Need to Know Newport, RI: Week of May 18

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The gardens at Doris Duke’s Rough Point are rich in variety, color, and history. Tours of the grounds begin for the season on Tuesday, May 19. Photo by Meaghan O’Neill.

Here’s what you need to know to start your week in Newport and environs.

• On the evening of Tuesday, May 19, Rough Point will hold its first Landscape History and Garden Tour of the season (weather depending). Visitors will learn about the distinguished design history of this property’s amazing landscape – from farmland to premiere vacation spot – and enjoy the exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. and costs $10 per person; register online.

• The grand re-opening of the newly renovated Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame is on Wednesday, May 20! A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m.; museum tours and light refreshments will follow. All of the galleries have been completely redesigned, and more than 1,900 tennis artifacts and new multimedia exhibits are on view, as is a Roger Federer hologram. Register online for this event.

• The lawn of St. John’s Church in the Point neighborhood will be filled with annuals, perennials, herbs, tubers, garden artifacts, and tools on Saturday, May 23 for the Annual Point Association Plant Sale. Get there early for the best picks! The sale will go from 8 a.m. till noon.

• From 10 till 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, join Norman Bird Sanctuary naturalists as they look for plants along the property’s hiking trails. Learn about basic plant identification techniques, native and invasive flora, and wild edibles. Kids ages 8 and up are welcome. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Register here.

• “Iridesence,” a free concert by the Newport String Project, will be held at the Great Friends Meeting House on Saturday, May 23 at 4 p.m. Newport String Project is a music performance and youth mentoring program led by directors and violinists Emma Lee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin. The event will feature guest artists and performances of beloved and rarely heard pieces by Mozart, Ravel, and Weinberg. Admission is by donation, but an r.s.v.p. is requested.

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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