Summer’s End, EG’s Annual Summer Party, Is Aug. 29

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Summer’s End is about as good a way as possible to celebrate what for many of us is not the best news in the world. Summer ending?!? Please, no!

But end it must.

Thankfully, we have the annual Summer’s End concert – on Friday, Aug. 29, at Eldredge Field – to help ease the pain. For the third year in a row, the Navy Northeast Orchestra (the Navy Band to many of us) will headline the event. 

“We’re really excited about having the Navy Band back again,” said Tom Sprague, Summer’s End board president. As usual, there will be local groups selling different foods and drinks, and the field will become a patchwork quilt of picnickers and music lovers. 

The entertainment will start with the top-notch EGHS Jazz Ensemble, followed by EG favorite Phoebe Madden, who will be performing with Michael DiNucci this year.

In keeping with tradition, there’s no charge for the concert but donation buckets will be at every entrance and Sprague hopes everyone will contribute something. 

“Without people’s support, there would be no Summer’s End,” he said, noting that you don’t have to wait until showtime to give to Summer’s End – you can send a check today: Summer’s End, P.O. Box 1614, E.G., RI 02818.

Remarkably, this will be Summer’s End’s 19th year. It remains close to its local, all-volunteer roots but Sprague said they are in need of some fresh energy on the board, especially with the 20th anniversary coming up next year. While the Town of East Greenwich gives $5,000 and town employees help out, this is NOT a town event. So it depends on both volunteers and donations.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Sprague at tsprague72@gmail.com

EG Weekend: Canoe Races, Voter Registration Drive

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A great egret taking off on Greenwich Cove Friday. Credit: Noel Bailey

Saturday, Aug. 2

One-Act Play Festival: A fun, family-friendly evening featuring eight original one acts written by national playwrights. All ages will enjoy this summer’s lineup: light-hearted comedies, relationship pieces, free hugs, an ensemble cast of bugs, and more. Theatre 82, 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston. Click here for more information.

Voter Registration drive: Cardi’s Furniture on Route 2 is holding a voter registration drive together with the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office, from 10 a.m. to noon. If you’re not sure of your status, click here.

Local live music:

Born Ready Band at Finn’s Harborside, 4:30 p.m., Empty Bottle, 8:30 p.m.
Cover to Cover at Nautika, 8:30 p.m.
Funbags at BLU on the Water, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 3

EG Animal Protection League open house: Every Sunday, the EGAPL opens its doors so people can meet the dogs and cats in need of permanent homes. You can find videos of some of the animals available for adoption here. At a NEW LOCATION: EG Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

EG Canoe Races: This benefit for Special Olympics Rhode Island takes place at Finn’s Harborside. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., the races begin at 12:30 p.m. There will be live music by The Senders, starting at 4 p.m.

Local live music:

The Senders at Finn’s Harborside, 4 p.m.
Screwy Louie & Bam Bam at Chianti’s Parkside on the deck, 4 to 7 p.m. (half-price appetizers all day)
Floribbean Band at Nautika, 1 p.m., Triad, 6 p.m.
The XIsles at BLU on the Water, noon / Tribeca, 6 p.m.

And … 

Football anyone? The season starts next week, but NK Jaguars still have space in the 5 to 7 and 12 to 14 age ranges. The Jaguars have adopted the Head’s Up Football program this year, to help keeps players safe. For more information, contact Paul Zarrella, 741-6749 or zarrellap@cox.net.

Today In EG: Irish Music at Academy Field

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Getting a little bit lower, at last week’s Academy Field concert.


 

Recycling is ON; yard waste pickup is OFF (yard waste is being picked up every other week through September). For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Thursday, July 31

Celebrating Ireland @ Academy: For the last Academy Field concert of the season, Celebrating Ireland will perform Irish and folk tunes. It’s presented by the EG Parks & Rec Department and is free. Bring something to sit on (and leave your pets at home) and enjoy! Free. 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 1

Goddard Park Farmers Market: The farmers market at Goddard Park is open through Halloween and offers a wide variety of products. Here’s more information about the market and vendors. Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Football anyone? The season starts next week, but NK Jaguars still have space in the 5 to 7 and 12 to 14 age ranges. The Jaguars have adopted the Head’s Up Football program this year, to help keeps players safe. For more information, contact Paul Zarrella, 741-6749 or zarrellap@cox.net.

EG Weekend: Lots of Cars, A Food Truck, Music

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Saturday, July 26

Autos of the World @ Goddard: This huge car show is back, featuring antique, classic, hot rod and exotic cars at Goddard Park both Saturday and Sunday. Whether you just want to check out all the cars, or if you have a car you’d like to exhibit, you’ll find all that you need to know here.

Yard Sale: Toys, baby things, gardening, dishes, vinyl records, furniture, household items and more. At 661 Shippeetown Road, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Haven Brothers : Legacy of the American Diner: The Odeum is the place to see an award-winning documentary filmmaker’s take on this Rhode Island institution. Click here for ticket information. And read more about the film here.

Waterfire: There’s a full Waterfire lighting in Providence Saturday night. The torches are lit at sunset, but the festivities begin earlier. Find more information here.

Kate Gallogly-Mike Lowell wedding: One of the best people to ever come out of East Greenwich is getting hitched today in Matunuck, to a very lucky guy. Very best wishes to you both!

Local nightlife:
Mercy Bullets at Finn’s Harborside, 8:30 p.m.
Prymal Funk at Nautika, 8:30 p.m.
Honeymooners at Chelo’s on the Water at Noon / What Matters at 7 p.m.
Chris Gauthier at Blu on the Water, 2 p.m. / Fighting Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

Autos of the World @ Goddard: This huge car show is back, featuring antique, classic, hot rod and exotic cars at Goddard Park through today. Whether you just want to check out all the cars, or if you have a car you’d like to exhibit, you’ll find all that you need to know here.

EG Animal Protection League open house: Every Sunday, the EGAPL opens its doors so people can meet the dogs and cats in need of permanent homes. You can find videos of some of the animals available for adoption here. At a NEW LOCATION: EG Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Local live music:

The Senders at Finn’s Harborside, 4 p.m.
Steve Demers on the deck at Chianti’s Parkside, 4 to 7 p.m.
Floribbean Band at Nautika, 1 p.m., Triad at 6 p.m.
The X Isles at Blu on the Water, noon, Brass Attack at 6 p.m.

New Haven Bros. Documentary At Odeum Saturday

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Everybody knows Haven Brothers. It’s the place you go after the bars close in Providence. Or you take the kids for a hot wiener and fries after a trip to the big city. Or maybe you just know it because it’s been sitting in the same spot for, well, a LONG time.

It’s been part of the downtown Providence landscape since the late 1890s actually.

Documentary filmmaker Jeff Toste decided to explore just how Haven Brothers became an icon and his film – “Haven Brothers: Legacy of an American Diner” – is being shown at the Odeum for a special one-night engagement Saturday night.

“I was just interested in telling a Rhode Island story that I really felt had interest beyond Rhode Island,” said Toste. “It’s not just a story about an American icon, it’s a story about the American dream.”

Toste spent three years on the documentary, which meant A LOT of time inside the diner. He was there when Man vs. Food came to shoot a segment, and when the BBC showed up. Toste is a vegetarian, so he was NOT eating The Murder Burger when he was there. Grilled cheese and fries filled the bill just fine.

Toste said he really wanted to find out how Haven Brothers has managed to survive all these years, while so many other places have fallen by the wayside.

“It’s transcended success – it’s become culture. How does that happen?” he said. With a lot of hard work, he found out.

“It’s practically a 24-hour operation,” said Toste. The closing shift leaves and the morning shift shows up soon after. “It’s a story of work. It’s a story of commitment and dedication.”

So, too, it seems, is Toste’s documentary.

Toste will be at the showing Saturday, as will a food truck (ok, NOT Haven Brothers – that food truck does not move). Here’s a link for ticket information.

 

Odeum Aims For 40 Shows In 2014

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A year after the gala re-opening of the Greenwich Odeum and six months after it again closed for a time, the Main Street theater is rebooting once more, with board members planning this time to provide a more secure future.

Kevin Muoio, who replaces Bruce Rollins as the Odeum’s board president, said they plan to hold 40 events at the Odeum in 2014, both from theater rentals and its own shows. That would be nearly four times the number of events held at the Odeum in 2013.

The re-opening of the Odeum in January 2013 came after three years of fundraising, prompted by the town’s decision to put the theater back on the property tax rolls in 2009. Established as a nonprofit theater in 1994, the Odeum had been exempt from taxes, but it closed in 2007, unable to afford costly fire protection upgrades put into law after The Station nightclub fire.

Loosening of the fire code and a $142,000 grant from the Champlin Foundations in 2012 gave the Odeum the opportunity to reopen, but 2013 proved challenging and tumultuous, with some costly shows and the departure of longtime board president Frank Prosnitz, as well as a continued dispute with Steven Erinakes, who says he was never paid for the theater, long owned by the Erinakes family.

Muoio said he knows there’s been some frustration with the Odeum but he promises the board is on the right track now.

In a recent Odeum blog post, he wrote, “So when you look at the history of the Odeum and our ‘we’re open / we’re not open’ track record over the last decade, I know that we have tried the patience of many patrons, sponsors, and members. Thank you for sticking with us. I say this with the upmost conviction – in 2014, you will see a return of stability at the Greenwich Odeum.”

He acknowledged the theater’s “lively” acoustics are less than ideal for certain shows, including the movies that ran in November and early December. The sound, he said, was awful. For live acts, the acoustics are better, but improving them is a priority for the board this year, he said.

So far, the board has talked to two acoustic engineers about their ideas to improve the sound; a third engineer’s findings will be reviewed this month.

“We need to have this intelligently addressed,” Muoio said. “In 2014, we have three tenets: action, accountability and acoustics.”

Muoio, who works in sales and has run his own business, wants to bring a spirit of entrepreneurship to the Odeum. “I believe the Odeum is just like every other business on Main Street.”

The board is working on a business plan and setting goals, he said, including that 40-performance goal.

“Twelve rentals are already slated,” said Muoio. “We want people to know you can rent the Odeum.”

Among the rentals is Friday’s “Love Is in the Air III,” with Michael DiMucci, Phoebe Madden, David Marshall, and Ritchee Price. Also on the docket is the Duke Robillard Band March 8.

In terms of finances, Muoio said, things are improving. The rentals will help. The dispute with Erinakes, who established the nonprofit, remains unresolved.

“We are in ongoing conversations with Steve,” said Muoio.

He stressed the Odeum is an all-volunteer operation. “When we say … ‘100% Volunteer Run’ we’re not kidding – every performance, every ticket sold, every everything comes from the hard work of a volunteer,” he writes in his blog.

In addition to Muoio, the Odeum board is Doug Truesdell (vice president), Richard DiGennaro (treasurer), Susan Oberbeck (secretary), Judy Assad, Darren Hill, Steve Lombardi, Michael Norde, Jane Parillo, Bruce Rollins, Jody Sceery, and Dan Speca.

Click here to learn more about upcoming shows at the Odeum. 

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