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The 29th Annual St. Columba's Garden Party

Saturday, June 11th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Free admission

Be an Angel Donor to help ensure all money raised at the Garden Party will benefit Newport's MLK Community Center

With Angel Donors covering the costs of this joyful community event, every dollar spent at the Garden Party will benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Newport, Rhode Island. Funds raised will help sustain MLKCC programs. As the cost of living skyrockets, more people are looking to the MLKCC for help. Hunger relief programs include onsite food pantry and mobile food pantry, daily hot breakfast, twice-weekly grab n go soup and sandwich meals, daily bread, food delivery to homebound seniors, weekly fresh produce distribution, and Thanksgiving and Holiday/Christmas meal pantries. Education programs include preschool, after school and summer camp. Community programs include adult wellness, cooking classes in English and Spanish, twice monthly senior lunch & learn, LGBTQIA youth support group, summer monthly concerts and Santa’s Workshop.

If you'd like to be an Angel Donor and help underwrite this community event, click on the button below. $3,000 buys us the tents and tables. $900 would cover the Petting Zoo. $600 pays for cream tea ingredients. $275 meets printing costs. $100 takes care of the Candy Toss, etc. Please reach out the Parish Office at office@stcolumbaschapel.org if you have questions. Thank you for your support and giving back to our community!

Devonshire Cream Tea-to-Go

Purchase a boxed tea to go, or to enjoy a tea-to-go as a picnic at St. Columba's!

There will not be table service this year, but tables will be set up in the Parish Hall for you to sit and enjoy your tea and goodies throughout the afternoon.

Each tea-to-go will have homemade scones with St. Columba’s strawberry jam, Devonshire cream, and assorted sweets and tea sandwiches. You will have your choice of tea.

We kindly ask that you reserve your tea in advance so our volunteer kitchen staff prepares enough for all to enjoy!

Be sure to stop in each of our tents

Books, Jigsaw Puzzles, DVDs, and more

Find entertainment for every age and taste.


Candy Toss & Wine Toss

Throw the hoops to win bottles of wine for adults, or jars of candy for kids.


Flower Festival

The Flower Festival is in the Chapel and this year's theme is “Renaissance.”

Buy a chance to win your favorite floral arrangement.


Green Thumb Plant & Garden Booth

Just in time to add a beautiful selection of plants, flowers and shrubs to your garden.


Petting Zoo

Animal Affair shares the joy of animals all over New England.

The animals are friendly and docile, with vet certificates of good health.


Plentiful Pantry

Purchase gourmet treats and homemade baked goods that are sure to delight.

Treasure Trove

Find outstanding bargains on items donated by St. Columba’s parishioners.

Scheduled Performances

Ladies of the Rolling Pin

2:00 pm outside the Chapel

Traditional Morris dancing performed in a charming new way.


Choir Concert

3:00 pm in the Chapel

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St. Columba's is home to a vibrant, spiritually engaged congregation, as well as an open house for all who seek a closer relationship with God. Its programs include community outreach, Sunday school, choir, and Bible study, and it gathers to enjoy and host events and celebrations throughout the year: a Mother's Day brunch, a Shrove Tuesday celebration, a St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals, the Christmas tea and pageant, and an annual Garden Party that draws guests from around and beyond Aquidneck Island. A parish of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Rhode Island, Bishop Nicholas Knisely presiding, St. Columba's celebrates its Anglican heritage with respect for Scripture, tradition, and reason, and a deep appreciation for the way our faith is nourished by liturgy, music, and art, and expressed through service to others.

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Founded in 1922 and renamed after Dr. King in 1968, the MLK Community Center nourishes, educates, and supports Newport County, Rhode Island residents to improve their economic, social, and physical well-being. Celebrating 100 years of service in 2022, the MLK is an independent non-profit promoting health, fighting hunger, supporting families, educating kids, and engaging seniors. In 2021, the MLK served 5,420 people, the most in its history.

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