Need to Know Newport, RI: Week of August 17


The Preservation Society’s Weekend of Coaching, which is held every three years, begins this Thursday, August 20. Photo by douglebo via flickr CC BY-SA-NC 2.0.

Hey, Newport! Here’s what you need to know to kick off your week around town.

Ballard Park‘s Movies on the Rocks series continues in the Quarry Meadow on Wednesday, August 19 with a screening of Star Trek Generations. The meadow opens at 6:30 p.m. with seating on the grass. The event is free.

•Every three years, The Preservation Society of Newport County hosts A Weekend of Coaching, when horses and drivers, known as “whips,” from around the country bring their historic carriages to Newport. The throwback event begins Thursday, August 20, when, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., spectators can catch the coaches driving through the streets Check out a map of the route, or find a full list of events on the Newport Mansions website.

• The newly formed non-profit organization Newport Art House will exhibit work by New York artists Thomas Stevenson, Lucia Rollow, and Jeremy Kiracofe at its inaugural event, a public exhibition called Project Beta. A grand opening will be held from 7 to 11 p.m.on Thursday, August 20 at Long’s Yoga Room and Maison DNA (both on the corner of Touro and Spring streets) and the Newport Opera House, where the art will also be shown.

• Also on Thursday, August 20 at Belle Mer, newportFILM Outdoors will screen Racing Extinction as a part of its Green Screen series, which focuses on environmental films. The documentary takes a chilling look into the wildlife trade and ocean acidification, while making an inspiring call to action for the preservation of biodiversity. The film begins at sunset (approximately 8 p.m.); live music will begin at 6:30 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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