With author Martin Podskoch and special guest Fred Faria. Veer off the beaten path and discover Rhode Island’s secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal. With 39 invites to scenic vistas, picnic sites, fresh-water swimming holes, salt-water beaches, museums, amazing architecture, 400+ years of history, and local eateries of every description for fun in The Ocean States 39 towns and cities. Call to reserve your spot today.
Happening Monday, June 13 at 6:30pm.
Join author and historian, Marty Podskoch, for a talk about his new travel book, The Rhode Island 39 Club, that encourages people to visit all 39 towns and villages in the RI. The program will be held at the library and is open to the public.
The idea for the RI 39 Club began after Podskoch read about Dr. Arthur Peach of Vermont who in 1954 suggested the idea of an informal group, the Vermont 251 Club, to veer off the beaten path “to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal.”
As Podskoch traveled throughout the Adirondacks and Connecticut writing historical books, he marveled at the great diversity of villages, cities, rivers, lakes, mountains, and seashores. He realized that most of the residents of these states had not traveled as widely as he and he wanted them to explore their beautiful state. This resulted in his writing two travel books: The Adirondack 102 Club and The Connecticut 169 Club.
Podskoch then traveled to Rhode Island and wrote a book on the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in RI.Podskoch believed that Rhode Island would also benefit from a similar travel club. Marty had local writers describe their town & village’s location, history, and important points of interests.
There is no membership fee, just a desire to experience all of Rhode Island. Adults and children of all ages can be members. What a great adventure for families, grandparents, and their grandchildren, or by oneself. Most members will travel by car while others might use a bike, motorcycle, or maybe a canoe!
Each year an annual dinner is held in the Adirondacks and Connecticut where members share their stories and some are awarded patches if they have visited all the towns. There will also be an annual dinner in Rhode Island where any one can attend. Members who have visited all 39 towns and cities and had their books signed or stamped will receive the Rhody Red Award patch that is named after the RI Red chickens that were bred in Little Compton.
After the presentation, Podskoch along with some of the 45 local writers who wrote about their town for the book will sign copies of their book, The Rhode Island 39 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring RI. The hard cover 8.5 X 11 book has 104 pages with over one hundred photos & maps and sells for $21.95. All are welcome to attend the talk.