Mystic Seaport Museum to Host 39th Sea Music Festival June 7-10
Performers from Around the World Gather to Celebrate Music of the Sea


Mystic, Conn. (May 24, 2018) – Musicians from around the world will come to Mystic Seaport Museum to celebrate the musical traditions of the Golden Age of Sail at the 39th annual Sea Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10. The Festival is the premier sea music event in North America.

The weekend’s festivities include daytime and evening concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, a scholars’ symposium, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard the Museum’s historic ships.

As one of the world’s premier sea music events, performers come from around the world and across the United States. This year’s highlights include the music of Matthew Byrne from Newfoundland, The Vox Hunters from Rhode Island, FUNI from Iceland, Dan Zanes from New York City, Walter Askew from California, the group 3 Ravens from Massachusetts, and the English an Irish duo of Jim Mageean & Pat Sheridan. They will be joined by the Mystic Seaport Chantey Staff, including Geoff Kaufman, Craig Edwards, Denise Kegler, and Don Sineti.

“We are very proud to present this extensive program of song and story from some of the foremost performers and scholars of sea music,” said Denise Kegler, program manager for performances at Mystic Seaport Museum and a Festival organizer. “They are the people responsible for keeping the traditions alive for future generations.”

To celebrate the recent opening of two new exhibitions, The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden and Science, Myth, & Mystery:  The Vinland Map Saga, the Festival features performers with Viking themes to their music and storytelling. The group FUNI will perform traditional Icelandic folk music and Lynn Noel will perform “Gudrid the Wanderer: First Viking Woman in the New World.” On Saturday afternoon, FUNI and Lynn will be joined by Matthew Byrne from Newfoundland for a workshop on the North Atlantic Crossing, a musical exploration of the Viking voyages to North America.

For families with children, Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes will perform with Claudia Eliaza on an expanded Family Stage.  On Sunday, Dan and Claudia will be joined by Mary Anne Roberts of Rokus Korus for a special workshop on “Haiti and the Sea.”

Mystic Seaport Museum is rare in its ability to showcase chanteys in use on our historic vessels. For 2018, the Festival will feature four workshops of “Chanteys at Work” on the ships Charles W. Morgan, Joseph Conrad, and L. A. Dunton. In these workshops, festival musicians join with museum chantey staff to lead visitors in setting sail, lifting cargo, weighing anchor, and other shipboard tasks.

On Sunday, a rousing, but reverent, hymn sing of traditional hymns and religious songs will be led by Judy Cook, Stephen Sanfilippo, and long-time supporters of the festival, the Heavenly Twins.

All workshops and daytime concerts in the Festival are included in regular Museum admission. Special tickets are required for evening concerts and can be purchased online, in person at the Museum’s entrances, or by calling 860.572.0711. Weekend passes are also available. College students will be admitted into the Festival for the youth rate upon presentation of a current student ID.

As part of the Festival, the Museum will also host the annual Music of the Sea Symposium Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. The Symposium, co-sponsored by Mystic Seaport Museum, Williams College and the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program, features presentations of themed papers by some of the country’s leading maritime music scholars and explores subjects from history and folklore, to literature and ethnomusicology, along with many other related topics. Admission to the Symposium is included with Museum admission and Festival passes.

For more information, including ticket packages, musicians’ bios, and a schedule of performances, visit

This event is made possible by the Friends of the Festival, who raise funds each year to generously support sea music at Mystic Seaport Museum.

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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 iconic Thompson Exhibition Building is a state-of-the-art gallery that is hosting The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden through September 30, 2018. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit  and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.


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Welcome to Groton Bank Day on June 9

Come by land or by sea to explore art and history in the historic Groton Bank Neighborhood


Historic and cultural sites in the Groton Bank neighborhood will be collaborating to provide a special experience for visitors as we celebrate the statewide Connecticut Open House Day on June 9.  All events are free and family friendly. Free boat service will be available between Groton and New London on the Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi, sponsored by Electric Boat and operating from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Ample free parking is available on Groton Bank, and a free shuttle bus will operate all day to transport guests between participating sites.

Passports will be issued to all visitors, listing the neighborhood sites and providing directions.  Guests are encouraged to have their passports stamped at each location they visit; those collecting at least 5 stamps are eligible to enter a prize drawing.

Bill Memorial Library will be presenting the 11th annual Art on Groton Bank festival, featuring arts and crafts, food vendors, and music.  The Avery-Copp House will offer museum tours, children’s games, kitchen demonstrations, and a chance to visit with a Revolutionary War soldier.  Visitors to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park will be able to enjoy guided tours of the fort, explore the Monument House Museum, and climb 166 steps to the top of the Groton Monument.

The Ebenezer Avery House on the grounds of Fort Griswold will be open for tours of the 18th century homestead, provide demonstrations of traditional sewing skills, and offer visitors a chance to try their hand at a needlework craft.  Friends of the Mother Bailey House will be offering a rare glimpse inside the historic structure, and will provide information about efforts that are underway to preserve this notable building.

The stone and slate Groton Congregational Church will open its doors to showcase beautiful stained glass windows.  The Thames River Heritage Park will launch four downloadable walking tours of Historic Groton Bank: Whaling, Revolution, Defense & Submarines, Development of Groton Bank, for those who would like to explore the neighborhood on foot.  The app platform for the walking tours is Izi. Many architectural styles can be seen in this area, spanning the past 200 years, and representing the tastes of the prosperous sea captains who once lived here.

All sites will be open from 10:00 to 4:00, passports can be picked up at any location, and transportation is available all day.  To learn more, visit https:/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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Invest in Your Community: Become a Groton Annual Fall Festival Sponsor


GROTON – Invest in your community by becoming a sponsor for Groton’s Thirteenth Annual Fall Festival. Sponsorship demonstrates your commitment to the Greater Groton community. Groton’s Annual Fall Festival is the local event of the year ad it's time for you to discover it!

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018 and runs from 11 AM - 5 PM.  Groton’s Annual Fall Festival is a rain or shine event and brings the community together with day filled with family fun! Businesses gather from throughout the region, offering the public informaton, products and more. This event is brought to you by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and the Groton Business Association.

Centrally located in the heart of Groton, Poquonnock Plains Park is the site of the Gronton Fall Festival. Businesses and vendors represent a variety of Groton industries, including arts, crafts, exhibits, food and beverage vendors and entertainment. 

For businesses, this is an opportunity to connect with your current customers, as well as attracting new ones. For artists, crafters and non-profit organizations, this event provides access to thousands of new customers in beautiful surroundings.

Local businesses can sponsor both the Groton Fall Festival and the Groton Holiday Tree Lighting Event scheduled for December 1, 2018. The sponsorship levels are listed below for your convenience; please visit or call the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce at (860) 572-9578 with further questions about sponsorship or registering as a vendor.

The GBA would like to recognize the companies who sponsored last year’s event.  They are Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors; Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, and The Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

Contact us at:
Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Thirteenth Annual Fall Festival
(860) 446-4095
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2018 Fall Festival Sponsorship Levels 

$2,500 Level

  • 10 x 10 Booth Space at Fall Festival
  • Business Logo included on advertising & promos
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  • Three dedicated social media posts
  • Bridge Street Banner program
  • Booth/Table at Groton Holiday Event
  • Six Business After Hours passes
  • Opportunity to host one general meeting

$1,000 Level

  • 10 x 10 Booth Space at Fall Festival
  • Business Logo included on advertising & promos
  • Business Logo on
  • Two dedicated social media posts
  • Four Business After Hours passes

$500 Level

  • Business Name included on advertising & promos
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  • One dedicated social media post
  • Two Business After Hours passes 





Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center to Participate in Blue Star Museums 

Mystic, CT (May 22, 2017) - Today, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at 

“We are pleased to be part of the Blue Star Museums program again this summer,” said DPNC Executive Director Maggie Jones. “Year round, the Nature Center offers a military discount, and we are glad to be able to give something more for active military during the summer season to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, each and every day.” 

The Nature Center is located at 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic. It is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission includes the natural history museum, Night in the Museum theater, interactive exhibits and our live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians. There are more than 10 miles of hiking trails at the center, which are open dawn to dusk. 

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.” 

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers, and children’s museums. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.” 

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018. 

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums. 

About the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center:

Since 1946, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic has provided visitors and the greater Mystic community the opportunity to experience nature first hand, whether it be on over 10 miles of trails, in the natural museum, Nature Store, or as part of one of their many programs. The addition of Coogan Farm in 2013 has added further layers of education, history, and ecology to DPNC’s offerings. Our mission is to inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as part of it – past, present and future. It is our hope that through DPNC and Coogan Farm that we will help our visitors foster a personal environmental ethic. 

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit 


Cassandra Meyer-Ogren

Director of Marketing and Communications

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Local Non-Profits Benefit From Credit Union’s Giving Program


Waterford, CT –May 21, 2018 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union awarded $18,850 to 10 local non-profits as part of its quarterly giving grants disbursement.

Grant recipients included Always Home, Inc.; Cutler Middle School PTO; Groton Parks Foundation, Inc.; High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc.; Madonna Place, Inc.; Striving Towards Empowered Personal Success; Sails Up 4 Cancer; Salt Marsh Opera Company, Inc.; Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region; and the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut.

Charter Oak prides itself on giving back to the community via its Community Giving Program which includes a $90,000 College Scholarship Program, $100,000 Matching Gifts Program, monthly sponsorships and quarterly grants.

The credit union accepts grant requests on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is July 1st.

Charter Oak has awarded more than $2 million to community organizations since the inception of its Community Giving Program in 2009.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.08 billion as of March 31, 2018. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient network of 16 branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any 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, or contact our Call 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!


Shaun Formica, Community Relations Manager
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