It’s true, it’s true, the Crown has made it clear; spring weather must arrive this time each year!
Of course, we are merely paraphrasing the first line of Lerner & Lowe’s most famous song from the 1960 Broadway musical “Camelot.” But we are hopeful, as was King Arthur in the original play, to wish for a royal proclamation declaring that “the weather must be perfect all year.” But we’ll settle for a gorgeous April.
While our current weather may not measure up to that experienced in Camelot, our Newport daffodils are up and adding their bright yellow to the roadsides, median strips, parks, and gardens. This weekend begins the 5th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival. More than 860,000 daffodils will be in bloom this month! Read up on the activities and events listed below for this festival and share them with your guests. It’s going to be FUN!
TOUR GUIDES TIP OF THE WEEK
Probably more important than any other quality of the Newport tour guide and greeter is their ENTHUSIASM. The word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word “entheos” which means the God within. A bright voice tone, a smile, and a powerful greeting are the perfect combination to deliver a positive enthusiastic welcome to each visitor. Most natural enthusiasm is driven by our excitement and passion for the City-by-the-Sea and its long and interesting history. In the same way that tour guides and greeters are excited about our city’s many mansions, historic sites, and events, their enthusiasm inspires similar feelings among our millions of annual guests and visitors. You are often the first person our guests come in contact with. Use your enthusiasm to excite and exceed our visitors’ expectations!
NEW LISTINGS AND EVENTS: For more information to prepare you to be the best tour guide & greeter ever, read and learn about the following updated listings and previews of the busy season ahead for residents and visitors alike.
TOURISM JOBS – MORE JOB OPENINGS THAN EVER!
April is here! More new job openings are listed here and more unlisted but available. Ask around if you don’t see what you are looking for here. Many jobs are still open, including tour guides, greeters, harbor cruise staff, ticket sellers, bus drivers, and support staff. The summer season is fast approaching! Get your resume polished and find a perfect match for your interests and skills so you can spend the upcoming season working in the City-by-the-Sea!
- Pedicab Drivers/Tour Guides needed. Perfect for the athlete/entrepreneur/history major. Rent a Newport Pedicab and start your own business AND make money. Contact: www.newportpedicab.com/drivers
- Trolley/Van/Bus Drivers Needed. Hiring Now! Experienced Tour Bus/Trolley Drivers with passenger endorsement. $17 – $24 an hour – Full-time, Part-time, Contract. Historic Tours of Newport LLC – Middletown, RI. Contact: (401) 855-1942.
- Newport Daffodil Days Festival: Volunteers still needed for a variety of activities and events. Get Daffy and join the fun. Check in at www.facebook.com/Newportdaffydays/.
- Deckhand/Tour Guide, Aboard the Rum Runner II. Part time position available May 1 through October 22 for a deckhand and tour guide position. Classic Cruises of Newport. Contact: (401) 847-0298.
- The Preservation Society of Newport County has several job openings, full and part-time, including Associate Tour Guides and support staff. Check with them directly (newportmansions.org) for current information about job openings for the upcoming season.
- Gansett Cruises: Check in with the Gansett Cruises crew for current job openings. A fun company with two great boats in Newport Harbor. Go to: gansettcruises.com
- Food Tour Guide. Part-time; must be available from Friday through Sunday a minimum of 2 days a weekend from April through November. Pay is a daily rate plus tips. Contact Rhode Island Red Food Tours for application details at (866) 736-6343.
- Volunteers Needed to staff the Seamen’s Church Institute booth in the Exploration Zone” at the upcoming Volvo Ocean race. Must be 16 and over to volunteer. Top sign up and get shift assignments, contact Heather Braga at firstname.lastname@example.org
REMEMBER: Most of the city’s largest tour and cruise businesses accept job applications year-round.
SPEAKERS & SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK
Check out the wide selection of lectures, exhibits, talks, classes, and workshops to add to your knowledge and increase your understanding of the people and history of greater Newport.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 – MUSICAL PIONEERS: HAYDN, BACEWICZ AND GEORGE WALKER
A program of chamber works will be presented by the Newport String Project on April 12th at 7 pm at Old Colony House (82 Touro Street, Newport). Also hosted by the Newport Historical Society. Admission by donation. Info: newportstringproject.org
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 – ART AFTER DARK – NEWPORT ART MUSEUM – 5pm
This evening includes artist presentations, gallery talk, games, and more. Free for members; $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Get more details and info at: newportartmuseum.org, or 401/848-8200.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 – “OSCAR WILDE: THE UNREPENTANT YEARS” – ROSECLIFF – 6pm
One in a series of Preservation Society Lectures, this program features Dr. Nicholas Frankel, Author & Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University. At Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Advance ticket purchase required: $10 for Society members; $15 nonmembers. Info: newportmansions.org
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 – ROGUES & SCOUNDRELS WALKING TOUR
Every tour guide should experience one or more of the great walking tours organized by the Newport Historical Society. This tour about some of the city’s more colorful residents leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 – TRAFFIC DELAYS POSSIBLE THIS MORNING – MARATHON IN NEWPORT
If you are scheduled to give tours or be a greeter at one of the mansions or other historic sites today, keep in mind there may be traffic delays due to the running of a Marathon and related races that leave Easton’s Beach between 7:30 am and 8 am. The course will follow Ochre Point Avenue and Bellevue Avenue. Be advised and be prepared.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 – DAFFODIL DAYS OPENING CEREMONIES
Grand opening ceremonies and fun inaugurate the 2018 Newport Daffodil Days Festival. Games, live music, and fun activities at Bowen’s and Bannisters wharves. 1-2 pm. Info: newportdaffydays.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 14- SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 – NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS FESTIVAL
Invite your guests and visitors to the 5th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival that is the highlight of Newport’s Spring season. Visitors and residents will thrill to the 866,500 daffodils blooming all over the city. A multitude of events (Visit: www.newportdaffydays.com for the full schedule and times) and fun activities will celebrate all things daffodil and raise money to buy and plant more daffodils – the goal is ONE MILLION DAFFODILS! So, Get Daffy and join the fun. Tell all your guests and visitors, too! Check for updates & weather at www.facebook.com/Newportdaffydays/.
MONDAY, APRIL 16 – A DANDY SPRING FLING – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
This is the classic Spring Fling celebration with hors d-oeuvres, live music and a complimentary toast to Mother Nature while overlooking the hundred of daffodils set against Easton’s Bay at the award winning Chanler at Cliff Walk (117 Memorial Blvd, Newport). $30 donation. Tickets at Newportdaffydays.com. All proceeds support Daffodillion’s free bulb give-away in October. Don’t miss this event!
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 – SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – NEWPORT ARBORETUM WEEK 2018
This annual event features lighting up and showcasing the trees throughout Newport. There will be Illuminated Trolley Tours on April 20thdeparting from the Elks Lodge (141 Pelham Street, Newport) at 8pm and 9pm. Cost is $15. RSVP and order tickets. More Info at newportarboretumweek.org
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 – HISTORY OF NEWPORT FURNITURE MAKING
This is the first of a 3-part series of lectures on the history of Newport furniture making by furniture expert Jeffrey Greene. Lectures, co-sponsored by the Whitehorne House Museum and Newport Art Museum, begin at 2 pm at the Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Call 401/848-8200 for more information. To purchase tickets, click here: http://bit.ly/2yJXzIO.
COMING IN MAY
TUESDAY, MAY 8 – SUNDAY, MAY 20 – VOLVO OCEAN RACE NEWPORT
Tell your guests and visitors to get ready for the arrival of the Volvo Ocean race fleet, arriving in Newport this month on one leg of their round-the-world sailing race. The opening of the Race Village at Fort Adams is Tuesday, May 8th at 4 pm. Get updated information at www.volvooceanracenewport.com
MAY 19 & 20 – BOWEN’S WHARF NEWPORT WATERFRONT OYSTER FESTIVAL
11 am – 5 pm. Enjoy a festive weekend eating oysters. Rhode Island is home to more than 45 oyster farms. The flavors are distinctive to each farm. The festival will offer 13 kinds of oyster all in one festive atmosphere! Growers will be shucking alongside a select group of local restaurants under festival tents. Tickets are available online at: http://www.bowenswharf.com/newport-oyster-festival
COMING SUMMER EVENTS: JUNE, JULY & AUGUST
Share these dates and events with your guests and visitors. Sell and promote our future activities and invite everyone to return here again and again.
THE NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW — COTTAGES SMART & SMALL – JUNE 22-24
Martha Stewart will be a featured guest and speaker at this year’s show. The annual flower show adds the current trend of tiny homes and combines them both as livable spaces, functional & beautiful, and the prettiest plants and flowers ever. Rosecliff. Information & tickets: NewportFlowerShow.org
NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL – JULY 4-22, 2018
This annual music festival will celebrate its 50th 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.
BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL – JULY 12-15, 2018
The Black Ships Festival celebrates the friendship between Newport and their sister city Shimoda, Japan. It offers a variety of events emphasizing both Japanese art and culture. More Info: http://www.blackshipsfestival.com/
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL – JULY 27-29, 2018
This is the big folk festival of the summer. A number of other events surround this 3-day weekend. Location: Fort Adams, Newport, RI. Tickets: email@example.com
THE NEWPORT SHOW ∙ JULY 28-29, 2018
The annual Newport Antiques Show has a new name this year, The Newport Show. This luxury show will, as it has since 2007, feature antique furniture, fine art, jewelry, and unique vintage items from more than 40 dealers. Watch for more details about this show in the coming months. The Newport Show will again be held at the St. George’s School Ice Rink, 375 Purgatory Road, Middletown, RI, and will run July 28 and 29, 2018. Updates at www.TheNewportShow.com. Proceeds benefit the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL – AUGUST 3-5, 2018
This is the big festival everyone asks about. May already be sold out, but keep the dates in mind for those who ask. Location: Fort Adams, Newport, RI. Tickets and more information: http://www.newportjazz.org/
A WEEKEND OF COACHING – AUGUST 16-19, 2018
Every three years, aficionados of horse-drawn 19th century road coaches gather in Newport for a big summer Weekend of Coaching. This year marks the third year since the last event. During the weekend of August 16-19, 2018 the Preservation Society of Newport County will host the biggest Weekend of Coaching ever. The weekend will feature driving exhibitions, viewing of the historic coaches as they drive around the streets of Newport, and tickets to a formal dinner dance at the Breakers on Saturday, August 18th. The weekend is led by Honorary Chair Linda Lindh with co-chairs Kenneth Lindh and Beverly Little. Ted Eayrs is the Chair of Coaching. Event updates and ticket information is available at www.newportmansions.org/events/a-weekend-of-coaching
DRIVING EXHIBITION – SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 – 10:30 AM – THE ELMS
This free event, part of the Weekend of Coaching, will take place on the grounds of The Elms (367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). It will feature many of the coaches and their drivers who are part of the weekend celebration of this unique and historic sporting tradition. More Information: NewportMansions.org
PREVIEW OF AUTUMN IN NEWPORT
NEWPORT SECRET GARDEN TOURS – SEPTEMBER 7-9
Here’s one of Newport’s great events to share with your guests to encourage them to return here after the busy summer season. The September Newport Secret Garden Tours will offer ten incredible private gardens for the public to visit and enjoy. This self-guided tour program will raise funds for the Art Education programs in the island’s public schools. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.secretgardens.org for a discounted rate of $20.
NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – SEPTEMBER 13-16
The Newport International Boat Show encompasses thirteen acres of Newport’s downtown waterfront. Exhibitors from near and far offer a full range of new powerboats and sailboats, plus a medley of marine products, services and accessories to enhance the nautical lifestyle. Special events, seminars, and in-water boating courses for the whole family are offered on all show days. Not to be missed is the exciting Newport For New Products program – showcasing boats and boating products making their first-ever debut in the United States. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport. More information: http://newportboatshow.com/
NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 20-23
This festival features a world-class variety of tastings, seminars, and events over a four-day weekend. Held at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House. Tickets & more information: http://www.newportmansions.org/events/wine-and-food-festival/tickets-events
BOWEN’S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 13-14
11 am – 5pm. Free event. Honoring the harvest of the sea, this Festival offers fresh local seafood, continuous live music and family fun. Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. More Information: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events
EXHIBITS & TOURS NOT TO BE MISSED
SOMETHING TRULY SPECIAL
Go visit the newest exhibit at the Galleries at Rosecliff, Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement & Oscar Wilde’s Newport. Preservation Society Curator Ashley Householder has gathered a breathtaking collection of furniture, ceramics, wallpaper, clothing, accessories, and ephemera about the aesthetic movement (1870-1890) and the era’s major promoter, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). The colors, patterns, and shapes of this “art for art’s sake” movement and the influence of Irish writer, playwright, and impresario Wilde will whisk you away to another time. Go and see this unique and truly wonderful exhibit. Open daily through November 4th. 9am until 5pm. Additional information available at: newportmansions.org
VISIT ROUGH POINT IN 2018 – NRF’s 50th ANNIVERSARY
The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. This year its exhibitions at historic Rough Point mansion, as posted on its website (newportrestoration.org), will be: “‘To Preserve and Restore’: Newport Restoration Foundation at 50,” and “A Hand in Design: Exquisite Drawings of Jewelry and Architecture for Doris Duke.” This is a collaboration between NRF and David Webb New York, jewelry designer to Duke and many other prominent figures from 1948 to the present. Rough Point will be open for tours through November 11th. Don’t miss this amazing home.
BENEATH THE BREAKERS TOUR
The Breakers tour, “Beneath the Breakers,” begins hourly on the half hour from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and is one hour in length. Info: newportmansions.org
SERVANT LIFE TOUR AT THE ELMS
At The Elms, their world-famous guided “Servant Life Tour” is offered hourly on the half hour from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. The tour is one hour. Info: newportmansions.org
KENNETH PROUDFOOT is a documentary film producer, international & Newport tour guide, and author of The Official 2018 Newport Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook (Shoreline Press (RI), 2017).