2022 PROGRAMMING

We are currently planning BoP's Art & Writing Center's 2022 Program schedule. For information and/or suggestions, please write to read@booksonthepond.com

June through September includes the grand opening of the cafe patio, art exhibits, music, and spoken word open mic.

October through November includes reading, writing classes and book clubs. A movie night or two on our giant screen.

December Holiday Village includes Christmas children's story readings, Grinch/Frozen movie night, wreath making; Santa visits during the Charlestown Holiday Ramble and all month the electric toy train cruises around an exquisite Christmas Village 56.

Past Readings, Classes and Exhibits


Date: October 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Learn the elements of successful traditional and nontraditional historical fiction, three ways to incorporate history into a novel, the challenges presented by HF and much more.   How can a writer incorporate history into a novel? By using prompts, Lynne Heinzmann will inspire your interest in writing historical fiction and/or increase your skills as a writer. After taking this class, …

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Date: October 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.” – Lucille CliftonFinding one ’s voice is the essential task for any artist. Through specific writing exercises, we will explore pathways into writing poetry and different ways to tap into your natural and unique voice.   THIS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This is a generative workshop that concentrates …

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Date: October 16, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Renowned American illustrator and angler Flick Ford returns to Books on the Pond – this time to catch stripers with BoP’s Captain Ed Everich. Afterwards, we will have a chance to riff on all things fish.   Please join us for conversation on surfcasting, the importance of taxonomic drawings, ocean preservation and the purpose of ‘parlor prints.’ Following our discussion, …

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Date: October 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Halloween at BoP is scary. We dress up in horrifying attire. We read terrifying literature. Some of us pull pranks that may make us scream. The wind blows. Candles burn down. A spider may crawl out of the wall as a bat flies overhead. A mouse sneaks out of the barn. Yikes!   Kent J. Starrett reads from his latest …

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Date: September 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm



Reading An evening of sharing fiction and nonfiction stories and poems published in the annual Westerly Writers’ Group anthology. All are welcome. FREE.


Date: October 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm



BoP Chess for All Ages and Skill Level Come join us for a couple of hours and play some chess. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skill levels. We will help you find a partner. Boards provided; or bring your own. Three evenings. We will create a tournament schedule during the first event. FREE   https://bookshop.org/books/bobby-fischer-teaches-chess/9780553263152  


Date: August 28, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



SOLD OUT tour of Ninigret Pond with Declan O’Donnell, marine biologist. What can we do as individuals – visitors and residents – to clean up our salt ponds and protect them? It isn’t that difficult! There are solutions! We can start now!! Tour based on the marvelous book by the late Rhode Island marine biologist, Professor and author, PRENTICE K. …

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Date: August 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



101 THINGS TO DO IN RHODE ISLAND BEFORE YOU DIE


Date: August 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - August 20, 2021 @ 8:00 pm



  Tao Te Ching #44 Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money. you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the …

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Date: August 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



BROOKS’ FIVE: OUT OF NEW YORK CITY OLIVER WESTERMEIER, Munich. Selfless Selfies Digital Art Non-fungible token ERC-721 Token ID: 0 9 mb Tif + file archive documentation Minted on July 28, 2021 on Ethereum blockchain New York City is an important part of the art world and international artists drive its cultural scene.  This selected group of artists on view …

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Date: July 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



How does one become a modern day illustrator of fish? And why are these prints important to our eco system?     Please join us on Saturday, July 31 to find out. Introduction by Captain Ed Everich, captains the tug out of New London, CT. “Flick Ford’s pictures, though realistic, have a certain spiritual quality. His drawings are informed by …

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Date: July 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm



Mitchell James Kaplan tells the love story about the little known relationship between American composers George Gershwin and Kay Swift. With an impressive knowledge of New York City during the Jazz Age, Kaplan shines a light on the timeles bond between the brilliant, strong-willed artists. Swift, already married to banker James Warburg, was the first woman to ever score an …

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Date: July 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



FREEMEN: Why was the 1st Rhode Island Regiment important? The 1st RI Regiment of the Continental Army will be known as the corps of mixed race. Robert Geake, Rhode Island historian and author of thirteen books, will speak about how freemen helped the cause of liberty from Britain’s rule over the colonies.  


Date: June 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm



  TICKETS ($20) ARE STILL AVAILABLE! as of June 26, 12:45 p.m. Please call 914 450 9598 with any questions. The American eel, found in more freshwater bodies in Rhode Island than any other fish, is a slimy and serpentine creature that emerges from underwater lairs to feed at night. It is the only fish in North America that spends …

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Date: June 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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Date: August 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



First Annual Live Auction TO BENEFIT CHARLESTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Featuring 19th Century American Furniture and Earthenware from Charlestown’s Hoxsie Family $20 Tickets include a paddle, Quonnie Siren Oysters, other appetizers and fanfare 50% of proceeds go to CHS


Date: July 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



Author: Robert Curley Publisher: Reedy Press, Missouri, 2019 The things you never knew you could do here disprove that Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union. Del’s Lemonade and Quonnie Sirens – the best oysters ever – will accompany a pleasant summer’s evening with author Robert Gurley as we explore options for adventure in our backyard.


Date: July 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



What of the men of the sea – mariners – who joined the cause of freedom against the British?