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Fall is in Full Swing in Newport, Rhode Island

NEWPORT, RI – It’s no wonder why people from around the world flock to New England during our resplendent autumn months. Festivals abound, the harvest is bountiful and Mother Nature is at her finest. Newport and its surrounding eight coastal communities welcome visitors from near and far to experience the spoils of the season:

Oct. 10-31: Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch Pumpkins, food, music, crafts and more at Trinity Church on Queen Anne Square.

Oct. 10: Festa Italiana: Festival in the Park Savor Italian food and novelties, music, dancing, raffles plus a children’s storyteller and musician.

Oct. 12: Newport Columbus Day Parade The Grand Marshal will lead the parade, which steps off at St. Joseph’s Church on Broadway at noon, to the Columbus Monument at Memorial Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue.

Oct. 14, 21 & 28: Broadway All-Star Chef’s Challenge Four local restaurants will create exciting, farm fresh dishes based on theme ingredients each week—you won’t leave hungry. Featured restaurants: Tavern on Broadway, Boru Noodle Bar, Pour Judgement and Hope Food & Spirits. Ten tickets available per event.

Oct. 15: Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga “UnWine-d” at Newport Vineyards with Thames Street Yoga followed by a wine tasting onsite.

Oct. 16: Lenny Clarke makes his Newport Comedy Series debut with comedian Tony V.

Oct. 16-18, 23-25: Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams Experience the Tunnels of Terror, try your hand at Zombie Laser Tag or take in the Killer Film Fest. Those 12 and under can head to the Kids Fun House for snacks, crafts and trick-or-treating.

Oct. 17: Halloween Movie Night at Ballard Park Movies under the stars includes showings of Hotel Transylvania and Young Frankenstein preceded by a children’s costume parade.

Oct. 17: Fall Family Open House at the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of FameComplimentary admission to the museum, tours, family activities, outdoor games, hot cider, snacks, shopping, raffles and more.

Oct. 17-18: 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival Taste chef’s creations from a record number of participating restaurants and fine food vendors including: Matunuck Oyster Bar, Pour Judgement, Speakeasy Bar & Grill, The Black Pearl, SaltWater, Rhode Island Shellfisherman’s Association, Shuckin’ Truck, Gilded Tomato Artisanal Pizza, Boru Noodle Bar, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, Wharf Pub and Diego’s. Enjoy face-painting, pumpkin painting and other children’s activities alongside the Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel.

Oct. 25: A Taste of Bristol and Beyond Bristol’s premier food and wine event unfolds at Linden Place Museum with more than 40 restaurants, caterers, local vineyards and breweries. Guests will enjoy gourmet samplings in the fabulously decorated ballroom and tented gardens of this magnificent estate.

Oct. 25: Citizen’s Bank Pell Bridge Run One of the most unique road races in the Northeast! Once a year pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport in this 4 mile run/walk.

Oct. 31: Annual Halloween Walkabout Dress in your best costumes and stroll all the shops of downtown Bristol for an afternoon of trick-or-treating.

Oct. 31: Farmfest at Mount Hope Farm Experience historical tours, Native American storytellers, reenactment militia, farm animals and hayrides at this family-friendly event which also includes the year-round Farmer’s Market in the barn, live music and food with a host of activities for kids of all ages.

Oct. 31: The Perfect Pumpkin Party at the Audubon Environmental Education Center An annual day of pumpkin fun. Visitors can try their hand at pumpkin golf, pumpkin ring-toss and pumpkin art. Buy a pumpkin from their “patch” and decorate it with provided art supplies.

Nov. 6-15: Newport Restaurant Week With more than 50 participating restaurants throughout Newport County, Restaurant Week has grown into one of the most anticipated (and mouth-watering) events of the season. Seasonal menus, local farm fresh dishes and seafood caught right off Rhode Island’s shores make for extraordinary lunches and dinners. Make reservations early!

Stay and save with a host of Last Minute Deals and themed Getaway Packages including food and wine, spa pampering, girlfriend getaway, artisan, romance and mansion-hopping. Find details here:


Enjoy live music at Newport Vineyards weekend afternoons through October from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. andlive jazz music at Greenvale Vineyards on Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through November.

Escobar’s Annual Corn Maze This eight-acre corn maze featuring a Wizard of Oz theme is a family favorite as are the hayrides and the Hay Play area. Halloween party on Oct. 24. Maze open through Nov.

Busking at Bowen’s Fall Series Live acoustic music at Bowen’s Wharf. Various dates throughout October.

Apple Picking Area farms with pick-your-own programs include Sweet Berry Farm and Rocky Brook Orchard in Middletown, Young Family Farm and Old Stone Orchard in Little Compton and many more.

Ghost Tours Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport’s shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted city.

For a complete calendar of events, visit:


Discover Newport is the official destination management organization (DMO) dedicated to promoting the City of Newport and the eight surrounding coastal townships in Newport and Bristol counties, Rhode Island. These include Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren. As a non-profit organization, Discover Newport partners with stakeholders throughout our tourism and hospitality industry to market the region as a premier destination for business and leisure travel.


Credit Problems not a Home Ownership Deal Breaker. Pre-Property Solutions Revives Home Ownership Dreams.

NEWPORT, RI – “I really didn’t think I could buy a home,” is a common chorus of many home seekers with credit problems.  According to USA Today, 77 million Americans with debit in collections owe an average of $5,200 which includes credit card bills, child support, medical bills, utility bills, parking tickets or membership fees.

Chris Prefontaine, Managing Director of Pre-Property Solutions and a 24 year veteran in the real estate industry, notes, “The bad credit as a home purchase deal killer is a dangerous myth.  It can keep good people who have run into a bump in the road from having hope and from working to turn their financial situation around.  The truth is that most people can clean up their credit over time and qualify for a conventional mortgage.  We see it every day.”

Pre-Property Solutions starts by connecting bankrupt buyers to a third party credit repair consultant who works with the buyer to repair their credit situation.  Typically, the buyer is able to qualify for a conventional mortgage within 9 months to 5 years.

In addition, Pre-Property Solutions offers an alternative “rent to own” program. The enhanced program helps home seekers with poor credit, no credit and/or a limited amount to invest.  The “rent to own” program is straight-forward. The buyer works with Pre-Property Solutions to determine the best down payment up front and over time.

During the credit repair process, depending upon the property, sometimes a portion of the monthly lease payment is credited to the purchase. If not, a Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA) is available to further assist the buyer. The DPAP outlines that the Lessee/Optionee has the right to put down additional funds towards their down payment and receive credit against the purchase price.

The rent to own program hinges on the fact that Pre-Property Solutions is a private real estate investor who buys and sells houses. All properties are either owned by Pre Holdings or the company has a purchase contract and/or option with the owner of the property, which Pre Holdings may assign to third parties or retains. Pre Holdings is not a real estate brokerage and does not provide realtor services to the public, or to any of the parties to which it has contractual relationships.

Pre-Property Solutions in some instances even pays cash for the home and can close in about a week if that best suits all parties.  The goal is to create a win-win purchase that is good for everyone.

Pre-Property Solutions are not loan brokers, bankers, real estate agents or selling homes for someone else.  The company are the owners or have a legal equitable interest in the property.

Pre-Property Solutions donates $100 of every home sale to the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston in the name of Nick Prefontaine, the son of Chris Prefontaine, who continues to benefit from their great work and who works in the business with Chris.

Pre-Property Solutions are members of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau.  The company maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

​Pre-Property Solutions maintains two offices, one at 580 Thames Street, Newport, RI and another at 360 Church Street, Suite 230, Northborough​, MA.

For more information about the Pre-Property Solutions and the “Rent to Own” program, call 855 667 7336 or visit

Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business After Hours at Rosecliff

MIDDLETOWN, RI – The Newport County Chamber of Commerce will host the Women in Business After Hours on Wednesday, October 14th on the Terrace at Rosecliff. Sponsored by the Preservation Society of Newport County, the Women in Business After Hours provide opportunities for women representing all types of industries and professions to mingle, meet and learn from one another.

The Women in Business Initiative was created to enrich and celebrate the talents and skills of women in business—those who manage people, those who are in a high-level individual contributor role or those who own their own business—through networking events focused on professional development and relationship building.

The Women in Business initiative is a partnership between the Chamber and The Preservation Society of Newport County the initiative provides informative networking events, seminars and forums of interest to local women in business.  The program was established by the Newport County Chamber to engage and empower women in business and to support women-owned businesses in Newport County and Rhode Island.

Over one hundred women are expected to attend. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by Blackstone Catering featuring Newport beer and wines. The event price is $15 for members and $25 for non-members, RSVP’s can be made at and reservations will be held at the door.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber in the state with about 1100 members representing over 50,000 employees and is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations, formed to enhance the business, civic and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island.  We help business succeed.


Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce Hits the Road to Meet Local Business Owners

MIDDLETOWN, RI – Erin Donovan-Boyle, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce has begun her “E.D. Hits the Road” initiative, meeting with local business owners in each municipality in Newport County. Erin will be meeting with Chamber business owners to introduce herself, learn more about their business, and let owners express their thoughts on the business climate. She will also inform members on how the Chamber’s economic initiative, our free marketing tools, educational opportunities and networking events can help their business succeed.

Donovan-Boyle began this campaign in Portsmouth visiting Stalise, Deborah Winthrop Lingerie, Kimberly for Consistently Excellent Eyebrows, Atria, Fatigati’s Fresh Pasta, and Weatherly Tile and Stone. She will continue visiting Chamber businesses in Portsmouth throughout the month of September and then will continue on to Tiverton, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, and Jamestown.

The campaign will take place each Tuesday afternoon through the fall. If you are a Chamber business owner who would like to have Erin Donovan-Boyle come by your business please call the Chamber staff at 401-847-1608 to schedule a Tuesday for her to visit. We look forward to our continued work within Newport County and for the Executive Director to have the opportunity to engage face to face with the business community. Please follow our journey along through our Facebook page for photos and updates.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber in the state with about 1100 members representing over 50,000 employees and is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations, formed to enhance the business, civic and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island. We help business succeed.


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