July 7, 2015
NEBO TV Report from Field: Clinton, CT: Day One
Team NEBO was back in Connecticut on Monday, July 6, to begin filming its episode on Clinton, a boater-friendly town boasting no fewer than 7 marinas. Due to rain, the scheduled Northport filming had to be rescheduled because of the iffy weather forecast. Clinton, on the other hand, was expecting sunshine, so we high-tailed it down there. This makes 4 shoots out of 4 so far this season that we’ve had to tweak in some way because of mother nature. But boaters already understand this. Don’t we?
We arrived around noon, so what better way to sink our teeth into Clinton than with a dining segment at Rocky’s Aqua restaurant at Cedar Island Marina. Rocky himself made sure we were treated well and served us the house’s steamed mussels, seared sesame-encrusted ahi, and lobster roll with fries. One of the great things about Rocky’s Aqua, aside from the food, outdoor bar and views of Clinton Harbor, is that boaters can tie up for several hours at no charge if they dine at the restaurant. After that they can explore the waterfront or downtown area.
After lunch we walked to the town docks, where we filmed an impromptu interview with a couple of local crab fishermen. Although Nadine and Tom hadn’t caught any of the coveted blue crabs that lurk around the dock pilings later in the season, they were more than happy to provide a few tips on catching them. We also stopped in for a popsicle at a little shingled shack on the dock called Sal D’s Dockside Grille.
We arrived around noon, so what better way to sink our teeth into Clinton than with a dining segment at Rocky’s Aqua restaurant at Cedar Island Marina.
Next, Parker headed to Main Street to check out the local shops. She poked around the Clinton Antique Center for few minutes and talked to one of the 3 brothers who own the nearly 6000-square-foot treasure trove. They’ve been making antique-seekers happy for nearly 25 years, and welcome new visitors. Parker also popped into the Clinton Chamber of Commerce where she met the Executive Director Lauren Sposato, who was more than happy to chat about the town.
Meanwhile, Tom dropped in on Indian River Marina, which rents and sells kayaks, SUPs and canoes. Marina owners Chris Burke and Ann Bottiglieri, who bought the place just over a year ago, allowed the crew to launch our Bass Pro Shops Foxboro fishing kayaks at the marina’s ramp, and even provided a camera boat from which Producer/Director Gene Allen and cameraman Tyler Adams captured the beauty of the scenic Indian River as the evening light cast a glow over the surrounding marsh grass. The river is one of three that feed into Clinton Harbor, and all offer outstanding paddling opportunities.
With the kayaking concluded, we were treated to evening drinks atop Chris and Ann’s shop/apartment as the daylight faded. A great first day in Clinton, and we’ll be back later in the week (if the weather cooperates) to report on fishing, tubing, beach picnics, Cedar Island Marina and the famous Lobster Landing restaurant. Stay tuned!
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