Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

SVIA Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING of the SVIA

13     July 2019 10:00 AM – Borough Hall

AGENDA

         I.            Call to order and Welcome (Kathryn Burchenal, President)

      II.            Approval of Minutes of Annual Meeting 14 July 2018 (Beth Black, Sec'y) – VOTE

    III.            Treasurer's Report (Charlie Hatton, Treasurer)

    IV.            Standing Committee Reports

a.       Beach and Parks (Dodie Bump, Chair)

b.       Farmer’s Market (René Boelig, Committee Member)

c.        James Merrill House (Cynthia Elliott and Ruth Saunders, Co-Chairs)

       V.            Project Reports

a.       Benches (Kirby Williams)

b.       Collaborative Endeavors (Kathryn Burchenal)

c.        Landscape (Janet Vaskas)

d.       Events: Christmas Stroll, Ice Cream Social, Borough Clean Up (Beth Black)

    VI.            By Laws Update – VOTE

  VII.            Nominating Committee (Bill Rutherford, Chair)

a.       2019-20 Slate – VOTE

b.       Recognition of retiring Board members: Charlie Hatton, Bill Rutherford, Anne Eaton, Francis Pandolfi, Denise Collins, Laura Sawyer

VIII.            Questions, Comments, and Other Business- From the Membership

     IX.            Adjournment


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Behind the Curtain: Chicago Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones in conversation with Broadway producer Tom Viertel
Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

Behind the Curtain: Chicago Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones in conversation with Broadway producer Tom Viertel

Chris Jones is the longtime chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribuneand covers Broadway for the New York Daily News. He is also the director of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford. In conversation with Broadway producer Tom Viertel (Hairspray, The Producers, Gypsy, Angels in America), Chris will chat about significant productions over the last 25 years and his new book, Rise Up! Broadway and American Society from Angels in America to Hamilton. Books available for signing and sale.

Suggested donation $5

Co-presented with Bank Square Books


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

Kids Summer Art Workshops

Sundays, July 14 and July 21, from 10am to noon.

Kids Summer Art workshops at La Grua Center!  Children will be able to work with local artists and participate in their choice of various art activities, including painting, crafting, clay, and more!  All ages welcome! (Please note, for younger children parental supervision is required; no drop offs.) 

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

Kids Summer Art Workshops

Sundays, July 14 and July 21, from 10am to noon.

Kids Summer Art workshops at La Grua Center!  Children will be able to work with local artists and participate in their choice of various art activities, including painting, crafting, clay, and more!  All ages welcome! (Please note, for younger children parental supervision is required; no drop offs.) 

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

Music Matters: Duo Orfeo, Classical & Electric Guitars

Peculiar Arabesques
19th-century European art music

Joseph Ricker & Jamie Balmer
classical & electric guitars

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

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

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

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

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

Wine reception to follow.

Cost
$15

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67TH Annual Stonington Village Fair
Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

67TH Annual Stonington Village Fair

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 | Live Music | Book Sale Featuring Deals & Rarities | Sweet Bread Sale | and more! 

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Journal Jam Workshop
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Journal Jam Workshop

This workshop is a great summer jam session to take a break and nurture your free-thinking spirit through three journaling techniques.  This hands-on class combines mini-exercises on page layout, drawing, and writing for inspirational journaling. 

Becky Tumicki offers these techniques for celebrating self-expression on the page with guided instruction, solo time, and whole group sharing.  This workshop is ideal for all creative types.  No journaling experience required.

Bring your favorite pencils, pens, colored markers, scissors, glue stick, and a journal or paper. Creative play is known to be helpful and fun.  Come play and unplug.

Space is limited to 12 participants and pre-registration is required. Please email kelli@lagruacenter to sign up.

Suggested donation $5.

Becky Tumicki is an avid dabbler in all things creative.  New to journaling in 2016, she has since filled ten journals with quotes, colors, thoughts, drawings, and conversations with self to get through transitional periods in life.  She grew up in Norwich, spends part of her summers in the Borough, and currently resides in Washington State.

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Stonington Historical Society Gala
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society Gala

This year's Gala, Sea to Shining Sea: Celebrating America's First Lighthouse Museum, will support the mission of the Stonington Historical Society (SHS). SHS's mission is to Preserve, Interpret, and Celebrate the History of All of Stonington. SHS owns and maintains five historic properties including two museums and a historic research library. We strive to inspire you with new programs, exhibits, and collaborations, including a new Rollie McKenna exhibit at the Woolworth Library and a growing collaboration with the National Park Service to rediscover the Battle of Stonington. We welcome you to share and support these efforts by attending our annual gala. This year the Gala takes place on June 29th. The event will feature live music, cocktails and dinner, and lots of dancing on the grounds of the Old Lighthouse Museum at Stonington Point, overlooking both Little Narragansett Bay and Fishers Island Sound.

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

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

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

Come join us in celebrating this renowned artist!

Call for gallery hours.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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

5th Annual Stonington Sounds Music Festival

Stonington Sounds is a free music festival with concerts happening throughout the day in various outdoor/indoor locations in Stonington Borough anchored at La Grua Center. The festival will feature a diverse lineup of musicians from classical to jazz and is scheduled so that attendees can shop and dine during breaks in the music. A perfect way for residents and visitors alike to spend the day with friends and family!

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

Downloadable rack card of scheduled events is available at left.

Open to the public.

Schedule of Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer Soirée 2019
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Soirée 2019

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

$100 per person.  Click to purchase tickets.

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

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

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

Good Stories Well Told: The Accidental Sailor with Nelson Simon

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

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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

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

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

Suggested donation $5.

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

Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola

The Soul of the Viola

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

Cullan Bryant1886 Chickering concert grand

The Soul of the Viola

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

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

Tickets $15

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

For advance tickets, please click here.

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

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Carol Gimbel

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

First Annual Spring Boro Clean-Up Day

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

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

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


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

Exhibit Opening: The Love Affair

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

Suggested donation $5.

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

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

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

Audience participation will make this a lively evening.

Open to the public and free of charge.

For further information, please contact the Stonington Free Library.

Links:
Stonington Free Library

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

Education Event: Newport to Bermuda Race Planning Seminar

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

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

 

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is open year-round and offers a variety of activities both on and off the water including educational programs, arts and entertainment nights, family fun and fine dining. We are proud to welcome new members and showcase all the club’s many offerings. For more information visit us online at www.shyc.us

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Apr
25
12:30 PM12:30

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

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

For more information, please contact the Stonington Garden Club.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
Stonington Garden Club

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Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

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

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

The cost to attend this event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, guests are encouraged to stay for dinner after the presentation. Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112 ext. 103 or emailingoffice@shyc.us

 

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is open year-round and offers a variety of activities both on and off the water including educational programs, arts and entertainment nights, family fun and fine dining. We are proud to welcome new members and showcase all the club’s many offerings. For more information visit us online at www.shyc.us

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