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Good Morning, today is Monday, July 25.

🌊 In Saturday’s Newport Folk recap, I wondered how the Festival could outdo itself after welcoming music legend Paul Simon to the Fort Adams stage. There were rumors of a “big name” coming on the third day of the 2022 festival, but there are always rumors at Newport that fail to develop, so most festival-goers were eagerly looking forward to announced acts like Brandi Carlile, The Roots, and Japanese Breakfast.

Well, the impossible happened – Joni Mitchell returned to Newport. Mitchell had last played the celebrated festival in 1969, and given her recent health challenges, most folks assumed she would likely never return.

Ken and Rick with more – 2022 Newport Folk Festival Day 3: Joni Mitchell appears for historic set

Photo: Rick Farrell

🌊 The Preservation Society will host Julian Fellowes at The Breakers tomorrow.

🌊 Don’t miss Grammy-nominated string band Della Mae at the JPT Film & Events Center on Wednesday.

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What’s Up Today


  • Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 2am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 5 to 13 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
  • Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: SW wind 14 to 16 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: SW wind 6 to 11 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Winds could gust as high as 21 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 2am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 68°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:33 am | Sunset: 8:09 pm | 14 hours & 35 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 6:22 am & 6:51 pm | Low tide at 12:15 am & 11:22 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 26.2 days, 12% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Celtica: Music Bingo at 7:30 pm
  • Landing: Justin Pomfret at 1 pm, Mike Milazzo at 4:30 pm, Timmy Smith at 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Bruce Jacques at 10 pm
  • The Fastnet Pub: The Ubiquitones at 10 pm
  • The Fifth Element: The Groove Merchants from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • The Firehouse Theater: Laughter for Locals with the Bit Players at 8 pm

City & Government

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Local Obituaries

Obituary: Janet Louise Toole

Obituary: William J. Hallam Jr.

Obituary: Janice Silvia

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Further Reading

WPRI: Crowds gather at folk festival despite heat wave

NPR: Joni Mitchell sings, steals show with surprise Newport Folk

We’ll See You Out There

Joni Mitchell at the Newport Folk Festival (Photo: Rick Farrell)

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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.

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