Christmas Gifts

What’sUpNewp is giving back to you – our loyal readers, supporters and subscribers – this holiday season, with our 1st Annual “Great Big Holiday Giveaway”.

Think about it as a “25 days of Christmas” type of thing – we’ll be giving away complimentary tickets to some of the hottest events and concerts across Rhode Island, gift certificates, gear and so much more!

Our first giveaway happened earlier today in our email newsletter and included two tickets ($50 value) to enjoy the Barrel Of Laughs Comedy Show at Newport Vineyards on December 2nd.

To play along (and to be among the first to know what’s happening in Newport County and across Rhode Island), be sure to sign up for our daily newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Twitter – you just never know where the giveaway may pop up!

If you are a business and would like to get involved with our giveaway, email

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.