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The North Providence Breeze 10-14-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 14-20, 2020 THE VALLEY 9 PAWTUCKET – The grand finale event at McCoy Stadium has been moved to this weekend, Oct. 15-18, but the fate of many of the stadium's treasured old memorabilia and recog- nizable and other items will take some more time to be decided. Pawtucket Red Sox Executive Vice President Kim Miner, answering ques- tions from City Council members last week, said that late PawSox owner Ben Mondor was "basically a museum curator," keeping everything he possi- bly could and displaying it beautifully. Miner said the team plans "to keep and treasure all those things," though exactly how and where they'll end up will be determined. A new stadium in Worcester will have a museum of team history, she said, and many of the trea- sures will be moved there. The team would also be fine with some items staying behind as some sort of tribute to the team's decades in Pawtucket, she said, though leadership doesn't want anything to be in the way of what happens next at McCoy. Some items could also go to City Hall if desired, she said. Team staffers said some items might be auctioned off to benefit the PawSox Foundation, and owner Mike Tamburro and season ticket-holders will probably want some of the items. In the end, Miner said, she expects "PawSox love all over New England," with more than enough items to go around. Longtime PawSox fan and City Council President David Moran said he'd be particularly interested in a big red blanket hanging inside the sta- dium, laughing as he explained how much his wife loves it, and Miner said the team could certainly try to accom- modate that request. The discussion came after Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. asked what will hap- pen to the large wooden mascots at the stadium's entrance. The PawSox will host their 50th anniversary "Final Weekend Celebration" this Thursday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 18. The week- end full of events was previously scheduled for Columbus Day weekend but pushed back a week. The nonstop finale, which has been programmed in accordance with the city and state COVID-19 guidelines, features children running the bases, a Scout sleepover, batting practice for high school seniors and Pawtucket Slaterettes, and a Unity Fest to wrap up the weekend and the 50th anniver- sary season. CVS Health is sponsoring the event, and PawSox broadcast part- ner iHeart Media is also a sponsor of the celebration. This Thursday, Oct. 15, the PawSox/Skeffington Foundation will host the inaugural PawSox Foundation Golf Classic presented by Navigant Credit Union at Pawtucket Country Club. Registration for this event is already full and proceeds will benefit the community in need during an unprecedented year. This Friday, Oct. 16, the PawSox will host more outdoor seatings of Dining on the Diamond. Then this Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, the club will pay trib- ute to the longest game in professional baseball history, the 33-inning mara- thon in 1981, with a "Grand Finale: A 33-Hour Marathon presented by CVS Health" that includes favorite PawSox pastimes. Events run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a "Never Can Say Goodbye" visit in which PawSox fans can walk the warning track, receive free PawSox gifts, say hello to mascots Paws and Sox, and reminisce on 50 years of PawSox baseball at 78-year- old McCoy. As required by COVID- 19 guidelines, fans must pre-register on in order to participate and receive a time slot. The celebration concludes with a community Unity Fest in partnership with Black Lives Matter Rhode Island. The event will promote racial justice and equality, and will bring awareness to the future creation of Pawtucket's African-American Innovation Center, the first African-American Charter School in New England. Attendees will enjoy Dining on the Diamond paired with community entertainment featur- ing local speakers and gospel artists. The Breeze reported in late September that a study found that the McCoy site has some challenges to redevelopment for either sports or some new use, but none that are insurmountable. McCoy's grand finale moved to this weekend By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor Status of stadium's treasures up in the air PAWTUCKET – The Pitts-Wiley family, of Mixed Magic Theatre on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket, is accustomed to work- ing hard for success, so they see a pandemic as just another challenge in that journey. Ricardo Pitts-Wiley lobbied six years ago to convert an outdoor space at the Lorraine Mills, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., into an alter- nate performance space, and that decision paid dividends over the summer. This Saturday, Oct. 17, the the- ater will host its rescheduled Peace Concert titled "Where Love Is Possible," welcoming patrons to the show and a vendor event with other businesses in the transformed mill. While the spontaneity of musi- cians being able to jump into performances with each other won't be possible this year due to restrictions, the family is excited to continue showcasing the work of performers during the event. Pitts-Wiley and his son, Artistic Director Jonathan Pitts-Wiley, have By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor Mixed Magic goes outdoor, virtual to beat pandemic See MIXED MAGIC, Page 15 FOR ALL OF YOUR FLOORING NEEDS 25 Esten Ave., Pawtucket, RI • 401-726-3000 HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY 9-5

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