Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #46, 13 July 2009
Updated, 28 July 2009

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Norwich, Connecticut

Located 15 miles north of New London, Norwich is known as "The Rose of New England". Norwich lies at the intersection of four rivers. The Yantic, the Shetucket, and the Quinebaug flow into the city to form its harbor. The Thames River flows south out of Norwich toward New London and empties into Long Island Sound. Norwich was settled in 1659, and is now a part of New London County. Here is a map of Norwich.

The Slater Memorial Museum is located on the campus of the Norwich Free Academy at 108 Crescent Street. The museum features art from five continents including Greek, Roman and Italian Renaissance sculpture. Hours are 10am-4pm Tuesday through Friday, and 1-4pm on weekends. The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays.

The Norwich Rose Garden is located in Mohegan Park on Rockwell Street. Enjoy two acres of beautiful gardens that include 2500 rose bushes in 120 varieties. Don't forget your camera! Norwich Rose Garden

Travel back to the late 1600s when you visit the Leffingwell House Historic Museum at 348 Washington Street. This is the restored home of industrialist Christopher Leffingwell. The house was built in 1675 and was used as a meeting place for patriots during the Revolutionary War. Christopher Leffingwell built the first paper mill in the state as well as a chocolate processing mill and stocking mill.

Norwich set aside an entire month to celebrate its 350th birthday. One of the major celebrations was the Semiseptcentennial Parade which was held on July 5th. Happy Birthday, Norwich! Here's to the next 350! Read more about the parade in The Day.

In addition to the beautiful gardens, Mohegan Park is also a great place for swimming, picnicking, and walking. The kids will enjoy the playground, too.

The Marina at American Wharf is a world class marina and park with brick promenades and walkways. The area features flower beds, benches, and outdoor cooking grills.

Who has the best pizza in town? Is it Asylum Street Pizza at 319 Asylum Street, Great Oak III Pizza at 704 W Thames Street, or Illiano's Grill at 257 W Town Street? All three get great reviews, so you will have to decide for yourself.

If sushi is more your style, pay a visit to Mahzu Sushi Bar & Restaurant at 624 W Main Street. Here you will find great sushi at a reasonable price. The staff offers excellent service, and the menu has the variety that diners expect.

During July and August, the Free Friday Summer Concert series brings great music to the Norwichtown Green. Concerts begin at 7pm and end at 9pm. Concerts are currently scheduled for July 24th, and August 7th, 21st, and 28th.

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