2014 marks the 44th annual Christmas on Newport festival, a citywide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season. The program boasts multiple activities for nearly every day of the December calendar with Monday, December 1 being the official opening date. The ceremony in Washington Square features the mayor's proclamation, a tree lighting and the Newport Artillery cannon salute. The Newport Historical Society's Open House is held at the top of Washington Square. As part of the official opening ceremony you can tour the historic structure that is the Colony House and listen to festive music and other live entertainment.
The festival seeks to emphasize the non-commercial traditions of the holiday season. With community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue avenue. The lights are meant to simulate the candlelight of holidays of bygone days. 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.
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The Preservation Society of Newport County creates the dazzling spectacle of Christmas at the Newport Mansions beginning November 22, 2014 and lasting through January 4, 2015. It is part of the program of events for Christmas in Newport but has its own schedule and calendar. Music, tours and amazing decorations highlight the the celebration. Three National Historic Landmarks, icons of the Gilded Age in America, the Breakers, The Elms and Marble House are filled with thousands of pointsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths.
A total of 24 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room styles anchor many of the monumental spaces. Period silver and china sparkle on elegant dining tables and the windows of each mansion are lit with individual candles. Special displays and multiple musical events and performances are featured throughout the holiday schedule. There are visits with Santa set for each mansion.
Also part of Christmas at the Newport Mansions is the another highly anticipated
holiday tradition, The Nutcracker at Rosecliff. The Island Moving Company presents a memorable rendition of the beloved ballet classic in the setting of Newport's most romantic mansions, Rosecliff. Set within the mansion's salons, ballrooms and on the iconic staircase, this unique production has received considerable critical praise. As you follow the scenes from room to room you are so close to the performers you feel yourself to be truly involved in the story. This year The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is scheduled for November 28-30 and December 2-5.
If you love to eat and enjoy the experience of a good restaurant, a great prix-fixe meal awaits you at top restaurants during Newport, RI Restaurant Week.The two-week-long event show cases our best and brightest chefs tantilizing your taste buds with a prix-fixe meal that won't break the bank.
It also supports a major fund raising effort for local charities. This year more than 50 restaurants are participating. Visit Newport and sample some of the best food in New England for an unbeatable price. Go to Discovernewport.com for a complete list of participating restaurants.
Newport Restaurant Week is 11/7-11/16.
The 2014 Newport Restaurant Week occurs from November 7 to November 16. This annual offering features a prix fixe, 3 course meal for lunch or dinner. From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to elegant, romantic dinners, the Newport and Bristol county restaurants present an array of creative menus without breaking your budget. With a wide range of food choices and specialties you are sure to find your favorites as well as be able to explore new taste and dining experiences
So make your reservations, the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast has availability and so do the restaurants, but we're all booking-up nicely. Allow us to concierge you on the best places to make those dining reservations . . . you still have time!
Since Newport is all about fun and having a wonderful memorable time, we at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast would like to introduce you the newest thing in biking; Pedego electric bikes. Pedego electric bikes combine style and function to open up cycling to anyone who might otherwise not be getting the benefits from bike riding. Many people would like to ride a bike in Newport, but find it impractical or impossible because of hills, distance, health reasons, and knee problems.
Our PEDEGO™ electric bikes make biking Newport much more accessible, and in a word... FUN.
(Call us at: 401-849-6865 about our Pedego electric bike fall package)
Newport is such a beautiful place to stay and visit. Arguably the best way to enjoy Newport is by bicycle. On a bike, you can still appreciate the outdoors -- like walking, but you can also get to places in a quicker fashion than if you were on foot. See the mansions, cruise the 10 mile ocean drive, visit Fort Adams, stop by Castle Hill Lighthouse or just feel the wind in your face.
Newport is a very bike-friendly place. In 2014 the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards and Newport has been named a Bronze BFC – the first BFC in the state of Rhode Island!
“Newport is playing a critical role in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Newport’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”
The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while benchmarking their progress toward improved bicycle-friendliness. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Newport’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
Newport is also the historic home of the bicycling movement. If you take a stroll through Touro Park off Bellevue Avenue, you’ll see this monument (pictured below), carved with the League’s winged wheel logo. Erected in 1980, it commemorates the founders of the League of American Wheelmen (now Bicyclists), who began their commitment to better and safer cycling in our own “City by the Sea.”
The best way to bike in Newport is to stay at the Ivy Lodge and bike the electric way; with Pedego electric bikes. With their bright colors and a retro look, Pedego Electric Bikes look like the cruiser bikes that dominated the U.S. market in the 1950s before giving way to lightweight Euro racers.
The bikes have wide handlebars, upright seating posture and fat tires just like the old beach bikes. But they have been updated in numerous ways, including aluminum frames, front and rear disc brakes and Shimano gears.
However, the biggest change is the electric motor mounted in the rear wheel with its book-shaped battery discreetly set on the luggage platform above.
Let us show you why Pedego Electric Bikes, with their classic California styling, are the most enjoyable way to experience Newport. Pedego can give you the freedom and fun of being a kid again!
(Call us today @ 401-849-6865 to discuss a Pedego bike packages at the Ivy Lodge)
It comes with deep sadness that the summer is slowly starting to leave us... but on the other hand, with that so will the crowded streets of Newport, long lines for lobster rolls, and packed parking lots. Futhermore, there is still some amazing weather to come and so many outdoor activities to enjoy here in Newport. When I think of the fall, the first thing that comes to mind is all of the amazing colors the trees turn, but also crisp morning air, and hiking. Newport foliage is beautiful this time of the year and it has been predicted that the turning of the leaves will be around mid October with temperatures at a comfortable 65 degrees. What would be better than enjoying the out doors right? Here is a list below of some wonderful places to enjoy all the fall foliage and... the great outdoors while stayng with us at the Ivy Lodge this October.
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Children: $3.00 (ages 3-12) Children under 3 are free
With over 300 acres and seven miles of hiking trails, there is plenty to see at all times of the year! You can bring your binoculars and go for a walk along our well-maintained trails. You will be sure to see a variety of local and migratory birds, depending on the season!
Visit the Norman Bird Sanctuary Barn Museum: The 19th Century Barn highlights Rhode Island’s natural history with a variety of wildlife and ecosystem exhibits. With a historical perspective from the time of Native Americans to the present, you’ll travel through the forest, field, ridge, and beach habitats of NBS!
Guided bird walks are offered every other Sunday (see calendar for dates-registration not necessary; walks are free with membership, otherwise a trail fee applies). Birders meet in the parking lot and depart at 8am and return 10am. Be sure to download our Birds of the Norman Bird Sanctuary Checklist and bring your binoculars! You can also stay up to date on local migrant sightings by regularly checking our “Recent Sightings” list.
Sachuest Point Natural Wild Life Refuge
Open from Sunrise to Sunset
If you are looking for colorful, easy to see birds, then Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is the place to be. The refuge is home to the second largest wintering population of harlequin ducks on the Atlantic coast. By scanning the coastline, visitors may also see loons, eiders, and gannets. More than 200 bird species visit the refuge seasonally, and other occasional migrating travelers include the peregrine falcon, northern harrier, as well as snowy and short-eared owls.
Walking the nearly 3 miles of trails around Sachuest Point offers visitors the opportunity to experience several habitats where interesting animals and plants can be observed and photographed. The refuge includes 40 acres of salt marsh lands and steep rocky shorelines around the perimeter. Most visitors enjoy year-round birdwatching, and elevated observation platforms along the trails provide unobstructed views of the refuge. A short distance away at Third Beach is our recently restored salt marsh habitat, a new birding "hotspot" and a favorite of birders and non-birders alike. In addition, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its fantastic saltwater fishing, and has an active night fishing permit system.
Plan Your Visit:
Dress for the weather.
Insect repellent is recommended. We do have deer ticks but you will rarely be exposed to their habitat on the trail.
Poison Ivy is common on the refuge. All parts of the plant can cause a rash during any season.
Bring water and drink plenty of it while engaging in activities on the refuge.
Be sure to use sun protection and to not over-exert yourself.
Sweet Berry Farm
Open from 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Perhaps after your visits to the Norman Bird Sanctuary or Sachuest Wild Life Refuge, take a five minute drive to an amazing gourmet farm. In the neighborhood of both wildlife parks you will find a local treasure Sweet Berry Farm. Sweet Berry Farm is a post-and-beam farm market sitting on 100 acres of preserved farmland in Middletown, Rhode Island, and is filled with our own seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. The pick-your-own season begins in mid-June when the first strawberries are ripe and ends in December with our festive Christmas Trees.
Our Enjoy amazing food sweet berries chefs create, ranging from all sorts of delicious sweets and savories using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Enjoy Sweet Berry Farm for breakfast or lunch, and then take home goodies for a gourmet dinner or dessert!
The Scenic ocean drive not only offers a combination of the wealthy Newport Society Mansions, and vast oceans views, but it also offers some of the most beautiful foliage that Newport has to offer. The drive is just over ten miles long, and on the drive you will find a few great spots to stop along the way. The first destination for colorful fall foliage would be Fort Adams, not only will they tours of the porperty but the out doors is where the majestic landscape can be adored. After, you can continue down winding roads through the mansion packed neighborhoods, and drive though colorful autumn tunnels of changing leaves. Lastly, Brenton State Park would be a wonderful place to stop and walk through there paths to enjoy some beautiful fall atmosphere, maybe even enjoy a picnic while enjoying not only the fall floiage but also the vast scenic ocean views.
Directions for the 10 Mile Ocean Drive (provided by http://www.oceandrivenewport.com/)
1. Starts at The Elms on Bellevue Ave.[just south of Memorial Blvd.] and runs south to Narragansett Ave. [there is a red light at this intersection].
2. Turn left [east] onto Narragansett Ave. and drive down to Ochre Point Ave. [[[while you are on Narragansett Ave. you may like to continue to the end of the street to visit the famous Forty Steps on Cliff Walk. If you can find a parking space this is probably the best segment of Cliff Walk and you can walk along the ocean side of Ochre Point Ave. through the campus of Salve University and through the gate to the Breakers – 20 min. round trip.]]]
3. Turn right onto Ochre Point Ave. where a number of the historic estates are located and now owned and used by Salve Regina University: Ochre Court, Vinland, Vinland Gate House — and where the The Breakers mansion is.
4. When you reach the end of Ochre Point Ave. turn right [west] on Ruggles Ave. to drive by Ochre Lodge, Althrope Carriage House, Althrope, Fairhome Carriage House, and Stoneacre Carriage House [more of the estates currently used by Salve University].
5. At the intersection of Ruggles and Bellevue Ave. [Fairlawn] turn left [south] on Bellevue Ave to drive by Beechwood, Marble House, Rosecliff, Belcourt Castle, and Rough Point. For an illustrated map segment dated 1939 click here.
6. At the end of Bellevue Ave. [the Avenue itself turns right and continues to a small rotary drive at the end of Cliff Walk where the secret, but public, Reject Beach is]. Turn right onto Coggeshall Ave. and take the first left onto Ocean Ave.
7. On Ocean Ave. drive along the ocean by Bailey's Beach [private], Hazard Beach [private] and Gooseberry Beach [open to the public, pay parking]. Continue on by the "Cove," [for a 360-degree photo of the "Cove" These are large photo files and may take a minute or two to load], and then King's Beach [state], Brenton State Park [360 of Brenton Park], and the Inn at Castle Hill. [[[Brenton State Park is a large park with decent parking and is great to spend a couple of hours to picnic or sail a kite or just hang out on the rocks and enjoy the ocean. ]]]
8. Turn right onto Castle Hill Ave., drive north to the first intersection and go left onto Ridge Rd. to go by the U.S. Coast Guard Station and past Ocean Cliff.
9. At the end of Ridge Rd. go left onto Harrison Ave. to go by Hammersmith Farm [Jackie Kennedy's summer home which unfortunately is no longer open to the public] and Ft. Adams. Ft. Adams is an ideal place to view Newport Harbor, and investigate Rhode Island Public Sailing Center Sail Newport and the Museum of Yachting. The Fort is open for tours. The view of Newport is spectacular.
10. At the next intersection turn left and then left again onto Halidon Ave. to go by the New York Yacht Club. For this illustrated map segment dated 1939 click here.
11. Continue right onto Wellington Ave. to go by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club [Lime Rock Light] and Newport's King Park [for a 360 photo of the park click here] with its statue of Rochambeau who brought the French army to Newport to help Washington win the Revolutionary War. King Park is the southern end of Newport Harbor and the Newport Harbor Walk. [360 of King Park]
October is here, and although the beaches may be closed, and the water may be a little chilly; there are still so many fun activities here to do in Newport for all of our guests to enjoy. Call the Ivy Lodge today to book your stay for some amazing weather and all infomation on autumn fun!
Calling all sea captains, fisherman, and boat enthusiasts! The 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show will be making its way here on September 11-14; this will be the premier show for all boat lovers in the northeast. This prestigious event will feature new sailboats, powerboats, and thousands of products and services from both domestic and international exhibitors. The Boat Show will encompass over 13 acres of Newport’s beautiful waterfront with all boats ready to board and review.
On the land side, there’s a bountiful array of marine products and services to enhance the boating lifestyle. Domestic and international dealers and manufacturers will be on hand to provide you with valuable information and answers to all your questions. With numerous countries represented - it truly is an international event. Multiple waterfront facilities along America's Cup Avenue host the Show including Newport Yachting Center, Oldport Marine, Bannister's Wharf and Bowen's Wharf and Newport Harbor Hotel. All Show sites are accessible by land or by FREE water taxi service.
Nothing beats life on the water...and there is no better place to get hands-on training to improve your boat handling skills or, to learn new ones. Whether you are a seasoned boatsmen or new to the sport, the international boat show is the place to be. Come and anchor yourself here with us at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast for a fun-filled weekend at the 2014 Boat Show!
More highlights of the Boat Show below:
Confident Captain, At the Helm gives you VIP status at the 2014 Newport International Boat Show!
Register for At the Helm training and receive:
A Boat-Show goodie bag!
A chance to win a $150 gift certificate to one of Newport Restaurant Group’s eight award winning restaurants located throughout Rhode Island.
Receive discounted rates for future At the Helm training courses on your own boat with Confident Captain/Ocean Pros.
4TH ANNUAL Cruisers Party - All Boaters Invited!
On Saturday, Sept. 13th, join others with your same passion for boating, along with the exhibitors and industry folks, for a great evening of refreshments and fun at the Cruisers Party, hosted by Cruising Outpost - a quarterly magazine and online interactive destination website created by Bob & Jody Bitchin and Crew. The Cruisers Party is a favorite event at major boat shows around the country. To attend, you must be inside the show gates on Saturday by 6:00 PM - no additional ticket needed. Prize drawing to benefit the "Call of the Sea Foundation;" live music, pizza, beer and soft drinks are free while they last, so come, kick back, and enjoy!
On the Weekend - Let Sailor Donna Entertain Your Kids!
Kids can enjoy the amazing face painting and balloon twisting talents of Sailor Donna. She’ll entertain your children with her lively personality and gentle nature!
Hours: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: near the Marina Dock Office at the Newport Yachting Center
Laugh your socks off with the full line-up of comedians coming our way for this season in the 2014 Newport Comedy Series. Arriving to Newport for two fun filled shows will be none other than one of America's favorite TV dads, Bill Cosby, who is well known for captivating generations on television for over a decade. Join us on Sunday, August 17th, for an amazing show by one of our most beloved comedian legends at the Newport Yachting Center.
The water front venue is situated in the heart of downtown Newport with a quick ten minute walk from the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast. 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 and enjoy your evening of entertainment under a tent with state of the art sound and lighting; all seats are great seats with this intimate stage setting.
There is more fun and laughter all season long with comedians...join the line up such as the hilarious Jim Jefferies, August 22nd, and Amy Schumer, August 30th. Dont miss out on all the comedy arriving here in Newport this Summer!
For more Information on all Newport Comedy Series Events Visit: http://newportcomedy.com
Boogie on down to Newport for this year’s Jazz Festival! We still have availability at the Ivy
Lodge Bed and Breakfast, and it won’t last long! It is going to be a great weekend for a relaxing getaway, and a great time to enjoy the outdoors while listening to smooth Jazz.
On Friday, August 1st enjoy a wonderfully romantic evening under the stars. Not far from our neighborhood, take a brief walk down Bellevue Avenue where the 2014 Jazz Festival will kick off their 60th anniversary at the International Tennis Hall of Fame with a 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, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as they perform on the same center court where the likes of Big Bill Tilden once made history here in Newport.
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 majestic panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. Not only will the music be incredible but there are an 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 some icons taking center stage include: Masada String Trio , Cecile McLorin Salvant and many up-and-comers. Please join us at the Ivy Lodge for the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival and listen to an eray of musicians from the lawn of the showcase Fort Stage, where, in the shadow of the Newport Bridge, all 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 all the legends they've come to see!
“The most festive of Festivals”
Bernard Levin of the London Times
The Newport Music Festival will be honoring its 46th season of delivering unique chamber music programs, American debuts, and word-class artists hosted in some of the most historical mansions of the Gilded Age. Each year the festival researches and selects works from the 19th century chamber music, vocal repertoire, and the romantic era piano literature with expectations of creating one of the most extraordinary festivals in the world.
With eighty (plus) musicians joining the 2014 Newport Music Festival this year, the concerts will continue to encompass the tradition of the festival's 45 years of success in creating an international group of artists. In addition, this year's festival will be breaking its own record in having more musicians taking the stage from around the globe. With artists arriving to our beautiful city representing the best of the best from 18 different countries, this year's family of artist will debut over 30 magnificent musicains.
The Newport Music Festival has been an ongoing tradition in our city by sea and, like in the past, this year's event won't be one to miss.
Stay with us at the Ivy Lodge and easily walk to many of the mansions to enjoy what will be known as the “most festive of all festivals” hosted here in Newport.
For more information please visit: http://www.musicfestival.org
List of Events: http://www.newportmusic.org/resources/NMF-Brochure-2014-june13.pdf
Celebrating its 31th 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 Coming to you this weekend! For futher information and where to find events please visit : Newport Black Ships
Calender of Events:
Thursday July 17th 2014
Lecture on Traditional Japanese boat building by Doug Brooks
6:30-7:30 • Newport Public Library 300 Spring Street
Douglas Brooks has apprenticed with four different boat builders in Japan since 1996, and in this slide talk he will share his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from over a dozen trips to Japan since 1990. Douglas is a boat builder, writer and researcher. He specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. The lecture is sponsored by the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project. Also featured will be the newly published book about Commodore Mathew C Perry’s expedition.
Friday July 18th 2014
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.
Sushi Sake Sail I
1:30 PM – 3:30 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.
Newport Community Band
6:00 PM • LONG WHARF/BRICK MARKET AREA
The band will provide exuberant entertainment as they play a wide variety of music (weather permitting).
Saturday July 19th 2014
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
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 • UNDER THE SHIMODA TENT
Children learn to build a kite with the help of students from Newport’s Sister City Shimoda, Japan . (limited to 50 children)
Celebrate The Summer Like They Do In Japan
11:00 AM – 3:30 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.
Amerikick Martial Arts
12:00 PM • LAWN
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.
The Art of Brush Painting
Jan Zaremba will demonstrate the art of Japanese Ink Painting by spontaneously creating masterworks in minutes.
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.
Demonstration On Making A Fish Rubbing Print
Mind & Body with Okinawa Karate
This workshop will help coordination and motor skills while exercising mind and body.
1:30 PM- 2:30PM UNDER THE SHIMODA TENT
Learn Calligraphy from Mr Shinji of Newport’s Sister City.
1:30 PM • LAWN
A special demonstration of the centuries old CHA-DO (Way of the Tea) led by Kaji Aso Studio.
Ikebana Demonstration and Workshop
1:30 PM- 2:30PM UNDER THE SHIMODA TENT
See a facinating Ikebana demonstration my Mrs Shinji from Shimoda. Mrs Shinji is an amazing flower arranger.
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.
Feng Shui with Stephen Devine
This workshop will help coordination and motor skills while exercising mind and body.
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.
From Okinawa, the Birthplace of Karate. Consists of exercise, self defense drills, techniques and several farming tools converted to weapons by the Okinawan people.
The Art of Brush Painting
Jan Zaremba will demonstrate the art of Japanese Ink Painting by spontaneously creating masterworks in minutes.
TOURO PARK ON-GOING ACTIVITIES & DISPLAYS
Calligraphy by Kaji Aso Studio
Haruki Japanese Restaurant
Hiroko Shikashio Artworks; Watercolor, Collages and photographs
IACE Travel Boston
Shiatsu, Reiki, Sotai and reflexology
Japanese healing and relaxation techniques from Inner Wisdom
SHORIN-RYU Karate from Okinawan, Japan
Sumi-e Painting & Calligraphy with Jan Zaremba
We are proud to honor the Van Alen name by having named our finest room after General James Van Alen, a former owner of what is now our home and bed and breakfast, the Ivy Lodge. Just a ten minute walk down Bellevue from the Ivy Lodge, our guests can get an upclose view at all the action this week at the Tennis Hall of Fame in there Championships for the Van Alen cup, and the Rolex Hall of Fame Weekend Featuring the 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony.
Just as the vigorous rounds of Wimbledon wrap up, the top ATP World Tour Pros will arrive in Newport with hopes of winning the Van Alen Cup. Spectators will catch all the action as the pro tennis players match up on the Tennis Hall of Fame's infamous grass courts, which have been previously played on by top pros such as John Isner, Llleyon Hewitt, and the 2013 singles and doubles champion, Nicholas Mahut. The Tennis Hall of Fame has plenty to offer its guests with its incredible views so close to all the action, along with special events including tennis clinics, an autograph session with the greats, an opportunity to walk the grounds, and of course, the museum where guests can learn about the history of the game.
Festivities begin July 5th through July 7th with a family weekend event, Qualifying rounds, and a Main Draw closing up all the fun...here at the Tennis Hall of Fame.
A few short days after the matches are played for the Van Alen Cup, the Tennis Hall of Fame will introduce new inductees. The Enshrinement Ceremony begins on July 12th where the highest honor in tennis will be presented to the sports great champions and leaders. The 2014 Enshinees include former ranked No. 1, Lindsey Davenport and wheel chair tennis great Chatal Vandierendonck . It will be a one of a kind experience to honor the great players from the past and present for all there dedication and development in the sport of tennis world wide.
For more information about this week events at the International Tennis Hall of Fame: http://www.halloffametennischampionships.com/