The Day - Sound & Country - - FRONT PAGE - By LIZ BOARD­MAN

With seven miles of clear ocean and white sand be­tween­watch Hill and Weeka­paug, you may think of Misquam­i­cut as only a beau­ti­ful beach. But the Misquam­i­cut Beach Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, The Greater­west­er­lyPaw­catuck Area Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Town ofwest­erly of­fer fun, fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties on and off the beach dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son.

“The Misquam­i­cut Beach Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion came on the scene, and got busi­nesses en­er­gized,” said Lisa Kon­icki, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of The Greater­west­erly-paw­catuck Area Cham­ber of Com­merce. “They are re­ally try­ing to make Misquam­i­cut a mid­week des­ti­na­tion, or a place for an ex­tended stay.”

There’s plenty to do in the com­ing months. Here’s a sam­pling:

Misquam­i­cut jams on Mon­day and sings the blues on­wednes­days at West­erly Town Beach, 337 At­lantic Av­enue. And it’s all good.

“We get great acts,” said Caswell Cooke, Jr., ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the MBA.


On Mon­day nights be­tween July 2 and Au­gust 22, it’s Mon­day Night Jams, fea­tur­ing clas­sic rock and rock-and-roll bands. Cooke said this sea­son fea­tures Jeff Slate’s Birds of Para­dox, a John Len­non trib­ute band fea­tur­ing mem­bers of John Len­non’s Plas­tic Ono Elephant Band and Paul Mccart­ney & Wings, Riders on the Storm, a Doors trib­ute band, and Hope Road, a Bob Mar­ley trib­ute band.

Onwed­nes­day nights in July and Au­gust, Blues on the Beach of­fers a line up in­clud­ing Grammy-nom­i­nated Tab Benoit, Room­ful of Blues, and Rick Rus­sell and the Cadil­lac Horns. Ad­mis­sion to both sets of con­certs is free, and the bands play rain or shine. Park­ing in the beach lot is free. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.blues on­the­, www.misquam­i­cut. org, or call (401) 348-2597.

If you’re look­ing for a night out with­out kids around, lo­cal bars and restau­rants also bring in bands. Find them at the An­drea Ho­tel, 89 At­lantic Ave.,­drea­ho­; At­lantic Beach Park, 321-338 At­lantic Ave.,­lanticbeach­; Sandy’s Light­house, 148 At­lantic Ave., (401)-596-1496 and Paddy’s Beach, 159 At­lantic Ave., www.pad­dys­

As the sun sets, en­joy a movie from a beach blan­ket, or in a car at a beach­side drive-in.

The cham­ber spon­sors fam­ily-friendly movies, like “Zookeeper” and “Over the Hedge,” pro­jected on a gi­ant screen at At­lantic Beach Park, 321 At­lantic Ave., on Tues­day nights in July and Au­gust. Ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free, and the movie be­gins at ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 p.m. Bring your own beach chairs and blan­kets. For more in­for­ma­tion, www.west­er­ly­cham­

“The MBA does drive-in movies, pro­jected near the tourism in­for­ma­tion cen­ter,” Cooke said.

That’s also known as thewuske­neau Town Beach, 316 At­lantic Ave., West­erly. The MBA brought in two cargo con­tain­ers used as a movie screen, and movie­go­ers sit in their cars, with their ra­dios tuned to a sta­tion that feeds in the au­dio. Movies run Thurs­day evenings in July and Au­gust, be­gin­ning at ap­prox­i­mately 9 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $8 a car­load. This year’s sched­ule has not been set at press time, but last year’s of­fer­ings in­cluded Jaws and Cad­dyshack. The sched­ule will be up­dated at www.misquam­i­

Get mov­ing with the Tom Mccoy Fam­ily Fun Run Se­ries, spon­sored by thewesterly Track Club. Each Wed­nes­day evening be­tween June 13 and Au­gust 22, be­gin­ning at 6 p.m., the club hosts a chil­dren’s fun run, fol­lowed by a one miler and and a 5K. The runs step off from Pleas­ant View Inn, 65 At­lantic Ave., and are free of charge. For more in­for­ma­tion, www.west­er­ly­track­, or call (401) 447-1879. For those who pre­fer to pad­dle, The Pur­ple Ape, 17Win­na­paug Road, of­fers co­conut kayak and pad­dle boat races ev­ery Tues­day in July and Au­gust. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 4 p.m. and the races be­gin at 5 p.m. in­win­na­paug Pond. The races are free. Pre­fer to watch? The Pur­ple Ape also of­fers Her­mit Crab Races onwed­nes­day nights.

“Peo­ple cheer, and some­times they go home with their her­mit crab,” Kon­icki said. “There’s a huge crowd cheer­ing them on.”

Check out vin­tage wheels at the Clas­sic Car Cruise Nights at the Wind­jam­mer East Park­ing Lot, 321 At­lantic Ave., (­lanticbeach­park. com) fea­tur­ing WBLQ-AM’S JJ Macdade. Own­ers of pre-1980 cars are wel­come to show­case their ve­hi­cles. The event is free and is pre­sented ev­ery Thurs­day, May 17 to Sept. 27, be­gin­ning at 5:30 p.m.

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