Music Matters Series: The Heart of the Romantic, with Matthew Odell
Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: The Heart of the Romantic, with Matthew Odell

Robert Schumann Album für die Jugend, Op. 68
                        4. Chorale
Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Edvard Grieg Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43
Schumann Humoreske in Bb, Op. 20

This is ideal music to bring the Romantic soul to vivid, touching life. Pianist Matthew Odell, making his first return appearance in Stonington, has a lyrical, compelling way with this repertoire that beautifully evokes its great appeal.

In its final La Grua Center appearance of the year, the 1886 Chickering concert grand will once more place its appealing, authentic 19th-century voice in the hands of a masterful performer. Our Victorian-era guest is exactly contemporary with the exquisite Grieg set.

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

General admission seating is first come, first served. Seating is not reserved; please plan to arrive early. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

For advance ticket sales, clickhere.

Cost
$10

Links:
Matthew Odell

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WRAP Arts After Hours at La Grua
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

WRAP Arts After Hours at La Grua

A Partnership Event with Westerly Regional Arts Partnership (WRAP) and La Grua Center

Join us for the next in WRAP's Arts After Hours spotlight, featuring La Grua Center. At this free event, artists and other community members are encouraged to network with each other and learn more about the venue and the arts and artists in our region while enjoying light appetizers and wine, as well as door prizes! WRAP, the Westerly Regional Arts Partnership, advocates for the arts and promotes the region as an arts destination.

About WRAP's Arts After Hours

WRAP's Arts After Hours series showcases arts venues throughout the community and allows artists a chance to connect with other artists and collaborate with local venues in a fun, relaxing environment. These events will be held six times a year in various locations throughout the greater Westerly-Pawcatuck community.

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Thoughtful Thursdays – Craig Floyd – The Giving Garden
Oct
18
5:15 PM17:15

Thoughtful Thursdays – Craig Floyd – The Giving Garden

Craig Floyd is a tenth generation farmer whose family has been farming on one piece of land since the early 1700s. His family roots date back to the pilgrims.
His life has taken many turns. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served 20 years in the military, worked 20 years with the postal service and is now the farm manager at the Coogan Farm in Mystic, Ct. All of the produce grown at the Coogan Farm’s Giving Garden is donated to help feed food insecure people in Southeastern Ct. This event is free and open to the public.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Moscow Pianist Yury Martynov Piano Masterclass
Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Moscow Pianist Yury Martynov Piano Masterclass

Yury Martynov, professor at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, combines the finest of the Russian and Western-European traditions. 

As an audience member for this piano masterclass, you will be able to enjoy listening as Yury works with auditioned Masters-level performers on the 1886 Chickering and 1922 Mason & Hamlin. Masterclass audience admission $10. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

For advance ticket sales, click here. Cash, credit card, or check accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Please note there are no reserved seats. First come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

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Jonathan Post will speak on "Bringing Shakespeare to Light: His Secrets in the Sonnets Laid Bare"
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Jonathan Post will speak on "Bringing Shakespeare to Light: His Secrets in the Sonnets Laid Bare"

Can the Sonnets really be regarded as Shakespeare’s Roman a clef?

Well, it was Wordsworth who remarked that ‘with this key (the sonnet) Shakespeare unlocked his heart’……hmm.

Initially the poems were only circulated among Shakespeare’s personal friends, at a time when sonnet writing was at the height of fashion.

The collection, however, would eventually garner more critical attention than any other single book of poetry; an enduring canon that has survived across the epochs of time.

Stonington resident, and distinguished Professor of English at UCLA, Jonathan F. S. Post, author of many books and articles, and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare’s Poetry, will enlighten us with his explorations of love, lust, and the consequences of desire, and show why these great poems are still worth reading today.

Dr. Post’s talk will be based upon his two most recent books: ‘Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction’ (Oxford 2017), and ‘The Poetry of Anthony Hecht’ (Oxford 2015) both of which will be available after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

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Copy of SPECIAL EVENT: Moscow Pianist Yury Martynov Piano Recital
Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

Copy of SPECIAL EVENT: Moscow Pianist Yury Martynov Piano Recital

Yury Martynov, professor at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, combines the finest of the Russian and Western-European traditions. 

Saturday at 5 pm, October 13, 2018 Northeast U.S. début Yury Martynov (Moscow), 1886 Chickering concert grand

Schumann Symphonic Variations, Op. 13, with the Op. posth. variations Liszt Troisième Année de Pèlerinage (integral).

Tickets $25. Click here for advance purchase. Cash, credit card, or check accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Please note there are no reserved seats. First come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event. 

Thanks to our sponsors Alla Gorenbeyn, DMD and Rita & Myron Hendel.

Additional events:

Sunday at 3 pm, October 14, 2018 Northeast U.S. début Yury Martynov (Moscow), Zuckermann double harpsichord J.S. Bach The Six French Suites, BWV 812-81 Tickets $25.

Monday 10:00-1:30, October 15, 2018 Harpsichord masterclass Yury Martynov – interpreting Bach's French Suites
For auditioned Masters-level performers, with audience. Masterclass admission tickets $10; free to Music Matter subscribers. 

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SPECIAL EVENT: Moscow Pianist Yury Martynov Piano Recital
Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Moscow Pianist Yury Martynov Piano Recital

Yury Martynov, professor at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, combines the finest of the Russian and Western-European traditions. 

Saturday at 5 pm, October 13, 2018 Northeast U.S. début Yury Martynov (Moscow), 1886 Chickering concert grand

Schumann Symphonic Variations, Op. 13, with the Op. posth. variations Liszt Troisième Année de Pèlerinage (integral).

Tickets $25. Click here for advance purchase. Cash, credit card, or check accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Please note there are no reserved seats. First come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event. 

Thanks to our sponsors Alla Gorenbeyn, DMD and Rita & Myron Hendel.

Additional events:

Sunday at 3 pm, October 14, 2018 Northeast U.S. début Yury Martynov (Moscow), Zuckermann double harpsichord J.S. Bach The Six French Suites, BWV 812-81 Tickets $25.

Monday 10:00-1:30, October 15, 2018 Harpsichord masterclass Yury Martynov – interpreting Bach's French Suites
For auditioned Masters-level performers, with audience. Masterclass admission tickets $10; free to Music Matter subscribers. 

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Behind Stonington's Doors
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Behind Stonington's Doors

On Saturday, October 13, 2018 the Stonington Historical Society invites you to step inside some of our most beautiful homes. A self guided tour of distinctive and architecturally significant homes will carry you across centuries. We have carefully chosen 7 homes that will showcase the rich and diverse architectural history of Stonington. 

 Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. 

Available atwww.stoningtonhistory.org

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SPECIAL EVENT: Moscow Pianist Yury Martynov Piano Masterclass
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Moscow Pianist Yury Martynov Piano Masterclass

Yury Martynov, professor at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, combines the finest of the Russian and Western-European traditions. 

As an audience member for this piano masterclass, you will be able to enjoy listening as Yury works with auditioned Masters-level performers on the 1886 Chickering and 1922 Mason & Hamlin. Masterclass audience admission $10. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

For advance ticket sales, click here. Cash, credit card, or check accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Please note there are no reserved seats. First come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

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Stonington Historical Society: Pierce Rafferty on the History of Fishers Island
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Pierce Rafferty on the History of Fishers Island

A Place Unto Itself: The History of Fishers Island's Determined Quest for Privacy with Pierce Rafferty of the Henry L. Ferguson Museum.

For more information, please contact the Stonington Historical Society via the link below.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

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Paddle Tennis Boot Camp Clinic
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Paddle Tennis Boot Camp Clinic

We all need tune-ups every once in a while! Start the 2018/2019 Paddle Season off right with a boot camp clinic to help you brush up on your paddle tennis skills. Paddle Tennis Pros, Steve and Trish Griggs will get you back in paddle shape with a variety of drills and games. This paddle boot camp is great for beginners to advanced players and skill levels between!


Paddle tennis paddles are in the paddle hut for use, paddle tennis balls are provided by pros and there are additional balls in the paddle hut for use. The paddle pros will ensure that all players are participating at the correct level. Max of five players per court. Players must register in advance of the boot camp.

COMO Members: $105 per day | Non members: $135 per day

Learn more about becoming a COMO member! 

Saturday, Sept. 29: Beginners 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Intermediate 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Advanced 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30: Intermediate 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Advanced 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Paddle Tennis Boot Camp Clinic
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Paddle Tennis Boot Camp Clinic

We all need tune-ups every once in a while! Start the 2018/2019 Paddle Season off right with a boot camp clinic to help you brush up on your paddle tennis skills. Paddle Tennis Pros, Steve and Trish Griggs will get you back in paddle shape with a variety of drills and games. This paddle boot camp is great for beginners to advanced players and skill levels between!


Paddle tennis paddles are in the paddle hut for use, paddle tennis balls are provided by pros and there are additional balls in the paddle hut for use. The paddle pros will ensure that all players are participating at the correct level. Max of five players per court. Players must register in advance of the boot camp.

COMO Members: $105 per day | Non members: $135 per day

Learn more about becoming a COMO member! 

Saturday, Sept. 29: Beginners 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Intermediate 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Advanced 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30: Intermediate 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Advanced 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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SHYC Hosts Financial Crisis Education Event
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

SHYC Hosts Financial Crisis Education Event

On Saturday, September 22nd, at 6:00pm Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host an Education Event on the ten-year anniversary of the 2008 Financial Crisis to discuss what has been learned and how investors can prepare for the future. The panel discussion will feature; Tom Baxter: who at the time was the General Counsel at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the architect of many of the measures taken by the Federal Reserve, Charles Gray: who was a lawyer at Federal Reserve Bank of New York and subsequently the United States Treasury, andMichael Wiseman who represented AIG, Goldman Sachs, UBS, and Barclays. There will be a special $24 per person buffet dinner following the presentation. The cost to attend the education event is $5 for members of SHYC/ $10 for non-members. Reservations are requested by calling 860-535-0112.

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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Music Matters Series: Russian Music of the 1930s-40s for Clarinet & Piano
Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Russian Music of the 1930s-40s for Clarinet & Piano

Maksim Shtrykovclarinet
Misuzu Tanaka1886 Chickering concert grand

Russian Music of the 1930s-40s for Clarinet & Piano

Alexander Gretchaninov
Clarinet (viola) Sonata No. 1, Op. 161,
      and Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in F, Op. 172
Mieczyslaw Weinberg Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28
Sergei Prokofiev Flute (or violin) Sonata No. 2, Op. 94,
     
 transcr. for clarinet

The incomparable richness and intensity of Russian music following the 1917 revolution took on notes of sorrow, joy, and deep anguish during the early Stalin years. Three of the focal composers of that difficult, stirring period wrote wind and string sonatas that speak to us today with surprising directness — and beauty. Please join us as Maksim Shtrykov and Misuzu Tanaka return for their second Music Matters appearance. You've never heard so poignant and lovely a clarinet, nor such beautiful and heady pianism as when this duo play.

The 1886 Chickering concert grand, our 9' warm weather visitor, will make its third La Grua Center appearance. This 132 year-old time capsule is an extraordinary voice from the 19th-century, a concert grand of the sort familiar to our three Soviet-era composers.

Let friends know – this duo recital is a rare treat.

For advance ticket sales, click here.

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

Seating is not reserved. Doors open 1/2 an hour before the start of the event.

Cost
$10

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Steve Benjamin: A lifetime of sailing around the world in international competition
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Steve Benjamin: A lifetime of sailing around the world in international competition

Join New England Science & Sailing Foundation for an evening at the La Grua Center with 2015’s Rolex US Yachtsman of the Year, Steve Benjamin. Steve has competed at the highest level in international sailing competitions and will share his experiences and life lessons from his journey. This event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Steve’s Sailing Biography & Experience 
• Yale Sailing Associates (YSA) Chairman (1993-2013) 
• Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) Board of Directors (2010-present) 
• Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) Board of Directors (2012-present) 
• US Sailing delegate to the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) (2013-Present) 
• Trustee, New York Yacht Club (2016-2018) 
• National College Sailor of the Year (1978, Yale) 
• 4-Time World Champion – Fireball (1976 & 1977), 505 (1980), Etchells (2017) 
• U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist in the 470 Class as helm (1984) 
• 5 Admiral’s Cups – 1999, 1995, 1991, 1987 & 1983, 1st in Class in BRAVURA (1991) 
• Big Boat Owned – TP52 SPOOKIE 
• Atlantic National Champion 2017 
• Etchells North American Champion 2016 and 2015 
• Etchells US National Champion 2017 and 2016 
• Etchells Biscayne Bay Midwinter Series Overall Winner 
2018/2017, 2016/2017 & 2015/2016 
• Rolex US Yachtsman of the Year 2015, Runner up 2017 
• Championship of Champions winner 2017

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Stonington Historical Society: Traces of the Trade- Documentary Screening
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Traces of the Trade- Documentary Screening

Traces of the Trade is a documentary film that follows members of the DeWolfe family of Rhode Island as they trace their family's involvement in the slave trade and their attempts at reconciliation. Discussion will follow facilitated by a member of the Center for Reconciliation. The Center for Reconciliation was founded by the Episcopalian Diocese of Rhode Island and offers and supports efforts that lead to social justice, racial equality, and racial reconciliation. They provide a variety of events and programs that create opportunities for learning, sharing and discussing America’s history of slavery, the slave trade and its legacies.

For more information, please contact the Stonington Historical Society at the link below.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

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Thoughtful Thursdays – Markham Starr – “Swab Summer: Transformation at the United States Coast Guard Academy”
Sep
13
5:15 PM17:15

Thoughtful Thursdays – Markham Starr – “Swab Summer: Transformation at the United States Coast Guard Academy”

Please join us on Thursday afternoon, September 13th, at 5:15 in the Library when Markham Starr will talk about Swab Summer: Transformation at The United States Coast Guard Academy. A slide show of photographs from his book will accompany his presentation, a fascinating account of the Coast Guard Academy’s version of boot camp. In seven-weeks from reporting (R-Day) in June, the incoming class of civilian teenagers, some of whom can’t yet swim, are transformed into military ready cadets on their way to becoming leaders and officers. Not everyone, though, survives this grueling summer.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Native Americans in SE New England, with Jason Mancini
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Native Americans in SE New England, with Jason Mancini

Beyond Reservation: Indian Survival in Southern New England

There are roughly nine million acres of land in southern New England. The process of colonization by Europeans was so rapid and thorough that by the American Revolution, Indians in this region collectively possessed less than 30,000 acres.  This presentation provides an overview of how Indians and their communities responded to land dispossession, negotiated race, ethnicity, and identity, and how they maintained social and kinship networks on land and at sea.  Specific attention is given to areas beyond the bounds of colony-established reservations including rural communities of color, Indian mariners, and urban Indian neighborhoods.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Exhibit Opening: A Trio of Artistic Visions
Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: A Trio of Artistic Visions

The radical stylistic differences these three artists embody create a dynamic, provocative, and fascinating exhibit. Having met at a creative critique workshop for artists here at La Grua Center, a collaboration was formed that is sure to inspire! Join us on Friday, September 7, from 5-7pm as we celebrate this trio and their artistic vision. Exhibit will run through the end of October.

Open to the public. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Merrill House Presents: Karin Roffman & Willard Spiegelman on John Ashbery
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Merrill House Presents: Karin Roffman & Willard Spiegelman on John Ashbery

James Merrill House invites you to attend Karin Roffman and Willard Spiegelman in a conversation about the great American poet John Ashbery (1927-2017). Karin Roffman recently published the first biography of American poet John Ashbery, The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery's Early Life.  She is a senior lecturer in Humanities and English at Yale University. Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English, Emeritus, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and now a Stonington resident. A scholar of English and American poetry, he is also a regular contributor to the arts pages of The Wall Street Journal.

For more information, please contact James Merrill House directly at the link below.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
James Merrill House

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CT Authors Trail – Gail B. MacDonald on Morton F. Plant and the CT Shoreline
Aug
30
6:30 AM06:30

CT Authors Trail – Gail B. MacDonald on Morton F. Plant and the CT Shoreline

Join us on the CT Authors Trail. Gail B. MacDonald will discuss her book Morton F. Plant and the Connecticut Shoreline: Philanthropy in the Gilded Age.

About the Author: Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald is an associate professor in residence in the journalism department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is a former reporter for the Day of New London, Connecticut, and a veteran journalist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal, the Los Angeles TimesRhode Island MonthlyAmerican Artist and Vermont Life.

About the Book: Gilded Age financier Morton F. Plant inherited his father’s transportation empire determined to improve his community.  A dreamer eager to invest in innovative technology and grass-
roots community causes alike, Plant’s influence ran deep on the Connecticut shoreline prior to World War I, and his legacy remains prominent. Plant’s summer mansion, Branford House, is one of southeastern Connecticut’s iconic landmarks. He was instrumental in founding the prestigious Connecticut College. And the Shennecossett Golf Club he developed as part of his summer resort is a popular public course. Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald brings to life this important figure in Connecticut history and demonstrates his long-reaching impact.

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Music Matters Series: A Late-19th-Century Chamber Afternoon
Aug
25
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: A Late-19th-Century Chamber Afternoon

n memory of Stonington poet J. D. "Sandy" McClatchy (1945-2018) 

Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, violoncello
Artem Belogurov, 1886 Chickering concert grand

J.S. Bach/arr. Alfred Cortot Arioso from BWV 1056

J.S. Bach/late-19th-c. edition by Fr. Grützmacher Cello suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007

J.S. Bach English Suite No. 3 in g, BWV 808, through 19th-c. editions and Clara Schumann's famous interpretation

Heinrich von Herzogenberg Cello Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 64 (1886)

Octavie's and Artem's duo recital is their long-awaited first dip in the warm, sensuous waters of the high Romantic, with first Stonington performances of rare, touching scores. Our summertime seaside resident, the 1886 Chickering concert grand, will make its second Music Matters appearance. It's an extraordinary 19th-century original, a 132 year-old time capsule. Edvard Grieg and Franz Liszt were among the pianist-composers who wrote glowingly about this model of concert grand.

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

For advance ticket sales, click here.

Cost
$15

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