Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tourists and locals flaunt autumn looks in downtown Newport.
Even though winter's slowly creeping upon us, tourists still flock the streets of Newport. Although vacationers have traded their sandals and skirts for warmer apparel, they're still adding their out-of-state style to Newport's fashion scene. This weekend, I met four hip sisters from Westchester County, N.Y., who had just shopped at Pink Pineapple and wore sleek, city looks. Philadelphia resident Melissa Petriw sported a fabulous leather BCBG handbag in burnt orange that made me drool. Local favorites: Newporter Kelsey Anderson rocked a hot vintage leather jacket and Salvation Army scarf. Lynn de la Valette, owner of Royal Male, showed off a beautiful Native American necklace made of antique ivory.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Island Moving Co. presents Tchaikovsky's classic ballet
Sugar plum fairies and mini mouse kings will dazzle the ballrooms in Rosecliff Mansion in Newport this week. Island Moving Company presents its ninth season of "The Nutcracker," featuring Tchaikovsky's classic score. The ballet moves with the audience throughout the luxurious Bellevue Avenue mansion to create an intimate, memorable performance. Company dancers, guest artists and a large children's ensemble perform 14 performances of the ballet from Nov. 26 through Dec. 3. New to the ballet this year are the Mini Mouse Kings, with members from the company's new boy's class. Choreographer Miki Ohlsen added a new, majestic Snow Scene at the end of the first act that features a flurry of snowflakes and white tutus in Rosecliff's grand ballroom…
Friday, November 19, 2010
Comedians perform at The University of Rhode Island in early December.
Here are two good reasons to cross Newport's Pell Bridge next month... Funny men are taking over The University of Rhode Island during the first weekend of December. Comedian, actor, musician Nick Cannon, host of "America's Got Talent" and husband to Mariah Carey, will perform stand-up comedy on Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. in Edwards Hall at 64 Upper College Road in Kingston. Cannon starred, directed and executive produced "The Nick Cannon Show" and MTV's improv show, "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" and starred in 2002's "Drumline." Tickets available at the door: $3; $2 for URI students with ID. On Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Bill Hader, cast member of "Saturday Night Live," speaks at the Ryan Center at 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza in …
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The latest business news, deals and specials at Newport's local shops and restaurants.
It's the season for shopping, food, exercising and donating. Check out the buzz in Newport: SpaTerre's Jewelry Trunk Show Nov. 17 SpaTerre at the Hotel Viking hosts a trunk show Wednesday Nov. 17, from 5-8 p.m. of handmade jewelry by Arment Designs, owned by Newport designer Tyler Arment. The one-of-a-kind designs are inspired by vintage jewelry and nature and are made from vintage materials. SpaTerre, Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, Newport. (401) 848-4848. Visit Arment Designs online. Island CrossFit Offers Free Boot Camp Training About a month ago, Island CrossFit opened at 999 West Main Road in Middletown in the former Eblens location. From now until Jan. 1, the facility, run by coaches Matt and Mark Cameron, is offering free group …
Monday, November 15, 2010
Social work students raise awareness of cocoa and child labor; "The Dark Side of Chocolate" screens on Monday at 7 p.m.
Cold and strung together with rope, Salve Regina University students stood up against slave labor chocolate along the walkway to O'Hare Academic Center on Thursday, Nov. 11. As a group of 25+ students wore T-shirts with an emblem of a Hershey's chocolate bar wrapper that read, "Exploitation" and "Slave Labor Chocolate," they held signs and told passersby about child labor and trafficking in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the world's leading supplier of cocoa. The initiative stemmed from a social action project in the university's International Social Work course. In the class, a group of four social work students banned together to design and distribute 100 t-shirts to students and faculty and assembled outside of O'Hare Academic Center five…
Business news and deals around Newport.
Many of us have shopping on our minds as the holidays creep upon us oh, so quickly. Check out some current deals and retail news from around Newport. Potter & Co. Sale, Trunk Show & Store Renovation Potter & Co. has a lot going on. This week, they'll celebrate the birthday of Bella, the lovable shop dog, with 20 percent off all gloves and mittens from Nov. 17 through Nov. 20. On the 20th, Bella's actual birthday, customers and their dogs can enjoy pupcakes and cupcakes. If you bring your pooch into the shop that day, you'll receive 20 percent off all hats. During the last week of November, Potter & Co. will hold a trunk show at Archbeauty Skin Care Salon & Boutique at 18 Memorial Blvd West in Newport, just in time for the holidays. After …
Friday, November 12, 2010
Stylish gals shed layers, add shades in downtown Newport.
Good day, sunshine in Newport on Friday. With highs in the upper 50s, fashionable shoppers downtown wore minimal layers and their trusty summer sunglasses. The much-welcomed fall warmth gave way to exposed necks, lighter jackets and lots of leggings. This week's favorites: Anne Beneville, who rocked a short gray skirt and ruffly feminine top, and Alison DeSanctis, who paired a sophisticated bouclé blazer with an edgy metal necklace, plaid scarf and distressed jeans.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Newport Historical Society lecture debunks myths about early U.S. Navy uniforms.
The image of early American Navy seamen working barefoot on a ship is a myth, said historian Matthew Brenckle during a recent talk presented by the Newport Historical Society at The Colony House in Newport. In "Suited for Sea: U.S. Navy Enlisted Uniforms During the War of 1812," Brenckle presented research that debunked how popular fiction, film, and famed reference books, like "Uniforms of the Sea Services" by Robert H. Rankin, have falsely portrayed what Federal-era sailors wore on ships. Even re-enactors on the USS Constitution in Charlestown, MA, where Brenckle works as research coordinator, have replicated erroneous uniforms. Because there are almost no existing images (paintings or drawings) of U.S. sailors from the early 19th …
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Artist Kim Salerno, 40 URI students install exhibit set to open Friday.
For many of Kim Salerno's 40 students, it was the first time they'd ever entered the Newport Art Museum. But on Monday, the University of Rhode Island students drew lines, painted huge shapes and taped designs on the walls of the museum to help their art professor install "Big Miniature," which opens to the public on Friday, Nov. 12. Salerno first created the installation—originally titled "Big Miniature: Moving Through a Picture of a Room" on her grant proposal—at the Cushing Martin Gallery with students at Stonehill College in Easton, MA, in 2008. A portion of the work was shown at the University of Rhode Island, but this is the first time the colorful, multi-part installation will be shown in its entirety in Rhode Island. "I kind of …
Friday, November 5, 2010
Newport fashionistas wear weatherproof boots, coats & activewear.
Even though it's rainy and windy, you can still look stylish as you fight the weather on the streets of Newport. Despite the dreary weather—which unfortunately draws out way too many natty sweatshirts and puffy coats—these gals spotted around town still sported put-together looks that incorporate this season's trends, such as leather jackets, combat boots, boyfriend jeans and a well-fit blazer. My favorite piece of the week? Tiffany McClanaghan's black raincoat with bubble skirt hem—adorable, chic and memorable.