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Calendar of Events for May 2017

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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 Mid October - Newport: Guided Tours of Fort Adams
     self guided from 10 am-4pm. But there are also guided tours options. See the Fort's web site for full information. 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 6 - Portsmouth: Touch-a-Truck is back! from the Portsmouth Free Public Library
       Cancelled due to weather - the rain will have made the fields to wet and soggy to bring in heavy trucks. 10 am to 2 pm at Glen Park. Admission charge is $3 per person for the day. In addition to the vehicle display, there will be various activities for children. Refuel with food available for purchase from the Portsmouth Lions Club. Proceeds from the event will go toward Library purchases at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd.

May 6 - Portsmouth: Electronics Recycling Program Drop Off
       from 9:00 am to noon. Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane. Come drop of electronics that should be recycled. See what Indie Cycle takes here

May 6 - Newport: Friends of Ballard Park Star Gazing Program
       from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. Ballard Park is located on the corner of Hazard and Wickham Roads. Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill from Brown University will bring their high powered telescopes to give a tour of the Spring skies. Bright gibbous moon will make for a nice viewing subject and Jupiter will be near the moon. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: May 7th. For more information about the Friends of Ballard Park

May 7 - Newport: Friends of Ballard Park Star Gazing Program
       8:00 am. Ballard Park is located on the corner of Hazard and Wickham Roads. Join birder Patty O’Neill as she points out late migrant and breeding birds in Ballard Park. Wickham Road entrance directly across from Rogers High School. $5 suggested donation. For more information about the Friends of Ballard Park

May 7, 2016 - Newport: Aquidneck Island National Police Parade
           Check their web site for the latest info Police Parade web site

May 13 - Portsmouth: Annual Plant Sale at Green Animals Topiary Gardens
            10am to 5pm at Green Animals Topiary Gardens, 380 Cory's Lane in Portsmouth. The annual Plant Sale will help you get your home garden started in style. Don't miss this opportunity to pick up topiaries, bedding plants, hanging baskets, perennials and vintage garden items. And talk to our garden experts to pick up some tips while you're there!
All proceeds from the plant sale benefit ongoing landscape improvements at this historic country estate.   Web site

May 13 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See Mark Erelli. 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd.   A skilled and artful singer/songwriter, MARK ERELLI is a wonderful example of how the modern-day folk artist can translate the age-old tradition of storytelling into a mindful and relevant art form for newer audiences. For more information and reservations click here

May 20-21 - Newport: Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival at Bowen's Wharf
          11am to 5pm at Bowen's Wharf, Newport. Did you know that RI is home to upwards of 45 oyster farms? The flavors are distinctive to each farm so this is your big chance to savor 12 kinds of them all in one festive atmosphere! Growers will be shucking alongside a select group of local restaurants under festival tents. Tickets are sold online and include four free oysters and a beverage from our sponsors. You can also shop for favorites as you find them, meet the growers, and learn all about aquaculture. Visit http://www.bowenswharf.com/events or email:

May 21 - Middletown: Birds & Breakfast, Norman Bird Sanctuary
         (rain or shine). A favorite annual event at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. Norman Bird Sanctuary’s beloved springtime tradition continues in 2017 as generations come together to celebrate spring, blooming flowers, and the birds migrating back north. White Horse Tavern Executive Chef, Richard Silvia, cooks up a scrumptious breakfast prepared with organically grown ingredients donated by local farmers and markets. Nature lovers and birders enjoy walks led by NBS Naturalists on the hiking trails. Children of all ages make spring-themed nature crafts and are treated to a live presentation from one of our resident red-tailed hawks! For more information and tickets see the event page

May 27 - Tiverton: The Annual Garden & Herb Festival at Tiverton Four Corners
       from 10 am until 4 pm on the lawn of the historic Soule-Seabury House. Flowers, plants, garden supplies, garden decorations, tools, food products, garden furniture & more. www.tivertonfourcorners.com




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


May -- - Newport: Annual Spring Carnival
            Weds & Thurs opens at 6pm, Fri. at 3pm, Sat. at noon and Sunday at noon. Hosted by Newport Lions Club & Newport YMCA the carnival is located at the parking lot at Easton's Beach on Memorial Drive. Free admission. Ride Specials: Wednesday opening night -pay one price of only $25 and get unlimited rides. On Sunday pay one price of only $25 and get unlimited rides from 1pm to 6pm









older listing - please check back - May -- - May -- - Newport: Spring Bull Gallery's 23rd Annual Fakes and Forgeries Exhibit
       daily noon to 5pm at the Spring Bull Gallery, 55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. This May, Spring Bull Gallery has invited an innovative group of artists to be part of an exhibition titled A Contemporary Viewpoint. It will open with a reception on Saturday May 2, 2015 from 5-7 pm.to which the public is invited. These artists use a diversity of media, view points and approaches to create their art. An abstract captures the intangible, an oil painting seizing a moment in time, hidden beauty revealed in a piece of wood, life experiences on paper are all there this month at Spring Bull in A Contemporary Viewpoint. A Contemporary Viewpoint runs May 2 - 31, 2015. The gallery will be open until 8 pm. on Thursday, May 14th for Gallery Night in Newport. Spring Bull Gallery is wheel chair accessible and free to the public. Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm. daily.

older listing - please check back - Saturdays May through Dec --. - 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 12th! 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! General Admission: $3, Tastings: $12 (free for Case Club members), souvenir wine glass included. Wine by the glass: $7 – $9. Check the web site for scheduled performers. Call (401) 847-3777 or email

older listing - please check back - May -- - Newport: Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap @ Norey's Bar & Grille
           8-10PM at Norey's Bar & Grille, 156 Broadway, Newport. Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap book signing. Come meet Kristie Martin and Ashleigh Bennett and have them sign your book. It is a great reference book as well as a tour guide to RI's growing craft beer community."Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but its brewing history packs a mighty punch. Today's growing number of craft brewers, including Foolproof and Grey Sail, are claiming Little Rhody for the beer renaissance. With a sudsy spirit of adventure and even some beer-infused recipes, the ladies behind TwoGirlsOneBeer.com present the rich, proud story of brewing in the Ocean State.

older listing - please check back - May -- - Newport: Navy Day at Fort Adams
     from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Kick off Navy Week in Newport, RI at Fort Adams with a variety of activities, food and drinks! There will be a beer garden from 12 - 4:30 and the Leapfrogs, Navy Parachute Team, and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, will be there. For more information visit www.fortadams.org or call 841-0707

older listing - please check back - May -- - Portsmouth: The documentary film, "Stories in Stones" at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:30pm at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. The documentary film, "Stories in Stones" explores Narragansett Tribal stonemasons who, over the last four hundred years, have built many stonewalls that wind picturesquely through the woods of southern New England. Interspersing footage that elegantly captures the beauty of the walls with interviews with tribal elders and members of two prominent Narragansett mason families, Lilach Dekel and Marc Levitt weave a story that is at once poetic and inspirational. Stories in Stones is a story of love; for place, heritage and family and a tale that demonstrates how a craft, utilized initially at the point of European contact, has served as a strategy for resiliency and resistance.
       Following the screening there will be a Q&A with director Marc Levitt. Marc is a writer, storyteller, educator, radio and TV host, filmmaker and audio artist living in Wakefield, RI and NYC. He has won awards for his story recordings, for work in his unique musical/narrative historical storytelling style, for his work in radio and for his work in the arts and in the humanities.
       This program is offered in collaboration with the Newport Restoration Foundation and Portsmouth Free Public Library. There is no charge, however, space is limited, call 401-683-9457 for reservations.
       *Interested in learning to build and repair your own stone walls? Sign up for the Newport Restoration Foundation's Stone Wall Workshop on Saturday, May 30.





older listing - please check back - May -- - 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.

older listing - please check back - May --- 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.




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 -- - 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 -- - 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 -- 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: 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/




older listing - please check back - 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 -- - 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 - 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 - - 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



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