Music, poetry, art, food trucks and beer on tap this weekend at Pawtucket Arts Festival

Music, poetry, art, food trucks and beer on tap this weekend at Pawtucket Arts Festival

PAWTUCKET – All kinds of arts and entertainment events are on tap for the coming weekend of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, say organizers.

• This Thursday, Sept. 13, the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame at the Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., hosts a guided tour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Explore 200 years of the Ocean State’s rich musical heritage during a tour led by Archive Director Rick Bellaire. While taking in nearly six dozen exhibits in the museum, learn how Rhode Islanders have made major contributions to just about every genre and style of music over the course of the last two centuries.

• The Community Players opens its 98th season with performances of “Social Security” Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, and Sept. 21-23, at 350 Division St. Performances of the comedy are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students.

• RHD-RI welcomes the public to its fourth annual The Out There Art Fair, “Rhode Island’s definitive Outsider Art Fair,” held this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 24 Commerce St.

RHD-RI, a nonprofit arts-based program for adults with developmental disabilities, is working in conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Festival to host the event, which provides an opportunity for hundreds of neuro-diverse and largely self-taught artists to showcase their talents, which have been locally, nationally and internationally featured and recognized.

The fair will host a variety of vendors from across Rhode Island, including many studio art programs and independent artists.

“Featured for sale will be beautiful and affordable handmade art consisting of different mediums,” states a release.

• The first Galway Kinnell Poetry Festival will run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, with a variety of events, readings and workshops scheduled

Supported by a grant from the Pawtucket Arts Panel in conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Festival, the event is an offshoot of the annual Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest and honors the memory of poet Galway Kinnell. Born in Providence, Kinnell was raised in Pawtucket.

“Running a poetry contest had been difficult due to time constraints, and I wanted to try something different this year,” said Coordinator Patti McAlpine. “In Lowell, where I grew up there is a weekend-long festival celebrating writer Jack Kerouac. I wanted to do the same to honor Pawtucket’s Poet Galway Kinnell.”  

Working with other Rhode Island poets and former winners of the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest, Bill Carpenter, Ira Schaefer, and Norma Jenckes, as well as Carolyn Decker and Lucas Pralle of Endless Beautiful, the weekend-long festival will include an informal evening get-together, workshops and readings.

The social event Pints and Poets will take place this Friday, Sept. 14, at Galway Bay Irish Pub on South Bend Street starting at 7 p.m.

The festival workshops will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 to 4 p.m. in locations around downtown Pawtucket. The workshops will include a workshop in Haiku and nature, poetry from around the world, a discussion on the poetry of Galway Kinnell and a workshop centered on the photos submitted for the annual photo contest. In addition, Endless Beautiful will feature a custom audio session with soundscapes sourced exclusively from Pawtucket to inspire creativity and writing. After the workshops, an open mic will take place at Stillwater Books on Main Street.

On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., a poetry reading featuring Carpenter, Schaefer, Jenckes and McAlpine will be held at Stillwater Books.

All events are free and open to poets and non-poets.

• The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts will host its annual Family Arts Day, bringing schools and the community together through the arts, this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 350 Division St. There will be fun activities for the whole family.

• The second Healthy Living Community Event will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, from noon to 3 p.m., hosted by the Empowerment Factory, at Baldwin School, 50 Whitman St. “Bee” there for this family fun event and scavenger walk with crafts, food and prizes while learning about the wonders of a pollinators garden.

• Gallery 175, at 175 Main St., will hold its Journeys Onward – Honoring Veterans’ Experiences in Art and Words, an art exhibit of work by many New England veterans, this Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The artwork is by veterans and their immediate families and is accompanied by commentary by the artists about how their military experience inspired their creative expressions.

• The PawSox Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival will also be held on Saturday, from 5 to 10 p.m., at McCoy Stadium. Come for craft beer, music and yard games.

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