The Annual Ivy Lodge added value Gift Certificate Sale
Ivy Lodge Gift Certificates are a fabulous holiday or special occasion gift idea! Surprise your loved one with the renowned comfort and pleasures of a Mansion getaway. Starting November 30, 2013 to January 1, 2014, when you purchase a gift certificate to the Ivy Lodge, you purchase an experience and an added value to your purchase price! Gift Certificates are ideal gifts for Weddings, Holidays, and Anniversaries or as a special Thank you. By giving a Gift Certificate for a getaway at our Historic Newport Inn, you are sure to give a gift filled with found Newport Memories. Give them memories, not stuff and you will provide that special someone with an unforgettable escape.
Buy Your Gift Certificate by January 1, 2014 and receive additional bonus dollars.
■An additional 10% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $100 - $250.
■An additional 15% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $251 - $500.
■An additional 20% of value will be added to gift certificates worth over $500!
Promotion code must be stated at purchase: Promo 13
To order a gift certificate, call us at 1-800-834-6865. We can email or mail the gift certificate to you or that special someone. In order to recieve this promotion,please mention the code #Promo13 when placing your order.
Newport Holiday Shopping
Tis’ the season for giving . . . so let's shop! We are all dressed up for the holiday season and relish the chance to inspire you for the holiday season. Starting with our beautiful holiday decorations and good advice on what to do and where to shop in Newport, RI. With so many great holiday activities to enjoy in the city by the sea, don’t forget your loved ones at home by indulging in our local shopping. You’ll be sure to find a gift for your special someone, and of course yourself, you deserve it! When you stay with the Ivy Lodge, one of the great amenities you'll enjoy is our concierge service . . . especially our knowledge of great shopping, hey, this is part of the cultural experience of exploring a place. At the Ivy, we feel we have an eye for great finds on the Island.
Below is a list of some (not all) of our favorite places to shop, with plenty of variety you will be sure to find something for everyone on your list.
Newport Mansion Store
After taking a beautiful tour of the three mansions that are decked out for Christmas why not enjoy their Newport Restoration Foundations Museum store. The Newport Restoration Foundation Museum Store maintains standard operating hours every day of the week from mid-April through November, and is open Thursday through Sunday from March until mid-April. It was founded by Doris Duke. The store sells items that are about or are inspired by Doris Duke, including gift items such as jewelry, housewares and books. The store also carries items for kids, including children's books.
415 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840
Nutcracker Suit Christmas Shop
Need some last minute holiday gifts? Or stock up for next year’s festivities with one of our favorite yuletide shops. Located in an 1860 Victorian home, The Nutcracker Suite Christmas Shop carries a wide assortment of Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, figurines, tree toppers, lights and more. The family-operated store also carries Newport souvenir ornaments.
22 Mill Street, Newport, RI 02840
Only in Rhode Island
Your visting the city by the sea, why not enjoy our states favorite shops filled with gifts made by locals Only In Rhode Island is to provide you with the simplest, most satisfying way to shop for RI made products, RI gifts, and RI gift baskets.
The Shops at Long Wharf Mall
Newport, RI 02840
A short stroll from the Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast on Bellevue is one of our small specialty shops called TWIG. Twig features a variety of handmade jewelry and gifts with a natural theme. You Birds, trees, leaves, shells, flowers and of course twigs fill the store.
146 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840
This place is such a hoot, located in the brick market place the Pleasant Surprise shop always has an eclectic mix of fun gifts, home accessories, quirky books, cards, and toys. Their design sensibility combines the contemporary with the nostalgic.
For more fun, also check out their sister stores Pleasant Surprise Too. P.S. Geared for more accessories and apparel.
121 Swinburne Row
Brick Market Place
Newport, RI 02840
Bellevue Wine and Spirits
Women’s Apparel. Karol Richardson, a London born designer, specializes in comfort as well as style. Her three boutiques located on Cape Cod and Newport, RI have been catering to a multitude of women for the last eighteen years. Celebrating ten years in Newport and eighteen on Cape Cod, Karol Richardson has become a shopping staple for many women. Karol designs for herself and states "I am not a fashion designer, I design clothing. My goal is for every woman to feel like herself and to look fantastic while doing so." The locally manufactured collection is designed and produced in New England. The line, sold exclusively at her three stores incorporates sporty and casual with elegant and sophisticated. It has a timeless element that enables Karol's customers to wear their purchases for years to come, enjoying excellent quality and unique fabrications. Karol Richardson also carries a wide range of designers that compliment Karol's own designs including handbags, shoes, jewelry and gifts. The Customer service is the best of any retail store on the island.
24 Washington Square
At Portobello Jewelers you will find the finest gemstones in a unique collection of both contemporary and antique jewelry. All of their pieces are carefully selected based on the craftsmanship and elegance of the settings as well as the beauty and quality of the gemstones. You’ll be satisfied by their picks, they only chose the best of the best and invite you to view a small sample of their designs on their website, and many more in either of their two downtown Newport locations. Both locations are within walking distance of the Ivy Lodge, one located down the street on Bellevue less than 10 minutes away, and the other location located in the brick market place.
200 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
Brick Market Place
211 Goddard Row
Newport, RI 02840
In 2005, in the back alleys of Shanghai, Anne and Charlie Page, with backgrounds in interior design and historic preservation architecture, stumbled upon a treasure they knew was in danger of extinction.
Their discovery was an ancient Chinese art form, fabrics using a 3,000 year old paste resist process with origins in the Song Dynasty, in use on the legendary Silk Road and still being created in very limited quantities in the provinces around Shanghai. Stencils are carved by hand in a multitude of historic patterns, through which a mixture of soya bean flour and slaked lime is applied on white, pure cotton, cloth. Once dry, the fabric is dyed in vats of boiling indigo (which grows like a weed in the area), again dried, then scraped clean of the paste to reveal the exquisite blue and white patterns seen in the product. The natural indigo dye ensures the stability of the pattern. Indeed, the fabric improves with the motion of a machine wash and, like your favorite pair of blue jeans, becomes better over time.
With colorful linings inspired by Matisse and unique detailing the Nankeen Collection expresses simple elegance in both women's and men's fashion accessories and products for the home
421 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840
Alex and Ani
Alex and Ani, LLC offers eco-friendly, positive energy products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind and empower the spirit, designed by Carolyn Rafaelian and made in America. Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world and by incorporating powerful symbolism and designs into each (+) Energy piece, Alex and Ani provides a vehicle for the wearer to express their individuality in an organic, spiritual way. She believes it is her life's work to support communities and organizations while inspiring her customers to relish what is unique and authentic about themselves, revealing the beauty within.
1 Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Potter and Co.
Potter & Co. is a Newport staple on Thames Street. Open since 1907 at its current location, Potter & Co. has been selling clothes on Thames longer than anyone can remember. Its selection is geared to an outdoor, active style of living, from beach wear to heavier garments intended for trekking or passing through colder zones and high altitudes. Potter & Co. is a large friendly store with a good selection and ample helpful staff.
172 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840
Located on Lower Thames Street in Newport, Island Pursuit is a retailer of clothing for men and women. It offers such brands as Tommy Bahama, St. James, Tailor Vintage, Mahi Gold, Before & Again, Southern Tide, Johnny O., Quiksilver and KUHL. It sells Henri and Mountain hardwear as well as TOMS, VANS and Sperry brand shoes. Skincare products by Bliss & Kai are also sold.
364 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840
Helly Hansen New England &Life is good Wearhouse
This is the first Helly Henson store in North America. When in need of foul weather gear, sailing outfits or skiing clothes, this shop, located next to Music Box on Thames Street, is where you want to go. The aisles are wide, making it easy for you to see what Helly Hanson has in stock. If you have questions about the available products, you will find the staff is eager to help out. Helly Hanson has a great variety of clothes, perfect for active lifestyles, and offered to men, women and children. Be sure to check out the shoes!
154 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840
Royal Male is situated in a Pre-Revolutionary building on Historic Hill in Newport, Rhode Island.
Royal Male was established in 1983 and is still a family owned and operated business with a hands on approach. Selling only quality British and European clothing and accessories .
18 Bannister's Wharf and 104 Spring St Newport, RI
In 1983, Michael Hayes, along with his late brother, Christopher, created a store unlike any other in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island on renowned Bellevue Avenue. The Hayes family has been and continues to be dedicated to delivering a unique total shopping experience.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Michael Hayes continues to be the leading clothing and accessories retailer for men, women and children in Newport. They seek out manufacturers and designers from around the world to bring customers elegance without compromising quality.
By combining classical style with the latest trends, Michael Hayes offers unique, stylish clothing and formal wear that Newport is known for complete with on-site tailoring, while also providing an unequalled shopping experience with impeccable customer service.
Michael Hayes on Bellevue
204 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
Mimi’s for kids
Mimi's for Kids is across from Touro Park. With her artistic talents and long career in retail, it is not surprising Mimi has created a fun place to shop for children's clothing. She carries infant sizes from newborn to 24 months, toddler boys and girls sizes from 2-4 and girls from 4-6X. The colorful clothing is well displayed throughout the shop. While mom does her shopping, children can enjoy the play area.
154 Mill St, Newport, RI 02840
Hatley is a bright happy store selling clothing for little kids. Hatley also has pajamas for men and women, T-shirts, socks, bags, caps, tank tops and boxers. Hatley is a bright store that offers all original designs as well as a fun atmosphere to shop. It was started as a gift shop in North Hatley, Canada, in 1987 by artist Alice Oldland. Today, the Hatley company is run by her three sons and has been open on Thames Street since 2010.
101 Swinburne Row
Brick Market Place
Newport, RI 02840
The Groovy Gator
The groovy gator children's boutique is located in the heart of the shopping district, down town, in historic Newport Rhode Island.
Founded in 2008, Groovy Gator offers fashion for all; newborns to tweens, boys and girls. They seek out unique and bold clothing that embraces the playful spirit of children. The brands They carry represent classic style with a modern twist. Their feature collection is designed by owner, Leslie Cathers. Leslie is inspired by her love of color, and a drive to create fun but functional clothing that combines classic silhouettes with bright colors and unique pattern/color combinations. All Groovy Gator designs are made in the USA, and made with love and caring...
The store is open year round, with extended hours in the summer and during the holidays.
129 Swinburne Row
Brick Market Place Newport, RI 02840
Oh, there's more shops to cover and room at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast to enjoy the holidays in our historic Inn . . . all dressed up and inspired by the Christmas season. Please call us for your Newport accommodations and we will excitedly cover all of the shopping concierge information you'll need to make this the most unique and best gift-giving season of the year.
For more information, contact the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on our toll free number 1-800-834-6865
See us at: www.ivylodge.com
All the Best for the Holiday Season!
The 43rd annual Christmas in Newport
Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 43rd year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.
In a community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharfs, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue.
The lights are meant to simulate candlelight, and are the brainchild of Christmas in Newport founder Ruth Myers, who wished to recapture the candlelit holidays of yester years. With a volunteer base numbering 1500, the non-profit organization, Christmas in Newport, raises thousands of dollars for charity each year. In keeping with the true spirit of the season, any event listed in the annual program must be free of charge or must benefit a non-profit institution or charity.
Experience themed festivals and beautiful seasons…
A stroll on the brick and cobblestone walkways just a few blocks away from us here at the Ivy Lodge, to Bowen's Wharf where it decor will reunite you with your favorite Christmas traditions. With over 20 unique shops & restaurants find blazing fireplaces, the perfect gift or something special for yourself! Let one of our celebrity chefs create the perfect meal to warm you this Holiday Season. Experience a working waterfront with breathtaking views and fresh, salty sea air.
Bowen's Wharf 43rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
December 7th, 2013
4:30 pm – Frosty the Snowman
5:00 pm – Christmas Carol Sing-a-long (live music)
6:00 pm – Tree Lighting & Santa arrives
Bowen's Wharf is Newport's Holiday Destination!
Surround yourself with sparkling lights, live music and good cheer on the waterfront at historic Bowen’s Wharf, the heart of year-round shopping and dining in Newport. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., meet Frosty the Snowman great for chirldren of all ages, then enjoy live music and join hundreds of voices in a Christmas carol sing-a-long starting at 5 p.m. The Mayor will light the 30-foot Christmas tree promptly at 6 p.m., followed immediately by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Music will continue until every child has had a chance to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa at the “North Pole.”
Bowen's Wharf offers special holiday hours to accommodate your busy schedule this holiday season. Starting on November 29th through December 23rd stores will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 10am - 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 8pm. Enjoy the lighted Christmas tree throughout the holiday season.
TWO HOURS of FREE PARKING with a validation from a Bowen's Wharf Merchant's Association shop or restaurant until April 1st, 2014! Please note, parking at Bowen's Wharf lot is only available until 4pm the day of the Tree Lighting.
When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take abreak from your holiday shopping and enjoy some of our historic mansions nearby from the Ivy Lodge? Gorgeous at any time of the year, these historic vacation retreats of the turn-of-the-century American aristocracy are simply spectacular when dressed in Christmas finery and glowing with candlelight. You're sure to forget all about the gifts still to be bought and wrapped, the cookies to be baked and all of your holiday chores when you visit one of the decorated mansions this holiday season. Here are some highlights to start you dreaming of the elegance and extravagance of Christmases past and to help you plan your respite from modern holiday stress.
Christmas at the Newport Mansions
November 23, 2013 to January 5, 2014
The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions.
The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House--three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America--are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths. New this year is a gingerbread mansion display in the kitchen of The Breakers. Five local pastry chefs will create gingerbread models of the Newport Mansions that will be shown in the kitchen of The Breakers beginning on November 30.
Returning to The Breakers is the iconic 15 foot tall red poinsettia tree. A total of 28 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room decor anchor many of the magnificent spaces. Dining tables set with period silver and china complete the elegant setting. And windows of each mansion are lit with individual white candles, in keeping with the colonial tradition.
We invite you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season.
All three houses will be decorated and open daily for tours from Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, January 5, 2014. The Breakers opens daily at 9 a.m., The Elms and Marble House open at 10 a.m. The last tour admission at all three houses is at 4 p.m., and the houses & grounds close at 5 p.m.
Please note, on Christmas Eve, December 24, the last tour admission at all 3 houses will be at 3 p.m. Houses are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
A Winter Passport ticket providing daytime admission to all 3 houses is $28 for adults, $9 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are admitted free. Winter Passport tickets will be on sale soon. Regular Newport Mansions daytime tour tickets remain valid through the Christmas season as well.
Evening events at the Newport Mansions
(Schedule subject to change)
November 30 at The Breakers
Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers
John Black, pianist
December 7 at The Breakers
Voices of Peace
John Black, pianist
December 14 at The Breakers
John Black, pianist
December 21 at The Elms
Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers
Ocean State Songbirds
December 21 at Marble House
Barrington Presbyterian Church Music Program
John Black, pianist
Ocean State Songbirds
Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers
Andrew Maddock, guitarist
December 28 at The Breakers
New Providence Big Band
John Black, pianist
Holiday Evening admission:
Members $25 in advance, $30 day of event
Non-members $28 in advance, $35 day of event
Children 6-17 $10
Please note: Advance purchase price tickets for Holiday Evenings are available online until midnight on the previous day. On the day of the event, if tickets are still available, they may be purchased in person at the Preservation Society's office at 424 Bellevue Avenue until 6 p.m., or at The Breakers. Please call (401) 847-1000 to inquire about availability of tickets on performance dates.
For more information about Christmas in Newport, call our hot line at (401) 849-6454, or email us at email@example.com.
November 1, 2013 - November 10, 2013
Dining out on a Budget in Newport RI
Yumm... Crispy Local Oysters topped wuth Mango Pepper Relish, Red
Chili Mayo, then adelicious second course of moist roasted chicken with Sugar Pumpkin Gnocchi, Roasted Brussels Sprouts , Sage Jus cooked to perfection, and finish off with a mouth watering fall favorite, Apple Crostata with Cinnamon Crema. All for just $30.00 per person! This is just one of the many options Chef Kevin King of Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen, located on Banisters Wharf has to offer in the 2013 Newport Restaurant week. Fluke is just one of the many of our favorite restaurants participating in this year’s celebration of good eats here in the city by the sea. Enjoy your pickings of either lunch or dinner of prefixed menus of three course meals for a deal. Also enjoy what we have to offer with our week day rates stay and enjoy the great food, wine and sites here at the Ivy Lodge a quintessential New England Bed and breakfast.
Tnatalize your taste buds with the wide variety of restaurants that the city by the sea has to offer. Here our a few of our personal favorites.
Castle Hill Inn
For a formal dinning experience we suggest Castle Hill Restaurant. On your way over, enjoy the 10 mile scenic ocean drive and as you enter the enchanting Castle Hill Restaurant you will hear the faint sounds of a lighthouse fog horn murmuring in the distance. The Mansion's chefs artfully craft fresh local fish, regional meats, and produce into a distinctly native, seasonal menu, served in four dining rooms within the Inn. Watch the change of seasons with stunning views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.
All guest dinning in the formal dinning room must be dressed in business casual attire, jackets are not requires for men but prefurred.
Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen
One of our personal favorites here at the Ivy Lodge, Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen is a perfect restaurant for the foodie in all of us. Enjoy fresh, local, and seasonal best describes Chef Kevin King’s menu of frequently changing snacks, small plates and entrees. Enjoy scenic views and an Award-winning cocktail and wine list.
Our recommendation is to try their famous crispy flash fried local oysters, they are to die for! Also try one of there signiture drinks we enjoy the Juniperotivo made with Junipero Gin, Pomegranate Molasses, Fresh Mint, and Fresh Lemon Juice.
Cafe Zelda is a neighborhood French American bistro with casual fine dining. Zelda's features line-caught fish, hand-picked meats, local produce and homemade desserts. With a cozy bar full of locals and savvy tourists Zelda's is the place to be.
Calamari with banana peppers and Thai dipping sauce is a must try
The ideal embodiment of Newport dining with water front views of the Newport Harbor. At the mooring you will find the freshest seafood, al fresco seating, and warm hospitality. Our award-winning wine list is one of the most acclaimed in New England.
Our recommendation: Try their Raw Bar option of thee little necks or Rhode Island Oysters, both are amazingly delicious!
Midtown Oyster Bar
Newport’s newest restaurant and largest raw bar features 2 bars, dining rooms and outside seating. Only a 15 minute walk from the Ivy Lodge!
Scales and Shells
Upon entering the front door, aromas from the open kitchen will awaken your senses and draw you into visually participating in the preparation of your dinner.
Cash only and no reservations; make sure to stop at the atm first.
Stoneacre Pantry has an ever changing menu of seasonal offerings with a focus on using classic and creative culinary techniques.
The Black Pearl
A combination of American, seafood, and classically presented cuisines served in the Tavern or the elegant Commodores' Room.
Try the world renowned Black Pearl Chowder
Lunch and Dinner Menu
The Spiced Pear at the Chandler
The Spiced Pear’s primary dining room features an open-air kitchen, grand fireplace, and views of the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Beach. Well known for its signature ‘New England Tasting Menu’, the restaurant features a symphony of six or nine courses of local New England fare each night in addition to an a la carte menu featuring Continental cuisine.
Other Special Events around the Newport Restaurant week:
Chocolate Brunch at Ocean Cliff
TIME: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
COST: Tickets are $85 per person
For your sweet tooth come and enjoy this highly-anticipated Autumn event at Ocean Cliffs Chocolate brunch. Co-chairs Leslie Reed and Libby Kirwin, with support from NewportFed as event sponsor, worked diliigently to make this event successful. Brunch offerings of champagne, savory chocolate-infused entrees and yummy desserts and candies, live jazz by the Dick Lupino Band, an enticing Silent Auction for pre-Christmas shopping, and a $500 cash raffle will make for a fun afternoon overlooking the bay. To make the event even cozier and more homey, OceanCliff will offer a roaring fire and hot chocolate bar in the library.
Greenvales Harvest Festival
Time 1:00pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: $15.00 per person
Join us as we celebrate this year’s grape harvest! Bring your family and friends and enjoy the foliage and autumn weather. The celebration will include harvest games, gourd painting, tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards’ award winning, estate grown wines. Feel free to bring a blanket and chairs for a wonderful afternoon picnic on the beautiful property of Greenvale Vineyards. There will also be live music by Dick Lupino and friends.
Bowens Wharf Seafood festival
October 19, 2013 - October 20, 2013
Journey back to the 18th century, of brick and stone walk ways to the water front of Bowen's wharf where the beginnings of a thriving seaport began and enjoy the “harvest of the sea” as Newport welcomes the 23rd annual Seafood Festival. Event takes place on October 19th and 20th and is known as one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine (2005). It is a great time of the year to stay at the Ivy Lodge and enjoy the city by the sea after the rush of the summer season has ended.
Located on the Bowen's Wharf, the Seafood Festival offers an abundant amount of seafood, live music, and family fun. Sink your teeth into some of the best seafood in town all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Enjoy a variety of neighboring restaurants and local fisherman's as they serve up their most renowned seafood dishes. Many of which include options of lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for land lovers and children. Vendors will also be serving wine, beer and soft drinks. For your sweet tooth there will also be options for delectable desserts, including tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods. There will be cafe-style seating for guests and they will be set up throughout the Wharf.
The seafood festival has entertainment to enjoy while you are enticing yourself with fresh dishes. Under the music tent musicians will perform and all varieties of music, from live folk, Celtic, sea shanties, 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!
Rhode Island residents, cruise ship and bus tour groups, and devoted visitors form an estimated attendance of 6,000-8,000 over the course of this two-day event.
FREE ADMISSION (food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths)
RAIN OR SHINE UNDER THE FESTIVAL TENTS! We'll see you there!
2013 Music Schedule
11am – 1pm Atwater-Donnelly Duo Traditional American Folk
1pm – 3pm Abbey Rhode Music from the Fabulous 60s, Beatles, Stones & More
3pm – 5pm Chelley, Bill & Dyl Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B with a touch of Country!
11am – 1pm Jim McGrath & The Reprobates Traditional & Contemporary Music of the Sea, American & British Isles
1pm – 3pm Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde Original & Classic Rock
3pm – 5pm Big Cat Blues Band West Coast and Chicago Blues music
Although Small in size but long in coastline, Rhode Island has 21 lighthouses, 13 of them active, plus at least 6 former light stations where ruins or foundations are visible. Six of the smaller surviving towers are privately owned. As stoic, beacons of safety in the infamous stormy seas of the Atlantic and rough waters of Narragansett Bay, picturesque lighthouses can be found throughout Newport and Bristol County.
These lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational systems. The lighthouses of Aquidneck Island can be seen and heard on especially foggy and/or stormy nights. I feel the need to write this blog only to say, I have over heard guest questioning the need for the fog horn when we have the technology of today . . . a soft fog horn, that can be heard from the Ivy bed and breakfasts that reminds us of the rich maritime place in which we live and for those who visit this city by the sea. There are many vessels active in the Narragansett waters long after we have all safely tuck away for the night. Some of these boats have no navigation and still rely on the sights and sounds of these beacons. It makes me smile, when I hear the fog horn. I snuggle underneath the covers with a heady thought of . . . wow I live on an island!
Below, are a few lighthouses that surrounds you on the island of aquidneck, as so know as Newport RI:
Castle Hill Lighthouse : Newport RI
The Castle Hill Lighthouse is a traditional location for weddings, this lighthouse is accessible by a short walk from the nearby Castle Hill Cove Marina, adjacent from the Castle Hill Inn Restaurant, where you can enjoy fine dining in their formal dining room or outdoors on there water front lawn. Located at Castle Hill Point at the southwestern end of Newport, Inside the light house is closed from the public but the grounds are open for all the enjoy. Built in 1890 and is currently active. The granite structure has a focal plane of 40 ft (12 m); and a 34 ft (10 m) round granite tower with lantern and gallery, 300 mm lens. The light house is equipped with a fog horn (1 s blast every 10 s). The beautiful coastline building has a upper half of tower painted white, lower half unpainted; lantern painted black.
How to get to the Castle Hill Light House:
By Car or bike: Enjoy the 10mi scenic Ocean Drive located at the end of Bellevue Southbound.
By Boat: Classis Cruises Of Newport, cruise aboard the 72 foot nineteenth century Madeleine or the 60 foot motor yatch Rumrunner II.
Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse (Lime Rock) Newport RI
Built in 1854. Inactive since 1927 (a decorative light is now displayed in season). 13 ft (4 m) lantern mounted on one corner of a 2-story granite and brick keeper's house. The original 6th order Fresnel lens is on display at the Museum of Newport History Building painted white, lantern black. This tiny lighthouse is famous for its legendary keeper Idawalley Lewis (1857-1911)whom is the most celebrated lighthouse keeper in American history.
By the middle of the nineteenth century, passenger ferries, commercial traffic, and military personnel heading to and from Fort Adams combined to necessitate a navigational light in Newport's inner harbor.
The light was moved to a skeletal Tower in 1927 and discontinued in 1963; the skeletal tower was demolished. The lighthouse building, including modern additions, is now part of a yacht club, and the island has been connected to the mainland by a causeway. Located off Wellington Avenue between Chastellux and Halidon Avenues in Newport. Site and tower closed. Owner/site manager: Ida Lewis Yatch Club.
How to get to the Ida Lewis lighthouse:
By Boat: Classic Cruises Of Newport, cruise aboard the 72 foot nineteenth century Madeleine or the 60 foot motor yacht Rumrunner II.
Newport Harbor Lighthouse on Goat Island: Newport RI
Located on the northern tip of Goat Island in the Newport Harbor sits the Newport harbor light house. The Newport Harbor Lighthouse is beast known historically as the beacon to guide mariners into the bustling Newport during th eraly 1800's.
Although Newport had been an important center of seaborne commerce since the early 1700s, the first lighthouse on Goat Island , which welcomed ships at the of entrance to Newport Harbor, the first goast island lighthouse was not completed until 1823. Activated on New Year’s Day of 1824, the stone tower was twenty feet tall with a multi-lamp and reflector apparatus showing a bright white light.
How to get to Newport Harbor Lighthouse: Located on the northern tip of Goat Island in Newport Harbor; the island is accessible by a bridge from RI 238 in downtown Newport and the lighthouse is accessible by walking through the hotel lobby. Site open, tower closed.
Sakonnet Point Lighthouse: Little Compton RI
Our neighboring town , Little Compton, is home to a brick 66 foot lighthouse located at the entrance of the Sakonnet River; the Sakonnet Piont Light house. As early as the late 1700s, the area around what is today Little Compton, Rhode Island was a fledgling port featuring fishing and farming as ways of life for the settlers. By the late 1800s, Sakonnet Harbor was much more developed and had a distinguished fishing fleet.
Little Cormorant Rock and several other submerged rocks and ledges sit several hundred yards offshore from Sakonnet Point making the area very dangerous for those vessels wishing to enter the harbor. To remedy the danger, the Lighthouse Board sought to establish a lighthouse to mark the area.
The lighthouse sits offshore in the entrance to the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound. A viewing area is available by following Highway 77 south to Sakonnet where the lighthouse will be visible.
Accessibility:The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen from the beach at Sakonnet Point or by Boat.
Beaver Tail Lighthouse: Jamestown RI
Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island, is the home of the Beavertail Lighthouse and museum. Here, guests will be able to access a collection of information, artifacts, and learn about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America. The present lighthouse was biult in 1856 and was origianlly established in 1749. The 45 foot tower is constructed of granite. Today, the light station reamins amoung one fo the most popular hustoric destinations in the state and is a prime spot for panoramic views at the mouth of Narraganset bay.
Accessibility: The lighthouse is located in Beavertail State Park at the end of Beavertail Road, at the southern tip of Conanicut Island. There is free parking on site and the grounds are open to the public. Guests can tour the museum in the assistant keeper's house. The tower is sometimes opened to the public during scheduled open houses.
By Boat: Newport Harbor Tours departing from Quonset Point.
Prudence Island (Sandy Point) Lighthouse: Portsmouth RI
The thirty-foot-tall octagonal granite tower at Prudence Island is the oldest lighthouse in Rhode Island and one of the few lighthouses in the country to retain a “birdcage” lantern. Originally built on Goat Island near Newport in 1823, the structure was dismantled in 1851 and moved to Sandy Point on the east side of Prudence Island, where it was reassembled and returned to service on January 17, 1852. The light is only twenty-eight feet above the water and is visible for ten miles.
Today, the Prudence Island Lighthouse remains an active aid to navigation.
Accessibility: Prudence Island can be reached byFerry from Bristol. The lighthouse is about a 25 minute walk from the ferry landing. The tower is not open to the public. Grounds are open.
Hog Island Lighthouse
Hog Island lies off Bristol Township and is situated just north of the passage leading from Narragansett Bay to Mount Hope Bay. The Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, completed in 1855, markedthe narrow passageway. This very dangerous reef, extending south from Hog Island to the main shipping channel, was also a threat to ferries and other vessels transiting between the two bays.
The 200 acre island was a perfect place for settlers to rase their livestock, with out the need of a fence the animals could not wander afar and natural predetors such as wolves and foxes could not reach the island. Hogs were regularly raised on the 1.5 like length island, earning it's name by the locals, Hog Island.
Accessibility: The lighthouse is privately owned. It is not open to the public and is best seen by boat.The Prudence Island Ferry from Bristol passes fairly close by.
When you book your stay with the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, we will happily concierge you on the sites and sounds of surrounding lighthouses. They are our national treasures and symbols of the maritime past.
For more details, you can contact the Ivy Lodge at 1-800-834-6865 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ivy wishes you fair winds and safe seas
Boogie on down to Newport for this year’s Jazz Festival! We still have availability at the Ivy
Lodge Bed and Breakfast, and they won’t last long! It is going to be a great weekend for a getaway, and a great time to enjoy the outdoors while listening to some smooth Jazz. With a Ten minute walk down Bellevue Avenue from the Ivy Lodge, the 2013 Jazz festival will kick off at the International Tennis Hall of Fame with a Friday night concert under the stars. Built in 1880 as the Newport Casino, the grounds of the Tennis Hall of Fame are a portal to an era of Newport elegance and Gilded Age charm. Whether you enjoy sipping cocktails under the gazebo, or sitting in the stands beneath a cool Atlantic breeze, it's hard to imagine a better place to see this year's headliner, Natalie Cole, performance than on the same center court where the likes of Big Bill Tilden once made history.
The following day our guests can hop in a car for a beautifully scenic 10 mile drive down Newport’s Ocean drive to the continuing festival at Fort Adams. The festival features two full days of jazz on three stages at Fort Adams, situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. Not only will the music be incredible but there abundant activities to do while on the Fort. In between sets at Fort Adams State Park , guests can visit the relaxing Louis Jadot Wine Cafés, satisfy your cravings a the food booths, shop at the unique crafts booths, or nourish your mind and visit one of the Non-Profit Village booths. Guest will be able to enjoy the spectacular experience with sprawling lawns, and breathtaking vistas.
This year they'll be coming from icons that include Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and the legendary Herbie Hancock; and up-and-comers such as Hiromi, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, and Miguel Zenón. Listen to them from one of the three beer and wine gardens. Listen to them while enjoying the array of festival food. Listen to them while exploring the rows of unique and diverse arts and crafts. Or listen to them from the lawn of the showcase Fort Stage, where, in the shadow of the Newport Bridge, serious and casual music fans will be spread out on blankets and folding chairs, sharing lobster rolls and sharing stories, bobbing their heads to the rhythms of the legends they've come to see, and exchanging glances at the unexpected chops of emerging artists.
Schedule of Events
Friday, August 2, 2013
International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino
194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI • Friday, August 2
The opening night concert of the Newport Jazz Festival will be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. The venue is an open air stadium with a combination of covered and uncovered seating. Tickets sell out very quickly for this event which is held rain or shine. There are two entrances, one on Bellevue Avenue and one on Memorial Boulevard. There is no event parking and limited street parking in the neighborhood. The venue is within walking distance of the downtown wharves and many area hotels.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Dress is casual to dressy. In the event of rain, umbrellas are allowed in the stadium but must be closed and stored when the concert begins so they do not obstruct the views of others. There is no smoking in any of the seating areas. Alcohol, light food and beverages are sold at the venue.
"An Unforgettable Evening"
Bill Charlap Trio with special guest Freddy Cole
Saturday, August 3, 2013
FORT ADAMS STATE PARK
Fort Adams State Park
Harrison Avenue, Newport, RI • Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4
Parking at Fort Adams
Limited on-site festival parking available at Fort Adams State Park available: $12.00 per vehicle in advance; $15.00 on festival weekend. To purchase in advance, select parking option during ticket buying process. Parking opens at 8am.
alternatives to driving to the Fort Adams
BY WATER SHUTTLE: The Newport Harbor Shuttle provides continuous service between Perrotti Park or the Oldport Marine Dock on America’s Cup Ave in the Mooring Restaurant parking lot and Fort Adams beginning at 8 AM. Cost is $10.00 round trip and no reservations are required.
From Jamestown, take the Jamestown & Newport Ferry – servicing Jamestown, Perrotti Park & Ft. Adams, leaving Jamestown & Newport approximately every 30 min.
Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration: Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci & Brian Blade plus special guest Herbie Hancock
Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society
Michel Camilo Sextet
Terence Blanchard Quintet
Robert Glasper Experiment
Bill Charlap Trio with special guests Bob Wilber & Anat Cohen
Edmar Castañeda with special guest Andrea Tierra
Lew Tabackin Quartet with Randy Brecker, Peter Washington & Lewis Nash
Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band
Performing works made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Rez Abbasi Trio
Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers
Debuting commissioned work made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Mary Halvorson Quintet
From Berklee College of Music: The Ali Amr Experiment
RI Music Educators Association Senior All-State Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, August 4, 2013
FORT ADAMS STATE PARK
Chick Corea & The Vigil with Christian McBride, Tim Garland, Marcus Gilmore, & Charles Altura
Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band under the direction of Paquito D'Rivera
Hiromi: The Trio Project with Anthony Jackson & Steve Smith
Joshua Redman Quartet
Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
Steve Coleman Projects: Five Elements, Talea Ensemble and Duo with David Bryant
Jim Hall with Scott Colley, Lewis Nash and special guest Julian Lage
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Jon Batiste & Stay Human
"Songs That My Mother Loved"
Donny McCaslin Group
David Gilmore & Numerology featuring Claudia Acuña, Miguel Zenón, Luis Perdomo, Christian McBride, Jeff "Tain" Watts & Mino Cinelu
MA Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band
University of Rhode Island Jazz Festival Big Band
Laugh your socks off with the full line up comedians coming our way for this season of the Newport Comedy Series 2013 at the Newport Yachting Center. Kicking off this year’s exciting series will be the infamously witty Lily Tomlin where she will entertain you with more than a dozen of her timeless characters-from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. Joining Lily in the Newport comedy series will be the political comedian Bill Maher, the queen of mean Lisa Lampanelli, the man of many voices Jeff Dunham, and many more.
The water front venue is situated in the heart of downtown Newport a quick Walk down from the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, to the harbor. There you will enjoy a lovely evening of laughs, great food, beverages, and fun at the Newport Yachting center. Surrounded by quaint shops, restaurants, galleries and famed colonial architecture, it’s the perfect destination getaway! No need to fret if it is raining the venue offers a dry place to sit to enjoy your evening of entertainment under a tent with state of the art sound and lighting; all seats are great seats with the intimate stage.
Schedule of Comedians to come!
Bill Mahar July 28, 2013: For the last eighteen years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC 1993-2002), and for the last seven years on HBO’s “Real Time.” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-three Emmy nominations. in October 2008, the same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religilous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”). The documentary has gone on to be the 7th Highest Grossing Documentary ever.
Rodney Carrington August 1, 2013: Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. Morning Wood has been certified gold and Greatest Hits has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. In 2011 Rodney partnered with the ACA (American Country Awards) by presenting at their awards show and hosting the American Country New Year’s Eve Live show on Fox. According to Pollstar, Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years and among the top 4 or 5 the last several years. Rodney is on track to be in the top 5 again in 2012. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the US and Canada.
Jeff Denham Sunday August 11, 2013: His television specials and series have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have reached seven million units, his videos have received a half a billion views on You Tube, and his live concerts have become mega-events played in front of sold-out arenas worldwide.
No wonder Time Magazine wrote that he is “the most popular comedian in the United States” and Forbes named him to its Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers three years running.
Today, Jeff Dunham is a phenomenally successful global entertainment brand.
Dunham has, of course, plenty of help on-stage: his entourage of signature characters who are there to challenge and chastise his every sentence. There’s Walter, the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling, NASCAR-loving and resolutely red neck Bubba J; the furry and manic Peanut; José Jalapeño, the spicy pepper from South of the border; the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist; the almost as dead long-lost son of Achmed, AJ; and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy: Little Jeff. They may have all been conceived and hand crafted by Dunham, but his characters, who are anything but dummies, have now taken on a life of their own, each with their own legion of fans.
Katt Williams August 16, 2013: Katt Williams is one of America’s most popular comedians, rappers and actors. He is best known for his role as Money Mike in Friday After Next. He has also appeared on Nick Cannon’s MTV improv show, Wild ‘n Out, and is well known for playing the fictional character, Bobby Shaw, on the program My Wife and Kids.
Ron White August 18 2013: Ron “Tatar Salad” White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking hilarious comedian from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. Ron has established himself as a star in his own right. He is one of the top three grossing comedians in the United States over the past five years. Ron is a two-time Grammy nominated comedian with a gold record, three of the top rated one-hour television specials and Comedy Central history, a book that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and CD and DVD sales of more than 10 million units. He returns to Rhode Island as part of the “Moral Compass Tour” after two smash hit sellout performances in the 2007 and 2009 Newport Summer Comedy Series!
Dr. Drew & Adam Carolla August 25, 2013: Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew are back together on the Newport waterfront. Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of HLN’s Dr. Drew on Call, are reunited after providing a decade of hilarious love advice to listeners across the country when they co hosted Loveline, a syndicated radio program from 1995 to 2005. On August 25th fans and newcomers alike will enjoy the great stories and antics of Loveline.They will also have the opportunity to participate in a live audience interaction with Carolla and Drew. Carolla is a regular contributor on The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel and “The Adam Carolla Podcast” is the #1 downloaded podcast on iTunes.
Nick Offerman with Megan Mullally August 30, 2013 : Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks & Recreation’s ‘Ron Swanson’) is taking full advantage of his honey-glazed hindquarters in a humorous entree called “American Ham”, which features a veritable smorgasbord of cautionary tales, tunes, and tips for prosperity (with minor nudity). He is joined with special guest Megan Mullally and her band. Megan is a two-time Emmy award-winning and seven-time Emmy award nominee for her memorable role as Karen Walker in Will & Grace
John Pinette September 1, 2013: John Pinette has enjoyed a long acting career in both television and film. Duets, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Dear God, starring Greg Kinnear, and Junior, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger are just a few of his film credits. He was a regular on the series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, and starred as the carjack victim in the final episode of Seinfeld. Pinette was also seen in the summer of 2004 as the lovable Bumpo in Artisan Entertainment’s The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta.
A Folk festival typically celebrates traditional folk music, But these days, the Newport folk festival challenges peoples expectations of what folk should look and sound like, with a surprising lineup of artists that includes the Gothic rock singer Cold Specks, Nigerian Tuareg guitarist and singer Bombino, and shape-shifting rock artist Beck.
The Newport folk festival is one of the country's most prestigious and historic annual musicalperformances.Its legacy stretches back more than 50 years, with a long list of memorable performances from some of the most influential artists of all time: Bob Dylan (some will remember the booing of his electric guitar), Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and many, many more.
With a beautiful setting, Fort Adams State park, an amazing set of bands, the festival is less frantic than most music festivals. One can pretty much see everyone without going crazy. Or you can plant yourself a nice little seat by the main stage and see a whole host of amazing bands . . . This year there's more than 50 acts.
One of the great things about the Newport Folk Festival is that people have this image, because of the words "folk festival," as to what it is. And what Newport has always done has shaken what people think of as folk music. And Cold Specks is a Canadian artist that would shake that stereotype.
Fort Adams is located at 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI, 02840. One of the park system’s national treasures, Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The festival at the Fort features 4 stages of music, food & crafts, and a number of displays.
Ride your bike and reduce your carbon footprint! Bicycles are not allowed inside the festival grounds but can be locked in several areas of the park. We’re working with Bike Newport to facilitate bicycle traffic. Click here to learn more.
The Newport Harbor Shuttle provides continuous service between Perrotti Park or the Oldport Marine Dock on America’s Cup Ave in the Mooring Restaurant parking lot and Fort Adams beginning at 8 AM. Cost is $10.00 round trip and no reservations are required. From Jamestown, take the Jamestown & Newport Ferry – servicing Jamestown, Perrotti Park & Ft. Adams, leaving Jamestown & Newport approximately every 30 min. Click here for Ferry Service & Water Taxi Info. Click here for Ferry Service & Water Taxi Info.
Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI is about 1.5 hours from Boston and 3.5 hours from New York City.
There is limited on-site parking available at Fort Adams State Park for $12.00 per vehicle in advance; $15.00 on festival weekend. To purchase in advance, select the parking option during your ticket buying process on Ticketmaster. Parking opens at 11am on Friday, and 8am on Saturday & Sunday.
Parking for vehicles with ADA placards or license plates is available in the Lower Lot. Each vehicle gaining access to the Lower Lot must pay the parking fee; the holder of the placard MUST BE a passenger in the vehicle and produce the issued ADA handicap placard. Violation of any ADA placard or license carries a fine of up to $500. ADA parking is available. See full ADA information below.
IN TOWN PARKING
Avoid the Fort traffic and ride in style – park in town and take the ferry. Here’s some private parking options:
Lee’s Wharf Parking Lot
$10 a day, not manned, use machine to pay with credit card, no AMEX. The day expires at midnight
Lee’s Wharf, 433 Thames St, Newport, RI (401) 849-3060
Mary St Parking Lot
Large surface lot provides residents with 3 hours free parking (with resident sticker), has public restrooms and is located downtown 1 block from the waterfront.
6 Mary St, Newport, RI 02840
Long Wharf Lot
Metered lot with 24-hour operation and 9 hour limits. It is located off of America’s Cup Ave at the Long Wharf Mall.
Wyndham Long Wharf, 5 Washington St, Newport, RI 02840
The Conference and Visitors Bureau Parking Lot
Covered garage. $24 per day, about 2 Blocks from the Ann Street Pier. You may drop your luggage with us from 2pm until boarding for your convenience.
23 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, 401-845-9123
Booth Parking Inc.
138 Swinburne Row, Newport, RI, (401) 846-7275
What time does everything open?
Friday July 26
Box office opens at 12PM
Gates open at 1PM
Parking opens at 11am/shuttles start at 12PM
Water taxis start at 8am
Food & Crafts start at 10am
Music starts at 11:30am
Strolling down Memorial Boulevard from Bellevue, you can faintly hear sounds of drums bouncing off the historic building walls. As you approach the Long Wharf, you can begin to feel the bouncing off your chest, an in a moment it is silent. A moment goes by and the Taiko drum performers pause in a statuques position. Then the drums begin again, louder than and faster than before the grand finale begins, and with each strike the performers hit each drum with precision, making for a great finale and an opening of a wonderful festival. Every year I look forward to the Black Ships festival and its cultural influence on our historic town of Newport, RI. With more than enough activities for every one of our guests to enjoy this is one festival not to be missed.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Black Ships Festival offers a variety of events that emphasize both Japanese art and culture. Each year the Black Ships Festival commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Mathew C. Perry USN, of Newport. In 1854 Commodore Perry negotiated the first treaty ever signed between the United States and Japan, the Treaty of Kangawa. For the past several years, Newport and its sister city Shimoda celebrate this momentous occasion with many joyful events for all ages to enjoy.
All festivities in Newport are a short stroll away from the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Our guest will be able to enjoy the cultural haven with Newport’s celebration beginning on July 18th as the Navy Band salutes the black ships at 6:00pm on the Long Wharf Mall. One block from the Navy Band concert you will find the Japanese Fine Kimono Exhibit, Silken Craft and Embroidery, where widely renowned Kimono artist, Hiroko Ichie, presents an exhibit of the fine art of Japanese Kimono. From selection and assembly of the finest silk to the detailed embroidery of the Kimono’s “obi” belt, her handiwork is exquisite. Come see her display throughout the entire weekend of the Black Ships Festival in the rear row of Brick Market Place.
The events don’t end there, just a brief walk down Bellevue to Touro Park, our guests will be engulfed with more festivities than one can admire in a day. With concessions, displays, exhibits and demonstations, ensuring everyone will enjoy this festival and will make memories for a life time. See below for the schedule of all the vents for the 2013 Black Ships Festival Newport RI.
Friday July 19th 2013
Festival Opening Ceremonies
10:30 AM • TOURO PARK, BELLEVUE AVENUE
Colorful ceremonies to commemorate Newport’s native son, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa, which opened trade between Japan and the United States. Wreath-laying at Commodore Perry’s statue and speeches by American and Japanese dignitaries. Navy Color Guard. Newport Artillery Co. will fire cannon salutes. Channing Memorial Church will play their Bells in honor of the Opening Ceremonies.
Japanese Fine Kimono Exhibit, Silken Craft and Embroidery
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM • 223 GODDARD ROW AT THE BRICK MARKET PLACE
Widely renowned Kimono artist, Hiroko Ichie, presents an exhibit of the fine art of Japanese Kimono. From selection and assembly of the finest silk to the detailed embroidery of the Kimono’s “obi” belt, her handiwork is exquisite. Come see her display throughout the entire weekend of the Black Ships Festival in the rear row of Brick Market Place. Ichie-sensei and her students have traveled from their home of Shizuoka, Japan to share the spirit and vitality of this time-honored art form with Shizuoka’s Prefecture’s Sister-City-By-The-Sea. 401.808.0162.
Sushi Sake Sail I
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM • GOAT ISLAND MARINA
Sail aboard one of the magnificent Tall Ships, the 101′ Schooner Aurora. View Newport harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan, and sample sushi. Space is limited to 68 people. A sellout every year! Sponsored by IDC, The Newport Experience. $30 per person in advance and $35 day of the event (if available). For tickets call 401-846-2720, or online at www.blackshipsfestival.com.
Saturday July 20th
Arts & Crafts
10:00AM – 4:00PM • Touro Park
Touro Park on Bellevue Avenue is transformed into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops, and displays.
Touro Park Demonstrations & Workshops
Japanese Fine Kimono Exhibit, Silken Craft and Embroidery
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM • 223 GODDARD ROW AT THE BRICK MARKET PLACE
Widely renowned Kimono artist, Hiroko Ichie, presents an exhibit of the fine art of Japanese Kimono. From selection and assembly of the finest silk to the detailed embroidery of the Kimono’s “obi” belt, her handiwork is exquisite. Come see her display throughout the entire weekend of the Black Ships Festival in the rear row of Brick Market Place, one block from the Taiko Drum Prelude. Ichie-sensei and her students have traveled from their home of Shizuoka, Japan to share the spirit and vitality of this time-honored art form with Shizuoka’s Prefecture’s Sister-City-By-The-Sea. 401.808.0162.
Experience Dressing and Wearing Japanese Yukata
BY APPOINTMENT DURING EXHIBIT HOURS • 223 GODDARD ROW AT THE BRICK MARKET PLACE
Become a part of the Black Ships festivities by dressing in Japanese Summer Kimono (Yukata) and strolling the Brick Market in traditional style. Dressing and photo session available by appointment, stop by the exhibit to make a reservation. Sessions are 30 minutes for dressing and photo, with 30 minute opportunity to stroll downtown Newport. $20 donation is requested, proceeds to support the Black Ships Festival and Shimoda Sister City Student Exchange program. 401.808.0162.
Lost Sword Techniques of the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States Era, 15th – 17th Century)
Kenjutsu Enbu (Samurai Sword Demonstration). This demonstration will be a catalog of techniques preserved by Toshitsugu Takamatsu, who re-presented the documents of Kukishin Ryū Bikenjutsu in scrolls to the Kuki family following the loss of their antique documents, incinerated during the bombings of WWII. This demonstration will be presented by Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac, NY and his students.
An Introduction Workshop on the Samurai Sword
10:15AM to 11:00 AM
Join us for a one hour workshop covering the fundamental movement found in the study of Samurai Sword. This workshop will be offered to all those interested in the sword, it’s history and effectiveness regardless of age or experience level. Topics covered will include the first four forms of the Kukishin Ryū. This demonstration will be presented by Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac, NY and his students.
Kite Making Workshop
10:30 AM • TOURO PARK
Children learn to build a kite with the help of Newport’s Sister City Shimoda, Japan . (limited to 50 children)
Celebrate The Summer Like They Do In Japan
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM • THE JAPANESE CONSULATE TENT
Join staff and volunteers from the Consulate General of Japan in Boston for summer festival activities. Celebrate the summer holiday of Tanabata by writing a wish on a paper streamer and hanging it from the bamboo branches. Kids can try their hand at the typical summer festival games of Kingyo Sukui (goldfish scooping) and Yo-yo Tsuri (fishing for balloons).
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Haruo Shiga, a renown craftsman, will teach children to make Japanese toys: Den-Den Daiko (Drum). Children ages 7-12.
11:00 AM • LAWN
R.I. Ninjutsu Center demonstrates this secretive form of martial arts that has lasted more than 900 years.
Feng Shui with Stephen Devine
Learn about the centuries old study of the relationship between human beings and their living-working environment. Everything from the planning of entire cities to the shape of your house, or the position of your bed can have far-reaching implications on our health and prosperity. Through the application of Feng Shui you can enhance your knowledge, career, family relationships, marriage and well-being!
Anime & Manga Demonstration
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) have become very popular in the U.S. over the past few years. Learn and ask questions about these two unique art forms, and learn how to draw an anime-style character of your own. Presented by Ed Sutherland.
Arresting techniques of the Samurai
This demonstration will show three methods of arrest and control of criminals during the Edo Period. Applications seen within the demonstration will include empty handed techniques of the Takagi Yoshin Ryū, police truncheon techniques and sword disarming and restraining techniques of the weighted chain. As well, a comprehensive discussion about the arrest and control methods of Taihojutsu will be presented to the audience. Presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY and his students.
Sushi Making Demonstration
Haruki Restaurant of Cranston demonstrates.
12:00 PM -1:00 PM
• UNDER THE TENT
A demonstration by Japanese Master Calligrapher, Michio Imai, of Kaji Aso Studio, Institute for the Arts. Michiko was awarded the highest rank in Japanese Calligraphy of Shihan. She is among the few to have won multiple best of category awards in national Competitions (Japan). Her work has been displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Nara City Museum of Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art.
Aikido and Iaido Demonstration
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM • LAWN
A demonstration of the martial art of Aikido and the sword art of Laido with live blade cutting. Newport Aikido welcomes you for on-going demonstrations of the modern martial art of Aikido. Aikido blends mind, body and spirit. Reflective in nature, it is a non-violent martial art that is ethically linked to defense against an unprovoked attack. Aikido teaches people sincerity and compassion, and helps a person to realize their own potential as a human being.
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
The artist, Jan Zaremba, will paint a masterwork in 3 minutes, explaining brush technique, use of ink, rice paper and the history of Far Eastern Art.
Japanese Fine Kimono Presentation and Fashion Show
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM • , MAIN ATRIUM, OF GATEWAY CENTER
Hiroko Ichie presents a live demonstration of her fine-art craft in a parade of traditional and energetic fashion. See live models demonstrate the wearing of formal Kimono as well as summer-time casual Yukata.
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Okinawan Temple School demonstrates traditional martial arts of Okinawa, Japan
Artist, author and inventor Benjamin John Coleman, will be demonstrating the art of making origami flowers.
Sidearm of the Samurai, Tantō and Wakizashi
An in depth look at the unique short blades of the Samurai warrior. Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac NY will be doing a presentation on two of the most important tools of the classical Japanese warrior that is often shadowed by the katana. The tantō (短刀) and it’s unique blade formation served as not only a utility for the Samurai, but was a minor weapon that changed the course of major battles in Japanese history. The wakizashi was a short sword, a trusted side arm of the Samurai that could go with him where his long sword couldn’t. This presentation will also include centuries old relics and modern replicas of both weapons for display. Following the presentation, Mr. Mitchell will offer a tantō-jutsu and kodachi-jutsu demonstration from the Kukishin Ryū.
Iaijutsu & Tameshigiri Enbu
This group demonstration will present the 5 forms of the Jinen Ryū Iaijutsu, sword drawing and cutting forms. This is a demonstration not to be missed. Following the demonstration, students will demonstrate tameshigiri, or test cutting with live swords. Presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY.
2:00 PM • LAWN
R.I. Ninjutsu Center demonstrates this secretive form of martial arts that has lasted more than 900 years.
2:00 PM • LAWN
A special demonstration of the centuries old CHA-DO (Way of the Tea) led by Kaji Aso Studio.
Stick fighting of the Samurai
Witness the stick fighting techniques of the Samurai during this demonstration of Hanbōjutsu, the three foot stick. This demonstration will include the complete forms of the Kukishin Ryū school and will be presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY.
Koto & Shamisen Player
Enjoy the sounds of Koto and Shamisen player Ms. Sumie Kaneko. Ms. Kaneko has graduated from Tokyo University and has been playing Koto since she was six years old and in 1994 won the 2nd International High School Art and Music Competition in Koto. She continues an important tradition of Japanese music and breathes new life into it. Her spirit highlights the universality of this timeless music.
Basic techniques of the Ken
Join Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac NY for a fun workshop on the fundamentals of Samurai sword handling. This workshop is open to all ages and skill levels, the only requirement to attend is to possess a willingness to learn. Step back in time with a sword in hand and train like the old warriors of Japan’s past in a tradition that is over 400 years old.
Benjamin John Coleman, of origami Bonsai Company, will have a demonstration teaching you how to create amazing sculptural works that take the shape of bonsai and other flora and fauna.
Amerikick Martial Arts
Demonstration of traditional Japanese and Amerikick Martial Arts. How Japanese karate influences martial arts in the USA. Demo of katas, hand to hand fighting, weapons and discussion of Japanese farm tools adapted to martial arts. Benefits of studying martial arts no matter what age.