Food Truck Festival, Tech Camp, Fool’s Rules Regatta

A food truck festival scheduled for Saturday in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH – A food truck festival will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 at Safe Harbor New England Boatworks, 1 Lagoon Road.

Tickets are not required and entry is free. There will be live music and participants are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Friendly pets on a leash are allowed but are not encouraged.

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Middletown Library to Offer Free Tech Camp

MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Public Library offers a free tech camp for teens in grades 6-12. The camp will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 27 to August 26 between 3:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. in the Library Lobby Community Hall, 700 West Main Road.

Campers will learn to program their own application for a smartphone; code and complete a maze with robots and have a chance to build their own robot to display in the library.

The camp is free, but registration is required and there is a limit of 10 participants. Check out the Middletown Library website under the Teens page to register. For more information, contact Rhonda Howard by phone at 401-846-1573 or by email at [email protected]

Gérard Edery will perform virtually

The Touro Synagogue Foundation, in association with Congregation Shearith Israel in New York, will present a free virtual concert of Sephardic music by Gerard Edery on Sunday, July 25 at 3 p.m., to be broadcast live via Zoom.

“Treasures of Sephardic Song” is the third in this year’s Judah Touro virtual program series and was made possible through a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A leading singer, guitarist and musical folklorist, Edery is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in Sephardic diaspora music.

There is no charge to participate in this virtual concert, but reservations are required to receive Zoom login information. You can register by visiting the home page of, via this link, or by sending an email to [email protected] For more information, please contact Meryle Cawley at (401) 847-4794, ext 207.

The Fools’ Rules regatta will take place in August

JAMESTOWN – The 43rd Fool’s Rules Regatta will be held Saturday, August 14 at 9 a.m. on Town Beach, East Ferry, with the rain date the next day.

Participants are entitled to two hours to build a sailboat (the course is downwind) on the beach, which must be made up only of non-marine elements. The boat can be pre-built, but must be dismantled and rebuilt on the beach. The races begin at 11 am with the cannon firing marking the start of the class 1 race.

Ships compete for first, second and third place in each class. The classes are determined by the number of participants on each ship: class one, two, three, four, then five or more participants delimits the unlimited class.

The event is open to anyone who likes to have fun and be crazy. Entrance is free.

Life jackets are required for each participant and an anchoring device is required for each vessel. Full information, rules and registration form are available on the Jamestown Yacht Club website at For more information, contact Mad Chef Greg Hunter at 617-593-2117.

St. Paul’s Church resumes in-person service

PORTSMOUTH – Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth has resumed service in the church. Zoom services are terminated.

Sunday services start at 9:30 am during current summer hours. This includes organ and guitar music before and during the service. St. Paul’s has a ramp for accessibility for people with disabilities and also has a hearing aid for those who need amplification.

Limited parking for disabled people is available in front of the church. Regular parking is available on the adjacent lot at the corner of East Main Road and Church Lane.

On Sunday, September 12, the service start time will revert to 10 a.m.

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. there is a one-hour Bible study and discussion group in July and September and beyond. There will be no Bible study group in August. To participate, contact Reverend Marilyn Mason for the Zoom invitation, password and subject line by email at [email protected] or by phone at 401-862-8000.

Online exhibit examines black entrepreneurs in Newport

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society has launched an online exhibit that interprets Newport’s beginnings through the experiences of men and women entrepreneurs of African heritage.

Entitled “Black in Business: African Heritage Entrepreneurs of Newport, Rhode Island,” the online exhibit presents a vital part of American history – the experiences of African heritage entrepreneurs, from slavery to freedom between the 18th and 19th centuries. the turn of the 20th century in Newport and beyond.

The online exhibit draws on collections from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, the 1696 Heritage Group, and private family collections. It can be viewed at

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