2016-12-01 / Calendar

Christmas in Newport

2016 Calendar of Events

For daily updates visit ChristmasInNewport.org

Thursday, December 1

Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, 6 p.m., Washington Square, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute, proclamation from the mayor, live entertainment, free, 401-849-6454, christmasinnewport.org.

Newport Historical Society’s Holiday Open House, 4-6 p.m., Newport Colony House, top of Washington Square, tour the Colony House before the Christmas in Newport opening ceremony, hear a reading of “The Christmas Tree Hessian,” a tale of Christmas through the eyes of a child during the Revolutionary War era, donations welcome, 401-846-0813.

Newport Nutcracker, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Island Moving Company holiday ballet, times vary, reservations required, 401- 847-4470, islandmovingco.org.


The Marble House is decorated for the holidays and open daily for tours at 10 a.m. The Marble House is decorated for the holidays and open daily for tours at 10 a.m. Newport Doorway Contest, judging Dec. 9, register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org.

Friday, December 2

Newport Hospital Auxiliary Shopping Extravaganza, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Newport Hospital, handiwork and crafts by local artisans and employees, funds raised will support patient programs, 401- 845-1638.

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island,” $15 adults, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, weather permitting, 401-846- 0813 or 401-841-8770.


Cluny School presents A Living Nativity on Monday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Cluny School presents A Living Nativity on Monday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., hear the history of early American

holiday traditions, learn how Colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays, reservations required, $15 adults, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, weather permitting, 401-846- 0813 or 401-841-8770.

Madrigal Chorus Concert, 4 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., madrigal performance by Salve Regina University choir, free, 401-847-4260.

Victorian Boutique Holiday Sale, 7-8:30 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., Victorianstyle gifts both old and new, free admission, 401-846-7426.

Mistletoe Madness at Glen Manor House, 7-11 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth, cocktail reception, dancing, $65, reservations required, 401-683-4177.

Newport Nutcracker, see Dec. 1.

Saturday, December 3

Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Rotunda at Easton’s Beach, Christmas wreaths and tabletop decorations created by designers, artists, gardeners and florists from the community, also features a gourmet sweets bake sale, proceeds to benefit Lucy’s Hearth, 401-847-2021.

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., visit the historic state capitol, reservations suggested, $15 adults, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, weather permitting, 401-846-0813 or 401-841-8770.

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave., see the decorated staff wing, not normally open to the public, tours offered every half hour, $10 adults, free for children under

12, 401-846-4152 x122, newportrestoration.org.

Cluny School Tree and Wreath Sale, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., IYRS parking lot, 449 Lower Thames St., fresh, double-faced Canadian balsam wreaths, hand-decorated by Cluny School parents, free tree delivery in Newport, proceeds to benefit Cluny School, 401-525-1980, clunyschool.org.

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship and learn how locals lived in Colonial era winters, $15 adults, reservations required, 401-846-0813 or 401- 841-8770.

Santa’s Workshop, noon-3 p.m., Easton’s Beach Carousel and Rotunda, presented by the Newport Rotary Club, $5 per child includes a goody bag, crafts, cookie decorating, one ride on the carousel, one ride on the mini-train, and a visit with Santa, tickets at door, 401-845-5800.

Trinity Christmas Silver Tea, noon-4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, holiday high tea, $12, 401-862- 4474, trinitynewport.org.

Christmas Cards for Mariners, 2-4 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, write a Christmas card for men and women serving on the seas, free, 401-847-4260.

Newport County Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., classical and holiday music by the Salve Regina Dept. of Music, $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students, 401- 341-2295.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, Frosty the

Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30 p.m., tree lighting and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat (weather permitting) at 5:45 p.m., live music, free, 401- 849-2120, bowenswharf.com.

Swanhurst Chorus Concert, 8 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Spring and Dearborn streets, Beethoven’s Missa in C and other works, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 for full-time students, 401-682-1630, swanhurst.org.

Sunday, December 4

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Cluny School Tree and Wreath Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., learn about Newport’s Colonial age to Gilded Age summer colony, $15 adults, reservations suggested, 401-846-0813 or 401-841-8770.

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.

Christmas at Whitehall, 2-4 p.m., Whitehall Museum House, 311 Berkeley Ave., Middletown, lift a cup of wassail and learn about 1730’s festivities, seasonal music, sponsored by the Colonial Dames of America in the state of R.I., 401-480-4183, whitehallmuseumhouse.org.

Newport Community Band Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., Salve community band, jazz and flute ensembles performing holiday favorites, $8, $5 seniors, 401- 341-2295.

Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, 3 p.m., St. Joseph's

Church, 5 Mann Ave., Bach's Christmas Oratorio (sung in English) with featured soloists, general admission $30, advance $27, seniors $24, students with ID $10, 401-521-5670, ricco.org.

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m., Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow streets, performance by the St. John's and Emmanuel Church choirs and the Choir School of Newport County, freewill offering, child-friendly for ages 5 and up, 401-848-2561.

Newport Doorway Contest, see Dec. 1.

Monday, December 5

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

Tuesday, December 6

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, Open daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Newport Visitor’s Information Center, America’s Cup Ave., 16-foot creation by the Marriott Newport culinary staff, free, visitors encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item.

Doorway Contest, see Dec. 1.

Wednesday, December 7

Holiday Cabaret, 7 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., special night of holiday entertainment with 2016 Beach Idol winner Carrigan Nelson, Newport's Jimmy Winters, local favorites Ben O'Connor and more, suggested donation $10, 401-846-7426, edwardkinghouse.org.

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Newport Visitor’s Information Center, America’s Cup Ave., free, see Dec. 6.

Newport Doorway Contest, see Dec. 1.

Thursday, December 8

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, Sunday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Newport Visitor’s Information Center, America’s Cup Ave., free, see Dec. 6.

Newport Gallery Night, 5-8 p.m., member galleries, museums and cultural institutions are open and host special events, artists, demos, free, 401-935-8591, newportgalleries.org.

The Creation of Rhode Island's Revolutionary Artillery Force, 5:30 p.m., Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St., on Dec. 8, 1774, the Rhode Island Assembly voted to move the cannon from Newport's Fort George to Providence in order to "prevent their falling into the hands of the King," this was a signal event both in Rhode Island's break with royal authority and in the designation of a new capital, this talk explores those events and their consequences in the context of New England's move toward war in the fall of 1774, reservations suggested, $5 per person, 401- 841-8770.

Students' Impressions of Christmas in Newport, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, student K-12 art exhibit, commemorative Christmas in Newport postmark, free, light refreshments, 401-846-9410, a sample of the artwork will be on display at the U.S. Post Office main lobby, 320 Thames St., from Dec. 9-20.

Singing for Shelter Acoustic Christmas Concert, 7-9:30 p.m., Channing Church, 135 Pelham St., local musicians, benefit for Lucy's Hearth and the McKinney Shelter, $18 in advance, $20 at the door, children with an adult are free, call 401-835-7209 or email mgorman20@cox.net.

Newport Doorway Contest, last day to enter for Dec. 9 judging, info@christmasinnewport.org.

Friday, December 9

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., see Dec. 6.

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Cookie Decorating and Crafts, 5-7 p.m., Homewood Suites, 348 West Main Road, Middletown, for children ages 1-12, enjoy decorating cookies and crafts with a holiday theme, free, reservations not required.

Reason for the Season, Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Mt. Zion A.M.E Church, 31-33 Van Zandt Ave., an evening of music and poetry by various local choirs and musicians, free will offering, 401- 849-3569, mtzionamel@verizon.net.

Christmas in Song, Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Lucy’s Church, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown, concert to benefit the Dare to Dream Ranch, $12 adults, $8 children/seniors, $20 family, 401-849-1135, newportnavychoristers.org.

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

Saturday, December 10

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., see Dec. 6.

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Christmas with the Whitehornes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Whitehorne House, 416 Thames St., step back in time and experience the traditional Christmas festivities of 1800s Newport, receive a booklet of authentic recipes from Mrs. Whitehorne's own Sugar House Book, $8 adults,

$5 for NHS members and military, 18 years and under free, newportrestoration.org.

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

Artisan Craft Fair and Boutique Sale at the Potter League for Animals, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, 401-846-0592 x116, potterleague.org.

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

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 3.

Emmanuel Church Handbell Choir Performance, 11 a.m.-noon, Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, free, 401-847-4260, seamensnewport.org.

Santa Claus at Clock Tower Square, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 103 Clock Tower Square, West Main Road, (Route 114), Portsmouth, a visit with Santa Claus and cookie decorating, sponsored by the merchants at Clock Tower Sq., free, call 401-682-2272 or email dawinthrop@cox.net.

Christmas Open House at the Newport Irish History Museum, noon to 4:30 p.m., 648 Thames St., view exhibits, enjoy Celtic holiday music and refreshments, caroling by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Men at 3:30 p.m., free, newportirishhistory.org.

House Tour of the Seamen’s Church Institute, noon, 18 Market Square, behind the scenes tour of the 1930 waterfront institution, featuring chapel frescoes by artist Durr Freedley and display exhibition, “Wood, Wind and Water: The Genius of F. Spaulding Dunbar," free, 401-847-4260.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., 100 Ochre Point Ave., performances by the Salve Regina Chorus and Madrigals, $8 general admission, $5 seniors, 401-341- 2295, stjeand@salve.edu.

Holiday Movie Night, 5-7 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites, 317 West Main, Middletown, for children ages 1-12, enjoy a holiday movie, popcorn, and a make-your-own hot cocoa bar, free, reservations not required.

Sunday, December 11

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., see Dec. 6.

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 4.

Santa Claus at Marble House, 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.

Christmas at the White House, 2 p.m., Paradise School, corner of Paradise and Prospect avenues, Middletown, Patricia Perry, historical interpreter, takes guests on a journey of Christmas past, hosted by the Middletown Historical Society, $5, middletownhistory.org.

Holiday Silver Tea, 2 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., including an old fashion holiday sing-along, $10 per person, 401- 846-7426, edwardkinghouse.org.

Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House, 2-4 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth, local talent, Santa arrives at 2:45 to greet children, free, 401-683- 4177, info@glenmanorhouse.com.

Christmas Choral Concert, 3 p.m., see Dec. 10.

Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s, 3-5 p.m. with sittings at 3 and 4 p.m., Chapel Parish Hall, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season, $12 adults, $5 children under 12, 401-847-5571, stcolumbaschapel.org.

Blue Christmas Service, 4 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, service for those suffering loss to find hope and healing for the holidays, 401-846- 9567, stpetersri@coxmail.com.

Christmas in Sign, presented by the James L. Maher Center, 5 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., Christmas and holiday music presented in sign language under black light, free, 401-846-0340 x 104, mahercenter.org.

Music of the Christmas Season, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at Everett St., brass, organ, hand-bells, choir and an opportunity to sing some favorite carols, free, 401-847-1749, music@fpcnewport.org, re-schedule date is Dec. 18.

Monday, December 12

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., see Dec. 6.

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

Christmas Concert sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul Society, 6:30 p.m., Jesus Saviour Church, 509 Broadway, performance by Wakefield Concert Band, $10, 401-846- 0115, choirgirlmarie@gov.com.

Hanukkah Celebration of Light, 7 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., lighting of the menorah, the story of Hanukkah, live music and traditional foods of the season, goodwill offering, 401- 846-7426, edwardkinghouse.org.

Tuesday, December 13

Christmas at the Inns Tour, 3-7 p.m., seven participating inns: Francis Malbone House, 392 Thames St.; Cliffside Inn, 2 Seaview Ave.; Ivy Lodge, 12 Clay St.; Sarah Kendall House, 47 Washington St.; Samuel Durfee House, 352 Spring St.; Hydrangea House, 16 Bellevue Ave.; and Hilltop Inn, 2 Kay St., $20 for all seven, payable at first inn toured, proceeds to benefit Lucy's Hearth, 401-864-4485.

105th Annual Medieval Christmas Pageant, 7:30 p.m., St. George’s School Chapel, 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown, candlelit service and portrayal of the Christmas story, free, 401-847- 7565, stgeorges.edu.

Wednesday, December 14

Christmas at the Inns Tour, 3-7 p.m., see Dec. 13.

WADK Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Newport Marriott, America’s Cup Ave., featuring the Jamestown Community Chorus and Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra, free, nonperishable food items accepted for local charities, 401- 846-1540.

Thursday, December 15

Caroling Along Broadway, 3:30 p.m., begin at the Colony House steps, caroling with Christopher Carbone and the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association to Equality Park, tree decorating, and Broadway Holiday Raffle drawing, 6 p.m. at City Hall, free, 401-481-5135.

Christmas on the Point, 7 p.m., Church of St. John the Evangelist, 61 Washington St. at Willow St., a merry concert of organ music, strings, caroling, guest soloists, and traditional reading of the Christmas story, suggested donation $15, seniors/ students $10, children ages 5-12 free, 401-848-2561, saintjohnsnewport.org.

Friday, December 16

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

Edward King House Singers Holiday Concert, 11:15 a.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., holiday favorites from the 1950's to present, singing along is always welcome, goodwill offering, 401- 846-7426, edwardkinghouse.org.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Saturday, December 17

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, Sunday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Newport Visitor’s Information Center, America’s Cup Ave., free, see Dec. 6.

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 3.

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

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 3.

Santa Claus at Brick Market Place, noon-3 p.m., 223 Goddard Row, Brick Market Place, a visit with Santa Claus, face painting and cookie decorating, sponsored by the Stores at Brick Market Place, free, 401-846-3999, dawwinthrop@cox.net.

Seamen's Community Tree Decorating and Santa Visit, 1 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, bring an ornament and help decorate the tree, Santa arrives at 2 p.m. and will read a classic Christmas tale, free, 401-847-4260, seamensnewport.org.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Swanhurst Chorus Annual Messiah and Carol Sing, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Spring and Dearborn streets, Handel’s "Messiah" and carols, plus selections by Swanhurst’s Chamber Singers and the telling of the Christmas Story, bring your own score and scores available for rent, a festive “Wassail Bowl” reception will follow, $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, $25 maximum per family, 401-682- 1630, swanhurst.org.

Sunday, December 18

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Newport Visitor’s Information Center, see Dec. 6.

Old Fashioned Christmas Pageant, 9:30 a.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, service tells the familiar story, all welcome, 401-846-9567, stpetersri@coxmail.com.

St. Petersburg (Russian) Men’s Ensemble In Concert, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Russian choral music and folk songs for the season, $20 suggested donation for the 2 p.m. concert, 401-847-0675, emmanuelnewport.org.

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 4.

Visit with Santa Claus at The Elms, noon-3 p.m., 367 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.

American Girl Doll Holiday Party, presented by the Newport Recreation Dept. and Edward King House, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Edward King House Senior Center, crafts, cookie decorating, fashion stroll, $15 per child, adults are free, all children must be accompanied by an adult, advance reservations required, reservations limited, 401- 845-5800.

Alice Meets the Nutcracker, 3 p.m., Stanford White Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, a holiday dance by the Rhode Island Ballet Theater of Alice in Wonderland and Nutcracker variations for children and families, $25 per person, 401-847-5301, ribtnm@cox.net.

Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 4 p.m., Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Sq., a holiday tradition, join the choirs of Trinity and the Newport Community Youth Choir in a festive celebration of Christmas, free will offering to support Martin Luther King Center, 401-846-0660, trinitynewport.org.

Christmas Pageant with Live Nativity, 4-7 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, see the Holy Family, sing with the angels and heavenly hosts, greet the wise men and pet the sheep, refreshments, 401-846-9567, stpetersri@coxmail.com.

Music of the Christmas Season, reschedule date if canceled on Dec. 11, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church.

Monday, December 19

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

A Living Nativity, 6 – 6:30 p.m., presented by Cluny School, 75 Brenton Road, live animals and choral music enhance the reenactment of the “first Christmas” under the stars, hot chocolate and sweets, bring a blanket and flashlight, free, rain date is Dec. 21, 401-847-6043, clunyschool.org/events.

Tuesday, December 20

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Newport Visitor’s Information Center, see Dec. 6.

Friday, December 23

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Saturday, December 24

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 3.

Sunday, December 25

A Joyous Christmas To All

Monday, December 26

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

Tuesday, December 27

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

Friday, December 30

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Saturday, December 31

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 3.

Sunday, January 1

Community Chanukah Party, 3-5 p.m., hosted by Congregation Jeshuat Israel at Touro Synagogue, Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St., come light the Chanukah candles and stay to enjoy latkes and all the trimmings, music, dancing, children’s entertainment and more, all welcome, space is limited, reservations are strongly recommended, cji@tourosynagogue.org.

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