16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival presents
Slater Park Fall Festival 2014
Slater Memorial Park
Pawtucket, RI 02861
September 13 & 14
Saturday & Sunday
11:00am – 5:00pm
Pawtucket: The 16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival presents the “Slater Park Fall Festival” which is a weekend that celebrates the beauty of the park and art – and includes activities at the Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the historic Daggett House.
Over 100 arts & craft vendors are showcased in this juried festival that also features an ‘open air market’ of food trucks, farmers market, craft, exhibitions, music and activities. On Saturday, at 3:00pm the Main Stage comes alive as Pawtucket welcomes Spirit Family Reunion, one of NPR Music’s “favorite finds” from the 2012 Newport Folk Festival, playing homegrown American music. At 5:30pm the RI Philharmonic “Pops in the Park” presents its last concert of the season, followed by a fireworks display sponsored in part by the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance and Bristol County Savings Bank, which caps off a Saturday of community spirit, performances and art - bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Art vendors from throughout New England will join Pawtucket artists and participate in this event which includes an extravaganza of local food truck vendors including: Citizen Wing, Gilded Tomato, Harris Robert’s Kettle Korn, Len’s Hot Dog Haven, Mijos Tacos, Ooh Mommi, Salad Man & Juice Bar, Uncle Tony’s Pizza to name a few. Food trucks will join several participating restaurants located near the pond, offering a large menu for the patrons. Picnic tables set up near the historic Looff Carousel, (where rides are still only 25 cents), make for a cozy setting while enjoying the fare.
On Saturday, activities and performers on the “kids stage” include a Poetry Slam presented by the City of Pawtucket Cancer Control Task Force 5th World ‘No Tobacco Day’. Students from the Pawtucket Elementary Schools will slam an original poem with an anti-tobacco message; RI Dance Alliance “Chance to Dance” program featuring SLEEQuE Feet, Scott Jamison performs magic while Marvelous Marvin creates ‘circus art’ along the street sponsored by the Friends of the Pawtucket Library providing fun and entertainment for all. Located near the Daggett Farm, a Classic Car Cruise; Peace Flag Project celebrating a “Month of Peace”, while Philippe LeJeune presents his interactive installation “Magical Confusion” and Brent Bachelder invites participants to create “Faces of the Festival” and Peace Love Studios welcomes everyone to ‘create art’ at their booth.
An exhibition of paintings in “The Artist Travels Open Juried Show: Watermedia“ can be found at the RI Watercolor Society all weekend long, but on Sunday in the lower level of the RI Watercolor Society, a slide show on Looff Carousels and a book signing by noted carousel author and photographer Erik Pahlke from San Diego, California can be found. Pahlke, whose book East Coast Carousels was recently published and features the 35 historic carousels on the East Coast including the Slater Park Looff carousel and the Looff Carousel at Crescent Park. Across the street you will find ongoing tours in the Daggett House, which is the oldest house in Pawtucket, built in 1685. Pawtucket-based artists, Philippe LeJeune will bring “forms of illusion into reality” with his interactive and engaging outdoor installation titled “Magical Confusion”, while artist Brent Bachelder invites participants to create “Faces of the Festival” and Peace Love Studios will provide art activities at their booth.
Also on Sunday, September 14 the activities continue: an outdoor Farmers Market from 12:00-2pm. Marvelous Marvin creates ‘circus art’ along the street while RockaBabyRI can be found at the Kids Stage. Demonstrations by URI Master Gardeners can be found at the Daggett Farm. Pawtucket’s own Ten 31 Productions will also be on hand with their magical statues scattered throughout the park. Also at the Daggett Farm, the Peace Flag Project from 11:00-4:00pm celebrates a ‘Month of Peace’ by inviting the public to create a ‘flag of peace’ for this occasion and Stone Soup Folk Fest fills the stage from 12-5:00pm presenting Super Chief Trio and Magnolia. Bring your dancing shoes !
Other ongoing activities throughout the weekend include “Living Statues” by students from the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts in Woonsocket, facepainting, paddleboat rides, the Pawtucket Bookmobile (Sunday), and the Looff Carousel. This “pet friendly” festival has something for everyone – including the Slater Park (Pawtucket) Dog Park! For more information and a complete list of activities and times, please visit:
or call 401-724-2200.
Pawtucket, which recently received a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant that will bring public art to city bridges, received a visit Monday, Aug. 18 from NEA Chairman Jane Chu, here meeting (from right) Louis Yip and Sonny Ng, developers of the M Residential mill complex on Roosevelt Avenue, and Phyllis and Morris Nathanson, in the courtyard of Nathanson’s mill building at 163 Exchange St. that he transformed for art and design studios.
PAWTUCKET – In cooperation with Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline, Mayor Donald R. Grebien extended a warm City of Pawtucket welcome on Monday, Aug. 18 to National Endowment of the Arts Chairman Jane Chu following the recent news that the city was awarded a $75,000 NEA grant for its “Our Town” initiative.
City Planning Director Barney Heath, who with assistant director Susan Mara submitted the city’s successful Our Town grant, explains how it will bring art to the nearby Exchange Street bridge as (from left) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, Sen. Jack Reed, RIDOT Deputy Director Phil Kydd, Mayor Donald R. Grebien and School Committee member Sandra Cano look on.
The competitive grant will bring community art installations to road overpasses visible to both pedestrians and I-95 travelers, and help reunite city neighborhoods “split by the highway,” Reed said, while also fostering economic growth. Reed also cited the legacy of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell whose advocacy was key to the legislative creation of the NEA.
Sen. Jack Reed (at podium), who chairs a Senate subpanel that oversees NEA funding, speaks of the importance of the arts in reuniting neighborhoods. With Reed for the event celebrating Pawtucket’s receipt of a recent NEA grant were (from left) Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Congressman David Cicilline, NEA Chairman Jane Chu and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.
The press event was held in the courtyard at Blackstone Studios at 163 Exchange St., the former R.I. Card Board Co. mill that interior designer Morris Nathanson has redeveloped as space for design and other professionals. Among businesses the congressional delegation members and Grebien visited were Fuzion Design, LLB Architects and Nathanson’s Art & Design Studio.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu reflects warm welcome she received on her visit to Pawtucket on Monday, Aug. 18 at event celebrating city recently being awarded an NEA “Our Town” grant.
The Pawtucket stop was one of several arts-related tours in the state which Chu, on her first official visit as head of the NEA of which she became chairman in June, made Monday with Reed, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment where he continues to lead congressional efforts in support of NEA funding.
Audience in courtyard at 163 Exchange St., a former mill building now filled with artists and design professionals, applauds remarks by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu at event held Monday, Aug. 18 to recognize NEA’s recent award of Our Town grant to the city
Chu said one of her goals as head of the NEA was to show how the arts not only promote beauty and innovation but also foster community connections. “They can connect us, they can weave communities together, and they can infuse our lives with a deeper sense of place and purpose,” she said.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu is presented a poster for the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival by city cultural official Herb Weiss (left) with Mayor Donald R. Grebien and School Committee member Sandra Cano.
In Rhode Island, she observed, “The arts are woven into the very fabric of society here – it’s visible in your leadership, in your economic initiatives and education programs, and in the arts organizations and public artworks that thrive all over the state.”
Whitehouse praised Pawtucket as “an arts-rich community” while Cicilline noted the arts can help build strong communities and economic growth.
Pausing during a tour of Fuzion Design in the repurposed mill at 163 Exchange St. are (from left) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, company senior vice president Wayne Blatchley, NEA Chairman Jane Chu, company president Joe Cacciola, Sen. Jack Reed and Mayor Donald R. Grebien.
Grebien, speaking of the proposed NEA-backed project for the Exchange Street Bridge, said, “Winning one of these highly competitive NEA ‘Our Town’ grants will allow the City of Pawtucket to tap into the wealth of artistic expertise surrounding us to enhance our transportation gateways in a visually appealing way. We are very grateful for the strong support the city’s application received from our congressional delegation and look forward to producing a project of which everyone will be proud.” He also pointed to Morris and Phyllis Nathanson as pioneers in using arts to renew life in the city’s former mills.
Other dignitaries from the arts community attending the event included Randy Rosenbaum, executive director of the RI State Council on the Arts, and Gamm Theatre Artistic Director Tony Estrella, who lead a tour of his theater space across the street in the Armory Arts Center Annex.
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August 27th from 7:30am – 8:30am
Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross is pleased to announce that he will be holding morning meeting hours in Attleboro on Wednesday, August 27th from 7:30am – 8:30am at Morin’s Hometown Bar & Grille (16 South Main Street). The morning meetings will provide constituents with an opportunity to meet with Senator Ross and discuss any matters of importance to them. To register for a meeting, please call the office of Senator Ross at (617) 722-1555 with a preferred time and a brief description of the topics you would like to discuss with Senator Ross.
Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.
RI PHILHARMONIC MUSIC TOGETHER CLASSES
Monday, September 9, 9:30am or 10:30am @ WEAVER
Our East Providence neighbor, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is offering this early childhood music and movement program for children birth through age 5 and the grownups who love them.
Each class is limited to 12 children.
Call 434-2453 to register.
COSTUME SWAP @WEAVER
Bring in a clean, gently-used children’s costume anytime in September. Receive a ticket for each costume. Come back on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2:00-4:00 or Monday, Oct. 6, 10:00-noon and redeem your ticket for a different costume.
WEEKLY STORYTIMES – September 16 through December 6, 2014
No advance registration is necessary. Half hour storytimes include stories, songs, crafts, and other activities.
Tuesdays, 1:30pm, ages 3 – 6 @ Riverside
Wednesdays, 9:30am, ages birth – 36 months @ Riverside
Wednesdays, 6:30pm, ages 2 – 6 @ Weaver
Thursdays, 9:30am, ages birth – 36 months @ Weaver
Thursdays, 10:30am, ages 3 – 6 @ Weaver
Saturdays, 10:00am, ages 2 – 6 @ Weaver
NEW STORYTIME for grades K-3
Tuesdays, September 16 & October 7, 3:45-4:15pm @WEAVER
Stories and activities for kids in grades K-3
Registration is not required.
ALL AGES CRAFTS @Riverside
Wednesdays, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 17
Drop-in between 3:00-4:30pm
September 17 – Leaf Prints – Make beautiful leaf collages using paint and real leaves. (Paint is messy. Dress appropriately.)
RECYCLED CREATION CRAFTS @Weaver
Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16
Use recycled materials to create interesting and unique crafts.
LEGOs @ the Library
@RIVERSIDE – Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 19
@WEAVER – Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45, Sept. 9, Oct. 14
Ages 5 & up
Lego fans are invited to build alongside other kids who love LEGOs. The librarian will provide a theme for inspiration. Kids can stick to the theme, or just explore the open-ended possibilities of creating with a giant mountain of LEGOs.
The library matches volunteers, ages 13-adult, with younger children to read together for one hour each week at the library. Call or stop into the Weaver Library (434-2453) for more information.
$$$ READ DOWN YOUR FINES $$$
Kids 16 and younger can “pay” their overdue fines by reading in the library. Just tell a librarian before you start reading, and when you finish reading, and we will waive $1 for every 30 minutes of reading.
LOOKING FOR A TUTOR?
Check out our website (www.eastprovidencelibrary.org/epl/kids/) to interact with a live tutor. “LIVE HOMEWORK HELP” tutors can help you with homework, studying for an exam, or understanding today’s lesson.
Math, Science, Social Studies, and English – all levels including AP.
LIVE HOMEWORK HELP tutors are available every day from 2:00pm-10:00pm.
WEAVER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence, RI 401-434-2453
Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1:00-5:00
RIVERSIDE BRANCH LIBRARY, 475 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside, RI 401-433-4877
Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5
For more information, contact the location where the activity is being held, or the main Youth Services Department at 434-2453.
Pullers wanted for the MS Jet Pull at T.F. Green Airport
WARWICK, R.I., July 21, 2014 - The MS Jet Pull will be held Sept. 27, 2014, at T.F. Green Airport. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this unique event as teams of 25 people pull an enormous FedEx 757 across the tarmac with only their hands. The MS Jet Pull benefits the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The MS Jet Pull can only accommodate 30 teams and captains are already signing up so don’t delay! Register your team today at www.msjetpull.com. The registration fee is $50 per person with a minimum fundraising contribution of $50.
Volunteers are needed and spectators are encouraged to cheer on the teams and enjoy fun activities for the family and a delicious BBQ. The entrance fee for adults is $10; children under 12 are $5; and children under three are free. No animals are permitted for their own safety, in keeping with airport rules.
The first pull is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., and the action will continue throughout the day. When a team registers, they choose a window of time so they are only required to commit to three hours on event day. Teams get creative with their outfits – from super heroes to angels. Prizes will be awarded in many categories including fastest pull and most team spirit.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.
Cape Verdean Family Program
(13 Summer Street)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Children of all ages and their families are invited to learn about and celebrate Cape Verdean culture. Children’s author Janet Costa Bates will read her book Seaside Dream about a young girl who gives her grandmother avery special birthday gift and encourages her to make a trip back to her home country of Cape Verde.
After Janet Costa Bates talks to the families about her experiences and writing process, she will raffle off 10 copies of her book. Each person who attends the program will get a free raffle ticket.
For the final portion of the program, Michael Costa’s documentary “Proud to be Cape Verdean: A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State” will be viewed.
The 1 hour documentary takes a look at the Cape Verdean people and groups in California who have a strong desire to maintain and celebrate their cultural identity. Also on display, will be the traveling exhibit from the Cape Verdean Museum in East Providence, RI. A slideshow presentation featuring the Baxter Gallery of Images of Cape Verde held at Rhode Island College’s Adams Library Special Collections will be viewable during the event.
The family program is free and no registration is required.
The event is made possible through the support of the library’s Caidin Fund. For more information, contact Renee Perron, Children’s Librarian, at 401-725-3714 x209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The United Regional Chamber of Commerce, 42 Union St., Attleboro, will host a free legal clinic for small businesses organized by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC) on Fri., Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The law firm of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP will be available to discuss general legal questions such as corporate structure, leases, contracts, insurance, employment, franchising, etc. Participants will schedule a confidential 30-minute meeting with a Partridge Snow & Hahn attorney. To make an appointment, call MSBDC’s office at 508-673-9783 x11. Any business participating in the clinic will be expected to sign a general waiver regarding conflicts, etc.
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, business support organization serving the communities of Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.
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Slater’s principal, Dr. Jacqueline Ash, praised the Fidelity volunteers for serving as community service role models for the middle school’s students.
PAWTUCKET – Thanks to a little help from their friends – about 200 volunteers from Smithfield-based Fidelity Investments – students and staff at Slater Middle School will be greeted by a wealth of improvements when they return to their classrooms.
Some of the more than 200 Fidelity volunteers gathered Friday, Aug. 15 at Slater Middle School for “School Transformation Day.”
The volunteers, in bright green T-shirts with “Fidelity cares” across the back, rolled up their sleeves on Friday, Aug. 15 to tackle a blizzard of projects, including revitalizing the school auditorium, creating a teachers’ room, crafting murals with college themes and for the school motto (Loyalty, Cooperation and Perseverance), painting radiators and walls, and beautifying the outside grounds including building and staining wooden planters along Mineral Spring Avenue.
Pawtucket School Committee member Sandra Cano thanks the volunteers for their involvement as Bernie Beaudreau, executive director of Fidelity nonprofit partner Serve Rhode Island, listens behind her.
While this is the second year Fidelity employees have spruced up Slater inside and out just before school reopens, their work will not end there, according to Beth Thompson, regional communications director for Fidelity. “We will return in October with workshops for the kids, typically math-based,” she said.
School Supt. Patricia DiCenso told the volunteers their work contributed to making Slater Middle School “a home away from home” for its students.
Dr. Jacqueline Ash, school principal, during a brief speaking program before everyone got to work praised what the volunteers’ dedication means to Slater’s students. “By giving back to your community, you have already role-modeled for them,” she said. “Thank you so much for coming back to this building, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here.”
Fidelity volunteers are revved up and ready to take on their improvement tasks Friday at Slater Middle School.
State Sen. Elizabeth Crowley, whose district includes the school, echoed that “it’s great to see so many volunteers” giving back to the community.
(From left) Volunteers Alex Kurose, Ray Hippeli and Michelle Lafond tackle a project.
“Thanks Fidelity,” said city official Dylan Zelazo, representing Mayor Donald R. Grebien, noting the mayor also “sends his best.”
“We really appreciate what you’re creating, today,” School Committee member Sandra Cano told the sea of green Fidelity shirts.
“We can’t thank you enough for this,” School Supt. Patricia DiCenso told the volunteers. “This school is their home away from home and we are better for that because of you.”
(From left) Tina Sullivan, Jill Evans and Melissa Soto work together at Slater Middle School during second annual School Transformation Day by Fidelity Investments.
With that sendoff and a wide-angle group photo, the volunteers spread throughout the school rooms and grounds, as Pharrell’s “Happiness is the Truth” played on an extended sound system that kept pumping rhythmic tunes for the next several hours.
Bernie Beaudreau, Serve Rhode Island executive director, goes up a ladder to deploy plastic sheeting to protect a mural in the school auditorium while working to repaint the walls around it.
Thompson said about a dozen teams, largely colleagues “who work together in the office,” had volunteered for the community service, supplemented by 30 interns who had yet to return to college.
With nonprofit partners and an “Adopt-a-School” model, working at Slater with Serve Rhode Island, Fidelity’s employee volunteer program, called Fidelity Cares, is geared to helping students and families build an educational foundation to attain personal and financial success. The annual School Transformation Days are a cornerstone of the Fidelity Cares program with adopted schools across the country in partnership with the HandsOn Network.
Exciting weekend preview of happenings inside Rhode Island’s historic Blackstone River Valley
Suggested events for the Weekend of
August 23-24, 2014
For those who love all kinds of music, from classic nostalgic rock, to personal inspiring styles, and breakthrough fusion of sight and sound, Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley is the ideal showcase for the August 23-24 weekend.
Using landmarks, natural settings and traditional stage, experience the convergence of sound in a unique historical location that was the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution, now giving birth to creative talents in arts, culture and entertainment!
A sensation of light and music in Pawtucket!
Since its grand opening almost a year ago, the Pawtucket River Bridge has become more than just a new span built to carry traffic on Intestate 95 over the Pawtucket River. It has become a destination venue known for its changeable lighting schemes, and for being a modern backdrop for public events.
Saturday, August 23, 4-10 pm, the Pawtucket River Bridge, 40 Taft Street, Downtown Pawtucket, RI, is the focal point for (dot) AIR, a fusion concert of music performance and bridge lighting, presented by Machines With Magnets and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC).
This evening of experiential music offers the audience sound and light that will be combined utilizing the extraordinary illuminations affixed to the Pawtucket River Bridge and a well-rounded collection of modern music ensembles. The intended result will be a holistic grand-scale art experience that turns the Pawtucket River Bridge from a simple mechanism for transportation to an acoustic shell and art medium.
We invite you to join us down by the riverfront for a wonderfully unique night of art, music, food, and drinks.
For tickets and concert information, including participating bands and vendors, go to
or call 401-724-2200.
To find out more about the unique aspects of the Pawtucket River Bridge visit the website at
It’s often said people move to their own rhythm. Come and discover your own Friday night, August 22, at 6:30 pm, as New Dawn Earth Center, 75 West Wrentham Road, Cumberland, RI presents a Summer Drum Circle.
Enjoy a night of good food and drumming around the fire. Every circle is unique. Come see what surprises the night brings. All are invited – new and seasoned drummers, music makers, and dancers. Children are welcome (please take into consideration their energy level and keep them safe by the fire). If it rains we will have the circle inside.
Facilitator: Josh Fonseca, co-founder of New England Drummers website.
Josh facilitates drum circles all over Rhode Island.
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