Many thanks to all those who helped make our seventh season a great success, with each presentation drawing an audience of 45 or more and filling the library meeting rooms:

♦  To Marilyn Sherman and the staff at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library for hosting the events.

♦  To the three nonprofit groups that help organize the series and arrange for the speakers: Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum.

♦  To Trio Restaurant, which donates gift certificates to Newport Restaurant Group eateries to thank our presenters.

♦  And of course, to our 2018 presenters: Blaire O. Gagnon, Gary Casabona and Linda Green.

(See our History page for a description of all seven seasons.)

2018 The Power of Stitches, Bees and Data

In our seventh season (yes, seventh season!), we saw the handiwork of some very talented teenagers, learned what native bees and other pollinators need to thrive, and heard the good news and not so good news about water quality in the Narrow River Watershed.

January: South County Museum Associate Director Blaire O. Gagnon started things off with "The Sampler – A Young Lady's Education in the 18th & 19th Centuries." Blaire explained how young girls learned to cross-stitch and demonstrate their proficiency with letters, numbers and even poetry with traditional "samplers." Blaire brought several 200 year-old examples of the art work, as did Peggy O'Connor from the holdings at the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum.

Visit the Sampler Archive for more information on samplers, including examples from the Rhode Island Historical Society collection. See also the Sampler Consortium.

Read Phil Cozzolino's review in the January 31 Narragansett Times.

February: Gary Casabona, the R.I. State Biologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, presented “Habitat Management for Pollinators.” Gary talked about the importance of planting a wide variety of species that support wildlife to ensure that there are pollen and nectar resources available for all seasons. Download a pamphlet describing the work of NRCS with the Xerces Society to protect native pollinators.

March: URI Watershed Watch Program Director Linda Green explained the work of some 250 volunteer monitors who test water in the lakes, rivers and estuaries throughout Rhode Island, and then focused on conditions and trends in Narrow River based on 25 years of testing by the NRPA River Watch program.
View Linda's slide presentation.
Read Phil Cozzolino's review in the March 28 Narragansett Times.     (back to top)

For more information: Call 401 783-5344, or E-mail

Revised March 30, 2018