In partnership with Common Fence Music and St Michael’s Country Day School, the Newport String Project presents its Fall Community Barn Dance on Sunday, November 4th from 2pm-4pm.

Join the Newport String Project for a high-energy afternoon of fiddle-fuelled fun. Participants of all ages will be led through old-time dances by seasoned dance caller Jim Hicks. Newport String Project director EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks will be fiddling with the Rusty Pick-Up String Band and local musicians Tom Perrotti and Mike Fischman.

The dance will kick off with a special performance by the young students of the Newport String Project.

The event is free and open to all. Donations in support of the Newport String Project’s programming can be made at the door or online at http://www.newportstringproject.org/donate/

Ryan Belmore is the 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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.