Ahoy! Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival returns

If it floats — or is even remotely connected to such things (or even remotely connected to fun in general) — chances are excellent you'll find it at the latest Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival taking place today through Sunday in downtown New London and along the city's waterfront.

The gala features a baker's dozen visiting ships including the 388-foot U.S.S. Sioux City, the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle and the civilian sailing school vessel Oliver Hazard Perry as well as cutters, ferries, schooners, ice-cutters, sailing boats and more. Naturally, there will be food, live music, family activities, presentations and entertainment zones — and, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at City Pier, Flock Theater's production of "The Burning of Benedict Arnold" (with the traitor's incineration scheduled for around 8:30 p.m.).

Also, don't eat from now till 11 a.m. Saturday, when you can take part in the "Great New London Chowder Challenge" featuring deliciously conjured chowders from several of the area's finest restaurants.

For a complete schedule of activities and times, access ctmaritimefest.com.

Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, 2:30-6 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday; free, $10 for 12 Chowder Challenge tickets; www.ctmaritimefest.com.






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