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Things to do in Newport County this month

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Bond raised for mom of 8-year-old boy left dead in Houston apartment Republican governors lead attack on Biden vaccine mandate EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing health crisis, many events and gatherings have been canceled or rescheduled. Please visit the event's website, or contact the host organization for details on rescheduled events. © Contributed photo Through December 11, Simmons Farm offers goat hikes, where families can walk a leashed goat on a guided tour of the farm.© Discover Newport 2021 Newport Restaurant Week is November 5–14. Pictured: Seafood pasta from Midtown Oyster Bar.November Events in Newport Rhode Island Through November 14 • Start your engines! The exhibition The Street to the Strip: New England Hot Rods, 1945–1965 at the Audrain Automobile Museum through November 14 focuses on the vibrant hot car culture of the Northeast in the postwar years, and the people who designed, built and raced these creations; call 856-4420 or visit for details. November 4 Local storytellers spin improvised tales from their lives at Tell Newport, 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Theater; phone 239-4746 or visit @tell_newport on Instagram for details. More: Check out these Newport Restaurant Week deals and specials. November 5–14 Now in its 15th year, Newport Restaurant Week needs no introduction. With menus prepared by some of the island’s most creative chefs and deals and discounts (including BOGO and prix-fixe options), it’s a treat for local foodies and tourists alike. New this year is a home delivery option. For additional information, go to or November 9 In his lecture Oldport: The Romancing of the Colonial City, author and architectural historian John Tschirch uses his book Newport: The Artful City to explore the “discovery” of the city in the mid-19th century by both writers and architects. For tickets and information call 848-2787 or visit November 12 • Get your dancing shoes on and help Universal Promise, a Newport-based nonprofit that supports education programs for children in South Africa, celebrate its 10th year with a Birthday Bash Fundraiser. Expect drinks and hors d’oeuvres, an auction, raffle, an African drumming band, and disco. For tickets and information visit November 14 • The route for the Southcoast Health Aquidneck 10K Run/Walk takes participants along Middletown’s beaches and sand dunes, through a wildlife refuge, and past some stunning homes overlooking the Sakonnet River. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Norman Bird Sanctuary. For registration and information visit November 16 In a lecture based on his book Newport: The Artful City, architectural historian and author John Tschirch turns his attention to Newport in the early 20th century with The Nine Cities: Newport Layer by Layer. For tickets and information call 848-2787 or visit © Yukiko Nishirmura On November 19 Sara Davis Buechner will performs a solo piano recital at Emmanuel Church as part of Newport Classical’s Fall Chamber Series.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 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 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 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 ART EXHIBIT: Newport’s Redwood Library features art by Happy van Beuren 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 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 © 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 or email 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 © 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 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 © 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 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 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 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 December 14 • 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 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 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 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 The Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown offers guided bird walks and hiking tours; learn more at 846-2577 or Sample and sip your way through Newport on a Rhode Island Red Food Tour Thursday–Sunday at noon. Call 684-1110 or visit 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 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 The Newport Car Museum has nine new Porsches, including some not usually on display, in its Pop-Up Porsche Exhibit. Visit

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