When most people think of Newport music festivals, they think folk and jazz festivals. The Newport Classical festival is one of the top classical music events in the country; it was founded in 1969 as a summer season of the Metropolitan Opera. The outdoor venue was not conducive to classical music performance, and instead the grand rooms of the stately Newport mansions were put to use for chamber music concerts. You can enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while appreciating the ocean breezes and beauty of the Cliff walk. The early concerts utilized many members of the Metropolitan Opera. The Festival has become known for giving young international artists, such as Inessa Galante, a venue for their American debut.
The Newport Music Festival 2010 celebrates its 42nd season July 9-25, continuing the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists and special events in the Gilded Age "summer cottages" of Newport, Rhode Island. Entering his thirty-sixth season, Artistic Director Dr. Mark P. Malkovich, III researches and selects works from the 19th century chamber music, vocal repertoire and the Romantic-era piano literature, to create one of the most extraordinary festivals in the world. In its forty-one year history, the Newport Music Festival has become celebrated for presenting over one hundred thirty artists and ensembles in their American debuts. Yamaha Pianos and Your New England Toyota Dealer are the major Festival sponsors.
The Festival will present 65 concerts-three to five per day-in the famous Newport Mansions with 35 American and international artists from 14 countries. Season-long tributes to the bicentenaries of composers Frédéric François Chopin and Robert Alexander Schumann will feature their enduring music. Morning concerts are at 11 a.m.; afternoons usually at 4 p.m. and evenings at The Breakers, the queen of the Newport Mansions, at 9 p.m. Midnight concerts feature one-hour intermission-free works with champagne receptions preceding. The Festival was again selected for "America's Elite 1000-the Ultimate List," the very best American luxury goods, shops, services and special events; it has also been named one of the "Top 50 Outstanding Festivals & Events" in North America by Leisure Group Travel magazine.
For more information on the Newport classical musical festival, contact the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast, newport, ri at 1-800-834-6865. The Ivy lodge is a short stroll to the beautiful mansions that host this magical event.
The other day I came across a great documentary video for a local foundation here in Newport, RI. The Shake-A-Leg Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that has helped over 10,000 individuals since 1982. They offer a unique blend of complimentary therapeutic services to help children,
adolescents and adults who have been disabled by a spinal
cord injury or other related neurological disorders attain
the highest levels of independence and community integration
Newport has a great sailing heritage and the people at Shake-A-Leg foundation are offering that experience to people who might not typically think they can enjoy the fun of sailing.
Below is their new documentary video - you can learn more about Shake-A-Leg Foundation by visiting their web site or by calling 401-849-8898.
Shake A Leg Adaptive Sailing Program - Documentary from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.
Editors' Choice - Yankee Travel Guide (2009)
We are pleased to annouce that Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast has been selected as Yankee Magazine's Editor Choice Winner for 2009. Below is an excerpt from their review. We hope you will join us during your next trip to Newport, RI.
Best Victorian Atmosphere say's Yankee Magazine's Editor:
"Just steps from where Vanderbilts and others
once called home, Ivy Lodge is a full-fledged
showcase of Gilded Age grandeur, complete
with a three-story oak-paneled entryway with
stained-glass windows, working fireplaces in
each guest room, and delicate crystal wine goblets
in the dining room. Finally, you'll eat like
it's 1899, thanks to elaborate breakfasts cooked
up by hosts Daryl and Darlene McKenzie. (We
can't get enough of the peach pancakes.) Rates:
from low to high season $129 to $479, including full breakfast.
One of the most interesting inns around, with a three-story Gothic foyer. Don't be surprised if you spot a celebrity (they love this place) over morning coffee. Rates: $129-$479, including full breakfast."
Make your next stay a restfull and relaxing one, by adding our "Pamper Me" Package. For an additional $578.00 you can add the following:
- Choice of a bottle of Champagne or wine (red or
- Choice of: half dozen chocolate dipped strawberries or a
- Bouquet of seasonal flowers in your room
Side by side 50 minute couples Swedish message at SpaTerre
- $75.00 dining certificate at Restaurant Bouchard
*Note: From May 16 to October 31, A three (3) night minimum stay is
required if your stay falls on a Saturday. Fore more details about our
package or if you would like us to design a tailored package for your
next stay in Newport, please call us at 1-800-834-6865.