New Hotel Plan Moves Forward

Plans to construct a 57-room boutique hotel on the corner of America’s Cup Avenue and Long Wharf took a first step forward on Oct. 2, when the Newport Planning Board unanimously voted to approve a demolition permit for the existing two-story, brick-facade building. Board Chair Kim Salerno recused herself from the hearing on the permit due to a conflict of […]

Newport’s Lost Grand Hotels

Newport seems to be in the midst of a building boom with three hotel proposals before various boards and commissions. Newport’s reputation as a Gilded Age resort is renowned, and the Newport name has come to embody elegance, resort charm and luxury. But where and when did the reputation first begin? In fact, the present day is by no means […]

Lucy’s Hearth Opens Its Doors to Men

Homelessness doesn’t discriminate based on gender. And now Aquidneck Island’s only shelter has recognized this fact. Lucy’s Hearth, a 24-hour emergency and transitional shelter that previously only served women and their children, is now opening its doors to men in order to better serve the community. Along with welcoming all Rhode Islanders, Jennifer Barrera, program director for the nonprofit organization, […]

A Community Connection

Conversation with Brewer Rowe

Brewer Rowe is a man you may recognize around town, but you’re not sure how you know him. Frankly, the possibilities are endless. Maybe you frequented the Newport Athletic Club in the 1980s and remember an energetic boy with curly brown hair and a penchant for soccer. You may recognize the face from when he was a caddy at Newport […]

Local Food Challenge Makes ‘Huge Impact’

By many accounts, this year’s Aquidneck Island Food Challenge was a fun way for participants to challenge themselves by eating local food. By Bevan Linsley’s account, the weeklong event was a smashing success for the community and for her nonprofit organization, Aquidneck Community Table (ACT), which organized the challenge. “We more than doubled our participants from last year,” said Linsley, […]

Master Gardener of the Year Named

The University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program recognized its Master Gardener of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Gardening Project of the Year as part of the program’s celebration of its 40th anniversary. “We have an incredibly talented group of about 600 Master Gardeners who serve as community educators for Cooperative Extension,” said Vanessa Venturini, the state leader […]

Bonfire and Family Day

The Middletown Prevention Coalition is hosting its annual free Family Day, on Friday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Second Beach. There will be glow in the dark games and a bonfire, so bring chairs, beach towels or blankets. Family Day celebrates the simple, everyday things parents do with their kids, like sharing a meal, playing a game […]

Benson Book Signing

The Newport Art Museum will host an artist talk and book signing with exhibiting artist Christopher W. Benson on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. The talk will take place in the Museum’s Cushing Building, where Benson’s exhibition, “Pictures & Windows: The Paintings of Christopher W. Benson from 1975 to 2017,” is currently on view. Seating is limited and reservations […]

Broadway Street Fair, Saturday, Oct. 7 Updates

Pumpkin Painting Paint mini-pumpkins at Marlborough Park’s Downtown Designs. There will be a gallery opening with music and refreshments too. Pie-Jousting Come watch or join in Bike Newport’s “Bike-Pie-Jousting” ongoing event near City Hall. They will also be registering bikes, to hopefully deter those nimble-fingered folks, and have a few bikes up for adoption, too. Paint a Rock More than […]

For What It’s Worth

Pictured is a Currier & Ives engraving, a small size with edge tears and staining titled “Trotting Mare Nancy Hanks.” The size and condition plus subject relates to value. If in perfect condition, this example would retail for $200 plus, but as is, it is worth under $100. –Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060. Do you have a treasured […]