Don’t Miss the Shellfish Commission’s 12th Annual Experience the Sound Event

Shucking oysters at the raw bar at the Experience the Sound event. Credit: Leslie Yager

The town’s 12th annual Experience the Sound is set for Sunday, June 24 at Tod’s Point. The event is run by the Shellfish Commission with support from the Greenwich Conservation Commission and the Greenwich Historical Society.

This year, new participants include a seaweed farmer from The Kelp Farm with information and seaweed tasting, plus an oyster cage fishing boat, face painting a caricaturist, and much more. This is a great, family friendly event!

One of the highlights of Experience the Sound & Beyond is the Board-a-Boat exhibit.  Climb on board commercial shellfishing barges and other boats at the dock at the Old Greenwich Yacht Club.

  • Tour the eco-friendly Atlantic Clam Farms barge with cutting edge technology that improves the water quality and biodiversity of the Sound while collecting clams.
  • Visit the Town of Greenwich Shellfish Commission water sampling boat and find out how the Commission ensures that our local clams and oysters are completely safe to harvest.
  • Tour the Town of Greenwich Police Boat, used by the Greenwich Police Marine section to provide law enforcement and emergency services on Greenwich’s 31 miles of coastline.
  • Tour Stella Mar’s Oyster barge, a company working to define the Connecticut oyster through their ecology, their process, and the quality of their product.

Also, there will be sailing instruction, canoe rental and paddleboarding at Greenwich Community Sailing.

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Enjoy a sample of fresh fresh clams and oysters from local waters. Our raw bar hosts are local commercial shellfishing companies Atlantic Clam Farms and Hemlock Oyster Company. The raw bar runs from 1:00 to 4:00pm, while supplies last, at the docks at the Old Greenwich Yacht Club.

Learn about crew, scuba, fishing and clamming!

The Bruce Museum Seaside Center will have its season opening. From 1:00 to 4:00pm, outside the Innis Arden Cottage, people will have a chance to connect with many of the wonderful community groups and organizations in Greenwich and the surrounding area which organize water sports and other environmental and naturalist pursuits. Some examples:

  • Come see the progress on the restoration of the stone and shingle Cow Barn, the second project of the Greenwich Point Conservancy. This project will be transformative, creating a magnificent gateway to historic Greenwich Point.
  • Learn about the ecological aspects of astronomy such as reducing light pollution with the Astronomical Society of Greenwich, and check out what can be seen through telescopes (solar observation, finding the crescent Moon, Venus, and perhaps even Jupiter in the daytime sky).
  • Archeologist Ernest Wiegand, a Professor at Norwalk Community College, who will bring a variety of local artifacts and can answer questions about any treasures you find while exploring the park. Librarians from Perrot Library will bring books about the history and ecology of Greenwich Point and the Sound as well as information about summer activities at the library.
  • Find out all about birds and other wildlife in our local ecosystem from  Greenwich Audubon and Wild Wings, a local wildlife rehabilitation center. These organizations will also explain volunteer opportunities and information about what you can do if you find injured birds.

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