Friday, December 31, 2010

FALL AT BROWN STREET PARK 2010


    Special Events

    October 31, 4:00-5:30pm
    4th Annual "Fiends" of Brown Street Park Halloween Parade and Celebration

    Stay in Touch and Help Out
    Forward this page to a new neighbor so that they can get on our mailing list! If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know. We will need volunteers all summer for the gardens and other activities.


    Monday, October 18, 2010

    FBSP Halloween event with What Cheer? Brigade


    4th Annual "Fiends" of Brown Street Park
    Halloween Celebration and Parade with What Cheer? Brigade
    Sunday, October 31st 4:00-5:30

    We need a few more devilish donations for this free family-friendly, community-organized event (FBSP is a non-profit 501C3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. Email Wendy at wnilsson@cox.net for details).

    4th Annual "Fiends" of Brown Street Park Halloween Celebration and Parade

    Like a pillowcase bursting with treats, you'll want your Halloween to overflow with fun. So don't wait until "Twilight" to go out, join us early at the "Fiends" of Brown Street Park Halloween Party and Parade from 4p - 5:30p, Sunday October 31st. Dress your family in halos and horns, capes and crinolines, and kick off the evening right with games, crafts and healthy, fortifying foods from Whole Foods Market University Heights and other generous sponsors. At 5p, the party then transforms into a rollicking, rousing parade as Providence's legendary What Cheer? Brigade marching band leads the revelers through neighborhood streets. We guarantee you'll be in the Halloween spirit by the time you leave.

    We look forward to seeing you -- rain, shine, or eerie, blanketing fog.

    [In the event of heavy, sustained rain, please check website, www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org for updates.]

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Hybrid Training Class Cancelled 9/27 Due to Weather

    The last 5:30 PM Hybrid Training class of the season is unfortunately cancelled today due to soggy conditions. Anyone hoping to attend is welcome at the YMCA facility for the classes held indoors during that time.

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    September 2010 Newsbyte

     
    September 19, National Neighborhood Day (2:30-5pm) & Raku Rhody-O (12-5pm)
    Sunday, September 19th from 2:30-5:00
    Please join the Friends of Brown Street Park for our 3rd Annual Neighborhood Day.  We really really need volunteers to help with the gardening.We will spruce up the park for fall and prepare it for winter. Enjoy the cool vibes of music by Tevallus, Mini Raku-Rhody-O, Kids Yoga, a clean-up scavenger hunt for kids and cheap snacks for sale. Sponsored by "Celebrate Providence!" Neighborhood Performing Arts Series and Whole Foods University Heights.

     4th Annual "Fiends" of Brown Street Park Halloween Parade and Celebration

    Sunday October 31st, from 4p – 5:30pm
    Angels and devils, villains and superheroes -- all are welcome at the 4th annual Fiends of Brown Street Park Children's Halloween Party and Parade,  Kids can join in on the ghoulish games, creepy crafts and demented decorating projects, while filling up on pizza and healthy snacks. At 5p, jump in as the one of our favorite marching bands honks, blasts and bangs their way along a neighborhood parade route. Consider it a wholesome warm-up to the night's main event. Please contact Jan Dane [jan@notfound.com] if you have scary skills you'd like to volunteer.


    FBSP Fall Fitness and Program Schedule
    Mondays
    5:30-6:30pm East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA Hybrid Training (no childcare) - ends 9/30

    Tuesdays
    3:30 Young Warriors Yoga for 4-6 year olds - ends 10/28
    4:30-5:30pm Crossfit Providence Boot Camp
    5:30-6:30pm Crossfit Providence Boot Camp

    Wednesdays
    7:30 -8:30am Adult Yogawith Kyle, Please registerprior to class - ends 9/30
    3:30-4:15pm Athenaeum Story Hours with the fabulous Lindsey Shaw - ends 9/30

    Thursdays
    3:30 Peace Warriors for 7-10 year olds - ends 10/28
    6:30am Crossfit Providence Boot Camp
    5:30pm Crossfit Providence Boot Camp
    6:15pm Crossfit Providence Boot Camp

    All classes, events and activities are free with the exception of Crossfit classes. Contact Mike@crossfitprovidence.comfor information on cost and session duration. You must register for classes with Kyle and for YMCA free childcare. Please show up to the YMCA classes a few minutes early to complete a registration form if you need childcare. You do not have to be a YMCA member to join classes. Kids should bring a mat, eye pillow or small towel and water if possible to yoga classes.

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Free Neighborhood Barbecue & Thank You Celebration

    Please bring your family and friends and join us on Tuesday, August 31st from 5-7 for a Neighborhood Barbecue and Thank You Celebration. At 6:00, we will honor our summer programming partners and the generous businesses, organizations and volunteers who created the Climbing Spider, front entry make-overs and Community Garden.

    The early evening event will include free food, music by Superchief Trio, activities for kids, and lots of grateful friends of Brown Street Park.

    Sponsored by Friends of Brown Street Park, Whole Foods University Heights, “Celebrate Providence!” Neighborhood Performing Arts Series, Providence Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, and Providence Department of Parks and Recreation.

    Friends of Brown Street Park’s mission is to create a sustainable space that fosters a sense of community, supported by our core values: sustainability, arts and health programming for all ages, and open space and natural play.

    2010 Park Partners

    INFRASTRUCTURE
    Climbing Spider 
    Project Leader: Site Specific, LLC Design.Build, Peter Crump & Matt Dempsey, Aaron Broder, Casey Foster, Chris Behlke and Gerry Picard
    • Brown University, Pat Vetere, Richie Marshall, Mike martin and Freddie Ferrara
    • InsideOut Design, Markus Berger
    • Yoder & Twidell, Loren Yoder
    • BB&S Lumber, Eric Schold
    • MidCity Steel, Lou Gitlin, Lee Keizler and Andrew Donahue
    • PRM Concrete, Bill McHale
    • Parks ( Bob McMahon, Beth Charlebois, Joe Wojtanowski and Team)
    • CrossFit Providence Mike Liberatore & Team
    • Wright Deter
    • Able Welding Jeff Bedard
    • P&G Irrigation Paul Chaves
    • Wheeler School, Gary Esposito, Eli Tegu and Olivia Hirsch
    • Modern Concrete Rob Sousa
    • Michael Paradiso
    • The Shannon-Edelsberg & Crisp-Hruska Families
    • All the other wonderful families who stuffed our collection box throughout the year.
    • With repurposed materials from Wildlife Creations, Goric (Rick Henke), the Wheeler School (Gary Esposito) and Rhode Island Resource Recovery (Steve Pietratozzi)

    Entry Way Make-Overs 
    Project Leader: Seeds to Trees Landscaping, Zachary Paquette

    • Green Circle Design Kate Lacouture
    • CVS Team Challenge Grant &Group Kristi Lato & Team
    • CrossFit Providence Mike Liberatore & Team
    • Bartlett Trees David Mendel
    • A-Stone David, Paula and Linda
    • Dexter Grant
    • Paul Thompson Organic Landscaping (South gate)

    Community Garden
    Project Leader: Eamon Brown & Kate Bothe
    • Providence Parks Department
    • Home Depot, Joe Costa 
    PROGRAMMING
    Summer 2010 Music Partners
    • Music Series coordinators David and Carolyn Beal
    • Providence Department of Art Culture & Tourism “Celebrate Providence!” Neighborhood Performing Arts Series, Doc and Janine Schwartz
    • Whole Foods University Heights Bonnie Frechette
    • Brown University Jennifer Braga
    • Graphic Innovation Jim Larkin
    • Logica Design Bob Lukens and Molly Regan
    Community Fitness Partner
    • FBSP Coordinator Kara Kelly
    • East Side Mt Hope YMCA Christy Claussen, Cat Sutton, Holly Gish and Jennifer Spazino & Samantha Martone
    Other Fitness Programming
    • Crossfit Providence Mike Liberatore & Team
    • Om Kids Elyse Rotondo
    • Yoga with Kyle Kyle Willett
    Major Partners in Park Programming
    • East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA
    • Providence Athenaeum Lindsey Shaw and Allison Maxell
    • Whole Foods Market University Heights
    • CVS Playdates Kristi Lato and Mimi DiMontigny
    Summer Senior
    • Sylvia Soares
    Special Honoree 
    • Cliff Wood

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    KIDOINFO Review

    Check out this great review of Brown Street Park at Kidoinfo!


    Also included is information on four other wonderful parks in Providence.



    Superchief Trio Concert, Tuesday, August 31, 5-7pm!

    Superchief Trio, originally scheduled to play on July 14, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 31 from 5-7pm.  Mark it on down!

    Superchief  features a unique combination of two-fisted piano, red hot trombone, powerful vocals and frenzied percussion antics, all rolled up into one small package. Swing, New Orleans R&B, jump blues, boogie-woogie - it's all in there.

    http://www.superchieftrio.com
    And with a repertoire of tasy original tunes and carefully selected covers by Professor Longhair, Huey Smith, Smiley Lewis, Wee Willie Wayne and a raft of others, this group is the ultimate dance-party band.

    Class/Event Cancellations

    Class/Event Cancellations
    We try to post Class/Event cancellations on the FBSP website and on Facebook.

    In the event of heavy rain, Crossfit classes are held at the main Crossfit facility.  Please check www.crossfitprovidence.com for more information.

    If YMCA classes are cancelled, Friends of the Brown Street Park are welcome to attend a class at the YMCA facility, during the same time period, with free child care. Non-members must fill out an application for tracking purposes. Below are the alternate classes held at the YMCA facility.
    • Monday Zumba @ 5:10-6:10pm (beginner) OR Bootcamp @ 5:10-6:10pm (intermediate to advanced)
      Wednesday ~ H.I.T. @ 9:15-10:15am (multi – level)
    • Thursday Pilates @ 9:15-10:15am (multi- level)
    • Thursday ~ Pilates @ 9:15-10:15am (multi- level)

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Fwd: FBSP Concert Wednesday July 28, Infusion Experience

    Please join us for a Free Concert at Brown StreetPark Wednesday, July 28th from 5-7pm featuring INFUSION EXPERIENCE

    Infusion Experience
    Our sound simmers with warm, tender, romanticism combined with the energy of rhythmic and swaying melodies. The arrangements are textured and ambitious, infusing the thoughts and passions of everything which is the object of contemplation. With your whole body, with your whole heart, with your whole conscience, listen to the Infusion Experience... This is the music everyone who has ears should hear.

    There will be cheap snacks, water and juice for sale, but there will not be a food truck at tomorrow's concert, so pack a picnic! In case of forecast severe weather / heavy rain, we will post a cancellation and raindate on our website www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org by 3:00pm. 


    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    Free Concert at Brown Street Park Wednesday, July 21st

    Please join us for a Free Concert at Brown Street Park Wednesday, July 21st from 5-7pm featuring SAUCE. 



     http://www.myspace.com/lovethatsauce

    About Sauce: SAUCE hails from Providence, Rhode Island and features the serious vocal talents of Chelsy Lau, winner of The Providence Phoenix's 2009 "Best Female Vocalist" award. The band draws from a concentrated mix of American, Latin, and Jamaican roots music, resulting in high-energy blend of funk, soul and blues. Featuring keyboards, guitar, tenor/alto sax, trombone and a powerful rhythm section, Sauce's sound is utterly danceable, but also textured. With grooves you can't refuse, catchy hooks, and powerful vocals, this band is guaranteed to get the party started.

    There will be cheap snacks, water and juice for sale, but there will not be a food truck at tomorrow’s concert, so pack a picnic!  In case of forecast severe weather / heavy rain, we will post a cancellation and raindate on our website www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org by 3:00pm.

    Thursday, July 1, 2010

    2010 Celebrate Providence Concert Series @ Brown Street Park

    This year, Brown Street Park’s summer concert series will occur on every Wednesday during the month of July from 5:00pm-7:00pm. We have an excellent line-up of local bands that will be sure to entertain. We are thrilled to the support and sponsorship of the City of Providence, David N. Cicilline, Mayor, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and the Parks Department, Whole Foods Market University Heights, Brown University, Logica and Graphic Innovations.


    We are always need  volunteers to help set-up our welcome table, erect a dog fence, and then break-down those items. Volunteers should please send an e-mail to: concerts@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org.

    Below are more details about the performers:

    The Wippets, July 7 http://www.myspace.com/thewippets
    About The Wippets: Voted "Best Roots Act" in the Providence Phoenix, 2009 and Nominated as "Best Folk Act" by Motif Magazine, 2009 The Wippets formed in 2002. It’s hard to define exactly what type of music we play. We're a little bit jug band without the jug, a little bit skiffle band, a high energy trio doing originals and covers of both the familiar and the obscure. We play at outdoor fairs, private parties, local clubs and coffeehouses…anywhere there are people who want to have a good time.


    Superchief Trio, July 14 - rescheduled to August 31 due to rain! http://www.superchieftrio.com
    About Superchief Trio: Superchief Trio features a unique combination of two-fisted piano, red hot trombone, powerful vocals and frenzied percussion antics, all rolled up into one small package. Swing, New Orleans R&B, jump blues, boogie-woogie - it's all in there. And with a repertoire of tasy original tunes and carefully selected covers by Professor Longhair, Huey Smith, Smiley Lewis, Wee Willie Wayne and a raft of others, this group is the ultimate dance-party band.


    Sauce, July 21 http://www.myspace.com/lovethatsauce
    About Sauce: SAUCE hails from Providence, Rhode Island and features the serious vocal talents of Chelsy Lau, winner of The Providence Phoenix's 2009 "Best Female Vocalist" award. The band draws from a concentrated mix of American, Latin, and Jamaican roots music, resulting in high-energy blend of funk, soul and blues. Featuring keyboards, guitar, tenor/alto sax, trombone and a powerful rhythm section, Sauce's sound is utterly danceable, but also textured. With grooves you can't refuse, catchy hooks, and powerful vocals, this band is guaranteed to get the party started.


    Infusion Experience, July 28 http://www.infusionexperience.com/fr_home.cfm
    About Infusion Experience: Infusion Experience plays original music with a flamenco Afro-Cuban flair. It is the combination of our diverse backgrounds which creates something powerful and emotional. The rhythmic nature of the band produces a hypnotic feel that levitates people from their seats, while the strong and attentive groove draws them to the dance floor. Since the founding of the band in 1999, we have tried to keep our music fresh and interesting while always expanding the boundaries of our sound. This is the Infusion Experience.

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    A nice note on Natural Play Spaces & Brown Street Park

    From: Miriam G. [mailto:m____@verizon.net]
    Sent: Monday, June 14, 2010 12:45 PM
    To: wendy@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org
    Subject: Natural Play Spaces at Brown Street Park

    Wendy,

     I was on the website today and notice the blog about natural play spaces for children. it reminded me of an article I read in the Arbor Day foundations newsletter about natural play spaces for children. I will scan it and send ti to you but in the mean time, here is their website-

    http://www.arborday.org/explore/

    I am sending this to you because I am thrilled with all of the work you have done at BSP. Although my kids and I don't get there often we always have a great time when we are there. In light of redesigning the older and younger children's play spaces, I thought this article and the Arbor Day's information about natural play spaces might be interesting and helpful.

    Sunday, June 13, 2010

    June FBSP Fitness Update, Tuesday 6/15 Specials at the Park

    Sample special classes for the entire family, Tuesday, June 15 at 3:30. Also, new Fitness schedule posted! Join us on Tuesday, June 15 at 3:30 for some free fitness activities for the whole family. There will be yoga for kids, Ball play with our friends from CVS, and sample Hybrid fitness classes by the East Side/Mt Hope YMCA for adults and teens, and ring demos by Crossfit. Read more below.


    Friday, June 4, 2010

    Whole Foods Party, July 1st 4pm to 7pm

    Whole Foods is hosting a Party to benefit Friends of Brown Street Park, College Hill Neighborhood Association and the Mt Hope Learning Center!!!  Come on down and enjoy a tasty treat and support us!  Hear live music by The Top Cats! The event will be at their North Main Street Location (Corner of Doyle and N. Main).  Click the flyer below for more details. 

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    June 2010 NewsByte

    In this issue

    • Celebrate Providence Neighborhood Performing Arts Series
    • Community Block Party
    • CVS Playdates
    • Athenaeum Story Hours
    • Free Fitness & Yoga Classes
    • Bootcamp Workouts
    • Providence Cobras Track & Field

      Wednesday, May 26, 2010

      May 2010 Fitness Update^2

      See the the videos of the event here!
      Wendy says,

      On Behalf of FBSP, Thank you for coming to the 1st Annual FBSP Fitness Expo and Demos.

      A mother said to me the other day, “I love coming to Brown Street Park. My kids have outgrown other parks, but you can never out grow BSP. There is something for everyone.”  With the completion of our fitness area (for now) we know this to be true. 

      Wednesday, May 19, 2010

      May 2010 Fitness Update

      Fitness Demos 10-1:30 On Saturday, May 22 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM, Friends of Brown Street Park will be hosting a day of free fitness activities to showcase the new and revitalized outdoor equipment for teens and adults at the Brown Street Park.

      One new element to be featured is the set of traveling rings - Brown Street Park is one of three locations within the US that has an installation of traveling rings! BSP will be hosting traveling instructors and enthusiasts from NYC's Riverside Park who will be performing demonstrations and offering lessons on how to use this new equipment.

      The day will kick off at 10am with CrossFit Providence providing a workout until 11. Starting at 11:30, the NYC instructors will begin their demonstrations and training. At 12:30 the park's fitness partner, the East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, will conduct 15 minute demos of outdoor aerobics, yoga, conditioning and hybrid training. The YMCA will also be hosting activities for kids from 12:30-1:30.

      Tuesday, April 27, 2010

      Earth Day was a Success!

      Thank you for participating in EARTH DAY 2010! We cut the ribbon for the new Community Garden...planted 5 new trees and spruced up.. everything!!!


      Saturday, April 3, 2010

      Friends of Brown Street Park on Kidoinfo!

      Kidoinfo posted about us as one of their top 5 green spaces in Providence!!!

      Here's what they had to say

      "Brown Street Park & Playground
      Location: behind Hope High School, East Side, Providence, RI
      Parking: Street parking. Make sure to check the signs on where to park to avoid a ticket.
      This park (a continuous work in progress) has been designed and built by a dedicated group of parents, neighbors and partners as a place that is both useful and beautiful. Although well used and nestled between Hope High School and residential streets this park private and cozy."

      Thursday, April 1, 2010

      Friends of Brown Street Park April Update

      April 2010 NewsByte
      • Earth Day
      • Breaking Ground for Community Garden
      • Fitness Expo and Classes at the Park
      • Volunteers Needed for New Things in the ParkSummer Concert Series Tuesdays in JulySpring Schedule
      • Recycling Changes
      • Movies

      Monday, February 15, 2010

      Friends of Brown Street Park update


      February 2010 NewsByte

      Earth Day

      Save the Date for our 3rd Annual Friends of Brown Street Park Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration, Saturday, April 24 from 1:30-4:00. There will be lots of music (Joe's Backyard Band) and work for everyone, especially children. This year will include an educational segment dedicated to helping children learn more about the meaning of Earth Day. We will also have friends from Groundworks Providence to share information and how to purchase trees. We will also be planting trees on this day! Other special guests include the Worm Ladies of Charlestown and other earth friendly folks.

      Community Garden

      We are working with the City of Providence to open the organic Community Garden in the Northeast corner of the park this Spring! Eamon Brown and Kate Bothe are coordinating this incredibly exciting effort. There is already a long list of people interested in a plot but send us your name if you have a strong interest. There is a sliding fee for an annual plot (the highest fee being $52). Let Eamon Brown know if you are interested in volunteering to build the supports for the garden beds (Communitygarden@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org).

      A New Fitness Coordinator

      We are thrilled to Welcome Kara Kelley (fitness@brownstreetpark.org) as our new fitness programming coordinator. Stay tuned for a Fitness event which will showcase the new adult equipment. Improvements on the old equipment will be completed this spring.

      New Things in the Park

      We have been busy this winter. Stay tuned for news on the long-awaited toddler structure and a new entrance gate to the Park.

      Summer Concert Series

      We are so pleased to welcome David and Carolyn Beal (Concerts@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org) as our new Summer Concert Series Coordinators.