In Labor Day weekends past, scores of Rhode Islanders would flock to the Rocky Point Amusement Park.
It was one-stop shopping, with the beach, rides, a fun atmosphere, and, of course, clam cakes and chowder. Sadly, small-scale and uncorporate amusement parks have all but gone the way of the Dodo, doing away with what was once a shared Rhode Island experience.
This explains the nostalgia that many locals have Rocky Point. As part of an effort to help explain the meaning of this bygone attraction to his young son, URI professor Dave Bettencourt has made a feature documentary, You Must Be This Tall, about it. Bettencourt joins Steve Aveson and myself this Sunday on Newsmakers to discuss the film.
You Must Be This Tall is slated to premiere September 7, at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket. For details on other screenings, click here.