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Calendar of Events for February 2016

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Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Calendar of Events

February 5 - Newport: Annual Have A Heart Cocktail Party and Auction for the Potter League
       6pm to 9pm at OceanCliff , 65 Ridge Road in Newport. Event proceeds support the Potter League's animals care and education programs.
       Signature Pawtinis and Wine Tasting from 6:00 - 7:30 pm  •  Scrumptous Hors d’oeuvres and Savory Stations  •  Inpopnito Gourmet Popcorn Bar  •  Cash Bar  •  Live and Silent Auction  •  Razzle Dazzle Raffles  •  Wine Wall filled with wines valued from $20 - $150  •  Entertainment by Nancy Paolino & Stu Krous  •  Cocktail Attire  •  Valet Parking. For more information and reservations click here for the Potter League site.
Furry Friends tickets are $125 in advance and $140 at the door ($45 of ticket price is tax-deductible)

February 6 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See Wild Ponies. 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information and reservations click here
     

February 12 through 21 - Newport: Annual Winter Festival - 2016
    The 28th Annual Newport Winter Festival, throughout Newport and Newport County. For more information see www.newportwinterfestival.com

February 13 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music at Channing Church
       See The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, a Saint Valentine's Celebration. 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at the Channing Church, 135 Pelham Street, Newport, RI. For more information and reservations click here

February 27 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice. 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information and reservations click here


*** Below are previous year's events (below) that we haven't gotten current information to update yet. ***

 

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Portsmouth: Learn how to download e-books, audiobooks or movies, get help with internet searches, email and more at Portsmouth Free Public Library
      5:30 - 7:30 pm. at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Come to the Portsmouth Free Public Library to learn how to download e-books, audiobooks or movies, get help with internet searches, email and more. Drop in with your questions, your passwords and your devices to the library from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Feb. 5th or from 2-4 pm on Feb 18th. For more information call Sue at the library at 683-9457. First come, first served - no sign up is required.

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Portsmouth: Social ballroom dancing with a night club 2 step lesson, refreshments, BYOB, raffles & prizes
       7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. at Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth. Join in raising money for the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women. Social ballroom dancing with a night club 2 step lesson, refreshments, BYOB, raffles & prizes. Sue Young, certified dance instructor and your dance host is a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and strong advocate of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Campaign. Monies raised will be credited to Newport Rhythm, Newport hospital's heart walk team which participates in the annual heart walk. www.dtdballroom.com/specialsevents.htm

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Newport: Spring Bull Gallery's 23rd Annual Fakes and Forgeries Exhibit
       daily noon to 5pm at the Spring Bull Gallery, 55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Spring Bull Gallery's Annual Fakes & Forgeries will open with a fun filled reception on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 5-7 pm. From its conception over 23 years ago, artists have been invited to submit serious "copies" or tongue-in-cheek humorous interpretation of known art work in two and three dimensional form to this exhibition. This February exhibit has grown to be a much anticipated area event for both artists and the art appreciators alike. The artists study and learn techniques used by the old and modern masters while the public has a chance to enjoy and own an "almost masterpiece" without traveling to Boston or New York.

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Portsmouth: Broadway From Then 'Til Now 5 - A Concert of Broadway Showtunes, old and new
       7:00 PM at the Portsmouth High School Auditorium, Education Lane. Presented by The Dr. Robert A. Davidson Charitable Fund. Tickets $20 Adults, $10 Children Under 10. Online Tickets/Donations at Broadway5.eventbrite.com or Call 401-683-2824. All Proceeds to Benefit the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation, Looking Upwards, and other local causes.
       The concert was organized by professional actor/musicians Laurie Davidson Spaner, daughter of Dr. Davidson, and her husband Craig Spaner of Portsmouth who have many years of experience performing in the Boston area as well as RI, NY, and CT.  Joining Mr. & Mrs. Spaner in the group of 15 singers, 4 dancers, and 8 band members will be Kim Kekligian Stamoulis, Sara Moore, Abby Moore, &  Katie Spaner of Portsmouth, Lily Ferreira and John Thomas Cunha of Middletown, Bristol native Adam Cavalieri, Bristol residents Kevin & Katie Silva, several Boston area professionals, as well as Stage Door Dance students Emma Adkins, Alexis Alvanas, Megan Buddemeyer, Brittany Croston, & Fiona Dooley, all from Portsmouth. Choreography by Leslie Zeile.
       The Dr. Robert A. Davidson Charitable Fund was formed in memory of Dr. Robert A. Davidson, known to most as Bob or Dr. D., who was a Portsmouth resident who practiced dentistry in Tiverton for 37 years. The fund is dedicated to raising money for local community causes.  Bob was dedicated to his family and his community, especially children, so the organizations chosen seemed a perfect fit.  Also, eight of Dr. Davidson’s grandchildren attend school in Portsmouth, with one more to go.

 

Previous year listing - please check back -February-- - Newport: Newport History Tours
Tours begin at Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport, RI unless otherwise stated. Newport History Tours is a partnership between the Newport Restoration Foundation and the Newport Historical Society. Weather permitting; space is limited. (401) 841-8770.

Feb 13 & 18, 11 a.m.:Golden to Gilded Walking Tour. From Newport's colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb 13 & 20, 4:30 p.m.:Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport.
Feel transported through time to the heyday of this thriving colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb 14, 11 a.m.: Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour.
See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as "Rogue's Island." $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb 14 & 19, 11 a.m.: An Afternoon in 1820: Life at the Whitehorne House.
Whitehorne House, 416 Thames Street, Newport, RI. Step into the Whitehorne House and step back to 1820. Costumed interpreters discuss daily life including housework, childcare and local gossip. This interactive family program is presented by the Newport Restoration Foundation and the Newport Historical Society. Whitehorne House Museum, 416 Thames Street. $8 adults/$6 w/Newport Winter Festival button; $5 kids/$1 with button; under 5 free; $20 price cap for families.
Feb 14, 3 p.m.: Rum and Revolution Tour with Rum Tasting.
From the thriving colonial rum trade through the temperance movement and Prohibition era smuggling, learn about the changing role of alcohol in the community. Tour will end at Diego's on Bowen's Wharf for a rum tasting* including Newport's own Thomas Tew rum and more (*participants must be 21 or older.) Finish the tasting with a choice of rum cocktails, chips and salsa. $25 per person / $24 w/Newport Winter Festival button. Reservations required, (401) 841-8770.
Feb 15, 11 a.m.: Commerce and Craftsmanship: The Colonial Point Neighborhood.
Home to craftsmen, merchants, religious dissenters and more, the Point neighborhood has a rich colonial history. Tour includes a brief stop inside the parlor of the Christopher Townsend House for a sensory exploration of colonial trade goods. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb 16 & 22, 11 a.m.: Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour
. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport's diverse people. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb 17, 11 a.m.: Road to Independence Walking Tour. Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport's role in the American Revolution. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb 18, 11 a.m.:Golden to Gilded Walking Tour. From Newport's colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb. 19, 11 a.m.: An Afternoon in 1820: Life at the Whitehorne House. Whitehorne House, 416 Thames Street, Newport, RI. Step into the Whitehorne House and step back to 1820. Costumed interpreters discuss daily life including housework, childcare and local gossip. This interactive family program is presented by the Newport Restoration Foundation and the Newport Historical Society. Whitehorne House Museum, 416 Thames Street. $8 adults/$6 w/Newport Winter Festival button; $5 kids/$1 with button; under 5 free; $20 price cap for families.
Feb. 20, 11 a.m.: History Detective: A Family Tour
. Discover Newport's colonial history, its religious and racial diversity, its role in the American Revolution, and its remarkable architecture on a kid-friendly tour. Each family will complete a special History Detective workbook, recording observations from clues. $5 for adults/free with Winter Festival button; children are free.
Feb 20, 4:30 p.m.:Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport. Feel transported through time to the heyday of this thriving colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb. 21, 11 a.m.: The Stamp Act Riot and the Road to Revolution. In August 1765 a group of Newporters organized a riot that turned leading citizens against each other, setting Rhode Island on a path to rebellion against Great Britain. This tour explores what happened on those fateful summer days and offers a glimpse into life in colonial Newport on the eve of revolution. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.
Feb 22, 11 a.m.: Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport's diverse people. $15 a person/ $12 w/Newport Winter Festival button/$10 with button for repeat tour guests.

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Newport: Winter Festival Blue Flag Sale Days at Bowen's Wharf
Our annual Bowen's Wharf Sale Days feature ten full days of Wharf-wide sales during the Newport Winter Festival. Visit us on Facebook to find out about discounts, specials and happenings. www.bowenswharf.com

 

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Portsmouth: February Vacation events for Children at the Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Contact for questions: Nicole Carrubba, Children's Librarian, 683-9457
Feb. 14 from 2 to 4 pm: Valentine's Day Story and Craft: Please join Girl Scout Junior Troop 727 for Valentine's Day stories and crafts. Make a craft to give to a loved one or keep it for yourself! These fifth graders are working towards their Bronze Award with a campaign named "Care for Kids!" No need to register; call us at 683-9457 for more information. This program is free and open to the public.
Feb. 17 from 10 am to 12 pm: Create a Cityscape: Stop into the Children's Room and make a cityscape to hang in your room. No need to register; call us at 683-9457 for more information. This program is free and open to the public.
Feb. 18 at 10 am: Lego Challenge: Bring your own Legos and compete in our 8th annual building and creating contest. For children ages 3 years and up. Registration required; no drop-ins please. Please call us at 683-9457 to sign up. This program is free and open to the public.
Feb. 19 at 11 am: Rangoli Chalk Art: Learn about Rangoli, make your own colorful sand, and then create a piece of art to take home. For students in grades 1 through 5. Registration required; no drop-ins please. Please call us at 683-9457 to sign up. This program is free and open to the public.

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Portsmouth: Teens Arts & Sciences at the Portsmouth Free Public Library
      2:30 - 3:30p.m.  at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. We will be creating kaleidacycles. This class is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign ups are required for this free program. Please call Sue at 683-9457 or stop by the main desk to sign up or for more information.

Previous year listing - please check back -Februrary -- - Newport: A Shrove Tuesday Traditional Pancake Supper at Emmanuel Church
     5:30 - 7 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 42 Dearborn St. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent. The name shrove comes from the word "shriven" that means to have confessed and been absolved. Typically, it was the day when all fats were consumed before the Lenten fast, hence the pancakes. Join the fun at Emmanuel this last day of Epiphany with pancakes and fellowship in this intergenerational community supper. Guests are invited to bring a dessert or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Free parking is available in the church parking lot on Dearborn Street. For more information call the church office at 401-847-0675.

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Portsmouth: Learn how to download e-books, audiobooks or movies, get help with internet searches, email and more at Portsmouth Free Public Library
      2 - 4 pm. at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Come to the Portsmouth Free Public Library to learn how to download e-books, audiobooks or movies, get help with internet searches, email and more. Drop in with your questions, your passwords and your devices to the library from 2-4 pm on Feb 18th. For more information call Sue at the library at 683-9457. First come, first served - no sign up is required.

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Portsmouth: Teen Fiction for Adults book club at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:30 at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Love to read teen books, but you're not a teen anymore? Join us for our discussion of "Ketchup Clouds" by Annabel Pitcher. Booklist gave this book a starred review. See if you agree. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the library.

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- - Portsmouth: The Teen Book Clubs at Portsmouth Free Public Library
      at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Teens, let your voices be heard! The Teen Book Clubs at the Portsmouth Free Public Library will meet at the end of February. Read and review a new book, get a snack and a new book to read and chat with other teens who care about books.
      Middle school (grades 6-8) meets on Feb. 26th at 7 pm.
      High School (grades 9-12) meets on Feb 27th at 2:30 pm.
For more information call Sue at the library at 683-9457. No sign up is required - just join us!

 

 

Previous year listing - please check back -February 21, 22 and 23 - Newport: 8th Annual Illuminated Garden
        6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Ballard Park. Thousands of lights will be displayed in the trees, vernal pond, thirty foot rock wall and unique features of Ballard Park's three acre quarry meadow. Event goers are advised to wear shoes or boots as the ground may muddy and uneven in places. Ballard Park is located at the intersection of Hazard & Wickham Roads. The event may be accessed through the Hazard Road entrance. There is no fee for entry, but donations are accepted.  Friends of Ballard Park

Previous year listing - please check back -Feb. 23 - Newport: Danny Rubin: Unscripted, part of the 2013 Winter Speaker Series at the Newport Art Museum
      2:00 p.m. The Newport Art Museum is located in Newport's Old Quarter at 76 Bellevue Avenue. A Reception follows each talk. Weather permitting. (401) 848-8200.
      Mr Rubin's talk, "Danny Rubin: Unscripted," is part of the Museum's 2013 Winter Speaker Series. During his presentation, Mr. Rubin plans to "speak briefly but enthusiastically about some of the surprising agendas that need to be addressed in writing a screenplay, and then open the house up for questions about screenwriting, Groundhog Day, Hollywood, teaching, or anything else on the minds of the fine people of Newport on a winter's afternoon."
      Cost to attend is $10 for Museum members, $15 for non-members and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by calling 401-848-8200, or online at www.NewportArtMuseum.org. Discounts are available to those who present their 2013 Newport Winter Festival button at time of transaction. Winter Festival prices are $8 for Museum members and $12 for non-members.

Previous year listing - please check back -February - to April - - Middletown: Family Fun Nights at the Krupowicz Planetarium
     Doors open  at 5:30pm, Shows starts at 6:00pm.  Krupowicz Planetarium at J.H. Gaudet Middle School, 1113 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown. Price: $3.00 per person/$2.00 children under 8 (no one under age 4). No reservations – first come, first served!!! Seating Capacity – 60 people. See their site
Tuesday, February - 6:00pm: What is in the Sky Tonight? Oasis in Space Full Dome Show. Oasis in Space transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe in search of liquid water - a key ingredient for life on Earth.
Tuesday, March -, 6:00pm: What is in the Sky Tonight? Journey to the Stars Full Dome Show. Tour familiar stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover the fascinating, unfolding story that connects us all to the stars.
Tuesday, April -, 6:00pm: What is in the sky tonight? Cosmic Collisions Full Dome Show. Explore the celestial view from your own backyard. Take a thrilling trip through space and time—well beyond the calm face of the night sky—to explore cosmic collisions, hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe

Previous year listing - please check back -Through March -- Aquidneck Island: Boy's & Girl's Lacrosse Registration for the Spring 2012
            Online registration is open at Islanders Youth Lacrosse website: www.islandlax.org.

Previous year listing - please check back -Feb-- & March -- - Portsmouth: 2012 Portsmouth Babe Ruth League Registration Sign-ups
            This league is open to players 13 to 15 years old. Walk in registration PHS gym 2/11, 2/18 & 3/4 from 9am to 3pm. Online registration is open through March 16 and registration forms and payment instructions can be found at www.portsmouthblr.org.

Previous year listing - please check back -February -- & March - - Portsmouth: 2012 Portsmouth Little League Registration Sign-ups
          Walk-In Registration - PYB Booth at New Portsmouth Gym (9am - 3pm).  Register online through March 16, 2012 - www.portsmouthll.org. Season starts March 17, 2012.

Previous year listing - please check back -Feb -- - Middletown: 2012 Little League Baseball/Softball registration
        10:00AM-2:00PM,  Walk in registration at the Town Hall, Must bring birth certificate and proof of residency. Online registration is open.www.middll.org - check for information and cut off dates for registering

Previous year listing - please check back -February --- Newport: Pancake Supper at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist
        Whether it is called Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, Tuesday, February 21st is a day anticipated eagerly by pancake-lovers. The Vestry of the Church of Saint John the Evangelist at Washington and Willow Streets on the Point in Newport, will prepare its special Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper. And whether they are called pancakes, flapjacks, or griddle cakes, the feast is sure to be scrumptious. Please join Saint John's for Evening Prayer, a short service of psalms and prayers at 5:30 p.m., followed by the supper in the Guild from 6 o'clock to 7 pm.

 

 

 

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