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Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends roll into town at the Essex Steam Train on April 20. Photo by Kelley Fryer/Zip06.com

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends roll into town at the Essex Steam Train on April 20. (Photo by Kelley Fryer/Zip06.com )

Spring Events on the Shoreline

Published Apr 11, 2019 • Last Updated 12:07 pm, April 11, 2019

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Brunches

Sunday, April 21

Easter Sunday Brunch: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $50.95+ per person for adults; $22+ per person for kids under 10. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Easter Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $67.95 for adults; $33.95 for children over 5. Reservations required. For info, call 860-339-1318.

Easter Sunday Buffet: Seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The WoodWinds, 29 Schoolground Rd., Branford. For info, call 203-481-6577 or visit thewoodwinds.com.

Easter Brunch: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. Cost: $54 per person; $20 for children ages 6 to 12; free for children under 6. For info, call 203-350-0014.

Easter Grand Buffet: Seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anthony's Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. Cost: $39.95 per person; $19 for children ages 5 to 12. For info, call 203-469-9010 or visit anthonysoceanview.com.

Easter Brunch: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Amarante's Sea Cliff, 62 Cove St., New Haven. Cost (plus service and tax): $34.95 per person; $19.95 for children under 12; free for children under 5. For info, call 203-467-2531 or visit amarantes.com.

Sunday, May 12

Mother's Day Brunch: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $50.95+ per person for adults; $22+ per person for kids under 10. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Mother's Day Brunch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $67.95 for adults; $33.95 for children over 5. Reservations required. For info, call 860-339-1318.

Mother's Day Buffet: Seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The WoodWinds, 29 Schoolground Rd., Branford. Cost (plus tax and gratuity): $38.95 for adults; $18.95 for kids under 12; free for kids 2 and under. For info, call 203-481-6577 or visit thewoodwinds.com.

Mother's Day Grand Buffet: Seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anthony's Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. Cost: $44.95 per person; $22 for children ages 5 to 12. For info, call 203-469-9010 or visit anthonysoceanview.com.

Mother's Day Brunch: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Amarante's Sea Cliff, 62 Cove St., New Haven. Cost (plus service and tax): $34.95 per person; $19.95 for children under 12; free for children under 5. Dinner seating at 5 p.m. for $50 per person. For info, call 203-467-2531 or visit amarantes.com.

 

Community

Saturday, April 13

Clean Up East Haven: 9 to 10 a.m. 1 Maple St., East Haven. For info, contact 203-812-8658 or cleanupeasthaven@gmail.com.

Hartford Water Lantern Festival: 4 p.m. Mill Pond Park, 123 Garfield St., Newington. For info, visit waterlanternfestival.com.

Saturday, April 27

Kids Walk for the Connecticut Children's Hospital: 9 a.m. to noon. North Haven Green. For info, call 203-387-2305.

Thursday, May 2

National Day of Prayer: 6:30 p.m. Branford Green. Praying for government, military, media, business, education, church, and family. For info, call 203-675-7056.

Saturday, May 11

Annual Spring Fair: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church, 18 Clintonville Rd., North Haven. Features silent auction, tag sale, plant sale, and baked goods. For info, contact 203-265-1070 or vicklip@aol.com.

Clean Up East Haven: 9 to 10 a.m. Commuter lot on Kimberly Ave., East Haven. For info, contact 203-812-8658 or cleanupeasthaven@gmail.com.

 

Fundraisers

Saturday, April 13

Spring Bake Sale: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Branford Compassion Club, 2037 Foxon Rd., North Branford. For info, visit branfordcompassionclub.org.

Wednesday, April 17

65th Annual Sale Intake: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Essex Town Hall, 29 West Ave. Child & Family Agency's Essex Auxiliary will be accepting donations for the three-day Child & Family Agency Annual Sale. For info, visit childandfamilyagency.org.

Saturday, April 27

Spring Kitten Food & Supply Drive: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Branford Compassion Club, 2037 Foxon Rd., North Branford. Donations of kitten food and shelter supplies needed. For info, visit branfordcompassionclub.org.

Fourth Annual Spring Tea Party: Noon to 4 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1109 Main St., Branford. Walk-ins accepted. Reservations required for gluten-free and vegan guests. Nut-free event. Suggested donation: $15 per person. Proceeds held send BSA Venturing Crew 424 and Scouts BSA Troop 6424 to summer camp. For info or tickets, contact 203-376-2819 or teabycrew@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 2

Anginette Wars: 6 to 8:30 p.m. East Haven High School, 35 Wheelbarrow Ln. Baker entry fee: $25 per table. For info, visit easthavenrotary.org.

Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5

2019 Connecticut River Leukemia Cup: Saturday: 11 a.m., regatta; 5 p.m., post-race party with silent auction. Sunday: 5 p.m., awards ceremony. 19 Novelty Ln., Essex. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For info, visit leukemiacup.org.

Sunday, May 5

Sixth Annual Spring Fashion Show: 3 p.m. Christ and The Epiphany Church, 39 Park Pl., East Haven. Cost: $12 and four non-perishable food items to benefit the East Haven Food Pantry. For info or reservations, call 203-467-2310.

Saturday, May 11

Second Annual 'An Evening in Pink': 6 to 11:30 p.m. Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club, 294 Pine Orchard Rd., Branford. Cost: $200 per person. All proceeds benefit patients of the Smilow Breast Center. Hosted by Infinite Strength. For info or reservations, visit pinkgala.givesmart.com.

 

Kids/Family

Saturday, April 13

Chick Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lakeside Feed, 31 Lake Dr., Guilford. Features Easter egg hunts, the Easter Bunny, and baby chicks. Food available for purchase. For info, visit lakesidefeed.com.

Weekends April 13 to April 20

Easter Bunny Trolley: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven. Includes springtime crafts. Cost: $10 for general admission; free for children 2 and under. Tickets available at the door and online. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

Saturday, April 20

Rechenka's Eggs: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chester Public Library, 21 West Main St. Drop-in Easter egg craft. For info, call 860-526-0018.

April 20, 27, 28, and May 4 and 5

Thomas & Friends: Trains depart every 45 minutes from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Essex Steam Train, 1 Railroad Ave. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

Saturday, April 27

Talking Early Childhood: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shoreline Community Church, 9 Business Park Dr., Branford. Branford Early Childhood Collaborative hosts multiple workshops for parents and caregivers of children 5 and under. Free. For info, call 203-415-5237 or visit branfordbecc.org.

Celebrating Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary: 10:30 a.m. R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. For ages 3 and older. Free. No registration required. For info, visit rjjulia.com.

Sunday, April 28

Marine Touch Tank: 10 to 10:45 a.m. Meigs Point Nature Center, 1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. Registration preferred, not required. Open to grades 5 to 12. For info, call 203-245-7365 or visit www.scrantonlibrary.org.

Stuart Little: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. For info, For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12

Mother's Day Weekend at The Shore Line Trolley Museum: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Free rides for mothers with a paid family member admission. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

 

Museums/History

Saturday, April 27

Evening at the Lay House: Early American Cocktail Tasting Tavern Night: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. Cost: $25 for museum members; $30 for general public. Reservations required. Must be 21 or older. For info, call 860-767-8269 or visit ctrivermuseum.org.

Sunday, May 19

Free for Nutmeggers Day: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Free admission all day for any Connecticut resident at any of the four state museums. For info, call 203-453-2457 or visit cultureandtourism.org.

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Day Tour of Veteran's Burial Sites: 4 p.m. Upper Cemetery, North Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $5; free for children accompanied by adults. Sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society. For info, contact 860-395-1635 or contact@saybrookhistory.org.

 

Music

Friday, April 12

A Tribute to Elton John: Reception at 6 p.m.; Dinner Show at
7 p.m. Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $49+ per person. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Saturday, April 20

A Tribute to Dave Matthews Band: Reception at 6 p.m.; Dinner Show at 7 p.m. Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $63+ per person. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Friday, April 26

A Tribute to the Rolling Stones: Reception at 6 p.m.; Dinner Show at 7 p.m. Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $63+ per person. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Friday, May 3

Spring Fling: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Dance floor will be open. For info, call 860-510-0453 or visit www.thekate.org.

 

Shopping

Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13

Designers Circus Fashion Pop-Up Sale: Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St. Featuring clothing and accessories by more than 70 designers at wholesale prices 50 to 90 percent below retail. For info, visit guilfordartcenter.org.

Saturday, April 13

Indoor Community Tag Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christ and The Epiphany, 39 Park Pl., East Haven. Free admission and off-street parking. Refreshments available. For info, call 203-467-2310 or visit christandtheepiphany.org.

Spring Craft Fair & Bake Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. Free. For info, call 860-669-2342 or visit hchlibrary.org.

Sunday, April 28

Spring Artisan Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featherly Ever After, 2081 Middletown Ave., Northford. Food trucks on site. Small crafts for kids and adults. For info, visit facebook.com/featherlyeverafter.

Friday, May 3

First Friday in Chester: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. For info, visit facebook.com/visitchesterct.

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11

Old Saybrook Garden Club May Market: Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Saybrook Town Green. For info, contact osgcct@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 11

Killingworth Historical Society Tag Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. For info, visit parmeleefarm.org.

Leete's Island Garden Club Annual Plant & Bake Sale: 9 a.m. to noon. Southwest corner of the Guilford Green. Rain date: May 12. For info, call 203-444-4706.

Town-Wide Tag Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Throughout Killingworth and at the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company, 333 Rte. 81. Maps available May 7. For info, contact kathyrct1@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, May 18

Tag Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (subject to change). Branford Green. Hosted by Branford Compassion Club, Branford Community Gardens, Branford Garden Club, and the Friends of Blackstone Library. For info, visit branfordcompassionclub.org.

Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26

Book Sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday. Scranton Library Friends, 114A Bradley Rd., Madison. For info, contact mlsb410@gmail.com.

 

Theater

Runs April 12 to June 16

The Music Man: The Goodspeed, 6 Main St., East Haddam. For info, visit goodspeed.org.

Runs through April 14

An Iliad: Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. For info, call 203-787-4282 or visit longwharf.org.

Runs April 24 to May 12

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. For info, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.

Runs April 26 to 28

Seussical, Jr.: Tabor Arts, 45 Tabor Dr., Branford. For info, visit taborartsbranford.com.

Runs April 26 to May 18

Cadillac Crew: Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven. For info, call 203-432-1234 or visit yalerep.org.

Runs May 1 to May 26

A Doll's House, Part 2: Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. For info, call 203-787-4282 or visit longwharf.org.

Runs May 17 and May 18

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Stony Creek Museum, 84 Thimble Island Rd., Branford. For info, visit legacytheatrect.org.

Runs May 17 to June 9

My Name is Ben: The Terris Theatre, 33 North Main St., Chester. For info, call 860-873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

Runs May 22 to June 16

Godspell: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. For info, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.

 

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