2013-12-27 / Calendar

Newport this week


Hundreds participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge last year at Easton’s Beach. Plunges are also planned for Portsmouth’s Island Park and Jamestown’s East Ferry. Hundreds participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge last year at Easton’s Beach. Plunges are also planned for Portsmouth’s Island Park and Jamestown’s East Ferry. Friday

December 27

Winter Discovery Walk Norman Bird Sanctuary offers interpretive seasonal trail walk, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 11 a.m., members $8, non-members $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 Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849- 3473, firehousetheater.org.

Saturday

December 28

Winter Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, St. Mary’s Church Hall, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., local produce and products, aquidneckgrowersmarket.org.

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.

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.

Murder at the Museum Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Co. for “A Merry Murder Mystery,” a holiday whodunit at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., newportartmuseum.org.

Improv Comedy 8 and 10 p.m. See Dec. 27.

Free Comedy Concert 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.

Monday

December 30

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.

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

Teen Crafts Teens make crepe paper hats with New Year’s inspired designs, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 5:30 p.m., 401-847-8720 x206.

Tuesday

December 31

Holiday History Stroll 11 a.m. See Dec. 28 for details.

End of Year Polar Dive Island Park, Portsmouth, 12 p.m., fundraiser for Portsmouth Free Public Library, after-dive party at Beach House, 506 Park Ave., pledge information at portsmouth375.com.

Laugh in the New Year Laugh your way into 2014 with interactive improv, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 11 p.m., BYOB, 401-849- 3473, firehousetheater.org.

Wednesday

January 1 Happy New Year

Jamestown 1st Day Plunge East Ferry Beach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., alcohol-free family fun, registration starts at 10 a.m., paddleboard race at 11:30 a.m., plunge at noon, warming fire pits, benefits Save the Bay and Jamestown Parks and Rec.

Friday, December 27

Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center mid-December, $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour, no advance reservations, 401-293-0965.

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the decorated staff dining room, not normally open to the public, tours offered every half hour, adults $10, children under 12 $8, 401-849-7300 x17, newportrestoration.org.

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave. Remember the days of old on a 70-minute narrated train ride through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Reservations suggested. Order tickets online at ocnrr.com or by phone at 849-0546. Adult coach seats $10, senior coach seats (60 or older) $8, child coach (13 or younger) $6; first class (parlor car) is $15 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 to ride in the parlor car.

Holiday Lantern Tours, 4:30 p.m., tour departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays Dec. 5 – 28, $12 adults, $10 Newport Historical Society members & children, reservations required, tours weather permitting, 401-841-8770.

Saturday, December 28

Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, see Dec. 27 for details.

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion, Rough Point, see Dec. 27.

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 27 for details.

Holiday Lantern Tours, see Dec. 27 for details.

Sunday, December 29

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 27 for details.

Children’s Story Hour at Historic Touro Synagogue, 2 p.m., 72 Touro St. Stories for children about Hanukkah, history, golems and goblins, tour the Loeb Visitors Center, free, 401-847-4794 x207.

Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Lessons and Carols at Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Sq., 4 p.m. , a candlelight service featuring the choir and clergy of Trinity Church, free will offering, 401- 846- 0660, trinitynewport.org.

Monday, December 30

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 27 for details.

Tuesday, December 31

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 27 for details.

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Polar Bear Plunge Newport Polar Bears invite all to jump in for the A Wish Come True charity, Easton’s Beach, noon, 401- 846-0028.

Thursday

January 2

‘A Writer’s Dozen’ Newport Historical Society exhibit featuring 12 historically significant desks, including one used by Declaration signer William Ellery, Seventh Day Baptist, 82 Touro St., Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $5, newporthistorical.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.

Friday

January 3

Christmas at the Mansions Last few days to enjoy The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms decorated for the holidays, ends Jan. 5, 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.

Ballroom Dancing “Rhythm Is Going To Get You,” monthly ballroom dance gathering, lessons and social dancing, Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, 7-10 p.m., $10, 401-230-3420.

Saturday

January 4

Winter Rarities Bird Outing Annual visit to birding hotspots in the region, run by Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., members $60, non-members $70, advance registration required, bring binoculars, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Geology Rocks! Family-friendly fun learning about rocks, Sachuest Point NWR, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, drop in anytime between 12-4 p.m., free.

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

Books and Authors Series Federal judge and author Michael A. Ponsor will discuss his new mystery, “The Hanging Judge,” a legal thriller offering an inside look at the workings of the American judicial system, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 401- 847-8720 x115.

Sunday

January 5

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.

Wondrous Wolves Families learn about the life cycles of wolves, Sachuest Point NWR, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, drop in anytime between 2-4 p.m., free.

Downton & Desserts Kick off the fourth season of Downton Abbey at the Jane Pickens Theater, British dessert bar, 9 p.m., $15, janepickens.com.

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