When the Newport Historical Society and the Newport Restoration Foundation joined forces, the result was Newport History Tours. Founded to celebrate the region’s rich and vibrant history, Newport History Tours designed more than a dozen tours that explore the city’s landmarks, historic sites, and more than 300 pre-Revolutionary War–era buildings. The tours touch on just about every aspect of the city’s past, with themes that range from the colonial era and Golden Age to prohibition smuggling, historical criminals, and lantern-lit holiday strolls.
UPS Stores collect packages for timely deliveries across town and around the globe, as well as streamline mail retrieval, photocopying, and other daily tasks. Prudent parcel packagers will safely stow shippables and help you choose an appropriate mailing solution, guaranteeing your item's safe arrival and standing ovation after the opening-night reception. For clerical tasks, visit a store and make 65 8"x11" color copies, or print off 315 black-and-white fliers to solicit a new flugelhorn player for your California Raisins cover band ($25). UPS also offers mailbox rentals with 24-hour access if your home mailbox is infested with bitter, obsolete fax machines ($29 for a three-month rental).
Passionate staffers at Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County draw on their extensive experience in childcare and youth development to provide a stimulating and enlightening environment for kids ages 5–18. The team helps youngsters develop self-confidence and critical thinking skills during a number of age-appropriate educational, athletic, and arts-related programs at four clubhouse facilities, which collectively boast pools for aquatic activities and recreational centers equipped with game rooms and a rock-climbing wall. They'll inspire burgeoning computer programmers in Lego Robotics and equip teens with the tools and flawless California accents to write, record, and edit their own film in the SHOOT program.
The harbor front in downtown Newport transforms into a kaleidoscopic canvas on which contributions from regional and national artists converge with the sounds of live bluegrass and jazz. Pairs can meander through a marketplace gallery of glassworks, mixed media, and ceramics that represent the greatest confluence of refinement and functionality since the jewel-studded Swiss Army knife. Bare necks and wrists become portable museum exhibits with wearable art from some of the festival’s homemade jewelry vendors. As guests continue their circuitous journey through the Newport Yachting Center, the live sounds of saxophones, steel guitars, and bongo-playing seagulls waft from the stage in an auditory complement to the vibrant paintings photographs lining shops’ walls.
Norman Bird Sanctuary spans more than 300 acres and seven miles of hiking trails where binoculared bird lovers can spy on local and migratory birds. Hikers can explore the woods or climb Hanging Rock to feast on views of the ocean. In addition, the Sanctuary organizes public programs such as hands-on educational events for children and evening lectures for adults.
At Newport Equestrian, the mother-daughter team of Suzanne Hourihan and Kamala Duffy handle all instruction duties, helping beginners and experienced riders alike to improve their skills. The instructors root their approach in the principles of sound equitation—a focus that Suzanne inherited while training under Irish Olympic rider Nole McGee as a child. Kamala, a USEF hunter/jumper competitor, carries on her mother's passion as she coaches riders of all stripes, from casual pleasure and trail riders to show jumpers intent on winning a gold medal before some cool new Flash game makes the Olympics obsolete. During private and semi-private lessons on flatwork courses, Kamala teases out riders' potential while treating them with respect and encouraging them to overcome the improvement plateaus they'll inevitably reach.