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The Lark: Vol 1, Issue 12, April 2022


Loren Spears: Key Into the Language of America
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Join Loren Spears, Narragansett, educator, and Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum, for an online discussion of this unique window onto early Native life on Thursday, April 21, from 6-7:30 pm EST. To register, go to

Loren herself leads a team of editors for the Tomaquag Museum edition of A Key Into the Language of America, which is the edition we'll be reading. You can buy it from the Tomaquag Museum or from any good bookstore.

It's not possible to overstate the richness and fascination of this short book - Williams' own colonial and Puritan prejudices, his critique of so-called Christians who fell far short of the generosity of the Narragansett, and his rare portrayal of daily Native life. With Loren's insights and guidance, you'll have a brilliant evening. Join us!

Sarah Stewart
Partnership of Historic Bostons


From the Cultural Events Committee

"Planet Earth, The Environment and Our Future"

Meet LLC members at the WaterFire Arts Center
475 Valley Street, Providence
Friday, April 22
10:30 a.m.

RSVP: Barbara Barnes at


Jane's Walks in Providence

May 6, 7, 8 - Free walking tours
See the Jane's Walks website for complete information:

Learn More About Jane Jacobs
Flint, Anthony. Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City, New York: Random House, 2011

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Random House, 1961

Lang, Glenna & Marjory Wunsch. Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the story of the Life and Death of Great American Cities. Boston: David R. Godine, 2009

Zipp, Samuela and Nathan Storring, editors. Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs. New York: Random House, 2016


Volunteer Opportunity

The Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) Needs You

Do you love Providence? Are you a history buff, a foodie, or a genuinely friendly people person?

Become a VOLUNTEER for the Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau's Visitor Information Center, located on the ground floor of the Rhode Island Convention Center. Share your interest in and appreciation for Providence with thousands of visitors who come to the city each year.

Volunteers share information about events and activities in the Providence/Warwick area. They recommend restaurants and the perfect souvenir for a visitor to bring home.

Hours are flexible and training is available.

Interested? Need more information? Contact Erin DeGulis, Senior Director of Convention and Visitor Services, at


Memories in Lace: a Mini Memoir

by Diana Grady

My grandmother’s antimacassars – tatted lace with delicate filigree and patterned roses and leaves – adorn the back of every overstuffed chair in the dark parlor. Dust motes, slowly moving molecules, filter through the stream of afternoon sun. Light lilac curtains, brushed by the breeze, float languidly like Daisy Buchanan’s scarf. A little girl curls up on the stiff horsehair sofa caressed by a curve familiar to her small body. Open on her lap is Little Women, dog-eared and jelly-smeared.


Dorcas International Institute: Help for Ukraine and Ukranians

Dorcas International Institute is now highlighting resources for helping Ukrainians and Ukraine. All of the latest ways to help at Dorcas International are on the website:


When I Am Among the Trees
Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It's simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”