We blinked and February was over. Now we can't stop daydreaming of all things March on The Coast. There's so much to be excited about in Newport this time of year, from plenty of dreamy winter happenings like a hot chocolate bar and pop-up igloos on the bay to winter walking tours and plenty of heated outdoor dining spots.
Below are our top picks for the month.
MARBLE HOUSE RE-OPENING
Built between 1888 and 1892, Marble House a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. It designed by iconic architect Richard Morris Hunt and inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present.
When: March 1, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, last admission at 4:00 PM
Where: Marble House
*Please Note: The Breakers will be closed March 1 - May 27
A NIGHT OF OUTDOOR MUSIC & COCKTAILS WITH BRIAN TWOHEY
With pubs on hold, Linden Place brings the pubs to you with a night of outdoor live music and refreshments! The night will feature outdoor lighting, fire pits, heaters and Adirondack chairs in the courtyard of historic Linden Place Mansion. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own blanket) and enjoy Irish music and cover songs by local musician, Brian Twohey while savoring festive drinks from the cash bar provided by RI Cruisin’ Cocktails.
When: Friday, March 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Mansion
WEEKEND WINTER WONDERS SCAVENGER HUNTS
Each week try one of four themed scavenger hunts at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol. Take home a Grab & Go activity, worksheet pages, and a suggested children’s reading list for winter. Complete your scavenger hunt and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a Music at Sunset Picnic Package! (4 tickets to one of Blithewold's Music at Sunset concerts, private porch seating, plus a boxed picnic).
When: Saturdays and Sundays through March 29, 10:00 am - 1:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion
FREE GUIDED BIRD WALK
Count up as many bird species as you can, from soaring red-tailed hawks to tiny hovering hummingbirds. You'll learn how to identify common year-round residents and seasonal migrants. All birding levels welcome. Binoculars are helpful but not required.
When: Sunday, March 14, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
POSTPONED: NEWPORT SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Newport! The parade kicks off from the Newport City Hall and runs through Washington Square, down Thames Street, and ends at St. Augustine's Church. Parade will be held rain or shine.
When: Postponed until September 25, 2021
Where: Begins from Newport City Hall
WALKING TOURS WITH NEWPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Bundle up and make your way outdoors for a 1-hour walking tour with the Newport Historical Society in the heart of downtown Newport. Presented by an expert guide, tours will depart with a group of no more than ten for an especially intimate experience.
Masks are required and you will be asked a series of screening questions to ensure the health of everyone in the tour group.
EXPLORE AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART OF THE 20TH CENTURY
In celebration of Black History Month, Linden Place Mansion is hosting a series of talks, held virtually, highlighting African-American art and artists of the 20th Century. These timely talks will highlight the lives and works of some of the most influential African-American artists. Explore a wide assortment of art media and address themes of identity, experience, culture, racism, civil rights, and more.
AMERICANS IN PARIS: FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICA'S ARCHITECTURAL GILDED AGE
Americans in Paris tells the story of the influential group of American architecture students who attended the world-renowned École des Beaux-Arts and went on to design and build many of our nation’s most recognized and prestigious buildings and monuments.
When: Thursday, March 11, 5:30 PM
Host: The Preservation Society of Newport County
THE AMERICAN COUNTRY PLACE ERA
Following the end of the Gilded Age, circa 1900, the built environment of America’s wealthy took a turn into a new age of architecture. The American Country Place Era was a subtle yet definable shift as wealth expanded across the nation, cities grew, and industry boomed, resulting in major home building projects distinguished by a proclivity for historical revival styles in structural architecture and complimentary landscape architecture designs. Leslie B. Jones, the Director of Museum Affairs and Chief Curator for the Preservation Society since April 2019, will discuss various examples of this Gilded Age bookend, illustrating edifices from Massachusetts to Tennessee.
When: Thursday, March 25, 5:30 PM
Host: The Preservation Society of Newport County
THE LAND TO SEA SPEAKERS SERIES
Stormwater is often cited as one of the biggest sources of pollution to Narragansett Bay and the ocean. However, stormwater is simply a delivery mechanism; the pollutants carried by stormwater come from human activities and development. In this talk, Jed will discuss one of the biggest contributors to stormwater pollution - fertilizers - and what can be done to reduce the problem. From best management practices for individual homeowners, to policy solutions for local governments, explore how we can begin to get a handle on this growing challenge.
When: Tuesday, March 16, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Host: Save the Bay
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