After Eight – What to do Out


By Julia Lucey

School is out for the summer and alarm clocks no longer are set for 6:30 am. As teenagers and young adults look to the (somewhat) cooler summer nights to get out and socialize, it might seem like there isn’t much going on after eight. 

With many social distancing guidelines still in place, evening activities are taking a different shape this summer, but there are plenty of activities to keep Greenwich’s younger population busy and entertained after a day of work or a day spent out in the sun.

Recently reopened are the Bowtie Cinemas in Greenwich and Stamford (Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza and Ultimate Majestic 6). There are specific parameters to ensure safety: the theaters will only be filled to 50% capacity, customers will be asked to wear face coverings, and contact-free methods of purchase have been implemented. A full list of these precautions can be found on Bowtie Cinemas’ website, bowtiecinemas.com, along with each theater’s showtime schedule. As most new movies won’t be released until July, for the time being the theaters are showing a wide array of films — all your favorite classics, comedies, action movies, and more — every night! 

For those who don’t feel comfortable watching a film in the traditional movie theater setting, starting July 8, Harbor Point in Stamford is offering a weekly movie night in Commons Park. Movies will begin at dusk (around 8:30 pm) every Wednesday night. They’ll be showing La La Land (July 8), Captain Marvel (July 15), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (July 22), The Incredibles 2 (July 29), and Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark (August 5). In addition, prior to the screening, music in the park begins at 6:30 pm, and picnicking is allowed — so bring your blankets and chairs to make an evening out of it! To RVSP and find information about parking, visit harborpt.com.

Bedford, NY, just over the border from Banksville is having its own drive-in theater. The Bedford Playhouse has partnered with the John Jay Homestead for two nights in July to screen the classic comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the big screen.

Tickets are available for July 10th and July 11th at johnjayhomestead.org but they are selling out quickly. 

For some late night bites, the Stamford Diner (135 Harvard Ave) just off Exit 6 is open until 11 pm for dine-in, curbside pickup, and delivery. The diner has all the important comfort food items and classic diner musts: burgers, melts, fries, pastas, and milkshakes. Also open in the diner department is Glory Days, open daily until 10 pm for table service, takeout, and delivery. 

And because nothing says summer like a trip for some ice cream after a long, hot day, Gofer of Riverside is open until 9pm Sunday through Thursday and until 10pm Friday and Saturday. 

Just next to Western Greenwich is Port Chester’s Bona Bona Ice Cream (10 Westchester Avenue), which is open daily until 9 pm (10 pm on Friday and Saturday). Bona Bona serves a wide array of ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, and milkshakes.

While most in-person concerts and the summer’s biggest music festivals are all canceled or postponed for the foreseeable future, live music has become a rare commodity. Caramoor Park in Katonah, NY (a beautiful 25 minute drive away) is hosting several “Concerts on the Lawn” events later this summer on July 18 and 25 as well as August 1 and 8, all starting at 7 pm. Performers include Chris Thile, Rachael & Vilray, Charles Turner & Uptown Swing, and Flor de Toloache. 

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