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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-13-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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26 CELEBRATIONS / THE VALLEY JUNE 13-19, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Degnans celebrate 60th wedding anniversary PAWTUCKET – William and Irene Degnan of Pawtucket celebrat- ed their 60th wedding anniversary on May 30. Married on May 30, 1958, they are the parents of Wayne Degnan and Debra Smith and the grand- parents of Brett Reynolds, Pamela Benjamin, and Derek Degnan. The couple celebrated their mile- stone along with family and friends at a surprise party at the home of their daughter on Saturday, June 2. CD "Midnight Sun" reached #6 on the Billboard World Music charts as the highest ranking debut on the chart. Raised on a rich blend of tradi- tional music, multi-style violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black made her entrance onto the international stage when she became Scotland's Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, a two- time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and a two-time Canadian Maritime Fiddle champion – all within a three-year period. She is well known for her energetic playing, stage presence, and fiddling style including novelty styles which includes playing fiddle behind her back. La Croisée D'Antan is a young band of traditional musicians that is part of the continuing evolution of Québec's traditional heritage. The trio of fid- dler Jordan Bélanger, 17, Anthony Vecchio, 21, and David Lefrançois, 22, is distinguished by a solid stage presence, dynamic arrangements and a great connection among the group members. This will be their Solstice Festival debut. The next generation of Celtic musi- cians is further represented by All- Ireland uilleann piper Torrin Ryan, 24, performing with percussionist Kyle Forsthoff and fiddler Sheila Falls, who grew up in Greenville. Making their first festival appearance is fiddler Jenna Moynihan accompanied by gui- tarist Owen Marshall. World music is represented by the Eastern Medicine Singers, an Algonquin and native American drum and singing group which will open the festival, and The Gnomes featuring fiddler Cathy Clasper-Torch. Returning festival favorites include the Atwater~Donnelly Trio, Daymark, and solo fiddler/vocalist Emerald Rae. A returning highlight will be two offerings of "From trad to tap: A Dance Showcase" featuring NEA National Heritage Fellowship award- winning dancer Kevin Doyle. He will be joined by clogging expert Aubrey Atwater, Emerald Rae, performing Cape Breton and sean nos dance, The Gothard Sisters, and others who will compare and contrast their specific styles of dancing before performing with a backing band. There will again be continuous Irish step dance featuring 75 dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, a noncom- petitive school run out of Blackstone River Theatre. A children's activity area will feature face painting, sand art, and Marvelous Marvin's Circus Skills workshop. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-15, and children younger than age 5 are admitted free. "Our goal is to provide a full day of entertainment that will appeal to every age group, while still keeping our ticket prices as low as possible. For the price of a single concert ticket, audiences can see eight hours of music at the festival," said Gusetti. Festival stage sponsors include Navigant Credit Union, Abbott Valley Veterinary Center, The Valley Breeze Newspapers, Open MRI of New England, the town of Cumberland, Motif, and Angelo's Palace Pizza. Parking is free and a 14-passenger shuttle bus to help people who are parked in the farther lots has been arranged from 1 to 6 p.m. and if needed, satellite parking will be at Mercymount Country Day School. For complete information, visit . SOLSTICE From Page 24 Help Friends of Blackstone 'Stuff the Truck' LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone is hosting a "Stuff the Truck" clothing collection drive and seeking donations of gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, towels, curtains and throw pillows. Items can be placed in 33-gallon trash bags and brought to the envi- ronmental center at 100 New River Road, in Lincoln, on Saturday, June 16, and Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. where someone will be on hand to collect the items. Funds raised, based on the total weight of donated items, will sup- port river clean-up efforts, outreach and educational programs. For more information, call Judy Hadley at 401-633-2283. AREA NEWS Welcome to Summer Celebration benefits BBBSOS CRANSTON – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State will hold its 2018 Welcome to Summer Celebration fundraiser on Saturday, June 16, at the Bonnet Shores Beach Club, 175 Bonnet Point Road, Narragansett. Over the past nine years, this event has raised over $150,000 for mentoring programs for boys and girls throughout Rhode Island. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature light beach fare and a cash bar. Entertainment will be pro- vided by the band Sugar. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at Tickets are lim- ited and will not be sold at the door. Ocean State Summer Pops plays Saturday WOONSOCKET – The Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra returns to St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center Saturday, June 16, at 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of seasonal selections with a 55-piece orchestra and special guests. "OSSPO is one of Rhode Island's greatest cultural gems, and this con- cert at one of our favorite venues will get everyone back in the warm spring and summer frame of mind given our recent wet and chilly early spring weather," said Peter Doiron, execu- tive director of OSSPO. "We are again proud to be partner- ing with St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center," added Doiron. "…Over the many years we've partnered with the St. Ann team, Wally Rathburn and Dominique Doiron, they consis- tently prove to be a true reflection of the Rhode Island arts community with a sincere mission of partnering with, and supporting organizations like OSSPO to help spread the joy of our music to patrons through- out Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts." Stephen Toro, one of the organiza- tion's founding members, will lead the orchestra and include marches and Broadway show tunes as a sam- pling of seasonal favorites to "lift your musical spirits," states a release. Tickets to see the Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra are $15. In the spirit of OSSPO's mission statement "to educate, entertain and inspire," tickets for children age 12 and younger are free (free tickets are available only at the door with a limit of two per family). Tickets are available locally at The Honey Shop, Excel Salon, Pepin Lumber, and Vose True Value Hardware or online at www.stannart- or www.osspo. org . In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. 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