Open mic, Alice auditions & Nature’s Classroom: Seven things to know in Burrillville this week

Members of the Burrillville Conservation Commission held a Nature's Classroom walk last week, and have scheduled a second event to be held this Wednesday. Credit: Samantha Young

School vacation

It’s school vacation week and there’s plenty to do locally to help keep the kids busy. Art Box Studio on Tinkham Lane has a series of art and crafting workshops listed on their Facebook page. The nearby Jesse Smith Library has an indoor scavenger hunt, along with programs including Bubble Bulooza on the Riverwalk this Friday. Pascoag Library has passes available for day trips to Old Sturbridge Village, good for a 50 percent discount on standard daytime admission. Finally, Burrillville Public Schools remind you that The Feinstein Foundation junior scholar cards give Burrillville Middle School and elementary school students access to many local attractions and activities throughout the region. Check out the junior scholar benefits at

Open mic

First Universalist Church of Burrillville will host its first Open Mic night on Tuesday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. Organizers say the event will be an opportunity to spotlight talent and connect the church within the local community. Open Mic will continue as a monthly event on the third Tuesday of each month. Musicians and poets are invited to come and share songs and/or poems in front of an audience. All are welcome to share their talents or just enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

Those who wish to perform are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the event to sign up on the list. Open mic participants will have 10 minutes or two songs, or 5 minutes or two poems. If the church gets through the list early, they will do a ‘lightning round,’ and go around again. 

The event is free, but donations are welcome to support the preservation efforts of this historic church.

For more information about the open mic, contact Jan Luby at

Nature’s Classroom

Locals are invited to join the Burrillville Conservation Commission on a Nature’s Classroom Walk on Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., meeting at the entrance to Burrillville Middle School at 2220 Broncos Highway. Roberta Neal Murphy and Samantha Young will lead the roughly one mile walk targeted for children around 3 to 12 years old and their parents or guardians. Participants are advised to dress for the weather and cautioned that the hike includes at least one steep hill.

Earth Day kickoff

A kickoff to celebrate the two-week litter clean up known as Burrillville Earth Day will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Stillwater Mill pavilion in Harrisville. The event will feature coffee & donuts, day of sign-ups and a raffle for an American Elm Tree.

Read more about the event here.

Margarita’s with the medium

Crystal Lake Tavern at 100 Broncos Highway will host Margaritas with the Medium on Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m. with medium Debbie Squizzers. Tickets cost $75 and include a group reading and one margarita, and can be purchased here.


The Assembly Theatre at 26 East Ave. will hold auditions for a summer youth production of Alice in Wonderland on Sunday, April 21 from 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 23 from 5-8 p.m. The age range for the production is 6-18. For information and forms visit

Town meetings

The Burrillville Screening Subcommittee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, April 16 starting at 4 p.m. at the town building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

A note on town meetings: Meeting agendas published after our weekly “things to know,” articles may not be listed above. Check the Secretary of State’s website for the latest updates.

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