Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #50, 14 September 2009

Hello, my name is Cynthia, a mermaid from the cool waters of New England. Thank you for visiting my collection of articles on New England. Another milestone has been reached, 50 articles. Thank you to all my readers!

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Woonsocket is located in northern Rhode Island at the Massachusetts border. Woonsocket was incorporated as a town in 1867, and as a city in 1888. Today, the city is part of Providence County, and is the sixth largest city in Rhode Island. Woonsocket has referred to itself as, "The most French city in the United States outside of Louisiana." Here is a map of Woonsocket.

Each year over the Columbus Day weekend, Woonsocket celebrates Autumnfest at the World War II Veteran's Memorial State Park. The tradition started in 1977, and since then Autumnfest has become one of the city's most popular events.

A canoe trip on the Blackstone River is a great way to spend an afternoon. Two of the city's parks have canoe ramps, and suggested trips of 3 miles and 4.2 miles are outlined on the website. The water is generally quiet, which makes for a very relaxing trip.

WWII Memorial Park The Museum of Work and Culture is located in historic Market Square at 42 South Main Street. Here we can learn the story of French Canadian immigrants, and how they left Quebec to work in the mills and factories of Woonsocket. Adult admission is $7, and seniors/student admission is $5. The museum is operated by the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Take the family on a tour of Blackstone River aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. The Explorer seats 49 passengers, and is available for individual tours, education programs, groups, and charters. See the web site for dates and ticket prices.

River Island Park is located on Bernon Street, just behind the Museum of Work and Culture. The park is the location of Riverfest (held in May), and features a canoe ramp, walking paths along the river, skating rink, and a bandstand for summer concerts.

Looking for a great Bed and Breakfast in Woonsocket? Maison Enchantee Bed and Breakfast is located at 521 Main Street. Pillsbury House can be found at 341 Prospect Street, and features private baths and a delicious breakfast each morning of your stay.

For great seafood and a casual atmosphere, make your way to Ye Olde English Fish & Chips at 25 South Main Street. Vintage offers New American cuisine with a creative twist at affordable prices. Vintage is located at 4 South Main Street, and reservations are accepted.

Other notable restaurants include Christophers Restaurant at 614 North Main Street, King Arthur's Restaurant at 179 Front Street, and Thai Garden at 280 Main Street. What is your favorite?

Main Street 2000 was a project to rejuvenate Woonsocket's Main Street, to return it to being the social and commercial center of the city. It was important to preserve the city's heritage during the process; historic sites were renovated and restored. Be sure to stroll downtown Woonsocket, and see the results for yourself. I think you will be pleased.

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