Big Day In EG: Turkey Trot, Small Biz Saturday & More

Five things you need to know about East Greenwich today, Nov. 26.

Turkey Trot! Okay, eat all you want on Thanksgiving. You have a chance to work at least some of that stuffing and pumpkin pie off on Saturday, Nov. 26, in the EG Lions Club Hill & Harbor Turkey Trot. There will be a 5K (3.1 mile) race and a 1-mile fun run. Money raised will benefit the EG Interfaith Food Cupboard, which provides food to all who are in need. You can sign up on race day, or have a more relaxing morning and sign up now online.

Small Business Saturday: Shopping small and local will be a treat today, with sunny skies and warm temperatures predicted. Many shops downtown and around town are offering specials.

Crafts festival: Ocean State Artisans 21st Annual Crafts Festival at CCRI in Warwick from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Coastal Growers - Winter Farmers' Market: It’s open this today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will include vegetables, fruit, meats, cheeses, bakery items and more, all from R.I. For a map and more information about this market, click here.

Phoebe Madden in concert: Local favorite is performing opera and musical theater selections with the South County Chamber Singers together with Michael DiMucci and Norma Caiazza, directed by Dr. Enrico Garzilli, at The Towers in Narragansett tonight at 7:30 p.m. The CD "Phoebe in Love" will be sold at the concerts.

John Cocktoaston November 26, 2011 at 03:18 PM
The EG Lions Club should consider scheduling the Turkey Trot on a different day than Small Business Saturday....perhaps on Sunday. Shutting down Main Street on Saturday morning really handicaps local businesses on what should be a busy shopping day.
Class of 98 November 26, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Do you honestly think this event took place without the stores/merchants on Main Street approving? And being a state road Main Street can't be (and wasn't) "shut down" anyway.
EG Lurker November 26, 2011 at 09:50 PM
John, the race started at 9:30 and was pretty much over by 10:30, so I don't believe Main St businesses were hampered - on top of that, a number of people who came to town for the race spent time ON Main St! Not to mention their supporters, who not only killed 30 minutes buying coffee and munchies at Simon Says & Main St Coffee, but also stopped in the stores that WERE open at that hour. And tying into Amex's Small Business Saturday would have been difficult on Sunday...
iris gesualdi November 29, 2011 at 01:01 PM
To E.G. lurker....this did not need to be tied in to Amex's SBS. It really hindered business in the morning. It also was impossible to find a parking place. Obviousely, it was impossible to get down the street to open your store early. My worker was late opening as cars were completely stopped on road. We wanted to open the store around nine but no parking places. Sunday would have been great.
Heather Larkin November 29, 2011 at 01:20 PM
You can't beat having all those people downtown on a saturday morning. Maybe next year, workers should be reminded to allow extra time to get to work on race day. Stores can be open for business during the race while spectators are milling around. And the idea of a discount with your bib is great! Main St. should embrace the opportunity to pull in as many of these folks as possible. SBS is a wonderful idea but I can't imagine it would get 1000 people on downtown at 9 am...
EG Lurker November 29, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Iris - it didn't NEED to be tied into Amex's SBS, but can you honestly say that their promotion wasn't a benefit/double dip with Main St's Saturday event? I have to agree with Heather - most people don't start thinking about retail shopping on a Saturday until at least 10. The mindset of those heading down to Main St was not that of the 6am doorbuster crowd... No disrespect, but it seems that many Main St businesses are never satisfied - be thankful for the extra foot traffic the race brought...my family dropped ~$100 on Main St after we completed the race, and I know we weren't alone...
iris gesualdi November 29, 2011 at 03:30 PM
E G Lurker...I dont know who you are and I really dont care. But for you to say some businesses on Main street are never satisfied is very unfair. I am thankful everyday for any business I get. Somedays are great and otherss not so good. I do not think that people were on Main street at six o'clock to do business but in truth I know there were some open fairly early. It is a difficult place to find parking on any Saturday never mind one of the four before Christmas. My main problem was with parking with a thousand people in the area. Maybe next year it could be looked into for some other ideas.
Janice O'Connell November 29, 2011 at 03:47 PM
On behalf of Sprigs Flowers and Scribe Calligraphy, as well as most Main Street merchants, we want to thank the organizers for bringing back this wonderful town event. We enjoyed the positive atmosphere that the runners and their supporters brought with them, it was a great way to kick off Small Business Saturday. We supported the organizers not only in spirit but by also helping to promote by displaying the posters and donating gift certificates for prizes. We look forward to supporting the event next year.
John Cocktoaston November 29, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Of course it's great to for the local economy to bring 1000 potential shoppers/future shoppers to Main Street. And I'm glad the race was a big success. All I meant is that if businesses are running/advertising for Small Business Saturdays, and then the race makes it difficult to access Main Street, then perhaps some business was lost Saturday morning. Iris's employee got to work late, but perhaps destination shoppers got frustrated and went elsewhere. Small Business Saturday is never going to have the same power as Black Friday, and the little stores are never going to wield the same power as the big stores. Scheduling the race on Sunday would have brought the same business & exposure while clearing the way for destination shoppers on Saturday morning. Just a suggestion for next year....not a complaint.
EG Lurker November 30, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Iris, no disrespect was meant - in fact, your shop was one of the ones we patronized (and actually the first one my wife excitedly mentioned when she registered in Amex's program)... The parking issue is the one that I'm actually referring to when I state dissatisfaction by some - certainly not all - of the Main St business owners. Parking three blocks away (or in this weekend's case, maybe up at the old police station) only serves to DRIVE more business, not deter it, IMHO. We sometimes walk a decent distance to get into Target, Best Buy or Stop & Shop, maybe even the equivalent of a Main St block, but as consumers we do it and don't complain. Why should the Main St mentality be any different. As shopkeepers, you reap the benefit of casual passerbys who may stop in for a purchase on their way to another business.


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