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Five Questions With: Kathleen Pletcher

Kathleen Pletcher is the executive director of FirstWorks, a Providence-based performing arts nonprofit. The organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Pletcher spoke...

Smiley finds right balance on PVDFest

Even Mother Nature seemingly didn’t like Providence Mayor Brett P. Smiley’s decision to tinker with PVDFest last year. But at least the mayor has...
PVDFEST WILL BE HELD on Sept. 6-7 and return to downtown Providence this year. / COURTESY FIRSTWORKS

PVDFest returns to downtown Providence Sept. 6-7

PROVIDENCE – The city’s largest outdoor arts and culture celebration will once again be held in early September. Additionally, the festivities will return to a...

City officials mull grants to PVDFest vendors  

PROVIDENCE – The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a motion to move a request to the Finance Committee that could give $500 grants...
Priscilla De La Cruz / PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Five Questions With: Priscilla De La Cruz

Priscilla De La Cruz | Director of sustainability, Providence 1. What are your priorities for the city as its new director of sustainability? Over...
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Most-read stories on PBN.com, Sept. 2023

1. ‘Federal Hill has come back in a strong way’ PUBLISHED IN PRINT: SEPT. 29. Olivia DeAngelis has only worked in the hospitality industry...

Do you support the changes that were made to this year’s...

Heavy rains soaked many attendees and vendors at this year’s Providence PVDFest, leading to an early cancellation due to a flood warning. The three-day event,...
THE CROWDS that showed up at previous PVDFests downtown didn't materialize this year at the 195 District Park, in part because of miserable weather. But some say the festival needs to move back to downtown. / COURTESY PVDFEST

Figuring out the future of PVDFest

PVDFest will return next year, but Providence Mayor Brett P. Smiley's administration is beginning the process of figuring out what it will look like...
REACTIONS TO THIS PAST weekend's PVDFest remain mixed, with some community members feel the lack of activity downtown impacted both the event and businesses. / COURTESY PVDFEST

After weekend festival, emotions on PVDFest remain mixed

PROVIDENCE – PVDFest this past weekend, according to some business leaders, was a tale of two cities. After several changes were made, including moving PVDFest...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Brett P. Smiley announced Wednesday that PVDFest will have block parties downtown on Sept. 8, the first night of the city's three-day arts event. / COURTESY PVDFEST

Smiley: Block parties will be part of PVDFest’s first night

PROVIDENCE – PVDFest will indeed have block parties after all. Mayor Brett P. Smiley announced in an interview on WPRO Radio AM/FM 630/99.7 Wednesday that...
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