Summer Soirée 2019
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Soirée 2019

Join us for a fun-filled evening featuring both a live and silent auction, a wine pull, and festive fare catered by Dog Watch Café. Cove Ledge has donated wine and beer, and we’ll have a specialty cocktail donated by The Real McCoy Rum. Come celebrate the start of summer and help us kick off the following day’s Stonington Sounds Summer Music Festival!

$100 per person.  Click to purchase tickets.

Wine and beer donated by Cove Ledge Beer, Wine, and Spirits; and specialty cocktail spirit donated by The Real McCoy Rum with festive fare catered by Dog Watch.

Benefiting La Grua Center’s year-long programming and our Summer Music Festival.

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5th Annual Stonington Sounds Music Festival
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

5th Annual Stonington Sounds 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 can shop and dine during breaks in the music. A perfect way for residents and visitors alike to spend the day with friends and family!

Public parking at Town Dock, Wayland's Wharf, DuBois Beach, and St. Mary Church (11-3 only). Bring your lawn chair or blanket - the festival goes on, rain or shine (rain location for all events will be at La Grua Center).

Downloadable rack card of scheduled events is available at left.

Open to the public.

Schedule of Events:

11am ~ Sing & Play with Ms. Bergin (Children’s Concert) ~ Wadawanuck Square

Noon ~ The Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band ~ Wadawanuck Square (underwritten by Stonington Village Improvement Association)

2pm ~ Mansion Vocal Band (Barbershop Quartet) ~ Stonington Commons Green

3pm ~  Elena Zamolodchikova (Harpsichord/Piano) ~ La Grua Center

4pm ~ Zaccai Curtis Jazz Quartet (Afro-Cuban) ~ Stonington Commons Green

7pm ~ Sonia Bettencourt & Guitarras Do Atlantico ~ Portuguese Holy Ghost Society

Major support for the festival is provided by Stonington Village Improvement Association.

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Pop-Up Exhibit: Life of an Artist ~ David Black
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Pop-Up Exhibit: Life of an Artist ~ David Black

This special pop-up exhibit featuring the wonderful art of David Black will run for one week only, June 28-July 7. Paintings from David’s adventures in Stonington, New York, and on his travels will be for sale. The exhibit will also be a rare opportunity to see some of David’s paintings from private collections.

Come join us in celebrating this renowned artist!

Call for gallery hours.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Kids Summer Art Workshops
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Summer Art Workshops

Sundays, July 14 and July 21, 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.) 

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Kids Summer Art Workshops
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Summer Art Workshops

Sundays, July 14 and July 21, 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.) 

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Music Matters: Duo Orfeo, Classical & Electric Guitars
Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Duo Orfeo, Classical & Electric Guitars

Peculiar Arabesques
19th-century European art music

Joseph Ricker & Jamie Balmer
classical & electric guitars

Ferdinando Carulli, Graciano Tarragó, Chopin Mazurkas, Reynaldo Hahn, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz

July's heat will reign outdoors, but we offer you a different warmth indeed inside La Grua.

The guitar – a millennium old, blessed with a large and splendid repertoire – is evocative and touching on its own. This afternoon, two guitars let us travel into the emotional heart of scores for orchestra and piano, a journey lent wings by the subtle, insightful art of transcription. Cherished historical guitarist-composers and our performers themselves imbue this heavenly music with beauty and dimension only a pair of these instruments can invoke. For their much-anticipated return, Duo Orfeo will be playing their acoustics and their exquisite, surprising electrics.

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

Advance tickets available here. Seating is not reserved. Doors open at 4:30.

Wine reception to follow.

Cost
$15

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Good Stories Well Told: The Accidental Sailor with Nelson Simon
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Good Stories Well Told: The Accidental Sailor with Nelson Simon

When Nelson Simon signed up as a last minute crew member to transport a Norwegian schooner from Brooklyn to Bermuda, he pictured it as a sort of pleasure cruise. Instead, he found himself fighting for survival in the midst of what became known as “The Perfect Storm.” Join us as Nelson recounts his harrowing tale that began with a friendly invitation to sail on board the Anne Kristine and ended in the dead of night in a Coast Guard helicopter high above an angry sea.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Food, Fitness & Fun: Health Benefits of Olive Oil with Stephen and Suzanne Capizanno
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Food, Fitness & Fun: Health Benefits of Olive Oil with Stephen and Suzanne Capizanno

Join us to learn more about what makes Extra Virgin Olive Oils healthy. Stephen and Suzanne will discuss the many myths of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and show you what to look for when choosing a high quality over a lower grade oil. Food is medicine and choice matters. Several different types of extra virgin olive oils will be sampled in order to experience the nose and flavor notes of these olive oils and understand the difference between them. For the finale, there will be a special tasting treat using Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil!

Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola
May
18
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola

The Soul of the Viola

Carol Gimbelanonymous viola, ca. 1725, ex-Emmanuel Vardi

Cullan Bryant1886 Chickering concert grand

The Soul of the Viola

Piano prelude  Schumann  Der Dichter spricht, from Kinderszenen
Britten  Lachrymæ, reflections on a song of John Dowland
Schumann Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102
Rebecca Clarke  Viola Sonata (1919)

Music Matters presents its very first program for viola & piano, with brilliant Carol Gimbel and Cullan Bryant (NYC). The scores they will play are powerful and moving. The dusky, rich sound of the viola and our many-hued 1886 Chickering concert grand will soar in the La Grua Center's open, transparent acoustic. This is a rare and fetching program, magically played on exceptional instruments.

Tickets $15

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

For advance tickets, please click here.

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

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Carol Gimbel

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First Annual Spring Boro Clean-Up Day
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

First Annual Spring Boro Clean-Up Day

The Stonington Village Improvement Association (SVIA) is sponsoring the First Annual Spring Boro Clean-Up Day on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Please join us to pick up trash that has accumulated over the winter at duBois Beach, the East Lawn, Cannon Square, Wayland’s Wharf, the Town Playground, part of Wadawanuck Square and Mathews Park, all of which are either owned or supported by the SVIA. “Pitch In” to keep plastics and other harmful garbage from reaching the pristine waters of Stonington Harbor and Little Narragansett Bay.

Grab a neighbor and meet up with everyone at the Point at 10:00 a.m. We will start at duBois Beach and East Lawn and then move on to Cannon Square, etc. At each area, kids can find tokens to trade in for special prizes at Mathews Park. There we will celebrate our efforts with lunch sponsored by the SVIA and a fun bocce ball tournament.

We will be cleaning up rain or shine, and volunteers of all ages are welcome, but please leave Fido at home. No signups are required, and we ask all volunteers to bring their own gloves and trash bags (paper preferred). A blanket is suggested for sitting in Mathews Park for lunch.


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Exhibit Opening: The Love Affair
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: The Love Affair

This exhibit features the art of all five members of the Love family. It leaves little doubt that art is as much a natural as a nurtured talent. The Loves: Tim Love, a retired Vice Chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group, a leading ad agency has returned to his first love, painting, while Kate Love, a former art director has more time to pursue recreational art since becoming an empty nester. Mac Love, lives with his family in Akron OH where he heads up his own design firm, ArtXLove: Eliza Love is a social worker in Danbury CT and has moved her artistic talent into photography: Harrison Love is a graduate of RISD and an artist on the West Coast and has just completed a commissioned mural in San Francisco. All of the artistic family welcome another occasion to exhibit together. This is the third Love Affair preceded by ones in Stonington and Singapore. 

Suggested donation $5.

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Sunday Night Lecture - Harry Martin on “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”
May
5
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Night Lecture - Harry Martin on “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”

The Stonington Free Library presents Brush Up Your Shakespeare, an entertaining rather than scholarly lecture. Harry Martin will take us through Shakespeare’s most memorable lines we all recall from school, to demonstrate why he is the world’s greatest author.

Audience participation will make this a lively evening.

Open to the public and free of charge.

For further information, please contact the Stonington Free Library.

Links:
Stonington Free Library

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Education Event: Newport to Bermuda Race Planning Seminar
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Education Event: Newport to Bermuda Race Planning Seminar

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation that invites you aboard, dispels myths, and offers robust discussion of successful past Newport to Bermuda races. Led by Presenter and Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Veteran; Frank Bohlen. Veterans of the 635-mile offshore "Thrash to the Onion Patch" will present both the history and current challenges of this 114-year-old race, which next starts in June 2020. Imagine yourself at the helm of one of the 170-plus boats heading over the continental shelf, across the Gulf Stream, and making landfall in the island paradise of Bermuda. Sometimes a true "thrash," sometimes a test of patience, the race remains a bucket-list test of sailors.

This event is free and open to the public, registration is requested by calling 860-535-0112 or emailing twalsh@shyc.us. Guests are encouraged to stay for dinner after the presentation.

 

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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Apr
25
12:30 PM12:30

Stonington Garden Club Presents: Sound Planning for the Future~the Creation of a Long Island Sound Blue Plan

Stonington Garden Club presents a talk entitled, Sound Planning for the Future: the Creation of a Long Island Sound Blue Plan with The Nature Conservancy’s Frogard Ryan, CT State Director, and Nathan Frohling, Director of Coastal and Marine Initiatives. There is a new effort to protect existing, traditional uses of Long Island Sound like fishing and boating while also protecting the Sound's ecologically significant places. Known as the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, this initiative by the State of Connecticut and multiple stakeholders has compiled an unprecedented level of information and mapping about existing human uses and ecological resources that will serve as the foundation for the plan. What exactly is the Blue Plan and why is it important to Sound users and stewards alike?

For more information, please contact the Stonington Garden Club.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
Stonington Garden Club

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Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Education Event: Maritime 911- Presentation from the Coast Guard Auxiliary

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation from the Coast Guard Auxiliary on Maritime 911.

When facing an emergency in the United States, every driver knows to call 911.  Immediately, one’s location is sent to first responders—police, fire or ambulance.  For an accident in the waters near the shore, the US Coast Guard bears the burden of first response. Coast Guard staff communicate to the stricken vessel, coordinate with other ships in the area, and respond themselves if that is needed. To make this work smoothly, the USCG has developed the Rescue 21 program.  It consists of near-shore receiver coverage near the Eastern and Western coasts, the Great Lakes, Hawaii and parts of Alaska.

To communicate quickly with the Rescue 21 system, a small yacht needs a Digital Selective Calling (DSC)-compatible VHF radio, connected to an accurate Global Positioning System receiver (GPS); the individual Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number of the yacht must have been registered, and someone on board needs to understand how to press the “SOS” button.

On April 20, two instructors from the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club to help yachtsmen understand what they need to make their SOS quick, effective and reliable.  They will cover on-board installation, routine testing, and emergency operation, and they will offer insight into the timeline and scope of the Coast Guard’s response.  They will also show how these modern VHFs can expedite inter-vessel communications, rendezvous information and group hailing.

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 emailingoffice@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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Media Matters Series: Mary Norris, It's All Greek to Me
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Media Matters Series: Mary Norris, It's All Greek to Me

La Grua Center and Bank Square Books are pleased to present an evening with bestselling author Mary Norris (Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen), in conversation with Bank Square Books event manager Elissa Sweet. This event will kick off to La Grua Center's new Media Matters series. 

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek men—Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
Bank Square BooksMary Norris

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Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola

The Soul of the Viola

Carol Gimbelanonymous viola, ca. 1725, ex-Emmanuel Vardi

Cullan Bryant1886 Chickering concert grand

The Soul of the Viola

Piano prelude  Schumann  Der Dichter spricht, from Kinderszenen
Britten  Lachrymæ, reflections on a song of John Dowland
Schumann Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102
Rebecca Clarke  Viola Sonata (1919)

Music Matters presents its very first program for viola & piano, with brilliant Carol Gimbel and Cullan Bryant (NYC). The scores they will play are powerful and moving. The dusky, rich sound of the viola and our many-hued 1886 Chickering concert grand will soar in the La Grua Center's open, transparent acoustic. This is a rare and fetching program, magically played on exceptional instruments.

Tickets $15

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

For advance tickets, please click here.

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

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Carol Gimbel

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Imagine Scholar's Megan O'Neill on Education in Rural Africa
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Imagine Scholar's Megan O'Neill on Education in Rural Africa

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, mentoring students through the university application process, and raising 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

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Music Matters: Bach Keyboard Partitas on Florentine Baroque Piano
Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Bach Keyboard Partitas on Florentine Baroque Piano

J.S. Bach Six Keyboard Partitas
Andrew Willis, Florentine Baroque piano

J.S. Bach The Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV 825-830, complete in two recitals

Bach and his German contemporaries first heard and played what we today call the Baroque piano in the 1730s. Over the decade of intense instrumental development that followed, this new instrument – invented in Florence in the 1690s – began to astonish musicians and listeners. Frederick the Great commissioned thirteen of them!

Bach's three great sets of keyboard suites culminate in his brilliant, deeply moving Partitas. Join us for two full-length recitals by brilliant pianist Andrew Willis for New England's very first traversal of all six in on Baroque piano. Copies of his double album of the works will be available, as well.

Our performance platform will assure excellent audibility and clear sight lines.

Tickets $15. For advance ticket sales, click here.

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

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

Wine reception to follow.

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On Our Minds: Intimations in the Night~Psyche & Spirit in Aging, with Michael Conforti
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

On Our Minds: Intimations in the Night~Psyche & Spirit in Aging, with Michael Conforti

Intimations in the Night: An Archetypal Perspective on Psyche and Spirit in the Aging Processpresented by Michael Conforti, PhD.

Writers, mystics and analysts have all spoken about the process of aging, and how entry into this later stage of life offers the promise to finally live the life we are meant to have. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Conforti, Jungian Analyst and author, will speak about the personal, spiritual and archetypal issues involved in the aging process. He will explain how to recognize those patterns which keep us from this opportunity to those behaviors, fantasies and desires which bring us to that threshold, allowing us to see and touch this other and perhaps most authentic way of living.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Education Event: Bill Hobbs

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Bill Hobbs, a nature writer for the New London Day. Mr. Hobbs will share personal photographs and new scientific discoveries about animals like the black-capped chickadee, who, scientists now know, play a key role in alerting other animals about nearby predators, by sending warning calls that travel 100 mph through the forest and are understood by more than 50 different woodland creatures. Maggie Jones, with the Dennison Pequotsepos Nature Center will be joining Mr. Hobbs and bringing several live birds of prey for viewing.

Attendees will also enjoy learning about the unique life histories of minks, flying squirrels, harbor seals, herring gulls, ospreys, ruby-throated hummingbirds and many more birds and beasts that frequent our coasts, presented in a lively, educational and entertaining way.

Mr. Hobbs grew up in Weston, CT. and the Borough of Stonington, and has recently returned to Stonington to retire, after a 30-year career as a hotelier. He is currently writing a book about Barn Island, the wildlife and the people, who in the 1940’s, successfully protected and shaped the wetlands into what it is today.

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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Music Matters: Traditional & Modern Irish Music
Mar
16
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Traditional & Modern Irish Music

Shannon & Matt Heaton – Traditional & Modern Irish Music

Shannon Heatonvocals, wood flute, whistles

Matt Heatonvocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán

B'gorrah, it's the very day before St. Paddy's!

Shannon and Matt Heaton have a way with Irish music that melds the heart of the native tradition with a fine understanding of how this wrenchingly lovely music took root on our continent. Shannon, a singer with shamrock-perfect intonation and a wooden flutist of incomparable flair, is an absolute phenomenon, as you will hear. Matt deeply understands the Irish soul and finely woven fabric of the style — he's a gentle powerhouse. Our performance platform will assure excellent audibility and clear sight lines.

And, aye, we suspect that seats will go quickly….

Tickets $15

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

For advance tickets, please click here.All seats are unreserved – first come, first served!

Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Shannon & Matt Heaton

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