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

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.

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

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).

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
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).

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! 

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.

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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.


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

Mark Wunderlich Reads from His Work
Apr
9
5:00 pm17:00

Mark Wunderlich Reads from His Work

  • Stonington Free Library

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poems, the most recent of
which is The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014), which received the Rilke Prize
and which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award.  His other books include
Voluntary Servitude, also by Graywolf, and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda
Literary Award.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts
Cultural Council, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program, Civitella Ranieri Foundation
among others.  His work has appeared in the New York Times MagazineSlatePoetry,
Paris ReviewThe New RepublicThe Stranger and elsewhere.  He teaches writing
and literature at Bennington College in Vermont, and lives in New York’s Hudson
Valley.

Special Pop-Up Exhibit Opening: Celebrating Art in Autism-One week only!
Apr
7
5:00 pm17:00

Special Pop-Up Exhibit Opening: Celebrating Art in Autism-One week only!

  • La Grua Center

Coming up in April 2017, La Grua Center is pleased to present a special pop-up exhibit featuring artwork by artists who have been affected by autism. Running for one week only, our opening reception will be Friday, April 7 from 5-7pm.

We welcome artists of all ages!  To participate or for more information, contact us at 860-535-2300 or email kelli@lagruacenter.org

- See more at:

Irish Music Concert Featuring Executive Seisύn
Mar
17
6:00 pm18:00

Irish Music Concert Featuring Executive Seisύn

  • La Grua Center

An Irish seisύn is music gathering that usually happens at pubs in villages and towns across Ireland. Please join this quartet of nationally known musicians for a foot stomping St. Pat’s seisύn with tunes and songs from Donegal, Kerry, Clare, and Galway.

Skip McKinley~ Flute    

Flynn Cohen~Guitar, Vocals    

Mance Grady~ Percussion

Dan Foster~Fiddle

General Admission Seating $15.  Purchase your tickets now!

Parking is in the Stonington Commons Lot at 32 Water St.

Cost
$15

Stonington Historical Society: Local Railroad Tycoon Morton F. Plant
Mar
9
5:00 pm17:00

Stonington Historical Society: Local Railroad Tycoon Morton F. Plant

  • La Grua Center

Morton Freeman Plant was a local legend. First and foremost a philanthropist who continued the legacy begun by his father but who was also a railroad tycoon of local renown. Plant was one of the founders of Connecticut College, a financier of the Wright Brothers, builder of many local trolley lines, owner of the Griswold Hotel and a colleague of J.P. Morgan.   His summer residence at Avery Point is now home to the University of Connecticut.  Jim Streeter is the Town Historian of Groton and a former policeman and mayor of Groton City. He has made a life study of Morton Plant and even impersonates him on occasion.

For more information please contact the Stonington Historical Society

Stonington Garden Club presents Mystic Seaport's Julia Jankowski
Mar
8
11:00 am11:00

Stonington Garden Club presents Mystic Seaport's Julia Jankowski

  • La Grua Center

The Stonington Garden Club presents:

Julia Jankowski, head Gardener at the Mystic Seaport, will talk about the history of gardening in the 19th century and connect it with the two 19th century replication gardens at the Seaport. She will also speak about the 20th century Seaport gardens and about the type of horticultural practices that the gardeners employ over the course of the season starting from the greenhouse to winter clean up.

For more information contact the Stonington Garden Club - See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/3/8/11/00/am/333-stonington_garden_club_jankowski#sthash.GiynI48Y.dpuf

Music Matters Concert: The Art of Counterpoint with Kleine Kammermusik
Mar
4
5:00 pm17:00

Music Matters Concert: The Art of Counterpoint with Kleine Kammermusik

  • La Grua Center

Geoffrey Burgess & Meg Owens, oboes & recorders

Stephanie Corwin, bassoon

Rebecca Humphrey, violoncello

Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

The Art of Counterpoint

Colleagues Bach & Zelenka

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)

Trio Sonatas No. 1 in F and No. 4 in g

Cantilena circularis Vida, Domina

Joh. Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

The Art of Fugue  Contrapunctus I

Three-part Ricercar from The Musical Offering

Kleine Kammermusik brings us woodwind chamber gems from two great High Baroque figures: Bach and Zelenka. The masters knew and admired one another, and they worked in close proximity, in Leipzig and nearby Dresden. Their highly distinctive personalities and consummate mastery are famed for their legacy of profound counterpoint, but also for brilliant melody, deft harmonic interplay, and unparalleled musical drama.

Won't you join us to hear superb woodwind masterworks of the Baroque, as played by this wonderfully expressive quintet?

Cost
Suggested donation $10.

- See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/3/4/5/00/pm/331-kleine_kammermusik#sthash.Znsnjx5A.dpuf

Exhibit Opening: Colors & Rhythms~The Art of Eva Leong
Mar
3
5:00 pm17:00

Exhibit Opening: Colors & Rhythms~The Art of Eva Leong

  • La Grua Center

Through her unique style of painting, Eva combines the rhythm of Chinese brushstrokes with the colors of Western influence in her current series of scroll paintings representing countries Eva has recently visited. Born and raised in Shanghai China, Eva Leong has lived and worked in Stonington for the past 25 years. Evidence of her early training in Chinese philosophy and traditional watercolor painting blends beautifully with the western oil painting techniques she learned while a student at the Art Students League and Parson's School of Design in New York.  Opening reception Friday, March 3rd, 5-7pm.  Exhibit will run through the end of March. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

- See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/3/3/5/00/pm/328-eva_leong#sthash.fn3wu69q.dpuf

Twist of Lemmon Fundraiser with Chris Lemmon
Feb
25
8:00 pm20:00

Twist of Lemmon Fundraiser with Chris Lemmon

  • 32 Water Street Stonington, CT, 06378 United States

Twist of Lemmon

An endearing ramble through the life of film icon Jack Lemmon and Hollywood’s Golden Age as told by his son Chris, a gifted pianist and performer, whose uncanny physical and vocal resemblance channels his father in this warm hearted one-man show. The performance will feature film clips and Chris at the 1922 Mason & Hamlin piano.

Purchase your tickets now!

$150/person ~ Performance & after-party gathering with Chris Lemmon at a lovely home in  Stonington Borough.  (9:30-11 pm ~ limited availability)

$100/person ~ Performance only.

$50/person ~ Partial-view back balcony seating.

R.S.V.P. by February 13

Print invitations are available at the office; please call for more information.  860-535-2300.

Links:
Purchase Tickets Now!

Conversations with a Masked Man
Feb
17
6:00 pm18:00

Conversations with a Masked Man

  • 32 Water Street Stonington, CT, 06378 United States

Conversations with a Masked Man, by John Hadden, is a play about deception, “the game” (espionage) and rough filial love. It is a fifty-minute, two-character, solo performance based on his book, Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me.

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying, hilarious, and poignant, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films––but the real conversation, the subtext, is about what they mean to each other.

John Hadden (senior) was an early member of CIA in Berlin, Hamburg and Salzburg, he was the station chief in Israel during the 60’s, through the Six-Day War, and he ran the “Middle East Desk” in Washington, DC until his quasi-retirement in the early 70s.

The play is performed in minimal style, to bring as intense a focus as possible to the relationship between the two men. For a “second act,” we have a “Fishbowl” conversation. Two pre-designated members of the local community and three volunteer members of the audience speak about their own experience of family issues, and the personal ramifications of politics. 

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $10

Links:
John Hadden's Web Site