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Eric Triffin feels the music during last year’s Branford Jazz on the Green series. Photo by Susan Lambert/Zip06.com

Eric Triffin feels the music during last year’s Branford Jazz on the Green series. (Photo by Susan Lambert/Zip06.com )

Summer Events on the Shoreline

Published May 30, 2019 • Last Updated 11:52 am, May 30, 2019

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MAY

Thursday, May 30

The Guilford Foundation Annual Dinner & Celebration: 6 p.m. The Guilford Yacht Club, 379 Whitfield St. Cost: $75, includes dinner and two drink tickets. Live music. For info, contact jmullett@guilfordfoundation.org.

Cedar Lake Tri Series: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Includes 500 yard swim, 10 mile one loop bike, and 3.1 mile pancake flat run. Wetsuits encouraged. For info, visit facebook.com/cedarlaketriseries.

Friday, May 31

Wine Tasting with The Wine Thief of Madison: 5:30 p.m. R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd.,
Madison. Tasting guided by The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. For info, visit rjjulia.com.

Jeff Pitchell's Legends Live On!: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $48 to $54. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2

Chester Library Summer Book Sale: Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. United Church of Chester, 29 West Main St. For info, call 860-526-0018.

 

JUNE

Saturday, June 1

Stony Creek Quarry Tour: Cost: $15. Soup lunch to follow at the Medad Stone Tavern, 197 3 Mile Course, Guilford. Cost: $10; includes soup, salad, and crusty bread. For info, visit guilfordkeepingsociety.com.

Giant Craft and Tag Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church St. Cost to reserve a space: $25, non-refundable. For info, call 203-239-5691.

Antiques and Treasures Ole Time Auction: Starts at 10 a.m. Gen. William Hart House, 350 Main St., Old Saybrook. Free. Presented by the Old Saybrook Historical Society. For info, contact 860-395-1635 or contact@saybrookhistory.org.

Pond Dippers: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bauer Park, 257 Copse Rd., Madison. Wear clothes and shoes/boots that can get wet and muddy. For preschoolers ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Cost: $11. Registration required. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

64th Annual Little Folks Fair: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guilford Green. Features rides, inflatables, games, food, live animals, and entertainment. New this year: obstacle course for kids. Cost: $3 for adults; $2 for children ages 2 to 12; free for children 1 and under. Presented by Community Nursery School. For info, contact 203-453-5500 or guilfordcns@gmail.com.

Checker Cab Show at the Shoreline Trolley Museum: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Cost: $10. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

Museum Season Opening at Thomas Griswold House & Medad Stone Tavern: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thomas Griswold House, 171 Boston St., Guilford; and Medad Stone Tavern, 197 3 Mile Course, Guilford. Free; donations accepted. For info, visit guilfordkeepingsociety.com.

Willy Wonka, Kids: Noon and 1:30 p.m. Andrews Memorial Town Hall, 54 E. Main St., Clinton. Cost: $5. For info, call 860-227-2363 or visit kidzkonnectionct.org.

Pete the Cat: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $14 to $22. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.'

Essex Shad Bake: 3 to 6 p.m. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. Cost: $35 in advance for adults; $10 for children under 10; $40 at the door for adults. Co-hosted with the Rotary Club of Essex. For info, visit ctrivermuseum.org.

Willy Wonka, Jr.: 5 and 7:30 p.m. Andrews Memorial Town Hall, 54 E. Main St., Clinton. Cost: $10. For info, call 860-227-2363 or visit kidzkonnectionct.org.

Eighth Annual Chester Fair Wine and Beer Tasting: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Chester Fairgrounds, 11 Kirtland Ter. Cost: $20. Proceeds benefit Chester Fair educational programming. Rain or shine. For info, visit facebook.com/chesterfair.

The Music of Bobby Darin: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $48 to $52. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2

CT Trails Day Celebration: More than 225 free events at various locations. For info, visit ctwoodlands.org.

 

Sunday, June 2

Strawberry Social: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guilford Green. Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 474. Cost: $4 per person; includes desserts and entertainment. For info, visit troop474.org.

Madison Land Trust Amphibian Hike: 1 to 3 p.m. Meet in the parking lot of The Country School at the intersection of Opening Hill and Blinnshed roads. With Yale ecologists Kealoha Freidenburg and David Skelly. Blinnshed Loop trail features extensive wetlands and old logging roads through the woods. Wear boots and bring a dip net, if possible. Rain or shine. No dogs. For info, visit madisonlandtrust.org.

Shoreline Ringers Handbell Concert: 4 p.m. St. George Catholic Church, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford. For info, visit shorelineringers.org.

Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet: 5 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $25. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Tuesday, June 4

Film Screening: The Rainmaker: 2 & 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Thursday, June 6

Horseshoe Crabs: 4 to 6 p.m. Meet at the Surf Club, 87 Surf Club Rd., Madison. Class includes a story, craft, and outdoor exploration. For ages 6 to 9. Cost: $17. Registration required. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

RiverFare: 6 to 9 p.m. Lawn of Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. Gourmet food and drink tasting event. Cost: $60. For info, visit ctrivermuseum.org.

Griffin House: 7:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $28. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, June 7

First Friday in Chester: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. Shops, galleries, and restaurants stay open late and offer promotions, specials, and refreshments. For info, visit facebook.com/visitchesterct.

Tommy Tutone: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $43. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9

Sweeney Todd: 8 p.m. on June 7 and 8; 6 p.m. on June 9. Harborside Marina, 131-a Grove St., Clinton. Cost: $20. For info, call 860-227-2363 or visit kidzkonnectionct.org.

 

Saturday, June 8

Beginning Birding by Ear: 8 to 10 a.m. Bauer Park, 257 Copse Rd., Madison. Binoculars and field guides provided, or BYO. For adults and teens. Cost: $5. Registration required. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

Tag, Plant, and Cake Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lutheran Church of Madison, 9 Britton Ln. Features homemade baked goods, household items, kitchenware, linens, jewelry, plants, books, and lemonade stand. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the Lutheran Women's Missionary Guild. For info, call 203-245-4145.

47th Annual Flea Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Stone Church, 521 Main St., East Haven. Spaces available. For info, call 203-467-2907.

'New to You' Tag Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Field at Thomas Griswold House, 171 Boston St., Guilford. For info, visit guilfordkeepingsociety.com.

St. Mary's Annual Tag Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Mary's Church, 54 Grove St., Clinton. Tables are available for $25. For info, call 860-669-9016.

Raise the Roof Wall Build: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bishop's Orchards' Little Red Barn, 1355 Boston Post Rd., Guilford. For info, visit raisetheroofct.org.

The Great Snake & Frog Hunt: 10 a.m. to noon. Bauer Park, 257 Copse Rd., Madison. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $5. Registration required. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

Take a Vet Fishing Fundraiser and Family Fun Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Branford Yacht Club, 39 Goodsell Point Rd. Free. For info, call 203-488-9798.

Puritans at Play on Connecticut Open House Day: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Includes historical games, old-time toys, scavenger hunts in the 1639 Whitfield House, and building activities in the Visitor Center's new hands-on galleries. Free. For info, call 203-453-2457 or visit cultureandtourism.org.

Strawberry Festival: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stony Creek Congregational Church, 192 Thimble Island Rd. Includes fresh berries over homemade biscuits and real whipped cream; a lunch of cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages; and a Cookie Walk. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the church. For info, call 203-488-7827 or visit stonycreekchurchct.org.

Historic Homes Civic Gardens Tour: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Allis-Bushnell House perennial and herb gardens, 853 Boston Post Rd., Madison; and Deacon John Grave House perennial and wildflower gardens, 581 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Presented by the Garden Club of Madison. Free. For info, visit gcmct.org.

Connecticut Open House Day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Medad Stone Tavern, 197 3 Mile Course, Guilford; and Thomas Griswold House, 171 Boston St., Guilford. Free. For info, visit guilfordkeepingsociety.com.

17th Annual Westbrook Family Day: Noon to 2 p.m. Westbrook Green. Includes food, activities, and music. Free. For info, visit westbrookrec.com.

Van Gogh & Japan: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $15. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

The Layovr w/ Special Guest The Foresters: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $20. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9

Clam Dig and Oyster Harvest: Garvan Point at Surf Club, 87 Surf Club Rd., Madison. Shellfish license required. Parking area at the Surf Club will be open. For info, call 203-245-5600, option 3.

 

Saturday, June 8 to Saturday, June 22

International Festival of Arts & Ideas: New Haven Green. Features more than 200 events. For info, visit artidea.org.

 

Sunday, June 9

Summer Music Festival: Music starts at 1 p.m. Salt Meadow Park, 1362 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Includes live music and food trucks. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.
For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

Strawberry Social: 1 to 3 p.m. Deep River Historical Society Carriage House, 245 Main St. For info, visit deepriverhistoricalsociety.org.

Thames Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra: 2 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Admission: Free. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Concert and Car Show: Car show, 3 to 5 p.m.; concert by HipJoint, 5 to 7 p.m. Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. Free. Hosted by the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. For info, visit middlesexchamber.com.

 

Wednesday, June 12

Solera Quartet: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $15. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Thursday, June 13

Alfresco Thursdays: 5 to 8 p.m. Main St., Essex Village. For info, visit experienceessex.com.

Cedar Lake Tri Series: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Includes 500 yard swim, 10 mile one loop bike, and 3.1 mile pancake flat run. Wetsuits encouraged. For info, visit facebook.com/cedarlaketriseries.

Albert Cummings: 7:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $35 to $40. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, June 14

Back to the Garden 1969: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $35. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16

Branford Festival on the Green: Friday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Branford Green. For info, visit branfordfestival.com.

 

Saturday, June 15

Strawberry Festival and Tag Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Dr., Killingworth. For info, contact stlawrencec@yahoo.com or visit stlawrencechurch.com.

Summer Sizzler: 3 to 6 p.m. Jacobs Beach, Guilford. Sponsored by Guilford Parks & Recreation. For info, visit guilfordparkrec.com.

The Drifters: 3 & 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $65. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16

Summer Arts Festival: Saturday,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Essex Town Green. For info, call 860-767-0742 or visit spectrumartgallery.org.

Father's Day Weekend at the Shoreline Trolley Museum: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Dads ride free with one paid child's admission. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

 

Sunday, June 16

Father's Day Brunch: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $49.95 per person for adults; $22 per person for kids under 10; free for kids under 5. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Branford Road Race: 9:45 a.m. Includes two-mile walk and one-mile kids fun run. Branford Green. Proceeds benefit Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson's, Camp Rising Sun, and Notre Dame High School. For info, visit branfordroadrace.net.

Father's Day Brunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Wharf Restaurant, Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

Dinner on the Dunes: New England Clam Bake: Starting at 6 p.m. Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

 

Wednesday, June 19

Tilcon Quarry Tour: 6:30 p.m. Meet at 6:15 p.m. at North Branford Town Hall, 909 Foxon Rd. Cost: $22. Checks made payable to the Totoket Historical Society, Inc. should be mailed to: P.O. Box 491, Northford, CT 06472. For info, call 203-484-5072 or 203-484-2133.

 

Wednesday, June 19 to Saturday, June 22

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Carnival & Festival: Wednesday to Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. Grounds of St. Therese Church, 555 Middletown Ave., North Haven. Includes nightly entertainment and food. Ride bracelets available for all four nights. For info, call 203-239-5368.

 

Thursday, June 20

Chester Ladies' Sip & Shop: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. Includes live music and 20 percent off discounts. Pre-registration required. Proceeds benefit Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. For info, visit facebook.com/visitchesterct.

Ladies' Night at the Shore Line Trolley Museum: 6 to 9 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Includes social hour with complementary appetizers and wine, Angel Card readings, and sunset trolley rides. Cost: $10. Space is limited. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

John Hammond: 7:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $42. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, June 21

Make Music Day: 4 to 8 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Free outdoor music performances. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic. Food vendors on site. Bring instruments to play during intermissions between scheduled performances. Free parking and no charge for the performances and Visitor Center. The Whitfield House will be open for self-guided tours ($6; free for children 12 and younger). Rain cancels. For info, call 203-453-2457 or visit cultureandtourism.org.

An Evening with Amy Helm: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $40. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23

Scranton Library Friends Book Sale: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
114A Bradley Rd., Madison. For info, call 203-245-1066.

Deep River Carnival and Food Truck Festival: Devitt Field, 15 Southworth St., Deep River. Includes rides, music, and food trucks. Sponsored by Deep River Parks & Recreation. For info, visit deepriverct.us.

 

Saturday, June 22

Guilford Rotary Lobsterfest: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Ln. Cost: $50 in advance; $10 for kids; $60 after June 15. For info, call 203-410-6055 or visit
guilfordrotarylobsterfest.com.

Concert in the Town Park: 5:30 p.m. Essex Main Street Park. BYO beverages/picnic and concert by River of Dreams Band: A Tribute to Billy Joel. Bring chairs and blankets. Bad weather cancels. Sponsored by the Essex Land Trust. For info, visit essexlandtrust.org.

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

Branford Fireworks Display: Dusk. Branford Point (Parker Memorial Park). Rain date: June 23. For info, visit branfordct.myrec.com.

 

Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23

CT Irish Festival, Feis, & Agricultural Fair: Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave. Cost: $12 at the gate per day, free for kids 12 and under; $2 per car per day for parking. For info, visit ctirishfestival.com.

The Kingston Trio: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $65. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Sunday, June 23

Seventh Annual Tour of Remarkable Homes: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Madison Historical Society. Cost: $40 ($35 in advance). Rain or shine. For info, call 203-245-4567 or visit madisoncthistorical.org.

Moxie Block Party: 1 to 8 p.m. Features live music, food trucks, BBQ, beer tent, Outer Light Brewing, and games. For info, visit facebook.com/moxiebarmadison.

Annual Community Picnic and Concert: 5 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Hwy., Chester. Featuring the Cluppin Spielers. Free. For info, visit cbsrz.org.

 

Monday, June 24

Robinson Crusoe Auditions: 10 a.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Film Screening: Back to the Future: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Wednesday, June 26

Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic): 7:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $75. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Thursday, June 27

Cedar Lake Tri Series: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Includes 500 yard swim, 10 mile one loop bike, and 3.1 mile pancake flat run. Wetsuits encouraged. For info, visit facebook.com/cedarJonathan Richman feat. Tommy Larkins: 7:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $25 to $30. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, June 28

Albert Lee: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $33 to $36.
For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30

Saybrook Summer Sidewalk Sale: For info, visit oldsaybrookchamber.com/sidewalksale.

 

Saturday, June 29

Madison Lions Club Flea Market, Tag, & Bake Sale: Madison Green. For info, visit madisonct.com.

Branford 375th Anniversary Celebration: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Branford Armory, 87 Montowese St. For info, visit branford375.com.

East Haven Fireworks and Beach Party: Begins at noon with music and food. East Haven Town Beach. Rain date: July 1. For info, visit townofeasthavenct.org.

Robinson Crusoe: Noon & 2:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $12 to $16. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

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

Concert in the Garden: Tiny Ocean: 7 to 9 p.m. Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St., Chester. Cost: $20 suggested donation. BYOB and picnic. Rain or shine. For info, call 860-526-2077 or visit nilssonstudio.com.

Home Again: Music of Carole King: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $38. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

JULY

Monday, July 1

Film Screening: Jurassic Park: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Tuesday, July 2

Asleep at the Wheel: 7:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $58. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Wednesday, July 3

Americana Cookout with Music by Jon Pousette-Dart: Starting at 7 p.m. Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

Madison Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. Waterfront area off West Wharf Beach. Visible from many waterfront areas in Madison. Free; donations accepted. Rain date: July 5. For info, visit madisonfireworks.org.

 

Thursday, July 4

41st Annual Four on the Fourth Road Race: 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Chester Rotary Club. For info, visit chesterrotary.org.

Ivoryton Village Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Parade leaves from Old Piano Factory. For info, visit ivorytonalliance.org.

Madison Independence Day Parade: 11 a.m. Organized by the Exchange Club of Madison. For info, visit madisonexchange.org.

Fourth of July at the Shoreline Trolley Museum: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Children under 16 ride free with purchase of adult admission. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

 

Friday, July 5

First Friday in Chester: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. Shops, galleries, and restaurants stay open late and offer promotions, specials, and refreshments. For info, visit facebook.com/visitchesterct.

 

Saturday, July 6

Film Screening: Loving Vincent: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $15. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

37th Annual Concert on the Green: 6 p.m. Madison Green. Features the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Free. Presented by Madison Cultural Arts. For info, visit madisonculturalarts.org.

Concert in the Garden: Michelle Walker: 7 to 9 p.m. Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St., Chester. Cost: $20 suggested donation. BYOB and picnic. Rain or shine. For info, call 860-526-2077 or visit nilssonstudio.com.

 

Saturday, July 6 & Sunday, July 7

Big Al Anderson & The Floor Models: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $55. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Sunday, July 7

The Audience: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $20. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Monday, July 8

Film Screening: Beauty and the Beast: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Thursday, July 11

Rock on the Water: Tribute to The Eagles: Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $20 per person day-of; $10 per person in advance. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Alfresco Thursdays: 5 to 8 p.m. Main St., Essex Village. For info, visit experienceessex.com.

Cedar Lake Tri Series: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Includes 500 yard swim, 10 mile one loop bike, and 3.1 mile pancake flat run. Wetsuits encouraged. For info, visit facebook.com/cedarlaketriseries.

 

Saturday, July 13

Antique and Classic Boat Show: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. For info, visit ctrivermuseum.org.

Nature Fest: Noon to 5 p.m. Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. For info, contact hope4raptors@yahoo.com.

Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute: 3 & 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $36. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Community Picnic: 4 to 7 p.m. Guilford Green. For info, visit guilfordparkrec.com.

Concert in the Garden: Someone You Can XRAY: 7 to 9 p.m. Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St., Chester. Cost: $20 suggested donation. BYOB and picnic. Rain or shine. For info, call 860-526-2077 or visit nilssonstudio.com.

Guilford Fireworks: 7 to 10 p.m. Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Ln. For info, visit guilfordparkrec.com.

 

Sunday, July 14

Summer Breeze Ride for Autism: 8 a.m. Daniel Hand High School, 286 Green Hill Rd., Madison. Includes rides of 15, 22, 50, and 62 miles. Cost: $80. Proceeds benefit the SARAH Foundation. For info, visit summerbreezeride.com.

Shoreline Jewish Festival: Noon to 5 p.m. Guilford Green. Traditional and contemporary food, music, and more. Free. For info, call 203-533-7495.

Winthrop Baptist Church 275th Anniversary Service: 2 p.m. Winthrop Baptist Church, 444 Winthrop Rd., Deep River. Community picnic follows. For info, contact cynthiastannard@comcast.net.

 

Thursday, July 18

Rock on the Water: Tribute to Bon Jovi: Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $20 per person day-of; $10 per person in advance. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

 

Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21

Madison Chamber's Annual Sidewalk Sale: For info, visit madisonct.com.

 

Friday, July 19

Hometown Harmonies: Branford's Official 375th Birthday Bash: 6 to 9 p.m. Owenego Inn and Beach Club, 40 Linden Ave., Branford. Includes local talent, food trucks, a private event for sponsors to gather in advance of the show, and a new local legend to honor. All proceeds benefit the Branford Community Foundation. Rain or Shine. RSVP required with a pay-what-you-can entry fee. For info, visit branfordcommunityfoundation.org.

 

Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20

Madison Art Society's Outdoor Show & Sale: Downtown Madison. Free. For info, visit madisonct.com.

Deep River Ancient Muster: Tattoo on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at Devitt Field. Parade follows on Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at the corner of Main and Kirtland streets, Deep River. Muster immediately follows parade at Devitt Field. For info, visit deepriverct.us.

 

Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21

Craft Expo 2019: Friday, noon to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Guilford Green. Cost: $9 for adults; $7 for seniors and Guilford Art Center members; free for children under 12 and active military; $15 for multi-day pass. For info, contact 203-453-5947 or expo@guilfordartcenter.org.

 

Saturday, July 20

Sweet Beats Music & Arts Fest: Noon to 6 p.m. Sweetwater Farm, 78 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. Features crafters, artist, food vendors, beer & wine, and open mic. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers. Free; donations benefit Families Helping Families. For info, call 203-675-8885.

Concert in the Garden: Empire of Light: 7 to 9 p.m. Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St., Chester. Cost: $20 suggested donation. BYOB and picnic. Rain or shine. For info, call 860-526-2077 or visit nilssonstudio.com.

 

Monday, July 22

Film Screening: E.T.: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Tuesday, July 23 to Saturday, July 27

Our Lady of Pompeii Church Carnival: Food opens at 5 p.m.; rides open at 6 p.m.; closes at 10 p.m. 355 Foxon Rd., East Haven. For info, call 203-469-0764.

 

Thursday, July 25

Rock on the Water: Tribute to U2: Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $20 per person day-of; $10 per person in advance. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Tacos & Tequila Cruise: Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Board train at Essex Station at 6 p.m.; train departs at 6:15 p.m.; boat from 7 to 9 p.m.; train returns to Essex Station at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $55. For ages 21 and older only. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

Cedar Lake Tri Series: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Includes 500 yard swim, 10 mile one loop bike, and 3.1 mile pancake flat run. Wetsuits encouraged. For info, visit facebook.com/cedarlaketriseries.

Dala: 7:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $25. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Saturday, July 27

National Trolley Festival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven. Parades run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

Concert in the Garden: Arrowhead: 7 to 9 p.m. Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St., Chester. Cost: $20 suggested donation. BYOB and picnic. Rain or shine. For info, call 860-526-2077 or visit nilssonstudio.com.

 

Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28

56th Annual Old Saybrook Arts & Crafts Festival: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Saybrook Green. More than 140 artists and crafters display and sell their original works. Free. Presented by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce. For info, call 860-388-3266 or visit oldsaybrookchamber.com.

 

Sunday, July 28

Family Nature Sketching: 10 a.m. to noon. Bauer Park, 257 Copse Rd., Madison. With natural science illustrator Susannah Graedel. Bring a sketch pad and colored pencils. Cost: $5. Recommended for families with children ages 6 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

Annual Bauer Park Family Sailing Regatta: 1 to 3 p.m. Bauer Park, 257 Copse Rd., Madison. Families collect natural materials from the Bauer Woodland Trail and construct miniature boats to sail and race on the Bauer pond. Cost: $10 per family. Recommended for families with children ages 5 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

 

Monday, July 29

Film Screening: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Tuesday, July 30

The Lehman Trilogy: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $20. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Wednesday, July 31

The Magic of Lyn, Jr. Experience: 1 & 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $14 to $24 for 1 p.m. showing; $20 to $35 for 7 p.m. showing. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

July (TBD)

Westbrook Fire Department Carnival: Four days of rides for all ages, food, and games. Call 860-399-9492 for updates.

Movies at the Beach: Fridays in July (call Parks and Rec at 860-526-6036 for updates). Starts at dusk (7:45 to 8 p.m.) at Plattwood Park Beach. Free. Sponsored by Deep River Parks & Recreation. For info, visit deepriverct.us.

 

AUGUST

Thursday, Aug. 1

Brats & Beer Cruise: Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Board train at Essex Station at 6 p.m.; train departs at 6:15 p.m.; boat from 7 to 9 p.m.; train returns to Essex Station at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $65. For ages 21 and older only. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

 

Thursday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 4

Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale: Guilford & Branford. For info, visit shorelinechamberct.com.

 

Friday, Aug. 2

First Friday in Chester: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. Shops, galleries, and restaurants stay open late and offer promotions, specials, and refreshments. For info, visit facebook.com/visitchesterct.

 

Friday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4

North Branford Potato & Corn Festival (PoCo Fest): Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Augur Field, Rte. 22, North Branford. For info, visit nbpotatofest.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 3

Butterfly Walk: 10 a.m. to noon. Bauer Park, 257 Copse Rd., Madison. Led by members of the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Wear clothing and footwear to protect from poison ivy and ticks. Sunscreen and water recommended. Children with adults welcome. Free. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

Essex Lions Club Lobsterbake: 4 to 7 p.m. Essex Green. For info, visit essexlionsclub.com.

Concert in the Garden: Blues and Cruise: 7 to 9 p.m. Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St., Chester. Cost: $20 suggested donation. BYOB and picnic. Rain or shine. For info, call 860-526-2077 or visit nilssonstudio.com.

 

Sunday, Aug. 4

Wearable Bauer Nature Art: 1 to 3 p.m. Bauer Park, 257 Copse Rd., Madison. Participants will collect natural objects from Bauer Park's woodland trail to make colorful prints using fabric paint. Bring a T-shirt, pillowcase, or other articles of choice. Fabric paints are permanent, dress accordingly. For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $5. Registration required. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

BBQ 'n Tunes: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Rettich Preserve, 274 River Rd., Madison. Dinner and concert presented by Field House Farm and Fire in the Kitchen. Reservations required by Aug. 1. For info, call 203-779-9187 or visit fieldhousefarm.net.

 

Monday, Aug. 5

Family Friendly Film Festival: Movies begin at sundown. Lawn of Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

Film Screening: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Thursday, Aug. 8

Alfresco Thursdays: 5 to 8 p.m. Main St., Essex Village. For info, visit experienceessex.com.

Cedar Lake Tri Series: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Includes 500 yard swim, 10 mile one loop bike, and 3.1 mile pancake flat run. Wetsuits encouraged. For info, visit facebook.com/cedarlaketriseries.

 

Friday, Aug. 9 & Saturday, Aug. 10

66th Annual Clinton Summer Fair: Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. First Church of Christ Congregational, 55 Church Rd., Clinton. For info, visit firstchurchclinton.org/summer-fair.

 

Saturday, Aug. 10

14th Annual Killingworth Road Race: 8:30 a.m. Killingworth Congregational Church, 273 Rte. 81. Benefits local charities. For info, call 860-663-2842 or visit killingworthroadrace.org.

Fresh Paint in the Fresh Air: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grounds of Andrews Memorial Town Hall, Clinton Landing, and Elliot Preserve. Outdoor painting festival. For info, visit clintonartsociety.info.

Peach & Chowder Festival: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Front lawn of Stony Creek Congregational Church, 192 Thimble Island Rd. Includes homemade peach shortcake with freshly-whipped cream, clam or corn chowder, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hotdogs, beverages, and a silent auction. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the church. For info, call 203-488-7827 or visit stonycreekchurchct.org.

Woofstock on the Branford Green: Noon to 6 p.m. Free music festival benefiting the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. Woofwalk is at 11 a.m. For info, visit woofstockonthebranfordgreen.org.

EagleMania: 3 & 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $47. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Thar Be Pirates: Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Board train at Essex Station at 6:15 p.m.; train departs at 6:40 p.m.; boat from 7 to 9 p.m.; train returns to Essex Station at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $65. For ages 21 and older only. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

Concert in the Garden: Old Dog New Trick: 7 to 9 p.m. Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St., Chester. Cost: $20 suggested donation. BYOB and picnic. Rain or shine. For info, call 860-526-2077 or visit nilssonstudio.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 10 & Sunday, Aug. 11

13th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival: Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Bishop's Orchards Farm Market and Winery, 1355 Boston Post Rd., Guilford. For info, visit shorelinewinefestival.com.

 

Sunday, Aug. 11

Kindness Rocks: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Includes craft and tour Connecticut's oldest house. Cost: Free for children 12 & younger; $5 for seniors; $6 for everyone else. For info, call 203-453-2457 or visit cultureandtourism.org.

John Mayall: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $75. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Monday, Aug. 12

Family Friendly Film Festival: Movies begin at sundown. Lawn of Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

Film Screening: Mrs. Doubtfire: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Thursday, Aug. 15

Rock on the Water: Tribute to Tom Petty: Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $20 per person day-of; $10 per person in advance. For info, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Beachcomber Night: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Downtown Madison. Outdoor evening event featuring live entertainment, food, and beverages. Cost: $10. For info, visit madisonct.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 17

Steward's ACE Hardware 5K Road Race: Registration at 7:15 a.m.; race at 9:15 a.m. Jared Eliot Middle School, 69 Fairy Dell Rd., Clinton. New this year is the inaugural Lickety Split Kids Fun Run; race begins at 8:45 a.m. for children 8 and under ($10 registration fee, includes prize for every runner). For info, call 860-669-3889 or visit clintonct.com.

27th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Essex Green. Sponsored by the First Baptist Church in Essex. For info, visit fbcinessex.org.

Exhibition on Screen: The Artist's Garden: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $15. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Concert in the Garden: Shorebreak: 7 to 9 p.m. Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St., Chester. Cost: $20 suggested donation. BYOB and picnic. Rain or shine. For info, call 860-526-2077 or visit nilssonstudio.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 17 & Sunday, Aug. 18

A Man and His Prostate: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $70 to $75. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Monday, Aug. 19

Family Friendly Film Festival: Movies begin at sundown. Lawn of Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

Film Screening: The Godfather: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $8 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Ninth Annual Lobsterpalooza: Anthony's Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. Includes entertainment by Timmy Maia. Hosted by the East Haven Chamber of Commerce. For info, visit easthavenchamber.com.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 21 & Thursday, Aug. 22

Janis Ian: 7:30 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $68 to $74. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Thursday, Aug. 22

Ladies' Night at the Shore Line Trolley Museum: 6 to 9 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Includes social hour with complementary appetizers and wine, Angel Card readings, and sunset trolley rides. Cost: $10. Space is limited. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

Chocolate & Wine Cruise: Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Board train at Essex Station at 6 p.m.; train departs at 6:15 p.m.; boat from 7 to 9 p.m.; train returns to Essex Station at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $55. For ages 21 and older only. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

 

Friday, Aug. 23 & Saturday, Aug. 24

Italian Fest: Friday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 to 10:30 p.m. St. George Church parking lot, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford. Includes live music, food, beer, and wine. Cost: $5. Proceeds benefit the Guilford Community Fund. For info, call 203-410-4682.

60th Annual Westbrook Drum Corps Muster and Tattoo: Tattoo, Friday at 7 p.m.; muster, Saturday at 11 a.m. Ted Lane Field, Westbrook. For info, visit westbrookdrumcorps.org.

 

Friday, Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 25

Chester Fair: Friday, 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chester Fairgrounds, Kirtland Ter. For info, visit chesterfair.org.

 

Saturday, Aug. 24

10th Annual Saybrook Point 5K: Race-day registration and sign-in starts at 7 a.m. Race starts at Old Saybrook Point. Presented by the Old Saybrook/Westbrook Exchange Club and the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce. For info, contact info@oswexchangeclub.com.

48th Annual Madison Antiques Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Madison Green. Sponsored by the Madison Historical Society. For info, visit madisoncthistorical.org.

East Haven Senior Day: Noon to 3 p.m. East Haven Green. Features music and food. For info, visit townofeasthavenct.org.

Photography Night at the Shoreline Trolley Museum: 7 to 9 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $10. Bring camera equipment. Drinking water, insect spray, and sturdy footwear recommended. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

 

Monday, Aug. 26

Family Friendly Film Festival: Movies begin at sundown. Lawn of Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

 

Thursday, Aug. 29

Cruise to Parrotdise: Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Board train at Essex Station at 6 p.m.; train departs at 6:15 p.m.; boat from 7 to 9 p.m.; train returns to Essex Station at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $55. For ages 21 and older only. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

 

Friday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 1

Madison Rotary Club Carnival: Academy School Fields, Madison. For info, visit madisonct.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 31

Clinton Summerfest & Fireworks: Summerfest (music, food, wine & beer, kids activities), 4 to 9 p.m. at Town Hall, 54 East Main St.; music, food, and activities all day at Town Beach; fireworks at 9 p.m. Rain date: Sept. 1. For info, call 860-669-3889 or visit clintonct.com.

 

August (TBD)

Cornhole Charity Challenge: Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry St. Presented by the Community Music School. For info, call 860-767-0026 or visit community-music-school.org.

18th Annual Shakespeare on the Shoreline: Guilford Green. Free. Performed by Legacy Theatre. Presented by the Shoreline Arts Alliance. For info, call 203-453-3890 or visit shorelinearts.org/shakespeare-on-the-shoreline.

 

SEPTEMBER

Monday, Sept. 2

Labor Day at the Shoreline Trolley Museum: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Seniors 62 and older ride free with ID. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

 

Thursday, Sept. 5

Cigar & Whiskey Cruise: Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Board train at Essex Station at 6 p.m.; train departs at 6:15 p.m.; boat from 7 to 9 p.m.; train returns to Essex Station at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $85. For ages 21 and older only. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

 

Thursday, Sept. 5 to Sunday, Sept. 8

77th Annual North Haven Fair: Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave. For info, visit northhaven-fair.com.

 

Friday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 8

East Haven Fall Festival: East Haven Green. For info, visit facebook.com/ehfallfest.

 

Saturday, Sept. 7

Artisan Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. Features pottery, jewelry, photography, knitwear, alpaca products, woodworking, recycled goods, hand-made clothing, food trucks, and family activities. Free. For info, visit parmeleefarmmarket.org.

Taste of the Shoreline: Noon to 5 p.m. Guilford Green. For info, visit shorelinechamberct.com.

Chester Rotary Club's 49th Annual Lobster Festival: Gate opens at 4 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m. serving time, live music until 10 p.m. Chester Fairgrounds, 11 Kirtland Ter. Includes lobster dinner and live band. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club. For info, visit chesterrotary.org.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Patriot Day at the Shoreline Trolley Museum: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 17 River St., East Haven. Features 9-11 PATH Car Exhibit, one of the only remaining Port Authority Subway cars recovered from the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Free. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

 

Saturday, Sept. 14

Third Annual Shredding Event: 9 a.m. to noon. Location TBD. Presented by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce. For info, call 860-388-3266 or visit oldsaybrookchamber.com.

Film Screening: Art & Mind: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $15. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

Sunday, Sept. 15

Fourth Annual Car Show: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 255 Middlesex Tpke., Old Saybrook. Presented by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce. For info, call 860-388-3266 or visit oldsaybrookchamber.com.

 

Ongoing

Food

Brunch by the Beach: Sundays all summer, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Wharf Restaurant, Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

Oysters & Prosecco: Tuesdays through Sept. 24, 4 to 9 p.m. The Wharf Restaurant, Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

 

Music

SummerSings Choral Concert Series: Mondays, June 3 & 10; July 22 & 29; and Aug. 5 & 12. St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook. Registration for singers at 7 p.m., performances from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for singers ($5 for students). Co-sponsored by Con Brio Choral Society and Cappella Cantorum. For info, visit conbrio.org or cappellacantorum.org.

Music Under the Stars Concerts: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4 to Aug. 27. North Haven Green. Free. Parking available at Town Hall Annex and Town Pool lots. For info, visit northhaven-ct.gov.

Old Saybrook Summer Concert Series: Wednesdays, June 12 to 26; July 3 to 31; and Aug. 7 to 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Old Saybrook Green; Fridays, June 21; July 5 & 19; and Aug. 2 & 16 at 7 p.m. at Harvey's Beach. Free. Bring a blanket, chair, and picnic. For info, visit oldsaybrookrec.com.

Music on the Riverboat: Fridays, June 22, July 20, Aug. 17, and Sept. 14. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat,
1 Railroad Ave. Board train at Essex Station at 6 p.m.; train departs at 6:15 p.m.; two-hour cruise down the Connecticut River aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat; train returns to Essex Station at 9 p.m. Cost: $45. Not recommended for children under 10. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

Live Music: Mondays through Thursdays, June 24 to Sept. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. (12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on July 4 and Sept. 2). Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook. Performers: The Cartells on Mondays; Java Groove or Tony Aiardo (The Potential Band on July 9) on Tuesdays; Paul Shlien or Nick Fradiani, Sr. on Wednesdays; and Straight Up on Thursdays. For info, visit saybrook.com.

Essex Summer Concert Series: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ivoryton Green and Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Rd. Once per week from June 25 to Aug. 14. Locations alternate between Ivoryton on Tuesdays and Essex on Wednesdays. For info, visit essexct.com.

Music & a Meal Summer Concert Series: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 27 to Aug. 8 (no concert on July 4);
locations rotate from Plattwood Park, Town Green, and Town Landing, with special celebration for Deep River Parks & Recreation's 50th anniversary on Aug. 1 at the Stone House. For info, visit deepriverct.us.

Branford Jazz on the Green Series: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 27 to Aug. 29. Branford Green. For info, visit branfordjazz.com.

Rhythm by the Rails Live Outdoor Concert Series: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 28, July 26, and Aug. 23. Lawn of Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Free. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

Westbrook Summer Concert Series: Fridays, July 5 to Sept. 6. 6 to 8 p.m. in July; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in August & September. Westbrook Green. Free. No alcohol or pets. For info, visit westbrookrec.com.

East Haven Concerts on the Green: 6 p.m. Sundays, July 7 to Aug. 25. East Haven Green. For info, visit townofeasthavenct.org.

Guilford Summer Concert Series: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays, July 7 (CJ West & Downtown Train), July 28 (Leaf Jumpers), Aug. 11 (Who's Next), Aug. 18 (Santana Tribute with MiLargo), & Aug. 25 (CSN Songs: Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Tribute). Guilford Green. In honor of 50th anniversary of Woodstock. For info, visit guilfordparkrec.com.

Madison Summer Concert Series on the Green: 6 p.m. Sundays, July 7 to Aug. 25. Madison Green. Free. Bring lawn chairs and picnic. No alcohol. Presented by Madison Beach & Recreation. For info, visit madisonct.org/recreation.

Clinton Summer Concert Series: Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Vece Gazebo at Pierson School, 75 East Main St., Clinton. For info, call 860-669-3889 or visit clintonct.com.

Outdoor Family Concert Series: 7 p.m. Fridays, July 12 to Aug. 2. Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. Presented by the Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department. For info, visit "Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department" on Facebook.

Live Acoustic Music: Fridays all summer, 9 p.m. The Wharf Restaurant, Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd. For info, call 203-350-0014 or visit thewharfmadison.com.

 

Theater

Of Mice and Men: Deacon John Grave House, 581 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Runs May 31 through June 9. For info, visit madisonlyricstage.org.

Merrily We Roll Along: Stony Creek Museum, 84 Thimble Island Rd., Branford. Runs June 6 through June 8. For info, visit legacytheatrect.org.

My Name is Ben: The Terris Theatre, 33 North Main St., Chester. Runs through June 9. For info, call 860-
873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

Godspell: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. Runs through June 16. For info, call 860-767-7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.

The Music Man: Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. Runs through June 20. For info, call 860-873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

Mamma Mia: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. Runs June 26 through July 28. For info, call 860-767-7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.

Because of Winn Dixie: Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. Runs June 28 through Sept. 1. For info, call 860-873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Branford Green. Runs July 2 to 6. For info, visit legacytheatrect.org.

Stars, Stripes, and Quarries: Stony Creek Museum, 84 Thimble Island Rd., Branford. Runs July 11 through July 13. For info, visit legacytheatrect.org.

Into the Woods: Deacon John Grave House, 581 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Runs July 18 through July 28. For info, visit madisonlyricstage.org.

Passing Through: The Terris Theatre, 33 North Main St., Chester. Runs July 26 through Aug. 18. For info, call 860-873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

Past, Present, and Future: An Overview of the Stony Creek Theatre's Songs, Stories, and Dance from 1866 to the Present: Stony Creek Museum, 84 Thimble Island Rd., Branford. Runs Aug. 1 to Aug. 3. For info, visit legacytheatrect.org.

Cabaret: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. Runs Aug. 7 through Sept. 1. For info, call 860-767-7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.

Shear Madness: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. Runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 6. For info, call 860-767-7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.

 

Trains, Trolleys, & Boats

Cruises Aboard the Onrust: Thursdays through Mondays through October at 2 and 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday aboard a 1614 replica ship. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. For info, visit
ctrivermuseum.org.

Hometown Thursdays: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays in June, July, and August. Shore Line Trolley Museum,
17 River St., East Haven. Each Thursday celebrates a New Haven County town with free resident admission.
Valid resident ID or driver's license required. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

Passengers from the Past: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Weekends, June 8 & 9 (Abraham Lincoln), June 15 & 16 (Babe Ruth), June 22 & 23 (William Gillette), and June 29 & 30 (Mark Twain). For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

Pirate Adventure on the Connecticut River: Wednesdays, July 17 to 31 & Aug. 14. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Board train at Essex Station at 9:30 a.m.; train departs at 9:45 a.m.; one-hour cruise on the Connecticut River aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat; train returns to Essex Station at noon. Cost: $25 per person; free for children under 2. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

Saturday Night Sunset Cruises: Runs June 15 to Aug. 31. Two-hour cruise down the Connecticut River aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Board train at Essex Station, 1 Railroad Ave., at 6 p.m.; train departs at 6:15 p.m.; train returns to Essex Station at approximately 9 p.m. Food and beverage service available. Cost: $30. Advanced tickets recommended. Not recommended for children under 10. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com.

Trolley Reading Program: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, July 2 to Aug. 27. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven. Children ages 4 to 8 with adult listen to different stories each week on a trolley car. Trolley leaves at 11 a.m. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org.

To submit an event for inclusion in any of our seasonal magazines, email e.shanley@shorepublishing.com.

 

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