Lecture: The Lafayette Trail in CT

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THE LAFAYETTE TRAIL IN CONECTICUT

Lecture at The Kate, Sunday August 18, 1PM-2PM

Sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society

Julien Icher is a 31-year-old French national, founder, and president of The Lafayette Trail, Inc. Over the past few years, he has given over 74 lectures about Lafayette’s 1824-25 Farewell Tour of the United States. He is educating the public about the national significance of Lafayette's Tour and his lectures promote a broader understanding of Lafayette's numerous contributions to American independence.

Lafayette visited 28 CT towns in 1824, including Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, East Lyme, New London and Norwich.  Julien Icher brings Lafayette’s tour of the Connecticut shoreline to life with stories, slides and video. 

General Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military officer who volunteered to join General George Washington’s Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.  43 years later in 1824, President James Monroe invited him to the United States as the nation's guest, where he visited all 24 states in the union, including Connecticut and an overnight stay in Saybrook.   

Click this link to read more about Lafayette’s CT Tour:  https://lafayettecttrail.org/ct-tour-1824/

Parking

The Kate parking map - accessible parking is available on Main Street and in the parking lot behind the Kate

Parking at the Kate is free and easy! There is not one dedicated parking lot; however, there is ample parking surrounding the venue.

Parking on the street is limited and shared by all Main Street merchants. We ask that you consider one of the suggested off-street parking locations in blue where Kate patrons have permission to park.

Shows start promptly at the time posted to our website and printed on your tickets. Planning to arrive 15 minutes prior to the show is always a great idea—plus, it give you a few minutes to explore the Katharine Hepburn Museum!

Directions

The Kate is located at 300 Main Street in downtown Old Saybrook, a short distance from the I-95 corridor as well as the Route 9/I-95 interchange. Get Driving Directions

Concessions/Bar

The Kate’s Concessions/Bar area is open for most shows, offering bottled water, soda, juice, and a selection of movie theater candy. For those 21 and over, a selection of beer, wine, prosecco, and simple mixed cocktails are available.

Cash or credit cards are accepted and beverages purchased at the Kate may be taken into the theater.

Concessions/bar may not be available for all performances and selections may vary. For more information, contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453.

Nearby Dining Options

Consider one of the many great nearby restaurants for a bite to eat before or after the show. To explore options, check out our Dining page.

The Kate theater is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cultural Arts Center. The orchestra level is accessible by elevator from the 1st floor lobby; the balcony is accessible only via stairs. Accessible seating locations may vary slightly by event and are clearly identified on the interactive seating chart for each performance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453. For additional information, please reference our Box Office & Theater Policies.

Seating chart

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The Kate is generously sponsored by:

  • Pasta Vita
  • Saybrook Point Resort & Marina
  • Damon Wealth Management Group, Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisory Practice
  • Coburn Financial Group, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
  • Sennheiser