2005-09-08 / About Town

About Town

Tour Horsehead and grounds this Saturday

The magnificent Horsehead, a Joseph Wharton estate, built circa 1882-84, will be open for tours for one day only.

This Saturday, Sept. 10, the Jamestown Historical Society is sponsoring the house and garden tour at the estate on Highland Drive.

The house and all of its 20 coastal acres will be the site of the tour, and tickets, at $15 per person, will be available at the entrance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parking will be on the grounds. Walking shoes are suggested to roam the property after touring the house. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see this “summer cottage” and its panoramic views of the eastern harbor.

You can climb the lighthouse tower

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association will open the lighthouse tower this Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 2 p.m.

All are invited to view lower Narragansett Bay from one of the most unique locations in the bay. The tower is open to the public only two times each year because of its continual use as one of the state’s most prominent and important aids to navigation.

Built in 1856, the tower is the third lighthouse built on the Atlantic coast. The first was built in Boston Harbor, and the second was on Nantucket Island.

The view from the tower includes Block Island to the south and the buildings in downtown Providence can be seen to the north. Plan also to visit the lighthouse museum.

Everyone’s invited to the ice cream social

The Jamestown Ecumenical Council will hold its annual Ice Cream Social this Sunday, Sept. 11. The event will be hosted at Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave., at 11 a.m. Sunday morning. All are invited. Call 423-1651.

Hear the Watson Farm story Sunday

Historic New England’s Watson Farm in Jamestown will host a storytelling program on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m.

“The Watson Farm Story” is a one hour narrative, with music, created by writer/storyteller Marc Levitt. The piece will take listeners on a historical journey through the history of the Watson Farm, one of the few remaining working farms on Conanicut Island.

Using music played by Phil Edmonds and Cathy CasperTorch and singing by the Jamestown Chorus directed by BJ Whitehouse, the program takes listeners from pre-glacial times up to the present, where the Watson Farm, under the ownership of Historic New England and the stewardship of Don and Heather Minto, stands out in its efforts to promote the maintenance and preservation of local agriculture.

“The Watson Farm Story” is the story of the Narragansett Indians who used the land as a summer encampment, of Englishborn farmers who used the land for grazing cattle and sheep, of Quakers who were slave owners, of the British, who burned the island’s houses, of the pressure for summer home development at the turn of the 19th century, and of the heroic protection efforts of the Watson family. This is a free program. Call 423-0005.

Lions to host dinner, guest speaker Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Jamestown Lions Club will hold an open meeting at the Portuguese American Citizens Club.

The guest speaker will be Peter Neronha, Project Safe Neighborhood co-ordinator for the U. S. attorney’s office.

As Project Safe Neighborhood co-ordinator, Neronha manages the PSN community outreach initiatives, including long-term projects, coordinates the U.S. attorney’s office law-enforcement training, and frequently visits schools and other community centers in Rhode Island to bring gun safety and gun violence awareness and education to young people.

Neronha is the son of Manuel and Veronica Neronha of East Shore Road.

A cash bar will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The price of the buffet dinner will be $17.50.

Call Bill Kelly at 423-0385 for reservations by tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 9, for reservations.

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