Lippitt Park Fountain Meeting


The recent reminders by the Providence Parks Department that the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park is unsafe and off-limits for people (whether to stand or play in the water or be on the structure itself) prompted a lot of conversation on SNA’s e-mail listserv (sign up for it here!).

To continue that conversation in a productive way, SNA has asked Parks Department Director Wendy Nilsson to meet with community members to share data, costs, and other information to foster discussion and help answer questions (and perhaps even come up with some solutions).


Tuesday, June 13th
Summit Commons (1st Floor Dining Area)
99 Hillside Avenue
Facebook event here:

All community members are invited to attend this one-hour discussion. Please come with questions and ideas. SNA will provide light refreshments. An RSVP to would be helpful to determine an approximate head count.

Annual Music Festival rocks Lippitt Park as Providence shows community spirit

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, from New Orleans, had the crowd rocking as the headliner of the music festival.

By Mathiew J. Medeiros

On a hot, sunny Saturday during Rhode Island summer your options for adventure are limitless, but close to 2,000 people chose to hit up the Summit Music Festival in Lippitt Memorial Park. Headlined by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band playing for the first time in recent memory in Rhode Island, the free event was not to be missed.

Hosted by the Summit Neighborhood Association along with Miriam Hospital and the City of Providence, this year’s festival on Aug. 15 benefited the Fresh For All Fund, which supports local farmers and increases access to fresh foods for all. During the day, members of the hospital staff circulated, seeking contributions.

Monica Anderson, of Miriam Hospital, puts a Fresh For All sticker on SNA President Dean Weinberg to symbolize the cooperation of the two organizations in support of healthful eating.

There are probably only a handful of cities that support free live music outdoors along with a beer and wine garden, glorious food and local arts vendors while bringing the entire community together. Clearly Providence is one of them.

The fun all started earlier in the day with the Hope Street Farmer’s Market in the same park. Folks stocked up on fresh food and then picked out a spot to watch and enjoy the music. As the market ended, Extraordinary Rendition Band started playing and marched from the fountain to the front of the stage bringing everyone to their feet to dance.


Music Festival to rock your socks off

The Dirty Dozen

This year’s Summit Music Festival is on track to rock your socks off.

Five acts new to the annual free event – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Garrin Benfield, And The Kids, Torn Shorts and Brother Henry – will join the returning Extraordinary Rendition Band from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in Lippitt Park at the intersection of Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard.

The music starts just after the weekly farmers market closes. There will also be a beer and wine garden for adults, numerous activities for children, craft vendors and information booths plus food trucks galore. This year will also feature a raw bar presented by Matunuck Oyster Bar.

Also new this year is the focus of the event, which is to raise awareness – and money – for the Fresh for All Fund, a program to support local farmers and increase access to healthy, fresh foods for under-served communities. Miriam Hospital is partnering with the Summit Neighborhood Association in promoting this effort, which is part of a nationwide initiative to foster cost-saving, socially beneficial innovations in public health and fresh food access. The fund helps low-income Rhode Islanders afford to choose high-quality fresh foods through a variety of incentives and helps empower residents both to eat well and to grow food for those in need by nurturing a culture of fresh food.


Community gardens plan needs help

The tot lot in winter. To be ready for summer, it needs supervisors.

To get community gardens in the “tot lot” park at Summit Avenue and Ninth Street, there must be a citizens’ supervisory board and SNA member Greg Gerritt has volunteered to undertake forming such a group.

Gerritt responded to SNA President Dean Weinberg’s report at the organization’s annual meeting May 20 on the progress of the plans for renovation of the park that include the building of a series of gardens that would be open for residents to cultivate vegetables. The city Parks Department requires local participation for the gardens.

The supervisory panel will set the rules for the governing of the gardens and coordinate the various efforts involved in building them, working closely with city park staff.

Residents interested in the gardens should contact Gerritt at his home email,, or the SNA listserv at

Fifth annual Summit Music Festival draws hundreds to rock out in Lippitt Park

Festival band highlight Red Baraat gets music lovers to their feet.

More than 800 people, plus six hot bands, played in the park Saturday, Aug. 23, at the fifth annual Summit Music Festival.

The personal project of Summit Neighborhood Association President Dean Weinberg, who put in countless hours to put it together, the free musical extravaganza held in Lippit Park also included a 40 foot-by-8 foot art wall, face painting and other activities for children, a beer and wine garden from Trinity Brewhouse for adults, plus a long string of craft vendors and a vast collection of food trucks and carts that supplemented the park’s playground, fountain, hummingbird habitat and expanses of green open space.

The weekly Hope Street Farmers’ Market in the morning contributed to the festive atmosphere, as many people stayed for the music that started at 1 p.m. and went until just after 6 p.m.

After a welcome to the crowd by master of ceremonies Weinberg, Dr. Jones and the Shiners, a Providence-based folk-rock band led by Kate Jones, opened the show.  The band represents a sort of folk supergroup for Providence, featuring members of The Sugar Honey Iced Tea, The Mighty Good Boys and Moga.  Bassist Ollie Williams is also a member of Smith&Weeden, which played later in the day.  Jones’ distinctive vocals, backed by the plucking of her ukulele, mixed well with the guitar playing of Benny Tilchin, who is her off-stage sweetheart.

Next was the first of two appearances by 16-year-old singer-songwriter Emeline Easton, who was a sensation at last year’s festival.  Easton worked through a few tunes, including originals and a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” The audience response to Easton last year all but demanded she be asked back this year, and she delivered two sets worthy of that praise.

Following her was another Providence band with promise, Smith&Weeden. Members Jesse Emmanuel Smith, Seamus Weeden, Ollie Williams and Dylan Sevey ripped through a set featuring tracks from their newly released, self-titled album.  They had the crowd on their feet with fists in the air as they performed their versions of gritty Americana bar rock.  This is a band with promise, and had the audience praising the set throughout the rest of the day.

As the stage was reconfigured, East Side piano teacher Johnny Lingo led a variety of duets with three of his students, including Summit resident Amelia Gold.

Then from Tampa, Fla., came the Selwyn Birchwood Band. Selwyn Birchwood is a young electric blues guitarist who has been sweeping up awards all over the world in the last two years. The quartet of seasoned bluesmen proceeded to rain a powerful and electric set over Lippitt Park.  They fit the gig into a tight schedule, playing the festival on their way to a show that night in Boston.

Easton did her second set and stayed on stage to help SNA members Weinberg, Sheila Perlow and Anneliese Greenier with drawing names for a raffle of prizes from local artists and craftspeople.

The top-billed attraction for the day, Red Baraat, a unique blend of Indian percussion, brass and funk from Brooklyn, then took the stage and immediately brought listeners to their feet.  And the crowd, nearly 1,000 strong by this point, remained on its feet for the 75-minute balance of the event.  Having last performed in Providence when they headlined the FirstWorks Festival two years ago, Red Baraat has only gotten tighter and more energetic.  They had the crowd bouncing and grooving until the end, and then some.


5th Annual Summit Music Festival

A friendly reminder that this Saturday will be the 5th Annual Summit Music Festival, held at Lippitt Park from 1-6pm.

This is a FREE event, presented by your Summit Neighborhood Association, along with the sponsors listed at the end of this email.

Aside from our world-class music line-up this year, we will be featuring a Beer & Wine Garden by Trinity Brewhouse, as well as various Food trucks and Craft Vendors.

We will also feature Kid’s Activities, including a 40-foot long, 8-foot tall Art Wall for a community collaboration (for kids and adults)!

The music this year is very exciting.  We were able to bring in Red Baraat and their unique blend of Indian percussion, brass, and funk.  From Brooklyn, NY, red Baraat has not played in Providence since being featured in the FirstWorks festival a few years ago.  Since then, they have traveled the world and honed their sound.  They are a musical force, and it should be a high-energy set.  They end the day, starting their set around 4:30pm.

Another highlight is the Selwyn Birchwood Band, playing just before Red Baraat.  Selwyn Birchwood is a young electric blues guitarist from Tampa, FL, and he has been sweeping up blues awards all over the world in the last two years.  His band plays Boston’s Regatta Bar the night of our festival, and we were able to convince him to stop in Lippitt Park for a set on his way through town.

Aside from our two national headliners, we also have some of Providence’s best locals on stage: Smith & Weeden and Dr. Jones & the Shiners.  Between sets we’ll have Johnny Lingo leading duets with his piano students, and back by popular demand, 16-year-old singer-songwriter Emeline Easton.

We hope to see you at Lippitt Park on Saturday, starting at 1pm sharp with Dr. Jones & the Shiners!

Lastly, a huge Thank You to the 2014 sponsors:

HealthSource RI
Empire Guitars
Seven Stars Bakery
Mortgage Network
Sandwich Hut
The Rhode Guide Real Estate Co.
Daniele Foods
Frog & Toad
The Camera Werks
Hope Street Merchants Assn.
Hope Street Farmers Market Assn.
and of course, The City of Providence

Fountain turned on in Lippitt Park

By the time of the farmers market in Lippitt Park Saturday, the fountain was full of kids despite the sign warning of the hazards and the threat of damage to the recycling/filtration system, which is not designed to handle human pollution.

The water in the Lippitt Park fountain began flowing again on Thursday evening, but by Friday morning had gone down somewhat. The city Parks Department employee in charge said there appear to still be some leaks. However, it does look beautiful “as long as people stay out,” he said. “People wreck it.”