2017-2018 Program

Note: In order to advance the Association's quest to involve our youth, the Directors voted
to pay the admission fee for children 12 years and under to any of the following events.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017     11:00AM
We will gather at 11:00am to tour our cousin Earnest Ross' Paine Farm at 22 Paine Rd., Foster, RI. Paine Farm has been known over the years for its apple orchards, sleigh rides, animals, antique cars, and historical cemetery. Earnie, a descendant of Capt. Isaac Paine as well as Roger Williams, has a plethora of historical information regarding the farm structures and family throughout the generations. Following the tour and a brief meeting, we will have lunch at Tavern 19 at the Foster Country Club. RSVP by September 5 to dmw888@me.com or 401-418-9971.

Directions: From I-295N, take exit 6 for US-6E to Providence/Hartford Ct. Stay toward the Hartford Ave. exit. Right onto US-6W/Hartford Ave. (signs for Foster) approx. 13 miles up Rte. 6. Right onto Paine Ave. 0.7 miles. (*street sign across street a few blocks before CT border). The farm is on the right after the cemetery.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017     11:00AM
We will assemble on the straight dirt road off Birch Swamp Rd., Warren, RI and travel by car to within several hundred yards of the large overhanging rock shelter known as Margaret's Rock in North Swansea, MA. Margaret was a Wamponoag Medicine Woman who helped Roger return to good health, along with the help of Massasoit, following Roger's banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in that extreme cold winter of 1636. It is the only abode which exists today in the Providence area whose walls Roger actually touched. Let us pay homage to this temporary and first home in the wilderness for Roger during the 14 weeks immediately after his banishment. Please arrive 30 minutes early to carpool and/or caravan. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1:00pm. Bring a folding chair and packed lunch for a brief meeting afterwards. ABOUT MARGARET'S ROCK

Directions: From Providence, I-95 toward Swansea/Fall River. In No. Swansea, take the Rte. 136 exit and travel south 1.7 miles. After crossing into RI, left onto Birch Swamp Rd. Continue for 0.3 miles where the road takes a 90 degree turn to the south. At this bend go straight onto dirt road (sign "Windswept Farm"). DO NOT turn right into drive to the Old Chase Farm. We will start assembling on this dirt road shortly after 10:30am. A group photo will be taken. Call Dave Wordell at 860-859-5336 if you have any questions.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017     11:00AM
We will observe reverence for Founder Roger Williams, who pioneered the Baptist Religion in 1638, at the First Baptist Church, 75 North Main St., Providence, RI. Church Service is at 11:00AM. Following coffee and conversation in the church basement after the service and a brief meeting, we will proceed to lunch at Gregg's Restaurant. RSVP by October 15 to dmw888@me.com or 401-418-9971.

Directions: Church is located in downtown Providence at the corner of North Main and Waterman St.. From I-95, take exit 22A following the signs to Downtown/Memorial Blvd. Follow Memorial Blvd. to the river. Turn left onto Washington St. The church is visible directly ahead. From the West, follow Rte. 6 to exit for Downtown Providence to Memorial Blvd. Parking can be difficult, so plan arrival time accordingly.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017     12:00PM
Our Christmas party and reception will be held at Bella Restaurant, 1992 Victory Hwy. Harrisville, RI for family style chicken and roast beef luncheon. After a short business meeting, we will enjoy a special traditional holiday music performance from Chepachet Baptist Church's Meeting House Series at 2:30pm, with refreshments following. $20 per person. The restaurant requires a count, so RSVP by November 19 to dmw888@me.com or 401-418-9971.

Directions: From Providence and points south, Rte. 95N to 146 toward Worcester. Exit to Slatersville/Forestdale/RI 5/RI 102. Right off rxit ramp, then left at next light. Follow 102S for 5 miles. Left at Bella sign onto Glendale Bypass, then two quick lefts into the parking lot. From Rte. 295N, exit 7B to Smithfield. Remain on Rte. 44W through Greenville and into Chepachet Village. At light in Chepachet Village, bear right onto Rte. 100/102, then next right onto Rte. 102N. Continue for 4 miles. Right at Bella sign onto Glendale Bypass, then two quick lefts into the parking lot. From CT, Rte. 395 to exit 47 Woodstock/East Putnam. Right off ramp onto Rte. 44. Continue to Chepachet Village. Left at light onto 100/102. then next right onto Rte. 102N. Continue for 4 miles. Right at Bella sign onto Glendale Bypass, then two quick lefts into the parking lot.

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018     1:00PM
This church, located at 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI, is home of the largest collection of fresco paintings in North America. The artist used members of the community as models for 475 faces adorning the walls and ceilings that complete the masterpiece fresco. $10 general admission, $8 for seniors. Following the tour and a brief meeting, we will have lunch at the nearby Ciro's Tavern, 42 Cherry St., Woonsocket, RI. RSVP by April 24 to dmw888@me.com or call 401-418-9971.

Directions: Rte. 146N to Woonsocket, then Rte. 99N. At the end, left at light onto Rte. 122 (Mendon Rd.). Continue straight for about 1.5 miles. The center will be on the right (look for the twin towers). Parking is across the street.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018     11:00 AM
Join us for an audio guided self-tour of this lovely gilded age mansion, located at Vernon Court, 492 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI, which houses the first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration artwork. $17 general admission. Following the tour we will have lunch at LaForge Casino Restaurant, established 1880. RSVP by May 27 to dmw888@me.com or call 401-418-9971.

Directions: I-95S to Rte. 4S (exit 9), which merges into Rte. 1S. Take the 'Newport/Jamestown Bridges' exit (138E). Cross over both bridges and take the first exit off the Pell Newport Bridge. Right off the ramp (Scenic Newport), then continue straight through first set of traffic lights. At second set of lights, right onto America's Cup Ave. to traffic light at Thames St. Go straight up the hill; America's Cup Ave. becomes Memorial Blvd. at the Bellevue Ave. traffic light. Right onto Bellevue Ave. Head south on Bellevue Ave. toward 'Gilded Age' mansions. After about 1 mile, left off Bellevue Ave. onto Victoria Ave. at the Frederick Law Olmsted Park street clock. The first ornate gate on the left is the main entrance to Vernon Court. Free parking available opposite the main gate.

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018     11:00AM
Hear the stories of the women through the ages who lived and worked at Linden Place Mansion, located at 500 Hope St., Bristol, RI. This "Great House" was used by generations of seafaring DeWolfs, Colts, and Barrymores to entertain presidents and politicos. Stroll the sculpture gardens and visit the Bristol Art Museum in Linden Place's 19th Century Barn. $8 admission, $6 seniors, students and AAA members. A brief meeting will follow at the nearby Lobster Pot Restaurant. RSVP by July 8 to dmw888@me.com or call 401-418-9971.

Directions: From Rte. 195 take Rte. 136 to Bristol. Take a right on Chestnut St. At the end take a left on Hope St./Rte. 114. At fork, bear right on Thames St., crossing over Bradford St. Parking is on the left in back of library. Linden Place is across the street from the library.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018     12:00PM
We will gather for a walk down memory lane with Ranger Jonathan McNiff at 282 North Main St., Providence, RI, to commemorate the life of the founder of Rhode Island. Enjoy a special presentation by author Alan E. Johnson of his book, The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience. Please bring a folding chair. We will regroup afterwards for lunch at The Milk Money Restaurant on nearby Water St. RSVP by July 29 to dmw888@me.com or call 401-418-9971.

Directions: From I-95N, take Exit 23 to State Offices. Left at light to bottom of Orms St. Right at light onto Charles St. Continue straight through one light, then quick left into memorial parking lot. From I-95S, take Exit 23 to Charles St. First left onto Ashburton St. and continue straight through three lights. After third light, take a quick left into memorial parking lot.


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