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Keep the lights-on for this “nightcap”, the party is just getting started in the small downtown of Mystic CT restaurants and bars are crafting the world-class Espresso Martini.

The Harp and Hound isn’t the typical, seafood-serving tourist stop in Mystic, Connecticut, but it wouldn’t be out of place on a country lane in Ireland, either

Jamie Spillane directs the Community Carol Sing at Mystic Seaport Museum on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. The 74th annual event collected food and contributions to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

Mystic — Regan Enterprises staff were lighting candles in the luminarias Friday all over Olde Mistick Village before the start of its Festival of Lights.

A frequent winter visitor to the Mystic Seaport Museum in recent years has returned.

The Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived in Mystic on Dec. 1 and will be in the shipyard for much of the winter for maintenance.

Westerly Community Credit Union donated 50 Turkeys to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC), for the seventh year in a row. The PNC used these turkeys, in addition to all other donations they received, to create and distribute Thanksgiving baskets. These baskets contained a full holiday meal helping to feed those in need.

The Connecticut Restaurant Association handed out its annual CRAzies awards Monday night, honoring the top restaurants and culinary professionals in the state. Congratulations to our members, Red 36 and Oyster Club on winning an award!

There’s still pizza to be had in Mystic, Conn., but the small coastal town is gaining a big reputation as a booming foodie haven and an essential entry in any East Coast eater’s docket.

Chelsea Groton Bank recently introduced the ONE CHELSEA initiative, which highlights the strength of the Bank’s continuous commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout history, and its focus on ensuring an ongoing sense of belonging for all, today and in the future.

Westerly Community Credit Union (WCCU) is proud to announce that President and CEO Steve White has been elected to the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA)’s Board of Directors as the Rhode Island Representative.

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Mystic Event To Mix Holiday Gift-Giving Joy

with Environmental Sustainability- The Ditty Bag

Mystic Event To Mix Holiday Gift-Giving Joy with Environmental Sustainability

Christmas wrapping paper design contest for children and adults to be announced

MYSTIC, Conn. – Holiday gift-giving that combines creative fun for adults and children with sustainable practices will be demonstrated at The Ditty Bag here, 7 p.m., November 16. The event will be staged in person at the market/cafe and online via Zoom.

The free event will be open to the public with pre-registration required on The Ditty Bag’s Facebook page or directly at:


(1) Zero-waste wrapping, with use of craft paper and paper tape. The store recommends and will provide recycled white paper for children to color with crayons made from recycled crayons. At the event, Deniz Kayan, store manager, will announce a wrapping-paper design contest for children.

(2) Zero-waste gifts, such as wooden bathroom grooming and hygiene products in place of plastic; soaps and hand and body creams made from essential oils with no silicon and sold in plastics-free packaging.

(3) Gifts for children designed to encourage physically active outdoor play, not sedentary time before a television, computer, or tablet screen, such as kits for solar-powered toy rovers.


Ms. Kayan, committed to environmental issues in her studies at the University of New Hampshire and community activism, will lead the presentation and discussion on Zoom from Washington, D.C., where she is an intern with the Department of Energy. Store owner Jason –

Hine, a sailor and educator who has made it his mission to provide consumers in this area with zero-waste and plastic-free shopping options, will run the in-person session in the store, 7 Roosevelt Avenue, Mystic.

“As a SCORE mentor to The Ditty Bag, not to mention a grandfather, I have this event on my calendar,” says Frank LaMonaca, president of the SCORE Southeastern Connecticut chapter. SCORE is a nationwide, nonprofit association and resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration that offers free, confidential advice to small-business owners. For more information, on SCORE national: For information on the Southeast Connecticut Chapter:

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Fine Arts & Crafts Show and Sale

For immediate release:

Oct. 29, 2021

12th Annual Fine Arts & Craft Sale at La Grua Center

Saturday, November 20 from 9:30-3pm

Join us for our 12th annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show. A variety of offerings from local artists and artisans will be available for purchase. Bring a friend and get a start on your holiday shopping!

La Grua Center

32 Water Street

Stonington, CT 06378



Lori Robishaw

Executive Director


Kelli Rocherolle

Program Director


Spicer Plus Welcomes New Manager

October 14, 2021

Spicer Plus Welcomes New Manager

Industry Veteran Harold Davison Joins the Spicer Team

at Spicer Hearth & Home in Salem

Groton, Salem CT. – Thursday, October 14: Spicer Plus is pleased to announce their newest team member, propane and hearth shop specialist Harold Davison, has joined their team in Salem at Spicer Hearth & Home.

As the new Spicer Hearth & Home Sales Specialist, Davison is responsible for determining the needs of Spicer customers and offering heating and cooling solutions for their homes. Davison will continue to build on Spicer’s 100 years of celebrating their customers by cultivating long lasting relationships and providing superior customer service.

Davison, originally from Alabama, served for 12 years working as a Sonar Technician for the United States Navy, advancing to Chief Petty Officer.

Jon Holstein, CEO of Spicer Plus: “We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our Spicer team. Harold is an accomplished operations and sales manager who brings his extensive knowledge of propane products and services to lead our group in Salem. Harold’s perspective on customer and vendor relations is contagious making him the perfect role model for our team.

Spicer Plus is the parent company for Spicer Gas, Advanced Heating Oil, Sunshine Oil, Mohegan Oil and Spicer Hearth & Home. Staying committed to their customers and community, Spicer has been family owned and operated for over 106 years. They deliver propane and heating oil to homes and businesses in Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as hearth and home products from their store in Salem, CT.


Stonington Community Center to Host Battle of Stonington: The Paddle Ball

For more information, contact:

Kathy Adami

Stonington Community Center



Stonington Community Center to Host Battle of Stonington: The Paddle Ball

[Stonington, CT] - The Stonington Community Center (COMO) will be hosting Battle of Stonington: The Paddle Ball, a fun twist on the traditional fundraising gala on Saturday, September 25, 2021 (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 26). The event is two-fold, including a daytime paddle tennis pro-am tournament (Battle of Stonington) from 1 to 5:30 p.m., followed by an evening event (The Paddle Ball) from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring a pro paddle tennis exhibition, drinks & libations, music, and a live auction. The evening Paddle Ball will be a tented event at the COMO paddle courts.

Ticket prices include the option to play in the pro-am tournament and attend the ball ($250), or to come for the evening ball only ($150). Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now at Proceeds from this event support youth programming at the COMO.

For more information or questions about the event please reach out to Lacey Arndt, Development Director, by email at or by phone at (860) 535-2476.

About The Stonington Community Center

The Stonington Community Center, fondly known as the COMO, was founded in 1945, as a nonprofit with the goals of strengthening families and community. Over the years, the COMO’s 16-acre campus has grown to include its own classrooms, Thrift Shop, four decoTurf tennis courts, art and pottery studio, paddle tennis facility, and soccer fields. The COMO provides a wide range of educational, enrichment, athletic, family, and community partnership programs throughout the year. Located at 28 Cutler Street, the COMO has become an irreplaceable part of the Stonington community, serving countless children and families of the surrounding areas, regardless of financial need. For more information, visit