In Southern New Englands Mystic Places region, the spectacular changing of the leaves reflects the vibrancy and excitement of the fall season bursting from this collection of picture-perfect towns and cities in southeastern Connecticut and coastal Rhode Island. While the summer sun may be fading in the rest of the country, here things are just beginning to heat up with an incredible roster of entertainment options for individuals and families, including festivals concerts, exhibits and parades; exciting new attractions; and scores of charming, fireside hideaways ideal for a romantic, couples retreat.
Pick your date. theres plenty to do.
Childrens Museum of SE Connecticut: (Niantic, CT) 860-691-1111, www.childr
The Haunted Garden is a creepy adventure for kids, ages 3 to 12. Open Fridays and Saturdays in October. Admission is $3 per person. Friday nights are free until May 2003.
Connecticut River Museum: (Essex, CT) 860-767-8269, www.ctrive
On Sept. 26, Riverfare: A Taste of Autumn offers an evening of food and fun on the banks of the Connecticut River. Included in the festivities are a gourmet buffet provided by local caterers and eateries, a silent auction, open bar and music. Tickets are $75 per person.
Upcoming highlights include By Land and By Sea, a display of classic steam launches, including the museums steam-powered Osprey and Indian Motorcycles Sept. 28-29, plus Hiking the Hopyard on Oct. 12, when guests can explore the autumn beauty of the Devils Hopyard in East Haddam. Members are free, and non-members are $5.
Downtown Mystic Annual Halloween Parade: (Mystic, CT) 860-536-3575 Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: (Mystic, CT) 860-536-3575 Hit the Spooky Nature Trail Oct. 25 and 26. All ages will enjoy walking the haunted trails among ghosts, goblins and wonderfully fanciful creatures. Inside the center, children can partake in crafts, games, and lots of tasty holiday treats. Admission is $6 for members and $8 for non-members.
Foxwoods Resort Casino: (Mashantucket, CT) 800-FOXWOODS; www.foxwoods.com
Upcoming performances at the Fox Theatre include Jackie Mason Oct. 4, Michael Bolton Oct. 5, Smokey Robinson Oct. 11, John Michael Montgomery Oct. 18 and Alice Cooper, Oct. 30.
Garde Arts Center: (New London, CT) 888-ONGARDE, www.gardearts.org
Upcoming events include Renee Taylor in An Evening With Golda Meir Oct. 10 and Let the Music Begin! with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, featuring Santiago Rodriguez, Oct. 19.
Goodspeed Musicals: (East Haddam, CT) 860-873-8668, www.goodspeed.org
Jam-packed with nostalgic Rodgers and Hart melodies such as The Lady Is a Tramp and My Funny Valentine, the play, Babes in Arms, has been extended through Oct. 5 due to popular demand.
The Granite Theatre: (Westerly, RI) 401-596-2341, www.granit
Lend me a Tenor runs Sept. 6-29; Annie runs Oct. 18-Nov. 17. Performances are Thursday through Sunday. The building began as a church, which was originally organized in 1843.
Lyman Allyn Art Museum: (New London, CT) 860-443-2545, www.lymana
Experience the Lure of the West starting Oct. 4. This exhibition, coordinated by the Smithsonians National Museum of American Art, includes striking paintings and sculptures by artists who traveled west in the decades following explorations by Lewis and Clark. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, children under 8 free. Through June 30, 2003, Saturdays are complimentary admission.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center: 800-411-9671, www.mashan
On Sept. 20-21, more than 25 experts, including John Echohawk of the Native American Rights Fund, present insightful historical analysis at this two-day conference, Eighteenth Century Native Communities of New England in the Context of Colonial Change. Conference registration is $45.
On Oct. 5, the Research Center staff leads a two-part program on a pre-Revolutionary War house and farm focusing on the archaeology, food uses and landscapes of the eighteenth century. Hands-on archaeological research takes place at Randalls Ordinary, a North Stonington farmstead owned by the Randall family from 1685-1885 and currently operated as an inn and restaurant. The cost is $40 pr person and includes lunch.
Mohegan Sun: (Uncasville, CT) 800-477-6849, www.mohegansun.com
From Sept. 4-8, celebrities and athletes will hit the links for the inaugural Mohegan Sun New England Celebrity Players Tour Team Championship at the Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam, CT. Participants include Charles Barkley and Ahmad Rashaad. One-day general admission tickets are $10 in advance.
The Mystic Art Association: (Mystic, CT) 860-536-7601, www.mystic-art.org
Watercolor Workshop, with Jack Garver. Learn to create detail and depth with watercolors from an award-winning artist. Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 25-27 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuition is $200 for members and $220 for non-members.
Mystic Places Marathon Festival: (East Lyme, CT) 203-481-5933, www.mystic
Runners and their fans take their mark on Oct. 26-27 at Rocky Neck State Park. The weekend encompasses a marathon, marathon relay and award ceremonies, kids races, health expo and other family events, live entertainment, a traditional pasta dinner and fireworks display.
Mystic Seaport -Museum of America and the Sea: (Mystic, CT) 888-9SEAPORT, www.mystic
On Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., get a taste for the region at Chowderfest. Museum admission, which is valid for two consecutive days, is $17 for adults and $9 for youth ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Does not include food. Visit www.mycoast.com to get a youth admission free until Sept. 30.
Natures Art: (Oakdale, CT) 860-443-4367
Saturdays in October, expect the unexpected during Monty Mania. Special events include bat, raptor and other wildlife demonstrations; a visit from Jonathan XI, the retired canine mascot for the UCONN Huskies; a gourmet food cooking demonstration; aura photography; Fenton Glass open house; free arts and crafts projects for kids; dinosaur trivia contests; door prizes and Halloween festivities.
Olde Mistick Village: (Mystic, CT) 860-536-4941, www.oldmys
On October 6 at 2 p.m., shop to the rhythm of The Heartbeats at this collection of 60 unique stores incorporating gardens and a pond.
ONeill Theater Center: 860-443-5378, www.oneill
October 18-20 is the Third Annual Eugene ONeill Celebration. Free and open to the public, the series of performances, workshops and discussions will feature the presentation of the Monte Cristo Award, recognizing distinguished artistic achievement in the spirit of Eugene ONeills pursuit of excellence.
Salems Apple Festival: (Salem, CT) 860-859-3873 ext. 101
Oct. 26 at Congregation Church on the Green. Free admission
Science Center of Eastern Connecticut: (New London, CT) 860-442-0391, www.scec.c
On Oct. 19, choose the Halloween Enchanted Trail. The Arboretum comes alive as characters act out a story along the way. Oct. 24, test your engineering skills as you experiment with structure and design during the Building Big Build-a-Thon.
Stonington Antiques Show & Sale: (Stonington, CT) 860-535-2478
Preview on Friday, Oct. 11. Show runs Oct. 12-13.
Stonington Vineyards: (Stonington, CT) 860-535-1222, www.stonin
Oct. 19-20, experience the Harvest Celebration & Case Sale with food, wine and live music. Highlights include a wine tasting, cellar tours plus New England food vendors sampling and selling their wares. Free admission.
Imagine a place where the coast and the country are within minutes of each other. A place where blue skies meet blue waters, white snowflakes meet white church spires and four distinct seasons offer something for everyone.
From world-class casinos with headline entertainment, renowned family attractions and national historical landmarks to wooded hiking trails, quiet country roads, miles of beaches, acclaimed seafood and traditions that date back centuries. Now imagine all of this in one region. This is Mystic Places, where Southern New Englands best attractions, accommodations, events, dining, arts and entertainment can be found.
Located in southeastern Connecticut and coastal Rhode Island, Mystic Places is just two hours from New York. Centered around Mystic, Conn., the region is accessible via Interstates 395, 91 or 95.
For a free copy of the Mystic Places Vacation Planner, call 800-692-6278, or visit them online at www.mycoast.com.
©2002 Community News Group
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