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This past week was amazing. The arrival of the sailboats and crews of the Volvo Ocean Race turned on even the most jaded residents of the City-by-the-Sea. The early arrival of the racing fleet at Newport’s Fort Adams on Tuesday morning, May 8th was a sight to behold. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village opened officially later that day. Since then, there has been a non-stop parade of people from around the world, visiting this site, taking in the boats and their crews, and enjoying all the attractions and displays of this world-class extravaganza.
Several Pro-Am and In-Port races are set for the coming days. They include: May 17, 2pm – VO65 Pro-Am Race; May 18, 10am – M32 Sailing; May 19, 2 pm – Gurney’s Resorts In-Port race. Check updates and race participants at volvooceanracenewport.com
Send your friends, guests, visitors, and passers-by to Fort Adams and the amazing Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village. This once-in-a-lifetime event will live on in the memories of all who experience it.
TOUR GUIDES TIP OF THE WEEK – LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH
The season is rapidly changing. The heat and the sun and the promise of summer are upon us. People, too.
With the sudden arrival of so many guests and visitors and bus tours and escorted tourists, one never knows who or what to emphasize or focus on. The best rule to follow is to focus on the needs of your current guests. Focus on the needs of each guest, especially the one who is right in front of you.
Give them all your attention and treat them as if they are the only visitors at your site, or aboard your tour bus, trolley, or harbor cruise vessel. Avoid all other distractions. Focus and pay attention and listen to the guest right in front of you. After that, everything else will fall in place. As Stephen Stills once so famously said, “Love the one you’re with.”
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.
PREDICTIONS FOR A BIG SUMMER SEASON IN NEWPORT – MORE HELP NEEDED
The U.S. economy is booming, unemployment is at record lows, and people have more money for travel and entertainment and vacations this year. This means a big summer season for Newport and its many attractions. And with more demand, comes the need for more people to deliver services, lead tours, sell tickets, drive buses, steer tour boats, and more! Unlike past years, it’s a seller’s market. That is, there are more openings this year than people to fill them and more competitive wages to attract the best people. Do you have friends who want to work and live in Newport? Call them and tell them to come soon. As for you, find the best place to work and the best job you can and apply now.
Edit and polish your resume and find a perfect match for your interests and skills.
Our wonderful City-by-the-Sea needs you!
- Tour Guide & Pedicab Driver. This is a unique way to give tours and run your own business and get lots of exercise. Make $500-$1,000 per week. Rent a Pedicab and give your fares a custom tour of the City-by-the-Sea. Info: www.newportpedicab.com/drivers
REMEMBER: Most of the city’s largest tour and cruise businesses accept job applications year-round.
SPEAKERS & SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK
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.
TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 20 – VOLVO OCEAN RACE NEWPORT
Tell your guests and visitors to go to Fort Adams to experience the many events of the Volvo Ocean Race sailboat fleet that arrived in Newport on Tuesday, May 8th on the only U.S. stop of their round-the-world sailing race. The fun continues today through the 20th. Get updated information at www.volvooceanracenewport.com
THURSDAY, MAY 17 – SUNDAY, MAY 20 – IN-PORT RACES – VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Encourage guests and visitors to head to Fort Adams and the Volvo Ocean Racing Village to meet the international sailing teams and experience one or more of the in-port races on Narragansett Bay. May 17, 2pm – VO65 Pro-Am Race; May 18, 10am – M32 Sailing; May 19, 2 pm – Gurney’s Resorts In-Port race. Check updates and race participants at volvooceanracenewport.com
FRIDAY, MAY 18 – ROGUES & SCOUNDRELS WALKING TOUR
Every tour guide should experience one or more of the great walking tours organized by the Newport Historical Society. This tour about some of the city’s more colorful residents leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
SATURDAY, MAY 19 – DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT WALKING TOUR
Every tour guide should experience one or more of the great walking tours organized by the Newport Historical Society. This tour offers stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period. This tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
SATURDAY, MAY 19 – CHATEAU-SUR-MER GARDEN TOUR: ARISTOCRATS & ARBORETUMS
Jim Donahue, Curator of Historic Landscapes at the Preservation Society of Newport County, will lead a guided stroll through the gardens of Chateau-sur-Mer (474 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). 10-11 am. $15-$20. Reserve your ticket at 401/847-1000, x 178; or newportmansions.org.
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
SUNDAY, MAY 20 – GOLDEN TO GILDED WALKING TOUR
Every tour guide should experience one or more of the great walking tours organized by the Newport Historical Society. On this tour you’ll get the inside skinny on the transformation of Newport and its people from its colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony. This tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
SUNDAY, MAY 20 – VOLVO OCEAN RACE — START OF TRANS-ATLANTIC LEG 9 TO CARDIFF, WALES
Join the send-off celebration and ceremony for LEG 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Fort Adams and the Volvo Ocean Race Village. A 2:00 pm start is planned. Times and updates at volvooceanracenewport.com
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.
GRAND OPENING – VISITORS CENTER AT THE BREAKERS – JUNE 14
It’s been a long time coming, but construction is on schedule and the Preservation Society of Newport County has announced they will inaugurate the Visitors Center at 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 14. RSVP your attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org or 401/847-1000, ext. 169.
NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW — COTTAGES SMART & SMALL – JUNE 22-24
Martha Stewart will be a featured guest and speaker at this year’s show. 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: email@example.com
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, 2018
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/
A WEEKEND OF COACHING – AUGUST 16-19, 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 16-19, 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
DRIVING EXHIBITION – SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 – 10:30 AM – THE ELMS
This free event, part of the Weekend of Coaching, will take place on the grounds of The Elms (367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). It will feature many of the coaches and their drivers who are part of the weekend celebration of this unique and historic sporting tradition. More Information: NewportMansions.org
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
CURRENT EXHIBITS & TOURS NOT TO BE MISSED
YOU MUST VISIT ROUGH POINT IN 2018 – NRF’s 50th ANNIVERSARY
The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. This year its exhibitions at historic Rough Point mansion, as posted on its website (newportrestoration.org), are: “‘To Preserve and Restore’: Newport Restoration Foundation at 50,” and “A Hand in Design: Exquisite Drawings of Jewelry and Architecture for Doris Duke.” This is 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 amazing home.
OSCAR WILDE & THE BOHEMIAN MOVEMENT AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM
Go visit the newest exhibit at the Galleries at Rosecliff, Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement & Oscar Wilde’s Newport. Preservation Society Curator Ashley Householder has gathered a breathtaking collection of furniture, ceramics, wallpaper, clothing, accessories, and ephemera about the aesthetic movement (1870-1890) and the era’s major promoter, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). The colors, patterns, and shapes of this “art for art’s sake” movement and the influence of Irish writer, playwright, and impresario Wilde will whisk you away to another time. Go and see this unique and truly wonderful exhibit. Open daily through November 4th. 9am until 5pm. Additional information available at: newportmansions.org
BENEATH THE BREAKERS TOUR
The Breakers tour, “Beneath the Breakers,” begins hourly on the half hour from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and is one hour in length. Info: newportmansions.org
SERVANT LIFE TOUR AT THE ELMS
At The Elms, their world-famous guided “Servant Life Tour” is offered hourly on the half hour from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. The tour is one hour. Info: newportmansions.org
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).