March 16, 2020

March 29 Presentation Canceled

We regret to inform you that we must cancel the March 29 On Pettaquamscutt Winter Speaker Series presentation at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett out of concern for public health and to blunt the spread of the COVID 19 virus.

The Center for Disease Control, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States (March 15, 2020 interim guidance).

Our plan is to postpone the topic, Camp Varnum and Rhode Island Coastal Defenses, to our 2021 season.

In the meantime, stay healthy, and thank you for your support of our Winter Speaker Series.

David and Rosemary Smith
24 Castle Road Narragansett, RI 02882
401 783-5344;

Milestones, Bears, Coastal Defenses

Please join us for the ninth season of the winter speaker series On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed.

The series is presented by Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library with generous support from Trio Restaurant.

The presentations are on three Sunday afternoons, from 1:00 to 3:00, at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. All events are FREE and open to the public. After each talk, continue the conversation next door at Trio Restaurant, 15 Kingstown Road.

See speakers and presentations in the first eight seasons.

The 2020 lineup includes:

January 26 - Fifty Years of Protecting and Preserving the Narrow River and its Watershed

A panel of Narrow River Preservation Association leaders shared the organization’s most significant challenges and accomplishments over the past 50 years with a look toward the next 50 years of caring for the watershed loved by so many.

View or download the presentation.
(2020_01_26_NRPA_50_Years.pdf, 14MB. Allow time for this file to load.)

February 23 - The Rhode Island Bear Story: From Colonial Persecution to Backyard Pest

This bear is not looking for a ride. In February we called on R.I. Department of Environmental Management Wildlife Specialist Mary Gannon to tell us what this bear and other wild animals are looking for in our shared environment. This talk was sponsored by the Friends of Canonchet Farm.

View Mary Gannon's presentation.

Read Phil Cozzolino's interview of Mary Gannon in The Narragansett Times.

March 29 - Camp Varnum and Rhode Island Coastal Defenses


It was disguised to look like a traditional New England fishing village, but Master Sergeant James Loffler, recently retired from the R.I. National Guard, will explain how Camp Varnum near the mouth of Narrow River played an important role in the defense of the Rhode Island coast during World War II. Sgt. Loffler's presentation is sponsored by the South County Museum.

Revised March 16, 2020