Family Fair time, Lions 75th anniversary: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

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75 years of service

There is still time to purchase tickets to the Burrillville Lions Club’s 75th anniversary gala, to be held on Thursday, June 16 at Bella Restaurant. The club is celebrating its 75th year of serving the Burrillville community – and now the sister town of North Smithfield – with the mottos, “We Serve,” and, “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.” The club is inviting the public to join in a gala to mark the landmark anniversary.

The event will be held at the restaurant at 1992 Victory Highway in Glendale, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner to start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short speaking program. View Lions memorabilia and photos from the club’s past while enjoying some light entertainment.  

“We are immensely proud of our work and many accomplishments and activities throughout the years in such areas as sight conservation, diabetes awareness, dictionary, backpack, Earth Day projects and more, and with your continued support and encouragement, look forward to many more,” noted event Chairman Tom Tatro.  

The celebration is open to the public and all are invited to attend. Tickets cost $35 per person and local residents, organizations and businesses are welcome to reserve a table for 8-10 people, and enjoy a night with family, friends and/or work associates.

Payment can be mailed to: Burrillville Lions Club, P.O. Box 414, Harrisville, RI 02830 by June 2. For more information contact Tatro at (401) 474-8251 or tpt1224@yahoo.com, or Secretary Richard Nolan at (401) 568-3695 or rnolan2546@cox.net.

Family Fair

The Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Burrillville Farmer’s Market and Jesse Smith Memorial Library will host the Old Time Family Fun Fair on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stillwater Mill Center. The event will include free kids’ activities including giant lawn games, live music, roving characters and Buckleupallofus, with food provided by Johnny’s Victory Diner and Annabel’s Ice Cream.

There will also be raffles at the 29th anniversary event, with all who bring a box of macaroni and cheese to benefit the Burrillville Weekend Snack Pack program to receive a free raffle ticket. All proceeds from raffle sales will benefit Burrillville Senior programs. The rain date for the event is Saturday, June 25.

View a map of the fairgrounds here.

Farmer’s Market brings out the crowds

Speaking of the Burrillville Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday at the pavilion through Sept. 24, the weekly event is off to a great start in 2022.

“Our opening day was incredible,” said Deb Yablonski, market manager for the 2022 season. “I guess people want to get out – but not go too far due to high gas prices. Nearly all the vendors sold out. It was a great start for us. I hope it continues.”

Now in its 16th year, the market has provided fresh local produce to shoppers from Burrillville and all over the region. A weekly destination event for many who want to talk to their farmer, purchase local
produce and crafts, and share tips about agriculture, bird watching, land conservation and more, the Burrillville Farmers’ Market has been a staple in town since 2005. First started by the Burrillville Land Trust, the market has grown from just a handful of farmers, to the vendors of today, with the addition of live music and demonstrations.

The BFM encourages folks to bring their own bag as they attempt to phase out plastic bags by offering ECO bags for a $1.50 donation. The market also accepts reusable donated bags for customers to “borrow” from week to week.

Liberty Farms has also joined the market, offering horse-drawn carriage rides for $5 per person.

Market vendors accept cash, credit/debit, SNAP/EBT, WIC Fruit & Vegetable checks, and the market is also authorized to give 100 percent Bonus Bucks to shoppers using the federal SNAP. That means for every dollar you spend with SNAP/EBT, you get a free dollar in Bonus Bucks to spend on fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at the Farmers Market.

Stop at the manager’s table for more details and follow the BFM on Facebook for all the latest market news.

Little League arts & crafts

Burrillville Little League will be hosting an arts and crafts fundraiser event on Saturday, June 18 starting at 10 a.m. at Richard Peck Fields in Mapleville. The public is invited to the event, which will raise funds for the league and future ball players.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Recreation Commission will hold a meeting on Monday, June 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the town DPW office at 200 Clear River Drive. The agenda can be found here.

The Harrisville Fire District will hold a monthly operating committee meeting at 7 p.m. followed by the district’s annual meeting at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 13 at the fire station at 201 Callahan School St. The agenda for the annual meeting can be found here.

The Pascoag Fire District will hold a meeting on Monday, June 13 starting at 7 p.m. at the station at 141 Howard Ave. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville School Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 14 starting at 6 p.m. in the Burrillville High School media center at 425 East Ave. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Sewer Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 141 Clear River Drive. The agenda is here.

The Zoning Board of Review will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 14 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

The Nasonville Fire District will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 14 starting at 7 p.m. at 2577 Victory Highway. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 15 starting at 5 p.m. at the Lees Public Safety Complex at 1477 Victory Highway. The agenda is here.

Harrisville firefighters Kelsey and Madison McCutcheon carried a banner at the Northern Rhode Island Firefighter’s League’s annual memorial Sunday.

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