Greater Mystic Chamber Member News

Mystic Seaport Museum Announces Support for Earth Day 2020

50th Anniversary of Earth Day Marks Pivotal Year for the Planet

Mystic, Conn. (October 22, 2019) — On April 22, 1970, 20 million people took to the streets and college campuses across the country to protest environmental ignorance and demand greater protections for our planet. This first Earth Day sparked the passage of major environmental legislation in the U.S. including the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“The 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 will mark a pivotal year for our planet as the Earth needs our attention now more than ever,” says Stephen C. White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “We recognize our obligation specifically to the Mystic River and its watershed and in the spirit of the Earth Day Network’s mission to activate the environmental movement worldwide; we look forward to engaging a host of like-minded community partners as well as the general public in support of habitat restoration, conservation and overall collective action.”

October 22 marks six months to Earth Day, and on this day, Mystic Seaport Museum announces its support for Earth Day 2020 and the EARTHRISE movement, which will mobilize across the globe on April 22 to turn out millions across generations, sectors, and continents to demand immediate action on climate change.

April 22, 2020, is as a key moment for citizens, institutions, and organizations everywhere to demonstrate our shared demand for bold, transformative change. Mystic Seaport Museum is proud to join this global movement as we build toward the next half century of action for our planet.

“As someone who participated in the first Earth Day in 1970, the 50th anniversary is an important milestone for all of us to recommit and expand support for our environment in the greater Mystic area and beyond,” says White.

In partnership with Mystic Aquarium and other community organizations, the Museum looks to hold events to share information about the history of the local watershed including human impacts and offer educational opportunities and activities to shed light on ways we all can become better stewards of the planet. It is critically important to protect Long Island Sound and maintain its water quality as a living resource to more than 1,200 species of invertebrates, 170 species of fish and dozens of species of migratory birds.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that currently features J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, the most comprehensive exhibition of Turner watercolors ever displayed in the U.S. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Women's Business Development Council to Celebrate "Women Rising 2019" At Annual Gala Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

Long recognized as the signature women's business gathering in Connecticut, the event will salute women's economic empowerment honoring entrepreneurs, business and community leaders.

Stamford, CT, October 21, 2019 - The Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) will host its annual Gala Luncheon celebrating "Women Rising 2019," spotlighting the positive and critical changes that women are bringing to Connecticut's economy. The event will take place on Friday, November 1, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich. Networking will begin at 11:00 am, followed by lunch and an awards ceremony at noon.

"We are proud to convene hundreds of Connecticut-based entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, legislators and other stakeholders to honor the accomplishments of entrepreneurial women and their economic impact on our state, our country and our world," said Fran Pastore, President and CEO of the Women's Business Development Council. "We will also reflect on the Women's Business Development Council's 22 years of inspiring, training, educating and advocating for women business owners in Connecticut."

Woman with Impact Award Honorees

At the Gala Luncheon, the Women's Business Development Council will present its "Woman with Impact Award" to three women who have personally exemplified the mission and goals of the organization by promoting economic equality and prosperity for women. They are:

* Roz Brooks, U.S. Public Policy Leader, PWC

* Susan Lasota, Chief Technology Officer, State Street Global Advisors

* Alison Malloy, Managing Director, Portfolio Acceleration Services and Director of Investments, Connecticut Innovations

Special guest, Connecticut First Lady Annie Lamont will present the award to Alison Malloy.

The Patricia Billie Miller Award for Outstanding Community Service

The Women's Business Development Council will present its inaugural award in the name of The Honorable Patricia Billie Miller, Assistant Majority Leader and State Representative of Connecticut, a long-time supporter of WBDC. The award will be presented annually to a dedicated WBDC volunteer - an individual whose dedication inspires others to achieve their dreams, and exhibits a passion for, and commitment to, WBDC and the women it serves throughout the state.

The inaugural Patricia Billie Miller Award will be presented to Bjorn (BJ) Bumactao, Banking Center Manager and Vice President, Webster Bank. Bumactao volunteers as a financial educator and has mentored more than 100 entrepreneurs at the Women's Business Development Council.

Women Rising Awardees

The Women's Business Development Council will pay tribute to ten successful Connecticut women business owners who have prospered from WBDC's training and services. They are:

* Sasha N. Beatty, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, Pure Beauty, LLC

* Bernedette Birney, Founder, Stamford Yoga Center

* Janet Cadsawan, Jewelry Designer, Trilogie

* Rebecca Hopkins, Owner and Principal Interior Designer, No Label Design

* Kelsey Hubbard, Founder, Recess PlayWorks

* Louise Joseph, Founder and Owner, Dough Girls Pizza

* Aarti Khosia, Aartisan Chocolatier, Owner, Le Rouge Chocolates by Aarti

* Suzanne Vita Palazzo, Founder and Owner, Upperdeck Fitness

* Treacy Riiska, Owner, Treacy Riiska CPA, LLC

* Adrianna Robles, Pastry Chef and Owner, Good Morning Cupcake

* Felicia Rubinstein, Founder and Chief Collaborator, HAYVN Coworking Community

The ceremony moderator is Alexandra Lebenthal, Senior Advisor, Empire Global Ventures. Master of Ceremonies is Gilda Bonanno, Principal, Gilda Bonanno LLC.

Dozens of corporate sponsors are supporting the gala luncheon, including Title Sponsor PWC.

For more Gala luncheon information, including a complete list of sponsors and host committee members, please visit https://ctwbdc.org/attend-an-event/luncheon/.

For information on sponsorships and tickets, please contact akalish@ctwbdc.org or click here.

About Women's Business Development Council

The Women's Business Development Council's (WBDC) mission is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. WBDC educates, motivates and empowers women to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Whether a client is starting or growing a business, WBDC drives business success in a tangible and accessible way by engaging clients with access to education, markets and capital.

Now in its third decade, WBDC has educated and assisted more than 14,000 clients to launch and scale over 5,900 businesses. In their pursuit of economic independence, these women have created and maintained over 6,000 jobs in Connecticut.

WBDC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has offices in Stamford, Derby and New London, CT. Please visit https://ctwbdc.org for more information.

Banking is a Breeze with New Online Accounts at Chelsea Groton

-EASTERN CONNECTICUT’S LARGEST MUTUAL BANK NOW OFFERS ONLINE ACCOUNT OPENING-

(GROTON, Conn.) – October 16, 2019 – Technology has allowed busy people to check errands like grocery shopping off their to-do list without ever leaving the house. However, one important task that still required a special trip was opening a new bank account. Now one of Connecticut’s top financial institutions is making that process simple, easy and online. In just 10 minutes individuals can be on their way to a new personal checking or savings account at Chelsea Groton Bank.

“People have become accustomed to 24-hour access to many businesses and banking should not be any different,” explained Lori Dufficy, EVP, Director of Sales & Service of Chelsea Groton Bank, the largest mutual bank in Eastern Connecticut. “What sets us apart is that we are not trying to simply push everyone online like many banks, we just want them to engage with us in any way that’s convenient for them.”

Dufficy notes the award-winning community bank prefers to see customers in the branch because it gives team members a chance to really get to know them and to help them reach their goals, solve financial problems, and feel good about their banking relationship, but Chelsea Groton wanted to provide accessible alternatives when coming into the branch isn’t an option.

To ensure that customers who open accounts online receive personalized service, a team member from the bank’s customer care center will reach out to welcome them and help create a better banking experience. Ultimately, the customer will be assigned to a retail branch of their choice to learn more about value-added bank offerings, such as Lifestyle Programs and convenient E-Learning opportunities through Chelsea University.

Existing customers who utilize online banking can open a checking or savings account within their online banking service in just a few steps because they are already authenticated (have secure login information). Brand new customers can join the Chelsea Groton Bank family online, in person at a branch or over the phone through the customer care center (subject to authentication).

“We added the online account opening tool because many people say that it’s more convenient to start online and then they know they can call us or stop in if they have questions,” explains Dufficy. “We have 14 branches and endless smiles, so we encourage customers to come in anytime.”

The bank offers several banking programs with free online and mobile banking, debit card, and money management tools.

The Chelsea Groton App is available at the Apple App Store for Apple iOS® users and at the Google Play® Store for Android® users.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education classes. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Contact: Alisa Picerno; Alisa@AlliancesByAlisa.com; 860.217.0595

SALT MARSH OPERA PRESENTS PAGLIACCI

Opera Company Returns to Westerly, RI with a Special Opera in the Round Performance

Westerly, RISalt Marsh Opera returns to the George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly, RI, for two unique performances of one of the world’s most iconic operas, Pagliacci. This “Opera in the Round” production unfolds around audience members, immersing them in 19th Century Italy and making them a part of the story. This special interactive opera experience is a two-night only performance. Based on a case of true crime, Pagliacci tells the riveting tale of a man swallowed by feelings of love, betrayal, and jealousy. Pagliacci features one of the greatest tenor arias of all time, “Vesti la giubba,” so whether you’re new to opera or a lifelong devotee, you’ll find yourself lost in the music.

WHO: Salt Marsh Opera

WHAT: In the Round production of Pagliacci

WHERE: 119 High St., Westerly, RI 02891

WHEN: Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 8:00 pm & Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 3:00 pm

TICKETS: Tickets prices are $50 for table seating and $20 for balcony seating.

Visit https://www.saltmarshopera.org/pagliacci for seating information and call 860.535.0753 for tickets.

Contact: David Labbe david@bridgemarketingct.com for more information.

Chelsea Groton Marketing Exec Blazes a Trail in Banking as Women of FIRE Honoree

-BARBARA CURTO RECOGNIZED FOR MOTIVATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN FINANCIAL INDUSTRY-

(GROTON, Conn.) – October 11, 2019 – The community-focused mission of Chelsea Groton Bank ignited an enthusiasm for the financial industry in Marketing Manager Barbara Curto four years ago. Her commitment to excellence has earned her recognition as a Women of FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) by Banking New England and American Business Media. Curto was selected for the prestigious award based on her success as an effective and results-driven leader who motivates employees by encouraging professional and personal growth.

“Barbara inspires her team every day with her commitment and creativity in promoting the bank’s initiatives,” said Lori Dufficy, EVP, Director of Sales & Service of Chelsea Groton Bank. “We are thrilled that her efforts in our industry are being celebrated.”

Banking New England and American Business Media created the award to honor the women who are making a difference in their profession. The FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) sector has emerged as a keystone of the New England economy, transforming the knowledge, wealth and dreams of the world’s most ambitious visionaries into reality. As more and more women rise to the top of businesses and institutions in this sector, there is a growing need to shine a light on their achievements to inspire others.

Banking New England identifies the most talented, the most ambitious, the most innovative and the most philanthropic female leaders. Recipients are chosen through a very selective process. The winners were featured in the September/October issue of Banking New England and will be honored at an awards luncheon taking place October 11, 2019 at The Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA.

As she is new to the banking industry, Curto was selected for and enthusiastically agreed to enroll in the two-year program offered by the Connecticut School of Finance and Management that provides insight into all facets of banking and leadership. Curto has enjoyed the challenge of responding to a constantly changing economy, banking regulations and how people do their banking.

“Working for a company that focuses on helping individuals, families and businesses get their start, plan for their future and find success is extremely gratifying,” explains Curto. “I am driven to share the bank’s contributions to the community through donations, employee volunteerism and financial education.”

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education classes. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

SALT MARSH OPERA PRESENTS PAGLIACCI

Opera Company Brings One of the World’s Most Iconic Operas to The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

Old Saybrook, CT – Salt Marsh Opera returns to The Kate in Old Saybrook, CT, for two stunning performances of one of the world’s most popular operas on Friday, October 11th, and Saturday, October 12th, at 7 pm. Based on a case of true crime, Pagliacci tells the riveting tale of a man swallowed by feelings of love, betrayal, and jealousy. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, Pagliacci features one of the greatest tenor arias of all time, “Vesti la giubba,” so whether you’re new to opera or a lifelong devotee, you’ll find yourself lost in the music.

WHO: Salt Marsh Opera

WHAT: Pagliacci

WHERE: The Kate, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT 06475

WHEN: October 11th, 2019 at 7:00 pm and October 12th, 2019 at 7:00 pm

TICKETS: Tickets are available from $55-$65. Please visit https://www.katharinehepburntheater.org/events-tickets/ or call the box office at (860) 510-0453.

Contact:

David Labbe

david@bridgemarketingct.com

CHARTER OAK EARNS 5-STAR RATING FOR 1st HALF OF 2019

Top Ranking Reflects Credit Union’s Strong Financial Condition

Waterford, CT – October 7, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has earned the top 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial Inc. for its superior financial performance during the first half of 2019, which is an indication that Charter Oak remains one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation.

“Our financial performance for the first six months of this year has been very strong, and this top five-star rating from a well-respected firm like BauerFinancial confirms that Charter Oak ranks among the strongest of all the financial institutions serving eastern Connecticut,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Charter Oak’s top 5-Star rating is based on financial data filed with federal regulators as of June 30, 2019.

The Florida-based BauerFinancial is the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. The firm awards its top 5-Star rating only to those financial institutions that excel in their capital, asset quality, profitability and other financial areas.

Financial institutions that earn BauerFinancial’s top 5-Star rating are safe, financially sound and operating well above their regulatory capital requirements. BauerFinancial compiles its financial data based on information reported to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), which is the governing federal agency for credit unions. For more information about BauerFinancial, visit its website at www.BauerFinancial.com or call 800.388.6686.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.16 billion as of June 30, 2019. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient network of 16 branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing the largest and most convenient branch network of any local financial institution serving eastern Connecticut. For more information about Charter Oak’s broad range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, or visit our website at CharterOak.org, or call our Contact Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is like a bank, just better! We’ve been proudly serving eastern Connecticut since 1939 and we offer great checking, deposit, lending, insurance and investment products. And because we’re a credit union, we’re owned by our members, not by shareholders. So we can offer lower rates on loans and higher rates on deposits. It’s easy to become a Charter Oak member: simply live, work, worship, learn, or volunteer in New London or Windham counties. So join today and see why Members Bank Better at Charter Oak!

Contact:

Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing

860.446.3254

acronin@cofcu.com

Westerly Community Credit Union Hires Assistant Branch Manager

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce that Ashley Richard has joined the Westerly Community Credit Union as the Assistant Financial Services Manager for the Dunn’s Corners branch located in Westerly, RI. She will be responsible for assisting in all branch operations, staffing and member needs. Ashely comes to WCCU with over 14 years in the finance industry, most recently from Grossman Chevrolet-Nissan as a Lending Specialist. She lives in New London, CT with her fiancé and daughter. The Staff and Board of Directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union congratulate Ashley on her new position.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,000 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Membership is open to all who reside or work in RI & New London County, CT. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.

Destroy Documents and Declutter at Chelsea Groton Bank Shred Days

BANK HOSTS THREE FREE SECURE & SAFE SHREDDING AND RECYCLING EVENTS

(GROTON, Conn.) – October 4, 2019 – If piles of old bank statements, bills, tax returns and other sensitive records are stacking up, Chelsea Groton Bank is offering the chance to shred it and forget it. As it has for more than ten years, the mutual community bank is providing FREE secure document shredding services to raise awareness about protecting confidential information to avoid identity theft.

“The number of people who are victimized because sensitive data is stolen continues to rise,” said Lori Dufficy, EVP, Director of Sales & Service at Chelsea Groton. “Although criminals are increasingly using cyber attacks to gain access to personal information online, we encourage everyone to properly dispose of hard copy documents that can literally put their financial future in the wrong hands.”

To make the process quick and convenient, three separate Shred Days will be available at various Chelsea Groton Bank locations:

· October 5 from 9am - 12pm at the Center Groton Branch, 1319 Gold Star Highway, Groton

· October 26 from 9am - 12pm at the North Stonington Branch, 391 Norwich Westerly Rd., North Stonington

· November 16 from 9am - 12pm at the Westside Branch, 444 West Main St., Norwich

Everyone is invited to take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of unwanted paperwork. Simply bring boxes of documents to any of the events and bank representatives will ensure everything is destroyed. Once shredded, the paper will be recycled.

Chelsea Groton is also urging people to take proactive measures to protect their online identity. “You should never share your user ID and password with anyone, even for joint account holders,” says Dufficy. “Use caution when conducting business online. Do you know the company or individual you’re online with? Lastly, be watchful when opening attachments or links provided in an email. If you hover over a link without clicking it, you’ll notice the full URL of the link’s destination. Do you recognize the website? If not, do not open.”

To further educate the public about protecting personal information, the Bank offers free online classes through Chelsea U on topics ranging from “Identity Theft and Scams for Retirees,” to “Protecting Your Identity While Online Dating.” Anyone, regardless of if they are a bank customer, can access Chelsea U. A full list of education programs and resources is available on the Bank’s website.

“Our entire team is always available to answer questions about protecting your financial, personal and account information,” concludes Dufficy. “We can also direct to you resources if you are unsure about how long you are legally required to keep records like tax returns and loan documents.”

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education classes. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Publicity Contact: Alisa Picerno; Phone:(860) 217.0595; Email: Alisa@AlliancesByAlisa.com

Bank Contact: Lori Dufficy; Phone: (860) 448.4184; Email: LDufficy@ChelseaGroton.com

Please do not send sensitive or confidential information via unsecured email. If you need to provide us with this type of information, please call us at (860) 823-4800 or write to us at 1 Franklin Square, Norwich, CT 06360.

The information contained in this email message is confidential and may contain privileged information and material. If the reader of this message, regardless of the address or routing, is not an intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this transmittal in error and any review, use, distribution, dissemination or copying is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify Chelsea Groton Bank immediately by telephone at (860) 823-4800 or by email to info@chelseagroton.com, and destroy all copies of this message and any attachments.

Guests at Dinner in the Dark Encouraged to “Show Their Stripes”

Sofia Sees Hope gala funds research to support diagnosis and treatments of rare inherited retinal disease

Mystic, CT (Oct. 3, 2019) — This year at the sixth Dinner in the Dark on Saturday, October 19, at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, guests are being encouraged to “show their stripes!”

Recognizing that the international symbol of rare disease is the zebra, organizers of the annual culinary adventure are encouraging attendees to don stripes in some fashion.

“We thought it would be fun to let our guests know that the zebra represents rare disease,” said Laura Manfre, co-founder of Sofia Sees Hope and Chair of its Board of Directors. “In the late 1940s, Dr. Theodore Woodward, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, told his students that in making a diagnosis, ‘When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras.’ So the zebra evolved into the symbol for rare disease. Since we’re dedicated to supporting our rare disease community, we want to make sure the zebras aren’t overlooked!”

Dinner in the Dark is the major annual fundraiser for Sofia Sees Hope, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and support to individuals and families affected by Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a rare inherited retinal disease that causes blindness. The organization also raises funds to provide free access to patients for genetic testing, and for research to support diagnosis and treatments.

The event is taking that zebra theme even further this year, as its annual Majestic Box fundraiser sponsored by Simply Majestic jewelers in Mystic features a zebra-inspired custom-made pendant. 99 of the 100 Majestic Boxes available for purchase contain a white pendant with black stripes. The 100th box contains a black pendant with white stripes. The recipient of that pendant wins a spectacular his-and-hers grand prize from Simply Majestic valued at $3,000.

“We are longtime supporters of Sofia Sees Hope,” said Simply Majestic co-owner Susette Tibus. “When Laura told us about the zebra being the symbol of rare disease, we were thrilled to come up with this exclusive design.”

Also new this year is Outer Light Brewing Co. beer flights paired with the three-course gourmet meal, in addition to Angelini Wines’ flights of wine. Guests can choose their preference when they purchase tickets.

Dinner in the Dark begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. Tickets are $150 per person or $2,020 for a 20/20 Vision Table Patron (table of 10 with preferred seating).

This dinner is a true culinary adventure — guests dine blindfolded and the menu is a secret! Mystic Marriott’s executive chef enjoys this challenge of creating an exclusive gourmet menu that appeals to all the senses. This fundraising dinner helps people connect with the organization’s mission through a dynamic and fun culinary experience.

The evening also includes a live auction with exciting travel packages, one-of-a-kind experiences and donations from incredible local artisans, supporters, and businesses.

The festivities conclude with live music and dancing. Be prepared for a unique menu, fine wines, and sensory adventure! Tickets are available at www.sofiaseeshope.org.

Event sponsors:

Renewal By Andersen

Simply Majestic

Window of Giving

Editas Medicine

Spark Therapeutics

Meira GTx

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital

Sanofi Genzyme

Dominion Resources Services, Inc.

Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan, LLC

Mohegan Tribe

Mystic Aquarium

Groton Utilities

Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law

The Remote Coxswain

Valenti Auto Mall

VoiceGlance

Andersen Oil Company

Eye Specialists

Eyecare Expressions

Groton Dental Group

Groton Eye Center

The Law Office of P. Michael Lahan

Melissa Allen Pilates & Movement

The William W. Backus Hospital

Universal Package, LLC

In-kind sponsors:

ABC PhotoLab

Angelini Wine

Design Intervention, LLC

Eight Six Media

Foxwoods Resort & Casino

Jealous Monk

Le Francois Floral & Gifts

Mary-Jo Shultis Photography

Outer Light Brewing Company

About Sofia Sees Hope

Sofia Sees Hope was founded in 2014 by Laura Manfre and Charles Priebe, whose daughter Sofia has Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). This rare genetic retinal condition is characterized by severe vision loss at birth and leads to total blindness.

The mission of Sofia Sees Hope is to transform the lives of those affected by blindness caused by rare inherited eye disease. The nonprofit organization generates awareness, raises funds for research, and provides outreach, support and education to those affected by LCA and other rare retinal diseases.

WWII Crash-Site Marker to Be Installed in Preston Woods

Norwich, CT (September 27, 2019) – On Tuesday, October 1st at 9:00 A.M., members of the Norwich Area Veterans Council will gather in the Preston Woods to place a marker at a crash site of a World War II “Hellcat” fighter-plane (see attachment).

The installation of that sign will mark the first day of the countdown to the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1944 mid-air collision that claimed the lives of two Naval Aviators: Ensign George Kraus of Wawatosa, WI and Ensign Merle Longnecker of New Rockford, ND. The pilots were conducting night-fighter pursuit training exercises, in preparation for entering the war in the Pacific.

Eighteen days later, on Saturday October 19th, the public portion of this commemoration will be held at the Preston Library at 1:00 P.M., to ensure that the pilots and their contributions to the war effort, and sacrifice for our nation, will not be forgotten. That ceremony will be 75 years to the day of that tragic accident (see attachment).

For further information, contact John Waggoner, President of the Norwich Area Veterans Council at (860) 608-0472.

CONTACT:

John Waggoner

President

Norwich Area Veterans Council

860.608.0472

johnewaggoner@yahoo.com

Registration Open for The 42nd Annual Jack O’Keefe Memorial Strides Road Race

Waterford, CT- The annual Jack O’Keefe Memorial Strides Road Race, sponsored by the Arc Eastern Connecticut, celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year. Held on Sunday October 6 at Camp Harkness in Waterford, the race offers prizes to top finishers as well as a family fun run/walk/roll. All proceeds benefit programs that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in eastern Connecticut.

“Our community partners have been incredible supporters of this event over the years,” notes Kathleen Stauffer, Chief Executive Officer. “Outback Steak House, one of our Platinum Sponsors, has provided the best food of any race in the region for over 15 years.” Additional Platinum Sponsors include The Robert F. and Maureen T. O'Keefe Family Foundation and the 21st Century Tolland Fund—the race’s official T-Shirt sponsor.

Gold Sponsors include Sure-Bright, Inc., Berkshire Bank, TriPoint Insurance, and MJ Sullivan Auto. Dime Bank’s “Blue Crew” volunteers have helped with pre-race preparations for over 10 years. A complete list of sponsors can be found on The Arc’s website at TheArcECT.org.

“This race has become a favorite fall event for both serious runners and families,” said The Arc’s Board President, Linda Rhodes. “Last year over 350 runners participated—we have a great course, and lots of activities for the kids.”

First hosted in the late 1970s, the race honors the late Jack O’Keefe. For more information, and to sponsor or register online, visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435 x116.

Contact: Andrea Kaiser

The Arc Eastern Connecticut

akaiser@thearcnlc.org

860.889.4435 x118

TheArcNLC.org

Realtor Peter Duggan Joins Coldwell Banker in Mystic

Peter's 25 years of experience in the Electronics Industry of Silicon Valley CA and his career in Supply Chain Management, sets him up ideally to provide superior support and service to all his clients. His past experiences have allowed him to hone his skills in many crossover qualifications such as, excellent business sense, contract management, proficient computer skills and a willingness to provide his clients with a level of service that's second to none.

There are a number of words that come to mind where Peter is concerned, high integrity, honest above reproach, passionate and ethical, allowing his clients to stress less about one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

Although he was born and bred in Galway, Ireland , he lived in CA for 25 yrs and most recently in Mystic for the last 4 years. He credits his ability to connect with people from the cultural values of Ireland. Subsequently, through the use of social media and personally reaching out to the community, he has connected with many people in the local community and beyond.

Peter's personable approach allows him to be an excellent communicator, flexible to a fault and can problem solve any situation that is thrown at him. His willingness to learn absolutely allows him to be very confident in what he does on behalf of his clients.

Ambitious and driven, Peter can truly help his clients in selling, buying or renting that home or apartment which suits the needs of the client.

When Peter is not working, his other passions are, road cycling, hiking, swimming, gym, socializing and travel to Ireland to see his soon to be 90yr old dad and siblings.

Chelsea Groton Bank Employees earns top place to work award

CHELSEA GROTON BANK CREDITS EMPLOYEES FOR TOP WORKPLACE AWARD

-BANK RECOGNIZED AS 2019 TOP WORKPLACE FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR-

(GROTON, Conn.) – September 23, 2019 – Throughout its 165-year history, Chelsea Groton Bank has won countless awards for helping their customers and communities achieve their goals. Now for the fourth year in a row, employees have bestowed the Bank with the 2019 Top Workplaces honor by the Hartford Courant.

“Fostering a positive workplace culture has always been a top priority. This is more than a job to all of us and that is reflected in the enthusiastic employee feedback,” said Michael Rauh, President & CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “We are truly grateful to accept this honor from the Hartford Courant for another consecutive year. We would also like to thank our employees for their support in nominating the Bank.”

The annual Top Workplaces accolades are based on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Fifteen aspects of workplace culture were measured, covering four main areas, including how well employees work together toward a common cause. Employees were asked about company values, whether new ideas are encouraged or if managers help employees learn and grow. Pay, benefits and training also are key questions.

Chelsea Bank employees noted that their contributions both in and out of the office are highly valued and that they are members of a close-knit work family. Many feel proud to perform meaningful work that improves the lives of their neighbors. A tangible example of community support is a $165 donation by the Chelsea Groton Foundation to the worthy cause of each employee’s choice in honor of Chelsea Groton's 165th anniversary.

“At Chelsea Groton, we take great care in selecting benefits and initiatives that contribute to our employees’ health and wellbeing,” said Anne Wilkinson, SVP, Director of Human Resources at Chelsea Groton Bank. “We also encourage, celebrate and acknowledge our fellow team members. We’re thrilled to know our team feels appreciated and fulfilled by the work they do.”

While Chelsea Groton offers traditional benefits for employees, the Bank also provides employees the opportunity to partake in a variety of continual education programs, as well as a manager training program. Team members are invited to participate in a wellness program designed with incentives to track and challenge employees in physical, mental, and financial well-being. Community volunteerism, donations and supply drives have also always been a driving factor in bringing the team together.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education classes. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Publicity Contact: Alisa Picerno; Phone: (860) 217-0595; Email: Alisa@AlliancesByAlisa.com

Bank Contact: Lori Dufficy; Phone: (860) 448.4184; Email: LDufficy@ChelseaGroton.com

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Salt Marsh Opera presents Pagliacci

Local opera company brings Leoncavallo’s beloved tale of love and betrayal to Rhode Island & Connecticut. This soaring drama of the laughing clown whose heart is crushed has become one of the great icons of opera.

Old Saybrook, CT – Salt Marsh Opera is poised to thrill their audience yet again with a gripping tale of love and betrayal with their fall opera, Pagliacci. Bringing a New York-quality cast to Westerly, R.I. and Old Saybrook, C.T., this iconic opera will premiere on Friday, October 11 & Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. Then, the action moves to the George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly for a performance Saturday, October 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m.

The George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly provides a unique “Opera in the Round” experience, immersing the audience in rural Italy and making them part of the story. The audience is seated at tables around the stage and can bring finger foods and drinks to enjoy during the show. And don’t be surprised if the action leaps off the stage and brings the audience into the drama. This special interactive opera experience is a two-night-only performance. The historic Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT is an intimate theater with phenomenal acoustics, comfortable seating and great views of the stage from every seat.

Based on a case of true crime, Pagliacci tells the riveting tale of a man swallowed by feelings of love, betrayal, and jealousy. Set in the late 19th century, actor Canio and his wife Nedda lead a band of traveling carnival players across Southern Italy. Canio may play a clown on stage, but when he discovers evidence of his wife’s affair, it’s only a matter of time before his ferocious anger boils to the surface. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, Pagliacci features one of the greatest tenor arias of all time, “Vesti la guibba,” so whether you’re new to opera or a lifelong devotee, you’ll find yourself lost in the music..

“We are thrilled to bring the magic of opera to two wonderful and intimate venues where audience members will feel immersed in the intense emotions, passionate music, and dramatic ending of this production,” said Simon Holt, Artistic Director of Salt Marsh Opera. “It has been a great pleasure to direct such an incredibly talented cast and we are excited to bring our interpretation of the iconic Pagliacci to life this October”.

The cast includes tenor Benjamin Werley as Canio, soprano Aubrey Trujillo-Scarr as Nedda, baritone Eric McKeever as Tonio, baritone Andrew Thomas Pardini as Silvio, and tenor K’idar Miller as Beppe.

For tickets to The Kate, please visit https://www.katharinehepburntheater.org/events/pagliacci/ or call 860.510.0453. For tickets to the George Kent Performance Hall, please call Salt Marsh Opera at 860.535.0753.

Contact:

David Labbe, (860) 572-0851

David@bridgemarketingct.com

Groton-New London Art At the Airport "Open Spaces" Exhibit Celebrates Coastal Landscapes - the works of MacKay, McGee, Patnode, Stafford

SEPT. 20, 2019 - NORWICH, CT - The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the Art At the Airport program's fall exhibit, "Open Spaces" featuring the paintings from four local artists, that opens on October 2 and will be on view through December 16 at the Groton - New London Airport.

Renowned artists Susan MacKay, Liz McGee, Mark Patnode, and Susan Stafford present a celebration of Southeastern Connecticut's coastal vistas. "The inspiration for the exhibit comes from the beautiful landscapes we see all around us," artist Liz McGee notes, "these are the places we go to renew our souls, connect with nature, and just 'get outdoors.' What better way to capture and share these 'Open Spaces' than through a painting!"

Susan MacKay is a portrait and landscape painter who strives to convey the beauty and wonder of the world through color and light. Her work can be commissioned and viewed at: susanmackay.com

Liz McGee is an award winning artist and popular watercolor teacher. She finds that the best quality about watercolor paint is its ability to surprise and invites viewers to enjoy the subtleties and transparent qualities. Her work can be found in many local galleries and online via her website: www.lizmcgee.com

Mark Patnode describes the goal of all his artwork as "powerful visual simplicity." He paints a variety of subjects, but finds great satisfaction working with landscapes to bring out the light from the sky. Find out more on his website: marktheartist.com

Susan Stafford moved to Mystic after graduating from Pratt Institute and has worked as a freelance artist since then. In addition to teaching, she accepted commissioned work for paintings as well as doing murals in homes and businesses in the area, including the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London. You may visit her site: www.susanbstafford.com

There will be a reception for the public to meet the artists on Thursday, October 10th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the airport.

The Art At the Airport program's purpose is to showcase the region's uniqueness, history, industry, culture and geography through visual arts in the airport's main terminal located at 155 Tower Avenue in Groton. The Art At the Airport program is a partnership of the Cultural Coalition and the Connecticut Airport Authority, which manages and operates Groton - New London Airport.

Groton - New London Airport's terminal is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm for public viewing of the exhibit. Parking is easily accessible and free.

For more information about the Arts At the Airport program, visit www.CultureSECT.org (http://culturesect.org/art-at-the-airport/).

PHOTO: From left to right Christian Cepeda, Elliot Eleazer, Amanda Raymond and Earnest Adams graduated from last year’s Chelsea Groton Bank Small Business Series. This year’s FREE thirteen-week course for entrepreneurs and business owners kicks off on September 17, 2019 at the Center Groton Branch.

Chelsea Groton Bank is Cultivating Great Business with Free Seminar Series

THIRTEEN-WEEK COURSE OFFERS LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS A TOOLKIT FOR SUCCESS

(GROTON, Conn.) – September 18, 2019 – Chelsea Groton Bank is passionate about helping turn dreams into realities for businesses of all types, from comedy clubs to oil companies. In addition to providing custom financial solutions, the Bank facilitates informational programs throughout the year to arm business owners with the tools required to succeed. Starting this month, Chelsea Groton kicks off their second FREE 13-week small business series for aspiring and established entrepreneurs. “Cultivating Great Business” is offered through the Bank’s financial literacy education program, Chelsea University. Participants will walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a well-organized business plan to pitch to a panel of community experts at the end of the series!

“There are so many factors that not only go into starting a business, but also maintaining and growing a successful company, that we want to offer a one-stop resource,” explained Lori Dufficy, EVP, Director of Sales & Service. “It is always inspiring to hear the ideas for new ventures and gratifying to assist them in reaching their goals, and what is especially exciting for us is when participants begin to collaborate together and share ideas and advice with each other.”

The instructor-led curriculum was developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Each class will be delivered by Chelsea Groton bank employees and local area professionals to new or operating small business owners—with or without formal business training—to provide a practical introduction to aspects of starting and managing a business.

Classes meet on Tuesdays from 6-8 PM at the Center Groton Branch located at 1319 Gold Star Highway Groton, CT 06340. Each class is broken into two distinct hour-long seminars covering different topics:

  • September 24: 6-7 pm Time Management, 7-8 pm Record Keeping
  • October 1: 6-7 pm Banking Services, 7-8 pm Credit
  • October 8: 6-7 pm Financial Management, 7-8 pm Cash Flow
  • October 15: 6-7 pm Insurance, 7-8 pm Public Speaking
  • October 22: 6-7 pm Tax Planning and Reporting, 7-8 pm Succession Planning
  • October 29: 6-7 pm Organizational Types, 7-8 pm Risk Management
  • November 5: 6-8 pm Pitch Night

“Participants are welcome to pick and choose the seminar topics that appeal to them, however, to get the most out of the program, we recommend attending all of the classes,” said Miria Toth, AS, Community Education Officer at Chelsea Groton.

Participants will leave the series with an understanding about how to craft a business plan and real world conversations about how to successfully launch or grow their business.

To register for classes, visit ChelseaGroton.com/ChelseaUniversity or email Miria Toth at mtoth@chelseagroton.com.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education classes. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Publicity Contact: Alisa Picerno; Phone: (860) 217.0595;Email: Alisa@AlliancesByAlisa.com

Bank Contact: Lori Dufficy; Phone: (860) 448.4184; Email: LDufficy@ChelseaGroton.com

UConn Avery Point To Host “Women Leaders Making a Difference” on Sept. 20

GROTON, Conn. – The University of Connecticut Avery Point invites all campus community members and local residents to join us for a panel discussion and networking event entitled “Women Leaders Making a Difference” on Sept. 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the campus Student Center Auditorium. The event brings together a group of inspirational women leaders in the region who will share their stories, contributions and ideas for empowering one another.

The Keynote Speaker for the event is Kate Farrar (Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund). Joining her will be panelists Wendy Bury (Executive Director at Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition), Tricia Cunningham (Director of Community Relations at Fairview), Hannah Gant (Civic Entrepreneur and Regenerative Economist, RD86 Space), Ornet Hines (Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at Liberty Bank) and Beatrice Jennette (Founding Director of S.T.E.P.S.). The event moderator is Suzette Tibus (Owner, Simply Majestic Jewelry).

This is a free event, but donations to the Avery Point Women and Philanthropy Scholarship Fund are encouraged. The Avery Point Women & Philanthropy Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support for undergraduate students at UConn Avery Point, with priority given to female students. A gift to this fund supports students, creates the opportunity for them to excel, and inspires them to give back.

For more information on this event, please contact Janene Vandi (860-405-9022 | j.vandi@uconn.edu<mailto:j.vandi@uconn.edu>).

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UConn Extension & Bike Walk CT to promote nutrition, fitness, and bike safety at Groton Fall Festival

Groton- September 11, 2019: UConn Extension, part of UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Bike Walk Connecticut, and the Groton Fall Festival Sponsored by the Mystic Chamber of Commerce will promote healthy living through “Get Out-Get Active-Get Healthy” Bike and Nutrition activities as part of the Groton Fall Festival on Saturday, October 5 from 11 am to 2 pm at Poquonnock Plains Park. This fun event will feature bicycle and helmet safety demonstrations, on-bike games, bicycle safety practice and agility skills taught by certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs), helmet decorating, nutrition and outdoor activities education. Youth and families are encouraged to bring their own bikes or borrow a bike from Bike Walk Connecticut's fleet, sized for ages 9-12 with a few for ages 5-8. Under Connecticut State Law, anyone under the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, so families are encouraged to bring helmets if they have them and wear closed-toed shoes. New bicycle helmets will be available for free, first come, first served. Healthy food information will be provided by the UConn Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). This event is made possible by a grant and funding from the David and Nancy Bull Extension Innovation Fund at UConn, UConn Extension PATHS (People on Trails for Health and Sustainability) Team, and Bike Walk Connecticut. The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, October 5th from 11 am to 4 pm at Poquonnock Plains Park, 150 Fort Hill Road in Groton, CT 06340. Bike activities will take place from 11 am – 2 pm. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information contact Laura Brown at 203.407.3161 or laura.brown@uconn.edu.

PHOTOS FROM the September 5 Get Out-Get Active-Get Healthy” Bike and Nutrition Rally at the Meriden Farmers Market. Please contact us prior to publication.

Helmet fitting and decorating

Bicycles for use

On-Bicycle activities

Melon drop helmet safety demo

Nutrition and outdoor activity information

Contact:

Laura Brown,

UConn Extension Laura.Brown@uconn.edu

Phone 203-407-3161

305 Skiff Street, North Haven, CT 06473

Barry W. Dunn

Westerly Community Credit Union Hires Small Business Lending Officer

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce that Barry W. Dunn has joined the Westerly Community Credit Union as the Small Business Lending Officer. Barry will assist WCCU’s current business members, as well as new local businesses, with their business lending, deposit and service needs. Barry comes to WCCU with over 6 years’ experience in the industry, most recently from People’s Credit Union, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and M. B. A. from Bryant University. He cares about the membership and local community, and volunteers his time supporting Clean Ocean Access. Barry currently resides in Middletown, RI.

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union congratulate Barry on his new position. To find out more about Westerly Community Credit Union’s business lending and deposit products, please contact Barry at (401) 637-4436 or bdunn@westerlyccu.com.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,000 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Membership is open to all who reside or work in RI & New London County, CT. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.

One river.

A thousand stories.

Special CT Maritime Festival Water Taxi Schedule and New Thames River Heritage Park Boat Tour

The Thames River Heritage Park will offer a special schedule for the hop-on hop-off water taxi service on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th, during the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival being held at Fort Trumbull and City Pier in New London.

The Water Taxi will operate continuous express water taxi service between Fort Trumbull and City Pier in New London and between Fort Trumbull and Thames River Landing in Groton from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Water Taxi will operate on a regular schedule Friday, the 13th and after 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The last day of operation for the hop-on hop-off taxi run for 2019 is Sunday, September 15th. Themed boat tours will be offered for a few more weekends. Go to thamesriverheritagepark.org for details.

The Park will also offer two 90-minute boat tours on Sunday, September 15th at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. “Canoe to Submarine: Maritime History on the Thames,” stories of whaling and provisioning, of privateering, industry, and defense as well as tales of some of the characters who made our heritage so colorful. Adults $20, Children 12 and under $12. For more information and tickets go to https://www.thamesriverheritagepark.org and click on Boat Tours. Seating is limited.

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along both shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation and our region. The two water taxis are authentic Navy launches that were used to transport servicemen and women from larger ships to shore.

The Park, with its partner members, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the Thames River Region. Further information may be obtained by visiting www.ThamesRiverHeritagePark.org or by checking our Facebook page.

The Thames River Heritage Park is sponsored by Groton Utilities, Atlantic Broadband, Hall Communications, The Day, The Resident, Thames Valley Communications, Crockers Boatyard, Garde Arts Center, and Cross Sound Ferry with additional support from the state of Connecticut, cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

CONTACT:

Amy Perry, Interim Executive Director

Email: perryamy1@gmail.com

Phone: 860.912-0950

Mystic & Noank Library Announces Annual Fundraiser Event Scheduled for October 24, 2019

Sing our Praises - Wine Tasting & Tapas featuring a special a capella performance by Yale University’s Whiffenpoofs to benefit the Mystic & Noank Library.


Please join us for Mystic & Noank Library’s Annual Fundraiser to be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Library, 40 Library Street, Mystic.

Guests will be treated to a tasting of savory wines, delicious tapas and yummy desserts all while enjoying a special a capella performance by Yale University’s Whiffenpoofs.

We hope you will join us at this special evening of fun, food and fundraising all in support of the Mystic & Noank Library! Greatly needed funds raised during this event will help ensure that our historic Library will continue to prosper and grow for all to enjoy for another 126 years by providing leading edge technology as well as innovative and unique programs and services for all!

Tickets are now available online at https://www.mysticnoanklibrary.org/buyeventtickets.asp!

The Mystic & Noank Library is located at 40 Library Street in Mystic, CT. Since 1893, the Library is a treasured resource to our Mystic communities, encompassing Groton and Stonington, and a vibrant gathering place with a large collection of books and media, and extensive programming and activities for children, teens, and adults. All are welcome!

Library hours are from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Wednesday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday through Saturday. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays throughout the summer.

Be sure to visit our web page at www.mysticnoanklibrary.org to learn more about this event and all the wonderful free programs and activities happening daily at MN Library.