(Photo: Rick Farrell)

Good Morning, today is Saturday, July 23.

🌊 If there was a theme to the first day of the 2022 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 22, it was variety and diversity. A wide range of sound was represented, including several genre-defying bands and artists. No doubt, the focus was simply all about great music.

Ken and Rick with more – 2022 Newport Folk Festival: Day 1 Recap and Photos

🌊 Longtime Newport Folk Festival board member, performer, and activist Pete Seeger was honored in a ceremony at the Jane Pickens Film and Events Center on Thursday. Members of the Seeger family were present when a new “forever stamp” with Seeger’s likeness was unveiled by the United States Postal Service before a packed house.

Ken has more here – Pete Seeger postage stamp unveiled in ceremony at Jane Pickens Theater

🌊 “Legal scholars and historians have called it the worst Supreme Court decision ever, and a former chief justice characterized it as the court’s “greatest self-inflicted wound.”

But these references were not about the recent ruling that struck down Roe v. Wade.

Gerry Goldstein’s latest column is here – Gerry Goldstein: In the books, a supremely odious decision

🌊 On the market for a new home in Newport County? Tyler has a look at what open houses are happening out there – Open Houses in Newport County this weekend: July 23 – 25

🌊  After an investigation following the discovery of a suspicious email on one of the City of Newport’s internal networks, current and former municipal employees are being notified of a suspected security incident that may have left certain personal information compromised. Read More – City of Newport advising past, current employees of potential data loss

🌊 The Rhode Island Department of Health has recommended closing Surfer’s Rock Area at Sachuest Point Beach in Middletown and Hazard’s Beach in Newport for swimming because of high bacteria levels.

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What’s Up Today


  • Today: Sunny, with a high near 86. Light southwest wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning.
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
  • Tomorrow: Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  • Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SSW 6 to 11 kt in the morning. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: SW wind 5 to 9 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 68°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:31 am | Sunset: 8:11 pm | 14 hours & 39 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 4:30 am & 5:09 pm | Low tide at 9:43 am & 11:40 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 24.4 days, 27% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Bar & Board:  Mel at 7:30 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: Sydney Carbone at 6:30 pm
  • Buskers: Brian Twohey at 9 pm
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Clarke Cooke House: Live music at 10 pm
  • Dockside: Live music at 9 pm
  • Greenvale Vineyards: Dick Lupino & friends from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille: Alan Bernstein Trio from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Gurney’s: “Folk Fest” from 6 pm to 9 pm at The Pineapple Club, DJ from 5 pm to 10 pm on The Firepit Deck
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham: Live music from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Newport Folk presents Marcus Mumford & Friends (sold out!)
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Landing: Brennan Burns at 1 pm, Jim Devlin at 4:30 pm, Blockhead at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Mark Cutler & Men of Great Courage from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Newport Folk Festival presents Lucius Saturday Night Fever (Sold Out!)
  • O’Brien’s Pub: C Gray the DJ from 10 pm to close
  • One Pelham East: Live acoustic music at 4:30 pm, Adam Go at 8:30 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Shops at Long Wharf: Half Step Down from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Speakeasy: Live music at 10 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre:  Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 7 pm & 9 pm
  • The IA: Newport Sideshow at 3 pm with multiple artists
  • The Pub at 2 Mile Corener: My Joe Called Life at 8 pm
  • The Reef: Brian Scott from 1 pm to 4 pm, Nate C. from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Jimmy Weinstock from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Top of Pelham:  Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm

City & Government

The Latest from WUN

Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County campers enjoy waterfront music by Newport Festival Foundation musicians

Gulls fall in offensive showdown to Waves, 13-9

Tapia inside-the-park slam lifts Blue Jays over Red Sox 28-5

2022 Newport Folk Festival: Day 1 Recap and Photos

Open Houses in Newport County this weekend: July 23 – 25

City of Newport advising past, current employees of potential data loss

RIDOH recommends closing area at Sachuest Point and Hazard’s Beach for swimming

Six Picks Music: The best in local music this weekend (July 22-24)

Pete Seeger postage stamp unveiled in ceremony at Jane Pickens Theater

CVS seeks verification on drugs with possible abortion use

Local Obituaries

Obituary: Janet Louise Toole

Obituary: William J. Hallam Jr.

Obituary: Janice Silvia

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Further Reading

WPRI: DEM urges swimming safety after recent rescues, drownings

WJAR: Siblings of 9-year-old pulled from ocean remember his life, legacy

ABC6: Jamestown man swims from Providence to Newport Folk Festival to raise money for ocean cleanup

We’ll See You Out There

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