Need to Know Newport, RI: Weekend of May 29


The International Yacht & Restoration School’s Graduation & Launch Day will take place on Saturday, May 30. The community event is open to the public. Photo by Timothy Burling via flickr CC BY 2.0.

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

• The Preservation Society of Newport County is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, and Newport residents are invited to visit the Newport Mansions for free. Starting this week, and through the rest of 2015, you can take any regular tour of the mansions, any day of the week — just bring proof of residency. Additional details here.

• To celebrate the opening of its summer exhibitions, Newport Art Museum is holding a reception on Friday, May 29, from 5 till 7 p.m. Members are free; the cost for non-members is $10. Cash bar.

• On Saturday, May 30, students from the International Yacht & Restoration School will attend Graduation and Launch Day. The event has become a community celebration that attracts supporters, admirers, and industry partners. Celebrate the students’ accomplishments as they launch their restoration projects into Newport Harbor. Graduation ceremonies begin at IYRS (on Thames Street) at 10 a.m., followed by the launching at the school’s marina.

• Also on Saturday, May 30, Aquidneck Land Trust will host an Herb Walk through Silvia Farm, with herbalist Jessyloo Rodrigues of Parcel Apothecary and Daryl Ward of Plantae Apothecary. Learn about the many edible and medicinal herbs that grow in our own backyards. Meet at 11 a.m. at Island Community Farms, located off of Elizabeth Lane in Middletown. The event is free, but reservations are required – contact Alex Chuman, Stewardship Director, at 401-367-4543 or

• Get the insider’s view of Norman Bird Sanctuary via the Cultural Landscape Tour of Paradise Farm. Starting at 1 p.m. on on Saturday, May 30, visitors will explore everything from colonial farm history to glacial geology to famous art. Refreshments and birthday cake will be served to celebrate namesake Mabel Norman’s 140th birthday. Attendance is free but an r.s.v.p. is required.

• Polo season begins this Saturday, May 30, too! The Rotary Club of Newport hosts the season’s first match at Glen Farm in Portsmouth. Gates open at 4 p.m.; the first chukkah begins at 5 p.m. Admission is $10; proceeds from the event support the Rotary Club.

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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