Saturday's event will offer interesting and entertaining guests and presentations, local crafters and artisans and a food court with fresh products from Monroe Dairy, as well as free tours of the historic Paine House museum (donations are always welcome), and a special exhibit for the book To Prepare the Senses and Minds of the Children - 19th Century Schoolbooks and Pedagogy.
Members of the Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society will also welcome several annual participants including:
- Sons of the Union Veterans, Elisha Dyer Camp 7
- The Providence Brigade Band (11 a.m. - noon)
- Aquidneck Island Intertribal Indian Council (Drum Circle at noon)
- Soaring Eagle Singers
- Rhode Island Spinners Guild
- Flu and Pneumonia shots provided by The Wellness Company (must have proof of insurance)
- Cemetery tours, $10 per person (new this year!)
In addition, guests can take a stroll down down the bike past through Woodland Cemetery to meet some of the Paine House's past inhabitants. Characters will be portrayed by members of the Swamp Meadow Theater Group of Foster. Afterwards, cross over to Pine Grove Cemetery where the Coventry Cemetery Committee will explain and demonstrate the ongoing restoration efforts.
Local author Ray Wolf will also be in attendance selling and signing copies of his recently released book, Coventry!
This is a family-friendly event, so be sure to bring the kids along! In addition to everything mentioned earlier, there will be high school student reenactors from Providence and Colonial games for children, taught by Girl Scout Troop 623.