Calendar of Events






Tuesday, May 2 to Thursday, June 1, 45th Annual Kips Bay Showhouse  at 125 East 65th Street | NYC (Between Park & Lexington Avenues).Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology. This all began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Kips Bay Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world. Tickets

are $40 including catalogue.  Go to



Thursday, May 4th, 5:30 pm,What Did Alexander Hamilton Drink? Chocolate in the American Colonial Period, lecture sponsored by  the Newport Historical Society by author Deborah Prinz forat the NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI. General admission costs $5 per person or $1 for Newport Historical Society members along with active duty and retired military. Reservations suggested as space is limited; please RSVP online at or call 401-841-8770.


Friday, May 5,  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, A Theater Happening in Washington Square, Newport.  Theater, Music, Dance, Fabulous Food, Refreshing Drinks.  In support f the Newport Opera House.

Dress: Theatrically Casual (Tap your inner Diva, Dancer or Acto or just be yourself!) Tickets: $150, Funds raised will be matched by the $4.2 million RI State Cultural Facilities Grant to support the restoration of the Opera House Theater.  For tickets and sponsorship information, call 401.619.4955.


Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. "Becoming Bond" Cocktail party and film presented by newportFILM.  At Rosecliff Ballroom, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Pre-party on the Loggia: Martini Bar, Beer & Wine,Hors D’oeuvres by Blackstone Caterers   Live music by The Greg Silva Trio
7:00 PM Film in the Ballroom, followed by Q&A with filmmaker. Bond-themed attire welcome, but not required  $45 per person, for tickets

go to  Recommended for adults only.


Wednesday, May 17th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 139th Annual Meeting of the Newport YMCA. In th Meadow Room at Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown.  Business meeting 6:00 p.m., Cocktail Reception immediately following. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. $25 per guest to be collected at check in or can be paid in advance. To pay by credit card, contact our Membership Desk at 401-847-9200 x122.  Make checks made out to The Newport County YMCA. RSVP by May 10, (401) 847-9200 extension 104,  or e mail .

Friday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., Annual “Proudly We Sing” Concert by The Newport Navy Choristers.  At St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road in Middletown Under the direction of Lori McDowell, the concert is in celebration of Armed ForcesDay, and This year, the beneficiary of this concert will be the Edward King House Senior Center in Newport.  Toickets are $10, $8 for seniors and children. please contact the Edward King House at 401-846-7426. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any Choristers member, at the Edward KIng, House, 35 King Street, Newport

Monday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. The Annual Pell Awards Honoring Jessica Lange with the Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts,6:00PM VIP Reception.  At WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence.  Other recipients are Joe and Sally Dowling, Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts;Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts and The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Pell Award for Outstanding
Leadership in the Arts  Black tie reception after the awards ceremony administered by Trinity Rep.  For information and tickets, go to, or call 401.4242

Wednesday, May 24,  The Newport String Project Concert returns to Doris Duke's Rough Point, Bellevue Avenue.  Tickets and details to come.


Friday, May 26, 8:00 p.m., Murder Mystery Night to benefit the Seamen's Church Institute. Step back in time to an era of swingin' jazz for an evening of music, molls, and murder. Join a cast of spurious characters from all walks of life who have gathered for the "Grand Opening Gala of SCI" in 1930.  Dress is 1930's formal. Wine and hors d'oeuvres.  Advanced registration is required. Call 401.847.4260 to purchase your tickets today! $100/per person with all proceeds supporting the mission of SCI Newport!

Call 401.847.4261 for tickets,


Tuesday, May 30, 5:00 p.m., 104th ?Annual Members’ Meeting of the Newport Art Museum. Guest Speaker: Vin Di Bona will speakon"The Power of one Newport Mom!" in honor of his mother, Jean, who was in his words: "the force behind my life, giving me courage, nurturing me and instilling the passion to march forward."At thevJohn N.A. Griswold House, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Light refreshments immediately following.Members: Free, Non-members: $5.Seating is limited. Reservations required. RSVP by May 26 to Joanne Rodino at or 401-848-8200 x7277.





Sunday, June 4,  3:00 p.m., Piano Four Hands, Piano Performance with  Clemens Teufel for an encore performance with accompanying pianist Angela Kim. The rare technique of two pianists performing on one piano will be presented in our historic Harrison Room. The program will feature pieces from classical composers, such as Mozart and Shubert. $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Seating is limited; call 401-847-0295, ext. 112 for reservations.


Friday, June 9, , from 1:30 - 5:30pm.Third Annual Redwood Library History Seminar. Discussing Colonial Classics: The Redwood Library & American Architecture in the 18th Century. The symposium is devoted to the art, architecture and material culture of Colonial America Top experts on colonial architecture will present a wide range of lectures exploring the Redwood Library as Temple of the American Enlightenment, to the anxiety of influence in Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Giambattista Piranesi's heroic vision of ancient Rome as an inspiration for American architecture and furnishings, and the legacy of Enlightenment architecture today. $60 per person.  For tickets and information, go to


Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. SVF Foundation Annual Visitors Day.   At Swiss Village, 152 Harrison Avenue, Newport. Learn more about the Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project. Look atacilities and meet our laboratory, veterinary and animal husbandry staff. Attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing de

monstrations.  EnjoyJulian’s Omnibus food truck serving local heritage breed burgers and munchies!  For information, call .(401) 848-7229, email for parking available at





Saturday, June 10, 1:00 5:00 p.m.. St. Columba's Annual Garden Party featuring Devonshire Cream Tea seatings, children's events, The Ladies of the Rolling Pin performance, live and silent auctions.  At St. Columba's.. 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Portsmouth.  For information, go to

Friday, June 16  7:00p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Au Courant, Designer Fashion Show, Child & Family Services'  signature benefit event following its 150th Anniversary, in cnjunction with Styleweek, Providence. return to On the runway on at historic Fort Adams in Newport.  Proceeds will support programs that strengthen the fabric of families in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island, including the expansion of foster care services.  Celebrity stylist, Derek Warburton, known for styling stars like Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr, and Heather Graham will be a special guest and will also debut his fine jewelry line. Cocktails, fashion, music and dancing.  Tickets from $125 to $500 VIP.  For tickets, go to


Saturday, June 17, 4;30 p.m.,  Pierre Cardin: A Gala Celebration, a fashion show which will feature nearly 90 looks from Mr. Cardin's prolific career.  Following the runway show, guests will enjoy a champagne reception on the loggia of The Breakers, including a birthday cake to celebrate Mr. Cardin's imminent 95th birthday. Guests will also receive a commemorative program, and tickets to view the new Pierre Cardin exhibition at Rosecliff. Spoonsored by The Preservation Society of Newport.

Tickets are $500 for VIP seating, $250 for general admission.  For tickets and information, go to


Monday, June 19, 6:00 p.m -8:30 p.m. "Keeper of the Dream", the Martin Luther King Center's Annual Meeting. Report on 2016, look forward to what's ahead and celebrate our wonderful honorees:Keepers of the Dream: Walter & Eileen Jachna, Keeper of the Dream - Business:Newport Harbor Corporation, and Volunteer of the Year:Lisa McWilliams. For more info: Alyson Novick, Director of Development,(401) 846-4828 x102 or 


Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25,  The Newport Flower Show Transport your imagination to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners - France.  The Opening Night Party, the unofficial “kickoff to summer in Newport,” will take place on Friday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with unforgettable garden exhibits, horticultural entries, floral designs, and children’s programs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.



Saturday, July 1, Newport Art Museum's Artists' Ball.
Gala co-chairs Elizabeth Ann Kahane, Molly de Ramel and John Royall invite you to join us for a festive evening in support of the Newport Art Museum and in recognition of our honorees Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins. Cocktails. dinner . silent & live auctions, . dancing under the tent at the Griswold House at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.  For information, go to

Thursday, July 6, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., A Salute to Health, Newport Hospital's Annual Summer Soiree.  At Eisenhower house, Newport.  For information and tickets contact Lori DeCrescenzo, 401 845 1617 or e mail


Friday, July 7, "Nuit Blanche", The Island  Company's Annual Gala.  For nformation, go to


Saturday, July 8 to Sunday, July 23, The 49th Annual Newport Music Festival, a feast of chamber music and events held in fabulous venues around Newport and Jamestown.  For schedule of concert and artists, and to purchase tickets, go to


Saturday, July 15, 6:00 p.m., Annual  Redwood Gala.

Chris Norton and his seven-piece band will be on hand once again this year for the Annual Redwood Gala. At the Redwood, 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport Tickets from $350 to $20,000 for a table for 12.  AVaailable on .

For more information contact Alyssa Gaudreau at 401.847.0292.


Sunday, July 16 to Sunday, July 23, ATP World Tennis Tournament at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  Inductees into the Tennis Hall of Fame include Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick.  Tickets available at  


Sunday, July 16, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., "Yappy" Hour of The Potter League, at Beacon Rock,  147 Harrison Avenue, Newport.  Ticket information to come.


Tuesday, July 18,  Aquidneck Land Trust  Golf Tournament.  For information, to to


Saturday, July 23, "Fiesta Verde" of The Aquidneck Land Trust. our largest and most important event of the year,  We hope you can join us for this terrific evening of fun and friendship. For information, go to



Friday August 11 to Sunday, August 13, 12:00 p.m., The second annual New England J/Fest Regatta will be hosted by Sail Newport.North Sails is the Partner Sponsor.   For information, go to 


Saturday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.  to Midnight," Portraits & Patrons" Preservation Society Summer Dinner Dance.  At Charteau-sur-Mer 474 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Ticket from $500 to $1,500. for a patron table.For tickets and information, go to



Wednesday, September 13, 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.Newport International Boat Show on Bowen's Wharf, Newport.  Display of yachting and evets.


Thursday, September 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 p.m. "The  Halifax Explosion" presented by Greg Banner, At the  Herreshoff Marine Museum,Bristol. $10 for Museum Members, $18 for Non-Members.




Lines of Thought
Michelangelo to Bridget Riley
Drawings from the British Museum
A groundbreaking presentation of seventy works on paper from the British Museum's collection, alongside highlights from RISD Museum's drawing collection .  For information, go to 
Lines of Thought features a selection from the British Museum's exceptional collection of drawings, renowned for its depth. The exhibition spans more than 500 years of drawings, creating fresh contexts for historical works and making connections between old masters and modern and contemporary artists. Featuring seventy works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Peter Doig, and Rachel Whiteread, among others, this show provides visitors with an unprecedented opportunity to view many works never before shown in the U.S.





Saturday, November 7th 10:30 a.m.,  Race for Open Space 5K Run & Walk of  The Aquidneck Land Trust.  start/finish at The Glen,715 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth – Next to Newport Polo).Check-In / Registration: 9:00 – 10:15 AM    Entry: $25 – Ages 19+   |   $15 – 18 & under   |   $60 – Family (limit four per household) Military discount: 50% off for active, reserve, retired and dejpendents. 






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