Aug. 20--NEW HAVEN -- Yale Peabody Museum, well worth the $9 or less admission fee for its treasure trove of natural artifacts, knows how to compete with families looking for one more summer day on the beach: free admission and parking Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call it Summer's Last Roar.
Officials invite visitor to meet a walking, talking humongous beast at the sixth annual free admission day. No, not an import from Stamford's WWE wrestling franchise. It's Jess the mastodon, on day leave from her regular home at Hole in the Wall Theatre in New Britain.
Jess will hold court from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. near an even more humongous beast, the Peabody's 11,000-year-old Otisville Mastodon.
Officials say you'll be able to take a picture with Jess and ask her about mastodons, impractical beasts and other elements employed in the comedy at New Britain's Hole in the Wall Theatre exhibit, "The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons," an off-beat comedy by award-winning Connecticut playwright Rachel Teagle in which Jess is the star. The play in New Britain (www.hitw.org) runs through Saturday night.
Another popular exhibit at Peabody, 170 Whitney Ave., is "Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies," which continues for another week as a hands-on exhibit about dinosaur family life. There's also a chance to win a door prize, and Roxi fox puppet shows at 11 a.m. and noon.
Free parking is available in the Peabody lot and adjacent Yale lots. The entrance is one block north of the museum at Whitney and Humphrey streets.
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