NEWPORT, RI, January 5, 2012 – The Newport Skating Center, located at the Newport Yachting Center on America’s Cup Avenue in downtown Newport, has enjoyed a hard sheet of ice for close to a week and is now gliding towards its “Give Back Day”, this Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The celebration of community for all skaters and watchers will include coat and blood drives and a $1.00 match donation to benefit the Special Olympics. Special activities for the kids will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with free sponsor sampling courtesy of Dunkin Donuts and a free hot cocoa for all.
Throughout the day’s festivities, skaters have the opportunity to participate in the Amica Coat Drive by donating one new or gently used coat at the rink’s drop-off station all to benefit St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen in Newport. Since 1983, St. Joseph’s has served approximately 8,000 meals per year. Its doors are open each Monday to those in need of a hot nourishing meal or warm clothing. A donation not only will warm those in need but also will earn a Skate-For-Free Pass good for one skate admission at the rink. The Newport Skating Center will continue to be an Amica Coat Drive drop-off site until the campaign ends on Sunday, January 29th.
The Newport Skating Center also asks that skaters consider a $1.00 donation to the Special Olympics and, because it is “Give Back Day”, the rink will match each donation. Donors are also encouraged to post their names on the “I Donated” board! The Special Olympics Rhode Island program is one of the world’s most dynamic, providing over 1,400 year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 2,700 athletes and hosting over 40 local, regional and statewide tournaments and competitions each year in 25 official and demonstration sports. The Newport Skating Center will be accepting $1.00 donations throughout the entire 2011-2012 skating season.
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on “Give Back Day”, skaters can donate to the Rhode Island Blood Center’s (RIBC) Annual Blood Drive in recognition of January being National Blood Donor Month. The organization’s Bloodmobile will be parked by the rink and all are asked to donate a pint of blood to this vital cause. Donors will receive their choice of either a Skate-For-Free Pass or one free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Each and every donor makes a difference because just one pint of blood has the power to save up to three lives. No appointments are necessary. For more information, please visit the RIBC website at www.ribc.org.
Other key upcoming events at the Newport Skating Center include: The Learn to Skate! Program being offered by the Island Skating Academy and available to students of all skill levels. Check out http://www.islandskatingacademy.com/index.php to learn more about the program.
The Newport Skating Center features a 9,000 square foot skating surface large enough to accommodate up to 150 skaters at a time. Skate rentals, hot beverages, comfort foods, lighting for night skating, regular admission discounts, a warming room, FREE parking and viewing spaces for the public are also featured at the rink. Gift cards are available and can be purchased at the rink. Skate sharpening is available for $5.
The skating center’s Winter Session Schedule, which includes all days EXCEPT school vacations and holidays, is: Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with an Adult Skate session from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.; Newport County School Vacation and Holiday Skating Schedule hours will run Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. with an Adult Skate session from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 12:00 Noon – 9:00 p.m. For more details on either of these Winter Session schedules, please visit skatenewport.com.
New this year is a more flexible three-hour skate pass admission at $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children between 3-11 years of age, instead of the more defined skate sessions. Children under 3 are free with an adult. Passes for Adult Skate hours on Fridays are $5 each. Season passes, Frequent Skater Savings Cards and group rates are also available.
Nightly specials at the rink include: Free Skate Nights on Mondays courtesy of People’s Credit Union and Wednesdays courtesy of Cox Communications (not offered during the holiday schedule); Stop & Shop Night sponsored by Stop & Shop Supermarkets on Tuesdays when admission is 2-for-1 with a Stop & Shop card; and Amica Family Fun Night on Thursdays when admission is discounted and free hot cocoa is provided. The Newport Skating Center also offers skate rentals. For more details on admissions, weekly specials or special event happenings, please visit skatenewport.com.
The Newport Yachting Center is a subsidiary of Newport Harbor Corporation, an ESOP (employee-owned) hospitality company located in Newport, Rhode Island. For more information, including real-time weather updates, session times, rates, special events, discounts and rink closings, please call the Newport Skating Center at the Newport Yachting Center at (401) 846-3018 or visit skatenewport.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
David Hughes, Dodge Associates