As predicted by Tim Mullally, chair of the event, the Downtown Warwick Merchants’ 15th anniversary celebration of “Ladies Night Out” and “Queen for a Day” was buzzing with excitement and activity on Thursday evening, Aug. 23. Large crowds of ladies and more than a few men enjoyed excellent weather as they strolled through downtown Warwick visiting shops, vendors and restaurants, watching demonstrations, listening to musical entertainment, dancing on Railroad Green or just relaxing at one of the attractive outdoor cafes in the village. And many of the stores also offered refreshments and special treats free of charge to all visitors. Sidewalk vendors included non-profit organizations and those whose focus was on women’s health, fitness, beauty and fashion. Actors from the Renaissance Faire were also on hand to entertain as well as distribute information. Railroad Green was the site of numerous activities such as a women’s self defense demonstration by Chosun Taekwondo Academy, weight-lifting to music and line dancing. New for this year, the 2012 Ladies Night Out also benefited Safe Homes of Orange County, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate all forms of domestic violence through education, outreach and providing services to individuals and families affected by domestic abuse. Representatives of the organization provided information about all its available services at their stand on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street.
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