Oliver Hazard Perry
The Oliver Hazard Perry

The 200-foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be open for tours on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Fort Adams State Park during the Newport Folk Festival. Stop by on your way into the festival to check out the country’s newest Tall Ship andRhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel.

There is no charge to visit the ship, and you do not need a Folk Festival ticket to reach the ship.

Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island is a non-profit organization based in Newport, R.I. that incorporates comprehensive classroom education into an operational, at-sea experience to enrich independent and teamwork capabilities of young adults and the young-at-heart. The building of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry has been a $16 million economic development project, which has supported hundreds of jobs in the Rhode Island marine industry

Interested in volunteering? Contact gretchen@ohpri.org or for more information on SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and its programs, visit www.ohpri.org.

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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.