Most folks attending the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend will be at Fort Adams State Park to hear some of the best jazz anywhere. Congressman David Cicilline, the 1st District Democrat, will be use the jazz weekend as an opportunity to hoover up some campaign cash in the seaside city where houses have names.
Ciilline has count `em, three, fund-raisers this weekend. The first is Friday evening at Snug Harbor, the home of Bill and Alison Varieka, on Bellevue Avenue. This troll for money is a three-tier event with suggested contributions of $250 (supporter); $500 (patron) and $1,000 (sponsor.) On Saturday, a private dinner at Seafair, the home of Rick Bready and Betty Easton, is an even more expensive affair. The price for a guest is a $1,000 contribution and a sponsorship costs $2,600.
On Sunday there is a comparatively low-ticket, `discount’ event, a Newport harbor cruise aboard the Auruoa, hosted by Benjamin McGuire and Joshua Janson. It leaves at 1 p.m. from the Goat Island Marina. The price for this boat ride is $250 a person or $400 a couple.
The contributors will also get a chance to rub elbows with some of Cicilline’s Democratic colleagues, including U.S. Reps. Joseph Kennedy III, of Massachusetts, Linda Sanchez of California and Terri Sewell of Alabama.
The Cicilline campaign has also gotten hold of some tickets for the Jazz Festival’s opening night featuring Natalie Cole.