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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

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 Waterfront Festivals 2011 Sunset Music Series

April 5th, 2011 by billfarrell

Newport Waterfront has announced their Sunset Music Series lineup for 2011. Reserve your rooms at the Spring Seasons Inn before we sell out.

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Greenvale Vineyards 12th Annual Summer Jazz Series

March 30th, 2011 by billfarrell

Portsmouth, RI – Greenvale Vineyards will continue with its 12th Annual Summer Jazz Series.  The Jazz Series was organized by Matthew Quinn and is held in his honor.

The Jazz Series concerts are held in the Tasting Room from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday from May 7th through the last Saturday in November. We will be offering wine tastings as well as wine by the glass and bottle all day and welcome our guests to come with picnics.

Greenvale Vineyards is located at 582 Wapping Road in Portsmouth, just 6 miles from downtown Newport, along the Sakonnet River. This historic property produces approximately 3,500 cases of wine each year from over twenty acres of vines, which include Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Cayuga, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc grapes.  All of the wines are made from 100% estate grown 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 online at

Abbey Road to Perform at Greenvale Vineyards

March 30th, 2011 by billfarrell

Portsmouth, RI, — From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 Abbey Rhode, a local 1960s-influenced band will perform at Greenvale Vineyards.  The group has been playing at clubs around Rhode Island for years, and have gained popularity for their authentic sounds of the 1960s.  Their favorite musicians include Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)  in Greenvale Vineyards’ historic Stable/Tasting Room.  Tickets are $22.00 in advance or $25.00 the day of the show.   For more information or to purchase advance tickets, please call (401) 847-3777.

Greenvale Vineyards is located at 582 Wapping Road in Portsmouth, along the Sakonnet River. Approximately 3,500 cases of wine are produced each year from twenty acres of vines, which include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Vidal Blanc, Cayuga, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec grapes.  All of the wines are made from estate grown fruit.  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 vineyard tours daily at 2:00 p.m. or by appointment. For further information, call (401) 847-3777, email at or visit online at

French Film Festival Coming to Newport

March 13th, 2011 by billfarrell

Saturday, March 12, 2011

GoLocalProv Lifestyle Team

Salve Regina University in Newport opens their annual French Film Festival on Sunday, March 27, a two-week event that attracted an audience of more than 2,000 last year.

The opening reception and film will feature a wine and cheese tasting provided by Newport Wine Cellar, French café music performed by Salve Regina students, and student ushers from the university’s theatre department dressed in can-can. The feature film on opening night, Heartbreaker/L’Arnacœur, is an action-packed romantic comedy that was a blockbuster in France.

C’est Magnifique!

Films range from dramas and thrillers and romantic comedies. A complete line-up can be found here: The festival runs at two locations in Newport through April 7. Tickets are $15 for the opening night film and reception. All other films during the festival will cost $5 at the door and will be screened at Salve Regina University’s O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Avenue. A festival pass to all films and events is available for $20. Salve Regina students are admitted free with valid university identification.
Tickets and passes may be purchased at or by calling (866) 811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased at the Casino Theatre during box office hours.

Newport Folk Festival Lineup Announced

April 13th, 2010 by billfarrell

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:44:18After one of its most successful years ever, the Folk Festival Newport RI will continue this summer with two days in the sun at Fort Adams State Park. A mix of contemporary and classic artists will be featured throughout this year’s festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1. Highlighting the list of performers are The Avett Brothers, Levon Helm’s Ramble on the Road, The Swell Season, John Pine, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket (better known as Jim James), Brandi Carlile and Andrew Bird.

Officially named George Wein’s Folk Festival Newport RI after its co-founder, the festival will also welcome Doc Watson & David Holt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Calexico, Blitzen Trapper, Richie Havens, Sam Bush, The Low Anthem, Tim O’Brien, The Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Tao Seeger Band, A.A. Bondy, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, Dawes, Nneka, Horse Feathers, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Sarah Jarosz, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, O’Death and Liz Longley. More artists will be announced at a later date. The complete breakdown of artists performing each day is available below.

The Folk Festival Newport RI will kick off with a special concert from Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday, July 30. Tim O’Brien and Sarah Jarosz will also perform.

Tickets for the Folk Festival Newport RI go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Tickemaster. Two-day passes will be available for $125 while single day tickets will be sold for $69. Discounted tickets for children aged 3 to 15 will be available for $15 each day. Tickets for the kick-off show range in price from $30 to $85.

“Newport is like a second home to me and I always look forward to the next visit,” said Wein in a press release. “After celebrating the 50th anniversary with Pete [Seeger] and 17,000 fans, I can’t wait to see the magic unfold over the three days.”

“There is something so perfect about being in Newport near the water and that old stone fort – all gathered in to sing with family and friends – that keeps me wanting to come back year after year,” explained Yames in a press release. “It’s like the walls of the fort are arms, and I feel secure when I am near them, protected by the spirits there – past, present, and future. And, I like to hear our voices bouncing off those old stone walls as my eye drifts to the sailboats on the seashore and the people just smiling and taking it all in.”

While in Newport, stay at The Spring Seasons Inn.

2010 Newport Folk Festival Lineup

Friday, July 30 ~ 8:00 pm at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Tim O’Brien
Sarah Jarosz

Saturday, July 31 ~ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm at Fort Adams State Park

John Prine
Andrew Bird
Brandi Carlile
The Low Anthem
Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket
Doc Watson & David Holt
Liz Longley
Blitzen Trapper
A.A. Bondy
Sam Bush

Sunday, August 1 ~ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm at Fort Adams State Park

Levon Helm’s Ramble on the Road
The Swell Season
The Avett Brothers
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Richie Havens
Justin Townes Earle
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Punch Brothers with Chris Thile
The Felice Brothers
Tao Seeger Band
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three
Updated On: March 26, 2010

If you are interested in visiting for the Folk Festival Newport RI, Spring Seasons Inn offers the best Places To Stay In Newport RI. Our Newport RI Bed and Breakfast is located close to many great Things To Do In Newport Rhode Island. Our Newport Rhode Island Bed and Breakfast is very well known for our Tea Rooms In Rhode Island where you can relax after a day in the sun at the Folk Festival Newport RI.

Newport Yachting Center to host Taste of Rhode Island, Oktoberfest

September 30th, 2009 by billfarrell

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 20:02:05Newport —

Bratwurst, beer, seafood and barbecue are among the dozens of fall food offerings featured in Newport over the next two weekends.

A Taste of Rhode Island, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Newport Yachting Center, features local fare from Rhode Island and Massachusetts served up with culinary demonstrations, a waterfront wine garden and two stages of live entertainment. Polkas, German food and Bavarian brews are on tap for Columbus Day weekend at the Yachting Center’s 17th annual International Oktoberfest.

Mike Martin, director of Newport Waterfront events, said this year’s Taste of Rhode Island features more Ocean State food favorites than ever before, including chowder and clam cakes, lobster rolls, scallops, a raw bar, local shellfish and an oyster shucking contest.

The Stop and Shop Culinary Stage will host contenders showing off their culinary savvy in the second annual Rhody Recipe Contest, and Rhode Island chef Timothy Mulligan, who will be demonstrate fast and easy recipes. The Stop and Shop pavilion will also feature brand ambassadors with information and samples of their products.

The two-day festival of food will feature three separate food areas: The Rhode Island Shore Dinner Hall, which Martin said is reminiscent of the Rocky Point Shore Dinner Hall, will sell shoreline favorites including clam cakes and chowder. Brazilian barbecue, pulled pork and ribs are among the smoky fare in the open-air Rhode Island Barbecue Spectacular and the new Fork in the Rhode tent will showcase classic comfort foods, ethnic offerings and desserts.

“We’ve tried to encapsulate what it means to be a Rhode Islander,” said Martin. “From the quirky side like coffee milk and Del’s to the neighborhood restaurants and places along the shore.”

Cuisine from dozens of area restaurants will be among the three tents, including the Blue Plate Diner, Jerry’s Pastries, Timi’s, Saugy’s, Armen’s Gourmet Endings, the Crowne Plaza, Casa Brazil, Chelo’s and Latitudes.

Wine expert Mariola Varona will share her knowledge of food and wine pairings in the Waterfront Wine Garden, where dozens of different types of wine will be available along with jazz music, a Sam Adams brew pub and beer education seminars.

The family friendly two-day festival will also host cookbook authors, a kids fun area and music by local bands including The Ravers.

On Columbus Day weekend the annual Oktoberfest, held Saturday, Oct. 10, through Monday, Oct. 12, will feature bundles of bratwurst on the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill and authentic German cuisine from The Hofbrauhaus restaurant.

“It’s a real community event — just like everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone has a bit of German culture in them during Oktoberfest,” said Martin.

Germany’s top folk musician, Edith Prock, will perform along with yodelers, dance troupes, German bands, lively Polka music from Alpine Squeeze and Spitze!, German entertainers who perform at Disney’s Epcot theme park.

Two separate biergartens will serve special Oktoberfest brews and standard beers from Sam Adams, Newport Storm and German breweries including Beck’s, Spaten Leinenkugel’s, Hoegaarden and Leffe Brown.

The Taste of Rhode Island will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for Taste of Rhode Island are $10; free for children younger than 12 accompanied by an adult. Tokens for $1, which can be used to purchase food in the tents, will be for sale at the event. Ticket prices and times vary on each of the three days of Oktoberfest. To purchase tickets or for more information on either event, call 401-846-1600 or see

Enjoy a relaxing New England Vacation and stay with us in our Newport Rhode Island Bed and Breakfast. Offering the very best in Newport Rhode Island Lodging, our Spring Season Inn and Tea Room is located in one of the most charming areas of the city

Newport Jazz, Folk Festivals Returning To Roots

June 4th, 2009 by billfarrell

Thu, 04 Jun 2009 13:34:57Lineups for the Newport folk and jazz festivals indicate both are returning to their roots. Pete Seeger who will be turning 90 next month is scheduled to appear.

Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, who played the first Newport festival in 1959 and remain vital figures in the folk genre, are scheduled to perform again this year. Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie also are on the bill, along with more contemporary acts like the Decemberists and Iron and Wine.

“The whole concept of the folk festival is a reunion of the old people to celebrate 50 years of folk music in Newport — and to show how many young people are involved with folk music,” said 83-year-old George Wein, who founded both festivals a half-century ago.

He stepped forward to produce them again this year as they lost the backing of their longtime sponsor amid a flagging economy that’s made people think twice about traveling and spending money.

The jazz festival, meanwhile, will feature singers Tony Bennett and Etta James, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the Dave Brubeck Quartet — a fixture at Newport.

The folk festival, which this year is formally known as George Wein’s Folk Festival 50, is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2. And George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 is scheduled for the following weekend. Both events will take place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport.

Both shows have a heralded history. Bob Dylan stunned the folk world in 1965 when he performed with an electric guitar, and the jazz festival has hosted Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra among others.

Wein hadn’t planned to produce the festivals again this year. He sold his production company in 2007 to the New York-based Festival Network, though he stayed on with the new owners.

But Festival Network was found in default of its contract with the state of Rhode Island earlier this year, and suddenly the future of the festivals was hazy. Wein said he came forward to “save” them.

“This is my life. To me, it’s not business anymore,” he said. “I’m not doing this to make money.”

A phone message left for Festival Network was not returned Thursday. But the company still lists the Newport festivals on its Web site and has previously indicated that it plans to be involved in producing shows in Rhode Island this summer.

Wein is proceeding without the festivals’ longtime sponsor, the JVC electronics company, which he said pulled out after running into financial troubles. He is bankrolling the concerts and expects to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on them.

“I’ve been spoiled all my life,” Wein said. “Sponsors have come to me. Now I just hope they’ll come again. They have to feel that what you’re doing has some significance and has some meaning.”

Wein said he doesn’t know what effect the economy will have on the events, but he promises that the quality won’t suffer.

“I have to put on my festival. It has to be a quality event,” he said. “It has to take care of the crowd.”

Spring Seasons Inn is a Newport Rhode Island Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of all of the exciting activities in Newport Rhode Island including the Newport Rhode Island Jazz Festival.

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