Celebrate the peach and nectarine season with a festival at Lyman Orchards, Saturday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel, 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield. Activities include breakfast on deck from 8-11 a.m. Pick your own peaches, nectarines and blueberries; peach treats on the deck from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., wagon and pony rides, macaroni kids necklace making, face painting, live music and a pie eating contest at 3:30 p.m. Information: http://www.lymanorchards.com and 860-349-1793.
Summer Gardening Celebration
Sponsored by the Connecticut Community Gardening Association, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Manchester Community College. The event will feature demonstrations, tours, vendors, speakers and music on the grounds of the community garden. Free. Information: http://www.ctcommunitygardening.org and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southbury Garden Party Gala
"Sure On This Shining Night" is a garden party gala that will be held Saturday to benefit the establishment of the Connecticut Choral Society Endowment Fund. The event will be held at Pine Meadow Gardens, 237 Old Waterbury Road, Southbury. From 1 to 5 p.m. the public is invited to stroll through the gardens, watch local artists paint garden scenes, purchase artwork and enjoy light refreshments. Cost is $25. No reservations needed. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. there will be a gourmet dinner with fine wines, followed by an exclusive chamber music concert. Cost is $125 and reservations are required for dinner. Guests should park at the Southbury Medical Building, 22 Old Waterbury Road. A shuttle will transport guests to the garden. Information: http://www.CtChoralSociety.org and 888-927-2933.
Plants For Bees, Hummingbirds & Butterflies
A workshop led by Site Horticulturist George McCleary, Sunday 2 to 3:30 p.m., Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main St. N, Bethlehem. With growing concern for the loss of pollinators in gardens, learn about varieties that will attract these necessary friends, from host to nectar plant. $20. Registration: 203-266-7596 and http://www.ctlandmarks.org.
Victorian Tea Etiquette & Tea Tasting
Visit the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, Aug. 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m., and take a glimpse into the world of Victorian culture through the simulation of a tea party and taste the delightful and exotic flavors of teas. Learn the history of tea, the types of tea services and Victorian tea etiquette. Antique tea sets from the Osborne Homestead Museum will be on display. Participants will take home handcrafted teas and tea bags and information on other uses for teas. $5 donation. Registration and information: 203-734-2513.
Elizabeth Park Events
Perennial Garden Volunteers: Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon. Bring garden gloves, trowels and garden claws. Information: http://www.elizabethparkct.org and 860-231-9443860-231-9443.
Wednesday Summer Concert Series - Nifty Fifties: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase food at the Pond House Cafe. Please park in the designated spaces only. Information: http://www.elizabethparkct.org and 860-231-9443860-231-9443.
Rose Garden Volunteer Saturday: Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. Bring garden gloves, trowels and garden claws. Information: http://www.elizabethparkct.org and 860-231-9443860-231-9443.
Dahlia Show: Aug. 24, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Meet at the Pond House Cafe. Information: Ellen Burton at 860-231-9443860-231-9443.
One Of Glastonbury's Best Kept Secrets
Every Tuesday, from 1 to 4 p.m., throughout the summer, the Historical Society of Glastonbury invites all to tour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House at 972 Main St., South Glastonbury. Costumed docents will greet guests and give a tour of what was considered a mansion in its day. The house, originally owned by John Welles, a Glastonbury Shipyard owner, features the largest known period kitchen fireplace in Connecticut, unique antiques (including one of two High Back Queen Anne Corner Chairs known to exist), a loom, weaving and spinning equipment. Walk through the kitchen garden on your way to tour the backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, and historic grape vines and maple trees. The cost is $5 for ages 12 and older. HSG members and Glastonbury Garden Club members are free. Information: http://www.hsgct.org and 860-633-6890860-633-6890.
New London Maritime Society's annual celebration of all things lighthouse, "Sentinels on the Sound: Summer Lighthouse Weekends,'' presents four months of lighthouse boat trips through Oct. 26. Includes five different trips, including two Full-Moon Lighthouse trips and three trips to visit the mysterious Plum Island, along with special events and a regatta. A full schedule of summer activities is at http://www.nlmaritimesociety.org.
Litchfield Walking Tours