Newport Tour Guides & Greeters News #21: Newport bids bon voyage to the Volvo Ocean Race fleet

As we bid good-bye and bon voyage this past Sunday to the seven sailboats participating in one of the last legs of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, we are thankful for the wonderful welcome and loving level of hospitality the people of Newport gave our visitors who came from more than 90 countries to experience this incredible event.  Our professional events managers, tour guides, greeters, coach and bus drivers, security people, catering staff, and volunteers did a first-class job of welcoming, caring, feeding, transporting, housing, and assisting the tens of thousands of people who crowded the Volvo Ocean Race Village as well as occupying the hotels, B&Bs, coffee shops, restaurants, and retail stores throughout greater Newport County.

Kudos, bravo, and many thanks to each and every one of you who helped make this event enjoyable and a wonderful memory for everyone.  

Now, let’s get prepared for our next series of great Newport events!

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TOUR GUIDES TIP OF THE WEEK – A MOMENT OF REFLECTION ON THE PASSING OF A FRIEND

We offer a brief pause here to remember our colleague Andy Kinzler, a long-time professional Newport tour guide and greeter who passed away last week.  Andy Kinzler, a spry 76, was a very familiar face at the Newport Mansions® as a tour guide for many of the houses and also one of the first guides to lead the Beneath-the-Breakers tour at The Breakers. He was knowledgeable, seasoned, and respected for his long relationship with Newport, sharing the rich history of our city with the tens of thousands of guests and visitors he met over the many decades of his career. Andy will be sadly missed.

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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.

PREDICTIONS FOR A REALLY BIG SUMMER SEASON – MORE HELP NEEDED

 

It looks like another record-setting summer season is coming to Newport. Reservations are up, more bus tours are scheduled, and a booming U.S. economy are driving optimistic projections among the city’s biggest tourism attractions. The challenge will be attracting and keeping enough skilled and engaged workers to serve all our visitors and guests.

 

It is a strong market for first-time workers to find an exciting job, and a great time for current workers to move up to better-paying positions. College students are now out of school and seeking jobs. So don’t wait too long. Now is the time to make your move. Summer is about to begin!

 

JOB OPENINGS

  • Front Desk Ticket Sales for Sailing Cruises. Sightsailing of Newport. 32 Bowen’s Wharf.   Info: 401/847-9109. www.sightsailing.com
  • Welcome Center Coordinator. IYRS School of Technology & Trades (IYRS). The Welcome Center Coordinator (P/T, Summer) will primarily be the IYRS liaison to the public, welcoming and greeting visitors to the school in person. 449 Thames Street, Newport. Contact: 401/848-5777. www.iyrs.edu.   
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County will open its new Visitors’ Center at the Breakers in mid-June. They are anticipating a big summer season. They still have a number of job openings, full and part-time, including Associate Tour Guides, Admissions Associates/Ticket Sales, Retail sales Associates, and support staff.  There are also a number of Security Guard jobs open. Check with them directly online (newportmansions.org) or call 401/847-1000 for current information about work opportunities for the upcoming season.
  • Tour Guide & Pedicab Driver. Known as “The coolest job in the world.” 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 guests 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.

FRIDAY, MAY 25 – 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 26 – ASK A GARDENER – ROUGH POINT

Estate gardeners share their expertise on a range of topics from plant identification to organic garden care. Get inside tips on how the Rough Point staff keeps the grounds looking lush and how to incorporate those practices in your own home garden. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Free with admission to house or grounds (680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). No advance purchase necessary. Weather dependent. For more information: 401/847–8344

 

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – HERMAN MELVILLE’S MOBY DICK

The Redwood Book Club will meet on Saturday, May 26 from 10:30am to 12:00pm to discuss the first half of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. All are welcome. Redwood Library & Athenaeum (50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), redwoodlibrary.org. Info: 401/847-0292.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – 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.  The tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org

 

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – NEWPORT POLO – SUMMER SEASON KICK-OFF – ROTARY BENEFIT MATCH

Join the excitement at Newport Polo for the summer season kick-off. Info: www.nptpolo.com

 

SUNDAY, MAY 27 – 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

 

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.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 – THE BREAKERS GREENHOUSES & CUTTING GARDEN: ESTATE GARDENING TRADITIONS
Jim Donahue, Curator of Historic Landscapes at the Preservation Society Of Newport County, will share the work of the PSNC to maintain the historic traditions of the estate gardeners who ruled over the complex operations of the gardens, houseplants and flowers during the Gilded Age in Newport.  10 a.m. – 11 a.m., The Breakers Greenhouses, Bateman Avenue (behind The Breakers Stable). Space is limited, advance ticket purchase required. Preservation Society Members $15 / General Public $20

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 – OPENING DAY – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO

Join the excitement of Newport Polo. Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth. Opening Day match; USA vs Poland. 5 pm. Tickets to the match ($15 for General Admission and $25 for Pavilion seating) and to the après polo field-side dinner are available at www.nptpolo.com.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 – AMERICA’S ROMANCE WITH THE ENGLISH GARDEN

Thomas Mickey, author and Professor Emeritus of Communications Studies at Bridgewater State University, discusses the beginning of the modern garden industry in the 1890s, which made it possible to publish and mail seed and nursery catalogs in mass quantities across the country. 6:00pm at Rosecliff (548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Advance tickets required. Preservation Society Members $10 /General Public $15. Purchase at newportmansions.org or 401/847-1000.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 – GRAND OPENING – VISITORS CENTER AT THE BREAKERS

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 events@newportmansions.org or 401/847-1000, ext. 169.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 – WHITEHORNE HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is hosting a free open house of this wonderful museum at 416 Lower Thames Street  (Newport), from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Come and explore the collection of 18th-century Newport furniture for the first time or come back to hear about NRF plans for the revitalization. The museum’s charming pocket garden will also be open for wandering. Info: 401/847–8344

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 – HERMAN MELVILLE’S MOBY DICK

The Redwood Book Club will discuss the second half of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick that was begun on May 26th. All are welcome. Redwood Library & Athenaeum (50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), redwoodlibrary.org. Info: 401/847-0292.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 – ASK A GARDENER – ROUGH POINT

Estate gardeners share their expertise on a range of topics from plant identification to organic garden care. Get inside tips on how the Rough Point staff keeps the grounds looking lush and how to incorporate those practices in your own home garden. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Free with admission to house or grounds (680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). No advance purchase necessary. Weather dependent. For more information: 401/847–8344

 

JULY 4-22, 2018 – NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

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.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 12 – WHITEHORNE HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is hosting its second free open house of this wonderful museum at 416 Lower Thames Street  (Newport), from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Come and explore the collection of 18th-century Newport furniture for the first time or come back to hear about NRF plans for the revitalization. The museum’s charming pocket garden will also be open for wandering. Info: 401/847–8344

 

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, 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

 

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

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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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