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Calendar of Events for September 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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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.

Sept. 1 - Dec 1 - Newport: DivorceCare meetings at St Peter's Lutheran Church
        6:30 pm meetings. DivorceCare is a ministry of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, which will meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 beginning September 1 and continues for 13 weeks, through December 1. This program helps adults cope with the experience of their divorce through video, group discussion and personal study. All are welcome. Contact St. Peter's at

Sept. 9, 10 & 11 - Newport: Annual Fall 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

Sept. 15 - 18 - Newport: Annual Newport International Boat Show
               Thurs, Fri & Sat 10am - 6pm; Sunday 10am - 5pm. The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of historic Newport Harbor allowing you to enjoy everything the City-by-the-Sea has to offer while experiencing a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international companies - many making their official debut in Newport! Visitors will also find an extensive array of marine equipment, services and accessories to round out the boat show experience. www.newportboatshow.com

Sept. 17 - Portsmouth: Yoga Festival at Glen Park to Benefit Women's Resource Center
               Noon til 7pm. The 2016 Firefly Yoga Festival is coming to Glen Park in Portsmouth this September for a day of yoga, meditation, food and the unveiling of a 2017 calendar produced by a group effort from 13 local yoga studios.
A portion of the proceeds from 2016 Firefly Yoga Festival will support the great work done by the Women's Resource Center of Newport, RI. General admission costs $25 and includes parking, admission to all yoga classes, demonstrations and music. Kids 14 and younger are free. Tickets will be available online and at the gate starting at 11 a.m. Web site for tickets

September 25 - Newport: Middletown Rotary Annual Car Show at Fort Adams
           9am to 2pm on North Lawn of Historic Fort Adams. Presented by the Middletown Rotary Club. A display of over 300 cars, trucks and vans are featured. Prizes are awarded in a variety of classes. Food and beverage available for purchase. For more information contact 401-864-4028 or email .

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

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


older listing - please check back -September -- - Newport: After School Adventures (Reptiles) in Ballard Park
     3:30pm to 5:00pm What do snakes, lizards and turtles have in common? The are all reptiles. Learn about these cold blooded animals and hunt through the trails searching for living examples. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Tuesday. Pre-registration is required. Use the web site calendar link to register. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail for more information. Friends of Ballard Park


older listing - please check back -September -- - Newport: StarRide15: A Family-Friendy bike ride
    StarRide 2015, Save the morning of September 13th for the fourth annual Star Ride and enjoy beautiful Ocean Drive while supporting the Star Kids Scholarship Program.  Pick from six routes from 3 to 45 to ride, walk or run. StarRide routes cover beautiful Ocean Drive and Aquidneck Island.
     Register at www.starride.net, sign-in at 8am with starts 8:30-9 am. Register now:  Adults $35, Students $15 and families a maximum of $75.
     Fun, food and treasure chests await you on your return.  Start, finish and parking are at Cluny School on Brenton Road, Newport. Keys to the treasure chests will be sold at the event for $10 each.  Amazing treasure include a private sunset cruise aboard Aurora, gift certificates to Midtown Oyster Bar, The Black Pearl, The Cookie Jar, Stoneacre Pantry, Pleasant Surprise, Sports Authority.   Jewelry from Down Under Jewelry. Personal training from Aggie Perkins, Cheryl Nichols & Robin Trauth.  Massage therapy by Elizabeth Buckridge.  Glass blowing lessons from Thames Glass.  Bike gear from Pedal Power and much more.

older listing - please check back -September --- Newport: Books at Ballard: Storytime for 3 to 6 year olds in Ballard Park
     10am to 11am Tots and their parents will enjoy a nature-themed book read to them in the quarry meadow then take to the trails to explore nature. Ages 3 to 6 years old. Donation $3 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following day. Use the web site calendar link to register. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail for more information. Friends of Ballard Park


older listing - please check back -September -- - Newport: After School Adventures (Animal Adaptations) in Ballard Park
      3:30pm to 5:00pm Children will walk through the habitats of Ballard Park and play games to learn about the adaptations animals use to survive in different ecosystems. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Tuesday. Pre-registration is required. Use the web site calendar link to register. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail for more information. Friends of Ballard Park

older listing - please check back -September -- - Portsmouth: Portsmouth residents, free admission to Green Animals Topiary Garden
      10 am – 5 pm at Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory's Lane. Continuing with the 70th Anniversary celebration, The Preservation Society extends an invitation to all Portsmouth, RI town residents to enjoy free admission to Green Animals. Show proof of residency to gain admission. No ID required for children under 17 who are accompanied by an adult.

older listing - please check back - Sept. ---- Portsmouth: Want your ebooks and streaming video for free? Learn how at Portsmouth Free Public Library
        2:30pm at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Come to one of these workshops to learn how to use the library's downloadable books, audiobooks and streaming video. Bring your device(s) and passwords. No need to register; call Sue at 683-9457 x104 for more information. This program is free and open to the public.

older listing - please check back -September-- - Newport: After School Adventures (Predators in the Park) in Ballard Park
      3:30pm to 5:00pm Discover which animals are the top predators in Ballard Park. Participants will play games to see how skilled of a predator they are then take to the trails to search for evidence of these animals. Ages 7 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per child. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Tuesday. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Use the web site calendar link to register. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail for more information. Friends of Ballard Park

older listing - please check back - Sept. -- - Portsmouth: Summer's End 5K Run/Walk for the Portsmouth High School Scholarship Fund
       The Portsmouth Business Association (PBA) will host a "Summer's End" 5K run/walk. This is a flat and fast 5K course with scenic water views. Leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome! All proceeds from the race will go towards the Portsmouth Business Association Scholarship Fund. Each year, the PBA awards two $1,000 scholarships to exceptional Portsmouth High School students.
       The race will begin and end at the Common Fence Point Community Center in Portsmouth, RI at 11:00am. Race day registration and check-in begins at 10:15am. Portsmouth Business Association 5K Run/Walk Race RouteRace registration fee is $20 per person through September 24th. Registration on September 26th will cost $25. Register here for the race. Sport-tek running shirts will be guaranteed for the first 100 registrants. Trophies and custom medals will be awarded for each age division.
        The Portsmouth Business Association Scholarship
Each year, the PBA awards $1,000 scholarships to two exceptional Portsmouth High School students.

older listing - please check back -Sept. -- - Portsmouth: Makerspace Open Session at Portsmouth Free Public Library
        6:30pm at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Learn more about our 3D printer and vinyl cutter and work on your own projects. Computers will be available to use. Fees will apply for vinyl and plastic used. No need to register; call Sue at 683-9457 x104 for more information. This program is open to the public.

older listing - please check back - September -- - Newport: Guided bird walk in Ballard Park
     8:00 am to 9:30 am. Friends of Ballard Park is celebrating the start of fall with a guided bird walk on Sunday, September 27. The walk will begin at the Wickham Road entrance (across from Rogers High School) at 8:00 am. Expert birder Lauren Parmelee will guide the walk and share her knowledge of local birds and migratory species. After the hour and half hike through Ballard Park, Lauren will lead any participants that wish to continue down Hazard Road towards Gooseneck Cove to view migratory birds that use salt marshes as stop-over points. The event is open to birders of all levels. Participants should wear sturdy shoes as the trails are steep and uneven in areas. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Please e-mail to make a reservation. Reservations are encouraged however, drop-ins are welcome. Visit ballardpark.org or call 401-619-3377 for more information.
     Friends of Ballard Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, maintaining and promoting Newport's Only Nature Preserve. Cultural events and educational programming help to promote stewardship of the park and decrease negative park activities. Suggested donation: $5.00/person or $15/group

older listing - please check back -Sept. -- - Portsmouth: Book Discussion at Portsmouth Free Public Library
        10am to 12 noon at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Come to the Portsmouth Free Public Library to discuss All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry. All ages are welcomed to the discussion. Books are available to borrow at the circulation desk. No need to register; call Sue at 683-9457 x104 for more information. This program is free and open to the public.


older listing - please check back - Sept -- - 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.

older listing - please check back - September -- - Newport: Rough Point After Dark - Canine Couture
           Doors open at 5pm, show begins at 6pm. The rain date is Friday, September 14. Join us for our fourth annual Fashion Show of Canine Couture at Rough Point, sponsored by Wag Nation, a Newport boutique for pets. This year's show features dogs and their human companions in fashions from around the world. Learn about international dog breeds, see a dog training demo, and participate in a raffle for a Bellevue Avenue shopping spree to benefit the NRF and the Potter League for Animals.
            $10 per person, free for children 5 and younger; purchase all tickets at the door. On-site parking is limited; carpooling and biking encouraged. All canine guests must be on a leash. Dog waste bags will be provided. For more information, email or call (401) 846-4152. www.newportrestoration.org/calendar/details/26142-rough_point_after

older listing - please check back - Sept. --- Newport: SVF Foundation presents Successful Marketing & Branding of Local Livestock Products
               7:00pm at Swiss Village, 152 Harrison Ave. "Successful Marketing & Branding of Local Livestock Products", presented by Dr. George Saperstein of Tufts University, and RIRLA Member Patrick Beck of New England Grass Fed. Dr. George Saperstein will speak about the importance of preserving heritage breeds' genetic diversity for fitness to changing environments, parasite resistance, hardiness, mothering, foraging ability, performance in traditional husbandry systems, and great taste. During this lecture, Patrick Beck will present a case study on pastured Silver Fox rabbits as a production model of "Save Me By Eating Me". Mr. Beck will tell us about his program in which families raise their own kits in pasture pens, providing an important return to the land for many people, whose only experience is meat in packaged form. Advance registration is required. Please call 401-848-7229 x10 or email to register. Information here


older listing - please check back - September-- - Middletown/Portsmouth: Shred It Day with Newport Fed
            8:30am – 11:30am. Protect yourself from identity theft and fraud. Don't throw out your old financial documents, shred them at NewportFed's Shred-It Day. They will also be accepting donations for local charitable organizations. Shred-It Providence will be set up at the following locations:
18 Post Road, Westerly, RI; 445 Liberty Street, Stonington, CT; 1430 East Main Road, Portsmouth; 165 East Main Road, Middletown ; 121 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield. All residents are welcome to bring their items to be destroyed, at no charge!

older listing - please check back - September -- - Newport: 51st Cluny Country Fair - Fun for the entire family!
            10am - 4pm at the Cluny School Grounds, 75 Brenton Road, Newport. The Fair features:- Carnival games & prizes- Hay rides & field games for children- Baked goods- "Green Thumb" Plant sale- Vintage Jewelry- Silent Auction- Raffles large & small- Live music & entertainment all day- Hot & cold refreshments by the Cluny Cafe. FREE Admission & FREE Parking. Wheelchair accessible. RAIN OR SHINE. For more information -email: or phone: 401-847-2850.

older listing - please check back - 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 - September --- Middletown: Harvest Craft Fair
            10am - 4pm at the Knights of Columbus,7 Valley Road,Middletown. A Craft & Vendor Fair with their unique creations & products. Jump start the season and enjoy the show specials and discounts being offered by our Crafters & Vendors. All are welcome, free admission & parking. Hosted by: Cherish the Moments, LLC

older listing - please check back - September -- - Newport: Tales, Treats, & Tunes at Seamen's Church Institute
            A delightful evening in three parts - Tales, Treats, & Tunes. Come for one or all parts of this entertaining program!
            At 4:30 p.m., Ben & Danielle Zartman will present their story "All at Sea: A Growing Family, A Small Boat, A Big Dream" with slides and commentary. Hear about their 3 year adventure on a 31-ft sailboat, from California to Newport, with their 3 young daughters. No charge for their presentation.
           From 5:30-6:30 p.m., the Aloha Cafe will offer pizza, soft drinks, Sangria & Beer, and fresh bakery items from the Mad Hatter Bakery on Broadway. There will be a charge for the limited menu and beverages.
           Finally, at 6:30 to 7:30p.m., Newport's own Timmy May will be on hand with music from his eclectic repertoire of Celtic, Folk, and original tunes performed on the guitar, banjo, and mandolin. There is no charge for the entertaining music program. Photos and more details at www.seamensnewport.org.


older listing - please check back - Through Labor Day Sept. -- - Newport: The Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium Open
       open daily 10-4 through Labor Day. The Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium located at Easton's Beach in Newport is an interactive marine science learning center offering educational programs and activities for school groups, families and children interested in learning more about Narragansett Bay. General admission is $6 / FREE for Save The Bay members and children under 4.

Sept. -- - Newport: newportFILM OUTDOORS Summer Line-Up - FREE Cinema Under the Stars
          Experience independent cinema under the stars during the short-lived but warm and wonderful nights of summer in new england. We will bring fresh narratives and documentaries to be experienced amongst Aquidneck Island's bounty of beautiful outdoor spaces: thriving nature preserves, sprawling ocean-front lawns, elegant mansion gardens, public parks and working farms are just a sampling of our special outdoor screening venues. • "doors" open at 6:15 for September outdoor screenings. Sundown occurs approx. 7:20 in September. • the rain venue for all screenings will be the Casino Theater, 9 freebody street, Newport. Rain contingency plan will be called on newportfilm.com by 4pm, day of screening.  
                   Thursday, September -- - THE LAST MOUNTAIN, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown - FREE, Bring a Picnic

older listing - please check back - Sept.-- - Newport: Annual Open House Mom's Club of Newport/Middletown
       10:00 a.m. to Noon at Easton's Beach Rotunda. Bring the kids, meet new friends, have some fun, and see what the MOMS Club has to offer: Mommy and Me Playgroups; Community Service; Family Activities and Trips; Family Support; Mom's Night Out and More! Featuring a free concert from the wonderful Christopher Kavi Carbone of Music Together at 10:30! The Carousel will be open from 11 – 12 We'll also have treats for the little ones too!


older listing - please check back - Sept. -- - Newport: Rough Point After Dark - Hula Dancing
        5:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue. How better to celebrate Doris Duke's passion for Hawaiian culture than by dancing the hula? Join the dance troupe Napua O' Polynesia (www.tropicalisland-dancers.com) for a night of hula dancing and traditional music. With demos and lessons alternating throughout the evening you can try it yourself or just enjoy the show.  Cash bar. The admission cost is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Web Site. For questions contact or (401) 846-4152
        Admire stylish 20th-century sportswear and vintage sports equipment in the 2011 exhibit Dressed to Play: The Sporty Style of Doris Duke, open during After Dark events.


older listing - please check back - Sept. -- - Portsmouth: Annual Portsmouth Democratic Clamboil
        At the Portsmouth Portuguese American Citizens Club, Power Street (across from St. Anthony’s Church).The event will begin with the always entertaining auction and all-you-can-eat chowder and clamcakes at 1 pm. The traditional New England Clamboil of clams, chourico, hot dogs, sausage, onion, sweet potato, potato, and sweet corn will be served at 3 pm. In between, you can enjoy the auction, friendly conversation with your neighbors, and the ever-popular 50/50 raffle (last year's winner went home with more than $500!) We have strained to hold the line on ticket prices and offer this event for $30.00 per person ($10 for kids under 12). You can pick up tickets at Ferreira's Liquors, Allen's Wine & Spirits, the PA Club, or by calling Chuck Levesque at 847-2510. portsmouthridemocrats.com or on Facebook

older listing - please check back - Sept. -- - Jamestown: Jamestown Community Chorus kicks off its rehearsal season
              7:00p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, 99 Narrangansett Avenue, Jamestown. Registration will be from 6:30 - 7:00. Singers in all voice ranges are invited to join with the Jamestown Community Chorus. Auditions are not required and singers of all ages are welcome. The group is preparing a December 11 concert featuring choruses from Handel's Messiah accompanied by a chamber orchestra in the first half, and seasonal music from the Oxford Book of Carols in the second half. Singers will use the Coopersmith edition of Messiah for rehearsals. Copies may be purchased at Chorus registration, borrowed from the Jamestown Philomenian Library, or obtained elsewhere. For more information, call 401-423-1574, or visit the Chorus' website at www.jamestownri.com.


older listing - please check back - September -- - Middletown: Blacksmithing Workshop at Prescott Farm
      1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown. Try your hand at blacksmithing in this participatory workshop. Join Jim Crothers, experienced master blacksmith from the South County Museum, in this hands-on, semi-private tutorial. Participants will create and take home an S-hook. Reservations required, call 401.846.4152. For questions contact or (401) 846-4152. Information on their web site

older listing - please check back - Sept. -- - Newport: Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival
        8:00 p.m. at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue and Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue. eld in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this event has quickly taken its place among the most anticipated food and wine events in the country. This remarkable weekend experience features a gala celebration at Rosecliff, two days of Grand Tasting at Marble House with hundreds of wines from around the world, wine seminars, fabulous food, and cooking demonstrations by celebrated chefs. More information and tickets at www.NewportMansions.org, or call (401) 847-1000.


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