As Spring keeps creeping on in, our city prepares for a week abundant with activity. Start the week off right in Bristol with Gateway to Spring where you'll meander more than 50,000 daffodils blanketing Blithewold's 33 acre estate.

Can't get enough of the great outdoors? It's okay, Enjoy myriad tree walks, nature hikes and walking tours including the return of Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour throughout town.

 Prefer to kick back and relax? Head to the Potter League for cat yoga with a collection of adoptable cats.

 

Our picks for the week below.

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 23

ROVENSKY PARK TREE WALK

When: 1:00 - 1:45 PM
Where: Rovensky Park, Rovensky Avenue
Admission: Free

Join Scott Wheeler, Newport Buildings & Grounds Supervisor & Tree Warden, along with Jeffrey Curtis, PSNC Director of Gardens & Grounds for a tour of the magnificent trees located in Newport's historic Rovensky Park. 

 

NEOPOLITAN PIZZA CLASS

When: 6:00 PM
Where: Surf Club
Admission: $40 

In this hand’s on class you’ll learn all of the components to making your own great pizza! All while sampling some of the chef’s favorite snacks and fine Italian wine. The class will end with a best pizza competition where the winner will receive a $50 gift card. 

 

INDIAN POP-UP DINNER

When: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Where: Stoneacre Tapas
Admission: $28 per person

Stoneacre Tapas is hosting a family-style dinner inspired by the cuisine of India.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

DESIGNING BY THE SEASONS: A FLORAL ARRANGING SERIES

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $55 Members, $60 Non-members

Create arrangements showcasing what is blooming in Blithewold's gardens. The workshops will encourage designers to become more familiar with flowers’ bloom times, and each class begins with a quick survey of the gardens, watching as they evolve throughout the series. Participants will then create unique seasonal arrangements of gorgeous flowers sourced from Blithewold and other local flower farms to take home.

 

CAT YOGA

When: 5:30 PM
Where: Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown
Admission: $20

Adoptable cats and kittens will have the run of the room while participants enjoy a gentle yoga class taught by our very own, dog trainer and certified yoga instructor, Kim Cipolla.

 

 

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AFTERNOON TEA IN THE DINING ROOM

When: 1:00 - 4:30 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $24 Members, $32 Non-Members

The Dining Room at Blithewold has always been a place where fine meals have been served to cherished guests. Today friends gather and exchange stories while delighting in a cup of tea, freshly baked scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats.

 

MORNINGS AT THE MUSEUM

When: 10:30 - 11:00 AM
Where: Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street
Admission: Free

Enjoy books, songs, activities, rhymes and more while building early literacy skills and fostering a lifelong love for learning. This story time will offer parents, caregivers, and children reading techniques and new ideas about how to interact with a museum.
 

IF IT'S TUESDAY, IT MUST BE SHAKESPEARE

When: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
WhereRedwood Library
Admission: Free

Join Redwood Library as they read the Bard. All are welcome.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

LECTURE: TEACHING MACHINES TO THINK

When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
WhereRedwood Library & Athenæum
Admission: Free for Members; $10 for Non-members

Recent advances in artificial intelligence, specifically powered by machine learning, are having significant impact on our day-to-day lives and are rewriting the rule book on what machines can do. Dr. Michael Littman, professor of computer science at Brown University and an award-winning expert on artificial intelligence, will bring you a report from the front lines, helping to put some of the hype into context and giving his perspective on the promise and limitations of this technology.

 

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WEDNESDAY WALK-AROUNDS

When: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 
Admission: $6 per person in addition to regular admission

Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold’s prominence in horticulture.

 

FERMENTATION CLASS: WASHINGTON

When: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Forty 1 North
Admission: $35 per person 
Details: Join Forty 1 North at the Oval Bar to taste a selection of wine from Washington. Washington is the second largest producer of wine in America, with their major varietals being Syrah, Merlot and Chardonnay. It has been vastly improving over recent years and is growing in popularity for the quality of its wine. Each wine will be accompanied by a light food pairing. 

 

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FLIGHT NIGHT AT BRIX RESTAURANT

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesdays
WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10

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.

 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 26

NEWPORT SYMPOSIUM: GREAT COLLECTORS

When: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Avenue
Admission: Details

Enjoy a stimulating weekend of lectures, social events, and camaraderie hosted by The Preservation Society of Newport County. The Newport Symposium is New England’s preeminent convening of national and international experts in the fine and decorative arts. 

 

NOREY'S WORLD CLASS JAZZ NIGHT

When: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
WhereNorey's
Admission: No cover

Newport has a long history of live music. It is also a place where many members of the Navy Band retire. Many musicians teach in the public schools as well. You will see them on stage and in the audience Thursdays at Norey's Jazz Night. Their participation elevates the Jazz at Norey's to World Class Every Thursday.

 
 

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27

DAFFODILS AT DUSK

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Free with regular Mansion admission

Join us after hours at Blithewold for an evening filled with live jazz, a complimentary cocktail or lemonade, and the opportunity to explore Blithewold’s enchanting spring gardens at dusk. An outdoor scavenger hunt of the spring gardens will be available for children and those who are still kids at heart.
 

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person

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, APRIL 28

NEWPORT CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL 

When: 12:00 - 7:00 PM
WhereGreat Friends Meeting House
Admission: $35 - $45

The 7th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival returns for two days of taste-testing, live music and local flavors from area breweries and restaurants starting Friday, April 27, 2018 through Saturday, April 28, 2018. The festival, which continues to support the RI Brewers Guild features carefully crafted brews from some of the nation’s top breweries, including local favorites like Newport Storm Brewery.

 

WEEKEND MUSIC SERIES: CHRIS VAILLANCOURT

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: Free with purchase of wine tasting or by the glass

Enjoy a wine tasting, wine by the glass or lunch while enjoying live music by Chris Vaillancourt 

 

SATURDAY STROLLS

When: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $6 per person in addition to regular admission.

Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold’s prominence in horticulture.

 

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NEWPORT SEAL & LIGHTHOUSE TOUR

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Departs Bowen's Ferry Landing, Market Square
Admission: $42 per adult, $32 per Save the Bay Member/Senior/Child 3-12; $7 per Child less than 3
Details: Save The Bay offers 90-minute seasonal seal watching tour and tour of Rose Island Light aboard one of Save the Bay's educational vessels.

 

MIDDLETOWN AQUIDNECK GROWER'S MARKET

When: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: Free
Details: Every Saturday, local farmers and artisans gather to bring you the freshest of nature's bounty, including: fresh meat products, farm-raised eggs, coffee beans, herbs, sweet and savory bakery products, locally-caught seafood options, fresh-cut flowers and plants, and more. Stroll the market, and when you're done, relax with a glass of wine and a warm sandwich or burger made on site at Pat's Pastured Food Cart -- a genuine farm to fork experience.

 

 

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MASTER MIXOLOGY CLASS WITH CHRISTINA MERCADO

When: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturdays
WhereThe 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.

 

MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM

When: 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $30 adults, $25 seniors 65+, $15 youth 17 and under
Details: It's 1895 and Newport is hosting a new phenomenon, a game show! Classes collide as Aristocrats go head to head with working class Newporters to see who possesses the largest wealth of trivia.  As the competition heats up, tempers flare and when someone takes the "Sudden Death" round literally, it will be up to you to piece together the clues and bring a killer to justice.

 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

ENCHANTED FAIRY WEEK 

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 3:00 PM on Sundays
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $15 adults, $6 youth

Celebrate the return of the fairies to Blithewold’s enchanted gardens. Meander through the enchanting display of fairy houses along the shrub-walk and down to the rock and water garden. A special scavenger hunt will complete this magical celebration for all ages. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Blithewold’s early summer gardens and grounds.

 

OPENING DAY AT HERRESHOFF MUSEUM

When: 1:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WhereHerreshoff Marine Museum 
Admission: Free

Visit the Museum for free admission along with a ton of activities for both kids and adults. Enjoy guided tours throughout the day as well as a number of fun activities for the whole family.

 

NEIGHBORHOODS OF NEWPORT HOUSE TOUR

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $50 in advance, $60 after Friday, April 27

The 16th Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour, presented by St. Michael’s Country Day School.

 

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereFastnet Irish Pub
Admission: No cover

Live traditional Irish music every Sunday night, hosted by A. O. Gutierrez, Tim May and Jack Wright. Family friendly- arrive early to secure a table if you plan on eating.

 

 

 

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