Two concerts left in the “Trolley Shelter” series…

On Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Trolley Shelter (Blackstone Boulevard at Elmgrove)

August 25: Duke Ellington Tribute Band

September 15: Aurea and Chris Turner – violin, cellos, poems, harmonicas and more
Two Saturday concerts for children in September.

* Limited Seating Available
* Rain location: Ray Hall at Butler Hospital

Thanks to Butler Hospital for underwriting!

A good time in Lippitt Park on Sunday

The first annual Summit Music Festival was a success yesterday, as many neighbors came out to enjoy the day.  The Sunday Night Jammers had the early crowd dancing in the sun, The Gnomes picked it up a bit with their world-folk-fusion which also had the crowd dancing, and Providence folk heroes Brown Bird closed it out with a foot-stomping set of original tunes.

Summit’s own Divino the Magician also performed with his lovely assistant Sassy Sheila.  They dazzled the children and adults alike, even sharing some magic secrets with the audience.

There were ten local craft vendors in attendance, as well as Seven Stars, Friendship Cafe, and the Like No Udder truck, serving vegan ice cream.

The attendance at this concert shows us that we certainly should continue these events in the future.  Thank you for coming out to make it a success!

Have you signed up for the Summit Yard Sale yet?

This year the Summit Yard Sale will consist of many individual yard sales across the neighborhood.  Sign up now to be included!

The $10 registration fee gets you a yard sign and a spot on the yard sale map, which will be distributed to thousands of households in our neighborhood.  It will also go toward supporting this event in general, so please participate!

For more information, email .

2010 Summit Music Festival

Come on out for the 2010 Summit Music Festival, on Sunday August 15 from 1 – 5pm.

Featured local bands include Brown Bird, The Gnomes, and Sunday Night Jammers. There will also be a magician and lots of vendors featuring local crafts and other goods.

Come join your neighbors for a few hours of music in the park!  Great time for the family!

History Night II maps the past

Ray Watson, Greg Gerritt and David Kolsky find their bearings on an insurance map from the early 20th century.

Ray Watson, Greg Gerritt and David Kolsky find their bearings on an insurance map from the early 20th century. Sue Korté (left) provided the maps.

About 20 neighbors took part in our “Where the East Side Used to Be” History NIght on Tuesday, November 23 at Church of the Redeemer. This neighborhood history event was organized in partnership with the Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association to give everyone a chance to share their own stories about the past of our neighborhood. After looking at maps from the 1900s and 1950s, we made a short list of vanished stores, restaurants and schools. We agreed to continue exploring the past by seeking knowledge, photos and other records of the past from our neighbors with more events and projects in 2010.

We focused mainly on the area between North Main Street or the Moshassuck River on the west to Hope Street on the east and from Olney Street north to Pawtucket. About 20 people attended. The first joint History Night was held in September of 2008 and focused on the history of North Main Street, including the Providence Steamroller football team, (1928 National Football League champions!) which held games on the site of the present Shaw’s Plaza.

Maps and images

After introductions, we got up to inspect two sets of maps on display. One set of photocopies of Sanborn insurance maps from 1957, showed what the neighborhood looked like about the time it first reached full “build out” (all land developed) but before major projects like University Heights, Route 95 and Miriam Hospital expansion occurred. We also had a few images of buildings from the Historical Society collection and Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association.

Another collection of original, full-size color insurance maps, brought by Susan Korté, showed different sections of the neighborhood from sometime prior to 1920, perhaps as early as the 1890s. These maps showed some very interesting “used to be” sites:

  • · A reservoir on the site of Hope High (Hope Street High was across the street).
  • · The Metcalf Botanical Gardens at the site of Brown’s Alumni Stadium.
  • · Brown’s sports field taking up several blocks between Camp and Ivy Street.
  • · Open space north of Rochambeau between Summit and North Main.
  • · More undeveloped land from Top Street to Hope where Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Streets are today.
  • · Many more neighborhood schools, all named for streets: Montague Street, Doyle Avenue, Camp Street, Rochambeau Avenue and Summit Avenue.
  • · A surprising number of greenhouses.

Attendees were invited to share recollections of businesses, schools and neighborhood groups by adding Post-it notes to the maps. Here were some of the places we could remember: (more…)

SNA Event: Neighborhood Night on Hope St.

Please save the date… 

Thursday, March 19th


for our neighborhood night at


Nanda Interiors and luxe boutique


From 6-7:30 Nanda Head, from Nanda Interiors 

will be hosting

“Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating”. 


Come learn the insider tricks to decorating your home and

browse the store for new ideas. Refreshments will be served.

Her store is located 782 Hope Street.


At 7:30 move next door for dessert at
luxe boutique (accessories for her) to preview
the new lines for spring.
Jewelry, handbags, and more!

Please RSVP to



Take SNA’s 2009 Summit Issues Survey

What does your neighborhood need?  Help plan Summit Neighborhood Association’s activities for 2009 by taking SNA’s amazingly quick 2009 Community Issues Survey Click Here to take survey.

The top issues emerging from this survey will be discussed in detail at our 2009 Annual Meeting coming up on February 23 at 7pm at Summit Commons Nursing Home 99 Hillside Ave.

Busy fall meeting schedule for SNA

Please join Summit Neighborhood Association and our presenter, urban planner Jonathan Harris, as we investigate problems and potential at underused properties along the northern end of North Main Street. Jonathan has conducted a full study of property ownership and current uses and has interviewed major owners and stakeholders. We will discuss the potential and opportunities to engage the major owners in joint master planning for development of this area. Your views on what should be included will be welcome.
We meet Tuesday Oct. 7 at at the offices of Jewish Family Services, 959 North Main Street at 7 p.m. We will end in time for you to see the Presidential debate at 9 pm.


Candidates NIght – October 20, 7 p.m. – Summit Commons 

Ladies Night – November 13 7-9 p.m. J. Marcel, Hope St 

SNA Monthly Meetings All neighbors welcome. Meetings at 7.p.m. at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Avenue 

  • Monday, • October 27 
  • Monday, • November 17, guest: Public Works Dir. John Nicholson 
  • Monday, • December 15 

North Main Project Workshops 

  • Tuesday, • November 11 Residential North Main, Fantasy or Vision? 
  • Tuesday, • December 2 North Main and the End of Oil 

Yard Sale Held May 17

The Summit Neighborhood Association’s annual yard sale was held on May 17, the  rain date. The sun came out before the  9:00 start and with organaizer Connie Chesbrough’s experience and the hard work of many volunteers, another successful Summit Neighborhood Association yard sale was held. As usual, there was a mad rush as the gate was opened at the 9:00 post time. Offers were made and accepted, and many treasures were discovered and carted away.

This year’s yard sale profits will go to Save the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park.