Today’s show included a discussion with Sailors For The Sea and a whole lot of updates on local news and the latest on what’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport, R.I.

Shelley Brown, Education Director for Sailors For The Sea, joined me on The Open Forum from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. today to discuss their upcoming exhibit, Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes Revealed on a Grand Scale, and World Oceans Day.

Listen To The Podcasts (More info and important links below)

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Tiny Giants – May 15 to June 19

Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes Revealed on a Grand Scale is an inspiring photography exhibit created by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the only independent research laboratory in the world that focuses on microbial oceanography. The exhibit is brought to Newport, RI by Sailors for the Sea and hosted at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum.
Marine microbes are tiny, but important creatures. They produce half the oxygen we breathe, serve as the source of food for all marine life from fish to whales, and are helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. They are vital to our very existence. We invite you to view the exquisite, intricate beauty of these invisible marine organisms that are brought to life in dramatic photographs. The exhibit will feature information about each microbe, explain their importance in how the ocean functions, and highlight the many essential contributions made by marine microbes to the planet. Fun for adults and children alike!

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Special Events for World Oceans Day, Wednesday June 8th

World Oceans Day is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. What better way to celebrate the event then to learn about the challenges our ocean faces, the success of cleaning up Narragansett Bay and viewing the marine microbes that are vital to ocean life?

World Oceans Day Summit: Lessons from Narragansett Bay to the Global Ocean

When: June 8th 9:30am – 12:00pm

All are invited to the Redwood Library and Athenaeum on Wednesday, June 8th, World Oceans Day, for an Ocean Health Summit presented by Sailors for the Sea and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences!

The summit will provide an overview on the current state of our global ocean, followed by a discussion on how the success story of Narragansett Bay can be used to improve waters worldwide. Speakers from environmental, academic and government institutions will share how they are taking action to make a difference in the Ocean State and beyond.

Tickets: $10 includes summit and entrance to the exhibit
To purchase: or

Speakers will include:

R. Mark Davis, President of Sailors for the Sea
Professor Dennis Nixon, RI Sea Grant Director, GSO-URI
Dr. Graham Shimmield, Executive Director, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Dr. Candace Oviatt, Professor GSO-URI
Janet Coit, Director, RI DEM
Jonathan Stone, Executive Director, Save the Bay
Dr. Shelley Brown, Education Director, Sailors for the Sea
Tiny Giants at Night: Science, Art & Cocktails! 
When: June 8th 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Join Sailors for the Sea, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Redwood Library and Athenaeum for cocktails & conversation while viewing Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes Revealed on a Grand Scale.

The exciting evening event in honor of World Oceans Day will feature a special opportunity to meet the scientists behind Tiny Giants and to learn from them about the many important contributions made by marine microbes to the planet. The scientists will also share how they made the visible invisible.

Tickets: $30 includes exhibit, local brews, wines & spirits, and hors d’oeuvres
To purchase: or

Listen to The Open Forum with Ryan Belmore every weekday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on WADK 1540 AM.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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