‘Passport to Woonsocket’ offers $1,000 cash prize

‘Passport to Woonsocket’ offers $1,000 cash prize

WOONSOCKET – The Levitt AMP concert series has introduced a “Passport to Woonsocket” program to encourage attendance at its weekly free summer concerts at River Island Art Park.

Visitors can pick up a passport at any one of the concerts, which take place at 6 p.m. every Friday night. The 20-page booklet features the 10 Levitt concerts as well as 15 local businesses, including eateries like New York Lunch and Aroma Café. Participants who collect 15 stamps by Aug. 23 will be entered for a chance to win $1,000.

The passports were the idea of Meghan Rego, director of resource development and communications for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley and series organizer. Though the concerts, now in their second summer, offer free music along with kid’s activities, food and bar options, she noted that attendance has been low, hovering around 400 people each week. Rego, from Wakefield, said the passports were inspired by jokes from others in the state that the city is “basically another country.”

“When I stumbled across the jokes about needing a passport to go to Woonsocket, I figured why not capitalize on the humor?” she said.

The next performance, by Rhode Island favorite Steve Smith and the Naked Truth, a 10-piece rhythm and blues band, takes place this Friday, July 12. Indie folk trio O.B. Howard will open. The series runs until Aug. 23.