Bristol Fourth of July http://ripr.org en The 229th Bristol Fourth http://ripr.org/post/229th-bristol-fourth <p>Hike the streets of Bristol this week. It’s an exercise in history and Old Home Week. From the concerts in Independence Park, to the taverns, markets and a Hope Street adorned with the freshly painted &nbsp;red, white and blue stripe down the middle.</p><p>This old&nbsp; New England port, marinated in history, is the scene this week of handshakes and hugs, as people who haven’t seen each other recently - some in many years – greet and relive the old times.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 36003 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-perk-ri-its-summah-fer-gawd-sakes <p>Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island &nbsp;for granted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 33945 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes One Square Mile: Don't Call Bristol's Parade the Oldest in the Country http://ripr.org/post/one-square-mile-dont-call-bristols-parade-oldest-country <p>This morning we continue our One Square Mile/Bristol series with an in depth look at the town&#39;s famous parade. It&#39;s many things, but it&#39;s not the oldest 4th of July parade in America:</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:46:22 +0000 Flo Jonic 22931 at http://ripr.org One Square Mile: Don't Call Bristol's Parade the Oldest in the Country The July 4th Ancients & Horribles Parade in Chepachet http://ripr.org/post/july-4th-ancients-horribles-parade-chepachet <p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 01:51:38 +0000 Catherine Welch 17909 at http://ripr.org The July 4th Ancients & Horribles Parade in Chepachet The enduring rhythms of a Bristol 4th http://ripr.org/post/enduring-rhythms-bristol-4th <p>Walking the streets of Bristol this week is an exercise in Old Home Week. In the taverns, markets and at the concerts at Independence Park, the historic town is a welter of hugs and handshakes as people who haven’t seen each other in years greet and talk about the old times.</p><p>This week is the high social season for Bristol. The hydrangeas are in bloom, the red, white and blue stripe has been freshly painted on Hope Street and the peach and plum sunsets explode over the harbor.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:09:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 17740 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island’s Iconic July Fourth http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-s-iconic-july-fourth <p>The hydrangeas are in full bloom, the sailboats bob on their harbor moorings and the red, white and blue stripe adorns Hope Street. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes a break from politics to celebrate our nation’s birth.</p><p>It’s the height of summer: long days of light framed by peach sunsets, high sun and a cobalt sky punctuated by whipped cream clouds.</p><p>The handsome Federal and Greek revival homes are dressed in American flags and more red white and blue bunting than Fenway Park on Opening Day.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 9917 at http://ripr.org