ECSO Season, Beyond The Bridges, and Food Stroll

This Week in New London, Oct. 17-23

It’s no surprise that New London Main Street’s top pick for the events in the coming week is the Fall Food Stroll, one of their biggest events and fundraisers. Dozens of restaurants and shops join in to encourage people to sample different dishes, check out local businesses, and enjoy some local music. The stroll runs tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and buttons are still available for purchase at the organization’s office at 147 State Street; the cost is $30 or $25 for military and students. In other food happenings, time is running out to visit the Field of Greens Farmers Market; this continues through October, from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays at Parade Plaza.

Mid-October is bringing a couple of unique events in the coming week. A Beyond the Bridges workshops continue on Thursday evening with a discussion on Hodges Square development from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Winthrop School. A ceremony to rededicate the Civil War monument to the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteers will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In the music world, the Connecticut College concert and jazz bands put on an “Autumn Sampler” concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the Cummings Arts Center; admission is $5 for $3 for students and seniors. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra opens a new season, its 66th, on Saturday at the Garde Arts Center. A pre-show chat starts at 7 p.m. while the music begins at 8 p.m.; tickets range from $27 to $60. And the Jazz Trio continues its regular Monday set at Bean and Leaf from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The art scene is largely in your hands this week. TDP Art Studio is hosting a pumpkin painting contest, beginning Saturday and ending on Oct. 30. Prizes are awarded for the most creative, funniest, and spookiest creations, and participants are invited to use pumpkins and materials provided by the studio. Fees are $10 for ages 12 and under, $15 for 13 and over. But if you’d prefer to look at art, New London Main Street suggests James Gurney’s “Dinotopia” exhibit at Lyman Allyn Art Museum; this will be on display through February.

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