2012 Summer Newsletter
Charlestown - Coventry - East Greenwich - Exeter - Hopkinton - Narragansett -
North Kingstown - Richmond - South Kingstown - West Greenwich - Westerly
In This Issue:
Message from the President
Celebrate South County Day
Governor's Unity Luncheon
Trade Shows
Networking in New York
Annual Blood Drive
South County 12 Meter Regatta
Submit Your Event
Message from the President

Casting the net beyond our borders spells success for South County Businesses!!


May 2012 edition of Coastal Living Magazine listed a special section of 11 Great Getaways. South County Tourism is listed in Coastal Living Magazine top 11 Great Getaways! -'Renew your spirit and soothe your soul exploring our 100 miles of beautiful coastline and historic villages. Kayak along a winding river or hike to places of undisturbed beauty and taste fresh from the boat seafood.' Now, that's a recommendation to treasure.


Southern New England LIVING also provides SCTC with successfully listing their destinations to include Boston, Newport, Providence, Cape Cod, South Shore, SOUTH COUNTY. Plus exclusive South County editorial and photography is featured as well!!


Wall Street Journal Horizon featured the destination "South County" as an ideal vacation.


The Bathing Pavilions of South County underwent green renewal projects not just in the town of Narragansett and two separate town facilities in Charlestown, but also at East Matunuck State Beach. We raise our hats in a rousing cheer for their thoughtful and beautiful accomplishments!


The talented Tomaselli family, have opened their second T's Restaurant in South County, in Narragansett. You cannot mistake their positive vibe. Creating beautiful surroundings and great food is their trademark.  

Yankee Magazine continues to bless us among the "25 Best Beach Towns" - naming Watch Hill and Narragansett! 


Ava Marie cometh! The 150-passenger ferry arrives Tuesday, July 3, to Rhode Island Bay Cruises. She is the newest addition to their fleet, and will replace the Millennium Ferry on select routes. Here's to the tides successfully rising all new boats!


The Contemporary Theater Company is opening on Friday, July 6 - we love great actors! Check out their offers at www.southcountyri.com for more details.


George's of Galilee beautiful renovations include a stone dining patio complete with gathering fire pit, as well as a newly designed interior with a lovely stone fireplace, in addition to a new bar and dining area, perfectly complimented by Dan Dunn's photography.


In South County, all oars are in the water, pulling towards success!


Celebrate South County Day!
Legislators and visitors to the Rhode Island State House were treated to a "Taste of South County" during Celebrate South County Day.
Marketing Assistant Lillian Dilluvio greets some of the youngest visitors to our State House.
The land of beaches, quiet back roads, chowder and clam cakes, aka South County, moved north to the Rhode Island State House on May 8 for the "20th Annual Celebrate South County Day . . . and the Rest of the State," as a kick-off of the 2012 National Tourism Week and to show off our many assets and the reasons visitors flock to our shores.
Many of our vendors offered samples of local delicacies and tempted the palates of everyone in the State House. Joining the "Taste of South County," while we served the season's first Del's Lemonade were: Aunt Carrie's Seafood Restaurant, Babcock Smith House Museum, Charlie's Sugar House, Friends of Kingston Station, General Nathanael Greene Homestead, George's of Galilee, Kenyon Corn Meal, Kettle Pond Refuge Complex, Meadow Brook Inn, Rhode Island's Dressings, RI Resource Conservation & Development Council, Sons of Liberty Spirits Co., Sweenor's Chocolates and Yawgoo Bakes.
Representatives from Rhode Island Tourism and Blackstone Valley Tourism Council had brochures and goodies on display, as well as the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and North Kingstown Chamber.
Governor's Unity Luncheon
Presenting the award was (l to r) Keith Stokes, executive director, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation; Mark Brodeur, director of tourism for RIEDC; Ed Villafane, Ocean House Managing Director (accepting the award for Chuck Royce); Myrna George, SCTC President and Governor Lincoln Chafee.
Every year, the South County Tourism Council nominates an individual, business or organization to be recognized with the Governor's Tourism Achievement Award. The 27th Annual Tourism Unity Award, themed "Beautiful Rhode Island," was awarded to Chuck Royce of the Ocean House on Tues., May 8.
South County Tourism Council President Myrna George praised Royce's vision for the future of the Ocean House. "His extraordinary vision in dismantling the original Ocean House included saving and restoring all of her windows and then placing them back in their original positions, saving and restoring her fireplace - beach stone by beach stone and then placing them in their original positions, saving and restoring the reception desk and placing it in its original position. The original vision of a human scale, world class, timelessly elegant, beautiful resort was created by a beautiful mind." 

Trade Shows 

South County Tourism Council President/CEO, Myrna George, represented the region at Discover New England Travel Summit. This event provides a unique opportunity to meet with overseas travel planners, to encourage European vacationers to visit our shores. Discover New England is the only tourism trade event focused on New England to help bring more European visitors to the region.    

Networking in New York

South County Tourism Council President/CEO, Myrna George and Marketing Director, Diane Patefield met with more than 40 travel writers at the New York Yacht Club networking luncheon. This trip was a collaboration with the State Division of Tourism and Regional partners.

As a result, South County has hosted several travel writers and bloggers with the generosity of our hosting accommodations. Thank you one and all!

Annual Blood Drive   

SCTC co-sponsored a blood drive in March, with the RI Dept. of the Attorney General and the Dept. of Children, Youth and Families, at the Stedman Government Center.

This drive was dedicated to three-year-old Noah Fogg, whose mother works at DCYF's North Kingstown office.  Noah was diagnosed with leukemia last February and has undergone aggressive treatment and received transfusions of cells and platelets during the past year.

A total of 19 donors were able to give blood during the drive.

This was the seventh annual blood drive sponsored by SCTC. 

South County 12 Meter Regatta
Photo by Herb Armstrong
Yacht racing off Narragansett Pier was so popular in the late 1800's that it was the place to be if you lived in or around South County.  To revive the sailing community in South County, for sailing enthusiasts and all who enjoy the majesty of their beauty,  the first ever South County 12 Meter Regatta took place on June 21st.
Six legendary vintage America's Cup yachts: the American Eagle, Columbia, Intrepid, Nefertiti, Northern Light and Weatherly raced on Narragansett Bay. The Intrepid, a two time America's Cup  winner, finished first overall, and was presented with a trophy which will be engraved and displayed in Narragansett.
Visitors from all over Rhode Island, New England and beyond were able to watch the race close up and personal all along Narragansett Pier. Historical photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts were also on display, with the assistance of Mr. Brian Melzner, America's Cup historian extraordinaire.
The South County 12 Meter Regatta came to life through an unprecendented collaboration with the towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett, their respective Economic Development Committees and Chambers of Commerce and the South County Tourism Council.
Submit Your Event
If you would like an event featured on our online events calendar, you may now go to our website www.southcountyri.com, simply click on the "What To Do" tab and click on "Events." Then just click on "Submit Your Event" and complete the online form. 


South County Tourism Council 2011 Photo Contest Winner:
Ingrid Mathews
  South County 11th Annual Photo Contest
No matter which way you point the camera lens, South County shows her best side. SCTC is holding its 11th Annual Photo Contest to challenge photographers to capture the essence of our 11 South County towns.
Over $1000 in prize money will be awarded to the top entrants, who are encouraged to submit compelling images reflecting the people, places and activities within the environs of Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly and West Greenwich.
Entries are being accepted through Aug. 8, 2012. For entry form and contest rules, click here or e-mail us at info@southcountyri.com


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