It’s Festival Time

Last year Rolling Stone Magazine called it “the world’s most storied folk festival . . . filling the small beach town of Newport with many of the best musicians in the country.” Its popularity, the magazine continued, comes from the quality of the music, the intimacy of the performances, and the fact that “most big acts take a financial hit […]

Overflow Trash Plan Announced

Newport will soon implement a new aspect of the municipal trash program that has been in place since last fall. Under the city’s five-year agreement with Waste Management, each dwelling was supplied with trash and recycling carts to streamline collection procedures through automated trucks. A sticker-based “pay-as-you-throw” system was instituted for bulky items. Beginning Aug. 1, there will be a […]

BridgeFest Groups to Rock Around the Clock

Among the 50-plus musical headliners who will play at this year’s expanded BridgeFest, many have tolled for decades to achieve recognition. On the flip side, there’s Joe Sabourin, of My Mother’s Moustache, who eight months ago placed a call to Aaron Cote, and asked him how to be a professional musician. “He quit his job and did literally everything I […]

Unofficial Signs Urge Safe Streets

With their bright yellow backgrounds and sharp black lettering, the street signs sprouting up in a few Newport neighborhoods almost appear to be official city admonitions and are difficult to ignore. “Go Slow, Drive Like Your Family Lives Here,” command the signs, a brainchild of Lee Dipietro of Coggeshall Avenue. “I think the signs have made a little bit of […]

‘Revolutionary’ Exhibit at Antique Show

“Liberty Forever: Treasures from the Museum of the American Revolution” will offer an intimate look at people and events alongside the popular Newport Antiques Show. George Washington’s silver camp cups, c. 1777, used to serve wine to aides and guests in his battlefield tent; an inscribed power horn made in Warwick, Rhode Island and inscribed with the name Samuel Dudley; […]

St. Spyridon Celebrates Centennial

The pre-war photograph is the past, the present and the future; it is the beginning of the century and the middle; it is church, social hall, community, neighborhood; it is the history of an entire people in Newport. “You look at that picture and you can connect to my mother, my father, to uncles, aunts, cousins,” said Elaine Parkos Holder. […]

Visa Issues Stymie Ballet

The drama involving a ballet company’s visas may have surpassed the drama of the ballet that they staged for an Island Moving Co. performance this weekend. Months ago, as part of Island Moving Co.’s annual Great Friend Festival and Touring Program, the summer exchange where great dancers from exotic places come to Newport to swap steps, ideas and friendships, a […]


Grants for Local Writers Rhode Island writers who dream of spending a year working on their craft have until Aug. 7 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation. Established in 2003, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund awards up to three grants a year, rotating among composers, writers and visual artists on a three-year cycle. […]

For What It’s Worth

Back at a recent house call, closer examination of a portrait revealed very faint pencil notation on the stretcher stating: “Sandy Calder – Self portrait age 26.” This self portrait by Alexander Calder was a surprise to the owner. We valued the painting in the $50,000 – $80,000 price range. Will keep our readers informed of its outcome. — Federico […]

Of Road Signs, Tourists, and Safe Streets


Of late, the question of safe city streets in Newport, especially during the busy summer tourist season, has focused on speeding motorists and on large trucks and tour buses that often ply this city’s narrow, colonial-era roadways. First, there were the 20 or so residents who, earlier this month, expressed their concerns about safety on Memorial Boulevard to state officials. […]