2013-12-12 / Calendar

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Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes Looking for something fun to do right after Christmas? A Newport favorite is the Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes, Dec. 26-28, where private historic residences welcome visitors from 4-7 p.m. Three houses are on display each evening, and guests get a chance to see unique architecture from Newport’s past and how it is utilized by today’s families. Longtime chair Vance Gatchel reports that there will be some program favorites on the tour this year and some wonderful first time properties as well. “I can’t give out the details yet, but the lineup is very exciting. We have some new homes from the 1700s that are just enchanting.” Check the Dec. 19 edition of Newport This Week for a complete listing of the home sites. Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes Looking for something fun to do right after Christmas? A Newport favorite is the Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes, Dec. 26-28, where private historic residences welcome visitors from 4-7 p.m. Three houses are on display each evening, and guests get a chance to see unique architecture from Newport’s past and how it is utilized by today’s families. Longtime chair Vance Gatchel reports that there will be some program favorites on the tour this year and some wonderful first time properties as well. “I can’t give out the details yet, but the lineup is very exciting. We have some new homes from the 1700s that are just enchanting.” Check the Dec. 19 edition of Newport This Week for a complete listing of the home sites. Thursday

December 12

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for a Modern Era,” with Benjamin Armstrong, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-2101.

Santa at the Library Children ages 4+ listen to Santa read holiday stories and lead holiday songs, ornament crafts, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 4 p.m., no registration, drop in, free, 401-847-8720 x204.

Opening Reception Reception for opening of Newport Art Museum student showcase, 26 Liberty St. (behind museum), 4-6 p.m., newportartmuseum.org.

‘If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare’ Interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Newport Gallery Night Newport’s art galleries offer evening hours, 5-8 p.m., gallery talk at Newport Art Museum at 6 p.m., Redwood Library open, newportgalleries.org.

Colonial Special Operations Talk Christian M. McBurney discusses his book, “Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott,” Colony House, 5:30 p.m., members $1, non-members $5, 401-841-8770.

Friday

December 13

Computer Workshop Web Searching 2.0, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401-847- 8720 x208.

Gingerbread Castles Kids ages 5-12 learn to build a gingerbread castle, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., registration required, space limited, 401-423-2217.

Holiday Fun at the Y Night of free family holiday fun, Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Rd., Middletown, 5:30-7:30 p.m., arts and crafts, games, music, bounce house, 401-847-9200.

Owl Prowl Learn about and hike to see these nocturnal raptors, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 6-7:30 p.m., members $8, non-members $10, register at 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Arts Market Opening Jamestown Arts Market opens, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 6-9 p.m., jamestownartcenter.org.

Middletown Tree Lighting Open house and tree lighting at the Middletown Senior Center, 650 Green End Ave., 6 p.m., Santa, animals, music, family fun, buffet refreshments.

A Dickens Christmas Feast The Marley Bridges Theatre Co. celebrates Victorian Christmas at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., with an interactive evening of dining, song and holiday cheer, reservations required, tickets newportartmuseum.org.

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Seventh and eighth graders at St. Michael’s Country Day School acting workshop present the Dr. Seuss classic, Hill House Arts and Athletics Center, 180 Rhode Island Ave., 7 p.m., free, 849-5970 x330.

‘A Christmas Carol’ Rogers High School Theatre Company presents the Dickens classic, 15 Wickham Rd., 7 p.m., $5.

IYRS Lecture Series Ben Hall, vice-president of Hall Spars and Rigging, will discuss

designing, tooling and manufacturing advanced composite structures, IYRS, 449 Thames St., 7:30 p.m., members free, non-members $10, 401-848-5777 x204.

Improv Comedy Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849- 3473, firehousetheater.org.

Saturday

December 14

Saturday Book Club Discuss “The Dressmaker,” by Kate Alcott, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 10 a.m., all welcome, 401-683-9457.

Redwood Children’s Party Holiday theatre and caroling at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., Newport Children’s Theatre performs “The Night Before Christmas,” music by Christopher Kavi Carbone, members free, non-members $2, limited seats, reserve at 401-847-0292 x112.

French in Newport Walking Tour Explore the heart of 18th century Newport and learn about the year 12,000 French soldiers and sailors lived here during the American Revolution, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., $15, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Science Saturday Middletown Library hosts handson experiments for ages 5+ with “Sink or Float, Titanic Edition,” discover how the Titanic could sink, build an unsinkable ship, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., registration required, 401-846-1573.

Christmas Tour of Historic Fort Adams Homes Tour the original officers’ quarters of the fort and visit four private historic homes on Officers’ Row, Fort Adams, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., tickets $15 in advance, at milspousenewport.org. or $20 same day.

Coffee Tasting Free tastings of coffees from around the world, Custom House Coffee, 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 1-3 p.m.

Middletown Authors Circle Local authors 18+ meet at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1-3 p.m.

Christmas Doggie Parade Canine stroll, treats and Santa fun, Black Dog General Store, Bannister’s Wharf, 2 p.m.

Author Talk Professor Douglas Thompson, director of Connecticut College’s Good Neiring Center for the Environment, discusses his book, “The Quest for the Golden Trout: Environmental Loss and America’s Iconic Fish,” addressing the country’s complex and often confusing attempts to manage and restore rivers and streams, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., drop in, 401-847-8720 x115.

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ 2 p.m. See Dec. 13.

Words into Poetry Workshop with members of Ocean State Poets, readings, discussion, open mic, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3 p.m.

Parents Night Out YMCA offers parents a chance to get out for the evening at a minimal cost, kids enjoy pizza, pool, gym, arts and crafts, 792 Valley Rd., Middletown, 4:30 p.m., register at 401-847-9200.

Holiday Evenings at The Breakers Tour the festively decorated Vanderbilt mansion, enjoy music by New England Tenors and pianist John Black, refreshments, 44 Ochre Point Ave., 6-8 p.m., advance ticketing at newportmansions.org.

A Dickens Christmas Feast 7 p.m. See Dec. 13.

‘A Christmas Carol’ 7 p.m. See Dec. 13.

‘JCC on the Air: A 1943 Radio Broadcast’ Jamestown Community Chorus presents concert performed as a Christmas-in-wartime radio show, Jamestown Recreation Center, 41 Conanicus Ave., 7:30 p.m., $15, $13 seniors, 401-423-1574.

Improv Comedy 8 and 10 p.m. See Dec. 13.

Free Concert at Grand Chicago Total Access plays tribute to Chicago, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849-5100, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

December 15

Historic Site Tours Tours of the Colony House, Great Friends Meeting House, and Wanton

Lyman-Hazard House depart from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., call to reserve, 401- 841-8770.

Musical Sundays Newport Public Library hosts holiday concert and festivities at the Edward King House, 35 King St., 2 p.m., free, a cappella group Very Merry Dickens Carolers will perform, light refreshments, 401-847- 8720 x103.

Cookie Decorating Join the Vanderbilt Grace pastry chef to decorate Christmas cookies, 41 Mary St., 3 p.m., $15, 401- 846-6200.

RI Chorale at Redwood Chamber Choir of the R.I. Civic Chorale performs at Redwood Library, members free, non-members $12, limited seating, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., follows open house 1-3 p.m., reserve at 401-847- 0292 x112.

Monday

December 16

Christmas at the Mansions Visit The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms, decorated with holiday splendor, The Breakers opens at 9 a.m., Marble House and The Elms at 10 a.m., last tour time 4 p.m., newportmansions.org.

Afternoon Holiday Movies Screening of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Tuesday

December 17

Pre-K Story Time Story time for preschoolers at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Lunch with the Artist Series Richard Tyre hosts a lunchtime discussion on “Frans Hals: Was He as Happy as His Paintings?” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, non-members $8, bring lunch, 401-848-8200.

Book Chat Tuesday Book Group will discuss “Tenth of December,” by George Saunders, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 1 p.m.

Art-ventures Kids 5+ create winter landscapes and scenes using oil pastels, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1 p.m., registration required, 401-846-1573.

Afternoon Holiday Movies Screening of “Ice Age” and “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., 401- 423-7280.

Computer Help Help with computers/devices available, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3-4:30 p.m., registration required, 401-423- 7280.

Third Tuesday Book Group Discuss “The Beauty of Humanity Movement,” by Camilla Gibb, Portsmouth Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.

Wednesday

December 18

Film Noir Series Newport Library presents the classic, “They Live By Night” (1948), with Farley Granger, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., 401-847-8720 x208.

Afternoon Holiday Movies Screening of “Arthur Christmas,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Redwood for Children Redwood Library program of holiday crafts, caroling and a performance of “The Night Before Christmas” by the Newport Children’s Theatre, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4-5 p.m., free, grades K-4, 401-847-0292.

Book Signing Curator Nancy Whipple Grinnell signs copies of her new biography, “Carrying the Torch: Maud Howe Elliott and the American Renaissance,” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 5-6 p.m., 848-8200.

Thursday

December 19

Nature Story Time Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts nature themed story time with craft, animal or discovery walk, dress for the weather, preschoolers ages 3+, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m., members $3, non-members $6, 401-846-2577.

Afternoon Holiday Movies Screening of “Elf,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Last Chance Skate with Santa The jolly old elf takes one last spin around the rink before he heads back to the North Pole, Newport

Skating Center, America’s Cup Ave., 6-7 p.m., skatenewport.com.

Thursday Evening Book Group Discuss “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” by Susan Cain, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., 401-847-8720 x103.

Short Film Series “Heartwarming Shorts,” from the 2013 Rhode Island International Film Festival, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 7 p.m., $10, 401- 560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org.

Friday

December 20

NMAI The National Museum of American Illustration offers “The American Muse,” 492 Bellevue Ave., open for self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m., americanillustration.org.

Fort Adams Tours Guided tours of the nation’s largest coastal fortification, daily 12 and 2 p.m., weather dependent, 401- 619-1511, fortadams.org.

Improv Comedy Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849- 3473, firehousetheater.org.

Saturday

December 21

Winter Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, St. Mary’s Church Hall, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., local produce and products, aquidneckgrowersmarket.org.

YA Books for Adult Readers Adults discuss “Dead is the New Black,” by Marlene Perez, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 10 a.m., 401-683- 9457.

Hoppy Holidays Stop by for some holiday cheer at Newport Storm’s open house, JT Connell Rd., 12-5 p.m., $10, treats, tours, samples, 401-849-5232.

Holiday History Stroll Follow a guide in colonial costume and learn about winter holiday traditions during the colonial era, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 2 p.m., $12, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Gingerbread Story Time Sample gingerbread, enjoy stories, make craft, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1 p.m., ages 4+, registration required, 401- 846-1573.

Redwood Book Club Meet to discuss the Hemingway classic, “A Farewell to Arms,” and watch the movie of the same name, 50 Bellevue Ave., 1:30-3:30 p.m., all welcome, 401-847-0292.

Women in Law Enforcement Newport Public Library welcomes Lt. Col. Karen D. Pinch, the highest ranking woman in the R.I. State Police for an informal conversation about women in law enforcement and her own career, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m.,401-847-8720 x115.

Teddy Bear Tea Children and their families are invited to bring their favorite teddy bears to enjoy Castle Hill’s signature high tea, and are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear to donate to Child & Family, 590 Ocean Dr., 3-5 p.m., $25 per adult, reservations 888-466-1355.

Holiday Evening Duet Tour two decorated mansions, enjoy holiday music, refreshments, The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave., and Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave., 6-9 p.m., advance ticketing at newportmansions.org.

Aine Minogue Winter Solstice Concert Common Fence Music hosts the annual Winter Solstice Concert with Irish harpist and vocalist Aine Minogue, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, hall opens at 7 p.m. for the “folk tailgate picnic,” concert 8 p.m., $20 in advance, $23 at door, 401-683-5085, commonfencemusic.org.

Sunday

December 22

Historic Site Tours Tours of the Colony House, Great Friends Meeting House, and Wanton Lyman-Hazard House depart from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., call to reserve, 401- 841-8770.

Pop Up @ The Pub Brick Alley Pub hosts a “pop up store” at Top of the Brick, 140 Thames St., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. featuring favorite local artists, artisans, and farmers with handcrafted gifts.

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