12+ events in April that you shouldn’t miss

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Call them the “biggest”, “best”, “most popular”, “top” or whatever else you want – we think these are the events you shouldn’t miss in April!

Start marking those calendars. (In chronological order)

1. Wasted – April 1

Clean Ocean Access is excited to present a film screening of “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” at Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center on Monday, April 1st. It may be April Fools, but food waste is no joke!

An informative and entertaining documentary produced by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, “Wasted!” takes audiences around the world, showing the 1.3 billion tons of food that gets thrown out each year and the people fighting hardest to prevent it. In Rhode Island alone, about 100,000 tons of food waste ends up in the Central Landfill, which is expected to reach capacity by 2034. Still no joke!

Buy tickets are $4 at Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wasted-film-screening-with-clean-ocean-access-tickets-55295113172

2. Washington Square Nights – April 2

Introducing “Washington Square Nights”

Celebrating NYC!

A new concept where The Jane Pickens Theater will pick a one night only film that ties to a theme usually on the first Tuesday of the month. Stoneacre Brasserie will add something special to their menu that ties to that theme for the evening.  Sometimes it will be foodie films and sometimes just a good film on any topic.  You will buy a ticket for the film only at www.janepickens.com  and visit then Stoneacre before or after the film making your own food and drink choices. It will be a good chance to discuss the film with other movie-goers and just an excuse for a community gathering.  

First selection:  Tuesday April 2nd  7:30 

The World Before Your Feet

The story:

There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all – every street, park, cemetery, beach, and bridge. It’s a five-borough journey that stretches from the barbershops of the Bronx to the forests of Staten Island, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, with Matt amassing a surprisingly detailed knowledge of New York’s history and people along the way. Something of a modern-day Thoreau, Matt gave up his former engineering job, his apartment, and most of his possessions, sustaining his endeavor through couch-surfing, cat-sitting and a $15-per-day budget. He’s not sure exactly why he’s doing it, only knowing that there’s no other way he’d rather spend his days.

Executive produced by Oscar (R) nominee Jesse Eisenberg, The World Before Your Feet is a tribute to an endlessly fascinating city and the freedom to be found, wherever you live, in simply taking a walk.

The menu additions at Stoneacre Brasserie:

Take a culinary food tour through the neighborhoods of NYC with us. Explore Little Italy, Chinatown, Harlem and beyond!

Meatballs, Parmesan, Fresh Basil & Mozzarella – $9
Spicy Chicken with Cucumbers – $14
Buttermilk Biscuit with Honey Butter & Sea Salt – $4
Matzo Ball Soup – Chicken, Ashkenazi Dumplings & Early Spring Vegetables – $7
Oysters Rockefeller – Beau Soleil Oysters Roasted with Spinach, Bacon & Cream – 1/2 doz $21
Cocktail:
Stoneacre Manhattan – Pinhook Rye, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Housemade Orange Bitters – $14

3. Spring Newport Restaurant Week – April 5 – 14

Newport Restaurant Week, part of a nationwide movement, debuted here in 2006 as an annual event to encourage both residents and visitors to Newport and Bristol counties to experience the vast culinary talent in our destination at an affordable price. Today, Newport Restaurant Week takes place both in the spring and in the fall with more than 50 participating restaurants offering extraordinary two-course prix fixe lunches for $20, three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 and a three-course premier prix fixe dinner for $50.

Newport Restaurant Week takes place both in the spring and in the fall with more than 50 participating restaurants offering extraordinary three-course prix fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix fixe dinners for $35.

More info at http://www.discovernewport.org/newport-restaurant-week/.

4. Rugby Day at Fort Adams – April 6

For over 25 years, in-state rivals Newport Rugby Football Club and Providence Rugby Football Club have squared off on the rugby pitch, with the winner claiming rights to the Rhode Island Cup.  This annual rugby match is always a fierce contest between Rhode Island’s two top-level men’s rugby programs, with bragging rights to “best rugby team in Rhode Island” on the line.  Newport RFC has claimed the RI Cup for the last six contests, and on April 6th they will not only be looking to “Defend the Fort”, but to also “Defend the Cup”. 

A re-surging Providence RFC team, tied for first place in this year’s league play, will surely be looking to upset the home team and take the Cup with them back to Providence.

A full day of rugby will kick-off at 11am with youth seven aside rugby matches, hosted by Island Rugby, the local Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club team.  At 12:30pm, the Rhode Island Collegiate All Star match will kick-off.  This North vs South match will feature the best collegiate men’s rugby players selected from University and College rugby programs throughout Rhode Island.

The main event will begin at 2:30, as bagpipes and a color guard march the Providence and Newport Clubs into the Fort to prepare for the Rhode Island Cup kick-off.

The event is sponsored by the Fort Adams Trust and the Rhode Island National Guard.  Admission is free to spectators and participants, donations at the gate are encouraged to support the restoration efforts of the Fort Adams Trust.  Concessions will be available inside the Fort for attendees.

For more information and updates, visit the Facebook Event.

5. 6th Annual Newport Night Run – April 6

Run the night at the Newport Night Run! The city-by-the-sea’s annual after-hours 5K starts and finishes at Rogers High School and benefits the Newport Public Education Foundation. The course showcases some of Newport’s most beautiful rural roads, including parts of Ocean Avenue and Hazard Road. Walkers and runners of all ages and paces are welcome to participate!

The race will be held on SATURDAY, APRIL 6, at 7:30 PM.

More info at https://www.newportnightrun.com/.

6. Bike Newport Night – April 11

Bike Barn and Pump Track illustration by Holly Spence Fisher, Spence Creative

Bike Newport will host their 2019 Bike Newport Night at Parlor Bar & Kitchen!

There’ll be singing, dancing, thrilling and chilling – and lots of great food and drink as Bike Newport celebrates and fundraises for the PUMP TRACK at the Big Blue Bike Barn!

Fantastic food, amazing auction items, VeloSprint Racing, the best live music from Los Duderinos, The Golden Bantam String Band, and Dragonfly Marie, and the annual GRAND PRIZE bike.

What’s this Pump Track, you ask? Well, just as they’re breaking ground, cutting doors, designing gardens, planning the murals and trails for our spring buildout at the Big Blue Bike Barn – the Housing Authority has generously DOUBLED the land they’re making available to us. Talk about partners! Why? Because they know that our young people STILL need a place to ride and play away from cars – and what better place than a PUMP TRACK?

The Pump Track will make a great thing even better – The Bike Barn already has work underway for program areas and shelter from the sun. For solar panels and community gardens and a connecting trails into Miantonomi Park. Now we’ve added a Pump Track to the plan.

Questions about the event? Want to volunteer or donate to the auction? Whatever you need, just contact Allyson McCalla (401) 619-4900 allyson@bikenewportri.org.

7. 6th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival – April 13-21

2019 will see over 20 different events to celebrate the 1,000,000 daffodils soon to bloom in Newport.

More info at http://daffodillion.com/daffydays/.

8. Newport String Quartet at Ochre Court- April 14

Join Newport String Project for a special collaborative concert at Ochre Court on April 14th! The Newport String Quartet and the acclaimed Apple Hill String Quartet play works by Andrea Tarrodi, Mike Kelley, and Dmitri Shostakovich. More Info

9. Morning Light returns to The JPT – April 16

Around the Buoy & Latitude Yachts present Morning Light panel discussion and film screening.

This evening brings back the Disney film Morning Light. Charlie Enright and Jesse Fielding who were on that adventure 12 years ago will make guest appearances and discuss the experience. Our cinema The JPT Newport was the location where the film was first previewed by the US Sailing,complete with a special appearance of Roy Disney https://www.sailingworld.com/will-they-savor-morning-light 

Fifteen young sailors… six months of intense training… one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life’s first great adventure. Racing a high-performance 52-foot sloop in the TRANSPAC, the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions, the crew of “Morning Light” matches wits and skills in a dramatic 2300 mile showdown against top professionals. From their earliest training sessions in Hawaii conducted by world-class teachers through their test of endurance on the high seas, they form an unbreakable bond in the process of becoming a singular team that is greater than the sum of its parts.—Walt Disney Pictures

6:00 Doors open

7:00 Panel discussion with sailors including Charlie Enright & Jesse Fielding

7:30 film 

A percentage of box office from this evening will be donated to Sail Newport. 

10. Scratch Series: Beers & Bites – April 18

Newport Vineyard’s Scratch Series opens the doors to their kitchens for an up-close instruction on how they run a 100% from-scratch culinary program.

An intimate group of guests will join our Executive Chef Andy Teixeira and our culinary team for a demo on how to make his popular housemade pretzels, cheese dip and mustards. Guests will be welcomed with a pint of Taproot Brewing Co. beer (also made in-house!) before heading into the kitchens for the demonstrations, followed by light fare made from their creations paired with a second beer. PLUS! Receive $5 OFF a purchase of $25 or more in the Marketplace that evening only.* Dine at Brix following the class to cap off the night in front of their fireplace.

$42 per person

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Limited space available for this exclusive intimate experience.

*Cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid only to class attendees. Valid date of event only. Limited number of tickets available.

11. Biggest Little Farm – April 25

Join newportFILM for a cocktail reception + screening of Biggest Little Farm presented by Aquidneck Land Trust and in partnership with Aquidneck Community Table at The Casino Theatre.

BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
Thursday, April 25
Casino Theatre
10 Freebody Street, Newport

6:00 PM – cocktail reception. wine + beer provided by Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet, light bites provided by Aquidneck Community Table

7:15 PM – Film followed by panel discussion

Click here for details and purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/nFBiggestFarm

ABOUT THE FILM:
A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they’ve chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought.

The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind– including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters’ hope – but as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.

12. 10th Annual Born This Way Prom – April 26th

The 10th Annual Born This Way Prom returns to the Rotunda Ballroom at Easton’s Beach on April 26th.

Carousel rides begin at 6:30 PM, last dance at 10:30 PM. Food and drink provided. Non-alcoholic event. Free to LGBTQ High School Students and their Allies (age 18 and under), $10 for adults over 18. Proceeds benefit Interweave and Youth Pride Inc. If you would like to help at the event or donate food, contact Rex LeBeau at interweave@channingchurch.org

13. Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival – April 26th & 27th

Hand-crafted beers poured by the people who make them! Brought to you by Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling and Pour Judgement Bar & Grill, at the Great Friends Meeting House (of the Newport Historical Society) in downtown Newport, RI. Proceeds benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild.

More info at www.newportcraftbeer.com.

14. Greenlove Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser – April 27

Saturday, April 27, Earth Day Every Day Celebration to support Greenlove Foundation’s mission at O’Brien’s Pub, Newport.  Enjoy music by DJ ROUX, drinks, bites and a raffle from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Ticket price $75.00.  For more information, visit www.greenlovefoundation.org. or info@greenlovegoundation.org.

15. Earth Day Party with Save The Bay – April 27

Save The Bay recently announced the following plans for their 50th anniversary celebration;

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Save The Bay kicks off its celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary with a free, community-wide Earth Day Birthday Party at Easton’s Beach in Newport, R.I.

The family-friendly event starts with a beach cleanup from 10 a.m. – noon, followed by an afternoon of games, activities, live music, performances, and more, in and around the Easton’s Beach rotunda complex. Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium and the Carousel at Easton’s Beach will be open and free to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. The Earth Day Birthday Party will also feature all entries and announcement of winners of Save The Bay’s Old School Art Contest, which invites children in kindergarten through high school to submit artwork capturing the theme “My Bay,” with markers, crayons, pencils or paint.

At its founding in 1970, Save The Bay was an offshoot of an internationally-recognized victory by a group of citizens who defeated the construction of an oil refinery in Tiverton. At the time, “bookies were making bets that the little group wouldn’t last longer than six months,” according to an article in Save The Bay’s December 1979 Sentinel. Since then, Save The Bay and its supporters have been at the vanguard of a half-century of improvements to Narragansett Bay. Since its beginnings, the organization’s vision has been a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay accessible to all.- Advertisement –

Save The Bay officially turns 50 on October 15, 2020, and will honor and acknowledge its founders, members, supporters, and victories throughout the next 18 months. “Save The Bay owes all of its success over the past five decades to the remarkable Narragansett Bay community. We’re looking forward to celebrating the milestone with all of those who have supported and celebrated the improvement and protection of the Bay all these years,” said Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone in a press release.

The Earth Day Birthday Party’s growing list of performers and activities includes: face painting, puppets, science and educational experiments, outdoor obstacle course, relay races, Newport County and Cranston YMCA activities, kayaks, Irish dancers, Zumba, karate demonstrations. Guests can enjoy celebratory cupcakes and donuts from Sarcastic Sweets and Knead Doughnuts and birthday beverages by Granny Squibb Company. Other food fare will be available for purchase at the Easton’s Beach Snack Bar and Fancheezical food truck.

The Earth Day Birthday Party is made possible by the generous support of Save The Bay’s 50th Anniversary sponsors: Navigant Credit Union, the Sage Family Foundation, and REI, as well as Earth Day Birthday sponsors are Corvias, Newport Tent and City of Newport. More details and information regarding the Earth Day Birthday Party and Save The Bay’s 50thAnniversary celebrations is available on Save The Bay’s Anniversary web page.

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