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October 24th, 2011 by billfarrell

November 12, 2011,  Portsmouth, RI, — On Saturday, November 12, 2011, Greenvale Vineyards will host its 13th Annual Harvest Festival.  The event is held to celebrate the completion of the annual grape harvest.  Everyone is welcome to attend; the celebration is open to the public.

     Greenvale will host live music by Dick Lupino on bass and vocals, Mike Renzi on piano, and Vin Pagano on drums. In addition, the celebration will include harvest games, soup samplings, tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards’ award winning, estate grown wines!

     Greenvale Vineyards is located at 582 Wapping Road in Portsmouth, along the Sakonnet River. This historic property produces approximately 3,500 cases of wine each year from twenty four acres of vines, which include Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Cayuga, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc.  All the wines are made from estate grown, hand-harvested grapes.  The Tasting Room is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, with tours daily at 2:00 p.m. or by appointment. For further information, call (401) 847-3777 or visit us online at

Tennis Hall of Fame Fall Programs 2011

October 21st, 2011 by billfarrell

The International Tennis Hall of Fame announces the following programs for Novemeber and December, 2011. The Tennis Hall of Fame located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island is a wonderful museum covering the history of Tennis in America and appeals to the tennis fan and lay person alike. While this author has no interest in tennis whatsoever, the museum is always an enjoyable place to visit.  The Spring Seasons Inn also offers packages to the Tennis Hall of Fame for guests staying here.

Thursday, November 10th, 6PM Get your Mind and Body in the Game

Learn how you can use your mind to improve your game, and how playing tennis will improve your mental, physical and social well being in this special lecture and discussion featuring psychiatrist Dr. Srini Pillay and physical therapist David Tberio, PhD and orthopedic surgeon Craig Foster.

Friday, November 11th, Veterans Day

Free admission to museum and grounds for all military families with proper ID.

Friday, November 25th, 10AM – 4PM Family Fun Day

Family activities during Thanksgiving weekend! Scavenger hunts throughout the Museum, Wii tennis, Museum tours and more!

Sunday, December 4th at 5:30PM Deck the Hall!

Join outdoor holiday lights ceremony at the Hall of Fame. Caroling will be hosted by the Cluny School Choir. Refreshments will be served. Free event.

Saturday, December 10, 9:30AM – 5:00PM Holiday Open House and visit with Santa

Holiday arts and crafts, Wii tennis on the big screen, Museum scavenger unts, Museum tours, and more! At 2:30OM, storyteller Cindy Killavey will read The Night Before Christmas, followed by a visit from Santa Claus himself! Free for all ages with donation of a non-perishable food items.

The Tennis Hal of Fame can be reached at 401.849.3990 for additional information or on the web at

While participating in these events, consider The Spring Seasons Inn, your home away form home.

2012 Tall Ships Festival Newport, Rhode Island

October 21st, 2011 by billfarrell

State officials and local business leaders recently announced the 2012 Ocean State Tall Ships Festival. With an anticipated $92 million dollar economic impact locally and statewide, the Tall Ships visit from July 6-9 and the America’s Cup World Series events that will precede it from June 23 – July 1 are sure to draw tourists, visitors and sailors from around the world. Previous Tall Ships events in Newport and Rhode Island have been large draws for the city and the state but with the Americas Cup World Series this year, Newport will sure to be the place to be to view these exciting events.

The most recent Tall Ships event was in 2007 and drew an estimated 200,000 people to Rhode Island and had an economic impact of more than $20 million dollars. The organizers of the 2012 event are expect the numbers to far surpass the 2007 numbers. Local businesses are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of the Tall Ships and the Americas Cup events preceding it.

The 2012 Tall Ships event will be part of the Tall Ships Challenge sponsored by Tall Ships America. Participating ships will begin in Savannah, Georgia form May 3-7, go on to Charleston, South Carolina, May 10-14 and will then be in Greenport, New York from May 24-28 before heading to Newport. When the Tall Ships depart Newport, they will sail for Halifax and other Nova Scotia ports on July 18-2 and July 24-30th. These events are all part of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

The Spring Seasons Inn currently has availability on these dates but we would expect the month of June and July, 2012 to fill up soon so if you are thinking of coming to Newport to participate in or view these events, it is a good idea to start your planning immediately as the B&B’s and hotels are expected to sell out soon.



Newport Restoration Foundation Events October/November

October 12th, 2011 by billfarrell

Founded in 1968 by Doris Duke, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit institution. NRF was founded to preserve, interpret and maintain Aquidneck Island’s 18th- and 19th- century architectural culture.

Some upcoming events for October/November that might be interesting are listed below. While participating in these events, consider stay at The Spring Seasons Inn and Tea Room, a Victorian B&B in Newport, RI.

Open Hearth Cooking
Saturday, October 22, 12:00-4:30 pm
Join Linda Oakley, food history and hearth cooking expert from Old Sturbridge Village, in a hands-on workshop in the c. 1730 Guard House at Prescott Farm.  You will be able to prepare and enjoy a colonial era harvest dinner. The workshop fee is $55 and reservations are required. Questions? Contact Liz Spoden by email or call (401) 846-4152.

Windmill Wednesday
Wednesday, October 26, 4:00-6:00 pm

Enjoy a fun, family-friendly evening at Prescott Farm’s 1812 Sherman Windmill. An open house format offers visitors a chance to explore the inside of the historic windmill and learn about the history of windpower on Aquidneck Island. Taste johnnycakes made with locally milled cornmeal. Enjoy activities for kids. Admission is $5 and free for children under 5. Questions? Contact Liz Spoden at (401) 846-4152 or

Winter Weatherization
Workshop for Old House Owners
Saturday, November 5, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Winter is coming. It’s time to think about tuning up your old house and lowering those heating bills. At the same time you will be protecting Rhode Island’s heritage and helping to save the planet! In this half-day workshop learn how to make your old home more “green,” saving both money and energy without damaging its historic character. You will receive a Historic Homeowners’ Toolkit and a checklist for seasonal home maintenance.

The partially restored Gibson House (c.1848) in historic Bristol, RI (1200 Hope Street) is the setting for this workshop. Experts will present information and demonstrations on:
Weatherizing the building envelope (walls, doors, roof, windows)
Efficient heating systems
Basic maintenance
and more
This workshop is a project of the Collaborative for Common Sense Preservation: Historic New England, the Newport Restoration Foundation, and Preserve Rhode Island.

Advance registration required: Call Liz Spoden at (401) 846-4152 or email her at

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