Wickford Decks the Halls! Holiday Kitchen Tour December 2 @ 12:30 pm




Wickford Decks the Halls!
A Holiday Kitchen Tour

December 2, 2012
12:30-4:00 P.M.
Sun, Rain or Snow

HistoricWickfordVillage

Historic Wickford (HistWick) presents a walking tour of eight historic homes, many located on the picturesque waterfront, in Wickford Village. The tour will feature kitchens, keeping rooms, and dining rooms and showcase festive holiday decorations, distinctive table settings and creative holiday arrangements.  An additional home on Main Street will display miniature box rooms in the four front windows, each featuring a holiday theme and whimsical touches.

Wickford Decks the Halls!  A Holiday Kitchen Tour is a unique feature of the village’s 27th annual Festival of Lights when Wickford is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of white lights. This is a joyous time when merchants offer personalized holiday shopping and unique selections. Enjoy the festive atmosphere of yesteryear in Wickford––hear the church bells ring throughout the day and enjoy carolers filling the streets with holiday cheer!

Watch for special highlights:  home made quilts, a professionally decorated home, and live music.

Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 day of tour

In Advance:  Purchase tickets at fine stores throughout the village, including Blue Hydrangea, theBookGarden, The Wickford Collection, Wickford Gourmet and Wilson’s

Day of Tour: Purchase tickets at St. Paul’s Parish House, 76 Main Street, Wickford,RI 02852.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit HistWick and the North Kingstown Food Pantry.

Historic Wickford, Inc., is an all-volunteer community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the historic and cultural features of Wickford Village.   For additional information, contact us at histwick1@verizon.net or call 401 295 4475.

Note:  Houses subject to change.

Hand-made Wickford Lighthouse Quilt & Rug Raffle



In conjunction with the Deck The Halls! Wickford Kitchen Tour, HistWick will raffle two gorgeous, hand-made items.  Raffle winners will be selected during the Annual Potluck Dinner on December 2.

One lucky winner will take home a beautiful Lighthouse Quilt created by our own Mary Padbury of Pleasant Street.

 

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Another equally lucky winner will become the proud owner of a hand-painted  rugby Ellen Dacey, another extraordinary member of the Kitchen Tour Committee.

 

 

The items will be on display in town by Thanksgiving.  Watch for them.  Details on ticket sales will be available soon.

 

 

Annual Potluck Supper Sunday, December 2 @ 5:30 pm




On Sunday, December 2nd, the community will come together to celebrate the holidays and enjoy an old fashioned Potluck Supper.  We hope you will join your friends and neighbors at St. Paul’s Parish House, 76 Main Street beginning at 5:30 pm.  Most folks  dress quite casually, so don’t worry about your wardrobe.   We ask that you bring a favorite  dish to serve at least 8 people (as noted below) and prepare to have a great time sampling the variety of food and socializing with other folks in the community.

Last Names beginning with:

A –  L     Main Dish

M –  Z     Side Dish or Salad

 

 

There will be music provided by Maureen Corcoran, pianist and holiday caroling.

HistWick will provide coffee, tea, cold drinks and dessert.

RSVP: HistWick1@verizon.net or  phone 294-2420. Given the increased popularity of this event, we are asking for RSVP’s this year; we want to make sure we have enough tables set up.

We sincerely hope you can attend.    If you have questions, please let us know.

 

Welcome to Our New Website



HistWick’s new web site provides members with easy access to updated information and guests with interesting detail about Wickford Village and the work of HistWick.

For easy navigation, we have a standard menu bar at the top and bottom of each page and tailored menus on the right side.

The standard menu at the top of each page directs you to five “main” sections:

  •  News & Events – This is where you see Upcoming Events.  You may want to set this page as your bookmark.  There will be a featured story which will change as we announce new programs or provide updates on what is going on.
  • Walking Tour – We’ve updated the walking tour from the old website.  We’ve added stops and have  provided a pdf version which is easily printed so you and your friends can take it with you as you tour the Vilage.  Coming soon is a “Tour Scavenger Hunt” designed for children who may accompany you.
  • Membership – Here’s where you can pay your annual dues and get information on your Board of Directors.  You can also check out the Home of The Quarter which is described below.
  • Historic Home Ownership – This will eventually contain information on what it means to own an Historic Home, tips on restoration and maintenance, and tax abatement information.  For now it provides a link to North Kingstown’s town website which has a lot of helpful information.
  • Resources – We provide handy links to Historic/Preservation Organization Websites as well as other links of interest such as the Historic District Commission, the village website maintained by the merchants, and, of course, the website maintained by our Town Historian Tim Cranston.

The menu at the bottom of each page provides information on Upcoming Board Meetings and an archive of our Newsletters going back to October 2008.

You will also want to check out the Home of the Quarter feature.  This is accessible from the Welcome/Home Page as well as the Membership Page.  If you click on the current home, you will be able to see the homes that were previously featured.  We are grateful to Tim Cranston for providing the information on these homes.  We feature his books in several places with links to Amazon so they can be ordered easily.

We hope you like our new website and that you will check it frequently.  If you have comments or suggestions please let us know.  You can email your thoughts by clicking on the Comment  feature which is available at the very top of each page as well as in the bottom menu.

More Tim Cranston Walking Tour Pictures



2012 Tours

20111 Tours

Historian Tim Cranston’s Walking Tours for Members



April 2012:  Elm Grove Cemetary 
 
HistWick members learned about Wickford history through the unique perspective of the stories “behind the stones”, focusing on the final resting places of the prominent families that made our village what it is.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
May 2012:  Quality Hill

Tim Cranston, our local historian, took our members on an informative walk through the West Main Street section of Wickford Village, an area once known as “Quality Hill”.  Quality Hill became the place to build after the wakeup call that was the Great Gale of 1815. This tour focused on the prominent and interesting individuals that populated this part of the village across the centuries.

We learned about this  neighborhood’s connections to not only shipbuilding and the mariner’s trade, but  also farming, the law, and a unique tale about a real live Civil War carpetbagger.

2011 Walking Tours

During the summer of 2011 HistWick sponsored two walking tours for members this summer. Tim Cranston, who never fails to educate and entertain with stories about Wickford’s past, beguiled attendees with stories on “Sea Captains Homes” and “Worshipping in Olde Wickford.”

 

THESE WALKING TOURS, FREE TO MEMBERS, WERE SPONSORED BY HISTORIC WICKFORD, INC.

For more pictures, click here.

 

Mike Dacey Honored at Local Chamber Event on April 25th, 2012



Past President Honored at Local Chamber Event

The North Kingstown Chamber’s 7th annual community-wide Volunteer Recognition Celebration took place on April 25th at the Quonset ‘O’ Club. They honored 19 volunteers and the organizations they serve and Mike Dacey was honored for his outstanding work for Historic Wickford, Inc.

During his three years as president of HistWick Mike Dacey was instrumental in the organization’s growth and strong focus on its mission to preserve, protect and celebrate the historic quality of the Village and surrounding areas. His initiation of a credible strategic plan led the organization to forge new programs to educate citizens on the importance of historic preservation and protective guardianship efforts such as HistWick’s participation in planning renovation of the Hussey Bridge. Active membership in the organization has doubled during Mike’s tenure due to this increased visibility in––and service to––the community. 

In addition to his work with HistWick, Mike is a dedicated husband and father and a member of the Historic District Commission and the Warwick Rotary where he served as president, vice president and chair of many committees.

March 2012: HistWick Welcomes new President Barbara Carroll



Barbara Carroll was chosen to lead HistWick at their 2012 Annual Meeting on March 29th at the Wickford Yacht Club.

“We are most fortunate to have Barbara Carroll step forward to serve as HistWick’s new President.”  Mike Dacey, Past President, said when introducing her recently.  He has known Barbara for many years.  “She not only has great enthusiasm, but also the leadership skills that will move HistWick forward in the future.”

Barbara has lived in North Kingstown for the last four years and can often be seen walking her dog Fogarty through the village of Wickford in the morning before heading to the Beach Rose for breakfast.  Her daughter, son-in-law and grandson also live in North Kingstown.  A native of Chicago and a resident of Rhode Island for over 30 years, Barbara is a real estate agent for Lila Delman Real Estate.  “Living in Wickford over the last four years has been wonderful and I welcome the chance to give something back to the community” Barbara recounts.

December 2011: Historic Home Treasure Hunt



HistWick’s Historic Home Treasure Hunt was a new event which HistWick sponsored to support the merchants during the 2011 Festival of Lights.

2011 Annual Meeting: Hussey Bridge History



 

At the 2011 Annual Meeting in March, Board Member Doug Somers gave a talk about the history of the Hussey Bridge.  The slides are below.  HistWick is working with the state who plans to restore the bridge in the next few years.

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