Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Education Event: Newport to Bermuda Race Planning Seminar

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation that invites you aboard, dispels myths, and offers robust discussion of successful past Newport to Bermuda races. Led by Presenter and Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Veteran; Frank Bohlen. Veterans of the 635-mile offshore "Thrash to the Onion Patch" will present both the history and current challenges of this 114-year-old race, which next starts in June 2020. Imagine yourself at the helm of one of the 170-plus boats heading over the continental shelf, across the Gulf Stream, and making landfall in the island paradise of Bermuda. Sometimes a true "thrash," sometimes a test of patience, the race remains a bucket-list test of sailors.

This event is free and open to the public, registration is requested by calling 860-535-0112 or emailing twalsh@shyc.us. Guests are encouraged to stay for dinner after the presentation.

 

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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Exhibit Opening: The Love Affair
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: The Love Affair

This exhibit features the art of all five members of the Love family. It leaves little doubt that art is as much a natural as a nurtured talent. The Loves: Tim Love, a retired Vice Chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group, a leading ad agency has returned to his first love, painting, while Kate Love, a former art director has more time to pursue recreational art since becoming an empty nester. Mac Love, lives with his family in Akron OH where he heads up his own design firm, ArtXLove: Eliza Love is a social worker in Danbury CT and has moved her artistic talent into photography: Harrison Love is a graduate of RISD and an artist on the West Coast and has just completed a commissioned mural in San Francisco. All of the artistic family welcome another occasion to exhibit together. This is the third Love Affair preceded by ones in Stonington and Singapore. 

Suggested donation $5.

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First Annual Spring Boro Clean-Up Day
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

First Annual Spring Boro Clean-Up Day

The Stonington Village Improvement Association (SVIA) is sponsoring the First Annual Spring Boro Clean-Up Day on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Please join us to pick up trash that has accumulated over the winter at duBois Beach, the East Lawn, Cannon Square, Wayland’s Wharf, the Town Playground, part of Wadawanuck Square and Mathews Park, all of which are either owned or supported by the SVIA. “Pitch In” to keep plastics and other harmful garbage from reaching the pristine waters of Stonington Harbor and Little Narragansett Bay.

Grab a neighbor and meet up with everyone at the Point at 10:00 a.m. We will start at duBois Beach and East Lawn and then move on to Cannon Square, etc. At each area, kids can find tokens to trade in for special prizes at Mathews Park. There we will celebrate our efforts with lunch sponsored by the SVIA and a fun bocce ball tournament.

We will be cleaning up rain or shine, and volunteers of all ages are welcome, but please leave Fido at home. No signups are required, and we ask all volunteers to bring their own gloves and trash bags (paper preferred). A blanket is suggested for sitting in Mathews Park for lunch.

About the SVIA

The SVIA was formed in 1899 by a small group of caring residents wishing to maintain Stonington Borough as “a nice place to live and work.” Contributions by residents and non-residents alike allow the present day SVIA to maintain that tradition. Activities and projects include maintaining duBois Beach at Stonington Point and Mathews Park, running a weekly Farmers Market, co-hosting with Dog Watch Café an ice cream social on July 4th, and hosting the annual Holiday Stroll. The SVIA continually supports special projects around the Borough such as the installation of Little Free Libraries, renovation of Cannon Square, maintenance of Wayland's Wharf, addition of beautiful benches in Wadawanuck Square and other park areas, and the restoration of the COMO Pond.


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Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Education Event: Maritime 911- Presentation from the Coast Guard Auxiliary

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation from the Coast Guard Auxiliary on Maritime 911.

When facing an emergency in the United States, every driver knows to call 911.  Immediately, one’s location is sent to first responders—police, fire or ambulance.  For an accident in the waters near the shore, the US Coast Guard bears the burden of first response. Coast Guard staff communicate to the stricken vessel, coordinate with other ships in the area, and respond themselves if that is needed. To make this work smoothly, the USCG has developed the Rescue 21 program.  It consists of near-shore receiver coverage near the Eastern and Western coasts, the Great Lakes, Hawaii and parts of Alaska.

To communicate quickly with the Rescue 21 system, a small yacht needs a Digital Selective Calling (DSC)-compatible VHF radio, connected to an accurate Global Positioning System receiver (GPS); the individual Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number of the yacht must have been registered, and someone on board needs to understand how to press the “SOS” button.

On April 20, two instructors from the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club to help yachtsmen understand what they need to make their SOS quick, effective and reliable.  They will cover on-board installation, routine testing, and emergency operation, and they will offer insight into the timeline and scope of the Coast Guard’s response.  They will also show how these modern VHFs can expedite inter-vessel communications, rendezvous information and group hailing.

The cost to attend this event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, guests are encouraged to stay for dinner after the presentation. Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 ext. 103 or emailingoffice@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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Media Matters Series: Mary Norris, It's All Greek to Me
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Media Matters Series: Mary Norris, It's All Greek to Me

La Grua Center and Bank Square Books are pleased to present an evening with bestselling author Mary Norris (Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen), in conversation with Bank Square Books event manager Elissa Sweet. This event will kick off to La Grua Center's new Media Matters series. 

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek men—Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
Bank Square BooksMary Norris

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Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola

The Soul of the Viola

Carol Gimbelanonymous viola, ca. 1725, ex-Emmanuel Vardi

Cullan Bryant1886 Chickering concert grand

The Soul of the Viola

Piano prelude  Schumann  Der Dichter spricht, from Kinderszenen
Britten  Lachrymæ, reflections on a song of John Dowland
Schumann Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102
Rebecca Clarke  Viola Sonata (1919)

Music Matters presents its very first program for viola & piano, with brilliant Carol Gimbel and Cullan Bryant (NYC). The scores they will play are powerful and moving. The dusky, rich sound of the viola and our many-hued 1886 Chickering concert grand will soar in the La Grua Center's open, transparent acoustic. This is a rare and fetching program, magically played on exceptional instruments.

Tickets $15

18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door

For advance tickets, please click here.

All seats are unreserved – first come, first served! Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Carol Gimbel

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Imagine Scholar's Megan O'Neill on Education in Rural Africa
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Imagine Scholar's Megan O'Neill on Education in Rural Africa

Megan O'Neill has spent the last 3 years working with Imagine Scholar. A native of Connecticut, she received a degree in Africana Studies from Dickinson College and soon thereafter moved to the Nkomazi region of South Africa. With Imagine Scholar, Megan spends her time facilitating classes with high school students about reading and writing, mentoring students through the university application process, and raising money for the organization. 

Imagine Scholar is an educational non-profit organization based in the Nkomazi region of South Africa. The organization's innovative and sustainable approach to education is creating meaningful impact in the local community. Through working with high-achieving, low-income secondary school students on development of leadership, critical thinking, and community-mindedness, we aim to build Africa's next generation of change makers. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Imagine Scholar

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Music Matters: Bach Keyboard Partitas on Florentine Baroque Piano
Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Bach Keyboard Partitas on Florentine Baroque Piano

J.S. Bach Six Keyboard Partitas
Andrew Willis, Florentine Baroque piano

J.S. Bach The Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV 825-830, complete in two recitals

Bach and his German contemporaries first heard and played what we today call the Baroque piano in the 1730s. Over the decade of intense instrumental development that followed, this new instrument – invented in Florence in the 1690s – began to astonish musicians and listeners. Frederick the Great commissioned thirteen of them!

Bach's three great sets of keyboard suites culminate in his brilliant, deeply moving Partitas. Join us for two full-length recitals by brilliant pianist Andrew Willis for New England's very first traversal of all six in on Baroque piano. Copies of his double album of the works will be available, as well.

Our performance platform will assure excellent audibility and clear sight lines.

Tickets $15. For advance ticket sales, click here.

18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door

All seats are unreserved – first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

Wine reception to follow.

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On Our Minds: Intimations in the Night~Psyche & Spirit in Aging, with Michael Conforti
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

On Our Minds: Intimations in the Night~Psyche & Spirit in Aging, with Michael Conforti

Intimations in the Night: An Archetypal Perspective on Psyche and Spirit in the Aging Processpresented by Michael Conforti, PhD.

Writers, mystics and analysts have all spoken about the process of aging, and how entry into this later stage of life offers the promise to finally live the life we are meant to have. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Conforti, Jungian Analyst and author, will speak about the personal, spiritual and archetypal issues involved in the aging process. He will explain how to recognize those patterns which keep us from this opportunity to those behaviors, fantasies and desires which bring us to that threshold, allowing us to see and touch this other and perhaps most authentic way of living.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Education Event: Bill Hobbs

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Bill Hobbs, a nature writer for the New London Day. Mr. Hobbs will share personal photographs and new scientific discoveries about animals like the black-capped chickadee, who, scientists now know, play a key role in alerting other animals about nearby predators, by sending warning calls that travel 100 mph through the forest and are understood by more than 50 different woodland creatures. Maggie Jones, with the Dennison Pequotsepos Nature Center will be joining Mr. Hobbs and bringing several live birds of prey for viewing.

Attendees will also enjoy learning about the unique life histories of minks, flying squirrels, harbor seals, herring gulls, ospreys, ruby-throated hummingbirds and many more birds and beasts that frequent our coasts, presented in a lively, educational and entertaining way.

Mr. Hobbs grew up in Weston, CT. and the Borough of Stonington, and has recently returned to Stonington to retire, after a 30-year career as a hotelier. He is currently writing a book about Barn Island, the wildlife and the people, who in the 1940’s, successfully protected and shaped the wetlands into what it is today.

The cost to attend this event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, guests are encouraged to stay for dinner after the presentation.Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 ext. 103 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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Music Matters: Traditional & Modern Irish Music
Mar
16
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Traditional & Modern Irish Music

Shannon & Matt Heaton – Traditional & Modern Irish Music

Shannon Heatonvocals, wood flute, whistles

Matt Heatonvocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán

B'gorrah, it's the very day before St. Paddy's!

Shannon and Matt Heaton have a way with Irish music that melds the heart of the native tradition with a fine understanding of how this wrenchingly lovely music took root on our continent. Shannon, a singer with shamrock-perfect intonation and a wooden flutist of incomparable flair, is an absolute phenomenon, as you will hear. Matt deeply understands the Irish soul and finely woven fabric of the style — he's a gentle powerhouse. Our performance platform will assure excellent audibility and clear sight lines.

And, aye, we suspect that seats will go quickly….

Tickets $15

18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door

For advance tickets, please click here.All seats are unreserved – first come, first served!

Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Shannon & Matt Heaton

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Local Treasures Series: Mohegan Tribe~25 Years Since Federal Recognition
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Local Treasures Series: Mohegan Tribe~25 Years Since Federal Recognition

Join us for an evening with Mark Brown, the only member of the Mohegan Tribe who has served on its Tribal Council continuously since 1995, in conversation with community leader Bill Stanley (Yale-New Haven L+M Hospital). How has the Mohegan Tribe’s growth contributed to our local and state economy, as well as the Tribe’s health and welfare? What does it mean to be a sovereign nation? What was it like to see the casino go up and what were some of the challenges? How has our entire region benefited? How is the Tribe diversifying its interests beyond gaming? What’s next on the horizon?

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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More Music: Traditional Irish, Scottish, & American Folk Music with Executive Session
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

More Music: Traditional Irish, Scottish, & American Folk Music with Executive Session

Once again we are pleased to welcome back The Executive Session, an ensemble brought together by local flutist Michael "Skip" McKinley. Their music is a blend of Irish, Scottish, and American tradition and innovation. It is rare that this breadth of music is interpreted on an 1850’s granadilla wood flute. With added raw power and Northern Ireland swagger of Dan Foster’s fiddle and the sailing ballads from guitarist Greg Bacon, this concert will be one you will not forget. Come start the month of March with some remarkable Celtic music!

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

Seating is not reserved; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

Cost
$15

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Food, Farm, Community - The Evolution of Stone Acres Farm
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Food, Farm, Community - The Evolution of Stone Acres Farm

Fun, Food, & Fitness Series

Join farmer Andy Meek, Jane Meiser, Director of Stone Acres Farm, and Jen Rothman, Director of the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center to hear about the work they are doing to support regional small-scale agriculture and build community through food. The panel and workshop will explore principles of resilient agriculture, the history and future of local farms, and the way that culinary and farm-based education can ensure a better food future and lead to a healthier environment and local economy. Take part in a short cooking activity and tasting of farm-fresh vegetables.

Suggested donation $5

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Music Matters: Stephen Porter and Chopin the Exile
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Stephen Porter and Chopin the Exile

Music Matters: Stephen Porter & Chopin the Exile

Stephen Porter, 1886 Chickering Concert Grand

Piano prelude  Robert Schumann Chorale in G

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne No. 20 in c#, Op. posth.

Polonaise in c#, Op. 26, No. 1

Twelve Mazurkas – a chronological voyage

Nocturne in E, Op. 62, No. 2

Polonaise-Fantaisie in Ab, Op. 61

Pianist Stephen Porter returns for a performance in which he will weave Chopin’s personal story of exile with selections from the MazurkasPolonaisesNocturnes, and his final masterpiece, the Polonaise-Fantaisie.

Seats will go quickly!

Tickets $10. Age 18 and under admitted free

Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door. For advance tickets, please click here.

All seats are unreserved – first come, first served! Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Stephen Porter Piano

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Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Sarah Hanahan Jazz Duo
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Sarah Hanahan Jazz Duo

Sarah Hanahan (Jazz Saxophone)
Jeremy Galloway (Jazz Guitar)

Emerging artist Sarah Hanahan will bring her duo to La Grua where they will be playing a combination of American Songbook Standards as well as Sarah’s own original pieces. Sarah is on a full scholarship at the Hartt School of Music, studying jazz performance under master teachers and Jeremy is one of her classmates. Come join us for an evening of lively music! 

Tickets $15.

For advance ticket sales, click here. Please note seating is not reserved. First come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free. 

Cost
$15

Links:
Sarah Hanahan Music

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Eastern CT Chamber Business After Hours at La Grua
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

Eastern CT Chamber Business After Hours at La Grua

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Business After Hours

Wednesday, February 6 from 5:30-7:30

Join us for a fun networking event as we show off La Grua Center to our region’s business and nonprofit leaders. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks, and water will be served. Bring your business cards to enter the drawings for door prizes! Background music will be provided by Rod Luther playing our beautiful 1922 Mason & Hamlin grand piano, and art work from the Ningret Art Guild from Rhode Island will grace the walls.

This is a ticketed event with prices for both Chamber members ($15/$20) and non-members ($25/$30). For tickets, click here.

Co-hosted by Breakwater Restaurant, who will be providing hors d'oeuvres for the evening.

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