Newport Tour Guides & Greeters News #78: Pell Bridge’s 50th, SCI’s Fundraiser kick-off June’s final weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT: On the 50th anniversary of the grand opening of the Newport Pell Bridge – June 28, 1969 – the City-by-the-Sea will celebrate with a big party at Fort Adams on Friday, June 28th, beginning at 6pm. The party will continue until 10pm. Visitors and residents will enjoy a free concert by the aptly named Take it to the Bridge band plus lots of food trucks, a cash bar and fireworks at 9:15 pm. Info: discovernewport.org 

SATURDAY NIGHT, June 29th, the big annual fundraiser – Yacht Rock The Dock — to support the important work of the Seamen’s Church Institute will be held at the IYRS Restoration Hall (449 Thames Street, Newport) from 6-10 pm. The evening will include entertainment by Them Apples, a raw bar, appetizer stations, open bar with signature cocktails and exciting raffle items. Advanced tickets required. Regular priced tickets $90 after June 1 or $100 at the door. Tickets and Info:  401/847-4260; seamensnewport.org 

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SPECIAL NOTES

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BREAKERS STABLE RE-OPENS FOR THE SEASON: The Breakers Stable & Carriage House (53 Coggeshall Avenue, Newport) re-opens this Saturday, June 29, for the summer season. This 15,000 square foot carriage house and stable complex was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and was an important part of the life of the Vanderbilt family and their staff beginning in 1895. The Breakers Stable & Carriage House admission is included with any ticket to the Newport Mansions®. [See additional notes in the listings below.] Hours are 10 am until 5 pm daily. Info: newportmansions.org

RETURN TO CAMELOT: The now famous RETURN TO CAMELOT presentation returns to St. Mary’s Church (Corner of Spring Street and Memorial Boulevard, Newport) beginning Tuesday, July 9th at 2:00 pm. This program is a re-telling of the storied marriage and reception of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. It includes exclusive newsreel footage of the young couple, the crowd of well-wishers outside the church, behind-the-scenes stories of Yusha Auchincloss, Jackie’s beloved stepbrother, and additional details of the church’s role in the wedding. The Return to Camelot presentation will continue every Tuesday afternoon through October 23rd. Info: 401/847-0475; stmarynewport.com

THE ONLINE REVIEW OF RHODE ISLAND HISTORY: This amazing online web site, accessible at smallstatebighistory.com, should be a part of the regular reading for tour guides and everyone who loves our state’s rich history. Check out the vast quantity of stories, research, and photos offered on this site, with new material added regularly. Featured writers and historians include Paul Caranci, Patrick T. Conley, Brian Wallin, Karen Ellsworth, Scott Molloy, Tim Cranston, Christian McBurney, and many more. An online archive offers articles, with posts dating back to January 2015. The purpose of the site is re-stated here: “The Online Review of Rhode Island History was formed to promote the state’s wonderful history. We intend to offer a variety of articles intended for a popular audience, but with an eye for accuracy over legend. We hope to make the state’s history interesting and fun, and eventually create an impressive archive of articles for both readers and researchers. We want to publish articles on narrative history, but also want to cover newly-published books on Rhode Island history, as well as Rhode Island history sites, artifacts, architecture, and historic preservation.” This site is a treasure trove for us all. Read, Learn, Enjoy!

TOUR GUIDE TIP OF THE WEEK – THE POWER OF A SMILE 

In the famous Broadway musical, Annie declared that, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” She was right in more ways than one.

The power of a smile cannot be underestimated. Every day this summer you may be the first person our visitors see as they enter our city or arrive at the entrance to one of our historic mansions or museums. Your smile has the power to set a positive tone for each visitor’s experience in the City-by-the-Sea.  Try to make the act of smiling as natural as possible. If you are not a person who smiles naturally, then practice in front of mirror. Use the power of your smile to welcome your guests and visitors to have a great time in Newport and take home lifelong memories.  

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NOTABLE & QUOTABLE

Magnificent Newport

Everything in Newport is measured by the scale of millions. 

Even the flowers preach the gospel of wealth. 

Nature made it the most beautiful summer resort in the world; 

man has made it a monument to his colossal vanity. 

But it has the merit of being a beautiful and magnificent monument. 

-Hartley Davis 

in Munsey’s Magazine (July 1900)

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JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

TOUR GUIDES · GREETERS · HARBOR CRUISE GUIDES · SUPPORT STAFF

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 change quickly. 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 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.

  • Harbor Tour Guides needed on the 49-passenger M/V Gansett. Lead these 90-minute narrated tours of Newport Harbor and the surrounding area. Based at Bowen’s Wharf. Info: 401/787-4438; gansettcruises.com
  • 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.
  • Viking Tours. Full Time and Part Time Motorcoach & Trolley drivers for busy Summer & Fall Season!  Full/part time seasonal – nights & weekends a must!  Competitive Wage. Info: 401/847-6921; vikingtoursnewport.com
  • 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
  • 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.

VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDE OPPORTUNITIES

  • 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)
  • 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

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

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CRUISE SHIP ARRIVALS

The cruise ship season has begun! More than 80 ships will arrive in Newport during the coming 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 a few of the upcoming arrivals scheduled for 2019, courtesy of our friends at Discover Newport.

  • Friday, June 28—Celebrity Summit from Celebrity Cruise Lines
  • Saturday, July 6 – Queen Mary 2 from Cunard
  • Thursday, August 1 – Caribbean Princess from Princess Cruise Lines
  • Sunday, September 1 – Norwegian Dawn from Norwegian 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 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 – DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION – BOSTON, MA

This BBC television series helped boost interest in the Newport mansions and launched a revival of sorts for the Gilded Age. Here is a new exhibit that brings the British series to Boston, all in anticipation of the upcoming feature-length Downton Abbey film scheduled for a September 2019 release. While waiting for the film, you may visit the Crawley family and enter the world of Downton Abbey at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. Based on the beloved television show, this exhibition transports you to post-Edwardian England, where the characters and the iconic house come to life. You’ll be immersed in the fascinating social history, culture, and some of the most memorable moments and sets from the show’s six-season run like Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, the servant’s quarters, and the dining room. This exhibition is located at The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston. Tickets: $33-$35.  Info & Ticket Purchase: 866/811-4111; DowntonExhibition.com

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

JUNE 29TH THROUGH LABOR DAY – BREAKERS STABLE – OPEN DAILY 10 AM – 5 PM

The Breakers Stable & Carriage House (53 Coggeshall Avenue, Newport) is now open for the season!  This 15,000 square foot carriage house and stable complex was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and was an important part of the life of the Vanderbilt family and their staff beginning in 1895. The structure is located ½ mile from the Breakers. The Stable features a display of 18 carriages and two coaches, clothing and harnesses from that time period, an extensive exhibition on the New York Central Railroad, 26 tie stalls, and two box stalls. Outside flower gardens and the original greenhouses from the Breakers property are located behind the Stable. The Breakers Stable & Carriage House admission is included with any ticket to the Newport Mansions®. Hours are 10 am until 5 pm daily. 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 27 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 28 – 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 

JUNE 28 – JUNE 30 — 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 each day at: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3pm. Tickets: Adults: $17.50; Children: $8.00.  Info & Online Ticket Purchase: belcourt.com 

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 — NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL VS WINNIPESAUKEE MUSKRATS – 6:35 PM

The Newport Gulls will welcome the Winnipesaukee Muskrats for a home game at Cardines Field (20 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport). Info & Tickets ($2-$5): 401/845-6832; https://bit.ly/2RxDm0D

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 – 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 29 – EAST COAST OPEN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO – 5:00 PM

The Newport International Polo Series 28 continues Saturday, June 29, 2019, 5:00 pm, with the East Coast Open Women’s Championship at the Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI. Info: 401/846-0200; nptpolo.com 

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 Church Institute’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 

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 – 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  

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UPCOMING 2019 SPECIAL EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 1 – 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, JULY 1 — NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL VS DANBURY WESTERNERS – 6:35 PM

The Newport Gulls will welcome the Danbury Westerners for a home game at Cardines Field (20 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport). Tickets: $2-$5. Info & Tickets: 401/845-6832; https://bit.ly/2RxDm0D 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 — NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL VS MARTHA’S VINEYARD SHARKS – 6:35 PM

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

FRIDAY, JULY 3 – NEWPORT GULLS VS SANFORD MAINERS – 6:35 PM

The Newport Gulls welcome the Sanford Mainers FOR A HOME GAME AT Cardines Field (20 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport). Tickets: $2-$5. Info & Tickets: 401/845-6832; https://bit.ly/2RxDm0D

JULY 4-28, 2019 – NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

This annual music festival celebrates its 51st anniversary this summer. A number of special guests and new experiences for the audiences will be included among the festival’s summer season. Performance sites include The Breakers and the Newport Art Museum. More information, schedules, and tickets are available at newportmusic.org. Box Office: 401/849-0700. 

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. 

SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019 – USA vs IRELAND – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO – 5:00 PM

The Newport International Polo Series 28 continues Saturday, July 6, 2019, 5:00 pm, with the USA vs IRELAND at the Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI. Info: 401/846-0200; nptpolo.com 

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

TUESDAY, JULY 9 – LECTURE — THE WHITE HOUSE: “SOMETHING OF SPLENDOR… FOR THE CREDIT OF THE NATION”
William Allman, Curator Emeritus of The White House, will present the Pamela and David B. Ford Lecture, The White House: “Something of splendor…for the credit of the nation” on Tuesday, July 9, 6 pm, at Rosecliff. A reception will follow at 7 pm. Tickets: Members: $10; General Public: $15. Advance registration required. Info: Info: 401/847-1000; newportmansions.org

TUESDAY, JULY 16 – THE MYTH & MYSTIQUE OF DORIS DUKE IN NEWPORT – ROUGH POINT — 5-7 PM
Almost every Newporter with a long enough memory has a story about Doris Duke. Special guests, including former staff and friends, recount their experiences, and we hope you bring your own recollections to share at this casual event that examines the legends and lore of Doris’s time in Newport. At Rough Point Museum (680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Tickets: $15. Info: 401/847-8344; newportrestoration.org

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.

MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019 – FOUR FAITH TOURS OF HISTORIC NEWPORT HOUSES OF WORSHIP

Tour four historic houses of worship: Touro Synagogue, United Baptist Church, Newport Congregational Church, and Channing Memorial Unitarian Church.  Adults $20, seniors (65+) $15, children (13+) $10.   Tickets at Eventbrite.com; Newport Gateway Center, 23 America’s Cup; and Loeb Visitors Center.  Tour starts at Loeb Visitors Center at Touro Synagogue at 52 Spring Street (Newport); 10 am – 12:30 pm.  Info: 401/871-0338; 4faiths.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 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 – BROADWAY STREET FAIR – 12 NOON – 6:00 PM

The annual Broadway Street Fair is scheduled from noon till 6 pm. The Street Fair begins at Equality Park and extends down into Washington Square. The day will be filled with music, food, family activities, exhibiting artists & makers and local non-profits. Last year more than 15,000 people took a stroll along Broadway, Newport’s historic Main Street and major artery into the city. This is a rain or shine event! Info: broadwaystreetfair.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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