Celebrate all that is Irish during this exciting month-long event featuring Celtic storytelling, Irish step-dancing, interesting lectures, afternoon teas, an Irish coffee contest, Jameson Irish Whiskey tastings and a festive St. Patrick's Day parade on March 14.
The kickoff event is the annual Kinsale, Ireland, Festival of Fine Food, held March 6 through 9. Kinsale is known as the gourmet capital of Ireland. It's also Newport's sister city and, since 2000, chefs from Kinsale and Newport have participated in a culinary exchange, opening up the kitchens of select restaurants to one another and letting lucky diners taste the results. After the Irish chefs come to Newport to cook up dishes such as poached darne of sea-fresh brill, American chefs will head to the Emerald Isle to make New England clam chowder.
The 53rd Annual Newport, Rhode Island Saint Patrick's Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, or shine, on Saturday, March 14th 2009. It will begin promptly at 11:00am from Newport City Hall and will proceed to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin's Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward. The parade this year is estimated to last 2 hours and will include 10 Pipe Bands, 12 Marching Bands, 4 Fife & Drum Corps, 3 Clown Units, 7 reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits.
Irish Heritage Month Newport has a number of Irish ties, including sister city Kinsale, Ireland. The Kinsale Festival of Fine Food features local and visiting Kinsale chefs at particiapting restaurants.
Sister cities, is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired, with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links between their inhabitants. In the European Union, such pairs of towns are known as friendship towns, partner towns or twin towns.
Newport is a city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence. Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, it is the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. The city is the seat of Newport County. Newport was known for being one of the "Summer White Houses" during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. The population was 26,475 at the 2000 census.
Kinsale is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Located some 25 km south of Cork City on the coast near the Old Head of Kinsale, it sits at the mouth of the River Bandon and has a population of 2,257 which increases substantially during the summer months when the tourist season is at its peak and when the boating fraternity arrive in large numbers. The April 2006 census recorded that British nationals made up 9% of the town's population.
Like Newport,Kinsale is a popular holiday resort only catering to Irish and foreign tourists which is known for its many gourmet restaurants and leisure activities - including yachting, sea angling, and golf. The town also has several art galleries and a noted school of English. The town is compact with a quaint air of antiquity in the narrow intersecting streets. There is a large yachting marina close to the town centre which attracts sailing enthusiasts. A number of hotels cater for the tourists, namely, the Blue Haven, The White Lady, The Trident and Actons on the Harbour's edge. The Carlton, overlooking [Oysterhaven|Oysterhaven Bay]], 3 km from town, is the newest addition to the hospitality sector. The town is noted for its eating establishments, and holds a "Gourmet Festival" annually. The celebrity chef Keith Floyd was previously a resident of Kinsale.
Long before the Astors, the Vanderbilts and the other wealthy members of the Gilded Age crowd built their extraordinary summer "cottages" , the www.ivylodge.com being one of them, in the late 1800's, Newport was a little colonial fishing village on Aquidneck Island, and everyone stayed through the winter.
If the mansion owners were alive today, they too would probably keep their homes open throughout the year and not close them up on Labor Day because Newport now boasts a lively winter scene. The Newport preservation Society keeps several of the most incredible mansions open in the winter months, and the whole town celebrates February with a 10-day Winter festival that includes music, ice carving, sand sculpting, historical tours, chili cook-offs, chowder and vineyard tastings.
Residing along side the preservation society's mansions is the equally stunning Belcourt Castle, the Louis XIII-style hunting lodge built by Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, son of a representative of the Rothschild banking firm hosts a tour of the castle and evening ghost tours.
Throughout the winter, the Sovereign Bank Family Skating Center, twice the size of Rockefeller Center skating rink, is open for lessons and ice-skating. And if you bundle-up, take your sweetie and or your children on the dramatic 3.5 mile cliff Walk along the oceanfront between the sea and the mansions. It is just as beautiful in the winter - if you have the warm layers, this walk is an excellent cabin fever breaker.
For art, jewelry and food products exclusive to this area, only in Rhode Island is an interesting shop on Long Wharf Mall near the waterfront. And the international Yacht Restoration School is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and some weekends. Here you can watch students restoring both a tender of J.P. Morgan and the 1885 yacht "Cornet"
This year's kid friendly Newport RI winter festival is focused on the family. So many events are for adults and children to enjoy together and with the www.ivylodge.com being one of the few kid friendly bed and breakfast, now is the time to bring the family and expose everyone to the culture, beauty and all the fun events taking place in Newport RI.
With over one hundred and fifty individual events, this Festival has become "New England's largest winter extravaganza." Alive with sparkle and excitement, the Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music, and entertainment, with fun for all ages. Sand sculptures, a Chili Cook-Off, city-wide Scavenger Hunt, and an Ice Sculpting Competition, a Children's Fair, and a Pizza Cook-Off are just some of the many colorful and exciting events that will captivate you and your family. The Winter Festival features an exciting Concert Series with a diverse selection of musical performances by BeatleMania, Northeast Navy Show Band, and Tish Adams.
The Newport Winter Festival is proud to have been the recipients of the 2004 Governor's State Tourism Award. In the past the Festival has been voted "Best Off-Season Event" by Newport Life Magazine's "Best of Newport" Awards. The Winter Festival was also chosen by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in North America, and named the 34th out of the Top 250 Events in the Country by Events Business News! Whether you seek dining, dancing, or ice carving...The Newport Winter Festival has it all!
Listed below are just a few of the events listed by category, starting with the artistic side:
All Fired Up Pottery 452 Thames St. Watch pottery being made in the studio on location all week and enjoy a 15% discount of all purchases.
Children's Art Contest By Team One Newport and Patagonia on Thames Street. Vote for your favorite picture at Team One Newport & Patagonia on Thames Street. Final day to vote is Saturday, February 21st. Winners will be announced on Sunday, February 22nd, on our website http://www.teamonenewport.com/, and on the Winter Festival's website www.NewportWinterFestival.com, and in both stores.
Create A Card Contest! Good Shepherd Gift Shop, 164 Broadway. 4 different age categories, 5-8yrs, 9-12yrs, 13-19yrs and Adult. Try your hand at creating a Sympathy, Birthday, Congratulations, Anniversary or Wedding card. Card must be 5 1/2 x 8", no copyrighted images. Include text and design. One winner will be selected on Feb. 22nd 3pm at the shop from each category and receive 75% off any item in the shop up to $100 value. Free with button. Cards become property of the Good Shepherd. For more information visit http://www.goodshepherdgiftshop.com/
The Beach Bounce Party & Play Center at Easton's Beach Bring the whole family down to Easton's Beach for the new children's party and play center inside the Rotunda at Easton's Beach. For ages 2-10. $2 off with button. Open Mon. & Tues. 12pm-6pm; Wed.-Sun. 10am-6pm. (401) 845-5810.
Newport Equestrian Academy Beach Trail Rides 287 Third Beach Rd., Middletown. 2 hour group ride $85/$75 per person w/button. 11/2-hour group ride $75/ $65 per person w/button. Daily 10:00am, 12:00 and 2:00pm. Must call for reservations. 848-5440.
Newport Seal Safari Enjoy a 1 hour narrated and guided seal tour of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor aboard the Patriot. Leaving from the Oldport Marine next to the Mooring Restaurant. Be ready to depart 15 minutes prior to departure time and bundle up. Feb. 14 - 17 (1:30-2:30pm), Feb. 18 - 20 (11-12:00pm), Feb 21 - 22 (12-1pm). $16 Adult, $14 children (under 8). $2 off w/button (401) 847-9109.
Seal Watches Join the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation and Save The Bay aboard M/V Aletta Morris on a 1-hr. cruise around Rose Island to observe the seals that haul-out near her rocky shores. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress warmly. Boat is partially enclosed, but can be chilly. All programs are weather-dependent. Reservations strongly recommended to ensure your spot. Contact Save the Bay's Bay Station at (401) 324-6020 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information, visit us online at www.savebay.org. Boat departs from Bowen's Ferry Landing. Cost: 1-hour watches: $20 adult & $15 kids/seniors, $2 off tour w/button. Times vary daily due to low tide. Sat. 2/14 (2:30 & 3:30), Sun. 2/15 (3:30), Thurs. 2/19 (10:00), Fri. 2/20- Sun. 2/22 (10:00 & 11:00)
It's been a cold, icy and snowy winter, grab the kids and enjoy the sunny pleasant weather at the Newport Ri winter festival, it's the stuff memories are made of and your children will thank you for now and later in life.