Need to Know Newport, RI: Week of September 8

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The Redwood Library and Athenaeum will host a lecture, The Flowering of France: Chateaux of the 17th Century, on Wednesday, September 9. Photo courtesy of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum.

Labor Day weekend may have come and gone, but the weather is still gorgeous and there’s plenty to do! Here’s what you need to know to start your week.

• On Wednesday, September 9, the Redwood Library & Athenaeum hosts The Flowering of France: Chateaux of the 17th Century, a lecture led by architectural historian John Tschirch, who will explore the social and cultural history of domestic dwellings. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception; tickets are $25.

• Newport Gallery Night, an art tour of 26 galleries, is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 from 5 till 8 p.m. Download the walking map and enjoy an evening on the town popping in and out of galleries, museums, and cultural institutions.

• On Thursday, September 10, Norman Bird Sanctuary will host a short presentation on bat species found in Rhode Island. Find out why they’re beneficial to us then walk the property to learn how to identify these winged creatures. Crafts for kids will be available during the presentation, which is recommended for ages 6 and up. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required.

• The last film in the newportFILM Outdoors’ series also takes place on Thursday, September 10. The Mask You Live In, which documents the struggle of boys and young men as they negotiate traditional definitions of masculinity, will be screened on the lawn at the Great Friends Meeting House. The film begins at sunset (approximately 7:15 p.m.) with a post-film discussion; pre-film music will begin at 6 p.m. An r.s.v.p. is required; suggested donation is $5.

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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