2015 Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival Coming to Historic Pawtucket Waterfront
Saturday, September 5
Dragon Boat races will compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes!
Come and participate in one of Rhode Island’s most popular late summertime events, as the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC) proudly presents the 2015 Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival.
All the fun and excitement happens on Saturday, September 5, 2015 on the beautifully re-constructed Festival Pier, located off School Street, (Route 114 south), Pawtucket, RI.
Racers will compete on the Pawtucket River for fabulous cash, prizes and awards this year that include:
· Mixed Division Prizes: The winning boat (Dragon Final) receives $10,000, a championship trophy, and 25 medals. Winner of the second (Lion) final will receive a championship trophy, 25 medals, and free entrance into the 2016 Boston Dragon Boat Festival. Winner of the third (Tiger) final will receive a championship trophy, 25 medals, and free entrance into the 2016 Pawtucket Dragon Boat Festival. Second and third place finishers in each of the finals will receive a trophy and 25 medals.
The highest finishing Rhode Island boat (second highest if a Rhode Island boat wins the overall race), will receive $5,000.
· Open Division Prizes: The 1st place team will receive a championship trophy, 25 medals and a free entry to the 2016 Pawtucket dragon boat race. The 2nd place team will win a trophy, and 25 medals. The 3rd place team will win a trophy and 25 medals.
Since 2000, BVTC has presented Rhode Island’s Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival. The event consists of dragon boat races for professional and amateur teams, along with many cultural and artistic events, including the always popular Chinese dumpling eating contest, aimed at adults and children. With the emphasis on competition and fun, the event makes an entertaining day for participants and the entire family.
The races began when the Council used wooden dragon boats shipped from Hong Kong and gifted by local businessman Louis Yip. In 2003, the Council received the gift of six fiberglass dragon boats from the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) that are now being used in the RI Dragon Boat and Taiwan Day Festival. Today, a full boat crew consists of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a person at the helm.
Races are held on the Blackstone River at Festival Pier in Pawtucket with the festival running from 8 am – 5 pm. Join the thousands who attend each year for great competition, fun, and to learn about Chinese culture.
Besides the races, the public will also experience the annual Taiwan Day Festival happening on the pier. The festival is a showcase and celebration of Asian heritage and culture. This year’s Taiwan Day Festival also features:
In addition to our exciting dragon boat racing program, each year we present a number of arts and other activities that provide fun for the entire family and an appreciation for Chinese culture. These include:
· Cultural music and dance performances beneath our large tent
· Arts & crafts
· Dumpling eating contest
· Watermelon eating contest
· Food trucks
Teams of people, organizations, companies and groups are still needed and welcomed to participate in the races.
For more information on the Dragon Boat Races, team registration and events, please call BVTC at 401-724-2200 or go online to
Attleboro Community Theatre will open its 59th season with Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet. Set in the 1980s, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play about real-estate salesmen struggling to stay afloat in this dog-eat-dog world will be directed by Mario J. Carneiro (East Providence, RI), and assisted by Megan Ruggiero (Pawtucket, RI).
Glengarry Glenn Ross follows four real-estate agents presented with a dilemma: Sell property any way they can, or take the pink slip. Ricky Roma, who will be played by Mark Gallagher (Attleboro, MA), is your stereotypical slick salesman. Bruce Church (Norton, MA) is slowly falling down the ladder and is now old news as he depicts Shelly Levene. Craig O’Connor (Brockton, MA) will portray George Aaronow, who suffers from a lack of self-confidence, and Joe Livingston (Taunton, MA) will take on Dave Moss, an angry salesman that harbors resentment toward the company. ACT’s production also features Robert P. Messier (Attleboro, MA) as police detective Baylen, Dave Almeida (North Providence, RI) as Roma’s timid client, James Lingk, Chris Cournoyer (Attleboro, MA) as the apathetic office manager, John Williamson, and Mario J. Carneiro as the motivational speaker from hell, Blake.
Performance dates are October 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25th. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 8PM and Sunday matinees are at 2PM. Attleboro Community Theatre is located at 71 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA at the Ezekiel Bates Masonic Lodge. Stay up to date with ACT by visiting our Facebook page at: Attleboro Community Theatre or by contacting us at
Pawtucket – Continuing Mayor Donald R. Grebien’s efforts to create a more business-friendly City Hall and to revitalize its historic downtown, a Washington, D.C.-based professional development organization has provided assistance to Pawtucket. Under a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for disaster recovery and economic resilience, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) brought a volunteer team of experts to advise the City on downtown development strategies, real estate financing, and combating vacancy and blight. IEDC is a membership organization of over 4,600 economic development organizations and professionals.
Hosted by Mayor Grebien, the Department of Planning and Redevelopment and the Pawtucket Foundation, the IEDC team met in February of this year with local and state officials, business owners, the financial and arts communities and other downtown supporters to discuss and find ways to move the city forward.
“Strengthening Downtown,” the final technical assistance report, brings customized recommendations to the city and its partners for progress in reshaping and reinvigorating Pawtucket’s center. The report lays out steps for a clear development strategy, suggests ways to organize, engage and attract new market segments and insists upon strict code compliance and safety. “Pawtucket is a gem,” said project manager Sarah Garcia of IEDC. “It’s tight urban layout along the river is perfectly suited as a gateway to the Blackstone River Valley National Park to the north and as a satellite neighborhood to Providence.”
“We are eager to put these strategies into action,” stated Mayor Donald Grebien. “Pawtucket has had great success with the renovation of its historic mills and its 307 acre Arts & Entertainment District. We look to connect and bring that energy into the City’s downtown.” Aaron Hertzberg, Executive Director of the Pawtucket Foundation, welcomed the release of the report. “We are step by step putting together the changes that open up and expand the downtown. Our partnership with the city is strong, and we look forward to increasing focus on this area and results.”
To receive a final copy of the report or to submit comments, please email Herb Weiss, Pawtucket’s Economic & Cultural Affairs Officer at
BRISTOL, R.I. (July, 2015) — Linden Place Mansion is now open for visitors to the estate beginning through October. With tours, exhibits, activities and special events for all ages, Linden Place offers a fun and educational experience for the entire family.
Tour highlights include tales of DeWolf family exploits, from their privateering and slave trading, to their financial ruin and triumphant return to prosperity during Victorian times. Docents introduce visitors to family members Pomeroy Colt, founder of United States Rubber (now Uniroyal), his mother Theodora DeWolf Colt, who, as Madam Colt, ran Bristol Society from Linden Place, and the great actress Ethel Barrymore, who married into this prominent family. Visitors are also welcome to stroll through the sculpture-filled gardens where they will find Greek bronzes and an 18th Century gazebo.
For our younger visitors, Linden Place offers the opportunity to see this historical house museum in a whole new light! Participants will make their way through the 200-year-old mansion rooms and seek out dozens of artifacts, big and small, hidden and in plain sight, while learning of Linden Place’s rich architectural and family history.
“If you Lived Here Long Ago” is another great opportunity we have for our younger visitors! This “hands on” tour gives kids a chance to handle and learn about artifacts of long ago and imagine what life would have been like in 1810 when Linden Place was built. See petticoats and breeches, washboards, a 19th century “television”, the stereoscope and more! This tour is fun and educational for the whole family and for kids both big and small.
Linden Place is open for guided and self-guided tours of the mansion Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am until 4pm and Sundays from 12pm until 4pm.Admission: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors/Students (12+), $5 Children under 12, Free for Children under 6. There is a $2 discount off regular admission price for Military, AAA, and PBS members. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390.
Ciné Québec: A Rhode Island International Film Festival Event
Wednesday, August 5, 7pm
The Museum of Work & Culture, 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket, R.I.
Museum of Work & Culture Screening Québecois Films as Part of RIIFF
(WOONSOCKET, R.I.) – The Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting a Rhode Island International Film Festival event on Wednesday, August 5, at 7pm. The Museum will screen a collection of new and dynamic films by Québécois filmmakers, including:
Everything Will Be Alright | Directed by Guillaume Collin | 2015 (**World premiere**)
Maurice | Directed by Francois Jaros | 2015
The Truck| Directed by Sandrine Broder–Desrosiers | 2015
The Apparatus of Destruction | Directed by Jean-Christophe J. Lamontagne | 2015.
Dinér à Montpellier | Directed by Cory Santilli | 2015
Viewers can vote for their favorites and help decide which films make it to the next round of judging. Admission is $10 and includes a drink and popcorn.
This festival event is made possible in part by the Museum’s partnership with the Délégation du Québec, Boston.
About the Museum of Work & Culture
The interactive and educational Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th- and 20th centuries. It was recently named “Best Overlooked Museum” in New England by Yankee Magazine.
About the Rhode Island Historical Society
Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House and Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Library of Rhode Island History, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.
Jill Bazar-Khoury named director of sales and marketing at EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard has named Jill Bazar-Khoury of Lincoln, R.I. director of sales and marketing. Bazar will provide guidance and support to seniors and their families making the transition to senior living.
Bazar-Khoury has more than 17 years of experience working in admissions and marketing for assisted living communities in Rhode Island. With her extensive experience and compassion for the senior population, she has helped many people find the right home for their aging parents.
For more information about Bazar-Khoury or EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard, please call 401-273-6565 or visit the community at 353 Blackstone Blvd.
This week we built on the momentum of our work to reinvent Medicaid and committed ourselves to The Healthcare Working Groupwill tackle ways to shift incentives across our system to reward better, more coordinated care and make our communities healthier. Together, we can build a healthier Rhode Island and we can do it by recognizing that often many of our health decisions happen outside the doctor’s office.
This week, I also convened the state’s Children’s Cabinet for the first time since 2007 to set a vision to improve the health and well-being of Rhode Island’s kids. The group’s priority is to strengthen and grow opportunities for children and their families.
All kids deserve the chance to make it in Rhode Island. As a parent, I am focused on giving my kids every opportunity to succeed. We must provide every Rhode Island kid with that same opportunity.
When we invest in our kids, we’re investing in our future, workforce and economy. Working together, across government and with the community, we can set our families and our state on a path for a healthy, stable future.
The Northeast Navy Showband Returns to Weaver Library!
The Weaver Library is proud to present the Northeast Navy Showband on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 6:30PM on the lawn of the library. The 17-piece Showband, one of several exciting ensembles of Navy Band Northeast based in Newport, is the big band jazz ensemble. This popular band performs a variety of musical styles from straight-ahead swing to contemporary big band to patriotic audience favorites. The band’s musicians come from all around the country and are top-notch entertainers. Bring the whole family to one of our state’s best musical events of the summer! Don’t forget your lawn chair and a picnic or enjoy one of the best burgers in RI from Rocket Fine Street Food food truck.
Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914. This concert is free and open to all. Questions? Call 434-2453 or email@example.com.
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