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Jun 9

Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in Rhode Island Festival 2012

Featuring Jorge Ferreira, Joey Medeiros and Rancho Folclórico de Nossa Senhora de Fátima at The Bank of America Skating Center


Saturday 9 June 2012Saturday 9 June 2012


The Bank of America Skating Center
Providence, RI, United States

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2 Kennedy Plaza.
Providence, RI 02903-2011.
Phone : (001) (401) 331-5544 (ext. 5).
Fax : (001) (401) 331-5588.
E-mail : .
Website : .


Welcome to the Bank of America City Center ! As one of New England’s most popular winter destinations, we offer a fun, family activity at an affordable price. The 14 000-square-foot Skating Rink is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s Ice Rink in New York City !

Getting Started :

Ice-skating is a great way to have fun while doing something that is good for you. Age is not a factor — skating is a great sport for everyone, and it is never too late to learn ! Skating is good exercise; it helps build muscles, stimulates your heart, and improves coordination and balance. Combined with a healthy diet, skating can be an important part of your fitness plan. In addition to the healthy aspect of the sport, skating is plain fun.

What Will I Need ? :

Whether skating indoors or outdoors, dress for warmth by layering your clothing. As you get warm, you may wish to discard a layer. Remember to bring your gloves and hat. Comfort and ability to move freely are also very important. Jeans can be restrictive. We suggest close-fitting but not tight pants. Sweatpants or warm up pants are ideal. Your feet will feel best if you wear one pair of lightweight socks or tights. Bulky or thick socks may limit the support provided by the boot and may also create “lumps and bumps” inside your boot. Make sure you have enough room to move your toes once your foot is properly laced in the boot. Safety helmets are becoming more popular for beginning skaters. If you are interested in obtaining information about safety helmets, contact a local sporting goods store.

What About Skates ? :

The boot should provide a snug fit. It should be made of firm material, preferably top grain leather, to help support the ankle. Make sure the hooks and eyelets are firmly anchored and that the boot is fully lined. If the boot is too big, it will not provide the necessary support. If the boot is too small, ouch ! You will experience great discomfort. Proper fit is essential to success in skating ! The blades should be stainless steel so that they will hold an edge. They should be mounted on the boot with screws.

New, Used, or Rentals ? :

It is not always necessary to buy new skates. Used skates can be a great bargain if you know what to look for. Some rinks and/or skating clubs hold periodic skate re-sales. If you are unsure as to the condition of a pair of skates, ask your skating instructor for tips. When purchasing used equipment, look for clean, firm leather boots, fully lined. Look at the soles to see that they are not rotted. Check the blades for deep nicks and scratches and make sure they still have enough room for future sharpening. If you decide to buy brand new skates, ask your instructor for the names of skate manufacturers and for locations on where they can be purchased. Some skate shops carry beginning skates or they can order them directly from the manufacturer. Most manufacturers produce a beginning boot that comes with a beginning blade. As you become more advanced, you may wish to check out specialty blades that can be mounted on specialty boots. But when you’re just starting out, that is not necessary. If you choose not to invest in your own skates, rental skates will do just fine too ! When renting skates, ask for a pair with firm boots and sharp blades.

Proper Lacing :

Loosen the lace, pull the tongue forward, and insert your foot into the boot. Center the boot tongue and pull it up. Then tighten the laces through the eyelets so that they are snug (no slack) but not too tight. To insure proper support for the ankles, the tightest point of lacing should be at the instep. Follow by crisscrossing the laces snugly around each hook. When you reach the top hook, tie a secure bow. If the ends of the lace are too long, wrap the laces through the hooks again and then tie a bow in front. Do not let the ends drag on the ice. A good fit will allow you to insert a finger in the back of your boot.

Public Skating Schedule 2011/2012 Season :

Monday through Friday : 2 PM to 10 PM.
Saturday and Sunday : 11 AM to 10 PM.



Every June, Providence hosts a cultural celebration that is truly vibrant. The Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage promotes the various contributions of the Portuguese people to the culture and fabric of life in Rhode Island. The festival is held on June 10th, which is historically significant because that is the day that famous Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões died in 1580. Various aspects of the culture are celebrated, but most significantly, the event is designed to educate future generations about the importance of passing on their traditions.

The Portuguese community of Rhode Island is commemorating a milestone this year, as it is holding the 35th annual continuous celebration of the Day of Portugal in the State.

Start Time : 5:30 PM.
This is an all day FREE EVENT !

A shuttle, provided by the Rancho Folclórico de Nossa Senhora de Fátima, will be available from Our Lady of Fatima Church in Cumberland, RI to Downtown Providence and vice-versa. An in kind donation to the Rancho Folclórico de Nossa Senhora de Fátima would be appreciated.

All Ages - Portuguese Foods and Drinks, Music and Dance, WaterFire Lighting and Parade.

Indoor Parking Lot : Rhode Island Convention Center Parking - 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Rhode Island Convention Center Parking is $4 per day. The $6 coupon must be picked up at the RI Convention Center booth., which will be available at Bank of America Skating Center.
Parking is also available on streets that allow parking. Meter parking is free on the weekends. Parking garages are also available at Providence Place Mall, the Parkade and the Union Station Garage.

Organized by :

P.O. Box 9464.
Providence, RI 02940-9464.
Phone : (001) (401) 347-4539.
E-mail : .
Website : .


Mission Statement :

The purpose of Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in Rhode Island, Inc. is :

1. To celebrate the holiday "Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas" (Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), in the State of Rhode Island.

2. To preserve the traditions of the Portuguese culture for future generations.

3. To promote the contribution of the Portuguese people, language and culture to the rich fabric of the State of Rhode Island.

Message from the President :

"Let me begin by extending a big thank you to this year’s Day of Portugal committee members along with all the other event coordinators.

Everyone did an amazing job and brought the Portuguese community well organized events. Also a sincere appreciation to all the clubs, organizations and institutions that contributed to the success of these events. It makes it an easy path to success to be surrounded by such talented, creative, hardworking and generous people. It was a very busy year !

The success of this year’s celebrations is a testament to the pride and hard work of our community. So many entertaining events take place during the months of April, May and June that bind us together. It is an opportunity to enjoy our Portuguese culture and traditions. I am proud to have been a part of the 2012 Day of Portugal Committee. Thank you for a great year !"

Alberto Oliveira.


At 5:30 PM : The First Part.
- Vendor Stands Open / Ambient Music by the Event DJ, Mr. Ricardo Farias.

At 8:30 PM :
- Portuguese-American folklore group "Rancho Folclórico de Nossa Senhora de Fátima" (from Cumberland, RI).

At 9:00 PM :
- Procession and Opening Ceremony of Torches and Flags.

At 9:15 PM :
- American singer Joey Medeiros (of Portuguese descent), from California.

At 9:45 PM : The Second Part.

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