state house christmas tree http://ripr.org en Students From Across Rhode Island Bring Music To The Statehouse For The Holidays http://ripr.org/post/students-across-rhode-island-bring-music-statehouse-holidays <p>Elementary, middle and high school students from across Rhode Island are storming the State House this month to perform music for the holiday season.</p><p>The holiday concerts are part of a series put on by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, with up to three or four schools singing in a row, in the Statehouse Rotunda.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught a few of those concerts and has this audio postcard.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:05:37 +0000 John Bender 26025 at http://ripr.org Students From Across Rhode Island Bring Music To The Statehouse For The Holidays Chafee: Tree Controversy Became Focus of "Too Much Anger" http://ripr.org/post/chafee-tree-controversy-became-focus-too-much-anger <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee is responding to critics regarding the hot-button holiday tree controversy at the State House.</p><p>In a statement, the governor starts by saying, "In 2011, my first year celebrating December in the State House I gave a simple six word instruction to the planners of the annual tree lighting: 'Do what they did last year.' ”</p><p>Chafee was criticized in the past for describing the Statehouse Christmas tree as a "holiday tree."</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:28:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 25628 at http://ripr.org Oh Christmas Tree, Oh State House tree http://ripr.org/post/oh-christmas-tree-oh-state-house-tree <div class="entry clear"><p>Once again, the holidays in Rhode Island are greeted by pitched battles over the public symbols of Christmas. RIPR political analyst wonders why we all can’t embrace the true meaning of this season.</p><p>For a clue as to why little of consequence gets done at the State House, we bring you to the annual capitol kerfuffle over the lighting of&nbsp; the soaring evergreen tree that marks the arrival of the Christian Advent celebration.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 8469 at http://ripr.org