May 5, 2012 to May 6, 2012
Smith’s Castle Bridge to the Past opening day celebration is a two-day family-friendly historical reenactment cosponsored with the Roger Williams National Memorial. The event recreates the atmosphere of the seventeenth century trading houses of Richard Smith and Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, as reenactors and Smith’s Castle docents demonstrate life at Cocumscussoc, the first English settlement in South County. The event takes place on the scenic shoreline of Mill Cove.
Neal Kirk and Free Men of the Sea will be presenting an in-camp interpretative display on the life of a pirate, and will be singing sea shanties. The Rhode Island Pirate Players will continue on the pirate theme with demonstrations of pirate life and society.
Smith’s Castle docents will provide visitors with historical information about the c1678 Castle and grounds, as well as demonstrate colonial activities, including household chores and food preparation in a colonial home.
Performer Mary King will have interactive musical performance for children. Adults and children alike will enjoy taking a spin around the maypole (see photo). Casey Farm, in conjunction with Smith's Castle docents, will have an interactive demonstration of children's colonial games. Entertainment for this event is partly sponsored by generous support from the North Kingstown Arts Council.
Local vendors will be on hand with colonial or handmade craft items and food. Big Bear Trading Co. will sell clothing, gear, equipment and household objects for seventeenth- and eighteenth-century reenactment. Additional vendors include Murray Newton's pewter products, Kenyon's Cornmeal and others.
Smith’s Castle will also have a bake sale featuring treats popular in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Rhode Island
|Cost||$15 per family of four or more, $6 adults, $3 children ages six to twelve.|
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