Thank You!

Thank you so much to all who helped make this year’s Spring Forward … Think Back event among the most fun and successful in recent memory.

On a beautiful evening last week, “Midway Memories” brought hundreds out to the Aldrich House to enjoy exhibits, arcade games, food and drink, and much more, with proceeds benefiting the RIHS mission of educational outreach, collections care, and public programs.

Thank you to our “History Maker” honoree, Roger Begin, for his lifelong contributions in helping Rhode Islanders learn about and celebrate their history and culture.

Thank you to our generous lead supporter, the Amica Companies Foundation, and sponsors: AAA Northeast​, Bottles Fine Wine, Bank of America, Sharon Lewis and AB Bernstein, Esten & Richard Insurance Agency, Dominion Energy​, Mandel & Tracy LLC​, Narragansett Beer​, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLC​, Brewster Thornton Group Architects, Van Liew Trust Company, Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Jennifer Baker, Dr. Winifred E. Brownell, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Calandrelli, Dr. George M. and Mrs. Betsey Goodwin, Dr. Kathleen and Mr. Barry Hittner, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Logan, Mr. James P. Loring, Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Elizabeth R. Mauran IV, Mr. and Mrs. Bob and Cathi Sloan, and Dr. Kathy and Dr. Luther Spoehr.

Thank you to our wonderful caterers: Pranzi Catering & Events​, B & M Catering​, Catering Gourmet​, Cozy Caterers​, Del’s Lemonade & Refreshments​, Sin​, Emery’s Catering​, Tom’s Market, and Yacht Club Soda.

Thank you to our silent auction donors: Alayne White Spa, Andreas, Avon Cinema, B&M Catering, Blithewold Mansion, Garden & Arboretum, Capital Grille, The Cigar Box, Ciro’s Tavern, Citi Nails, Citizens Bank Private Wealth Management, Coast Guard House, The Coffee Exchange, Conway Tours, The Dean Hotel, Art Dionne, Gasbarro’s Wines, Kent Stetson, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Laura’s Restaurant, Legend Bicycle, Linden Place, Los Andes, Mel’s Hair Salon, New York City Big Bus Tours, Newport Historical Society, Relaxing Touch Therapeutic Massage, Rhode Island Historical Society, Nicole Romano, Providence River Boat Company, Saugy, Inc., The Savory Grape, Seven Stars Bakery, Sin Desserts, Slater Mill, Stadium Theatre, Starbucks, Sweenor’s Chocolate, Symposium Books, Terrazza, Trinity Repertory Theater, White Flower Farm, Wild Birds Unlimited, Wildwood Nursery & Garden Center, and Barbara Fahs Charles.

And, last but certainly not least, thank you to our patrons, planning committee, crackerjack staff and trustees (especially Ed Iannuccilli), and folks like 94HJY​’s Steve Scarpetti, who served as a most excellent emcee; John Bateman of Spring Lake Arcade and Fantasyland, who provided the popular games spanning the past century; Donna Houle of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council​, who seems to know everyone in and everything about Rhode Island; Rocky Point expert and blogger George LaCross, who gave so much of his time and talent; the legendary Ed Serowik of the Crescent Park Looff Carousel; David Bettencourt, for graciously allowing us to screen his documentary You Must Be This Tall; the Rhode Island History Day students who showcased their winning projects; Alex Caserta and Michael Bell for “A Living Museum: The Crescent Park Looff Carousel”; Sean McCarthy, who shared his beautifully restored House of Horrors car from Rocky Point; and Judith Potter Photography​, who made such great use of said car in her always engaging booth.

Enjoy her images and others posted here, and thank you again. We’re already planning next year’s party, which will celebrate Sports in the Ocean State!


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