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Gift Certificates

November 29th, 2013 by billfarrell

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer you the ability to immediately purchase a gift certificate on our website. While we have always offered gift certificates, previously you had to call and we’d take you information and mail a gift certificate to you. Now you can purchase a gift certificate in any denomination and pay immediately and print out a receipt. Your purchase online is secure and immediate. You can still call and we can take your information and mail a gift certificate to you that you can present to someone special.

Preservation Society of Newport County Calendar of Events – 2013

March 12th, 2013 by billfarrell

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The Preservation Society of Newport County has announced some upcoming events  for the 2013 season at the various mansions. Please see their website  for additional details and additional events. If you’re staying at The Spring Seasons Inn, please be sure to ask about promotions we may have with the Preservation Society.

March 30 – Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch

April 28 – May 1 – The Newport Symposium “Hidden Treasures”

June 13 – Annual Meeting

June 21 – 23 – Newport flower Show

July 14 – Green Animals Children’s Topiary Party

August 3 – Summer Masked Venetian Ball

August 6 – An Evening in Honor of John G. Winslow

August 30 – September 2 – Newport Mansions Stores Member’s Sale

September 20 – 22 – Wine & Food Festival

November 24 – January 1 Christmas at the Newport Mansions

December 21 – Dinner Dance at The Breakers

www.newportmansions.org

Summer’s Over, Fall is Almost Here – So Much to Do!

September 20th, 2012 by billfarrell

Whiel the busy summer season for the Spring Seasons Inn has ended, we don’t close our doors! The Spring Seasons Inn is open year round and the City by the Sea, Newport, Rhode Island doesn;t close its door either! There is always soething to do in Newport. The end of Spetember offers a Fall Festival while October brings the Octoberfest to the Yatching Center while many restaurants in town offer an Octobefest menu. There is also a Foods Truck festival on wheels that offers food and fun all day. There is so much more to do in Newport so I would suggest that you resreve your stay at The Spring Seasons Inn early and check out the evenyt calendar at www.gonewport.com.

 

Prescott Farm – where Past Meets Present

May 17th, 2012 by billfarrell

Learn how an 1812 Windmill works. Discover interesting facts about the Revolutionary War.  Explore the flower and herb gardens managed by Master Gardeners. See the ducks and geese. Snack on 18th century treats. Enjoy period games. At Prescott Farm, there is something for everyone. Prescott Farm is owned and managed by the Newport Restoration Foundation. The NRF manages period homes in Newport in addition to thier crown jewels, Doris Duke’s home, Rough Point and the Whitehorne Museum. The Newport Restoration Foundation’s web site is www.newportrestoration.org.

Touro Synagogue – Loeb Visitors Center

May 13th, 2012 by billfarrell

Touro Synagogue Congregation was founded in 1658 by Jews fleeing the inquisition and has since become a symbol of religious freedom for all Americans. The current synagogue was designed by Peter Harrison, a well know Newport architect at the time. Dedicated in 1763, it is considered one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America. George Washington addressed religious freedom in his 1790 letter to the congregation by declaring, “To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport” that the new nation “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” The Synagogue was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1946.

The Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Visitors Center has been open several years now and is housed in a brand-new, period style stone building. Ambassador John L Loeb, Jr. welcomes you in his personal message:

I am John L. Loeb Jr. and I’d like to welcome you to the Loeb Visitors Center at the Touro Synagogue. The Touro Synagogue is an American treasure, the oldest active synagogue in the United States. I am a descendent of the Touro family, so it holds great personal significance for me.

This Synagogue and its early congregation are considered icons of American religious freedom because of the important letter that George Washington sent to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790. That letter directly affirmed the principle of religious liberty based on the separation of church and state that is guaranteed to every one of us through the Bill of Rights. The building stands as a physical manifestation and reminder of the event and of the concepts embodied in the letter.

Both this website and the exhibits planned for the Visitors Center tell the story of this historical landmark, its architectural beauty and its symbolic role in the development of American Democracy.

While our new Visitors Center space is being constructed, I invite you to spend some time exploring these web pages and then come visit us in Newport, Rhode Island.

Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.

The Visitors Center has been open several years now, Ambassador Loeb’s message welcomes you to visit.  Having toured the Center and the Synagogue many times, Susan and I can assure you you won’t be disappointed. Only a minutes walk from The Spring Seasons Inn. You can see their web site at Touro Synagogue. Close their page to come back to the Spring Seasons Inn.

Tours for Curious People opens in Newport, Rhode Island

May 2nd, 2012 by billfarrell

Tour for Curious People has recently opened in Newport, Rhode Island and it is a must do while visiting Newport. Started by Carol Miller, a native Newporter whose family has a long history in Newport. Carol takes her clients on a tour of the Point district of Newport, an area rich in history that goes back several hundred years. Carol is a very knowledgeable and personable tour guide who not only shares her extensive of knowledge of Newport but is also known to pull period antiques out of her pocket to supplement an interesting point that she is sharing with you. Having met Carol, Susan and I can attest to her enthusiasm and knowledge of Newport and can assure you, you won’t be disappointed or bored on this tour. Carol has a website that gives some general information that you may find useful at www.toursforcuriouspeople.com. Close this window to return to the Spring Seasons Inn.

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.

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 Liz@NewportRestoration.org.

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:
Insulation
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: www.newportrestoration.org/calendar/details/21899-winter. Call Liz Spoden at (401) 846-4152 or email her at  liz@newportrestoration.org.

Newport Tower Museum

January 5th, 2011 by billfarrell

There are many theories about who built the Newport Tower including the Viking theory, the Benedict Arnold Windmill theory, the Portuguese theory, the Templar theory, and the alien theory. As of yet, none of the theories have been proven but each one has its own merits and until proven otherwise, it is up to each of us to decide which theory we believe. If you really want to learn more about the Tower and some of the theories around it, there is no better place to learn about it the the Newport Tower Museum which is located directly across the street form the tower at 152 Mill Street, Newport. Jim Egan runs the museum and is an expert on the tower and has his own ideas about it. I am not sure of the hours of the Tower Museum but Jim can be reached at 401.447.6757. His web site is www.newporttowermuseum.com

While walking through Touro Park and discovering the tower and museum, other nearby attractions include the Newport Art Museum and The Redwood Library, the oldest lending library in the United States. The Spring Seasons Inn is only a five minute walk from the Tower Museum.

Newport Tower

Oldest active US synagogue opens R.I. visitor center

August 17th, 2009 by billfarrell

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 08:59:11

By ERIC TUCKER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 16, 2009
NEWPORT, R.I. — The Touro Synagogue was barely 25 years old when George Washington offered a vision of religious tolerance in a letter he sent its congregants.

The new American government, the president wrote in the most famous passage of the 1790 letter, “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”

Plan a visit
Location: 85 Touro St.

Parking: The synagogue is a 10-minute walk from Newport Gateway Center.Information: www.tourosynagogue.org or call 401-847-4794.
A copy of the letter is the highlight of a new $12 million visitors center that opened last Sunday next to the Touro Synagogue, the oldest existing Jewish house of worship in the United States.

The visitors center details the history of the synagogue, which was dedicated in 1763, but has a broader focus on colonial Jewish history and culture and the principles that guided the nation’s founding, center curator David Kleiman said.

“There’s a placement in history of the role that this building has played and, more importantly, the role as a living symbol of the concept of religious freedom, separation of church and state,” Kleiman said. “The building and its history are the embodiment of that concept in America.”

Touro Synagogue, designated a National Historic Site in 1946, maintains an active Orthodox Jewish congregation and still offers tours. But the goal of the visitors center, 12 years in the making, is to offer even more information in an interactive setting, said Keith Stokes, chairman of the board at the Touro Synagogue Foundation.

“We’ve got this great story and history to share, but we needed to create a platform where everyone felt able to attend and learn,” Stokes said.

Visitors to the center, which is separated from the synagogue by a grassy park, can scroll through hundreds of images and biographies of early American Jews. Panels detail the origin of the synagogue, its architect and its founding members. Costumed actors play out scenes of colonial life in eight video vignettes projected onto glass.

The center’s timeline starts before Rhode Island even had a Jewish community.

The first Jewish community in America is generally traced to 1654, when Jews from Recife, Brazil, arrived in the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam — today New York City.

In 1658, 15 families of Sephardic Jews traveled to Newport, a bustling waterfront hub in Rhode Island, a colony founded by Roger Williams on the principle of religious freedom. Isaac Touro, a Dutch Jew, arrived 100 years later from Amsterdam and became the congregation’s first spiritual leader.

The congregation bought land, and the synagogue was designed by architect Peter Harrison, who also was responsible for King’s Chapel in Boston.

The synagogue was dedicated Dec. 2, 1763, during Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. It served as a hospital for British soldiers during the Revolutionary War and later as a meeting place for the state Legislature and Supreme Court.

In August 1790, Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson paid a goodwill visit to Rhode Island, after it became the last of the 13 original colonies to ratify the Constitution.

Washington exchanged letters with the synagogue’s warden, Moses Seixas, who expressed gratitude that the American government “gives to bigotry no sanction,” words Washington would echo in his letter to Newport’s Jewish community in 1790, a year before the ratification of the Bill of Rights.

The letter is “one of the great documents in American history,” said John Loeb, a philanthropist who largely funded the center and was ambassador to Denmark in the administration of former President Ronald Reagan. But the center had to settle for a copy of it since the original is under the stewardship of the Jewish advocacy organization B’nai Brith in Washington, D.C., and is owned by a private family that has been reluctant to lend it, Kleiman said.

Stokes, who also is executive director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, said the visitors center would enhance the city’s colonial heritage, which jostles for attention alongside images of the city’s Gilded Age mansions and the contemporary yachting culture.

“At the end of the day,” Stokes said, “historic structures and sites and places — historic occurrences — are important, but if you don’t tell it from the perspective of the people the visitor can’t connect with it.”

Let the Spring Seasons Inn which is just a half a block from Touro Synagogue provide you with lovely accomodations while visiting Touro and all that Nepwort has to offer.
Information: www.tourosynagogue.org or call 401-847-4794.

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