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Good Morning & Happy First Day of Spring!

>> That’s right, Spring arrived at approximately 5:37 am this morning.

>> Spring-like good news. The Secret Garden Tour will return with Summer Tour- A New View this July. Story.

>> As of Friday morning, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) reported that 288,402 people have received one dose of the vaccine. A total of 146,194peoplehave received two doses of the vaccine. RIDOH provided a lengthy written COVID-19 vaccination update on Friday afternoon, read it here.

>> If you’re in the market for a new house to call home, here are 19 open houses happening in Newport County this weekend. Story

>> Doris Duke’s Rough Point opens for the season today.

>> The Newport String Project brings their Hidden Newport virtual concert series to the Chapel by the Sea at the Seamen’s Church Institute on Sunday at 2 pm. Details here.

>> Rhode Island female musicians have contributed greatly to the national music scene over the years. This Women’s History Month, we’re introducing you to a few RI artists who’ve stood out among their peers. WUN’s Ken Abrams with the story.

>> Speaking of musicians: After a year, we’ve added live music & entertainment back to our weekly and weekend listings. Enjoy!

>> Have a news tip, story idea, or something you’d like to see in this newsletter or on our website? Email me at

Photo by kara_ann322 – “Despite the forecast, live like it’s Spring” ~

What’s Up in Newport County This Weekend

Saturday, March 20 – Sunday, March 21, 2021

~ Happy Birthday on Saturday to Gregory Muse, Arielle Kleinsmith, Jennifer Field, and Ron Ruzzo!

~ Happy Birthday on Sunday to Matthew Gray and Mary Caruso!

Weather Forecast

  • Saturday – Sunny, with a high near 50. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 8 to 13 mph in the morning.
  • Saturday Night – Clear, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
  • Sunday – Sunny, with a high near 55. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
  • Sunday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 35. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Marine Forecast

  • Saturday – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SW 6 to 11 kt in the morning. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Saturday Night – Variable winds 5 kt or less. Clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SSE around 6 kt in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday Night – Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 38°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide


  • Sunrise: 6:47 am | Sunset: 6:58 pm | 12 hours & 11 minutes of sun.
  • High tide: 12:50 am & 1:26 pm | Low tide: 6:36 am & 6:30 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 6 days, 36% lighting.


  • Sunrise: 6:45 am | Sunset: 6:59 pm | 12 hours & 14 minutes of sun.
  • High tide: 1:37 am & 2:16 pm | Low tide: 7:46 am & 7:31 pm.
  • Moon: First Quarter, 7 days, 45% lighting.

Things To Do



Live Music & Entertainment


  • Localz Portsmouth – John Erickson at 6 pm
  • One Pelham East – Adam Go from 8 pm to 12 am


  • One Pelham East – John Erickson from 8 pm to 12 am

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

All Weekend

City & Government



  • Nothing scheduled.
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~ Ryan

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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.

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