They say there is no such thing as a free lunch. Well, there will be at the Rowayton Library on Tuesday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to help celebrate July as National Hot Dog Month with the library's seventh annual free Hot Dog Picnic. On the same day at the same time, the Goodwives Quilters will display their talents in this year's annual Quilting Show at the library. Everyone is invited to view this collection of handmade quilts. With more than 70 members, many with vast experience with quilting, the Goodwives Quilters work on projects, including quilts for the NNIC Unit at Stamford Hospital, Birthright Norwalk, Veterans of Rocky Hill, Malta House Norwalk, Veterans New Haven, and AmeriCares, as well as organizations dealing with AIDS, hospice care, and breast cancer. The rain date for both events is Tuesday, July 24.
Market moved to Witch Lane Park
The Farmers Market is open every Friday from noon to 5 p.m. in Pinkney Park, but for this week only, the market will be at Old School Field, aka Witch Lane Park. It is a perfect place for a Friday lunch, as there will be fresh and local lobster rolls, brick-oven pizza and other lunch items, snacks and desserts so you can create an instant picnic lunch in the park.
Let's get ready to ramble on river
The weather forecast looks perfect for the 42nd annual River Ramble on Saturday, July 14. The annual tradition brings the community together for a day of fun at one of our cherished landmarks, Pinkney Park. For kids and young adults, there will be plenty of games and activities, such as a petting zoo, a bounce castle, a water slide, an obstacle course and the ever-popular dunk tank. Enjoy a raw bar, hamburgers, hot dogs and chili by the water. Wash it down with a cold beer or soda while a live band fills the air with music. Entertainment for the adults includes a wide variety of local vendors selling art, accessories, jewelry, gifts and Rowayton logo gear, as well as a live auction featuring the Golden Cone from Brendan's 101, vacation getaways, and more. Additionally, there will be an acoustic performance from Donny Fallgatter, of Nashville, Tenn. This year's "must have" T-shirt was designed by Joanne Gray, owner of Seaside Delights, and can be found at her newly opened store at the Rowayton Historical Society at Pinkney Park. We need your help to make this years event a success, so please consider volunteering for a shift. To participate, visit http://rca.ivolunteer.com/2012_001.
Library promotes reading as a family
The library invites families with children of all ages to get cozy with reading at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13. This event will promote storytelling and reading as a family with storyteller Lot Therrio. The theme will be nature, and this week's stories will focus on animal tales. Therrio will be spinning tales of fun and adventure.
Summer Music Series rolls on
The Rowayton Civic Association continues its summer music series with Sons of Bill (country rock) and Donny Falgatter (acoustic country) Sunday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Bayley Beach. For updates and to learn more about the performers and their sponsors, visit www.rowaytonct.com. Next up in the series will be a reggae concert from Anthem on Sunday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m.
Open Chantey Sing slated for July 19
Come to the Rowayton Arts Center to sing along or enjoy listening during the Open Chantey Sing, a monthly celebration of our maritime heritage. Surrounded by artwork in the current exhibition in the RAC Gallery, special guests from New York and throughout Connecticut will join Deirdre Murtha of The Johnson Girls and her husband, Sean, in leading rousing nautical songs. Refreshments included in $5 admission. Summer dates for the event are the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
New exhibit at Brendan's 101
Brendan's 101 will be hosting a reception from 7 to 9 p. m. on July 21 for the art of Joel Flora. His work will be on exhibit at Brendan's through Aug. 8. For information, visit www.florahillstudios.com.
The "Marine & Coastal Art" exhibition continues through July 29 at the RAC Gallery, 145 Rowayton Ave., which is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. For information, visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203-866-2744.
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All events at the Rowayton Library are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). For more information on Rowayton Library events, call 203-838-5038 or visit www.Rowayton.org.