Opening day at Fred's

Coty Prentice, center, of Waterford shares her ice cream with her niece Lilly Calo, 2, of Norwich while they and their family have lunch at Fred's Shanty in New London on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the opening day of the season. The family said it's their tradition and that they have experienced snow, sleet, rain and hot sunny days on opening day. Wednesday was not bad, they said, because it was nice enough that they didn't have to eat in the car.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Coty Prentice, center, of Waterford shares her ice cream with her niece Lilly Calo, 2, of Norwich while they and their family have lunch at Fred's Shanty in New London on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the opening day of the season. The family said it's their tradition and that they have experienced snow, sleet, rain and hot sunny days on opening day. Wednesday was not bad, they said, because it was nice enough that they didn't have to eat in the car. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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New London — Longtime repeat customers of Fred's Shanty marked the opening day of the season on Wednesday, amid mild weather.

Ashley Nowak gets a customer's order together at the pickup window while customers place an order at the other window during opening day of the season Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Fred's Shanty in New London.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Ashley Nowak gets a customer's order together at the pickup window while customers place an order at the other window during opening day of the season Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Fred's Shanty in New London. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Stacie Macleod, center, of Quaker Hill talks to her son, Mason Macleod, 2, while they have lunch with their friend Shannon Silva of Waterford on opening day of the season Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Fred's Shanty in New London.  Macleod and Silva said they come every opening day and several times during the season. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Stacie Macleod, center, of Quaker Hill talks to her son, Mason Macleod, 2, while they have lunch with their friend Shannon Silva of Waterford on opening day of the season Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Fred's Shanty in New London. Macleod and Silva said they come every opening day and several times during the season. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

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