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New Haven Register / ShoreLine Times

Summer 2016






FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016


JUNE 24 - SEPT 4

The Goodspeed•East Haddam

featuring hit songs from the ‘60s!

a new ‘60s musical July 29 - Sept 4

The Terris Theatre, Chester

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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016




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ESSEX Page 6








Old Lyme

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LYME’S ASHLAWN FARM MARKET Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. now through October, 78 Bill Hill Road. The market at Ashlawn Farm is in the field of a beautiful farm and features a wide array of vendors and farmers who offer locally made/grown products. For more information visit www., or call 860-434-3636.

Center of American Impressionism


ORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO, Old Lyme’s picturesque natural vistas made it the center of American Impressionism. The town’s natural beauty is still evident, and so is the artistic tradition it nurtured. Residents are proud of both, and don’t mind showing off these attributes. Among Old Lyme’s art galleries, the most famous and historic is the Florence Griswold Museum. “Miss Florence” opened her doors to artists in the late 19th century, helping to foster the Lyme Art Colony, where American Impressionism took hold. Now the museum houses a permanent collection of Impressionist works, as well as exhibits by contemporary artists. One can imagine the lively scene in the boarding house, when many visiting artists would leave their mark on the place, painting small Impressionist works on the wood-paneled walls and doors in Griswold’s dining room. It was here that artist Childe Hassam painted his famous “Church at Old Lyme.” Visitors can see the real-life inspiration, Old Lyme’s First Congregational Church, which has been the subject of many famous paintings over the years. Old Lyme continues its long tradition of fostering

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OLD SAYBROOK EVENTS FARMERS MARKET Open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., now through Oct. 29, 210 Main St. The Old Saybrook Farmers Market celebrates its 20th year this summer and is certified by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture to guarantee that everything sold at the market is Connecticut grown or made. Vendors and farmers bring a range of healthy foods including fresh produce, naturally raised meat, locally caught fish, baked goods, award-winning canned goods, honey, syrup and free-range eggs. A variety of crafters bring jewelry, sewn crafts, soaps, and more. Saturdays include entertainment and demonstrations. Visit for more information.

SUMMER CONCERTS Enjoy concerts on the Green, Main Street, Wednesdays now through August, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy music and family fun under the stars. New this year, some special Friday night concerts are offered at Harvey’s Beach, 7 p.m. Schedule: July 13, Long Island Sound cover band; July 20, The Meadows Brothers


art and artists: there is the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, the Lyme Art Association and several tony private galleries. Some say Old Lyme’s light has a special quality, uniquely suited to Impressionism, created by the confluence of the Lieutenant River, The Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. Old Lyme has carefully protected acres of land, leaving it in its natural state. Hartman Park, with its 10 miles of trails, is the place for hikers. The town has several well-maintained beaches, including Sound View Beach, a favorite among locals and visitors. For campers, Selden Neck State Park offers backto-nature accommodations. Selden Neck is so secluded, it can only be reached by the water.

The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920 is on display now through Sept. 18. Visit the Florence Griswold Museum for an exhibit organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. The exhibit tells the story of American Impressionists working at the same time as a surge in gardening for recreation in the middle-class at the turn of the 20th century. Selections from the Pennsylvania Academy will be added to items from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Florence Griswold Museum is located at 96 Lyme St. For more information visit, or call the museum, 860-434-5542.

LYME LAND CONSERVATION TRUST The Lyme Land Trust offers a variety of programs throughout the year including walks and talks and plein air painting opportunities. Visit them online for ideas to help you

Old Saybrook

At the mouth of the river


ORT SAYBROOK MONUMENT PARK is situated on 18 acres at the mouth of the Connecticut River, a major New England estuary area and tidal river that flows into Long Island Sound. The large river tidal marsh system represents the most pristine in New England. As with the flowing water from the river to the Sound, history blends in with the environment to offer an informative landscape of ecological, historical and cultural significance. This estuary at Monument Park provides an abundance of food and a breeding area for a variety of plant and animal life, including the bald eagle and osprey. Built by Lion Gardiner in 1635, Fort Saybrook, Connecticut’s third-oldest settlement (after Windsor and Wethersfield) became the first military fortification in southern New England. The area welcomes visitors with its series of vantage points offering historic information about the fort and the town’s early history. Visitors can stroll around the fort and enjoy a variety of points of interest including Cypess Cemetery and Gardiner’s statue.

Fort Saybrook is easily accessible by following a scenic route from Route 1 onto Route 154, (Great Hammock Road) which winds its way through residential shore areas across the causeway at South Cove to the Saybrook Point Inn and Marina and Dock & Dine Restaurant, which are near the town boat landing at North Cove.

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OLD LYME EVENTS explore the natural beauty of the coastline.

FREE CONCERT WITH BRAIDEN SUNSHINE Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a concert with The Voice’s Braiden Sunshine. Stop by the pre-concert Open House at the Florence Griswold Museum first from 5 to 7 p.m., and then choose a spot along the Lieutenant River to enjoy food and music, 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit, or call 860-434-5542.

MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL The 30th Midsummer Festival, Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. takes place in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic district. Activities are being finalized, but include a French-style farmer’s market, art exhibitions and sales, musical performances, artisan fair, food trucks, book signings and hands-on kids’ activities that span three locations along Lyme Street: the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyme Art Association, and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. For more information about what’s going on in all locations, visit www., or call 860-434-5542. Supporters of The Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, please bring a


nonperishable food item to help others. Each location will have a drop box for donations.

DISCOVERY SUNDAYS Sundays April through December, explore hands-on art activities and the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. Activity kits, including the popular Make A Painting materials will be available and are included with museum admission. Drop in to the Hartman Education Center to gather brushes, a palette, paint, canvas, and a smock and create plein air works of art by the river or in Miss Florence’s garden. Activity kits are also available. All ages and skill levels welcome. Other art projects, books, games and puzzles are also available for all to enjoy. For more information, visit, or call the museum, 860-434-5542.

OLD LYME TOWN BAND Enjoy concerts performed by the Old Lyme Town Band on the South Green, Sunday, July 17, 4 p.m., and Saturday, July 30 before the fireworks, beginning at 7:30 p.m. behind the middle school. The band performs a variety of styles from big band to movie themes to marches to classical. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of outdoor music. For more information about the band, visit

with Opening Act playing new age American folk; July 22 (Friday) Calypso Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band at Harvey’s Beach; July 27, Gracie Day Folk/Country; Aug. 3, Black and White rhythm, blues and rock; Aug. 5 (Friday), Sweet Tea Daddy at Harvey’s Beach, cover jam band; Aug. 10, Kathy Thompson Band, soulful blues; Aug. 17, Late for Dinner, cover band classic rock. All Wednesday night concerts are at 6:30, Friday concerts begin at 7 p.m.. For more information visit

HART HOUSE TOURS The Hart House is open to the public, 350 Main St., weekends 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. now through Labor Day. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome. In addition to the indoor exhibits, the heritage gardens maintained by society volunteers are open daily, without charge. For more information visit, or call 860-395-1635.

THE KATE A long list of events, concerts, shows, plays and more will be at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., throughout the summer. For more information, call 877-503-1286 or visit

ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL The 53rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival presented by Liberty Bank, Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday July 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. features nearly 150 artists and crafters from all over. The event is presented by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Liberty Bank, for more information, visit www.oldsaybrookchamber. com, or call 860-388-3266.

HOSTING FOR HISTORY Sept. 10, experience “Hosting for History: A Showcase of Homes,” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Join the Old Saybrook Historical Society for a tour of homes spanning four centuries and visit local crafters at the General William Hart House Boutique for specialty items. Tour tickets are $25 or if purchased on the day of the tour, $30. Tickets are available at the Frank Stevenson Archives, 350 Main St., Thursdays, 9 to noon or by mail. Tickets will be mailed if orders are received by Sept. 1. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. After that date, tickets will be held at the Archives for pick up Sept. 10. Checks should be made payable and sent to OSHS, P.O. Box 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For more information, visit saybrookhistory. org or call 860-395-1635.

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ESSEX EVENTS ESSEX FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays now through August, 3 to 6 p.m., on the Green, Main Street.

Enjoy views of the river



UST OUTSIDE the third-floor exhibition room window of the Connecticut River Museum at the foot of Main Street in Essex, an American flag unfurls its stars and stripes in the brisk wind off the Connecticut River. The scene is Connecticut at its best. Sailboats bob at their moorings or cut a sliver of a ripple in the blue water as the more ambitious outboards cut deep into the carpet of the waterway against the backdrop of the lush green shoreline landscape. The Nature Conservancy has called the lower Connecticut River one of the “last great places in the western hemisphere.” For here is an estuary — a place where fresh water from upstream meets tidal salt water from Long Island Sound. Seventy percent of all fresh water entering Long Island Sound flows down the 410-mile length of the river. The marshes along the shore provide a rich habitat for a diversity of fish and wildlife. Dutch Explorer Adrian Block was the first to discover and map the Connecticut River, which he called “The Fresh River.” He ascended the river in the ship, the Onrust, in 1614. A model of this ship is on exhibit in the Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. Founded in 1974, the museum is a fitting starting point to enjoy the Connecticut River’s scenic view and to embrace the river’s history. At the 1879 steamboat dock, you could sail aboard the Mary E., a 75-foot schooner that in recent years joined the museum. Visitors can also enjoy a river cruise on a riverboat in combination with a ride on the Essex Steam Train. This is the only steam train and riverboat connection in the country.

Saturdays, 10 1:30 p.m., now through Oct. 15, visit the Ivoryton Farmers’ Market on the Green beside the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. The market features local and CT Grown produce, honey, ice cream, coffee, local farm-grown beef and pork, crafts, music and seafood. For more information visit

ESSEX STEAM TRAIN AND RIVERBOAT Ride the Essex Steam Train through the picturesque countryside, or opt for the Riverboat portion of the tour as well and disembark from the train to hop aboard the Becky Thatcher for a scenic trip on the CT River. There is always something fun for kids, families and train buffs to experience. For more information visit

SUMMER AT THE PLAYHOUSE Summer is a busy time at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. The lineup includes: “Chicago,” by Jon Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, June 29–July 24 — Winner of Six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, “Chicago” has everything that Kim Tyler



For boaters, nature lovers

Open Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., North Main Street. The museum offers the largest collection of American military uniforms in the country. Unit crest insignia, vehicles from World War II Weasel to a Desert Storm truck, music room and research center. For more information call 860-399-9460.


OATERS, NATURE LOVERS AND ENTHUSIASTS of military history will find plenty to do in Westbrook. The headquarters of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge — a collection of unspoiled beach, marsh and island habitats encompassing 800 acres of Connecticut’s coastline — is here. The refuge provides a pit stop for hundreds of species of migrating birds each spring and autumn, besides sheltering a wide variety of year-round residents. Visitors can return again and again and never have the same experience twice. Westbrook’s many full-service marinas offer a base of operations for fishermen and yachters. Head out into Long Island Sound, or round Saybrook Point and explore the Connecticut River. If you don’t have a boat, you can still enjoy the most important advantage of being near the water, in one of Westbrook’s many fresh seafood restaurants. The Military Historians Museum on North Main Street owns an impressive array of military artifacts, including medals, instruments, vehicles and the largest collection of American military uniforms in the country. There are uniforms from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War, including a desert battle dress uniform donated to the museum by Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. On the fourth weekend of August each year, the town holds the Westbrook Fife and Drum Muster, a tradition since 1959.


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Participants don the uniforms of Revolutionary War soldiers, complete with tricorn hats, and march down the Boston Post Road. The whole town comes out to line the streets, and listen to the beating of the drums and the trilling of the fifes. The beloved tradition is a quintessential New England experience, and a can’t-miss for visitors.

July 15 through 17, the sixth annual Boat Show and Food Truck Fest take over the Tanger Outlet parking lot, 314 Flat Rock Place. Several dealers will be onsite displaying many brands like Key West, Bayliner, Larson, Maxum, Sea Ray, Trophy, Striper, Pro Line and more. New and used boats and personal watercraft will be on display all weekend long along with a variety of food trucks. Food trucks are available only July 16, 17 and serve from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., live music 1-4 p.m. Whole event hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission, free parking, take exit 65 off I-95.

MUSIC ON THE GREEN Enjoy free Friday night concerts in July and August on the Westbrook Green. July

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ESSEX EVENTS makes Broadway great; “Rent,” by Jonathon Larsen, Aug. 3–28, an inspiring musical with songs that rock and stories that resonate set in the East Village of New York City; “Man of La Mancha,” Sept. 7–Oct. 2, by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion, is billed as one of the world’s most popular musicals; rounding out the season is “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Story,” by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, Oct. 26–Nov. 13 — America’s favorite girl singer comes to life on stage in this exhilarating and inspiring musical biography. For schedule and tickets, visit, or call 860-767-7318.

OUTDOOR CONCERTS Alternating locations and days, Essex Parks and Recreation offers a free outdoor concert series, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as follows: Wednesday, July 13, Essex Main Street, River of Dreams; Tuesday, July 19, Ivoryton Green, Beatles Forever; Wednesday, July 27, Essex Main Street, The Shiny Lapel Trio; Tuesday Aug. 2, Ivoryton Green, Southern Voice; Wednesday Aug. 10, Essex Main Street, Blues on the Rocks; Tuesday, Aug. 16, Ivoryton Green, U.H.F. For more information and weather cancellations, visit, or call 860-767-4340 x110.


RUM CHALLENGE REGATTA Saturday, July 23, the Essex Yacht Club’s annual Rum Challenge Regatta returns to the waters of Long Island Sound off Old Saybrook. Sponsored by Gosling’s Rum, it is an East Coast Sailing Association sanctioned event and one of the five qualifying races for the Long Sand Shoal Cup. The offshore event begins approximately 11 a.m., subject to race committee and conditions on the water, and wraps up on shore with a barbecue, beverages, music, dancing, and awards presentation on the grounds of the Essex Yacht Club. Entry fee is $40 per yacht. The Skipper’s Meeting will be Friday, July 22, 6 p.m., at the Essex Yacht Club. Post-race party tickets are $10 per person with entry. Extra party-only tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the door while supplies last. Entries must be made on Entrants must have a 2016 ECSA PHRF certificate posted on the ECSA website at PHRF/PHRFLookup, or must mail a valid ECSA PHRF certificate to: Rum Challenge Regatta Entries, Essex Yacht Club, 13 Novelty Lane, Essex, CT 06426. The club will also offer discounted moorings to participating yachts on a first come, first served basis. Call 860-767-8121 for details. For more information visit www.

concerts are 6-8 p.m., August concerts are 5-7 p.m. For schedule information visit park-recreation.php and open the Summer 2016 brochure.



Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. tattoo, Saturday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. parade, Westbrook Ted Lane Field behind the fire house. Hosted by the Westbrook Fife and Drum Corps. Phone: 860-399-6436, email: [email protected] net.

The Connecticut River Museum offers several weeklong Day Camps in July and August. Each session meets Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with aftercare available until 5 p.m. Camp themes include: Finding the First Americans; Colonial Survival Camp; Life at Sea; Digging into the Past; and River Rangers. To register, call 860767-8269 x13 or email: [email protected]

Hop aboard the “Reelentless” or the “Rumrunner” for sport fishing fun. Inshore catch stripers, bluefish, fluke, porgies and more, or go offshore for shark or tuna. For more information visit www.ctsportfishing. com/#westbrook, or call 860307-2603 or 413-229-2105.

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STEWART B. MCKINNEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge is made up of 10 units that stretch across Connecticut’s shoreline. The Salt Meadow unit in Westbrook, and Falkner Island Unit, three miles off the coast of Guilford, are designated an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society. Falkner Island Unit is home to over 124 pairs of nesting Federally Endangered Roseate Terns and over 3,000 nesting pairs of common terns. Salt Meadow Unit is used by over 280 species of migrating neotropical birds during the spring and fall migrations. The Salt Meadow Refuge is open daily from a half hour after sunrise to a half hour before sunset. 733 Old Clinton Road, for more information visit www. McKinney.


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Chester/ Deep River

A tale of two towns


EEP RIVER AND CHESTER, both part of the Valley Shore region, could be a tale of two towns. Both are steeped in history, yet both have their own charms. Quaint is a word often used to describe the village of Chester. Its Main Street lined with antique Colonial homes and restored quirky old buildings is a unique setting for a vibrant art and restaurant scene. Many of the art galleries and studios are owned by the artists and artisans. To describe this heady mix, there is everything from a gallery featuring contemporary American Impressionism, a hip French (inspired) restaurant, L&E Restaurant/ French 75 Bar, to the River Tavern, which has a distinctly metro feel. Of special note is the Norma Terris Theatre, also known as the Goodspeed-At-Chester, a sister theater to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. This intimate theater (the setting is so intimate it has been said that the front row can even hear the actors mutter under their breaths) is housed in an old factory and presents new musicals to get them ready for the “big time.” While neighboring Deep River has a traditional New England hometown feel, it has an interesting blend of the old and the new. The former lace factory, a historic brick building circa 1875, is now open for weddings and special events catered by Cloud Nine Catering. Deep River Landing has long been a hub of the town, beginning with a local shipbuilding yard. Later it provided dockage to ships carrying valuable ivory to be delivered to nearby piano factories. Now the landing features a gazebo park with picnic area and boat launch. Kayakers, boaters, fishermen, jet skiers and hunters come here throughout the year for direct access to the river. It is home port the Becky Thatcher Riverboat.

CHESTER EVENTS FARMERS MARKET Chester Sunday Market is a producer-only market and is open Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., now through Oct. 9 in downtown Chester Center. For more information, visit http://

MUSEUM AT THE MILL The Museum at The Mill, 6 West Main St. (Route 154), portrays the life of a New England village and tells the story of how the Chester community lived and prospered throughout changing economic conditions, used natural resources, evolving technologies, talent and ingenuity. Open weekends, June through October, and by appointment. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit www. or call 860-526-5765.

CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN Enjoy music in an artist’s garden with BYOB outdoor bistro-style seating in the amphitheatre, or inside if inclement, at the Leif Nilsson Gallery, Spring Street in Chester. Concert performers, times and days vary, so visit for full schedule and more information. The donation at the door is $20.

CHESTER FAIR Aug. 26, 27, 28, Chester Fairgrounds, Route 154, Friday 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Chester Fair is a major agricultural fair with livestock/animal shows and pulls, garden tractor pull, flowers, arts and crafts, baking contests, midway, children’s games, musical entertainment and lots of food assures fun for all. Call 860-526-5947 or visit

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CHESTER/DEEP RIVER EVENTS LOBSTER FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 10 (check for date changes), Chester Fair Grounds, the Chester Rotary’s Lobster Festival features a lobster dinner 5-7 p.m. and live music until 10 p.m.; gates open at 4 p.m. Dinner tickets will be sold in advance only. Children’s meals are also available. Dinner tickets are available from any Chester Rotarian and selected Chester merchants. Advance sale tickets may be purchased by mail for pickup at the gate using the link at the top of the Rotary website. For ticket orders, prices and more information, visit

DEEP RIVER ANCIENT MUSTER Friday July 15, 7 p.m. tattoo Devitt Field; Saturday July 16, the parade steps off 11 a.m. from Kirtland Street, ending at Devitt Field for the muster. This is the 63rd annual Deep River Ancient Muster, and with more than 50 corps participating, this is the largest gathering in the world. For more information, visit

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Music and a Meal, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in July and August at varying locations in Deep River with dinner available from rotating local businesses. Visit, for schedule information.

TASTE OF THE VALLEY Get a taste of the valley, 6-10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the Deep River Historical Society, 245 Main St. Blues on the Rocks, the area’s most popular blues and classic rock band, will be the musical entertainment for this annual evening of food and music to benefit Tri-Town Youth Services. For more information, call 860-526-3600 or visit John Stack




Gone fishing ... Gone shopping


LINTON, NICKNAMED the “Bluefish Capital of the World,” is indeed a summer place. The town’s population of 13,500 nearly doubles during the high season. On hot, sunny days, boaters and day-trippers flock here, heading for the marinas, town dock and harbor, where they can enjoy a fresh lobster roll on a hot grilled bun and watch the boats go by. Visit the new Clinton Landing on the picturesque Indian River, and take in the view. Clinton is also home to the Opera Theater of Connecticut, which puts on full-scale productions in the auditorium at Andrews Memorial Town Hall, 54 E. Main St., a jewel of art deco architecture built by a local magnate in the 1930s. Don’t miss the town’s annual Bluefish Festival, which includes a craft fair, an old-fashioned dunk tank and pie eating contest. And of course, a blue fish tournament. Bargain hunters come year-round to the Clinton — just a few minutes from downtown is the famous Clinton Crossings Premium Outlets, featuring designer outlet stores. Clinton traces its history from 1663, when the land between Guilford and Saybrook was known as Homonoscitt. In 1667, the settlement was designated a town and named Kenilworth. By the middle of the 18th century, this name became Killingworth. In 1838, the southern portion was incorporated by the General Assembly as the Town of Clinton, the northern portion retaining the name of Killingworth. Life centered on fishing, farming, shipbuilding and the church. One of the early leaders of Clinton’s church was the Rev. Abraham Pierson. In 1701, the General Court of the Colony in Hartford granted a charter for “the founding of a collegiate school within His Majesty’s Colony of Connecticut,” and named Pierson its rector. The school was moved to Saybrook and then to New Haven, where it eventually became Yale University.

The Clinton Farmers Market pops up every Thursday, now through Sept. 29, 4-7 p.m., 61 East Main St. (Route 1), across from Town Hall. Free parking is available behind the market. The market offers quality local, fresh produce and goods. For more information, visit clintonctfarmersmarket.

OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES The Clinton Concert Series fills the air with music Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., on the lawn of Pierson School on Main Street in Clinton. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a summer evening with a free concert. The Guilford Savings Bank sponsors the series which runs July through August. Concerts may be cancelled due to rain. Contact the Clinton Chamber, 860-669-3889 or visit for schedule information.

PETER’S MEMORIAL WOODS Take a hike in Peter’s Memorial Woods. The wooded hiking area offers a variety of trails with varying degrees of difficulty. It is recommended for intermediate to experienced hikers. The woods are located on Fairy Dell Road. For more information visit,, or

CHAMARD VINEYARD Visit picturesque Chamard Vineyard, 115 Cow Hill Rd., for wine tastings, bistro meals and live music in the barn and tasting room.


MADISON EVENTS MADISON FARMERS’ MARKET Open every Friday now through early October, 3-6 p.m., Town Green, featuring a wide array of locally grown/produced items and live music. For more, information visit, or madisonctfarmersmarket.

Where culture meets the beach and the farm


ADISON WAS ALWAYS A LITTLE INDEPENDENT. It was first settled in 1641 as part of Guilford and split off as a separate community in 1707 and incorporated in 1826. But in the 21st century, Madison has just the right combination of a New England small town with a metro feel. Sure there are the stately Federal and Georgian homes that line Route 1 and even a handsome house or two dating back to the 17th century. And, don’t miss the emerald greens as you drive by the golf course at the Madison Country Club, 8 W. Wharf Road, before entering downtown. What gives the town its urban edge? Perhaps it’s the Madison Arts Cinema, at 761 Boston Post Road, which brings in first-run indie and foreign films rivaling any art house in a big city. Or, it’s the award-winning local bookstore, R.J. Julia Booksellers, at 768 Boston Post Road, which attracts celebrity authors including Martha Stewart and Goldie Hawn. Madison is also known for its sweeping beaches — there are three town beaches, a private beach club and of course, Hammonasset Beach State Park, the longest stretch of stateowned beach. At Hammo, as locals call it, there are winding nature trails leading to waterviews that are off the beaten path. Back to downtown — this is where the action is on the weekends.


There are more than a half-dozen coffee shops from Starbucks to the independent Willoughby’s, which roasts its own coffee beans, to R.J.’s Cafe with patio seating in a garden setting. There is even a specialty tea shop with gourmet offerings. And for locavores, there are the Dinners on the Farm under great big white tents. Then there is the Madison Sculpture Mile, a permanent changing outdoor sculpture exhibit which has been called “where Main Street intersects Soho.” The town green hosts many summer antiques shows as well as craft fairs and art shows. For the local history buff, there are historic houses, the Deacon John Graves House and the Allis Bushnell House. For accommodations, guests can choose a charming beach hotel or a warm country inn, each with proximity to historical homes, antique shops, hiking, biking, fishing and, of course, beautiful beaches.

The 43rd annual Madison Antiques Show to benefit the North Madison Congregational Church takes place on the Green, Boston Post Road, Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. The show features quality antiques and collectibles, furniture, clocks, jewelry and much more. Refreshments are available from the Church Bakery Shop. Admission donation is $5; children under 10 with adult admitted free.

CONCERT SERIES ON THE GREEN All concerts on the green are free familyfriendly events taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a chair. Schedule: July 17, River Mud, Rock Band; July 24, Belle of the Fall, with Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford Americana/Originals/Indie; July 31, Steel Rodeo Unplugged with Eddie Seville and guest Jay Roberts Alt-Country

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CLINTON EVENTS Wine tastings are offered daily, except for Mondays when the winery is closed. For music schedule and other information, go to

SECOND ANNUAL SUMMER FEST AND FIREWORKS The first-ever Summer Fest and Fireworks took place at the Clinton Town Beach last summer. The event was so successful that the second annual Summer Fest is scheduled for Aug. 20 of this year. The highlight of this family-friendly event is a large fireworks show at sunset, produced by Bay Fireworks. A wide variety of other festivities such as music, art and fun food begin at 5 p.m. Activities also take place in other locations in town. Visit clintonct. com/fireworks/ for more schedule information. Parking for the event will be throughout town, with shuttles to bring attendees to the beach. For more information as it becomes available, visit

STEWARD’S ACE HARDWARE BLUEFISH 5K Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m., the 19th annual Bluefish 5K Road Race takes off from Eliot School, 69 Fairy Dell Road. Pre-registration forms and information are available online, or com. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. The

Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Shoreline Community Women Inc. host the race. Last year’s race drew over 400 entrants. The Clinton Police Department will close the race route to traffic between 9-10 a.m. due to safety concerns. Free parking is available at The Joel School and Peters Complex on Glenwood Road, less than 1 mile from the Eliot School race site. Free shuttle buses will run continuously from 7 until 8:45 a.m. when registration closes. Buses will run again following the race. The race includes a certified track, free bag check in, swag bags, and multiple vendors on site, and included pre and post race massage. Race ceremonies and refreshments begin at the conclusion of the race. For more information, contact the race coordinator at the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 860-669-3889 or email [email protected]

CHURCH FAIR, AUCTION, LOBSTER DINNER Friday Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the First Church of Christ Congregational on East Main Street (Route 1) offers a summer fair with free musical entertainment, an auction at noon Saturday, Friday night dip supper, Saturday night lobster dinner prepared by Lenny & Joes (requires advance ticket purchase), and more than 50 handcraft vendors. For information, visit


Roots Rock; Aug. 7, ’60s Satisfaction, Music from the ’60s; Aug. 14, The Larry Stevens Band, Rock/Pop/Folk/Country; Aug. 21, The Mystery Tour, Beatles Tribute Band. For more information visit

CONCERTS AT THE SURF CLUB All concerts at the Surf Club are free, family-friendly events taking place from 7-9 p.m. Bring a chair. Schedule: July 15, The Kenn Morr Band, Folk Music; July 22, The Rubber Soul Band, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s; July 29, The Nathan Ward Band, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, British and American Rock; Aug. 12, The Madison School of Rock. For more information visit

BARBECUE ON THE GREEN A Community Barbecue will take place Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Madison Green, alongside Britton Lane, hosted by the Lutheran Church of Madison. Proceeds will benefit the church’s Mortgage Reduction Fund. Dinners include a choice of barbecued beef brisket, chicken (bone-in) or pulled pork, along with potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, a cookie and a drink for $15. Children’s portions are $10. Dinners may be ordered for take-out. For more information, or to reserve dinner, call the church office at 203-245-4145.

SUMMER BREEZE RIDE The 2016 Summer Breeze Half Century/ Metric/Century Ride for Autism takes place Sunday, July 17. Participants will meet at the Polson Middle School, 302 Green Hill Road, at 6:30 a.m. For more information, or to register, call 203-208-0943, visit, madisonjc. com, or email [email protected]

DINNERS AT THE FARM Enjoy an elegant dinner at the farm, evenings Aug. 10 through 14, Barberry Hill Farm, 353 Boston Post Road. The events begin at 6 p.m. with orchard fruit cocktail, passed hors d’oeuvres and a tour of the farm. Dinner by Chester’s River Tavern is served at 7 p.m. Tickets $125-$150 per person. For tickets or information, call 860-526-8078 or visit

MADISON ANTIQUES FAIR Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Madison Green, the Madison Historical Society’s 45th annual Antiques Fair includes some 100 antiques exhibitors from the Northeast, New York state, and mid-Atlantic states. The fair offers 18th- and 19th-century American and European furniture, silver, paintings, porcelains, and fine linens and quilts. Admission is $7, $5 for members, children under 13 admitted free. Pets must be leashed. For more information visit



An art center, a famous green


N THE CENTER of the campus of The Guilford Art Center, formerly the Guilford Handcraft Center, sits a mosaic bench in a garden, capturing the sunlight and drawing a visitor to this unusual work of art. The mosaic work was created with shards from pottery and china and glass marbles, a symbolic representation of the creativity that blossoms at this non-profit arts education organization. Set on a former lumber mill site, at 411 Church St. (Route 77), the Center campus includes a school, which provides adult and youth programs and classes, and the forge where blacksmithing and stone cutting are taught. Here, at the Guilford Art Center, visitors meet some of this country’s most respected and talented artists and craftsmen. If classes are in session, visitors can see dedicated faculty, who for nearly 40 years, have been leading adults and children in the art of discovering their own creativity, whether it be artful basketry, beading, ceramics, jewelry, glass, painting, photography or printmaking, among others. The Guilford Art Center is just off Route 77, a 13.5-mile scenic road that begins at

Guilford’s famed Town Green. Every summer on the Green, the Center presents its Annual Handcraft Exposition, Connecticut’s largest outdoor, juried show of fine American crafts. The Town Green is the centerpiece of this shoreline town that attracted 17th century English Puritans seeking to establish a new home away from the reign of King Charles I. The 12-acre Green boasts stately trees set in a four-square streetscape lined with 18th and 19th century houses where rosebush vines weave through white picket fences alongside the beauty of stately churches, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Here you can begin a walking tour of the neighboring residential streets that offer a fine representation of the architectural splendor of this region’s finest early New England homes. Don’t miss the Henry Whitfield House, a state museum and a National Historic Landmark. This is the oldest house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in New England. The settlers built the house in 1639 for Henry Whitfield (1590-1657), the first minister and a founder of the Plantation of Menuncatuck, later named Guilford. In 1897, the Connecticut Society of Colonial Dames was successful in spearheading a move to transfer the house from private ownership into a state-owned property to preserve the historic house for posterity. Today, the Henry Whitefield House is a unique example of post-medi-

GUILFORD EVENTS DUDLEY FARM, FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. now through Oct. 29, locally produced baked goods, honey, maple syrup, eggs, milk, cheese and meat, as well as crafts in the warmth of the beautifully restored Munger Barn, Dudley Farm, 2351 Durham Road, North Guilford. For more information, visit

eval domestic architecture and colonial revival-influenced restoration work. Here you can begin a walking tour of the neighboring residential streets that offer a fine representation of the architectural splendor of this region’s finest early New England homes. Don’t miss the Henry Whitfield House, a state museum and a National Historic Landmark. This is the oldest house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in New England. The settlers built the house in 1639 for Henry Whitfield (1590-1657), the first minister and a founder of the Plantation of Menuncatuck, later named Guilford. In 1897, the Connecticut Society of Colonial Dames was successful in spearheading a move to transfer the house from private ownership into a state-owned property to preserve the historic house for posterity. Today, the Henry Whitefield House is a unique example of post-medieval domestic architecture and colonial revival-influenced restoration work.


Take a tour of Connecticut’s oldest house, The Henry Whitfield House, circa 1639, and get a glimpse of what life was like in the early days of Guilford. Through Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., see a display of children’s clothes, dolls, samplers, artwork, school exercises, and rewards of merit. You can even practice your cursive writing on a blackboard. Programs listed are included with admission. Admission is as follows: adults, $8, seniors (60+), $6, college students with ID, $6, youth (6-17), $5, children under 6, admitted free. Free For more information visit and search “Henry Whitfield Museum,” or visit

CRAFT EXPO July 15-17, Friday-Sunday, the 59th annual Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo takes over the historic Guilford Green. The Expo features fine handmade crafts by more than

BRANFORD EVENTS FARMERS MARKETS Branford Alps Farmers Market, 17 Alps Road, open now through Oct. 27, Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. Branford Alps Farmers Market is a non-profit seasonal market featuring both conventional and sustainable organic produce, dairy, poultry, eggs, and meats, live music, body care products, and a few sea or farmto-table food trucks in a mini food court. For more information visit,

Branford, the charm of a seacoast village


STABLISHED IN 1644, Branford combines the charm of a New England seacoast village, complete with traditional town green with scenic walkways, benches and period lighting. With 20 miles of coastline on beautiful Long Island Sound, an incredible harbor and tranquil salt marshes along the Branford River, the town is home to 19 marinas and yacht clubs. Not surprisingly, Branford has a long tradition of being a summer destination. Pine Orchard boasts a golf course and the popular Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club. Years ago, Pine Orchard was an exclusive summer colony – the “Newport of Connecticut.” One of Branford’s most historic summer resorts was Indian Neck, where many who saw its beauty built summer cottages, homes and hotels, among the latter was the Owenego Inn, which still thrives today on Linden Avenue. The hotels are gone in Stony Creek yet this beautiful seaside enclave – where families have remained for many, many generations – still attracts tourists from all over New England, many of whom travel down Thimble Island Road to the Stony Creek Dock to board one of three boats for a tour of the Thimble Islands. Off shore, the 365 Thimble Islands add an air of mystery to the town. According to local legend, Captain Kidd and other pirates


once hid their loot here. Today, there are 23 inhabited islands, including seven-acre Rogers Island, which sold for $23 million. In Short Beach, residents have continued, after a brief hiatus, the Labor Day weekend tradition called “Short Beach Days,” a fun-filled weekend featuring a variety of competitive games, food, and an extravagant parade whereby parade-goers participate in a costume contest. One of Short Beach’s most famous residents was author and poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who lived in Branford from 1891 until her death in 1919. Wilcox’s works extolled the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of the Granite Bay area, where her property overlooked the water. Wilcox wrote, “At Granite Bay, such beauty lies, in rocks, in waters and in skies, as poets dream of Paradise...Though forth my wandering footsteps stray, to realms and regions far away, my heart dwells here, in Granite Bay.”

MEDLYN’S FARM MARKET Medlyn’s Farm, 710 Leetes Island Road, four generations serving Branford and the surrounding towns with fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs from their own chickens. Produce is available throughout the summer; eggs are available all year as is firewood. They also offer hayrides in October. Call for a schedule, hours and more information 203-488-3578.

BRANFORD JAZZ Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., now through Aug. 18, enjoy the “best jazz series on the planet.” The Free Branford Jazz on the Green series includes local and national acts with refreshments available for purchase from local businesses. For schedule and

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GUILFORD EVENTS 180 contemporary artists from across North America. Works include jewelry, clothing, fiber, pottery, glass, leather, metal, sculpture and wood. A food court and children’s activities are also available, along with musical entertainment every day and a silent auction of vendor-donated items. The event benefits Guilford Art Center’s educational programs. Hours are Friday noon to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors; members, children under 12, and active military service personnel admitted free. For more information, visit or call 203-453-5947.

38TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE CAR SHOW, FLEA MARKET Time Machines Antique Car Show & Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 24, Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, rain or shine. The event features 22 judged car classes including muscle cars, pick-up trucks, mustangs, model A Fords, fire trucks, and more. Admission: adults, $4; seniors, $3; under 12, free. For more information call 860741-0277 or visit or

SHAKESPEARE ON THE SHORELINE Aug. 3 through 7, 7:30 p.m., on the Guilford

Green, Shakespeare on the Shoreline performs “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” one of Shakespeare’s treasured plays. Bring blankets, chairs, and picnics to enjoy theater under the stars. Admission is free. For more information as details emerge, visit

FAULKNER’S ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Aug. 6, a costumed interpreter will describe the life of a 19th-century Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse Keeper. Admission also includes the Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse exhibit and a tour of the 1639 Whitfield House. Free parking. For more information visit www.cultureandtourism. org and search “Henry Whitfield Museum.”

GUILFORD FAIR Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 16, 17, and 18 at the Guilford Fairgrounds. The Guilford Fair is a large agricultural fair that began in 1859 and features an extensive array of activities, booths, events and entertainment all included with admission. Ride tickets are additional. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 children ages 6-11, children 5 and under admitted free. A three-day discount pass is available for $25. Parking on site is $5. There are no refunds in event of inclement weather or show cancellation. Free parking is available off of Exit 57 with shuttle bus service. For the full event schedule visit

GUILFORD EVENTS other information, visit

LA BELLAS Open now through November, Thursday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. La Bellas Farm and Country Store, 736 East Main St. For more information, call 203-488-3836.

LOBSTER CLAMBAKE The 11th annual Lobster Clambake will take place at the Owenego Inn, Linden Avenue, Branford, from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. Open to the public. Dinner consists of lobster or steak, clam chowder, steamers, corn on the cob, and salad for $48. A light-fare option of chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs is also available ($25) as well as a kids’ meal option ($15). Music by John Saville Entertainment and a variety of family-friendly events will be included. The Chamber is still accepting sponsorships and tickets are now on sale. Visit or call 203-488-5500 for more info.

THIMBLE ISLANDS TOURS The “Volsunga IV,” leaves from the Stony Creek Town Dock for Thimble Island boat tours May through October. Walk-ons welcome, reservations accepted for 10 or more people. For daily schedule and other

information, visit The “Sea Mist” also leaves from the Stony Creek Town Dock daily. For sightseeing schedule, rates and other information visit, or call 203488-8905. “The Islander,” Capt. Dave Kusterer’s 26-foot port launch, carries 18 passengers on a 45-minute tour. Departs from Stony Creek Dock. Capt. Dave prefers to use a smaller boat as it can reach many areas of the Thimble Islands that cannot be accessed by larger vessels. Call Capt. Dave at 352-978-1502 or his info line at 203-397-3921, or online,

BRANFORD RIVER & HARBOR TOURS SUMMER WIND CHARTERS Discover the natural beauty of the Branford River and harbor. Enjoy splendid views as you learn some interesting facts and lore of the area. Tours offered include river, harbor and sunset trips. All are perfect outings for couples or families. Call 203-430-8288 or www. for more information.


The Harrison House, 124 Main St., built in 1724, is open for free guided tours on Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. June through October, or by appointment. Free admission, but donations are welcome. Call 203-488-4828, or visit for more information.

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For more information or to book a tee time please call (860) 388-2516 or stop by the office located at 580 Maple Avenue in Old Saybrook, CT


East Haven

EAST HAVEN EVENTS EAST HAVEN FARMERS’ MARKET East Haven Town Hall parking lot, 250 Main St., open Sundays, July 10 through Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market seeks new vendors. For more information, contact either Carolyn Bradley 203-710-2760 [email protected] or Chris Vaiuso 203-444-1373 [email protected], or visit

A church, shore dinners and a soda


AST HAVEN’S CLAIMS TO FAME include a historic church and a soda that is a favorite among locals.

And of course, there is the much-loved Beachhead restaurant serving shore dinners for over 71 years, where you can order stuffed clams the size of a fist. While each is very different, all of these are part of East Haven’s rich heritage. Drive down Main Street and you can’t help but notice the stately brick steepled building at the intersection of Main and High streets. Known as the Old Stone Church, historians claim it to be the second oldest church in New England built over 200 years ago. It is reported that the Old South Church in Boston, Mass. served as a model. Construction took over two years. In August, 1774, the walls were completed from material of red sandstone and later the roof was added on; dedication took place a month later. The Stone Church has certainly undergone a few facelifts since then. In 1797, a


terrible tornado blew off the spire and roof, which were replaced and paid for by parishioners. A year later a bell was installed in the belfry. Although the exterior structure hasn’t changed much since the 1700s, The Stone Church has grown and kept up with the times. In 1868 steam heat was added in this house of worship.

The most magnificent of all rooms is the sanctuary, which seats approximately 200 people on the lower level and an additional 100 on the second story balcony level. While the venerable church is the most recognizable landmark downtown, the Foxon Park label may be an even more familiar sight.

New Haven

HAGAMAN LIBRARY’S FILM SERIES Thursday, July 28, enjoy pizza and drinks at 5 p.m. followed by a 5:30 p.m. showing of “The Finest Hours” (2016) starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster at the Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St. Hagaman Library’s film series events are free and open to everyone. Seating is limited and

NEW HAVEN EVENTS CITY SEED FARMERS MARKETS New Haven offers many farmers markets around the city: Wooster Square, Saturdays in Russo Park, Corner of Chapel Street and DePalma Court, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., now through Dec. 17; Edgewood Park, Sundays, Corner of Whalley and West Rock Aves., 10 a.m.1 p.m., now through Dec. 18; Downtown, Wednesdays, Church Street in front of City Hall, 11a.m-2 p.m., now through Oct. 26; Fair Haven, Thursdays, Quinnipiac River Park (Corner of Front Street & Grand Avenue), 3-6 p.m., now through Oct. 27. For more information about any of these markets, visit

A fusion of arty, smart ... and pizza


F YOU HAVEN’T BEEN to New Haven for a while, let it be known: there’s far more to the Elm City than Yale University and the greatest pizza on earth. A city with New England charm and a cosmopolitan energy, New Haven distinguishes itself with more residential character than most downtowns. The center of town, founded in 1638 by English Puritans with eight streets laid out in a four-by-four grid, remains the Green, Yale’s so-called front lawn, which has welcomed a recent influx of apartments and condominiums on the streets lining its historic borders. Indeed, still riding the wave of a revitalization effort that began in 2002, the city pulsates with ever more offerings. There are still world-class theaters like Long Wharf, the Shubert, and Yale Rep; renowned museums including Yale’s Beinecke with its original copy of the Gutenberg Bible, and the Yale Art Gallery, the nation’s oldest college art museum; and the autumnal college football rivalries that date back over 120 years. Add to that over 50 boutiques and shops lining storied Chapel Street and Broadway, a lively nightlife and an increasing number of ethnic restaurants, several of which have garnered national praise, and you’ll conclude that New Haven has something for everyone.

Visit the Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., and take a ride on one of the trolley cars along some of the most beautiful salt marshes in Connecticut. Always wanted to drive the train? Take advantage of one of the museum’s Guest Operator weekends where, after a little training, you can take your friends and family for a private ride with you at the controls. For schedule and special event information, visit, phone: 203-467-6927. Admission: Adults $10, seniors (62+) $8, children (2-15) $6.

ART IN FOCUS: RELICS OF OLD LONDON For the music lover, the Green offers free summer concerts, drawing tens of thousands of people to hear the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and a jazz fest in August. Those who prefer harder fare should check out the celebrated Toad’s Place, host in former years to The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and U2. Lest none of that satisfies, Wooster Street, and its worldfamous thin-crusted pizza baked in a coal-fired brick oven, is only a short hop away.

Through Sunday, Aug. 14, the Yale Center for British Art exhibition “Art in Focus: Relics of Old London” offers a glimpse of the lost architecture of preindustrial London, as captured in a series of carbon photoprints commissioned between 1875 and 1886 by the short-lived Society for Photographing the Relics of Old London. Intended as a permanent pictorial archive of buildings under threat of demolition, the photographs document ramshackle coaching inns,

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registration is required. Donations are happily accepted, but not required. Call the library at 203-468-3890 to register, register in person at the library or email Cynthia at [email protected] Additional parking for evening and weekend library events is available in the East Haven Town Hall parking lot across the street from the library. Visit the library’s website for addition program information,

disintegrating as the growing railway system eclipsed their vital role in Britain’s transportation networks; the Inns of Court, imposing Gothic sites of legal tradition; abandoned sites for early modern leisure and entertainment; gloomy medieval lanes, churches and shop fronts frequented by anonymous Londoners; soot-covered monuments and gateways; and the city’s last remaining wooden buildings, survivors of the Great Fire of 1666. The gallery is located at the corner of Chapel and York Streets. Admission is free. To learn more, exhibit, visit

FALL FESTIVAL Sept. 9, 10, 11, the 25th annual East Haven Fall Festival takes place on the Green. The Spinners will perform Saturday night as an extra-special musical act headlining for the festival’s 25th anniversary celebration. As always, there will be plenty of music, food, rides, crafts and fun available for all ages. For more information, visit

CONNECTICUT OPEN TENNIS Aug. 19 to 27, the Connecticut Open will take place at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, 45 Yale Ave. The Connecticut Open, a new name for the former New Haven Open professional women’s tennis event, leads into the U.S. Open, and offers spectators the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the top tennis players in the world, as well as partake in multiple “special access” off-court entertainment events. For more information, visit

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 200 Tyler Ave., the Historical Society Museum is open to the public. View old photos of the town. Call 203468-6982 for more information.



Free Sunday Concerts fill the East Haven Green with music in July and August, 7 p.m. For information call 203-468-3204, or visit

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New Haven present the annual New Haven Jazz Festival, “Celebrating Women in Jazz.” Saturday, Aug. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., a variety of jazz acts will perform. The festival also features food, arts, and crafts vendors. For more information as it becomes available, visit

LIGHTHOUSE POINT PARK Lighthouse Point Park is one of the most popular spots for bird watching along the East Coast. Each fall and spring, thousands of song birds and birds of prey are seen in the migratory oasis along Morris Creek. In the fall, park rangers and various ornithological groups conduct research and provide bird migration programs for park visitors. The New Haven Harbor lighthouse, which guided ships in the 1800s, is also known as the Five Mile Point Light. Visit the park all summer long to picnic, ride the carousel, play on the splash pad or bird watch. In September, enjoy the annual Migration Festival when park rangers offer programs in conjunction with Audubon Connecticut and several New Haven area birding, butterfly, and environmental organizations. The park is located on the Atlantic flyway, a major route for butterflies, hawks, and many other bird species in their annual migration south. Call the East Rock Ranger at 203-946-6086 for information, or visit, for more information.

The Little Gift Shoppe Shells… Shell Garland… Fish... Lobsters… Star Fish… Summer Soaps… Driftwood Hearts, Peace Signs, Mermaids and Lobsters… Old Saybrook and surrounding personalized signs… Candles… Summer Ornaments to decorate your Summer Home or to take back home from your vacation… Wind Chimes… Sand Dollars… Mermaid Ornaments. Stop by soon and decorate your home with our Summer items. 168 Main Street, Old Saybrook, 203-314-4317, Hours: T-F 11-5:30, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4


West Haven

WEST HAVEN EVENTS SAVIN ROCK MUSEUM The Savin Rock Museum, 6 Rock St., is open to the public now through early December: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $4, $2 for adults 60 and older and children under 12. The museum, based in the lower level of the Savin Rock Conference Center, chronicles West Haven’s 361-year history. It displays artifacts from the old Savin Rock amusement park and its dependable fire service, Engine & Hose Company 1. Call 203-937-3566 to arrange a private tour for 10 or more. For more information, call 203-937-3666.

Savin Rock, there is no other


VEN IF YOU’VE NEVER VISITED WEST HAVEN, chances are you’ve heard of Savin Rock, the famed waterfront amusement park, founded in the 1870s, fading 100 years later. With photographs and cherished memories as reminders, Savin Rock was something to behold. For nearly a century, the beachside resort was a place for summer outings and vacations with grand hotels, dance pavilions drawing big-name stars, and amusement rides. Similar to Coney Island, the heyday of “The Rock” was around 1900; this was before families traveled greater distances by automobile. By the time it was demolished in the early 1970s, the park was overrun with snack food stands and midway games of chance. The Savin Rock area is the focal point of a 1.5 mile shorefront park. Then there is the Savin Rock Museum, which has a rich collection of vintage artifacts from the area’s colorful past on display. Visitors can see everything from a solid wood hotel bar to the solid brass bell for the Merry-Go-Round and a painted pony from the carousel.

While West Haven is the youngest city in Connecticut, it has a distinguished history. Known as West Farms when it recorded its first household in 1648, West Haven was the southern residential section of Orange, but split to become its own town in 1921. The historic crossing into West Farms was by horse bridge over West River adjacent to the New Haven Harbor, an event that is commemorated to this day both in ceremony and in a master mural in the main post office. Soon after, guilds constructed six large, post-medieval houses within a short distance of the community’s central Green, a common grazing and meeting site. Unusual for the time, two different branches of the Protestant faith built their churches and worshipped side by-side throughout the colonial period. Christ Episcopal Church became the second oldest Anglican Church in the New World; The Congregational Church Meeting House served as the focal point of all town records, events and management and housed the first public library in the state of Connecticut.


A small city with a big heart


ILFORD, CALLED A SMALL CITY WITH A BIG HEART, is perhaps best known for its serpentine coastline and its “Mayberry” quaint town center. Arts enthusiasts have created one of the most active arts council in state, which are all run from a converted turn-of-the-century train station. Milford is also known as the home of the prestigious Oyster Festival and the New England Arts and Crafts Festival. With a history tied to the sea, Milford was once a hub for shipbuilding, oystering and fishing industries and even lays claim to the home of the first working submarine. Famous son Simon Lake was a prolific submarine builder and conceived of a vessel with wheels to roll on the bottom of the ocean for salvage and oystering. One of Lake’s later designs sits alongside Milford Harbor, as a reminder of Milford’s link to the sea. Easy to reach by the Connecticut Turnpike and the Wilbur Cross Parkway, Milford is also a destination point for serious shopping. With the Connecticut Post Mall – which offers major anchors and 130 specialty shops – shoppers from throughout the region travel to the Route 1 stores for personal and home treasures.


West Haven was heavily involved in all facets of the shipping industry for more than three centuries, evolving from early trade in necessities to eventually entering the commercial arena, sailing to the West Indies and South America for spices, silks, rum, sugar and the like in exchange for local timber. Over the years, local ship building, which began with tall-masted trade ships by skilled Scandinavian boat builders, changed to pontoon craft and the speedier, light weight Chris Craft used in World War II.

The West Haven Veterans Museum, 30 Hood Terrace, provides insight into the history of America at war, through collections from the 102nd Infantry Regiment and the New Haven Grays, a protective force formed after the War of 1812. It also showcases relics from each conflict since the U.S. fought for independence, allowing visitors to walk a timeline around the 9,000-square-foot, camouflage-clad warehouse off Sawmill Road. Summer and fall hours are Wednesdays and Fridays noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission, although donations are accepted. For more information or group tours, call 203-934-1111.

MILFORD EVENTS FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, now through Oct. 8 (except for Aug. 20 which is the Oyster Festival), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 58 River St. For more information, visit and click on the “about Milford” button, then “community resources,” or visit the market on facebook,

VILLAGE OF DEVON FARMERS MARKET Sundays, July through October, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 120 Bridgeport Ave. There is plenty of on-street parking and also parking in a municipal lot behind Al Dente Restaurant. The market offers farm fresh fruits, meats, chickens, duck eggs, veggies, eggs, baked goods, live entertainment, ice cold clams, soaps, candles and much more. For more information visit the market on Facebook, or email [email protected] com.

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WEST HAVEN EVENTS WARD-HEITMANN HOUSE West Haven’s oldest structure, at 277 Elm St., the house dates back to at least 1725, and may have been standing well before that. Many families lived here over the centuries; the house was continuously inhabited through 1991. Visitors today will see each room furnished in the authentic decor of a particular time period, from colonial through post-Civil War. The museum holds open houses and special events and is open year-round Monday-Friday, call ahead for hours. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 10 and younger. Call 203-9379823 or visit for more information and a full calendar of events., or call 203-937-3677 after 4 p.m. the day of the concert.

SAVIN ROCK FESTIVAL The 35th Annual Savin Rock Festival, July 28–31, Old Grove Park, features live music, carnival rides, contests and great food. The four-day festival offers a taste of Savin Rock nostalgia, featuring a midway of games, rides, entertainment and food stands serving up the fare — fried seafood, split hot dogs, frozen custard — that catapulted “the Rock” to notoriety as “the Coney Island of Connecticut.” Join the citizens of West Haven as they celebrate this flagship festival. For more information as it becomes available visit



Friday night concerts take place at 7 p.m. in July and August on the Green and in Old Grove Park. Concert cancellations due to weather are rescheduled for Mondays - same time and venue. Schedule: Friday, July 8, Soul Sound Revue, Old Grove Park; Friday, July 15, Simply Swing, Old Grove Park; Friday, July 22, MassConn-Fusion, West Haven Green; Friday, Aug. 5, All Funk’d Up, West Haven Green; Friday, Aug. 12, Head Over Heels, Old Grove Park; Friday, Aug. 19, The Kathy Thompson Band, Old Grove Park. The two-hour concerts are free. For rescheduling information, go to the Department of Parks and Recreation website,

An old fashioned apple festival takes over the West Haven Green Sept. 25, noon to 10 p.m., Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. 27, noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine. This 12th annual festival, hosted by the First Congregational Church, pays homage to the days of yore with apples, cider and a smorgasbord of apple desserts. The festival’s International Day celebrates culture and diversity Sept. 25. Other activities include rides, food and craft vendors, bands, nonprofit and community group booths, a car show, and a wide variety of apple-related food. For information call 203-494-6021 or visit www.

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MILFORD EVENTS of a variety of local bands. The music ranges from big band swing to rock and roll. The Summer Nights by Harbor Lights Concert Series is sponsored by the Annual Milford Oyster Festival. Free admission, schedule as follows: July 15, Flashback, ’50s & ’60s Rock and Roll; July 22, The Bernadettes, Rock and Soul; July 29, What up Funk, Funk and Soul; Aug. 5, That Band, ’80s Party Band; Aug. 12, Rumrunners, Pop and Rock. Bring a picnic (no alcohol permitted) and chairs or a blanket to sit on. Rain cancellation notices will be broadcast on WPLR and WICC radio stations. For more information, visit the Milford Chamber of Commerce online,

MILFORD ROTARY LOBSTER BAKE The 40th annual Milford Rotary Lobster Bake, sponsored by Milford Bank, will take place 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23, Milford Boat Works, 1 High St., rain or shine. Proof of age is required for alcohol consumption. For more information, and to purchase tickets online visit No tickets are available at the door. Proceeds benefit Milford Rotary charitable endeavors including scholarships.

MAC’S 39TH ANNUAL SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION July 30, noon to 5 p.m., Walnut Beach. Bring a picnic, beach blanket, pails and shovels, and get creative. Awards, trophies and ribbons will be awarded in various categories including clubs/friends, families and individuals. All ages are welcome. Registration is free, sponsored by the Milford Arts Council and Milford Bank. Parking for nonresidents is $5. Registration is noon to 1 p.m., sculpting noon to 4:30 p.m., and judging begins at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the Milford Arts Council, 203-8786647 or visit

OYSTER FESTIVAL Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the 42nd annual Milford Oyster Festival takes place, rain or shine, downtown Milford. With free admission, the event features food, entertainment, classic cars and of course, oysters. Oyster Eve is Friday, Aug. 19, 6 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.

ANTIQUE FIRE APPARATUS SHOW Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the 45th annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Muster, sponsored by Engine 260 Inc. and Southern Connecticut Antique Fire Apparatus Collectors, takes place in Eisenhower Park, Route 121. The event features a parade, firefighter team competitions, flea market, exhibitions and demonstrations. Free admission. For more information, visit, call 203-874-2605 or email [email protected]

IRISH FESTIVAL Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, the Irish Heritage Society of Milford offers their annual festival at the Rotary Pavilion behind the library. The event features Irish food, music, crafts, entertainment and gifts. Details are being finalized; for more information as it becomes available, visit

MAC FEST 2016 The Milford Arts Council’s annual arts festival, formerly known as The New England Arts & Crafts Festival, was reinvented last year as MAC Fest. Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Green will be full of artist and artisan vendors and workshops, followed by a free concert at 5 p.m. The event will be a single-day festival on the Milford Green, to celebrate the Milford Arts Council programming and community

partnerships, and to invite the community to “Be a Part of Art.” The event includes juried hand-crafted, original fine art/ artisans, gourmet food vendors, an author’s tent, pop-up workshops in art, dance and food/wine tastings, floral arranging and more. The event also includes a sidewalk chalk contest, young person’s theater boot camp, a plein air painting event and live music. Prospective vendors may download an application and all may find additional information online at

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