Concerts Under the Elms
Every summer, the Rhode Island Historical Society, which owns the stately John Brown House Museum (the premier 18th–century house and museum in the state) as well as the Museum of Work and Culture (42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895; 401 769-WORK) gets out of the house and has a little outdoor fun with their annual summer concert series, which begins June 21.
Concerts Under the Elms have a homespun feel, with listeners bringing lawn chairs and pretty much surrounding the performers under the canopy of elms located on the John Brown House property. July 12 features Steve Smith & The Nakeds (Fugo.) If you can’t make July 12, concerts are every Thursday through August 2 – each featuring different artists.
Concerts begin at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased on site the day of the concert – adults and children 12 and over are $10; children under 12, free. Parking is on street, with limited handicap parking on site. In case of inclement weather check www.rihs.org or call 401-331-8575 x133 after 1:30pm the day of the concert.
If you haven’t seen the museum itself, it’s well worth seeing – one of America’s grandest mansions when completed in 1788. (Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-4 pm (last entry 3:30pm), with guided tours at 1:30 and 3, so you’d have to come early.) Just to clear up any confusion, however, this isn’t the John Brown of Harper’s Ferry/Civil War fame; Brown was one of the major benefactors of Brown University, and the house borders the campus.