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Good Morning, today is Thursday, June 23.

🌊 It’s full speed ahead for the staff at the Newport Classical Music Festival, as the critically acclaimed series returns to traditional locations around Newport next week.

The 54th annual festival runs from July 1-17, presenting 24 concerts over 18 days. With opening night fast approaching, WUN’s Ken Abrams spoke with Newport Classical Executive Director Gillian Friedman-Fox about what to expect this year.

Read the interview – What’s Up Interview: Gillian Friedman Fox, Executive Director of Newport Classical

🌊 The Town of Middletown yesterday announced plans for their Summer Concert Series on Second Beach in August.

Speaking of outdoor live music, we’ve also updated this list with a few more things – Schedule: Outdoor music series’ to enjoy during this spring, summer, and fall

🌊 There has been a lot of talk about who’s running for local and statewide office over the last several months, but next week it’s time for candidates to put pen to paper and file their official declaration of candidacy.

All statewide and local candidates must officially file somewhere between when offices open on June 27 and when offices close on June 29. Candidates for Congress or statewide office (governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, general treasurer, attorney general) file at the Department of State’s Elections Division in Providence. All other candidates file with the Board of Canvassers in the city or town in which they are registered to vote.

We’ve heard from several candidates who will be running or who will be seeking re-election. If you are an incumbent or new candidate, share you news with us by emailing ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

For readers, stay tuned here for all of our latest Election 2022 coverage.

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What’s Up Today

Weather

  • Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – SE wind around 9 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – E wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the evening. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 61°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:12 am | Sunset: 8:23 pm | 15 hours & 11 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 4:05 am & 4:43 pm | Low tide at 9:54 am & 11:28 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 24 days, 31% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • JPT Film & Event Center: The Duke at 4 pm, Elvis at 6:30 pm
  • Landing: Jay Parker at 1 pm, Justin Pomfret at 4:30 pm, Timmy Smith at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Keturah’s Dream from 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Felix Brown Band at 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Adam Go at 8:30 pm
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Trivia in the Barn at 6 pm
  • The Reef: Jake Heady from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Top of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm

City & Government

Newport Hotspot

The Latest from WUN

Newport to face off against Boston at Newport Polo on Saturday

United Way honors community champions during special celebration

Gulls comeback falls short in 6 – 4 loss to Sanford

Refsnyder hits 2-run homer as Red Sox sweep Tigers, 6-2

What’s Up Interview: Gillian Friedman Fox, Executive Director of Newport Classical

Newport Jazz Festival tickets will be available to purchase at Fort Adams Trust beginning June 27

International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum unveils new 2022 exhibitions 

Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan to perform at Thriving Tree Coffeehouse on July 14

Portsmouth students win Presidential Environmental Award, raising funds to accept award in Washington D.C.

Sail Newport to host Reggae Night at the Newport Regatta

Local Obituaries

Louise E. Smith

Dorothy May Carpenter

Louise E. Smith

Further Reading

Eater – Boston’s Pasta Beach Is Finally Reopening After a 2019 Fire

General Assembly

We’ll See You Out There

Lunar Masts, Newport Shipyard – A beautiful sky as the full moon rises over the masts of yachts at the Newport Shipyard. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt.  Printed by the artist in a variety of styles and available as metal, canvas print, paper, or photo blocks. All the size information and pricing is available here


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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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.