Newport This Week

Rhode Island Black Storytellers on July 17

These exciting community events and farmers markets continue on Monday afternoon, July 17, in Newport’s lovely Miantonomi Park, adjacent to Hillside Avenue. Between 2 and 5PM, visitors will enjoy free activities for children and youth; cooking demonstrations by Black Beans Providence, and free fresh produce from Produce to the People, a program of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Rhode Island Black Storytellers will perform at 3 PM, with music before and after their performance by Otis Reed and The J’uke Box so bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show after your shopping!. The Miantonomi Memorial Tower will be open throughout market hours for free tours.


Mondays in Miantonomi will be supported by the Root Riders, a summer youth employment program, who will offer fresh produce, flowers, and herbs from Aquidneck Community Table’s North End gardens at their own market stall. NEX students, Fab Newport’s Summer Experience program, will also operate a market stall offering items they have made. The Big Blue Bike Barn at 20 Sunset Blvd. will be open from 3 to 5 PM on event days for bicycle borrowing, basic bike repairs and pump track riding.

These events are made possible by funding from the Rhode Island Foundation and a collaboration of agencies working to provide services that build health, community, and an equitable and accessible food system in Newport’s North End. Aquidneck Community Table and the Newport Health Equity Zone have operated a farmers market in the North End for several years in partnership with the Newport Housing Authority, and are joined this summer by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center; Fab Newport; and Bike Newport.
For further information: in Miantonomi


About Aquidneck Community Table (ACT):
Aquidneck Community Table is growing a healthy local food system accessible to all residents and visitors of Aquidneck Island.
In January 2016, three Aquidneck Island groups—Aquidneck Growers Market, Island Commons, and Sustainable Aquidneck—came together to form Aquidneck Community Table. Combined, ACT has 28 years of experience building a more resilient and equitable food system for the island community. ACT now operates three farmers markets, hosting 76,000 shopping visits, and keeping $2MM in the local economy. Vendors have donated thousands of pounds of food to local food pantries. For its commitment to the local food marketplace, ACT received an Edible Rhody Local Hero Award in 2019; was given a Good Neighbor Award from The Newport Women’s Resource Center/Newport Health Equity Zone in 2018; and the markets were selected as “Must-See Farmer’s Markets” by Yankee in 2018. For more information visit .

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