Friday, June 5, 2015

Fashion Show Ochre Court Mansion - Child & Family's Au Courant

Newport Life Magazine is proud to be a media partner of Au Courant. The most anticipated fashion event of the season by Child & Family and StyleWeek Northeast.

Guests of Au Courant will be treated to the ultimate VIP experience as designers descend on Newport, Rhode Island for a fabulous night at Ochre Court Mansion. From the cocktail party, silent auction and runway show, to delicious hors d'oeuvres and open bar provided by Pranzi Catering & Events - Au Courant, The Golden Age of Hollywood will be the most glamorous event this summer.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26 | 6:30 to 11:00 PM
Ochre Court Mansion | 100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport

Runway Show | Cocktail Party | Designer Sale | Music & Dancing.


Artiss Akarra

Artiss has pioneered innovation and design as an independent designer designing for various US and International brands. He currently owns, designs and operates under his own luxury designer optical and swimwear brand EIGHT | United Republic Affair.

Antwan Byrd

Antwan draws inspiration from a scattered array of elements from architecture, photography, film, and all forms of art, but mostly people. His line, DeBrichhio, caters to the busy woman who wants to look beautiful and sexy as she goes about her day-to-day activities.

Jess Abernethy

Jessica, a Providence-based designer, creates clean, forward and wearable apparel. Jessica returned to the United States in 2001 and launched her own line. Jessica's designs channel a sharp, effortless sophistication, reminiscent of the New England upper crust.  

Jonathan Joseph Peters

Jonathan is an up-and-coming women's wear designer who marries ready-to-wear with avant-garde. He was on season 7 of Project Runway. Jonathan has conceptualized and designed for fashion productions throughout the world for over two decades.  

Robert Merton

In 2011, Merton founded his fashion company, Alistair Archer, named for his two sons, 3-year-old Alistair and 9-year-old Archer. He began manipulating his art work into bright prints and eventually expanded to women's custom and ready-to-wear clothing.

Amy Stetkiewicz 

Receiving an education at Parsons School of Design NYC and inspired by all things modern, Stetkiewicz is a reflection of Amy's own personal style. She blends edgy minimalism grounded in technical perfection and construction and styling.



Sara Hiebner | Vice President Business Development, BankNewport
Rosanna Ortiz | President, StyleWeek Northeast
Marc Streisand | President, Marc Allen Fine Clothiers

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Newport International Polo Opening Day 6th June

Newport International Polo Opening Day

This Saturday is Opening Day of Newport International Polo Series XXIII. Cheer on USA as they go head to head against the Monaco Polo Team. The match begins at 5pm at the Newport Polo Grounds in Portsmouth.

Please join us on Opening Day in welcoming the Monaco Polo Team, scheduled to make its debut in the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series XXIII, Presented by BMW on Saturday June 6 at 5pm at the polo grounds of Glen Farm, 715 East Main Road/Rte.138 in Portsmouth, RI.

USA team captain Dan Keating adds  “We look forward to playing a challenging opponent, and expect a good contest.”

A weekly door prize drawing from Massage Envy will be awarded, as well as a prize for the Best Tailgate, sponsored by our friends at Hangar 1 Vodka and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  The 2-hour match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation of the inaugural USA vs. Monaco silver perpetual cup, naming of the Best Playing Pony, autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.  Get your glass of VC bubbly at the Twisted Pony bar and join in the toast!

Reservations and advanced ticket sales are available online only, beginning in March, by clicking the links within the venue diagram shown above.  (Group SalesSeason Passes and Souvenirs & Gifts are available year-round).  Admission tickets are also sold at the entry gates which open at 1pm (noon in Sept.). For info about polo lessons, or regarding weather-related status of the match, call the 24-hour Info Hotline (401) 846 - 0200.  For details about concessions & amenities, venue and other information, use the About Newport Polo link at the top of this page.

During their visit, the Monaco team will also enjoy America's Cup Charter sailing; paddle boarding - courtesy of Island Surf & Skate; tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame; helicopter tours with Birds Eye View Helicoptour Tours; Newport mansion tours and a team dinner at the one and only Clarke Cooke House for a truly memorable visit to the City by the Sea.

The Polo Series will also feature the return of Brazil as guests of honor for our gala weekend in August, and the return of fan favorites such as Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, England and Mexico, as well as City Teams from Boston, Dallas, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, and New York and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September.

With the debut of Monaco, the Polo Series will have hosted 31 nations over its 23 seasons including England, Ireland, Scotland, Chile, Kenya, Jamaica, Italy and Singapore this summer, and Costa Rica, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Barbados, France, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Sweden & Singapore.

This is the 24th season of the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by Alex and Ani, Atria Senior Living, Balfour BeattyForty 1 North, Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Rockstar Limo, Veuve Clicquot, McGrath Clambakes, Newport Daily News, Rockport, Stella Artois, and promotional partners including Exquisite Events Design, The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, Massage Envy, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, the Cocktail Guru, Vita Coco, and Discover Newport. “Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the rivalry against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.

Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 715 East Main Road (Rte. 138) in Portsmouth.   This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600's. Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.

34th Annual Chowder Cook-Off here at Fort Adams on Saturday, June 6th from 12-6 PM!

Kick Off June with a Weekend of Fun at Fort Adams!

Newport Waterfront Events presents the
34th Annual Chowder Cook-Off here at Fort Adams
on Saturday, June 6th from 12-6 PM!
Come enjoy some of the best Chowder around, paired with drinks, entertainment, and more!
Buy your tickets here.

The Newport 10 Miler is sold out!
Please help us make this the best race yet by volunteering and supporting the racers.
The race starts and ends at Fort Adams
on Sunday, June 7th at 8 AM.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities here
or email Jon White

Friday, May 1, 2015

What to see when Volvo Ocean Race comes to Newport

A round-the-world regatta takes a breather, allowing sailing fans a glimpse behind the scenes.

The Volvo Ocean 65 yachts set off on October 11 from Alicante, Spain, for their nine-month, nine-leg seafaring marathon.

Newport’s Fort Adams State Park will serve as Race Village headquarters during the 12-day stopover in May.
In today’s world of virtual reality and ubiquitous video games, it’s difficult to find men and women who still pit muscle, wits, and willpower against the harsh elements.
Difficult, but not impossible.
In early May, local sailing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see true adventurers when the Volvo Ocean Race yachts sail into Newport, Rhode Island, for a 12-day stopover in their worldwide quest.
Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, this premier sailing event is held every three years and last visited the region during the 2008-09 edition in Boston. When the competitors complete the final leg at the finish line in Gothenburg, Sweden, they’ll have covered 38,739 nautical miles, the equivalent of 44,580 statute miles.
Newport is the race’s sole US stopover, one of 11 international ports that the nine-month, nine-leg seafaring marathon will visit. A global cast of competitors aboard the six identical 65-foot yachts (a seventh entrant — Team Vestas Wind — ran aground in the Indian Ocean in late November and dropped out) will sail north to the Ocean State from Itajai, Brazil, having already turned the corner around Cape Horn at the tip of South America.
These stopovers allow sailors a mental break after weeks battling enormous waves — and enduring mind-numbing doldrums — on the open ocean, and they give their land-based support teams a chance to make repairs to their $6 million racing yachts. But these mid-race breaks also give sailing fans a chance to meet the world’s most skilled sailors, learn more about the sport, and view some of the planet’s most technologically advanced sailing vessels, which are typically owned by sailing organizations or wealthy individuals and financed by corporate sponsors.
“Stopovers really are our chance to reconnect with the outside world,” says Matt Knighton, 30, the onboard reporter with the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. “Nothing beats the flotilla of spectator boats that come to greet you several miles out when you arrive.”
Known as the City by the Sea, Newport has a storied sailing past that will also be on full display. An important port prior to the Revolutionary War, Newport emerged after the Civil War as an enclave of the wealthy. Rich industrialists built opulent mansions and imported their pricey pastimes, including sailing. For a half century, from the 1930s to 1983, Newport was home to the famed America’s Cup race, contested in later years by the quintessential 12-meter racing yachts.
February 8, 2015. Leg 4 Start; The fleet

All the sailboats in the Volvo Ocean Race have identical designs.
“The Newport stopover means the world to me, personally,” says Charlie Enright, 30, skipper of the US-based Team Alvimedica and a Bristol, Rhode Island, native who was an All-American sailor at Brown University. “It will mean we’ve gotten around the horn, a life goal, and it will mean that I get to share where I’m from with the rest of the world.”
Fort Adams State Park, site of the country’s largest coastal fortress, will be the site of the Race Village, a joint effort of promoters, city and state tourism officials, and several sponsoring organizations, including Sail Newport (Rhode Island’s public sailing center) and Discover Newport.
Race Village is open to all, free of charge. Inside, visitors can explore a cross section of a Volvo Ocean 65 yacht. Organizers voted to adopt a “one-design” platform to ensure the race would be a contest based purely on sailing skill rather than the technological arms race that once characterized the America’s Cup, as competitors built dangerously light boats to gain an edge.
Fans can also tour boatyards and sail lofts, experience sailing through the eyes of the racers at a show and cinema, or even meet the competitors on the “sailors’ terrace.”
“The way I look at it, Newport won’t be a ‘stopover’ for us at all,” says Enright. “We’ll be wrapped up with activity the whole time. We like being ambassadors for the sport and the town. I am sure there will be plenty of public interaction.”
January 19, 2015. Day 16 of Leg 3 to Sanya onboard Team SCA. Sally Barkow helps pull the J1 sail on board after the Team changes sails.

The “one-design” platform ensures that the race will be a contest of sailing skill instead of technology.
On May 17, the six yachts will depart, but before they leave, competitors will begin tuning up for the next leg with several “in-port” races in Newport Harbor and Rhode Island Sound. A Jumbotron and live commentary will allow spectators to view the action on the water.
To enhance the hands-on experience for budding sailors, Sail Newport is hosting outings on Newport Harbor on J/22 sailboats, with certified skippers at the helm. No experience is necessary, and life jackets will be provided. There will also be live concerts and an “exploration zone” with interactive exhibits on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, wind, water and weather experiences, and marine technology.
“It’s an opportunity for Newport to show the world that it actually is sailing’s capital,” Enright says. “By coming to this stopover, you get to be part of Newport’s yachting rejuvenation. This will be the biggest sailing event in Newport in the last 30 years.”

Friday, April 24, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race on its Way to Newport

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet on Their Way to Newport
Team Alvimedia Leads the Way Home

Newport, RI (April 19, 2015) -  As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Brazil for Newport, RI today, led by American Team Alvimedica, race fans gathered @the Deck on Waites Wharf in Newport.  Guests at the Heineken party watched what Rhode Island has been waiting and preparing two years for - the race headed to its only North American stopover in Newport.

 The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s are on their way to  Newport for a twelve-day public celebration
 in the Ocean State May 5 - 17 at Fort Adams State Park. The event will include shore side activities, team compounds , concerts, entertainment, a marine Exploration Zone and racing within yards of the shore line.

Under a year ago, a young and inexperienced Team Alvimedica sailed out of Newport, RI on a Transatlantic training run to Europe to prepare for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. Ten months later, skipper Charlie Enright, 30, of Bristol, RI, and his crew have logged more than 40,000 ocean miles and now have their sights set on winning the 5,000-mile leg to their homeport.

Charlie Enright interviewed on the
docks today before leaving Itajai,
Brazil - next time he's off the boat
it will be on home soil.
Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez/
Volvo Ocean Race
In excruciatingly light conditions at the start in Itajai, Enright and crew eked out a narrow lead at the first mark in the team's quest to be the first to Newport. Due to the light in shore breeze, the race committee changed a portion of the ln-shore loop to send the boats offshore more quickly in what will hopefully be more favorable racing.  Alvimedica led the pack out of Itajai on their way home to the U.S.

"It will be very exciting to see family and friends and hopefully the massive crowds of people that await us," Enright said before docking out. "The team is in a good place, we have been training in the right direction, and we're poised to have a good leg."

"I have been looking forward to this leg since the start. We feel really privileged
to do this race and in addition it comes to Newport, which makes it really special for me.  The maritime industry is a big part of the economy in Rhode Island and I know everyone is looking forward to our arrival. I think there will be big crowds on the water and on the land when we get there. It's a real homecoming."

Enright is joined onboard by fellow Rhode Islander Nick Dana, 29, of Newport who is the boat captain and bowman. The team's Onboard Reporter is Amory Ross, 30, of Newport.  Team co-founder and watch captain is Mark Towill, 26, of Kanehoe, HI, who after his years at Brown University with Enright, calls Rhode Island his second home.

Amory Ross is excited to share the team's stories and images over the next two weeks as the team races toward home. "There is something very romantic about sailing home. Any time you come home from a long trip, it's always a good feeling to return home. It's a story I am really looking forward to tell.  To have the added incentive os sailing to Rhode Island is a very special thing."

With Newport as the team's official homeport, the team is certain to be pushing themselves to the limit to beat the fleet home. This is where the young team trained and set out from 10 months ago. The team has since logged about 40,000 miles and grown together as a team and steadily improved their performance since the start of the Volvo Ocean Race last October.

 "It's really a dream come true to be able to sail into Narragansett Bay as part of this race. Seeing the Newport Bridge from Rhode Island Sound will be pretty surreal. That will be the moment when it all kicks in for me. It's a big moment for me - it's where I grew up sailing - and it' a big moment for our team. It's where we did two transatlantics last summer and that's where our team started coming together."

Newport Mayor Jeanne Napolitano
officially received the ceremonial baton pass from the Itajai Mayor and wiished Charlie Enright  (L) and team fair sailing.
Photo: Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/
Volvo Ocean Rac
Newport Ready to Celebrate!
Once the fleet arrives in Newport, a 12-day public celebration will be hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center, the State of Rhode Island, its Department of Environmental Management, The City of Newport and Discover Newport. Events will include entertainment, a marine Exploration Zone, kids' activities, a food court, team compounds, Heineken Docks beer garden, sponsor pavilions, a theater, up-close viewing of the race boats during Pro-Am and In-Port racing and the Leg Start to Lisbon on May 17 all from Fort Adams State Park.

Team Alvimedica race crew for Leg 6: Alberto Bolzan, 32, (ITA); Nick Dana, 29, (Newport, RI, USA); Charlie Enright, 30, (Bristol, RI, USA); Ryan Houston, 32, (NZL); Sebastien Marsset, 30, (FRA); Will Oxley, 49, (AUS); Dave Swete, 30, (NZL); Mark Towill, 26, (Kanehoe, HI, USA); and OnBoard Reporter Amory Ross, 30, (Newport, RI, USA).

Team Alvimedica is the youngest entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, the world's toughest and longest sporting event. The crew is led by American skipper Charlie Enright, age 30. Alvimedica, the European based medical devices company, is the team's owner. Founded in 2007, Alvimedica is a fast growing challenger in the global field of interventional cardiology, committed to developing minimally-invasive technologies. This is the team's first entry in the extremely challenging 39,000-mile race that started October 11, 2014 from Alicante, Spain and features stopovers in 11 ports around the world.

In the United States, TV coverage continues on the NBC Sports Network AND OutsideTelevision. Check local listings.

Follow Team Alvimedica on:
Alvimedica high resolution photos are available:
Contact: Jane Eagleson, Team Alvimedica, Head of Communications,



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Newport Daffodil Days Festival 4/17/2015 TO 4/19/2015

Newport Daffodil Days Festival
Date: 4/17/2015 TO 4/19/2015
Time: 5:30 PM TO 5:30 PM

13 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI 02840


Event Description: Stroll along our brick and cobblestone walkways, enjoy live music, daffodil-themed plantings and window decorating on the wharf. Daffy & Free activities throughout Newport including doggie parade, bike ride and more.
Bowen's and Bannister's Wharves, Newport, RI. Also along Bellevue Avenue, Ruggles Avenue/Ballard Park, and Cliff Walk at Salve Regina.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Newport Marathon

The Newport Marathon will take place on October 11, 2015 and feature all of the beauty and grandeur the City By The Sea has to offer. The only marathon and half-marathon in Newport, the course is simply astounding: winding ocean-side roads, miles of waterfront views and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue.

The races will begin at 7:30 AM in Newport, Rhode Island and travel through the city, as well as neighboring, Middletown. The race will utilize a USATF-certified course and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and all other major marathon events.

The Races

Whether you're an advanced runner looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon, or just looking for a scenic jog and walk, The Newport Marathon and Half Marathon promises a good time for participants of all speeds.

Note: The Middletown portion of the marathon course is pending final approval on May 18.

A 26.2 mile running tour of Aquidneck Island. This seaside USATF certified course showcases the best of Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island

Register Course Map
The scenic first half of the marathon course features historic Downtown Newport, Fort Adams, Ocean Drive and the famous Bellevue Avenue mansions