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Chocolate Bombs & Chocolateville


Valentine’s Day is approaching soon and if you are looking for chocolate to share with your significant other, we've put together a list of some local confectioners & bakeshops serving up some delicious candy and the newest trend in sweats – Hot Chocolate Bombs!


Are you familiar with these? In case you haven’t had them yet, they are candies stuffed with powdered hot chocolate (and others tasty goodies) that quickly melt when dropped in hot milk. They are delicious and definitely worth a try! Some shops have been selling out and there are waiting lists to get them… which is why we wanted to give you a heads up to get your orders in now! CLICK LINK BELOW FOR THE LIST


But before that... did you know that chocolate has had a great history with the Blackstone Valley? Or have you ever wondered how the long-time relationship with Cupid and Valentine’s Day came about? We've done some research for you and there's even spot you can visit right here in Blackstone Valley that was once the site of a colonial chocolate mill and give the city the nickname "Chocolateville!"







·     Friday, Jan. 29th @ 7 PM & Sunday, Jan. 31st @ 2 PM - 2nd Annual Configurations ChoreoFest: Metamorphosis Dance Company (virtual) MORE INFO


·     Sunday, Jan. 31 @ 2 PM - Manville Lincoln Rocks Valentine’s Day Rock Painting (in-person)Manville Park, Sayles Hill Rd., Lincoln MORE INFO


·     Saturday, Feb. 6 @ 10 AM - Revive The Roots' First Saturday Monthly Guided Hikes (in-person), Mowry Commons, 374 Farnum Pike, Smithfield MORE INFO


·     Saturday, Feb. 6 @ 2 PM - Revolution in the Air – Virtual Winter Lecture Series, this lecture focuses on Slavery, Abolition and the Rise of Industrial Capitalism MORE INFO







Community Players & the Presidential Inauguration


If you're like many across this nation that watched the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice-President Harris, you were witness to a beautifully lit field of flags in front of the Washington Memorial.


However, it's possible you didn't know that one of the team members that was part the event was a Community Players scholarship winner - lighting designer, Ben Green. He was the Lighting Director for the "Celebrating America" television event on the night of inauguration as well as the COVID Memorial.


Green has quite an extensive resume that includes several Emmy Awards. What's next for Green? Lighting the half-time show in Tampa during Superbowl LV. MORE INFO


Another former scholarship winner, renowned composerPeter Boyer, was commissioned to compose a piece "Fanfare for Tomorrow" for the Inauguration. A graduate of Rhode Island College, Boyer also has an extensive resume. MORE INFO


As Community Players continue to celebrate their 100th season, BVTC would like to show our gratitude to them for the tremendous work they do! Never underestimate the role community theaters have in shaping lives or the talent we have here in Rhode Island. We look forward to the return to live theatre here in the Blackstone Valley!!!

It's Official:

Slater Mill is a

National Historical Park Site


We, here in the Blackstone Valley, have known for a long time the important role that Slater Mill played in shaping our country as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. BVTC would like to thank the Old Slater Mill Association for saving and preserving this important treasure a century ago.


Noting the historic significance of Slater Mill, Senator Jack Reed recently announced the transfer of the property to the National Park Service.


This is a next step in the planning of Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, which was established in 2014. It will also serve to ensure continued preservation on Slater Mill and the other key buildings on the campus - the Wilkinson Mill and Sylvanus Brown House.


The announcement brings exciting new opportunities for tourism and visitors to the Blackstone Valley, and we hope that when travel is safe, you will visit Slater Mill and the National Park as well as our many other attractions in the Blackstone Valley, savor our diverse restaurants and stay at one of our fine hotels.





Attention all collectors of Rhode Island and Blackstone Valley memorabilia!


We at Blackstone Valley Tourism Council are preparing to move our offices and cannot take 35 years’ worth of memories with us. We have accumulated many unique posters and photographs since we incorporated, and we do not want to see them discarded.


For a bargain price, we want to give YOU the opportunity to obtain a piece of history or an item unique to the Blackstone Valley or the Ocean State.


Plus, your purchases will be supporting BVTC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit!!!







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