Two Neighborhoods; Two Parties in the Park
Both the Mt. Hope/Summit and College Hill Neighborhoods are planning to kick off summer with park parties in their respective neighborhoods. College Hill is rekindling an old tradition by holding a get together in Prospect Terrace on Wednesday, June 17 from 6-8pm. Details of the event are still being finalized but everyone in College Hill is invited. There will be food catered from Andreas, drinks, plenty of lively conversation, plus an open discussion about new plans to work with the city to upgrade the park. Meanwhile, a family-friendly pot luck event is planned for Billy Taylor park on the corner of Camp and Cypress Streets on Sunday, June 7 from 11:30am to 2pm. Calling themselves “Unity Providence”, organizers hope people from all parts of the community will mix and mingle and enjoy each other’s company. Can’t think of nicer ways to jumpstart the summer.
New RI Black Heritage Project Planned for
Funded by a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service, the RI Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) and the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) will kick off a two-year project to research and document the history of African-Americans in the College Hill historic district. This area is bounded in the north by Olney Street, on the east by Hope Street, on the south by George M. Cohan Boulevard and on the west by the Moshassuck and Providence Rivers. Although the role of African-Americans in the development of the area has been overlooked, recent scholarship has unearthed the existence of a cluster of homes owned by international opera singer Sissieretta Jones (1869-1933). To learn more about the project, contact Joseph Gaccione at 421-0606 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope will be Hoppin’
If there’s one thing the good folks on Hope Street know how to do, it’s throw a great party. On Saturday June 6 from noon to 6pm you’ll get to see what we mean. The street is closed to traffic to allow pedestrian strolling from Rochambeau to Fifth Street. Sponsored by the Hope Street Merchant Association, the event is free and open to anyone who just enjoys a good old-fashioned familyfriendly block party. Among the events planned for the day are live music, a fashion show, a beer garden for the adults to raise money for the Festival Ballet, lots of children’s activities, food trucks and good eats from the restaurants along Hope. Not to mention a pie-eating contest, a rock climbing wall... you get the idea. Should be a blast.
New Wheeler Arts Center Invites in its Neighbors
The new 18,000 square foot Gilder Arts Center at Wheeler opened this past fall amidst acclaim for its design and space utilization. At its heart is a handsome 400-seat auditorium that the school will now be making available for community groups. The College Hill Neighborhood Association recently used the space for a public meeting and reports the response from attendees was nothing short of ecstatic. For more information about using the space, contact Gary Esposito, the business manager at Wheeler (421-8100). Except for not offering popcorn, the auditorium is pretty perfect, we’re told.
One of the surest signs that summer is upon us is the return of the Hope Street Farmers Market to Lippitt Park down at the northern end of Blackstone Boulevard. The park will be abuzz with food stands offering fresh produce from local neighborhood farms. From apricots to zucchinis, there isn’t much that’s local grown and edible that won’t be available for sale. General hours for the market are 9am to 1pm on Saturdays, beginning May 16 until October 31. Weekends don’t work for you? Many of the vendors also come to the park on Wednesdays from 3 to 6pm. It’s a great way to improve both your diet and your disposition as you join neighbors from all over the East Side. Over the past 25 years the farmer’s market has grown from its earliest days in front of Hope High into arguable one of the most successful markets anywhere in the state. Kudos to all who make it happen. And on that note: mangia!
The Fires Will Burn Brightly in 2015
One of our Providence must-sees is of course WaterFire. The programs continue to morph to the point that each visit is almost always a little bit different... new music, new boats, new gargoyles, new street artists, new sponsors and of course new visitors. Sometimes from out-of-town; sometimes student based; sometimes just locals out for a night out. To make your planning a little easier, check out www.WaterFire.org for their schedule