Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Presentation Steven White, President of Mystic Seaport: The Vikings Begin at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Stephen White, President of the Mystic Seaport Museum. Mr. White will discuss the upcoming exhibit; The Vikings Begin. One of the world’s finest early Viking-age collections is coming to Mystic Seaport. Priceless treasures, including helmets, shields, weapons, glass, and other artifacts are safeguarded at the Gustavianum Museum of Uppsala University in Sweden, Scandinavia’s oldest university. These collections, dating as early as the seventh century, are now the focus of a major research initiative designed to significantly advance our understanding of how the Norse culture evolved. Thematic sections on Viking warfare, trade, the Baltic Sea, a ship burial, Norse gods, and relations to other cultures will employ rare archaeological finds in the discovery of how this maritime society lived more than a millennium ago. This exhibition represents the first instance most of these artifacts will have ever left Sweden.  Cost to attend this event is $5 for members of SHYC and $10 for guests. The Clubhouse will be open for dinner following the presentation. Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 ext. 0 or emailing office@shyc.us

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Exhibit Opening: Sweeney's Flight~The Photographs of Rachel (Giese) Brown
Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Sweeney's Flight~The Photographs of Rachel (Giese) Brown

Inspired by Seamus Heaney's poems, and notably by his version of the medieval saga Buile Suibhne, the American photographer, Rachel Brown (formerly Rachel Giese) has produced a stunning portfolio of pictures of the northern Irish landscape, covering the boundaries of Mad Sweeney's original kingdom of Dal-Arie. She has resourcefully followed the clues to topography and the natural world in Sweeney's wanderings... Come celebrate the spirit of Ireland with this breathtaking exhibit! 

Opening reception Friday, March 2 from 5-7pm. Exhibit will be up for the month of March only.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Rachel Brown Website

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Sip & Spin: Pottery Social at the COMO
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Sip & Spin: Pottery Social at the COMO

Sip and Spin

Come join us for a fun night out at the COMO Pottery Studio! 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.  Clay and firing for one piece is included.  Creations will be fired and glazed by instructor and can be picked up two weeks later. Materials fee included. 

Dates & Times: February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Member Price: $25 per session

Non-member Price: $35 per session

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Irish Poet Paul Muldoon
Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

Irish Poet Paul Muldoon

Acclaimed Irish poet and Princeton professor Paul Muldoon will read selections from his poetry and be interviewed about his work. Paul is widely acclaimed as one of the most original and influential poets of the past 50 years, having received the Pulitzer Prize and having served as the poetry editor for The New Yorker. Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear his poetry, from the poet himself! Wine reception to follow. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Click here for advance ticket sales. Cash or check accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

Cost
$15

Links:
Paul Muldoon

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Music Matters Concert with Elena Zamolodchikova & Natalie Kress
Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert with Elena Zamolodchikova & Natalie Kress

DUO SEICENTO

Natalie Kress

Baroque violin by Joseph Thiriot (1760)

Elena Zamolodchikova

double harpsichord by Zuckermann

Passionate 17th-century duos & solos for Violin & Cembalo

March is New England's notice that Spring and pleasant weather will indeed return. What could be more appropriate to our seasonal renewal than to delve into the fresh, burgeoning richness of the 17th-century Baroque? Italian, German, French, and English music of the time are impassioned, teasingly sensuous, and possessed of wonderful drama.

Gifted Baroque violinist Natalie Kress and Stonington's brilliant harpsichordist Elena Zamolodchikova are bringing us an uninterrupted hour of sonatas, chaconnes, fantasies, and evocative period transcriptions. Seicento composers Biber, Castello, Schmelzer, Gibbons, Purcell, L. Couperin, and Lully painted every musical hue in existence in that astonishing era. This colorful, touching afternoon concert will transport all of us to seventeenth-century delight.

Tickets $10. 18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door. For advance ticket sales, click here.

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Mar
22
1:00 PM13:00

Sunday Evening Lecture – David Leeming – “Medusa: A Biography”

Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, David Leeming is the author of over 20 books on world mythology and three biographies, including the internationally recognized James Baldwin. He will speak on “Medusa: A Biography.”

Writing a biography presents challenges whether the subject is living or deceased. Writing a biography about one of the most enduring and terrifying mythical figures of history is downright foolhardy. Nevertheless, Leeming defies Medusa’s gaze. He traces her origins in global cultures more disparate and ancient than the classical Greek. He follows her path from a dangerous female monster to the noble victim of a patriarchal society to a contemporary power player in the fashion house of Versace.

Finally, he confronts the questions of who Medusa is and what the Medusa myth as a cultural dream says about us.

This event is free and open to the public.

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The Rise of White Nationalism in America, with Author Vegas Tenold
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

The Rise of White Nationalism in America, with Author Vegas Tenold

La Grua Center and Bank Square Books present an evening with award-winning journalist Vegas Tenold to discuss his book Everything You Love WIll Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America. Vegas has covered the far right in America for years, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, his work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, andAl Jazeera America. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Bank Square Books.

 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Series: Duo Fortin-Poirier~Memoires
Apr
7
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Duo Fortin-Poirier~Memoires

DUO FORTIN-POIRIER

Amélie Fortin & Marie-Christine Poirier, piano four-hands

MÉMOIRES

Grieg, Barber, Piazzolla, Marcoux, Rachmaninoff, Bolcom

For their long-awaited return to La Grua Center, Duo Fortin-Poirier bring us rewarding music indeed. This program entwines threads of poignant nostalgia with the evocative chamber soundscape only piano four-hands — or two pianos – can create. Haunting sweetness, touching partings, mankind vs. fragile nature, and the wondrous emotional wealth of traditional dance forms – it's all there. Our two belles Québecoises understand how to wring the very finest from these touching scores. Join us!

We'll project an overhead view of the keyboard live on our three screens.

Tickets $10. 18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door.

For advance ticket sales, please click here.

Links:
Duo Fortin Poirier

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Music Matters Series: Tracy-Murphy Duo
May
12
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Tracy-Murphy Duo

Becky Tracyfiddle

Keith Murphypiano, guitar, mandolin, foot percussion, voice

Fiddle & Song from the North

French & English ballads, with fiddling from the Celtic tradition

Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy have a dynamic, deeply insightful way with the traditional music of Newfoundland, Québec, Ireland, France, and New England. They explore the ancient threads that bind these soulful regional and national styles into potent skeins shared among all Western music, revealing them to listeners in all their heart-stopping beauty. The duo are treasured voices in America's vibrant folk scene. Gifted players and singers who stoke the power and sheer energy of quick-tempo pieces to a fine heat, they also imbue the slow tunes with stillness, quiet resonance, and moving serenity. Keith's deft foot percussion underpins his multi-instrument soundscape, all the while intertwining with Beck's elegant fiddle filigree. Their deep feeling for what they do will make this a truly memorable afternoon.

Who'd want to miss this?!

Tickets $10. 18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door.

For advance ticket sales, please click here.

Links:
Black Isle Music

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Living in Love, with Alexandra Stoddard
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

Living in Love, with Alexandra Stoddard

Bank Square Books and La Grua Center present an evening with local treasure Alexandra Stoddard, who will discuss the concept of Living in Love. Alexandra's Living in Lovepresentation will take place at La Grua Center, and general admission is a $20 donation to La Grua. Books will be available for purchase through Bank Square Books. VIP tickets are also available, which include admission to the La Grua Center presentation plus a three-course dinner at Breakwater following the talk and a copy of one of Alexandra's books. These tickets are limited and cost $100.

Alexandra is a philosopher of contemporary living and the bestselling author of 28 books, including Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life; Things I Want My Daughters to Know; You Are Your Choices: 50 Ways to Live the Good Life and Happiness For Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together. In this discussion on the last day of February, the month of love, Alexandra will touch upon many aspects of Living in Love, including self-care and self-love; intimate and family love; small acts of kindness; caring for your community; and loving your home.

The intimate Living in Love dinner will begin at Breakwater at 8 p.m., after Alexandra's presentation. This dinner will feature three courses plus a complimentary drink, and will include a copy of one of Alexandra's books: Choosing Happiness; Happiness for Two; or You Are Your Choices. You can select your book when purchasing a ticket.

Purchase tickets here.

Cost
General admission:$20, VIP tickets: $100

Links:
Alexandra Stoddard

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Music Matters Concert: Axelrod-Martin Duo
Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert: Axelrod-Martin Duo

Eric Martin and Karen Axelrod are a highly respected acoustic duo who bring the vibrancy of traditional dance music and song to the concert stage. Their musical journey sweeps us through the British Isles, France, Germany, Argentina, Québec, Appalachia – even exotic New England! They play English country and contra dance gigs at camps and festivals all over North America and overseas. Colleagues describe their presence as powerful, whimsical, and always heartfelt. Can you think of a better antidote against February? Join us!

Click here for advance sale tickets.

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

Cost
Tickets $10

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Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Glenn Kendzia
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Glenn Kendzia

Glenn Kendzia, songwriter of the New England alternative band Wild Sun, will be performing a selection of his songs in a stripped down acoustic setting. Known for his honest, cut-to-the-point lyrics and familiar songwriting, Glenn will be playing songs from the band’s debut album Little Truths as well as their forthcoming follow-up, Closed Door Talks

Tickets $10. Click here for advance ticket sales.

Cash or check accepted at the door. 

Cost
$15

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Wrap Story Tell ~ The One That Got Away
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Wrap Story Tell ~ The One That Got Away

Co-presenters Westerly Regional Arts Partnership (WRAP) and Live Cafe Productions, along with Bank Square Books, present A Story Tell storytelling event. In a Moth-style story slam, the amazing true stories will center around the theme of “The One That Got Away.” 

Tickets for this event are $12 and will be donated to WRAP and La Grua Center. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Cash, check or credit card accepted at the door. For advance purchase click the link below:

Cost
$12

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Music Matters Concert: Arcadia Viols/Frances Fitch~A Musical Banquet
Jan
20
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert: Arcadia Viols/Frances Fitch~A Musical Banquet

Arcadia Viols & Frances Conover Fitch

A Musical Banquet

17th-century German music for viols & harpsichord

Seventeenth-century Germany abounded in courts and cities with sumptuous musical establishments. Among the brilliant composers writing suites, dances famous to this day, and fine evocations of contemporary Italian and French style were Schein, NicolaiBöhmKindermann, Froberger, Scheidt, and Hammerschmidt. Please join us for Arcadia Viols' memorable concert of this striking, songful, early Baroque music. Celebrated harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch will join Arcadia's sonorous viola da gamba quintet.

Tickets $10. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door.  For advance ticket sales click here.

Cost
$10.00

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Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Jazzical Fusion ~ Classical, Samba, and More!
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Jazzical Fusion ~ Classical, Samba, and More!

Jazzical Fusion features Maestro Martin Piecuch on multiple woodwinds, pianist Regan Ryzuk, guitarist Richard Miller, and bassist Laurence Goldman.

Martin Piecuch’s “Jazzical Fusion” is a delightful potpourri of music from Classical, Samba, Jazz and Baroque, with a few other styles added in. It’s a remarkable display of versatility, styles and hip arrangements. Join us for a jazzical evening!

Tickets will be on sale shortly.

Cost
$15

Links:
Jazzical Fusion

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The Trade: Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Trade: Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping

Jere Van Dyk talks about his latest book, The Trade: My Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping, which recounts the story of his excursion back to Afghanistan and Pakistan to investigate his own kidnapping by the Taliban in 2008. In pursuing his kidnappers and the stories of the intermediaries and money men, he uncovered not just the story of his own abduction but the operation of what he calls the trade: the business of kidnapping. Join us for this riveting account of his experience.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Jan
17
10:00 AM10:00

Free & Open to the Public Forum on Town of Stonington Resiliency Plan

The Stonington Harbor Yacht Club in conjunction with the Stonington Garden Club will welcome Keith Byrnes, Town Planner from the Town of Stonington to discuss the Coastal Resiliency Plan. This resiliency plan is about being wise, planning ahead, and protecting people, places, and investments. The plan calls for protecting public infrastructure from coastal flooding and sea level rise; minimizing potential for loss of life and destruction to property; minimizing expenditures associated with repeated repairs to public infrastructure after storms and identifying ways to enhance coastal resources. During his talk, Keith will provide an update on the Breakwater Repair plan in the Harbor and what can be learned from the UN Center for Excellence chaired by the Netherlands, a country living below sea level for hundreds of years.  This event is free and open to the public and active participation from residents is encouraged. The talk will be held inside the Yacht Club, located at 32 Water Street (Stonington Commons #9). Contact Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 with any questions.

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

The Stonington Garden Club is a nonprofit, member driven organization based in Stonington, Connecticut. Our mission is to educate and encourage interest in the environment, conservation, community projects and to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening.

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Exhibit Opening: Lighting the Way~Celebrating Stonington's Lighthouse
Jan
12
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Lighting the Way~Celebrating Stonington's Lighthouse

January ~ February 2018

Preview Party/Opening Reception Friday, January 12 at 5-7pm

La Grua Center and Stonington Historical Society are pleased to present this exhibit celebrating Stonington’s iconic lighthouse. Artwork in all forms will be on display, from paintings to photographs and fiber art and more! Exhibit will run through the end of February.

Image by artist Diana Tyler of Hebron, CT.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Contact

Links:
Stonington Historical Society

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Mystic Middle School Chorus Winter Concert
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

Mystic Middle School Chorus Winter Concert

Please join the Stonington Singers to hear their winter selections. Featuring works by The Fleet Foxes, Eric Whitacre, and music from "The Nutcracker".

The Stonington Singers, directed by CT's 2016 Choral Conductor of the Year, Ellen Effman-Gilbert, is an auditioned choral ensemble from Mystic Middle School. Students from this ensemble have been involved in the ACDA Connecticut and Eastern Division Honors Choir, the CMEA Children's Honors Choir and the Eastern Region Music Festival. The choirs have performed several times by audition at the Connecticut State Music Educators In-Service Conferences as a guest Honors Choir. This group has received platinum ratings for the past 11 years at the Great East Music Festival in Agawam, MA. Recently, the choir premiered the piece "Yo Puedo" by Grammy nominated composer, Jim Papoulis. Most recently they performed the Connecticut premier of Paul McCartney's oratorio "Ecce Cor Meum" with the Eastern CT Chorus and Symphony and were the guest artists of "Tono Dolce", one of eastern Connecticut's premiere adult ensembles. The MMS Select Choir can be seen performing at local community events such as the Cabin Fever Festival and the beloved Stonington Borough Holiday Stroll.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Our Blue Park: A Scientist's Stroll Through the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument, co-sponsored by the Mystic Aquarium
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Our Blue Park: A Scientist's Stroll Through the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument, co-sponsored by the Mystic Aquarium

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which was designated by President Barack Obama on September 15, 2016, is the only marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean and the only one located off the continental United States. With words and pictures, Senior Research Scientist at Mystic Aquarium Dr. Peter Auster will recount research on the ecology of this region at the edge of our continental shelf and beyond - conducted with ships, submersibles and aircraft - and the otherworldly animals that live there.  He will also describe why this is such a special place for marine wildlife and worthy of protection. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
Mystic Aquarium

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Neighborhood Meeting at the Library
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Neighborhood Meeting at the Library

Neighborhood Meeting

Wednesday, December 13th at 5:30pm

Stonington Free Library

In an effort to inform and hear from our neighbors, patrons and the community at large we invite you to learn about our plans to increase accessibility at the Library.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Will you join us?

RSVP to development@stoningtonfreelibrary.org by 12/8/2017

Providing access to every member of our community is a major priority for SFL. For too long we have been unable to serve library visitors who need full access to the library. The staff and board of the library initiated a thorough analysis of how to best meet ADA and accessibility needs, including replacement lift /elevator options, compliant bathrooms, doorways, and place of refuge for emergency exits. Following a rigorous selection process, we engaged the services of a qualified architect, knowledgeable about ADA requirements and historic adaptive design. The board unanimously agreed on what we collectively believe is the most feasible and fiscally responsible option at a cost of $420,000. This approach solves both the accessibility concerns and dramatically improves the use of space on both the main and lower levels of the library.

 

Light refreshments will be provided.

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

Kids Holiday Art Workshop

For the fourth 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 including pomanders. 

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 Concert: Portuguese Fado ~ Cafe Lisboa
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert: Portuguese Fado ~ Cafe Lisboa

Sonia Bettencourtfadista

with Guitarras do Atlantico

 Manuel Leiteguitarra portuguesa

 Viriato Ferreiraguitar

 Tiago Goulartpercussion

Café Lisboa

Portuguese Fado to warm the soul

Fado is the folk music of the old Portuguese cities. Until recently, it was an entirely oral tradition. Its fluid, intimate nature brings about subtle, ever-evolving variation that keeps the tradition vibrantly alive.   

What's fado about? These wistful, haunting songs — it is largely a sung tradition – evoke longing and tragic loss, or joy tempered by what fate holds in store. The busy ports where the sea and Portugal meet infused fado with a rhythmic and harmonic complexity that make it unique in Europe. There's just nothing like it. Sonia Bettencourt and her brilliant fado colleagues are masters of their art. Won't you join us for a moving, memorable afternoon?

"guitarra portuguesa" is the name by which people know the instrument; "Portuguese guitar" is acceptable but lacks the poetry of the original   

Ticket $10. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. For advance sales, please click the link below:

Tickets

Cost
$10.00

Links:
Sonia Bettencourt

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A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Friends~For My Father
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Friends~For My Father

Featuring Nora Fox, Devon Yesberger on piano, and a possible special guest! 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. Cash and check accepted at the door or click here for advance purchase.

Cost
$15

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Exclusive Preview Screening of CROOKED HOUSE A new film based on Agatha Christie's novel
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Exclusive Preview Screening of CROOKED HOUSE A new film based on Agatha Christie's novel

Film starts promptly at 2 pm; doors open at 1:30

Mystic Luxury Cinemas

27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic CT

Reception to follow at Jealous Monk

Tickets $25 each

Seats are limited and can be purchased in advance only

All proceeds benefit the James Merrill Museum & 

Writer-in-Residence Program

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Presentation by Captain Wes Pulver of the National Coast Guard Museum Educational Event at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
Nov
18
5:00 PM17:00

Presentation by Captain Wes Pulver of the National Coast Guard Museum Educational Event at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Captain Wes Pulver, Executive Director of the National Coast Guard Association. The Museum which is slated to open in 2022 will engage, educate and inspire visitors from around the world by honoring the courage and skill of the men and women of the USCG. The Museum will explore the Coast Guard’s rich history, current impact on our nation and the world, and its future service through interactive exhibits, programs, public and private partnerships, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based, life-long learning experiences. Visitors will also see numerous artifacts and history detailing the long history of the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Pulver will share stories of the history of the Coast Guard from a regional perspective including; the War of 1812, the Rum Wars during Prohibition, and the honored men and women from our local area who contributed so much to our success in World War II. Cost to attend this event is $5 for members of SHYC and $10 for guests. The Clubhouse will be open for dinner following the presentation. Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 ext. 0or emailing office@shyc.us

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Exhibit Opening: Photo-Op
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Photo-Op

A collection of noteworthy images by an eclectic mix of local and regional photographers. Photo­Op was founded in 2015 by Maria Scaglione of Westerly, Rhode Island. Each year the organization showcases different local communities in the 50 U.S. states. Opening reception Friday November 10, from 5-7pm.  Exhibit will run through the end of December.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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NESS Annual Benefit Gala
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

NESS Annual Benefit Gala

Join us for our 9th annual Benefit Gala on Saturday, November 4th at Haley Mansion in Mystic, CT!

Tickets and sponsorships are available for purchase online.

 

Advertising opportunities are available! Our program book is a great place to advertise your business to 200+ NESS friends. We have full page/half page and color/black and white advertising opportunities. Please email Caroline Knowles (cknowles@nessf.org) for advertising options.

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