After a very successful return this past winter, Newport Waterfront Events, a division of Waterfront Productions LLC, has announced that the Newport Skating Center Presented by ALEX AND ANI will maintain its standing as a go-to winter tradition in Newport as Scott’s Wharf LLC and Peregrine Group LLC have agreed to the continued operations of the rink on its Newport Yachting Center property during the 2016-17 winter season.

“The Newport Skating Center’s comeback was everything we hoped it would be!  It was one of our most successful skating seasons in ten years and we thank all of our supporters, from the City of Newport to our corporate sponsors and community partners and, of course, our skating guests,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events.

 “We are thrilled that the Peregrine Group has been generous enough to let us create our winter wonderland once again throughout the 2016-17 skating season in downtown Newport. Our community outreach programs, especially our fundraising drives and free skate and discount programs, touched a lot of lives this past winter while exposing people to the rink who normally wouldn’t have that opportunity. We look forward to bringing family, friends and the community together again next winter at the Newport Skating Center.“

Successful fundraising events at the rink in 2015-16 included the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center Coat & Food Drives, the Potter League Pet Supply Drive and the Confetti Foundation Party Supply Drive which helped provided birthday party kits to children who are spending their birthdays in the hospital.  The rink’s free skating and discount programs assisted such diverse groups as Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Women’s Resource Center, Forrest Ave. Elementary School, local Girl Scout troops, the Newport Recreation Department, the Newport Housing Authority/Park Holm Saturday Club, Lucy’s Hearth, StarKids, Boys & Girls Club of Newport, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Salve Regina University.

The 2015-16 sponsors of the Newport Skating Center presented by ALEX AND ANI included: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Peregrine Group/Scott’s Wharf, LLC, Newport Harbor Corporation/Newport Restaurant Group, Stop & Shop, Cox, RIPTA, People’s Credit Union, Haven Brothers Concessions Food Truck, Viti Auto Group, Rob Levine & Associates, Discover Newport, BankRI. Amica Insurance, Think Thin, KVH, NAVSTA Newport Homes, Cumulus Radio, Hyatt Regency Newport, Aquaball, Roger Williams Park Zoo and BankNewport.

The rink’s 2015-16 community partners included Island Skating Academy, Bowens Wharf Company, Bannisters Wharf, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Blackstone Caterers, Style Newport, Admiral Fitzroy Inn, Newport Hospital, Jane Pickens Theater, What’s Up Newp, William “Mr. Bill” Medeiros, Newport Lobster, Audrain Automobile Museum and the Newport Shipyard.

The Newport Skating Center Presented by ALEX AND ANI, located at the Newport Yachting Center at 4 Commercial Wharf, first opened in 2000 and features a 9,000 square foot skating surface large enough to accommodate up to 100 skaters at a time.  Skate rentals, hot beverages, the Havens Brothers Concessions Food Truck, lighting for night skating, regular admission discounts, FREE parking and viewing spaces for the public are also featured at the rink.

Waterfront Productions LLC, headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, specializes in event management/production and venue operation and is the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events and Rhode Island Waterfront Events.  The events Waterfront Productions owns and manages include the Great Chowder Cook-Off at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, the Waterfront Reggae Festival at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island and a summer/fall concert series at a venue to be announced.  The Waterfront Productions team has co-produced a variety of other events, including the Newport Comedy Series, the WBRU Concert Series at Providence Piers, the Food Truck Festival, the Newport International Boat Show and the Newport Charter Yacht Show, and offers event management consulting services.
For more information on the Newport Skating Center and how to be a corporate sponsor or community partner for the 2016-17 season, please visit www.newportskatingcenter.com or contact Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions LLC via email at mmaker@newportwaterfrontevents.com or call (888) 900-8640, Ext. 709.  Those interested can also “like us” at facebook.com/skatenewport.  Also follow newportevents on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.