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/


Sponsor a Rhode Island Red Egg

Did you know that the South County Museum has two different varieties of Rhode Island Red chickens, single comb and rose comb? You don’t need to be a farmer to notice the difference in the comb, the row of red spikes on a chicken’s head.

Single combs, as the name suggests, consist of a single straight row of spikes. Rose combs are flat and close to the bird’s head. South County Museum’s heritage flock includes both varieties of Rhode Island’s state bird. You can support the care of the flock by becoming an egg sponsor. Your $50 donation includes a chance to name an egg, we will tag it, and send you a personalized message when it hatches!

Your donation includes: naming your egg, a message when your egg starts to hatch, free family membership, free admission on April 3rd’s Spring Family Fun Day, and a cuddly stuffed animal chick!

Sponsor your egg today online here.


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.

 


SCM Celebrates New England Museum Week 2021!

March 8th marked the beginning of New England Museum Week 2021! According to the American Alliance of Museums, about 26% of museums are located in rural areas. This week, the South County Museum celebrates its rich rural history.
Throughout the 18th and early 19th century, agriculture was an essential part of South County. It was not only the primary source of economic activity but also a way of life. The southern coast of Rhode Island in particular offered the most ideal climate for agriculture in all of New England.
Aren’t we lucky to live among so much natural beauty and history? YOU can celebrate New England Museum Week by supporting the South County Museum! You can:
– Become a member
– Make a donation
– Plan a visit
– Like and share a post from social media
– Shop in our Museum Store


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!

 


How about them apples?

We are specially talking about the Rhode Island Greening. Have you heard about them? Have you used them in a favorite recipe? We are dying to know more about this type of apple and looking for your help. Since the 17th century, this apple variety has been the go to pie apple because it keeps its shape and the flavor is enhanced by cooking which brings out the full “richest and sweetest of flavor”. 
We have over 10 apple trees at the South County Museum, including many RI Greenings. Why? Because we are preserving the rich agriculture history we all know and love because of our South County roots. The apples are not “pretty” grocery store perfection because we do not spray them but picked from the branch there is nothing fresher. Visitors are welcome to pick today 10-4. The best part about our apple orchard? Our staff loves heading to the “cafeteria” we forget our lunch!!
Source: Orange Pippin  https://www.orangepippin.com/varieties/apples/rhode-island-greening

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 .

 


What to get Lucky?

You might just get LUCKY! What would you do if you won this handmade quilt “Spring’s Revival” for $1.00? Mary Loftes outdid herself this year this year’s donation that is bursting with color.

Not feeling really lucky, for $5.00 you get six! This quilt will bring new life to any bedroom and draw countless compliments from house guests.  All proceeds support the South County Museum, where we offer free admission during COVID to give everyone a chance to step into the past for a brief break from the modern world.

Purchase your raffle tickets today online, in our gift shop, or by calling the office (401) 783-5400. Who knows – it might just be your lucky day…..