Commercial Fishing Opening Night Raffle

 

South County Museum is proud to announce the official opening of the Metz Exhibit Hall, as well as the preview of our brand new exhibit “Commercial Fishing – The Early Years” on May 14th, from 5:00-7:00 PM. This event will feature the raffle of a breathtaking watercolor painting generously donated by Robert Chase. He has captured the art of trap fishing, and this treasure could be yours to take home!

Tickets are $10, or $50 for 6. Tickets are available through the end of May. The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the month.

Raffle: Watercolor Painting “Fish Trapping”

$10.00 – $50.00

Buy now

 

Don’t miss your chance to reel in this catch, it is a stunning piece you won’t want to release!


Commercial Fishing- The Early years Preview

Are you interested in being the first to see our new commercial fishing exhibit? Join our preview night to get an exclusive first look at our new commercial fishing exhibit and meet our new Executive Director. Come discover what the museum has in store this spring and summer.

Date: Friday, May 14th, 2021

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Donation $20 per person

Commercial Fishing Exhibit Opening Night

$20.00

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Spring Family Event Sold out

South County Museum’s Spring Family Event is officially sold out due to great demand. We will have more event coming up, so please stay tuned for more information.

Thank you so much to everyone who has bought their tickets to support us and our event. We are so grateful for a community that is involved, supportive, and caring.

Please continue to come see us, and follow us on social media to explore, engage, and experience our rich history.


Spring Family Fun Event

Just in time for Spring, the South County Museum is hosting a Spring Family Event. The outdoor event offers a day full of family fun celebrating all things Spring, April 3rd from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.
Getting outside for a walk around the museum’s eight acre wooded campus will feel like stepping back in time. Add in a confetti egg hunt, blacksmith demonstrations, rock painting and plenty of games, they may not even realize they are learning. The Live music, food and drink trucks will be a wonderful bonus!
The South County Museum inspires curious learners of all ages to explore, engage, and experience Rhode Island’s unique agriculture, maritime and mill village history.
Registration for the event is required and spaces are limited.

Admission is free for members

children under 6: free

Non member adult: $15

Non member child 6-12: $12

Find registration for members here

Find registration for child non-member here

Find registration for Adult non-member here

For more information on the event and opportunities to become a member, call 401-783-5400 or check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/770186880589860/


50/50 raffle

Happy St Patrick’s day folks! Feeling the luck of the Irish? If so, try your luck at our 50/50 raffle! For every 5 dollars donated, 1 ticket will be put in the bowl, and names will be chosen at the end of the month. 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the winner, and the other 50 percent will go to organizing our Spring family event at the museum on April 3rd(free admission for members, and a $15 admission for non-members). We take pride in creating these quarterly events for our members, and our goal is to be able to keep creating events and smiles! Please consider taking a shot at our 50/50 raffle, you may just be the lucky leprechaun! Purchase your raffle tickets today online, our gift shop, or by calling the office (401) 783-5400.

 


An Egg-citing Spring Family Event

How do you like your eggs? This month, join in to help the South County Museum make a special kind of egg you won’t find on any menu. In preparation for SCM’s Spring Family Event on April 3rd, we’re making confetti eggs — yes, they are as fun as they sound! Follow the tutorial below from arts and crafts master and fellow SCM supporter Sarah Abbruzzese to learn how to prepare your eggs!

These awesome eggs have a unique and global history. The concept of filling egg shells with a special gift first appeared in Asia and was eventually brought to Italy and Spain by the explorer Marco Polo. The eggs were often given as gifts and were filled with perfumed powder. They arrived in Mexico in the mid-1800’s thanks to the Emperor Maximilian’s wife. In Mexico, the powder was replaced with confetti and the confetti egg was born! Today, confetti eggs— or cascarones as they are known in Spanish— are part of Mexican Carnival celebrations, when communities commemorate the season before Lent with parades, rich food, and colorful costumes. 

The funnest part about confetti eggs is surprising a friend with a shower of confetti on their head— which, according to tradition, may even bring them good luck!

So, as you eat your way through your next dozen eggs, set aside the shells each time. When you finish the carton, bring them along to the museum, where we will fill the eggs with tons of colorful confetti! With your help, come Family Day we’ll have a huge supply for the kids to find in an egg-stra special edition of SCM’s Egg Hunt!

Help the children have a blast at our Spring Family Event and get cracking!

 


An Egg-citing Family Event!

How do you like your eggs? This month, join in to help the South County Museum make a special kind of egg you won’t find on any menu. In preparation for SCM’s Spring Family Event on April 3rd, we’re making confetti eggs — yes, they are as fun as they sound! Follow the tutorial below from arts and crafts master and fellow SCM supporter Sarah Abbruzzese to learn how to prepare your eggs!

These awesome eggs have a unique and global history. The concept of filling egg shells with a special gift first appeared in Asia and was eventually brought to Italy and Spain by the explorer Marco Polo. The eggs were often given as gifts and were filled with perfumed powder. They arrived in Mexico in the mid-1800’s thanks to the Emperor Maximilian’s wife. In Mexico, the powder was replaced with confetti and the confetti egg was born! Today, confetti eggs— or cascarones as they are known in Spanish— are part of Mexican Carnival celebrations, when communities commemorate the season before Lent with parades, rich food, and colorful costumes. 

The funnest part about confetti eggs is surprising a friend with a shower of confetti on their head— which, according to tradition, may even bring them good luck!

So, as you eat your way through your next dozen eggs, set aside the shells each time. When you finish the carton, bring them along to the museum, where we will fill the eggs with tons of colorful confetti! With your help, come Family Day we’ll have a huge supply for the kids to find in an egg-stra special edition of SCM’s Egg Hunt!

Help the children have a blast at our Spring Family Event and get cracking!

 


Dry weather rained on our parade

The region’s long dry spell makes for less than ideal planting conditions; therefore, the upcoming work days this Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be postponed until the grounds are more agreeable for the new natives plants that will put the finishing touches on the Friends of Canonchet Trails’ landscaping project at the South County Museum.
Basically, the dry weather rained on our parade….for now.

NEW DATES:
October 5, 6, & 7th
9:00 AM – Noon

We do hope you consider digging in with us then! Send us an email at southcountymuseum@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.

This project won’t be possible without the generous support from the South County Garden Club, Grandscapes, and Narragansett Rubbish.

Garden Rejuvenation Project in full swing

A hardy group of volunteers from the Friends of Canonchet (FOC) load up the tool trailer most Saturday winter mornings to work clearing invasive plants, like knotweed, privet, bittersweet, porcelain berry, Japanese barberry, and burning bush along a 1.3 mile Nature Trail that connects the Narragansett Elementary School and the auxiliary Narragansett Beach parking lot. The crew has removed many invasives from the Nature Trail over the past four winters.

FOC members are now tackling more than 25 burning-bush (Euonymus Alatus) and Japanese Barberry (Berberis Thunbergii) on the grounds around the South County Museum thanks to a donation from the South County Garden Club. Both plant species are highly invasive in Southern Rhode Island. “We have been fortunate enough to have a strong relationship with the Friends of Canonchet. The time and talent their volunteers donate have been priceless,” explained Jim Crothers, Executive Director of the museum.

The month of September the invasive shrubs and plants will be removed by volunteers from the Friends of Canonchet, URI Master Gardeners, and South County Museum volunteers. New colorful, pollinator-friendly native plants and flower plantings will replace the invasives and rejuvenate the Circle and Half Moon gardens. Blueberry shrubs will be one of the main attractions that will serve as a functional border known for attracting birds. Finally, plant signs will be added to complete the project which will serve as an educational exhibit for the museum’s many visitors as well as a beautiful backdrop for couples using the grounds for their wedding.

Volunteers interested in getting their hands dirty are encouraged to join in to help. Thomas Hoagland, a ten-year University of Rhode Island Master Gardener and Vice President of the Friends of Canonchet will presented an overview of the project via Zoom.

For more information to be a volunteer on one day October 5-7, 2020 from 9:00 AM – Noon, email southcountymuseum@gmail.com .

 


Booktalk: Revolutionary Spies

Christian presentation will include highlights from his Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island book. He will talk about American spies who operated within British lines when the British occupied Newport from 1776 to 1779. He will also reveal the work of a talented female spy, Ann Bates, who passed to the British information relative to the Battle of Rhode Island in August 1778.  He will discuss the famous Culper Spy ring and its effort to convey to the Count de Rochambeau in Newport intelligence of a planned invasion of Newport by British forces against the newly-arrived French army in July 1781.

 

Christian McBurney is an independent historian who has written eight books, including four on the American Revolutionary War and four on Rhode Island (see www.christianmcburney.com). Christian is also the founder and publisher of Rhode Island’s leading state history blog, the Online Review of Rhode Island History at www.smallstatebighistory.com.  He resides in the Washington, D.C. area and has a second home in West Kingston, Rhode Island.