It’s been more than two years since the Newport Yachting Center sold to the Peregrine Group, and Waterfront Productions LLC, a division of RI Waterfront Events, has finally found a new long-term home in Rhode Island.
While the Newport Waterfront Events crew has gone on to host events at India Point Park, Alex & Ani Skating Center and Fort Adams, the Newport-based company finally has a long-term agreement with a city that will let them host 20-30 events over the next three years.
East Providence City Council unanimously approved a permit and lease on Wednesday night that will run for three years and allows RI Waterfront Events to host about 20 to 30 events per year on the waterfront property off Veterans Memorial Parkway and across from Providence’s India Point Park.
The Providence Journal with more details here – East Providence City Council okays concerts at Bold Point
Michele Maker-Palmieri, President of Waterfront Events, and her small team worked to keep all of the concerts and festivals in Newport following the sale of the Newport Yachting Center to Peregrine Group in September of 2014. From October 2014 through February 2015, Palmieri worked with Newport City Council, Fort Adams Trust and RI DEM to move the events to Fort Adams State Park.
After months of workshops and city council meetings in 2014/2015, Newport City Council did finally approve a proposal in February that allowed Newport Waterfront Events to host up to 10 concerts at Fort Adams in May and June of 2016.
The process of getting approval from Rhode Island and Department Of Environmental Management turned out to be a longer process than expected for Newport Waterfront Events, once approval is obtained from the state and RIDEM, Newport Waterfront Events then has to go back to Newport City Council for a special event permit for each date they would need.
Newport Waterfront Events missed out on booking many musicians at Fort Adams State Park due to the amount of time the process took to get approval from the City Council, Fort Adams Trust and RI DEM. We sat down with Palmieri on September 3, 2015; read more about the process here.
The end result: Newport Waterfront Events hosted one event at Fort Adams State Park (Chowder Cook-Off), managed two concerts during the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover and brought four events (Reggae Festival, Latin Festival, Oktoberfest, and J. Geils Band) to India Point Park in Providence.
In 2015, Waterfront Productions hosted the Great Chowder Cook-Off at Fort Adams State Park, the Waterfront Reggae Festival at India Point Park in Providence; 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.
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 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.