2-OCT. 7 CONNECTICUT COLLEGE ART DEPARTMENT FACULTY EXHIBITION 2008. Gallery 66 and Manwaring Gallery, Cummings Arts Center. Faculty members: Maureen McCabe, Pamela Marks, Andrea Wollensak and featured artist, Denise Pelletier. Visiting Faculty: Cindy Davis, Victor Pachenko and Martha Wakeman. 13 I AM FESTIVAL. Indie music, food and craft cornucopia at Waterfront Park, New London. Noon-11 p.m. Free, and all ages welcome. www.myspace.com/iamfestival. 13 ROAD CHURCH COUNTRY FAIR. Famous chowder luncheon at noon. Bake table and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Road Meeting House, First Congregational Church, 903 Pequot Trail, Stonington. 860-535-0655. 13-14 17th ANNUAL FALL FOR FELINES SHOW. Presented by the Damn Yankees Cat Club. Six allbreed rings in back-to-back format. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Grasso Tech, Groton. 13 & 14 HOPKINTON CRAFT FESTIVAL. Crandall House, Ashaway, RI. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 401-377-7795. 13 8TH ANNUAL MBA BEACH CLEANUP. Misquamicut Beach. 10 a.m. Meet at Sam’s. 401-322-1026. 14 WINGS OVER WESTERLY. Dooney Aviation. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 401-596-0717. 14 15TH ANNUAL HARKNESS FAMILY DAY. Educational and cultural activities and displays for all ages. Admission is free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Harkness Memorial State Park, 275 Great Neck Road, Waterford. The event is sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, the Friends of Harkness, and the Youth Services Bureau of New London County. For more information, call Waterford Youth Services Bureau at 860-444-5848. 14 COASTWEEKS REGATTA. Climb into your shell or simply enjoy the shoreside view, as rowing vessels race against time during our 16th Annual Coastweeks Regatta, a celebration of a truly benign use of our marine environment. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. 888-973-2767 or www.mysticseaport.org. 14 A NATURAL HISTORY DOWNRIVER CRUISE ON THE SABINO. The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, in partnership with Mystic Seaport, celebrates the steamboat Sabino’s centennial year with a special natural history downriver cruise led by DPNC executive director Maggie Jones. Enjoy a 90-minute downriver cruise at sunset. 5:30-7 p.m. Members & non-members: $19.08 per person. 860-572-5351. 17 11TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. Benefit Westerly Adult Day Services. 401-596-1336. 19 SWALLOW BOAT TRIP ON LOWER CONNECTICUT RIVER. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center staff/ naturalists on board will be the guides as the southward migration of tens of thousands of birds in the lower Connecticut River Valley is explored. Register at 860-536-1216. DPNC members $45; non-members $50. 19 DINNER HIKE AT HIGH LEDGES. Meet at the Wyassup Lake Boat Launch, North Stonington, and enjoy a hike on the trails at High Ledges. DPNC. 19-20 COME HOME TO CHESTER DAYS. Art gallery and shop opening receptions and home tours. Main Street, Chester. 5-8 p.m. Free parking is available at the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center. 20-21 TICA CAT SHOW. Kelly Middle School, Norwich. Presented by Helping Paws, a cat rescue organization based in Colchester. $1 of every admission ($6 adult, $4 seniors or children 12 and under) will be donated to the Norwich Food Bank & Soup Kitchen. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 20 CONNECTICUT COLLEGE FACULTY CONCERT. Elizabeth Van Cleve, oboe; Rebecca Noreen, bassoon; and Thomas Labadorf, clarinet; with guest artists Peter Standaart and Robert Hoyle. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10; $5 students and seniors. John C. Evans Hall. 860-439-2720 20 “THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.” Presented by OnStage at Connecticut College. Aquila Theatre Company’s imaginative and exuberant production of the classic comedy is a “must-see” for newcomers to Shakespeare and Bard enthusiasts alike. 8 p.m., Connecticut College, Palmer Auditorium, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London. Tickets: $26, 21, 16; Seniors: $23.50, 19, 14; Students: $13, 10.50, 8. 860-439-ARTS (2787) or email email@example.com
20 MAP AND COMPASS READING. Learn the basics of using a map and compass with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. We’ll learn how to use a compass, orient a map and send your family on a treasure hunt! Please bring a compass if you have one. Please call (860) 536-1216 to register. 3:30-5 p.m. DPNC members $5 (Family max $20); nonmembers $7 (Family max $28) 20-21 FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL. Free admission, rain or shine, wine tastings, live music, gourmet food for sampling and sale at Stonington Vineyards. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.stoningtonvineyards.com for more information. 20 CELEBRATING AGRICULTURE. Agricultural displays, family events, food and entertainment. Free admission and parking. Enjoy a hayride and farm tour of The Farmer’s Cow member Fairvue Farms. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Woodstock Fairgrounds, 281 Route 169, Woodstock. www.celebratingagriculture.org. 20-21 KILLINGLY’S COOKIN’. Craft show and entertainment festival. Come and enjoy a smorgasbord of the areas finest dining establishments, browse through the craft booths all while you and your family are being entertained by some of the areas best musicians. 21 CHORUS OF WESTERLY CONCERT. The Chorus of Westerly presents special guests: Orthodox Singers of Estonia. George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, R.I. 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (401) 596-8663. www.chorusofwesterly.org 21 BY LAND AND BY SEA: ANTIQUE VEHICLES AT MYSTIC SEAPORT. At the turn of the century, commerce depended more than ever before on connections between land and sea. Get up close and personal with the vehicles industry relied on at a dazzling display of authentic antique cars, trucks and motorcycles from the turn of the century. And at the end of the day, stay for a truly classic parade. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. 888-973-2767 or www.mysticseaport.org. 21 NIANTIC BAY HALF MARATHON / 5K ROAD RACE. Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic. The run and walk start is at 10 a.m. with the marathon start at 10:05 a.m. The event is limited to 1,500 participants. For more information or to register, contact John Bysiewicz at (203) 481-5933 or visit www.nianticbayhalfmarathon.com. Health expo onsite will provide spectators and participants with free health screenings and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle. 27 WILLIAMS PARK’S BIRTHDAY PARTY. Enjoy a celebration of William Park’s 150th birthday. Features artists “en plein air,” musicians, puppeteers, oldfashioned children’s games and balloons, as well as popcorn, lemonade and birthday cake served at 2:30 p.m. Hear about the history of the park, at the junction of Broad and Williams streets in New London, and enjoy the strolling musician and other performers. 27-28 NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS. Come say hello, take pictures and see a working farm. The event features hands-on for children and adults; coffee, drinks, snacks provided by a local non profit; Carding, spinning and sock making demonstrations; beautiful friendly animals for pictures; alpaca demonstrations; alpaca fine clothing and gift products to touch and purchase from Six Paca Farm Boutique; alpaca raw fiber, rovings and yarn; and lessons about these unique animals. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Six Paca Farm, Route 163, Bozrah. Free. www.sixpaca.com. 27-28 NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS. Come visit with the animals and learn all about them. The farm store will be open with lots of great alpaca products. Stone Bridge Farm, 116 Crary Road, Griswold. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 27-28 SWAMP YANKEE DAYS. Crandall Field, Ashaway, R.I. 10 a.m.-dusk. 401-539-0120. 28 DENISON PEQUOTSEPOS WILD MUSHROOM FESTIVAL. See story, page 12. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic. 2-6 p.m. 860-536-1216.
1 WESTERLY ARTS NIGHT. Downtown Westerly, 5-8 p.m. 401-348-0733. 2-12 “A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS.” By Robert Bolt. Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Nafe Katter Theatre, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, UConn. 860-486-4226, www.crt.uconn.edu. 2-5 “LANGUAGE OF ANGELS.” By Naomi Iizuka, directed by Nancy Hoffman. Thursday & Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $8; Students $6. Tansill Theater, Connecticut College. 860-439-ARTS (2787) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 4 TERRI BRODEUR BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION WALK ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT. The 26.2-mile walk will begin in Old Saybrook and conclude in Waterford. Opening ceremonies at 7 a.m. To walk or sponsor a walker, visit terribrodeurbreastcancerfoundation.org. 4 11TH ANNUAL GUY FAWKES BONFIRE. Andrea Resort, Misquamicut, 7 p.m. 401-596-9444. 4 MOOS AND MORE! WALKTOBER TOUR. Walk at Cushman Farms, Route 87, Franklin. Visit the cows at milking time, tour the barns and fields. Take an optional walk through the woods and over the hill to visit the calves. 2 p.m. www.thelastgreenvalley.org. 4-5 HARVEST FESTIVAL. Don’t miss the vineyard’s biggest party of the year celebrating the grape harvest. Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Maine Road, North Stonington. 12-6 p.m. 6 LEDYARD GARDEN CLUB. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ledyard Senior Center. Club activities include many civic projects, such as caring for some local public gardens, wreathmaking for public buildings and more. Membership is open to the public and prospective members are welcome. Info: Sue Anderson, 464-6878.
10 HARVEST MOON. The Harvest Moon festival is a local celebration to welcome the fall season in historic Mystic. There will be live entertainment, activities for children, and delicious food. Mystic River Park, downtown. 4-7 p.m. www.mysticchamber.org. 11 GROTON FALL FESTIVAL. An extensive arts and crafts show, business displays, farmers market, car show, food stations, skateboard park, and band concerts. Groton’s Fall Festival is sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and Fall Festival Sponsors. This townwide event promotes businesses in Groton and creates a greater sense of community among all Groton residents. Any net proceeds from the festival will be used to support GBA events and projects throughout the year. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. www.grotonbiz.com for more details. 11-13 MONTY MANIA FALL FESTIVAL. Free family fun! Join The Dinosaur Place as they celebrate Monty the T. rex’s 8th birthday. See a live bird of prey presentation, participate in a hands-on demonstration about New England animal evidence (i.e. Track & Scat!) enjoy daily arts and crafts projects and test your dinosaur knowledge by playing Monty’s Dino Trivia. Learn about things going on in your community and much more! For more details and a schedule of events visit www.thedinosaurplace.com or call 860-443-4367. 11-13 FOALS AND FOLIAGE OPEN BARN. Come visit the beautiful Morgan horses living at McCulloch Farm, 100 Whippoorwill Rd., Old Lyme. Free. (860) 434-7355 or www.whippoorwillmorgans.com. 11 MIGRATION VACATION. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Where is everyone going? We’ll talk about all the animals who migrate and why they do it as we meet live animals, do a craft and spend time outside. Sponsored by the Bodenwein Public
Benevolent Foundation. Call (860) 536-1216 to register. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Ages 3-5 or 6 and up. 11-13 CHOWDERFEST. A perfect New England combination: cool sea air and hot “chowda.” Add spectacular fall foliage and amazing views of the waterfront, and you’ve got one unforgettable Columbus Day weekend. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. 888-973-2767 or www.mysticseaport.org. 11 COWS, FIELDS AND THE FARMER’S COW WALKTOBER TOUR. 2 p.m., Graywall Farms, 49 Chappell Road, Lebanon. Tour the dairy barn, see the cows being milked, walk the fields and enjoy the views. www.thelastgreenvalley.org. 12 DOGS ON DOCKS. A canine gathering on the Connecticut River Museum waterfront includes a parade of dogs, best Sea-dog competition, dog-owner look alike awards, pet tricks, and water jumping. Contact the Essex Board of Trade for registration. For more information, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org. 12 OVER THE HILL AND THROUGH THE WOODS TO FORT HILL FARMS WE GO! Walktober tour at Fort Hill Farms, 269 Quaddick Rd., Thompson. Stroll through the gardens, view the hills of the tri-state area in the fall and see where the crops are grown The Farmer’s Cow milk. www.thelastgreenvalley.org. 12 21st ANNUAL HIGHLAND GAMES. Highland dance competition, individual piping and drumming competition, highland athletic competition, Celtic music, harp demonstration, circle of harps, highland cattle, sheep dog demonstration, clan village, Scottish vendors with food and wares. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission. Edward Waldo Homestead, Waldo Road, Scotland. email@example.com. 12 60TH ANNUAL COLUMBUS DAY PARADE. Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck, 1 p.m. 401-596-7761. 15 FALL FOOD STROLL. Sample a cornucopia of delicious cuisine at over 50 downtown shops and restaurants. Try edible delights such as coconut shrimp, macaroons, butternut squash soup and spiced chocolate truffles as strollers say goodbye to summer. Buttons $25 in advance, $15 children and students, $30 day & evening of stroll. 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-444-2489 or visit www.newlondonmainstreet.org. 15 GOLDEN WINGS & HAIRY TOES. Following a short business meeting and the election of new trustees at 7 p.m., please join us for an entertaining and informative slide presentation with natural history writer Todd McLeish at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Todd will discuss his book tracing the life history and environmental challenges facing some of New England’s most endangered wildlife — from whales and turtles to birds, beetles, butterflies, and bats. This program will delight nature lovers, naturalists, and anyone concerned with preserving the connection between human beings and all life forms. Free. 17-19, 23-26, 31 NAUTICAL NIGHTMARES: MARITIME GHOST STORIES AT MYSTIC SEAPORT. Experience an eerie evening at Mystic Seaport. Hear tales of New England’s historic ghosts, legends and unsolved mysteries. Haunt historic vessels and exhibits, and hear spooky stories of lighthouses and ghost ships. Nautical Nightmares is not recommended for children under 7. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. 888-973-2767 or www.mysticseaport.org. 18 LETTERBOXING AT DPNC. Have you heard of letterboxing, but aren’t quite sure what it is? This is your chance to find out. We’ll make our own stamps and journals and then try out a letterbox or two at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Please bring a compass if you have one. 860-536-1216 to register. Members $5, non-members $7. 2:30-5 p.m. 18-19 FALL FESTIVAL TYME. Bring the family for some old-fashioned fun on the farm. Enjoy the mule and donkey fun day, pie eating contest, horse-drawn wagon rides, historic re-enactors, the Building of the American Flag & artisans demonstrating blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, basket-making, quilting and pottery-making, a hay house maze, food concessions, museum store and more. Blue Slope Country Museum, Franklin. Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission. www.blueslope.com 23 BREWS & BLUES ANNUAL BEER TASTING. Brews & Stonington Meadows. 6-9 p.m. 401-596-7761. 23 BAT NIGHT. Learn all about these creatures of the night with a special lecture and slide presentation at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center by URI professor Peter August. 860-536-1216 to register. 7 p.m. Members $7; non-members $8. 24 6TH ANNUAL WINE FEST BY THE SEA. Featuring more than 100 wines and a number of unique liquors. Light hors d’oevres will be served. $20 in advance; $25 at door; all proceeds benefit New London Adult Education. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Port ’n Starboard, Ocean Beach. 24-25 DENISON PEQUOTSEPOS NATURE CENTER SPOOKY NATURE TRAIL. Join the spooky fun! Find fantastical creatures and magical sights, frights and delights for all ages. 5:30-7:30 p.m. To register: 860-536-1216, ext. 12. Members $7.50 ($30 family max); non-members $9.50 ($38 family max). 25 POMFRET SCHOOL INFORMATION SESSION. For prospective day students from 8-11 a.m. Pomfret School is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school for 350 boys and girls in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduate, located on a beautiful 500 acre campus in scenic northeastern Connecticut. Please join us to learn more about our challenging academics, competitive athletics, and numerous offerings in fine arts. For more information and/or to register, please visit www.pomfretschool.org or call us at 860-963-6120. 25 HALLOWEEN PARTY AT OCEAN COMMUNITY YMCA. Westerly, R.I. 4-7 p.m. 401-596-2894. 25 TRICK OR TREAT ON MAIN STREET. Downtown Danielson, Main Street. Trick or treat from 3-4:45 p.m., followed by the Mad Monster March and Scarecrow Kingdom, 5-6 p.m. Gather at Commerce St. parking Lot and Parade down to Davis Park where we’ll build scarecrows to protect our town.
26 NIANTIC HALLOWEEN PARADE. Sponsored by the East Lyme Business Organization. Begins at 1 p.m., when children are welcome to browse the downtown shops for “Tricks and Treats.” Among the parade’s signature features is the always popular Halloween Parade which will begin at 2 p.m. (starting at Holein-the-Wall). Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded. For additional information, contact Terri Smith at 860-691-0528 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 31 HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AND PARADE. Pumpkin-carving contest along with costumed art gallery openings. 5-8 p.m., Chester center. Free parking is available at the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center. 5-8 p.m. email@example.com for more information. 31 WESTERLY-PAWCATUCK TRICK OR TREAT & OPEN INVITATION PARADE. Along the sidewalks of downtown; many participating merchants. 4:30-6 p.m. 1 NAUTICAL NIGHTMARES: MARITIME GHOST STORIES AT MYSTIC SEAPORT. Experience an eerie evening at Mystic Seaport. Hear tales of New England’s historic ghosts, legends and unsolved mysteries. Haunt historic vessels and exhibits, and hear spooky stories of lighthouses and ghost ships. Nautical Nightmares is not recommended for children under 7. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. 888-973-2767 or www.mysticseaport.org. 3 LEDYARD GARDEN CLUB. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ledyard Senior Center. Club activities include many civic projects, such as caring for some local public gardens, wreathmaking for public buildings and more. Membership is open to the public. Info: Sue Anderson, 464-6878. 5 WESTERLY ARTS NIGHT. Downtown Westerly, 5-8 p.m. 401-348-0733. 8 VETERANS DAY PARADE. Downtown WesterlyPawcatuck, 9:30 a.m. 401-596-0837. 26-28 LANTERN LIGHT GRAVEYARD WALK. One-hour guided walking tour at dusk led by ghost hunter Donna Kent featuring the Old Norwichtown Burial Ground and the Norwichtown Green. Reservations and lantern or flashlight required. Meet at the Old Schoolhouse at the Norwichtown Green on 69 East Town St. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Graveyard Association. 860-886-4683.
8 GOING GREEN GALA LUNCHEON AND LIVE OWL PROGRAM. Be among the first to preview an array of intriguing auction items at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s annual silent auction. Enjoy a delicious luncheon followed by a spectacular live owl program. Please call 860-536-1216 to register. Members/non-members $40. 11:30-a.m.-2 p.m. 8 GOING GREEN GALA CHAMPAGNE PREVIEW. Beat the crowd for a sneak peak, early bidding, live music, champagne and hors d’oeuvres at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Please call 860-536-1216 to register. 5:30 p.m. Members/non-members $60. 8 GOING GREEN GALA SILENT AUCTION. Live music, delicious local food, wine, beer, and opportunities to bid on a marvelous selection of items with an emphasis on sustainable, green and natural living. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Please call 860-536-1216 to register. Members/non-members $50. 6:30-9 p.m. 20-23 “THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH.” By Thornton Wilder. Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, UConn. 860-486-4226, www.crt.uconn.edu. 22 LET’S TALK TURKEY. Did you know that wild turkeys can fly and that they sleep in trees? Learn even more amazing facts as we celebrate the turkey at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Sponsored by the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation. Please call (860) 536-1216 to register. Ages 3-5 or 6 and up. Free. 9:30-11:30 a.m. 22 ROAST BEEF BUFFET DINNER. Central Baptist Church, Union Square, Norwich. “Home cooked” meal to include dessert. A portion of the proceeds will be given to local social services agencies. Tickets $9 adults, youth under 12, $4. Reservations 889-8313/887-9093. Take-outs are available. The dinner is sponsored by the Central Baptist Church Women’s League and is held from 4:30-7 p.m. Visit www.centralbaptistnorwich.com for directions. 22-23, 28-30 WINTER FESTIVAL AT THE DINOSAUR PLACE. A one-of-a-kind family fun event where you can celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. View whimsical winter decorations and life-sized dinosaur sculptures sponsored by local businesses and festooned in a holiday/seasonal theme. The wondrous creations will be on view to the pubic, with all proceeds to benefit The Waterford Country School. For more details and a schedule of events visit www.thedinosaurplace.com or call 860-443-4367.
THE 11TH ANNUAL GUY FAWKES BONFIRE IS SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 4 AT THE ANDREA RESORT IN MISQUAMICUT. JEFF EVANS / THE DAY
NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS ARE CELEBRATED SEPT. 27 AND 28 AT SIX PACA FARM IN BOZRAH AND STONE BRIDGE FARM IN GRISWOLD. PHOTO JEFF EVANS / THE DAY