Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Latin Essence
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Cool Nights Warm Jazz: Latin Essence

This dynamic group is comprised of some of the sassiest jazz players in the region who keep the room full of lively vibes. The band, featuring Ben Velazquez (bass), Chris Leigh (guitar), Miguel Rios (congas), Steve Marien (saxophone) and Luis Rivera (percussion), combines elements of traditional Latin music with an eclectic repertoire of jazz standards and pop/fusion classics.

Tickets $20. For advance sales, click here. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. Seating is unreserved; please plan to arrive early.

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Good Stories Well Told: The Hurricane of 1938, with Tom Verde
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Good Stories Well Told: The Hurricane of 1938, with Tom Verde

Rhode Island-born journalist Tom Verde shares the story of his family's tragic loss during the devastating Hurricane of 1938 which swept along the New England coast on September 21. Tom will reflect on how the events of that awful day impacted his family for a generation and beyond.
 
Tom Verde is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Politico, the Boston Globe, AramcoWorld and on National Public Radio. A native of Providence, he lives in Pawcatuck, Connecticut.

Photo of Stonington Harbor during the Hurricane of 1938 courtesy of the Stonington Historical Society.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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World Comes to La Grua Series: Tim Flanagan on Southeast Asia
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

World Comes to La Grua Series: Tim Flanagan on Southeast Asia

Lessons Learned from a Year Abroad: Teaching, Traveling, and Learning in Southeast Asia

From teaching poetry in Vietnam to living with Burmese refugees in Thailand, Tim will share photos, stories and lessons learned from a year abroad. Learn how to travel cheaply while immersing yourself in another culture. Ask questions and get inspired to take your own adventure!

Tim Flanagan teaches social studies and photography at Stonington Middle School. During the 2016-17 school year, he took a leave of absence, sold his house, and set off on an adventure. He researched and taught for four months in Vietnam as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher and spent the rest of the year volunteering, teaching, and traveling in Southeast Asia and Central America. Tim has also completed fellowships in Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Germany, and Cuba, in addition to personal travel in South America, Europe, and Asia. He writes about teaching, volunteering, and traveling on his blog, The Alternate Route (http://tflanagan.us/yearabroad/).

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Music Matters: Pianist Olga Vinokur
Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Pianist Olga Vinokur

Olga Vinokur, 1886 Chickering concert grand 

The Heart & Soul of Russia

Scriabin Etudes, Preludes & a Sonata
Rachmaninoff Études TableauxMoments Musicaux
Prokofiev Sarcasms, Op. 17
Kreisler-Rachmaninoff Liebesleid

We often think of Russian pianism as being virtuosic. Russian Late Romantic music does require ferocious technical mastery, but the heart of this celebrated style is its deep lyricism. Among Russian performers gracing the American concert stage today, there is no more poetic a figure than Olga Vinokur. Her passionate commitment to the rich, subtle scores of Rachmaninoff, Medtner, and Scriabin is justifiably famous. She also brings a depth and finely chiseled intellect to early moderns like Prokofiev that takes your breath away. Join us for a rare pianistic and artistic encounter, a true revelation.

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

For advance tickets, please click here.

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

Festive cava reception to follow!

Cost
$15

Links:
Olga Vinokur

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Exhibit Opening: The Art of Samuel Austin
Sep
13
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: The Art of Samuel Austin

Come explore the whimsical world of Colorado artist Samuel Austin in this special partner exhibit with our friends at Curated gallery in Mystic. Exhibit will run through October 2019.  Enjoy two openings, one at Curated gallery in Mystic on September 6th from 5-7pm and the other at La Grua on September 13th, 5-7pm. We’ll have bubbly, nibbles, and rum tasting with Real McCoy Rum founders Bailey and Jennifer Pryor. Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Samuel Austin ArtCurated

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Music Matters: Meshulam-Kraft Piano Duo
Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Meshulam-Kraft Piano Duo

Benita Meshulam & Edith Kraft
1886 Chickering concert grand
& 1922 Mason & Hamlin grand

Brahms  Haydn Variations

Manuel Infante  Tres Danzas Andaluzas

Manuel de Falla  Danzas españolas, from La Vida Breve

It's taken us a decade to present our first Music Matters piano duo recital: two superb pianists at two exceptional grands. Acclaimed New York pianists Benita Meshulam and Edith Kraft have their own solo and teaching careers, of course, but we meet them here as a tip-top duo.

There's no more moving work for two pianos than Brahms's beloved Haydn Variations, and our two brilliantly colorful Spanish scores will summon every single color, hue, and dynamic nuance from the two fine instruments. Benita and Edith have a few pianistic surprises for us, too!

Tickets $15. Age 18 and under admitted free.

Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door. For advance tickets, please click here.

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

Festive cava reception afterward!

Cost
$15

Links:
Benita Meshulam

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Author & Civil Rights Activist Lottie Scott
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Author & Civil Rights Activist Lottie Scott

Longtime civil rights activist and local arts advocate Lottie B. Scott will discuss her book, Deep South Deep North: A Family’s Journey, a history of her life growing up in impoverished rural South Carolina and then her journey northward to Norwich in the late 1950’s. Lottie will chat about her family’s history and how their unbreakable bonds held them together through the hardship of racial discrimination and the challenges of family life as one of eight children. Her book will be available for sale and signing immediately following.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Warm Nights, Cool Jazz: Lisa Marien
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Warm Nights, Cool Jazz: Lisa Marien

Lisa Marien will share an evening of jazz vocal magic, featuring music from her debut album Just For Onceand favorite standards, accompanied by Steve Donovan on piano and Dave D'Addario on bass.

Tickets $15. Age 18 and under admitted for free.Click here for advance sales.

Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. Seating is not reserved. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

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Thoughtful Thursdays - Linda Christensen - "Getting Started on Ancestry"
Aug
15
5:15 PM17:15

Thoughtful Thursdays - Linda Christensen - "Getting Started on Ancestry"

New to family history? Join Linda Christensen at the Library on Thursday, August 15 at 5:15 pm for a look at simple steps for starting your family tree. She'll also highlight what to enter, how to enter it, and what to do next.


Linda LaFrancois Christensen grew up in Griswold and has lived in Preston for over 35 years. She has a BS in Elementary Education, an MS in Reading, and a Sixth Year degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently finishing up work for a genealogy certificate through the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She taught for 25 years in the Voluntown School System, retired and began working for the Holocaust Research Center in New London. She served as president of the Preston Historical Society for 12 years and is currently the Preston Historian. At this time, she is currently engaged in digitally preserving the archived collection of the Preston Historical Society through the Connecticut League of History Organizations and their CT Collections.

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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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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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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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Red Lobdell Regatta
Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

Red Lobdell Regatta

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club (SHYC) will hold the 18thAnnual Red Lobdell Regatta. The event is celebrated in memory of Francis Lobdell, an avid sailor cruising the waters from New Jersey to Maine. Called “Red” by nearly everyone (thanks to his red hair), Spike Lobdell dedicated this race to his father after he passed away in 2002. The annual race continues to memorialize Red’s love for the sport and for sailing in Stonington waters.  It can now also claim the oldest, standing, perpetual trophy at SHYC. 

A full day event that promises fun on and off the water, this regatta is an ECSA points race.  Sailors will find the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and Registration online at www.YachtScoring.com.  The entry fee is $35 for boats over 20 feet, $15 for 20 feet and under.  Expected classes include:

·      PHRF 20 ft or longer - spinnaker class

·      PHRF 20 ft or longer – Cruising Canvas

·      Multi-hull class

·      Watch Hill 15

·      Shields

·      Ideal 18

·      Sunfish

·      Laser

There will be three racing circles.  PHRF classes will sail a distance race targeted at 20 to 24 nautical miles, possibly around Fisher’s Island Sound.  Bigger, one-design boats, such as Shields, Watch Hill 15s, and Highlanders, will enjoy a longer course within the Sound.  A third circle of one-designs that sail inside the harbor include Ideal 18s, Lasers, and Sunfish. Open to all PHRF rated boats 20 feet or longer and all NEMA rated boats, any one-design with three or more entries will be treated as a class and given a separate start.  

Tickets to the Awards ceremony at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club and the pig roast that follows at 5 pm can be purchased at the SHYC clubhouse or by calling 860 535-0112. 

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is open year around 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 the club’s many offerings. Subject to weather conditions, the public are invited to sail Saturday mornings, 10 am-12:00 pm, with a Stonington Harbor Yacht Club member on an Ideal 18.  Please make reservations through the front desk (860) 535-0112.  Individuals may bring a guest and participation is limited to two outings per individual.  The cost is $25 per person.

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Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Dinghy Club & Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Co-sponsor Center for Hospice Care Benefit

For over 25 years, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have sponsored local regattas to raise funds and awareness for Hospice.  This race continues that tradition.  It starts at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 17, in Stonington harbor and is open to any boat 20’ or less. No advanced registration or fees are required.

According to Tucker Bragdon, Founder of the Stonington Dinghy Club, “We have organized Wednesday night races during summer months for 51 years.  We’ve offered dinner at the Wadawanuck Club following the race for 30 years.  We enjoy encouraging and supporting this community of small boat sailors.”  Then he added two interesting details.  “All the Race Committee for this event are women, and there are members who have belonged to the Dinghy Club Committee for all 51 years!”  

Following the race (around 7 pm), awards will be given out, dinner is available and there is an opportunity to make donations to Hospice occurs - all at the same time.  

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club joined as a supporting sponsor in 2014 and has been given an award for raising the most funds for Hospice three years in a row.  Help set a new record this year by donating at this event or online at https://stonington-2019.everydayhero.do.

Summer races help secure crucial funding for Hospice and provide support for patients and families who are experiencing life-limiting illnesses.  Fundraising events also enable Hospice to offer bereavement support for anyone, regardless of whether family members have been treated by Hospice or not.

Traced as far back as the 4thCentury AD, hospice care today serves patients diagnosed with a life expectancy of six months or less without charge.  Patients are encouraged to consider both hospice and palliative care services early, since they improve overall quality of life when struggling with serious illnesses.  For more information, go to www.hospicesect.org.

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is open year around 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 the club’s many offerings. Subject to weather conditions, the public are invited to sail Saturday mornings, 10 am-12:00 pm, with a Stonington Harbor Yacht Club member on an Ideal 18.  Please make reservations through the front desk (860) 535-0112.  Individuals may bring a guest and participation is limited to two outings per individual.  The cost is $25 per person.

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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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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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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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