2013-12-19 / Calendar

Newport this week

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.

Gaspee Lecture Author Rory Raven discusses “Burning the Gaspee: Revolution in Rhode Island,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-423-7280, snow date Jan. 23.

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.

Third Thursdays 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

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.

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 Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 10 a.m., 401-683-9457.

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., 11 a.m., $12, reserve at 401-841-8770.

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.

Gingerbread Story Time Sample gingerbread, enjoy stories, make crafts, Middletown Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1 p.m., ages 4+, registration required, 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.

Improv Comedy 8 and 10 p.m. See Dec. 20.

Free Concert at Grand Dirty Deeds plays AC/DC tribute, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 10 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849- 5100, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

December 22

Bird Walk Jay Manning leads guided bird walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

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.

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

Jamestown Music Series Friends of the Library presents Holiday Winter Night with American fingerstyle guitar, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Monday

December 23

Nature Holiday Norman Bird Sanctuary offers games, crafts, nature activities for ages 6+, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., members $15, non-members $20, pack a lunch for your child, register at 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Rogues and Scoundrels Tour Learn why this colony was sometimes known as Rogue’s Island as you stroll through Newport, Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., 401-841-8770.

Gent’s Shop & Shot Clarke Cooke House offers free adult beverage for the last minute gentleman shopper, with receipt from Bannister’s Wharf businesses, Bannister’s Wharf, stores open till 8 p.m.

Afternoon Teen Movies Screening of “The Mortal Instruments,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., 401- 423-7280.

Make It, Take It Crafts Make a candy cane mouse at a drop-in craft time at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., ages 5+, no registration required.

Tuesday

December 24

Holiday History Stroll 11 a.m. See Dec. 21 for details.

Elf’ Enjoy free showing of “Elf,” on the big screen, Jane Pickens Theater, noon.

Wednesday

December 25

Christmas Community Breakfast Hearty breakfast and community fellowship at Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., 9-11 a.m., free, all welcome.

Thursday

December 26

Afternoon Teen Movies Screening of “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Candlelight Home Tour Visit historic private homes from the 1700s and 1800s: 81 Second St., 67 Bridge St., 34 Malbone Rd., 4-7 p.m., no registration required - just drop in, $3 per house, no children under 10, no high heels.

Friday

December 27

Winter Discovery Walk Norman Bird Sanctuary offers interpretive seasonal trail walk, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., members $8, nonmembers $10, register at 401-846- 2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Rogues and Scoundrels Tour Learn why this colony was sometimes known as “Rogue’s Island” as you stroll through Newport, Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., 401-841-8770.

Candlelight Home Tour Visit historic private homes from the 1700s and 1800s: 39 Washington St., 85 Bridge St., 43 Everett St., 4-7 p.m., no registration required - just drop in, $3 per house, no children under 10, no high heels.

Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Dec. 20.

Saturday

December 28

Holiday History Stroll 11 a.m. See Dec. 21 for details.

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

Science Saturday Middletown Library makes science fun at “Fire and Ice,” with foggy dry ice, floating beach balls and more, ages 5+, 700 West Main Rd., 2 p.m., no registration required, 401-846- 1573.

Candlelight Home Tour Visit historic private homes from the 1700s and 1800s: 43 Elm St., 42 Division St., 16 John St., 4-7 p.m., no registration required - just drop in, $3 per house, no children under 10, no high heels.

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

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.

Improv Comedy 8 and 10 p.m. See Dec. 20.

Free Comedy Show at Grand Ace Aceto’s Royal Flush comedy show, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849-5100, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

December 29

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.

Story Hour at Touro Synagogue Stories for children about Hanukkah, history, golems and goblins, tour the Loeb Visitors Center, 72 Touro St., 2 p.m., free, 401-847- 4794 X207.

Return to top