Weekapaug Residents appreciate the beauty of our unique coastal community and all of the sports and activities it offers. The Community Affairs Committee helps to preserve Weekapaug’s traditions and to support a sense of community among its residents. This Committee works on facilitating clear and efficient communications through the WFD Office and supervises the use of the Weekapaug “W”. It also supports community wide events and activities as opportunities for residents to socialize and have fun together.
We welcome all new residents and renters and encourage all to participate in community activities.
Volunteers are always needed to help events and activities run smoothly. Please contact the Community Affairs Committee or event coordinators to volunteer!
Spring Community Clean Up Day
Weekapaug Green sponsors an annual family friendly community clean up on the Saturday morning before Easter. All who are in town are invited and encouraged to help! This is an ideal time to gather the trash tossed along our roadways and in bushes since last summer because the bushes have not yet leafed out to mask the array of trash and discarded items.
We gather at the Chapel at 10 am for coffee and snacks before embarking in groups, provided with plastic bags and trash “grabbers” and groups follow a map with and assigned route. Filled bags are then left at designated intersections for later pick up.
QBBC holds their annual cleanup of the barrier beach this same day and graciously shares the dumpster they order with us.
Please join us for as long or as little as you are able to! It’s fun to share the tasks with family and friends!
Weekapaug Green Friday Farmers Markets and other WG initiatives and events
The Weekapaug Farmer’s Market, sponsored by Weekapaug Green, is open each Friday from 8:30-11:30 from the end of June until the last Friday before Labor Day. White Tents dot the perimeter of the lawn behind the Innlet where locally grown organic or sustainably produced vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat flowers and plant- based products are sold. Shopping at our local Weekapaug Farmers Market helps to support a healthy and safe environment and supports small local farms. In this verdant communal setting we connect farmers and producers with consumers, and exchange information and education about healthy lifestyle choices. Weekapaug Green was founded in 2007 to raise awareness of our community’s coastal environment and the impacts of pollution and climate change. WG offers opportunities to learn about actions we can take to protect and preserve our environment and health. WG Stewards: Julia Bradford Susan DeMovick Mary Goodman Linda GriffinGale Hunt Caroline Maynard Margaret Phillips. Visit our WG table at the market to learn about our events. Thank you to our volunteers and supporters. To volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org
4th of July Parade
Weekapaug has a long tradition of our community gathering for a celebratory parade. For many years this was a Founders Day Parade. We now hold an annual 4th of July parade with costumed residents of all ages marching by foot, bicycle and various decorated vehicles and floats from the Weekapaug Chapel to the Fire District Office and Flag Pole for refreshments. This is a fun family event for all!
Please gather at the Chapel at 8:30 am on the 4th of July to decorate your bicycle or yourself prior to our 9am start of the parade. Some decorating materials will be provided.
The Weekapaug Beach Bake began in 2005 as a benefit to fund beach and lifeguard equipment for the WFD. Held on Fenway Beach, it is always a popular event. We now have over 400 attending this fun beach party where the menu ranges from burgers and chips to a traditional lobster bake followed by chocolate brownies and S’mores.
Throughout the years, the Beach Bake has become a cherished community event that brings together family and friends with ages spanning decades. The Beach Bake is truly a community effort with volunteers setting up the tables and chairs, grilling the burgers and hot dogs, providing S’mores and finally breaking it all down at the end of the evening.
Boogie Board & Sandcastle Contest
July 13th & August 10th
Bike Safety and Tune Up Day
Bike Safety and Check-Up Day, sponsored by “Ride Weekapaug”, is a day set aside to remind all Weekapaugers on bikes to move safely through the roads of Weekapaug. This is a fun, family event, usually held mid-July.
What happens on Bike Safety?
-A teaching of the Top Ten Bike Rules for bike safety
-Presentations by local Westerly Police on the RI laws around bike safety
-Short educational rides by local bikers of the key intersections, and what to watch for
-Bike checks by local mechanics for air, brakes and safe riding
-Bike helmet fittings
-A raffle for a brand new bike
Annual Art Show
The Annual Weekapaug Art show is held at the Innlet in August for local artists of the community. Artists of Weekapaug are encouraged to participate and bring their works to display and sell. The show is held for artists of all ages from 11-2 on a Saturday featuring works of: Britt Bair, Mary-Kate Doherty, Geri Abdoo, Debra Kaczynski and others. For more information please contact co-chairs Britt Bair 203.247.2453 or Mary Doherty 410.371.5822.
Women of Weekapaug (WoW)
Nat Earle Walk/Run
The Nat Earle Walk/Run, held every year on or around July 4th, began in 2003 as a way to commemorate Nat, his love and contributions to the Weekapaug Yacht Club (WYC). In his early years, Nat learned to sail, to race, and later became the head sailing instructor. As an adult, he was an active volunteer, always helping and encouraging young sailors to enjoy sailing. In addition, he was on the Board of the WYC and a Commodore.
The WYC was dear to his heart, and he would be proud and humbled by the participation in the Walk/Run and the financial support dedicated in his memory. The donations (IMO of Nat) and the proceeds from the Walk/Run support the Junior Sailing Program and have been used to purchase boats enabling young sailors to participate in the WYC program.
The Nat Earle Walk/Run has a special place in the list of summer activities that promote the WYC and the Weekapaug community spirit.
Through his many years of involvement in the WYC, Nat forged lasting friendships that have contributed to the success of this event. Ted Sherman and his wife Sheryl are integral members of the event team as are Richard and Jane Sherman, Ruth and Stearns Bryant, Missy Owen Langley, and Donna Byrnes. In addition, Nat’s family has proudly supported this event each year with their presence and event organization: Anne Earle, his wife; his son Cabot Earle and wife Christina (children: Henry, Eliot, and Caroline); and Nat’s daughter, Ashley Weiderman and husband Andy (children: Alexandra, William and Emily). Thank you to everyone who has supported this event every year and thus perpetuated the memory of Nat.