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The Newport Music Festival 2010


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.

Kid Friendly Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Newport RI


From the beginning, the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Newport RI has been a child friendly place to bring your children. With a 30 year history of operating as a B&B, we have reason to believe some of these children, annually spend summer vacations at the Ivy, were conceived in this beautiful, Victorian . . .  as told to us by multiple returning guests (smile, nod, nudge, wink, wink).

Most recently we had the pleasure of hosting a lovely family with a four year old named Noah. His parents have wanted to visit Newport, RI for the last couple of years with a preface for lodging in a Bed and Breakfast, Newport RI. The past inquiries into Newport B&B's for child friendly accommodations were unsuccessful and at times offensive to this very classy, couple . . . when inquiring with one B&B, Lindsay was told, our guest are trying to get away from their children, I cringe as she tells me her experiences. That said, I assured her, we like kids and work with families as well as romantic get away for couples with strategies that meet the expectations of both types of travelers. When I brought Noah's parents to their family suite, I could see they were pleased with the accommodations. I agreed to let them settle in and advised Noah's Mom, Lindsay, that she was welcome to join me at the front desk, if she wanted me to concierge the family about the city-by-the-sea. Shortly after the family arrived, Lindsay came down and I proceeded to lay -out my recommendations for Kid friendly things to do.

Darlene and Daryl Sez:

For beach time, we highly recommend Gooseberry beach (our personal favorite beach). This family oriented beach fun and esthetically pleasing to both parents and kids. Mansions jutting out on points, rocks and docks for kids to climb on, plus, this beach gives the kids a cove that is less hazardous than some of our larger beaches with larger wave action, something that terrifies me for very young children and no rip tides. The kids will love, love, love the snack shack. It does not get any prettier or quaint than Goose berry beach.

A short stroll from the Ivy lodge is the cliff walk. A very safe place to take the kids and an even shorter stroll to the closest beach Easton's beach (locals call this beach 1st beach) Newport's largest public ocean surf  beach, located on Memorial Boulevard at the start of the Cliff Walk, is a 3/4 mile long surf beach with a board walk. Operations run daily from 9 AM to 6 PM, Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Easton's Beach is a free public beach. Fees are charged for parking and some of the amenities. Free outdoor showers and public restrooms are available in season. Parents can enjoy a hot shower and changing and storage with a daily bathhouse rental, bring the kids to the free playground and skate park. The beautiful rotunda has a carousal Open weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day 10:00 am- 6:00 Pm

Weekdays June 16- august 29th 10:00- 6:00 pm

Rides are $1.00 per person- or discount books of 20 rides can be purchased for $10.00

 Ride the Monster- 24 foot high water slide, with two 18 foot speed drops to the pool below- Open daily throughout the summer beginning June 13. Easton's Beach introduced a new children's Bumper Boat ride in 2009, and it has proven to be extremely popular.

Bring your family down this summer!

Just $ 5.00 to ride all day, and $ 3.00 after 2:00 pm- discount booklets available.

 . . . Twin Lobster rolls with fries $10.95, that in it's self is worth a trip to Easton's beach!

The Easton's beach snack Bar is now open everyday Rain or shine from 11-6. The beach is now charging for parking but you can still go to the middle parking lot for 60 minute validated parking if you are just going to the snack bar. It won't cost anything M-F and only $2.00 on weekends and holidays.

Call: 1.800.834.6865 for family friendly lodging and great advise on things families can do with their children

The 2010 Newport, RI Flower Show


Rose cliff, one of the most elegant mansions in Newport, R.I., and the backdrop for much of the movie ''The Great Gatsby,'' is the setting for the Preservation Society of Newport County's flower show 2010 on June 25-27. As one of the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast, Newport RI most anticipated events, the Newport Flower Show celebrates its 15th year as America's premier summer flower show with an African theme. Safari - Flora and Fauna will capture our imaginations with the exotic treasures of a continent that boasts the most diverse range of plants and animals in the world. Aside from viewing the show's wonderful flower arrangements and horticulture exhibits, make a day of it and take time to enjoy a lunch and lecture/demonstration by world-class flower arranger Marie Françoise Deprez. And, of course, give yourself lot's of time to shop the fabulous boutiques that have been set up on the lawns over-looking the magnificent cliff walk along the Atlantic Ocean!  The Flower show is a short stroll from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast either via the cliff walk or the Famed Bellevue Avenue.

It is befitting that this particular Newport preservation mansion, The Rose cliff, would be chosen to annually host the Newport RI flower show. Originally, the Rose cliff was the summer home of George Bancroft, a horticulturist remembered for his hybrid American Beauty rose. Rose cliff was acquired in 1888 by Theresa Fair Oelrichs, one of the grandes dames of Gilded Age society. She commissioned Stanford White to design a new Rose cliff, modeling it after Louis XIV's Grand Trianon at Versailles.

The flower show starts June 25 and runs to June 27. The location is one of the Newport Preservation society's mansions, the Rose cliff. This event is New England's premier summertime flower and horticulture show includes judged flower arrangements, a horticultural tent brimming with plants and flowers, demonstrations, lectures and a spectacular garden marketplace in the elegant reception rooms and on the expansive oceanfront lawn of Rose cliff, a Gilded Age mansion. For info: The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840. Phone: (401) 847-1000. Fax: (401) 841-1361. E-mail: Web. or contact the Ivy lodge Bed and Breakfast, Newport, RI at, website

 An important note: All proceeds from the Newport Flower Show are dedicated to the ongoing restoration and maintenance of The Preservation Society of Newport County's 88 acres of gardens and landscapes

Each day of the 2010 Newport Flower Show offers guest's opportunities to enjoy judged horticultural specimens and floral designs, special garden exhibitions, free lectures and demonstrations, as well as wonderful shopping experiences in both the Oceanside Boutiques and the Gardeners' Marketplace.  Tickets are also available for special luncheons, lectures and workshops. 

Be a part of this much-anticipated festive event that kicks off the Newport summer season.  Enjoy the scrumptious cocktail buffet while viewing the fresh floral arrangements and horticultural extravaganzas, shopping the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners' Marketplace, mingling with friends and making new ones. As always, there will be plenty of surprises too!

General Show Admission                     Adult     Youth (13-17)       Youth (12 & under)

Advance purchase & Members--any day        $17              $6                                  Free           

At the door Friday, June 25 only                    $25              $6                                  Free

At the door Saturday, June 26

or Sunday, June 27                                        $23              $6                                  Free    

"Bring a Friend" Offer Sunday only  2 tickets for $25

Come on Sunday and bring a friend!  The two of you will save $21 off the Day of Show price.

Valid on Sunday, June 27 onlyJune 25-27. Rosecliff, Newport, RI. New England's premier summertime flower and horticulture show includes judged flower arrangements, a horticultural tent brimming with plants and flowers, demonstrations, lectures and a spectacular garden marketplace in the elegant reception rooms and on the expansive oceanfront lawn of Rosecliff, a Gilded Age mansion. For info: The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840. Phone: (401) 847-1000. Fax: (401) 841-1361. E-mail: Web


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