Newport Tour Guides & Greeters News #75: A great weekend ahead: Two special car events and NYYC 2019 Regatta begins

We have another exciting weekend (& week!) ahead of us.  Tell your guests and visitors about the first big cup race of the season and a pair of special car events at the island’s two fabulous car museums.  

CARS-CARS-CARS: The Audrain Automobile Museum and Marble House host the month’s first CARS & COFFEE on Saturday (6/8) from 7:30 am – 10:00 am at Marble House on Bellevue Avenue in Newport.  The Newport Car Museum has their exciting HOODS UP weekend event (6/8-6/9) featuring 75 cars at their museum in Portsmouth. Details for both events are in the listings below.  

SAILING ENTHUSIASTS: The New York Yacht Club will kick off their 2019 sailing season on Saturday (6/8) with the Leukemia Cup race. Their 165th Annual Regatta will take place the following weekend (6/14-16). Check out more information and contacts below.  

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SPECIAL NOTES

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THE MUSEUM OF NEWPORT IRISH HISTORY INTERPRETIVE CENTER IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON

This center tells the stories of Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present, located in the heart of Newport’s best known Irish American neighborhood. Now open Thursday-Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm, through late October. Info: 401/848-0661; newportirishhistory.org

FORT ADAMS – AMERICA’S LARGEST COASTAL FORTRESS — DAILY GUIDED TOURS

Now open for daily guides tours, exploration of the mysterious tunnels, plus spectacular views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Learn more at: 401/841-0707; fortadams.org

RHODE ISLAND RED FOOD TOURS ARE BACK – NEWPORT – THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Culinary walking adventures help visitors experience the history, art, and food culture of our City-by-the-Sea. Tours run 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Includes food samplings, tastings, and drinks. Info and reservations at: 866/736-6343; rhodeislandredfoodtours.com

Additional details and contact information for each of these events are provided in the listings that follow.

TOUR GUIDES TIP OF THE WEEK – STAYING ENTHUSIASTIC

Guests and visitors to our city expect a certain level of excitement and enthusiasm from those who receive and wait on them during their visit here. Most of the time that is what we deliver. Of course, our visitors don’t see, nor can they appreciate the challenge of greeting and serving sometimes thousands of guests daily. This work requires lots of “hellos,” smiles, and high energy.  

Staying enthusiastic during the very busy days of summer is a challenge for even the most spirited tour guide and greeter. Trying to deliver a high quality of service at an increasingly fast pace can be exhausting after too many hours. Maintaining your ideal level of enthusiasm with each and every guest is the biggest challenge.

Knowing yourself and your energy highs and lows and working rhythm can be the best check to be able to revive and maintain your enthusiasm over a long shift. Sometimes you just need to stop for a moment, even when you don’t have time for a scheduled break. Know when you need to take a deep breath, take a quick short break, or simply step away from your post long enough to perhaps take a short stroll and let your whole mind and body relax. Discuss some re-energizing options with your supervisor or colleagues. Find the strategy that works best for you to help you keep and maintain your enthusiasm and continue to provide inspiring service to your guests and visitors.   -KP

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NOTABLE & QUOTABLE ▪ THE CAUSE OF PRESERVATION

Newport’s history belongs to all of you.

All of you share the responsibility of your city’s future….

Together you can make Newport one of the most

interesting tourist centers in the United States.

Together you can help preserve America’s history in

bricks and mortar and do a tremendously important service

for the generations which will come after you.

William Chorley

President of Colonial Williamsburg

March 25, 1947

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JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

TOUR GUIDES · GREETERS · HARBOR CRUISE GUIDES · SUPPORT STAFF

Check out this week’s listings of jobs and volunteer opportunities for tour guides, harbor cruise and sailing guides, sailing crew members, and support staff at the mansions and a variety of museums and historic sites. Check out the web sites of the largest organizations – many are listed below – also check out the smaller tour companies and historic sites that might possibly need someone just like you.  Jobs fill fast at this time of year, so act quickly.

Scan the openings and current job listings on the websites of the city’s biggest employers of tour guides and greeters.

  • Preservation Society of Newport County. This is Newport’s largest owner and operator of historic properties offering audio and guided tours.  A variety of guide, greeter, security, and housekeeping positions are available. They recruit year-round.  Check their web site on a regular basis for the latest job openings. www.newportmansions.org.
  • Tour Guide & Pedicab Driver. Known 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
  • Trolley/Van/Bus Drivers Tour Guide. Narrate tours and drive trolley. CDL license with passenger endorsement required. $17-$24/hour. Historic Tours of Newport. Info: 401/855-1942; historictoursofnewport.com
  • Cruise Ship Tour Guide for Rose Island Lighthouse. Tour guide needed to greet guests at Perrotti Park in Newport and board the OldPort Marine charter vessel to travel to Rose Island. Guides spend 4 hours traveling to the island and giving multiple tours to groups of 15. Season is primarily from late August through the end of October. Info: 401/847-4242; roseisland.org
  • Historical Interpreters and Character Interpreters aboard the Tall Ship Providence. This 110-foot replica of the first warship in the Continental Navy has openings for two historical interpreters. Character interpreters of Capt. John Paul Jones and Second Lt. John Peck Rathbun are also needed. Info and full details at: tallshipprovidence.org
  • Harbor Tour Guides/Deck Hands. Work aboard one of several tour and harbor shuttle vessels. Oldport Marine Services, 1 Sayers Wharf, Newport. Apply online at oldportmarine.com.
  • Sightsailing of Newport accepts applications for its jobs year-round. Check their web site for guidance on applying for sailing jobs, front desk staff, and office positions at Sightsailing.com/employment.
  • Newport Historical Society. This organization offers the largest variety and greatest number of walking tours in the city.  Tours offered year-round. Info: newporthistory.org
  • Newport Restoration Society. This non-profit operates Rough Point mansion (680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Seasonal. Info: newportrestoration.org

VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDE OPPORTUNITIES

  • Newport Gulls Seeking Volunteers. Help at Cardines Field during the collegiate baseball team’s 22-game home season. Positions include ticket booth, souvenir staff, scoreboard and media department. Fun work. Great baseball. Home games are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. Volunteers provided with a Gulls polo shirt, season passes for family and friends, and a volunteer meal card. Contact Michael Falcone: 516/729-3735; operations@newportgulls.com
  • Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island Volunteers Needed.  Wide range of volunteer opportunities. All aspects of operating, maintaining, and sailing a large square‐rigged vessel: steel and wood maintenance, vessel operations support, volunteer program support, outfitting, training. Check out the website for more information and to sign up! https://www.ohpri.org/come-sail-with-us
  • Newport Secret Garden Tour Volunteers Needed. Event takes place in the city’s Point Section on June 14-16, 10 am-5 pm. Most shifts are 3-4 hours. Sit in the shade in a beautiful garden, smile at all our tour guests, and meet nice people. Plus a few little rewards for your time and effort from us and from our sponsors. Volunteers receive a free ticket to the Secret Garden Tour, good all weekend. Info and to sign up: 401/439-7253; Or email to: volunteers @secretgardentours.org. Please note your preferred day and times you are available.
  • Newport Car Museum’s family of volunteer docents share their passion for and knowledge of cars with interesting visitors from around the world. If interested, call Vincent Moretti at 401-848-CARS (2277)

For continuous and updated job listings, please go to www.whatsupnewp.com.

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CRUISE SHIPS HAVE BEGUN ARRIVING

The cruise ship season has begun! More than 80 ships will arrive in Newport during the coming Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.  You can keep abreast of the upcoming arrivals of these sea-going ships and the thousands of visitors they bring to our fair city each week in this column.

Here is a list of Aa few of the first arrivals scheduled for 2019, courtesy of our friends at Discover Newport.

  • Thursday, June 6 – Celebrity Summit from Celebrity Cruise Lines
  • Friday, June 7 — Norwegian Dawn from Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Friday, June 14 — Norwegian Dawn from Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Friday, June 28—Celebrity Summit from Celebrity Cruise Lines

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CONTINUING PROGRAMS & EXHIBITS

NOW THROUGH JULY 21, 2019 — GERTRUDE VANDERBILT WHITNEY: SCULPTURE – NEWPORT ART MUSEUM

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, daughter of Alice & Cornelius Vanderbilt II, is best known as an art patron and founder of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.  She also had a significant career as a sculptor, exhibiting throughout the United States and Europe and receiving major commissions and prizes. This exhibit showcases rarely seen works from private collections, examining the remarkable variety of the artist’s work—from her earliest classical sculptures to her more symbolic public monuments, from her bleakly Realist depiction of the tragedy of World War I to her late Art Deco work.  This is the first exhibition of Whitney’s art since her death in 1942. More info: 401/848-8200; newportartmuseum.org

NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 – “MY SMALL ABILITY” – THE LIFE AND WORK OF WILLIAM CLAGGETT

This exhibit at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center (82 Touro Street, Newport) features the story of 18th century master clockmaker, William Claggett. The exhibit tells us more than just the life of this craftsman by bringing alive other aspects of Newport including trade, artistry, aesthetics, science, religion, and culture through an examination of the life of Mr. Claggett. Additional Info and hours at 401/846-0813; newporthistory.org

NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 3rd – JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: OBSESSION UNTAMED – ROSECLIFF

The newest exhibit at Rosecliff (1902) is titled, John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed. In 1820 Audubon embarked on what would become his life’s work as “portraitist of all the birds of America.”  The assembled collection showcases the naturalist’s relentless pursuit of the birds of America and his singular determination in seeing his beautiful artworks published. The exhibition draws upon the collections of the Preservation Society of Newport County as well as significant loans from private collections and institutions. Highlights include over 20 beautifully framed hand colored double elephant folio-sized aquatints from Birds of America, exquisite ladies’ hats and fans illustrating the early-20th-century craze for feathers that lead to initial conservation efforts, as well as Audubon’s life mask and snuff box. Rosecliff (548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), daily, 9am – 5pm. Exhibit included in Rosecliff ticket. Info: newportmansions.org

WEDNESDAYS THRU SATURDAYS – MAY–NOVEMBER- – NEWPORT FOODIES STROLL – 11:30 AM

Newport Foodies Stroll offers a 1.5-mile walking food tour through Lower Thames Street. You will learn about the “City by the Sea”, as well as try the cuisine from five of the best locally owned restaurants. This progressive stroll will last 2.5 – 3 hours. Tours run Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 11:30 A.M. Meet Tom and Sue, your tour guides, in front of the Armory (365 Thames Street, Newport). Reservations highly recommended as these tours fill up quickly. Book your tickets ($63) and get more information at: 401/619-3019; newportfoodiesstroll.com

JUNE 2019 TOURS ▪ SPEAKERS ▪ SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 NEWPORT RUN & CHUG – 6:30 PM

This is a running group that does a 5K run every week (3.1 miles). Run is led by firefighter Eddie Valen. Meet at the Fastnet Pub (1 Broadway, Newport) at 6:30 pm. Run is followed by a meet-up (and Chug) at the Fastnet Pub. Info: 401/845-9311.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 – 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 – pirates, criminals, and more — leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – CARS & COFFEE – MARBLE HOUSE – 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Register your car with Marble House and come join more than a hundred other amazing vehicles on display at Marble House (596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) from 7:30 am until 10 am. Coffee available, too.  Info: 401/856-4420; audrainautomuseum.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 & SUNDAY, JUNE 9—HOODS UP WEEKEND – NEWPORT CAR MUSEUM

The private collection of 75+ automobiles at the Newport Car Museum focuses on seven decades of modern industrial automotive design and celebrates cars as works of art. During this special weekend, visitors and guests can check under the hoods of more than 70 cars spread over six galleries. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Newport Car Museum (1947 West Main Road, Portsmouth, RI). Info: 401/848-2277; newportcarmuseum.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – NEW YORK YACHT CLUB’S 2019 SEASON BEGINS – LEUKEMIA CUP

The New York Yacht Club has announced its 12-event 2019 sailing season that begins on June 8 with the Leukemia Cup race, followed by the club’s 165th Annual Regatta (June 14-16), and ending on September 29 with the Melges IC37 national championship races (September 27-29). Info:  401/846-1000; nyyc.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – SWISS VILLAGE FARM FOUNDATION ANNUAL VISITORS DAY – 9 AM – 3 PM

Swiss Village Farm (SVF) Foundation’s annual visitor’s day will allow members of the public to learn more about the Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project. SVF is a nonprofit farm working towards the collection and preservation of genetics from rare breeds of livestock. Visitors can peek into their facilities and meet the laboratory, veterinary and animal husbandry staff. Attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations. Enjoy Julian’s Omnibus food truck serving local heritage breed burgers and munchies! This event is free to the public. Parking will be available at Fort Adams State Park and free trolley transportation will be provided from 9am to 3pm. No parking available at SVF. Info: 401/848-7229; email for info@svffoundation.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 – 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

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 & SUNDAY JUNE 9 – BELCOURT RESTORATION TOUR – BELCOURT OF NEWPORT

Belcourt is amazing!  Carolyn Rafaelian, owner of Belcourt of Newport (657 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), is well into the process of restoring this 1894 Gilded Age mansion to its original glory. Several one-hour Belcourt Restoration Tours will be offered this weekend. This home is truly something special. If you love behind-the-scenes tours, now is the time to check out the restoration-in-progress of this fabled mansion, before the permanent changes and upgrades are completed. Reservations are encouraged. Tours both days at: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Tickets: Adults: $17.50; Children: $8.00.  Info & Online Ticket Purchase: belcourt.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – NEWPORT CUP MATCH – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO – 5:00 PM

The Newport International Polo Series 28 continues Saturday, June 8, 2019, 5:00 pm, with the Newport Cup match at the Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI. Info: 401/846-0200; nptpolo.com

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 – GOLDEN TO GILDED WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM

This tour ties together the city’s many exciting periods of its history. 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

MONDAY, JUNE 10 – ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM

One of several excellent walking tours of Newport offered by the Newport Historical Society. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. This tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org

MONDAY, JUNE 10 — NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL VS KEENE (NH) SWAMP BATS – 6:35 PM

The Newport Gulls will welcome the Keene Swamp Bats for the 2nd home game at Cardines Field (20 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport). Info & Tickets: 401/845-6832; https://bit.ly/2RxDm0D

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 – CENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES – SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE – 5:30-7:00 PM

Phil Lotz, Board Member of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a U.S. Challenger for the next America’s Cup, will provide an update on the Newport-based team’s progress in their campaign to win sailing’s highest prize. Phil was part of the leadership group that founded American Magic in 2017 with the aim of reclaiming the oldest trophy in international sports for New York Yacht Club, the organization that started the event in 1851. Presentation will be held in Mariner’s Lounge, Seamen’s Church Institute (18 Market Square, Newport). Info and Registration: 401/847-4260; seamensnewport.org

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 – BASEBALL — NEWPORT GULLS VS DANBURY WESTERNERS — 6:35 PM

The Newport Gulls welcome the Danbury (CT) Westerners to the Gulls third home game of the 2019 season. Games held at Cardines Field (20 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport). Info & Tickets: 401/845-6832; https://bit.ly/2RxDm0D

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – BASEBALL — NEWPORT GULLS VS OCEAN STATE WAVES — 6:35 PM

The Newport Gulls welcome the Ocean State (RI) Waves to the Gulls fourth home game of the 2019 season. Games held at Cardines Field (20 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport). Info & Tickets: 401/845-6832; https://bit.ly/2RxDm0D

JUNE 15, 16, 17, 2019 – NEWPORT COUNTY DAYS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS & HOSPITALITY EMPLOYEE DAYS

This weekend is the second of four annual weekends called Newport County Residents Days at the Newport Mansions. Any Newport County resident will receive free daytime admission to all Preservation Society of Newport County (PSNC) properties currently open (The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff) as guests of the PSNC.  Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) must be presented. This weekend will also feature Hospitality Employee Days with other Newport cultural attractions participating.  Info: 401/847-1000; newportmansions.org

JUNE 21-23, 2019 – THE NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW – AUDUBON ARTISTIC ADVENTURES – ROSECLIFF MANSION

The 2019 Newport Flower Show will feature design and horticulture exhibit, a Home & Garden Marketplace, Oceanside Boutiques, outdoor garden displays, lectures, and demonstrations by the top experts in the field. The Opening Night Party will take place from 6-9 pm on June 21.  Info: newportmansions.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019 – CARS & COFFEE – FORT ADAMS – 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Register your car and come join a hundred other amazing vehicles on display at Fort Adams (Fort Adams State Park, Newport) from 7:30 am until 10 am. Coffee available, too. Register your vehicle at audrainautomuseum.org. Info: 401/856-4420.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 – MAPPING NEWPORT: A CITY’S HISTORY VIA ITS BUILDINGS AND STREETSCAPES – 9AM-NOON

Walk the streets of one of the most historically intact communities in North America with architectural historian John Tschirch. This four-session program, offered by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Continuing Education, will show how to “read a city” through a study of period maps and photographs, and to identify Newport’s major economic, political and cultural influences. This program covers four Sundays, June 23-July 14, 9am-noon. Fee: $275. Info: 401/454-6200. Register at: ce.risd.edu

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 – 50TH ANNIVERSARY (1969-2019) NEWPORT PELL BRIDGE CELEBRATION – FORT ADAMS

Save the date for the official “Happy Birthday” celebration marking the Newport Pell Bridge’s 50th milestone: June 28, 6pm to 10pm at historic Fort Adams. Enjoy a free concert by the aptly named Take it to the Bridge band plus food trucks, a cash bar and fireworks at 9:15pm. Info: discovernewport.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 – YACHT ROCK THE DOCK – IYRS RESTORATION HALL – 6:00 – 10:00 PM

The evening will include entertainment by Them Apples, a raw bar, appetizer stations, open bar with signature cocktails and exciting raffle items to raise money in support of Seamen’s unique programs and services supporting Newport’s maritime heritage. Advanced tickets required. Early bird tickets of $80 available until May 31st. Regular priced tickets $90 after June 1 or $100 at the door. Tickets and Info:  401/847-4260; seamensnewport.org

UPCOMING 2019 SPECIAL EVENTS

SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 – CARS & COFFEE – SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY – 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Register your car and come join a hundred other amazing vehicles on display at McAuley Hall (off Ochre Point Avenue between Leroy & Shepard Streets, Newport) at Salve Regina University from 7:30 am until 10 am. Coffee available, too. Register your vehicle at audrainautomuseum.org. Info: 401/856-4420.

JULY 8-13, 2019 – INTERNATIONAL 12 METRE CLASS 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP — NEWPORT, RI

The International 12 Metre Class’ 2019 World Championship will be held in Newport, Rhode Island (USA) from July 8- 13, hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the 12 Metre Yacht Club. It will be the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metre yachts in the United States featuring more than two-dozen boats from seven countries. International teams comprised of elite sailors including America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists will represent Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and the United States. The 2019 12 Metre World Championship fleet will span the years 1928 -1987, include seven America’s Cup defenders and challengers, and be sailed on Rhode Island Sound, the site of nine America’s Cup competitions from 1958-1983. Info: http://www.12mrclass.com

JULY 26-29, 2019 – NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL – FORT ADAMS – NEWPORT, RI

This famous festival, launched in 1959, will celebrate in a 4-day music extravaganza July 26-29 at Fort Adams, overlooking the mouth of Newport Harbor.  Tickets and more information at newportfolk.org.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 – NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT – INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME

A special concert will be presented at the Newport Casino at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) on Friday night, August 2nd. Tickets go on sale March 27th. Ticket prices: $50-$110. Tickets and more information at: newportjazz.org.

AUGUST 2-4, 2019 – NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL – FORT ADAMS – NEWPORT, RI

Since 1954, the greatest jazz musicians on the planet have played before the most loyal and appreciative jazz aficionados and fans in the world at the largest coastal fort in America, Fort Adams. They’ll do it again this August 2-4, beginning with a concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday, August 2.  Don’t miss any of the music, the fun, and the food! Tickets and more information at: newportjazz.org.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2019 – REGATTA OPENING NIGHT COCKTAIL PARTY – 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The sailing social event of the season! Fans of the IYRS Newport Classic Yacht Regatta will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this iconic regatta in Restoration Hall (449 Thames Street, Newport) on the Newport waterfront at IYRS School of Technology & Trades. The evening features live music by Newport favorites Honky Tonk Knights and hors d’oeuvres by Russell Morin Catering and Events. Tickets: $20. Cash bar. For info and to purchase tickets, go to:  newportclassicyachtregatta.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 – IYRS NEWPORT CLASSIC YACHT PARADE – 10:30 AM

This parade wraps up the weekend of the 40th Annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta presented by IYRS (NCYR) which will take place over Labor Day weekend, Friday – Sunday, August 31 – Sep 1. The Organizing Authority for the NCYR is the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.  Info: events@iyrs.edu

SEPTEMBER 6-8, 2O19 – NEWPORT SECRET GARDEN TOURS

The annual Newport Secret Garden Tours opens its gates to a plethora of stunning gardens in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Join the Benefactors of the Arts on September 6-8 for this self-guided tour featuring at least 10 incredible gardens. These private gardens are shared with the community to help raise funds for the Arts Education programs in the Island’s public schools. The tour runs daily, 10 am until 5 pm, and tickets are good for any or all days of the tour, allowing for inclement weather, schedule conflicts, or just a late start. Info and tickets: secretgardentours.org

SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2019 – 49TH ANNUAL NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Mark your calendar for the 49th annual Newport International Boat Show on the famed downtown Newport waterfront from September 12th to 15th this year. More Information: http://newportboatshow.com/

SEPTEMBER 19-22, 2019 — THE NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

This is one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events of the year. It is scheduled for September 19-22 at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House. Enjoy magnificent wines from around the world, fabulous food from local, regional and national chefs, artisanal food purveyors, cooking demos and interactive activities in an unforgettable setting. To learn more about the schedule of events, or to purchase tickets, visit newportmansions.org

OCTOBER 3-6, 2019 – AUDRAIN’S NEWPORT CONCOURS & MOTOR WEEK – INAUGURAL EVENT

The Audrain Automobile Museum presents the inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week coming to Newport, Rhode Island on October 3 -6, 2019. Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week 2019 will be the first of an annual event which aims to enliven the story of the automobile and its racing history in the northeast region of our country. With all this history, and help from their Event Chair, world renowned collecting, restoration, and culture expert, Jay Leno and their Concours Chair, Donald Osborne, noted classic car historian, consultant, writer and television personality, the Audrain Automobile Museum adds another chapter to Newport’s extensive book of automotive and sporting fascination. With the support and assistance from the Preservation Society of Newport County, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Salve Regina University, along with car enthusiasts, luxury car brands, venue partners, and supporters in Newport, Audrain plans to execute one of the highest quality events that the community has ever seen and raise money to increase the local economy. Info: 401/856-4420; audrainautomuseum.org

OCTOBER 3-7, 2019 – ROGUE ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL – VARIOUS LOCATIONS – NEWPORT, RI

For auditions, show information, and tickets, contact: rogueislandcomedyfestival.com

OCTOBER 13-15, 2019 – VISITOR EXPERIENCE CONFERENCE (VEX) – PHILADELPHIA, PA

This is an annual industry conference that should be of special interest to tour guides, greeters, tour operators, chambers of commerce, and all those whose goal is to create a memorable experience for their guests and visitors. The 2019 Visitor Experience Conference is a recognized platform for experts to share best practices in the Visitor Experience sector and provide specialized knowledge to take museum organizations to the next level. VEX offers a range of professional learning opportunities. From keynote and panel sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, half-day workshops, and lots of social events to meet and talk with colleagues. The conference takes place in the history-rich city of Philadelphia.

Attendees include museum professionals at all levels of their career, mainly in the Visitor Experience and Visitor Services field, but also consultants, exhibition developers/designers, volunteer managers, ticketing and database companies, and more.  Past VEX attendees have included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Johns Hopkins University, Arizona State University Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Longwood Gardens, National Trust (England), Columbus Museum of Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Tacoma Art Museum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and more from around the world. Info & Registration: https://visitorexperience.group/conference

EXPERIENCE THESE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS!

BENEATH THE BREAKERS TOUR – UPDATED MAY SCHEDULE

The Breakers tour, “Beneath the Breakers,” is still offered daily.  Tours are now offered at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Tour is one hour. Info: newportmansions.org

SERVANT LIFE TOUR AT THE ELMS: FOUR TOURS DAILY!

Considered by many to be the best tour in Newport, the world-famous 1-hour guided “Servant Life Tour” at The Elms is back and better than ever.  Tours are now offered at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Info and updates: newportmansions.org

HANDBOOK FOR ALL TOUR GUIDES & GREETERS

If you’re new to Newport and/or new to this field, get your copy of THE OFFICIAL 2018 NEWPORT GUIDES & GREETERS HANDBOOK [Direct from the author or via 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.  Handbook includes greetings in 18 of the most frequently spoken languages heard in Newport.

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KENNETH PROUDFOOT, a Newport Tour Escort and Guide, is the author of The Official 2018 Newport Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook (Shoreline Press (RI), 2017).

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