With cold days and even colder nights blanketing our forecasts, it is time to put on your new coats and warm mittens and head out for some wintry and wonderful events. From speakers to performances of a childhood favorite fantasy to meeting your favorite local makers this week has everything your heart, head and stomach needs.

 

JANUARY 9

Bryant University Basketball Clinic at St. Michael's Country Day School

When: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Where: St. Michael's Country Day School
Admission: FREE
Details: St. Michael's Country Day School is proud to welcome Coach Tim O'Shea and the Bryant University men's basketball team for a skills clinic and demonstration! All girls and boys in grades 5-8 are invited to this free event. Join us to learn tips and practice your skills with the Bryan University Bulldogs.

 

JANUARY 11

COWBOY AND LADY

When: 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
WhereNorey's, Newport
Admission: NO COVER
Details: Cowboy and Lady @ Norey's, Newport January 11th, 8:30PM, No Cover. Come Early for Dinner & Get a Great Seat. noreys.com/food 156 Broadway, Newport 401 847-4971 #BroadwayNewport #NewportRI

 

SCI SPEAKER SERIES : "WOMEN AND SAILING" PRESENTED BY SHEILA MCCURDY

When: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute
Admission: FREE
Details: This event is part of SCI's ongoing Monthly Speaker Series. It will take place at 7pm in the Mariners' Lounge of the Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport. It will be open to the public without charge, though a suggested donation of $10 will help defray costs and fund the Institute’s outreach programs.

 

JANUARY 12

BEERTASTING
 

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When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
WhereChristie's
Admission: $15 per person
Details: Every Thursday Christie's will feature a flight of local craft brews that will be accompanied with a light food pairing

 

THE LIFE & TIMES OF MARTIN HOWARD: A TALK WITH ABBY CHANDLER

When: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: Newport Historical Society Resource Center
Admission: $5 non-members, $1 members
Details: Mid-eighteenth century Newport resident Martin Howard was known for his outspoken opinions supporting King George. His sympathies towards the crown and views supporting the customs duties relating to the 1765 Stamp Act made him a targeted figure by the Sons of Liberty during the riots that took place that year. While many today might consider him as a “bad guy”, his story is one that tells the loyalist narrative in Newport on the eve of the American Revolution. On Thursday, January 12, 2017 the Newport Historical Society will host scholar Abby Chandler to discuss The Life and Times of Martin Howard which features her latest research about this prominent colonial figure. 

 

JANUARY 13

Arctic Blast: Experiments in Frost

When: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Recurring on Friday, Saturday & Sunday
WhereAnchor Bend Glassworks
Admission: FREE
Details: Anchor Bend Glassworks is excited to announce our Winter Show "Arctic Blast: Experiments in Frost." Showcasing modern sandblasting & silvering techniques. Frosted handblown glass Anchors, Waves, and Sea Creatures are the centerpieces of this show.

 

JANUARY 14

NAMING THE TWINS

When: 7:30 PM
Where: Sandywoods Center for the Arts
Admission: TBD
Details: ...is the harmonizing duo of Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser, whose well-matched voices sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night off, a bit like Gordon Lightfoot or Stan Rogers if they had had a girl harmonizer. Not twins by birth, but twins at heart, they share a sibling like sense of humour and harmony.

 

THE BELL BOTTOM BLUES

When: 9:00 PM 
WhereNewport Grand Casino
Admission: TBD
Details: The Bell Bottom Blues was formed in 2007 with the vision of providing an audience with a True Eric Clapton Experience. Through its evolution, the band has been carefully constructed to create the essence of the Clapton sound, from his guitar arrangements to his distinctive vocal sound. This is what separates The Bell Bottom Blues from all others and makes us unique in the market. We have been told time and time again by our audiences and fans that “they close their eyes during a show and could swear that they were actually at a Clapton concert.” This is what we actually set out to achieve. Through each band members dedication, professionalism and hard work we have captured the sound and essence of the master himself through his various stages from Cream and the Dominoes through the his entire solo career. Clapton, played by Al Caprara, has captured his guitar styling and more importantly his exact vocal sound, which allows us to truly pay tribute to this Rock and Blues Icon.

 

A LOOK AT CONTEMPORARY GLASS FROM AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - WILLIAM GUDENRATH

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $10 member adult, $15 non-member adult and $6 for students
Details: William Gudenrath, glassblower, scholar, author, lecturer, teacher and resident advisor of The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Mr. Gudenrath will discuss the stunning emergence of contemporary art glass as he compares today's interpretations to historical techniques. 

 

WINTER RARITIES ECOTOUR

When: 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $60 Members, $70 Non-members
Details: Hop into the NBS van for a day trip that hits several birding hot spots throughout the region. Historically, New England is known for a large number of rare birds visiting in the winter months. The itinerary is planned to coincide with current sightings reports, so you have the best chance of spotting rare winter migrants. This program is designed for all birding skill levels and includes some low-impact walking. Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and drinks. Dress warmly with appropriate footwear, and binoculars are recommended. Space is limited!

 

THE NEVERENDING STORY

When: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Recurring Sunday at 2:00 PM
Where: The Casino Theatre
Admission: General $12, Children under 12 yrs. $6
Details: Newport Children's Theatre presents, The Neverending Story
 

NEWPORT SEAL TOUR WITH SAVE THE BAY

When: Check tour times & purchase tickets here! Recurring Saturday & Sunday
Where: Bowen's Ferry Landing
Price: $22 non-members; $17 members, seniors & children ages 3-12
Details: Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. 

 

JANUARY 15

MEET YOUR MAKER
 

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When: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main
Admission: FREE
Details: The nonprofit food incubator Hope & Main announces its lineup of monthly indoor specialty food markets where the community can eat, drink and shop local in a lively, food-centric marketplace showcasing dozens of local companies crafting specialty food products, prepared foods and handcrafted beverages. Taste and tour through Hope & Main’s facility, catch cooking demonstrations throughout the day, enjoy live music and enter to win door prizes like holiday gift baskets, cooking classes, and more. 

 

NATURE'S KALEIDOSCOPE, LEAF ROTATION: PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN WOOD

When: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WhereThe Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission
Details: Discover nature's magnificent hidden patterns and soothing layers through camera rotation photography. Trees provide heart and home to us all – and their leaves are more than just an essential part of life on earth, they are also extremely beautiful. This style of foliage photography unlocks a hidden world of beauty and breathtaking geometry. 

Meet the photographer at the opening reception on January 8 from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

 

FRESH AIR, FRESH START GUIDED HIKE

When: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $8 Members, $10 Non-members
Details: Clear your mind and start the year off right by stepping out into the beautiful winter landscape at Norman Bird Sanctuary. This naturalist-guided program will have a relaxed pace as we look for signs of wildlife. Be prepared to hike snowy trails—snow boots are recommended, and snowshoes are welcome but not required. We look forward to sharing the peace of nature with your family in 2017.