On one of the final summer evenings of 2018, Sunday, September 16, we celebrated the New Haven Land Trust's highly anticipated 4th annual fall fundraiser event, Beer & Oysters on the Sound. The evening was filled with laughter, carousel rides, live bluegrass music, local oysters, local beer tastings, as well as a delicious selection of food from our food truck vendors. With the colorful late summer sunset slowly dropping in the background, the historic Lighthouse Point Park, overlooking the Long Island Sound, made for the perfect venue to celebrate another successful season at the New Haven Land Trust.
Over 400 people came together to savor local oysters (generously donated by Norm Bloom's Copps Island Oysters), a large number of local breweries, and bluegrass music by The Bluegrass Characters. The local-based Memphis-Bell Sauce Co. provided a selection of homemade sauces to pair with our delicious oysters, and even used some local veggies and herbs grown by our Growing Entrepreneurs for the ingredients! Children smiled as they passed on the carousel while adults indulged in beer tastings from over 16 local breweries, in addition to the variety of fantastic homebrews from Brew Haven. Guests raved about the selection of beer, local oysters, food trucks, as well as the beautiful atmosphere that the Lighthouse Point Park location brought to the event. A perfect evening all around!
This year we had over 1000 adults, schoolchildren, and families participating in our community gardens, hosted hundreds of visitors in the nature preserves, and presented over 15 educational events on the values of healthy living, locally sourced food, and environmental preservation. In addition, our Schooner Summer Camp program, helping kids explore the New Haven coastline and set sail on the waters of the Long Island Sound, celebrated another successful season. Over the 2018 summer season, we expanded the Schooner programming to include educational opportunities for ages 4-5 and a new leadership program for teens. Making programs like Schooner Camp accessible to children across New Haven is vital to our mission. The support generated by this event, as well as donations to the New Haven Land Trust, help us achieve our mission to engage people in stewardship and cultivation of the land for a healthier community and environment. Thank you for all who attended, and if you missed us this time, be sure to join our mailing list to stay in the loop for upcoming events!
Thank you to Norm Bloom's Copps Island Oysters for donating the local oysters, as well as the participating breweries, Kinsmen Brewing Co., Hull's Brewery, City Steam Brewery, New England Brewing Co., Lock City Brewing, Stony Creek Beer, Blue Point Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Owl's Brew, Counter Weight Brewing Company, Firefly Hollow Brewing, Thimble Island Brewing Company, Hanging Hills Brewing Company, Black Hog Brewing Co., no worries brewing co., Two Roads Brewing Company, as well as our homebrewers from Brew Haven for making this event possible!
Special thanks to our sponsors: Yale-New Haven Hospital, CMHC Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, RE/MAX, The L. Suzio York Hill Companies, Seabury Hill Realtors, Newalliance Foundation, Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs, and Webster Bank.