Need to Know Newport, RI: Week of September 14

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The Newport International Boat Show begins Thursday, September 17. Photo courtesy of the Newport International Boat Show.

Fall is in the air as we head into the middle of September! Here’s what you need to know, Newport, to get your week started.

• Tonight, Monday, September 14, the Newport Open Space Partnership will meet at the Pell School to beginning making a master plan for the next century of Newport’s parks, trees, and open spaces. The gathering is open to the public; doors open at 5 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 5:45. The partnership includes the City of Newport, Aquidneck Land Trust, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, Newport Tree & Open Space Commission, and the Newport Tree Society.

• Racing begins Tuesday, September 15 for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and will continue through Saturday, September 19. Sailors from around the world will compete in NYYC’s Swan 42s – the eighth one-design class created by the club since 1900. Racing begins at roughly 11 a.m. each morning.

• On Tuesday, September 15, Rough Point, the storied home of Doris Duke, will hold its Landscape History and Garden Tour, detailing the distinguished history of the property’s grounds from farmland to premiere vacation spot. Initially laid out by Frederick Law Olmstead, the estate offers exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. The tour, held twice each month in summer, begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10; register online.

• Hop aboard an old-fashioned trolley with Aquidneck Land Trust on Wednesday, September 16 to learn about conservation on Aquidneck Island with ALT executive director Chuck Allott. This final tour of the season visits protected working farms, wildlife habitats, outdoor recreation areas, and scenic vistas across the island. The group leaves from the ALT offices promptly at 5 p.m.; the tour is free, but an r.s.v.p. is required. Call 849-2799 or email John Fornoff to book a spot.

• You know fall is here when boats and yachties begin arriving for the Newport International Boat Show! Brand new boats and products will make their debuts beginning Thursday, September 17 and continues through the weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Now in its 45th year, NIBS takes over 13 acres of Newport waterfront. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite; check the NIBS website for a complete schedule events. Tip: Newport County residents enjoy discounted tickets on Friday, September 18, available for onsite purchase only.

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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