Fun, Food, & Fitness Series
Join farmer Andy Meek, Jane Meiser, Director of Stone Acres Farm, and Jen Rothman, Director of the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center to hear about the work they are doing to support regional small-scale agriculture and build community through food. The panel and workshop will explore principles of resilient agriculture, the history and future of local farms, and the way that culinary and farm-based education can ensure a better food future and lead to a healthier environment and local economy. Take part in a short cooking activity and tasting of farm-fresh vegetables.
Suggested donation $5
Music Matters: Stephen Porter & Chopin the Exile
Stephen Porter, 1886 Chickering Concert Grand
Piano prelude Robert Schumann Chorale in G
Nocturne No. 20 in c#, Op. posth.
Polonaise in c#, Op. 26, No. 1
Twelve Mazurkas – a chronological voyage
Nocturne in E, Op. 62, No. 2
Polonaise-Fantaisie in Ab, Op. 61
Pianist Stephen Porter returns for a performance in which he will weave Chopin’s personal story of exile with selections from the Mazurkas, Polonaises, Nocturnes, and his final masterpiece, the Polonaise-Fantaisie.
Seats will go quickly!
Tickets $10. Age 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.
Stephen Porter Piano
Sarah Hanahan (Jazz Saxophone)
Jeremy Galloway (Jazz Guitar)
Emerging artist Sarah Hanahan will bring her duo to La Grua where they will be playing a combination of American Songbook Standards as well as Sarah’s own original pieces. Sarah is on a full scholarship at the Hartt School of Music, studying jazz performance under master teachers and Jeremy is one of her classmates. Come join us for an evening of lively music!
For advance ticket sales, click here. Please note seating is not reserved. First come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.
Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.
Sarah Hanahan Music
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Business After Hours
Wednesday, February 6 from 5:30-7:30
Join us for a fun networking event as we show off La Grua Center to our region’s business and nonprofit leaders. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks, and water will be served. Bring your business cards to enter the drawings for door prizes! Background music will be provided by Rod Luther playing our beautiful 1922 Mason & Hamlin grand piano, and art work from the Ningret Art Guild from Rhode Island will grace the walls.
This is a ticketed event with prices for both Chamber members ($15/$20) and non-members ($25/$30). For tickets, click here.
Co-hosted by Breakwater Restaurant, who will be providing hors d'oeuvres for the evening.
Architectural Historian Rachel Carley discusses "James Merrill at Home."
For further details, please contact James Merrill House at the link below.
Photograph of James Merrill courtesy of the Stonington Historical Society Rollie McKenna Collection.
James Merrill House
Join us for Take Your Child to the Library Day! We have NEW Youth library cards that will NOT incur fines; come in and get one if you are under age 16. In addition, we are celebrating this special day showing the movie, Charlotte’s Web at 10:30 and giving away FREE books.
FREE to all – bring a snack and a friend and celebrate what your home town library has to offer!
Music Matters: Brahms, Schumann & the Romantic Horn
Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin
William Purvis, valved horn
Mihae Lee, 1922 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.
18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door
All seats unreserved – first come, first served! Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.
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.
Suggested donation $5
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!
*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.
Sigrid Nunez reads from her work, with a reception and signing to follow. Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A 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.
Suggested donation $5
James Merrill House
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.
Suggested donation $5.
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.
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!
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.
Suggested donation $5.
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.
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!)
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
email@example.com / 860-535-8445, ext. 10
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.
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!
A great way to kick off the holdiay season! Cookies, crafts, and Twas the Night Before Christmas! Join us at 3:00 for cookies and crafts and the story starts at 5:00. In the spirit of the season please bring baby items for the PNC. We are proud to be a part of this special community event. See you there!