Friends of The Brown House
Volunteer Renovation Project 
Glen Farm - Portsmouth, RI 

"The Front Porch of Portsmouth"

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April 23, 2011 - the 12th Annual Egg Hunt and fun day was held despite the cold rain that fell. Participants were greeted by the Easter Bunny and were able to hunt and gather the colorful eggs, with the aid of umbrellas. Cindy Killavey told some special stories and Larysa was on hand for face painting and extra fun.

Hunters huddled awaiting the start
Some hearty egg hunters finding protection from the rain while awaiting the start of the hunt.

hunting eggs
The egg hunt taking place with umbrellas!!!

Larysa, Bunny, Cindy Killavey
Larysa (face painting), Easter Bunny and Storyteller Cindy Killavey

Ken Ayers, taking some questions about the importance of local food and preserving local farms.
Ken Ayers, taking some questions about the importance of local food and preserving local farms.

On July 7, 2010 Preserve Portsmouth invited Ken Ayars, Chief of the RI DEM Division of Agriculture to an informal lunch gathering on the front yard of the Brown House. Ken spoke about the importance of local food and preserving local farms, and lead a question and answer session following.

Thanks to Conni Harding of Preserve Portsmouth for organizing this event. Thanks to those who participated especially in light of the heat wave at the time.

Read about the meeting at the local Portsmouth news blog Hard Deadlines.

Ken Ayars, Chief of the RI DEM Division of Agriculture
Ken Ayars, Chief of the RI DEM Division of Agriculture

2007 Antiques and Artisan Fair, October 13 & 14, 2007

5th & 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunts, April 2004 & March, 2005

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Fun day, April 19, 2003

3rd Annual 5K & Monster Dash, October 27, 2002

Sunset Blues Concert with Judy Wallace and Dave Gries, August 21, 2002

3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Fun Day, March 30, 2002

2nd Annual 5K & Monster Dash, October 20, 2001

Yard Sale, June 9, 2001

We'd like to thank the many folks who donated items to the yard sale and those that came to volunteer and to buy. It was a lovely day in the back yard, some great deals were made and we raised about $400 for the Brown House.

The photo at right was taken toward the end as clean up was starting and the super deals were being made.

June 9, 2001 - Yard Sale

Antique Appraisal day, April 24, 2001

Michael Westman examines an item
Michael Westman examines an item

Our spring Antique Appraisal day was April 24, 2001. The wonderful people of Aquidneck Place (Assisted Living Center) hosted the event for us again this year. 

We also want to thank appraiser Michael Westman  (135 Spring St. Newport) for donating his time and expertise to our cause again.  

One of the interesting articles that turned up this time was a Conselor Appointment document from 1864, signed by both President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William H. Seward.

Easter Egg Hunt, April 14, 2001

Ready, Set, GO!

Thanks to everyone who participated. Special thanks to Cindy Killavey, Storyteller extraordinaire who entertained us with wonderful Easter stories. 

The egg hunters scatter in the yard!
Cindy Killavey, tell some stories

Also Special thanks to the folks from the Glen Farm Equestrian Center for making sure all the kids who wanted a pony ride got one!

Zipper the horse give Nick Krol a ride.

Congratulations to Katie Harding who guessed 816 Jelly Beans in the container. There were 818 Jelly Bellies in the container and she wins them. 

October 29th - the 1st Annual 5K & Monster Dash

5K run starts - the left in groups
A group of Runners starting the 5K      More runners starting the 5K

Obstacle Course Start

The start of the Monster Dash Obstacle Course
    It may have snowed but they still came to the 1st Annual 5K & Monster Dash. Thanks again to the Bank of Newport for sponsoring this event.
  The obstacle course (left) was a big hit with the kids - as was the hot chocolate, brrrrr.

    Our new sign is up in front of the house. (10/7/00) We hope this will bring more visibility to the project by letting people know what is going on there. 
    Thank you to Reynolds Signs of Portsmouth (847-6732) for helping us with it.
Strawberry Festival - 6/24/00
William Nagle - Shotcake contest 6-10
Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
William Nagle(center) wins the 6-10 age group!
Portsmouth Town Howlers
The Portsmouth Town Howlers  demonstrate Square Dancing, then had some guest join in!
Over 18 Group
The "over 18" group gets down to business.
Joanne Harvey, winner of the Over 18 group
Joanne Harvey Winner of the Over 18 shortcake eating contest.

The May 13th "Spring Fling" was held back again by foul weather, but those who did come visit had fun! Below is Middletown resident Melissa Ferreira enjoying a ride on "Beau" the pony.
Melissa Ferreira on Pony Ride

Several groups had tables at the yard sale. The weather may have kept people away but didn't dampen the spirits of the people who came. We hope to make the yard sale a once a month event.
Yard Sale at Brown House

    Rain forced us to cancel many of the games/rides we had planned for our Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser but we held the hunt anyway - several times!
   About 60 people braved the weather to join in the hunt, get some goodies at the bake sale and to see the house.  The jelly bean jar had 1237 beans in it - the contest went to Laura Greichen who gave the winning guess of 1207! Thank you to everyone! 
Easter Egg Hunt 4/22/00

Easter Egg Hunt -4/22/00
One of the several Easter Egg Hunts we conducted in spite of the weather! 4/22/00

March 25, 2000 - Open house brought some people with connections to the house together!
L to R-
Gerry Leis (born in house), Barbara Taylor Renza (Grandparents - Mr. & Mrs. Moses Taylor - owned house), Mary Lou Lemieux (lived in house, wedding reception in back yard) 

Gerry Leis, Barbara Taylor Renza, Mary Lou Lemieux
St. Patrick's Day Parade, Newport

It may have rained (sleet!) at the 44th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newport (3/11/00) but that didn't stop our intrepid volunteers from trying to garner some local support for the project!


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