Around the Valley: Weekend festivals, Bob’s Bike Run


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Free concerts at River Island Park in Woonsocket continue this week with two bands playing from 5 to 9 p.m.

Punk/country act Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles has song credits on TV shows Sons of Anarchy and The Night Shift. She’s made seven records and has won an Americana Music Award nomination and multiple Boston Music Awards.

Sidy Maïga is a master of West African rhythms, but can also play Latin music and hip-hop. His eight-piece band AfriMading includes a singer, dancer, a balafon, which resembles a wooden xylophone, and the kora, an African stringed instrument that resembles a cross between a lute and a harp.

The series runs every Friday through August 23.


Head to Diamond Hill Park this weekend for Cumberlandfest to enjoy amusements rides, musical entertainment, food truck vendors, a beer garden, arts and crafts, wrestling, special attractions for children, circus acts, and Saturday night fireworks.

The festival runs from Friday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 11, noon to 10 p.m.

To view a complete schedule of CumberlandFest events can be visit .


Wojcik’s Farm in Blackstone, Mass. will host Farmfest on Sunday, Aug. 11, a day of music, classic and modern cars, food trucks, vendors, beverages, kid activities and touch a truck. The family-friendly event will run from noon to 6 p.m.

Bob’s Bike Run

A fundraiser for the family of the late Chepachet Fire Chief Dauphinais will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25. A bike run will leave from and return to Hill’s Tavern followed by food, raffles and music with Running Wild and The Silks. Wristbands are $25 per person and are available at Cady’s Tavern, Hill’s Tavern and Pawparazzi in Harmony.

Kickstands will go up at 11:30 a.m.

Gallery Show

Volunteer photographers with the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Photography Ambassadors will present their first ever gallery show at the Museum of Work & Culture at 42 S. Main St. in Woonsocket throughout the month of September. A free, opening reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where the public can come and meet the photographers and discuss their work.

The Photography Ambassadors are a volunteer group with the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Volunteers-In-Parks program. For this show, the group traveled to 19 different locations throughout the National Heritage Corridor, capturing images of the many historical sites and mill villages between Worcester, Mass., and Providence. The gallery show is being led by BHC volunteer and photographer Carol Dandrade who said that there will be four photos from each of the 19 sites and a special “Photographer’s Choice” wall will feature about a dozen more.

Dandrade has had several of her photos featured in BHC’s calendar over the years and started volunteering with BHC in January of 2017 to share her photography skills.  She is a longtime member of the Stony Brook Camera Club of Franklin, Mass, where many members decided to join her as Photography Ambassadors with BHC. Throughout the year, volunteers take photos at BHC’s events, including the annual GO! event in September, which is where many of the ambassadors were introduced to locations in the show for the first time.

All photos in the gallery show will be available for sale. The photos will be displayed in 11” x 14” mats, ready for framing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BHC. Additional sizes are available by contacting the individual photographers.

For more information about the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Photography Ambassadors and the gallery show, contact Suzanne Buchanan at 508-234-4242 or

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