2015 Spring Newsletter
Charlestown - Coventry - East Greenwich - Exeter - Hopkinton - Narragansett -
North Kingstown - Richmond - South Kingstown - West Greenwich - Westerly
In This Issue:
South County Happenings
New to South County
2nd South County Town Nominated
23rd Annual Celebrate South County Day
2015 SCTC Bridal Show a Huge Success!
South County News
2015 South County Style Vacation Guide
Like Us on Facebook
What's Happening in South County This Spring
South County comes alive in Spring. More hours of daylight and temperate temps make Spring an ideal time to visit.  The event calendar is packed with activities from concerts and theater to historical re-enactments, fairs and more. The star of our Spring happenings is the Annual Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show which kicks off U.S. Navy Week in Rhode Island on May 30-31 and will feature the return of the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels.   


"I've got a brand new pair of roller skates," do you? Music fans will thrill to the sounds of tunes by the likes of Melanie, Jonathan Edwards and Pure Prairie League performing at the Courthouse Center for the Arts.

Come join the raid! History buffs can relive a time in history at  The Third Annual Raid on Spell Hall a revolutionary war re-enactment at the Nathanael Greene Homestead on May 16 and 17.

Smith's Castle opens on May 2 and 3rd. Their Strawberry Festival on June 20 will keep the kids occupied so parents can take a minute to relax in the natural beauty.

Spring kicks off festival season in South County starting with Daffodil Days in Wickford Village on April 18 and 19. The Misquamicut SpringFest Weekend on May 8-10 features an international food court, a petting zoo and carnival rides that are sure to thrill the whole family. Art lovers can explore the works of selected artists from around the country at the 18th Annual "Virtu" Art Festival on May 23-24.

If you have a taste for the theater - from contemporary to Shakespeare - South County covers it all. Catch shows such as As You Like It, Steel Magnolias, Lysistrata, Razzle Dazzle Revue, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Shakespeare in Hollywood.

For more events and happenings, click here.

What's New in South County

Wicked Fish Opens in North Kingstown

Wicked Fish & Kitty Murtagh's is now open in North Kingstown featuring a modern American menu of locally sourced and organic ingredients. Kitty Murtagh's is the adjoining Irish pub, modeled after the one in Nantucket, and will offer real Irish dishes such as potato cheddar soup, curry chips, Irish nachos, shepherd's pie, Guinness battered fish and chips and more.

Beatnik Opens in Wakefield

The owner of Gossip boutique in Wickford Village has opened Beatnik boutique in Wakefield that features boho beach wear for men and women. It will soon be carrying vintage one-of-a-kind pieces and will house an artist's collaborative upstairs where everyone can come and create, attend painting parties and more.

Hold the MSG
If you're looking for Chinese cuisine in South County, Exeter's Taste of China offers fresh, made-to-order Chinese food with no MSG. They've just secured a liquor license making it more than just a take-out place.  

Matunuck Oyster Bar Opens Upstairs Dining Area
Matunuck Oyster Bar has expanded with a fresh space upstairs that opened on January 28. Diners can gaze out the windows and see Block Island, Pt. Judith and Matunuck Oyster Farm.

Narragansett Nominated by Coastal Living Magazine for "America's Happiest Seaside Town 2015"
The South County Tourism Council has enjoyed a close working relationship with Coastal Living Magazine for over a decade and is pleased that Narragansett, RI is among this year's finalists in their quest for America's Happiest Seaside Town.

We ask all Narragansett fans to vote often, once an hour, to help bring home the crown. The voting ends March 31st at 11:59pm EST.
Vote now!
23rd Annual Celebrate South County at the State House
Aunt Carrie's at last year's Celebrate South County Day
If you're in the area on May 5, we're holding our 23rd Annual Celebrate South County Day at the State House. The event kicks off National Tourism Week and allows visitors to the State House to sample what South County businesses, including restaurants, museums, and more have to offer. Join us from 3-5 PM on Tuesday, May 5.
2015 SCTC Bridal Show Was a Huge Success!
Our 2015 South County Tourism Council Bridal Show was a huge success. There were a variety of South County vendors there to realize all your wedding day dreams - from florists to bridal boutiques, photographers, caterers and more. Brides and their guests won prizes including a gift certificate worth up to $800 off a wedding dress, free bridal hair & make-up trial, various photography packages and more. We even had a live mermaid!

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding the South County Tourism Council can help you find the right venue or hotel. Contact us at 401.789-4422, [email protected] or visit www.southcountyweddings.com.    
South County In the News  
Photographer: Susan Sancomb
Checking In: South County Bridal Show
Southern New England Weddings spoke with South County Tourism Council President & CEO, Myrna George on what makes the South County Bridal Show unique.
Read the article here.

Photographer: Jim Garlick
Juno a Boon to Yawgoo Valley Ski Area
The blizzard of 2015 helped boost business for Yawgoo Valley Ski Area.
Read the article.

Photographer: Paul E. Kandarian
Ocean House in R.I. Snags Rare 15-Star Rating
The Boston Globe reported on the multi-award-winning South County hotel, Ocean House and it's latest achievement - a rare 15-star rating by Forbes Magazine. Ocean House earned a five-star rating for the hotel, its OH! Spa and its restaurant, Seasons.
Read the article.

Order your 2015 South County Style Vacation Guide

Our 2015 South County Style Vacation Guide is out!
It's full of information on where to stay, where to eat, what to do, and much more!

Do you have your copy? If you don't be sure to request one, or view it online.
In honor of our 15-star Forbes Magazine Rating, Ocean House is offering a special package through the end of April, 2015. Starting at $555/night, visitors will receive deluxe king or terrace king accommodations, dinner for two at Seasons and a $50 resort credit to be used at OH! Spa, beverage or retail.
Offer Expires: April 30,2015
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