The Fort Adams Trust announces that their annual fundraiser event, Summer Solstice, An Evening of Revelry, will be held Friday, June 23rd on the North Lawn of the fort in Fort Adams State Park.

The event will be from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm and is hosted by Blackstone Caterers along with a sunset toast & cannon salute by the Artillery Company of Newport, live & silent auctions, as well as music & dancing.  Last’s year’s event set records of close to 150 attendees and fundraising totals for a single Trust event.  

“The Summer Solstice is probably one of the finest events the fort puts on,” stated David Martland, president of the Fort Adams Trust.  “Like last year’s event, we are sure it will be a perfect evening crowned with spectacular weather.  The entire Trust expresses our deepest gratitude to all the contributors, donators, sponsors, attendees and Fort staff that will make for a tremendously successful event,” he added.

“We have worked diligently for a full year on making the Summer Solstice event even better than it was in 2016 which believe it or not is a tall order to fill,” offered event co-chair, Jody Sullivan. “We are sure that attendees and contributors will be most pleased with the event and how it will be talked about long afterward,” cited Linda Bainton, another event co-chair.

Summer Solstice event tickets start at $75 with special group pricing at various tiers also available.  Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 401-619-5801.

Sponsorships at various levels, program advertising and auction item donations are welcome, just contact Jennifer Chapin or 401-619-5801.

The Fort Adams Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to protect and promote the historic places and public spaces at the gateway to Narragansett Bay and Newport. This includes directing and supporting the stabilization, maintenanc, and operation of Fort Adams as a public historic site.

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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).