“Previews on Parade in New London” – Kristina Dorsey/The Day
“Want a little art with your meal?
New London’s newly refashioned Parade Plaza will host lunchtime performance previews – about 15 minutes – on Fridays from now through September.
They do mean previews, all in advance of full-length shows coming up in New London.
First up this week, for instance, is a preview of two events: the Traditions music festival at the Hygienic Art Park and the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport.
Then, on June 18, it’s Jazz Underground offering a sample of Kent Hewitt’s music. On June 25, the New London County Historical Society previews Vintage Base Ball and Connecticut Historic Gardens Day.
For a complete calendar (which includes Flock theatre on Aug. 16, David Dorfman Dance on Sept. 10, and ECSO on Sept. 24), visit newlondonwaterfrontdistrict.org.
People can also order a boxed lunch from several local restaurants, which will be delivered to the Parade. Here’s what you do: order your lunch by 11 a.m., pay by phone, and then pick up lunch at noon at the hospitality table at the Parade. (Participating restaurants are: Bean & Leaf, Brie & Bleu, Hanafin’s, Mangetout, Muddy Waters, Passion Coffee House & Restaurant, Subway, and Thames River Greenery & Beanery.)
Previews on Parade, noon-1 p.m. Fridays from this week through Sept. 24, Parade Plaza, State Street, New London; free; performances are at 12:30 p.m.; (860) 444-2489, newlondonwaterfrontdistrict.org.”