Ed. note: Eat Drink RI’s David Dadekian is on the Raimondo Inaugural Committee and is very excited to be incorporating local food & drink into the events listed in the following news release. The Open House at the State House on Saturday, January 10th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the Family Ice Skate at the Providence Rink afterwards from 2 – 3 p.m. are free and open to the public and will feature over twenty restaurants and producers from around Rhode Island. Come enjoy!
“Make It In Rhode Island” Inaugural Events and Details Announced
Will feature a celebratory WaterFire, an Open House at the State House and a Family Ice Skate
The Raimondo Inaugural Committee today announced details of the “Make It In Rhode Island” Inaugural events. All events are free and open to the public and will showcase some of the best Rhode Island has to offer.
“We’d like to invite all Rhode Island families to join us for a special WaterFire next Tuesday, January 6th as well as welcome everyone to the Open House at the State House and the Family Ice Skate on Saturday, January 10th,” said Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and her husband Andy Moffit, who will become the state’s inaugural First Gentleman. “It’s time to turn around Rhode Island and it is critical that we come together to make it happen. This is an opportunity to celebrate what makes our state great and all we have to build upon for our comeback.”
“Make It In Rhode Island” inaugural schedule of events:
Tuesday, January 6th
Daily Mass at St. Raymond’s Church,
1240 N Main St, Providence, RI.
Inauguration of Governor Gina Raimondo and the General Officers of The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
South Portico of the Rhode Island State House
The public is encouraged to join Governor Raimondo and the General Officers for a celebratory WaterFire. All parties are free and open to the public.
Doors open at 5:30pm, lighting ceremony begins at 6:00pm.
General Officers’ party locations:
Governor Raimondo: Waterplace Restaurant
Lt. Governor McKee: Jacky’s Waterplace and Sushi Bar
Secretary of State Gorbea: Union Station Brewery
Attorney General Kilmartin: Cafe Nuovo
Treasurer Magaziner: Bar Louie
Saturday, January 10th
Open House at the State House
Hosted by Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit, the event will feature tastings from Rhode Island restaurants and food and beverage producers, as well as performances from a diverse variety of local groups. Admission is free with a suggested donation of a nonperishable food item to the Rhode Island Food Bank.
82 Smith Street, Providence, RI
11:00am – 2:00pm
Open House restaurants and food & beverage producers:
84 Tavern on Canal
Dave’s Coffee, with Rhody Fresh Milk
Easy Entertaining Inc.
El Rancho Grande
Granny Squibb’s Iced Teas
Hope & Main
• Fox Point Pickling Company
• The Backyard Food Company
• Ocean State Smoked Fish
• Biggest Little Popcorn Company
Matunuck Oyster Bar
New Harvest Coffee Roasters
Yacht Club Soda
Open House performers:
The Art and Culture of the Americans, Peruvian Dance Group
The Eastern Medicine Singers, Native American Drum Group
Grupo Arcoisis, Dominican Youth Folk Dance Group
JUMP! Dance Company
The Kelly School of Irish Dance
The Laotian Cultural Center of RI Dancers and Musicians
Refined Singers of the King’s Cathedral
Family Ice Skate with Governor Raimondo, First Gentleman Andy Moffit and their kids Ceci and Tommy
Please bring your kids and join the governor’s family for an open skate. Skating and ice skate rentals are free. Hot apple cider and donuts will be provided by Easy Entertaining Inc.
Providence Rink, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI