New year, new you? No need to think like that here in the City by the Sea we offer you a new year, with new things to do! From plunging into the cold Atlantic to start off the year to inspiring speeches all the way to beautiful ballet performance. From the art lover to the casual adventurer this January get ready for your jaw to drop.
 

Here's to you, and a new year:

 

DAILY:

JANUARY 1

CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

When: Recurring on January 2
Where: The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House
Details: The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season.

 

Hangover Classic New Years Day Run

When: 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
WhereAgave Restaurant
Admission: $25 in advance, $30 on race day, $20 for students anytime
Details: Race headquarters, including day-of-race registration and bib pickup will be held at Agave restaurant, 805 Hope St, Bristol, RI. Race headquarters opens at 9am on Sunday, Jan. 1 race start at 10:30am. All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet (additional charge) and trophies following the race at Agave.

 
The Newport Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

When: 12:00 PM 
WhereEaston's Beach (First Beach)
Admission: Free, donations for Make a Wish accepted
Details: Every New Years Day at precisely 12:00 PM, participants run into the winter waters at Easton's Beach, some dressed in costumes, some as part of teams and some in their bathing suits pulled from their stock of summer threads. The efforts are partly for fun, believe it or not, and partly for a good cause. The plunge raises money each year for the Make a Wish Foundation, the foundation comprised of tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters who work to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. 

 

JANUARY 5

8 Bells Lecture Series

When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute
Admission: FREE
Details: Between 1817 and 1898, New York City evolved from a vital Atlantic port of trade to the center of American commerce and culture. With this rapid commercial growth and cultural development, New York came to epitomize a nineteenth-century metropolis. Although this important urban transformation is well documented, the critical role of select Union soldiers turned New York engineers has, until now, remained largely unexplored. In Designing Gotham, Jon Scott Logel examines the fascinating careers of George S. Greene, Egbert L. Viele, John Newton, Henry Warner Slocum, and Fitz John Porter, all of whom studied engineering at West Point, served in the United States Army during the Civil War, and later advanced their civilian careers and status through the creation of Victorian New York. Dr. Logel is an Associate Professor in War Gaming Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

JANUARY 6

Friday Night Improv Comedy with the Bit Players

When: 8:00 PM
Where: Firehouse Theater
Admission: $15 per person
Details: The Bit Players are Rhode Island's most award-winning comedy troupe. They perform fast-paced, high energy Improv comedy every Friday and Saturday night in Newport, RI. Their hilarious games, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger-than-life characters will have you rolling in the aisles all night long! Celebrating something special like an anniversary, birthday, or engagement? Let us know ahead of time and they will incorperate it into the show. Come to see Newport's premier comedy show. You'll be back, we promise. Laugh More.

 

JANUARY 7

Driftwoods - Beach Boys Tribute

When: 9:00 PM 
WhereNewport Grand Casino
Details: THE DRIFTWOODS “Still Riding the Wave of A Lifetime” RI’s Rock ’n’ Roll scene has roots. The first big wave took place early 1964 when that 1st group of young musicians strapped on guitars, plugged in keyboards with mopped head drummers banging out a driving backbeat. Commonly called ‘garage bands’, many at that time in this area actually had their beginnings in basements. These guys were there then and they broke out big. What set them apart from the rest was their 4 & 5 part vocal harmonies layered above those rock rhythms. From 1964-67 they ruled this area music scene, winning eleven of fifteen ‘Battle of the Bands’. Highly sort after for high school and college dances, radio station events and local tv appearances, they also performed for the Newport ‘jet set’, opened for national acts and were considered in 1965 for an appearance on the late night Johnny Carson Show. They set the musical bar high and are still regarded today by musicians as well as the casual listener as vocally unequaled and always a fan favorite. The Driftwoods, RI’s longest running active rock act, are still going strong adding new fans with each new performance.

 

Magnolia Cajun Band

When: 7:00 PM 
Where: Sandywood Center for the Arts
Admission: $12 in advance/$15 at the door
Details: Since 1989, Magnolia has been New England's hometown Cajun band. Learning their music form Louisiana's finest has earned them a solid reputation at home and recognition in the Cajun heartland. Their dance lessons and music have helped build a strong sense of community at festivals and fais-do-dos all over the Northeast. Their monthly Saturday night dance has been New England's hottest ticket for more than twenty years!

 

What to Expect from the New President - Darrell M. West

Art Museum

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $10 member adult, $15 non-member adult and $6 for students
Details: Mr. West will present the priorities of the next administration, what the campaign taught us about that individual, and likelihood of success on various domestic and foreign policy fronts.

 

JANUARY 8

Nature's Kaleidoscope, Leaf Rotation: Photography by Brian Wood

When: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WhereThe Audubon Environmental Education Center
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.

 

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

 

Flight Night at Brix Restaurant

When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10
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.

 

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

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 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
 

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. 

 

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.

 

JANUARY 18

Sugar Blood Jinx

When: 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
WhereNorey's, Newport
Admission: No Cover
Details: Sugar Blood Jinx @ Norey's, Newport January 18th, 8:30PM, No Cover. Come Early for Dinner & Get a Great Seat. noreys.com/food 156 Broadway, Newport 401 847-4971 #BroadwayNewport #NewportRI

 

Winter Moth Workshop

When: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: The Newport Public Library
Admission: FREE
Details: The Eastern RI Conservation District, sponsored by the Newport Arboretum, will host a free public workshop in Newport, RI regarding the winter moth, featuring speaker Heather Faubert from the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension. Winter moth is an invasive pest introduced into North America from Europe. With no natural enemies, the winter moth population is exploding. These caterpillars are devastating Rhode Island, including fruit trees and backyard ornamentals. Come learn the steps to protect your trees, woodlots and orchards and reduce the extent of winter moth defoliation.

 

JANUARY 19

Beat Bobby Flay Premiere Party

When: 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
WhereChristie's
Details: We will be offering complimentary snacks and a Signature Cocktail.

 

JANUARY 21

Phil Edmonds and Mike Fishel Bresler

When: TBD
Where: Sandywoods Center for the Arts
Admission: TBD
Details: OUR MUSIC: Hassidic nigunim (melodies) have grown out of the mystical movement created two centuries ago in the Carpathian Mountains by the great Baal Shem Tov. They range from spirited dance tunes to meditative tunes of mystical union, and are one of the most powerful and original bodies of Jewish music. 

 

The Brothers of the Road Band "A Tribute to the Allman Brothers & Dickey Betts"

When: 9:00 PM 
WhereNewport Grand Casino
Admission: TBD
Details: Since 2006 the Brothers of the Road Band have been performing for thousands of Allman Brother’s fans at venues large and small along the east coast. The Brothers of the Road draws upon original studio recordings, live albums, and “Instant Live” recordings from the Allman Brothers and Dickey Betts and Great Southern to accurately recreate 40+ years of the Allman Brothers music catalog. The famous guitar tone of various Allman Brothers guitarists is thoughtfully reproduced with vintage Gibson guitars played through Marshall and Soldano amplifiers with vintage celestion and JBL speakers. “The Allman Brothers Would Be Proud”- Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band)

 

ISIS destroyed History: What do we do about it? - Tess Davis

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $10 member adult, $15 non-member adult and $6 for students
Details: Tess Davislawyer, archaeologist and Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition. 

Ms. Davis oversees the organization’s work to fight cultural racketeering. Her talk will cover ISIS' destruction of important historical artifacts and what needs to be done to combat this. 

 

JANUARY 22

Bolshoi Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

When: 12:55 PM 
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $17 per person
Details: On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her...

 

JANUARY 25

Cultural Connections Lecture: Valerie Talmage, Executive Director, Preserve Rhode Island

Rosecliff ball

When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
WhereRosecliff
Admission: FREE
Details: This is another in our winter Cultural Connections Series, a round of monthly, informal presentations by the directors of some of our sister organizations in Rhode Island.  It's a great opportunity to learn more about the cultural landscape of our community.  These will be one-hour meet-and-greets, in which each director will explore the history of their organization and highlight some of their important events and programs.

 

JANUARY 26

Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History

When: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
WhereNewport Historical Society Resource Center
Admission: $5 per person
Details: The Newport Historical Society’s current programming initiative Newport Eats focuses on food and foodways. Keeping to this popular topic, the Society is pleased to host author Sarah Schumann for the January 26th, 2017 talk Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History. 

 

JANUARY 28

Draw the Line - Tribute to Aerosmith

When: 9:00 PM 
WhereNewport Grand Casino
Admission: TBD
Details: DRAW THE LINE! Authentically raised in Boston, MA, this organic show has been cultivated from the very roots that inspired & drive Aerosmith to this day. A powerful transformation of character far beyond just a tribute group, this remarkable show will give you goose bumps with the memories of the 70’s, bringing you the feel of the 80’s and with all the exuberance of the 90’s. Adding in its great audience interaction, it is a definitive crowd pleaser for all age groups. The true distinction in the show is the Steven Tyler doppelganger Neill Byrnes. Not only does he naturally look like the infamous Rock Icon, but his voice naturally sounds like Tyler! He has the tone, the mannerisms and the attitude of America’s favorite rocker! Byrnes has himself been born & raised in the Boston area and has been a musician since the age of 9. Starting with the trombone, then drums, then bass and eventually graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. Only two months into Draw the Line, he met Tyler at a lookalike contest and Tyler was so impressed by his raw talent that he referred Neill to his personal vocal coach. Byrnes spent ten years in vocal training with Tyler’s own vocal coach Mark Baxter during his college tenure at Northeastern University and beyond. Having received his degree cum laude in Psychology, Byrnes nevertheless decided to pursue his musical interest through Draw the Line. He continues to hone his craft by pursuing other acting paths as well as keeping up with Tyler’s wardrobe & stage antics.

 

January Owl Prowl

When: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $10 Members, $12 Non-members
Details: Join NBS for the last owl prowl of the winter season. Prowl the sanctuary trails after dark in search of native owls. Learn how to identify owl species by sight and call before heading out on the trails. You will listen for wild owls who are setting up their nesting territories. After our night hike, return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our captive Barred Owl Micah up close.

 

The Synergy Between Fashion and Technology - Pam Parmal

When: 2:00 PM 
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $10 member adult, $15 non-member adult and $6 for students
Details: Pam Parmal, Department Head and David & Roberta Logie Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts at the MFA, Boston will discuss the evolving idea of the use of technology in today's fashion trends.

 

The Hotel Viking presents their Wine Festival Opening Reception
 

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When: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: Join us for our return of Hotel Viking’s Wine Festival as we debut this year with a large cocktail reception including 35 wines to taste from, many treats and stationed foods from Chef Barry and his Culinary Team and a sneak peak of what to expect at the 7 dinners planned for this year.  You do not want to miss this event.

 

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CHRISTMAS 2016 AT LINDEN PLACE MANSION

When: Recurring Daily until January 7, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WhereLinden Place
Details: The Linden Place Museum Shop is stocked with wonderful hostess gifts and a broad range of Rhode Island history books as well as an extensive collection of gifts for children and babies. Join us for an unforgettable evening music concert with perennial favorites tenor, Michael DiMucci, and famed singer Robbie O’Connell. Dimucci, a hugely popular tenor in the style of Josh Groban, performs fireside on Friday evening, December 9th at 7:30 and on Sunday December 11th at 2:00 p.m. O’Connell on vocals and guitar and Rose Clancy on fiddle perform Celtic classics as well as little known carols and Irish American songs which celebrate Christian and pagan traditions and the winter solstice. O’Connell and Clancy perform fireside in Linden Place’s historic ballroom, on Friday December 16th at 6:30 For more information on these perennial sellout concerts, hours of operation for museum tours and the museum shop consult www.lindenplace.org or call 401-253-0390. 

 

SECOND ANNUAL MINI ART SHOW AT BLINK GALLERY
 

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WhereBlink Gallery
When: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Recurring Daily until January 8
Admission: FREE
Details: Please join us from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, at Blink Gallery for another fun and creative evening of art!
Staying true to the first Mini Show, this year’s show curates work from an all-inclusive pool of artists, with no requirements to enter. Each artist has a connection to Newport, however they all have varying styles and approaches to their work. This allows our show to exhibit a close-to-home feel while simultaneously offering a wide variety of artistic flavor. In the spirit of a ‘mini’ show, the pieces are scaled on the smaller side, and have been priced under $150. 

 

Flight Night at Brix Restaurant

WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesdays
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.

 

BEERTASTING
 

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When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Thursdays
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

 

Li'l Peeps: Winter Session

When: 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM, Recurring weekly on Thursdays starting January 12
WhereThe Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: $16.00 per Member Additional Sibling, $60.00 per Member Child, $17.00 per Non Member Additional Sibling, or $65.00 per Non Member Child
Details: This popular program introduces children ages 18 months to 2 years to the delights of nature through age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Along with a nature lesson, activities may include nature walks, crafts, songs and stories. This is also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends with the other children and parents. Registration is required as space is limited and fills very quickly. Adults must accompany children and there are no refunds for missed classes. In order to maintain an age-appropriate program we ask that older siblings not accompany the parent/child team.

 

NEWPORT SEAL TOUR WITH SAVE THE BAY

Where: Bowen's Ferry Landing
When: Check tour times & purchase tickets here! Recurring through the month of January.
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. 

 

The Hotel Viking presents Afternoon Tea with Harpist Arilyn Mitchell

When: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Sunday until January 22
WhereHotel Viking
Details: Join the Hotel Viking for Afternoon tea between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM and listen to the AMAZING sounds of Harpist Arilyn Mitchell!

 
Nature's Kaleidoscope, Leaf Rotation: Photography by Brian Wood

When: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Sunday's throughout the month
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.

 

ARCTIC BLAST: EXPERIMENTS IN FROST

When: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Recurring on Friday, Saturday & Sunday until March 19th
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.