Neighborhood Meeting at the Library
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Neighborhood Meeting at the Library

Neighborhood Meeting

Wednesday, December 13th at 5:30pm

Stonington Free Library

In an effort to inform and hear from our neighbors, patrons and the community at large we invite you to learn about our plans to increase accessibility at the Library.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Will you join us?

RSVP to development@stoningtonfreelibrary.org by 12/8/2017

Providing access to every member of our community is a major priority for SFL. For too long we have been unable to serve library visitors who need full access to the library. The staff and board of the library initiated a thorough analysis of how to best meet ADA and accessibility needs, including replacement lift /elevator options, compliant bathrooms, doorways, and place of refuge for emergency exits. Following a rigorous selection process, we engaged the services of a qualified architect, knowledgeable about ADA requirements and historic adaptive design. The board unanimously agreed on what we collectively believe is the most feasible and fiscally responsible option at a cost of $420,000. This approach solves both the accessibility concerns and dramatically improves the use of space on both the main and lower levels of the library.

 

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Our Blue Park: A Scientist's Stroll Through the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument, co-sponsored by the Mystic Aquarium
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Our Blue Park: A Scientist's Stroll Through the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument, co-sponsored by the Mystic Aquarium

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which was designated by President Barack Obama on September 15, 2016, is the only marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean and the only one located off the continental United States. With words and pictures, Senior Research Scientist at Mystic Aquarium Dr. Peter Auster will recount research on the ecology of this region at the edge of our continental shelf and beyond - conducted with ships, submersibles and aircraft - and the otherworldly animals that live there.  He will also describe why this is such a special place for marine wildlife and worthy of protection. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
Mystic Aquarium

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Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Jazzical Fusion ~ Classical, Samba, and More!
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Jazzical Fusion ~ Classical, Samba, and More!

Jazzical Fusion features Maestro Martin Piecuch on multiple woodwinds, pianist Regan Ryzuk, guitarist Richard Miller, and bassist Laurence Goldman.

Martin Piecuch’s “Jazzical Fusion” is a delightful potpourri of music from Classical, Samba, Jazz and Baroque, with a few other styles added in. It’s a remarkable display of versatility, styles and hip arrangements. Join us for a jazzical evening!

Tickets will be on sale shortly.

Cost
$15

Links:
Jazzical Fusion

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Music Matters Concert: Arcadia Viols/Frances Fitch~A Musical Banquet
Jan
20
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert: Arcadia Viols/Frances Fitch~A Musical Banquet

Arcadia Viols & Frances Conover Fitch

A Musical Banquet

17th-century German music for viols & harpsichord

Seventeenth-century Germany abounded in courts and cities with sumptuous musical establishments. Among the brilliant composers writing suites, dances famous to this day, and fine evocations of contemporary Italian and French style were Schein, NicolaiBöhmKindermann, Froberger, Scheidt, and Hammerschmidt. Please join us for Arcadia Viols' memorable concert of this striking, songful, early Baroque music. Celebrated harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch will join Arcadia's sonorous viola da gamba quintet.

Tickets $10. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door.  For advance ticket sales click here.

Cost
$10.00

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Living in Love, with Alexandra Stoddard
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

Living in Love, with Alexandra Stoddard

Bank Square Books and La Grua Center present an evening with local treasure Alexandra Stoddard, who will discuss the concept of Living in Love. Alexandra's Living in Lovepresentation will take place at La Grua Center, and general admission is a $20 donation to La Grua. Books will be available for purchase through Bank Square Books. VIP tickets are also available, which include admission to the La Grua Center presentation plus a three-course dinner at Breakwater following the talk and a copy of one of Alexandra's books. These tickets are limited and cost $100.

Alexandra is a philosopher of contemporary living and the bestselling author of 28 books, including Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life; Things I Want My Daughters to Know; You Are Your Choices: 50 Ways to Live the Good Life and Happiness For Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together. In this discussion on the last day of February, the month of love, Alexandra will touch upon many aspects of Living in Love, including self-care and self-love; intimate and family love; small acts of kindness; caring for your community; and loving your home.

The intimate Living in Love dinner will begin at Breakwater at 8 p.m., after Alexandra's presentation. This dinner will feature three courses plus a complimentary drink, and will include a copy of one of Alexandra's books: Choosing Happiness; Happiness for Two; or You Are Your Choices. You can select your book when purchasing a ticket.

Purchase tickets here.

Cost
General admission:$20, VIP tickets: $100

Links:
Alexandra Stoddard

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Kids Holiday Art Workshop
Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Holiday Art Workshop

For the fourth year in a row, La Grua Center and the Stonington Garden Club are pleased to host our Kid's Holiday Art Workshop!  Local artisans will be on hand to help children create ornaments, cards, wreaths and other holiday treats including pomanders. 

Drop in from 10am - noon.  Open to the public; no registration needed. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Concert: Portuguese Fado ~ Cafe Lisboa
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert: Portuguese Fado ~ Cafe Lisboa

Sonia Bettencourtfadista

with Guitarras do Atlantico

 Manuel Leiteguitarra portuguesa

 Viriato Ferreiraguitar

 Tiago Goulartpercussion

Café Lisboa

Portuguese Fado to warm the soul

Fado is the folk music of the old Portuguese cities. Until recently, it was an entirely oral tradition. Its fluid, intimate nature brings about subtle, ever-evolving variation that keeps the tradition vibrantly alive.   

What's fado about? These wistful, haunting songs — it is largely a sung tradition – evoke longing and tragic loss, or joy tempered by what fate holds in store. The busy ports where the sea and Portugal meet infused fado with a rhythmic and harmonic complexity that make it unique in Europe. There's just nothing like it. Sonia Bettencourt and her brilliant fado colleagues are masters of their art. Won't you join us for a moving, memorable afternoon?

"guitarra portuguesa" is the name by which people know the instrument; "Portuguese guitar" is acceptable but lacks the poetry of the original   

Ticket $10. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. For advance sales, please click the link below:

Tickets

Cost
$10.00

Links:
Sonia Bettencourt

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A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Friends~For My Father
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Friends~For My Father

Featuring Nora Fox, Devon Yesberger on piano, and a possible special guest! This upcoming concert will remain largely mysterious until the moment of execution, but audiences can expect a little song, a little dance, and bit of holiday cheer!  So come visit us after an evening of shopping and dining at Stonington Borough’s Holiday Stroll for a one-of-a-kind performance as only Nora can deliver! 

Tickets $15. Age 18 & under admitted for free. Cash and check accepted at the door or click here for advance purchase.

Cost
$15

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Exclusive Preview Screening of CROOKED HOUSE A new film based on Agatha Christie's novel
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Exclusive Preview Screening of CROOKED HOUSE A new film based on Agatha Christie's novel

Film starts promptly at 2 pm; doors open at 1:30

Mystic Luxury Cinemas

27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic CT

Reception to follow at Jealous Monk

Tickets $25 each

Seats are limited and can be purchased in advance only

All proceeds benefit the James Merrill Museum & 

Writer-in-Residence Program

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Presentation by Captain Wes Pulver of the National Coast Guard Museum Educational Event at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
Nov
18
5:00 PM17:00

Presentation by Captain Wes Pulver of the National Coast Guard Museum Educational Event at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Captain Wes Pulver, Executive Director of the National Coast Guard Association. The Museum which is slated to open in 2022 will engage, educate and inspire visitors from around the world by honoring the courage and skill of the men and women of the USCG. The Museum will explore the Coast Guard’s rich history, current impact on our nation and the world, and its future service through interactive exhibits, programs, public and private partnerships, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based, life-long learning experiences. Visitors will also see numerous artifacts and history detailing the long history of the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Pulver will share stories of the history of the Coast Guard from a regional perspective including; the War of 1812, the Rum Wars during Prohibition, and the honored men and women from our local area who contributed so much to our success in World War II. Cost to attend this event is $5 for members of SHYC and $10 for guests. The Clubhouse will be open for dinner following the presentation. Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 ext. 0or emailing office@shyc.us

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Exhibit Opening: Photo-Op
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Photo-Op

A collection of noteworthy images by an eclectic mix of local and regional photographers. Photo­Op was founded in 2015 by Maria Scaglione of Westerly, Rhode Island. Each year the organization showcases different local communities in the 50 U.S. states. Opening reception Friday November 10, from 5-7pm.  Exhibit will run through the end of December.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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NESS Annual Benefit Gala
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

NESS Annual Benefit Gala

Join us for our 9th annual Benefit Gala on Saturday, November 4th at Haley Mansion in Mystic, CT!

Tickets and sponsorships are available for purchase online.

 

Advertising opportunities are available! Our program book is a great place to advertise your business to 200+ NESS friends. We have full page/half page and color/black and white advertising opportunities. Please email Caroline Knowles (cknowles@nessf.org) for advertising options.

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The Arab Spring: Why It Failed, with John McCarthy
Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

The Arab Spring: Why It Failed, with John McCarthy

John McCarthy explores the Arab Spring: why it happened and why it failed.  The speaker lived in Lebanon and Tunisia as the American Ambassador and he has worked from time to time for the State Department in many of the other Arab countries.  He will lay out what issues led to the unrest that has rocked so much of the Arab world in the last five years and explore what may happen next. Q&A to follow. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Novelist and former Merrill Fellow Julia Glass reads from her work
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Novelist and former Merrill Fellow Julia Glass reads from her work

Julia Glass is the author of six books of fiction, notably the best-selling Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award; I See You Everywhere, winner of the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; and A House Among the Trees, released this summer. Other published works include Chairs in the Rafters and essays in several anthologies. In addition to being a Merrill Fellow in Fall 2015, she is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Currently a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, and co-founder of the Twenty Summers arts center in Provincetown, she lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

 

Reception to follow; books will be sold

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Sunday Evening Lecture — Sally Wood on Agatha Christie
Oct
15
4:00 PM16:00

Sunday Evening Lecture — Sally Wood on Agatha Christie

Local Agatha Christie expert, Sally Wood, gives a talk on the prolific author and the film adaptation of The Crooked House.

The event will take place at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington. Parking for the La Grua Center is in the main lot of Stonington Commons. This event is free and open to the public.

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William Kelly, Director of Technical Support N9 at the Submarine Learning Center
Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

William Kelly, Director of Technical Support N9 at the Submarine Learning Center

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by William Kelly, Director of Technical Support N9 at the Submarine Learning Center. Topics include an overview of the Learning Center and its function, training for current and future generations of submarine warriors, and partners and stakeholders of the Submarine Learning Center. This slideshow presentation will conclude with a Q&A session.  Cost to attend this event is $5 for members of SHYC and $10 for guests. The Clubhouse will be open for dinner following the presentation. Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 ext. 0 or emailing office@shyc.us

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Music Matters Concert: The Heart of the Romantic Piano with Stephen Porter
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert: The Heart of the Romantic Piano with Stephen Porter

*Rescheduled from February*

Stephen Porter

1922 Mason & Hamlin piano

The Heart of the Romantic Piano

Edvard Grieg Lyric Pieces, Book 6, Op. 57 *

Frédéric Chopin  Waltz in c#, Op. 64, No. 2

  Mazurka in c#, Op. 50, No. 3

  Barcarolle in F#, Op. 60

Franz Liszt  Deuxième Année de Pèlerinage: Italie

Troisième Année de Pèlerinage

  4. Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este

Deux légendes

  1. St. François d'Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux

  2. St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots

Acclaimed Boston pianist Stephen Porter returns to the La Grua Center with a remarkable program. He will share with us multi-hued sets of works by Chopin and Liszt. He also continues Music Matters’ joyous, two-season traversal of all 66 of Edvard Grieg’s impassioned, evocative Lyric Pieces, one of the great compositional legacies of all time. Our 1922 Mason & Hamlin grand offers Mr. Porter an ideal medium for his insight into this core Romantic repertoire.


CYCLES! is Music Matters' presentation of integral performances of groups of compositions by, typically, a single composer. Following our first traversal, Grieg's sixty-six Lyric Pieces (on modern piano), we will survey the Nineteen Great Keyboard Suites of Bach (on piano, harpsichord, and Bach-era Baroque piano).  

Ticket sales will open shortly.

Cost
Tickets $10

Links:
Stephen Porter Piano

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Sunday Evening Lecture — Alex Prud’homme
Oct
8
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Evening Lecture — Alex Prud’homme

Join us Sunday, October 8th at 5 pm. Alex Prud’homme, great nephew of Julia Child, discusses his new book “The French Chef in America.”

Mr. Prud’homme recounts the myriad ways in which Child profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America’s first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

The event will take place at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington. Parking for the La Grua Center is in the main lot of Stonington Commons. This event is free and open to the public.

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Bank Square Books: The Least Among Us, with author Rosa DeLauro
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Bank Square Books: The Least Among Us, with author Rosa DeLauro

Bank Square Books and La Grua Center present a talk and book signing with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who will discuss her new book The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable. There is a $5 suggested donation for this event, and books will be available for purchase that evening.

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The Art of Aging, with Kevin Lyn Sisson
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

The Art of Aging, with Kevin Lyn Sisson

How many of you still think of yourself as middle-aged?

Well, that’s kind of a math problem. Join us to listen and talk with Kevin Lyn Sisson as she explores the many vagaries of The Art of Aging.

Kevin is a mental health counselor who practices with The New England Center for Anxiety in Westerly, Rhode Island. She specializes in working with people over 50 and their families as they navigate challenges brought on by career changes, retirement, relocation, depression, anxiety and illness. In addition, she is the Director of the Reach & Rise Mentoring Program at the Ocean Community YMCA in Westerly. The program is designed to train adult volunteers to work with at-risk youth for a year of committed friendship and activities, thus changing the lives of all involved.

She infuses her presentations with joy and excitement as she addresses how rich the last decades of one’s life can be. She will offer some blueprints and tips on how to get the most out of life, and some strategies to cope with difficult situations. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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DVD Screening of the Brendan Voyage Educational Event at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

DVD Screening of the Brendan Voyage Educational Event at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a screening of the Brendan Voyage with an introduction from John Ackley and discussion following the movie. The Brendan Voyage documents what is described as the greatest epic voyage in modern Irish history. Tim Severin and his companions built a boat using only techniques and materials available in the sixth-century A.D, when St. Brendan was supposed to have sailed to America. The vessel comprised forty-nine ox hides stitched together in a patchwork and stretched over a wooden frame. This leather skin was only a quarter of an inch thick. Yet Severin and his crew sailed Brendan from Brandon Creek in Dingle to Newfoundland, surviving storms and a puncture from pack ice. "The Brendan Voyage" is Tim Severin's dramatic account of their journey. Brilliantly written and impeccably researched, "The Brendan Voyage" is a classic of modern exploration and has been translated into 27 languages. It conveys unforgettably the sensation of being in a small, open boat alone in the vastness of the North Atlantic, visited by inquisitive whales, reaching mist-shrouded landfalls, and receiving a welcome from seafaring folk wherever the crew touched land. Cost to attend this event is $5 for members of SHYC and $10 for guests. The Clubhouse will be open for dinner following the screening and feature Irish themed specials. Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 ext. 0 or emailing office@shyc.us

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is open year-round and offers a variety of activities both on and off the water including educational programs, arts and entertainment nights, family fun and fine dining. We are proud to welcome new members and showcase all the club’s many offerings. For more information visit us online at www.shyc.us

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Interview, Discussion, & Book Signing with Chef Jacques Pepin
Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

Interview, Discussion, & Book Signing with Chef Jacques Pepin

We are pleased to present an interview and discussion with world renowned chef and Connecticut resident Jacques Pepin. There will be Q&A and book signing after the event.  A copy of the book is included in the ticket price.  Do not miss this rare opportunity! Seating is limited; please click here for advance ticket purchase. Cash/check accepted at the door.

Open to the public.

 

Cost
$50

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Author Corey Dolgon: Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy
Sep
24
5:00 PM17:00

Author Corey Dolgon: Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy

Bank Square Books and La Grua Center present an evening with sociology professor and author Corey Dolgon to discuss his new book Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy.  For decades, American voters have been convinced to support public policies that only benefit those in power. But how do the powerful extract consent from citizens whose own self-interest and collective well-being are constantly denied? And why do so many Americans seem to have given up on quality public education, on safe food and safe streets, on living wages—even on democracy itself? Kill It to Save It lays bare the hypocrisy of contemporary US political discourse, documenting the historical and theoretical trajectory of capitalism’s triumph over democracy.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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James Merrill House Presents: Poet Claudia Rankine
Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

James Merrill House Presents: Poet Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Holds 16th Annual Red Lobdell Regatta
Sep
23
10:30 AM10:30

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Holds 16th Annual Red Lobdell Regatta

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will hold the 16th Annual Red Lobdell Regatta. This yearly event is held in memory of the father of Spike Lobdell, one of the Club's founding members and its second Commodore.  “It is an honor to dedicate this race in tribute to my father who was an avid sailor for many years in these waters”, said Spike.  The goal of this event is to encourage everyone to get out on the water and enjoy the end of the sailing season as well as attend the After Race Shore Party and mingle with fellow boaters for a great time.

First gun will be at 10:30am, this regatta is open to all PHRF rated boats 20ft or longer, all NEMA rated boats.  Any one design with three or more entries will be treated as a class and given a separate start. first gun for Lasers, Ideals and small one designs will be the normal start time of 1:30 This is an ECSA points race. Boaters registered for Fall Frostbiting at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will receive a waived entry fee. NOR/SI and Registration is available at www.shyc.us/race or by calling the Club at 860-535-0112.

The After Race Shore Party will be held from 4:30pm-6:00pm, cost is $20 per person and includes beer, wine and snacks. Following the Shore Party everyone is encouraged to attend the Sailors Night Out Dinner and Dance Party from 6:30pm-10:30pm, which is open to all SHYC members, racers, friends and guests! Buffet dinner from Dogwatch BBQ followed by dancing to Gravity Hill Band. Cost is $40 for racers that attend the Shore Party or $50 per person.

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Commodore Betsy Bowman encourages everyone to participate in the race and join us for the party and dinner dance following. “We are incredibly grateful to the generous sponsors- Mystic Shipyard, PMW Marine, Stonington Vineyard, Dodson Boatyard LLC, Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan, LLC and Saltwater Farm who have committed to ensure the success of this event. We look forward to a great turnout from the community for a day of sailing and an evening of celebration.”

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Rum Runners: Talk & Rum Tasting with Real McCoy Rum Founder Bailey Pryor
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Rum Runners: Talk & Rum Tasting with Real McCoy Rum Founder Bailey Pryor

Bailey Pryor is a six-time Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker and founder of The Real McCoy Rum. Bailey will conduct a rum tasting and discuss the history of the Rum Runners of the Prohibition era (many of whom operated in waters near Stonington). This experience will leave you better informed about rum and maritime history, as well as provide the incredibly rare opportunity to sample one-of-kind Limited Edition rums from Barbados. Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.  

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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