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Calendar of Events for October 2016 

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Calendar of Events for Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, RI

Event listings are free. They are put here in the hope you will find there are many things to see and do on Aquidneck Island. The information is submitted or compiled from promotional material distributed for the events. Information is deemed reliable but you would be wise to call or check the event website for the latest information.

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Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Calendar of Events

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

Ongoing through Nov. 6 - Portsmouth: Get Lost in Escobar's Corn Maze!
      Come join the Escobar family for some fall fun, with their 8 acre corn maze. Check the web site ( www.escobarfarm.com or www.cornfieldmaze.com ) for more information and special celebration days. Or call 401-683-1444

October 1 - Newport: Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste Drop Off
     from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Easton's Beach. Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) in conjunction with Clean City Newport will host a special collection of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste. This special event is available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance for household hazardous waste. Appointments are not required for residential electronic waste collection. Only devices covered under Rhode Island's electronic waste law will be collected at this event. Covered products are computers (monitors, computer towers, laptops and tablets) and televisions.This upcoming collection in Newport is one 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.

October 1 - 31 - Newport: "Everyday Joy" at Spring Bull Gallery
       daily noon to 5pm at the Spring Bull Gallery, 55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Spring Bull Gallery welcomes four exciting women artists this October who share a passion and joy when creating art. "Everyday Joy" begins with an opening reception on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 5-7 pm to which the public is invited.This exhibition showcases the works of: Cindy Crimmin, Elizabeth Lind, Martha Guillette and Jeanne Rosier Smith. The process of creating work as it emerges on paper, canvas or from a stone surface brings each of these artists a fulfillment and the everyday joy which translate to extraordinary art.
       "Everyday Joy" runs from Saturday, October 1nd through October 31th The gallery will be open until 8 pm on Thursday, October 11th for Gallery Night In Newport at which time Elizabeth Lind will be demonstrating carving techniques. Spring Bull Gallery located at 55 Bellevue Ave. in Newport, RI, and is wheelchair friendly. It is open free to the public. Gallery hours are 12 to 5 pm. daily.
       Cindy Crimmin started drawing at an early age. Light, texture and form are featured in her work whether it is a New England landscape, still life or a child at play.
       Elizabeth Lind sculptures centers around the female figure and its timeless beauty. Her work captures the simple elegance of the female form found lying beneath the skin of the stone.
       Martha Guillette's work captures the serenity and peace she sees in nature. She enjoys portraying a moment in time and responding to it with a brush and color.
      Jeanne Rosier Smith began her love affair with pastels over 15 years ago and is now a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Whether in the studio or en plein air on the coast of New England landscape, she finds her everyday joy in painting.

October 1 - 31 - Online: Red Ribbon Auction - AIDS Care Ocean State
       The Red Ribbon Auction is an online auction of gift certificates, services, jewelry, vacations, clothing, electronics, etc. and will be held during the month of October 2016. The online auction goes live on October 1st and opens the door to thousands of people nation wide to bid and learn about all Rhode Island has to offer! "Our goals are to provide as much visibility as possible for our donors and raise much needed funds to support our expanding programs."

October 1 & 2 - Middletown: 37th Annual Harvet Fair at Norman Bird Sanctuary
                  10am to 5pm at Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd. A perennial favorite community event. An old-fashioned autumn Fair with food, entertainment, games, crafts, country store, home and garden competition, pony rides, hay rides and more! www.normanbirdsanctuary.org

Oct 3, 6, 12 - Portsmouth: Family events and programs at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd.
Oct. 3 at 10am: Babies and Yearlings - Musical get together for our youngest visitors and their caregivers. A wonderful opportunity for sharing and meeting new friends. For infants and children up to 18 months of age. No sign up required, just drop in. Call us at 683-9457 ext. 4 for more information. Free and open to the public.
Oct. 6 at 6:30pm: Internet Safety for Families - The Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit is pleased to offer a presentation to the public on the latest cyber threats and what you can do to keep yourself safe. This presentation will cover what parents should be aware of including threats and scams, how to identify and prevent falling victim to them, as well as steps you can take to reduce your children's risk. To register, call us at 683-9457 ext. 104, or go on our web site www.portsmouthlibrary.org. Free and open to the public.
Oct. 12 at 4:30pm: Afterschool Yoga - Instructor Jenny Williams will lead students in grades 1 through 5 through an hour-long program intended to help them refocus and relax after a hectic day of school. Yoga, mindfulness exercises, reading, and a snack will be included. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. To register, call us at 683-9457 ext. 4, or go on our web site www.portsmouthlibrary.org. Free and open to the public.

Oct 4, 6, 11 - Portsmouth: Series of free computer workshops at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd.
Oct. 4 at 2:30 : Basic Word - This class for new users of Word will include instruction on how to create, edit, save and print a document. Registration is required for this free program. Call us at 683-9457 ext. 104 to register or go to the calendar tab on our website (www.portsmouthlibrary.org) to register online.
Oct. 6 at 2:30 : Tech Help - Stop by and get your technology questions answered. Bring your device or laptop or use ours. First come, first served. No registration required. Free and open to the public.
Oct. 11 at 2:30 : Basic Excel - Learn how to create a spreadsheet, add data, manipulate the data and print out the spreadsheet. This class is for beginning users of Excel. You must sign up for this free program as space is limited. To register, call us at 683-9457 ext. 104, or go on our web site www.portsmouthlibrary.org.

Oct 13 - Portsmouth: Teen Thursday at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:30 pm at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Make zombie feltie pins to make your October spookier! Join us as we use felt, conductive thread and LED lights to create a light up monster pin. Registration is required for this free program for those in grades 6-12. To register, call us at 683-9457 ext. 104, or go on our web site www.portsmouthlibrary.org.

Oct 15 & 16 - Newport: Bowen's Wharf 26th Annual Seafood Festival
       11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Extended on Saturday night to 6 p.m. Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport. Free Admission (food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths) RAIN OR SHINE, UNDER THE FESTIVAL TENTS!
       This event is an open invitation to come back to the waterfront after the rush of the summer season! Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea," the Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos from Diego's Restaurant, signature cocktails and cold New England beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Other neighboring restaurants and fisherman's associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for landlubbers and kids). Spirits and soft drinks are available. Desserts include tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf. Face-painting, interactive water and art activities, touch tanks and plenty more alongside Oliver Hazard Perry, RI's brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel. As you savor fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Under the music tent, live folk, Celtic, and blues music are just a taste of what you'll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving! Join the 6,000-8,000 locals and devoted visitors over the course of this two-day event. Named one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine

October 15 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series - Wild Ponies
      Wild Ponies - Singer-Songwriters Doug & Telisha Williams' High-Spirited, Boundary-Crossing, Alt-Country Band. 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00pm ) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information, ticket prices and reservations click here.

October 21-23 & 28-30 - Newport: Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams
     from 7pm to 10pm at Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Get information and purchase tickets online at http://halloween.fortadams.org/

October 21 - Portsmouth: 2016 Annual "Tasting in Portsmouth" to benefit Portsmouth Free Public Library
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Visit with your Portsmouth neighbors as you sample beer, wine, and restaurant specialties from local businesses. This fun event gives a glimpse at the many fine establishments that the area has to offer its residents and provides additional funding to support library services. Live auction will start at 8:30 PM and winners of the special silent auction will also be announced at this time. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Library starting Monday, October 3 or at the door the night of the event

October 29 - Newport: Surface Navy Association 5K By the Bay
        9:00 am at Naval Station, Newport. The Newport Chapter of the Surface Navy Association invites you to join in for the SNA 5K By The Bay, a Newport tradition. This road race is held on scenic Naval Station Newport (RI) and is open to the public (but you must register early for base access). Race Information and Registration

 


Previous year's events (below) that we haven't gotten current information to update yet.
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October -- (rain date --) - Portsmouth: Outdoor Art & Harvest Festival with DC Stoneware and Cory Farms Past and Presents
        10:00 to 5:00 pm at DC Stoneware Studio & Gallery, 3140 East Main Road & Cory Farms Past & Presents, 3124 East Main Road. Beautiful decor for the home, Joe's Barn antiques, local artwork, jewelry, stoneware, raku, pottery throwing demonstrations, and more!

 

older listing - please check back - Oct -- and November - - Portsmouth: Series on Geneology, "Start Writing Your Family History" at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Have you ever thought about writing your family history? Are you a genealogist with binders or digital folders full of research notes? Are you looking for a meaningful gift for your loved ones? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then this class is for you. Four sessions beginning in October, Family History Month, will get you started. No one knows the future of electronic storage and communication but writing lasts through the ages. You can do it!
       Anne B. Wagner will lead the sessions at Portsmouth Free Public Library which will meet from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, October 4, 18, 25, and November 1. She is an experienced family history researcher with a background in business writing. At the completion of this program, participants will have completed written sketches of people, places, and events in their family history; outlined a plan for writing their family history; and have the confidence to move forward on their own.
      A $10 fee covers the cost of downloading the 2 e-book textbooks that will be used for class instruction. The registration packets will contain directions for downloading the books. Students will need the books right away for pre-class assignments.
      Please register in person beginning September 8 at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, and pick up your registration packet. The class size is very small to enhance individual instruction so please sign up soon to guarantee your seat.

 

older listing - please check back - October -- - Newport: Halloween Movie Night in Ballard Park
     5:30 pm Costume Parade; 6:00 pm Family Movie; 8:00 pm Scary Movie. The public will be invited to vote on two Halloween movie titles – one for children and a scary traditional Halloween movie which Friends of Ballard Park will then screen. Everything kicks off in the quarry meadow with a children's costume parade with celebrity judges and great prizes at 5:30 pm. Use the Hazard Road entrance. FREE. Rain date is October 25th.

 

 

older listing - please check back - Sundays through Columbus Day - Portsmouth: Northside, Southside, All Around The Town at Portsmouth Historical Society
        Sundays 2-4pm through Columbus Day. Come celebrate 375 years of Portsmouth history at the Portsmouth Historical Society. This year's exhibit is a sample of the many artifacts from the various Portsmouth neighborhoods. There is also an exhibit case celebrating the Historical Society's 75th anniversary. The Society was founded during the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Portsmouth. For more information email

 

 

 

older listing - please check back - Through October -- - Newport: Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Church
     from 10 am-6pm daily. Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Square, Newport. Come select your pumpkins, fancy kale and mums. Weekend activities include: Bake table, crafters, pumpkin labyrinth, homemade lunch, local singers/songwriters performing 12 - 4 and on October -- a costume parade at 1pm. More info 846-0660

 

older listing - please check back - October 13 - Newport: 10th Annual Ballard Park Pumpkin Tour
        4:30 to 9:00 pm in Ballard Park. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard Rd & Wickham Rd, Newport (Entrance Across from Rogers High School). Over 1,000 jack-o-lanterns and uniquely carved pumpkins will be displayed along the trails of Ballard Park. The free tour is open to the public and will be held RAIN or SHINE. Trails are rugged and may be muddy. Please wear appropriate footwear. Parking is available at Rogers High School. Members of the public are invited to participate by purchasing their own display area. Display areas are $50 and should include at least 20 pumpkins. Reservation deadline is October 5th. Pumpkins should be dropped off between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 13th. There are 50 areas within the park's loop trail available for display. Displays may be taken home at the conclusion of the event. Free.
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older listing - please check back - October 14 - Newport: Annual Ballard Park Pumpkin Tour
        BEFORE10:00am in Ballard Park. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard Rd & Wickham Rd, Newport (Entrance Across from Rogers High School). The public is invited to come to Ballard Park and take jack-o-lanterns left over from the 10th Annual Ballard Park Pumpkin Tour. A clean-up of the park will begin at 10 am so those interested in picking up a pumpkin should plan to come to the park prior to 10. Ballard Park is located directly across from Rogers High School on Wickham Road.
        Friends of Ballard Park //

older listing - please check back - October 14 - Middletown: Windmill Shindig & Giant Quilting Bee Launch
            1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road. The Newport Restoration Foundation invites you to join us for an open house with refreshments and installation at Prescott Farm. The installation will feature work by our first Artist in Residence, Nora Rabins. We will also be introducing an exciting new art project, which will include community involvement, to take place over the winter and early spring. www.newportrestoration.org/visit/prescott_farm/

older listing - please check back - October -- - Portsmouth: A Step Back in Time at the Portsmouth Historical Society
        from 2-4 pm at 870 East Main Rd. (Corner of East Main Rd. [Route 138] and Union St.) Come to the Portsmouth Historical Society and get a glimpse of how Portsmouth residents lived in the "Good Old Days." Try your hand at doing laundry with a washboard. Mow with a reel type mower. Join in a sing-along. Learn to "card" fibers for spinning. Make a gravestone rubbing. Make a button whirligig toy. Fun for the whole family. Following the activities, enjoy free refreshments set up in the center of the Museum. Baked goods will also be available to purchase. $5 per person, or $10 for families.

 

older listing - please check back - October -- - Newport: Read/Eat/Chat Book Club to discuss Pollock at Newport Art Museum
      at noon at the Newport Art Museum's Griswold House, 76 Bellevue Avenue in Newport. Steven Naifeh and Gregory White's biography, Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, will be the focus of the Newport Art Museum's next "Read/Eat/Chat" book club discussion. Read/Eat/Chat book discussions are held on the third Thursday of each month. Books selected for the series cover museum-related topics such as collectors, collections, criminals, caretakers and curators. A full schedule is available on the Museum's website. The book group meetings are free for Museum members, $5 for non-members. Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch. "Read/Eat/Chat" is part of a series of lunchtime continuing conversations at the Newport Art Museum. For more information call (401) 848-8200 or visit www.NewportArtMuseum.org.

older listing - please check back - October -- - Portsmouth: The Pennfield School - Open House
      Come to an Open House at The Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Avenue (Nursery- Grade 8) on Friday, October 26 from 8 am - 10 am. Listen to an Upper School assembly speech, meet the Head of School, tour classrooms with a current parent and meet the dedicated faculty and students. To RSVP, email or call 401.849.4646. visit www.pennfield.org.

older listing - please check back - October -- - Dec -- - Portsmouth: The Pennfield School - 6 week Kiddie Yoga, Stories & Crafts
      Kiddie Yoga, Stories & Crafts is open to 2-4 year olds and their caregivers. It is a 6 week class that will take place every Tuesday from October 30- December 11 in The Pennfield School library, 110 Sandy Point Avenue. The class will be from 9 - 9:45 a.m. The cost of the 6 week session is $75. For more information and to register visit www.pennfield.org.

 

older listing - please check back -October - Portsmouth: Scouting for Food - Scouts will drop off bags for food donations
    Scouts in your area may leave bags on your doorknob or mailbox this weekend. Please put your canned / non perishable food donation in the bags and leave them on your door step or near mailbox for pick up next Saturday, Nov. 3rd. All food donations will be brought to the Portsmouth Fire Station for transport to the Food Banks.

older listing - please check back -October - Portsmouth: Beirut Memorial Ceremony
       10:00 a.m. at the Portsmouth Historical Society, 870 East Main Road (corner of Union Street ). This annual observance is held by the U.S. Marine Corps at the Beirut Memorial on the grounds of the Historical Society to remember the Marines killed in the Beirut bombing in 1983.

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