Cemetery cleanup, Farm music: five things you need to know in Burrillville this weekend


Library Day

Jesse Smith Memorial Library will celebrate Rhode Island Library Day on Saturday, with late fee forgiveness and events throughout the day including a book sale and a magician. Read more about the event here.

Music at the Farm

Grace Note Farm and co-sponsor the Burrillville Land Trust will launch their second season of indoor concerts with The Jess Tora Jazz Trio on Sunday.

“Music at the Farm” will again present a series of concerts the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. this year starting April 14, and continuing through December 8. Concerts will feature a variety of music styles from classical chamber music to folk and jazz. Artistic Director and flutist Virginia Sindelar, a graduate of Juilliard, plans a nucleus of artists in residence and has invited talented internationally known artists. Programs will showcase music from around the world. Homemade desserts, tea and coffee are served for a donation giving the audience a chance to meet the artists in this unique New England bucolic setting.

Read more about the series started last year here. 

Cemetery cleanup

Celebrate Rhode Island Cemetery Awareness/Restoration Day with Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society on Saturday and help clean up Riverside Cemetery (#26) in Harrisville from 9 a.m. to noon. If you love old cemeteries, or are just curious about the process, stop by to see the work being done to preserve and maintain Burrillville’s abandoned cemeteries.

This volunteer cleanup project will be led by Betty and Carlo Mencucci, experienced cemetery conservators and volunteers with the Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society and Blackstone Heritage  Corridor’s Volunteers-In-Parks program. The project involves mostly raking, along with some brush cutting and hauling away of debris.

The VIP leaders will be conducting short tours to explain some of the gravestone conservation work being done in Riverside Cemetery, including work in the Bathsheba Sherman lot. They will also offer demonstrations of proper headstone cleaning techniques and weather permitting, a stone setting demonstration. There will be information available to learn more about Burrillville’s historical cemeteries and its Adopt-A-Cemetery program, along with helpful information on how to maintain a graveyard.

Volunteers should bring a leaf rake and brush loppers, if available. Also needed is a cart or trash container to carry away debris, and a leaf blower. Coffee and donuts will be provided by the Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society. Volunteers are asked to bring their own water and dress to work outdoors with boots and work gloves. 

For more information, call Betty Mencucci at 401-568-8449 or bmencucci@verizon.net.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, April 14 from 9 a.m- noon.

Read more about Mencucci’s efforts to restore town cemeteries here.

Norman Is That You?

The Theatre Company of RI’s presentation of Samuel French’s Comedy “Norman Is That You?” continues at the Assembly Theatre this weekend, a funny play about love and human behavior. Catch the show on Friday, April 12 or Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m.; or Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and will be available at the door.

Fish are stocked at the Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club pond.

Trout fishing season opens on Saturday, April 13 and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has stocked local ponds with some 75,000 fish in preparation, including Round Top Pond in Burrillville.

New this year, hatchery-raised golden rainbow trout are being stocked at 16 of Rhode Island’s most popular fishing locations for Opening Day. These trout are a color variation of a rainbow trout and provide an exciting angling experience. For locations, visit DEM’s website. Anglers who catch a golden trout from Opening Day through April 29 will receive a free golden trout pin. Take a picture of your catch and send it to dem.fishri@dem.ri.gov. In addition, DEM will be stocking one monster golden trout weighing at least seven pounds in one of these locations. The location is secret, but the lucky angler who catches it will receive a special prize. The fish must be weighed at a certified official weigh station with a digital scale, and a picture must accompany the application for a state record. For a list a of official weigh stations, click here or contact Aquatic Resource Education CoordinatorKimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov.

DEM’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is stocking hatchery-raised trout with an average weight of one to one and a half pounds in more than 100 waterways across the state. Other popular locations include Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln; Meadowbrook Pond, Richmond; Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Stafford Pond, Tiverton; and Shippee Sawmill Pond, Foster. This year, Dundery Brook/Wigwam Pond in Little Compton will not be stocked due to bridge damage.

Click here for a complete list of stocked waters.

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