The Common Fence Point Improvement Association is inviting the community to join them on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 11am to 2pm for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the newly renovated and reopened CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center.

The center is located at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI, 02871. Visitors of all ages are welcome.

Following a lengthy renovation, the CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center (formerly the Common Fence Point Community Hall) is open and ready to welcome new and returning visitors! In celebration, the community is invited to participate in a celebratory ribbon-cutting event and open house. The ceremony will take place on the beautiful new steps of the facility at 11am on Saturday, September 28th, 2019. It will be immediately followed by activities indoors and out. 

Entering into the hall, visitors will be welcomed by representatives of some of the program providers whose educational programs can be experienced at CFP Arts, including CFP Zumba, Newport County YMCA, Common Fence Music, CFP Art and Aquidneck Singers. Visitors can sample a ballroom dance lesson with Dancing the Dream Productions’ instructor Sue Young, or participate in a bit of “instant theater” with Portsmouth Community Theater. The Gallery at Common Fence Point will be presenting their “Best of CFP show”, a collection of photographs taken of or from its namesake Portsmouth neighborhood. All artwork sales will support continuing work on the CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center. 

Across the street from the hall in the CFP Park, the Newport County YMCA will host a bounce house for the kiddos. Food trucks McCray’s Seafood, Castaway Gourmet, and Sarcastic Streets will also be onsite selling delicious lunch items and treats for the hungry event attendee. Visitors are invited to spread out picnic blankets in the park, or sit inside at provided tables.

Free parking is available across from the CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center. The hall is fully accessible. 

Renovations of the CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center have been generously funded in part by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the Newport County YMCA, the Champlin Foundation, the Spier Family Foundation and BankNewport. 

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