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April 29, 2017

Events Calendar

Here you will find what events, entertainment, activities and other random things to do  in and around Newport, Rhode Island.

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Mar
24
Fri
Octopus’s Garden @ Anchor Bend Glassworks Gallery
Mar 24 – May 5 all-day
Octopus's Garden @ Anchor Bend Glassworks Gallery |  |  |

Our Octopus sculptures are newly redesigned! This fan favorite now features more styles, included frosted glass, transparent cores, a new medium size, and more active tentacles! Come see these exciting changes, and see our sculptures in their own sea gardens, featuring the new Ocean Reef paperweights! Our flagship gallery is located in Newport, RI.

Anchor Bend Glassworks Gallery, 16 Franklin St., Newport, R.I.
(401) 849-0698
www.anchorbendglass.com
info@anchorbendglass.com
Mar. 24th through May 5th
Open Fri. & Sat., 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sun. 11a.m.-5p.m. Private viewings available by request. Check website for most recent hours.

Apr
29
Sat
The Irish in Newport in the 1880 Census: A “Crowd Sourcing” workshop @ Salve Regina University - McKillop Library - Computer labs, basement level
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Irish in Newport in the 1880 Census: A "Crowd Sourcing" workshop @ Salve Regina University - McKillop Library - Computer labs, basement level |  |  |

Have an ancestor or relative who lived in Newport in 1880?
If you had, or think you had, an ancestor who lived in Newport during this time, please come to the Salve Regina University Library and share your history on Saturday, April 29, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m..

Students from Salve Regina University and Fairfield University will be available with the complete Newport 1880 Census on their computers, just like Ancestry.com.
They will search for your ancestors or relatives. Sit with them and share your family’s history of coming to Newport. The students will record your history, and link to the Census records, which will become an invaluable addition to the archives of the Museum of Newport Irish History. All are invited to come and share your proud Irish heritage!

If you plan to attend or would like to learn more, please email or phone:
Ann Arnold at NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com or 401-841-5493

Project under the direction of Prof. Kurt C. Schlichting, Chair in Humanities & Social Sciences Department and Professor of Sociology at Fairfield University, with support from Prof. John F. Quinn, History Dept. Chair, Salve Regina University.

Star Kids Gala @ Ochre Court
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Star Kids Gala @ Ochre Court |  |  |

Join us for a spectacular evening of fabulous food, open bar, music and dancing to Decades by DeZyne as we raise vital funds to support educational opportunities to at-risk children in Newport County and Fall River.

Apr
30
Sun
St. Columba’s Chapel Concert series presents pianist Clemens Teufel @ St. Columba's Chapel Parish Hall
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm

The St. Columba Concert Series will present its final concert of this season on April 30, at 4:00 PM in the church parish hall at 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown RI.
Concert pianist Clemens Teufel will present works of Schumann, Heller, Liszt, Hanson, and Gershwin. Mr. Teufel has appeared in concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. He has performed at such prestigious venues as the Beijing Conservatory (China), the Alte Oper (Frankfurt, Germany), the Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport MA), and the Cite des Arts (Paris). He has also performed in several music festivals, including the International Burgos Music Festival (Spain), the Easter Festival (Bayreuth, Germany), and most recently at the Newport Music Festival.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Clemens Teufel received his first piano lessons at the age of seven. First-prize winner of various national youth competitions, he completed his musical education at the University Franz Liszt. He graduated with honors in the master class of Professor Lev Natochenny from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.
In 2017 he is publishing his first solo album “American Masters” with music of Howard Hanson and George Gershwin. He currently resides in Boston MA with his wife Erin.

Admission: $20.00 per person

May
3
Wed
Cultural Connections Lecture: National Museum of American Illustration @ Rosecliff
May 3 @ 12:00 pm

This is another of The Preservation Society of Newport County’s Cultural Connections Series, a round of monthly informal presentations by the directors of some of our sister organizations in Rhode Island. This will be a one-hour meet-and-greet, in which Laurence Cutler, Chairman & CEO; Judy Cutler, Museum Director & Curator of National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) will explore the history of the NMAI and highlight some of their important events and programs. The National Museum of American Illustration was founded in 1998 by Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence S. Cutler to house their collection of primarily “Golden Age” American Illustration art, yet the museum also exhibits American illustration from all periods, styles and talents.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration required either online at http://www.newportmansions.org/learn/lectures or by phone 401-847-1851

May
4
Thu
What Did Alexander Hamilton Drink? Chocolate in the American Colonial Period @ Newport Historical Society Resource Center
May 4 all-day
What Did Alexander Hamilton Drink? Chocolate in the American Colonial Period @ Newport Historical Society Resource Center |  |  |

The next time you pick up a piece of chocolate, consider that you are partaking in an expedition into American history. Alexander Hamilton’s rival, Thomas Jefferson, was a chocolate fan. John and Abigail Adams also loved their chocolate. Hamilton’s boss, President George Washington, along with his wife, Martha, was well acquainted with chocolate. But what about Hamilton’s role in the chocolate economy or, more locally, the role of Newporter’s?

On Thursday, May 4th at 5:30 pm, the Newport Historical Society will host author Deborah Prinz for What Did Alexander Hamilton Drink? Chocolate in the American Colonial Period. This lecture explores the chocolate culture of North America during the time of Alexander Hamilton. Eighteenth-century Newport merchant Aaron Lopez dipped deeply into the chocolate concerns of the Colonial Period. He benefited from cocoa, enjoying the personal consumption of the beverage, and profiting from it as a commodity. Chocolate blazed a new world of commerce, appetite, and opportunity.

Rabbi Prinz lectures about chocolate and religion around the world. Prinz’s book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao, was published in 2013 by Jewish Lights and is in its third printing. Prinz blogs at onthechocolatetrail.org, the Huffington Post, the Forward and ReformJudaism.org. She was awarded a Starkoff Fellowship and a Director’s Fellowship from the American Jewish Archives as well as a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship from the Rockefeller Library to pursue this research. This project spans cultures and centuries, exploring how faith traditions share consumption, ritual, and business interests in chocolate.

What Did Alexander Hamilton Drink? is offered on Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 pm at the NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI. General admission costs $5 per person or $1 for Newport Historical Society members along with active duty and retired military. Reservations suggested as space is limited; please RSVP online at NewportHistory.org or call 401-841-8770. This program is generously sponsored by the Harborside Inn.

8 Bells Lecture Series @ Seamen's Church Institute
May 4 @ 12:00 pm
8 Bells Lecture Series @ Seamen's Church Institute |  |  |

“Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War,” by Conrad Crane.

When Conrad Crane retired from active duty to become a research professor, he never expected to become a modern Cassandra, fated to tell truth to power without being heeded. After the world transformed on 9/11, he warned the Army that it was not prepared to execute stability operations, counterinsurgency, and the eventual reconstruction of Iraq. Crane’s work attracted the attention of Generals David Petraeus and James Mattis, and he soon found himself in charge of a team tasked with creating the groundbreaking Field Manual 3-24/Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 3-33.5 Counterinsurgency, the very counterinsurgency doctrine he had pleaded for. A unique blend of traditional and modern theory, this manual would prove to be essential to the success of the Surge in Iraq that changed the course of the war. Crane’s account of the creation and implementation of the manual addresses its many criticisms, details what went wrong in Iraq, and explains how the new doctrine was never properly applied in Afghanistan. From the debates over the content to the ways it was used in the field, Cassandra in Oz covers lessons that should be gleaned from years of global war and displays the American military as a learning organization at its best.

Dr. Conrad C. Crane is the Chief of Historical Services for the Army Heritage and Education Center at the Army War College. A retired Army officer who taught history for 12 years at West Point, he has written widely on airpower and landpower issues. In 2008 he was selected as the International Archivist of the Year by the Scone Foundation, and in 2016 he was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize by the Society for Military History for lifetime contributions to the field.

May
5
Fri
Newport Contemporary Fine Arts – Spring Exhibition – Opening May 05, 2017 @ Newport Contemporary Fine Arts
May 5 all-day
Newport Contemporary Fine Arts - Spring Exhibition - Opening May 05, 2017 @ Newport Contemporary Fine Arts |  |  |

Established in 2016 ncfa showcases contemporary painting and sculpture from local and international artists. The Spring Exhibition will feature New American Art by emerging and established artists in paint and sculpture. As an emerging gallery ncfa hopes to become a productive and collaborative partner in the Newport arts environment, both as a launching space for artists, and as a driver of economic development for like minded businesses and organizations. We hope to see you at the opening scheduled for Friday May 05, 2017 between 6pm and 8pm.

May
6
Sat
The Big Night Out: Enchanted Garden (Annual Gala) @ Kirkbrae Country Club
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Enjoy a signature cocktail, shop our silent and live auction, kick back to live entertainment and a gourmet meal all to benefit our youth mentoring programs throughout Rhode Island.

“I Love..What’s His Name?” A Cabaret about Confusion in Love in the 21st Century @ The Arctic Playhouse
May 6 @ 8:00 pm

May 6th (Saturday) at 8pm
May 7th (Sunday) at 3pm

The Arctic Playhouse, West Warwick, RI

Directed and performed by Rachel Hanauer and the Newport Arts Collaborative, “I Love…What’s His Name,” is an original cabaret about the hilarious confusion of dating in the 21st century with evolving technology and social media. The cabaret will feature music from classic and contemporary musical theater, the Goldrich and Heisler songwriting duo and more! Expect an evening of comedic, relatable and beautiful songs performed by the talented local opera and musical theater singers!

Parental discretion advised under age 13!

Tickets: $10 online/$15 at the door

www.thearcticplayhouse.com

Evening of Star Gazing at Ballard Park @ Ballard Park
May 6 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Evening of Star Gazing at Ballard Park @ Ballard Park |  |  |

Friends of Ballard Park will hold a star gazing program in Ballard Park’s quarry meadow on Saturday, May 6th from 8:30 to 10 pm. Robert Horton, Manager of Astronomical Laboratories at Brown University, and telescope operator Scott MacNeill of Brown University’s Ladd Observatory will guide event goers through the spring skies. The astronomers will bring their telescopes for up closing viewings of the bright gibbous moon and Jupiter.

Event goers should dress warmly and bring a comfy chair or blanket and a flashlight. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person and $15 per group. Ballard Park is located on the corner of Hazard and Wickham Roads. Enter through the Hazard Road gate. Use 21 Hazard Road if you need GPS directions. Visit www.ballardpark.org or call 401.619.3377 for more information. Rain date: May 7th.

May
7
Sun
Bird Walk at Ballard Park @ Ballard Park
May 7 @ 8:00 am
Bird Walk at Ballard Park @ Ballard Park |  |  |

Friends of Ballard Park is hosting a bird walk through Ballard Park on Sunday, May 7th. The walk will begin at the Wickham Road entrance (across from Rogers High School) at 8:00 am. Birder Patty O’Neill will guide the walk and share her knowledge of local, breeding and migratory birds. The event is open to birders of all levels. Participants should wear sturdy shoes as the trails are steep and uneven in areas. Bring binoculars, if you have them. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

“I Love..What’s His Name?” A Cabaret about Confusion in Love in the 21st Century @ The Arctic Playhouse @ The Arctic Playhouse
May 7 @ 3:00 pm

May 6th (Saturday) at 8pm
May 7th (Sunday) at 3pm

The Arctic Playhouse, West Warwick, RI

Directed and performed by Rachel Hanauer and the Newport Arts Collaborative, “I Love…What’s His Name,” is an original cabaret about the hilarious confusion of dating in the 21st century with evolving technology and social media. The cabaret will feature music from classic and contemporary musical theater, the Goldrich and Heisler songwriting duo and more! Expect an evening of comedic, relatable and beautiful songs performed by the talented local opera and musical theater singers!

Parental discretion advised under age 13!

Tickets: $10 online/$15 at the door

www.thearcticplayhouse.com

May
13
Sat
ON THE VERGE: An Evening at the Casinos @ The Casino Theatre
May 13 @ 7:30 pm
ON THE VERGE: An Evening at the Casinos @ The Casino Theatre |  |  |

One Night Only-May 13th-
Island Moving Company Celebrates 35 years

Please join us at The Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, Newport, RI 02840
7:30 pm Performance
Tickets: $25 Performance Only
$55 6 pm pre-show Cocktails at La Forge Casino and Show
$80 Performance and Show
$110 Entire Evening: Cocktails, Show, Dinner
Tickets and Sponsorships available at : www.islandmovingco.org
or call 401-847-4470
Photo Credit: Clint Clemens

May
16
Tue
From Trustees Gardens to Your Backyard: Lessons from a Seasoned Gardener @ Swan Auditorium, University of Rhode Island
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This fun, illustrated lecture will take critical lessons learned from The Trustees recent estate garden restoration projects and translate them into design lessons for your own backyard, including the 10 rules for getting your garden picture-perfect. Featuring gardens from 165 acres to ¼ acre, this lecture offers something for everyone. The Trustees is Massachusetts’ oldest conservation AND preservation organization. Begun in 1891, The Trustees manage over 26,000 acres of special places of scenic, natural and cultural significance from the Berkshires to the Islands.

This program is offered in partnership with the URI Master Gardener Program, Cooperative Extension.

LUCINDA A. BROCKWAY is the Program Director for Cultural Resources at The Trustees. She ran her own landscape preservation and design firm, Past Designs (Kennebunk ME) for twenty five years before joining The Trustees where she did a tremendous amount of work on Rhode Island’s cultural and private landscapes. She is the author of two books, A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers (2001), and Gardens of the New Republic (2004). Her work has been featured in Old House Journal, Victoria Magazine, Colonial Homes, Nineteenth Century and Accent as well as innumerable professional and trade publications.

May
17
Wed
Beyond the Tour: Nature Tamed @ Rough Point
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

It’s gardens galore on Wednesday evenings this spring. Drop in for special garden tours, sketching the collection activities, floral fashions, gallery talks, and much more! Topics vary each session. Lawn chairs and picnics welcomed.

Special for May 17…
5:00-6:30 Sketching the Collection (drop-in)
Guest sketchers will share how they see our collection and lead drawing activates. Or grab a notebook and head into the galleries yourself!
5:15-6:45 Gallery talks (20 minutes)
A rotating menu of short talks that spotlight the lesser known stories at Rough Point.
5:30 Garden tour (45 minutes)
Roam the lush landscape with one of our expert guides

This year’s exhibition, Nature Tamed in the Landscape, Gardens and Collections of Rough Point, will be available for viewing during this program.

Program tickets are non-refundable.

May
20
Sat
Stone Wall Workshop @ Prescott Farm
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn the art of traditional stone wall construction and repair from the experts. Master class instructors Chris and Dan Smith lead for the fourteenth year of this active workshop. Coffee, muffins, and water bottles will be provided for all participants. If you have work gloves, please bring them along.

Please note: In the event of bad weather, the rain date is Sunday May 21. Registrants will be contacted on Friday, May 19 in the event of postponement. Program tickets are non-refundable.

Mushroom Hike at Ballard Park @ Ballard Park
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
Mushroom Hike at Ballard Park @ Ballard Park |  |  |

Friends of Ballard Park will hold a mushroom hike Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2 to 3 pm.
Expert mushroom hunters, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt, will share foraging secrets as well as information about the unique roles fungi play in the ecosystem as they point out mushrooms along the trails of Ballard Park. There are many mushrooms that favor maple trees which are the most popular tree in Ballard Park.
Ballard Park, Newport’s Only Nature Preserve, is located on the corner of Hazard and Wickham Roads. Event goers should meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Wear sturdy shoes as trails are uneven and steep in areas. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. For GPS directions use 21 Hazard Road.
Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register. Drop-ins are welcome.

May
24
Wed
Newport String Project: Bringing the Outside In @ Rough Point
May 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Newport String Project: Bringing the Outside In @ Rough Point |  |  |

The Newport String Project presents chamber music inspired by the Natural World.
In celebration of Rough Point’s “Nature Tamed” exhibition, the Newport String Project returns to the Great Hall for an evening of chamber music inspired by lush landscapes, gardens in bloom and more! This special concert will explore how composers from the 18th century to the present day, have drawn inspiration from the natural world and will delve into the tension between the “wild” and the “civilized” in their music. Project directors and violinists EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Sarah Hill (viola) and Chelsea Bernstein (cello) for a program of works including Haydn and Schumann.
The house opens at 6:30; the concert begins at 7:00. Light refreshments will be available.
Program tickets are non-refundable.

May
26
Fri
Murder Mystery Night Fundraiser for SCI! @ Seamen's Church Institute
May 26 all-day
Murder Mystery Night Fundraiser for SCI! @ Seamen's Church Institute |  |  |

Step back in time to an era of swingin’ jazz for an evening of music, molls, and murder.

Join a cast of spurious characters from all walks of life who have gathered for the “Grand Opening Gala of SCI” in 1930.

But, things aren’t coming up roses and when an illustrious guest ends up dead, it will be up to you to search for clues, question suspects and piece together your theory of the crime!

Join us for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and tons of fun! Fabulous prize for our winner!

Advanced registration is required. Call 401.847.4260 to purchase your tickets today! $100/per person with all proceeds supporting the mission of SCI Newport!

May
27
Sat
2017 Matty’s Memorial 5K Walk/Run @ Quonset Point
May 27 all-day

Join us and run or walk in support of individuals with epilepsy.  This family-friendly event includes a pre-race Family Fun Zone, Matty’s Might Dash for kids, and post-race activities for all participants.  A cash prize will be awarded to the top male and top female 5K finisher.  Early-bird registration rates end May 13.

May
31
Wed
Beyond the Tour: Nature Tamed @ Rough Point
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

It’s gardens galore on Wednesday evenings this spring. Drop in for special garden tours, sketching the collection activities, floral fashions, gallery talks, and much more! Topics vary each session. Lawn chairs and picnics welcomed.

Special for May 31…
5:00-6:30 Sketching the Collection (drop-in)
Guest sketchers will share how they see our collection and lead drawing activates. Or grab a notebook and head into the galleries yourself!
5:00-6:45 A Landscaper’s Armchair Tour of Newport (drop-in)
Grounds Supervisor Frank Amaral shares his trove of photos of old Newport.
5:30 Garden tour (45 minutes)
Roam the lush landscape with one of our expert guides

This year’s exhibition, Nature Tamed in the Landscape, Gardens and Collections of Rough Point, will be available for viewing during this program.

Program tickets are non-refundable.

Jun
4
Sun
2017 Newport 10 Miler @ Fort Adams State Park
Jun 4 @ 7:30 am – Jun 4 @ 10:30 pm

We are excited to announce the fifth annual Newport 10 Miler benefiting the Fort Adams Trust!

The course prominently features Newport’s scenic coastal views and ends with a truly unique finish as participants enter Fort Adams through the north gate and finish on the parade field.

This is a limited field event and has sold out each of the past two years. Runners will recieve finisher medals, technical tee-shirts, free participant photos, post race beer (21+ participants only) and names on bibs (if registered before April 30)!

Registration is now open!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1727243337526607/

Jun
7
Wed
Game vs NewBedford @ Cardines Field (Newport)
Jun 7 @ 6:35 pm – 8:35 pm
Jun
8
Thu
Game at Plymouth @ Forges Field
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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