STORRS, Conn.— The second annual Festival by the Sound, to be held at the
University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus on Saturday, Sept. 24, will
offer something for everyone, from Discovery-type science exhibits and interactive
learning experiences, to on-the-water and laboratory activities in UConn’s
world-class ocean science facility, and on the research ship RV Connecticut.
marine sciences department and maritime studies program will offer hands-on talks
in the University’s new laboratories, and the campus also will host a U.S.
Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration in the waters just beyond the Branford
House, the castle-like mansion at the end of the Point. During the evening, the
Avery Point Lighthouse will be rededicated, capping years of work.
The campus also
will be a stop on the Southeastern Connecticut Whale Trail, with a
whale designed by Julia Pavonne. Pirates will be on hand to enthrall
young children; artists, many with a marine focus, will be selling
their wares; rides are available on the Project Oceanology vessels
on Long Island Sound; and a host of food and merchandise vendors
will be on hand throughout the day.
The event is sponsored by UConn Avery
Point, in conjunction with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
and many other sponsors from the area.
Booth space for food, retail and non-profit vendors is available for the day's
events. For more information on sponsorship, participation, or volunteering
in any capacity, call Lisa Poole at 860-405-9262 or Ellen Anderson at 860-405-9026.