Beacon Buzz July 1, 2021

Posted 7/1/21

By ARDEN BASTIA New parade route After 27 years of hosting the Warwick Neck 4th of July parade, Bill and Madeline Nixon are passing the torch. The neighborhood parade has started and finished at the Nixon home since it was founded as a friendly

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Beacon Buzz July 1, 2021


New parade route

After 27 years of hosting the Warwick Neck 4th of July parade, Bill and Madeline Nixon are passing the torch. The neighborhood parade has started and finished at the Nixon home since it was founded as a friendly tongue-in-cheek rival to the Bristol Parade. This year the parade will start and finish at the entrance to the Aldrich Mansion on Warner Avenue on Saturday, July 3 at 10 a.m. Neighbors are invited to walk in the parade, drive their decorated cars, golf carts and bicycles…and, of course, come patriotically dressed. The rain date is Monday, July 5.

Market place at Crowne

An Independence Day outdoor market place will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We Be Jammin is organizing the event. Craft vendors and food trucks should contact Debbie Wood at for more information.

Aldrich High School reunion

Nelson W. Aldrich High School’s class of 1955 will hold its 66th reunion on Tuesday, July 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Richard’s Pub on South County Trail in East Greenwich. The event will be casual dress. Please RSVP to Roberta at (401) 789-9530 or Joan at (401) 440-4467.

Vets High School class of 1980 reunion

The Warwick Veterans High School class of 1980 will be holding a belated 40th reunion on Saturday, July 31. For more information, please visit the WVMHS Class of 1980 Facebook page or contact Lynn Wells Stephen at (401) 595-9888.

Beach passes sold at Library

The Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane branch, is selling Warwick beach passes. Beachgoers will be able to purchases passes anytime the library is open. Passes are $20 for residents, per car; $40 for non-residents, per car; $10 for seniors (60), veterans, and disabled residents, per car; and $20 for seniors (60), veterans, and non-residents, per car. Day passes are sold at individual beaches. Passes are good from July 1 to September 6. Proof of residency is required, with a state ID/license and car registration. Proof of age, veterans, and disability status is also required. Cash, check, or money order made out to the City of Warwick will be accepted.

RIPIN drive-up vaccine clinic

On Saturday, July 10 from 9 to 11 a.m., the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) will be hosting a drive-through vaccine clinic. The event will take place at their office parking lot, located at 300 Jefferson Blvd. The clinic is open to all ages 12 and older, but is particularly ideal for children, youth or adults with disabilities, or for anyone for whom it is difficult to get a vaccine at another site. Registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. Visit to register.

Get a Job Thursdays

We Make RI, an organization that provides free manufacturing training, is hosting a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their offices at 200 First Avenue in Cranston. The next job fair will take place today, July 1. We Make RI offers job seekers a chance to meet with employers, get career counseling, resume help, and more. Some employers include Swissline Precision, Admiral Packaging, KB Surfaces, Warwick Hanger, and Hitachi Cable. For more information about the event or other training opportunities, visit or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.

Goddard Park farmers market

The farmers market at Goddard Park is back for the season, every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October. Enjoy over 20 vendors and fresh Rhode Island produce, meat, and other local delicacies. For more information and a full list of vendors, visit

Pilgrim Senior Center grand reopening

The Pilgrim Senior Center is hosting a reopening party on Friday, July 2 at 1 p.m. to celebrate their grand reopening and Independence Day. The free event will feature coffee, cake, music, and fabulous raffle prizes. To register, call Lisa at (401) 468-4071.

Warwick Library book group

The Warwick Public Library Tuesday book group will next meet on Tuesday, July 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the lawn or in the large meeting room if weather is a problem. The group will meet to discuss Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. This is a novel about faith, science, religion, and family that tells the deeply moving portrait of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression, addiction, and grief, narrated by a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine. All are welcome to join the discussion. Email with questions or for more information.

Warwick Summer Concert Series

The City of Warwick is hosting a series of free summer concerts. For a full line-up and more local events, visit

Energetic, New England based band, Neal and the Vipers, will be at Oakland Beach on July 7 at 6 p.m.

Salter’s Groove, a RI-based cover band with a wide arsenal of good tunes, will be at Pawtuxet Park on July 17 at 2 p.m.

Whiskey Rhode will be performing classic country hits at Conimicut Point Park on July 21 at 6 p.m.

Keturah’s Dream, a Fleetwood Mac cover band, will perform at Oakland Beach on July 28 at 6 p.m.

Podcasting in Seven Easy Steps: an Online Series

The Warwick Public Library and the Barrington Public Library are teaming up to host a free series of virtual workshops to learn tips and tricks to podcasting. All events will take place at 7 p.m. To register for the Zoom links, visit or call (401) 739-5440.

On July 7, join Jessica D’Avanza and Siobhan Egan from Rhody Radio: Rhode Island Library Radio Online for Step 1: What is a podcast and why make one?

On July 14, meet Kristen Meinzer from the award-winning podcast By the Book and explore Step 2: How to build your podcast and give listeners what they want.

On July 21, Jason Moon from New Hampshire Public Radio walks you through Step 3: How to write scripts that tell stories.

On July 28, tune into Tom Shaker from WICN Public Radio and Step 4: How to use your voice to create a persona.

On August 4, meet Ian Donnis from The Public’s Radio: Rhode Island Public Radio and hear Step 5: Tips for hosting, co-hosting, and interviewing guests.

On August 11, join Alex Borden form WQRI Radio for Step 6: Boost your stories with editing, music, and sound clips.

On August 18, learn Step 7: How to broadcast and promote your podcast.

Yoga with Patricia at Rocky Point

Outdoor yoga at Rocky Point Park is back for the summer. Join Patricia on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m. at the old saltwater pool for an all-levels yoga class. Suggested donation $10. Follow scheduling updates on Facebook at Peace, Love, and Wellness with Patricia.

Pilgrim High School reunion

The Pilgrim High School classes of 1966 to 1969 are invited to a reunion barbeque on August 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. The event will be held at Fort Getty in Jamestown. Food will be served at 2 p.m. and includes pulled pork chicken, ribs, coleslaw, cornbread, and dessert. Gas grills are available to use. There will be a dance floor, volleyball court, and beach with swim access. The location is handicap accessible, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair and drinks. Tickets are $40 per person, and RSVPs must be made by August 1. Contact Linda Sprague-Eichenfeldt for tickets at (401) 965-8035 or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to 20 Sweetfern Road, Warwick, RI 02888 for a ticket. Attendance is limited.

Ben Boyle & Ron Kostyla Golf Classic

Registration for the 38th Annual Ben Boyle & Ron Kostyla Golf Classic for SHARE is now open. The event will be held at the Richmond Country Club on Sunday, August 29, with tee-off at 8 a.m. Day-of registration will open at 7 a.m., with dinner and awards following the end of last play. Golfers are invited to participate in remembrance of Boyle and Kostyla, two community members who dedicated their lives to helping others. The golf package includes a full game of 18 holes, access to refreshments in the morning and lunch in the afternoon, a swag bag, team awards, event prizes, and a sit-down dinner reception. A raffle will also be available. Prizes include a weekend getaway to New Hampshire, 40” Smart TV, Kindle Fire tablet, $100 Amazon gift card, and a grill. The cost is $150 per player for golf and dinner, or $30 for dinner only. To register for the event, contact Bob Bjorklund at (401) 585-0156 or email

AARP field trips

The 210 chapter of AARP is hosting a series of field trips. The first is on Thursday, September 16 to the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant for a buffet lunch followed by a performance of Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. The lighthearted and entertaining comedy follows the story of a love triangle that takes place at the Howard Johnson’s Motor Inn. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. from the I-95 Park & Ride at Exit 6A, Coventry, and will return around 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $109 per person and payment is due by August 16. To purchase tickets, contact Maureen Murphy at (401) 828-5188 or Mary Ouellette at (401) 828-3227.

From Sunday, November 7 to Tuesday, November 9, AARP is hosting a trip to Atlantic City. On the 7th, attendees will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the I-95 Park & Ride at Exit 6A, Coventry and travel to Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts. Upon arrival, guests will receive $20 casino slot cash, $50 in food credits, and a casino show. The buss will return to RI around 7:30 p.m. on the 9th. The tour cost is $269 per person for a double room, $259 per person for a triple room, and $369 per person for a single room. A $50 deposit is due at sign up, and final payments must be made by October 7. For reservations contact Maureen Murphy at (401) 828-5188 or Mary Ouellette at (401) 828-3227.

Outdoor yoga at Conimicut Point Park

Join Yoga at the Point for a season of outdoor yoga right on the water at Conimicut Point Park. Yoga, pilates, group fitness, and sound meditation classes offered every day, Sunday through Saturday, until August 31. All levels welcome; $10 suggested donation per class. Please bring a mat and mask. For the full schedule, visit or follow Yoga at the Point on Facebook.

NAMI-RI offers family support groups

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) offers Family Support Groups. These free, peer-led support groups are designed for adult loved ones of people with mental health conditions.

The support groups are approximately 90 minutes long (currently, on Zoom) and meet every other week or monthly.

By sharing your experiences in a safe, confidential setting, you can gain hope and develop supportive relationships. NAMI Family Support Group will help you aim for better coping skills, find strength in sharing experiences, not judge anyone’s pain, forgive ourselves and reject guilt, embrace humor as healthy, accept that we cannot solve every problem, and understand that mental health conditions are no one's fault and can be traumatic experiences.

Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character. NAMI offers understanding and resources to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.

For more information on family support groups and other programs and resources, visit the Rhode Island chapter of NAMI at, call 401-331-3060 or email

CRICC Summer Networking Series

Dust off those business cards, grab your sunglasses, and join the Central RI Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to meet new folks and reconnect with old friends during the 2021 Summer Networking Series, hosted in conjunction with Bay Coast Mortgage Company. Events include Music & Mudslides at Harbor Lights on July 21, and Wine & Nibbles at Revolution American Bistro on August 19. All events are 5 to 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at Tickets are limited, and cost $25 for CRICC members and $50 for non-members. For more information, call (401) 732-1100.

Warwick Vets reunion rescheduled

The Warwick Veterans Memorial High School class of 1960 reunion has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. The event will be held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet at 1 Rhodes Place. There will be a social hour from 12 to 1 p.m., and then a luncheon buffet from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Checks can be made out to Kathy Bouthillier and mailed to 94 Colonel John Gardner Road, Narragansett, RI 02882. Payments must be received by July 23, as tickets will not be sold at the door. For questions, contact Sally (Anderson) Allen at (401) 783-0205.

Fez-tival of Trees returns to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is now accepting applications for crafters, vendors, and artists for the 7th annual Rhode Island Shriners Fez-tival of Trees. The event is scheduled for November 27 and 28. In 2019, over 3,000 guests strolled through the fundraising event Vendors have a few space options this year. Options include 8’ table in the mezzanine area for one day at $75, 8x8 front lobby space for both days at $200, and 10x10 front lobby space for both days at $250. Electricity is available for an extra $25, and advance notice is required. If interested, email and request a vendor packet.

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