Any and every magazine in New England has trumpeted the virtues of a trip to McCoy Stadium, and many national publications call it a must-do during a visit to the region. Kids are treated like royalty; your feet don't stick to the concrete due to beer spillage, as was the case before the Mondor resurrection; and you can get tickets, a cold one, a hot dog, popcorn, peanuts, and Cracker Jack for the whole gang for as much as it costs you to park for a game at Fenway.

And lest you think this is just a sporting Chucky McCheese, any good Red Sox fan knows he or she is going to see future BoSox stars in action. Alums of McCoy include legends like Mo Vaughn, Roger Clemens, and Wade Boggs.

Go to a game now and you have the chance to see catcher Ryan Lavarnway and third baseman Will Middlebrooks for less than $10 before they make their imminent and inevitable step up to The Show for what should be lengthy, successful careers. And the way the season is going in Boston, there's a good chance that almost any pitcher on the PawSox roster could be hurling at McCoy one night and walking out of the bullpen at Fenway two days later.

Oh, and when you get to McCoy, take a close look at the nice guy who smiled at you in the parking lot, gave you directions to the gate you should enter, and said "Have a great time." It was probably Tamburro or Schwechheimer, the president and vice president of the team. Yeah, it's like that.


WE ARE WOMAN RALLY

Here is what you can expect at the We Are Woman march and rally, slated for the State House Lawn this Saturday, April 28 at 10 am. Speakers will include Congressman David Cicilline, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, representatives from Governor Lincoln Chafee's and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo's offices, State Representatives Grace Diaz and Larry Valencia, the Rev. Betsy Aldrich Garland (President of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches), Paula Hodges from Planned Parenthood, Kate Brock from Ocean State Action, and Carolyn Mark from the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), among others.

Performers will include Mark Cutler, Ray Conca, Brenda Bennett and Mark Taber, the Raging Grannies, and a representative from the world of Big Nazo and Spogga.

There will also be informational tables from the RI Progressive Democrats, Humanists of RI, RI Vegan Awareness, Radical Feminists, Sojourner House, Ocean State Action, RI NOW, the RI Anti-Sexism League, the International Socialists Organization, Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), the American Friends Service Committee, Socialist Action, the League of Women Voters, the RI branch of the ACLU, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, South Coast Centers for Cancer Care, and Occupy Providence.

Needless to say, this is a big event and an opportunity to learn from those on the front lines.


THANK YOU

A big huzzah to all those good people who came out in the freezing rain last Sunday to attend the big "Soup-er" fundraiser for Stone Soup Coffeehouse at the PVD Social Club. A big crowd was treated to music by some of the best traditional/acoustic artists in the area. We are certain that this celebration of folk music will go a long way toward ensuring that Stone Soup will continue as a vital institution here in Vo Dilun.

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