Let’s face it – when January arrive and the temperature drops below 30 degrees regularly, no one really wants to do much of anything.

The thing is, despite the cold there are still many great events happening in The-City-By-The-Sea that you certainly shouldn’t miss! Here are 10 events happening in January that you should get to.

1 – Thousands Will Participate In Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Easton’s Beach on New Year’s Day

Literally thousands of locals and tourists return year after year, since 1969, to take part in this annual event to support A Wish Come True. After doing it, you’ll either say that it was the stupidest thing that you’ve done in your life or you will be hooked and will be back there every New Year’s Day. The plunge will take place at 12 p.m. The event is open to spectators who are not taking the plunge. More Information

2 – 8 Bells Lecture Series presents “Designing Gotham: West Point Engineers and the Rise of Modern New York, 1817-1898,” by Jon Scott Logel

Between 1817 and 1898, New York City evolved from a vital Atlantic port of trade to the center of American commerce and culture. With this rapid commercial growth and cultural development, New York came to epitomize a nineteenth-century metropolis. Although this important urban transformation is well documented, the critical role of select Union soldiers turned New York engineers has, until now, remained largely unexplored. In Designing Gotham, Jon Scott Logel examines the fascinating careers of George S. Greene, Egbert L. Viele, John Newton, Henry Warner Slocum, and Fitz John Porter, all of whom studied engineering at West Point, served in the United States Army during the Civil War, and later advanced their civilian careers and status through the creation of Victorian New York. Dr. Logel is an Associate Professor in War Gaming Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. More Information

3 – 89th Annual Winter Speaker Series Kicks-Off on January 7th at Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum’s annual Winter Speaker Series returns Saturday, January 7 at 2pm for its 89th season. The series will include seven lectures on a variety of topics and will run Saturdays at 2pm, January 7 – February 25 (no talk on February 18th), in the Museum’s Griswold House at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Returning speaker Darrell West of the Brookings Institution, will kick off the series, speaking on the topic on “What to Expect from the New President.” More Information

4 – Newport Historical Society will host scholar Abby Chandler to discuss The Life and Times of Martin Howard 

On Thursday, January 12, 2017 the Newport Historical Society will host scholar Abby Chandler to discuss The Life and Times of Martin Howard which features her latest research about this prominent colonial figure.

During this lecture, Dr. Chandler will explore Martin Howard’s life from his time in Newport, when he inhabited the Newport Historical Society’s Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House in the mid-eighteenth century, to his time in North Carolina where he served as the colony’s Chief Justice and his final years in London. She will share how his political position placed him in firm opposition to many Newport residents during the 1765 Stamp Act crisis, how this led to his decision to flee his Rhode Island home after his house was attacked, his figure was hung in effigy and publicly burned. The Life and Times of Martin Howard will introduce the many adventures of Martin Howard and his family, while also exploring the impact that choosing to stay local to the British crown had on the lives of ordinary English colonists. More Information

5 – Newport Children’s Theater presents The Neverending Story at the Casino Theatre

Newport Children’s Theatre will present The Neverending Story at The Casino Theater on January 13th, 14th and 15th! Performances Friday at 7:00, Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00, and Sunday at 2:00. More Information.

6 – Newport Dodgeball Season Kick-Off on January 23rd

Want to throw balls at people? Join the Newport Dodgeball league! This league plays on Monday nights between 7PM and 9:15PM. Registration for the league is open here: https://app.mysocialsports.com/regions/newport/

7 – Newport Vineyards Will Host Matt Gennuso, Chef of Chez Pascal on January 26th

Winter nights call for the warmth of good wine, amazing food and great company. Savor just that with Newport Vineyards Winter Chef Series featuring the acclaimed Chef Matt Gennuso of Chez Pascal. Set in their Meadow Room adorned with rustic barn-wood walls, Chef Gennuso will walk guests through a menu crafted just for this event, paired with Newport Vineyards wines explained by Newport Vineyards winemaker George Chelf. More Information

 8 – Hotel Viking Will Kick-Off 2nd Annual ‘Viking Wine Festival’ on January 28th

Hotel Viking’s second annual Viking Wine Festival kicks off Jan. 28 with a look back at the featured wines from the inaugural event in 2016 and more. Last year, the five-dinner series showcased vintages from Donelan Family Wines, Page Wine Cellars, JUSTIN Wines, Opus One Winery and Frog’s Leap Winery. More Information

9 – Newport String Project presents Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings at Ochre Court

On Sunday January 29th 2017, the Newport String Project will present perennial favorite Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in the vibrant setting of Ochre Court at Salve Regina University. The concert brings together a dynamic group of musicians working at the leading edge of socially engaged chamber music in Rhode Island and beyond. The program also features Antonin Dvorak’s folk-tinged Miniatures for Two Violins and Viola and Elizabeth Maconchy’s atmospheric String Quartet No 3. The concert is presented in partnership with Salve Regina University and begins at 3.00pm at Ochre Court.

Suggested Donation $10, $25 and $50+. All proceeds support the performance and educational programming of the Newport String Project. More Information.

10 – Jackie Will Appear On The Big Screen at Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center (Date TBD)

JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well. Stay tuned for opening date. More Information

What are you looking forward to in January? Comment below.

Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.