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Monday, March 21, 2011

Kaleidoscope Returns to the RI Home Show!!

Something for Every Home!

(East Providence, RI.)--The largest Home Show in southern New England returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center, March 31st through April 3rd, with some exciting new features! It’s Rhode Island’s longest running show with over 400 exhibitors, a Fine Arts Showcase, how- to- seminars, children’s entertainment, cooking demonstrations, sampling and endless opportunities to win valuable prizes!

In addition to useful information on home building and remodeling trends, this year’s show promises attendees an unbelievable value for the price of admission! For 10 dollars you can learn from the pro’s, check out what’s new, sample wine, beer and other libations, taste award winning dishes, enjoy fine art, learn how to save money, enjoy children’s entertainment and take advantage of thousands of dollars in discounts, savings and give-a-ways!

New-The Fine Arts Showcase will feature over 80 artisans, representing galleries from New York and New England. Daily demonstrations will allow attendees the opportunity to see how these works of art are created! Fine art, pottery, glassware and more will be displayed and available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will go to RIBA’s Builders Helping Heroes charity. At the end of the show, 14 pieces of fine art will be given away.

This year’s seminar line-up includes the popular How to Hire a Contractor, New Kitchen and Bathroom Trends and “The Coupon Queen” Kathy Spencer. Kathy, who has been featured on Good Morning America, Inside Edition and the Food Network will offer her popular, nationally known “How to Shop for Free” seminars on Saturday and Sunday. This mother of four amazingly, feeds her family and shops for everything virtually free and you will too after attending this seminar!

The popular Rejuvenation Room returns to the Home Show Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9pm. Attendees can relax with free chair massages from Back in Balance and Therapeutic Impressions LLC while sampling fine wines from the vineyards of the Jonathan Edwards Winery, Rhode Island’s own Newport Storm Beer, Cabot Cheese, delectable chocolate treats from Sweet Occasions and more!!

The award winning chefs from Newport Restaurant Week return to the Home Show demonstration kitchen. Cooking demonstrations and recipe sampling from the kitchens of Newport and Bristol County Restaurants will take place Thursday and Friday evening from 6-8, Saturday from Noon-6pm and Sunday from 11am-3:30pm. At the end of the show, the Frigidaire Gallery edition dishwasher, refrigerator and range from the demonstration kitchen will be given away to one lucky attendee! The appliances have been donated by Gil’s Television and Appliance, J&A Appliance and Home Theater Center and S & W TV and Appliance.

Also featured throughout the Home Show will be the Designer Dog House Competition, with entries built by area career and technical school students. Visitors will be able to vote on their favorite entry for the People’s Choice Award, and prizes will be awarded in several categories. The schools competing are Warwick Area Career & Technical Center, Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center, Wm. M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School, Chariho Area Career & Technical Center and Burrillville High School. Winners will be judged by a panel of judges comprised of residential building industry professionals.

The categories include: Most Green, Most Creative, Most Functional and Best in Show. Winning teams will receive a $250 gift card from one of these generous RIBA members: Douglas Lumber Home Center, JT’s/Riverhead Building Supply, Arnold Lumber Co., Inc., Coventry Lumber, Inc., L. Sweet Lumber Co., Inc.

There will be plenty of events for kids, including performances by Kaleidoscope Theatre, balloon animal artist Lon Cerel, a visit with Paws the Pawtucket Red Sox Mascot and a craft area located in the Fine Arts Showcase.

Kaleidoscope Theatre brings your favorite fairy tale characters to life in a wonderful interactive performance, “Happily Ever After Fairy Tale Hour”, filled with songs, fables, fantasy, and fun. Parents, bring your cameras! These charming costumed characters will be roaming the show floor to meet and greet children of all ages!

Balloon artist, Lon Cerel, will entertain and amaze with his animal creations on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Lon Cerel is a keen combination of performer, comedian, and magician - the total entertainer. He has been working audiences with skill, wit, and a love of his craft for more than 18 years. Lon Cerel, the "world's fastest balloon animal maker," has written a how-to for all of us who wish we could make poodles, elephants, and such out of balloons the way Lon and some of his fellow artists do. Lon Cerel's How To Blow Up Animals: A Beginner's Guide to Fun with Balloons will be on sale at the show with partial proceeds going to Builders Helping Heroes.

The Art Project area, provided by VOILA, will offer free classes for both Children and Adults during the show. Henri Matisse inspired Construction Paper Cut-out Designs Class will be created as children and adults are introduced to Henri Matisse with a brief biography, and shown examples of his most famous "paintings”. They will be able to design and create their own Matisse inspired collages.

The second class is Georgia O'Keefe inspired Watercolor Pencil Paintings - children and adults will be introduced to Georgia O'Keefe with a brief biography, and shown examples of her famous flower paintings. They will be taught how to use watercolor pencils and can create their own Georgia O'Keefe inspired work of art.

Ticket Prices
Adults - $10
Seniors - $8 (65 and older)
Children - 13 and under are free
Prices subject to change.

Show Hours: March 31 - April 3, 2011
Thursday - 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday - 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Box office closes one hour prior to show closing each day.

Thursday is AAA Day

"Show Your Card & Save" $4 on Full-price Adult Admission, valid for March 31st only.

Additional AAA Discounts Friday through Sunday

"Show Your Card & Save" $2 on Full-price Adult Admission, valid for April 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

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