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Previews on Parade in New London

Want a little art with your meal?

New London's newly refashioned Parade Plaza will host lunchtime performance previews - about 15 minutes - on Fridays from now through September.

They do mean previews, all in advance of full-length shows coming up in New London.

First up this week, for instance, is a preview of two events: the Traditions music festival at the Hygienic Art Park and the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport.

Then, on June 18, it's Jazz Underground offering a sample of Kent Hewitt's music. On June 25, the New London County Historical Society previews Vintage Base Ball and Connecticut Historic Gardens Day.

For a complete calendar (which includes Flock theatre on Aug. 16, David Dorfman Dance on Sept. 10, and ECSO on Sept. 24), visit newlondonwaterfrontdistrict.org.

People can also order a boxed lunch from several local restaurants, which will be delivered to the Parade. Here's what you do: order your lunch by 11 a.m., pay by phone, and then pick up lunch at noon at the hospitality table at the Parade. (Participating restaurants are: Bean & Leaf, Brie & Bleu, Hanafin's, Mangetout, Muddy Waters, Passion Coffee House & Restaurant, Subway, and Thames River Greenery & Beanery.)

Previews on Parade, noon-1 p.m. Fridays from this week through Sept. 24, Parade Plaza, State Street, New London; free; performances are at 12:30 p.m.; (860) 444-2489, newlondonwaterfrontdistrict.org.

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