Cardines Field - The 1908 ballpark in the middle of downtown Newport is one of the oldest in the country. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt/Blink Gallery. See more photos and art, purchase this photo here or stop by Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street in Newport.

Good Morning, today is Saturday, June 18.

🌊 A private fireworks display is scheduled to take place this evening near Goat Island. The display, which is expected to last roughly 6 minutes, is set to begin at 9 p.m, according to the City of Newport.

🌊 There’s a lot on tap today to celebrate Juneteenth, Middle Passage Port Marker will give a design presentation for the public at Liberty Square, Little Compton Historical Society will host its Second Annual Juneteenth Observance, and Sankofa Community Connection will host the following event at Great Friends Meeting House.

🌊 On the market for a new home, check out these 25 Open Houses in Newport County this weekend.

🌊 Trinity Church will host its annual Strawberry Fest today.

🌊 Meanwhile, Rhode Island PrideFest and Illuminated Night Parade return to Providence today.

🌊 RIDOT provided the following update yesterday on the Pell Bridge Ramps project, “We recently changed the traffic pattern on Route 138 East just after crossing the Pell Bridge into a split configuration. Route 138 bridge work will continue behind barrier and may require temporary lane shifts along Third Street and JT Connell Highway. Traffic along Halsey Street will use the newly paved roadway, and shared use path construction near the cemetery will continue along the Newport Secondary Rail Line. Next weekend (June 24-26), we anticipate daytime and overnight roadwork with alternating lane closures along Admiral Kalbfus Road at the railroad crossing west of the roundabout. Flaggers and police details remain on site during these operations”.



What’s Up Today

Weather

  • Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph.
  • Tonight – A chance of showers, mainly between 1am and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Northwest wind 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Marine Forecast

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:11 am | Sunset: 8:22 pm | 15 hours & 11 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 11:55 am | Low tide at 5:29 am & 5:18 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 18.9 days,82% lighting.


Happening Today

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Bar & Board:  Mel at 7:30 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: Live music at 6:30 pm
  • Buskers:  Brian Twohey at 9 pm
  • Celtica:  Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Clarke Cooke House: Steve Cerelli at 10 pm
  • Dockside: Live music at 9 pm
  • Greenvale Vineyards: Dick Lupino & friends from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Gurney’s: The Royal Treatment Band from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham:  Live music from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Exhibition On Screen: Pissarro: Father of Impressionism at 2 pm, The Rosemaker at 4:30 pm, Mission: Joy Finding Happiness In Troubled Times at 7:30 pm
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Landing: Timeless at 1 pm, Jake Kulak Band at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: The Manatees from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Never In Vegas at 9 pm
  • Newport Craft Brewing: Dave Alves from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • One Pelham East:  Live music at 4:30 pm, live music at 8:30 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Rusty’s – My Joe Called Life at 8 pm
  • Shops at Long Wharf: John & Joanne 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 Reef:  Live music from 1 pm to 4 pm, Live music from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Top of Pelham:  Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm

City & Government

Governor Dan McKee

  • At 10 am – Governor McKee will give remarks and wave the green flag at the start of the 2022 Hemmings Motor News Great Race at Rocky Point State Park, a nine-day, 2,300-mile race involving antique automobiles from Rhode Island to Fargo, North Dakota.
  • At 12 pm – Governor McKee will attend the installation of a Rhode Island Slave History Medallion at Casey Farm in Saunderstown, which marks sites connected to the history of slavery in Rhode Island.
  • At 3 pm, Governor McKee will walk in the Santo Cristo Feast procession in Bristol.
  • At 4:45 pm, Governor McKee will attend the Juneteenth RI 2022 festival at Roger Williams Park.


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International Tennis Hall of Fame announces $12 million ‘Tennis Forever’ capital campaign

What’s Up Interview: Rock legend Dave Mason, playing City Winery 6/18 and Greenwich Odeum 6/22

25 Open Houses to check out this weekend in Newport County

Alliance For Livable Newport (ALN) rebrands with new leadership as ‘Involve Newport’

Homelessness in RI up 50 percent in four years

Coronavirus in Rhode Island: The latest data on community transmission of COVID-19

RPL’s Libby Kirwin closes multi-million dollar sale of Newport’s Scales & Shells restaurant

Report: Smoking bans no longer a threat to casino revenue

Newport Folk to host official aftershow benefit concerts at The JPT, Newport Blues Cafe


Local Obituaries


Further Reading

DVIDS – NUWC Division Newport partners with US Coast Guard to evaluate use of underwater threat detection system

East Bay RI – Man charged with distributing fentanyl within Portsmouth

WPRI – Pryor to resign Tuesday as RI commerce secretary

We’ll See You Out There

Cardines Field – The 1908 ballpark in the middle of downtown Newport is one of the oldest in the country. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt/Blink Gallery. See more photos and art, purchase this photo here or stop by Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street in Newport.

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.