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A Weekend of Oyster Festival Fun and Quiet Reflection

This weekend, celebrate the oyster, create a work of art, and take a hike with your family and best friend.

The will be in full bi-valve swing this weekend with all sorts of fun activities for the kids, including the Pirates Coast Adventure with pirates, treasure hunts, storytelling and activities; The Kids' Cove with games, rides and entertainment; a world-renowned sand sculptor who will exhibit his talents with help from the kids; an action-packed performance by Marvel Super Heroes; and  BMX and Motorcross Stunt Shows. As always, there will be continuous music, arts and crafts, and amazing food from barbeque to, yes, oysters, as well as chowder and chili cook-offs. Sunday is Family Day with special admission prices, discounted rides and more. Friday 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sept. 9, 10, 11

The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield offers a great program, Drop-In Weekend: Family-Friendly Hands-On Activities, every Saturday and Sunday. Check out the cutting-edge contemporary art exhibits, then learn more about the work you've just seen through free, self-guided, hands-on projects for all levels. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 11

A quiet way to reflect on September 11 might be to partake in Westport's Earthplace Walk for Wildlife. Bring the family, including the dog, to stroll over two miles of beautiful trails. Browse pet-related exhibits and vendors and see a special police dog demonstration. This is a fundraising event – if you raise over $50 from sponsors, your $15 entry fee is waived. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sept. 11

New Canaan will recognize the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a , organized by the New Canaan Clergy Association. The service will take place at God's Acre, following a procession from the New Canaan Train Station, and will include readings, psalms , prayers for wisdom and peace and hymns by area choirs. Procession from train station begins at 4:30 p.m., Service at God's Acre is at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11

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