2016 Calendar of Events
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A green background indicates the event occurs during bird nesting season when access around Rose Island is restricted see aerial photo. Also see guideline

January 1st Members' New Year's Day Pot Luck Picnicat the Lighthouse 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Rose Island Lighthouse Members are invited to bring their family and guests, plus pot luck food and drinks to share. Pots of stew, chili and soup can be heated on a large grill over an open fire. Help with the New Year beach clean-up. An unforgettable way to welcome 2016! To be invited Join or renew now.

March 1st – August 15 Bird Nesting Season

Nesting season which is from April 1 - August 15. You walk around the island or view it from a boat on the water, you will see the dilapidated, buildings from World Wars I and II that were used to store explosives. Many of them are in danger of collapsing and it is very unsafe to explore in or even around them. The Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation is required to protect this private property according to our deeded conservation easement. Trespassing is not allowed.

March 11th Newport County Chamber of Commerce EXPO Newport Hyatt 4:00-7:00 PM

Stop by the Rose Island Booth

April 16 Volunteer Day on Rose Island 10:00am – 3:30pm

Pack a lunch and come to the island. Help us sweep out the winter cobwebs. Jobs may include painting, gardening and washing windows, to name a few. Please call the office to sign up and get departure details. 401-847-4242

April 27 31st Annual Meeting of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation
Newport Yacht Club- Long Wharf-Newport RI  5:30-7:30PM

Catch up with friends and neighbors while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres. A brief business meeting will precede the presentation.

Matt Schenck, Education Assistant & Camp Director at the Norman Bird Sanctuary will be our guest speaker.

$15 Members $20 Non members   Click Here To Register

May - October Lighthouse & Harbor Tour 11:00AM and 1:00PM Daily

Enjoy an 1 1/2 hour trip aboard, Starfish, our 32 foot lobster/picnic boat.. Price includes a tour of the Lighthouse, Fort, and historic Newport Harbor. A great deal at just $150 + Tax for 6 people. Call 401-847-4242 to reserve.
May 28th 5:30 to 7:30pm. The Wine tasting event will be $40 for members and $50 non members. Ticket price includes transportation, a Rose Island Lighthouse wine glass, 5 wines paired with cheeses and a sunset bonfire. Reservations required
May 28th to Sept 5th Lighthouse Public Tours - 10 AM - 4 PM Daily

Step back in time with a guided tour of the self-sufficient lighthouse and grounds, including 200 year old Ft. Hamilton. Picnic tables and public toilets available. Board the Jamestown-Newport Ferry in Newport or Jamestown for a short ride to Rose Island. The perfect destination for  everyone; couples, individuals, scouts, group tours, school tours, and summer camps.

No reservation needed. Not Recommended for children under 5 years of age. Pay for round trip tickets on the Ferry and a small landing fee ($5) when you arrive at Rose

June 20th Summer Solstice Cocktail Party and Bon Fire on Rose Island

And, for your added enjoyment we’ve included a Full Moon 5:22PM – 8:22PM Pack a picnic and come celebrate this longest day of the year. Cash Bar available.   $25 Members/$30 Non Members (Includes ferry ticket)
August 15, 2016 Inaugural Rose Island Lighthouse Charity Golf Tournament
Newport National Golf Club
Monday, August 15, 2016 12 Noon registration & lunch
1 pm shotgun start
Tournament format - best ball gross
Dinner with entertainment to follow with silent auction and prizes (cash bar)

Register Here


Cost - $175 pp ($700 per foursome - add $50 for a tee sign)
Dinner only - $60 - $500 for 10 dinners
Corporate Sponsors - $1,200 includes foursome, etc.
Tournament Sponsor - $2,500 includes a foursome and six additional dinners
Tee Sign sponsors - $100 per tee sign
Hole in one sponsor - $250

Sponsors Receive:
Recognition on brochure, web site, sponsors board and recognition during dinner with goods or services at the event. Please call George Devine for Sponsorship information at 401-301-0130 or the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation office at 401-847-4242

4th of July Barbecue & Fire Works 5:30 to 10:30PM

Join us for an unforgettable evening of great food and music. Watch the spectacular Newport Fireworks from Rose Island! Price includes a mouth watering, slow- cooked hardwood barbecue feast, lighthouse tours and boat transport. Attendance limited to 150 lucky ticket holders. Don't miss out – Event will be held rain or shine. Purchase Tickets Here

Aug 15th Bird Nesting Season Restrictions End

Starting on the 15th during regular visiting hours -10 AM to 4 PM - visitors may walk around the island ONLY on the BEACHES and MARKED PATHS. The island interior remains closed. Land boats only on beaches at the Lighthouse. Please pick up beach debris as you go and bring it back to the lighthouse landing to be counted and properly disposed in September