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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-07-2019

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22 PAWTUCKET / THE VALLEY AUGUST 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION CUMBERLAND – The 29th annu- al CumberlandFest promises a new and improved experience for visitors of all ages, from a bigger selection of amusement rides and a beer and wine garden to better staging for music and a beefed-up fireworks display. The festival runs Friday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 11, noon to 10 p.m. at Diamond Hill Park, 4097 Diamond Hill Road. The goal this year is to reframe the event "in a new way to be more appealing to what people are inter- ested in today," CumberlandFest Executive Director Ernie Labbe told The Valley Breeze. "The whole idea is to create a sense of community and provide a venue for people to get together and have a good time." CumberlandFest 2019 will feature an expanded midway of amusement rides, continuous musical entertain- ment, food truck vendors, a new beer and wine garden, an arts and crafts fair, wrestling, circus acts, special attractions for kids, and a huge fire- works display on Saturday night. After paying at the admissions booth, visitors will walk into the mid- way and can check out rides on both sides of the road. A stroll around the bend leads to the arts and crafts area, and beyond that on the left will be the new beer and wine garden and the main stage featuring musical acts. Past that will be children's activities, including cornhole, ring toss, inflat- able archery and inflatable obstacle courses, followed by the food court and a second stage of entertainment for kids and families. "If you circle around the outer road, you'll get to see everything," Labbe said. Organizers said they're hoping to see between 5,000 and 10,000 people at the festival this weekend. "Come with an expectation to see some new things (and) to enjoy a day with other people from town in the lovely setting of Diamond Hill Park," said Alan Neville, chairman of the board for CumberlandFest. The committee is using a new pro- vider for the amusement rides: north- ern Rhode Island-based Rockwell Amusements. Rides include a big laser light Ferris wheel, Orbiter, and Vertigo. Rockwell is also adding a cir- cus stage to the midway. Instead of featuring musical acts on the stage at the reflecting pond, orga- nizers added two new performance stages to "enhance viewing and sound and provide a more comfortable vantage point from which to view the shows." The A stage will have continuous music, including James Montgomery Band on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Steven Anthony & Persuasion on Sunday at 8:30 p.m., and the B stage will feature acts aimed at kids and families including Bwana Iguana, Dennis the Magician, Kensho-Ryo Karate, and more. The stage at the pond will be used for bingo this year. Alcohol will be served in the fes- tival's new beer and wine garden, located adjacent to the main stage, on Saturday and Sunday and will feature three craft beers from Woonsocket- based Ravenous Brewing Company and a selection of local wines from Cumberland's Diamond Hill Vineyards. "We're trying to evolve with the community," Labbe said, adding that they have local suppliers to "support the community." Food vendors include Nutmeg Concessions, Del's Lemonade, Ice Cream Machine, Marti's Cupcakes, Smoke & Squeal BBQ, Mings Asian Street Food, and Mickey G's. On Saturday at 10 p.m., a bigger- than-ever fireworks display featuring more than 500 rockets launched dur- ing the finale will provide a "pyro- technics extravaganza," organizers said. The fireworks show is larger than they've had in the past and is two to three times the size of the town's annual July Fourth display, they said. The rain date is Sunday night. Also new this year is a Boy Scouts encampment at the park. The Scouts will help out at the festival and stay overnight, organizers said. "I want to be in the park and see people have a good time," Labbe said. "If people think this year is a good year, they haven't seen anything yet." Net proceeds from CumberlandFest are donated to youth organizations in the area. In the past, proceeds have always gone to athletic programs, but this year money will go to other organiza- tions including Scouting groups and performance arts groups in addition to sports, organizers said. CumberlandFest, created by the Cumberland Youth Activities Council in 1991, has contributed more than $1 million to youth programs over its 28-year history. General admission tickets are $5. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Pay-one-price wristbands, which feature unlimited amusement rides, will be available on Kid's Night Friday and on Sunday for $25 per person. Attendees who want to leave and come back on the same day will have a stamp to gain reentry into the fes- tival. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.cumberlandfest.org . Revamped CumberlandFest offers new activities and attractions this weekend By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com ANABELLA ALYACOUB, 14, of North Attleboro, Mass., treats herself to a huge cotton candy at CumberlandFest last year. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE At left, CAIDEN KELBAUGHT, of Woonsocket, slides down the "Super Slide" at last year's CumberlandFest held at Diamond Hill Park. Along with return- ing favorites like the Ferris wheel, organiz- ers promise a bigger selection of amuse- ment rides, a beer and wine garden, and a beefed-up fireworks display. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Free hand-weaving drop-ins at Slater Mill in August PAWTUCKET – Trad Arts Studio at Old Slater Mill is hosting free Saturday morning drop-ins during the month of August. Anytime between 10 a.m. and noon, the public is invited to stop by the mill at 67 Roosevelt Ave., to try out hand-weaving in the mill's Trad Arts Studio space. "It's informal, and there are no expectations," said Samantha Lavoie, museum manager at Slater Mill. "Guests of any age can come for five minutes, or for an hour, and just work at their leisure to get a feel for hand-weaving." For these sessions, the types of looms available for use include cardboard looms, for the young- est and smallest weavers; table-top looms by Melissa & Doug, offering a little more challenge and perspec- tive to adventurous children and teens; and, for teens through adult, the Cricket loom offers a more advanced feel and product. "We'll have a couple of staff members on hand to help explain how to work on the looms, and to give a basic introduction, but it's fine to work completely indepen- dently too," adds Lavoie. Program dates are Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Parking is free in the lot next to the mill. For more information, email info@slatermill.org, or call 401-725- 8638 ext. 106. The Lesters to perform at Woodlawn Baptist Church Saturday PAWTUCKET – Celebrating 93 years of gospel music ministry, the Lesters will perform at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 337 Lonsdale Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The concert is part of the ongo- ing Southern Gospel Music Series of Rhode Island. There will be a warm up by Just Us 4 at 6:30 p.m. The Lesters family has been a tradition in Southern Gospel music since the group began with the grandparents, Harvey and Opal Lester, in 1925. The group is cel- ebrating 90 years of sharing the good news through Gospel music. The concert is free and will be held in the main church. CDs and other materials will be available. Call 401-724-6390. answers

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