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Top 20 Connecticut Events for 2009

Top 20 Connecticut Events for 2009
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JUNE 26-28: MYSTIC, WoodenBoat Show. Discover traditional classics and contemporary models at Mystic Seaport’s re-created 19th-century seafaring village. A wide variety of sailboats and powerboats will be on display; exhibits host boatbuilders, sailmakers, tools, hardware, books, nautical antiques, and artists, with demonstrations and workshops by industry experts. Presented and produced by WoodenBoat magazine. 800-273-7447, 207-359-4651;

JULY 4-5: EAST LYME, Outdoor Arts and Craft Show. A celebration of juried fine arts and crafts, including jewelry, paintings, photography, and pottery, all on the town hall green. Held in conjunction with the annual Niantic Lions Lobsterfest. 860-739-9128;,

JULY 11: PAWCATUCK, River Glow. Watch as 37 bonfires are set afloat, lighting up the Pawcatuck River. Celebration highlights here and in neighboring Westerly, Rhode Island, include jugglers, a steel-drum band, belly dancing, a fire juggler, live jazz, face painting, food vendors, duck-boat races, and other fun family entertainment downtown. 800-732-7636, 401-596-7761;

JULY 11: ROXBURY, Pickin’ ‘n’ Fiddlin’ Contest. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to Hurlburt Park and listen to live old-time and bluegrass fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar music. Plus, bands play between categories, leading up to a winner playoff. Vendors, crafts, food, and a kids’ playground, fun for the whole family. 860-354-5921;

JULY 17-19: HARTFORD, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. New England’s largest free jazz festival boasts 25 hours of live music performed by internationally acclaimed artists, regional talent, and more, plus foods, crafts, and activities, all at Bushnell Park.

JULY 17-18: LAKEVILLE, American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. America’s top racing series comes to New England, featuring the world’s best sports car drivers, technologically advanced sports cars, great viewing spots, food booths, displays, activities, souvenirs, and much more, all at Lime Rock Park. 800-722-3577, 860-435-5000;

JULY 26: STONINGTON, Blessing of the Fleet. Be there at the town dock as the last remaining fishing fleet in the state comes together to remember the lives lost at sea and to ask for protection and success in the coming year. Activities for the whole family include a street parade, entertainment, and the blessing of the boats. 860-535-3150;

AUG. 2: HEBRON, Mapleleaf Farm Tour. Visit a picturesque dairy operation to meet the farmers and see the new calves. Children receive coloring books, stickers, milk, and cookies. 866-355-2697, 860-642-4600;

AUG. 8-9: MYSTIC, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival. More than 290 of America’s finest artists and artisans gather in the city’s historic downtown to exhibit oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, sculpture, and acrylics. Listen to live music, bring the children for art activities, and enjoy an array of foods. 860-572-5098;

AUG. 15: CLINTON, Liberty Bank Bluefish 5K. This moderate, scenic loop course begins at Jared Eliot Middle School and includes chip timing, DJ, and pre- and post-race massages for participants. 860-669-3889;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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