Need to Know Newport, RI: Week of July 13


“Iris,” a biopic of fashion legend Iris Apfel, will be shown on the lawn of Marble House on Thursday, July 16. The screening is part of newportFILM Outdoors’ summer lineup. Image courtesy of newportFILM.

There’s lots to do this week! Here’s what you need to know to start your week in and around Newport.

• The 47th season of the Newport Music Festival started this past weekend and runs through July 26, with 66 classical concerts scheduled in remarkable venues across Newport, including the Breakers, Elms, and Jane Pickens Theater. Fantastic performances by internationally renowned musicians range from Bach to Bernstein. Ticket prices vary; download a brochure for the complete schedule.

• The Hall of Fame Tennis Championships continue on all week, through Sunday, July 19. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day. In addition to the professional matches, tennis clinics and special events – including the Alex and Ani Runway Show on Thursday, July 16 – will be held. Check the Hall of Fame’s website for a full calendar of events.

• On Tuesday, July 14, the Newport Restoration Foundation will celebrate the completion its latest historic renovation, the Dayton-James House (88 Bridge Street). Visitors can tour the house from 4 to 6 p.m.

• Also on Tuesday, July 14, the Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth will host a Children’s Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Kids can enjoy games, pony rides, magic shows, crafts, refreshments, and music alongside the dozens of topiary animals. (Adults can enjoy wine and the gorgeous grounds.) Tickets will be sold onsite; admission is $20 for adult members of the Preservation Society, and $25 for non-members. Youth members are free; youth non-members are $10. Children 5 and under are free.

• It’s a stylish week for newportFILM, which is hosting two events. The first is a screening of the 1975 cult-classic Grey Gardens, the story of a reclusive, upper-crust mother-daughter pair who live in a derelict mansion in East Hampton, New York. The documentary plays at Jane Pickens Theater at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, and you’ll definitely want to reserve your tickets ($12) ahead of time.

• Next up: On Thursday, July 16, newportFILM Outdoors screens Iris, a biopic on 93-year-old fashion legend Iris Apfel’s eccentric style, on the lawn of Marble House at sunset. The Picnic Contest also returns this year with an “Iris in Wonderland” theme, so put on your chicest thinking cap – the most fabulous al fresco dining displays win cool prizes. (For inspiration, check out last year’s entries.) A $5 donation is suggested and an r.s.v.p. is required.

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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