As any resident of Middlesex County knows, summer is a wonderful time to live in Connecticut. Our county comes into its own during this season, starting in June, when communities fill the lazy months with family-friendly fun and activities that serve a greater purpose.
We’re excited to kick off summer in Middlesex with the following list of highlights for the Middlesex June calendar.
Hosted by the Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society, this golf tournament throws a twist into the traditional format of a golf invitational: participants will be playing mini-golf. Hardly a formal occasion, this event will take all the pomp and circumstance out of the occasion and replace it with humor, food, music and all-ages fun.
Individuals or teams are welcome to join the competition at Billy Tee’s in Cromwell, Ct. And don’t worry if your swing is a little rusty—there is plenty beyond the 18 holes to keep you entertained. Get your game off to a celebratory start with a complimentary beer served at the first hole, putt and drive to the sounds of music played throughout the course by DJ Frank Zappulla, and celebrate at the end with a buffet serving pizza, pasta and wings.
Putts for a Purpose is a benefit for the community-building work of the Middlesex United Way, with ticket proceeds benefitting the organization’s initiatives in education, income, health and housing. Come meet new friends and lower your par while supporting your community.
Learn more about Putts for a Purpose.
Middletown Car Cruise 2016
Nothing goes better with hot summer nights than music, main street and the gleam of classic chrome. Take a trip back in time with Middletown’s annual Car Cruise on Main. For the 19th year in a row, the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce joins forces with Middletown’s Over the Hill Gang and Connecticut Military Car Club to bring the county’s best vintage cars, antique trucks, souped-up hot rods, and other unique vehicles together for a night of community entertainment.
Hundreds of fabulous vintage vehicles will line Middletown’s Main Street, as car enthusiasts from all over the state (plus a few from our neighbors in Massachusetts and Rhode Island) get to show off their carefully preserved cars. From classic Chevy trucks to groovy VW beetles, from Tin Lizzies to sleek European sports cars, and muscle cars from the fabulous 50s to the swingin’ 70s, this year’s lineup of vehicles offers an opportunity to geek out with fellow gearheads and teach your kids a few things about American history and culture.
Food will be available throughout the event from various vendors, and local DJs will be spinning tunes to coordinate with the eras represented by all the cars and trucks on display, from oldies to classic rock. It’s guaranteed to be the most fun you’ve ever had at a traffic jam.
The event is free, but suggested donations will go to support Middletown youth programs.
Learn more about Car Cruise on Main.
Appetite for Life 2016
They say laughter is the best medicine; that may be true, but good food has to be a close second. This June, the Middletown Hospital Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser Appetite for Life gives you an opportunity to indulge your “foodie” side for a worthy cause. This popular benefit was launched by Middletown restauranteurs Brenda and Lynne Reilly, owners of Tuscany Grill, in memory of their family member Tim Reilly who died of cancer in 2009.
The event not only commemorates Tim’s battle with cancer, but also his life dedicated to promoting the community and culture of Middletown. He opened Tuscany Grill at a time when there was a lack of quality nightlife in downtown Middletown. The restaurant’s great food and comfortable atmosphere provided a place for neighbors to meet and connect, and led to a revival of Middletown’s social scene.
“He enjoyed feeding everyone,” says Tim’s sister Brenda. “He had a passion for food and his customers.”
During the entire month of June, Middletown’s best restaurants combine forces to promote each other’s cuisine and to raise funds for the Middletown Hospital Cancer Center. Participating restaurants offer specials on a designated day, with proceeds to be donated to the hospital. Some restaurants will also host special events of their own for the Appetite for Life, such as “Tip a Caregiver” night a few years ago, when hospital staff (including doctors and nurses) waited tables in exchange for tips to be donated to the cancer center.
This year’s event features a new element called Passport to Prizes. Participants can print out a special passport that will get stamped each time they dine at an Appetite for Life restaurant on its designated donation night, then turn their passports in at the end of the month for a chance to win wonderful prizes donated by local businesses. From wine tastings to theatre tickets to an Apple Watch, these prizes offer even more incentive (as if you needed one) to treat yourself to a nice dinner.
Appetite for Life begins with a kickoff party at Tuscany Grill, when the restaurant will offer hors d’oeuvre and drink specials for a
base donation of $15. Brenda Reilly reports that attendees have always been very supportive, giving well above the suggested donations and offering overwhelming support to the cause. Appetite for Life is a month’s worth of living proof that Middlesex neighbors are dedicated to taking care of each other.
Learn more about Appetite for Life.
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We look forward to enjoying the summer with our neighbors throughout Middlesex County. On behalf of our entire team at The Flood Law Firm, we hope to see you at one of these community events—make sure to say hello!