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Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Telephone 401-724-2200
Email BVTourism@aol.com
Website www.tourblackstone.com
Media Contact:
Olon Reeder, 401-724-2200
Release Date: March 1, 2006

Events of the Week for Marech 11-12 2006 weekend Blackstone River Valley MA & RI


Public Service Announcement
C a l e n d a r of Events
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor
Massachusetts & Rhode Island

WORLD CLASS CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT, LIVE & LOCAL, RIGHT HERE IN THE BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY!

Over the March 11-12 weekend the limelight shines on world class cultural entertainment happening in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, located in the two dozen community expanse between Worcester, MA & Pawtucket, RI.

Ethnicity is a key component to the quality of life experienced in this two state area in Southern New England, as the traditions brought by immigrants who settled here over the last two centuries have become ingrained in the fabric of the Valley.

The Blackstone River Valley presents residents and visitors unique contrasts. The region retains much of its ethnic diversity, reflecting the “farms to factories” perspective the region is known for.

Through an active creative community and vibrant arts venues and entertainment districts, Blackstone River Valley is an ideal showcase for travelers looking for the best in performing arts.

Here are some headline multi-cultural performances to consider over the weekend:

Asian Flair
Historic Stadium Theatre, located at Monument Square, in the Woonsocket, RI Arts & Entertainment District, proudly presents a special appearance by the New Shanghai Circus. Two shows are happening Saturday, March 11, at 2:15 pm & 8 pm. Tickets are $20, $25, $30.

See these world renowned acrobats defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show. Fearless performers with boundless energy bring more than two thousand years of Chinese circus traditions.

The fully restored 80 year old venue is the centerpiece of the rebirth of theatre arts in the Blackstone Valley, offering a full range of entertainment to satisfy all segments of the community.

Contact the box office for tickets at 401-762-4545 or go to their website at www.stadiumtheatre.com.

French music & song
Another popular performing arts center, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI, presents a beloved local favorite, Chanterelle featuring Josée Vachon, in concert Friday, March 10, at 8 pm.

Since 1993, Chanterelle has presented a lovely melody of songs, stories and fiddle music of the French in America and into the heart of New England's warm, lively French culture.

Blackstone River Theatre is a nonprofit cultural arts center where the music, dance and folk arts traditions of the Blackstone River Valley come to life, with emphasis on the culture of the ethnic groups that settled in the Valley. Weekly acoustic-based music concerts, monthly folk dances and children's events, as well as special events are presented year-round.

Tickets for the rare performance of Chanterelle are $12 in advance/$14 day of show. Call for reservations at 401-725-9272 or go the web at www.rivefolk.org.

Victorian Atmosphere
The 20th anniversary celebration honoring the milestones of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council continue Thursday, March 9, with a Victorian Reception at historic Hearthside, located on the Great Road Historic District (route 123) Lincoln, RI.

Experience three centuries of history in this well preserved 1810 built home. Hearthside has been noted as one of the finest examples of early 19th century federal-style houses in the state, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The unique 2 ½ story house is built of fieldstone, which was rare in dwellings at that time. Its design includes a gable roof with impressive ogee curves above circular attic windows. There are 10 fireplaces in the 10-room home. Hearthside has become known as "The House That Love Built" because of the romantic history behind the building of this beautiful house by Stephen Hopkins Smith.

Tickets to the reception are $20/person, with advanced reservations requested, by calling the Tourism Council at 401-724-2200 or go to www.tourblackstone.com.

Spring fashion connection
With springtime just around the corner, people are following what the newest styles and latest trends are in personal wardrobes and clothing accessories.

With the Blackstone River Valley being the actual birthplace of textile manufacturing, which sparked the American Industrial Revolution, fashion has always weaved the region’s heritage. One area community that has always made a fashionable impression is the town of Upton, MA.

Created in 1735, Upton was a locale known for early wool spinning and shoe making. However, Upton became known as a leading center for something that is synonymous with spring — straw hats.

William Knowlton founded the world’s largest women’s straw hat factory in Upton in the 1830’s. The business continued under the Knowlton family heirs and others until it closed in the mid 1970’s. The site has been transformed into housing and reflects the importance of how ingenuity influenced style.

The National Park Service Rangers with the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor have a free walking tour brochure available at area Visitor Centers. More details on Upton, MA are available by contacting Town Hall at 508-529-3565 or visit the website at www.upton.ma.us.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL INFORMATION ON ALL EVENTS, DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS AND DETAILS ON EACH EVENT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANYTIME WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE CALL EACH EVENT CONTACT DIRECTLY FOR THE MOST LATEST UPDATES!

Also, visit www.tourblackstone.com for more daily events and visitor information.

For a complete listing of all events happening throughout the year in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, visit our Calendar of Events on the web at www.eventblackstone.com This interactive website is freshly updated daily and offers direct links to detailed information on each public event posted in the Calendar of Events.

Additional information on events, attractions, interests and activities are available from the following agencies:

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Telephone 401-762-0440

Blackstone River Valley Visitor Bureau
110 Church Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588
Telephone 508-234-9090 (toll free outside MA 1-800-841-0919)

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Telephone 401-724-2200 (toll free outside RI 1-800-454-2882)

The Blackstone River is an American Heritage River located within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. In 1999, the United States Congress named the National Heritage Corridor in honor of the late United States Senator John H. Chafee of Rhode Island, who co-sponsored legislation creating the region in 1986.

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