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The Original Newport Jazz Festival

July 28th, 2016 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport Jazz Festival is described as the “Meaning of Jazz” since 1954.This famous event originated in Newport, RI and is still a tradition today. It gives the audience the true feel of jazz while start-off musicians perfrom for their first time to large audiences.  Such as Clara Ward Singers and Drunkard Singers, who made their first stand in Newport.

After this music explosion from Newport Jazz Festival, it inspired a movie to be filmed dedicated to the music. Bert Stern filmed “Jazz on a Summer’s Day”, a documentary about captures the meaning of rhythms and blues, and rock  in 1958. The following year, 60,000 attendees  came to the Newport Jazz Festival for all four days to watch these styles of music. Even Louis Armstrong spent his 70th birthday in Newport and sang at the Newport Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival became so famous that it spread to New York City, and Boston, which is still going on today.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton attended at the 40th Anniversary of Newport Jazz Festival. The famous mansion the Breakers contributed to the music holding the Newport Jazz Festival in 2004. Then finally Fort Adams State Park took the honor of programming the Newport Jazz Festival for its 60th Anniversary for three days.  This event has evolved into a focus group towards emerging artists and is still today. Contributing to rising artists and charities, it has been an incredible event.

jazz festivalBesides the amazing history that convinces the crowds to come, but the location is breathtaking and something you cannot miss. Fort Adams State Park is one of the best locations in Newport; it has a perfect view of the bridge along the water of the east passage. It also has sea breeze to keep you cool during the festival when things are warming up.
The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival is held on July 29-31 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and mostly at Fort Adams. On the first day, there will be a cocktail party at the Horse Shoe Piazza within the International Tennis Hall of Fame. If you would like to attend the preconcert party it is $75 and watch the jazz artists you can reserve seats for prices of $45-$100. There are different sections at the International Tennis Hall of Fame that will determine how much you would like to spend. They are offering beverages, alcohol, and food as well.
The main Newport Jazz Festival will start on July 29, and will remain in this location for the following two days. The general admission tickets will be between $15-$89 depending on what you want included. A two-day admission is $145, which is the most common. If you are a die hard fan of Jazz you can purchase the three-day admission pass for $170.
If you are a picky eater, do not worry because there will be plenty of food choices to choose from. Acacia café food truck, Ben’s Chili Dogs, Del’s Lemonade, Open Season Catering, Thai Jasmine, and much are all vendors attending.

Newport Jazz Festival is the ultimate to celebrate the history of  jazz and the true meaning.

Newport Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off

May 7th, 2016 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The town is holding the 35th Newport Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off on June 18th to start off the summertime fun.People come to New England expecting the best clam chowder, and there is no better way to determine the “best of the best” then a cook-off.

Fort Adam’s waterfront is the perfect location for the Newport Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off and is always a must-see when exploring Newport. Visitors come from all over to taste the infinite free samples of the unique creations from the competitors. Returning regional and national competitors are fighting for the title during this competition. Your votes determine the winner!

Not only will there be enthusiastic competitors will be at the Newport Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off, but Rhode Island celebrity appearances will make you want to purchase a ticket. Don’t worry about the kids; live music, face painting, balloon creations and more will keep them entertained. There is a little of everything for the whole family to enjoy.

Advance price: $20 starting now till June 17th

Day of event: $25 June 18th

* Kids under twelve are free with an paying adult

 

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New England Clam Chowder

The ticket also includes a second admission to the Newport Oyster Festival happening at the same location on June 18th. Matunuck Oyster Farm will have a farmer’s market style with a raw bar including multiple types of tasty oysters, clams, and shrimp. Delicious lobster rolls are likely to be the top seller. To top it off, there will be a full cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails. This event will take place from 11:00-6:00 along with more amusing activities.

The festival will have bistro-style tables with a view of the stage, where contests will be held throughout the day for the audience. The contests include oyster shucking, oyster slurping, and beer chugging. All you have to do for entry is to be at the stage 15 minutes prior to the contest. There is a prize for each winner.

If seafood is not your favorite, don’t worry there will be other delicious munchies to purchase. The other booths include Saugy’s Hot Dogs, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Friskie Fries, Pizza Gourmet, Del’s Lemonade, Kettle Corn Express, McGrath Clambakes, and Macray’s Seafood II. Also Open Season Catering will be serving venison chili, pulled pork quesadilla, all American sliders, and veggie burgers.

Additionally,0 this event will be educational with presentations from the Matunuck Oyster Farm with Perry Raso. Meanwhile there will be several bands performing including DJ Nook, rock band Brian Scott Band, blues with Big Cat Blues Band, and Rhode Island’s favorite reggae band, The Ravers.

With all of the scrumptious foods options, in addition to watching the competitions, this is sure to be the best way to heat up the warm season.

Newport Film Sports

April 28th, 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.

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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.

Newport Daffodil Days Festival

April 15th, 2016 by Marshall Slocum Inn

A million daffodils are blooming all over the city of Newport, making a big enough impression to have a festival for an entire week. Dog lovers, artists, kids, and adults will have something to participate in the Newport Daffodil Days Festival. Starting on April 16th through April 24th, there will be “daffy” events including bike tours, garden parties, art activities, doggy parade, gorgeous home tours, and more. Even though most of the activities are free, you can purchase a daffy pin to have discounts in the activities and shops throughout Newport.

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Cliff Walk at Salve Regina

Opening day will have a ribbon ceremony with games, live music, and a daffy conga line at Bannisters and Bowens Wharves. Meanwhile families can “doodle the daffodils” on a take-home canvas for free at the famous Cliff Walk.

If drawling is not your expertise, there will be a photography workshop at the Cliff Walk within the following day. It will have a significant location at the O’Hare Patio, Salve Regina University. The Newport Photographers’ Guild experts will guide the audience how to take the perfect “Daffodillion” photo, so you can enter the online contest.

Within the same day, dog owners can dress their dogs in the daffiest attire for the Daffy Doggies Parade. It will run through Bannister’s Warf to Queen Anne Square, so they can match the daffodils along the sidewalk. The best daffodil outfits will be awarded when entering the competition. This is one parade that will be a must see.

On April 18th, everyone will have another chance to draw the Daffodils at the Miantonomi Park while the Hot Diggity Daffy Dog Barbeque takes place. The Pell School is also contributing the daffy art by the Chalk-A-Lot Of Daffys event on April 19th. This event is welcoming to create sidewalk canvases of the schools’ daffodil gardens.

If you didn’t hear enough music at the earlier events, the famous Christopher Carbone will be sharing musical stories on April 20th. It will be among the daffodils at the Redwood Library, where families can participate in fun games, and win prizes.

On April 21st, Newport Tree Society is having an annual Spring Fling at the Chanler on the Cliff Walk.  You can bring your daffy derbies, and wear your most attractive hats for a prize. There will a big toast among the thousands of daffodils.  This is the time to dress up and listen to the amazing live music that will be playing.

Even the Newport’s Mayor is going to join the festival by a tree planting on April 22nd.  He will be honoring Earth Day and celebrating Newport 15 annual year of being a Tree City. Afterwards, you can bring children to a tree climbing demo with Carlie Ridolph. It is also a perfect time to go on a tree walk to see more of the daffodils at the Miantonomi Park.

On April 23rd, there will finally be private garden tours of the daffodils at the hillside with more than 150,000 bulbs planted on the corner of Catherine and Gibbs Avenue. Of course the Newport Vineyards is having a toast for almost 500,000 daffodils in bloom. You can join their wine tasting and food sampling.

During the day, bike tours will begin at the Touro and go all through Newport. You must not forget to stop at Ballard Park for “Bouquet Bar”, where you can purchase spring flowers. Families can also enjoy nature with a tree walk to see Woodsy the Owl.

The last day, April 24th will end with private house tours of the beautiful homes. Their gardens filled with beautiful daffodils. On top of the tours there will be antique cars at some of the houses. Some of the classical cars will be driven along the Long Warf, Ocean Drive, and Bellevue Avenue. The festival will have a final garden party with live music and ballet at the Bellevue House with a cash bar.

There is a little something to do for everyone in this daffy festival. You would not want to miss it.

 

Historic Fort Adams

October 23rd, 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

Spa Day in Newport

October 2nd, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Whether it’s raining outside, or you are tired from a day filled with mansions and walking, a spa treatment is a great way to add a bit more relaxation to any vacation.  From manicures to Swedish massages to water therapy, Newport spa’s have you covered.

Just two blocks down the street, SpaFjor at the Hotel Viking is the closest spa to the Marshall Slocum Inn.  SpaFjor has an extensive menu of treatments including: shellac manicures, Sacred Stone massages, global rituals, milk and honey body wraps, osea facials, full day spa escape packages and more.  Each treatment includes access to the Hotel Viking’s indoor fitness center, indoor pool and Jacuzzi and Clearlight Infrared Sauna.

The Bodhi Spa, which opened this year, is New England’s Premiere Hydrotherapy Day Spa.  You can spend all day relaxing with their water journey, which takes you through a cycle of various hot and cold baths, sauna’s and steam room.  They also offer various massages, facials and other body treatments.  Located on Lower Thames Street, this new addition to Newport is a great way to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.

The Stillwater Spa is located at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island. Each of their treatments instills one of five elements – breath, waves, coast, glow, blossom – in order to ensure peace and tranquility during the treatment.  Sand and Sea body wraps, Refresh Aroma massages, manicures and Oasis packages are all available at the Stillwater Spa.  Treatments include access to the fitness center, showers, sauna and sundeck.

The Spa at the Newport Marriott, located in downtown Newport has a large selection of treatments such as a Heaven to Earth massage, an Oxygen Cucumber facial, a Sandcastle Salt Scrub and more.  Treatments also include access to their fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and racquetball courts.

The Apothocary Newport, Rob Michael Salon Spa, Wave Lengths Salon and Spa, and the Spa at the Vanderbilt Grace are other spa options for any stay in Newport.

 

 

 

How to Spend a Rainy Day in Newport

September 10th, 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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Southern Sisters at Rosecliff

August 30th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

newportsouthernsisters[1]The Preservation Society has been working hard to put together a new exhibition at Rosecliff for this fall and winter.  Newport & Her Southern Sisters: Three Centuries of Art & Design, will be showcased on the second floor of Rosecliff and is included as a part of the regular mansion tour.  It will be on display and open for visitors starting on September 5th, ending on January 3rd.  This exhibition will take guests on a three century long journey exploring the relationship between Newport and the South.

Through trade, tourism and marriage, Newport and the South have formed a close bond throughout time.   Southern woman who married northern gentlemen helped create the Newport that we know today – a New England resort town filled will opulent mansions, history and sailing.

Southern Sisters will cover four different time frames including: the colonial period, the antebellum period, the post Civil War era & the Gilded Age, and the early 20th century.  The Colonial period will be represented with items such as an 18th Century Mahogany chest which will be displayed in two pieces (the way it would have been stored on a ship being sent to a southern market).  The Antebellum exhibit will be a parlor showing how boarding houses paved the way for hotels and eventually private cottages built by Southerners in a Post-Civil War Newport.  The 20th century exhibit will focus on Newporters looking for warm inspiration from the style of Palm Beach.

Items on display in the Southern Sisters exhibition include never before seen ballgowns, portraits, silver, and furniture.  Items showcased will be from the Preservation Society’s collections and houses as well as from other museums and private collections with ties to Newport and the South.

Clip Clop – Coaching Weekend is Back.

August 14th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The Preservation Society will be hosting, once again, a Weekend of Coaching August 20th-23rd.  Approximately 12 coaching teams will be driving through the streets of Newport, bringing the sporting tradition to life.  These authentic 19th century coaches and their whips, or drivers, will be traveling around Ocean Drive and around the Bellevue area everyday of the event.  On Saturday, the 22nd, the Elms will be hosting a free driving exhibition at 10:30am.

Photo from the Preservation Society

Photo from the Preservation Society

The English tradition of coaching started in England as a way to deliver mail, which later made it’s way to the United States.  While coach mail delivery was replaced with railroad delivery, coaching transformed into a sport.  In the late 19th century, the Coaching Club of New York was formed and became an important part of Newport’s summer social scene.  Coaches were used to go to places like polo matches and the Casino.  Some notable Newport members included the Wetmores, Bells, Belmonts and the Vanderbilts.  Alfred Vanderbilt was a leader in the sport and his coach,  and had his coach, Venture, built by the Brewster Company of New York. He took this coach and a large crew to England every year to for a day-long ride from Brighton to London.   Venture is now on display at the Breaker’s Carriage House.

 

 

Newport BridgeFest

July 26th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Summer is a busy time for music in Newport, with the highlights being Folk Fest the last weekend in July and Jazz Fest the first weekend in August.  But what about the few days in between these two giant music festivals? Well that is what BridgeFest is for: to “bridge the gap” between these two festivals in order to keep the music going for ten full days. It starts on July 27th and goes through July 30th with over 50 artists at more than nine venues.

BridgeFest was created by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County in order to give visitors a reason to stay and locals a reason to get out and enjoy some local music.  They work with the Newport Festival Foundations to support the local music scene in Newport.  BridgeFest hosts all types of musicians, aspiring music students, emerging artists, galleries, wineries, farms and restaurants.  This is the 7th year of the festival.

Some of this years festival locations include: Queen Anne Square, Jimmy’s Saloon, Bowen’s Wharf, Trinity Church, St. Matthews in Jamestown, and the Redwood Library.  There will be an opening night Soiree held on the 27th to kick things off.  It goes from 6pm to 8pm at  the Sanford-Covell Marina on Washington Street.  ZanRicky will be playing and the Rhode Islands Ballet Theater will be putting on a dance performance.  This event will also feature a silent auction, a raffle, wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres.

To check out whose playing and when, click here.  Keep the music going and support your local musicians!

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