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December 2015

Found 6 blog entries for December 2015.

Newport Harbor, RI: Lights on the Water

Boat Parade by Sea

Years ago, I was invited aboard a friend's boat participating in Newport's Annual Illuminated Boat Parade. It was cold that night…VERY cold. Bundled up in our warmest gear we headed out, excited for the adventure, thermoses of hot beverages in hand. Boat Parade - Newport Real EstateWe climbed aboard and started decorating stringing lights from bow to stern; with holiday music emanating from the speakers, we were ready for our first floating parade! The boat we were on happened to be the last in line which gave us a good view of the boats ahead and the spectators lining up along the harbor. 

And then…just before we were about to motor forward, the lights on our boat began to dim and the music began to fade.

The battery

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Author: Michele Mullowney. Michele and husband, Jim live on Historic Hill in an 18th Century Colonial.

WE WON! A NEWPORT RI CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

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To our shock and amazement, not only did we win the Newport RI Doorway Contest, but we won Grand Prize!  I am so grateful for my talented tenant, John LaPointe, he deserves all the recognition. A few years ago John made it his mission to help us decorate the doorway each year.

DOORMASTER, JOHN LAPOINTE'S DECORATING PROCESS

As each season approaches, John begins to gather great varieties of greens and colorful branches with berries, all with his latest design in mind. Piles of evergreens and colorful berry branches quietly build in our back yard. And then the magic happens. Tirelessly and with

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a post from guest blogger, ALYSON NOVICK

The Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center's holiday programs offer help and hope to hundreds of people in Newport County. They are our neighbors, friends, kids, teens, moms, dads - the folks who live and work all around us. The need is acute all year round but during the holidays it's especially great. Read on to see how you can help!

Did you know that 1 in 5 Rhode Islanders is food insecure?  Some need a little help, some need a lot, and that help is available at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

HOLIDAY HELP

In addition to opening the Food Pantry 5 times a week, the MLK distributes holiday meal baskets for the hungry. The baskets provide staples for the holiday meal along with enough

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EACH HANDMADE WREATH AN ORIGINAL!

For 45 years, "Christmas in Newport" activities have brightened the holidays here on Aquidneck Island. Nearly every day from December 1 through the New Year's Day, diverse activities showcase the wonder, joy and goodwill of the holiday season in Newport, RI.

Each year my friend Jennifer and I look forward to the Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, which happens this Saturday, December 5th from 9 am to Noon at the Rotunda at Newport's Easton’s Beach.  There's always a crowd, so it's a good idea to arrive early.  I guarantee you will see some friends, and it's a great way to kick off the season!

CREATING THE WREATHS

This year, Jennifer and I got together on Monday evening and made a variety of wreaths, using

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A Newport Author's Famous Story 

For as long as my husband and I have been reading the famed “The Night Before Christmas” story to our children, we have adopted the tradition of driving through the beautiful Kay/Catherine area of Newport each year to show them the house in which the actual story was written. There is even a plaque of Santa Claus himself right on the front of the big, old, white Victorian home so that must mean it was written here right??

Before my children grow up to call their childhood memory of this seasonal tradition a big ole farce, I thought to do a little research on the author, Clement C. Moore.  Did he really write the story and did he do so while residing at 25 Catherine Street? And to satisfy my literary curiosity

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IF YOU WANT TO SING OUT, SING OUT!

One of the great things about living in Rhode Island are the cultural events this time of year. The Jamestown Community Chorus has been performing since 1949 and they will be presenting their holiday concert featuring Christmas Carols from Old England and New England.

The 55 member choir will perform at 7:30 pm on the 12th and the following afternoon at 3pm. The public is  invited to come and enjoy the music. For those who are wondering the chorus in a non profit, secular chorus made up of over 450 singers over time of its founding until now. 

 Concert tickets are always available in advance at Baker’s Pharmacy, Jamestown Hardware and the Secret Garden. Also available at the door or by calling for

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