More Music Series: Epitome Jazz Band
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

More Music Series: Epitome Jazz Band

Led by Cedric Mayfield (U.S. Coast Guard Band), this newly formed ensemble reaches into a wide range of directions and genres, performing jazz from a variety of styles. In addition to their own originally composed music, Epitome plays everything from Bach to traditional jazz, Stevie Wonder to Coldplay, James Bond to Sesame Street, and everything in between—all with their own unique twist!

For advance ticket sales, click here.

*Please note that advance ticket sale seating is not reserved. First come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

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

Cost
$15

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Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

SHYC Education Event: Mark Borton: Solving the Riddle of the Tides

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Mark Borton who will discuss “Solving the Riddle of the Tides.” What causes tides was a mystery that stumped many of the greatest thinkers in human history. Borton’s talk will introduce the most interestingly imperfect characters and their ideas--from Socrates to Newton. 

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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Military Matters: Coast Guard Captain Wes Pulver on the Coast Guard Museum
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Military Matters: Coast Guard Captain Wes Pulver on the Coast Guard Museum

Wes Pulver will update us on the status of the National Coast Guard Museum project, including revised renderings, floor plans, and the proposed exhibits.  He will include local Coast Guard stories that highlight our region’s influence on the Coast Guard and our Maritime Nation. 

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Music Matters Series: Violin, Horn & Piano
Jan
26
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Violin, Horn & Piano

Music Matters: Brahms, Schumann & the Romantic Horn

Solomiya Ivakhivviolin 
William Purvisvalved horn
Mihae Lee1922 Mason & Hamlin

Horn trio prelude Schumann
   Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 4. Chorale

Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 73,
    transcr. for horn & piano

Prokofiev Violin sonata No. 1 in f, Op. 80

Brahms Horn trio in Eb, Op. 40

A to-die-for trio of superlative musicians will bring us one of the most satisfying programs we could wish for.

Between them, Schumann and Brahms defined the Romantic. No instrument proclaims this more powerfully than the French horn, especially in Brahms' beloved Horn Trio. By the same token, no "modern" spoke more persuasively of his time than did Prokofiev. His just-pre-war 1st violin sonata recounts an irresistibly gripping tale that's relevant now.

Our three – Ivakhiv, Purvis, Lee – will counter January's deep chill with a warmth that, we promise you, will stay with us all for a great while.

Tickets $15

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

For advance tickets, please click here.

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

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Merrill House Presents: Sigrid Nunez
Jan
12
5:00 PM17:00

Merrill House Presents: Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez reads from her work, with a reception and signing to follow. Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation CityThe Last of Her KindA Feather on the Breath of God, and For Rouenna, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag and The Friend. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, a Berlin Prize fellowship, and the National Book Award. She lives in New York City.

This event is presented by the James Merrill House. For questions about this event, please contact the James Merrill House via the link below.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
James Merrill House

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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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Stonington Historical Society: Herman Melville, with Mary Edwards
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Herman Melville, with Mary Edwards

UCONN Associate professor of English and former President of the Melville Society Mary K. Bercaw Edwards will discuss Herman Mellville: Sailor, Writer, and Metaphysician.  

Presented by the Stonington Historical Society and Mystic River Historical Society.

Open to the public. Suggested donation $5.

For more information, please contact the Stonington Historical Society.

Links:
Stonington Historical Society

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Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Mystic Middle School Chorus: Winter Concert

The Stonington Singers is an auditioned group consisting of students from grades 5-8 at Mystic Middle School. They are conducted by Ellen Effman-Gilbert, whose colleagues awarded her the 2017 American Choral Directors Association Director of the year for the state of Connecticut. This choir consistently scores at the Platinum level at Adjudication festivals throughout New England. Most recently they had the distinction of begin awarded first place out of 38 competing choral ensembles at Fantastic Festival. Members from this choir attended the ACDA Eastern Division Honors Choir, the Eastern Region Music festivals by audition, CT ACDA Honors choir and served at the Middle School Honors Choir at CMEA Conferences by invitation.

This group has commissioned and premiered works by Amy F. Bernon and presented the World Premier of NYC composer Jim Papoulis’ piece Yo Puedo at the 2015 CMEA Conference. They were also chosen to sing as the backup chorus for the 40th anniversary tour of FOREIGNER at Foxwoods in 2016. They collaborate with Eastern CT Chorus and Symphony in the CT premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. Their most recent project included a collaboration with Jeff Kleitz and members of the Yale Music Department whose piece Kyrie Eleison is being premiered by the group this evening. Last year, they released a CD and recorded the tracks at the LaGrua Center-their favorite place to sing!

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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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