When Artists Curate, with Author Alison Green
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

When Artists Curate, with Author Alison Green

An increasing proportion of exhibitions are curated by artists rather than professional curators. In her ground-breaking book, When Artists Curate, Alison Green provides the first critical history of visual artists curating exhibitions. The artist emerges as someone who carries a special responsibility for critiquing art’s institutions, brings considerable creativity to the craft of making exhibitions and, through experimentation, has changed the way exhibitions are understood to be authored and experienced. But the book also establishes a curious ubiquity to the artist-curated exhibition. Rather than being exceptional or rare, artists curate all the time and in all kinds of places: in galleries and in museums, in studios, in borrowed spaces such as shopfronts or industrial buildings, in front rooms and front windows, in zoos or concert halls, on streets, and in nature. Seen from the perspective of artists, showing is a part of making art. Once this idea is understood, the history of art starts to look very different. 

With extensive explorations of well-known artists such as Daniel Buren, Goshka Macuga, Thomas Hirschhorn, Rosemarie Trockel, Hito Steyerl, Andy Warhol, and Félix González-Torres, this book will change the way readers think about and look at exhibitions.

Alison Green is an art historian, critic and curator and Course Leader of MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Stonington Free Library Presents: Patrick Lynch on Long Island Sound
Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Free Library Presents: Patrick Lynch on Long Island Sound

Yale University Press author Patrick Lynch, using his widely researched and lavishly illustrated book A Guide to Long Island Sound as reference, will describe the evolution of Long Island Sound, one of the most densely populated regions in the US: the formation, geology, and ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial of the Sound, and the gradual effects of rising sea levels and warmer waters upon them.

Supported by many years of environmental research, Patrick will disclose, and discuss, his predictions for sea-level rise throughout the region.

A GUIDE TO LONG ISLAND SOUND, Yale University Press, will be available at the talk: 

"Informative yet accessible and visually stunning" - AUDUBON CT.

Links:
Stonington Free Library

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Youth & Family Fishing Tournament
Aug
11
8:00 AM08:00

Youth & Family Fishing Tournament

Calling all anglers!

We are excited to announce we will be hosting our first ever fishing tournament on Saturday, August 11th! 

This fishing tournament is a catch and release tournament except for Porgies. Each participant can bring 1 Porgy back to NESS for an official measurement. All other fish will be measured on the water, photographed for proof, and released! While everyone is invited to participate, prizes will only be awarded to participants under age 18.  

Don't have a boat to go out on? No problem! Participants may fish from land or rent a kayak from NESS. Limited spots will be available on a first come first served basis to get out on NESSIE, our newest addition to its fleet of powerboats! Fishing from the NESS property (i.e. docks) will not be allowed. Fishing rods, bait, and buckets will be available for rent.  

Registration is available online at nessf.org/fishing. The check-in table will open at 8:00am for day of registrations. Fishing time is from 9:00am - 11:00am with awards at 11:30am.

Event Schedule:

8:00 Registration at NESS
8:45 All Anglers Meeting
9:00 Fish On!
11:10 Weigh In at NESS & Judging
11:30 Awards at NESS

All participants over the age of 16 must have a valid salt water fishing license from Connecticut or a reciprocal state. Participants under the age of 16 must have a youth fishing passport free from the state of Connecticut DEEP. Please visit the CT DEEP website for more information on licenses and youth fishing passport.

Prizes will be given to the top three anglers in the 12 and under age category and the top three anglers in the 13 to 18 age category.  

This event is made possible by the generous support of Francis Pandolfi, Tom & Nancy McLaughlin, Watch Hill Outfitters, and Tsunami Fishing.    

Register online today!

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More Music Series: Bergin O'Malley - Album Release Concert
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

More Music Series: Bergin O'Malley - Album Release Concert

More Music Series: New Album Release Concert~"Somebody," with Bergin O'Malley

Local favorite Bergin O'Malley will play through songs from the her latest album and share the stories behind them. She will also be playing new material and a few songs that didn't make the album. Join us for a special evening of music! Tickets $15.

Tickets will be on sale shortly.

Cost
$15

Links:
Bergin O'Malley

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Stonington Historical Society: Revolution Song with Russell Shorto
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Revolution Song with Russell Shorto

Russell Shorto’s book describes the life of Venture Smith-  an enslaved man right here in Stonington who's narrative provides a case study of the influences that led to the American Revolution. The book has been praised as “first-rate intellectual history” (Wall Street Journal), “literary alchemy” (Chicago Tribune) and simply “astonishing” (New York Times). In his epic new book, Russell takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters, and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course, and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy. Through these lives we understand that the revolution was fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

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Westerly Sounds & La Grua Center present: Glenn Jones & Joseph Allred
Aug
4
7:30 PM19:30

Westerly Sounds & La Grua Center present: Glenn Jones & Joseph Allred

Glenn Jones is an instrumentalist of unparalleled skill and creativity. As a masterful raconteur Jones’ guitar work is both complex and sublime, intricate and emotional. His deep knowledge of the world of American Primitive music and his abilities on the fretboard have made Jones a pillar in his community. With each album Jones chronicles his experience, looking to the past or capturing the present with limber melodies that potently communicate the underlying emotions of the songs. Jones’ flair for storytelling shines in a live setting where origin stories are quite often the song’s introduction. It not only makes for an exceptional evening of listening, but one that draws on the deep traditions of country blues. 

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets $20.

Please click here to purchase tickets now.

Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door.

Cost
$20

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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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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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17th Annual Red Lobdell Regatta
Jul
28
10:30 AM10:30

17th Annual Red Lobdell Regatta

Saturday, July 28th, Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will hold the 17th Annual Red Lobdell Regatta. This yearly event is held in memory of the father of Spike Lobdell, one of the Club's founding members and its second Commodore.  “It is an honor to dedicate this race in tribute to my father who was an avid sailor for many years in these waters”, said Spike.  This event is intended for all boaters, and those who love to have a good time on the water to participate in the race as well as mingle with fellow boaters at the After Race Shore Party for a great time.

First gun will be at 10:30am, this regatta is open to all PHRF rated boats 20ft or longer, all NEMA rated boats.  Any one design with three or more entries will be treated as a class and given a separate start. First gun for Lasers, Ideals and small one designs will be the normal start time of 1:30. This is an ECSA points race. NOR/SI and Registration are available at yachtscoring.com or by calling the Club at 860-535-0112. The Entry Fee is $35 for all boats over 20’ loa. For 20’ and under the fee is $15.

The After Race Shore Party will be held from 5:00pm-7:30pm, cost is $30 per person which includes one drink ticket and pig roast. First, second and third place winners will be announced. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun event at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, 32 Water Street, Stonington.

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Commodore Betsy Bowman encourages everyone to participate in the race and join us for the party and pig roast following. “We are incredibly grateful to the generous sponsors- Mystic Shipyard, Dodson Boatyard LLC, Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan, LLC, PMW Marine, Foggy Harbor and Don’s Dock who have committed to ensure the success of this event. We look forward to a great turnout from the community for a day of sailing and an evening of celebration.”

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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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.

Click here for advance purchase.

Cost
$15

Links:
The Executive SessionDaymark

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Norb Vonnegut will speak on "Bitcoin and the Wave of Cryptocurrencies"
Jul
19
5:15 PM17:15

Norb Vonnegut will speak on "Bitcoin and the Wave of Cryptocurrencies"

Mr. Vonnegut will focus on the evolution of this social movement – what began as a bunch of libertarians opting out of our financial system of “trusted third parties” has turned into a technological wave that embraces an Internet ledger system known as “Blockchain.” There are over 1,600 cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin is the biggest by a factor of two. He will speak from
personal experience that cryptocurrencies are not yet ready for primetime; however, it’s a matter of time before they go mainstream.

Mr. Vonnegut is uniquely qualified to speak about this evolution. Before becoming a published author of both fiction and non-fiction, he spent most of his career in private wealth management with several brokerage firms, primarily Morgan Stanley, and with a registered investment adviser in New York City.

Mr. Vonnegut is a graduate of Phillips Exeter and Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his family split their time between New York City and Narragansett.

This event is free and open to the public.

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John Heminway will speak on his book "In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement"
Jul
15
4:00 PM16:00

John Heminway will speak on his book "In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement"

This is the remarkable story of a women’s search for a new life in Africa following World War II. Dr. Anne Spoerry earned the name of “Mother Doctor” from the people of Kenya. For more than 20 years she flew all over Africa saving countless lives. Few knew what earlier evil acts had driven her from post-war Europe to Africa. In his new book, Heminway asks whether it is possible to rewrite the past by doing good deeds in the present.

John Heminway is the author of six books, an award winning journalist and filmmaker. He has won numerous awards for his creative work. This will be a fascinating talk by someone who spent years in Africa and was a devoted friend of his subject.

This event is free and open to the public.

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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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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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Stonington Historical Society: A Village Love Affair~Rollie McKenna
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: A Village Love Affair~Rollie McKenna

The photographic legacy of Rollie McKenna portrays a village from another time. The Stonington Historical Society holds a large collection of negatives and prints from the estate of Rollie McKenna that will be the subject of an upcoming exhibit curated by photographer Francis Hills. A number of other items are on loan from the Rosalie Thorne McKenna foundation that illustrate her life from an early age. Elizabeth Osha along with Chris Kepple have been collecting oral histories that explore Rollie's life and relationships in Stonington. 

For more information, contact the Stonington Historical Society.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

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Amy Bass will speak on her book "One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together""
Jul
12
5:15 PM17:15

Amy Bass will speak on her book "One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together""

Amy Bass speaks on her award winning book, “One Goal: A Coach, a Team and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together”. She tells the inspiring story of how the longtime Lewiston, Maine community and its newly arrived Somali immigrants came together on the soccer field to chase dreams of national glory. This team of well entrenched locals and Somali immigrants, led by Coach McGraw, built a team with one goal: the first state soccer championship in Lewiston history. This demonstrates what happens when America works the way it is supposed to, offering a testament to the power of community and a hope for our times.

This event is free and open to the public – kid-friendly.

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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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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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 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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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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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.

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Author Jeanne Blasberg

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