2018-04-26 / Opinion



One of the key elements to our successful city and its many events is the willingness of people to step forward and work together as a team.

We recently witnessed that with the success of the fifth annual Daffodil Days festival. John Hirschboeck, who has taken the festival’s slogan, “Let’s Get Daffy,” to heart has – along with major support from Ron Fleming and a small team – brought an event to the city that spans two weekends.

Dozens of activities and new programming like the 5K, the sidewalk parade and expanded events like the car rally with the help of the Audrain Automotive Museum, and activities in conjunction with Newport Arboretum Week are all the result of teamwork. The sun and slightly warmer temperatures were a big help in making sure there were thousands of blooming daffodils for the festival, so even the sun was being a team-player.

On the heels of that, we are readying for the return of Volvo Ocean Race for the only North American stopover, May 8 to 20. The level of teamwork to put on this extravaganza is extensive. Behind the scenes, the Newport police and fire departments are working with the State Fire Marshal, R.I. State Police and even the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure the safety of all attending.

Sail Newport and Volvo representatives have worked tirelessly with the City of Newport and Discover Newport on myriad details. The volunteer recruitment is still underway. Thousands of three- to four-hour shifts will need volunteers working together as a team to make the event as successful as in 2015.

The first installment of four weeks of Volvo coverage begins this week on the center four pages. Enjoy learning about what’s to come. As of press night, Brad Read of Sail Newport reported that the “home team’s” Vestas 11th Hour Racing boat was in the lead, heading for Newport. Go, team!

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