Yesterday morning (March 21), Donovan Rypkema, the lead author and Principal of PlaceEconomics, gave a keynote presentation in the Great Hall of The Breakers on his firm’s just-completed comprehensive study of the contributions of historic preservation to the state. The study, titled HISTORIC PRESERVATION: AN OVERLOOKED ECONOMIC DRIVER, provided many leaders of the state’s tourism industry and historical societies with an inspiring summary of the positive jobs and wages, environmental, and quality of life impacts of historic preservation activities in Rhode Island. Also present in the hall were members of the state’s General Assembly, leadership of Preserve Rhode Island and The Preservation Society of Newport County, and staff from many of the state’s tourist destinations. The event was hosted by Trudy Coxe, CEO and Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Newport County.  [A brief review of the study may be found at the end of this column.]

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NEW LISTINGS AND EVENTS: For more information to prepare you to be the best tour guide & greeter ever, read and learn about the following updated listings and previews of the busy season ahead for residents and visitors alike.

TOURISM JOBS – THE SEASON OF JOB FAIRS & RECRUITING ARE NOW

The hiring season is upon us.  You are needed. More visitors than ever will arrive on this island by car, bus, plane, and cruise ship. Plan now to secure a job in the growing visitor and tourism business in our wonderful city.  Look for new position openings and expansion among existing tour operators. A few new tours will be launched in the coming season. The Volvo Ocean Race is coming to Newport in May. Other sailing and trade events are also on the year’s upcoming schedule.  More staff will be needed to deliver the services required by our thousands of new guests and visitors. Job openings include tour guides, greeters, boat crew, bus drivers, ticket sales, and a variety of support staff. What a wonderful year is ahead of us!

JOB OPENINGS

  • Newport Vineyards Job Fairs:  Variety of jobs: Hosts, Bussers, Bartenders, more. March 24, 11 am – 1 pm, Brix Restaurant; April 4: 6-7:30 pm, Meadow Room. 909 East Main Road, Middletown, RI.
  • Sightsailing of Newport seeks summer sailing crew and outdoor front desk reservations & sales staff.  www.sightsailing.com
  • Historic New England seeks part-time seasonal tour guides for two of its Rhode Island properties: Watson Farm in Jamestown, RI; and Casey Farm in Saunderstown, RI. Details and job requirements are available at www.historicnewengland.org
  • National Museum of American Illustration seeks a part-time summer Art Museum Intern; May-September, 2018. Applicants should apply through Indeed.com.
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County has several job openings, including Associate Tour Guide (part-time), Special Events Attendant (part-time), Admissions Associate-Ticket Sales (part-time), as well as Sales Associates in the museum shops.  Check with them directly (newportmansions.org) for current information about job openings for the upcoming season.
  • Newport Hospitality is looking for greeters and a variety of support staff to help host the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race Newport event that begins May 8th. For more information, call 401/848-2264.

REMEMBER: Most of the city’s largest tour and cruise businesses accept job applications year-round.

SPEAKERS & SPECIAL EVENTS THIS MONTH

Check out the wide selection of lectures, exhibits, talks, classes, and workshops to add to your knowledge and increase your understanding of the people and history of greater Newport.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 – “MYTH, MEMORY, HISTORY AND HERITAGE”

On Friday, March 23, 2018, 10am-12pm, join the Newport Historical Society and the Rhode Island Historical Society in a joint program at Newport’s Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI, for “Myth, Memory, History and Heritage,” a panel of public historians.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 – NEW EXHIBIT OPENING AT ROSECLIFF

Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement & Oscar Wilde’s Newport.  Opening day: March 24.  A new exhibition at Rosecliff.  Open daily through November 4th. 9am until 5pm. Additional information available at: newportmansions.org

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 – EASTER EGG HUNT & BRUNCH AT ROSECLIFF

The Easter Bunny visits Rosecliff for the annual Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch. Bring the children to scramble for candy-filled eggs on the oceanfront lawn and pose for photos with the Bunny. After the hunt, step inside for a scrumptious brunch.

10 am. Reservations: 401/847-1000, ext. 140.

COMING IN APRIL & MAY

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 – Rough Point Re-Opens

The Newport Restoration Foundation’s (NRF) historic Rough Point mansion will re-open on Thursday, April 5th for Guided Tours. The Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. This year its exhibitions, as posted on its website (newportrestoration.org) will be: “‘To Preserve and Restore’: Newport Restoration Foundation at 50,”  and “A Hand in Design: Exquisite Drawings of Jewelry and Architecture for Doris Duke.” a collaboration between NRF and David Webb New York, jewelry designer to Duke and many other prominent figures from 1948 to the present.”  Rough Point will be open for tours through November 11th. Don’t miss this.  

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 – MUSICAL PIONEERS: HAYDN, BACEWICZ AND GEORGE WALKER

A program of chamber works will be presented by the Newport String Project on April 12th at 7 pm at Old Colony House (82 Touro Street, Newport). Also hosted by the Newport Historical Society. Admission by donation. Info: newportstringproject.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 14- SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 – NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS FESTIVAL

This is the 5th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival that is the highlight of Newport’s Spring season. Visitors and residents will thrill to the 866,500 daffodils blooming all over the city. A multitude of events (Visit: www.newportdaffydays.com for the full schedule and times) and fun activities will celebrate all things daffodil and raise money to buy and plant more daffodils – the goal is ONE MILLION DAFFODILS!  So, Get Daffy and join the fun. Tell all your guests and visitors, too! Check for updates & weather at www.facebook.com/Newportdaffydays/.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 – A DANDY SPRING FLING – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

This is the classic Spring Fling celebration with hors d-oeuvres, live music and a complimentary toast to Mother Nature while overlooking the hundred of daffodils set against Easton’s Bay at the award winning Chanler at Cliff Walk (117 Memorial Blvd, Newport). $30 donation. Tickets at Newportdaffydays.com. All proceeds support Daffodillion’s free bulb give-away in October. Don’t miss this event!

TUESDAY, MAY 8 – SUNDAY, MAY 20 – VOLVO OCEAN RACE NEWPORT

Tell your guests and visitors to get ready for the arrival of the Volvo Ocean race fleet, arriving in Newport this month on one leg of their round-the-world sailing race. The opening of the Race Village at Fort Adams is Tuesday, May 8th at 4 pm. Get updated information at www.volvooceanracenewport.com

MAY 19 & 20 – BOWEN’S WHARF NEWPORT WATERFRONT OYSTER FESTIVAL

11 am – 5 pm. Enjoy a festive weekend eating oysters. Rhode Island is home to more than 45 oyster farms.   The flavors are distinctive to each farm. The festival will offer 13 kinds of oyster all in one festive atmosphere! Growers will be shucking alongside a select group of local restaurants under festival tents. Tickets are available online at: http://www.bowenswharf.com/newport-oyster-festival

STILL TIME TO TAKE THESE SPECIAL TOURS

Complete your knowledge of the Newport Mansions® and take the two special tours before the busy Spring and Summer seasons arrive.   The Breakers tour, “Beneath the Breakers,” begins every hour on the half hour from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm and are one hour in length. At The Elms, their world-famous guided “Servant Life Tour” is offered at 10:30am, 12 noon, 2pm, and 3:30pm.  The tour is one hour.

COMING SUMMER EVENTS: JUNE, JULY & AUGUST

Share these dates and events with your guests and visitors. Sell and promote our future activities and invite everyone to return here again and again.

THE NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW — COTTAGES SMART & SMALL – JUNE 22-24

The annual flower show adds the current trend of tiny homes and combines them both as livable spaces, functional & beautiful, and the prettiest plants and flowers ever.  Rosecliff. Information & tickets: NewportFlowerShow.org

NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL – JULY 4-22, 2018

This annual music festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer. A number of special guests and new experiences for the audiences will be included among the festival’s summer season. Performance sites include The Breakers and the Newport Art Museum. More information, schedules, and tickets are available at newportmusic.org. Box Office: 401/849-0700.

BLACK SHIPS FESTIVAL – JULY 12-15

The Black Ships Festival celebrates the friendship between Newport and their sister city Shimoda, Japan. It offers a variety of events emphasizing both Japanese art and culture.  More Info: http://www.blackshipsfestival.com/

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL – JULY 27-29

This is the big folk festival of the summer. A number of other events surround this 3-day weekend. Location: Fort Adams, Newport, RI. Tickets: folktickets@newportfestivals.org

THE NEWPORT SHOW ∙ JULY 28-29, 2018

The annual Newport Antiques Show has a new name this year, The Newport Show. This luxury show will, as it has since 2007, feature antique furniture, fine art, jewelry, and unique vintage items from more than 40 dealers.  Watch for more details about this show in the coming months. The Newport Show will again be held at the St. George’s School Ice Rink, 375 Purgatory Road, Middletown, RI, and will run July 28 and 29, 2018. Updates at www.TheNewportShow.com.  Proceeds benefit the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL – AUGUST 3-5

This is the big festival everyone asks about. May already be sold out, but keep the dates in mind for those who ask. Location: Fort Adams, Newport, RI.  Tickets and more information: http://www.newportjazz.org/

WEEKEND OF COACHING – AUGUST 17-19, 2018   

Every three years, aficionados of horse-drawn 19th century road coaches gather in Newport for a big summer Weekend of Coaching. This year marks the third year since the last event. During the weekend of August 17-19, 2018 the Preservation Society of Newport County will host the biggest Weekend of Coaching ever.  The weekend will feature driving exhibitions, viewing of the historic coaches as they drive around the streets of Newport, and tickets to a formal dinner dance at the Breakers on Saturday, August 18th. The weekend is led by Honorary Chair Linda Lindh with co-chairs Kenneth Lindh and Beverly Little. Ted Eayrs is the Chair of Coaching.  Event updates and ticket information is available at www.newportmansions.org/events/a-weekend-of-coaching

PREVIEW OF AUTUMN IN NEWPORT

NEWPORT SECRET GARDEN TOURS – SEPTEMBER 7-9

Here’s one of Newport’s great events to share with your guests to encourage them to return here after the busy summer season. The September Newport Secret Garden Tours will offer ten incredible private gardens for the public to visit and enjoy. This self-guided tour program will raise funds for the Art Education programs in the island’s public schools. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.secretgardens.org for a discounted rate of $20.

NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – SEPTEMBER 13-16

The Newport International Boat Show encompasses thirteen acres of Newport’s downtown waterfront. Exhibitors from near and far offer a full range of new powerboats and sailboats, plus a medley of marine products, services and accessories to enhance the nautical lifestyle. Special events, seminars, and in-water boating courses for the whole family are offered on all show days. Not to be missed is the exciting Newport For New Products program – showcasing boats and boating products making their first-ever debut in the United States.  Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport.  More information: http://newportboatshow.com/

NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 20-23

This festival features a world-class variety of tastings, seminars, and events over a four-day weekend. Held at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House.  Tickets & more information: http://www.newportmansions.org/events/wine-and-food-festival/tickets-events

 

BOWEN’S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 13-14

11 am – 5pm. Free event. Honoring the harvest of the sea, this Festival offers fresh local seafood, continuous live music and family fun. Bowen’s Wharf, Newport.  More Information: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events

PRINT & DIGITAL RESOURCES

The very best leaders, guides, and managers of historic sites, mansions, and tour companies read constantly to know the most about the places they work and to learn the latest research about the history, artwork, and artifacts of the places they talk about to their guests. Here is a brief review of a just-published comprehensive study about the value of historic preservation.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION: AN OVERLOOKED ECONOMIC DRIVER. A Study of the Impacts of Historic Preservation in Rhode Island. Written & Produced by PlaceEconomics.  Study Commissioned by Preserve Rhode Island and The Preservation Society of Newport County. 2018.  This comprehensive study details and confirms the many dividends paid to the state of Rhode Island by historic preservation. The authors cite four key areas that benefit from this activity: the economy through tax credits, heritage tourism, the environment, and quality of life. The numbers are amazing. Rhode Island hosts 9.8 million heritage visitors each year which contribute $1.4 billion to the state’s economy. Over $1.4 billion was invested in rehabilitating 326 historic buildings. Every $1 the state invests in a historic preservation tax credit generates $10.53 of economic activity. The report further details the numbers of jobs and wages produced by heritage tourism and the positive effect preservation has on the environment and the overall quality of life in the Ocean State. The full illustrated 70-page report can be downloaded for free at www.PreservationStudyRI.org.

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KENNETH PROUDFOOT is a documentary film producer, international & Newport tour guide, and author of The Official 2018 Newport Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook (Shoreline Press (RI), 2017).  

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