Need to Know Newport, RI: Week of September 28


Learn how a gris mill works at the historic Prescott Farm in Middletown on Wednesday, September 30. Photo by Gary Brownell via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

Here we come, October! And here’s what you need to know to get out and start your week in Newport!

• On Tuesday, September 29, Rough Point, the storied home of Doris Duke, will hold its Landscape History and Garden Tour, which details the history of the property’s amazing grounds, from farmland to premiere vacation spot. Initially laid out by Frederick Law Olmstead, the estate offers exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10; register online.

• On Wednesday, September 30 from 3:30 till 5:30 p.m., the Newport Restoration Foundation hosts Windmill Wednesday, a recurring family-oriented event at historic Prescott Farm in Middletown. Get a peek of how a grist mill works and taste traditional johnnycakes. The event is free; donations are welcome.

• Le Petit Gourmet is hosting an Apertivo, a happy hour of sorts, with music, food, and drink on Wednesday, September 30 from 6 till 8 p.m. Seth Kessel and the Two Cent Band, a Brooklyn-based group, will perform while guests sample Aperol Spritz, a popular Italian aperitif. Tickets are $20 per person; reservations can be made online.

• After a summer hiatus, Green Drinks Newport (organized by yours truly!) starts up again at Bike Newport this Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. with light bites and cocktails. The Newport Energy & Environment Commission will be recognizing the eight organizers of the Volvo Ocean Race for their leadership in sustainability during the North American Stopover.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts its fifth annual The Big Toast event on Thursday, October 1 at OceanCliff. Come to sample more than 60 food and drink vendors from across Southern New England at this “tasting extravaganza.” General admission tickets are $50 per person (VIPs go for $80) and can be purchased online. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

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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