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!


This year, Jennifer and I got together on Monday evening and made a variety of wreaths, using different plant materials and embellishments. After a long day at work, I wasn’t feeling too creative. As the Christmas music played in the background, and we chatted, laughed and got busy cutting greens, tucking in dried flowers, hydrangea and seed pods from our gardens, the tension of the day melted away, it all came to life, and we had great fun. We added sea shells gathered on our beaches and ornaments hung on our trees from years ago.  Once Jennifer tied all the bows (she’s the one with the talent!) we had 7 works of art!

This is the 15th year Holiday wreaths and tabletop decorations, made by local organizations, designers, garden clubs and individuals like us are sold for the benefit Lucy’ Hearth.

Lucy’s Hearth is in Middletown, RI and is a 24–hour emergency and transitional shelter for mothers and their children who are homeless due to economic hardship, family crisis, divorce, eviction and shortage of affordable housing. Their primary goal is to foster independence and to help the residents gain the life skills needed to prevent future chronic homeless.

So, next year, consider gathering your friends and your creativity and design some wreaths to donate to this worthy cause.

Not feeling creative???? Well then just come on by the Rotunda and buy a wreath or two, they make great gifts that will last through the holidays helping to support those in need all year long.

For more info on the Christmas in Newport Activities call (401) 849-6454.

Or visit http://www.christmasinnewport.org/

For more info on Lucy’s Hearth visit www.lucyshearth.org

913 West Main Rd Middletown, RI (401) 847-2021


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