Eagles, Owls and Hawks Descend on Audubon
Photo By Heidi Piccerelli
Audubon Raptor Weekend 2015
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol, RI
September 12 & 13, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(July 15, 2015) – Here they come! Eagles, Owls, Hawks, and Falcons are headed to Bristol, Rhode Island on September 12 and 13, 2015. Razor-sharp talons with extraordinary strength, hooked beaks that rip and tear, and highly developed eyesight and hearing make birds of prey the rulers of the avian world.
They will be descending on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2015. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to the largest raptor celebration in New England. Amazing and formidable birds of prey will be featured in live flight demonstrations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about amazing birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.
Photo by Hope Foley
Eyes on the sky! Join master falconer and crowd favorite Lorrie Schumaker of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience for breath-taking free flight demonstrations on September 12 & 13. Coming from Hamilton, New York, Ms. Schumaker highlights aerial agility in this popular program focusing on falconry, raptor biology and conservation. A European Eagle Owl, Gyr Falcon and Harris’s Hawk are just a few of the raptors she may present.
Returning this year are Connecticut-based raptor rehabilitators Mary-Beth Kaeser and Alan Nordell of Horizon Wings. On Saturday they will be presenting a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, and more.
On Sunday, September 13, ever-popular presenters Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls will introduce the audience to a variety of live owls found in New England as well as other parts of the world. The Wilsons will also explore the protection of owls and their habitats.
Entertaining and educational games and activities for families will be featured both days. Admission also provides access to the award-winning Audubon Environmental Education Center and entrance to the Center’s 28-acre wildlife refuge, including the scenic boardwalk to Narragansett Bay. Food and refreshments will be available.
Adult: $12/member, $15/non-member
Child (ages 4 – 12): $8/member, $10/non-member
Children Under 3 are free
Family Four Pack: $35/member, $45/non-member
Two Day Pass:
Adult: $20/member, $25/non-member
Child: $12/member, $15/non-member
Raptor Weekend is sponsored by RI PBS, Holliston Sand.
12 Sanderson Road ~ Smithfield, RI 02917-2600 ~ Phone: (401) 949-5454 ~ Fax: (401) 949-5788
Agency Continues to Seek Out and Conserve Land for the Public to Benefit
Boston – Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - Continuing a mission to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the wellbeing of all, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has announced the acquisition of two parcels of land in the Towns of Lakeville and Freetown. The two parcels, which total 690 acres of land and were purchased on June 26, 2015, are ecologically significant and will provide forest, swamp, and grassland habitats for wildlife to live, and for the public to visit and explore.
“By acquiring additional public land, the Baker-Polito Administration has provided yet another example of its dedication in ensuring land is conserved for both wildlife and public use,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Land acquisitions, such as this one, will offer excellent outdoor recreational opportunities for generations to come.”
The acquired land contains miles of trails and varied topography from lowlands to the highest point in Lakeville (estimated at 240 feet), and will become a part of the Freetown State Forest and the larger Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, a multi-partner conservation area in Fall River, Freetown, Dartmouth, and Lakeville, which now contains over 15,000 acres of conservation land.
“The acquisition of nearly 700 acres of land by the Department of Conservation and Recreation will provide a very diverse and exceptional environment that will greatly benefit the people of Southeastern Massachusetts and visitors from across the state,” said DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez. “By protecting this large area, the agency has conserved an incredible resource and greatly enhanced the ecological value and recreational opportunities of the Freetown State Forest.”
With Southeastern Massachusetts being one of the fastest developing regions in the state, acquiring such large parcels of undeveloped land has become increasingly difficult. Furthermore, as part of the largest unprotected and contiguous forest area in southeastern Massachusetts, efforts to protect its trees and other natural resources will assist in mitigating the effects of climate change.
“The SouthCoast is home to beautiful scenery, and I am pleased that the residents of Freetown, Lakeville, and the neighboring communities will have additional protected space to visit and enjoy,” said State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues. “Additionally, these parcels of land are ecologically and environmentally valuable, and under the auspices of DCR they will thrive as a habitat for many kinds of wildlife and fauna.”
“This acquisition is a major win for the environment and for wildlife,” said State Representative Paul Schmid. “We need large, protected spaces and the bioreserve is one of the best in the Commonwealth.”
The land parcels acquired by DCR break down into two separate land transactions, which include:
a 613-acre parcel sold to DCR by the Town of Lakeville (after an approval at Town Meeting in 2014) at the cost of $760,000; and
a 77-acre parcel sold to DCR by the Rezendes Family Partnership at the cost of $99,000.
DCR serves as the steward of over 450,000 acres of the state’s parks, beaches, and forests. To learn more about the agency, please visit DCR’s
Pawtucket – The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting the 42nd Pawtucket Open Tennis Tournament at the Kenney Tennis Courts located in Slater Memorial Park. Matches will begin Thursday, August 27 and will continue through Sunday, August 30.
Divisions for this tournament will include 3.0-3.5 and 4.0-4.5 singles events, in addition to a Doubles and Seniors 50+ Division for men. Women’s divisions will include a Singles and Doubles event. Singles events are $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents, while doubles events are $20 per team consisting of two residents or $25 for a non-resident or mixed resident team. One doubles team participant is responsible for including their partner on the submitted registration and payment for the team. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and may enter for two events only.
Matches start between 5:30 and 6:00 pm during the weekday events with weekend match times to be determined by participation. All match times will posted on Tuesday, August 25 at 6:00 pm at the Slater Park tennis courts. Participants will be called or emailed by 8:00 pm on Tuesday with the time of their first match.
Registrations are available at the Slater Park Office Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. through 4:30p.m. or, on the City of Pawtucket website at
by clicking the “Departments” tab, followed by the “Parks & Recreation” option. The tennis registration form will be located in the right hand column. Questions may be forwarded to Dennis Corain at 508-667-1940 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is Friday, August 21, at noon, with no exceptions. A free t-shirt will be made available for the first 40 entries.
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
OLD COLONY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB 15th ANNUAL MODEL RAILROAD SHOW AND SALE
Taunton Holiday Inn, Myles Standish Industrial Park, Exit 9 from Route 495. September 27, 2015, 10:00am – 3:30pm. Adults $5.00, children under 12/scouts in uniform free
Contact Dennis Ingalls, (508) 285-3963, email
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
NEW TOURS ATTRACT FAMILIES TO LINDEN PLACE
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
Dogs Don’t Breed Cats | Directed by Cristina Martins | 2015 (**US premiere**)
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.
The German American Cultural Society is pleased to announce that on Sunday, August 16, 2015 a “Beach Time” Polka Dance will be held at their club on 78 Carter Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. FROM 2 – 6 pm
THE MUSIC WILL BE BY “The Polka Family” from Pennsylvania
Tickets are available by mail for $ 17.00 or at the door for $ 19.00 per person.
Table reservations are taken for 8 – 10 settings.
If you want to order your tickets by mail, please make your check payable to:
German American Cultural Society (GACS) and mail to:
Phone 401 723 3549
100 Cushman Street
Cell 401 569 6427
Pawtucket, RI 02861
Polish Hour: WHTB 1400 am
Phone: 508 678 8116
51 Waring Road
Somerset, MA 02726
Food will be available. At 1 PM when the club opens
Visa, Master & Discover Cards are accepted.
For more information please call 860 237 8448 or email