PROVIDENCE - People from around the state gathered in the halls of the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday, May 7, for the 21st annual “Celebrate South County Day.”
This event, organized by the South County Tourism Council, helps kick off National Tourism Week that happens every year and raises awareness of how important the travel and tourism industries are for the state’s economy.
The council represents 11 communities of South County including Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Richmond and Westerly.
“We invite all our partners in to celebrate South County and the tourism industry,” said Myrna George, president and CEO of the South County Tourism Council.
Local vendors offered a “Taste of South County” with various summer treats and exhibits including Indian Pudding from Aunt Carrie’s, Johnny Cakes from Kenyon’s Grist Mill, donuts from Allie’s Donuts, Del’s Lemonade, oysters from Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar, chowder from Yawgoo Bakes and a variety of other local summer treats.
Other exhibits were set up throughout the state house including Sons of Liberty Spirits Co., Babcock Smith House Museum, South County chambers of commerce and various other tourism regions.
“Nothing beats South County in the summer,” said one of the event attendees.
Vendors were just as excited as those attending the event.
“We want people to know about us,” said Sharon Wright from the Babcock Smith House Museum. “We want to bring the past alive and expose people to the history of the area.”
The house and Senate also recognized Daniel Hostettler, president and managing director of the Ocean House in Watch Hill, during a special presentation for the outstanding leadership of the five-star hotel.
“People who come here say ‘we can’t wait to tell people about this,” said Gov. Lincoln Chafee. “It’s with great pride to say as a Rhode Islander, good job.”
“They are being recognized by the house and the senate for the team effort and leadership,” said George. “They bring us the first and only five-star hotel in the state of Rhode Island. It’s wonderful.”
For more information about tourism in South County, or about the South County Tourism Council, visit www.southcountyri.com .