July 31, 2020

Eight Ways to Enjoy Our Local Culture

Whether you’re a lifelong resident of Massachusetts or Rhode Island or new to the area, we welcome you to one of the country’s most historical regions—one that’s made a significant cultural impact on the world around us.

So, the next time you’re looking for something to do, why not get out and explore some of the different cultural events, activities, and landmarks Massachusetts and Rhode Island have to offer? 

Here are a few we think should be on your “can’t-miss” list.

The African-American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard

Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

The African-American Heritage Trail tells the previously untold stories of people of color on Martha’s Vineyard within the island towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Aquinnah, Chilmark, and Menemsha. Guided tours feature 30 landmarks and provide visitors with an opportunity to share the Vineyard’s African-American history. 

Gaspee Days Celebration

Warwick, Rhode Island

In June 1772, a group of Rhode Island colonists banded together to burn a British schooner, the HMS Gaspee, helping set off a series of conflicts that would become the Revolutionary War. Today, the Gaspee Days Celebration commemorates this event with a patriotic parade complete with military reenactments, fife and drum corps, fireworks, and more.

Jamestown Arts Center

Jamestown, Rhode Island

The artists who founded the dynamic Jamestown Arts Center came together to create a leading arts and cultural hub for Rhode Island and beyond. From the visual to the performing arts, from classes to events and exhibitions, the JAC offers a wealth of out-of-the-ordinary arts and design experiences to inspire people worldwide.

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival

Amherst, Massachusetts

Each year, Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival leaders curate a selection of diverse fiction, documentary, and experimental filmmaking in hopes of helping attendees gain a deeper understanding of the world’s cultures through film while celebrating the achievements of international filmmaking. Festival screenings are free and open to the public.

Museum of Russian Icons

Clinton, Massachusetts

Housed in a 150-year-old former mill building, Clinton’s Museum of Russian Icons houses the most extensive collection of icons outside of Russia. Considered to be a “window” into the heavenly realm by members of the Orthodox Church, each icon features an image of a holy person or holy event. They are created within the Church’s religious standards and painted the same way they have been for hundreds of years.

Newport Folk Fest and Newport Jazz Festivals

Newport, Rhode Island

Held annually at Fort Adams State Park, the Newport Folk Fest and Newport Jazz Festival have been bringing globally recognized folk and jazz musicians to Rhode Island’s shores for more than 50 years. With artists staged at multiple locations at each event, festivalgoers have the opportunity to mix and match who they see to create their own perfect setlist.

Providence Athenæum

Providence, Rhode Island

The 19th-century, ivy-covered Providence Athenæum was visited regularly by both Edgar Allen Poe and Providence native H.P. Lovecraft, and continues to attract those drawn by the power of the written word. The Athenæum boasts a significant collection of rare books and artwork and devotes much of its time to educational programming for visitors of all ages. (And, it’s pet-friendly, too!)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

South Boston, Massachusetts

This legendary St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in the historically Irish-American neighborhood of South Boston. It has become a destination event for upward of one million revelers each year—those with or without Irish ancestry. If you’re not local, plan to book lodging reservations early and note travel updates for getting to and from the parade.

We’re Here to Help

With so many great things to do in our part of the world, why not make it home? Whether you’re looking for new construction in Rhode Island or a vacation cottage on the shores of Massachusetts, BayCoast Mortgage can help find financing that’s just right for you. 

Contact us or call 877-466-2678 today and let one of our experienced lending professionals walk beside you on your journey.