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New London welcomes people to 'Eat in the Street'

New London — The city held its inaugural Eat in the Street event Wednesday, on a stretch of Bank Street that was closed off to traffic.

The night had a "Golden Ticket and Chocolate" theme, and restaurants included items with that theme and Hygienic Art planned on showing "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" in the Art Park. Food stalls and other booths along the street also offered treats for sale and activities.

The night was scheduled to wrap up with a fireworks display, sponsored by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, at 9 p.m. from atop the Water Street parking garage.

Kern Bruce, a resident artist at Hygienic Art, was sketching anything that caught his eye during the event. He said it was the first time in a while to be able to see people's faces and share his art.

Eat in the Street events are held the first Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. through September.

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