Monday, June 6, 2011

Enjoy a Concert and Picnic on the Lawn at Goodspeed Opera House

This suggestion came from a member of the audience at Newington Library where I spoke last week about day tripping and picnicking in Connecticut. It was a welcome reminder about a favorite destination of mine, one that I had wanted to add to my day tripping and picnicking book, well, at least the picnicking part.

My idea was to include attending a play at Goodspeed Opera House under my category of Arts, Music & Theater with picnicking on the property before the performance. The only reason it did not make the cut was because I already had two chapters in East Haddam: Gillette Castle (Historic Homes & Gardens) and Devil’s Hopyard State Park (Fall Fun & Foliage) and I needed to find venues in other parts of the state.

Music on the River, sponsored by the East Haddam Parks & Recreation, presents a series of free concerts on the lawn at Goodspeed Opera House on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30. Food and drink may be purchased at the Gelston House next door or bring a picnic dinner. Parking is available at Goodspeed parking lot behind the Gelston House. Check out this year’s lineup of talented groups and performers at

There are so many places in Connecticut like the venue above where we can enjoy a leisure-time activity and a picnic right at the same location. What is your interest? Whether it is hiking, biking, theater, water fun, boating, wineries, visiting historic homes and gardens, or even shopping, there is a destination that is perfect for you. Need suggestions? Let me know what you enjoy doing and I’ll give you some great ideas for getting out and enjoying the season.