Strawberry Fest coming June 16
Savor Smith's Castle's celebrated strawberry shortcake and pay homage to the humble wild strawberry, a favorite of the early colonists and the native Narragansett tribe at the annual Strawberry Festival.
Admission to the Saturday, June 16th event is free. Activities begin at noon and run until 4 p.m. Delicious strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream will be offered at a cost of $5 for adults, children's half-cake for $3. Drinks are $1. The event is sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council.
The castle will offer many events and activities for families to enjoy at this historic site. There will be free tours of the first floor of the "castle," a circa 1678 trading post established by Richard Smith, and its grounds, which feature a colonial revival garden.
Entertainment for the day will include an interactive performance by singer Mary King, storytelling from Katie Latimer, and Yorick's Marionette Theatre.
There will be demonstrations on candle dipping, broom making and sewing skills, as well as rug hooking with craftspeople from the Fayerweather Craft Guild. Steinhagen Pottery of Voluntown, Conn. will be selling 18th Century style redware pottery.
Children can make a tussie mussie or hammered flower print to bring home for $1. Docents in period costume will be on hand to answer questions about the house and its history. The gift shop is brimming with new and unique treasures.
For more information, call 294-3521, email smithscastle@ earthlink.net, or visit the website, www.smithscastle.org.
The Castle is located at 55 Richard Smith Dr., North Kingstown, RI, just off Route 1, about 1 mile north of Wickford village and directly across from the State Police Barracks.