May continues to gift us with excitement as the days pass. This week brings the return of Newport Oyster Festival on Bowen's Wharf with fresh, local oysters, a shucking contest, chilled champagne, specialty cocktails, live music and more. In the mood for a scenic adventure? Head over the Mount Hope Bridge to Bristol to catch a glimpse of Spring in bloom at Blithewold's Gateway to Spring. Not to mention, family fun kicks into full gear this weekend at Coggeshall's Wool & Fiber Festival where the whole family can observe craft demonstrations, purchase handcrafted items and natural fibers, and watch a master sheep shearer at work.

 

Our top picks for the week below.

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 15

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.

 

 
GALLERY: BLACKSTONE VALLEY ARTISTS SCENES FROM NEW ENGLAND

When: Recurring through May 31
Where: Spring Bull Studio & Gallery 
Admission: Free
Details: This exhibition showcases the works of: Adele Corrigan, Carol Frieswick, Wayne Peltier, Dianne Panarelli Miller, Frank Robertson, Vail Pagliarani, Robin Wessman, Colleen Vandeventer and Aivars Zandbergs. These award winning artists capture in the ordinary, land and seascapes a moment in time. Each has an incredible range of creativity and unique style and love of art. They work in a variety of mediums including: oil, acrylic, watercolor and pottery. 

 

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TUESDAY, MAY 16

HOUSE SMOKED WING NIGHT 

When: Recurring weekly on Tuesdays
Where: Norey's
Admission: $5
Details: Head to Norey's every Tuesday from 4:00 - 10:00 PM for House Smoked Wing Night offering $5 wings (1/2 price) with any beer purchase. Chef Tyler Cullen's wings are smoked on site.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

AQUIDNECK GROWERS MARKET REOPENS

When: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Memorial Boulevard, Newport 
Admission: Free
Details: Everything sold at the market is grown or made within 50 miles. Shop more than 30 vendors weekly offering everything from baked goods and fresh flowers to fresh fruits, vegetables and hot prepared foods.

 

 
HOME SCHOOL LESSON: BOTANY

When: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: $5 per child, adults free
Details: Children will hike through the trails of Ballard Park and learn how to identify different plants by their leaves, bark and even their smell. Best suited for children 6 to 12 years old

 

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.

 

LECTURE: THE NATIONAL SECURITY OUTLOOK: IS THE WAR OVER & DID WE WIN?

When: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum 
Admission: $10 non-members
Details: Renowned author and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Bing West, analyzes the state of America's war on terror. 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.

 

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.

 

 

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THURSDAY, MAY 18

MIXOLOGY CLASS

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Christie's
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Learn how to shake, stir and strain your favorite cocktails at Christie's. On Thursday you will taste a selection of these classic cocktails, receive hands on training while enjoying duck taco, shrimp cocktail, and goat cheese puff.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 19

NEWPORT OYSTER FESTIVAL

When: May 19 - 21
Where: Bowen's Wharf, Newport
Admission: Prices vary
Details: Oysters lovingly cultivated in the Ocean State will be paired with the world’s most beloved champagne during the Newport Oyster Festival, May 19 - 21. Sample fresh, local oysters alongside 20 growers, eateries and exhibitors. On Friday, May 19, enjoy a night of oysters and champagne on the waterfront followed by bivalves on the water on Saturday.

 

 

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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.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20

COGGESHALL FARM'S 9TH ANNUAL RI WOOL & FIBER FESTIVAL

When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereCoggeshall Farm
Admission: $7 adults, $5 kids 
Details: The art of producing and working with natural fibers and traditional craft skills will take center stage at the 9th Annual Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair at Coggeshall Farm Museum.

 

 

LADIES OF LINDEN PLACE MANSION TOUR

When:11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Linden Place
Admission: $8, $6 for students & seniors
Details: Hear the stories of the women who lived and worked at Linden Place Mansion through the ages at Linden Place’s “Ladies of Linden Place” Guided Tour.

 

MIXOLOGY MASTER CLASS

When: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Vanderbilt Grace
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Prepare signature cocktails from Vanderbilt Grace's Spring Menu and enjoy complimentary Small Bites’ as you shake up concoctions beside resident Mixologists. 

 

MUSHROOM HIKE

When: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Ballard Park
Admission: Free
Details: Expert mushroom hunters, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt, will share foraging secrets as well as information about the unique roles fungi play in the ecosystem as they point out mushrooms along the trails of Ballard Park. There are many mushrooms that favor maple trees which are the most popular tree in Ballard Park. 

 

WALKING TOUR: ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE & THE COLONY HOUSE

When: 11:00 AM
Where: Departs Brick Market Museum & Shop
Admission: $20, $15 for Newport Historical Society members, active and retired military with ID
Details: Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. Visit the Colony House, built in 1739, for RI’s colonial government this historic building was the site of many important events. View a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington.

 

WORKSHOP: STONE WALL

When: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Prescott Farm
Admission: $40; advance registration required
Details: Learn the art of traditional stone wall construction and repair from the experts. Master class instructors Chris and Dan Smith lead for the fourteenth year of this active workshop. Coffee, muffins, and water bottles will be provided for all participants. If you have work gloves, please bring them along.

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21

35TH ANNUAL BIRDS & BREAKFAST

When: 7:30 - 11:30 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $30 Advance, $35 Day-of, $10 Children 3-12yrs
Details: Norman Bird Sanctuary’s beloved springtime tradition continues in 2017 as generations come together to celebrate spring, blooming flowers, and the birds migrating back north. White Horse Tavern Executive Chef, Richard Silvia, cooks up a scrumptious breakfast prepared with organically grown ingredients donated by local farmers and markets. Nature lovers and birders enjoy walks led by NBS Naturalists on the hiking trails. Children of all ages make spring-themed nature crafts and are treated to a live presentation from one of our resident red-tailed hawks!

 

 

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.

 

MEET YOUR MAKER MARKET

When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Hope and Main, Warren
Admission: Free
Details: Meet Your Maker is an opportunity to take a peek inside Rhode Island’s food manufacturing economy. Meet the makers themselves and learn what inspires these budding food entrepreneurs to charge ahead with their businesses. The indoor market features dozens of members, and often times local farmers or artisans, too. Tour and taste your way through a lively, bustling marketplace filled to the brim with Rhode Island-made specialty food and drinks.

 

 

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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