Classic Car Show Rolls into Misquamicut Beach

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Misquamicut Beach’s weekly Classic Car Cruise Nights is underway, another indication that summer is in full effect in Westerly, Rhode Island. The sounds of the fifties and sixties blast through the air, blending with the crashing of ocean waves. Despite the cooler temps and cloudy conditions, there was a decent turnout for the first show of the summer.

Continuing the yearly tradition, Atlantic Beach Park’s east lot becomes a classic car lover’s dream every Thursday night starting this week, and continuing throughout the summer.

“Of all the classic car shows I attend, the one in Misquamicut is by far my favorite,” says Sean Doyle of Cumberland, RI.

Doyle, along with many others, made the hour trip to Misquamicut, just to attend opening night of the car show.

“I try to get down at least once a month from May to September,” says Doyle, who has been enjoying the car show for the past three years after he attended his first show in July of 2012, on a recommendatio

n from a friend.

The event, presented by the Misquamicut Beach Association and hosted by DJ Mike English from 102.3 The Wolf, includes the opportunities to win prizes, as well as a 50/50 raffle, with proceeds going to the Westerly Warm Shelter.

“The classic car cruise nights brings in car enthusiasts from near and far, and is one of the most popular weekly events we have throughout the summer,” says Lou Trefes, owner of the East Lot. He also added, “As the weather conditions improve, more and more people make the trek to the beach to attend the show.”

The Classic Car Cruise Nights is a great opportunity for car enthusiasts in the New England area to socialize and share their passion for classic cars, while enjoying the beautiful views of Misquamicut Beach.

Volvo Ocean Race Brings Thousands to Newport

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The world’s toughest ocean sailing race has made its way to Rhode Island for a 13 day pit stop. When all is said and done, the 9-12 person crews on each of the seven yachts, will have traveled nearly 40,000 miles, over the course of nearly ten months.

Newport, Rhode Island had the privilege to host the only pit stop in the United States. During the 13 days, from May 5 to May 13, over 125,000 people made their way to Fort Adams State Park to take part in the festivities.

“We are just blown away by the final visitor number,” said Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport.

Attendees were able to meet with the skippers, sailors, and crew members. On certain

days, some lucky fans were even able to take a ride on one of the yachts.

There was no shortage of things to do at the Volvo Ocean Race. Aside from the sailors and yachts, Fort Adams State Park was transformed into a sailing fans paradise. Interactive exhibits, such as the Volvo Bus, and the Volvo Park Assist Pilot Activity, were big hits. There was even a Volvo Kids Pedal activity for the younger sailing fans.

After snapping pictures of the yachts, many adults headed over to the rock climbing wall, zip line, the Heineken Docks Beer Garden, or Mt. Gay Rum Bar, as they were popular destinations on the island.

Live entertainment from stars from NBC’s The Voice, included Rhode Island’s own Sarah Potenza, and local Massachusetts native, Anita Antoinette.

The Volvo Ocean Race is currently heading across the Atlantic Ocean to their next stop, in Lisbon, Portugal. It is projected that the yachts will take ten days to arrive in Lisbon between May 23 and May 27, before reaching the finish line in late June in Gothenburg, Sweden.

For more information on the race, visit www.volveoceanrace.com

 

 

Misquamicut Fest Rings in the Unofficial Start of Summer

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The parking lots have finally been cleared of the remains of one of the most horrific winters in recent memory. Winter is finally over, and summer is rapidly approaching. Nothing says summer is right around the corner more than the Misquamicut Spring Fest, held at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, RI.

This is not like any other “summer kick off” festival around the country. This festival is located on the beautiful shore of the “Ocean State”; one of the most popular summer destinations in New England.

You can smell the salty ocean, and hear the pounding of the waves as you line up for your favorite rides and refreshments. Even though it is not yet warm enough to lay on the beach or go into the ocean, you still can get the feeling of summer, because your senses are familiarizing themselves with the sounds and smells of summers past.

This festival is the unofficial kick off to summer, so, for a town that is known for their beaches and summer entertainment, this is the most exciting time of the year”, says Matthew Morin, one of the head directors of the festival.”

From the rides, and games, to the shopping tents and live entertainment, the Misquamicut Spring Festival has something for everyone. Couples on dates were competing in a rock-climbing race against each other. Newlyweds were enjoying a fine glass of wine, while tasting the local chowder. Couples with children were enjoying their day with rides and carnival games. And elderly couples, among many others, were relaxing and listening to the live music from local great, Jason Cardinal.

There truly is something for everyone at the Misquamicut Fests. However, do not worry if you could not attend this weekend’s festivities. This weekend marks the unofficial opening of Misquamicut Beach, so many of the opportunities at the fest, can be found somewhere along the shore of Misquamicut, along with a slew of other forms of entertainment that can keep you occupied for an entire season.