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Rainbow Race 5k Walk and 10k Run – Richmond, Rhode Island

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Rainbow Race 5k Walk and 10k Run – Richmond, Rhode Island

February 17th, 2013 by billfarrell

RainbowThe Rainbow Fund was started in May, 2011 in memory of Cassie Duncan to bring awareness to Mental Health issues and to remove the dark cloud of stigmatism and fear away from mental illness and replace it with the Rainbow of Hope. All proceeds from the race will be donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in hopes of getting the word out and to help as many people as possible.

Cassie was almost 15 years old when she took her own life the day after Christmas, 2005. I first met Cassie when I was assigned to tutor her oldest brother Dan while he was home from school. While I knew Dan from school, this was the first time that I had met Cassie and her family. Cassie was about five or six years old then and she was so exited to show me her litter of new kittens. Since that time I was fortunate to watch Cassie grow into the fine your lady that she was turning out to be. She had so much potential and I always enjoyed seeing her and her brothers in school or when I stopped by their farm.  Sadly, that all changed on December 26, 2005.

What we can do at this time is to support the Duncan family in their efforts to raise awareness of mental illness by taking part in this race. If you are a runner or a walker, participating in this race/walk through scenic Richmond, Rhode Island will do much to help spread the word. I have attached a PDF version of the race application form. Please feel free to download it or share it with others who might be interested. When you meet the Duncan family, you’ll come to love them as I have over the past fifteen years. Race Application.

Small Business Saturday in Newport, Rhode Island

November 17th, 2012 by billfarrell

Shop Small and Receive $25

Celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2012 along with independently owned businesses throughout the country and American Express will give you a $25 credit on your account.

Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone to support the millions of small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure just prior to one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Now, in its third year, Small Business Saturday will be even bigger.

To receive a $25 credit on your statement, enroll your card at and then use your American Express card at The Spring Seasons Inn to reserve a room, pay a balance or use it in the Tea Room to pay for High Tea or Tea gifts. And if you are not visiting The Spring Seasons Inn, there are plenty of great small businesses where you can use your card. In order to receive the credit, you must enroll and use use your AMEX card on Saturday, November 24th, 2012. Don’t miss out on the fantastic opportunity!

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


Newport Vineyards Comedy & Wine with comedian Mike McDonald Aug 25

August 11th, 2012 by billfarrell

Visit Newport Vineyards for an evening of Wine Tasting and see Boston-area comedian Mike McDonald. Mike has appeared on Showtime, HBO, and the Comedy Channel. He has shared the stage with Robin Williams, Drew Carey and Chris Rick and has performed in 50 different countries while touring with the USO to entertain our troops. 6-7PM Wine Tasting Reception/&PM Showtime. Tickets $30/person. Case Club members /$25. To make reservations, please email or call 401-848-5161. Check out for details.

Beechwood Art Museum

July 18th, 2012 by billfarrell

As recently announced in the Newport Daily News, Astor’s Beechwood mansion which was purchased by Larry Ellison of Oracle about two years ago is slated to become the new home of Beechwood Art Museum which will house Ellison’s collection of 19th Century art. For those who do not know, Larry Ellison is the founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation and is the fifth richest person in the world.  Larry also owns MBW Oracle Racing, sailing America’s Cup yachts. His team was just in Newport, Rhode Island in the 2012 America’s Cup Series races.

Ellison hired Newport architect Richard Grovesnor to reconstruct and restore the mansion to the way it looked when Richard Morris Hunt restored it in 1881. Along with the purchase of the Beechwood Mansion, two other properties north of the mansion were acquired and will be torn down and reconstructed due to the amount of work that needed to be done. When all is said and done, the Beechwood mansion will house Ellison’s collection in the large rooms on the first floor, while the second and third floor will be used for his residence. When Mr. Ellison is not in residence, the second floor will be opened to display his art in a residence setting and will be one of the finer mansions in Newport. With the amount of work that is being put into the mansion, this may become one or the more popular mansions to see on Newport’s fabled Bellevue Avenue.

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

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 Close this window to return to the Spring Seasons Inn.

Spring Seasons Inn Tea Room Featured in Victoria Magazine

April 22nd, 2012 by billfarrell

The Tea Room at The Spring Seasons Inn was recently featured in Victoria Magazine, a prestigious magazine that covers decorating, enterprising women, traveling and entertaining. The May/June, 2012 issue has a touring article, entitled Sumer by the Sea and covers historic Newport and things to see and do while spending a relaxing weekend in the City by the Sea! You can see the article by clicking on the Victoria Magazine logo or pick up your own copy at your local bookstore. Be sure to get your copy before they sell out; you won’t be sorry as it a beautifully done magazine.

2012 Early Spring Restaurant Week

March 16th, 2012 by billfarrell

Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu at many of Newport’s restaurants, from pub style restaurants to our ifner restaurants. Lunch will cost you $16 while dinner is $30. A nice way to try some of the fancier restaurants that you might not normally visit. The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has a web site set up where you can see the participating restuarnt and view the menus. Please click on Restaurant Week below for more information.

Restaurant Week runs from March 23, 2012 through April 1, 2012. Some places may reuqire reservations.

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