Time flies when you're having fun and April is WHIRLING by. Good times continue this week with plenty to do. Are the kids on April vacation? Not to worry, our museums, tours and attractions have you covered, from outdoor escapades to hands on activities and more.

Those stunning yellow blossoms continue to bloom throughout our nine coastal communities and as they do we're celebrating with the 4th Annual Newport Daffodils Days Festival. While you're outdoors, make sure to celebrate Mother Nature with a bounty of Earth Week happenings

 

Our picks for the week below.

 

APRIL 17

BLITHEWOLD: GATEWAY TO SPRING

When: Recurring through May 31
WhereBlithewold Mansions, Gardens & Arboretum
Details: Each April, Blithewold opens its gates to welcome visitors as springtime begins. The season unfurls with our well-known daffodil display, covering this 33-acre seaside estate with over 50,000 daffodils that delight visitors for nearly a month.

 

4TH ANNUAL NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS FESTIVAL

When: Recurring daily through April 23, 2017
Where: Throughout Newport
Details: Step into spring and join the doggie parade, see what’s behind themed storefront window displays and wear your daffiest hats. Enjoy the Daffy Bike Ride, Waltz of the Flowers, photo completion and more. Bowen’s and Bannister’s Wharves, Newport.

 

LOOKING CLOSELY AT WHAT IS NOT THERE

WhenCheck here for museum hours, through May 17
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $10 adults, members & children under 5 free
Details: Although she began her career in ceramics, Kate Blacklock has explored a variety of media throughout her career. From oil paintings to photographs or scans printed on aluminum to 3-D-printed ceramics, this exhibition showcases several of the artist’s ongoing series.

Threading these series together is the artist’s keen and enduring interest in joining the present and past. Seamlessly integrating new technologies with older art historical traditions, such as Chinese landscape painting and nineteenth-century European porcelain, Blacklock creates something altogether new and contemporary. Whether it is examining aspects of nature or everyday objects, Blacklock carries the viewer to a place where realism, abstraction, and illusion all become one. Based in Providence, Kate Blacklock has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions around the country. She received her MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence where she now teaches.

 

FASHION AND SATIRE: THE DRAWINGS OF ORSON BYRON LOWELL AND CHARLES DANA GIBSON

When: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, through May 7, 2017
WhereRosecliff Mansion
Details: A new loan exhibition opens in the second floor gallery at Rosecliff on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Fashion and Satire: The Drawings of Orson Byron Lowell and Charles Dana Gibson pairs a collection of satirical illustrations with Gilded Age fashion pieces and accessories. Focusing on the life of “high society” in New York City, the illustrations invite the viewer to understand fashion as a vehicle for representing and interpreting societal ideals in the Gilded Age.

 

 

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APRIL 18

FILM SCREENING: OCEAN FRONTIERS III

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute 
Admission: Free
Details: A new loan exhibition opens in the second floor gallery at Rosecliff on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Fashion and Satire: The Drawings of Orson Byron Lowell and Charles Dana Gibson pairs a collection of satirical illustrations with Gilded Age fashion pieces and accessories. Focusing on the life of “high society” in New York City, the illustrations invite the viewer to understand fashion as a vehicle for representing and interpreting societal ideals in the Gilded Age.

 

 

APRIL 19

APRIL BREAK COOKING & BAKING MINI-CAMP

When: April 19 - April 21, 2017
Where: Newport Cooks Kitchen
Admission: $60 per person
Details: In this 3-day morning mini camp we’ll prepare an imaginative menu each day! We’ll use fresh ingredients and encourage students to push their creativity in the Kitchen. We’ll taste everything we make in class and everyone will leave having enjoyed an early lunch! We’ll practice knife skills, kitchen safety, cleanliness and healthy eating habits throughout the three days.

 

FERMENTATION CLASS

When: 6:30 PM
WhereForty 1 North 
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Head to the Oval Bar at Forty 1 North on Wednesday evening to taste a variety of wine from the region of Rhone. One of the world’s most diverse wine regions, the Rhone is known for producing excellent offerings ranging from rich reds made with 100% Syrah to whites crafted from Marsanne, Roussane, and Viognier. Explore the vast variety available in one of our favorite regions. Each wine will be accompanied by a light food pairing. RSVP.

 

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FLIGHT NIGHT

WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
Admission: $10 per person
Details: Book your wine – OR – beer flight each Wednesday and enjoy your own personal tasting of 4 wines or 4 draft beers for $10. Sip and savor your stay-cation when you pair with our Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

REFLECTIONS ON A CHILDHOOD SPENT WITH A FEMINIST 

Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum 
When: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Admission: $10 per person
Details: Peter Andreas presents personal reflections from his new book, Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution. A wine and cheese reception is held at 5:30 PM, followed by the salon at 6:00 PM. Free for members; $10 for non-members. Seating is limited; call 401-847-0295, ext. 112 for reservations or register online below.

 

 

APRIL 20

PELL DOCUMENTARY

When: 7:00 PM
WhereJamestown Arts Center
Admission: $10
Details: As part of the Jamestown Arts Center's Third Thursday Film Programming, we will be screening Pell, a documentary on Rhode Island U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell.

 

 

APRIL 21

CHARLIE & THE BUCKET TRUCK CHILDREN'S EVENT

When: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
WhereMiantonomi Memorial Park
Admission: Free
Details: Kids, come and meet Charlie Ridolph, Newport’s very own City Forester and his bucket truck! Tree climbing demo, bucket truck photos, a kids tree walk, giveaways from National Grid and more.

 

Related: 13 Ways to Celebrate Earth Week Throughout Newport & Bristol Counties 

 

DAFFODILS AT DUSK

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansions, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Members, free; Adult non-member, $14; Youth non-member, $5; Family non-member, $28; Military & Student, $10.
Details: Join Blithewold  “after hours” for an evening filled with live jazz,  a complimentary cocktail or lemonade, and the opportunity to explore Blithewold’s enchanting spring gardens at dusk. An outdoor scavenger hunt will be available for children and those who are still kids at heart.

 

FIRESIDE LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: GRAYSON TY

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $15 per person
Details: Join Newport Vineyards for an extended evening of wine tasting. Set in the Meadow Room overlooking the cafe lawn firepits, enjoy live music from Grayson Ty while you sip and savor. Enjoy wine tastings, as well as wine, beer and sangria from the Vineyard Cafe bar and light nosh from their Wine-d Down menu.

 

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FIRST LIGHT NIGHT

When: 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Where: The Elks Lodge
Admission: Free
Details: The first night of the annual Lighting of the Trees and opening night of the Art of the Arbor art exhibit curated by Newport Art House. Cash bar, music, food carts and more.

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage ever Friday and Saturday night all year long with their fast paced, high energy hilarity. These improvisation masterminds present hilarious scenes, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger than life characters all inspired by the suggestions of the audience. Every show is BYOB.

 

 

APRIL 22

EARTH DAY CLEAN UP & TOUR

When: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WhereBallard Park
Admission: Free
Details: Friends of Ballard Park is celebrating Earth Day with a clean-up of Newport’s Only Nature Preserve followed by a tour of the park. At 9:00 AM volunteers are invited to give Ballard Park a spring cleaning. Volunteers will pick up litter, paint gates and signs and trim trails. At 11:00 AM, staff will share information about the site’s history and its unique features on a tour which include a vernal pond, quarry meadow and woodland forest as we walk a little over one mile of trail.

 

 

APRIL 23

JAZZ PIANO SUNDAY BRUNCH

When: 12:30 - 3:30 PM; Recurring every Sunday
WhereClarke Cooke House
Details: Bobby Ferreira performs solo on Sundays at the Clarke Cooke House on Newport's Bannister's Wharf.

 

SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM; Recurring every Sunday through June 11.
WhereFifth Element
Details: Join The Fifth Element casual-hip dining hangout populated by locals, destination diners and tourists alike for their weekly Jazz Brunch series. 

 
SUNDAY BLOODY FUNDAY

When: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Recurring every Sunday
WhereO'Brien's Pub
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Mermaid Masterpieces, the area’s leading paint party organizer has teamed up with Newport’s legendary O’Briens Pub and the fastest growing fashion brand, Lularoe, to offer a series of winter paint party socials. The events will be held on Sundays beginning January 29th from 3pm-6pm through March 5th. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite, $50/person and should be purchased in advance. The link to purchase tickets can be found on the event facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/sundaybloodyfunday2017

These unique events include a complimentary Bloody Mary, a pair of Lularoe leggings and a painting which the attendees will create while Becky from Mermaid Masterpieces teaches step by step. The events will also feature tarot card readings a professional photo booth with The Snapshot Stop as well as vendors including local artisans as well as BeautyCounter, Herbalife, India Hicks, Keep Collective, Touchstone by Swarovski, Younique, and many more. Vendors will change weekly.