Mystic Seaport to Host 70th Community Carol Sing

Free admission Sunday, Dec. 17, with a non-perishable food item

Mystic, Conn. (December 8, 2017) — The 70th annual Community Carol Sing at Mystic Seaport will be 3-4 p.m. Sunday, December 17. A new addition to this beloved seasonal tradition this year is a Holiday Hat Contest.

The Museum will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item or by cash donation. All contributions will be donated to and distributed by the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

The Mystic Seaport Carolers will perform a holiday concert in the Greenmanville Church at 2 p.m. The Carol Sing will commence at 3 p.m. in the McGraw Quadrangle, led by Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Connecticut Jamie Spillane (now in his 32nd year directing this event) and backed by the Museum Carolers and a brass quartet.

Guests at the Carol Sing are always in the holiday spirit, and often their headgear gives new meaning to “merry and bright.” This year, judges will be circulating through the crowd, and prizes will be awarded to the top hats. Winners will be announced during the concert.

Also that day, the Treworgy Planetarium’s 2 p.m., program, “The Star of Bethlehem,” explores the winter skies, merging science, mythology, religious observance, winter traditions, and music. A holiday craft workshop will be hosted in the Howell Classroom (lower level of Planetarium) from noon to 2 p.m.

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About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, including the upcoming Murmur: Arctic Realities opening January 20, 2018. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit  and follow Mystic Seaport on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.


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Speakers Series to Feature Dr. Peter Auster on Dec. 13


Mystic, Conn. (December 6, 2017): At a time when monuments across the nation are threatened, Mystic Aquarium and La Grua Center are teaming up to showcase the science and scenery of New England’s own marine national monument.  Our Blue Park: A Scientist’s Stroll through the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at La Grua Center in Stonington.

Designated by President Barack Obama in September 2016, the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts is the first marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Mystic Aquarium’s Dr. Peter Auster was instrumental in providing the scientific rationale for conservation of the area.

“These canyons and seamounts are one of the best remaining undisturbed ecosystems in the North Atlantic,” said Auster. “They will serve as a laboratory to study fragile, vulnerable, and largely untrammeled nature”.

Auster believes its ongoing protection is vital to current and future scientific research. 

Featuring three underwater canyons and four seamounts, the monument is a biodiversity hot-spot. Currently protected from commercial extractive activities, this unique landscape supports an incredible diversity of marine life — including endangered whales, sea turtles, seabirds and fragile deep-sea corals.

With words and pictures, Senior Research Scientist at Mystic Aquarium Dr. Peter Auster will recount research on the ecology of this region at the edge of our continental shelf and beyond – conducted with ships, submersibles and aircraft – and the otherworldly animals that live there. He will also describe why this is such a special place for marine wildlife and worthy of continued protection.

Admission with a suggested $5 donation to La Grua Center, located at 32 Water Street in Stonington. Free parking is available in the lot off Water Street at Stonington Commons.


Founded in 2007, La Grua Center is a nonprofit cultural center in Stonington Borough offering a wide variety of concerts, lectures, and art exhibitions in an intimate, acoustically distinctive space flooded with natural light and vaulted ceilings. La Grua Center is also a venue for classes, meetings, celebrations, and other community activities. Its mission is to engage community through arts and culture, and its vision is an enriched cultural life for all in the region. Learn more at


Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at

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The two businesses will continue their partnership until late 2018

Mystic, CT: After much speculation surrounding future plans for downtown Mystic’s boutique hotel, The Whaler’s Inn, located at 20 East Main Street, is pleased to announce that Restaurant Bravo Bravo will remain at its current location through 2018.  Restaurant Bravo Bravo, which occupies the first floor of one five buildings of The Whaler’s Inn, opened in the fall of 1992 and remains a destination for upscale fare and warm hospitality.  Construction on a new space for the restaurant, directly across the street from The Whaler’s Inn at 19 East Main Street, will begin this month.  Restaurant Bravo Bravo will remain in its current location until the new space is completed.    

According to Amanda Arling, General Manager of The Whaler’s Inn, “We appreciate the many years shared together at The Whaler’s Inn and are very excited for the evolution of Restaurant Bravo Bravo.”  Currently, The Whaler’s Inn is undergoing a series of renovations and room updates, with additional plans in the works for a full-service restaurant to open in Spring of 2019.  Further details regarding this development are not available at this time.  

The Whaler’s Inn is located at 20 East Main Street in downtown Mystic, CT.  With 48 rooms over five buildings, the property is Mystic’s largest downtown lodging location.  For more details visit them online at