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Friends and fellow HistWick members,  


HistWick Receives Award for its Historic Marker Project


On the afternoon of Sunday October 6th, Preserve RI and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission will award HistWick with a Rhody Award for Education for our recently completed marker project. The awards ceremony will take place at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick. Tickets and event details for both the awards ceremony and for the dinner to follow are found at:


HistWick is very proud of receiving this award which recognizes our efforts to promote knowledge and appreciation of the historic heritage of Wickford and North Kingstown.


North Kingstown and Wickford also celebrate the Coletta family for winning a Rhody Award for Historic Preservation Projects. This award recognizes the Coletta’s work in renovating and restoring the 1850 Avis Block at the corner of West Main and Brown Streets. HistWick is grateful to the Colettas, who are also HistWick members, for their contribution in preserving this iconic building in the center of town as a vibrant commercial and residential center.


HistWick and the First Baptist Church in Wickford Co-Sponsor Noted Historian


On Tuesday, October 29th at 7 pm, HistWick and the First Baptist Church in Wickford will co-sponsor an event at which noted historian and Saunderstown resident, James Warren, will present on his latest book, God, War and Providence: The Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians against the Puritans of New England, recently published by Scribner.


Mr. Warren, a former visiting scholar at Brown University, has authored several works on the history of the U.S. Marine Corps and on the history of the Vietnam War.


The event will take place at the First Baptist Church on 44 Main Street, Wickford, and they will serve light refreshments in the church hall following Mr. Warren’s presentation.


Wine Tasting Event to Support the Mill Cove Project Planned for October 3rd


For several years the Land Conservancy of North Kingstown (LCNK) has worked on a project to rebuild the Mill Cove footbridge in Wickford and to restore a walking trail that will connect Bush Hill with Newtown Avenue and Wilson Park.


As part of the fundraising for this public project, the LCNK, HistWick, Oak Hill Tavern, and Wickford Package Store are sponsoring a Wine Tasting event on Thursday, October 3rd at 6 pm in the tent pavilion behind Oak Hill Tavern at 565 Tower Hill Road.


The event will offer 40 fine wines for tasting and light refreshments. Tickets cost $40 and are available for purchase at the Captain’s Table, Wickford Gourmet Kitchen Outlet, and The Wickford Collection.


With limited ticket sales, plan now to purchase a ticket and join other HistWick members and friends to have fun, learn about fine affordable wines, and support a project that will add to the quality of village life. We thank HistWick member Donna Hutchinson for organizing the event and for bringing her decades of experience in the wine industry that’s sure to make this event memorable.


Tim Cranston Leads Historic Programs


On Saturday, September 21st join Tim Cranston for “Walking the Wickford Walk” starting at 10 am at Updike Park. On this walk Tim will delve deeper into the stories expressed through art along the award-winning Wickford Walk. It’s a great way to learn more about Wickford’s history and to take friends and relatives visiting Wickford on a walk through history. So lace up your walking shoes and join Tim this coming Saturday on the 21st! Thank you to the Olerio family and Shayna’s Place and Alma’s Juice Bar and Market in the village for their sponsorship of this walk and their contribution to the community.


Tim will also give a presentation on the HistWick marker project on Thursday, October 24th at the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture Museum Gallery at 1058 Kingstown Road in Peace Dale. Tim’s program will be part of the Museum’s Fall Lecture Series.


Also at Museum Gallery: 1) Thursday, October 10th, Mr. John Peixinho, owner of the 1691 Samuel Clarke farm in Richmond, will talk about the history of the farm and home; and 2) Thursday, November 7th, Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer of Roger Williams University and National Park Service Ranger John McNiff will talk about Roger Williams in England.


More details on the work of the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture can be found at primitiveartmuseum.org.


Respectfully yours,

Mike Donohue, President

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