It was Block Party time again in Wakefield. (I live in the Town of South Kingstown, but the "urban core" (*snicker*) of the town is the village of Wakefield.)
That odd looking thing on the right is a huge inflated pirate ship -- younger children can bounce around on its deck along with some inflated pirate figures. One of those booths just down the road past there was selling various toys and souvenirs; the big hit of the evening seemed to be Harry Potter-inspired wizard's hats with flashing lights on them. Reminisce -- a very popular Rhode Island band, specializing in oldies music, 1950's & 60's, lots of Beach Boys songs -- was playing in the middle of the block for listening and dancing enjoyment.
Food? Well, the local fire department selling hot dogs, hamburger, and cheeseburgers. The Mews Tavern had tables set up where they were selling sausage and pepper grinders (submarine sandwiches to you non-Rhode Islanders) and bowls of chilli as well as Sam Adams Summer Ale and lager. Those food options had been available last summer. New this summer was In Town Meat (butcher shop and deli) setting up a table to sell a more up-scale sandwich: grilled ribeye steak with horserelish, cheddar, and vidalia onion.
[When I wrote about a Wakefield block party last summer I mentioned that Nancy said that living here was like living in Mayberry RFD (in a very good sense) -- but then I commented that the fictional town Mayberry had been inspired by where Andy Griffith had grown up in rural Pennsylvania -- well, Wendy (as a good daughter of the South *grin*) quickly let me know that he had grown up in Mount Airy, North Carolina -- duh! I then realized that my brain had become confused by there being a Mount Airy in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania]