It’s true: most of us start planning for the weekend on Tuesday. Without further ado, then, here are some bright ideas for all parts of New England for August 11-13:
Connecticut -- Middletown
Summer Lobster Bake Cruise with Lady Katharine Cruises in Middletown. Guests have nothing but good things to say about Lady Kate’s cruises along the heavily wooded Connecticut River. This cruise includes bountiful seafood, music and dancing, with a real lobster bake. Reserve soon!!
Stroll the streets of historic Mystic and enjoy a flood of visual talent at the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival August 12 and 13.
Expect live music, children's art activities, food and beverages. Eats tip: We love the Harp and Hound on Pearl Street. Authentic Irish food and beer.
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center – “the Kate” – in Old Saybrook, hosts good times for oldp-style rockers this weekend. The Weight Band, performing music of The Band, is up August 12, and Big Brother and the Holding Company perform on August 13. Eats tip: Spoil yourself with dinner before the show at Fresh Salt, the waterfront restaurant of Saybrook Point Inn & Spa. Overlooking the river.
Maine -- Midcoast
Plan a boat trip out to dreamy Monhegan Islandoff the coast of Port Clyde in the Midcoast region of Maine. Port Clyde sits on the tip of a St. George peninsula, jutting into Muscongus Bay. Monhegan Boat Line makes daily trips to enchanting Monhegan Island, cruising past Marshall Point lighthouse, porpoises, seabirds, and lobstermen at work and Seal Rock. 207-372-8848.
Massachusetts -- Boston
In the Yard: Rosies Invade the Charlestown Navy Yard (August 12-13). USS Constitution Museum honors women factory workers of World War II. There’s a swing dance and lesson on Saturday night and a performance of Sunday of the Mood Swings Orchestra, 19 jazz-loving women musicians. (the ship USS Constitution is not open.)
Vermont -- Weston
“The Music Man” and “Buyer & Cellar” at Weston Playhouse. Enjoy summer theater with a masterful troupe at the Weston Playhouse. We all know about salesman Harold Hill and how is cons the townspeople of River City, Iowa, into paying for a boys' band. In “Buyer & Cellar,” an unsuccessful actor in LA. takes a day job in a glittery mall, gaining insight into the cost of fame and the price of things. This funny play won many awards Off-Broadway.
Rhode Island -- Westerly
“Twelfth Night” with the Colonial Theatre Shakespeare Festival in Wilcox Park, Westerly. (through August 13). Enjoy live, outdoor theater when this festival presents the rollicking comedy “Twelfth Night.” Performed nightly except Mondays at 8 p.m. Before the show, stroll this glorious Victorian-era park or dine at any of the many good little restaurants in this picturesque town. Eats tip: We especially love the Bridge Restaurant , overlooking the Pawtucket River. Great Italian food is easy to find, particularly at Casa Della Luce.
World Elephant Day at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. (August 12). The zoo – in this case, Roger Williams Park Zoo – is for all ages; you don’t need to bring a kid for cover. This is World Elephant Day, and the zoo honors its own pachyderms, Kate, Ginny and Alice. The entire park – with a carousel, paddleboats, bike trails – makes a full day of fun.
New Hampshire -- Lakes region
Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival (August 12) at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills is a fun way to learn about the mysteries and skills of the outdoors, See rescued wild animals and traditional rural skills; take a kids’ discovery walk in the woods; learn how to make fairy houses and gnome homes. At Here Comes the Sun, adults can learn all about solar panels.