This Week in New Haven (August 16 – 22)

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T oad’s Place returns, along with an oyster festival and a duck race.

Monday, August 16
Ives Main Library treats young kids and their caregivers to “outdoor, socially distanced stories on the New Haven Green” at 3 p.m. And if they can’t make it today or can’t get enough, Mitchell Library is hosting a similar session tomorrow in Beecher Park (37 Harrison St, New Haven) at 11:30 a.m. Weather permitting.

Thursday, August 19
Michael Brenes, associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and a history lecturer at Yale University, and Michael Franczak, a postdoctoral fellow in Global Order at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, discuss “The Future of Great Power Relations.” Being a worldly event co-presented by the Yale Center Beijing, the event starts at the yawnable time of 8 a.m., in order to accommodate viewers in China 12 hours ahead.

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Friday, August 20
Yale Opera’s Spring Opera Scenes, complete with singers, musicians, sets, costumes and lighting, were recorded in May and premiere today, in streaming format. The show includes vignettes from operas by Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, R. Strauss and Stravinsky. 7:30 p.m. Free.

One of Toad’s Place’s most loyal acts—Sublime tribute band Badfish—ushers in the pandemic return of the iconic club (300 York St, New Haven; 203-624-8623; $25) at 9 p.m. Make it a weekend with an 18-and-over Blacklight Glow Party ($6.50 if you’re 21 and over, $10 if you’re not) at 9:30 tomorrow.

Saturday, August 21
On the heels of last night’s Oyster Eve beer-and-wine garden affair, the 47th Milford Oyster Festival promises 30,000 oysters, a wide array of festival-style vittles (including more beer and wine), six live music acts across two stages, canoe and kayak races, an arts and crafts show, a vendor fair and a classic car show, all situated from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. around Milford Harbor. Free to attend.

Sunday, August 22
At 1 p.m., the second annual Stony Creek Brewery Duck Race, held at the brewery itself (5 Indian Neck Ave, Branford), is dropping up to 3,000 rubber ducks in the Branford River and seeing which ones cross the finish line first. Reserve yours for $5 apiece and a chance to win a $1,000 first prize—or any of 20 runner-up prizes valued at $100 apiece—while raising money for Orchard House, an adult day center in town.

Literal birds (and their biggest local fans) are the focus at the Pardee-Morris House (325 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven), when, at 2 p.m., New Haven Bird Club members Gail Martino and John Triana discuss the club’s recently published book Chickadee Tales: A New Haven Bird Club Anthology.

Written by Dan Mims. Image by Romolo Tavani/Shutterstock. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories.

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