Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Weekend Happenings

There are so many wonderfully kid-friendly things to do in SECT this weekend!
Don't forget that many of the local corn mazes will be closing soon.  For a list of locally owned, AMAZING corn mazes, check the archives of the NutmeggerNotes blog.  Scott's Orchard in East Lyme is also a fun, smaller corn maze!  Our 4 & 6 year old got through it and found all of the stamps within 30 minutes.

On with the list of Halloween happenings for Saturday 10/30 & Sunday 10/31. 
Be safe and have FUN!
Heather  :)
If you go:
Waterford Village Green:  Book signing, Saturday 11a-1p.  Local author Robin G. Maillett will be on hand with children's picture book, "Jordan Village", at the Waterford Historical Society (corner of Rope Ferry/Avery Lane) A portion of the proceeds benefit the Traumatic Brain Injury Association of America!

Mystic AquariumFall-o-Ween Festival Saturday 11a-10p & Sunday 11a-4p.  Wear your costumes!  Fun for every member of the family! 

New London's Halloween Town:  Saturday at 6p across from the train station. FREE pumpkin painting, FREE trick or treating, spooky stories, live kids music by Steve Elci and friends, dance party PLUS spooky tours and local farm cider and caramel apples, corn chowder and more!

Mystic Seaport
:  Nautical Nightmare Tours begin Saturday & Sunday at 6:15 p.m and leave every 15 minutes. This event is not recommended for children under 10. Nautical Nightmares is not wheelchair accessible as it includes several steps.  Nautical Nightmares was picked as one of America's Spookiest Ghost Tours by!

Deep River Shiver Tours:  Saturday, 7p and 9:30p at the Deep River Library experience a paranormal investigation of the Deep River Library.  During the evening event, visitors will explore the paranormal with a professional investigating team and get “ hands on” experience using the latest high tech equipment and paranormal investigating procedures and terminology.  A VIP package will be available which will be a 2 hour event  including pizza and magic show, interactive tour and “Shiver Tour” keepsake, and Q&A information session.  Call (860) 526-6039 for information.

Essex Steam Train's Fright Train:  Saturday and Sunday, 5:30p & 7:30p
Recommended for tweens ages 8 and up. 

Mystic Seaport:  Trick or Treat, Sunday 4:30p-6p (last admission accepted at 5:30p)
What could be more fun than Halloween at Mystic Seaport before darkness falls? Bring your own trick-or-treat bag and please park in Latitude 41° Restaurant's parking lot and walk across to the north entrance. Follow the pumpkins to the village, where not-so-spooky spooks are waiting to pass out treats.

Clyde's Cider Mill:  1st Annual Halloween Costume Contest, this Sunday 12p-2p! Ages 1-12 yrs, prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded. Winners will be announced at 2p.

If you want to share information on the people, places and products that make SECT so special, please email us!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Food, Frights & Fun at Fall-O-Ween Fest!

Mystic Aquarium Fall-o-Ween Fest!
Mystic Aquarium is a fun place to explore any day of the year.  This weekend, they are pushing the excitement level to all time high with the new, three-day
Fall-o-Ween Fest!

Guests of all ages will enjoy a special Halloween sea lion show, carnival games, a creepy exploration station, deejay, themed contests, scavenger hunt, a haunted marsh, face-painting, hundreds of Jack o’ lanterns and giveaways, among other kid-friendly merriment.  Adult visitors will enjoy seasonal ale tastings which will be paired with fabulous fall themed food.  There is even a scary haunted house which is recommended for ages 12 and up!

Go and experience the spooky transformation at Mystic Aquarium.  The fun begins at 3pm this Friday, October 29th and ends at 4pm on Sunday.  Don't miss it!

 Heather  :)

If you go:
Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355-1997
Contact:  or 860.572.5955
Friday, October 29 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (last admission at 9 p.m.)
Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 10p.m. (last admission at 9 p.m.)

Sunday, October 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3 p.m.)
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Living Their Passion in Lisbon; Cedar Knoll Farm

It is not too often that you meet people who live their passion.  I mean really LIVE it.  That's why I am so inspired by Elaine and Terry Joseph.  This husband and wife team left their jobs to pursue what really moves them; their love of horses. 

My family has had the distinct pleasure of experiencing the magic of Cedar Knoll Farm during CT Open House Day in June.  My husband and I brought our children to see the animals and take a carriage ride.  The little ones chased the chicks and marveled at the beautiful horses.  Our favorite part was the scenic and ever so relaxing horse and carriage ride.  That distinct clip-clop always makes me smile and seemed to have a mesmerizing effect on the kids.  It is romantic, refreshing and down-right fabulous.

Upon returning from the ride, we were introduced to Raj.  Raj is the resident miniature colt and should come with a warning label.  He is a 10 on the cuteness scale.  This is the point where the kids started asking for a horse of their own!  That is, until Raj was released and they realized that he could out-run a cheetah.

I am looking forward to heading back to Cedar Knoll Farms with my hubby for a fabulous Horse and Carriage Wine Tour.  (Hint Hint Hint)
Elaine and Terry really know how to take care of their animals and their customers.  I just can't wait!

In closing, I would like to share a link about Cedar Knoll which was aired on Positively Connecticut. 
This gives you a peek into their lives and will hopefully inspire you as much as it does me.
Take a look
Heather  :)
If you go:
Cedar Knoll Farm, 57 Kimball Road, Lisbon, CT 06357 or 860.376.8110

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dreams For Jenna; Helping Kids at CCMC

Neighbors of 9-year old Jenna Smith wouldn't take her cancer diagnosis lying down.  They took the terrible news and created a foundation to help Jenna's family and kids fighting illness at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.  And so, Dreams For Jenna was born.

The mission is simple; to take Jenna's contagious smile and give it to other kids fighting illness.  The idea of a hand-made pillowcase to make a child's hospital stay a bit more comforting became the focus of the foundation.  

Pillowcases are made with love and donated to CCMC.  Each pillowcase is sponsored by an individual or business for a ten dollar donation to Dreams For Jenna.  In fact, on October 10, 2010, 341 pillowcases were donated to CCMC in Jenna's name.  The next shipment will be made around Thanksgiving.

All of the money raised from sponsorship and donations will go directly to Jenna's family to help them with anything needed during this difficult time.  Sponsoring is simple and any donations will help.
If you are interested in more information, please visit or, e-mail at
Be Well,
Heather  :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tales From The Crib - The Dark Side of the Balloon

"DeeDee Filiatreault tries to be a freelance writer in Niantic"...and boy o boy does she succeed!  I just love reading her local column titled "Tales From The Crib" which is published in The Day newspaper. 
DeeDee's witty stories hit very close to home as her children are the same gender and ages as my youngest two children.  I feel like I am right there with her during these experiences which she pens so well.  I laugh, I cry and I sympathize with every parental moment!  Did I mention that I laugh? 
I am proud to call her my friend and want to share her wonderful adventures with you!
Check out her latest tale which was printed in The Day on October 14, 2010.
Heather  :)
Tales From The Crib - The Dark Side of the Balloon

Jack-O'-Lantern Walk at Mystic Seaport!

The Mystic Seaport is the place to be Thursday, October 28th!  Starting at 5:30pm, as the sun sets along the banks of the Mystic River, the sight of glowing pumpkins will illuminate the night at Mystic Seaport's first ever Jack-O'-Lantern Walk.

You may enter your own creation or take a stroll on the shore and enjoy what is sure to be a beautifully illuminated fall evening. Contestants of all ages are welcome and your admission is free with registered participation!  Pumpkins will be judged in four age groups: youth, young adult, adult and senior. It is a wonderful fall activity for all ages. The Mystic Seaport is even awarding prizes!

Our whole family is signed up for the carving contest.  I can't wait to stroll the shore with my family and friends.  This is truly my favorite time of year...what a great way to enjoy the season!
Heather :)

If you go:
When:  Thursday, October 28, 2010 -  5:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT

Contact: or 860.572.5322

Admission Price: Tickets are $7 for non-members/$5 for members

Registration Details:  Open through Tuesday, October 26th. 
You can download the Carving Contest details and entry form at
Tickets:  Purchase tickets online at

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Time For An Amazing Corn Maze

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially here in New England.  One of our favorite fall family traditions is visiting local corn mazes.  They are a special way for the entire family to experience a sense of adventure in the great outdoors!  Finding your way through cleverly shaped paths surrounded by towering stalks makes for a surreal experience. 

Lyman Orchards Corn Maze
As a Mom, I love that some education has been thrown in the mix.  Tasks like finding an "extraordinary legend" at Preston Farms or learning about the history of ice cream at the Fort Hill Farms keeps things interesting. 
Celebrate the UCONN Women's Basketball Team with a tribute to their outstanding two-season record at Lyman Orchards!  Foster Family Farm's is keeping it interesting by featuring over 4-miles of Egyptian Adventure Corn Maze trails.  

Want to support cancer research?  Plasko Farms donates a portion of it's corn maze ticket sales! 
St. Vincent's "Swim Across the Sound" cancer prevention and education programs benefit from your admission. 

There is something for everyone in the family!

Check out our list below of local corn mazes.  If you are lucky, you'll also find scarecrows, pumpkins, apple picking and maybe even a hay ride! 
Prices and hours of operation vary.

If you go:
Preston Farms, 92 Route 2, Preston, CT - Open through November 7, 2010
Contact: 860-886-6293 or

Fort Hill Farms, 260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, CT  - Open through November 7, 2010
Contact: 860-923-3439 or

Foster Family Farm, 90 Foster Street, South Windsor, CT- Open through October 31, 2010
Contact: 860-648-9366 or

Lyman Orchards, Junction of Routes 147 and 157, Middlefield, CT - Open through November 7, 2010
Contact: 860-349-1793 or

Plasko's Farm, 670 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull, CT
Contact: 203-268-2716 or