Calendar of events for January/February 2022


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The festive decorations that mark the Preservation Society of Newport County’s holiday at Newport Mansions remain on view through January 2 at The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms. Call 847-1000 or visit newportmansions.org.

A little further up Bellevue Avenue, A Rough Point Holiday by the Newport Restoration Foundation is also open until January 2. Call 847-8344 or visit newportrestoration.org.

The Audrain Automobile Museum is deploying a park of nuggets recently acquired in Engineering + Design = Passion / Nick Begovich Collection. Begovich, a California-based engineer, often bought his cars fresh off the assembly line. Until February 20; call 856-4420 or visit audrainautomuseum.org for more information.

If it’s a Tuesday evening in January, head to the Tapas and Tequila Tasting Experience from 5-9pm at the Viking Hotel. Recharge your taste buds by pairing seasonal Spanish dishes with cleanly served tequila. Call 847-3300 or visit hotelviking.com.

Sailors’ valentines are intricate seashell creations that sailors traditionally gave to their lovers upon returning from the sea. The romance and art form are on display in Gifts from the Sea: Sailors’ Valentines, with new interpretations by local artisan Happy van Beuren, until March 6 at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum; call 847-0292 or visit redwoodlibrary.org.

Learn the ins and outs — and the dips and twirls — of ballroom dancing at Island Moving Company’s Adult Ballroom Dancing Class, Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m. For details, call 849-8473 or visit islandmovingco.org.

Enjoy an afternoon of skating by the harbor – or glide under a starry Newport night – at Gurney’s Ice Skating Rink. Bring your own blades or rent them and then warm up in an igloo. Call 849-2600 or visit gurneysresorts.com/newport for times and rates.

The journey from local gardens to your winter table begins at Aquidneck Growers Markets, now at its new winter location at Stoneacre Garden, 151 Swinburne Row in Newport, Saturday 9am-noon and Wednesday 2pm-5pm. h. Find out at aquidneckcommunitytable.org.

Top up your winter supply by stocking up on freshly baked breads, pies, cookies and other treats at the Newport Vineyards Bakery on weekends on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. For more information, call 848-5161 or visit newportvineyards.com.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown offers guided bird walks and Wednesday walks (weather permitting); call 846-2577 or visit normanbirdsanctuary.org for schedule information.

Enjoy live improv comedy featuring The Bit Players every Friday and Saturday night at the Firehouse Theater in Newport; call 849-3473 for tickets and times or visit bitplayers.net for details.

January

1

Gather at noon on Easton Beach to watch – or join – the intrepid participants who go all out for the 18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for A Wish Come True. Call 781-9199 or visit awish.org.

6

Local storytellers have 10 minutes to tell impromptu stories of their lives at Tell Newport, 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre; call 239-4746 or visit @tell_newport on Instagram.

8

Opening night of the 2022 Newport Biennale, the Newport Art Museum’s annual juried exhibition, showcases an array of works in a variety of media by artists from across the region. The show continues until May 29; call 848-8200 or visit newportartmuseum.org.

19

Historian Carolyn Magnus presents Frederick Douglass: Slave, Free Man, American, in which she discusses the lasting legacy of the 19th-century abolitionist and social reformer, at 6:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Free Public Library; call 683-9457 ext. 113 or visit portsmouthlibrary.org.

21

Newport Classical, née Newport Music Festival, features Spanish concert pianist and series favorite Daniel del Pino performing Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia Suite, at 7:30 p.m. at the Emmanuel Church Recital Hall. For tickets and information, call 849-0700 or visit newportclassical.org.

22

Spring Bull Gallery’s Fakes and Forgeries is exactly what the title suggests. With a reverential nod to the Old Masters, as well as the greats of the 19th and 20th centuries, artists select a painting and copy it, sometimes in a not so reverential vein. The exhibition continues until February 27. Visit springbullgallery.com for details.

Learn how to make the titular cheese (and savor taste pairings with local wines and beers) at Simmons Farm’s Mozzarella Cheese-Making Class from 3-6 p.m. Class size limited to five; visit simmonsorganicfarmri.com for details.

26

Local historian and educator Fred Zillian discusses the roots, economics, and legacy of slavery in the Ocean State in his talk Slavery in Colonial Rhode Island, 6 p.m. at the Public Library in Middletown. For more details, visit middletownpubliclibrary.org.

31

An hour might not be long enough for the Portsmouth Free Public Library’s Binge Club, a monthly opportunity for avid binge watchers to share their thoughts (and grievances) on a favorite TV series. Tonight’s topic: Schitt’s Creek. 6-7 p.m.; call 683-9457 ext. 113 or visit portsmouthlibrary.org to find out more.

February

3

Local storytellers have 10 minutes to tell impromptu stories of their lives at Tell Newport, 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre; call 239-4746 or visit @tell_newport on Instagram.

4 & 5

Bundle up and join other foodies for the Newport Foodies Winter Stroll starting at 6 p.m. To reserve, call (508) 505-5299 or visit newportfoodiesstroll.com.

5

An interesting concept for a show, now in its third iteration, opening at the Newport Art Museum. Call & Response presents three artists invited to select pieces from the museum’s collection – paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, textiles – and draw inspiration from them to create one or more original works of art. Until May 1; call 848-8200 or visit newportartmuseum.org for details.

ten

A new season for local artists and the art lovers who support them begins with the return of Newport Gallery Night on the second Thursday of every month from 5-8pm. For details, call 935-8591 or visit newportgalleries.org.

11 & 12

Bundle up, if necessary, and join other foodies for the Newport Foodies Winter Stroll starting at 6 p.m. To reserve, call (508) 505-5299 or visit newportfoodiesstroll.com for details.

12

An exhibition curated from the Newport Art Museum’s permanent collection, Above/Below features landscapes seen from far above – and far below – the earth’s surface. Until April 24; visit newportartmuseum.org for details.

18

Newport Classical, née Newport Music Festival, features piano-wind chamber music group Poulenc Trio performing new works commissioned by the ensemble at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Church. For tickets and information, call 849-0700 or visit newportclassical.org.

18 & 19

Join other foodies for the Newport Foodies Winter Stroll starting at 6 p.m.; call (508) 505-5299 or visit newportfoodiesstroll.com for details.

18–27

More than 30 local restaurants welcome the return of the Newport Burger Bender, a culinary competition in which local chefs transform the standard burger, then compete for your vote. Visit DiscoverNewport.org for details.

19–27

Historic Fort Adams is open for guided tours (weather permitting), providing access above and below ground to the 19th-century redoubt, including the underground listening tunnels and quarters of the officers. For more details, call 619-1511 or visit fortadams.org.

25 & 26

Join other foodies for the Newport Foodies Winter Stroll starting at 6 p.m.; call (508) 505-5299 or visit newportfoodiesstroll.com for details.

26

Another high-octane display from Audrain’s car museum, A New Age of Supercars starts with some rare four-wheeled icons from the 1980s and 90s, then moves on to today’s hybrid, super and hyper cars. today. Call 856-4420 or visit audrainautomuseum.org for details.

27

Taking place at two venues designed for weddings (Rosecliff and OceanCliff) and featuring over 80 exhibitors showcasing bridal checklist essentials – from dresses, accessories and gifts to food and cocktails – the Newport Wedding Show sponsored by Audrain Hospitality Group is a Xanadu of the engaged couple. For more information, visit newportweddingshow.com.

28

An hour might not be long enough for the Portsmouth Free Public Library’s Binge Club, a monthly offering for avid binge-watchers to share their thoughts (and grievances) on a favorite TV series. 6-7 p.m.; call 683-9457 ext 113 or visit portsmouthlibrary.org.

Events may change due to the ongoing health crisis; please check with the sponsor before making any plans.

*All phone numbers are area code 401 unless otherwise specified.

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