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may 2018                                                             #106

SallyAnne Santos

MAY DAY, MAY DAY! (in a good way)

Since living in Newport, I've become intrigued by our local history-- on every walk, run or ride around town, I appreciate the character and landmarks of each neighborhood and imagine walking in the footsteps of predeceasing Colonial, Victorian and Gilded residents. Newport itself inspires my historical daydreams and I suspect that many of you share them with me. Lucky for us, our numerous historically-minded organizations offer frequent programs of interest-- each one expands and colors my imaginings with fascinating details and though-provoking perspectives. In local legends, I list this month's programs, each is sure to enrich the experience of living in our incomparable, beloved City by the Sea. 

And speaking of the sea... the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is NOW racing toward Newport - details below in blue view.
Hooray for May!

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Volvo Ocean Race_ photo by SallyAnne Santos blue view 
Here they come-- The Volvo Ocean Race is speeding toward Newport! As I write our hometown team, Vestas is leading the tightly packed fleet of VO65s. The Race Village Opening at Fort Adams will be held on 5/8, with the first boat arrivals anticipated on 5/11. During the Newport Stopover, The Race Village (<Village map link) is THE place to be in the City-by-the Sea. In addition to getting an up-close look at the Volvo 65s, there are many free activities for the entire family including the Race Boat Experience, One Ocean Exploration Zone, The Globe, Team Bases, The Boatyard, Grinding Challenge, Virtual Reality, Kid Zone, Live Music, Dock Parties and more.

Both the In-Port Race on 5/19 and the Leg 9 Restart to Cardiff on 5/20, may be viewed from Fort Adams.

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Farm to Farm Bike Ride Bike Newport presents a full calendar of fun events this month starting today (5/1) with TLC & Tune Up. On 5/5, enjoy a pastoral ride on the traffic-free Farm to Farm Bike Ride event. Ladies Nights at the Bike Garage will be held on 5/10 and 5/24. Attend the first to prep your wheels for Bike to Work Week from 5/14 - 5/18 and Ladies' Only Rides each Wednesday evening starting at 5:30pm. Conversate, Motivate & Ride on 5/26 sounds interesting as the the Full Moon Ride on 529. (Helmets are required for events.)
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Derby Day Party at Linden Place Tomorrow, 5/2, and every Wednesday enjoy Walk-Around Wednedays: A Guided Tour of Blithwold. There are three excellent options for 5/5-- the Audubon Society's Migratory Bird Day, Linden Place's Derby Day Party and Ballard Park's Sky Gazing with Robert Horton & Scott MacNeill. The Norman Bird Sanctuary host's their Annual Birds & Breakfast event on 5/6 a Spring Plant Walk on 5/19 and a Free Guided Bird Walk on 5/20.  Learn more outdoors with a Pressed Botanicals Workshop on 5/10, Coggeshall Farm's Annual RI Wool & Fiber Festival on 5/19 and a Spring Mushroom Hike at Ballard Park on 5/26. Sakonnet Garden Open Days will be held on 5/26-5/27 and on  5/12, Rhode Island Rail Explorers opens for the season (through November). 
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Donna the Buffalo My picks at the The Narrows Center for the Arts this month include Eilen Jewell on 5/3, Steel Wheels on 5/4, John Cafferty & Beaver Brown Band on 5/5, Donna the Buffalo on 512, Slaid Cleaves on 5/16, Eric Lindell on 5/19, Justin Townes Earle on 5/25 and Jesse Colin Young on 5/26.

On 5/8, the Museum of Newport Irish History hosts Irish Folklore Singer-Storyteller, Helena Byrne.

p.s. See you at Dead & Co. on 5/30 at Xfinity (Great Woods ;-) 

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