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Norwalk Plus magazine : Norwalk Plus Fall 2007 Published: Sep 8, 2007 - 9:15:41 AM


Oyster Festival Highlights


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The NSA Oyster Festival takes place on Friday, September 7, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on Sunday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is held at Veteran’s Park, which is adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in East Norwalk, Connecticut. There is no public parking on the festival grounds. Information about free off-site parking locations and shuttle service to the festival can be found at www.seaport.org.

The Oyester Festival has always been offering a wide variety of entertainment for all. Here are some highlights of this year’s spread.

The Arts & Crafts area will have a new look – with one large tent plus individual booths. There also will be an area where artists can demonstrate their skill at scheduled times. Smart shoppers and savvy collectors will find thousands of creative and practical items that appeal to all tastes, budgets and ages. There will be a wide array of jewelry in all mediums; oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture and photography; decorative and usable pottery; woodcrafts including children’s toys, boxes and furniture; clothing, fabric accessories and wearable art and home décor items.

The New England Seaport Village is a colorful grouping of tents designed to resemble an old-time county fair. Here, festival-goers will discover a diverse array of interactive displays, demonstrations, product samplings and tastings, entertainment and the Special Presentation Tent of the Norwalk Seaport Association, where raffle tickets and Oyster Festival souvenirs can be purchased. New attractions this year will include a Coast Guard Search and Rescue helicopter that attendees can go into.

The informative and interesting Oyster Pavilion exhibit, sponsored by Norm Bloom & Son LLC Clams and Oysters, will include a touch tank with clams, oysters and other Long Island Sound creatures; oyster sampling; a photo display and historical information about the oystering industry in Norwalk; examples of the tools used to harvest oysters; and information about the efforts to improve the water quality of Long Island Sound and the effects of water quality on the oyster industry.

Kids’ Cove, sponsored by The Hour newspapers, is an entire section of the festival devoted to games run by nonprofit groups, amusement rides, activities and entertainment for young children. There will be plenty of audience participation during musical performances and circus acts under an Old-Fashioned Circus Big Top.

Enjoying such a large festival builds hearty appetites. Food booths will offer items to appeal to all tastes, from the event’s signature oysters to Philly cheese steaks, barbecue, German sausages and pizza fritta. These and other tempting edibles can be enjoyed at the tables and chairs in the adjacent International Food Court.

Norwalk’s maritime heritage will be represented by a variety of vessels at the Public Docks. The Norwalk Seaport Association will run the popular Norwalk Harbor cruises aboard its Sheffield Island ferry, the G.W. Tyler. Cruises will run hourly from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10.00 per person.




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