20-21, 27-28. CIRCUS TRAIN AT ESSEX STEAM TRAIN.
21. CHARLES W. MORGAN LAUNCH AT MYSTIC SEAPORT,
21. ANNUAL ICE CREAM, BLUEBERRY & BLUEGRASS BASH AT FORT HILL FARMS,
25. FRIENDS OF FORT TRUMBULL,
26-28. “KING OF BEASTS AESOP’S FABLES,”
Visitors will ride aboard the Circus Train to reach the midway and big top shows. Experience the thrills of an Acrobat Show in the “Big Top Tent” and laugh along with a “Punch & Judy” puppet show. Partake in amusement rides, have fun with clowns, and enjoy our petting zoo, live entertainment and circus food. This unique event brings a historic circus train to life, and offers a fun family event right in the Connecticut River Valley. 1 Railroad Ave., Essex. essexsteamtrain.com; (860) 767-0103.
2 p.m. After an extensive restoration lasting more than five years, the 1841 whale ship Charles W. Morgan – a National Historic Landmark and America’s oldest commercial vessel – will be launched into the Mystic River. This will be a big event celebrating a new stage in the Morgan’s history and the beginning of preparations to take her back to sea on a ceremonial 38th voyage in the spring and summer of 2014. 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. www.mysticseaport.org; (860) 572-0711.
1-4 p.m., Thompson. Celebrate national ice cream month at this summer event that features complimentary samplings of the latest flavors of The Farmer’s Cow ice cream, topped with fresh blueberries from Fort Hill Farm and The Farmer’s Cow fresh whipped cream. Listen to live bluegrass music, tour the award-winning quintessential gardens, enjoy a wagon ride around the fields, and meet the calves that will grow up to join the herd as the next generation of The Farmer’s Cow milking cows. Free. 260 Quaddick Road. www.TheFarmersCow.com; (866) 355-COWS.
7-8:30 p.m., Fort Trumbull Conference Center, 90 Walbach St., New London. A panel discussion of the Battle of Stonington by members of the Stonington Historical Society.
6:30 p.m., Washington Park, Mitchell and Meridian streets, Groton. Concerts in the Park Series. Free; (860) 446-4129.
a musical by Comedian Bob