NRICA Presents Awards at Annual Meeting

The Northern R. I. Council of the Arts met recently for their annual board of directors meeting at the Coachmens Restaurant in Bellingham and honored two recipients whose art-related activities and interest have improved the community. 


Ray Nolan, Vice-President of the Board noted at this meeting that the recipient of this year’s Cesare Ferrari Scholarship Fund was Jacob Cippo, a Woonsocket High School graduate who will follow a music career which was Cesare’s wish.   Nolan also announced the annual arts festival usually held in Cumberland will be re-locating in 2014 and various schools in the area will be participating in the arts awards.

Mr. and Mrs. David Soucy Receive Award from Ray Nolan (NRICA Board Vice-President)

Ray Nolan, Vice-President, Board of Directors, NRICA, presenting award to Dave Soucy and wife, Charlene

Dave Soucy, President, accepted an award to The Soucy Insurance Agency in deep appreciation of its continuing generosity and support to the many endeavors of NRICA.

Sharon Charette Receives Award from Ray Nolan
Ray Nolan, Vice-President, Board Directors,NRICA presenting award to Sharon Charette
Sharon Charette, a member of the organization was recognized for the many years she has served on numerous committees for the French Heritage Festival & Soirée, Mardi Gras and maintains their web-site NRICA.ORG.  Sharon is also an avid supporter of the arts working as a volunteer with Theatre Works in many areas including costuming. 

Ray Nolan and Wilfrid Godin Receive Donation from Paul Plante
Ray Nolan and Wilfrid Godin Receive Donation from Paul Plante
A recent pasta dinner fundraiser hosted by Catholic Financial Life, District 1, Rhode Island and So. Central MA and co-sponsored by NRICA resulted in a $500 donation in a match fund that would help defray the cost of the annual Mardi Gras celebration coming up in 2014.  Paul Plante, President of District 1 made the presentation to Wilfrid Godin, Treasurer, NRICA.

Fleur de Lis

The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts


Joan R. Gahan

for being chosen by the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre

for this year's

Francis L. Lanctot Recognition Award



January 6, 2012 • 2012 Mardi Gras Expands to Two Venues: Long-standing Woonsocket tradition builds momentum by Sandy Phaneuf (article from


September 12, 2011 • City Celebrates French Heritage by John Larrabee (article from

September 6, 2011 • Guns up! Re-enactment group will make demonstration at French Heritage Festival, by Brenna McCabe, The Valley Breeze

February 28, 2011 • Gallery: Mardi Gras 2011 by Sandy Phaneuf (article from

February 27, 2011 • Festivities Begin With Children's Mardi Gras by Michelle Higgins (article from

February 23, 2011 • Children's Mardi Gras to be held at Museum of Work & Culture, The Valley Breeze

February 21, 2011 • Long live the Queen!, The Woonsocket Call

February 21, 2011 • Corriveault Crowned Mardi Gras Queen Coronation ceremony at The Cakery kicks off Woonsocket's Mardi Gras celebration. By Sandy Phaneuf (article from

The Valley Breeze (RI)February 17-23, 2011 • Hot music, spicy food: Heat up your winter with Woonsocket's Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 26 by Kristin Russo, The Valley Breeze

February 12, 2011 • King Jace XVII: Let The Guessing Begin Dave Richards of WOON Radio has released all ten photos and clues regarding the identity of this year's King Jace. by Sandy Phaneuf (article from

February 3-9, 2011 • Who will be the next Mardi Gras Queen?, The Valley Breeze


January 27 • Finding King Jace: A Woonsocket tradition lives on with the start of the King Jace contest by Sandy Phaneuf (article from

January 26, 2011 • Mardi Gras queen contestants compete for crown, court, The Valley Breeze

January 7, 2011 • Mardi Gras Queen Contestants Chosen by Michelle Couchon (article from


November 10, 2010 • Will you be the next Mardi Gras Queen?, The Valley Breeze

September 9, 2010 • Woonsocket farmers’ market celebrates roots, The Providence Journal

September 6, 2010 • Donna Leigh Gallant - Bar Harbor, Maine (obituary for our 1999 Mardi Gras Queen), The Valley Breeze

August 18, 2010 • Vendors sought for French Farmers Market, The Valley Breeze

February 4, 2010 • Woonsocket farmers’ market celebrates roots, The Providence Journal


February 7, 2008 • Untitled photo and caption, The Valley Breeze

February 3, 2008 • City's Mardi Gras revelers dance the night away by Danielle Brissette, The Call (Woonsocket)


September 13, 2007 • French Farmer's Market is Saturday at River Island Park, The Valley Breeze.

August 30, 2007 • Plans under way for 25th French Farmers' Market, The Call (Woonsocket).



September 31, 2006 • [Preparing for the French Farmer's Market], The Valley Breeze.

The Call (Woonsocket, RI)September 14, 2006 •Artists, farmers join forces. The Call (Woonsocket).

March 2, 2006 • [The Mardi Gras Queen and her court], The Valley Breeze.

February 28, 2006 • Time for folks in the Mardi Gras city to help themselves, Commentary by Dave Richards. The Call (Woonsocket).

February 27, 2006 • A celebration fit for a queen. The Call (Woonsocket).

February 27, 2006 • The Queen is Crowned. The Call (Woonsocket).

February 27, 2006 • Who is King Jace? The Call (Woonsocket).


New York Times2005

February 7, 2005 • Fewer Beads and Boas, Perhaps, but Still Mardi Gras by Katie Zezima.  New York Times  (Late Edition (East Coast)),  p. A.14. 


February 9, 2004 •A peek behind the scenes at Mardi Gras. Commentary by Dave Richards. The Call (Woonsocket).

February 6, 2004 • It's party time: Six bands will play at four gala balls as Woonsocket celebrates Mardi Gras. The Call (Woonsocket).

The Valley Breeze (RI)January 29, 2004 • From near and Far, big crowds greet Mardi Gras by George Beaubien. The Valley Breeze.

January 28, 2004 • Local Chefs take cue from New Orleans for Mardi Gras by Kathie Raleigh, Lifestyle Editor. The Call (Woonsocket).

January 28, 2004 • Menus for Mardi Gras. The Call (Woonsocket).


February 7, 2003 • Mardi Gras goes back to the '50s. The Call (Woonsocket).