Happy Fourth Of July! | Rhode Island Photographer

As many of you know, this blog is made possible through my photography business, Photography By Ella.  

With that in mind, here’s a special Fourth of July photo greeting to all of you and yours from me and mine! Happy Fourth of July! Thank you for reading RhodyBeaches.net!

~Danielle “Ella” Connall

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2012: Rhode Island State Beach Pass Rates

Rhode Island Beach Pass, East Beach, Photography By Ella, Rhode Island

Get Your Rhode Island Beach Pass!

It’s that time of year again! Time to get your Rhode Island State Beach Pass Sticker!

Passes are available on a daily and seasonal basis:

Weekday rate per vehicle:

Resident: $10.00
Non-Resident: $20.00
Resident Senior: $5.00
Non-Resident Senior: $10.00

Weekend/Holiday Rate per vehicle:

Resident: $14.00
Non-Resident: $28.00
Resident Senior: $7.00
Non-Resident Senior: $14.00

Season Rate per vehicle:

Resident: $60.00
Non-Resident: $120.00
Resident Senior: $30.00
Non-Resident Senior: $60.00

Please note:

  • Disabled visitors to state parks and beaches: No fee with proper identification
  • Resident and non-resident fees are based solely on vehicle registration
  • Vehicle must be present
  • Stickers are non-transferrable
  • No dogs allowed on state beaches during summer months

For more information, visit www.riparks.com or call 401 222-2632

Enjoy! =)

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Sand dunes at East Beach, Rhode Island

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Where to Enjoy Beach Yoga in Rhode Island 2012

Beach Yoga Rhode Island

Om Namah Shivaya

Om Shanti! While yoga was traditionally practiced outdoors, these days it is most common to find indoor studios. But here in Rhode Island, we are fortunate to have several studios offering seasonal outdoor yoga courses on the beach! Click the name of each studio for details.

☮ Namaste ☮

Natural Fitness
June 16 – September 3
Daily, 8:00am, lasts 65 minutes
Narragansett Beach, between lifeguard chairs 3 & 4. Park in the North Lot for duration of class.
Click here for info.

All That Matters
July & August Only
Wed, 8:00 – 9:15am
Fri, 6:00 – 7:15pm
Sat, Sundays, 8:45 – 10:00am
Click here for info about Beach Yoga with All That Matters
Also offering Full Moon Yoga July 12th, 2012 and August 31, 2012 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Click here to register for Full Moon Yoga with All That Matters
South Kingstown Town Beach, Matunuck Beach Rd. Parking free for students.

Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation
Beginning week of June 2nd
Saturdays, 8:30 – 9:30am
Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30pm (Rotunda Ballroom)
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30pm (Rotunda Ballroom)
Easton’s Beach, Newport
Yoga in Ballard Park Newport:
Tuesdays beginning June 26, 6:00-7:30pm
Click here for info about all Innerlight Beach Classes

Before attending, please contact studios to confirm classes, availability, location, and price. Click on the name of each studio for contact info.

If you know other places offering beach yoga in Rhode Island, please let me know!
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Where to See Fireworks in Rhode Island (Summer, 2012)

Nothing screams, shouts, and bangs summer like fireworks! Here is a schedule of 2012 fireworks in Rhode Island. Associated activities are also listed as applicable.

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Fireworks in Rhode Island

Sparks Will Fly…

Monday, July 2nd

  • Pawtucket Red Sox Post-Game Fireworks: (July 2, 3, & 7) 401-724-7300

Tuesday, July 3rd:

  • Block Island (New Shoreham): Crescent Beach: 9pm at Corn Neck Rd.
  • Bristol: Bristol Harbor – Independence Park Fireworks 9:30pm
  • Cumberland: Mendon Rd. across from Cumberland High School. Fireworks at 9pm July 3, parade July 4 at 11am
  • Narragansett: Fireworks 9pm. Visible from town beach/pier area and other areas of town. Co-sponsored by the Dunes Club.
  • North Providence: Governor Nottie Park. Rain Date July 6th 401-233-1445
  • Pawtucket: After PawSox game
  • Scituate: Hope Jackson Fire Station at Hope Park. 9:05pm. Free activities for children. 401-647-3366
  • Warwick: Oakland Beach Seawall – City Park viewing starting at Dusk. Rain Date July 4.
  • Woonsocket: (pending) Fireworks at 9:15pm, Rain Date July 5th.

Wednesday, July 4

  • North Kingstown: Town Beach, Beach Street 9:15pm
  • Providence: India Point Park. 9:15pm
  • Portsmouth: Escobar’s Farm. 133 Middle Rd. 9:30pm. Donations welcome.
  • Newport: 9pm, harbor
  • South Kingstown/Wakefield: Old Mountain Field 875 Kingstown Rd. 9:00pm 401-789-9301

Friday, July 5th:

  • Smithfield: Bryant University, 9pm

Saturday, July 7th:

  • Jamestown: Downtown, sundown. Viewable from entirety of East Ferry Beach.
    Pawtucket: Fireworks after PawSox game.

August 4th:

  • Little Compton: Veteran’s Field at Dark, dusk.

August 9th:

  • Warwick: “National Night Out: Oakland Beach Seawall, 9pm

September 2nd:

  • Pawtucket: After PawSox game.

Dates & Times Subject to Change. Please confirm with individual towns/organizers.

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The Show Goes On at Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, Rhode Island

On a typical evening by the sea, you might hear waves crashing loudly on the shore, or the dune grass rustling wildly in the wind. You might hear a distant foghorn or the rattling of rocks tumbling over one another as they are pushed and pulled in the water’s ebb and flow…

But what if you heard the stamping feet of exuberant actors captivating their audiences on an old wooden stage? Bellows of audience laughter echoing throughout a post-and-beam ceiling? Or a sax player hitting a high note from a mysterious little room under the stairs, like that troll you swear hid under your childhood bed despite the fact he never showed his face…

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Theatre By The Sea!

Theatre By the Sea in Charlestown, Rhode IslandThis stunning historical venue is located in Matunuck, Rhode Island right by the beaches. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Theatre by the Sea was originally a summer camp for girls in the 1920′s. When the depression hit, the owner converted the barn into a 300-seat theater in an effort to create jobs. Thus, Theatre By The Sea was founded in 1933. Over the decades, it has featured incredible talent, including stars Judy Holliday, Groucho Marx and Marlon Brando. While the theater has changed hands several times over its long history, the current owner since 2007, savvy performance venue entrepreneur Bill Hanney, has made a significant commitment to continuing this important piece of Rhode Island history.

I was recently invited to a private preview performance of one of Theatre By The Sea’s incredible summer acts, courtesy of local print house Meridian Printing*. As a top supporting donor to Theatre By The Sea, Meridian hosts a preview night every year. This year it was the very funny and touching 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. I am no theater buff but suffice to say that if the deafening audience laughter and cheers are any indication, you must see this incredibly talented cast and script in action.

Theatre By The Sea Charlestown, Rhode Island

The hilarious and incredibly talented "Spelling Bee" cast

“This is better than some shows I’ve seen on Broadway,” said one awe-struck patron in the row behind me. It’s true. Theatre By The Sea’s production staff and cast come with extensive backgrounds in creating award-winning national productions.

Theatre By The Sea in Charlestown, Rhode Island

If the performance itself weren’t enough, this gem of a property is truly a treasure to behold. From the dazzling landscaped grounds to the quaint little box office window, it’s an experience in and of itself just to sit on the patio at sunset, sip a cold beverage from the gazebo bar, and enjoy time with friends and family.

How to Get There:

Theatre By The Sea
364 Cards Pond Road
Matunuck, RI 02879
(401) 782-8587

Take Route 1 to Matunuck Beach Rd (NOT East Matunuck Beach exit). Follow to Cards Pond Rd. then take a right. Theatre By The Sea is 1/2 mile down on the left. Parking is free.

2011 Summer Line-Up:

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (June 3 – June 19)
  • Man of La Mancha (June 24 – July 16)
  • Hairspray (July 22 – August 14)
  • The Drowsy Chaperone (August 19 – September 4)
  • and several children’s festival performances

Pre- and Post- Show Food & Entertainment:

  • Bistro By The Sea: This beautiful restaurant is attached to the Theatre By The Sea and is open on performance nights both before and after the show (check out the post-show cabaret!)
  • Matunuck Oyster Bar: Located just a 10-minute drive from the theater, this local favorite receives raves for its “farm to table” seafood and shellfish.
  • The Ocean Mist:Another local icon, the Ocean Mist is a casual ocean-front pub offering a wide selection of beers, standard pub faire, and live entertainment.

Nearby Beaches:

  • Matunuck Beach
  • East Matunuck Beach
  • South Kingstown Town Beach
  • Moonstone Beach 

All tickets on sale now!

Visit www.theatrebythesea.com or call (401) 782-TKTS

Enjoy the Show!


Theatre By The Sea

*Meridian Printing is a full-service printing company located in East Greenwich, RI.  Specializing in art prints, special edition books, annual reports, corporate brochures and more, Meridian is one of the highest quality print houses in New England, if not the nation. http://www.meridianprinting.com While I have done business with Meridian, I have no direct affiliation.

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A Guide to East Beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island

What makes for a favorite Rhode Island beach? Is it miles of rock-free sand or miles of ample parking? Is it the hottest snack shack french fries or the hottest bikinis? The biggest waves or the biggest sandcastles?

For me, it’s miles of sandy beaches and protected conservation area dotted with sea stars and the occasional sand dollar. Swim among the wild waves of the open ocean or float serenely in the calm bay. It’s piping plovers and wild turkeys (yes, wild turkeys!) playing in the miles of sandy dunes and lush vegetation. To date, my favorite Rhode Island beach is East Beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

East Beach, Rhode Island

The Ideal Rhody Beach?

How to Get There: Located in Ninigret Conservation Area off East Beach Rd. Charlestown Rhode Island 02813. Take Rte. 1 to East Beach Rd. Follow to end. State parking lot is at very end of dirt road. Caution: there may be severe potholes on dirt road!

Parking: State Beach Parking Fees Apply. During the busy summer season, parking spaces are very limited for this popular destination. Arrive early (before 9am) or late (after 3pm) to get a spot.

Bathing & swimming areas: Choose from the large sandy shore along the ocean or the narrow sand path along Ninigret salt pond.

Ninigret Salt Pond

The Quiet Side

Safety: Riptides are common along the ocean side. Abide by daily warnings and swim with caution.

Restrooms:4 Clivus Mostrum Composting Toilets (environmentally friendly!)

Camping: Sites for self-contained units only. No pets allowed. Two primitive areas with access by a sand trail requiring four-wheel drive and CRMC permit.

4WD Access: Permits available. Call for details

Food: Snack shack located in private parking area south of main parking lot. In addition, The Hitching Post is a road-side clam shack located a 5 minute drive from East Beach, off rte. 1 just north of East Beach Rd.

Pets: Not allowed any time April 30 – Sept. 1.

Contact: East Beach (seasonal) – (401) 322-0450

Clivus Mostrum Composting Toilets

Clivus Mostrum Composting Toilets

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Get Your Rhode Island State Beach Parking Sticker Before Fees Increase

**Updated 5/31/11**

Rhode Island is increasing state beach parking fees on July 1st, 2011. To avoid new fees, consider buying your pass now before the new fees go into effect. Fees are for parking only. There are no fees to walk onto a Rhode Island State Beach.

Current Parking Fees:

Resident Season Pass: $30.00
Non-Resident Season Pass: $60.00

Resident Day Pass (weekday): $6.00
Non-Resident Day Pass (weekday): $12.00

Resident Day Pass (weekend): $7.00
Non-Resident Day Pass (weekend): $14.00

New proposed fees:

Resident Season Pass: $60.00
Non-Resident Season Pass: $120.00

Resident Day Pass (weekday): $10.00
Non-Resident Day Pass (weekday): $20.00

Resident Day Pass (weekend): $14.00
Non-Resident Day Pass (weekend): $28.00

To save yourself $30.00 or more on a season pass this year, buy now!

Purchasing Info

Where to buy:

● DEM Parks & Recreation Headquarters, 2321 Hartford Pike, Johnston, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sales at Johnston Headquarters are limited to RI Resident season passes only. UPDATE 5/31/11: The DEM Park & Rereation office has announced that they are SOLD OUT of passes. Please purchase your pass at local beaches.

● Scarborough North, Roger Wheeler, and Misquamicut State Beaches, Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

● All Rhode Island state beach facilities daily beginning Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Payment at the Johnston Parks and Recreation Headquarters is limited to cash or check. Credit cards and other forms of payment, including cash and checks, are accepted at the state beach facilities.

For questions about the beach passes, call DEM’s Parks Headquarters at (401) 222-2632.


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