Day of the Dead Rocks Stonington Nov 1

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Make Stonington your destination on November 1, when downtown will buzz with activity from 4 to 7 p.m. as merchants offer specials, discounts, and a decorated downtown around Opera House Arts’ second annual Day of the Dead Dance and Celebration at 7 p.m.

This will be Opera House Arts’ second annual Day of the Dead Dance. Blue Hill dance band MERTHER will be the featured musicians. Day of the Dead costumes are encouraged, as are food, photos, artwork, flowers, and other offerings to your lost loved ones for the traditionalofrenda installation. Prizes will be awarded for the most authentic costumes. The evening will include a local beer tasting from STRONG BREWING CO of Sedgwick; special snacks available for purchase from EL EL FRIJOLES, also of Sedgwick; and a sugar skull cookie decorating station.

November 1 is many things to many people: the day after Halloween for most, All Saints Day for some, and increasingly around the country and world a celebration known as the Day of the Dead. This is a Latin American celebration of lost loved ones that brings Halloween and All Saints Day traditions together in a festive remembrance of the dead through food, art, costumes, music, dancing, and more. Traditional Day of the Dead offerings include marigolds, sugar skulls, and a special bread known as pan de muerto.

From 4 to 7 p.m., other downtown businesses including The Dry Dock and Unexpected Treasures are extending their hours and offering special discounts; Unexpected Treasures will be featuring the new children’s book, Scipio the Singing Seagull. The Harbor CaféOpera House and others will also offer 10% discounts that evening for those with a Day of the Dead card indicating they have visited two or more downtown merchants. A Pop-Up Marketplace, located in the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street, will feature some of the area’s other favorite food and craft vendors from the Stonington Farmers Market and beyond.

For more information, please call 367-2788, go to www.operahousearts.org, or see the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1574111246150984/.

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