Newport Waterfront Events, a division of Waterfront Productions LLC, has announced that the Newport Skating Center presented by ALEX AND ANI is once again on schedule to open at its downtown Newport Yachting Center location for the winter season.  In fact, the Grand Opening of the rink and its popular Tree Lighting Ceremony is slated for Friday evening, December 9th.  

However, Newport Waterfront Events relies on corporate sponsorships and community support to finance the rink’s operation and maintenance throughout each season and this year is no exception.  Those companies, organizations or individuals who are interested in rink partnerships, including dasher board signage, or contributing in some way to this year’s skating season, are encouraged to call 888-900-8640 or email

“Once again we want to thank Peregrine Group for their generous donation of the space to keep the Skating Center in downtown Newport.  We want to also thank ALEX AND ANI and all our sponsors to-date for their support as the rink requires corporate and community support each year to remain open,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events.  “With that in mind, if any business or organization is interested in being part of three months of fun, healthy, family-friendly programming and activities we would welcome your involvement to ensure that this is our best skating season ever.  In the meantime, we are busy preparing for the rink’s opening and turning the heart of Newport’s downtown into a winter wonderland once again starting on Friday, December 9th.”

Additional corporate sponsorships that have been secured to date for the Newport Skating Center presented by ALEX AND ANI include: Stop & Shop, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Viti Auto Group, Amica Insurance, BankNewport, Newport Hospital, Newport Shipyard, Blackstone Caterers, “A Fork In The Road” Food Truck, Bannisters Wharf, Clarke Cookehouse, JAM Construction, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Island Skating Academy, What’s Up Newp, Discover Newport, Peregrine Group/Scott’s Wharf and Newport Harbor Corporation/Newport Restaurant Group.

Like last year, a full schedule of activities is planned for the rink this winter, including ALEX AND ANI #CARRYLIGHT Friday Nights where guest can show us ways they ignite light and hope in the world with a video campaign, Family Fun Nights, Skates with Santa, Learn to Skate camp, community outreach support programs with non-profit groups including a Toy Drive for Santa’s Workshop at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and, of course, the grand opening and traditional tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 9th.  In another exciting development, Blackstone Caterers’ “Fork In The Road” Food Truck will handle the on-site concessions at the rink this season.

The Newport Skating Center, which first opened in 2000, features a 9,000 square foot skating surface large enough to accommodate up to 100 skaters at a time.  Skate rentals, hot beverages, comfort foods, 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 in Newport, Rhode Island; the Waterfront Reggae Festival at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island; and the Providence Event Series which included a number of concerts and the International Oktoberfest at the ALEX & ANI City Center in the heart of downtown Providence’s Kennedy Plaza.  The Waterfront Productions team has co-produced a variety of other events over the past ten years, 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 sponsorship opportunities, please visit, or contact Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions LLC via email at or call (888) 900-8640, Ext. 709.  Follow the Newport Skating Center and RI Waterfront Events on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Facebook:; Instagram: NewportSkatingCenter; Facebook:; Instagram: RIWaterfrontEvents; and Twitter: Twitter/RIWEvent.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).