End of the great war to be celebrated in Newport

September 15, 2018 by  

A culinary adventure will be held by the Newport Historical Society later this month to see how people celebrated the end of World War I.

The event, to take place on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House, is sufficiently close to Middletown that residents of that community will no doubt want to attend.

At the event, cars of the period will be showcased at the Audrain Automobile Museum and live music will be provided by the Lafayette Band and the 88th Army Band. All branches of the military will be honored by the color guard and historians will be in costume, representing significant people from 1918.

World War I was important to the area, as residents of Aquidneck Island were active participants in the war effort. People were encouraged to plant Victory Gardens and the land was worked by Farmerettes. A high priority was placed on rationing, as such items as milk, sugar, flour, and beef were sent overseas. The Navy base was a center of activity and many organizations did whatever they could to support the troops.

The event will take place beginning at 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 22 with cocktails, to be followed by a dinner made of locally grown ingredients at 6:30 pm.

Organizers of such special events as this often use flyer printing to garner attention from people in the area.