Father’s Day is celebrated at different times in many countries around the world from Venezuela to Hong Kong. In the U.S. the first Father’s Day was celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia but didn’t really catch in until it was celebrated in Spokane, Washington in 1910 and in 1913 a bill was introduced into Congress in recognition of this holiday. Many event venues and attractions in Connecticut are commemorating Father’s Day in a special way.
Lime Rock Race Track, http://www.limerock.com in Lime Rock is hosting the SCCA New England Region Road Race on June 19-20. Event goers will enjoy non-stop racing action in every kind of car imaginable from lightening quick formula cars to big bruiser Mustangs and Corvettes. There are eight race groups and each will run 18 laps; best of all tickets for dad are really affordable at only $20 and Friday night’s qualifying races are free by signing the track waiver at the Main Entrance.
Another auto related event taking place on June 21 is the annual vintage vehicles and classic car show at the Shelton History Center www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org on 70 Ripton Rd. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can expect a delightful collection of cars from just about every decade of automotive history from the 20th century from Ford Model A’s and T’s to muscle cars like Mustangs and Jeeps. A special highlight of this event is that the owners of the cars will be on hand to share the stories of their vehicles. Admission for dads is just $1; regular adult admission is $5 for adults or $10 for families.
At Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, www.beardsleyzoo.org all dad’s get into the Zoo free of charge on Father’s Day. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is offering special Camel Rides from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Create a memorable Father’s Day photo with dad getting to know Toby, Goliath and Gabriel for just $5 per ride. Tickets are cash only and available at the Main Gate and in the gift shop.
At Litchfield’s Haight Brown Vineyard, located on 29 Chestnut Hill Road http://www.haightvineyards.com the state’s first farm winery all dad’s drink free with a paying son, daughter or partner. Live music begins at 2:30 p.m. The Vineyard offers cheese tastings with wine and four different cheeses and chocolate tastings that include four different types of chocolate paired with the vineyards award winning wines. Haight Brown also offers a basic and full portfolio of ten wines tasting experience.
The Stepping Stones Museum for Children, http://www.steppingstonesmuseum.org located in Norwalk is hosting a special craft class for kids to celebrate Father’s Day. At this session kids will create a seashell paperweight to give as a gift that is sure to brighten any dad’s office. The museum is also extending free admission for dads on June 21 to commemorate his day.
In Bristol, Imagine Nation www.imaginemuseum.org is a museum and early learning center located on One Pleasant Street that is extending free admission to all dad’s to celebrate Father’s Day on June 21. After exploring three floors of interactive family fun, kids can join in the celebration by creating neckties for their dad making this a memorable Father’s Day treat. General admission is $10 per person, kids under one are free and so is dad on his special day.
The Norwalk Seaport Association that runs the scenic boat ride through Norwalk Harbor to Sheffield Island is offering an “online” only special for dads of $7.00 off an adult ticket on June 21. This three hour scenic excursion takes visitors through the historic harbor to the island where visitors can tour the 147 year old historic lighthouse and go birding at the adjacent McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. For your discounted ticket go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1375028 and be sure to enter the word Father.
For more event information on Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County visit www.visitwesternct.com