The 36th Annual Concert
and Performed by The Chorus of Westerly
Saturday, June 18, 2016 (rain dates June 19/20)
Wilcox Park, Westerly, Rhode Island
Pre-show begins at 6 pm, Main show begins at 8:00 pm
The Chorus of Westerly
The Pops Festival Orchestra
The Artillery Company of Newport, RI
Fireworks by Grucci
The Bells of Christ Church
This is a free event that is open to the entire region. No tickets required.
Blankets may be put down in the park beginning at 5 pm on Friday, June 17, 2016.
Blankets MAY NOT be put down before 5 pm.
Prohibited in the
park for the event:
Animals, fires, grills, candles, alcohol,
skateboards, bikes, scooters, et cetera.
You may not leave bags
or coolers or similar items unattend. Unattended items will be removed
from the park by Westerly Police Department.
The stage area and back stage
area is for performers only. The back stage restrooms are for
performers only. There are ample restroom facilities for the public in
the parking near the library and post office.
NOTE FROM WESTERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT
The 2016 Summer Pops is scheduled to be held on
Saturday, June 18, 2016. As such, the following restrictions will be
- Grove Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic
as of 5:00 pm on June 18. Exceptions will be made for those needing
handicapped parking until all spaces are filled. Other motorists will
be detoured onto Newton Avenue or other adjacent streets.
- Wilcox Avenue will be closed off to all vehicular traffic at 5:00pm on June 18.
- Handicapped parking will be available on Grove Avenue, Broad Street,
across from the Westerly Town Hall and extending to the Westerly Public
Library, as well as parking areas in front of the United States Post
PARKING RESTRICTIONS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
Unattended coolers and/or any other items WILL NOT
BE ALLOWED TO BE LEFT within the park prior to the event. THESE
ITEMS WILL BE REMOVED. If items such as these are to be brought to the
event, we are encouraging that they be brought with those attending at
the time of the event. Also, any coolers and/or any other items left
unattended during the event WILL BE REMOVED.
Please note no
bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or similar riding devices are
permitted in the park. Dogs are also prohibited in the park for the
event. Fires, grills, candles or other similar items are
prohibited in the park. At the conclusion of the event, all vehicular
traffic will be delayed for approximately (10) ten minutes to (15)
fifteen minutes to allow pedestrians to freely return to their
Railroad Avenue heading south will be directed onto
Canal Street in a westerly direction. Motorists on Canal Street heading
east will be directed onto High Street in a northerly direction in order
to alleviate the congestion in the Downtown Westerly area. Officers
and/or traffic control signals will control all other traffic.
Chief Edward St.Clair
Westerly Police Department
ABOUT THE EVENT
1981, as a salute to the entire region for helping to fund its first
international concert tour that year, the Chorus of Westerly held a huge
festive "Summer Pops" concert in downtown Westerly. Meant as a one-time
performance, the audience was so enthusiastic with the event that many
asked if the Chorus would do it again and think about doing it annually.
the Chorus agreed to give it another try, and soon the audience grew
from 5,000 to 10,000 to, within five years, 25,000 people attending the
"Summer Pops" concert annually. Next June, the Chorus will triumphantly
present its 35th (!) Summer Pops in Westerly's beautiful Victorian
strolling park, Wilcox Park! The concert will not only includes the
Chorus of Westerly and Boston Festival Orchestra, but will also feature
fireworks by Grucci, canons from the Newport Artillery, and the pealing
church bells of Christ Church in the breathtaking finale of the concert,
Tchaikovsky's world famous Overture of 1812.
so very proud to say that since 1981, over a half a million people have
experienced Summer Pops and have made it their annual kick-off to
summer. Pretty good for a concert that was supposed to be a one-time