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2014 Black Ships Festival

  
  
  
  

HeaderCelebrating 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 Ship

 

 

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 ceremoniesblackships drums 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).
 

Arts and CraftsSaturday 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)
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 • 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).

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 Japaneseblackships ink 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
12:00 PM
Jan Zaremba will demonstrate the art of Japanese Ink Painting by spontaneously creating masterworks in minutes.
Iaijutsu & Tameshigiri Enbu
12:45 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.
 

Demonstration On Making A Fish Rubbing Print
12:45 PM
Mind & Body with Okinawa Karate
1:15 PM
This workshop will help coordination and motor skills while exercising mind and body.

Calligraphy Workshop
1:30 PM- 2:30PM UNDER THE SHIMODA TENT
Learn Calligraphy from Mr Shinji of Newport’s Sister City.

Tea Ceremony
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
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.

Feng Shui with Stephen Devine
2:00 PM
This workshop will help coordination and motor skills while exercising mind and body.

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.

SHORIN-RYU Demonstration
2:30 PM
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
3:30 PM
Jan Zaremba will demonstrate the art of Japanese Ink Painting by spontaneously creating masterworks in minutes.
 
TOURO PARK ON-GOING ACTIVITIES & DISPLAYSblackships shop
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
Owens Corning


The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same

  
  
  
  

Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast

The more things change the more they stay the same.

We are pleased to welcome Don and Jacqui Jursek to take over as owners of the Ivy Lodge.  After 15 years of offering the finest accommodations to guests of Newport it was essential that we pass the torch to someone who would commit to our already well established reputation for our customers from past and present.  The Ivy will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we do wish the Jurseks the best of luck in the coming seasons”.

Darlene and Daryl McKenzie

Introducing Don and Jacqui Jursek, new proprietors of the Ivy Lodge

Throughout life’s journey, we may veer off in many different directions on the compass of our lives, never realizing that all points of light are leading to one place, and possibly one’s “soul” purpose. Don and Jacqui have many points during their passage that led them to consider owning the Lodge...

Back in the day, Don had extensive training in culinary arts when he was Chef at Ken's Steakhouse Cafe V. With a degree in business and finance, he changed careers to banking. Most recently, he retired from 25 years at Brown Brothers Harriman, the oldest and largest partnership bank in America, where he was Senior Vice President and Division Executive. His dream was always to own his own restaurant.

During the past 25 years, Jacqui has had many passions, first being a mother of two wonderful sons. She is skilled as an interior architect and space planner and had her own business in redesign for residential and business space. For many years, she worked at one of New England’s largest garden centers learning, studying and selling plants, trees and shrubs. For the past ten years she also studied culinary arts where she was a personal cook catering to large groups for lunches and dinners. In addition, to get her feet wet in the inn business, Jacqui was a night’s innkeeper in Massachusetts. Her dream was to own her own inn.

From journey's beginning to end, and somewhere in the middle, all points lead home. For us, we are two people who have design, business and financial skills, we are both trained in cooking, and we were both ready at the same time to take a leap of faith toward a different life. Our compass has led us here--to the IVY LODGE. We are committed to nurturing people’s vacation experience by preserving the beauty of the surroundings, the food, and mostly the love of hospitality. Please join us as we begin a new chapter...and that of the Ivy Lodge.”

Best wishes,

Don and Jacqui Jursek- new owners of the Ivy Lodge

Newport Restaurant week April 2014

  
  
  
  

 

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Newport Restaurant Week 2014

April 4- April 13

Newport is ready to say goodbye to the cold winter season and welcome the warm spring with exceptional deals for lunch and dinner this April 2014.  This year’s Newport Restaurant Week will feature some of the best seasonal offerings from Newport's great restaurants including Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen.  Menues that include spring pea soup with roasted local carrots followed by an entrée of Braised oxtail with grilled ramps, local maitake mushrooms and a creamy Narragansett ricotta gnocchi, concluding with your choice of many delectable desserts like a hazelnut milk chocolate panna cotta. YUM!  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 2014 Newport Restaurant Week. Fluke is just one of the Ivy Lodge’s favorite restaurants participating in this year’s celebration of good eats here in the city by the sea.  Enjoy your choice of either lunch or dinner of prefixed menus of three course meals for a deal.  Experience what we have to offer with our week-day rates, great food, wine and sites here at the Ivy Lodge, a quintessential New England Bed and Breakfast.

Tantalize your taste buds with the wide variety of restaurants that this fabulous city has to offer.  Here are a few of our personal favorites:

 

22 Bowens Wine Bar & Grille

Located amidst bustling Bowen’s Wharf in the heart of downtown Newport, 22 Bowen’s WineDinning room 22 bowens Bar & Grille is a world-class steakhouse serving USDA Prime beef, New England's finest seafood, and is complemented by an award-winning wine list.

Our recommendation for dinner would be to try the bowen’s famous Petit Filet Mignon Duck Fat Fingerling Potato, Black Garlic Bordelais, mmm it will melt in your mouth!

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

 

Castle Hill Restaurant

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 required for men but preferred. 

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

Fluke by ElyseFluke 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 signature drinks we enjoy the Juniperotivo made with Junipero Gin, Pomegranate Molasses, Fresh Mint, and Fresh Lemon Juice. 

Dinner Menu

 

Café Zelda

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 here.

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

 

The Mooring

The ideal embodiment of Newport dining with water front views of the Newport Harbor. At theRaw Bar 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!

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

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! 

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

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. 

Dinner Menu

 

Stoneacre Pantry

Stone acre Pantry      Stoneacre Pantry has an ever changing menu of      seasonal offerings with a focus on using classic and  creativeculinary techniques.

We recommend their Hazelnut-Chocolate Mousse, Salted  Caramel, Cocoa Streusel & Creme Fraiche, if you have a sweet  tooth this dessert won’t disappoint!

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

 

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.

Dinner Menu

2013 Christmas in Newport

  
  
  
  

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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…

Newport shops christmasA 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!Bowens Wharf

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.

 

xmasdecormansionsWhen 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

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 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

Vocal Revolution

John Black, pianist

December 7 at The Breakers

Solstice Singers

Voices of Peace

John Black, pianist

December 14 at The Breakers

NE Tenors

John Black, pianist

 December 21 at The Elms

 

Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers

Edge Trio

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 info@christmasinnewport.org. 

23rd Annual Bowens Wharf Seafood Festival

  
  
  
  

Bowens Wharf Seafood festival

October 19, 2013 - October 20, 2013

Admission Free!

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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,Boston Bell: October 2012 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!

TentedVendorsBowensWharfRhode 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
Saturday
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!

Sunday
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

The Best of Bed & Breakfasts

  
  
  
  
 Vacations are meant to be times to relax and let your hair down; for some people, this means partying at the most happening locations with the in crowd, while others need to get far away from the madding crowd to be able to unwind in peace. If you belong to the latter category, and especially if you're a couple with no kids, here's why this kind of accommodation is right up your alley:

 

  • It's often secluded: Bed and breakfasts are usually located in places that are far away from crowded tourist spots. They offer a fair amount of privacy and peace if that's what you're looking for. You're less likely to bump into people you know, and you can spend hours relaxing in quiet surroundings away from the harsh sounds of traffic and the pollution that's a part and parcel of cities.
  • It's more homey: These quaint inns are more like home; they don't have the impersonal feel of a hotel. They're usually run by a family, and you get home-cooked food. Your rooms are designed for comfort. You have all the comforts of home even though you're away. Your hosts are also more caring about your comfort and personal needs because you get to know them on a personal level.
  • It's close to outdoor activity locations: If you enjoy nature and activities like trekking, cycling, boating and the like, a bed and breakfast is your perfect holiday location. You can spend hours out in the woods, exploring the local flora and fauna, or just taking in the sights and sounds.
  • It's great for romantic getaways: If you're looking for a good spot to enjoy a romantic and passionate weekend, look no further than a secluded bed and breakfast. There are no external disturbances or intrusions, and you're free to explore each other to your heart's content.

 

To ensure that your stay is memorable, book your rooms in advance, preferably during off season months if you're looking to avoid a full house and a place full of tourists. Also, if there are outdoor activities, enquire about them so that you're prepared adequately with the necessary gear and equipment. Check out your destination online; photos and customer reviews usually help in reaching a decision. After all, you don't want to land up with dreams in your eyes and be greeted with a dump or a bunch of lies.

 

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