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Good Morning, today is Thursday, May 26.

🌊 Governor McKee signed legislation Wednesday making the state the 19th in the nation to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, an issue that some lawmakers have been working on for years.

🌊 Longtime seafood mogul Allen Ricca will be at Charter Books this evening at 6 pm to present CATCHING HELL: THE INSIDER STORY OF SEAFOOD FROM OCEAN TO PLATE, a look inside the international seafood market and its very turbulent relationship with white tablecloth dining and the general public.

🌊 ICYMI: We caught up with musician Bob Mould ahead of his performance tonight at the Greenwich Odeum.

🌊 Following yesterday’s visit by the Celebrity Summit, we’re heading into a bit of a lull on the cruise ship schedule. After having five cruise ships on the schedule in May and four in April, we’ll just have one cruise ship stop in Newport per month in June, July, and August. Things will pick up in the fall, 16 cruise ships are scheduled in September, 25 in October, and 5 in November. Discover Newport’s Cruise Ship Schedule is here.

🌊 There’s a ton of events, live music, and entertainment on tap for this Memorial Day Weekend, including Boots on The Ground for Heroes, The Wallflowers, Newport Polo’s Rotary Charity Match, the Rogue Island Comedy Festival, and much, much, much more. Get the full rundown here.

🌊 Speaking of The Rogue Island Comedy Festival -The festival was forced to quickly find a new location for several of its shows following the fire at The Wayfinder Hotel in Newport. Those shows will now be held at Diego’s Cantina in Newport and at Top of Pelham in Newport. If you already have tickets for shows that were scheduled to take place at The Wayfinder, you don’t have to do anything except show up at the new venue.

Here’s the new schedule of events. Limited tickets remain for all shows. Buy them online now at

🌊 Save The Date: IYRS School of Technology & Trades’ 2022 Graduation & Launch Day is Saturday, June 4! This community event celebrates the achievement of the newest IYRS graduates from all programs and offers the excitement of seeing their Boatbuilding & Restoration students’ boats launched for the first time in Newport Harbor. Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and President of Sailing Operations for NYYC American Magic is their Commencement speaker. 10 am in Restoration Hall.


  • Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. South wind 8 to 14 mph.
  • Tonight – A slight chance of showers after 2 am. Patchy fog before 1 am, then patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind around 11 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – S wind 7 to 12 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – S wind around 10 kt. A slight chance of showers after 2am. Patchy fog between midnight and 1am, then Patchy fog after 2am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 54°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:16 am | Sunset: 8:08 pm | 14 hours & 51 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 5:37 am & 6:07 pm | Low tide at 11:20 am.
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 25.4 days, 18% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • JPT Film & Event Center: The Wallflowers at 8 pm
  • Landing: Cara Brindisi at 1 pm, Justin Pomfret at 4:30 pm, Timmy Smith at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: The Z Boys from 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Felix Brown Band at 9 pm
  • One Pelham East: Dee Jayne Duo at 8 pm
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Trivia in the Barn at 6 pm
  • The Reef: Eric Fontana from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Top of Pelham: Rogue Island Comedy Festival at 6 pm & 8 pm

City & Government

Governor Dan McKee’s Public Schedule

10 am – Governor McKee will join the Rhode Island Department of Education at Lincoln High School to launch a $5 million ARTS Initiative, aimed at strengthening arts programming statewide.

11:30 am – Governor McKee will hold a media availability at Rhode Island Commerce to discuss issues of the day and take questions from the media. The Governor will be joined virtually by White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator and Senior Counselor to the President, Dr. Ashish Jha for a special announcement on COVID-19 treatment in Rhode Island. 

The Latest from WUN

Newport Polo: Cosmic Ball goes supernova

The white marble setting of Rosecliff and white formal dress code of the Kia Ora Cosmic Ball, presented by BD rendered an ethereal movie set experience, aspiring to the Gilded Age soirees of Newport’s legendary mansions along Bellevue Avenue.  

The original Woodstock, by the numbers

In honor of the original Woodstock, Stacker rounded up 20 facts and figures that sum up the original three days of peace and music.


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What Else We’re Reading

WJAR – Newport tourism industry works to accommodate guests booked at hotel damaged in fire

DVIDS – NAVSEA Executive Director speaks to honoring cultural diversity during Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport podcast

General Assembly – RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus to hold press conference on gun legislation

DEM – DEM Urges the Public Not to Touch or Remove Fawns and Other Baby Animals from the Wild this Spring

Salve Today – Six Seahawks make All-CCC teams in men’s lacrosse

URI Today – University basks in aftermath of successful, beautiful commencement weekend

We’ll See You Out There

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 -

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.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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