What’s Happening

An important message from the Friends of the Bay Spring Community Center:

Due to the coronavirus, and an abundance of caution, the Bay Spring Community Center is suspending all scheduled programming, until at least April 12th.

Please stay informed about the status of specific programs by referring to the list below, or check our Facebook page.

Our top priority is the health and safety of community members. For reliable, up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the websites of the RI Department of Health and the CDC.

Thank you and stay healthy,
The Friends of the Bay Spring Community Center

 

Feb
22
Sat
2020
The Confetti Kids Community Fundraiser – A Barrington Celebration @ Bay Spring Community Center
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come help The Confetti Kids, a  student-led community service project, raise awareness and funds for The Confetti Foundation.  The goal of the fundraiser is to use arts, crafts and music to raise $600 which will provide birthday parties for children who are receiving medical treatment at participating children’s hospitals, including Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The Confetti Foundation also provides birthday parties for children in pediatric oncology clinics, and hospice facilities throughout the country.

Admission is free with a donation of 1 party supply. Ideas are: child themed napkins and plates, crayons and coloring books, wooden forks and spoons, jars of glitter, or sticker sheets.

Feb
24
Mon
2020
Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Songwriting Workshops @ Bay Spring Community Center
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler continues his popular songwriting series at at the Center.  In this weekly workshop, Mark will walk you through the creative magic of writing songs.  Everyone is welcome to be part of the collaborative process.  You’ll be amazed at the music that is written and often recorded during these sessions.

Mark will run the songwriting workshops in the spirit of his successful, “The Same Thing Project” – a creative experience for people from all walks of life.

In Mark’s words…

“We provide a place where you don’t have to be skilled at a musical instrument in order to be musical. The goal is to have a place where someone can be part of a creative community that is open, non-judgmental and encouraging.

It’s our belief that the world is a better place when people can express themselves in an imaginative way.  A society is measured by how much it nurtures its arts and culture. People appreciate the arts more when they themselves take part in creating it (whatever that might be).  People are never too old or young to learn something new or to write a song. You can see that spark of inspiration go on in young kids, retired newspaper writers and the father and son who take lessons so that they can play guitars together. People who take part, know the feeling of being in the midst of the creative process. We want others in the community to experience it.”

About the artist…

Mark Cutler, director of The Same Thing Project, is a singer/songwriter who resides in the state of Rhode Island. Rockers, cowpokes and punks have covered his songs. In the days before corporate playlists, Mark’s meticulously crafted, heartfelt rock, pop and alt-country songs gained heavy rotation throughout the Northeast. Mark was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mark continues to add unique entries to the great American songbook and leads a variety of roots-rock bands, combines powerful lyrics with memorable melodies and driving rhythm and  is working on his next release. He also conducts various songwriting workshops with folks from all walks of life, from the banker to the bricklayer to the musician who is looking for another set of ears.  He also holds songwriting workshops and collaborates with people who have various developmental challenges.  Mark has performed for dozens of charities over the decades. He and his band mates have helped raise money for the homeless, the hungry, the sick and for folks who just need a hand.

Mar
2
Mon
2020
Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Songwriting Workshops @ Bay Spring Community Center
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler continues his popular songwriting series at at the Center.  In this weekly workshop, Mark will walk you through the creative magic of writing songs.  Everyone is welcome to be part of the collaborative process.  You’ll be amazed at the music that is written and often recorded during these sessions.

Mark will run the songwriting workshops in the spirit of his successful, “The Same Thing Project” – a creative experience for people from all walks of life.

In Mark’s words…

“We provide a place where you don’t have to be skilled at a musical instrument in order to be musical. The goal is to have a place where someone can be part of a creative community that is open, non-judgmental and encouraging.

It’s our belief that the world is a better place when people can express themselves in an imaginative way.  A society is measured by how much it nurtures its arts and culture. People appreciate the arts more when they themselves take part in creating it (whatever that might be).  People are never too old or young to learn something new or to write a song. You can see that spark of inspiration go on in young kids, retired newspaper writers and the father and son who take lessons so that they can play guitars together. People who take part, know the feeling of being in the midst of the creative process. We want others in the community to experience it.”

About the artist…

Mark Cutler, director of The Same Thing Project, is a singer/songwriter who resides in the state of Rhode Island. Rockers, cowpokes and punks have covered his songs. In the days before corporate playlists, Mark’s meticulously crafted, heartfelt rock, pop and alt-country songs gained heavy rotation throughout the Northeast. Mark was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mark continues to add unique entries to the great American songbook and leads a variety of roots-rock bands, combines powerful lyrics with memorable melodies and driving rhythm and  is working on his next release. He also conducts various songwriting workshops with folks from all walks of life, from the banker to the bricklayer to the musician who is looking for another set of ears.  He also holds songwriting workshops and collaborates with people who have various developmental challenges.  Mark has performed for dozens of charities over the decades. He and his band mates have helped raise money for the homeless, the hungry, the sick and for folks who just need a hand.

Mar
9
Mon
2020
Artist-in-Residence – Professor Gizmo’s Workshop – Candy Dispenser Workshop! @ Bay Spring Community Center
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Build an all wood (except for the glass candy holder) candy dispenser that serves your favorite small treats!! Then decorate it to make it unique! Candy will be provided.

Monday, March 9th
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 6 & up

$45 (Suggested Donation)

Don’t’ forget to pack a peanut-free lunch!

Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Songwriting Workshops @ Bay Spring Community Center
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler continues his popular songwriting series at at the Center.  In this weekly workshop, Mark will walk you through the creative magic of writing songs.  Everyone is welcome to be part of the collaborative process.  You’ll be amazed at the music that is written and often recorded during these sessions.

Mark will run the songwriting workshops in the spirit of his successful, “The Same Thing Project” – a creative experience for people from all walks of life.

In Mark’s words…

“We provide a place where you don’t have to be skilled at a musical instrument in order to be musical. The goal is to have a place where someone can be part of a creative community that is open, non-judgmental and encouraging.

It’s our belief that the world is a better place when people can express themselves in an imaginative way.  A society is measured by how much it nurtures its arts and culture. People appreciate the arts more when they themselves take part in creating it (whatever that might be).  People are never too old or young to learn something new or to write a song. You can see that spark of inspiration go on in young kids, retired newspaper writers and the father and son who take lessons so that they can play guitars together. People who take part, know the feeling of being in the midst of the creative process. We want others in the community to experience it.”

About the artist…

Mark Cutler, director of The Same Thing Project, is a singer/songwriter who resides in the state of Rhode Island. Rockers, cowpokes and punks have covered his songs. In the days before corporate playlists, Mark’s meticulously crafted, heartfelt rock, pop and alt-country songs gained heavy rotation throughout the Northeast. Mark was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mark continues to add unique entries to the great American songbook and leads a variety of roots-rock bands, combines powerful lyrics with memorable melodies and driving rhythm and  is working on his next release. He also conducts various songwriting workshops with folks from all walks of life, from the banker to the bricklayer to the musician who is looking for another set of ears.  He also holds songwriting workshops and collaborates with people who have various developmental challenges.  Mark has performed for dozens of charities over the decades. He and his band mates have helped raise money for the homeless, the hungry, the sick and for folks who just need a hand.

Mar
14
Sat
2020
CONCERT POSTPONED – BSCC Mark Cutler: A-i-R Concert Featuring the Paula Clare Band with Biscuit City @ Bay Spring Community Center
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CONCERT UPDATE: 

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone this Saturday’s Artist-in-Residence Concert featuring Biscuit City and the Paula Clare Band, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. Our top priority at the BSCC is the health and safety of community members who participate in Center events. The concert will be rescheduled to a later date, yet to be determined. All tickets that were purchased, in advance, for Saturday’s show will be honored on the rescheduled date. Should you prefer a refund, please request it in an email to BaySpringCommunity@GMail.com and one will be provided, in-full.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bayspringcommunitycenter/) and our website for further information regarding the rescheduled date. You can also join our mailing list (on just about any page of our website) and we’ll keep you up to date “automagically”.

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For his March 14th Artist-in-Residence Concert, Mark brings the Paula Clare Band to the BSCC stage. Known for its Chicago-style blues, their music also contains generous elements of jump-blues, Texas shuffles, R&B, funk, soul-jazz, and even a taste of New Orleans. In addition to Paula on vocals, the band features Mike Tanaka on guitar; John Debossu on bass; and Bro Dunn on drums. You’ll hear influences from Etta James, Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, as well as Professor Longhair, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, and more. Paula’s career bridges many different artistic worlds. She began as an actress on stage, radio, television and film, first in Chicago (Second City) and later, in Los Angeles. She’s appeared in features, made-for-TV movies and episodic television as well as countless ads and commercials. These days, she not only fronts the Paula Clare Band, but she also sings and plays keyboards with the honky-tonk and roots rock band, Biscuit City.

There is a $10 (suggested donation) for tickets.

Rescheduled Date:  To be determined
Time: 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: Bay Spring Community Center
Cost: $10 (Children under 12 are free)

Mar
16
Mon
2020
CANCELLED – Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Songwriting Workshops @ Bay Spring Community Center
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler continues his popular songwriting series at at the Center.  In this weekly workshop, Mark will walk you through the creative magic of writing songs.  Everyone is welcome to be part of the collaborative process.  You’ll be amazed at the music that is written and often recorded during these sessions.

Mark will run the songwriting workshops in the spirit of his successful, “The Same Thing Project” – a creative experience for people from all walks of life.

In Mark’s words…

“We provide a place where you don’t have to be skilled at a musical instrument in order to be musical. The goal is to have a place where someone can be part of a creative community that is open, non-judgmental and encouraging.

It’s our belief that the world is a better place when people can express themselves in an imaginative way.  A society is measured by how much it nurtures its arts and culture. People appreciate the arts more when they themselves take part in creating it (whatever that might be).  People are never too old or young to learn something new or to write a song. You can see that spark of inspiration go on in young kids, retired newspaper writers and the father and son who take lessons so that they can play guitars together. People who take part, know the feeling of being in the midst of the creative process. We want others in the community to experience it.”

About the artist…

Mark Cutler, director of The Same Thing Project, is a singer/songwriter who resides in the state of Rhode Island. Rockers, cowpokes and punks have covered his songs. In the days before corporate playlists, Mark’s meticulously crafted, heartfelt rock, pop and alt-country songs gained heavy rotation throughout the Northeast. Mark was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mark continues to add unique entries to the great American songbook and leads a variety of roots-rock bands, combines powerful lyrics with memorable melodies and driving rhythm and  is working on his next release. He also conducts various songwriting workshops with folks from all walks of life, from the banker to the bricklayer to the musician who is looking for another set of ears.  He also holds songwriting workshops and collaborates with people who have various developmental challenges.  Mark has performed for dozens of charities over the decades. He and his band mates have helped raise money for the homeless, the hungry, the sick and for folks who just need a hand.

Mar
20
Fri
2020
POSTPONED – Mixed Media Feminist Showcase @ Bay Spring Community Center
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

UPDATE:  EVENT POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBD

This event, produced by the Barrington High School Gender Equality Club, is designed to raise money for the UN organization GirlUp, which focuses on providing education to girls around the world, particularly refugees. The event will entail several forms of mixed media including musical and spoken word performances, and art work.

Mar
23
Mon
2020
CANCELLED TONIGHT – Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Songwriting Workshops @ TBD
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

UPDATE ~ We’re looking at creative, alternative ways to keep this amazing workshop going. Hopefully, we’ll be ready with an online version of Mark’s Songwriting Workshop, by next Monday (March 30).

Stay tuned for more information!!

 

RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler continues his popular songwriting series at at the Center.  In this weekly workshop, Mark will walk you through the creative magic of writing songs.  Everyone is welcome to be part of the collaborative process.  You’ll be amazed at the music that is written and often recorded during these sessions.

Mark will run the songwriting workshops in the spirit of his successful, “The Same Thing Project” – a creative experience for people from all walks of life.

In Mark’s words…

“We provide a place where you don’t have to be skilled at a musical instrument in order to be musical. The goal is to have a place where someone can be part of a creative community that is open, non-judgmental and encouraging.

It’s our belief that the world is a better place when people can express themselves in an imaginative way.  A society is measured by how much it nurtures its arts and culture. People appreciate the arts more when they themselves take part in creating it (whatever that might be).  People are never too old or young to learn something new or to write a song. You can see that spark of inspiration go on in young kids, retired newspaper writers and the father and son who take lessons so that they can play guitars together. People who take part, know the feeling of being in the midst of the creative process. We want others in the community to experience it.”

About the artist…

Mark Cutler, director of The Same Thing Project, is a singer/songwriter who resides in the state of Rhode Island. Rockers, cowpokes and punks have covered his songs. In the days before corporate playlists, Mark’s meticulously crafted, heartfelt rock, pop and alt-country songs gained heavy rotation throughout the Northeast. Mark was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mark continues to add unique entries to the great American songbook and leads a variety of roots-rock bands, combines powerful lyrics with memorable melodies and driving rhythm and  is working on his next release. He also conducts various songwriting workshops with folks from all walks of life, from the banker to the bricklayer to the musician who is looking for another set of ears.  He also holds songwriting workshops and collaborates with people who have various developmental challenges.  Mark has performed for dozens of charities over the decades. He and his band mates have helped raise money for the homeless, the hungry, the sick and for folks who just need a hand.

 

Mar
30
Mon
2020
NEW ONLINE VENUE ~ Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Songwriting Workshops the new Bay Spring Community Center Zoom Room @ The BSCC Zoom Room
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

UPDATE

We’re happy to announce that Mark’s Songwriting Workshops will continue

(starting Monday, March 30th)

as

VIRTUAL, ONLINE EVENTS!!

The workshops will be held using Zoom conferencing.  You can participate from the comfort of your own home.

To register for the March 30th session, go to:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=iphtraxab&oeidk=a07egzx4ezi9f47f23c

 

RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler continues his popular BSCC songwriting series, online.  In this weekly workshop, Mark will walk you through the creative magic of writing songs.  Everyone is welcome to be part of the collaborative process.  You’ll be amazed at the music that is written and often recorded during these sessions.

Mark will run the songwriting workshops in the spirit of his successful, “The Same Thing Project” – a creative experience for people from all walks of life.

In Mark’s words…

“We provide a place where you don’t have to be skilled at a musical instrument in order to be musical. The goal is to have a place where someone can be part of a creative community that is open, non-judgmental and encouraging.

It’s our belief that the world is a better place when people can express themselves in an imaginative way.  A society is measured by how much it nurtures its arts and culture. People appreciate the arts more when they themselves take part in creating it (whatever that might be).  People are never too old or young to learn something new or to write a song. You can see that spark of inspiration go on in young kids, retired newspaper writers and the father and son who take lessons so that they can play guitars together. People who take part, know the feeling of being in the midst of the creative process. We want others in the community to experience it.”

About the artist…

Mark Cutler, director of The Same Thing Project, is a singer/songwriter who resides in the state of Rhode Island. Rockers, cowpokes and punks have covered his songs. In the days before corporate playlists, Mark’s meticulously crafted, heartfelt rock, pop and alt-country songs gained heavy rotation throughout the Northeast. Mark was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mark continues to add unique entries to the great American songbook and leads a variety of roots-rock bands, combines powerful lyrics with memorable melodies and driving rhythm and  is working on his next release. He also conducts various songwriting workshops with folks from all walks of life, from the banker to the bricklayer to the musician who is looking for another set of ears.  He also holds songwriting workshops and collaborates with people who have various developmental challenges.  Mark has performed for dozens of charities over the decades. He and his band mates have helped raise money for the homeless, the hungry, the sick and for folks who just need a hand.