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Connecticut – Festivalset:
Hebron Maple Festival: The Hebron Maple Festival will be held on March 16-17, 2019. There will be sugar houses, artisan, business, art and craft fair, quilt show and sale, health and wellness expo, sled dogs, tractor parade, tea cup auction, music, maple flavored food, and more. Free admission. Hours: 10am-4pm both days.
Norfolk Winter Farmers Market: The Norfolk Winter Farmers Market will be held on March 23, 2019. It’ll feature local produce, vegetables and fruits, herbs, mushrooms, cut flowers and plants, local meats, chickens, cheeses and eggs, breads and baked goods, honey and maple syrup, jams, jellies and pickles, handmade wares, and more. Enjoy live music and chef demos. Hours: 10am-1pm.
Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest: Event will be held on May 16, 2019. Stroll through streets and enjoy musical, theatrical, visual and olfactory delights. Enjoy music and entertainment on four stages. It’ll host about 100 crafters and vendors selling artwork and goods produced in Connecticut. Relish delicious authentic international cuisine, beer, music, and soda. Free children’s activities. Free admission and parking. Hours: 6pm-9pm
Duck Day and Race: The Duck Day and Race will be held on June 2, 2019. There will be dancing, live entertainment, music, duck race, scavenger hunt game, dunk tank, carnival rides, vendors, crafters, kids’ games, bounce houses, slime station, and great food. Live music, strolling entertainment, scavenger hunt, games, bounce houses, crafters, vendors, prizes, food, and more. Free admission. Hours: 11am-4pm Hours: 11am-4pm in Naugatuck, CT
Milford Fair on the Green: Fair on the Green will be held on June 7-8, 2019. There will be more than 110 artists and craftspeople selling wooden furniture, pottery, jewelry, quilts, hand-dipped candles, tie-dyed clothing, silk and dried floral arrangements, pet treats, paintings, photography and gourmet food. Also explore and shop gently used household items like toys, jewelry, linens, books, clothing for men, women and children, and a Christmas boutique at the tag sale. Enjoy live entertainment and tasty treats. Hours: Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Still River Music Festival: The 3d Annual Still River Music Festival, in Memory of Joey Sexton to benefit AIMForABetterTomorrow and the Winsted Fire Department, held in beautiful Riverton Connecticut. This organic, local festival is growing in popularity and will feature various local musicians from the Connecticut and New England area, a variety of artists, entrepreneurs, shopping, food, beer and wine garden, Flow Farm fire artists, activities and more.
Enfield Fourth of July Town Celebration: The Fourth of July Town Celebration will be held on July 5-7, 2019. It’ll include a parade, concert, softball game, DJ, fun games, volleyball, photo station, demonstration, basketball tournament, road race, bungee run, car show, soccer tournament, children’s sidewalk chalk art contest, K-9 demonstration, craft and vendor marketplace, fireworks display and much more.
Litchfield Jazz Festival: The Litchfield Jazz Festival will be held on July 26-28, 2019. Enjoy great musical performances by local and national jazz artists. It’ll also include arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine and scrumptious food.
Other festivals: Potato and Corn Festival, August 2, 2019; Podunk Bluegrass Festival, August 8, 2019; Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, August 10, 2019
PLACE OF INTEREST
Long Island Sound
Long Island Sound is a tidal estuary of the Atlantic Ocean, lying between the eastern shores of Bronx County, New York City, southern Westchester County, and Connecticut to the north, and the North Shore of Long Island, to the south. From east to west, the sound stretches 110 miles from the East River in New York City, along the North Shore of Long Island, to Block Island Sound. A mix of freshwater from tributaries and saltwater from the ocean, Long Island Sound is 21 miles at its widest point and varies in depth from 65 to 230 feet.
Hammonasset Beach State Park: Hammonasset Beach State Park is a public recreation area occupying two miles of beach front on Long Island Sound in the town of Madison, Connecticut. Hammonasset Beach has a variety of things to do! 3 different sections of the beach to choose from so it’s a little spread out and they are redoing all the areas! Bird watching is amazing as well as any other wildlife seen there! A conservation center is always a plus to add to a beach day to learn about some of the wildlife living in the area, as well as getting up close and personal with a touch tank with a variety of different species of animal! Worth a day trip!
Greenwich Point Park: Wonderful island/peninsula with s perimeter trail, varied views of Greenwich, Long Island sound. Rest rooms open even in November, with warm water and paper towels. Jewel of a town park. The peninsula has sweeping 360 views of Greenwich, Manhattan, Stamford, New Rochelle, Long Island, and the sound. Great for the beach, a walk, a picnic, fishing, learning to sail, flying a kite. Challenging access via downtown Old Greenwich’s traffic laden one lane roads. Great amenities, especially deck and bathrooms at newly restored Old Barn. If you don’t have a Greenwich resident park pass, stop at the civic center to pay the fee before you get there.
Calf Pasture Beach: Calf Pasture Beach is an historically significant park and beach in Norwalk, Connecticut. The area of the park lands is approximately .45 square miles. Pretty great beach. There is a ton of stuff to do here. Anything from baseball to volleyball to kayaking or just sun bathing and swimming. It stays clean for the most part it all depends on who goes and if they keep it clean themselves. They have a section of it that is all for grill and picnic areas. There is a ton of parking, but it’s sometimes hard to find a good spot depending on the day and time. They also have a mini golf course which is great for all ages. They also have a food area, but it’s a little over priced for what they offer. Over a great place. If you don’t have a resident pass I believe it’s like $25 for a day pass, but it’s worth it.
Lighthouse Point Park: An 1847 lighthouse anchors this beachfront that is popular with swimmers and a prime birding spot. Lovely place in New Haven. It is expensive for non-residents, but free for New Haven residents with proof of residency. The beach is small but a nice place to see the Long Island Sound; there are lots of tables and grassy areas for picnicking. A little playground right by the water for the kids and a splash pad in warmer weather. There is, a classical carousel is on the property for only 50 cents a ride. Really delightful place to spend an afternoon.
Seaside Park: Seaside Park, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a 2.5-mile long crescent-shaped park bordering Bridgeport Harbor, Long Island Sound, and Black Rock Harbor. The park lies within Bridgeport’s South End neighborhood. The beach is having gentle waves making it easy for swimming and safe for children. There are numerous ball fields and picnic areas. There 2 small playground areas for the kids. There is roughly 1 mile of continuous sandy beach and almost 3 miles of seawall along which to walk or jog. One can fish in the non-beach sections of Seaside Park. There is also abandoned lighthouse on Faywerweather Island that can be reached by walking a rocky breaker leading to the Island. Seaside Park was created by Olmsted who designed Central Park in NYC and several parks in Europe. P.T. Barnum donated most of the land for the creation of Seaside Park.
Beardsley Zoo: This zoo is lovely! It’s very clean, a friendly staff, there are beautiful animals that are being saved and treated tremendously by this remarkable place. The Halloween decorations were very neat as well, a nice touch to the season! It’s not a big zoo but it is a fun one. Many exhibits had glass observation points and many places to escape the rain. This would be good for small children as a learning experience and just have fun. A must visit.
Discovery Museum: It is not crowded and keeps kids 1-10 years of age or even a little older occupied for 2 hours without much headache for the parents. All the rooms are well designed and interactive, and the planetarium show is great. If it is a life one for older kids and if it is a recording for younger kids. Great place!!
Connecticut State Capital: Hartford
Originally called Newtowne, Hartford was settled in 1636 by friends Thomas Hooker and Reverend Samuel Stone. Born in Hertford, England in 1602, Stone was a Puritan minister who traveled to America in 1633 in search of religious freedom. Together, Stone and Hooker led a Puritan congregation from Boston to Newtowne, which they re-named Hartford after Stone’s birthplace. From its origins as a Connecticut River trading post in 1633, Hartford has become not only the state capital but also the insurance capital of the world, with a slew of historical attractions, a thriving arts and entertainment center, a revitalized riverfront and beautiful parks and public gardens. Mark Twain’s home and fellow literary figures Harriet Beecher Stowe and Noah Webster are open to the public. Visit the observation deck of Travelers Tower, for a bird’s-eye view.
The Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the U.S., houses Pilgrim-Century furniture, the Amistad collection and a special treasure hunt system to entice kids to explore the museum’s works.
The Mark Twain House & Museum: It was here that the lovable Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were born in the imagination of celebrated author Mark Twain and immortalized on paper during the writer’s Hartford years. We recommend going on the Clue tour at the house, it can be a lot of fun; the actors are great. Also, do the living history tour because it can be something different than just regular tour of a historic home. It is a great experience to get the actual story of someone who lived in the house, instead of ” here is the kitchen”. It costs just a bit more, but well worth it. A great family tour of the Twain’s/Clemmons home. The guides are engaging, knowledgeable and funny and you’ll learn so much. The tour price us $20 for adults, $11 for teens.
Elizabeth Park: I love Elizabeth Park year-round, but especially in the summer. We enjoy the summer Concert Series on Wednesday evenings. If your timing is right (end of June, beginning of July), you’ll catch the Elizabeth Park rose gardens in bloom, but fall is also great for brilliant leaf colors, and spring yields colorful gardens and blossoming trees. It’s the oldest Rose Garden in the US and it’s tendered with pride and expertise. The Rose gardens are absolutely beautiful with hundreds of varieties of roses. The park setting allows for quiet time alone, for shared time with pets, couples, children, family and friends. Elizabeth Park is an absolute gem.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Even though this house is undergoing renovations the tour was wonderful. It’s fascinating if you are interested in historic homes and restoration. It will also be interesting once it is finished. The tour guide will tell a great deal about her and there are places to sit down to learn more about her beliefs and experiences. You’ll enjoy it a lot. You might be the only people in a group and basically get a private tour. The guide will give a good mix of telling about the history and letting you participate in the discussion. The center helps you think about social activism, race, sex, gender, economics, and so much more. You’ll especially like seeing how the image of Uncle Tom changed over time and leave with a better understanding of stereotypes and history lost in time. Go, and take your family!
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro: Brand new, not a bad seat in the house with the friendliest staff of any concert hall. It’s nice to go see a concert and not have to go thru tight security before entering. Sound is great. You’ll enjoy the performances by Southside Johnny. The layout is auditorium style with first floor single level seating and a mezzanine with tables. Bistro food is available in both a restaurant and in the mezzanine. The acoustics are excellent and there is an area where you can stand or dance in place.
There are direct flights from Tampa, lots to do and lots of places to stay
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