Posted December 11, 2023; Updated January 3, 2024, February 1, 2024
Mark your 2024 calendar for the eleventh season of On Pettaquamscutt, Presentations on the Environment and History of the Narrow River Watershed and join us for three great Sunday afternoon talks (all starting at 1:00) at the brand new Narragansett Library:
January 28: Dressed for Life and Leisure, 1870 to 1920
Rebecca Kelly, Deputy Director and Curator at the South County Museum, will discuss nineteenth-century clothing from the museum’s collection highlighting both high fashion and leisure ware, as in what does the fashionable Narragansett visitor wear to the beach in 1900.
February 25: Restoring Salt Marsh in the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge
Nick Ernst, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Ben Gaspar, Restoration Ecologist at Save the Bay, will update us on the sediment placement projects in the Narrow River and other refuge locations to stave off the threats from sea level rise to salt marshes – and the salt marsh sparrow.
Click the Register button to reserve a space at the February 25 presentation.
March 24: History of the Watershed in Maps and Aerial Photos
Peter Stetson, President of Education Mapping Service, will show us interactive GIS mapping centered on the South County Museum and the Narrow River Watershed, and their history through aerial photography.
All talks are free and open to the public. You can register at OnPettaquamscutt.org or at the calendar page of the library website to reserve a seat. Registration will open at the beginning of the month for each presentation. For more information or to see presentations from the first ten seasons, visit OnPettaquamscutt.org.
Improving the Canonchet Farm Trail
In October, Friends of Canonchet Farm volunteers returned to working along the Canonchet Farm Trail, removing invasive vegetation and making the trail safer and more enjoyable. The work continues every Saturday (whether permitting through the spring, when work shifts back to restoration of the area along Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.
- Read Alan Woodmansee's description of the project as a URI Master Gardener Direct Education Project in an article adapted from from the Master Gardener newsletter.
Please meet at the Friends of Canonchet Farm trailer located on the grounds of the South County Museum at the end of Strathmore Street, which is off Kingstown Road in Narragansett. We will gather at 9 a.m. and walk to the area of the trail where we will be removing privet, multiflora rose, bittersweet and other invasive plants. As always, we provide tools, snacks, drinks, gloves, instruction and fun. You'll meet wonderful people who share your concern for the preservation and improvement of Canonchet Farm.