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  • bike friendly
  • bug spray available
  • community event
  • food vendors on-site
  • live music
  • picnics allowed

In June of 1964 hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi, starting what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men—made up of musicians, college students and record collectors—also traveled to Mississippi. Though neither group was aware of the other, each had come on the same errand: to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement. Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era, but now they seemed lost to time.

In partnership with Newport Folk Festival™ as part of Newport Folk Presents®



  • Picnic Contest sponsored by Madewell
  • Free popcorn courtesy of Taste
  • Water station courtesy of St. Michael’s Country Day School
  • Live music courtesy of Kiel James Patrick
  • On-site food vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Binge BBQ, Sarcastic Sweets, LaForge’s, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid
  • BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
  • Per Newport Police – Please NO PARKING on Rhode Island Avenue
  • Bike racks on-site provided by Bike Newport
  • Rain Venue: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, Newport


Free Event – Suggested $5 Donation 


presented by Madewell

THEME: “Peace, Love, and Music”

Let’s get GROOVY at this year’s picnic contest- drawing your inspiration from music in the 1960s.

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1st Place:

  • Three Course Dinner With Wine Pairings For Two at Castle Hill Inn
  • $100 Kristen Coates Gallery Gift Certificate
  • Madewell Leather Tote + Voucher for Two Pair of Madewell Jeans
  • Kiel James Patrick Sweatshirt
  • LAFCO Candle
  • Package from newportFILM


2nd Place:

  • Voucher for Two Pair of Madewell Jeans
  • $100 Wish Gift Certificate
  • Kiel James Patrick Rope Bracelets
  • $25 Closet Revival Gift Certificate
  • $50 Newport Hardware Gift Certificate
  • A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories Cookbook
  • Package from newportFILM


3rd Place: 

  • Voucher for One Pair of Madewell Jeans
  • Kiel James Patrick Rope Bracelets
  • $50 Island Pursuit Gift Certificate
  • $35 Matunuck Oyster Bar Gift Certificate
  • $15 Cru Cafe Gift Certificate
  • Set of Mercury Glass Vases
  • Package from newportFILM



Caroline Ehlers
Brand Experience Manager, Madewell: Effortlessly, Cool Style

Jess Ann Kirby
A New-England based fashion, lifestyle, and travel blogger

Kristen Coates
Owner, Kristen Coates Gallery. Full service art agency offering brand management, curating, sourcing, hanging and overall art-love-well-being.

Brandyn Brunelle
Creative Director, Lila Delman Real Estate

Ryan Elsman
Manager of Marketing and Brand Experience, Lila Delman Real Estate

5:30pm: Venue & food vendors open.
6:00pm: Picnic contest set-up begins.
6:50pm: Live music by Cee Cee & the Riders
8:20pm: Film followed by conversation with producer and writer Benjamin Hedin, moderated by Rita Houston, DJ and Program Director WFUV in New York City.
Run time: 80 min
Director: Sam Pollard
Producer: Benjamin Hedin
Two Trains Runnin’
This is a past event

...this captivating film, like the blues itself, is at once a recognition of somber truths and a gesture of protest against them.

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