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Newport Film Sports

April 28, 2016 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport Film Sports

Newport Film Sports

This weekend from April 29th-May 1st the wonderful and game changing organization, Newport Film, will be hosting Newport Film Sports at the Tennis Hall of Fame.  Newport Film Sports is a documentary film festival featuring films and shorts that celebrate the positive role of sports in our society.

International Tennis Hall of Fame

The weekend kicks off with an opening night party at the International Tennis Hall of Fame preceded by the opening night film, WINNING, a film focusing on why some athletes achieve greatness.  On Saturday, April 30th there are four featured films as well as a female Olympian panel and VIP party at the Clarke Cooke House.  Films featured during the day are Touch The Wall, New York Times Op-Docs, T-Rex, and The Weekend Sailor.  On Sunday, May 1st the day begins with a free 60-minute community yoga session at the beautiful Horseshoe Court in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Tickets are affordable and range from $15 for one film, $50 for all five films, panel discussions, and yoga, and $110 for access to all of the weekends events.  Tickets may be purchased online on the Newport Film website.

Historic Fort Adams

October 23, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

If you’re driving around Ocean Drive, one of the best stopping points along the way is Fort Adams State Park.  With beautiful views of downtown and Narragansett Bay, this Fort is filled with history and culture.

Construction on the Fort that is there today did not begin until 1824.  Prior to this, a smaller fort, with 17 cannons, was used during the War of 1812.  Made of granite, brick and shale, the new Fort Adams was constructed over thirty-three years and cost over three million dollars.  It was built as a major coastal defense system, in a location that was able to shelter ships when violent storms hit, and was considered a proper site for the Navy.  When first completed it was able to mount 468 guns and house 2,400 men during war times.

In order to protect from land and sea attacks, Fort Adams was built with various tenailles, bastions and redoubts to protect from land attacks and bomb proof casemates, housing two cannons, helped protect from sea attacks.  Over time, with advances in artillery, strengthening the fort was necessary.  In the 1880’s, improvements to the outside of the fort, including new batteries, occurred, while internal improvements occurred around 1906.

Fort Adams was active during the Civil War, Indian Wars, Mexican War, Spanish-American War and both World Wars.  It was most active during World War II when the entire state was a military district, manufacturing various war materials and having a chain of coastal defenses.  The army used the Fort until 1953 when the Navy took charge.  The land and building surrounding the Fort were used for Naval Housing and a summer White House for President Eisenhower.

You can tour the Fort year round.  The tour showcases the following: the Officers and family quarters, a scenic overlook to view the Harbor and Bay, and underground tunnels.  The tour teaches guests about Fort Adam’s past, with American History and military culture, and discusses the architecture and future plans for restoration.  For more information, click here.

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Photo From FortAdams.org

How to Spend a Rainy Day in Newport

September 10, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

When the sun is out, the world – or Newport in this case- is your oyster.  There are so many things to do on sunny day, from Cliffwalk to cruising Ocean Drive with the windows down to eating al fresco on the waterfront, but when it’s a rainy day and you don’t want to be outside, is your trip to Newport a bust? No way.  Newport has so much to offer no matter the weather, so get your rain boots on and your umbrella’s ready because Newport in the rain – no problem.

Here is a day long itinerary for those of you wondering what to do when you wake up at the Marshall Slocum Inn and it’s raining:

If you wake up and it’s raining, sleep in a little before making your way downstairs for Breakfast.  While the back deck may be off limits, you can choose to sit on our covered side deck or inside at the main dining room table.  For rainy days I recommend something sweet, such as our Salted Caramel French Toast or Chocolate Banana Pancakes.  Take your time and enjoy the morning, it’s raining so why rush?

When you’re ready to head out after breakfast, spend the rest of the morning touring some mansions. While you may miss out on strolling around the gardens and yards of these wonder properties, the tours inside are a great way to spend a few hours out of the rain.  The most popular mansions are the Breakers, the Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer and offer either an audio tour or a guided tour that’ll run anywhere from 35 minutes to over an hour depending on how much you want to hear about or how good your tour guide is.  The Breakers Plus ticket will get you into two mansions, which is plenty for one day.  All the mansions have parking lots so no need to walk in the rain.

After the mansions head down to the waterfront for a late lunch.  While parking downtown isn’t the best, there are a bunch of different lots or if you’re lucky you’ll find a metered spot on Thames.  If you don’t want to pay for it, head back to the Inn, grab an umbrella and walk.  Head to the Brick Alley Pub on Thames.  They have a huge menu with something for everyone.  Their Lobster Rolls have won awards and their nachos are delicious.

After lunch hop in the car and head to the Newport Storm Brewery for a self guided tour and beer tasting.  Follow that up with a trip to Newport Vineyards.  While a guided tour may be out of the question, they have tastings all day long.  Make sure to grab a bottle on your way out for the evening.  If you aren’t into vineyards and breweries, think about taking in a movie at the Jane Picken’s Theater or visiting the Newport Art Museum.

On your way back, stop at Le Petit Gourmet, just down the street from the Inn.  Pick your favorite cheeses to put together a nice cheese plate to take back to the Inn for a light dinner – it will go great with that bottle of wine from the Vineyard.  Head back to the Inn for a relaxing evening.  You can watch the rain from the front porch swing, sip wine in the dining room, or watch a movie on Netflix while snuggled in bed.  Or for those of you who like to be out no matter the weather, head down to Broadway, and have dinner or drinks at the Fifth Element, Caleb and Broad or the Tavern on Broadway.

A rainy day isn’t so bad, now is it?

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Newport Gallery Nights

June 15, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport boasts a wide variety of art from paintings to works in lay, glass, marble, fabric, metal and Newport’s traditional furniture.  A diverse group of galleries can be found in Newport.  To help showcase the great artwork that we have here in Newport, the Newport Gallery Organization hosts Newport Gallery Night every second Thursday of the month from 5pm to 8pm. Comprised of 28 members including galleries, museums and cultural institutions, the Newport Gallery Organization showcases art from local artists as well as art from around the world.  A wide variety of pieces ranging from contemporary pieces to historic and traditional pieces can be purchased tax free.  Newport Gallery Night maps and brochures can be picked up at any participating member location.

They are also introducing a Free Summer Guided Walking Art Tour for Gallery Nights through September. There are three tours per Gallery Night, each lasting approximately 45 minutes.  These free tours include information about all the participating galleries, and museums as well as art related stories.  The 5pm tour is the Bellevue Avenue Tour, which starts in the Hotel Viking at the C.L. Sherman Gallery and ends at William Vareika Fine Arts.  The 6pm tour is the Spring Street Tour, which starts at Art on Spring and ends at the Opera House Theater.  The last tour, at 7pm is the Downtown Tour, which starts at Arnold Art Gallery and ends at the Whitehorne House.  These tours are open to anyone, just arrive at the starting point and enjoy an evening of fine art in Newport.

June Festivals In Newport

May 22, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

As Newport heads into the Summer Season, take advantage of the many festivals that June has to offer.

The Great Chowder Cook-Off:  Despite the location change, the Great Chowder Cook-Off is back to kick off the summer season here in Newport.  It will be held on June 6th at Fort Adams State Park, with endless chowder samples, live music and activities.

British Motorcar Festival:  Held at Colt State Park in Bristol, from June 12th-14th, this three day festival showcases over 300 vintage British Motorcars. There will be a variety of events taking place all weekend such as the British Car Corral, a Friday Night Street Party, The British Racing Paddock, Motorcar Display, The Concours D’Elegance (the only one in the United States), a Ladies Hat Competition, and a Sunday Morning Drive.

Newport Flower Show:  Celebrating it’s 20th year, the Newport Flower Show held at Rosecliff from June 19th-21st, will be showcasing the American Beauty Rose.  Rosecliff was the birthplace of the American Beauty Rose and it is now a symbol of excellence.  The weekend will be filled with a variety of events and special guests celebrating this classic and timeless flower.

Clayfest on the Lawn at Rough Point: Rough Point and the Newport Art Museum will be celebrate the art of clay with their exhibition of: “Fired and Inspired: Ceramics at Rough Point,” on June 27th.  Enjoy a day full of pinching, coiling, throwing and firing clay while relaxing on the lawn at Rough Point.

New & Improved Tennis Hall of Fame to Open May 20th

May 14, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Mark your calendars for the ribbon cutting at 11:30am on May 20th, when the International Tennis Hall of Fame is set to re-open and show the outcome of three years of planning and $3 million in renovations.

The Tennis Hall of Fame used it’s collection of over 25,000 artifacts, images, videos and publications to reinterpret the experience for visitors.  Their goal is to use interactive exhibits and narrative history in such a way that it will appeal to both hardcore tennis fans and “casual” visitors, leaving them educated and inspired.  Along with engaging storytelling, the museum will use art, fashion and historically relevant items that go beyond the court.  Some items on display include Rod Laver’s first Wimbledon trophy and Serena Williams’ golden shoes worn in her first French Open victory.International Tennis Hall of Fame

The Tennis Hall of Fame will be the  first sports museum in the United States to use holographic technology and Roger Federer was honored to be able to create a fun experience for fans.  The holographic theater will make visitors feel like they are in the room with Federer.  When walking into the theater, visitors will be welcomed and Federer will begin talking about his love of tennis, listing the top 10 reason he loves the sport.  He will also showcase some of his signature shots.

The new Tennis Hall of Fame museum will also feature a variety of interactive experiences such as a five foot touch table where visitors can “serve” tennis history questions back and forth, the “Call the Match” exhibit where visitors can record themselves acting as broadcasters, a large, rotating globe that highlights the impact of the sport and what is going on in tennis around the world, and a variety of interactive video walls that let visitors re-live tennis history.

Three Galleries, “The Birth of Tennis”, “The Popular Game,” and “The Open Era” will tell the history of tennis throughout the years.  Starting with “The Birth of Tennis,” from 1874 to 1918, this gallery explains how tennis evolved and includes a rare book from 1855, which is believed to be the earliest known writing about the sport. “The Popular Game,” from 1918 to 1968, gets into how the sport gained popularity and became intertwined with popular culture.  It focuses on early pro tours, the rise of celebrity athletes and the impact of technology.  Finally, “The Open Era,” from 1968 to the present, showcases the most significant amount of growth for the sport.  There are also two galleries dedicated to Hall of Famers and one changing exhibit.

The Tennis Hall of Fame delves into the history of tennis and is a resource for showing what the sport is like today and how it is always evolving.  Their new museum is an experience for visitors that will envelope them in the world of tennis with a variety of experiences.

Audrain Automobile Museum hits Bellevue

January 11, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

This past fall, a new addition to Bellevue Avenue opened and is a great place for those who love cars.  The Audrain Automobile Museum has opened up near the Tennis Hall of Fame, with a vision to become one of New England’s most regarded automotive museums.  It is aAudrain great place for car enthusiasts to visit, with ever changing exhibits that showcase their collection of over 112 rare and remarkable vehicles.  The museum houses fully restored vehicles from the early 20th Century to today.  Because all their vehicles are never displayed at once, each visit is a new experience.

Some vehicles in their current exhibition include: a 1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Brewster Ascot Phaeton, a 1930 Cord L29 Phaeton, a 1931 Lincoln Model K Convertible, a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Kellner Salamanca and more.

Adult tickets are $12 and their winter hours are from 1oam to 4pm. An annual membership can also be purchased and includes unlimited admission, access to member only events, two guest passes per year and a museum cap and shirt.

 

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