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Explore Our Town: Westerly

Rhode Island PBS seeks stories about Westerly, RI

The Rhode Island PBS Our Town community project and television series is joining the Westerly community this spring and summer to kickoff Our Town: Westerly. We are seeking stories from friends and neighbors within the Westerly community. What makes Westerly special to you? You decide what stories should be told about the people, places, and happenings in your area. Whether you’re a longtime resident or simply know a great story to share about the community, there is a story waiting to be told - by you!

Join us for the Community Planning Meeting to learn more about the project. During the Community Meeting, we’ll talk about more specific story ideas and get everyone to commit to being a part of the project.

At the Filmmaker Workshop, we’ll discuss how to visually tell your story by capturing video and photos from your hometown for the project.

Own a business in town? There's a special role for you! Debby Hall will let you know how your town pride can support this project and benefit your business.

Need a little more filming advice? Our project producer will be in town on a specific day (to be announced) to give you some added support and filming tips. Also on that day, we'll ask you - the filmmaker - to come in and talk to us on camera about your story, to give it background or context. We’ll ask that you reserve an appointment with us for your interview, so we can make the most of your valuable time.

See these stories come to life during the broadcast premiere of Our Town: Westerly in December on Rhode Island PBS, during station’s on-air membership campaign.

Dates and locations of meetings and broadcast premiere will be posted right here, so please check back periodically.

We welcome you to be part of Rhode Island PBS and the Westerly community to plan this program. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm! If you want to be an Our Town videographer and/or storyteller, or help in some way, please contact Jodi Mesolella (Our Town project director) at 401-222-3636 x209, or Nicole Muri (Our Town producer) at 401-222-3636, x225 or by e-mail


Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m., in the Town Council Chambers at Westerly Town Hall, 45 Broad Street, Westerly.

Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 p at Rhode Island PBS

[Delivery date for all video to Rhode Island PBS] Friday, September 9, 2016

If you can’t attend a meeting, or know someone else who’d also be interested in this project, please download and complete this form and email it to

Questions? Contact Us

Jodi Mesolella
Project Director
401-222-3636 x209

Nicole Muri
401-222-3636 x225