Exhibit Opening: A New England Perspective ~ Ninigret Art Guild
Jan
11
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: A New England Perspective ~ Ninigret Art Guild

For the months of January and February, La Grua Center is pleased to welcome back the artists of the Ninigret Art Guild. This exhibit will feature a beautiful array of landscapes in various artistic styles and media. Opening reception will be Friday, January 11th from 5-7pm. Exhibit will run through the end of February.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Kids Holiday Art Workshop
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Holiday Art Workshop

For the fifth 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. 

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 Series: Portuguese Fado with Sonia Bettencourt
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Portuguese Fado with Sonia Bettencourt

SONIA BETTENCOURT, fadista

Guitarras do Atlantico

   Manuel Leite, guitarra portuguesa 
   Viriato Ferreira, viola de fado 
   Michael Haffenen, viola baixo

Fado is the folk music of Portuguese urban cafés and the ancient ports. It's a haunting, propulsive, wistful amalgam of Portuguese, Iberian, North African Arab and black, Moorish, Roma, and Atlantic islands roots. This is more than just the music of the Portuguese soul – it has won over the entire world. Fadista Sonia Bettencourt is a compelling, distinctive a voice for this music, as are the three first-rate instrumentalists of Guitarras do Atlantico. A fado afternoon like this is a must!

Once again, we're delighted to collaborate with Stonington's Portuguese Holy Ghost Society to bring you the sensuous, seriously addictive sound of fado.

Tickets $15

18 and under admitted free.

For advance ticket sales, click here.
Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door.

No reserve seats; seating is first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

After the concert’s wine reception at La Grua, enjoy special price acepipes (Portuguese tapas) at the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society at 26 Main Street, Stonington Borough - just a short walk away. (Fish tacos, chourico, kale soup & more!) 

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Deck the Walls: 2018 Festival of Wreaths, Plants, and Gifts
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Deck the Walls: 2018 Festival of Wreaths, Plants, and Gifts

Event: Deck the Walls: 2018 Festival of Wreaths, Plants, and Gifts

Dates: December 6, 7, & 8th at Capt. N.B. Palmer House Museum, 40 Palmer Street Stonington, CT

Preview Party: Thursday, December 6th, 6-8 pm, Tickets $20 at door or online

Festival: 10-4 pm, Friday & Saturday December 7th & 8th

Free Admission, Guided Tours of Palmer House on the Hour

As they have done for the past 12 years, members of the Stonington Garden Club and the Stonington Historical Society are partnering to offer the public beautifully decorated designer wreaths, potted paperwhites, flowering amaryllis, table top décor made from boxwood, and a wonderful assortment of holiday gifts.  All proceeds from the Festival are donated by both organizations to support the maintenance of the grounds and gardens at the Lighthouse Museum on Stonington Point and the Nathaniel Palmer House Museum in Stonington, CT. Contributions from previous Deck the Walls festivals have allowed the Historical Society to offer public access, free of charge, to the beautiful vistas overlooking Little Naragansett Bay and Stonington Harbor, and maintain the lovely seaside garden behind the lighthouse museum.  At the Capt. N.B. Palmer House the fundraiser’s proceeds preserve the outer grounds including a charming woodland walking path bordering Quanaduck Cove which is open to the public.

This year’s festival, chaired by Lori Dyer and Kirby Williams, will feature a Giving Tent, offering an opportunity to purchase a wreath to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. On Tuesday, December 4th the Historical Society will hold a Boxwood Tree Workshop, training volunteers to make beautifully decorated table top boxwood decorations to be sold at the festival.  A wreathmaking workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th training volunteers to design and assemble balsam wreaths that will be sold at the festival along with a range of wreaths donated by local vendors and designers to support the fundraiser.

The Deck the Walls weekend ‘kicks off’ with a festive Preview Party on Thursday  December 6th from 6-8 p.m.  Delicious treats and libations will be served with as guests enjoy the Silent Wreath Auction and a live performance by an acoustic guitarist.   Preview Party tickets are $20 at the door or online at www.stoningtonhistory.org.

More information about the event is available by contacting:

Liz Wood, Executive Director, Stonington Historical Society

ewood@stoningtonhistory.org / 860-535-8445, ext. 10


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A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Co.
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Co.

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. For advance ticket sales, click here.

Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door.

No reserved seating; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hr before event start.

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Annual Stonington Village Stroll
Dec
7
5:30 PM17:30

Annual Stonington Village Stroll

Every year, the Stonington Village Improvement Association (with help from Stonington Free Library) decorates a tree in Wadawanuck Square and lights it at a ceremony that includes carols and mulled cider. The Holiday Stroll follows where merchants keep their shops open late and serve hors d'oeuvres, eggnog and more. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride!

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Deck the Walls: 2018 Festival of Wreaths, Plants, and Gifts
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

Deck the Walls: 2018 Festival of Wreaths, Plants, and Gifts

Event: Deck the Walls: 2018 Festival of Wreaths, Plants, and Gifts

Dates: December 6, 7, & 8th at Capt. N.B. Palmer House Museum, 40 Palmer Street Stonington, CT

Preview Party: Thursday, December 6th, 6-8 pm, Tickets $20 at door or online

Festival: 10-4 pm, Friday & Saturday December 7th & 8th

Free Admission, Guided Tours of Palmer House on the Hour

As they have done for the past 12 years, members of the Stonington Garden Club and the Stonington Historical Society are partnering to offer the public beautifully decorated designer wreaths, potted paperwhites, flowering amaryllis, table top décor made from boxwood, and a wonderful assortment of holiday gifts.  All proceeds from the Festival are donated by both organizations to support the maintenance of the grounds and gardens at the Lighthouse Museum on Stonington Point and the Nathaniel Palmer House Museum in Stonington, CT. Contributions from previous Deck the Walls festivals have allowed the Historical Society to offer public access, free of charge, to the beautiful vistas overlooking Little Naragansett Bay and Stonington Harbor, and maintain the lovely seaside garden behind the lighthouse museum.  At the Capt. N.B. Palmer House the fundraiser’s proceeds preserve the outer grounds including a charming woodland walking path bordering Quanaduck Cove which is open to the public.

This year’s festival, chaired by Lori Dyer and Kirby Williams, will feature a Giving Tent, offering an opportunity to purchase a wreath to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. On Tuesday, December 4th the Historical Society will hold a Boxwood Tree Workshop, training volunteers to make beautifully decorated table top boxwood decorations to be sold at the festival.  A wreathmaking workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th training volunteers to design and assemble balsam wreaths that will be sold at the festival along with a range of wreaths donated by local vendors and designers to support the fundraiser.

The Deck the Walls weekend ‘kicks off’ with a festive Preview Party on Thursday  December 6th from 6-8 p.m.  Delicious treats and libations will be served with as guests enjoy the Silent Wreath Auction and a live performance by an acoustic guitarist.   Preview Party tickets are $20 at the door or online at www.stoningtonhistory.org.

More information about the event is available by contacting:

Liz Wood, Executive Director, Stonington Historical Society

ewood@stoningtonhistory.org / 860-535-8445, ext. 10


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Deck The Walls - Preview Party
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Deck The Walls - Preview Party

As they have done for the past 12 years, members of the Stonington Garden Club and the Stonington Historical Society are partnering to offer the public beautifully decorated designer wreaths, potted paperwhites, flowering amaryllis, table top décor made from boxwood, and a wonderful assortment of holiday gifts.  All proceeds from the Festival are donated by both organizations to support the maintenance of the grounds and gardens at the Lighthouse Museum on Stonington Point and the Nathaniel Palmer House Museum in Stonington, CT. Contributions from previous Deck the Walls festivals have allowed the Historical Society to offer public access, free of charge, to the beautiful vistas overlooking Little Naragansett Bay and Stonington Harbor, and maintain the lovely seaside garden behind the lighthouse museum.  At the Capt. N.B. Palmer House the fundraiser’s proceeds preserve the outer grounds including a charming woodland walking path bordering Quanaduck Cove which is open to the public.

This year’s festival, chaired by Lori Dyer and Kirby Williams, will feature a Giving Tent, offering an opportunity to purchase a wreath to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. On Tuesday, December 4th the Historical Society will hold a Boxwood Tree Workshop, training volunteers to make beautifully decorated table top boxwood decorations to be sold at the festival.  A wreathmaking workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th training volunteers to design and assemble balsam wreaths that will be sold at the festival along with a range of wreaths donated by local vendors and designers to support the fundraiser.

The Deck the Walls weekend ‘kicks off’ with a festive Preview Party on Thursday  December 6th from 6-8 p.m.  Delicious treats and libations will be served with as guests enjoy the Silent Wreath Auction and a live performance by an acoustic guitarist.   Preview Party tickets are $20 at the door or online at www.stoningtonhistory.org.

More information about the event is available by contacting:

Liz Wood, Executive Director, Stonington Historical Society

ewood@stoningtonhistory.org / 860-535-8445, ext. 10


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Soul Dog, with Author Elena Mannes
Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

Soul Dog, with Author Elena Mannes

Elena Mannes, author of the new book Soul Dog, tells the remarkable story of how her extraordinary soul dog, Brio, transformed her life.

Looking for companionship after a near-fatal car crash, Mannes, an award-winning television journalist and producer, decided to get her first dog. But what she found with Brio shook the foundations of her physical and spiritual worlds, sending her on a quest to discover the nature of his spiritual origins and to contemplate and seek out the possibility of interspecies communication—even after death.

Soon after bringing her puppy home, Mannes realized that the master-companion relationship would not be possible with Brio, who quickly showed that he had a mind—and spirit—of his own. A healer Mannes visited immediately focused on Brio, exclaiming that he was an old soul. Mannes's growing curiosity about the intelligence, emotions, and consciousness of Brio and other dogs led her to contact animal communicators, collecting amazingly accurate reports of Brio's life, behavior and surroundings. 

Spanning the entire life and afterlife of Brio, Soul Dog also explores Mannes' investigations into the spiritual life of animals, offering a new understanding of the unbreakable bond between humans and animals.  Mannes invites readers to move beyond the owner-pet relationship and shows us how to see animals as thinking, feeling spiritual beings whose connections with us extend far beyond life an death.

Suggested donation $5.

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10th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Sale
Nov
17
9:30 AM09:30

10th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Sale

Join us for our 10th annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show. Items will be available for purchase. Bring a friend and get a start on your holiday shopping!

Madeline Beaudry * Wearable Fiber Art & Handmade Dolls

Joanne Craddoc * African Ceramics

Deborah Dear * Pottery

Ned & Sharyn Farrell * The Bee Happy Company

Linda Files * American Girl Doll Clothing

Roberta MacGregor * Clay

Linda Peduzzi * Fine Art

Carol Schmedinghoff * Hand Carved Birds in Nature

Amy Schultz-Buxton * Sculpture Sea Creatures

Claudine Smith * Ceramics

Kathy Smith * Soaps & Bath

Helga Sutt * Fiber Artist

Alexis Tavares *  Love Spiral  Original Abstract Drawings, Coloring Books, Tees & Unique Candles

Linda Theadore * Jewelry Designer, Event Coordinator

Sharon White * Reverse Painting on Glass

Jane Whyte * Fleece Scarves, Mittens & Woolen Throws

Open to the public and free of charge.

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Exhibit Opening: Women Photographers of Connecticut
Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Women Photographers of Connecticut

Women Photographers of Connecticut was envisioned by Geneva Renegar in 2015 as a creative endeavor to collectively bring together all the talented female photographers of our Nutmeg State.  It has been a vision fulfilled as the group now comprises well over 762 women (and growing) who are located through-out all parts of the beautiful State of Connecticut.

Opening reception will be Friday, November 9th from 5-7pm. This exhibit will run through the end of December. Please call for hours.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Series: Cembalo Solo Performance with Dylan Sauerwald
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Cembalo Solo Performance with Dylan Sauerwald

Acclaimed Boston harpsichordist Dylan Sauerwald has a rare and intriguing program up his sleeve. Imagine late-17th-century music that highlights the powerful clash of French and Italian influence in the great palaces of Vienna at a dynamic moment in history. Imagine, too, a colorful, robust Italian harpsichord to perfectly paint this elegant cultural brawl in sweeping, brilliant hues. Two gifted Viennese composers epitomized these national styles: Johann Kaspar Kerll, a student of Frescobaldi, and Georg Muffat, who returned from Paris bursting with inspiration by Jean-Baptiste Lully.

Tame stuff, you say? No way! Please join us, and do let friends know.

Tickets $10

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

No reserved seating; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hr before event start.

Cost
$10

Links:
Dylan Sauerwald

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Sip and Spin at The Como
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Sip and Spin at The Como

Come join us for a fun night out at the COMO Pottery Studio! We will be hosting Sip & Spin social on both the first AND third Friday of every month. 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 or by handbuilding. Clay and firing for one piece is included. Creations will be fired and glazed by instructor and can be picked up two weeks later. Taught by Victoria Schmidlapp. Ages 21+.  First & third Friday of each month. 

Dates & Times: Nov. 2, 16, Dec. 7 | 6-8 p.m.

Member Price: $35 per session

Non-member Price: $45 per session

Makeup dates: 11/9, 11/23, 12/14

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Monthly Maker Mondays at The Como
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Maker Mondays at The Como

These engaging monthly workshops in the COMO's own MakerSpace are designed for a parent/guardian and child team. You and your child will be introduced to the COMO's makers' equipment and will be encouraged to tinker and create while for the duration of the workshop. 

Last Monday of the month from 6-8 p.m.

Sept. 24 - Join us for the first of many Maker Monday Nights from 6-8 p.m. to laser cut and assemble your very own personal catapult! Test your catapult with different elastic bands and angles of launch. Test the distance and calculate trajectory!

Oct. 29 - Advanced Jack-O-Lantern carving
Nov. 26 - Family Lego Bridge Building Competition
Dec. 17 - Project TBA

Members - FREE for one parent/guardian and one child (there is a $10 fee per additional child) w. materials fee
Non-member - $35 (there is a $10 fee per additional child) w. materials fee
Materials Fee - $15

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Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life, with Author Sam Harrington
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life, with Author Sam Harrington

Most elderly people say they would like to die quietly at home. But overly aggressive medical advice, coupled with an unrealistic sense of invincibility or overconfidence in our health-care system, results in the majority of elderly patients misguidedly dying in institutions. 

At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life outlines specific active and passive steps that older patients and their health-care proxies can take to ensure loved ones live their last days more comfortably at home and/or in hospice when further aggressive care is inappropriate.

Through Dr. Samuel Harrington's own experience with the aging and deaths of his parents and of working with patients, he describes the terminal patterns of the six most common chronic diseases; how to recognize a terminal diagnosis even when the doctor is not clear about it; how to have the hard conversation about end-of-life wishes; how to minimize painful treatments; when to seek hospice care; and how to deal with dementia and other special issues.

Informed by more than thirty years of clinical practice, Dr. Harrington came to understand that the American health-care system wasn't designed to treat the aging population with care and compassion. His work as a hospice trustee and later as a hospital trustee drove his passion for helping patients make appropriate end-of-life decisions.

If you have read Being Mortal and still have questions about end-of-life decision making, At Peace will help you.

Book sale and signing to follow.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Samuel Harrington

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Music Matters Series: The Heart of the Romantic, with Matthew Odell
Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: The Heart of the Romantic, with Matthew Odell

Robert Schumann Album für die Jugend, Op. 68
                        4. Chorale
Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Edvard Grieg Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43
Schumann Humoreske in Bb, Op. 20

This is ideal music to bring the Romantic soul to vivid, touching life. Pianist Matthew Odell, making his first return appearance in Stonington, has a lyrical, compelling way with this repertoire that beautifully evokes its great appeal.

In its final La Grua Center appearance of the year, the 1886 Chickering concert grand will once more place its appealing, authentic 19th-century voice in the hands of a masterful performer. Our Victorian-era guest is exactly contemporary with the exquisite Grieg set.

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

General admission seating is first come, first served. Seating is not reserved; please plan to arrive early. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

For advance ticket sales, clickhere.

Cost
$10

Links:
Matthew Odell

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WRAP Arts After Hours at La Grua
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

WRAP Arts After Hours at La Grua

A Partnership Event with Westerly Regional Arts Partnership (WRAP) and La Grua Center

Join us for the next in WRAP's Arts After Hours spotlight, featuring La Grua Center. At this free event, artists and other community members are encouraged to network with each other and learn more about the venue and the arts and artists in our region while enjoying light appetizers and wine, as well as door prizes! WRAP, the Westerly Regional Arts Partnership, advocates for the arts and promotes the region as an arts destination.

About WRAP's Arts After Hours

WRAP's Arts After Hours series showcases arts venues throughout the community and allows artists a chance to connect with other artists and collaborate with local venues in a fun, relaxing environment. These events will be held six times a year in various locations throughout the greater Westerly-Pawcatuck community.

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