2012-04-26 / News

Full slate of programs, camps and concerts planned for summer

The concert series, which has always been a favorite, will celebrate its 25th year
BY MARGO SULLIVAN

The popular event, Summer Concert Series ’12, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on the island this year. The concerts at East Ferry are among the Parks and Recreation Department’s summer highlights, said Jill Goldstein, the department’s program supervisor.

But it’s not the only thing for islanders to look forward to in the upcoming months. Other programs include the ever-popular summer camp and many other sports and educational opportunities.

The summer camp opens June 25 and continues through Aug. 27 at Fort Getty. Children going into kindergarten in September and youngsters up to sixth grade are eligible to attend. As in the past, parents have the option to send the youngsters to camp every day – and pay the weekly rate – or to send the children on selected days and pay the per-diem rate.

The camp will include three field trips, Goldstein said. The children will travel by bus to a PawSox game, an IMAX movie and a day at Yawgoo Valley Water Park. To save on expenses, some of the other events will take advantage of the attractions in Jamestown. For example, the children will enjoy some beach outings at Mackerel Cove, including one full beach day. They’ll also participate in a field day at Lawn Avenue School and compete in Olympic-style events before going to a cookout at Fort Wetherill. Kids will also spend some afternoons at the community playground near the library.

“Doing things in Jamestown is much better economically,” said Goldstein. “We have such a great island to explore.” Also, some entertainment will come to the camp. The rec department has booked a traveling magician to perform at the camp, and the Mad Scientists are coming back for three engagements. Last year, they built rockets, and this year, according to Goldstein, they’re going to focus on volcanoes and bugs.

Some 79 youngsters participated in summer camp last year, and that number represented an increase over past years.

“Last year’s summer camp had the highest participation in five years,” she said.

Along with camp activities and music, the rec department is also focusing on getting the kids outdoors with organized sports. Baseball camp at Lawn Avenue School starts June 25, two weeks after the last day of school.

Eric Bush returns for the fourday long baseball camp for youngsters 5 to 12 years old. Bush also runs the youth basketball camp from July 23 to July 27 at the Lawn Avenue School gym.

For adults, they can sign up for coed softball. “It’s a low-key league,” Goldstein said. Newcomers are welcome and the $20 registration includes a T-shirt.

Goldstein said anybody can play and experience isn’t necessary. Last year, the regulars ran the gamut from 18- to 60-year-old athletes. The games are Wednesday evenings under the lights at the Lawn Avenue field from 7 to 9 p.m. They play from May until September.

The adult exercise program moved back to the golf course on April 1, she said. Outdoor yoga classes at Beavertail State Park will also be offered at least four times weekly, she added.

The U.S. Sports Institute will also return this year with a weeklong camp July 9 to 13 for youngsters. The full-day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children age 6 to 12. A half-day camp from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is open to ages 5 to 12, and the squirt camp for the 3- to 5-year-olds runs afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

“They play all different sports,” Goldstein said, and mentioned lacrosse, tennis, basketball and cricket among the likely offerings. Last year about 20 to 25 children attended the full-day camp, and 10 little ones participated with the squirts.

This year, the goal is to double the participation, Goldstein said. Parents can register the children at the rec department’s site on the town website. From JamestownRI. net, go to the “Town Departments” scroll-down menu and click on “Parks & Rec.”

As for the music, the Sunday night concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. July 8 with 5 Flavor Discount.

All the popular acts – including Greg Abate, Lois Vaughn and Atwater Donnelly – are coming back this year, according to Goldstein. In fact, everyone is back from last year, and the rec department is looking for local businesses to sponsor the shows.

The town of Jamestown covers 65 percent of the concert costs, and the rec department asks local businesses to contribute the rest. A $150 sponsorship creates publicity for the business, she said, with a mention in concert advertisements and an announcement the night of the performance. The rec department also puts the business name on a sign the night of the show.

As always, the Jamestown Community Band will close out the summer with a concert on Aug. 26.

Some other camps, not directly connected to the rec department, are also going to be available, she said. For example, the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp is coming back July 30 to Aug. 3 at the Eldred Avenue fields. The link is on the rec department site.

The Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp opens July 9 at Fort Getty. That program is sponsored by the Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation, the Audubon Society, the Jamestown Arts Center and the Jamestown Education Foundation. Financial help for the adventure camp and the Save the Bay Camp is available through the education foundation at 423-3882.

Finally, the Jamestown Arts Center offers creative camps from July 9 through Aug. 17 for children ages 5 to 12. Programs are also available for older children. For more information about the teen camps, call 560-0979 or visit the center’s website.

For town programs, more information on the camps and registration forms can be found on the rec department’s website.

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