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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!


Newport Food Tours

July 18th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

When it comes to vacations and travel, food plays a major roll for many people.  Food tours are becoming more and more popular as they give visitors a feel for the cuisine of the area.  Newport is new to the food tour game, with two new companies ready to give you good eats.  Both Newport Food Tours and Rhode Island Red Food Tours give visitors a taste of a variety of dishes from great local restaurants.

Newport Food Tours runs tours Tuesday through Saturday at 5pm.  Tours are approximately 2 hours long and start outside Norey’s on Broadway.  Food tour guests will visit restaurants in the Broadway area that serve up high quality American cuisine, many of which are farm-to-table restaurants.  Beer and wine tastings are also included at some of the stops.  Not only will you be tasting great food, but you’ll get to hear about all the details about the food and the chefs who prepare it.  After the last stop, there will be no need for dinner.

The Rhode Island Red Food Tour is a three hour, combined walking and food tour, that mixes local history with great food.  Guests with Rhode Island Red Food Tours will visit off-the-beaten path neighborhoods, learn about historic sites, folklore and colonial architecture, and of course enjoy food and drinks from at least six locally owned and operated  restaurants.  Tours run on Fridays and Saturdays at 12pm and covers about 1.8 miles.


Lafayette’s Hermione is Paying Newport a Visit

July 2nd, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

A twenty year old dream has finally reached fruition as the replica of the Hermione, Marquis de Lafayette’s French warship that helped the USA be victorious over Great Britain, is sailing into Newport.  The ship will be sailing into Fort Adams on July 8th and there will be a two-day celebration, complete with a cast of French sailors, historic interpreters, spies, cavalry, chefs and barmen, to honor Hermione.

Activities start at the Fort both days at 10am and include: Military Drills, Military encampments, an outdoor tavern, more than 60 historic interpreters, the 2nd Regiment Light Dragoons Cavalry Unit with horses, the “Spymaster,” historian and author programs and music.  On the 9th, the Hermione, as well as the Oliver Hazard Perry, will be open to the public for free tours from 10am to 4pm.

There will also be three private, paid events occurring both nights.  These include: the Colonial Soiree, the Sailors and Soldiers Supper and Lunch with George Washington.  The Colonial Soiree will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm, inside the Fort.  This event is to honor the Hermione on its first goodwill visit to the States.  The Hermione was built by the Republic of France as a way to honor the friendship between our countries.  50 uniformed historic interpreters will be present.  The dinner will end with a salute to the Hermione as she prepares to depart Newport.  For a more casual event to honor the Hermione, the Sailors and Soldiers Supper will be held on the grounds of Fort Adams.  This is a picnic style event where all can gather for a good meal and drinks.  Lunch with George Washington will take place on both July 8th and 9th.  He will be speaking about his life followed by a lunch at noon.

Be sure to check things out if you’re in town for the fun!



Races and Regattas

June 21st, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport is known for it’s sailing, so it’s no surprise that during the summer it’s home to a variety of competitive sailing races and regatta’s.  The Volvo Ocean Race kicked things off in May, and there’s no shortage of sailing competitions in the upcoming months.  The following are coming up at the end of June and into July: Newport Sailing Week, the 2015 Transatlantic Race and the Newport Regatta.

Newport Sailing Week, sponsored by Bacardi and EFG will take place from June 26th to July 5th, with the regatta taking place June 26th-28th.  This is the event’s fifth year and more than 60 boats from a variety of one-design classes will be competing.  This event attracts some of the best International and National Sailors.

The Transatlantic Race is back and over 40 boats will set out to cover the 2,800 nautical mile route from the Castle Hill Light House to The Lizard, the most southern point on Great Britain’s mainland.  The last race was held in 2011.  The Transatlantic Race is organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club.  The race has three separate starts, June 28th, July 1st and July 5th for the different sizes and classes of yachts participating.  The purpose of the staggered start dates is to have all the boats arrive in the same time frame.  Smaller boats will depart first, completing the race in 15-20 days, while faster and larger boats will start on the 5th with the goal to beat the record, set in 2011, of 6 days, 22 hours, 8 minutes and 2 seconds.

The Newport Regatta will be held at Fort Adams State Park July 10th through 12th.  This is one of the country’s premiere one-design regattas.

There’s plenty of ways to get your sailing fix this summer in Newport.  Be sure to check out some of the races and regattas during your stay.



Newport Gallery Nights

June 15th, 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 22nd, 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 14th, 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.

The Volvo Ocean Race Heads to Newport

April 19th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

5[1]The Volvo Ocean Race started in 1972 as the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race with 17 yachts and a 27,500 nautical mile course starting in Portsmouth, UK.  The race sponsorship was taken over by Volvo in 2001 and various stopover points were added.  Since then, this round the world race takes place every 3 years, generally starting in Europe and stopping in various and changing cities each time. This years race is set to be the longest course yet – 39,379 nautical miles.  This year’s race started in Alicante in October and has thus far seen Cape Town, Abu Dahbi, Sanya, Auckland, and after the longest leg of the race, they are currently in Itajai.  On April 19th, the teams started their 5,010 nautical mile journey to Newport where they will remain until May 17th when they will continue the race to Lisbon, Lorient, and finally end in Gothenburg at the end of June.

Seven teams are competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, with crews from 19 nationalities and the first all-female crew to enter the race in over a decade, making it the most diverse fleet in years.  Crews consist of eight sailors and one non-sailing multimedia reporter.  The all-woman teams can race with 11 sailors and a multimedia reporter.  Every team must have two member that are under 30.  Each vessel qualifies by sailing 2,000 nautical miles non-stop.

The Volvo Ocean Race will be in Newport from May 5-17 with various events leading up to the In-Port Race and the start of the Newport-Lisbon leg of the journey. Race Village will be open every day at Fort Adams State Park with various events such as Race Show Studio – final-of-volvo-ocean-race[1]an hourly quiz show about the race and life on board, A Dock Party with live music, a pancake breakfast, and Exploration Zone,  A Youth Kids Regatta, A combat Wounded Veterans Challenge Regatta, Team Racing, a Lobster Boat Race and more.

The Pro-Am Race 1 will be held on May 14th and the Pro-Am Race 2 and 3 on the 15th.  The Sailors Parade will be held on Saturday, May 16th leading up to the In-Port Race followed by the IPR Prize Giving Ceremony.  The teams will then start the race to Lisbon on the 17th.  Newport is going to be bustling with activity and in the racing spirit.

For more information about the Volvo Ocean Race, click here.  And for live updates and commentary, follow them on twitter @volvooceanrace.


Plenty to try at the 4th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival

April 13th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Back for it’s fourth year, the Newport Craft Beer Festival will be taking place over two days, May 8th and 9th.  Co-Sponsored by the Newport Storm Brewery and Pour Judgement Bar & Grille, this 21+ event will feature beers from 35 craft breweries.  There are three sessions to choose from, starting Friday, May 8th from 8-10pm.  This session is on a much smaller scale from those on Saturday, with only 75 tickets available.  Named the VIB (Very Important Beers) event, this session will be held at the Newport Storm Brewery and will features beers not available at the larger sessions on Saturday.

There are two sessions on Saturday, one from 12pm-3pm and the other from 4pm-7pm.  Both will be held downtown at the Great Friends Meeting Place.  These sessions will showcase craft breweries from around the country.  Unlimited beer samples are included with the ticket price, as well as a souvenir glass.  Brewery staffs will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about their beers.  The festival will feature a special area exclusive for Rhode Island beers.  While at the festival, guests can participate in choosing their favorites by voting for the “Fan Favorite Award.”

Local Restaurants will be serving up food while live bands perform during each session.  The Festival proceeds benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, which is a non-profit organization supporting local craft breweries.RI-Brewers-Guild-logo[1]

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the craft beer festival website here.

Celebrate Spring with Daffodil Days at Blithewold

April 1st, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

It might not seem like it, but spring is here and one of the best ways to celebrate is by heading to Blithewold Mansion in Bristol for their annual Daffodil Days.  Daffodil Days is a month long celebration of spring and the beautiful Daffodils that are blooming.  Blithewold has thousands of Daffodils throughout the property to help forget about winter and embrace the warmer months to come.

There are a variety of events happening for Daffodil Days, such as Daffodils at Dusk, Workshops, Walking Tour of the Mansion and Grounds, a Jazz Celebration of Spring, Afternoon Teas and more.  Daffoldils at Dusk takes place every Friday from 5-7 through May 1st.  Enjoy a cocktail or lemonade as you wander the property at dusk, accompanied by music from Luke Renchen Entertainment.  The Walking Tour will be held on April 11th and 15th, where you can hear about the history of the Van Wickle/McKee family as you tour the house and gardens.  On Sunday April 12th, they will be hosting a Jazz Celebration of Spring from 3 to 4:30. The Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio will be playing a variety of classis jazz and Latin music.

Afternoon teas start on April 14th through May 15th from 1 to 4.   Traditional afternoon tea treats will be shared along with a cup of tea for a relaxing afternoon.  There are also a variety of workshops being held throughout the month, such as: Preserving America’s Beauty: a Horticulture Workshop and Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers.  Other events can be found here.  Daffoldil Days are a great way to move on from the harsh winter we’ve had and look ahead to the warm summer months we’re all craving!images[9]

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