Secret Garden Tours
Volunteer greets guests in Secret Garden

For over a quarter of a century, Secret Garden Tours have provided more than 1.25 million dollars in support of art education in our public schools.

An integral part of their great success has been the dedication and commitment of their wonderful, loyal volunteers.

The 2016 “Historic Point”  Tour will take place on Friday, JUNE 17, Saturday, JUNE 18, &  Sunday, JUNE 19, from 10 am to 5 pm. each of the three days. Volunteers work in shifts, acting as ticket-takers, hosts and guides, providing general information to the visitors. In appreciation, volunteers receive a free ticket to tour all of the gardens. To help them schedule over 180 volunteers, they ask that volunteers check personal calendars before signing up so they can accommodate their schedules.

To sign up send an email with name, phone number and choice of sitting time(s) to

The shifts are: Friday, June 17, 10 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:00 pm; Saturday, June 18, 10 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 19, 10 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:00 pm. For additional information call Donna Maytum, Volunteer Coordinator, 401-439-7253.

Ryan Belmore is the 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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.