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We are looking for volunteers to help put some smiles on visitor’s faces at the Fall Family Day and 35th Annual Quilt Show. Come join us for a beautiful day outside at the museum and lend a hand in simple tasks. All welcomed – you can rsvp using the Signupgenius above or call the office at 401-783-5400.


Bike Day

Bike Day Admission

Free for Members. $20/adult, $10/child 6-12

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In honor of National Walk and Bike to School Day, the South County Museum is hosting Bike Day on October 1st from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Get ready for an afternoon of bike safety and history the whole family will enjoy, 

This event is ideal for local elementary school students and parents, who can access the museum from the South County Bike Path. Pedal down to the museum after school to learn the cool local bike routes and test your bike safety knowledge with a special kid-friendly lesson.

Come explore a map of the most recent additions to the bike path, plus other multi-use paths in Narragansett and South Kingstown and recommended bike routes on state roads.

You will also discover the history of this old-fashioned mobile device. Anyone arriving at the museum on a bicycle will earn a free tour of the museum’s exhibits, including the bone-shaker and high wheeler bikes in its collection. Come step off of your modern bikes and back in time and explore our collection of historic transportation. This back-to-school event is the perfect way to get some exercise and explore the local environment.


Fall Family Day

 

Fall Family Day Admission

Free for Members. $20/adult, $10/child 6-12

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Education meets entertainment at the South County Museum’s Fall Family Day, September 25th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This event offers a day of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. 

Come enjoy lawn games and autumn arts and crafts, while the jaunty tunes of a mini music festival fill the campus. The South County Jammers and other musical groups will play an Old Time Jam Session of traditional fiddle songs.

You can also enjoy the museum’s 35th Annual Folk Art Quilt Show exhibit and discover traditional patterns alongside the newest trends of modern expression. In addition to handmade local quilts, the Metz Exhibit Hall will showcase the museum’s textile collection, which ranges from the 1790s and onward. 

Budding scientists and nature lovers of all ages will enjoy programming from the museum’s partnership with a local nature nonprofit. At 1pm, Dr. David Gregg, the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, will give a video presentation followed by a “walk and talk” discussion on local invasive species. 

Registration for Fall Family Day is required.  


35th Annual Quilt Show Applications

Now would be a perfect time to give our community some comfort through color and pattern– but we need your help! The museum would be honored to display your works of fabric art throughout the Metz Exhibit Hall this year at the (rescheduled) 35th Annual Folk Art Quilt Show.

Please consider submitting an application before the Friday, August 20th deadline. A printable application form can be found HERE. Click HERE if you’d like to fill out our online application.

We hope for more submissions than ever since so many of us have had a little extra time on our hands since 2020. We will stay in touch until the quilt drop-off date on Monday, September 13th. We look forward to gathering again to celebrate and admire each of your talented submissions!


Wednesdays Members-Only Night

During the dog days of summer, residents are looking to kick back, relax, and escapes from the crowds. After the museum closes to the public, the gates open from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for members only, free of charge. Get out of the house and retreat to the museum’s hidden oasis of 8 acres surrounded by wooded trails and an ocean breeze.

This brand new memberships-only night offers special access to our facilities and activities that the whole family can enjoy! Bring your picnic, have a pizza delivered, or just bring a bottle of wine. Enjoy a brief tour at 6:00 PM with the new Executive Director, Heather. Exhibits will remain open until 7:00 PM  This is a great chance to enjoy the brand new major exhibit “Commerical Fishing: The Early Years” or sneak in an Adult Open Forge or lesson with a friend.

This family-friendly event also offers a cute and simple hands-on craft, and lawn games perfect for the youngsters and the young at heart!

No charge, but RSVPs are required.

Members Only Night

Free

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Lecture: Stories of the South County Fishermen February 28th at 1:00 PM

Join Heather Pouliot Kisilywicz, new Executive Director of the South County Museum, when she talks about the history of Point Judith’s commercial fishing “Stories of the South County Fishermen” lecture on February 28th for the On Pettaquamscutt lecture series. The many changes in the salinity, available catch, and regulations have contributed to the rise and fall of Point Judith’s position as the second-largest commercial fishing port on the East Coast.
 
Attend for a sneak peek of the upcoming major exhibit starting in May 2021 and the most dangerous jobs in the nation – commercial fishing – provides the food on your plate.
 
The presentation starts at 1:00 p.m. Register required to receive the Zoom link. Seats are limited and have filled up in the past so don’t delay!
 
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Candy Corn: A Handful of History

Did you know that Chicken Feed was the original name for candy corn. In 1898, the Goelitz Confectionary Company wanted to market the kennel shaped treat that would appeal to rural America. Their clever marketing included a prominent rooster on the candy box to target citizens living farms, about half of America. The unique shape was originally created by hand, but now Jelly Belly has automated the process in true Willy Wonka form. Check out this video to learn more.

The Rhode Island Red was the most popular chicken in the coop. William Tripp (1824 – 1891) developed the bred on his farm in Little Compton around 1854. In 1898, Richard V. Browning, of Natick, Connecticut, exhibited the bred for the first time at the Rhode Island Poultry Association show. His exhibit created quite a stir.

The Richard V. Browning Collection, on loan from Don Nelson, include the original handwritten and typed correspondences from around the nation Mr. Browning received after the show. Chas. O. Flag, Director and Agriculturist, at the land grant school Rhode Island College (now University of Rhode Island) inquired:

“What can you tell me about this bread? How long have you had your stock and what is source? I saw that Mr. Wilbur’s display of eggs were spoken of as laid by the famous “R.I. Red “. Does this breed of foul always lay with a large dark egg as those exhibited by Mr. Wilbur? Are the birds hardy and easily raised, and are the hens good layers?”

Richard V. Browning Collection. Letter from Chas. O. Flagg 24 December 1898 inquiring about the “R.I. Red”.

The Rhode Island Red became a commercial success. It admired for being a productive egg layer of large attractive brown eggs, as well for meat. The bird’s mild demeanor makes it attractive to raised over more aggressive birds.

So next time you grab a handful of candy corn out of the bowl, you can be proud of one of little Rhody’s famous bird. So enjoy a handful of history and Happy Halloween!


And the winner is……

Maria Saracen, West Warwick

This handmade quilt took over a year for quilter Mary Loftes to make. She generously donated it so a lucky winner could enjoy it for a life time. Maria, her husband and son now the best museum gift shop souvenir anyone could get for $1.00.

They stopped by to “take a look around” then decided to purchase a couple of raffle tickets. It was their first visit to the museum. This summer, every visitor was welcomed with free admission. It’s as our gift to a community who always supports us.

Thanks to your generous support, the museum remains a place where anyone can take a break from the modern world in order to step back in time. Thank you for your continued support!

And congratulations Saracens!!!


TURN on a binge worthy American Revolution Spies lecture tonight

Adored “TURN: Washington’s Spies” or want to know what the fuss is all? Join us tonight at 7:00 PM for the equally entertaining and educational presentation on Rhode Island’s spies in the American Revolution.

Can’t make it tonight? SCM members can enjoy watching the recorded lecture anytime on the South County Museum’s website. Members also receive 10% off everything in the museum’s store, including Christian’s book!

Become a member at www.southcountymuseum.org today. #southcountymuseum #rhodeislandhistory #americanrevolution #newenglandhistory #spies


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…..