SHORT FILM EXPLORES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND DIVERSITY

COLONIAL NEWPORT PROVES CRITICAL IN SETTING TONE OF TOLERNACE FOR A YOUNG AMERICA

Newport, RI. | November 2, 2022

Unknown to many, colonial Newport was home to America’s first Synagogue. That simple fact, and the social and civic leaders who made it a reality are the subject of a new short film, “Pathways to Understanding.”

Sponsored by the Touro Synagogue Foundation and produced by Newport Living & Lifestyles CEO, Christon Gibson, the film informs teachers, mentors, community leaders, and other interested adults to learn about this period in American History.

The film, developed for middle school students, premiered on Wednesday, November 2, at the Jane Pickens Film & Event Center, 49 Touro St. in Newport, RI. A moderated discussion followed and Charter Books had a table in the lobby for young adults buy books that reflect different voices and religions. The stories, mostly fiction, emphasize overcoming adversity, the strength of character, and positivity. The event was free and open to the public.

A new Touro Synagogue Foundation program for middle school students. The film is the first step for students, educators, parents, and civic organizations to better understand the history of religious freedom, diversity, and dialogue in colonial times and today and to set the stage for an upcoming middle school symposium. When on-site, in person, students will have an opportunity to participate in a highly interactive learning experience, engage in personal reflection, and practice critical thinking. Funding for the project was provided by the Rhode Island Foundation.

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For more information and access to public and private events, turn to Newport Living & Lifestyles on the web.

MAIN:   Christon Gibson.  Christon@NewportLivingAndLifestyles.com   401.207.7916

MEDIA:  Adam Himber adamhimberphoto@gmail.com 917.576.587

Newport is a vibrant, yet quaint, seaside resort community. Its charming character shines most brightly in the Spring & Summer months. Truly a “walking city” you can reach to the bustling waterfront, quiet colonial streets, magnificent mansions and some of the best beaches anywhere by foot, bike or trolley.

The Sensual Evening in the World of the Alfred Vanderbilt Mansion

THE LEGENDARY MANSION HOSTS DINNER WITH A DASH OF DECANDENCE

Newport, RI. | October 20, 2022

Always at the forefront of glamour and style, The Vanderbilt Auberge Mansion hosted a sold out dinner theater experience featuring captivating, and sensual performances, from No Ring Circus.

 

Newport Living & Lifestyles was on-hand {of course} to bring you the inside scoop from beyond the velvet rope. Definitely one of the best parties of the year, the team at the Vanderbilt pulled out all the stops for their guests.

 

Featuring an indulgent multi-course menu and unlimited champagne, the Library and Parlour spaces became activated from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm with specialty cocktails and additional performances from No Ring Circus. “The Cabinet of Curiosities” offered guests a chance to step into the seductive, unconventional, and fabulous world of Alfred Vanderbilt (who knew!) and celebrate the mansion as the destination for eccentricity, exploration, and glamour.

 

Ticket prices included a multi-course tasting menu, open bar, and access to the interactive cocktail hour from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm following the dinner.

 

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Potter League, Rhode Island’s most comprehensive animal welfare organization, offering shelter, community education, community support, and access to essential veterinary care for companion animals.

 

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For more information and access to public and private events, turn to Newport Living & Lifestyles on the web.

MAIN:   Christon Gibson.  Christon@NewportLivingAndLifestyles.com   401.207.7916

MEDIA:  Adam Himber adamhimberphoto@gmail.com 917.576.587

 

Newport is a vibrant, yet quaint, seaside resort community. Its charming character shines most brightly in the Spring & Summer months. Truly a “walking city” you can reach to the bustling waterfront, quiet colonial streets, magnificent mansions and some of the best beaches anywhere by foot, bike or trolley.

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“COSMIC COCKTAILS” LIGHT UP NEWPORT

Gourmet cocktail & dining experience paired with a psychic reading wows guests.

OCTOBER 19, 2022

Newport Living and Lifestyles shines an astral light on Newport’s drinking and dining scene with it’s recent COSMIC COCKTAIL event at the CLARKE COOK HOUSE at BANNISTARS WHARF.

The 2nd Annual Cosmic soiree paired craft drinks, fine dining and personalized psychic readings from Patti McGarrahan and Hilary Grenier from The Mindz Eye. With a the limited guest list of 16, the event is always a sell out and promises to be even bigger next year so mark your calendars now.

Guests enjoyed complimentary champagne upon arrival to the 12 Metre room and mixed and mingled with hostess Christon Gibson and then enjoyed a fantastic dinner and a prize giveaway with new friends and acquaintances. Psychic readings were available for all attendees daring enough to peer into their futures come what may!

Event photography was provided by @TheCocoanCo, a fixture on the Newport scene and all the social media feeds that matter.

Please see the 1st annual Cosmic Dinner and Cocktails event photos: https://newportlivingandlifestyles.com/cosmic-dinner-and-cocktails/

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Historic Clarke Cook House origin

Sea-captain Clarke Cooke built the original house just across from the wharfs on Thames Street in 1780. Nearly 200 years later, as part of a plan to restore Bannister’s Wharf to its original glory as a commercial hub, David Ray purchased the building and spent six months moving it, piece-by-piece, to the wharf in 1973.

For more information and access to public and private events, turn to Newport Living & Lifestyles on the web.

MAIN:   Christon Gibson.  Christon@NewportLivingAndLifestyles.com   401.207.7916

MEDIA:  Adam Himber adamhimberphoto@gmail.com 917.576.587

Newport is a vibrant, yet quaint, seaside resort community. Its charming character shines most brightly in the Spring & Summer months. Truly a “walking city” you can reach to the bustling waterfront, quiet colonial streets, magnificent mansions and some of the best beaches anywhere by foot, bike or trolley.

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Deborah Goodrich Royce does it all; Hotelier, Actress, Author

Her new book bravely draws on personal tragedy to redefine the idea of “Identity Thriller”.

A first glance there is nothing about Deborah Goodrich Royce that would belie the colorful and varied tapestry she has woven from her life’s experiences.

As an owner–along with her husband–of one of the country’s most famed seaside resorts, Rhode Island’s “Ocean House” her normal day is already full.  Today she breezes through the lobby in a light blue and white sundress casually greeting staff and club members prior to sitting down for our interview.  Perhaps most noticeable as we take our seats in the Veuve Clicquot “Secret Garden,” is her utter lack of pretention and a sense that she has the world-her world-perfectly under control.

The new book, “Reef Road” draws upon the calm outward exterior that she exudes and delves into a world inspired by personal, traumatic events.  In it, she has created a detailed, layered work of fiction that will have readers griping their seats. Amazon says: “In a nod to the true crime that inspired it, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Reef Road probes unhealed generational scars in a wrenching and original work of fiction. It is both stunning and sexy and, like a bystander surprised by a curtain left open, you won’t be able to look away.

I had the pleasure of spending nearly and hour speaking with Deborah on the hotel deck with expansive views of the Atlantic and passing rain showers creating a unique and mysterious mood suitable for discussing a murder mystery.  In that brief time, she impressed me not only with the depth and candor of the personal elements she brings to the book but her deep and thorough understanding of the craft of authorship. Her energy is ever present and she is especially animated when she speaks of her life, travels and most of all her family.

The entire interview is a “must see”

also see upcoming events with Deborah Goodrich Royce :

A CONVERSATION WITH ZIBBY OWENS ABOUT HER MEMOIR, BOOKENDS August 31st

https://deborahgoodrichroyce.com/events/

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For more information and access to public and private events, turn to Newport Living & Lifestyles

MAIN:   Christon Gibson

Christon@NewportLivingAndLifestyles.com

401.207.7916

PHOTO:  Adam Himber

adamhimberphoto@gmail.com

917.576.587

The Kia Ora Cosmic Ball hosted by Newport Polo

The Ball of all Balls 

The Newport Polo Gala never ever let’s you down. It truly is the ball of all balls. The energy is always there and the evening sweeps you away with views, romance, laughter and dancing. The attendees eyes are all a sparkle with sincerity, good will  and cheer. This year Jeffrey Osborne took the people in hand, table by table and shared his microphone with enthusiastic song. The guests were so titulated that the Auctioneer had trouble reigning in the crowd from their enjoyment, but fundraise he did!

All proceeds from the auction will support The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, to help Rhode Island kids meet their most basic needs, and keep music and the arts in Rhode Island schools.  Inspired by the profound impact music had on his family, Grammy-nominated R&B legend Jeffrey Osborne established his namesake foundation in 2012 and has raised over $1.5 million dollars to date in RI.  The foundation’s activities support its community partners, including St. Mary’s Home for Children & Family Services, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, Button HoleRhode Island Philharmonic Music School, the Met School, and the Amos House, Rhode Island’s largest Soup Kitchen.  For more information, visit www.jeffreyosbornefoundation.org.

Photos Captured by @Cocoanco , David Santarpia, Sue Metzger, Gina Manoni and Christon Gibson