Above: BMX riders will show off their moves at the Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival from Friday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 11. File photo
Maritime themes dominate the doings this weekend, from the long-running Oyster Festival at Norwalk’s Veterans Park to the Yacht Showcase at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
At the festival, there will be bands, plenty of food, pirates, superheroes (and villains), demonstrations, games, arts and crafts, rides, and, of course, oyster shucking and slurping contests. The showcase, meanwhile, will feature yachts, obviously, as well as other boats and water vessels. There will be kayak and canoe demonstrations, as well as attractions on land, including classic automobiles.
There will be music, too, from the gospel jazz concert planned for Friday, Sept. 9, in Fairfield, to the “Music on the Mount” series in Danbury, which premieres Saturday, Sept. 10. If you are looking for some Latin music, Marc Anthony will be coming to Mohegan Sun on Saturday. And, the accomplished acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will be headlining this weekend’s 2011 Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo in New Haven.
History will be celebrated in Shelton, when the historical society there hosts its Civil War Living History Day, Saturday, Sept. 10. It will feature reenactors playing the parts of the volunteer infantry, President Abraham Lincoln and those on the home front.
The Bijou Theatre, which rose at its present site in Bridgeport more than 40 years after the end of the Civil War, will celebrate a grand opening this weekend, which includes a screening (see trailer) of the documentary, “Patriot Guard Riders.” The historic film house officially opened two months ago after an extensive renovation project.
Foodies will have a place to celebrate all to themselves this weekend when the CityCenter’s Taste of Greater Danbury returns Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11. There also will be music, children’s events and other activities.
Do your kids like Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb?” They can see these inventive characters live, when the “The Best Live Tour Ever,” swings through the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard through Friday, Sept. 9. The Danbury Railway Museum, meanwhile, will be celebrating the legacy of Owney, the Railway Post Office dog, during a special event Saturday, Sept. 10.
Arts abound this weekend and beyond, with a quilt exhibit at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, the Art Society of Old Greenwich’s sidewalk art show in Old Greenwich, an open house at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and Brown Bag Tours at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield.
If you simply want to get out and enjoy one of the waning weekends of summer, just remember Hurricane Irene’s visit left some of the state’s parks, forests and swim area’s damaged. Before heading out the door, make sure to check the status of your favorite haunts.
Until next time …