Summer nights spent outside, the feel of excitement spreading with each pitch of laughter, the nostalgia of days of old drifting through the warm air. Summer is the best! Get your calendars out and get ready to start planning for the shoreline summer events. Pack your to-go bag because the late summer offers so many events in this area that you won’t want to miss them.
First off, the Sailfest, which runs July 7-9th in New London is a no miss. Sailfest 2017 is a premiere summer event, complete with over two hundred vendors, ships, free entertainment and spectacular fireworks. Sailfest provides venues of musical venues including Latin, Country, Dance party and Gospel. Not only music will provide you with fun but also locally hand-made crafts, art, jewelry are in a vast array along the streets. I’ve heard that a favorite spot should be Al Green’s Solar booth and look at his Smartflower. Sounds intriguing and fun. While you shop, eat. There are plenty of delicious foods along the way rather you want an American cupcake or a Mexican Taqueria. Don’t forget to try the bacon fries, the Gasper baby back ribs, and a beer garden near the water’s edge. Not to mention a buffet of all kinds of other foods so it might just be a good idea to decide to leave the diet be until next week. Kids will enjoy too the day sail on the tall ship Mystic Whaler by the pier. What an event!
Another summer events right around the corner is the WaterFire Providence with full lighting. The Saturday, July 8th event kicks off with a performance from Trinity Performance Company performing at the Basin Stage in Waterplace Park in Providence, Rhode Island. This troupe is free, open to the public, and is part of the Shakespeare in the Summer program who will be performing a new bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. WaterFire has ongoing dates throughout the summer and into the fall. It has over eighty sparkling bonfires, flickering firelight on the arched bridges, and torchlit vessels traveling the river. With all of this total and complete ambiance, there is enchanting music. It has been described as inspiring and as one visitor stated: “ It reminds me of how to see the world through a child’s eyes.
So let’s see what about another weekend. You are in luck. On July 14-16 go to Guilford Town Green where there is Connecticut’s premier outdoor show of American craft. In fact, one hundred and eighty vendors are expected. This is known as one of the top craft shows in New England and sounds again as if it is a must see summer events.
July 22nd back in New London sounds like the place to be once again. The July 22nd Food Festival with a bacon theme for 2017. All food truck vendors will have at least one item containing back. Once you select your food, then you can go grab a spot and enjoy live music along the waterfront. Participating trucks include such trucks as Nora’s Cupcakes, Bradley Taff, and Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers. Oh, yum!! If you miss this date, it is also done on August 26th.
So let’s see, sounds as if July might be a tad busy and oh what a fun month. Don’t think that July is the only month for such electrifying events, oh no. One festival that would be a great time sounds as if the Oyster Festival on August 19th in downtown Milford is the place to be. Once again, live entertainment, vendors and it is the 43rd annual Milford Oyster Festival event. It has the largest variety of oysters at any festival in the United States. In fact, they say there are 35,000 oysters with 19 varieties from 8 states on the East Coast. Try those with their new beer craft section.
Not only this but you might be getting addicted to these fun weekends. Therefore, let’s look at the fun fairs that are coming up. From the Berlin fair to the Hamburg fair to the 98th Annual Durham Fair on September 21-24 will keep you busy. This fair in Hamburg started in 1916 and is quite a tradition. The promoters of this fair say that you need to attend this fair to see what fairs are all about. Not only is there live entertainment, but also animal competitions, discovery events, troves of crafts and exhibits and of course, once again, food. Spotlight entertainment is included including Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Brothers Osborne, a monster truck rally and a lumberjack show. The Durham Fair has a wine festival, discovery center, farm museum, kids events, concerts, and more! Whew!
So how about those calendars? I can only imagine how fast they filled up. Enjoy it all.