This past June was a busy month for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley! Read on for pictures and stories of how we’re working with the community to make things happen in Woonsocket.
We kicked off the month with a bang on Friday, June 2nd with our second Market Square Food Truck Night of the summer. Mobile food vendors from across the state shared their tasty selections with Woonsocket outside our event space at 40 South Main Street. This event was part of a series of monthly food truck events organized by NWBRV in partnership with Food Trucks In. The next two Food Truck Events will take place on July 7th and August 4th from 5-8 PM.
Coinciding with NeighborWorks week, on Saturday, the 3rd we celebrated the Ribbon Cutting for our Kitchen Incubator Program at 40 South Main. We were joined for the event by Congressman David Cicilline, State Treasurer Seth Magaziner, and Lynne Peterson of NeighborWorks America, Woonsocket City Councilwoman Melissa Murray, and State Representative Steve Casey. Learn more about how we’re helping local food entrepreneurs start their businesses here.
Immediately following the Ribbon Cutting was the first of our Saturday Markets. Taking place Saturdays this summer from 12-4 PM on the 40 South Main Street event space patio, the markets showcase local vendors displaying craft goods, food, and other items. For the market opening we were joined by Woonsocket’s Marching Milkman Band for musical performances throughout the day.
On Thursday, June 8th, we celebrated the first Gallery Opening in the 40 South Main building. The lobby of the event space will feature a rotating selection of works by local artists that can be seen during our markets and other special events listed on our calendar. Artists interested in submitting their work for consideration in our gallery can find more information here.
Throughout the month of June, anyone passing through South Main Street would have noticed a large banner on the old Moulins building promoting a Community Dance Party happening on the 24th. The event was organized by Providence artist Lynne Harlow, who had been selected for a grant through the NWBRV Creative Placemaking initiative. Posters were distributed all over Woonsocket to gather song suggestions for the party playlist that community members associated with the color orange. The final event celebrated color, music, and the diversity of our community.
NWBRV would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported us by attending our events this past month. Stay updated on future NWBRV events by checking our calendar and connecting with us on Facebook!