Monday, June 11, 2007

Cape Verdean Independence Festival

The 32nd Annual Cape Verdean Independence Day Celebration will be held in Providence at the Temple of Music at Roger Williams Park on July 8, 2007 from 12 noon to dusk. Featured will be music, food, dancing, and lots of other stuff. Some very traditional Cape Verdean artists will be featured, as well some of the newest and best artists of Cape Verdean descent will be on the bill. It's a great way to celebrate with the community.

Cape Verde is a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal. The islands combined are slightly larger than Rhode Island. They were colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century and became an independent country in 1975. There are over 40,000 Cape Verdeans and people of Cape Verdean descent in Rhode Island, and Rhode Island has been home to some Cape Verdeans for over 200 years.

You can find out more about Cape Verdean culture in Rhode Island at the Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit,a small independent community museum in East Providence. There you'll find Cape Verdean artifacts, a lot of great info about Cape Verdean culture, including other happenings.

To find out more, visit the Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit online on their website listed below.
You can also call them directly at 401-228-7292 or visit them in person
1003 Waterman Avenue in East Providence. Currently the museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 12 noon-4pm. Call first just to make sure!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

New Waterfront Design Winners-- See the plan!


Mayor Cicilline invites the public to provide additional feedback as winning
design moves closer to implementation

PROVIDENCEMayor David N. Cicilline today invited the public to learn more about the concept design for Providence’s new waterfront parks in a presentation by the firm Brown, Richardson, and Rowe, the winning team in the Waterfront Park Design Competition. The firm’s lead designer, Nina Brown, will give a presentation and the public is encouraged to provide feedback at the next meeting

  • Wednesday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Waterplace Restaurant,2nd floor

One Finance Way in Waterplace Park

Mayor Cicilline kicked off the Waterfront Park Design Competition last fall by asking design teams to develop their vision of a spectacular waterfront park on two parcels of land that will become available when Interstate Route I-195 is relocated. He appointed an 11-member design selection committee consisting of community leaders to pick the winning concept among 16 submissions. Brown, Richardson and Rowe emerged as the winner.

The purpose of the meetings is to give the public an opportunity to help further refine the concept design for the two parks. The project must also meet contract schedules set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), which is building the parks as part of the highway relocation project.

A video presentation of the proposed park designs and an opportunity to submit comments electronically may also be found online at Written comments may also be sent to the following address before June 15, 2007:

  • Waterfront Park Design Public Comment

Dalrymple Boathouse

1000 Elmwood Avenue

Providence, RI 02903

The parks are scheduled to be constructed in 2011 and will be one of the last features to be completed as part of the highway relocation project.