We're feeling the holiday joy by the sea as we head into this week with the return of some of our favorite seasonal events. The return of Christmas at the Newport Mansions has our hearts swooning, along with the winter marketplace at Blithewold Mansion and DeWolf Tavern's Christmas Snow Ball

If you're not quite ready to say goodbye to fall yet, head outdoors with the kids at Norman Bird Sanctuary for their pre-k fall story and stroll, or make your way to Newport Vineyards for a seasonal wine & cheese class with Milk & Honey. 

 

Our picks for the week below. 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13

LECTURE: URBAN INDUSTRIAL LIFE & THE FAMINE IRISH GENERATION

When: 6:00 PM
WhereInternational Tennis Hall of Fame
Admission: Museum members: $5 donation; Non-members: $20 donation applied to 1 year membership
Details: While there was remarkable success among those Irish who arrived on American shores sickly and unskilled, for a great many it would be generations before the hopes they had for their children would be fulfilled. This reality was based on the newcomers’ social and economic situation, the general distrust by Americans of foreigners, and the particular political reality of the State of Rhode Island. It would take the arrival of more “exotic” foreigners as well as Irish-American political and economic success to make the immigrants’ dreams for their children a reality. More details. Followed by light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

FLIGHT NIGHT AT BRIX RESTAURANT

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesdays
WhereBrix 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 Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

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PRE-K FALL STORY & STROLL SERIES

When: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $5 per program, includes 1 parent and 1 child, $2 per additional child per parent
Details: Join NBS educators for a fun series of nature stories geared toward the youngest visitors.  Each week a story will complement a nature walk focused on the sensory experiences around the garden and trails.  This program is rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, an animal presentation will be substituted for the walk.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16

MILK & HONEY WINE & CHEESE CLASS

When: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $42 per person
Details: Join Newport Vineyards for an evening where wine and cheese experts take you on a journey through Milk & Honey cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards wines.

 

FEEDING FRENZY

When: 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Save the Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium
Admission: $10 General, $8 members; Pre-registration required
Details: Learn about and assist in feeding critters from Narragansett Bay. See little skates chow down, our stargazer electrify his prey, sharks tear into their dinner, and much more. 

 

READ / EAT / CHAT

When: 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Members: free; Non-members: $5
Details: Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World" by Anthony M. Amore, bring a lunch and discuss!

 
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

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.

 

CARS & COCKTAILS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereAudrain Automobile Museum
Admission: $30
Details: Join the AAM, Vickers' Liquors, and La Forge Casino Restaurant for an autumn themed Cars & Cocktails! Enjoy delicious prepared cocktails such as spiked apple cider, cranberry apple sangria, and pumpkin beer, along with fall themed passed hors d'oeuvres.

 

 

FIRESIDE LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: BROOKE ANNIBALE

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: Free
Details: Head to Newport Vineyards for an extended evening wine tasting, and take in the melodic tunes of indie singer/songwriter Brooke Annibale. Brooke Annibale’s evocative musicianship, nurtured by her family’s music store, is driven by an enduring passion for songwriting.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

GHOST TOUR

When: 5:00 PM; Saturdays through November.
Where: Tour departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott  
Admission: $17 adults, $16 seniors, $10 children 
Details: Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted city by the sea.

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

When: November 18 - January 1, 2018
WhereThe BreakersThe Elms and Marble House
Admission: Price of admission
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. 

 

 

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MIDDLETOWN AQUIDNECK GROWERS MARKET

When: 9:00 - 1:00 PM, Recurring weekly
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: Free
Details: Now in its 22nd season, Aquidneck Growers Market has 20 regular vendors, guest artisans and live music every week. Pick up your groceries and head inside for a wine tasting.

 

MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM

When: 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Adults, $30; Seniors (65+) & Active Military, $25; Youths (17 & under) & Students, $15
Details: The Christmas traditions of the world are not all as idyllic as Jolly Old St. Nick. When John Jacob Astor IV hosts his Christmas gathering, he asks his friends to dress as lesser known Christmas characters and share that tradition with everyone - Leave it to Jack Astor to make Christmas a lecture. But, when someone receives a deadly gift, the family turns to you to help find the killer! Can you save Christmas? Determine who had the means, motive and opportunity.

 

LECTURE: BRICKS, STICKS AND THE VERNON HOUSE

When: 11:00 AM
Where: Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street
Admission: $20, $15 for Newport Historical Society members, active and retired military with ID
Details: Discover Newport’s exquisitely preserved architecture, from colonial era to Victorian splendor. This tour stops inside the Vernon House, one of the most lavish buildings in colonial Newport. Explore the architecture and craftsmanship of this Georgian home including its remarkable Chinoiserie parlor panels which are believed to be unique in colonial America.

 

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MASTER MIXOLOGY CLASS WITH CHRISTINA MERCADO

When: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturdays until December 30, 2017
Where:  The Vanderbilt Grille
Admission: $55 per person
Details: Join Christina Mercado, as she takes you on a personal tour of cocktail creation. Each weekly class is focused on a spirit, cocktail or theme, using a combination of old and contemporary techniques. Guests will work on two cocktails with Christina, which will be paired with light bites from our Culinary Team. Stay for dinner after or make a reservation and receive 10% off the dinner portion.

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19

BLITHEWOLD'S WINTER MARKETPLACE

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Free for members, $7 for non-members, $3 non-members, children 6-17
Details: Blithewold welcomes you to its Winter Marketplace where local traders, purveyors of fine goods, artisans and artists and food companies will be selling their wares on the first floor of the Mansion. 

 

CHRISTMAS SNOW BALL

When: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
WhereDeWolf Tavern
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Join DeWolf Tavern to kick off the holiday season with cocktails, gourmet fare, music, and a holiday auction. Proceeds support the Bristol Christmas Festival.

 

READY, SET, HIKE

When: 200 - 4:00 PM
WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free; High school students only 
Details: Hit the trails with the NBS Education staff to learn naturalist skills and help collect data on the property’s animal and plant diversity. The goal? Hike as many of the trails, see as much of the wildlife as possible, and have fun doing it! Participants will earn a $100 stipend, receive a free water bottle, and become First Aid/CPR certified.

 

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