2018-10-04 / Mainsheet

Third Annual Culinary Adventure


Patricia and Torre Peterson Patricia and Torre Peterson The Newport Historical Society creates an edible history experience each fall. This year, on Sept. 22, the event evoked a community-wide celebration held in 1918 to salute the end of World War I. Cochaired by Susan Jacquet and Elizabeth Leatherman, the event was held on the lawn at the Great Friends Meeting House and featured music, libations, recipes and automobiles from the period.

The event recalled a time when the Newport County community came together to contribute to the war effort. Between 1914, when the war began, and 1917, when the U.S. joined its allies in the fight, individual Newporters went to France to start hospitals and to join the Air Force. Others raised money to support the war effort. When the U.S. entered the war, citizens on the home front enlisted, continued to raise money and supported the troops in many ways, including by farming and conserving food.


Photos by Andrea Hansen Photos by Andrea Hansen McGrath Clambakes adapted the dinner dishes from authentic period recipes, and the drinks were WWI inventions. Costumed reenactors mingled with guests and toasted, danced and told stories. Guests were united in remembering an important time in Newport’s history and saluting their valiant antecedents.

The Historical Society thanks also Point Wine and Spirits, the Audrain Auto Museum, “The 88th Army Band, the Governor’s Own,” and the Lafayette Band, Dick Shappy of Warwick and all those who came together.




Elizabeth Leatherman and Susan Jacquet, cochairs Elizabeth Leatherman and Susan Jacquet, cochairs

Army soldier Matt Payson and Red Cross nurse Jessica Hanley Army soldier Matt Payson and Red Cross nurse Jessica Hanley

Jody Kuss, Richard Crisson, Mallory Andrews, Jesse de la Rama, and Rod O’Hanley Jody Kuss, Richard Crisson, Mallory Andrews, Jesse de la Rama, and Rod O’Hanley

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