Make sure to plan a trip to the 22nd Virtu Art Festival this weekend for one of the region’s most popular fine arts and crafts festival when selected artists and artisans from around the country will display their works. Visit with the artists, enjoy live entertainment and take the little ones to the Creation Station area. The festival is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit oceanchamber.org or call 401-596-7761 for more.
Kick off your summer season in style Friday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. at an evening of drama and “Songs from the Heart” when Westerly’s own Marion Markham, Ocean House resident cabaret performer, sings songs from the American Songbook, including standards, blues, jazz and Latin rhythms, accompanied by her top-notch musical ensemble. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for hotel guests. Reserve your tickets by calling 888-853-2919.
Meet renowned Chef Edward Lee, the restaurateur, Emmy-nominated TV personality and author of “Smoke & Pickles” and “Buttermilk Graffiti.” The $50 tickets include a hardcover copy of “Buttermilk Graffiti,” which is his new book, plus themed appetizers and a drink. A cash bar will also be available that evening. Lee plans to chat about his book, chat with the audience and sign books. Visit banksquarebooks.com.
Head to Misquamicut with the family Friday evening for a night of fun in the car at the Misquamicut Drive-in, when “Ghostbusters” will be shown on the big screen. Admission is $15 per car and the show takes place at the Wuskenau Town Beach pondside lot, 316 Atlantic Ave. For a complete list of movies and other activities at the beach, visit misquamicut.org/events.
Make sure to catch one of the many parades planned to take place in the area during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, which marks the 150th anniversary of the holiday. Here’s a glimpse of some of what’s being planned in our area towns: next Sunday, May 27, the Charlestown Memorial Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m. at Ridgewood Road and Old Post Road, and will end with ceremonies in Ninigret Park; on Monday, May 28, Westerly’s Memorial Day Parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. at the Pawcatuck Shopping Center, and end with a ceremony at the bandstand in Wilcox Park; the North Stonington Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the North Stonington Lions Club, steps off at 10 a.m. from the Fairgrounds on Wyassup Road; and at 2 p.m. the annual Mystic Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the Hugo A. Simonelli Post 3263 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will step off on Water St., rain or shine, and proceed along Route 1 to the VFW Post home for a service. Also in Mystic on Monday, Mystic Seaport Museum will feature a day full of activities, beginning at 10:30 a.m. when guests are invited to the Fishtown Chapel to witness the memorials laid for local Civil War soldiers, and ending at 3 p.m. in the Seamen’s Friend Society Reading Room with a discussion of the impact of war on 19th-century Mystic’s residents. For complete details, check out Thursday’s edition of The Guide.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro