The Big Toast, a Great Gatsby-themed benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Ocean State, blends the decadence of the roaring 20s with the philanthropic spirit of the modern age. Partygoers are invited to dress in flapper dresses and fedoras (or business casual). They can also sample their fill of fine wines, craft beers, and quality liquors, celebrating just like the Prohibition-Era speakeasy dwellers did.
The evening's entertainment takes place at the Linden Place Museum. Throughout its storied history, the well-maintained mansion has entertained four presidents, generations of socialites, and famous performers such as Ethel Barrymore Colt. Appropriately enough, it even served as a set for the 1974 film adaptation of the The Great Gatsby.
The soldiers and military officers that once called Fort Adams home may be gone, but the paranormal energy they left behind still incites shivers in Fortress of Nightmares visitors. Guests confront the supernatural through several routes, one being ghost hunts. These 90-minute excursions into the unknown call upon The Rhode Island Paranormal Research group and knowledgeable tour guides to escort patrons through the facilities, answering questions about the barracks, officers’ quarters, casemates, and slabs of haunted meatloaf in the mess hall. Adventurers get even closer to lingering entities through rental electro-magnetic field detectors and infrared thermometers. Horror also reigns in the Tunnels of Terror, possessed stretches shrouded in spooky light and sound effects, and the zombie-themed Apocalypse airsoft range. Ghost tours offer a less-frightening look into the fort’s history and stories, thanks to a local-folklore expert who accompanies the tour guide.
With amenities such as an entertainment lounge and air conditioning, Double Trouble Charters' 50-foot Hatteras yacht named Reel Trouble allows guests to travel quickly as well as comfortably. At the helm, a licensed captain and first mate navigate the waters of Newport Harbor and nearby Narragansett Bay, granting their passengers pristine views of the shoreline, historical lighthouses, and mansions. All private and group excursions are BYOB, so passengers can bring their own food and drink rather than having to steal them from passing seagulls.