Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of May 22

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Summer Sushi at the Clarke Cooke House is back, a sure sign that summertime has arrived in Newport. Photo by Timothy Valentine via Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Here’s what you need to know about Newport and environs to start your weekend.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend here in Newport, and that pretty much means summer is here! It looks like we are in for some beautiful weather so get outside and enjoy it.

Summer Sushi opens this weekend at the Clarke Cooke House! As a favorite local tradition, Summer Sushi at the Candy Store is a true sign that the warm weather is here to stay. Hours for Memorial Day weekend: Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 11:30 a.m. till 11 p.m.

• Kick off the weekend on Friday evening, May 22 at Chateau & Bungalow for a fabulous night of cocktails and shopping featuring Haarstick Jewelry and art by Isabelle Lirakis. Swing by from 5 till 8 p.m. and meet the artists. The trunk show continues through weekend on Saturday, May 23 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 24 from noon till 5 p.m.

• The lawn of St. John the Evangelist 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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