Well, this is it, summer is almost over and the kids are back in school. We could cry over the traffic and added stress, or we can look for the silver lining: new fall menus, drink specials and sweater weather, just to name a few. I for one am very excited at the thought of leaves crunching beneath my feet while wearing a light (but fashionable) jacket! Here are a few things to get you excited for fall as well.

PWCVB NEWS
Tourism Cares Providence

The PWCVB is partnering with Tourism Cares this week on September 14 and 15. This great program pulls together 200 tourism professionals to work on local projects to help improve the experience of both visitors and residents. Some of the projects include planting and beautification in India Point Park and Burnside Park, cleaning up and painting along the RiverWalk, as well as a mural project on Federal Hill. We are excited to see the results of all of this hard work.   

Our next Partner Meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Iron Works Tavern in Warwick (parking available). Please RSVP to Beth-Anne Tremaine.

Remember to save the date for the PWCVB's Annual MeetingThursday, Nov. 2 at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street in Providence. Keep an eye out for invitations soon.

As always, be sure to add your events to our online calendar. It may take up to seven days for your event to be posted on our website, so plan accordingly. Limit descriptions to 180 characters if possible. If you have any questions, please contact CRM Database and Research Coordinator Beth-Anne Tremaine.

PARTNER UPDATES
5 Wits

5 Wits is in the running to be named one of the "Top 10 Best Escape Rooms in America" by USA Today. Please take a minute and vote. You can vote once a day until Monday, September 25.  

Experience Rhode Island is gearing up for fall with their Autumn in New England tour on Saturdays, now through November 18. Visitors will enjoy this quintessential New England tour, which includes a wagon ride through a farm, fresh cider doughnuts, pictures at a covered bridge, a family-style lunch at one of the state's iconic restaurants, a visit to RI’s oldest country store and more.  

Paula Silva and Rhode Island Red Food Tours is expanding their food tour in Downcity Providence. Tour attendees get a "taste" of each restaurant. She is looking to increase partnership for the fall, so if you’re interested in partnering or have questions, please contact Paula Silva.

Check out Ambient Sound’s 1st Annual Technology Showcase to learn how they can help bring your business closer to the client. The event is on Sept. 27 at the Radisson Providence Airport Hotel in Warwick, and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are welcome to visit anytime during that window. RSVP to info@ambientsound.com.

Hurricanes have been devastating this season. Ferreira Companies, along with Salvation Army, are accepting donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are seeking donations of the following: cleaning supplies (mops, buckets, gloves and masks), baby supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, bottles and pacifiers), canned pet food and pet supplies, personal hygiene products, non-perishable canned goods and bottled water. Donations may be dropped off at several PWCVB partner businesses during business hours, including Hillside Country Club, Dublin Rose, The Whiskey Republic and Stout Irish Sports Bar.

Caritas Smile, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and children in the U.S. and developing countries, in partnership with the Lobster Pot in Bristol, is making waves as it hosts an end of summer cocktail reception called “Cocktails by the Sea,” where diapers and feminine products will be collected and shipped to families affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. The event is on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 4–7 p.m. at the Lobster Pot on its beautiful waterfront patio. This networking event for a good cause will feature a silent auction, cash bar, great food and opportunities to volunteer with Caritas Smile.

IN THE NEWS
Downtown Providence

There's a lot of great news in the press about Providence and our destination in general. Check out some recent headlines below:

“America’s Best New Restaurants 2017” — Bon Appétit

"Top U.S. State Capitals to Visit" — Oyster.com

"14 Fall Road Trips for Seeing the Best Fall Foliage — and a Whole Lot More" — Travel + Leisure

"12+ Things to Do in Providence, Rhode Island" — Gay Star News

"RewardExpert's Best Mid-Sized Cities to Visit in 2017" — RewardExpert

WHAT'S COMIN' TO THE PROVIDENCE/WARWICK AREA
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Now–September 16               
CONSTRUCT 2017
1,100 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @CONSTRUCTshow
Facebook: ConstructEvent  

September 22–29               
International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX) 2017 NA Regional Meeting
900 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @ISSX
Facebook: ISSXNews
#ISSX21NA

October 3–7               
American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting
2,100 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @FPMRS
Facebook: FPMRS
#PFDWeek    

October 6–9               
Rhode Island Sting Hockey Columbus Day Invitational
1,800 Attendees                 
Throughout RI

October 11–14               
National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) 2017 Annual Conference
800 Attendees                 
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @neonatalnurses
Facebook: neonatalnurses
#NANN2017