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Black Ships Festival: A Cultural Haven

  
  
  
  

Ikokusen zu by Unknown Japanese artist

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.

Taiko drum performers

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)
10:00 AM
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).

Happy-Happy-Den-Den-Drums
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.

NINJA Demonstration
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
11:15 AM
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
11:30 AM
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
12:00 PM
Haruki Restaurant of Cranston demonstrates.

Calligraphy Demonstration 
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.

Sumi-e Demonstration
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.

SHORIN-RYU Demonstration
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Okinawan Temple School demonstrates traditional martial arts of Okinawa, Japan

Origami Flowers
12:30 PM

Artist, author and inventor Benjamin John Coleman, will be demonstrating the art of making origami flowers.

Sidearm of the Samurai, Tantō and Wakizashi
12:30 PM
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
1:00 PM
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.

NINJA Demonstration
2:00 PM • LAWN
R.I. Ninjutsu Center demonstrates this secretive form of martial arts that has lasted more than 900 years.

Tea Ceremony
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
2:00 PM
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
2:30 PM
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
2:45 PM
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.

Mindful Origami
2:45 PM
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
3:00 PM

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.

 

 

2013 Newport Music Festival

  
  
  
  

 

For all Music Lovers

            This year will mark the 45th season of the Newport Music Festival and its ongoing tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world class artists, and special events held in the famous Mansions of Newport RI. This year will be Newport Music Festival’s most ambitious seasons yet, with an abundant line up of 62 concerts one would think it would be hard to find new firsts to claim the stagedescribe the image but this year will be filled with them.  With music ranging from Bach to Brudeck the festival will also present some of our timeless favorite chamber music composers playing tribute to the bicentennials of the iconic opera titans; Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Not only will the festival offer unique roster of composers but they will for the first time broaden their menu by embracing programs of ragtime, tango, and Klezmer.

Another first for the festival can be found in its family which will encompass 70 musicians hailing from 18 countries, with 40 of whom will be making their Newport debut.  Along with returning artists the festival has so much to offer to any kind of music lover, with festival highlights such as Box Lunch concerts, Family and children concerts, Midnight series, and Sunset concerts at the breakers there will be fun for all to enjoy.

Box Lunch Concerts are one of the many special events held by the Newport Music Festival this year with four opportunities on the Elm’s Courtyard on Saturday July 13th and July 20th, with events on Sunday July 21st, and a Friday event on July 26th.  Morning concerts are held at 11 am fallowed by a box lunch around 1pm, and afternoon concerts at 2pm.  Tickets are $50.00 per person and it will be a special treat form “neath the elms”.

Concerts are held throughout the week, making it a perfect opportunity to plan for a trip down to Newport’s historic Mansion district and our beautiful beaches.  Come stay with us at the Ivy Lodge and take advantage of our midweek rates while enjoying all that the Newport Music festival has to offer. If you plan on coming with the entire family, the Newport Music Festival offers a special event during the week just for you.  The Family and Children concerts is 

casino theatreperfect for guests of all ages.  This concert will incorporate a delightful duo of pianists Frederic Chiu and story teller David Gonzales as the bring entertaining to both the Casino Theatre and Blithewold Mansion.  The family concerts will consist of storytelling of family classics such as Peter and the Wolf, and The Story of Babar. Family concerts will be held on July 22nd -24th.  Treat your inner night owl with one of the Newport Music Festivals Midnight Concerts.  This midweek concert is one hour long , and will delight you with Bach partitas, rare chamber music and a sonata by violinists Eugene Tzikindelean, the Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio.  You will also enjoy songs and dances by virtuoso violinist Tasmin Little with the late night cabaret style buffet.  Join us for the incredible festival artist at 11p.m. to midnight at the Newport Grand Event Center on July 23rd and 24th tickets cost $20.00 per person.

   Summer is a wonderful time to visit historic Newport with so many things to do you'll never have a dull monent.  Come join us for some fun at the Ivy Lodge, and learn about the Newport Mansions, enjoy our coast lines and beaches, and all the amazing artists of the Newport Music Festival has to offer. 

Jade: Eastern Obsessions Newport Flower show 2013

  
  
  
  

June 21-23, 2013

Jade: Eastern Obsessions 

Only one week left . . . 

The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast has rooms available. Our bed and breakfast is situated in the mansion district, just blocks away from the Rosecliff, an easy stroll to this most anticipated event . .  Newport Flower Show. Stay with us and purchase adult tickets for $15 per person (day of show) 

The Newport Flower Show will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 23. Advance sale and Preservation Society member admission tickets are $18 per person. Tickets sold at the door will be $25 on Friday, $23 on Saturday or Sunday. 

The Ivy Lodge is kid friendly and the The Newport Flower Show is the perfect place for kids too!

kid friendly newport flower show

 Introduce your kids to the beauty and passion of gardening by signing them up for some of the children's classes. Advance registration is required:http://www.newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show/childrens-division One-day Show tickets for children between the ages of 13 and 17 are $6, and all children 12 and under are admitted free. 

Discover the mysteries of the East. Gardens, treasures, traditions, and native plants all blend to create the simple yet stunning beauty of this exotic part of the world. 

creativty at it%27s finest newport flower showThe Newport Flower Show celebrates its 18th year as America’s premier summer flower show with the theme Jade: Eastern Obsessions. The show will continue through the weekend with themed floral exhibits, horticultural entries, garden designs, photography, and children’s programs. The weekend will also feature two special luncheon lectures presented by inspirational floral designer Hitomi Gilliam and landscape architect Harriet Henderson.  

The Opening Night Party on Friday, June 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will launch Newport's summer season, with a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with Eastern-themed floral exhibits, horticultural entries, garden designs, photography, and children’s programs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn. 

The expansive front lawn of Rosecliffhttp://www.newportmansions.org/‎ will once-again be filled with beautiful garden displays, offering inspiration for those looking to add color and charm to their own gardens. Don’t forget to visit the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardener’s Marketplace while visiting the Newport Flower Show for all of the finest vendors in garden accessories, clothing, jewelry, gifts and more! It’s the perfect place to find that extra flare needed for your summer garden.       

vendors at newport flower showGuests will be able to browse the Gardeners’ Marketplace for specialty plants, flowers and garden accessories. The shopping experience will continue on the back lawn, in the Oceanside Boutiques featuring additional garden and lifestyle-related products and services.

Bartlett Tree Experts, Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show, will provide a selection of Asian trees that will be displayed in planters around the front lawn. Bartlett will also host a special garden pavilion on the front lawn featuring a Chinese moongate and topiary dragon leading guests toward the front door of Rosecliff and the floral, horticulture and photography divisions of the Show. Aardvard Antiques of Newport will provide monumental statuary for areas of the front lawn as well.

Six landscape designers will create individual Eastern-themed gardens throughout the front lawn, each including garden statuary reflecting their country’s theme loaned by Schneible Fine Arts of Shelbourne, VT.

Inspired Design of North Kingstown, RI will create an Indian-influenced garden. Principal Karen Barbera was the winner of the Chairmen’s Award for exceptional design and horticulture in a display garden as well as the Garden Club of America Award of Distinction in Education at the 2012 Newport Flower Show.

Crystal Brinson Horticulturist of Fairhaven, MA, a partnership of Crystal Brinson and Kenneth Jardin, will create a Cambodian garden, with an elephant statue to symbolize the spirit of the Cambodian people, while trees and shrubs within the garden signify the family unit. Crystal Brinson won an Environmental Vision Award at the 2013 Boston Flower Show, the URI Master Gardener Association Sustainable Garden Award at the 2012 Newport Flower Show, and the Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton Award at the 2010 Newport Flower Show.

Magma Design Group, Inc. of Pawtucket, RI will create a garden that reflects the Thai aesthetic of simplicity through the use of stone and planting. It will include a water feature and other stone elements influenced by the Japanese stone cutting technique known as wari modoshi. Neil and Samantha Best founded Magma Design Group in 2005. Together, they have received the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Award at the 2012 Boston Flower Show, the Landscape Design Award from the New England Wildflower Society in 2011, and the Exhibitor’s Choice Award at the 2010 Rhode Island Flower Show, among others.

Miskovksy Landscaping, Inc. of Falmouth, MA, will create a Japanese-inspired garden. Paul Miskovsky’s most recent awards include the People’s Choice Award at the New England Spring Flower Show and the Allen C. Haskell Award for Horticultural Excellence at the 2010 Rhode Island Spring Flower Show.

Verde Garden Designs of Newport, RI will create a tranquil garden taking inspiration from classic Korean gardens while blending a contemporary style and aesthetic. Verde Garden Designs is a landscape design studio and garden shop created by Pam Rodgers.

YardWorks, Inc. of Warwick, RI will bring the beauty and grace of Far Eastern traditions to life through the serenity of a Chinese-inspired garden. In business since 1978, YardWorks is a retail garden center and full-service florist, led by Kevin Fox.

For Lodging information: Contact Innkeepers@ivylodge.com, Website: www.ivylodge.com or call to speak to the Innkeepers at 1-800-834-6865

For more information on the flower show, you can email: dfryer@newportmansions.org

The flower show Website:http://www.newportflowershow.org/

Fort Adams: Atlantic Cup Championship Arrives In Newport

  
  
  
  

2013 Atlantic Cup 

May 25-May 26 2013

Race will be held between 11am -4pm

Admission: Free!

The busy season is upon us, and we are all gearing up for Memorial Day weekend.  With so much to do in Newport one can get ambushed with itineraries, places to go and people to see, why not take a relaxing day to enjoy one of our seasonal sailing races?   Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor is Fort Adams, where you can experience a small piece of Newport’s History while enjoying panoramic views of the east passage of the Narragansett Bay.   Coming to us on this Memorial Day weekend is the largest and only dedicated class 40 race in the United States, the 2013 Atlantic Cup.  Enjoy the great property of Fort Adams with your friends and family; while munching on a picnic lunch, or enjoy our local concessions, as the commentators introduce the race participants in their last leg of the race. Just a brief drive down scenic Ocean drive from the Ivy Lodge one could experience a showcase of nautical tactics and athleticism for the crews and a must see for all ages to enjoy, with many things to do both on and off the shore.  For more information go to www.atlanticcup.org.

fort adams

Sponsored by the 11th Hour Racing, the 2013 Atlantic Cup will display some of the top class 40 sailors in the United States and the world as they compete for this prestigious title. Approaching the conclusion of the second leg in the race sailors will have had to make great strife’s while migrating from New York, around the coasts of Block Island and venture south to the coasts of Newport.  Once in Newport the teams will be challenged with changing their boats to an inshore mode and race with a maximum of six person crew to obtain the title of this year’s Atlantic Cup champions.   As you can see below the crews have had a long journey to our little coast, but we are certainly in for a big show!describe the image

 Check out the Atlantic Cup Trailor, and see whats yet to come to Newport!

Sun Set Music Series, Newport RI

  
  
  
  

Newport Sunset Series Kick off: Grammy award winning Toots and Maytals 

Imagine a picturesque crimson sky and golden hues bouncing off Newport harbor as the sun sets on the horizon; a dockside drink in hand and the rhythms of reggae around you; a perfect way to get into that summer time state of mind. What more could you ask for? With summer’s arrival almost here; Newport Yachting center begins its preparation for the return of its premier summer concert series.  This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the summer concert , and as always Newport’s water front welcomes an electric lineup of unique world renowned musicians in the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series.   

 Nantucket Nectar's Sunset Music Series

 May 25, 2013 kicks off what will be one the best lineups yet, starting with legendary reggae artists Toots and the Maytals whose sound embodies a unique combination of reggae, soul, rock, and Ska.  Their hit singles include “Pressure Drop,” “ Reggae Got Soul,” and “ Funky Kingston,”.   The summer concert series has plenty to offer with an array of popular musicians including, Willie Nelson and Family, The B52’s, Doobie Brothers, BB King,  One Republic , Pat Benatar and so much more.

No need to fret over the traffic and parking, the Ivy Lodge is within walking distance of the Summer Concert series, and when you stay with us you can enjoy all that Newport has to offer.  Toots and the Maytals

Tickets for the Nantucket Nectar Sun Set Concert Series are on sale now starting at $24.00 in advance, and $ 36.00 at the door, Gates opening at 4p.m.  For more information go to www.newportwaterfrontevents.com 

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http://www.gonewport.com/events-calendar/music/sunset-music-series-toots-the-maytals

Newport RI Winter Festival 2013

  
  
  
  

Skating rink Newport RI25th Newport Winter Festival gives us all a reason to emerge from our cocoons to celebrate the 25th “Silver Celebration.” Ten days of non-stop food, festivities, music and fun with over 150 events for families, children and adults. Come enjoy the 25th anniversary of New England’s largest winter extravaganza. Featured events include the 18th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off, the Children’s Fair by Radio Disney, the 3rd Annual Chicken Wing Cook-Off, Beatlemania and Festival Day at Easton’s Beach.

 

As the Newport Winter Festival commemorates it’s 25th Anniversary , the recent heavy snow falls contribute to the festivities with a curriers and Ives backdrop. The snow enhances the exploration of this city-by-the-sea and all the festival events.

Ivy lodge Newport RI

 

 Winter is a wonderful time to appreciate the island and the weather forecast is predicting mild temperatures through-out the week. I love the reduction of details in Newport’s winter season. The spare beauty of the landscape exposes the island’s assets, like magnificent structures of our trees with their dramatic shapes and private estates that you may not otherwise see. The beauty of the land, plus the festiveness makes Newport, RI a must-stop location.

This festival is touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place February 15th-24th, 2013 throughout Newport and Newport County.  Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Newport Winter Festival buttons, which offer special discounts at local businesses including restaurants, retailers and all official festival events, are available for purchase at the Newport Visitors Center at 23 America’s Cup Avenue (open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) as well retailers throughout Newport. Visit www.NewportEvents.com/winterfest  for additional details and a complete event calendar.

For more information on lodging, contact The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast at 1-800-834-6865 or See our website at: www.Ivylodge.com Allow us to complete your stay with a cozy room with fireplace and a delightful gourmet breakfast.

Newport RI made the list of Happiest seaside towns

  
  
  
  

According to Coastal Living Magazine, Newport, the City by the Sea made the list of the happiest seaside towns in America. Those of us who live, work and play in Newport love all that it has to offer, from the mansions to the Ocean Drive and so much more. If you love Newport as much as we do, now is your chance to bring it to the top of the list.

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Please use this link to vote Newport, Rhode Island the Happiest Seaside Town in America! The results will be published in the June, 2013 issue which goes on sale May 17th.  We’ll be glad you did and so will you when you visit the City by the Sea, Newport, Rhode Island.

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Vote for America’s Happiest Seaside town in 2013

There are 10 finalist for the top places to live on the coast, according to coastal living

This historically town of deep water harbors and 25,000 residents has drawn a wonderful variety of retail, hotels, Bed and breakfast and dining, with Bellevue avenue, one of the hippest shopping districts. The Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast has cast our vote, we are truly happy to live in such a unique place. For those of you that know and love the city by the sea, please take a moment to cast your vote

Ivy Lodge Pre New Year's Eve Reception

  
  
  
  

Ring in the New Year, meet new friends and enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting.

December 31, 2012 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Ivy Lodge

  • Complimentary wine or Champagne

  • Hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats

  • Mingle with the guests and your innkeepers Darlene and Daryl McKenzie

  • Reflect on the past, look forward to the future and enjoy the present in the warmth of the Ivy Lodge with our most diverse and interesting guests.

  • This reception is for guests lodging with the Ivy Lodge

 Champagne flutesNew years Eve Newport RI

 

Looking for an intimate setting to celebrate New years eve? When you book your New Eve's stay at the Ivy Lodge, we provide a complimentary New Year's Eve reception from 5PM to 7PM enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting:

 

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Experience The New Year in one of the detail-filled guestrooms at the Ivy Lodge and share romantic memories to last a lifetime! The magic and special feelings you expect in a romantic Newport, RI getaway are guaranteed to be found, as well as, from the special attention you receive from the staff at The Ivy Lodge.

* This reception is exclusively catered to the guests staying at Ivy Lodge.

Christmas in Newport, RI

  
  
  
  

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 Here in Newport RI , the holiday season is magical, enchanting, enticing and so inspiring. Throughout December and January, come  experience the wonder of the Holiday Season with Christmas in Newport Ri! You'll be charmed by Newport’s unique atmosphere. Discover its many delightful neighborhoods as they come alive with the Holiday spirit. There’s a community collaboration on the island among residents, businesses and the city alike  in the decorating and illuminating of the island from early December till mid-January. Visit Christmas exhibitions, enjoy concerts, live performances and winter family activities, such as our outdoor skating rink.

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A stay in Newport is a  great way to say farewell  to the loss of summer and embrace the onset of winter with a two-week festival that celebrates the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 42nd year, the annual Christmas in Newport program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.   For more information about Christmas in Newport, call us at (800)834-6865, or email innkeepers@ivylodge.com

Newport, Rhode Island, offers an unparalleled array of historic homes to explore this holiday season. And, without summer's restaurant lines and crowded beaches, Newport is perhaps an even more charming and peaceful getaway this time of year.

This time of the year, three mansions are operated by The Preservation Society of Newport County officially open for the holiday season on November 17, 2012. The BreakersThe Elms and Marble House will be decorated and open daily through January 1, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at The Elms and Marble House; The Breakers opens at 9 a.m. Plan to arrive before 4 p.m., when the final tour begins at each property. The houses are closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, the 3 p.m. tour will be the last tour of the day at all three mansions.

Special Winter Passport tickets are available at any one of the houses, or they can be purchased at a discounted price When you book your stay at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, this combination ticket for admission to all three houses is $25 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 17. Purchased separately, admission to The Breakers is $19.50 for adults, $5.50 for children 6-17. Tickets to view Marble House or The Elms are $14.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 6-17.  Call 1-800-834-6865 for more information.

For an extra special treat, plan to visit Newport's mansions during one of five special "Holiday Evenings at The Breakers" featuring live holiday music and elegant refreshments. The five "Holiday Evenings" are slated for Saturdays, November 24 and December 1, 8, 22 and 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $28 in advance or $35 at the door (if tickets remain) for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 17. There will also be a Holiday Evening Duet event at The Elms and Marble House on Saturday, December 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., when guests can see two houses for the price of one and enjoy musical performances.

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So Book your stay, The Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast is all dressed-up, the house is beautiful, with a festive atmosphere. Make your reservations early so that you have plenty of options and rates to choose from. Looking for an intimate setting to celebrate New years eve? When you book your New Eve's stay at the Ivy Lodge, we provide a complimentary New Year's Eve reception from 5PM to 7PM enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting.We still have availability for the New years weekend. So join us to ring in the New year and enjoy our  New Years Eve reception.



Ring in the New Year, meet new friends and enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting.

December 31, 2012 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast

  • Complimentary wine or Champagne

  • Hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats

  • Mingle with the guests and your innkeepers Darlene and Daryl McKenzie

  • Reflect on the past, look forward to the future and enjoy the present in the warmth of the Ivy Lodge with our most diverse and interesting guests.

  • Experience The New Year in one of the detail-filled guestrooms at the Ivy Lodge and share romantic memories to last a lifetime! The magic and special feelings you expect in a romantic Newport, RI getaway are guaranteed to be found, as well as, from the special attention you receive from the staff at The Ivy Lodge.

* This reception is exclusively catered to the guests staying at Ivy Lodge.

 


Ivy Lodge added value gift certificate sale

  
  
  
  

                  The Annual Ivy Lodge added value Gift Certificate Sale

 Ivy Lodge Gift Certificates: they are a fabulous holiday or special occasion gift idea! Surprise your loved one with the renowned comfort and pleasures of a Mansion getaway. Starting December 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013, 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, 2013 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!

 

This promotion cannot be used with other gift certificates or discount promotions.

 

To purchase: call us at 1-800-834-6865, tell the reservationist the code:promo12 to recieve the added value gift certificate. We can email you a certificate or for an additional cost, over night your certificate.

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