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Calendar of Events for May 2014

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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

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!

May 3 - Portsmouth: Touch-a-Truck is back! from the Portsmouth Free Public Library
       10 am to 2 pm at Glen Park. From a school bus to a police car, a race car to a fire truck, join us for the awesome opportunity to see, touch, climb, blow horns, and learn about dozens of cool vehicles! Food will be available for purchase from the Portsmouth Lions Club. Plus, a special thanks to all of the municipal and commercial organizations who volunteer their time and equipment! Villari's Martial Arts Center will do a special martial arts demonstration at 1 PM.
       Admission charge is $3 per person for the day. Proceeds go toward Library purchases at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd.

May 4 - Newport: Aquidneck Island National Police Parade
           Check their web site for the latest info Police Parade web site

May 17 through Mid October - Newport: Guided Tours of Fort Adams
     from 10 am-4pm. Tours depart from the Fort Adams Gift Shop daily, weather permitting, every hour on the hour. View the officer's quarters, explore the underground listening tunnels and climb the rampart walls to breathtaking views of Newport Harbor. For more information visit www.fortadams.org or call 841-0707

May 17 - Newport: Newport History Tours: Tour of the Month: Russell Warren's Newport
     11 am. Tours depart from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport. Russell Warren was an important architect in southeast New England and Charleston, South Carolina in the first half of the 19th Century. He designed Newport landmarks such as the Zion Episcopal Church (now Jane Pickens Theater) and the Levi Gale House. Furthermore his work with some of the wealthiest and most influential people of his time makes him a fascinating subject for study. This tour visits sites from his life and explores his connections with Newport's history. Reservations 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.

May 18 - Portsmouth: St. Philomena School Spring Fair
       from 10am - 4pm at St. Philomena School, 324 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth. The Fair features Family fun including Kids games, used clothing, books, and the famous flea market. Food will also be available.

May 2015 - Portsmouth: Hidden Kitchens of Portsmouth Tour
       . The Hidden Kitchens of Portsmouth Tour has enjoyed seven years as a fundraiser for the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation. PPEF will not be having a tour for 2014. The Board of Directors has opted for an every other year event to bring an even better tour for May 2015.. For more information about the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation, please visit www.portsmoutheducationfoundation.org.   

Saturdays May through Dec 13. - Portsmouth: Annual Summer Jazz Series 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 13th! 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! General Admission: $3, Tastings: $12 (free for Case Club members), souvenir wine glass included. Wine by the glass: $7 – $9.

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



older listing - please check back - May -- - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See Cheryl Wheeler - singer/songwriter/comedian,  8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information and reservations click here



older listing - please check back - May -- - Middletown: Stone Wall Workshop
            9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown. Learn to build and repair traditional stone walls in this hands-on experience. Join master class instructors Chris and Dan Smith for their eleventh year of this active workshop. Reservations required: call 401.846.4152 or on-line at http://www.newportrestoration.org/calendar/details/30547-stone_wall_workshop Email:

older listing - please check back - May -- - Portsmouth: Annual Plant Sale at Green Animals Topiary Gardens
            10am to 5pm at Green Animals Topiary Gardens, 380 Cory's Lane in Portsmouth. Find a special gift for Mother's Day or the perfect plant for your garden at our annual plant sale at Green Animals. Our garden experts and volunteers will be on hand to help you pick out the perfect plant and give you gardening tips. Topiary plants, herbs, annuals, perennials, geraniums and other gardening items will be available. All proceeds from the plant sale benefit ongoing landscape improvements at this historic country estate.   Web site

older listing - please check back - May -- - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See Eliza Gilkyson -contemporary singer-songwriter,  8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information and reservations click here

older listing - please check back - May -- - Newport: Volunteer Fair at Rough Point: A Philanthropy Party
            5:00pm-7:30pm at Rough Point,680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Even if you don't have 400 million dollars to donate like Doris Duke, you still have time to donate! Come learn about volunteer opportunities in your own backyard. Speak to nonprofit organizations from Aquidneck Island and the surrounding area about their missions and ways to get involved. Listen to music from Doris's own record collection and visit the cash bar. We'll also have prize drawings throughout the night. Community members of all ages, interests and skill levels are welcome; whether you're looking for summer volunteer work with your family, ways for your business to participate in community service, or hoping to find service projects for graduation requirements.http://www.newportrestoration.org/calendar/details/30511-volunteer_fair_at Email:

older listing - please check back - May -- - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See Susan Werner - Singer-Songwriter, Comedienne, Active Mind & Community Supported Agriculture Advocate,  8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information and reservations click here

older listing - please check back - May -- - Middletown: Artist Sail Hoisting and Windmill in Motion Day
            10:00am-4:00pm at Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown. Free Over the winter artist Nora Rabins, together with help from the community, has been preparing colorful new windmill sails based on the pattern of the mill's grinding stones. Come join us for the hoisting of these completed sails in a historic barn-raising style event. After the sails are raised, we'll be running the windmill for the first time in many years and we'll actually be grinding corn! Johnnycake making and games for the whole family. http://www.newportrestoration.org/calendar/details/30551-artist_sail_hoisting (The artist's project is funded in part by the RI State Council on the Arts.) Visit WindmillSails.com for information and updates. Email:


older listing - please check back - May -- - Newport: The Atlantic Cup
     from 11 am-4pm. The largest and only dedicated Class 40 race in the United States returns to Newport. The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will again be a carbon neutral sailing race and with plenty of activity for everyone to enjoy, both on and off the water. The final in-shore series of the race will be held over Memorial Day weekend

older listing - please check back - May -- through August -- - Newport: Sunset Music Series
            at the Newport Yachting Center. Check their web site for latest current information on entertainment line-up and tickets. Hot summer nights on the waterfront with live music, featuring a diverse range of national and regional artists. Expect an eclectic mix of blues, rock, folk, country, pop and anything in between!

older listing - please check back - May -- - Newport: Newport Art Museum Members' Reception
     from 5 - 7 pm at the Newport Art Museum, located at 76 Bellevue Ave. in Newport. Visit the Newport Art Museum for the official opening of our summer exhibitions. Meet several of the artists and enjoy the new exhibitions in our many galleries. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for non-members. Free parking in our two lots.





older listing - please check back - May -- - Newport: Friends of Glen Manor House presents Tea-licious:Fashion, Fun & Food!
           2 to 4 pm at the Glen Manor House, Portsmouth. A tea for ladies of all ages. Little ladies will enjoy making crafts, seeing a fashion show by Groovy Gator, modeling their own party dresses, and seeing a performance by Tandem Tellers instructing them in proper manners at the tea table. A French tea, catered by Blackstone Caterers, will be served in the Dining Room. Tickets ($20 by April 30, $25 after) available through www.glenmanorhouse.com



older listing - please check back - May -- - Portsmouth: Annual Flagging of graves with the American Legion
        8:00 a.m.(rain or shine) Volunteers should muster at St. Mary's Cemetery on East Main Road in Portsmouth; when done, we will caravan across the street to Trinity Cemetery; when done, we will caravan to Portsmouth Burial Ground on Turnpike Avenue. Senior members of the Post will flag out-lying areas and Town Memorials. New volunteers will be paired with those who have experience flagging graves. Volunteers needed to free up those attending Echo Taps. American Legion Post 18 web site

older listing - please check back - May -- - Newport: Annual Flagging of graves with the American Legion & VFW
        9:00 a.m.(rain or shine) Volunteers should muster at the cemetery on corner of Brandt & Van Zandt Avenue in Newport. When done, we will flag graves at Braman Cemetery (on the railroad track side of Farewell Street). This is an "assist" for AL Post 7 & VFW Post 406-Newport. American Legion Post 18 web site

older listing - please check back - May -- - Portsmouth: Pennfield School Mayfair
            10am to 4pm (rain or shine) at Pennfield School 110 Sandy Point Avenue, Portsmouth. Fun for the whole family featuring : Inflatables, Face Painting/ Tie Dye, Carnival Games, Water Games, Silent Auction, Fabulous food and more.



older listing - please check back - May -- - Portsmouth: The Portsmouth Historical Society presents "Hidden RI History"
           7pm at Portsmouth Historical Society 870 East Main Rd. Corner of East Main Rd. (Route 138) and Union St. Scott Molloy is a URI professor of labor relations and a popular speaker on topics related to Rhode Island's history, including transportation history and the Industrial Revolution. His presentation on Hidden Rhode Island history will examine some of the lesser known facts about the history of the Ocean State. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the lecture. For more information email

older listing - please check back - May -- - 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/








May -- - Newport: Newport Lions Club Carnival
            Weds & Thurs opens at 6pm, Fri. at 3pm, Sat. at noon and Sunday at noon. Located at the parking lot at Easton's Beach on Memorial Drive. Free admission. Ride Specials: Wednesday opening night -pay one price of only $20 and get unlimited rides. On Sunday pay one price of only $20 and get unlimited rides from 1pm to 6pm

May -- - Middletown: Birds & Breakfast, Norman Bird Sanctuary
         (rain or shine). A favorite annual event at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. Celebrate spring with a delicious breakfast prepared with locally grown foods by the chefs at White Horse Tavern while looking out over the beautiful fields and down to the ocean at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Guided bird walks & children's activities combine for a wonderful way for families to spend a Sunday morning in spring. Adults: $20 in advance, $25 at door. Children: $5 (ages 4 -12). Children ages 3 and under - free.
Bird walks - on the half hour 7:30 -11:00 am. Breakfast seatings - 8:00 am, 9:00 am, & 10:00 am. For Reservations please call (401) 846-2577. All proceeds to benefit the Sanctuary's mission of environmental education and land conservation

May -- - Portsmouth: Surface Navy Association Newport Chapter will be hosting its Spring golf tournament
       8:30 am shotgun start at the Green Valley Country Club. Participate in great day of golf, lunch, and prizes! Scramble Format Golf Tournament open to any foursome; Military and Civilian! $58 per golfer – includes green fee, golf cart, buffet luncheon, and the chance to win great prizes. Deadline for registration is May 12, 2011. Contact LT Krumbein, 401-841-1316, OR Jerry Peterson, 401-841-3774. Registration is limited to Thirty-Six (36) foursomes, so sign up now before it fills up!

May -- - Newport: Read/Eat/Chat - Noontime book group at the Newport Art Museum
      at in the Newport Art Museum's Griswold House, 76 Bellevue Avenue. "Read/Eat Chat" will meet at noon on the third Thursday of every month. THis month's book is Ulrich Boser, "The Gardner Heist". Books selected for the series will cover museum-related topics such as collectors, collections, criminals, caretakers and curators. Island Books in Middletown plans to carry "Read/Eat/Chat" titles. 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.

May -- - Portsmouth: The Aquidneck Riders 4-H Club OPEN Horse Show
       9am rain or shine, at Glen Park in Portsmouth. The Aquidneck Riders 4-H Club will host its annual OPEN horse show. Class List and registration forms are available at http://patch.com/E-f53N. Concessions will be sold. Spectators welcome! Show proceeds are used by the club to fund Community Service and 4-H Animal Science projects throughout the year. For more information please contact show manager Megan Gracia at (401) 835-5144.


May -- - Newport: Island Breeze to Perform at Next 4th Friday at the Newport Art Museum
      6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at in the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue. The Newport Art Museum invites guests to unwind at the end of the work week and get ready for warmer weather with the Caribbean steel pan music of Island Breeze. The duo, an off-shoot of local reggea band Hot Like Fire, will entertain at 4th Fridays, the Museum's live music and art series. Guests are encouraged to explore the Museum's galleries. Two new exhibitions will be up and open for viewing, "Trent Burleson: Birds and Other Metaphors" and "Things with Wings." Visitors will also have an opportunity to see "Stop. Run. Play. Photographs by Susan Duca" again before it ends May 30. Admission is $5 for Museum members, $8 for non-members. Reservations are not necessary. There will be a cash bar.
      Boston based, Island Breeze is comprised of steel pan, keyboards, trumpet and vocals. The duo features Kelley B., a Berklee College of Music grad and Charleston Sarjeant, a veteran steel pan performer. Together Kelley and Charleston entertain with traditional calypso, reggae and bossa nova melodies as well as original music. For more information call (401) 848-8200 or visit www.newportartmuseum.org.

May -- 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.


May -- (raindate: May--) - Portsmouth: Car Show at Portsmouth High School
           10am - 2pm at Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane. Come see "the King", "Marshall" and "Headhunter" dragsters. Live music, food and beverages.

May - through - - Middletown: Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale to benefit the Potter League for Animals
        Tuesday, May 4 to Saturday, May 8 10:00am-4:00pm; Wednesday, May 5 till 7:00pm at The Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane. Shop fashion jewelry for Mother's Day! Beautiful bracelets, necklaces, pins and earrings from Sequin on sale for 50% to 75%. Buy a gift for your mother or complement your spring wardrobe. Sequin Jewelry sells at the finest New York City department stores and always offers the latest styles in fashion jewelry. Thanks to the generosity of Sequin, 100% of the proceeds from this sale will benefit the animals by supporting the campaign for the Potter League's new building.

May -- - Newport: Community Arts Connect Day: Art for All ~ Free admission and a complementary tour of the Newport Art Museum
            Activities begin at 1 pm. The Museum is open 10 – 5 pm and admission is free all day. The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI. Designed to be enjoyable for people all ages, physical and intellectual abilities, the day includes art-making workshops, a musical performance, an interesting speaker, and docent tours beginning at 1 pm.See their web site at NewportArtMuseum.org

May-- - Newport: RI Annual All-American Soap Box Derby
            9:00 am Sponsored by the Newport Lions Club the annual running of the derby takes place on Memorial Blvd. at Easton's Beach. Free, open to the public, great kids (& adult) event! Lions Club will be selling burgers, dogs and refreshments. For more information please see the Lions Club site

May -   - Memorial Day Observances
        Starting at 11am - a ceremony at Storer Park by the Goat Island Causeway. Sponsored by the United Veterans Council of Newport County. Ceremonies continue at Noon on the lawn of Newport City Hall. Containers will be available for deposit of worn, faded and unservicable U.S. flags.
        The WWI Monument Tower at Miantonomi Park will also be open from 1:30pm to 3:30pm weather permitting. Appropriate shoes for climbing are required and binoculars are recommended.
       10am - Memorial Day exercises will be held Monday at the VFW Vieira Post 5390, 822 Anthony Road.



May - - Middletown: Middletown Youth Football & Cheerleading registration.
       Noon to 3:00p.m. at at Gaudet Field, Turner Road, Middletown. Middletown Pop Warner football and cheerleading registration for ages 5 thru 15. Can also register online at the web site


May --  - Portsmouth: 7th Annual Lance Cpl. Barton J. Carroll Memorial 5K Road Race/Walk
        Registration & check in - 8:00 to 8:45am, 2 mile walk begins at 9:05am, 5K race (GPS measured fast course) begins at 9:00am - Rain or Shine. Event held at Portsmouth High School, Education Lane. The race is geared both for the serious runners and those who enjoy running. The walk is open to community members, young and old, wanting to share some outdoor activity with friends and family while supporting PPEF's mission for enhanced educational opportunities. Also included with this event, is the Children’s Race which takes place just prior to the actual race. The Children’s Race is free and no preregistration is required. Kids, just show up! This great event is sponsored by NewportFed and is the largest fundraising event for PPEF. Proceeds earned during this event are used to supply grants for the public school teachers for projects and activities not funded by the school budget or town taxes. A portion of the proceeds also goes to the Lance Cpl. Barton J. Carroll Memorial Fund to honor the memory of Barton J. Carroll, a Marine who died on July 4, 2002 while visiting his hometown.
        Fee is $18.00 prior to May 7 and $20.00 thereafter. Children’s race starts at 8:30 (be there at 8:15am), FREE and no pre-registration is required! Food and drinks available to participants along with prizes for our top finishers and t-shirts for the first 175 registered walkers/runners. More information and registration form is available on www.portsmoutheducationfoundation.org. Online registration is also available on www.jbrace.com.

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