Summer is for Sundays

 Five Sunday Funday Ideas

Just on schedule with the calendar, summer weather has finally arrived in Southeastern Connecticut. And what is more summer than Sunday Funday-its like having an extra Saturday but with work the next day. So in honor of this warm weather tradition, here are some suggestions for this coming Sunday Funday:

1. Mystic Blues Fest

photo credit: cj yuhas photography

photo credit: cj yuhas photography

The third Annual Mystic Blues Festival (MBF) will be held June 26, 27 & 28, 2015 at the beautiful Mystic Shipyard. The festival showcases an array of blues legends, including Grammy Winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, and Blues Artist of the Year Award Winners. Although Sunday day passes are available, may we suggest the weekend pass ($90) to experience three days of killer music. Visit their website for ticketing and a full line-up.

2. ‘Proper Boozy Brunch’


Every Sunday from 10am to 3pm, Engine Room hosts brunch with their take on some brunch classics like BBQ brisket eggs benedict served on corn bread with a cilantro hollandaise sauce (view their full menu). I mean seriously, hangover or no hangover, this is some decadent and down home cooking. If you are feeling a little guilty about all the calories, just remind yourself, they buy local, from the corn bread and brioche, eggs and even the pork and beef. And they have day drinking covered with an inspired cocktail selection. This Sunday from 12pm to 3pm, order a Bajan Mule (made from local Real McCoy Rum) and part of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.

3. Oysters & Wine

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photo credit: made in 1987

This weekend marks the last Sunday afternoon for music at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, featuring musician T-Ray in the Tasting Room from 3pm to 5pm. Dave “the Oyster Man” will be there shucking the freshest oysters you’ll ever have (be sure to bring cash – 6 oysters for $10). Also enjoy the newly released list of reserved wines available in limited quantities by the glass and bottle only. Can’t make it Sunday? Don’t fret, Saltwater Farm’s Thursday Music Series begins Thursday, July 2nd, with oysters and live music from 5pm to 7pm every Thursday for the months of July and August.

4. A Scoop and a View


photo credit: Hank and Willie

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Carrot Cake Ice Cream

A quintessential summertime favorite that transcends age is ice cream in a cone. No matter how messy or inconvenient it may be, it is a must. Although the age old debate of waffle cone v. sugar cone may persist, one thing we all can agree on: it tastes even better when there is a gorgeous view of the water. Our favorite local spot is St. Clair Annex, featuring house made ice cream steps away from the beach in Watch Hill, RI. Not only is the ice cream to die for (my choice, almond joy), but they also do a great low key breakfast and lunch seven days a week. A word to the wise, parking can be a bit tough, so wear your patience pants and circle around a bit if needed, it will be worth it; and who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of Taylor hanging beachside.

5. Reggae Night

If you are looking to get live Sunday night, The Captain Daniel Parker Inn hosts a reggae DJ from 10pm to close. Not what you would expect at a New England pub, but its a good time recommended for those who, like me, have Mondays off (net-neh-neh-neh-neh).

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And if shutting it down at Reggae Night’s not your thing, there is always the sunset over Stonington Harbor to wrap up a perfect summer weekend.

Cheers to Summer Sundays,


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