News Bites: Narragansett Beer to Open Brewing Operation in Pawtucket / April Vacation at Coggeshall Farm Museum / RI Food Bank Receives 30,000 Lbs of Food from Local Architects

by David Dadekian

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Narragansett Beer to Open Brewing Operation in Pawtucket

The Guild (rendering)

The Guild (rendering)

Narragansett Beer President Mark Hellendrung announced on their blog they will “move our offices from 60 Ship Street in Providence to The Guild, home of our future brewing operations, at 461 Main Street in Pawtucket. Several months will be spent restoring the building and installing the brew house, and later this year, we’ll be brewing ‘Gansett in the Ocean State for the first time since 1983.”

Read Hellendrung’s complete post.


April School Vacation:
Dig History at Coggeshall Farm Museum

Casey Duckett, assistant director at Coggeshall Farm Museum, demonstrates blacksmithing to young visitors at this living history museum in Bristol, RI.

Casey Duckett, assistant director at Coggeshall Farm Museum, demonstrates blacksmithing to young visitors at this living history museum in Bristol, RI.

If you dig history, you can get your hands dirty learning about Rhode Island’s past at Coggeshall Farm Museum during April school vacation week. From gardening to archaeology, a full slate of activities is planned for April 15 – 24. All ages are invited to participate in this special week, which kicks off Coggeshall’s return to regular season hours. Beginning Friday, April 15, Coggeshall will be open 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, through December.

The following activities are free to members and included in the price of admission for guests. Weekday admission is $3 for children, seniors and active-duty military and $5 for adults. Weekend admission is $5 for children, seniors and active-duty military and $7 for adults. Children under 3 are free. No registration is necessary.

Shanty Night: Pack up the family and a picnic dinner, bring your instruments and singing voices, and join us for an open sing around the campfire. Everyone is encouraged to share their favorite song and take a turn leading the singing. Friday, April 15, 6:30 – 8 pm.

Hearthcooking: Help us prepare a variety of traditional New England foods cooked over the hearth or baked in our brick beehive oven. Tuesday, April 19, through Sunday, April 24, 11 am to 1 pm.

Tree Felling and Processing: Watch us fell a tree using a two-man saw and then help us process the wood for our hearth, fence making, shingles and other uses. Tree Felling: Tuesday, April 19, 11 am. Wood Processing: Tuesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 24, throughout the day.

Garden Plan & Prep: Consult with our Heirloom Garden Supervisor on the plan for your own garden and help us prepare our garden for planting. Wednesday, April 20Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, 10 am to noon.

Wool Carding & Spinning: Learn to prepare wool for spinning and transform it into workable fiber using the drop spindle. Thursday, April 21, 1 pm to 3 pm.

Candlemaking: Help us make hand-dipped candles to light our nights through the next winter. Saturday, April 23, 1 pm – 3 pm.

Blacksmith Shop Demonstrations: Discover how tools were made in the 18th century using a double-action bellows and forge. Help us polish up the tools created by our resident blacksmiths. Friday, April 22, and Sunday, April 24, 1 pm to 3 pm.

Feather Duster 101: Make your own feather duster from feathers collected from our heritage breed chickens and turkeys. Sunday, April 241-3 pm.

The following program is for ages 10 and up, has a cost of $10 per person, and requires advance registration:

Archaeologist for a Day: Experience how real archaeologists uncover the past in this hands-on program. Use an archaeologist’s tool kit to excavate a mock dig and piece together clues to unravel the mysteries of a fictional site. Thursday, April 21, 1 pm to 3 pm. Email to register.

Coggeshall Farm Museum is a living history museum portraying the lives of Rhode Island’s salt marsh farmers in the late 18th century. The farm located at 1 Colt Drive in Bristol, RI, off Poppasquash Road. For more information, email or call 401-253-9062.

RI Food Bank Receives 30,000 Lbs of Food from Local Architects

Local architects, builders, and contractors donate food and raise awareness of hunger in RI as part of Canstruction Event.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

From March 12 through March 26, six sculptures made of canned goods took over the Concourse at Providence Place for Canstruction 2016. The sculptures were created and built by some of the best local architects, builders, and  contractors in the area including Dimeo Construction, LLB Architects, Gilbane Building Co., Saccoccio and Associates, and Shawmut Design and Construction.

When the exhibits were “de-canstructed” last Saturday, all of the food was donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank – a total of 29,514 pounds!

“I’m always amazed by the amount of skill and effort involved with Canstruction,” said Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Food Bank. “It proves that we have some of the most creative architects and designers here in Rhode Island who are so generous to give their time and energy to help feed our neighbors in need.”

Visitors to this year’s Canstruction exhibit were entertained by favorite characters like R2D2 and BB8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dory from Disney’s Finding Nemo and the upcoming Finding Dory, and Left Shark from the 2015 Super Bowl Half-Time Show, along with a taste of everyone’s favorite coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, a magic lunchbox, and a tribute to the Ocean State.

Behind the challenge of designing and building enormous sculptures from full cans of food was the goal of helping to alleviate the serious problem of food insecurity. The thousands of cans of food used in each sculpture were transported to the Community Food Bank, where they will be distributed to people throughout the state. Each month, the Food Bank serves 60,000 clients through a network of 167 agencies such as food pantries, shelters, youth programs and senior centers.

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