The International Tennis Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis. It contains a museum, grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis facility, and an outdoor court facility. The hall of fame is located in the Newport Casino complex which was commissioned in 1880 by James Gordon Bennett, Jr., not as an actual gambling casino, but as an exclusive resort for Newport's wealthy. The building was designed by architect Charles McKim in the Victorian shingle style of architecture. Its interior rooms were designed by Stanford White.
By the early 1950s, the Newport Casino was in financial difficulties and it was slated to be demolished to make way for a retail complex. However, James Henry Van Alen established the International Tennis Hall of Fame inside of the casino complex in 1954. The combination of the hall of fame and tennis matches scheduled as a result of the presence of the hall of fame saved the building from being demolished.
The United States Lawn Tennis Association held its first championship in the Newport Casino in 1881, and they continued to be held there until 1914. The National Grass Court Championships are still held there each year on the grass court, which predates those at Wimbledon.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is the largest tennis museum in the world. It has 13,000 square feet (1,208 square meters) of exhibition space in a dozen rooms on two floors, which are filled with every kind of tennis memorabilia, including equipment, trophies, historic photographs, period tennis costumes, paintings, videos, and audio recordings. In addition, the Davis Cup Room and the Davis Cup Theater feature old tennis films.
The Museum of Yachting
The Museum of Yachting is housed in a nineteenth-century brick building overlooking Newport Harbor. A tour of the museum features the history of yachting through photographs, paintings, boat gear, and various kinds of vessels.
Founded in 1979, the Museum of Yachting has 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of exhibit space. Its collection includes yachts, sailing artifacts, artworks, and exhibits which interpret the sport of yachting and its history. Hands-on exhibits teach visitors about the principles of sailing, and there is a work room where visitors can see craftsmen build or repair a boat.
The America's Cup Gallery traces the history of the event, which first took place in the waters off Newport in the 1930s. The Singlehanded Hall of Fame honors sailors from around the world who have sailed the seas alone.
In addition to its role as a museum, the Museum of Yachting offers educational and training programs where participants can learn all aspects of sailing. It also sponsors regattas and other sailing events.
The museum was voted one of the world's top ten museums dedicated to yachting and sailing by Sailing Magazine.
Hoist the sails....let's go!! NEWPORT
Rhode Island is known as "The Ocean State" and of course, Newport has long been the home of so many sailors ...of all sorts and ages...and income levels....
With a back yard like Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound.... who wouldn't want to get out there? I wanted to jump aboard that day...but well, maybe another time. Look at that water....perfect!
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International Jumping competition
Rhode Island hosted the International Jumping Competitions for the Army and National Guard of several countries in Kingston today. Just around the corner from the University of Rhode Island is a great field, which I believe is part of a turf farm. All sorts of trucks, tents and displays were set up and jumpers came from many countries to compete...all wearing their fatigues and flag patches of their country.
They jumped at low levels on static lines and aimed for a very small target on the ground. When they landed they had to collapse their chute and run to the target....being timed as to how many seconds from the target they landed. Some made it right on the target, but it isn't as easy as it looks and their chutes aren't the real "drivers" that sports parachutists use. It was a gorgeous day with very little wind....which the guys were probably wishing for some of the time when they were trying to travel toward the target and there just wasn't enough wind to carry them over.
Everybody seemed to enjoy it..and I heard them talking about meeting up to grap a bus to Newport for the evening. Think they had a dinner and whatever...the rest of the night.
My husband was interested in the hanging device they had for the chutes so they could quickly pack them and turn them back in at a central tent for re-packing later.
At the end of the day there was a group who jumped with the rectangular chutes from 12,000 ft. and of course, they could drive them much easier and ... make stand up landings.
Wouldn't it be funny if I took a pic of one of the men from Bolivia, Germany or Uraguay and someone on VT recognized them?Related to:
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Climb the rocks
We don't have what you could call mountains in Rhode Island, but there are some interesting old rock formations here and there. See my other tip on hiking for info on Ken Weber's book which is handy to take on the trail and a full description of what you will find along the way. Much of the terrain is very old virgin land... with remnants of stone mills, markers, walls, and early monuments.Related to:
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Nature Trails around Rhode Island
There are some wonderful nature trails in Rhode Island. They are marked so it is easy to make the loop and not get lost. Many interesting sights along the way. There are trails with rock formations as well as water elements. There is a very good guide book you can find in a local book store. It's titled, "25 Walks in Rhode Island". It was written by Ken Weber, who did regular articles about nature for the statewide newspaper over the years. The trails are scattered all over the state and have varying characteristics. Weber's book is good to carry along because he points out things you should be aware of and look for along the trails. Highly recommended for those who enjoy nature walks. The length of the trail is noted at each chapter and has an estimate of time to walk it. Very handy when planning your day and the strenuousness of the hike.Related to:
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Rhode Island Country Club
Not only is Sergio Garcia a great golfer, but he's a very nice guy!! Here we are at the CVS Charity Classic. The country club is beautifully situated on Narraganset Bay. Great location for a golf course!Related to:
There are so many great places to paddle, you could never list them all. For guided tours and rentals, or to buy paddling stuff, check out www.kayakri.com www.kayakcentre.com www.sakonnetboathouse.com
The RI paddle club is very active - www.ricka.org includes a trip schedule and directions to great places for paddling. Also check out www.riparks.com for info about all state parks - some are beaches, some offer great paddling, others are for hiking, bikes etc. www.rigreenways.org has more info about places to paddle & hike.
Equipment: Dress for the water temp, not the air temp. The water here can still be very cold in early summer.Related to:
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Italian scooters come to Rhode Island
The VESPA is the hottest new thing in our little village. I just got one for my husband for his birthday. I'm still a little shy of it. It's much heavier than I expected. They are a lot of fun, tho. Now we can fancy ourselves on the streets of Rome!! :-)Related to:
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Warwick Country Club
It gets hot out there! From what I hear. Most of the guys bring a load of BEER out there with
them. The guy in the cart. I think he has had too MUCH!!
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