How do you prefer your chowder? Creamy white or clear and briny or with a tangy tomato base? New England or Manhattan? With fish or with clams? With so many choices when it comes to Chowder, how can you choose just one?
On June 7th, the best of the best chowder cooks will compete in the 2014 Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook Off
in Newport, RI, where you can chow down on some of the best “Chow-dah” in town. The Great Chowder Cook Off hosted at the Harborfront Yachting Center
has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and is widely known for obtaining the longest running chowder championships, drawing in competitors and
foodies from all over the country. Attendees will have their picks of endless varieties of chowder, from traditional New England to exotic concoctions made by dozens of restaurants participating in this year's event. The competition will be divided up between three categories: Clam, Seafood, and Creative. The grand prize for winning cooks is always an overflowing award...and more importantly the champions have bragging rights for the rest of the year. There will also be fun games, live music, and activities for all ages to enjoy. Book a weekend stay with us at the Ivy Lodge
...just a short walk away form this year's Chowder Cookoff event!
What else could go better with your chowder? Why not try some great local oysters as well--served on the half shell, fried or broiled. The Newport Oyster Festival will also be held on June 7th along side the chowder fest. The best of local shellfish and seafood are presented farmers’ market style thanks to the Matunuck Oyster Farm
... paired with beer, spirits and live music. The festival continues into the evening making it a great after-party following the Chowder Awards Ceremony and a popular area to explore during the event. Entry is free with your Chowder ticket! To attend the Newport Oyster Festival only (without a Chowder Cook-Off ticket), tickets are only $3 in advance or $5 day-of admission.
Some highlights of this include:
Seven full hours of delicious beer & spirits paired with Matunuck Oyster Farm oysters! Event time is 12pm-7pm.
Raw Bar (Oysters, Clams and Shrimp Cocktail), Lobster Rolls, and Fried Oysters, Clams & Scallops,
Full Bar with Beer, Wine, Cocktails & Champagne. There is low-key live acoustic music, bistro-style tables and seating, and educational presentations along with contests, like, Oyster & Beer Shucking and Oyster Slurping.
The 33rd Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off
& The Newport Oyster Festival
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Event Hours: Noon – 6pm
General Admission Tickets: with 12pm entry
Advance Price: $20 (May 2nd-June 6th)
Day-Of Price: $25
Kids under 12 are free with an adult
The busy season is upon us, and we are all gearing up for Memorial Day weekend. Newport is renowned for its prestigious sailing community and we are so proud to host the 3rd leg of the 2014 Atlantic Cup Sailing Championship. Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze, a freshly packed picnic, local concessions and the glorious view as boats cruise across Narragansett Bay with hopes of winning the Atlantic Cup grand prize. 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 Narragansett Bay. This Memorial Day weekend, Newport is the largest and only dedicated class 40 race in the United States, the 2014 Atlantic Cup. Heading out from the Ivy Lodge to Newport’s scenic Ocean Drive, one could witness a showcase of nautical tactics and athleticism from these sailing crews--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.
Schedule of Events for Atlantic Cup Newport:
Newport Kids Day:
On May 22nd, the Atlantic Cup will host kids from all over Newport for an up
close look at the boats and a special meet and greet with the sailors. Atlantic Cup Kids is a way for kids of all ages to follow the race, learn about the teams, geography and marine life. 2013 Atlantic Cup Champion Dave Rearick of Bodacious Dream and his expert team put together worksheets for elementary school students that can be downloaded on the Atlantic Cup Kids web page. Although Captain Dave won’t be racing in this year’s Atlantic Cup, he will be answering Kids questions and providing insight as he continues his solo circumnavigation. To learn more visit atlanticcup.org/kids
Shipyard Shorts: A Collection of Adventure & Eco Documentarys:
Location: Newport Shipyard: 1 Washington Street Newport RI
7:00PM - Libations, Appetizers + Opportunity to meet & greet with the Atlantic Cup Skippers & tour the boats
8:15PM (sunset) - Films begins
Two options for your evening:
Starting at 7:00PM
Libations courtesy of Spiked Seltzer & PBR, Appetizers by Jamestown Fish + Opportunity to meet & greet with the Atlantic Cup skippers & tour the AC boats + Sunset film screening
$20/person (purchase online or at the door)
- OR -
Starting at 8:15PM
Sunset film screening only
$5/person suggested donation (donate at the door)
Bike Newport will provide a FREE bike valet
* BYO Chairs, the venue is concrete
* Blankets/Sweaters are encouraged - it could be chilly!
* Picnics welcome
There will be NO parking available at the Newport Shipyard. Parking options are as follows:
Metered parking on Washington Street
Resident Parking with sticker
Gateway Lot next to the Visitor's Center (first 3 hours free with Resident sticker)
Long Wharf Lot next to Newport Yacht Club
Rain Venue: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street, Newport
(Pre-party ticket holders will be on a list. Film only patrons will be first come, first served)
Newport Skipper Party:
Friday, May 23rd, New England Winner of the 2014 Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef, Executive Chef Matthew MacCartney and Jamestown FiSH hosts the Atlantic Cup teams for a Memorial Day Weekend Kick Off Party! A perfect way to start your long weekend with an opportunity to meet the teams, have a drink and bite to eat all on the beautiful back patio at Jamestown FiSH starting at 6pm. FiSH is located at 14 Narragansett Avenue in Jamestown. Rain location Narragansett Café, 25 Narragansett Ave. Jamestown.
Atlantic Cup Course Wide Shoreline Cleanup
Meeting at Brenton Point & Fort Adams 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Start Memorial Day weekend at a State Park with Clean Ocean Access and help to be part of the wave of change taking good care of the environment and meeting like-minded folks who believe that we can make a difference!
Wear boots or sturdy shoes. Bring your own gloves. We will provide extra gloves, bags, compliments of Home Depot and water and seasonal beverages provided by Empire Tea & Coffee.
May 24th & 25th:
Atlantic Cup 3rd Leg Race Da1 and Day 2
Inshore racing in Narragansett Bay takes place Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th from 12pm to 4pm. The start and finish line for all races will be just off the north lawn of Fort Adams, making that the best place to watch the action. Pack a picnic and enjoy a weekend of sailing. With live commentary and volunteers keeping you up to date you won’t miss any of the action.
Plus Newport Bay Weekend at Fort Adams will have plenty for families of all ages to interact with local businesses and non-profits showcasing Narragansett Bay. Some of the confirmed groups who will be on site include: Clean Ocean Access’ Tiki Hut and Trash Wave, Bike Newport’s Bike Tune Up, Surfrider, Aquidneck Land Trust, Team 1 Newport will have all your sailing merchandise including official Atlantic Cup Atlantis Weathergear apparel.
Prize Giving At the Landing
Prize giving party is Sunday, May 25th from 6pm – 8pm at The Landing in downtown Newport. We will be set up outside adjacent to the Landing and in front of the Lobster Bar. PBR drink specials will be served to celebrate the conclusion of the 4th Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. The event is free and open to the public.
Ivy’s Ties to Salve Regina: Wakehurst Manor
Just a few steps away from the Ivy Lodge on 12 Clay Street, you will find your way on to the sprawling land owned by our neighbor Salve Regina University. Whether you are walking down Cliff Walk on your way to the Breakers, or exploring the residential neighborhood that surrounds us, it is impossible not to run into one of Salve’s historic buildings. The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast is well known to our guests for its location in the scenic historic district. It is not uncommon that our property, along with those of our neighbors, be tied to the prestigious families from the Gilded age.
The Ivy Lodge’s ties to Salve Regina began with a tragic event. In the fall of 1881, General James Henry Van Alen resided on the spacious plot of land that is now home to the Ivy Lodge on12 Clay Street. His son’s wife, Emily Astor Van Alen, had just passed away during childbirth, leaving son, James J. Van Alen, in deep mourning. In hopes of helping his son, General Van Alen bought another piece of land just down the street from his and told his son that he could build whatever type of home he wished. James J. then began construction on the remarkable residence known as Wakehurst. Today, Wakehurst is home to Salve Regina’s library where students can be seen coming in and out of the stunning landmark embarking on an array of studies.
The Ivy Lodge would like to congratulate those students graduating this Sunday and wish them well as they make their way into the world.
Salve Regina Commencement 2014
This year Salve Regina Commencement will mark its 64th graduating class. Commencement
will be held on Sunday May 18th behind the O’hare Academic Center in a tent on the lawn facing Newport’s scenic Cliff Walk. In this years commencement Slave Regina will be honored to host its speaker Richard Saul Wurman. Richard Saul Wurman, is a highly distinguished pioneer of information architecture who created and shared the TED conference and has authored 83 books on copious topics ranging from football to health care to city guides. Mr. Wurman will be presented with an honorary degree and offer remarks to the graduates when Salve Regina celebrates its 64th commencement.
Stay with us at the Ivy Lodge for your graduates commencement. We are with in walking distance of the commencement ceremony and all activities at Salve Regina
For more information on booking your room please visit our web address www.ivylodge.com
More information on the 2014 Salve Regina Commencement please visit : www.salve.edu
Salve Commencement Ceremony:
10 a.m. Sunday, May 18
Procession begins at 9:15 a.m.
All graduates assemble at 8:15 a.m. in the O'Hare Academic Center.