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

Celebrations & Year-long Events

Date Time Event Location Sponsors
12/17/22
5-6pm Town Hall Lighting Town Hall Wakefield Village Association
01/11/23 7pm SK Night with URI MBB URI Ryan Center  
1/24/23 7pm Speaker Series - Lorén Spears SKHS Auditorium  
2/16/23 7pm Speaker Series - Jay Waller SKHS Auditorium  
2/25/23 4:30-7:30pm 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  
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  
4/20/23 7pm Speaker Series - Brian Wallin & Erica Luke SKHS Auditorium  
4/22/23 9am-12pm Earth Day Spring Cleanup TBD  
5/11/23 7pm Speaker Series - Jessica Wilson SKHS Auditorium  
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
6/17/23 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  
7/20/23 7pm Speaker Series - Judge Gil Indeglia Tavern Hall (The Elisha Reynolds House)  
8/23 6-10pm Music and Movies on the Village Green Neighborhood Guild Village Green BrightView Commons
8/19/23 10am Tribute to Civil War Gen Isaac P. Rodman Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Riverside Cemetery Northups Service Center
9/9/23 11am-5pm Wakefield Arts and Culture Festival Saugatucket Park The Rotary of Wakefield
9/21/23 7pm Speaker Series - Stephen Long SKHS Auditorium  
9/9/23 5-10pm Anniversary Trifecta Saugatucket Park  
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  
11/11/23 10am Veteran's Day Parade    
12/1/23 TBD Tree Lighting Neighborhood Guild Prout School
South Kingstown 300th Anniversary
  1. Joanne Esposito

    Phone: (401) 714-4677

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!

300th Anniversary Kiosk has been unveiled. Read about it here.

THANK YOU TO OUR 300TH ANNIVERSARY SPONSORS!

Arnold Lumber
BankRI Logo
Belmont Market
BrightView Commons Logo
Elks Logo
Farmers Daughter
Lions Clubs International Logo
Modine Logo
Narragansett Rubbish Removal Logo
Northups Logo
Panera Logo
Rotary Club Logo
Schneider Electric
So County Tourism Logo
Wakefield Village Association Logo
Town Seal

Projects in the Works:

  • 300th Anniversary Kiosk Board
  • 300th Commemorative Coins and Merchandise for Purchase (Sale begins 12/5/22 at Belmont Market)
  • Banners and Lawn Signs
  • Commemorative Benches
  • Commemorative Magazine
  • Fundraising
  • Garden Boxes
  • Historical Digital Timeline
  • 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
  • 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, Christine Foisy, 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, Reverend Wallace Hazard, Retired R.I. Supreme Court Justice, Gilbert V. Indeglia, and Military War Veteran, Joseph “Tiger” Patrick