Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, North Kingstown, R.I. Some events require registration in advance. Please phone the business office, 401-294-3521, for details.


Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2016
Noon to 4 pm
Heritage Days


Saturday, June 18, 2016
(rain date June 19)
Noon-5:00 p.m.
Strawberry Festival


Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2016
Noon to 4 pm
Harvest Festival


Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2016
Noon to 4 pm
Christmas at the Castle




PAST EVENTS

Saturday 30, 2016
9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cocumscussoc Association Annual Meeting


 

Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 2015
Noon to 4 pm

Christmas at the Castle

Experience Christmas time at Smith’s Castle (built in 1678), with the rooms adorned with decorations of fresh greens, the aroma of complimentary hot cider and cookies, live music from an earlier era filling the house from: the Brown University Madrigal Singers (A Capella Concert), St. Luke’s Jubilate Ringers (An English Hand Bell Choir), listen to Dulcimers being played and Bob Chandler playing his beautiful hurdy gurdy. Bring your camera and catch a photo of Father Christmas who will be here on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy dressing up in period garb (another photo opt), the popular Docent bake table is back, an ornament table, there will be a small group of vendors, our Gift Shop will be open, fresh wreaths and Christmas arrangements from Healey Farm. This year’s theme is "The History of the Christmas Pudding" with a demonstration of how to make this popular English dessert.

Revisit here for updates or contact us at: (401) 294-3521 or
e-mail smithscastle@earthlink.net

Admission:
General Admission - $7.00 with a family cap of $20.00
Children 6-12 - $3.00,
Active Military & Seniors - $2 discount.
Members and Children 5 and under - free.

Smith’s Castle is located at 55 Richard Smith Drive off Post Road north of the State Police Barracks in North Kingstown.

 

Saturday, November 21
7:00 PM - Midnight

A Midnight Visit At Smith’s Castle with Paranormal Investigators RISEUP

Due to popular demand a third night has been scheduled to tour Smith’s Castle. Come join RISEUP, paranormal investigators, as they walk the floors of the Castle from 7 pm to midnight on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Participants must be at least 16 years old, cost is $35 per person non-refundable and RISEUP is donating all the proceeds to the Castle!
For reservations call: (401) 294-3521, or e-mail smithscastle@earthlink.net
Only ten to twelve people are allowed each night so an early sign-up is encouraged.

Saturday 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What's It Worth Appraisal Day
Have your item(s) appraised.
Daniel Buck Soules, a thirty year appraiser (also, an independent appraiser for the PBS Antiques Road Show for over eleven years), will let you know if that prized family possession, you were never allowed to touch as a child, could have been touched.
$10 for one item, $25 for three items, members receive one free appraisal. You may have more than three items appraised and need not be a member to attend.
To book a time slot, call: (401) 294-3521 or
e-mail: smithscastle@earthlink.net
Smith’s Castle is located at 55 Richard Smith Drive, off Post Road north of the State Police Barracks, in North Kingstown, RI.


 

Saturdays 17 & 24
7:00 PM - Midnight

A Midnight Visit At Smith’s Castle with Paranormal Investigators RISEUP

A first for Smith’s Castle, come join RISEUP, paranormal investigators, as they walk the floors of the Castle from 7 pm to midnight on Saturday, October 17th or Saturday, October 24th 2015. Participants must be at least 16 years old, cost is $35 per person non-refundable and RISEUP is donating all the proceeds to the Castle!
For reservations call: (401) 294-3521, or e-mail smithscastle@earthlink.net
Only ten to twelve people are allowed each night so an early sign-up is encouraged.

September

 

Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27, 2015
Noon to 4 pm
Smith's Castle Harvest Festival
Sponsored, in part by the North Kingstown Arts Council

Entertainment includes:
  • Swamp Yankees on Saturday,
  • The Old Time Fiddlers on Sunday,
  • Bob "Silverbeard" Chandler playind his hurdy gurdy,
  • Local historians Tim Cranston and Bob Geake on farming in Rhode Island,
  • Docents on Harvest games,
  • Alpacas of Harkney Hill,
  • Horses from Pine Ledge Stables
Activities include:
  • Tours of the first floor of the historic house,
  • Wool Spinning lessons,
  • Tips on preserving food,
  • Pony rides,
  • A petting zoo,
  • A pie eating contest,
  • A Colonial photo tent with colonial outfits to try on and photograph,
Vendors include:
  • a Farmers Market,
  • jewelry, crafts, photography
  • Food from local shops and resraurants
  • and more
Admission:
General Admission - $8.00 with a family cap of $20.00
Children 6-12 - $5.00,
Members and Children 5 and under - free,
People 65+ and Active Military (with ID) - $2.00 discount.

Smith’s Castle is located at 55 Richard Smith Drive off Post Road north of the State Police Barracks in North Kingstown.

September

Fifth Annual Smith's Castle Open Golf Tournament
Monday, September 14, 2015
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Tee Off 8:30 a.m.
Scramble Format

At the North Kingstown Municipal Golf Course
Late lunch to follow
Call Bob Verdi at (401)294-8242
or Bob Stone at (401)885-4110

Player application form
Sponsor application form
Print, complete and mail to Smith's Castle by Sept 5

Summer 2015

Smith's Castle presents "Lectures on the Lawn"

Monday, June 22nd 7:00 PM
"A Whole Lot of History in 6 Little Acres"

by Tim Cranston

Monday, July 20th 7:00 PM
"No Braver Men: The Story of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment During the Revolutionary War"

by Bob Geake and Loren Spears

Monday, August 17th 7:00 PM
"Small State, Big History"

by The writers behind the Online Journal of Rhode Island History


June

Saturday, June 20, 2015
(rain date June 21)
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Strawberry Festival

Featuring homemade strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream.

Entertainment includes:
  • Dan Butterworth’s Marionette Theater with performances 1 pm & 3 pm,
  • Pony rides by Alice Schlemmer, 12:30-3:30 pm,
  • Singer Jesse Liam accompanied, on guitar and vocal by Jack Gauthier 1:30-3:30 pm,
  • Buddy Cavalieri (Singing along with younger children) 1-3 pm,
  • Casey Farm with their popular colonial games and small animal petting farm,
  • Master Gardeners in the Colonial Revival Garden will tell you about their work in the garden.
Vendors including:
  • Kenyon’s Grist Mill serving their johnny cakes,
  • Hartley’s Meat Pies
  • Healey’s Farm
  • and more
Admission:
Members - free, Non-members - ages 13 and up - $7.00,
Children 6-12 - $3.00, 5 and under free,
Military, (with ID) - $5, Family Cap - $20.00

Smith’s Castle is located at 55 Richard Smith Drive off Post Road north of the State Police Barracks in North Kingstown.


May

Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015
Noon-4:00 p.m.

Come Celebrate the
Narragansett Culture!!

Opening Ceremony led by Dawn Dove,
Narragansett Elder, both days!

All day activities include:
  • Native Films, Native Art Vendors, Games, Music
  • Native cusine from Sly Fox Den food vendor
  • Storytelling by Paulla Dove Jennings, Thawn Harris and Loren Spears

Demonstrations of traditional food cooking, wampum carving, Quillwork, Fingerweaving, eastern woodland pottery, Flute performances, Make your own Beaded Necklace or Cornhusk Doll

Visit the Tomaquag Museum Exhibit Table!

And much, much more!

Admission: Adults $10; Children (6-12) $5; under 6 Free; Family admission cap $25 Active military and Senior discounted by $2
All donations greatfully accepted.


Saturday 25, 2015
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cocumscussoc Association Annual Meeting
At the North Kingstown Free Library
100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI


Christmas at the Castle

This year's theme: "Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Christmas Customs of the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Saturday, December 6, 2014:
  • Noon - 4:00 - Father Christmas and Santa Clause
  • 1:00 - 2:00 - Sophie's Choice (children's musical group)
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - Brown University Madrigal Singers
  • Laura Paton Photography
  • 2:30 - South Kingstown High School Choral Group
Sunday, December 7, 2014:
  • Noon - 4:00- Father Christmas
  • 1:00 - 4:00 -D.A.R., dulcimer players
  • Sheila Reynolds, guitarist and the Beacon Pole Hill Chapter
  • 1:00 - 3:00 - Jubilate Bell Ringers (St. Luke's Bell Choir)
  • 1:30 - 2:30 The popular Santa Bob
Both Days:
  • Noon - 4:00 - Bob Chandler and his hurdy gurdy
  • Healey Farm - fresh wreaths and swags (local farm with locally grown Christmas decorations)
  • Complimentary warm cider and cookies
  • Bake sale
Admission: Members - free, Non-members - ages 13 and up - $6.00, 6-12 - $3.00, 5 and under - free.

Saturday 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What's It Worth Appraisal Day

Have your item(s) appraised.
Daniel Buck Soules, a thirty year appraiser (also an independent appraiser for the PBS Antiques Road Show for over eleven years), will be at the Castle. Daniel will let you know if that family prized possession, you were never allowed to touch as a child, you could have touched. $10 for one item, $25 for three items. You may bring more than three items. (Members receive a one item appraised for free.)
To book a time slot, please contact: Smith's Castle's Office at:(401) 294-3521 or e-mail us at: smithscastle@earthlink.net


Saturday, October 4, 2014
(rain date Sunday, October 5th)
Noon to 4 pm
Smith's Castle Harvest Festival

Smith's Castle (a historical house museum built in 1678, An Individually Listed National Register Historic Building) will hold its Harvest Festival from noon to 4 pm. The grounds will come alive with music from the Jesse Liam Band performing noon to 2 pm. Catalysis will perform 2:15 to 4:15 pm.
The Festival also includes: tours of the Castle, quilting and spinning demonstrations, the Rhode Island Army National Guard's climbing wall (Must be 15 yrs. or older to climb), Vendors (farm products, fall decorations, jewelry, beautiful wool products, photography, etc.), Other booths (some with products to sell on site) include A Cabin in the Woods, B & D Fashions, Carolyn's Kitchen, Healy Farm, Incredible Threads, URI Master Gardiners, Paton Photography, RI Geneological Society, Samuel E. Perry Grist Mill, Silpada Jewelry, The Bead Lady, Usqueqpaugh Baking Co. LLC, Casey Farms with their petting animals and colonial games to play, John Austin (paranormal investigator) displaying examples of very interesting "encounters", food (home-made apple crisp, hot dogs, Jonny cakes, Hartley's Meat Pies, cider).

Come join the outdoor fun before the cold weather sets in. Adults: 13 yrs. and up $6; Children: 6 to 12 $3; Children 5 and under and Members FREE. Family cap: $15. The Castle is located at 55 Richard Smith Drive, off Post Road north of the State Police Barracks, in North Kingstown, RI.
For updates return here, call (401) 294-3521
or e-mail:
smithscastle@earthlink.net


Fourth Annual Smith's Castle Open Golf Tournament
Monday 15, 2014
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Tee Off 8:30 a.m.
Scramble Format

At the North Kingstown Municipal Golf Course
Late lunch to follow at Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar on Post Road, NK.
View Registration Form
Printable version (set printer to portrait and 2-sided)
Call Bob Verdi at (401)294-8242
or Bob Stone at (401)885-4110


Saturday 14, 2014
(rain date June 15)
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Strawberry Festival

Savor Smith’s Castle’s celebrated strawberry shortcake and pay homage to the humble wild strawberry—a favorite of the early colonists and the native Narragansett.
Food - Popular homemade Strawberry Shortcake, hot dogs, soft drinks, Hartley's Meat Pies and more.
Entertainment - Dan Butterfield's Marionette Puppets, pony rides, Big Nazo Puppets, colonial games and farm animals to pet from Casey Farm and many vendors.
Admission: Members - free, Non-members - ages 13 and up - $7.00, 6-12 - $3.00, 5 and under free, Family Cap - $20.00


Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4, 2014
Noon-4:00 p.m.
Opening Weekend - Bridge to the Past

The 17th century era of the Cocumscussoc trading posts of Richard Smith and Roger Williams is recalled. Re-enactors and sutlers from around the region lend an air of authenticity to the festivities.