March 1st, 2011
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Newport is legendary and has been the summer home to the rich and famous since the age when America’s industrial barons built their “cottages”. With the renewed interest in Newport during the “America’s Cup” siting for the next challenge (Larry Ellison’s defender syndicate ultimately chose San Francisco), light was again shining on our city in the bay. But this interest has been growing for years, a reprise from the days when Newport sagged.

In 2009, Deborah Davis published a book titled “Gilded – How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort” which highlighted the history of this fabled town’s past from the 1900 century to the present day. In it she recalls a story told to her from our Narragansett Realtor, Judy Chace, about the beginning of the invasion by the “modern day buccanneer[s] who [are] as high-rolling and freewheeling as any of the Gilded Age tycoons.”

Recently, the Red Carpet Gala added some sparkle to the city once again. Held by the Friends of Jane Pickens Theater, many of Newport’s residents watched the 2011 Oscar’s, while wining and dining at the Theater and Event Center on Sunday the 27th of February. The event included two comedians who guided the people through the evening and an auction for additional fund raising.  According to Board member Marisa Ferris, also a Narragansett Agent, the fundraising evening was a fantastic way to view the pageantry of the Oscar ceremonies, with Hollywood’s Stars decked out to the nines and parading down the real “Red Carpet.” The “Friends” is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to help preserve the 178 year old building and allow the center to function. Besides movies or live screenings, like that of the Bolshoi Ballet and the upcoming royal wedding in England, the venue can be booked for special events.

December 16th, 2010
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We know, the holidays are always a busy time of year. From shopping for the perfect gift, to attending parties with friends, family and co-workers, there is often little time for leisure activities. However, if you’ve got some spare time this weekend, we suggest taking a trip over the bridge and investigating the Newport mansions, beautifully decorated for the season.

The Mansions feature extravagant decorations, thousands of evergreens and poinsettias, and 19th century ornaments; providing for the perfect outing for those who love the Holidays. On Saturday, a Holiday Evening Duet will take place at The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, that will showcase this breathtaking Yuletide finery, along with live seasonal music.

It’s sometimes easy to forget that we live in such close proximity to these architectural treasures, but they are always worth visiting, regardless of the time of year. That said, the holidays may just be the time of year these mansions shine the brightest, so you won’t want to miss out on seeing them in all their seasonal glory. If you can’t make it to the event on Saturday, the mansions will be decorated and open to the public until January 2nd.

October 14th, 2010
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With such a close proximity to the sea, how could our “Ocean State” not have a torrid love affair with all things seafood? This weekend, Newport will be home to the 20th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival. In an area known to have some of the best seafood in the state, this yearly celebration honors local restaurants and fisherman’s associations by celebrating their commitment to the “Harvest of the Sea.”  This event is known as one of the best fall festivals in all of New England and will feature live music, face painting, games, cider and more for you to enjoy while delighting in the copious amounts of seafood.

For those of us scattered across the state, we don’t always get to enjoy Aquidneck Island as much as we would like. However, this local is always a great day trip and the Bowens Wharf Seafood Festival gives us a perfect excuse to go over the bridge and experience all that Newport has to offer. The Island and it’s traditions contain an essential part of Rhode Island’s history and traveling to the area reminds us of our roots. If you have any free time this weekend, we encourage you to venture across the bridge and take in all the splendor that Aquidneck Island has to offer.