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Events & Descriptions

Saturday, August 31st

 Click here for Overview of Saturday & Sunday Schedule of Events

Kayak Race

Saturday, August 31
9:00am

Clinton Town Beach

Waterside Lane

Racers will begin their course at the Town Beach, through the Indian River before turning back to the Town Beach.  Kayaks will be available for use, and personal kayaks are welcome.

*This event is FREE.

  • Pre registered participants should arrive by 8:30am.
  • Day of registrants should arrive at 8:00am.
  • Cash Prize Awards to top 3

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING

Rob Chase and

 


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Native American Smudging Ceremony and

Drumming Demonstration

Saturday, August 31

10:00 a.m.

Clinton Town Landing

(Along the Indian River behind Town Hall)

54 East Main Street

Our festivities will begin Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. with a Smudging ceremony demonstration.  The smudging ceremony and calling of the ancestors is what the Native American Indians would have done before any festivity would start to bring success to the celebration.

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Clinton Art Society Plein Air Art Show

Saturday, August 31

10:00 a.m.

Clinton Town Landing

(Along the Indian River behind Town Hall)

54 East Main Street

Clinton Art Society will be painting along the scenic Indian River.  Festival attendees are encouraged to watch the artists at work.  After their work is finished a “wet paint” sale will take place.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to watch a masterpiece unfold and one that you may purchase.  A percentage of the sale will go toward the 350th celebration.

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING

Clinton Art Society

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Artisans’ Market 

Saturday, August 31

10:00 a.m.

Andrews’ Memorial Town Hall

54 East Main Street

Enjoy the talents of the craft vendors that have made their various product available for purchase.   This will be a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your Holiday Shopping with vendors offering goods crafted through various mediums.

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Adam Stanton House- Open House

Saturday, August 31

11:00 a.m.

The Adam Stanton House, maintained as a museum dedicated to preserving an authentic view  of life in Colonial times, will be open for visitors to imagine what life would have been life as a wealthy Clintonian from the 1800’s.

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Historic Trades Demonstrations

Saturday, August 31

11:00 a.m.

Clinton Historical Society

103 East Main Street

Enjoy, learn and interact with those who have preserved “the way it was” through their demonstrations of historic trades.  Attendees will learn about blacksmithing, candlemaking, wood carving, sheep shearing, beekeeping,  wool spinning and basketmaking.

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING

Clinton Historical Society

Bion Shepard

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Home Brewing Demonstration

Saturday, August 31

1:00pm

Andrews Memorial Town Hall (rear)

54 East Main Street

Stomp and Crush of Clinton will be providing onlookers with a chance to learn about and watch the process of homebrewing.

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rejuvenating the Clinton Oyster

Saturday, August 31

12:00 p.m.

Andrews’ Memorial Town Hall (rear)

54 East Main Street

The Clinton Shellfish Commission will be discussing their restoration efforts of the Clinton Oyster.   They will be displaying their mulit-year process and the history of the Clinton Oyster.

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING

Clinton Shellfish Commission

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Once Upon A Time In Clinton

Saturday,  August 31

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Main Street

Kidz Konnection, a local theater company, transports festival attendees back in time through their vignettes depicting some of the most historic events that have taken place along Clinton’s Main Street.  Collect all 7 stars for and receive a commemorative T-Shirt (first 200)

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING

Kidz Konnection

Clinton Sports Shop

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Marine Touch Tank

Saturday, August 31

1:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Pierson School Lawn

75 East Main Street

Ranger Russ will be at Pierson.   There will be lots of live animals and a touch tank for a hands-on experience, which is great for kids of all ages.

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Hands Free Flying Apples

Saturday, August 31

1:00pm

Pierson School Lawn

75 East Main Street

Not your typical wet-face, deep dunk, apple-bob here; our apples are hung along a clothesline and the first person to finish the apple and leave the core intact, wins.  This is an event that takes, finesse, patience and a sense of humor, it is open to all ages and genders.  So, come on by to take your bites.

*This event is FREE

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Archaeological Exhibit

Saturday, August 31

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pierson School Lawn

75 East Main Street

Don Rankin from Friends of Hammonasset will to tell about some of the archaeological exhibits from our area and the English/Native American interactions in the early 17th century.

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Atlatl Demonstration

Saturday, August 31

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pierson School Field (behind parking lot)

75 East Main Street

Gary Nolf, spear throwing champion, will demonstrate spear throwing using the atlatl—one form of primitive technology used locally until about 1,500 years ago when the bow and arrow were introduced in this area.

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Sweet Beats

Saturday, August 31

1:30 p.m.

Vece Gazebo, Pierson School

75 East Main Street

Families can stop by to enjoy the sounds of Sweet Beats and their use of fun instruments and props.  A perfect event to bring a smile to the youngest of our festival attendees.

THANK YOU TO SWEET BEATS FOR THEIR COMPLIMENTARY CONCERT

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Strong Man

Saturday, August 31

2:00pm

Andrews’ Memorial Town Hall (rear)

Clinton Town Landing

54 East Main Street

Who in Clinton is the strongest?  Do you believe it’s you?  This is an opportunity to prove it.  Anyone can enter; competitors will be grouped by gender.  The goal is simple: hold weighted bags at arms-length longer than anyone.   Come on by the Landing and show everyone (and yourself) just how strong you really are.

*This event is FREE

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING

Republican Town Committee

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Historic Walking Tour

Saturday, August 31

2:00 p.m. 

1630 House

Take a guided walk down one of Connecticut’s most historic Main Streets.  Learn about the owners and the uses of these historic houses along Main Street dating as early as the 1700’s.

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Raptor Seminar

Saturday, August 31

3:30 p.m.

Pierson School Lawn

75 East Main Street

Christine Cummings-Secki and Todd Secki from A Place Called Hope will talk about and introduce attendees to their fabulous rehabilitated birds; teaching attendees how to coexist with the wildlife that surrounds us.

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Visit With Birds of Prey

Saturday, August 31

4:15 p.m.

Pierson School Lawn

75 East Main Street

Upon the conclusion of their seminar,  Christine Cummings-Secki and Todd Secki from A Place Called Hope will offer an up-close and personal experience with their rehabilitated birds.

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Build A Boat Race

Saturday, August 31

1:00pm

Andrews’ Memorial Town Hall (rear)

54 East Main Street

Clinton, once known as a ship building community will once again be home to boat builders.  However, time and materials are limited for participants in this “quick&dirty” boat building race. Teams of no more than six will be given the exact same materials to use to craft a seaworthy vessel for two to race on Sunday.  Participants have the option to supplement their supplies, but may spend between $16.63-$20.13 for additional supplies. Likely a race not about who reaches the finish line first, rather who stays afloat the longest.

*This event is FREE to the first 15 registrants

More Details Found Here

Download Registration Form Here

THANK YOU FOR SPONSORING

The Hammocks on Long Island Sound

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Tug Of War

Saturday, August 31

4:30pm

Pierson School Lawn

75 East Main Street

Bring your muscles, your friends and your friends’ muscles to compete for the Town Tug-of-War Championship.  Teams of five, selecting by age only (not by gender) will pull against each other on the Pierson Lawn .  Get your gang of five together and take on the competition. If you’re not feeling that strong, just walk on over and cheer the Tuggers on, and over, the line.  Always a lot of laughs on both sides of the rope.

*This event is FREE

Download Registration Form Here

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st

 

Dog Dock Diving

Sunday, Sept. 1st

10:00am

Esposito Beach

Riverside Drive

This event will appeal to all canines with an affinity for fetching and the water.  Have your handlers contact Dr. Berman at Shoreline Animal Hospital to register.  You may also register on site at 9:15am, but be certain to have updated rabies shots and registration.

Download Dog Dock Diving Registration Form Here

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING AND SPONSORING

Dr. Berman

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Build A Boat Finale

Sunday, September 1st

11:00am

Esposito Beach

Riverside Drive

Come watch the moment of truth- will it float!   Captain and Crew constructed their boats with limited materials, no is their chance to test their skills, in this race about who floats the longest!