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

If your Town is planning a special milestone and would like to reach out, please contact Joanne Esposito, 401-714-4677 or via email

Thank you letter from the 300th Chair Joanne Esposito

February 2023 BonFire

Photo credit: Friends of the Saugatucket

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS WHO MADE OUR 300TH ANNIVERSARY A YEAR TO REMEMBER!

Advanced Auto Body
ALLTOWN logo
Arnold Lumber
BankRI Logo
Belmont Market
BrightView Commons Logo
DiStefano Brothers Construction
Elks Logo
Farmers Daughter
Flood Ford logo
Saugatuck Logo
GlassStation
Holland Electric
Kingston Improvement Association
Liberty Cedar Logo
Liberty Wine and Spirits
Lions Clubs International logo
Lynch Logo
Matunuck Oyster Bar Logo
Modine Logo
Narragansett Rubbish Removal Logo
Newport Renewables
Northups Logo
Northups Service Center
Ocean Recovery Community Alliance Logo
Ocean State Rentals
Panera Logo
Rawlings Logo
Rotary Club Logo
Ryan Center
Schneider Electric
Seascape Logo
So County Tourism Logo
South County Health
Thundermist
Two Ten Oyster Bar
URI Logo
Veola logo
Village of Matunuck
wakefield mall
Wakefield Village Association Logo
Whalers Logo
Xtramart Logo

SK Scarecrows

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Ostara Unveiling

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Harvest Moon Bonfire

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Veterans Day Parade
300th Veterans Banner
Veterans parade

                                                                              Ostara Photos Courtesy of Victoria Dority

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Most Traditional Scarecrow - Perryville Church-

Most Traditional Scarecrow

Most Scary Scarecrow - Sharon Henderson

Most Scary Winner

Most Unique Scarecrow - Southern RI Volunteers

Most Unique Scarecrow
Bridge Ceremony
Governor picture
Reed picture
SK300 High School Sign
SK300 Sign
Building of the SK300 Sign
Bridge Ceremony with signage
Bridge Ceremony with Councilman Marran
Bridge Ceremony
Oral History Panel
300th group
Rodman Tribute
300 Team
SK 300 Kiosk
SK 300th Painting
300th Coin Photo
300th July 4th
SC Health July 4th
July 4th Fireworks
July 4th field
Parade Stand
Parade Review Stand
SKHS SK300 Sign
Speaker Series

Event Information

300th Flyer Spirit of SK
300th Finale

Speaker Series Lineup

Final 300th Anniversary Speaker Series Flyer
Truck with 300 Sign
Medal of Honor
300th Medal of Honor Banner
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Kiosk with flyers
300th Sign Lighting
Class with Letters
Tree Lighting Sign Daylight
Wooden Planter Box
Tree Lighting crowd
Class with Planter Box
BankRI with SK300 box
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300th Committee with merchandise
300th Street Painting
URI float
300th unveiling
300th group
Music at unveiling
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300th Sign Lighting
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Pre Parade Photo
Pre Parade Photo
Pre Parade Photo
300th Event Photo
300th Event Photo
300th Event Photo
Medal of Honor Ceremony Senator Reed
Medal of Honor Ceremony
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Governor Medal of Honor Ceremony

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
300th Christmas tree lighting

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 volunteers, 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:

Ron Bergeron, Ken Burke, Jack Cadman, Margaret Carlson, John Desmond, Roland Fiore, Meag Foy-Anderson, Sharon Henderson, Aiden Hurley, Sean Johnson, Tim Klatt, Karmen Lambert, Beth Leconte, Hilly Munson, Terry Murphy, Aidan O'Sullivan, Ginny Paul, Mark Phillips, Sean Seigel, Brian Smith, Steve Stewart, Philip Telford, and Henry Thayer.

Vice Chair: Kate Sullivan
Chair:  Joanne Esposito
300th Anniversary Celebration Videographer: Gerald Krausse 

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