Two very interesting lectures will be offered today.  

Sadly, both are scheduled for the same time!  

Alas, choose one to attend and send your partner to the other, 

then get together over dinner and perhaps an adult beverage to compare notes. 

The Museum of Newport Irish History (648 Thames Street, Newport) is offering a fascinating look at When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom. Christopher Klein will deliver this lecture beginning at 6 pm. .Info: 401/848-0661; newportirishhistory.org

Just up the street from the museum, author Gilmore G. Cooke, will give a talk from his book, The Existential Joys of Fred Stark Pearson (1861-1915). A pre-lecture tour of the sailing yacht, Coronet, will be offered at 5:30 pm. This event is at the  International Yacht Restoration School (449 Thames Street, Newport). Admission is free. Registration & Info: iyrs.edu 

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ALSO REMIND YOUR GUESTS ABOUT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS

TURKISH AIRLINES FINAL – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO – 4:00 PM

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

CARS & COFFEE – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 – FORT ADAMS – 8-10:00 AM  — FREE

BOWEN’S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 19 & 20 – OPENS AT 11 AM BOTH DAYS — FREE

Tickets, fees, and addresses are detailed in the following listings for the above events.

AS ALWAYS

Be sure to check the updated listings below for new activities as well as the ever-popular tours offered on our island.  

Remind everyone you meet about the many upcoming events, celebrations, holiday decorations, and fun that awaits them here in Newport. 

We ARE a dynamic year-round destination. 

Don’t be shy — Tell the World! 

Enjoy your week!

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DOWNTON ABBEY — A BRIEF FILM REVIEW

Newport’s tour guides and greeters should be thankful for a British television drama that has helped to revitalize and strengthen an important segment of our local tourism industry and boosted the fortunes of so many other businesses along the way. 

The television program “Downton Abbey” (2010-2015) is one of the reasons visits to historical mansions in the U.S., particularly in Newport, have increased so much over the past decade. The show sparked the interest of millions of people worldwide and has driven many to our City-by-the-Sea to see and experience the homes and lifestyles of that earlier time. 

Now the creator of the show, Julian Fellowes, has returned to his very fruitful well to bring forth a full-length film (Downton Abbey, September 2019) that continues the rich storyline, following the lives of the characters we first met nearly a decade ago.  We went to a preview of the film at the Jane Pickens Theater on Thursday, September 19, the night before its national premiere.  Herewith, an enthusiastic review.

In a word, the film Downton Abbey is wonderful!

The familiar characters, clever plot and story line, and biting dialogue between the players are all there. Add in the first-rate cinematography, soaring music, and the beauty of the English countryside, and you are in for an inspiring escape from daily life and will find yourself immersed in 1927 Downton Abbey.

If you loved the original series on PBS, then book your tickets now, and return to a simpler, more loving time where everyone was pulling together for the greater good. That is the foundation of this lovely film.

Don’t walk — RUN! — to your nearest theater where it is playing this weekend and this coming week. Take along someone you love. Share two hours together in this wonderful world called Downton Abbey.

-KP

POSTSCRIPT:  If you haven’t heard, Downton Abbey opening night ticket sales on Friday, September 20th beat out two formidable rival films featuring mega-stars Brad Pitt and Sylvester Stallone!  Even though Downton Abbey was screened in fewer theaters than either of the other two films. Look for even more guests and visitors arriving in Newport in the coming months and years to see our own American “castles.”

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REMIND YOUR GUESTS ABOUT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS

TURKISH AIRLINES FINAL – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO – 4:00 PM

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

CARS & COFFEE – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 – FORT ADAMS – 8-10:00 AM

BOWEN’S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 19 & 20 – OPENS AT 11 AM BOTH DAYS

Tickets, fees, and addresses are detailed in the following listings for the above events.

AS ALWAYS

Be sure to check the updated listings below for new activities as well as the ever-popular tours offered on our island.  

Remind everyone you meet about the many upcoming events, celebrations, holiday decorations, and fun that awaits them here in Newport. 

We ARE a dynamic year-round destination. 

Don’t be shy — Tell the World! 

Enjoy your week!

TOUR GUIDES TIP OF THE WEEK – BE PROACTIVE 

Becoming proactive, that is, taking the initiative to help your guests and visitors have an outstanding “Newport Experience,” begins with thinking about their needs and understanding all the options we have available. 

In your work position as a tour guide, greeter, manager, or support person, you will be seen by most guests as the “expert” and “local resource” about all things Newport. They are expecting you to know everything!  Of course, we know that is optimistic at best. Nevertheless, we can teach ourselves to think like a visitor and consider each of the main needs they will have during their visit to our city, such as food, dining, lodging, parking, repair services, and recommendations of other places to visit in our area. 

Knowing as much as possible about the many options available to visitors is your responsibility. The more you know, the more you will have to offer when a guest asks for your recommendations about where to eat, where to park, where else they should visit, how to get to other historic sites, and more. And of course, the more you know, the more confidence you will have about making solid recommendations to your guests. 

BOTTOM LINE: As you become more experienced and knowledgeable, you will be better able to anticipate and deliver the ideas, information, and suggestions that will improve each visitor’s experience in our “City-by-the-Sea.”

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Note: This important tip originally appeared in this space on November 1, 2018.

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NOTABLE & QUOTABLE

Our Path

I truly believe 

that everything that we do and 

everyone that we meet

is put in our path 

for a purpose.

-Marla Gibbs

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JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

TOUR GUIDES · GREETERS · HARBOR CRUISE GUIDES · SUPPORT STAFF

The big beautiful ships are in Newport Harbor. 

We’re welcoming thousands of cruise ship passengers again this week as they arrive to tour our wonderful city.

This is still a great time to join the ranks of Newport Tour Guides and related support staff. And a wonderful time to learn and train about the long and exciting history of our founding, our past visitors and residents, and our wide variety of historical homes, mansions, museums, churches, parks, and waterfront. 

If you are persistent, you can still find a wide variety of jobs and volunteer opportunities for tour guides, harbor cruise and sailing guides, sailing crew members, and support staff at the mansions; several of our museums and historic sites have new openings. 

Always review the web sites of the city’s largest organizations – several are listed below – also check out the smaller tour companies and historic sites that might possibly need someone just like you.  Look for increasing job turnover in the market over the next 30 days. If there is a place you want to work, actively pursue possible job openings now.

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

  • Sightsailing of Newport accepts applications for its jobs year-round. Check their web site for guidance on applying for sailing jobs, front desk staff, and office positions at Sightsailing.com/employment.
  • Newport Historical Society. This organization offers the largest variety and greatest number of walking tours in the city.  Check in for future openings. Tours offered year-round. Info: newporthistory.org
  • Preservation Society of Newport County. This is Newport’s largest owner and operator of historic properties offering audio and guided tours.  A variety of guide, greeter, security, and housekeeping positions are available. They recruit year-round.  Check their web site on a regular basis for the latest job openings. www.newportmansions.org.
  • Newport Restoration Society. This leading non-profit operates Prescott Farm (2009 West Main Road, Middletown), Whitehorne House (416 Thames Street, Newport), and Rough Point mansion (680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Seasonal. Info: newportrestoration.org

VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDE OPPORTUNITIES

  • Newport Car Museum’s family of volunteer docents share their passion for and knowledge of cars with interesting visitors from around the world. If interested, call Vincent Moretti at 401/848-CARS (2277)
  • Preservation Society of Newport County. This organization is always looking for volunteers. There are a variety of positions available, including work in the mansions and in the gardens of the Society. They recruit year-round.  Check their web site on a regular basis for current opportunities. www.newportmansions.org.

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

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CRUISE SHIP ARRIVALS

The cruise ship season is in full swing! More than 80 ships will arrive in Newport during this Summer and Fall.  You can keep abreast of the upcoming arrivals of these sea-going ships and the thousands of visitors they bring to our fair city each week in this column.

Here are some of the upcoming arrivals scheduled for 2019, courtesy of our friends at Discover Newport.

  • Thursday, September 26 – American Star – American Cruise Lines
  • Thursday, September 26 – Zuiderdam – Holland America
  • Friday, September 27 – Sapphire Princess – Princess Cruise Lines
  • Saturday, September 28 – Riviera – Oceania
  • Saturday, September 28 – Zuiderdam—Holland America
  • Sunday, September 29 – Regal Princess – Princess Cruise Lines
  • Monday, September 30 – Scenic Eclipse – Scenic Cruises
  • Thursday, October 3 – Silver Cloud – Silver Sea Cruises
  • Thursday, October 3 – American Star – American Cruise Lines
  • Saturday, October 5 – Queen Mary 2 – Cunard
  • Sunday, October 6 – Regal Princess – Princess Cruise Lines
  • Saturday, October 12 – Silver Whispers – Silver Sea Cruises
  • Sunday, October 13 – Regal Princess – Princess Cruise Lines

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CONTINUING PROGRAMS & EXHIBITS

NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 – SPECTACULAR SILVER: YACHTING’S GOELET CUPS – REDWOOD LIBRARY

This exhibition presents a multimedia sweep of one of the great chapters in sailing competition and trophy craftsmanship: the Goelet Cups and the sailboat races held in Newport from 1882 to 1897 for which they were the prize. The races were among the first American sporting contests to attract national media attention and the elaborate silver trophies, made by leading firms such as Tiffany & Co. and Whiting Manufacturing Co., are considered a high point in nineteenth-century American silver. Spectacular Silver features a range of historic materials: from yacht models and marine paintings to press clippings and scrap books, culminating in a select presentation of Goelet Cups from major private and institutional collections. In the Van Alen Gallery. Info: 401/847-0292; redwoodlibrary.org

NOW THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 – DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION – BOSTON, MA

This BBC television series helped boost interest in the Newport mansions and launched a revival of sorts for the Gilded Age. Here is a new exhibit that brings the British series to Boston, all in anticipation of the upcoming feature-length Downton Abbey film scheduled for a September 2019 release. While waiting for the film, you may visit the Crawley family and enter the world of Downton Abbey at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. Based on the beloved television show, this exhibition transports you to post-Edwardian England, where the characters and the iconic house come to life. You’ll be immersed in the fascinating social history, culture, and some of the most memorable moments and sets from the show’s six-season run like Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, the servant’s quarters, and the dining room. This exhibition is located at The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston. Tickets: $33-$35.  Info & Ticket Purchase: 866/811-4111; DowntonExhibition.com

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

NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 17 – HAUNTED BRISTOL WALKING TOURS – NIGHTLY – 8:30 PM

Haunted Bristol walking tours start at 8:30 every night in front of the State and Courthouse, 240 High Street, Bristol, Rhode Island. This is a lantern-led 1-hour tour about the History, Native Indian Fables, Court Trials and Haunted Tales. Led by local historian Joan Quinn. $15/per person. Reservations required: 401/286-1209.

NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 17 – BEYONG FORTUNE: THE LIFE & LEGACY OF DORIS DUKE

This exhibit at Doris Duke’s amazing seaside mansion, Rough Point (680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) features photographs and historical documents from the extraordinary life of Doris Duke. Open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, except Wednesdays, from 10 am – 7 pm. Closed Mondays. Admission: Adults, $20; Children 12 and under, Free. Info and Tickets: 401/847-8344; newportrestoration.org

WEDNESDAYS THRU SATURDAYS – NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER- – NEWPORT FOODIES STROLL – 11:30 AM

Newport Foodies Stroll offers a 1.5-mile walking food tour through Lower Thames Street. You will learn about the “City by the Sea”, as well as try the cuisine from five of the best locally owned restaurants. This progressive stroll will last 2.5 – 3 hours. Tours run Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 11:30 A.M. Meet Tom and Sue, your tour guides, in front of the Armory (365 Thames Street, Newport). Reservations highly recommended as these tours fill up quickly. Book your tickets ($63) and get more information at: 401/619-3019; newportfoodiesstroll.com

NOW THROUGH CHRISTMAS – NEWPORT TOWER MUSEUM – WEEKENDS – 11 AM – 1 PM

The huge “Old Stone Mill” in Touro Park has fascinated people for hundreds of years. This is the oldest structure in Newport. Yet, the mysteries of who built it, why it was built, when it was built, and what it was used, have puzzled scientists, academicians, locals, and tourists for as long as can be remembered here. Now, the mystery has been solved. The answers to all the questions people have been asking about this monument on the green of Touro Park can be found at the Newport Tower Museum (152 Mill Street, Newport). Museum founder and prolific author, Jim Egan, greets guests and shares his unique journey researching and finally discovering who [and why] the Newport Tower, located in Touro Park, was built. A visit to the tower is followed by a tour of his museum. The museum displays and images demonstrate several ideas and principles that will astound and delight. The Newport Tower Museum is a must-see for all tour guides, greeters, and all those who love learning about our history. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Museum founder Egan has written numerous books about his research on the Newport Tower. His most comprehensive book, ELIZABETHAN AMERICA: The John Dee Tower of 1583 (2011), is a tome every history-loving Newport resident and tour guide should read and own. Open weekends 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and by appointment. Info: 401/447-6757; newporttowermuseum.com    

SEPTEMBER 2019 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.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM 

This walking 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 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – LECTURE: WHEN THE IRISH INVADED CANADA – CHRISTOPHER KLEIN – 6 PM

Join us for this lecture, “When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom.” Museum of Newport Irish History (648 Thames Street, Newport) .Info: 401/848-0661; newportirishhistory.org

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – LECTURE: THE EXISTENTIAL JOYS OF FRED STARK PEARSON (1861-1915) – 6:00 PM

The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) presents a lecture and book signing by Gilmore G. Cooke, author of The Existential Joys of Fred Stark Pearson (1861-1915) with a pre-lecture guided tour of Coronet at 5:30 pm. Fred Stark Pearson’s accomplishments on three continents helped reshape the world at the turn of the 20th century. Pearson was a visionary who engineered groundbreaking systems and businesses that changed the way we live today. Innovation was his passion and so it makes sense that he owned Coronet, built in 1885, one of the most advanced sailing yachts of its day. Pearson used Coronet as a modern-day Uber to develop electric generation, distribution, and transportation opportunities in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Cuba. 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI. Admission is free. Registration & Info: iyrs.edu 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 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, SEPTEMBER 27 – 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, SEPTEMBER 27 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – BELCOURT RESTORATION TOUR – BELCOURT OF NEWPORT

Visit amazing Belcourt!  Carolyn Rafaelian, owner of Belcourt of Newport (657 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), is well along in the process of restoring this 1894 Gilded Age mansion to its original glory. Several one-hour Belcourt Restoration Tours will be offered this weekend. This home is truly something special. If you love behind-the-scenes tours, now is the time to check out the restoration-in-progress of this fabled mansion, before the permanent changes and upgrades are completed. Reservations are encouraged. Tours each day at: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Tickets: Adults: $17.50; Children: $8.00.  Info & Online Ticket Purchase: belcourt.com 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION GUIDED TOUR – 3:00 PM

A beautiful tour of the National Museum of American Illustration (492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) is offered year-round every Friday to guests at 3 pm. The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon Court, a Gilded Age mansion (1898). Vernon Court is on the National Register of Historic Places with interiors inspired by the palace at Versailles. The NMAI focuses on original illustration artworks created to be reproduced in books, periodicals, advertising and in other print media. Featured artists include Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, JC Leyendecker, Jessie Willcox Smith, NC Wyeth and 150 others. Free parking for museum visitors is available in the lot located on Victoria Avenue. Tour is included with admission. Info & Tickets: 401/851-8949; americanillustration.org

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – 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, SEPTEMBER 28 – ASK A GARDENER – ROUGH POINT – 11:00 – 11:30 AM

Rough Point (690 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) estate gardeners provide tips on growing and maintaining plants, trees, and landscapes. Included with admission fee. Info: 401/847-8344; newportrestoration.org 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – NEWPORT ART MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR – 1-2 PM

Visit the Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) and enjoy a guided tour of the current collection and works from the ever-changing exhibits. Tour included with the price of admission. Adults: $15; Seniors: $10; Children: Free; Military: $8. Tickets & Info: 401/848-8200; newportartmuseum.org 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – TURKISH AIRLINES FINAL – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO – 4:00 PM

The Newport International Polo Series 28 continues Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4:00 pm, with the TURKISH AIRLINES FINAL at Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI. Info: 401/846-0200; nptpolo.com 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – 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, SEPTEMBER 30 – 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 FALL 2019 SPECIAL EVENTS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 — RETURN TO CAMELOT – ST. MARY’S CHURCH – 2:00 PM

The now famous Return To Camelot presentation returns to St. Mary’s Church (Corner of Spring Street and Memorial Boulevard, Newport). This program is a re-telling of the storied marriage and reception of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. It includes exclusive newsreel footage of the young couple, the crowd of well-wishers outside the church, behind-the-scenes stories of Yusha Auchincloss, Jackie’s beloved stepbrother, and additional details of the church’s role in the wedding. The Return to Camelot presentation will continue every Tuesday afternoon through October 23rd. Info: 401/847-0475; stmarynewport.com

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019 – CARS & COFFEE – FORT ADAMS – 8:00 – 10:00 AM

Register your car and come join a hundred other amazing vehicles on display at Fort Adams (Fort Adams State Park, Newport) from 8:00 am until 10 am. This show is part of the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. Coffee available, too. Register your vehicle at audrainautomuseum.org. Info: 401/856-4420. 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 – HARNESSING THE POWER OF SPORT TO CREATE CHANGE — SEAMEN’S INSTITUTE

This is very timely lecture in the Centennial Speaker Series at Seamen’s Church Institute (18 Market Square, Newport). The lecture will be presented by Michelle Carnevale, Program Manager at 11th Hour Racing. She leads the organization’s ocean health grantmaking. Michelle previously spent six years at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center working on the state climate change adaptation plan and developing state policy and best practices for offshore wind energy development. She also taught marine science for numerous ocean-focused and sailing organizations. She holds a B.S. in Marine Ecology from Cornell University, an MBA, and an M.A. in Marine Affairs/Coastal Management from the University of Rhode Island. Lecture: 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Mariner’s Lounge @ Seamen’s. Info & Reservations: 401/847-4260; seamensnewport.org 

OCTOBER 10-14, 2019 – ROGUE ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL – VARIOUS LOCATIONS – NEWPORT, RI

Rhode Island’s only stand-up comedy festival, the Rogue Island Comedy Festival, returns Columbus Day Weekend to Newport!  The Rogue Island Comedy Festival will showcase headliners Sean Patton (Comedy Central, CONAN), Corey Rodrigues (CONAN, truTV, Dry Bar Comedy), Alyssa Limperis (HBO’s Last Week Tonight), and Mia Jackson (Comedy Central)!  This year’s festival will also feature two live podcasts – ‘Two Less Lonely Girls’ with Rosebud Baker (Comedy Central) and Corinne Fisher (Guys We F%&#ed podcast), and popular local podcast ‘Wicked Funny’ with host Brian Beaudoin! The festival will also showcase over sixty other nationally and locally known comedians, from Comedy Central, Late Night With Stephen Colbert, America’s Got Talent, Conan, The Late Late Show, Sirius XM, MTV, VH1, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and more!  Festival shows: $20 in advance; General admission, multiple venues; Available at www.rogueislandcomedyfest.com/tickets; Full schedule and lineups at www.rogueislandcomedyfest.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 – FORTESS OF NIGHTMARES AT FORT ADAMS – 7:00 – 10:00 PM

This is the first of the three October weekends for this experience. Two options are available, General Admission ($15) and Paranormal 360 ($20; Reservations required). Hosted by Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams (90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI). Tickets & Information at: 888/382-3267; fortressofnightmares.org

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 – BROADWAY STREET FAIR – 12 NOON – 6:00 PM

The annual Broadway Street Fair is scheduled from noon till 6 pm. The Street Fair begins at Equality Park and extends down into Washington Square. The day will be filled with music, food, family activities, exhibiting artists & makers and local non-profits. Last year more than 15,000 people took a stroll along Broadway, Newport’s historic Main Street and major artery into the city. This is a rain or shine event! Info: broadwaystreetfair.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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 – FORTESS OF NIGHTMARES AT FORT ADAMS – 7:00 – 10:00 PM

This is the second of the three October weekends of this event. Two options are available, General Admission ($15) and Paranormal 360 ($20; Reservations required). Hosted by Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams (90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI). Tickets & Information at: 888/382-3267; fortressofnightmares.org

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019 – CARS & COFFEE – THE ELMS – 8:00 – 10:00 AM

Register your car and come join a hundred other amazing vehicles on display at The Elms (367 Bellevue Avenue,  Newport) from 8:00 am until 10 am. Coffee available, too. Register your vehicle at audrainautomuseum.org. Info: 401/856-4420. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 – BOWEN’S WHARF SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 

Historic Bowen’s Wharf hosts the 29th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival on October 19th and 20th. Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine, this event is an open invitation to come back to the waterfront after the rush of the summer season! Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos, lobster rolls, fried calamari, oysters, signature cocktails and cold Whaler’s Brewing beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents. Other neighboring restaurants and fisherman’s associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for landlubbers and kids). Fresh smoothies, donuts and kettle corn for your sweet tooth. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf and proceeds from festival bars benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s 200-foot official sailing education vessel. Free Admission. Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm. Info: 401/849-2243; info@bowenswharf.com  

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 — 2019 CITIZENS BANK PELL BRIDGE RUN – 7:15 AM 

The 4-mile run/walk on October 20th, 2019 takes pedestrians from Jamestown to Newport, Rhode Island over the iconic Newport Pell Bridge. This year’s Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run is a proud part of the 50th-anniversary celebrations for the bridge. Starting at 5:30 a.m. on October 20, runners and walkers will be shuttled from the Newport Visitors Center to the race start line in Jamestown. Participants will be assigned to specific shuttle times. The race itself will begin at 7:15 a.m., with participants broken into waves based on pace. Runners and walkers will follow a course on and over the bridge, taking in the sunrise and the stunning fall vistas that the run/walk is known for. They’ll finally descend from the bridge on to Farewell Street, finishing back at the Visitors Center on America’s Cup Avenue. Registration for runners and walkers (Registration fee: $52) is open at www.pellbridgerun.com.  

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 – THE PLAZA: THE SECRET LIFE OF AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS HOTEL – ROSECLIFF – 6PM

The second in a series of lectures at Rosecliff continues with Julie Satow, author and journalist, who explores the glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes of New York’s Plaza Hotel. Her lecture, The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel is based on her book of the same name. Julie Satow is a regular contributor to the New York Times, her work has also appeared on NPR, the New York Post, HuffPost, and elsewhere. Tickets & Info: 401/847-1000; newportmansions.org 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 – FORTESS OF NIGHTMARES AT FORT ADAMS – 7:00 – 10:00 PM

This is the last of the three October weekends for this experience. Two options are available, General Admission ($15) and Paranormal 360 ($20; Reservations required). Hosted by Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams (90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI). Tickets & Information at: 888/382-3267; fortressofnightmares.org

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 – FOOD IN THE AMERICAN GILDED AGE – ROSECLIFF – 6:00 PM

The final lecture in a 3-part series at Rosecliff presents Dr. Helen Zoe Veit to share her research into how the American dinner table changed during this period through the food contributions of immigrants, the growth of American agriculture, and the improvement of food distribution owing to the railroads. Dr. Veit is the author of Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century. Tickets & Info: 401/847-1000; newportmansions.org 

NEW SCHEDULE FOR THESE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS!

BENEATH THE BREAKERS TOUR – UPDATED FALL SCHEDULE

The Breakers tour, “Beneath the Breakers,” is still offered daily.  Tours are now offered at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Tour is one hour. Info: newportmansions.org 

SERVANT LIFE TOUR AT THE ELMS: NEW FALL SCHEDULE

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, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Info and updates: newportmansions.org

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PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR 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 a writer and author of The Official 2018 Newport Tour Guides & Greeters Handbook (Shoreline Press (RI), 2017).

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