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Exhibit Opening: A New England Perspective ~ Ninigret Art Guild
Jan
11
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: A New England Perspective ~ Ninigret Art Guild

For the months of January and February, La Grua Center is pleased to welcome back the artists of the Ninigret Art Guild. This exhibit will feature a beautiful array of landscapes in various artistic styles and media. Opening reception will be Friday, January 11th from 5-7pm. Exhibit will run through the end of February.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Kids Holiday Art Workshop
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Holiday Art Workshop

For the fifth year in a row, La Grua Center and the Stonington Garden Club are pleased to host our Kid's Holiday Art Workshop!  Local artisans will be on hand to help children create ornaments, cards, wreaths and other holiday treats. 

Drop in from 10am - noon.  Open to the public; no registration needed. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Series: Portuguese Fado with Sonia Bettencourt
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Portuguese Fado with Sonia Bettencourt

SONIA BETTENCOURT, fadista

Guitarras do Atlantico

   Manuel Leite, guitarra portuguesa 
   Viriato Ferreira, viola de fado 
   Michael Haffenen, viola baixo

Fado is the folk music of Portuguese urban cafés and the ancient ports. It's a haunting, propulsive, wistful amalgam of Portuguese, Iberian, North African Arab and black, Moorish, Roma, and Atlantic islands roots. This is more than just the music of the Portuguese soul – it has won over the entire world. Fadista Sonia Bettencourt is a compelling, distinctive a voice for this music, as are the three first-rate instrumentalists of Guitarras do Atlantico. A fado afternoon like this is a must!

Once again, we're delighted to collaborate with Stonington's Portuguese Holy Ghost Society to bring you the sensuous, seriously addictive sound of fado.

Tickets $15

18 and under admitted free.

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Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door.

No reserve seats; seating is first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

After the concert’s wine reception at La Grua, enjoy special price acepipes (Portuguese tapas) at the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society at 26 Main Street, Stonington Borough - just a short walk away. (Fish tacos, chourico, kale soup & more!) 

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A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Co.
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Co.

This upcoming concert will remain largely mysterious until the moment of execution, but audiences can expect a little song, a little dance, and bit of holiday cheer!  So come visit us after an evening of shopping and dining at Stonington Borough’s Holiday Stroll for a one-of-a-kind performance as only Nora can deliver! 

Tickets $15. Age 18 & under admitted for free. For advance ticket sales, click here.

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

No reserved seating; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hr before event start.

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Exhibit Opening: Women Photographers of Connecticut
Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Women Photographers of Connecticut

Women Photographers of Connecticut was envisioned by Geneva Renegar in 2015 as a creative endeavor to collectively bring together all the talented female photographers of our Nutmeg State.  It has been a vision fulfilled as the group now comprises well over 762 women (and growing) who are located through-out all parts of the beautiful State of Connecticut.

Opening reception will be Friday, November 9th from 5-7pm. This exhibit will run through the end of December. Please call for hours.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Series: Cembalo Solo Performance with Dylan Sauerwald
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Cembalo Solo Performance with Dylan Sauerwald

Acclaimed Boston harpsichordist Dylan Sauerwald has a rare and intriguing program up his sleeve. Imagine late-17th-century music that highlights the powerful clash of French and Italian influence in the great palaces of Vienna at a dynamic moment in history. Imagine, too, a colorful, robust Italian harpsichord to perfectly paint this elegant cultural brawl in sweeping, brilliant hues. Two gifted Viennese composers epitomized these national styles: Johann Kaspar Kerll, a student of Frescobaldi, and Georg Muffat, who returned from Paris bursting with inspiration by Jean-Baptiste Lully.

Tame stuff, you say? No way! Please join us, and do let friends know.

Tickets $10

For advance ticket sales, click here. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

No reserved seating; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hr before event start.

Cost
$10

Links:
Dylan Sauerwald

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Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life, with Author Sam Harrington
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life, with Author Sam Harrington

Most elderly people say they would like to die quietly at home. But overly aggressive medical advice, coupled with an unrealistic sense of invincibility or overconfidence in our health-care system, results in the majority of elderly patients misguidedly dying in institutions. 

At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life outlines specific active and passive steps that older patients and their health-care proxies can take to ensure loved ones live their last days more comfortably at home and/or in hospice when further aggressive care is inappropriate.

Through Dr. Samuel Harrington's own experience with the aging and deaths of his parents and of working with patients, he describes the terminal patterns of the six most common chronic diseases; how to recognize a terminal diagnosis even when the doctor is not clear about it; how to have the hard conversation about end-of-life wishes; how to minimize painful treatments; when to seek hospice care; and how to deal with dementia and other special issues.

Informed by more than thirty years of clinical practice, Dr. Harrington came to understand that the American health-care system wasn't designed to treat the aging population with care and compassion. His work as a hospice trustee and later as a hospital trustee drove his passion for helping patients make appropriate end-of-life decisions.

If you have read Being Mortal and still have questions about end-of-life decision making, At Peace will help you.

Book sale and signing to follow.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Samuel Harrington

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

Author Jeanne Blasberg on Her Novel, "Eden"

What is Eden?

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

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

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Author Jeanne Blasberg

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

Music Matters: Castle, Kalayjian & Kaplan

Hilary Castleviolin

Ani Kalayjianvioloncello

David Kaplanpiano

A First Flowering – Two Young Masters

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lecture: Sue Ellen Thompson on Poet Jane Kenyon

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

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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

Exhibit Opening: Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild

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

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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

The Environmental Activism of Beatrix Potter

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

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Good Stories Well Told: Letter to My Father with Author G. Thomas Couser
Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

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

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

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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

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

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

 

 

 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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The Rise of White Nationalism in America, with Author Vegas Tenold
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

The Rise of White Nationalism in America, with Author Vegas Tenold

La Grua Center and Bank Square Books present an evening with award-winning journalist Vegas Tenold to discuss his book Everything You Love WIll Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America. Vegas has covered the far right in America for years, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, his work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, andAl Jazeera America. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Bank Square Books.

 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Concert with Elena Zamolodchikova & Natalie Kress
Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Concert with Elena Zamolodchikova & Natalie Kress

DUO SEICENTO

Natalie Kress

Baroque violin by Joseph Thiriot (1760)

Elena Zamolodchikova

double harpsichord by Zuckermann

Passionate 17th-century duos & solos for Violin & Cembalo

March is New England's notice that Spring and pleasant weather will indeed return. What could be more appropriate to our seasonal renewal than to delve into the fresh, burgeoning richness of the 17th-century Baroque? Italian, German, French, and English music of the time are impassioned, teasingly sensuous, and possessed of wonderful drama.

Gifted Baroque violinist Natalie Kress and Stonington's brilliant harpsichordist Elena Zamolodchikova are bringing us an uninterrupted hour of sonatas, chaconnes, fantasies, and evocative period transcriptions. Seicento composers Biber, Castello, Schmelzer, Gibbons, Purcell, L. Couperin, and Lully painted every musical hue in existence in that astonishing era. This colorful, touching afternoon concert will transport all of us to seventeenth-century delight.

Tickets $10. 18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door. For advance ticket sales, click here.

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