St. Stephen’s Church holds its annual Nutmeg Festival on Saturday, Aug. 11, on the church’s campus at 351 Main Street. This year marks the festival’s 112th edition, making it one of Connecticut’s oldest church fairs. It opens at 10 a.m. to the sound of bagpipes and closes at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and a large portion of proceeds is donated to local charities. This event features magic by New York-based Ben Nemzer, the Dixieland music of Catoonah Street Jazz & Blues Society, games for children, a silent auction and raffle, and booths selling homemade pies, cookies, toys, books, jewelry, art and collectibles, and furniture.

Nutmeg 2018 leaders, Claire and Nick Simard, feel a strong commitment to the environment.  “We are seeking to reduce the event’s environmental impact as much as possible,” they said in a joint statement. “Beginning this year, paper plates and cups will replace their plastic cousins, and instead of bottled water, we will sell boxed water.”

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