In honor of the Kennedy’s 69th wedding anniversary, one can now re-live that special day of September 12, 1953, when Jacqueline Bouvier married then-Senator John F. Kennedy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.

The Return to Camelot presentation on Monday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m. will feature vintage film clips and a live performance of organ music and hymns from the wedding ceremony, and the “first dance” played at the reception at Hammersmith Farm, Jackie’s childhood summer home in Newport.

The 30-minute presentation will allow visitors to tour the church afterwards, view pew #10, where Jack and Jackie prayed while attending Mass in Newport, and view the very kneelers used during their nuptial Mass.

“Newport’s many summer tourists and cruise ship passengers have a keen interest in visiting our beautiful and historic church and learning more about the Kennedy wedding,” said Father Mark Sauriol, pastor of St. Mary’s.
“Thanks to our volunteer docents, our church, which was dedicated in 1852 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now open to the public during the summer months, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.”

Reservations for Return to Camelot are not required. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. A free-will offering will benefit the St. Mary’s Hot Lunch Program, which, later this month, will again serve community members in need after a 2-year covid hiatus.  For more information, please write or phone (401) 847-0475.  For mor information on the history of historic St. Mary’s click here

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.