Events


2017

June: Summer Fundraising Party - Experience  Education  Exploration - the arctic

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Newport Shipyard - Friday June 30th

Please join us for our annual summer party in support of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island. The evening will begin at 6 PM with cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, and raw bar. After spending time with colleagues and friends and viewing our silent auction, guests will be invited to be seated for a delicious dinner and dessert followed with music by The Honky Tonk Nights and dancing. Please join us for this fabulous summer event on the Newport waterfront!  

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2016

October: Seafood Festival 

 
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Bowen's Wharf - October 14th & 1

Historic Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport, RI, will host the 26th annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, on October 14th and 15th. Named one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine, this event is an open invitation to come back to the waterfront after the rush of the summer season!

Honoring the "Harvest of the Sea," the Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos, lobster rolls, fried calamari, signature cocktails and cold beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Other neighboring restaurants and fisherman's associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for landlubbers and kids). Fresh juice, soft drinks, desserts and kettle corn for your sweet tooth. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf and proceeds from festival bars benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, RI's brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel which will be at Bowen's Wharf Marina and available for ship visits.  

July: Summer Fundraising Party - "launching life's adventure"

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Newport Shipyard - Friday July 1st

Please join us for our annual summer party in support of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island. The evening will begin at 6 PM with cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, and raw bar. The ship will be dockside and open to board. After spending time with colleagues and friends and viewing our silent auction, guests will be invited to be seated for a delicious dinner and dessert followed by dancing. Please join us for this fabulous summer event on the Newport waterfront!


2015

July: Summer Fundraising Party -  "homeport rhode island"

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Newport Shipyard - Friday July 3rd

Please join us to celebrate the completion of this unprecedented $16 million economic development project that has supported hundreds of jobs in the Rhode Island marine industry. We invite you to share in this proud accomplishment at our "Homeport Rhode Island" Gala on Friday, July 3rd at Newport Shipyard. This event will honor our Board Chairman, Bart Dunbar, for his unfailing devotion towards Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island.


2014

July: Summer Fundraising Party

 
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Newport Shipyard - Friday July 4th

Non-profit Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island is celebrating its 200-foot square-rigged Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry with a fundraising gala at the Newport Shipyard. The event will pay tribute to Rhode Island’s official Sailing Education Vessel; and honor the organization’s three shipyard partners – Newport Shipyard, Senesco Marine and New England Boatworks – which have demonstrated the outstanding quality of Rhode Island’s skilled marine trades. Throughout the evening, guests can participate in a live and silent auction all while enjoying cocktails, dinner and dessert.  Mystic, the 180 ft square topsail schooner which is our platform for our 2014 programs, will be dockside and open for visits. Proceeds from the night will go toward the organization’s educational programs.


2013

July: Summer Fundraising Party

 
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Newport Shipyard - Friday July 5th

The 2013 fundraiser honors the leadership of OHPRI Chairman Emeritus, VADM Thomas R. Weschler, USN (Ret). Tom has been a driving force behind Tall Ship events since he volunteered to help manage the 1976 Bicentennial event in Newport. And, since then, many Tall Ship events have been a direct result of his energy, leadership, and personal commitment.

Following the 2007 Tall Ship Festival, Tom spearheaded the acquisition, design, funding, and construction of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which will be on display at the Newport Shipyard during the July 5th Dedication Evening. Beginning with the purchase of a bare, steel hull in Ontario, Tom has been committed to the successful completion of the Perry’s development and evolution. After being towed through the Erie Canal to Rhode Island, the ship has been a maritime project in progress here in Narragansett Bay both in Providence and North Kingstown. Upon completion next year she will be one of America’s premier sailing education vessels.

As we prepare to go to sea for Perry’s first educational programs with Rhode Island schools and colleges, Tom will be our model for the high standards of education, seamanship, and operation on the future course we must steer