Festival Pier, Tim Healey Way
This annual festival showcases Rhode Island’s Asian ethnic culture community and their social, economic development and quality of life impact on our state.
The festival is also showcasing the newly re-constructed Festival Pier, on the headwaters of Narragansett Bay, and located in the newly established Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, which interprets the birth of America’s Industrial Revolution begun in Pawtucket, RI.
Over the last 15 years the Chinese Dragon Boat Races have become a signature tourism and cultural event in the State of Rhode Island.
Several Rhode Island, New England, Out of State and International Teams are competing in the races. Other racers will feature public officials, community groups, ordinary citizens competing as teams, corporate teams and others. Plus, Taiwanese representatives will be in attendance on the pier showcasing Asian culture, entertainment and family fun contests, featuring dumpling eating and watermelon eating contests.
Since 2000, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council 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.
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
Call 401-724-2200 or go to the website at
for all the latest information and updates.
AUDUBON RHODE ISLAND
Raimondo Announces that Rhode Island Spent Nearly $22 Million Less in FY2015 than Budgeted
Highlights Efforts to Make Government Work, Control Costs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced that the FY15 Preliminary Closing Statement, issued by the Department of Administration’s Office of Accounts and Control, shows the state ended fiscal year 2015 with a $166.4 million General Fund surplus. General revenue expenditures were $21.5 million less than budgeted and general revenues were $23.9 million more than estimated
“In my jobs plan, I made it clear it is time to reinvigorate Rhode Island and state government with fresh ideas and new ways of doing things so that we can enhance accountability, control costs, and get better results for our citizens,” said Raimondo. “We’re focused on improving efficiency within our agencies, modernizing our way of doing business, and increasing collaboration throughout state government – we’re already seeing results. I am grateful for the work of all of my cabinet directors and all state employees on these efforts.”
The FY15 Preliminary Closing Statement also shows the budget reserve and cash stabilization account is fully funded with a balance of $185.4 million. The Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund available balance is $132.6 million.
“Our work to control costs is reducing the projected deficit, but Rhode Island still faces a large deficit for FY2017,” Raimondo added. “We have to continue making tough decisions to eliminate our structural deficit, such as our work to reinvent Medicaid, so that we can invest more in job-creating initiatives and create more predictability and stability for businesses.”
You can view the full FY15 Preliminary Closing Statement HERE.
Block Island Birding Weekend Block Island, RI
October 2 – 4, 2015
Yellow-Crowned Night Heron By Ed Hughes
Join Audubon for a weekend of unsurpassed fall birding. Block Island in autumn becomes the resting place for thousands of migrating birds. More than 150 species of birds have been seen here on fall weekends! Field trips for both novice and advanced birders led by experts are featured. Special programs include salt marsh field trips, bird banding demonstrations, and more. Cost of the weekend includes ferry fares, hotel accommodations, meals and programs.
Space is limited so please register early.
Block Island, RI; October 2-4, 2015; Program Fee: $485/members; $525/non-members. An additional fee of $100 is required for individuals requesting a single room or private bath. Ages: 16+. Register online at
Bristol Slavery Trail Walking Tour
Bristol, RI, September 12th, 2015 - Linden Place Museum will host a walking tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol, focused specifically on Bristol’s DeWolf Family and their involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. The DeWolf family, Bristol’s premier family in the 18th and early 19th centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England.
Learn how Bristol, New England, and all of America were impacted by the slave trading DeWolf’s of Linden Place from museum educator, Robin Tremblay. Tremblay has extensively researched Rhode Island’s connections to slavery and has led many tours along Bristol’s slavery trail.
The guided tour will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 10:00am and will begin at Linden Place, the Federal-style mansion built by architect Russell Warren for George DeWolf. The tour will then continue through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront on Thames Street, pointing out significant sites tied to Bristol’s lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade. The tour ends at the historic DeWolf Tavern, once a DeWolf waterfront warehouse, where tour-goers will enjoy a rum cocktail and ask questions.
The tour is $20, $15 for Linden Place members, and includes a complimentary drink at the DeWolf Tavern. Reservations are required and the tour is limited to 15 people. For more information and reservations, please call the Linden Place office at 253-0390.
Friends of Linden Place is a non-profit organization responsible for the restoration and preservation of the historic house museum at 500 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, and for the promotion of cultural, artistic, and educational programs in the community. The mansion and grounds are open to the public from May to October, during the holiday season, and also by appointment.
“Stages of Freedom” Explores Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island from 1700s On.
Providence - “Stages of Freedom” will explore the contributions African Americans have made to the performing arts in Rhode Island since the 1700s. The groundbreaking project consists of three events:
1) An Exhibit: Acting Black: Black Performing Arts in RI since the 1700s, will display never before seen photographs, costumes & memorabilia related to Black theatre, dance and music. Monday, October, 19th, 5pm, Providence Public Library, 225 Washington Street, Providence.
2) A Keynote Address: Rose: Weaver of Story and Song, in which RI icon, Rose Weaver, will discuss her remarkable life on the stage here and in LA. Monday, October, 19th, 6:30pm Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St, Providence. Resevations required: email: Rickman@RickmanGroup.com
3) A Roundtable Discussion: Black Performers Talk about Working in Rhode Island, Wednesday, October 28th, 5:30pm, Rites & Reason, 155 Angell Street, Providence.
All events, funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Arts, are free and open to the public.
For further information, call (401) 421-0606
September 26 and 27, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm
Painter C. C. Wolf, will be one of thirty-five artists displaying artwork at Exchange Street Open Studios.
Thirty-five artists and designers in 3 renovated mill buildings in the Armory Arts District of Pawtucket, RI will open their studios and lofts to visitors from 10 am to 4 pm on September 26 and 27, 2015. Organized annually since 2012, XOS showcases a wide array of artwork including paintings, sculpture, fine prints, photography, fine crafts, wearable art, jewelry, graphic and textile design and more. Visitors will encounter inexpensive fine crafts as well as high-end gallery art, all for sale and sales-tax free.
In addition to viewing art, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about creative art making. Artists will be sharing their inspirations, showing work in progress and demonstrating their techniques. This year, BIG INK will be joining the event where Lyell Castongauy and friends will be printing huge woodcut prints and encouraging visitors to join them!
Also of interest to visitors are the mill renovations. Riverfront Lofts, a former knitting mill on the Blackstone River, is now a condominium with more than 50 unique, light-filled work/live spaces adjacent to the Blackstone River. Next-door is Blackstone Studios, once a cardboard factory now contains both design and art studios including that of well-known artist/designer, Morris Nathanson. One block away is Mad Dog Artists Studio, a new enterprise that provides studio and common area workspaces for artists on a short-term or long-term rental basis.
Printmaker, Lyell Castonguay, will be demonstrating the printing of very large woodcuts on September 27 at Exchange Street Open Studios. Photo: Ellen Augarten Photography
Riverfront Lofts, 10 Exchange Court
Blackstone Studios, 163 Exchange Street
Mad Dog Studios, 65 Blackstone Avenue
XOS is easy to get to, just take exit 29, I-95, and follow the signs. There is plenty of parking and the mills are only steps apart. Arts Marketplace Pawtucket, a fine art and craft show will be taking place in the armory in the same neighborhood so come and make a day of it. Enjoy music and the offerings of food trucks as well.
For more information including a list of participating artists and directions, go to:
XOS is organized by XOS Plus, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating and developing an appreciation of the arts in the community. The event is sponsored in part by the City of Pawtucket, Bristol County Savings Bank, the Pawtucket Arts Festival, and Pamela Hughes.
Bristol’s Premier Food and Wine Event at Linden Place Mansion
Bristol, R.I. – Linden Place Museum will host its highly anticipated event, “A Taste of Bristol and Beyond,” on Saturday, October 25th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy gourmet samplings as well as craft beers and fine wines in the professionally decorated ballroom and tented gardens of the magnificent Linden Place estate, enhanced by some of New England’s top floral and event designs companies. Live entertainment will be provided by the Rockin’ Soul Horns in the garden tent.
Experience a feast for the food and wine lover’s senses; sip fantastic local wines and craft beers amidst exquisite surroundings, all while supporting the preservation of Linden Place and its cultural programs for the public. Over 40 restaurants, caterers, vineyards, and breweries will be present—a spectacular way to spend a fall afternoon!
Tickets for this premier event will be $75.00 per person for members of Linden Place and $100.00 for non-members, a portion of which is tax-deductible. For reservations or more information about this October 25th event, please call (401) 253-0390.
Here at RIDOT, we’re working hard to find more efficient ways to manage our transportation infrastructure. This week, we announced that we have taken over the maintenance and operations of the Wickford Junction commuter rail station in North Kingstown to streamline the facility and save the state an estimated $3.4 million over the next 10 years. Keep an eye out for more initiatives like this as we look to provide a level of service that taxpayers expect at a price that they can afford.
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Andrea Santo, RN, named wellness director of EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard
EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard has named Andrea Santo, RN, of Somerset, Mass., the community’s wellness director. Santo will lead the community’s team of nurses and nursing assistants and oversee the development of individualized care plans for each resident.
Santo brings more than 25 years of experience in senior care to EPOCH, beginning her nursing career as a certified nursing assistant in 1989 at an assisted living community in Middletown, R.I. Since then, Santo has managed nursing teams for a number of organizations. She previously served as patient care nurse manager in homecare, hospice and palliative care. Most recently, she served as resident care director for an area senior living provider, where she ensured resident care followed State and Federal standards.
“Andrea is an exceptional Wellness Director,” EPOCH Campus Administrator Matthew Weinstock said. “She is highly skilled, compassionate and smart. We’re thrilled to welcome her to our team.”
Santo earned her nursing degree from Bristol Community College. She is OASIS and Chronic Care Management certified.
For more information about Santo or EPOCH Senior Living, call 401-273-6565. EPOCH is located at 353 Blackstone Boulevard.
About EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard
Located at 353 Blackstone Blvd., on the Butler Hospital Campus, EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard provides a full spectrum of care, including short-term rehabilitation, assisted living, skilled nursing, and BRIDGES®, a special program for individuals with memory impairment. This community is part of EPOCH Senior Living, a regional provider of senior living and health care options.