Mystic Aquarium is celebrating Halloween throughout the month of October. If your costume is ready, you can show it off to the penguins, whales, and tropical fish during the Aquarium’s Harvest Happenings event. My costume is not ready so I’m pleased to report that costumes are optional for this fun fall family event.
Harvest Happenings takes place on Saturdays and Sundays, October 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30. From 11 am until 3 pm on each of those days, the Aquarium will be filled with seasonal decorations and plenty of fall fun. See skeletons dive and swim with the fishes in the Main Gallery. Dance to live bluegrass music. Discover kooky photo ops and strike your best pose. Go on an insect dig. Get hands-on with Halloween-themed crafts.
All activities are free with admission. Visit Mystic Aquarium’s website to learn more.
55 Coogan Boulevard
Located just across the street from Café NV, a well-established Waterford eatery, is their new venture, NV Bakery & Market. When my pal Sallie asked me to meet her for breakfast, I couldn’t imagine that there was really a new NV across the street from the existing NV. Why would they want to compete against themselves? For the masterminds behind the NV empire, the proximity of the two businesses did not pose a problem. Of course they were right.
Sallie and I visited NV Bakery & Market on an overcast Sunday morning. The wall of windows across the front of the space makes the most of a gloomy day. Although a few people stood in line to place their orders, there were plenty of tables available in the spacious dining room.
The breakfast menu is chock full of sweet crepe options. Those were tough to pass up. Sallie chose one of the breakfast sandwiches. Although the menu offers plenty of options, the kitchen is willing to add and subtract so you get exactly what you want.
I went a different direction: a savory crepe loaded with lox, cream cheese, and the works. It wasn’t until we sat down that Sallie reminded me that she had an aversion to raw onions. I gobbled it up as quickly as I could. Delish.
NV Bakery & Market is like a one-off Starbucks. It attracts a diverse crowd. Everybody in town is there, from grandparents to high school students to parents with young children. A number of Connecticut College sports teams, en route to games and practices, stopped in to refuel.
The menu is extensive with the breakfast offerings of yogurt, breakfast sandwiches and crepes running right into the lunch offerings. I could stay here all day. We sort of did.
After we digested breakfast and enjoyed a couple of cups of coffee, we had dessert. It is a bakery, after all. Sallie and I sampled a few items — research! — then gave our highest marks to the key lime cake.
NV Bakery & Market
40 Boston Post Rd