“Celebrate Newport’s Deep Connection with The Breakers”, hosted by the newly-formed Friends of Newport Preservation, will be held at LaForge Casino Restaurant onThursday, January 26th.  The event will the first in a series to create public awareness and build community spirit to preserve the historic integrity of The Breakers.

The evening event will feature Vanderbilt family members and community members who have experienced The Breakers first hand. Attendees will learn about this incredible property and its inhabitants from those who know it best, while enjoying complimentary hors d’oveurs and Gilded Age cocktails framed by historic memorabilia.

Preserving and restoring the unique historic landscape at The Breakers is critical to the stewardship of the property.  The Friends of Newport Preservation has presented the Preservation Society of Newport County with compromise alternatives to the location of Welcome Center now proposed to be adjacent to the original gatehouse at The Breakers.   The group seeks to work with and support the Society in reaching a solution to visitor needs while protecting Newport’s heritage

WHAT: Celebrate Newport’s Deep Connection with The Breakers: An Intimate Look at the Breakers – Past, Present & Future

WHEN: Thursday, January 26th, 6:00-8:00 PM

WHERE: La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

WHO: Newport Residents, Vanderbilt Family Members, Preservation Experts

About Friends of Newport Preservation:

Friends of Newport Preservation is working to protect the historic integrity of Newport’s most valuable historic assets and the quality of life for all residents. The group organized to advocate for the protection of The Breakers, recognizing that development of the property as proposed will have an adverse effect on all of Newport.  This goal has support from community members, along with local and national experts in preservation, conservation, planning, architecture, and landscape design.  With deep knowledge of Newport and its economy the group takes a long-view to ensure that decisions made today are right for Newport’s future.  Going forward the group will continue to advocate that Newport’s architectural wonders and storied past will continue to enchant Rhode Islanders and visitors alike, while enabling Newport to prosper as a residential community through protecting its historic landmarks.

Friends of Newport Preservation Members:

Joanne and Henry Breyer, Donald Christ, Maureen Donnell, Ron Fleming, Linda Gordon, Dodo Hamilton, Mary Joan Hoene, Judy McLennan, Stephanie McLennan, Elizabeth “Lisette” Prince, Diana and Jerry Slocum, Gladys V. Szapary, Paul L. Szarary, Gladys Roberts Thomas, William Vareika

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).