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Explore Our Town: Bristol

The local legends, historical happenings, and backyard secrets of Bristol, Rhode Island, are the focus of Our Town, an ongoing Rhode Island PBS community project.

Residents of Bristol are especially urged to participate, but one need not be a resident of the particular town - just have a great town story to tell. Planning meetings and a workshop lead up to the period allocated for filming. During the planning meetings, participants discuss and choose the subjects and locations they want to include in the documentary about their town. 

In each town, Rhode Island PBS recruits up to 20 to 25 volunteers with video cameras. For this project, there are no restrictions as to age or experience and there is no cost or compensation to participate. For those with a story to tell but no camera to capture it, Rhode Island PBS has a camera to lend by appointment and with a security deposit, which is returned when the camera is returned.

Bristol's first town planning meeting and technical workshops will be in October, with the filming deadline November 27, 2017.

Although dates for shooting footage will be set, videographers need not wait, and are encouraged to shoot footage of any relevant event or storyline anytime up to the deadline for video submission.

For information about joining the Rhode Island PBS Our Town project, and for details about meetings as the dates approach, visit, or call Jodi Mesolella (project director) at 401-222-3636, extension 209, Nicole Muri (producer) at extension 225, or email



February 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center, 101 Asylum Rd, Bristol, RI 02809.



Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30pm at the Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI.



Monday, October 30 from 5:30-7 pm at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center, 101 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI.

November 6 from 5:30-7 pm at the Rhode Island PBS studios, 50 Park Lane, Providence, RI.