COASTWEEKS 2012: Celebrate the Coast!
Coastweeks is an annual series of events dedicated
to fostering awareness, understanding, and improved management
of the coast. Coastweeks is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council. DOWNLOAD THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS - PRINT VERSION
POSTPONED to October 11: Sunset Harbor Walk Tour
The Newport Harbor Walk is a hidden jewel of the city, providing locals and tourists a unique opportunity to see the harbor up close, along with shops, restaurants, and the working waterfront. This guided tour will introduce walkers to the Harbor Walk and discuss some of its recent success stories as well as challenges and opportunities for future enhancements. This walk leaves from Mary Ferrazzoli Park, at the corner of Long Wharf and Washington Street, Newport. (NOTE: Please do not park in the State Pier #9 parking lot. Parking is available at the Newport Visitor's Information Center on America's Cup Avenue for a fee.)
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Please RSVP to Amber Neville at (401) 874-6106 or email@example.com so we may alert you if there are any changes to this tour. Sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Coastal Resources Center.
October 9: Eating with the Ecosystem
at Hourglass Brasserie
**THIS EVENT IS FULL**
Chef Rizwan Ahmed, owner of Hourglass Brasserie in Bristol, R.I., is participating in a six-part dinner series taking place around Rhode Island this year called Eating with the Ecosystem. Eating with the Ecosystem is an initiative to promote a new, place-based definition of "sustainable seafood" that takes into account the whole ecosystem, rather than evaluating single species in isolation. Each dinner in the series features presentations by scientists, fishermen, and chefs, and presents a wide array of seafood from New England ecosystems. For this dinner, the featured ecosystem is the Gulf of Maine.
5:30 p.m. The Hourglass Brasserie is located at 382 Thames Street. Tickets to this event are $48 each, and are available by calling the restaurant at (401) 396-9811 or by ordering online at www.eatingwiththeecosystem.org.
October 12: Boat Tour of Salt Water Farms
**THIS EVENT IS FULL**
Participants in this guided tour of the Salt Water Farms mussel farm off the coast of Aquidneck Island will learn about how mussels are grown commercially and get to see a farm boat in action, working on oyster gear and possibly planting mussel seed for next year's harvest. American Mussel Farms/Salt Water Farms owner Bill Silkes will lead this tour.
8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. $15. Space is limited; advance reservations are required by contacting Tracy Kennedy at (401) 874-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tour leaves from Wickford Shipyard, 125 Steamboat Ave., Wickford. This event is sponsored by Salt Water Farms/American Mussel Harvesters, Inc., Rhode Island Sea Grant, and the CRMC.
October 13: Coastal Erosion Walking Tour
Take a walking tour of the south coast beaches with Janet Freedman, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council geologist, see first-hand the effects of coastal processes and how people deal with the challenges of living on the Rhode Island coastline. Participants will also learn what to expect in the future with changing climate conditions. The tour begins at South Kingstown Town Beach and continues to Card's Pond. Rain or shine.
10 a.m. to noon. Free, but please contact Laura Dwyer at email@example.com or (401) 783-7886 to reserve your place. South Kingstown Town Beach, 719 Matunuck Beach Road. Sponsored by the CRMC.
October 17: Living on the Edge:
Life at Roy Carpenter's Beach
This presentation by photographer Kathie Florsheim, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council geologist Janet Freedman, architect/planner Kenneth Filarski, and URI landscape architecture professor Angelo Simeone looks at the future of one iconic Rhode Island beach community. The project Living on the Edge explores Roy Carpenter's Beach, in Matunuck, R.I., as a model for understanding how a coastal community will be affected by storm damage and sea level rise. Roy's is a seasonal community of 377 individually owned cottages that sit on 50 acres of land owned by the Carpenter family, and within the last several years, storms have caused the area severe coastal damage. With each storm prediction comes the dread that there will be more loss, and each season brings new challenges.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free, but please reserve your place by contacting Jane Baumann at firstname.lastname@example.org. South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, off Route 1. This event is sponsored by the South Kingstown Land Trust, the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, and Rhode Island Sea Grant.
October 24: Talk & Taste with the Authors of Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook
Mother-daughter authors Elaine and Karin Tammi have taken a local favorite—scallops—and produced a cookbook on the subject that is as much about the story of scallops as it is about the recipes. Readers of the cookbook will also get an appreciation of the cultural heritage of the bay scallop and sea scallop industries. This talk will feature some of the stories that went into making the book (including the encouragement of Julia Child), as well as a tasting of scallops from one of the recipes—"Scallops in their Shells"—included in its pages.
6 p.m. Free, but reservations are required by contacting Tracy Kennedy at (401) 874-6800 or email@example.com. Edward King House Senior Center, 35 King St., Newport. This talk is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the senior center. Cookbooks may be ordered online at scallopcookbook.com.