slides: You Know You’re From Woonsocket When…
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
GoLocal is pleased to take Rhode Islanders on a tour of the inner workings of many towns and cities across the state. It’s the authentic look at each location – no room for wannabes or posers here.
Today’s voyage is to Woonsocket. Located in Providence County, Woonsocket’s rich history stretches back to the Industrial Revolution. Today, the historic city is home to one of the largest companies in the world – CVS Caremark.
Are you ready to test your knowledge of the ins and outs of Woonsocket? Check out the slideshow below to see if you make the grade.
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You Play Big Time Hockey
You know you're from Woonsocket when you have been to Brother Adelard Arena.
No high school in America has the legacy of Mount Saint Charles when it comes to hockey. They have won more state championships and sent more young men to the NHL than anyone in America.
The most amazing stat may be that only three Americans have been selected #1 overall in the NHL Draft and two of them were Mounties – Brian Lawton and Bryan Berard.
You know you're from Woonsocket when you know how to eat a dynamite sandwich.
The sandwich is king in the old French-Canadian town and available in all the best old diners around town. Consisting of ground beef, celery, onions, and green peppers, dynamite sandwiches may look like a Sloppy Joe to the untrained eye, but locals know it as so much more.
Don't forget to add the hot sauce.
A Glimpse of Hollywood
You know you’re from Woonsocket if you tried to catch a glimpse of Richard Gere during the filming of Hachi.
In 2009, the Woonsocket Train Depot was transformed into a movie set for the filming of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, which centered on a college professor’s unlikely bond with an abandoned dog. In addition to Gere, the movie starred Joan Allen (The Killing, The Bourne Legacy) and Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander.
Three years later, a statue commemorating the film was unveiled at the train depot.
Rhode Island is home to one of the biggest and most successful companies in America – CVS.
The company is now one of the Top 50 companies in America and one of the biggest healthcare providers in the world.
Woonsocket is the place to visit their ever-expanding corporate headquarters.
You know you’re from Woonsocket if you bought your child’s toys at Child World.
At its peak, this Toys “R” Us competitor boasted over 180 stores in the United States – including one in Woonsocket. Known for selling toys, electronics, board games, dolls, and video games, Child World has in business for over two decades until it closed its doors in 1992.
You know you’re from Woonsocket if you’ve had dreams of making it to the big leagues.
Hockey isn’t the sport on the radar of Woonsocket residents. From baseball legend and Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie to the “Woonsocket Rocket” himself Rocco Baldelli, Woonsocket as been home to some great pro ball players. And who could forget Clem Labine, the All-Star relief pitcher who won three World Series Championships.
You know you’re from Woonsocket if you remember when the city touted six movie theaters.
The Stadium Theatre may be the only movie house left in Woonsocket, but at one time the city featured six impressive venues. As recently as the 1950s, Woonsocket residents had their choice of seeing an evening or afternoon showing at six theaters – including The Olympia, Bijou, Rialto, Stadium, Laurier and New Park. In fact, four theaters were on Main Street alone.
You know you’re from Woonsocket if you buy your dynamite rolls at Dupras Bakery.
Appropriately located on Sweet Ave, this popular bakery offers a variety of baked goods, including torpedo rolls – also know by locals as dynamite rolls. Adding to its small town charm, Dupras features handwritten signs and small, but cozy atmosphere.
Are you ready to make a dynamite sandwich?
You know you’re from Woonsocket if you’ve ice-skated at night at Bernon Park.
Consisting of nearly 10 acres of open space, Bernon Park touts numerous athletic fields for tennis, basketball, baseball, and ice hockey. It also features a large playground in the center of park – equipped with a jungle gym, swings, and slides.
A Night at the Theatre
If you’re from Woonsocket, chances are you’ve caught a weekend performance at Theatre Works.
Located in the Masonic Temple on Clinton Street, this community theatre has entertained theatregoers for over 30 years. Known for its comfortable and intiminate atmosphere, Theatre Works was the first Rhode Island theatre to perform La Cage Aux Folles and Forever Plaid.
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