2016-11-23 / Mainsheet

Philanthropist Fleming Honored by Opera House Theater


Ron Fleming and Rosemary Harder Ron Fleming and Rosemary Harder If there’s a public spot in Newport or Middletown that seems to have recently been enhanced or nicely upgraded and landscaped, chances are that Ronald Lee Fleming is behind it – somehow.

Regarded as an urban landscape visionary who gets things done, Fleming was the man of the hour for “Beyond the Velvet Rope” on Friday, Nov. 18, when he was honored by the Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center at a reception held at the Clarke Cooke House.

A city planner, author, and preservationist, Fleming was thanked for his contributions to Newport’s historic and cultural landscape. He was also cited for his “leadership in personal philanthropy in sponsoring the Fleming Family Gardens for the Opera House Theater rooftop atrium and terrace,” part of a $14.6 million renovation project to be completed in 2018.

Included in the tribute were performances by New York City Ballet principal dancers Robert Fairchild and his wife, Tiler Peck, and violin soloist Gil Morgenstern.


Brenda Nienhouse, with Paul and Lisa Perrault Brenda Nienhouse, with Paul and Lisa Perrault Fleming has also funded smaller projects through the city, from planting daffodils and trees to donating the lead gift for the Newport Historic Spring Project. He organized the Gateway Symposium last spring, and is currently working on a comprehensive landscape ordinance for the City of Newport.



Julie Warburg and Ellen Barnes Julie Warburg and Ellen Barnes

Jen Booth and Donald Christ Jen Booth and Donald Christ

Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck, principal dancers with the New York City Ballet, enjoyed the evening alongside future arts patrons, Cecilia Moffit and May Spector. 
Photos by Jen Carter Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck, principal dancers with the New York City Ballet, enjoyed the evening alongside future arts patrons, Cecilia Moffit and May Spector. Photos by Jen Carter

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