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Department of Communications/
News Bureau
22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642

URI Friends of Oceanography Celebrates Summer
in Rhode Island with a July 18 Festival by the Bay

The public is invited to attend the event at the URI Bay Campus

Narragansett, RI -- July 1, 2003 -- What better way to celebrate summer in the Ocean State than to drive down to the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett, enjoy chowder, stuffies, and a chicken barbecue, listen to music under a huge outdoor tent, and participate in a silent and live auction featuring hundreds of items and services, some of which are absolutely one-of-a kind!
Friends of Oceanography at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) will hold a Summer Festival by the Bay on Friday, July 18, beginning at 5 p.m. Between 5 and 6 p.m., patrons can look over and bid on the collection of silent auction items while feasting on chowder and stuffies prepared by West Bay Gourmet of Narragansett.

The chicken barbecue will be served between 6 and 7 p.m. and the live auction of selected items will begin at 7 p.m. The auctioneer is GSO Computer Center Manager Bob Sand, whose unique perspective and sense of humor will add to the evening’s enjoyment.

"We are very excited about the items we have up for auction this year," said festival committee member Bob Shields of Narragansett. "Area businesses have donated artwork, boat trips, bed and breakfast stays, tickets to URI Rams football and basketball games, and a whole host of other items. Of course, we have an original cartoon by Don Bousquet to auction off, as well."

One of the most unique items donated to this year’s event is a sample bottle that was taken on Admiral Perry’s 1928-29 expedition to the Antarctic. Only 500 of the bottles were made and one of them is on exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Four of the bottles were given to Dr. Charles Fish who, with his wife Marie, founded the Narragansett Marine Laboratory which later became the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. The Fish’s daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Joe Munro of Narragansett, generously gave one of the rare bottles to Friends of Oceanography to be auctioned off at the Festival by the Bay.

Tickets for the Summer Festival by the Bay are $20 per person. Proceeds from this event will support the URI Graduate School of Oceanography fellowship program.

To reserve tickets, call URI Friends of Oceanography at 874-6642. For more information and a complete list of silent auction items, visit the Festival website at

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