Jamestown's 350th celebration, slated for Aug. 11 to 19, promises to be a great week-long festival with activities for all islanders young and old.
The closing event will be something new and different for the island - a laser lightshow at East Ferry on Sunday, Aug. 19, set to the lively music of the Jamestown Community Band.
The generous folks at the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority have offered to underwrite a major portion of the laser lightshow. However, additional sponsors are required to make it happen. About $3,000 more is needed. If you would like to donate to the cause, contact the 350th Celebration Committee chairman, Charlie Petit. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jamestown Press will contribute $100 to the cause.
The 350th celebration week gets underway on Saturday, Aug. 11 with the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce Night at the Light at Fox Hill Farm to benefit Dutch Harbor lighthouse.
On Sunday, Aug. 12, there will be a parade down Narragansett Avenue and the dedication of our new Town Hall. A concert at East Ferry caps the day.
During the week, many activities are scheduled. On Monday, Aug. 13, there will be a family picnic at Ft. Wetherill, and also an afternoon tea hosted by the Quononoquott Garden Club. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, there will be an agricultural history tour of the island. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, an island bike ride and historical scavenger hunt is planned. On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Jamestown Community Chorus will stage its annual Talent Show, and the Historical Society will have its annual meeting.
On Friday, Aug. 17, tours of island farms are scheduled. Saturday, Aug. 18, features the Jamestown Yacht Club's Fool's Rules Regatta, the annual Craft Show, and Kid's Day at the Fire Station.
The band concert and laser lightshow completes the schedule on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 19.
- Jeff McDonough