As the weather warms, our city prepares for a week abundant with activity. Start Monday off right in Bristol with Gateway to Spring where you'll meander more than 50,000 daffodils blanketing Blithewold's 33 acre estate. Can't get enough of those yellow blossoms? It's okay, Newport's 4th Annual Daffodil Days Festival kicks off later this week with plenty of events to get you outdoors and ready for warmer days. Prefer to kick back and relax? Vanderbilt Grace's Full Moon Ritual hosts the perfect chance for some rest, love and healing.

 

Our picks for the week below.

 

 

APRIL 10

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.

 

 

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.

 

THE FULL MOON RITUAL

When: 9:00 PM
Where: Vanderbilt Grace
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Plunge into the pool and emerge out of the water to cover yourself in a veil of healing oils and self-love. Arrive early and enjoy a swim, sauna or steam then make your way poolside in your robe to join the rest of the tribe "at the edge." You'll breathe together inhaling the energy bubbling up and exhale letting go of "stuckness" or less useful self-language. Dipping down into the water you will let go and emerge from the pool to "the other side of the edge" where you'll apply a veil of love and healing oils tenderly from head to toe so as not to leave any soft edge or bony corner unattended to. Retire quietly into the night in silence or enjoy a sip of warm tea and the cool peace of celebrating the full moon with a tribe.

 

 

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APRIL 11

HOUSE SMOKED WING NIGHT

When: 4:00 - 10:00 PM; Recurring every Tuesday
WhereNorey's
Admission: $5
Details: $5 wings (1/2 price) with any beer purchase. Chef Tyler Cullen's wings are smoked on site. 

 

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APRIL 12

RED'S FOOD TRUCK

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereResidence Inn by Marriott
Details: Red's sources all of their ingredients from local farms and purveyors to craft an eclectic selection of gourmet street fare. Their sandwiches, salads and sides reflect the best flavors of European and Pan-Mediterranean cuisine. Stop in the Residence Inn Beer & Wine Bar and purchase a craft beer or glass of wine to make your meal complete. Guest and Public Welcome!

 

SCI SPEAKER SERIES: FLOODING AND SEA RISE IN OUR BACKYARDS

When: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute 
Details: Join us at SCI on April 12th for a lecture on “Flooding and Sea Rise on our Backyards: The next resiliency steps for Newport and Rhode Island.” presented by Representative Lauren Carson. 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. 

 

FERMENTATION CLASS

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Forty 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.

 

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.

 

 

APRIL 13

ART AFTER DARK

When: 5:00 - 10:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $10 suggested donation
Details: The Newport Art Museum's sparkling late night gathering, Art After Dark, is held on the second Thursday of each month and features artful programs, talks, gallery games, music, drinks and inspired conversation. Each Art After Dark is unique and full of new adventures. Admission is free for Members. ($10 suggested donation for non-members)

 

MIXOLOGY CLASS

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Christie's
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Learn how to shake, stir and strain your favorite cocktails starting at Christie's. On Thursday you will taste a selection of classic cocktails. You will taste a selection of spirits, receive hands on training and enjoy marinated olives with rosemary, beef jerky, and homemade potato chips paired with the cocktails below. RSVP.

 

APRIL 14

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
Where: Firehouse 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 15

28TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AND BRUNCH

When: 10:00 AM
WhereRosecliff
Details: Join the Easter Bunny to share lots of eggs, candy, prizes and scrumptious seated brunch for everyone in the family. Space is limited and reservations are required. Rosecliff, Newport. Rain or Shine.

 

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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.

 

DAFFODIL DAYS KICK-OFF CEREMONY

When: 2:00 PM
Where: Bannister's Wharf
Admission: Free
Details: Watch as the official daffodil ribbon is cut and the muskets fired as the Festival begins to bloom. Family fun, games, live music, a daffy conga line and the crowning of the Daffodil King and Queen. Daffy Deals and store specials for all those wearing the Daffy Pin. 

 

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HISTORIC CEMETERY DAY IN NEWPORT

When: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Common Burying Grounds
Admission: Free
Details: Common Burying Ground Open House and self-guided tour. Following the success of last year's recognition of historic cemeteries in the state, Representative Anthony Giarrusso has introduced a bill to declare April 15th Historic Cemetery Restoration/Awareness Day. While events will take place throughout the state, plans for Newport include an Open House from noon to 2:00 PM at the Common Burying Ground located on Farewell and Warner Streets.

 

NEWPORT RHODE RACE

When: 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
WhereEaston's Beach 
Admission: $95 marathon/$65 half marathon/$30 5k
Details: The Marathon will start at 7:30 AM Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Easton’s Beach in Newport, RI. The Half Marathon will start at 8:00 AM from the same location.  The 5k will follow at 8:15 AM – all from the same beautiful seaside start. The marathon course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. 

 

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APRIL 16

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.