Newport is a destination place people love.
We are fortunate to have the opportunity each day to deliver our exemplary Newport hospitality.
Keep in mind that many of our September visitors have been waiting for decades to arrive at our City-by-the-Sea.
Give them the love and attention they deserve.
A great month is at hand.
Enjoy every moment!
Here are some of the fall’s fun upcoming activities to share with your guests this week and next.
- Inflatable Lawn Party to kick off the 5th annual Design Week RI at the Newport Art Museum,
September 13, 5-9 pm.
- Newport County Days are Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16. Newport County residents will have free admission to visit the Newport Mansions®.
- The huge annual Newport Mansions® Wine & Food Festival is scheduled for September 20-23 at the Elms, Marble House, and Rosecliff.
- The fabulous annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival happens October 13-14.
Enjoy the coming week!
TOUR GUIDE TIP OF THE WEEK: SAY HELLO AND SMILE
Great hospitality begins with a sincere hello and a smile.
Practice smiling in your bathroom mirror.
Make it sparkle.
Make it shine.
Your smile can have power.
Your smile most definitely HAS power.
Your smile can validate and brighten the day of the most unappreciated person and the quintessential “shy visitor.”
Use your smile to empower and inspire your visitors.
A smile expresses what words cannot. It transcends all languages and barriers.
Make a special effort to make your smile make magic and inspire a great experience for every guest.
REMEMBER: A smile is a non-verbal expression of welcome, joy, and love.
So, say hello and smile.
PLEASE NOTE THESE NEW TIMES FOR TWO “BEHIND-THE-SCENES” MANSION TOURS
Two special tours at the Newport Mansions® have revised schedules for the fall season.
- The “Beneath-the-Breakers” tour at the Breakers will now be offered four times per day, at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.
- The “Servant Life Tour” at The Elms will be offered daily at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.
Keep your eyes open for new openings with the current “end-of-summer turnover” as college students grab a short break before they head back to campus. Several of last week’s listings continue this week:
- Narrate Motor Coach Tours for cruise ship passengers arriving this fall in Newport. Destinations North America. Forward a current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to: 305/397-2748.
- Sightseeing Trolley/Van Tour Guide Driver. Narrate tour and drive safely. Experienced tour bus/trolley drivers with passenger endorsement encouraged to apply. Historic Tours of Newport LLC. Info: 401/855-1942.
- Newport Mansions Tour Guides – Preservation Society of Newport County (PSNC). Tour Guides work in PSNC audio tour house museums (The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff and The Elms). Tour guides work a flexible schedule up to 30 hours per week. One weekend day is required. PSNC recruits year-round. Check their web site on a regular basis for the latest job openings. www.newportmansions.org.
- Tour Guide & Pedicab Driver. Known locally as “The coolest job in the world.” This is a unique way to give tours and run your own business plus get lots of exercise. Make $500-$1,000 per week. Rent a Pedicab and give your guests a custom tour of the City-by-the-Sea. Info: www.newportpedicab.com/drivers
HANDBOOK FOR NEW TOUR GUIDES
If you’re new to Newport and/or new to this field, get your copy of THE OFFICIAL 2018 NEWPORT GUIDES & GREETERS HANDBOOK [amazon.com] to help you become a master hospitality ambassador for our city. It also lists many of the best tour companies and hospitality organizations hiring seasonal and year-round people here. Consider working in ticket sales or other support positions at one or more of these tour companies. It will give you some visitor services experience and make you aware of tour guide and greeter jobs as they become available during the season.
REMEMBER: Most of the city’s largest tour and cruise businesses accept job applications year-round.
NEW LISTINGS AND EVENTS: For more information to prepare you to be the best tour guide & greeter ever, read and learn about the following updated listings and previews of the busy season ahead for residents and visitors alike.
CRUISE SHIPS ARRIVING
Stay up-to-date and aware of the weekly arrival of cruise ships to Newport and the thousands of visitors they bring to our fair city. Here is a list of the upcoming arrivals, courtesy of Discover Newport.
- Thursday, September 13 – M/V American Star, from American Cruise Lines
- Friday, September 14 – M/V Insignia, from Oceania Cruise Lines
- Monday, September 17 – M/V Victory 2, from Victory Cruise Lines
- Monday, September 17 – M/V American Constellation, from American Cruise Lines
- Wednesday, September 19 – M/V 7 Seas Navigator, from Regent Cruise Line
UPCOMING REGATTAS & RACES
Throughout the summer, Newport features a sailboat race and/or a regatta every week. These are free events, best observed from a chase boat, or from the shore overlooking Narragansett Bay. Tell your guests and visitors to enjoy this most classic Newport sporting event in our seaside community. Here are some of our upcoming races:
- September 10-15 – NYYC Resolute, Hosted by the New York Yacht Club
- September 21-23 – ILYC 12 Metre North Americans, Hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club
SPEAKERS & SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK
Check out the wide selection of lectures, exhibits, talks, classes, tours, and workshops to add to your knowledge and increase your understanding of the people and history of greater Newport.
NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – SEPTEMBER 13-16
The Newport International Boat Show encompasses thirteen acres of Newport’s downtown waterfront. Exhibitors from near and far offer a full range of new powerboats and sailboats, plus a medley of marine products, services and accessories to enhance the nautical lifestyle. Special events, seminars, and in-water boating courses for the whole family are offered on all show days. Not to be missed is the exciting Newport For New Products program – showcasing boats and boating products making their first-ever debut in the United States. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. More information: http://newportboatshow.com/
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
This is one of several wonderful walking tours offered throughout the year by the Newport Historical Society. This tour features stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period. Tickets $15; Children $5. 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM. Tour leaves from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and Reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
INFLATABLE LAWN PARTY – NEWPORT ART MUSEUM – SEPTEMBER 13 – 5-9 PM
The kickoff for the 5th annual Design Week RI will happen on the lawn of the Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue, Newport) on Thursday, September 13th. Join in the fun at this extraordinary sunset lawn party and inflatable playscape by Pneuhaus! A design collective focusing on the mastery of all things inflatable. August Lehrecke of Pneuhaus will speak at the event. Free admission. Light refreshments. Cash bar. Info: 401/848-8200.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – CHASING THE LAST LAUGH – LECTURE BY RICHARD ZACKS — ROSECLIFF – 6:00 PM
Author Richard Zacks will relate the little-known story of how author Mark Twain recovered from near-bankruptcy, following a series of bad investment decisions, by undertaking an around-the-world comedy speaking tour. Lecture at 6:00 PM. Members: $10; General Public: $15. At Rosecliff (548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Register at http://www.newportmansions.org/learn/adult-programs
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – ROGUES & SCOUNDRELS WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
Every tour guide should experience one or more of the great walking tours organized by the Newport Historical Society. This tour about some of the city’s more colorful residents leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – NEWPORT COUNTY DAYS
Free admission for Newport County residents to The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House with proof of residency.
Info: 401/847-1000; newportmansions.org
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
Every tour guide should experience one or more of the great walking tours organized by the Newport Historical Society. This tour offers stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period. The tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – NEWPORT HISTORY WALKING TOUR – 11 AM
A great walking tour, “When The Puritans came to Town.” Starts at the Museum of Newport History [127 Thames Street, Newport]. 11 am – 12:30 pm. Fee: $15-$20. Info: 401/841-8770; newporthistory.org
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO – 4:00 PM
This week’s match features U.S. vs. INDIA. Check out the excitement of Newport Polo and tell your equine-loving guests. Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth. 4 pm. Tickets to the match ($15 for General Admission; 15-and-under free; $25 for Pavilion seating) and to the après polo field-side dinner are available at www.nptpolo.com or 401/846-0200.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – GOLDEN TO GILDED WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
Every tour guide should experience one or more of the great walking tours organized by the Newport Historical Society. On this tour you’ll get the inside skinny on the transformation of Newport and its people from its colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony. This tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – DAHLIAS WITH DAN – 10:30 AM
Dan Christina, Chief Horticulturist at Green Animals with The Preservation Society of Newport County, will discuss the development of this precious flower. Free with garden admission. Advance reservations required. Tickets and details at NewportMansions.org; or call 401/847-1000, ext. 178.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – RETURN TO CAMELOT – ST. MARY’S CHURCH – 2-3 PM
Each Tuesday, through October 23rd, St. Mary’s Church (80 Memorial Boulevard, Newport) hosts this remembrance of the wedding of future President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. The program features vintage film clips, performance of music from their church wedding and reception at Hammersmith Farm, and recollections by Jackie’s stepbrother, Yusha Auchincloss, and other local Newporters. Fee: $15. Info: stmarynewport.org/return-to-camelot.
NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 – REDWOOD LIBRARY & ATHENAEUM – NEW EXHIBIT
Check out the current exhibit, “Modernity vs Tradition: Art at the Parisian Salon 1750-1900.” 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Info: redwoodlibrary.org or 401/847-0292.
NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 20-23
This festival features a world-class variety of tastings, seminars, and events over a four-day weekend. Held at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House. Tickets & more information: http://www.newportmansions.org/events/wine-and-food-festival/tickets-events
SAIL FOR HOPE 2018 – SEPTEMBER 29
This marks the 17th anniversary of this sailboat race around Jamestown. This year’s race will raise funds for Hurricane Relief (Harvey, Irma, Maria), Warrior Sailing Program, and the Tad Sanchez Youth Sailing Program at Sail Newport. To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised for various charities. Info at Sail Newport: 401/846-1983.
BOWEN’S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 13-14
11 am – 5pm. Free event. Honoring the harvest of the sea, this Festival offers fresh local seafood, continuous live music and family fun. Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. More Information: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events
PREVIEW OF WINTER IN NEWPORT
CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS – NOVEMBER 17, 2018 – JANUARY 1, 2019
Christmas Season begins in November at the four big houses of the Preservation Society. Christmas flowers and special decorations will fill The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, and Rosecliff. Special holiday evenings are scheduled at the Breakers on November 24, December 1, 8, 22, and 29th from 6-8 pm. The Ems and Marble House Duet holiday evening is scheduled for December 15th from 6-9 pm. Info: newportmansions.org
FOUR CURRENT EXHIBITS & TOURS NOT TO BE MISSED
SERVANT LIFE TOUR AT THE ELMS
Considered by many to be the best tour in Newport, The Elms’ now world-famous guided “Servant Life Tour” added two additional daily tour times to meet demand during the summer months. Tours are offered at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. The tour is one hour. Info: newportmansions.org
VISIT ROUGH POINT IN 2018 – NRF’s 50th ANNIVERSARY
The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. This year its exhibitions at historic Rough Point mansion, as posted on its website (newportrestoration.org), are: “‘To Preserve and Restore’: Newport Restoration Foundation at 50,” and “A Hand in Design: Exquisite Drawings of Jewelry and Architecture for Doris Duke.” This is a collaboration between NRF and David Webb New York, jewelry designer to Duke and many other prominent figures from 1948 to the present. Rough Point will be open for tours through November 11th. Don’t miss this amazing home.
OSCAR WILDE & THE BOHEMIAN MOVEMENT AS YOU’VE NEVER IMAGINED THEM
Go visit the newest exhibit at the Galleries at Rosecliff, Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement & Oscar Wilde’s Newport. Preservation Society Curator Ashley Householder has gathered a breathtaking collection of furniture, ceramics, wallpaper, clothing, accessories, and ephemera about the aesthetic movement (1870-1890) and the era’s major promoter, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). The colors, patterns, and shapes of this “art for art’s sake” movement and the influence of Irish writer, playwright, and impresario Wilde will whisk you away to another time. Go and see this unique and truly wonderful exhibit. Open daily through November 4th. 9am until 5pm. Additional information available at: newportmansions.org
BENEATH THE BREAKERS TOUR
The Breakers tour, “Beneath the Breakers,” has a new regular daily schedule. Tours are offered at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Tour is one hour. Info: newportmansions.org
KENNETH PROUDFOOT, a Newport Tour Escort and Guide, is the author of The Official 2018 Newport Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook (Shoreline Press (RI), 2017).