HistWick Annual Meeting : September 14, 2017

Friends and Fellow HistWick Members, Please join us for the HistWick annual meeting:

Thursday, September 14th

6:00 PM 

Wickford Yacht Club, 165 Pleasant St., Wickford, R.I.

The event will start with a wine and cheese reception.

At 7:00 pm we will continue with a short business meeting and several presentations: 

*  Tim Cranston speaking on plans for the restoration of the OldeTown House

* A preview of the soon to be unveiled HistWick Historical Markers

* A recap of the successful HistWick programs of the past year promoting historic preservation

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th.

***Wickford in Bloom*** Saturday, June 24th, 2017


Wickford in Bloom

Garden Tour of Wickford Village Gardens

June 24, 2017 WICKFORD, RI: Historic Wickford presents Wickford in Bloom, on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain or shine). This captivating self-guided garden tour of private and public gardens begins in the center of charming Wickford Village at Updike Park and will enable participants to experience and explore and exemplary selection of 12 enchanting gardens. Designs of the gardens vary from cottage-inspired treasures to small hidden spaces that will inspire and engage the viewers to appreciate the variations of plant materials and architectural symmetry. As well, the tour will pass by historic properties that flourish with natural beauty.

The 2017 garden tour will feature gardens on properties of 18th and 19th-century homes and buildings — some on the picturesque harbor and others on the tree-lined village streets. On each property a local artist will be capturing the garden showcased.Artist on Location Painting in Garden

Tickets may be purchased for $25 at the following locations throughout the Village prior to the event: The Book Garden, Beauty and the Bath, Wickford Collections, Green Ink, My Paris Apartment, or at the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets may also be purchased for $30 on the day of the tour, Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at Updike Park, where the tour begins.

Wickford in Bloom is sponsored by Historic Wickford, Inc. (HistWick), an all-volunteer community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the historic and cultural features of Wickford Village.

For images and interviews for feature interest story contact: Ellen Dacey at (401) 294-2420 or HistWick1@verizon.net

Join local historian Tim Cranston as he discusses Clothing and Textiles in South County. May 11th + July 13th

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Three presentations will be given at the Sew-Op on 14 Phillips St. in Wickford 

Histwick Supports The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation

14716120_312354115813006_5264513938856561773_nNorth Kingstown was well represented at the annual Rhody Awards celebration.

The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation, presented by Preserve Rhode Island and Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, is an annual celebration of historic preservation. This year’s ceremony took place at the beautiful Rosecliff mansion in Newport, Sunday, October 16.

Both Grow & Preserve North Kingstown and Historic Wickford, Inc. (Histwick) were recognized for their generous sponsorship of the event.

The sold-out event was well attended by historic preservation supporters from North Kingstown, some of whom are shown here enjoying the reception prior to the awards ceremony.14711433_312355625812855_3428524490933763961_o

HistWick Annual Meeting Wednesday, November 2nd

img_2153When viewed from afar, some people are prone to say nothing ever changes in Wickford. Nothing could be further from the truth. Half of the the homes on Main Street have had new owners in the past decade, there are three new houses on Pleasant St. and several carefully planned restorations are underway. On the municipal side, ongoing meetings about town hall, Wickford El development, sewers, and “comprehensive plans” potentially impact our surroundings require monitoring and occupy many an evening.

All of this underscores the importance of maintaining HistWick as a source of information to you about what is going on and, when appropriate, speaking up about the values and features we believe are important to maintaining the neighborhood we all have chosen to live in.

We held our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd , 6:30 pm at the Wickford Yacht Club 165 Pleasant St., Wickford, RI. Following a wine and cheese reception, we held our Annual meeting:

  • President’s Remarksimg_2143
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Board of Directors
  • Update on Historic Markers
  • A “snippet” of local historian Tim Cranston’s film about Sea Captains’ Homes of Wickford
  • Update from the Wickford Art Association on plans to move to old town library on Brown Street

Reception for New Residents

The HistWick Board hosted a reception for new residents in June.  Our Secretary, Mary Ann Hackett hosted the event at her West Main Street home.

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Renovation cheaper than moving, historical preservation experts say

A recent article (April 7)  in the Northeast Independent reported on a meeting of the Asset Management Commission.  Click to see full image


Local residents urge Town Council to extend the historic district…

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Update on Town Hall/WES Issues

Recent letters to the editor in the Northeast Independent provide additional information and differing viewpoints:

  • “TIF-funded project should be rejected”  Click here
  • “TIF financing is not something to fear” Click here
  • “Kinnecom has some explaining to do” Click here
  • “Group questions Wickford El plans” Click here
  • “NK was too quick to abandon Town Hall” Click here

Also of interest are a posting by the Grow and Preserve North Kingstown group about the March 31st Asset Management Meeting.  

Rickey Thompson to North Kingstown Government Fact and Fiction (April 3 at 3:30pm)

Mar 31 Asset Management Committee meeting IMPORTANT POINTS of INTEREST:
At the behest of the NK Asset Management Committee, Preserve RI Executive Director Valerie Talmage and (State Agency) RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission Executive Director Ted Sanderson and Historical Architect Virginia Hesse attended this meeting. Being aware of recent NK events, Ms. Talmage, Mr. Sanderson and Ms. Hesse offered much insight about our Historic Town Hall building including “manageable code violations” to potential “negative impacts” once our Town Hall is relocated out of Wickford. Their points and thoughts were interesting and educational.
One can only guess WHY – that during the Town Hall and Annex building issues and discussions, our Town Officials did not solicit assistance from these willing and readily available experts. Even more surprising was the council majority’s resolve that these concerned agencies not be allowed involvement during Town Council discussions and or decisions. They wanted to help!
PLEASE click on the below link to hear Ms. Talmage, Mr. Sanderson and Ms. Hesse concerns.

March 31 Asset Management Commission meeting video link: http://northkingstown.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php…  Note: You may need to open in Windows Media Audio/Video File Player

“Building and Preserving South County”—the 31st Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Saturday, April 30, 8:15am – 6pm

$40 includes all activities plus morning coffee, lunch, closing reception

This year’s statewide preservation conference considers the distinctive sense of place and culture in South County and looks at the social, economic, and cultural history expressed by the built environment. The event gets underway at Wickford Middle School with a keynote speech on how the institution of slavery indelibly shaped South County. The speech is followed by 12 workshops, 3 walking tours, 3 boat tours, and 7 bus tours of historic places in Exeter and North Kingstown, including farms, factories, houses, wharves, cemeteries, and museums. Presented by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission in cooperation with HistWick and other local partners, the annual conference is a great opportunity to explore the field of historic preservation.

For more information (and to register), visit http://www.preservation.ri.gov/conference/16overview.php or call (401)222-2078. Pre-registration is open until April 20; on-site registration will be available on April 30.

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