Newport Tour Guides & Greeters News #69: Newport Arboretum Week & Two Re-Scheduled Daffodil Days Festival Events

Newport Daffodil Days Festival
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Chris Electric

This Sunday the 28th winds up the 2019 Newport Arboretum Week. It has been a wonderfully wet event this year with so much rain and wind, but most of the amateur botanists and diehard tree lovers have been in their glory exploring a seemingly endless variety of trees throughout the city. There’s still time to join a walking tour or explore some of the tree lightings. Get more info at: newportarboretumweek.org

The rain caused two other popular Newport Daffodil Days Festival events to also seek shelter. The annual Daffodil Garden Party originally scheduled last weekend will be held this Saturday, April 27 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at Bellevue House (304 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Organizers hope to see you there (with sunnier skies!). The “Driving Miss Daffodil” Classic Car Parade will take place on Saturday, May 4th and will leave from Easton’s Beach. Cars and spectators will begin gathering at the beach at 7 am and the parade will depart at 8 am. It winds up at Fort Adams where there will be a free Coffee, Cars & Daffodils event from 8:45 am – 10:00 am. More info at: newportdaffydays.com

Be sure to tell your guests and visitors about these current events happening in our city. More events, lectures, exhibits, and programs are listed below.

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TOUR GUIDE TIP OF THE WEEK: YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Your competitive advantage is not just the quality of your business’s product or service. As we all know, if you don’t have a high-quality mansion, historic site, or tour product, you’re not even in the game. Price doesn’t matter either – there is always someone willing to undercut your offer. What does matter is how you treat your customer – your guests, visitors, and customers.

The relationship you and your colleagues have with your customers is what matters most.  If your level of hospitality inspires your guests and visitors, they will talk about you online, through Trip Advisor and other sites, and they will also talk about you with their friends. You will create a buzz and people will want to experience what their friends and online relationships have experienced. When you inspire your guests, they will keep coming back. They will also bring their friends.  You will help ensure continuing business for you and your organization for years to come. Your competitive advantage begins with you.

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JOB OPENINGS SOAR FOR TOUR GUIDES · GREETERS · SUPPORT STAFF

UPDATE: Most of the Easter breaks and related school vacations are over for now. Attendance at the mansions, museums, and dining establishments was inspiring, as well as surprising. If the past few weeks are any indication of the future, Newport will be having a banner year. This means more jobs and more opportunities to work here this summer.  

SUMMER ‘S COMING ON FAST! — The world is about to arrive in Newport. Hiring and competition for the best people has already begun in earnest.  In addition to the larger organizations, as always, stay in touch with staff people at the Newport Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, and other local industry groups. Go directly to the web sites listed below for further details and requirements.  

Scan the openings and current job listings on the websites of the city’s biggest employers of tour guides and greeters.

  • Tour Guides Needed: Check in now with the Preservation Society of Newport County. This is the largest owner and operator of historic mansions in Newport. Open year-round. They hire tour guides, housekeepers, and security guards. Check out their web site for current job openings.  Info: newportmansions.org
  • Newport Historical Society. This organization offers the largest variety and greatest number of walking tours in the city.  Tours offered year-round. Info: newporthistory.org
  • Newport Restoration Society. This non-profit operates Rough Point mansion (680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Seasonal. Info: newportrestoration.org

For continuous and updated job listings, please go to www.whatsupnewp.com.

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CONTINUING PROGRAMS & EXHIBITS

NOW THROUGH JUNE 2 — HORSELESS TO HORSEPOWER: GILDED AND GOLDEN AGE AUTOMOBILES

This exhibit opened February 9th featuring some of the most extravagant and beautiful vehicles ever produced. Come and see for yourself the amazing elegance and styling of these classic automobiles. Open daily, 10 am – 4 pm. 222 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Info: 401/856-4420; audrainautomuseum.org

NOW THROUGH JULY 21, 2019 — GERTRUDE VANDERBILT WHITNEY: SCULPTURE – NEWPORT ART MUSEUM

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, daughter of Alice & Cornelius Vanderbilt II, is best known as an art patron and founder of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.  She also had a significant career as a sculptor, exhibiting throughout the United States and Europe and receiving major commissions and prizes. This exhibit showcases rarely seen works from private collections, examining the remarkable variety of the artist’s work—from her earliest classical sculptures to her more symbolic public monuments, from her bleakly Realist depiction of the tragedy of World War I to her late Art Deco work.  This is the first exhibition of Whitney’s art since her death in 1942. More info: 401/848-8200; newportartmuseum.org

NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 – “MY SMALL ABILITY” – THE LIFE AND WORK OF WILLIAM CLAGGETT

This exhibit at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center (82 Touro Street, Newport) features the story of 18th century master clockmaker, William Claggett. The exhibit tells us more than just the life of this craftsman by bringing alive other aspects of Newport including trade, artistry, aesthetics, science, religion, and culture through an examination of the life of Mr. Claggett. Additional Info and hours at 401/846-0813; newporthistory.org

NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 3rd – JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: OBSESSION UNTAMED – ROSECLIFF

The newest exhibit at Rosecliff (1902) is titled, John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed. In 1820 Audubon embarked on what would become his life’s work as “portraitist of all the birds of America.”  The assembled collection showcases the naturalist’s relentless pursuit of the birds of America and his singular determination in seeing his beautiful artworks published. The exhibition draws upon the collections of the Preservation Society of Newport County as well as significant loans from private collections and institutions. Highlights include over 20 beautifully framed hand colored double elephant folio-sized aquatints from Birds of America, exquisite ladies’ hats and fans illustrating the early-20th-century craze for feathers that lead to initial conservation efforts, as well as Audubon’s life mask and snuff box. Rosecliff (548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), daily, 9am – 5pm. Exhibit included in Rosecliff ticket. Info: newportmansions.org

APRIL TOURS, SPEAKERS, & SPECIAL EVENTS

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

TODAY THROUGH APRIL 28TH – NEWPORT ARBORETUM WEEK – VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN NEWPORT

The Newport Tree Conservancy organizes this annual education event and tribute to the fabulous trees in our fair city. They report that “Newport, Rhode Island is home to far more professionally accredited arboreta than any other city in the world.  From its earliest days, Newport was a city of tree collectors and amateur botanists who reveled in the exploration of the planted world. From historic Gilded Age landscapes still in cultivation today, to handwritten records of colonial-era hothouses that held specimens from all over the globe, Newport is truly a living museum of American horticulture and landscape architecture.” This busy week of events includes numerous tours, talks, tree lightings, and celebrations.  For a full calendar of events, go to: newportarboretumweek.org

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 – SAVE THE BAY SEAL TOUR – 4:00 – 5:00 PM

One-hour tour to view seals on Citing Rock with experts from Save The Bay. Tour leaves from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 18 Market Square. Tickets: $17-$22. Register at: savebay.org/seals.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 NEWPORT RUN & CHUG – 6:30 PM

This is a running group that does a 5K run every week (3.1 miles). Run is led by firefighter Eddie Valen. Meet at the Fastnet Pub (1 Broadway, Newport) at 6:30 pm. Run is followed by a meet-up (and Chug) at the Fastnet Pub. Info: 401/845-9311.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 – ROGUES & SCOUNDRELS WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM

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 – pirates, criminals, and more — leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 – MICHAEL F. CROWLEY LECTURE: IRISH HISTORY – 6:00 PM

The subject of this lecture is “Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957):  Irish Patriot and Author: A Life Fighting the Pale,” presented by guest speaker and son of Ernie O’Malley, Cormac K.H. O’Malley, J.D. Ernie O’Malley was a medical student in Dublin when the Irish Rebellion broke out in April 1916. He immediately joined the fray in Dublin and was quickly promoted in the ranks of the IRA as a GHQ organizer who traveled around Ireland. He had an illustrious life, married an American artist, and spent the rest of his life was spent trying to help give conservative Ireland the benefit of the international modernist spirit in terms of literature, poetry, artistic endeavors, and photography.  Fee: $5-$20. Please reserve your seat in advance. Lecture to be held at Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center, 151 Admiral Kalbfus Roads, Newport. Info: 401/841-5493; newportirishhistory.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 – SAVE THE BAY SEAL & ROSE LIGHTHOUSE TOUR – 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

This two-hour tour includes an exploration of the Rose Island Lighthouse and the seals out on Citing Rock with experts from Save The Bay. Call for tickets: savebay.org/seals.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 – DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM

This is one of several wonderful walking tours offered throughout the year by the Newport Historical Society. This tour features stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period. Tickets $15; Children $5. 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM. Tour leaves from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and Reservations at: newporthistorytours.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 — DAFFODIL GARDEN PARTY – BELLEVUE HOUSE – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

An annual tradition is in full bloom with this year’s all-daffodil Daffodil Garden Party at the fabulous Bellevue House and gardens at 304 Bellevue Avenue in Newport. Re-scheduled from last weekend, it’s a fundraiser and celebration for the Daffodillion Project now in its sixth year. $5 suggested donation; free with your Daffy pin. Be there!  Info: newportdaffydays.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 – NEWPORT FOODIES WINTER STROLL – MEETS AT THE ARMORY — 5:30 PM

Cozy up this Winter and enjoy a three-course meal accompanied by selected wine pairings at three of Newport’s exquisite restaurants. This progressive stroll will last several hours along Newport’s Historic Thames Street and will encompass a total of .75 miles. Tours run Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 5:30 P.M. Meet Tom and Sue, your tour guides, in front of the Armory (365 Thames Street, Newport). Book your tickets and get more information at: 401/619-3019; newportfoodiesstroll.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 – SAVE THE BAY SEAL & ROSE LIGHTHOUSE TOUR – 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

This two-hour tour includes an exploration of the Rose Island Lighthouse and the seals out on Citing Rock with experts from Save The Bay. Call for tickets: savebay.org/seals.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 – GOLDEN TO GILDED WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM

This tour ties together the city’s many exciting periods of its history. 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

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019 – ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM

One of several excellent walking tours of Newport offered by the Newport Historical Society. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. This tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org

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UPCOMING 2019 SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 – 8 BELLS LECTURE SERIES — THE SECRET IN BUILDING 26: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA’S ULTRA WAR AGAINST THE U-BOAT ENIGMA CODES — BY JIM DEBROSSE

The little-known story of how inventor Joe Desch with the U.S. Navy designed, built, and implemented an Enigma code-breaking machine to help defeat the Germans in WWII. The Naval War College Museum’s 8 Bells Lecture Series continues at Sail Newport’s 11th Hour Great Room, 72 Fort Adams Drive, Newport at a new time—1 PM.  Doors will open at 12:30 PM. All lectures are free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. For more information, call Liz DeLucia, Director of Education, at 401-841-7276.

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 – DRIVING MISS DAFFODIL CLASSIC CAR PARADE – EASTON’S BEACH

The “Driving Miss Daffodil” Classic Car Parade will take place on Saturday, May 4th and will leave from Easton’s Beach. Cars and spectators will begin gathering at the beach at 7 am and the parade will depart at 8 am. It winds up at Fort Adams where there will be a free Coffee, Cars & Daffodils event from 8:45 am – 10:00 am. More info at: newportdaffydays.com

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 – NEWPORT FOOD TRUCK & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL – FORT ADAMS — 12 – 5:00 PM

Food trucks and craft beer makers gather at Fort Adams (80 Fort Adams Drive, Newport) for a fun food and beer festival. Tickets; $10-$40. Info: foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com/newport-ri/

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND — BOOTS ON THE GROUND FOR HEROES MEMORIAL – FORT ADAMS STATE PARK

In 2016, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) launched the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial with the widely acclaimed and dramatic display of nearly 7,000 military boots. Each boot is adorned with a name placard and an American flag representing each American service member killed in action in the Global War on Terror. The first of its kind, the display has taken place at Roger Williams State Park over the last three years.  This display will take place at Fort Adams State Park during the Memorial Day Weekend – May 24-27. Info: 401/383-4730; osdri.org

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – JAMESTOWN NEWPORT FERRY SEASON BEGINS – MAY 24-27

The 2019 season for the Jamestown Newport Ferry begins Memorial Day Weekend. Stops include Rose Island, Fort Adams, Ann Street Pier, and Perrotti Park. Ferry leaves from the docks at the end of Narragansett Avenue in the village of Jamestown. Info & Tickets: 401/423-1556; jamestownnewportferry.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO SEASON OPENS

The Newport International Polo Series 28 begins on Saturday, June 1, 2019, 5:00 pm, at the Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI.  Box Office opens to the general public on March 15. Info: 401/846-0200; nptpolo.com

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019 – OPENING NIGHT – NEWPORT GULLS BASEBALL – 6:35 PM

The Newport Gulls will welcome the Mystic Schooners to kick off the 2019 collegiate baseball season at Cardines Field (20 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport) on June 5th. Info & Tickets: 401/845-6832; https://bit.ly/2RxDm0D

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – SWISS VILLAGE FARM FOUNDATION ANNUAL VISITORS DAY – 9 AM – 3 PM

Swiss Village Farm (SVF) Foundation’s annual visitor’s day will allow members of the public to learn more about the Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project. SVF is a nonprofit farm working towards the collection and preservation of genetics from rare breeds of livestock. Visitors can peek into their facilities and meet the laboratory, veterinary and animal husbandry staff. Attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations. Enjoy Julian’s Omnibus food truck serving local heritage breed burgers and munchies! This event is free to the public. Parking will be available at Fort Adams State Park and free trolley transportation will be provided from 9am to 3pm. No parking available at SVF. Info: 401/848-7229; email for info@svffoundation.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 – NEW YORK YACHT CLUB’S 2019 SEASON BEGINS – LEUKEMIA CUP

The New York Yacht Club has announced its 12-event 2019 sailing season that begins on June 8 with the Leukemia Cup race, followed by the club’s 165th Annual Regatta (June 14-16), and ending on September 29 with the Melges IC37 national championship races (September 27-29). Info:  401/846-1000; nyyc.org

JUNE 15, 16, 17, 2019 – NEWPORT COUNTY DAYS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS & HOSPITALITY EMPLOYEE DAYS

This weekend is the second of four annual weekends called Newport County Residents Days at the Newport Mansions. Any Newport County resident will receive free daytime admission to all Preservation Society of Newport County (PSNC) properties currently open (The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff) as guests of the PSNC.  Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) must be presented. This weekend will also feature Hospitality Employee Days with other Newport cultural attractions participating.  Info: 401/847-1000; newportmansions.org

JUNE 21-23, 2019 – THE NEWPORT FLOWER SHOW – AUDUBON ARTISTIC ADVENTURES – ROSECLIFF MANSION

The 2019 Newport Flower Show will feature design and horticulture exhibit, a Home & Garden Marketplace, Oceanside Boutiques, outdoor garden displays, lectures, and demonstrations by the top experts in the field. The Opening Night Party will take place from 6-9 pm on June 21.  Info: newportmansions.org

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019 – 50TH ANNIVERSARY (1969-2019) PARTY FOR NEWPORT PELL BRIDGE – FORT ADAMS

Info: discovernewport.org

JULY 8-13, 2019 – INTERNATIONAL 12 METRE CLASS 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP — NEWPORT, RI

The International 12 Metre Class’ 2019 World Championship will be held in Newport, Rhode Island (USA) from July 8- 13, hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the 12 Metre Yacht Club. It will be the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metre yachts in the United States featuring more than two-dozen boats from seven countries. International teams comprised of elite sailors including America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists will represent Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and the United States. The 2019 12 Metre World Championship fleet will span the years 1928 -1987, include seven America’s Cup defenders and challengers, and be sailed on Rhode Island Sound, the site of nine America’s Cup competitions from 1958-1983. Info: http://www.12mrclass.com

JULY 26-29, 2019 – NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL – FORT ADAMS – NEWPORT, RI

This famous festival, launched in 1959, will celebrate in a 4-day music extravaganza July 26-29 at Fort Adams, overlooking the mouth of Newport Harbor.  Tickets and more information at newportfolk.org.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 – NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT – INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME

A special concert will be presented at the Newport Casino at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) on Friday night, August 2nd. Tickets go on sale March 27th. Ticket prices: $50-$110. Tickets and more information at: newportjazz.org.

AUGUST 2-4, 2019 – NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL – FORT ADAMS – NEWPORT, RI

Since 1954, the greatest jazz musicians on the planet have played before the most loyal and appreciative jazz aficionados and fans in the world at the largest coastal fort in America, Fort Adams. They’ll do it again this August 2-4, beginning with a concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday, August 2.  Don’t miss any of the music, the fun, and the food! Tickets and more information at: newportjazz.org.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 – IYRS NEWPORT CLASSIC YACHT PARADE – 10:30 AM

This parade wraps up the weekend of the 40th Annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta presented by IYRS (NCYR) which will take place over Labor Day weekend, Friday – Sunday, August 31 – Sep 1. The Organizing Authority for the NCYR is the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.  Info: events@iyrs.edu

SEPTEMBER 6-8, 2O19 – NEWPORT SECRET GARDEN TOURS

The annual Newport Secret Garden Tours opens its gates to a plethora of stunning gardens in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Join the Benefactors of the Arts on September 6-8 for this self-guided tour featuring at least 10 incredible gardens. These private gardens are shared with the community to help raise funds for the Arts Education programs in the Island’s public schools. The tour runs daily, 10 am until 5 pm, and tickets are good for any or all days of the tour, allowing for inclement weather, schedule conflicts, or just a late start. Info and tickets: secretgardentours.org

SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2019 – 49TH ANNUAL NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Mark your calendar for the 49th annual Newport International Boat Show on the famed downtown Newport waterfront from September 12th to 15th this year. More Information: http://newportboatshow.com/

SEPTEMBER 19-22, 2019 — THE NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

This is one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events of the year. It is scheduled for September 19-22 at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House. Enjoy magnificent wines from around the world, fabulous food from local, regional and national chefs, artisanal food purveyors, cooking demos and interactive activities in an unforgettable setting. To learn more about the schedule of events, or to purchase tickets, visit newportmansions.org

OCTOBER 3-6, 2019 – AUDRAIN’S NEWPORT CONCOURS & MOTOR WEEK – INAUGURAL EVENT

The Audrain Automobile Museum presents the inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week coming to Newport, Rhode Island on October 3 -6, 2019. Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week 2019 will be the first of an annual event which aims to enliven the story of the automobile and its racing history in the northeast region of our country. With all this history, and help from their Event Chair, world renowned collecting, restoration, and culture expert, Jay Leno and their Concours Chair, Donald Osborne, noted classic car historian, consultant, writer and television personality, the Audrain Automobile Museum adds another chapter to Newport’s extensive book of automotive and sporting fascination. With the support and assistance from the Preservation Society of Newport County, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Salve Regina University, along with car enthusiasts, luxury car brands, venue partners, and supporters in Newport, Audrain plans to execute one of the highest quality events that the community has ever seen and raise money to increase the local economy. Info: 401/856-4420; audrainautomuseum.org

OCTOBER 3-7, 2019 – ROGUE ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL – VARIOUS LOCATIONS – NEWPORT, RI

For auditions, show information, and tickets, contact: rogueislandcomedyfestival.com

OCTOBER 13-15, 2019 – VISITOR EXPERIENCE CONFERENCE (VEX) – PHILADELPHIA, PA

This is an annual industry conference that should be of special interest to tour guides, greeters, tour operators, chambers of commerce, and all those whose goal is to create a memorable experience for their guests and visitors. The 2019 Visitor Experience Conference is a recognized platform for experts to share best practices in the Visitor Experience sector and provide specialized knowledge to take museum organizations to the next level. VEX offers a range of professional learning opportunities. From keynote and panel sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, half-day workshops, and lots of social events to meet and talk with colleagues. The conference takes place in the history-rich city of Philadelphia.

Attendees include museum professionals at all levels of their career, mainly in the Visitor Experience and Visitor Services field, but also consultants, exhibition developers/designers, volunteer managers, ticketing and database companies, and more.  Past VEX attendees have included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Johns Hopkins University, Arizona State University Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Longwood Gardens, National Trust (England), Columbus Museum of Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Tacoma Art Museum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and more from around the world. Info & Registration: https://visitorexperience.group/conference

NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO EXPERIENCE THESE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS!

BENEATH THE BREAKERS TOUR – UPDATED APRIL SCHEDULE

The Breakers tour, “Beneath the Breakers,” is still offered daily.  Tours are now offered at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. Tour is one hour. Info: newportmansions.org

SERVANT LIFE TOUR AT THE ELMS: FOUR TOURS DAILY!

Considered by many to be the best tour in Newport, the world-famous 1-hour guided “Servant Life Tour” at The Elms is back and better than ever.  Tours are now offered at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. Info and updates: newportmansions.org

HANDBOOK FOR NEW TOUR GUIDES & GREETERS

If you’re new to Newport and/or new to this field, get your copy of THE OFFICIAL 2018 NEWPORT GUIDES & GREETERS HANDBOOK [Direct from the author or via Amazon.com] to help you become a master hospitality ambassador for our city.  It also lists many of the best tour companies and hospitality organizations hiring seasonal and year-round people here.  Consider working in ticket sales or other support positions at one or more of these tour companies. It will give you some visitor services experience and make you aware of tour guide and greeter jobs as they become available during the season.  Handbook includes greetings in 18 of the most frequently spoken languages heard in Newport.

————————————————————————————————————————-KENNETH PROUDFOOT, a Newport Tour Escort and Guide, is the author of The Official 2018 Newport Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook (Shoreline Press (RI), 2017).


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