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Shakespeare in the Park at Roger Williams National Memorial

shakespeareThe Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) is bringing Shakespeare’s perennial favorite, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to Roger Williams National Memorial on North Main Street in Providence for a run of outdoor performances.

Fairies, lovers, officials, and a troupe of bumbling amateur actors – what more could one ask on a late spring evening? The play provides plenty of laughs, strange enchantments, ridiculous lovers’ quarrels and some of the sweetest (and most comical) words ever to flow from the pen of the master playwright.

TRIST Artistic Director Bob Colonna will be at the helm and is promising a fresh and funny look at the play, involving quite a bit of the downtown Providence atmosphere, ranging from local politicians to the plight and energy of the homeless.

This will be TRIST’s third outdoor production at Roger Williams National Memorial. Last year’s As You Like It and 2010’s King Henry VIII attracted record crowds nightly and A Midsummer Night’s Dream promises to do the same. You really don’t want to miss it!

Admission is free and patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, beach chairs or lawn chairs (some limited seating will be provided) and to come early and make use of the Memorial’s picnic tables for, perhaps, a dinner under the stars! The play is appropriate for children (though probably not for the youngest ones who may get a little tired and antsy). Indoor restrooms are provided in the Memorial’s visitor center.

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Roger Williams National Memorial Healthy Food Truck Throwdown, August 9

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for sometime this fall.

Healthy Food Truck Throwdown
Roger Williams National Memorial
Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

nat-park-service-logoJoin the Rhode Island Department of Health, The Mayor of Providence and Roger Williams National Memorial staff in a lunchtime event that will showcase the culinary skills of Rhode Island’s Food Trucks.

Twelve trucks will line North Main Street between Smith Street and Park Row, adjacent to the Memorial, to battle it out in a competition to make the tastiest, healthiest treat and become Rhode Island’s Healthiest Food Truck!

In addition to enjoying good, healthy food at beautiful Roger Williams National Memorial, you will be entertained by some of Rhode Island’s most well known and well loved singer songwriters: Ed McGuirl , Joanne Lurgio, and Katherine Quinn!

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Roger Williams National Memorial Park Downtown Sunset Series

Roger Williams National MemorialBring a lawn chair, a blanket, and maybe even a picnic dinner and sit on the lawn at the beautiful Roger Williams National Memorial and enjoy FREE concerts by some of the best songwriters RI has to offer.

Also Narragansett Cultural Presentation by Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum (July 21 from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.), Jessa Piaia will present a one-person interpretation entitled Sarah Dyer Britton: On the Death by Hanging of her Sister-in-Law Rebel Quaker Mary Dyer (July 21, 5:00 pm), and more!

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Inspired Providence Lecture Series

Inspired Providence

Inspired Providence
A Fall Lecture Series Celebrating 375 Years of Providence History
Thursdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 10
6pm • Free
See below for locations

PROVIDENCE, RI – Roger Williams National Memorial is pleased to present Inspired Providence—a fall lecture series celebrating Providence’s rich cultural heritage from Roger Williams’ “lively experiment” in 1636 to the rise of a “Creative Capital.” Seven evenings of civic discourse and lively debate will take place between September 29th and November 10th at cultural institutions across the city. Each free lecture will begin at 6 pm and is open to the public.

The series, part of the larger Celebrate Providence 375 Years commemoration, kicks off Thursday, September 29th at 6pm at Roger Williams National Memorial. On this opening night, park ranger and local historian John McNiff will examine and discuss the beliefs of Roger Williams and how they were echoed in a truly revolutionary document, the United States Constitution, more than 100 years after Williams’ death.

Each subsequent talk will take on a distinct moment in Rhode Island history from the emergence of Rhode Island’s first portable restaurants in the 19th century, to the Hardscrabble race riot of 1824, to an architectural competition that forever changed the face of the East Side. The series also includes a special family program at the Providence Children’s Museum with storyteller Len Cabral, a public discussion moderated by “Action Speaks” host Marc Levitt, and a presentation of the Latino Oral History Project led by Marta Martinez.

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Celebrate Rhode Island National Parks Day, April 16

Celebrate Rhode Island National Parks Day
Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Roger Williams National Memorial
Saturday, April 16, 2011 • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
282 North Main Street, Providence

Providence. In celebration of National Park Week (April 16-24), the staff at Roger Williams National Memorial and John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor will be hosting Rhode Island National Parks Day on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 282 North Main Street in downtown Providence. Come and learn about the important role that urban spaces and natural places can play in public health and how you can get involved their preservation and protection.

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