Thursday, October 11, 2012
Two prizes for $200, $100, remain unclaimed.
Mary Sue Hardy of Woonsocket is the Autumnfest Button Grand Prize winner, according to WNRI. Hardy claimed the prize, a trip for two to Florida, on Wednesday. Normand Begin of Woonsocket has claimed the $300 second prize. WNRI urges button holders to retain their buttons, since there are still two prizes left to be claimed — the $200 and $100 Prizes. The holders of buttons #6121 for $200 and #2850 for $100 have yet to come forward to claim their prizes. If no winner comes forward by Monday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m., new numbers will be drawn on WNRI's "Firing Line", 1380 AM. WNRI will keep readers and listeners posted on prizes as they're claimed
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Check to see if we caught you on camera watching the action at Monday's Autumnfest Parade.
The sights at Monday's Autumnfest Parade - all 10 divisions - drew scores of people to sidewalks, front porches and parking lots and driveways. While the floats and participants in the parade are fun to watch, there was a lot of character and some entertainment to be had from watching the watchers - who were in good humor and offered cheers and applause for the marchers and riders and floats.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The 2012 Autumnfest parade drew scores of spectators, performers and dignitaries. Have a look at our snapshots from the day.
Spectators were treated to bands, back flips, black powder gunshots, trucks, classic cars, local dignataries and a few famous names Monday morning. The weather cooperated with temperatures in the 60s and sunny skies, and people brought blankets, folding chairs and friends out to watch, gathered along sidewalks and on porches along the parade route down Diamond Hill Road.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Crowds packed the food court during Autumnfest Monday.
There were a lot of people at Autumnfest Monday, but the biggest crowds packed the food court area, where people were packed elbow to elbow waiting for dynamites, doughboys, hot dogs, french fries, sundaes, chowder and kielbasa. The biggest lines were for the Woonsocket Fire Department stand's blooming onions.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Residents looking forward to weekend's festivities.
Autumnfest starts in earnest this morning at 10 a.m., though a couple of concerts earlier in the week whet reveler's whistles. On Friday, vendors, ride operators and road crews were busy setting up for the three-day celebration of food, rides, games and music at World War II Memorial Park. Locals eager to enjoy the attractions strolled through or lolled according to their whim. Near East School Street, Charles DiChiaro, Colleen MacKenzie and her son Jacob, along with their dogs Fritz, a shih tzu, and Hutch, a shih tzu mix, were enjoying a temporarlily unoccupied hill overlooking a patch of rides that will soon be fired up for throngs of eager Autumnfest patrons. "We're coming tonight," Colleen said, for the evening's concert, Steve …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Festive Crowd Fetes Chairman of Woonsocket Senior Services.
The Grand Marshal Ceremony kicked off Autumnfest at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in style for guests of honor Bob Picard and wife Suzanne Picard, who arrived in a stretch limo. The limousine ride to the ceremony is a part of tradition, said Autumnfest Co-Chair and Marshal Ceremony Co-Chair Linda Plays. A limo will also transport the Picards to the Autumnfest opening ceremony, Plays said. Mayor Leo Fontaine officially presented Picard with the first Autmnfest button during the dinner ceremony. The event was catered by Gary McLaughlin of Deli Encounters, the long-time caterer for the event. Picard, chairman of Woonsocket Senior Services and a long-time Rotary member, drew a devoted crowd. "Couldn't be a better recipient…
The weekend is upon us - check out these things to know:
Autumnfest - Tonight, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club will feature Steve Malec & The Electric Flood at 5 p.m., opening up for Doors tribute band, "Through The Doors," at 7 to 11 p.m. at the Beergarden. Tickets for that night are free. Pizza and beer will be sold inside. Check out the Autumnfest website for details on the rest of the weekend. RiverzEdge Ball - The 2012 Industrial Ball is coming Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 at 7 p.m. RiverzEdge has made some changes - Tour the new studios and community art spaces at 7p.m., then come upstairs for the food, friends and fun. "In celebration of our new look come in a new look of your own. Maybe you need to wear moon boots, sideburns or a tiara..." Food is courtesy of Russell Morin Caterers. …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
What is your favorite memory of the city's biggest annual celebration?
The week's Autumnfest events continue today with the opening of the Midway by Fanelli Amusements at World War II Memorial Park, and a fundraiser, "Bands for the fans" at the Autumnfest Beergarden along East School Street, providing entertainment for a $5 cover this evening. The annual event draws big crowds every year, and the event's webpage lists three full days of music, games, rides concessions, and various attractions. WoonsocketPatch wants to know: What are your favorite Autumnfest memories? What part of the annual event do you look forward to? Tell us in the comments, and upload photos from past events or from this year's preparations, or even the Tueday's kickoff, the Grand Marshal Ceremony.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Check out these things to know so you can wind up for a terrific Tuesday:
Autumfest kickoff - A week-long series of action-packed activities awaits Woonsocket's citizenry, starting with tonight's kickoff dinner event, The Autumnfest Grand Marshal's Ceremony at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. Mayor Leo Fontaine will officially present Grand Marshal Bob Picard, the director of Woonsocket Senior Services, with the first Autumnfest button. The night will be catered by Deli Encounters. Tickets are $15 at the door. Farmer's market - The Woonsocket Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Thundermist Health Center. Swing by and check out the fresh food and items for sale. The market is held every Tuesday through Oct. 30 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit their website. Race …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sunday, Oct. 7 race held during Autumnfest.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Early registration for the Race Against Racism5K run/walk Oct. 7 during Autumnfest is about to end. Early sign-up pricing for the Race Against Racism at Autumnfest is $22 until Sept. 21. After that, the entry fee is $25, and $27 the day of the race. A race t-shirt is also available for those who register in advance. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. First place age division winners are also awarded for male and female finishers (no double dipping). Proceeds from the race will support community and racial justice efforts. The Race Against Racism is organized by YWCA Rhode Island. Race Partners include: RiverzEdge Arts, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, Family Resources Community Action, nriAHEC, …