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September 22nd, 2015 · Uncategorized

Saturday, September 26, 7-11 PM at the Waterfront Center-Fort Adams State Park  

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The Boat Show is concluded,  kids are back at school, fall is on the way and we have had one of the most successful years in Sail Newport’s history. We want to celebrate, thank our incredible members and supporters and enjoy our waterfront facility. This is a no-fuss, no dress-up party – just come and be with friends and have a great time

  • Come enjoy the spectacular view from our “backyard”
  • Cocktails – Open Bar
  • Live music by “The Honky Tonk Knights” and dancing
  • Food (Catering by Blue Rocks): Ingrid’s team will prepare , hot off the grill burgers and sausages, a fresh caprese salad, sweet potato fries, clam chowder and chili station then dessert.
  • Live auction items: Sunsail Charters, Private yacht experience and more!


*A water shuttle will be running courtesy of Oldport Marine from Sayer’s Wharf in downtown to the party at Fort Adams, starting at 6:30pm and will turn into the “Boom Boom Shuttle” for the return trip back to downtown for everyone to enjoy the last few hours of the night at the Boom Boom Room at the Clarke Cooke House!


$85 per person, $75 for member ticket, 21+ only.

Boatload of ten for $700 (bring your staff, boat crew or group of friends)

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The Art Of Preservation At 20

May 13th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Thursday, May 28th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m

The Art of Preservation at 20: PPS Marks Two Decades of its Most Endangered Properties List with an Exhibition of Photographs

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The Providence Preservation Society and Local Photographers Highlight Threats to the City’s Architectural Heritage

Providence, RI (May 12, 2015)The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will celebrate 20 years of its Most Endangered Properties (MEP) program with the opening of the Most Endangered Properties 20th Anniversary Photo Exhibit on Thursday, May 28th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. in the atrium ofat the Peerless Building at 150 Union St. in downtown Providence.The project features images by the city’s most talented photographers that beautifully document the history of the Endangered Properties list and presents a Retrospective of Providence’s 20 most significant preservation stories from the last two decades – highlighting the successes of the program and exploring lessons learned from buildings that have been lost.

 Each year, the Society compiles the Ten Most Endangered Properties List with the help of concerned members of the public, and the goal of engaging the public, building owners, and developers in finding workable solutions. This year’s Exhibit celebrates its founding as the public’s voice on behalf of these buildings; recognizes a part of Providence’s current and historic past; and examines the successes and losses. “The Most Endangered Properties Retrospective gives us an opportunity to celebrate the places we’ve saved and learn from the buildings we’ve lost,” says PPS Executive Director Brent Runyon. “By exploring these stories, we will become better stewards of this historic city.”

 Whether the threat was arson, neglect, insensitive public policy, or inappropriate development, each of these properties tells a story about our past. In this, the artists are key. Photographer Stephanie Ewens, whose work has been featured in the Exhibit several times, says, “My photography is always about telling a story. Though I usually document human stories, these buildings each have a character inside them that can get lost as neighborhoods evolve. The Most Endangered Exhibit lets us, local photographers, bring the buildings alive again.” In addition to photos taken over the past two decades, the exhibit will also include new work focusing on the twenty retrospective properties by students and mentors from AS220 and New Urban Arts. Curated by Neal Walsh, Gallery Director at AS220, the exhibit is being coordinated by longtime PPS collaborator Linda Powell Fitzgerald.

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Among those included in the 20-Year Retrospective is the Cranston Street Armory, a castle-like structure of yellow brick with copper flashing, topped with a slate roof, and frequently listed on PPS’ MEP (7 times in the past 20 years, including the 2015 list). Built in 1907, the Armory was constructed to house the Rhode Island National Guard, which occupied the building until 1996. Since then, this Providence Landmark has been largely underutilized, but was reactivated when Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted his inaugural celebration in the building. The Providence Produce Warehouse is also featured in the Retrospective. Built in 1929 and utilized as a multi-vendor meat and produce distribution site for local and regional restaurants until its last vendor vacated in 1999. While on the MEP three times since the early 2000s, Providence lost this building to demolition in 2008.

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Along with images of each of the 20 properties in the Retrospective, the Photo Exhibit will also include a MEP timeline. PPS invites the public to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and view Providence’s historical assets as captured by another of the city’s assets – its artists – on Thursday, May 28 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm (please note, reception time has extended since previous announcements).

 Funding for this free, public event is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funders. This retrospective exhibit was also made possible with support from the June Rockwell Levy Foundation and Dr. Joseph A. Chazan. The exhibit space within the Peerless Building was generously donated by Cornish Associates.

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Women Holding Office: Changing the Conversation

May 11th, 2015 · Uncategorized

A special thank you to all those who attended this year’s 7th Annual Women Holding Office Celebration!  

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YWCA Rhode Island partnered with DuoPictures to create a fourth documentary about women in politics. Women Holding Office: Changing the Conversation premiered at the 7th annual Women Holding Office Celebration on May 4, 2015 at Kirkbrae County Club.

 The short historical film focuses on the first woman to be elected Governor in Rhode Island and how that is changing the conversation around women’s political leadership. The documentary features U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea.

 To view the documentary click here.

 YWCA Rhode Island is committed to supporting women who hold office and women planning to run for office as well as encouraging women to become more involved in the electoral process.

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Newport: Volvo Ocean Race

May 8th, 2015 · Uncategorized


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NEWPORT, R.I. (May 7, 2015) - Kyle and Emily, students at local Salve Regina University, are enjoying a beverage in the Heineken beer garden on another sun-splashed day at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village. Both are Rhode Islanders, from Scituate and Foster, respectively, but neither sails. They’re amazed, however, at the spectacle that is the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover.

 “It’s cool that our small state was able to land this international race,” said Kyle. “I didn’t know much about it, but it’s very cool that it’s here in Newport.”

 “It’s so interactive,” said Emily. “There’s so much technology involved. I’ve never seen anything like it in Newport. It’s amazing.”  

The early reviews of the Race Village at Fort Adams State Park are all positive, especially after last night’s arrivals. Dongfeng Race Team and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing finished within three and a half minutes of each other in an astoundingly close finish that saw the two crews jockeying for the lead through the final miles of the 5,010-nautical mile leg from Brazil that took 17 days to complete.

Even though they finished past 10 p.m. on a school night, there were an estimated 7,000 people in the race village and at Brenton Point State Park watching and cheering and close to 200 boats on the water. The Newport Artillery Company fired a cannon each time a crew crossed the finish line off Fort Adams.

 “I think last night the City of Newport blew every stopover out of the water in terms of how many people showed up and the number of boats,” said Sam Greenfield, the 27-year-old part-time Newporter from Mystic, Conn., who’s the onboard reporter for leg winner Dongfeng.

 “Auckland (New Zealand) had a lot of boats for a while, but in terms of being swamped and surrounded by motor boats, it almost felt like we’d won the race overall,” Greenfield said. “Boats were coming up and trying to high five us, it was unbelievable.”

 Matt Knighton, Greenfield’s counterpart on Abu Dhabi, had similar feelings.

 “It was very cool,” said 31-year-old Knighton, of Chicago, Ill. “Every stopover we have a flotilla that welcomes us in but this was the first one that had American flags flying off the back of the boats. It was really cool to see that and hear some familiar accents.”

“All of the stopovers have a different feel, but none of them have boats sailing back and forth in the Race Village. There are hundreds of boats on the water every day. The nautical setup here is unlike any other race village we’ve been to,” said Knighton.

 A smaller group of fans even stuck around until 3:30 a.m. when the hometown team, Team Alvimedica, crossed the finish line after battling light winds and an ebb tide. At one point the ebb tide was winning, sweeping Alvimedica out of Narragansett Bay and away from the finish line. The crew needed 90 minutes to get from Castle Hill to the finish line off Fort Adams, a distance of less than 1 mile. Still, there were 35 boats on the water and a few dozen people in the Race Village to welcome the crew with strong ties to Newport.

 “If you want a passionate fan base and to fill seats, you look at the pure numbers, Newport’s going to be a great stopover,” said skipper Charlie Enright of Bristol, R.I., at 30 the youngest skipper of the youngest crew in the race.


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Volvo Ocean Race Newport Schedule

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Audubon Society of Rhode Island

May 5th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day

Audubon Environmental Education Center

Bristol, RI

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June 6, 2015

 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center will be free on the first Saturday of every month, courtesy of a grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation.

 Families can explore environmental exhibits representing Rhode Island’s diverse habitats, from upland meadow and cornfields to wetlands, salt marshes and the Narragansett Bay shoreline.

Situated on the beautiful 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, visitors can enjoy nature trails.

 We Love Wetlands!

Wetlands are the most biologically diverse ecosystem! At the Environmental Education Center, wetlands are home to turtles, frogs, ducks, and more. Join us for a day celebrating this important habitat.

10:00 am to 2:00 pm: Wetlands Craft Table

10:00 am: Wetlands Nature Story

11:00 am and 2:30 pm: Wetlands Walk

1:00 pm: Wetlands Bingo

2:00 pm: Turtle Interview

Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

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May 4th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Opening Ceremony of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village

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 Fort Adams State Park, Newport, R.I.

 Tuesday, May 5, 2015

3 p.m.: Race Village opens to public

3:30 p.m.: Parade of school children celebrating nationalities of Volvo Ocean Race teams with high school sailing teams on the water

3:45 p.m.: Navy Northeast Band performs

4 p.m.: Opening Ceremony begins

4:30 p.m.: Pier ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by “Dock Party” concert with Newport band Chelley, Bill and Dyl

7:00 p.m.: “Dock Party” ends, Race Village closes

(Schedule subject to change)

 R.I. Governor Gina Raimondo, Congressman David N. Ciccillini, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read (Guest list subject to change)

 The Volvo Ocean Race is a global circumnavigation race that began last October in Alicante, Spain, and finishes in June in Gothenburg, Sweden. It visits 10 ports in 10 countries over the course of nine months. Newport was announced as the only stopover in North America on Feb. 5, 2013. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover is scheduled May 5-17. The Race Village is open daily and admission is free to all ages. There is a parking fee of $10 or $20 at Fort Adams State Park May 9-17.

 The Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover is hosted with the support from the State of Rhode Island, DEM, the City of Newport and Discover Newport.

Port sponsors include Sweden-based SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest-products company, and 11th Hour Racing, which seeks to create systemic change for the improved health of our oceans. Other sponsors include Heineken, Cox, Sunsail, Metlife, Mt. Gay Rum, Bell Helicopter, Castle Hill Inn, National Biodiesel Board, Moet & Chandon, M32 North America, Marriott Newport, Hotel Viking, The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and Hyatt Regency. Media sponsors  include Channel 10/WJAR TV, The Newport Daily News, Coast 93.3/iHeart Radio and Sailing World. In addition, Viti Volvo, Newport Restaurant Group, Lila Delman Real Estate, Sea Corp., Rhode Island Bay Cruises, Gustave White, The Hinckley Company, Team Alvimedica, Focal and Dimeo Construction also join the sponsors of the Newport Stopover.


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Volvo Ocean Race Newport Schedule

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Women Holding Office

May 3rd, 2015 · Uncategorized


Women Holding Office

7th annual celebration

Monday, May 4, 2015

6pm to 8pm

Kirkbrae Country Club

Lincoln, RI

 tickets: $25

may be reserved in advance

limited seating


complimentary hors d’oeuvres

cash bar

keynote speaker

Jessica Grounds


Running Start

Washington, DC


Nellie M. Gorbea

Secretary of State

Isabelle Ahearn O’Neill Award


Arlene Violet

Rhode Island Attorney General



Women Holding Office

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Sidewalk RISD

April 23rd, 2015 · Uncategorized

RISD Street Sale Coming Up Soon!


Saturday May 2nd, on Benefit Street


Lots of amazing work by RISD Artists.  


See you there!

Find us online here:


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Court House Center For The Arts

April 20th, 2015 · Uncategorized

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Sunday series continues with Executive Session May 17th at 2:30~ Celtic Music

This trio has come together to create contemporary music with the wood flute, grand piano, and percussion. The sonic terrain is at once new and historic and composed and improvised. There is inspiration from many forms of music including, Appalachian, Scottish, Irish, jazz. All members have extensive recordings and have played tours both in the US and abroad.


Glenn Hardy is known for his solo piano improvisations, compositions and as keyboardist for top jazz and blues groups. After music studies at The University of the Pacific, Glenn established the Harpsichord Workshop of San Francisco, a center devoted to the building and maintenance of early keyboard instruments.

Mance Grady is a master of a broad range of percussion instruments including the Irish Bodhran, djembe, and congas. He often appears as guest clinician at places such as Berklee College of Music is also recognized as a master drum maker.

Sunday, May 17th at 2:30

Tickets are $15

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April 19th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Gearing Up For Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

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NEWPORT, RI (April 17, 2015) - The first twelve of over 100 containers that will create the infrastructure for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover, arrived today at Fort Adams. The first group came by ship from Auckland NZ, landed in Philadelphia and were trucked to Newport. Team SCA owns the containers which will make a large hospitality pavilion and team compound for their sailing team. The entire village will be under construction through May 4 to complete the plan to structures to house the international sailing event.

The Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s preeminent circumnavigation race, visits Newport, R.I., May 5-17. Hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, the State of RI, Dept. of Environmental Management, Discover Newport and the City of Newport.  The upcoming 12-day Race Village and celebration is Volvo Ocean Race’s only scheduled visit to North America during this the nine-month around-the-world sailing marathon.

 Taking place over four oceans, five continents and featuring seven teams, the Volvo Ocean Race is the longest sporting event in the world. It pits the toughest sailors against nature and some of the harshest elements in a glorious demonstration of human endurance.

Newport and the state of Rhode Island have a long history of hosting international sailing events, foremost of which was the America’s Cup but also many one-design world championships. This is the first time that the Volvo Ocean Race, inaugurated more than 40 years ago in 1973-’74, will visit the “City by the Sea” in the “Ocean State.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race-and the incredible sailors who race their boats through some hair-raising conditions-to Newport and Rhode Island,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “Rhode Island, and Newport in particular, has very strong ties with the international sailing community, and we consider it a huge honor and show of respect to host the only North American stopover.”

“I want to thank all of the companies and people who are helping to make the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover the best that’s ever been in North America,” said Brad Read, the Executive Director of Sail Newport. “It’s no small feat hosting this stopover, but we couldn’t be happier welcoming the Volvo Ocean Race to town. Newport and Rhode Island are iconic destinations for sailors around the world and we’re going to have a raucous welcome for the crews.”

 The Volvo Ocean Race began last October in Alicante, Spain. It has since visited five countries: South Africa, the U.A.E., China, New Zealand and, most recently, Brazil.

On Sunday, April 19, the seven crews are scheduled to embark on Leg 7, from Itajaí, Brazil, to Newport, R.I. It is a 5,000-nautical mile (5,700 statute miles) leg that takes the crews up the South Atlantic, across the Equator and into the North Atlantic before the final approach to Newport. The leaders could arrive as early as May 5, depending on the conditions the sailors encounter on the open ocean.

During the stopover a Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will be open May 5-17, every day into the early evening. and admission is free. Visitors of the America’s Cup World Series Newport in June 2012 will remember many exhibits and interactive displays. Those and many more are planned for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover. From bumper boats for children to zip lines, cross sections of the Volvo Ocean 65, the race sailboat used in the race, and concerts there’ll be no shortage of activity.

An educational Exploration Zone, open May 9-17 and also with free admission, will host interactive exhibits for all ages. Exploration Zone themes include marine science and technology, geography and culture, sustainability and mathematics. A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Exploration Zone is scheduled Saturday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Adams State Park.

The first weekend of the stopover includes daily action on the water with many different boats of all sizes competing in races and all viewable from the shoreline of Fort Adams State Park. A Youth Regatta is planned May 9-10. Another regatta featuring disabled combat veterans is planned May 12-13.

In Newport, the Volvo Ocean Race crews return to the water on May 14 for a day of practice racing. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Pro-Am Racing is scheduled for May 15, followed by the In-Port Race on May 16 and the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 start on May 17.

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