Newport County Events Weekend June 11-12: Newport Gulls, 11th Hour

If you’re looking for the crack of the bat or the roar of the engines, there are events perfect for you this weekend.

Of course, that’s not all that’s going on.

Fancy something a little easier to live with? There’s a garden party for that. Or maybe you want to spend some time by the water without being sandy. Fort Adams State Park will have you covered.

And of course, during a weekend of big events happening across the state – we think of the Gaspee Days Parade in Warwick on Saturday or the PVDFest all weekend in Providence – there is an event that takes place in Bristol with a Newport County feel that just might be worth leaving the area.

Newport Gulls

Collegiate baseball returns to Cardines Field with the Newport Gulls opening their 21st season. The team officially kicks off the 2022 campaign on Wednesday, June 8, but the Friday night opener at the historic stadium is June 10 against the Valley Blue Sox.

This year’s team will be led by Middletown native and former Gulls pitcher Frank Holbrook, while nine players will travel to Newport after receiving year-end honors from their respective collegiate conferences.

Tickets can be purchased on game night for $5, $2 for seniors, military and teens and $1 for children 12 and under. Tickets can also be purchased in advance for $5 each.

#OceanHour Week

With the Newport Bermuda Race due to begin on June 17, the week leading up to kick-off will be a time to celebrate the return of the 11th Hour Race Team to Narragansett Bay during #OceanHour week.

The week-long ocean-themed event begins Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fort Adams State Park. The festivities will continue at the same times on Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18 and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday June 13 to Thursday June 16.

11th Hour Racing Team is developing a sustainability plan which it hopes will create real change within the marine industry.

Exhibits will include an immersive hologram experience on the importance of marine ecosystems, an exhibition of ocean-themed artwork by local students, and information on actions the public can take for the ocean.

Additionally, 11th Hour Racing Team yacht Mālama will make her debut in Narragansett Bay after a transatlantic crossing from her training base in Concarneau, France to her hometown of Rhode Island.

St. Columba’s Garden Party

St. Columba’s 29th Annual Garden Party takes place on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Free entry.

This year’s event will include tents offering books, puzzles, DVDs and more; a candy toss and a wine toss; a flower festival; Green Thumb Plant and Garden Stand; a petting zoo; gourmet treats; and the Treasure Trove where visitors can find great deals on items donated by St. Columba parishioners.

All funds raised will benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

Newport Motor Museum

June marks the fifth anniversary of the Newport Car Museum and the coming weekend offers a variety of options for visiting the museum at 1947 West Main Road in Portsmouth.

A 1975 Porsche 911S Targa on display at the Newport Car Museum.

Five new cars will be on display, including a 1965 Ferrari 250 GTO (Re-Body), a 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500, a 2019 Ford GT, a 1957 Isetta Bubble Top and a 1975 Porsche 911S Targa. It will also be a Hoods Up weekend, offering visitors the opportunity to inspect the engines of more than 85 cars in six galleries and in the temporary Porsche exhibition.

Additionally, the “built, not bought” component cars will meet in the museum parking lot after leaving Factory Five in Wareham, Mass., at 3 p.m. Saturday. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Black Ships Festival

The Japan America Society of Rhode Island will host the 39th Annual Black Ships Festival from Friday to Sunday in Bristol.

Celebrating the friendship and culture between Japan and the United States and the trade treaty brokered by Rhode Island Cmdr. Matthew C. Perry More than 160 years ago, the weekend full of events will include arts and crafts, Taiko drumming and martial arts, as well as a variety of activities for all ages and all interests. Independence Park will become a Japanese-American village with crafts and martial arts.

The opening ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday at Rockwell Park. The arts and crafts and martial arts fair is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Independence Park, and a memorial service will be held Sunday at 9 a.m. at Perry’s grave in Island Cemetery, Newport.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit blackshipsfestival.com.

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