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Mystic River Day

July 8th, 2018
Mystic, Connecticut

Celebrate the Mystic River Community

Join us in Downtown Mystic, Connecticut on Sunday, July 8th from 8:30am – 2pm for activities in Mystic River Park, races and recreation on the water, and specials downtown. This event kicks off upon the conclusion of the Sharkfest Swim.

Proceeds to benefit…

In the Park

There will be activities and the Sharkfest Swim awards ceremony on the Mystic River Park green. Explore and have fun with these local organizations:

Mystic Aquarium The Animal Rescue Team will have an outreach table and marine debris activities. Learn about what to do if you see a stranded animal.

Mystic Seaport Museum 9am – 2pm Learn more about our educational and interpretation programs, and keep your eye on the water to see our rowing and sailing vessels available for rent through our Boathouse.

CUSH (Clean Up Sound and Harbors) 8:30am – 2pm Tabletop watershed model to demonstrate the impact of stormwater runoff. Information and a display illustrating the damage being done by pervasive cladophora in Little Narragansett Bay.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center 10am – 2pm Learn about local wildlife through hands-on discovery. Have a chance to see turtles and frogs up close, and investigate feathers, furs, skulls and many other natural items.

Mystic Museum of Art Art 8:30am – 2pm Art activities related to the Mystic area and the Mystic River (ages preschool to teen). Activities will be varied and allow the participants to learn both the importance of keeping the river clean and have fun doing so.

Mystic River Historical Society 9am – 2pm Photo display of the Mystic River through the years. “Kayaker’s Guide to the Mystic River and Its History”, a tri-fold brochure with maps and text, on sale for $5.

Sails Up 4 Cancer 8:30am – 2pm Lewmar Grinder Machine for folks to try their hand at grinding on a sailboat.

Downtown Mystic Merchants 8:30am – 2pm – Event Organizer – Information table and opportunity to sign up for Downtown Mystic community events.

Mystic Ballet 12:30pm – 2pm Meet the cast of The Mystic Ballet’s Little Mermaid (Ariel and her sisters)

NESS 10:00am – 2:00pm Come learn about sailing! Climb aboard our opti simulator to see how the wind moves your sail!

Yellow Farmhouse Education Center 10:00am – 2:00pm Stop by for a food-related activity and craft that explores seasonality and learn more about how plants grow and where our food comes from.

CT DEEP – The Boating Division of DEEP will have a display and be available to answer all boating safety questions. They’ll have free “If Found” decals for paddlecraft, Boater’s Guides and perhaps some other cool giveaways.

Mystic Fire Department

Stonington Police Department

Barry Watrous – Event photographer

Levin Aerial Works / Milton Levin – Drone photography

On the Water

  • 8:30am – Cheering section on the boardwalk for Sharkfest Swim (Race starts at 8:30 from Mystic Seaport), awards ceremony to follow
  • 9:45am – TANDEMONIUM! Tandem Kayak and SUP (stand up paddle) races down the Mystic River sponsored by Adventure Mystic. Register Your Team!
  • Mystic Boat Adventures – tours of the Mystic River
  • Rowing Club practice
  • Mystic Seaport TBD
  • and much more!


Specials, discounts and extended happy hours at participating downtown restaurants & bars throughout the day.

Participating Businesses

Friar Tuck’s All Day Happy Hour 10am-6pm! $3 glass house wine / $1 off draft beer / $7 martini / food specials
The Rose 10% off storewide
Mallove’s of Mystic Enter for a raffle to win an exclusive Mystic charm bracelet
Adore will donate 20% of their earnings for the day to Plastic Ocean
Oyster Club “Round up” your bill with proceeds going to CUSH
Engine Room “Round up” your bill with proceeds going to CUSH
Grass & Bone “Round up” your bill with proceeds going to CUSH
Main Street Soap Emporium Spend $25 get complimentary shower bomb
Blue Heaven 10% off kayak and paddle rentals
Tidal River Clothing Free gift for each racer (limited supply)
Trove Free gift with purchase for each racer
Rochelle’s Up to 75% off select items and bubbly and treats while supplies last! (Cottrell St. location) Come sip and shop with us with special treats and sips while supplies last! (West Main St. Location)
Karma Kitchen 50% off Watermelon Splash for $4!
Universal Package Store Wine tasting
Salt TBD
Adventure Mystic TBD
Samurai Noodle Bar & Grill TBD

Mystic River Day follows the
4th Annual Mystic Sharkfest Swim
Open for Registration Here

brought to you by Downtown Mystic Merchants and Enviro Sports

Special Thanks to our 2018 Committee Members:

Adventure Mystic – Jeff Jodoin
Mystic Knotwork – Matt Beaudoin
This is Mystic – Meredith Fuller
Salt – Patti Murphy
Adore – Deb Kollmeyer
MMoA – Bill Furgueson
DEEP – Mark Chanski

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