2012 Autumn Newsletter
Charlestown - Coventry - East Greenwich - Exeter - Hopkinton - Narragansett -
North Kingstown - Richmond - South Kingstown - West Greenwich - Westerly
In This Issue:
Message from the President
South County 11th Annual Photo Contest
Weekapaug Inn Preserved
Beach pavilions go "Green"
South County's "Cliff Walk" arrives at Black Point!
Rhythm & Roots celebrates 15 years in Ninigret
Fast Ferry christened in Quonset
Accolades from SO Rhode Island Magazine
Biomes moving to Post Road location
Summer of successful events
Submit Your Event
South County: a favorite destination wedding location
Message from the President
My grandmother recited the following poem each morning to begin our day:

Good, Better, Best.
Never let it rest.
'Til your good is better!
And your better is the best!!

Of course, my grandmother believed that Hollywood's Cecile B. DeMille put a man on the moon and not the government. But her poem still rings true!
One of the major take aways at this year's Educational Seminar at the Tourism Organizations Conference (ESTO) was the prediction that during the next five years advances in technology will bring tourism to even higher platforms of communication, far outstripping what we have experienced during the past 20 years. As with all change there is also the expectation that there will be a battle royale in technology platforms, for only the strong will survive. Let me illustrate: in the recent past MySpace was a major platform, in less than five years it was outpaced as a leading social media site. Google has bought YouTube and is positioned to cannibalize even more platforms. The introduction of new platforms is mind-boggling: Pinterest, Instagram and Digg, to name just a few, came onto the scene only two years ago. This technological revolution will look remarkably different in a nanosecond. Think Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Council is poised for the next round of evolution, positioning the South County Region as a solid leisure destination is our passion. We're beaming up to the next level!
We hope you will enjoy some of our tourism partners' own evolution on these pages.
Together we join in a chorus of excited anticipation for their evolution and the future of South County - Hip! Hip!! Hooray!!!
South County 11th Annual Photo Contest
South County Tourism Council 2012 Photo Contest winner:
Stephen Wood.

Gloriously capturing the beauty of South County's people and places, this year's entries were judged by Emmy-award winning cinematographer David Zapatka of North Kingstown. During his announcement of the winning photos, Zapatka explained his choice for the winning photo by Stephen Wood: "The essence of South County is here. This nicely composed photograph captures a moment within the context of South County. Without the young couple presumably celebrating their engagement, it's just a  nice photo of the lighthouse. Without the lighthouse, it's just a photo of a celebration. Put them together and you have our winner."
The entries featured the people, places and/or events within the South County area.
Forty-five photographers from throughout South County and beyond submitted a total of 285 photographs, 20 of which were displayed at South County Museum. The photographers also vied for cash awards which totaled more than $1,000.
Annette Marchand, a visitor to the area, submitted several photos to the contest. "I have learned a great deal from partaking in this contest," she said in a letter to SCTC. "I have enjoyed the beauty of your area and the beautiful people I have met. So no matter which way it goes, I feel like a winner."

Weekapaug Inn Preserved
Weekapaug Inn The Weekapaug Inn, a historic Rhode Island seaside inn located in Westerly, reopened to guests in early October 2012 after a $20 million preservation. Originally built in 1899 in classic Cape Cod style architecture, the Inn has 27 guest rooms and four two-bedroom suites.
The Inn's on-site naturalist and recreation director will help visitors during a diverse set of activities from kayaking, fly fishing, or bird spotting to exploring the shore of the natural estuary adjacent to the inn.
A three-lane lap pool and a fitness center are available to guests, who are also invited to use the facilities at the Weekapaug Inn's sister property, The Ocean House in Watch Hill.
Preservation never looked so welcoming!
Beach Pavilions go 'Green'
The lifeguard tower at the new East Matunuck State Beach pavilion.
East Matunuck State Beach welcomed the summer season with a new "green" pavilion for visitors.
The new East Matunuck facility is handicapped accessible, has a separate bath house and concession building. Much of the energy needed for the new bathhouse is generated by an on-site wind turbine and solar panels.
The facility was dedicated to fallen State Trooper Daniel O'Brien who died while trying to rescue area residents during Hurricane Carol in 1954.
A new, permanent, green facility was also erected at Charlestown Town Beach. The facility is also handicapped accessible and includes bathroom facilities and a cold-rinse outdoor shower.
South County's own "Cliff Walk"
arrives at Black Point
Brother Edmond Precourt of De La Salle Christian Brothers and Malcom Grant, formerly of DEM, cut the ribbon on the new trail at Black Point, Narragansett. (The Narragansett Times)
The official opening of the new trail section at Black Point was celebrated on a gorgeous mid-August afternoon. Officials from the RI Dept. of Environmental Management, RI Dept. of Transportation and the De La Salle Christian Brothers were on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. The 1,430-foot trail loops through the Black Point fishing access area and offers visitors panoramic views of the Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Rhythm & Roots celebrates 15 years in Ninigret
Left to right: Paula Anderson, chair of  Charlestown's Recreation/Rehabilitation Committee, Chuck Wentworth of Rhythm & Roots and SCTC's Myrna George.
A Happy 15th Anniversary to Rhythm & Roots Music Festival. This unique music-oriented event  has brought lively music, dancing and family fun to Ninigret Park each Labor Day weekend for 15 years.
Hugh Laurie's Copper Bottom Band  was among the event's headliners. Hugh Laurie, of House fame, was fabulous even up close! Louisiana's Pine Leaf Boys were this year's host band and the list of performers included David Bromberg, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Donna the Buffalo, James Brown's and Joss Stone's bands, and the resurrected original lineup of Manitoba's The Duhks.
Ava Pearl fast ferry christened in Quonset
Ava Pearl christened at Launch Party
Charles Donadio, president of Rhode Island Fast Ferry, christens the Ava Pearl with a bottle of champagne before her maiden voyage. (Standard Times)
Rhode Island Fast Ferry introduced the newest member of its fleet, the Ava Pearl, to Narragansett Bay during a July christening ceremony at Quonset Point. The 150-passenger fast ferry will carry visitors to and from Martha's Vineyard. The 400-passenger Millennium ferry will continue to ply the waters of Narragansett Bay, solely as a tour boat for the Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruises and Sunset Cruises.
Congratulations and best wishes for even greater success are extended to the Donadio Family!
Accolades from SO Rhode Island Magazine
SO Rhode Island Magazine included SCTC President Myrna George among the Top 10 People to Know in the Fifth Anniversary edition.
"We live here. We know why South County is such a remarkable place. Other people - those unlucky enough to be born and bred other places - might not have gotten the message. Myrna George, head of the South County Tourism Council, makes it her mission to get that message out to the rest of the world. Considering the beach traffic on Route 1, we think she does a pretty good job."
Biomes moving to Post Road location
Biomes Marine Biology Center
Opal the tiny octopus and the rest of the creatures at Biomes Marine Biology Center are migrating to a bigger tank on Post Road in North Kingstown this fall.  Biomes is a privately owned marine science education center focusing on hands-on programs for students and families in Southern New England.  Come on down and experience our ocean life!
Successful First Event
EG Restaurant Week 2012
East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Director Stephen Lombardi, East Greenwich Town Manager Bill Sequino and SCTC President/CEO Myrna George at the kickoff of the 2012 EG Restaurant Week at East Greenwich Yacht Club.
The most recent addition to the summer line up was the First East Greenwich Restaurant Week which had a promising inaugural event. Many new faces appeared in East Greenwich to savor the delicious fare.
Your 2013 Events submitted with ease in Style!
Event listing submission for the 2013 edition of South County Style Vacation Guide has begun and is easier than ever. If you would like your 2013 event to be considered for the Events section of the guide and our online calendar of events simply click here http://www.southcountyri.com/events-calendar/submit-an-event and complete the form. (See sample above.) Deadline is November 14, 2012. Don't miss this opportunity for free event listings!

South County:  
a favorite destination wedding location

Romantic, beautiful, natural, historic, classic . . . all describe a South County wedding. Southern New England Weddings: Destination 2013 magazine includes a nine-page editorial and advertising spread featuring South County as a wedding destination.
Photos from a 2011 wedding at the Ocean House are highlighted, featuring the entrance, outdoor decks and dining room.
"This area . . . offers couples a variety of settings perfect for weddings and celebrations along 100 miles of scenic coastline and scenic inland back roads," said SCTC President Myrna George.
The January 6, 2013 South County Bridal Show at the Towers in Narragansett will showcase premiere wedding professionals from the area.
New Fall Home Page


South County Weddings website 


Contact cferranti@southcountyri.com for information on a combined website/mobile website advertising opportunity.

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