White Cane Day

Join us for Rhode Island’s White Cane Day Celebration on Saturday, October 15, from 1 PM – 4 PM, at the Garden City Center Gazebo, 100 Midway Road, Cranston.

The event is RAIN or SHINE and will celebrate the independence of Rhode Islanders who are blind and visually impaired with lots of family-friendly activities, including:

  • Free tee shirt giveaway (while supplies last).
  • Family activities include a face painter, balloon artist, food, white cane pretzels, and music!
  • National Hot Rod Association Funny Car.
  • Resource tables featuring information about local organizations and services.

There will also be a brief speaking program starting at 2:30 PM featuring Jay Blake from Follow a Dream and local storyteller Mark Binder.


Transportation:

  1. RIDE can drop attendees off in front of Newport Creamery.
  2. RIPTA’s bus stop is located behind J Crew on Midway Road. 
  3. See the map below for more details.  Locations of the Newport Creamery, the gazebo, and the RIPTA bus stop on Midway are highlighted in yellow.  The walking path from the RIPTA stop to the gazebo is highlighted in blue.
  4. Parking is available throughout Garden City and surrounding the gazebo area.

Restrooms:

Public restrooms are near the Garden City Management office, behind Jos A. Bank. 


Navigating the event:

As this event celebrates independence, we expect attendees to manage the event independently and be responsible for themselves, their children, and other guests.  We will have volunteers trained in human guides stationed throughout the event, specifically near street crossings and areas with stairs.  There are no ramps to get to the lower part of the area where the tables will be; attendees can travel down a slight slope on the grass. Volunteers will also be placed near the steps for safety.

Garden City staff will also place white stations and orange cones around the event’s perimeter for additional safety.


Event Sponsors:

IN-SIGHT, the RI Parents of Blind and Visually Impaired Children (RIBVIC), Rhode Island State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (RISBVI), the Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation, the National Federation of the Blind, OSCIL, Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), Veterans Administration Vision Program, Snookers, and many more.