Fall In Newport
Pull-on a sweater and enjoy the crisp, cool days of fall. Treat yourself with diner at 22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille, watch seals in Newport, grab a local craft brew, explore local shops, and get lost in an orchard picking the best apples our state has to offer.
🍂November 19 • As part of Newport Classical’s Fall Chamber Series, festival alumna and Yamaha artist Sara Davis Buechner performs a solo piano recital featuring Dvořák, Gershwin, Mozart and Federico Longa in the recital hall at Emmanuel Church. For tickets and information call 849-0700 or visit newportclassical.org. More: After 53 years, Newport Music Festival is changing its name to Newport Classical
🌲Welcome the return of the Gurney’s Newport Resort ice skating rink now through March, with skating 2–9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekends and holidays. They even rent skates!
🌲November 20 • The 15-foot poinsettia tree is back in the Great Hall at the Breakers, bringing with it the splendor of Christmas against the backdrop of Newport’s Gilded Age. The Preservation Society of Newport County’s Holidays at the Newport Mansions also features decorations at Marble House and The Elms, with its trademark evergreens, wreaths and decorated mantelpieces, through January 2. For holiday schedules and details, call 847-1000 or visit newportmansions.org.
Special mention should be made of Sparkling Lights at the Breakers, the outdoor holiday light show that made its pandemic debut last year and returns evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. through January 9, with the house, grounds and pathways festooned with an even more creative display of lights. Tickets are required; visit newportmansions.org.
The Audrain Automobile Museum rolls out a recently acquired fleet of collectible gems in Engineering + Design = Passion: The Nick Begovich Collection. In amassing his cache of cars, Begovich, a California-based engineer, often bought fresh off the assembly line. For information, call 856-4420 or visit audrainautomuseum.org.
🌲November 24 • Dancers — and their classic tale — will fill the exquisite first-floor salons and ballroom of Rosecliff for Island Moving Company’s A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff through December 3. Masks required; open to children 12 and older. For tickets and information call 847-4470 or visit islandmovingco.org.
🌲November 26 • The Newport Restoration Foundation’s A Rough Point Holiday offers an intimate — and interesting — look at Doris Duke’s lavish Newport home, with some rooms festively decorated and others “cloaked” for a long winter’s nap. Through January 2; call 847-8344 or visit newportrestoration.org. © Savana Dunning/Daily News photo 77 Third St. was the Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Christmas in Newport Doorway Decoration contest.December Events in Newport Rhode Island
🌲December 1–31 • Now in its 51st year, Christmas in Newport is another yuletide mainstay having to make adjustments due to health precautions. Events may still be up in the air, but CIN President Kathy MacKnight was able to confirm the return of the Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, and suggests that people continue to check the CIN website throughout December. “We’ll be updating that constantly,” she says. “We’re hoping for virtual concerts and events, like last year.” Noting that people seemed willing to add a little bit of Zoom to their holiday eggnog last year, MacKnight says she was pleasantly surprised at how the calendar filled up and hopes for more of the same in 2021. For information visit christmasinnewport.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Through
🌲December 11 • For a sweet diversion, Simmons Farm in Portsmouth is offering Goat Hikes Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Hikers are paired with a guide and a goat on a leash while socializing with the other farm animals and taking in the bucolic views. Tickets required; call 848-9910 or visit simmonsorganicfarmri.com. © Deb Kestler The annual tree-lighting ceremony at Bowen’s Wharf will be held December 4, 2021.
🌲December 2 • Author and Revolutionary War historian Norman Desmarais will discuss the events leading to the decisive battle of Yorktown in 1781, and the French occupation of Newport during the war, in his Newport Historical Society lecture Re-evaluating our French Allies. Desmarais re-examines the events via the diary of a French military officer who saw it all. Call 846-0813 or visit newporthistory.org for details.
🌲December 4 • Celebrate a seasonal kickoff at the 51st annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Bowen’s Wharf at 5:30 p.m. Watch the lighting of the spectacular Norway spruce, or catch the live stream on Facebook and/or Instagram at 6 p.m. For those who choose to be there in person, masks are required and shops will be open. For details, call 849-2243 or go to bowenswharf.com. © Peter Silvia/Newport Daily News file photo Friends of Lucy's Hearth volunteers Patricia Bailey and Jan Harley arrange wreaths for the 19th annual designer wreath and bake sale at the Easton's Beach Rotunda. Visit christmasinnewport.org for details about this year's sale.
🌲A true harbinger of the holidays, the Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale returns to the Easton’s Beach Rotunda with an abundant — and eclectic — display of volunteer-made wreaths, swags and table decorations. Doors open at 9 a.m., sale continues until noon, memories last forever. Visit christmasinnewport.org for details.
🌲December 4 & 5, 11 & 12 🌲 Bundle up, if necessary, and join fellow food lovers for the Newport Foodies Winter Stroll beginning at 5 p.m. For reservations call (508) 505-5299, or visit newportfoodiesstroll.com for details.
🌲December 11 • Enjoy Celtic music, eggnog and cookies, and take in exhibitions spotlighting Newport’s Irish heritage, at the Museum of Newport Irish History’s Christmas Open House. Complimentary admission; for details go to newportirishhistory.org.
🌲December 1 • St. George’s School ushers in the yuletide in spectacular fashion at its 110th annual Medieval Christmas Festival. Set in a Gothic chapel that seems to have been designed with this in mind, the service includes music, hymns, and a procession with the cast of the Nativity. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m.; seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required; please call 842-6736 or visit stgeorges.edu/christmas for information.
🌲December 18 • The Holiday Dinner Dance at the Breakers is a black-tie event featuring cocktails on the loggia, dinner in the great hall or dining room, dancing in the music room, and the whole place adorned in its holiday finery. Tickets are $400–$500; call 847-1000 or visit newportmansions.org. Ongoing Events In Newport County
🌲 At the other end of the island (and spectrum), historic Fort Adams is also open for self-guided or guided weekend tours — the latter offering “top-to-bottom” access to the 19th-century redoubt, including underground tunnels and the officers’ quarters. For details call 619-1511 or visit fortadams.org. • Newport History Tours offers an array of intimate walkabouts exploring Newport’s past Thursday–Monday at 11 a.m. (with occasional 4 p.m. tours added), departing from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames St. Holiday Lantern tours begin mid-November and run through mid-December. For details call 846-0813 or visit newporthistorytours.org.
🌲 The Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown offers guided bird walks and hiking tours; learn more at 846-2577 or normanbirdsanctuary.org.
🌲 Sample and sip your way through Newport on a Rhode Island Red Food Tour Thursday–Sunday at noon. Call 684-1110 or visit rhodeislandredfoodtours.com to learn more.
🌲 Enjoy live improv comedy featuring The Bit Players every Friday and Saturday evening at the Firehouse Theater in Newport; call 849-3473 or visit bitplayers.net to find out more.
🌲 The Tiverton Farmers Market is held 2–6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way in Tiverton. For details, call 474-1064 or visit tivertonfarmersmarket.com.
🌲 The Newport Car Museum has nine new Porsches, including some not usually on display, in its Pop-Up Porsche Exhibit. Visit newportcarmuseum.org.