2016-08-25 / Opinion


Don’t Be Too Quick to Depart

If you’re keeping score, today – Thursday, Aug. 25 – leaves us with just 11 more days until Labor Day. While summer still officially lingers until the third week of September, most of us informally consider Labor Day to be, however unofficially, the end of those “lazy, hazy crazy days of summer.”

School begins in Newport on the Wednesday after Labor Day, prolonging summer for our kids while most other local communities return to school in late August, as a hedge against accumulating snow days. Meanwhile, Newport’s reputation as an international destination attracts new throngs of visitors, some from giant cruise ships, while others arrive by car or bus.

These late-summer visitors seem to know the truth of the matter: There is still plenty to enjoy on the island even though we have lost more than a half-hour of daylight since Aug. 1.

So, if you didn’t take a vacation this year, or lust for another one, consider a “staycation,” the buzz word for a stay-at-home vacation.

Our beaches, whether First Beach in Newport or Second Beach in Middletown, are delightful in September. And while there are no longer lifeguards on duty, parking is free.

But that’s not all.

Many of this week’s entries in our Calendar section (beginning on page 10) recur regularly. There are a few that never fail to intrigue us and, we think, would interest some of our readers who will be “island-bound” for the rest of the summer of ’16.

This Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10:30-11:45 a.m., the Museum of Newport History will offer its “Golden to Gilded” walking tour, and a fresh perspective of the city’s streets (newporthistory.org). If you prefer sitting to walking, take in a NIMFest concert at King Park, from 3-6 p.m. (cityofnewport.com).

You can catch a movie under the big dome of Newport’s nighttime sky, thanks to newportFILM, the local non-profit that shows current documentaries at local venues. Next Thursday, Sept. 1, you can take a picnic and a blanket to the Newport Art Museum lawn to watch “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back,” a 95-minute look at the contemporary Italian “upstart” artist. (Check ticket availability first at newportfilm.com.)

If sports, and not history, are what float your boat, consider a trip to Portsmouth via East Main Road for a polo match pitting Newport against England at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. It may remind you of those classic polo scenes from the movie “Pretty Woman” starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. One way or another, it will be a sports departure from golf, the Red Sox and New England Patriots. General admission is $12, free for kids up to 15.

And if you are willing to hold on a bit longer, the Newport International Boat Show is scheduled for Sept. 15-18. It’s where boat lovers and boat sellers converge, and everybody gets an eyeful of some gorgeous boats and boat accessories.

These events are just for starters. Cruise our Calendar pages and you’ll find many more things to do “on island.” You don’t have to cross a bridge to have a good time.

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