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

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

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

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

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
10:30am10:30am

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Exhibit Opening: Stonington Portraits, A Seafaring Saga
Sep
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Exhibit Opening: Stonington Portraits, A Seafaring Saga

Stonington Portraits: A Seafaring Saga is a collection of portraits by artist Sabina Streeter, inspired by the lives and personae of the great maritime era. A continuation of her previous show Captains, Mates, and Widows, the collection features a poetic interpretation of Stonington’s iconic seafaring characters. 

Originally from Munich, Germany, Sabina Streeter holds family ties to Stonington and is currently based in Sag Harbor, NY. Her studio at 25 Madison Street is the original residence of the great Whaling Captain, David P. Vail (1828), master of the whaling ship The Sabina.

Exhibit opening reception Friday, September 15 from 5-7pm.  Exhibit will run through the end of October.

Main web scroll: 

Mary Brewster (1822 - 1878) charcoal/pastel, 27 x 20 inches

Cost
Suggested donaton $5

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Author Mick Dawson: Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat
Aug
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

Author Mick Dawson: Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat

Mick Dawson is in the U.S. to promote the launch of his new book, Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat. This story tells of how the former British Royal Marine Commando rowed across the Atlantic Ocean (twice) then went on to make two unsuccessful solo attempts on the North Pacific. Together with his friend and rowing partner Chris Martin, he became the first person to skipper a rowing boat across the North Pacific Ocean, almost 7000 miles from Japan to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He will be talking about the stories and adventures that led up to and were part of that incredible "World First."  Open to the public. Books will be available for purchase after the event.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Author Talk with N. West Moss
Aug
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

Author Talk with N. West Moss

Award-winning author, N. West Moss will be reading from her new short story collection, The Subway Stops at Bryant Park. All of the short stories in this collection are connected to Bryant Park, a tiny oasis in Midtown Manhattan that lies just behind the New York Public Library and its famous lions, Patience and Fortitude. Moss' work has appeared in The New York Times, The Saturday Evening Post, Salon, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. After the reading, the author will be interviewed and will take questions from the audience. Open to the public

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Memoir Writing Workshop with Author West Moss
Aug
26
3:30pm 3:30pm

Memoir Writing Workshop with Author West Moss

Author N. West Moss will lead a 1-hour memoir writing workshop. Her creative nonfiction has won a gold medal from the Faulkner-Wisdom awards, and has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Brevity and elsewhere. In this workshop she will teach how the tenets of good fiction writing (such as conflict and character development) are also essential to memoir writing.  Please bring your own favorite writing implements or a laptop computer!  Space is limited to 20 participants.  To register, click here.

Cost
$15

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Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Open House
Aug
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Open House

Friday, August 18th from 5:30-7:00pm, Stonington Harbor Yacht Club invites all individuals with an interest in spending time on the water and socializing with great people in our community to join us for an Open House and learn more about membership within the club. We had a spectacular summer at SHYC and, as a year-round club, we are looking forward to continuing the fun throughout the Fall and Winter. The weather maybe cooling down, but our Frostbite Racing series continues through November and our land based activities are heating up- our popular game, opera, movie and artist nights are already in full swing. Our Dining Room remains open with weekly specials and Sunday Brunch. An Off-Season Social Membership category is available for those who want to use the club from October 1st-April 30th. Join us to see our beautiful club and learn about all the benefits of Full Season and Off Season Social memberships while listening to live music from 5:30-8:30. For more information or to register contact Katie Canning, Membership Manager at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, 860-535-0112 ext. 7 or email kcanning@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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Military Matters: Supporting Defense Industries & Those Who Serve
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Military Matters: Supporting Defense Industries & Those Who Serve

As part of our Military Matters Series, we are pleased to present a talk with Office of Military Affairs Executive Director, Bob Ross, who will give an overview of Connecticut’s partnerships, programs and investments to support the state’s defense industries, prepare for the next round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), and enhance quality of life for service members and their families. Q&A to follow.

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Stonington Free Library: John Fullerton on the Environment
Aug
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Stonington Free Library: John Fullerton on the Environment

John Fullerton’s successful investment career includes 18 years as a senior officer in JP Morgan’s Global Capital Markets Division. Since 2011, John has become a world recognized leader in ‘Impact Investing’. This uses capital productively to create a regenerative environment ensuring a better future for our planet and its people. He founded ‘The Capital Institute’ in Greenwich CT, and is a co-founder of Grasslands LLC, a holistic ranch management company. His articles and media appearances include: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Wall St Journal, NY times, Frontline, and the Free Forum.

John will describe the next evolution of sustainable capitalism and how his vision will inspire the use of the Stonington property, adjacent to Juan O’Callahan’s ‘Salt Acres’, which he and his wife Susan recently purchased.

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