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Calendar of Events for June 2016

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Calendar of Events for Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, RI

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Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Calendar of Events

Through early July - Pick Your Own Strawberries
                 Middletown: 8:00am - 7:00pm at Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown. For more information and their market hours see sweetberryfarmri.com
                 Portsmouth: 8:00 am - 7:30pm at Quonset View Farm, 895 Middle Rd, Portsmouth. 683-1254 Baskets available or bring your own.

FARMERS/GROWERS MARKETS - The Aquidneck Grower's Market
                 Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, Newport Vineyard and Winery, 900 East Main, Middletown. 401-848-0099
                 Wednesdays, (Summer only) 2pm to 6pm, Memorial Boulevard between Chapel and Edgar in Newport. 

Newport: "In Season" Guided Tours of Fort Adams
     Tours depart hourly from 10am and 4pm. Tours depart from the Fort Adams Gift Shop, weather permitting. Explore Fort Adams parade field for yourself or take a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark from the top of the rampart walls to the depths of the underground tunnels. For more information visit www.fortadams.org or call 841-0707

Saturdays through December 10 - Portsmouth: Jazz Saturdays at Greenvale Vineyards
       1pm to 4pm concerts are held in the Tasting Room at Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road. What has great wine, a fun crowd, and live music? Greenvale Vineyards does every Saturday afternoon through December 10th! Join us for just a glass or taste each of our wine offerings. The whole family is welcome, even leashed pets. No reservations necessary, just come on by! Feel free to pack a picnic and a blanket! Price: Just Jazz: $3, Tastings: $15 (free for Case Club members), Wine by the glass: $10

Saturdays, through Sept. - Portsmouth: Newport International Polo Series
 Exhibition matches start at 5pm (Jun-Aug) / 4pm (Sept). Gates open at 1pm (Jun-Aug) / 12pm (Sept). Glen Farm is on Rt 138 in Portsmouth. Newport Polo (home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876), is best known in the recent quarter century as host of the Newport International Polo Series, welcoming teams from around the world & from major US cities playing against USA / Newport in exhibition matches every Saturday in June through September, attracting thousands of weekly attendees to enjoy one of the most unique and popular attractions in the region; and as a founding member of the United States Polo Association, continues to offer polo club member services and instruction year-round.For more info and tickets, please visit the website.                

June 4 - Newport: The Big Night Out – Classic Hollywood
        6 pm – Midnight at Hyatt Regency Newport. Cheers to 50 years of mentoring! Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State as we celebrate our 50th anniversary with a gala inspired by Classic 1940s and 1950s Hollywood – red carpets, black and white films, and glamour galore! Come red carpet ready, sip a signature cocktail, peruse distinctive silent and live auction items, kick back to live entertainment and a gourmet meal all to benefit our youth mentoring programs throughout Rhode Island. For more information see the web site thebignightout.org

June 10 - Newport: Newport Gulls Baseball Home Opener
        6:35pm the Gulls have their first home game of the season at Cardines Field. See their web site for more info and complete schedule. NewportGulls.com

June 17, 18 & 19- Newport: Annual Spring Secret Garden Tour
        10am to 5pm each day, rain or shine. A self-guided walking tour of private gardens in historic Newport, Rhode Island. For information and to purchase tickets please see the web site www.secretgardentours.org

June 18 - Portsmouth: Special Collection of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), Electronic Waste (e-waste) and Styrofoam
 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m  at Portsmouth High School located at 120 Education Way. Portsmouth Eco-Depot Collection:In an effort to promote safe disposal of household hazardous waste, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will host two Eco-Depot collections on Saturday, June 18. Rhode Island residents can bring household hazardous waste (HHW) to Portsmouth High School or to the Central Landfill located at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Both collections are available FREE of charge to Rhode Island residents only. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. The upcoming collections in Portsmouth and Johnston are two of 46 Eco-Depot collections RIRRC will provide throughout the state in 2016. To make an appointment for the collection or to view the entire 2016 Eco-Depot schedule, visit www.ecodepotri.org or call 401-942-1430 x241. Rhode Islanders may make an appointment for any Eco-Depot event that fits their schedule.

June 18 - Newport: Annual Great Chowder Cook Off at Fort Adams 
            12pm - 6pm, north lawn at Fort Adams. Enjoy endless samples of traditional and exotic creations- 21 competitors from RI to Ireland! You vote for your favorites and the winners walk away with overflowing prize pots and bragging rights for the year! There's continuous live entertainment, spirited competitor antics, lots of activities for the littlenecks, and Rhode Island celebrity appearances from TV and Radio keep the festivities lively! Now a favorite Rhode Island tradition for 35 years the Great Chowder Cook-Off has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors near and far to celebrate summer on the waterfront at this unique and dynamic event!  See the web site for more info

June 19 - Newport: The fourth annual Elliot Kaminitz Father's Day Ride
       Registration opens: 7:30am Join Bike Newport and hundreds of cyclists as we ride Newport County's scenic coastline while celebrating the life and passion of Dr. Elliot Kaminitz. The fourth annual Elliot Kaminitz Father's Day Ride has a range of distances of 6, 10 and 25 miles, a two-mile Bay Walk, and a children's "Tour de Fort", there is something for everyone! Riders are encouraged to choose programs and distances that match their comfort and abilities. To register and see more information go to the web site FathersDayRide.org

June 24 - Newport: "Summer Solstice" An Evening of Revelry at Historic Fort Adams
    6:30-10:00 p.m. Please join us for our annual fundraiser at Fort Adams with the most beautiful sunset view in town! Delicious food provided by Blackstone Catering - Champagne Sunset Toast - Colors - Music & Dancing by the X Isles - Live & Silent AuctionFor more information and the schedule of act visit www.fortadams.org

June 24 - 26 - Newport: The 2016 Newport Flower Show
           at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. During the Gilded Age, nearly every aspect of life was elevated to an art form. Gardens became stages for nature's most brilliant performances, women's fashions were created for stylish parades, and houses became museums for a lifetime of treasures. Join us as we celebrate all that is Gilded! More information and ticket packages available at www.NewportFlowerShow.org.

June 24 - 26 - Portsmouth: Annual St. Barnabas Festival
            Fri. 5pm to 9:30pm; Sat - Noon to 9:30pm; Sunday 11am to 6pm. (On Sunday the food booth opens at 8am for coffee and malassadas) Food, amusements, fun for the whole family. At St. Barnabas 1697 East Main Rd. The festival features a traditional mix of food and events including rides and games, and entertainment. There are special events as well. Web site


Previous year's events (below) that we haven't gotten current information to update yet.






older listing - please check back -May Through October - Newport: Newport Concert Series
            at the Newport Yachting Center. Check their web site for latest current information on entertainment line-up and tickets. The Newport Concert Series at the Newport Yachting Center offers a waterfront concert experience like no other in a casual, relaxed setting with open-air dockside lounge areas and stunning views of Newport harbor. From May through October, a variety of artists from all musical genres perform under our intimate tented pavilion, where all seats are within 100 feet of the stage. Once inside the gates, a memorable evening ignites where thousands of attendees gather to enjoy good company, live music, festive food and drink and the scenic waterfront. And after the encore, the buzz of Newport's lively nightlife and seaside attractions awaits just steps away!


older listing - please check back -June -- - Newport: Annual Visitors Day at SVF Foundation's Swiss Village Farm
               9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Swiss Village Farm, 152 Harrison Avenue, Newport. Looking for some family fun this summer? Interested in learning more about heritage breed livestock? Join SVF Foundation for our annual Visitors Day celebration, and enjoy a day packed with fascinating information and fun activities, all set on SVF's breathtaking 35-acre property in Newport,Rhode Island.
-Take self-guided tours through the historic Swiss Village
-Peek into our state-of-the-art facilities and meet the SVF laboratory, veterinary, and animal care staff
-Visit Chip, a rare Tennessee myotonic goat born from a frozen embryo, and learn about other endangered breeds of livestock
-Attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations
-New this year- Julian's Omnibus, a double-decker food truck serving local heritage breed burgers and munchies!
-Shop SVF's selection of farm products and heritage breed meat
This event is free to the public. Parking will be available at Fort Adams State Park and free transportation will be provided by trolley from 9am – 3pm. There will be no parking available at SVF.

older listing - please check back -June -- - Newport County Attraction Days - Free Admission to Area Attractions for Residents & hospitality workers
       The Attractions Council of Newport County invites all Newport County residents and employees of the hospitality industry to visit many great local attractions on Sunday, June 15, 2014 and Monday, June 16, 2014. Visitors showing proof of residency (driver's license or other identification with an address) or proof of hospitality employment (business card, employee ID or pay stub) will enjoy free admission or another value as noted when visiting the attractions listed below. Please call the individual attractions for operating schedule and other detailed information.

Audubon Society Environmental Education Center - in Bristol
401-245-7500 www.asri.org
Free admission, limit 6 persons per party

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum - in Bristol
401-253-2707  www.Blithewold.org
Free admission June 15 mansion & grounds, on June 16, mansion closed, grounds only open.

Ballard Park, Friends of Ballard Park
401-619-3377 www.BallardPark.org
Free 10am guided tour or the 13 acre site.

Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyards
401-635-8486 www.SakonnetWine.com
Free tasting & logo wine glass 

Greenvale Vineyards
401-847-3777 www.Greenvale.com
Free tasting & logo glass 

Historic Fort Adams
401-841-0707 www.FortAdams.org
Free self guided tour and 1/2 price guided tour 

International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
401-849-3990 www.TennisFame.com
Free admission

Museum of Newport History
401-841-8770  www.NewportHistorical.org
Free admission

The National Museum of American Illustration
401-851-8949 www.AmericanIllustration.org
Free admission June 15 only, closed June 16.

Newport Art Museum
401-848-8200 www.NewportArtMuseum.org
Free admission June 15 only, closed June 16.

Newport Mansions
401-847-1000 www.NewportMansions.org
Free admission to The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Green Animals Topiary Garden, Kingscote, Marble House, and Rosecliff, and a 10% discount at all Newport Mansions Stores.

Newport Vineyards & Winery
401-848-5161 www.NewportVineyards.com
Free tasting, logo glass and $5 off winery tour

Norman Bird Sanctuary Hiking Trails
401-846-2577 www.NormanBirdSanctuary.org
Free admission

Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium
at Easton's Beach

401-324-6020 www.SaveBay.org/aquarium
Free admission

Touro Synagogue National Historic Site
401-847-4794  www.TouroSynagogue.org
Free admission, guided tours at 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm & 1:30pm

Whitehorne House Museum
401-847-2448  www.NewportRestoration.org
Free self guided tour & half price guided tour.



older listing - please check back -June -- - Newport: Newport History Tours: Tour of the Month: An Anatomy of a Colonial Home
     11 am. Join Newport Restoration Foundation Director of Preservation Robert Foley for an in-depth look at the construction of a colonial home. This tour takes visitors inside 88 Bridge Street, the NRF's latest preservation undertaking, for a behind-the-walls look at colonial construction techniques and materials from floor to ceiling. Space is limited to 16 guests. Advance registration is required; parking and departure information will be shared when reservations are made. Newport History Tours is a partnership between the Newport Restoration Foundation and Newport Historical Society.


older listing - please check back -June -- - Newport: Newport History Tours: Tour of the Month: Newport Cabinetmaker's Tour
     3 - 5pm. Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport.Colonial Newport was home to a thriving furniture-making industry, including the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops. Today the history of this furniture making tradition is still tangible in the exquisitely preserved colonial Point neighborhood. Join Newport Restoration Foundation Executive Director Pieter Roos on a walking tour of the Townsend and Goddard workshops as he explores the lives of these artisans.Advance registration required as space is limited, call 401.841.8770. Tours cost $15 per person, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID. Newport History Tours is a partnership between the Newport Restoration Foundation and Newport Historical Society.


older listing - please check back - June 7- Newport: Mastering the Craft: The IYRS Summer Series
        The IYRS Summer Series - Exclusive behind the scenes gatherings with extraordinary masters culminating with August 16th - A Round Table with The Masters - moderated by Richard Saul Wurman, creator and founder of the TED Conference.
        Friday, June 7th: The Studios of Peter Diepenbrock and Didi Suydam - Newport, RI
        Friday, June 14th: Nick Benson, the John Stevens Shop - Newport, RI
        Thursday, June 20th: Benoit Roland - Boston, MA
        Friday, June 21st: Howard Newman - Newport, RI
        Friday, July 12th: Clint Clemens - Newport, RI
        Friday, July 26th: The Art of Anthony Quinn - Bristol, RI


older listing - please check back - June 8 - Middletown: DEM Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator discusses 2 invasive insects at Middletown Public Library
         10 AM at the Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd. Join DEM Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator Cynthia Kwolek, as she discusses two invasive insects with the potential to devastate our forests and wooded areas. The Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer were introduced to the United States through importing goods from China. These beetles are wood boring , and without any natural predators to control them, they can destroy entire trees in a short period of time. Since their introduction into the United States over sixteen years ago, they have caused much devastation in forests and cities, including parts of Chicago, IL and Worcester, MA. Kwolek will show how to recognize the signs and symptoms of these insects, and how best to prepare our landscapes for visits from beetle migration. Email:

older listing - please check back - June 8 - Middletown: St. Columba's 22nd Annual English Garden Party
               1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ( Rain or Shine) at St. Columba's Chapel, 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown. Fun for all ages, FREE Admission, plant sale, book sale, flower festival, silent auction, baked goods and gormet delights. Raffles, pony rides, petting zoo, games for the children. Casino Barbershop Quartet. Themed hat contest. Devonshire Cream Tea - $10 - 4 seatings: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

older listing - please check back - June 9 - Newport: Music in the Galleries at the Newport Art Museum
      from 2 - 3:30 pm at the Newport Art Museum, located at 76 Bellevue Ave. in Newport. The Musica Dolce string quartet performs works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann with the Newport Art Museum exhibitions as a backdrop. Enjoy the music and the galleries. Members $10, non-members $15. Free parking in the museum's lots.

older listing - please check back - June 9 - Newport: NIMFest - Newport Independent Music Festival
      from 3- 6pm at the the King Park gazebo, on Wellington Avenue (off lower Thames Street), which overlooks the Newport Harbor. The free concert series will be held at the same time throughout the summer. NIMFest is on facebook. For more information email
      June 9- Caboodle; June 16 - The Elderly Brothers; June 23 - Dick Lupino Jazz; June 30 - The Sour Mash Boys
      July 7 - The Reprobates with Michael Troy opening; July 14 - The James Montgomery Band; July 21 - The Freewheelers with Jimmy & Joyce Love Johnny & June; July 28 - The Larry Brown Orchestra
      August 4 - Big Cat Blues Band; August 11 - Another Roadside Attraction with JP Jones and Kevin Sullivan Band; August 18 - Slippery Sneakers; August 26 - Girl Howdy
      September 1 - The Crash Land Band, Jake Heady and the E-Flats and Leslie Grimes; September 8 - Abbey Rhode

older listing - please check back - June 10 - Middletown: Middletown Author's Circle at Middletown Public Library
         6:00pm at the Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd. The Middletown Public Library is summoning local writers ages 18 and up to gather for an informal chat session with the aim of organizing a regular workshop to support our community's unsung Hawthornes and Brontes. Whether you want to share your work for fun, receive constructive feedback, talk about the writing process, exercise your craft through group writing exercises, or simply socialize with other writers, please come and share your writerly thoughts and needs. Your participation will help us to
establish a comprehensive agenda that will meet everyone's needs. Call the library (401-846-1573) to register. Email:

older listing - please check back - June 12 - Newport: Spiritual Practices of the East at Rough Point
            5:00 pm -8:00 pm at Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. Free Come explore a topic near and dear to Doris Duke's heart. Throughout the evening we'll offer mini-talks and hands-on workshops exploring a variety of meditative practices. From yoga and meditation in the gardens, to chanting and Tibetan singing bowls in the Great Hall you will leave feeling more relaxed and enlightened. Take a break and head upstairs to visit this year's exhibit, "A Career of Giving" and learn about Doris Duke's philanthropic interests in more detail. $5 per person. http://www.newportrestoration.org/calendar/details/30512-spiritual_practices

older listing - please check back - June 16 - Portsmouth: 57th Annual Newport Motor Car Festival
        at Portsmouth Abbey School, Cory's Lane, Portsmouth. Registration begins at 9am, awards scheduled to be given at 2pm. Among the highlights of the show run by the Portsmouth Rotary is a huge annual turnout of early and brass era vehicles, along with plenty of unusual wheels you've likely never seen before. There's plenty of shade and a great view of Narragansett Bay in the distance. Oldies spun by Cruisin Bruce Palmer. More information check the site Portsmouth Rotary Club   Direct link to car show page

older listing - please check back - June 16 - Newport: Fresh Air Guided Tour Walk in Ballard Park
        10:00 am in Ballard Park. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard Rd & Wickham Rd, Newport (Entrance Across from Rogers High School). Start Father's Day with fresh air and a hike of the trails at Ballard Park. Friends of Ballard Park staff will host a guided tour of the thirteen acre park providing information on its unique features and history. Meet at the Wickham Road entrance across from Rogers High School. $10 suggested donation per family.
        Friends of Ballard Park //



older listing - please check back - June 17 - Portsmouth: People, Places, Laws and Lore of the Ocean State at Portsmouth Historical Society
        Dr. Patrick T. Conley, Historian Laureate of Rhode Island, will present excerpts from 4 of his books (People, Places, Laws, and Lore of the Ocean State and its predecessor Rhode Island in Rhetoric and Reflection, The Makers of Modern Rhode Island and its predecessor Rhode Island's Founders). Copies of all 4 books will be available to purchase ($20/each) following the lecture.The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the lecture. Help us celebrate our 75th birthday with a piece of birthday cake following the lecture. For more information email

older listing - please check back - June 18 through August 27 - Newport: Yoga in Ballard Park
        6 to 7:30pm in Ballard Park. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard Rd & Wickham Rd, Newport (Entrance Across from Rogers High School). Breathing, warm-up, basic postures and relaxation for all levels. Those interested should wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. Class is in the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. $10 per person.
        Friends of Ballard Park //

older listing - please check back - June 20 - Newport: Fort Adams Sunset Celebration
           5:30pm – 11:00pm at Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive. www.fortadams.org.


older listing - please check back - June -- - Middletown: Local Writer's Chat Session at Middletown Public Library
           1pm – 3pm





2012 listing - please check back - June -- - Middletown: Garden Help and Soil Testing at Prescott Farm
            10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown. The URI Master Gardeners, who manage the gardens at Prescott Farm, are offering free soil analysis and gardening information. Whether you are growing vegetables, flowers or simply caring for your lawn, proper soil is the key to good results. The trained Master Gardeners will evaluate the texture and pH of your soil sample, provide advice on improving your growing conditions, and tell you how to get more detailed testing. In addition, the Master Gardeners will offer advice on any gardening, lawn care, tree care or other questions you may have. (Weather dependent.) See web site for further information on gathering the samples etc. www.newportrestoration.org/

2012 listing - please check back - June -- - Portsmouth: Kick-off Summer Reading Event! at Portsmouth Free Public Library
         10 AM at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Sign up for our reading program and see a great puppet show! Interesting, informative and interactive, the Burt the Raccoon Show explains life in the forest through puppetry, storytelling, American Sign Language and incredible tree impersonations! Don't miss your chance to "shake hands" with a real raccoon puppet! For children in grades K through 5 enrolled in our summer reading program. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Children's Room at 683-9457.

2012 listing - please check back - June --, July --, August--, September -- - Middletown: Windmill Wednesday
            4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Ongoing tours the last Wednesday of the month (May to Sept.) Have you always wanted to see the inside of the 1812 Prescott Farm windmill? Now is your chance! Explore how this amazing machine works and learn about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island. Enjoy a family-friendly evening with johnnycake tasting hands-on activities for kids. $5 per person, children under 5 free. Please note: Windmill will not be in full operation due to safety and preservation concerns. www.newportrestoration.org/visit/prescott_farm/


older listing - please check back - June -- - Portsmouth: Portsmouth Pirates Fall Soccer Registration open
           The Portsmouth Pirates Soccer Club has opened registration for the fall 2011 season. Additional information about registration and tryouts is available on the website. ALL COMPETITIVE PLAYERS MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO TRYOUTS. Please go to http://www.pysa.com/pirates/registration.htm for additional information and to register.


older listing - please check back - June -- - Portsmouth: Radio Operators to Demonstrate Emergency Capabilities - Amateur Radio’s “Field Day”
           The Sakonnet Forty-Niners in collaboration with the Newport County Radio Club, will host an event known as Field Day as part of the nationwide competition. The Field Day operation at the Gardner Seveney Sports Complex at Glen Farm, begins at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon and runs continuously through the night until 2 p.m. Sunday.
           For many decades, amateur radio operators -- often called “hams -- have been providing emergency communications when other systems failed or were overloaded during a natural disaster. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio was often the only way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer hams traveled south to save lives and property. This weekend, June 25-26, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with these ham radio operators to see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.


older listing - please check back - June -- - Portsmouth:  Annual Spring Used Book Sale at Portsmouth Free Public Library
        10 AM to noon at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. A preview sale will be held from 9 AM to 10 AM for members of the Library Association who have paid this year’s dues. Hundreds of titles of adult hard cover books and paperbacks will be available. There are also children’s books as well as some used videos, music CDs, and books on cassette and CD.


older listing - please check back - June -- - Portsmouth: Portsmouth Pop Warner Football Equipment day
            10:00am to 12:00pm at Aquidneck Island Christian Academy. Online registration is open for Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading. Registration Fee $85 or $135 for 2 children, $160 Max/Family. Parent/Legal Guardian MUST attend to sign Registration Form.
Players- Ages 5 - 15 as of 8/1/2010; 35 Players Per Squad Max (First Come, First Served)
Cheerleading Equipment Day is July 22, 2010 From 5:30pm to 6:30pm Cheerleaders - Ages 5 - 15 as of 8/1/2010; 35 Cheerleaders Per Squad Max (First Come, First Served)
Call 849-9313 or visit http://www.portsmouthyouthfootball.net

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