May 10, 2022
Friends and HistWick members,
This HistWick E-News highlights a couple of activities that may interest you. The board and I would like to call your attention to an important upcoming event–the HistWick Annual Meeting for our members. See the information below. This popular community event offers time to spend with old friends and an opportunity to meet new ones. Most importantly you’ll hear about what your organization, Historic Wickford, Inc., has accomplished over the past year in spite of a pandemic, and our goals for the coming year. And as always we will offer good food and drinks. At the event we will welcome your ideas and what you see as needs that can shape HistWick’s 2022-23 goals. We will also offer opportunities for you to become involved in several HistWick activities. Last year, and this year as well, we will meet outdoors on the impressive grounds of the historic Smith’s Castle. It’s a perfect place for HistWick to convene its annual meeting! So if you are a HistWick member, plan now to attend, and if you are considering membership, feel free to join the meeting to learn about our dynamic organization.
Our best on these windy spring days,
Mary Ann Hackett, President
Historic Wickford, Inc.
Save The Date
HistWick Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 16 (rain date, June 23), 5:00 pm
The HistWick board cordially invites you to join us for the HistWick Annual Meeting. We will:
Plan now to join us!
And on a separate note, but related to HistWick’s accomplishments—the next time you are in town, notice the new trash receptacles in the village. They are another step in improving village aesthetics. HistWick leaders collaborated with the town on selecting the receptacles’ style and HistWick donated three of them. Several trash receptacles are paired with recycle bins that the town purchased through a special grant.
Wickford Harbor Lights KickOff
Thursday May 12, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Wickford Village–Brown and Main Streets
Wickford Harbor Lights, sponsored by Rhode Island Beautiful Homes, invites you, your family and friends to this ever popular, fun-filled event. This year Harbor Lights will illuminate the harbor with real fire on floats—a mesmerizing sight for young and old! The event will offer face painting, balloon art, live music, food trucks, carriage rides, and more. Consider dining in a local restaurant that will offer specials or shopping in the village’s shop that will stay open late.
History Walk with Tim Cranston: Lafayette Village
Saturday, May 14, 10:00 am to Noon
The Village of Lafayette, a 19th century mill village that remains almost completely intact into the 21st century, is a treasure worth visiting. The mill is now a professional working mill community made up of the main building and three smaller historic buildings. Join Tim Cranston, local historian, to explore this remarkable place and learn about the people who lived and worked there and what they created in the massive brick complex that was once known as Rodman Manufacturing. Tim will also highlight the village’s newly installed self-guided history walk signage.
Registration is required. There are 25 seats available. Information at the Library’s website: https://nklibrary.libcal.com/event/9061526?hs=a
Meet by the waterfall behind the Rodman Mill building on 650 Ten Rod Road (Route 102)
Coffee and Donuts at the Fort: Battle of Rhode Island Association
Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am
Butts Hill Fort in Portsmouth (Free but Reservation Requested)
The Battle of Rhode Island Association and the Butts Hill Fort Committee cordially invite you to “Coffee and Donuts at the Fort”. The Fort is the largest Revolutionary War earthwork extant in southern New England that was successively occupied by Americans, British, and French forces and was the headquarters of American forces in the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778. This historic site that exists today has had little change since 1781. The event presents an opportunity to see the past year’s progress to restore the fort and make it accessible to new generations of Rhode Islanders. The day will consist of a one-hour program with a brief history of the Fort and the restoration plans of the Battle of Rhode Island Association. It will also include an optional tour of the fort. Wear sturdy shoes and park in the large lot on Dyer Street. Reservations are requested; please email Nancy Crawford at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nancy will then send you a map to the fort and parking specifics.
April 17, 2022
I just thought you should know about a few other events happening around town. We are truly a village and as they say “It takes a village”. Hope to see you at these events.
Mary Ann Hackett
Events at Smith Castle
Saturday, April 23rd, 10am
After light breakfast refreshments, Marilyn Harris will speak on “The Role of the Colonial Press in Fueling the American Revolution” with special emphasis on the contributions of Smith family descendants. No preregistration necessary. $5 suggested donation.
Saturday, May 7th – 11:00-4 pm Opening Day at Smith’s Castle with re-enactors, live entertainment, children’s activities, Castle tours (first floor) and vendors in celebration of our 74th Anniversary. No admission fee; contributions appreciated.
May 21st: Bob Geake revisits “18th Century Travelers in Southern Rhode Island as Seen through Their Journals.”
June 25th:Tim Cranston reveals the history of “The Updikes in Wickford.”
August 13th: John Dower,and Patrick Donovan tell of “The Enslaved Men Who Enlisted in the Black Regiment.”
Arbor Day, Friday April 29 10:30 am
North Kingstown, R.I. – The Town of North Kingstown has been selected to host the 2022 Rhode Island Arbor Day Celebration. Rhode Island’s 135th Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 10:30am at Wilson Park, West Main Street, North Kingstown, R.I.
Arbor Day is America’s official tree holiday where the nation celebrates and shows its appreciation of trees. The celebration will include a speaking program where state and local officials will give remarks highlighting the importance and benefits of trees and present tree-related awards. There will also be a ceremonial tree planting. Local schools have also been invited to participate.
As part of being chosen to host Arbor Day, the Town will receive twelve (12) new trees that will be planted across Wilson Park. These new trees can be enjoyed through a guided tree identification tour given by the R.I. Tree Council. Trees benefit our communities through beautification, moderation of our temperatures, cleaning the air, providing habitat for wildlife, increasing property values and enhancing the economic vitality of the area.
The Town of North Kingstown is honored to be chosen to host this event and invites the general public to join them on the 150th Anniversary of National Arbor Day.
The Town would also like to thank the North Kingstown Planning Department who has been the local lead agency in organizing this event as well as the North Kingstown Public Works and Recreation Departments for their assistance in preparing for this event. In addition, the Town would like to acknowledge the efforts of both HistWick and the Plum Beach Garden Club for their roles in applying for this honor.
Please contact North Kingstown Supervising Planner Becky Lamond with any questions on this event at email@example.com or (401)268-1572.
Assistance for Afghanistan Family, Saturday May 7 at 6:00pm
Matthew Baldwin Mc Coy has created a go fund me link to support the Noori family. The Noori Family arrived in Wickford, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, in January 2022 after being evacuated from Afghanistan in August 2021 as part of Operation Allies Refuge (OAR). Naseer, Diana, Mohibullah, Tasnim, and Hasidullah joined our community after spending a brief time at Afghan refugee safe havens in Qatar, Italy, and at Joint Base McQuire – Dix – Lakehurst, New Jersey. The family is here in the United States under the humanitarian parole program. Because of the takeover of their country by the Taliban, the Noori family would like to make the United States their new home. They need our temporary financial help to sustain them while they get on their feet and become self-sufficient.
Your generosity will help fill the gap between temporary federal and state government assistance and benefits.
You are cordially invited to meet the Noori family in person at a Task Force Wickford fundraising event being held at 6:00 PM, Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Cold Spring Community Center, 36 Beach St, North Kingstown, RI 02852.
This is a collaborative event, so any/all ideas and suggestions are welcomed.
Thank you for your continued support of the Noori family.
Matthew Baldwin McCoy
381 Potter Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
H: (401) 447-8944
C: (401) 447-0984
Friends and fellow HistWick members, I don’t think any of us will be sad to see COVID in the rear-view mirror. From all the pain associated with COVID to the challenges of dealing with difficult political questions in the U.S. and around the world, conflict seems to have been the byword for the past few years. And somehow, fortunately, most of us have survived with hope that 2022 will be much better.
Like most organizations, large or small, HistWick struggled. We were unable to offer our typical programs to our membership. These activities gave us the opportunity to engage with neighbors and friends, to learn more about the history of our community and to encourage visitors and newcomers to join us in celebrating the Wickford heritage we share.
Plans for 2022 and 2023 are developing as we can collect in groups again. And with our limited financial resources, we will continue to aid other organizations in need, and other projects throughout Wickford.
We will continue to send semi-weekly e-mails to members sharing information on issues important to village life and celebrating when we learn of some of the good things accomplished by residents and their families.
We hope you find these efforts valuable. All of our work is aided by you, HistWick members, through your membership in our organization. If you have not yet had the time to renew your membership, would you consider doing that today?
The membership form can be found below and can be returned by mail to:
Box 261, North Kingstown, RI 02852
And, as always, we welcome any questions you may have about HistWick as well as any comments or suggestions you have regarding how we might continue to improve our work in Wickford.
Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022 and please, stay well, your presence in our community is valued.
Historic Wickford, Inc.