Earth Day Birthday Party on April 27 kicks off Save The Bay’s 50th anniversary celebration

Family-friendly Earth Day Birthday Party on April 27 kicks off Save The Bay’s 50th anniversary celebration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – March 18, 2019 – On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Save The Bay kicks off its celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary with a free, community-wide Earth Day Birthday Party at Easton’s Beach in Newport, R.I.

The family-friendly event starts with a beach cleanup from 10 a.m. – noon, followed by an afternoon of games, activities, live music, performances, and more, in and around the Easton’s Beach rotunda complex. Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium and the Carousel at Easton’s Beach will be open and free to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. The Earth Day Birthday Party will also feature all entries and announcement of winners of Save The Bay’s Old School Art Contest, which invites children in kindergarten through high school to submit artwork capturing the theme “My Bay,” with markers, crayons, pencils or paint.

At its founding in 1970, Save The Bay was an offshoot of an internationally-recognized victory by a group of citizens who defeated the construction of an oil refinery in Tiverton. At the time, “bookies were making bets that the little group wouldn’t last longer than six months,” according to an article in Save The Bay’s December 1979 Sentinel. Since then, Save The Bay and its supporters have been at the vanguard of a half-century of improvements to Narragansett Bay. Since its beginnings, the organization’s vision has been a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay accessible to all.

Save The Bay officially turns 50 on October 15, 2020, and will honor and acknowledge its founders, members, supporters, and victories throughout the next 18 months. “Save The Bay owes all of its success over the past five decades to the remarkable Narragansett Bay community. We’re looking forward to celebrating the milestone with all of those who have supported and celebrated the improvement and protection of the Bay all these years,” said Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone.

The Earth Day Birthday Party’s growing list of performers and activities includes: face painting, puppets, science and educational experiments, outdoor obstacle course, relay races, Newport County and Cranston YMCA activities, kayaks, Irish dancers, Zumba, karate demonstrations. Guests can enjoy celebratory cupcakes and donuts from Sarcastic Sweets and Knead Doughnuts and birthday beverages by Granny Squibb Company. Other food fare will be available for purchase at the Easton’s Beach Snack Bar and Fancheezical food truck.

The Earth Day Birthday Party is made possible by the generous support of Save The Bay’s 50th Anniversary sponsors: Navigant Credit Union, the Sage Family Foundation, and REI, as well as Earth Day Birthday sponsors are Corvias, Newport Tent and City of Newport. More details and information regarding the Earth Day Birthday Party and Save The Bay’s 50th Anniversary celebrations is available on Save The Bay’s Anniversary web page.

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About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay works to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed through advocacy, education, and restoration efforts. It envisions a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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