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. We 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.
Author: Michele Mullowney. Michele and husband, Jim live on Historic Hill in an 18th Century Colonial.
WE WON! A NEWPORT RI CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!
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
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
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
...at our real estate office. So many good things have happened for us and Thanksgiving is a time not just to reflect on those blessings, but to find ways to give back to those who may not have had such a wonderful year.
There are many non profit organizations in need of help this time of year, but we thought that it would be good just to list a few in case you have a few extra hours to serve or maybe a few extra bucks to give.
The Martin Luther King Community Center has a number of needs for volunteers to help with Thanksgiving meal baskets for 255 families (up from 220 families in 2014!). Did you know that 1 in 5 Rhode Islanders is food insecure? That's 1 in 5 of the kids in your classroom, 1 in 5 of the health
Newport Harbor has it all and Goat Island has the front row seat! Sitting on the veranda of a Goat Island residence is truly like being afloat. No need to worry about admission to viewing the Newport leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, you are literally in it.
Sunsets and Restaurants
With 24-hour security, pool and tennis, this gated community offers a true escape on one of Newport's most treasured pieces of land. Watch the sun set over Jamestown Harbor from your living room (view from 1211 Capella, Goat Island, Newport pictured here) or take a short walk to Pineapple's on the Bay at the recently renovated Hyatt Hotel. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the harbor from the breezy porch of of the Marina Grill. Love being surrounded by luxury yachts?
With the blizzard of 2015 coming to New England, many homeowners are in full panic mode. First word of advice: STAY CALM. Now that we’ve made it past that one, here’s some tips to weather through the storm (Sorry for the bad pun everybody… Couldn’t help myself)
Be Prepared: The Boy Scout motto: “Always be prepared”. During a situation like a blizzard, home owners should be practicing this motto as well.
Stock up on Flashlights, candles, batteries: the biggest hurdle in a pending storm isn’t just the snow; it’s the potential for a power outage.
Have food you can eat without cooking if you don’t have a gas stove.
Bottled is water is always a good idea.
If you have pets make sure they have a few days worth of food
Woody Allen and US in Newport! - Quiet On The Set!
The latest Woody Allen film is being shot in Newport with Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey. Not only was one of our stunning listings at 6 Greenough Place, used in the filming, but Cathy & I are on set!! Don’t look for us in the credits (not yet anyway) but we are lucky enough to know the head of lighting Frans Weterrings (Red Sky Studios) and he is kind enough to invite us up close for a VIP tour of the set in front of the Franklin Spa (a local, beloved diner) on Spring Street.
Anyone that really knows me knows that I love this kind of thing! and WOW! it was just so fun. My early days in College studying Theatre and Cathy’s volunteer experience with Newport International Film Festival