos of Warren buildings typifying a variety of styles will also provide a preview of the next display that will be hung in Town Hall.

The Charles Whipple Greene Museum at the George Hail Library will provide tours of the collections it has on display.

Consult the Historic Warren website: HistoricWarrenRI.org for addresses and contact information for all of these sites.

Sponsors of the Warren Walkabout include Discover Warren, Jay Barry Cultural Arts Center, Discover Newport, Town of Warren, and Take It Outside Rhode Island.

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