Upcoming Events

Thanks to new capacity guidelines from the state of Rhode Island, Bay Spring Community Center is now scheduling live events for summer 2021!

As always, 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.

Jun
23
Wed
2021
Backyard Sessions at Bay Spring: June 2021 @ Bay Spring Community Center
Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us in the backyard at Bay Spring for our free outdoor summer concert series!

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy live music by local musicians. Families welcome!

Our June event features Sometimes Celtic and Gypsy Caravan.

Jun
27
Sun
2021
Bluegrass Slow Jam for Beginners @ Bay Spring Community Center
Jun 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to try playing bluegrass music? Join these slow jams led by the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance and have fun learning the basics!

Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness, appreciation, and education about bluegrass music, producing and sponsoring many events including weekly bluegrass concerts, the Children’s Academy at Grey Fox, Podunk and Rhythm and Roots music festivals, the RI Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and the annual RIBA “Pick-nic.” The monthly “Slow-Jam” has been an opportunity for beginners to play music in a comfortable environment with a moderator present to provide guidance in topics such as chord progression, taking an instrumental break, and jam etiquette. The jams are 2-3 hours, and the moderator is paid by a pass of the hat.

RIBA Slow Jams at Bay Spring are Sundays 3:00-5:00pm on June 27, July 18, August 15, September 19*, October 17, and November 21. Come on by and join in!

The location of the September 19 Slow Jam has been changed to the Ocean State RIBA Bluegrass Festival & Pic-nic to be held at Frerichs Farm in Warren, RI.   RIBA Festival Info 

Jul
18
Sun
2021
Bluegrass Slow Jam for Beginners @ Bay Spring Community Center
Jul 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to try playing bluegrass music? Join these slow jams led by the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance and have fun learning the basics!

Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness, appreciation, and education about bluegrass music, producing and sponsoring many events including weekly bluegrass concerts, the Children’s Academy at Grey Fox, Podunk and Rhythm and Roots music festivals, the RI Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and the annual RIBA “Pick-nic.” The monthly “Slow-Jam” has been an opportunity for beginners to play music in a comfortable environment with a moderator present to provide guidance in topics such as chord progression, taking an instrumental break, and jam etiquette. The jams are 2-3 hours, and the moderator is paid by a pass of the hat.

RIBA Slow Jams at Bay Spring are Sundays 3:00-5:00pm on June 27, July 18, August 15, September 19*, October 17, and November 21. Come on by and join in!

The location of the September 19 Slow Jam has been changed to the Ocean State RIBA Bluegrass Festival & Pic-nic to be held at Frerichs Farm in Warren, RI.   RIBA Festival Info 

Jul
21
Wed
2021
Backyard Sessions at Bay Spring: July 2021 @ Bay Spring Community Center
Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jul
22
Thu
2021
RIIA Shorts 2021 @ Bay Spring Community Center
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Outdoor Movies at Bay Spring!
RIIA Shorts 2021
Thursday July 22 at 7:30 pm

RIIA Shorts is a series of outdoor film screenings around the state of Rhode Island from July to October, featuring RI-based animators who work in the short film format, curated by Brian C O’Malley.

Rhode Island Independent Animators is a collective of filmmakers who live in Rhode Island and produce short animated films on very small budgets. In February 2020, RIIA Shorts had its first screening at the Jamestown Arts Center to a packed house – then the pandemic hit.

RIIA Shorts is coming back to the public in summer 2021 with these nine magical films:

  • pendulum
  • the floating hope of the winged elephantine
  • anonymous
  • whole
  • when planets mate
  • guest
  • unsheltered
  • the ecstatics
  • negative space

Join us for a free screening of all nine films at Bay Spring Community Center on July 22!

For more information about the filmmakers and a preview trailer, go to RIIA Shorts 2021.

Aug
2
Mon
2021
Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Monthly Virtual Songwriting Workshop 8/2/2021 @ Bay Spring Community Center Zoom Room
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All Virtual Venue

Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Monthly VIRTUAL Songwriting Workshops

@ Bay Spring Community Center’s Zoom Room

RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler, continues his popular BSCC songwriting series, online. In this workshop, held on the first Monday of every month, 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.

The workshops will be held using Zoom conferencing. You can participate from the comfort of your own home.  Just email me at johnparkerwood@outlook.com to let me know you’re interested in attending and I’ll send you the Zoom connection information.  (Please include the words “Songwriting Workshop” in the subject of your email.)

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The Details!!

Date: Monday, August 8, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm (Zoom meeting will open at 6:45.)
Location: The Bay Spring Community Center’s Virtual Zoom Room
Cost: You can choose how much you would like to donate.

Make contributions directly to Mark via PayPal or Venmo:

PayPal: paypal.me/MCutler910

Venmo: @Mark-Cutler-8

(Kids under 12 are always free!)

 

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.

Aug
15
Sun
2021
Bluegrass Slow Jam for Beginners @ Bay Spring Community Center
Aug 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to try playing bluegrass music? Join these slow jams led by the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance and have fun learning the basics!

Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness, appreciation, and education about bluegrass music, producing and sponsoring many events including weekly bluegrass concerts, the Children’s Academy at Grey Fox, Podunk and Rhythm and Roots music festivals, the RI Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and the annual RIBA “Pick-nic.” The monthly “Slow-Jam” has been an opportunity for beginners to play music in a comfortable environment with a moderator present to provide guidance in topics such as chord progression, taking an instrumental break, and jam etiquette. The jams are 2-3 hours, and the moderator is paid by a pass of the hat.

RIBA Slow Jams at Bay Spring are Sundays 3:00-5:00pm on June 27, July 18, August 15, September 19*, October 17, and November 21. Come on by and join in!

The location of the September 19 Slow Jam has been changed to the Ocean State RIBA Bluegrass Festival & Pic-nic to be held at Frerichs Farm in Warren, RI.   RIBA Festival Info 

Aug
25
Wed
2021
Backyard Sessions at Bay Spring: August 2021 @ Bay Spring Community Center
Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Join us in the backyard at Bay Spring for our free outdoor summer concert series!

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy live music by local musicians. Families welcome!

Our August event features Sometimes Celtic and the Emmett Van Leer Quintet.

Sep
11
Sat
2021
Artist in Residence Professor Gizmo’s Mini Airplane Launchers & Paper Tube Rockets @ Bay Spring Community Center
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Professor Gizmo is back at Bay Spring Community Center on Sat Sept 11 with a new outdoor workshop for ages 6 & up!

Explore the magic of flight by making your own airplane launchers and paper tube rockets.

Build a Mini Airplane Launcher and try for high scores with our targets! Launch Paper Tube Rockets 100 feet or higher!

This program is COVID safe, following all town protocols, including distancing and individually distributed kits.

Register today at ProfessorGizmosWorkshop.com or contact Gary at 401-263-7632 or ProfessorGizmo@gmail.com. Cost is $35 per participant, which includes all materials.

Send your rockets to infinity and beyond!

Sep
13
Mon
2021
Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Monthly Virtual Songwriting Workshop 9/13/2021 @ Bay Spring Community Center Zoom Room
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All Virtual Venue

Artist-in-Residence: Mark Cutler’s Monthly VIRTUAL Songwriting Workshops

@ Bay Spring Community Center’s Zoom Room

RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Cutler, continues his popular BSCC songwriting series, online. In this 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.

The workshops will be held using Zoom conferencing. You can participate from the comfort of your own home.  Just email me at johnparkerwood@outlook.com to let me know you’re interested in attending and I’ll send you the Zoom connection information.  (Please include the words “Songwriting Workshop” in the subject of your email.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Details!!

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm (Zoom meeting will open at 6:45.)
Location: The Bay Spring Community Center’s Virtual Zoom Room
Cost: You can choose how much you would like to donate.

Make contributions directly to Mark via PayPal or Venmo:

PayPal: paypal.me/MCutler910

Venmo: @Mark-Cutler-8

(Kids under 12 are always free!)

 

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.