Blackstone Valley Tourism Newsletter - May 2017




The Blackstone Valley Explorer has started its scheduled weekend tours.  Midweek school groups occupy the vessel’s time. 




With a grant from The Ocean State Charities, the Tourism Council has purchased an underwater Remote Operated Vehicle for its tour groups to experience onThe Explorer.  The ROV is highly technical, battery-powered, includes a camera on board and is steered by an iPad.  Passengers onboard have the ability to operate the ROV technology and research the bottom of the Blackstone River.




The St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center is now open for Sunday tours.




Twin River Casino in Lincoln broke ground on their new hotel, which will be open in the spring of 2018.




The new Blackstone Valley Visitor Guide is being distributed throughout the Blackstone Valley and other areas of the state.   




The Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament is taking place at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Burrillville on June 12.  There is still time to sign up as an individual golfer or a foursome.




Jeanne Boyle, formerly City Planner in East Providence is now the Director of Commerce for the City of Pawtucket.  Welcome, Jeanne.




The Pawtucket Red Sox and the City of Pawtucket are hard at work building support for a new stadium situated at the Apex property in Pawtucket; they need all the support they can gather at this important stage.  The stadium would be the key to unlocking the stagnant development along the riverfront and downtown.




The Mayors of Cumberland, Pawtucket and Central Falls and their planners are working collaboratively to increase the viability of success of the street they share: Broad Street.  It has been a very successful endeavor and the economies of working together are evident.




The Tourism Council last month worked on a Blackstone Valley Familiarization Tour with our state’s new advertising and public relations team.




Michael Tamburro and Joyce Hindle-Koutsogiane have been elected to the William Blackstone Society.  They will be inducted September 28th at the Tourism Council’s Annual Dinner.




Blackstone Culinaria, our food experience tours, in June and July are at A&W in Smithfield, Monte Cara in Pawtucket, McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket and Crepe Corner in Smithfield.




We are hoping the room tax legislation is held in its current form into next year.  A House Bill introduced by Representative Carson is suggesting the same.




The Fourth of July Arnold Mills Parade in Cumberland is celebrating its 91st year in 2017.  The Ancients and Horribles Independence Day Parade in Glocester is celebrating its 91st year.










Robert Billington, President


Blackstone Valley Tourism Council







Joan Loos, Tour Development


Blackstone Valley Tourism Council


175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI  02860




The FAA is ordering fan blade inspections on common airplane engines after one exploded and killed a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday. The in-flight explosion blew out a window and killed a passenger who was pulled partway out of the airplane. The FAA announcement late yesterday comes nearly a year after the company that built the engine recommended additional inspections.        President Trump will be leaving West Palm Beach to visit Key West, Florida today. His two-hour visit will include a tour of Naval Air Station Key West-Truman Annex on Boca Chica Key. In addition, the President and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen [[ KIRST-jen ]]Nielsen will be briefed on the activities of an interagency drug task force.        Possible charges in the death of Prince could be filed today. Carver County, Minnesota Attorney Mark Metz will announce his decision soon on whether to charge anyone in the musician's death. The announcement comes two years after the music icon's body was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate. Prince died of a massive overdose of fentanyl in April of 2016.        A Celebration of Life for former First Lady Barbara Bush will take place in Houston this evening. The gathering begins tonight outside City Hall. The mayor's office says the event will feature comments and prayers from multiple faith leaders, the reading of a poem, and other tributes. She passed away at the age of 92.        There's a new Cuban president, and his name isn't Castro. Miguel Diaz-Canel was named president today, one day after a vote in the country's National Assembly. It's the first time in almost 60 years that a Castro isn't leading the country. Diaz-Canel was selected as the unopposed candidate to replace Raul Castro, brother of the late Fidel Castro.        Senator Bernie Sanders says Cardi B is right when it comes to social security. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper said in a "GQ" interview last week former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt was "the real 'Make America Great Again'" because he created Social Security. The Vermont Independent and former presidential candidate said on Twitter yesterday that he agrees with her, and that the federal insurance program needs to be strengthened in order to make America great.