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July 4

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Art Exhibits/Openings

9:00 am

John Sargent Solo Art Show

Fiddleheads Food Coop - Cafe, 13 Broad St, New London, CT , 06320

JOHN SARGENT – paintings & monoprints with themes based upon nature and often created with tools repurposed from nature

9:00 am

-Studio 33 presents "Life's a Beach"

-Studio 33 presents Studio 33 Art and Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio33 presents “Life’s a Beach”, a collection of paintings by local artists Gigi Mezzo Genovese and Andrea Wiley. Both women focus their paintings on shoreline centric scenes; with Andrea highlighting the beauties of the marshes, beach & lighthouses, while Gigi focuses on making the everyday beach scenes playful, something you might otherwise overlook. The medium each women works in panders particularly well to their individual styles, with bright saturated acrylics in Gigi’s cheerful scenes and soft, thick oil paints capturing Andrea’s peaceful viewpoint. The show is not one to miss, running from July 2nd through the 30th.

9:00 am

The Bison: An American Icon

Mashantucket Pequot Museum , 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT

This exhibit is held Saturday, June 28-Saturday, October 18 and explores the dramatic changes that occurred to bison and its habitat, and to the people who depended on it for their daily existence. The Bison features Plains Indian objects, contemporary Native art, popular culture items, small models and sculptures, natural history materials, and vivid images. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members. This exhibition was organized by the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT and has been made possible through NEH on the

10:00 am

Within and Withou

The Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

New sculptures and drawings highlighting the mechanics of two-dimensional art and the secret life of frames by Essex native Jasper Goodrich. Opening reception on Thursday, June 12th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

10:00 am

Artist Opening Reception

Artist Opening Reception; Studio M, llc, 29 Cottrell Street, Mystic, CT , 06355

This month we will have our artist opening on Thursday July 3rd. Normally we participate in the First Friday strolls in Mystic but since Friday is the holiday, we will be closed. We've moved the opening so more of you can attend! Please stop in to see Jennifer's beautiful landscape paintings. Studio M, llc welcomes aqward winning Plein Air Oil Painter Jennifer Holmes to the Gallery. The show runs July 1st through the 30th during shop hours. Studio M is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. www.studiomframing.com

10:00 am

-American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

-American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition; Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Visitors of all ages will enjoy this summer exhibition of work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 1 pm-5pm.

10:00 am

ART/OLYME-Marine Art exhibition, featuring the American Society of Marine Artists

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Visitors of all ages will enjoy this summer exhibition of work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously.

10:00 am

Inside the Natural World of Jan Beekman

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, , 06320

on view June 14, 2014 – January 5, 2015. The works in this exhibition reveal the artist’s deep immersion in the natural phenomena of his immediate environment, the woodlands of Southeastern Connecticut. His paintings evoke a sense of wonder as viewers, too, become absorbed in the subtle textures, graceful shapes, and vibrant colors of the natural world.
860.443.2545 x129 or info@lymanallyn.org

11:00 am

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 103rd Annual Juried Show

Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT , 06355

The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) 103rd Annual Juried Show consists of juried artworks from Connecticut artists of all mediums, including photography, sculpture, graphic arts, and painting. CAFA is a non-profit arts organization established in 1910 by a group of renowned Connecticut artists. Their mission is to promote the art of area members. Opening reception Thursday June 26, 6-8pm.


8:30 am

City of Groton Historical Artifacts Display

City of Groton Municipal Building, 295 Meridian Street, Groton, CT , 06340

Displays of city-related memorabilia from the private collection of Town Historian Jim Streeter. More info at cityofgroton.com. Runs June 12th-August 14th.

9:00 am

Chester Rotary’s 36th Annual "Four on the Fourth" Road Race

Chester Rotary’s 36th Annual Chester Village Center, Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

On Friday, July 4, 2014, The Rotary Club of Chester will sponsor its 36th Annual “4 on the 4th" Road Race. The start time is 9:00 AM. The scenic, rolling course that loops its way around & through the quaint Village of Chester is USATF sanctioned and measured. This popular event is a Chester tradition that should not to be missed! On-line pre-entry through www.Active.com. Information also available at www.chesterrotary.org. Register on-line until 9 pm on Tuesday, July 1st. Entry fee is $20 until June 20th; $25 thereafter including race day. Race day registration between 7:00am and 8:30am at St Joseph’s Parish Center, 48 Middlesex Avenue, Chester, CT. Pre-registered runners may pick up race packets at St Joseph’s Parish Center on race day between 7am & 8:30 am or on Thursday evening, July 3rd, between 4pm & 7pm. The new Thursday evening pick-up is for pre-registered runners only. All entrants receive a road race T-shirt & a complimentary drink ticket for use after the race. Live entertainment, food and drinks for participants and spectators will be available. Beer offered at the Rotary sponsored beer tent. Main Street in Chester will be closed at 8:00 am on race day. Parking limited; carpooling encouraged. Detour & parking data available on-line at www.chesterrotary.org. Chester Rotarians are dedicated to providing funding and service to local, national and international charitable organizations. All proceeds from this event support these causes.

9:00 am

E-Books and Your E-Reader, Mon/Tues/Friday, E.Lyme

East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, East Lyme, CT

Mondays, 5-9 p.m.
Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon
Greg Rice will demonstrate use of the library's e-books; bring e-readers and questions; call to register for one-on-one help session; (860) 739-6926.

9:00 am

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Fridays

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, 27 Chase St., Pawcatuck, CT

9-10 a.m., strength & balance;
10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m., creative writing group;
noon, Movie of the Week with pizza, popcorn, lemonade and dessert; free, call for movie title;
(860) 599-3285.

9:30 am

Overeaters Anonymous meeting, Mystic, Fridays

United Methodist Church, 23 Willow Street, Mystic, CT , 06355

12 Step program of recovery for people with food issues

10:00 am


BILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY ADULT SUMMER READING; The Bill Memorial Library, 240 Monument St., Groton, CT , 06340

The Bill Memorial Library in the City of Groton invites adults to take part in Groundbreaking Reads, our Adult Online Summer Reading Program. Earn a raffle ticket for each book review you submit. Log on to the library’s home page, http://billmemorial.org. Click on “Summer Reading”, then choose the “Literary Elements” tab for adults. Create an account and begin entering your reviews on Wednesday, June 25 through Saturday, August 9. Readers can also submit book reviews in person to the library. Winners of the prize drawing will be notified in mid-August. The more you read the more chances to win! Call the library at 860-445-0392 for more information. The Bill Memorial Library is located at 240 Monument St., next to the Groton Monument and historic Fort Griswold.

10:00 am

Groton 4th of July Parade

Groton 4th of July Parade; Poquonnock Plains Park, 150 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT , 06340

Celebrate America with the annual Groton 4th of July Parade on Friday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m. The parade route starts at Poquonnock Plains Park and heads north on U.S. Route 1 towards the Groton Shopping Plaza. The theme for this year’s parade is “The American Dream.”

Leading the parade as Grand Marshal is Amby Burfoot, local running legend, Olympian, author, and Boston Marathon Champion, who has partnered with Groton Parks and Recreation on recent events.

More than 70 groups will be participating with floats, marchers, and antique vehicles. Groups include Fife and Drums Corps, the SECT Mustang Club, Princehall Shriners, Shoreline Roller Derby, local fire departments, and more.

For parade route and other information, visit GrotonRec.com or call (860) 536-5680.

10:00 am

Fourth of July Parade and Patriotic Presentation

Ivoryton Center, Main St., Ivoryton , CT

Main St. to Ivoryton Green.

10:00 am

Ivoryton Village 4th of July Parade

Ivoryton VIllage Green , Main St, Ivoryton, CT

Village of Ivoryton invites you to join Grand Marshal Jacqui Hubbard for the 9th Annual 4TH of July Family Parade and Patriotic Presentation, celebrating our nation’s independence. The fun begins Friday, July 4th at 10am, along Main Street in the Village of Ivoryton,

11:00 am

Madison Exchange Club Fourth of July Parade

Super Stop & Shop, , Madison, CT

Super Stop & Shop parking lot through the center of Madison to the Surf Club.

11:00 am

Avery Copp House Tours

Avery Copp House, 174 Thames Street, Groton, CT

The Avery-Copp House, located at 154 Thames St. in Groton, will be open to the public for guided tours through October 12. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children under age 12.
The Colonial style house, built in the early 1800s, was Victorianized at the turn of the 20th century. It houses the story of an American family that lived there for 200 years. Furnishings are original and a testament to Yankee thrift, inventiveness and hard work. Two Victorian gazebos sit above the house on the terraced lawns overlooking the Thames River.
The house is open seasonally and by appointment year round. Events for families and the general public are offered throughout the year, including a Fall Garden Party, a Christmas Open House, Charles Dickens dramatic readings, tours and lectures.
Visit www.AveryCoppHouse.org.

11:00 am

Cornfield Point Beach Association Fourth of July Parade

Cornfield Point Beach Association Clubhouse, Town Beach Rd., Old Saybrook, CT

12:00 pm

The Essex Steam Train Presents: The Roaring 20's

The Essex Steam Train Presents: The Roaring 20's; The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, One Railroad Avenue , Essex, CT , 06426

The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat was proud to launch the Roaring 20's year theme on Saturday, June 14th in conjunction with the Connecticut Office of Tourism's 10th annual Connecticut Open House Day.

Throughout the day, attendees will step back in time upon entering the station, and will experience an era themed authentic car show (six parked vehicles), meet characters from the decade, take a journey on the train, and much, much more! There are endless photo opportunities throughout the day including relaxing in an authentic living room, posing with Roaring 20's characters, and taking a ride aboard the locomotive.

4:00 pm

Heart Healthy Fitness, Mon/Wed/Fri, Groton

Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road, Groton, CT

4-5 p.m., $72 per 8-week session; open to all; Mon. Wed. and Fri.; rainmr@aol.com; (860) 441-6785.


10:00 am

Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Support Group

Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Support Group; Women and Family Life Center, 96 Fair Street, Guilford, CT , 06437

This is an informal support group for moms and infants. In the comfort of a small group, you may discuss anything from breastfeeding challenges to pumping and going back to work. Older siblings welcomed. Pre-registration required. No fee. Visit www.womenandfamilylife.org.


Wadawanuck Park , Cannon Square, Stonington Borough, CT

Marchers are invited to gather at 9:45 a.m. at the southwest corner of Wadawanuck Park in Stonington Borough. The parade will step off at 10 a.m., march to Cannon Square in the lower Borough and return to the park to hear the declaration and to invoke, as always, a pox on King George.

11:00 am

4th of July Jamboree

East Woodstock Common, 415 Connecticut 169, Woodstock, CT

This is a true community 4th of July celebration that has been running since 1957. It is a celebration of our independence featuring a chicken barbeque at 11:30am, and a parade at 2pm. This old-fashioned celebration reminds us of a simpler time. So come with us and step back in time as we celebrate the brave people who have gone before us. The public is invited to come and enjoy live entertainment, children's games, contests, food, and much more.

11:00 am

Fourth of July Boom Box Parade

Historic Downtown Willimantic, 1010 Main Street, Willimantic,

The Boom Box Parade originated in 1986 when no band could be found for Windham's Memorial Day Parade. It's now the largest parade of its kind in the world.

9:30 pm

Madison Fireworks

West Wharf Beach, , Madison, CT

Waterfront area off West Wharf Beach, Madison.


9:00 am

Independence Day Celebration

Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT , 06355

Celebrate America's birthday circa 1876. Picnic alongside your 19th-century neighbors on the Village Green at noon, and cheer for your favorite display in the Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m. Small patriots can craft hats to wear in their very own section of the parade. A rousing 1877 Independence Day ceremony is followed by an elegant concert featuring the Mystic Silver Cornet Band.

Old-fashioned Independence Day-Nathan Lester House, Gales Ferry!; Nathan Lester House & Farm Tool Museum, 153 Vinegar Hill Road, Gales Ferry, CT , 06335

Join in the fun as Ledyard Historical celebrates its 50th Anniversary with music, magic & more, at the 1793 Nathan Lester House. Enjoy folk musician Rick Spencer, Sisters in Song, Nutmeg Fife & Drum Corps, and colonial magician Joseph Potter, Esq. See demonstrations of hearth cooking, butter churning, and weaving. Tour the house and barns, see farm animals, and try your hand at colonial games. Enjoy croquet in the beautiful Great Oak Garden. Bring a picnic or purchase colonial recipe baked goods, along with other food and drinks.

Misc. Events

10:00 am

Coates to Wompom: The 1639 Guilford Trade Goods

Coates to Wompom: The 1639 Guilford Trade Goods; Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT , 06437

Exhibit of reproduction trade goods given to the Menuncatuck tribe by the Guilford colonists. Part of the 375th Celebration of the Whitfield House and Guilford. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00-4:30. Included with admission. Free parking.

10:00 am

Flotilla on the Fourth

Alewife Cove, Alewife Cove, Waterford/New London, CT

Everyone is invited to join in greeting the holiday by boating or watching/cheering the boating on Alewife Cove. Meet in the middle of the cove at 10:00 am. Whatever floats! whatever the weather, whatever the tide. Annual event, 7th year.

6:00 pm

Friday night concerts at Stonington Vineyards

Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road - PO Box 463, Stonington, CT

Fridays in July and August we will be offering live music on our new patio from 6:00 to 9:00pm! Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Under 12 free admission with parent. Picnics allowed but no outside alcohol allowed on premises. There will be food available for purchase. See website for concert schedule.

7:30 pm

RiverQuest 3rd Annual Fireworks Cruise

RiverQuest 3rd Annual Fireworks Cruise; RiverQuest, Eagle Landing State Park, Rt. 82, Haddam, CT , 06438

Join us aboard RiverQuest and take a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Although there are no scheduled fireworks for this evening, we will “search” for any that may be displayed from homes along the edge of the river. We have had great luck the last couple of years. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more about this cruise and to reserve your spots using our easy on-line booking. Cost is $40 per person. No children under 12. RiverQuest phone: 860-662-0577. Gift Certificates Available.


8:00 pm

Fourth of July Bash

Owenego Beach & Tennis Club, 40 Linden Ave., Branford, CT

Features the band Eight to the Bar.

8:00 pm

Music / Karaoke

The Burger Beast Tavern, 350 east Main St, Clinton, CT , 06413

Singing and Dancing at the Burger Beast every Wed, Fri. Sat. And Sunday
Great time great food and drinks

9:00 pm

Bulkeley House Karaoke

 Bulkeley House Karaoke; Bulkeley House Saloon, 111 Bank Street, New London, CT

Join DJC Productions Entertainment for Karaoke every Thursday Night from 9p to close! Bulkeley House features a HUGE outdoor patio with 2 bars and 15 HDTV's to watch your favorite sports game! Come sing a tune and enjoy a cocktail! Hope to see you there!


9:00 am

Four on the Fourth Road Race

St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 48 Middlesex Ave., Chester, CT

Registration: 7 to 8:30 a.m. Benefits the charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Chester.

7:00 pm

Connecticut Tigers Game and Fireworks Celebration

Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave, Norwich, , 06360

The Connecticut Tigers play the Vermont Lake Monsters on Friday the 4th. After the game there will be a great fireworks show.


7:00 pm

The War Dept.

The War Dept.; Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT , 06385

The American Civil War has ended, but the task of cleaning up the mess – and trying to make sense of it all – has only just begun. That work falls in large part to the eccentric savant Private William T. Clarke working in an obscure and mysterious division of The War Department, sorting through mountains of records housed now in Ford’s Theater, dark since Lincoln’s assassination there three years before. Clarke, fighting demons of his own, finds his strange and insular domain invaded by three visitors in the same day, each looking desperately for something precious lost in the war. Unfortunately, Clarke may be the only person who can help them, and the war may not be over yet.

7:15 pm

I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard

I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard; Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT , 06385

Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is to make her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut. But when David finally hurts Ella so badly that she refuses to crawl back to him, she decides to strike out on her own, abandoning her biggest fan and harshest critic in order to write her own play… about her father.

8:00 pm

"Fiddler on the Roof"

Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam, CT , 06412

tickets start at $27, all prices subject to change based on availability; (860) 873-8668.

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