2018-07-12 / Opinion

A Star-Studded Summer

There may be a red-carpet lineup in Hollywood for the Oscars, but Newport has its own star-studded lineup this. They come from all walks of life, from diverse disciplines, and from all over the world.

The season of stars sailed in with the Volvo Race flotilla in May. All eyes were on the City-by-the-Sea, when one of the world’s most watched nautical endeavors with many of the world’s finest sailors converged here for the North American stopover.

A rising star in the sporting world to appear in the Newport “sky” this summer is tennis prodigy, Sloane Stephens, the #4 ranked female tennis player in the world, who will be playing in the return of a women’s exhibition match at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open.

For the foodies and home interiors enthusiasts, maven Martha Stewart sparkled at the Preservation Society of Newport County’s Flower Show last month, and in the art world, renowned mixed-media artist, Cameroonian born Pascale Marthine Tayou, oversaw the installation of his contemporary political statement on the Redwood Library and Athenaeum’s front lawn.

Iconic cartoonist Ron Campbell painted before our very eyes in the lobby at Jane Pickens, where the event center was showing his artwork from the Beatles movie, “Yellow Submarine,” and from his many cartoons, including the Jetsons, the Smurfs, Scooby Doo and the Flintstones.

Celebrating its golden anniversary this year is the Newport Musical Festival, with more than 40 concerts and performances by dozens of international musicians. Watching them in the mansion settings transports us to another space and time…

Come the end of July and into August, the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals bring us another constellation of musicians, including greats Pat Metheny and George Clinton, avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, and folk and blues artists Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, among others.

Let’s not forget our local stars, who shine among us all year round. How lucky we are to live, work, and play amid such talent.

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