The Tall Ship SoundWaters, an 80-foot three-masted schooner styled after a 19th century Chesapeake Bay sharpie, is setting sail for Milford Harbor. SoundWaters will be docked at the Milford Harbor starting Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18, the day of the Oyster Festival, offering cruises around Long Island Sound and operating an educational summer camp aboard the ship.
SoundWaters will operate three-hour long educational cruises for children and adults aged 7 and up, on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. Aboard the vessel campers will raise sails, tie knots, haul in a trawl net, observe and handle wildlife, and discover Long Island Sound in a hands-on way. Registration forms are available at www.milfordrecreation.org — the deadline to register is Friday, July 13.
The crew of the SoundWaters will also operate three cruises on the day of the Oyster Festival — 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. — in addition to the Sunset Cruises, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Reservations in advance are recommended. Reserve a spot at www.milfordoysterfestival.com.
The mission of SoundWaters is to educate children and adults about the wonders and beauty of Long Island Sound and its watershed. Through education, SoundWaters provides people with an understanding and awareness of the changes they can make in their lives and communities to restore, protect and preserve Long Island Sound and the Environment.
The Oyster Festival also welcomes Key Hyundai as Title Sponsor for the non-for-profit festival, whose primary goal is to raise funds and awareness for local non-profits benefiting Milford and the surrounding communities.
“Key Hyundai and Jill Merriam are a great example of a local, family run business that is committed to community involvement and the Oyster Festival committee is excited to have them as our Title Sponsor,” said Jay Pinto, chairman of the 2012 Milford Oyster Festival.
The 38th Annual Milford Oyster Festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Milford.
Information on all of the Annual Milford Oyster Festival activities and schedules can be viewed at www.milfordoysterfestival.com.