La Grua Center's Summer Soiree
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

La Grua Center's Summer Soiree

It’s our first Summer Soiree, taking place on Friday, June 22, from 6-9 p.m. We’re doing our best to put the FUN in FUNdraising for the people who support us, and this time we’ve designed some additional ways to take your money for you to enjoy your evening with the hope that you’ll be having such a good time you’ll hardly notice that your wallet has been lifted you’ll leave feeling great about our little cultural center! Buy your tickets online here. We’re trying something different this year with an inside/outside event—inside La Grua Center with a tent leading out the side door so we’re well equipped for rain should it dare to fall.
 
We’ve conned convinced some lovely people to donate auction items that we hope will—like La Grua—provide some sort of satisfying arts or cultural experience. From fine food and wine to art, music, baseball, and sailing, as well as stays at Ocean House or in Portugal, you might be taking something home with you that will really make you smile. We have some of the auction items viewable online via our Facebook Summer Soiree photo album, so please take a look here to whet your appetite. We will also have a wine pull, where for a mere $15 you might walk away with a bottle worth a good deal more (all bottles will be wrapped with their labels hidden). Again, some kind friends of La Grua have donated wine that they personally enjoy and think you will too. In fact, the bottles I am contributing come from my little hometown corner of Northeast Ohio that is the country’s next up-and-coming wine region, so the wine snobs aficionados among you might pick up something surprisingly excellent!
 
So there’s my pitch. We have a wonderful committee who has helped plan a nice evening with yummy food catered by Dog WatchCove Ledge Beer, Wine & Spiritsdonated the wine and beer, and The Real McCoy Rum contributed the spirit of choice in our signature mojito. Stonington High School's terrific theatre director Erin Sousa-Stanley will sing some show tunes to liven up the evening. We especially want to thank our Gold Sponsor, UBS and its New London office, for its support of the event and the next day’s free summer festival, as well as our Silver Sponsors, our neighborhood Dime Bank in Cannon Square; Heritage Fisheries/The Williams family; the marketing communications agency Pappas MacDonnell; the New London law firm Waller, Smith & Palmer; and Yale-New Haven Health Lawrence+Memorial Hospital. At the Bronze level, we thank Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties – Borough Office and the Water Street Cafe, both just down the block from us. Please consider giving them your business and letting them know you appreciate their sponsorship of our events.

In case you've managed to read this far and haven't yet clicked on the link to buy tickets, here it is again!  The date to RSVP by is June 15. Please know that your support of this event benefits our year-round programming at La Grua Center, as well as the next day's free Stonington Sounds Summer Music Festival.

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 Coast Guard Auxiliary safety inspection at the SHYC
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Coast Guard Auxiliary safety inspection at the SHYC

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club welcomes all boat owners and operators to ensure their boat is safe and prepared for the summer season by offering a Coast Guard Auxiliary safety inspection at the SHYC docks on June 23rd from 9am-1pm. Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is located at 32 Water Street in Stonington and boats can reach the west facing dock on the starboard side coming into the harbor.  This is a free service of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and vessels meeting all requirements will be awarded certification stickers for the year.  There is no penalty if requirements are not met and owners will be given a list of items required so they can meet the appropriate safety standards.  Vessels passing safety checks are awarded a decal that informs: Coast Guard, Harbor Patrol, Sheriff's & Police and other boating law-enforcement & safety agency's that your boat was in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws during a safety check for that year. Many boat insurance companies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check. All decals and safety checks are void December 31st of year in which the boat is inspected. They are also void should the operator /owner fail to maintain the vessels equipment or the vessel itself to the standard at the time of the safety check. Items that are checked include: life jackets, registration and numbering, navigation lights, ventilation, fire extinguishers, distress signals, battery cover and connections. These items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in penalties if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard while you are underway. Register for your time slot by calling 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 atwww.shyc.us

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NESS Fest
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

NESS Fest

The New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is kicking off the summer season with their annual NESS Fest on Saturday, June 23 (11am-3pm) at their Stonington location at 72 Water Street. This free event will feature fun activities including sailing, powerboat tours, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. This event is open to the public. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

NESS's Director of Advancement Marggie Slichter explains, "NESS Fest is a great opportunity for us to give back to our community. It's a full day of fun that's all about getting people out on the water, whether it be through kayaking, SUPing, sailing, or on a powerboat. We're also looking forward to some fun land-based events this year!" 

The Haven Brothers food truck from Providence will be onsite with food available for purchase. Matt Beaudoin from Mystic Knotwork will be at the event teaching attendees how to tie either a survival bracelet for their wrists or a small lanyard for their boat shackles. Supplies will be provided at no cost, though a donation to NESS would be appreciated. Mystic Knotwork is a 61-year-old family operation in Mystic most famous for their sailor bracelets, though they also make decorative knots for homes, weddings, and events. 

NESS Fest participants are welcome to enjoy ocean adventure activities, tour the facilities, meet the staff, and learn more about NESS's summer programs. No prior experience in water sports is necessary and participants will be supervised by trained and experienced NESS staff members. 

As an ocean adventure nonprofit, NESS provides STEM-based education programs, on the water and off, for students from all walks of life. With its fleet of sailboats, powerboats, kayaks, windsurfers, and SUPs, in 2017 NESS taught over 8,500 students ages four to adult. This summer, NESS is introducing boat tours to its already impressive lineup of courses and classes. The nonprofit is also expanding its adaptive sailing program for people with disabilities. For more information, call 860-535-9362 or visit www.nessf.org 

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4th Annual Stonington Sounds Summer Music Festival
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

4th Annual Stonington Sounds Summer 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, and DuBois Beach. 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 will be available shortly.

Open to the public.

Schedule of Events:

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

Noon ~ The Westerly Band ~ Wadawanuck Square (Co-presented with SVIA)

2pm ~The Chris Conte Trio (Classic American Songbook Jazz) ~ Stonington Commons Green

3pm ~ Violinist Stephan Tieszan with Elena Zamolodchikova (Classical) ~ La Grua Center

4pm ~ Executive Session (Irish) ~ Stonington Commons Green

7pm ~ Chanteys & Songs from the Sea:  Craig Edwards & Geoff Kaufman ~ Portuguese Holy Ghost Society

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9th Annual Stonington Artists Exhibit
Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

9th Annual Stonington Artists Exhibit

Come join us for our 9th annual Stonington Artists Show which will feature fantastic creations in various media from our Stonington, Mystic, and Pawcatuck artists. Exhibit will run through the end of August. Opening reception Friday, July 13 from 5-7pm.  

Open to the public.  Suggested donation $5

This is an open, un-juried exhibit. Space is limited and pieces are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. To participate, please download the PDF on the left, fill out, and return according to instructions on the form. Registration closes June 15 or until space is filled.

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Kids Summer Art Workshop
Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Summer Art Workshop

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!  This year our friends from Stone Acres Farm will be joining us for a special craft project as well. All ages welcome! (Please note, for younger children parental supervision is required; no drop offs.)  

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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More Music Series: Skip McKinley & Daymark
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

More Music Series: Skip McKinley & Daymark

Michael aka "Skip" McKinley has released two CD albums The Executive Session and Fairytales and his own band, Executive Session is about to release the third titled Live at La Grua. He plays a 10-keyed granadilla wood flute made in London circa 1850. The sound is quite different than that of the contemporary silver flute and is reminiscent of the clarinet or oboe. Early influences came from playing the sax in a stage band and listening to Jimi Hendrix.

For this concert, Skip has invited the sensational new band Daymark. Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, border pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals), the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar. 

Open to the public.

Tickets $15. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door.

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Cost
$15

Links:
The Executive SessionDaymark

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Kids Summer Art Workshop
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Summer Art Workshop

Children will be able to work with local artists and participate in their choice of various art activities, including painting, crafting, clay, and more!  This year our friends from Stone Acres Farm will be joining us for a special craft project as well. All ages welcome! (Please note, for younger children parental supervision is required; no drop offs.)  

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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66th Annual Stonington Village Fair
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

66th Annual Stonington Village Fair

66TH ANNUAL STONINGTON VILLAGE FAIR

August 4, 2018 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wadawanuck Square, Stonington Borough

About the Event: 

The Stonington Village Fair is a regional time-honored tradition drawing thousands annually. The first Village Fair was held on August 14th, 1952 to commemorate the 1814 Battle of Stonington. With the assistance of more than 100 volunteers, this popular community event brings together local and tourist alike, for a fun-filled day of games, music, food and crafts.

What Will You Find at Village Fair?

  • Delicious food

  • Games & prizes

  • Bounce house, local artisans

  • Treasures & Trifles

  • Book sale featuring deals and rarities

  • Sweet bread sale

  • and more!  

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Pet Behavior Event - FREE!
Jun
21
5:15 PM17:15

Pet Behavior Event - FREE!

Animal lovers and pet owners, please join us for a lively “Thoughtful Thursday” presentation in the Stonington Free Library at 5:15, on June 21. Gleanna Doyle, the owner of Rhodes Collar that provides “services for pets and their families,” will talk about common pet behaviors. A “how-to” training demonstration will follow, focused on teaching a pre-selected dog/puppy not jump on friends, guests, and neighbors and instead teaching in an alternate positive behavior.

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Author Jeanne Blasberg on Her Novel, "Eden"
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Author Jeanne Blasberg on Her Novel, "Eden"

What is Eden?

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg will discuss her award-winning novel, EDEN.  Anita Shreve described it “[as] not just another farewell-to-the-summer-house novel, but instead a masterfully interwoven family saga with indelible characters, unforgettable stories, and true pathos. Most impressive, there’s not an ounce of fat on this excellent book.”  

Set in fictional Long Harbor, RI, which very closely resembles Watch Hill, has resonated with readers up and down the coast of New England. The novel points to the themes of paradise and creation and the challenges one matriarchal line of a family faces. Jeanne will discuss her inspiration, the nuances of the story, as well as her writing journey. Books will be available for signing and sale. 

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Author Jeanne Blasberg

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Stonington Free Library: Ten Restaurants That Changed America-Paul Freedman
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Free Library: Ten Restaurants That Changed America-Paul Freedman

Paul Freedman will speak about his latest book, Ten Restaurants that Changed America. From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, the book is a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants. Combining a historian’s rigor with a foodie’s palate, Ten Restaurants that Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. 

Paul Freedman is a history professor at Yale University where he has taught since 1997. Prior to Yale, he spent 18 years at Vanderbilt University. He has written on Catalan ecclesiastical and social history, comparative studies of the peasantry, and the history of cuisine. Professor Freedman also is the editor of the ICP Award-winning Food: The History of Taste and the author of Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination.

For more information, please contact the Stonington Free Library.

Links:
Stonington Free Library

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Music Matters: Castle, Kalayjian & Kaplan
Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Castle, Kalayjian & Kaplan

Hilary Castleviolin

Ani Kalayjianvioloncello

David Kaplanpiano

A First Flowering – Two Young Masters

Beethoven Piano Trio in c, Op. 1, No. 3

Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8

Can you imagine three more different instruments than piano, cello, and violin? The magic and great challenge of this combination have seized the imagination of our best composers for two and a half centuries. Brahms and Beethoven were in their twenties when they first wrote for piano trio. How their first flowerings have endured!

La Grua Center will once more ring with the vibrancy  Hilary Castle & Co. invariably brings to life in our resonant acoustic space. Please let fellow music lovers know of this splendid afternoon — chamber music at its very best!

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

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Stars Over Stonington - COMO Annual Gala
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Stars Over Stonington - COMO Annual Gala

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.
Stonington Harbor Yacht Club

Stars over Stonington is an evening of celebration and community support. 
 
The gala recognizes the many individuals-donors, members and community partners- who support the COMO mission, as well as providing critical funding for facility upgrades, organizational needs, and program scholarships. Past events have funded energy-efficient windows, a new van for transportation of youth, a literacy loft for preschoolers and more. Be part of this year's event! Consider being an event sponsor, placing a program advertisement and, of course, attending this special evening

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Lecture: Sue Ellen Thompson on Poet Jane Kenyon
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture: Sue Ellen Thompson on Poet Jane Kenyon

Jane Kenyon only published four collections of poetry, but her reputation and influence, especially following her death from leukemia at the age of 47 in 1995, have continued to grow. Today she is widely recognized as one of America’s premier lyric poets. Sue Ellen Thompson will explore the impact that Kenyon's lifelong struggle with depression and her marriage to a future U.S. Poet Laureate had on her work. Several of her poems will be read and discussed, with particular attention paid to their plainspoken diction and use of metaphors from the natural world. Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Stonington Free Library Presents: Connecticut Early Music
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Free Library Presents: Connecticut Early Music

As the CT Early Music Festival prepares for its 36th Season this spring, multi-talented Ian Watson, described by the Times of London as a “world-class soloist," will share the sounds and stories of the period instruments that make the Connecticut Early Music Festival a treasure here in Southeastern Connecticut.

Watson, who began his career as an organist at St. Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey, is currently in his 11th season as Director of Arcadia Players Period- Instrument Orchestra (Northampton, MA) and was appointed Resident Conductor of Boston’s Handel and Hayden Society in September, 2014.

For questions about this event, please contact the Stonington Free Library at 535-0658.

Links:
Stonington Free Library

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Anthony Pellegrini: China’s Belt Road Initiative-the New “Silk Road”
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Anthony Pellegrini: China’s Belt Road Initiative-the New “Silk Road”

Local scholar Anthony Pelligrini will speak on “China’s Belt Road Initiative: The New 'Silk Road'" on May 16, 2018, at the La Grua Center in Stonington Borough. Free for SECWAC members, $10 for non-members. Open to the public.

5:30pm reception, 6:00pm presentation. Optional Dinner following the presentation for $35 at Stonington Yacht Club. Must reserve in advance by calling 860-912-5718 or emailing info@secwac.org.

Topic: This foreign policy initiative is a manifestation of China’s new policy under President Xi to take global leadership on issues of trade and globalization. And it is happening as the US retreats from the global stage. Mr. Pellegrini will talk about the historical silk routes, discuss China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI, the “new silk routes”), including some of the motivations for the initiative, compare the BRI with Europe’s TEN networks and South America’s IIRSSA networks, discuss some of the real risks of the BRI for China, and conclude with a discussion of some of the implications for China’s role in the world.

SECWAC is a membership organization. A guest of a member may attend once as a complimentary guest. This event, hosted with the La Grua Center, will be $10 walk-in (usually $20).

For SECWAC Membership information, please visit http://secwac.org/.

Cost
$10

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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.

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Links:
Black Isle Music

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Exhibit Opening: Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild

La Grua Center is pleased to welcome back artists from the Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild (NECTAG) during the months of May and June. A wide variety of works are on display, including oils, water colors, acrylics and more! Opening reception Friday May 11 from 5-7pm. Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Stonington Historical Society: Stones of Stonington~Native American Rock Formations
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Stones of Stonington~Native American Rock Formations

This slideshow takes the audience on an extended walk through the woods to see the ceremonial stonework left behind by the indigenous population that occupied New England for 12,000 years. Native Americans built nearly two dozen distinct types of structures in our area, ranging from cairns to stone serpent effigies, and these spiritual offerings remain standing in now long abandoned woods. While Native American stonework is widely recognized out west and to the south, New England’s stonework remains obscure, having blended back into the woods. This slideshow, from the book by the same name, comes from photographs of over 8000 objects and ceremonial sites in North Stonington. For more information contact the Stonington Historical Society at 860-535-8445.

Open to the public. Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Stonington Historical Society

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The Environmental Activism of Beatrix Potter
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Environmental Activism of Beatrix Potter

While English author Beatrix Potter went on to fame and fortune as a children’s book writer and creator of Peter Rabbit, her true passion was preserving the landscape that provided inspiration for her stories: the hills and farms of western England’s stunning and dramatic Lake District. Tom Verde will discuss how Potter, an active conservationist, practically single-handedly saved the Lake District from development and deforestation, using the proceeds of her books to fund her efforts.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Shawondawsee Mansion in Stonington with Professor Michael Waters of Columbia University. 
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Shawondawsee Mansion in Stonington with Professor Michael Waters of Columbia University. 

Please Join Us on May 4 at 6 pm at the Captain Palmer House for a discussion of Shawondawsee Mansion in Stonington with Professor Michael Waters of Columbia University. 


Michael Waters studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia, and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, where he earned his PhD. Before his position at Columbia, he was the Scott Opler Research Fellow in Architectural History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He has been the recipient of a number of fellowships, including a pre-doctoral Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Dr. Waters wrote about Shawondawsee in the February issue of Historic Stonington Footnotes

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May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Multimedia presentation with Tucker Thompson about the Volvo Ocean Race

Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00pm Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is excited to host a multimedia presentation from Tucker Thompson about the Volvo Ocean Race. Tucker Thompson was the official Host of the 35th America’s Cup. He is an award-winning TV commentator, producer, and public speaker and has hosted over 1,500 sailing shows including three America’s Cups, the Volvo Ocean Race, and the World Match Racing Tour. A former champion sailor, Tucker sailed with America True during the 2000 America’s Cup in New Zealand.

Thompson will cover the history and revolution of the Volvo Ocean Race, introduce this year’s teams, chronicle life aboard the race and provide a current update. There will be a $30 price fixed dinner after the presentation. Reservations are required. The cost for the presentation is $10 for members and $15 for guests. Register by emailing office@shyc.us or calling 860-535-0112 ext. 103 today. This event is made possible by the generous sponsorships of Volvo, Inn at Stonington and the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club.

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is located at 32 Water Street inside the Stonington Commons. SHYC 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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Good Stories Well Told: Letter to My Father with Author G. Thomas Couser
Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

Good Stories Well Told: Letter to My Father with Author G. Thomas Couser

Having wounded his father with a hurtful letter when he was twenty-three, Tom Couser felt somewhat responsible for his later mental collapse. When his father died, Tom found personal documents that revealed facets of his father’s life of which he had known nothing. Too traumatized to grieve properly, much less to probe his father’s complicated history, Tom boxed the documents and stored them—for over thirty years. When he finally explored his father’s rich legacy, he achieved a belated reconciliation with a man he had not really known. Letter to My Father is the heartfelt story of how these events unfolded.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Military Matters: 150th Naval Base Anniversary with Capt. Paul Whitescarver
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Military Matters: 150th Naval Base Anniversary with Capt. Paul Whitescarver

In honor of the 150th anniversary of our Naval base this month, we are pleased to present Capt. Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base New London. He will discuss a little of the base’s history as well as highlight the base’s role and mission today. Q&A and wine reception to follow.

 

 

 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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SHYC Education Event: Bob Kostyla- Marion to Bermuda Race
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

SHYC Education Event: Bob Kostyla- Marion to Bermuda Race

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Bob Kostyla. Kostyla is a member of the Marion Bermuda Race organizing committee. From 1999 through the 2017 race, he has crewed and skippered in eight Marion Bermuda races and has also done four return sails. He is a sailor and boat owner of 40 years and a longtime member of the Beverly Yacht Club and resident of Marion, MA.

Since the first Marion Bermuda Race in 1977, it has focused on cruising sailors who want to experience the challenge and enjoyment of an offshore race. While boats, methods of navigation, safety requirements and sail technology have changed, the Marion Bermuda Race still stays focused on the cruising sailor. For more information on the history of the Race visit www.marionbermuda.com. The Marion Bermuda Race Committee holds a series of offshore race preparation seminars at yacht clubs from New York to Maine each year. These seminars are approximately 60 minutes in length and present a great overview of what is required to participate in the Marion Bermuda Race. Even if you’re not considering participating in the race in 2019, the seminar still gives you lots of good information and suggestions on creating a well-founded ocean cruising boat

This event is free and open to the public, 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

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On Assignment with National Geographic
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

On Assignment with National Geographic

From Stonington Garden Club: Michael Melford, globetrotter and National Geographic photographer will speak at La Grua Center, 32 Water ST, Stonington, CT on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 PM. His talk "On Assignment with National Geographic" will feature the images and stories behind the makings of magazine articles.

Melford's assignments have focused on conservation, preservation and celebrating the beauty of wilderness and national parks around the world. He has produced more than eighteen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler, including nine covers. He has also been featured in many books and produced three on Alaska for National Geographic.

From Chile to Cambodia, Tanzania to Tibet … Melford's 35-year career has captured many of the natural and manmade wonders of the world. When not shooting for the magazine, he enjoys sharing both his love of nature and extensive knowledge of photography as he inspires people to care about our planet.

Photography and conservation buffs will have an opportunity to see rare images and hear from a leading expert on National Geographic photojournalism. The lecture, hosted by the Stonington Garden Club, is free and open to the public. The Stonington Garden Club's objective is to educate and encourage interest in the environment, conservation, community projects, and to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening.

Photo courtesy of the Stonington Garden Club

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Sunday Evening Lecture – Ellen Litman – Becoming American
Apr
15
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Evening Lecture – Ellen Litman – Becoming American

Author Ellen Litman will speak at the Library.

Ellen Litman grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she lived until 1992. After her family immigrated to the United States, she studied Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation spent the next six years working as a software developer in Baltimore and Boston. She took her first writing class in the fall of in 1998. Three years later, she left Information Technology and went off to Syracuse to study writing. Since then, she’s been writing and teaching.

Ellen’s fiction won first prize in the Atlantic Monthly 2003 Fiction Contest, and she’s been awarded 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, as well as fiction fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Her stories have appeared in Best New American Voices 2007, Best of Tin House, American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, Dossier, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Connecticut.

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Sunday Evening Lecture – Merrill House Poet, Suzanne Rivecca
Apr
8
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Evening Lecture – Merrill House Poet, Suzanne Rivecca

Suzanne Rivecca's first collection of stories, Death Is Not an Option (W.W. Norton 2010), won the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short fiction has received two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2013. She has been a National Endowment for the Arts fellow as well as a Stegner fellow at Stanford University and Creative Arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her current writing draws on her experience working in San Francisco's homeless-services sector. 

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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.

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Duo Fortin Poirier

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