Newport Naked - Summer 2014

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What is table wine? In the United States table wine does not exceed 14% alcohol. Wines that do exceed 14% are referred to as dessert wines. In Europe table wine can refer to a lower classification of wine. At Greenvale we have two table wines: the Meritage, a Bordeaux-style wine which is one of our two delicious reds, and also the very popular Skipping Stone White, a blend of Cayuga and Vidal grapes. How long does it take once you plant your vines to get a drinkable bottle of wine? At Greenvale it can take up to seven years to taste the wine from grapes planted that many years before. For instance, with our chardonnays, we learned in the mid-nineties that the fruit from a four year old vine was noticeably less balanced than the fruit from a five year old vine. The sugar and the acids were unbalanced. A year later there was a better relationship between the sugar and the acidities. The youthful characteristics of wine produced from the grapes of younger vines mellows once it’s given a chance to age. As the plants mature, those youthful characteristics also mature, therefore, with new plants, we expect that what we plant will be in the tasting room for sale seven years later. The key word in the question is "drinkable" and we have a high standard for drinkable. What is estate wine? Estate wine is wine that is produced entirely (technically, 95%) from grapes owned by the same winery. The vineyards do not have to be continuous, but must be within the same appellation (growing areas designated by geography and the government). At Greenvale we only make wine from the grapes that we grow on our 73-acre operation, of which 27 acres are vineyards. What type of wine is more acidic? Speaking in generalities, wines that are aged in stainless steel are more acidic. Another word for acidic is “crisp.” Crisp wines tend

to make exceptional food wine. Wines that are aged in oak barrels often go through a secondary fermentation known as malo-lactic fermentation, which helps to soften the acidity (think dairy/lactic Burberry and MacIntosh products as opposed to apples!) The oak also mellows the acidity. Other factors include the acidity in the soil and the climate in general: cooler regions = crisp wines. Our wines will always have some acidity again because of the nature of the soil and our cooler temps. How long do vines produce fruit? There are vines known to be over a hundred years old. Like any vegetation, vines are susceptible to disease which can shorten life expectancy. They can also be lost to lightening, hurricanes or extreme weather. Varietals can also dictate the life span; for example, Zinfandels tend to exceed Chardonnay in age. In Southeastern New England, growing grapes is a new old tradition; we don't know how long our vines will produce. We can say that our oldest plants are 50 years old and they are still producing great fruit. Generally as the plants age they produce less fruit. That’s good for our purposes because our plants are so vigorous, we spend an entire growing season pruning those plants to produce less fruit because it’s better for the wine and better for the plant. No signs yet of plants too old to produce great fruit. Stop by the tasting room for some wine and conversation sometime. I have lots more fun wine info to share with you. As for those steer? Their names are Burberry and MacIntosh, and they arrived from Denys Couzzens’s farm by way of the Portsmouth Abby fifteen years ago. We got them to help clear brush…who knew that they would rival our pet dogs as Greenvale's mascots? • summer 2014 11

Cucumber Cooler

Served in a highball glass. Ingredients hendricks gin st. germaine liquor limeade soda water Add 2.5 oz of hendricks gin and .5 oz. of st. germaine to a glass with 1 - 2 slices of cucumber. Muddle the cucumber, fill the glass with ice, and add a splash of limeade before shaking. Top off the glass with soda water, garnish with a cucumber slice, and enjoy.

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Weeds flowers. A close look at the plant reveals tiny hairs that climb the stem on one side and then switch to the other at the leaf junction. This is a good reference point for making sure you are eating the right plant. What’s so great about this little fella? Chickweed has edible, medicinal, and herbal properties. From a nutrient standpoint, it is high in vitamin C, calcium, iron, ascorbic acid, betacarotene, coumarins, gamma-linolenic acid, oleic acid, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin and zinc. Chickweed (stems, leaves, and flowers) can be added raw to salads, smoothies, juices, sandwiches, and wraps, or used as an edible garnish. It can be cooked like spinach and used in soups, on pizzas, or in appetizers. If heating or using in warm foods, it is best to add the plant at the last minute to preserve its nutrients. A fab dish is placing your eggs, omelet, or fritta-

ta over a bed of raw chickweed. Externally it can be used for any skin condition. Examples include skin irritations such as eczema, diaper rash, nettle rash, itching, skin eruptions, hemorrhoids, cuts, and burns. Herbalist Lynn Murdock makes organic chickweed tinctures for herbal and medicinal purposes. She explains that it is a nourishing tonic for improving overall energy levels. It has an alkalizing effect on the blood, and is used to treat hyperacidity of diet, which is generally caused by an insufficient intake of fresh greens. It also helps to speed fat metabolism, and can therefore be useful for weight reduction. You can visit Lynn’s website at, and a variety of her tinctures are available in our office at 195 Broadway, Newport. • summer 2014 19

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¼ cup pineapple chunks ½ mango, diced 8 ounces of water 1 handful of baby spinach or kale 2 tablespoons of chickweed (flowers and leaves) Prepare by blending all ingredients with three ice cubes. If using frozen fruit, you can omit the ice.

Chickweed Pesto 2-3 cloves of garlic 3 tablespoons of pine nuts or sunflower seeds ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt 2 packed cups of chopped fresh chickweed ½ cup olive oil a third of a cup of Parmesan cheese (variation: 1 cup basil and 1 cup chickweed) Prepare by mixing all ingredients in a blender

Chickweed Egg Salad 3 hardboiled eggs 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (or to taste) 1 tablespoon chopped chickweed 1 tablespoon chopped scallions 1 dash cayenne pepper Prepare by mashing the eggs with a fork, adding the other ingredients, mixing well, and chilling.

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ne night, during a vicious rainstorm, a Newport family on Tuckerman Avenue heard something strange at their back door. When they investigated, they were shocked to find their cat waiting outside, soaked to the bone and happy to be home. Why were they shocked? Because a month earlier, they had given the cat to friends who lived over in Jamestown. Now we have all heard stories of animals that find their way home from great distances. It’s touching and inspiring, but not incredibly uncommon. The amazing thing about this particular case was that it occurred back before the Newport Bridge was built. Sure, there could be a couple of explanations. One is that the cat made it onto the ferry and simply floated across. Another is that it stowed away on a boat that sailed over and docked in the Harbor. And a third is that the tenacious little bugger ran down to the beach, splashed into the water, and kitty-paddled straight across the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. I prefer to believe in this third possibility, not because it is most likely, but because it illustrates just how difficult it used to be to travel onto and off of Aquidneck Island. Humans first reached this part of the world about ten thousand years ago, ending the long journey out of Africa that had been underway for over 50 thousand years. Of course, way back then they did not have to swim to get to what is now Newport. Back then the last Ice Age was only slowly ending. Its long advance

had lowered the world’s sea level by as much as four hundred feet, meaning Aquidneck Island was not an island at all. Those early humans simply walked right over, the same way their distant ancestors had crossed a land bridge from the Asian continent to what is now Alaska. The ice pack not only lowered the water level, it also cleaved deep canyons into the landscape, canyons that would eventually contain the bay. After thousands of years of melting, the water level again rose, filling those channels and making our home the beautiful island it is today. Those ancient Indians surely crafted rafts and canoes to help them cross to the mainland, and more than a few of them probably braved the swim, but it is not inconceivable to think that many of them were born, lived, and died without ever leaving our shores. When the English settlers arrived in 1638, the only advantage they had over those Indians was better boats. Because of this, the first colonial generations born on-island probably left only slightly more often than their Indian predecessors (come to think of it, I hardly ever leave even now). It was not until about 1675 that some form of ferry service carried people to Conanicut Island (Jamestown) and then on to the mainland, an option that still exists today. Another early ferry location was on the narrow Sakonnet River, at the northeast portion of the island, and it was at this spot that the first bridge was built in 1795. It was a wooden structure that connected Portsmouth to Tiverton, and was surely adequate for


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foot and hoof traffic. With the coming of automobiles, this bridge was eventually replaced in 1907 by the more formidable Stone Bridge. But still, the average resident was bereft of any easy way to go west and see the rest of our beautiful country. Even with a bridge accessible to cars, the infrastructure of the country itself was in shambles, a disorganized collection of primitive roads, so a circuitous route could add countless hours to a journey. Today, the average Salve University student can get in his or her car during spring break and pull into Daytona, Florida, in less than a 24 hours. But this was not the case back in the day. This state of affairs is encapsulated in the experience of Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1919, as a young Lieutenant Colonel, Ike took part in an army convoy that was crossing the country in an effort to determine how quickly our forces could mobilize in the face of invasion. The arduous trip took two whole months, and left a deep impression on the man. Twenty-five years later he was in another army convoy, this time as the Supreme Allied Commander, and the convoy was crossing Germany. What he saw, despite the war and destruction all around, was a remarkable road system. Hitler had promoted the building of the magnificent autobahns in the thirties, ensuring that his army could quickly transfer troops from west to east in the event of the dreaded two-front war that often vexed Germany. Once again, the experience had a deep effect on Eisenhower. A decade later, as President, he pushed for a comprehensive highway system in America, roads that would not only enable troops to move quickly, but, more ominously, allow easier evacuation of population centers in the event of a nuclear war. In 1956, the Federal-Aid Highway Act was signed into law, and we broke ground on the wonderful interstate system that unites us all. But still, Newport was not all that connected, even though, by that time, other links to the mainland had been built. In 1929 the Mount Hope Bridge was completed. This suspension bridge spans one of the narrowest gaps in

Narragansett Bay, connecting Portsmouth to Bristol. In 1956 the Sakonnet River Bridge also opened for traffic. It was situated less than a mile north of, and served as a replacement for, the Stone Bridge, which had become woefully outdated and been badly damaged by Hurricane Carol in 1954. These structures were a boon to travel and commerce for Aquidneck Island, but still there was no connection from Newport that led directly west. As early as 1934, Rhode Island was trolling for federal aid to build bridges over the west and east passages of the bay, channels that run on either side of Jamestown. Initially this effort was highly successful, as the Jamestown Bridge, connecting Conanicut Island to the mainland, was finished in 1940. But the intervention of WWII put the next stage of the project on hold indefinitely. The largest span in the bay, the formidable East Passage, remained unconquered. It was not until 1948 that the Rhode Island State Legislature approved the Jamestown to Newport proposal. But progress was achingly slow as, over the ensuing years, dozens of engineering studies were made for different types of bridges and tunnels. As time inexorably passed, there was endless debate about where such a bridge should be located, a debate that was heavily influenced by the navy. There had been a rudimentary navy presence here as early as the mid 1600’s. But it was during the Civil War, when the US Naval Academy was relocated to our town due to fears that it would fall under the control of the Confederacy, that Newport truly became a navy town. And this presence never ended, for in 1869 an experimental torpedo station was placed on Goat Island, and in 1884 the Naval War College was installed. WWI enlarged this military commitment, as over 75,000 recruits passed through Newport for training. And during WWII the martial footprint became huge, as Narragansett Bay morphed into one of the navy’s largest installations, a place where over a hundred ships were stationed by the war’s end.

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progress was slow. It was not until 1960 that the final plan was put into place, following along the earlier Coasters Island site but heading slightly south toward Washington Street. But it would still be years before anyone broke ground. That same year, a referendum to allow the sale of bonds to fund the bridge was rejected by voters, and it was not until 1965 that this economic scheme was finally approved. After that, things moved quickly. A renowned engineer named Alfred Hedefine, from the company of Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas (you can see their work in the modern NYC subway system) was chosen to design the bridge, and by late ‘65 final approval was granted. Construction began in April of 1966, and, as with any project of such scope, it was not without its problems and achievements. Over 800 steel piles had to be driven to support the pier footings, some from as deep as 162 feet below the water line, which was a record at the time. Prefabricated forms were then sent to the sight, some weighing over four hundred tons and standing ten stories high. A couple of hellacious storms promptly knocked these forms askew, and they had to be readjusted before over 90,000 cubic yards of concrete was poured underwater, which was another record. By late 1967 the two 400 foot steel towers were in place. Later the cables, containing over 8,000 miles of wire, were looped through, and eventually over 35 miles of electrical wire was added to provide light for a structure that would become such an elegant and welcoming symbol of ‘The City by the Sea’. On June 28, 1969 - 61 million dollars later - cars started to barrel across what is still the largest suspension

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In 1973, realignment would finally remove the active fleet from our waters. But at the time that bridge construction was being discussed, that particular branch of the military still had a great deal of input. One proposed bridge location, to the north, would have terminated in Portsmouth, and it was popular with the navy because such a crossing would not affect its extensive infrastructure. But higher construction costs due to the greater distance involved ultimately torpedoed this idea. A second possible site would have ended in Middletown near Browns Lane, but it was doomed because it would have required a large-scale relocation of navy property. A third option was similar to the current set-up, except the bridge would have ended near the naval station on Coasters Harbor Island, and once again the navy was recalcitrant. Finally, the most bizarre suggestion was a bridge far to the south, starting near Fort Wetherill in Jamestown and extending to a spot near Fort Adams. This location was not practical for several reasons, and of course was met with great resistance by the residents of Newport Neck, the community into which the bridge traffic would have spilled. Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time on this island would have a hard time imagining a bridge that crossed from southern Jamestown and into Fort Adams (though they could easily imagine the crippling traffic). On and on the planning went, seemingly with no end in sight. But in 1954, the project received a significant shot in the arm with the creation of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, the body that to this day oversees the physical and financial health of the structure. Still, • summer 2014 25

bridge in New England (the 80th largest in the world). Over the ensuing years, the bridge has proved to be worth the wait and the many difficulties. The Authority receives no tax dollars with which to fund the operation and maintenance of the bridge. All of these costs are covered by the collection of tolls and returns on investments. In recent years, the toll for standard cars was doubled to four dollars per, but with the E-ZPass system you can gain access for less than a buck, and with the new high speed lane you can do so at a comfortable and time saving forty miles an hour. Last year, over ten million vehicles crossed the bridge, and though the vast majority of them used the cheaper electronic payment option, the revenue added up to almost 19 million dollars. This was only a slight increase in traffic from the previous year, and therefore there was only a slight increase in revenue. But the 2013 numbers do represent a significant jump in revenue from 2009, the year before the rate was raised. Then, with just under ten million vehicle passes, the toll revenue was only 12.5 million. The bridge is not only a financial success and a boon to

travel, industry, and tourism, but it is also tough. In 1981 an oil tanker smashed into one of the main piers. It’s a scary thought, but it needn’t be. The bridge received merely a scratch, and, in a you-should-see-the-other-guy scenario, the bow of the tanker was smashed back by ten feet. So we have our bridge, and it seems we will have it for quite some time. It is as beautiful and strong is it was back in the seventies, and even as the original Jamestown and Sakonnet bridges have been replaced by new structures, ours seems fit to endure for many decades to come. So today we can simply drive across the East Passage and on to the rest of America. But you can still take the ferry, sail, or even go by canoe or raft if you’ve got the guts. And if you have the stamina, you can brave the swim like those hardy ancient Indians. Or, better yet, you can run. Every fall the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run is held to raise funds for local non-profits. This year the four-mile race will be held early in the morning on October 26th. It is quite a sight to stand atop the magnificent structure and watch the sun rise over a beautiful bay that was formed millennia ago by massive sheets of glacial ice.

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ACCOMMODATIONS: Owner stateroom below with double berth, writing desk and ample stowage in drawers and lockers. • Main Salon on deck with dinette, leather settee and full galley with: • Four burner propane stove • Tundra refrigerator/freezer • Haier 3.6 cu/ft chest freezer • Microwave oven • Plenty counter & cabinet storage Raised pilothouse with full controls, excellent visibility, navigation equipment and access from salon or foredeck • Cruising Speed: 8.5-9 Knots • Fuel consumption @ 850 RPM, 3 gallons/hour at 8.5 Knots CONSTRUCTION: • 3/8” Fir planks on 6”X8” frames with iron and bronze spike fastenings • Bronze bolts • Edge grain fir decks • Extensive work and proper maintenance since launch in 1987, including complete rebuild in 1913 in Ballard, Washington

• Complete rebuild in 1945 with raised pilothouse added. • 1994 refit/rebuild with many planks replaced and full new deck. • 2001, new transom and bulwarks, Cruise R/O Water maker installed, (4) new 8 volt batteries, complete paint and varnish interior and exterior. ELECTRONICS: • Furuno NavNet with Chart Plotter – Radar interface • Radar • Plotter screen w/charts • GPS • Speedometer/log • Windspeed/AWI • Depth • VHF • Simrad Autopilot • 10” Searchlight MECHANICAL: • Caterpillar D-13,000 Marine Diesel, fully detailed, serviced and painted 2001 • 54” Propeller w/45’ pitch on 4” shaft • Bow and Stern Thrusters • Engine driven air compressor to power pneumatic controls • Back-up 120V compressor • summer 2014 29

• 10 Gallon engine drive or 110V hot water heater • Cruise R/O water maker • (3) electrical bilge pumps ELECTRICAL: • DC System • (2) 32V battery banks • (2) 12V battery banks • (4) 8V batteries • AC System • 32V charger with 2000 watt inverter • 12V charger with 100 amp/2000 watt inverter • Yanmar 10KWH Generator DECK EQUIPMENT: • Hicks-Bull Machine Company Hydraulic anchor windlass • 164 LB Danforth anchor with 250’ of ¾” stud link chain • Spare anchor – 65lb Davis w/chain and hode • Docklines, fenders & running gear • Picnic table, cockpit awning & barbecue .on deck.

Blackbeard, 1718 port, Rhode Island was only a minor colony, and cash poor. The effects of the hated Navigation Acts, the first of which was introduced in 1651, forced the American colonies to purchase their goods either directly from England or under conditions favorable to the crown, which means they had to pay custom taxes. This pinched the colonists economically, and created a political friction that led to bitter resentment. As history tells us, the American colonists, by far the most educated of all England’s imperial subjects, were perpetually outraged by unfair taxation. This economic and political situation, combined with the fact that the Rhode Island of the time was so packed with rugged individualists of dubious character that it was called Rogue’s Island, created a perfect haven for the pirating class. Newport, with its deep, inviting harbor, was of course the locus of this activity. The governing elite of the time would enter into negotiations with pirates who would then set sail to plunder the shipping of enemy states like Spain and France. When they returned to port, they provided goods that were cheap because they were not subject to English custom taxes, and gave kickbacks to the government, which meant revenue without taxation (always good politics). They also provided employment for the locals who crewed the ships, and allowed local industry to benefit from outfitting the vessels as they prepared for their next voyage. During this time, some of the most infamous pirates visited Newport, including Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. Continued

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“We’re Not In Kansas Anymore Baby!”

Thanks to Neal Salisbury for capturing with your camera my creation of “The Figurehead.”

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first Command of the famous John Paul Jones, the ‘Father of the Navy’. “Give me a fast ship for I intend to go in harms way,” Jones once declared. And if these real life exploits are not enough, Providence has her own movie magic too, as she is featured in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films. Her story inspires many, and endless crowds of locals and tourists come to admire her. For me personally, she is all of those aforementioned things and so much more: she is the answer to a burning question, and she is my movement. When I no longer have the physical capacity to perform my acrobatic dance, I will still be able to command the dance of the Providence. She is my muse. To move her is to move my body, breathing in and out. To raise my arm is to raise the staysail. Providence creates emotion in guests in the way my performances do. The feeling is the same. This feeling is the answer to that burning question I mentioned. Seven months before I moved to the Providence, the question was staring me dead in the face. The question was, “Now what?” One morning in Kansas, in November of 2011, I awoke in excruciating pain, unable to manipulate my right arm and hand. My worst fear had arrived. I was unable able to move, unable to perform, unable to even feed myself. “Now what?” It was a stress injury. I had two herniated disks, and it was strongly recommended that I have surgery to fuse my spine. Terrifying? No doubt. But I didn’t have time to listen to fears or to expert opinions, because they simply did not feel right, did not feel like the truth. I knew I needed to make some changes, and I got to work immediately, focusing first on getting off the floor, and then on moving my arm and hand. Through visualization, focus, and meditation, within two weeks I could again feed myself with my arm, despite the fact that I still could not feel it, could only see it move. After endless training and a thousand tentative baby steps, in three months I was again performing on stage, and

a month after that I was asked to compete in a world championship. Seven months later, I finally realized my dream and moved to the Providence to dance with her and become a sailor. Doctors told me not to go, to stay and continue my healing. But there were other voices to which I had to listen. This is a story few people know, as this is the first time I have made it public. I felt it was important to keep it close while people got to know and trust me. But I also feel it is important to share, to encourage others by extending that trust, to inspire them to believe that there is a place beyond what they think is possible. Every time people see me perform 60 to 80 feet in the air, hanging from the yards of the Providence by my own strength, dangling over cannons or swinging upside down from a crane, the fact is that I still can’t feel the entirety of my right arm and hand just yet. Am I scared or worried? No. Simply put, I have learned to trust myself. The healing process continues, and I feel more sensation every day. Just because you can't feel something, it doesn't mean it is not working just as hard as before. Just because you are told one thing, it does not mean it is the only truth. And just because you are advised to take one path, it does not mean it is the only one available. I am proof of all those Unknown Sailor things. I can choose to believe others or I can choose to believe in myself. Setbacks and rejections are often just opportunities to create a new path. Opportunities are endless if you only dare to dream. The art of pursuit comes in remembering that dreams are never totally satisfied. We are like a full belly in that, though we may achieve fulfillment, we are destined to once again grow hungry. I do not have all the answers. No one does. But I know you are the author of your journey. No one is going to do it for you. Above all, you must trust those crazy ideas, the ones that beg you to pay attention. They keep calling for a reason. On a ship that once protected dreams, a Revolutionary War

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ship, I suppose it is not the least bit ironic that my dream was realized and continues to flourish. This is my revolution, and I ask you… what is yours? Sail with me and let’s find out! My journey in Newport has been a pleasure thus far, and I look forward to greater things this summer and in the future! Thank you. I celebrate you Newport, and I will surely dance in the rigging for your 375th Anniversary!

What to Expect this summer season in Newport from myself and Tall Ship Sloop Providence Speaker Series – Sail & Speak - Michael Abrashoff GLS Worldwide Leadership Author of “It’s Your Ship.” – Gloria Merchant author of newly released (Providence’s Cameo) “Pirates of Colonial Newport.” Special Events – Founding Fathers 4th of July Sail and Costume Contest, Newport’s 375th Anniversary – Retreat Series – Part Cruise. Part Adventure. Part Workshop. All inclusive weeks on board Providence designed by The Art of Sailing Project with a one of a kind experience. Your Events – Charter space available for your creations and celebrations; a bachelorette party, birthday, wedding, overnight stays, graduation celebrations... I’ll always throw in a tailored aerial performance from the rig as well if you like with a charter. And More Sails! – Shows, lessons, coaching – Find out more information, other writings and stories all at Visit us on Facebook – Tall Ship Providence, The Art of Sailing Project, Nichole Raab! Ship Loads of Thanks to my Crew (teachers, supporters, friends): Thorpe Leeson, James Kiker, Zac Wallen, Sam Bove, Channing Griggs and my Family. And many thanks to the many many other Newporters who have touched my life and become a significant part of my role here. This is not a one woman show and your names alone will fill a page. Thanks to Ben Jones Fluid Free Lance for The Art of Sailing Project logo design (Shown at right in Sailing Project Ad), Aunt Dolores Raab Rabatin family photo and to the unknown sailor who took a photo of me and Providence. • summer 2014 39

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Sophia Pendergast, Private Chef David Crowell, Chris Bender and David Sturgeon owners of Stone Acre Pantry Sophia’s make up by Jessica D'Amore and hair by Candy LaRose Johnny Was maxidress, Miguel Ases earrings and Chan Luu necklaces from Karol Richardson, Newport

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Freya O'Neill and Ocean, Private Chef Make up by Jessica D'Amore and hair by Candy LaRose Karol Richardson "Audrey top" and "Gypsy skirt" Chan Luu bracelets from Karol Richardson, Newport • summer 2014 47

Jessica D'Amore Makeup Artist and Esthetician

Candace LaRose Hair Stylist at Cathryn Jamieson Salon & Day Spa, Jamestown, RI

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Lauren Difede Dance Artist ­ Island moving Co.

Spencer Gavin Hering Associate Artistic Director ­ Island moving Co. Victor Costa jumpsuit from Closet Revival Makeup by Shane Farrell Hair by Candy LaRose • summer 2014 49

Katie Moorhead, Owner of EBB & FLOW, Gyrotonic trainer and dance artist for IMC Make up by Jessica D'Amore Hair by Candy LaRose Margaret O'Leary "Athens wrap" shirt and Chan Luu jewelry from Karol Richardson, Newport

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Rosemary and William Heydt, Artist Make up by Jessica D'Amore Hair by Candy LaRose Rosemary's “Heydt Jewelry” available at Michael Hayes, Newport • summer 2014 51

NAUTICAL DOG LEASHES & COLLARS Each Fair Lead is hand crafted in Rhode Island by a world cruising sailor and made with 100% marine grade materials.

PUPPIA ATTICUS DOG HARNESS The Atticus harness is perfect for everyday attire. It has an easy on, easy off design that makes going for a walk a breeze! Natural cotton. $30. SM/MED/LRG/X-LRG Available at: Wag Nation 92 William St., Newport, RI 401.619.3719 •

JAX & BONES COZY MATS Cozy mats are ideal for travel, crate training or any day time nap! Double sewn to prevent bunching, these mats are soft and comfortable for use anywhere. Great for the home, office or car. Available at: Wag Nation 92 William St., Newport, RI 401.619.3719 •

NEWPORT DOG CARRIER For the lucky little dog or cat on the go, this canvas dog carrier is lightweight, classic, and made from canvas fabric. Customize it by having your best friend’s name embroidered on the side. SM/LRG Available at: Wag Nation 92 William St., Newport, RI 401.619.3719 •

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Merritt Raceway, oil on canvas 60"x48"

Truck Going Right With Lady In Mind, oil on canvas 60"x36"

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calendar • june • july • august


Newport Yachting Center 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1600

The 2014 CVS Caremark Charity Classic will once again kick-off the New England summer with world-class golf for a great cause! This year’s Charity Classic will take place June 2325 at the scenic Rhode Island Country Club. Be sure to join co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade along with 18 elite golfers from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours. Rhode Island Country Club 150 Nayatt Road, Barrington, RI 02806 866-287-9441

Bristol Fourth of July Celebration P.O. Box 561, Bristol, RI 02809 401-253-7000

The Newport Flower Show is pleased to celebrate its 19th year as America’s premier summer flower show with the theme Journey: Grand Vistas. The show will continue through the weekend with themed floral exhibits, horticultural entries, garden designs, photography, and children’s programs. Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-1000

Top ATP World Tour tennis pros travel to Newport direct from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup in the only pro tennis tournament played on grass courts in North America. The 2014 field will be highlighted by top pros including #1 American John Isner, along with Aussie Tennis great, Lleyton Hewitt. Complementing seven days of pro tennis action, the week features special events like tennis clinics, the Alex and Ani Ladies Day, Family Weekend, and much more! International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-849-6053

The 49th Newport Bermuda Race is a 635 nautical-mile ocean race first sailed in 1906. Held biennially in even-numbered years. The race usually lasting three to six days. It crosses a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean known for challenging weather, especially in the Gulf Stream, where there are strong currents. The start is off Castle Hill Light in Newport, Rhode Island. Castle Hill Light 590 Ocean Drive, Newport, RI 02840 401-845-9110

July 4th BBQ and Fireworks at The Vanderbilt Grace Celebrate this historical day of independence in our gardens. Enjoy our buffet of American Classics. Afterwards join us on The Roofdeck and watch the spectacular fireworks display! BBQ from 12pm-5pm $65pp.

The Vanderbilt Grace 41 Mary Street, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-6200

Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

july 5 - 13

july 4

229th Bristol Fourth of July Celebration The Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will step-off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street.

gallerie ellipsis 35 Franklin Street, Newport, RI 02840 401-714-5649

The Newport Flower Show

june 27- 29

june 22 - 24

CVS Caremark Charity Classic

This summer, Lusine, along with her parents, Angin Jabaryan Ovanesyan and Artur Vars Ovanesyan, will hold their first-ever collaborative exhibit at (gallerie ellipsis). Paintings and drawings by Angin and Artur, and 3D works by Lusine. These elegant works capture the journey of Angin and Artur from the former Soviet Union, through studies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, and ultimately the United States. Opening reception is on June 18th 5:30-7:30 pm.

june 20

The Great Chowder Cook-Off officially kicks off summer in Newport! The longest running chowder championship draws competitors and crowds from across the country. Attendees enjoy endless samples of traditional and exotic creations from dozens of restaurants and then vote for the best. Live entertainment, food and bar options, kids’ activities sweeten the deal for all festival-goers.

Newport Bermuda Race 2014

“She” Art Exhibit

june 18 - july 6

june 7

Great Chowder Cook-Off

july 4


Runway Show & Champagne Brunch

july 10

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Featuring Alex & Ani, Brooks Brothers and Fila. 9-11am followed by tennis matches starting at 11am. Doors open at 8:30am. Hall of Fame Members $100, Non-Members $110. Includes seated runway show, champagne brunch, exclusive gift bag, $40 Brooks Brothers Gift Card, and courtside ticket for Tennis. International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-849-6053

* Please check websites or call for calendar date & times before attending events - all dates and information are subject to change.

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Newport Music Festival P.O. Box 3300, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1133

Mike Birbiglia was born on June 20, 1978 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Sleepwalk with Me (2012), Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing (2008) and Your Sister's Sister (2011). His 2013 special, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, was nominated for comedy special of the year at the American Comedy. Newport Yachting Center 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1600 • 1-800-745-3000

A Festival of friendship between Newport and Japan that offers a variety of events emphasizing both Japanese and art and culture. Events include a formal Gala, Japanese Arts & Crafts such as Origami and Ikebana; Martial Arts, and a Japanese Tea Ceremony. A highlight will be the Taiko Drums!

july 12

The weekend offers great fun – both on and off the water, starting with a private reception, excursions on a mega-yacht, and culminating with the big bash and sit down dinner. Education. Preservation of hands-on skills and know how. Rewarding careers for passionate and highly talented trades people. It’s a great crowd and a very good cause in support of people who want careers out of thinking and making through their hands. International Yacht Restoration School 449 Thames St. Newport, RI 02840 401-848-5777

Save the Bay Swim

Marketing & Events 28 Pelham Street, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-7666

38th Annual Swim. Save The Bay will once again welcome five hundred swimmers from across the country, joined by more than 100 kayakers, to take part in the two-mile open water swim across the East Passage. The Swim is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser, serving as critical support to our efforts to protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Registration is filling up fast! Register today! Save The Bay Naval Station Newport, Newport, RI 02840 401-272-3540

Newport Folk Festival

Newport Antiques Show

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july 26 - 27

A Festival of Indigenous Art, Music, & Cultures Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of The Newport Antiques Show is one of the nation’s prefrom Around the World.We feature guest artiNewport Harbor with panoramic views of mier antiques venues presenting a wide selection of sans, handmade products benefiting the livelithe Newport Bridge and the East Passage. important Americana antiques. Over 40 of the country’s hoods of artisans, projects in their communities, top dealers present paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, The festival at the Fort features 3 stages of and fair trade. and fine and decorative arts. The loan exhibit "Fifty music, food & crafts, and a number of disObjects That Changed Rhode Island History" is presentplays. ed by the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Newport Historical Society. This event benefits the Newport Historical Society & The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tiverton Four Corners Art Center Fort Adams Newport County. 3852 Main Road, Tiverton, RI 02878 Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI 02840 St. George's School 617-441-5400 401-848-5055 375 Purgatory Road, Middletown, RI 02840 401-846-2669 * Please check websites or call for calendar date & times before attending events - all dates and information are subject to change.

july 25 - 27

july 25 - 27

Brenton Point State Park Ocean Drive, Newport, RI 02840 401-244-5264

31st Annual Black Ships Festival

july 17 - 20

july 17

Mike Birbiglia at the Newport Summer Comedy Series

The spray of colors across the sky along Ocean Drive in July at the annual kite festival is a sight to behold. The air is filled with the sounds of snapping nylon and kite strings as the kites whip their tails in the sky and the ocean breeze washes your face. There is nothing more or less to this jubilee other than the pure joy of flying a kite. Admission is free.

july 19

46th season. Newport Music Festival continues the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists and gala special events in the Gilded Age summer cottages of Newport, Rhode Island.

Summer Gala/Newport Campus

Newport Kite Festival

july 12 - 13

july 11 - 27

Newport Music Festival

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Newport BridgeFest

august 9

august 9

Newport Yachting Center 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1600

Rose Island Narragansett Bay, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-4242

Newport Yachting Center 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1600 • 1-800-745-3000

Jim Jefferies at the Newport Summer Comedy Series

august 22

august 17

Bill Cosby at the Newport Summer Comedy Series One of America's most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby makes his Newport Comedy Series debut on the Newport waterfront. He has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. Two shows: 4pm and 7:30pm. All ages show.

Stand Up Paddle, Kayak & Surf Ski Event. Join us for this amazing race. Paddlers will launch at Fort Adams and race to Rose Island. Prizes will be awarded for each class. For more information visit our website.

The star of the comedy series Legit on FXX makes his Newport debut this summer. The series has received positive attention for its portrayal of people with mental and physical handicaps. This hilarious Australian comedian, actor and writer became wellknown in the US after his standup special on HBO in 2005. 16+ show at 7:30 PM. Newport Yachting Center 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1600 • 1-800-745-3000

The festival features two full days of jazz on three unique stages at Fort Adams, one of the Park system's national treasures situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage.

Fort Adams Forts Adams State Park, Newport, RI 02840 401-848-5055

Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County Yacht Hop

Rose Island Battle of the Bay

Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival Enjoy a day of waterfront reggae and summertime relaxation in the heart of Newport! Rain or shine. Gates open: 12pm Music Starts: 12:30pm General Admission, No reserved seating, re-entry is allowed.

Live local music for four days at variety of venues produced by Arts and Cultural Alliance. A musical festival showcasing experienced and emerging artists, alike. Appealing for adults, children and families and located at beaches, parks, wineries, restaurants, mansions and more! Come join the fun and Celebrate Newport's Musical Heritage. Arts & Cultural Alliance America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 401-662-2174

Newport Jazz Festival

august 1 - 3

3:30pm- 5:30pm. Have you always wanted to see the inside of the 1812 Prescott Farm windmill? Now is your chance! Explore how this amazing machine works and learn about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island. Enjoy a family-friendly evening with Johnnycake tasting and hands-on activities for kids. Please note: Windmill will not be in full operation due to safety and preservation concerns. Prescott Farm 2009 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842 401-846-4152

july 28 - 31

july 30

Windmill Wednesdays

august 14


Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County for the First Annual “Yacht Hop” at the Newport Shipyard. Mega-Yachts will be displayed, and guests will be welcomed onboard. A casual atmosphere, complete with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music and a silent auction will welcome guests from near and far to Newport for the event. Tickets for the Yacht Hop must be purchased in advance. Newport Shipyard 1 Washington Street, Newport, RI 02840 401-847-6927

Newport Celtic Rock Festival

august 23

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Emerald Isle transplants and the Irish-at-heart will feel right at home during our day-long toast to Celtic culture. Past musical favorites from our traditional Irish Festival band together for a 10-hour marathon of Celtic celebration. So raise a glass and give everything you’ve got to one full day of Irish rock! (RAIN OR SHINE) Gates: 12pm, Music Starts: 12:30pm Newport Yachting Center 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 401-846-1600 • 1-800-745-3000

* Please check websites or call for calendar date & times before attending events - all dates and information are subject to change.

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newportFILM Outdoors

Photo: J. Clancy Photography

"newportFILM Outdoors presented by Kirby Perkins Construction" is a summer long sunset film series that brings the "best of" festival run documentaries out of the traditional theater setting to the most unique landscapes on Aquidneck Island. These events incorporate filmmaker conversations, live music, food vendors, bike valets, picnics & more. They are community events open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.

JUNE Tuesday, June 24 - Sweet Berry Farm (newportFILM Youth)

Photo: J. Clancy Photography

JULY Thursday, July 10 - Queen Anne Square

Friday, July 18 - International Tennis Hall of Fame, Grass Courts Friday, July 25 - Casino Theater (in partnership w/ Newport Folk Festival) Saturday, July 26 - Casino Theater (in partnership w/ Newport Folk Festival) Sunday, July 27 - Casino Theater (in partnership w/ Newport Folk Festival)

Photo: J. Clancy Photography

Thursday, July 31 - A Newport Preservation Society property lawn, in partnership with BridgeFest

AUGUST Thursday, August 14 - Drive-In at Easton's "First" Beach Thursday, August 28 - Norman Bird Sanctuary Please go to for show information for above dates. 80 summer 2014 •


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