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july 2017                                                      issue #96

SallyAnne Santos 
Welcome July!

Come celebrate Independence Day the Newport way in Washington Square. Several historical organizations have joined forces to create a schedule of all-American activities on the Fourth. Highlights include the reading of the Declaration of Independence, a concert culminating with John Philip Sousa's Stars & Stripes Forever, a pie-eating contest and a decorated bike parade. Also, throughout the day, celebrate Rhode Island's legacy of religious freedom and the First Amendment when more than a dozen houses of worship will be open to the public for tours. Learn how the building or the congregation that worships there symbolizes Newport's commitment to freedom of religion and diversity.

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Newport Regatta This month it just takes a glance at the Bay to see why Newport is the capital of the sailing world. This weekend NYYC hosts the Tiedemann Classic Regatta on 7/1-7/2.  Sail Newport's Annual Regatta is on from 7/7-7/9 and more 12 metres than seen in recent years will line up at the Newport Trophy from 7/20-7/24. Don't miss seeing the Candy Store Cup Regatta and view the spectacular super-yachts on the Newport Shipyard docks before and after racing from 7/27-7/29. The first Designer Series Rendezvous Honoring Ted Hood, Newport's own America's Cup winner and prolific yacht designer will be held 7/21-723. 

Save The Bay Also, on 7/29 cheer on more than 500 swimmers and 200 kayakers as they traverse 1.7 miles in Save the Bay's Annual Swim to raise funds to preserve Narragansett Bay for all our Ocean State activities.
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Dar Williams Although the big corporate cash grab that has become the Newport Folk Festival is sold out, (yup, I said it) there is plenty of easily accessible live music on the Island this month. NIMFest's FREE Concert Series at King Park is packed with local talent including the Lisa Martin Trio and Los Duderinos on 7/2, Allysen Callery, Randy Robbins Trio and Silverteeth on 7/9, Ladies of Blues & Soul with Diane Blue and Ilana Katz Katz on 7/16, Barkode and La Mechante & Le Connard on 7/23 and Joyce Katzberg, Thea Hopkins and The Gnomes on 7/30.

Ballard Park hosts Johnny Cash Tribute band Folsom on 7/12 and The Ravers on 7/26. If you care to cross a bridge, you'll be rewarded at The Narrow's Center for the Arts with The Steel Wheels on 7/6, Big Al Anderson & The Floor Models on 7/7, The Jerry Douglas Band on 7/14, Dar Williams and Chris Smither NRBQ on 7/15, The Stray Birds on 7/21, O-Town with Ryan Cabrera on 7/25 and Sonny Landreth on 7/28. The Narrow's 5th Annual FREE Block-A-Palooza features NRBQ and Girls, Guns & Glory on 7/13. 

And for the eighth year BridgeFest will fill the musical gap between the Folk and Jazz Festivals from 7/31-8/3; check their website as shows are added to the schedule this month.
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Enjoy a FREE screening of 1776 at the Jane Pickens Theater on 7/4, where Paris Can Wait and Beatriz at Dinner both continue through 7/6. Later this month, The Big Sick opens on 7/14 and runs through 7/27. Other special events include the annual Great Gatsby Movie Experience with Rosecliff Tour and a Jaws! Summer Party on 7/26. Ocean and music inspired FREE offerings from newportFILM Outdoors include Chasing Coral on 7/6, COYOTE: The Mike Plant Story on 7/13, Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton on 7/20 and Clive Davis: Soundtrack of Our Lives on 7/27.

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