300th Anniversary Committee & Event Information

South Kingstown's Historical Timeline

created by Jessica Wilson, M.L.I.S, Local History and Reference Librarian at the Peace Dale branch of the South Kingstown Public Library

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Invitation to SK 300th Parade
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Volunteers Needed! 

Please click on the link to volunteer your time.  A member of the committee will follow up with you.

Sign up for June 17th Parade here!

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SK 300th Incorporation Day Bonfire
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Celebrations & Year-long Events

Date Time Event Location Sponsors
2/16/23 7pm Speaker Series - Jay Waller SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
2/25/23
Rain date 2/26/23
6:30-9:30pm Incorporation Day Bonfire Saugatucket Park Modine Manufacturing Company
March 1st-May 31st   K-12 Art Exhibit McGrath Courthouse Complex  
3/16/23 7pm Speaker Series - Betty Cotter SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
3/25/23 10am-12pm Medal of Honor Town Dedication Contemporary Theater Company Mews Tavern
3/30/23 7pm Speaker Series - Christian McBurney SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
4/19/23 6pm SK 2323: Envisioning a Prosperous & Resilient Future SKHS Cafeteria  
4/20/23 7pm Speaker Series - Brian Wallin & Erica Luke SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
4/22/23 9am-1pm Earth Day Spring Cleanup TBD  
5/11/23 7pm Speaker Series - Jessica Wilson SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
5/29/23 10am Memorial Day Parade Downtown Wakefield
5/29/23 12pm Memorial Day Parade Reception Elks Lodge of Wakefield The Elks Lodge of Wakefield
6/8/23 7pm Speaker Series - Jody Boucher SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
6/17/23 10am-12:30pm 300th Anniversary Parade Downtown Peace Dale & Wakefield  
6/17/23 1-4pm 300th Post Parade Picnic Saugatucket Park Advanced Auto Body
7/4/23 5-9:30pm 4th of July Fireworks Old Mountain Field South County Health
7/20/23 7pm Speaker Series - Judge Gil Indeglia Tavern Hall (The Elisha Reynolds House) Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
7/30, 8/6 & 8/13 6-10pm Music and Movies on the Village Green Neighborhood Guild Village Green Brightview Commons
8/6/23 7pm Speaker Series - Jessica Wilson Village Green Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
8/19/23 10am Tribute to Civil War Gen Isaac P. Rodman Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Riverside Cemetery Northups Service Center
9/7/23 7pm Speaker Series - Evan Wilson SKHS Auditorium Shaw's market & Panera Bread
9/9/23 11am-5pm Wakefield Arts and Culture Festival Saugatucket Park The Rotary of Wakefield
9/9/23 5-10pm Anniversary Trifecta Saugatucket Park AllTown Gas Stations
Newport Renewables
Shaidzon Brewery
Whalers Brewing Co.

9/21/23 7pm Speaker Series - Stephen Long SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
10/5/23 7pm Speaker Series - Joanne Pope Melish SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
10/19/23 7pm Speaker Series - Kris Bovy, Cathy DeCesare & Rod Mather SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
10/22/23 1-4pm Scarecrows for SK Saugatucket Park BankRI
10/29/23 7pm Canochet - An opera on the Narragansett Sachem & the Great Swamp Massacre URI FIne Arts Concert Hall Dr. Geoffrey Gibbs & Dr. Richard Vangermeersch
11/2/23 7pm Speaker Series - Richard Vangermeersch, Ph.D. SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
11/11/23 10am Veteran's Day Parade    
11/23/23   SK v NK Football Game URI Meade Field Rawlings Floor Coverings
12/1/23 TBD Peace Dale Rotary Tree Lighting Neighborhood Guild Prout School
12/12/23 7pm Speaker Series - James Manni SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread

300th Anniversary merchandise is now available! Click here to see where you can purchase it.

Merchandise

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Projects in the Works:

  • Banners and Lawn Signs
  • Commemorative Benches
  • Commemorative Magazine
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Bridge Namings
  • Fundraising
  • Garden Boxes
  • Kingston Railroad Signal Station Restoration
  • Media Plan
  • Narragansett Pier Railroad Brochure
  • Oral Histories / Videos
  • Public Art Installation at Neighborhood Guild
  • Narragansett Pier Railroad Bike Path Panels
  • RI PBS “SK Our Town” Segment to air Sept. 2023

SK’s Year-long Celebration includes the following collaboration: 

  • Town Council, Town Manager, and Town Departments and Commissions (Library, Police, Fire, Facilities, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Finance, IT Services, Clerk)
  • South Kingstown School Committee and Schools - including the Peace Dale Elementary School Centennial
  • URI and the Ryan Center
  • Federal/State/Local Elected Officials
  • Elks Lodge of Wakefield
  • Rotary Club of Wakefield
  • SK Lions Club
  • GEAR Productions
  • Local Businesses and Organizations
  • Local Churches
  • Kingston Chamber Music Festival - 35th Anniversary
  • Kingston Troop 1 – Centennial 
  • Narragansett Indian Tribe
  • Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture – 130th Anniversary
  • RI Suburban Newspapers
  • South County History Museum
  • SK Land Trust – 40th Anniversary
  • Tomaquag Museum

Mission Statement:

The South Kingstown Town Council established the 300th Anniversary Steering Committee to highlight the town's 300th (1723-2023) anniversary milestone.  The committee - which is composed of resident, business, and student representatives, as well as those from cultural, educational, faith-based, civic, military, and nonprofit organization will meet monthly, and as needed, beginning Fall 2021 through late Fall 2023 to plan, market, and implement multiple commemorative programs, projects, and events.  Through a year-long array of diverse programming, the committee will highlight the town's rich past and treasures; celebrate the achievements of its people; and create a legacy of memorable, perennial, philanthropic, and creative opportunities for engaging its residents and visitors. The aim of this year-long anniversary celebration is to build greater understanding and appreciation for what makes South Kingstown truly special.

Committee Members:

Dino Autiello, Ron Bergeron, Ken Burke, Margaret Carlson, John Desmond, Roland Fiore, Meag Foy-Anderson, Sharon Henderson, Aiden Hurley, Sean Johnson, Tim Klatt, Beth Leconte, Hilly Munson, Terry Murphy, Ginny Paul, Mark Phillips, Jon Rapport, Rachel Rinaldi, Sean Seigel, Brian Smith, Steve Stewart, Philip Telford, and Henry Thayer.

Vice Chair: Kate Sullivan
Chair:  Joanne Esposito 

Honorary Chairs: Native American Tribal Member, Sandra Pates, Bishop Wallace Hazard, Retired R.I. Supreme Court Justice, Gilbert V. Indeglia, and Military War Veteran, Joseph “Tiger” Patrick