2007-03-08 / About Town

Panel meeting about 350th bash

The committee charged with organizing Jamestown's 350th anniversary celebration will meet next week. Three hundred-fifty years ago the colonists purchased Conanicut Island from the Narragansett Indians. A major islandwide celebration is being planned this summer to commemorate the historic event.

Organizers hope there will be a number of community happenings staged from Aug. 11 through Aug. 19. Already on the schedule is the Chamber of Commerce's Night at the Light, which will be held at Foxhill Farm on Aug. 11 to raise money for the restoration of the Dutch Island Lighthouse.

On Aug. 18, intrepid sailors will take to the water at East Ferry for the Jamestown Yacht Club's annual Fools' Rules Regatta, which will observe its 30th anniversary this year.

The 350th committee is asking all of the island's community and civic organizations to stage their own events during the celebration week. Some ideas include a parade, fireworks, a family picnic and kite-flying day, and a possible dedication of the new Town Hall. Other suggestions include a garden tour or flower show, a sailing regatta, an art exhibit, and music concerts. The Jamestown Press plans to publish a commemorative program detailsing the week's events.

All ideas are welcome. All island organizations are invited to send representatives to the next meeting of the 350th anniversary committee at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. The group will meet at the Jamestown library.

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