Summertime… Long days, warm weather, the beach, boating, picnics. Those attending this year’s AYF-YOARF Olympics in Providence, R.I. are in for an even greater summertime experience: miles of gorgeous coastline, a capital city that boasts an array of eclectic dining experiences, a Venetian canal, unique shops, galleries, and museums.
Did you know that America’s smallest state is home to 12 colleges and universities, among them Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson & Wales University? How about the fact that Newport, R.I. was the summer vacation destination of America’s wealthiest industrialists at the turn of the century, including the Vanderbilts, Astors, Berwinds, and Oelrichs? You cannot visit Rhode Island without seeing their “summer cottages” on the coast—The Breakers, The Elms, Rosecliff, The Astors at Beechwood, Chateau Sur La Mer and Marble House. We have some unique Rhode Island food as well, like Del’s Lemonade, coffee milk, Johnnycakes, doughboys, grindahs, and chowda. Turn your Olympics visit into a mini-vacation and come out early!
Have we whet your appetite? We certainly hope so because in a state rooted in tradition, the Providence “Varantian” AYF Chapter plans to take it to “Hyer” ground this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-7. We’ve been working diligently to bring you an Olympics experience like no other, with art, music, competition, fraternalism, and the embodiment of the AYF spirit, Providence-style!
Check back for more articles on the AYF Olympics weekend, reflections of some of our Providence alumni, and a bit more Rhode Island trivia.