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Sherwood Island Shorefest Set


Sherwood Island — beautiful as it is — is usually a spot for the masses.

After all, it’s Connecticut’s 1st state park, and one of the busiest.

This Friday (September 6, 6-10 p.m.), though, things will be cool and calm.

Sherwood Island celebrates the 100th birthday of Connecticut’s park system — and its own Nature Center, programs for schools and families, summer internships, and capital improvements not funded by the state — with its 15th annual “Shorefest.”

There’s a clambake, barbershop quartet, silent and live auctions, homemade appetizers, wine and beer.

Photos will be taken with a “guest animal visitor” from Beardsley Zoo. There are antique cars on display — the tie-in is the centennial anniversary — and of course politicians galore.

Sherwood Island is an inexpensive gem, but this fundraiser comes with a price. VIP Egret ($1,000 for 10 people) and Osprey tables ($800 for 8 people) offer an “opportunity to dine with a dedicated Connecticut elected official.” Don’t have a full table? VIP tickets are $100 each.

Picnic tables are $75 each (kids 12 and under: $8). You’ll get hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken fingers — but for $15 more, can order lobster or surf-and-turf.

Which — as much as we love Sherwood Island all year long — is not something you get there every day.

(Shorefest registration ends tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 5) at 6 p.m. For tickets or more information, click here.)