by Patricia Grandjean
May 23, 2011
10:17 AMBox Office
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days
See Captain Elvy’s patriotic body art in "Skin and Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor."
Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off to summer, with fun popping in every part of the state. Here are some events that’ll get you on your way:
Stepping Outside the Box, a new exhibit at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, invites kids to create their own play things using the age-old favorite toys—cardboard boxes. And the possibilities are endless! The exhibit runs May 24 through June 5. The museum is open daily from 10 to 5 throughout the holiday weekend and is jam-packed with lots of exciting things for children to do. For more information, call (203) 899-0606 or visit steppingstonesmuseum.org.
Connecticut State Parks (more than 90 all over the state) and state forests are now open! Lifeguards will be on duty and all services will be up and running as of Saturday, May 28. For fees, camping reservations and more information, call (860) 424-3000 or visit ct.gov/dep.
The adventures begin at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland on May 28. New features include side-by-side racing zip lines, an overhead cable wake board system for faster, higher jumps, rope swings, a 25-foot and a 45-foot water slide, paddle boards, an inflatable rock climbing wall and a floating retail village to accommodate swimming shoppers. Friday Movie Night features the latest movies on the beach. For fees and more information, visit brownstonepark.com.
Tribal warriors, kings and sweethearts have donned tattoos through the ages, but the American sailor’s fascination with body art helped create the modern tattoo industry. Skin and Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor, a traveling exhibit at Mystic Seaport, sheds light on the history, traditions and allure of the tattoo in American maritime culture; through Sept. 5. For more information, call (860) 572-5302 or visit mysticseaport.org.
Leamy Hall, the home base of the United States Coast Guard Band at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, reopens with a bang this week after an extensive year-long renovation project. Enjoy the results on May 28 at 7 or May 29 at 2 when the band presents a celebratory program of music by George Gershwin, including transcriptions of two of his most well-known works, “Rhapsody in Blue” with the pianist William Braun, and “An American in Paris,” conducted by retired Coast Guard Band director Captain Lewis J. Buckley. Soprano MU1 Megan Weikleenget performs two selections from the Gershwin songbook, “But Not For Me” and “The Man I Love.” Admission is free. For more information, call (860) 701-6826 or visit uscg.mil/band.