The gangster’s paradise of old Newport sleeps beneath the family-friendly veneer we’ve come to know in recent years. The brothels, speakeasies, wise guys (and girls) and bootleggers are fleshed out in an eight-block walking tour. Expect to learn how Newport almost trumped Las Vegas (nearly becoming the nation’s gambling capital), about the local man who was the inspiration for The Great Gatsby and hear stories of the people who ran the city as well as those who ran the gangsters out.
It’s educational but also alive and seedy and loaded with the evocative, hardboiled historic tales of our regional roots. Proceeds benefit Global Service Learning, which funds local high school service learning trips. $15. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 1, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Starts at the Syndicate Restaurant.
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