An afternoon in historic newport

July 25th - 12:00 Noon

On Wednesday, we invite you to join us for an afternoon by the water. A chartered ferry will bring us along Narragansett Bay to historic and beautiful Newport, RI


Newport is a city set on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island. A visit to The Classic Coast—nine vibrant and historic towns all sharing some seriously prime New England coastline—is both everything you expect and enjoyably unpredictable. This is a place and a people made of surf and soul; raised by the ocean and built by eccentric and outspoken rebels some 300-plus years ago. If you’re looking for classic Colonial architecture and breathtaking New England landscapes, we’ve got ‘em. Trust us. But it’s a feeling you get here that’ll make you never want to leave. It’s that feeling of being away yet connected; switched off yet inspired; engaged yet refreshed. There’s no word for it, but it happens every day on the Classic Coast. Discover Newport

The first 130 to register will travel by ferry. Those registering later will travel by bus.

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Newport Trip - Wednesday:  

The shuttles to take you between locations will be doing loops.  Each loop will take 20-25 minutes so if you wait for them - they should come by.  There should be 1 conference staff member (Mike, 339-832-3858) outside of the visitor center and the other 2 conference staff are on the shuttles for the first loop. The buses have IDM Conference in their front window.

We return from Newport by air-conditioned coaches promptly at 6:00 p.m from the Newport Visitor Center/ Bus Station (23 Americas Cup Avenue) driving direct to Brown - don't be late (be there by 5:45 pm), we will leave you behind.  

Bag lunches will be provided at the coffee stations in MacMillan.  Please pick one up on your way to the shuttle.


During the Day There Will be a Circulating Shuttle Service for you stopping at the following locations in Newport:

Newport Visitor Center/ Bus Station (23 Americas Cup Avenue)Stop by the Visitor Center for additional information on things to do in Newport.  This will also be the location that the buses will be leaving Newport to head back to Brown campus. Call Rick (401-996-3799) or Mary Ann (401-441-3473) in case of any problem.

Bannister’s and Bowen’s Wharf- With its red brick walks, docks filled with boats and the sights and sounds of Newport Harbor in the background you’ll experience some of the best shopping and dining around Newport, RI.

Easton’s Beach/ Cliff Walk- Easton's Beach, located on Memorial Boulevard at the start of the Cliff Walk, is a 3/4-mile-long surf beach with a board walk.  The Newport Cliff Walk is, along with the Newport mansions, among the most popular Newport RI attractions. Once you begin walking the path you'll understand why.

International Tennis Hall of Fame- The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located on the site of the Newport Casino, the birthplace of American tournament tennis in 1881. This is a great place to visit, even if you're not very interested in tennis.  It now hosts the Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremony, an incredible museum, and summer tennis tournaments.

Marble House Mansion- Marble House is a Gilded Age mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. Designed as a summer cottage for Alva and William KissamVanderbilt by the society architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was unparalleled in opulence for an American house when it was completed in 1892. Its temple-front portico, which also serves as a porte-cochère, resembles that of the White House.

The Breakers Mansion (44 OchrePoint Ave, Newport, RI 02840) - The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America.

Newport Storm Brewery/ Newport Distilling Co.- Founded in 1999, Newport Storm Brewery was the original production craft brewery in Rhode Island. They created more than 100 distinctive beers while keeping things local and authentic.  From their flagship Hurricane Amber Ale to seasonal brews made with Rhode Island grown ingredients, to beers aged in rum barrels, the brewery has been in the vanguard of craft brewing for nearly 20 years. In 2006 the crew began distilling craft spirits. They were the first distillery in Rhode Island in 135 years. They currently produce gin, amaro, single barrel rum, moonshine and whiskey.


NOTE:  The shuttles will do continual loops from 1:15-5:15pm.  Everyone must be back at the Newport Visitor Center/ Bus Station by 5:45pm.  The buses will leave
Newport promptly at 6pm taking guests back to Brown directly for the closing dinner/Lobster Boil.