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Welcome to the 2018 Summer of the Watch Hill Memorial Library and Improvement Society! Our first membership meeting will be Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 am. I look forward to seeing you then if not before.

The programs for the children have grown in both quality and number. We start off the season with Lauren Corrinet and Emily Zanios organizing the 4th of July Parade and this year it is on the 4th, a Wednesday. We have a separate calendar for Children’s Events, go to the website for details.

“Hidden Gardens of Watch Hill” is the name of our July 19th and 20th garden tour under the  co-chairmanship of Heidi McWilliams and Kathleen Whittemore. The committee has been working throughout the spring to make this tour of 8 gardens along the Foster Cove side of Watch Hill a grand success.  There will be a Pre-Garden Tour Cocktail Party on the 18th at Sunset Hill.  Informative presentations will kick-off the garden tours.  

Our hard working Landscape Enhancement group under Joan Lemp and Susan Harkins will be getting together soon to spruce up our village. They start meeting  in June at 9:00 am on Saturdays. To get the schedule of where to meet, email Joan at

Our Harbor Park on Bay Street is almost complete now that the masonry repointing has been finished on The Dreamer statue. Joan Beth Brown and Susie O’Connor report that the rest of the Rugosa roses will be replaced with hydrangeas this summer.  Marion Coffin, the original landscape designer of the park in 1937, would be overjoyed by the revival!

This is the Art Show summer and many agree that each year the art work surpasses itself. Laura Parker and Stacy Clapp will be looking for volunteers for this end of July event which  runs through August 5th. Laura's email is and Stacy's is

Donna Simmons will chair the Summer Boutique on August 3rd and 4th. The fundraiser is in capable hands as Donna organized it a few years ago. Her email is if you would like to help.

As this year is the 80th Anniversary of the ’38 Hurricane, Patricia Lovejoy and Penny Kelly, co-chairs, are planning an August 25th program, at One Bay Street at 5:00, Reflections – Hurricane of ’38This will be fascinating.

The Memorial Library will be open from July 2nd through August 24th, Monday - Friday 9:00am  - 1:00 pmStory Time will be held on Wednesday mornings at 9:15 am. If you would like to volunteer, contact Co-Chairs Vicki Saglio or Jane Hottensen at

Last, but certainly not least, is the Video Oral History Project, Chaired by Olga Goff with professional help from Paul Dewey and Bill Miller. The goal of this project will be an edited video production of a series of interviews with notable residents of the Watch Hill community sharing their recollections of their lives and experiences in the village. Do you know who helped teach Einstein to sail when he vacationed in Watch Hill?

Lastly, I must plug our website, This is your resource to get more details on events, volunteer and pay dues – which are due on July 1st! Click on the link now and see how it’s been made easier to navigate.

Looking forward to seeing everyone. Thanks so much for your smiles and your support!

Ardi Schneider, President WHMLIS


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