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Announcing Newport Recreation Summer Outdoor Basketball Leagues!
Registration is now open online at register.communitypass.net for our summer leagues. All games will be played at the 2 Murphy Field Courts located on Carroll and Ruggles Avenues Monday evenings June 19 – July 31. There are 3 boys divisions for grades 3-8 and one girls division for grades 6-8. Two games will be played at 5:30pm and 2 games at 6:30pm Deadline to register is June 12, 2017. Fees: Newport Residents $20.00 non-residents $25.00. Great fun, full court basketball! For additional information please call the Hut at 845-5800. Register.communitypass.net
Featuring Impersonator Jay Gates – A Tribute to Barry Manilow
After talking about it for years, I finally started to impersonate Barry Manilow in addition to Rod Stewart. Right off the bat I discovered two pleasant surprises . . .
#1 Our vocal ranges and timbre are identical!
#2 The more I talked to people about it, the more I found out that there are millions of Barry Manilow fans . . . AKA FANILOWS
Then came the challenge . . . I don’t look like him : ( With my already established Rod Stewart impersonation, my dead ringer look was a no brainer. But my first few attempts at impersonating Barry left audiences somewhat confused . . . the visual didn’t match the audio.
However, as fate would have it, I connected with world renowned impersonator AND make-up artist Eddie Edwards of The Edwards Twins! His expertise in all aspects of this field (make-up, wardrobe, lighting, sound quality, booking, marketing, etc…) and his willingness to teach them to me has been immeasurable!
Join Friends of the Waterfront for a walking tour of Newport Harbor highlighting points of public access along the waterfront as well as the Dinghy Planter Project, a joint venture with URI Master Gardeners. The walk begins at Mary Ferrazzoli Park, at the corner of Washington Street and Long Wharf and ends 1.5 miles later at King Park.
King Park gazebo concerts open on Sunday, June 25th 3-6pm with local blues/pop phenom, singer Leslie Grimes and her band Cee Cee & the Riders, along with the vocal duo Kane Brothers and 50s-60s favorite songs. Free Sunday concerts continue every Sunday 3-6pm with various artists through the end of August. Bring folding chair or blanket. Presented by the City of Newport with support from Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton.
Visiting Nurse Services will host its 24th annual golf tournament on 6/26 at Newport National. Great day on a great course for a great cause! All funds from this event directly benefit the VNS Hospice program allowing our team to provide care, comfort and quality of life to the terminally ill 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Please contact me for more information.
Join the What’s Up Newp Crew at Mokka Coffeehouse and Syrens and Sundries to celebrate the start of the summer with a “Caffeine and Cones” party in their gorgeous outdoor courtyard on Spring Wharf.
The event will include complimentary ice cream samples, live entertainment by Melissa Chaplin, tastings from Yerba Mate, and other treats from the “Mokka Go” Tike Bar.
Mingle with the What’sUpNewp crew while checking out Newport’s newest ice cream and treat shop!
Other sweets and treats will be available for purchase.
The Arts and Cultural Alliance (ACA) of Newport County presents an Arts Behind the Scenes event featuring the Audrain Automobile Museum, “Transitions”. The event is scheduled during the transition between themed shows. Discussion will include the Exhibition Statement, the War Board, the individual car exhibition storyboards, graphics development, and iPad stories. Also marketing/promotion, lighting and the practicalities associated with swapping the cars in and out, and security.
“More of an Art Museum than a Car Museum,” the Museum celebrates the Machine Age, when art and automobiles came together. With access to more than 200 of the most remarkable and rare vehicles ever made, and displays with fully restored vehicles ranging from the beginning of the 20th century through the modern day, vehicles are chosen specifically and showcased based on ever-changing exhibition themes. By displaying 15-20 cars at a time, the Museum gives patrons members and enthusiasts of all ages a completely unique experience with each visit. To support its non-profit curatorial mission – its motto is “Preserving Newport’s History One Car At A Time,” the Museum acquires, by gift and purchase, cars with social history in Newport, Rhode Island, and southern New England.
Since 1994, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County has fulfilled its mission to promote and advance arts and culture in Newport County for the benefit of the community. As a member-supported organization, the ACA offers seminars, workshops and networking opportunities for artist members.
One of the Alliance’s key tasks is to help guide the interconnection between creative or cultural contributors and various opportunities presented by businesses, schools, donors, audiences, events, commissions and others. The Arts Behind the Scenes program seeks to introduce the ACA members and the general public to what goes on behind the scenes in development and presentation of art works, music, dance or theater that are of interest to the community.
Tickets for the Arts Behind the Scenes event are $10 for ACA Members and $15 for non-ACA members. Proceeds support the ACA’s mission to promote and advance arts and culture in Newport County. The event is limited to 40 people and planned for Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available at the ACA website at http://www.newportarts.org/events/ For more information about the event or the ACA go to www.newports.org The ACA representative is Warren McAuliffe.
The Audrain Automobile Museum is located at 222 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02842. For more information about the Audrain Automobile Museum visit http://audrainautomuseum.org/ Contact information: (401) 856-4420 or email@example.com
Photo Credits: Audrain Automobile Museum- Ben Jacobsen, Photographer.
Rhode Island’s contribution to World War II vastly exceeded its small size. Newport’s and Aquidneck Island’s contributions alone included the nation’s most important torpedo production facilities, a naval training station for some 500,000 sailors, and a PT boat training center at Melville. Civilians, including for the first time many women, did their part by manufacturing military equipment and warships.
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm, the Newport Historical Society will host co-authors Christian McBurney and Brian Wallin, who will give a joint lecture on their new book World War II Rhode Island. The state was declared a vital war zone, and tensions were high. People panicked with the news of an imminent air raid by German bombers just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Hear about this event as well as the sinking of a German U-boat off Point Judith in the waning days of the war during their presentation.
Christian McBurney, an independent historian, has written seven history books on Rhode Island and/or the Revolutionary War, and is the founder and publisher of a Rhode Island history blog, www.smallstatehistory.com. Brian L. Wallin, a former radio-television reporter-anchor and hospital administrator, is a trustee of the Varnum Armory, a regular contributor to www.smallstatebighistory.com, and a frequent lecturer on Rhode Island history.
“World War II Rhode Island” takes place at the NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI, and costs $5 per person, $1 for NHS members, active and retired military with ID. Please RSVP online at NewportHistory.org or call 401-841-8770.
What’s Up Newp and the Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center are happy to announce that we have partnered up to host a 5th Anniversary Party for the Moonrise Kingdom on Wednesday, June 28th.
One of Wes Anderson’s most popular films, Moonrise Kingdom was shot at various locations throughout Rhode Island including Jamestown, Prudence Island, Fort Wetherill, Yawgoog Scout Reservation, Trinity Church, Conanicut Island Light and Ballard Park.
We’ll release more details on the “party” and what’s in store as we get closer to the screening.
Doors open at 7 pm, screening at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 per person and are now available for purchase at Jane Pickens box office or online here – http://janepickens.com/shows/moonrise-kingdom-fifth-anniversary-party.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl
A great way to start the summer! Join the LOIS VAUGHAN JAZZ QUARTET for a free outdoor concert at the historic Eisenhower House at Fort Adams! Bring beach chairs & blankets (no coolers please). Enjoy the views of Narragansett Bay as you listen to upbeat jazz and Latin music.
LOIS on keys, Bryan Rizzuto on string bass, Mark Teixeira on drums and Art Manchester on sax/flute/clarinet.
FREE and open to the public! Drop off your guests and gear at the Eisenhower House, then park in the Ft. Adams lower lot at no charge.
Newport Storm and the Blackstone Food Truck will provide food and drinks for purchase.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled.
For more information http://fortadams.org/events/ or call 401.619.5801
The Preservation Society of Newport County’s Curator Paul Miller will revisit the story of Newport’s vanished estates, with emphasis on newly discovered images detailing the history of previously undocumented houses. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for non-members and advance registration required either online at http://www.newportmansions.org/learn/lectures or by phone 401-847-1851
Southern Rhode Island Volunteers and the Town of Narragansett invite the community to attend its first Health & Wellness fair at the Narragansett Community Center Friday June, 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This free public fair will cover all aspects of healthy aging and living. There will be informational resource tables, demos, giveaways, snacks, beverages and more! Over 16 participating nonprofits and businesses will be present.
Participants include, the URI Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center, Massage on Main, Donna Tschuta; LMT, Southern Rhode Island Volunteers, South County Foot & Ankle Inc., Concord Home Health Care, Beltone Hearing Aid Center, URI Snap Outreach Project, Thundermist Health Center, URI School of Pharmacy, Green Line Apothecary, South County Health, Kindred Hospice, FARM Fresh RI, Michelle Tolleson; Certified Holistic Health Life Fitness Coach.
To celebrate the Opening Night concert of our inaugural season, Sir Andre Previn will be joining us for the world premiere of “Almost an Overture”, a piece written especially for our newly formed Newport Contemporary Arts Orchestra, followed by the American premiere of French composer Gerard Pesson’s “Future is a Faded Song”, featuring renowned pianist Melaine Dalibert. We welcome you to join us for an evening of new works, as well as some contemporary classics!
Previn: “Almost and Overture”- World premiere performance
Pesson: “Future is a Faded Song”- American premiere performance
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Newport Contemporary Arts Orchestra
Paul Van Anglen, Conductor
Melaine Dalibert, piano soloist
Andre Previn: Special Guest
Enjoy the 4th of July Fireworks up close in the harbor aboard our 65 foot America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts, US 16 Columbia and US 23 Heritage.
Celebrate the 4th of July aboard an America’s Cup 12 Meter yacht in Newport, Rhode Island. The evening will start with a evening sail around Naragansett Bay. During your sail, if you wish, you may participate in the sailing of the America’s Cup 12 Meter yacht or just sit back and enjoy the sights of Newport! The captain and crew on board will help those wishing to be involved in the sailing – no sailing experience necessary! Then we will drop the sails for a sunset motor cruise around the harbor and end with a spectacular viewing of the fireworks from the water.
Starting at 10am visit the Colony House and Washington Square for a morning of patriotic activities, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout the day celebrate religious freedom and the First Amendment when more than a dozen houses of worship will be open to the public for tours. Learn how the building or the congregation that worships there symbolizes Newport’s commitment to freedom of religion and religious diversity.
The Newport Historical Society’s Great Friends Meeting House, Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House, and the Colony House, site of the first Roman Catholic mass in Rhode Island, will be open from 10am – 12pm.
Other participants include: Trinity Episcopal, Newport Congregational, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal, United Baptist, Community Baptist, Channing Unitarian, St. Joseph’s Catholic, Emmanuel Episcopal, and Touro Synagogue. More information is available at 4faiths.org.