The season of St. Patrick’s has already kicked off in Rhode Island. Pawtucket’s annual parade stepped off on Saturday. Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day parade gets marching on Saturday, March 16. And Providence’s parade takes place next Saturday. Sister Anne Keefe has been named this year’s Grand Marshal for the Providence parade. She’s recognized for her work in social justice and human rights, including chairing the Providence Human Rights Commission and co-founding the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.
Rhode Island will soon be home to its very own Tall Ship: the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Picture the HMS Rose, featured in the Hollywood film Master & Commander, but much larger and made of steel. The 196 foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be thirteen and a half stories tall, with three masts supporting square sails. The ship is being built by a non-profit organization, and is named for a Rhode-Island born naval hero of the War of 1812.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Attendance at the Newport mansions has reached a 10 year high. And expanded hours may make 2013 an even more profitable year.
Admissions to the Newport mansions increased 11 percent in 2012 to a total of 883,000 visitors. The gain was the strongest on record, according to the Preservation Society of Newport County which runs the mansions. Evan Smith, CEO and president of Discover Newport, says the growth is attributable to expanded tours the Preservation Society has been offering.