Need to Know Newport, RI: Week of August 10


The New England Wildflower Society will present the lecture “Preserving Native Plant Knowledge,” at the SVF Foundation on Wednesday, August 12. Photo courtesy of the SVF Foundation.

It’s all about being outside this week, Newport! Here’s what you need to know to get your week started.

• The New England Wildflower Society will present “Preserving Native Plant Knowledge” at the SVF Foundation on Wednesday, August 12. The lecture covers a wide range of useful plants that grow wild in the New England landscape. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at Swiss Village Farm. Space is limited; advance registration is required.

Ballard Park brings its Movies on the Rocks series to the Quarry Meadow on Wednesday, August 12 with a screening of “Mrs. Doubtfire.” The meadow opens at 6:30 p.m. with seating is on the grass. The event is free and open to the public.

• The Fashion Festival & Shopping Showcase comes to Fort Adams on Thursday, August 13 from 3 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Central Rhode Island, East Greenwich, and Newport County chambers of commerce, the event features women’s and men’s style and accessories vendors from across the state, as well as music, food, and drinks. Early bird tickets are available until Wednesday, August 12, and begin at $25.

• Also on Thursday, August 13 in the garden of the Elms, newportFILM Outdoors will screen Best of Enemies a behind-the-scenes account of the 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Their heated disagreements about politics, God, and sex changed the way Americans view news television. The film will begin at sunset (approximately 8:15 p.m.), with a discussion between co-director Robert Gordon and Brent Lang of Variety to follow. Prior to the screening, live music will begin at 7 p.m. An r.s.v.p. is required; suggested donation is $5.

For more stuff to do, check out our events calendar.

Kara DiCamillo loves eating, traveling, shopping, and everything outdoors. She is an active volunteer in her Newport, Rhode Island community and has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count. Kara started her online writing career with TreeHugger in 2005 and currently contributes to several websites focusing on lifestyle, food, and travel.

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