This past winter, members of the Seaport Association in Norwalk has been hard at work planning the 2019 Summer and Fall season. The events that the Association is offering runs the gamut, but they are all perfect for aficionados of the great outdoors, Long Island Sound, private islands, and historic lighthouses. Some events are pure family fun and, others highlight carefully curated themed events and cruises for adults.
This year on Memorial Day Weekend, the Seaport Association is offering its’ inaugural cruises to Sheffield Island on May 25, 26, and 27. On all three days, cruises will leave the dock at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. In accordance with Coast Guard Regulations, the boat is limited to 49 passengers, so be sure to book your cruise online early. The tour includes the journey out to Sheffield Island, a tour of the historic 151-year-old lighthouse and the cruise back to the dock. It is best to arrive about 15 minutes before the cruise departs in order to facilitate boarding. For more info click here.
In June, the Seaport Association is hosting five very special events. If you love birds, don’t miss the three special Birding Cruises on June 9,16 and 23, 2019 that depart the dock at 8:30 a.m. On this National Geographic-like three hour birding experience you will learn about the importance of migratory birds and their behavior. Keep your eyes peeled for egrets, American oystercatchers, herons, terns, gulls, cormorants at a safe and inspiring distance with a birding expert. For tickets click here.
If you have dreamed of Yoga on a Private Island, the Seaport Association can make this dream a reality on June 29, 2019, with their annual Sunrise Yoga Cruise that departs the dock at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 10:30 a.m. For more information click here.
If you love oysters, don’t miss Docktails and Oysters on June 29, 2019. At this fundraiser event that takes place dockside @ Norm Blooms Oysters, you will dine on unlimited raw clams and oysters literally fresh off the boat as well as on a variety of delicious passed and tabled appetizers. For tickets to this popular event click here
Once again, on July 20 and 2, 2019, pirates invade Sheffield Island where children young and old get a glimpse of the legends and lore pirates. Scallywags of all ages will step into the world of pirates on Sheffield Island and be entertained with a myriad of fun activities like hunting for treasure on the beach, sword fighting, and listening to tall tales of adventure on the high seas. For more information click here.
Another fun-filled event, that is quintessentially an American treat, especially on Sheffield Island is the Seaport’s popular Island BBQ taking place this year on July 27 with the boat departing the dock at 5:30 p.m. For more information click here. If you love Italian food, then the special Sheffield Island Isola Italiana Night on August 24 is not to be missed! For more information click here.
If wearing a costume just one day a year on Halloween is not enough for you, no worries, on August 3 and 4 the Seaport Association is hosting “The Haunted Lighthouse” event. At this fun-filled kid-friendly event the Sheffield Lighthouse is decorated in a ghoulish way to provide thrills, chills, and giggles for youngsters of all ages. Stories and other activities round out the fun. New this year is the Haunted Lighthouse, after dark for adults only! For tickets click here.
Each week beginning in June, the Seaport Association offers Wednesday Night Acoustic Cruises (June 19-Sept. 18, 2019), Thursday Night Clambakes on the Island (June 13-Sept.19,2019), and Friday Night Sunset Cruises (June 14 -Sept. 20, 2019). The Seaport Association is also planning to host several specially themed Saturday Night Cruises.
This year the 42nd Oyster Festival, the crown jewel of the events organized by the Seaport Association is being held on Friday, Sept. 6, Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept.8, 2019. For up to the minute details check the website here.