RI Secret Garden Tours Help Preserve Art & Music in Public Schools

A walking tour of the private gardens of some of Newport’s most prestigious private estates usually closed to the public will be held to benefit local students in the form of grants for arts and music education. 

Attendees will get a rare glimpse inside the walls and fences of these famous Newport properties on a planned self-guided walking tour.

Organized by Myra Duvally, the Secret Garden Tours have raised more than $1.25 million since 1984 for local students who would have otherwise been unable to pursue their artistic or musical dreams.

During a time when tightening school budgets put art and music education on the chopping block, events like the Newport Secret Garden Tours can help change a student’s life.

“Arts are usually the first thing targeted when money gets tight,” Myra Duvally said during an interview.  “The funds donated through the Newport Secret Garden Tours have benefited visual arts, dance, theater and music.”

The tours are self-guided to accommodate attendees’ schedules and create a unique experience for each attendee. The event will be July 9th, 10th and 11th, 2010 rain or shine.

Tickets purchased in advance for the event can be redeemed at anytime throughout the weekend and are available for $20.00 when ordered in advance or $25.00 at the event.   The tours start at 10am each day.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.secretgardentours.org or call 401-847-0514

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Bob Cooper – prguynow@yahoo.com, + 401-447-6474 Days and Evenings
Myra Duvally – 401 847-0514

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