We officially made it to Spring and you can bet our city is celebrating. This week appears to be centered around food (shouldn't it always be?) with plenty of specialty dinners including a Whiskey Dinner at Forty 1 North, Fireside Bourbon Dinner at Linden Place Mansion and the return of Hotel Viking's wine hosted dinner series. 

Food isn't the only thing we have our sights set on this week (shockingly), though. Head to Norman Bird Sanctuary for fireside trivia, or get your laughs in with comedy at Brick Alley Pub. 

Our picks for the week below. 

 

MARCH 20

SCHOOL OF FISH

When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main Demonstration Kitchen
Admission: $50 per person
Details: At Eating with the Ecosystem’s “School of Fish”, Rhode Island chefs will educate you on different methods for turning a whole fish - straight from the sea - into a marvelous dinner you can share with your family and friends. Learn how to use plentiful local species like scup, herring, whiting, skate, squid, dogfish, whole sea scallops, and sea robin. Held in the demo kitchen (a former school classroom) at Hope & Main, each workshop is also a dinner, complete with wine and good company! Each workshop will feature one fish species, prepared several ways. Come for just one class or attend them all!

 

 

QUAHOG WEEK

When: Through March 25
Where: Throughout Rhode Island
Details: Quahog Week, which made its debut last year, returns Monday, March 20 - Saturday, March 25, 2017. The celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s wild harvest shellfish to the state’s history, traditions, and economy, and shines a light on our favorite local clam and its many uniquely Rhode Island preparations. As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals, and Quahog Week partners will hold special events.

 

 

 

MARCH 21

WHISKEY DINNER

When: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
WhereForty 1 North 
Admission: $60 per person
Details: Enjoy four Whiskey tastings that will be accompanied by a four-course dinner specially prepared by Executive Chef Terence Feury. Full dinner menu.

 

 

MARCH 22

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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FERMENTATION CLASS

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Forty 1 North
Admission: $35 per person
Details: taste a variety of Rosé Wines to preview warmer weather wines and savory pairings. Reservations are required and space is limited. To RSVP, email kpiccolo@41north.com

 

 

MARCH 23

MILK & HONEY WINE & CHEESE CLASS

When: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $42 per person
Details: Head to Newport Vineyards for an evening where wine and cheese experts will take you on a journey through Milk & Honey cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards wines. PLUS: Receive $5 off a purchase of $25 or more in the Marketplace that evening only. Dine at Brix following the class to cap off the night in front of the fireplace.

 

WATERFOWL WATCH

When: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $8 members, $10 non-members
Details: March is a great time to observe waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and swans that have traveled to overwintering grounds in RI. Search the Sakonnet River and nearby Gardiner Pond for waterfowl. Along the way you'll learn the importance of shape, size, and field marks while exploring an often-overlooked family of birds. Parking is at the Third Beach Education Center (across from Peabody’s Beach). Dress warmly for the weather.

 

 

FIRESIDE BOURBON DINNER

When: 6:00 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: $80 per person
Details: Warm up with bourbon by the fire at Linden Place with a five-course dinner featuring America’s best bourbons and dishes prepared by some of East Bay’s finest chefs. The evening begins with appetizers inside Linden Place’s historic carriage house followed by a fireside dinner carefully designed by participating chefs. A different craft bourbon cocktail will be perfectly paired with each course, along with tasting notes and comments by the chefs.

 

MIXOLOGY CLASS

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Forty 1 North
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Learn how to shake, stir and strain your favorite cocktails starting next Thursday at Christie's. You will taste a selection of spirits, receive hands on training and enjoy snacks paired with the type of spirit. To RSVP, email kpiccolo@41north.com

 

RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION

When: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
WhereLinden Place
Admission: Free
Details: Is race in our genes, or just in our heads? Where did the idea of race come from? Why is it so hard to talk about race? What if it was suddenly revealed that the most basic assumptions about race — for instance, that the world's people can be divided biologically along racial lines — were false? A three-part PBS documentary series, Race: The Power of an Illusion, asserts that race has nothing to do with biology. Instead, the series features scientists and experts who believe the notion of race is a construct based on history, laws and social custom.

 
"YOU WILL FIND IT HANDY" 20TH CENTURY AFRICAN AMERICAN TRAVEL GUIDE TO NEWPORT

When: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
WhereNewport Historical Society Resource Center
Admission: $5 per person, $1 for NHS members, active and retired military with ID
Details: The Newport Historical Society will host Catherine W. Zipf for “You Will Find It Handy”: Twentieth-Century African American Travel Guides to Newport, RI. This presentation will focus on Newport sites listed in The Green Book, where they were, their history, and their current condition. While only four sites survive, all tell a tale of resistance and survival in an age dominated by discrimination and segregation. The presentation will be accompanied by a viewing of posters documenting sites in other states. Together, the posters show what is unique—and not unique—about Rhode Island’s Green Book history.

 

 

MARCH 24

COMEDY AT THE BRICK

When: 9:00 - 10:45 PM
WhereBrick Alley Pub
Admission: $15 in advance
Details: Comedy at The Brick is one of the best stand up comedy shows in Newport! Located at Plumby's Upstairs Burger Bar above the best restaurant in Newport with the hottest local and nationally touring comics from all over the country, some of who have been seen on Comedy Central, CONAN, Last Comic Standing, TruTC, VH1, and more.

 
FIRESIDE TRIVIA

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary 
Admission: $20 members, $25 non-members
Details: Gather your flock for an entertaining evening by the fire in Mabel's Studio, testing your knowledge of nature, wildlife, and Norman Bird Sanctuary trivia. Fireside Trivia Night will pit teams of one or more against one another to answer light-hearted and fun common-knowledge questions. Enter the raffle and win great prizes including a $100 gift certificate to Newport Restaurant Group establishments such as Castle Hill Inn, 22 Bowen's, and more! Wine, beer, and bar snacks will be served.

 

ROBBIE O'CONNELL LIVE AT LINDEN PLACE MANSION

When: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Where: Linden Place 
Admission: $25, $20 for members, includes a wine reception.
Details: In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, Linden Place Museum is thrilled to welcome back internationally known folk singer and songwriter Robbie O’Connell for a night of authentic Celtic music and storytelling. 

 

 

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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.

 

 

MARCH 25

SPRING EQUINOX HIKE

When: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereBallard Park
Admission: $5 suggested donation, $15 per group
Details: Celebrate the first Saturday of spring with a hike at Ballard Park. Learn about the thirteen acre site’s history while exploring the mile+ of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance.

 

HOTEL VIKING PRESENTS JARDIN WINE DINNER

When: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: Family-owned Jordan Wine Estate, situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the heart of the Cape Winelands, has been transformed to become one of the leading estates in South Africa. Surrounded by breath taking views of the vineyards, Jordan Wine Estate boasts spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and the Stellenbosch Mountains.  Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making award-winning wines since 1993 on their 405 acre hillside property with a grape growing history going back over 330 years.

 

BARREL AGED BEER NIGHT

When: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Storm Brewery
Admission: $20
Details: Newport Storm Brewery will be holding a Barrel Aged Beer Night with  a diverse selection of barrel aged beer. Additionally, Brew Master Derek Luke will host a live discussion on the aging processes.

 

 

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MARCH 26

SUNDAY BLOODY FUNDAY

When: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, recurriny 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.