2018 Schedule

Saturday, April 7, 2018

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Exhibitors All Day in Port N’ Starboard


Workshops at main stage in exhibitor hall

10:15 a.m. Hurricane Preparedness

(Brian Cooper –The Cooper Group; Dawn Mattos – The Quintal Agency)

11:30 a.m. Historic Tax Credits

(Nina Caruso, Crosskey Architects)

12:45 p.m. Opening a Bed & Breakfast and Airbnb

(Panel discussion with Marcus Fisk of Coastal Cottage Inn; Lourdes Haynes of The Big House Bed & Breakfast; Tom Lescoe – former owner of Readsboro Inn; Jon Day of Day+Age and owner of an Airbnb property, Mayor Michael Passero – City of New London)

2:00 p.m. The Fabulous Beekman Boys followed by meet and greet

(Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge whose reality show is aired on The Cooking Channel will share their stories about restoring a mansion and farm and starting a business that helped revitalize a small town in upstate New York.)


Speakers in the “Garden Zone” at south end of exhibitor hall

(All day someone will be available for your gardening questions and to provide information on sustainable practices.)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Invasive Species

(Susan Munger Member of recently formed New London SustainableCT Team and UConn Master Gardener)

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Early Gardens, Utilitarian and Ornamental, in Connecticut

(Linda Turner, Garden Consultant, Plantasia)

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Gardening with Insects

(Suzanne Thompson, Garden Writer and Speaker; Radio Talk Show Host, CT Outdoors)


Special Demonstration in the Garden Zone at south end of exhibitor hall

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  How to weatherize old windows (repair seals a.k.a. reglaze windows)

(Jim Diaz-Saavedra, Contractor and New London Landmarks board member)