Newport RI Ballard Park

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2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

February 19, 20 & 21
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Ballard Exploration Company Inc. presents the
10th Annual Illuminated Garden
A Blooming Garden of Lights in the Quarry Meadow - FREE
April 18
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Jazzy Bouquet Bar
The public is invited to enjoy jazz music from the American songbook performed by saxophonist Ben Shaw and guitarist Mark Medeiros as they meander through Ballard Park’s quarry meadow where 19,000 daffodils will be blooming. Spring flowers will be available for purchase at a “Bouquet Bar” and photographer Jennifer Carter will be on site to take your picture…. Or feel free to bring your own camera. A Newport Daffodil Days event. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: April 25th.
April 19
11 to 2:30 pm
Newport Daffodil Days at Ballard Park
“Budding” artists are invited to capture of 19,000 daffodils blooming in Ballard Park. Materials will be provided to create your own drawing. At 2 pm, enjoy the “Dance of the Daffodils” by the RI Ballet Theater. Hazard Road entrance. An official Newport Daffodil Days event. Rain date: April 26th.
April 25
9:00 to 11:00 am
Earth Day Clean Up & Tour
Volunteer to give Newport’s Only Nature Preserve a Spring cleaning! Clean up starts at 9 am. All are invited to partake in a free tour of the park at 11 am when staff of Friends of Ballard Park will share the site’s history and point out some of its unique features. Hazard Road entrance.
Come for one or both. Rain date: April 26th.
May 9
10:00 to 11:30 am
Whats Out There Weekend Tour
A free tour through Ballard Park’s thirteen acres. Staff will share history of the park and point out unique features and how they relate to the history like the vernal pond and former working rock quarries one of which is now a meadow and the other a wild life habitat. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: May 10th.
May 23
9:00 to 10:00 pm
Star Gazing
Robert Horton and Scott MacNeill from Brown University will bring their high powered telescopes to Ballard Park’s quarry meadow and give a tour of the Spring sky. A crescent moon will be visible as well as Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. $5 suggested donation; $15 suggested per group/family. Hazard Road entrance. Rain date: May 24th.
June 6
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Fundraiser at Edgehill!
Enjoy wine from Les Ballard's wine cellar, food from McGrath Clambakes, Inc., jazz by the Ben Shaw Quartet and great company. Terrific Silent Auction items too! $125 per person
July 8
7 to 8:30 pm
MUSIC MONTH CONCERT: The Newport Community Band
The Newport Community Band is a forty-five piece symphonic band sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts at Salve Regina University. Membership is open to all Newport-area residents, including high school students and Salve Regina students.

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Thursday, July 9. FREE

July 9
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Habitat Hike
Ballard Park is home to many different animal species. Children will explore why different animals choose to live in certain areas of the park based on their food and shelter needs through a habitat scavenger hunt that takes them into a forest, along a vernal pond and through a meadow.

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
July 15
7 to 8:30 pm
MUSIC MONTH CONCERT: The Rusty Cheetahs
Mark Quinn, Billy “Duke” Oatway and BT Thomas and a few special guests will perform a selection of light hearted, upbeat rock ‘n roll music.

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Thursday, July 16. FREE

July 16
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Dragonflies & Butterflies
Butterflies and dragonflies are frequent park visitors. The two have many similar traits but each fills a unique niche in the world. Butterflies help to pollinate flowers and are food for dragonflies! Children will learn about them and make their own terrariums that mimic the meadow habitat

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
July 22
10:00 to 11:00 am
MUSIC MONTH CONCERT: The Toe Jam Puppet Band
Bubbles, hula hoops, squirt guns and costumes will get kids movin’ and groovin’. Offering a special brand of hands-on children’s entertainment, the Toe Jam Puppet Band encourages kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and storytelling.

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. FREE
July 22
7 to 8:30 pm
MUSIC MONTH CONCERT: Meehan Krous
Charlie Meehan and Scott Krous have been playing together for nearly forty years. About seven years ago, they began performing as the acoustic duo “Meehan Krous”. They cover songs by the Eagles, Beatles, CSN, Neil Young and others. Charlie plays guitar and sings and Scott plays bass and sings. Meehan Krous’ first gig was opening for Bloody Knuckles, an award-winning local band that Charlie’s son Pete was in, at Ballard Park in 2007. They are looking forward to returning to the quarry meadow stage where Meehan Krous began.

Seating is on the grass- bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance to ensure a place to park and time to make your way down to the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Road entrance. Rain date for this concert is Wednesday, July 29th. FREE

July 23
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Frogs & Friends
Ballard Park has a one acre vernal pond that is home to a variety of frogs. Frogs and some of their friends found in Ballard Park are amphibians: animals that live part of their life in water and the other part on land. Amphibians are cold-blooded, their body temperature is the same as their surrounding temperature. As they investigate the vernal pond, kids will learn more fun facts about frogs like how their skin absorbs water so they don’t have to drink to survive.

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
July 30
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Rocks Rock!
Ballard Park has examples of all three different rock types – igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. Children will hike through the park and identify the rock types, learn how they got there and hear about Ballard Park’s past as a working quarry.

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
August 5
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Jurassic Park
In Steven Spielberg's massive blockbuster paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt. 127 minutes; Rated PG-13

Rain date is August 6th.

August 6
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Name That Nest!
Nests aren’t just for birds as children will learn as they hike the park examining trees to determine the birds and animals that live in them. Participants will try creating their own nests and play a few games relating to our feathered friends.

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
August 12
dusk (8:15 to 8:30 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Mrs. Doubtfire
Troubled that he has little access to his children, divorced Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) hatches an elaborate plan. With help from his creative brother Frank (Harvey Fierstein), he dress… Morees as an older British woman and convinces his ex-wife, Miranda (Sally Field), to hire him as a nanny. "Mrs. Doubtfire" wins over the children and helps Daniel become a better parent -- but when both Daniel and his nanny persona must meet different parties at the same restaurant, his secrets may be exposed. 125 minutes; Rated PG-13

Rain date is August 13th.

August 13
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: A Chapter on Raptors
Raptors have keen vision that allows them to detect prey during flight and powerful talons and beaks that help them to hunt and feed on animals and very small insects. Children will learn about the hawks, eagles, falcons, owls and ospreys that may be found in the park and the senses they use to catch their prey.

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
August 19
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Star Trek Generations
In the 23rd century, the Starship Enterprise is dispatched to the scene of a giant energy field about to engulf two ships. Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) averts calamity, but is exposed to the… More field and presumed dead. Years later, the Enterprise's new commander, Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart), learns that one of the disaster's survivors, Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell), plans to enter the field by destroying a neighboring star. Picard now must collaborate with an unlikely ally in order to stop him. 118 minutes; Rated PG

Rain date is August 19th.

August 20
1 to 2:30 pm
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: Bugs & Slugs
Children will flip over rocks, dig in the dirt and enjoy the natural setting of Ballard Park as they search for bugs and slugs. We’ll supply our special bug collecting tools so they can examine the creepy, crawly creatures up close and learn more about their habits and habitats.

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is required. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register or for more information.
August 26
dusk (8:00 to 8:15 pm)
MOVIES ON THE ROCKS: Breakfast Club
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently -- and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same. 97 minutes; Rated R

Rain date is August 27th.

October 17th
5:00 pm
HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT
5:30 pm Costume Parade; 6:00 pm Family Movie; 8:00 pm Scary Movie

The public will be invited to vote on two Halloween movie titles – one for children and a scary traditional Halloween movie which Friends of Ballard Park will then screen. Everything kicks off in the quarry meadow with a children’s costume parade with celebrity judges and great prizes at 5:30 pm. Use the Hazard Road entrance. FREE

Rain date is October 25th.

October 30th
Ballard Park's 25th Birthday!