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Join us on Saturday, August 18th as we celebrate the 275th anniversary of the founding of Middletown. 
Free of Charge

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The day-long event will begin in Paradise Park at 11:00 with an opening ceremony including:

·        The raising of the flag accompanied by a musket salute and the playing of our national anthem to music provided by Navy Band Northeast.

·        Convocation by Rev. John W. O’Brien – St. Lucy’s Church
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Welcoming statements from the President of the Middletown Historical Society and the President of the Middletown Town Council.
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Acknowledgement of the members of the town committee and the Historical Society board of Directors who made the celebration possible.
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Acknowledgement of all volunteers for town committees and boards who make it possible for the town to function.
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Reading of congratulatory proclamations from The Middletown Town Council, the RI General assembly, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, RI Governor’s Office, RI Lieutenant Governor, and RI General Treasurer.  We are expecting the key representatives of these offices to read the proclamations including Gary Paquette, Robert Sylvia, Gina Raimondo, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jack Reed, David Cicillini, Dan McKey and Seth Magaziner.

The event will continue with:

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Viewing of the original Middletown Compact that officially created the Town of Middletown
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The day’s activities at Paradise Park will continue with many including the running of Boyd’s wind grist mill, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and The Artillery Company of Newport.
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New additions to this year’s lineup include local artisan booths set up on the eastern edge of the park along Paradise Ave., Operation Stand Down, and The RI WWI Centennial Commission.
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Children’s activities I.E. face painting, rock wall climbing.  An interactive talk on “The Not-so-good Life of the Colonial Child” by Velya Jancz-Urban.  Musical entertainment on our stage includes M.U.D.  and Luis Mateaos II.
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Event will incorporate the annual Middletown Volunteer Appreciation Event catered by Pickle’s Deli.


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Food vendor lineup:
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Castaway Gourmet
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Pete’s Ice Cream
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Del’s Lemonade
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Diego’s Barrio Cantina
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Binge Barbecue
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Wally’s Dogs
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Brunch Belly
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My Rolling Café
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Scratch Kitchen
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Moose Man’s Kettle Corn
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Sweet B’s Donuts

·        Entertainment Lineup

o   Navy Band Northeast Salute Band - 11:00-11:3
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M.U.D. (Mike and Uncle Denny) - Noon-1:00, 2:00-3:00
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Velya Jancz-Urban: “The Not-So-Good Old Days: Childhood in Colonial New England -   1:00-2:00
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Luis Mateaos II - 3:00-5:00

·        Following the completion of the activities at Paradise Park the operation moves to Sachuest Beach where there will be bonfires on the beach funded by local corporate sponsors including:

o   Bank Newport
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Behan Construction
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Saccucci Honda
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Embrace Home Loans
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Pickle’s Deli
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Sayer, Regan and Thayer Law Offices

·        Musical entertainment on the stage:  The Ben O’Connor Band

·        Food vendors

·        Artisans

·        The whole evening is capped off by a 25 minute fireworks spectacular at approx. 9:15pm

All events are free of charge.  Free parking is available at Paradise Park.  Overflow parking will be at the Middletown Senior Center on Green End Avenue.  Free shuttle service will be provided by Viking Tours with departures every 15-20 minutes. From 10:30 until 5:30

 
The Middletown Historical Society is seeking to contact family members of the late John T. Hopf - Aerial Photographer Extraordinaire.  Please contact us at info@middletownhistory.org.

Questions??

Historical Research
Do you have a question about the history of Middletown, RI? Do you ever wonder what became of your third grade teacher?

If so, please contact us at archives@middletownhistory.org and we’ll be happy to assist you.  Depending on the complexity of your request and the time required for research, a nominal fee may be charged.

 

Updated August 17th 2018