(singing) “S-u-m-m-e-r-t-i-m-e and the Livin’ is Easy……”. This is a time when the weather is sunny and warm and we all try to get out of our homes and go do something. Maybe take a walk (or roll) in a park or around your neighborhood and meet old friends or make new ones.

Something to consider is to check out the many FREE!! concerts in Rhode Island. Did I say “FREE!!”?? Guess what??most are. Here are some examples:

Crescent Park, near the Carousel in Riverside has concerts on Thursday evenings. And if you get hungry, stop by Blount’s Clam Shack for a bite. They also serve burgers and dogs for you non seafood lovers. The towns web site is:

Another example of a town offering is Barrington. Their concerts are Sunday evenings and in a couple of parks around town with water views! Can’t beat that! Go to and look for the link to the recreation Dept. for that info.

Another great place to look for statewide concert info is a blog called RI Blogger. Type in the following link and it will take you right there. It is: and click on the “Free Summer Concerts” button. There you will find a schedule of concerts by date and town.

At all of these concerts you will find enjoyable local and regional artists that love to entertain; so check them out. Enjoy your summer! Get out there while (singing again) “the fish are a’jumpin’ and the cotton is high……”

Jack Ringland


Art Project Progress

At our last meeting, July 10th, we shared some really great ideas to be displayed on a board or quilt. We handed out sheets of paper with each of the 4 Coalition goals, PUBLIC EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, LEADERSHIP and ACCESSIBILITY on the papers.

We asked that you think about these and how they can apply to you. We then want you to put that idea into a drawing or picture with maybe a word or two to tell others how you feel.

We got back some really great ideas! We asked that you do the best you can and that stick figures were okay because those could be converted to a graphic of your idea.

Even though we asked you to pick one goal; we now need you to think how each of the areas above areas might apply to you and an issue you care about.

We suggested that if you go a computer, type in one of those goals, hit the ENTER key and then images at the top of the page; you will find many images to choose from. Some of these you will want to copy and others draw freehand. Make it your own idea!

Anyway, when this is finished and mounted, the goal will be display these ideas, in a collage, at events and conferences we attend to show others what the Coalition feels are important to us!

Give it some thought as you enjoy the summer. I am sure that you will come up with some great ideas! And, don’t be afraid to ask for some help especially when it comes to using the computer.

Jack Ringland