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2012 Newport County Calendar of Events

January 23rd, 2012 by billfarrell

This 2012 Calendar of Events is from the Newport & Bristol County Conventions and Visitors Bureau. If you click on an item for more details, please use your back arrow to go back to the Spring Seasons Inn and Tea Room Page.
JANUARY 1 – 31
The exhibit, featuring 18th and early 19th century samplers from the Newport Historical Society’s textiles collection, reflects the evolution of Newport needlework over the course of a century and… Details
Stop in at Gallery Eleven Fine Art for our “Bold and Bright” exhibition January 14 to February 29 and add some color to your winter months with original works of art ranging from paintings in watercolor,… Details
Allow Chef Alexandra Day to whisk you away to the lovely Normandy region of France in this hands-on classic French cooking class. Crepe lesson – both savory & sweet. Tips & tricks for making… Details
Take a Tour of Scotland enjoying Scotch from some of the country’s finest distilleries including JW Black, Singleton, Oban, Lagavulin and Talisker, all accompanied by an inspired 22 Bowen’s… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
Candlelight Tour throughout Belcourt Castle with the focus being on Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont who married Alva Vanderbilt and built Belcourt with architect Richard Morris Hunt in 1891-1894. Tour… Details
Mrs. Tinney takes you on a tour of her home of 50 years and talks about her ghost experiences. She has put pen to paper in her new book titled: “Ghosts of Belcourt Castle”. Tour Price: $25 adult $15… Details
Narrated train rides in historic heated rail cars through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Train departs from Old Colony at 11:45 and 1:45. Coach car tickets $10 adults, $8… Details
Stop in at Gallery Eleven Fine Art for our “Bold and Bright” exhibition January 14 to February 29 and add some color to your winter months with original works of art ranging from paintings in watercolor,… Details
The exhibit, featuring 18th and early 19th century samplers from the Newport Historical Society’s textiles collection, reflects the evolution of Newport needlework over the course of a century and… Details
New England was inhospitable territory for Catholics from the colonial era until the Civil War. Dr. John Quinn will explore the history of Catholicism in Newport, RI, specifically focusing on the late… Details
Rock Steady (tribute to Bad Company) & Rock This Way (tribute to Aerosmith) in town for one night! Tickets $10/$12 day of show. 9pm.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
Discover the early history of Newport’s people of color, enslaved and free. Visit the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House and the colonial African burying ground. $12 per person, $10 Newport Historical… Details
FEBRUARY 4 – 29
From its beginnings in 1994, this unusual show has brought together area artists who enter artwork representing pieces from the Renaissance to the modern day in a wide variety of 2 & 3 dimensional… Details
Featuring Piano Quintets by Dohnanyi, Mozart and Dvorak with Melody Albanese-Kelly and Meghan O’Connor, violins;  Diane Guillemette, viola; John Kelly, violoncello; and Paul Rosenbloom, piano…. Details
Narrated train rides in historic heated rail cars through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Train departs from Old Colony at 11:45 and 1:45. Coach car tickets $10 adults, $8… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
Imagine experiencing and energetic mix of comedy, hypnosis and non-stop laughter from start to finish! Tickets $10/$12 day of show.
Narrated train rides in historic heated rail cars through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Train departs from Old Colony at 11:45 and 1:45. Coach car tickets $10 adults, $8… Details
Noah Fulmer, Executive Director of Farm Fresh RI, will speak about the local food systems of Little Rhody from 7pm-8pm. This is the first event of SVF Foundation’s exciting new Lecture Series which… Details
Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people. Offered at 11am; $12 per person. Reservations suggested as space… Details
Feel transported through time to the heyday of a colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll through Newport’s Historic Hill on this 4:30pm tour. $12 per person, reservations suggested.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
New England’s Winter Extravaganza with more than 160 events combining food, music and entertainment for all ages.
Visit two of the Newport Historical Society’s colonial properties, the 1739 Colony House and the c.1697 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, on the 11:30am Public and Private Spaces tour. $12 per person,… Details
Newport’s Revival features the social history and architecture of Newport after its Golden Colonial Era and before the Gilded Age. Offered at 11am. $12 per person, reservations suggested as space is… Details
Explore the Common Burying Ground during Souls & Stones. New to the Newport History Tours line-up, this 11am tour showcases the remarkable gravestones that make the Common Burying Ground a work of… Details
Visit two of the Newport Historical Society’s colonial properties, the 1739 Colony House and the c.1697 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, on the 11:30am Public and Private Spaces tour. $12 per person,… Details
William J. Brown was an African-American civic leader who may have authored the most thoughtful narrative by a free man of color in the 19th Century. Mr. Brown uses his autobiography to tell how his… Details
See where scoundrels lived, where pirates profited and where criminals were put on trial and punished. Find out why the colony of Rhode Island was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Departs at… Details
Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people. Offered at 11am; $12 per person. Reservations suggested as space… Details
Newport’s Revival features the social history and architecture of Newport after its Golden Colonial Era and before the Gilded Age. Offered at 11am. $12 per person, reservations suggested as space is… Details
Watch bartenders compete in a “Iron Chef” format. What will be the secret ingredient?! A RI-USBG event. 8:30pm. Free.
Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Hear stories from the years surrounding the American Revolution in Newport on the 11am Road to Independence tour. $12 per person, reservations suggested.
Walk in the footsteps of the immigrants, sailors and merchants who once lived and worked in the Lower Thames neighborhood on the 11am Working Waterfront Tour.
FEBRUARY 24 – 25
6pm-9 pm. The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Park’s three acre quarry meadow which include a one acre vernal pond, groves of trees and a… Details
Visit two of the Newport Historical Society’s colonial properties, the 1739 Colony House and the c.1697 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, on the 11:30am Public and Private Spaces tour. $12 per person,… Details
Feel transported through time to the heyday of a colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll through Newport’s Historic Hill on this 4:30pm tour. $12 per person, reservations suggested.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
See where scoundrels lived, where pirates profited and where criminals were put on trial and punished. Find out why the colony of Rhode Island was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Departs at… Details
Explore the Common Burying Ground during Souls & Stones. New to the Newport History Tours line-up, this 11am tour showcases the remarkable gravestones that make the Common Burying Ground a work of… Details
Celebrate all that is Irish during this exciting month-long event.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
Chefs from Newport’s sister city, Kinsale, Ireland, show off their cookery talents to create traditional and contemporary Irish cuisine in local restaurants.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
11am. Find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Newport! The parade begins at 11 a.m. at City Hall, runs through… Details
MARCH 23 – APRIL 1
A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurant without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport & Bristol… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
MARCH 23 – APRIL 1
Spring into Art, coordinated by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, takes place March 23-April 1. Artists, musicians, dancers, theater companies, photographers, arts organizations,… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
APRIL 7
10am. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to bring the children to meet the Easter Bunny. Reservations required. Visit website for ticket prices and to make reservations, or call.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
APRIL 14 – 30
Celebrate spring at this beautiful thirty-three acre estate on Narragansett Bay with a spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils. April 14 – May 6, 2012.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
Celebrate spring at this beautiful thirty-three acre estate on Narragansett Bay with a spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils. April 14 – May 6, 2012.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
11:50am – The parade features over 4,000 law enforcement participants to commemorate National Police Week. Parade starts on West Main Road going towards Newport.
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
MAY 26 – 27
The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is the only dedicated Class 40 sailing race in the US. The last of a 3 stage event will be held in Newport on Memorial Day Weekend. Event village and boats… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
The official kick-off to summer in Newport, the international chowder championships are back! Enjoy all-you-can-eat samples of exotic and traditional chowders from across the country and beyond, and vote… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
The Newport Bermuda Race is a 635 nautical-mile ocean race first sailed in 1906. Held biennially in even-numbered years. The race usually lasting three to six days. It crosses a stretch of the Atlantic… Details
The CVS Caremark Charity Classic features 20 professionals from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours.  The Professionals are paired into 10 two-man teams. The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is Rhode… Details
JUNE 22 – 24
Enjoy the heat of Salsa – exotic plants and colorful designs, inspired by the fusion of Latin Music and dance.  Summer will sizzle with the 2012 Opening Night Party, June 22, featuring a… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
JUNE 23 – JULY 1
Newport is the final stop in the inaugural America’s Cup World Series (AC World Series), which will feature both fleet and match racing.The regatta will give the public an opportunity to watch the… Details
“Best Comedy Troupe 2011” Motif Magazine. “2011 Best Comedy Night” Providence Phoenix. Winner of 2010 Providence Improv Fest’s Local Blowout. The Bits Players perform high-energy, fast-paced… Details
The Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will step-off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street.
At dusk (around 9:15 p.m.) Fireworks across Newport Harbor.
Newport, RI will be an Official Host Port for the Tall Ships Challenge® series on the Atlantic Coast in the summer of 2012 from July 6-9th. 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a… Details
Top ATP World Tour tennis pros travel to Newport direct from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Allen Cup in the only pro tennis tournament played on grass courts in North America. Complementing seven days… Details
JULY 12 – 15
A Festival of friendship between Newport and Japan that offers a variety of events emphasizing both Japanese and art and culture.
JULY 13 – 29
Newport Music Festival continues the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists and gala special events in the Gilded Age summer cottages of Newport, Rhode… Details
Come and frolic among the green animals at one of the nation’s oldest topiary gardens.
JULY 14 – 15
The spray of colors across the sky along Ocean Drive in July at the annual kite festival is a sight to behold. The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their… Details
Showcasing a variety of fresh cooked seafood, chowders, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes. Arts and crafts vendors, live musical entertainment.
JULY 28 – 29
Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The festival at the Fort features 3 stages of music, food & crafts, and a number… Details
AUGUST 3 – 5
The festival features two full days of jazz on three unique stages at Fort Adams, one of the Park system’s national treasures situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the… Details
This event features live reggae entertainment throughout the day.
AUGUST 16 – 19
Don’t miss the triennial renewal of this historic tradition of horsemanship and elegance. Authentic 19th century coaches drawn by teams of four horses participate in a series of daily drives and… Details
This event features live entertainment and authentic Irish cuisine.
SEPTEMBER 1 – 2
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Featuring a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international manufacturers, as well as an extensive selection of marine equipment, services and accessories in a venue that spans… Details
Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by nationally-renowned… Details
SEPTEMBER 29 – 30
An old-fashioned autumn Fair with crafters, food, games, animals, hay rides, mud pit, and monkey bridge.
This bona fide Bavarian weekend bubbles over with an expanded International Biergarten, juicy bratwursts, yodeling and folk dance performances. A kid-friendly Kindergarten area rounds out fall’s… Details
Area restaurants celebrate the “harvest of the sea” on historic Bowen’s Wharf, in downtown Newport. Enjoy a smorgasbord of seafood, baked goods, and kid-friendly fare. Groove all day… Details
NOVEMBER 2 – 11
A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurant without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport & Bristol… Details
DECEMBER 1 – 31
A month long celebration of the Holiday Season throughout Newport. Enjoy a series of concerts, tree lighting, craft fairs, candlelight house tours and much more.

Doris Duke Gives Another Gift to Newport

June 11th, 2011 by billfarrell

The Doris Duke Monument Foundation is a new non-profit under the umbrella of the Newport Restoration Foundation has recently announced plans for improvements to park at Queen Anne Square. The planned improvements are a gift to the City of Newport from the Foundation with most of the money being raised from private donations. and includes money for long term maintenance and upkeep. Queen Anne Square sits in front of Trinity Church, one of Newport’s most notable landmarks.

Pending approval from the City Council, the planned improvements to the park include additional seating and amenities, improve the overall beauty of the park with new landscape architecture, more lighting and other improvements. The architect for this project is Maya Lin, an internationally acclaimed architect most noted for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Also involved with the project is Nick Benson, a local stonemason whose business has been in Newport for several hundred years.

“The trustees of the NRF have been considering a project to pay tribute to Doris Duke and historic preservation in Newport for several years. Both Miss Duke and the efforts of countless private homeowners have had a transformative effect on the city. We feel that Queen Anne Square is a most appropriate site, as the creation of the original park was also a gift from Doris Duke to the City of Newport,” commented Pieter N. Roos, Executive Director of the Newport Restoration Foundation.

The project, scheduled for completion in 2012 with groundbreaking in the fall of 2011 only serves to continue the work that Doris Duke started so many years ago.

Founded by Doris Duke in 1968, NRF was created to rescue Newport’s dilapidated homes, many of which were at risk of being demolished. Today, NRF owns 82 historic structures of which 70 are lived in by individual tenant-stewards. NRF was honored with a Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2010. NRF operates three museum sites: Rough Point, the former home of Doris Duke; Whitehorne House, displaying a collection of early American furniture; and Prescott Farm in Middletown, featuring historic buildings on a preserved rural landscape. A non-profit institution, the foundation continues to be actively engaged in historic preservation, educational programming, and scholarly research. Visit Newport Restoration Foundation at www.NewportRestoration.org.

Doris Duke’s Sporty Side in Newport Exhibit

March 6th, 2011 by billfarrell

Saturday, March 05, 2011

GoLocalProv Lifestyle Team


From the beach to the bowling alley, from surfing to skiing, Doris Duke was a woman who loved to play.

A new exhibit at her Newport mansion Rough Point reveals the sporting side of the noted heiress and historic preservationist’s personality. Visitors can admire Doris Duke’s stylish sportswear alongside items of her personal sports equipment in Dressed to Play: The Sporty Style of Doris Duke. The exhibit illustrates her athletic lifestyle, which included surfing in Hawaii and daily swims in Newport. Fun, playful fashions from the 1940s-1970s will make visitors nostalgic for the classic styles of their mothers and grandmothers era. A collection of her personal sports equipment, including a surfboard, tennis racquet, golf clubs, scuba gear, riding habit and bowling ball, is displayed along with never before seen images of Doris Duke in action. The exhibit opens on April 14, 2011.

The active heiress

Doris Duke lived an active life filled with sports well into her later years. She swam off the rocks of Rough Point, surfed at her home in Hawaii, and bowled and rode horses at Duke Farms in New Jersey. She studied dance with choreographers around the world and was a member of Martha Graham’s Dance Company in New York. She had tennis courts at each of her homes – a passion that began as a child playing tennis with her friend Alletta Morris on the courts at the Newport Casino. Daily swims were an important part of Doris Duke’s regimen of healthy living. For many years, she swam off the rocks behind Rough Point. Later, she had a salt-water swimming pool installed in the house’s basement.

Exhibit highlights sporting gear

Two of the exhibit’s highlights are equipment related to Doris Duke’s love of water sports. The first is a Velzy Surfboard, ca. 1960, made of foam polyurethane and fiberglass. Created by Dale Velzy, who is believed to have opened the first conventional surf shop in California in 1949, the surfboard was used by Doris Duke at Shangri La, her home in Hawaii. It is notable as one of the first boards Velzy created using the new foam polyurethane material; boards were previously made of balsa wood. The second item is a pair of wooden water skis, circa 1935, which measure nearly nine feet in length. The large size of the skis helped to maintain stability on rougher ocean water. Both pieces are on loan from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art which runs Shangri La.

Soon after settling at Shangri La in 1938, Doris Duke became involved with surfing. She quickly became friends with the Kahanamoku family. Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic diver and celebrated champion surfer, and his brother, Sam, taught her to surf. Her aptitude for the sport is evidenced by a gold and sapphire powder compact included in the exhibit, inscribed January 22, 1939, recognizing Mrs. James H. R. Cromwell (as Doris Duke was then known) and Mr. Sam A. Kahanamoku for winning first prize in a Waikiki tandem surfboard paddling contest. This piece is also on loan from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Dressing for play

Doris Duke’s active lifestyle required a wardrobe that included comfortable, practical clothing to participate in a number of sporting activities. Sportswear, which began in the 1920s as specialized clothing for activities like tennis and hunting, became part of mainstream fashion during the 20th century. Social norms about public sports and activities for women expanded during this time, allowing sweaters, pants, skirts, blazers, and casual dresses to become regular items in a woman’s wardrobe. Exhibit curator Kristen Costa Francoeur explains, “These clothes may seem like everyday items to us now, but Doris Duke was on the cutting edge of fashion – she was wearing sportswear as it was being created and her busy lifestyle is shaping her wardrobe.”

Doris Duke’s wardrobe included a wide range of casual and active apparel made by American and European designers such as Jantzen, Valentino, and Giorgio Sant’Angelo.
One of the clothing highlights of the exhibit is a 1958 sundress by Tina Leser, one of the earliest American sportswear designers. During the 1930s-1950s, the United States was producing some of the best sportswear in the world. This sportswear was designed by women and it was the first time female designers had their name in the limelight.

“Dressed to Play: The Sporty Style of Doris Duke” will be on exhibit in the galleries at Rough Point through early November 2011. Guided house tours, which last approximately 75 minutes and include the exhibit, cost $25. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free. Tours are offered 10-2, Thursday-Saturday, April 14 – May 14. From May 17 to November 5, tours are offered 9:45-3:45, Tuesday-Saturday. For those wishing to see only the exhibit, gallery hours are offered on Saturdays from 1-4 for $5. In addition, the galleries are open during a series of special evening events offered as part of Newport Gallery Night, held on the second Thursday of each month. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.NewportRestoration.org or call (401) 847-8344. The Spring Seasons Inn is close to Rough Point and offers room packages that include admission to Rough Point

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Adds Millions to Local Economy

February 3rd, 2011 by billfarrell

By Chris Barrett
Providence Business News Staff Writer

NEWPORT – The Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Naval Station Newport said Thursday that the program pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy last year.

The center, just one component of the naval base, had a $1.1 billion budget during 2010. Of that, the center spent more than $668 million on payroll, construction, facility support and local contracts. That made the center the largest federal activity in Rhode Island when measured in terms of personnel and payroll, the center said in a news release.

The center provides research and development for military submarines, autonomous underwater systems and undersea weapons. In 2010, it employed 2,758 civilian employees and 30 military personnel and had a total gross payroll of nearly $277 million.

The civilian employee count increased from the 2,683 people employed in 2009 as the center went on a spree of hiring scientists and engineers. The military count remained unchanged.

The center also awarded $534 million in contracts. Of that, Rhode Island-based businesses received $317 million, Massachusetts companies $30 million and Connecticut firms $14 million.

The center traces its roots to the Naval Torpedo Station established on Goat Island in Newport Harbor in 1869. Commanded by Capt. Todd Cramer, the center maintains major detachments in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Andros Island in the Bahamas, as well as test facilities at Seneca Lake and Fisher’s Island, N.Y.; and Dodge Pond, Conn.

While visiting Naval Station Newport, plan to stay at The Spring Seasons Inn in Newport, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island to Vote on Dropping Plantations from Name

October 28th, 2010 by billfarrell

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:07:31By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Eric Tucker, Associated Press – Tue Oct 26, 1:08 pm ET

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This state’s official name — The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations — is more than just a mouthful. To many, it evokes stinging reminders of Rhode Island’s prime role in The Transatlantic Slavetrade.

Voters next Tuesday will decide whether to change the name by dropping the words “and Providence Plantations.” The issue has been debated for years, but lawmakers last year authorized a ballot question for the first time following an impassioned debate over race relations, ancestry and history.

“You go anywhere and you mention plantations and what automatically comes to a person’s mind is slavery,” said Nick Figueroa, 41, a member of a legislative minority advisory coalition that backs changing the name.

Supporters of the referendum see the ballot question as a chance to erase the state’s links to slavery and remove a word they associate with human bondage and suffering. But opponents, including Gov. Don Carcieri, note that the state name actually has nothing to do with slavery and that, in any case, changing it will do nothing to alter history.

Michael Vorenberg, a Brown University history professor, said he understands the contemporary connotation of the word “plantations” but favors keeping the name because it provokes questions.
“People might naturally say, ‘What does that word mean and why is it in the state name?’ And that may lead to a discussion of the role of slavery in the history of Rhode Island, in the history of New England,” Vorenberg said.

The referendum’s prospects are unclear. The issue has been overshadowed by a competitive gubernatorial race and congressional elections, and advocates of the name change haven’t run advertisements. The four leading gubernatorial candidates all oppose it.

“The overall concerns right now are jobs and the economy, and I think that’s foremost in people’s minds, as opposed to altering the name,” Figueroa said.

Many Rhode Islanders might not even know its formal name. It isn’t listed on modern-day maps, though it is on the state seal, is found in many official state documents and can be heard in the courtroom when the judge is announced.

The phrase “Providence Plantations” appeared in the royal charter granted in 1663 by King Charles II to the colony of Rhode Island. At the time, “Plantation” was a general term for settlement or colony. In this case, it referred to the merger of the Providence settlement, which was founded by minister Roger Williams following his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and nearby towns into a single colony.

Keith Stokes, who is multiracial and can trace his family’s arrival to Newport back centuries, said the debate over the state name ignores Rhode Island’s legacy as a colony founded on religious tolerance, where Jews, Quakers and other minorities settled in large numbers after being rejected elsewhere. The principle of separation of church and state is laid out in the colony’s charter long before being formalized in the Bill of Rights.

“It has all these people who have been cast out because they worship differently and they all land in Rhode Island State,” said Stokes, who is also executive director of the state’s economic development corporation. “We have so many stories to share, we have such rich histories.”

Proponents of the name change say they recognize the word “plantations” was not initially associated with slavery, but argue the original meaning is irrelevant — especially because 18th century Rhode Island emerged at the forefront of a thriving industry in which local merchants got rich off the exchange of slaves, rum, sugar and molasses among New England, the Caribbean and West Africa.

They say “plantations” is inextricably linked to slavery, just as the swastika — traditionally a harmonious symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism — has since been adopted as an emblem of Nazi Germany and is today associated with ethnic hatred.

The name change had previously been debated by the General Assembly but wasn’t approved for a referendum until last year, when a group of primarily African-American lawmakers made a strong push and spoke of racial divisions and the lingering negative connotations of the word “plantations.” Even some legislators who said they were personally ambivalent agreed to put the issue to the voters after seeing how strongly their colleagues felt.

Figueroa said he didn’t know how much it would cost to change the name but expected it would be minimal. He said the focus was on phasing out the name on state correspondence but not on changing the Rhode Island State Seal in the Rhode Island State House.

The ballot question in itself is a victory, regardless of what voters decide, said Harold Metts, a black state senator who helped lead the effort for the referendum.

“At least people understand why we feel the way we feel. For me, that’s part of healing,” Metts said.

Washington Square: Newport’s Historic Center Still Draws A Crowd

October 21st, 2010 by billfarrell

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:01:56NEWPORT –– Washington Square is in the heart of Colonial Newport, and home to some of the city’s most notable historic sites, many visible from Eisenhower Park.

Colony House, Newport, RI

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read from a balcony of the Old Colony House, Rhode Island’s first State House, built in 1739 by architect-builder Richard Munday.
The Brick Market, built in 1772 at 127 Thames St. as a town marketplace, today is the home of The Museum of Newport History.

The White Horse Tavern, constructed before 1673 at 26 Marlborough St., is one of the oldest tavern buildings in the United States.

The Friends Meeting House, at Marlborough and Farewell streets, was built in 1699. Quakers had first arrived in Newport in 1657.

Nearby, at 72 Touro St., the Touro Synagogue, the first synagogue in the country, was built in 1759.
The Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex, a brick Colonial Revival built in 1927, overlooks the Eisenhower Park and a statue of Oliver Hazard Perry.

Washington Square was Newport’s original town square, and the city has been leading an effort to improve the neighborhood for the past several years. The next phase will begin in the spring, according to Bill Riccio, director of public services for the City of Newport. He said the cost of all the improvements will be between $3.5 million and $4 million.

Washington Square has been improved with new cobblestones, blue slate sidewalks and antique lighting, and there have been infrastructure improvements, mainly financed with federal grants, Riccio said.

The Jane Pickens Theater, at 49 Touro St., was built in 1835 as the Zion Episcopal Church, designed by Bristol architect Russell Warren.
It was turned into a theater in 1919 and in 1970, it was renamed for Jane Pickens, a singer, actress and Newport socialite.

The theater is currently available for sale at a price of $1.425 million.

Four residential houses in the Washington Square neighborhood were listed for sale last week, ranging in price from $277,200 for a bank-owned house built in 1721 at 6 Coddington St., with three bedrooms and two full baths, to $649,000 for a new, 2,200-square-foot house to be built on Barney Street.
The listings include the 1759 Peleg Barker House at 11 Clarke St., which is zoned for commercial use and priced at $595,000, and an 1880 Colonial at 44 Clarke St., priced at $519,000.
POPULATION: (Newport, 2000) 26,475
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE: (Newport, 2009) $360,000
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SUFFRAGETTE CITY: Newport’s role in women’s suffrage clear as 90th anniversary approaches

August 21st, 2010 by billfarrell

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 21:40:58By Linda Murphy
Special to The Herald News
Posted Aug 21, 2010 @ 08:45 PM
NEWPORT, R.I. —

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont played a crucial role in the passage of the 19th amendment, so it’s only fitting that an event celebrating the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage this Thursday be held at the summer home where the unifying calls for votes for women echoed through the halls of Marble House.

“The passing of the 19th amendment was transformative for the country; half of the citizens were denied the vote, so it’s a mockery to say the country was a democracy before the passage of the 19th amendment,” said Joanne DeVoe, president of the League of Women Voters of R.I.

Belmont, a social reformer used her power and prestige as a Newport socialite to advocate for the cause of votes for women. She was so passionate about the issue that she had a dinnerware made with the slogan, “Votes for Women” which she used to serve meals at the stately marble “summer cottage” and give out as tokens at rallies that she held to raise money and call attention to the cause.
“She wasn’t just a society lady dabbling,” said Trudy Coxe, CEO and president of the Preservation Society of Newport County. “Her commitment to women’s rights started in the early 1900s.”

The Newport Preservation Society is hosting the 90th anniversary celebration in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, YWCA of Northern RI, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, the Newport Restoration Foundation and the Newport Historical Society. The celebration on the terrace of Marble House, Belmont’s “temple to the arts,’ as she planned it, will feature music, poetry and readings from historical documents to commemorate the day that transformed the nation. “All anniversaries are occasions to remember what women did to get the vote and to remind people to use the vote responsibly to improve the country,” said DeVoe.

The League of Women Voters, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization with state and local chapters throughout the country was formed the same year with the intention of registering and educating voters and continues today to inform voters through debates, forums and consensus positions on issues for which it lobbies.

Described as a fiery redhead and a rebel even in her youth, Belmont received Marble House in 1892 as a 39th birthday gift from her husband, William Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. But before Belmont, who designed the marble and gold-encrusted home with architect Richard Morris Hunt, agreed to the gift, she made her husband agree that the home was hers outright.

She later divorced Vanderbilt and married her second husband, O.H.P. Belmont, owner of Belcourt Castle in 1908. “She was the first society woman to divorce and later in life, she used to brag that she set the stage for other women to divorce,” said Coxe. “You could probably argue that as one of the richest women in the world she did make a statement by divorcing her husband.”

After her second husband’s death in 1908 Belmont reopened Marble House and used her position in New York and Newport society and curiosity about the elaborate home to raise money for women’s causes. For the 1909 suffrage rally on the lawn of Marble House she charged $1 to hear the speakers on the lawn and $5 to tour the mansion. She also wrote “Melinda and her Sisters,” an operetta in partnership with songwriter Elsa Maxwell to convince people to grant women the right to vote. After passage of the 9th amendment in 1920 Belmont became the president of the National Women’s Party and was the founder of the Political Equality League.

The event celebrating the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage will be held at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Marble House is located on Newport’s Bellevue Avenue.

Newport – Where Colonial Times Still Echo

June 21st, 2010 by billfarrell

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:57:56By Christopher Klein
Globe Correspondent / June 20, 2010

Bartender Jim Conley at the White Horse Tavern, once a gathering place for members of the Colonial government.

Before the Vanderbilts and the Astors and the other moneyed bluebloods built their magnificent “summer cottages’’ up and down Bellevue Avenue, Newport was a thriving Colonial metropolis.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors spend their time in Newport gawking at the extravagant summer playpens of the rich and famous, but overshadowed by the mansions’ glitz and glamour is the city’s well-preserved Colonial neighborhood, which boasts its fair share of historic sites and architectural gems.

Newport was home to great wealth long before the arrival of the Gilded Age. In the 1700s, it was a bustling port city on par with Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. The 1762 Brick Market, now home to the Museum of Newport History, was once alive with the cacophony of commerce as merchants plied goods procured from around the globe.

In addition to chronicling Newport’s transformation into a premier resort destination, the museum tells the story of how the small town settled in 1639 by religious refugees fleeing the rigid Puritanism of Massachusetts quickly grew into a Colonial power. Among the artifacts on display are examples of fine Newport cabinetry and furniture along with the printing press used by James Franklin and his younger brother, Benjamin, to publish Colonial currency, pamphlets, broadsides, and laws.

The museum is the starting point for walking tours offered by the Newport Historical Society and the Newport Restoration Foundation, including the Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour that winds through the hill overlooking the waterfront. On a stroll through the neighborhood’s narrow lanes, we stop outside 18th-century residences and houses of worship and learn that the harbor offered not only a refuge from nature’s fury but a haven from religious persecution for Quakers, Jews, and other groups ostracized in Puritan New England.

“In the early days, people came here for liberty of conscience,’’ our guide Martha tells us. “The principle of religious tolerance started here and provided a foundation for entrepreneurial trade throughout the world when Newport was part of a global economy that created great wealth in the city.’’ The British occupation of Newport during the Revolution decimated the city, turning it into a ghost town as wealthy merchants fled along with half of the city’s population.

Samuel Whitehorne Jr., one of the few Newport merchants to endure the economic ruin in the war’s aftermath, built a waterfront brick mansion in 1811. By the time Doris Duke’s Newport Restoration Foundation — which has preserved more than 80 Colonial-era buildings in the city — bought the Whitehorne House in 1969, it had fallen into disrepair.

After it was restored, Duke (1912-93) used the Federal-period manse to display her collection of 18th-century Newport furniture, many of the pieces finely crafted by the legendary Goddard and Townsend workshops. Duke, heiress to an immense tobacco fortune, played such an integral role in the selection of the pieces and their positioning in the rooms that the Whitehorne House has been called her personal dollhouse. For the uninitiated, a guided tour is necessary to learn about the styles and intricate details of the exquisite furnishings.

It will never be confused with the Breakers, but the 1697 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House was one of Newport’s finest in the mid-1700s when Loyalist Martin Howard Jr., owned it. That was until an angry mob hanged Howard in effigy during the Stamp Act riots in 1765 and destroyed much of the interior’s fine paneling and refined furnishings for good measure. Newport’s oldest private residence has been restored and is filled with Colonial antiques, some of which were discovered by archeological excavations of the backyard and may have been casualties of the riotous mob.

A few doors down is the stately brick Colony House, built in the 1730s, which was the primary seat of Rhode Island’s government before the opening of the State House in Providence in 1901. The expansive Great Hall on the first floor hosted Colonial banquets and balls. You can still walk on the original pine floorboards worn by centuries of foot traffic that included the presidential shoes of Washington, Jefferson, and Eisenhower. Upstairs is the chamber where the General Assembly sat and the Governor’s Council Chamber, which features a towering Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington.

The Redwood Library & Athenaeum features seven original Stuart paintings. While it is a private membership library, the public is welcome to view the exhibitions in the gallery and the resplendent interior adorned with 18th- and 19th-century portraits and marble busts.

The oldest continuously operating lending library in the country, dating to 1747, is a work of art in itself. It is modeled after a Doric temple and was the first public building in the Colonies designed in the Classical style. Given the building’s intended use, it was apt that self-taught architect Peter Harrison found the inspiration for his neoclassical design while scanning a book on Palladian architecture.

Harrison also used a Palladian style to design Touro Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in the country. In 1790, President Washington wrote a letter to the congregation vowing to uphold freedom of religion by pledging to give “bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.’’ The synagogue stages a public reading of the presidential correspondence each year, and the newly opened Loeb Visitor Center includes exhibits on religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

The Quakers were another religious group that found sanctuary in Newport. Quakers dominated the political and commercial life of Colonial Newport; they represented half the city’s population in the 1690s. Not surprisingly, the Great Friends Meeting House, built in 1699, is an impressive structure with a soaring roof, sturdy post-and-beam construction, and an intricate pulley system that could partition the interior.

Befitting the Quakers, the interior of their Meeting House, which is the oldest surviving house of worship in Rhode Island, is strikingly austere. There is no pulpit, statuary, stained glass, or any type of religious iconography. There are just a few rows of white pews and a small set of risers along the walls — used by the elders during worship meetings — which resemble an old-time gymnasium. (In fact, you can still see where a basketball hoop was once affixed to the balcony when the Meeting House was used as a recreation center in the early 1900s.)

After worship services, some of the Quakers reconvened over tankards of ale in the White Horse Tavern, which still stands across the street from the Meeting House. Dating to 1673, the tavern was the gathering place for the Colonial government before the Colony House was built. Glassware has replaced the pewter and a meal costs more than a few shillings these days, but a Colonial atmosphere lingers. In the candlelit dining room or the cozy bar, you can close your eyes and imagine the distant voices of the merchants, freedom seekers, and revolutionaries who gave birth to this city.

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History of Newport, Rhode Island

May 10th, 2009 by billfarrell

Sun, 10 May 2009 15:34:26An Historic Perspective of Newport

The following text was graciously provided by the Newport Historical Society.

* Since its founding by English settlers in 1639, Newport has bustled with diversity. The policy of liberty of conscience and religion embodied in the Newport Town Statutes of 1641 was a result of the religious beliefs of its founders and their frustration over political intervention in their religious life in Boston. This policy was a beacon to settlers with wide-ranging religious beliefs, who came primarily from other colonies at first, and co-existed in the rapidly growing settlement, unaware that their towns religious diversity was a prototype of the America to come.

* The first English settlers arrived on Aquidneck Island in 1636 following a remarkable woman named Anne Hutchinson. She had been driven out of Boston for her religious beliefs which challenged the very foundations of Puritanism. She and her band of supporters followed the path taken by Roger Williams when he, too, was banished from Massachusetts for religious reasons. After consulting with Williams, her group purchased Aquidneck Island (later named Rhode Island) from the native Americans.

* What the English settlers found on their arrival was hardly an empty wilderness. Native people had been in the area for at least 5,000 years, and had established sophisticated land management and fishing practices. Current evidence points to the existence of a large summer settlement in what is now downtown Newport, and the work these native people had done clearing the land was one of the factors that made this area attractive to English settlers.

* Anne Hutchinson’s group settled at the northern end of the island in an area known as Pocasett. In just over a year, however, that settlement split in two. A group lead by William Coddington and Nicholas Easton moved south to form Newport in 1639.

* By the time they arrived in Newport, many of these settlers were becoming Baptists and were embracing a belief that was central for the Baptists of Europe at the time – the separation of church and state. These early settlers founded their new town on the basis of liberty of conscience and religion and Newport became one of the first secular democracies in the Atlantic world. The founder’s commitment to religious freedom had a profound impact on all aspects of the town’s subsequent history.

* Among the religious groups attracted to this haven in a world of threatening intolerance were Quakers and Jews. Together they transformed the town from a small agricultural outpost to one of colonial America’s five leading seaports. The Jews came in the 1650s. Their real contribution to cultural and economic life came in the 1750s. The Quakers also came to Newport in the late 1650s. The Society of Friends flourished and grew, and, by 1700, over half of Newport’s population was members of the Society of Friends. The Quakers became the most influential of Newport’s numerous early congregations and they dominated the political, social and economic life of the town into the 18th century. Their “plain style” of living was reflected in Newport’s architecture, decorative arts and early landscape.

* The Quakers neighborhood on Eastons Point was home to some of the most highly skilled craftsman in colonial America. Among the best known of these were the Townsend and Goddard families, who made extraordinarily fine and beautiful furniture.

* During the 17th century the cornerstones of Newport’s architectural heritage were laid. The buildings that survive from that period – the Old Stone Mill, the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, and the White Horse Tavern – are part of Newport’s rich, architectural tapestry that also includes the great cottages along Bellevue Avenue.

* Trade and the export of rum, candles, fish, furniture, silver, and other value-added goods were the main engines of economic growth during the 18th century, activities inexorably linked to Newport’s participation in the slave trade and widespread ownership of slaves by families throughout the city.

* During this time the waterfront bustled with activity with over 150 separate wharves and hundreds of shops crowded along the harbor between Long Wharf and the southern end of the harbor. As Newport’s trade throughout the Atlantic basin grew, the city became an epicenter in the development of modern American capitalism.

* By the 1760s Newport had emerged as one of the five leading ports in colonial North America, along with Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston. The economic growth spurred a building boom which included hundreds of houses and many of the internationally important landmarks that survive today, such as Trinity Church, the Colony House, the Redwood Library, and the Brick Market (now home to the Museum of Newport History).

* Newport helped lead the way toward the American Revolution and independence. Because the city was such a well-known hot-bed of revolutionary fervor, and because of its long history of disdain for royal and parliamentary efforts to control its trade, the British occupied Newport from 1776 to 1779, and over half of the towns population fled. The British remained in Newport despite efforts to drive them out by patriot forces in partnership with the French for the first time in the Revolution. Eventually the British did withdraw and the French, under the leadership of Admiral deTiernay and General Rochambeau, began a sojourn in Newport that lasted until 1781 when they left Newport on their historic march to Yorktown to assist in the decisive victory there.

* Newport’s history is remarkable in many ways, but perhaps the most unique aspect is that so much of its history is still visible on the landscape in an unparalleled concentration of preserved architecture. Newport continues its commitment to liberty of conscience and religion and Newport’s resilience and creativity in meeting the economic changes that have overtaken it offer strong proof that diversity works in keeping the city alive and vibrant.

The Lure of Newport – A Moment in Time Captured Today

April 7th, 2009 by billfarrell

Tue, 07 Apr 2009 12:43:46

By Linda S. Manning

For hundreds of years, Newport, Rhode Island has lured a varied population of inhabitants. With her glorious 22 miles of coastline surrounded by Rose, Gould and Coaster Harbor Islands, she is a magnificent picture of beautiful beaches, harbor side cafes and boutiques dressed up with gas lit lamps on cobblestone streets.

During the 18th century, Newport was well known for the trading of exports of rum, candles, fish, furniture and silver. There were hundreds of wharves and shops and it was known as an epicenter for the development of modern capitalization. Newport was one of the leading five ports in Colonial America at that time.

Throughout the 1760’s there was a building boom and such architectural marvels as Trinity Church, Colony House and Redwood Library were erected.

The later part of the 1800’s found many pillars of society, the Vanderbilt’s, Berwinds and Oelrich’s in yet another building boom of the famous Newport Cottages along picturesque Bellevue Avenue. Becoming part of the list of 400 was an honor bejeweled with prestige.

The 1900’s brought about many changes. With the onset of the auto, airplane, railroad and cruise liners, Newport again became a bustling harbor and a site to visit.

In the present day, Newport is set apart from any other seaport by way of Naval Station Newport, The Naval War College, Surface Warfare Officers School, mansions, museums, yacht racing, sail regattas, as well as Coaching, Polo and The Tennis Hall of Fame.

Such properties as The Inn at Castle Hill, Hammersmith Farm and The Newport Bridge decorate its landscape.

Panoramic vistas from every angle can be captured by means of a Harbor Tour on one of the colossal schooners or clippers as well as chartering a private motor boat .Set sail with a few or many, depending on your style. In addition to boat tours exists sailing and power boat lessons where you get to be the Captain for the day. Such opportunities are not well publicized; conduct your search by talking to the locals.

As a tourist today you can expect activities throughout the year. Log on to www.gonewport.com for a calendar of events. There are numerous places to stay such as lush hotels and quaint B&B’s. Log on to www.newportribedandbreakfast.com web site for a list of enchanting and charismatic B&B’s along with fine restaurants and things to see and do while visiting Newport.

Stepping back to yesteryear during the time of glitz and glamour is magnificently exemplified by the elegant and grand mansions owned by The Preservation Society. The most ornate and electrifying is The Breakers.

The Breakers, a 70 room estate was built by Richard Morris Hunt, a leading American architect for the affluent Cornelius Vanderbilt II, patriarch of America’s wealthiest family. With its magnificent ocean views, The Breakers offers open air terraces and rich interiors. For a complete list of the Preservations Societies collection of America’s grandest summer places, log on to www.NewportMansions.com web site.

There are so many points of interest; it seems as if almost everywhere you see the symbol of hospitality noted by its pineapple which in Colonial times was a signal of the seafaring captains returning home from West Indian ports and the Triangle Trade Route.
Explorations are vast with another site to visit on every corner. Take one of the walking tours of Historic Hill and The Point sections of Newport to view over 200 restored homes. There, history has its foundation. Stroll the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk along the coast beginning at Easton’s Beach and ending at Bailey’s Beach or visit Historic Fort Adams, the largest 19th-century U.S. coastal fortification. www.fortadams.org.

And lest we forget, the beaches and vineyards for all to enjoy along with the hundred’s of shops and restaurants. A few of the favorite restaurants of the locals are La Forge Casino, 22 Bowen’s, Canfield House, The Mooring, Puerini’s, The Red Parrott, Cheeky Monkey, The Inn at Castle Hill and Bistro styled cafes such as Percy’s. Visit hundreds more just a footstep away.

Some of the greatest arts and antiques can be found on the streets of Newport such as Franklin Street, Spring Street, Bellevue Avenue and Thames Street.

Numerous activities are scheduled every month of the year. Summertime’s best is the Music Festival, Jazz and Folk Festivals, Newport International Polo, Newport International Film Festival, Black Ships Festival, Irish Festival, Gallery Nights, Newport Arts Festival and many more.

As you can see, not only does Newport possess the finest of everything, there are activities for the young and old, summer, fall, winter and spring.
Visit Newport as your next tourist destination.

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