Dazzling Dahlias, Puttin' on the Dog, Go Wild, Save the Sound Beach Cleanup

Need a little help in planning the weekend? There's plenty to do in and around Greenwich—all weekend.

The Dazzling Dahlias Show at the Greenwich Garden Education Center. Photo courtesy of Meg McAuley Kaicher.
The Dazzling Dahlias Show at the Greenwich Garden Education Center. Photo courtesy of Meg McAuley Kaicher.

There will be plenty of color at the 6th Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich this weekend. The show—hosted by the GEC's Greenwich Dahlia Society whose members hail from around the region from Westchester County to Trumbull—will open to the public following judging on Sept. 21. Public viewing hours: 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 21 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 22, and admission is free. An added bonus is a presentation by Frances Palmer, potter-turned gardener, who will share some of her favorite dahlia varieties as well as examples of the beautiful pottery for which she is famed. Presentation will take place at about 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The GEC is at 130 Bible St., Cos Cob.

Save the Sound, volunteers, and partners including sponsor Bank of America will gather at 17 sites around Connecticut’s coastline this Saturday to participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day. Locally, volunteers can help pitch in and pick up trash and debris along Greenwich's Tod's Point park on Tod's Driftway in Old Greenwich, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Here is the list of scheduled cleanups throughout the region.
Save the Sound, which has coordinated the Connecticut cleanups for eleven years, last year brought together 2,450 volunteers to remove 16,310 pounds of trash from Long Island Sound’s shoreline and Connecticut waterways.

Greenwich Library and Greenwich Historical Society will examine the communities and neighborhoods of Greenwich in a series of five informative talks by local experts and historians. Next up, the history of Cos Cob will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. by Lou Caravella, the unofficial “Mayor of Cos Cob.” The free program will be held in the meeting room of the library, 101 W. Putnam Ave.

It's Adopt-a-Dog's 26th annual Puttin' on the Dog show at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Arch Street. Whether you're looking to adopt a dog or you want to show off your beloved pooch, this is the place to be—rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22. Judging categories include Puppy Love for pups under 12 months, Aged to Perfection for dogs at least age 10, Best Tail Wagger and the fun dog costume contest. Tickets—available at the gate—are $5 for children and seniors; $15 for adults. 

The Greenwich Land Trust'Go Wild! annual family field day, with Nancy Fazzinga and Lindley Pless as event co-chairs, is a fabulous afternoon overflowing with classic family fun. From 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, all generations are invited to enjoy the al fresco party at Conyers Farm — the Greenwich Polo Fields. There will be something for everyone to enjoy — a rock climbing wall, petting zoo, bungee trampoline, giant maze, birds of prey exhibit, sack races, mini golf, autumn crafts, and much more. Enormous hot air balloons will give GLT supporters a spectacular view of the expansive 62-acre preserve surrounding them. Tickets start at $30 for children; $50 adults.

“Arts & Crafts on Bedford” is an outdoor art fair, including activities for kids, on Bedford and Spring streets in downtown Stamford Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. “Shop at our craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk cafés,” says the Stamford Downtown website. “Extended shopping hours on Saturday! Live music on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.! Visit the Imagination Station presented by Stamford Museum & Nature Center and the Bartlett Arboretum featuring “hands on” activities for kids! New this year! Rock Climbing Wall sponsored by SMART TAP.” The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sunday.


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