September: Second Star To The Right: A Tale of Hook and Pan


Fort Adams State Park

September 6 - 9, 2018

Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook & Pan  
A site specific ballet in collaboration with the Tall Ship the Oliver Hazard Perry created by Miki Ohlsen and Island Moving Company 


June: Summer Fundraising Party - Experience  Education  Exploration

Photo credit @fa3ryg1rl  

Photo credit @fa3ryg1rl

Fort Adams - Thursday June 28th

Our annual summer party in support of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island. The ship will be dockside and open for tours for our guests, while the evening begins with cocktails passed hors d'oeuvres, and raw bar. After spending time with friends and colleagues and viewing our silent auction, guests will be invited to be seated for a delicious dinner, dessert and then dancing. A live auction and pledge drive will raise funds for our educational programming.

Your support will help to further our mission to provide innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs that promote personal and professional growth.

Thank you to our Summer Fundraising Party Co-Chairs

Dayton Carr

Pam Kelley

Karen Kelly Shea

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Deck Tours at Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 (11am - 6pm)
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017 (11am - 5pm)

Docked at the historic Newport waterfront, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be open for tours. Donation to the non-profit to tour the ship is $5 for adults; $1 for children aged 12 and under. For more information, go here

Photo credit: 2nmediapro

Photo credit: 2nmediapro

Fall: OPEN house Dates

Fort Adams State Park

  • Saturday, September 2, 2017 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Sunday, September 3, 2017 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Fort Adams State Park, where SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is permanently berthed while not underway on voyages, is situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, offering an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Click here for more information


Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival - New London, CT

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be partaking in the CT Maritime Heritage Festival alongside USS Cole and USCGC Thunder Bay. Docked at City Pier, the ship will be open for tours. $5 per adult, $1 for children under the age of 12. Click here for more information. 


Newport International Boat Show
For boat show ticket holders only

  • Thursday – Sunday, September 14-17, 2017 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of Newport waterfront and exhibits all types of sail and powerboats ranging from 16 feet to 100+ feet. Click here for more information


Bowen's Wharf 27th Annual Seafood Festival
A small fee will be charged

  • Saturday – Sunday, October 14-15, 2017 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival is a free fall tradition on the Newport waterfront where vendors and restaurants offer their culinary takes on the bounty of the Ocean State. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be dockside and open for tours on all days for a small fee. Click here for more information



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Open Deck tours at Fort Adams - Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th

Please come aboard Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island's Official Sailing Education Vessel, which will be open to the public for free tours at Fort Adams on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday 25th from 11am - 3pm. Replica ships The Nina and Pinta will also be at Fort Adams during this time and are also hosting tours. (These require admission). Look forward to seeing you on board! 


Photo by Molly Lo

Photo by Molly Lo

June: Summer Fundraising Party - Experience  Education  Exploration

Newport Shipyard - Friday June 30th

Our annual summer party in support of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island. The evening began with cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, and raw bar. After spending time with colleagues and friends and viewing our silent auction, guests were invited to be seated for a delicious dinner and dessert followed with music by The Honky Tonk Nights and dancing.

Thank you for celebrating with us for this fabulous summer event on the Newport waterfront!




October: Seafood Festival 

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Bowen's Wharf - October 14th & 15th

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"


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!


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.


July: Summer Fundraising Party


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.


July: Summer Fundraising Party


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