2014-12-04 / Calendar

Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 4

Bellevue Avenue Stroll, 4 - 8 p.m., participating businesses on Bellevue Avenue, William and Mill streets, carolers, drinks and nibbles in the stores, 401-619-5240.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., tour departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays, $15 adults, $10 for Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, reservations required, tours weather permitting, 401-841- 8770, newporthistory.org.

Singing for Shelter Concert, 7 - 9:30 p.m., Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., many of the area’s finest musicians will perform acoustic music for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and the McKinney Shelter, $15 adults, children with adult free, 401-849-4250 or mgorman20@cox.net.


Stunned competition newcomer Elci Pimentel, of Dream Cakes by Elci, took top honors at the second Newport Mansions Gingerbread Contest for her confectionary rendition of Chepstow, the 1860 Italianate style villa by George Champlin Mason. Pimentel, who created the entire display by hand, said she tried to keep the traditional Newport look, but was shocked by her win. “I was just aiming for simple, yet elegant.” The five gingerbread mansions will be on display in The Breakers kitchen throughout the holiday season. Stunned competition newcomer Elci Pimentel, of Dream Cakes by Elci, took top honors at the second Newport Mansions Gingerbread Contest for her confectionary rendition of Chepstow, the 1860 Italianate style villa by George Champlin Mason. Pimentel, who created the entire display by hand, said she tried to keep the traditional Newport look, but was shocked by her win. “I was just aiming for simple, yet elegant.” The five gingerbread mansions will be on display in The Breakers kitchen throughout the holiday season. Newport Nutcracker, times vary, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Island Moving Company holiday ballet, reservations, 401-847-4470, islandmovingco.org.

Newport Doorway Contest, register your home or business by Dec. 10, natural materials and decorations required, info@christmasinnewport.org.


Cluny School presents its 8th annual “Living Nativity” on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. on the school grounds, 75 Brenton Road, Newport. A Christmas in Newport event, this annual reenactment of the first Christmas is held outdoors, under the stars, and is enhanced by live animals and choral music performed by the student body. Hot chocolate and sweets will be served. This event is free, open to the public and expected to last approximately 30 minutes. Attendees are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and bring a flashlight. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place on Dec. 18. For more information: 401-855-2252 or clunyschool.org/events. (Photos by Jen Carter) Cluny School presents its 8th annual “Living Nativity” on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. on the school grounds, 75 Brenton Road, Newport. A Christmas in Newport event, this annual reenactment of the first Christmas is held outdoors, under the stars, and is enhanced by live animals and choral music performed by the student body. Hot chocolate and sweets will be served. This event is free, open to the public and expected to last approximately 30 minutes. Attendees are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and bring a flashlight. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place on Dec. 18. For more information: 401-855-2252 or clunyschool.org/events. (Photos by Jen Carter) Friday, December 5

Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, see Dec. 4 for details.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

Salve Regina Madrigal Chorus, 5 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, free, 401-847-4260, seamensnewport.org.

Santa and Family Pet Photos, 5 - 6 p.m., Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St.

Tree Lighting and Caroling with the Choir School of Newport County, 6 – 7 p.m., Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St., free.

Family Nature Craft Night, 6 - 7 p.m., Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, nature-themed crafts, appropriate for ages 4 and up with parent assistance, $8 members, $10 non-members, 401-846-2577 x25, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Christmas at Mount Zion, 7 p.m., 31-33 Van Zandt Ave., local musicians celebrate “The Reason for the Season,” 401-849-3569.

Newport Doorway Contest, see Dec. 4 for details.

Saturday, December 6

Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rotunda at Easton’s Beach, Christmas wreaths and tabletop decorations created by designers, artists, gardeners and florists from the community, gourmet sweets bake sale also, all proceeds benefit Lucy’s Hearth, 401-848-6706.

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rough Point, 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, 401-846-4152 x122, newportrestoration.org.

Cluny School Wreath and Christmas Tree Sale, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., IYRS parking lot, 449 Lower Thames St., fresh, double-faced Canadian balsam wreaths decorated by Cluny School parents, school choir to sing at 5 p.m., 401-835- 8775.

Strolling Carolers, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, cozy up by the fireplace, enjoy some milk and cookies and listen as storytellers read children’s holiday favorites, free.

Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., tour departs from the Brick Market Museum and Shop, listen to stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship, and how Newporters made their way in winter during Newport’s colonial era, $15 adults, $10 for Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, reservations required, weather permitting, 401-841-8770 x116.

Santa’s Workshop, noon - 3 p.m., Easton’s Beach Carousel and Rotunda, goody bag, crafts, cookie decorating, ride on the carousel, ride on the mini-train and a visit with Santa, sponsored by the Newport Rotary Club, $5 per child, tickets may be purchased at the door, no advance reservations, 401-845-5800.

Winter Waterfowl, 1 - 2 p.m., Norman Bird Sanctuary, scan for migrating and over-wintering waterfowl, spotting scopes and binoculars encouraged but not required, plan for cold outdoor conditions, geared for ages 12 and up, $6 members, $8 non-members, 401-846-2577 x25, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Trinity Christmas Silver Tea, 1 – 4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, holiday high tea, crafts and seasonal greens, $10, 401-846-0660.

Newport County Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., performances by the Salve Regina Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance, $8, seniors/ students $5, 401-341-2295, davisp@salve.edu.

Christmas in Sign, 3 - 5 p.m., Gaudet Middle School, 1113 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, performers from the James L. Maher Center use American Sign Language to present a musical holiday show under black lights, free.

Storytelling by the Fireplace, 3 – 4 p.m., Hyatt Regency, free.

Christmas Cards for Working Men at Sea, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, Market Square, send a Christmas greeting to men at sea, cards will be delivered to seamen by Rev. Ashley Peckham, 401- 847-4260, seamensnewport.org.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Ave., Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat (weather permitting) at 5:45 p.m., live music, free, 401-849-2120, info@bowenswharf.com.

Swanhurst Chorus “A Little Bach: Cantatas for Christmas,” 8 p.m., Emmanuel Church at the corner of Spring and Dearborn streets, four Bach cantatas written for the season, $20 in advance, $23 at the door, $10 for students, 401-682- 1630, swanhurst.org.

Governor’s Ball, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Ave, black tie gala with proceeds benefiting Salve Regina’s scholarship fund, $150, 401-341-

2381, salve.edu/givesalve/governors ball.

Newport Doorway Contest, see Dec. 4 for details.

Sunday, December 7

Wreath & Christmas Tree Sale to benefit Cluny School, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., see Dec. 6 for details.

Strolling Carolers, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., see Dec. 6 for details.

Visit with Santa Claus at The Breakers, noon – 3 p.m., 44 Ochre Point Ave., the jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish lists, refreshments, regular daytime admission, 401-847- 1000, newportmansions.org.

Nutmeg & Mistletoe, 1 - 4 p.m., Sardella’s Restaurant, 30 Memorial Blvd., Dick Lupino and other instrumental and vocal musicians perform holiday music for the Matt Quinn Music Scholarship, reserved seating $20, general admission $10, 401-837-9665, dicklupino@gmail.com.

Christmas at Whitehall, 2 - 4 p.m., Whitehall Museum House, 311 Berkeley Ave., Middletown, seasonal music, lift a cup of wassail and learn about 1730s’ festivities, sponsored by the Colonial Dames of America in the state of R.I., donations welcome, 401-846-3116, whitehallmuseumhouse.org.

Newport Community Band Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. band, jazz and flute ensembles performing holiday favorites, $8, $5 students/ seniors, 401-341-2295, davisp@salve.edu.

Christmas Songs with an Irish Twist, 2 p.m., Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., performance by Lindsay Straw and Caroline O’Shea, of the Boston band the Ivy Leaf, free, 401-847-8720 x208, newportlibraryri.org.

Storytelling by the Fireplace, 3 - 4 p.m., Hyatt Regency, free.

Christmas in Sign, Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol, 3 p.m., performers from the James L. Maher Center use American Sign Language to produce a musical holiday show under black lights, free.

Christmas Carols, 4 - 7 p.m., Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St., outdoors, free.

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m., Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow streets, 401-848-2561, saintjohns-newport.org.

Newport Doorway Contest, see Dec. 4 for details.

Monday, December 8

Newport Doorway Contest, register your home or business by Dec. 10, natural materials and decorations required, info@christmasinnewport.org.

Tuesday, December 9

Christmas Caroling on Broadway, 3:30 p.m., meet at the Colony House steps on Washington Square, public welcome to join local musician Christopher Carbone and the Thompson Middle School

Chorus for a stroll up Broadway to carol at local businesses between City Hall and the Newport Police Dept., sponsored by the Off Broadway Neighborhood Assoc., 401- 481-5135.

Wednesday, December 10

WADK Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel, Marley Bridges Theatre Company choral ensemble and Larry Brown’s Swinglane Orchestra, free, donations of nonperishable food items accepted for local charities, prize giveaways during intermission.

Last day to register your home or business for Newport Doorway Contest at info@christmasinnewport.org, categories are: residential, restaurant, bed & breakfast and commercial, judging takes place on Friday, Dec. 12.

Thursday, December 11

Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., to benefit programming at the Potter League, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, free, 846- 0592 x 116, potterleague.org.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

Christmas Stamp Exhibit, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, K-12 students’ impressions of Christmas in Newport exhibit, commemorative Christmas in Newport U. S. Postal Service postmark, light refreshments, free, 401-846-9410. Some of the artwork will be on display at the U.S. Post Office, 320 Thames St., from Dec. 12 - 19.

Cluny School’s ‘A Living Nativity,’ 6 – 6:30 p.m., Cluny School, 75 Brenton Rd., live animals and choral music enhance this annual reenactment of the first Christmas under the stars refreshments, bring blankets and flashlights, free, Dec. 18 if inclement weather, 401- 855-2252, clunyschool.org.

Friday, December 12

Rose Island Lighthouse Model, noon - 3 p.m., 365 Thames St., 401- 847-4242.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

Middletown High School Chorus Performance, 6 - 7 p.m., Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St., outdoors, free.

Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Lucy’s Church, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown, concert to benefit Portsmouth Lions Club charities, $12 adults, children/seniors $8, family $25, newportnavychoristers.org.

St. George’s School Service of Lessons & Carols, 7:30 p.m., 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, the birth of Jesus is told by lesson and song, congregational singing and carols by the school choir, free, 401-847-7565, stgeorges.edu.

Salve Regina University Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., 100 Ochre Point Ave., Salve chorus and madrigal ensembles perform a variety of masterworks of holiday favorites, $8, $5 seniors/students, 401-341-2295, stjeand@salve.edu.

Critter Glitter, see Dec. 11.

Saturday, December 13

Christmas Treasures at Trinity Church, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Queen Anne Square, local artisans, seasonal items, free, 401- 862-4474, adminassistant@trinitynewport.org.

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rough Point, see Dec. 6 for details. Strolling Carolers, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency, free, see Dec. 6 for details.

Emmanuel Church Handbell Choir, noon, Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, free, 401- 847-4260, seamensnewport.org.

Storytelling by the Fireplace, 3 - 4 p.m., Hyatt Regency, free.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

Salve Regina University Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., see Dec. 12 for details.

Critter Glitter, see Dec. 11.

Sunday, December 14

Strolling Carolers, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency, see Dec. 6 for details.

Marble House Visit with Santa, noon - 3 p.m., 596 Bellevue Ave., the jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish lists, refreshments, regular daytime admission, 401-847-1000, newportmansions.org.

Wild Winter Adaptations, 1 - 2 p.m., Norman Bird Sanctuary, learn how furry, feathered, and scaled animals have adapted to the local environment, open to all ages, $6 members, $8 nonmembers, 401-846-2577 x25, normanbirdsanctuary,org.

Glen Manor Open House, 2 - 4 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth, free, 401-683-4177, info@glenmanorhouse.com.

Traditional Christmas Tea, 3 - 5 p.m., St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season, $12 adults, $5 children under 12, 401-846-3502, stcolumbaschapel.org.

Storytelling by the Fireplace, 3 - 4 p.m., Hyatt Regency, free.

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble Concert, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Russian choral music and folk songs for the season, $20 suggested donation, 401-847- 0675, emmanuelnewport.org.

Handbell and Choir Concert, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 6 Everett St., free.

Critter Glitter, see Dec. 11.

Monday, December 15

Christmas Concert for Charity, 6:30 p.m., Jesus Saviour Church, 509 Broadway, Wakefield concert band performing, proceeds to benefit the needy in our community, 401-390-1746.

Tuesday, December 16

Medieval Christmas Pageant, 7:30 p.m., St. George’s School Chapel, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, candlelit service of the portrayal

of the Christmas story, free, 401-847-7565, stgeorges.edu.

Middletown Public Schools Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Road, Middletown, Gaudet Middle School students and Middletown High School chorus and vocal ensemble, $5 for adults, $3 for students (up to age 18) and seniors, family cap of $15, children under 5 are free, 401-846-7250.

Wednesday, December 17

Christmas on the Point, 7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow streets, organ music, harp, strings, choir and instrumental selections and congregational caroling along with a traditional reading of the Christmas Story, suggested donation $15, seniors/students $10, children 5-12 free, 401- 848-2561, saintjohns-newport.org.

Middletown High School Symphonic Band Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Rogers High School Auditorium, Wickham Road, Newport, $5 adults, $3 students/seniors, $15 cap for a family, children under 5 free, 401-846-7250.

Thursday, December 18

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

December Owl Prowl, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, program appropriate for ages 6 and up, dress for outdoor weather, $8 members, $10 non-members, 401-846-2577 x 25, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Rain date for Cluny School’s ‘A Living Nativity’ if canceled on Dec. 11.

Friday, December 19

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

Newport School Dept. Jazz Group, 6 - 7 p.m., Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St., indoors, free.

Saturday, December 20

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Rough Point, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., see Dec. 6 for details.

Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., see Dec. 6 for details.

Strolling Carolers, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency, see Dec. 6.

Hoppy Holidays Open House, 12 - 6 p.m., Coastal Extreme Brewing Company, 293 JT Connell Rd., $10.

Bird Mini Camp, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Norman Bird Sanctuary, actionpacked day of nature exploration, games and crafts, appropriate for grades K-6, $25 members, $35 non-members, 401-846-2577 x 25, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Santa Visit and Tree Decorating, 1 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., 2 p.m. Santa will visit and read a classic Christmas tale, 401-847-4260, seamensnewport.org.

Handmade Holiday Craft Party, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Newport Public

Library, 300 Spring St., for ages 6 – 12, registration required, free, 401-847-8720 x204, newportlibraryri.org.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

Messiah and Carol Sing: The Christmas Story, 7 p.m., Emmanuel church, Spring and Dearborn streets, Swanhurst’s chamber singers present a portion of Handel’s Messiah and beloved carols, bring your own score and sing along or sit and enjoy the sounds of the season, scores available for rent, festive wassail bowl reception, $10, $5 for children 12 and under, $25 maximum per family, 401-682- 1630, swanhurst.org

Sunday, December 21

Strolling Carolers, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency, see Dec. 6.

American Girl Doll Holiday Party, noon - 3 p.m., Edward King Senior Center, 35 King St., crafts, cookie decorating, doll fashion stroll, $15 per child, adults free, all children must be accompanied by an adult, advance reservations required, 401-845-5800.

Nutcracker, Holiday Dance Concert, 3 p.m., Stanford White Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., Rhode Island’s ballet theatre show for children and families, $25, riballet.org, 401-847-5301.

Visit with Santa Claus at The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave. The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission, 401-847-1000, newportmansions.org.

Chanukah Candle Lighting Party, 3 - 5 p.m., Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St., Congregation Jeshuat Israel of Touro Synagogue, latkes, music, dancing and more, free, reserve at cji@tourosynagogue.org.

Christmas Carols, 4 – 7 p.m., Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St., outdoors, free.

Monday, December 22– Wednesday, December 24

The Breakers, Marble House, and The Elms open for holiday tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,newportmansions.org.

Check out the winners of the Newport Doorway Contest. Listing in Dec. 18 issue of Newport This Week.

Child Friendly Candlelight Service, 6 p.m., Newport Congregational Church, 73 Pelham St., traditional service geared for families and lots of singing, 401-619-5109.

Child Friendly Christmas Pageant, 4 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 401-846-9700.

Thursday, December 25

Re-broadcast of the 28th Annual WADK Christmas Concert, 9 a.m., featuring Marley Bridges Theatre Company choral ensemble and Larry Brown’s Swinglane Orchestra, tune to WADK AM1540 Radio.

Friday, December 26

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, different houses open each day, no advance reservations.

Rogues & Scoundrels Walking Tour, 11 a.m., tour departs from the Brick Market Museum, 127 Thames St., weather permitting, see where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished, $15 adults, $10 for Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, reservations required, 401-841-8770.

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony and Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 70-minute narrated trip along scenic Narragansett Bay aboard historic rail cars, reservations suggested, adult coach $10, senior coach (60 or older) $8, child coach (13 or younger) $6, first class (parlor car) is $15 regardless of age, children must be at least 7 years old to ride the parlor car, reservations suggested, order tickets at ocnrr.org or 401-849-0546.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. see Dec. 4 for details.

Saturday, December 27

Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4 - 7 p.m., see Dec. 26 for details.

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., Rough Point, see Dec. 6.

Holiday Train Rides, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 26 for details.

Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., see Dec. 6 for details.

Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m., see Dec. 4 for details.

A Return to Camelot, 7 - 8 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, Spring St. and Memorial Blvd., learn about the history of the church and “return in time” to 1953 when the Kennedy wedding took place, musical selections from the wedding will be performed, $10, 401-619-0127.

Sunday, December 28

Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4 - 7 p.m., see Dec. 26 for details.

Holiday Train Rides, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 26 for details.

Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 4 p.m., Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Sq., candlelight service, 401- 846-0660, trinitynewport.org.

Christmas Carols, 4 - 7 p.m., Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St., outdoors, free.

Monday, December 29

Rogues & Scoundrels Walking Tour, 11 a.m., see Dec. 26.

Holiday Train Ride, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 26 for details.

Rose Island Lighthouse Trailer, noon-3 p.m., 365 Thames St., will be open weather permitting, 401- 847-4242.

Tuesday, December 30

Holiday Train Ride, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 26 for details.

Wednesday, December 31

Holiday Train Ride, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 26 for details.

Return to top