STORRS, Conn. — Booth space for cultural, food, retail and non-profit vendors
is available for the second annual Festival by the Sound, at the University of Connecticut’s
Avery Point campus on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The day-long festival,
held on the grounds of UConn’s campus by the sea, 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.
UConn’s Marine Sciences Department and Maritime Studies Program will offer
hands-on activities and 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
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 will be 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.
For more information
on sponsorship, participation, or to volunteer in any capacity, call Lisa Poole at
860-405-9262 or Ellen Anderson at 860-405-9026.