2017 Events (in a List format) *see also our calendar
Annual Fundraising Dinner
The Cocumscussoc Association and Smith’s Castle will hold their annual fundraising dinner on Sunday, May 7th at 6:30 pm at the East Greenwich Veterans Firemen’s Hall, 80 Queen Street, East Greenwich. Catered Italian food by Natale’s. Entertainment by The Piano Man, Jack Picard. Silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also be held. Tickets: $30.00 per person available at Smith’s Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, North Kingston, and at Dave’s Marketplace, Wickford and Quonset locations.
For more information call 401-294-3521 or email email@example.com
Lecture on the Lawn
Thursday May 18th 6pm
North Kingstown historian Tim Cranston tells us of the Updike Houses of Wickford during our first presentation, which will be held in the dining room of Smith's Castle. Visitors are asked to bring their own lawn chairs with a suggested $5 donation. Water and restroom are also provided.
Heritage Days: Colonial Living (opening weekend)
Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st 12-4pm
Come spend some time and experience what a typical day in colonial times was like. See crafts, games, and learn about the concerns of the times.
Docents in period clothing will welcome visitors to the historic house, assist with colonial games, dances, and craft activities on the grounds, as well as a mock colonial court, during which visitors may bring their family and friends to trial and see them placed in the stocks for a variety of real and imagined colonial offenses.
A display about Roger Williams’ time and trade at Cocumscussoc will be on hand in the trading post. Displays of swordsmanship and weaponry will also be displayed throughout the weekend.
This year’s entertainment, sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council will include traditional folk songs and sea shanties sung by the Rhode Island Pirate Players and friends on Saturday, and The Old Time Fiddlers of Rhode Island return to entertain us on Sunday.
Local vendors and artisans of hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, painting, and other items will be on hand, as well as the U.R.I. Master Gardeners who will be on hand for soil-sampling and gardening advice, as well as to guide visitors through our colonial garden.
Join us for a weekend of fun and festivities, colonial style.
Admission: $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per child 6-12 years. Free for children under 6 years old and Castle members. $2.00 discount for seniors, and active military personnel.
For more information call 401-294-3521
Saturday June 17th (rain date June 18th) 12-5pm
Strawberries are here! And shortcake is king! Come enjoy the favorite fruit of indigenous people and early colonists alike.
Lecture on the Lawn
Monday June 19, 6pm
Rhode Island historian and the Cocumscussoc Association Vice-President Bob Geake will discuss A Cocumscussoc Reader, and his transcription of the Updike letters after the family's loss of the Castle and the lands, as well as a glimpse into how the War of 1812 affected Wickford and its residents. Visitors are asked to bring their own lawn chairs with a suggested $5 donation. Water and a restroom are also provided.
lecture on the lawn
Saturday July 1st, 6pm
Historian Christian McBurney recounts the courageous women on the home front during the second World War, with this tribute to The Women of Quonset. Visitors are asked to bring their own lawn chairs with a suggested $5 donation. Water and a restroom are also provided.
Lecture on the lawn
Thursday July 20th 6pm
National Park Ranger John McNiff of the Roger Williams Memorial National Park in Providence, will join us and share his expertise on the founder of Rhode Island. Ranger McNiff is well known for his entertaining and educational telling of Roger Williams importance to our history as well as our daily lives. Visitors are asked to bring their own lawn chairs with a suggested $5 donation. Water and a restroom are also provided.
Saturday September 30th (rain date October 1st) 12-4pm
Children's games, music, the bounty of the harvest. All this and apple crisp too! Relax and enjoy a fine autumn day!
Christmas at the Castle
Saturday December 2nd and Sunday December 3rd 12-4pm
The aroma of the home baked treats will fill Smith's Castle along with the spices of mulled cider and the scents of the season. Enjoy some cider, good conversation, and music of the season.