Volleyball, cemetery event & Artisan Fair: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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North Smithfield Little League held an Opening Day event over the weekend.

Best bakery

Rhode Island’s best bakery is located in North Smithfield, according to Taste of Home Magazine.

The website released a list of the best bakeries in each state, naming Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery for Little Rhody.

“Farm wife Claire Boudreault made her delicious baked goods using milk at Wright’s Dairy Farm, and they proved so popular that the family added a bakery to the business,” notes the publication. “Today you can still find “Claire’s Classics” and dozens of other hand-crafted bakery treats. I can personally attest to the scrumptiousness of the eclairs and the zingy limoncello cake! You can tour Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery and other family farms, too.”

Artisan fair

The Beef Barn Restaurant will host a Spring Artisan Fair on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the business at 200 Industrial Drive. Visit with local artists and crafters at this outdoor event, the second held on the grounds of the business. The rain date for the event is Sunday, May 7.

Cemetery Awareness

As part of the 2023 Historic Cemetery Awareness Weeks, the Woonsocket Historical Society and the North Smithfield Heritage Association will partner to host three events on Sunday, May 7 at the Smithfield Friends Meeting House and Cemetery located at 108 Smithfield Rd in Woonsocket, just across from Union Cemetery in North Smithfield.

The events will begin at 1 p.m. with an open house, which will include a brief talk by Marcel St. Germain about the historic Quaker Meeting House, originally built in 1719. 

Irene Blais, president of the WHS, will invite guests outside to visit the oldest cemetery in Woonsocket.  An NSHA historian will provide a tour of the Friends Burial Ground where five Revolutionary War Veterans are buried. 

Finally, Ed Walker, an NSHA gravestone restoration expert, will offer a hands-on stone cleaning and restoration workshop. After the workshop, participants may walk across the street to the historic Hotchkiss Cemetery – far left side of Union Cemetery – and see the many headstones that have been repaired and cleaned by NSHA Restoration Teams.

The events are free and open to the public and parking is available across the street in Union Cemetery. 

Volleyball

Registration for North Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department’s summer youth volleyball league is now open. The program is open to kids ages 10 to 14 and will meet Tuesdays from July 1 through August 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Pacheco Park.

Learn more and register here, or contact Coach DeSousa with any questions at (401) 525-0444.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Parks & Recreation Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 3 at Town Hall at 83 Green St. starting at 6 p.m. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Water Supply Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 4 starting at 6 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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