Military Matters: 150th Naval Base Anniversary with Capt. Paul Whitescarver
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Military Matters: 150th Naval Base Anniversary with Capt. Paul Whitescarver

In honor of the 150th anniversary of our Naval base this month, we are pleased to present Capt. Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base New London. He will discuss a little of the base’s history as well as highlight the base’s role and mission today. Q&A and wine reception to follow.

 

 

 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Good Stories Well Told: Letter to My Father with Author G. Thomas Couser
Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

Good Stories Well Told: Letter to My Father with Author G. Thomas Couser

Having wounded his father with a hurtful letter when he was twenty-three, Tom Couser felt somewhat responsible for his later mental collapse. When his father died, Tom found personal documents that revealed facets of his father’s life of which he had known nothing. Too traumatized to grieve properly, much less to probe his father’s complicated history, Tom boxed the documents and stored them—for over thirty years. When he finally explored his father’s rich legacy, he achieved a belated reconciliation with a man he had not really known. Letter to My Father is the heartfelt story of how these events unfolded.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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The Environmental Activism of Beatrix Potter
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Environmental Activism of Beatrix Potter

While English author Beatrix Potter went on to fame and fortune as a children’s book writer and creator of Peter Rabbit, her true passion was preserving the landscape that provided inspiration for her stories: the hills and farms of western England’s stunning and dramatic Lake District. Tom Verde will discuss how Potter, an active conservationist, practically single-handedly saved the Lake District from development and deforestation, using the proceeds of her books to fund her efforts.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Series: Tracy-Murphy Duo
May
12
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Tracy-Murphy Duo

Becky Tracyfiddle

Keith Murphypiano, guitar, mandolin, foot percussion, voice

Fiddle & Song from the North

French & English ballads, with fiddling from the Celtic tradition

Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy have a dynamic, deeply insightful way with the traditional music of Newfoundland, Québec, Ireland, France, and New England. They explore the ancient threads that bind these soulful regional and national styles into potent skeins shared among all Western music, revealing them to listeners in all their heart-stopping beauty. The duo are treasured voices in America's vibrant folk scene. Gifted players and singers who stoke the power and sheer energy of quick-tempo pieces to a fine heat, they also imbue the slow tunes with stillness, quiet resonance, and moving serenity. Keith's deft foot percussion underpins his multi-instrument soundscape, all the while intertwining with Beck's elegant fiddle filigree. Their deep feeling for what they do will make this a truly memorable afternoon.

Who'd want to miss this?!

Tickets $10. 18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door.

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Black Isle Music

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Stars Over Stonington - COMO Annual Gala
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Stars Over Stonington - COMO Annual Gala

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.
Stonington Harbor Yacht Club

Stars over Stonington is an evening of celebration and community support. 
 
The gala recognizes the many individuals-donors, members and community partners- who support the COMO mission, as well as providing critical funding for facility upgrades, organizational needs, and program scholarships. Past events have funded energy-efficient windows, a new van for transportation of youth, a literacy loft for preschoolers and more. Be part of this year's event! Consider being an event sponsor, placing a program advertisement and, of course, attending this special evening

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66th Annual Stonington Village Fair
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

66th Annual Stonington Village Fair

66TH ANNUAL STONINGTON VILLAGE FAIR

August 4, 2018 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wadawanuck Square, Stonington Borough

About the Event: 

The Stonington Village Fair is a regional time-honored tradition drawing thousands annually. The first Village Fair was held on August 14th, 1952 to commemorate the 1814 Battle of Stonington. With the assistance of more than 100 volunteers, this popular community event brings together local and tourist alike, for a fun-filled day of games, music, food and crafts.

What Will You Find at Village Fair?

  • Delicious food

  • Games & prizes

  • Bounce house, local artisans

  • Treasures & Trifles

  • Book sale featuring deals and rarities

  • Sweet bread sale

  • and more!  

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SHYC Education Event: Bob Kostyla- Marion to Bermuda Race
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

SHYC Education Event: Bob Kostyla- Marion to Bermuda Race

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Bob Kostyla. Kostyla is a member of the Marion Bermuda Race organizing committee. From 1999 through the 2017 race, he has crewed and skippered in eight Marion Bermuda races and has also done four return sails. He is a sailor and boat owner of 40 years and a longtime member of the Beverly Yacht Club and resident of Marion, MA.

Since the first Marion Bermuda Race in 1977, it has focused on cruising sailors who want to experience the challenge and enjoyment of an offshore race. While boats, methods of navigation, safety requirements and sail technology have changed, the Marion Bermuda Race still stays focused on the cruising sailor. For more information on the history of the Race visit www.marionbermuda.com. The Marion Bermuda Race Committee holds a series of offshore race preparation seminars at yacht clubs from New York to Maine each year. These seminars are approximately 60 minutes in length and present a great overview of what is required to participate in the Marion Bermuda Race. Even if you’re not considering participating in the race in 2019, the seminar still gives you lots of good information and suggestions on creating a well-founded ocean cruising boat

This event is free and open to the public, 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

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On Assignment with National Geographic
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

On Assignment with National Geographic

From Stonington Garden Club: Michael Melford, globetrotter and National Geographic photographer will speak at La Grua Center, 32 Water ST, Stonington, CT on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 PM. His talk "On Assignment with National Geographic" will feature the images and stories behind the makings of magazine articles.

Melford's assignments have focused on conservation, preservation and celebrating the beauty of wilderness and national parks around the world. He has produced more than eighteen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler, including nine covers. He has also been featured in many books and produced three on Alaska for National Geographic.

From Chile to Cambodia, Tanzania to Tibet … Melford's 35-year career has captured many of the natural and manmade wonders of the world. When not shooting for the magazine, he enjoys sharing both his love of nature and extensive knowledge of photography as he inspires people to care about our planet.

Photography and conservation buffs will have an opportunity to see rare images and hear from a leading expert on National Geographic photojournalism. The lecture, hosted by the Stonington Garden Club, is free and open to the public. The Stonington Garden Club's objective is to educate and encourage interest in the environment, conservation, community projects, and to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening.

Photo courtesy of the Stonington Garden Club

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Sunday Evening Lecture – Ellen Litman – Becoming American
Apr
15
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Evening Lecture – Ellen Litman – Becoming American

Author Ellen Litman will speak at the Library.

Ellen Litman grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she lived until 1992. After her family immigrated to the United States, she studied Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation spent the next six years working as a software developer in Baltimore and Boston. She took her first writing class in the fall of in 1998. Three years later, she left Information Technology and went off to Syracuse to study writing. Since then, she’s been writing and teaching.

Ellen’s fiction won first prize in the Atlantic Monthly 2003 Fiction Contest, and she’s been awarded 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, as well as fiction fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Her stories have appeared in Best New American Voices 2007, Best of Tin House, American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, Dossier, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Connecticut.

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Sunday Evening Lecture – Merrill House Poet, Suzanne Rivecca
Apr
8
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Evening Lecture – Merrill House Poet, Suzanne Rivecca

Suzanne Rivecca's first collection of stories, Death Is Not an Option (W.W. Norton 2010), won the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short fiction has received two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2013. She has been a National Endowment for the Arts fellow as well as a Stegner fellow at Stanford University and Creative Arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her current writing draws on her experience working in San Francisco's homeless-services sector. 

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Music Matters Series: Duo Fortin-Poirier~Memoires
Apr
7
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Duo Fortin-Poirier~Memoires

DUO FORTIN-POIRIER

Amélie Fortin & Marie-Christine Poirier, piano four-hands

MÉMOIRES

Grieg, Barber, Piazzolla, Marcoux, Rachmaninoff, Bolcom

For their long-awaited return to La Grua Center, Duo Fortin-Poirier bring us rewarding music indeed. This program entwines threads of poignant nostalgia with the evocative chamber soundscape only piano four-hands — or two pianos – can create. Haunting sweetness, touching partings, mankind vs. fragile nature, and the wondrous emotional wealth of traditional dance forms – it's all there. Our two belles Québecoises understand how to wring the very finest from these touching scores. Join us!

We'll project an overhead view of the keyboard live on our three screens.

Tickets $10. 18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door.

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Links:
Duo Fortin Poirier

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Confidential Paper Shred
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Confidential Paper Shred

  • 86 Alpha Avenue Stonington, CT, 06378 United States (map)
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Bring your household hazardous waste & papers that need to be shredded. For information on acceptable items please visit our website www.scrrra.org.There is NO CHARGE for this event. Any household from our participating communities can go to ANY of our 9 HHW events. Participating communities are: Bozrah, Colchester, East Haddam, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sterling, Stonington, Sprague, Voluntown & Waterford.

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The Rise of White Nationalism in America, with Author Vegas Tenold
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

The Rise of White Nationalism in America, with Author Vegas Tenold

La Grua Center and Bank Square Books present an evening with award-winning journalist Vegas Tenold to discuss his book Everything You Love WIll Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America. Vegas has covered the far right in America for years, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, his work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, andAl Jazeera America. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Bank Square Books.

 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Mar
22
1:00 PM13:00

Sunday Evening Lecture – David Leeming – “Medusa: A Biography”

Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, David Leeming is the author of over 20 books on world mythology and three biographies, including the internationally recognized James Baldwin. He will speak on “Medusa: A Biography.”

Writing a biography presents challenges whether the subject is living or deceased. Writing a biography about one of the most enduring and terrifying mythical figures of history is downright foolhardy. Nevertheless, Leeming defies Medusa’s gaze. He traces her origins in global cultures more disparate and ancient than the classical Greek. He follows her path from a dangerous female monster to the noble victim of a patriarchal society to a contemporary power player in the fashion house of Versace.

Finally, he confronts the questions of who Medusa is and what the Medusa myth as a cultural dream says about us.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Music Matters Concert with Elena Zamolodchikova & Natalie Kress
Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert with Elena Zamolodchikova & Natalie Kress

DUO SEICENTO

Natalie Kress

Baroque violin by Joseph Thiriot (1760)

Elena Zamolodchikova

double harpsichord by Zuckermann

Passionate 17th-century duos & solos for Violin & Cembalo

March is New England's notice that Spring and pleasant weather will indeed return. What could be more appropriate to our seasonal renewal than to delve into the fresh, burgeoning richness of the 17th-century Baroque? Italian, German, French, and English music of the time are impassioned, teasingly sensuous, and possessed of wonderful drama.

Gifted Baroque violinist Natalie Kress and Stonington's brilliant harpsichordist Elena Zamolodchikova are bringing us an uninterrupted hour of sonatas, chaconnes, fantasies, and evocative period transcriptions. Seicento composers Biber, Castello, Schmelzer, Gibbons, Purcell, L. Couperin, and Lully painted every musical hue in existence in that astonishing era. This colorful, touching afternoon concert will transport all of us to seventeenth-century delight.

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

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Sunday Speaker Series
Mar
11
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Speaker Series

Please join us on Sunday, March 11, at 5 p.m., in the Stonington Free Library for the season opener of the Sunday Speaker Series.  Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, David Leeming is the author of over 20 books on world mythology and three biographies, including the internationally recognized James Baldwin.  He will speak on "Medusa: A Biography."

Writing a biography presents challenges whether the subject is living or deceased.  Writing a biography about one of the most enduring and terrifying mythical figures of history is downright foolhardy.  Nevertheless, Leeming defies Medusa's gaze.  He traces her origins in global cultures more disparate and ancient than the classical Greek.  He follows her path from a dangerous female monster to the noble victim of a patriarchal society to a contemporary power player in the fashion house of Versace.

Finally, he confronts the questions of who Medusa is and what the Medusa myth as a cultural dream says about us.

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Safe Boating Certification Class
Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Safe Boating Certification Class

This 8-hour course satisfies the CT DEEP classroom requirement for students to receive their Safe Boating Certificate and/or their Certificate of Personal Watercraft. Although entirely classroom based, the participants will get a chance to handle and work with all required boating safety equipment. Our USCG captains have thousands of hours of experience on the water and make this content packed course interesting and applicable to the real boating world. Registration required by March 7. Register for Safe Boating Certification

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Irish Poet Paul Muldoon
Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

Irish Poet Paul Muldoon

Acclaimed Irish poet and Princeton professor Paul Muldoon will read selections from his poetry and be interviewed about his work. Paul is widely acclaimed as one of the most original and influential poets of the past 50 years, having received the Pulitzer Prize and having served as the poetry editor for The New Yorker. Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear his poetry, from the poet himself! Wine reception to follow. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Click here for advance ticket sales. Cash or check accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

Cost
$15

Links:
Paul Muldoon

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Sip & Spin: Pottery Social at the COMO
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Sip & Spin: Pottery Social at the COMO

Sip and Spin

Come join us for a fun night out at the COMO Pottery Studio! Bring your favorite wine or brew and sip through a professional wheel throwing demo. Small snacks will also be provided.  Then be instructed how to throw your own creation on the pottery wheel.  Clay and firing for one piece is included.  Creations will be fired and glazed by instructor and can be picked up two weeks later. Materials fee included. 

Dates & Times: February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Member Price: $25 per session

Non-member Price: $35 per session

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Exhibit Opening: Sweeney's Flight~The Photographs of Rachel (Giese) Brown
Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Sweeney's Flight~The Photographs of Rachel (Giese) Brown

Inspired by Seamus Heaney's poems, and notably by his version of the medieval saga Buile Suibhne, the American photographer, Rachel Brown (formerly Rachel Giese) has produced a stunning portfolio of pictures of the northern Irish landscape, covering the boundaries of Mad Sweeney's original kingdom of Dal-Arie. She has resourcefully followed the clues to topography and the natural world in Sweeney's wanderings... Come celebrate the spirit of Ireland with this breathtaking exhibit! 

Opening reception Friday, March 2 from 5-7pm. Exhibit will be up for the month of March only.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Rachel Brown Website

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Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Presentation Steven White, President of Mystic Seaport: The Vikings Begin at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Stephen White, President of the Mystic Seaport Museum. Mr. White will discuss the upcoming exhibit; The Vikings Begin. One of the world’s finest early Viking-age collections is coming to Mystic Seaport. Priceless treasures, including helmets, shields, weapons, glass, and other artifacts are safeguarded at the Gustavianum Museum of Uppsala University in Sweden, Scandinavia’s oldest university. These collections, dating as early as the seventh century, are now the focus of a major research initiative designed to significantly advance our understanding of how the Norse culture evolved. Thematic sections on Viking warfare, trade, the Baltic Sea, a ship burial, Norse gods, and relations to other cultures will employ rare archaeological finds in the discovery of how this maritime society lived more than a millennium ago. This exhibition represents the first instance most of these artifacts will have ever left Sweden.  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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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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Music Matters Concert: Axelrod-Martin Duo
Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert: Axelrod-Martin Duo

Eric Martin and Karen Axelrod are a highly respected acoustic duo who bring the vibrancy of traditional dance music and song to the concert stage. Their musical journey sweeps us through the British Isles, France, Germany, Argentina, Québec, Appalachia – even exotic New England! They play English country and contra dance gigs at camps and festivals all over North America and overseas. Colleagues describe their presence as powerful, whimsical, and always heartfelt. Can you think of a better antidote against February? Join us!

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

Cost
Tickets $10

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Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Glenn Kendzia
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Glenn Kendzia

Glenn Kendzia, songwriter of the New England alternative band Wild Sun, will be performing a selection of his songs in a stripped down acoustic setting. Known for his honest, cut-to-the-point lyrics and familiar songwriting, Glenn will be playing songs from the band’s debut album Little Truths as well as their forthcoming follow-up, Closed Door Talks

Tickets $10. Click here for advance ticket sales.

Cash or check accepted at the door. 

Cost
$15

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