Music Matters Classical Guitar Concert: Duo Orfeo
Jul
8
5:00 pm17:00

Music Matters Classical Guitar Concert: Duo Orfeo

  • LA Grua Center

Music Matters presents 

DUO ORFEO

Joseph Ricker & Jamie Balmer

classical guitars

...and the way that they played

Guitar Music of Argentina and Brazil

Haunting dances, two suites,

tone poems & canciones by

Ginastera, Anido, Fleury,

Cardoso, Pernambuco, Semenzato,

Baden Powell de Aquino

& Gnattalli

Two Spanish guitars! Subtle, seductive warmth to evoke the sultry music of Brazil and Argentina. Duo Orfeo's third duo recital for us will fill the La Grua Center's spacious acoustics with incomparable charm and beauty. This music is sensuous, rich, possessed of bejeweled color and winding sinew. It is irresistible, perhaps addictive.

Won't you join us for this rare musical treat?

Cost
Suggested donation $10.

Links:
Duo Orfeo

Kids Summer Art Workshop at La Grua Center!
Jul
9
10:00 am10:00

Kids Summer Art Workshop at La Grua Center!

  • La Grua Center

Sundays, July 9th and July 23rd, from 10am to noon.

Kids Summer Art workshops at La Grua Center!  Children will be able to work with local artists and participate in their choice of various art activities, including painting, crafting, clay, and more!  All ages welcome.  

Please note, for younger children parental supervision is required; no drop offs.  

Suggested donation $5.

Storytelling and Policy-Making: A Lifelong Journey in Protecting Sharks and Our Seas
Jul
12
6:00 pm18:00

Storytelling and Policy-Making: A Lifelong Journey in Protecting Sharks and Our Seas

  • La Grua Center

Wendy Benchley is a renowned global voice for protecting sharks and safeguarding our seas. She will share her unique insights, perspective, and family archives from the past 40 years of traveling and diving— from the Jaws phenomenon, to the important changes and threats she has personally witnessed, to the smarter and stronger environmental and marine policies she has fought to enact with government officials, NGOs, and other civic leaders.  Q&A to follow.

Open to the public.

Tickets: $10.  Click here to purchase.

Exhibit Opening: Beyond The Range Of Sight
Jul
14
5:00 pm17:00

Exhibit Opening: Beyond The Range Of Sight

  • La Grua Center

The Art of Allison Gildersleeve & Sue McNally

Opening reception Friday, July 14th, from 5-7pm.  Exhibit will run through the end of August. Further details TBA.

Main web scroll image: Sue McNally, Prime Hook, DE / 2014 / Oil on canvas / 64 inches high by 66 inches wide.

Slide: Allison Gildersleeve Mayhem / 2017 / oil on canvas /  58 inches high by 88 inches wide, diptych.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Imagine Scholar Megan O'Neill on Education in Rural Africa
Jul
22
5:00 pm17:00

Imagine Scholar Megan O'Neill on Education in Rural Africa

  • La Grua Center

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

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

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Imagine Scholar

- See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/7/22/5/00/pm/374-imagine_scholar#sthash.XtGcLUQU.dpuf

Kids Summer Art Workshop at La Grua Center
Jul
23
10:00 am10:00

Kids Summer Art Workshop at La Grua Center

  • La Grua Center

Sundays, July 9th and July 23rd, from 10am to noon.

Kids Summer Art workshops at La Grua Center!  Children will be able to work with local artists and participate in their choice of various art activities, including painting, crafting, clay, and more!  All ages welcome.  

Please note, for younger children parental supervision is required; no drop offs.  

Suggested donation $5.

- See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/7/9/10/00/am/369-kids_art_2017#sthash.VUyzgY3l.dpuf

Stonington Village Fair
Aug
5
11:00 am11:00

Stonington Village Fair

  • Wadawanuck Square

Delicious Food ~  Lobster Rolls ~ Music ~  Games ~ Prizes

Bounce House ~ Local Artisans

Treasures & Trifles ~ Soup Garden Featuring Local Soups

Book Sale Including Rarities ~ Floral Arrangement Sale

Face Painting ~ Sweet Bread Sale ~ Pie Bake Off (enter today!)

Friday Flicks n' Floats
Aug
11
6:00 pm18:00

Friday Flicks n' Floats

  • La Grua Center

Thrill to the comedic antics of early film comedy stars, including Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd in an entertaining event of mirth and music for the entire family.  Jeff Barnhart returns to the La Grua Center with a treasure trove of stories and films from the early days of cinematic comedy.  Car chases, stunts, suspense and romance await you as Jeff weaves his musical magic from scene to scene.  To top it off, you'll enjoy a classic root beer float.  An unforgettable show of education, entertainment and above all, LAUGHTER!

General admission seating: $10  Click here to purchase tickets in advance.  Cash or check accepted at the door.


Documentary Screening: The Brendan Voyage
Jun
26
6:00 pm18:00

Documentary Screening: The Brendan Voyage

  • La Grua Center

It has been 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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For those interested in further research, the book is out of print; please check your local library or secondary resale sources.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

NESS Fest
Jun
24
11:00 am11:00

NESS Fest

  • New England Science & Sailing Foundation

We will be holding our annual NESS Fest on Saturday, June 24th this year. This public event is for everyone and anyone who wants to come and experience NESS. We will have sailing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding (SUP). We will also have the lab and the touch tanks open, and the Bonetown BBQ Food Truck will be here with food available for purchase. Save the date and keep an eye on the event on Facebook for details! 

Blue Garden Visit
Jun
22
9:15 am09:15

Blue Garden Visit

  • Stonington Free Library

On Thursday, June 22nd the Stonington Free Library will host a visit to the Blue Garden in Newport, RI. Participants will meet at the library at 9:15 AM. Tickets for this trip and private tour are $25. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by cash, check or credit at the Library. 

Jun
21
6:30 pm18:30

Summer Solstice Concert

  • Stonington Free Library

Bergin O'Malley will be here to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a concert sharing her musical talent and original songs. Weather permitting, the concert will be on the lawn, so bring chairs and blankets. If it's rainy, we will be inside.

Gardens By The Sea
Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

Gardens By The Sea

  • 23 Broad St Stonington, CT, 06378 United States

Stonington Garden Club cordially invites you to Gardens by the Sea, our triennial garden tour, on June 9 & 10, 2017. This easy walking tour will feature a handpicked collection of rarely seen gardens behind the walls and gates of Stonington’s historic properties. Labels will highlight plantings for identification and knowledgeable Garden Club members will be on hand to answer questions.

NEW THIS YEAR

Artists in the Garden!  Visitors to the 2017 Gardens by the Sea Tour will have the unique opportunity to experience gardens as artistic inspiration. Weather permitting, a broad representation of local, “en plein air” artists will be painting in select gardens to enhance your enjoyment of the Tour.

In addition, a tented Marketplace in historic Wadawanuck Square will showcase a variety of vendors offering home and garden décor, tools, clothing, accessories and crafts. Stonington Village restaurants and charming shops welcome you for coffee, dining, gifts, fashion and more.

Please be mindful: No strollers or high heels inside the gardens. All gardens are located at private homes. Not all are handicap accessible. The tour brochure will note accessible gardens. The Celebrity Luncheon at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is fully handicap accessible!

 

TICKETS

Gardens By The Sea and/or Luncheon prices

Before June 1 Garden Tour tickets are $35 per person. After June 1 and at the door, tickets will be $40 per person.

Luncheon tickets are $65 per person.

Buy online in advance:

Tickets may be purchased with a credit card via PayPal using the field below.  All tickets purchased online will be held for pickup at the gate. Please print out your email receipt for the redemption (or present the email at desk on your smartphone).

Garden Club Lecture & Luncheon:  “If it’s Worth Doing, it’s Worth Overdoing.”
Jun
9
12:30 pm12:30

Garden Club Lecture & Luncheon: “If it’s Worth Doing, it’s Worth Overdoing.”

  • SHYC

Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfes, the nationally renowned floral design team,  will charm and inspire you as they create extravagant masterpieces in new and imaginative ways.

Join us on Friday June 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the lovely Stonington Harbor Yacht Club for a light luncheon with wine as this high energy duo shares their secrets.

The Lecture and Luncheon will take place Friday, June 9 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 pm at the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, 32 Water Street. Seating is limited. Ticket orders will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

TICKETS

Gardens By The Sea and/or Luncheon prices

Before June 1 Garden Tour tickets are $35 per person. After June 1 and at the door, tickets will be $40 per person.

Luncheon tickets are $65 per person.

Buy online in advance:

Tickets may be purchased with a credit card via PayPal using the field below.  All tickets purchased online will be held for pickup at the gate. Please print out your email receipt for the redemption (or present the email at desk on your smartphone).

Gardens By The Sea
Jun
9
10:00 am10:00

Gardens By The Sea

  • 23 Broad St Stonington, CT, 06378 United States

Stonington Garden Club cordially invites you to Gardens by the Sea, our triennial garden tour, on June 9 & 10, 2017. This easy walking tour will feature a handpicked collection of rarely seen gardens behind the walls and gates of Stonington’s historic properties. Labels will highlight plantings for identification and knowledgeable Garden Club members will be on hand to answer questions.

NEW THIS YEAR

Artists in the Garden!  Visitors to the 2017 Gardens by the Sea Tour will have the unique opportunity to experience gardens as artistic inspiration. Weather permitting, a broad representation of local, “en plein air” artists will be painting in select gardens to enhance your enjoyment of the Tour.

In addition, a tented Marketplace in historic Wadawanuck Square will showcase a variety of vendors offering home and garden décor, tools, clothing, accessories and crafts. Stonington Village restaurants and charming shops welcome you for coffee, dining, gifts, fashion and more.

Please be mindful: No strollers or high heels inside the gardens. All gardens are located at private homes. Not all are handicap accessible. The tour brochure will note accessible gardens. The Celebrity Luncheon at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is fully handicap accessible!

 

TICKETS

Gardens By The Sea and/or Luncheon prices

Before June 1 Garden Tour tickets are $35 per person. After June 1 and at the door, tickets will be $40 per person.

Luncheon tickets are $65 per person.

Buy online in advance:

Tickets may be purchased with a credit card via PayPal using the field below.  All tickets purchased online will be held for pickup at the gate. Please print out your email receipt for the redemption (or present the email at desk on your smartphone).

James Merrill House Presents: Louise Gluck
Jun
4
5:00 pm17:00

James Merrill House Presents: Louise Gluck

  • La Grua Center
Louise Glück is the author of thirteen books of poems and a previous collection of essays. Her many awards include the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the National Humanities Medal, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at Yale University and Stanford University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

For more information contact James Merrill House.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
James Merrill House

3rd Annual Stonington Sound Music Festival
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

3rd Annual Stonington Sound Music Festival

Stonington Sounds is a free music festival with concerts happening throughout the day in various outdoor/indoor locations in Stonington Borough anchored at La Grua Center. The festival will feature a diverse lineup of musicians from classical to jazz and is scheduled so that attendees are encouraged to shop and dine during breaks in the music. A perfect way for residents and visitors alike to spend the day with friends and family!

Stay tuned for further details, including downloadable rack card of scheduled events.

Open to the public.

Stonington Historical Society: Stonington Veterans with Dave Erskine
May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Stonington Veterans with Dave Erskine

  • La Grua Center

Retired Chief of Stonington Police and Member of the Stonington Historical Society's Board of Directors, Dave Ersine will present a program presenting the lives and service records of Stonington's veterans who gave their lives in service to their country. Focusing on World Wars I & II, Korea, and Vietnam, Chief Erskine has gathered numerous photographs, service records, family accounts and more to illustrate this tribute to Stonington's fallen heroes.

Open to the public. Suggested donation $5.  

For more information contact the Stonington Historical Society via the link below.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

May
21
4:00 pm16:00

Stonington Historical Society Annual Meeting

  • The Palmer House

Annual Meeting is Sunday, May 21st at 4 pm

Join Us on Sunday afternoon as we report on the past year's activities and vote on new officers of the Board of Directors. Immediately followed by a program by Charlene Senical on the bequest of Mary Noyes Rogers followed by a reception in the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House. All are welcome. 

Thoughtful Thursday- "Custom House Tour: 1830's Artifacts"
May
18
5:00 pm17:00

Thoughtful Thursday- "Custom House Tour: 1830's Artifacts"

  • Stonington Free Library

Connecticut historian, Nick Bellantoni will discuss the history of Stonington including discussion of the town as a major trading center. In the 19th century, Stonington supported a small fishing, whaling, and sealing fleet, with some direct trade with the West Indies - enough in volume for it to be made a port of entry in 1842. The small granite Custom House faces Main Street just north of Cannon Square.  Nick will lead a tour of the Custom House following his talk.

Stonington Free Library: The Rift Valley Children's Village, with India Howell
May
14
5:00 pm17:00

Stonington Free Library: The Rift Valley Children's Village, with India Howell

  • La Grua Center

India Howell founded the Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) in 2004.  Today it provides a permanent and loving home for about 100 marginalized and orphaned children. 

Nestled among coffee plantations in the Karatu region of Northern Tanzania, The RVCV is an oasis of laughter and joy. From the moment they step through the gates of the Village, they become permanent members of the RVCV family. In addition to being the legal guardian for these children, India and the RVCV supplies leadership training, teachers and resources to the local primary and secondary schools.

 This is a model non-profit organization that is successfully uplifting and transforming the local community.

Open to the public and free of charge.  For more information contact the Stonington Free Library via the link below.

Music Matters Concert: String Lab ~ Music for Cello & Guitar
May
13
5:00 pm17:00

Music Matters Concert: String Lab ~ Music for Cello & Guitar

  • La Grua Center

Duo STRING LAB

Jacques Lee Wood, violoncello

Simon Powis, guitar

Music for Cello & Guitar

Bergmüller 3 Pieces for Guitar & Violoncello

Bartók Romanian Folk Dances

Tárrega Préludio y Capricho Arabe – guitar soloHahn Deux Mélodies
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Cassadó  Suite – cello solo

Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel

de Falla Spanish Folksong Suite

Piazzolla Histoire du Tango

Duo String Lab's brilliantly colorful program is all from the 20th century. Lest that put you off, we can't imagine a more lyrical, rhythmically engaging, and heartfelt offering of "modern" music. Bartók's incisive Romanian Dances, Reynaldo Hahn's haunting songs, Villa-Lobos' soaring Aria, and Astor Piazzola's evocation of the growth of tango are gems, pure and simple. Jacques Lee Wood and Simon Powis are celebrated soloists. In their duo mode, they work miracles with the cantabile persona of the cello and the intricate warmth of the classical guitar. Irresistible.

Won't you join us for this tuneful, evocative Saturday afternoon in May?

Cost
Suggested donation $10

Exhibit Opening: 8th Annual Stonington Artists
May
12
5:00 pm17:00

Exhibit Opening: 8th Annual Stonington Artists

  • La Grua Center

Attention local artists! We are now accepting submissions for our annual Stonington Artists exhibit, which will take place this May and June. You can download the registration form here.

Deadline for entry is Friday, April 21st. Hurry, space is limited!

Opening reception will be Friday, May 8th from 5-7pm.  Exhibit will run through the end of June.

- See more at:

When Lions Roared: How Brave Young People Defied Apartheid with Author Manju Sonif
May
6
5:00 pm17:00

When Lions Roared: How Brave Young People Defied Apartheid with Author Manju Sonif

  • La Grua Center

Manju Soni grew up in South Africa, where she was classified as non-white by the apartheid government. She will be giving a talk on her nonfiction book, When Lions Roared: How Brave Young People Defied Apartheid.

In this wide-ranging history and analysis, Manju melds her own personal history with the evolution of the youth movement against apartheid, from the sporadic protests of the Soweto Uprising, to the emergence of a national youth movement with over a million members.

She chronicles the life of Steve Biko, whose philosophy of Black Consciousness inspired thousands of black students to demand an equal education.

Delving deep into the archives of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, she profiles in chilling detail the individuals in the apartheid government who made assassination a key tool of state policy.

This story captures the power and desire of young black South Africans to become the agents of change. It is essential reading for readers of all ages, regardless of race.

Open to the public. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

My Fellow Soldiers with Andrew Carroll
Apr
30
5:00 pm17:00

My Fellow Soldiers with Andrew Carroll

  • La Grua Center

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, historian and New York Times best selling author Andrew Carroll will present a lecture about his newest book, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. The book is a comprehensive telling of the American experience in the war based on eyewitness accounts by General Pershing and other senior officers, as well as the troops, aviators, and nurses who risked—and often gave—their lives during this conflict. Q&A and book signing to follow.  Books will be available for purchase.

This event is presented by the La Grua Center and the Stonington Historical Society.

Open to the public.  

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
War Letters Project at Chapman University 

PBS Interview with Andrew Carroll

9th Annual Mystery Dinner
Apr
22
6:00 pm18:00

9th Annual Mystery Dinner

  • Stonington Free Library

9th Annual Mystery Dinner

An Evening Inspired by Henry David Thoreau's Walden

Saturday, April 22nd @ 6pm

Tickets on sale now!

Seating is Limited

$85 per person by check/cash made out to the Stonington Free Library

$87 per person by credit card

Music Matters Piano Concert: À Deux et à Quatre
Apr
22
5:00 pm17:00

Music Matters Piano Concert: À Deux et à Quatre

  • La Grua Center

Music Matters solo & duo piano concert

Artem Belogurov & Shaunn Chai

piano four-hands & piano solo

à deux et à quatre

Ignace Moscheles  Grande Sonate in Eb, Op. 47  

piano four-hands   

Edvard Grieg

Lyric pieces, Op. 65 & Op. 71     

piano solo

Felix Mendelessohn

Andante tranquillo con variazioni, Op. 83a

piano four-hands

This exquisite program explores every possible affect and sound of the Romantic piano. Moscheles and Mendelssohn, great pianist-composers of their day, wrote the four-hands bookends — brilliant, rarely heard masterpieces. In an unusual departure from conventional duo programming, each pianist will solo in a complete book of Grieg's haunting, lyrical Lyric Pieces. Shuann Chai and Artem Belogurov, both living in the Netherlands, are touring the American Northeast this April.

With this auspicious start, Music Matters introduces Cycles! — integral traversals of a single music genre over one or more seasons. We will present all ten books of the Lyric Pieces in the course of 2017-2018.

Cost
Suggested donation $10.

Links:
Shaunn Chai Artem Belogurov

Exhibit Opening and Lecture: Southeast CT WWI Letters
Apr
21
5:00 pm17:00

Exhibit Opening and Lecture: Southeast CT WWI Letters

  • La Grua Center

La Grua Center, in partnership with the Stonington Historical Society, will host an exhibit of WWI letters, photographs, and memorabilia collected from residents from our region and from the archives of the Stonington Historical Society from April 21-May 10.

During the exhibit, George King, Director of the Ambulance 255 Project, will speak about and have on display a 1916 Model T Ford ambulance that is representative of the 1,200 ambulances that were donated by American’s and driven by American volunteers for three years in France before the US entered World War I.

Exhibit opening 5-7pm; George King will speak at 6pm.  

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Stonington Historical Society: Kevin McBride on Pequot-Colonist Relations
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Kevin McBride on Pequot-Colonist Relations

  • La Grua Center

Archeologist Kevin McBride presents: At Stonington’s Beginning: The English and Pequot Lives and Relations from 1649 to 1675.  For further details please contact the Stonington Historical Society. - See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/4/13/6/00/pm/344-shs_mcbride#sthash.YUm0UiCm.dpuf