39 Club, Pumpkin festival: Five things to know in Burrillville this week


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The Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society invites guests to hear author Marty Podskoch talk about his new bookThe Rhode Island 39 Club on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Bridgeton School at 16 Laurel Hill Ave. in Pascoag. The book encourages people to visit all 39 towns and villages in the state.

The idea for the 39 Club began after Podskoch read about Dr. Arthur Peach of Vermont who, in 1954, suggested the idea of an informal group, the Vermont 251 Club, to veer off the beaten path “to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal.” As Podskoch traveled throughout the Adirondacks and Connecticut writing historical books, he marveled at the great diversity of villages, cities, rivers, lakes, mountains, and seashores. He realized that most of the residents of these states had not traveled as widely as he and he wanted them to explore their beautiful state. This resulted in his writing two travel books: The Adirondack 102 Club and The Connecticut 169 Club.

Podskoch then traveled to Rhode Island and wrote a book on the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. He believed that Rhode Island would also benefit from a similar travel club and had local writers describe their towns’ location, history, and important points of interests. Adults and children of all ages can become part of the club by traveling via car, bike, motorcycle or canoe to Rhode Island towns, and will have a chance to share their stories at an annual dinner. Members who have visited all 39 towns and cities and had their books signed or stamped will receive the Rhody Red Award patch.

After the presentation, Podskoch along with some of the 45 local writers who wrote about their town for the book will sign copies of their book, The Rhode Island 39 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring RI. The hard cover 8.5 X 11 book has 104 pages with over one hundred photos & maps and sells for $21.95. All are welcome to attend the talk. For more information contact Betty at 568-8449 or (401) 500-0433. 

Paint Night & Costume Party

Bravo Brewing Company will host a paint night on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. creating wooden Halloween signs. Choose your design and register to participate at https://listentoyourart-net.webnode.com/.

On Friday, the Pascoag brewery will host a Halloween Costume Party with DJ Vlad and the ISH food truck from 6 to 9 p.m.

Boo fest

Jesse Smith Memorial Library will host a Halloween Boo Bash on Thursday, Oct. 28 with a chance to trick or treat throughout the facility, kid friendly games and crafts stations. No registration is required for the free, family-friendly event and costumes are encouraged.

Pumpkin Festival

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Downtown Pascoag & Neighborhood Association will host the annual Pumpkin Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. in the area surrounding the bridgeway. The event will include food trucks, demonstrations, touch-a-truck and more. Visit NRI NOW later this week for full details on the celebration.

Update: This event has been rescheduled to Saturday. Nov. 6.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Charter Review Commission will hold its first organizational meeting on Monday, Oct. 25 starting at 7 p.m. at the Town Building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda can be found here.

The Burrillville Redevelopment Agency will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26 starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jesse M. Smith Library. The agenda can be found here.

The Burrillville Town Council will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27 starting at 7 p.m in the town building for an agenda found here.

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